Super Spoilery Jupiter Ascending Trailer Finally Explains The Plot @ io9

This spoiler-filled trailer to the Wachowskis' long awaited Jupiter Ascending drama literally spells out the entire premise. And I'm still kind of confused. Earth is part of an industry? Whatever, Eddie Redmayne is fabulous.

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Another new Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast member revealed @ Blastr

Filming may have already wrapped, but J.J. Abrams kept things so secretive on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that casting details are still leaking out. Here’s the latest.

Yahoo! is reporting, via a tweet from BBC News reporter, that 22-year-old actress Jessica Henwick has an unspecified role in the eagerly-anticipated sequel. The young, British actress is known for her roles in the BBC drama Silk, as well as the  2009 series Spirit Warriors. She’s an up-and-comer in the U.K., but a relative unknown in the U.S.

But who will she be playing? Good guy, bad guy? Jedi, or Sith (or something else)? No clue. The report didn’t include any more details, and knowing J.J., we’d think finer points will be hard to come by until they finally drop an official cast list for this flick and confirm some intel.

Whoever she’s playing, Henwick joins a long list of original stars and newcomers in the sequel. We already know original players Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are back. It sounds like Henwick will be part of the younger, new regime, led by Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega, among others.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015. Give us your best guess on who Henwick is playing?

(Via Yahoo!)

HotShot Trailer: Jurassic World @ Sci-Fi Storm

Opens June 12, 2015

Which Movie Subplot Do You Wish Had Gotten More Screen Time? @ io9

Which Movie Subplot Do You Wish Had Gotten More Screen Time?

Sometimes a movie has subplots that are better off left on the cutting-room floor because they drag the whole thing down. But sometimes, a subplot adds a lot of depth, and you only get to glimpse how wonderful it could have been. Which science fiction or fantasy movie had a subplot you wish you could have seen more of?

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​It's 2.4 Miles Across, 8,650 Years Old, and It Lives in Oregon @ io9

​It's 2.4 Miles Across, 8,650 Years Old, and It Lives in Oregon

No, it's not hipster Cthulhu. Known as "honey fungus," this huge underground organism is the world's biggest living thing. And its life cycle is incredible.

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Syfy greenlights docu-series The Bazillion Dollar Club @ Sci-Fi Storm

Syfy may be heading back to the stars with drama, but they are still keeping their feet on the ground in the unscripted world. But, if we’re ever going to get a real phaser, it might be from these guys…

Syfy president Dave Howe announced today that Syfy has greenlit The Bazillion Dollar Club, a high-adrenaline, high-stakes docu-series that immerses viewers in the brilliant and cut-throat world of today’s forward thinking innovators.

The Bazillion Dollar Club gives our audience of imaginative thinkers the opportunity to literally invent the future by bringing to life their visionary ideas and dreams,” said Howe in making the announcement. “This show is important to Syfy’s unscripted strategy to engage fans with entertaining and informative real-world drama that taps into their curiosity, passion and creativity.”

The show follows Dave McClure, a relentless drill sergeant who founded software accelerator 500 Startups, and Brady Forrest, the quirky and creative mind behind the hardware accelerator Highway1. Their companies offer two of the world’s most aggressive accelerator programs that mentor startups leading up to the launch of their billion dollar idea.

McClure has invested in over 800 companies worldwide including 3D printing company Makerbot, which was acquired by Stratasys for 400 million dollars; the social media startup Wildfire, acquired by Google for 350 million dollars; financial monitoring service Credit Karma, recently valued at over one billion dollars; and telephony innovator Twilio, which has raised over 100 million dollars in venture capital. In just five years, his venture capital firm has funded thousands of entrepreneurs and helped them raise over two billion dollars. McClure is regarded as an innovator and influencer in social networking, and he was also an early employee at PayPal, working with the infamous “PayPal Mafia,” a group of tech entrepreneurs who later founded multiple billion dollar startup companies including LinkedIn, YouTube, Yelp and Yammer.

Forrest is a technology evangelist, obsessed with opening doors for makers, entrepreneurs and inventors looking to launch the world’s next game-changing product. Forrest is currently vice president at Highway1, the hardware accelerator that is part of PCH, and is responsible for some of the hottest names in the hardware renaissance including: CUE, the mobile medical testing kit; Navdy’s iPhone HUD for cars; Drop’s connected baking assistant; and Ringly’s fashionable connected rings. Under his leadership, PCH & Highway1 have funded over 35 companies with a focus on innovative consumer products. Forrest also co-founded Ignite, the worldwide global talk series that has been embraced by geeks in over 200 cities.

“Part of the fun of science fiction is seeing all of the fantastic gadgets and technologies, and imagining how they could exist in the real world,” said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s EVP, Original Content. Added Heather Olander, SVP, Alternative Series Development and Production, Syfy, “The inventors that are part of Dave and Brady’s program are developing products and technology that seem like they are ripped straight from the world of sci-fi, but these innovations will be our future reality.”

The series is produced by Zero Point Production (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; The Hunt with John Walsh) with executive producers Lydia Tenaglia, Christopher Collins and Craig H. Shepherd, and co-executive producer Abigail Shafran. The six episode, one-hour series begins production later this year and will air on Syfy in 2015.

Earth 2: World's End #8: Lunar Apokolips @ Blastr

Every Wednesday, we speak with author Daniel H. Wilson for a detailed recap of Earth 2: World’s End, the weekly DC Comics title he’s spearheading about an alternate earth devastated by its prolonged war with Apokolips. In this Blastr exclusive, we explore the issue with Wilson on the day it hits stands and offer a sneak peek at what readers can look for in future installments.

Just when things didn't look like they could get worse for our heroes, they do! Then again, it wouldn't be a comic book without cliffhangers and teases, and Wilson delivers a lot in this issue that appears to have Barbara Gordon and Huntress at the losing side of the life equation. Meanwhile, Flash runs away from the job, John Constantine takes aim at some new villainous friends and Mister Miracle heads home. 

