[Editor's Note: There are a few spoilers for the season in this post. Be forewarned!]
There are only 12 episodes remaining before "Chuck" goes off into that good night (including one airing tonight), but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of twists and turns still to come, at least according to executive producer Chris Fedak.
"Each episode will change," Fedak told reporters on Wednesday. "From the episode that comes on Friday night, we will end in a far different place than where we began at the beginning, and by the end of [next week's episode], things will have changed again. So it’s like this season of this show, every episode will be different, and by the end of each episode, the core dynamic of the show will be changing."
So far, this has definitely been a season of change, with Morgan as the "intersect" and Chuck relying more and more on his computer geek skills (and no, Fedak won't say if Chuck ends up getting it back).
Here's a look back at some of the stories that had superfans in the geek world buzzing this week:
The "X-Men: First Class" sequel ("Second Class?") is moving forward. [SuperheroHype]
A "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" sequel is also moving forward, with Andy Serkis on board. [Hollywood Reporter]
And yes, Virginia, there are two "Independence Day" sequels in the works. [NYMag.com Vulture]
Peter Jackson's latest video blog about "The Hobbit" makes us even more excited to revisit Middle Earth. [YouTube]
Fans' voices can now be a part of "The Dark Knight Rises," says composer Hans Zimmer. [UJAM]
U.S. fans of "The IT Crowd" won't be able to catch the planned final episode on IFC, according to the network.
Sheldon's Lego Death Star on "The Big Bang Theory" blew us away. (No wonder, because it was a lot of work.) [ChuckLorre.com] FULL POST
Grant Morrison is a Scottish-born comic book writer that has written for titles including "Animal Man," "Doom Patrol," "JLA," "The Invisibles," "New X-Men," "Fantastic Four," "Batman and Robin" and, most famously, the classic Batman story "Arkham Asylum," and the Eisner award-winning "All Star Superman."
His unique take on superheroes, as explored in his book "Supergods," has made him one of the most talked about writers in comics today (in 2006 and 2010, he was voted second only to "Watchmen" and "V for Vendetta" writer Alan Moore by the readers of Comic Book Resources).
Hey, they even made a movie about him.
And I got to speak to him about his contribution to the "Action Comics" line for DC Comics (DC like CNN are both part of the Time Warner family).
After I got used to his fascinating Scottish accent and started to understand what he was actually saying, things got really geeky. We discussed his thoughts on the differences between Batman and Superman and which is the best comic in DC's "New 52" (not to mention his most unusual, favorite location for reading comics).
The scene seems to be a familiar one: a slender, pretty girl with a distinctly anime look stands on stage, grasping a microphone and playfully chatting with the crowd before she sings another infectious tune.
She wears a short skirt and a sleeveless button-up blouse, thigh-high stockings, and long ornamental sleeves, but her most memorable feature is easily her pigtails, which are a brilliant shade of blue and brush her ankles. The crowd is wild for her, cheering her on as she performs one energetic pop song after another, which they sing along to.
They've memorized every word. To them, she is an idol, and they cover their walls at home with posters of her smiling face.
Her name is Hatsune Miku, and she is a star. But she is not a real person.
Miku, as she is more commonly called by her fans, is not a girl at all. In fact, she's actually a piece of software.
Made by the Japanese media company Crypton Future Media as part of a series of synthesizer voice software releases called Vocaloid, the program uses voice actress Saki Fujita's voice in order to create a composite of a female voice that could be used to write music.
The original release of the software featured art by illustrator Kei Garō on its cover of a lovely girl with long blue pigtails, and Crypton's vision of Miku's character was of "an android diva in a near-future world where songs are lost." FULL POST
Ever since I read, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” for the first time in 2000, Ronald Bilius Weasley has always been my favorite character. You could even say that I had a slight crush on him growing up.
Now mind you, I was an 11-year-old girl then who, like any Potter-fanatic, dreamed of getting her Hogwarts acceptance letter someday.
I would spend hours reading and re-reading the books. Then I would go online to Potter forums and fan fiction websites to read some more. I could summarize story lines, recite facts and my favorite quotes from memory. I literally grew up with Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione Granger and even quietly celebrated their respective birthdays. So you see I was, and still am, quite invested.
But out of all the people in the Potter-verse, I have always had a soft spot for Ron. FULL POST