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September 11, 2014
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Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
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September 9, 2014
My Favourite Apocalypses, or, How to End the World for Fun and Profit
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September 9, 2014
Sleeps With Monsters: Another Post About Some Books
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Come With Us to All the Magical Londons!
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Wed
Sep 17 2014 2:30pm

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black Talk About The Iron Trial!

The Iron Trial Holly Black Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black have teamed up for a new book, The Iron Trial, the first installment in the five-book Magisterium series—available now from Scholastic.

The novel follows Callum Hunt, a young man who tries his best to fail the magical test known as the Iron Trial. If he passes, he must join the Magisterium, against his father’s wishes and his own will...

The book’s co-authors hopped onto Twitter recently for an Apple iBooks chat about how their friendship affected their writing process, and we’ve gathered the highlights below!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 1:18pm

Just a Whole Bunch of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 is Coming At You

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 photos video

Lately our resident Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recapper Chris Lough has been hearing a long, slow train whistle just before he goes to bed. Every night it sounds a little bit closer, and every night he dreams of being tied down on the tracks, a tendril of coal plume just above the horizon...

In anticipation of the September 23rd season premiere of the show’s second season, ABC and Marvel are releasing a bunch of preview material. Take a look below at stills from the first episode “Shadows,” as well as some video of the opening scene, featuring Lucy Lawless, who should really just be going by her actual name in that show, shouldn’t she?

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:50pm

Dan Aykroyd Wants to Model the Ghostbusters Franchise On the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Dan Aykroyd Ghostbusters franchise Marvel universe

Despite the fact that we haven’t even cast the rumored female Ghostbusters reboot, Dan Aykroyd is projecting a decade into the future of the ghosthunting franchise. And what’s his model for churning out single-focus movies while still constructing a cohesive Ghostbusters universe? Why, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of course!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:26pm

Anthony Daniels Got J.J. Abrams to Make Him A New C-3PO Suit for Episode VII

Anthony Daniels C-3PO Star Wars Episode VII

Anthony Daniels was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly on the subject of his near-40 years(!) as one of the most beloved mechanical beings in cinema. He didn’t give anything away about the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII, but he did have some to say about the experience filming, and about his role in Star Wars Rebels.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk, Episode 27: Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin brings on Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell to discuss their most recent works, what they mean when they talk about Caribbean Science Fiction, and the challenge of reading western literature from a different point of view. Justin also manages to squeeze in some talk about how the two see series fiction.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: I Wonder if There’s Beer on the Twin Suns of Tatooine?

The Mad Butcher has created what may be the perfect film! And check out Mike Nelson rocking that Princess Leia pose! We’re guessing Crow and Tom aren’t quite the right fit for the R2 and Threepio roles, though...we shudder to think that those two would have the fate of the galaxy in their hands.

Morning Roundup brings you a condensed version of Harry Potter, the latest True Detective rumors, smashing Smash Bros., and an in-depth look at D&D’s Fifth Edition!

[Plus a magical creature from the magical land of Scotland!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 4:56pm

NASA Sending Astronauts to ISS in Commercial Craft While it Builds New Shuttles

NASA Boeing SpaceX Commercial crew

NASA announced during a live conference today that it is contracting Boeing and SpaceX to send U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station with commercial spacecraft beginning in 2017. This will remove the U.S.’s reliance on the Russian space launches that are currently the only access to the ISS and allow for work to continue on the station while NASA preps a new generation of shuttles.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:16pm

Former Power Rangers Stuntman is Really Good at Robbery

Power Rangers stuntman robber

According to Kotaku, 32-year-old Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers stuntman Yasutomo Ihara—who donned Power Rangers uniforms for many of the show’s fight sequences—has turned from his career of making sure his punches are always 6 feet away from the person he’s supposed to be punching to...alleged robbery. And he’s really good at it.

