New York Comic Con Round-Up: Women in Comics and Juno Meets Aliens in New Teen Sci-Fi Classic

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Saturday might have been the busiest day of New York Comic Con, but two of the best panels of the entire weekend didn't happen until Sunday. It was an exciting day for women working in comics and for sci-fi fans looking for fresh new female protagonists. The crowds might have died down, but passions were high and some panelists were ready for a lively debate, including Martin Leicht, Isla Neal, and Alex de Campi.

Nov
02
2012
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10 Conceptually Horrifying Films for Halloween

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We could give you another list of slasher films and movies about ghosts, aliens, demons, or whatever terrorizing a small family, but frankly that would make this list one of a thousand to include Paranormal Activity, Friday the 13th, or Saw. That's boring. Instead, we'd invite you to consider films that suggest horrifying things about the state of the world or general concepts that could have gone in much darker directions. None of these will have music that crescendos just as something jumps out of the dark or even a psychotic killer. They may have crazy people or incredibly uncomfortable situations, but no scream-inciting horror, kind of like The Cable Guy, but more so.

Oct
31
2012
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The 8 Star Wars Stories We'd Like to See Disney Adapt in the Near Future

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Disney, the studio that already houses the world's most popular animation studio (Pixar) and the comics studio with The Avengers the world's most successful comic book film of all time (Marvel), has just purchased George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd., the company responsible for all things Star Wars. Just let that sink in for a minute. Now for the next part: as part of the purchase, Disney has also announced they'll be releasing Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015. It's a reality George Lucas seemed averse to for a very long time, and one many Star Wars fans probably lost interest in after the prequels let them down. However, with Lucas stepping back and no longer in creative control, there's a chance for something good to once again arise from the franchise.

Oct
30
2012
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New York Comic Con Round-Up: Bruce Timm, A Legendary Afterparty, and a Very Spidey Sunday

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Saturday started out as a party, well sort of. I interviewed two notable members of the DC animated universe. The first was producer/animator Bruce Timm, a legend in the animation game. His work on Batman: The Animated Series is the stuff of legends and during a roundtable interview, I sat with other journalists, soaking in all the awesomeness that is Bruce Timm. He talked about his career, his current projects and where he wants to go from there. Much of the same occurred with my interview of Andrea Romano, casting director for much of the DC animated universe. I also interviewed Briana Evigan about Grimm Fairy Tales and got to learn about the talented actress’ current projects.

Oct
29
2012
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New York Comic Con Round-Up: Spoon Sword Fights, Dracula Ancestors, and the Wain Gang's All Here

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Friday night might have ended on a downer with a great legend not given his due, but on Saturday, I arrived rested and ready to hit the ground running. Saturday, which was my longest day by far, was jammed-pack full of geeky wonderful goodness like the Vampire Cowboys and a Childrens Hospital panel of Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Paul Scheer, and Curtis Gwinn, and I was ready to take it all in.

Oct
26
2012
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Good News or Bad News for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"?

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Usually, when a studio decides to reboot a successful albeit slightly stray franchise (like in the case of Sam Raimi's Spider-man trilogy becoming Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-man), fan outrage rears it's ugly head. However Fox's X-Men franchise needed it. After being abandoned by Bryan Singer, so he could direct Superman Returns, it fell into the hands of Brett Ratner in X-Men: The Last Stand and then to Gavin Hood in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After that, fans weren't exactly against the idea of starting fresh. Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class got off to a rocky start due to some schlocky promo materials, but when it hit theaters people changed their tune. Vaughn did right by fans, and so understandably he was returning as director for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

So on today's announcement at Deadline that Matt Vaughn has suddenly removed himself from the sequel and that Bryan Singer is among the directors being considered to replace him, it's hard to know: should rejoice or mourn?

Oct
25
2012
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New York Comic Con 2012 in Review: Day 2

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After easing into Day 1 of the New York Comic Con and re-familiarizing myself with the terrain of the Jacob Javitz Center, I was ready to tackle Day 2. Friday, October 12 was a day which saw an increased number in Con attendance. Nearing the work-free weekend, people flocked to the Con in an attempt to soak up all the geeky awesomeness which included celebrity appearances by Christopher Lloyd, Briana Evigan, and more, panels and whatnot. With many panels, the ones I attended on day 2 were very film and TV-oriented.

