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Fri
Aug 22 2014 1:30pm

Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith’s Daughters to Fight Evil with Yoga and Apathy in New Movie

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Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are bringing their daughters to work... or is it that they’re providing support for their offspring in their burgeoning film careers? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith’s new movie Yoga Hosers will star his and Depp’s daughters as yoga-obsessed Canadian convenience store clerks, who have to harness their flexibility and inner light to battle ancient evils.

[The light in me is gonna dumpster the light in you’s face]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 12:45pm

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Confirms That Sandman Movie Is Still Happening: “We’re Working on a Script”

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been pretty quiet on the Sandman front since he announced in December 2013 that he’d be working on an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s iconic series. But thanks to some recent prodding from Moviefone, JGL relented and threw us a few scraps. Mostly about the help and insight he’s gotten from Robert Rodriguez and the guys behind Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

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Fri
Aug 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Thank Goodness They’ve Drawn Attention Away from Our Wang Computers Shirt

Ah, the heady days before the black turtleneck! You would literally have to team up with Bill Murray to humiliate a bunch of coke-addled yuppies during a tennis game on a yacht to be more ’80s than this fashion shoot. Apparently, Apple had a clothing line in 1986? And it was a neon explosion of wacky fonts, pleats, and shirts snugly tucked into high-waisted jeans? Check out the rest of the collection, and pay special attention to the child holding the yellow lunch box. That kid, that kid isn’t happy in his work.

Morning Roundup brings you tales of Chris Pratt’s stolen wardrobe, Galaxy Quest’s continuing mission, and the best Star Trek tie-in merchandise!

[Plus GoldenEye!]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 3:30pm

Does Evangeline Lilly’s New Hairdo Mean She’s Playing Wasp in Ant-Man?

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When Marvel’s Ant-Man kicked off production earlier this week, they shared an official photo that was pretty snoozeville. Not so with the cast and crew’s Instagram shots, which give us a lot more to work with.

Take, for instance, this Instagram pic Evangeline Lilly shared yesterday. “How’s my new do?” she coyly asked fans, who immediately set to speculating that her blunt bob is looking very Wasp-ish.

[How the movie is tweaking Ant-Man’s backstory]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 2:30pm

Who Wants to Play Two Truths and A Lie with John Scalzi?

John Scalzi is celebrating the release of Lock In with a rousing game of Two Truths and a Lie! The game is simple: Scalzi tells three stories, and you guess which are the truths and which one is the big fat fib. Google Play is hosting the game, and that’s not all: they’re also offering e-books of the whole Scalzi backlist for 50% off!

Check out the video below, and then head over to Google Play to guess play along and and pick up Lock In or one of Scalzi’s other fine titles!

[Click through for LIES.]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 1:30pm

Brandon Sanderson Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Brandon Sanderson has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge! But he won’t let a few ice cubes get in the way of editing. And like Vin Diesel, who used his Ice Bucket Challenge to suggest that people also Plant a Tree for Groot, Sanderson is promoting another charity along with the ALSA: he’s donating additional money to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, in Sir Terry Pratchett’s name. Check out the video below! 

[ICESPREN.]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 1:20pm

In an Alternate Universe, Pierce Brosnan Was Tim Burton’s Batman

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You think Pierce Brosnan, you think 1990s-to-early-2000s Bond, James Bond. But did you know that he almost helmed a very different franchise with a B-named character?

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Thu
Aug 21 2014 9:00am

Highlights from a Conversation Between George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb

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George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb appeared earlier this week at an event hosted by HarperVoyager UK, discussing how they build their fictional universes, create their characters and balance fantasy and reality; about their influences and inspirations, their struggles and successes. Jane Johnson, the editor for both Robin Hobb and George R. R. Martin, hosted the conversation.

From a trio of gilded thrones at the front of Freemason’s Hall in London, Martin, Hobb, and Johnson imparted wisdom to a packed crowd. Johnson started the event with some thrilling news: Game of Thrones had recently won a Hugo Award for the “Rains of Castamere” episode, and Hobb’s latest novel Fool’s Assassin will debut on the bestseller list at #4!

[Highlights from the evening]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Jean Grey Knows We’re Miserable Now

Poor Cyclops

We know, we know. It’s serious.

Morning Roundup barrels toward you in a double-decker bus full of links! Every day is Arbor Day if you’re Groot, the burly Rocket is just kinda weird, and Margaret Atwood talks about Maddaddam!

[Oh, and LEGO GHOSTBUSTERS.]

Wed
Aug 20 2014 12:10pm

“Nicolas Cage as Everyone” Meme Replaces All Your Favorite Genre Characters

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Whenever we’re feeling tired or blue we can always rely on the Nicolas Cage as Everyone meme to cheer us up. To our delight this time around, a bunch of new genre mash-ups had been added, including the above of Captain Nicholas Cage Picard. “Make it so...maaaan!” You just know Cage would order his whiskey “earl grey. hot” and probably ride the consoles like a cowboy from time to time. Also he would totally be into Lwaxana.

We need more Cage in our lives.

