Superman, Batman and The Doctor Walk into a Cafe…

No, seriously…

The folks behind How It Should’ve Ended and Superhero Cafe, bring us a special video for Doctor Who Week – Who’s A Hero – featuring Superman, Batman and the Doctor.

Favorite line?

“What would a bat do with a screwdriver?”

“You could’ve saved Rory and Amy!”

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TRAILER: The Day of The Doctor

The full trailer for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, is here!

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Fresh off his run in the theaters, and just in time for the DVD release of Man of Steel on Tuesday, November 12th, Screen Junkies brings us a great new animated Man of Steel…

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VIDEO: Conversations with Booksellers

Whatever may be happening in the book business, there’s no denying that the book store still plays an important role in American society. And while the American bookstore may be “on the ropes,” it would be premature to count it out altogether. Conversations with Booksellers is a brief documentary that examines innovations currently blooming in traditional bookstores across the country, from goliaths like Powell’s City of Books to a tiny mom and pop operation in New Orleans. As the interviews with the owners of these stores reveals, it’s not all doom and gloom on the brick-and-mortar side of the book business. In fact, there’s still a lot to be said for the value of face-to-face interaction with customers.
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VIDEO: Star Wars Speed Dating

Ah, Star Wars

You may not have pleased fans with the prequels…but you are a bottomless well for humor.
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VIDEO: Thanos Crashes Comic-Con

This is what happens when Thanos, the Mad Titan, decides to invade Comic-Con.

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Video: How The Hobbit Should Have Ended

Posted without comment.
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Sunday Cinema: Watch Stanislaw Lem Adaptation “1″ For Free!

The film 1 is an adaptation of one of the stories in Stanislaw Lem’s book One Human Minute.

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

A bookshop renowned for its rare works is mysteriously and completely filled with copies of a book entitled 1, which doesn’t appear to have a publisher or author. The strange almanac describes what happens to the whole of humanity in the space of a minute. A police investigation begins and the bookshop staff are placed in solitary confinement by the Bureau for Paranormal Research (RDI Reality Defense Institute). As the investigation progresses, the situation becomes more complex and the book increasingly well known, raising numerous controversies (political, scientific, religious and artistic). Plagued by doubts, the protagonist has to face facts: reality only exists in the imagination of individuals.

‘Enigmatic in form, encyclopedic in scope, and leaving room between its lines for many different readings, Sparrow’s truly singular film encapsulates the whole of human experience in eccentric, elliptical cross-section. It is all at once science fiction, political allegory, transcendental mystery and free-form documentary, recalling the early works of Peter Greenaway in its vast referential breadth, its mannered blurring of fact and fiction, and the beauty of its tableau-like images.’

Watch the film after the jump.

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VIDEO: “Blink to the Future” – A Doctor Who / Back to the Future Mash-Up

“It’s your kid, Rory. Something’s got to be done about your kid!”

This video is full of wonderful mash-up moments.  I especially liked 9-Stein. :)

Check it out after the jump!  …and whatever you do, don’t blink.

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The awesome, wish-I-had-their-job folks at How It Should Have Ended have put together another episode in which the ever-egotistical Batman shares his thoughts with Superman on the Man of Steel trailer…

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VIDEO: All the “Firefly” Moments on “Castle”

I know it’s not a genre show, but Castle has it’s genre moments, including this shiny montage of Firefly references.

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DC Nation over on CartoonNetwork, continues to add to their slate of DC Comics related shows (Young Justice, Green Lantern) with a new Batman cartoon: Beware The Batman.  Fans of Batman: The Brave and The Bold might not be looking forward to this, but fans of Batman: The Animated Series might have a different take.  Although done in a CGI style that, so far, looks similar to the blocky Green Lantern, Beware The Batman looks to be a more serious take on the caped crusader, which should appeal to fans of the Batman comics and movies.

A teaser trailer has been released – check it out after the jump!

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Dark Horse Comics and Geek and Sundry keep pumping out some pretty cool motion comics.  I like these more than the ones I’ve seen from Marvel in the past (Iron Man Extremis or SPIDER-WOMAN: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.) – I think the animation style is just better.

Today, we have Dinosaur Porn-er, I mean, Age of Reptiles: Tribal Warfare.

About Age of Reptiles: Tribal Warfare:

From Ricardo Delgado–a prolific development and storyboard artist who has worked on such hit films as Men in Black, The Incredibles, WALL-E, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the Matrix series– an epic tale about the most unlikely cast of characters: dinosaurs. Since that first foray into the world of sequential art–which earned him an Eisner win for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition–he has returned to his critically acclaimed Age of Reptiles again and again, each time crafting a captivating saga about his saurian subjects.

Check it out after the jump!

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VIDEO: Dark Horse Comics Presents The Massive: Part 1

Another stellar motion comic from Dark Horse and Geek and Sundry.  This is the beginning of a new multi-part adaptation of The Massive from Brian Wood (Channel Zero, Generation X, DMZ, Local).

About The Massive:

What does it mean to be an environmentalist after the world’s already ended? In The Massive, Callum Israel—leader of the Ninth Wave oceanic activist group—asks himself this question everyday, a question that cuts to the core of his identity. In a post-war, post-crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, nothing is certain and ideologies are meaningless. But the mission remains: search this crumbling world for answers to the cause of the “crash,” and keep up the hunt for their missing sister ship, the Massive, lost and adrift in the chaos. But, before the crash, the members of the Ninth Wave were defined by different missions, different stories. Stories that united them in a common goal. Stories about the ocean…

Check out Part 1 of The Massive after the jump.

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What happens when you take Nolan’s Batman and Bane and add in a little Burt Ward Robin?

In a word…awwwkward!

And NSFW.

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Came across this one night when I was probably supposed to be editing posts here on SF Signal – don’t tell John D., okay?  (He throws old, stale bagels at me when I stop working!) [Yeah! As if any bagels near live long enough to go stale... -- John D.]

Anyway, stop motion films have always amazed and delighted me, especially considering the sheer amount of work that goes into making one.  In this case, Hong Kong based directors Derek Kwok and Henri Wong put together a seriously cool (if a bit confusing) Batman movie using toys.

Check it out after the jump and let me know what you think in the comments.

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Wow.

This is the most visually-stunning movie trailer I’ve seen in a while…

Check it out after the jump

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“After a long day working two jobs, Superman’s duties never seem to end when Krypto decides that this must be the place.”
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My Damn Channels is hosting a hilarious superhero parody web series called Save the Supers, the first three episodes of which are strung together here for your viewing pleasure.

After the jump:

  • Episode #1 – “The Super Force vs. The Bottom Line”
  • Episode #2 – “The Super Force vs. Downsizing”
  • Episode #3 – “The Super Force vs. Cat-Astrophe”

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VIDEO: Anthropology for Writers [Readercon Panel]

At last weekend’s Readercon 23 I led a panel on the subject of writing culture in fantastic fiction. This is the description from the program:

 In a 2011 blog post, Farah Mendlesohn wrote, “‘Worldbuilding’ as we understand it, has its roots in traditions that described the world in monolithic ways: folklore studies, anthropology, archeology, all began with an interest in describing discrete groups of people and for that they needed people to be discrete.” This panel will discuss the historical and present-day merging and mingling of real-world cultures, and advise writers on building less monolithic and more plausible fictional ones.”

We had a lively conversation that ranged from historical fiction to John Norman’s Gor series. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I want to thank my fellow panelists for making the discussion informative and fun. The panelists are (from left to right):

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