The NYPD Wants Disney To Do Something About Times Square Costumers @ io9

Costumers plying tourists for money isn’t anything new in Times Square: stop by and you’ll likely see a variety of characters to take a picture with, for a small fee. Now, the NYPD is asking Disney to help crack down.

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Tech Noir Is Your Fantastic '80s Mashup Music Video Of The Day @ io9

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Greatest Fantasy Film Tournament: Week 27, Round 2 @ Bureau 42

The next round of voting takes place here. There were three statistical upsets last week, as marked in bold blue text in these brackets. Since two of those are going head to head, they have the potential to throw things off of expectations for some time to come.

Guardians of Infinity Features All Of The Galaxy's Guardians @ io9

Marvel Comics is launching a new series featuring the members of Guardians of the Galaxy: all of them. The galactic team-up will feature characters from the original lineup last seen in Guardians 3000, all the way up to the modern makeup.

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Weekly Digital Disk Picks – September 1, 2015 @ Bureau 42

It must be September: Halloween stuff is coming out.

20 Halloween Stories – Scholastic Storybook Treasures: The Classic Collection
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes Where the Wild Things Are, Creepy Carrots, Dinosaur Bones, The Day of the Dead, Dem Bones, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman, A Very Brave Witch, Space Case, Diary of a Spider, Los Gatos Black on Halloween, By the Light of the Halloween Moon, A Dark, Dark Tale, What’s Under My Bed, Strega Nona, The Three Robbers, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, The Trip, Georgie, and The Wizard.
7 Minutes
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
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8 Action Movie Collection
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Comments Includes Ruslan aka Driven to Kill, Road of No Return, Silver Hawk, Taken in Broad Daylight, Crosshairs, Formosa Betrayed, Tunnel Vision, and Burning Daylight.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes … Meet Frankenstein, … Meet the Invisible Man, … Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and … Meet the Mummy.
Argevollen Collection 1
Amazon
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  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Mecha anime series, with part of the setup being that the mecha are, in part, mentally controlled.
Army of Frankensteins
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Backcountry
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Black Jesus: Season 1
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Boulevard
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Castle: Season 7
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Chicago Fire: Season Three
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Chicago P.D.: Season Two
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Christopher Lee Triple Feature
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes I, Monster 3D (with the old fashioned glasses for the 3D effect), Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace, and Secret of the Red Orchid.
Curious George: Season Eight
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Dark Star: Giger’s World
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
The Face of an Angel
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen: Season 12
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
The Harvest
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Hawaii Five-O: Season Five
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Hopalong Cassidy: The Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
I’ll See You In My Dreams
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Johnny Test: Seasons 1-5
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
K-On: Season 1
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Lawless Kingdom
Amazon
  • Digital: US
Comments Sequel to the earlier Wuxia film “The Four”
The League: Season Six
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Mad Max: Fury Road
Amazon
  • 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Madam Secretary: Season 1
Amazon
  • DVD/Digital: US, CAN
The Monster Collection – 16 Movies
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes Snowbeast, Creature from the Haunted Sea, Beast from Haunted Cave, The Beast of Yucca Flats, The Mad Monster, The Giant Gila Monster, King of the Zombies, The Monster Maker, Lady Frankenstein, Sisters of Death, Monstrosity, Bride of the Gorilla, She Demons, Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Sound of Horror, and Moon of the Wolf.
My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 1
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes Catalina Caper, The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust, and The Skydivers.
Nashville: Season Three
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
New Girl: Complete Season Four
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
One Piece Season Seven, Voyage 2
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
The Originals: Season 2
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Peter Pan – Starring Mary Martin
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Cult classic martial arts film based on an absurdly over the top manga.
Robot Carnival
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments A long out-of-print anime anthology film, which has finally been licensed rescued by Discotek Media.
Scorpion: Season 1
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD/Digital: US, CAN
Sketchbook Full Color’s
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Slice of life anime about a high school art club.
Star Wars: Rebels: Complete Season One
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN
The Surface
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Trejo Trio: Danny Trejo Triple Feature
Amazon
  • DVD: US, CAN
Comments Includes 513 Degrees, Valley of Angels, and Babysitters Beware.
Vampire Diaries: Season 6
Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/Digital: US, CAN
  • DVD: US, CAN

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is well worth the asking price of the monster collection, even if the others are weak at best.” Alex says, “Mad Max: Fury Road is my definite pick for this week – though I’ve also already pre-ordered Robot Carnival.”

