Sunday, 20 December 2015

The 20 Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2015


It’s been a remarkable year for comics. Huge publishers like DC and Marvel have rejuvenated their line-ups with tons of amazing books; beyond the big two, there’s been some of the most compelling, challenging material in the industry we’ve seen in years.
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Readers’ Choice: Best Books of 2015

We had our say—now it’s your turn to opine about the best books of 2015! We asked our Twitter followers what they loved this year, and the resulting list (a) involves a lot of books that start with the letter L, and (b) is a good cross-section: some magic, some space; some sequels, some standa
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Google and Facebook Race to Solve the Ancient Game of Go With AI


RĂ©mi Coulom spent the last decade building software that can play the ancient game of Go better than practically any other machine on earth. He calls his creation Crazy Stone.
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Monday, 7 December 2015

One Technology That Will Change the Academic Library Experience | From the Bell Tower

Adopting new technologies is now commonplace for academic librarians, but one emerging technology stands to change both how libraries function and the symbolic nature of their collections.
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Amazon Acquires THE NEON DEMON, Plus New Elle Fanning Image

Amazon Studios has acquired Nicolas Winding Refn’s anticipated The Neon Demon and will release it theatrically stateside next summer. The film has also released a gory new image of star Elle Fanning (Super 8, Maleficent), which you can check out in the gallery below!
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Everyone Loves Star Wars : The Empire Strikes Back Because Han Solo is the Hero


While the first Star Wars film is a cultural landmark, its position in the zeitgeist would be far wobblier (I can use wobblier in this context, right?) if its sequel had been less than stellar.
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Friday, 27 November 2015

Ben Affleck Promises ‘Massive’ Big Screen DC Universe

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to enter its “Phase Three” with the May 6, 2016 release of Captain America: Civil War, things have been going a bit slower over at the Distinguished Competition.
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Captain America: Civil War Trailer and Posters are Here!

Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live and brought with them the Captain America: Civil War trailer and three posters that you can view below!
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tremors TV Series Planned with Kevin Bacon Returning

Kevin Bacon will battle Graboids once again on a new Tremors TV series! The 1990 cult classic Tremors marked one of the first leading roles for actor Kevin Bacon.
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The Secret of Star Wars : A New Hope is Sheer, Unbridled Joy


One of my favorite stories about what it was like to see Star Wars: A New Hope when it was released in 1977 comes from my father.
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan Talk Shared Universal Monsters Universe

Kurtzman and Morgan talk Universal Monsters Universe Two years ago, it was revealed that Universal was eager to take their slate of classic monster movies and revive them into their own shared cinematic universe, and producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) officia
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Into the Badlands Premiere: AMC's Martial Arts Drama Is Bloody and Spellbinding


I tuned into last night’s series premiere of Into the Badlands expecting balletic swordsplay that echoed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and gruesome cuts that recalled Kill Bill. I was not disappointed.
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Matthew McConaughey Has Been Offered Two Roles In Stephen King's The Dark Tower


Stephen King’s epic book series The Dark Tower has been wandering around Hollywood for what feels like forever. First it was going to be a movie, then a TV show, then both, with multiple big names attached. And now, there’s yet another attempt in the works.
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!

Thanks to Game of Thrones and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, we’ve entered a golden age of sci-fi and fantasy properties being developed for film and television.
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A New Way of Thinking About Spacetime That Turns Everything Inside Out


One of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics is entanglement, because two entangled particles affecting each other across vast distances seems to violate a fundamental principle of physics called locality: things that happen at a particular point in space can only influence the points closest
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Is this the world's wildest library? Geelong's $45 million 'big brain' about to open up to the world

Trust Darryn Lyons, the exuberant mayor of Victoria's second-biggest city, to have a colourful turn of phrase for the region's newest landmark – Geelong's $45 million library and heritage centre, which opens to the public on November 21.
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You Can Help Write The First Fully Crowdsourced Science Fiction Novel (Or Just Watch It Grow)


There have been a lot of brave and strange experiments in science fiction writing and publishing over the years—but one of the strangest is going on right now. CNet’s Eric Mack is “crowdsourcing” a science fiction novel—and you can be part of it.
Read the full article: You Can Help Write The First Fully Crowdsourced Science Fiction Novel (Or Just Watch It Grow)

When Mary Sue Failed the Bechdel Test: In Search of A More Nuanced Discussion of Women and Gender in SFF

Thinking of writing a novel with a female protagonist? Excellent choice! To help you get started, here are just a couple of things you should bear in mind: First, your heroine should be strong.
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Monday, 9 November 2015

Bram Stoker Created a Horror Classic from the Anxieties of his Age

Bram Stoker’s interest in the macabre seems to have been with him from his youth. While at Trinity College, Dublin, he became a member of the University’s Philosophical Society, and the first paper he presented was “Sensationalism in Fiction and Society.
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We Probably Haven't Found Evidence for the Multiverse


Perhaps you saw the news this week about new evidence that we do, indeed, live in a multiverse.
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Think Cat Pics Are Worthless?  This One Sold for Nearly a Million Dollars.


