1. Entertainment

    Hilarious DIY Magneto Helmet

    For those who really wanted to be a supervillain, but only have a couple bucks, Flickr user Vo Maria shows us that anyone can manipulate metals so long as they have some paper, a bucket, a small saw, scissors and some tape. Maybe one day Magneto's origin story will get a reboot to reflect this hilarious helmet.

    (via Geeks are Sexy)

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  2. Entertainment

    Sir Ian McKellen Says There’s No Sex in Middle-earth

    Not a trollquote: In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Sir Ian McKellen disappointed Lord of the Rings slash-fic enthusiasts everywhere when he put forth the theory that there's no sex in Middle-earth. McKellen, who is gay and an outspoken advocate for gay rights, laughingly brushed off the interviewer's question as to whether Gandalf would be savvy about gay bars in Tolkien's fictional universe. McKellen:

    Tolkien was the only authority on that world, and I don’t think he was very interested in sex, at least not with the evidence of Lord of the Rings. Other people can read into it what they like or what they can. But I don’t really see it. Although I have heard speculation that Sam and Frodo might be an item, but I don’t think Tolkien really saw it that way. I don’t think Peter Jackson does either.
    (Vanity Fair via MetaFilter)

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  3. Entertainment

    Marvel’s Promised Price Cut Affects Only Three Titles

    Exactly two weeks ago, Marvel comics announced that it would be cutting the price of "selected" titles debuting in January, but, unlike DC, Marvel's price announcement didn't mention specifically how many or which titles would be miraculously cheaper. Eyebrows have risen regarding how closely Marvel's price announcement followed DC's. With only an hour between the two, many wondered whether Marvel had really planned on it, or if it was an emergency statement made so that they could say that they had it planned all along and totally weren't scooped by DC, guys. Whether that is true or not is neither here nor there. However, Marvel has now made public knowledge exactly which titles will go on sale for $3 instead of $4 this January, and, well. Turns out that "selected" means 3 out of 10.

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  4. Entertainment

    How a Photoshopped Picture of Sir Ian McKellen Fooled the Internet

    This past weekend, Sir Ian McKellen attended an event in Hyde Park to protest the policies of Pope Benedict XVI on the Pope's very first state visit to the UK. Shortly thereafter, the photo to the above left began to make its way around the tubes, wherein McKellen wears a shirt that says "I'm Gandalf and Magneto. Get over it!" The Internet being the Internet, it "went viral," as the kids say, with the picture getting more than 250,000 views on Twitpic, close to 200,000 more when it was ripped to Imgur, and who knows how many more via blogs and other third-party sources.

    Indeed, it is a pretty awesome shirt. However, it is not the shirt that McKellen actually wore to the anti-pope rally: Rather, he wore the shirt to the above right ("Some people are gay. Get over it!") which actually makes a lot more sense considering 1) that the typeface changes in the Gandalf shirt, but is consistent in the real thing; 2) that the protester behind him is wearing the same shirt in both instances; and 3) that as mind-blowing as is the Gandalf-Magneto singularity presented by McKellen, the Church's positions with respect to homosexuals are a bit easier to protest. All good Photoshop fun, maybe, but it apparently actually fooled a lot of people; The Advocate ran the shopped McKellen shirt on their website before correcting it, and lots of social media sharing of the picture takes it at face value. As The Daily What wrote when they debunked the 'shoop earlier today: "Before this goes so far that it gets picked up by the Times ... right - real; left - fake." It's instructive how this happened:

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  5. Entertainment

    Inglourious Basterds‘ Lt. Archie Hicox is Magneto in X-Men: First Class

    X-Men: First Class has reeled in someone exceptional: Showbiz 411 reports that Michael Fassbender, perhaps better known as the German-speaking British Lieutenant Archie Hicox from Inglourious Basterds and Spartan warrior Stēlios (You remember: "Then we will fight in the shade.") from 300, has officially signed on to play Erik Lensherr a.k.a. the mutant supervillain Magneto in Matthew Vaughn's upcoming origin film story. Fassbender's presence was already a welcome sight in those two films, but if you've seen his performance in the 2008 Irish film Hunger, in which he plays IRA hunger strike leader Bobby Sands, you'll know just how good he is, and what exciting news this is for the X-Men film.

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  6. Entertainment

    Is this the Trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom 3? Update2: Yes, Yes it Is.

    Gamers, you may want to sit down: just three days after rumors of a third Marvel vs. Capcom game surfaced, wildly exciting fans of MvC2, what appears to be a trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has leaked to YouTube.

    It doesn't look like any of this is gameplay footage, but it's a pretty awesome trailer, featuring souped-up battles between Wolverine and Ryu, Iron Man and Morrigan, and The Hulk and Resident Evil's Chris Redfield.

    Upon seeing this, my initial joy and reverence quickly turned to fear: Namely, the fear that all of this cool 3-D footage meant Capcom was going to go all 3D on us for this game. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is, for my money, still the best fighting game of all time, despite its being released ten years ago. It's a complex game, to be sure, with three-fighter teams, absurdly long combos, and dense gameplay mechanics, but it also kept it simple and 2D, a restraint that many of the fighting games of the 2000s lost in favor of blind obedience to 3D and frequently glitchier, more boring gameplay.

    Well -- whew. Nothing's been confirmed yet -- Capcom recently brushed away Joystiq's inquiries with a "We don't comment on speculation and rumors" -- but rumor has it Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be 2D in terms of gameplay, and to the extent it dabbles in 3D, it will be similar to Capcom's Street Fighter 4, one of the best modern-day reimaginings of a classic 2D series.

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