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The Age of Heroes is Here. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Fri
Jan 17 2014 4:18pm

Lady Sif Jamie Alexander Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Executive Director of Marvel TV Communications, Arune Singh just announced that Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) will be appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this spring in an “integral role”!

Singh and The Mary Sue also talked about what else is forthcoming in the latter half of the show’s first season. And I think I know why Sif might be showing up... Spoilers ahead!

[Asgardian vacation!]

Wed
Jan 15 2014 4:30pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 episode 12: Seeds

Now here’s the kind of one-two punch we like to see from our superhero TV shows! Just last week we got to find out what’s going on inside Coulson’s should-be-dead head and this week Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dropped its Big Big Plans For the Future on us. I am...cautiously excited for what comes next.

[But why?]

Mon
Jan 13 2014 6:00pm

Awesome Games Done Quick marathon 2014 Super Metroid

Even for those who grew up playing video games, the concept of a “speed run” might not be familiar. It means essentially what you think it means: playing a game in as quick a time that you can manage. But how that’s done has become so mind-bending and complex that there is now an entire community of gamers dedicated to turning games inside out in order to complete them in the quickest time.

Last week, from January 5th to the 11th, these gamers showed off their skills during a 7-day non-stop marathon of speed running, raising over one million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!

[You knew finishing Super Metroid in 30 minutes would come in handy someday]

Wed
Jan 8 2014 5:10pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 episode 11 The Magical Place review recap

Watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. climax can be very uncomfortable.

The year is 2014 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is BACK and ready to answer the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: Why am I so tired. What really happened to Coulson after he got stabbed in the heart by Loki? Are you ready for the answer? Because I guarantee that you are, and yet, the show doesn’t seem to believe me.

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Fri
Jan 3 2014 11:00am

You guys, we exist in a timeline where Community was never cancelled.

The season 5 double premiere “Repilot” and “Introduction to Teaching” was an excellent return to form; expertly tackling the difficulty of being funny and pulling off an even harder trick by making it feel like no time had passed while still talking constantly about the amount of time that had passed.

It also played out like the inside of my head, with all the self-loathing and misuse of Excel which that implies.

[Making you give up on your dreams is just a side effect]

Mon
Dec 23 2013 12:00pm

Rose, I’m Trying to Resonate Concrete: The Greatest, Smallest Moments of Doctor Who

The new series of Doctor Who and loud melodrama are best friends. Since the show began again in 2005, you can count on any season delivering at least one explosion, one moment of universal peril, and/or one tragic character twist. The new show has filled the skies with Daleks, set Gallifrey aflame, torn the Doctor from everyone he loves, killed Rory, and kissed Kylie Minogue. Doctor Who has no qualms about going straight for our panic button and pressing it hard.

And we enjoy it, otherwise we wouldn’t be watching. But lost in all the noise are small, lovely moments that are just as impactful; that portray just as much in only seconds. Below is a collection of our favorite, greatest, smallest moments from Doctor Who.

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Fri
Dec 20 2013 12:00pm

Best Doctor Who episodes Eleventh Doctor

Doctor Who has been one hell of a rollercoaster under Matt Smith and Steven Moffat’s reign. The quality of the episodes themselves has been markedly variable, as reflected in our own reviews, and for a little while the staff here was worried that we’d always be down about the show, or that we were chronicling the decline of the series.

Even if that had been the case (the 50th anniverary episode and its surroundings celebration did a huge, wonderful job at rejuvenating the series), Doctor Who is still the best damn sci-fi show on television. As we stand here, mere days from the fall of the Eleventh, we’re feeling thankful for all the sheer oddity that his episodes have added to the series as a whole. We pick our favorites below!

[Come along, honorary Ponds]

Wed
Dec 11 2013 2:30pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, episode 10: The Bridge

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s “The Bridge” brought us the show’s very first cliffhanger and possibly its worst episode since Echo became a back-up dancer so far. Did anyone else feel like they were being put on hold? Listening to the same jingles over and over, perking up when they stopped, only to hear the same disappointing pre-recorded update?

[Don’t we all want to know what happens the day after we die?]

Tue
Dec 10 2013 5:35pm

Amazing Spider-Man 4 Death of Peter Parker

Although Sony has already announced Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 for 2016 and 2018 respectively, Andrew Garfield recently revealed that he’s only signed up to play Peter Parker through to the third film. ComingSoon.net highlighted a statement from him in a recent press junket:

I mean I’m under contract for another after [Amazing Spider-Man 2]... as far as a fourth one? That’s not anything to do with me.

This is pretty straightforward contract talk and it doesn’t mean that Garfield won’t be in the fourth Amazing Spider-Man film, or that they won’t just recast Peter Parker if Garfield doesn't return. But it does make me wonder... does the movie Spider-Man need to be Peter Parker?

[Peter Parker...No More!]

Fri
Dec 6 2013 1:35pm

X-Men Apocalypse movie

Director Bryan Singer has announced that another X-Men film will follow 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past! Titled X-Men: Apocalypse, the installment will hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

There’s no information on what exactly the story will be like, but for comics fans that moniker can only mean one thing: a big screen adaptation of the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline from the late 1990s.

[That means some weird stuff]

Thu
Dec 5 2013 10:01am

Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer

If you included all three of the Sam Raimi films along with Amazing Spider-Man that might...might...explain why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is so progressively insane. As first trailers go, this one does not disappoint. Everything is crazypants and Spider-Man is here.

