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From The Blog
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
Wed
Jul 30 2014 1:00pm

Concerning Hobbits, On-Screen and Off: Why Jackson and Tolkien Can Peacefully Co-exist

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There is nothing so powerful as one’s imagination. We’re readers, we know that. We get it. And yet, sometimes imagination can be offset or complemented by something else. This is, after all, the age of multimedia.

With greed-fueled war on the horizon, and with Smaug, Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities and arguably literature’s most famous dragon, once again on the rampage in the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, it’s time to talk about The Hobbits—their juxtaposed film and literary incarnations alike, and why together J.R.R. Tolkien’s and Peter Jackson’s respective legacies are like chocolate and peanut butter combined.

[Read on if you can handle a few spoilers and are not afraid of some fire-drake from the North.]

Wed
Jul 30 2014 12:45pm

Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern Series Could Be the Next Big Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Franchise

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Warner Bros. is clearly feeling the heat—and by that, we mean the fearsome fire of fictional dragons including Daenerys Targaryen’s brood on Game of Thrones, and WB’s own Smaug in The Hobbit. Dragons are having a moment, and studios are looking to capitalize on these winged reptiles for as long as possible.

To that end, Warner Bros. has optioned Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series as a potential next sci-fi/fantasy franchise.

[Read more]

Wed
Jul 30 2014 9:30am

Yes, Women Want to Be Thor—So Why is the New Avengers Line-up Cause For Ire?

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Oh, the fury. The rage of fans who rally against change, across the board. There are so many reasons for the anger, too. There’s the academic “I don’t like where my media is going, so this specific move is a harbinger of everything that’s wrong!” There’s the over-concerned “I just think they should be more creative when trying to open up properties to groups that have classically been overlooked.” There’s the brazen “Diversity is just pandering, and if that’s what my favorites stories have become, I’m out of here.”

[What’s wrong with Thor being a woman, again?]

Tue
Jul 29 2014 12:06pm

Witness the Alternate Reality Where We Got Deadpool Instead of Green Lantern

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Ever since Deadpool had a bit part in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there have been rumors of the “Merc with a Mouth” getting his own film. The movie has languished in development hell for years, likely due in part to fans’ negative reaction to X-Men’s portrayal of Deadpool as very different from the comics, then how much X-Men Origins and Green Lantern kind of stunk...

Some test footage from the Deadpool film has leaked, and we’re here to tell you—this is the Deadpool you fell in love with oh those many years ago. The character’s personality, and especially his propensity to break the fourth wall, come through loud and clear.

[Watch the footage before it gets yanked]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 3:15pm

Get Ready For the Trailer For The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies!

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The trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is here, and it looks like it's going to be a doozy, for sure.

[Read more]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 11:00am

Lucy is Like a Party Where Clichés Get Drunk and Fight

It’s true that Lucy is an aggressively dumb movie masquerading as a thoughtful one, but it’s worse than that because even its pretention feels like a put-on. Here is a film that attempts to answer a philosophical question which Douglas Adams managed to take care of with a few witty lines. While Douglas Adams was joking, Lucy is simply a joke.

[Read more]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 10:16am

Watch the Jam-Packed Teaser Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

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The Mockingjay, Part 1 trailer that Hunger Games fans got to see during San Diego Comic-Con is now online! Though it’s three quick scenes in the space of a minute, it’s filled with arresting visuals, like this Mockingjay crop circle that President Snow orders eradicated.

[Watch “Our Leader the Mockingjay”]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 1:17pm

Warner Bros. SDCC Panel Delivers Batman v Superman, First Look at Wonder Woman, Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max, and Hobbit 3 with Stephen Colbert!

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The Warner Brothers panels was buzzing before anything started—while they'd already announced spots for Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the final Hobbit film, everyone was hoping for a peek of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

[Read more]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 4:02pm

Maisie Williams to Play Ellie in The Last of Us Movie?

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All morning we’ve been wondering what the mysterious “sneak peek” would be in San Diego Comic-Con’s infamous (it has its own Twitter account) Hall H—what treat would greet the fans who’d waited hours in line. It took only a few minutes to find out: Sam Raimi and Neil Druckmann appeared to talk the movie adaptation of video game The Last of Us! Including a very promising meeting with a certain Game of Thrones star.

[Read on for plot details and casting rumors]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 2:45pm

SDCC 2014: Lois Lowry Wishes She Had a Cameo in The Giver

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“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.” So says The Giver’s Chief Elder, who is played to chilling effect by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of the classic work.

Lois Lowry came to Comic-Con to talk about the book and the film, and was regarded with “reverence and respect,” as she damn well should be. Given that her YA dystopia predates (and probably inspired) successes like Divergent and The Hunger Games, why did it take so long to get a film adaptation?

