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16 Dec 22:27

Studio: Star Trek 3 to Be More Like Guardians

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Oh...WHY!?

Paramount Pictures reportedly wants Star Trek 3 to feel more like Guardians of the Galaxy.

Roberto Orci recently departed the film as director, though he will retain a producer credit on the sequel. Trek 3 was to be his directorial debut after writing and producing the first two movies, but Badass Digest reports that his leaving the center seat may have been due to Paramount's wish to make the film resemble the Marvel blockbuster Guardians.

"They want the third film to be huge, and they want it to be huge overseas especially," says the site. "They look at Rocket and Groot and then they look at Keenser and they wonder why he doesn't have more of a role."

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09 Dec 00:18

Transformers 4 Stumps for Best Picture Oscar

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I kind of like this movie, but...what?

It's awards season in Hollywood and the studio behind Transformers: Age Of Extinction is actively campaigning to get the Michael Bay-directed movie an Academy Award nomination as Best Picture.

Action a Go Go points out that Paramount Pictures has created an official "For Your Consideration" page for the blockbuster, 2014's biggest hit worldwide.

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25 Nov 17:58

Original Battlestar Galactica Gets Blu-ray Release

The original sci-fi television series Battlestar Galactica (1978) is getting two new releases on Blu-ray.

Both releases feature both the original 24-episode 1978 television series as well as the 10-episode spinoff Galactica 1980. The Remastered Collection contains the two series remastered in the 16:9 widescreen format. The Definitive Collection, meanwhile, contains the series in both widescreen and the original 4:3 full-frame format, as well as a 125-minute theatrical edit of the premiere episode "Saga of a Star World."

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15 Nov 22:10

Glen A.

by Lauren Davis
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RIP Glen A. Larson...

Glen A. Larson, creator of numerous shows including Knight Rider and the original Battlestar Galactica, has passed away. The LA Times is reporting that Larson died due to complications from esophageal cancer. Our condolences to his family.

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11 Nov 22:40

Pink Power Ranger Dons Costume, Sings in Public

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40-odd years and she STILL looks amazing in pink...

Earlier this week, Amy Jo Johnson -- better known as the original Pink Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (and my first crush) -- got back into her iconic Ranger suit, grabbed her guitar and performed on the streets of Toronto!

It's morphin' time! It's morphin' time!

I know what you're thinking: How could something this awesome actually happen? Well, as it turns out, Johnson is currently crowdfunding her directorial debut, The Space Between, on Indiegogo, and the original Blue Ranger David Yost challenged her to wear her Pink Ranger outfit and sing in public if she reached her goal of $75,000. Luckily, Johnson reached her goal early and morphed into the Pink Power Ranger one last time -- and (no surprise here) she still pulls off the pink spandex!

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04 Oct 13:00

This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

by Robert Sorokanich on Gizmodo, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9
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A sad day...

This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation's home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid's weekend plan. Not any more: For the first time in 50-plus years, you won't find a block of animation on broadcast this morning. It's the end of an era.

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06 Mar 19:37

Why Ahsoka Tano is the Best Thing to Happen to Star Wars in 20 Years

by Lauren Davis

Why Ahsoka Tano is the Best Thing to Happen to Star Wars in 20 Years

Tomorrow, Lucasfilm will release final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix, but the season won't include an arc centered on one of the show's main characters, Anakin Skywalker's Padawan Ahsoka Tano. That's a shame, not just because Ahsoka's growth has been one of the most compelling aspects of the series, but also because her character development has wildly improved the onscreen arm of the Star Wars franchise.

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24 Feb 22:30

​Goodbye, Harold Ramis. You Were a Hero to Nerds Like Me.

by Kirk Hamilton

​Goodbye, Harold Ramis. You Were a Hero to Nerds Like Me.

Early on in Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman gets slimed by a class five full-roaming vapor. His colleague Ray finds him lying on the ground, groaning and covered with snotty green ooze. "I'm with Venkman," Ray breathlessly natters into his walkie-talkie. "He got slimed!" "That's great, Ray," Egon responds. "Save some for me."

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08 Jan 20:51

Okay, DC Comics is straight-up lying to children now

by Rob Bricken
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They sit on a throne of lies!

