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Live-action 'Static Shock,' 'Mortal Kombat' unveiled as part of WB digital slate

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It's no Justice League announcement, but Warner Bros. isn't resting on the laurels of its burgeoning cinematic universe. The studio announced the new name of its digital unit and the live action and animated series it's developing. On Tuesday, the studio announced that the newly renamed Blue Ribbon Content division will be producing live-action versions of DC ComicsStatic Shock, the video game Mortal Kombat, and a host of other animated and live-action projects. Here is a full breakdown of those series as well as the other projects currently in development. 1. Batman: The Animated Series Experience: Warner Bros. has »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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What is going on at Marvel? A PopWatch conspiracy theory

7 hours ago

If you follow comic book news, you might've noticed something happening over at Marvel. You haven't? Let's review. There's this: #HouseOfM -- Summer 2015 pic.twitter.com/QTLCjPrsD8 — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 20, 2014 and this, #ArmorWars -- Summer 2015 pic.twitter.com/p8wdSIhjlC — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 18, 2014 and this, #PlanetHulk -- Summer 2015 pic.twitter.com/Yg8FG1rtVM — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 17, 2014 and so forth. All over the internet, whether via Twitter or through the comics press, Marvel has been teasing us with new art hearkening back to classic crossovers, from The Infinity Gauntlet to Civil War to a Days of Future »


- Joshua Rivera

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Someone made a real hoverboard, so you should maybe get excited a little bit

8 hours ago

One day, we're all going to have let go of Back to the Future II. We're just running out of time, you see. 2015 is almost here, and we still need roads. Our clothes can't adjust themselves (although they look the part). And going to the movies is still nothing like this. But one thing still seems within our grasp: the hoverboard. A company called Hendo Hover claims to have finally built a working hoverboard, and have started a Kickstarter in order to put the tech out in the hands of upstart developers around the world. They even have a (really melodramatic) video! »


- Joshua Rivera

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Benedict Cumberbatch is now a beautiful wax figure

9 hours ago

Benedict Cumberbatch just joined the party at Madame Tussauds: The London museum unveiled a wax statue of the Sherlock Holmes star Tuesday. Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Whoopi Goldberg, and Helen Mirren are among the stars already immortalized in wax at the museum, which also has branches in cities including Berlin, Las Vegas, and Tokyo. Cumberbatch stars in historical drama The Imitation Game, in theaters Nov. 21. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Shia Labeouf admits he used to follow Alec Baldwin home in 'Interview'

11 hours ago

Shia Labeouf has had quite the tumultuous year, and he knows it. And now he's explaining it—or at least, he's trying to. "Metamodernism has influenced a lot of my action in the public in this last year and a half," Labeouf told Interview magazine. Ah, metamodernism. Knew it! Besides waxing philosophical about schools of thought, Labeouf also talked to Interview about what famous men have tried to help him along in his career, and what famous men he's, uh, stalked. It's all a part of an apology tour of sorts he's been on the past few weeks, where he's »


- Ariana Bacle

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'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany to make New York stage debut

12 hours ago

She's probably relieved to just be playing one part this time. Orphan Black breakout Tatiana Maslany will join The Newsroom’s Thomas Sadoski in the world premiere of Neil Labute’s new drama The Way We Get By, which will premiere Off Broadway at Second Stage Theatre next spring. The two-person play—which follows two confident wedding attendees who wake up next to each other on the blurry morning after—will be directed by Leigh Silverman (Broadway’s Violet). The role marks Maslany's New York stage debut and a return to Labute for Sadoski, who earned a Tony Award nomination »


- Marc Snetiker

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Despite occasional brilliance, 'Evil Within' falls short of its horror game predecessors

