DC Comics Movies is prepping for their large load of proposed comic book movies by gobbling up all the URL registrations for their coveted projects. So what do the newly registered URL names reveal?
DC Comics Movies is prepping for their large load of proposed comic book movies by gobbling up all the URL registrations for their coveted projects. So what do the newly registered URL names reveal?
The "writers' room" of a television show is a magical place , where creativity flows and awesome ideas are generated. But how do you keep "the room" happy and focused? Some of the top showrunners, including Joss Whedon, share their secrets in this exclusive excerpt from the book Showrunners.
You can't talk and listen at the same time. Scientists proved this conclusively when they came up with speech shadowing experiments that rendered people mute by forcing them to listen to the drivel coming out of their mouths.
Doctor Who's eighth season is humming along. Next up, it's "Robot of Sherwood." Let's see what we can expect come Saturday.
Mark Gatiss has penned yet another Doctor Who adventure, and while his track record has been a bit spotty, his ideas are always interesting. And this latest romp, "Robot of Sherwood," looks like it's got a good (robotic) head on its shoulders.
So (presuming you haven't peeked at any unfinished black-and-white episodes) let's have a look at some images from the episode and have a guess at what's going to happen.
(via Comic Book Movie)
It doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting a real-life Loki movie anytime soon, so one ambitious fan took matters into their own hands.
Dubbed Loki: Brother of Thor, the “film” is basically a boatload of the Tom Hiddleston’s Loki footage spliced together from Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World — including bits from deleted scenes and featurette clips.
Not surprisingly, it’s a little choppy, but the creator does a creditable job of telling Loki’s full arc through all the films. But more than anything, it shines a spotlight on the sheer awesomeness that is Tom Hiddleston. He’s been one of the brightest spots of the Marvel universe, and laying out all his footage in one place makes that even more obvious.
Check out the full synopsis below:
My goal was to chronicle the character development of Loki into a single narrative. You'll notice I took out a lot fluff and even some beloved fight scenes, only because I was trying to focus the film on Loki and his relationships. I also inserted all of the relevant deleted scenes (you'll notice that they haven't been fully rendered and mixed), several of which add great depth to his story and family dynamics. A big challenge was bridging the end of Thor and the beginning of The Avengers, explaining Loki's exile and involvement with the Tesseract *before* he portals to earth. I created a montage to kinda show all that, even pulling a clip from Guardians of the Galaxy.
There are a few creative liberties I took with my edits that change intent/plot. Noticeably absent are Thor's and Iron Man's character arcs. My goal wasn't to sully these films and their characters, but rather offer a different interpretation that celebrates Loki....so no offense intended.
The opening scene of my edit is a flash forward to a contemplative, imprisoned Loki, spliced with footage from Tom Hiddleston's screen test when he auditioned for Thor's character, aptly capturing Loki's jealousy (the duality between them is really the meat of this film, hence the title Loki: Brother of Thor). Then there's a bit of a scary awakening from the character that *probably* haunts Loki's dreams.
Check out the full, 2-hour-plus film below and let us know what you think:
Sure, we watch Disney villains commit some terrible atrocities over the course of their films, but we tend to be a bit more forgiving when we remember the dead. These obituaries recall the lives of villains from a more sympathetic perspective.
A long-lost chapter deemed too “wild” for publication in Roald Dahl’s acclaimed novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been found.
The chapter, which numbered fifth in some of his early drafts, focused on “The Vanilla Fudge Room” and reveals a boatload of details about how the manuscript changed in the process of Dahl’s writing. For one thing, Charlie is accompanied by his mother, as opposed to his grandfather. Plus, there were initially a lot more kids with Charlie in the early drafts.
According to the Guardian’s full report, the chapter was apparently “deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children almost 50 years ago,” so it stayed on the cutting-room floor — or, in this case, in Dahl’s forgotten notebook.
It’s fascinating to see how the story changed along the way, as well as to get a peek into the slightly darker side of Dahl’s take on the story. Considering that the novel has sold more than 30 million copies and been adapted into two successful films, it’s nice to remember that it all started as a weird little story in Dahl’s notebook.
