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Nov 10 2014 10:40am

Margot Robbie Reportedly Cast as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie cast as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

Collider reports that Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad has cast its first villain: Margot Robbie will reportedly play Harley Quinn. Citing unknown sources, Collider says that the Wolf of Wall Street actress will play the Joker’s girlfriend, who has evolved into a beloved comic book character who currently has her own ongoing series.

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Nov 10 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Superheroines From Dana to Xena!

Artist Scott Park has created a tribute to some of our favorite superwomen! The full poster includes 80 icons, including Dana Scully, Xena, and Minerva McGonagall.

Morning Roundup brings you the greatest movies that came from outer space, early performance footage from a young Weird Al, and a look behind the scenes of our favorite terrifying desert town.

[Plus Captain America’s mighty shield yields Wilhelm screams!]

Nov 7 2014 3:20pm

The Hunger Games: The Immersive Theater Experience is Coming to You Live on Stage!

The Hunger Games play stage show immersive theater

If you’ve thought that the Hunger Games movies have lacked that raw, in-your-face, real-time energy, then you’re in luck! Lionsgate is teaming up with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and the U.S.-based Triangular Entertainment to bring Suzanne Collins’ dystopian young adult franchise to the STAGE. Yes, The Hunger Games is becoming an immersive theater experience. It’ll be like Les Mis, but with even more on-stage deaths.

[May the odds be ever in your favor]

Nov 7 2014 3:10pm

Those Who Realize That History Repeats Stand the Best Chance of Winning the Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire history Tyrion

George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, although depicting a fictional fantasy world, is replete with parallels to European and Roman history, and the author will be the first in line to tell you about them.

These parallels are readily apparent in the recently released The World of Ice and Fire, which details lineages and circumstances of Westeros’ kings and deeper history, as well as the arc of empire that lead to the present day Targaryen-less Seven Kingdoms in Westeros. It’s a fascinating read, and recently Vulture sat down with Martin to dig deeper into the history behind the history.

Perhaps the most important thing to take away from that discussion was thus: The characters in A Song of Ice and Fire who know their history are the ones you REALLY want to watch.

[Read more. Dance With Dragons spoilers ahead]

Nov 7 2014 1:18pm

Syfy Casts Three Key Roles in The Magicians Pilot

The Magicians Syfy pilot cast members announcedSyfy’s TV adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is moving forward, with a director and several cast members announced!

According to a press release from Syfy, Mike Cahill (director of I Origins and Another Earth) will direct the pilot. No one has been cast as protagonist Quentin Coldwater yet, but the network has brought on three actors: Stella Maeve (Chicago PD) as Julia, Hale Appleman (Smash) as Eliot, and Arjun Gupta (How to Get Away With Murder) as Penny.

[Meet Julia, Eliot, and Penny]

Nov 7 2014 12:13pm

Artist Hilariously Illustrates Movie Titles with One Letter Removed

illustrated movie titles one letter removed Lord of the Rigs

A recent Reddit thread asked users to pick a movie title, remove one letter, and write a brief description of the new movie. Redditor and artist Austin Light took the challenge a step further by illustrating these one-letter-removed titles and including synopses. For instance, Lord of the Rigs, about “one man’s unhealthy obsession with his truck.”

[Click through for more movies!]

Nov 7 2014 11:19am

Read Through 15 Years of Feminist Sci-Fi Fanzine History with the Janus/Aurora Online Archives

Janus Aurora sci-fi feminist fanzine full archives onlineIn 1975, Janice Bogstad and Jeanne Gomoll—who would later go on to create WisCon, the leading feminist science fiction convention—created a feminist sci-fi fanzine called Janus. Featuring articles by Samuel R. Delany and Joanna Russ, and interviews with Octavia E. Butler and Suzy McKnee Charnas, Janus (later renamed to Aurora) examined sci-fi for and by women, the depiction of sexuality in sci-fi, and female fandom. It was the most prominent fanzine of its kind from 1975-1990, nominated for three “Best Fanzine” Hugos from 1978-1980.

And now you can read it online! In 2013, The Society for the Furtherance & Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction (or SF3) published PDFs of all 26 issues on its website for your perusal. Read through the archives and relive the Second Wave of feminism with these 'zines. May we suggest pairing it with this recent piece from The Atlantic about female representation in sci-fi?

[via MetaFilter]

Nov 7 2014 9:35am

Woody and Buzz Will Return for Toy Story 4 in 2017

Toy Story 4

In 2010, after taking us to the edge of our emotions and back, Toy Story 3 seemed an appropriate ending for the Toy Story trilogy, with toys and humans alike getting closure after 15 years. But now, Disney•Pixar has announced a fourth Toy Story film, bringing back Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the toys.

[To infinity and another sequel!]

Nov 7 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup Returns to the Castle Beyond the Goblin City

Now, before you start yelling at us, no, we don’t actually want a sequel to Labyrinth. But we do think this poster for a theoretical sequel is gorgeous. This is the work of Ruben Ireland, a U.K.-based artist and illustrator, and it’s included in the SEQUEL show at the iam8bit gallery in L.A. The show itself is a commentary on our closure-phobic society—do we really want to see more Buckaroo Banzai adventures? Do we need a film studio to tell us what happens next for Barbarella? When did our own imaginations fail us?

