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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. Thinking of Crowdfunding? Make Sure You’re Not Doing Anything Illegal!

    Some thoughts from an IRL lawyer.

    We are living in an amazing age for content creators and entrepreneurs. The rise of crowdfunding has revolutionized how artists and fans create new and exciting works, and how entrepreneurs can start entrepreneur-ing. But like any new thing, the kinks are still being worked out. The crowdfunding model is so new that a lot of laws and regulations haven’t caught up with it, and so accessible that users may be diving in without fully realizing the costs or rules they have to follow.

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  2. Does ET Eat Ramen? The Women On The Hunt For Perytons And Life In Outer Space

    An arxiv article, published suspiciously close to April 1st, recently pointed out that fast-radio-bursts (FRBs), a unique type of signal detected by radio telescopes, might be a message from the intelligent denizens of extra-galactic space. ETs or not, the study’s authors indicted that they looked only at bona fide FRBs, not their near identical twin, the (entirely more suspect) Perytons.

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  3. The Mary Sue Interview: Director Eric Schaeffer On Representing The Trans Community In Boy Meets Girl

    Eric Schaeffer's latest film, and his gentlest film to day, is Boy Meets Girl, the coming of age romantic comedy about a Ricky, a transgender woman in Kentucky (played by newcomer Michelle Hendley) with a male best friend (Twilight’s Michael Welch) who develops feelings for a girl (Alexandra Turshen) for the first time. The movie has been celebrated at multiple LGBT film festivals, including winning 10 best picture honors. Schaeffer spoke with us about his new movie (now on VOD and DVD).

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  4. Five Times Doctor Who Actually Got Their Science Right


    When a show explains away the many paradoxes created by its time traveling hero with the phrase “timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly,” that’s a pretty good sign that this isn’t the place to go for exacting scientific accuracy. But Doctor Who is a show that loves to surprise, and I’m absolutely certain that in among the Daleks and Time Lords, you can find at least five examples of solid science.

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  5. The Mary Sue Interview: Writer/Director Natalie Leite On Sexuality & Stripping In Bare, With Dianna Agron & Paz De La Huerta

    Natalie Leite is a far cry from the directionless character she's created in Bare, a film about an aimless 20-something Sarah (Dianna Agron of Glee) who befriends Pepper (Paz de la Huerta), who deals drugs at a strip club, and introduces Sarah to another world within her small town. I spoke with Natalie about making her feature debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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  6. Bad Gamer Part 7: What Happens If You Play Through Dragon Age: Inquisition Like A Total Jerk?

    After a fitful sleep, I immediately summon the War Council. I need this breach closed now.

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  7. The Mary Sue Interview: Tribeca’s Nora Ephron Prize Contender Reed Morano on Meadowland

    Last Saturday morning, cup of coffee in hand, I attended a screening during the Tribeca Film Festival of the new movie Meadowland, a domestic drama starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson. The movie, which will be in theaters later this year, focuses on a married couple facing the loss of child, a son who went missing over a year earlier.

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  8. The Mary Sue Interview: Trans Actress Michelle Hendley On Positive Representation In Boy Meets Girl

    It’s not every day that an actress makes her debut on screen in a leading role, but for Michelle Hendley, that is exactly how she entered the film industry. When writer/director Eric Schaeffer was looking for a trans woman to play the lead in Boy Meets Girl, he stumbled upon Hendley’s old YouTube channel and thought she would be perfect fit for the role of Ricky.

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  9. Orphan Black Science Recap: “The Weight of This Combination”

    Science side of Tumblr, at your service.

    Welcome to our new Orphan Black science recaps, where Casey, a graduate student in genetics and developmental biology, and Nina, a professional science communicator, examine the science in each episode of OB and talk you through it in (mostly) easy-to-digest terms. If you haven’t watched the latest episode of Orphan Black, be forewarned: there will be spoilers. There will also be crazy science.

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  10. Pedro Pascal Is In Sia’s New Music Video Because The Universe Loves You

    God is real.

    Oh, Pedro. Pedro, Pedro, Pedro. Game of Thrones did you dirty. We miss you. Be in more things like this please.

