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The Nerd Yorker
FRIDAY NIGHT ONSCREEN
The big news this weekend is the opening of Potterverse prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Eddie Redmayne leads an overstuffed cast that includes Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Colin Farrell and even Johnny Depp. That’s some serious nerd cred, even before we get to such up-and-coming genre presences as Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Ezra Miller. Further, J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay herself and David Yates,who directed the plurality of the Harry Potter movies, steps behind the camera again. The two-hour-plus PG-13 film runs on 3D and IMAX screens.
SATURDAY IN REAL LIFE
Saturday is Local Comic Shop Day, and the ways it’s being marked are as diverse as the merchants who own these independent stores, but they usually involve deep discounts on select items and free giveaways. You’ll also find unique variant covers to some of your favorite titles. Midtown Comics’ three locations in Manhattan and Royal Collectibles in Forest Hills are among local participants.
Next Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, marks the premiere of Disney’s newest animated feature, Moana. The voice cast includes nerdbait Dwayne Johnson, Jermaine Clement and Alan Tudyk. With Hamilton’sLin-Manuel Mirandacontributing to the soundtrack, what’s not to love? The family-friendly PG film can be screened in 3D.
November nerdiness comes to an end the following Tuesday with a book signing on the Lower East Side. The authors of the Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow anthology will take over the Lovecraft Bar to promote a special edition of the book. Festivities run from 7-9 p.m. Buy the book, but also budget for a food purchase or a two-drink minimum.