Editorial board of The New York Times calls for the legalization of weed

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While the full decriminalization of marijuana in the United States is far from guaranteed, momentum has been building at a fast clip in recent years: Colorado and Washington state have taken the lead, with medical marijuana now legal in nearly two dozen states in total. Now, the editorial board of The New York Times is calling for legalization with an opinion being published in tomorrow’s edition. “We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws,” it says. The piece — titled “Repeal Prohibition, Again” — compares the state of marijuana use in the US today to that of alcohol during the Prohibition…

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‘Skull Island’ movie will explore King Kong’s monstrous home

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Legendary Pictures found a huge success in Godzilla earlier this year, and now it plans on turning its attention to another huge monster: King Kong. At Comic-Con today, Legendary announced that it was developing a movie based around Skull Island, home of the oversized ape. While it isn’t clear if we’ll see Kong himself in the movie, there will almost certainly be plenty of other big and terrifying monsters on the island that the film’s protagonists will have to contend with. It’s scheduled for a release on November 4th, 2016.

Given that Legendary was also behind Pacific Rim — Guillermo del Toro’s movie about gigantic battling robots — it’s starting to look like it’s found that crowds love to watch these super-sized creatures duke it…

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Parkour group brings ‘Assassin’s Creed’ to life in Paris

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Assassin’s Creed has always made it easy to pull off incredible acrobatic moves with little more than a tap of a button, but those video game leaps are nothing compared to seeing real parkour practitioners weave their way through the urban jungle. Just in time for Comic Con, developer Ubisoft has sponsored a new parkour video to promote its upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which takes the series to the French Revolution. Four French practitioners, dressed up as “Assassins,” bring a moment from the game to life on the streets of Paris as they chase down a couple of guards. The acrobatic feats may be a bit gratuitous, but it sure is fun to watch.

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Gareth Edwards returns to direct ‘Godzilla 2’ with Rodan and Mothra

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Godzilla’s return to theaters this summer was a huge success, and now Legendary Pictures has confirmed that it’s making a sequel. At San Diego Comic Con, the studio announced that director Gareth Edwards is back on board to helm the sequel, and it turns out that Godzilla won’t be alone in this picture. According to the studio’s Twitter account, monsters Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah will join the classic beast from the deep. All three Kaiju have been featured in classic monster films from Japanese studio Toho, which made the original Godzilla film from 1954. Deadline earlier reported that a sequel was in development. Naturally there’s no other details at this time, including a release date, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more.

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Camping in hell: the endless lines of Comic-Con 2014

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It was 3:55 a.m. when we reached the end of the line. We’d already walked a full 1.09 miles, past people fast asleep in sleeping bags and lawn chairs, camped out from midday the day before. Doors wouldn’t open for another six hours. As we walked down this snaking mass of people behind the convention center, looking for the end, staffers in yellow polos gave us bemused looks. A few gave sympathetic nods. They were dealing with what might be longest line Comic-Con had ever seen. All for Hall H, where fans hope to catch glimpses of upcoming blockbusters like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Interstellar.

Even for an event famous for large crowds and long waits, this year’s endless line may represent a tipping point.

“Never…

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NASA publishes 3D-printable models of asteroids and satellites

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Do you have a favorite NASA satellite? There’s a small chance that you can now make a tiny figurine out if it using a 3D printer, as NASA has transformed a number of spacecrafts, asteroids, and features of Mars and the Moon into 3D-printable models. NASA has actually provided free 3D models for years now, but it appears that just recently it updated its modeling site with 22 files designed for 3D printing. The printable models have all been scaled down to a size that can actually fit inside a printer, so each one should measure no more than 4-inches long at its widest point.

The available models include the spacecrafts Cassini, Kepler, and Voyager, parts of Mars including the Gale Crater and Valles Marineris canyons, and parts of the…

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The trailers of Comic-Con 2014

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San Diego Comic-Con is where all the biggest movies and TV series show up to win over new fans and to stoke the excitement of existing ones. With 2015 and 2016 being two of the hugest years for movies in recent memory, it’s no surprise that there’s been a lot to see in San Diego this year. Follow along in this stream for all of the top new trailers coming out of the convention.

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This is what Wonder Woman looks like in ‘Batman v. Superman’

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Director Zack Snyder surprised Comic-Con crowds this morning by opening up Warner Bros.’ big panel with art and a teaser for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as a first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While the footage isn’t online, Snyder did tweet out the photo of Gadot — and it’s perhaps the most exciting image that we’ve seen from the film to date. While Snyder’s images of Batman and Superman were both gray and moody, Wonder Woman appears to be staring something (or someone) down with intensity, while embers from a fire scatter all around her.

Footage from the film was easily the most unexpected aspect of Snyder’s presentation though, as the movie is still shooting and is planned for a release way out in 2016. A…

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These beautiful worlds are trapped in tiny bottles

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Some people build ships in bottles. Rafael Varona builds worlds.

The Berlin-based artist and animator recently launched a new series of animated GIFs called “Impossible Bottles,” that imagine beautiful, wondrous worlds stuffed inside miniature glass bottles. Right now the ongoing series includes a dense, colorful jungle and a dark, foreboding lake. He’s also created a few smaller pieces that highlight the details, like the swimming woman. Unsurprisingly, Varona got the idea for the series from looking at actual ships in bottles, which at first glance appear to be impossible. “I found them to be an amazing inspiration to show animated worlds that are somehow limited or finite yet to include figures that observe their surroundings and…

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Mouth Silence is the sound of your brain roasting

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It’s the most horrific mix of the ’80s, ’90s, and today.