...sorry. This long, slow autumn creates a pensive mood. But enough of that: Morning Roundup has links and news and fun things! A ranking of Christopher Nolan movies that is not based on Michael Caine’s screentime. Though it should be. Plus, writers have already started tallying up what they’re thankful for! Spoiler alert: they’re mostly thankful for books. And we look into the origins of My Little Pony!

[Plus, Patrick Rothfuss talks about genre!]

Nov 6 2014 2:25pm

Check Out the Final Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies!

The final Hobbit film is finally upon us! The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer gives us grand promises, stirring speeches, and what looks to be about a billion perfectly choreographed elves...oh, and Bilbo's there, too!

[Click through for the full trailer!]

Nov 6 2014 1:40pm

New Into the Woods Trailer Features Songs! Singing! Beanstalks!

Into the Woods, Meryl Streep

For those who were concerned that Into the Woods was shucking it’s full-blown musical past—or at least trying to hide it from audiences—fear not! This trailer will put your mind at ease!

[Watch it!]

Nov 6 2014 12:18pm

Star Wars: Episode VII Has a Title!

Alright, everyone. There were rumors, and suggestions, and we've all had our opinions on the matter, but this is it. The real title for Episode VII.

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Nov 6 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup is Totally Peeved By Parcheesi!

We’re sure this ad is an instant nostalgia-generator for many of you. What’s even cooler, as BoingBoing points out, is that this 1980 ad highlights two women who are clearly enjoying the game! And look at the woman on the left, with her pink turtleneck and Jessica Wakefield-esque lavalier necklace! She certainly doesn’t conform to any nerd stereotypes. See, 1980s parents? D&D is for everyone!

Morning Roundup has a look at The Three-Body Problem’s popularity in China, thoughts on the literary economy, and a dire warning that you may be trapped in a Christopher Nolan movie!

[Plus, go into SPAAAAACE!]

Nov 5 2014 4:30pm

Netflix Adapting Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Netflix adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony SnicketNetflix is adding another live-action series to its original television roster: The streaming company will adapt Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books into a TV series. According to Deadline, Netflix will be teaming up with Paramount Television; Paramount was the company behind the 2004 film adaptation starring Jim Carrey, which didn’t garner any sequels.

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP Original Content, said:

On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series of Unfortunate Events. The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.

Netflix is currently searching for a director to adapt the first of the 13 books. When asked how much his involvement would be, author Daniel Handler told BuzzFeed, “Right now we’re all working closely to find the right director so that it might be developed accordingly.”

Nov 5 2014 3:46pm

Katniss Sees Peeta for the First Time in These Mockingjay Clips

Mockingjay clip Katniss Peeta message

At the end of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta’s romance ended rather abruptly: She got whisked out of the Arena, while he was kidnapped by the Capitol for god-knows-what. Several new clips from Mockingjay, Part 1 allow fans to piece together Katniss’ first look at Peeta in the new movie, once he’s creepily dressed all in-white as some sort of emissary for President Snow.

[“You’re alive”]

Nov 5 2014 1:15pm

New Agent Carter Clip Introduces Peggy to Jarvis and to the Show’s MacGuffin

Agent Carter extended clip trailer Howard Stark Edwin Jarvis

Finally, a real look at Marvel’s Agent Carter! After all the talk of the other movies and TV shows that Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) might appear in, we get to see her in action in her own series.

In this extended clip, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) has a mission for Peggy—plus, we meet his trusty butler-turned-Peggy’s support, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy).

[Watch the clip]

Nov 5 2014 12:20pm

Rocket Talk Episode 33: Mur Lafferty

Rocket Talk Nanowrimo

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin Landon invited Mur Lafferty on to the show to have a meandering conversation about podcasting, NaNoWriMo, World Fantasy Con, and uh... other stuff.

[Listen here!]

Nov 5 2014 12:13pm

Black Widow Comic Book Writer Whips Up a Hypothetical Script for Her Movie, and It’s Great

Black Widow script movie

As excited as fans are about seeing more female superheroes represented in Marvel’s recently-announced Captain Marvel film and DC’s Wonder Woman standalone movie, they’re still going to hanker for Black Widow to get her own adventure. Shortly after last week’s Marvel Event, #BlackWidowMovie was soon trending on Twitter, with industry folks like Nathan Edmondson—writer of the Black Widow series—voicing their support.

In fact, Edmondson took things a step further and dashed off six pages of a hypothetical Black Widow screenplay. And it’s just what we want to see for Natasha.

[Read the script!]

Nov 5 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: How to Tree Your Dragon

In the old city of Chellah in Rabat, Morocco, there is a tree that has grown into the shape of a DRAGON. This has either happened naturally, or, in a more interesting universe, the spirit of a long-extinct dragon has manifested itself in this tree! One day, all the children of the city will know to come to the Dragon Tree with their troubles, and the Dragon Spirit will grant them Her wisdom in magnificent dreams of flight. [via Laughing Squid!]

Morning Roundup asks an important question: why is Gandhi such a jerk? (The Civilization version of Gandhi, not real Gandhi.) We also meditate upon Christopher Nolan’s flask of tea, and infiltrate a colony of penguins!

[Plus we learn that it’s terribly difficult to cross the street in Lagos.]

Nov 4 2014 4:20pm

Nathan Fillion is Already Assembling His Zombie Apocalypse Team

Nathan Fillion zombie apocalypse team video

In addition to fooling around with lightsabers, Nathan Fillion is something of a zombie apocalypse enthusiast in his off-hours. In fact, he thinks so much about the possibility of the undead taking over that he’s already obsessed with compiling the perfect, most complementary team.

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