A Magical War Begins In Full Trailer For Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell


Susanna Clarke’s magical alternate history Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell comes to television soon, and this trailer gives us a hint of what the return of English magic will look like. Meet Gilbert Norrell, Jonathan Strange, the Gentleman with the Thistle-Down Hair, and all the people in their magical orbit. » 4/27/15 4:25pm 9 minutes ago

Why Was Carl Sagan Blackballed from the National Academy of Sciences?

If you’re ever feeling crappy about not getting recognition for your work, just remember that even Carl Sagan got negs from his scientific colleagues. In fact, he was never allowed into the National Academy of Sciences, despite all he did to popularize the scientific worldview. » 4/27/15 7:24pm 9 minutes ago

Five Things That Autonomous Cars Will Change In TV And Movies

Technology has a way of screwing up entertainment from the past. How many Seinfeld episodes would have been four minutes long is everyone had cell phones? Hell, almost any plot that revolved around missing someone or a wrong bit of information would be obsolete today. So what will autonomous cars do? » 4/27/15 6:44pm 49 minutes ago

The Most Adorable Hulkbuster Toy Houses An Equally Adorable Iron Man

Thanks to Age of Ultron, we’ve had plenty of wonderful Hulkbuster toys to gawk at over the last few months. But outside of the buildable Lego figure, somehow hardly any of them actually fit a full Iron Man figure inside. Step forward and be counted among the few that do, adorable little baby Hulkbuster. » 4/27/15 6:40pm 54 minutes ago

This Hybrid "Knork" Utensil Was Also An Important Medical Invention

Knife, fork, spoon: This is the holy trinity of silverware and (while the occasional spork that may jostle for inclusion), in general, these are all you’re likely to see. There is, however, another hybrid utensil you may not know: The Knork. And its creation owes as much to modern medicine as to dining habits. » 4/27/15 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

Which Movie Would Be Better If It Was More Kid-Friendly?

Movie buffs tend to equate an R-rating with realness — if a movie is too violent or sexed-up for kids, then that proves the film-makers are keeping it real. A “hard R” equals a real edge. But sometimes, focusing on all the splatter and nudity can just get in the way of the story. Which movie would be better if it was… » 4/27/15 3:12pm Today 3:12pm

Insanity Defense Will Be The Focus Of James Holmes' Mass Murder Trial

Opening arguments in the trial of James Holmes, accused of killing 12 and injuring dozens more during a 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises, began today in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes has pled not guilty by reason of insanity, but prosecutors say tests have shown he is sane. » 4/27/15 5:15pm Today 5:15pm

The Complete History Of The Joker's Many, Many Incarnations

Jared Leto’s prison-tattooed version of the Joker made a big splash the other day — but a radically transformed Joker is nothing new. Batman’s most iconic foe has undergone many revamps, reimaginings, updates and interpretations over the past 75 years. Here’s the complete history of the ever-changing face of the Joker. » 4/27/15 1:14pm Today 1:14pm

Google Attempts to Fight Patent Trolls with a Pretty Dubious Strategy

Google’s legal team has just announced that they’ll be buying as many patents as possible in order to “remove friction from the patent market” and defeat patent trolls, companies that buy patents just to sue people on bogus charges of infringement. But there’s a big problem with this strategy. » 4/27/15 3:29pm Today 3:29pm

Nance Tries To Turn Avenger, But Nobody Can Outwit Lizzie On Chronicles

A lot of people kick the bucket on this week’s Lizzie Borden Chronicles episode, “Welcome to Maplecroft,” and shockingly — shockingly! — not all of them are done in by the divine Miss B. Our pint-sized psychopath does get the most creative kill, however, in yet another ep that mixes gore with arch, arch dialogue. » 4/27/15 3:09pm Today 3:09pm

The Complete History Of The Joker's Many, Many Incarnations

Jared Leto’s prison-tattooed version of the Joker made a big splash the other day — but a radically transformed Joker is nothing new. Batman’s most iconic foe has undergone many revamps, reimaginings, updates and interpretations over the past 75 years. Here’s the complete history of the ever-changing face of the Joker. » 4/27/15 1:14pm Today 1:14pm