This Chance Planet October 22, 2014 This Chance Planet Elizabeth Bear We are alone, except for the dog. Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza October 15, 2014 Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Carrie Vaughn A Wild Cards story. The Girl in the High Tower October 14, 2014 The Girl in the High Tower Gennifer Albin A Crewel story. Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch October 8, 2014 Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch Kelly Barnhill An unconventional romance.
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October 23, 2014
Devil in a Blue Dress: Horns by Joe Hill
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October 21, 2014
Happily Remixed and Mashed-Up Ever After: Modern Fairy Tales!
Leah Schnelbach
October 20, 2014
Snow White: The Blankest Slate of Them All
Natalie Zutter and Emily Asher-Perrin
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The Bloody Books of Halloween: The October Country by Ray Bradbury
Will Errickson
Fri
Oct 24 2014 3:45pm

Warner Bros Wants a Female Director for Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman movie female director

Last week, Warner Bros laid down the gauntlet by announcing their standalone Wonder Woman movie (in addition to the rest of their DC programming slate), and now they’re upping the ante. A recent article from The Hollywood Reporter said that “Warners also is opting for strong directors, tapping David Ayer (Fury) for Suicide Squad and seeking a female helmer for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.”

Makes a lot of sense, now doesn’t it. But who will they choose? The Internet has been buzzing with names like Michelle MacLaren, who directed several Game of Thrones episodes including “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”; The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow; and Lexi Alexander, the sole female director of a superhero movie for Punisher War Zone. Ideally, WB will be well-served to find a director who can handle action and violence, while still bringing pathos (and hopefully some humor) to Diana for her standalone film.

Wonder Woman comes to theaters in 2017.

Comic: Hark! A Vagrant

Tue
Oct 21 2014 11:00am

Everyone is Trying to Prove They’re Relevant: Birdman

Birdman movie, Michael Keaton, Riggan

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, as it says) was an experience. One that I will try to parse out below. But frankly, though I can go on about the true merits of the film, I expect my take to be wildly different from anyone else’s—it is a piece of art designed to speak to many people, in many walks of life, and much of what it has to say is dependent entirely on who is watching.

Minor spoilers for the film below.

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Thu
Oct 16 2014 11:24am

They’re Sending Thor to Kill the White Whale!

Chris Hemsworth In the Heart of the Sea Moby Dick

When Chris Hemsworth isn’t daring the other Avengers to try and lift his hammer, he’s racing fast cars and shouting into the stormy waves at the white whale. To be clear, he’s not playing Captain Ahab in his new movie In the Heart of the Sea, but we are talking about the white whale.

[Watch the first trailer]

Thu
Oct 16 2014 11:35am

Concept Sketches for Star Wars: Episode VII Possibly Leaked

Star Wars Episode VII concept art leak

A large number of concept sketches for Star Wars: Episode VII have been found online on an ImageShack account called “themillenniumfalcon,” and if the concept art is real, it gives us many, many tantalizing details about what’s to come in the next Star Wars film.

The veracity of the concept art has yet to be confirmed (it seems weird that Disney would not have yanked this already, for one) but the details in them are very specific, so we’re treating them as if they are. Here is where the images can be found. Click at your own risk!

Note: Feel free to discuss the contents in the comments below. Potential spoilers in the comments.

Tue
Oct 14 2014 10:00am

Vampire Powers, On! Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold review

If Universal is building a new Marvel-style multi-film-universe for monsters, then it’s a little bit of a bummer that there’s no unifying Nick Fury character waltzing out from the shadows, slow-clapping, to commend the latest Dracula on the excellent use of his vampire powers. I waited and hoped for such a post-credits sequence in Dracula Untold, but it never came.

This doesn’t mean the movie was bad, because if turning Dracula into a superhero is something that sounds cool to you, then this movie totally nails it.

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Sat
Oct 11 2014 6:50pm

Birdman Lands at NYCC!

Birdman movie

Birdman was at New York Comic Con to give a sneak peek of the film—which comes out on October 17th. And if you haven’t been convinced that you need to see this film... you really do need to. Especially if you’re enjoying the current deluge of superhero films.

