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November 28, 2014
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An Uncut and Non-Remastered List of Star Wars Editions!
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Fri
Nov 28 2014 3:00pm

Are the Images We Take of Outer Space Being Photobombed?

Watch this short interview with Brant Widgeon, an Astronomical Image Enhancement Engineer, and get informed about the surprisingly common anomaly (nicknamed “space cats”) that he has to remove from the majority of images we receive from Hubble and other telescopes. You’ll be amazed at what doesn’t make it to the final image, and how widespread this anomaly seems to be. It’s enough to change one’s entire concept of the cosmos.


Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com and wants to scritch all the widdle heads of all the space cats.

Fri
Nov 28 2014 11:00am

What an Avengers Movie Would Look Like in the 1970s

What an Avengers Movie Would Look Like in the 1970s

So. This is our new favorite thing. An edit of what an Avengers movie would look like if made in the 1970s. Liberal use is made of footage from the Lou Ferrigno/Bill Bixby The Incredible Hulk show, although we’re a bit saddened by the lack of footage from the completely terrible Captain America film from 1990.

See it below! And keep watching the video to see Hawkeye’s note-perfect 1970s onscreen debut.

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Fri
Nov 28 2014 10:33am

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer is Live

Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

There’s been an awakening...have you felt it?

The Force has woken us all up this Black Friday with the first teaser-trailer for Episode VII.

Watch the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below. Plus, some key scenes that might be relevant.

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Wed
Nov 26 2014 5:05pm

Happy Thanksgiving from Tor.com!

Happy Thanksgiving from Tor.com!

The Tor.com staff is about to pile into Stubby and take off for the Planet of Food and Not Being On The Internet For Once, but we’ll be back to normal on Friday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wed
Nov 26 2014 2:00pm

Mira Grant Talks Tapeworms in a Lively Reddit AMA!

Mira Grant Symbiont AMA

Under the pen name Mira Grant, Seanan McGuire has honed her skills as a writer of science fiction horror novels. They would be frightening enough if they were simply rooted in bacteriological fact, but their incisive critique of today’s media saturated society takes them to a whole new level of terror.

Grant’s Newsflesh series charts the rise of two genetically engineered viruses (designed as treatments for unrelated ailments) that combine into an airborne pathogen—one that has the nasty side effect of raising the dead. But more than a simple zombie tale, the Newsflesh novels dig into the politics of a post-outbreak world as a team of bloggers covers a Presidential campaign.

Grant doubles down on the body horror in Parasite, the first book in the Parasitology series, as she takes us to a near future where tapeworm implants keep us healthy. Which is great, but what happens when the parasites decide they want lives of their own? To celebrate the release of its sequel, Symbiont, Mira Grant took to reddit to hold a lively AMA!

[Highlights from the AMA]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 1:33pm

Check Out This Micro-Teaser for Game of Thrones Season Five!

Holy crap new Game of Thrones teaser! This micro-trailer for Season Five focuses on Ary Stark, with a cameo by Melisandre's creeeeeeeepy voice. What do you think it all means? Is...is Arya Darth Vader? The teaser was posted on Twitter by the offical GoT account, and if you follow the links to the Three-Eyed Raven you can get more updates!

[Click through to watch the teaser trailer]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 11:15am

MST3K Turkey Marathon Returns to Save Thanksgiving! (Or at Least Improve It.)

Mystery Science Theater 3000

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Joel Hodgson is once again hosting a live-streaming MST3K Turkey Day Marathon, which you’ll be able to watch here! The six-film marathon begins at 12:00 Eastern time, so theoretically you can go straight from Paradetimes to the dog show to hours of MST3K, so, as we said, the most wonderful time of the year. The episodes are a surprise, but we’ve heard rumors of special surprise guests, so…come onnnn, TV’s Frank! Or maybe even Mike? Guys, what if Mike shows up??? Oh, we need to lie down.

In other Mystery Science News, there will now be a non-Youtube place to stream episodes (the informatively named downloadmst3k.com), and Shout Factory is holding a huge Turkey Day sale in addition to the marathon, for those of you who want a physical manifestation of the Greatest Show of All Time. Finally, Joel did an AMA over on reddit, and tldr: he’s glad we’re freaking out about the marathon, and wants “2-3 more days of solid, good freaking out.” Done and done.

Wed
Nov 26 2014 11:05am

James Frain and Ksenia Solo Join Orphan Black Season 3

Orphan Black season 3

BBC America has announced three additions to the Orphan Black season 3 cast! Justin Chatwin (Shameless), James Frain (True Blood), and Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl) have joined the series as a trio of characters whose allegiances are so far unclear. With the next season promising more trouble for the clones from the Dyad Institute, these drug dealers, killers, and healers could be allies or enemies.

[Meet the new characters]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 36: Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin to talk about their new podcasting ventures, Midnight in Karachi and One Comic. Eventually the trio delves into their favorite books of 2014, making recommendations like it's their job... which it is.

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Wed
Nov 26 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Ghibli and Gravy for Thanksgiving!