[Go go Blu-ray takers!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 12:05pm

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Official Synopsis Seems Like Sad Panda Times For Tony

Avengers: Age of Ultron official synopsis

Most of our Avengers: Age of Ultron speculation thus far has been based on set photos, story leaks, and the comics themselves. But now Walt Disney Studios has released the first official synopsis for Joss Whedon’s follow-up to The Avengers. While it still keeps things pretty vague, we get a sense for the direction of the plot, and even more insight into why Tony Stark is going to be a sad panda by the end of this movie.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’ve Found a Delicious Alternative to Fish Fingers and Custard

So we’re good with the Police Box doughnut, and Lime Lord makes a certain kind of sense, although we agree with The Mary Sue that it’s a terrible pun. But what makes the Weeping Angel doughnut a Weeping Angel doughnut? If you blink, does it inch closer to your mouth? If so, we’ll just sit here with our eyes shut until one leaps into our waiting maws... And if you would like a Doctor Who doughnut in your maw, travel to The Donut Whole in Wichita!

Morning Roundup comes to you, fresh from dreams of donuts and time travel, and offers you links. Ben Affleck talks about Batman’s anger! Patrick Rothfuss says enough with the dragons already! And Ursula K. Le Guin puts a bird on it!

[Plus, the transportation system of the future!]

Mon
Sep 15 2014 4:15pm

Neil Gaiman Confirms a Multi-Part Anansi Boys Mini-Series

Anansi Boys miniseries confirmed Neil GaimanIt’s a great week to be a Neil Gaiman fan and a TV watcher. Not only did last week give us an update on where American Gods is in pre-production, but now we’re getting new intel on the adaptation of Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, from the man himself.

The last we’d heard about Anansi Boys coming to television came via a blog post from Gaiman in February. At the time, he confirmed that Red Productions would be overseeing the miniseries for the BBC. But with no update since then, when Gaiman was Skyping in to the Bangalore Comic Con, one of Bleeding Cool’s readers had to ask about the status of the adaptation:

He gave me the best answer possible with a resounding “Yes!” and a deep nod as he confirmed a multi part mini-series of hour long episodes is in the works AND it’s not being given the Hollywood treatment and is being made in the UK! Best news all week!

So... it’s still happening! And sounds like it’s all on the right track. Here’s hoping the next update includes some actual details about casting and which divine karaoke numbers we'll see.

Mon
Sep 15 2014 3:00pm

Highlights from Steven Erikson’s Reddit AMA!

Steven Erikson Malazan Author

Steven Erikson has so much to tell us, reddit could barely contain it all! He’s nearing the end of the second novel in the Kharkanas trilogy, Fall of Light, which he hopes to finish “sometime in the next two months.” Plus, he took a break from working on that book to write a seventy-five thousand word Star Trek spoof called Willful Child (read an excerpt here). From the author himself:

“So here you all thought I’d spend this time writing and talking about Fantasy novels, huh? Wrong. This Trekker’s come out of the wardrobe closet, in public for the first time! Eat tribbles and die!”

In his comprehensive AMA, Erikson talked about Willful Child, the intricacies of Malazan, and his overall writing process. He also mentioned that he’ll be appearing at next year’s World Fantasy Awards Con in Saratoga Springs, so mark your calendars now!

[Check out the AMA highlights!]

Mon
Sep 15 2014 12:29pm

Watch the First Full Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 full trailer

It's serious business times in the first full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. In typical “last-book-of-the-trilogy” fashion, we've got battles galore, fiery (and watery) explosions, and poor Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark forced to act as puppets weapons for District 13 and the Capitol, respectively. But because we're always looking ahead to Mockingjay, Part 2 next year, we've also got loads of ominous foreshadowing.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Are We All the MacGuffins of Our Own Lives?

Who knew MacGuffins could be so cute? So, as you probably know, a MacGuffin is an object of desire in a movie where the desire for the thing is more important than the thing itself. So, um, spoiler alert, but Rosebud fuels the plot of Citizen Kane even though the sled itself is barely in the movie, thus, MacGuffin. Same with the eponymous Maltese Falcon. Artist 100% Soft has immortalized the greatest film MacGuffins, including the Infinity Stone from Guardians of the Galaxy with this adorable art! His “Lil MacGuffins” series will be featured in a three-person art show with Glen Brogan and Russ Moore at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, so go buy some art!