We begin with Alan Scott on clean up duty after the moon is wiped out. This is an important job, but he’s also supposed to be finding the avatars. Is this a conflicted spot for him to be in?

This is a classic conflict for the most powerful super heroes. Do you choose to win the battle or the war? Will you allow innocent people to die because you’re trying to stop the big problem? Yeah, he’s pulled in two directions. 

Since Olsen is the product of the Helm of Nabu and a Mother Box, will we see a paternal relationship between Jimmy and Doctor Fate?

No. This is potentially not eve a decision Fate made. It’s hard to tell what’s going on with the helm. In fact, I’m working right now on the monthly, Issue 31, that goes into more detail about what Doctor Fate is up to after this. I think that will come out as #18 of the weekly. But what this is really about is the underlying Mother Box, and what they’re grand scheme is, who they serve, what they’re trying to accomplish. Really, they’re using different people as actors in this play they’re creating. 

Sonia Sato smacks the newly-arrived chancellor, and scoffs at his suggestion to continue the offense. What do her actions mean for the battle effort? 

She has just turned this thing around and realized this is not about a conventional army fighting off, and winning or losing, against a conventional enemy. This is about survival. At this point she has really decided she doesn’t care what these chancellors say anymore and is taking the reigns. She is acting now to save the last of the human race, and realizes fighting is not the solution. Hagen comes in with this talk of taking the fight back to them and she just slaps the shit out of him! It is one of my favorite moments, and he’s needed to have the shit slapped out of him for a while.

Where could humans possibly go? Where could they evacuate to – especially since Hornblower marked Earth for death?

Yeah, that’s the question. There are clues that have been laid out, and honestly this is one of my absolute favorite storylines and is going to culminate over the course of the next three or four issues. It is one of the coolest moments of the entire series when they answer that question. Where are they going to evacuate? How can they find a place where you can protect millions of humans when you have so much going on with the planet. 

Sloan, Mister Miracle and the rest land on Apokolips to set the nuclear detonators, but they don’t see anyone around. Could you bring a bunch of humans to Apokolips? As Earth is falling apart, couldn’t you evacuate humans to a planet situated where the moon was?

That’s an awesome idea. I don’t think that would work out; I think Apokolips is swarming with its own inhabitants that would make that a pretty tough bet. In this case, they’re using Sloan’s camouflage and avoiding using Boom Tubes so they can land without being detected – or, at least, they think so. But that’s a hilarious idea; just land all the civilians on Apokolips! 

Constantine shows up at the Arkham Base where super criminals are on ice, and he assembles a band of bad guys. Is he enlisting them for the fight?

He showed up here in Issue Seven, and he is a rat on a sinking ship. If you read his monthly, you’ll see his magic isn’t working correctly and he’s trying to figure out why. Most of all, he is trying to get off this place and out of here. He is not looking to save anybody. He is willing to do anything necessary. If you look back through the Earth 2 monthly, you see that Gotham City has been overrun by giant monsters and turned into these lost lands. It is ruined and abandoned, so there is nobody much hanging out there. When Constantine casts his spell to take him wherever his best allies may be on the planet, it takes him here. He ends up cherry picking these interesting villains, one of whom he ends up killing – which is also one of my favorite parts. He is setting off all these unpredictable chain reactions that will ultimately have nothing to do with him. In classic John Constantine fashion. 

The Flash abandons Hawkgirl to find his mom, and Kendra ends up getting infected by the furies. Are his actions indicative of heroes slowly giving up and pursuing their own needs?

There is kind of a spectrum. On one end you have regular humans like Dick Grayson and Ted Grant. On the other you have super humans, like Alan Scott and Power Girl. Then you have these characters kind of somewhere in between. They are very powerful sometimes but also wracked with human level insecurities. Flash runs fast enough to vaporize a god, yet he’s really worried about his mom. You have these situations where these characters have amazing powers but are limited because they worry about the stuff humans worry about. That is what we’re kind of exploring with Flash and Kendra.

Speaking of regular humans, did you just kill Barbara Gordon with a giant chunk of the moon?

Nobody knows!

Miracle and Barda arrive on Apokolips, and look happy to be home. Are they? Is it crossing their minds that maybe they could clean the place up and actually rule Apokolips?

I think it is. They are trying to find their place in the universe, and which side they should be fighting on. Issue 11 is completely devoted to Miracle, Barda and Fury on Apokolips. We really slow down and explore that one storyline deeper, and that’s ultimately what it becomes about. That is embodied in Miracle’s dad situation. Is he a son of Darkseid, a son of New Genesis? Should he fight for humans? Which side should he fight on and is worthy of him? That’s part of what he’s going to explain. 

Huntress is presumably dead, and Batman looks like he’s about to snap. And Red Tornado appears devastated when they find Clark’s shield. Are our heroes at a breaking point?

Thomas Wayne is at his breaking point, and when he breaks, he’s going to self-immolate. He is not worried about himself, so it is all too easy for him to turn into a kamikaze style of fighter. He is pushed all the way to the edge, and he has the power to cause trouble. Keeping a handle on him is going to be an issue moving forward for the people who care about him. 

16 great moments from MST3K creator Joel Hodgson's Reddit AMA @ Blastr

It's been 15 years since a new episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired, and more than two decades since Hodgson was the star of the show, but the beloved comedy series continues to find new fans and keep its old ones enthralled. Tomorrow, for the second straight year, Hodgson and crew will revive the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon through online streaming, and to promote the event Hodgson took to Reddit yesterday to talk about the show, films he still wants to riff on, and a possible MST3K reboot. You can read the whole thing HERE, but we've rounded up our favorite moments below.

