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August 25, 2014
Animorphs: Why the Series Rocked and Why You Should Still Care
Sam Riedel
August 20, 2014
The Welcome Return of the Impatient and Cantankerous Doctor Who
David Cranmer
August 19, 2014
The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: Introductory Post
Leigh Butler
August 19, 2014
Whatever Happened to the Boy Wonder? Bring Robin Back to the Big Screen
Emily Asher-Perrin
August 15, 2014
“Perhaps It Was Only an Echo”: The Giver
Natalie Zutter
Thu
Aug 28 2014 12:10pm

Where Is Katniss in the Latest Mockingjay Rebel Posters?

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The latest batch of posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 have the rebels of District 13 looking more like members of the Expendables movies than a propaganda camera crew. Which is to say, super badass, though we would’ve liked to see some camera equipment along with the rifles and crossbows.

But the most interesting thing to note about the Mockingjay posters so far is that none of them have featured Katniss Everdeen. Sure, she’s in the trailer, but the first round of teasers starred Peeta and Johanna; and the recent print ads focused on the leaders of District 13, like President Coin and Gale. Our Mockingjay is nowhere to be seen, and we think they planned it that way.

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Wed
Aug 27 2014 10:00am

Mary Poppins is a Wizard Who Literally Sings Her Spells

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Some might say science fiction or fantasy is inaccessible because the settings are unrealistic or the characters exhibit extraordinary or magical abilities. And yet, alternate realities in which people, creatures, and sometimes inanimate objects break into song are totally mainstream. Musicals like West Side Story or The Sound of Music might not qualify as fantasy just for existing in these singing-heavy dimensions, but what about when there’s overt magic involved too?

The film version of Mary Poppins is lousy with magical singing, by which I mean singing that is actually magic-inducing. She’s casting spells in a bizarro dimension using only the power of her perfectly on-key voice. No, really.

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Mon
Aug 25 2014 11:50am

Guardians of the Galaxy Dances Back to the Top of the Box Office!

Today in Guardians of the Galaxy news: the Dancing Groot Toy is one step closer to being real! Unfortunately, the adorable little guy above doesn’t actually, um, dance? But! It’s a bobble-head, so if you put it next to a window on a breezy day, or a moderately powerful fan, it’ll be a good approximation.

The other news: GotG has regained the Number One spot at the box office! After two weeks of childhood-destroying horror Turtle Power, the Guardians jumped back up to the top, at the same time securing their status as the highest-grossing film of the summer. This puts them at number three for the year so far, behind Captain America: Winter Soldier and The LEGO Movie, which gives us hope for the human race, because something has to. When was the last time a film fell from the top spot, only to work its way back up? Is the Power of Friendship involved somehow, or just the Power of Li’l Groot?

Fri
Aug 22 2014 1:30pm

Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith’s Daughters to Fight Evil with Yoga and Apathy in New Movie

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Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are bringing their daughters to work... or is it that they’re providing support for their offspring in their burgeoning film careers? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith’s new movie Yoga Hosers will star his and Depp’s daughters as yoga-obsessed Canadian convenience store clerks, who have to harness their flexibility and inner light to battle ancient evils.

[The light in me is gonna dumpster the light in you’s face]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 12:45pm

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Confirms That Sandman Movie Is Still Happening: “We’re Working on a Script”

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been pretty quiet on the Sandman front since he announced in December 2013 that he’d be working on an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s iconic series. But thanks to some recent prodding from Moviefone, JGL relented and threw us a few scraps. Mostly about the help and insight he’s gotten from Robert Rodriguez and the guys behind Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

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Tue
Aug 19 2014 2:11pm

Take One Guess as to Who Benedict Cumberbatch Is Playing in The Jungle Book

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Everything in Benedict Cumberbatch’s career has led up to this. The carefully honed boredness of Sherlock Holmes. The extreme motion-capture faces and silky purr of Smaug. His Star Trek: Into Darkness character who shares the same name as the Jungle Book villain he’s been wonderfully, perfectly cast as.

Shere Khan, of course! We’re shocked it took this long for Andy Serkis (in his directorial debut) and the producers to land on Cumberbatch for the role. Because just look at that face—they wouldn’t even have to animate him any different, he already looks the part. (But if they wanted to do motion-capture—and considering it’s Serkis’ movie—we wouldn’t argue.)

