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Mon
Jul 28 2014 2:00pm

Chuck Palahniuk Talks Fight Club 2

Fight Club 2 Chuck Palahniuk San Diego Comic Con Dark Horse

The news that Chuck Palahniuk was authoring a sequel to Fight Club—in comic book form, no less—was one of the big pieces of news that blew up right before San Diego Comic-Con this year. Palahniuk's signing events at the con were hugely popular, and his Saturday night panel was jammed. I was able to attend the panel, where Rick Kieffel moderated a kind of oral history of the film, and the comic book sequel with Palahniuk, his longtime editor Gerald Howard, director David Fincher, Dark Horse Comics editor-in-chief Scott Allie, and artists Cameron Stewart and David Mack. And the next day, I sat down with Palahniuk to talk about Fight Club 2, with a brief aside to his new novel, Beautiful You.

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Mon
Jul 28 2014 1:30pm

The Legend of Korra Goes Digital: “The Terror Within”

Avatar Legend of Korra

It’s sad that we have to wait to discuss “The Terror Within”—one of the tensest episodes to date, bringing back the sense of real menace that Amon had—in order to talk about how the sausage gets made, but we should. There is an elephant koi in the room: Nickelodeon has decided not to air the rest of The Legend of Korra and instead will make the remaining episodes available online. I know, I’d rather talk about how we finally get to see an all-out battle between Zaheer and his team of what fans are calling the “Red Lotus Society” versus Team Avatar and the Metal Clan, but we need to discuss the nuts and bolts of how we’re going to be able to see the stories, while we’re at it. I mentioned I was worried last week, but it was too little, too late. At least the episode we actually did get was excellent, right?

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Mon
Jul 28 2014 1:00pm

Life As A Plague Storehouse—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: The Emperor’s Plague

Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: The Emperor's PlagueWith the advanced weaponry the Star Wars universe purports, it’s really no surprise that biological warfare would have been developed and enacted to a certain degree. So… who wants to encounter that as a teenager? You probably guessed it!

It’s the Young Jedi Knights, if you’re still guessing.

That’s right, the whole Diversity Alliance debacle will come to a head right now as the kiddies encounter The Emperor’s Plague! Which sort of sounds like the worst carnival ride ever. We will not be riding in those rusty cars any time soon.

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Mon
Jul 28 2014 12:45pm

Peter Capaldi Promises “No Flirting” From the Doctor From Now On

Peter Capaldi Doctor Who season 8 interview no flirting Clara Mondasian Cybermen we still blow shit up

The teaser trailers for Doctor Who season 8 have been frustratingly vague—the last one had only one word!—but new Doctor Peter Capaldi has spilled some hints about Twelve’s upcoming adventures in a new interview. (It’s about time, considering the series returns on August 23!)

Capaldi told The Sunday Times how they landed on his stark black-and-red costume (and which piece they threw out), creeping on fans before his role was announced, and why everyone who squeed over Eleven/Clara should prepare themselves for disappointment now.

[Listen!]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 12:30pm

Martin, Rothfuss, Gabaldon, Abercrombie, and Grossman. Rulers of the Realm Talk Epic Fantasy

Rulers of the Realm SDCC fantasy George R. R. Martin Patrick Rothfuss Joe Abercrombie Diana Gabaldon Lev Grossman

Sometimes panel titles aren’t really all that helpful. My eyes skipped right over the title “Rulers of the Realm” when I was putting together my San Diego Comic-Con schedule, and only later was it pointed out to me that it was a panel on epic fantasy fiction, featuring Joe Abercrombie (First Law trilogy), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles), and George R. R. Martin (do I need to tell you?).

Well, that certainly changed up my Saturday schedule a bit. Following on the heels of a packed Skybound Entertainment panel (attended, as far as I could tell, mostly by fans of Norman Reedus), the Rulers of the Realm panel was a lively discussion of fantasy worldbuilding and writing process, moderated by Ali T. Kokmen.

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Mon
Jul 28 2014 12:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 10

Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This week, Mara goes to war over a gambling debt, and then faces a very different kind of warfare back at home...

