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Wed
Jan 21 2015 4:00pm

This 4-Hour The Hobbit Recut Focuses on Bilbo Baggins, Like It Should Have All Along

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Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy has been concluded for barely a month, but already one ambitious Tolkien fan has recut the bloated, eight-hour adaptation into a much more manageable affair clocking in at a little less than four and a half hours. How did the anonymous TolkienEditor do it? By cutting out the Tauriel/Legolas/Kili love triangle and by bringing us back to the movie’s star, who we forgot to care about along the way: Bilbo Baggins.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 11:30am

Marvel Comics is Destroying the Marvel Universe With Secret Wars

Marvel Secret Wars Battleworld announcement destroy Marvel Universe Ultimate Universe

This May, while Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron is tearing you apart from the inside, Marvel Comics will also be shaking things up. Yesterday the comic publisher announced Secret Wars, a New 52-esque event (but not a reboot!) that will destroy the Marvel Universe and then build it back up again.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 11:00am

This Joss Whedon Shared Universe Theory Actually Makes a Lot of Sense

Cabin in the Woods monsters cubes

It’s surprising that Joss Whedon’s main canon of work has existed for almost 20 years, and only recently have people started drawing mind-blowing connections between his various television series and movies. It made all sorts of crazy sense for Tim Burton, and now we’ve stumbled upon a fan theory that creates a literal Whedonverse.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’ll Never Get To Space on Horseback

Yuri Shwedoff White Castle

BoingBoing shared the most beautifully spooky images we’ve seen this week! Yuri Shwedoff’s post-apocalyptic fantasias take familiar objects and ratchet up the feelings of abandonment and existential hopelessness... in a good way. This one, titled White Castle, makes us want to hug the space program. Check out more of Shwedoff’s art here, or follow him on Twitter to see his takes on posters for Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy!

Morning Roundup stands up to Satan! Time-traveling kids experience jetlag! Picard adjusts his shirt!

[Plus the first buckets of advice from the deep well of Haruki Murakami’s mind!]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 5:47pm

Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba Series Optioned for TV/Film

Half Resurrection Blues Bone Street Rumba optioned Daniel Jose Older Anika Noni RoseDeadline reports that Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Elementary) has optioned the TV/film rights to Daniel José Older’s urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba. The first book of the series, Half-Resurrection Blues, was published January 6 by Roc Books; you can read our review as well as an excerpt of the novel.

Rose has optioned the series through her production company Roaring Virgin Productions. It’s unclear if she plans to adapt the Bone Street Rumba books into a series of films, or if we’ll be seeing another urban fantasy TV series in the future.

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 2:30pm

Fox Signs Director Mark Mylod for Minority Report Pilot

Minority Report pilot Fox director Mark Mylod

Fox is prepping a Minority Report TV pilot, intended as a sequel to the 2002 film starring Tom Cruise. However, don’t expect to see Cruise or his character John Anderton, as the pilot is set 10 years after the movie and will focus on one of the “precogs” from the film. In fact, Fox hasn’t announced casting at all, but it has signed on a director: Mark Mylod, known for ABC’s Once Upon a Time and Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning The Affair.

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 1:05pm

“A Day in the Life” Documentary Will Show How Your Game of Thrones Sausage Gets Made

Game of Thrones A Day in the Life season 5 documentary

While season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones won’t start until April 12, the network is tiding fans over with “A Day in the Life,” a short behind-the-scenes documentary airing February 8. HBO has just released a trailer, reminding us just how many people work together to make each episode of Game of Thrones happen.

[Watch the trailer]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Hey Babe, What’s Your Sign?

zodiac monsters Aquarius Damon Hellandbrand

People might stop using “what’s your sign” as a pick-up line (do people still use it?) if zodiacs were represented by the fearsome monsters dreamed up by Damon Hellandbrand (via Distractify). What would even be the horoscope attached to Aquarius (above), or his 11 equally terrifying brethren? “You will destroy civilizations and plant eternal fear into your enemies’ next three generations”?

