Watch the First Trailer for The Man in the High Castle


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The Man in the High Castle trailer

All of the trailers were released during San Diego Comic-Con! Amazon Prime joined in by sharing a first look at their adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick’s alternate-history novel in which the Nazis won World War II. They’ve split not only the United States, but most of the world, with Japan, and freedom and liberty are the kinds of things you can see only on old film reels.

Amazon greenlit a full first season several months ago, after the pilot was the most-watched on Amazon Prime. Ridley Scott is producing the series, with Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) executive-producing. Check out the trailer, with cool visuals of alternate-history U.S. monuments, as well as glimpses of stars Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos. Plus, there are some hints about the eponymous Man in the High Castle, who the cast discussed at SDCC.

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What Happened at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday?


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Alton Brown and Adam Savage as the Twins

Hey, it’s the Twins from the Matrix Reloaded! That’s a striking yet slightly-nerdily-deep-cut cosplay…waaaaait a minute. We think we recognize those two goatees! That’s Thyme Lord Alton Brown and Mythbustin’-ass Adam Savage under those wigs!

Check out more highlights from Saturday at SDCC, plus we’ve got a handy roundup of all of our Comic-Con coverage  so far!

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A Way To Transform Your Cat into Something Even More Cute!


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Totoro Cat

We always knew Japan would find a way to make Totoro real. In what may be the greatest trend in all of recorded history, Japanese cat parents are using simple white paper cut-outs to turn their unsuspecting cats into Totoro. Try it on your own kitty!

Morning Roundup brings you more Jurassic World news, more Levar Burton news, and a praise song to summer reading lists!

Now You Can Build Your Own The Force Awakens Stormtrooper!


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LEGO Buildable Stormtrooper Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys

Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, and they’re all Stormtrooper-flavored! If you’re going to San Diego Comic-Con, you’ll get a glimpse of one of the new First Order soldiers as the classic 6-inch Hasbro figure, as a Hot Wheels car (OK, we’re still with you), and—the coolest-looking one—a LEGO Buildable Stormtrooper. Comprised of 81 pieces and standing 9 inches tall, it’s the kind of LEGO piece we’d like to see more of—perhaps in Rey or Kylo Ren form? Check out the rest of the toys at Entertainment Weekly!

Afternoon Roundup learns that far-future NYC still has present-day NYC’s quirks, finds another reason to love Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, and assembles the best crew of Rebels and scruffy-looking nerfherders for an intergalactic heist.

Marvel Dream Casts Doctor Strange So We Don’t Have To


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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Marvel has added Chiwetel Ejiofor to play Baron Mordo in Dr. Strange! So, for those playing along at home, that’s Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, and possibly TILDA FREAKING SWINTON as The Ancient One. And they’re all going to do magic at each other and it’s going to be great. Seriously, the only way this gets better is if Loki shows up as Dr. Strange’s soulful ex-boyfriend who spends the entire movie being soaked by falling magical rain while dressed in a thin pale shirt. And then there’s like a ton of humidity so his and Tilda’s hair poofs out like in Only Lovers Left Alive. And…maybe Martin Freeman is there? Somehow? In a comic-relief cameo?

While Baron Mordo is usually depicted as a rival-turned-straight-up-villain, Deadline is reporting that the new Mordo will be more complex, and possibly incorporate a few other characters’ personalities into a character with more ambiguity, ...

Geordi La Forge Can Fly Twice As High!


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Geordi La Forge Reeding Rainbow Funko Mashup

OK, so this is the pinnacle of adorable right here. LeVar Burton tweeted this piece of awesomeness, a custom-made Funko figure that combine two of Mr. Burtons greatest roles: Geordi La Forge and, well, LeVar Burton, but “Host of Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton.” This icon to both engineering and the power of reading was created by Su Yin, and just looking at it makes us mentally fly twice as high.

Morning Roundup brings you more fun facts about your favorite velociraptor training films, a thoughtful discussion of Batman’s changing meaning, and a celebration of Philip K. Dick!

Peter Jackson Already Paid “Practically Perfect” Tribute to Christopher Lee


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Christopher Lee Peter Jackson

Ohh, our hearts. Collider tweeted this sweet photo of dearly departed Christopher Lee on his last day on the set of The Hobbit with Peter Jackson, who bestowed upon him this little token of his and Fran Walsh’s affection for their Saruman. That was just one of Lee’s many memorable roles; EW has rounded up their favorites. Meanwhile, Elijah Woods, Mark Gatiss, Tim Burton, and more pay their respects.

