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10 Characters From Sci-Fi We Never Want to Meet

We're more than grateful that these villains are fictitious.

Science fiction is full of dastardly villains and terrifying creatures, but these ten characters from movies, books, and TV are the worst of the worst.

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Things We Saw Today: The Hey Arnold! Movie Has a Title Now, You Football Heads

The Hey Arnold! movie has a title! Are you ready for it?

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The Hubris! Ridley Scott Producing 2001: A Space Odyssey Sequel

It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.

Last month Syfy's new programming chief promised that the network would be returning to its roots by attempting to recapture the network's pre-name-change "serious tone," and, well, attempting a sequel to one of the most iconic films ever is one way to do that, I guess. Memories of shark-based weather phenomena fading...fading...

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Dramatic Readings of Astronaut Quotes and More From Buzz Aldrin’s Reddit AMA

"I walked on your face!" -Buzz Aldrin to the Moon.

Buzz Aldrin, who you may know from being the second person to walk on the Moon, did an AMA on Reddit yesterday, and that's how we got this great dramatic reading of one of his answers from Redditor el_lou-derino. Read more from the AMA and learn about the #Apollo45 campaign after the jump.

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2001: A Space Odyssey With Jon Benjamin as HAL 9000 Proves All Things Are Better With Jon Benjamin

I'm afraid I can't stop laughing, Dave.

Everything Jon Benjamin does instantly becomes the absolute greatest. Now, he's done us all a favor and improved 2001: A Space Odyssey by replacing HAL's voice. It might be more comedic this way, but HAL 9000 is also even creepier as a giggling lunatic.

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Xbox One Gets the HAL 9000 Treatment, May Take Over Your Whole House [Video]

We're not trying to fear monger, here, but if you buy an Xbox One, maybe don't give it control over the pod bay doors.

Seemingly in touch with our dilemma over what to call the new Xbox, the filmmakers over at Gritty Reboots have offered assistance in this conundrum. Considering the new console aspires to run your entire living room and likely won't stop there, their latest short suggests we can just call the new system HAL. Just keep in mind that while the new system won't be "always on," unplugging it will be the saddest act in the history of ever. 

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Things We Saw Today: Art Nouveau Katniss Everdeen

Things We Saw Today

By Megan Lara, available in shirt or poster form at RedBubble.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Game of Thrones and 2001: A Space Odyssey Posters Will Make You See the Light

In Which We Make A Terrible Pun

Both posters are part of Bottleneck Gallery's upcoming exhibit "When the Lights Go Out." Gotta say, "glow-in-the-dark art" and "impressive" never really went together in my head... but clearly that was my bad. Mark Englert's Game of Thrones poster "The Battle at Blackwater" has shown me the (neon green) light. And Chris Thornley's 2001: A Space Odyssey poster, behind the cut, just convinced me further.

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Win Over That Foxy Nerd You’ve Had Your Eye on With These Geeky Valentines

Sure, you can go the traditional hearts and flowers route on Valentine's Day, but if you read this site we're willing to bet your interests lie elsewhere. Is there a cute girl in your particle physics lab, or perhaps a handsome Dungeon Master in your life? Maybe you just want to tell your mom how special she is. Regardless, here are some geeky valentines to tell someone you love them, and if you're lucky they'll say, "I know," then get frozen in carbonite and taken away by Boba Fett.

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Now You Can Give Locking Yourself Out of the House Geeky Flair with This Life-Size HAL 9000 Replica [Video]

There's two ways you can get your hands on a movie-accurate replica of the nefarious artificial intelligence HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The first -- provided you have no qualms with the destruction of property and your own reputation -- is smashing open the display case of cinematic tchotchkes at Planet Hollywood. The second, and comparatively least felonious, option is shelling out an honest buck for a HAL 9000 of your own. Currently on sale at ThinkGeek, every adult geek's one stop shop for frivolous spending, this reproduction of everyone's favorite wall-mounted A.I. unit comes programmed with 15 chillingly calm phrases and other goodies sure to make innocuous trips across the living room into a paranoid experience!

