Whatever: What Killed ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’?

- 08-25-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For made a great big thud at the box office this weekend, earning just $6.5 million off of an estimated $60-$70 million budget. This despite the popularity of the first film (which opened with $29 million in April 2005), the source material and an all-star cast that included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin and Jessica Alba. 

Commercials and other promotional efforts for this thing were everywhere, so no one can claim that a lack of exposure did Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in. That’s not necessarily a reference to the rejected Eva Green/sheerly masked breasts poster that made the rounds (if you’ve read this site before, I’m sure you’ve seen it… over and over again), it just seems like it is. (more…)

‘Gotham’s’ 19-Minute Special: ‘A Legend Reborn’ Is A Behind-The Scenes Feast

- 08-24-14Comics, TV Posted by Aspry Jones

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TV’s ‘Gotham’ is taking flight. You can tell that by all the promotion it’s getting. It’s drizzled in so much pomp and circumstance that I’m sold on the show’s flavor from previews alone. I don’t care much about the no-name actors being stirred into this soup and Jada P. Smith isn’t a strong enough presence for me to want in. But the whole pot’s on medium with the steam rising lightly. All the ingredients are there and this gumbo is smelling like something out of Emeril Lagasse’s cookbook. I haven’t tasted a thing, but from the way stuff looks, we’re in for a gourmet experience. Like top chefs with a well-stocked fridge, the preview gives us a powerful “making of” that just clocks in under 20 minutes. We meet the characters, see some choreography, several interviews, everything but the kitchen sink. Today’s special is ‘A Legend Reborn.’ Bon appétit!

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Nerd Art Dump: Tattooed Disney Princesses, What if Deadpool and Harley Quinn Had Kids, Robin Williams Tribute, And MOAR!!!

- 08-24-14Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom-based art that’s hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump.

ABOVE: One has to wonder where those darned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles learned all them fancy ninja moves. Mike Wrobel has created a piece of art that may reveal some of the secrets behind the creation of this sewer-dwelling team. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Doctor Who’ – S08E01 – “Deep Breath”

- 08-24-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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After last year’s exhilarating 50th Anniversary Special and then lackluster by comparison Christmas Special, Doctor Who needed a fresh start to recapture its previous momentum. One surefire way of re-energizing your property is to switch out for some new parts, but with only a change in Doctor can Series 8 continue to hold good favor? (more…)

Spider-Woman Butt Debacle Continues As Artist Milo Manara & Writer Dennis Respond to Criticism

- 08-23-14Comics Posted by Luke Gallagher

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A few days ago we, and many other reputable sites (including – The Mary Sue, i09, and CBR) had reported on a rather blatant case of sexualism being depicted on the pending November (variant) cover of Marvel’s Spider-Woman #1. The cover (above) illustrated by comic book artist Milo Manara, depicts a rather gratuitous and damn near pornographic view of Spider-Woman’s (aka Jessica Drew) backside. Defying any logic in practical costuming – borderlining on body paint -  and magnified with a suggested pose, bum dimples and spread rear, it’s hard not to see this as intentionally erotic. Is it an affront to women? Well there in lays the debate. Are women in comics really being sexualized or is it just a hyper sensitive audience making them so?

The objectification of women in comics (and men, but mostly women)  is a long standing issue. This particular case of eye candy has opened the floodgates for online debate. Sites like ours are being subjugated for sensationalizing something that many believe is a non issue (at least in this case). Where as others are celebrating the continued call to attention on what is frankly massive problem in comics – the marginalization of women as nothing but masturbatory material.

Milo Manara, the Italian artist behind Marvel’s Spider-Woman #1 variant cover, and writer of the upcoming series Dennis Hopeless have both commented on the recent controversy. (more…)

Episode VII Really Wants You To Love Star Wars Again

- 08-22-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Star Wars is a franchise that brings out the passion in an almost countless number of fanboys and fangirls.  Most of that passion is for the nostalgia that comes along with one of the greatest space operas in history and just demonstrates the love that fans feel towards the franchise.  Unfortunately, thanks to the not quite thought out prequels, there is another passion that is ignited at the mention of Star Wars; one that is punctuated not only by the bad acting in Episodes I-III but also in the inconsistent storytelling that made it obvious that George Lucas had no idea what he wanted to do with those prequels.  Now, a new era beginning with Episode VII is finally a reality that will arrive much sooner than it may seem.  Between a new trilogy and several spinoff movies, the Star Wars Universe will be expanding exponentially over the next few years.  How will it be handled? Luckily, it appears that the new trilogy will do what it can to make sure that moving forward, all of the stories in the Star Wars universe remain consistent. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Is Exactly What You Think It Is – Atmospheric, Violent & Eva Green’s Boobs

- 08-22-14Comics, Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jason McAnelly

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After the masterpiece that was the first Sin City, it was hard to imagine that even the original team of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller would be able to top it. And, unfortunately, they didn’t. Nope. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is not as cool as the first movie was. What it is, however, is a nice return to the Sin City world that presents us with three new stories, two of which blew me away. Read on for a more detailed report on what to expect from the movie. Warning! Some spoilers may leak through the cracks. If you’re worried about that, you might want to see the movie before you read a review. (more…)

Vincent D’Onofrio Talks in Broad Strokes About Kingpin and ‘Daredevil’

- 08-22-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Marvel’s ambitious plan to turn four street level heroes into Netflix series before combining them into a team-like mega-series is, to say the least, ambitious. No less ambitious was the casting on the first series to reach the production phase, Daredevil, which includes a cast made up of Charlie Cox (Stardust) as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) in a mysterious role, and this man, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin or Crime – or Kingpin for short. Shooting on Daredevil is currently underway, and D’Onofrio took a minute to talk, however nebulously, about his new, important place in the Marvel Universe. (more…)