On whether he's ever felt bad about mocking a movie: 

Hodgson has skewered dozens of films in his lifetime, but sometimes even he thinks he might have gone too far.

The answer is YES. The movie was EEGAH, and the person I felt we were particularly tough on was Arch Hall, Jr. I believe we called him a "stiff with teeth and hair." I met him this summer at a convention, and he couldn't have been nicer. And he's a wonderful guy and was very complimentary and said he was really glad we riffed the movie. He said something like "It isn't lost on me that I get to work these conventions because you guys did my movie." He was really nice about it. But i was pretty nervous meeting him, because I thought he was really going to hate me, but he was really nice about it.

On whether networks ever made him change anything: 

The show was picked up by Comedy Central in 1989, and Hodgson worked with the network until he left the series in 1993. In all that time, they apparently only asked for one big change.

No...the amazing thing was, we never had any interference from the executives at Comedy Central when we were making the show. There was only one and that was they wanted us to make the silhouettes green on the B&W movies because they felt people wouldn't be able to see our silhouettes. So we did that for one episode, that was ROBOT MONSTER. But we figured out how to fix it, by putting a blue cast to the film.

On how the show got the rights to movies: 

When asked if there were any films he wanted the rights to but couldn't get, Hodgson clarified that, to make things easier, the show always pulled from films already available to them.

Going back aways - we'd get the movies when they were cleared already, so the lawyers already felt confident that they could license the movies. Not the other way around, because it would take investment and manpower to go through them and riff them. It's somewhat obscure, because I think people think we window-shopped for movies, but it's more like fixing up a home - so you want to make sure you can BUY the home first, before you spend a lot of time and money fixing it up.

On which robot will be the death of him. 

When asked which of his robot friends would be the first to break Asimov's Laws of Robotics, Hodgson had a very clear answer.

I completely expect I'll be killed by Crow. Tom couldn't do much, he could just pinch you.

On his favorite episodes, and watching the show after he left. 

Hodgson was asked which MST3K episodes he prefers, and also whether he continued to watch the show after Mike Nelson took over as host. Here's his two-part answer:

1) For Joel episodes, I like "I accuse my parents" and for Mike episodes, my favorite is "Final Sacrifice."

2) Yes, yes I did. But it took me a long time to come back and watch the show. I was really frustrated when I left and didn't really want to watch it.

On his favorite invention: 

When asked for his favorite of the many invention exchange sketches done on the show, Hodgson said:

Yes, I like the one from when we did surgery on Frank and it was a giant Operation game.

On movies he would never put on the show: 

When asked if there are movies he would never consider riffing, Hodgson spoke about the importance of obscurity and surprise on the show.

There are movies that people love and are very familiar with and I kinda feel like, you know - part of the allure of Mystery Science Theater is that you kinda don't know what movie you're getting? It's like going on a tour of a scary house in your neighborhood, you don't know what's in there.

On his favorite thing to sign for fans: 

When asked what he enjoys signing most, Hodgson went for a classic.

It's really nice when they hand me their original INFORMATION CLUB membership cards, that's always kind of amazing, because that means they've held onto it for over 20 years.

On that reboot: 

Hodgson was asked twice about his plans to reboot the series. The first time, he teased that something's afoot, but wouldn't say what.

We're working on it. I'll tell ya later.

The second time, he answered a question about whether old or new robots will be involved.

I think, for the reboot, obviously people would really want to see the original robots back. So I intend to do that. But hopefully we'll bring some new ones too.

On who he'd like to riff with and what film he'd most like to riff on. 

When asked to pick any historical figure to mock a movie with, as well as a movie he'd love to riff, Hodgson said:

I guess I would like to riff a movie with George Méliès, because he created fantasy film. And I guess - HAPPY FEET 2?

On why the show never riffed TV: 

When asked if he'd ever consider mocking something made for the small screen, Hodgson explained why the show never has before.

Yeah, we've talked about it over the years. And you know... my impressions is the thing that's nice about MST3K is that it gets refreshed with new characters and new situations. And the thing about TV is that it's the same characters. Obviously I would never say never about that, but that's my impression. It's just easier to refill with new movies rather than with a TV show that has the same characters.

On the hardest movie to riff: 

When asked which film was the hardest to mock on MST3K, Hodgson chose one of the most famously bad flicks the series ever encountered.

I can say the hardest one to riff on was MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE. I can't think of the easiest, but the hardest one was MANOS, for me.

On "bad on purpose" movies: 

When asked for his take on deliberately cheesy films like Sharknado, Hodgson had a very thoughtful response:

My opinion is they are kind of a big misunderstanding.

Movies like that are predicated on confusing a large percentage of the audience into thinking they were meant to be good, but somehow turned out misaligned, thereby driving discussion online and elsewhere.

But it's a common creative exercise to try to make something bad and I think there are a lot of good benefits to that.

On his favorite feature of the show: 

When asked if there was something he wanted fans to understand about himself or his creations, Hodgson opted to talk about a regular feature of the show's format, the Movie Sign, and how he used it.

And I guess I will say: one of my favorite features of the show is the concept of Movie Sign and I put that in there so we wouldn't have to figure out how to end sketches - the Movie Sign just comes in there and we have to run away. Movie Sign is one of my favorite features, and I put it there because it's impossible to write good endings for sketches, so Movie Sign comes in there and interrupts us so we never have to finish them.

On expectations when he goes to the movies: 

When asked if people expect him to make jokes while sitting an actual movie theater, Hodgson made it clear that you shouldn't expect that kind of thing from him.

I'm like everybody else: when I go to a movie, I'm hoping to be taken up into the movie just like everybody else. Riffing on movies is my job, and I go to movies to have fun.

On two other robot co-hosts: 

When asked to pick two other fictional robots he'd like to riff movies with, Hodgson chose a classic and a newcomer.