Oct
24
2012
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Humpday Trailer Dump: New Trailers & Clips for "The Hobbit", "Evil Dead", "Carrie", "Skyfall" & More

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If getting the first trailer for Shane Black's Iron Man 3 wasn't enough action for you this week, then you're in luck because there's a huge pile of trailers, TV spots, clips, and featurettes that went live this week. Easily the most momentous of those would be a TV sport for Peter Jackson's The Hobbt: An Unexpected Journey, the new, gory red-band trailer for the Evil Dead remake starring Suburgatory's Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez, the first teaser trailer for the Kimberley Peirce's Carrie remake with Chloe Grace Moretz, and the latest from Sam Mendes's Skyfall (with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007). The fun doesn't stop there though as additional clips and trailers abound for Cloud Atlas (with a huge cast led by Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving), the video game BioShock: Infinite, the spectacularly expensive Empires of the Deep, and more.

Check them all out below!

Oct
24
2012
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Watch the New Featurette for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

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Fans of Stephenie Meyer's vampire romance series have less than a month to go before their beloved cinematic incarnations of Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) play out their final chapter in the form of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. The final chapter, directed by Bill Condon, arrives in theaters November 16th, but for fans who just can't wait that long, Lionsgate and Summit have released a new featurette for the movie, highlighting its role as the grand finale fans have been waiting to see on the screen ever since the first book was adapted four years ago. Without further ado, check out the featurette below.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Maggie Grace, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, and Michael Sheen.

Oct
24
2012
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New Trailer for the Ken Burns Criminal Justice Documentary "The Central Park Five"

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When you see the name Ken Burns in front of a documentary, whether it's about baseball or World War II, you can feel safe in assuming that you're about to settle in for a very enlightening and enthralling feature on some aspect of humanity. His latest feature with Dan David McMahon and his daughter Sarah Burns, The Central Park Five, isn't just the documentation of a social travesty in American history but an argument against a system which knowingly allowed five men to take the blame for crimes they didn't commit even as it became increasingly obvious just how forced their confessions were. This wasn't just a case of five men going to prison unjustly, this was a case of five men having their youths stolen away because the people with a responsibility to pursue alternate explanations couldn't be bothered to do so.

Ken Burns brings that story to life in The Central Park Five, and the trailer hints at another winning documentary, check it out below.

Oct
24
2012
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Edgar Wright's "The World's End" Gets a Poster & Release Date

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It might still be a full year off, but that's never too soon to get excited about a part of the "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy, the joint projects of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright. Set for a release of October 25th, 2013, The World's End might be the comedy I'm looking forward to most. For one, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are an incredible comic duo, but when led by Edgar Wright the three of them make hilarious entertainment (which started brilliantly in Spaced). Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were very different and yet very funny for their respective blends of genres. The World's End, a comedy mixed with sci-fi thriller elements, also stars Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher), Martin Freeman (BBC's Sherlock), Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz), and Eddie Marsan. 

An added bonus of The World's End getting here sooner rather than later? Edgar Wright can get to work on Marvel's Ant-Man. But for now, here's the first official poster.

Oct
24
2012
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Tom Cruise Really Doesn't Make Much Sense as "Jack Reacher"

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Sometimes a casting choice comes along that completely flies in the face of the most basic character descriptions of a fan-favorite hero that only one answer makes sense: they wanted to sell tickets. In the case of Christopher McQuarrie's upcoming Jack Reacher, based on the novels of Lee Child, the casting of the short and wiry Tom Cruise as the tall, hulking titular character can't be explained any other way. It's even more frustrating when you consider the number of other actors that genuinely fit the description of the character like Dolph Lundgren, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, or even Daniel Craig.

Oct
23
2012
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Watch the First Official Trailer for "Iron Man 3"

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Just as Iron Man kicked off Phase 1 of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, it looks like he'll get the honor again as Director Shane Black's Iron Man 3 hits screens May 3rd, 2013. The first official trailer went online today and frankly it's got just about everything fans have wanted to see since an Iron Man film was first announced: the Mandarin. Played here by Ben Kingsley, we get a head-on glimpse of the villain, as well as a nice look at his fabled ten rings. On top of that, we get to see exactly what Marvel's Kevin Feige meant when he suggested that Iron Man 3 would take Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) back to the cave, as his world falls to pieces. It's a very action-packed trailer, check it out below.

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black and stars Downey, Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, and Paul Bettany.

Oct
23
2012
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New York Comic Con Round-Up: Comics, Aliens, and Ray Bradbury Deserved Better

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On Thursday night of New York Comic Con, not much is usually going on. There are a few lower-key panels, mainly aimed at professionals and press looking to network, and the main floor and Artist's Alley are open, but Friday night is typically the kick-off for the high-profile panels and screenings. Imagine my surprise that this year, Thursday night left me much more pumped for the rest of NYCC while Friday was a bit of a downer with a moment that was nothing short of disheartening. Otherwise it was two days filled with genuine comic book appreciation and appearances from the likes of Lance Henriksen.

