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'Arrow' writer hints another Green hero will appear next season

31 August 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ah, Coast City. The DC universe’s answer to Los Angeles and/or any seaside metropolis in the Sunshine State! Oh, and home of Hal Jordan. Perhaps less well known to the general populace than Metropolis or Gotham (or Starling City at this point), Coast City has none the less played a central role in the lore throughout the years. Now it looks like Coast City will be joining the Dctv universe in the flesh…or whatever the city equivalent of the phrase “in the flesh” is. “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow” writer Marc Guggenheim recently tweeted a link to a piece of production art from the upcoming 4th season of “Arrow.” Sure, Coast City has been mentioned in passing on the show before, but this is the first indication that audiences might visit the scenic metropolis. Image Credit: DC Entertainment/The CW   Of course, you can’t have Coast City without Green Lantern. »

- Donna Dickens

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How The Dark Knight Returns may inspire DC's movie universe

23 August 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Frank Miller’s seminal Batman series has been cited as an influence for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. But how?

This article contains spoilers for The Dark Knight Returns comic book, and possibly - although we're not sure - for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

“I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”

That’s the quote from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic book series that was used to introduce the concept of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice back in the summer of 2013. Specifically, the quote comes towards the end of the series, where a big bust-up between DC’s finest heroes comes to a head.

Snyder has cited the comic »

- simonbrew

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Video of the Day: Watch a supercut of various robot depictions in film

19 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Robots have been a staple on the big screen for many decades, showing up as far back as Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis and as recently as Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. With numerous depictions of robots have come numerous ideas of what they look like, what they’re capable of, whether they’re good or evil, and other such concerns.

Now vimeo user Mennomail has made a mashup of the various robotic representations on the big screen over the years. The video is set to both Fractals by Monea Music and Ich Will by Rammstein, and highlights both the similarities and differences in how robots have been depicted by various filmmakers. Mennomail also released a list of films from which scenes appear, which is as follows:

Films used (in alphabetical order)

1. Automata (2014)

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

3. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)

4. Alien (1979)

5. Aliens (1986)

6. Bicentennial Man (1999)

7. Big Hero 6 (2014)

8. Blade Runner »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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A brief history of cinema practical effects, in 10 films

12 August 2015 3:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From George Melies through to Peter Jackson and Jj Abrams' Star Wars film, the rise, fall and rise of practical effects explored...

From the very earliest days of cinema, practical effects have been the big draw for audiences. The very first films may have wowed the crowds with images of trains pulling into a station, but it was the fantastical made real that fired the imaginations of millions, and led to film as we know it - narrative flights of fancy which have entertained and made us gasp for well over 100 years. But the last 25 years have seen practical effects fall by the wayside.

Digital effects created in a computer took over, and allowed filmmakers to dream even bigger. But practical effects are beginning to make a comeback. Some of this is due to audiences feeling the CG burnout; no longer quite believing what they’re seeing, resulting in »

- simonbrew

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Long Before Day-Lewis, Oscar-Nominated Actor Played Lincoln: TCM 'Stars' Series Continues

8 August 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Raymond Massey ca. 1940. Raymond Massey movies: From Lincoln to Boris Karloff Though hardly remembered today, the Toronto-born Raymond Massey was a top supporting player – and sometime lead – in both British and American movies from the early '30s all the way to the early '60s. During that period, Massey was featured in nearly 50 films. Turner Classic Movies generally selects the same old MGM / Rko / Warner Bros. stars for its annual “Summer Under the Stars” series. For that reason, it's great to see someone like Raymond Massey – who was with Warners in the '40s – be the focus of a whole day: Sat., Aug. 8, '15. (See TCM's Raymond Massey movie schedule further below.) Admittedly, despite his prestige – his stage credits included the title role in the short-lived 1931 Broadway production of Hamlet – the quality of Massey's performances varied wildly. Sometimes he could be quite effective; most of the time, however, he was an unabashed scenery chewer, »

- Andre Soares

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Screenshots Offer A Play-By-Play Breakdown Of That Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Trailer

13 July 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Packing over three minutes of dark, superhero action and an immeasurable amount of content to pour over, it’s fair to say that the collective DC fanbase is still reeling from Comic-Con’s appropriately monumental trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

As a film trailer, it was excellent; but what sold many a moviegoer was the jet-black tone of Zack Snyder’s rendition, as the filmmaker sets out to bring three of the most iconic characters in comic book history to the silver screen like never before. And today, we’ve got a hoard of images from the new trailer that offers up a play-by-play breakdown of the footage in question – from Gal Gadot in action as the Amazonian Queen to Jesse Eisenberg as the leering Lex Luthor – and there’s quite a bit to digest.