This is not to be confused with Disney’s adaptation of The Jungle Book that’s in the works, starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba as Khan. Wait, who are we kidding? This is totally to be confused.

[via The Mary Sue]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 12:00pm

Whatever Happened to the Boy Wonder? Bring Robin Back to the Big Screen

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In 2008, when fans were eager for the final installment of Chris Nolan’s bat trilogy, there was an alleged quote from star Christian Bale, claiming that he would refuse to go to work if Robin showed up in the next film. Of course, he sort of did in the form of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but that hardly counts when he’s an adult and spends practically all of his time on screen not being Robin.

[But why the shyness where the Boy Wonder is concerned?]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 2:00pm

Something in Red: Scarlett Johansson’s SciFi Appeal

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While we’re waiting to see whether or not Marvel will finally give Black Widow her own stand alone film, we can take this moment to look at the place Scarlett Johansson plays in the current universe of cinematic science fiction.

It’s interesting to recall that just a few years ago, Johansson was known primarily as an indie darling. After cutting her teeth as a child star in the 90s (most notably in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer), she transitioned into more adult roles in 2001 with the one-two punch of Ghost World and The Man Who Wasn’t There. Though those two films were miles apart in subject matter, they had some tonal similarities—focusing on the existential ennui of a harried protagonist—Ghost World’s caustic high schooler Enid (Thora Birch) and Man’s laconic barber Ed (Billy Bob Thornton). Playing a supporting role in both films, Johansson’s character is inaccessible—a vision that the protagonist can’t reach. In Ghost World, she’s the childhood friend who grows up and away, lost to young adulthood. In The Man Who Wasn’t There, she’s the underage object of an older man’s shy desire, a would-be Lolita for a near-mute Humbert Humbert.

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Fri
Aug 15 2014 1:05pm

“Perhaps It Was Only an Echo”: The Giver

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I liked the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, but I didn’t love it. (Precision of language!) I was curious to see the depictions of the utopian Community, built on the safe and conflict-free notion of “sameness.” Jeff Bridges embodied the character of the Giver in a way familiar and comforting to those who grew up reading the book. Watching Jonas discover colors for the first time is a strangely emotional experience. But ultimately, the movie did not stir in me the same depth of feeling as reading that classic for the first time.

Now, let’s drop the Community syntax and actually talk about what did and didn’t work in this adaptation of the young adult classic.

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Thu
Aug 14 2014 11:15am

Sophie Turner and Elle Fanning to Play Mary Shelley in Competing Biopics of the Frankenstein Author

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How do you want your teenaged Mary Shelley? Is she blonde, swooningly and forbiddingly in love with the “dangerously charismatic poet” (The Hollywood Reporter’s words) Percy Shelley? Or is she redheaded, married, and grappling with an alter ego offering her fame, in the form of her novel Frankenstein, but at a devastating cost?

You don’t have to choose, because in typical Hollywood fashion, where there’s one Mary Shelley biopic, there’s two Mary Shelley biopics.

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Wed
Aug 13 2014 10:30am

Guardians of the Galaxy, We Need to Talk

Let me make a few things clear before we get into the grumpy bits. I enjoyed the hell out of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Not only I was part of that 44% female audience for opening weekend, but I also plan to see it again. It was the first MCU movie I’ve seen opening day or weekend, and only the second one I’ve seen in a theater (the first was Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The soundtrack has been on repeat on my iPod for nearly two weeks, and half my Tumblr is dedicated to Rocket and Groot being adorbs and Sister Assassins being awesome. I’d pay cold, hard cash for a dancing baby Groot toy, and Groot fanart is my desktop wallpaper. I would give just about anything to have a TV prequel of teenage Gamora and Nebula kicking ass. I will even cover the “Rocket Raccoon,” “Legendary Star-Lord,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” comics in an upcoming Pull List. TL;DR: I love the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Well, I love about 85% of it, and have serious reservations about a few key issues.

Spoilers abound...

[“I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.”]

Tue
Aug 12 2014 12:08pm

Jason Momoa Will Indeed Play Aquaman in Batman v Superman

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It's been rumored forever, but now it has been confirmed by Variety! Jason Momoa will be everyone's favorite Atlantean, coming up in the very next DC film...

The fact that he's showing up in Batman v Superman makes us very curious as to how the other members of the Justice League are making their cameos in the narrative, but only time will tell!

