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October 14, 2014
A Category Unto Himself: The Works of China Miéville
Jared Shurin
October 10, 2014
Don’t Touch That Dial: Fall 2014 TV
Alex Brown
October 10, 2014
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 1
Kate Nepveu
October 7, 2014
Shell Shock and Eldritch Horror: “Dagon”
Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth
October 3, 2014
The Bloody Books of Halloween: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist
Will Errickson
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Tue
Oct 21 2014 11:00am

Everyone is Trying to Prove They’re Relevant: Birdman

Birdman movie, Michael Keaton, Riggan

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, as it says) was an experience. One that I will try to parse out below. But frankly, though I can go on about the true merits of the film, I expect my take to be wildly different from anyone else’s—it is a piece of art designed to speak to many people, in many walks of life, and much of what it has to say is dependent entirely on who is watching.

Minor spoilers for the film below.

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Mon
Oct 20 2014 2:00pm

Let’s Speculate About That Star Wars: Episode VII Concept Art

Star Wars Episode VII leaked concept art

Recently a huge batch of alleged Star Wars: Episode VII concept art was found hiding in plain sight in an ImageShack album. Though no one from Disney or Lucasfilm has commented either denying or verifying the images, we’ve got several reasons to believe that they’re real.

For one, you can no longer access the album. If you caught a glimpse, you would’ve seen that the images are gorgeous, but don’t give too much away—excellent speculation fodder. For another, several pieces of art match set photos we’ve already glimped, including the Greenwood Hangar we think is standing in for a Yavin 4 base, the AT-AT foot above, and several pieces starring newcomer Daisy Ridley. If these pieces are fake, someone went to a lot of trouble to craft them.

So, assuming these are real... let’s get speculating on what they tell us about the new trilogy!

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Mon
Oct 20 2014 12:00pm

Snow White: The Blankest Slate of Them All

Snow White reimaginings The Sleeper and the Spindle

The Internet is abuzz over Neil Gaiman's newest children's book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, in which “a sort-of Snow White” rescues “an almost Sleeping Beauty” from her enchanted sleep with a kiss. Yet that boundary-busting kiss is just the bookend to an adventure that sees the raven-haired Snow trading her wedding dress for chain mail and racing through tunnels to get to the imprisoned Princess.

Sounds pretty rad, right? Well, it's not pop culture's first instance of Ready-for-Action Snow White—not by far. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, why is Snow White the most reimagined of them all? Because, when you boil it down, she has no personality—you can project anything you want onto her.

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Sun
Oct 19 2014 3:15pm

You made a mighty fine Doctor. Doctor Who: “Flatline”

Doctor Who, Flatline

You may never look at murals the same way. “Flatline” is here to remind you that while two dimensions may seem harmless to the average three-dimensional being… there are many possibilities for what lies beyond our senses.

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Thu
Oct 16 2014 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban Chapters 17 and 18

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverThe Harry Potter Reread won’t dance. Don’t ask it.

This week we’re going to learn EVERYTHING. Most things, at least. A lot of things. All the exposition. You will like it, I promise. We’re in for Chapters 17 and 18 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—Cat, Rat, and Dog and Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs.

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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Sun
Oct 12 2014 5:15pm

Sneak Peek of Constantine at NYCC Looks Promising

Constantine, Matt Ryan

Constantine gave a showing of its pilot followed by a Q&A with David S. Goyer, and stars Matt Ryan and Angélica Celaya. If you’re curious about what’s in store for everyone’s favorite occultist, take a peek at the spoiler-light review below, plus what was said at the Q&A!

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Sat
Oct 11 2014 6:50pm

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 9:30am

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 4:35pm

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 11:00am

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 10:00am

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 12:45pm

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 7:00am

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 2:20pm

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 1:00pm

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 12:00pm

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 9:00am

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 1:40pm

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 10:00am

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 1:30pm

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.]