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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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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!

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...”]

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!

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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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.]

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...]

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?]

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”]

Jul 16 2014 9:30am

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

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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]

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.]

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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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]

Jul 15 2014 3:45pm

Joss Whedon Revives Wash! On...Single Page Firefly “Sequel”

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Remember that time Joss Whedon summed up Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a doodle for a fan who asked him to bring the show back? Now Joss has one-upped himself and revived another beloved series—this time a certain space opera, and this time on a piece of notebook paper.


Jul 15 2014 2:45pm

You’ll Never Know Who the Joker is on Gotham

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As we’re gearing up for Gotham’s premiere this fall, of course all Batman fans want to know if and when the Joker will make his appearance in FOX’s origin-story series. Here’s a cool bit of speculation news* from Bleeding Cool: We’ll see not one Joker, but many potential Jokers—one every week.

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Jul 15 2014 12:30pm

Hey, You Coming to Our 6th Birthday Party This Week?

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Now we are six! And we’re having a meet-up this Thursday, July 17th!

And you’re invited! You should come and waggle elbows with sci-fi/fantasy publishing people. (Get us tipsy we are full of secrets.)

The party is in the upstairs bar at our Professor Thom’s in Manhattan (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). It’s from 6 to 11 and we’ll be there, whomever we are, to talk about comic book movies, gender representation, funky fresh dance moves...whatever brings the fun. You can RSVP on Facebook here. Or just show up and say hello!

Jul 15 2014 12:26pm

Watch the Full Trailer for Disney/Marvel’s Goofy Superhero Movie Big Hero 6!

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We've been psyched for the Disney/Marvel collaboration Big Hero 6 since the first teaser dropped in May—and now we've got the full trailer to cheer over!

What did we already know? Big Hero 6 is about a government-recruited team of superheroes, including 14-year-old supergenius Hiro Hamada and his puffy robot companion Baymax.

What do we know now? So much more—ESP-wielding villains in kabuki masks, microbots, San Fransokyo!

[“Weee jumped out a windoooow...”]

Jul 15 2014 11:40am

Leaked Jurassic World Brochure Reveals Which Dinosaurs We’ll See

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We’ve got to give major props to Jurassic World’s marketing team, because this theme park brochure that hit the Internet this weekend rocks.

Suddenly, we know a lot more of what to expect from the fourth Jurassic Park installment, which has up until now been shrouded in the kind of secrecy that surrounds Isla Nublar itself. (No one ever returns.)

And that includes what dinosaurs we can expect to see in the movie! Spoilers of that sort ahead.

[Click through for the full list of dinosaurs, and other theme park attractions]

Jul 15 2014 9:30am

Velma and Daphne Are Fighting for Your Rights in Their Very Own Wonder Woman Armor

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Usually it’s Scooby and Shaggy who don the disguises for Mystery Inc., but this time Velma and Daphne are getting in on the fun! And no, this Scooby-Doo/Wonder Woman crossover isn’t an inspired piece of fan art—it’s an actual DC comic.


Jul 15 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Minimalist Vampire Slayer

When Citizen of Twitter Thoughtter took to the internet to say the name “Joss Whedon” in all caps, she probably didn’t expect a response. But Joss, like a friendly genie who happened to be look at his Twitter feed at that moment, replied to her, and offered her a wish! Thoughtter immediately asked for money, but then amended her request to the less-practical: “More Buffy the Vampire Slayer please.” And then Joss Whedon killed her to create dramatic conflict.

NO, no he did not do that, we’re just kidding. Honestly, Joss’ lawyers, jk. He drew her an awesome napkin, and it’s really sweet and also acts as a weirdly accurate analysis of his writing process!

Morning Roundup wishes it had evolved from apes! But alas, it is but news and links and the odd rocket part. Still, one tries with what one has, and what one has is news of The Giver! Platonic Older Brother Weird Al Yankovic’s new video! And, a somewhat disturbing tribute to Daniel Radcliffe.

[Plus, Mario clearly needs to stay off the gold stars...]