Morning Roundup packs some plastic spoons for The Room; ponders a Game of Thrones/How to Get Away With Murder crossover; and reads this entire list in H. Jon Benjamin’s voice.

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Fri
Jan 16 2015 1:15pm

Cool LEGO Lenticular Mosaics Turn Heroes Into Villains

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Or is that villains turned into heroes? We already know that LEGO can be made into awesome artwork, but the effect is heightened when it can actually move. Redditor ihlaking recently posted a cool lenticular mosaic they came across at a LEGO convention: Depending where you stand, the portrait shifts from Snow White to the Evil Queen and back.

Some quick Google-fu revealed that these LEGO lenticular mosaics have been around for a few years, with a number of LEGO fans having the same idea to merge the faces of famous protagonists and their evil counterparts.

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Fri
Jan 16 2015 12:00pm

The Language of Spellwork in Harry Potter — J.K. Rowling’s Incantations Hold Surprising Linguistic Depth

Luna Lovegood, Patronus, Harry Potter

There are some readers who are not fans of the spells created by J.K. Rowling to flesh out the Potterverse. Her loose plying of Latin into incantations throughout the series irks certain diehard linguistic buffs.

But there’s a lot more to Rowling’s spell system than meets the eye.

[It’s not just Latin, after all.]

Fri
Jan 16 2015 10:47am

Brandon Sanderson’s Firefight Hits #1 on the New York Times YA Bestseller List

Firefight Brandon SandersonFirefight, the second volume in Brandon Sanderson’s young adult Reckoners book trilogy, out recently from Delacorte Press, has debuted at #1 on the January 25 New York Times Young Adult Bestseller List! Congrats to Brandon and his team on the top placement and for what is, by most reader accounts, a relentlessly exciting and surprising apocalyptic superhero sequel.

Firefight picks up after the consequences of Steelheart:

They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David’s hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.

Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it’s the path that will lead him to what he needs to find: Firefight.

But what is Calamity, the source of all the Epics power (and the title to the forthcoming concluding volume in the trilogy)? Could the answer to that lay within the pages of Firefight? You can ask Brandon on his Firefight tour right now!

Fri
Jan 16 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Poyo Poyo! Now Amiibo Kirby Can Be Anyone

Kirby custom Amiibo figures

Nintendo has already released over 40 Amiibo figures for use in Super Smash Bros and other games, but clearly some players just aren’t content with their current options. Cheezburger has rounded up the best customized Amiibos, from Kirby’s many costume changes above to Golden Mario to Fierce Deity Link.

Morning Roundup goes back to the drawing board with a Suicide Squad cast member; meets the most disturbing Spider-Verse Spider-Man of all; thanks the mighty Glow Cloud for the new Welcome to Night Vale YouTube channel; and tries to count ahead to 28 Months Later.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 4:12pm

Annalee Newitz to Institute Future Initiative at Gizmodo, Charlie Jane Anders Taking Over io9

Gawker Media has just announced that io9 Editor-in-Chief Annalee Newitz will replace Brian Barrett as Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo and that Newitz will merge the editorial programs of both io9, Gizmodo, and its Kinja offshoots into a “Future Initiative.”

From the announcement:

Now it's time to bring them together, and build a habitat for slipstream journalism that combines speculative wonder with skepticism and hard truths.

I'll be serving as the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo, and Charlie Jane Anders is going to become editor-in-chief of io9. The two sites, along with Sploid and our diagonals, will be collaborators within the greater universe of the Future Initiative.

Interesting stuff! The initiative will focus on more scientific and explanatory research pieces going forward. Check out the full details in the announcement!

