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The Fantasticast #261 – Marvel Two-in-One #31 – My Sweetheart, My Killer

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Meadows, Airplanes, and Hypnosis

Hello, and welcome to episode 261 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week, we return to jolly old London town for the further adventures of Ben Grimm in the Land of Blighty. Both the Thing and Spider-Woman find themselves on the trail of the missing Alicia Masters, to stop Hydra from turning her into a horrific spider-mutant. Meanwhile, the most unlikely treasure hunt since the last Nicolas Cage movie continues.

Yes, it’s Marvel Two-in-One #31, presented by Marv Wolfman,
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The Reinvention of Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Reinvention of Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme discusses how he learned not to take himself so seriously in the new Amazon series, 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson.' Graham Walzer/Redux

Jean-Claude Van Damme – the kickboxing King of the Splits, the street-fighting inspiration for the game Mortal Kombat, the fabled flexing "Muscles From Brussels" – can get seriously silly.

"I like to make voices with my kids," he says nonchalantly. "You see a cartoon and you do one." Then Van Damme asks, "Can you make a voice for me? Make a voice for me." After a few increasingly goofy back-and-forths,
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The Reinvention of Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Reinvention of Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme discusses how he learned not to take himself so seriously in the new Amazon series, 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson.' Graham Walzer/Redux

Jean-Claude Van Damme – the kickboxing King of the Splits, the street-fighting inspiration for the game Mortal Kombat, the fabled flexing "Muscles From Brussels" – can get seriously silly.

"I like to make voices with my kids," he says nonchalantly. "You see a cartoon and you do one." Then Van Damme asks, "Can you make a voice for me? Make a voice for me." After a few increasingly goofy back-and-forths,
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10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Twin Peaks: The Return'

10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Twin Peaks: The Return'
This year, we've asked 10 writers to pick some of their favorite TV episodes from 2017 and weigh in on why they were great stand-alone eps and the highlights of our viewing year. Today: Scott Tobias on Twin Peaks: The Return's stunning, apocalyptic "Episode 8."

Cut to black.

[Beat.]

July 16th, 1945.

White Sands, New Mexico

5:29 a.m. Mwt

How did we get here? That's the first question – or maybe the second, after "Wtf?!" and a period of extended hypnosis – that comes to mind as the desert lights up with a brilliant flash and a mushroom cloud.
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10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Twin Peaks: The Return'

10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Twin Peaks: The Return'
This year, we've asked 10 writers to pick some of their favorite TV episodes from 2017 and weigh in on why they were great stand-alone eps and the highlights of our viewing year. Today: Scott Tobias on Twin Peaks: The Return's stunning, apocalyptic "Episode 8."

Cut to black.

[Beat.]

July 16th, 1945.

White Sands, New Mexico

5:29 a.m. Mwt

How did we get here? That's the first question – or maybe the second, after "Wtf?!" and a period of extended hypnosis – that comes to mind as the desert lights up with a brilliant flash and a mushroom cloud.
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5 totally underrated Christmas movies

It’s pretty easy to create a top 5 Christmas movie list. Not only would everyone’s list look pretty similar, but most of the films that would be listed probably receive extensive runs on cable TV during the holidays. So why not check out some Christmas movies that aren’t classics? The following are 5 underrated Christmas movies that you should check out this holiday season: 1 Trapped in Paradise This movie got a bad rap when it was released. A young Nicolas Cage hints at the crazed performances that are now his forte, while John Lovitz battles then SNL stalwart, Dana...read more
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Paul Schrader’s Secret New Movie: How the Director Resurrected a Wild Nicolas Cage Performance Without Permission

Paul Schrader’s Secret New Movie: How the Director Resurrected a Wild Nicolas Cage Performance Without Permission
In September 2014, veteran filmmaker Paul Schrader was livid. He had recently directed “Dying of the Light,” a grim thriller starring Nicolas Cage as CIA agent Evan Lake, who obsesses over tracking terrorists while suffering from a brain disease and losing his mind. The movie’s financiers wanted a more conventional espionage thriller than Schrader’s experimental, subjective narrative, so they took the movie away from Schrader, who sent an email explaining the conundrum to Cage. The actor struck a note or resignation.

“The unfortunate aspect to my having had so many careers in so many genres is that they can make a case to put me in box b instead of box a for money’s sake,” Cage wrote, in an email shared with IndieWire years later.

Schrader could relate. “Dying of the Light” arrived nearly 40 years after Schrader catapulted to fame with his screenplay for “Taxi Driver” and maintained
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The Complete Works Ep. 49: Nicolas Cage – Next (2007)

The Complete Works Ep. 49 The Complete Works is an in-depth, introspective, and, quite frankly, insane idea – FilmBook contributor Mike Smith and his co-host Mike DeCriscio are going to take a look at every film in the filmography of Nicolas Cage, one crazy screaming scene at a time. This week, Mike and [...]

