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Mistborn Fans Will Get TWO New Novels Next Year!
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December 15, 2014
Steven Erikson: On Completing Malazan
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December 12, 2014
When My Wife Put Her Face in a Fireball for Epic Fantasy
Brian Staveley
Fri
Nov 28 2014 10:00am

Cinema’s Best and Worst Dinosaurs

Cinema's Best and Worst Dinosaurs Land Before Time

For as long as there have been movies, dinosaurs have been roaring and stomping across the screen. Gertie the dinosaur was one of the first popular animated characters, and stop-motion pioneer Willis O’Brien had an unabashed love for prehistoric life that he brought to life in silent shorts as well as classics like 1925’s The Lost World and the original King Kong. Jurassic Park later picked up the spirit of these early forays, presenting audiences with what are still some of the most spectacular movie dinosaurs ever. Since the 1993 blockbuster is briefly back in theaters starting today, it’s fitting to look back at a short list of cinema’s best and worst Mesozoic monsters.

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Wed
Nov 26 2014 10:00am

7 Things I Want to See Happen in Jurassic World

Jurassic World Chris Pratt

I was going to give Jurassic World a pass. I really was. But, you know, it’s one thing to imagine being able to deny the glory of a dinosaur and another to actually watch dinosaurs galloping across fields in that trailer. Suddenly I’m screaming “I want that!” and apologizing to all of my co-workers. (Again.) Dinosaurs are just cool and I can’t explain why and now suddenly here they are again. I want to go to Jurassic World, the park. I want to watch the big snappysaurus eat a shark while I marnch on a $14 raptor-shaped rice krispie treat. (IRONY.) I want to have an apatosaurus look at me dismissively for a moment before going back to slurping in the river. I want to yell “You shouldn’t be!” at a stegosaurus.

I’ll get what I want, probably. Judging from the trailer, Jurassic World the movie looks pretty capable of showing me the small and large wonders of Jurassic World, the park. But here’s what I want to see in Jurassic World, the movie. (Or as we laymen like to call it, Jurassic World: The Park: The Movie.)

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Tue
Nov 25 2014 10:25am

Michelle MacLaren Confirmed to Direct Wonder Woman

Michelle MacLaren confirmed female director Wonder Woman

As rumored, Warner Bros has signed on a female director to helm its 2017 Wonder Woman film, starring Gal Gadot. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Michelle MacLaren—nominated by many outlets for her work on Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad—has signed on to direct the studio’s first standalone female superhero movie.

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Mon
Nov 24 2014 5:39pm

Oscar Isaac Will Be Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

Oscar Isaac cast X-Men: Apocalypse

We may not yet know who Oscar Isaac is playing in Star Wars Episode VII, but we do know that he’ll play a major role in another big release! Variety reports that Isaac has signed on to play Apocalypse in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which won’t be out until May 18, 2016.

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Mon
Nov 24 2014 2:00pm

Dear, Star Trek — Please Pay Attention to Doctor McCoy Now

McCoy, Spokc, Star Trek, Wrath of Khan

With the third Star Trek reboot film on the way, fans have their fingers crossed hard. Everyone has been pushing for a film that does what Star Trek has always said on the tin—explore the final frontier. And fans have been promised exploration is part of the bargain. But you know what I’ve been holding out for?

More Doctor McCoy. Because if McCoy is important to the film, then all those other problems kind of solve themselves automatically.

[Just once I’d like to land someplace and say “Behold, I am the archangel Gabriel!”]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 12:00pm

Fire is Catching: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part I

Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Jennifer Lawrence

While the choice to split Mockingjay, the final Hunger Games book, into two movies was clearly a move to make more money (ala Harry Potter and The Hobbit), the real question was always going to be whether or not Mockingjay had enough material to create two films. Interestingly, the filmmakers seem to have pulled it off with very little effort—simply by focusing on the fire that stokes a rebellion.

[And if we burn, you burn with us.]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 9:00am

Are Slowed-Down Songs in Movie Trailers Getting Played-Out?

