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Sat
Oct 11 2014 5:50pm

Birdman Lands at NYCC!

Birdman movie

Birdman was at New York Comic Con to give a sneak peek of the film—which comes out on October 17th. And if you haven’t been convinced that you need to see this film... you really do need to. Especially if you’re enjoying the current deluge of superhero films.

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Fri
Oct 10 2014 8:30am

Legend of Korra Says Goodbye to Comic-Con

Legend of Korra, Korra Alone

At the Legend of Korra panel at NYCC, fans got a preview of an upcoming episode from the final season: “Korra Alone.” We’ve got some sneaky (very vague) highlights, and some behind the scenes fun from the voice actors.

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 3:35pm

Tomorrowland at Comic-Con — With George Clooney and Hugh Laurie!

Tomorrowland

The first proper teaser for Disney’s mysterious Tomorrowland project is here! Brad Bird and Damon Lindeloff were on hand to answer (very few) questions, but they brought us the first teasers. And then they did us all a favor and brought us George Clooney, who has never been been to a con before.

Spoilers below for some minor details and a clip!

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 10:00am

Dating and Death and Corporate Takeovers — Must Be Tuesday. Arrow: “The Calm”

Arrow, The Calm, season 3

After the relative epicness that was the Arrow season 2 finale, the archer and his band of buddies are back to keep Starling City safe. We hope. It’s something of a chore, as we keep finding out. But if you were worried that the start of season 3 would be as calm as its title suggests, don’t worry—we’re not even close to downtime.

Thar be spoilers for the premiere below, so don’t peek if you’re not caught up!

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 9:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 15 and 16

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, coverThe Harry Potter Reread is pondering whether any famous historical figures (who were not purported to be magical) were indeed wizards. Yes, Merlin was, but who else? Hatshepsut? Houdini? Hannibal? Why can the reread only come up with “H” names? This is not working out as planned.

This week, Hermione finally cracks and Buckbeak meets a tragic end… or does he? It’s Chapters 15 and 16 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Quidditch Final and Professor Trelawney’s Prediction.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Wed
Oct 8 2014 11:45am

The Fastest Origin Story Ever Told—Oddly Inappropriate For The Flash

The Flash, CW

A lot of folks have been excited for Arrow’s spinoff, The Flash, and that’s probably down to the backdoor pilot they seeded last season. The introduction of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen was exciting, in no small part due to the fact that Gustin was instantly likable.

But now the real pilot is upon us and, well… it was a strangely abrupt offering.

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Wed
Oct 8 2014 6:00am

The Legacy of Muad’Dib: The Cult That Frank Herbert Never Wanted

Frank Herbert, David A. JohnsonFrank Herbert, born today on October 8, knew a lot about a lot of things. He was interested in ecology, psychology, philosophy, sociobiology, politics, power, and the future of humankind. Given those many interests, and his varied writing on them, it’s no surprise that he attracted a devoted fan base. Some of them were so devoted that it led others to wonder whether Herbert was making his very own cult.

Which is supremely ironic, given that adoration of and fealty to sparkly leaders is something that Herbert was vehemently against. In fact, he used an entire book series to explore that theme to the fullest.

That book series was Dune.

[The sleeper has awakened…]

Sun
Oct 5 2014 1:20pm

I Don’t Feel Supported Right Now. Doctor Who: “Kill the Moon”

Doctor Who, Kill the Moon

Why would we want to kill our moon? Doctor Who was bound to think of a reason at some point, so we’ve arrived. And while the episode delivers some tour de force performances, it’s startlingly difficult to parse out where the center of the episode lies.

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Thu
Oct 2 2014 12:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 13 and 14

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, coverThe Harry Potter Reread wanted to start an arm-wrestling competition online, but once it tried to consider the logistics of such a match, it came up short and gave in. The reread apologizes for this lack of higher planning, and promises that arm-wrestling on the internet will probably be a thing some day, since we live in the future.

This week we’re looking going to find out how to lose and alienate one of your best friends, and how to a get caught outside of school without a permission slip! It’s Chapters 13 and 14 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw and Snape’s Grudge.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Mon
Sep 29 2014 11:00am

Cosplay is Not Killing Comic Con, and Neither are Selfies and “New” Fans

Superman costumes, Comic Con

Denise Dorman, wife of comics illustrator Dave Dorman recently made some waves with a piece she posted on her own blog ComicBookWife.com, which then appeared on Bleeding Cool. She was pointing to a very real problem at current conventions—that creators, writers, and illustrators are no longer making enough money at conventions to justify the expense of going in the first place. Her belief is that a new brand of convention-goer—the sort who worships cosplayers over creative talents—are largely to blame for this issue.

And... no. No, they’re not.

[But what is?]