TARS from INTERSTELLAR, and Twiki from Buck Rogers? Twiki would be a good counterpoint.

The MST3K Turkey Day Marathon begins at Noon Eastern on Thanksgiving Day. To watch, visit MST3KTurkeyDay.com.

(Via Reddit)

Image of the Day: Rare Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher set shot @ Blastr

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher look calm and cozy in their designer crew parkas on the Norway set of The Empire Strikes Back circa March of 1979.  This is a cute candid of the Star Wars pair holding hands, revealing their genuine friendship in a moment of levity during a difficult winter shoot on the Battle of Hoth.  Now somebody tell us where we can get our gloves on one of those crew jackets!

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CBS's Supergirl may be part of the Arrow/Flash universe @ Blastr

<div id="file-167291" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/SupergirlFlash_1.jpg?itok=svZWPQPm" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Even though that upcoming <em>Supergirl</em> TV series will be on a different network than <em>Arrow</em> and <em>The Flash</em>, it looks like their worlds may be about to collide.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><em>KSiteTV</em> has stumbled upon a very interesting tidbit in the latest issue of <em>Entertainment Weely</em> that seems to indicate that even though <em>Supergirl</em>&nbsp;will be on CBS -- and <em>Arrow</em> and <em>The Flash</em> are both on The CW -- we can’t rule out some epic crossovers since the three DC comics superhero series may very well inhabit the same TV universe.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Supergirl</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> (which was actually passed over by The CW) is currently being developed by Greg Berlanti, who is also a producer on both </span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Arrow</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> and </span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">The Flash</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><p class="MsoNormal">Here’s said tidbit:<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">“Later in the afternoon at his other office on the Warner Bros. lot, Berlanti meets with fellow producer Ali Adler and Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood to go over looks for their upcoming revamp of Supergirl. The show will follow 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, and with a twist that that could melt fanboy brains, Berlanti says it's possible this Supergirl could enter the worlds of Arrow and The Flash.”<o:p></o:p></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">There you have it. That should make the geeks in all of us very, <em>very</em> happy.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">What do you guys think? Are you excited about the possible crossovers between CBS’ <em>Supergirl</em> and The CW’s <em>Arrow</em> and <em>The Flash</em>?</p><p class="MsoNormal">(Entertainment Weekly via <a href="http://www.ksitetv.com/supergirl/supergirl-could-possibly-exist-in-the-same-world-as-arrow-flash/48575">KSiteTV</a> via <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=111617">Comic Book Movie</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>

U.S. Navy deploys an operational battlefield laser weapon for the first time @ Blastr

In another step closer to the full-tilt laser naval battles we've often fought in our geeky brains, the U.S. military has deployed a light-amplification weapon on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf.  

Earlier this summer, we told you of the Navy's plans to equip one of their ships with a new Laser Weapon System, AKA LaWS.   Officials have now announced the successful implementation of those plans, and we are now laser-capable!  You may fire when ready.

The prototype for its High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon was installed as part of the Navy's regular training exercises and will be used to shoot down enemy drones and melt disable small attack boats used by pirates and terrorists.  This is the first laser weapon sent into the field for real-world evaluation and represents the initial stages of an eventual larger-scale deployment across the entire surface fleet.  The USS Ponce, a 43-year-old armed transport ship, has been patroling the Gulf since late August armed with this 30-kilowatt-class solid-state laser system, and tests will continue for the next 12 months.  

Have a look at the Navy's new $40 million laser toy and tell us if it makes you feel safer when you sleep at night.

(Via io9)

Star Wars Deleted Scenes Reveal The Utter Disaster That Could Have Been @ io9

Star Wars Deleted Scenes Reveal The Utter Disaster That Could Have Been

The documentary Star Wars: Deleted Magic shows a version of Star Wars: A New Hope that never made it to theaters, one filled with deleted scenes. And watching the entire thing made me realize one of the more miraculous things about A New Hope is that we got such a wonderful movie instead of a mediocre one.

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SpaceX reveals its Star Wars-inspired X-Wing rocket @ Blastr

Tony Stark Elon Musk, a billionaire technologist who is the CEO of SpaceX, has revealed the latest upgrades done to his fleet of commercial space rockets ... and they were inspired by none other than that famous Star Wars Rebel Alliance ship, the X-Wing.

In a Twitter post, Musk unveiled a new steering technology for SpaceX’s reusable rocket engines, which makes use of four small fins designed to control the Falcon 9 rockets’ descent.

Have a look:

Here's a closer look at an X-Wing:

It's not an exact match, to say the least, but the concept is there. Musk said the fins are “stowed on ascent and then deploy on re-entry for 'X-wing' style control. Each fin moves independently for pitch/yaw/roll.”

According to Radio Times, it's similar to how the Rebel Alliance "used the movable ‘S-Foils’ of their X-Wings: locking them together for hyperspace flight before splitting apart to aid manoeuvrability during dogfights."

While the fictional X-Wings are designed for deep space, the real-life Falcon 9 fins are designed to use air resistance in the Earth’s atmosphere in order to control direction.

Have a look at some awesome footage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 fins being tested this summer:

Also, THIS!

What do you guys think of SpaceX’s X-Wing-inspired fin designs?