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The 10 Must-See Movies At Sundance 2018

Ben Robins on the ten must-see movies at Sundance 2018…

The ridiculously celebrated indie festival to end all indie festivals will return for another banner year in January, and it’s no doubt set to be another big one. Having kicked off the careers of everyone from the Coen Brothers to Tarantino to most recently, Whiplash and La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, it’s a fairly reliable way to get a heads-up on the brightest and boldest new filmmakers in the biz, so it only makes sense to take a closer look at what’s coming up.

We don’t have much to go on – synopses and the occasional still picture – so lets let the casts and crews speak for themselves.

American Animals (dir. Bart Layton)

Written and directed by documentary vet Layton (the BAFTA winning filmmaker behind 2012’s seriously ace The Imposter), American Animals not only boasts an already
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‘Dark’ Theories and Burning Questions: Jonas’ Fate, the Wallpapered Room, and That Massive Back Tattoo

‘Dark’ Theories and Burning Questions:  Jonas’ Fate, the Wallpapered Room, and That Massive Back Tattoo
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the entirety of Netflix’s series “Dark.”]

Netflix’s German supernatural mystery thriller doesn’t fit neatly into any puzzle box, but it sure is addictive and intriguing. Initially built around the case of a missing boy in Winden, “Dark” quickly bursts through the confines of the small town — not by reaching beyond its borders, but beyond its time. The curious time travel element, however, is a tricky one, and two warring forces are trying to control it. Unfortunately, it seems that many young boys have been caught in the middle.

The time travel occurs in 33-year increments, which creates a curious connection with Winden’s past, present, and future. In particular, viewers have gotten to know the young, middle-aged, and older versions of the same characters that hail from a few major families. Trying to keep the various surnames, generations, and each person’s secrets straight is difficult enough, but throw in a kidnapping priest, arcane references,
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Mom and Dad Head to Theaters and VOD

Nicolas Cage in a horror movie. The possibilities are friggin’ endless when those two things come together. Such is the case with Mom and Dad (review), and come early next year you’ll be able to dig on the madness for yourself. Word has just come across our desks that Mom and Dad will be in […]

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After a Year-Long Search, Disney Has Found Its Leading Lady For the Live-Action Mulan

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It's a very exciting time for Disney fans! After announcing a release date for the live-action adaptation of Mulan earlier this year, the studio has finally found its leading lady. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chinese actress Liu Yifei (who is also known as Crystal Liu) will play the title character in the 2018 film. The 30-year-old, who previously starred in 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li and 2014's Outcast with Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen, beat out more than 1,000 actresses for the role. While the rest of the stars have yet to be revealed, it seems like Disney is taking a step toward a more inclusive cast, after fans signed a petition earlier this year to make sure that the beloved heroine, Mulan, wouldn't be "whitewashed."
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Film News Roundup: Billy Dee Williams, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish Receive Honors

Film News Roundup: Billy Dee Williams, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish Receive Honors
In today’s film news roundup, Billy Dee Williams will receive a Hollywood legacy award, the Art Directors Guild taps three for lifetime achievement, and fan-owned Legion M invests in a Nicolas Cage movie.

Honors

The American Black Film Festival will honor Billy Dee Williams with the Hollywood legacy award, actor Omari Hardwick with the distinguished Abff alumni award, and actress Tiffany Haddish with the rising star award.

The awards gala will take place on Feb. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show celebrates individuals of African descent who have made distinguished contributions to American culture through their work, and salutes the year’s best movies and television shows.

Williams’ credits include “Brian’s Song,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “Batman.” Hardwick stars in the Starz series “Power” with credits on “Tyler Perry’s for Colored Girls” and Bet Network’s “Being Mary Jane.”

Haddish starred
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Mayor Taylor Swift? Newly Published List Reveals Surprising Celebrity Write-Ins for N.Y.C. Mayor

Mayor Taylor Swift? Newly Published List Reveals Surprising Celebrity Write-Ins for N.Y.C. Mayor
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio won a second term a few weeks ago — despite, as it turns out, having some pretty famous competition.

A list of all the people who received votes in the 2017 N.Y.C. mayoral election was released by the city’s Board of Elections on Wednesday, and it has a few familiar names on it. Quite a few, in fact: Though there was a lighter turnout for this year’s mayoral election than in years past, The New York Times reported that there were more write-in votes than ever.

