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Hot Girl Summer Is Over, Long Live Hot Nerd Fall

Hot Girl Summer was a blast, but now as the air cools and the leaves turn, we’re tipping our collective chapeaux to Megan Thee Stallion and looking forward to a glorious new season: HOT NERD FALL. (Or uh, thot-umn, if you will.) We’ve compiled a list of Hot Nerd characters for you. Perhaps you’re wondering about our criteria? Well, simply put, we wanted to gather up our favorite fictional adult* characters from the SFF spectrum who are hot because of their nerdiness. People whose passion, whether for magic or math or philosophy, makes them crackle with allure and who we can’t stop loving.

Like, you know, an autumn leaf or something. We’re still working on the metaphors here, but you get our point! Now join us in a celebration of the hotness that can only come when a person lets their nerdiness shine through.

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The James Tiptree, Jr. Award Will Become the Otherwise Award

The James Tiptree Jr. Literary Council has announced that the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award will be renamed the “Otherwise Award”.

The organization explains their decision in an in-depth breakdown/FAQ within the initial announcement on their website. Quoting both supporters and opponents of the name change at length, the organization explained that ultimately, there was “too much discomfort over this history for many of us to feel joyous about this name” and that “keeping the joy is more important than keeping the name.”

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Watch the First Trailer for Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Dolittle Reboot

After iconically inhabiting both Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr. is ready to take on another beloved character: Doctor Dolittle. Over the weekend, Universal Pictures dropped the first trailer for its adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s children’s books. Called simply Dolittle, it looks to be another lavishly CGI’d blockbuster that takes after Disney’s live-action remakes.

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Blumhouse and iHeartMedia Are Teaming Up for Original Horror Podcasts

Podcasts have proven to be a great breeding ground for horror, with works like LoreThe Black Tapes, Tanis, Limetown, and of course, the OG, Welcome to Nightvale, all amassing tons of fans. Now Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind such horror franchises as Insidious, The Purge, and Paranormal Activity, is getting in on the action. Variety has reported that the production company has teamed up with iHeartMedia to make a series of original fiction podcasts.

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Two Elf-Brothers Try to Summon Their Dead Dad in the First Trailer for Pixar’s Onward

Pixar has a reputation for putting out fun, adventurous, and beautifully animated feature-length films that will also leave you an emotional and possibly existential wreck, and its latest entry, Onward, looks to be no exception. The first trailer is only two and a half minutes long, but already it packs quite the powerful punch.

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Watch the Trailer for The Turning, a Henry James Adaptation Starring Finn Wolfhard and Mackenzie Davis

Last year, the queen of gothic Americana, Shirley Jackson, got two Hollywood adaptations: one quite faithful, one not so much. Now, it looks like it’s Henry James‘ turn. His 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw is the source of not one, but two upcoming adaptations. The first is season two of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, now called The Haunting of Bly Manor. The other is the Floria Sigismondi  movie The Turning, which dropped its trailer on Wednesday.

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Netflix Greenlights Ghee Happy, An Animated Series about Hindu Deities

Even the gods start off as babies, right?

Netflix recently greenlit Ghee Happy, a new animated series from Sanjay Patel, the director behind the Pixar short Sanjay’s Super Team. As reported by Deadline, the family-friendly series reimagines the Hindu deities as children in a daycare, discovering their powers. Of the deal, Patel said:

“For the past 25 years I’ve been working in kids and family entertainment without having kids of my own. Having finally become a parent, I’m so excited and lucky to be able to create a preschool series that introduces the great pantheon of Hindu Deities, not just into a beautiful and colorful series that is truly entertaining and original to my kiddos, but to families around the world.”

No word yet on when the series will hit the streaming platform.

Here’s How to Get That Cigarette Smoke Smell Out of Your Books, You Classic Beauty You

People love book smells, particularly old book smells. There’s something comforting and magical about dehydrated paper and dust, so much so that some perfume companies even have old books as a fragrance option.

But cigarette smoke? Not everyone is a fan of that secondhand smell, which sometimes permeates the pages of old favorites. (This can be a particular issue for libraries, since books circulate amongst a variety of environments.) Is it possible to get rid of it?

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Watch the Trailer for Portals, a New Sci-Fi Horror Anthology Movie

From Trick ‘r’ Treat (2007) to V/H/S (2012) to Southbound (2015), the past decade or so has been great for anthology horror movies with a narrative link. The latest entry is Portals, a sci-fi take on the genre in which thousands of ominous, crackling, modern-architecture-inspired portals suddenly show up all around the world.

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