firestarter

You can’t keep a good Firestarter down. After the opening night screening at the Overlook Film Festival tonight, Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum announced that they would be teaming up once again to bring Stephen King’s classic pyrokinetic tale back to the big screen. Hit the jump to learn more about the Firestarter remake.

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10 Dystopian Fiction Stories That Should Come to TV

With The Handmaid’s Tale hitting Hulu today and an HBO adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 on the way, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of dystopian fiction. As we hurtle towards an uncertain future, it’s perhaps best to look at the authors among us who managed to predict things yet to come, and realize how easily we can tip over into a new world.

There are tons of great stories that have never been adapted, and in this golden age of TV we live in, it’s entirely possible to get some great shows or mini-series out of them. Sit…and let the events of the world happen as we gaze into our televisions. Sit. And consume.

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silicon valley season premiere

The most brilliant comedy on TV returns! The fourth season premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley is titled “Success Failure,” which is a pretty accurate description of the show so far.

Richard and the rest of the Pied Piper crew have seen tiny pieces of amazing success and attention thrown at them that promise to make them enough money to live the rest of their lives, only for them to lose it all each and every time. After three seasons of this, it’s hard not to get a little bit disinterested in this motley crew, but this season started off by doing something pretty brilliant – they’re rebooting it. Or at least, they’re changing the direction of the show.

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Captain Marvel Origin

Yesterday, Marvel revealed that the directors of Captain Marvel are none other than Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, prompting people around the world to say… “Who?”

This isn’t the first time that the media giant has gone from left field with their choices, hiring directors famous inside the world of independent film but not much farther than that. After all, this is the company that made James Gunn, a man who once made $150 for writing a Troma movie, a household name. This is the studio that allowed the brothers who directed Welcome to Collinwood to make the next logical step and go on to Captain America: Civil War. Through Marvel, anything is possible, and Boden and Fleck have a really solid history of crafting intense, character-driven movies…and even directing a few future Marvel superheroes along the way.

Let’s take a look back through their filmography.

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The 10 Best Television Spin-Offs of All Time

better call saul season 3

The successful television spin-off has a high wire act to maintain. It has to differentiate itself from its source material while maintaining enough of what fans love so they’ll come along with it in the first place. But for every Better Call Saul there are a dozen Joeys – spin-offs that fail right from the start. With the former returning for its third season, let’s take a look at ten spin-offs that were just as good (if not better) than their parent series.

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UNICEF Smurfs

Smurfs: The Lost Village opens today and while it’s the third Smurfs film from Sony Pictures, it’s essentially a reboot completely unrelated to their previous films. Unlike other franchises Sony has decided to reboot before their time, it actually makes sense for this series, as the Smurfs have been around forever and have done pretty much everything.

The brainchild of acclaimed Belgian artist Peyo, The Smurfs launched as a comic book way back in 1958 before expanding into nearly every form of media, including TV series, toys, and food. With that many years of Smurfs, there were plenty of opportunities for some really strange things to happen, and they didn’t Smurfing disappoint. Here are some of the strangest moments from their history.

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George Lucas

The list of truly effective video game jump scares is a short but powerful one. The dogs bursting through the windows in Resident Evil. The woman with the broken neck in Fatal Frame. Freddy Fazbear in Five Nights at Freddy’s. The aliens in Rescue on Fractalus! Wait…what’s that last one?

Yes, it turns out that an 8-bit LucasArts game originally released for the Atari 800 contains what may be the first (and still most effective!) jump scare in video game history…and George Lucas is partially responsible.

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legion episode 7 review 3

FX’s Legion may be an X-Men property, but it’s only very loosely based on the comic. That’s worked out to its benefit, as the show has been able to do some utterly insane things with its storyline, some of which have never been attempted on TV before. This is a comic property that for the most part doesn’t feel like one, and for that it’s stronger.

But that’s not to say there aren’t some wonderful places it could go. Armed with a Marvel Unlimited subscription that allows access to nearly every David Haller story ever published, I took a look to get some ideas of where the story can go in the second season now that origin story is out of the way. While it’s hard to imagine Legion adapting any of these stories literally, it could take inspiration from them in some capacity. After all, the show’s arch-villain is drawn straight from the X-Men comics.

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power rangers review

After an impressive opening weekend for a 25-year-old franchise, a sequel to Power Rangers seems inevitable. But here’s the big question: what’s going to happen in it?

The new film is essentially a reboot of the series and Saban is confident enough to have envisioned doing five or six or seven more movies. Fortunately, they have more than enough material to mine for story possibilities. For those of you that aren’t aware, there are 831 episodes in the series so far, almost 18 straight days of ridiculous giant robot-morphin’ action to enjoy. What will they look to for Power Rangers 2? Let’s take a look at some options. Naturally, all film and series spoilers are on the table.

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Venom Guardians of the Galaxy

Sony Pictures plans to have a Venom movie in theaters by 2018, but we still have no idea what story they’ll be telling.

The toothy alien symbiote that famously corrupted Spider-Man during his “black-and-white suit” days has been around since 1984, so there’s plenty of comic book stories to choose from. The problem is that most of these tales will only work if Sony decides to do what they did with Marvel in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and work within an already established cinematic universe. Venom’s story is so intrinsically linked to Peter Parker that it’s hard to separate the two without the aid of a sonic blaster, but as you’ll see, some of the character’s best and most famous storylines are actually pretty intriguing… and out of this world.

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