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If you remember me getting all happy about the American Gods adaptation by Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman, I have great news. Starz has announced that they’re taking the show to series.

Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green will also write the series and Neil Gaiman is stepping in as executive producer. All they need to do now is cast Shadow and, to that end, they’re inviting fans to tweet @AmericanGodsSTZ and @STARZ_Channel using the hashtag #CastingShadow to share who they think should play the role.

See the full press release after the break.

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Spoiler alert–Inside Out is a good movie:

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It’s more of what the world at large has come to expect from Pixar: Animated movies that are fun, smart, and moving enough to be enjoyed by children and adults (with gorgeous visuals besides). In recent years, other studios–Walt Disney with Wreck-It Ralph, DreamWorks Animation with How to Train Your Dragon, Warner Bros. with The Lego Movie–may have edged in on Pixar’s one-time reputation as the only (non-indie) company delivering animated movies at the highest level of quality, and I say the more the merrier, but damn does this movie illustrate exactly what makes Pixar… well, Pixar.

Spoilers follow…

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It’s not unusual for cars to get special paint jobs or wraps, but this particular paint job is truly amazing. It’s the work of artist Rene Turrek who has used paint that becomes transparent in hot water, revealing a Hulk design underneath. What appears to be a bright blue BMW X6 becomes a hulk-mobile in the blink of an eye. Some of you may recall a special line of Hot Wheels toy cars back in the day that worked the same way.

See the magic happen after the break.

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Entertainment Earth was kind enough to send us a solar-powered dancing Baby Groot, and I have to say that we were impressed with his dancing prowess and endurance. All he needed was a little light (as all trees do) to get his groove on.

I woke up and there he was, dancing at the break of dawn.

The party continues after the break…

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If you saw Jurassic World this weekend then you probably noticed the film was loaded with Easter eggs for fans of the franchise. Do you think you caught them all? This video has every single one along with an explanation of how they reference the original.

See the video after the break.

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Scan it. Say it. Create a shared shopping list you’ll never forget. The Hiku Mobile Shopping List is only $59 (25% off) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

Do trips to the grocery store tend to end with a list of forgotten items? With Hiku, you can easily scan barcodes on items you need to pick up or simply speak into the device to create a complete digital grocery list. Keep Hiku conveniently in the kitchen and automatically sync your updated list to your smartphone when you’re ready to shop. It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s the must-have grocery gadget of the 21st century.

4 out of 5 stars, Macworld

-Holds tight to your fridge w/ soft silicone rubber back
-Looks great in any kitchen w/ round white design
-Scans barcodes & recognizes your voice
-Creates a shared shopping list on your phone
-Works for 2+ months w/ normal use on one charge

Hiku Mobile Shopping List ($79 $59)

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Talk about a “take all my money” kind of collectible, Funko just debuted their Supernatural Mystery Minis mini-figures and I want them all, especially the Demon Dean and Abbadon. As Felicia Day noted, there’s even a LARPing Charlie!

Each figure measures approximately 2 1/2-inches tall and they’re blind-boxed mini-figures so the item selection is random, but I’m not sure how having more than one of any of this figures could be a bad thing. They’re so frickin’ cute.

Take a closer look after the break.

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I know the first rule of Fight Club is that we don’t talk about Fight Club, but when Chuck Palahniuk himself tweets out the new Funko Fight Club ReAction 3 3/4-Inch Retro action figures, I think that rule can be broken.

Your favorite characters are here: a shirtless Tyler Durden, Tyler Durden in his signature jacket, The Narrator, and Marla Singer. I’m sure Tyler would appreciate the irony of becoming merchandise.

See more pictures after the break.

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This post is brought to you by Target.

Full disclosure: You have to provide the stupid jokes yourself when you buy Target’s Jurassic World dinosaur figures, including good ol’ T-Rex, the genetically modified Indominus Rex, RAPTOR SQUAD, and (my favorite) “Jurassic World Chomping Velociraptor Head.” Or you could not have them tell stupid jokes, but believe me, the dinosaurs want to tell them. Puns… find a way.

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They say you learn through play when you’re a kid, and Cambridge University is taking that message to heart. They have been awarded $6 million in funding from the Lego Foundation to support a Research Centre on Play in Education, Development, and Learning.

The funding will also cover a Lego professorship, which sounds like the most awesome job ever. Details on the position aren’t out yet, but information on the research and the post are expected to be made public sometime after October. Start working on that resume now.

(Telegraph via Gizmodo / Image: David Pickett)