[First trailer for Amazing Spider-Man 2]

Wed
Dec 4 2013 5:25pm

Pompeii Kat Harington Jon Snow

Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the epic story of how I forced everyone to go see Pompeii for my birthday so we could thrill to the story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius notices Jon Snow’s RIDICULOUS ABS it gets...it’s just too much...and it erupts in a torrent of blazing lava. Jon Snow must fight his way out of the arena while Keifer Sutherland continually raises his goblet crying, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, how silly you all look running! What a marvelous show. I think I shall have some more wine! Hubris!”

[Watch the trailer for Pompeii.]

Wed
Nov 27 2013 11:00am

Agents of SHIELD season 1 episode 9 Repairs

Aw man, “ghosts did it” was my go-to excuse! Thanks for ruining it Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The ninth episode of the show, “Repairs,” teased that we would finally find out more of Agent Melinda May’s mysterious back story and boy did it…kind of forget to do that then suddenly remember at the end. While I like the sentiment behind why May is the ice cold kickpuncher that she is, this episode didn’t convince me that the showrunners even know why she’s that way, aside from simply wanting that to be the case.

[Honestly, if you get to take a wrench into hell you’re probably already one step ahead of the game.]

Mon
Nov 25 2013 10:00am

Ghostbusters

In our view, Ghostbusters is still one of the most perfect films of all time, and easily the best science fiction comedy. But sometimes what happened behind the scenes on a great film like this is almost as interesting as what we ended up seeing. Derived from the excellent director’s commentary track on the Ghostbusters DVDs, here are seven things you might not know about the boys in grey and the strange things going on in your neighborhood.

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Sat
Nov 23 2013 4:50pm

Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor 50th anniversary episode

Did you ever think, Doctor, that you would get so old that you would outlive your own race?

And did you ever think, Doctor Who, that your idiosyncratic charms would make you the longest-running science fiction television show ever?

Today, that longest-running show turned a 50 year corner with “The Day of the Doctor,” a multi-Doctor affair that explored one of the most theorized-about, personality-defining moments in the character’s history. We haven’t been this excited about a cultural event since the Beatles reunited in that alternate universe that we sometimes visit. Did the special live up to our expectations?

[Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor”]

Thu
Nov 21 2013 10:00am

15 Little-Known Facts About Classic Doctor Who

Let it not be said that visiting your local used bookstore doesn’t pay off from time to time! I’m lucky in that I get to pop in to Singularity and Co., New York City’s resident sci-fi/fantasy depository, and luckier still that a few months ago I stumbled across a copy of The Doctor Who File by Peter Haining, originally published in 1986, unknowingly during the twilight of the classic series.

With the 50th anniversary of the show here, the book now presents a fascinating hindsight into the early days of Doctor Who, and a plethora of great photos and details, small and large, that may not be known to the fanbase at large. Did you know there was nearly a Doctor Who movie starring Tom Baker? Did you know one Doctor’s regeneration was inspired by Buddhism? Did you know that every time you see Davros there is a kilt hiding under that Dalek rolly-chair? You will!

[15 little known facts about classic Doctor Who]

Wed
Nov 20 2013 11:30am

Agents of SHIELD episode 8 The Well

Asgardians give us so many emotions, you guys. Even when their presence is limited to all the smashed up stuff they leave behind. “The Well” was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s tie-in episode to the recent Thor: The Dark World movie and although it lacks the spectacle of that movie’s various settings, the episode still delivered a strong, fun story.

We begin with our agents in London, doing what they’re actually qualified to do: pick up Thor’s garbage.

[Haters to the left, spoilers to the right]

Tue
Nov 19 2013 11:00am
Excerpt
Eric Smith and Chris Lough

Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

If you’ve been looking at Tor.com or anywhere around the general geekosphere in the last couple of months then you’ve probably caught sight of The Geek’s Guide to Dating, a new how-to book by Eric Smith, coming out on December 3 from Quirk Books.

We’ve gotten a chance to read the book and absorb the lessons it imparts, and while those same lessons are straightforward and admirably presented without shaming, or pigeonholing, we couldn’t help but wonder...how do they work in the field?

To find out, our production manager Chris Lough went on a date with the author himself! Read on to see what advice he followed, what advice he didn’t, and how it all ended up.

[The Geek’s Guide to Dating dates geekily]

Wed
Nov 13 2013 2:35pm

Agents of SHIELD episode 7 The Hub

“I don’t want to alarm you, but I think you may have a mold problem,” Coulson says as he’s worked over by some Russians. Our favorite agent is cool as ice as a hard-edged capital-I Interrogator enters the room; appropriate considering how they’re all ensconced in a dank bunker in the depths of Siberia. The Interrogator is lovingly fondling his tools when Coulson asks, “Do you have the intel? No? We have three minutes, Agent Shaw.”

ZERG RUSH! May and Ward and Shaw and Coulson take everyone out and they rush to some bobsleds waiting out on the ice. “Where are the dogs?” Shaw asks. Coulson buttons up his blazer, grabs hold, and tells him, “Don’t be ridiculous.” The bobsleds zip away to The Bus and thus does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode “The Hub” establish that we’re about to see one of its best episodes yet.

[“You should see the Triskelion.”]

Sat
Nov 9 2013 2:50pm

Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor

Now that we’ve finally gotten our first footage from the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, let’s see if we can suss out what might be going on aside from the appearance of the mysterious John Hurt Time War Doctor.

There’s a good number of hints strewn about the trailers, some callbacks to the classic series, and one still that is hiding something totally baffling. (The Dalek fleet also makes an impressive desktop wallpaper, just saying!) Join me for some spoilers and speculation!

[Dissecting the Doctor Who 50th anniversary trailers]