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Fri
Sep 5 2014 1:05pm

Who Could Al Pacino Play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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So, good news, Al Pacino let his kids drag him to see Guardians of the Galaxy and loved it so much that he’s now interested in considering a role in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.

Nancy Tartaglione of Deadline got him to consider it at the recent Venice Film Festival. The famous actor had a lot to say about Guardians as a film, and had a well-considered response to the question of whether would like to be in the next one...

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: After an Eternity in Hell, the Cenobite Feel Right at Home in IKEA

Laughing Squid shared this fabulous instructional art from Ed Harrington, who chooses to work in the idiom of IKEA! Now if you ever need to build a Cenobite, you’ll know where to turn. Harrington also provides handy guides for building Aliens and centipedes of the human variety, but be warned: all instructions are in Fake Swedish. We hear the fro-yo’s only a dollar, though!

Morning Roundup has Supernatural deaths, Dungeons and Dragons adventures, and Chris Pratt’s latest attempt to make us grin uncontrollably./p>

[Plus Space Movies!]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 5:05pm

Neil Gaiman’s Hansel and Gretel is Coming to the Screen!

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Neil Gaiman’s take on Hansel and Gretel is being adapted into a live-action film, even though it hasn't been published yet! Gaiman's version, which we're sure is rollicking and light-hearted, will come out from Toon Books on October 28th, and features lovely artwork from Lorenzo Mattotti.

[Click through for details and house-eating!]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 2:40pm

Katniss Is Your Mockingjay in New Hunger Games Poster

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As predicted, our latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 poster finally brings us our first official look at Katniss Everdeen. Well, sorta, since we only get to see the back of the rogue Games victor and icon for the Panem revolution. Since the fateful day she picked up that iconic gold pin at the Hob (if you’re going by the movies), Katniss has had the title and costume of the Mockingjay thrust upon her. Except that where in Catching Fire it was a sassy kind of rebellious, here it looks downright deadly.

[Click through to see the full poster]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 1:40pm

Captain America and Hawkeye’s Winter Soldier Deleted Scene Would Have Been the Most Tender Fight Sequence Ever

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We love these Captain America sound bites that keep cropping up on the internet from director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. When they’re not hinting at just how much Steve and Bucky will give each other puppy dog eyes in Captain America 3, they’re teasing us with the Hawkeye/Cap faceoff-turned-tender-moment that never was from Winter Soldier.

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Thu
Sep 4 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Help Me, David Bowie. You’re My Only Hope

Thank you, Pr3ttyvacant. Thank you so much.

Morning Roundup! We have the Return of The Return of the King, the return of Olaf and Sven, and a thoughtful consideration of the two of our greatest time travelers.

[Plus, Philip K. Dick blows all of our minds, man.]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 4:50pm

Hodor and Bran Stark Won’t Be in Game of Thrones Season 5

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Prepare a “Come back soon” cake for Bran Stark and his loyal ally Hodor. Not because they’re getting the axe! They’re just taking a little break while Game of Thrones catches up to George R.R. Martin’s plans for the beloved duo.

Spoilers ahead for the end of season 4 and all the books.

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Wed
Sep 3 2014 3:55pm

Is Matthew McConaughey the Devil? (In Stephen King’s The Stand, That Is.)

Matthew McConaughey The Stand

According to Deadline, Matthew McConaughey is in talks to become The Darkness That Looks Back At Us in Josh Boone’s remake of The Stand! How perfect is it that the man who willed into life a demonic horde of romcoms in the 90s and 00s may now become our new 21st century Devil? The McConaughsaince is nigh!

[Actually, after watching Failure to Launch, we’re pretty sure he already is the Devil.]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 2:42pm

Here’s Allison Williams as the Boy Who Never Grew Up in NBC’s Peter Pan Live!

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Here’s your first look at Girls’ Allison Williams, looking appropriately boyish to play Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming TV musical Peter Pan Live! You know what else she looks like? Office poll results:

Those shorts! Those armbands! That mesh! To be honest, we’re kinda digging it.

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Wed
Sep 3 2014 1:36pm

The Rock Finally Confirms That He’s Playing Black Adam in Forthcoming DC Movie

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has spent the past month and a half teasing whether he would play Shazam or Black Adam in DC Comics’ eventual Shazam movie. So, it’s only fitting that he would be the one to finally set the record straight.

[With this tweet!]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 12:35pm

Meet Baymax in This Painfully Adorable Clip From Big Hero 6

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Between Toothless, Groot, and now Baymax, insanely adorable sidekicks in genre movies are totally having a moment. If you’re not yet a fan of the sweet, inflatable robot from Disney’s forthcoming Big Hero 6, then let this clip convert you. In it, Hiro rediscovers his robot protector (left behind by his older brother?), who proceeds to diagnose him with an alarming (but totally normal) condition.

[Watch the clip]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 25: Robert Jackson Bennett

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin invites author Robert Jackson Bennett on to discuss his article titled “The Genre Fountain,” which posits that an increasing fracturing of genre definitions is a danger to the future of genre fiction. The conversation covers a lot of ground, including weird metaphors comparing genre to mating rituals. They also talk about Bennett’s new book, City of Stairs.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: There’s Nothing Hidden in this Asphalt that the Sorting Cone Can’t See!

