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I'm still not over... Chief and Boomer's tragic romance on 'Battlestar Galactica'

Here at PopWatch, we’re reminiscing about the pop culture moments that we still can’t get over — no matter how much time has passed.

“How many of us ended up with the people we wanted to be with? Got stuck with the best of limited options. And why? Because the ones we really want, that we’ve really loved, are dead, dying, turned out to be Cylons and they didn’t know it.”

So says Chief Galen Tyrol (Aaron Douglas) as he mourns his wife’s death. But he isn’t talking about losing his wife — he’s talking about “the one that got away.” It may be cold-hearted, but in the apocalyptic universe of Battlestar Galactica, he’s kind of right.

It’s been almost 10 years since the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica premiered on the then titled Sci-Fi Network. It was a time when network names made sense, quality sci-fi drama aired rather than just sharks in tornadoes, and geeks exclaimed “Frak!” with only a few confused glances as repercussions. Battlestar Galactica is largely responsible for my overwhelming love for science fiction, but it is also responsible for my greatest TV-related heartbreak. SPOILERS ahead, but really, it’s been 10 years. The Ronald D. Moore sci-fi drama set, interestingly enough, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, includes the usual hallmarks of space operas like hyperspeed starships, killer robots, and epic journeys to mysterious planets. But it also features some of the most complicated, poignant relationships ever to be dramatized on TV. To me, the most heartbreaking — and there are a lot to choose from (Starbuck and Apollo! Billy and Dee! Adama and Roslin!) — is the tragic tale of Chief and Boomer.
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Why 'Pacific Rim' is a good movie for geek girls

There isn’t much entertainment out there for ladies of the geek persuasion — or to be more accurate, geek ladies and geek gentlemen attracted to other gentlemen. Well, at least there isn’t much marketed directly to us. But we all know the dirty little secret of being a geek lady in a predominately geek man’s world — there are a lot of hot guys in sci-fi movies. Pacific Rim, which opened yesterday, is no exception. SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!

Pacific Rim is in no way a perfect movie. It’s plagued with corny dialogue, underdeveloped characters, and a predictable, anticlimactic ending. And like most sci-fi movies, it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test. The Bechdel test, named after cartoonist Alison Bechdel, requires a movie to include at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something besides a man. There are two named women in Pacific Rim — Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) and Lt. Sasha Kaidanovsky (Heather Doerksen). However, Doerksen has a small role, says a few lines (most of which are directed toward her husband and copilot), and dies in the middle of the movie. Kikuchi’s Mako is a central character with a dynamic story arc though she’s less active than her male counterparts. Unlike many ladies in sci-fi, she is not objectified or criticized solely on the basis of her gender — a conscious decision made by director Guillermo del Toro. READ FULL STORY

Nerdist does 'Star Wars' musical tribute in prep for charity race. Watch it here.

The cantina is about to get wild. Patton Oswalt is behind the bar. Billy Dee Williams is waiting to get on stage for a karaoke performance. And Jason Schwartzman just finished trying to sweet talk a Twi’lek.

It’s anything but a common day at Nerdist Industries but it’s certainly a freaking awesome one. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2013 Schedule: See what's happening Thursday

The Comic-Con schedule is here! Sorta.

Today marked Day One of the annual Con schedule roll-out, which, as you’ll recall, is as drawn-out as an American Idol results show.

So what’s on tap for Thursday? You can see the full schedule here, but if you just want some highlights, we got those too. READ FULL STORY

'The Giver': Why Jonas's casting proves that fan rage is sometimes justified

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On some level, big screen adaptations of beloved novels are always doomed. Hew too closely to the source material, and they’re accused of slavish fan service; diverge too much from the original story, and they risk inciting mobs of obsessives who demand to see S.P.E.W. in all its glory. A successful adaptation must show respect for its root without attempting to translate it literally — something that would be impossible to do anyway, since every reader will necessarily imagine that book’s characters and settings differently.

That, of course, is why book fans often react with violent negativity after an actor is cast in an upcoming adaptation — regardless of who they are and what the role is. And because YA behemoths tend to have younger, more devoted followings than any other genre, the reactions of those followings tend to be particularly hostile.

