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You know and I know that the Oscars, airing this Sunday, don’t tend to give genre movies a lot of love. Sometimes you have to take things into your own hands, you know? To that end, here are Nerd Approved’s picks for the 2015 geek Oscars, as voted upon by an expert panel of me. Disagree with the selections? Leave your own in the comments. And what’s your vote for the best genre film of 2014? Snowpiercer Snowpiercer Snowpiercer.

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NANANANANANANANANANANANANANANANA cool toyyyyyyys. For all the DC fans with a love of collectibles and limited funds, New York Toy Fair 2015 was a pretty crappy place, because it introduced all these things that you’ll probably want to buy, but can’t. To people with a little money in their bank accounts: Congratulations! Come this October, you can buy the Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile, which fits two 6″ action figures, lights up in the front and back, and has actual moving wheels.

Also debuting from DC Collectibles at the Diamond Comics booth: A new 6″ action figure line called “Icons” and new Batman: The Animated Series figures, including a deluxe one of Roxy Rocket, out this August. Some truly amazing upcoming statues were also on display, like four new additions to the Bombshell line (Lois, Batwoman, Harley and the Joker, and Catwoman), Arkham Knight figures, and a Black & White statue of Harley Quinn based on Paul Dini’s original character sketch. Check out pictures behind the cut.

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At New York Toy Fair 2015, which kicked off on Saturday and is running through Tuesday, there is A) a lot of Frozen, B) A LOT OF FROZEN, C) a Tribble coin purse from The Coop (bless), and D) all the Funko you can shake an adorable plastic figurine at. If you weren’t there either because you weren’t in New York or you were in New York but made the completely reasonable decision to stay indoors where it wasn’t frakking freezing, you can live the experience vicariously through me. There’s no visual aid for my reaction to the upcoming X-Files figures, above, but it was something like this. Behind the cut: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jaws, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, The Fifth Element, Star Trek, and more!

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After last week’s disaster Jupiter Ascending, I needed to watch something good. Something that goes for the same campy, glorious fun that Jupiter tried for with the space opera genre, but one that doesn’t get too bogged down in its own bullcrap. Something that’s fun. Something with fight scenes. Something with a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers homage*. Thanks, Kingsman: The Secret Service. You delivered.

*The scene I’m thinking of–you’ll know it when you see it–probably isn’t an intentional homage, but I like the idea of a sinister cabal of directors working under the table to get MMPR references into their movies. Let me have this.

Spoilers follow…

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Chris Pratt’s already taken over the Marvel and Jurassic Park universes, and now rumor has it he’ll be whipping bad guys into shape (har har–Nerd Approved readers, you can always expect bad puns from me) as a reboot version of Indiana Jones. I’ve seen some people be skeptical of this, even fearful that we’re quickly approaching a Benedict Cumberbatch-style critical mass of Pratness, but I say bring it on. Let’s cast Bert Macklin, FBI in every. Single. Thing.

Well, half the things. Emily Blunt can get the other half. For Star-Lord/Andy Dwyer/Johnny Karate/the world’s supreme Velociraptor wrangler, let’s start with the following five:

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Do you ever find yourself thinking that those big-budget geeky  movies you like just make too much sense? Yeah, OK, we get flying cars and giant battles and spaceships and all that. But where are the odd religion references? The out-of-left-field sexual innuendos? The David Lynchian surrealness?

Thank you, bootleg movie subtitles. Even when the words you’re trying to translate are literally on the screen, you still provide us with the utmost in mistranslated hilarity. Now that’s dedication.

Let’s start with the most infamous movie mistranslation, the one that inexplicably substituted the Jedi Council for the Presbyterian Church and gifted the world with at eternal piece of internet vernacular. Iiiiiit’s…

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scifi guide

Not done with your holiday shopping yet? No worries. If you have a sci-fi fan in the family they are sure to love some of the unique gifts we’ve compiled after the break…

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Diagon Alley Nerd Approved 1

The streets of Universal Orlando seemed empty. It was a Thursday morning and the park had only been open for half an hour. I could take photos with no other people in them. A cheerful Despicable Me parade rolled by and only a few spectators gathered to see the adorable Minions. As I walked past Springfield from The Simpsons I realized why the park’s attendees seemed few and far between: we were all headed straight for Diagon Alley.

Universal Orlando recently expanded the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter to include the colorful and rich Diagon Alley. The area opened in July and includes a plethora of shops and dining options as well as two new attractions: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express. The latter takes you between Universal Orlando and Universal Islands of Adventure (a two park ticket is required) and dumps you right into the heart of Hogsmeade near the Hogwarts Castle. Magical? Yes. Worth the trip? Absolutely.

If you’ve visited the Hogsmeade portion of Wizarding World, you know what kind of detailed theming Universal is capable of providing. I’m pleased to say they went above and beyond to make Diagon Alley even better and more immersive.

Read all about my experience, the food (butterbeer ice cream!), and the new rides after the break. And yes, I’ve got plenty of photos for you to enjoy.

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On August 23, Doctor Who fans will witness the season 8 premiere and the first full debut adventure of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. First impressions can be tricky, especially when audiences just spent a few years getting used to the previous incarnation of the heroic Time Lord. Before we see how well Capaldi’s first story delivers, why not take a look at the debuts of the classic era Doctors? Some were hits right from the start, while some had shaky beginnings but became beloved incarnations later on.

The list begins after the break!

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2nd Doctor and Monsters

We’re fast approaching the premiere of the new season of Doctor Who. A new era begins on August 23 with Peter Capaldi taking up the role of the heroic Time Lord now that Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, has left. People are eagerly discussing what can be expected in the life of the Twelfth Doctor and what villains may return. But there are possibilities beyond the obvious choices such as Daleks. There as several baddies from the classic Doctor Who series that have yet to appear in the modern era and would be great to see.

Look past the break for a list of just some of the classic era villain we’d love to see return.

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