No strings on me

There’s much to love about the last few trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but is the use of “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio really all that great? Slowed down-familiar songs being used “eerily” in movie trailers are becoming an epidemic, threatening to replace the oppressive single-note BRAAAM noise-fad which found its inception in the trailers for, well, Inception in 2010. And while those brassy-slams were bad, are these slowed-down creepy songs any better?

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Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:45am

Watch the First Trailer for Disney’s Live-Action Cinderella

Cinderella trailer live-action Disney Kenneth Branagh Cate Blanchett Helena Bonham Carter

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, being backed by Disney, looks to be a pretty faithful remake of the animated classic. (No songs from the Brandy/Whitney Houston musical, or the complete reimagining of Ever After.) Downton Abbey's Lily James is poor Ella, forced to serve her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett, who looks like she will be delightfully mean) and awful stepsisters. Until, that is, Ella's fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) reveals herself and whips up a pumpkin carriage, blue dress, and glass slippers for Ella to enjoy the ball.

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Tue
Nov 18 2014 5:00pm

Jurassic World Launches Viral Website With New Images and Plot Hints

Jurassic World viral website photos skeleton

Last we heard of Jurassic World, a “leaked” brochure hinted at which dinosaurs we’ll see in the new film. Now, Universal Pictures has upped its viral marketing game by launching a website for Masrani Global, the company responsible for bringing to life John Hammond’s dreams of a dinosaur theme park.

[Welcome to the new Isla Nublar!]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 12:00pm

Contemplate Your Place in the Universe with Hard Sci-Fi Film Classics!

While thoughtful, far-future science fiction like Star Trek and time travel romps like Back to the Future a great fun, sometimes we just want to sit down with a brain-twisting piece of hard sci-fi and meditate on humanity’s place in the universe. Since we here at Tor.com are still trying to bat Interstellar opinions back and forth, we thought we’d highlight a few of our other favorite hard SF classics. Bring your space faces close to ours, and we’ll stare into the abyss together!

[It’ll be...fun?]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 11:18am

Universal’s Monsterverse Movies Will Be Action-Adventure, Not Horror

Universal Monsters movies not horror action adventure The Mummy Dracula Frankenstein

In news that shouldn't come as a surprise, Universal Pictures’ Avengers-style Monsterverse will not pull from the original films’ horror roots. Instead, the studio is reimagining Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein, and other monsters as action-adventure movies.

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Mon
Nov 17 2014 9:00am

In Defense of Indiana Jones, Archaeologist

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones isn’t that bad of an archaeologist.

I mean, okay, the low relative quality of his archaeological expeditions is so notorious it’s become a bit of a truism. There’s a great McSweeney’s list of the reasons Herr Doktor Jones was denied tenure. Even as I make this argument, I can hear friends of mine who spent their summers on digs cringe inside, across the continent. (Hi, Celia!) But hear me out. This won’t take long.

(Looks at rest of essay)

Um. Maybe it will. Keep reading anyway.

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Fri
Nov 14 2014 1:30pm

Oldboy’s Park Chan-wook to Direct Sci-Fi Body-Swapping Thriller Second Born

Park Chan-wook sci-fi body-swapping Second Born

South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, best known for grim, brutal, darkly funny films like Oldboy, Thirst, and Stoker, has signed on for a new sci-fi project. Variety reports that he will be directing and developing Second Born, a futuristic thriller in which humans can download their consciousness onto neural microchip implants.

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Fri
Nov 14 2014 12:00pm

Extending The Desolation of Smaug: More Is More

The Desolation of Smaug extended

The final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy—controversial among even Tolkien fans by being a film trilogy at all—is nearly upon us! But although The Battle of the Five Armies is about to begin, the Extended Edition of The Desolation of Smaug has only just arrived.

The theatrical cuts of Jackson’s films are as CliffsNotes to me, where the Extended Editions are the unabridged forms. Marketers tout these editions as “extended,” but you’ll notice these are not called “deleted scenes.” And for good reason. In most cases the Rings and Hobbit “extended” scenes are actually integral to the plot but don’t necessarily provide vital information to the broader movie-going populace. And I get that; many complain that the movies are long enough already, or that they should have been crammed into fewer films. For those of us more invested in Middle-earth—in Jackson’s Middle-earth, to be clear—they’re like comfort food. Tastier and more satisfying.

