Christopher Nolan spills 'Dark Knight Rises' details
November 23rd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Christopher Nolan spills 'Dark Knight Rises' details

Empire magazine has some new details on the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" in its latest issue, which also features two covers: one of Batman, and the other of Bane.

Director Christopher Nolan reveals to the magazine that a lot of time has passed in between the conclusion of 2008's "The Dark Knight" and the starting point for 2012's "Rises."

"It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place," Nolan tells Empire. "Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after 'The Dark Knight.' So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state."

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November 23rd, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Nerdmance... it’ll fog up your specs

Engagement photos. They bring to mind images of cozy afternoon picnics, romantic strolls on the beach and couple’s lovingly staring into one another’s eyes. And how can anyone forget wizards, mad tea parties, light sabers, slithering snakes and flesh-eating zombies! Right?

Say farewell to holding hands and frolicking into a picturesque sunset because nothing quite says, “I love you” like killing a zombie and braving the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

“Engagement shoots are starting to branch out of traditional norms. Couples are discovering that they don’t need to do the standard or typical. They can do something that really brings out their personality,” said Diana Rush of Diana Rush Photography, who most recently finished an Indiana Jones e-session. “If you’re a couple who totally geeks over Star Wars or Star Trek, why not incorporate those elements into an engagement shoot or wedding?

And so if you’re a geek, odds are that cliché and predictable photos with you and your honey posing stiffly against a studio backdrop simply won’t do. Just ask Los Angeles photographer Amanda Rynda who captured couples Ben and Juliana Lee fighting off a zombie– a shoot that quickly infected the web and went viral.

“Juliana and Ben are total nerds! Juliana came to me with the idea saying, "We want to survive a zombie attack and then hug because we're in love." I thought that idea sounded like so much fun,” said Rynda. “They let their guards down and were themselves – quirky and all! And who doesn't love a little honest portrayal of love? Especially when it beats the crap out of some hungry zombie.” FULL POST

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The woman who made riding dragons possible
November 23rd, 2011
09:28 AM ET

The woman who made riding dragons possible

Many of us have dreamed about riding on the backs of dragons, exploring exotic lands and vanquishing foes. But author Anne McCaffrey brought those mere dreams to vivid life when she created the fictional world of Pern back in 1967.

Anne McCaffrey died Monday from a stroke at her house in Ireland. She was 85.

McCaffrey wrote over 100 books in her illustrious career, many with her son, Todd. The 23rd installment of the Pern series is set to arrive next year.

Her fanbase spanned all ages and nationalities, and up until earlier this month, she remained active on her blog, responding to fans’ questions and letters.

But now, it is the blogosphere’s turn to pay homage to the woman who influenced science-fiction and fantasy and the way we view our bodies, our minds, and our world. Here’s what some have had to say: FULL POST

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New Comic Wednesday: November 23, 2011
The cover of Fantastic Four #600 written by Jonathan Hickman
November 23rd, 2011
09:10 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: November 23, 2011

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t read Fantastic Four No. 600 and you are planning to read it, please, stop reading now. NOT KIDDING!

Hello, faithful comic readers!

We all know that Wednesday is the best day of the week because the new comics arrive today, and this week marks a Marvel Comics event that everyone is talking about.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, a behind-the-counter guy with a knack for knowing what comic book fans like to read, is focused on Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four No. 600".

Yes, I said "Fantastic Four" and not "FF".

Any experienced comic book reader will probably be a little skeptical about Marvel bringing a title back for a big-number issue, Dean said, but this time it's different.

If you are still reading this despite the spoiler alert at the top, now is the time to turn back if you want to remain in the dark about what Marvel has on tap. But really, if you couldn’t figure out what this issue was going to be, well, have you ever read a comic before? FULL POST