Ming The Merciless: Ahead of His Time

Here's a piece about the Dept. of Energy finally getting around to building an atomic laser, nearly a century after it turned up in "Flash Gordon." Now they just have to keep Buster Crabbe from disabling it. This was the plot of every "Flash Gordon" short. How did he do it? Because Ming built an atomic death ray and then assigned two guys with spears to guard it.

Speaking of Ming -- was the 70s reboot Max Von Sydow's greatest role? The Academy is finally getting around to honoring him.

And speaking of nostalgia, here's a funny mash-up of movies re-imagined with different casts, represented by vintage posters.  My favorite: Frank Zappa in "The Big Lebowski."