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Doctor Doom to Sailor Moon: Best of Day One at DragonCon 2015

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Every a year for Labor Day weekend Atlanta, Ga is invaded by geeks of every flavor. From horror and steampunk to superheroes and video games, DragonCon has something for everyone. And the best part? When you send up a flare for every fandom, the cosplayers come out in droves. Unlike the “big box” conventions like Sdcc and Nycc that take place in a single building, DragonCo is spread out over a complex of hotels interconnected with skyways. With a larger layout and byzantine labyrinth of hallways to break up the crowds, it’s easier for cosplayers to go crazy with bulky or highly accessorized ideas! And it’s definitely easier for photographers to get wide group shots! After the jump, check out the nearly three dozen stunning and intricate costumes we caught on the show floor during the first full day of DragonCon 2015! »


- Donna Dickens

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Review: Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are remarkable in moving new drama 'Room'

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Telluride, Co – “Room” is not a movie about the horrors of abduction (although it is).  “Room” is not a movie that wants to focus on the tabloid sensationalism of such abductions (although that aspect is used for a specific purpose).  Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” is simply a movie about mother and son trying to adapt to the outside world after years of forced captivity.   And the surprise is how succinctly it captures this drastic life change from the perspective of five-year-old. When we first meet Jack (an impressive Jack Tremblay), he’s celebrating his birthday in RoomRoom is a 10 feet by 10 feet living space that has everything Jack thinks he needs.  There’s wardrobe (where he hides during Old Nick’s nightly visits), sink, TV, chair one, chair two, door (which only Old Nick can open) and, most importantly, skylight, his window into space.  Jack has spent his entire life in Room. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Stephen Amell unveils the ‘Arrow’ season 4 trailer

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"Arrow’" star Stephen Amell has unveiled the season 4 trailer for the CW series via his Facebook page. As the producers have promised, things begin on a sunny note for the residents of Starling -- now Star -- City, which only means they will soon turn to a pile of angst and ashes. Take a look below and let us know what you think in the comments.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Posted by Stephen Amell on Friday, September 4, 2015 »


- Roth Cornet

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First trailer for 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children' is appropriately peculiar

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What if the “X-Men” had taken place in the past and instead of Professor Xavier, the children had been taken in by a Victorian-esque lady with a secret? That’s the premise of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Based on the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, “Miss Peregrine’s” is basically a kid-friendly introduction to the macabre. So it seems fitting the first teaser has a slightly ominous undertone (since “Fallout” one can’t hear 1940s music without unease). Happy Looper Day!* *Looper Day is a special holiday celebrated by the children under Miss Peregrine’s care every September 3rd. »


- Donna Dickens

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Regulation Star Wars Stormtrooper gear includes swim shoes and surfboards at DragonCon

9 hours ago

DragonCon is a different beast (zing!) than either San Diego or New York. Spread out over several hotels instead of cramming walls of flesh into a box masquerading as a convention center creates a less claustrophobic atmosphere. In that breathing space, cosplayers feel more comfortable bringing out the big guns. Wings, tails, horns, and accessories that would be tattered within moments at another Comic-Con are out in droves. Including this laid back stormtrooper. I mean, even the 501st — hell, Especially the 501st — deserve some extended shore leave! Image Credit: Jereme Dickens/HitFix But he didn’t just look the part. He also Sounded the part. »

- Donna Dickens

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Has Bryan Cranston created the ultimate Lbj?

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Walter White may not even recognize himself if he stared him in the eye. That’s how striking Bryan Cranston’s transformation is in the first look of him as Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO’s “All the Way.” People unveiled the photo. Take a look: Cranston played the 36th U.S. president in “All the Way” on Broadway. He won a Tony for the role and also helped the production earn a Best Play Tony in 2014. “All the Way” was commissioned for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle” and premiered at the festival in 2012. The HBO take on the play will air in 2016. “All the Way” opens shortly after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and covers Johnson’s first 11 months in office. Alternately bullying and beguiling, Lbj enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. Let’s »


- Emily Rome

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How does 'Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon' play for a first-time viewer in 2015?

