‘Batkid Begins’ is the origin story of San Francisco’s smallest superhero

See the original posting on The Verge

The city of San Francisco — and most of Twitter — stopped and watched last November, as five-year-old Miles Scott became pint-sized superhero Batkid. Miles, who has leukemia, was given the chance to dress up as his favorite comic icon by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His day was made even more remarkable by the reaction from the city he wanted to save, as thousands of people turned out to watch the tiny crusader catch cartoon criminals around San Francisco. Now a new film, titled Batkid Begins, aims to explore Miles’ story. The feature-length documentary, created by filmmaker Dana Nachman, was teased at Comic-Con with a three-minute trailer that later appeared online courtesy of Deadline.

Miles’ escapades quickly drew attention — in…

Continue reading…

For Asgard! Women cosplaying as the new Thor

See the original posting on The Verge

It has only been two weeks since Marvel announced that that a woman would take up Thor’s hammer in the comics, but attendees at Comic-Con 2014 have eagerly embraced the news. This year, Marvel is the top choice for cosplayers looking for inspiration, and mixed in with all the Deadpools, Captain Americas, and Winter Soldiers, we found a number of women wielding Mjolnir and excited about the direction Marvel is taking its comics.

Continue reading…

Amazon may be going after Square with a credit card reader of its own

See the original posting on The Verge

It looks like Amazon is about to release another piece of hardware. After over a year murmurs, documentation from Staples’ internal inventory system suggests that Amazon is almost ready to unveil its own point-of-sale system to compete with the likes of Square and PayPal Here. A copy of the inventory documentation provided to 9 to 5 Mac includes an unreleased product referred to as an “Amazon Card Reader.” The site reports that it’s marked as a $9.99 product and the system notes that signage related to the reader should be held until August 12th.

Today’s leak doesn’t provide any more information, but it isn’t difficult to see how this could match up with a rumor from The Wall Street Journal‘s sources earlier this year. In that report,…

Continue reading…

The Verge Playlist: Weather the storm

See the original posting on The Verge

Here in the Northeastern United States, we’re in the thick of a hot, sticky summer, and with it, privy to theatrical summer thunderstorms almost every day. I love thunderstorms in the summer — there’s just nothing like when the sky turns pitch black in the middle of the day and the clouds unleash their fury on the land below. There’s a specific soundtrack that goes oh so perfectly with these storms: moody, atmospheric metal that builds from quiet nothing into crashing crescendos and soaring guitars. These often lengthy songs evoke the rain coming down, the thunder booming overhead, and the blasts of lighting that punctuate a great summer storm. Close your eyes, turn up your headphones, and get drenched.

Continue reading…

‘Gotham’ first look: all set-up and no substance

See the original posting on The Verge

In the opening moments of Fox’s new series Gotham, you follow a young, strangely mute Selina Kyle as she leaps up and down fire escapes, picking pockets and making mischief. You guess she’s supposed to be “young Catwoman” because of her signature goggles and her cat-like agility, but you never get a glimpse into her inner life.

A few minutes later she comes across a particularly iconic murder scene. The Wayne family is on their way home after a night out, and have taken Selina’s alley as a shortcut to a cab. A masked gunman appears. A gun fires. Pearls fall to the pavement. And Bruce Wayne is left with the cold bodies of his parents as the murderer vanishes into the night. The drama is palpable in this scene — the score swells, the…

Continue reading…

Watch the explosive first trailer for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

See the original posting on The Verge

One of the biggest movies of next year will without a doubt be the return of Mad Max in the sequel Fury Road, and the film already started to wow audiences yesterday at Warner Bros.’ big Comic-Con presentation. A first look at the film was show on stage, and now that trailer has been released online for the rest of the world to watch. It’s an explosive look at the film in all the right ways, and it shows that series director George Miller, who’s back on board for Fury Road, still knows exactly what fans want to see out of its apocalyptic world.