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Wed
Nov 12 2014 2:15pm

New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Has Such Creepy Singing in It...

There's a new extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron that's really just an excuse for James Spader to dazzle us some more with his terrifying voice.

[Check it out]

Tue
Nov 11 2014 1:05pm

Sony Rumored to Be Prepping Aunt May Spider-Man Spin-Off Movie

Aunt May movie

Latino Review is reporting that Sony, the caretakers of the Spider-Man movie franchise universe, are putting together an Aunt May spin-off movie to go along with their forthcoming Venoms and Sinister Sixes and Carnages and things.

And you know what? Why the hell not?

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Mon
Nov 10 2014 2:00pm

Who Could Star in a Modern Being John Malkovich Remake?

Being John Malkovich modern remake who could star Benedict Cumberbatch Tilda Swinton

Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich is the kind of movie that’s somehow both timeless and grounded in the period in which it was made. When it comes to the focus of the movie, it’s so late-’90s/early-’00s: the absurd, existentialist angst of a puppeteer who works on a half-floor at his dead-end job, only to discover a portal into a well-known actor’s mind, and then fulfills his dreams of total control. Not to mention the lighting, costumes, and complete lack of Internet. And yet, the notion of inhabiting a celebrity’s body has grown even more alluring with the explosion of social media—the kind of prescience for which Splitsider praises the movie.

Charlie Kaufmann wrote the screenplay for Malkovich specifically. Even when he was offered the chance—including by Malkovich himself—to fund the movie with a different lead, he stuck tight to this idea. Interestingly, he couldn’t even really explain why at the time:

It’s hard to explain, but I thought it was funny, but not jokey. Because [John Malkovich] is a serious actor, he is a great actor, but there is something odd about him and there is something behind his eyes that you can’t see. And I thought that was a good person for this.

Splitsider interprets this as Malkovich being so vague that the movie’s characters don’t even actually care about details of his life. They just care that he’s someone else.

If you were to remake Being John Malkovich today with another celebrity’s name in the title, you wouldn’t be able to rely on that same vagueness. We now have access to all the disgusting trivialities of a star’s life so that there’s little to no mystery... and we still want in. That existentialist drive still exists, and it’s gotten even more meta.

[Is there a modern-day actor who can keep up with this kind of role?]

Mon
Nov 10 2014 12:30pm

Stephen Hawking Biopic The Theory of Everything Is a Guiltless Pleasure

The Theory of Everything movie

If this year’s Oscar-bait films are any indication, the thing to do next year will be to play a black hole. For now, the big movies are content with talking about black holes a lot—McConaughey and company in the epic Interstellar—or more conventionally down-to-Earth; Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in the Stephen Hawking/Jane Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

If you’re a science fiction fan or science enthusiast, you might assume (like I did) that The Theory of Everything is a saccharine, manipulative tear-jerker of the Lifetime original movie ilk, and you’re probably not wrong. Which is exactly why you should see it.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014 10:00am

To Explore is to Take Care of Us All: Interstellar

Interstellar

Once Interstellar came to an end and the lot of us walked back out into the light of the world, I wondered: what was the rest of the audience thinking at that moment? My own head was ringing with mono-syllabic exclamations stretching to infinity. I was happy. I was bursting. I was still there in the world of the film.

But I am an easy catch for this film. I adore astronomy and identify heavily with those who seek to bridge the chasm of awareness between the forces of the heavens and our day to day lives. Interstellar is a reinforcement of those desires, a widening of the bridge, but I would argue that I am in the minority in that regard. For most of the audience, Interstellar will be the first inkling they have that understanding space and overcoming the obstacles of travel within it is vital to our well-being here on Earth.

Was this the case? What were they thinking right now?

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Fri
Nov 7 2014 12:13pm

Artist Hilariously Illustrates Movie Titles with One Letter Removed

illustrated movie titles one letter removed Lord of the Rigs

A recent Reddit thread asked users to pick a movie title, remove one letter, and write a brief description of the new movie. Redditor and artist Austin Light took the challenge a step further by illustrating these one-letter-removed titles and including synopses. For instance, Lord of the Rigs, about “one man’s unhealthy obsession with his truck.”

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