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Guillermo Del Toro’s Notebook Is Just As Cool As It Sounds

Today in Awesome

Guillermo Del Toro has impressed many an audience with his incredible imagination, but seldom can you watch thoughts from a master take form! These scans from Del Toro's notebook give us a peek into his creative process in building the worlds of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim. We'd like to live inside its pages.

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It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This Zelda Wedding Ring!

Hey! Listen!

Serious Zelda fans can get married in the spirit of their favorite game with these Legend of Zelda wedding rings from Takaya's Custom Jewelry! Go under the cut for more pictures, alternate wedding bands, and general nerdy jewelry eye candy.

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All Three DC Nation Wonder Woman Shorts Are Up! [VIDEO]

Faster than a speeding bullet!

Wonder Woman saving the day by catching her man-sel in distress and surfing down a gargantuan wave to slap a giant and ride off into the sunset? Yep, that's the most recent Wonder Woman short by Robert Valley for DC Nation. All three are now up online, so you can watch (and re-watch) an awesome lady taking care of business and look fabulous doing it. Not only is the animation stunning, but Diana has never looked so good. Why can't we get a Wonder Woman movie like this? Go under the cut for the other two shorts!

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Pacific Rim Is Not Your Average Action Juggernaut


The dismal state of this summer’s blockbusters is multidimensional: not only did big-budget films generally perform poorly, but they also were conceptually and emotionally hollow. The Lone Ranger didn’t seem to understand why Johnny Depp in redface could possibly be a bad thing, and the failure of the Smith-Smith-fronted After Earth to draw in crowds boggled the minds of film studios everywhere. When the promising prospect of Elysium turned out to be a moralistic bull in a china shop, the summer sci-fi set seemed doomed.

Is there anything to salvage from this black hole of summer cinema? I think there is: Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which stands out from the crowd of half-baked action/sci-fi juggernauts for one reason: it knows what it is. It knows that it's a visually-amazing action flick-- but what's even more interesting is that it knows how to subvert pieces of the genre other films blindly pay homage to. In particular, Pacific Rim has a way of smashing gender-based action movie tropes like they're Kaiju skulls.

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CIA Finally Admits Area 51 Is Actually A Thing In Declassified Report

Officially Official

Conspiracy theorists everywhere are having a party right now, shouting and throwing their tinfoil hats to the sky in celebration: a recently declassified CIA report acknowledges Area 51 is, in fact, an official thing. Want to know more about one of the most mysterious locales in the United States? Head under the cut!

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Nina Edlund’s Adorable Sketchcards of DC Comics Women


Artist Nina Edlund has captured the women of DC comics perfectly in her Cryptozoic sketch card collection -- and they look so cute! Here are a few of our picks from her gallery of sketchcards, but she's drawn even more than just what we have here. Check out her website for the rest of her DC ladies!

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Self-Taught Makeup Artist Transforms Herself Into Characters And Celebrities

eye candy

Emma Pickles isn't the only makeup artist that's wowed us with her skill: meet Carly Paige, a Montreal-native with an incredible talent for using makeup to become any number of famous figures in pop culture: everyone from Mystique to Pee-Wee Herman! Though for now she's working in a Sephora, you can tell it won't be long before she's living her dream of doing makeup for movie sets. Don't believe us? Check out this gallery of her work! It's guaranteed to impress.

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Marvel’s Rogue Was Almost In The Wolverine… Sorta.

Almost Totally Excellent

Apparently, there was an early version of the script where Rogue makes an appearance in The Wolverine! But wait, doesn't that movie take place in Japan? How does that work? Well, dear readers, hit the jump to find out!

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Vampire Academy Might Change Your Mind About The Vampire Genre Craze

Oh Hollywood

You might think that the vampire genre is worn out, and I'd probably agree with you-- but if anyone can do something new with it, it would be Mean Girls director Mark Waters and his brother, Heathers writer Daniel Waters. According to Empire, the story of Vampire Academy goes like this...

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Cate Blanchett and Julie Delpy To Star/Write Cancer Vixen

Today in Boobs

Julie Delpy (co-writer/star of Before Midnight) is set to pen a screen adaptation of Marisa Acocella Marchetto's graphic novel memoir Cancer Vixen: A True Story, about Marchetto's experience battling breast cancer as told through her medium of choice: comics. Head under the cut for more details!