Imagine the rapture in all its violence and beauty, set to the sound of a trillion angels harmonizing to Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-charmed Life.” Imagine yourself hurdling through a lukewarm, glowing, pearlescent wormhole singing, “I’m not listening when you say goodbye.” It’s glorious. And that’s just the intro.

It’s followed by an onslaught of abhorrent mashups featuring the Red Hot Chilli peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Kool & the Gang, Hanson, Jimmy Hendrix, the Foo Fighters, the Carmen San Diego theme, Tina Turner, the Folgers jingle, and a ton more. (Like, a lot more.)

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The Weekender: cosplay, card games, and cowabunga

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Welcome back to The Weekender. Every Saturday morning, The Verge will give you something to do. This is where you’ll get the best of what we’ve written this week, but also a reason to get up and actually do something with your life — even if that something is dreaming of the far off places you might go.

Here’s a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed, along with a snapshot of the things you should be doing with your days off. Have a look.

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Upcoming documentary tells the story behind Atari games buried in landfill

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It’s rare for people to discuss bad video games, but an upcoming documentary is doing just that. Atari: Game Over focuses on the truly terrible Atari 2600 game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — a game so bad that it’s often cited as single-handedly bringing down the video game industry in the early ’80s.

Legend had it that Atari dumped a massive stockpile of worthless, unsold copies of the game in a New Mexico landfill, and film crews this past April unearthed the cache for the documentary. The first trailer’s been released at Comic Con — you can check it out above. The documentary was meant to be part of a series focusing on the impact of technology in entertainment and business, but Microsoft recently shut down its entire original content…

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You can watch the ‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 premiere in theaters on August 23rd

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The premiere of Doctor Who Series 8 — featuring the debut of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor — isn’t limiting itself to the small screen. On August 23rd, day-and-date with the television release, episode one of the new series will be screened in theaters around the world. The feature-length episode, called “Deep Breath,” clocks in at over 70 minutes long, so you should get your money’s worth at the cinema.

This isn’t the first time Doctor Who has been screened in movie theaters, however: last year a very special 50th anniversary episode featuring multiple incarnations of the Doctor was shown in over 1,500 theaters around the world. For more information on how to see Doctor Who in theaters, check the BBC.

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The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s horror film ‘Tusk’ is here and it’s bizarre

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Kevin Smith promised to unveil the first trailer for his latest horror film Tusk at San Diego Comic-Con, and he delivered this evening. And it’s much weirder than even we expected. Starring Justin Long as a podcaster visiting Canada for a new story, Long’s journey takes a turn when he meets an old man who… winds up surgically turning him into a walrus. It’s as bizarre as all that sounds, and Smith looks like he’s blending body horror with a really strange sense of humor in this movie. We’ll just have to see what comes of it when it hits theaters on September 19th.


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The first ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ trailer heads into its own weird future

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Did the world need another Hot Tub Time Machine? Either way, it’s getting one, and with dramatically more time-twisting action than before. The first raunchy (and NSFW) trailer for the comedy’s sequel finds the gang having taken advantage of their knowledge of the future to get rich Back to the Future Part II-style, except things go wrong when another night in the hot tub sends them to the predictably wild future of 2024. As one character puts it, “Don’t mess with a winning formula, huh?” The laughs aren’t the smartest, but you can take a peek at what hallucinogenic drugs might look like a decade from now.

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Here’s the new cast of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and a blooper reel from last season

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Game of Thrones is a serious show. A very, very serious show, where anyone can die. Except when they’re falling off their horses or missing their lines or doing a catchy dance down the carpet. This blooper reel from Season Four opened the Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic Con, where we’re on the ground live, and it’s now online for your edification. But if you’re looking for real news from the series, you can watch the video below, introducing the characters who will be coming in Season Five.

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Watch the first trailer for the next season of ‘The Walking Dead’

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Things have never really been going well on The Walking Dead, but the core crew only appears more broken and battered than ever in the first trailer for Season 5. The trailer teases the group’s attempts to get to DC and — hopefully — deliver a cure for the zombifying infection. There’s always been a lot standing in their way, and it all looks even more gruesome and horrifying in this coming season. The show will come back on the air with new episodes starting October 12th.

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Sam Raimi writing ‘Evil Dead’ TV series

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Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series could be coming to TV. In a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic Con, Raimi announced that he and his brother Ivan are writing a show based on the franchise, and that it will star Bruce Campbell. We know pretty much nothing else, but it’s extremely exciting news. In addition to the original trilogy of films, a remake of The Evil Dead was released in 2013, but it wasn’t directed by Raimi and didn’t star Bruce Campbell.

We also got some news about the film adaptation of 2013 game The Last of Us. Naughty Dog writer Neil Druckmann and producer Raimi revealed one potential casting choice: Maisie Williams, better known as Arya on Game of Thrones. Druckmann and Raimi stressed that they’d only met with Williams,…

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Can Google Glass make the Minnesota Vikings any good?

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The Minnesota Vikings will be wearing Google Glass during training camp to record first-person videos — a window into what pro football players experience as they gear up for the season. The Vikings are the second team to wear Glass at camp — the St. Louis Rams wore Glass last year — and the players seem to be enjoying it, mugging at press conferences and on Twitter.

But will Glass actually help make the Vikings any good? Is it even possible to be good enough to beat the Packers? I asked SB Nation‘s editorial director Spencer Hall to help me figure it out.

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