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  1. Watch the First Two Trailers for Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

    Kleenex at the ready.

    Benedict Cumberbatch's previous "Look, ma! I'm playing a tech history icon!" movie, WikiLeaks docudrama The Fifth Estate, crashed and burned both critically and commercially, so here's hoping his Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game does better. There's certainly no shortage of talent on display in the trailers (US above, UK behind the cut).

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  2. George Takei’s TED Talk on American Democracy

    This is important.

    George Takei's TED Talk at TEDxTokyo is all about his struggle to reconcile his experience of being raised in an American internment camp for citizens of Japanese descent, with what he was later taught about the ideals of American democracy.

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  3. A Brief History of Fandom, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Fan

    (The) Doctor (and a) Strange Love

    In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff - Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings - but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out. I knew about fans; I married a classic Trekkie, who memorizes music cues and can name an episode by its first five seconds, and who first went to Comic-Con in 1972. But I thought, as so many do, that fandom was the domain of man-children with a less than firm grasp on reality. Then I met the Doctor.

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  4. Emilia Clarke and Nicholas Hoult to Go Down Together In Bonnie & Clyde Biopic

    Winter Is Coming

    That’s… that’s quite the title you have there. I couldn’t avoid making a sex pun if I wanted to. Which, obviously, I don’t, because have you met me?

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  5. A Little History: LGBT Representation in Mainstream American Comics, Part 2

    Essay

    With June being LGBT Pride Month, we're taking a looking at how LGBT content has been represented in mainstream American comics. This isn't a complete history, but we hope you'll find it informative of what's happened so far and helpful in considering what the future should bring. In Part 1 we covered the Golden Age of Comics, the creation of the Comics Code Authority, the first few stories that worked around the rules against LGBT content, and an editor who decreed that gays did not exist in the Marvel Universe (except for rapists in a "mature readers" magazine). Now we pick up in the 1980s.

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  6. A Little History: LGBT Representation in Mainstream American Comics, Part 1

    Essay

    Next month is June, aka LGBT Pride Month. In anticipation of this, and because it is good and necessary to discuss representation in pop culture and media, we present to you this look at how LGBT content has been portrayed in mainstream American comic books. This is by no means a complete history. We don't have the space for that. But we hope you'll appreciate this look at some of the major forces that have shaped stories and characters in the mainstream comic book medium.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Game Of Thrones “Guess Who?”

    Things We Saw Today

    If you're thinking "I would totally play that," guess what? You can. Free downloads await. (Vulture, via Nerd Approved)

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  8. 10 Hardcore Female Military Leaders From History

    Power Grid

    300: Rise of An Empire came out on Friday, and its release should give Queen Artemisia of Caria some well-deserved public recognition. Played by Eva Green in the film, Artemisia was a real-life naval commander for Xerxes the Great's fearsome Persian military in the 5th century BCE. According to the writings of war historian Polyaenus, Xerxes declared that she was the finest officer in his fleet. But she's far from the only amazing female military commander in history. Here are ten others, most (though not all) of whom have never had movies made about them... but definitely should someday soon.

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  9. Vikings Season Two Premieres Tonight on History, We Took an Early Look at the Episode

    Praise Thor!

    We got an early look at the season two premiere episode of History's Vikings, which airs tonight at 10:00PM ET. We won't give too much away, but there will be blood. Lots. Of. Blood. Check out the trailer.

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  10. “History’s Forgotten Women” Get Their Own… Eyeshadow Line?

    Olden Lore

    OK then. This is Ignis Antiquita, a line of 40 eyeshadows “inspired by the amazing, fiery, passionate, strong women who have been largely forgotten in our history books, or had their histories revised due to the fact that they were what they were- WOMEN!” Here are descriptions of all the women included. Before you scoff at the idea of famous women of history being paired with a makeup line—let me say A) there’s nothing wrong with makeup itself, and B) Ignis Antiquita wasn't created by some huge conglomerate seeking to take advantage of the struggles of women to sell some impossible beauty standard, but by independently owned company Aromaleigh. I can only assume founder Kristen Leigh Bell thought “You know what’s cool? Eyeshadow. You know what’s also cool? Historical women!” True on both counts. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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