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If Creators Met Their Characters Now — Comic by Dorkly

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When you’ve released something you’ve created, in a way it no longer belongs to you (unless you’re Bill Watterson, he's got Calvin and Hobbes on lockdown). It can be strange to see something you created evolve into something completely different that you would have never dreamed up. As a songwriter, I’ve heard some pretty wild interpretations from fans about the stories and meanings behind songs I've written. I can only imagine what it would feel like for the creators of comic book characters, whose creations are constantly being updated and reinvented by other people.

Batman and Superman celebrated their 75th anniversaries in the last couple years, and have both gone through countless and very different iterations since their debuts. They and other iconic comic book characters meet their makers in this comic by Dorkly’s Tony Wilson, and the creators have some pretty choice words for »

- Eli Reyes

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James Cameron on His Big Contribution to Terminator Genisys

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A few months ago, Terminator creator and mastermind James Cameron revealed that he was loosely attached to the upcoming Terminator Genisys film. It was just an advisory role for him, but it seems like he played a decent sized role in developing the story that we are going to see unfold. In a recent interview with Deadline he reveals what what his big and awesome contribution was.

"I wasn’t interested in producing it or working on it actively, but I did want to put in a good word for Arnold. I pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age. You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a »

- Joey Paur

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Do You Worship at the Altar of The Doctor?

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We’ve posted about PBS’s Idea Channel before, but I just came across this old video that posits that if you call yourself a Whovian, you just might be an acolyte of a religious order. That will likely come as a surprise, but hear him out, he kind of has a point. And really, as far as religions go, one that only requires an hour of worship on about twelve Saturdays a year is a pretty sweet deal. In fact, if we run with this and push for an official church, all our Doctor Who gear purchases could be tax deductible. This is sounding better and better. We could even have official Who holidays. I'm guessing David Tennant's birthday would be our version of Christmas. November 21st is our Yom Kippur.

Warning: The video is spoiler free, unless you’ve never heard of regeneration.

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- Mily Dunbar

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District Voices Web Series Pushes District Pride in the Face of Mockingjay's Rebellion

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I don’t know if Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is going to be good. Catching Fire was an improvement over The Hunger Games, so I would like to think that this next movie will continue that upward trajectory, but the source material is problematic, so we’ll see. What I do know is that the marketing team working on the franchise is nothing short of brilliant. In addition to the standard posters and trailers, they’ve put out propaganda posters and videos, as well as the incredible online fashion mag Capitol Couture, all from the point of view of Panem’s government.

Today they’ve launched a web series called District Voices, a series of propaganda videos aimed at increasing district pride in the midst of the current rebellion. From the press release:

“District Voices is a five episode series on YouTube that brings to life Panem, the fictional world of The Hunger Games, »

- Mily Dunbar

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Incredibly Dramatic, Interstellar Style Trailer for Space Balls

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Images via: Fanart.tv

The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar was extremely evocative. The story itself and the spectacular visuals play a large part in that, obviously, but Thomas Bergersen’s stirring track “Final Frontier,” which is used heavily throughout the trailer, deserves much of the credit as well. You could pretty much cut anything to that song and make grown men shed a tear or two. The Unusual Suspect does just that with this Interstellar-style trailer for Space Balls. It makes Mel Brooks’ hilarious 1987 Star Wars parody look like an exceptionally epic space adventure. Essentially it’s the exact opposite strategy George Lucas took with the actual Star Wars films when making the prequels.

The Unusual Suspect is the same guy that brought us Harry Potter (Scott Pilgrim Style), which is a much watch mashup if you haven’t already seen it.

H/T: Dorkly »

- Eli Reyes

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Alex Ross Variant Cover for Marvel’s Star Wars #1

9 hours ago

Anything Alex Ross illustrates immediately becomes the definitive version of that thing in my mind. If he drew a picture of the back of my hand and showed it to me, even if it looked noooothing like my hand, I would just accept that as the ultimate version of my hand. “You nailed it, Alex. That is my hand,” I would enthusiastically say to him as I forked over the ridiculous amount of money it would probably cost for him to accept such an odd and ridiculous commission.

Admit it, though. When you think of Marvel and DC characters, you think of his drawings. He has a way of making everything he does seem timeless. Take, for example, this variant cover he did for Star Wars #1, the first issue in a new ongoing series from Marvel that will focus on characters from the original trilogy. If you look at Luke, »

- Eli Reyes

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A/Z. Movie Guide Aims to Take You on a Journey Through Film

10 hours ago

Remember way back, such a long, long time back, when you could go to video stores with knowledgeable workers and shelves and shelves of movies, and explore the titles and get recommendations from strangers and discover really great movies? Well, whether you can remember those days or not, they are gone, never to return, and scrolling through the super specific suggestions on Netflix just isn’t the same. They never suggest anything that grabs you and surprises you by how much you love it.