Thu
Jan 15 2015 4:05pm

Roc Books Acquires Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings

Aliette de Bodard House of Shattered Wings Roc BooksLast November, we shared the news that Gollancz will be publishing Aliette de Bodard’s two new books, The House of Shattered Wings and its as-yet-unnamed sequel, in the UK. Now, Roc Books (a division of Penguin) has acquired the U.S. rights to the urban fantasy duology set in Paris after the destruction wrought by the Great Magicians’ War.

The two-book deal was negotiated by John Berlyne at Zeno Agency and Roc editor Jessica Wade.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 2:16pm

Game of Thrones In Space”: Watch the Trailer for James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse

Expanse Syfy trailer

Oh wow, you know, you read about these things and it seems like a good idea but then suddenly there's a trailer and it's real. You can't believe it's real. And really, really evocative of the Battlestar Galactica reboot.

Check out the trailer for Syfy's 10-episode The Expanse, based on the James S. A. Corey space opera books, coming in 2015.

[The Expanse trailer]

Thu
Jan 15 2015 10:46am

Birdman and Science Biopics Lead the 2015 Oscar Nominations, But The Lego Movie Got Snubbed

Oscar nominations 2015 Birdman The Theory of Everything The Imitation Game

The 2015 Oscar nominations are out! While science fiction and fantasy-based films have a firmer foothold than they have in recent years, garnering some Best Picture/Actor/Director nods, it’s a concentrated few who are getting honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year. With Birdman, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything collecting the most nominations, the winning formula seems to be an SFF context with more real-world, human themes. But where the hell is The Lego Movie?

[Check out the nominees]

Thu
Jan 15 2015 9:00am

What Are Your Favorite Non-Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Shows?

Rob Lowe Parks and Recreation

We are all well-rounded people in our fantasies and as well-rounded fantasy people we strive to experience media and culture outside of our chosen workspace of science fiction and fantasy. Also Doctor Who isn’t back until August and Game of Thrones isn’t back until April and we’ve watched the entirety of all five Star Trek shows yes all five and Battlestar Galactica isn’t on Netflix anymore for some reason.

So we’re all kind of forced to watch something else. And since our love vaguely resembles a petri dish, we thought we’d list out the non-genre TV shows that we enjoy in between genre shows as a sample of what science fiction and fantasy fans may also like in between mass killings of Stark family members.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: You’ve Never Seen 2001: A Space Odyssey Like This

Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey production still illustrations

As if he weren’t already revolutionizing moviemaking with 2001: A Space Odyssey, it turns out that Stanley Kubrick was very particular about how he wanted his production documented. Whereas other filmmakers would have photographers on-set noisily snapping photos of the shoot, Kubrick elected for hand-drawn production stills to show the big and little moments on-set. These fascinating illustrations went unpublished until, ironically, 2001, and have now resurfaced on the Internet.

Morning Roundup has a lot of thoughts about Avengers’ origin stories and fates; ponders falling in love twelve different ways; knows what to get our enemies; and is enjoying some damn good coffee.

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 2:30pm

Idris Elba Will Bring Demon-Fighting Edgar Allan Poe to the Big Screen

Poe Must Die movie adaptation Idris ElbaEdgar Allan Poe was pretty superfluous in the serial killer movie The Raven, but maybe if movie producers give him more agency, he’ll make a more convincing protagonist on-screen? That could be the reasoning behind Idris Elba’s newest project, an adaptation of Marc Olden’s intense-sounding 1978 novel, Poe Must Die.

According to Variety, Elba is developing Poe Must Die as a trilogy of movies, through his production company Green Door. While it would be too cool to see him take on a role in this historic/supernatural thriller, so far there’s no word on if he’ll also act.

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 12:57pm

Charles Coleman Finlay Named Editor of F&SF

Charles Coleman Finlay named editor F&SF magazineAuthor Charles Coleman Finlay is taking over as the ninth editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Locus Magazine reports. Since 1949, the bimonthly F&SF has published short fiction from esteemed writers including Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin; humor cartoons and pieces; and commentary on SFF books, films, and science.

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