Sunday's Best Deals: GoPro Silver, Garment Steamer, DualShock Charger, and More @ io9

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Augmented Biology: New Mode For Healthcare And Human Enhancement @ Omni Reboot

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Egor Orlov, Varvara Nazarova, and Thomas Clark present Augmented Biology: New Mode For Healthcare And Human Enhancement.

Written By

Egor Orlov, Varvara Nazarova, and Thomas Clark

Egor Orlov is a speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He specializes on the conceptual modeling of the future cities. Varvara Nazarova is an architect and urban planner. Thomas Clark is a linguist.

Egor Orlov, Varvara Nazarova and Thomas Clark created Augmented Biology: New Mode For Healthcare And Human Enhancement as part of their student work at the Strelka Institute of Media Architecture and Design. Their study explores the future of biology and healthcare in Russia and throughout the world. "Augmented Biology" describes the group of applied sciences taking humanity into a brave new era of life design. The design of life is humanity’s next great mode of invention and transformation. These new technologies are revolutionising healthcare in particular. We show how Russia’s dysfunctional health provision will cede to health consumerism on the tide of "Augmented Biology."

Global Trend

As computational biology races forward, scientists are tweaking cell-level processes with ever greater precision. Meanwhile, we are manipulating life on the scale of the human body through innovations such as prosthetic hands capable of tying shoe laces and biologically-printed living tissue. "Augmented Biology" (AB) describes the group of applied sciences taking humanity into a brave new era of life design.
As chronic disease heaps pressure on healthcare systems worldwide, AB's biggest influence is in the life sciences: targeted (customized) biologic drugs are forecasted to reach 50 percent of pharmaceuticals by 2020 due to their ability to produce better outcomes and reduce medicinal waste; the young market for wearable devices is set to reach $12 billion within five years, potentially aiding early diagnosis; prosthesis is taking giant steps. Thus we are headed, on the one hand, for a healthcare of data science, customization, and early diagnosis, and on the other for a society where stigmatisation of disability is replaced by inclusion and celebration of the enhanced body.

Russia

Russia’s healthcare system is unprepared for chronic disease, boasting the world’s worst standardized mortality rate for cardiovascular diseases. Accessibility to state healthcare is dismal and deteriorating as the government cuts staff and budgets (c. 23 percent for 2015-17) before addressing bad management. Queues and poor diagnosis result in distrust of doctors and an aversion to visiting clinics (first stop is the pharmacy). “It'll pass!” is a favorite reaction to falling ill.
What is Russia’s trajectory? As the state system creaks, private health spending swells (24 percent in 1995; 40 percent in 2011). 72 percent of medicines are now bought by individuals (25-40 percent in Europe). At the same time, those who can neither pay nor access state help have to take an active approach to health. We predict a shift from health provision to health consumerism. Being more value-sensitive, the new health decision-makers (individuals, private health insurers) will embrace more cost-effective AB. Shopping malls, important social spaces in Russia, especially in -30*, will house the new national priority: health. A centralized format of healthcare distribution will suit the state’s desire to marshal the health internet and private sector; it will also be logistically expedient in Russia for many sides of the AB industry to work under one roof, including Russia’s world-class bioinformatics segment.
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Settlement

Ekaterinburg. 2065. Health retail centers are the cornerstone of Russia’s new medical system. Here we see the city flagship, Babylon Mall, jam packed with consumer health products created through "life design." In the foreground is Varvara, an old lady living with cancer. This is now a normal situation: thanks to her personalized treatment plan, medicines, and medical foods, the condition barely impacts her life. Varvara has a health tracking tattoo on her arm. She doesn’t have to pay it any attention, since it glows when pre-emptive or therapeutic actions are advisable. Her personalized shopping list is also compiled by the tracker, and in Gastronom at the mall she buys the special medical vegetables suggested, authorizing purchases with a genome scanner at check out. A vast data center makes all of this possible. It is located in the Babylon Mall itself and is run by a complex public-private partnership. The mall is an important social space, too: Varvara’s prosthetic leg is state of the art – used in the Enhanced Games 2064 opening; she loves to visit Babylon to show it off.

