Joshua Gomez, 'Chuck's' new top spy
November 11th, 2011
05:18 PM ET

Joshua Gomez, 'Chuck's' new top spy

When Joshua Gomez was told at the end of last season that big changes were afoot for his character, Morgan, on "Chuck," he didn't know what to expect.

As Gomez described the scene to reporters on Thursday, "Chris Fedak, one of the co-creators, went down on the set and we were just kind of talking...and he was like, you know, have you heard about [the season finale] yet? And I said no. And he was like, 'Oh, I’m going to be really interested to see what you think.' And I was like, 'Oh boy, I’m dead.'"

When Gomez read the script, "you get to the last page [where Morgan said] 'I know kung fu,' and it was like, you’ve got to be kidding me. This is insanity, I’m a dead man."

Since that moment, Chuck's best friend has had the Intersect – the entire database of CIA knowledge, along with some kung fu skills, to boot – while Chuck himself has had to work on being a spy with no special powers.

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Fandom week in review
November 11th, 2011
04:54 PM ET

Fandom week in review

Here's a look back at some of the stories that had superfans in the geek world buzzing this week:

The teaser trailer for "Snow White and the Huntsman" got rave reviews. [iTunes/Universal Pictures]

Benicio Del Toro is reportedly the front-runner to play the next "Star Trek" villain. [New York/Vulture]

Lots and lots (and lots) of "Game of Thrones" swag, coming to a store near you. [Buzzfeed/Dark Horse]

And there's that "Game of Thrones" video game too. [Cyanide Studio] FULL POST

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Ten reasons why life in Skyrim will be better than real life
November 11th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Ten reasons why life in Skyrim will be better than real life

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One of the biggest video game releases is upon us. "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" (ESRB Rated M) came out today. Like previous entries in the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim promises a huge fantasy world to explore with near-infinite story possibilities, making each player's time with the game a unique experience. It will not be unheard of for gamers to spend 100 hours or more in the vast Skyrim universe.

Ask yourself, "When was the last time I did anything for more than 100 hours that wasn't related to work, school, or masturbating?" Since working and learning both suck, and masturbating is just furtive and sad, we can use reductive reasoning to conclude that your life in Skyrim will be better than your real life. And here's why:

1. Girls talk to you
Talking to girls in real life is hard. Even if you manage to muster the courage to approach one, she just stares at you vacantly as your brain fumbles for the words to win her heart. Sound familiar? In Skyrim, girls still stare at you vacantly, but all the words you can say are predetermined, removing a great deal of social pressure. Plus, you get to talk about elves and crap like that, which a real-life girl would never subject herself to.

2. The rocks are prettier
Have you ever looked at rocks in the real world, only to find them just a bunch of boring, ordinary rocks? Not so in Skyrim! Every rock that you see in Skyrim has been lovingly hand-crafted by an experienced game developer using highly-sophisticated 3D imaging technology to ensure that the rocks in the game are even more rock-like than real rocks. "If you think the rocks are awesome, you should talk to our Senior Topsoil Designer," said Skyrim's Lead Rock Designer.

3. Dragons!
Do you feel like you constantly have to convince others around you (friends, family, the old guy at the comic book shop) of the existence of things that everyone keeps telling you don't exist? But you know in your heart - deep down - that they do? Things like high-quality young-adult vampire fiction? Excellent nu-metal bands? Japanese animated television series with riveting, easy-to-follow storylines? If you are this type of person, then you may also believe that dragons could maybe, possibly, theoretically exist. You probably also believe in ghosts and mutants. If so, Skyrim will be a treat.

4. Realistic shadows
Next time you enter a well-lit or semi-lit room, take a look around. Do the shadows look unrealistic? They probably do. And yet, we must accept these unrealistic shadows as part of our everyday existence. The creators of Skyrim, however, were not content to settle for ordinary, unrealistic shadows. Using Sunbeam Verisimilitude lighting technology and a proprietary Incandescent Luminous physics engine, Skyrim's developers were able to achieve the most realistic shadows ever seen in a video game, including some new kinds of shadows that only exist in the world of Skyrim.

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It’s a wrap for the boy who lived, the brightest witch of her age, and the king
The DVD release of "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" marks the last goodbye for the movie franchise's cast.
November 11th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

It’s a wrap for the boy who lived, the brightest witch of her age, and the king

It all started on 4 Privet Drive and ended at King’s Cross. After 14 spellbinding years, mischief managed.

By now, the books and films have spanned 13 years of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks to J.K. Rowling, the filmmakers and the cast of the Harry Potter movies, these years have been filled with more magic and imaginative splendor than any nerd could have asked for.

With the DVD and Blu-ray release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" out today, fans can get a glimpse of a poignant, behind-the-scenes clip showing the cast’s final day and heartbreaking goodbyes. (This will be just one of the extras for the DVD and Blu-ray.) And if you’ve grown up watching your favorite characters on screen, it is guaranteed to bring you to tears.

In the video, Matthew Lewis (the actor who plays fan favorite Neville Longbottom) says, “I don’t think in film history there has been anything quite like it. We’ve all grown up with these characters. With each other.”

Living in a post-Potter world has been quite strange. I think many of my fellow Potterheads can say they felt some kind of emptiness after coming home from watching "The Deathly Hallows: Part 2."  Can you say post-Potter depression? I cried more than I’d care to admit — breaking down in tears all the same for when it was touching, when it was sad and for when it triumphed.

And when the last scene faded to black, the realization instantly hit. No more films, no more midnight anticipation, no more dressing up. It felt as if some omnipotent, booming voice said, “the end.”

But is it really?

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Otaku life: So you want to go to a con
"Puella Magi Madoka Magica" fans show off their costumes.
November 11th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

Otaku life: So you want to go to a con

Becoming an Asian culture nerd is a sneaky process.

Sometimes it creeps up on you in such a way that you have no idea that it's actually happening. You listen to some AKB48 singles that a friend gave you, and soon they're in rotation on your favorite playlist. You saw one Japanese horror movie, and now suddenly you have to see them all. You picked up an anime habit you can't seem to shake.

Or, most befuddling of all, you've piled on all these habits and you seem to keep finding new ones, like researching characters from shows you like and realizing you're wondering what it would be like to dress up as them.

Maybe you're handy at sewing, and you decide to make the costume yourself, or maybe you're a total klutz and you buy the costume on the internet. Next thing you know, you've tried it all on at home in the mirror, and you feel magical and awesome, and you realize that you have one major problem: You need a place to go to show this off and to enjoy the feeling of being that character you admire for a day, or two, or maybe even a whole weekend. And all at once, it hits you that your hobbies are about to go to a whole new level.

It's time to attend your first convention. FULL POST

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