New pics: Game of Thrones, John Carter, Judge Dredd & more!

Photo-tastic and awash in parentheses! We look at wonderful new images of Game of Thrones (season two), Judge Dredd (reboot) and John Carter of Mars (woot). We also investigate what (super-powered) teens are up to, (re)-consider The Phantom Menace, desire more Trek (TV), celebrate John Williams' birthday (he's 80) and more! Click now, click fast and click hard for this week's Hottest Stories and Best Comments.


Our story: Things get even darker in 17 stunning new Game of Thrones S2 photos

Your best comment: I'm nitpicking, but love the show and just finished the fourth book last night and want to talk about it, so here goes: Rob didn't "declare himself" king of the north; his bannermen did that, and he went along with it.

I watched the first season on TV, and then picked up the books. Maybe this is because I watched the show first, but they couldn't have done a better job casting. The only character who seems different in the books to me is Catalyn Stark. Frankly, she's a LOT more likeable on the show (for me at least). But I enjoy both iterations.

This is the only book/show/movie I've ever read/watched where I genuinely enjoy the storyline(s) revolving around the children. Arya Stark is one of the best characters in the book(s), and whoever plays her on the show does a brilliant job.

And Tyrion is played to perfection by Peter Dinklage. Looking forward to his storyline in season two, but don't want to ruin it for anyone. — DH


Our story: 17 super-powered teens who prove villainy isn't just for grown-ups

Your best comment: Ha! Missed Clarion the Witch Boy! He's been in Batman Animated, Batman Brave and the Bold, Justice League maybe, not sure. Of course since his introduction about three decades ago in Demon, he's gotten around a bit, and might not actually be a teen, since he's effectively immortal.

I agree about Connor... that whole Angel plotline was a real downer, it was great when it was mucho downsized. — beggly


Our story: 10 posters that (almost) trick us into thinking Phantom Menace is good

Your best comment: Is that Palpatine or Alfred Hitchcock? — snowman


Our story: Brains get blown out in a set of new pics from the Judge Dredd reboot

Your best comment: Not to defend Hollywood's frequent abuses along these lines in general, but in this particular case, if they're sticking to the comics characterization, Judge Anderson isn't a regular street Judge, she's a Psi Judge. Psi Judges are allowed to have lots of quirks and exceptions to street Judge requirements due to their outstanding psychic abilities.

If we're lucky we'll see a cameo of Judge Hershey as a female street Judge who's not a runway model type and who looks more physically appropriate for the job. Even better would be an offhand comment or remark, or a *thought* psychically read by Judge Anderson about her slight physical stature that she shoots down as being balanced out by her other prowess. — Lun Esex


Our story: 9 lovely-yet-deadly plant/animal hybrids from sci-fi film and TV

Your best comment: Where's [Zhaan] from Farscape? — Illyria


Our story: See 7 new stunning (and epic) John Carter pics

Your best comment: I don't know about the current generation, but back in the 60's and 70's, the Barsoom books were the baby boomer's entry drug to SF.

I'm sure that a lot of folks will go on about "the cliches" and such, but it should be noted that A Princess of Mars (1910) was the FIRST interplanetary adventure novel and that everything else followed from it.

This is the kind of movie that makes or breaks directors. Don't f it up. — Kevin M


Our story: Could Star Trek's return to TV be closer than we think?

Your best comment: Yes, I'm thirsty for another Star Trek TV series. However, I would like to make a couple of suggestions. First, go forward after the Voyager series and not into the past. We've been there already and I personally consider it a dead horse. Second, do not re-hash an already dead storyline or group of characters. Star Trek is far to rich in history and scope to continue doing the same things again and again. To do so would just be lazyness on the part of the producers, directors and writers. — Lonnie


Our story: 18 awesome sci-fi moments from 30 years of Letterman's Late Night

Your best comment: Optimus Prime was the best! — JacksonUK


Our story: Groundhog Day and 24 more movie and TV days lived again and again

Your best comment: 7 Days. It's the premise of the show, and a recurring day was the theme of one particular episode — Flint


Our story: Wesa likes Jar Jar Binks' invasion of 8 famous movie posters

Your best comment: I just threw up in my mouth a little bit..... — RikC


Our story: Scream louder for 7 hard-boiled, fan-crafted Alien posters

Your best comment: Interesting take... but some of these show the Alien and, frankly, it is how seldom we see the creature that adds to the atmosphere of the first film... and none of these posters capture the loneliness of space the way the upside-down space egg of the original poster does. — Bill


Our story: Celebrate John Williams' birthday with 10 of his best sci-fi scores

Your best comment: i still get goosebumps when i hear the Superman theme. — Steven


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