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Apr 20 2015 10:42am

Meet Doctor Doom in the New Fantastic Four Trailer

Fantastic Four trailer Doctor Doom

The second Fantastic Four trailer is here! And it fills in some of the gaps from the first trailer, showing us how Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm wind up traveling to an alternate dimension, getting zapped with body-changing powers, and opening a door they don’t know how to close. Plus, we get our first glimpse of the fledgling team’s nemesis, Doctor Doom.

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Apr 20 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: HND>JFK>DGB

Star Wars airplane

Among the many fabulous premieres at Star Wars Celebration 2015, All Nippon Airways found a way to stand out. Who cares about a new toy when you can fly somewhere in R2-D2? This new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is part of a whole fleet of Star Wars-themed planes designed to bring ANA to a larger audience. We’re assuming that their next one will be a real-live working Millennium Falcon, ’cause we need that to exist.

Morning Roundup has found the freakier side of Disney, and discovers that it’s the best side. Plus we delve into the mind of Ada Lovelace and share some newly-discovered moments from a classic work of sci-fi!

[Plus Vin Diesel.]

Apr 18 2015 8:33am

Check Out the First Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer

The first Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is here, in glorious HD! And in case you were wondering why “Batman” comes first in that title, it’s because everyone hates Superman.

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Apr 17 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Hodor Joins Up with the X-Men

Professor X Hodor pop culture mashup artist Marco D'Alfonso

Professor X has upgraded from his wheelchair to the kind of transportation that not only gets you places, but deals with nastiness along the way, and responds to your sage advice with only one word. This Professor X/Hodor match made in heaven is just one of many pop culture mashups by Marco D’Alfsonso (collected on Imgur and his deviantART page).

Afternoon Roundup brings you Wonder Woman in South Africa; your dream library; and the one thing you never noticed about Star Trek.

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Apr 17 2015 11:15am

We Could Get a Doctor Who Movie in the Next Eight Years

Doctor Who movie news Sony email leak

With the entirety of the leaked Sony emails getting uploaded to Wikileaks, we now know that the BBC wants to make another Doctor Who movie. An email exchange from January 2014 between Andrew Wong (president of International Production for Sony) and Sony chief executive Michael Lynton details how BBC Worldwide wants to capitalize on the brand’s resurgence in popularity, but the showrunners are worried about it being done badly.

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Apr 17 2015 10:53am

Ryan Gosling May Join the Blade Runner Sequel!

Ryan Gosling joins Blade Runner

The Blade Runner sequel seems to be on track! According to Variety, Ryan Gosling is negotiating to join the film, and according to People, this will make the film “even sexier.” Because, while thoughtful meditations on corporate soullessness and the relentless march of mortality are always super-hot, the addition of Ryan Gosling to a project adds at least 20% more sexiness. Harrison Ford, who is currently making us all weep tears of joy in the new Star Wars trailer, has already signed on to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. But since he's become America's irascible grandpa, he can no longer be relied upon to provide enough pure, uninhibited smolder to films that encourage us to stare into the void of our own existence. It was good of Gosling to answer the call.

[So...which sexy character will Ryan Gosling add even more sexiness to?]

Apr 17 2015 9:00am

The Cover of Each Max Gladstone Book Has Predicted the Cover of the Next One

Max Gladstone covers

We all knew Max Gladstone was some kind of red mage-ish wizard, but who knew that his wily magic influenced all who work on his books?

The other day, Tor Books designer Jamie Stafford-Hill noticed something turns out that the type color of the book title on each of Max Gladstone’s books in the Craft Sequence of novels has unintentionally become the thematic color for the following novel, before that novel is even finished!


Apr 17 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Cards Against Injustice!

Batman Cards Against Humanity

Now this is how you play Cards Against Humanity! It’s also how you become Batman.

Morning Roundup finds Joss Whedon sitting in a corner, talking about blood, death, and sacrifice...and then the Game of Thrones director talks about blood, death, and wine, so that’s some improvement. Plus, the rebirth of Archie!

[And we take an intimate look at The Matrix.]

Apr 16 2015 3:35pm

6 Things We Learned from Star Wars Celebration’s The Force Awakens Panel

Star Wars The Force Awakens panel highlights

At the tenth annual Star Wars Celebration, The Force Awakens writer-director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy took to the stage to talk about the special effects, the characters, and their excitement to bring the new trilogy to the fans. (And to share a new teaser!)

Joined by cast members old and new, they shared details about the characters who popped up in the first trailer, and intel on that desert planet (it’s not Tatooine). Plus, BB-8 rolled on up and stole the show, as always. Check out the panel highlights below!

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Apr 16 2015 2:21pm

Watch the New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens new teaser trailer Han Solo Chewbacca

At Star Wars Celebration today, J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy closed off their The Force Awakens panel with another new look at the film! We start with a shot of an Imperial Star Destroyer crashed on the desert planet of Jakku (not Tatooine!) and end with Han Solo saying, “Chewie, we’re home.” Yep, this is wonderful.

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Apr 16 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Tatiana Maslany is ALL of the Emojis

Tatiana Maslany emojis Clone Club Autostraddle

Presenting Tatiana Maslany’s greatest acting triumph yet: embodying every single emoji! In Autostraddle’s amazing chart, they realized that if you can think of a facial expression, one of the members of the Clone Club has probably made it. People should be texting these instead of emoji! While we’re at it, let’s just bring back LiveJournal mood themes!

