7 Mothers, Mentors, and Matriarchs of SFF Who Are Probably Very Disappointed With Us Right Now


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Harry Potter, Molly Weasley, Julie Walters

If you need something done, there’s usually only one person for the job… and no, we’re not talking about a chosen one. We’re talking about the women who roll up their sleeves and get sh*t done, whether it’s holding down the fort in a wizarding resistance, or standing at the right hand of power in a planetary Empire—these mothers, mentors, and matriarchs are some of the most imposing figures the world (or universe) over, and they really don’t have time for our crap right now…

 

Molly Weasley—Harry Potter series

Harry Potter, Molly Weasley, Julie Walters

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Molly Weasley is everyone’s mother, intent on keeping the entire wizarding resistance against Voldemort fed and clothed and well cared for. She establishes her own clan as Harry’s de facto family once he makes friends with her youngest son Ron in their first year at Hogwarts, and is certain to send him Christmas presents and invite ...

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Danny Torrance Revisits His Past in First Trailer For The Shining Sequel, Doctor Sleep


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Doctor Sleeps, trailer, Ewan McGregor

Escaping the past is never easy. If you had Danny Torrance’s childhood, it’s probably impossible. Get ready to revisit the Overlook Hotel…

The first trailer for Doctor Sleep:

We’re getting a lot of familiar locales from this trailer, but it’s hard to say if this is Danny revisiting the hotel, or if he’s working through his own memories of the place. (Though that shot of him through the iconic door certainly seems real…) It’s unclear just how many cues the film will be taking from Kubrick’s The Shining in order to build out from Stephen King’s 2013 novel, but the sets are exact in their recreation.

Doctor Sleep will hit theaters on November 8th.

Serial Box is Bringing Orphan Black Back With Tatiana Maslany


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Orphan Black, series finale

Get your Clone Club together and start a dance party because Serial Box is bringing back Orphan Black in the big way!

Serial Box is going to run a new “season” of Orphan Black, complete with an audiobook version narrated by Tatiana Maslany. Orphan Black: The Next Chapter is going to be set eight years after the show’s end, but will feature the same characters that fans know and love.

The author lineup for this one is stellar! The season will feature Malka Older (Ninth Step StationThe Centenal Cycle series), with Madeline Ashby, Mishell Baker, Heli Kennedy, E.C. Myers, and Lindsay Smith as series writers. According to Serial Box, “The story will take fans in some unexpected directions, and there are a lot of treats along the way that harken back to previous seasons.”

We have no word on a release date yet, but ...

Russian Doll is Getting A Second Season!


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Russian Doll season one trailer, Natasha Lyonne

If you spent this February stuck in a time loop with Natasha Lyonne, you’ll be excited to hear that Russian Doll has been renewed for a second season on Netflix… but what could that season possibly entail?

Vulture has confirmed the season renewal via Lyonne herself and a Netflix executive at the Recode tech conference. When pressed for details, Lyonne would only say, “Same show, just weirder.”

The Hollywood Reporter already ran an interview with Russian Doll’s co-creators that confirmed that the show was pitched as three seasons to Netflix, and that Lyonne’s character Nadia was meant to be a presence in each of those seasons. Given the plot of season one, what is Nadia’s likely role in the other two plotlines? A time loop guru who helps some more unsuspecting kids break their own cycles? A strange vortex of temporal intent who drags other people into loops with ...

Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents Will Be An Animated Film


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Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, covers

Germany-based Ulysses Filmproduktion has optioned Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents as an animated film project, set for release in early 2022.

Based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Amazing Maurice was published by Doubleday in 2001, the 28th Discworld book (and the first children’s story set on the Disc). The film has a few interesting names attached already, including Carter Goodrich, who did the character design for Ratatouille and Brave. The script has already been penned by Terry Rossio, who is responsible for Disney’s latest Aladdin revamp, as well as Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek.

Ireland’s Cantilever Media will produce the film alongside Ulysses, and Rob Wilkins—managing director of Narrativia, the company created to manage Pratchett’s properties—will serve as producer. According to Variety, Wilkins was actually in the room when Pratchett conceptualized Maurice:

He was also with Pratchett when ...

The New Trailer for Frozen 2 is Surprisingly Epic


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Do you want to watch a trailer? The new look at Frozen 2 is surprisingly epic in tone, with Elsa traveling north to learn the true nature of her powers, and, from the sounds of it, save the entire world? And Anna, not one to be left out in the cold, vows to protect her sister.

Click through for the full trailer!

We’re excited to see the makers of Frozen have decided to stress Elsa’s power, but we’re most excited about all the terrible puns we’ll get to make.