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While I'd argue I have a fairly deep knowledge of '80s films, having survived the era the first time through, it seems I somehow missed "The Last Dragon," directed by Michael Schultz. Schultz works non-stop in television these days, and I'd wager that most of the people watching his episodes of "Arrow" or "Hart of Dixie" or "Black-ish" or "Chuck" or "The Mysteries Of Laura" have no idea this is the same guy who made movies like "Car Wash," "Cooley High," "Greased Lightning," "Bustin' Loose," or "Scavenger Hunt." He was one of the few directors to work with Richard Pryor repeatedly, which automatically makes him somewhat of a superhero. It's always strange when you watch a movie for the first time removed completely from the context in which it premiered, especially one that provokes such an enthusiastic cult response from so many people when you mention it. A mere »


- Drew McWeeny

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Shepard Fairey delivers a bold message with new poster

14 hours ago

Shepard Fairey has unveiled the poster for the upcoming documentary 'This Changes Everything'. The film is based on Naomi Klein's 2014 book of the same name which focuses on the effect modern capitalism has had on global climate change. Shepard Fairey who also serves as an Executive Producer delivers a very striking poster with his use of bold imagery and block lettering. It feels very timeless. 'This Changes Everything' will premiere at the upcoming 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the trailer below! »


- Matt Perez-Mora

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Why did the decidedly un-scary 'Area 51' terrify Paramount so much?

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Paramount InSurge quietly dumped Oren Peli's "Area 51" onto Netflix this week, an ignoble end for a film that was apparently in production for the better part of a decade, and having finally seen it, my biggest question is this: why did Paramount bother with such a tortured post-production on such a slight and forgettable misfire? Oren Peli's "Paranormal Activity" is one of the genuine miracles of recent indie cinema, a micro-budget horror film that not only spawned a hundred lesser rip-offs but helped turn Jason Blum into the only producer still apparently making horror films in all of Hollywood. While a series of "Paranormal Activity" sequels managed to do a solid job of building a mythology out of the fairly slight original film, with a series of different directors rotating through, Peli moved on to his next project and started production on the film in 2009. Think about »


- Drew McWeeny

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Animated 'Alien 3' imagines a happier ending for Ripley and friends

14 hours ago

I actually think "Alien 3" is a little underrated, but I recognize that most fans of the franchise, ahem, do not. For those who never recovered from the tragic deaths of Newt and Hicks at the beginning of David Fincher's much-maligned threequel, here you go: a cutesy animated rendering (by YouTuber iscoppie) of a boring life in suburbia for Ripley and friends (at least until Jonesy gets kidnapped by the Weyland-Utani sleazebuckets). Yes, Ripley and Hicks finally do it. [h/t Bloody-Disgusting] »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'Daredevil': check out The Punisher's guns

14 hours ago

Fans began crying out for a return of The Punisher following the success of Netflix’s violent Marvel series “Daredevil.” The streaming service felt like the perfect home for Frank Castle, a character who is far more tonally cohesive with what Marvel is producing for that platform than what they are delivering in their larger cinematic universe.  Rather than jump into committing him to his own series, however, Marvel has opted to introduce Castle in “Daredevil” Season 2, which is being described as “Punisher vs. Daredevil.” From the looks of an image that actor Jon Bernthal tweeted, it doesn’t appear that The Punisher’s going to be taking it easy on Matt Murdock.  Bernthal, who many will know from his role as Shane on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” is set to play The Punisher, a character he is wildly enthusiastic about.  I think we’ll all understand why when »


- Roth Cornet

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Happy birthday, Beyonce. Here's her single best video moment.

15 hours ago

Beyonce -- the unstoppable, unspeakably glamorous pop supernova of the 21st century -- turns 34 today. Can you guess her best video moment? There's only one correct answer. It's not "Single Ladies." Or "Crazy in Love." Or even "7/11." The best Beyonce video moment is from her days with Destiny's Child, and it is the rad street danceoff of "Lose My Breath." Beyonce is usually saucy and sexual in her videos, but it's rare that she's this sassy. Note the amazing facial expressions, the raw dance battle energy, and carnal, competitive vibe. It's heaven. And Kelly and Michelle are divine too. »


- Louis Virtel

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This 1998 Neil Gaiman short story would make a compelling and timely movie in 2015

18 hours ago

Short stories often make the best source material for feature films. They offer pitches with a gem of a concept that can be expanded into a more complex story. Fans of the original short story aren’t as prone to get pissed at changes from the book as fans of novels since they can acknowledge that there naturally are alterations when expanding a short story. Glaring omissions due to time constraints aren’t likely to be a problem like they are when adapting 500-page books to two-hour movies. “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Fly,” “Children of the Corn,” “The Absent-Minded Professor,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Total Recall” (and a slew of other Philip K. Dick sci-fi imaginings) started out as short stories. Neil Gaiman’s uniquely enchanting, haunting imagination has inspired a handful of film adaptations, including stop-motion movie “Coraline” and the far-too-much-fun “Stardust,” which starred Robert De Niro and a pre-“DaredevilCharlie Cox. »


- Emily Rome

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Will The Force really 'Awaken' for Disney at tonight's midnight sales events?