Oct
19
2012
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NBC Screwed "Community" Again, and the Cast Knows It

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It came as a surprise to virtually no one that NBC canceled the one-joke sitcom Animal Practice, starring Justin Kirk of Weeds and Tyler Labine of Reaper, after just 5 episodes (it's unclear if the one slated for next week will air). For the shows waiting on NBC's bench (almost all of which likely have episodes in the can ready to air), that deserved cancellation represented an opportunity to get started on a delayed season, and Community fans, for a brief second, had a glimpse of hope that NBC might recognize the passionate following the show and it's now absent creator Dan Harmon have and put it on the roster. That didn't happen.

Instead, the suits sided with Whitney Cummings and her painfully unfunny, eponymous show, Whitney. It might not have been meant this way, but any show not being chosen over Whitney is pretty much a slap in the face, and judging by the little video that the Community cast (Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, and even the oft-contentious Chevy Chase) put together, it seems like they're well aware that NBC execs will put anything on the air before Community (even a show dedicated to Annie's Boobs). Check it out below.

Oct
19
2012
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Watch a Clip from "The Life of Pi" with an Introduction by Director Ang Lee

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Yann Martel's Life of Pi was one of those novels all of your fiction-consuming friends (and possibly even you) were reading back in 2001, and it was heaped with praise for its very simple setting and odd circumstances which were then complemented with some very imaginative storytelling. When it was announced that Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain) would be directing the film adaptation of Life of Pi, the chances that the film would actually capture the wonder contained in the book became quite good. The first clip from the film has appeared online and it comes with an introduction from Ang Lee to give the audience a little bit of context. Check it out below.

Life of Pi arrives in theaters November 21st and stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, Rafe Spall, and Tabu.

Oct
19
2012
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An Extreme Tourist's List of 5 Things Not to Do According to "Chernobyl Diaries"

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Let’s get one thing straight: if indulging in a bit of “extreme tourism” by visiting the site of the worst nuclear meltdown human civilization has ever known, don’t go to the one area where even professionals only visit twice a month for five hours at the most. There’s a reason they don’t stay longer, and the reason isn’t anything exciting like horrible mutants, it’s just good old fashioned radiation. And in the case of radiation, what doesn't kill you makes you ill, weak, and warps into a sickly shadow of life that dies soon thereafter. The net effect of radiation is death. Got it? However, Bradley Parker’s recent horror flick Chernobyl Diaries brings up a few additional points about extreme tourism (like mutants) that probably should be heeded and we’ll cover five of them below.

For those interested in the film, it's out on Blu-ray and DVD now, and you can pick it up over at Amazon.

Oct
19
2012
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Exclusive Interview: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, & Ben Lewin Talk Sex Positivity & Oscar Buzz

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After sitting down with writer-director Ben Lewin, actor John Hawkes, and actress Helen Hunt about the surprise Sundance sensation The Sessions, it is clear that the on set atmosphere was as positive as that on screen. They are all proud and happy to have been involved in such a project. The only thing they desire now is investor recognition, for the successes of independent film. They would much rather see more small-budget, well-made films than hear more Sessions Oscar buzz. In the words of Lewin and Doris Day, "Que Sera, Sera."

Oct
19
2012
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Humpday Trailer Dump: "Zero Dark Thirty", "Dark Knight Rises", "Playing for Keeps", & more

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Another week means another haul of trailers dumped unceremoniously on the web, and this time around we have Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (starring Taylor Kinney, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Joel Edggerton, Mark Strong), Jordan Galland's superhero comedy Alter Egos (starring Brooke Nevin, Danny Masterson, Kris Lemche), an interview with Gerard Butler for Gabriele Muccino's soccer comedy Playing for Keeps with Jessica Biel, and Sean Baker's drama Starlet (with James Ransone and Dree Hemingway). Finally, Warner Brothers goes on a Batman blitz with trailers for the Blu-ray release of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, the video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and the upcoming animated feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (starring Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, and Michael Emerson).

There's lots to be excited about and Zero Dark Thirty looks to be a very promising follow-up to The Hurt Locker. Check them all out below.

Oct
17
2012
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PSY Slices Gangnam Style with "The Wolverine"

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I don't want to say it was inevitable, but I suppose when you have two unstoppable forces in Asia perhaps you have to expect that at one point they will meet up and battle to the death. Or maybe they'll just have a nice chuckle on the set of James Mangold's The Wolverine like Huge Jackman and South Korean K-pop star PSY did. That Hugh Jackman has a sense of humor has never been much of a secret, but still it's a bit weird to see Wolverine dancing about with a jovial Korean pop singer to what I assume was a recording of "Gangnam Style". The fact that PSY got to play with some practical effects claws is only icing on the adamantium cake. The Wolverine lands in theaters July 26th, 2013, and also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Will Yun Lee, and Rila Fukushima.

For photos of the two goofing off, just check below.

Oct
17
2012
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