Benedict Cumberbatch takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…and then some.

I’ve seen a lot of celebs take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s video just takes the cake. Watch as the “Sherlock” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” star not only makes the perfect pitch for ALS awareness, but also gets doused with more than his fair share of ice water:

For all the criticism I’ve heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I think this video shows how fun this whole fundraising campaign can be.

Sure, some folks may miss the point of the challenge, but done well, a video not only raises awareness of the terrible disease, but also gives folks a chuckle, which hopefully inspires them to donate as well.

Visit ALSA.org for more information and to make a donation!

“Breaking Bad” meets “Veep” in the “Barely Legal Pawn” Shop!

Watching this video makes me miss the duo of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul so, so much!

Titled “Barely Legal Pawn”, this humorous short features the “Breaking Bad” co-stars re-cast as the owners of a pawn shop that specializes in dealing with unique items. For example: Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ Emmy Award, which the talented comedienne finds herself hocking to help cover a drunken night of online shopping.

It’s a real treat to see how effortlessly Cranston can jump back into a comedic role – ala “Malcolm in the Middle” – after years of playing the dark, disturbed Walter White. And his chemistry with Paul is undeniable. Can someone create a new show for them to work on together again?

Thank you to the Television Academy for producing this hilarious video and reminding us of what we’ve been missing.

BARELY LEGAL PAWN (CREDITS)

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul go into business together and this time it’s legal…barely. Find out what happens when Julia Louis-Dreyfus becomes a client, trying to offload television’s most coveted item, in this video starring three Emmy Award winners.

A PMK / Paulilu Production

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Written and Directed by: Paulilu (Paul W. Downs & Lucia Aniello)

Executive Producer: Joseph Assad, PMK•BNC

Producer: Jake Cassidy

DP: Chris Westlund

Watch the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards live Monday, August 25, 8pm EST/5pm PDT.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Hottest Geek Guys of 2013

One of the most popular features on Geek To Me has always been the “Top Geek Gals” and “Hottest Geek Guys” galleries that I’d put together each year. It’s one of the most difficult features to produce since I’m always sorting through the numerous nominations that I collect on my Twitter and Facebook page. And I always end up forgetting someone deserving.

I was going through my photo archives and found the “Hottest Geek Guys of 2013” which featured several of my favorite fellow geek guys – like Marcus LeShock, Laurence Holmes and Nathan Hamill. But this one will always be my fave because it included musician Matt Ryd.

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I remember when I was putting together the 2013 gallery and Matt chided me, saying that I never included him with the “cool geeks.” Of course he was joking with me because he was one of the most humble persons I’ve ever known. Still, I was embarrassed because he was such an obvious choice.  The dude personified the music geek.

He was so flattered when I put him in the 2013 gallery. And I was stunned when the photo was used in his memorial.

I really miss you, Matt.

Star Trek: Axanar – The Kickstarter Preview

I was alerted to this Kickstarter campaign by David Gerrold – the writer who gave us “The Trouble with Tribbles” – when he wrote about it on his Facebook page. It’s for the production of an indie Star Trek series called “Axanar.”  This is what the series would be about, according to the KS page:

“Axanar” takes place 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. Kirk himself called Garth the model for all future Starfleet Officers. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story.

If you ask me, it’s closer to the spirit of the original Star Trek than the “rebooted” version we currently have:

You can check out the KS campaign by clicking HERE.

What say you? Is it Trek enough for ya’?