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Google celebrates a special birthday with harrowing, Kafkaesque Doodle

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One morning, when Internet users awoke from troubled dreams, they found that the Google logo’s “O”s had transformed into a monstrous vermin.

The reason: Today is Franz Kafka’s 130th birthday —  or at least, it would have been, if he hadn’t died of starvation brought on by tuberculosis in 1924. All of us will die, someday. READ FULL STORY

Is a vast hoard of 'E.T.' videogames really buried at a landfill site in New Mexico?

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We may never find out if Big Foot exists, who Carly Simon wrote “You’re So Vain” about, or whether Leonardo DiCaprio is dreaming at the end of Inception. But there is one pop culture mystery which might be cleared up in the near future. For decades, it has been rumored that Atari buried millions of copies of its E.T. videogame at a landfill site in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Now, the Alamogordo city council has given the Los Angeles-based Fuel Entertainment permission to search the site for a film project and find out if one of the videogame industry’s most enduring myths is fact or fiction. “The dumping of the E.T. cartridges has always been one of the biggest urban legends in videogame history,” says Mike Burns, cofounder and CEO of Fuel Entertainment’s parent company, Fuel Industries. “We wanted to find out what’s really in there and put an end to the rumors.”

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'Star Trek' Retro Poster Project: First look at 'The Devil in the Dark,' 'The Lights of Zetar'

“The Devil in the Dark” was the 25th episode of the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series. It did not pit the U.S.S. Enterprise against Satan during a blackout on Halloween. (Because that’s exactly what you were thinking, right?) No, the devil here is the metaphorical representation of the misunderstood Other, which, in this case, is a seemingly psycho mole-like creature of sentient asbestos or rock or whatever that looks like something your cat would throw up if your cat had the stomach the size of a dumpster and only ate refried beans, and a lot of them. Sounds ludicrous — except it isn’t.  “The Devil in the Dark” is top-shelf Trek and (according to reports) William Shatner’s favorite episode ever. Also: “Dammit, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!” “The Devil in the Dark” is among this month’s batch of prints by artist Juan Ortiz as he continues his ongoing project to create movie posters in a retro pulp style for every single episode of ST:TOS. The July collection also includes “The Lights of Zetar,” the 18th episode of season three, in which the alien consciousness of an alien race creates stormy psychic havoc aboard the Enterprise: READ FULL STORY

A new way to waste your time online: Instagram video!

Think six seconds just aren’t enough to properly illustrate Ryan Gosling refusing to eat cereal, or the cast of Much Ado about Nothing having a goof, or Lucille Bluth shouting epithets at Princess Jasmine? Instagram has heard your cries — and is answering them by adding its very own video capability. Just call it A Longer Vine.

As the Facebook-owned photo service announced Thursday, users now have the option of creating 3- to 15-second videos, altering them with 13 filters, and posting them to their Instagram accounts. This new feature promises to revolutionize the way we procrastinate, share shaky concert footage, and — in all likelihood — watch celebrities behaving badly.

Check out a dreamy, Apple-ad-esque clip of Instagram in Motion (courtesy of, uh, Vimeo) below — and catch Instagram’s own maiden video at the company’s official page. (The next step: Making these videos embeddable on WordPress! Pretty please, guys?)
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Hogwarts Alumni Newsletter: Emma Watson to star in another franchise, plus Tom Felton!

It’s summer, O.W.L.s have been taken and we’re all itching to get back to the castle, which means it’s time for another update to Hogwarts’ Alumni Newsletter.

Last time around when we caught up with the gang, we were excited that Daniel Radcliffe was set to star in a version of Frankenstein as the hunchbacked assistant Igor. This week, a bunch of new projects have been announced that have us thrilled for Hogwarts’ former (and current) favorite sons and daughters. I won’t rehash previously announced work, just the things they’ve added to their growing résumés recently. Read on to find out why it’s possible Emma Watson will be known for a different franchise come 2015. I mean, not really: She’ll clearly always be Hermione Granger. But she’s got another potential big movie happening too! Good things all around!
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