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Siri Plants Pro-Robot Propaganda in Movie Summaries

Oh Hollywood

Siri can say some pretty outrageous things (and sometimes it's what she doesn't say that's outrageous), but the most recent discovery of the jokes that programmers have nested deep within her data sources comes from asking her to summarize movies for you. Turns out, she sees a lot of films a bit differently than we do.

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A 2001: A Space Odyssey Trailer For Our Times

For A More Civilized Age

What would the trailer for Stanley Kubrick's influential science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey look like if it were released today? Well, probably a lot like the one above, recut by the folks at Film School Rejects. Let's be honest, it's probably unlikely that a super intelligent, groundbreaking film like 2001 wouldn't attract today's moviegoers without some dramatic trailer sequences. All this trailer needs to be truly modern is a few Michael Bay-ish explosions, a few scenes that aren't actually included in the final cut of the film, and the key plot-spoiling element of the movie. (via i09.)

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Pixar Illustrator Depicts R-Rated Films As Children’s Books

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

Story Artist at Pixar Animation Studios, Josh Cooley, has done something seriously twisted. He's taken some of our favorite, overly violent, R-Rated movies and turn them into pages of a theoretical children's book. He's called it, Movies R Fun

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Cinema Alternatif: Movies From a Parallel Earth

All this has happened before...

I'll say right now that I would totally watch a badly cut together remake of Avatar that uses color-shifted clips from Star Trek, West Side Story, and The Longest Day, and laugh and laugh. This poster, like those that come after it, cut right to the heart of a cinematic time period and the taste of Hollywood at the time, to point out that if this story had shown up in that era, William Shatner would totally have gotten his way into a blue girl's pants, and no better blue girl than the one who Hollywood already considered to be an virginal all-American sweetheart capable of passing for an ethnicity she clearly was not. Venture on with us, into movies that never happened... except in the other leg of the Trousers of Time.

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Things We Saw Today: One Great Poster for a Nerd Concert

Things We Saw Today

Super Punch! has two more posters for the Adelaide Symphony's concert of science fiction related music here.

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Warner Brothers Finds 17 Minutes of Lost 2001: A Space Odyssey Footage

Douglas Trumbull, one of the special effects supervisors on 2001: A Space Odyssey, is no longer making his making-of documentary on the seminal science fiction film, since Warner Bros. pulled the plug on his funding. But while in Toronto showing off stills from the photo-book that 2001: Behind the Infinite—The Making of a Masterpiece is being converted into, he happened to mention an interesting discovery made in the production of his now defunct movie.

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Double Rainbow: A Space Odyssey


How well do the Double Rainbow guy and 2001: A Space Odyssey go together? Surprisingly well, that's how well. What vaults Double Rainbow above the lowly sphere of memes, through the mainstream, and into transcendence is that in addition to being a humorous Internet phenomenon, it speaks to us. We could see someone who knows nothing about the origins of Double Rainbow slipping the video below into a yoga class lineup, and it being everyone's favorite yoga class that year.

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The Blues Brothers and Other Cool Things the Vatican Endorsed

On the 30th anniversary of the 1980 musical comedy movie The Blues Brothers, The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano advised Catholics worldwide to watch the film. Developed from the two Saturday Night Live sketch characters played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, the Blues Brothers embark on "a mission from God" in the movie, to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up from foreclosure. So retroactively topical! So it got us thinking, what other cool or geeky things have the Vatican been known to admit to liking? Hit the jump and find out.

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When Fashion Meets Rockets: The Geekiest Spring Collection Ever

Stereotypically, one doesn't think of "geeks" as being the most fashionable of groups, but this new video from Rodarte, promoting their Spring 2010 collection, blows that misconception out of the water. With a wondrous mix of space ships, viscerally organic title credits, a soundtrack by No Age, and some haute couture, 2010: A Space Odyssey is one of the most stunning videos we have seen in a while.

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