Afternoon Roundup distracts you with sexy science, reads up on Spider-Gwen, and learns what Jurassic Park and Super Mario Bros. have in common.

Chris Hemsworth Joins All-Female Ghostbusters as the Receptionist


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Chris Hemsworth Ghostbusters receptionist

Bless you, Paul Feig, for taking seriously the gender swap in the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot and deciding to make the receptionist (a part played so wonderfully by Annie Potts in the original films) male. And bless you, Chris Hemsworth, for being so comfortable in your masculinity that you would stand up to fill that oh-so-important role.

Mostly we’re just super-excited to see Hemsworth manning the phones, rocking some great glasses, and yelling, “We got one!”

Feig shared the news on Twitter yesterday:

Though he’s mostly starred in action films, Hemsworth is no stranger to playing it funny when he has the opportunity. Throughout the Marvel movies, we’ve watched his Thor soften from the stern Asgardian who was the butt of jokes to making some wisecracks of his own, especially in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s also got ...

Chris Hemsworth Ghostbusters receptionist

Say Good Morning to She Guardian!


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She Guardian by Dashi Namdakov

The She Guardian is a 36-foot-tall bronze winged-cat-dragon-hellbeast-thing that is currently guarding Central London from all attackers, giant mice-dragons, and nightmare-free slumber. She Guardian was made by Russian sculptor Dashi Namdakov, and is an expression of motherly love and protectiveness. Check out Mashable to see some full-body shots of this gorgeous monster!

Morning Roundup has collected some more thoughts on dinosaurs that are guaranteed to leave you foaming at the mouth for Jurassic World! …in a good way. Also, reconsiderations of Deep Impact and Tomorrowland, and an appreciation of the all-important sci-fi control panel!

Now Boarding Flight 394


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Severus Snape American Airlines

Severus Snape didn’t die! That snake bite was barely a scratch, and he fled to the Muggle world to reinvent himself. Under the name David Dolci, he ditched the Dark Arts and got a career in the travel industry. But wizards are everywhere, and they spotted the polarizing former Professor Snape, with American Airlines making the best joke.

Afternoon Roundup brings sad news for Game of Thrones costuming fans, a trip down memory lane with your favorite genre TV shows, and a celebration of Mara Jade.

The Punisher to Make Daredevil Season 2 A Lot Darker


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The Punisher Daredevil season 2

At the end of Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil season 1, Matt Murdock took the stance not to solve crime through murder. But for those who want season 2 to be a lot darker, Marvel is bringing The Punisher to Hell’s Kitchen to show Daredevil the lethal side of vigilanteism.

Just a few months ago, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight expressed his desire to create a Punisher spinoff, which would of course have to be a hard-R. But considering that Marvel and Netflix already have lined up AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders after Daredevil,  it makes more sense for The Punisher to show up on a Marvel show.

Shane The Walking Dead Jon Bernthal

But instead of being one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s many revolving-door guest stars, Frank Castle will provide the (very fitting) foil for Murdock. He’ll be played by Jon Bernthal, who was surprisingly and chillingly brutal as Rick Grimes’ frenemy Shane ...

Color Your Own Direwolf!


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Direwolf, Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Good news: we’re getting a “new” entry in the A Song of Ice and Fire series this fall! Better news: It’s a coloring book. Best possible news: You can go to Game of Thrones Coloring Book right now and start painting! Whether you want to spend several hours painting the House Targaryen crest in soothing shades of green, or create a purple-spotted Direwolf Dalmatian, as we’ve attempted above, you are guaranteed hours of fun. [via Electric Literature!]

Morning Roundup brings you thoughts on the religion of Whovianism, the evillest children of all time, the continued world domination of Imperator Furiosa, and many many dinosaur roars!

Meet the New Powerpuff Girls, Same as the Old Powerpuff Girls?


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first look new The Powerpull Girls

Notice anything different? …That’s kind of a trick question, because the first image from the new Powerpuff Girls (courtesy of Cartoon Network) looks almost exactly like the series we enjoyed back in the ’90s. For better or for worse, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup haven’t undergone any major external transformation… but they do have new voice actors!