AUGMENTED BIOLOGY: NEW MODE FOR HEALTHCARE AND HUMAN ENHANCEMENT

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The Remains Of A Supernova Is Just Dust And Light @ io9

When the supernova burned itself out, all that was left was fragments of dust and light. This fantastic image comes from Don Goldman, and it’s a beautiful one.

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Open Channel: What's The Best Show To Binge On? @ io9

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Mad Max: Fury Road, Retold Through Hieroglyphs Is Perfect @ io9

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A Double Black Hole Powers a Brilliant Galactic Star Factory @ io9

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Summer Weekend Review: “Equinox” (1967, 1970) @ Bureau 42

In case you haven’t heard, September 23, 2015 is the latest date when a subset of religious fundamentalists, conspiracy theorists, and Youtube buffoons insist absolutely, positively, the world will end! You know, just like it did in December 2012 and January 2000 and all those other prophetic dates.

Spoiler: there’s no reason to believe the world will end that day. However, September 23 will mark the autumnal equinox, and so, for this Summer Weekend Review, we’re discussing you Equinox. Made by college students for $6500.00 in 1967, it became a cult hit, and its creators were given time and money to film new sequences, stretching the movie to feature-length and gaining it wider distribution. Rereleased in 1970, the film influenced such people as George Lucas, Richard O’Brien, and Sam Raimi, received praise from Ray Harryhausen, and features cameos by Fritz Leiber and Forrest J. Ackerman.

Title: Equinox

Cast, Crew, and Other Info:

Directed by Jack Woods, Mark Thomas McGee, Dennis Murran
Written by Jack Woods, Mark Thomas McGee

Cast
Edward Connell as David Fielding
Barbara Hewitt as Susan Turner
Frank Bonner as Jim Hudson
Robin Christopher as Vicki
Jack Woods as Asmodeus
James Phillips as Reporter Sloan
Fritz Leiber as Dr. Arthur Waterman
Forrest J. Ackerman as Doctor on tape

Special Effects by David Allen, Jim Danforth, Dennis Muren, Ralph Rodine, David Stipes

Premise:

A group of young people seek a reclusive professor whose discovery of a Necronomiconesque tome unleashes demonic forces.

High Point:

The film exists as a fun if dated example of how to make an interesting fantasy film with very little money.

Low Points

David suddenly recalls who Asmodeus is in mythology, after hearing him drop his name multiple times, and encountering strange phenomena and threatening monsters? Did he know the name or not?

They recognize Jim as Asmodeus in disguise because he’s acting wooden and unnatural. You know, the way everyone has been acting the entire film.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6

Effects: 5/6 The special effects, while clearly special effects, are oddly engaging. People see Equinox largely for its fun visuals…

Acting: 3/6 …because they certainly don’t watch it for the acting. The leads deliver stilted dialogue rather woodenly. The obligatory creepy old guy makes some amends.

Production: 4/6 The film strangely recalls an old Star Trek episode.

Story: 4/6 The story exists as an excuse to display nifty, if campy, low-budget effects. The framing sequences, part of the extended version, have been constructed with some thought, and they provide an effective, uncertain ending.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Overall: 4/6 The filmmakers crafted an unusual film, with an underlying mythology that falls somewhere between late-60s occultism and Jack Chick tracts. Regardless, if you enjoy fantasy or horror, you should see Equinox.

In total, Equinox receives 28/42.

Go Dogfighting In An F-15 In This Crazy Video @ io9

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Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson board The Titan @ Sci-Fi Storm

Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson are set to star in The Titan, an elevated sci-fi feature produced by: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken’s 42, and Arash Amel. The film is set to start production January 18 in Europe with Lennart Ruff directing. Voltage Pictures will launch international sales on the film during the upcoming Toronto Film Festival with CAA handling domestic sales; Leon Clarance and Motion Picture Capital will be producing and fully financing. Sofia Boutella will also star.