It’s almost time for those of us in the US to stuff ourselves with turkey, and/or its vegetarian/vegan equivalent! Oh, and also display gratitude or something. In the spirit of this season, we present you with something we’re profoundly grateful for: an homage to My Neighbor Totoro, courtesy of Bob’s Burgers. And if you’re still unsure what Thanksgiving’s all about, go listen to this song. You’ll thank us.

Morning Roundup brings you news of the latest addition to the Potter-verse! We take a look at diversity in Marvel comics, and give you some easily digestible facts about the upcoming X-Men nemesis.

[Plus, more Ghibli, cause there’s never too much Ghibli.]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 3:24pm

Peter Pan and Hook Team Up to Save Neverland in the Pan Trailer

Pan trailer Joe Wright Hugh Jackman Garrett Hedlund Rooney Mara

While Peter Pan Live! is coming to us next week, it’s not the only Peter Pan adaptation coming up. Warner Bros has just released the trailer for Pan, Joe Wright’s (Atonement) take on the classic tale, which is more origin story than other versions.

[Watch the trailer]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 1:10pm

Still from the Sherlock Christmas Special is Canonically Perfect

Sherlock special script

We’ve finally got some info on the Sherlock Christmas special, and it’s a real holiday treat.

Are they... cosplaying? Time traveling? We honestly have no idea. But whatever it is, we are on board for this rodeo.

[Take a look]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 12:32pm

Watch the First Full Jurassic World Trailer

Jurassic World trailer

DINOSAURS. EVERYWHERE. If only Hammond could see what his corporate madness has wrought. New theory: Bryce Dallas Howard's character is the granddaughter of the guy who narrated the tour guide “baby dinosahr” film from the first Jurassic Park. Discuss.

Also what you are talking about Chris Pratt, dinosaurs are the best idea. Did you even watch your own trailer?

[Watch the first full Jurassic World trailer]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 10:25am

Michelle MacLaren Confirmed to Direct Wonder Woman

Michelle MacLaren confirmed female director Wonder Woman

As rumored, Warner Bros has signed on a female director to helm its 2017 Wonder Woman film, starring Gal Gadot. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Michelle MacLaren—nominated by many outlets for her work on Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad—has signed on to direct the studio’s first standalone female superhero movie.

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Tue
Nov 25 2014 9:50am

Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch Join True Detective Season 2

Rachel McAdams Taylor Kitsch cast True Detective season 2

Perpetual time traveler’s girlfriend Rachel McAdams and Battleship’s Taylor Kitsch have joined what’s becoming an ensemble cast in season 2 of True Detective. HBO confirmed the casting, revealing tidbits about each of the four characters in the new season, as well as what to expect when Nic Pizzolatto’s mystery series returns.

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Tue
Nov 25 2014 9:20am

Catherine Tregenna is Doctor Who’s First Female Writer in Six Years! Party Time!

It’s been a long time since Helena Raynor’s Sontaran two-parter in the Tenth Doctor’s Era, and fans have been pushing for more diversity in the Doctor Who writing line-up for some time now. Happily, the first step has been made—Catherine Tregenna will be writing for Doctor’s Who’s ninth season next year!

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Tue
Nov 25 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Gleaming the Batcube!

Unreality Magazine shared this shot of The Joker, um, kickflipping over Batman. Yes, this is probably just photoshopped, but we prefer the reality where Heath Ledger—a known skateboard-enthusiast—decided to add a little X-TREME flair to his Dark Knight character. Bottom line: it made us happy, so here you go.

Morning Roundup reminds you that no one can take the sky from you! Also, we’ve got adventures in cloning, and reading suggestions for film lovers.

[Plus: ROBOT DRAGON.]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 5:39pm

Oscar Isaac Will Be Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

Oscar Isaac cast X-Men: Apocalypse

We may not yet know who Oscar Isaac is playing in Star Wars Episode VII, but we do know that he’ll play a major role in another big release! Variety reports that Isaac has signed on to play Apocalypse in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which won’t be out until May 18, 2016.

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Mon
Nov 24 2014 4:00pm

Jim Parsons and Rihanna Are the Unlikeliest of Friends in the Home Trailer

Home movie trailer Jim Parsons Rihanna Oh Boov

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks’ newest animated feature Home stars The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Rihanna (one of the best parts of Battleship) as an alien and a human who go on something of an intergalactic roadtrip when his race tries to take over her planet.

[Watch the trailer]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 11:21am

Warren Ellis’ Crowdsourcing Crime Fighters Comic Global Frequency is Being Adapted for Television

Global Frequency TV show Warren Ellis

Already looking ahead to the next television season, Warner Bros TV continues to look to comic books for new series. Deadline reports that producer Jerry Bruckheimer is looking to bring Warren Ellis’ early-2000s techno-thriller comic Global Frequency to TV, with Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon adapting. Fox has made a pilot production commitment for the drama, which Bruckheimer, O’Bannon, and Ellis will all co-produce.

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