For years now, LEGO-playing fans of Tolkien’s universe have been forced to re-enact their favorite Middle-earth scenes with Han Solo, Dobby the House Elf and other franchise’s miniatures. But beginning next June, those days are history. Warner Bros Consumer Products has finally relented to bring all your favorite elves, hobbits, dwarves, wizards, and gollums to your precious LEGO universe. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two films based on The Hobbit, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “
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George Takei has accomplished what was once thought seemingly impossible and figured a way to settle one of the oldest nerd scores: The epic Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate. Prompted by the ongoing showdown between William Shatner (“First of all, Star Wars was derivative of Star Trek… derivative!”: Point Shatner) and Carrie Fisher (“Klingon? It just sounds like a laundry detergent”: Point Fisher), the great Mr. Sulu opted to take charge and become a Broker of Peace to put an end to the galaxy-and-decade-spanning feud once and for all.
But how does one do that for a embittered battle in which both sides have such dedicated, unflappable supporters? It’s quite simple, really: Call out Twilight and urge both Star Trek and Star Wars fans to come together to mutually hate on it. (All the points: Takei.) READ FULL STORY
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
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
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
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
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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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!
Scream Awards: Paul Wesley, Pee-Wee Herman, Chloe Moretz and more on Spike TV’s red carpet
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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
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