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Fri
Feb 21 2014 3:10pm

Peter Dinklage, Ben Browder, Claudia Black

It turns out that if.com slid a gem past the world today, announcing that screenwriter Justin Mondo is penning two projects that are bound to make SFF fans lose their minds.

You know, just another show starring Peter Dinklage and a Farscape television movie. No big deal.

[Give us these things. Give them now!]

Thu
Feb 20 2014 1:26am

Fantastic Four movie reboot cast

Variety is reporting that Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Michael B. Jordan have been cast as the Fantastic Four in Fox’s forthcoming reboot of the Marvel Comics series. The outlet claims that Teller and Mara will portray Reed Richards and Susan Storm as Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, with Jamie Bell featured as Ben Grimm’s The Thing, and Michael B. Jordan cast as Sue Storm’s brother Johnny, aka the Human Torch.

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Wed
Feb 19 2014 12:30pm

The RoboCop Remake

Remakes can make even the most devout fan into a cynic, and while the new RoboCop was fun for some, many of us were confused as to why it needed remaking in the first place.

Fear not, citizen. The RoboCop Remake will soothe your burdened soul.

[Video time!]

Mon
Feb 17 2014 3:00pm

Talking to strangers is totally fine, especially if those strangers are amnesiac Colin Farrells. With a friendly and dopily disarming gaze, Colin made us believe he was a brainwashed victim in 2012’s Total Recall. Now in 2014’s romantic zombie comedy—Winter’s Tale—he plays a totally convincing angel-zombie, who also isn’t sure what his name is or if he’s any good at robbing people. Here, Farrell with the help of Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil) brings home the most romantic Valentine’s Day message of all: Will Smith is Satan!

[Spoilers Ahead]

Fri
Feb 14 2014 2:00pm

Winter's Tale

One of the first things I did after seeing the trailer for Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Winter’s Tale was to look it up on IMDB to see if that was really William Hurt playing Beverly’s father (it was) and then to see what else I could learn about the cast who weren’t featured in that preview. I could see Jennifer Connelly would be playing Virginia Gamely, but who’d be playing her husband, Hardesty Marratta? Who’d be playing their mutual employer, Isaac Penn, and his dim-witted arch nemesis, Craig Binky? Who’d be playing the otherworldly engineer, Jackson Mead?

It turns out none of them are listed in the cast of characters, and that makes it seem likely that the trailer isn’t just cherrypicking elements of the love story between Peter Lake and Beverly Penn for the sake of a streamlined trailer—my guess is that the film itself has jettisoned huge chunks of Mark Helprin’s 750-page novel in favor of just one of its storylines. Granted, in many ways it’s the most obvious storyline to pluck from the book, lending itself most readily to an economically viable cinematic venture. And yet I fear that, in an effort to capture “the heart of the book,” Goldsman may miss the mark rather widely.

[Dragging the mythic city back down to earth...]

Thu
Feb 13 2014 10:00am

RoboCop 2014 movie review

Good news! The future is hilarious.

In some ways, the 2014 RoboCop reboot is better and more vibrant than you would expect. There’s a self-aware quality to the story and its actors that is absolutely key to making its setting, America and Detroit in the year 2028, fully believable. Even 14 years away, this is a not-too-distant future that you can readily imagine RoboCop emerging into, with all the benefits and drawbacks that this entails.

At the same time, you can’t take RoboCop too seriously.

[Robo-phobics, all of you!]

Tue
Feb 11 2014 8:58pm

Warner Brothers just released the trailer for Transcendence, an artificial intelligence (complete with anti-technology extremists) thriller starring Johnny Depp:

“A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.”

Superhuman or abomination? Transcendence releases in April.

[Watch the trailer...]

Tue
Feb 11 2014 11:00am

Luke Skywalker, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars

I have this problem—because I’m not a kid anymore, I am expected to admit straight-up that Han Solo is far and away a better character than Luke Skywalker. And... he’s just not. Look, I love the guy: he is a scoundrel and that is sexy and his sarcasm is welcome among the many do-gooders in his universe. But I feel like his slingshot retorts blind people outright to what anyone else is doing in the Star Wars trilogy.

Like the fact that Luke Skywalker spends all of Return of the Jedi being a complete badass and we never talk about it.

[Don’t believe me?]

Mon
Feb 10 2014 3:00pm

Vampire Academy

Last week, I moseyed on over to my local theater, dragging my best friend along in the process, as a good friend often does, to see Vampire Academy. A little background information: We’d both been looking forward to this movie for YEARS. However, the verdict is in and if someone were to ask me, “OMGosh! How was it?” I’d have to put on my best Commodus face and go...

