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Published: May 29, 2016 9:31:20 AM
Forces of Geek features columns and commentary on all aspects of geek culture including pop culture, technology, art, television, comics, music, fashion, film, literature and video games. The premiere Geek Culture community online, forcesofgeek.com wants you to discover and embrace the unknown, the forgotten, and the beloved.
  • May 24, 2016 11:36:43 AM

    We'll be seeing you again on Monday, June 6th.

    After seven years and over 18,000 posts, it's time to tune up the engine.  FOG! is currently undergoing a long overdue redesign and transfer to the WordPress platform. 

    It's been in the works for well over a year and now that we're getting close, we're working hard at making the site the very best it's ever been.

    There may be a post here and there before the relaunch, and you can always keep abreast of our latest news via Facebook or Twitter.

    We're also looking for new contributors, though many of those details won't be explained until after the relaunch.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Viva la geek!

    Stefan Blitz

  • May 27, 2016 8:52:52 AM

    “Space, the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise...” 

    Who of the “Boomer” generation is not familiar with these iconic words, Trekkie or not? These phrases conjure images of traveling the universe, of exploring new and strange cultures and worlds, of battles great and small fighting the good fight.

    The opening title sequence goes on to describe a “5-year” mission, which really missed the mark...twice.

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  • May 24, 2016 11:42:21 AM
    Review by Elizabeth Weitz
    Story by Jim Lee and Keith Giffen
    Scripted by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
    Art by Howard Porter
    Cover by Jim Lee
    Variant covers by Neal Adams, Joelle Jones,
    Ben Caldwell, Dan Panosian, Howard Porter
    Published by DC Comics / $3.99
    On sale 5/25/16

    I wasn't interested in reviewing this comic, no, scratch that, I thought I was too old to review this comic. I mean, Scooby Doo is for kids right? Kids who have no understanding of gigantic plot holes (like letting the audience know when, exactly did the Scooby gang realize that the "Barnacle Ghost was old man Peterson?) or why the weird, icky sexual subtext of Fred, Daphne and Vellma seems so off-putting.

    So I'll admit it, I was not looking forward to reading a comic that rebooted Scooby and the gang while adding to an already saturated field of Apocalyptic story lines.

    But I was wrong...so wrong.

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  • May 25, 2016 12:45:32 PM

    Director James Wan brings this supernatural thriller to the screen with another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.. Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

    For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of THE CONJURING 2 on Monday, June 6 at 7pm at AMC Loews Boston Common, click here: http://www.wbtickets.com/vuWmR37287

    Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!

  • May 25, 2016 9:26:46 PM

    Well, here we are again...

    This time, we've got an abundance of titles from all areas of entertainment; from tv series to documentaries, to award winning feature films to cult classics.

    Now that you've seen Captain America: Civil War and the tv season is winding down, there's plenty of time to check out the new titles within.

    Fire up those queues and clear out that shopping cart...it's That Time of The Week!

    20th Century Fox / Released 5/3/16

    Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations, and centers on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence stars with fellow Oscar Winner Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Rohm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell's previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love. Extras include featurettes, interview with David O. Russell & Jennifer Lawrence and gallery.

    Last Word: I have a sort of unconditional love for director David O. Russell, so it’s hard for me to admit that this film wasn’t my favorite. While all the usual suspects (Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, to name a few) perform with excellent timing and deprecating humor, I felt the story was diminished by the fact that the typically fluid, fun yet exciting nature we’ve come to love in Russell’s films, was over-exaggerated, a bit contrived, and pretty slow.

    Now, the story of Joy is actually fun and interesting. It’s a true story about a woman who single-handedly creates a corporation from her invention of the self-wringing mop—this after taking care of her broken-hearted soap-opera obsessed mother, dealing with her ex-husband, who awkwardly lives in her basement, and juggling her father’s move in/move out situations depending on whether or not he has a girlfriend.

    Joy is thwarted at every turn not only by familial dysfunction, but bad luck, and irrational circumstances that render her helpless. Her mop invention is incredibly fitting here, as she is so often the rag (of her family) that is used to clean up mess after mess without any consideration for her wants, needs, or happiness.