3 September 2015 5:50 PM, PDT

It has begun. Now is the moment when it goes from the hype of the hypothetical to the actual quantifiable event. Is "Star Wars" worth the $4 billion that Disney paid for it, and will "The Force Awakens" truly return the series to its place at the top of the pop culture pyramid? We won't really know those answers until December 18th, when the film arrives in theaters, but tonight at midnight, in time zone after time zone around the world, the first real test begins. That's right… Force Friday is here. There's no way I'm going anywhere near a store tonight. I was there in 1999 when they did this, and I think a small part of my innocence died watching grown men elbow children out of the way to buy Jar Jar Binks figures for a movie none of them had seen yet. This time, there's a nostalgia factor built »


- Drew McWeeny

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' stars have a message for fans

3 September 2015 5:49 PM, PDT

Are you ready for #ForceFriday? Because "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley certainly want you to be. In case you hadn't heard, in a demonstration of both their marketing might and brilliance, Disney is awakening the "Star Wars" fan fervor with a global toy unboxing and tie-in event that has been dubbed "Force Friday." In honor of this invitation to purchase what is -- in truth -- some pretty amazing merch, the official "Star Wars" Twitter account has unleashed a message from "The Force Awakens" young leads. Take a look below. Incoming #ForceFriday transmission from Daisy Ridley and @JohnBoyega. https://t.co/WJzumblnWV — Star Wars (@starwars) September 4, 2015 Meanwhile, we explore the ins and outs of why Finn has That lightsaber in the video below: »


- Roth Cornet

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Amy Schumer's 10 Biggest Career Milestones

3 September 2015 4:59 PM, PDT

Amy Schumer may have been an also-ran on the fifth season of "Last Comic Standing," but she's proven herself a singular firebrand on several different specials and series since her breakthrough. The "Trainwreck" star is now an Emmy nominee for her Comedy Central sketch series "Inside Amy Schumer," and it's clear when you look back at her consistent streak of shocking, provocative jokes that she was always destined to end up as one of the most vocal comics working. Here are her career highlights.  »


- Louis Virtel

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The Hulk’s too big for ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ but this is where he may be

3 September 2015 3:33 PM, PDT

We’ve all been wondering where The Hulk is headed. Now we may have some answers. Be warned, mention of the conclusion of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” follows… Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk flew off into a mysterious future during the final climactic sequences of Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Fans have been speculating about what may have become of Bruce Banner and his giant green alter ego for months, now. Marvel reveals secrets of "Captain America: Civil War" Recently, the team breakdowns for the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” were revealed and, as expected, The Hulk was not involved on either side of the ideological split between Iron Man and Captain America. Of course, Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch weren’t accounted for, either, but we know they will both be in the final film. Having said that, many had assumed that Bruce Banner would not take part in the epic superhero battle. »


- Roth Cornet

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Diggle from 'Arrow' steals Magneto's hat, descends into the uncanny valley abyss

3 September 2015 3:07 PM, PDT

If you follow “Arrow” on Twitter, you’ve already seen Oliver’s new suit for the upcoming season. Now Diggle has joined in the upgrade fun, but something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. Everyone knows character posters are Photoshopped. It’s normal and expected. But whoever was in charge clearly took David Ramsey’s head from one photo and Frankenstein’d it onto another one of his body. Necks don’t work like that! Nice Magneto cosplay, though! Image Credit: Twitter His skin is eerily smooth, like he just stepped out of “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.” And those eyes! Those are the eyes of a man who has stared into the abyss and the abyss crawled up to French him. What Photoshop horrors hath these eyes seen!?! »


- Donna Dickens

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The ‘Batman V Superman’ Batmobile is now available for your personal inspection

3 September 2015 2:26 PM, PDT

You can now behold the “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” Batmobile with your own eyes. Warner Brothers has announced that they are making the vehicle available at their Studio Tour in Hollywood, California through September 4. Take a look the Batmobile arrive on the Warner Brothers lot in the video below and go here to book your tour. The Batmobile is always a key feature for each new take on the character. You can see this one in action in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed “Batman V Superman” starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens worldwide on March 25, 2016. »


- Roth Cornet

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'Women as Reward' and admitting James Bond is sexist - 2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

3 September 2015 2:24 PM, PDT

“Two Steps Forward and One Step Back” takes a look at the past week in media entertainment and picks two times comics/television/movies/video games got it right, and one time they made comically sexist assumptions. ************* If you'd like to know more about this week’s topics, check out the links below! • Go watch the latest Tropes vs. Women in Video Games! • See how the Idris Elba kerfuffle went down in real time. • Then read Daniel Craig’s thoughts on 007’s misogyny. • Review how the “Walking Dead” franchises have an unsettling pattern. »


- Donna Dickens

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