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Wed
Jul 30 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 20: Kameron Hurley and Liz Bourke

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin brings Kameron Hurley and Liz Bourke on to talk about an enormous range of topics. Ostensibly inspired by Hurley's soon to be released The Mirror Empire, the discussion also covers the Hugo Awards, blog post writing, bad marketing jargon, and why The Mirror Empire kicks ass.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Jul 30 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Sif From Thor Cosplays as Wolverine

Buzzfeed shared this amazing whosay post from Lady Sif herself! We’re not sure if Jaime Alexander walked the Con floor as Wolverine, but we’re glad she recorded this moment for history. And hey, Hugh Jackman’s going to retire eventually...

Morning Roundup has yet more news of Guardians of the Galaxy! Plus some thoughts on Gene Wolfe’s greatness, the next big heores from Stan Lee, and the future of moose-based horror!

[And speaking of horror, there’s some Cronenberg down there somewhere...]

Tue
Jul 29 2014 4:30pm

Rothfuss, Hobb, Abercrombie, and More Put the Epic in Epic Fantasy!

The “Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy” panel at San Diego Comic-Con brought some of our greatest fantasy names together! Brent Weeks moderated, with authors Django Wexler, Sam Sykes, Joe Abercrombie, Robin Hobb, Morgan Rhodes, Raymond E. Feist, and Patrick Rothfuss discussing influences (GRRM comes up...), “sketchy Dumbledore” scenarios, and the conventions of banking in Hyrule. Check out the full panel below!

[Why does everyone store their money in pots?]

Tue
Jul 29 2014 3:30pm

Now You Can Read Lev Grossman’s Annotations on The Magician King

Lev Grossman annotations The Magician King excerpt The Magician's Land pub date August 5 Lit Genius

Have you heard of Genius? It’s a cool website with the tagline “Annotate the world”—where users can annotate rap lyrics, videos, and (of course) novels. Consider it an even more hyper-focused version of Wikipedia, where you’re getting down to the granular level in discussing the inspirations and meanings behind all manner of text.

Where Genius differs from Wikipedia is in how a given excerpt—like, say, Lev Grossman’s novel The Magician King—can include notes and asides from readers and published authors. Like, say, Grossman himself.

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Tue
Jul 29 2014 2:30pm

Finally, Stephen Colbert’s SDCC Super-Fan Hobbit Speech in Full

Stephen Colbert The Hobbit panel San Diego Comic-Con read transcript watch video

You do not mess with Stephen Colbert when it comes to knowing his Tolkien. (James Franco learned that the hard way.) It made perfect sense, then, that the Colbert Report host would moderate San Diego Comic-Con’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies panel.

That he did it dressed up as his Middle-earth character the Laketown Spy was even sweeter. And now you can watch a video of the event and read Colbert’s entire pre-panel speech—which will touch all fannish hearts—in its entirety.

[“If only I could go back in time and show this to my 13-year-old self!”]

Tue
Jul 29 2014 12:06pm

Witness the Alternate Reality Where We Got Deadpool Instead of Green Lantern

Deadpool movie test footage Ryan Reynolds break the fourth wall meta

Ever since Deadpool had a bit part in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there have been rumors of the “Merc with a Mouth” getting his own film. The movie has languished in development hell for years, likely due in part to fans’ negative reaction to X-Men’s portrayal of Deadpool as very different from the comics, then how much X-Men Origins and Green Lantern kind of stunk...

Some test footage from the Deadpool film has leaked, and we’re here to tell you—this is the Deadpool you fell in love with oh those many years ago. The character’s personality, and especially his propensity to break the fourth wall, come through loud and clear.

[Watch the footage before it gets yanked]

Tue
Jul 29 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Sailor Deadpool Fights Crime in the Name of the Moon!

In case this wasn’t clear, we really love interesting cosplay mashups, and we really really love ones that involve Deadpool. So here, via Comics Alliance, is a Sailor with a Mouth!

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, bringing with it the usual flurry of news and fabulous cosplay, and leaving behind a sense of...emptiness? Ennui? A dark chasm that beckons with the promise of obliv—oh, New York Comic-Con is in October? Then we’ll give you news of Mad Max: Fury Road, libidinous lizards, and the greatest hacking of the 80s with a renewed sense of purpose!

[And we also have links to SDCC panels, in case you missed them.]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 3:15pm

Get Ready For the Trailer For The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies!

The Hobbit the battle for the five armies trailer

The trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is here, and it looks like it's going to be a doozy, for sure.

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Mon
Jul 28 2014 3:11pm

Maisie Williams Wore a Dress Made Out of Comic Books to Comic Con

Maisie Williams wins SDCC Comic-Con fashion Spider-Man Anonymous disguises book dress photos

Plenty of women’s and fashion sites trying to get in on the SDCC coverage have been declaring that various celebrities “won Comic-Con fashion” this past weekend with their bright eyeliner, quirky geek-themed accessories, and other daring fashion choices.

But we think we can declare a clear winner, and that is Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.

