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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!

Star Wars Episode VII X-Wing

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!]

Thu
Jul 17 2014 1:30pm

This 3D Futurama Video Is Almost Like Having Futurama Back

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We were so happy-sad over the Futurama series finale last fall, but it was a fitting end to a series that ended up spanning a decade. Little did we know that this 3D take on Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s series would be all we needed to suddenly want more.

Russian artist Alexey Zakharov has brought New New York—with a cameo by the Planet Express ship!—to life (or at least, stunning 3D), and wow does it look cool.

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Thu
Jul 17 2014 1:20pm

Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig Will Revive and Gender-Flip Classic Hero The Shield

Archie Comics has announced the first three titles in their Dark Circle superhero imprint! The Shield, from writers Adam Christopher (The Burning Dark, “Cold War”) and Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds) and artist Wilfredo Torres (The Shadow: Year One); The Black Hood from writer Duane Swierczynski (Judge Dredd, X, Birds of Prey) and artist Michael Gaydos (ALIAS); and The Fox from writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and scripter Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come, founder of Thrillbent).

The titles will be overseen by editor Alex Segura, and will launch early next year. They will all serve as jumping on points for new readers, using characters from Dark Circle Comics in unique new ways.

The Shield (pictured here) will be a gender-flipped version of a classic all-American hero who originally debuted in 1940 (predating Captain America!) and will be a new way to explore history. Adam Christopher said of the title: “We’ve all poured a lot of love into the new Shield—she’s a very powerful, very modern female superhero. And that I think is something to celebrate.”

We can’t wait to see her adventures!

Thu
Jul 17 2014 12:30pm

“No One Is Born Evil” But Daniel Radcliffe Looks Pretty Sinful in the First Horns Trailer

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The most evil thing about Daniel Radcliffe’s new project Horns is how long we’ve had to wait for little hints—his impressive American accent, those wicked-looking horns—without knowing when the movie would actually be released. Now, we get both a full trailer and a release date!

[“Sometimes, when you go through hell, the only way out is to walk deeper into the fire...”]

Thu
Jul 17 2014 11:42am

The 2014 Hugo Toastmasters Have Been Announced!

On Sunday August 17th Loncon 3 will host the presentation of the 2014 Hugo Awards, and they’ve just announced their hosts—Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman!

Robson is the author of the Quantum Gravity series. She has been shortlisted for both the Arthur C Clarke Award and the British Science Fiction Association Award for her debut novel Silver Screen. Her third novel, Natural History, was shortlisted for the BSFA Award, and came second for the John W Campbell Memorial Award. Ryman is a multiple-award winning author, as well as a writing professor at the University of Manchester. His novel Air won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Arthur C Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Jr Award, the Canadian Sunburst Award and the British Science Fiction Association Award in 2005.

The ceremony, which will also include the presentation of the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is open to all attending members, and it will be streamed via Ustream for all of you who can’t make it to London!

Thu
Jul 17 2014 11:17am

Falcon is the New Captain America!

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It’s not exactly unusual for people other than Steve Rogers to take up Captain America’s iconic shield, but coming off the announcement of the brand new female Thor, this is liable to stir the pot even more—Sam Wilson (also known as Falcon) will be Cap in the comics, starting this October.

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Thu
Jul 17 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Minimalist Poster Game Over, Man!

Quick, what do you think is happening in the above picture? What if we told you this was a minimalist poster for the film alien, and that there is now a chest-bursting alien baby running amok in your tastefully furnished apartment? Buzzfeed shared some of these designs by Atipo, a Spanish art studio whose method of cutting to the heart of a film is simply breathtaking. Check out the idea for Jaws, Dracula, and, maybe best of all, Fahrenheit 451. 

Morning Roundup has maximalist news for you today! The first official images from the set of Age of Ultron have been released! If Manuel Noriega is going to be portrayed as a murder, he damn well wants some royalties! And you might have heard some news about Thor...