    There was a lot of great content to be used, but the presentation was executed in an almost cocky and disingenuous way—I don’t think it was totally intentional, at least I hope not. But the mood was just too inconsistent. And maybe the purpose of the unsteady aspect was to mirror the characters’ discombobulated lifestyles, but I’d say that’s a pretty far-fetched notion and, regardless, it didn’t work. The unfortunately inauthentic quality of Joy began during the opening scene with a kitschy voice-over. That wise-old-grandmother gimmicky storytelling feature instantly gave the film a child-like satirical air. Not only was it unnecessary, it was out of place considering the grandmother was in the film a minuscule amount. Other pitfalls include pace, odd nightmare-dream sequences, and simply unrealistic character traits.

    Flashbacks and expository recaps of Silver Linings Playbook as well as American Hustle, are fluid and relevant, the same just cannot be said about Joy. The first hour is an assembly of disjointed scenes that reflect past and present slights and slims of Joy’s childhood, but they don’t add anything to the film, but instead elongate the already two-plus-hour running time. The story of Joy’s movement forward is far more interesting than her past. We don’t need nightmares of stress—Jennifer Lawrence does a perfect job presenting that stress in her facial expressions, no more is necessary.

    Here I will say that David O. Russell indeed knows how to direct his actors, regardless of the pitfalls of this film, the director knows how to make a film look great. His consistent extreme close-ups and over-the-shoulder point of view shots accompanied by an amazing soundtrack, equally inspire sympathy and pump up the audience respectively. The presentation of the claustrophobic house in which Joy’s dysfunctional family resides is done with the same delight as the overbearing environment of Silver Linings Playbook, but many scenes that start off strong, end up goofy instead of genuine. Don’t get me wrong, I was entertained throughout, but those funny scenes, either ones of depressive humor, witty dialogue, or empowering success, weren’t enough to merit this film a success.

    During the brief shining scenes, that most often include Bradley Cooper (I say that trying my hardest not to be biased), or Jennifer Lawrence solo (without interaction with other characters), the film sparkles. The soundtrack picks up, the mood lifts, and just as you’re ready to change your opinion of the movie, the rhythm shifts right back to another slow moving set of circumstances that are just disappointing. Joy isn’t a bad movie. It’s just very much not David O. Russell’s finest. I’m guessing there will be other movies that might be more worthwhile seeing on Christmas Day, but if you love Russell’s familiar cast and the humor that they offer, grab a morning mimosa and enjoy it. Emphasis on the mimosa. (– Caitlyn Thompson)

    Magnolia / Released 4/19/16
    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability - and then pushed them even harder.

    Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon’s Vacation, launching dozens of huge careers on the way.

    Director Douglas Tirola’s documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon - tells the story of its rise and fall through fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine’s prime).

    The film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at what made the magazine tick, its key players, and why it was so outrageously successful: a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had.  Extras include featurettes, and additional interview footage.

    Last Word: One of the main criticisms of political correctness is that it insists that the offended be allowed to dictate the intention and extent of his or her perceived injury.  It works under the supposition that all insult emerges from ignorance;  that the offending party was unintelligent or unsophisticated;  and that re-education be implemented once proper apologies have been made.

    The founders of National Lampoon, Douglas Clark Kenny and Henry Beard, were Harvard kids who, within two years of graduating, published Bored Of The Rings, a stinging parody of J.R.R. Tolkien that sold 750,000 copies.

    They were smart guys who really liked make people laugh, and who didn’t give a fuck who it bothered.  What set them apart from mere class clowns was their bracing, encompassing intellect and their view that satire was an innately hostile act.

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon describes how Kenney and Beard created a magazine whose raison d'être was to dispassionately observe how much bad taste a joke could bear before collapsing.  Reverberating with arrogance and superiority, the brilliant staff at National Lampoon (Kenney, Beard, Anne Beatts, Michael O’Donoghue, Chris Miller, PJ O’Rourke, Michael Gross) savaged both The Vietnam War and the anti-war movement.  They ran meticulously detailed Volkswagen ads built around Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick disaster (“If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkswagen, he’d be president, today!” read the copy beneath the photo of a buoyant Bug.)

    They were geniuses who were out to make people laugh or piss people off.  Whichever side you were on was up to you. The largely Catholic or WASP writers at National Lampoon looked to the brilliant Lenny Bruce’s smartass Jewish outsider’s perspective (particularly his bits like “How To Relax And Colored Friends At Parties” and “Let Me Explain Jewish and Goyish To You”) and scrupulously removed any sense of social righteousness.  Bruce’s barbed underdog commentary was replaced by an equally revolutionary parody/evocation of a drunk millionaire complaining about the help at a cocktail party.  The writers at Lampoon, at the outset of the anti-comedy tradition, inhabited outrageous humor and never broke character.

