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Wed
Jun 11 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Uncle Luke has Found a New Padawan!

Mark Hamill is breaking out his lightsaber moves for Episode VII! Check out that awesome stance, and the beginnings of what we’re sure will be an epic beard! And, in a terrifying example of corporate synergy, he’s... training Mickey? Mickey seems to lack the necessary intensity to make a proper Jedi....

Morning Roundup must tear its eyes from this extraordinary image to present you with Avatar casting, Snowpiercer details, and Sleepy Hollow news!

[Plus some haunting mail arrives from a small town that is not what it seems.]

Mon
May 12 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: How Does She Even Find the Gas Cap?

Ricardo Ramirez gives us an impatient Wonder Woman! On first glance, you might think that she’s just annoyed that her jet needs so much fuel, but we think she’s actually thinking about how long she’s been waiting for her solo movie...

Morning Roundup welcomes you into the week with great news about the Family Storm, less-great news about Star Trek, and really terrible news for anyone who thought “unobtanium” was the dumbest concept they’d ever heard in their lives, and wondered, repeatedly, aloud, how the hell anything about Avatar made it past the first draft of the script.

[On a happier note, you can now visit the Temple of Time!]

Tue
Apr 29 2014 10:00am

Star Wars, What is It Good For? The Real History of Science Fiction

Star Wars A New Hope Opening

When I was a little kid, my father enjoyed altering the famous Star Trek preamble “Space…the final frontier,” to “Space…the stuff between Ryan’s ears.” We’ll never know the illness that causes so many fathers to be sooooo hilarious all the time, and my Dad was no exception. But just like “space” meant different things to my Dad and me, it also means a lot of things to a lot of different people: a Final Frontier, a place where No One Can Hear You Scream, and also lots and lots of gas.

The latest installment of the BBC’s documentary series The Real History of Science Fiction decided to talk about space, and was about as successful as my Dad’s bad jokes, meaning the show was mostly dumb, bloated, and occasionally, a little bit charming.

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Wed
Oct 16 2013 11:00am

Filmmaking Visionaries: The Top Ten Writer-Directors

Gravity

Watching Gravity in IMAX 3D this weekend, I was struck by the audacity of Alfonso Cuarón. From the precise attention to zero-gravity physics to the heart-pounding interplay of noise and silence, this movie wasn’t simply written—it was authored, from start to finish, by a visionary. In the film world, such adepts are known as “auteurs”—creatives who don’t simply write or direct a film but conjure the entire thing wholesale. While only a small number of projects are made this way, they include some of the most successful and beloved movies.

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Mon
Oct 14 2013 5:30pm

A Night Time Stroll Through Pandora With the Family

Avatar theme park

The Japan Disney D23 Expo recently revealed how the Avatar theme park is coming together, complete with concept art and 3-D models. Watch a video of it here.

[via Coming Soon]

Fri
Jun 28 2013 5:15pm

Nathan Fillion Gives Us Permission to Fly Serenity (er, on GPS)

Nathan Fillion TARDIS Serenity GPS Garmin

Are you driving this summer? Perhaps you’re bored with normal GPS navigation images, and you’d like to make your roadtrip a little more epic? The site Geeks are Sexy used one of the images provided by Garmin Heaven, and turned their car into a TARDIS! You can do almost anything with your car’s avatar, like converting it into, um, Avatar, or the Millennium Falcon, a Cylon ship, two different Batmobiles, a lightcycle, or even Wall-E and Eve. (We must decry their deplorable lack of rocketships, however.)

[And it’s all thanks to Nathan Fillion]

Tue
Sep 18 2012 9:00am

Morning Roundup: The Star Wars Anime We Deserve

This fan-made Star Wars Anime video comes from animator Otaking 77077 who is also responsible for the Doctor Who Anime video. Another fan put the Sleigh Bells song “Born to Lose” with it, which just makes it pretty rockin’. Why a Star Wars cartoon can’t actually be like this is beyond us.

