Monday, 30 June 2014

Interview: The Wizard Director Todd Holland On Everyone's Favourite Nintendo Movie Turning 25 - Nintendo Life


Back in late 1989, the world was a vastly different place. George Bush had just won the US presidential election. Children's movies allowed for minor vulgarity and subjects that could be featured in said films before our world was thrown into a realm of sensitivity.

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Peek-A-Boo Teddy Bear Has A Pants-Wettingly Terrifying Surprise


The horrifying Undead Teds bears are back. And now they've been upgraded to be even more terrifying. Behold the giggling, face-ripping Undead Teds Peek-A-Boo Edition. You've done it again folks—we'll be sleeping with the light on.

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Gaiman on HBG/Amazon dispute: 'Books are sacred'



Amazon has too large a share in the book market and there is a need for more healthy, independent bookshops, according to author Neil Gaiman.

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Holy Crap, These Hydropropulsion Hoverboards Fly Over Water


Add this to the list of things you never knew existed but now desperately need. The folks at Zapata Racing have been in the business of hydropropulsion products for years. Early versions of the company's "Flyboard" looked like a cross between a fire hose, a skateboard, and Iron Man's hand blasters.

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VERY IMPORTANT PACIFIC RIM NEWS!


Guillermo del Toro himself just announced there is going to be a sequel to Pacific Rim and an animated series based on Tales From Year Zero. That is all.

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Stephen King Reveals that Mr. Mercedes Is Part 1 of a Proposed Trilogy; Finders Keepers Is Next!


Did you snag a copy of Stephen King's latest, Mr. Mercedes, when it was released on June 3rd? If so, we'd love to hear your thoughts, especially now that we know it's Part 1 of a proposed trilogy with Part 2's title already announced!

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If This Is the DC Superhero Movie Schedule Through 2018, It's Insane


Hollywood entertainment columnist Nikki Finke launched her new news/gossip site today, and she did it with a doozy — the possible release calendar for Warner Bros.' DC superhero movies. If this list is true, it's bonkers — including Shazam, a Green Lantern/Flash team-up, and even Man of Steel 2.

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Science in Fantasy Novels Is More Accurate Than in Science Fiction


Supposedly the thing that characterizes science fiction as a genre is its interest in, well, science. And yet a lot of the very best treatments of science in novels lately have been in works that are classified as fantasy.

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Michael Keaton's Birdman Movie Is Batshit Insane, In A Good Way


We have been waiting for Alejandro González Iñárritu's movie Birdman FOREVER. And now the trailer is here in full, gorgeous insanity. It looks good—like, really good. We can't wait.

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A Chatbot Has 'Passed' The Turing Test For The First Time


"Eugene" and four other computerized contenders took part Saturday at the Turing Test 2014 Competition at the Royal Society in London. Each chatterbox was required to engage in a series of five-minute text-based conversations with a panel of judges.

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Exclusive Look Inside Syfy's Post-Apocalyptic Angel Drama Dominion


Here is everything you need to know about Syfy's new, bloody angel series Dominion. Get a good look at post-apocalyptic wasteland that humanity clings to after a 25-year holy war, as well as the evil angels that have turned on humankind. This is actually a good crop of footage from the new series.

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Trailer for Turtle Power Documentary Reminds Us Why We Love the Turtles


The documentary'll be available August 12, just four days after the Michael Bay-ified movie version comes out. Think of it like a palate cleanser.

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Big guns and cigars: Celebrating the depths of Hellboy at 20 years



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It's been two decades since Mike Mignola created a horned, red-hued devilish beast with a penchant for cigars and a big gun. Since that first appearance in the pages of Dark Horse Comics' “San Diego Comic-Con Comics” No.

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Finally a Good Look at Guillermo del Toro's THE STRAIN TV Series [Trailer]


We haven't been posting much about the upcoming vampire thriller The Strain because regardless of the fact that they've been releasing teasers for months, they've all been 30 second (or less) affairs that don't reveal anything about the show.

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Why The Bechdel Test Is More Important Than You Realize


We all talk about the Bechdel Test all the time, because it's so simple: Does a story have two women who talk to each other, about something other than a man? But almost every time it comes up, we all dismiss it, because it's too simple or too arbitrary.

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Behold The The Post-Apocalyptic Beginnings Behind The Rover

10 Reasons You Need To Be Watching Penny Dreadful


We're halfway through the first season of Penny Dreadful. And even though early on, it had a few indicators of possible disaster — an overtly League of Extraordinary Gentleman premise, stray subplots — it's become a show that delivers fun surprises with a sleek veneer.

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These Medieval-Style Tolkien Illustrations Are Like Nothing We've Seen

ALIA report flags future trends for the Australian library and information sector



The impact of unimaginable technologies, a global market for education and radical transformation in the corporate world are three of the themes emerging from a new series of reports published today by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), as an investigation into the future o

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New Trailer For The Strain Reveals Unlife As A Vampiric Thrall Sucks

Surprise! There's A Baby In This Tiny Predator Costume!

This Book Trailer Will Leave You Craving Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds



Scott Westerfeld's new novel Afterworlds doesn't come out until September — but here's an exclusive look at an intense book trailer to tide you over. In which we meet two girls: Darcy, an aspiring author whose stories get a little too vivid. And Lizzie, a girl whose life is uncannily similar to Darcy's strange inventions.

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Meet the man whose illustrations have helped define Middle‑earth


Check out this interview with interview that Ethan Gilsdorf conducted with John Howe over two sessions in January and July last year. It’s a corker.
Howe is, of course, a long-time Tolkien illustrator and is currently working with Alan Lee as Conceptual Designer for The Hobbit movie trilogy.