[Plus, Ned Stark might be even more noble than previously suspected.]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 3:00pm

There and Back Again: Our Favorite Forms of Fictional Transport

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The temperature is climbing here in Manhattan, which has all of us at Tor.com dreaming of getting away for a while. And since we’re on the subject, how cool would it be if you could take the TARDIS to your favorite vacation spot? Soar over the crowds on Miami Beach on the back of your very own dragon, or skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower by apparating yourself straight to the top? If you answered “pretty darn cool” then you, my friend, are correct.

We recently asked the Twitterverse how you’d like to arrive at your favorite summer vacation spot, and we’ve compiled a list of the twelve best forms of fictional transportation based on your answers!

[So grab some Plutonium and let’s get going...]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 12:40pm

Ingmar Bergman Directs The Flash!

Filmmaker Patrick Willems dares to ask the question: “What if Ingmar Bergman directed The Flash?” In Willems’ pitch-perfect reimagining, the existential auteur hijacks DC’s speediest hero for a meditation on speed, fate, and mortality. Can even the fastest man alive outrun the terrors of consciousness? 

[Am I too fast? Or not fast enough?]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 18: “The Cage” by A.M. Dellamonica

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In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an original audio story by A.M. Dellamonica! “The Cage” tells the story of a lesbian couple and their adopted baby werewolf, as read by Emily Asher-Perrin.

The short story can be read online for free here.

[Listen to “The Cage”]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 9:30am

Robert Downey Jr.’s Face on Pin-Up Girls’ Bodies Is Oddly Captivating

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YOU’VE SEEN IT. YOU CAN’T UNSEE IT.

Look, we all agree that Robert Downey, Jr. is a pretty man. And yet, none of us could have anticipated what a lovely pin-up model the man otherwise known as Tony Stark would make. Thanks to the twisted but brilliant mind behind the Pin-Up RDJ Tumblr, we now have these beauties to stare at. And we can’t look away.

[Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist... pin-up]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup Wouldn’t “Voom” if You Put 4,000 Volts Through It

It’s just restin’! British TV channel Gold is honoring Monty Python’s farewell show with a giant deceased parrot. Lead sculptor Iain Prendergast talked about his process, saying “The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot, keeping the realism of the bird whilst also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes“ which is, um, terrifying? But also great. Check out more shots of beautiful plumage over at Buzzfeed. Having said all of this, and with all deserved love for dead parrots, the Third Parachute Brigade Amateur Dramatic Society’s rendition of ”The Oscar Wilde Skit" wins everything. 

Morning Roundup is decidedly not resting. We have links and news and stuff! Fantastic Four might diverge wildly from all known comic history! Lucy continues to get science wrong! And Rainbow Brite returns for some reason! 

[Plus a turning point in the world of noir.]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 5:40pm

Thomas Jane to Star in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse TV Series

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In addition to angels declaring war on mankind in Dominion and college-age wizards in The Magicians, Syfy’s slate of new shows also includes The Expanse, based on the space opera series written by James S.A. Corey. Billed as “Game of Thrones in space,” the series (which has been picked up in a 10-episode deal) promises to be one of Syfy’s more ambitious endeavors.

Aside from the plot of the books that was all we knew, until today’s update from Daniel Abraham (one half of the James S. A. Corey writing duo with Ty Franck) on the challenges of making a mainstream genre show and who The Punisher star Thomas Jane will play on The Expanse.

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Tue
Jul 15 2014 4:45pm

A Few More Details About Heroes: Reborn Emerge

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We've known about NBC's Heroes: Reborn reboot for some time now, but we still don't know a lot about what story arcs to expect, and how the miniseries will build on the landmark 2006 TV series. In fact, a recent Entertainment Weekly interview with creator Tim Kring only made us more cynically wonder at the real motivations behind reincarnating Heroes.

[Save the franchise, save the ratings]