You’re looking at “My Wife’s Lovers,” a painting done by Carl Kahler in 1891. It represents forty-two felines of an eccentric California millionaire, and it sold for $826,000.
Read the full article: Think Cat Pics Are Worthless?  This One Sold for Nearly a Million Dollars.

Here Are The Winners Of The 2015 World Fantasy Awards


The World Fantasy Convention was held this weekend in Saratoga Springs, New York, where the winners of the 2015 World Fantasy Awards have been announced! Ramsey Campbell Sheri S. Tepper
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Friday, 6 November 2015

The Witcher Movie in Development for 2017 Release

As developer CD Projekt RED continues to release content for this year’s popular The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a film adaptation of the Andrzej Sapkowski novel series has been announced by The Sean Daniel Company, which previously produced The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, “The Expanse,”
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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Death Becomes Him: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

“I never feel the limitations of my talent so keenly as I do when writing short fiction,” confesses Stephen King in the introduction to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams—an unusually introspective yet no less effective collection of eighteen variously terrifying tales, plus a few pieces of poetry, fro
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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for November

Sixteen new releases defy the bounds of genre this month. Look for new November releases from, among others, Gail Carriger, Stephen King, T. Frohock, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Joe R. Lansdale.
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Fiction Affliction: November Releases in Science Fiction

When planets collide, it must be time for November science fiction, with twenty-eight new titles this month. Look for new titles from, among others, Paul Antony Jones (Extinction Point), Kim Stanley Robinson, Mike Kupari, Adam Christopher, L.E. Modesitt Jr., Julie E.
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Fiction Affliction: November Releases in Fantasy

Thirty-one new fantasies set out to save the empire from marauding hordes in November, including series additions from David Drake (The Books of the Elements), James A. Moore (Seven Forges), C.S.
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Thursday, 29 October 2015

A Simple Design Change Could Make a Thruster To Get Us to Mars 


A Hall thruster is powering many of the satellites moving around Earth right now. It needs 100 million (yes, you read that right, 100 million) times less fuel than chemical thrusters. But it was never remotely sturdy enough to get anything to Mars—until now.
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

8 Found Footage Horror Movies That Are Genuinely Scary


One of the biggest complaints about found footage horror films is that they rely too heavily on boring, cheap jump scares to get audience reactions. But these eight examples actually dig deeper—and bring genuine terror to the screen as a result.
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K9 Timequake: Doctor Who’s Companion Gets His Own Movie!

K9, the beloved robotic dog Doctor Who companion, is heading to the big screen in his own feature film! The project, titled K9 Timequake, was announced today on K9’s official Facebook page.
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Monday, 26 October 2015

Supergirl: A Brief History of the Last Daughter of Krypton

Next week, Kara Zor-El, better known as Supergirl, gets her very first self-titled TV series.
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The Shining's Hotel Is Hoping To Build Its Own Horror Museum


Stephen King was famously inspired by the Stanley Hotel of Estes Park, Colorado, and now, the hotel is looking to add on to their heritage as a horror destination: by adding on a museum dedicated to horror.
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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Map of Middle-earth Annotated By Tolkien Found in Rare Book Shop


The Guardian has a lovely report on a recently discovered map of Middle-earth brimming with annotations by J.R.R. Tolkien himself.
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The Last Witch Hunter Is The Most Amazing Guilty Pleasure In Ages


There are some action movies that just embrace the total absurdity of their own existence, and invite you to come along for a crazy silly ride. These are among my favorite sorts of movies out there, and I’m happy to report that The Last Witch Hunter is a pretty good addition to this canon.
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

What If The New Star Wars Sucks, Too?


Last night, the third trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered on YouTube and ESPN. Did you shit your dick? I definitely shat my dick.
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Watch Star Wars Evolve Through Its Spectacular History Of Posters


The poster for The Force Awakens dropped earlier today, and it looks fantastic. Star Wars has always had fantastic posters over the years, and we’re going to see tons more in the future. Here’s a look at the posters that have been advertising the movies since 1976.
Read the full article: Watch Star Wars Evolve Through Its Spectacular History Of Posters

The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster is Here!

