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John C. Reilly, who has long been guaranteed to be the highlight of any movie he's in, took to Letterman last night to debut some explosive new Guardians of the Galaxy footage. Marvel's new, very odd offering is currently sailing on a wave of strong early hype and almost universally positive reviews, and this clip gives us a sneak peek at just what makes it so special. See for yourself ... Discuss

 

How to chart the decline of the once mighty Richard Dawkins? Time was, he was a feared, powerful voice for atheism, but his all-too-frequent nonsensical Twitter rants have brought his reputation down to rubble, and this morning's was a particular doozy. In a series of tweets that don't seem to exist for any real reason, Dawkins waxed poetically on which sorts of rape and pedophilia are worse than others, noting that "Mild pedophilia is bad. Violent pedophilia is worse" and that "date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think."

He's been defending himself against wild backlash ever since, seemingly unable to comprehend why anyone would be upset by his simple, "logical" observation, in which he did not define exactly what he means by "'mild' pedophilia" and whether or not he has any authority to speak on various categories of rape. As Salon notes, "let’s thank God he’s not the one who actually does get to decide whose rape was worse than anybody else’s" ... Discuss

 

It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. His Middle Earth fandom is so great that he was even able to score a cameo in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as “ the Laketown spy.” At Comic-Con this weekend, Colbert donned his authentic movie apparel and offered up some extremely kind works for the folks behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit adaptations while introducing the panel for the latest installment, at one point, even quoting C.S. Lewis:

The movies broke upon the world, and to steal a line from C.S. Lewis, “Here were beauties that pierced like swords and burned like cold iron.” Here were movies that would break your heart, good beyond hope. And rather than take away our treasure, Peter and Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and Richard Taylor and Grant Major and Dan Hennah and the cast and the crew and WETA Digital and the land and the people of New Zealand itself added to our stories, complemented our imagination.

You can read his entire speech over at Vulture ... Discuss

 

What do you get when you combine musical theater, Doctor Who and Sherlock? A recipe for the geekiest—and most glorious—viral video you’ll see today. The music-loving YouTubers AVbyte have created this clip of what a musical featuring both The Doctor and Sherlock himself would look like, and the results are expectedly entertaining ... Discuss