‘Star Wars VII’ Roundup: Simon Pegg In-Or-Out, Episode 8 Director Teases, & Mark Hammil Talks Episode 7 Cast & Crew

- 07-30-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The casting, characters, and outrageous rumors for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII continue to multiply like hungry, horny tribbles on the Internet. Sometimes I feel like Captain James Tiberius Kirk, standing under that storage door in Deep Space Station K7 covered in dead and dying tribbles, wondering how I ever got there, and who the hell is going to clean this mess up. I guess there’s no other way except rolling up those golden sleeves and getting to it. We’ve got Simon Pegg once again confusing and confounding fans about his possible involvement in the franchise, Some words from the confirmed director of Episode VIII, and the  man himself, Mark Hamill discussing how wonderful the cast and crew of Star Wars Episode VII are. (more…)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cross Branding Continues In New Animated Series and Disney Infinity Game Pack

- 07-29-14Comics, TV, Videogames Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Marvel Studios have demonstrated they have the tools, talent and know how in delivering quality super hero movies – comic to screen adaptations that service fans and appeal to mass market audiences. It took their partnership with Disney, however, to be champions of the market place. The house of mouse has allowed Marvel to become a powerhouse in brand recognition across all demographics, well beyond the original target audience of 20 something year old’s livin’ in their parents basements.  This is largely in part to extending properties across multiple platforms and revenue streams. Marvel makes a hit movie… and ready are the mountains of merchandise, new animated series, video games and more.

With Guardians of the Galaxy garnering more and more attention lately – damn near reaching critical mass – from eager and cheerful fans, you can bet Marvel/Disney are ready to keep the tidal wave of excitement and subsequent profits going.

Waiting in the wings of the films August 1 release, comes a new animated series and a Disney Infinity video game add-on. Both of which are sure to please fans and keep the property pulsing. (more…)

Actor Paul Bettany Talks ‘Avengers 2′ And Becoming Vision

- 07-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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The shippers for Vin Diesel playing the Vision in Marvel‘s future blockbuster Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron can now relax because Paul Bettany has been cast in the role. Formerly the voice of Iron Man’s automated sidiekick J.A.R.V.I.S., Bettany will get a chance to flex his muscles (or lack thereof) in green and yellow spandex. The true details of Tony Stark’s ace becoming too self-aware are sparse, but in the comics, the Vision was created by the psychotic Ultron. But with no Hank Pym around to invent the crazy robot, we’re all blaming Stark, which leads to Ultron creating Vision anyway. This really sounds confusing. Good thing our friends at Super Hero Hype sat down with Mr. Bettany to make some sense of all this! (more…)

Guillermo del Toro Talks Monster Making On The El Rey Network

- 07-29-14Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Guillermo del Toro has made a name for himself as the CGI generation’s answer to Ray Harryhausen. With films such as Pan’s Labrynth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim under his belt, he has emerged as the 21st century’s premiere creator of cinematic monsters both terrible and wondrous.

And he’s prepared to share his secrets to building a better monster with the viewers of the recently launched Hispanic-Interest network El Rey–brainchild of Robert Rodriguez, acclaimed director of such films as Spy Kids, Sin City, and From Dusk Til Dawn. Rodriguez hosts a show on El Rey called The Director’s Chair where he sits down with fellow filmmakers, and discusses the art of cinema. Watch a trailer for an upcoming edition of Rodriguez’s show where he chitchats with del Toro after the jump: (more…)

Chris Pratt Surprises Theater Full Of Kids At Special ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Screening

- 07-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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There are train wreck celebrities, and then there are celebrities who get it. Chris Pratt is certainly positioning himself to be one of those celebrities who get it. Those that handle their fame and their interactions with fans in such a way that only make us love them more. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that Robert Downey Jr. is conducting some secret Marvel Celebrities Camp. Pratt recently exhibited this lovable celebrity trend when he surprised a theater full of kids at a special screening of Guardians of the Galaxy for Variety, the Children’s Charity of New York, and Children of Promise. It must have been a magical evening for those kids. (more…)

More Allegations of Harassment at a Con; SDCC Called Upon to Change Policy

- 07-29-14Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s become a sad coda to some of the major conventions, news after the fact that some of the behavior of fans at said convention was inappropriate. It’s happened once again at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic Con, but this time, a group of cosplayers is looking to convince SDCC organizers to do something a little more proactive about the problem. (more…)

Wildcat Is The Latest DC Comics Character To Join the ‘Arrow’ Crew

- 07-29-14Comics, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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Just when you thought season three of CW‘s Arrow would be full enough with the likes of Ras al Ghul, word is making the Internet rounds that Arrow has added a new superhero to its ranks with the casting of J. R. Ramirez (Emily Richards, MD) as Wildcat. What’s this mean for the show? (more…)

Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ and New ‘Rec’ Amongst Midnight Madness Flicks at TIFF

- 07-29-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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In an act of exceptional universal synergy, after premiering the first trailer for his new horror movie Tusk at Comic Con this past weekend, Kevin Smith has lucked out with a slot at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of the film. TIFF announced it’s Midnight Madness line-up today, the annual portion of the festival dedicated to genre fair that screens every night at midnight at the Ryerson theater. Notable alums of the program in recent years include Dredd, All Cheerleaders Die, Green Inferno, The Raid, John Dies at the EndLords of Salem, Occulus and Seven Psychopaths. So aside from Tusk, what films have made this year’s cut? (more…)