Fandom week in review
January 6th, 2012
07:38 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 most "Doctor Who" wedding ever? [Washington Post]

Benedict Cumberbatch has reportedly been cast as a villain in the next "Star Trek." Hitfix]

What a way to end 2011: Spider-Man rescued our own Anderson Cooper from the Green Goblin! [CNN]

Meanwhile, the Enterprise and "Transformers'" Bumblebee made appearances at the Tournament of Roses parade. [Hollywood Reporter]

Harrison Ford watches "Indiana Jones" for the first time (OK, not really). Harrison Ford plays "Uncharted" (really). We crack up hysterically. [UK Daily Mail]

Get creeped out by BBC America's trailer for "The Fades." [Hollywood Reporter]

Decision time looms for "Terra Nova." [Deadline]

A steampunk take on "Hansel & Gretel," coming soon to theaters. [EW]

An early look at Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men," coming next month to AMC. [Comicbook.com]

An animated poster of "Community's" brilliant parody, "Inspector Spacetime." [Vulture]

"Battlestar"... "Portlandia?" [TV.com]

Farewell, "Jaws" ride. [Orlando Sentinel]

Conventions this weekend:

MAGFest (National Harbor, Maryland)

MegaCon (Orlando, Florida)

Atlanta GameFest

Amazing Comic-Con (Mesa, Arizona)

Finally, via iReporter Jerry Gonzales, Gollum welcomes you to Weta Cave Shop! [CNN iReport]


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Adam Baldwin, fandom's big damn hero
January 6th, 2012
06:05 PM ET

Adam Baldwin, fandom's big damn hero

One beloved fan franchise is usually the most any actor can hope for. Within just a few years, Adam Baldwin got two.

Even though the cult classic series "Firefly" was canceled in 2002, the show and Baldwin's character, Jayne Cobb (who has his own theme song and a trademark hat that is everywhere at fan conventions), lived on. Fans bought the DVDs in large numbers, enough to justify a big-screen incarnation, "Serenity," in 2005.

Then in 2007, Baldwin took on the role of no-nonsense NSA Agent John Casey on "Chuck," and another cult hero was born – and this time fans successfully rallied to give the show five seasons.

"Fans of 'Firefly' followed me immediately to 'Chuck' and were able to enjoy the show from there," Baldwin told CNN's Geek Out. "Even though it's not really sci-fi, it's high-tech nerd, geekalicious spy comedy stuff. Zachary Levi, being a nerd and having created Nerd HQ, was welcomed into the community, as were the rest of us."

Baldwin also pointed out what has changed in the years between "Firefly" and "Chuck." FULL POST

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Anime for the apocalypse
January 6th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Anime for the apocalypse

An anime fan's tastes pop up pretty early in the initial addiction phase. Whether it's shojo, harem, mecha or horror, it won't take long to become an expert on your topic of choice. When it comes to mine, I'm always drawn to chaos. What does the end of the world look like? How would I survive?

If something happens on December 21, 2012, my fandom has prepared me for the worst. For example, I've learned by watching anime that you're probably safer if you climb in a giant mech during the apocalypse. And that you may end up having to kill friends or loved ones. It's probably also highly likely that most of your battles will be fought flying through the sky. FULL POST

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