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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Has an Oscorp Problem (and It Could Derail 'Sinister Six')

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by Jacob Hall May 5, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Sony
Sony hasn't been shy about their plans for Spider-Man. Before 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' hit theaters, they had release dates for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4.' They've announced spin-off films for Venom and the villainous supergroup known as the Sinister Six. The franchise's producers have openly mocked the idea of ever teaming up with Marvel Studios or 20th Century Fox for the kind of crossover comic fans all over the world so desperately crave.
In short, Sony wants to transform the Spider-Man movie franchise into a Spider-Man movie universe ... and as of right now, it's not working.

Everything You Need to Know About the New 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Cast

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by Jacob Hall April 29, 2014 @ 1:55 PM
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It's happened: they've officially announced the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' We knew that original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher would be returning to the roles that made their careers, but it's the new cast members that have us really excited. It's going to be nice to see Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa reunited on the big screen, but it's going to be truly exciting to see what characters director J.J. Abrams will create from scratch.
The new cast members are a fantastic combo of established character actors, on-the-rise stars, living legends and complete unknowns. But, just in case you aren't familiar with them we've assembled a basic primer. Here's what you need to know about each of the new additions to the 'Star Wars' universe!

The 'Star Wars' Sequel That Never Happened

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by Mike Ryan April 29, 2014 @ 11:00 AM
Del Rey Books
George Lucas had a backup plan.
It might not seem like such a bold move today – in the era of blockbuster franchises – to be planning for a sequel before the first movie has even been released. But, in the 1970s, this was downright revolutionary thinking. Especially considering that we’re talking about a movie set in another galaxy in an era where such films were considered inane. (Granted, some people still consider them inane.) But not only did Lucas have a plan for a 'Star Wars' sequel, he had two plans. One, as you know, became ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ The other exists as a sort of alternative universe oddity of what could have been – a story titled ‘Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.’

Did 'Game of Thrones' Just Solve One of the Books' Biggest Mysteries?

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by Jacob Hall April 28, 2014 @ 9:40 AM
HBO
It's official: HBO's 'Game of Thrones' has started supplying us with information that the books have not.
For fans of the original books, it's a little terrifying to not know exactly what's going to happen next in the HBO series. After all, we've grown accustomed to sitting there smugly while our friends and families gasp at Ned Stark's execution or weep over the Red Wedding. We forgot what it's like for this world to truly pull the rug out from under us, but Sunday night's episode, "Oathkeeper," jumped ahead to information that goes beyond the most current book in the series. It not only takes us to a place we have never been in the books, it confirms a mystery over which fans have been debating and analyzing for years.
And it's a mystery show watchers won't even know exists in the first place.

Mondo's Marvel Gallery: See All 50 Posters, Plus an Interview With Artist Mike Mitchell!

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by Jacob Hall April 25, 2014 @ 9:00 PM
Mike Mitchell/Marvel
Superheroes are all about action. They're defined by their superpowers, colorful costumes and catchphrases. Whether they're battling a dozen henchman or their arch-nemesis, these characters battle evil with gadgets, magic or just their fists.
So what happens when you take away that action and ask the heroes (and villains) of the Marvel universe to stand still for a portrait? That's the idea behind artist Mike Mitchell's new Mondo Gallery show, which takes the denizens of the massively popular comic book universe and asks them to "catch their breath."

Why That Controversial 'Game of Thrones' Rape Scene Was Supposed to Be Disturbing

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by Britt Hayes April 21, 2014 @ 2:27 PM
HBO
Much discussion has been sparked today following an eyebrow-raising sex scene (to say the least) in last night's episode of 'Game of Thrones'. In "Breaker of Chains," incestuous and morally corrupt siblings Jaime and Cersei Lannister do what incestuous and morally corrupt siblings do best, but there was something very different about the dynamic between the two this time around: namely, it played out as a borderline rape (watch the scene in question here). But, things are much more complex than that in 'Game of Thrones,' particularly between these two characters. Given the world's proclivity for the graphic exploitation of women, the scene is definitely scandalous.

From the Set of 'Salem': WGN's New Horror Drama Unveils Its World of Witchcraft and Fanatics

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 19, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
WGN
It was an exceptionally seasonable March afternoon in Louisiana that a group of reporters piled into a bus headed through rural Louisiana toward the exterior 'Salem' set in Grand Cane, located in a farmland forest that entirely concealed the grandeur within. Mind you, I’d never been on an exterior set visit for such an elaborate period drama, let alone one that constructed a working town of 25 exterior buildings (and 13 custom interiors) against the backdrop of a scenic lake, which itself we’re told would be digitally expanded to better emulate the Massachusetts coast.
WGN America’s ‘Salem’ will hit the tubes this weekend as the network’s first original scripted drama, and, more now than ever, I remember the quick response director David Von Ancken ('Hell On Wheels') gave during an on-set interview for ‘Salem,' as I asked what message the network intended to convey with such a bold choice for its first original. “We’ve arrived,” he shot back, a phrase I’d repeat multiple times throughout the weekend.

Man vs. Computer: Hollywood's Long History of Distrusting Technology

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by Jacob Hall April 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM
Hollywood has rarely had much faith in the future.
Just look at the sheer number of cinematic dystopias and post-apocalypses, at the deadly desert wastelands and rain-soaked urban nightmares. In the movies, tomorrow is not just another day, it's just another step toward a world where technology consumes us and then kills us. According to the world of film, the human race is constantly on the path to being enslaved and murdered by the machines we create.
Although Hollywood's stance on the evils of technology has softened in recent years, 'Transcendence' is a throwback to a different age, when computers were not just terrifying unknowns, they were pretty much Satan. It's a position that may seem silly in our modern, tech-infused culture, but it's another chapter in the long history of technology trying to dominate humanity on the big screen.

'Say Anything' 25th Anniversary: How Lloyd Dobler Scarred Me For Life

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by Mike Ryan April 14, 2014 @ 2:37 PM
20th Century Fox
‘Say Anything’ scarred me for life.
I’ve been aware for a few weeks that the 25th anniversary of ‘Say Anything’ was approaching and I’ve kind of gone out of my way to ignore it – even though there’s no doubt it influenced my teenage life more than any other movie. But, good grief, did this movie ever influence me to do some stupid things that I've suppressed from my memory. For one day only, I'll bring one of these memories to the surface.

Whatever Happened To The Late Night Guest Host?

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by Mike Ryan April 11, 2014 @ 12:15 PM
NBC/ScreenCrush.com
Last night, as the dust settled on the news that Stephen Colbert would be taking over ‘Late Show’ from David Letterman at some point in 2015, I was engaged in a conversation that drifted toward just how someone qualifies to be a viable candidate for a network late night talk show in the first place. More specifically, how is it that 28 years ago, a woman actually did host a network late night network talk show and, now, in 2014, that would seem almost revolutionary.