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Oct 3 2014 9:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 29: Gotham and the Prominence of Superhero Shows

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin invites literary agents Lisa Rogers and Sam Morgan to the show to talk about Fox’s new series Gotham. It’s a cop show, but with Batman! The conversation covers the pilot episode, what’s working, what isn’t working, on why super hero shows are becoming more prominent. Sam even explains why Doctor Who is important. Lisa and Justin are skeptical.

[Listen here!]

Oct 3 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: You Are Not As Big of a Harry Potter Fan As This Collector

Harry Potter collection Guinness World Record

Oh, you think you’re a big Harry Potter fan for having the Marauders Map hanging on your wall and owning a Hogwarts wand? That’s sweet, but your paraphernalia is no match for superfan Menahem Asher Silva Vargas’ 3,000+ piece collection. (The former recordholder was 807 pieces.) Yeah, along with the Guiness World Record, they should also hand him the key to his own Gringotts vault to store it all. Check out more photos; you might learn about some pieces of Potter memorabilia you didn’t even know existed.

Morning Roundup goes back to square one with Doctor Strange, wants Orlando Jones and Orphan Black to be BFFs, and teaches you the real way to win Cards Against Humanity.

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Oct 2 2014 3:50pm

Discover How the Iron Throne Was Forged in This Painting from the Song of Ice and Fire 2015 Calendar

Forging the Iron Throne Donato Giancola Game of Thrones art

Earlier this year, artist Donato Giancola teased us with the gorgeous cover image to the Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar. Now, he’s released “Forging the Iron Throne,” one of the 12 interior pieces, and it’s pretty spectacular.

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Oct 2 2014 2:50pm

Have You Heard the One About Boba Fett Killing Owen and Beru Lars?

Star Wars conspiracy theory Boba Fett killed Owen and Beru Lars

Did you get choked up in Star Wars: A New Hope, when Luke raced back to the Lars homestead only to find the charred remains of his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru? Or did you see it as just a convenient plot device to finally get young Skywalker off Tatooine and on the way to his Hero’s Journey destiny? Either way, you probably didn’t think about it much beyond that brief but devastating cinematic moment.

But MoviePilot has. In fact, they’ve made the case that it wasn’t Stormtroopers who killed Owen and Beru, but rather everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, getting a little trigger-happy.

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Oct 2 2014 2:26pm

Watch the First Trailer for Syfy’s 1960s Generation Ship TV Series Ascension

Syfy Ascension trailer Tricia Helfer

With Syfy’s forthcoming miniseries Ascension, we’re jumping back to the 1960s and blasting forward into the future, at the same time. In the vein of miniseries like 2002’s Taken, we’ve got another multigenerational epic, but this one is set in space: Ascension follows a generation ship launched in 1963 on a 100-year journey to find a new home. But when we meet the crew, they’re halfway through their journey, and the ship’s society—which is stuck in the ’60s look and mentality—is in danger of falling apart.

[Watch the first trailer!]

Oct 2 2014 1:06pm

Meet Your Emotions in Disney/Pixar’s First Inside Out Trailer

Disney Pixar Inside Out trailer

The first teaser trailer for Pete Docter’s next Disney/Pixar film, Inside Out, is here! Though we don’t get to see much footage, the teaser sets us up for the film by reminding us of how Disney/Pixar movies—including Docter’s Monsters Inc. and Up—tend to tug on your emotions.

Now Pixar is personifying those emotions themselves. We get to dive into the head of young Riley, and meet the emotions who keep everything running smoothly-ish.

[Introducing... Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness]

Oct 2 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: OK, OK! We’ll Stop Haunting Your Sister’s Steps!

Eeek! Karl Urban is attacking! This shot really should have been included in one of the Lord of the Rings films. Or possibly in all of the Lord of the Rings films, whether it was appropriate to the plot or not. Join_You_In_The_Sun shared a whole collection of unedited publicity photos from The Two Towers, and they’re pretty fun! Sean Astin looks like he’s in a trance state as Sam, and Viggo Mortensen’s hair apparently just always does the thing where it’s all windswept and epic all the time. And Elijah Wood looked so young...hey. Waaaait a minute. He still looks exactly like that! What the heck, genetics??!

