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Mon
Mar 30 2015 4:00pm

A Dalek Goes Walkies in Seattle

Dalek in Seattle

Per-am-bu-late!

Come on, Dalek, we just took you for a walk and it’s cold out and we just took our shoes off and...fine. FINE.

Intrepid agent Ashley Reed forwarded us this picture from her adventures around Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con this past weekend of this life-sized moving Dalek just kind of...strolling...around the streets of Seattle. (But not the bike lanes! Very considerate.)

Dalek: Caff-ein-ate!
Barista: I’m sorry, sir, we only have decaf at the moment.
Dalek: ...
Barista: We do have some Teavana if you like...
Dalek: You would make a good Dalek.

This is, of course, the kind of world we’ve always wanted to live in.

Mon
Mar 30 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Flash Dance... What a Feeling

The Flash dance set photos Grant Gustin Tom Cavanagh

Well, isn’t this delightful: While shooting an episode of The Flash earlier this month, Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh (in-costume as The Flash and Reverse Flash) realized they had attracted an audience. What better reaction than to break into an impromptu waltz! Check out the whole gallery at ImageBam (via The Flash Spoilers).

Afternoon Roundup brings you a new Spock documentary; what happens when “the cloud” bursts; and the most badass deer to get caught in your headlights.

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Mon
Mar 30 2015 12:15pm

James Bond is a Kite Dancing in a Hurricane in the First Spectre Trailer

James Bond Spectre trailer Daniel Craig Christoph Waltz Blofeld

When Skyfall director Sam Mendes began talking about returning to the world of James Bond for the franchise’s 24th film—which we now know is Spectre—he said that it would act as a thematic, but not narrative, continuation of Skyfall. Judging from the first trailer, however, Spectre seems to have pulled a lot of its plot threads from the destruction of Skyfall itself.

[Watch the trailer]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 11:15am

Maisie Williams to Give Peter Capaldi “Exactly the Right Sort of Hell” on Doctor Who

Maisie Williams guest star Doctor Who

We get double the Maisie Williams this year! In addition to new intrigues (and familiar Needle stabbing) as Arya Stark on the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, Williams will also be guest starring on Doctor Who. The BBC tweeted the news over the weekend, including this great photo of Williams posing in the TARDIS.

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Mon
Mar 30 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Hello, I Am Baymax, Your Flight Attendant

Baymax flight attendant training China Air

Baymax wasn’t kidding when he said that flying makes him a better health care provider! Or maybe it’s that Baymax makes flying better. According to Kotaku, the Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Aviation trains its aspiring flight attendants by stuffing them in Baymax suits and making them shimmy down the already-cramped aisle of a typical airplane. Does that mean your soda and pretzels come with free fist-bumps?

Morning Roundup ponders a Doctor Who/Outlander crossover, how dark Sherlock season 4 will get, and Will Ferrell’s lovely singing voice.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015 5:12pm

See the First Pages from the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

illustrated Harry Potter Jim Kay

About a month ago, Imgur user SteampunkBrit got their hands on a preview copy of Bloomsbury’s fully-illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. They’ve shared several pages of Jim Kay’s fantastic illustrations; we’ve already seen a few previews, but this shows how the renderings of beloved wizarding world characters and locations actually interact with the text.

[Click through for pretty pages]

Fri
Mar 27 2015 4:00pm

The First Photo of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is Appropriately Racy

The great thing about 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Deadpool movie is that every bit of news and every update almost sounds like it’s come from the mouthy mercenary himself: The leaked test footage that reignited the interest in a standalone film; the snarky tweet that all-but-confirmed it; and now, the hilarious first image of Ryan Reynolds in costume as Deadpool.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Re-Opening the X-Files with Social Media!

Mulder Scully X-Files tweets

Aww. Our hearts were already fit to bursting when we learned that there will be new X-Files episodes, but then Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny had to go ahead and get back into character—and on Twitter for all of us to see, no less! #OhMyGod

Afternoon Roundup trades Snapchats with the Joker; is warily optimistic about Star Trek 3’s optimism; and ranks the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Here’s One Person Who Missed Moriarty

Moriarty fan Andrew Scott t shirt

There are very few geeky T-shirts that can have such a perfect use as this T-shirt a Sherlock fan wore to meet Andrew Scott. This is about the same face we would make if we met Moriarty, no matter how we were dressed for the occasion.

Morning Roundup brings you CGI used for a new (and possibly troubling) purpose; pitbulls dressed as dinosaurs; and Star Wars drones!

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 3:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Happy Birthday Nu Who!

Doctor Who birthday cards cast 10th anniversary

RadioTimes got the Doctor Who cast to share the sweetest, most touching birthday messages. Russell T. Davies says happy birhtday to the loyal fans; David Tennant and John Barrowman remember being Who fans before they joined; Simon Pegg, Sophia Myles, and other famous cameos chime in as well. But Billie Piper’s is the one that gives us the happy tears. Read them while eating TARDIS cake and reading about how “Rose” introduced a new generation to the series.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Jason Segel’s new LEGO project, high school cliques for the Internet, and reasons we’re getting closer to a Super Sad True Love Story.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 11:05am

New Avengers Line-Up Revealed

All-New All-Different Avengers

This summer, Marvel Comics is merging all of its various realities in a battle royale crossover event known as the Secret Wars, and today the new Avengers line-up that will emerge from that event has leaked (and then promptly officially released).