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SpongeBob SquarePants Gets a High-Art Tribute

It Belongs in a Museum!

Who lives in an art show in LA county? SpongeBob SquarePants! Our favorite aquatic cartoon sponge was recently the subject of an art show at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA. The show ended August 11th, but because of the magic of the internet you can still see some of the pieces in all their Square-pantsed glory! Here are some of our favorites; if you like them, you can check out many more at Geek Art.

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Check Out WeLoveFine’s Adorable Sweatshirts Featuring Adventure Time, Doctor Who, Star Wars, And More


As painful as it is to admit, we are approaching back-to-school season: Students are going into the new academic year, leaves will start turning brown, and we'll have to contend with colder weather. You can keep nice and warm and still look adorable in these WeLoveFine sweatshirts featuring Catbug, Captain Marvel, B-Mo, the TARDIS, Marceline and the Scream Queens, and more! We do, indeed, Love Fine.

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The Wolverine As Directed By Woody Allen Is A Very Different Movie

Just What You've Always Wanted

Official Comedy has finally answered the question on everyone's mind since the X-Men films first came out: What would this look like with more Woody Allen? Well, apparently it means Rogue is Annie Hall, Professor X is Wolverine's therapist, and Cyclops is whatever character Tony Roberts is playing. All of my fellow nerdy Jews out there, it's time to get in touch with our cultural roots. Maybe next time we could get Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in a Woody Allen movie directed like a big-budget action film-- that would be something to see. (via The Daily Dot)

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Harry Potter Actor Comes to Agents of SHIELD

In Which We Make A Terrible Pun

You might recognize him from the Harry Potter films, but Ian Hart will be appearing in a different corner of the nerdoverse come September, when he joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Who did he play before? Who is he playing now? Why all of these questions? Go under the cut to find out more!

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Tina Fey With Cats Is A Blog. Need We Say More?

For A More Civilized Age

A whole blog exists that is dedicated to nothing but Tina Fey photos photoshopped to add in cats. Yup. "[Insert thing here]-dot-tumblr-dot-com" has become a bit of a meme in recent months, but every now and then something comes by to renew the truth behind that phrase: There is actually a tumblr for everything. (via The FW and Tina Fey With A Cat)

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If Disney Princesses Had Instagram

Pretty Pretty Princess

Snow White takes selfies, Pocahontas blogs pictures with her animal friends, and Tiana posts photos of her food. If the Disney Princesses had Instagram, our feeds would be way more interesting. Don't believe me? Check out these hilarious post mockups from B for Bel.

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We Could Have Had It All: Bill Nighy Turned Down Being the Doctor

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

Apparently, Bill Nighy was offered the part of the Doctor and turned it down because there was "too much baggage". Legitimate concern, certainly. We're not sure when the part was offered to him (he declined to specify, because saying so would be"disrespectful to whoever did it"), but regardless of where he would have fallen: How cool would a Bill Nighy Doctor have been? Go under the cut for more info about Nighy's almost-Doctor, new speculation about Matt Smith's regeneration, and when we'll be seeing Peter Capaldi taking up the Time Lord's mantle.

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Cassandra Clare On The Bechdel Test, Women In Heroic Narratives, And Adapting Books To Screen


Cassandra Clare is the next YA author to get her books taken to the big screen. Her series, the Mortal Instruments, will be premiering in theaters on August 21st. At SDCC, Spinoff Online caught up with Clare to talk to her about the impending film, writing a female-led urban fantasy story, and how involved she was with the adaptation of her books.

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Posters For Movies You Might Remember Troy McClure From

And Now For Something Completely Different

He's Troy McClure. You might remember him from such shows as The Simpsons, where his absurd filmographic history was a running gag every time an educational video was watched or an infomercial had. Now the blog You Might Remember Me From... has gone back and made movie posters and VHS covers from some of McClure's greatest Simpson's hits. Check out our favorites in this gallery, and remember the acting exploits of Springfield's greatest thespian.

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Impressively Detailed Map Of Westeros Is Colorful And Gorgeous

It is known

Game Of Thrones' Westeros and the lands beyond the narrow sea make for a big world, but artist J.E. Fullerton has rendered the entirety in an amazingly detailed map full to the brim with world building references, geographical features, cities, roads, the locations of various houses, and more. We've picked out some of the major regions so you can see just how remarkable Fullerton's work is, but check out the source to see all of the incredible detail up close!

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