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5 WOC Cosplayers That Elevate The Hobby

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Fierce. Regal. Beautiful. No matter how you describe them, cosplaying women of color are powerful forces of nature that command attention for their stunning costumes and the personas they take on. They display their love for their favorite characters right on their faces, and they don’t let anyone stop them. Cosplay is for everyone and these 5 women of color show exactly how well it can be done by lifting their hobby to new heights.

 

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8 Crazy Costumes of Classic ‘Doctor Who’

In 2005, Doctor Who returned to TV screens with a new cast and crew.  After being off the air for over 15 years, a lot had changed in the TV landscape.  With shows like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica having reboots of their own that paved the way for Who to return, it would not be the same show that earlier generations remembered.

One of the biggest differences was the ending of the serial format that had served the show well for twenty five years.  Another was the upgrade to how the show looked.

Gone were the obviously rubber costumes and over the top masks that did little to suspend disbelief.  The show would now have world class effects, make-up and costumes.  But for many people who had hidden behind the couch as children, this was a sad state of affairs.

Here is a list of the best (worst) looking aliens from each of the original series’ Doctors.

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Hulu hit a home run when in June, 2017 they premiered The Handmaid’s Tale as a Hulu Original. A classic sci-fi dystopian novel, the story’s transition to tv show sizzled across the internet. Once it aired, people were even more abuzz. The show became a drama darling, praised by casual and critical viewers alike.

This summer, The Handmaid’s Tale came back for another round. And boy was it something. But is the second season able to live up to the praises of the first?

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Nine Guests Stars Of ‘Deep Space’

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiering on television.  The show set itself apart from previous Trek series by being more serialized, which was considered a sin for TV at the time.  How could fans enjoy a show if missing one episode meant missing ongoing plot points?  This was in the days before DVRing or streaming your favorite shows.  These days binging shows is almost expected, so you could say the show was before its time.

One thing that was always a mainstay of the Trek franchise was having major guest stars (even though they were often unrecognizable under all the latex and makeup).  People like Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Collins, David Soul and Stephen Hawking  graced previous iterations of the franchise.  But Deep Space Nine had its own share of guest stars that either went on to great fame or continued a strong career by appearing on the show.

Here are nine of the more interesting guest stars from the series.

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After sitting through Dwayne “No Longer The Rock” Johnson’s third film in less than a year, Skyscraper, you won’t believe a man can fly – Christopher Reeve as Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent got there first forty years ago and he was wearing spandex and a cape – but you’ll believe Johnson’s one-legged character, Will Sawyer, can leap tall buildings (not leap over, however) to save his family from a burning mega-skyscraper and the rando, vaguely European terrorists who started the fire to steal an ultra-high value MacGuffin. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before from one of the hardest working performers in Hollywood (three films in seven months, with another half-dozen on the way over the next two or three years), but for Johnson’s super-fans, it’ll be more than enough to overlook Skyscraper’s paper-thin, second-rate plot – a mash-up of Die Hard, The Towering Inferno and every action-film cliché in between – forgettable, throwaway villains, a plot and setting deliberately geared toward Asian-Pacific audiences, and mediocre action scenes lathered in CGI spectacle.

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Profiles in Nerdage: Helen Mirren

In a fifty year career that spans stage, film and television, Dame Helen Mirren (DBE) has played many famous people from the likes of Ayn Rand to Queen Elizabeth II.  She has won what is referred to as the triple crown of acting (an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, a Tony for The Audience where she also played Elizabeth and 4 Emmys).

As modern Hollywood began to deal with the inherent sexism and misogynistic culture, an interview from 1975 with Michael Parkinson resurfaced where he labelled her “the sex queen of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)” while she showed her intelligence and class.  She stood her ground well even though it was her first TV interview ever.

In her long and varied career it would be unusual if she hadn’t played in a part related to nerd culture.  Luckily for us, she has been part of many sci-fi, fantasy, and comic related properties.  Here is a rundown of the best movies and shows that gave her nerd street cred.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp premiered this weekend to excited fans. While not as gut-wrenching as Avengers: Infinity War, the film had a humor and heart to it that Marvel lovers might need right about now.

Even more importantly, though, it now marks us being only one film away from Avengers 4.

In wait of the heart-stopping, intense film, let’s look at some of the Ant-Man facts that might mean intriguing things for the future of the MCU.  (more…)

Fake Feminist Sci-Fi Films of the Fifties

Before the recent advances in Hollywood due to the #metoo and #timesup movements, there were science fiction films that showed strong women.  Characters like Ripley in Alien and Sarah Conner from the Terminator franchise showed women that were smart and capable without turning into damsels in distress at the sign of the first man who could help them.  While women in sci-fi films of the past were often just eye candy, some films are so misogynistic that it is either painful or hilarious to watch them (often both).

In the 1950s, as the feminist movement gained traction, some films seemed intent in showing strong women that were only waiting for a man to come along and melt their cold hearts.  Others showed that when women had power they became either crazy, violent, or both.

These movies all felt feminist to viewers when they were released but to the modern eye they really support the patriarchy of the times.  Here are the most egregious examples.

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