The new line-up reflects the changes that many of Marvel’s A-list characters have undergone in the past year—from Falcon taking up the mantle of Captain America to the power of Thor being passed on to a (currently) mystery woman—and seizing on the popularity of new characters such as Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man Miles Morales. Assembled, these characters present a bold representation of the Marvel Universe as it stands today.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Would Never Let Go of These Kitties!

Sinking Titanic Cat Condo

All right, Hollywood Kitty Company, we like the cut of your jib. Taking a historic tragedy/blockbuster Billy Zane-vehicle like Titanic and turning it into a cat toy... well, it’s the sort of thing that makes us love the internet. As you can see, the Sinking Titanic Kitty Condo provides multiple portholes and smokestacks for the cats to climb through, all propped up by a scratching post the kitties can cling to when they leap overboard. You can find more photos of cats on the deck of the Titanic over at Laughing Squid!

Morning Roundup brings news of Jubilee, Star Trek 3, and Mulder & Scully!

[Also, a stellar cover of an interstellar ballad.]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 5:02pm

Steven Spielberg to Direct Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg Ready Player One movieAlthough a few months ago Christopher Nolan was rumored to be bringing Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One to the big screen, Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg has attached himself to the adaptation!

It’s very fitting, considering that Spielberg has a lot more ’80s experience, having helmed some of our favorite movies from that era: E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. (All of which are mentioned in the book!)

The man knows his stuff, which is what we’ll need to see in a production that must combine a bleak, dystopian future characterized by overpopulation and the virtual-reality OASIS, and the nostalgia of War Games, Joust, and other ’80s classics.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 3:15pm

Cersei Flips Tables and Sansa Crushes on Margaery in The Real Housewives of Westeros

The Real Housewives of Westeros

What if Game of Thrones were on Bravo instead of HBO? For one, all of the women (and a few catty men) of Westeros would fight over the Iron Throne—and there would be so many banquet fights that the Red Wedding would look like amateur hour.

“No one even likes each other, but they’re only there because there’s only a few women in Westeros, and they have to rally together, but they hate each other secretly,” Sophie Turner explains in the beginning of her pitch for The Real Housewives of Westeros. It’s part of Vanity Fair’s Improv Imagination series, in which they let celebrities run wild with their stream-of-consciousness imaginings, and then illustrate their ramblings.

[“Winter may be coming, but I’m hella hot”]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: The Fall of Sauron Dance Party Derails the MTA

Fall of Sauron dance party fake MTA posters Puck Works

New York City’s MTA, which runs the subway system, has had its share of bad press lately, with winter delays and fare hikes. However, celebrating the Fall of the Dark Lord Sauron is one delay we would gladly endure, if it meant we got to attend the Book Festival in Minas Morgul and the Costume Dance Party in the Crack of Doom! ...Wait, how will we get there? (Hat-tip to Gothamist for spotting these posters around NYC.)

Afternoon Roundup brings you a memoir on the first season of Lost; the first look at Lex Luthor; and a triumph for geeks and inclusion.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: A Transformative Father-Son Bonding Project

Transformers

Yu Zhilin and his son have found a lucrative hobby! The two farmers, who live in the Hunan Province of China, work together to transform used car parts into robots that may seem…familiar. After much practice and hard work, Yu Zhilin has become “the unquestioned top amateur Transformers-builder in Hunan province” and they’ve turned their hobby into a lucrative, killer-robot-providing business! Just look at those suckers! They should definitely be able to defeat the robot dinosaurs when they come to Earth to kill us all. You can see more photos of the pair’s work at Laughing Squid!

Morning Roundup brings you deep thoughts echoing up from the mind of Haruki Murakami, a fond farewell from Mary Robinette Kowal, and thoughts on diversity in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

[Plus TIE Fighters!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 5:00pm

Now You Can Join the Clone Club with the Orphan Black Fashion Collection

Orphan Black fashion collection Hot Topic

So, you love Orphan Black, and you’ve already snatched up the Funko Smart POP figurines of the Clone Club to join you in your season 3 viewing party. And you know without thinking about it which clone you are, right? (Helena when you’re on a sugar high, Alison when you’re feeling crafty.) Well, here’s your chance to dress up as any and all of Project Leda’s offspring.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 4:00pm

SFWA’s Humble Bundle Provides Tons of Post-Apocalyptic Reading Material

Humble Bundle post apocalypse

Not only is the new Humble Bundle post-apocalypse-themed, but it’s also the organization’s first mixed-media bundle. You know, in case we wind up in a Fahrenheit 451-esque future and need different media through which to remember our favorite stories. The Humble Post-Apocalyptic Bundle includes books, graphic novels, magazines, an audiobook, and a game.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Thor Loooves Yogurt

Avengers Nine-Nine illustratedkate Tumblr

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is already one of our favorite non-genre TV shows, but then Tumblr user illustratedkate had to go and make it even better by Avengers-izing the opening credits. Of course Tony has an Iron Man action figure, and Natasha gets cranky about technology on the fritz, but the best is Clint Barton dancing around with his cell phone and a doofy grin. We need this crossover parody yesterday.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Russo brothers domination; Tom Felton meeting Harry Potter superfans; and every argument ever made about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:49am

Martin Scorsese to Adapt Kenneth Branagh’s Take on Macbeth for the Big Screen

Macbeth movie Kenneth Branagh Martin Scorsese

What great timing! While we’re reading Shakespeare on Tor.com, yet another adaptation is in the works.

In early February, several outlets reported that Martin Scorsese was considering taking his first leap into Shakespearean lore, intrigued as he was by Kenneth Branagh’s 2013 production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival. Now, Branagh has confirmed that Scorsese will indeed direct the film adaptation.

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