Read an excerpt from the piece below, and check out the complete chapter as recently published at The Guardian:
The remaining eight children, together with their mothers and fathers, were ushered out into the long white corridor once again.
"I wonder how Augustus Pottle and Miranda Grope are feeling now?" Charlie Bucket asked his mother.
"Not too cocky, I shouldn't think" Mrs Bucket answered. "Here – hold on to my hand, will you, darling. That's right. Hold on tight and try not to let go. And don't you go doing anything silly in here, either, you understand, or you might get sucked up into one of those dreadful pipes yourself, or something even worse maybe. Who knows?"
Little Charlie took a tighter hold of Mrs Bucket's hand as they walked down the long corridor. Soon they came to a door on which it said:
THE VANILLA FUDGE ROOM
"Hey, this is where Augustus Pottle went to, isn't it?" Charlie Bucket said.
"No", Mr Wonka told him. "Augustus Pottle is in Chocolate Fudge. This is Vanilla. Come inside, everybody, and take a peek."
They went into another cavernous room, and here again a really splendid sight met their eyes.
In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge. All the way up the sides of the mountain, hundreds of men were working away with picks and drills, hacking great hunks of fudge out of the mountainside; and some of them, those that were high up in dangerous places, were roped together for safety.
What do you think of the chapter? Would it have been a good addition to the novel?
(Via The Guardian)
Set 10 years after the first movie, the monsters of Monsters: Dark Continent has spread around the world, and the Army has been deployed to contain them. The sequel examines a group of soldiers stationed in the Middle East, who... oh, okay, I see what's going on there.
"Brony" is the nickname given to the adult (mostly male) fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Their community—which is large, voracious and one of the most widely-ridiculed fan collectives this side of Equestria—gathers annually in a convention center to celebrate their enthusiasm for friendship tolerance and MLP. This year, I joined them.
Hey, remember that incredibly unfortunate Spider-Woman variant cover by sexy sex artist Milos Manara? Well, someone decided to see what would a 3D model would look like in the same pose. The answer, it turns out, is a melted human/flesh-rent monstrosity that only Clive Barker could love.
UC Riverside officials announced August 28, 2014 that $3.5 million was gifted to the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The gift comes from the estate of Jay Kay Klein and is the largest gift ever bestowed upon the UCR library. Mr. Klein had previously donated his photo collection of science fiction writers and fans, valued at $1.4 million. The Eaton Collection is the largest repository of science fiction and fantasy literature that is open to the public.
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It's an all too common ritual: A product in the kitchen passes its "best before" date, so you toss it. Trouble is, it was probably perfectly safe to eat — and you just wasted good food. This is a problem that's only getting worse. Here's what you need to know about "expired" foods — and how to make sure you're eating safely.
At the dawn of life on Earth, a group of early lifeforms is eager to get on with this whole living and adapting business. But one of them is getting a bit annoyed with its compatriots—and it's ready to commit the first act of violence.
In 1971, Cutty Sark offered an award of one million pounds ($2.4 million) to anyone who could capture the Loch Ness Monster. But, the whiskey manufacturer began to get cold feet, so it asked Lloyds of London to underwrite the contest. The insurance company agreed, with the condition that it would get to keep Nessie.
We chortle today at the number of "ejaculations" in Sherlock Holmes stories, and laugh at how old newspaper stories describe the "erection" of skyscrapers. But previous generations would snicker just as hard at us. A look at archaic slang shows that we say a lot of very suggestive things without knowing it.
A new trailer for the indie sci-fi flick Space Command has arrived, and it’s loaded with familiar sci-fi faces and some 1950s pulp attitude. Honestly, it looks like a lot of fun.
The series, developed by veteran writer and director Marc Scott Zicree (Sliders, Space Precinct), is meant to evoke the nostalgia and positivity of classic science fiction. The effects are a little silly, and the whole thing has a low-budget feel, but it’s still a delightful genre throwback. It almost has a bit of a Star Trek: The Original Series vibe.
