WEEKEND ROUNDUP: 8/20 -8/21 | One of Juliana Park and Ben Lee's zombie engagement photos by Amanda Rynda.

We've seen the first footage from The Avengers!

The first extended look at The Avengers just premiered at Disney's D23 Expo. Here's the spoiler-free version: everything we saw looked like an awesome mix of epic, funny, and badass. And now, for the spoilers... More »

New John Carter footage shows off Martian super-leaping and gigantic, lovable lizard-dogs

John Carter director and Pixar stalwart was on hand today to introduce some new sneak peek footage from his upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom books about a broken Civil War veteran who becomes Mars's greatest warrior. Spoilers ahead! More »

Disney's Wreck-It Ralph footage promises a hilarious journey into old-school video games

Wreck-It Ralph stars comedy genius John C. Reilly as the bad guy in an old, 8-bit video game who dreams of proving he's really a hero. This movie might just do for video games what Toy Story did for toys. More »

Frankenweenie is Tim Burton's twisted take on man's best friend

Tim Burton is returning to his 1984 short Frankenweenie with a full-length, stop-motion, black-and-white remake. It's about an introverted suburban kid who also happens to be a mad scientist...and how far he goes to see his beloved dog again. More »

Everything You Need To Know About Pixar's Next Movies: Monster College, Dinosaurs, And A Scottish Warrior Princess

Pixar celebrated its 25th anniversary at D23 yesterday by previewing its next four movies. There's Brave, which takes place in ancient Scotland and features Pixar's first female hero, followed by Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University, plus two newly announced projects! More »

"DC Fifty-Too" imagines a DC Universe where the most obscure superheroes are A-listers

With DC Comics' relaunching their entire superhero line next month, not every one of the line's superheroes will be getting their own title. The blog DC Fifty-Too seeks to rectify this situation. More »

Game of Thrones, in the style of Calvin and Hobbes

In an inspired recent installment of his webcomic Hijinks Ensue, cartoonist Joel Watson places Jon Snow and some killer Snow Goons beyond the Wall. See also: Calvin and Hobbes, pulp detectives. More »

Classic comic book covers recreated in stained glass

Artist Brandon Michael Barker offers a blasphemous reinterpretation of classic comic book covers with these stained glass superheroes, dressed up with a touch of Christian iconography. More »

How to make phosphorus using pee

Phosphorus is a substance that glows in the dark. It's been used in match-heads since the Victorian era, and even garnered a famous literary reference. In modern times, you can make it yourself...if you have a few jars that you never want to use again. More »

Spy Kids 4 is the 21st century equivalent of The Children's Crusade

Despite my elementary school diploma, I loved Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. Why? It's a chilling examination of an alternate reality in which children have become fellow travelers in global espionage, a parallel universe where Langley is run like Willy Wonka's candy-colored calorie mill. Like Ender's Game mixed with The Mickey Mouse Club, this is hands-down some of the grimmest shit ever to limbo under a PG rating. More »

What it's like to play a mushroom as a trumpet

Boston area mushroom merchant Benjamin Maleson knows a thing or two about musical mycology. Watch him play "The Trumpet of Death," a melodious (and not poisonous) mushroom you can blast like a kazoo. Watch him show you how. See also: Vienna's Vegetable Orchestra. More »

A UFO shut down an airport in China this week

Earlier this week, a stereotypically round UFO flew over and shut down Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in southwest China. It wouldn't be summertime without some high-profile Chinese UFO sightings, and this was one was most certainly not a lantern. More »

2011 Hugo Awards: A good night for time travel, artificial intelligence, and Asimov's Magazine

The 2011 Hugo Award winners were just announced, and it's a good year for time-travel stories, including Connie Willis' Blackout/All Clear and Doctor Who's fifth season finale. Plus it's an excellent night for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. More »

Brent Spiner's Patrick Stewart impression is disturbingly realistic

At this year's Emerald City Comic-Con, Brent Spiner regaled audiences with his eerily on-the-mark Patrick Stewart voice. All those years of acting as an android have apparently blessed him with Soong-style perfect pitch. More »

Unbelievably, the sequel to 101 Dalmatians was a trippy scifi novel

Eleven years after she published The Hundred and One Dalmatians (and six years after the Disney adaptation hit the scene), author Dodie Smith followed up her children's classic with The Starlight Barking, an obscure science fiction tale about extraterrestrial canines and nuclear war and spontaneous levitation. More »