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Thor’s Hammer in Comic Books Now Reads ‘If She Be Worthy’

7 September 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Marvel’s version of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, has always been something of an outlying character when it comes to mainstream comic book audiences, but he’s definitely an A-lister these days, thanks to his solo Marvel Studios releases – and his dashing portrayal by Chris Hemsworth. He’ll be seen onscreen again in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Meanwhile, in the ongoing comic book universe, Marvel shook things up with the recent announcement that the next relaunch of the comic Thor: God of Thunder would feature a new, female Thor. The series’ writer, Jason Aaron stated that, “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. ...

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Dark Souls II receives mammoth update ahead of Dlc

21 July 2014 10:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dark Souls II's first Dlc is due today, and a new patch has addressed a huge list of issues...

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The first Dlc for Dark Souls II, Crown of the Sunken King, has probably landed by the time you read this, and accompanying it is a huge update that fixes and tweaks a massive range of features.

You can see the full list below (and it's some list), but highlights include a limit to the amount of souls a player can earn whilst fighting invaders, and the removal of healing abilities during any form of PvP, a common annoyance for those who follow Dark Souls' community created honour system of no healing during a fight.

A good portion of the update deals with balancing, making changes to weapons damage, armour effectiveness, and spells. Some items have been changed too, such as the very handy Gower's Ring of Protection, which has been weakened, »

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Why does Marvel Studios keep sidelining its antagonists?

8 April 2014 1:52 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Rob Leane 10 Apr 2014 - 06:11

From Trevor Slattery to the Winter Soldier, Rob looks at one of the Marvel universe’s most curious traits...

This article contains spoilers for every McU movie up to and including Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Since Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, Marvel Studios has gradually built worldwide box office dominance, developing a sprawling superpowered franchise which every other studio wants to emulate. It isn’t without its curiosities and questionable decisions, though.

While Iron Man’s villain Obadiah Stane was revealed rather late in the film, he was a decent enough adversary for an origin story, and he pushed an early-in-his-superhero-career Tony Stark to his limits. In the same year, General Ross was a clear and deadly villain for The Incredible Hulk film, even though Tim Roth’s Abomination did all the heavy lifting.

Similarly, Tom Hiddlestone’s debut »

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2014 Boston Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

20 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 16th annual Boston Underground Film Festival will once again terrorize all of New England with a wide selection of international atrocities that span the globe from Japan to Belgium to the fest’s own backyard. The fest will run March 26-30 at the Brattle Theater.

The fest will open with the supernatural teen comedy All Cheerleaders Die by the dynamic directing team of Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, which will then be followed by the cult 1974 Japanese nunsploitation flick School of the Holy Beast by Norifumi Suzuki.

Other feature films screening at the fest include: The American warrior documentary My Name Is Jonah by Phil Healy and Jb Sapienza; the pre-apocolyptic party of Doomsdays by Eddie Mullins; The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears by Belgian extreme filmmakers Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani; the collegiate conspiracy of Jerzy Rose’s Crimes Against Humanity; Jeremy Saulnier’s twist on the revenge thriller, »

- Mike Everleth

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What to Watch: Feb. 4-10, 2014

4 February 2014 2:18 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

While there is a likely Oscar-winner, a massive box set from HBO, and some true crowd-pleasers in this week’s What to Watch, it’s a bit of a downer compared to some more recent jam-packed weeks of Blu-ray and streaming greatness. We also couldn’t find an On Demand title this week worth mentioning, although Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, hits DirecTV On Demand this Thursday and you can bet we’ll be there to check it out before a March theatrical release. Until then, rent or buy something below.

Treme: The Complete Series

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Treme: The Complete Series”

HBO’s “Treme” never became the cultural touchstone that “The Wire” turned into over the year but it does have a loyal, devoted following who will be overwhelmed by the ability to own it all in one box set. One also gets the feeling that “Treme, »

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