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Man of Steal? Police on the trail of Superman after watch heist

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To police in Nottinghamshire, England, the theft of a $33,000 watch looks like a job by Superman.

According to BBC News, authorities are searching for Superman Rostas, whom they say pretended to be a customer at a jewelry store in Newark, northeast of Nottingham. Using “distraction techniques” — and, we can only presume, super-speed — he allegedly made off with diamond-encrusted gold watch.

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The race is on for these Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon medals

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RunDisney has unveiled finisher medals for the second annual Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend that will have many Marvel fans wishing they’d registered.

Set for Nov. 12-15 — just 77 days away, the countdown clock reminds us — at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the event features kids races, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, the Captain America 10K, the Avengers Super Hero 5K and the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (that’s the half marathon plus the 10K).

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The Joker tries out his new, tattooed look on HISHE’s ‘Villain Pub’

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Say what you will about classic villains, but most of them are traditionalists: They find a look that works, and they stick with it. But not The Joker, who (for good or bad) embraces change, leading to his multiple body tattoos and lack of eyebrows in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad. That new look may suit the Clown Prince of Crime, but it kind of rubs the other villains the wrong way.

“I mean, it’s not killing me,” Lord Voldemort says in the latest episode of How It Should Have Ended’s “Villain Pub,” “it’s just hurting me, really, really bad.”

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WeLoveFine gets mathematical with ‘Adventure Time’ collection

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WeLoveFine knows what time it is, with a new collection of women’s and men’s clothing inspired by Adventure Time.

Designed by WeLoveFine’s Catherine Elhoffer, the brightly colored (and occasionally imaginatively patterned) pieces certainly wouldn’t be out of place in the Land of Ooo. They range from the expected, like the Jake Pocket Hoodie (you kind of have to, right?), to the bold, like the Lady Rainicorn Leggings.

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This ‘Winter Soldier’ Nick Fury collectible figure is nice like that

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If Captain America: The Winter Soldier taught us one thing, it’s that stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie are terrific together on screen. If it taught us a second, it’s that nothing — not a decades-old global conspiracy, not would-be assassins, not even Robert Redford — can keep Nick Fury down.

Hot Toys is celebrating the S.H.I.E.L.D. director with a 1/6th-scale collectible figure, based on the likeness of Samuel L. Jackson from the Marvel Studios film. Standing nearly 12 inches tall, the figure boasts more than 30 points of articulation, six interchangeable hands, a removable eye patch, a removable arm sling, a pistol, a mobile phone, a data-storage device and a display stand.

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OK, who crashed a tiny Star Destroyer on Mars?

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If you were floored by the shot in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer of a crashed Star Destroyer on Jakku, prepare to have your mind blown: A UFO devotee claims to have spotted an eerily similar, if significantly smaller, object on Mars.

Scrutinizing images from NASA’s Curiosity rover, Scott C. Waring has discovered a vaguely triangular object he says “looks like a crashed UFO.” However, while the Imperial Star Destroyer, measures 1,600 meters in length, Waring estimates this craft is smaller — much, much smaller. Like, Wookiee-sized.

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Clayton Crain designs beer label to benefit The Hero Initiative

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After teaming with Fables creator Bill Willingham and Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis for a special beer label, The Hero Initiative is taking the show west, to California.

The charity, which is dedicated to helping creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish ale, designed by Ghost Rider and Carnage artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Proceeds from sales of the items will benefit The Hero Initiative.

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Funko swings in with ‘Batman ’66’ Vinyl Idolz series

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After releasing Pop! and Dorbz collectibles based on Batman ’66, Funko has tuned back in at the same Bat-time, same Bat-channel with Vinyl Idolz figures from Vinyl Sugar inspired by the classic television series.

Arriving in October, the collection features 8-inch versions of Adam West’s Batman, Burt Wad’s Robin, Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl and Cesar Romero’s Joker, with the Clown Prince of Crime most closely resembling his TV counterpart. Still, there’s something almost charming about the Boy Wonder’s glassy-eyed stare.

