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Jul 2 2014 11:30am

From Shadow to Wednesday: Casting Thoughts for American Gods

Neil Gaiman American GodsThis article originally appeared on on June 13, 2012. With news that HBO’s side-lined American Gods television series has found a new home with Starz, it’s time to revisit some possible casting options!

If you’ve been reading fantasy for the last ten years, watched the recent seasons of Doctor Who, or have been paying attention to good comic books for the last decade or two, you know who Neil Gaiman is. If you’re familiar with his work then you’ve heard of the unbelievable novel known as American Gods. It had its ten year anniversary recently and during that celebration, Neil Gaiman announced a sequel that would continue the adventures of his quiet, cat-loving, coin-trick playing protagonist Shadow. But another amazing bit of news last year involved HBO purchasing the rights to create American Gods as a TV series. (Note: the project is now owned by FremantleMedia and is in development by Starz.)

That’s right, sometime soon we’ll see Mr. Wednesday and Shadow gracing our cable television screens. But who might be cast in such a huge endeavor? The ensemble is going to have to be pretty big, as there are so many great characters, but Neil Gaiman has stated that the show might take some different directions than the book. Still, I’m laying out my favorite possibilities for some of the main characters in this hugely expansive work. Take a look!

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May 14 2014 10:00am

Why Mystique Should Have Her Own Movie

Mystique Jennifer Lawrence

Move over, Black Widow. Take a break, Maria Hill. There is another Marvel movie woman who has changed the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since she was introduced in the X-Men films: Mystique.

Sure, she’s not in a licensed Marvel movie (hear that Fox, could you give them back now please?) but the First Class films have revitalized the X-Men franchise after the awful crash that was X3. Now, with the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, mutant fans have to wonder: is there a place for a Mystique solo film.

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Apr 28 2014 1:00pm

Salem: How Not to Handle History (Or Race, Gender, etc...)


Look out, American History! Stand aside, Puritans! The television network machine has turned its roving eye for historical drama in your direction. Television execs apparently saw how fans have embraced Sleepy Hollow and decided that they could cash in on the Assassin’s Creed 3 / Ichabod Crane love going on in fandom right now to bring one of the best known crises of the early colonies to life. The WGN Network has launched their horror-drama Salem, and it is exactly as problematic as you might imagine.

[Spoilers for the Salem pilot below!]

Oct 15 2013 12:30pm

Marvel’s Cartoons Are Better Than You Think

Agent Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be getting all the attention lately, but they aren’t the only Marvel products bringing superhero fun to television audiences. Marvel Television producer Jeff Loeb showcased the best and brightest of their cartoon division at New York Comic Con this weekend and reminded audiences that Marvel Television is where comic book adventures thrive.

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Oct 14 2013 2:00pm

New York Comic Con Premieres First Look at Dracula

Dracula premiere pilot NYCC

New York Comic Con is known for its world premieres and this year was no exception. One fortunate audience this weekend at New York Comic Con got a chance to sit in the dark together and watch Dracula rise prior to its October 25th television debut. The panel didn’t include any of the cast or creators, but I was lucky enough to be one of those to see the episode, so I can give you the rundown on what to expect from this new NBC historical drama.

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Oct 14 2013 10:30am

New York Comic Con Is Hardcore For Cosplay

NYCC 2013 Cosplay

You found them on the trains of Manhattan or walking across 42nd street. They sipped coffee in New York Starbucks and hopped out of taxi cabs. They even chartered buses or flew across the country, all to be in the heart of one of the biggest nerd events of the year. I’m talking about cosplayers and they invaded New York City this weekend among the over two hundred thousand fans that came out for this year’s New York Comic Con. Everywhere you looked there was some fantastic fan creation, out to win awards at the multiple cosplay contests or just out for the fun of being seen. With cosplay getting more popular every year, there were amazing costumes around every corner, and I was on the loose trying to capture as many as possible.

So here are only some of the fabulous cosplayers from NYCC 2013. See if you spot your favorite characters!

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Aug 26 2013 12:00pm

City of Bones: Taking the Fun Out Of Demon Hunting

It’s a tale as old as Young Adult fiction. A young girl is dragged out of her boring life to become the chosen one who will save the world from darkness. She is surrounded by magic on all sides, given incredible powers and hot co-stars—I mean friends—and manages to stop the evil bad guy, all without getting her make-up mussed. That’s the promise of the latest supernatural adventure, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. For fans of the book series, this film was a chance to see heroine Clary Fray and the Shadowhunters come to life. But how does it rate as a movie? The answer is, sadly, not well.

[Spoilers ahead for City of Bones, both the book and the movie!]

