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December 22, 2014
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December 15, 2014
Steven Erikson: On Completing Malazan
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December 12, 2014
When My Wife Put Her Face in a Fireball for Epic Fantasy
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December 10, 2014
Even More Standalone Fantasy Fiction!
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Wed
Dec 10 2014 9:38am

Rainbow Rowell’s Next Book Carry On is a Fangirl Spinoff Starring Simon Snow

Rainbow Rowell Carry On fantasy Fangirl spinoff Simon Snow Baz

Rainbow Rowell’s next book, Carry On, will not only be a spinoff of her 2013 YA novel Fangirl, but it's also a fantasy set in the magical world of Simon Snow! Which is basically Harry Potter, but if Harry and a Draco/Snape hybrid were roommates. And fell in love. Yes.

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Wed
Dec 10 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Have We Found the New Bond Villain?

Shooting has begun on the new James Bond film! We don’t know much yet, cause how could we, but look at that bulldog! It’s all glued together! Is this symbolism? Or did they just not want to shell out for another tchotchke? But that scar across its eye... perhaps M’s old broken ceramic bulldog will turn out to be Blowfeld? What a twist!

Morning Roundup brings you the deep thoughts of James Gunn, the leading name in Hobbit Studies, and the next innovation from Douglas Trumbull!

[Plus holiday greetings from Skeletor!]

Wed
Dec 10 2014 12:29am

Teaser Trailer for BBC’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

“Magic is not ended in England.”

A short but sweet look at the BBC’s upcoming seven-episode adaption of Susanna Clarke’s hugely popular Hugo-winning novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.

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Tue
Dec 9 2014 4:44pm

Is That the Eye of Sauron Floating Over Moscow?

Eye of Sauron Russia Moscow The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie premiere

A great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame will appear over Moscow, Russia this week, as a pretty cool marketing ploy. According to The Hollywood Reporter Russia, art group Svechenie (translated as “Glow”) dreamed up a lighting installation that would project the Eye of Sauron above one of Moscow’s skyscrapers for the December 11 release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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Tue
Dec 9 2014 11:30am

Pixar’s Finding Dory Won’t Take Place Just in the Ocean

Finding Dory plot details Disney Pixar

At last week’s Comic Con Experience in Brazil, Pixar president Jim Morris showed some unfinished art from Finding Dory, Disney•Pixar’s sequel to 2003 feels-fest Finding Nemo. He also shared more details about the plot, including the setting: The majority of the movie will take place at the Marine Biology Institute of California.

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Tue
Dec 9 2014 10:48am

Syfy Joins the Superhero Prequel Game with Krypton

Krypton prequel series Superman Syfy

Blame Gotham: Wanting to get in on that sweet origin story action, Syfy is developing Krypton, a prequel series set on Superman’s homeworld.

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Tue
Dec 9 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Engage It So! ...Wait, Is That Right?

Cici James is the co-owner of Singularity & Co., New York’s amazing science fiction and fantasy bookshop. She is also a fabulous online presence, and she’s found us the best cake in the galaxy!

Morning Roundup brings us a new old role for Mark Hamill, a new new role for Chirstopher Nolan, and the ballad of Homestar Runner!

[Plus, imagine if The Hobbit was only one movie!]

Mon
Dec 8 2014 1:28pm

Here’s What Batman Would Look Like as a Viking, Iron Man, and More

alternate Batman Viking

The LEGO Batman Movie will reportedly acknowledge every era of the Caped Crusader on-screen—but before we take that stroll down memory lane in 2017, let’s turn our eyes to the Batmen that could have existed. 3D character artist Caleb Nefzen dreamed up what Batman would look like as a fearsome Viking warrior (above); on deviantART, DenisM79 reimagines the Dark Knight as a greaser punk; and even more artists have envisioned Batman in every era.

[Click through to see a Batman for every time period]

Mon
Dec 8 2014 11:32am

Roberto Orci No Longer Directing Star Trek 3

Roberto Orci not directing Star Trek 3

According to Deadline, Star Trek 3 writer-director Roberto Orci is no longer helming the third rebooted film. Orci—who with Alex Kurtzman helped shape the tone of the first two films—replaced J.J. Abrams when Abrams left to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Taking on Star Trek 3 meant that Orci had to drop out of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot; a new director has not yet been announced.

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Mon
Dec 8 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: If Loving Velociraptors is Wrong, Chris Pratt Doesn’t Want to Be Right

Can the whole movie just be this amazing fan art by Manuel Unda?? Chris Pratt training his raptor pack, teaching them how to scratch at the door when they need to go out (at least until they’re tall enough to open the door themselves), and how to take treats nicely without, you know, killing the person who’s feeding them... so like Beethoven but with Chris Pratt and, like, twelve raptors? And maybe Dave Bautista can play his grouchy neighbor who blames the raptors for everything that goes wrong in the neighborhood, but then they all team up to save Bautista’s kid who got trapped in a cave during a landslide or something, and then Bautista is so happy that his kid’s safe that he hugs one of the raptors and it licks his face and he just laughs. Everyone laughs!

