DC's URL Registrations Reveal Comic Book Movie Plans For The Future @ io9

DC's URL Registrations Reveal Comic Book Movie Plans For The Future

DC Comics Movies is prepping for their large load of proposed comic book movies by gobbling up all the URL registrations for their coveted projects. So what do the newly registered URL names reveal?


So You Want To Be A TV Writer? Showrunners Share Their Writing Secrets! @ io9

So You Want To Be A TV Writer? Showrunners Share Their Writing Secrets!

The "writers' room" of a television show is a magical place , where creativity flows and awesome ideas are generated. But how do you keep "the room" happy and focused? Some of the top showrunners, including Joss Whedon, share their secrets in this exclusive excerpt from the book Showrunners.


Make People Mute By Forcing Them To Listen to Themselves @ io9

Make People Mute By Forcing Them To Listen to Themselves

You can't talk and listen at the same time. Scientists proved this conclusively when they came up with speech shadowing experiments that rendered people mute by forcing them to listen to the drivel coming out of their mouths.


11 new photos show us the Robot and the Sherwood of the next Doctor Who episode @ Blastr

Doctor Who's eighth season is humming along. Next up, it's "Robot of Sherwood." Let's see what we can expect come Saturday.

Mark Gatiss has penned yet another Doctor Who adventure, and while his track record has been a bit spotty, his ideas are always interesting. And this latest romp, "Robot of Sherwood," looks like it's got a good (robotic) head on its shoulders.

So (presuming you haven't peeked at any unfinished black-and-white episodes) let's have a look at some images from the episode and have a guess at what's going to happen.

(via Comic Book Movie)

Someone took all of Tom Hiddleston's Marvel appearances and made Loki: The Movie @ Blastr

It doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting a real-life Loki movie anytime soon, so one ambitious fan took matters into their own hands.

Dubbed Loki: Brother of Thor, the “film” is basically a boatload of the Tom Hiddleston’s Loki footage spliced together from Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World — including bits from deleted scenes and featurette clips.

Not surprisingly, it’s a little choppy, but the creator does a creditable job of telling Loki’s full arc through all the films. But more than anything, it shines a spotlight on the sheer awesomeness that is Tom Hiddleston. He’s been one of the brightest spots of the Marvel universe, and laying out all his footage in one place makes that even more obvious. 

Check out the full synopsis below: 

My goal was to chronicle the character development of Loki into a single narrative. You'll notice I took out a lot fluff and even some beloved fight scenes, only because I was trying to focus the film on Loki and his relationships. I also inserted all of the relevant deleted scenes (you'll notice that they haven't been fully rendered and mixed), several of which add great depth to his story and family dynamics. A big challenge was bridging the end of Thor and the beginning of The Avengers, explaining Loki's exile and involvement with the Tesseract *before* he portals to earth. I created a montage to kinda show all that, even pulling a clip from Guardians of the Galaxy.

There are a few creative liberties I took with my edits that change intent/plot. Noticeably absent are Thor's and Iron Man's character arcs. My goal wasn't to sully these films and their characters, but rather offer a different interpretation that celebrates Loki....so no offense intended.

The opening scene of my edit is a flash forward to a contemplative, imprisoned Loki, spliced with footage from Tom Hiddleston's screen test when he auditioned for Thor's character, aptly capturing Loki's jealousy (the duality between them is really the meat of this film, hence the title Loki: Brother of Thor). Then there's a bit of a scary awakening from the character that *probably* haunts Loki's dreams.

Check out the full, 2-hour-plus film below and let us know what you think:

(Via io9)

What If Disney Villains Received Heartfelt Obituaries? @ io9

What If Disney Villains Received Heartfelt Obituaries?

Sure, we watch Disney villains commit some terrible atrocities over the course of their films, but we tend to be a bit more forgiving when we remember the dead. These obituaries recall the lives of villains from a more sympathetic perspective.


Read lost Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter deemed 'too wild' to publish @ Blastr

A long-lost chapter deemed too “wild” for publication in Roald Dahl’s acclaimed novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been found.

The chapter, which numbered fifth in some of his early drafts, focused on “The Vanilla Fudge Room” and reveals a boatload of details about how the manuscript changed in the process of Dahl’s writing. For one thing, Charlie is accompanied by his mother, as opposed to his grandfather. Plus, there were initially a lot more kids with Charlie in the early drafts.

According to the Guardian’s full report, the chapter was apparently “deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children almost 50 years ago,” so it stayed on the cutting-room floor — or, in this case, in Dahl’s forgotten notebook.

It’s fascinating to see how the story changed along the way, as well as to get a peek into the slightly darker side of Dahl’s take on the story. Considering that the novel has sold more than 30 million copies and been adapted into two successful films, it’s nice to remember that it all started as a weird little story in Dahl’s notebook.

Read an excerpt from the piece below, and check out the complete chapter as recently published at The Guardian:

The remaining eight children, together with their mothers and fathers, were ushered out into the long white corridor once again.

"I wonder how Augustus Pottle and Miranda Grope are feeling now?" Charlie Bucket asked his mother.

"Not too cocky, I shouldn't think" Mrs Bucket answered. "Here – hold on to my hand, will you, darling. That's right. Hold on tight and try not to let go. And don't you go doing anything silly in here, either, you understand, or you might get sucked up into one of those dreadful pipes yourself, or something even worse maybe. Who knows?"