(via Radio Times)

Why Natalie Dormer thinks HBO should ramp up male nudity on Game of Thrones @ Blastr

<div id="file-167196" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/NatalieDormerMargaery2.jpg?itok=3_S_N4wV" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">As Margaery Tyrell on <em>Game of Thrones</em>&nbsp;-- and you can say the same thing about her role as the <em>very</em> seductive Anne Boleyn on <em>The Tudors</em> -- Natalie Dormer uses seduction to pretty much get what she wants.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">“I love those women that I play that have sexual power,” she said in a recent interview with The Daily Beast. “But I’m trying to step away from it for me, and for my artistic growth. It’s also more who I am. I’m not that woman.”<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The actress also discussed all things hair and wigs (she sports one on the hit HBO fantasy series -- which definitely comes in handy since she had to shave half her head for her role as Cressida on <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1</em>), the inspiration for her portrayal of Margaery, the season-four scene she asked Dan Weiss and David Benioff to change, and the ever-present question of equal-opportunity nudity on the show.</p><p class="MsoNormal">When Dormer, who says in the interview, "I'm a feminist in the true sense of the word. Its about equality," was asked about HBO’s “boobs mandate” -- their words, not ours, but that pretty much sums it up -- and the fact that a lot of viewers would like more, erm, you know, male nudity (just to be polite about it), here’s what she said:<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">Well, during the first season Alfie, Richard, and several of the men got naked—although not all the way. I suppose it’s just the rules of broadcast television, isn’t it? I think Thrones has been better than your average show with the equality, but they could definitely ramp it up! Absolutely.<o:p></o:p></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">Do you agree with Natalie Dormer? Would you like to see <em>Game of Thrones</em> finally ramp up the quota on male nudity for the upcoming seasons? Do you believe HBO will ever get the memo?</p><p class="MsoNormal">(via <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/21/natalie-dormer-talks-hunger-games-feminism-and-why-game-of-thrones-needs-more-dick.html">The Daily Beast</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>

New Clues Point To The Origin Of Poland's Mysterious 'Vampires' @ io9

New Clues Point To The Origin Of Poland's Mysterious 'Vampires'

Unconventional burial practices to prevent vampires from rising up from the grave were common in post-medieval Poland, but historians aren't entirely sure why certain people were targeted more than others. A new study is the first to perform a chemical analysis of the remains to find out.

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How to Talk About Vaccines With Relatives Who Might Be Anti-Vaxxers? @ io9

I just read this post over on Gizmodo and it got me thinking about talking to some of my quasi-anti-vaxxer relatives tomorrow. Do any of you O-Decker's have advice or past experience to share re: how to explain the importance of vaccines to your relatives?

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Ugh, Salem, Why Are You Making Me Watch A Boy Lick His Mother's Cheek? @ io9

Welp, the trailer for the second season of Salem has arrived and it looks like the witchy show will continue to be wildly inappropriate—and not in a fun way. This show is seriously a pile of "Why the hell am I watching this?"

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In Blood Freak, Marijuana And Mutant Turkeys Lead To Awesome Carnage @ io9

In Blood Freak, Marijuana And Mutant Turkeys Lead To Awesome Carnage

Forget Charlie Brown — one movie ought to be your family's Thanksgiving tradition. We're referring, of course, to Blood Freak, the 1972 horror movie about smoking too much weed and waking up with a turkey head.

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​The Harrison Wells Mystery Deepens In A Charged Episode Of The Flash @ io9

​The Harrison Wells Mystery Deepens In A Charged Episode Of The Flash

Notice I swapped my usual running metaphor headline for an electricity pun? This isn't because this week's episode featured an Electro-esque freak o' the week. No, I'm feeling jovial because after last week's stinker, The Flash is back on track, courtesy of one Mr. Harrison Wells.

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This Starts As A Cute Toy Soldier Movie—Then Reveals The Terrors Of War @ io9

In order to cope with the battle around him, the soldier in this short film imagines a land where toy soldiers kill only balloons, shoot daisies from their rifles, and receive chocolate coin medals. But even in his imagination, he can't escape the horrifying truth about war and what it costs the people who fight.

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Why the U.S. Is One of the Cruelest Places in the World for Lab Animals @ io9

Why the U.S. Is One of the Cruelest Places in the World for Lab Animals

The United States prides itself on being a country of animal lovers. But when it comes to the ethical treatment of lab animals, few countries perform worse. Here's how the U.S. has fallen out of step with the rest of the world, and why many of its practices are considered unscientific and inhumane.

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A Terrible Rumor About Fracking Wrecks Scientific Research @ io9

A Terrible Rumor About Fracking Wrecks Scientific Research

Researchers recently published a study about how to trace fracking fluid. The idea was to figure out how to identify potential groundwater contamination. And then the media spin cycle created a giant mess.

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A Simple Problem That Shows Just Why We Need Posted Calorie Counts @ io9

A Simple Problem That Shows Just Why We Need Posted Calorie Counts

Quick, how many calories would you say are in an order of cheese fries with a side of accompanying ranch dressing? What about a burger and plain fries? Keep those numbers in your head for a minute, you'll need them to solve this problem.

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Game Of Thrones Season 5 Teaser Shows Arya Stark Falling Into Darkness @ io9

Here is a teeny, tiny look at the new season of Game of Thrones — and HBO wants you to know they are all about Arya Stark in the new year.

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The observable universe may contain 100-billion galaxies, but only a fraction of these may be suitab @ io9

The observable universe may contain 100-billion galaxies, but only a fraction of these may be suitable for life. In a paper currently in press at Physical Review Letters, astrophysicists estimate only 10% of galaxies to be safe from gamma ray bursts "that would regularly wipe out life forms more elaborate than microbes."

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The Flash Review: “Power Outage” @ Bureau 42

Time turns against the Wests when Barry loses his power—and the Clock King rolls into town.

Title: “Power Outage”

Directed by Larry Shaw
Written by Grainne Godfree and Alison Shapker

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Robert Knepper as William Tocker / Clock King
Michael Reventar as Farooq Gibran / Blackout
Greg Finley as Tony Woodward / Girder
Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh

Full cast and crew information may be found at the imdb

Premise

The latest supervillain drains Barry of his power, just when the Clock King makes an untimely grab for hostages—including Iris and Joe West.

High Points

The episode begins with one of those amusing stock situation where a superhero uses his power in everyday life—and against a hopelessly overpowered street criminal. Then Barry loses his power, and everyone must cope with supervillainous threats using only their ordinary resources. What might have been an entertaining, throwaway scene actually serves a purpose.