12 hours ago

My play sessions with The Evil Within unintentionally developed into a nightly pattern. I’d start up the game and play through two or three chapters, only to find myself facing an annoying enemy. That annoyance would give way to outright anger—halting my progress until the next evening, when I would make quick work of the foe that had bested me the night before. The cycle would repeat in waves, infrequent highs that kept being dashed by too frequent lows. There’s a great game within The Evil Within, but a series of questionable choices and bizarre narrative elements »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Read the 436-page 'Super Mario World' script from 'Chronicle' writer Max Landis

12 hours ago

If the one thought you had while playing Super Mario was that the game could really use some Game of Thrones-level of character development and story detail, Chronicle scribe Max Landis has you covered. On his blog, the screenwriter released today his 436-page take on the classic Super Nintendo game Super Mario World. Written originally when he was 19, Landis has included a foreword in the script, which can be downloaded in full at his website, cautioning readers of what's in store. Among those words of warning: "This script sucks"—which Landis repeats, in case the initial admonition of his »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Humane Society to honor Darren Aronofsky for using CGI animals in 'Noah'

13 hours ago

Darren Aronofsky, who opted to use CGI animals rather than film live ones in Noah, will receive the Humane Society of the United States's first Humane Filmmaker Award at the organization's Nov. 21 "To the Rescue! New York" benefit.  According to a press release, the award was "created to recognize Aronofsky’s leadership and commitment to animal protection and welfare." Back in March, the Humane Society hailed Aronofsky's Noah for not using live animals in its depiction of those boarding Noah's ark, and named him the recipient of the inaugural Humane Filmmaker prize. In a statement, Aronofsky said that it became »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Matthew McConaughey defends his romantic-comedy roles

15 hours ago

In a new GQ interview, Matthew McConaughey takes a stand for the work he did in romantic comedies, before the narrative of his career changed with the McConaissance.  When asked if he was proud of the work he did in romantic comedies, McConaughey replied: Absolutely. These things aren't easy. What's hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it's completely unfair. There's a buoyancy you need to make them work. I believe I gave them buoyancy. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Jimmy Kimmel makes 'Fury' infinitely cuter by adding Furbys

16 hours ago

Fury is a pretty serious movie, but Jimmy Kimmel managed to make it way less serious with the addition of a few little critters from the late '90s. Monday night, Kimmel skewered Fury's decent run at the box office and the overall state of the movie spin-off system by imagining a family-friendly sequel to the film, with Furbys serving as enemy. In a fake trailer for this Fury "sequel," cute Furbys fight Brad Pitt and his crew in tiny little tanks. No word on whether any Furbys slashed their faces or pulled a tooth out in a bout »


- Teresa Jue

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Broadway box office: Michael C. Hall's 'Hedwig' scores, but Carol Burnett can't boost 'Love Letters'

20 October 2014 4:17 PM, PDT

It's a tale of two A-list replacements: Dexter star Michael C. Hall put on some makeup for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and kicked up $544,166 for his first six performances, according to figures from the Broadway League for the week ending Oct. 19. That's down just 4 percent per-show from what Andrew Rannells took in during his final seven shows the previous week—but it still represents an impressive 85 percent of the potential gross for the Belasco Theatre. But another high-profile substitution proved less successful: Carol Burnett, returning to Broadway for the first time in a decade, failed to lift ticket sales »


- Thom Geier

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Hannibal Buress calls Bill Cosby a 'rapist' in stand-up set

20 October 2014 3:57 PM, PDT

Hannibal Buress called Bill Cosby a "rapist" in a part of his stand-up set last Thursday in Philadelphia, referencing the numerous sexual assault allegations against the 77-year-old comedian.  Philadelphia Magazine has video of this part of Buress's show, and his comments include the following: Thirteen? It's even worse because Bill Cosby has the f--ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. He gets on TV, 'Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Let's revisit Larry King's 2 a.m. Twitter rampage

20 October 2014 3:29 PM, PDT

We all have those moments late at night when the Netflix queue is just "meh," everything in the freezer has been microwaved and eaten, and all there's left to do in this world is to tweet. It seems that Larry King had that kind of night as he tweeted with the stamina of a thousand youths late last night (or more like early this morning). It all began with a critical appraisal of Dane Cook's Showtime special (as it usually does) and devolved into an appreciation of Derek Jeter, Oreo cookies with milk, and a hatred of people with perfect teeth. »


- Teresa Jue

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Are we all numb to the atrocities of 'Walking Dead'?