Little Charlie took a tighter hold of Mrs Bucket's hand as they walked down the long corridor. Soon they came to a door on which it said:


"Hey, this is where Augustus Pottle went to, isn't it?" Charlie Bucket said.

"No", Mr Wonka told him. "Augustus Pottle is in Chocolate Fudge. This is Vanilla. Come inside, everybody, and take a peek."

They went into another cavernous room, and here again a really splendid sight met their eyes.

In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge. All the way up the sides of the mountain, hundreds of men were working away with picks and drills, hacking great hunks of fudge out of the mountainside; and some of them, those that were high up in dangerous places, were roped together for safety.

What do you think of the chapter? Would it have been a good addition to the novel?

(Via The Guardian)

The Monsters Sequel Dark Continent Does Not Look Particularly Subtle @ io9

Set 10 years after the first movie, the monsters of Monsters: Dark Continent has spread around the world, and the Army has been deployed to contain them. The sequel examines a group of soldiers stationed in the Middle East, who... oh, okay, I see what's going on there.


I Was the Weirdest Person at BronyCon 2014 @ io9

I Was the Weirdest Person at BronyCon 2014

"Brony" is the nickname given to the adult (mostly male) fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Their community—which is large, voracious and one of the most widely-ridiculed fan collectives this side of Equestria—gathers annually in a convention center to celebrate their enthusiasm for friendship tolerance and MLP. This year, I joined them.


That Infamous Spider-Woman Cover Rendered In 3D Is A Flesh Nightmare @ io9

That Infamous Spider-Woman Cover Rendered In 3D Is A Flesh Nightmare

Hey, remember that incredibly unfortunate Spider-Woman variant cover by sexy sex artist Milos Manara? Well, someone decided to see what would a 3D model would look like in the same pose. The answer, it turns out, is a melted human/flesh-rent monstrosity that only Clive Barker could love.


Captain America director reveals details of Hawkeye's cut Winter Soldier sequence @ Blastr

<div id="file-147816" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/HawkeyeRenner1.jpg?itok=s7TFy6OG" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">While we know the original plan was to include Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em>, the role turned out to be so minor (in part) that it was ultimately cut ... w<span style="line-height: 1.538em;">hich doesn’t mean that we aren’t the slightest bit curious to know what his </span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Winter Soldier</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> appearance would have entailed if he HAD appeared.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><p class="MsoNormal">Thanks to <em>Screen Rant</em> and co-director Joe Russo’s DVD/Blu-ray commentary, we now have the specifics of a scene that would have seen Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) on the run from Clint Barton — with a fight sequence between the two that would have revealed that Barton was ultimately loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. and his Avengers teammates.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">It would have also explained why Cap ditched his S.T.R.I.K.E. suit (although <a href="http://www.blastr.com/2014-8-4/captain-america-wanted-man-new-winter-soldier-deleted-scene">we’ve already seen this in a deleted scene</a> from the DVD and Blu-ray) at a gym.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Here's what Joe Russo revealed in his <em>Winter Soldier</em> audio commentary:<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">What it was going to be, we were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends. If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner’s schedule. But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C. there was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.L.D, where he whispered something into Cap’s ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">So it was a cool sequence. But look, there’s a million iterations of films, and especially when dealing with Marvel movies where characters can come in or come out during the creative process. And you keep working and working like a Rubik’s Cube till you find the right configuration where everything lines up. So even though we lost that sequence, I think we may have streamlined the movie and made it a little bit more propulsive.<o:p></o:p></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">While we’re sad this sequence was ultimately cut from <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em> (it would have been a VERY cool scene to have seen, plus we’ve got to admit that we missed Hawkeye a tiny little bit in this flick), we understand the reasons why it was ultimately cut. Hopefully they’ll have an easier time to <a href="http://www.blastr.com/2014-8-25/even-more-avengers-may-appear-captain-america-3-find-out-who">integrate Barton in <em>Captain America 3</em></a>. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Are you guys still disappointed that Hawkeye was ultimately cut from the movie? What do you think about the cut sequence?</p><p class="MsoNormal">(via <a href="http://screenrant.com/hawkeye-captain-america-2-role-explained/">Screen Rant</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>

Eaton Receives $3.5 Million Gift @ Locus Online

UC Riverside officials announced August 28, 2014 that $3.5 million was gifted to the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The gift comes from the estate of Jay Kay Klein and is the largest gift ever bestowed upon the UCR library. Mr. Klein had previously donated his photo collection of science fiction writers and fans, valued at $1.4 million. The Eaton Collection is the largest repository of science fiction and fantasy literature that is open to the public.

The Opportunity rover has been diagnosed with a case of "amnesia", after more than a dozen lapses in @ io9

The Opportunity rover has been diagnosed with a case of "amnesia", after more than a dozen lapses in its flash memory storage. To attempt to solve the problem, NASA's engineers say they will clear out the robot's memory and reformat, trying to avoid any worn out storage areas.


