Janelle Monáe is one of R&B's most energized (and energizing) performers—as evidenced by her many live shows since releasing 2013's The Electric Lady. Here's what you need to know pop music's coolest android.
It's album-release day, after all, even if "album" means something a bit different than it used to.
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The movie gods gaveth in a big way this week. Jupiter Ascending came roaring back onto the track after veering off course for a bit, and lead the charge for a few smaller budget sci-fi companions. Elsewhere, a bunch of stuff blew up in trailers for Kingsmen: The Secret Service and Blackhat, and we got our sad on with some moody film festival fodder. So overall, there's something for the nerds, something for the family, and something for the film majors. Popcorn up and let's ride!
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In this week's installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, Futurama head writer David X. Cohen discusses the show's super-nerdy sci-fi and math jokes.
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Continuing the trend of "Surprise!" album releases that his band Radiohead pretty much started seven years ago, Thom Yorke just up and released an album on BitTorrent today. It's called Tomorrow's Modern Boxes and it'll cost you $6. This almost feels like déjà vu.
Sure, you might think that Brooklyn Nine-Nine's second season might be something that you could easily jump into without any research, but ... OK, sure: you’d probably be right, more or less. That doesn't mean it isn't also an easy-to-grok show that also left viewers with a pretty big status quo change at the end of last season. With Season 2 of last year's Best New Sitcom starting this Sunday, here's a quick primer on just why that happened—and everything else you need to know before you watch.
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To really understand how the laborious process of stop-motion animation works, you need to meet the people who make such a production possible. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the talented technicians and artists who bring a movie like this to life—by hand, over many years, one frame at a time.
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The new Denzel Washington crime thriller, The Equalizer, is based on the 1980s show of the same name. And while Angry Nerd doesn't really remember much about the show, he does remember the killer opening title sequence.
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Fall TV is finally here and we need no longer rely on late-night talk shows to provide us with the bounty of sharable moments we seek to provide. Not that the summer hasn't been fun, but every workhorse deserves a break now and then, and scripted shows are back to provide relief for Conan and Seth and the Jimmys. John Oliver, however, we'll gladly keep going back to that well forever. So, in addition to the usual gang of idiots, we've got a little more Broad City for you, a dash of Saturday Night Live, and some scripted network TV fare in the form of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the new comedy Black-ish. Wash it all down with Funny or Die's take on True Detective and you've got a well-balanced television diet. Welcome back, autumn!
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Groundislava's new album is, essentially, about one man's downfall after he loses the girl he loves in a virtual realm. (It's also, not surprisingly, an homage to William Gibson's Neuromancer.) Seems like a theme that lends itself to slam-dunk music video ideas, right? Whip up a concept that looks like Blade Runner or Tron, hit Record, and ta-da!: instant Vimeo hit. Groundislava—aka Jasper Patterson—took it a little further: He made the video a world you can actually play in.
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As Ben Parker once almost said, with great power comes great possibility of a multi-picture franchise—as long as you've got the right costume, powers, and crossover appeal. The summer may be over, but all that really means is that planning for future summer blockbusters is the order of the day. Directors are being courted for new superhero movies. Release dates are being announced for projects we all assumed were long gone. And Star Wars is boldly taking the Batmobile where it's never gone before (Yes, we know we're crossing the nerd streams. It's fine.) Here are the highlights of this week's superhero movie news.
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David Bowie Is, which opened at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago yesterday, features more than 300 objects spanning the entirety of the musician’s career—from handwritten lyric sheets to set designs, instruments to costumes.
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One of the coolest things about Laika's upcoming flick The Boxtrolls is the Mecha-Drill. It's hard to explain why it's so amazing without spoiling part of the movie, but the short version is it's a huge steampunk contraption piloted by the film's Big Bad, Archibald Snatcher (voiced by Ben Kingsley). It also was, as Laika president Travis Knight told WIRED, "the biggest puppet we've ever made." Watch this video to go behind the scenes of just how they built it.
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Don't listen to anyone who tells you Justified is just a cop show. First of all, Raylan Givens is a not a cop. As he likes to point out, he's a Deputy US Marshal, which means he doesn't have to care about piddling little crimes like drugs or theft. He's here for the big stuff, the murder and the mayhem. Oh, and also, when he says he's going to shoot you, he can, and he will. But Justified isn't just a show about US Marshals chasing fugitives, either. It's a complex character drama with a lot of twists and turns—and great monologues. Here's how to binge your way through it.
Gotham is built around a tantalizing premise: a Batman story without Batman. But instead of embracing the complexity of its police procedural side, the series opts for the bombast and broad strokes of superhero cliches, and ends up falling short of its promise.
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At its first developer summit, Oculus didn't unveil the consumer version of its Rift headset. It didn't even announce when it might come to market. But the company still managed yet another leap forward.
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The first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was certainly one that built to a big finish. After a year of smaller stories about the mysterious resurrection of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the origins of well-meaning-hacker-turned-government-stooge Skye (Chloe Bennett), the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters pushed the season's final episodes into an all-new direction. Need a refresher course on everything that went down before tomorrow's Season 2 premiere? We've got you covered.
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The Batman origin-story show Gotham premieres tonight on Fox. Here are the comics you should read to ensure you're up on all of your Bat-knowledge before you watch.
This weekend may not get the biggest box-office draw of the year, but it's notable for at least one reason: three of the four wide releases were adapted from bestselling novels. So we felt it was high time we took a look at the books that Hollywood has been using (and occasionally abusing) in 2014.
This week's trailer roundup is a good one for those who like to live on the edge of their movie seats. We get a look back at the real lives of hockey players who represented the USSR, the fake life of an American immigrant trying to make it big in 1980s New York City, and the life and death battle between two undead armies in Norway. It's time to dive head-first into this week's pool of best trailers.
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