Hot on the heels of these stills was »

- Michael Briers

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Watch: 2-Hour Talk With Nicolas Winding Refn And William Friedkin

29 June 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In 1974, William Friedkin was one of the hottest directors in Hollywood, having just come off of the two-punch successes of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist.” So, naturally, he decided to use his newfound clout in the industry to conduct an extended interview with his idol, Fritz Lang, director of “M” and “Metropolis," and the only man on planet Earth who successfully rocked an eye patch And sunglasses. The resulting 90-minute interview was as compact of a film school any student of cinema could have asked for. Read More: Watch: William Friedkin Spends 15 Minutes Talking About His Favorite Films Of All Time Forty years later, during the 2014 Cph Pix festival, Friedkin saw his career come full circle as he became the interview subject for another young director who idolizes him. There’s more than a whiff of “The French Connection” and “To Live and Die in La” in “Drive,” so »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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No Time Like the Present: "Tomorrowland" and the Cinema of Brad Bird

18 June 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

You had only to look at the collected films of Brad Bird to know that Tomorrowland would be in large part a reverie for yesterday.  The Iron Giant (1999) was such a friendly evocation of Cold War sci-fi that it belongs, in paperback form, tucked away in the back of a school library.  The Incredibles (2004) was a tribute to 60s comics, 60s modernism, and the jazzy vibe of Thunderball-era Bond movies.  Ratatouille (2007), with its story of talking rats in a timeless Paris, was a very classical kind of animation.  More than anything else Pixar has put out—though Finding Nemo (2003) might come close—its style operates in the vernacular of what Disney animation used to mean in the 50s.  Even Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), whose place in Bird's filmography is largely to show if he could handle live action (he can!), is the biggest throwback of that franchise.  Its plot centered »

- Duncan Gray

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First Look: Mrs Deadpool & the Howling Commandos #1

27 May 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Here’s your first look at Mrs Deadpool & the Howling Commandos #1 – a new Secret Wars series. From blockbuster Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan and artist Salvador Espin comes an explosive new adventure as Deadpool’s betrothed and a monstrous legion venture across Battleworld and beyond!

Monster Metropolis – an underground city buried deep below Manhattan. Brimming with monsters, creeps and spooks – the city is home to any and all things that go bump in the night. It’s ruler – Shiklah, undisputed Queen of the Monsters! In her world, she ruled over all monsters with her husband Deadpool, the Merc With a Mouth. But on Battleworld, nothing is as it once was. With her husband now deceased and her city now residing beneath an entirely new planet, Shiklah now leads a super team unlike any you’ve ever seen before!

Enter the Howling Commandos – the most monstrous team of them all! Werewolf-by-Night! Frankenstein’s Monster! »

- Phil Wheat

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Daily | Garland, Assayas, Varda

10 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the robot Maria in Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the female replicants in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, the bodiless AI/Os in Spike Jonze's Her and the sisterhood of the traveling clones in Orphan Black are all up for discussion as the New Yorker and the Los Angeles Review of Books address Alex Garland's Ex Machina. Also in today's roundup: Mark Lukenbill on Olivier Assayas, a Palme d’honneur for Agnès Varda, an interview with Juliette Binoche, revisiting Ruggles of Red Gap, The Sopranos creator David Chase on Twin Peaks, Wes Anderson's bar in Milan, Al Pacino in Los Angeles—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Bob Ingersoll: The Law Is A Ass #355: Arrow’S Fighting A Custody Battle

8 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

See, now this is when you need a good lawyer.