Morning Roundup has thoughts on Apocalypse, a wonderful avalanche of books, and an interview with the director of The Babadook!

[Plus some guinea pigs embark on an epic quest.]

Fri
Dec 5 2014 11:38am

Ryan Reynolds to Play Deadpool Again

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie Fox

Once we got confirmation that Fox was moving forward on a Deadpool solo movie based on the test footage that got leaked, we hoped that Ryan Reynolds would reprise his role as the Merc with the Mouth. Because even though everything about Deadpool’s cinematic introduction in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was disappointing, he rocked it in the test footage.

Now, Deadline reports that Reynolds is closing a deal with 20th Century Fox to put on the red bodysuit again. Plus, the actor posted an almost-confirmation on Twitter...

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Fri
Dec 5 2014 10:45am

Krysten Ritter is Marvel’s Jessica Jones!

Krysten Ritter Jessica Jones Marvel Netflix

Krysten Ritter has beaten the competition to land the role of superhero-turned-detective Jessica Jones in Marvel and Netflix's new drama! Not surprising, as she seemed to be one of the most fitting candidates; the other actresses being considered included Warm Bodies’ Teresa Palmer and Arrow’s Jessica De Gouw.

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Fri
Dec 5 2014 9:57am

Benedict Cumberbatch Finally Officially Definitely Cast as Doctor Strange

Marvel confirms Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange

In the least surprising news of the year, Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Marvel confirmed the rumor we’ve been hearing since before San Diego Comic-Con with this statement from producer Kevin Feige:

Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.

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Fri
Dec 5 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: R2D2 Gets All the Hugs!

Did you know Mark Hamill’s son Nathan was in The Phantom Menace? Here he is cuddling with R2D2 in between scenes. Reddit, the source for all things behind-the-scenes, posted a whole cache of adorable shots, and you should definitely go see look.

Morning Roundup brings you deep thoughts on film ratings and 1960s paperbacks! Patrick Rothfuss! Aaaaand...yet more end-of-year reading suggestions!

[Plus we catch up with some freaks!]

Thu
Dec 4 2014 5:00pm

Lifetime to Air Damien TV Series Starring Merlin’s Bradley James

Lifetime Damien TV series Bradley James The Omen

In questionable-TV-series-development news, Lifetime is working on a six-episode follow-up to The Omen, called Damien: The College Years. OK, that’s not the real title, but it might as well be: The series follows Damien Thorn (Merlin’s Bradley James) through his adult life—you know, after he basically inspired everyone to murder his parents in the 1976 movie.

[Except that Damien doesn’t know he's the Antichrist.]

Thu
Dec 4 2014 3:51pm

Syfy’s The Magicians Casts Quentin and Alice

The Magicians Syfy cast Quentin Alice Jason Ralph Sosie Bacon

Syfy has rounded out the cast for its adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians by finally casting its two leads, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meet your Quentin Coldwater and Alice Quinn!

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Thu
Dec 4 2014 1:30pm

Jeff VanderMeer Talks Ambiguity, the Wilderness, and the New Weird in His Reddit AMA

Jeff VanderMeer Reddit AMA highlightsAuthor, editor, and writing teacher Jeff VanderMeer has been one of the most prolific writers of 2014: Farrar, Straus and Giroux released all three of his Southern Reach trilogy books—Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance—over an eight-month period. Readers eagerly immersed themselves in the creepy, uninhabited land of Area X, abandoned by humans and reclaimed by nature at the start of Annihilation. As a twelfth expedition (narrated by a biologist) attempts to do what their predecessors could not and learn Area X’s mysteries, their own secrets threaten the expedition.

Paramount Pictures has acquired the movie rights for Annihilation, with Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland adapting the book. Plus, Annihilation was one of your favorite books of 2014. It’s been an exciting year for VanderMeer! This week, he took to Reddit for an AMA discussing ambiguity in the Southern Reach trilogy (including an upcoming novella set in that world), his affinity for the wilderness, and keeping “New Weird” fiction alive. Check out the highlights!

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Thu
Dec 4 2014 12:40pm

Jon Hamm is a Sinister Cyrano de Bergerac in the Black Mirror Christmas Special Trailer

Black Mirror White Christmas special trailer Jon Hamm Rafe Spall Oona Chaplin

Doctor Who vs. Santa isn't the only geeky Christmas special we're looking forward to this year. Charlie Brooker's eerily prescient dystopian series Black Mirror—which just became available on Netflix—returns for the holidays, with bonus creepy Jon Hamm!

[Watch the trailer for Black Mirror: White Christmas]

Thu
Dec 4 2014 11:32am

Bond 24’s Title and Cast Announced—Sherlock’s Moriarty to Play the Villain!

Spectre, Bond 24

Bond fans have been waiting on pins and needles to hear about the next film, directed by Sam Mendes. Now we have a name, a cast, and a villain! And they all give pretty clear hints about what we can expect from... Spectre.

[You know that name.]