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Apr 8 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: “C” is for Carpet!

Cookie Monster Rug

OK, fine, you’ve hunted and skinned a Cookie Monster. We don’t agree with this choice, but as long as it’s Cookie Monster Season, there’s nothing we can do to stop you. Having said that, what are you thinking letting your child eat cookies atop a Cookie Monster pelt??? We think the next time you look in a mirror, you will find the true monster. You can learn how to make your own rug here, sicko.

Morning Roundup brings you discussions of Indiana Bridge Sequences, chats with Bill Nye and Ken Liu, and the physics behind The Greatest Film of Our Time.

[Plus the Avengers travel back to the 90s!]

Mar 31 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Waka Waka Your Way Across Google Maps

Pac Man Google Maps April Fools

Google has rolled out one of their April Fool’s pranks early (which makes us wonder what else is coming tomorrow!), where you can play Pac Man on Google Maps. As Kotaku demonstrates, you’ll have the most fun in cities, where Pac Man can chase Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde over crisscrossing streets and distract you from work until the next bit of Internet April Fool’s fun goes up.

Afternoon Roundup contemplates wizard-born children’s advantages over Muggleborns; imagines Helen Mirren and Vin Diesel in conversation; and gets down to business to defeat the Huns.

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Jan 28 2015 11:00am

Heists and Capers Redux!

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We here at love any excuse for a heist! Last year we rounded up some classic caper stories; now, in order to assemble the best possible team, we’ve turned to Twitter to ask for your favorites. Check out this stellar list, and be sure to let us know if we missed any indispensable titles.

It’s like our very own version of Ocean’s Eleven!

[We wanted to dream a bit bigger, darlings.]

Jan 16 2015 11:00am

Birdman is Actually Just a Muppet Movie

Some people have told me they never want to see another movie about an aging white dude trying to find himself, repair his marriage, and confront the prospect of his own death. Those people may not like Birdman.

Everyone else: if you have room for even one more of those movies in your heart—if you are ever going to watch another guy try to figure his life out on screen again—let this be that film. It’s a wonderful hilarious kinetic tale of a dysfunctional writer-director trying to pull a theater crew of misfits, losers, and closet cases together for a killer opening-night performance without going crazy. The special effects are beautiful and low-tech, I laughed so loud I almost made the people in front of us move, and the soundtrack’s excellent.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, Birdman is the grown-up Muppet movie you never knew you wanted.

[Here’s how it breaks down]

Dec 23 2014 11:00am

God Bless Pastiche! The 7 Best Non-Traditional Christmas Carols of Film and TV

If I had a pet reindeer, or any kind of creature that resembled a fawn or Bambi-style animal, I’d name it Dickens. Come on. How adorable would it be to have a little pet deer named Dickens? Here Dickens! Come have a sugar cube! That’s a good little Dickens. What’s your favorite story? What’s that you say, “A Christmas Carol?” Well, I don’t feel like reading to you, because you’re a little deer, so let’s watch a movie or a TV special instead. Whatyda say?

And then, as a gift to Dickens, I would have to compile a list of movie and TV adaptations of Charles Dickens’s awesome book—A Christmas Carol—and I’d want those adaptations to be somehow a little bit different from their source material, because deers like stuff that’s new.

What are the best non-traditional versions of A Christmas Carol? These.

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Dec 19 2014 12:00pm

A Complete Ranking of Every Adaptation of A Christmas Carol

A Muppet Christmas Carol

Did you know that there are roughly 12 BILLION adaptations of A Christmas Carol? Seriously, go look at the Wikipedia page for “Adaptations of A Christmas Carol and you’ll see I’m rounding down. So, in light of that, I’m not actually covering all of them in this post. I should also mention that I always had issues with A Christmas Carol growing up. A horrible person is shown visions of his own personal Hell, and we’re supposed to believe it’s somehow miraculous when he decides to be nicer? Wouldn’t it be more miraculous if he stayed a jerk? But as I’ve gotten older, and lived long enough to see myself become the villain... well, the story’s grown on me.

I’ve also become something of a connoisseur of different adaptations, so I’ve decided to give an absolutely definitive ranking of ACC adaptation, from worst to best. I’ve used many factors to create this list, including use of repertory cast, faithfulness to source material, inventiveness, and my own constantly-shifting mood.

[Festively redemptive drumroll, please.]