Morning Roundup goes behind-the-scenes with some cantankerous Boxtrolls, gathers a list to provide you with all you Every-Day-in-October-is-Halloween needs, and an extended interview with novelist David Mitchell!

[Plus an irascible Jedi Knight!]

Oct 1 2014 12:55pm

The First Full Trailer For Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is Here

The first full-length trailer for Exodus has been released and while it hits all the expected notes of a blockbuster, it still seems like it’s treating the time period and the geographical area it conveys as a British fable.

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Oct 1 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: NASA Knows Where Its Towel Is

Blastr shared our favorite thing we&’ve seen today - NASA&’s poster for their 42nd trip to the International Space Station! With the number 42 hovering symbolically over the mission, they couldn&’t help but homage Hitchhiker&’s Guide to the Galaxy, and it&’s adorable. Check out more info on the mission, plus a roundup of some of NASA&’s best SFF-themed posters!

Morning Roundup brings you a very special edition of A Song of Ice and Fire, thoughts on Interstellar&’s influences, a look at the nerdiest court cases of all time, plus news on Batman V. Superman and Clerks 3!

[Pangolin? Are you trying to say pangolin?]

Sep 30 2014 2:53pm

Brandon Sanderson Reveals Longer First Chapter From Stormlight Archive Book 3

Stormlight Archive book 3 chapter

If you receive Brandon Sanderson’s newsletter then you were in for a treat this week, as a longer more polished version of the opening chapter of Stormlight Archive book 3 was included in the email!

Sanderson originally read a rough draft of this chapter at Salt Lake City’s FantasyCon in July. The most recent version is twice as long, and can be read below.

It’s a Kaladin chapter and Words of Radiance spoilers are immediately present. Proceed with caution!

[Read an opening chapter from Stormlight Archive book 3]

Sep 30 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: A Heron Sword Fit for Rand al’Thor!

Imgur-er Moonspider shared this lovely creation: a Heron-Marked Warder Sword made by Brendan Olszowy of Fableblades! In Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, this sword may only be wielded by those who have attained complete mastery over the weapon, but we’re guessing even non-masters can attain one of these in our world. We’d also advise you to skip the part where you brand the heron into your hands...

Today’s Morning Roundup brings you Sleepy Hollow actors being cute, Jeff VanderMeer being thoughtful, and childhood being over!


Sep 29 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Hulk Will SMASH All His Blocked Chi!

Hulk Yoga Maris Wicks

Reddit user chaths shared artist Maris Wicks’s wonderfully sweet take on destressing the Hulk. We imagine this will be a plot point in Age of Ultron - will Tony send Hulk to his corner yoga mat after battles? Will there be scented candles? Perhaps a battle in Lululemon?

Morning Roundup brings you the past and futures of the Game of Thrones’ cast, an update on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and a reconsideration of Hancock!


Sep 26 2014 4:05pm

The Legend of Korra: Book 4 Trailer is Here!

Avatar: The Legend of Korra: Book 4 trailer

With mere weeks to go until the new (and final) season of Avatar: The Legend of Korra, we finally get a trailer for Book 4! Three years have passed since the Red Lotus poisoned Korra—leading to some awesome metalbending but leaving the Avatar wheelchair-bound—and boy, is there a lot to take in.

[Watch the trailer!]

Sep 26 2014 3:07pm

The New Jupiter Ascending Trailer Outlines Its Epic Story

Jupiter Ascending new trailer

The first few trailers for the Wachowski siblings’ new sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending showed us a lot of CGI without really communicating the plot. Sure, we knew that elf-eared Channing Tatum rescues secret intergalactic princess Mila Kunis from everyone who’s trying to kill her... But that’s about as much as we could glean.