20 October 2014 2:52 PM, PDT

The Walking Dead is a cable-tv show about the zombie apocalypse and the brave band of survivors who are barely clinging to hope and their humanity. It airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC, and millions watch—season 4 averaged 13.3 million viewers per live episode and last week's season 5 premiere set a record with 17.3 million. By definition, it's a gruesome show that doesn't flinch from grotesque violence, and always has been—in the very first scene of the series' very first episode, a shaken Rick Grimes, still wearing his crisp police-officer duds, shoots a little-girl walker in the head. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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The lyrics of 'It's the Hard-Knock Life,' according to this ridiculous 'Annie' emoji video

20 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT

So, there's an Annie movie. And if the trailers are any indication, it's probably going to be hilarious. Not "ha-ha, isn't this whimsical?" hilarious, but "Pierce Brosnan is giving his all in Mamma Mia!" hilarious. But the one thing that isn't funny is the movie's social media campaign. Annie's marketing team seems to actually understand its target demographic: tween girls and reluctant adults whose fingers are glued to their phones. The latest proof of that awareness is a goofy lyric video accompanying the first full track release of "It's the Hard-Knock Life," the show's orphan ensemble opener (calm down, »


- Marc Snetiker

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Taylor Swift and Jamie Oliver turn 'Shake It Off' into 'Bake It Off'

20 October 2014 12:54 PM, PDT

Taylor Swift is not taking Jamie Oliver's crap in a new parody of "Shake It Off," aptly titled "Bake It Off." Swift and Oliver made the video for Stand Up to Cancer, so it's all in good fun (and for a good cause), but in the context of their sketch, she is just barely tolerating him as he botches her lyrics and sings out of tune. "Don't steal my ingredients," she says as he pilfers an orange. "That was mine. We don't cheat. This is a serious competition." And even though he taunts her—"pop stars can't bake, bake, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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2,000+ sign petition to remove 'Breaking Bad' toys from Toys 'R' Us

20 October 2014 10:34 AM, PDT

For Breaking Bad fans, an action figure of Heisenberg carrying a gun might sound pretty cool. But when said action figure is sold on the same shelf as a Barbie at Toys "R" Us, well—odds are Skyler White wouldn't be too happy about it. Susan Myers, who started a petition on Change.org, is campaigning to get the Breaking Bad action figures removed from shelves. As Myers wrote, "Their decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Marcel the Shell returns, sings, is generally wonderful in new video

20 October 2014 9:32 AM, PDT

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On has a song to share in the latest video from Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp. It's "A Perfect Day" and Marcel learned it at camp. "I sing it because my best friend lives far away," Marcel explains. Marcel also reveals the truth about shrimp ("They're the idiots of the sea"), where he puts deodorant ("in between my shell and my shoe"), and his favorite saying ("Life's a party, rock your body"). He also shows how he unwinds and how he contends with allergies. It's all, obviously, adorable. Marcel's new video comes a day ahead »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'Star Wars' exclusive: Check out this Alex Ross cover for Marvel's 'Star Wars #1'

20 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

Marvel published an ongoing Star Wars comic book for nearly a decade. The first issue went on sale in April 1977, and the series lasted until 1986, a time when it totally made sense for Lando Calrissian to wear whatever he's wearing in this picture. In 2015, the Star Wars universe returns to Marvel, with the company launching a new ongoing Star Wars series in January 2015. Written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday, the series focuses on the original-trilogy gang of Han, Luke, and Leia. To mark the occasion, Marvel asked photorealist comics illustrator Alex Ross to design an homage to »


- Darren Franich

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