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Carrie Fisher fires back at William Shatner, says 'Star Trek' is 'not in the same league' as 'Star Wars' -- VIDEO

Carrie Fisher fired back at William Shatner for comments he made in September that Star Trek is better than Star Wars. In an interview posted on her YouTube, Fisher said, “They’re not in the same league. I mean, they have the word ‘Star’ in the title.” She knocked Star Trek‘s budget: “Maybe [it's] just their ‘effects,’ they’re not called ‘special effects’ in the case of [Star Trek].”

In response to Shatner’s claims Fisher never fit into Princess Leia’s famous metal bikini, she cracked, “By the way, Bill has borrowed it,” and she challenged him to a costume-off. Oh snap, it’s about to get real in here. Watch Fisher’s full comments, including digs at Shatner’s nether regions and Leonard Nimoy’s Spock ears, after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Google has a top-secret laboratory that is inventing the cool future movies promised us

The most exciting technological leap in the last couple decades was the invention of the smartphone, which has created a terrifying new generation of teenaged mutant freaks with extra-powerful thumbs. But don’t worry, everyone: the boys in the back room at Google have a top-secret laboratory, and according to the New York Times, they’re working hard to make the fantasies of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke into a reality. READ FULL STORY

11/11/11 is Nigel Tufnel Day: 'Spinal Tap' fans, unite!

Because sometimes, you just need to take things to 11. Nearly three decades after 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap introduced us to Nigel Tufnel, fans have joined together to declare today, Nov. 11, 2011 (a.k.a. 11/11/11), Nigel Tufnel Day.

The movement (which amassed thousands of fans on Facebook) finds roots in scene between documentarian Marty DiBergi (Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner) and Tufnel (Christopher Guest). Lead guitarist Tufnel shows DiBergi several of his guitars and then, the kicker, a set of speakers that are “very special”: “The numbers all go up to 11,” he says, and, as the camera pans across the dials, he says proudly: “Eleven… 11… 11.” Boom! Watch the iconic scene, and find 11 more amazing Nigel Tufnel quotes,  after the jump. READ FULL STORY

A Brief History of Videogame Movies: From 'TRON' to 'Super Mario Brothers' to (maybe) 'Assassin's Creed'

In just a few short decades, videogames have evolved from the primordial sludge of Pong into a vibrant culture-defining art form, capable of producing crowd-pleasing action thrillers (like Uncharted), thought-provoking epics (Red Dead Redemption), brain-teasing puzzles (Portal), quasi-existential choose-your-own-adventure character studies (Fallout, Mass Effect), and pure adrenaline speed candy (Super Smash Brothers). Unfortunately, none of that is even remotely evident in the list of films adapted from videogames. But Hollywood keeps trying to make game-based movies happen, and in light of Vulture’s recent report about a potential Assassin’s Creed film, we figured now was a good time to look back on the Not-So-Special Relationship between videogames and movies. Watch the whole sordid history below: READ FULL STORY

Who's your favorite Muppet? -- VOTE!

Are you just an average bear who gets his giggle on to whoopee cushion shoes? A glamor gal whose ideal Saturday involves wallowing in a mud bath, preening your flowing blonde locks, then meeting up with your boyfrog? Perhaps you’re a a lovable grump with the best seats to every show? Or an adventurous — yet incomprehensible — chef with an array of unorthodox implements?

In honor of this week’s cover, we’ve narrowed down Jim Henson’s Muppet menagerie and want to know which character is your favorite. If you identify with any of these types above, we have an inkling which Muppet you’ll pick in our poll below. For everyone else, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What are you waiting for? Vote below! READ FULL STORY

George Takei makes a Kardashian joke that somehow makes all this nonsense worthwhile

No matter what your thoughts are on the great Kris/Kim Marital Katastrophe, we can all agree that the fact that Star Trek‘s George Takei — Mr. Sulu himself — chose to address the Kardashian Kalamity by posting this picture on Facebook is very likely the only good thing will will emerge from this Konflagration.

Yes, it’s an old joke, but freaking George Takei is making it.

(Also, we can all agree that Cardassians > Klingons, korrect? Discuss.)

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Watch the Scream Awards with EW tonight on ViEWer!

Hope you have some lung power. That’s because the 2011 Scream Awards are airing tonight on Spike at 9:00pm. Those full-throated yells you’re likely to hear are more geeky squeals of delight when the casts of The Dark Knight Rises and Game of Thrones appear before their legions of fans to accept awards at Los Angeles’ Universal Studios. This is the kind of show where Colin Farrell can recite a poem to honoree Robert Downey Jr., then cede the floor to Darth Vader. Where Samuel L. Jackson can introduce Daniel Radcliffe for a Harry Potter tribute.

If you couldn’t have been in Tinseltown for the taping Saturday night, we’ve got the next best thing: watch the Scream Awards with EW! Log on to EW.com/viewer tonight to follow our live-blog of the event on ViEWer and chat with me and fellow sci-fi, fantasy, and comic-book fans. (Haven’t used ViEWer yet? Here’s how you can get involved.) Think of it as a virtual Comic-Con, but with red carpet footage and exclusive behind the scenes interviews with the stars of Game of Thrones, True Blood, and American Horror Story. It’ll be a, you know, scream. See you there!

Read more:
Scream Awards: Paul Wesley, Pee-Wee Herman, Chloe Moretz and more on Spike TV’s red carpet
Daniel Radcliffe makes fans ‘Scream’ at ‘Harry Potter’ tribute — SNEAK PEEK
Join Harry Potter himself in New York City this Friday for Spike’s Scream Awards tribute — EXCLUSIVE
‘Harry Potter’ special farewell tribute planned for Spike’s Scream Awards

Ghostbusters! Power Rangers! Robots! And more costume highlights from New York Comic-Con

The best thing about going to New York Comic-Con — or any Comic-Con, for that matter — is that you have that all-too-rare, comforting feeling of not being the weirdest person in the room. In fact, no one is!

And it’s this spirit of acceptance that I tried to capture when I hit the Comic-Con floor with my handy flipcam this weekend. Take a look at the fun below. (And sincere thanks to all who participated!)  READ FULL STORY

Seattle's self-proclaimed superhero Phoenix Jones is unmasked, vows to continue fighting crime

This week, we learned the law doesn’t discriminate. Fresh on the heels of the Hollywood hacker’s arrest, another cult personality dubbed “Seattle’s real-life superhero” has been cuffed. Phoenix Jones, né Benjamin Fodor, was hauled into prison this past Sunday, reports The Washington Post. Fodor appeared in court this morning to address assault charges from an incident in which he allegedly pepper sprayed people who were fighting outside a club. He appeared outside the court room to at last be unmasked after nearly a full year of speculation. READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory': Howard Wolowitz, grown-up? Plus, Wil Wheaton returns, and Data's with him!

For four seasons on The Big Bang Theory, Howard Wolowitz has rarely been much more than a charmingly skeezy horndog mama’s boy with a fetish for skin-tight day-glo trousers (and a cluelessly homoerotic relationship with his best friend Raj). Even during his courtship of and eventual engagement to the sweet Bernadette Rostenkowski (gesundheit), Howard’s changed his ways by mere microns. So it was startling and refreshing in equal measure to witness the man grow emotionally in this week’s episode by a full centimeter, possibly even two. And all it took was the promise of a trip to space! READ FULL STORY

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