[Highlights from The Giver panel]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 11:45am

For a Brief Moment, Mankind Granted Nicholas Cage the Power of Flight

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The late 90s were a dark time for the Superman franchise. The character was still reeling from the EXTREME!!! marketing stunt of his death in the comics and attempts to revive the character in film turned into a weird four-five-six way tug of war between Tim Burton, a string of producers, Kevin Smith, and Nicholas Cage.

A fan-made documentary is attempting to shed light on this weird almost-was film, dubbed Superman Lives. And now that documentary has a trailer.

[Watch the trailer for The Death of Superman Lives]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 4:30pm

Space Station 76 Trailer: Where Space Opera Meets Spaceballs

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If Galaxy Quest had had a Ron Burgundy-esque character, you’d get Patrick Wilson’s mustachioed, Harvey Wallbanger-swilling captain of the 1970s-spoofing, dark interstellar comedy Space Station 76. This bleak movie, which debuted at South by Southwest earlier this year, follows the dramatic and profoundly unhappy inhabitants of the ship Omega 76.

But Wilson is not the only fun member of the crew: Liv Tyler plays the new assistant captain—you can guess how well his Burgundy-like character takes that appointment—while Matt Bomer looks to be a married cyborg with literal wandering hands. Because you can’t have a space opera without a bit of soapiness.

[Watch the first trailer!]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 4:15pm

Superman Can Probably Use the Force, So This Picture of Henry Cavill as A Jedi is Right

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We sort of wish that Zack Snyder had put a little more effort into finding a suitable Jedi robe for Superman, though. It’s got that horrible shiny, crinkled I-just-got-pulled-out-of-a-plastic-costume-bag look. Come on, Snyder. Cavill’s worth more than that.

Still, whatever it takes to make our crossover dreams come true, right? Does this mean Cavill will be wearing this to the Warner Brothers panel at Comic Con this year?

All of our ongoing San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage can be found here.

Wed
Jul 23 2014 4:10pm

Sinister Six Will Come Out Before Amazing Spider-Man 3

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Sony is pre-kicking off San Diego Comic-Con with a complete rearrangement of their film slate! Columbia Pictures announced today that they’ve pushed back Amazing Spider-Man 3 to an unspecified date in 2018 and are instead moving up Spidey villains film Sinister Six to November 11, 2016.

[Here’s a guess as to why]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 3:35pm

Robert Downey Jr. is Open to More Iron Man Movies: “Why Give Up the Belt?”

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For the past year or more, we’ve been operating under the assumption that Robert Downey Jr. will be hanging up the mantle of Iron Man sooner rather than later, and that future Iron Man and Avenger films might star new characters jumping into the Iron Man suit, or that Disney and Marvel Studios might recast the role altogether. But a recent interview with RDJ gives us unexpected hope that he’s still game to play Tony Stark!

[Read more]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 2:10pm

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is Real! It’s Coming!

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Some people are surely sighing over this, but we have no problem with another Pirates of the Caribbean film on the loose! Let's do this people! More Jack-Barbossa adventures! It's now set to open on July 7, 2017, so we've got some time.

No plot details have been released as of yet, but having the release date set gives us an idea of when the film will go into production, which is likely sometime in 2016!

News via the Disney blog.

Wed
Jul 23 2014 10:35am

Power Rangers Reboot Will Uphold the Series’ Continuity—Wait, Power Rangers Has Continuity?

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In a recent interview, Roberto Orci assured fans that he “won’t ruin” the upcoming Power Rangers reboot because they’re making pains to uphold the series’ continuity. But that’s where things get tricky, because matching canon wholeheartedly means reconciling ninjas, aliens, and dinosaurs. Let’s tap into the Morphing Continuity Grid and see what’s what!

[Read more]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 9:28am

Extended Guardians of the Galaxy Clip Makes Us Wish We Were Friends With Groot

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We already wished we were friends with Groot anyway, since Vin Diesel seems like he’d be the most fun to hang out with. But this clip has us sold.

[Watch it]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:10pm

Competing J.R.R. Tolkien Biopics Present Different Takes on the Lord of the Rings Author

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What if we were to tell you that there are two J.R.R. Tolkien movies coming to theaters around 2015, and it's not further splitting up the third Hobbit film?

We've already written about the Tolkien origin story (appopriately titled) Tolkien, but now there's a competing biopic that has snagged an Easter 2015 release. Because while Tolkien is about how the author's World War I service influenced his writing, this new contender Tolkien & Lewis delves into religion, and a rivalry that goes even deeper than Gandalf vs. Saruman.

[Read more]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 1:45pm

Benedict Cumberbatch Breaks Nazi Codes, Hearts in The Imitation Game Trailer

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Alan Turing’s story is so tragic and yet inspiring on so many levels that it’s no surprise that the first trailer for the upcoming biopic The Imitation Game tugs at our heartstrings. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the prickly mathematician, enlisted to help crack the Nazis’ infamous Enigma code during World War II. To do so, they had to create an early prototype for the computer.

[“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine”]