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A number of writer Nick Spencer’s narrative choices (like turning Captain America into a literal fascist and supreme leader of Hydra) have made Marvel’s Secret Empire event difficult to stomach. In this week’s issue of the controversial series, though, a familiar face shows up to put all of Secret Empire’s messiness…Read more...

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Adam West returned, with much fanfare, as the iconic Caped Crusader last November with Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. After his recent passing, it was unclear whether he’d actually return for the sequel, Batman vs. Two-Face. Lucky for us, West’s Batman will come to life one last time.Read more...

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Most people can’t do a song about Batman if they were out here looking like Killmonger. But most people aren’t Jaden Smith.Read more...

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The instant DuckTales premiered in 1987, its theme song lodged itself permanently in the minds of everyone who heard it. So, with a new version of the show premiering this year, the worry was that Disney would mess with perfection. Thankfully, the tune has been left almost entirely intact.Read more...

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This year’s Sony E3 conference closed on an impressive demo of Insomniac’s upcoming open-world Spider-Man game. I checked out an alternate playthrough and on the show floor, and while creative director Bryan Intihar was tight-lipped when it came to specifics, he did give me a handful of interesting tidbits.Read more...

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All the rumors you’ve heard in the past few months are true. Fox has set Simon Kinberg to make his directorial debut with 2018's X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will return much of the cast from 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse—and possibly add an Oscar nominee too.Read more...

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An animated adaptation of beloved kids’ book The Story of Ferdinand will be hitting theaters this December, and the main character—a bull who prefers flowers to fighting—is being voiced by longtime WWE A-lister/perennial heavyweight champ John Cena. He’s there... you just can’t see him.Read more...

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I want you to stop what you’re doing, raise your dominant hand, and imitate Spider-Man shooting webs from his wrists. Look at your hand. See that “thwip, thwip” gesture you’re making? Gene Simmons of KISS fame wants to trademark that gesture.Read more...

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James Wan’s The Conjuring was huge hit, bringing forth The Conjuring 2 and spin-off Annabelle—as well as spin-off sequel Annabelle: Creation (due in August) and Conjuring 2 spin-off The Nun (due in 2018). And now, yet another movie inspired by the series is on the way.Read more...

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Pulse-pounding action is the selling point for the John Wick movies, but that’s not the main thing that makes them so good. That distinction goes to the high-tech, deeply rooted mythological setting where assassins live lives of unfathomable luxury and respect. It’s a world the filmmakers behind the series would like…Read more...

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Nicholson. Ledger. Leto. Everyone who has played Joker in the modern era has been an Oscar-winning actor. It’s an iconic role, but in the late 1980s, John Lithgow didn’t know that. He auditioned to play the role in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and actively tried not to be cast. It’s a decision he regrets to this day.Read more...

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This week, the Library of Congress is launching a free, online archive of webcomics collected from across the internet meant to highlight the medium’s contribution to the arts and modern American culture.Read more...

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In War for the Planet of the Apes, Steve Zahn plays Bad Ape, a new character who shows up having learned to talk all on his own. He’s got some... quirks.Read more...

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Yes. You read that right. A movie about Transformers in ancient Rome. If they do not fight for the entertainment of the masses in the Coliseum, it will be a travesty.Read more...

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Now that the Star Wars franchise is alive and well again, you can get caught up with the two original trilogies on Blu-ray for $30 each, complete with a bunch of special features. Place your bets on which one will sell better in the comments!Read more...

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With the 30th anniversary of Predator still fresh in our minds, and the world of video games currently focused on the world of E3, the time has never been better for what you see right there.Read more...

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There’s no shortage of topics when discussing Joel Schumacher’s 1997 film Batman & Robin: its over-the-top villains, pun-laden dialogue, Bat-credit card, casting, the list goes on and on. But 20 years later, the number one topic still has to be the Bat-Nipples.Read more...

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DC’s über-campy Batman ‘66 series is at its strongest when the Adam West-inspired Dark Knight and his Burt Ward Boy Wonder team up with other heroes from the silver and bronze ages of comics, like Wonder Woman and the Green Hornet. Read more...

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Three weeks ago, I got on a school bus just as the sun was setting and was driven into the woods 20 minutes south of one of Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse theaters. At a campsite tucked away off a walking trail, I saw one of the year’s most disturbing films projected onto an outdoor movie screen. The next day, I asked…Read more...

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Lots of kids have one big favorite TV show—something they watch every single week and obsess about in between. But what if you found out the show you loved growing up was made only for you? What would that mean? That’s the set-up of Brigsby Bear, a movie that looks both creepy and hilarious.Read more...

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Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element is second only to Caddyshack as the most quotable film of all time. And after listening to Eclectic Method’s latest remix where he re-assembles the sci-fi classic into another catchy earworm, you’ll be unwittingly singing “multi-pass” for hours.Read more...

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You’d be correct to call Colossal a monster movie. But it’s not your standard creature feature; it’s a genre-defying indie film that’s ultimately a story not just about that 300-foot-tall monster stomping through Seoul, but also about battling our own personal demons, culminating in a fantastic, emotional ending.Read more...

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On Game of Thrones, death is one of the few things (aside from winter) that the people of Westeros and beyond know that they can rely on. The impermanence of life is one of the fundamental ideas that’s shaped both George R.R. Martin’s books and HBO’s series, but, as is often the case, it can be difficult to recall…Read more...

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It may sound a bit funny, but Universal making a shared continuity out of its classic monsters isn’t a bad or even a new idea. Unfortunately, in its inaugural film The Mummy, the studio just managed to completely miss what made these characters work in the first place. Read more...

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The next big Mario game is coming to Switch on October 27, and it’ll let you play as a Cheep Cheep, a taxi cab, and even a dinosaur. Using Mario’s special abilities in Super Mario Odyssey, you can inhabit those people and objects, as we saw in a new trailer during the Nintendo Spotlight today.Read more...

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