    The film consists of plenty of interviews, all of which are entertaining.  Surprises include a humble and visibly melancholy Chevy Chase discussing the talents of Kenney and his own arch-rival, John Belushi. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon will be of interest to two possibly-overlapping groups of people:  big fans of ‘underground comedy’ of the 1970s; and people who think that any subject is fair game for satire. Figure out which group you’re in and give it a look. (– Guy Benoit)

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  • May 23, 2016 9:00:25 AM
    By Gavin Hignight

    I may have discovered the best place to find a car for my commute in Los Angeles. The folks at Wasteland Weekend did a Car Show this weekend showing off their rides of doom!

    It was a great entry level event for those tempted to throw themselves into the Apocalypse, but maybe not ready for the desert trip just yet.

    A great idea, a great event. The cars were fantastic, the crowd was super fun. And strangely the backdrop of LA or actually Torrance California's Alpine Village really fit this odd mix of autos!

    The Car Show went on all day, followed by an after party with DJ Steph Infection when the sun went down.

    I'm ready for more of the end days. Is it too obvious to say these cars were Shiny and Chrome?

    Check out some pics after the jump.

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  • May 26, 2016 10:06:28 AM
    Written by Alex C. Telander

    Dark Tower News 
    Recently some photos leaked of Idris Elba in his getup as Roland of Gilead; warning it will give you shivers.

    Queer Comics for Sci-Fi Fans
    Just to show that comics are pushing the envelope in every way, here are five queer comics for scifi fans.

    Mental Reads 
    Five recommended science fiction and fantasy books that tackle the prickly subject of mental illness well.

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  • May 26, 2016 10:36:42 AM
    It’s time to meet the Muppets! With the new TV series getting big ratings, the Muppets are hotter than ever, and now they’re getting their very own action figure line from DST! Series 1 gets things started with three different multi-figure packs: Fozzie with Scooter, Gonz o with Camilla, and Kermit with Robin and Bean Bunny. Each figure is in the Select action figure scale, and ranges from 2 to 6 inches tall, with multiple points of articulation. Each multi-pack comes in the famous display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

    And thanks to our friends at  Diamond Select Toys, we're giving away one set of Series 1 figures to a FOG! reader!

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  • May 26, 2016 11:07:22 AM
    Based on Reporter Kim Barker’s Entertaining Memoir
    “Tina Fey shines” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) in the wickedly entertaining comedy WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand June 28, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film debuts two weeks early on Digital HD June 14.

    Based on real-life reporter Kim Barker’s revealing and funny memoir about covering the war beat in the Middle East, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is a sharp and savvy film that critics are calling “boldly entertaining” (Stephanie Zacharek, Time). A satirical take on combat journalists and an illuminating story of self-discovery, the film follows Kim (Fey) as she decides to shake things up by taking a dangerous assignment in Afghanistan. There, in the midst of chaos, Kim discovers her true strength as she risks it all to find the next big story. The film features an all-star ensemble cast including Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Billy Bob Thornton (“Fargo”), and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2).

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  • May 26, 2016 11:08:36 AM
    Review by Lily Fierro
    The Book of Hope
    Written and Illustrated by Tommi Musturi
    Published by Fantagraphics
    ISBN: 978-1-60699-877-9 | Price $34.99
    Release date: February 1, 2016

    What do you do when you expect death but cannot predict its exact arrival?

    Some may try to prevent it as much as possible.

    Others may accept it and try to live to the fullest in the time left.

    Others may ruminate on the inevitable and let life pass by without them.

    Tommi Musturi examines this question through the life of an elderly man with his Book of Hope series, and his answer is one that is uniquely human in its understanding of the contradictions and seasons of life.

    The man of Book of Hope lives in a modest house in an unnamed town in rural Finland. He and his wife live a quiet existence in their retirement, with the wife tending to the care of the house and the man keeping himself busy with his thoughts and various male-specific retirement activities such as carpentry and fishing. We do not know what courses their lives took up to this point, and we do not know if they have any other family, but the two live peacefully in their quaint home that will draw envy from any person who lives in a noisy apartment in a bustling city (such as myself).

    To examine life, Musturi uses dialog sparingly in the day-to-day activity of the husband, evoking the quiet meticulousness of Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles but with the tone and slight playfulness of Aki Kaurismäki. The images entirely control the rhythm of Book of Hope, and the colors and the stylized perception of reality will immediately emerge as one of its most memorable assets, but much more lies in the heart of the five books.

