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Tue
Jul 22 2014 4:15pm

Supernatural’s 200th Episode Will Feature Meta, Singing, Possibly Dancing

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Supernatural is certainly no stranger to the meta narrative, but their 200th episodes (set to air this upcoming season), is going the road of many great shows before it... with song!

[Hear ye, hear ye!]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 12:40pm

Is It Lucy Lawless vs. Agent Coulson For Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2?

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It’s always a delight to see Lucy Lawless appear on different genre shows after Xena: Warrior Princess. She pissed us off in all the best ways as D’Anna on Battlestar Galactica; she’s scarily conniving on Spartacus; she tamed the mighty Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation; and now, she’s joining the cast of ABC and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its second season.

But who will she play?

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:45am

Star Wars: Rebels Extended Trailer Proves That Where There’s a Will, There’s a Jedi

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We were decidedly underwhelmed by the first trailer for Star Wars: Rebels, worrying that the show was way too directed at Disney XD’s kid audience. But now the first extended trailer has dropped, and we’re getting much more of a Clone Wars vibe. You could say that we’re feeling... a new hope about this series.

[Watch the full trailer!]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:35am

Sleepy Hollow is Getting a New Sheriff?

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In an interview with the Television Critics Association, Sleepy Hollow producer Mark Goffman, said a new sheriff named Lena Reyes will join the Sleepy P.D. in Season Two! Obviously, Orlando Jones’ character wouldn’t be able to keep his job after the fallout from Season One, but we’re hoping that the former Capt. Irving sticks around in some capacity, because a world without Jones’ Twitter feed and Tumblr presence is not a world worth living in.

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:15am

Hellboy Artist Mike Mignola Made a Toy Story Poster

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Toy Story fans, rejoice! Dinosaur fans, rejoice! Because ABC is combining the two for this year’s holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. And here’s the first look at the San Diego Comic-Con poster, designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

[Click through for the whole poster, synopsis, and guest stars]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 9:28am

Extended Guardians of the Galaxy Clip Makes Us Wish We Were Friends With Groot

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We already wished we were friends with Groot anyway, since Vin Diesel seems like he’d be the most fun to hang out with. But this clip has us sold.

[Watch it]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Difference Becomes Pretty Academic Once You’ve Been Swallowed

We found this Bird and Moon comic on I [REDACTED] Love Science! And we do love science, but we’re glad that the scientifically improbable impromptu conference on the differences between “poisonous” and “venomous” allowed the adorable mouse to scamper away, and elude death for a few more minutes. We love science, but we also love anthropomorphized cartoon animals. If that’s wrong, we don’t wanna be right.

Morning Roundup features hidden backstory of some Guardians we’re fond of, an appreciation of Sansa Stark from her #1 fan, and a magical land where beaches are made of LEGO!

[Oh, and we mock a sacred peice of your childhood, probably, depending on when your childhood was.]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:24pm

Dwayne Johnson’s DC Character Is Probably Most Likely Shazam

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Why hasn’t Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—who’s made a name for himself as an intense action star able to run down bad guys and deliver great quips—ever gotten to play around in the DC Cinematic Universe? Simply because they haven’t found the absolute best role for him, it turns out.

But that’s about to change. On the press tour for his current film Hercules, the man formerly known as The Rock not only confirmed that he’s playing a DC Comics character, but he also dropped a lot of obvious hints that give us a pretty good idea who that is.

[“Just say the word.”]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:10pm

Competing J.R.R. Tolkien Biopics Present Different Takes on the Lord of the Rings Author

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What if we were to tell you that there are two J.R.R. Tolkien movies coming to theaters around 2015, and it's not further splitting up the third Hobbit film?

We've already written about the Tolkien origin story (appopriately titled) Tolkien, but now there's a competing biopic that has snagged an Easter 2015 release. Because while Tolkien is about how the author's World War I service influenced his writing, this new contender Tolkien & Lewis delves into religion, and a rivalry that goes even deeper than Gandalf vs. Saruman.

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 3:05pm

Harry Potter and the Midlife Crises You Didn’t See in J.K. Rowling’s New Story

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A mysterious new scar and Rita Skeeter’s Dumbledore’s Army biography are just the beginning of Harry Potter’s middle-aged woes. Defeating Voldemort and becoming The Boy Who’s Still Living brings with it a certain ennui.

Sure, you can rest on your laurels, but where are the childhood thrills of prophecies and Quidditch matches and the revolving door of Defense Against the Dark Arts professors?

But even the most mundane conflicts are funny, in these faux-book covers dreamed up by someecards.

[Interestingly, there’s no Harry Potter and Having to Give Teddy Lupin “The Talk”]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 2:30pm

Ken Liu has Won a Seiun Award!

Ken Liu has won a Seiun Award! His 2013 work, “The Paper Menagerie,” won in the “Best Translated Short Story” category.

The Seiun Awards were founded in 1970, and are voted on by the participants of the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention. (While Seiun literally means “nebula” in Japanese, the award is not affiliated with the Nebulas.) Previous award winners in the translated short story category include Thomas Disch, Roger Zelazny, and Greg Bear.

“The Paper Menagerie” has already been awarded the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and you can read it over at io9! You can also find original short fiction by Ken Liu here on Tor.com.

