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Why Mystique Should Have Her Own Movie

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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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.

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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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New York Comic Con Premieres First Look at Dracula

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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New York Comic Con Is Hardcore For 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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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.

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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.

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World War Z: Now With 100% More Preaching

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.

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

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.

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Defiance: For Better Or Worse, A SyFy Western

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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Welcome to Clone Club: The Many Faces of 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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The Art of Wishing, Or How To Be In Love With A Genie

How 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. 

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The Secret Is Out: 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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It’s All Sword Fights and Lies On Revolution Ep 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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