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The best William Shatner videos you will see today. Possibly.

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Perhaps you already know how amazing William Shatner is. Maybe his rebooted career has already won him your affections.  Maybe you’re a camp aficionado and you laud him for creating so many powerful works. For those of you who are still in the dark, let me clue you in to the awesome side of William Shatner:

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Felicia Day announces Dragon Age Web series

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Felicia Day, creator and star of Web series The Guild, will star in a new Web series, Dragon Age: Redemption, which she wrote and co-produced based on the role-playing game. She made the announcement today by tweeting the name of her “mystery project” and linking to USA Today’s article on the upcoming series. Day had […]

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Community does Advanced Dungeons and Dragons right

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This past week’s Community featured the whole gang playing an Advanced Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Abed is the game master and Pierce is the unthinking villain for the campaign they’re playing, “Caverns of Draconis,” which isn’t real but contains many world elements that are very DnD.

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R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

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Surely the most quotable man since Shakespeare, but don’t call him Shirley: Leslie Nelson has died, but we still have his lines. Here’s a good mash-up of some of his greatest jokes, with one more video in the post. That video? The greatest line ever uttered.

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Inception-style Serenity trailer

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Proving that Hans Zimmer’s über-intense Inception score makes everything more awesome, Youtube user Mechanical Biscuit’s Serenity trailer makes one think the film might have been a better commercial success if it had been marketed as the brain-bender it really is.

Based on Joss Whedon’s short-lived show Firefly, 2005’s Serenity tells the origin story of the Reavers, a group of subhuman monsters. The film has achieved cult status today among both Whedon fans and film-lovers. Both the show and the film are required viewing for all hardcore science fiction fans.

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RIYL: Mimes, people doing the robot, Japanese mimes doing the robot

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This new video from Japanese electro-poppers World Order features a cadre of men in business suits doing some of that “super slow mo” action all of us have probably reenacted (in a bar, during some sort of sporting event).  The primary difference here is that they do it really, really well.  In the grand tradition of OK Go’s uberpopular viral videos and, uh, pretty much every Michel Gondry video ever, it appears that these guys just practiced this moves–a lot–and then they filmed at regular camera speed.  Pretty cool.

One caveat: mute the sound (unless you are, improbably, a World Order superfan).  Instead, I recommend playing Hall & Oates’ “Kiss On My List” while you watch.  Seriously, it was amazing.

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The eminently possible return of Dr. Horrible

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Back in 2008, during a Hollywood writer’s strike, Joss Whedon set out to prove that filmmakers didn’t need big budgets and big distribution to create something that would resonate with movie fans. So he took Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day, and put them in a… musical. Which is not something one would immediately deem a “good plan with a high probability of success.” Honestly, on the surface, the concept sounds ridiculous – Doogie Howser, M.D. and Captain Malcolm from Serenity, not only together, but singing?

However, we’re talking Joss Whedon here. There’s a reason he has millions of rabid fans – the man’s a genius. “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog“, released exclusively online in three acts, was a resounding success, garnering a server-crashing 2-plus million views in its initial week-long run, not to mention spawning countless fan and tribute videos, sites, and Internet memes. Then, Whedon and Company released a Dr. Horrible DVD with bonus features like singing commentary, to very brisk sales and overwhelmingly positive reviews.

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Tatooine by Jeremey Messersmith, animated by Eric Power

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The pretty song is in the above video is Tatooine by Jeremy Messersmith. The animation is by Eric Power.

On his site, Messersmith had this to say about the vid:

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Sunday web short: “Articles of War” by Daniel Kanemoto

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Daniel Kanemoto blew our minds with his awesome The Walking Dead title sequence. To honor him for the feat, we’re featuring him in our first ever “Sunday web short.”

Kanemoto is no slouch. His work has been featured on Nickelodeon, MTV, the Discovery Channel, and film festivals around the world. But the above web short, Articles of War, is one of his best. From his site:

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Colbert takes on robots

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On Thursday’s Colbert Report, the intrepid anchorman took on a subject near and dear to our hearts — robots.

He even tossed in a reference to Carnegie Melon’s robot snakes.

Does this mean that Colbert reads Handshake? No. But, oddly enough, he does employ the same robot valet.

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