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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.

[Watch the Trailer!]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Hodor Joins Up with the X-Men

Professor X Hodor pop culture mashup artist Marco D'Alfonso

Professor X has upgraded from his wheelchair to the kind of transportation that not only gets you places, but deals with nastiness along the way, and responds to your sage advice with only one word. This Professor X/Hodor match made in heaven is just one of many pop culture mashups by Marco D’Alfsonso (collected on Imgur and his deviantART page).

Afternoon Roundup brings you Wonder Woman in South Africa; your dream library; and the one thing you never noticed about Star Trek.

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 11:15am

We Could Get a Doctor Who Movie in the Next Eight Years

Doctor Who movie news Sony email leak

With the entirety of the leaked Sony emails getting uploaded to Wikileaks, we now know that the BBC wants to make another Doctor Who movie. An email exchange from January 2014 between Andrew Wong (president of International Production for Sony) and Sony chief executive Michael Lynton details how BBC Worldwide wants to capitalize on the brand’s resurgence in popularity, but the showrunners are worried about it being done badly.

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 10:53am

Ryan Gosling May Join the Blade Runner Sequel!

Ryan Gosling joins Blade Runner

The Blade Runner sequel seems to be on track! According to Variety, Ryan Gosling is negotiating to join the film, and according to People, this will make the film “even sexier.” Because, while thoughtful meditations on corporate soullessness and the relentless march of mortality are always super-hot, the addition of Ryan Gosling to a project adds at least 20% more sexiness. Harrison Ford, who is currently making us all weep tears of joy in the new Star Wars trailer, has already signed on to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. But since he's become America's irascible grandpa, he can no longer be relied upon to provide enough pure, uninhibited smolder to films that encourage us to stare into the void of our own existence. It was good of Gosling to answer the call.

[So...which sexy character will Ryan Gosling add even more sexiness to?]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 9:00am

The Cover of Each Max Gladstone Book Has Predicted the Cover of the Next One

Max Gladstone covers

We all knew Max Gladstone was some kind of red mage-ish wizard, but who knew that his wily magic influenced all who work on his books?

The other day, Tor Books designer Jamie Stafford-Hill noticed something peculiar...it turns out that the type color of the book title on each of Max Gladstone’s books in the Craft Sequence of novels has unintentionally become the thematic color for the following novel, before that novel is even finished!

[Proof!]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Cards Against Injustice!

Batman Cards Against Humanity

Now this is how you play Cards Against Humanity! It’s also how you become Batman.

Morning Roundup finds Joss Whedon sitting in a corner, talking about blood, death, and sacrifice...and then the Game of Thrones director talks about blood, death, and wine, so that’s some improvement. Plus, the rebirth of Archie!

[And we take an intimate look at The Matrix.]