Where the Trains Turn November 19, 2014 Where the Trains Turn Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen His imagination runs wild. The Walk November 12, 2014 The Walk Dennis Etchison Creative differences can be brutal. Where the Lost Things Are November 5, 2014 Where the Lost Things Are Rudy Rucker and Terry Bisson Everything has to wind up somewhere. A Kiss with Teeth October 29, 2014 A Kiss with Teeth Max Gladstone Happy Halloween.
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November 21, 2014
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In Defense of Indiana Jones, Archaeologist
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November 14, 2014
An Uncut and Non-Remastered List of Star Wars Editions!
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Why Do We Reject Love as a Powerful Force in Interstellar?
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Thu
Nov 6 2014 1:40pm

New Into the Woods Trailer Features Songs! Singing! Beanstalks!

Into the Woods, Meryl Streep

For those who were concerned that Into the Woods was shucking it’s full-blown musical past—or at least trying to hide it from audiences—fear not! This trailer will put your mind at ease!

[Watch it!]

Thu
Nov 6 2014 1:00pm

How Sleeping Beauty is Accidentally the Most Feminist Animated Movie Disney Ever Made

Sleeping Beauty

So I know what you’re thinking: Seriously, Leigh? Sleeping Beauty is feminist? The classic Disney film made in 1959, i.e. in possibly the least feminist-friendly decade of the entire twentieth century? The quintessential Disney Princess Movie? The one where the titular character is basically a Barbie doll knockoff who does nothing the whole film but sing wistfully about Finding Her Man, before becoming the ultimate passive Damsel in Distress, and other than that has maybe ten actual lines of dialogue? That Sleeping Beauty?

To which I say: Yep, that’s the one.

[But I wanted it blue]

Thu
Nov 6 2014 12:18pm

Star Wars: Episode VII Has a Title!

Alright, everyone. There were rumors, and suggestions, and we've all had our opinions on the matter, but this is it. The real title for Episode VII.

[Read more]

Thu
Nov 6 2014 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: Rewatching The Prisoner of Azkaban Film

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film

Okay. This is a rough one. Because, on the one hand, Alfonso Cuarón created perhaps the most artful Potter film. One that expanded the universe on screen with a depth of character that no one really managed after him. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

On the other hand, this movie makes exactly 0% sense.

[Why don’t you run along and play with your chemistry set?]

Wed
Nov 5 2014 12:13pm

Black Widow Comic Book Writer Whips Up a Hypothetical Script for Her Movie, and It’s Great

Black Widow script movie

As excited as fans are about seeing more female superheroes represented in Marvel’s recently-announced Captain Marvel film and DC’s Wonder Woman standalone movie, they’re still going to hanker for Black Widow to get her own adventure. Shortly after last week’s Marvel Event, #BlackWidowMovie was soon trending on Twitter, with industry folks like Nathan Edmondson—writer of the Black Widow series—voicing their support.

In fact, Edmondson took things a step further and dashed off six pages of a hypothetical Black Widow screenplay. And it’s just what we want to see for Natasha.

[Read the script!]

Mon
Nov 3 2014 2:00pm

“There’s No Escape Out of Time”: La Jetée

La Jetee

Heads up, people: the following contains spoilers.

Few short films have had as long a life as the 1963 French sci-fi classic La Jetée. Simply surviving and accruing a cult following over the years is a large accomplishment for a 28-minute film, but what makes this accomplishment all the move impressive is that the film itself would seem—at least on paper—to be a challenge to most viewers. It is a film told almost entirely in still photographs. It has no stars. It has no dialog. It has no action, of course, because it has no movement. Oh, and it has a bleak, hopeless ending.

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Mon
Nov 3 2014 12:45pm

Channing Tatum Will Play Gambit in a Standalone X-Men Movie

Channing Tatum Gambit standalone movie X-Men

We’ve known for a while that Channing Tatum will eventually play cardslinging mutant Gambit in a future X-Men movie, but it was unclear if he would be an ensemble member in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse or if he would jump straight into a standalone movie. Now it’s looking like the latter.

Deadline reports that Fox has brought on Josh Zetumer—who wrote the screenplay for the RoboCop reboot—to pen Gambit’s solo film. What’s more interesting is that Zetumer will be working off a treatment written by Chris Claremont, who created the character with Jim Lee back in 1990.

[Read more]

Mon
Nov 3 2014 10:00am

Is the Force A Religion?

Star Wars, The Phantom Menace

We can make all the jokes we want about how many real people list “Jedi” as their religion on government census forms, but… well, what exactly does that mean? Can the Jedi Code be counted as a religious doctrine? What does it mean if it can? It’s an odd question to pose perhaps, but one that might demand a revisitation as a renewal of Star Wars Fever is already underway…

[There is no emotion; there is peace.]

Sun
Nov 2 2014 5:50pm

Brace Yourselves — Loki and Heimdall Will Appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Loki and Heimdal, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston

You know we wouldn’t lie to you, and neither would Idris Elba. (We’re pretty sure he’s incapable, on account of him being so entirely badass.) Turns out there are a few surprising cameos coming up in the Avengers sequel, and these two might be the most exciting so far.

[Read more]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 3:39pm

The Annihilation Movie Brings On Ex Machina Director Alex Garland

Annihilation movie director Alex Garland Jeff VanderMeerParamount has signed a director for its adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation: Alex Garland, whose directorial debut Ex Machina has gotten some attention lately. Variety reports that Garland—who also wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine—will adapt the script and direct. Producer Scott Rudin acquired the rights in 2013.

Annihilation is the first book of VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, about a scientific expedition into the closed-off Area X, long since reclaimed by nature and filled with lethal mysteries that have ruined the previous eleven expeditions. Read our review, and an interview with VanderMeer in which he discusses just how alien our world is.

Fri
Oct 31 2014 8:30am

Everybody Scream! Team Tor.com’s Favorite Halloween Specials and Movies

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Peanuts Halloween

There’s an ongoing debate around the Tor.com offices about The Nightmare Before Christmas: which holiday season does it belong to? Does it go better with candy canes and eggnog or a giant bowlful of Halloween candy? Can’t we just watch it all year round? Whichever side of the debate you’re on, there are plenty of other movies and TV specials that have become part of our Halloween ritual every fall. Here are just a few of our favorites: spooky, campy, odd, hilarious, and guaranteed to put you in the Halloween spirit!

[“Beware of ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night!”]

Wed
Oct 29 2014 9:00am

Bring Me a Cuddly Marshmallow Robot: Big Hero 6 Will Make You Cry, and That’s Okay

Big Hero 6

Another Disney-Marvel venture that comes from the pages of a comic book, Big Hero 6 was already set to combine our favorite sci-fi buzz words—superheroes, robots, alternate realities—and deliver something fun for the whole family. But the movie supersedes those expectations to ruminate on invention, family, and how grief transforms us all... for better or for worse.

Spoiler-light review below.

[I am satisfied with my care.]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 2:45pm

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 10:00am

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.

[Read more]

Thu
Oct 16 2014 10:24am

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 10:35am

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 9:00am

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.

[Read more]

Sat
Oct 11 2014 5:50pm

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.

[Read more]

Fri
Oct 10 2014 12:40pm

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.

[Read more]

Thu
Oct 9 2014 3:45pm

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]