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DC’s Live-Action Teen Titans Series Finds Their Robin!

Greg Berlanti seems to have a stranglehold on all things live-action DC. As of this spring, he will have five television shows in syndication on The CW with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Black Lightning. Over the past several years, they’ve created a thriving little network of memorable superheroes. Though while The CW has always been a great fit for them, Berlanti and co. were never close-minded to sticking around with them. Both Supergirl and Black Lightning were made with other networks in mind, and Berlanti always seemed to want to stretch his wings into new territory.

The upcoming Teen Titans adaptation, Titans, is set to premiere next year on DC’s own digital streaming service. This was announced several months back, but in the time since then, things have been pretty quiet. There’s been little talk in terms of movement, but it sounds like
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Film Review: ‘6 Days’

Film Review: ‘6 Days’
“A renaissance for international terrorism” is among the archival newscast quotes used to set the scene in the opening credits of “6 Days” — a true-life hostage thriller methodically tracking the 1980 siege of London’s Iranian Embassy by Iranian Arab militants. The unhappy irony, of course, is that few viewers would be able to identity any particular era from that soundbite, and Toa Fraser’s lean, cleanly assembled dramatization is in its own way resistant to historical specifics: Shot and styled in contemporary, ticking-clock action fashion, it compresses the complex Theatcher-era politics of its fractious standoff into a simplified West-versus-Middle-East conflict that registers as broadly topical.

Technically smart but dramatically a bit flat — with a triangulated multi-view structure that gives stars Mark Strong, Jamie Bell and Abbie Cornish minimal room to flex — “6 Days” establishes Fraser’s credentials as a viable handler of mainstream genre fare, but comes as something of a disappointment after the livelier exploits of his rollicking
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‘The Crown’ Battles ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for “Supporting” Visual Effects Emmy

‘The Crown’ Battles ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for “Supporting” Visual Effects Emmy
It’s been five years since the TV academy adopted the Supporting Visual Effects category in an effort to honor subtle, less dominant work. It’s hard for a prestige drama with set extensions and other environmental re-creations to compete with “Game of Thrones.” (Luckily that’s not an issue this year.) Previous winners include “Boardwalk Empire,” “Banshee,” “Black Sails,” “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” and “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”

This season it’s a battle between “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” joined by “Genius,” “Gotham,” and “Taboo.” All feature splendid environmental work that help conjure the retro Gilead or recreate Buckingham Palace, gritty 19th century London, 1920’s Berlin, and present-day Manhattan.

The Crown” — “Windsor”

For the episode in which Queen Elizabeth (nominated Claire Foy) negotiates her new life with Winston Churchill (nominated John Lithgow), One of Us in London provided supporting VFX (under the supervision
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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review - A Fun Ride That Buckles Under The Pressure Of The Slightest Scrutiny

In some ways, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise can be compared to the Transformers franchise. They’re big, bombastic visual effects extravaganzas that surprised many in their first entry, but have since disappointed on many levels. Yet despite said disappointments, they both still manage to make huge bucks at the box office.

When it comes to the Pirates movies, I tend to find myself in the minority. I enjoyed the first one okay, but really fell in love with the second entry, Dead Man’s Chest, which I thought successfully amped up the fun and scope of the original without going too far into the deep end. The third entry, At World’s End lost me completely with its overly-convoluted narrative, and by the time On Stranger Tides came around, I’d already had enough of my fill of Pirates, so I didn’t even bother.

With that in mind,
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How ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Avoided an R Rating, and Other Tales from Fmx

How ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Avoided an R Rating, and Other Tales from Fmx
(“Guardians 2” spoilers follow.)

So here’s a poser: In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” we have Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), a living planet that takes on human form. Weta Digital was challenged with creating the interior look of Ego, along with the various transformations during his climactic fight with Quill.

This involved complicated mathematical patterns known as fractals (inspired by artist Hal Tenny, who served as a consultant). However, not only did Weta have difficulty controlling the fractals, but it also had to make them pliable in short order.

And then there was the biggest challenge: Weta was charged with ensuring that “Guardians” avoided an R-rating. That’s because 40% of Ego gets destroyed in the fight, and his internal organs can be seen dangling behind him. Weta offered to make him look more fractal, oozing black blood, but director James Gunn would have none of that.
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The Week in Spandex - Thor: The Dark World, Batman vs. Superman, The Fantastic Four, Wonder Woman, Spawn, Batman Beyond, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more

Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Justice League: Mortal, Arrow, Wonder Woman, Batman Beyond, The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: War, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man and more...

With the New York Comic-Con taking place this weekend, we'll kick off a slightly early Week in Spandex with 2013's final superhero offering Thor: The Dark World. The Chris Hemsworth-headlined solo sequel is due to hit cinemas here in the UK in less than three weeks and Marvel Studios has continued to deliver a stream of promotional content from its second Phase Two feature, including a featurette centred around the fan favourite villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston
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Close up: Venice is dead, long live Toronto

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film

The big story

As the Venice film festival staggered to a close – awarding its Golden Lion, rather controversially, to the Korean film Pieta rather than the runaway favourite, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master – Toronto 2012 reared its head. We're forced to admit the Canadian festival gets better every year, attracting the pick of the international film circuit, and definitely putting its Old Europe rival in the shade.

Catherine Shoard and Henry Barnes are out there for us, and they've sent back a giant pile of copy and video. New films reviewed include (deep breath): the Jake Gyllenhall cop drama End of Watch; Emma Watson's breakout performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower; the Salman Rushdie scripted adaptation of Midnight's Children; sex-addict yarn Thanks for Sharing with Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow; the loopy adapation of
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