Dumbledore as death theory

A little over a couple weeks ago, a new fan theory about one of the major characters in the Harry Potter series was taking the internet by storm. And it finally made its way to the character’s creator, author J.K. Rowling.

More often than not, Rowling has to debunk wild theories or answer endless questions about whether or not she’ll write an eighth Harry Potter book, but this time she’s fully on board with the fan proposal that posits a Dumbledore as death theory, or at least as a representation of the figure as tied to the story of The Three Brothers. Read More »

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Diablo Cody Quits Directing

With the indie sensation Juno, screenwriter Diablo Cody was quickly thrust into the spotlight as a success story of a stripper becoming a Hollywood scribe, making her one of the better known writers of movies in the industry. However, she’s yet to really match the success of her first big screen writing endeavor.

Cody attempted to broaden her horizons a bit by getting behind the camera for the first time with the 2013 movie Paradise, starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer, but the movie was skewered by critics after getting a DirectTV release. And it seems Cody doesn’t have much faith in her directing skills either as she recently said that she likely won’t ever direct another movie. Read More »

Scooby-Doo - Final Girls - The Martian

The news has been pretty slow lately as summer winds down, but we’re still recapping all the important stuff you need to know in this edition of Best Stories of the Week.

Below, you’ll find stories from the past week with updates about Kong: Skull Island, the beginning of production on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a sequel to What We Do in the Shadows, an animated Scooby-Doo reboot, a Flight of the Conchords movie, and a new rumor about Captain America: Civil War.

Plus, there are also trailers for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, the indie horror sensation The Witch, the strange horror comedy Victor Frankenstein, and the extremely promising meta horror flick The Final Girls.

Check out the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »

Captain America White (header)

Who’s James Frain really playing in Gotham? Is there a new peek at Captain America: White? How will The Flash handle its overabundance of speedsters? Would Jim Carrey make a good Wolverine? What’s Anthony Mackie‘s idea for a Captain America buddy comedy? How’s Jared Leto weirding out his Suicide Squad castmates now? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

New Star Wars Canon Timeline Infographic

Star Wars Legends

After Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it was announced that the Star Wars Expanded Universe would not be considered canon going forward (instead being classified with the “LEGENDS” branding). This angered a lot of Star Wars fans, but the announcement also brought something cool to the table: all the Star Wars stories in the future would be developed under the guidance of the Star Wars story group and would be consider canon. That means that everything, from comic books to novels, animated television shows to video games, everything would be considered a real part of this new Star Wars history.

And over the last year, a lot of new Star Wars stories have been released. What does the current Star Wars canon timeline look like at this point? What is the order in which these stories taker place? Hit the jump to see an infographic.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens X-Wing

Hasbro has released a full catalog of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys that are coming out on Force Friday, which takes place on Midnight on September 4th 2015. Most of the toys are pretty much spoiler free as it seems JJ Abrams and the creative team is limiting the early merchandising to mostly the first third of the movie. For instance, notice how the Rey and Finn figures are only available in “Jakku” versions. I’m sure they change outfits and look different throughout the film, but we’re only seeing toys from the early scenes in the Force Awakens.

But there are a couple minor side characters shown and vehicles we have yet to see (most of which I believe were just created for the toy line, so they won’t be featured in the movie), so proceed at your own risk of very very minor spoiler information. Hit the jump to see all the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys.

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Theodore Rex

(Whoopi Goldberg + Police Dinosaur) x Lots of Lawsuits = How Did This Get Made?!?!

Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. And every time it does, there’s a fun misadventure and cautionary tale lurking somewhere behind the scenes. This is that story for the most expensive movie that ever went straight to video: THEODORE REX.

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Lego Jurassic World

There was a lot to like about this summer’s Jurassic World. Chris Pratt! Velociraptors! T-Rexes! Hybrid dinosaur monstrosities even bigger than T-Rexes! Bryce Dallas Howard’s apparently supernatural ability to sprint in stilettos! The one thing it didn’t have, though, was Legos. Which seems like an especially glaring oversight when we all know how well Chris Pratt and Legos go together.

A new video short thankfully fixes that by remaking all of Jurassic World in Lego form. Plus, it gets the job done in just 90 seconds, saving you approximately 122 and a half minutes. Watch the Lego Jurassic World video after the jump.  Read More »

Unnecessary CGI Special Effects

In recent years, there’s been a lot of backlash against CGI visual effects as movie studios rely on them more and more instead of practical set pieces, models and make-up effects (mostly because there’s some pretty terrible visual effects out there). We’ve already highlighted a thoughtful look at how CGI effects are actually great when not relied upon too heavily and blend seamlessly with practical filmmaking techniques.

But sometimes CGI special effects are just downright unnecessary and baffling, and the folks at Dorkly have assembled a short list of five of the most unnecessary CGI special effects, but beware of some brief NSFW nudity. Somehow one of the Star Wars prequels only appeared on the list once. Read More »