Err... no: Clint Eastwood plays three different characters in the three films. He's Joe in A Fistful of Dollars, he's Monco in For A Few Dollars More, and Blondie in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. While the characters are rather similar (partly a function of plot and partly a function of Eastwood's limited acting… » 10/21/14 9:14am 10/21/14 9:14am

You know all the D&D spells that were invented by Melf, like Melf's Acid Arrow? Melf was a character in Gary Gygax's original Greyhawk campaign, played by Gygax's son, Lucion. There's a story—apocryphal, sometimes discredited and denied, but persistent—that Melf gained his name from Lucion's troubles coming up with a… » 10/16/14 2:45pm 10/16/14 2:45pm

Contrary to the film's misrepresentation that "authors have never risen in revolt to demand rights for their copied works," the modern international copyright regime established by the Berne Convention arose from the intense efforts of Victor Hugo and other 19th Century authors who faced rampant bootlegging of their… » 10/15/14 3:40pm 10/15/14 3:40pm

RotJ gets cut a lot of slack mainly because it provided closure to the trilogy. Star Wars (a.k.a. A New Hope) was an amazing cultural milestone that I don't think anyone under the age of 35 can really grok, and it was followed by a sequel that was obviously and objectively a better movie (which at that point was… » 10/10/14 1:33pm 10/10/14 1:33pm

If I'm not much mistaken, both Harve Bennett and Nicholas Meyer claimed they'd never watched a Star Trek episode before being brought in by Paramount for what became The Wrath of Khan. Bennett got the job because he told executives he could make five movies for what the first one had cost. Meyer got the job because a… » 10/07/14 1:44pm 10/07/14 1:44pm