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Comic-Con 2014 Panel Vids For The Walking Dead, Interstellar, And More

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Comic-Con-LogoAnother massive installment of San Diego’s Comic-Con International has come and gone, leaving the fans to disperse to the four corners of the Earth, laden down with bags of swag. Of course, many people didn’t get to go this year, and there are even more who’ve never been to Comic-Con at all. Thankfully, this is the internet age, so even if you weren’t amid the throngs last week, you can still experience some of the awesomeness via the slew of panel videos that have popped up online.

These don’t give you the visceral thrill of being in the middle of 6,000 cheering geeks in Hall H, and you’re not going to get to see the really cool stuff like that Avengers 2 footage, but many of the panel discussions and Q&A segments are available online to watch in full. Check out the ones we found below, and if you want to recreate the experience more fully, feel free to watch them while crowded into a tool shed with 30 or 40 strangers. But you have to wait in line for 12 hours first.

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Sci-Fi Cancellation Watch: What’s Alive, What’s Dead, And What’s Brand New

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upfronts-2014The five major broadcast networks are set to deliver their “upfronts” in New York this week, an annual event where the networks get to show off their new fall and mid-season series to advertisers and press. We get to find out which shows will survive another season, which won’t, and what new things we’ll be watching later this year. And because we here at GFR love making your life easier, we’ve broken down the genre-related canceled/renewed/brand new announcements by network. If you need a sign to protest the death of Almost Human, you can have some of our posterboard.

While GFR’s primary focus is on science fiction, we’re including news about a few noteworthy shows that don’t fit within that genre, but which will likely be of interest to many of you. Let’s get to it!

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A Ninth Doctor Marathon And A Cool Glass Of The World’s End: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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WorldsEndSome days there’s just not much going on in the world of science fiction, a fact that occasionally makes it hard to come up with enough interesting material to fill out this column. Today…is not one of those days. The TV schedule is packed to bursting with notable science fiction, including a Thor: The Dark World tie-in episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a marathon of the Ninth Doctor’s episodes on BBC America, a new futurism/technology show hosted by James Woods, and more.

You can also help fill out your video shelves quite easily today. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End hits Blu-ray today, so plan your very own “Three Flavours Cornetto” marathon, but don’t forget to stock the bar first. Star Trek: The Next Generation’s snazzy, remastered fifth season comes to Blu-ray today as well, bringing high-def versions of some of the show’s best episodes, including “Darmok,” “The Inner Light,” and the “Unification” two-parter. Are your tastes a bit more cultish and eclectic? Both Night of the Comet and Tank Girl are getting new collector’s editions today as well.

Here’s what’s new Today in Science & Science Fiction!

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Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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VNovember 5 plays a key role in both Alan Moore’s original dystopian graphic novel V for Vendetta and the 2005 film adaptation. It’s the reason your feed may currently be cluttered with Guy Fawkes masks and people talking about the “gunpowder treason and plot.” V for Vendetta was penned by Moore during the ‘80s, with art by David Lloyd and Tony Weare. The series explores notions of anarchy vs. fascism, with the titular V, adorned in a Guy Fawkes mask, standing for the former against an oppressive U.K. government that labels him as a terrorist. The fifth of November references Guy Fawkes night and the “Gunpowder Plot,” a 1605 failed assassination attempt on King James I of England. The event — and the catchy associated poem — plays a major thematic role in both the graphic novel and film.

Moore wasn’t happy with the film (or at least the script for it), but that’s pretty much SOP when it comes to Hollywood adaptations of his works. The film definitely takes liberties with the graphic novel, but overall it’s not a bad flick, anchored especially by strong performances from Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving as V — his delivered in its entirety from behind V’s iconic mask. The adaptation was written by the Wachowskis and directed by James McTeigue (his directorial debut — he had previously worked with the Wachowskis on the Matrix films as an assistant director.

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J.J. Abrams’ Mysterious Book S. Hits Shelves: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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StrangerThis past summer, J.J. Abrams surprised us all with a mysterious black-and-white teaser video that, while stylish and evocative, didn’t actually reveal what it was for. It was a classic bit of Abrams “mystery box” provocation, and the interwebs lit up with speculation about whether the teaser was for a new movie or show or something else entirely. Eventually, it was revealed that the vid was promoting S., a book conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. It finally hits shelves today, and it certainly sounds intriguing. You can order it via Amazon, and you can heck out the full synopsis and the original teaser video below.

One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

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Great Scott! Christopher Lloyd Turns 75: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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LloydChristopher Lloyd (October 22, 1938)
This is heavy! Christopher Lloyd has had a long and esteemed career over the past 40 years: playing Reverend Jim on Taxi; giving us a perfect Uncle Fester in the Addams Family movies; and even putting in a hilarious turn as Professor Plum in one of my very favorite films, Clue. But of all those projects over the years, there’s no question that his performance as Dr. Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future movies is his most beloved role of all. Just try to picture anybody else playing the brilliant, floppy-haired eccentric — it can’t be done. In less talented hands, the character could have just been a one-note cliché, but Lloyd makes Doc Brown the true heart of the trilogy, the sort of friend and mentor you’d happily travel through time to save. GFR wishes him a spectacular birthday!