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Geekly Roundup: Take It To The Courts Edition

In this week’s Geekly Roundup, we’ve got interviews, legal battles, and the latest in science — and tons of other news, casting announcements, upcoming games, and thought pieces. Read on for more of the news you may have missed this week!

In Their Own Words

Today’s stars are always being asked for their own thoughts on their work, so here they are — from the new Jean Grey, Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, talking about her own different take on the red-haired Phoenix; to iconic comic artist Neal Adams, talking about his own upcoming DC event; to the producers of Captain America: Civil War, clarifying the reasons that bring its heroes to pick sides; to the outstanding young Natasha Liu Bordizzo, one of several stars of the recently-released Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny; to veteran comic creator Matt Idelson, excited about where Dynamite Comics’ journey will lead next.

Dubiously Judicials Battles of the Judicial

In a litigation-friendly society full of intellectual property, the work of lawyers is often inextricable from the work of entertainers. For some, this means clarifying what, exactly, makes for an infringement, as with the questionable case of fan film Axanar; for others, it means a hobbyist’s expensive legal battle against a larger and better-funded opponent, as with LARP archer and vendor Jordan Gwyther. On the grandest scale, titans like Apple and Samsung do battle over patents like the iconic “slide to unlock”, while others like Disney turn to their own employees to try and fund their own future political action — regardless of their employees’ actual beliefs. Sometimes, though, action resolves itself for the better…as with the Dune-mashing “Calvin and Muad’Dib,” which now features the rare footnote “with permission.”

SCIENCE!

This week, we happen to enjoy a great deal of space — gorillas in space (well, kind of), radio bursts in space (mysterious ones!), phantom planets in space — not so phantom, according to physical models, but we have yet to see them — and gravitational waves in space, an earth-shaking discovery that you, too, can now understand thanks to the influence of — and receptive ears of — Stephen Colbert.

Elsewhere on the Internet:

It’s a Visual Medium

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Television

Movies

Gaming

Tabletop

Comics

Books

In Memoriam

And Don’t Forget

The Geekly Roundup is a weekly Ace of Geeks feature that brings together all the interesting things we’ve encountered across the Internet this week.  Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Mary Anne, and Ben.

Ben Lee
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With a wide variety of interests ranging from baseball to theater and dance to technology to writing, Ben has given up on being good at any one thing and settled for being not half bad at a handful of things instead. He can usually be found cleaning up paperwork after a motley but wonderful crew of retail technicians; failing that, you can generally find him on the RP_OK Podcast at the Ace of Geeks, or on the San Francisco Giants-centric TortureCast. His Steam shame list is quickly growing legendary, and it's quite rare he's playing or watching anything made in the last five years.

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