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What is going on at Marvel? A PopWatch conspiracy theory

If you follow comic book news, you might’ve noticed something happening over at Marvel. You haven’t? Let’s review. There’s this: READ FULL STORY

Someone made a real hoverboard, so you should maybe get excited a little bit

One day, we’re all going to have let go of Back to the Future II. We’re just running out of time, you see. 2015 is almost here, and we still need roads. Our clothes can’t adjust themselves (although they look the part). And going to the movies is still nothing like this. But one thing still seems within our grasp: the hoverboard.

A company called Hendo Hover claims to have finally built a working hoverboard, and have started a Kickstarter in order to put the tech out in the hands of upstart developers around the world. They even have a (really melodramatic) video!

But don’t get too excited: the hover tech Hendo has developed doesn’t really let you hover over everything but water, like we’ve all been trained to expect. Instead, it uses magnetic levitation (maglev) technology similar to those used by high-speed trains like the Japanese ‘Bullet Train.’ Since the maglev pads only work on non-ferrous metals like copper, you wouldn’t be able to take the Hendo hoverboard anywhere, either.

Of course, whether or not you’ll ever see one of these depends on Hendo reaching their funding goal. But it’s not unlikely—so far, the folks at Hendo have received $94,360 of the $250,000 needed to fund the project, and there are still 54 days to go. In reality though, we still have almost a full year before we screw up this particular part of the Back to the Future timetable.

It’s not like we haven’t been burned before. There’s no way we’d be disappointed again. Right? Right.

Benedict Cumberbatch is now a beautiful wax figure

Benedict Cumberbatch just joined the party at Madame Tussauds: The London museum unveiled a wax statue of the Sherlock Holmes star Tuesday.

Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Whoopi Goldberg, and Helen Mirren are among the stars already immortalized in wax at the museum, which also has branches in cities including Berlin, Las Vegas, and Tokyo. READ FULL STORY

Shia LaBeouf admits he used to follow Alec Baldwin home in 'Interview'

Shia LaBeouf has had quite the tumultuous year, and he knows it. And now he’s explaining it—or at least, he’s trying to. “Metamodernism has influenced a lot of my action in the public in this last year and a half,” LaBeouf told Interview magazine. Ah, metamodernism. Knew it!

Besides waxing philosophical about schools of thought, LaBeouf also talked to Interview about what famous men have tried to help him along in his career, and what famous men he’s, uh, stalked. It’s all a part of an apology tour of sorts he’s been on the past few weeks, where he’s spoken candidly about his recent behavior. (In reality, he’s on a press tour for the just-released Fury.)

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'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany to make New York stage debut

She’s probably relieved to just be playing one part this time.

Orphan Black breakout Tatiana Maslany will join The Newsroom’s Thomas Sadoski in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s new drama The Way We Get By, which will premiere Off Broadway at Second Stage Theatre next spring.

The two-person play—which follows two confident wedding attendees who wake up next to each other on the blurry morning after—will be directed by Leigh Silverman (Broadway’s Violet).

The role marks Maslany’s New York stage debut and a return to LaBute for Sadoski, who earned a Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Greg in the playwright’s reasons to be pretty.

The Way We Get By will begin previews on May 12, 2015 and end its run on June 28.

Despite occasional brilliance, 'Evil Within' falls short of its horror game predecessors

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My play sessions with The Evil Within unintentionally developed into a nightly pattern. I’d start up the game and play through two or three chapters, only to find myself facing an annoying enemy. That annoyance would give way to outright anger—halting my progress until the next evening, when I would make quick work of the foe that had bested me the night before. The cycle would repeat in waves, infrequent highs that kept being dashed by too frequent lows.

There’s a great game within The Evil Within, but a series of questionable choices and bizarre narrative elements hold it back from being that game.

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Read the 436-page 'Super Mario World' script from 'Chronicle' writer Max Landis

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If the one thought you had while playing Super Mario was that the game could really use some Game of Thrones-level of character development and story detail, Chronicle scribe Max Landis has you covered.

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Humane Society to honor Darren Aronofsky for using CGI animals in 'Noah'

Darren Aronofsky, who opted to use CGI animals rather than film live ones in Noah, will receive the Humane Society of the United States’s first Humane Filmmaker Award at the organization’s Nov. 21 “To the Rescue! New York” benefit.  READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey defends his romantic-comedy roles

In a new GQ interview, Matthew McConaughey takes a stand for the work he did in romantic comedies, before the narrative of his career changed with the McConaissance.  READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel makes 'Fury' infinitely cuter by adding Furbys

Fury is a pretty serious movie, but Jimmy Kimmel managed to make it way less serious with the addition of a few little critters from the late ’90s.

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