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Only a week before the season premiere of Doctor Who and rumors are swirling that Jenna-Louise Coleman will be exiting the show at Christmas after 18 months as a Companion. According to a source quoted in The Mirror:

“The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out. By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been absolutely brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period.”

The source also said that this is a mutual decision on the parts of all parties involved. A Christmas exit would have Coleman appearing in 25 episodes of the show which is more than fellow companions Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman, and only a few less than Billie Piper.

Assuming that this is true (the timing seems right though The Mirror isn’t known for its accuracy), let the speculation begin as to who will be Capaldi’s new Companion!

(The Mirror via Nerdist)

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Action Comics #1 was published in June of 1938 and is recognized as the comic book that started it all marking Superman’s debut. It’s highly sought after and costs enough to make Bruce Wayne blanch, but if you have deep pockets, then it could be yours through an auction currently running on eBay.

For sale here is the single most valuable comic book to ever be offered for sale, and is likely to be the only time ever offered for sale during many of our lifetimes. There are no second chances. This is a NO RESERVE auction.

This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is …. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

This particular copy is the nicest that has ever been graded, with an ASTONISHING grade of CGC 9.0 ! To date, no copies have been graded higher and only one other copy has received the same grade. It is fair to say though that this copy blows the other 9.0 out of the water. Compared to the other 9.0 that sold for $2.1million several years ago it has significant superior eye appeal, extremely vibrant colors and PERFECT WHITE PAGES. This means after 76 years the aging process has yet to begin. Truly this book is a museum piece. It is one of only two copies of this comic in ANY condition to ever be graded with the distinction of having White pages, the other being a CGC 2.5!

If you are looking to purchase or invest in comic books this is without exaggeration the single best graded comic book that exists. It is the highest graded copy of the most sought after comic book in the hobby, and has the best possible page quality that can be assigned. If anyone has ever been curious what an Action Comics 1 looked like the day it came off of the newsstand 75 years ago, this is the answer.
This comic is the best of the absolute best and whoever wins this auction will be the envy of the entire hobby for many decades to come.

I proudly present Action Comics #1 CGC 9.0 WHITE Pages.

Please enjoy,
Darren Adams

This auction will not only make a collector somewhere very happy, but it will help a good cause since 1% of the final auction price will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

See more about the comic in the video after the break.

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Fans have long been clamoring for an unaltered Blu-ray version of the original Star Wars trilogy without all the fancy special effects that were added in years later. If rumors are to be believed, this might actually happen. The first rumors surfaced on Comicbook.com which said:

According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.

Huzzah! But wait. As many have pointed out, the problem is that Disney doesn’t even own the rights to the original trilogy. The rights to those films all belong to Fox (along with the distribution rights to the prequels), so Disney can’t release anything on their own. The rights for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi revert to Lucasfilm in 2020, but A New Hope belongs to Fox forever.

Now, this doesn’t mean Disney and Fox couldn’t work together. After all, there is a lot of money to be made here. However,  the fact that the rumor doesn’t seem to take Fox into account sheds doubt on its credibility. And let’s put one more nail in the coffin of this idea with a quote Ars Technica dug up from George Lucas during an interview on The Today Show a decade ago:

The special edition, that’s the one I wanted out there. The other movie, it’s on VHS, if anybody wants it. … I’m not going to spend the—we’re talking millions of dollars here, the money and the time to refurbish that, because to me, it doesn’t really exist anymore. It’s like this is the movie I wanted it to be, and I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it.

And that was the sound of millions of fans cheering in joy only to be suddenly silenced. Still, a shred of hope is better than nothing.

(via io9)

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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket and Groot fan art has been one of the best things that’s come out of people’s love for the movie. Dorkly put together a list of their top 12.

The piece by shared by James Gunn earlier this week made the list and we thought we’d share a couple more because, well, they rock.

Top image by Joebot.

See more of our favorites after the break.

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Art student Creees Lee took his love for all things DC Comics and Pokemon and put together some awesome comic book style mash up illustrations that do a pretty good job of matching the pets to their DC “trainers”.

See more after the break.

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What I’m about to tell you might make you sad: Six Flags had a complete design for a Ghostbusters-themed dark ride that was never used. It sounds crazy that such an attraction would never come to fruition, but thankfully we have the internet and access to concept art. The 2600 Connection interviewed Roger Hector – he worked with Atari, Electronic Arts, Walt Disney, Sega, and Bandai – and he explained the ins and out of the Ghostbusters ride called The Hauntington Hotel. It sounds innovative:

It was another “first” of its kind as it was the first interactive theme park game/ride, giving its riders a ghost busting gun mounted in front of them, and a variety of sophisticated “ghost” targets to shoot at, and receive a score and prizes. In this way, it was a huge game that required many plays to learn and master. The target ghosts were a combination of physical animated props with CG displays that were combined through mirrors, and they reacted/exploded when hit. The guns were a combination of laser pointer and IR emitter that kept track of hits and displayed the player’s score. The whole thing was created, designed, engineered, and prototyped at Sente, and the ride system was in the hands of a prominent roller coaster engineering company, Intamin.

Before the ride could be launched, Six Flags was sold to another company and the project fell off the radar. Maybe it will make a comeback one of these days because it sounds like a lot of fun.

See more concept art after the break.

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We’ve all been entertained, or possibly terrorized by Sharknado. Most of us have also seen an episode or two of Columbo with Peter Falk. Finally, the two have been combined in this video parody. Columbo isn’t scary unless you’re a bad guy, but turn him into a crime-solving shark and he just may be the guilty one.

See the video after the break. Mildly NSFW for low quality CGI violence.

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dante's redemption

Tal Peleg is no stranger to animation. He works at Naughty Dog and contributed to The Last of Us and previously worked at Visceral Games. He’s taken his skills and applied them to a fan project focused on the 2010 video game Dante’s Inferno. It was published by Electronic Arts, and Peleg is a fan. His short, titled “Dante’s Redemption,” looks super impressive. It’s a great way to kill some time.

Watch the short fan film after the break.

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did so well at the box office that they already have a sequel in the works, and now a Pop! vinyl version of their van is on its way. It even has a spot on top to fit the Pop! Turtle of your choice. Preorder now for delivery in September.

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baby dancing groot flower

If you saw the homemade dancing Groot we posted recently and wanted one of your own, Patrick Delehanty has posted pictures and details on how it was made.

It’s a perfect example of what happens when know-how meets imagination, and the fact that Patrick’s sharing his DIY hints with others is very Groot of him.

The picture above represents what baby Groot started life as. Head after the break to see some of the in-progress shots.

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