And it turns out there are
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First Trailer for Haunted House Horror 'Delirium' from Johnny Martin

"I didn't have a good feeling about this..." Gravitas Ventures has debuted the first official trailer for a horror thriller titled Delirium, which first premiered last year but is just getting a release in early 2018. This is actually one of the first feature films made by former stuntman and second unit director Johnny Martin, who later went on to direct Vengeance: A Love Story with Nicolas Cage, and Hangman with Al Pacino, both also released this year (before this film). Delirium is about a group of teens who dare a classmate to reach the porch of a legendary old house, but he never comes back. So they gear up and go in themselves to get him. Starring Mike C. Manning, Griffin Freeman, August Roads, Ryan Pinkston, Seth Austin, and Elena Sanchez. This looks like a very wild, testosterone-filled haunted house horror flick. Tread carefully. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Johnny Martin's Delirium,
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8 Surprises and Hidden Gems From the 2018 Sundance Lineup

8 Surprises and Hidden Gems From the 2018 Sundance Lineup
The end of the year is often seen as a time when awards season gains momentum and critics produce their top 10 lists, but for much of the film industry, it’s also the first big preview of 2018 movies. Thanks to the Sundance Film Festival lineup, which in January will include 110 movies from 29 countries, a fresh crop of films to talk about have just been announced, many of which are certain to continue generating conversations throughout the year.

However, the Sundance program takes its time to gather buzz, and it’s not always obvious which movies deserve the most attention right off the bat. So here’s our annual attempt to take a first crack at some of the surprises and hidden gems in the lineup, with some input from Sundance director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth. We’re as excited as anyone to see Paul Dano’s
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Liu Yifei cast as Mulan in Disney’s live action adaptation

Disney has found its actress to play the title role in the live action adaptation of Mulan. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed The Chinese Widow’s Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Lui, has been chosen to portray Mulan.

Mulan is based on a Chinese legend about Hua Mulan, a young female warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to join the Chinese military, taking the place of her aging father, to protect her country from the threats they face. Disney previously adapted the legend into the 1998 animated film of the same name starring Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong and Miguel Ferrer.

Disney searched through five continents and over 1000 candidates for the role of Mulan before deciding on Yifei. Disney was looking for a Chinese actress who could speak fluent English and requires experience with martial arts for the role. Yifei has worked on numerous projects in
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Sundance 2018 Feature Lineup Drops

Forget about portioning out the announcement, Sundance has just gone and dropped their entire feature lineup on us in one fell swoop! Highlights include Nicolas Cage-starrer from Panos Cosmatos Mandy (pictured), Desiree Akhavan's Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane starring The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and that latest from those wacky Zellner brothers, Damsel which stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. There is oh so much more to parse through below. Have at it! U.S. Dramatic Competition Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include Fruitvale Station, Patti Cake$, Swiss Army Man and The Diary of a Teenage Girl.   American Animals /...

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Say Hello to Liu Yifei, the Star of Disney's Live-Action Mulan Adaptation

Image Source: Everett Collection and Getty / Pascal Le Segretain After months of searching, Disney has finally unveiled the actress who will bring the iconic role of Hua Mulan to life in its live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated classic: Liu Yifei! For any fans who were nervous that Disney might attempt to whitewash the character, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The 30-year-old (who also goes by the name Crystal Liu) hails from the Wuhan, Hubei, province of China, but is fluent in English from time spent living in Queens, NY, during part of her childhood. Like the studio's exhaustive search for the stars of its live-action Aladdin movie, Yifei went up against more than 1,000 actresses for the role. It's obvious that both Disney and director Niki Caro saw something special in Yifei, who already has a pretty lengthy résumé. The actress grew up singing, dancing, and playing the
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Whistler Film Fest Shines Light on Underdogs and Emerging Talent

Whistler Film Fest Shines Light on Underdogs and Emerging Talent
The Whistler Film Festival, which returns for its 17th iteration Nov. 29-Dec. 3, has often been referred to as the “coolest” film festival, but in some ways it can also be considered an outsider’s festival.

The fest strives to provide a particularly inclusive platform with this year’s lineup including 87 films from more than 15 countries, with 30% of the feature films directed by women.

Whistler is obviously filling a vacuum in categories under-serviced by other Canadian film festivals,” says director of programming Paul Gratton, who sifted through more than 1,000 film submissions to make his picks, in addition to scouting fests around the world.

The festival is also known for its Canada-heavy programming, accounting for about two-thirds of all features.

“No other Canadian festival seems to be doing it at quite our level of engagement,” says Gratton. “But I don’t see that growing in future years beyond its current level. The non-Canadian portion of the festival keeps getting
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