Afternoon Roundup brings you J.K. Rowling fulfilling our greatest dream, long-lost Star Wars tomes, and Imperator Furiosa making us want to actually buy women’s products.

Watch the First Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2!


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The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 first trailer

Wow, hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of the Hunger Games movie franchise. Lionsgate has released the first trailer for Mockingjay, Part 2, in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is tired of making speeches about taking down President Snow and now wants to actually put her arrows where her mouth is.

“Nothing good is safe while Snow is alive,” she tells President Coin, as we see footage of Finnick and Annie’s wedding. Of the various events in the book, it’s the one most clearly telegraphed in the trailer. Fans hoping for a “real or not real” will have to wait until the next teaser, though there is a tender Katniss/Peeta moment. (Also, a brief shot of Gwendoline Christie as District 13’s Commander Lyme!)

The heavy foreshadowing about how corrupt and rotten Snow is in this trailer is interesting, considering how things shake out once Katniss and her propo team head ...

Let’s Get Those X-Files Out of Storage!


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X-Files

The new X-Files mini-series began shooting today and to tease us, executive producer Glen Morgan posted this picture from the set.

At first it just looks like a storage closet in some random office but then OMG that poster! And you know that it’s just a prop and of course they kept it but still a little bit of you thinks that the X-Files are real and the FBI just tossed all of Mulder’s crap into a room when they closed it down but that poster…the random person who had to clear out their office just didn’t have the heart to get rid of that poster. Because the X-Files kind of sticks with you that way.

We have a lot of feelings about The X-Files’ return, obviously. So do David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who have been tweeting their own pics from the filming.

The Perfect Addition for Our Shrine to Peggy Carter!


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Peggy Carter Funko Pop

Is there anything Peggy Carter can’t do? She can fight sexism in the workplace, defeat the heck outta Hydra, and wear red hats better than anyone this side of Carmen Sandiego. And now, we learn that she can also make a freaking adorable Pop! figurine. Look at her with her jaunty hat!

Morning Roundup brings you news…FROM HELL. Or at least, from the DC Comics version of Hell. Plus a point/counterpoint on The Matrix and a ridiculously complete history of ILM!

Warner Bros and Ellen DeGeneres to Adapt Naomi Novik’s Uprooted


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Uprooted Naomi Novik optioned movie rights

Warner Bros has snatched up the movie rights to Uprooted, Naomi Novik’s dark new fairy tale-inspired fantasy novel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio beat out Lionsgate and Fox 2000 for the chance to adapt Novik’s tale of Agnieszka, a young woman handed over to a wizard called Dragon in exchange for protecting her land from the malevolent Wood.

Even more interesting is that Finding Nemo and Finding Dory star Ellen DeGeneres has signed on as one of the producers. Her producing partner Jeff Kleeman (they run A Very Good Production) was the one to bring the book to her attention.

Here’s the synopsis for Uprooted, described as part Beauty and the Beast, part Howl’s Moving Castle:

Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing ...

The Most Foul, Cruel, Bad-Tempered Guard Rodent


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beware attack rabbit sign

Redditor youphoric came across a yard that no man wants to enter, documenting the evil that lurks just beyond this fence and its oh-so-helpful warning. We’re assuming this photo was taken three (no more, and no less—not four, nor five) seconds before youphoric lobbed the Holy Hand Grenade in there.

Afternoon Roundup brings you more Nicole Perlman, some Inception closure, and the most fearsome T. Rex cookie ever!

Matt Damon Sciences the S**t Out of The Martian Trailer


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The Martian trailer Matt Damon Andy Weir

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for its adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian, and it looks damn good. Under Ridley Scott’s hand, the gripping, well-researched novel seems to take on equal parts Gravity (as we watch Matt Damon’s botanist and mechanical engineer Mark Watney get stranded on Mars) and Interstellar (Watney faces the bleak truth that the earliest NASA will return to find him is four years’ time). There’s also some dark humor, as Watney doggedly keeps up with video recording, telling his audience or lack thereof how he plans to “science the shit out of this” in order to stay alive on an inhospitable planet.

Also, the cast looks fantastic: Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Oscar Isaac, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Kristen Wiig. Not to mention the requisite inspiring score as man faces an alien nature. Just watch the trailer already:

The studio also put out a ...