2014 Parsec Awards Winners @ Locus Online

Winners for the 2014 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, were announced at Dragon*Con, August 31, 2014, in Atlanta GA.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • “Growth Spurt”, Growth Spurt (Pseudopod)
  • “A Christmas Feast”, Michael Whitehouse (The NoSleep Podcast)
  • “How the Moon Got Its Cousin”, Lee Hallison (Toasted Cake)
  • “Just Another Night”, Andrew MacDougall (The NoSleep Podcast)
  • “Why the Sea is Boiling Hot”, Michael Spence (Tales from the Archives Vol. III)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

  • Blood and Smoke, Mike Bennett (Underwood and Flinch)
  • The Merchant Adventurer, Patrick E. McLean
  • Paris Pas De Deux, Andrew Wheeler (Valentin and the Widow)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Dirty Hands”, Niall Kitson (Seminar: An Original Anthology Show)
  • “Fear of Thought”, Veronica Giguere (Outer Colonies)
  • “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality”, Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • “Night Waking”, Benjamin Rosenbaum (Journey Into…)
  • “Under Oak Island”, K.T. Bryski (Tales from the Archives Vol. III)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Long Form

  • Fire on the Mound, William J. Meyer
  • Broken, Cedric Johnson and Veronica Giguere
  • Cast of Wonders, Chris Lewis Carter (Cast of Wonders)
  • The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, Book 5: Shores beyond the World, Abigail Hilton
  • Secret World Chronicle, Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, Larry Dixon, and Veronica Giguere
  • Tales of the Left Hand, Book 3, John Meagher

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “Tallington”, Jon Thrower (We Are Not Alone)
  • “Dreaming of a Dead Christmas”, John Ballentine (Campfire Radio Theater)
  • “The Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air: Christmas Spectacular”, David J. Loehr
  • “The Pen is Mightier”, Mike Murphy (Misfits Audio)
  • “The War of the Worlds”, H. G. Wells (Campfire Radio Theater)

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, Kc Wayland
  • Edict Zero – FIS (Season Three), Jack Kincaid
  • Our Fair City, Clayton Faits and produced by Jeffrey Gardner
  • Star Trek: Outpost, Daniel McIntosh and Tony Raymond
  • Tales of the Extraordinary, Michael T. Coleman

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Once Upon a Time in the 1970′s, Chris & Anne Lukeman
  • Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast, Grant Baciocco
  • Pilgrim of the Sky Live, Natania Barron

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • The NoSleep Podcast
  • Cast of Wonders
  • Pseudopod
  • Seminar: An Original Anthology Show
  • Toasted Cake

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • Hadron Gospel Hour
  • Standard Orbit
  • MythWits
  • Catching Up
  • Society of Arozea

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast
  • Greetings from Storybrooke: A Once Upon a Time Podcast
  • Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast
  • PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus
  • SpecFicMedia.com Presents: Beyond the Wall – A Game of Thrones Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • Sword & Laser
  • Geek Radio Daily
  • Generations Geek
  • PodCulture: Equal Opportunity Geekness
  • SpecFicMedia.com Presents: Consumption

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • StoryWonk Sunday
  • The Baen Free Radio Hour
  • Commentary: Trek Stars
  • Get Published
  • The Shared Desk

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Guide to Space
  • Blurry Photos
  • Daily Tech News Show
  • Skeptoid
  • The Titanium Physics Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • DragonConTV
  • Blastropodcast
  • Comedy4cast
  • FSL Tonight
  • Society of Arozea


The Disturbingly Inexact Science Of Food Expiration Dates @ io9

The Disturbingly Inexact Science Of Food Expiration Dates

It's an all too common ritual: A product in the kitchen passes its "best before" date, so you toss it. Trouble is, it was probably perfectly safe to eat — and you just wasted good food. This is a problem that's only getting worse. Here's what you need to know about "expired" foods — and how to make sure you're eating safely.


A Single-Celled Organism Commits The World's First Murder @ io9

At the dawn of life on Earth, a group of early lifeforms is eager to get on with this whole living and adapting business. But one of them is getting a bit annoyed with its compatriots—and it's ready to commit the first act of violence.


That Time Lloyds of London Insured The Loch Ness Monster @ io9

​That Time Lloyds of London Insured The Loch Ness Monster

In 1971, Cutty Sark offered an award of one million pounds ($2.4 million) to anyone who could capture the Loch Ness Monster. But, the whiskey manufacturer began to get cold feet, so it asked Lloyds of London to underwrite the contest. The insurance company agreed, with the condition that it would get to keep Nessie.


Meet The Guy Who Spent Seven Months Killing Everyone In Fallout 3 @ io9

Meet The Guy Who Spent Seven Months Killing Everyone In Fallout 3

On January 19th, 2014, Many A True Nerd started a new playthrough of Fallout 3. Not just any playthrough, though: his goal was to eradicate everyone from the capital wasteland.


1000 Discounted Books From Self-Help to History [Deals] @ io9

1000 Discounted Books From Self-Help to History [Deals]

Today's Amazon deal of the day features over 1,000 discounted Kindle books that are meant to help students, but anyone who wants to pick up some new skills should take a look at the selection.


10 Words You Didn't Know Used to Be Dirty @ io9

10 Words You Didn't Know Used to Be Dirty

We chortle today at the number of "ejaculations" in Sherlock Holmes stories, and laugh at how old newspaper stories describe the "erection" of skyscrapers. But previous generations would snicker just as hard at us. A look at archaic slang shows that we say a lot of very suggestive things without knowing it.


New trailer for indie sci-fi flick Space Command loaded with Trek, Babylon 5 alums @ Blastr

Space Command Trailer - Comic-Con 2014

A new trailer for the indie sci-fi flick Space Command has arrived, and it’s loaded with familiar sci-fi faces and some 1950s pulp attitude. Honestly, it looks like a lot of fun.