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The ‘Funk Awakens’ in this incredible ‘Star Wars’ music video

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In a perfect world, the second standalone Star Wars film, following Rogue One, would star Darth Vader and Boba Fett as a pair of chrome helmet-wearing electronic dance music DJs who set out on their bicycle and skateboard to recruit young Jedi to the Dark Side and conquer the galaxy with killer beats.

But it’s not a perfect world, so instead we’ll simply enjoy “Dark Punk: The Funk Awakens,” which is all that and more. Directed and produced by Brian Curtin, it’s easily the best Star Wars music video/Daft Punk sendup you’ll see, well, probably ever.

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Duke University responds to ‘Fun Home’ controversy

fun home2Despite the widely publicized objections by some incoming freshmen, Duke University appears to be standing by the selection of Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic memoir Fun Home for its summer reading program.

“With a class of 1,750 new students from around the world, it would be impossible to find a single book that that did not challenge someone’s way of thinking,” Michael Schoenfeld, the university’s vice president for public affairs, said in a statement issued Monday. “We understand and respect that, but also hope that students will begin their time at Duke with open minds and a willingness to explore new ideas, whether they agree with them or not.”

The debate about the 2006 graphic novel, which chronicles Bechdel’s childhood with a closeted gay father, his apparent suicide and her own coming out as a lesbian, began on the Facebook page for Duke’s class of 2019, where incoming freshman Brian Grasso wrote that reading Fun Home would require him to “compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs.” While the ensuing discussion, first reported by Duke’s student newspaper, included support for the book, others admitted they were bothered by its depiction of sexual acts.

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Suspects in Pokemon championship threats held without bail

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Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Two Iowa men whom police say planned a mass shooting at the Pokémon World Championships in Boston were ordered held without bail Monday. A dangerousness hearing is set for Sept. 1.

Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, who were invited to participate in the weekend tournament, were arrested Saturday on firearms charges after police were alerted to alleged threats they’d made to the event through social media.

“We can never read someone’s mind,” The Boston Globe quotes Police Superintendent Paul A. Fitzgerald as saying. “What we can read is what they were saying and the actions that they took, bringing the weapons they were showing online as a threat.”

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Leonardo leads the charge in Mondo’s new TMNT figure series

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Mondo is headed back to the sewers, with the first action figure in its 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series going on sale Thursday.

Introduced last month at Comic-Con International, Leonardo kicks off the line inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic book and the classic cartoon. Priced at $149.99, the fiigure boasts more than 25 points of articulation, interchangeable heads with the original red mask from the comic and the color-coded blue one  from the cartoon, dual katana and scabbards, interchangeable hands, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, grappling hook and cord, an Utrom blaster, a belt with scabbard strips, a pre-mutation Splinter, and a pre-mutation baby Leonardo.

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‘Princess Mononoke’ is the retro video game we always wanted

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If you didn’t think it was possible to love Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classic Princess Mononoke more than you already do, prepare to be proved wrong.

The folks at Cinefex have reimagined the beloved 1997 film as an 8-bit video game (with a sprinkling of 16-bit), touching upon the major characters, settings and plot points, in a mere fraction of its 133-minute run time. It doesn’t hold back on the bloodshed, either.

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How many times has Batman killed in live-action? You may be surprised

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For a superhero who supposedly doesn’t kill, Batman sure has snuffed out a lot of people on the big screen. Maybe not Superman-versus-Zod-versus-Metropolis numbers, but for a guy with no superpowers, he’s held his own.

Mr. Sunday Movies tallies the Dark Knight’s “kill count” in this new supercut, documenting the many (occasionally gruesome, often fiery) ways he’s dealt out death. That’s not to say some of the villains didn’t deserve what was coming to them, but Batman seems to enjoy his work in some of those scenes.

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This Iron Merman cosplay is impressive, but can he talk to fish?

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While there’s certainly a lot of Iron Man cosplay out there, few are as imaginative and fun as this “Iron Merman” mashup, which debuted late last month at Tampa Bay Comic Con.

It’s the work of Aracknoid3, who incorporated his wheelchair into the costume with the addition of the wonderfully crafted fishtail, and included such details as the repeating trident insignia, light-up “gills” on the torso, the helmet (with its catfish-like whiskers), and of course the trident itself.

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