‘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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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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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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Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

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shutterstock_53958034 New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies. At a recent forum we hosted for founders and leading industry execs playing… Read More

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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How Informed Consent Has Failed

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shutterstock_180430088 “That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight to the moon.” – Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California, dismissing the comparison of smartphones to physical items The quote above from Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California has implications far beyond the holding of that case. In rejecting the government’s… Read More

Hacking In The 80?s, Your Summer Movie Guide

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Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 2.46.00 PM We learn the best way to win the system in WarGames is to never let Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy start hacking in the first place, Ferris Bueller’s parents should have just bought him a car, not a computer (he hacks into the schools’ mainframe and erases the number of days he’s been absent), and that it’s way more fun to jump in a pool with babes than it is to work… Read More

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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How To Save Books

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ficciones It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might seem useless and ridiculous: Read More

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