The series, developed by veteran writer and director Marc Scott Zicree (Sliders, Space Precinct), is meant to evoke the nostalgia and positivity of classic science fiction. The effects are a little silly, and the whole thing has a low-budget feel, but it’s still a delightful genre throwback. It almost has a bit of a Star Trek: The Original Series vibe.

The best part? You’ll recognize a boatload of the cast. It includes Star Trek players Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo and Armin Shimmerman; Babylon 5 alums Mira Furlan and Bill Mumy; former The X-Files fan fave Dean Haglund and acclaimed creature actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Falling Skies). It’s a fun cast, and if nothing else, it’s a blast to see them all together in one project.

Watch the new trailer above and check out the synopsis below:

The SC stories follow the bold future adventures of the United Planet’s Space Command, a dedicated group of scientists, soldiers and adventurers exploring and taming the vast expanse of our solar system for human colonization … Reminiscent of sci-fi’s optimistic past, SPACE COMMAND promises high-flying adventure, stunning visual effects, memorable characters and thoughtful discussions of eternally human conflicts.

Shooting for the first film resumed Aug. 25, and the process is reportedly in the “home stretch” to wrap up the first installment of the potential franchise. What do you think? Is this something you’d actually watch?

(Via Giant Freakin Robot)

Marvel editor-in-chief apologizes for that controversial Spider-Woman cover @ Blastr

Marvel Comics got a boatload of attention recently for its upcoming relaunch of Spider-Woman, but not for any reasons they liked. Now the company’s editor-in-chief is trying to clear the air.

Marvel’s Axel Alonso opened up in an interview with Comic Book Resources about Milo Manaro’s variant cover for the new Spider-Woman launch, and apologized for any “mixed messaging” that fans and the general public might’ve interpreted because of it. The cover has become a lightning rod in recent days, with many media outlets and fans alike calling out the company.

Alonso says they would not have used that artwork as the main cover, but felt comfortable issuing it for collectors as a variant. Here’s an excerpt from his mea culpa: 

“We always listen to fans' concerns so we can do better by them. We want everyone -- the widest breadth of fans -- to feel welcome to read ‘Spider-Woman.’ We apologize -- I apologize -- for the mixed messaging that this variant caused.

And that's what this cover is. It's a limited edition variant that is aimed at collectors. While we would not have published this as the main cover to the book, we were comfortable publishing this as a variant that represented one artist's vision of the character -- a world-renowned artist whose oeuvre is well-known to us, and to collectors. It is not the official cover for the issue. It is a collector's item that is set aside or special ordered by completists -- and it doesn't reflect the sensibility or tone of the series any more than the Skottie Young variant or Rocket and Groot ‘Spider-Woman' variants. If you open up the book, you'll see that this series has everything in common with recent launches we've done, like ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Ms. Marvel’ and ‘She-Hulk’ and "Captain Marvel." It's about the adventures of two women that have complete agency over their lives, and that are defined by what they do, not how they look.

We're far from perfect, but we're trying. It's been a priority for me as EIC to make our line and our publishing team more inclusive. We're at an industry high of around 30 percent female in editorial group, about 20 percent of our line is comics starring women, and our Senior Manager of Talent, Jeanine Schaefer, actively looks to bring more female writers and artists into the fold each month. In fact, very soon we'll be announcing new series and creators that I'm very excited about.”

We absolutely agree that Marvel is pushing the boundary these days in regard to strong female characters — and this cover seems to be more an odd step than the sign of a systemic problem. But at least the company has the guts to, mostly, face the music when they feel they've made a mistake.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

What Was The Most Bonkers Season-Ending Twist On Falling Skies? @ io9

What Was The Most Bonkers Season-Ending Twist On Falling Skies?

Falling Skies still has one season left, but it's pretty clear that this show will be remembered for its wacky spit-take moments at the end of each season, among other things. But which season-ending moment of ridonkulousness is the best? We have a handy poll.


A Chart Of Every Mission Traveling In Our Solar System Right Now @ io9

A Chart Of Every Mission Traveling In Our Solar System Right Now

Our solar system is filled with moons, planets, comets, and all manner of objects in space. But amidst all that bustling of activity, there's also quite a few ships and satellites out there exploring — and this chart lets you keep track of all of them.


Dramatic Cave Art Confirms that Neanderthals Were Basically Humans @ io9

Dramatic Cave Art Confirms that Neanderthals Were Basically Humans

They made jewelry , buried their dead, and left behind haunting abstract paintings on the walls of their caves. Now a new finding in Gibraltar, one of the last regions of the world where Neanderthals survived, is further evidence that Neanderthals had a recognizably human culture.


"Nightmarish" Cricket That Eats Anything Is Now Invading the US @ io9

"Nightmarish" Cricket That Eats Anything Is Now Invading the US

A cricket with a voracious appetite for anything — including members of its own species — is now spreading across the eastern United States with no end to the invasion in sight.


Capcom officially reveals Resident Evil Revelations 2 (plus 1st intriguing concept teaser) @ Blastr

It’s a good day to be a Resident Evil fan, because Capcom has finally officially revealed the next entry in the wildly popular and beloved horror game franchise, titled Resident Evil Revelations 2.

Yesterday, Capcom took center stage at Sony's pre-TGS PlayStation press conference in Japan and confirmed a rumor that's been making the rounds for a bit: That Resident Evil Revelations 2 really does exist, and that it's launching in 2015!