Okay, DC Comics is straight-up lying to children now

I don't know what young comics fan Spencer expected when he wrote in to DC Comics, his favorite publisher, to ask what DC plans to do now that "Marvel seemingly dominates the live action superhero movie industry?" (His words!) But I bet he didn't expect to get an answer that was pretty much just bullshit.

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06 Jan 22:20

Mountain Dew-flavored Cheetos are the nerdiest food ever invented

by Rob Bricken
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What.

Mountain Dew-flavored Cheetos are the nerdiest food ever invented

Japan — because of course, Japan, obviously has combined Cheetos the snack food with Mountain Dew the beverage to create a lemon-lime snack food that will revolutionize the way gamers will eat junk food while pretending to be a half-elf paladin.

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27 Dec 16:00

Why you should really stop washing your hands with hot water

by Robert T. Gonzalez

Why you should really stop washing your hands with hot water

Sure it feels nice, but it's no more effective (not at temperatures safe for humans, at least), and can actually irritate your skin. Plus, if you're washing with hot instead of cool, newly published research says you're actually contributing to global warming, too (womp womp).

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18 Dec 20:30

Happy 26th Birthday, Final Fantasy!

by Jason Schreier

Happy 26th Birthday, Final Fantasy!

Congratulations, Final Fantasy—you made it! The big 2-6. You were born on December 18, 1987, and now you're here. Good work.

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06 Dec 00:00

Gran Turismo 6 Lunar Exploration Gameplay

by GameTrailers
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What.

04 Dec 09:29

Transformers: Age of Extinction First Film to Feature Full 3D IMAX

Courtesy of an interview on /Film.com, we now know that Transformers: Age of Extinction will be filmed in full 3D IMAX, the first movie to feature the new type of shooting. Check out the whole interview with IMAX executives here, and check out the relevant robot snippet below!

Up until now, every feature film shot in full IMAX (of which there have been only a handful – The Dark Knight, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Dark Knight Rises, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness and now The Hunger Games Catching Fire) has filmed with a 65mm 2D IMAX film camera. IMAX has a 3D film camera available, but most filmmakers find it too big and loud to actually use. (Star Trek Into Darkness is the only of those films to be exhibited in IMAX 3D, but it was post-converted.) It wasn’t until recently that IMAX created a 3D digital camera, which will allow 3D capture in full IMAX. The first filmmaker to use that is Michael Bay on Transformers: Age of Extinction. That camera is much smaller and lighter than the other IMAX 3D cameras and will be used quite a bit in the future. There is no 2D digital IMAX camera, but one is being developed.
08 Oct 17:05

It's official: A "number of" previously missing Doctor Who episodes have been "returned to the BBC,"

by Charlie Jane Anders
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Allons-y!

It's official: A "number of" previously missing Doctor Who episodes have been "returned to the BBC," and we'll find out how many, and which ones, later this week.

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20 Sep 19:20

Here's one classic Doctor Who story that's scary AND packed with ideas

by Charlie Jane Anders

Here's one classic Doctor Who story that's scary AND packed with ideas

Patrick Troughton's second season starring in Doctor Who was the "base under siege" era, where relentless monsters terrorize an embattled crew of humans in story after story. But judging from the newly released "Ice Warriors," it was also an era of good idea-driven science fiction.

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10 Sep 00:30

It's Hard Not To Get Pumped About This PS4 Feature

by Patricia Hernandez

Watching this PlayStation ad, it really sunk in for me: it's one thing to hear about the ability to play/stream PlayStation 4 games remotely on your Vita, should you own one. It's another thing entirely to see that feature in action and realize, holy crap, it's like I have a portable PlayStation 4 in my hands.

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09 Sep 15:45

Human urine contains more than 3,000 distinct chemicals

by George Dvorsky

Human urine contains more than 3,000 distinct chemicals

Researchers from the University of Alberta have shown that urine is a far more complex concoction than we ever imagined. The new comprehensive study chronicles the presence of over 3,000 chemicals in human urine — which is 30 times more than previously known.