So how are we going to discover great movies now? You could try A/Z. Movie Guide, a book project that aims to “promote interest in film history, worldwide cinema, and contemporary films.”

“The concept stems from the idea that there is a World of Film out there to be explored, and the best way to take a trip to this world is with a travel guide book. »

- Mily Dunbar

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Jason Momoa Opens Up About Aquaman and Justice League

10 hours ago

Yes, Jason Momoa is set to play Aquaman in Justice League and a stand alone film. After playing coy, and constantly denying his involvement over the last few months, the actor has finally opened up about it in an interview with ComicBook.com. Here's what he had to say in regards to being able to talk about it:

"Listen, I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean, I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone’s wishes. I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me."

Momoa also went on to say that it's an "honor" for him to bring Aquaman to the big screen:

"The greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, »

- Joey Paur

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Adventure Time: Jungle Princess Cosplay

10 hours ago

This Jungle Princess cosplay for Adventure Time by Laurie Foster is full of vivid color. The costume and body paint are a great interpretation of the character.

Foster via Geek X Girls:

"I love the bizarre silliness of Adventure Time.  I thought I would spice Jungle Princess up a little bit and did my own take on the costume!  I made the entire thing myself and did the bodypaint myself as well.  It was fun to be fierce!"

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- Free Reyes

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Robert Downey Jr. Says Captain America 3 Is "Gonna Be Huge" — Plays Coy on Official Casting

11 hours ago

We recently posted news that Robert Downey Jr. is very close to signing on to play Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, in Captain America 3.  Lots of readers decried the news as false despite originating from Variety, who debunks or confirms rumors, but is not in the business of creating them. Iron Man's presence in Captain America 3 would kick off a Civil War story arc to run simultaneously with the Infinity Gauntlet arc, a war on two fronts if you will.

While promoting The Judge in the U.K., Downey was asked by Yahoo about Captain America 3, which he was pretty coy about. One thing he did sneak in on the record was, "It's Gonna Be Huge".

Captain America 3 opens in theaters May 6th, 2016. »

- Free Reyes

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Sarah Connor Vs. Jason Voorhees in Slash Up Web Series Short Film

11 hours ago

There's a fun new web-series that has been released called Slash Up. The series comes from Dead Pixel, and the first episode pits Sarah Connor from The Terminator films against Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise. Before they get into the actual showdown where we get to see the short film of the two characters battling each other to the death, they provide a breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of each character. There's a similar web-series out there called Superhero Beat Down, but the difference with this one is that they throw in a classic horror icon. These vs. videos are a really fun idea, and I hope they are able to keep it up. The group is trying to get funding for their second episode…. "Freddy Kruger Vs. Neo." If that's something you want to see get made then head on over to their Kickstarter page. »

- Joey Paur

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Lotr's Pippin Will Return to Middle Earth with a Song for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

12 hours ago

As we bear down on the third and final installment of The (interminable and also delightful) Hobbit Saga, Peter Jackson is looking to exploit our nostalgia for his other Middle Earth trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Or possibly he is feeling nostalgic himself and no one ever says no to him so he does what he wants. Either way, it’s good news for fans.

Remember in the Return of the King when Pippin, played by Billy Boyd, sang “The Edge of Night” while Denethor, son of Ecthelion, wonderfully played by John Noble, grossly ate that chicken leg and that grape tomato and we hated him so much and wondered why couldn’t he see how great Faramir was and also wondered why Jackson had ruined Faramir and made him actually weak instead of strong in a way that Denethor and Boromir just couldn’t understand??? Wow, that got away from me. »

- Mily Dunbar

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Paranoia Sci-Fi Thriller Short - Nothing Safer

13 hours ago

I got an interesting sci-fi short film for you to watch today called Nothing Safer. The story is set in the near future in which pocket-sized devices exist that are capable of creating instant panic rooms to protect their owner from any threat. "With an alien invasion imminent, an inventor and his wife put the experimental technology to the test."  The short was directed by Marc Leidy, and I enjoyed watching it. The film has some cool and original ideas that make for a solid paranoia thriller. I hope you all like it.

