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Today is a huge one for nerdkind. Not only is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiering on the big screen, but two streaming services are duking it out for genre superiority. We all knew Amazon was dropping the second season of Philip K. Dick’s Nazi-dominated alt-history Man in the High Castle today but, in a sly act of counterprogramming, Netflix is countering with a dark-horse series called The OA. Nobody knows what the series is about or even for sure that it’s sci-fi or fantasy, but Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) and Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead) co-star. (Nobody even knows what “OA” stands for.)
Christmas week means the studios are looking to squeeze a couple extra days out of the weekend (too bad the calendar didn’t cooperate this year). So Wednesday is the launchpad for both Assassin’s Creed with Michael Fassbender and Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Let’s see how these Marvel superheroes compete head-to-head. (Apparently, this combination caused the premiere of The Space Between Us to be postponed until February.)
Also on Wednesday, registration opens for something we’re really excited to tell you about: Epic Nerd Camp! For two weeks in August, you can immerse yourself in an adults-only playground in the Poconos created especially for Dork Siders by same. To get your name on the list before it sells out, go to http://epicnerdcamp.com/
This year has one last genre film in it: A Montster Calls. Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver star.
WHAT’S NEW AT BOROUGHCON
Now that we’ve resolved the last of our major logistical issues, we’re concentrating on programming. As of yesterday, we officially have the celebrity guest roster for our Cosplay track completely filled. You already know about Monika Lee, but we have three other equally well-regarded designer/models committed to BoroughCon. We’ll be making the first announcement Tuesday — and you, as a Nerd Yorker subscriber — will be the first to know! Spread that around!