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  • May 27, 2016 9:27:15 AM

    FOG! is back with the second installment of the Summer Movie Buzz.

    While Neighbors 2 and Angry Birds hits theaters this week, that’s not what you came here for.

    We have what you want, what you need, and right here.​​

    Independence Day: Resurgence 
    Opens June 24

    Official Synopsis:

    We always knew they were coming back.

    After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

    The Buzz:

    In 1996, Independence Day became a box office juggernaut bringing in over $817 million dollars, making it the year’s highest grossing film. While some argue that the film’s plot is paper thin, it didn’t matter because Director Roland Emmerich was able to shepherd an amazing movie theater experience that was second to none and was rounded out by unforgettable visual destruction and characters that were fun and easy to root for.

    Now 20 years later, Emmerich will try to replicate the magic with some new blood, along with the original cast, besides the glaring omission of Will Smith’s Capt. Steven Hiller. Smith and 20th Century Fox were unable to come to terms on a deal that would have the actor return to the role that launched his movie career.

    This is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, but I’m also wondering if too much time has gone by. Nostalgia is going to bring in those who grew up in the 90’s, however, two decades have passed and there is a new generation of moviegoers who not only need to be drawn in, but also be impressed with the film, in order to match the success of its predecessor.

    The casting of Liam Hemsworth in the lead as U.S. pilot Jake Morrison is certainly a step in the right direction to draw in the youngsters. Hollywood loves him and he’s easy on the eyes, but tell me if you can remember the young Hemsworth most memorable performance?

    Don’t worry I’ll wait.

    It doesn’t take the acting chops of Daniel Day Lewis to pull off this type of role that Hemsworth will undertake, or any role in the film for that matter. Still, one of the things that made Independence Day great is that all of the characters were fun and therefore memorable.

    We remember Steven Hiller welcoming an alien to Earth with a right cross to its jaw. We marveled at Jeff Goldblum’s plucky David Levinson ingenuity when he uploaded a computer virus to the alien mothership ship using a Macintosh Powerbook 5300. All sorts of laughter ensued while Judd Hirsch annoyed everyone while being the atypical voice of reason as Julius Levinson and President Whitmore’s motivational speech before the final battle with the aliens inspired a generation.

    Fox has done a great deal of promotion for the movie including a website that fills in the 20 year gap between the two movies. www.warof1996.com

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  • May 27, 2016 9:55:12 AM

    Hello! My name is Lenny Schwartz and I am a playwright from RI and New York.

    And I'm a life long comic book fan. I am so happy to write about comic books.

    So without further adieu, here goes!

    Superman: American Alien #7
    Written by Max Landis and Illustrated by Jock. 
    Published by DC Comics

    Superman: American Alien has been a kind of schizophrenic series. Landis has been pretty consistent on the script. The art however has been erratic, some issues have been great, some not so much. They end on a strong note here. Jock is one of the best in the field and this issue shows why.

    The story wraps up in a pretty satisfying way though I would be lying if I said I would read it again. I won't. It is a unique spin on Superman but one that held my interest just enough and didn't really break any ground.

    Landis is a decent enough writer so I commend him for the attempt. Again, it is decent. The art however is spectacular in this issue. Jock just has such a great style...I literally can't get enough of him. He moves along each scene with verve. His storytelling ability is mindblowing. Maybe if he drew the whole series it would be classic. Instead it just ends well.

    This is a very good finale for a halfway decent series. Read alone, it's great. So pick it up, even if for the art alone. It is worth your time.

    RATING: B+

    Doctor Strange: Way of the Weird
    Collects issues #1-5
    Written by Jason Aaron and Illustrated by Chris Bachalo and a few pages by Kevin Nowlan
    Published by Marvel Comics

    Jason Aaron is one of the best writers in the business.

    I love his writing. I didn't at first but he has grown on me. So I had been meaning to check this out. When I did, I wasn't disappointed. While this series is sure to tick off longtime fans, I actually enjoyed it. It seems aimless for sure but at least it's not boring...like I find most of Doctor Strange's comics.

    The early Strange books were great. Steve Ditko created some of the best things to ever happen with this character. However, they may be the only good comics ever to be created with him...save for a few scattered books.

    Given that a new film is upcoming, Marvel decided to revive the character. Aaron writes Strange in a new voice and it works. It keeps your interest, though you do wonder where it all is leading to.

    And Bachalo finally finds a book that suits him. I was introduced to Bachalo years ago though the now classic Death: The High Cost of Living series. I loved his work on that but ever since then I found his work off-putting. Here he finds his groove and it works well. He is suited for the character. And it's a perfect introduction for new readers.