Morning Roundup is its own McGuffin! We have links to the Prattiest of all PrattPratts! Also, a cameo appearance by Grandmaster Flash, and math porn!

[plus some creepy Star Wars stuff.]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 4:35pm

Sesame Street Star Wars Asks: What If Han Solo Was Constantly Devouring Chewbacca?

Sesame Street Star Wars parody S'mores

While we wait for the new Star Wars movies, Sesame Street is tapping into the original trilogy to teach us an important lesson about cookie moderation. But mostly our takeaway from this video is that Han Solo is a remorseless cannibal who would constantly be eating Chewbacca if he had the chance.

[Watch the madness]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 4:05pm

Cosplaying as Bruce Wayne’s Parents Sure Looks Comfy

Bruce Wayne parents cartoon

There are some cosplayers who slave over their costumes recreating every single tiny detail with stunning accuracy. There are other cosplayers who, on the convention floor, truly commit to staying in-character. Then there are those few who excel at both. We’ve got to applaud this couple—the clear winners of Oz Comic-Con, held in Brisbane, Australia, last week—for their Bruce Wayne parents cosplay.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 12:07pm

New Star Wars: Episode VII Set Photos Reveal the Millennium Falcon and Maybe a Rebel Base?

Star Wars: Episode VII set photos

It’s wonderfully fitting that the latest Star Wars: Episode VII set photos come to us via drone. Latino-Review got their hands on a number of exciting images taken over RAF Greenham Common, a former airfield in Berkshire, England. Not only is the airfield housing several key ships from the new Star Wars film—including the beloved Millennium Falcon and some unusual-looking X-wings—but it appears to be an actual set for a battle scene, if the rumors are to be believed.

[See for yourself]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 10:05am

Bryan Fuller Has No Plans to Whitewash American Gods’ Shadow for TV

American Gods Bryan Fuller Shadow

It’s pretty common for Hollywood to whitewash characters from books when their races are not explicitly stated in very exacting language. American Gods’ leading man is one of those characters—Shadow’s parentage is half-white in the form of Norse god Odin, and though it seems clear in the narrative that his mother is not white, she is never said to be black or any other ethnicity in particular.

Which is why it was so relieving to hear Byran Fuller—showrunner for the upcoming American Gods television series—assure fans that he has no intention of whitewashing the character.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Would Freddie Cougar Even Need Metal Claws?

Some of these Illustrated Twitter Typos are ridiculous, and some of them are, well, kind of dumb. But we thought Freddy Cougar was perfect. Oh, and The Rocksack... there’s just something about his excited smile. Check out more illustrated typos over on Tumblr, and for Strunk-&-White’s-sake, disable autocorrect!

Morning Roundup brings you streaming sci-fi, an update on American Gods, and a Star Trek gag reel!

[Plus a touching exchange between a Captain America cosplayer and a fan!]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 5:30pm

Here’s Your First Full Look at the Batman v Superman Batmobile

first look Batmobile Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Although we glimpsed the shiny new Batmobile for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a few months ago, we’re finally getting a close-up, detailed look at the thing without Sad Batman crying all over it. After some grainy Instagram photos (albeit featuring some cool, gull-wing-esque doors) circulated online, director Zack Snyder tweeted the actual photo, above.

Though at first we thought that the new Batmobile might share some inspiration with Tim Burton’s highly stylized take, we realize now that it hews much more closely to Christopher Nolan’s tumbler. Even so, it’s more armored tank than sleek car, especially the way it seems to extend out to either side. It’s the kind of car you’d notice on the street—which is interesting, considering the rumors that in the world of Batman v Superman, the Caped Crusader is an urban legend who no one has ever actually seen.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.

Photo: Twitter/@ZackSnyder