Aug 9 2013 10:00am

Weird Reality: Reality TV Aimed At Your Inner Geek

Reality TV can be pretty weird, even when you don’t include what Beetlejuice’s Lydia Deets would call “the strange and unusual.” Yet throughout the evolution of reality television, producers have turned to the paranormal, the supernatural, or the straight science fiction to draw in their viewers. Let’s face it—someone figured out that sci-fi and geekery are in vogue and suddenly, you can’t swing a hidden microphone without getting some nerd into your reality. So lets take a look at the five ways reality has embraced the paranormal and the geek.

[Slight spoilers included in the bonus section about NBC’s Siberia]

Jul 1 2013 10:00am

World War Z: Now With 100% More Preaching

World War Z Gerry

By now everyone has to be familiar with the recently released World War Z film. There were posters everywhere of springy armies of the undead launching themselves at helicopters against a pale sky. There were trailers featuring Brad Pitt looking desperate and heroic. And before all that, there was a novel by Max Brooks of the same name which had little to nothing to do with the film. (Or perhaps did.) To compare the two is to compare oranges to goldfish crackers: both can be eaten as snacks, both have an orange color, but man are they different flavors.

World War Z the film deviates from the book in more ways than you can count. But it’s the fundamental structure change in the movie that might make a Max Brooks fan sit up and take notice. Brooks’ books depicted a nuanced view of a world looking back on a zombie plague that almost ended humanity, told from the varied perspectives of people from every walk of life. The film World War Z instead takes a white-washed view of the end of the world, in which a single western man turns away from violence to save the world. Gone is the multinational flavor of the apocalypse, replaced by a very beatific—and very American—Brad Pitt. And that, above anything else, makes this film a near travesty.

[Spoilers included for some events of both the film and book.]

Jun 28 2013 10:00am

The Problem With Wonder Woman

The problem with Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman. She has recently been dubbed the 20th greatest comic book character by Empire Magazine, and ranked fifth in IGN’s 2011 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time. She stands as one of the icons of the comic book world, and has been featured in dozens of comic titles since her debut in 1941. The character has also found success in other media, appearing in a popular live-action television series in the 70s, as well as several animated series (including Super Friends and Justice League). Now that DC Comics has produced several serious superhero films—Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Snyder’s Superman blockbuster, and presumably an upcoming Justice League film—the question on everyone’s mind is simple: when will we get a Wonder Woman movie?

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Jun 20 2013 10:00am

Eight Heroes I’d Love To See On Agents of SHIELD

Eight Superheros that should be on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This summer might not be giving us a new Avengers film (we’ll have to wait until next year for that, folks!) but on the heels of Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 is ABC’s sure-fire hit, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. The line-up alone has everyone buzzing—Joss Whedon is co-creator and executive producer, plus he’s directing the pilot, and Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen have got the reins from there. The the trailer is up for fans to pick apart, so let’s join the converstation and speculate about which Marvel superheroes might get some screen time with Agent Coulson.

[Minor Spoilers for the Comics.]

Jun 19 2013 1:00pm

Defiance: For Better Or Worse, A SyFy Western

Defiance cast

On the surface, the premise for Defiance—SyFy’s new “aliens on earth” TV show—has everything to distinguish itself as a science fiction hit. After a period of a long war, alien life forms have settled on Earth; the aliens are forced to integrate into human society after (accidentally) causing the nigh-cataclysmic destruction of most of the planet. The Earth is a shadow of what it once was, a strange place with new technology, mutated creatures, and fragmented societies trying to rebuild. There’s political intrigue, hidden danger, inter-species relationships, and lots of gunfights.

But what makes Defiance stand out is the fact that, like many science fiction shows before it, it’s not really about aliens or technology. At its heart, Defiance is a western, a post-apocalyptic Deadwood that calls to the frontier-lover in us all.

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May 8 2013 11:00am

Welcome to Clone Club: The Many Faces of Orphan Black

Welcome to Clone Club: Orphan Black

How does one BBC show get the most milage out of one amazing actress? Make her play half the cast, that’s how! The BBC has been pulling ahead as the place to find great science fiction television, and it’s latest contribution—put up for our viewing pleasure with none other than Doctor Who—does not disappoint. Orphan Black brings you the adventures of Sarah, a British punk grifter, who discovers she’s not not the orphan she thought she was. She’s got a host of doubles out there and they’re all looking for answers. And so are we!

Let’s take a look at the many faces of Orphan Black and how it stacks up against other clone-heavy shows. 