The best part? You’ll recognize a boatload of the cast. It includes Star Trek players Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo and Armin Shimmerman; Babylon 5 alums Mira Furlan and Bill Mumy; former The X-Files fan fave Dean Haglund and acclaimed creature actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Falling Skies). It’s a fun cast, and if nothing else, it’s a blast to see them all together in one project.
Watch the new trailer above and check out the synopsis below:
The SC stories follow the bold future adventures of the United Planet’s Space Command, a dedicated group of scientists, soldiers and adventurers exploring and taming the vast expanse of our solar system for human colonization … Reminiscent of sci-fi’s optimistic past, SPACE COMMAND promises high-flying adventure, stunning visual effects, memorable characters and thoughtful discussions of eternally human conflicts.
Shooting for the first film resumed Aug. 25, and the process is reportedly in the “home stretch” to wrap up the first installment of the potential franchise. What do you think? Is this something you’d actually watch?
(Via Giant Freakin Robot)
Marvel Comics got a boatload of attention recently for its upcoming relaunch of Spider-Woman, but not for any reasons they liked. Now the company’s editor-in-chief is trying to clear the air.
Marvel’s Axel Alonso opened up in an interview with Comic Book Resources about Milo Manaro’s variant cover for the new Spider-Woman launch, and apologized for any “mixed messaging” that fans and the general public might’ve interpreted because of it. The cover has become a lightning rod in recent days, with many media outlets and fans alike calling out the company.
Alonso says they would not have used that artwork as the main cover, but felt comfortable issuing it for collectors as a variant. Here’s an excerpt from his mea culpa:
“We always listen to fans' concerns so we can do better by them. We want everyone -- the widest breadth of fans -- to feel welcome to read ‘Spider-Woman.’ We apologize -- I apologize -- for the mixed messaging that this variant caused.
And that's what this cover is. It's a limited edition variant that is aimed at collectors. While we would not have published this as the main cover to the book, we were comfortable publishing this as a variant that represented one artist's vision of the character -- a world-renowned artist whose oeuvre is well-known to us, and to collectors. It is not the official cover for the issue. It is a collector's item that is set aside or special ordered by completists -- and it doesn't reflect the sensibility or tone of the series any more than the Skottie Young variant or Rocket and Groot ‘Spider-Woman' variants. If you open up the book, you'll see that this series has everything in common with recent launches we've done, like ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Ms. Marvel’ and ‘She-Hulk’ and "Captain Marvel." It's about the adventures of two women that have complete agency over their lives, and that are defined by what they do, not how they look.
We're far from perfect, but we're trying. It's been a priority for me as EIC to make our line and our publishing team more inclusive. We're at an industry high of around 30 percent female in editorial group, about 20 percent of our line is comics starring women, and our Senior Manager of Talent, Jeanine Schaefer, actively looks to bring more female writers and artists into the fold each month. In fact, very soon we'll be announcing new series and creators that I'm very excited about.”
We absolutely agree that Marvel is pushing the boundary these days in regard to strong female characters — and this cover seems to be more an odd step than the sign of a systemic problem. But at least the company has the guts to, mostly, face the music when they feel they've made a mistake.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)
Falling Skies still has one season left, but it's pretty clear that this show will be remembered for its wacky spit-take moments at the end of each season, among other things. But which season-ending moment of ridonkulousness is the best? We have a handy poll.
Our solar system is filled with moons, planets, comets, and all manner of objects in space. But amidst all that bustling of activity, there's also quite a few ships and satellites out there exploring — and this chart lets you keep track of all of them.
A cricket with a voracious appetite for anything — including members of its own species — is now spreading across the eastern United States with no end to the invasion in sight.
It’s a good day to be a Resident Evil fan, because Capcom has finally officially revealed the next entry in the wildly popular and beloved horror game franchise, titled Resident Evil Revelations 2.
Yesterday, Capcom took center stage at Sony's pre-TGS PlayStation press conference in Japan and confirmed a rumor that's been making the rounds for a bit: That Resident Evil Revelations 2 really does exist, and that it's launching in 2015!