Mon
Aug 11 2014 1:15pm

There is No Joy Left For You Here. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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When I was 11 I got into a fight with a kid down the street over accusations that I broke one of his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys. I don’t remember if I did. I might have? The only thing I can legitimately recall is that we combined our toys, and that I was jealous that he had an April O’Neil and the turtle van, of which I had neither. His name was also Chris. We never hung out after that. He had a last name that included a biblical part of the body and middle school was going to do him no favors in that regard so he was probably already choosing his friends carefully.

[This is what it’s like to accept ninja turtles into your life]

Thu
Aug 7 2014 4:22pm

New Batman v Superman Rumors Hint at When Exactly the Dawn of Justice Actually Begins

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Have that grain of salt ready? Because it’s time for an unconfirmed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumor! Badass Digest is purporting to have some intel on the movie’s plot, especially its timeline as compared to the Batman mythos as we usually know it, Man of Steel, and Wonder Woman’s own history.

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Tue
Aug 5 2014 10:40am

Check out the Trailer for Jamie Marks is Dead, Based on a Christopher Barzak Novel

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Christopher Barzak’s Crawford Award-winning novel One for Sorrow is coming to the big screen! The film adaptation, Jamie Marks is Dead, is directed by The Ruins’ Carter Smith, and looks like a moody, properly creepy ghost story. It features Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan as a young man trying to learn the truth about a school outcast’s murder. Liv Tyler and Judy Greer are also on hand to look appropriately grief-stricken. Jamie Marks is Dead will be released on August 29th—see the full trailer below!

[Get ready for vengeful teenage ghosts!]

Mon
Aug 4 2014 3:41pm

Sony Has Its Own Female Superhero Movie in the Works—Could It Be Black Cat or Spider-Woman?

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While we’re awaiting Wonder Woman’s part in Batman v Superman and the rumors of a Black Widow movie keep coming and going, Sony has beaten DC and Marvel to the punch, by announcing a female-led superhero movie for 2017.

Thing is, we don’t actually know who it’s about yet. So, while Sony has effectively called dibs, the actual follow-up is still a ways off.

[Our best guesses]

Mon
Aug 4 2014 10:00am

Please Love This Thing You’ve Never Heard Of: The History of Sci-Fi Hype

Even at seventeen years-old, I thought it was weird how many people were doing the camp-out thing for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace while sitting in an inflatable Darth Maul chair they bought at Target. Sure, Maul looked cool in the movie trailer, but I didn’t know he was cool yet. (And to be fair, that particular cool jury is still out.) This weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy opened, and depending on what feelings you’re hooked on, it’s been stamped a certified genre classic. But it was also specifically and meticulously pruned to get us all excited, well before it opened. And in the history of sci-fi and fantasy movies, why do we so often believe the hype?

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 1:40pm

Be Careful What You Wish For in the First Into the Woods Teaser Trailer

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Into the Woods has caused considerable furor long before its Christmas Day release, with rumors that Disney had cut the musical’s sexiest song for the movie adaptation. (Don’t worry, they didn’t.) Now, the first teaser trailer is out, allowing us our first chance to ponder the movie based on actual footage and not just set photos and hearsay.

[“I wish...”]

Thu
Jul 31 2014 11:40am

Hey, Anyone Live in Atlanta and Want to Play Hank Pym in Ant-Man?

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Don’t worry, Ant-Man hasn’t lost another cast member. But if you’re a 5’ 10" (“not an inch shorter or an inch taller”) man between the ages of 30 and 60 living in Atlanta, you could be Michael Douglas’ stand-in.

Answer this casting call and you’ll get to be scientist Hank Pym, who enlists the help of con man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to protect the secrets of his shrinking Ant-Man suit, but also to become the titular hero himself, by pulling off the world’s greatest heist.

Well, you’ll get to play Hank Pym before the cameras start rolling, at least.

Poster: Marvel Studios

Wed
Jul 30 2014 4:04pm

McConaughey Looks to the Stars in the New Interstellar Trailer!

Love can transcend time, and Matthew McConaughey's glorious, gravelly voice can transcend a million crappy rom-coms. Are you tired of looking down into the dirt? Gaze up into the stars and ponder your place in the universe with the new Interstellar trailer!

[Do not go gentle into this good trailer.]