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02 Sep 00:00

GT Countdown Top 5 PS3 Exclusives

by GameTrailers

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Is it Snake or Drake? GameTrailers ranks the best of the best, with a dissenting opinion or two...
21 Aug 19:15

Coming September 4 to iOS and Android from Konami, Star Wars: Force Collection is a free-to-play col

by Mike Fahey

Coming September 4 to iOS and Android from Konami, Star Wars: Force Collection is a free-to-play collectible card battler featuring more than 230 people, places and things drawn from episodes I through VI of the Star Wars saga. Here's hoping it isn't completely evil.

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18 Aug 02:02

Star Trek Las Vegas: Deep Space Nine 20th Anniversary Reunion

by Nancy Garrett

It took two separate panels to accommodate the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 20th Anniversary Reunion at Creation Entertainment’s Las Vegas convention August 11. Creation assembled a nearly complete cast of 16 DS9 main cast members for the commemorative event. And in between panels, when writer-producer Ira Steven Behr walked on stage with the cast, the scene brought hundreds of camera flashes in Rio Resort and Casino’s main theater. You don’t have to be a die-hard DS9 fan to appreciate these increasingly rare convention reunion moments. Fans, actors — even sideline observers can’t help but get a little choked up. Who knows when, where or if an ensemble like this will be on the same stage together again?

After introductions and pleasantries, Creation’s panel moderator Adam Malin immediately got to the heart of the matter, quizzing DS9 actors about their characters’ interactions and development. Parallels between the relationships of actors and characters were explored — such as the father and son relationship between Sisko and Jake. For example, in real life, Cirroc Lofton, who played Jake, said Brooks served as his mentor. He said Avery Brooks wanted to sure he knew his lines: “Every day he’d ask me: ‘Are you ready for this. ‘”

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“Look at him now,” said Brooks of the 35-year-old Lofton. “He’s all grown up,” he remarked, as Lofton stood up beside him, comparing his height. “He’s taller than me now.” Armin Shimerman (DS9’s Quark) jumped off his chair to pose next to them on his knees, poking fun at his much taller fellow cast members.

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Exploratory Panel
In describing another kind of on-set relationship, second panel member Chase Masterson described her character’s (Leeta) romance with and eventual marriage to Rom, played by Max Grodenchik. She stressed in the late 90s, while so many TV shows were filled with dysfunctional couples, Leeta’s and Rom’s relationship was a normal and happy one.


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One of the more complex relationships of the series was that of Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) and Odo (Rene Auberjonois), which developed from a connection of two co-workers to a close friendship — then from a romantic attraction to the ultimate unconditional love.

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Nana Visitor (Kira)                                        Rene Auberjonois (Odo)

Michael Dorn and Terry Farrell explored the growth of their relationship as well, although Farrell wasn’t always comfortable with the sometimes mischaracterization of Jadzia Dax as a “gossipy” simbiont, exchanging trivialities with Quark. Dorn retold how his Worf character really developed with Deep Space Nine, especially as Dax’s love interest, even though he said “Worf was “still a bit of a cranky pants.”

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 Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax)


Ira Steven Behr greets a packed room at Star Trek Las Vegas

Fan Value
Star Trek convention reunion panels always draw a wide range of questions. Fans dissect characters, analyze relationships, pour over the significance of events and story lines. Yet Star Trek fans never grow tired of hearing the stories. They lean on these anecdotes, hoping that some unknown tidbit of the series might pop out, some new twist or little snippet of a set scenario may still be uncovered. They know these cast member conversations are priceless souvenirs of every convention.

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Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat)                Aron Eisenberg (Nog)

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And although some panels may come off like the intro segments of late night talk shows, the Deep Space 9 cast acknowledged it was a serious bunch; they didn’t subscribe to many pranks on or off the set. Similarly both 20th anniversary DS9 reunion panels had a serious, subdued but sentimental tone. Each actor recollected about the development of their roles over the seven-year series run. Some said they felt just happy to be employed, adding they felt very much at ease with the group, no matter at what point they had joined the series. Others described their roles on the show as being “just like any other job,” at least at first, adding they did not expect their roles to continue past a few episodes or maybe one season. Also, at the time of filming, most agreed they did not get acquainted with each other off the set. DS9 cast members told fans, these Star Trek conventions also have been opportunities for them to get to know each other better, reconnect and catch up with each others’ career projects and personal lives. Almost every actor seemed to agree, they had no idea the show would “become this big” or “have such a major impact” on society.