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Mon
Feb 10 2014 11:00am

The LEGO Movie

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m really not the biggest Lego fan. Not in terms of the constructive toy, of course—but a while back it really started to disturb me that there was a Lego version of practically everything, and that Lego versions of popular media properties had their own separate fans. The fact that there are people who like Lego Indiana Jones completely apart from the filmed character is just plain odd to me.

That said, if you like fun, you’ll probably really enjoy The LEGO Movie. And then you’ll be terrified at what you just bought into.

Spoilers below for the film.

[You can be The Special too.]

Fri
Feb 7 2014 1:05pm

It’s been reported that Paul Bettany has been cast as the Vision in the upcoming Avengers sequel. But wait, isn’t Bettany already voicing JARVIS, Tony’s A.I. butler? What does all this mean?

[Well, now....]

Tue
Feb 4 2014 6:40pm

The full Thor: The Dark World gag reel is up! And it contains Natalie Portman just slapping people left and right. She should probably take some anger management classes, or something. Dang.

[But really, it's the cutest.]

Tue
Feb 4 2014 5:16pm

Divergent movie trailer

Lion’s Gate has just released a new, and final, trailer for Divergent, their adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA novel. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, this trailer explains the premise of this not-too-distant future world, and Tris’ place within it as a Divergent.

They also added a puppy! Take a look below. Divergent arrives in theaters on March 21st.

[Watch the final trailer for Divergent]

Tue
Feb 4 2014 2:30pm

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap, Widow

A number of promo shots have been released for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and initially the one above had us caught between amusement over Steve’s face and envy over Natasha’s jacket.

But take a closer peek...

[Sure, she says love is for children...]

Sun
Feb 2 2014 11:00am

Groundhog Day succeeds as a film because of the way it plays with, subverts, and outright mocks the tropes of each of the genres it flirts with. While some people would call it a time travel movie, or a movie about small town America, or the most spiritual film of all time, or a rom-com, it is by breaking the rules of each of those types of films that it ultimately transcends genre entirely.

[It’s cold out there today. It’s cold out there every day.]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 2:43pm

Jesse Eisenberg, Lex Luthor

If you’ve been hankering for more DC casting news, two heavyweights have just been announced for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film!

We were not expecting one of these.

[Guess which one.]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 1:55pm

Winter's Tale

Romance! Thievery! Time! And things. Watch this trailer for Winter's Tale and see how it plans to coax you out on Valentine's Day...

[Trailer below!]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 3:45pm

Thor The Dark World, gag reel

Marvel, STAP. We already want the Thor: The Dark World DVD enough. Now you’re just teasing us. Cruel, cruel teasing.

So now we’ll tease you because fair is fair. Here’s an adorable teaser of the gag reel from MTV.

[Giggles!]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 11:00am

The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, while sometimes categorized as YA, is generally hailed as a story for all ages. As much as I love the book, I didn’t read it until I was in college, so my initial introduction into Beagle’s world (like many fans my age, I suspect) came courtesy of the 1982 Rankin/Bass animated movie of the same name.

While I can’t speak to the experience of reading the novel as a child, I certainly believe that a story as beautifully crafted and enduring as this one will resonate with readers of various ages and experience. I’d argue that the movie also has plenty to recommend it to adult fantasy fans, and is far more advanced in its themes than the vast majority of animated children’s entertainment. And while it stays very true to the book in many ways, the film manages to foreground certain elements of the original story that give it a very powerful, very unique appeal for children. Don’t get me wrong: it’s kind of a strange film, but therein lies its magic. It speaks to younger viewers in a manner that very few films ever do.

[“They passed down all the roads long ago, and the Red Bull ran close behind them and covered their footprints…”]

Wed
Jan 29 2014 2:15pm

Dr. Strangelove

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. Strangelove, we’re rerunning this article on Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, which originally appeared during our Kubrick week in November 2011.

Stanley Kubrick had already well established his reputation as a maverick genius by the time he began work on 1964’s Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, as well as his equally powerful reputation for polarizing audiences. Although often named among the greatest American filmmakers, Kubrick has equally vociferous detractors—many of whom were the studio executives who had to sign the checks to pay for his visions and were treated like ATMs for their trouble by the maestro—and even his most ardent defenders (i.e. me from about ages 16-30) have to admit one or two of his features were more interesting than good.

All that equivocation goes out the window when discussing Kubrick’s first semi-foray into science-fiction, though: Dr. Strangelove is one of the greatest movies ever made and that’s all there is to it.

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