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Posts by Sam Maggs

    Sam Maggs — Associate Editor

    Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.

  1. Penny Dreadful Review: “Fresh Hell”

    In which Helen McCrory comes for Eva Green['s Acting Queen title].

    After a fittingly long and drawn-out hiatus over the course of a dark winter, Penny Dreadful has crept back onto our television screens, scorpions, Satan, and all. Oh, and some witches this time, too.

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  2. Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Casino Royale (1967)


    I regret bad-mouthing Sean Connery's Bond.

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  3. Once Upon A Time In Conversation: “Mother”

    ...of dragons!?

    What did you think of last night's OUaT? Is there really going to be a big reboot? Let us know in the comments!

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  4. The X-Files Newbie Recap: “Fallen Angel,” “Eve”


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  5. Game of Thrones Book Spoiler Open Thread: “Sons of the Harpy”

    Warning! If you haven't read ASOIAF, back away! Head over to Jill's book-spoiler-free episode recap and discuss the episode in the comments! But if you have read the books, this is absolutely the best place for you to discuss the episode in relation to GRRM's original series.

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  6. The Mary Sue Interview: The Brass Giant‘s Brooke Johnson on Her Steampunk Engineer Heroine

    Brooke Johnson's The Brass Giant is set in an alternate-history version of London, filled with brassy, beautiful steampunk tech—but is still inhabited by humans with all their flaws. Female Engineer Petra Wade is barred from practicing her trade because she's a woman, but she's a prodigy—under her care, machines sing; they work brilliantly, and Petra knows she was born to be a mechanist. We spoke with Johnson about her new book, the steampunk world, and her rad female protagonist.

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  7. Gold Bubble Releases Super-Limited BB8-Themed Dress for Star Wars Day


    Squee! "The Mechanic" A-Line dress is only available for May the 4th in very limited supply from Gold Bubble Clothing, so what are you waiting for? Order now!

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  8. Avengers: Age of Ultron Has Huge Box Office Weekend; Marvel Now Dominates All Cinema Ever

    Surprising no one, Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron dominated the box office this weekend, raking in $187.7 million. That makes it the second-highest opening of all time, only behind Whedon's first Marvel entry, the original Avengers, with $207.4 million. I'm cool with it, because I actually really, really liked Ultron.

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  9. PSA: Whitewashing A Character Is Different From Michael B. Jordan Being Cast As Johnny Storm

    The difference between racebending and whitewashing.

    When it was announced about a year ago that Michael B. Jordan would be taking on the role of Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot, there was a considerable amount of backlash against the decision to cast a black actor in the role of a character who has always been portrayed as a white man. Despite Jordan taking the comments in stride (“It was expected . . . You can’t make everybody happy” he said), this is response is indicative of our culture’s exclusion of people of color in mainstream me

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  10. Weekend Getaway: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

    Featuring games you can finish in one weekend!

    Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for the Gamecube is a super weird game, let's just start with that. It was the first console Donkey Kong game to not be developed by Rareware, so it feels very different from any of the other DK platformers. It was released very near the end of the Gamecube's lifetime in 2005, only about a year before the Wii was released, so it flew under many people’s radars. Oh, and you play it with a dang ol' plastic bongo drum.

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  11. Why You Should Be Watching Blood Blockade Battlefront

    It's a blast.

    So here's the low-down on the anime Blood Blockade Battlefront: everyday apprentice journalist Leonard Watch, a completely normal boy who happens to have the eyes of a god that allow him to see across time and space. Leo has found himself in quite a comedy of the absurd, after biting off far more then he can chew in the big city months ago in search of a cure for his sister’s ailing legs.

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  12. Femme Fatales and Tough Guys: Exploiting and Subverting Noir Tropes in Contemporary YA

    Debut novelist Ash Parsons on YA tropes.

    The character of the femme fatale is one of my favorites. So why not put her in a contemporary YA novel? I certainly never thought twice about it when I was writing, but it does fly in the face of societal messages about girls and even the dreaded “likability factor.” Well, screw that.

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  13. The Mary Sue Interview: Liana Brooks on Her New Sci-Fi Thriller: The Day Before

    Calling all #CloneClub members.

    Liana Brooks' The Day Before follows ambitious detective Samantha Rose as she investigates a homicide in rural Alabama in the near future. But in an Orphan Black-esque turn of events, the murder victim turns out to be a clone—complicating the homicide and in fact reducing it to nothing more than littering. But Sam is not to be deterred. We spoke with Brooks about her sci-fi/thriller crossover, lady protagonists, and cloning.

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  14. Pull Wisely, Free Comic Book Day 2015 Edition: What To Grab At Your Local Comic Book Store Tomorrow

    Doctor Who! Kamala! And more!

    It's Free Comic Book Day tomorrow! Time to head out to your local comic book shop and grab some of the awesome totally free titles available. There's a whole lot - but here are our picks! What are you looking forward to?

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  15. Review: Sorry To Disappoint, But I Actually Really Loved Avengers: Age of Ultron

    I know, I know.

    Maybe it makes me a capitalist sheep. Or maybe I'm a weird feminist, or a Joss apologist, or an easily-brainwashable hype-bot. But regardless, I thought Avengers: Age of Ultron was awesome, and I'm not even going to apologize.

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  16. The Mary Sue Interview: H1Z1‘s Art Director On Adding A Playable Female Character To Their Game Today

    Daybreak Game Company's zombie survival title, H1Z1, was released in Early Access on Steam in January, and they've been adding new features in the months since. In a new patch coming today, they're (awesomely) allowing players to choose between a male or female playable character, and we spoke with the game's Art Director, Sebastian Strzalkowski, all about their new zombie-fighting lady.

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  17. Spaced Newbie Recap: “Ends”

    “Life just isn’t like the movies.”

    Can all season finales mimic what the season one finale of Spaced managed to accomplish?

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  18. Steven Universe Recap: “Reformed”

    Monster hunt! Monster hunt!

    This week feels like the ending of a trilogy of sorts, following up on fellow Amethyst exploration episodes “On the Run” and “Maximum Capacity” and ending our unofficial power-up sequence for our main Gems (which I can only hope means new ones will be joining the team. I refuse to give up hope – and I’m not convinced that the slinker isn’t Peridot, either).

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  19. The Mary Sue Interview: Academy Award-Winner Helen Hunt On Her Sophomore Film Ride

    This week, Helen Hunt opens her second film, Ride, about mother/career woman who follows her adult son to Venice after he quits college and takes up surfing (and re-ignites her love life with her surf teacher). Hunt spoke about the new film, surfing, and motherhood.

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  20. Celebrating 85 Years Of Nancy Drew, The Girl Who Started It All

    Agency. It is that which forms the foundation for any hero's ability to save the day. In America, agency for teenage girls in literature made its debut in 1930 in the person of Nancy Drew.

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