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Want to see a live performance of the Luke Cage score? Which of Mark Millar‘s comics may be getting a TV series adaptation? Was Agent Coulson added to Thor because Samuel L. Jackson declined to appear as Nick Fury? Which of The Avengers would Joss Whedon vote for as president? Who is the special guest appearing on the 100th episode of Arrow? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Sadako vs Kayako review

“Who would win in a fight?” is the great conversation starter. You yell about it on the playground. You debate the finer points in the bar. Who you back in a match-up between two fictional characters can sometimes say a lot about you and your tastes. Batman or Superman? Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees? Alien or predator?

And now we’ve reached peak versus with the arrival of Sadako vs Kayako, which pits the evil spirits from The Ring and The Grudge against each other in an absurd supernatural throwdown. In one corner, you have a longhaired young woman with a penchant for possessing outdated physical media. In the other, you have a broken-bodied, frog-throated demoness who really doesn’t like visitors. And when they do fight, will anyone care?

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The 13th trailer

2014’s Selma launched Ava DuVernay to a whole new level of fame and acclaim, but the filmmaker hasn’t been content to rest on her laurels. For the past couple of years she’s kept mostly off the radar, plugging away at her next few projects. This fall, we finally get to see two of them come to fruition. One is the OWN drama Queen Sugar, which debuted earlier this month to high praise. The other is The 13th, a documentary about mass incarceration in the United States.

The title refers to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery “except as a punishment for crime.” The film chronicles the path from the 13th Amendment to our modern-day criminal justice system. The 13th trailer opens with a shocking statistic — that nearly 1 out of 4 prisoners in the world are locked up in the U.S. — and promises a film that looks at how, exactly, we got here. Watch The 13th trailer below.  Read More »

Stranger Things season two

Stranger Things season two begins shooting next month. Since cameras haven’t started rolling yet, we don’t know much about what The Duffer Brothers have planned for their follow-up to the wildly popular first season, but they’ve been sharing bread crumbs of information now and then. Producer and director Shawn Levy hasn’t released any new revelatory information about season two, either, but he does say the next season will feature some “next-level” stuff and that the show will age along with its young characters.

Below, Shawn Levy discusses Stranger Things season two.

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The Eyes of My Mother Review

There’s a scene in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre where Leatherface, the deranged serial killer who wears the skin of his victims, runs to the window of his isolated farmhouse. He’s just made quick work of two teenagers who wandered onto his property one after another and he has no idea where they came from, what they wanted, and if more are on the way. Through that grotesque flesh-mask, we can see his eyes: confusion and fear and concern for what else this day may bring him. For a few seconds, this monstrous figure is so oddly…human.

The Eyes of the Mother is like a feature-length version of that shot.

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Doctor Strange Avengers Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to be a real all-hands-on-deck situation. Not only will the current Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy be reporting for duty, but characters we haven’t even met yet like Captain Marvel are expected to join the fray. And you can add Doctor Strange to that growing list of superheroes. Benedict Cumberbatch let slip that the Sorcerer Supreme will be appearing in the 2018 team-up, following his own big-screen debut this fall.  Read More »

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Dog Eat Dog

So far Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage‘s second collaboration, Dog Eat Dog, has divided critics, but they’ve still been kinder to the duo’s latest film than they were to Cold Dying of the Light, a butchered movie that got ripped out of Schrader’s hands. That unfortunate experience for the director helped bring him and Cage to Dog Eat Dog. For their second film, Schrader was intent on making it under the right circumstances, so he secured final cut for this comedic crime thriller. Also starring is Willem Dafoe, who’s no stranger to working with Schrader, having starred in Light Sleeper and Auto Focus.

Below, watch the promising Dog Eat Dog trailer.

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ben affleck batman release date

A Batman solo movie was never formally announced. We first heard rumblings that Ben Affleck was co-writing and might direct a solo adventure featuring his Justice League character. Then Warner Bros executives casually mentioned the project was happening at CinemaCon. But even when I was on the set of Justice League this past June, Affleck was non-committal about the project, telling us that he isn’t ready to make a movie “until there’s a script that I think is good.”

But earlier this month the actor/director felt confident enough to tweet out a screen test with Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, so it sounds like the script has hit the “good enough” tier. And while Affleck mentioned that Warner Bros has a tentative date for the movie, we have never heard when we might expect to see Batman’s solo detective story hit the big screen. Now Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes gives us some idea of when we can expect to see Ben Affleck’s Batman movie.

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MacGruber 2 Script

The Saturday Night Live feature comedy MacGruber only pulled in just over $8.5 million at the box office on a budget of just $10 million. Not only did it bomb hard at the box office, but it couldn’t even make its budget back. However, in the years since it was released in 2010, it has garnered quite a cult following, and talk of a sequel surprisingly surfaced in 2012, with sparse updates here and there since. But now MacGruber 2 may finally be on its way towards becoming a reality. Read More »