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Fri
Apr 24 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Creating New Life is Exhausting Work

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Our first look at the latest take on Frankenstein sees hot young Viktor von Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his less aesthetically-blessed assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) looking by turns bemused and concerned about their little lab experiment. We don’t know much about the movie, aside from the fact that it’s from Igor’s point of view.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Neil deGrasse Tyson’s geeky rallying cry; Oregon Trail as a determiner of generaton status; and more horror movies with dizzying camera angles to make you more nauseous than scared.

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Fri
Apr 24 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Aren’t You a Little Underdressed For A Stormtrooper?

Star Wars Celebration, John Boyega

In fine convention tradition, new Star Wars family member John Boyega walked the floor of Star Wars Celebration in a masterful disguise! That’s him, on the right, in the helmet. He posted the picture on his incredibly charming Instagram account, which all of you should follow post-haste.

Morning Roundup brings you news of the greatest battle of our time, thoughts on the second season of Daredevil, and more on the world of Tomorrowland!

[Plus environmental fiction and environmental fact!]

Thu
Apr 23 2015 1:34pm

Nick Offerman to Host Most Rugged Nebula Awards Ceremony Ever

Nick Offerman Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced that the Toastmaster for this year's Nebula Awards ceremony is none other than Nick Offerman, who is best known for appearing in the collective mind of humanity as the oaken pinnacle of manhood dubbed Ron F#$%ing Swanson.

Nick Offerman is an actor, woodworker and author, best known for his Walnut Blanket Chest (2003) and also the role of Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He has written an adequately humorous memoir entitled Paddle Your Own Canoe, as well as his new release, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers. He’s hoping that subtitle will be nominated for its girth at next year’s Nebula Awards. A lifelong fan of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, Mr. Offerman is veritably bursting his buttons to be asked to participate in celebrating this year’s best talent.

This year's Nebula Awards Showcase takes place from June 4 to 7 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Register to attend here and try not to cry during the ceremony. Crying is only acceptable during funerals and at the Grand Canyon.

Thu
Apr 23 2015 1:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Jaime Lannister’s House Sigil Should Be a Party Animal

Game of Thrones behind the scenes photos

When he’s not getting his hand chopped off, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau proves that House Lannister knows how to party. During downtime at what would come to be known as the Purple Wedding, the actor had some fun with special musical guest Sigur Rós. Entertainment Weekly has a whole gallery of similarly funny and interesting behind-the-scenes photos, including another great Jaime one where he gets a birthday cupcake while in jail.

Afternoon Roundup is flailing over the new take on The Muppets, pondering the beginning of Spectre, and enjoying a world where Weird Al and Patton Oswalt nerd out together.

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Thu
Apr 23 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: VeggieTales: Nights!

We already thought the Matt Murdock/Foggy Nelson friendship was pretty adorable, but Tumblr-er MissMuggle has taken things to a whole new level. Look how cute they are! And so determined to use the law to bring down the Kingpin!

Morning Roundup brings you thoughts on comics’ conquest of the universe, the changing colors of The Avengers, and the classiest version of the Doctor Who theme ever!

[Plus William Gibson predicts the future!]

Wed
Apr 22 2015 2:46pm

2016’s Star Trek 3 Movie Has a Title

Star Trek Beyond

TrekMovie is reporting that Paramount Pictures have registered the title Star Trek Beyond with the Motion Picture Association of America for the forthcoming film, written by Simon Pegg, which hits theaters on July 8, 2016.

The Guardian reports that the film will see the crew exploring uncharted territory in an attempt to bring the reboot crew back into line with the spirit of the 1960s TV show. Above is our artist's conception at what that probably entails.

Spock unicorn art by Tim O'Brien

Wed
Apr 22 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Awkward Skywalker Family Portait

Mark Hamill Carrie Fisher Darth Vader Skywalker family portrait

At Star Wars Celebration, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher took the opportunity to pose with dear ol’ Dad. And look! Luke even showed off his Force lightning skills. Vader is so proud. But shouldn’t there be another Skywalker in this family portrait...? (Nudge nudge, J.J. Abrams.)

Afternoon Roundup brings you Rick Astley and RPGs, dystopian fiction on reading and books, and Tatiana Maslany’s most daunting impression yet.

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Wed
Apr 22 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Code That Launched at Least One Ship!

Boing Boing shared this shot of Margaret Hamilton standing next to her Apollo 11 code! Her handwritten Apollo 11 code. The code that got us to the moon. The code that opened the universe to humanity. We might cry… but we’re too busy being awe-inspired by this woman’s patience. We get frustrated when we forget the little slashy thing in our html and accidentally italicize too many words…

Morning Roundup brings you the parenting styles of Westeros, a definitive list of the wishes that have been made by the hearts of Disney princesses, and a comparison between different versions of the X-Men!

[Plus, a scepter fit for a Trickster God!]

Tue
Apr 21 2015 4:37pm

Galaxy Quest is Being Revived for Television!