Continue reading…

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes support for folders and interactive cases

See the original posting on The Verge

Microsoft is planning to release its first update to Windows Phone 8.1 soon, and the company has started detailing some of the upcoming features to phone manufacturers. One of the main visual changes with Update 1 is the introduction of folder support, allowing Windows Phone users to drag one Tile on top of another and create a folder to organize apps. It’s a feature both Android and iOS have had for years, so it’s encouraging to see Microsoft is finally close this gap.

One of the more interesting features with Update 1 is support for interactive case accessories. HTC, Samsung, and LG all use cases that wake phones up when they’re opened, or even display information on a phone display when a case is in use. Microsoft is planning to…

Continue reading…

Richard Dreyfuss has never heard of it: talking to the creator of ‘Sharknado 2’

See the original posting on The Verge

Thunder Levin is in on the joke. The improbably named writer of SyFy’s notorious Sharknado has been making tongue-in-cheek disasters since 2008’s Mutant Zombie Vampires From The Hood. But it wasn’t until last year’s Jaws-meets-Twister disaster film that Levin hit pay dirt, attracting millions of viewers to a story that he has never described as anything but ridiculous. This year he hopes to do it again — the fan-named Sharknado 2: The Second One debuts Wednesday night on SyFy.

Continue reading…

Solar ‘superstorm’ that missed earth in 2012 could have caused massive blackouts

See the original posting on The Verge

Asteroids aren’t the only things in space we have to worry about. A massive solar storm emitted from the sun could fry electronics and satellites around the globe, and take down much of the power grid. And such a storm isn’t as far-fetched as you might think: according to readings taken from a satellite in earth’s orbit, a solar superstorm passed through earth’s path on July 23rd, 2012 — if it had struck nine days earlier, our planet would have been right in the crosshairs.

2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences said that such a storm could cause some $2.6 trillion in damage and a full recovery could take years. One researcher who studied data collected from the storm, professor Ying D. Liu of China’s State Key Laboratory…

Continue reading…

Chinese search provider Baidu follows Google with a ‘highly autonomous car’ of its own

See the original posting on The Verge

Chinese search engine Baidu is widely known as “the Google of China,” and it looks like the company plans to go toe-to-toe against Google with a self-driving car of its own. According to statements attributed to Kai Yu, a deputy director of a Baidu research group focused on machine learning, the company is working on “a highly autonomous car.” Yu tells The Next Web that it’s “an intelligent assistant collecting data from road situations and then operating locally,” adding, “We don’t call this a driverless car.”

Continue reading…

The Penguin appears in latest ‘Gotham’ trailer

See the original posting on The Verge

Marvel is the biggest name in superheroes when it comes to the movies, so DC is now making a big effort to take over a screen of its own: the TV. Gothamwhich premieres on September 22nd, will be one of DC’s highest-profile attempts to bring its comic-book worlds to television. The show is a crime drama that tells the origins of Batman, though Batman himself won’t actually turn up in the series. Instead, it’ll follow a young Commissioner Gordon — then just a detective — and it’ll have him occasionally crossing paths with an even younger Bruce Wayne, who’s dealing with the murder of his parents.

new trailer released today gives the best look yet at what that struggle will be like for young Bruce, and also gives a good look at the…

Continue reading…

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ is coming July 2017

See the original posting on The Verge

Guardians of the Galaxy looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun, and apparently Marvel thinks that fans are really going to love it, because it just announced at Comic-Con that a sequel will arrive on July 28th, 2017. The announcement was Marvel’s biggest surprise of the night, in what was otherwise a fairly quiet event in terms of details on its upcoming films.

Continue reading…

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

See the original posting on The Verge

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…

Continue reading…

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

See the original posting on The Verge

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…

Continue reading…

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

See the original posting on The Verge

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.

Continue reading…

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

See the original posting on The Verge

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.

Continue reading…

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

See the original posting on The Verge

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…

Continue reading…

NASA publishes 3D-printable models of asteroids and satellites

See the original posting on The Verge

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…

Continue reading…

The trailers of Comic-Con 2014

See the original posting on The Verge

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.

Continue reading…

1 1,653 1,654 1,655 1,656 1,657 1,674