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Deadpool came, Deadpool went, Deadpool stewed in development hell for a while and now, finally, we have the first R-rated superhero movie in our hands, which, according to the evidence we have in our hands, is proving to be as much of a hit as we expected. Ryan Reynolds, the Canadian comedian who portrayed the Merc With The Mouth, struggled with FOX for years to make this movie happen and now, with his best efforts realized, is already speculating on a sequel. And that sequel is looking mighty Liefeld
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In November, it was announced that a new Star Trek series was coming to CBS. Then in January, fans learned that the series was being made strictly for the stations streaming service. Today, the show made another step forward by naming Bryan Fuller as the showrunner for the series. Fuller’s last credit was NBC’s Hannibal which was cancelled after 39 episodes. More importantly, his past credits also include Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. With Fuller at the helm, who’s ready to get back into space and start exploring again?

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Of all the attempts to duplicate the YA fiction-to-film success of Twilight and The Hunger Games, the Divergent series has been closest to catching that lightening in a bottle. That’s not a particularly competitive contest, but the combined $280 million domestic box office take of Divergent and its sequel Insurgent, is nothing to sneeze at, and the films do feature a tremendous cast of young talent including Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller Ansel Elgort, and Jai Courtney (maybe not Jai Courtney). So what could wrong? How about losing the director the series finale mere weeks before the film is expected to go into production in order to meet its etched in stone release date? (more…)

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Both from a production and presentation standpoint, television is a very different medium from the world of comic books.  Whether it is CW’s DC-centric shows like Arrow and Flash or shows from different decades (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman always springs to mind, for some reason), a sense of real-world practicality is usually infused to a TV production – and understandably so.  It is with this in mind, then, that the highly-acclaimed Netflix offering Daredevil tried to stay as “true to life” as possible, and this  approach extended to the titular hero’s “super” costume.  As we are now on the brink of the second season being released, the powers-that-be behind the show have chosen to share a few alternate designs they had for the “Man Without Fear.” (more…)

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There was old saying, back in the glory days of grindhouse films and low-budget slashers: “When the gore stops flowing, viewers stop showing”.

The now infamous Saw horror franchises obviously took this saying to heart, when they ran their 6 sequels to create a run-away horror mega-hit that finally went out with more of a whimper rather than a bang, with Saw 7. However, there is a bit of good news to share with all our gorror readers, as Saw Legacy was recently announced to have moved out of development hell and into production, backed by a very peculiar writing team…

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Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes arrive at the L.A. Batman Live Premiere on Thursday Sept. 27, 2012, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)

It is fairly common knowledge now that everyone hates Kevin Smith. People hate his stupid movies. People hate his stupid attitude. People hate his stupid voice. People hate his stupid beard. People hate Kevin Smith, is the point. Look at the comments of any article centering on Smith and you’re bound to find comments criticizing his movies or his face or his beard or whatever else people may complain about in comment sections. Yes, it would be easy to get caught up in the tsunami of hate that is swelling off the coast of Kevin Smith, who is now a beachfront metropolis to make this clumsy analogy work.

The point is, the coastal city of Kevin Smith may not make sense to you. It may be weird or disturbing. Maybe you loved it at first, but as you spent more time there, you realized that it wasn’t home. Regardless, there are countless millions who do enjoy the coastal city of Kevin Smith and many more who would enjoy a return trip, if only they would make the time. Whatever group you fall into, there’s no sense in joining the tsunami of hate, because tsunamis only destroy and kill people. That’s why a wall had to be erected against the tsunami. That’s why this article is written in defense of Kevin Smith.

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For the Girl Who Has Everything

Death comes to Metropolis. Actually, death comes to National City, the in-all-but-name Metropolis stand-in on TV’s Supergirl. It’s veering into spoiler territory which character exits stage left, never to be seen again (except possibly in flashbacks or twinning of some sort), so look away now while you have a chance. All will be revealed below the fold. For now, however, we can talk about tonight’s very special “family” episode (by one conservative count, characters use the word “family” at least 157 times), “For the Girl Who Has Everything.” That girl, of course, is Supergirl and the everything describes her current double life as twenty-something executive assistant by day to Cat Grant (Callista Flockhart), National City’s most powerful women/CEO of CatCo Worldwide Media, her  friendships, most notably Jimmy “Please, Please Call Me James” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and the permanently friend zoned Winn Schott, Jr. (Jeremy Jordan), and Supergirl/Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), and second-in-command at the Department of Extra-Nornal Operations to Hank Henshaw/Martian Manhunter (David Harewood).

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