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Sir John Hurt, of Alien, Doctor Who and Snowpiercer Fame, Dies at 77

Sir John Hurt, who starred in Alien, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Snowpiercer, and more, passed away on Friday at the age of 77.

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Sean Bean Hasn’t Died on Screen as Much as We Think, So Maybe Let’s Give the Guy a Break?

Though we often poke at the guy for this very reason, Sean Bean actually isn't the actor who's died the most on screen.

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Things We Saw Today: A Geek Guide to New York City

New York has lots of hidden geeky gems, and now ReedPOP and Foursquare have joined forced to help you explore them all!

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Sir John Hurt Announces Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

The BBC is reporting 75-year-old Sir John Hurt, actor of stage and screen, has pancreatic cancer.

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Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne Is Voicing a Train in a Thomas the Tank Engine Movie. Delightful.

Yes. Really.

While you and the entire Internet were distracted by a live feed of escaped llamas, we got word that Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will play a train in a Thomas the Tank Engine movie. All of that sentence is true despite every word of it sounding like nonsense. This is the world we live in.

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Things We Saw Today: Hasbro’s Replacement Play-Doh Penis Toy

Thing that can't be unseen.

After receiving numerous complaints regarding the questionably-shaped 'Extruder' toy included in Hasbro's new Cake Mountain Set, the company has replaced the phallic device with this new, larger model.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Snowpiercer‘s (and Alien‘s, and Hellboy‘s, and The Elephant Man‘s…) John Hurt

This happened.

I interview Snowpiercer's John Hurt about director Bong Joon Ho, the Weinstein Company's (attempted, unsuccessful) cuts to the film, Hollywood blockbusters... and Pacific Rim? Brief spoilers are behind a spoiler shield.

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Review: Run, Don’t Walk, to See Snowpiercer, The Best Sci-Fi Film of the Decade So Far


Readers, I see a lot of movies. Most of them are good. Some are great. A small number I love. And every once in a while I see a movie that leaves me vibrating with energy as I leave the theater, knowing that what I just saw will stick with me probably for the rest of my life, or at least until the inevitable robot overlords come and conquer the planet. Snowpiercer is one of those. [Spoiler-free review]

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Reasons to See Hercules: The Rock Slow-Mo Fighting a Lion [VIDEO]

And I'll Form the Head!

Wait, John Hurt is in this? The Rock's appetite for chewable scenery distracted me from recognizing Hurt's otherwise distinct voice until a ways into the new trailer. You go after that paycheck, sir. Respect. Joseph Fiennes... slightly less respect. I'm sorry, it's the wig. I can't. (via: io9) Previously in The Rock

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Steven Moffat Admits He Was Really Nervous About Fan Reaction To The Doctor Who Anniversary

The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

Here at The Mary Sue, we're not used to hearing Doctor Who's Steven Moffat care all that much one way or another if fans like what he's doing with the long-running sci-fi series. That's why a recent piece in which he admits to being completely stressed out over the fan reaction to the 50th anniversary special is so refreshing.

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Snowpiercer Gets a New, Action-Packed Red Band Trailer


Yes, Snowpiercer still looks really strange, possibly awesome, and has Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, and Octavia Spencer in it. Maybe it'll wind up as Space Mutiny on a train. Maybe it'll scour our eyeballs with its very awesomeness. I'm just saying, I'm ready. Previously in Snowpiercer

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Love Eternal for the Only Lovers Left Alive


As regular readers are no doubt aware, I tend not to fangirl about things. Sure, I get excited about the odd property and its conversion into piles of cold hard Hollywood cash, but I'm generally not one for jumping up and down and squealing in delight. Nothing against it; it’s just not my style. But imagine my surprise and elation when I first heard about Only Lovers Left Alive, a new Jim Jarmusch art-house ditty about nothing other than a sophisticated set of vampires, starring a host of my favorite contemporary actors, top billed by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston. Words could not express my anticipation. For months I nibbled on teaser posters and the occasional leaked GIF, judiciously avoiding the trailer until I just couldn’t take it anymore and caved. I was not disappointed.

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Artist Perfectly Pairs Doctor Who Actors With Pooches

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

DeviantArtist tee-kyrin (Christie) is a Doctor Who fan who dabbles in animal art. What has resulted from her love is something phenomenal - Dogtor Who. Take a look and see if you don't agree with us about the perfect pairings.

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – The Alternate Versions of Doctor Who

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

This year, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor," introduced us properly to the War Doctor. This previously unknown incarnation of the hero, played by John Hurt, wore an outfit combining elements of the Eighth Doctor's with the leather jacket of the Ninth, plus a belt taken from a woman named Cass whom the hero had previously failed to save. "The Day of the Doctor" also featured another version of the hero who had previously only appeared in the novel Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (AKA Amy Pond). Over the years, there have been other interesting alternative takes on the Time Lord scientist of the planet Gallifrey. So this time around, we're looking at the "what could have been" and "almost were" versions of the Doctor, along with costumes the character has worn in licensed media. Fan-films and the like aren't included or we'd be here forever, even if we had a time machine. 

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Steven Moffat Details Christopher Eccleston’s Would-Have-Been Doctor Who Anniversary Role

Almost Totally Excellent

We all knew it wasn't going to happen but Steven Moffat had plans for Christopher Eccleston to take part in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary anyway. Just in case.

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Things We Saw Today: War Doctor With Alternate 8 Head

Things We Saw Today

All the yes. Look for them in February. (via Doctor Who TV)

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Things We Saw Today: Tina Fey Dressed as Marty McFly

Things We Saw Today

Tina Fey attended Michael J. Fox's comedy/curing Parkinsons benefit gala dressed as... well. (Fashionably Geek)

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Doctor Who Recap: “The Day of The Doctor”


Welcome to The Day of the Doctor, offering old faces, new surprises, and a major change in the way the Doctor Who universe has been understood since 2006. Now grab my hand, and lets run.

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A Doctor Who Prequel Minisode Starring Not the Doctor You Were Expecting

The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

Well. Doctor Who fans? You're going to want to watch this. Trust me.

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“The Night of the Doctor” Doctor Who Minisode Gives Us the Regeneration We Never Saw, Sets Up the Time War!


Say what you will about the Doctor Who movie starring Paul McGann, but he wasn't the problem. We welcome him back as the Doctor in this minisode that sets up the 50th Anniversary in a big, big way.

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