Based on an original story by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and written by Max Hurwitz (Hell on Wheels), The Titan is a fresh take on the genre – set in a not too distant future, the story tracks the riveting journey of a military family who are relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking experiment of man’s genetic evolution into space.

Worthington just wrapped Lionsgate’s The Shack and can be seen next in Working Title’s Everest, which is opening the Venice Film Festival. He is set to shoot Hacksaw Ridge with Mel Gibson directing this fall before going on to do The Titan, followed by James Cameron’s Avatar sequels.

Ruth Wilson is a Golden Globe winner for best actress in a TV drama for her role in The Affair, which will return to screens in the fall. She was recently nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Constellations. She is a two-time Olivier Award winner for her performances in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Anna Christie. Wilson received a BAFTA nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her role in the BBC miniseries, Jane Eyre.

The Titan is, at its core, a love story that is set in the pioneering edge of space exploration, a world of fear and wonder, says Arash. “In Brian and Ben, I’ve been lucky enough to find smart, dedicated producing partners to embark on this adventure with, and we now find ourselves surrounded by a highly talented group of artists led by Ruth Wilson and Sam Worthington, under the direction of the incredible Lennart Ruff. I’m very excited that this team will be bringing this passion project to the screen, and to continue the relationship with Automatik, 42, and Motion Picture Capital.”

Kavanaugh-Jones adds, “When Arash shared his vision of The Titan with me, I was blown away. To pair that vision with the directing talent of Lennart Ruff and the incredible acting talent of Sam and Ruth is a dream come true. And I’m absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with old friends in Leon Clarance, Voltage and 42.”

“I look forward to working with Brian again and to collaborating with Voltage, 42 and Arash on this brilliantly atmospheric, character-driven sci-fi thriller. Sam Worthington, Ruth Wilson, and Sofia Boutella form a hugely talented ensemble cast, and their performances will bring to life Max Hurwitz’s innovative and original script,” said Clarance.

“The production team has delivered an amazing cast to compliment a highly inventive and unique script and after seeing Lennart’s award winning short film, we believe this is exactly the type of material that our buyers will respond to,” stated the Voltage team.

Motion Picture Capital is also working with Automatik on the recently announced Zach Whedon film, Come and Find Me.

The Titan will start shooting in January 2016.

Dominion: Season 2, Episode 5 – Son Of The Fallen @ Omni Reboot

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Alex tries to become humanities savior in Dominion season 2, episode 5, Son of the Fallen.

Episode five of Dominion season 2 is titled Son of the Fallen, and that in itself is intriguing ---- especially because it’s never stated exactly who ‘the Fallen’ might be. Although the name does cause thoughts to immediately jump to Lucifer, the son of the morning shows no definite signs of being introduced just yet. However, a scene does appear that brings our attention sharply back to Claire’s pregnancy, and back in the season two premiere, we were told that Alex, if he failed in his Chosen One mission, would cease to be humanity’s savior and instead become its destroyer. Alex is having difficulties figuring out where his loyalties lie in Son of the Fallen, and the title may be a hint towards what will happen if he chooses the wrong allies.
In Vega, Claire and her people encounter David Whele again for the first time since his banishment. He tells them about a truckload of explosives that the rebels will be using to blow up Claire’s command centre, and they negotiate his bringing in the explosives in return for a more cushy life . . . but he, after seeing how the V-1s live, declares that the city is so divided it’s like two cities. Then he deploys the explosives to devastating effect, truly dividing Vega and sectioning off the agri-tower onto the side of the V-1s. This could be the beginning of the end for Vega as we know it. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand,” Jesus states in Mark 3:24, and in Revelation 16:19, it is written that ‘The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed’ as a result of the seventh bowl being poured out in The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath. This is especially noteworthy, given that Julian’s hugely powerful Fifth Amphora is almost certainly a representation of the Fifth Bowl. For the time being, Gabriel and his forces have turned their eye elsewhere, but a civil-war-fighting Vega will be far easier for him to pick off.
Michael and Gabriel fight side by side to liberate Alex from New Delphi, although they have vastly different ideas both on what to do with him and what to do with New Delphi. Still, over all, their intense love for each other remains, and it ends up proving their downfall. Alex is shocked to find that Michael’s teamed up with Gabriel, and Julian soon convinces him that the only way to trap Gabriel is to trap Michael first and wait for Gabriel to attempt a rescue. After all, their bond as twins is even stronger than Julian’s angel-human Dyad bond. Interestingly, there is really no parallel for this strong sibling love in the Bible ---- despite its frequent mentioning of ‘brotherly love’, love depicted between actual siblings is scarce. The Biblical angels do not often meet, and most siblings who are shown interacting kill or betray each other, as Cain did Abel, Jacob did Esau, or Joseph’s brothers did him. While Michael and Gabriel have indeed fought and betrayed each other on a smaller scale, it’s clear that they’re still very close and one could not kill the other.

