Monday, 29 December 2014

Barack Obama's Presidential Library Could Look Like An Alien Spaceship


A number of architects had designs among the finalists for the Obama presidential library, but our favorite is this one by Oslo/New York firm Snøhetta. It's variously described as looking like a coral reef or a teardrop, but to us it looks like a pretty cool alien spacecraft.

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Friday, 26 December 2014

My Favourite Albums of 2014


Go check out my music blog for a rundown of My Favourite Albums of 2014.

The 10 Best And 10 Worst Science Fiction And Fantasy Movies Of 2014


This was a weird year for movies. The box office was weak, but also, most films didn't deserve love or hate. They were just... okay. But the genre movies that did stand out were either brilliant experiments, or horrible misfires.

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

This Gorgeous Lego Sulaco Needs To Be A Real Set Like, Yesterday


The Sulaco from Aliens is one of those all time great 'grim and gritty' spaceship designs, in parts sleek and stylish while others gothic and angular. It turns out that such beauty is perfectly suited for Lego, thanks to this incredible model built by Shannon Sproule.

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The Evolution of Batman, Superman and Spider-Man's Emblems In Gif Form


Over the many decades they've been in operation, some of Comic's most iconic heroes have had visual upgrades - including their suit's emblems. These cool animated gifs by Eric Snapper show just how much the logos of Spider-Man, Superman and Batman have changed over the years.

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Michael Keaton Puts All Other Batman Actors In Their Place With 2 Words


Former Batman actor Christian Bale recently gave a quote that he would be jealous to see Ben Affleck take up the cape and cowl in Batman V. Superman. But when Michael Keaton was asked the same thing, he demonstrated once and for all that he truly is Batman. No. Do you know why? Because I'm Batman.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Nasty habit.


Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow... Constantine made a lot of headway this week with the first of a dark two-parter, "The Saint of Last Resorts, Part 1.

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Watch A Man In A Jetpack Fly In Formation With A Plane Above Dubai


Swiss pilot Yves "Jetman" Rossy is best known for piloting a jetpack of his own design above some of the world's most gorgeous landscapes. Now, the "aviation enthusiast" has returned in a video that shows him tearing up the atmosphere high above Dubai – and this time, he's got company.

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Preacher Gets a Pilot Commitment From AMC


Ever since the Vertigo Comics series premiered in 1995 there have been talks of adapting Garth Ennis’ darkly comic and ultra-violent supernatural western “Preacher” in one form or another. At one point, Academy Award Winner Sam Mendes was even planning on directing a big screen version.

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Marvel’s Agent Carter Premiere Extended to Two Hours!


Marvel Entertainment and ABC have announced today that the series premiere of “Agent Carter” has been bumped up from a one hour event to two hours! Originally slated as an eight-episode event series, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” will now have just seven episodes, including the extended premie

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Offers a Sandman Update


It was revealed nearly one year ago that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is planning to direct and star in a big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book masterpiece Sandman. Today, the filmmaker offered an update on the Vertigo project by way of a Reddit AMA.

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This Steampunk Iron Man Art Comes With a New Tragic Backstory


Concept artist Anthony Jones not only made this beautiful piece of art, as he's done before, he also came up with an alternate universe explanation for it. After donating his heart to save his only son Jarvis, Jarvis devoted his life to engineering to bring his father back to life.

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Sotheby's Is Auctioning These Rare Tolkien Illustrations


British auction house Sotheby's is gearing up for a huge sale of "antiquarian books and manuscripts from an English country house" December 9. The collection includes several items that you'll wish you could have for your library.

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NOW It's Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Playing Dr. Strange!


We've been hearing for months that the Imitation Game and Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch, was in line to play the Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel's big movie in 2016. But now it's really official.

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Fantastic New Look At Avengers: Age Of Ultron's Vision


Still pining away for a better look at Avengers: Age of Ultron's Vision? Well you're in luck, a new poster for the Avengers sequel has been revealed, and in it is a good look at our new robot friend, Vision!

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Library Technology Forecast for 2015 and Beyond


With another year winding down, we’re pausing to review some of the accomplishments with technology in libraries and consider what might be in store. Each year seems to bring an accelerating pace of change.