They've also released this VERY intriguing and chillingly cool concept teaser trailer. Have a look:

News of Resident Evil Revelations 2 was originally leaked last week, with Xbox 360 box art emerging, as well as some early imagery. At the time, Capcom refused to comment or confirm that the game was real.

Unlike the first Resident Evil Revelations, the sequel won’t revolve around the iconic characters of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine. However, the nature of the plot itself is, at this moment, currently relatively unknown. Bummer.

The first game was released for Nintendo 3DS in early 2012 before being ported to PS3 and Xbox 360 in HD format.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be launched on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in 2015.

(via IGN)

Wonder Woman icon Lynda Carter comments on Gal Gadot's Dawn of Justice costume @ Blastr

<div id="file-147681" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/WonderWomanGalGadotCostume1.jpg?itok=3N2WNEGi" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">It takes a Wonder Woman to <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">know</span>&nbsp;judge another Wonder Woman.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">1970s (and '80s) icon, pin-up queen and former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter has shared her thoughts on Gal Gadot’s Amazonian costume reveal from a few weeks back. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">If you'll recall, Warner Bros. and <em>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</em> director Zack Snyder released a <a href="http://www.blastr.com/2014-7-26/behold-our-first-look-gal-gadots-wonder-woman-batman-v-superman">first look pic</a> at Gadot, battle-ready in her Wonder Woman costume, during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Even though there were quite a few alterations done to the iconic red, white and blue costume, it managed to remain fairly true to the spirit of the original outfit while modernizing it. The new costume mostly garnered positive praise from critics and fans alike, but it's a far cry from the colorful costume(s) worn by Carter for three seasons between 1975 and 1979.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><img height="910" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/lynda-carter-running-wonder-woman.jpg?itok=BJl6Adek" alt="" title="" /></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: 1.538em;">So, what did Lynda Carter think about this more modern take on the Princess of Themyscira? Speaking to </span><em style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: 1.538em;">Access Hollywood</em><span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: 1.538em;">, here’s what the original Wonder Woman/Diana Prince had to say:</span></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">“Well, I was missing the red, white and blue, I have to say,” she told Access Hollywood in a recent interview. “Maybe there's a lot more color in it than what we saw in the picture. It's almost impossible to play a superhero anyway. You can't. You just have to play a character that happens to do these amazing things. That's the only way you can do it. And the costumes all take care of themselves, but it was a little more – I'll have to wait and see. I hate to comment on something that I haven't seen and I'm very supportive of Gal Gadot. I'm very supportive of them doing Wonder Woman, putting her in any capacity. I think she needs to be out there. ... It's high time somebody took a chance and did it and so I'm really happy about that.”<o:p></o:p></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">Do you guys agree with Lynda Carter’s comments about the new Wonder Woman costume?&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><!--MEDIA-WRAPPER-START-2--><img height="869" width="580" class="media-element file-default" data-file_info="%7B%22fid%22:%22147691%22,%22view_mode%22:%22default%22,%22fields%22:%7B%22format%22:%22default%22,%22field_media_categories%5Bund%5D%22:%22_none%22,%22field_file_image_alt_text%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_caption%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_caption%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bformat%5D%22:%22wysiwyg_basic%22,%22field_file_image_title_text%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_keywords%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_source%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_credit%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_copyright%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_source_link%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_media_tags%5Bund%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_credit_link%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22%7D,%22type%22:%22media%22%7D" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/WonderWomanGalGadotCostume.jpg?itok=jjPydHG6" alt="" title="" /></p><p class="MsoNormal">(<a href="http://www.accesshollywood.com/lynda-carter-talks-judging-on-skin-wars-wonder-woman_article_98061">Access Hollywood</a> via <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=106822">Comic Book Movie</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>

Rough Cut Star Wars' Cantina Scene Is Like Being On The Set Of New Hope @ io9

Rough Cut Star Wars' Cantina Scene Is Like Being On The Set Of New Hope

The Mos Eisley Cantina set is probably one of the most recognizable and beloved Star Wars settings. And now, thanks to an edited together rough cut video, you can experience what it probably felt like inside the Star Wars set while George Lucas was filming in 1976.


Stan Lee confirms Marvel's 'already working' on that Black Panther flick and teases Black Widow @ Blastr

<div id="file-147731" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/black-panther-movie-image.jpg?itok=4t-tkFi0" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Has Stan Lee let the black cat out of the bag (pun intended) and just confirmed that a <em>Black Panther</em> flick was already underway? And what about Black Widow?<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Stan “The Man” Lee was at the “Marvel Presents: The Legendary Stan Lee” panel at Fan Expo Canada on Friday, and while there, the man of many a Marvel cameo more or less confirmed that the much-talked-about&nbsp;<em>Black Panther</em> flick is definitely happening. Hooray!<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">After months and months of speculation, Lee put rumors to rest and revealed (via a panel report over at <em>Comic Book Ressources</em>) that Marvel Studios was “already working” on the film.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The legendary Marvel comic-book writer also addressed the potential for a stand-alone&nbsp;<em>Black Widow</em> movie starring Scarlett Johansson in the role.<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">“The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies,” he said. “They are already working on Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Black Panther, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about.”<o:p></o:p></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">Lee also said that Scarlett Johansson’s ass-kicking Natasha Romanoff would be featured “more prominently” going forward, understandably so, given her amazing (and well-received) turn in <em>Captain America: The Winter Sol</em><em style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">d</em><em style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: 1.538em;">ier.</em></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><em><img height="467" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/BlackWidowScarlett1_1.jpg?itok=XmCspnQY" alt="" title="" /></em></p><p>What do you guys think? Are you excited to know that Marvel's "already working" on that eagerly anticipated&nbsp;<em>Black Panther</em> flick? Who do you think should play T'Challa? What about Lee's comments about Black Widow?</p><p class="MsoNormal">(<a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&amp;id=55221">Comic Book Ressources</a> via <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/1917375/stan-lee-black-panther-black-widow-marvel/">MTV</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>