Now, the latest trailer delves more into how Earth was “seeded” 100,000 years ago, the Dune-like politics of succession, and how Jupiter, despite her propensity for hurtling helplessly off tall buildings, is actually the reincarnation of the Queen of the Universe.

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Sep 26 2014 12:30pm

Relive All of the Batman Theme Songs With This Amazing Cello/Piano Medley

Batman Evolution piano cello medley

Would you believe that the most epic Batman theme you’ll ever hear is on piano and cello? YouTube group ThePianoGuys have adapted everything from The Hobbit’s theme to “Let It Go” into stunning piano/cello combinations, and now they’ve set their sights on the Caped Crusader—no doubt to coincide with the massive Adam West Batman DVD/Blu-ray rerelease this November.

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Sep 26 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Generally You Don’t See That Kind of Behavior From a Major Beverage Company...

Sharing a Coke with Zuul seems like a very bad idea. Zuul doesn’t seem like a sharer. But no matter. One of Bill Murray’s Facebook fan pages posted this, and we think it would be an excellent accompaniment to the large quantity of roasted marshmallows. Or Twinkies.

Morning Roundup is looking at some particularly questionable book-banning explanations, a few alien hoaxes that made us want to believe, and the next step in the career of Margaery Tyrell!

[Plus science facts!]

Sep 25 2014 1:30pm

These Fan-Made Buffy Credits Are the Animated Series We Wish We’d Gotten

Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series fan opening credits

Remember how Joss Whedon tried for years to make an animated Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff happen, and no one was biting? The test footage was even eventually leaked online, to tepid interest, and we sort of understood why it never made it off the ground.

Well, we just came across fan-made opening credits for a Buffy animated series, and they’re wonderful.

[Get ready to start rocking out to Nerf Herder’s theme...]

Sep 25 2014 12:45pm

Did You Miss John Scalzi’s Lock In Tour? Experience it Virtually!

John Scalzi Twitter Apple Chat Lock In

John Scalzi recently completed his book tour for his futurist thriller Lock In. Each tour stop included a reading and Q&A with the always delightful author.

And because Scalzi realizes that not all of you live in the cities he visited, he’s provided footage from some of the stops so you can experience them in a non-corporeal environment! Given that the main character in Lock In experiences the world through a robot interface, this seems somehow more appropriate than actually meeting Scalzi in person...

Anyway, if you missed the tour, or just want to relive the magic, check out the videos from Scalzi’s readings below!

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Sep 25 2014 11:45am

Christopher Walken Has Transformed Into Captain Hook, Cheekbones and All

first look Christopher Walken Captain Hook

We... are not sure how to feel about this photo of Allison Williams and Christopher Walken as Peter Pan and Captain Hook in NBC’s upcoming TV musical Peter Pan Live! It’s just so awkward, with the weird posing and flinging of arms and hooks. Also, what is up with Walken’s cheekbones? How did they somehow make those bigger through all the pancake make-up?

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Sep 25 2014 11:15am

Highlights from Robert Jackson Bennett’s Reddit AMA

Robert Jackson Bennett AMA

Robert Jackson Bennett—the award-winning author of American Elsewhere, The Troupe, The Company Man, and Mr. Shivers—recently took to reddit to answer your questions! His latest, City of Stairs, is an atmospheric and intrigue-filled spy novel complete with dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city. The novel is available now in the US (Crown Publishing) and publishes October 2nd in the UK (Jo Fletcher Books).

Read an excerpt from City of Stairs here on, and be sure to check out Kameron Hurley’s response the novel’s protagonist, the Rocket Talk podcast episode where Bennett discusses the future of genre fiction, Brian Slattery’s interview with the Bennett, and our own Pop Quiz Q&A! Oh, and do yourself a favor—follow Bennet’s hilarious Twitter feed. You’ll thank us later.

Bennett talked about his influences and writing process in a great reddit AMA this week, and we’ve collected the highlights below!

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