For the first half of the third season in the CW series Arrow, the good guys were doing what they were supposed to do; catching bad guys in Starling City http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Starling_City and turning them over to the police for trial As this column’s about Arrow, the good guys in question are Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, and Roy Harper. Or, if you prefer, Arrow, yada, yada, and Arsenal.

(By the way, what kind of name is Starling City? God knows what bullies like Metropolis or Gotham City are doing to it, because with a wimpy name like Starling even Smallville’s giving it a wedgie.)

Now, you might think what I was talking about, when I said someone needed a good lawyer were those aforementioned bad guys. After all captured bad guys »

- Bob Ingersoll

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Beauty vs Beast: Full Metal Maria

20 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tis I, Jason from Mnpp, here, with another week's new edition of our "Beauty vs Beast" series. So over the next several days The Film Experience is going to be diving into the cinematic realm of Artificial Intelligence (known as "A.I." to people in a hurry and Haley Joel Osment fans), and to get the ball rolling I figured we'd make ourselves like science-fiction and hop in the way-back machine to the year 1927, when a little chap who went by the name Friedrich Christian Anton Lang, known to his friends as Fritz, made a little movie called Metropolis. In case you don't know the story, it goes like this: Boy meets Girl, Girl Gets Clones Into Evil Robot, Dystopian Nightmare Explodes, and a Kiss, The End. Somewhere in there dancing happens, and it is crazy awesome.

But thanks to a ferocious performance from actress Brigitte Helm you really couldn't get »

- JA

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What happens when a TV show outgrows its premise?

17 April 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

TV shows either have to evolve or die when they outlive their original premise, argues Caroline. Change is vital to survival...

Television shows, network Us television shows especially, tend to start off with an obvious hook. The ability to describe a premise in a single word or sentence is a valuable part of getting something on the air in the first place, and so it’s no wonder we get a slew of pilots every year with silly one-word descriptors and obvious, over-the-top characterisations.

But what happens when a show outlives that part, and evolves into something that doesn’t even really resemble that original premise at all?

It happens more often than we may immediately realise, and it comes down to a number of factors. There are network notes soon after a show has premiered, but there's also audience reaction, sometimes so strong that it demands change for series »

- louisamellor

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The Rise of A.I. in Sci-Fi

31 March 2015 7:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Every decade has their cinematic science fiction obsessions which speak to its concerns of the age; in the 1950s films such as Earth vs. The Flying Saucers and Them! capitalised on fears of alien invasion and nuclear proliferation. In the 1960s films like Barbarella and Ikarie Xb-1 captured the hopes and dangers of space exploration while in the 1970s Silent Running and A Boy and His Dog showed a growing concern for the environment and a mistrust of governments resulting in dystopian futures. Then in the 1980s it was the exploration of inner space with the boundaries of the human mind and body being crossed and redrawn with films like Altered States and the cinema of David Cronenberg. The 1990s ushered in an obsession with apocalyptic imagery and alternate realities with Dark City and The Thirteenth Floor amongst many others.

Through these decades of cinematic science fiction, the concept of »

- Liam Dunn

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Technophobia Is Alive and Real: A Primer for Adapting and Accepting Artificial Intelligence (AI)

23 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“For our policemen, we created a race of robots,” the Alien Klaatu tells a crowd of fear-stricken earthlings in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Robots like “Gort,” we are told, were made to patrol the galaxy to preserve civility. “Your choice is simple,” Klaatu tells us. “Join us, and live in peace…or pursue your present course, and face obliteration.”

Perhaps some readers would be quick to dismiss this as ham-fisted Cold War genre pulp. The reality, though, is that paranoia surrounding the misuse of technology is at all an time high, and popular fiction reflects this today as much as it did in 1951. Robots have been around for a while now. Movies like Ex Machina confirm that they’re just as creepy as ever. Movies like Chappie also help confirm that the robots still provide a useful foil for exposing what makes people creepy.

