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Entertainment Geekly: A serious attempt to understand why every movie is about Magic Blood now

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

This summer, it’s all about the blood. Young Harry Osborn was hankering for some Spidey-plasma in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, because Peter Parker’s very special blood is a cure-all for the Green Death Disease that apparently afflicts all Osborns. Mystique’s blood was the secret sauce that transformed the Sentinels from giant gawky robots to shapeshifting protean-powered T-1000-bots in X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Confused? It’s all here in this pamphlet.)

In the underrated Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise huffs an alien attacker’s hemoglobin and winds up absorbing the alien’s reboot-button superpowers. And in the exactly-rated Trans4mers, evil nerd scientists corpse-mine some dead space robots and come up with a new element that allows anyone to create anything they want. This element is called “Transformium”–which could mean that, in the world of Transformers, human blood is referred to as “Humanium.” READ FULL STORY

The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: Dissecting a heartless (and Stoneheart-less) finale

Welcome, lords and ladies (and smallfolk) to the final edition of this year’s Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis dive into season 4′s supersized ending, a feast of brawls and murders and missing minor characters. Check out James Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords (and beyond) below. (You know there’ll be spoilers for both the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: Watching 'The Watchers on the Wall'

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Clatter! Clash! Sword fighting noises!! Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis take a deep dive into the episode-long Battle of Castle Black, an epic hour long on action but curiously short on just about everything else (whither Mance Rayder?). Check out Jame’s Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords (and beyond) below. (You know there’ll be spoilers for both the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

'X-Men: Days of Future Past': Oh God, let's talk about that ending (SPOILERS!) (ANALYSIS!) (FUTURE!) (PAST!)

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Let’s get two things out of the way here: I really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past. And I have complicated feelings about the X-Men movies, but one thing that doesn’t bother me is their screwy internal chronology. I am not a a continuity pedant; the fact that X-Men: First Class directly overrules several parts of X-Men 1 doesn’t lessen my enjoyment of either of them.

So what follows is not meant to nitpick the plot of Future Past. Rather, this is an inquisition, an attempt to seriously understand what the space-time continuum really looks like after it has been twisted into fifty pretzel-spirals of insanity. SPOILERS FROM HERE. READ FULL STORY

The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: We're going full Moon Door

Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis take on the show’s mustache-twirling version of Littlefinger, the triumphant return of Hot Pie, and, as always, the dangers of hurtling past George R. R. Martin’s story. Check out James Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

Google Doodle celebrates Rubik's Cube's 40th birthday

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Looking for a way to kill time? Google’s got your back: Today’s Google Doodle features an interactive Rubik’s Cube to celebrate the puzzle’s 40th birthday.

Back in 1974, a Hungarian architecture professor named Erno Rubik wanted to create an object that wouldn’t fall apart even if all its parts were moved independently. The Rubik’s Cube was born from that idea, and it took Rubik weeks to solve the puzzle once he created it. A year later, Rubik patented the cube and now, the Rubik’s Cube is the world’s top-selling puzzle game.

Rubik himself is now 69 and focuses his current work on promoting science in education.

Mark Ruffalo posts first cast photos from 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' set

Avengers Assemble! While filming for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron has been in progress since early April, today marks the first official day that all six Avengers — Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner – were reunited on the set, according to a tweet from Ruffalo.

Though that alone would have been enough to excite fans, the actor — seemingly well aware of what the public really wants — took things one step further by tweeting out a few photos of the cast posted on his Instagram and Tumblr. One photo shows the elusive Black Widow herself, a.k.a. Johansson, in a character-branded track jacket. (And it looks like the short red curls are back to stay!) The other? A reunion photo with Ruffalo’s fellow science bro Downey, Jr., of course.

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'Ant-Man' casting: Who is Patrick Wilson playing? -- THEORIES

News broke yesterday that Conjuring star Patrick Wilson is in talks to join Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, Marvel’s summer 2015 blockbuster about the little superhero with the big heart or whatever. Wilson has been on a bit of a roll lately, playing James Wan’s go-to horror guy in Conjuring and the Insidiouses, but a role in Ant-Man would be a return to the blockbuster-action milieu of Watchmen (where he played a good guy) and The A-Team (where he played a bad guy). There’s no official word on who Wilson would be playing, but let’s make a few guesses here: READ FULL STORY

Want to know all the stuff 'The Lego Movie' is riffing on? Here's a reference guide

Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.

Correction: A lot of assembly.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch all these references in a single viewing.

That, happily, is where we come in. Check below for a guide to some of the film’s most notable references, compiled both from the movie itself and a close reading of its actual script. And since the film’s jam-packed enough that there’s no way to note everything Lord and Miller are riffing on, feel free to add missing pieces in the comments. Caution: It’s spoiler city down there. READ FULL STORY

Google Middle-Earth: Explore the lands of 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' in epic detail

Ever need to pull up directions from your place in Bree to your friend’s hut in the Trollshaw Forest? Well, now you can! Well, not exactly, but this partnership between Google and creative minds of The Hobbit franchise brings you pretty close.

Google’s latest “Chrome Experiment” provides viewers an interactive 3-D guide through the world of hobbits, dwarves, trolls, and more. Available searchable locations include Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur with Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor to be unlocked in the future. (Hint: the unlocked locations are featured in the upcoming prequel-sequel, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.)
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