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April 22, 2015
Daredevil, Catholicism, and the Marvel Moral Universe
Leah Schnelbach
April 22, 2015
The Old Guy Action Comeback: I’m Getting Too Old for This Sh*t
Ryan Britt
April 20, 2015
The Net is the Meat: Bruce Holsinger’s Middle Ages
David Perry
April 17, 2015
Spring 2015 Anime Preview: The Hellish Life of a Pizza Delivery Boy
Kelly Quinn
April 16, 2015
The Disney Read-Watch: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Mari Ness
Thu
Apr 23 2015 3:00pm

Tiamat’s Terrain: Building Bridges with SFF

Pablo graphic novel

In Tiamat’s Terrain’s latest roundup I’ve scoured high and low for all forms of SFF and genre fiction coming out this spring. From small publishers to dedicated teams behind niche websites, from an uncommon short-story to the glitz of the Cannes Film Festival, this round up really underlines what I’ve been noticing these meager six months on the job: that there are people all around the globe working hard to build bridges and connect the world to this region’s fascination with SFF and graphic novels. The creators, the publishers, the event organizers, and the website administrators are (sometimes even unwittingly) all part of an amalgamation that I am just constantly amazed by.

So when you’re reading through today’s roundup, spare a thought for the people behind IslamSciFi, for the editors at Interlink who decided to publish a magic realist Arabian novel, for the people at Self Made Hero who insist on publishing best-selling European graphic novels in English, for the organizers in Dubai who manage the Middle East’s most anticipated ComicCon for the 4th year running. Tiamat’s Terrain tips its hat to them all.

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Wed
Apr 22 2015 10:00am

The Old Guy Action Comeback: I’m Getting Too Old for This Sh*t

Indiana Jones

We’re all pretty excited now that Harrison Ford has actually reappeared as Han Solo in the latest Star Wars trailer. But this is hardly the first time an old-guy action hero has gotten back in the saddle only to declare in one form or another that he’s “getting too old for this sh*t.” Harrison Ford himself has made an action-comeback several times already (Hollywood Homicide, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) and we all know that the Die Hard franchise has turned out to be even harder to kill than John McClane.

So, what’s the deal? Is there a bizarre cultural obsession with old guy comebacks?

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Mon
Apr 20 2015 3:43pm

Check Out the Second Trailer for The Little Prince!

The Little Prince

Variety shared the second international trailer for The Little Prince! The film, which is first animated feature to be adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella, was directed by Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborne, and stars Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro. The plot is a twist on the original story, focusing on a little girl who learns about The Little Prince and his magical world from her eccentric neighbor, The Aviator. The nested stories showcase some very different animation styles that are each pretty gorgeous.

Watch the full trailer below!

[We want sheeeep.]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 12:46pm

Final Jurassic World Trailer Highlights the Downside of Genetically Engineered Dinosaurs

Jurassic World trailer, Chris Pratt

Sure, there’s Chris Pratt’s raptor gang, and he brings plenty of snark (and the tight henleys) here, but the global Jurassic World trailer is more concerned with explaining exactly why we should be concerned about attending a dinosaur theme park.

[You bred genetically enhanced raptors?]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 10:53am

Ryan Gosling May Join the Blade Runner Sequel!

Ryan Gosling joins Blade Runner

The Blade Runner sequel seems to be on track! According to Variety, Ryan Gosling is negotiating to join the film, and according to People, this will make the film “even sexier.” Because, while thoughtful meditations on corporate soullessness and the relentless march of mortality are always super-hot, the addition of Ryan Gosling to a project adds at least 20% more sexiness. Harrison Ford, who is currently making us all weep tears of joy in the new Star Wars trailer, has already signed on to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. But since he's become America's irascible grandpa, he can no longer be relied upon to provide enough pure, uninhibited smolder to films that encourage us to stare into the void of our own existence. It was good of Gosling to answer the call.

[So...which sexy character will Ryan Gosling add even more sexiness to?]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 10:00am

The Disney Read-Watch: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Disney

By the early 1930s Walt Disney faced a dilemma: his popular cartoon shorts about Mickey Mouse were starting to lose money. His competitors could afford to produce cartoons at a loss as lead-ins to their live action films; Disney, who did not have a movie studio, could not.

But he had another idea: he could produce a full-length film of his own. Only, instead of making a live action film, he could produce a full-length cartoon feature, running, say, for about 88 minutes. Good length. Sure, it might cost as much as $500,000. (Cue gasps.) He would need 300 artists. It had never been done before.

It’s safe to say that very few people thought this was a good idea. And that $500,000 turned out to be a very wrong estimate. It’s also very safe to say that this idea is why we have the entertainment megacorporation of Disney as it exists today.

