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Tue
Jul 22 2014 2:06pm

Will Netflix’s Daredevil Merge Two Different NYCs?

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At the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere red carpet, Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight dropped some hints for what we could expect of Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series. Though he couldn’t talk specifics, he and the other producers do have a clear idea of what the tone of the series will be.

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 1:00pm

Working at the Spice Mines—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Bounty

You know when you have that one friend who is really great, but they hang out with some bad people and kind of get brainwashed into wanting to kill you and your other friends? No? Man, those young Jedi do. And worst of all, that one really cool friend is a giant Wookiee. Not the sort of person you want off your side in a galactic crisis.

But don’t worry because everything will be alright by the end of Jedi Bounty! Sort of? Maybe? At least we’ll get a glimpse of that Diversity Alliance operation. There are drugs involved, so maybe that will smooth things over… actually, considering the effects of spice, probably not.

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Mon
Jul 14 2014 1:00pm

Is Anyone Excited to See Dengar? Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Delusions of Grandeur

Star Wars, Young Jedi Knights, Delusions of GrandeurWho wants a we-were-kidnapped-by-Hethrir reunion? The Young Jedi Knights do! And we have to admit, it is kind of fun seeing the gang back together. Even if one of the gang has fallen in with some nasty friends? Wait. We should probably reconsider this… Unless we decide to turn it into some sort of Rebel Without a Cause knockoff? We think Jacen Solo should dress more like James Dean, at the very least.

But it’s Delusions of Grandeur! We’re not entirely sure why it’s essential to use a Han Solo quote for the title of the book, but we like it. Because teenagers have said delusions often. We remember.

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Thu
Jul 10 2014 3:15pm

Batgirl Gets a New Creative Team and a Rad New Look

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Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl has been through a hell of a lot: getting paralyzed and becoming the hacker hero Oracle in 1986, only to get retconned in DC Comics’ New 52 in 2011, regaining the use of her legs. Not to mention her brother being a serial murderer and her family falling apart.

So, DC is giving her a break. Starting with Batgirl #35, we’ll see the lighter, younger, more hipster-y adventures of Barbara Gordon—a redux complete with a whole new creative team and a much more practical (but thrift store-approved) costume.

[Find out what the new Babs has in common with Veronica Mars and Sherlock Holmes]

Mon
Jul 7 2014 1:00pm

Space Arachnophobia—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Diversity Alliance

Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Diversity Alliance coverIf you don’t like spiders, then the words “combat arachnid” are probably not going to make you very happy. In which case… hooray, you’re not a Jedi-in-training? But these kids are, so they’re probably going to have to deal with that at some point. If you guessed that they’ll have to deal with it this week, then you are probably Force-sensitive (or just appropriately observant)! But aren’t arachnids supposed to have eight legs? Aren’t twelve legs more than eight legs? There are the insistent questions that creep up on us at night.

Also, if you thought those Solo kids were going to leave the retrieval of a kidnapped man up to their super-competent father… well, they’re not, so sit back and enjoy Diversity Alliance!

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Mon
Jun 30 2014 1:00pm

Jedi Study Abroad Credits—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Shards of Alderaan

Young Jedi Knights, Star Wars, Shards of AlderaanWe’ve got some generational repetition going down this week on the Young Jedi Knights Reread! Which is just as well, because we’re pretty sure you’re not a Solo until someone in Mandalorian combat armor has chased you down.

Notice we didn’t say Boba Fett. (Spoiler: the authors wanted it to be Boba Fett. Additional spoiler: it’s not Boba Fett.) But it’s pretty darn close—how close? You’re going to have to read along to find out! It’s not Gregor the Clone Trooper. We’re sad about that, but mostly because Gregor was the man.

By the way, did you ever wonder what became of Leia’s destroyed homeworld? You’re in luck because Shards of Alderaan is here to let us in on some secrets.

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Mon
Jun 23 2014 1:00pm

We Will Get Fooled Again (By the Emperor)—Star Wars Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Under Siege

Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Under SiegeThe Young Jedi Knights reread has reached the pinnacle of its first arc! Shadow Academy vs. Jedi Praxeum—who throws down? Who rises up? Who dies on board an exploding space station? Who unexpectedly helps out? What else blows up? (That last one is actually the surprising part.)

We’re talking about Jedi Under Siege, which was the final installment of the first Young Jedi Knight arc. We’ve got young Jedi against Nightsisters, Imperials against New Republic forces, master against former apprentice. There’s a lot going on, so we’re putting on our Force-thinking caps and trying to piece it all out. Because coming of age one generation after Luke Skywalker was never going to be easy.