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Fri
Oct 10 2014 1:40pm

Danny Strong, Frank Barbiere, and Ales Kot on Writing for Big Studios and Comics vs. Independents

New York Super Week Nerdist Writers Panel Danny Strong Frank Barbiere Ales Kot

At first glance, the three panelists on New York Super Week’s special edition of the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast seem to exist in very separate worlds. Actor-turned-screenwriter Danny Strong, who got his start with the HBO political movies Recount and Game Change, is now adapting the third Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, for the big screen. Frank Barbiere’s Image Comics series Five Ghosts is the weirdest mash-up of historical and fictional figures. And Ales Kot has been all over Marvel’s recent comic series, including Secret Avengers and Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier (out now).

But while talking at Housing Works Bookstore about learning to write for specific mediums and the failures that got them where they are now, the three were able to share anecdotes about the difference between writing for a large movie studio or comics publisher, as opposed to more independent projects.

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 4:45pm

Baymax Embraces His Heroic Destiny in Big Hero 6 NYCC Footage

Big Hero 6 trailer NYCC

Every time we watch Big Hero 6 trailers, we become even more convinced that Baymax is going to somehow break our hearts. Just look at him, donning the carbon-fiber armor to fight off nanobots controlled by a villain in a Kabuki mask!

In this new “sizzle reel” that Walt Disney premiered at New York Comic-Con, not only are we tortured with Baymax cuteness, but we also get to see Hiro assemble the rest of his superhero team, each with their own rad gadgets.

[Watch the trailer]

Thu
Oct 9 2014 4:35pm

Tomorrowland at Comic-Con — With George Clooney and Hugh Laurie!

Tomorrowland

The first proper teaser for Disney’s mysterious Tomorrowland project is here! Brad Bird and Damon Lindeloff were on hand to answer (very few) questions, but they brought us the first teasers. And then they did us all a favor and brought us George Clooney, who has never been been to a con before.

Spoilers below for some minor details and a clip!

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 3:18pm

The Tomorrowland Trailer is Here to Make Us Feel Things!

We finally have a Tomorrowland trailer! And man does it ever make us have all the emotions in only 2 minutes. Click through to watch!

[Full teaser trailer below!]

Fri
Oct 3 2014 4:13pm

Someone is Trying to Make an Actual Tetris Action Movie

Tetris movie sci-fi epic

What started out as a hilarious-because-it-should-never-happen joke is coming true: Tetris is being made into a movie. Yes, the Russian video game, and yes, a feature film.

Your first thought might be that this could turn into some sort of War Games remake centered around the deceptively easy blocks game, but that’s too subtle for this group. No, it’s going to be a “very big, epic sci-fi movie.” We should already start bracing ourselves for another Transformers or Battleship.

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Fri
Oct 3 2014 11:40am

Stephen King on the Dark Tower Movie: “It Took Me 35 Years to Write The Dark Tower. I Can Wait.”

Stephen King The Dark Tower movie update

Contrary to popular belief that Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is too unwieldy to adapt, King wants you to know that the combination movies/TV series will happen. Someday—because, no surprise, it’s going to be a hell of an undertaking. And he’s totally fine with waiting.

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Fri
Oct 3 2014 11:00am

Us and Them: The Thing From Another World

Thing From Another World

“I’ve tried to tell you before, scientists have always been pawns of the military.”

I can’t speak to the relationship between scientists and military personnel in Starfleet, but David’s warning to his mother, Dr. Marcus, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan neatly underlines the antagonism between the eggheads and the meatheads in so much of science fiction. The scientists see the military as a bunch of trigger-happy morons, while the soldiers see the scientists as a bunch of troublemaking nerds who do more harm than good.

You can probably trace the intensity of this mutual distrust back to the dawn of the atomic age, when the militarization of science produced the means to kill everyone on earth. The animosity is certainly on full display in one of the key science fiction films of that era, 1951’s The Thing From Another World. In the film, scientists and Air Force officers stationed at the North Pole discover a wrecked UFO. They uncover a body encased in ice near the wreckage and transport it back to their base just before a storm blows in and cuts them off from the outside world. Then, of course, the thing in the ice thaws out.