They've also released this VERY intriguing and chillingly cool concept teaser trailer. Have a look:
News of Resident Evil Revelations 2 was originally leaked last week, with Xbox 360 box art emerging, as well as some early imagery. At the time, Capcom refused to comment or confirm that the game was real.
Unlike the first Resident Evil Revelations, the sequel won’t revolve around the iconic characters of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine. However, the nature of the plot itself is, at this moment, currently relatively unknown. Bummer.
The first game was released for Nintendo 3DS in early 2012 before being ported to PS3 and Xbox 360 in HD format.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be launched on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in 2015.
The Mos Eisley Cantina set is probably one of the most recognizable and beloved Star Wars settings. And now, thanks to an edited together rough cut video, you can experience what it probably felt like inside the Star Wars set while George Lucas was filming in 1976.
Last year, Hawaii's fourth-largest island, Kauai, passed a local ordinance restricting the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. But,a federal judge has ruled the county overstepped its legal authority — which has potentially huge implications for whether local communities across the U.S. can ban GMO crops.
It’s been more than a decade since the Tick kept the mean streets clean of ridiculous supervillains, but it sounds like the bumbling hero might finally get a second lease on life.
The original live-action series The Tick, based on the animated series of the same name, ran for one extremely brief season back in 2001 on Fox. But in just nine episodes, Ben Edlund’s insane action comedy became a cult hit that is still finding new fans to this day thanks to streaming services and Internet word of mouth.
Now People.com is reporting that Amazon Studios has already signed original star Patrick Warburton to return for a revitalized version of the series on its streaming Amazon Prime service. According to the report, Edlund will also be coming back to write the new run. Though we don't know a ton of details, Edlund confirmed that talks are ongoing via Twitter.
Yes for now suffice it to say the dream of a new live-action Tick is being pursued with vigor #bringbackTheTick— ben_edlund (@ben_edlund) August 31, 2014
If Amazon is looking to take a swing at revitalizing its own cult hit a la Arrested Development and Netflix, there are much worse places to start than The Tick. Despite its short run, the franchise has a lot of name cachet, largely thanks to the irreverent animated series on which it's based. Plus, the show was awesome, and we’d love to see what Edlund could do with another chance.
Also of note: The original series featured a pre-Lost Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel, Liz Vassey (All My Children) as Captain Liberty and David Burke (Brothers & Sisters) as Arthur. No word on whether the other stars might return, but none of them are too terribly busy these days, so why not?
Are you glad to hear The Tick might get a second chance?
In the right setting, Doctor Who's Weeping Angels can still deliver the creeps. And you can spook your friends—and yourself—with this rotating series of Weeping Angel desktop backgrounds.
If there's two things fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series can agree on, it's that 1) author George R.R. Martin is weaving an incredibly dense tale where far more happens (and has happened) than what's just on the page, and 2) that no character is safe from GRRM's murderous pen. In regards to the former, fans have spent the last 17 years since A Game of Thrones was first published reading between the lines, trying to figure out the series' many, many mysteries. One astute fan by the name of Full-Faced Braavosi took the time to compile all the theories, both likely and insane, over at the mega-fansite Westeros.org; we thought we'd take the chance to make sure all you ASoIaF readers are caught up on every fan theory you absolutely need to know.
Hollywood has finally wrung every last drop of evil out of the classic literary movie monster with Dracula Untold, the new prequel in which Vlad the Impaler is a loving dad who would rather take his son on a happy riding trip than, you know, impale his enemies. Sigh.
While it looks like an unearthly landscape from a distant exoplanet, this is our own Earth as seen from the International Space Station. Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev captured this delicate moment of diffuse light and rich shadows of clouds at sunset.
The Escape From New York remake lives ... and one of three actors could be putting on Snake Plissken's eyepatch.
You thought maybe we had escaped from this project, right? Well, no such luck, as producer Joel Silver seems intent on giving John Carpenter's 1981 classic a reimagining. And who does Silver have in his sights to follow Kurt Russell in the iconic role of Snake?