Chapter 12: Risks

SUMMARY:

Mara approaches Lord Jidu of the Tuscalora over the insult her offered her, and his unpaid gambling debt to her late husband. Lord Jidu is a wealthy lord thanks to his thriving chocha-la crops, and should be able to pay her family what he owes. Unsurprisingly, he now patronises her and dismisses her concerns as unimportant because she is female—gambling debts are matters of honour between men, and she shouldn’t bother her silly little head about them.

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Mon
Jul 28 2014 11:30am

Hunting the Kraken in Evolve at SDCC

Evolve SDCC

Turtle Rock Studios hit the ground running in 2008 with the release of Left 4 Dead, the multiplayer co-operative zombie shooter that clawed its way into the hearts of gamers around the world. L4D in and of itself was not a revolutionary game—co-op gaming has been around for decades, after all, and zombies remain a gaming cannon fodder mainstay. What Turtle Rock did to elevate their game above all those before it was dedicate the primary focus of the game to co-operative play and then refine that experience to an extent never before seen. The developer both continues with and deviates from their L4D roots with Evolve—a game that lives up to its name not only by virtue of its refined gameplay, but also in how it’s innovating the dynamic of the multiplayer shooter.

[Click for a preview of true evolution in an oft-stagnant genre.]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 11:00am

Lucy is Like a Party Where Clichés Get Drunk and Fight

It’s true that Lucy is an aggressively dumb movie masquerading as a thoughtful one, but it’s worse than that because even its pretention feels like a put-on. Here is a film that attempts to answer a philosophical question which Douglas Adams managed to take care of with a few witty lines. While Douglas Adams was joking, Lucy is simply a joke.

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Mon
Jul 28 2014 10:30am

SDCC’s “Women Who Kick Ass” Panelists Only Want to Play Male Superheroes

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 SDCC Women Who Kick Ass panel Entertainment Weekly Tatiana Maslany Nicole Beharie Maisie Williams Natalie Dormer Sarah Paulson Katey Sagal gender sexism Hollywood male superheroes

For the last few years, Entertainment Weekly has moderated the “Women Who Kick Ass” panel at San Diego Comic Con. This annual event brings together several impressive women—usually those currently in the zeitgeist—to speak to the female experience in Hollywood, pop culture, and geekdom.

Though past panels had left fans somewhat underwhelmed, 2013’s group stunned and then invigorated congoers with their brutally frank discussions of the sexism they’d encountered in the industry. While nothing could eclipse that, this year’s panel still exposed several uncomfortable gender truths.

[It all started with an innocent question about superheroes]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 10:16am

Watch the Jam-Packed Teaser Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 teaser trailer President Coin Julianne Moore Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Philip Seymour Hoffman Plutarch Heavensbee Liam Hemsworth Gale Hawthorne

The Mockingjay, Part 1 trailer that Hunger Games fans got to see during San Diego Comic-Con is now online! Though it’s three quick scenes in the space of a minute, it’s filled with arresting visuals, like this Mockingjay crop circle that President Snow orders eradicated.

[Watch “Our Leader the Mockingjay”]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 10:00am

Boy Meets Girl Trek: Peter David’s Imzadis

Star Trek The Next Generation Imzadi Peter DavidIn my life, there are two Star Treks.

The Star Trek I grew up with was mostly novels, mostly written by women. I think of these as “Girl Trek.” Girl Trek has a long, proud history. Girl Trek invented genre media fandom. It produced the first fanzines, which were lovingly mimeographed by hand and shared for the price of postage. It gave the world Sulu’s first name, an explanation for Janice Rand’s hair, and two novels with Uhura as the protagonist. Just for starters.

And there’s the Star Trek I have discovered since encountering television on a more continuous basis (feel free to assume I was raised by wolves)—mostly the movies and the television serials, mostly written by men. I think of these as “Boy Trek.” Objectively speaking, Boy Trek and Girl Trek are equal. Boy Trek created Corbomite, Fizzbin, and Harry Mudd. It offers an infallible method for outwitting computers, and valuable advice about how to behave when super-powered aliens force you to fight other people so they can judge humanity.

[Just for starters.]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 9:00am

Entanglement: Breakfast with the Borgias by DBC Pierre

Breakfast with the Borgias DBC Pierre

I haven’t been so relieved to finish reading a novel in recent years than I was Breakfast with the Borgias.

