NYCC 2013: Da Vinci's Demons Roundtable Interview #2

tom-riley-as-leonardo-da-vinci-3Roundtable Interview with Da Vinci’s Demons Creator David S. Goyer and Stars Tom Riley and Laura Haddock

Q: You had mentioned this show, and I was excited from the get-go, and I loved the details, I love the historical, you know, the details. I don't know how much time you've spent on the research.

Nov
17
2013
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NYCC 2013: Da Vinci's Demons Roundtable Interview #1

tom-riley-as-leonardo-da-vinci-3Roundtable Interview with Da Vinci’s Demons Stars Blake Ritson, Gregg Chillin and Carolina Guerra

Q: So the second season seems to be very mystical, very fantasy, I’d say a lot more than last year.

Nov
17
2013
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Thief: NYCC 2013 Preview

Right before New York Comic Con, I got an invite to a Square Enix preview event showing off their new titles. At the top of my list was Thief, and when the PR rep mentioned where the demo machine was, I left only a cloud of dust in my haste to it.

I have only seen brief playthroughs and demos, nothing really giving me a good sense of what to expect from playing the new update to the Thief series. I had, however, read plenty of worrisome press talking of a troubled game that has the potential of missing the mark it is setting out to do by copying too much of the poor design choices of modern gaming. I’m sorry to say that I can see where these reports are coming from. An hour with the game has left me scratching my head as to what audience this game is intended for.

Nov
04
2013
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NYCC 2013: The Vicious Cycle of White-Washing Geeks

Part 3 of this 3-part series will examine how media coverage of New York Comic Con ignored racial and gender diversity among attendees as well as exploring the implications of this kind of media coverage.

As part of their New York Comic Con coverage, Business Insider published a gallery of 112 pictures of cosplayers. A variety of fandoms and favorite characters were represented including Wonder Woman, Loki, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, that was where their variety ended. In the entire gallery, there were only about 20 people of color featured, only slightly more than one-sixth of the gallery.

Nov
03
2013
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Halloween Retrospective: Halloween 3 - Season of The Witch

halloween3_buddyTVThroughout the month of October, Rob will be taking a trip down memory lane, examining the Halloween series as the films exist in chronological order.

Let's talk about Halloween 3. Let's talk about the concept of taking the Halloween franchise and turning it into an anthology series. Under the direction of Tommy Lee Wallace (who also provides the throaty "announcer" voice), Moustapha Akkad, working with Carpenter and Hill, envisioned the series going off into a variety of directions. Carpenter, being a fan of British horror/science fiction writer Nigel Kneale, helped craft a narrative that would take witchcraft and juxtapose it against the background of then-modern technology.

Nov
02
2013
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Halloween Retrospective: Rob Zombie's Halloween 2

halloween-meyers-pumpkin-imgThroughout the month of October, Rob will be taking a trip down memory lane, examining the Halloween series as the films exist in chronological order.

Rob Zombie's follow-up to his prequel/remake interpretation of John Carpenter's immortal classic. Oddly enough, Daeg Faerch doesn't return for this follow-up as young Michael Myers; instead, we get some kid who's nowhere near as creepy. The good news is that Sheri Moon Zombie, who was brilliant in the first film, returns, reprising Myers' mother. I'll be examined if she's not a genuinely powerful performer in this flick after playing a howling lunatic in Zombie's previous efforts.

Oct
27
2013
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NYCC 2013: Fans Demand Diversity from Creators

In Part 2 of this 3-part series, fans used New York Comic Con to confront companies and creators failing to offer diversity in their books, TV shows, films, and video games. Which creators made excuses, and which ones are making changes? Read on to find out.

At the “All Things YA” panel Saturday afternoon, the biggest names in publishing had just finished presenting their new releases for 2013 and titles to look forward to in 2014. Harper Teen, Disney Hyperion, Simon & Schuster, MacKids, Penguin Young Readers, and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers were all on hand, hoping that the crowd would respond to their line-ups and ignore the lack of “insider scoop” that the panel had promised. Having sat through a parade of Hunger Games meets X-Men meets The Scarlett Letter meets Downton Abbey “with teenagers,” people were anxious to get some real answers about what is going on today in young adult literature.

Oct
27
2013
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NYCC 2013: Jane Espenson Talks "Husbands," Complex Gay Characters on TV

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How did a linguistics and computer science major from Ames, IA become one of the most well-known and beloved TV writers working today? I sat down with Jane Espenson Sunday afternoon at New York Comic Con to talk about her rise to prominence in television, how she chose her projects from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Once Upon a Time, and how her work on Husbands is changing how TV portrays gender dynamics in gay couples.

Oct
27
2013
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Halloween Retrospective: Halloween 2

stills-halloween-ii-02Throughout the month of October, Rob will be taking a trip down memory lane, examining the Halloween series as the films exist in chronological order. 

John Carpenter decided to hand of directing duties to Rick Rosenthal, who, apparently, would later say he'd never make another Halloween movie again due to behind-the-scenes conflict. Until Halloween: Resurrection, that is. The second film, written again by Carpenter and partner Debra Hill, picks up moments after Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) saved Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) from the clutches of Michael Myers. It's in this second film that Myers' impulse to kill become a clear and that he is, in fact, targeting his sister. 

Oct
27
2013
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Exclusive Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn Threatens To Kill Me, Talks Only God Forgives

Nicolas-Winding-Refn-talk-001I’ve been fortunate enough to chat with a lot of filmmakers. Some are more verbose than others. Some are more caught up in the artistic side of filmmaking, while others are more concerned about the realities of the filmmaking process. Some are funny. Others are not. Some might threaten to kill you.

Nicolas Winding Refn is probably my favorite filmmaker working today. As a long-time devotee, I’ve studied the man’s films since Pusher, which I believe to be one of the finest crime dramas to ever be put on-screen. Chances are, American moviegoers discovered Refn through the mainstream hit Drive, which starred a mumblecore Ryan Gosling as a professional wheelman caught up with some shady folks in Los Angeles. The street-level, synth-drenched noir story was beautifully shot, well-acted and gave Refn the American exposure he deserves.

Oct
27
2013
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