Tim Gunn weighs in on 'Star Trek' fashion
October 28th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Tim Gunn weighs in on 'Star Trek' fashion

iReporter Alan "Sizzler" Kistler, a comic book and "Doctor Who" historian, among other things, recently had the chance to sit down with "Project Runway's" Tim Gunn, to discuss one of the most interesting fashion phenomenons in science fiction history: "Star Trek."

Check out the iReport below for part one of their conversation, along with actress Jennifer Ewing:

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Paizo's Pathfinder Beginner Box
October 28th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Inside Paizo's 'Pathfinder Beginners Box Set'

I like to consider myself an avid tabletop role-playing game player. I started playing Dungeons & Dragons with the original 1983 “Red Box." I played through college and now run a regular D&D game at my local gaming store.

But I'm always excited to try out new games. My group does this every other Thursday. Not only do we get to learn new gaming systems but I think it keep us from getting burned out on the campaign we are playing by taking little breaks. So I was excited to get a copy of Paizo’s latest product, the “Pathfinder Beginners Box.”

I knew about Paizo from the other table top products they sell, like maps and source books. I’d seen their RPG “Pathfinders” on the shelf at my local gaming store, but didn't know a lot of the about the game or its history. Paizo Publisher Erik Mona was happy to fill in the blanks.

Mona explained to me that “Pathfinder” is essentially an offshoot version of the 3.5 edition of “Dungeons & Dragons,” produced under the Open Game License (OGL). FULL POST

Movies that scare the people who scare us
"The Descent" (2005) follows a group of women on a caving expedition that (surprise!) goes horribly awry.
October 28th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Movies that scare the people who scare us

A chill is in the air, dread spirits are walking the earth and, as Halloween approaches, everyone from the most diehard horror geek to the casual fright fan is filling their queue with horror films to celebrate the season.

To be sure, there are plenty of of options.

But while the masses may have flocked to see "Paranormal Activity 3" last weekend (its $54 million made it the strongest September/October film opening ever) genre fans were no doubt dwelling in the gooey viscera of more underground fare.

To help you out of a potential celluloid jam, we talked with some of our fan-culture favorites, asking them for their recommendations on potentially obscure (and sometimes absurd) horror flicks you should check out this Halloween. FULL POST

Your guide to obscure Asian horror films: 'Cold Fish' and more
Only a mass-murdering aquarium store owner would be evil enough to make his employees dress this way.
October 28th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Your guide to obscure Asian horror films: 'Cold Fish' and more

When the Japanese horror craze swept Japan and then subsequently leaked into the U.S. (resulting in a ton of less-than-stellar remakes of movies that were perfectly good in the first place) even people who weren't horror enthusiasts found themselves wrapped up in some spooky folk tale about a curse that you somehow get by sticking your nose where it doesn't belong.

This movement was spearheaded by a film by Hideo Nakata called "Ringu," which told the tale of a cursed videotape which killed anyone who watched it a week later. The 2002 American remake, called "The Ring," enlightened people to the J-horror craze, which continued to snowball until it burned out due to oversaturation.

People have mixed feelings about Asian horror and suspense now, partially due to the quality of the remakes and the repetition of the themes. After all, how many times can you be scared by a girl whose face is obscured by long, inky hair? And yet, perhaps you may have enjoyed one or two of those original films and wondered if there were more like it out there that you might be missing because you didn't know where to look. FULL POST

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The price of an awesome costume
Miracole Burns as Wonder Woman.
October 27th, 2011
05:39 PM ET

The price of an awesome costume

Going to a Halloween party this weekend? Have the perfect, over-the-top, completely genre-accurate costume in mind to wear?

Take it from some seasoned costumers and cosplayers – awesome costumes don’t survive crowds. Sometimes they don’t even survive the journey there. And sometimes, the costumes are so awesome that you can’t survive them.

People like Chris and Miracole Burns, from “Avengers Assemble” and full-time cosplayer Yaya Han can make a living out of creating and wearing costumes. They’re invited to fan conventions to show up as comic book, anime, movie, TV and video game characters. They know how to create Hollywood-quality costumes and special effects makeup. They’re skilled at putting together the perfect look, the perfect pose, and making the whole package last for hours at a time on a crowded con floor.

They also know that fellow fans are thrilled to see their characters “come to life” through these costumes - but such admiration can sink hours of hard work and hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars of investment in an outfit. FULL POST

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