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The one who does betray Michael in Son of the Fallen, mind you, is Alex. After listening to Julian’s arguments, Alex uses Michael’s trust in him to lead the Archangel into a trap, soon afterward trapping Gabriel as well. With both angelic brothers secured, Julian reveals himself as Lyrae, and with Michael bound to the floor, Alex realizes how thoroughly he’s been used. Michael does manage to escape, using Alex’s abandoned pocket knife to cut himself free. We end with a wounded Michael on the loose and a bound Gabriel at the doubtful mercy of Lyrae/Julian.

DOMINION HEIRS OF SALVATION

On the subject of Biblical ties, very little regarding Julian himself is present in the Bible. However, an intriguing link to Greek mythology in present in this episode. When telling Alex where to trap Michael, Julian emphasizes that the trap in question is near a drawn caduceus on the wall. In Greek mythology, the caduceus is the staff of Hermes, given to him by Apollo in exchange for a lyre (otherwise known as a lyra or lyrae), and it’s a symbol of commerce and negotiation. Hermes is a trickster who moves easily between the mortal and divine worlds, he represents oratory, wit, and thieves. He is also the conductor of souls into the afterlife. This does sound quite a bit like the clever-tongued Julian, his angel-human fusion as a Dyad, his conducting of lower angels from ether to human hosts, and New Delphi’s commerce-focused foundation. In a direct Biblical-inspired universe, could Julian’s character be partially derived from Greek myth? It does seem possible. With Julian now in control of Gabriel’s fate (as well as Alex, Noma, General Riesen, and a free-but-injured Michael), we’ll almost certainly learn more about him in Reap of the Whirlwind, which is set to air on August 13, 2015.

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Matt Damon Says Bourne 5 Inspired By A "Post-Snowden World" @ io9

The Bourne movies are one of the best spy-fi franchises out there, and the next entry returns with the best pieces intact. After a one-film departure, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will start making the fifth Bourne movie next week, and the actor teased why now was the perfect time to come back.

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Destroying 2000 bullets is like popping the most explosive popcorn @ io9

Destroy all the bullets. But since we can’t do that because the sanctity of America rests on people’s ability to shoot things, destroy some bullets. Like these 2000 bullets that are probably passed their lifetime! Turns out, bullets make for some crazy works of fire. It’s basically explosive popcorn.

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Arkham Knight Glitch Clones Nightwing, Makes Batman See Double @ io9

Today on Highlight Reel we have Rocket League trick shots, Battlefield 4 plays, illegal wrestling moves, and much more!

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New Walking Dead stand-alone episode packs brain-eaters on a plane @ Blastr

Better order an extra in-flight cocktail for this terrifying tale of zombie horror at 20,000 feet.

Julie Benz teases a 'fractured' Defiance in upcoming Syfy season finale @ Blastr

The third season of Defiance comes to an end tonight, and co-star Julie Benz promises the epic faceoff between the townsfolk and man-eating alien Omec will not disappoint.

Key and Peele Has the Canonical Take on How Gremlins 2 Came to Be @ io9


What Joe Dante is linking to is an article with the Key and Peele sketch “’Gremlins 2 Brainstorm,’” which is not just an accurate description of how Gremlins 2 was written, but appears like a direct link to the mind of every sequel writer’s room ever.