A Federal Judge Has Struck Down An Anti-GMO Law In Hawaii @ io9

A Federal Judge Has Struck Down An Anti-GMO Law In Hawaii

Last year, Hawaii's fourth-largest island, Kauai, passed a local ordinance restricting the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. But,a federal judge has ruled the county overstepped its legal authority — which has potentially huge implications for whether local communities across the U.S. can ban GMO crops.


Amazon trying to bring The Tick back to life with Patrick Warburton @ Blastr

It’s been more than a decade since the Tick kept the mean streets clean of ridiculous supervillains, but it sounds like the bumbling hero might finally get a second lease on life.

The original live-action series The Tick, based on the animated series of the same name, ran for one extremely brief season back in 2001 on Fox. But in just nine episodes, Ben Edlund’s insane action comedy became a cult hit that is still finding new fans to this day thanks to streaming services and Internet word of mouth.

Now People.com is reporting that Amazon Studios has already signed original star Patrick Warburton to return for a revitalized version of the series on its streaming Amazon Prime service. According to the report, Edlund will also be coming back to write the new run. Though we don't know a ton of details, Edlund confirmed that talks are ongoing via Twitter. 

If Amazon is looking to take a swing at revitalizing its own cult hit a la Arrested Development and Netflix, there are much worse places to start than The Tick. Despite its short run, the franchise has a lot of name cachet, largely thanks to the irreverent animated series on which it's based. Plus, the show was awesome, and we’d love to see what Edlund could do with another chance.

Also of note: The original series featured a pre-Lost Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel, Liz Vassey (All My Children) as Captain Liberty and David Burke (Brothers & Sisters) as Arthur. No word on whether the other stars might return, but none of them are too terribly busy these days, so why not?

Are you glad to hear The Tick might get a second chance?

(Via People.com)

Pic of the Day: Ultimate Spider-Man Cosplay @ SciFi Mafia

This is Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey, a 22-year-old comic-book artist, and his Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man cosplay wins all the things. Here’s one more with the mask on for the full

Put This Weeping Angel Wallpaper On Your Desktop And Terrify Everyone @ io9

In the right setting, Doctor Who's Weeping Angels can still deliver the creeps. And you can spook your friends—and yourself—with this rotating series of Weeping Angel desktop backgrounds.


Rumor of the Day: Steven Moffat to be replaced as Who showrunner for season nine @ Blastr

<div id="file-147726" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/MoffatDalekSmall.jpg?itok=ms4fH1Km" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p>Is Steven Moffat about to hand the keys to the TARDIS to a brand-new <em>Doctor Who</em> showrunner for season nine?</p><p><em>(Before we go on, please remember to take this with a grain of salt.)</em></p><p>Right, so, according to <em>Doctor Who Worldwide</em>, current <em>Doctor Who</em> showrunner extraordinaire Steven Moffat could be on his way out of the beloved BBC sci-fi series, to be replaced by ... Anthony Horowitz, author of the <em>Alex Rider</em> book series, the<em> Diamond Brothers</em> series, the <em>Power of Five</em> series, the Sherlock Holmes novel <em>The House of Silk&nbsp;</em>and the second upcoming <em>Tintin</em> flick.</p><p>Horowitz has also written for a string of TV drama series that includes&nbsp;<em>Robin of Sherwood</em>, <em>Poirot</em>, <em>Midsomer Murders</em>, <em>Foyle’s War</em>, <em>Collision</em> and <em>Injustice</em>. He also<span style="font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">&nbsp;created <em>Crime Traveller</em>.</span></p><p>Philip Morris — a "well-connected" missing episode hunter (he returned “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” to the BBC archive back in 2013), has apparently stated publicly that Horowitz is the one who is talked about to be THE ONE to follow in the glorious but difficult footsteps of Russel T Davies and Steven Moffat, and pull showrunner duties on <em>Doctor Who</em>. <em>Doctor Who Worldwide</em> also seems to think that if this rumor comes from Morris, then it should be taken seriously.</p><p><em>However</em>, Anthony Horowitz has taken to <a href="https://twitter.com/AnthonyHorowitz/statuses/506572861986058240">Twitter</a> to say that it was unlikely he’d be the next <em>Who</em> showrunner.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/philiplickley">@philiplickley</a> Unlikely.</p>— Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnthonyHorowitz/statuses/506572861986058240">September 1, 2014</a></blockquote><p>Well, that's all fine and dandy, but you guys know the expression: "<span style="text-decoration: line-through;">The lady</span>&nbsp;Anthony Horowitz doth protest too much, methinks."</p><p>Still, even if Horowitz is saying NO right now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s not a shred of truth to this story. We've got to remember that <em>everybody</em> on <em>Doctor Who</em> lies in order to try and hide info no one wants out early.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Rumors have been swirling about for some time now that season eight could be Moffat’s last, since he’s increasingly in demand for his services here in the good ol' U.S. of A following <em>Sherlock</em>’s immense and well-deserved success at the Emmys. Yet back in the July edition of <em>Doctor Who Magazine</em>, <a href="http://www.blastr.com/2014-6-30/doctor-who-showrunner-steven-moffat-hints-hell-be-back-s9-and-has-found-its-cliffhanger">Moffat hinted that he was planning the finale for season nine of the show</a>.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Other (MUCH MORE LIKELY than Horowitz) names that have been linked to the role of future <em>Doctor Who</em> showrunner include Mark Gatiss, Neil Cross, Toby Whithouse and Chris Chibnall.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Anthony Horowitz is currently hard at work on the screenplay for the&nbsp;<em>Adventures of Tintin</em> sequel for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. The film is set to be released in 2015. If you guys will recall, it was Steven Moffat who penned the first entry in the series, before quitting the job in order to become the new <em>Who</em> showrunner.<o:p></o:p></p><p>What do you guys think? Do you believe there's any truth to this rumor?&nbsp;</p><p>(via <a href="http://doctorwhoworldwide.com/2014/09/01/steven-moffat-to-be-replaced-by-anthony-horowitz-for-series-9-rumour/">Doctor Who Worldwide</a>)</p>

