Game of Thrones Season 6 VFX Reel

I’m a sucker for visual effects breakdown reels in general, but I’m really a sucker for Game of Thrones visual effects breakdown reels because they showcase just how much of HBO’s fantasy drama is quietly enhanced by intelligent, often invisible special effects. Sure, everyone knows those dragons are CGI, but your eyes don’t always catch the numerous set extensions. You probably don’t even realize that the sky has been replaced and the lightning digitally modified in many scenes.

And as one VFX reel reveals, a great deal of the violence is brought to life through some surprisingly effective trickery, combining digital and practical elements in a seamless fashion.

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crisis in six scenes trailer

If anyone was wondering what a television series written and directed by Woody Allen would look like, all they have to do is look at the rest of the director’s filmography. The first trailer for Crisis in Six Scenes, the new series he created for Amazon, could easily be mistaken for a preview of new Allen movie – it has self-deprecating jabs, a jazzy soundtrack, and that relaxed, slightly whimsical tone that has come to dominate so much of his later work. In other words, if the thought of a typical three-hour Woody Allen comedy spread across six chapters sounds appealing, this is the show for you.

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Black Mirror Season 3 Review

It’s been nearly two years since the last episode of Black MirrorCharlie Brooker‘s tech dystopia anthology series, and over three years since the last proper full season aired. Naturally, then, news that Netflix had commissioned 12 more episodes was met with a combination of excitement and trepidation.

On the one hand, Black Mirror is second to none when it comes to chronicling the way humanity and technology intersect in 2016. On the other, we’ve seen tons of shows renewed after extended hiatuses, only to return as shells of their former selves. Could the third season of Black Mirror live up to the greatness of the first two? Based on the two episodes that screened at TIFF, “San Junipero” and “Nosedive,” the answer seems to be yes.  Read More »

New Saturday Night Live Cast Members

The 42nd season of Saturday Night Live will premiere on October 1st, but before then, some vacant spots on the cast needed to be filled. Cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam were let go after spending six years on the show while Jon Rudnitsky wasn’t asked to return after just one season as a featured player. With those three out, three new comedians are being brought in. Find out who the new Saturday Night Live cast members are after the jump. Read More »

Young Lando Calrissian

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Donald Glover deftly dodges a question about playing a young Lando Calrissian.
  • The BB-8 theory so preposterous that it actually makes perfect sense.
  • A new trailer for Star Wars Rebels season 3.
  • Dave Filoni talks about Dark Vader, Ahsoka Tano, and their ongoing dynamic.
  • Voice actress Ashley Eckstein weighs in on the fate of Ahsoka.
  • Newly released concept art from Star Wars Rebels.
  • Check out a new clip from the Star Wars Rebels season 3 premiere.
  • Updates on Thrawn, Ezra, and Maul.
  • A review of a life-size BB-8 that may look a little familiar…

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luke cage clip

Luke Cage doesn’t premiere on Netflix until the end of the month, but Marvel isn’t being shy with the new clips. The first few teases showed off Mike Colter as Power Man himself, with the unbreakable skinned superhero absorbing punishment, dishing out pain, and finding himself in need of some new clothes. The newest clip places the focus on one of the chief villains he’ll be battling during the show’s first season: Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, played by House of Cards and The Hunger Games series star Mahershala Ali.

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the punisher villain

The villains have often been the highlight of Marvel’s Netflix series, with Vincent D’Onofrio’s Walter Fisk emerging as the standout character of Daredevil and David Tennant leaving quite an impression as the psychic sociopath Kilgrave on Jessica Jones. Luke Cage looks to be following suit with a baddie played by House of Cards star, Mahershala Ali. So when an antagonist is cast in a new Marvel/Netflix series, you stand up and pay attention. 

And that brings us to today’s news: Ben Barnes has been reportedly cast as a villain in the upcoming The Punisher, which will give Jon Bernthal’s vengeful vigilante his own series after stealing so many scenes in Daredevil season 2.

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Star Wars Rebels Season 3 - Ezra Bridger

This season of Star Wars Rebels is shaping up to be a big one for fans of the stories that became Star Wars Legends when Disney took over Lucasfilm. A whole series of tales that took place within the Star Wars universe were retconned favor of a future where all of the stories that took place in a galaxy far, far away were officially tied together by the same continuity. But now one of the most beloved bad guys from Star Wars Legends will become canon again this season as Grand Admiral Thrawn enters the fray.

The blue-skinned Imperial superior officer was revealed to be joining the animated series on Disney XD during Star Wars Celebration in July, and now with the season premiere of Star Wars Rebels nearly upon us, a new trailer gives us more of a taste of the danger he poses to our Rebel heroes.

Watch the new Star Wars Rebels season 3 trailer after the jump. Read More »

Darkwing Duck Connected to DuckTales

Let’s get dangerous. That’s the tagline uttered by the caped crusader known as Darkwing Duck. The crimefighting mallard hit the airwaves in the early 90s, shortly after Disney’s other duck-centric animated series DuckTales went off the air and headed into theaters with its own movie, DuckTales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. Since both the shows hailed from Disney, had anthropomorphic ducks, and shared two characters, many assumed that Darkwing Duck was a spin-off of DuckTales. However, the creator of Darkwing Duck has just confirmed that’s not the case.

So why isn’t Darkwing Duck connected to DuckTales? Find out after the jump. Read More »