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- Joey Paur

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David Ayer Calls the Suicide Squad The "Dirty Dozen with Supervillains"

14 hours ago

Last week DC Entertainment's big movie line-up was revealed, and one of the movies that was included on the list was Suicide Squad, which Fury director David Ayer is set to direct. Empire had the opportunity to talk to the director about his next project, and he seems really excited about it.  When asked about the comic book adaptation this is what he said:

"'Fury' whetted my appetite for a bigger canvas and this idea of world creation. You can do amazing things as a filmmaker if you have the proper tools, and those are time and money...I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains. Then I can ask the question, 'Does a movie really need good guys?'"

Almost every great screenwriter will tell you that, yes, every good story needs a protagonist. But Ayer is the kind of director I can see going against the grain. »

- Joey Paur

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Growing Up Geek: My Super Nintendo Commercial

14 hours ago

The very first professional gig that I got as an actor through my agent was a video game commercial for Super Nintendo. The video game was Super Adventure Island, and the commercial is as cheesy as 1990s video game ads could possibly get. 

I remember only going to one audition for the lead role in the commercial. I excitedly read my lines, they liked my look, and they wanted to hire me. There was one little hang up though. I might have been too short. I've always had height issues. They kept testing my reach because in the commercial I had to pull down a screen in front of a classroom full of kids. After a few tests showing them I could do it they gave me the part.

A few weeks later I showed up to a sound stage where they were shooting the commercial. This would be the »

- Joey Paur

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Poster and Images from Judge Dredd Animated Miniseries

14 hours ago

We may not see a sequel to Pete Travis' Dredd anytime soon, but there's a cool looking animated miniseries that is being released that should tide us over! This seems like somthing that will be really fun to watch, and I'm looking forward to seeing some actual footage. 

The web-series comes from Dredd producer Adi Shankar, and it is inspired by the “Dark Judges” comic book story arc. The series is called Judge Dredd: Superfiend, and according to EW "it's intended as a kind of sequel to Dredd, although it’s technically a part of Shankar’s 'Bootleg Universe' series." That series is a line of unofficial short film productions that include 'Dirty Laundry' and 'Truth in Journalism,' which riffs on the Punisher and Venom characters.

You can check out some images from Superfiend, below, which gives us a look at some iconic Dredd characters from the comic series. »

- Joey Paur

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Star Wars Art by Chris Skinner — X-Wing, Tie Fighter, and Millennium Falcon

14 hours ago

This Star Wars art by U.K. artist Chris Skinner is brilliant. They are beautifully rendered in black and white with an energy that evokes the spirit of each iconic ship. The X-Wing and Tie fighter are coming right at you and have a great display of dynamic perspective. The Millennium Falcon presents the ship being pursued by the foreboding Slave I.

"The Baby’s Got A Few Surprises Left In Her, Sweetheart" — $40 at Hcg

The X-Wing and Tie fighter pieces are not yet available so stay tuned to Skinner's twitter for when they do.

H/T: Poster Posse »

- Free Reyes

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My Little Pony Movie Being Developed by Hasbro Studios

14 hours ago

Hasbro Studios has announced that they will be developing a feature film version of their classic franchise My Little Pony. The movie will be developed, produced, and financed in house, through a new production company they set up called Allspark Pictures. They are also producing Jon M. Chu's live-action adaptation of Jem and the Holograms through this company as well.

The studio has hired Joe Ballarini (Ice Age: Continental Drift) to write the script for My Little Pony, and it will be executive produced by Megan McCarthy, who produces and has written for the series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and the straight-to-home video My Little Pony: Equestria Girls films.

Stephen Davis, president of Hasbro Studios, says they are looking to release the film “on the broadest possible number of screens,” and that they are “very excited about the potential of that movie.”

My Little Pony was first »

- Joey Paur

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Watch Jason Momoa's Intense Audition for Game Of Thrones

14 hours ago

A video featuring footage from Jason Momoa's audition for Game of Thrones has leaked online, and in it you will see why they gave him the part. The guy is terrifying as hell in this thing. Instead of delivering lines from the script the actor breaks out into a haka, which is a battle cry and dance of the Maori people of New Zealand. Momoa deserved the role in this epic fantasy series, and it has become one of the best things he's done in his career so far. He's sure going to make one badass Aquaman

Via: THR »

- Joey Paur

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First Look at Disney Animation's Moana

14 hours ago

Walt Disney Animation Studios has given us our first look at their new animated feature film that they are developing called Moana,  which is described as a "sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest." The studio also revealed that they will release it in theaters sometime in 2016, which is two years earlier than the 2018 release date it was originally slated for. Here's a synopsis that gives you a better idea of what the story entails:

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

The film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who brought us other »

- Joey Paur

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