[The very first Disney princess, and the most heartwarming element of the film: a little tortoise.]

Wed
Apr 15 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Imma Let You Finish Your Raid, But...

Kanye West RPG character photo

When Kanye West showed up to a fashion show rocking quite the cloak, comedian Whitney Reynolds wondered if he were going for RGP chic. Already we could see the resemblance, but then Tumblr and Imgur took us all the way there by adding this loot he clearly picked up on his Kanye Quest. We can’t put it much better than the Imgurian who said: “Imma let you finish your raid, but Leeroy Jenkins was the best raider of all time.”

Afternoon Roundup would sit and listen to Kate Mulgrew talk being Janeway all day, but there are Little Shop of Horrors songs to listen to and “fade to white” movie sequences to watch!

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Thu
Apr 9 2015 4:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: Rewatching The Goblet of Fire Film

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It’s funny, because this movie has a… rocky relationship with Potter fandom. Some of the reasons why are warranted, others I’m not so sure on. But what’s odd to me on rewatching this time around is that the Goblet of Fire film was clearly trying to recreate Cuarón’s magic from PoA, and as a result has many of the same flaws; it has some beautiful added/altered moments and snappy dialogue, but the plot is a chopped up mess of a thing.

Of course, people are generally shouting over the color of Hermione’s dress too loudly to get that conversation in.

[Introducing Shouty Dumbledore!]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 12:00pm

Shakespeare Adaptations That Best Speak to Teens

Romeo + Juliet

Later in our Shakespeare on Tor.com essay series, Emily Asher-Perrin will tell you about a high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that was engineered to get teens excited about Shakespeare. It did not work. It also wasn’t the only scheme of its kind: There’s always some well-meaning drama teacher—or movie director—who wants to make Shakespeare speak to the youth of today. Whether that involves playing up the sex, drugs, and violence that characterize various works; dropping Shakespearean verse into a modern setting; or building something entirely new off the framework of a play—many have tried.

In the best of these adaptations, Shakespeare’s work serves as a jumping-off point for meditations on race, sexuality, and gender roles, with films that embrace diversity in more meaningful ways than just colorblind casting or genderswapping, and instead try to get to core truths about the human condition. (Often with outrageous musical numbers.)

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Fri
Mar 27 2015 4:00pm

The First Photo of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is Appropriately Racy

The great thing about 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Deadpool movie is that every bit of news and every update almost sounds like it’s come from the mouthy mercenary himself: The leaked test footage that reignited the interest in a standalone film; the snarky tweet that all-but-confirmed it; and now, the hilarious first image of Ryan Reynolds in costume as Deadpool.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 5:02pm

Steven Spielberg to Direct Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg Ready Player One movieAlthough a few months ago Christopher Nolan was rumored to be bringing Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One to the big screen, Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg has attached himself to the adaptation!

It’s very fitting, considering that Spielberg has a lot more ’80s experience, having helmed some of our favorite movies from that era: E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. (All of which are mentioned in the book!)

The man knows his stuff, which is what we’ll need to see in a production that must combine a bleak, dystopian future characterized by overpopulation and the virtual-reality OASIS, and the nostalgia of War Games, Joust, and other ’80s classics.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:30pm

Empowering, Tear-Forming Graphic Novel I Kill Giants Finally Coming to the Big Screen

I Kill Giants

I was on an overnight flight when I first read I Kill Giants, a young adult graphic novel written by Joe Kelly and drawn by J.M. Ken Niimura, and while a long flight can bring out high levels of emotion, you don’t expect one of those emotions to be a surprising relief at being made suddenly, overwhelmingly sad. I Kill Giants moves at one thousand miles an hour even as its heroine remains stuck at a perfect standstill. It deals with maturation, self-image, grief, fantasy, and imagination all wrapped up in a tremendous bundle that seems far too large for a child to deal with but is nevertheless realistic. It’s also intensely visual, and I’m happy to see that it’s finally being brought to the big screen by Christopher Colombus and Treehouse Pictures.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:49am

Martin Scorsese to Adapt Kenneth Branagh’s Take on Macbeth for the Big Screen

Macbeth movie Kenneth Branagh Martin Scorsese

What great timing! While we’re reading Shakespeare on Tor.com, yet another adaptation is in the works.