Mon
Jul 21 2014 1:45pm

Benedict Cumberbatch Breaks Nazi Codes, Hearts in The Imitation Game Trailer

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Alan Turing’s story is so tragic and yet inspiring on so many levels that it’s no surprise that the first trailer for the upcoming biopic The Imitation Game tugs at our heartstrings. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the prickly mathematician, enlisted to help crack the Nazis’ infamous Enigma code during World War II. To do so, they had to create an early prototype for the computer.

[“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine”]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 1:30pm

Where’s Avengers 3 in the New Marvel Studios 2019 Line-Up?

As this year’s San Diego Comic Con gears up, Marvel Studios has released a list of its upcoming movie premiere dates up through 2019. Although the dates are currently without titles, there are a few guesses we can make as to what movies will fill which slots. One of the bigger questions may be...where is Avengers 3 going to go?

[Marvel Studios release dates through 2019]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 12:10pm

Meet the Most Under-Appreciated Actor in Showbiz: The Human Lens Flare

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What—you didn’t think J.J. Abrams skimped and just used a lighting crew to produce all of those headache-inducing lens flares in the Star Trek movies, did you? He’s been nurturing the career of Lorenzo Flarius, a hot young talent whose unique look has earned him a spot in nearly every frame of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Forget the recently-announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII—Lorenzo will be the biggest talent in the new trilogy.

[Betcha feel really bad for making fun of lens flares now, huh?]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 10:10am

Check Out the New X-Wing from Star Wars: Episode VII!

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X-Wing! X-Wing X-Wing X-WING.

Once again J.J. Abrams has promoted the Force for Change charity through a clever Star Wars: Episode VII reveal. This time, in case this wasn’t clear, we get to see an X-Wing! (And we are jumping up and down with excitement, in case that wasn’t clear either.) Look how dented and dusty it is! Look how not-CGI it is! This is a ship with personality.

There’s also a fabulous cameo at the very end, but we won’t spoil it. Go watch!

[click through for the reveal!]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Cookie Monster Not Yet Al Dente

Is Cookie Monster our new Jesus? Will other Muppets begin appearing randomly in peoples’ foodstuffs? Cause if so we can totally work with that. If we happen to see a water-stained wall, and the stain forms itself into an image of Piggy? That’d be great. If we tear open a bag of potato chips, and find ourselves staring into the loving face of Grover? Best day ever. Children venture into a cave, only to find a vision of Kermit predicting the future? This is a world we’ll be happy to inhabit.

Morning Roundup has Star Wars news! And thoughts on Hercules’ writer, Spider-Man’s amazing future, and Kamala Khan’s cultural compromises!

[Plus a lesson in how to internet from Weird Al.]

Fri
Jul 18 2014 3:20pm

Cool Sherlock-Inspired Dresses Promise to Burn the Heart Out of Us

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If you think sporting a deerstalker is amateur hour for Sherlock Holmes-inspired fashion, then you should check out the new line of leggings and dresses from Gold Bubble, inspired by the BBC’s Sherlock. We’re chuffed to see that the designers got rather creative, pulling specific elements, quotes, and imagery unique to Steven Moffat’s series. (Not Elementary, sorry. Maybe they’ll tackle that later?)

We love the “Deduction” dress over on the right here (it also comes as leggings and a poncho). Click the photo to enlarge.

[Check out more of the dresses]

Fri
Jul 18 2014 2:30pm

Frozen on Once Upon a Time: Elsa Won’t Get a Love Interest and What Else to Expect

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To the delight of some TV viewers and the chagrin of others, Frozen is the latest Disney film that ABC’s Once Upon a Time is cribbing from for season 4. They ended last season with a shot of Elsa’s retreating back, signaling that winter was indeed coming (sorry, had to) in Storybrooke. A recent paparazzi shot gave us a clearer look at Elsa in her signature dress; OUAT has also cast Anna and Kristoff.

But what will compel the royal sisters and ice harvester to leave Arendelle? And, more importantly, are we going to see some sort of twist on their recent-but-by-now-very-familiar story? OUAT’s creators sat down with Entertainment Weekly to hint at what to expect. (We’re gonna break the news to you now—no Olaf.)

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Fri
Jul 18 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: This Slytherin Tea will Help You on the Way to Greatness

Pop Culture Brain introduced us to our new favorite tea shop! We love the juxtaposition between Slytherin (EVIL!!! or at least, MORALLY GREY.), a nice cup of tea (Cozy! Jean-Luc Picard!), and Snape (CONFLICTED. And kinda stalky.)—and obviously the fact that poor put-upon Snape can only mutter about his hatred of puns just takes everything to a new level.

Morning Roundup wants ALL THE SCONES. But lacking that, we’ll just have to give you all the news we can find! We’ve got a new Daredevil cast member, musings on horror from Guillermo del Toro, and reading recommendations from Stephen King! Plus, Russia has a brand new Hellmouth. At least, we’re assuming it’s a Hellmouth, until we’re proved wrong. It seems safer that way.

[What’s on the other side???]

Thu
Jul 17 2014 4:30pm

Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and More to Team Up in New “Avengers”-Style Films

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With Marvel and DC’s superhero films proving that geeky franchises can flourish, it makes sense that Universal is peering back into the vault at its OG franchise: classic monster movies.

We’re talking, of course, about the black-and-white Frankenstein, Dracula, and Creature From the Black Lagoon on which we all grew up—or, for younger movie audiences, watched other movies parody and reference without achieving the same staying power as these horror masterpieces.

We’ve known for a while that such a massive revival was in the works, but now we know who’s helming it: Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

[It’s aliiive!]