Fri
Sep 26 2014 8:00am

This Chinese Comic Bootleg of Star Wars is Full of Droid Kissing and Booze

Star Wars Chinese Comic

Ah, the bootleg DVD. In China, this manner of receiving entertainment is all but an enterprise. (I have a particular memory of a friend’s father bringing home a pirated copy of Pirates of the Caribbean from a business trip to China, where the subtitles were clearly from a different film—during their duel, Will Turner accused Jack of never coming home: “All you want to do is go disco disco with your friends!”)

But before that, did you know that there were lianhuanhua? Meaning the equivalent of “linked picture book,” these were an early form of comic in China—many of which were adapted from popular films that the public didn’t have access to.

And you need to look at this Star Wars one.

[Check it.]

Thu
Sep 25 2014 12:40pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11 and 12

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, coverThe Harry Potter Reread is wondering what will happen when wizards discover the wonder of 3D printing and start making their wands that way. They could be any color of the rainbow and much easier for handling! Molded to the users grip! Laying the cores in would be a snap! Science + magic. The future is now.

We now return to your regularly scheduled dose of awkward Christmas presents and extra credit defense lessons. It’s Chapters 11 and 12 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Firebolt and The Patronus.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Sep 25 2014 9:00am

How Old is the Doctor, Really?

Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, chalkboard

Fun with math! Sort of.

Throughout the history of Doctor Who, the Time Lord has been known to hand out his age willy-nilly, almost as though he enjoys answering such a typically delicate question. But what is the true number? Can it really be calculated, or must it always be a lie? Who wants to play a numbers game?

[1200, give or take, can’t keep it straight…]

Sun
Sep 21 2014 12:30pm

Robbed A Bank. Robbed A Whole Bank. Doctor Who: “Time Heist”

Doctor Who, Time Heist

You’ve gotta have a heist episode, right?

It’s sort of remarkable that Who has avoided the heist play for this long, but perhaps you just need the right sort of Doctor for it. So, how does a robbery go when time travel is involved?

[Bow tie, embarrassing.]

Thu
Sep 18 2014 2:30pm

Moffat Admits Clara Oswald Was “Not A Participant” in Her Own Story Until Season 8 of Doctor Who

Clara Oswald, Doctor Who, Jena Coleman

Clara Oswald seems to be getting her due this season on Doctor Who, with more agency, her own personal storyline outside her orbit of the Doctor, and a far clearer picture of her character. And it would seem that Steven Moffat is ready to admit that she wasn’t done right by in the previous season, if a recent interview in Doctor Who Magazine is anything to go by...

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Thu
Sep 18 2014 1:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 9 and 10

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverThe Harry Potter Reread would learn to knit, but it would probably dream too big and start by trying to make a kraken, and that would probably end in knotted yarn and the destruction of many bottled ships, so… it’s probably just as well that knitting will never be a skill that the reread attempts.

This week we’re going to wonder why anyone would allow children to play sports in a massive thunderstorm and taste our first glass of butterbeer! It’s chapters 9 and 10 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—Grim Defeat and The Marauder’s Map.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 9:00am

Liveblogging Season Six of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Yoda

You know, I really didn’t want to finish this. At all. I think the only way I’m alright with it ending is knowing that Star Wars Rebels is coming, but even so, I’m going to miss these characters. I’m going to miss the prequels. If TCW has given me any great gift, that has to be the biggest of all.

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Thu
Sep 11 2014 2:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 7 and 8

Harry Potter and Prisoner of AzkabanThe Harry Potter Reread is going to undergo hypnosis therapy to conquer its fear of tipping over while riding a bike, and magical spoons. These are legitimate concerns, it swears. And hypnosis seems like such a nice way of getting rid of all that worry…

This week there is so much pet abuse! Also the first trip to Hogsmeade for all children lucky enough to attend. (Hint: Not Harry.) We’ve got Chapters 7 and 8 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Boggart in the Wardrobe and Flight of the Fat Lady.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Sat
Sep 6 2014 9:00pm

Much Better to Be A Story—Doctor Who: “Robot of Sherwood”

Doctor Who, Robot of Sherwood

Doctor Who/Robin Hood crossover? This is me making grabby hands as irritatingly as possible. See the grabby hands? Give. Give episode. Give it to me for cuddling.

That’s actually pretty close to my true impression of the episode, as you will see below.

[I have a spoon.]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 10:30am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 5 and 6

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverYou guys. Shucks, thank you for all the congrats last post! Back again, and the missus and I are mostly just shocked that it’s over, whoa that was fast awesome. (And yes, she’s definitely a Potterhead. Along with many other nerdly things. Though she’s more of a Tolkien buff—I am constantly schooled on elvish.)

And now we get to the introduction of my favorite character! And death omens. Which are always great. It’s time for Chapters 5 and 6 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Dementor and Talons and Tea Leaves.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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