Steven Padnick shared what we’re assuming is the Sorting Hat’s construction-worker cousin! This cone chooses to use its magical abilities to warn wizard pedestrians of damaged portkeys and unsealed floo network stops.

Morning Roundup is grudgingly accepting that summer is ending. To ease the pain, we offer Loki supercuts, horrifying visions from the dystopian 1980s, and so many Guardians of the Galaxy links, not even Ronan could accuse them all!

[Plus, roll for initiative against your reading list!]

Tue
Sep 2 2014 2:47pm

Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female

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Shieldmaidens are not a myth! A recent archaeological discovery has shattered the stereotype of exclusively male Viking warriors sailing out to war while their long-suffering wives wait at home with baby Vikings. (We knew it! We always knew it.) Plus, some other findings are challenging that whole “rape and pillage” thing, too. (Updated 9/3, see below.)

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Tue
Sep 2 2014 2:15pm

DJ Hodor’s “Rave of Thrones” Tour Has Begun, is an Actual Rave of Thrones

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We’ve known for a while now that Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn moonlights as a DJ when he’s not busy Hodorin’, letting others’ lyrics and some sick beats speak for him. And while his Soundcloud page sadly is filled more with electronic dance and house music rather than remixes of the Game of Thrones theme song, he recently took the next step towards bringing the two together, kicking off a “Rave of Thrones” tour!

And the costumes are great.

[The beat is coming]

Tue
Sep 2 2014 1:10pm

The Tick Creator Confirms Live-Action Reboot In the Works!

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We are the man of la mancha... our dream is impossible.

Travel back with us to 2001, a year before Firefly fans would even get the chance to bemoan the cancellation of Joss Whedon’s space western, and watch as the Fox network gives the axe to another tragically-misunderstood series: the live-action sitcom The Tick, Ben Edlund’s loopy superhero satire starring Patrick Warburton. Cancelled after only nine episodes, it nonetheless gained a cult following not unlike Firefly’s. Now, in the era of resurrecting nostalgic gems, Amazon is bringing the show back—as a pilot, however, and then the rest is up to the fans.

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Fri
Aug 29 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Love Makes Superheroes of Us All!

Captain American and Iron Man Cake Topper

Last weekend, two members of the Tor.com extended family combined, Voltron style, to become Kemelsey Basher-Parrot. (At least, we think that’s how marriage works…) So we thought the best way to kick off a holiday weekend was by sharing their EPIC CAKE. Please note that the topper of said cake homages the EARTH 3490 Universe, in which Tony Stark was born female (and for some reason named Natasha Stark? What’s wrong with Antonia?) and Stark’s marriage to Steve Rogers averted the Civil War.

Morning Roundup gives you a definitive ranking of Firefly episodes that we’re sure everyone will agree with 100%! Plus a look at the history of Star Wars edits, and Ridley Scott’s answer to people quite reasonable questions about Exodus.

[And MICE IN SPAAAAAACE]

Thu
Aug 28 2014 2:30pm

Amy Pond is Dressed as the Pink Ranger and it Gets Even Better From There

Karen Gillan Pink Ranger ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The past few weeks have seen countless celebrities dump buckets of frigid water over their heads as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with all of the videos undoubtedly going viral. But as much as we liked seeing Patrick Stewart’s classy take on the challenge, or George R. R. Martin screaming and calling Neil Gaiman a bastard, or Benedict Cumberbatch getting doused five different times, we have a special place in our hearts for Karen Gillan’s video.

[Because Power Rangers]

Thu
Aug 28 2014 1:12pm

Infinite Jest Comes to the Greatest Medium: LEGO!

Infnite Jest in LEGO

First published in 1996, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is already accepted as a classic work of literature. The book is set in a dystopic future, where the years themselves have been subsidized, Upper New England is toxic waste dump, and giant feral hamsters roam the land in ravenous packs. The action mostly revolves around life at an elite tennis academy, ETA, and life at the much-less-elite rehab down the road. The book, which is famously 1,079 pages long, endnoted to infinity, not to mention highly unwieldy, plot-wise, has been adapted into music videos and avant garde art shows. But now it has come to possibly the greatest medium of all: LEGO.

[Click through for the Prettiest LEGO of All Time.]

Thu
Aug 28 2014 12:10pm

Where Is Katniss in the Latest Mockingjay Rebel Posters?

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The latest batch of posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 have the rebels of District 13 looking more like members of the Expendables movies than a propaganda camera crew. Which is to say, super badass, though we would’ve liked to see some camera equipment along with the rifles and crossbows.

But the most interesting thing to note about the Mockingjay posters so far is that none of them have featured Katniss Everdeen. Sure, she’s in the trailer, but the first round of teasers starred Peeta and Johanna; and the recent print ads focused on the leaders of District 13, like President Coin and Gale. Our Mockingjay is nowhere to be seen, and we think they planned it that way.

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