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News that J.K. Rowling was writing a Harry Potter spinoff movie based on the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sent fans into a happy swoon. Well, better get ready to catch them again because it looks like it won’t be just one movie, but a trilogy of films. According to a New York Times interview with Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara:

…his deft touch became clear to Hollywood’s creative community last September. That is when Warner announced that Ms. Rowling had agreed to adapt for the big screen her “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a 2001 book billed as one of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbooks. Three megamovies are planned. The main character will be a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander

The article goes on to say that the films will be set in New York City 70 years before the first Harry Potter novel and that although the films will be set in the same universe as the original movies, they won’t be prequels, but an entirely new story that will stand on its own.

(Digital Spy via The Mary Sue)

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Those of you who are all caught up on Game of Thrones and have read through every existing page of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series will be thrilled to know he’s giving you a tease of the next book. Martin has released a full chapter from The Winds of Winter titled “Mercy” and it’s told from the character’s point of view. Martin said this is a chapter that’s entirely new, or so he thinks.

“But no, it’s not one I’ve published or posted before, and I don’t even think I’ve read it at a con (could be wrong there, I’ve done readings at so many cons, it all tends to blur together),” he added. “So it’s new in that it is material that no one but my editors (well, and Parris, and David and Dan, and a few others) have ever seen before, but it’s old in that it was written a long time ago, predating any of the samples that you have seen. The first draft was, at any rate. I’ve rewritten it a dozen times since then.”

You can read an excerpt from the chapter after the break, but be warned, spoilers…

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Better late than never. We’re finally going to get to see Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf which he completed way back in 1926. It might sound odd that the noted fantasy author took to translating Old English but he was also a gifted linguist who enjoyed the study of language.

The translation wasn’t something lost that’s suddenly been found, but rather it’s been sitting on a shelf collecting dust for all these years and is finally getting a chance at being read. Although many translations exist, reading Tolkien’s version will surely be a thrill for his fans. The publication of his translation will be made available through Harper Collins on May 22nd.

(The Guardian via Geekosystem)

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J.K. Rowling decided to surprise fans and publish the first half of her new 2400 word essay History of the Quidditch World Cup over on Pottermore for free, which means Harry Potter fans have new reading material about one of the best fantasy sports ever.

That is, if you can actually access the website. As you might expect, Pottermore has been slammed.

You have about a week to catch up because part 2 will also be published on Pottermore for free on Friday, March 21.

(via The Mary Sue)

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Zygons, Daleks, Weeping Angels, Sontaran, Sandminer robots, Cybermen, Mummies and Silurians—this new Monster Collection features eight Doctor Who adventures with eight iconic monsters. It’s the perfect thing to tide you over until the Peter Capaldi era begins.

The good news is that we are giving away a complete set to a lucky Nerd Approved reader! Head on past the break for all the details on how to enter.

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These comic books have been turned into something amazing thanks to the steady hand of Swiss artist Mathias Schmied. He carefully uses a razor blade to cut the pages and then layer the bits to create new 3D images. Sometimes he even removes the characters all together leaving a negative space that lets your imagination do the work.

See more pictures after the break…

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These amusing photos come from Corpus Libris which is a site dedicated to collecting pictures where people interact with their favorite book covers. It’s not limited to people, as someone actually convinced their cat to sit still long enough to do a picture, too!

See more of our favorites after the break…

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Remember when we told you about the Game Of Thrones Pop Up Book?

Well, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros is available for pre-order now and will be released on March 25th.

Just add your Game Of Thrones action figures and you’ve got hours of Westerosian playtime!

See a video of the book in action after the break.

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Ice-T is best known as a rapper and actor, and now he’ll also be known as the guy who recorded a Dungeons and Dragons audiobook and had no idea what the heck he was reading. Apparently, he had an audiobook reading on his schedule but nobody bothered to tell him what the book actually was.

“They didn’t tell me this was a motherf*ckin’ Dungeons & Dragons book”

Here are a few of his thoughts on the experience as recounted on his podcast.

“Son, it took me 3.5 hours to read 25 pages.”

“Motherf*ckers talk like Yoda.”

“This sh*t is impossible to me.”

“Pegasus….Pegasi. That’s horses with wings. This sh*t is crazy.”

“This motherf*cker got a sword that talks to him. And sh*t.”

“Motherf*ckers live in places that don’t exist.”

Clearly, NSFW, but it will definitely deliver laughs if you have the time to give it a listen.

(Paste via Kotaku)