Your daily squadron of offsite links includes the following highlights:

  1. Is Doctor Who literally getting darker? (Like, the lights are lowering?)
  2. First look at Catching Fire set pics.
  3. Geeky Downton Abbey connections.

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Tue
Sep 11 2012 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Curiosity Takes a Picture of Itself

It looks like the Mars rover Curiosity has joined the Facebook/camera phone generation by taking a picture of itself. We’re thankful there’s no way for the rover to do the dreaded “duck face.” [News via Boing Boing]

Your offsite links are just as awesome, but not as self-centered.

Highlights include:

  1. The Moff leaves Twitter!
  2. Walter Koenig is all over the news.
  3. A Tron dance that must be seen to be believed.

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Fri
Jun 1 2012 3:00pm

Little Green Men and Huge Blue Dudes: The Science of Avatar by Stephen Baxter

The Science of Avatar by Stephen BaxterWith more than $2 billion in the bank before it had even hit home video (where it shattered the stats all over again) James Cameron’s Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time. That’s the fact of the matter.

As to the fiction, well... we all remember the broad strokes. The blue people. The big ol’ tree. The incredible flora and fauna. Lest we forget the baddies who laid wanton waste to all of the aforementioned in their unabashedly allegorical quest for the mythical mineral unobtanium.

Good times, right? But obviously well outwith the realms of possibility.

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Tue
May 8 2012 9:00am

Morning Roundup: The Bros of Star Trek 2

So, apparently the Star Trek 2 bros went out to the bars and bro-ed down. Bro. Above is just one picture from the part-tay. But where’s Pine/Kirk? Is he taking the picture? Seriously, why is Jim Kirk not out partying? We’re worried about this. (Okay, he’s in there. Pictures from Trek Movie.)

Your offsite links are here to make your morning better.

Highlights include:

  1. Why the Avengers catchphrase wasn’t in the movie.
  2. James Cameron watch.
  3. Guess who is NOT going to Mars. Besides you.

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Wed
Feb 9 2011 11:47am

Avatar: The Last Airbender Will Continue in New Comics from Dark Horse

New Avatar: The Last Airbender stories to debut in 2012Miss the adventures of Aang and the gang? You’re in luck! Dark Horse Comics has announced that everyone’s favorite airbender (and his trusty friends) will continue their adventures in a new series of graphic novels beginning in 2012!

The series will continue in comic digest form and will take place after the events of the television show (lovingly rewatched here).

[Details below the cut]

Thu
Dec 2 2010 1:54pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Library” (episode 210)

Avatar: The Last Airbender episode The LibraryEpisode 2.10, “The Library,” marks the halfway point in Season Two of Avatar and in the series as a whole. This is when stuff starts to get intense. Follow along with us after the cut.

[Appa? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!]

Thu
Nov 11 2010 3:31pm

Avatar Rewatch: “Bitter Work” (episode 209)

Avatar: The Last Airbender episode

In the ninth episode of the second season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, we once again see the writers at play. There is strong continuity between this and the previous episode, “The Chase,” when Azula scorched Iroh good. Now Zuko rests and nurses his wounded uncle back to health. Meanwhile Aang, who has been on the run since episode 206, finally gets the chance to take a break and learn from his new earthbending master, Toph. Problems arise when Aang discovers that learning Earth, an airbender’s opposite element, is not as easy as it looks. In a flashback in a later episode, when Avatar Roku must learn water, his opposite element, he describes the task as “bitter work.”

[Let’s get physical, after the jump]

Mon
Oct 25 2010 3:08pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Chase” (episode 208)

Avatar: The Last Airbender rewatch episode 208

We wish to extend our gratitude to our readers for their patience this past month. Things have been hectic. Hopefully we will now be able to return to a regular posting schedule, with a new post appearing every other Thursday. We have gone so long without an Avatar Rewatch post, I assume many of you thought our faces had been stolen by Koh, leaving us to wander blindly in the Spirit World. So let’s go with that as our excuse.

Episode 208, “The Chase,” features only characters who are pivotal to the overall arc of the series, in other words, the series regulars. There are no pirates or lost boys here. Azula chases Aang. Zuko chases Azula. Iroh chases Zuko. And in the end we get one of the most awesome battles in the entire series.