The entire DS9 cast assembles for a photo op

Probably the least complex character was nightclub owner singer-emcee-hologram Vic Fontaine, played by James Darren, who joked his character was around in the last season to give love advice and entertain. At the end of their Deep Space Nine panel, Avery Brooks joined Darren for a reprise of Cy Coleman’s song they performed as Fontaine and Sisko in Season 7, episode 15, “Badda Bing, Badda Bang.” One can hope this song, “The Best is Yet to Come” could be a simple, but prophetic wisdom — both for the Star Trek franchise and convention reunions.


Avery Brooks and James Darren strike up a duet


Max Grodenchik (Rom), Chase Masterson (Leeta) listen to Casey Biggs (Damar)


Second DS9 panel answers fan questions


Armin Shimerman says Quark, like any human, was “just trying to make a buck”

13 Aug 21:30

The Unceasing Beauty Of Portal 2

by Kirk Hamilton

Aperture Science, man. The only abandoned, robot-infested lab I'd ever want to visit more than once.

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09 Aug 23:30

These Are The 13 Types Of People You Meet At Gamestop

by Patricia Hernandez

These Are The 13 Types Of People You Meet At Gamestop

Even though it's rare for me to go into a Gamestop nowadays thanks to digital downloads and online stores, this funny compendium of characters you'll likely see at the store by Dorkly seems spot-on, no?

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02 Aug 02:30

79 Words You Might Be Mispronouncing, From 'GIF' to 'Zooey Deschanel'

by Kirk Hamilton

At first, I was sure I'd know the correct pronunciation for all 79 of the words Mental Floss' John Green lays out in this video. But I gotta admit, once he got past the halfway point, he started getting to a few that I regularly mess up.

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31 Jul 13:20

NASA spots a massive hole near the Sun's north pole

by George Dvorsky

NASA spots a massive hole near the Sun's north pole

NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has captured images of an unusually large coronal hole on the surface of the Sun. At one point, it was so large that it covered nearly a quarter of the Sun's visible disk — a distance equivalent to 50 Earths placed side-by-side.

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20 Jul 03:43

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere Review

Going the classic route of introducing us to a team via a newcomer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- which was shown as a surprise at San Diego Comic-Con -- begins with Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), a S.H.I.E.L.D. badass used to working on his own. But Ward’s skill set has put him on the radar of Agent Maria Hill (guest star Cobie Smulders, reprising her Avengers role)… Oh, and a guy named Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).

It seems Coulson -- whose miraculous resurrection is explained (in a way – more on that later) -- is putting together a squad to investigate the emerging world of superheroes and villains, and Ward is his latest recruit. Coulson has also brought in young specialists Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), with a mysterious past of her own. Soon this new group, part of “Level 7,” are on the hunt for a man (J. August Richards) who used his superhuman abilities to save someone from a fire, with Coulson warning that other far more nefarious groups are no doubt seeking this person as well.

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19 Jul 19:35

We Have Experienced a Godzilla Attack!

Godzilla is back, that much is obvious at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. As Legendary and Warner Bros. prepare to show off their return of the iconic giant monster tomorrow with a panel featuring the film's star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and director Gareth Edwards, fans have found there's another way to experience the Godzilla threat too.

The Godzilla Encounter is an interactive experience just down the block from the convention center. When you enter the exhibit, you're taken through a quick tour of Godzilla history, including smashed cars, an old-school Godzilla suit, a sushi bar complete with a Japanese businessman unaware of the fate that awaits him, and more.

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19 Jul 18:17

This iconic scene from Children of Men was actually an accident

by Annalee Newitz

Director Alfonso Cuorón told a rapt Comic-Con audience yesterday how one of the most memorable scenes in his classic movie Children of Men was actually a mistake.

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18 Jul 04:04

July 18, 2013: Mackenzie Gray's Thoughts on Jax-Ur in "Man of Steel"

17 Jul 16:20

Listen to the insanity of Darth Winnie, the Dark Pooh of the Sith

by Rob Bricken

Jim Cummings, voice of Disney's Winnie the Pooh, was at Connecticon last weekend, where he performed the scene of Darth Vader boarding Princess Leia's ship from the beginning of Star Wars... in the voice of a certain tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. The results were, predictably, glorious.

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