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The Many Easter Eggs Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past Revealed

With Defenders, Will McIntosh Goes Big


What do you do when telepathic aliens invade Earth? You can't fight them: They know what you're doing almost before you do. You can't use robots against them, because they can't improvise. You can't surrender: They're trying to take your place.

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Your Favorite Fantastical Cover Artist, Even If You Never Realized It

The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World


The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others — and these ten are the most significant.

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Disney's First Trailer For Big Hero 6 Is Wildly Adorable

A Sinister First Look At Mark Lawrence's Brand New Fantasy Trilogy


In Mark Lawrence's first trilogy, the Broken Empire, we followed an ambitious young prince named Jorg. But in the second trilogy, set in the same world, we're meeting a prince whose sights are set somewhat... lower. Check out an exclusive excerpt of Prince of Fools below.

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Breakthrough: Synthetic Meat Made From Stem Cells


Last year, scientists created the world's first lab-grown burger — and by all accounts it didn't taste half bad. Sadly, the cost of a single patty ran upwards of $385,000.

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Red Five May Be Disney's Newest Stand-Alone Star Wars Movie


Remember how Disney wanted to release a new Star Wars movie every year? According to this list of upcoming Star Wars toylines from Hasbro, they figured out what these movies will be through 2020, and the newest addition is one titled Red Five.

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Congratulations To This Year's Nebula Award Winners!

12 Happy Accidents that Helped Save Science Fiction


Science fiction history is full of strange occurrences, and it's easy to imagine some wild alternate histories of the genre. And without some bolts from the blue, science fiction could have turned into something way less interesting. Here are 12 happy accidents that helped save science fiction.

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These Are The Surprising Jobs You'll Be Doing By The 2030s


As our technological and sociological realities change, so too do our jobs. But just what, exactly, will we be doing 15 years from now? Here are some completely unexpected jobs you've almost certainly never heard of—but likely will soon. Indeed, the landscape of careers is changing.

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“Stack attack”? The NYPL controversy and the future of public libraries


The New York Public Library recently announced that it is rethinking its controversial plans to turn parts of its 42nd Street location into a public lending library—replacing the stacks that housed its research collection with a four-story atrium in the process.

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How To Find The Best New Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories


Jonathan Strahan has been editing collections of the year's best short fiction for several years — and it's no easy task. In this essay, Strahan talks about reading a whole year's worth of stories for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Volume 8.

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Check Out the Official Logo for Marvel's Agent Carter!



Just days after ABC officially ordered the Hayley Atwell-starring "Marvel's Agent Carter" to series, Marvel Entertainment has debuted the official logo for the series which you can check out below.

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The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century


The microcar boom arrived after World War II, and gave us hundreds of beautiful little motors. These tiny cars provided the ultimate in personal transportation — but they also have oodles of personality. Check out the most adorable microcars of the 20th century.

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Are We At The Dawn Of The Age of Epidemics?


Over the past several weeks and months, we've seen a startling number of disease outbreaks pop up around the globe. It's a trend that's not completely surprising — one that could characterize the coming decades as the Age of Epidemics. Here are some of the scariest new diseases you need to know about.

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Neal Asher's Done It Again! Read An Exclusive Excerpt From Jupiter War


The final installment in Neal Asher's fantastic Owner trilogy is coming out in the United States soon — but you don't have to wait to get your first taste of the action. We've got an exclusive excerpt right here.

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Everyone Should Be Losing Their Minds Over Orphan Black


TV today, embarrassment of riches, hubbub hubbub, Golden Age — but my god for the love of all that's Bechdel everyone should be watching and losing their feminist-leaning minds over Orphan Black right now. What if I told you there is a femmed-up ass-kicker about clones with the campy dark humor of Heathers that's feminist in its bones and also riveting and fun, plus pulls off all the things people say female-led shows don't do? Face, naysayers! Face. Clone face. Because clones. Burn!
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Forget The Movies, This Is What A Real-Life Spider-Man Looks Like


My problem (one of my problems) with the Spider-Man movies is that the wire stunts and CG webslinging are so obvious. He just seems weightless and looks fake to me. This is why I want you all to join me in watching Ronnie Shalvis, a Spider-Man suit-owning parkour expert in action.

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NYC Book Club Goes Topless 'To Make Reading Sexy,' Succeeds (NSFW PHOTOS)


It's spring in New York City, and that means the city's most topless literary club is back in action.

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Did Marvel Beat The "Third Movie" Syndrome?


Last week's Cracked podcast was all about pop culture disappointments, and one of the issues they raised was the dreaded "third movie" syndrome that seems to afflict genre movies, particularly superhero films.

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The state of America's libraries


The journal American Libraries explores the issues affecting public, academic and school libraries, indicating a direction for the future.

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Totally Brilliant Movies That The Studio Tried To Bury


This weekend, the acclaimed movie Snowpiercer comes out in the United States at last... in a handful of theaters, with almost no publicity. And Snowpiercer isn't the first beloved movie to get this treatment.

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Every Stephen King Movie and TV Show in Development


Stephen King is one of the most prolific and successful writers working today. Since 1974, with the publication of Carrie, his debut novel about a troubled girl with telekinetic powers, King has been raising the bar in the horror and mystery genres.

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26 Magical Facts You Probably Never Knew About "Labyrinth"


1. Jareth’s considerable bulge was an intentional choice made by conceptual designer Brian Froud. 2. The armor on Jareth’s leather jacket is a nod to 15th century knights.

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Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization

9 Mind-Expanding Books Of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide To Practical Philosophy)


Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are dealing with the difficulties of life in some way or another. The irony is this is actually what ancient philosophy was intended to ameliorate.

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'The Stand' Director Josh Boone Crafting 3-Hour, R-Rated Adaptation


When The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was hired to direct The Stand for Warner Bros., we assumed that the intent on the studio side would be to make a film or pair of films with a broad appeal.

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