In early February, several outlets reported that Martin Scorsese was considering taking his first leap into Shakespearean lore, intrigued as he was by Kenneth Branagh’s 2013 production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival. Now, Branagh has confirmed that Scorsese will indeed direct the film adaptation.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 12:30pm

Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton to Star in The Girl with All the Gifts Movie

The Girl with All the Gifts movie She Who Brings GiftsM.R. Carey will adapt his 2014 novel The Girl with All the Gifts for film, The Hollywood Reporter announced today. Retitled as She Who Brings Gifts, the movie will star Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, and Paddy Considine, and will be directed by Colm McCarthy (Sherlock, Doctor Who).

These stars will likely play the three central adult roles in the film: We’re assuming Arterton is idealistic young teacher Miss Justineau, who must teach special children in the wake of a worldwide fungal infection; Considine will bring the muscle as Sergeant Ed Parks, terrified and disgusted by his charges; and Close must be Doctor Caroline Caldwell, who will sacrifice as many test subjects as she needs to in order to find a cure.

[But what about Melanie, the girl who will bring gifts?]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 3:00pm

The Stargate Rewatch: Stargate (1994)

Stargate Stargate
Written by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Original release date: October 28, 1994

Mission briefing. We open in the north African desert in 8000 B.C. A giant pyramid-shaped spaceship lands, scaring the crap out of the loincloth-dressed humans—except for one who approaches the ship.

Cut to a dig in the same region in 1928. The head of the dig, Dr. Langford, arrives with his daughter Catherine to make an amazing discovery: a giant ring. They find some kind of fossil under it.

Cut to the present day. Dr. Daniel Jackson is giving a lecture on the subject of the pyramids. He theorizes that the pyramids were built long before they were believed to have been erected. His theory is considered laughable, and everyone walks out on him after deriding his theory.

[So you think you’ve solved in fourteen days what they couldn’t solve in two years]

Thu
Mar 19 2015 3:00pm

Introducing the Stargate Seasonal Rewatch!

Stargate Rewatch

Back in 1994, a science fiction movie from the team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich called Stargate was released. Starring Kurt Russell, well settled into his post-Escape from New York action-hero phase, James Spader, a hip young actor who blew the world away in sex, lies, and videotape, and Jaye Davidson, fresh off his OMG, SPOILERS! turn in The Crying Game, the movie was something less than a howling success. Devlin and Emmerich reworked their planned sequel into a separate film (Independence Day), and were so unconcerned with this particular property that they sold the rights to do a TV show and didn’t even require that the series credit them or their movie as the basis of the series.

In 1997, Stargate SG-1 debuted on Showtime. Spinning out of the movie, it recast with a post-MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson as O’Neill and Canadian actor Michael Shanks as Jackson, and added Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, and Don S. Davis. The show lasted five seasons on Showtime, and then was picked up by SyFy (then called the Sci-Fi Channel), for which it was a huge hit, prompting two spinoffs, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe. When SG-1 ended after ten seasons, it prompted two direct-to-DVD movies.

Not bad for a spinoff of a failed movie, huh?

[Unscheduled offworld activation.]

Mon
Mar 16 2015 12:00pm

Courage and Kindness: A Familiar, Charming Look at Cinderella

Disney Cinderella movie review

In the current slew of reimagined traditional Disney tales, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is next in line. And you might be asking—what does this tale have to offer us anew?

The answer is: practically nothing. But it is an enchanting film nonetheless.

[You have more kindness in your little finger…]

Fri
Mar 13 2015 11:00am

Is Ladyhawke the Best Fairy Tale of Them All?

Ladyhawke: Phillipe and the Hawk

I spent last month rewatching a bunch of 1980s fantasy movies. (I know, I missed some, I’ll get there eventually.) Sometime around the middle of the month, I revisited Ladyhawke for the first time since high school, and found myself surprised at just how well it held up. True, some elements have not aged well—an opening song that recalls nothing so much as the MacGyver theme, for instance—but on the whole, it ended up being one of my favorites. And the more I think about it, the more I think Ladyhawke may be the most successful of all the fairy tale films.

[Yes, even better than The Princess Bride. Yes, those are fightin’ words.]

Thu
Mar 12 2015 3:39pm

Do You Wanna Make a Sequel? Frozen 2 Announced

Frozen 2 sequel Disney announced

Since Frozen’s release in 2013, Disney has prolonged its runaway hit through a Once Upon a Time season arc, the animated short Frozen Fever, and a forthcoming Broadway show. But no word on a sequel, until today: At its annual shareholders meeting, Disney officially confirmed Frozen 2.

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Thu
Mar 12 2015 2:37pm

Felicity Jones to Star in First Star Wars Spinoff Rogue One

Rogue One Rogue Squadron female pilot

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced the first Star Wars standalone film at their annual shareholders meeting. Rogue One will star The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones as—we’re assuming—the first prominent lady member of Rogue Squadron.

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