Galaxy Quest TV show reboot

So many beloved genre TV series are being rebooted right now: Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and now Galaxy Quest! That is, the fictional TV show Galaxy Quest and the wonderfully meta 1999 movie about it, which spoofed Star Trek and fandom and revivals all over the place.

According to Variety, Paramount Television is working with Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the movie, and director Dean Parisot to bring Galaxy Quest in all of its layers to the small screen.

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Tue
Apr 21 2015 4:00pm

Sherlock Rewrites Watson’s Stories in the Mr. Holmes Trailer

Mr. Holmes trailer Ian McKellen Sherlock Holmes

“I told Watson, if I ever write a story myself, it will be to correct the millions of misconceptions created by his imagination.”

This is the slightly grumpy mindset that spurs on a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes to reopen his last case in the trailer for Mr. Holmes. Based on Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, the movie sees Ian McKellen as the Great Detective in self-imposed exile disguised as retirement, flirting with the past by occasionally revisiting 221B Baker Street, and ultimately turning to that notoriously unsolved mystery. If it hasn’t won you over yet, Mr. Holmes looks very intriguing.

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Tue
Apr 21 2015 2:30pm

Get a Load of All the Crazy Gadgets in the New Tomorrowland Trailer

Tomorrowland trailer ray gun robot gadgets

After the most recent trailer for Disney’s Tomorrowland made it clearer why retired/exiled inventor George Clooney and tough kid Britt Robertson are teaming up, we haven’t gotten much more in the way of plot. And that’s good, as it implies that the movie itself (out May 22) will likely still have some plot surprises.

But in the meantime, there are still new trailers. And so, we get to see some of the gadgets and other technology that must have made Clooney’s character so celebrated-slash-dangerous.

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Tue
Apr 21 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Pantone’s Despicable New Color Will Make You Very Happy

Pantone character branded color Minions

Not only has the Pantone Color Institute released its first new color in three years, but it’s also its first character-branded color: Minion Yellow! What if they did this every year, introducing a new pop culture/geek-inspired hue? Hawkeye Purple is an obvious one; Elmo Red is also the kind of color whose exact hue we need to match.

Afternoon Roundup marks our calendars for The Lego Batman Movie; gets our minds blown by StarTalk; and gets ready to take a side in the battle for linear vs. Internet television.

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Tue
Apr 21 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Finally, Someone Who Can Find Us The Rainbow Connection

Kermit Frog

FLAIL. We officially have a real, live Kermit Frog. While the species can currently be found in Costa Rica, we assume that it will begin a madcap roadtrip to pursue its show business dreams in New York City any day now.

Morning Roundup brings you original art from the hand of J.R.R. Tolkien, original art from the minds of some of our greatest Afrofuturists, and we gaze deeply into some eyes without a Face.

[Plus whales and devils!]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 3:43pm

Check Out the Second Trailer for The Little Prince!

The Little Prince

Variety shared the second international trailer for The Little Prince! The film, which is first animated feature to be adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella, was directed by Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborne, and stars Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro. The plot is a twist on the original story, focusing on a little girl who learns about The Little Prince and his magical world from her eccentric neighbor, The Aviator. The nested stories showcase some very different animation styles that are each pretty gorgeous.

Watch the full trailer below!

[We want sheeeep.]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: To Boldly Go Where No Selfie Has Gone Before

ISS Star Trek selfie Samantha Cristoforetti

Last week, International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti got all dressed up to meet the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft carrying supplies to the ISS. Channeling beloved Captain Janeway, she tweeted, “There’s coffee in that nebula” ... ehm, I mean... in that #Dragon and took this awesome selfie.

Afternoon Roundup may not have coffee, but it can bring you a new look at Riverdale, retro Batman v Superman, and unseen H.R. Giger films!

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Mon
Apr 20 2015 12:46pm

Final Jurassic World Trailer Highlights the Downside of Genetically Engineered Dinosaurs

Jurassic World trailer, Chris Pratt

Sure, there’s Chris Pratt’s raptor gang, and he brings plenty of snark (and the tight henleys) here, but the global Jurassic World trailer is more concerned with explaining exactly why we should be concerned about attending a dinosaur theme park.

[You bred genetically enhanced raptors?]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 11:45am

Star Wars: Rogue One Will Be About Stealing the Death Star Plans

Star Wars standalone film Rogue One Death Star plans

While the release of the new The Force Awakens trailer dominated Star Wars Celebration, it wasn’t the only news to come out of the annual fan festival. Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards took to the stage to tease details about the first upcoming Star Wars standalone film.

Kennedy explained that these “anthology” films—another will be directed by Fantastic Four’s Josh Trank—are meant to explore what’s happening in the rest of the Star Wars universe while the main players for good and evil are fighting in the old and new trilogies. To that end, Rogue One will center on a raid to steal the original Death Star plans.

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Mon
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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Mon
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.]

Sat
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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