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Stephen King’s IT Will Shoot Next Summer


Vulture managed to score a chat with producer Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie) wherein he confirms what all Stephen King fans have been hoping, i.e. that a big budget feature film based on the author’s 1986 novel IT will begin production next year with Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”) at the helm.

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Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto All Confirmed For Suicide Squad


Holy hell, a whole lot of star power just signed on to make Warner Bros. Suicide Squad movie. Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are all lining up to play bad guys forced to be good. Warner Bros.

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All The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Can't Miss In December


December is a really light month for new science fiction and fantasy books, but there's still some really great stuff out there. Including a new Deryni novel by Katherine Kurtz, a dwarf detective novel, and a Jay Lake collaboration. Here are the most essential books published in December.

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Friday, 5 December 2014

Deadpool Set to Begin Production in March as Ryan Reynolds Signs on to Return


As if there was any doubt, Deadline reports that Ryan Reynolds is closing a deal to return as the Merc with the Mouth in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Deadpool feature film. The outlet also reports that a March start date is being planned for the production.

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

This hand-illuminated Silmarillion is an astonishing work of art


at 4:24 am by Demosthenes - We’ve posted about this before, but I was reminded of it today, and it’s such an astonishing hand-made work of art in an age of mass production that I truly don’t think anyone will mind seeing it again.

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for December


Eleven books reach across the aisle to bridge genre gridlock this month, including new releases from, among others, Joseph Nassise, Tim Powers, Guy Adams, and Steve Perry. Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.

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Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Science Fiction


Thirteen new releases appear on the science fiction shelves this month, with new adult titles from, among others, William C. Dietz, Mike Resnick, Catherine Asaro, Gini Koch and J. Barton Mitchell.

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Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Fantasy


Ten new fantasies hit the shelves this month in time to fill holiday stockings (digital or textile), including series additions from, among others, Katherine Kurtz, K.V. Johansen, and K.J. Taylor.

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Something Happened: Revival by Stephen King


Whether you love his work or loathe it—and there are those who do, difficult as that is for those who don’t to discern—you’ve got to give Stephen King credit, in the first for working so damned hard.

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Why Books Are Still One Of Our Most Durable Technologies Ever


With limited free time for reading, tight publishing markets, and the rise of e-readers, people have been sounding the death knoll for the book for quite some time. But they haven't died. Not even close. So what is it that makes them so enduring?

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Why James Gunn Is Right About Shared Universes


We're living in the age of the Shared Universe - more and more studios want a snifter of Marvel's money, and we're due for even more Cinematic Universes in our moviegoing future.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Gates Foundation Will Require All Its Research To Be Freely Accessible


Do you believe that scientists should make their research open, so that anyone can read and learn from it? Then this news will make your day. The Open-Access Movement just gained a very powerful ally.

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Clive Barker's Imajica being developed for TV by The Stand's Josh Boone


Yesterday we brought you the not-surprising news that Josh Boone's adaptation of Stephen King's THE STAND would be stretched out over the course of four films. Boone shared this new information while talking with TUSK helmer Kevin Smith on Smith's Hollywood Babble-On podcast.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Matthew McConaughey to take The Stand for Stephen King adaptation


Matthew McConaughey is tipped to take the role of villainous Randall Flagg in The Stand, a Hollywood franchise based on the 1978 Stephen King novel. Backed by Warner Bros, The Stand will be released as four standalone pictures directed by Josh Boone.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

THE STAND Too Expensive for One Movie, to be Extended Over Four


Keeping up with news about the movie adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" is a full time job. Seems like a thousand directors have been attached and an equally ridiculous number of stars but it seems that when director Josh Boone signed onto the project, things got real.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Marvel Studios Officially Releases the Phase 3 Timeline


Three weeks ago, Marvel Studios assembled fans and press alike inside the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles where they unveiled their entire “Phase 3″ slate, revealing the title of every film they would be releasing between May 2016 and May 2019.

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Explore Middle-earth With Help From Google


Need a little Middle-earth love while you wait for December 17? Check out the newly updated Google Chrome Experiment at middle-earth.thehobbit.com. And, yes, you need to use the Google Chrome browser.

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Bruce Campbell Will Star In Evil Dead Sequel TV Series. Hell. Yes.


