Fandom week in review
Matt Smith isn't quitting "Doctor Who."
October 28th, 2011
07:00 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:

Relax: Matt Smith isn't quitting "Doctor Who" anytime soon. [Doctor Who TV]

That long-awaited "Ender's Game" movie is coming March 15, 2013! [Summit Entertainment]

When he's not directing one of the most highly-anticipated comic book movies of all time, Joss Whedon (and many friends you may recognize - "Bam said the lady" ring a bell?) is adapting Shakespeare. [CNN Marquee Blog/EW]

Get the "Harry Potter" movies while you can, because like Disney often does, they're going "in the vault" at the end of the year. [Deadline]

The new "Beetlejuice" is a sequel, not a remake. [EW]

Season Three of "The Walking Dead," Season Two of "Person of Interest," and Season Two of "Falling Skies" (which airs on TNT, owned by Time Warner, which owns CNN) are on like Donkey Kong! [AMC/CBS/TNT]

Two giants of geek entertainment are joining forces: the legendary Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment announced a partnership with Michael Eisner's (former head honcho of Disney, during its "Aladdin"/"Lion King" heyday) and his independent studio, Vuguru. POW! Entertainment]

The rumors are false: "The Dark Knight Rises" is not going to "occupy Wall Street." [EW]

We're all kinds of intrigued by the new "Hugo" trailer [YouTube]

And this "Frankenweenie" remake is looking better all the time. [EW]

Pikachus made from real rats. Really! [Huffington Post]

Katie (of "The Force is with Katie" fame) had a rocking good time – with lightsabers, of course - at the recent GeekGirlCon [Chicago Now]

Steven Spielberg admitted that the "E.T." changes were a mistake but he will still defend that scene in the most recent "Indiana Jones." [EW]

"Lorax" trailer! [Hollywood Reporter]

"Robot Chicken" is working on a DC Comics-themed episode (also Time Warner properties, owners of CNN). []

Conventions this weekend:
Long Beach Comic-Con (Long Beach, California)
EyeCon ("Vampire Diaries" convention, Atlanta)
Frank N’ Con (El Paso, TX)
Infinicon (Winston Salem, NC)

Finally, check out these great shots from last weekend's Mid-Ohio Comic-Con! [CNN iReport]

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'Angel' vets return to TV with 'Grimm'
Silas Weir Mitchell ("Dexter," "The X-Files," "Prison Break") plays Eddie (a modern take on "the Big Bad Wolf") and David Giuntoli plays Nick on "Grimm."
October 28th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

'Angel' vets return to TV with 'Grimm'

Hardcore fans of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spinoff "Angel" will likely tune in on Friday night to check out the first episode of NBC's much-hyped new series "Grimm," from that vampire series' co-creator David Greenwalt, and one its consulting producers, Jim Kouf.

The show – "a marriage of a police procedural and a mythological fracturing fairy tale every week," as Greenwalt described it – is about a cop who finds out he has the gift to see sinister (and sometimes not-so-sinister, such as the lycanthrope Eddie) Grimm's fairy tale characters, will have a different take on the "Big Bad" villains we saw each season on "Buffy" and "Angel."

"The 'Big Bad' comes in a little different form in Grimm because we’re presenting some characters that appear to be bad but may actually have some good agendas, you know, a little more mix of good and bad in the characters that Nick, our main character will go up against," Greenwalt recently told reporters.

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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

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