Low Point

We expect some stilted dialogue: this is weekly television and the characters have to discuss matters that are a little out of the range of normal conversation. But a potentially effective chess metaphor really didn’t play this week.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6 The effects are the show’s usual mix of strong visuals and slightly cartoony CGI; the confrontation between Girder and Blackout carries an interesting Frankenstein meets the Wolfman vibe.

Acting: 5/6

Story: 5/6

The story arc concerning Barry’s future feels better-integrated this week. The finale felt a little like a deus ex machine.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6 This episode gave the multiple villains some credible personality and sympathetic qualities.

In total, “Power Outage” receives 33/42

10 Monarchs Whose Madness Changed History @ io9

10 Monarchs Whose Madness Changed History

In fiction, kings and queens who succumb to madness are a great time. In reality, not so much. It's no fun having huge chunks of the world controlled by someone who is irrational and unstable. Here are ten kings and queens whose craziness changed the course of world events.

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Optimus Prime is even blockier than usual made out of Lego @ io9

Optimus Prime is even blockier than usual made out of Lego

Lego enthusiast Angus MacLane might be more known for his lovely Cube Dude creations, but when he's not building those blocky designs, he's still making awesome Lego goodness, like this super-deformed Optimus Prime.

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Dogs And Humans Process Speech In Remarkably Similar Ways @ io9

Dogs And Humans Process Speech In Remarkably Similar Ways

In what will come as a surprise to virtually nobody, a new brain study shows that dogs don't just respond to our words, they also respond to how we say them. It's a finding that suggests dogs evolved their keen listening skills as a result of domestication.

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Del Toro reveals returning characters, time jump for Pacific Rim sequel @ Blastr

Hot on the heels of confirmation that Pacific Rim 2 is officially in development, Guillermo del Toro has revealed a few details about the potential storyline and characters we’ll see in the next go-round. Del Toro is working on the script with original writer Travis Beacham and Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand).

Not surprisingly, del Toro wants to dig deeper into the world-building and pick up a few years after the events of Pacific Rim to see how things have changed once the Kaiju threat was (seemingly) eliminated at the end of the first film. What happens to all those Jeagers, the tech, world governments? Good question.

Del Toro also revealed that fan-favorite characters Gottlieb (Burn Gorman, Torchwood) and Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) would be back. The duo was arguably one of the most entertaining things about the first film (assuming GIANT ROBOTS FIGHTING GIANT MONSTERS wasn't enough entertainment for you), and we’re psyched to hear he’ll be bringing them back. 

Check out what he told Collider about the project below:

“It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat.  It’s quite a jump.

It’s quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really – I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn's] in Crimson Peak for that reason, because I love working with him.  You’re gonna get a lot of that, but the Kaijus are very different and you’re gonna see a very different type of the robots I think.  It’s gonna be quite a different adventure.”

Pacific Rim 2 is set to open on April 7, 2017. Do you like where del Toro wants to take things?

(Via Collider)

How to Explain Net Neutrality to Your Relatives: A Thanksgiving Guide @ io9

How to Explain Net Neutrality to Your Relatives: A Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means turkey, mashed potatoes, and getting peppered with questions about tech-related news stories because hey, you read a bunch of blogs and you even know what a yik-yak is! It's only a matter of time before they ask you "So what's up with that thing on the internets?"

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That Time NASA Asked Schoolchildren To Hunt For Moon Rocks In Iowa @ io9

That Time NASA Asked Schoolchildren To Hunt For Moon Rocks In Iowa

In 1964, NASA tried to obtain lunar rocks without actually going to the Moon. The initiative, called Project Moon Harvest, enlisted the aid of farmers and schoolkids to dig around western Iowa in search of possible lunar meteorites.

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Why We'll Never Get A Justice League/ Avengers Movie @ io9

Why We'll Never Get A Justice League/ Avengers Movie

Greetings, my zealots of zip codes! Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and we denizens of the post-apocalypse still sit around a big meal and give thanks. For instance, I'm particularly grateful I'm no longer imprisoned by those horrible sentient apes. I'm also thankful roast ape tastes a bit like pork. Letter time!

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Fiction: A Post-Apocalyptic Thanksgiving @ Omni Reboot

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Shopping for Thanksgiving in a post-apocalyptic grocery store is more horrifying than appetizing.