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May 1 2013 2:00pm

The Art of Wishing, Or How To Be In Love With A Genie

The Art of Wishing Lindsay Ribar book reviewHow many supernatural love stories can there be out in the YA world? Boy meets girl, girl meets vampire, boy meets witch who can control the weather, girl must choose between Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot? Okay, so I made that last one up. But the field of young adult fiction has been combining all kinds of supernatural and human mash-ups in an attempt to find the ultimate in teen heart-string pullers. Very few, however, bring young love to an audience with such quirky humor and believability as The Art of Wishing, a love story between a girl and her genie. 

[A review of The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar]

Apr 12 2013 5:00pm

The Secret Is Out: What Caused the Blackout on Revolution?

What caused the blackout on Revolution

It’s that time again, Revolutionaries! Welcome back to our weekly recap of NBC’s Revolution where we’ve spent most of the season trying to figure out just what turned out the lights. Well wait no longer, blackout fans! The secret is out about what caused electricity to disappear, and it’s probably not what you think. This week’s episode is all about secrets revealed, confrontations about loyalty and a kiss heard round the world in “The Song Remains the Same.”

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Apr 5 2013 5:00pm

It’s All Sword Fights and Lies On Revolution Ep 12, “Ghosts”

Revolution episode 12 Ghosts

Welcome back, Revolutionaries! We’re deep into the second part of season one this week with episode 12, “Ghosts”—and though the ratings may be slipping, the episodes continue to impress. This week Our Heroes venture into the heart of the rebellion to deal with their losses and find new purpose. There is mother-daughter bonding, new and scary allies, and some damn good sword-fighting. So let’s just jump right into this week’s recap as we ask ourselves: how many people can Miles Matheson kill in one episode?

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Apr 4 2013 5:00pm

Contrast and Outlast: Indie Games You Won’t Want To Miss

Indie Games Contrast Outlast

Recently I was lucky enough to attend PAX East, one of the largest gaming conventions on the east coast. Hosted in Boston, PAX East draws tens of thousands of attendees and showcases the best that the video game and tabletop world has to offer for the upcoming year. While plenty of folks go to see what the big AAA studios are going to offer us for the new year, I instead found my way to the Indie Games section of the expo floor. Here, smaller studios were showcasing their projects for gaming fans to demo to attract new players and spread the word about upcoming releases. However among all the games offered, two stood out as powerful examples of indie games you’ll want to check out in the coming year: Contrast by Compulsion Games and Outlast from Red Barrel.

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Apr 3 2013 2:00pm

“Injustice” In So Many Ways: Lois Lane Fridged In DC Video Game

Injustice Gods Among Us DC Comics Lois Lane Superman Women In Refrigerators Video Games

Women in Refrigerators. You might have heard the term. It refers to the death of a female character in comics that was done just to provide plot movement for or offer emotional “depth” to a male protagonist. This trope was coined after Green Lantern Kyle Rayner’s girlfriend was murdered, hacked up into little bits and shoved into his refrigerator for him to find. It was hailed as one of the most gratuitous murders of all time and sparked a controversy that created this now well-known call out. It is typical to hear a storyline called out for “fridging” a woman.

[Warning: Further spoilers below for Injustice comics!]

Mar 27 2013 5:00pm

It’s All Action And Explosions as Revolution Returns!

Revolution Returns

The day Revolution fans (can we just start referring to ourselves as “Revolutionaries”?) have waited for has arrived! NBC’s post-civilization action adventure is back with episode eleven and this time, the show is pulling out all the stops. Gone are the lackadaisical days of the first half of the season—this episode, entitled “The Stand,” lands with a bang. And when I say “bang,” I mean explosions. Lots of explosions. Helicopters full of explosions.

Want to know more? Let’s recap last night’s episode and welcome back Our Heroes on their journey to find out why the lights went out.

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Feb 8 2013 1:00pm

All-Female X-Men Team Highlights Marvel Support of Women in Comics

All-Female X-Men Team Highlights Marvel Support of Women in ComicsThe future of X-Men is in its women, ladies and gentlemen—and the future is now. In a surprising move, Marvel Comics announced recently that they will relaunch X-Men as a comic title headlined by all X-Women! This new book starting in April will be headlined by Brian Wood (writer of comics like DMZ, Mara, and The Massive) with art by Olivier Coipel (Thor) and will focus on such long-time favorite characters as Storm, Rogue, Shadowcat, Psylocke, Rachel Grey and Jubilee.

Why is this so exciting?

At a time when so many are standing up to speak about a lack of well-developed female lead characters in various geekdoms, Marvel has been actively addressing that absence with some amazing titles. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from the upcoming X-Men book and some of the other great books featuring Marvel’s mightiest women.

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