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Best Stories of the Week

Summer is coming to a close, and the newsflow is slowing down, but we’ve still got a slew of stories you don’t want to miss in this edition of Best Stories of the Week.

Below you’ll find stories on Alamo Drafthouse’s month-long Steven Spielberg tribute in September, a movie being written by and starring Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence, a huge 30th anniversary celebration for Back to the Future in Los Angeles in October, a first look at Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed, how Star Wars: Rogue One is being shot and an awesome promo video for The Martian.

Plus, we also have trailers for the fifth season of Homeland, the second season of Gotham, The Hobbit trilogy extended edition in theaters for the first time, and The Iron Giant Signature Edition as well.

Find out more about all these Best Stories of the Week and more below! Read More »

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The Shield remasters

Old TV shows are being remastered now and again for new blu-ray and streaming presentations, but it isn’t often that a company really puts out the time and resources to do the job correctly. Just look at what happened with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where widescreen transfers were created seemingly by an automated process, revealing set edges, crew members, and equipment that were originally cropped out of the image.

The latest series to get a remaster is The Shield, which originally debuted in 2002 with Michael Chiklis starring as the complex character Vic Mackey, and which is often considered one of the best shows of the past couple decades.

But there’s good news! According to series creator Shawn Ryan, the new 4K transfer “really looks spectacular,” meaning this is probably going to be more like the updated masters for The Wire than the debacle of Buffy. Read More »

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Did you know it’s Jack Kirby‘s birthday? How great is that Doctor Strange cast? Is Batman v Superman‘s Henry Cavill worried about superhero movie fatigue? Why was everyone crying on the Deadpool set? What’s Groot really saying? Which Daredevil character is getting some romance next season? Just how much money did the Arrow / Stardust feud raise for charity? Does The Flash look a little different in this Season 2 promo? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Goosebumps Movie Monsters

Every story ever told has a beginning, a middle, and a twist, according to Jack Black‘s fictionalized version of Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. In the film, the twist is that the Goosebumps books are actually prisons for the monsters created by Stine’s imagination, and opening the books releases the monsters.

A new Goosebumps international trailer is just packed with those monsters, as the books are opened and dozens of creatures escape. There’s a werewolf, a Yeti, the invisible boy, a giant preying mantis, and plenty more. Check out the footage and all the Goosebumps movie monsters below. Read More »

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We still don’t know exactly what happened on Woody Allen‘s latest film that led to the departure of Bruce Willis, but in the end the show will go on. Despite having shot some of his scenes, Willis is off the film, and his role will now be played by Steve CarellRead More »

Age of Ultron featurette

Regardless of your feelings about Avengers: Age of Ultron, seeing the process of creation for a movie like that one is always fascinating. With so many moving parts to juggle, from actors and their characters and storylines to locations, effects, and all the post-production details, there are innumerable tricks and secrets to learn.

Yesterday we saw an Age of Ultron featurette showing some of the creation of Vision; today we have three more. One explains the effects that brought some powers to life. Two others explore how James Spader interacted on set with other actors including Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. (One neat bit: during takes, they had to use balls mounted a couple feet above Spader’s head as an eyeline for the giant Ultron.) Watch all three below, and prepare to Marvel at Mark Ruffalo’s continued astonishment at the particulars of his job. Read More »

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After the epic bellyflop that was Fantastic Four, you’d think Michael B. Jordan would want to stay away from comic book movies for a while. But perhaps he subscribes to the “if at first you don’t succeed…” mantra.

Jordan has just entered negotiations to star in Blood Brothers, MGM’s buddy action-comedy based on the Dark Horse graphic novel of the same name. Get details on the Michael B Jordan Blood Brothers movie after the jump.  Read More »

Walking Dead special

We’ve heard over and over that the characters from The Walking Dead won’t cross over with those in spin-off/prequel show Fear the Walking Dead. But there is something happening with the timelines of the two shows, and now we have word of a new intersection between the series.

A special web series will take place during the Fear timeline — that is, in the earliest days of the walker outbreak. But it will be a little more walker-centric, as the series takes place on an airplane as walkers attack passengers. Read More »

Star Wars 9 cover

This week isn’t done quite yet, and neither is the steady stream of Star Wars news. After the jump:

  • Star Wars Celebration Europe is already sold out for Saturday
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 developer on bringing Star Wars Rebels characters to life
  • Star Wars Rebels may have finally set a return date
  • Get details on the rest of the Disney Store’s plans for Force Friday
  • Just how much money is Star Wars: The Force Awakens gonna make?
  • Captain Phasma (and for some reason Jar Jar) cover a German Star Wars magazine
  • Find out what the new First Order star destroyer is called
  • Take a peek inside the pages of Star Wars #9
  • See gorgeous art from the Battle of Jakku DLC for Star Wars Battlefront
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