Black Widow: Marvel is planning a standalone movie | Den of Geek

I'm sure this will make a lot of people online happy anyway. Personally I think there are far more interesting female characters in the Marvel Universe than the perpetually bland Black Widow, a character who basically just seems to be defined by hyper-competent which... isn't actually a personality at all. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige hasn’t left himself a fat lot of wiggle room with his latest answer to the question of a possible Black Widow movie. Since she debuted the character on screen in Iron Man 2, questions have been asked about whether Scarlett Johansson will get to headline her own Marvel feature. And the answer now seems to …Read more  »

The Ultimate Guide to This Summer’s Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

Highlights for me include the return of Person of Interest, The Last Ship and the premiere of Preacher. What catches your interest? io9.com bills this as an Ultimate guide but since it only goes up to July 31st they're using a pretty narrow definition of Summer. Ever heard of August guys? Summer always feels so full of things we should be doing, and yet, when there’s so much new television, why should we even bother to leave the house? There’s a bevy of new series about the supernatural, there are some welcome returns, including Mr. Robot. But this summer’s biggest show is the long-awaited Preacher—which better live up to the …Read more  »

And the Doctor’s New Companion Is…

We're not straying too far from type here. The Doctor's new companion is still female and young. But if this trailer is anything to go by Bill as played by Pearl Mackie is going to bounce of the Doctor a little differently to the last two. I'm optimistic. I also really like this method of introducing the new companion. Rather than just giving us a press photo we get an idea of how she will act and speak in character. https://youtu.be/lzPNcePZzNQ

Facebook Instant Articles and Google AMP Enabled

My blog now has both Google AMP and Facebook's Instant Articles enabled.  Both of these formats are intended for the mobile web and speed is their main advantage. This is all part of my ongoing (and time consuming) efforts to make my posts as widely accessible as possible though in this case you'll only see the benefits if you're on mobile and using a service that supports it (Facebook for Instant articles and specific links for AMP) AMP was pretty easy to do because there's a Wordpress plugin. It's really basic (no settings at all) and the end result is equally basic with no images, but it is fast. So …Read more  »

George R. R. Martin Open To Game of Thrones Spin-off — Techaeris

How do you feel about a Game of Thrones spinoff? HBO are obviously keen to keep the showing going since it's hugely popular, but the showrunners have stuck to their guns (so far) about ending the show in the next two seasons. It's a big world though with plenty of other characters and time periods to explore. A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin believes that there are plenty of opportunities for a Game of Thrones spin-off or two. Source: George R. R. Martin Open To Game of Thrones Spin-off - Techaeris

James Cameron tells CinemaCon crowd: four Avatar sequels planned, not three

The director has told audiences in San Diego that a new movie has been added to the planned – and much-delayed – follow-ups to his 2009 3D smash Source: James Cameron tells CinemaCon crowd: four Avatar sequels planned, not three Does the world need four more Avatar movies. I don't say that for a cheap dig at Avatar it's just that we're talking about another 8 hours of story here. Is there actually that much to tell? Cameron has earned the right to do whatever he wants when it comes to movies mind you.

The Twilight Zone Will Return as an ‘Interactive’ TV Series

CBS has announced plans to revive the iconic anthology series The Twilight Zone, but it won’t be an ordinary TV show. Instead it’s a melding of TV and video games, helmed by gaming industry legend Ken Levine (the driving force behind Bioshock). Source: The Twilight Zone Will Return as an 'Interactive' TV Series I'm not sure what to make of this. The Twilight Zone has a special place in  tv history but anthology series have struggled in the modern market (though season long anthologies seem popular now). The interactive element is interesting though.  Is "choose your own" something you want from your tv?    

Musing on Medium’s Place in my Workflow

So piece by piece I am fitting together a blog centered workflow the encompasses not just full length blog posts but also shorter micro-posts that are closer to what I would normally write on Twitter or G+. As I combine these elements I have to figure out what posts belong where. Obviously long posts belong on Medium, that's what it was built for. What about these short snippets though? Thoughts anyone.