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Colbert's Hobbit Week kicks off with Sir Ian McKellen, a.k.a. 'Gandalf the Gay' -- VIDEO

Can every week be Hobbit Week on The Colbert Report?

Last night, Stephen Colbert launched a full week of episodes dedicated to dissecting Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — complete with a set elaborately decorated to look like The Shire, where Middle-earth’s most fuzzy-footed creatures make their home. The fake pundit — and real Tolkien superfan — welcomed as his first guest Sir Ian McKellen, a celebrated actor who’s best known in geek circles for playing Magneto in the X-Men movies and Gandalf in Jackson’s Tolkien adaptations.

Though he never broke character, Colbert was obviously psyched to share his second breakfast table with McKellen. After showing a clip from the new movie, the actor and the host chatted about everything from why Gandalf the Grey is more fun than Gandalf the White, whether Colbert or McKellen knows more about the character’s mythology, and McKellen’s work as a gay rights advocate. The highlight: McKellen quipped that a new Jackson sequel will star “Gandalf the Gay”: “And you get to find out who is his favorite dwarf.”

For all this, plus McKellen’s assessment of who would win in a fight between Magneto and the White Wizard, click below. READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory' react: Sheldon and Howard get naked

The episode opened with Sheldon referencing his nipples and closed with him talking about Howard’s penis. Yes, you read that right. Sheldon Cooper is a wild man! His animal instincts first kick in when Howard shares the news that he’s the owner of a new car and new parking space. His spot technically belongs to Sheldon so he throws a hissy fit and demands its return. Never mind the fact that Sheldon doesn’t own a car or know how to drive. “I’m not using my nipples either, why don’t they reassign those?” he asks when Howard suggests the university reassigned the parking spot because Sheldon left it unoccupied. After a call to the president of the university proves to be futile, he challenges Wolowitz at his own game. Sheldon steals his Iron Man helmet (a limited edition collectible!) and wears it casually in the office to prove that he’s making use out of it. Howard then steals his most prized possession, his doctorate, only to hear Sheldon retort, “Go ahead. It’s the only doctorate you’ll ever get.”  READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory' react: The one with the number 43

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Tonight’s episode of The Big Bang Theory was a throwback to earlier seasons. Warning: spoilers below for those on the west coast!
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'Big Bang Theory' react: Trekkies Wil Wheaton and LeVar Burton have 'Fun with Flags'

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Only seven episodes into the season, The Big Bang Theory has already racked up guest stars Howie Mandel, Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Hawking, and now Trekkies Wil Wheaton and LeVar Burton. Aside from bringing in laughs with their repeat cameos, Wheaton and Burton helped ensure the sitcom’s longevity and prosperity. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con will call San Diego home through 2016

San Diego will continue to host Comic-Con International through 2016, the city’s mayor and convention organizers announced today. The massive confab of all things geek has been held in the southern California city’s seaside convention center since it was constructed in 1991.

The deal extends by a year the convention’s contract with the city, which was set in 2010 after Comic-Con organizers briefly entertained the possibility of leaving San Diego for larger convention floors in either nearby Los Angeles or Anaheim, Calif. Since 2007, Comic-Con has sold out of its 125,000-130,000 available passes; organizers have needed to seek out venues outside the convention center in nearby hotels to accommodate all of its events. The city of San Diego is aiming to complete a planned expansion of the convention center by 2016, but EW has confirmed that was not a deciding factor in keeping Comic-Con in the city.

Read more:
Comic-Con will remain in San Diego ‘for the foreseeable future’
Comic-Con 2012: Nathan Fillion’s Photo Diary
Comic-Con 2012: Fan Portraits!

The Curiosity rover's descent to Mars, now in HD! -- VIDEO

Spoiler alert: Up close, the Red Planet looks more like the Beige Planet. Nevertheless, the following video — a 50-second HD thrill ride, captured by the MARDI descent imager as NASA’s Curiosity rover barrelled toward the surface of Mars on August 6 — is, for lack of a better phrase, insanely cool. The only thing that’s missing is a bombastic soundtrack; can someone please make a remix scored by “Space Oddity”? Or maybe “Major Tom,” in honor of the late, great Gale Boetticher? Click on to watch the descent in all its glory.*

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HULK VS. THE COMIC-CON FLOOR!