All The Game Of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need To Know @ io9

All The Game Of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need To Know

If there's two things fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series can agree on, it's that 1) author George R.R. Martin is weaving an incredibly dense tale where far more happens (and has happened) than what's just on the page, and 2) that no character is safe from GRRM's murderous pen. In regards to the former, fans have spent the last 17 years since A Game of Thrones was first published reading between the lines, trying to figure out the series' many, many mysteries. One astute fan by the name of Full-Faced Braavosi took the time to compile all the theories, both likely and insane, over at the mega-fansite Westeros.org; we thought we'd take the chance to make sure all you ASoIaF readers are caught up on every fan theory you absolutely need to know.


Dracula Is A Peace-Loving Family Man In Newest Dracula Untold Trailer @ io9

Hollywood has finally wrung every last drop of evil out of the classic literary movie monster with Dracula Untold, the new prequel in which Vlad the Impaler is a loving dad who would rather take his son on a happy riding trip than, you know, impale his enemies. Sigh.


Our Planet Is Ethereally Alien In These Dusky Photos From Space @ io9

While it looks like an unearthly landscape from a distant exoplanet, this is our own Earth as seen from the International Space Station. Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev captured this delicate moment of diffuse light and rich shadows of clouds at sunset.


These three actors could be Snake in Escape from New York remake @ Blastr

Escape From New York

The Escape From New York remake lives ... and one of three actors could be putting on Snake Plissken's eyepatch.

You thought maybe we had escaped from this project, right? Well, no such luck, as producer Joel Silver seems intent on giving John Carpenter's 1981 classic a reimagining. And who does Silver have in his sights to follow Kurt Russell in the iconic role of Snake? 

A source has told Starlog (via Slashfilm) that Charlie Hunnam is the "top contender" for the part, although his commitment to Pacific Rim 2 and possibly the lead role in King Arthur may prevent him from taking on Snake as well. So even though Silver has gone as far as commissioning preproduction artwork featuring Hunnam, his two other choices just in case are The Walking Dead alumnus Jon Bernthal and Downton Abbey cast member Dan Stevens. 

Of the three, I like Bernthal the best. He was tough as nails in The Walking Dead and The Wolf of Wall Street and has got great screen presence. Stevens is quite impressive as a soldier with a secret in the upcoming sci-fi thriller The Guest, but unfortunately Hunnam was one of the major disappointments of Pacific Rim -- he came across as a pretty boy with very little charisma. His work on Sons of Anarchy (which I haven't seen) has been praised, though, so there must be something there. But is he right for Snake?

We'll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, the story itself this time is said to be "more team-based, as Snake Plissken traverses through a treacherous New York landscape with a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President."

Starlog's source adds that the team will consist of Snake, Cabbie and the Brain (played in the original by Ernest Borgnine and Harry Dean Stanton, respectively, and now upped to co-leads), along with some new faces:

“Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.”

Sounds like someone's got Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy box-office appeal on their minds. More details, like a director and a possible release date, are yet to be filled in, but start discussing below whether a "team-based" Escape From New York led by Charlie Hunnam is something you might want to eyeball.

LEGO Movie directors rebooting 1980s sci-fi series Greatest American Hero @ Blastr

Studios are digging fairly deep at this point for intellectual property, and now they’ve unearthed the 1980s superhero show Greatest American Hero. It’s reboot time.

Deadline is reporting that the buzzy duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) have signed on to direct a modern-day version of the 1980s franchise, which followed an Average Joe school teacher who obtains a super-powered alien suit but has to figure out how to use it through trial and error.

Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street, Undeclared) is writing and directing the pilot, and they’ve even tapped Tawnia McKiernan, the daughter of original series creator Steven J. Cannell, to executive-produce along with Lord and Miller. Oh, nostalgia.

If you’re looking for a bit more intel, here’s the full synopsis for the project:

The new Greatest American Hero will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit, and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions. He also has to deal with a government handler who has very different objectives than him and struggles as to whether he should use his newfound gifts to help others or just himself.

The original series starred William Katt and ran for three seasons and 44 episodes on ABC in the early 1980s. It was fairly light-hearted fare, and a reboot could definitely be fun — especially with Lord and Miller there to help guide the tone. They’ve done wonders with 21 Jump Street, so why not let ‘em tackle another classic franchise?