Frozen 2 will skate into theaters November 22!

Jessica Jones: Hero or Fraud? Watch the Trailer For Season 3 to Find Out


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Jessica Jones, season 3 trailer

It’s almost time for the final season of Jessica Jones—and now we have a trailer to find out what our favorite superpowered P.I. is up to….

Just remember, she doesn’t care if you think she’s a hero:

Jessica’s new enemy looks formidable, and Hogarth no longer seems to be on her side. At least she and Trish have made up. Sort of? Kind of? Well, we’ll see. Season 3 hits on June 14th, so keep an eye on your Netflix cue….

Jessica Jones: Hero or Fraud? Watch the Trailer For Season 3 to Find Out


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Jessica Jones, season 3 trailer

It’s almost time for the final season of Jessica Jones—and now we have a trailer to find out what our favorite superpowered P.I. is up to….

Just remember, she doesn’t care if you think she’s a hero:

Jessica’s new enemy looks formidable, and Hogarth no longer seems to be on her side. At least she and Trish have made up. Sort of? Kind of? Well, we’ll see. Season 3 hits on June 14th, so keep an eye on your Netflix cue….

Check Out Elden Ring, A New Collaboration Between George R.R. Martin and Dark Souls Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki


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Elden Ring trailer

If you’re a fan of the Dark Souls game series or George R.R. Martin, you might be intrigued at the fantasy world the duo are co-creating for a brand new game: Elden Ring.

Take a peek at the new trailer, recently revealed at the E3 conference:

With these two creators coming together to create a new environment for epic fantasy fans to explore, it’s looking like Elden Ring will be the latest sure thing in video games. Get your Xbox ready!

Check Out Elden Ring, A New Collaboration Between George R.R. Martin and Dark Souls Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki


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Elden Ring trailer

If you’re a fan of the Dark Souls game series or George R.R. Martin, you might be intrigued at the fantasy world the duo are co-creating for a brand new game: Elden Ring.

Take a peek at the new trailer, recently revealed at the E3 conference:

With these two creators coming together to create a new environment for epic fantasy fans to explore, it’s looking like Elden Ring will be the latest sure thing in video games. Get your Xbox ready!

5 Super-Competent Sci-Fi Ensembles We’d Trust to Get Us Through Space


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Farscape, season 2

Science fiction has spent decades exploring the far reaches of our universe and various fictional ones, but space itself never gets easier. In our fictional futures, humans might be fighting across the asteroid belt; wormholes may be spitting poor astronauts out like cherry pits; or the key to faster-than-light travel might be impermanent, stranding new civilizations out in the black. Everywhere you look, there’s a space crisis.

But where there’s crisis, there’s also those who rise to the occasion—the tight-knit, found-family spaceship crews who utilize their respective talents to keep their boat running; bands of pirates battling empresses, or emperoxes allying with scientists. These five ensembles don’t let black holes or petty squabbles get in the way of simply staying alive—and occasionally saving the universe.

 

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Watch Brad Pitt Go Into Space in First Trailer For Ad Astra


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Ad Astra trailer

For those in need of a new tense space yarn where the destruction of the planet is always looming, Brad Pitt has got you covered…

Check out the first trailer for Ad Astra:

Space elevators! Papa Tommy Lee! A threat to the solar system! Liv Tyler stuck on Earth while a man she loves goes into to space in order to avert impending doom (again)! And some very lovely cinematography, of course.

Ad Astra opens in theaters on September 20th.

Watch the First Teaser for Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance


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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance teaser

Netflix has released the first teaser for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the television prequel to Jim Henson’s iconic 1982 fantasy film. Directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Now You See Me) and with a cast including Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, and Taron Egerton, the series follows three Gelflings trying to stop “the Darkening.”

Most notably, Age of Resistance utilizes puppets, as did its forebear, rather than going full CGI. Voicing these puppets is an impressive cast that further includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eddie Izzard, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, Natalie Dormer, and many more. Watch the epic teaser:

The official summary:

The journey begins as darkness rises. Join three Gelfling heroes on an epic quest to save their world.

The 10-episode first season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance premieres on Netflix on Friday, August 30.

Brandon Sanderson on Changes in the Wheel of Time TV Show: “Majority of These Decisions Are Excellent Choices”


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The Wheel of Time

Author Brandon Sanderson jumped into the Stormlight_Archive subreddit and r/WoT subreddit over the holiday weekend to answer questions, give updates, and generally be awesome (you can see most of the answers collected here) and naturally we got some additional details on how the Wheel of Time TV show is progressing.