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Mon
Jun 16 2014 3:00pm

Feed Me, Lowie, Feed Me Now!—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Darkest Knight

Star Wars, Young Jedi Knights, Darkest KnightAdventures on Kashyyyk! Did you have any idea that Wookiee coming-of-age rights would be so perilous? We figure we probably should have guessed—you don’t get to be as rocking as Chewbacca without going through it.

This week’s Young Jedi Knight reread is Darkest Knight! If you’re groaning at the word play, we’re not surprised, though the title is apt in this case. We get to meet Lowie’s sister in this one, and see exactly how Zekk is doing with that dark side scholarship he signed up for. Carnivorous plants are forthcoming.

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Mon
Jun 9 2014 1:00pm

Tenel Ka, Warrior Princess—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Lightsabers

Star Wars Young Jedi Knights Lightsabers This is basically the YJK reread Natalie and Emily have been waiting to get to. For so many reasons. Mostly for the fact that it goes nowhere anyone would expect a kid’s novel to go, particularly not a Star Wars one. Some real s*** happens in this book.

As titles go, nothing really screams Star Wars more than “lightsabers.” I mean, maybe just “Jedi” or “Vader,” but “lightsabers” is a pretty good move. And since getting your own lightsaber is one of the biggest steps on the road to Jedi Knighthood, you know that this is going to be pretty important. So are you ready for the Serious Issues to get tackled in this series? Because we’re going there.

[“Want to hear a joke?”]

Mon
Jun 2 2014 1:00pm

How to Make Sith and Infuriate Solos?—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: The Lost Ones

Star Wars: The Lost Ones, Young Jedi KnightsReady to find out about a special friend you never knew Jacen and Jaina had? It’s time to meet Zekk and go on vacation and all sorts of other fun stuff because the Young Jedi Knights Reread is back with The Lost Ones!

We hope you missed the Shadow Academy because they’re up to their old tricks! (Actually, they’re new tricks if we’re being real honest here, and we should be honest since the Shadow Academy is trying really hard, you guys.) Recruitment is up, or it’s about to be up by at least one. And diplomatic functions are an easy place to get made fun of, so watch out for that next time you find yourself at one.

[Who are those lost ones, anyhow?]

Mon
May 19 2014 1:00pm

My Other Sister is a Nightsister—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Shadow Academy

Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Shadow Academy coverThe Young Jedi Knights Reread is onto the second book—Shadow Academy! AKA, where the story probably should have really started, but you know how it is. This is where we get an important reintroduction to some characters from the Expanded Universe and an idea of where this first arc is going.

Emily and Natalie are back to tell you all about Nightsisters, turning to the Dark Side, and questionable business practices! So let’s dive on in (there’s a GemDiver station, so we were kind of making a pun there) to the next installment!

[And Brakiss is back.]

Mon
May 12 2014 1:00pm

Fast Times at Jedi High—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force

Star Wars Young Jedi Knights Heirs of the Force coverHey there, Star Wars fans! This Expanded Universe reread is going to go a little differently from the others. See, Emily Asher-Perrin and Natalie Zutter have spent an inadvisable amount of time in Brooklyn bars discussing their childhoods reading Star Wars books… and how prominently the Young Jedi Knights series featured in that. (Both of them dressed up as Tenel Ka when they were small, and believe that this says something about them personally. They do not know what. No, you can’t see the pictures. Well… maybe.)

For those who may be unaware, the Young Jedi Knights series was concerned with the training and hijinks of Han and Leia’s twins, Jacen and Jaina, and their cadre of friends. There were lessons! Friendships! Drama! Teenage romance! Lots of puns and questionable humor! And these were the first books to feature the Solo twins slightly older and more competent. So there’s that.

So we’re going to start at the beginning with Heirs of the Force!

[Chewie has a nephew?]

Wed
Feb 12 2014 6:00pm

The 5 Soapiest Romances in the Star Wars Expanded Universe

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For a space opera, the Star Wars universe certainly delves into soap opera territory when it comes to the love lives of its characters. I’m not talking your typical star-crossed romances, though there are plenty of those. Because once you strip aside all the Force politics that propel most of the interstellar conflict, you still have people who are lonely and yearning for their soulmates.