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  11. Sailor Moon Newbie Recap: Episodes 67 & 68

    It’s a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey kind of day in the Mooniverse.

    Okay, so I take back my earlier rant about how we’d have to wait 20 episodes to find out what’s going on with Chibiusa. The creative team didn’t string us along for very long at all, and we pretty much have all the gaps filled in at this point. Now all that’s left is for Usagi to take down the baddies, save the future, and rescue the Queen. Who is, um… herself. This probably won’t cause any gaping rifts in the space-time continuum. Probably.

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  12. Manga You Don’t Have To Wait For: xxxHOLiC

    It's binging time!

    There’s hardly anything I love more than curling up under a cozy blanket with a cup of tea and reading manga. Except, perhaps, sitting in the park on a sunny day and reading manga. Either way, the key denominator here is “reading manga.” One of the things I dislike most is reaching the end of a volume, and having to wait months for the next installment. I’m not a patient person. Thats why omnibus volumes are one of my most favorite things ever.

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  13. Agents of SHIELD Recap: “Frenemy of my Enemy”

    CAL <33333

    Here's my favorite thing about "Frenemy of my Enemy": it was both written and directed by women, Monica Owusu-Breen and Karen Gaviola, respectively. Do you know how rare that is in production? Super rare. All hail the television gods for that combo on this episode. More of that, please.

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  14. The Mary Sue Interview: CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap Takes On The Tech Industry’s Treatment Of Women

    One of the most anticipated documentaries to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this year is Robin Hauser Reynold’s CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. The film addresses head-on the alarming fact that there is a disturbing lack of women studying and working in the computer science field. She also looks at the sexism causing this big problem, rampant in education, business, and popular culture - along with the efforts being made to fix this nationwide problem.

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  15. The Mass Effect Trilogy Is Only $10 On Amazon Right Now And Here’s Why You Should Play It

    I should go (to Amazon right now).

    The entire Mass Effect trilogy is on sale for PC on Amazon right now for just $10, and that makes Amazon our favorite shop on the Citadel. If you've never played the game before, you absolutely have to take advantage of this deal and get ready for the best 100 hours of your life.

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  16. iZombie Recap: “Virtual Reality Bites”

    On tonight’s menu: hacking, snacking and lip-smacking.

    As you can probs tell from the title, this week’s episode, “Virtual Reality Bites,” is loosely gamer-themed as Liv tries to solve the murder of an infamous hacker and RPG player. On paper, this plot might sound kinda lame, but it works like a specialized charm spell on screen, especially as a couple of our fave characters get to geek out in the process.

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  17. Carey Mulligan, Rose Byrne, and Geena Davis Are All Sick Of Hollywood’s Sexist Crap This Week

    Women in Hollywood - like Carey Mulligan, Rose Byrne, and Geena Davis - are pretty done with its sexist garbage, and they're all speaking out about it this week.

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  18. What Joseph Kahn’s Gritty Power/Rangers Meant to a Lifelong Power Rangers Fan

    When the short film Power/Rangers blew onto the Internet way back in February (on my sister’s birthday no less), it came up out of nowhere. The first place I found out about the film was from HitFix, where movie critic Drew McWeeny unveiled the film, interviewed director/co-screenwriter Joseph Kahn about the project, and explained that the short film from Kahn and Dredd producer Adi Shankar was meant to be a hard satire - not of the Power Rangers, but of the very concept of "gritty” reboots.

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  19. The Cover For DC’s Black Canary #2 Has Us Jazzed About This New Girl Band Comic

    Black Canary #2 hits stands and online retailers July 15th, and Annie Wu's cover is everything. Written by Brenden Fletcher (of Batgirl and Gotham Academy), we have a feeling this is going to be one rockin' comic (sorry). #2 is even going to have a variant cover by Batgirl's Babs Tarr.

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  20. The Mary Sue Interview: Sydney Padua on The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

    The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua combines Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, a steampunk sensibility, and copious footnotes - so it is no surprise that I was immediately transfixed as soon as I discovered the web comic and app several years ago.

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