With a new trailer arriving on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” tomorrow along with the start of ticket sales, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures have released the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster, which you can view in the gallery below!
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Mark Ruffalo's Hulk Confirmed For Thor: Ragnarok

Will Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk be arriving in Asgard for Thor: Ragnarok? Though it first appeared as a rumour from the JoBlo team, the news has now hit the next stage of plausibility, with a report that Marvel really is making a deal for Ruffalo to appear in the film.
Read the full article: Mark Ruffalo's Hulk Confirmed For Thor: Ragnarok

4 Disturbing Hauntings That Had a Totally Logical Explanation


Widespread accounts of otherworldly visitations leave people convinced that ghost stories are real, but many are outright scams, hoaxes or accidents. Let’s debunk some famous supernatural scares, shall we?
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Stephen King Books Scribner Imprint For 27-Title Library

Two decades after becoming the megaselling author’s publisher, Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner has acquired North American and Open Market print, e-book, and audio rights to 27 titles including IT, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, Christine, Cujo, The Dead Zone and Firestarter; the novella collection
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Five Fantasy Books with Awe-Inspiring Settings

In the best fantasy novels, settings are characters too. These created worlds are as rich and alive as the characters that inhabit their colorful landscapes. Of course characters — strong and fascinating ones — are integral to a compelling plot.
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Coming Soon: A Movie About A World That's Slowly Losing Its Gravity


Say what you want about Hollywood movies all being remakes and sequels. If a good idea comes across an executive’s desk, he or she is going to consider it, and that’s what happened with a script called Ascension.
Read the full article: Coming Soon: A Movie About A World That's Slowly Losing Its Gravity

The Data-Collecting Company That Wants to Give Earth a "Nervous System"


Data. It’s a powerful tool that helps us battle climate change or keep companies sustainable. But there’s so much data, and it’s hard to corral, index, and understand.
Read the full article: The Data-Collecting Company That Wants to Give Earth a "Nervous System"

These Seven New Universal Monsters Posters Are Absolutely Stunning


Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Mummy and Bride of Frankenstein. Individually, they’re some of the most recognizable, celebrated character of all time. Together, they’re known as the Universal Monsters.
Read the full article: These Seven New Universal Monsters Posters Are Absolutely Stunning

Nick Cassavetes to Direct Ronda Rousey in Road House Remake

It was announced last month that UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey will headline MGM‘s upcoming remake Road House. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Road House remake has found a director in Nick Cassavetes.
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Daredevil Season 2 Teaser Featuring First Looks at Elektra and The Punisher!

Following its premiere at New York Comic Con, Marvel Entertainment and Netflix have released the Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 teaser! Featuring new footage from the upcoming second season, the video also offers our first teases of Elektra and The Punisher! Check it out in the player below.
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Will the God of Thunder and The Hulk Team Up in Thor: Ragnarok?

Rumors have been circulating for years about what Marvel Studios would do with Mark Ruffalo’s The Hulk following 2012’s The Avengers, and after the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the character’s fate is still very much up in the air, literally.
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Monday, 12 October 2015

Outcast Trailer: Robert Kirkman’s New Series Tackles Demonic Possession

Straight from their panel at New York Comic Con, Cinemax has released a new Outcast trailer, based on the comic by “The Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman. You can watch the Outcast trailer in the player below!
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The patron saint of the internet is Isidore of Seville, who tried to record everything ever known


In 1997 Pope John Paul II declared Isidore of Seville the patron saint of the internet. Saint Isidore died in the year 636, long before the first host-to-host ARPANET connection in 1969.
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Stephen King: The Top 10 Pure Horror Novels

Through the years, pop culture icon Stephen King has proven himself quite flexible in his work.
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James Cameron and Dark Horse Announce Avatar Comics!

Straight from their New York Comic Con panel, Dark Horse Comics has announced a partnership with James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment to bring Avatar comics to life. You can check out the announcement video (via EW) in the player below. Cameron reveal.
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Compares Assassin’s Creed Movie to Batman Begins

Video game adaptations don’t have the best track record in Hollywood, and for good reason, which is why when Ubisoft decided to begin adapting their properties, they wanted to maintain some control and develop the projects in house.
Read the full article: Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Compares Assassin’s Creed Movie to Batman Begins

The Pilot for The Expanse Is a Tense Socio-Political Thriller Inside a Gritty Space Opera


SyFy gave the crowd at NYCC a sneak peak of The Expanse, hosting a showing of the pilot episode, plus a panel featuring executive producers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, and stars Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, and Florence Faivre. Expository text tells us that Earth (now run by the U.N.
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Cinemax Orders SKIN TRADE Script

I am very excited to announce the Cinemax (HBO's sister company) has optioned the television rights to "The Skin Trade," the offbeat "werewolf noir" novella I penned back in the late 80s, and ordered a pilot script. This being Hollywood, of course, you never know where things will end...
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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Marvel Studios Announces Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie for 2018, Plus 3 Mystery Films!

Ant-Man and the Wasp movie officially announced for Marvel Phase Three! Marvel Studios has announced a bit of a shift in their plans for Marvel Phase Three with the announcement of a new movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, featuring the return of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang alongside Evangeline Lilly as Hop
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Shannara Chronicles Poster Reveals More of the Four Lands

In anticipation of more reveals during this week’s New York Comic Con, MTV has debuted a new piece of key art for their series The Shannara Chronicles, based on the international best-selling fantasy novels from author Terry Brooks.
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