Han Solo and Leia Organa have the purest love story, hands down. What can beat “I love you”/“I know” as you watch your beloved get frozen in carbonite? So when it comes to the love lives of the Solos’ kids, or Luke’s questionable dating life, writers in the Expanded Universe had to get awfully creative. As in, ghosts, pheromones, hatesex, and a love child or two.

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Fri
Nov 1 2013 1:45pm

You Can Do It! NaNoWriMo Success Stories

NaNoWriMo Success Stories

National Novel Writing Month, more affectionately known as NaNoWriMo, started its fifteenth year last night/this morning at midnight. You have a month to write a 50,000-word novel—just creating, no editing or backtracking—and you’ve got 200,000 people working alongside you on their own passion projects. A wonderful component of NaNo is the public “write-ins” with your fellow novelists in your town, or online with other writers. There’s nothing like a shared goal to inspire you.

It also helps that there are a number of success stories where NaNo drafts eventually became published novels. And would you believe me if I told you that one of them was adapted into a 2011 movie starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson?

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Fri
Apr 26 2013 12:20pm

Man of Steel Screenwriter Talks Justice League and Wonder Woman Movies

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David S. Goyer, screenwriter for Man of Steeltook to Reddit’s r/IAmA subreddit last night to discuss the high stakes facing DC’s Superman reboot. Unlike other celebrities who treat Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread as an online press conference and push their projects without personality, Goyer demonstrated an actual understanding of Reddit’s community and the DC fandom with engaging—and even snarky—answers. When some Redditors teased him about whether he could dodge any questions about the rumored Justice League adaptation, he responded, “Dude, I can dodge Justice League until the end of this AMA.”

But Reddit eventually wore him down.

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Fri
Apr 19 2013 4:10pm

Emma Roberts Says They “Played It More Real” For The Delirium Pilot

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These days, it seems like every member of young Hollywood is involved in a YA series adaptation of some sort. While speaking with Emma Roberts about her new film Adult World at the Tribeca Film Festival, Tor.com got her to spill a little bit about Delirium, the TV pilot she recently wrapped. She spoke about where on the YA spectrum the show falls—gritty realism or ethereal metaphor—and what draws her to characters like Lena Haloway.

Lauren Oliver’s novel Delirium envisions a dystopian United States where every citizen is afflicted with amor deliria nervosa, or the love disease. Lena (Roberts) longs for her 18th birthday when she can finally get the surgical cure... that is, until she meets Alex Sheathes (Daren Kagasoff).

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Thu
Apr 18 2013 11:05am

R.I.P.D. Trailer Looks Like An Undead Men In Black

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The first trailer for supernatural cop movie R.I.P.D. has dropped, and you have the right to pass judgment on this unexpected blend of Men in Black and Left 4 Dead. Ryan Reynolds is his usual straight guy yanked along with the crazy plan and snarking about it every step of the way. Jeff Bridges has basically resurrected his True Grit character Rooster Cogburn. Cheesy or brilliant? Your call.

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Wed
Apr 17 2013 5:05pm

Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars Filibuster is the Best Episode VII Pitch We’ve Heard So Far

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Tor.com has already touched upon 30 Rock’s geekiest moments, but who knew that Parks and Recreation could give its fellow sitcom such a run for its money? Uber-nerd Patton Oswalt guest-stars on this Thursday’s episode and this deleted scene proves why he’s so beloved among his fellow geeks. Listen to him launch into an eight-minute filibuster speech detailing his dream plotline for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Not only is it a really solid pitch for the prequels, but it’s 100% improvised.

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Wed
Apr 17 2013 3:30pm

Pixar Confirms New Pete Docter Movie Inside Out For 2015

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Since we left the movie theater happy-sobbing at Disney•Pixar’s Up in 2009, we’ve wondered what writer-director Pete Docter would do for his follow-up. The studio has had him slotted in for “Untitled Disney•Pixar ‏Inside The Mind Film” for years now, but finally they’ve confirmed that Docter’s movie Inside Out is indeed happening.

And as you might have guessed from this rad concept art, Inside Out is going where no Disney•Pixar film has yet explored... the human mind. But there’s even more to this project!

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Mon
Apr 15 2013 12:15am

General Zod Calls Out Superman In New Man Of Steel Viral Trailer

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In addition to the Catching Fire teaser trailer, the MTV Movie Awards also brought us this piece of viral marketing for Man of Steel! Our first look at General Zod (Michael Shannon) is an eerie one, as he issues an ultimatum to the citizens of Earth and the Kryptonian hidden in their midst.

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