A source has told Starlog (via Slashfilm) that Charlie Hunnam is the "top contender" for the part, although his commitment to Pacific Rim 2 and possibly the lead role in King Arthur may prevent him from taking on Snake as well. So even though Silver has gone as far as commissioning preproduction artwork featuring Hunnam, his two other choices just in case are The Walking Dead alumnus Jon Bernthal and Downton Abbey cast member Dan Stevens.
Of the three, I like Bernthal the best. He was tough as nails in The Walking Dead and The Wolf of Wall Street and has got great screen presence. Stevens is quite impressive as a soldier with a secret in the upcoming sci-fi thriller The Guest, but unfortunately Hunnam was one of the major disappointments of Pacific Rim -- he came across as a pretty boy with very little charisma. His work on Sons of Anarchy (which I haven't seen) has been praised, though, so there must be something there. But is he right for Snake?
We'll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, the story itself this time is said to be "more team-based, as Snake Plissken traverses through a treacherous New York landscape with a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President."
Starlog's source adds that the team will consist of Snake, Cabbie and the Brain (played in the original by Ernest Borgnine and Harry Dean Stanton, respectively, and now upped to co-leads), along with some new faces:
“Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.”
Sounds like someone's got Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy box-office appeal on their minds. More details, like a director and a possible release date, are yet to be filled in, but start discussing below whether a "team-based" Escape From New York led by Charlie Hunnam is something you might want to eyeball.
Studios are digging fairly deep at this point for intellectual property, and now they’ve unearthed the 1980s superhero show Greatest American Hero. It’s reboot time.
Deadline is reporting that the buzzy duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) have signed on to direct a modern-day version of the 1980s franchise, which followed an Average Joe school teacher who obtains a super-powered alien suit but has to figure out how to use it through trial and error.
Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street, Undeclared) is writing and directing the pilot, and they’ve even tapped Tawnia McKiernan, the daughter of original series creator Steven J. Cannell, to executive-produce along with Lord and Miller. Oh, nostalgia.
If you’re looking for a bit more intel, here’s the full synopsis for the project:
The new Greatest American Hero will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit, and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions. He also has to deal with a government handler who has very different objectives than him and struggles as to whether he should use his newfound gifts to help others or just himself.
The original series starred William Katt and ran for three seasons and 44 episodes on ABC in the early 1980s. It was fairly light-hearted fare, and a reboot could definitely be fun — especially with Lord and Miller there to help guide the tone. They’ve done wonders with 21 Jump Street, so why not let ‘em tackle another classic franchise?
Quick! You have a time machine with just enough juice for one more trip, so when do you set it for? Pick a date and stick by it, 'cause this ticket only takes you one-way.
String theory has dimensions popping up all over the place. We are currently at over 10 dimensions. But how would living in that many dimensions affect us? The first thing to do would be to throw out all your albums, because they won't sound right anymore.
In Guardians of the Galaxy's pre-requisite Stan Lee cameo, Stan is seen macking on a much younger woman, much as he does in real life. But director James Gunn revealed he had a different cameo for the Marvel mastermind planned, but one that Disney refused to let him film.
Relying on data from Pew's Religious Landscape survey, Tobin Grant, a political science professor at Southern Illinois University, produced this graph representing 44 different religious groups — and their views on the extent to which the U.S. government should be involved in moral and economic issues.
More turns on the Star Wars rumor-mobile, including information on villains and casting. There's a denial of a grim Batman v. Superman character rumor. And another of Ryan Murphy's favorite actors may be showing up on American Horror Story. Spoilers now!
Over at the BBC, the myth about banana flavoring has been put to the test. And while there's a kernel of truth to the idea that fake banana resembles a variety that nearly went extinct, it's still a just a myth.
Guardians of the Galaxy had a number of great points, but one of the things that we all noticed from the very first trailer was the fully lived-in universe it created. Concept artist Kev Jenkins provided designs for Morag, Xandar and Knowhere. They're beautiful.
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