[Read more]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 12:45pm

Peter Capaldi Promises “No Flirting” From the Doctor From Now On

Peter Capaldi Doctor Who season 8 interview no flirting Clara Mondasian Cybermen we still blow shit up

The teaser trailers for Doctor Who season 8 have been frustratingly vague—the last one had only one word!—but new Doctor Peter Capaldi has spilled some hints about Twelve’s upcoming adventures in a new interview. (It’s about time, considering the series returns on August 23!)

Capaldi told The Sunday Times how they landed on his stark black-and-red costume (and which piece they threw out), creeping on fans before his role was announced, and why everyone who squeed over Eleven/Clara should prepare themselves for disappointment now.

[Listen!]

Sun
Jul 27 2014 2:37pm

First Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Has Got Style

Mad Max Fury Road trailer

The first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is out and it’s like a twisted, apocalyptic remix video. And it’s gorgeous, too. Aggro car chases as sweeping destructive vistas. Creepy inhuman humans. Rhythmic metal on metal. Take a look below the cut.

[Mad Max: Fury Road trailer]

Sun
Jul 27 2014 2:00pm

That Time Lana Kane Cuddled Castiel While Dr. Walter Bishop Looked On Disapprovingly

John Noble, Misha Collins, Aisha Tyler, TV Guide Fan Favorites Panel, SDCC 2014

This is basically the whole point of going to Comic Con, right? Watching Misha Collins get squashed by Aisha Tyler during the TV Guide Fan Favorites Panel? Writing a whole fanfic about the adventures of Castiel and Agent Lana Kane? They would be the greatest of friieeeennds!

Oh, stop it, Doctor Bishop. You're just wishing Lana Kane would squish you.

Pic from Twitter user ThePleiades1.

Sun
Jul 27 2014 1:35pm

Benedict Cumberbatch Goes Full Smaug at San Diego Comic-Con!

Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug SDCC

You may have heard that a fan at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con’s Hobbit panel asked Benedict Cumberbatch for a favor. She wanted him to say “Button Lady” in his Smaug voice.

And Mr. Cumberbatch, being a lovely sort of chap, did so.

[SMAUG.]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 7:20pm

Sandman Overture #3 Gives us a Preview!

Sandman Overture #3 should be coming out next Wednesday, July 30th (only a year after the first issue was teased at San Diego Comic Con...), and we'll have a review for you! In the meantime, we have a preview...so skip this if you don't want any spoilers!

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 12:40pm

Peter Jackson Wants to Tackle Doctor Who After Hobbit Wraps Up

Peter Jackson Doctor Who

The Hollywood Reporter has uncovered a recent interview with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat that brings a little more confirmation to the idea of Peter Jackson directing a future episode of the series. The director is apparently hoping to jump onto the series as soon as he’s done wrapping up The Hobbit trilogy of films this year.

The episode would be based in New Zealand and Jackson has revealed two elements that would have to be in his episode: Daleks, and the national rugby team the All Blacks. You can read more about the idea at the above link.

Fri
Jul 25 2014 11:45am

For a Brief Moment, Mankind Granted Nicholas Cage the Power of Flight

Nicholas Cage Superman trailer documentary

The late 90s were a dark time for the Superman franchise. The character was still reeling from the EXTREME!!! marketing stunt of his death in the comics and attempts to revive the character in film turned into a weird four-five-six way tug of war between Tim Burton, a string of producers, Kevin Smith, and Nicholas Cage.

A fan-made documentary is attempting to shed light on this weird almost-was film, dubbed Superman Lives. And now that documentary has a trailer.

[Watch the trailer for The Death of Superman Lives]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:30am

Hannibal Season 2 Gag Reel Proves that Lecter and Will Can’t Not be Terrifying

Hannibal season 2 blooper reel

Also, the gag reel provides us with the only possible honest reaction to that whole human beehive thing, and Scott Thompson finds some NSFW items in various murderer’s pockets! Click through for the whole reel, featuring cameos from Laurence Fishburne and Eddie Izzard.

[The eye was removed to make room for more BEEHIVE.]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 8:30am

Adam West’s Batman Returns on November 11!

Batman 1966 Adam West Burt Ward DVd Bluray release November 11

Adam West and Burt Ward, Batman and Robin to all people and sharks who grew up in the 1960s, were at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday and announced that their mind-bending classic show will finally be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11!

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Are All Groot!

We found some fabulous Guardians of the Galaxy art over on Devlin712’s imgur album! Next Friday has never seemed so far away...

So, who’s at SDCC? We’ll have plenty of updates from San Diego, plus our usual Morning Roundup links! We’ve got some questions about fall television that SDCC might be able to help with, we’ve learned that George R.R. Martin has expanded his wolf-saving operations, and a look back at the greatest sci-fi comedy ever!

[Plus an early review of those Guardians we won’t shut up about...]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 7:38pm

Luke Skywalker Jedi Beard Confirmed!

Mark Hamill Star Wars Episode VII Jedi beard

io9 noticed that Mark Hamill was sporting a very studio-mandated beard during this past week’s Guardians of the Galaxy premiere. Looks like Luke Skywalker’s going to go full Obi-Wan in Star Wars Episode VII! More details at the link.