Dec 8 2014 9:00am

Morning Roundup: If Loving Velociraptors is Wrong, Chris Pratt Doesn’t Want to Be Right

Can the whole movie just be this amazing fan art by Manuel Unda?? Chris Pratt training his raptor pack, teaching them how to scratch at the door when they need to go out (at least until they’re tall enough to open the door themselves), and how to take treats nicely without, you know, killing the person who’s feeding them... so like Beethoven but with Chris Pratt and, like, twelve raptors? And maybe Dave Bautista can play his grouchy neighbor who blames the raptors for everything that goes wrong in the neighborhood, but then they all team up to save Bautista’s kid who got trapped in a cave during a landslide or something, and then Bautista is so happy that his kid’s safe that he hugs one of the raptors and it licks his face and he just laughs. Everyone laughs!

Morning Roundup has thoughts on Apocalypse, a wonderful avalanche of books, and an interview with the director of The Babadook!

[Plus some guinea pigs embark on an epic quest.]

Oct 24 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Jim Henson’s Kitchen Nightmare Babies

Chef Gordon Ramsay has finally met his match! George Takei shared this picture, which we’re assuming was shot during the most important culinary summit of our time. We’re just hoping that Ramsay appreciated the Swedish Chef’s Shredded Wheat and Cranberry Sauce...

Morning Roundup is still to busy watching the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer on a continuous loop to think of much else, but still...links must be gathered and spread! And so, we bring you yet another legacy of the Romans, a list of great modern horror films for your Halloween edification, and a look back at Dragon magazine! 

[Plus, take flight with some Hobbits!]

Oct 10 2014 3:45pm

Will Magic Dance Again? Possible Labyrinth Sequel in the Works

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In addition to talking about their ongoing flirtation with a Dark Crystal sequel, there is possibly also a Labyrinth sequel happening. Which... could we please say no to this, as a people?

Labyrinth is a wonderful film, as well as a lovely bit of ’80s nostalgia. Many humans of various persuasions have stories to tell about David Bowie’s spandex. And many other people, particularly those who gather at Renaissance festivals, were intrigued enough by contact juggling that they learned how to do it themselves. But are any of those things enough reason to revisit the film? Can’t we all just watch Baby Toby’s new, original projects instead?

Are we being too harsh? What do the rest of you think?

Oct 6 2014 1:30pm

Exciting Highlights from the First-Ever New York Super Week!

New York Super Week event highlights 2014While New York Comic-Con doesn’t kick off until October 9, you can get in the mood early with New York Super Week! This first-annual pop culture festival runs from October 3rd-12th, with panels, parties, screenings, and much more in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Even better, you don’t need an NYCC pass to enjoy the festivities.

Check out some highlights, including a reunion of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast (moderated by William Shatner), an erotic Watchmen fanfiction competition, and DJ Hodor’s Rave of Thrones!

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Aug 14 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Our Boss Went to LonCon and All We Got Was This Stupid Grail

Irene Gallo has decided to get out of the Art Directing/Publishing/Website-Producing game and pursue some dragons! Possibly also windmills and/or the Holy Grail. Personally? We vote dragons. They’ll be much more fun to have around the office. If she brings the Grail back, we’ll just have moon-eyed knights, Nazis, and rogue archaeologists wandering in at all hours trying to steal it...although if she brings both back, then we could set up a dragon guard to protect the Grail...

Morning Roundup has writing advice from Tolkien himself, an investigation with the Ocean’s Greatest Detective, and possibilities for Guardians of the Galaxy 2!

[Plus, Muppets + Beastie Boys.]

Jul 26 2014 7:40pm

These New Orphan Black Clones Sure Are Unexpected

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Boy, Orphan Black season 3 is sure going to head off in some weird directions! How many Muppet clones of Tatiana Maslany are running around? How deep does the conspiracy go? Does Mr. Hooper know about this?!?

Oh...this is Maslany at Nerd HQ at San Diego Comic Con? Okay.

Wait, is Bert at Comic Con without Ernie?!? #scandal

Jul 21 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Cookie Monster Not Yet Al Dente

Is Cookie Monster our new Jesus? Will other Muppets begin appearing randomly in peoples’ foodstuffs? Cause if so we can totally work with that. If we happen to see a water-stained wall, and the stain forms itself into an image of Piggy? That’d be great. If we tear open a bag of potato chips, and find ourselves staring into the loving face of Grover? Best day ever. Children venture into a cave, only to find a vision of Kermit predicting the future? This is a world we’ll be happy to inhabit.

