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In 1977, no one at 20th Century FOX expected Star Wars to be the blockbuster it turned out to be.  They had another science fiction film that they expected to rake in the dough, Damnation Alley.

The creators of the game series Fallout listed this film as a major influence.  There is even an add-on in Fallout: Vegas called Lonesome Road that has a lot of elements that closely match the film.

Based on a well-regarded Roger Zelazny novel and directed by Jack Smight, the film was intended to be a rousing post-apocalyptic action film featuring mutated bugs and a bad ass armored vehicle.  It turned out to be a failure at the box office due to special effects that even classic Doctor Who would not have aired.

But the one thing that shines in this horrible film is the cast, especially Jan-Michael Vincent.

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This year SyFy cancelled its Twilight Zone marathon for July 4th in favor of airing a Nightmare on Elm Street marathon.  Twilight Zone on SyFy has been an annual event for years.  Those that hadn’t seen the Rod Serling series in its heyday could watch it and see some great science fiction.  And, of course, they could spot people who went on to fame and fortune after appearing on the series.

Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Ron Howard and Carol Burnett all made appearances before going on to have amazing careers.  There is another group of actors that continued the association with science fiction after their stint on the Twilight Zone.  Cast members and guests on a little show from the late 1960s, Star Trek.

Even though the show is over 50 years old there are SPOILERS!!!!

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While Marvel has become the summer blockbuster overlord when it comes to films, the company had begun to lose steam on its Netflix series front. Daredevil season 1 and 2 and the first season of Jessica Jones were wild hits, but things seemed to stagnate from there. Luke Cage, first seen on Jessica Jones, received lukewarm reviews on his own series and Iron Fist was relatively panned by critics and fans alike. The Defenders brought things back up, but things from there (The Punisher, Jessica Jones season 2) have wavered in that gray area of “good, but kinda slow and forgettable”.

Then Luke Cage season 2 releases on Netflix and the whole game is changed again.  (more…)

It’s almost too easy at this point to make a joke about Ubisoft and the mess it’s made with the Assassin’s Creed series. Once one of the most anticipated and hyped franchises in the gaming industry, rushed releases, botched, convoluted storylines, and low innovation quickly dropped the series towards critical panning. Its seemed the games have turned into endless meme fodder.  (more…)

A sneak peek by Laura Braga

The internet can be an awful place. Trolls hiding behind keyboards and screens, toxic fanboys who can’t handle the very idea of a woman overshadowing a man for even a moment, and the constant barrage of barely-chuckle-worthy memes and cat videos. But it doesn’t have to be. If you look, you can find places and people that celebrate things instead of tearing them apart. That create instead of drag down. But who are these bastions of light and positivity? A lot of them are comic book artists. Here’s of artists to match our list of writers you should be following.

 

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Yes, friends: It’s that magical time of year once again….Comic-Con season! Comic book conventions have spread like the bacteria carried by many an unsanitary fanboy, but say “Comic-Con” and everybody automatically knows you’re referring to the San Diego Comic-Con. It is Nerd Mecca, and all of us hope to make the pilgrimage at least ONCE in our lives.

Some go for the panels where they hope to get autographs from, or even ask questions of their idols. Others go to view, and/or participate in the cosplay scene–but today, we focus on those who go to bankrupt themselves on the various exclusives SDCC offers attendees every year.

Here’s a fairly good cross-section of the delights that will be available for purchase at the San Diego Convention Center from July 18-22nd…and then never again (except when their buyers put them on eBay).

*Note: Listed are not all of SDCC’s exclusives (too goddamn many), but rather a collection of what we think are the best and most in-demand.  (more…)

There are a lot of comic book films out now, and even more on the horizon. But “comic book” wasn’t always a term that brought people flocking the theaters. Some films wanted to establish themselves as fantasy or sci-fi without being tied down to the term “comic book”. This left us with a treasure trove of movies that the general populous has no idea started out as comic books. Which franchises do you think are kicking themselves 10 years later? Here’s a quick list to improve your comic book cred and impress your friends with your in-depth comic-to-film knowledge.

 

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6 Best Uses Of Music In Comic Book Movies

Comic book movies utilizing music isn’t new. The scores for comic book movies have become legendary pieces that are instantly recognizable. Superman’s 1979 theme and Batman’s 1989 theme have become iconic. But in recent years, comic book movie makers have begun utilizing contemporary music to accent their movies. When done correctly, these pieces can hype a trailer, amp up a fight scene, or add emotion and depth to an intense series of scenes. Here’s a list of 6 songs that Hollywood used to perfect effect.

 

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