James Gunn Just Confirmed an Utterly Unsurprising Title for Guardians of the Galaxy's Sequel

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 2:09 pm

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It's Guardians V Howard: Dawn of Duckiness.

Nah. If only. It's...

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Final Funko Comic-Con Exclusives Include Crystal Meth Heisenberg, First Batman v Superman Toys

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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How many toothless truckers do you think will try to smoke this toy by accident? "Blue Crystal" Heisenberg from Breaking Bad has to be the first figure I've ever seen that's designed to look like a drug producer made out of drugs. And ironically, to purchase one, you'll probably have to stay awake all night in line.

Funko also has the first ever Batfleck figure to hit the market, in the form of a Pop Vinyl Batman v Superman set...

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WB Will Let New Line Handle Vertigo Comics Movies, if They Ever Make Any

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

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In a move that would seem to suggest the cinematic universes will be kept separate, Warner Bros. is moving all Vertigo-inspired comic-book movie projects to its New Line division, responsible for all the Peter Jackson Tolkien movies, and gneerally giving filmmakers a bit more freedom.

For this to work, however, they actually have to make some Vertigo movies. And considering Constantine just got canceled on TV, and Preacher's going to AMC, what's next? Well, there's Sandman, which has been in development hell forever, and most recently has had Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached. There's Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark, announced three years ago and nowhere near beginning shooting. A Swamp Thing reboot with modern special effects is something fans - by which I mean me - would like to see, but only with the budget to do it right, which is hard to obtain for a "mature" title.

Point is, this is all posturing for now, but I hope it means we're one step closer to getting some DC movies that aren't just about superheroes. Get it right, and it's something that could be very different from the Marvel model.

7 Awesome Things We Saw and Heard at the Saturn Awards

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Liz Ohanesian
The Saturn Awards celebrated genre entertainment on June 25 in Los Angeles.
James Gunn, Richard Armitage and Melissa McBride were amongst stars of genre entertainment who were honored Thursday night at the 41st annual Saturn Awards. Essentially a Golden Globes for nerds, the event spotlights television and film of the sci-fi, fantasy and horror varieties.

The full list of winners is available online, but, to summarize, Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy were the favorites amongst the film nominees, while Hannibal, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and The Flash secured a good share of TV awards.

Judging from the crowd of autograph-hunters outside the venue late in the night, it was a good place to get a hold of your favorite cult entertainment stars from Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show) to Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island). Cosplayers, most of whom were dressed in unusual variations of popular characters, were on hand for photo-ops. Read more on who we saw and what we heard at the event.

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Nic Cage Bible Movie Gets YA Spin-Off Flick - Left Behind: The Next Generation

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

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So this is how you do a sequel to a remake of a direct-to-video faith-based film that somehow managed to afford Nicolas Cage the first time around and flopped anyway. Vanished - Left Behind: The Next Generation, based on an actual teen skewing series of spin-off books from the main post-Rapture novel series, promises to be "a fresh and modern story for the post "Twilight" generation, and asks: What would happen if everyone you cared about suddenly vanished?"

I'd try to hook up with one of the people who's still around, but I'm thinking that's not what these teens do. The trailer seems like it has Satan Death Camps for parents, and the Antichrist appearing on TV - too bad Nic Cage isn't around, as he's been known to fight the devil a few times. Maybe when these younger actors refuse to return for part 3, the next one can be about babies. Because if you think babies are innocent, you never had one keep you up all night.

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TR Review: Ted 2 Is Lazy but Funny

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8:00 am

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For Seth MacFarlane, strictly as a director, Ted 2 is his laziest effort to date. The production design is cheap and uninspired, the lighting basic, the editing and scene order occasionally awkward, and the three musical numbers fun for about five seconds before they outstay their welcome and stick out like a sore boner. Where the first Ted was genuinely inspired in its metaphor for clinging to childhood things, and A Million Ways to Die in the West both heartfelt and secure in its gimmick, Ted 2 - cinematically - is just an excuse to set up jokes, not all of them on topic (shocker!).

Here's the thing - a majority of those jokes are really funny. And when you pay to see a comedy, that's what you want. That Mister Smart Critic Guy over here doesn't think it's particularly artful...well, I doubt that matters to anybody, and perhaps it shouldn't. Just know that MacFarlane can do better.

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TR Review: The Minions' Mirthful Money-Making Machine Moves Merrily Along

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 11:57 am

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It's okay to be leery of the fact that, after only two movies - one very fun, and one a lackluster product-mover - Universal declared Despicable Me's Minion characters to be their new Mickey Mouse. Already, they're theme-park mascots to be plastered on all manner of merchandise that, following the screening of the new movie, I was promptly told by the person who shares my bedroom to buy "as much as we can get our hands on."

Resist the commercial impulse if you like, and if you can. But don't let it needlessly sour you on the fact that Minions, the new movie, is a gleefully anarchic and just plain fun cartoon that's refreshing to enjoy in a world where Disney thinks it has to try and make you cry every time.

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New Live-Action Attack on Titan Teaser Upsizes the Battle

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Trailers for a movie like this ought to get better and better as the special effects become more and more finished, and this one has. Ziplines, swords, neck slashing and giant naked humanoids showcase pretty much everything you'd want to see in an Attack on Titan movie, short of the erotic Hans fan fiction that exists in your head (and a cursory Google image search).

They really need to set a U.S. date for this. In the meantime, the Japanese audio doesn't require a ton of translation.

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8 Spider-Mannerisms Peter Parker Must Carry Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Well, the wait is finally over, as it was announced this week that Tom Holland will play our newest friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We've had a couple of bad Spidey films, a couple of great ones and one that sits squarely in the middle, depending on whom you ask. What we have not had, however, is a Spider-Man that totally reflects the many facets of Peter Parker's storied publication history. Raimi got the core of the character and Webb added some nice nuances, but we're going to need to dig a little deeper to get the web-slinger we truly deserve.

In honor of his namesake's eight limbs, here are eight mannerisms or character traits Peter Parker must bring with him on the precarious - and hopefully successful - leap to the MCU.

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In Memoriam: The 10 Greatest Sci-fi and Fantasy Scores of James Horner

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

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James Horner Film Music

As an ├╝ber band geek, I had quite the obsession with the music of film, particularly that of science fiction and fantasy films. The plan was that I would study music education in college, but my heart was in performing, and I dreamed of being a studio musician, recording scores to television and movies. It was the music of composers like John Williams, Michael Kamen and others that inspired me, but as a brass player, it was the music of James Horner that drove me to want to play professionally.

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