Afternoon Roundup knocks back a geeky drink with Chuck; wishes that Ian McKellen would journal all of his movie experiences; and finds out if your cat is a Time Lord.

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Apr 16 2015 11:22am

Gollancz Acquires The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds

A Meeting with Medusa Arthur C. Clarke The Medusa Chronicles Stephen Baxter Alastair Reynolds GollanczGollancz has acquired world rights to The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds. This science fiction adventure is a loose sequel to Arthur C. Clarke’s Nebula-winning novella A Meeting with Medusa and “will be a true sense-of-wonder story,” according to the imprint’s announcement.

Clarke’s novella followed Howard Falcon, captain of an experimental airship, who after an accidental crash has most of his body replaced by prosthetics. Years later, he leads an expedition to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter, where he encounters a strange, jellyfish-like creature (the Medusa) before he must evacuate for the safety of the expedition.

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Apr 16 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Your Daily Nightmare Fuel

Do you have any loved ones, officemates, or random children who need to be terrified? Might we suggest this lifelike, dead-eyed wearable cat head? It comes to us from something called The Japan Wool Art Company, and was created by Housetu Sato, who is clearly a damn hero.

Morning Roundup brings you the wit and wisdom of Peter Parker, some great news for those of you interested in a Star War, and the possible new director for the possible update of Flash Gordon!

[Plus we have totally legitimate reason to make our favorite Aliens reference!]

Apr 15 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Imma Let You Finish Your Raid, But...

Kanye West RPG character photo

When Kanye West showed up to a fashion show rocking quite the cloak, comedian Whitney Reynolds wondered if he were going for RGP chic. Already we could see the resemblance, but then Tumblr and Imgur took us all the way there by adding this loot he clearly picked up on his Kanye Quest. We can’t put it much better than the Imgurian who said: “Imma let you finish your raid, but Leeroy Jenkins was the best raider of all time.”

Afternoon Roundup would sit and listen to Kate Mulgrew talk being Janeway all day, but there are Little Shop of Horrors songs to listen to and “fade to white” movie sequences to watch!

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Apr 15 2015 12:00pm

Recasting The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture Show

When we got news of The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake, we had two reactions. The first, most obvious one, was WHY THE HELL ARE THEY DOING THIS? But the second was a gleeful recasting of the film, ’cause if we’re getting a new Rocky, we want it to be an EPIC new Rocky. So here are our picks for Rocky 2016 or whatever. Let us know what you think!

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Apr 15 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: He’s Especially Good At Instagramming

Disney selfies Gaston Instagram

Italian artist Simona Bonafini has set Disney characters loose on Instagram, with hilarious results! Aladdin and Jasmine should probably ease up on the PDA, Anna seriously needs to stop ruinng all of Elsa’s pics, and Hercules... well, he had better never run for political office. But our favorite was Gaston, who clearly thrives in the age of the selfie. [via BoingBoing!]

Today’s Morning Roundup will tell you a tale of how Ultron nearly claimed Joss Whedon as his first victim! We’ll listen to Cixin Liu talk about Chinese science fiction! And we’ll climb up a water tower to sound the barbaric yawp of our appreciation for Daredevil!

[And we turn our cranks to Frank!]

Apr 14 2015 3:45pm

Jo Walton Writes Amazing Godzilla Sonnets

Godzilla sonnets Jo Walton Vericon charity auction

Remember the existential feels brought on by Godzilla haikus? Once again, Gojira is the star of poetry, thanks to Vericon and Jo Walton. As part of a charity auction, Walton was asked (by fellow author Ada Palmer) to write a sonnet with the theme “Godzilla vs. Shakespeare.” But, as she explains on her website, “people usually ask me for such boring things, and this was such a fun one that I ended up writing a whole bunch of them.”

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Apr 14 2015 1:45pm

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Cast Played Avengers Family Feud Basically In-Character

Avengers Family Feud video

With Avengers: Age of Ultron almost in theaters (May 1!), the cast is officially doing their press tour. Which means there are plenty of cute moments to come, like when they played Avengers Family Feud on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

No surprise, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. were their respective team captains, with The Americas facing off against The Mans. What followed was a lot of button-mashing, incredulous commentary from Chris Evans, team huddles, and general losing and/or throwing of nametags.

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Apr 14 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: It’s a Marvel Extravagwenza!

Gwen Stacy Marvel June variant covers Incredible Hulk Doctor Strange

Did you love Spider-Gwen? Well, gird your loins, because the month of June will see the repopularized Gwen Stacy starring on twenty Marvel variant covers! And they’re getting in on the puns before anyone else can, as this quote proves: “Gwenom? The InGwenible Hulk? The Mighty AGwengers? What about G.W.E.N.D.O.K.?” Marvel has already released the preview covers for The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Wolverine; June will also bring us Deadpool, Groot, and Thor variants. What a wonderful world we live in.

Afternoon Roundup takes a hologram to Mars; ponders what Merlin’s seven words of advice would be; and hopes those Captain Marvel rumors are true.

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Apr 14 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Most Oxymoronic of All Was the Unicorn

realistic unicorn needlepoint

There may be cats and rats and elephants, but as sure as you’re born, none of them have needlepoint as quirky as this one. Props to hitRECord contributor sinnamin for this home furnishing we all need now.

Morning Roundup mourns the Miles Morales movie that could have been; sings Monty Python with Stephen Hawking; and resists the urge to make the easiest joke about screaming and space.

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