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A Literary Dissection of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein [Video]

Aside from offering plenty of chewy goodness on the history and themes of one of the most influential novels ever written, this episode of Crash Course reaffirms my desire to make a giant chart of personal relationships between historical figures of note. Prior to this video, I was unaware that Mary Shelley’s stepsister had an affair with Lord Byron (Ada Lovelace’s father, for those keeping score).

And I’m with John Green on this one — Shelley could write a sentence like nobody’s business.

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Lightspeed Sci-Fi Magazine to Do Entirely Woman-Created Issue

In June 2014, Lightspeed magazine will be doing an oversized  issue that’s entirely written and edited by women titled “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” They even have a Kickstarter campaign going to help fund the issue where you can get things like posters and subscriptions. An easy response would be to write this off as some sort of pandering, given that a lot of times projects like this are done to quiet down the disgruntled women-folk without having to hire them regularly. However, there’s more to this project and this publisher than just a simple feature on women.

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Seasons Four and Five of Sherlock Are Already “Plotted Out,” Will Hopefully Air Before 2050

It’s been a little over a week since the BBC’s Sherlock was last on hiatus, and in a few more days it’ll be on hiatus again. Sorry to reopen barely closed wounds, Sherlockians. But thankfully it looks like the next hiatus might not be quite so long as the two-year stretch between seasons two and three, because showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have already planned the twists and turns of the next two seasons.

American viewers who are waiting to watch season three until it comes out (legally) in the US, be ye reassured: There are no spoilers behind the jump.

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Ghost Is Being Brought Back to Life as a TV Show

But will Ghost‘s resurrected spirit be a benevolent one like Patrick Swayze‘s Sam, or an evil spirit like the ones that drag people down to hell using less-than-impressive early ‘90s special effects? If the Ghost reboot is a good spirit, will it be kind to its fans? Or will it refuse to say it loves them, opting only for “ditto,” which in this case means a hiatus-ridden production schedule and endless reruns? I think this analogy got away from me.

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Samuel L. Jackson Calls America “Robophobic” In New RoboCop Trailer

I was actually excited for the RoboCop reboot after seeing the first trailer. This one? Not so much. We shall see…

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The Addams Family Is Coming Back From the Dead

I don’t want to shock you, but it’s been twenty years since the last The Addams Family movie came out. Yes. Twenty years. And now MGM is resurrecting the family from the grave for an animated movie.

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Watch the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con Title Teaser Before It Gets Yanked [UPDATE: High-Res Version]

A good two months after San Diego Comic-Con, someone has finally put Marvel’s Age of Ultron title teaser up online. It’s pretty cool, if low-quality, which is to be expected in a bootleg. SuperHeroHype speculates that Marvel might not yank it because it doesn’t contain any actual footage from the film, but if you want to watch it I’d do it soon just in case.

[Update: It did get yanked, but another version—a high-res one at that!—popped up. Yay!]

(via: Comic Book Resources)

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New BBC Drama Trailer Gives Us a Quick Look at New Sherlock Footage [VIDEO]

…plus glimpses of shows The Escape Artist (ohai David Tennant!), The Musketeers (Peter Capaldi, how do you do?), The Great Train Robbery, Ripper Street, and more.

We all know which one Tumblr is freaking out about, but I for one am more intrigued by The Musketeers. Bring on the historical drama!

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What If The Terminator Films Are Actually What Causes Skynet To Become Self-Aware? [VIDEO]

That was the thought I had after watching this featurette from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts concerning Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines special effects. Granted, it may not be anyones’ favorite Terminator film but it was the one where they showed everything going down for the first time. And now I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the Terminators kept being created for the films using practical effects rather than CGI. And then I wonder if the CGI technology is getting too advanced. And now I’m gonna go live in a Hobbit hole. Feel free to join me.

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Google Can Predict Movie Success Weeks Before Release

Like a particularly perceptive alien species, Google has gone from observing human behavior to predicting it, with a new study, Quantifying Movie Magic With Google Search.  The study suggests that, with Google searches for movies on the rise, up 56% despite a 9% decline in the overall number of movies out in from 2011 to 2012, Google has the data to predict, even with 94% accuracy, how much a movie will gross at the box office.  The calculations are based on a number of types of searches, from trailers to reviews to the number of queries on a specific movie leading up to its release.  This study could show companies what to do to keep their movies in our minds before and during opening week, and is also quite a significant indicator of how much we rely on Google for our entertainment choices.

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