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Patton Oswalt writes about life as a Silver Screen Fiend

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Patton Oswalt may not exactly be a household name—not yet, anyway. But if you watch late-night TV, or Comedy Central, or Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (in which he plays Agent Billy Koenig—or is it Sam? Or Eric?), or if you’re active on Twitter (where he has more than 1.8 million followers), you know that Oswalt is one of the keenest minds in show business today. (Don’t believe us? Check out his eight-minute “Star Wars Filibuster”—totally ad-libbed—on TV’s Parks and Rec.) Now, Oswalt is the author of a second book, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film (Scribner, Jan. 6, 2015), in which he recounts his early days as a performer and writer. In what Oswalt calls…

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Holy Comic-Con! Cosplayers know no limitations

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New York Comic-Con is this week, which means the Big Apple will soon be flooded with all things geeky (or, as far as we’re concerned, all things awesome). When it started in 1970, Comic-Con was a small gathering of comic book fans who met in San Diego to celebrate the medium they loved. In the past 35 years it has exploded into a world-wide phenomenon, meeting in over 20 cities and attracting Hollywood stars, directors and legends in the comic book world. But regardless of how big Comic-Con has become, it still wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated fans who stand in lines for hours to get autographs, meet actors, or simply get a glimpse someone like Joss Whedon, director…

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