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AS HULK JOURNEYS TOWARD THE CONVENTION CENTER ITSELF, HULK LOOKS UP AT THE MARRIOT WHICH HAS TWO GIGANTIC SCREEN ADVERTISEMENTS OVER THE SIDE OF THE TOWERS. LOOKING AROUND THE CITY, THESE KINDS OF ADS ARE EVERYWHERE, TAKING UP THE ENTIRE SIDES OF SKYSCRAPERS… IT’S LIKE THE CITY ITSELF IS COSPLAYING.

HULK ARRIVES TO THE BACK OF THE LINE IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST SURPRISES IS THAT LINE SYSTEM WORKS PRETTY DAMN WELL. THE VOLUNTEERS AND SECURITY ARE ON THEIR GAME. THEY DIRECT PEOPLE WITH CARE AND KNOW-HOW. AND THERE IS NO DOUBTING THAT THE SECURITY ALONG THE STREET IS RAMPED UP AFTER A TRAGIC ACCIDENT A FEW DAYS PRIOR IN WHICH A WOMAN RAN ACROSS THE STREET NOT TO LOSE HER PLACE IN THE TWILIGHT LINE AND WAS STRUCK BY A CAR AND KILLED. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS A CONVENTION TAKES WITH THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF SERIOUSNESS, AND EVERYONE SEEMS IN CONTROL AS A RESULT. READ FULL STORY

May the 4th be with you! 10 things worth celebrating about that galaxy far, far away on 'Star Wars Day'

After 35 years, Star Wars casts an ever-growing pop-culture shadow. Though the anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars falls on May 25, devotees of that galaxy far, far away have designated May 4, as in “May the 4th Be With You,” as the official day to party like a drunken Ewok. If you’re a diehard Star Wars fanatic, today would be the day to consider what an impact George Lucas’ space opera has had not only on J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, the guys at Pixar, and even Lady Gaga, but also on science, philosophy, and politics.

A lot of you also probably look at Star Wars as an unfulfilled childhood promise, a franchise that didn’t grow up with you and that’s now creatively dried up. You’ll complain about the prequels, shout down the addition of “Nooooo!” to Darth Vader’s climactic dialogue in Return of the Jedi, and bitch about Slave Leia dancing to “Genie in a Bottle” in Star Wars Kinect. Don’t give in to the Dark Side, guys! Star Wars is alive and well. If you’re willing to look beyond the big screen, and dive deep into Lucasfilm Ltd.’s sprawling treasure trove of Expanded Universe novels, comics, videogames, and one particularly satisfying TV show, this is a franchise that’s thriving. It’s time to stop complaining and start checking out these 10 recent additions to the Star Wars canon that prove it’s still a creative Force. You know your inner Boba Fett-lunchbox-carrying 12-year-old wants to. READ FULL STORY

Buzz Aldrin schools Buzz Lightyear in space travel -- VIDEO

In March, a Buzz Lightyear toy that spent almost a year and a half orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station was formally inducted into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. But that’s not the coolest part.

Before Buzz Lightyear the action figure, there was Buzz Aldrin the astronaut, who gave his Toy Story namesake a thorough crash course in preparation for the toy’s 2008 mission to space. In a clip that io9 dug up from 2010 (we call it charmingly vintage), watch Aldrin put Lightyear through a battery of tests, including a fitness assessment that looks remarkably like my own experience on the treadmill: READ FULL STORY

Rejoice! Stephen Hawking's 'Big Bang Theory' cameo has landed -- VIDEO

Anticipation has been building in all of geekdom since The Big Bang Theory producers announced in March that nerd icon Stephen Hawking would make a cameo. Well, geeks and FOGs (friends of geeks), after last week’s heart-fluttering Leonard Nimoy voice cameo, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) stepped it up last night, actually meeting his hero Hawking. It was all going really well, until… Watch below. READ FULL STORY

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