It Must Be Toy Poll Day: Hasbro Marvel Legends Fan Poll Is Down to 4

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm


If you pick Angela, you finally get to see what happens when McFarlane Toys and Hasbro make the same character. The other choices are Mysterio, Symbiote Spider-Man and Darkhawk. Mysterio and Black Spidey have been done before so I don't know why you'd vote for them again - but it's up to you.

You can also win an Ant-Man figure set signed by Stan Lee, and you don't even have to enter an art contest. That's a pretty sweet tupper, er, TOPPER of a deal.

h/t Matt Catania

TR Interview: Kevin Durand on Finally Being the Lead, and What Superhero He'd Like to Play

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

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Kevin Durand is one of those guys you've noticed a lot, usually in movies that aren't as good as he is like Wild Hogs or X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but he's starting to become a guy that can no longer be relegated to the back burner. On FX's The Strain, he steals the show from the ostensible lead character, and in Dark Was the Night, opening today, he finally takes top billing as a small-town sheriff dealing with both familial loss and a possible Wendigo on the loose.

The most surprising thing about talking to him is that, unlike almost all his characters, he's very soft spoken and has a smooth conversational flow. You expect a halting, taciturn tough guy, and instead this totally mellow-sounding, sweet dude is on the other end of the phone. Now - just wait till you hear what comic-book character he wants to play most.

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Lana Condor's Jubilee and Other X-Men Get Their Apocalypse Close-ups

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm


Fox just dropped a whole bunch of new images of the main cast, including Kodi Smit McPhee's Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp as Mohawk Storm (good lord, I feel for anyone playing a nerd-fave character and having a name like "Shipp"), and Jennifer Lawrence looking like she forgot to take off her Katniss costume while reporting to set.

Hitfix has the full gallery. I'm okay with most of it except the Katniss gear - are we never going to get Mystique in blue skin with white dress?

7 Athlete-Starring Action Movies of the '90s That Should Be Rebooted Before Space Jam

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 5:00 am


Though it is not, as yet, a sure thing, the Internet was abuzz yesterday with speculation that LeBron James would be making a Space Jam sequel, thanks to reports that (a) he signed a production deal with Warner Bros., (b) WB renewed the relevant trademarks and (c) LeBron once Tweeted that he'd like to make Space Jam 2.

It's a terrible idea for many reasons, primarily in that Space Jam was based on sneaker commercials and it was really, really bad. And I'm not just saying it because when I saw it, the theater played "Fly Like an Eagle" on a constant loop before the feature started. Duh duh duh-duhhh!

Now, if you must start remaking bad movies from the '90s starring athletes, I have a few thoughts. First, pick ones that are actually fun-bad....

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Finally, a Gwyneth Paltrow Action Figure to Lecture All Your Other Toys About Their Diet

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Pepper Potts is long overdue for an action figure, especially since she actually donned the Iron Man suit in part 3, and now she finally gets a deluxe set of both her and the suited version of her, with an open Iron Man helmet head featuring her face.

Can she beat Black Widow? With Extremis and an iron suit, I wouldn't bet against her. However, with her dependence on Tony Stark to define her, I would bet against sympathetic blog posts. Me? I'd make a custom Flesh and Bone figure out of this if I had unlimited money and any customizing talent whatsoever.

New Comic Book Day: Post-Con Doldrums

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Two weeks out from SDCC, things are finally (slowly) starting to creep back to normal on the comics Internet. I've been able to pry myself away from all the toy announcements long enough to really dig into current comics, and we're back down to a more rational number of exclamation points in press releases. It was really weird how all the IDW press releases had π punctuation marks.

This week in comics, we've got √2² Cronenbergs, φ villains saving the world, and e webcomic creators. But first, 1 robot man gets a new series.

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Top-Down Smackdown: Headlocked, the Comic

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm


Writer Michael Kingston isn't just blowing smoke or flexing his mental pythons when he says that most wrestling comics suck, and his is finally a good one. They do, just like most wrestling movies suck, in large part because until very recently, nobody who knew what the business was actually like behind-the-scenes was allowed to talk about it. Thus, any fiction about wrestling mimicked the onscreen storylines, unconvincingly trying to persuade the reader that it's all real competition.

Thanks to documentaries like Beyond the Mat, shows like Tough Enough and the Oscar-nominated drama The Wrestler, we now know how to do things right. And Kingston's comic mostly does.

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Here's the Flash in His Season 2 Costume

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

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I'm not sure precisely what's new about it, which may be due to the lighting - but I am assured that it is, in fact, a new suit.

Click to enlarge, and maybe some of you can figure out the devilish details of difference.

Fan Edit Combines Key Man of Steel Scene With BvS Trailer Bits to Show Why Batfleck Is Yelling

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Well, YOU try writing a headline that contains all the relevant information AND fits in a Tweet! Basically, what we have here is all the "Bruce Wayne in Metropolis" stuff from the latest Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, inserted into Man of Steel at the appropriate time so you can see both why Bruce Wayne is upset, and why he's unfairly blaming Superman for the actions of Zod.

As Polygon notes, it does a better job of selling the movie than the official trailers.

Now, Internet, give me a Man of Steel montage set to Prong's "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck."

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Batman and Joker Are Besties in This Amazing Sand Sculpture

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

Winning first prize in the doubles division of the Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition, this visual rendition of the yin and yang of Gotham City's madness, by Marielle Hessels and David Ducharme, arguably gets it better than some of the movies have.

Alternatively, I'm just saying that to be a dick because I couldn't think of anything funnier. Give me a sand sculpture of Anakin Skywalker, and we'll talk.