[Read more after the jump]

Wed
Sep 22 2010 2:34pm

Bad Kitty: A Meditation on Cat People

This is not a confession, nor a boast, just a statement of fact: I have not seen Avatar.

I try not to judge movies without having seen them. I always get annoyed when (as a rule) religious or conservative groups protest movies they haven’t bothered to see. But I have very mixed feelings about James Cameron’s work. I loved Terminator and Terminator 2, though in both, especially the sequel, much of the dialogue makes me squirm a bit. Aliens, a movie I enjoyed when it came out, doesn’t hold up well. In fact, I’d say it’s my least favorite of the Alien movies (not including the AVP spinoffs). The Abyss? Meh. Titanic is rubbish. Titanic really made me reevaluate Cameron’s canon and cast a pall over most of it.

When I saw the trailer for Avatar, I groaned. When the Stephen Lang hardcore military douche says, without irony, “You’re not in Kansas any more” I winced and knew it wasn’t for me. Anyone who uses that line in a movie now should be stripped of his WGA membership. Or at the very least heavily fined. Same goes for “We’ve got company,” “I’m getting’ too old for this shit” and “Don’t you die on me!” (I’ll forgive the final one if the person saying it is trapped beneath a gravely ill enormously obese person).

That’s not why I haven’t seen it, though.

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Thu
Sep 16 2010 3:51pm

Avatar Rewatch: “Zuko Alone” (episode 207)

Behold, the much-anticipated re-watch of episode 2.07, “Zuko Alone,” in which everyone’s favorite anti-hero takes center stage, wins our hearts, then breaks them. We learn why Ozai’s older brother Iroh isn’t the Fire Lord, but the answer raises a dozen new questions. If your friends don’t believe Avatar is different from other cartoons, show them this episode to prove them wrong.

[Click here and check it out]

Fri
Aug 27 2010 3:49pm

Avatar Rewatch: “Avatar Day” (Episode 205)

“Avatar Day,” perhaps more than any other episode in the series, is about playing with our expectations. Right from the start, the impossible happens: Sokka loses his beloved boomerang. As the would-be warrior points out, this is like Aang being separated from his arrow, or Katara being separated from her hair-loopies.

From past episodes, and the show’s attention to the continuity of objects, we know that the boomerang could very well be gone for good. Will Sokka ever retrieve his favorite weapon?

[Find out this and the answers to more mysteries after the jump]

Thu
Aug 19 2010 12:57pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Swamp” (episode 204)

In episode 2.04, “The Swamp,” The Aang gang finds itself in a swamp that may or may not have something supernatural going on. Also, Zuko appears for two minutes.

[Hold your breath and swim through the swamp gas below]

Thu
Aug 12 2010 3:51pm

Avatar Rewatch: “Return to Omashu” (episode 203)

In Episdoe 2.03, “Return to Omashu,” the Aang Gang arrives at the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu, hoping to enlist King Bumi as Aang’s earthbending master. Instead, they find the city occupied by the Fire Nation. What follows is a story of revolution and the benefits of doing nothing.

Before we continue, you may remember that a few weeks ago we had a sweet giveaway for the cutest Appa Plush you have ever seen. As a reward to ourselves for all our hard work, Jordan and I purchased an identical Appa of our own, and I can attest that it is the softest, cutest plush in all Four Nations. Seriously, squeezing this thing is like hugging a cloud.

Sadly, the Tor.com offices will have to give up their unofficial mascot and send Appa on his way to his new owner, the winner of our giveaway.

[And the winner is...]

Thu
Jul 29 2010 12:29pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Cave of Two Lovers” (episode 202)

Welcome to the Avatar: The Last Airbender MUSICAL EPISODE!

Many people think this episode is cheesy and a waste of time, but this episode has some major moments in it that resonate throughout the rest of the series. It also has an abundance of cute Appa moments, so I have a soft spot for this episode.

[YIP YIP!]