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All the Most Thrilling Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming This Fall @ io9

Your “to read” pile is about to get much more massive. This fall’s science fiction and fantasy books include new titles by legends like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Stephen King, Jim Butcher and Tanya Huff. You’re not ready for this! Which is why we’re getting you ready, with our guide to fall books.

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This Is The Grumpiest Batman Figure Ever Made @ io9

I mean, grumpiness is part and parcel of being the Batman. Darkness. No parents. Being called “The Dark Knight” means grumpiness is part of the job. But my god, the look on this figure’s face is so comically brooding that it looks like Batman’s just having the biggest sulk of his life.

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Silent but deadly: The best Star Wars characters with no dialogue that deserve their own spinoff @ Blastr

They said not a word, but you remember them. Now it's their turn in the spotlight. 

Here's How Bees Go Brave New World on Their Offspring @ io9

We know that some bee larvae develop into queens and other bee larvae develop into workers because they were fed differently. Until now we didn’t know what “ingredient” in the food made queens. It turns out to be not an additive but an absence that makes workers.

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The Sweetest Guide to Sour Beers @ io9

“Funky, some overripe fruit, leaning more into barnyard flavors, dried hay, grass...horse blanket, horse-like...a little bit of cheese rind...blue cheese, parmesan...”

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Video: The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a monarch butterfly @ io9

Here’s the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. From the wild green creepy critter crawler caterpillar to the unassuming cocoon to the beautifully complex and intricate butterfly itself. We get to see the entire process and it’s like a magic trick, enter one way and exit completely different. Nature is always the best magician.

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Zodiac Starforce Is an Interesting—If Slow—Deconstruction of the Magical Girl Genre @ io9

After Sailor Moon Crystal failed to reignite the magical girl genre this year, the idea of a western deconstruction of it in a comic like Zodiac Starforce, which began this week, is enough of a hook to pull you in. And although the comic sets up an interesting new world, its not without a few faults.

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New Horizons Locks Onto Next Target: Let's Explore the Kuiper Belt! @ io9

We don’t have the funding but we have the target: the New Horizons spacecraft will adjust its course to make a flyby of Kuiper Belt Object MU69 in January 2019. This will be the most distant world ever explored.

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Telltale's Game of Thrones For $8, and More Deals from the Humble Store @ io9

The Humble Store just unveiled their end of summer sale, and it’s a doozy. The highlight is a copy of Stealth Inc. 2 for free, no strings attached, but my favorite deal here is the Build-Your-Own Telltale bundle.

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A Deeper Look at Some of the Most Stunning Exploitation Movie Posters of All Time @ io9

Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of Bronson, Drive, and the upcoming Neon Demon, has a problem. That problem is his insane amount of exploitation posters from New York’s down and dirty Times Square days. To solve this problem, he put them into a book, and it’s fucking crazy.

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I Am Awaited in Valhalla: Farewell to io9 @ io9

The time has come for me to make a difficult announcement: August is my last month as a staffer at io9. I am taking many slow, deep breaths and trying not to cry.

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10 Of The Best Star Wars Books For The Dark Side @ Omni Reboot

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These 10 Star Wars books will teach you more about the series and the dark side.

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ANDREW SEEL

Andrew is a self-diagnosed sci-fi fanatic. He and his Dad watched late night reruns of Star Trek. An avid model builder, his Enterprise model adorning his dresser is stained from Earl Grey Tea. He studied creative writing at the University of Michigan. Andrew hopes to write a science fiction novel.

For more than 35 years, Star Wars films connected generations through galactic battles generating $4.38 billion in the box office making it the fifth highest grossing film series. This December, fans will get another dose of the struggle between good and evil in the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The Force Awakens will be the first film in the Star Wars trilogy after The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. It is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015, more than 10 years after the release of the previous Star Wars film, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. It features new leads like Finn, the storm-trooper and Rey, the scavenger of the desert planet Jakku. Regardless if you are a die-hard Star Wars fan or somebody whose interest was piqued from honorable mentions from the Big Bang Theory, these 10 Star Wars Books are sure to inform you more about the series, but especially the dark side. May the force be with you!