It’s interesting to »

- Brandon Engel

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Throwback Thursday – Go Back In Time With These Eight Essential Sci-fi Films

12 March 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Beth Kelly

Science fiction, by its very nature, seeks to innovate in storytelling. Restricted only by the boundaries of their imaginations and the limits inherent to their craft, filmmakers of this genre use complex cinematic effects and fantastical plotlines to create worlds outside time. These films are notable for their craftsmanship as well as their embedded social and political messages, which later serve as reflections of the time periods during which they were produced. For enthusiasts of film, culture, and recent American history, classic science fiction movies provide a window into the past while predicting the course of society’s future

1. Metropolis (1927)

At date of its release this was the most expensive silent film ever made. Unfortunately, in the time since its initial debut in Weimar Germany, nearly a quarter of the original film has been lost. Legendary German director Fritz Lang, a notorious control freak, used inventive »

- Movie Geeks

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Go Back In Time With Eight Essential Sci-fi Films

11 March 2015 7:05 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Beth Kelly

Science fiction, by its very nature, seeks to innovate in storytelling. Restricted only by the boundaries of their imaginations and the limits inherent to their craft, filmmakers of this genre use complex cinematic effects and fantastical plotlines to create worlds outside time. These films are notable for their craftsmanship as well as their embedded social and political messages, which later serve as reflections of the time periods during which they were produced. For enthusiasts of film, culture, and recent American history, classic science fiction movies provide a window into the past while predicting the course of society’s future

1. Metropolis (1927)

At date of its release this was the most expensive silent film ever made. Unfortunately, in the time since its initial debut in Weimar Germany, nearly a quarter of the original film has been lost. Legendary German director Fritz Lang, a notorious control freak, used inventive »

- Movie Geeks

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Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos head into Secret Wars

9 March 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Marvel Comics has announced that the strangest super-team of all is heading into Battleworld this June for Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos, a new Secret Wars tie-in series from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Salvador Espin.

Monster Metropolis – an underground city buried deep below Manhattan. Brimming with monsters, creeps and spooks – Monster Metropolis is home to any and all things that go bump in the night. And it’s undisputed ruler is Shiklah, Queen of all monsters! In her world, she ruled over Monster Metropolis and was married to Deadpool, the Merc With a Mouth. But on Battleworld, nothing is what it once was. With her husband deceased and her city now residing beneath an entirely new planet, Shiklah now leads a super team unlike any you’ve seen before!

Enter the Howling Commandos – the most monstrous team of them all! Werewolf-by-Night! Frankenstein’s Monster! The Living Mummy! Man-Thing! »

- Gary Collinson

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How Supergirl can avoid its predecessors’ pitfalls

9 March 2015 11:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From tone to costume to powers to sidekicks to villains to love interests, here are a few tips for CBS' forthcoming Supergirl series...

It's official – Supergirl is coming to television next season.

We have an actress, a costume and an ever-growing list of characters being brought in from the comics and, at a time when female superheroes are still suspiciously absent from the slate of big film releases, executive producer Greg Berlanti and his team are expanding their television empire to include Kara Zor-El in addition to the already-successful Arrow and The Flash series.

But this show will be on a different network – CBS rather than The CW – and that’s not the only detail to suggest this will be a completely different series with new rules and, quite possibly, a new universe not connected to Oliver Queen and Barry Allen’s.

In so many ways, this is completely fresh territory, »

- louisamellor

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Hollywood’s 9 Best Robot Heroes and Villains

8 March 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Director Niell Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic Chappie opened this weekend. The film tells the story of a robot who is given artificial intelligence by his inventor, but he must learn the ways of the world just like a child. However, his innocent mind is being molded by gangsters and violent criminals.

Photos: 'Pacific Rim' and 7 Giant Robot/Monster Mashes

It’s still to be seen if Chappie will go down as a classic in the robot sci-fi genre, but if it whetted your appetite for artificial intelligence movies and android action scenes, here are nine of the best robotic heroes and nine of the craziest robotic villains in cinematic history.

Robo-Heroes

9. Gigolo Joe from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Played by: Jude Law

This is one of Law’s greatest roles. Gigolo Joe is a mechanical male prostitute on the run from authorities after being framed for murder. Joe is a highlight »

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