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M. Night Shamylan has had a rocky directorial career, to say the least. He stunned movie-goers with early flicks like Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. However, his stories seemed to slip into some sort of twist-obsessed cesspool that became less and less charming for fans. Those twists that initially made him famous were quickly making him infamous. Most film lovers had chalked his career up to an odd descent into ludicrousy.

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The amazing effects of recent films like Downsizing and Ant Man &The Wasp, show how far Hollywood has come in making a convincing reality that is grounded in science fiction.  Where the MCU Ant Man films have brought the idea of shrinking into modern pop culture and Downsizing gave us a new vantage point to view our culture and how mankind has mistreated the planet we call home, they were not the first films to deal with making people little.

Some of their predecessors were full on fantasy films, while others were the predictable mad scientist tale of power and control.  There were even a few that were written and intended to be funny (and many that were unintentionally funny).

Here is a brief look at the history of shrinking in the cinema up through the 1950s.

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Competitive online gaming isn’t new. But this last year gave birth to a new league of competitive gaming for a new game. Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch spawned numerous teams with fervent fan followings, giving players one more reason to shoot the red team wearing team colors. The first season ended with a lot of fans surprised at the outcome, considering the way certain teams played leading up to the finals. Which teams won out? Who was suspected to win early on? And where does the league find itself now, looking to the future?

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5 Fan Favorites From Musical TV Episodes

Musical episodes are a wonderful break from the norm during some of our favorite shows that run seasons long. Often a fun way to get out of a storyline bogged down by drama and intrigue, a way that often forces characters to reveal secrets, confront inner demons, or express themselves in ways they otherwise couldn’t. Sometimes it’s just for giggles because you have a talented cast that’s itching to show off their vocal chops. Either way, musical episodes tend to be fan favorites that make it on playlists of many-a-nerd for years after the show has ended. And here’s 5 favorites from tv’s best musical episodes.

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While the fandom toxicity has reached an all-time high surrounding Star Wars and the DCEU, the hate has spread to TV in the last week. With new announcements involving CW’s DC shows, most fans are excited to see what comes next for the Arrowverse. But as trolls can’t help themselves, some fans decided to be critical over announcements and leaked pictures. But the actors involved didn’t take it sitting down. With fans and actors alike supporting them, two CW stars took to social media to address the issues and put the trolls in their place. Which CW stars stood up against the hate and refused to be shamed?

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Batman is hands down one of the most popular comic book superheroes to ever exist. However, some of the best parts of Batman’s comic books aren’t the caped crusader himself. It’s the people around him. Known affectionately by fans as the “Bat Family”, Batman’s various mentors, wards, partners, friends, and family are all key members of the group. This includes all five Robins, three Batgirls, Batwoman, Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin, Alfred, and of course the illustrious Batman himself.

One of the most fascinating Bat clansmen is Kate Kane, the one and only Batwoman.

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Star Trek has become one of the most influential sci-fi franchises to ever exist. Spanning decades, bookshelves, tv screens, and theaters, the exploration of where no man has gone before has marveled fans for over fifty years. While the Original Series with Captain James T Kirk started it all, the series that jettisoned the franchise to its peak was 1987’s Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The Original Series was revolutionary, but TNG made the series its most popular. TNG balanced an indulgence in scientific possibilities, while also maintaining a human element and drama that kept viewers coming back. It also famously started the trend of each Star Trek series having bumpy first seasons, only to grow into much better shows by their ends. TNG spawned several immediate spin-offs, including Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and more recently, Discovery. But more importantly, it gave fans some unforgettable characters in Data, Worf, Q, and most importantly, its illustrious Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

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A giant, prehistoric, man-eating shark and a perpetually unshaven, furrowed-brow Jason Statham: A premise-actor combo that practically writes itself. Except it doesn’t, unfortunately, or rather didn’t. Screenwriters were, in fact, needed.

Despite spending the better part of two decades in development, Steve Alten’s inexplicably best-selling dino-shark novel, “Meg,” probably needed another twenty years getting worked over and over by waves of screenwriting teams before it was ready for a big-screen adaptation. No such luck, though. Directed by Jon Turteltaub (Last Vegas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, National Treasure, Cool Runnings) from a screenplay credited to Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, The Meg, somehow manages the unlikely feat of taking itself too seriously and not seriously enough simultaneously, leaving a tonally messy, short-on-humor, long-on-passable-CGI disappointment in its wake.

Spoilers abound…

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