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Thu
Jul 24 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Meeting of a Fine Cup of Coffee and Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

Here, have this thing! We found it on Facebook. We traced it back to this Tumblr. Apparently it’s called Captain’s Log? It makes some of us all of us very happy! Yay, Twin Peaks! Yay, Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Morning Roundup features some news on the next season of Game of Thrones, explores a hidden talent with a Guardian of the Galaxy, and revels in the many death of Gary Oldman.

[Plus some deep thoughts on Brave, bravery, and Orphan Black.]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 4:10pm

Sinister Six Will Come Out Before Amazing Spider-Man 3

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Sony is pre-kicking off San Diego Comic-Con with a complete rearrangement of their film slate! Columbia Pictures announced today that they’ve pushed back Amazing Spider-Man 3 to an unspecified date in 2018 and are instead moving up Spidey villains film Sinister Six to November 11, 2016.

[Here’s a guess as to why]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 3:35pm

Robert Downey Jr. is Open to More Iron Man Movies: “Why Give Up the Belt?”

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For the past year or more, we’ve been operating under the assumption that Robert Downey Jr. will be hanging up the mantle of Iron Man sooner rather than later, and that future Iron Man and Avenger films might star new characters jumping into the Iron Man suit, or that Disney and Marvel Studios might recast the role altogether. But a recent interview with RDJ gives us unexpected hope that he’s still game to play Tony Stark!

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 2:10pm

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is Real! It’s Coming!

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Some people are surely sighing over this, but we have no problem with another Pirates of the Caribbean film on the loose! Let's do this people! More Jack-Barbossa adventures! It's now set to open on July 7, 2017, so we've got some time.

No plot details have been released as of yet, but having the release date set gives us an idea of when the film will go into production, which is likely sometime in 2016!

News via the Disney blog.

Wed
Jul 23 2014 11:35am

The Stay Puft Mashmallow Man May Ruin Movies, but We’re Laughing too Hard to Notice

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The latest iteration of the #AddAWordRuinAMovie meme went wonderfully visual over the last few days, as some brilliant soul came up with #AddAPuftRuinAMovie. Because with the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, apparently we don’t have enough of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in our lives. And the Internet delivered. Oh, did it ever.

[“I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever possibly destroy us...”]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 19: Michael R Underwood

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In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin talks New Weird with guest Michael R. Underwood. Underwood is the author of three novels, including the recently released Shield and Crocus, which mashes the New Weird with superhero fiction. The chat covers topics ranging from Planescape, to the origins of New Weird, to a RARE bonus discussion about pedantic genre stuff.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 10:35am

Power Rangers Reboot Will Uphold the Series’ Continuity—Wait, Power Rangers Has Continuity?

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In a recent interview, Roberto Orci assured fans that he “won’t ruin” the upcoming Power Rangers reboot because they’re making pains to uphold the series’ continuity. But that’s where things get tricky, because matching canon wholeheartedly means reconciling ninjas, aliens, and dinosaurs. Let’s tap into the Morphing Continuity Grid and see what’s what!

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Our Coke is Also Named Bort

Come along, Bort.

Morning Roundup brings you an honest attempt to out-suck Vanilla Ice, the truth about Banthas, and some sympathy for Mr. Williams.

[Plus, we make our slow jams dreams come true!]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 4:15pm

Supernatural’s 200th Episode Will Feature Meta, Singing, Possibly Dancing

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Supernatural is certainly no stranger to the meta narrative, but their 200th episodes (set to air this upcoming season), is going the road of many great shows before it... with song!

[Hear ye, hear ye!]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 12:40pm

Is It Lucy Lawless vs. Agent Coulson For Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2?

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It’s always a delight to see Lucy Lawless appear on different genre shows after Xena: Warrior Princess. She pissed us off in all the best ways as D’Anna on Battlestar Galactica; she’s scarily conniving on Spartacus; she tamed the mighty Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation; and now, she’s joining the cast of ABC and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its second season.

But who will she play?

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:45am

Star Wars: Rebels Extended Trailer Proves That Where There’s a Will, There’s a Jedi

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We were decidedly underwhelmed by the first trailer for Star Wars: Rebels, worrying that the show was way too directed at Disney XD’s kid audience. But now the first extended trailer has dropped, and we’re getting much more of a Clone Wars vibe. You could say that we’re feeling... a new hope about this series.

[Watch the full trailer!]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:35am

Sleepy Hollow is Getting a New Sheriff?