10. Darth Maul: Sith Apprentice

In this level four reader book, author Catherine Saunders, details Darth Maul and his role in Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom of Menace. It introduces its readers to the Sith Warrier, Darth Maul. In it, they will learn all about his mission to defeat Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Saunders also wrote The Story of Darth Vader as well as Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Knight.
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In remembrance of the late H.R. Giger, the I Am Li shirt perfectly captures his creative dark genius. Known for his design of Alien along with Dune concept art, his chilling yet visionary approach is celebrated by all in the sci fi community. Li Tobler, his melancholic muse, stares out at us with her hypnotic gaze. As Giger said, "There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it." Beauty is surely seen here in this futuristic and striking image by Giger. Magnetic and haunting, we will remember the look in Li's eyes and disarm our audiences by wearing this shirt.
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9. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

A New York Times bestseller “Star Wars: Darth Plagueis,” surrounds the mysterious Sith Lord Darth Plagueis and his apprentice, Darth Sidious. Darth Plagueis craves absolute power like all Sith Lords. But unlike all of them, he possesses what is deemed the ultimate power over life and death.Though Darth Sidious is just an apprentice, behind closed doors, he’s mastered the power of the dark side. In the forefront, he is working hard to climb to the highest government office.In the book, one is looking for supreme rule while the other is dreaming of living forever. When they combine their talents, they will destroy the jedi and rule the galaxy.

8. Star Wars: Dark Disciple

“Star Wars: Dark Disciple” is based on un-produced episodes of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It features former Sith apprentice, Asajj Ventress, who became a bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy. The story surrounds the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic.It is written by New York Times Bestselling author Christie Golden who wrote “Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels Omen, Allies, and Ascension. She has written more than thirty novels to date.
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7.Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Beware the Power of the Dark Side

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Beware the Power of the Dark Side is an upcoming release title from Disney-Lucasfilm press. It is the third volume in new children’s series retelling the original Star Wars trilogy. The story retells the classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi from a unique perspective, which is sure to speak directly to this generation’s readers. It is believed to also enhance the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga. It is written by Tom Angleberger, who once said he hopes this book will capture the excitement he had when he saw the film on the big screen. It is scheduled to be released on September 22, 2015.

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6. Star Wars: Book of Sith

Star Wars: Book of Sith is a collection of historical writing compiled in one book by Darth Sidious. It contains the writings by six dark siders including Darth Sidious as well Sorzus Syn, Darth Malgus, Darth Bane, Morther Talzin and Darth Plagueis. It is believed that these hand-written notes were passed among Force users. This collection introduces new characters and history giving readers a better understanding of the philosophies and methods behind the dark side of the Force. It is written by Danieal Wallace, two of his other works are Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters and Star Wars: The Jedi Path.
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5. The Dark Side Sourcebook

Anyone can encompass the Force, which binds the galaxy together. In addition to promoting knowledge and peace from the light side, the Force also has a dark side, which is filled with anger, fear, and aggression. The Dark Side Sourcebook will teach anyone how to become one with the force. It features dark side classes, skills, and feats as well as an overview of the dark side, providing advice on how to use the material in any Star Wars era including the Tales of the Jedi era. This sourcebook should be bought in conjunction with the Star Wars Role-playing Game.

4. Return of the Dark Side

Return of the Dark Side surrounds the adventures of former Jedi apprentices Ferus Olin and Anakin Skywalker. In this book, Ferus has abandoned the Jedi Order and is working as a double-agent for Emperor Palpatine. With revenge on his mind, he is determined to bring about the fall of the Emperor. The only problem is, Darth Vader, stands in his way and shows anger towards him as he recalls the past. Ferus is about to learn that his former rival is his deadliest enemy. Return of the Dark Side was written by best selling author Jude Watson. She also wrote Jedi Apprentice and Jedi quest. She is best known as Judy Blundell.
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3. Prophets of the Dark Side

Prophets of the Dark Side unfolds as the Rebel Alliance battle to end the era of darkness against the evil Empire. They’ve recently rescued an imperial prisoner, which may have brought disaster upon themselves. In this book, the Jedi Prince is tempted into revealing the location of the Lost City of the Jedi to the Supreme Prophet. The Supreme Prophet hopes to steal the knowledge of the Jedi Knights. Prophets of the Dark side is written by married couple Paul and Hollace Davids. The duo also worked on The Glove of the Darth Vader and the Lost city of the Jedi together among many other books.

2. Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil is the final novel in the Darth Bane Trilogy. The story picks up twenty years after the Dark Lord of the Sith, Dark Bane, demolishes the ancient order. He reorganized it big enough for two: master and apprentice. Darth Bane being the master hopes to pass on his wisdom down to his apprentice Zannah. The issue is that Zannah has yet to prove her worthiness. The book was written by Drew Karphyshyn, a talented writer and game designer. He’s had the opportunity to write the Darth Bane trilogy as well as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

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1. Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader surrounds Darth Vader and his rise to power in the newly-established Galactic Empire. It picks up in the immediate aftermath of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Yoda are forced into hiding. In this book, the internal conflict that Darth Vader undergoes as he tries to break away from his former identity, Anakin Skywalker, is on display. He was seduced to the dark side and became the apprentice to Darth Sidious in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. It was written by New York Times bestselling author James Luceno. He is also the author of the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order and The Unifying force.

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Featured Product Of The Day: Alienware Area-51 Gaming Machine @ Omni Reboot

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Borderlands video game being adapted into ‘tentpole’ sci-fi film @ Blastr

As always, videogames and comic books remain fertile ground for film studios to mine — and the hit first-person shooter Borderlands seems to be next in line.

Godspeed, io9 @ io9

Dearest Internet mammals: This is it. After years of faithful service, I’m leaving io9. If you’re reading this, you already know how special this place is, so I’ll do my best to keep this brief and spare you my gushing praise. But, if you’ll permit me just a tiny bit of gushing, I’d like to say a little about what working here has meant to me.

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The Walking Dead Will Make a TV Special About Zombies on a Plane @ io9

It’s not a surprise that the success of Fear the Walking Dead has spurred AMC to make more content set in that period. But this time, they’re going to make a special that both stands alone and introduces a new character to one of the ongoing series.

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Audiobook Giveaway: Shatter Point @ Bureau 42

shatter_point_cover“The book combines my favorite aspects of my favorite authors into one. James Patterson-the master of the psycho killer who kidnaps girls, Patricia Cornwell-scientific thriller, and Dean Koontz-really spooky plots.”

Want a free audiobook, narrated by yours truly?

Here’s your chance. I have a limited number of free downloads on Audible to giveaway for my latest narration project, Shatter Point, written by Jeff Altabef.

Summary

When her 19-year-old son Jack miraculously recovers from a serious head trauma, Maggie is sure her luck has changed. But when she’s abducted by a shadow from her past – a phantom with dangerous sapphire eyes – it’s up to Jack and his younger brother Tom to unravel the mystery and save their mom from a deadly psychological battle.

The brothers seek help from their colorful great aunt, who exposes them to a world of nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders. Together they must navigate a dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.

Yet as they search for their mother, Jack changes—he’s raked by skull splitting headaches and weird visions. How exactly did he recover from his coma, and how does this tie into the psychopath who’s abducted their mother?

Will Jack and Tom save Maggie before Cooper reaches his shatter point?  Does Jack have enough time left?

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Just shoot me an email asking for the audiobook. It’s just that simple. I need your email so I can send the audiobook download code through Audible.

Don’t have an Audible subscription? That’s fine, you don’t need one. If you have an Amazon login, just use that. If not, you have to create an account (no subscription required to do that either).

While it’s not required, I would really appreciate you leaving a review on Audible and tell your friends about it. It’s one of the best books I’ve gotten to narrate and would love to have as many people get into it as possible.

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This is just a giveaway by me, from me. Bureau42.com and the other authors have nothing to do with it. Also, I won’t keep your email address or sell it. I just need it for the gifting tool on Audible.

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