"Thanksgiving" is a post-apocalyptic tale by award winning author Joyce Carol Oates, and originally published in OMNI Magazine in 1993. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays, novellas, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her short story "Thanksgiving" seems to be a mundane tale that quickly slips into a surreal, and somewhat terrifying, experience. An anxious father and daughter desperately shop for the holidays in a grocery store that is suffering a mysterious disaster. They trudge through filthy aisles and moldy food trotted on by cockroaches. The short story may inspire readers to be thankful their world is not as mad as the one depicted in "Thanksgiving."
OMNI 1990'sFather spoke quietly. "We'll do the shopping for your mother, the turkey and all. You know she isn't feeling well." At once I asked, "what's wrong with her?" I thought I knew. Probably. It had been three days now. But the question was what any father would have expected of any daughter of thirteen. My voice too was a thirteen-year-old's. A scrawny sort of voice, drawling, skeptical.
Father seemed not to hear. Hitched up his trousers, rattled the keys to the pickup [NSFW] as a man does who likes the feel of keys, the noisy rattle. "We'll just do it. We'll surprise her. Then it will be done." He counted on his fingers, smiling. "Thanksgiving is on Thursday, day after tomorrow. We'll surprise her so she can get started early." Yet there was a vagueness in his pebble-colored eyes that moved upon me scarcely seeing me; as if, standing before him, a long-legged skinny girl all elbows and knees and pimples gritty as sand scattered across her forehead, I was no more to him than the horizon of scrub pine a short distance away or the weather-worn fake-beige-brick asphalt siding on our house.
Father nodded, grim and pleased. "Yes. She'll see."
With a sigh he climbed up into the truck on the driver's side, and I climbed up into the truck on the passenger's side. It was just getting dark when he turned on the ignition. You needed to make a quick escape from our place, before the dogs rushed out yammering to be taken along-and sure enough, hearing us slam the truck doors, there came running Foxy, Tiki, Buck, hounds with some terrier blood in them, barking and whining after us. Foxy was my favorite, the one who loved me best, hardly more than a year old but long-bodied and showing her ribs, big wet staring eyes like I'd broken her heart going away without her, but what the hell, you have to go to school without the damn dogs and sometimes to church and sure enough you want to go to town without people smiling at you behind your back, figuring you as a country hick with dogs trailing after. "Go on back!" I yelled at the dogs, but they only yapped and fussed louder, running right alongside the pickup as Father took it out the drive tossing up gravel in our wake. What a racket! I hoped Mother would not hear.
I was feeling guilty, seeing Foxy left behind, so I poked Father, and asked, "Why don't we take them along, in the back?" and Father said, in a voice like he was talking to some fool, "We're going grocery shopping for your mother, where's your sense?"
Now we were out on the road, and Father had the gas pedal pressed down flat. The fenders of the old truck rattled. That weird high vibration started in the dashboard like a cricket none of us could ever find to stop it...
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Hybrids Gets Revenge on Alien Invaders

If there is anything to be thankful for this season it is to remember this universe is not one suffering an apocalypse. Grocery store shelves are lined with food, amazing advances are made every day, and the world continues to function as normal. Unlike Thanksgiving, where something is terribly awry as a father and daughter scavenge for food through a cockroach-infested grocercy store. In Hybrids the world suffers an alien infestation, and an ex-special forces soldier loses her daughter in an alien attack. Seeking revenge, she leads a team on a mission deep into alien territory. For now the Earth remains lucky. Signals into space go unanswered. Perhaps, it is a good sign, as humanity is sure to continue having a peaceful holiday season, for now.

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Into The Woods Clip Shows Meryl Streep's Witchy Insanity @ io9

The lynchpin for the Into The Woods musical is the Witch. Thankfully, Disney cast legendary actress Meryl Streep in the role, but it's hard to imagine the lovely Street as this strange, bedraggled character. Well, hard until now. Watch!

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Tantalizing new teaser for Game of Thrones S5 promises a deep darkness @ Blastr

The folks at HBO are known to play the long game, and they’re kicking off the marketing campaign for Game of Thrones’s fifth season a full five months early.

The network has debuted a tantalizingly creepy little teaser clip, with some stark visuals and characters that look to set up the direction of the new season. The next season promises to be a game-changer for the hit fantasy series, considering they’ve caught up with George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series that inspired the show in several story arcs.

We won’t delve into exactly what the clip shows, for fear of potential spoilers, but those who have read the books will likely spot some hints and visual cues. Along with the teaser, the studio has also launched a new viral website at ThreeEyedRaven.com that promises to divvy out hints and intel for fans. Well played, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Well played.

Check out the clip below and let us know what you think:

No release date has been set, but the fifth season of Game of Thrones will likely arrive on HBO in March or April.

(Via Collider)

First full trailer for Flash vs. Arrow is just as awesome as you'd expect it to be @ Blastr

The first full trailer for the epic crossover between The CW’s Arrow and Flash series has finally arrived, and it looks as cool as we hoped it would. Heck, maybe even a little bit cooler.

The crossover airs Dec. 2-3, spanning two nights and both series, and finds Arrow (Stephen Amell) pitted against the Flash (Grant Gustin) after Barry Allen is affected by a metahuman’s abilities. It promises to be an ambitious effort, with a ton of easter eggs and geek-baiting in the best possible way.

The trailer reveals a bit more about what’s going on in the episode, including some absolutely hilarious training scenes between the two (“You shot me!?”). We also get to see more of the showdown between The CW’s mightiest heroes, and how Arrow fits in while working Central City (hint: not well).

It might be wits and a bow vs. super-speed, but never bet against Oliver Queen. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

(Via IGN)

Comic legend Chris Claremont on the legacy, and future, of the X-Men franchise @ Blastr

Outside of stalwarts Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, comic writer Chris Claremont has arguably had the biggest impact on Marvel’s X-Men in the history of the franchise. So, what does he make of the comic’s film counterparts?

Claremont wrote the acclaimed and best-selling Uncanny X-Men run for almost 20 years, and chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about the franchise’s transition to film and why he thinks it has been one of the most enduring franchises in box-office history.

Turns out Claremont played a key role in getting Fox to greenlight the first X-Men movie by going to bat for the concept and selling it as a bankable idea. He also opens up about what, exactly, makes the X-Men so relatable and where he wants it to go next. From pay cable to more movies, Claremont thinks there’s still a ton of untapped potential.

Check out some excerpts below: 

“Back in ‘98, ’99, when I was VP editorial director at Marvel, I had to write a memo to Fox explaining how to make the X-Men relevant to the audience as a film-story concept. The project was just this side of turnaround, and apparently my memo tipped the scales in its favor. Back then, that felt totally great — and the success of the film illustrated the potential a properly done comic book project could have on the movie market…

We have all these superb actors, playing all these great characters — as both writer and audience, I just want to find ways to bring them to cinematic life as richly as they deserve and, in the process, leave the audience hungry for more. [It is] a franchise with the depth of character and concept that make it valid as film concepts or TV concepts, as ongoing series or limited series, on network or perhaps cable…

You don’t have to play to the traditional cliché of folks in skintight suits. You can take the out-of-this-world element of the concept and present it in terms that make the conflicts and characters meaningful on personal levels to the mainstream viewing audience. Where it comes to the X-Men family, as far as I’m concerned, the sky isn’t the limit; it’s just the first leg of a wonderful adventure.”