Morning Roundup has Star Wars news! And thoughts on Hercules’ writer, Spider-Man’s amazing future, and Kamala Khan’s cultural compromises!

[Plus a lesson in how to internet from Weird Al.]

Jul 7 2014 2:15pm

The Baby From Labyrinth Made a Short Puppet Film a Lot Like Labyrinth

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It turns out the baby in the stripey pajamas from Labyrinth kind of did grow up to be the Goblin King—in a sense. Toby Froud, who played the little tot David Bowie tossed around during “Magic Dance,” is all grown up and working in the family business: Following in the footsteps of his dad, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal conceptual artist Brian Froud, he’s teamed up with Heather Henson to bring us a wonderfully eerie, puppet-filled short film, Lessons Learned, which harkens back to the stylistic gloom of Labyrinth.

[Check out the trailer!]

Jul 3 2014 5:00pm

Happy Fourth of July from!

Your friends at are taking a small break to celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S., (as are our regular features) and in what has become a tradition for us, we like giving our readers a dose of Muppet patriotism courtesy of Sam the Eagle: keeping the world safe from weirdos since 1976.

Enjoy and have a great 4th of July!

Jun 5 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Who Will Serve as Tyrion’s Champion Against his Hair Stylist?

So yesterday the internet, the granter of all good things, coughed up this wonderful yearbook photo of Peter Dinklage and his rad 80s mullet. Everything about the makes us happy, from the Duran Duran-style feathering to the man-who-would-be-Tyrion’s badass countenance, and his (honestly, seriously) thoughtful yearbook quote from playwright Sam Shepard: “Words are tools of imagery in motion.”

Morning Roundup gasps as it realizes: the call is coming from within the Falcon! And we have news about a certain mystical doctor, and thoughts on how to teach both math and the alphabet!

[Plus a tribute to the man behind a wonderful Muppet]

Apr 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Power Boys Deserve Windows, Too!

Kate or Die shared this response to Power Girl’s inconveniently drafty creative costume. Before you worry about the fact that this would make the proposed Power Boy a, just think about how freeing and empowering it’ll feel for him! Once he gets used to it.

Artist Cory Walker has given us this beautifully succinct argument for form following function when it comes to superhero couture. He also points out the creative physics of cleavage creases! He’s made our week, and it’s only Tuesday.

Morning Roundup has thoughts on diversity in publishing, art from Star Wars Rebels, and a reconsideration of the proliferation of villains in the modern superhero epic.

[Plus, Kermit and Fozzie engage in an existential debate!]

Apr 17 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: This Pint-sized Agent Coulson Will Warm Your Cold, Dead Heart

Girls Love Comics made our century with this heartwarming drawing of Agent Coulson as a little boy. Do you think Mama Coulson called him Philly? And we bet he and his friends used to play “Cap vs. Hydra” all the time after school, never dreaming that one day grown up Coulson would... well... that things would get so complicated.

Adulthood sucks.

Morning Roundup has a come-to-Kermit moment, Pharrell lends his songsmithing to a spider, and there is yet another rumor about Days of Future Past!

[Plus, the best second best use of wine glasses we’ve ever seen.]

Mar 28 2014 11:00am

Tattoos Speak Louder Than Words: SFF Characters with Ink


Tattoos are pretty socially acceptable nowadays, but there was a time when just having interesting ink marked you as an outsider, a rebel, or even a criminal. Writers have used them for years to literally mark their characters, either to push them toward the edge of society, or to mark them as special, mystical, in touch with a magical word invisible to others.

We asked on Twitter for the best tattooed SFF characters, and we’ve collected some of the responses below. See if your favorite is here, and let us know who we missed in the comments!

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Mar 27 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Game of Thrones Art Openings are Always Grim Affairs

Looking to get into the proper mood for Game of Thrones? Robert M. Ball has a project called Beautiful Death, in which he presents imaginative illustrations of deaths from each episode of the show. He’s posting one per day, leading up to the Season 4 premiere, so it’s basically a gruesome advent calendar. Ball has only worked his way up through Season 2 so far, but obviously spoilers abound! (via The Mary Sue!)

Morning Roundup has new images from Gotham, and interviews with the people behind Tyrion Lannister and Jem, and an entire rainbow of Muppets!

[Plus a discussion of race in SFF!]