[Click through to see just how many canvases this face fits onto]

Wed
Aug 20 2014 11:18am

Hush Now, This is an Alternate Harry Potter Future Where Fred Weasley Lives and You Can’t Convince Us Otherwise

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You’re looking at the winner for best picture taken at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The rest of the Potter cast can rest easy, knowing that no matter how many cute photo ops they do at the new Diagon Alley extension, nothing will be as perfect as this. Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes could stage a wizard duel in the middle of the park, and it still wouldn’t bowl us over as much as when James and Oliver Phelps visited Zonko’s Joke Shop in 2011. (Look, we just discovered this photo and we love it, so hush.)

It’s like fanfiction, come to life. (AU, of course. *sniffle*) Just look at those mischief-making grins and the piles of jokes and tricks they’ve loaded up with. Who will they prank first? And why is George/Oliver rocking a fez? We can only imagine the possibilities.

Photo: Harry Potter Fans

Wed
Aug 20 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 23: Kate Elliott and N.K. Jemisin

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In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin invites authors Kate Elliott and N.K. Jemisin on to the show to talk about reader, writer, and publisher bias. How do our own blind spots influence the choices we make? How does that impact society? How can we do better?

[Listen here!]

Wed
Aug 20 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Hipster Elsa and Anna Build the Most Obscure Snowmen

Dorkly shared these fabulous Hipster Elsa and Anna from Epbot! It’s good to see that the sisters are still getting along, and we wish them the best with building an ice castle in Bushwick.

Morning Roundup isn’t ready to let go of these links! First, it looks like Millennials may have learned about politics from Cornelius Fudge. You can finally a see few minutes of that doomed Fantastic Four movie Roger Corman tried to make, and Lev Grossman wants to tell us about how wizards took over pop culture!

[Plus, an explosive new version of Up!]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 3:13pm

Former Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki Joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Mockingbird

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The last time Adrianne Palicki was on television in a comic book-inspired series, she was supposed to helm David E. Kelley’s questionable Wonder Woman project. Before that, she appeared in the pilot for The WB’s Aquaman, which also didn’t get picked up. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, third time’s the charm, as Palicki joins Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

[As a super-spy!]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 2:11pm

Take One Guess as to Who Benedict Cumberbatch Is Playing in The Jungle Book

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Everything in Benedict Cumberbatch’s career has led up to this. The carefully honed boredness of Sherlock Holmes. The extreme motion-capture faces and silky purr of Smaug. His Star Trek: Into Darkness character who shares the same name as the Jungle Book villain he’s been wonderfully, perfectly cast as.

Shere Khan, of course! We’re shocked it took this long for Andy Serkis (in his directorial debut) and the producers to land on Cumberbatch for the role. Because just look at that face—they wouldn’t even have to animate him any different, he already looks the part. (But if they wanted to do motion-capture—and considering it’s Serkis’ movie—we wouldn’t argue.)

This is not to be confused with Disney’s adaptation of The Jungle Book that’s in the works, starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba as Khan. Wait, who are we kidding? This is totally to be confused.

[via The Mary Sue]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 12:45pm

Guess Whose Birthday It Is!

Who could captain this mighty vessel? Whose birthday could it possibly be?

[Happy birthday, buddy! Animated GIF ahead!]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: You Think Pink is your Ally? Bane was Born in Pink, Moulded by It!

Tumblr-er RedGrieve provided us with a glimpse into Bane’s early years. Before he dedicated himself to terrorizing Batman, reducing Gotham to ashes, and giving people permission to die he liked to spend some “Bane” time, lying around in his pretty pink room, daydreaming about how many people would care once he put on the mask, and writing Talia’s name in his notebooks over and over. The “i” in Talia’s name is dotted with a heart.

Morning Roundup gives you permission to read the news! We have updates on Star Trek 3, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man, plus a glimpse of Chris Pratt’s alternate life as a surfer.

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Mon
Aug 18 2014 4:30pm

Ah, Only at the Hugo Awards Can You Feasibly Kidnap the Tenth Doctor

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Our Associate Publisher Irene Gallo was at this year’s Hugo Awards at LonCon and recently revealed that throughout the ceremony she was close enough to all but kidnap David Tennant i.e. the Tenth Doctor i.e. AUUUUUUUGH! Repeated queries from Stubby the Rocket to London on whether he has been kidnapped, why hasn’t he been kidnapped, can he be kidnapped, have gone unanswered.

And that wasn’t the only Doctor in the house!

[Doctors at the Hugo Awards]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 4:15pm

Rumor Has It Doctor Strange Won’t Be an Origin Story

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Everyone loves a good superhero origin story. Unless there’s been like 50 of them, which there kind of has, repeatedly Batman Begins, Man of Steel, Amazing Spider-Man, pretty much all of Marvel’s Phase 1 slate.

Especially with regard to the latter, it made sense to spend the time introducing these heroes, how they receive their powers, and their first obstacles. But now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is firmly established, rumor has it future films, like Doctor Strange, are dispensing with the origin story. To which we say: YES.

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