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Wed
Oct 1 2014 12:55pm

The First Full Trailer For Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is Here

The first full-length trailer for Exodus has been released and while it hits all the expected notes of a blockbuster, it still seems like it’s treating the time period and the geographical area it conveys as a British fable.

[Click through for the trailer]

Tue
Sep 30 2014 4:30pm

Laika’s The Boxtrolls Will Knock Your Box Off

The Boxtrolls

The latest film from the brilliant minds and hands at animation studio Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman), The Boxtrolls comes to the big screen laden with quite a set of expectations. With Pixar now apparently passé (what, no one liked Cars 2?), animation fans seem to have pinned their collective hopes and dreams on Portland-based Laika as the shiny new face of original storytelling in animated features. Frankly, that’s a lot of weight for one little film to bear, and in the face of mixed early reviews, I’ll admit that I braced myself for crushing disappointment as I walked into the theater this weekend.

Well good news, boys and girls, your hopes and dreams are safe with Laika for one day more: The Boxtrolls is charming, inventive, and beautifully realized in gorgeous stop-motion animation.

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Fri
Sep 26 2014 3:07pm

The New Jupiter Ascending Trailer Outlines Its Epic Story

Jupiter Ascending new trailer

The first few trailers for the Wachowski siblings’ new sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending showed us a lot of CGI without really communicating the plot. Sure, we knew that elf-eared Channing Tatum rescues secret intergalactic princess Mila Kunis from everyone who’s trying to kill her... But that’s about as much as we could glean.

Now, the latest trailer delves more into how Earth was “seeded” 100,000 years ago, the Dune-like politics of succession, and how Jupiter, despite her propensity for hurtling helplessly off tall buildings, is actually the reincarnation of the Queen of the Universe.

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Fri
Sep 19 2014 12:48pm

The Deadpool Movie Is Finally Happening and Has a Release Date

Deadpool movie release date

Remember that time we glimpsed the Deadpool test footage and it was everything we wanted from a Deadpool movie? The Internet’s overwhelmingly positive reaction has translated to action: Variety reports that Fox and Marvel have slotted a Deadpool movie for February 12, 2016!

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Fri
Sep 19 2014 10:00am

Terry Gilliam Grabs Life by the Lapels and Demands Answers in The Zero Theorem

Terry Gillaim Cristoph Waltz Zero Theorum review

The Zero Theorem is the first screenplay from UCF writing professor Pat Rushin. It was in the running for Project Greenlight, and spent a decade shuffling around a production company and being rewritten, and each of the main roles has been cast multiple times—all of which removes it a bit from the more personal, auteurist Gilliam ventures. Having said all that, this is still a Terry Gilliam film, and we should all cherish it as we would a starving, bedraggled unicorn that stumbled up onto our porch one morning, looking for ambrosia.

If you like Gilliam even a little bit you should run out to see this movie if it’s playing anywhere near you—there are astonishing visuals, actors gleefully doing things they’d never get to do with any other director, giant thinky-thoughts, and lots of conversations about the meaning of life, or lack thereof, or irrelevance of the question. If you want more details click through, and if you wants some spoilery discussion of the meaning of the film—or lack thereof, or irrelevance of the question—there will be that below a spoiler line.

[And anyway, shouldn’t it be The Zero Conjecture?]

Thu
Sep 18 2014 3:10pm

Matt Smith Will Fend Off the Undead in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Matt Smith Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been in development hell since 2009, before Matt Smith became the Doctor. But now that he's ended his run, he's all freed up to fight unmentionables and try to win Lizzie Bennet's hand!

Twist: He's not playing Mr. Darcy.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 10:00am

How Goldfinger Bound Sci-Fi to James Bond

Goldfinger James Bond

When Q (Desmond Llewelyn) tells James Bond (Sean Connery) about his new car being equipped with an ejector seat, Bond is incredulous. “Ejector sh-eat! You’re joking!” Q isn’t, and 1964’s Goldfinger wasn’t messing around either. The first Bond blockbuster, released 50 years ago this week, was when the whole 007 jamboree permanently became a series of pseudo sci-fi flicks.

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