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Amazon’s quest to become the one streaming service to rule them all has led it to greenlight a rebooted Lord of the Rings series. At least one of the actors from Peter Jackson’s Tolkien films—John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli the dwarf—has some strong feelings about that.Read more...

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If you haven’t been watching Legends of Tomorrow this season, you need to know: The big goofy show is bigger and goofier than ever, with fun homages to E.T. and a whole slew of dystopic scifi properties. But last night’s episode ended with maybe the most memorable Easter egg ever dropped on an Arrowverse show.Read more...

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Bye, Dave. Hello, Patience. It was just revealed that the new Kick-Ass is named Patience Lee, a military veteran and mother in her early 30s living in New Mexico. She’s the star of the next iteration of the popular comic book series from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.Read more...

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If there’s one thing that Marvel could learn from some of DC’s more recent comics, it’s that weird crossover series uniting characters from entirely different companies can make for some incredibly fun stories. It’s an idea that Atlanta-based artist Marcus Williams keenly understands and wanted to make happen with his …Read more...

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We’ve gone around and around with Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow, and Happy Death Day—and now, add Boss Level to the list. The latest potential film from writer-director Joe Carnahan is another time-loop tale, and he’s about to sign up actors for the ride.Read more...

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Just like magic, all seven Harry Potter books in paperback are down to the lowest price they’ve been since Prime Day, just $44. This is a special edition box set which means these books have new cover art. Typically priced around $60, this set would make a wonderful gift.Read more...

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Though they’re all part of one event, the various pieces of DC’s Dark Nights: Metal have been uneven in their execution. But as schizophrenic as Metal has felt at times, The Batman Who Laughs, written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Riley Rossmo, gets at the heart of what makes the event truly compelling.Read more...

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One of the many reasons Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 film Starship Troopers still holds up is its blend of practical and digital effects. And while digital effect videos can obviously be entertaining, there’s something extra special about seeing a cool practical effect created. Especially 20 years after the fact.Read more...

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The news this week that Warner Bros. and Amazon are now working on a The Lord of the Rings series came as a bit of a surprise, since it’d been widely assumed that Christopher Tolkien would never give anyone the rights again. It’s now come out that Tolkien, who has safeguarded the rights of his father J.R.R. Tolkien’s…Read more...

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Star Wars: Battlefront II frustrates me in ways I never knew I could be frustrated. It is both a lovingly crafted companion to the films and a tangled mess of corporate meddling. There is a strong heart at the center but finding it means peeling back layers of unnecessary and infuriating nonsense.Read more...

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Despite the film’s less-than-stellar box office performance, Adam Savage and the Tested crew spent a bit of time behind-the-scenes of Blade Runner 2049 while the movie was in production, and seeing how the special effects team fakes the ocean by splashing around in a monstrous water tank is especially fascinating.Read more...

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If you’ve seen Joachim Trier’s other movies, like Louder Than Bombs or Oslo, August 31st, you might not have expected him to make a horror movie about a young woman with superpowers. But the Norwegian director says Thelma is all about getting back to his fairy tale roots.Read more...

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Today, Marvel (under Disney) said that it is ending its relationship with Gazillion Entertainment, who makes Marvel Heroes. In an e-mail, a Marvel representative wrote:Read more...

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We’ve reached the final phase of marketing for Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the copious TV spots. Several have come online in the last few hours, all with a little new footage, but nothing too spoilery.Read more...

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Many scifi and fantasy books explore religious themes: Octavia E. Butler’s Earthseed, Philip K. Dick’s Mercerism, etc. Onscreen, there’s no bigger spirituality movement than Star Wars’ Force. But there’s more to religion in genre movies and TV than the Jedi... so much more. Have you heard the good news?Read more...

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Over the past few months, Netflix has really gotten into establishing itself as a place for Asian-made genre content. Between the oodles of anime series its licensing and a whole host of Korean acquisitions, it’s becoming a go-to place for foreign genre. Now it’s bolstering that with a new Korean superhero movie.Read more...

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Betty’s mom is really terrible at her job. Not only is Riverdale’s resident media mogul using The Riverdale Register to service her propaganda machine against the Southside Serpents, bringing the town on the brink of civil war, but apparently she thinks a man curing cancer isn’t worth a goddamn cover story.Read more...

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If you’re sick and tired of repeatedly seeing pearls snap off a necklace and the bodies of Bruce Wayne’s parents slumping to the cold, grimy concrete of Park Row, just imagine how Martha Wayne feels. That’s right: she hates it and says as much in a spoofy fake commentary track for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.Read more...

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Our first look at Deadpool 2 in action is finally here. But you’re going to have to get through a totally weird, and pretty hilarious, skit to get to it.Read more...

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Supergirl casts a member of a cosmic DC race. Poe Dameron goes drifting in a new Last Jedi TV spot. You’re getting a little less Orville than expected this season. Plus, the first look at Rampage, more Happy! clips, and gruesome new Gotham footage. Behold, spoilers!Read more...

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League is both the best and worst of everything we’ve seen from the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe movies. There are plenty of things to like, and about an equal number to dislike. But ultimately, its good things bumped up against the bad enough to leave me with hope and excitement for what’s…Read more...

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Sometimes the best posters come from a simple idea—like this one, which is shaped like a window with the coolest thing ever outside.Read more...

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We first told you about it a year ago—and now, after a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign, the finished product is here: Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers: Women of Science Fiction. It’s a collection of new and reprinted works, framed as a take-home exhibit from the Museum of Science Fiction.Read more...

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Last night was the midseason finale of Star Wars Rebels season four, and while it was light on mythology and mystery, it did establish that Hera Syndulla may be one of the best Star Wars characters of all time.Read more...

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Fandom has changed, so any series satirizing it must change too. The writer for the upcoming Galaxy Quest TV series says the show is going to be about two generations of the NSEA Protector’s crew, as well as how much pop culture fandom has shifted from the days of Commander Nesmith to a new generation of nerdy “rock…Read more...

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