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In an interview with the Television Critics Association, Sleepy Hollow producer Mark Goffman, said a new sheriff named Lena Reyes will join the Sleepy P.D. in Season Two! Obviously, Orlando Jones’ character wouldn’t be able to keep his job after the fallout from Season One, but we’re hoping that the former Capt. Irving sticks around in some capacity, because a world without Jones’ Twitter feed and Tumblr presence is not a world worth living in.

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:15am

Hellboy Artist Mike Mignola Made a Toy Story Poster

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Toy Story fans, rejoice! Dinosaur fans, rejoice! Because ABC is combining the two for this year’s holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. And here’s the first look at the San Diego Comic-Con poster, designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

[Click through for the whole poster, synopsis, and guest stars]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 9:28am

Extended Guardians of the Galaxy Clip Makes Us Wish We Were Friends With Groot

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We already wished we were friends with Groot anyway, since Vin Diesel seems like he’d be the most fun to hang out with. But this clip has us sold.

[Watch it]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Difference Becomes Pretty Academic Once You’ve Been Swallowed

We found this Bird and Moon comic on I [REDACTED] Love Science! And we do love science, but we’re glad that the scientifically improbable impromptu conference on the differences between “poisonous” and “venomous” allowed the adorable mouse to scamper away, and elude death for a few more minutes. We love science, but we also love anthropomorphized cartoon animals. If that’s wrong, we don’t wanna be right.

Morning Roundup features hidden backstory of some Guardians we’re fond of, an appreciation of Sansa Stark from her #1 fan, and a magical land where beaches are made of LEGO!

[Oh, and we mock a sacred peice of your childhood, probably, depending on when your childhood was.]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:24pm

Dwayne Johnson’s DC Character Is Probably Most Likely Shazam

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Why hasn’t Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—who’s made a name for himself as an intense action star able to run down bad guys and deliver great quips—ever gotten to play around in the DC Cinematic Universe? Simply because they haven’t found the absolute best role for him, it turns out.

But that’s about to change. On the press tour for his current film Hercules, the man formerly known as The Rock not only confirmed that he’s playing a DC Comics character, but he also dropped a lot of obvious hints that give us a pretty good idea who that is.

[“Just say the word.”]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:10pm

Competing J.R.R. Tolkien Biopics Present Different Takes on the Lord of the Rings Author

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What if we were to tell you that there are two J.R.R. Tolkien movies coming to theaters around 2015, and it's not further splitting up the third Hobbit film?

We've already written about the Tolkien origin story (appopriately titled) Tolkien, but now there's a competing biopic that has snagged an Easter 2015 release. Because while Tolkien is about how the author's World War I service influenced his writing, this new contender Tolkien & Lewis delves into religion, and a rivalry that goes even deeper than Gandalf vs. Saruman.

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 3:05pm

Harry Potter and the Midlife Crises You Didn’t See in J.K. Rowling’s New Story

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A mysterious new scar and Rita Skeeter’s Dumbledore’s Army biography are just the beginning of Harry Potter’s middle-aged woes. Defeating Voldemort and becoming The Boy Who’s Still Living brings with it a certain ennui.

Sure, you can rest on your laurels, but where are the childhood thrills of prophecies and Quidditch matches and the revolving door of Defense Against the Dark Arts professors?

But even the most mundane conflicts are funny, in these faux-book covers dreamed up by someecards.

[Interestingly, there’s no Harry Potter and Having to Give Teddy Lupin “The Talk”]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 2:30pm

Ken Liu has Won a Seiun Award!

Ken Liu has won a Seiun Award! His 2013 work, “The Paper Menagerie,” won in the “Best Translated Short Story” category.

The Seiun Awards were founded in 1970, and are voted on by the participants of the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention. (While Seiun literally means “nebula” in Japanese, the award is not affiliated with the Nebulas.) Previous award winners in the translated short story category include Thomas Disch, Roger Zelazny, and Greg Bear.

“The Paper Menagerie” has already been awarded the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and you can read it over at io9! You can also find original short fiction by Ken Liu here on Tor.com.

Mon
Jul 21 2014 1:45pm

Benedict Cumberbatch Breaks Nazi Codes, Hearts in The Imitation Game Trailer

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Alan Turing’s story is so tragic and yet inspiring on so many levels that it’s no surprise that the first trailer for the upcoming biopic The Imitation Game tugs at our heartstrings. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the prickly mathematician, enlisted to help crack the Nazis’ infamous Enigma code during World War II. To do so, they had to create an early prototype for the computer.

[“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine”]