This from someone who’s had to review some utter rubbish—books which tested my patience from the first page. Here, however, we have a completely different beast. Coming as it does from the Man Booker Prize winning author of Vernon God Little, it’s no surprise that Breakfast with the Borgias is brilliantly written; that its themes are thoughtful, its execution deft; that its gregarious cast of characters come alive even as its slight story excites.

The trouble? The tension. It’s almost intolerable. Especially in the first section, DBC Pierre’s inaugural Hammer Horror is intensely stressful, like a bad blind date you can’t escape.

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Sun
Jul 27 2014 3:00pm

Constantine Panel Gives a Sneak Peek At Demons!

We don't think there are enough cigarettes in all of London for this number of Constantines! They were part of a John Constantine meet-up that took place shortly before the screening of the pilot episode of Constantine at this year's SDCC. So at least any lingering demon plagues should be sorted out...

Constantine premiered its pilot to a great response from the crowd! We've gathered some of the highlights from the show's panel below, along with the new extended trailer that debuted on Saturday night.

[Unless this is a Constantine/Orphan Black crossover...?]

Sun
Jul 27 2014 2:37pm

First Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Has Got Style

Mad Max Fury Road trailer

The first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is out and it’s like a twisted, apocalyptic remix video. And it’s gorgeous, too. Aggro car chases as sweeping destructive vistas. Creepy inhuman humans. Rhythmic metal on metal. Take a look below the cut.

[Mad Max: Fury Road trailer]

Sun
Jul 27 2014 2:30pm

Get Ready For Some Winchester Karaoke—Supernatural Party at SDCC!

Supernatural, Demon Dean

Supernatural is ten years old and almost to its 200th episode... so clearly they deserved a Hall H party at SDCC this year! Lets take a look at what they had to share with fans... (Hint: THERE IS GOING TO BE KARAOKE.)

Spoilers for fans who are no caught up to the end of the series—that’s season 9.

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Sun
Jul 27 2014 2:00pm

That Time Lana Kane Cuddled Castiel While Dr. Walter Bishop Looked On Disapprovingly

John Noble, Misha Collins, Aisha Tyler, TV Guide Fan Favorites Panel, SDCC 2014

This is basically the whole point of going to Comic Con, right? Watching Misha Collins get squashed by Aisha Tyler during the TV Guide Fan Favorites Panel? Writing a whole fanfic about the adventures of Castiel and Agent Lana Kane? They would be the greatest of friieeeennds!

Oh, stop it, Doctor Bishop. You're just wishing Lana Kane would squish you.

Pic from Twitter user ThePleiades1.

Sun
Jul 27 2014 1:35pm

Benedict Cumberbatch Goes Full Smaug at San Diego Comic-Con!

Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug SDCC

You may have heard that a fan at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con’s Hobbit panel asked Benedict Cumberbatch for a favor. She wanted him to say “Button Lady” in his Smaug voice.

And Mr. Cumberbatch, being a lovely sort of chap, did so.

[SMAUG.]

Sun
Jul 27 2014 11:05am

New Teaser for The Flash Shows Barry Allen Ignoring Highway Speed Limits

CW's The flash, Barry Allen

This sonic teaser for CW’s The Flash popped up yesterday, and it shows Barry Allen giving a bored traffic cop a run for his money.

[Check it out]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 8:40pm

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Phase 3. SDCC Marvel Studios Panel

Marvel Studios San Diego Comic Con Avengers Age of Ultron

The main event is here! The Marvel Studios panel has begun at 2014 San Diego Comic Con and we are eagerly awaiting news about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel’s Phase 3, and anything else the studio might have squirrelled away far from rumor-spreading lips.

Readers, assemble!

[Marvel Studios at 2014 SDCC]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 8:00pm

Vin Diesel Credits Groot with Helping Him Heal After Paul Walker’s Death

Vin Diesel Groot Paul Walker

Okay, the following will probably make you cry. Vin Diesel recently went on record as saying that playing the role of Groot helped him deal with his grief after his Fast and the Furious co-star Paul Walker’s tragic death last November.

[More proof of Groot’s wonderfulness]