Evil Dead is coming back in a big, big way, people. Original creators Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are joining forces to bring the gruesome horror franchise to Starz. And yes, this does mean that Bruce Campbell will return as the one and only Ash Williams.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

New Book Will Reveal What's Happened In Twin Peaks In The Last 25 Years


The new season of Twin Peaks will pick up 25 years after the show left off, but what happened to the denizens of Washington's weirdest town in the interim? An upcoming book by Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost will reveal all—or at least as much as Twin Peaks ever reveals.

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Margaret Atwood Explains Why A Wizard Of Earthsea Is A Masterpiece


Every month the Wall Street Journal's Book Club features a famous author leading its readers through a discussion of a book of their choice. This month, it's Margaret Atwood, and she's chosen Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea.

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Jane Austen, Reinvented


Jane Austen may have died in 1817, but her novels have survived more than 200 years -- not only survived, but they've been reinterpreted in a hundred different ways, none more so than her most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. The story of Mr.

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The Most Exciting New Science Fiction And Fantasy Books In November


Science fiction and fantasy never stop moving forward. Because the future is endless, and so is the power of the unknown. So another month brings another slew of incredible books about spaceships, assassins, robots and wizards. Here are 20 books you absolutely cannot miss in November.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

A Circuit That Breaks Records, Runs At One Trillion Cycles Per Second


The Pentagon's advanced concepts research wing has attained a crucial technological milestone by building the world's fastest integrated circuit. Clocking in at a full one terahertz, it's 150 billion cycles faster than the previous record.

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Now Sources Say A Labyrinth Sequel Is NOT In The Works


Yesterday, a one-sentence aside in a Variety article sent rumors flying that The Jim Henson Company is working on a sequel to 1986's Labyrinth. Now, because life is cruel, it's looking like that may not be the case.

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Monday, 3 November 2014

The Jim Henson Company Is Working On A Labyrinth Sequel!


Tucked away in a Variety article about Billy Crystal joining the Henson Company's production of Which Witch? — which, you know, whatever — comes the much more interesting news that a sequel to 1986's Labyrinth is in the works (along with the previously rumored Dark Crystal 2 and Fraggle Rock m

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview

Illustration by Roberto Parada

Stephen King's office building sits on a particularly dreary dead-end road on the outskirts of Bangor, Maine, just down the street from a gun-and-ammo store, a snowplow dealership and, appropriately enough, an old cemetery.

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Is Stephen King a great writer?


Stephen King has had an uncanny ability to hit the commercial bull’s-eye from the beginning of his career. In the 40 years since his first novel, Carrie, he has published more than 50 books, all of them international best sellers.

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Why the horror of Stephen King’s words doesn’t translate well to film


Horror, like comedy, is a visceral genre: We don’t choose what to laugh at, just as we can’t really choose what scares us. It’s an individual, subjective experience.

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Stephen King Shines Light On ‘The Dark Tower’ Situation


The day will come when moviegoers get to scale “The Dark Tower,” the genre-bending epic from legendary author Stephen King — even if that day isn’t coming as soon as some would like.

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Revival is one of Stephen King most satisfyingly disturbing novels : Books : Entertainment


Before the catastrophe, Jacob was an amiable figure, but his personality is transformed by the tragedy. He begins to question the existence of a God who could allow such a thing, and becomes obsessed with a bizarre hobby: electrical experiments concerning the very secrets of the universe.

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All The Weirdest Secrets You Never Knew About Clive Barker's Hellraiser


Hellraiser was made for under $1 million, but wound up becoming one of the most significant horror movies of all time. And yet, the more you learn about this film's production, the more of a miracle it seems. Here are all the strangest facts you need to know about the making of Hellraiser.

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Dark Horse Comics


In 2015 Dark Horse Comics will publish Frankenstein Underground, a new five-issue miniseries written by best-selling comic book creator Mike Mignola, with covers by Mignola and interior art by acclaimed artist Ben Stenbeck (Baltimore).

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12 Technologies We Need To Stop Stalling On And Develop Now


The pace of technological change is governed by many factors — including public demand. Which is why we need to be demanding more. Here are 12 transformative technologies whose development should be expedited right now.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

High-res version of the international The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster


Here’s a high-resolution version of the international poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Just click the image below to get the largest version. It’s actually quite reminiscent a couple of examples of poster art used to promote The Two Towers.

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