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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.)

Follow Darren on Twitter: @EWDarrenFranich

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

Hasbro 2012: Check out new toys for 'Avengers,' 'Amazing Spider-Man,' and (!) 'Return of the Jedi'

The New York Comic-Con kicks off today, but the festivities got off to an early start last night, when Hasbro hosted a preview of their 2012 slate of toys. Since the manufacturer has the rights to big franchises like Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, we went in expecting some intriguing sneak peeks at next year’s superhero projects. But there was a nice surprise in store — or at least, a nice surprise if you’re the kind of excitable geek fetishist who used to save every issue of Star Wars Insider. (Guilty!) Read on… READ FULL STORY

45 Years of 'Star Trek.' 45 reasons why it's still amazing.

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Break out the Romulan ale! This fall marks the 45th anniversary of Star Trek.

Trek’s humble origins are almost hard to believe. When TV producer Gene Roddenberry pitched his “Wagon Train to the Stars” to NBC, it had already been rejected by CBS in favor of Lost in Space. Then, even after the Peacock finally did pick it up, they dismissed the pilot, starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise, as “too cerebral,” and demanded a re-shoot. Only Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock survived the cast change for a new pilot built around a hammy Canadian named William Shatner, who, so far, had only scrounged together a career out of bit parts in movies like Judgment at Nuremberg and a couple very memorable Twilight Zone appearances.

Needless to say, expectations for Star Trek were low. And though it did face cancellation after just three seasons, it’s become one of our most venerable franchises, having spawned five subsequent series and eleven movies. READ FULL STORY

Walt Disney World Turns 40: A tribute from a life-long fan and a 40-year cast member

This month, the Happiest Place on Earth hits middle age.

Forty years ago, Walt Disney World opened in a tiny Florida town called Bay Lake, about 20 minutes outside Orlando, a place that was just a smattering of orange groves in the middle of nowhere.

Walt Disney had already revolutionized in-person, multimedia entertainment in 1955 with Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., but the space limitations of the park had hobbled his original vision. Not to mention that it still relied upon some old-fashioned assumptions about amusement parks: the park should be open only five days a week; it should be primarily oriented towards kids; and it’s a one-day experience — you show up in the morning and leave at night.

Uncle Walt’s “Florida Project” was going to change all that with a completely immersive environment: READ FULL STORY

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