Along with the first trilogy of X-Men films, the First Class trilogy is set to wind down in a few years with Apocalypse. You also have the Wolverine spinoffs, and the upcoming Gambit standalone with Channing Tatum. That’s a boatload of movies and stories, but it still feels like they’ve only scratched the surface of where the X-Men could go.

Do you agree with Claremont’s take? Where would you like to see the X-Men go next?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

The Magical Girls Of This Webcomic Will Battle Real-Life College Issues @ io9

The Magical Girls Of This Webcomic Will Battle Real-Life College Issues

While it's set firmly in the magical girl genre, Mildred Louis' webcomic Agents of the Realm is more than your typical manga-inspired comic. The five heroines who meet in college won't just have to battle monsters; they'll also have to deal with the real—and sometimes violent—aspects of mundane life.

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Victor Von Doom goes toe-to-toe with Darth Vader in this amazing Art @ io9

Victor Von Doom goes toe-to-toe with Darth Vader in this amazing Art

The Dark Lord of the Sith might have gone up against Batman recently, and that's all well and good - but what would happen if he brawled with everyone's favourite All-Caps leader of Latveria? Comic artist icon Alex Ross imagined just that in this awesome piece of work.

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The Space Station Now Has Manufacturing Capability @ io9

The Space Station Now Has Manufacturing Capability

The 3D printer on the International Space Station is up and running! The first object manufactured on the station instead of delivered to it is a faceplate for the extruder's casing. This opens up not just in-orbit manufacturing, but another self-repairing machine.

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Guillermo del Toro's long-awaited Justice League Dark script is finally complete @ Blastr

Though Warner Bros. has announced a boatload of new DC releases over the next decade, there’s one project noticeably absent from the list. But Guillermo del Toro is still hard at work on his dark little corner of the comic-book movie-verse.

Forbes reports that the script for del Toro’s (Pacific Rim, Hellboy) long-gestating Justice League Dark/Dark Universe project is complete and will be perused by the studio bigwigs over the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s awesome news, and if the studio actually digs del Toro’s take on the franchise, it could take a very big step toward a potential green light.

If there’s anyone well suited to bring the dark corner of DC’s universe to box-office stardom, it’s del Toro. He cut his teeth with the Hellboy movies and is well versed in the supernatural side of the comic canon. The film is said to focus on DC characters Constantine, Deadman, the Spectre and Swamp Thing as they battle the supernatural rogues not typically associated with A-listers Superman and Batman.

One outside factor to consider: NBC is already piloting the concept to the masses with its Constantine series, which is currently sitting on the bubble with so-so ratings and a second season in question. The show is great, and the ratings are actually showing an uptick (fingers crossed!), but it’s having a bit of trouble finding an audience.

If Constantine, arguably the biggest name on the Justice League Dark roster, can’t carry a TV series, it makes it a harder bet for Warner Bros. to throw down $100+ million for a film that’s a bit less bankable than something like the Justice League. Of course, on the flip side, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has shown that audiences will respond to something a bit on the weird side if it’s well made — and with del Toro at the helm, you’d think those odds are solid.

Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of buzz comes out of the script. Do you think this one will ever actually make it out of development?

(Via Forbes)

Watch As A Hacker Frees This Telepresence Robot From Its Confinement @ io9

Watch As A Hacker Frees This Telepresence Robot From Its Confinement

A robotics company recently made one of its telepresence units accessible over the Internet for a public demonstration. But to keep it from going astray, the device was confined to an office — an unacceptable constraint that one crafty user interpreted as a challenge.

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​What's Your Most Distinctive Local Holiday Dish? @ io9

​What's Your Most Distinctive Local Holiday Dish?

Whether the dish is local to your region, your town, or just to your very own dining room table, we want to hear about it.

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The Best Black Friday App Deals @ io9

The Best Black Friday App Deals

We'll update this list throughout the Thanksgiving weekend as we find new deals. Let us know in the comments if you spot anything that we missed.

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The Day After The Comet Landing, Everyone Was Listening To Aerosmith @ io9

The Day After The Comet Landing, Everyone Was Listening To Aerosmith

When the Philae lander touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it unleashed a series of Internet memes— most of which were references to the film Armageddon. And within 24 hours, the Aerosmith song "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" from the movie soundtrack was spiking on Spotify.

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Blade Runner's Police Spinner gets an Adorable makeover @ io9

Blade Runner's Police Spinner gets an Adorable makeover

Blade Runner might not seem like the first movie that you think of kidsy, cute merchandising opportunities, but this Police Spinner is just goddamn loveable. It's even got a 'Pull Back and Go!' feature!

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Do We Already Know What the Next Star Wars Animated Series Will Be? @ io9

Do We Already Know What the Next Star Wars Animated Series Will Be?

Emily Blunt responds to being fan-cast as Captain Marvel. Guillermo del Toro explains how Pacific Rim 2 will have more science in it. Learn about the supporting cast of Orphan Black season three. Plus tons of details about Reverse Flash. Spoilers now!

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Two men have been arrested for uploading an copy of Expendables 3 to the Internet weeks before it wa @ io9

Two men have been arrested for uploading an copy of Expendables 3 to the Internet weeks before it was released. Rather than the usual civil suit and monetary penalties, London detectives in the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit arrested the men suspected of illegally getting the film from a cloud-based storage system. [Deadline]

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The El Nino That Was So Severe, It Stunted the Growth of Children @ io9

The El Nino That Was So Severe, It Stunted the Growth of Children

In 1997-1998, there was a particularly severe El Niño. Seventeen years later, researches have produced evidence that the areas in Peru most affected by the weather event also ended up with shorter children.

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