Sanderson initially commented that the TV show would have noticeable differences from the books, then elaborated:

I found the mast [sic] majority of these decisions to be excellent choices–things that will give the show its own soul, but still in line with the feel and tone of the books. I can’t say for certain, but my instincts say the fanbase will in general respond to them positively. There are a few I offered suggestions on, and we’ll see.

I can’t say too much, not just because of NDAs, but also because the show is very much still ...

13 Optimistic Fantasies to Chase Away the Grimdark Blues


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Grimdark fantasy is great, but sometimes (especially when the summer sun is just around the corner) we want something that’s more… optimistic. Just a little, at least! We’ve gathered 13 of our favorite brighter fantasies below, but be sure to add your own picks in the comments!

 

The Goblin Emperor—Katherine Addison

Katherine Addison’s delightful novel is about many things, but at its (lovable) heart it’s a story about realizing that sometimes your quirks are your greatest strengths. Maia, half-elven, half-goblin, becomes Emperor when his father and three elder brothers are assassinated. He has to learn how to rule a distrustful kingdom while he investigates the murder, navigates the byzantine politics of his (primarily Elven) court, and, hardest of all, stays true to himself. The story doesn’t shy away from the horrors of executions or the ugliness of prejudice, but it also focuses on the power of compassion ...

Our 6 Favorite Stories of Being Tossed Into Space


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There’s something to be said for fearless starship crews, led by charismatic captains, who point their ships at the far reaches of the universe, following coordinates and star-charts to boldly go exactly where they plan to. But we’ve got a soft spot for the underdogs—the folks who woke up with no idea that their day would involve getting tossed into space at the mercy of wormholes or intergalactic highway construction projects. From an astronaut who gets dropped in the middle of a space battle to a tech disruptor who gets dragged by the heart across dimensions, here are six highly relatable stories of stumbling through space.

 

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4 Questions Raised By the New Star Trek Picard Teaser Trailer


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Star Trek Picard first trailer

Rejoice for Jean-Luc Picard is back on our screens! And… he’s not doing so great. Now that we’ve gotten our very first trailer for Star Trek: Picard, coming to CBS All Access in late 2019, let’s dig through the dialogue and clues left behind.

Here are four questions we had after watching the trailer.

 

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Related press materials for Star Trek: Picard mention that it is set 18 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. In addition, we now know of two other events in the Trek timeline that take place between Nemesis and Picard: the destruction of the planet Romulus by supernova and disappearance of Ambassador Spock, which 2009’s Star Trek sets in the year 2387, and now Picard’s “Rescue Armada”, which the trailer places as 15 years before Star Trek: Picard.

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Star Trek: Picard Releases Its First Trailer!


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Star Trek: Picard show logo

Where is Jean-Luc Picard following the events of his canonical appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis? The very first trailer for Star Trek: Picard will show you…

Let’s take a walk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3om4V_-Y0Q&feature=youtu.be

So it would seem that after Nemesis, Picard retired from Starfleet to the family vineyard, intending to leave that life of service behind. We can hardly blame the man, given everything he’d lost. But eighteen years have passed, and perhaps Jean-Luc is in need of some renewed faith. Starfleet always was his truest home, and it looks as though the first season of his eponymous show will be about Picard finding his way back to that home.

Star Trek: Picard‘s first season will debut in late 2019 on CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard Releases Its First Trailer!


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Star Trek: Picard show logo

Where is Jean-Luc Picard following the events of his canonical appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis? The very first trailer for Star Trek: Picard will show you…

Let’s take a walk:

So it would seem that after Nemesis, Picard retired from Starfleet to the family vineyard, intending to leave that life of service behind. We can hardly blame the man, given everything he’d lost. But eighteen years have passed, and perhaps Jean-Luc is in need of some renewed faith. Starfleet always was his truest home, and it looks as though the first season of his eponymous show will be about Picard finding his way back to that home.

Star Trek: Picard‘s first season will debut in late 2019 on CBS All Access.

This Website Compiles Every Single Wall Calendar Dedicated to Tolkien and Lord of the Rings


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The old (okay, not that old) adage would seem to be true—you can find anything on the internet. Including a comprehensive guide to nearly every hanging wall calendar ever created to celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings saga. Well, up to the year 2016, that is. And minus the Peter Jackson film calendars, as there are limits to these things.

Where can you find all of this? We’re glad you asked…

There is an entire website devoted to the history of Tolkien-inspired wall calendars. Here is a little note from the website’s creator on what led to its inception:

After many years of collecting Tolkien calendars, encouragement from several other collectors, and a great deal of help from my son, I created this website. I had the name made up before I ever started typing this text. So it is a bit presumptuous to call ...