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Brandon Sanderson Remembers Robert Jordan with a Vital Writing Lesson

On September 16, Brandon Sanderson commemorated the tenth anniversary of Robert Jordan’s passing with a heartfelt blog post on his website. Sanderson expressed the difficulty of marking a day of loss, especially that of “a mentor I’d never met.”

Describing the Wheel of Time author as “an almost mythical figure,” Sanderson nonetheless was able to distill Jordan’s legacy into a simple but deep anecdote: “Robert Jordan taught me how to describe a cup of water.”

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Jon Hamm is Joining the Star Wars Universe… As the Voice of Boba Fett

While we wait to find out if there will ever be a standalone Boba Fett movie, the beloved bounty hunter will return to the Star Wars universe in audiobook form, played by Jon “Hamm Solo” Hamm. The Marjorie Prime star is one of ten narrators for Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, the new anthology containing 40 stories of background characters for the 40th anniversary of A New Hope.

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Synchronize Your Watches and Enjoy the New Trailer for The Shape of Water

Fox Searchlight has released a new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s charming-looking sea monster love story The Shape of Water. Despite being the red-band trailer, it’s not so much NSFW as just friskier than the ethereal first trailer—with a few f-bombs (one unexpected) and amping up the tension as lovelorn Eliza (Sally Hawkins) hatches a plan to free The Asset (Doug Jones) and Michael Shannon’s Colonel Strickland resorts to any means necessary to stop them.

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The Disaster Artist Trailer is Full of Inside Jokes for Diehard The Room Fans

You’ve seen James Franco as Tommy Wiseau intoning “oh hi, Mark” on a rooftop—now get a load of the entire cast of The Disaster Artist in the first full trailer! The film, based on Greg Sestero’s memoir about the making of cult classic The Room, follows the improbable friendship between him and Wiseau, and the latter’s impossible dream to make the next great American drama… whose hero might be a vampire.

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Ranking the Robin Hood Adaptations — Which Tales Fly Truest?

Like King Arthur, Robin Hood is one of those legendary figures who has inspired countless songs and poems and classic animated films starring anthropomorphic animal versions of him and his equally iconic friends and enemies: Maid Marian, Prince John, Will Scarlett and the rest of the Merry Men. With the archetype of the green felt-hatted archer who robs from the rich and gives to the poor so entrenched in pop culture—and having gone through reimaginings ranging from high school to grimdark—we realized our mission: to rank ten of the great (and not-so-great) Robin Hood movies.

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In Which We Test the Basic Witches Modern Spellbook

Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman have collaborated on the perfect book for our times: Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven. It sounds silly, right? But it’s a great guide to useful everyday spellcraft like “How to Clothe Yourself in Literal Darkness,” “A Spell to Ditch Friend Envy,” and “A Spell for Embracing Failure.” And just when you think it’s a fluffy novelty book, you try one of the spells and discover that they’re actually helpful? And that you feel better after working them? It’s pretty cool.

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9 Things That the Supreme Leader Snoke Action Figure Looks Like

Begun, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi marketing push has. The internet has been swarmed with images of new toys, from Han Solo in carbonite vs. Jabba the Hutt Hot Wheels cars (seriously) to BB-8’s new evil nemesis BB-9. Interestingly, a number of Supreme Leader Snoke figures have also been revealed, from a cartoony POP figurine to a much more realistic action figure. Except that the latter doesn’t look so much like the shadowy villain of The Force Awakens and more like a bunch of other things…

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LeVar Burton Reads Short Fiction to You in New Podcast

Take a hear, it’s in your ear, it’s LeVar Burton Reads: the new podcast in which the former Reading Rainbow host reads a new hand-picked piece of fiction each week. But to say that he “reads” is simplifying things; Burton draws on the storytelling skills that established him as such a beloved childhood figure to perform these tales, complete with multiple voices and impressive sound design for a more immersive sensory experience.

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Michael Bolton Sings the Game of Thrones Theme as an Epic ’80s Power Ballad

Bless the Screen Junkies for giving us laughter: After being nominated for an Emmy the second year in a row, they’ve released a special “For Your Consideration” Honest Trailers tackling TV themes. And who best to help them cover famous theme songs than movie buff Michael Bolton? Because House Bolton does what it wants.

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Gifts Us with a New Trailer and Premiere Date!

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will return to BBCA on October 14th! And apparently it’s a ghost story now? It looks like Dirk, Todd, and Farah are on a new case, that Bart still loooooves killin’, and that wackiness will once again ensue.

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N. K. Jemisin’s New Contemporary Fantasy Trilogy Will “Mess with the Lovecraft Legacy”

In January, Orbit Books announced that it had acquired three new novels from N. K. Jemisin, including a contemporary fantasy “dealing with themes of race and power in New York City.” In a recent interview with Playboy, Jemisin—who just won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Obelisk Gate—shared more about how the novel will grapple with “basically Cthulhu” and the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft.

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All the Crazy Stuff That Goes Down During SFF Eclipses

Eclipses are pretty darn cool even in real life, so it’s fitting that in science fiction and fantasy they get their due as legitimately monumental events. Dragon’s blood shed, the sapping of powers, aliens invading under cover of darkness… a lot can happen when planetary bodies pass between the sun and Earth—or whatever world our heroes inhabit. The six eclipses in these SFF stories mean serious business, with the power to change laws, avoid executions, and break spells. Grab your eclipse glasses!

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