Fans propel 'Fringe' to fourth season
September 23rd, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Fans propel 'Fringe' to fourth season

The fans of Fox's cult sci-fi series "Fringe" are a big reason why the show has survived to premiere a fourth season this Friday night, and the executive producers, Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, are keenly aware of it.

"We were very confident that [Fox executives were] pleased, creatively, with where the show was going. They know that we have incredibly rabid fans," Wyman told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday.

The fans really outdid themselves on Sunday by posting a YouTube video that blew away the producers. FULL POST

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September 23rd, 2011
03:16 PM ET

Kurt Braunohler, your Nazi IT guy

"I'm not straight up German, but I kind of look like the IT guy from the Nazis."

New York comedian Kurt Braunohler is quite aware of his rather SS appearance, but pictures himself more as the guy who troubleshot code breaking machines - also technically known as Nerdenfixen.

Fortunately, he's just a comedian whose evil really only seems to extend as far as messing with people on the internet. (Which, let’s face it, is pretty much everyone’s civic duty.) FULL POST

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Exclusive first look at 'The Flash' #1
September 23rd, 2011
01:29 PM ET

The science of 'The Flash'

With a brand new "The Flash" comic book series set for release on Wednesday (and a first look at some of the artwork from the book in the gallery above), we asked new artist and co-writer Francis Manapul to talk about the science of one of the most famous science fiction-based superheroes.

"We have a bit of a leeway in [exploring ‘comic book science,’" he said. "What’s been really fun is finding real world scientific facts and pushing the ideas. When you read science journals where they’re theorizing, we’re able to ask, 'what if that wasn’t just a theory, but it was real?' With Barry [Allen, the Flash's altar ego] being a scientist himself, there’s lots of ways we can explore that."

The Flash can't just run so quickly that he can run on water, but he can also vibrate through objects. "This may not be [scientifically] possible for us to do, but the Flash can do it," he said. "Readers [today] are more science savvy. They need that little wedge of cheese to bring them along, to let them know it’s based on science. We’re putting steroids on science and we’re pumping it up." FULL POST

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September 22nd, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Kevin Smith's wild theory about 'Dark Knight Rises'

When director, film and comic book geek Kevin Smith stopped by CNN’s Los Angeles bureau, he dropped more of his special brand of "pearls of wisdom" than could possibly be contained in one iReport interview (Smith answers questions from fans in the video above).

Of particular interest to comic book movie fans is his unusual theory about the next "Batman" film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

Such is to be expected from the “Red State” director (his latest, next-to-last flick is now available on demand), who has an annual Saturday night panel at San Diego Comic-Con where he sounds off on all things film and comic books. His most devoted fans appreciate that he is "one of them," a longtime fan of comic books and superhero movies who says exactly what many of them are thinking (not to mention that he owns a comic book store, soon to be featured on an AMC reality show). FULL POST

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In memory of Satoshi Kon: Japan pays tribute to a master
A still from Satoshi Kon's "Milennium Actress."
September 22nd, 2011
03:54 PM ET

In memory of Satoshi Kon: Japan pays tribute to a master

It's been just over a year since the death of Satoshi Kon, one of Japan's grand masters of animation.

Famous for films including "Millennium Actress", a story of a renowned actress and the story of her life across her films, "Paprika", a futuristic fantasy that dabbled in dreams and the ability to enter the subconscious mind, and "Perfect Blue", a psychological thriller about a pop star who descends into Hitchcock-flavored madness, Kon was courageous in his storytelling, taking an unflinching look at worlds both fantastic and commonplace.

Bringing broad, memorable characters to life and leading them down impossibly twisting pathways was Kon's specialty. With the help of animation studio Madhouse, Kon was able to bring his vision of these unforgettable stories to the world.  FULL POST

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