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'Veronica Mars' takes Fandom of the Year at mtvU's awards show

Marshmallows, rejoice! Not only did you successfully fund a Kickstarter campaign to get the movie you wanted made, you also managed to win an award for doing just that.

At Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday night, mtvU announced the winners of their first-ever Fandom Awards. Veronica Mars took home the night’s biggest honor, Fandom of the Year, beating out CommunitySupernatural, and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club in the finals of a 32-nominee bracket. Tina Majorino, who played Mac in Veronica Mars, accepted the award.

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Video: 'Harry Potter' meets 'Boyhood' in 'Potterhood' mock trailer

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Boys, you’ve got a lot of growing up to do.

About a week ago, Nelson Carvajal released Apehood, a mock trailer that essentially follows Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar, showing glimpses of him over the course of 18 years, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood trailer. In traditional mock trailer fashion, it borrows everything from the original: Family of the Year’s “Hero” as background music, the same style opening line (adjusted from human to ape), and even critical praise, quoting the same film critics’ reviews throughout the trailer.

Upon the release of Apehood, film writer David Ehrlich tweeted that this idea would have been better applied to the Harry Potter series.

Ehrlich’s wish is Slate‘s command. Taking a cue from The A.V. Club writer, Slate made Potterhood (below). It similarly uses the same music, opening line (if only slightly adjusted), and quotes from critics, all presented in a montage of Harry, Ron, and Hermione growing up onscreen. It all makes much more sense as Daniel Radcliffe & Co. literally grew up onscreen, just as Boyhood‘s Ellar Coltrane. So thank you, Ehrlich.

Potterhood ends with Mad Eye Moody saying, “It’s all very touching,” poking fun at the sentimental nature of the trailer. Perhaps it is, but you can’t deny it’s clever.













Zack Snyder tweets new Batman photo, pic of unexpected Superman crossover

It’s a big day for superheroes on Twitter—and not just because of Comic-Con.

DC Comics featured a new image of Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v. Superman in its booth at Comic-Con on Thursday, but it was director Zack Snyder who spread the image to the world over Twitter.

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'Satisfaction' star Matt Passmore names the best sex scene men should never emulate

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USA’s sexy summer series Satisfaction (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET) will show you a lot of star Matt Passmore. But if you want to see the charming Aussie’s geeky and comedic sides, you’re going to need to watch him take our Pop Culture Personality Test below.  READ FULL STORY

Mark Hamill talks his 'contractually obligated' 'Star Wars' beard

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Mark Hamill’s not at Comic-Con this weekend, but he still has some choice quotes for Star Wars fans around the world.

In an interview with the BBC in London on Thursday, Hamill—who played Luke Skywalker in the original series—spoke briefly about his role in the next installment of the franchise, pointing out that he’s really playing second fiddle to new actors. “It’s really about the new generation of characters,” Hamill said. “We’re just there to lend our support, and grow contractually obligated beards.” READ FULL STORY

'Community' at Comic-Con: New episodes coming 'probably sometime after Christmas'

TV Guide Magazine hosted the panel “Greendale Forever” in honor of the impending sixth season of Community on Yahoo TV. The panel included Community creator-mascot Dan Harmon, longtime writer Chris McKenna, and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Jim Rash, plus Dino “Star Burns” Stamatopoulos.

The ebullient panel didn’t reveal very much about the upcoming season, although Harmon did announce that he wanted to adhere to the same basic Community episode structure even though the show is no longer bound by broadcast restrictions. “My philosophy is: Attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries kind of make themselves felt, instead of just going, ‘We can make the episode 49 minutes long, and say the f-word the whole time.’” READ FULL STORY

Stan Lee cancels Comic-Con plans

Stan Lee won’t be making it to Comic-Con this year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the otherwise healthy Lee is canceling his appearances after losing his voice due to a case of laryngitis.

Lee created many of Marvel’s most recognizable characters—including Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four—with help from legendary artists like Steve Ditko and the late Jack Kirby. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with the comics industry.

As such, he’s become a staple both on the convention circuit and in superhero flicks—go see a movie with a Marvel character in it and odds are there’s a Stan Lee cameo. At 92 years old, Lee is mostly retired from Marvel and writing comics, but still regularly engages with fans both online and on the road.

Lee’s illness is not expected to interfere with any of his other scheduled appearances.

Here's Benedict Cumberbatch with a penguin

We could tell you that Benedict Cumberbatch is making his first-ever Comic-Con appearance this week.

We could explain that he’s a voice talent in the upcoming film The Penguins of Madagascar, which comes out in November.

But none of that is actually necessary to appreciate the simplicity of this photo. It’s Benedict Cumberbatch with a penguin, and that’s pretty much everything you need to know.

We need to talk about the jeans: Dissecting the 'Fifty Shades' trailer

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Turning E. L. James’ bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie has been 50 shades of complicated, with issues ranging from trying to find the perfect Christian Grey—Matt Bomer? Charlie Hunnam?—to deciding what the film should be rated. But after a large amount of teasing (which would infuriate Christian), the first trailer for the highly anticipated film has finally arrived. Starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia and Jamie Dornan as Christian, the trailer takes us into the couple’s first meeting, first kiss, and first, well, you know. So what do you say we dissect every inch of this trailer like we’re the dominant and it’s the submissive? (Too far?)

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'Hawkeye' #19 to tackle deafness with sign language, empty word bubbles

There are a lot of reasons to be reading Hawkeye, Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic about what life is like for the Avenger who isn’t imbued with any godlike powers or power armor. The adventures of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, the Hawkeyes of two different Coasts, are regularly among the best in superhero comics, and the most inventive.

Like next week’s long-awaited Hawkeye #19, which will feature dialogue almost entirely in sign language.

Taking place after a battle that leaves Clint Barton with severe ear damage, the story will explore how he deals with a sudden loss of hearing. It’s the sort of thing that’s happened to Hawkeye before, but never quite like this: Word bubbles will be blank, the sign language used will not be interpreted, and body language will be more important than ever.

“If nothing else, it’s an opportunity for hearing people to get a taste of what it might be like to be deaf,” writer Matt Fraction said in an interview with The New York Times.

Hawkeye #19 marks the second time Fraction and Aja make a bold departure from convention. Last summer’s 11th issue, “Pizza Is My Business,” told a dialogue-free story entirely from the perspective of Hawkeye’s pizza-loving dog Lucky as the perplexed dog solves a murder. It may very well be crowned with an Eisner Award for best single-issue story of the year at Comic-Con tomorrow.

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