(Via Deadline, /Film)

The Mad Science Of Pouring A Vat Of Liquid Nitrogen Over Your Head @ io9

The Mad Science Of Pouring A Vat Of Liquid Nitrogen Over Your Head

Canadian chemist Muhammad Qureshi has taken the viral ALS ice bucket challenge to its logical conclusion by dumping a bucket of liquid nitrogen over his head. Undeniably, it was a very dangerous thing to do — but Qureshi did have some basic chemistry on his side.


Image of the day: Rick Berman tweets the pic of an enigmatic (and unused) Star Trek TNG movie script @ Blastr

<div id="file-147796" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/RickBermanStarTrekTNGunused%20scriptTweet.jpg?itok=wYOpR2gP" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Last week, <a href="https://twitter.com/berman_rick">Rick Berman tweeted</a> a photo of a script cover page reading <em>Star Trek: The Next Generation -- “The Movie,”</em> which credited the story to Berman and Maurice Hurley and the screenplay to Hurley.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Berman then captioned the tweet as a “Never seen, never produced 'first' <em>TNG</em> movie. Story by me and Hurley, screenplay by Hurley. Wasn't half bad.”</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Never seen, never produced "first" TNG movie. Story by me and Hurley, screenplay by Hurley. Wasn't half bad. <a href="http://t.co/xW776nSGTN">pic.twitter.com/xW776nSGTN</a></p>— Rick Berman (@berman_rick) <a href="https://twitter.com/berman_rick/statuses/503232936292794368">August 23, 2014</a></blockquote><p>Following that tweet, many fans tweeted Berman back to prod him for details, asking him to at least “Give us the pitch. 140 characters or less.”</p><p class="MsoNormal">Since Rick Berman didn’t respond, <em>Star Trek.com</em>&nbsp;decided to reach out to the former <em>Star Trek</em> executive producer, asking him what prompted him to tweet that pic, and to try and pry a couple of plot details.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Here's what Berman wrote:<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">“What prompted me was that I found the story of one version and the script of the other in a box. The studio wanted two scripts written. They and I chose the one to be produced (which, of course, was Star Trek Generations). No elements of it (the unused script) went into any film we made.”<o:p></o:p></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">As for a few details about the script’s storyline? “Nothing about the plot ...” Berman added. “Sorry.”</p><p class="MsoNormal">(via <a href="http://www.startrek.com/article/rick-berman-on-that-enigmatic-tng-script-tweet">Star Trek.com</a>)<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><em>Got an image you think would make a great Image of the Day on Blastr? <a href="https://www.twitter.com/blastr">Tweet it at us at @blastr</a> with the hashtag #IOTD, and we'll credit you when we post it!<br /></em></p>

What Time (Other Than Now) Would You Most Want To Live In? @ io9

What Time (Other Than Now) Would You Most Want To Live In?

Quick! You have a time machine with just enough juice for one more trip, so when do you set it for? Pick a date and stick by it, 'cause this ticket only takes you one-way.


How ​Music Proves We Live In Three Dimensions @ io9

How ​Music Proves We Live In Three Dimensions

String theory has dimensions popping up all over the place. We are currently at over 10 dimensions. But how would living in that many dimensions affect us? The first thing to do would be to throw out all your albums, because they won't sound right anymore.


Disney Forbade Stan Lee's Original Guardians Of The Galaxy Cameo @ io9

Disney Forbade Stan Lee's Original Guardians Of The Galaxy Cameo

In Guardians of the Galaxy's pre-requisite Stan Lee cameo, Stan is seen macking on a much younger woman, much as he does in real life. But director James Gunn revealed he had a different cameo for the Marvel mastermind planned, but one that Disney refused to let him film.


The Political Views Of U.S. Religions In A Single Graph @ io9

The Political Views Of U.S. Religions In A Single Graph

Relying on data from Pew's Religious Landscape survey, Tobin Grant, a political science professor at Southern Illinois University, produced this graph representing 44 different religious groups — and their views on the extent to which the U.S. government should be involved in moral and economic issues.


What Book Changes Are Revealed in These Game of Thrones Photos? @ io9

What Book Changes Are Revealed in These Game of Thrones Photos?

More turns on the Star Wars rumor-mobile, including information on villains and casting. There's a denial of a grim Batman v. Superman character rumor. And another of Ryan Murphy's favorite actors may be showing up on American Horror Story. Spoilers now!


Debunking the Myth of the Fake Banana Flavor @ io9

Debunking the Myth of the Fake Banana Flavor

Over at the BBC, the myth about banana flavoring has been put to the test. And while there's a kernel of truth to the idea that fake banana resembles a variety that nearly went extinct, it's still a just a myth.


The Concept Art That Created Guardians of the Galaxy's Cosmic Locations @ io9

The Concept Art That Created Guardians of the Galaxy's Cosmic Locations

Guardians of the Galaxy had a number of great points, but one of the things that we all noticed from the very first trailer was the fully lived-in universe it created. Concept artist Kev Jenkins provided designs for Morag, Xandar and Knowhere. They're beautiful.


The Cat-Shaped Candle That Burns Down to a Skeleton @ io9

Available from Vat19, the Pyro Pet Candle comes in pink and gray. After 20 hours of burning, the cute little kittie is gone, leaving only a metal skeleton left.


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