    Doctor Strange has always kind of sucked to read...like medicine you are forced to endure.

    Here, he becomes interesting. It's a new take sure, but maybe he needed the update. At least I kept awake. And that's maybe a first for me with this character since the days of Ditko.

    Rating: B

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  • May 27, 2016 12:15:00 PM
    Written by Erin Maxwell

    Sad that your favorite show has gone to TV heaven?

    Here is what the networks have in store for the upcoming primetime slate for the 2016-17 season:

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  • May 27, 2016 12:50:32 PM

    See where the worldwide phenomenon began with Shout! Factory TV’s Super Sentai Spectacular: Dairanger! Join us for a three-hour live streaming event hosted by Tokusatsu expert August Ragone as the first seven episodes of Super Sentai: Gosei Sentai Dairanger blast onto the screen on Saturday, May 21 at 9.a.m. (PST) at www.shoutfactorytv.com.

    The marathon will be streaming episodes of the original Japanese series that inspired and provided footage for the Power Rangers franchise, presented in Japanese with English subtitles. After fans have watched the first episodes here, all 50 episodes of Gosei Sentai Dairanger will be available on Shout! Factory TV for evergreen streaming following the marathon.

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  • May 27, 2016 1:07:11 PM
    Five New Series Highlight The Month

    IDW is set to introduce readers to five brand-new original tales each week of the month this August!

    The Creator Visions event is a showcase of new series alongside the return of some fan-favorite titles that celebrate a breadth of unique and diverse comics.

    From the all-ages, action-packed adventures of Atomic Robo to an adaptation of a classic work of haunting literature, August has exceptional new material for every fan!

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  • May 20, 2016 10:00:15 AM
    I love the Eurovision Song Contest and I have always enjoyed its over-the-top, outlandish, cheesiness! This year it was broadcast to America too, meaning my stateside friends were finally able to tune in and appreciate - or recoil in horror at - the complete and utter madness that unfolds every year as musicians and singers from all over Europe (and for last two years, Australia - don't ask) compete to win.

    During the contest this year, several of my friends were hosting Eurovision parties that involved eating different European foods (mainly various cheeses...), taking part in sweepstakes, donning flag face paint and generally just enjoying watching the show together.

    Some even held their own Eurovision's by hosting karaoke parties using video games like Rock BandSingstar and various iterations of these.

    This group definitely wouldn't look out of place at Eurovision

    It got me thinking about musical games in general, mainly how much they have fallen out of favour over the last 10 years. Many of my friends were using their microphones and plastic instruments for the first time in years (that's a lot of dead skin particles to clean off).

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  • May 27, 2016 1:50:30 PM
    Starring George Segal, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda and Helen Hunt
    Watch out for the man watching the rollercoaster… On June 21, 2016, Shout! Factory will release the disaster thriller Rollercoaster for the first time on Blu-ray and in anamorphic widescreen presentation.

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  • May 20, 2016 8:00:05 AM
    Everyone’s favorite scoundrel – now starring in his very own series! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside HAN SOLO #1 – the highly anticipated Star Wars limited series coming to a galaxy far, far away and your local comic shops this June! A-list creators Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks hop in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon to bring you a swashbuckling tale of high adventure in deep space!

    Han Solo has finally entered his ship into the Dragon Void Run – an infamous high-stakes race across the stars. You know, the race Han has dreamt of winning. Only there’s a catch – his entry into this legendary race is a top-secret undercover mission for Princess Leia and the Rebellion! Will he keep his mind on the mission? More importantly – can he manage to pull it off while still maintaining his lead in the race?!

    The race is on as Han, Chewie and the Falcon blast off this June for the highly anticipated HAN SOLO #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices!

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  • May 28, 2016 10:19:15 AM
    Written by Stefan Blitz

    In the ongoing battle for comic-to-screen domination, the blueprints for the DC Comics cinematic universe may be headed in a new direction. When Warner Bros. announced their slate of titles seemed promising, particularly since this summer’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was still in production. With director Zack Snyder behind the camera (after 2013’s mixed reviewed Man of Steel), and returning for two Justice League films, it was primarily his lead and vision that other filmmakers used as an anchor when developing their own contributions to the cinematic universe.

    With very mixed reviews and a very dark and gloomy take on what should have been the biggest tent-pole film of all time (featuring three of pop culture’s biggest icons, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, sharing the screen in live action for the first time ever), Batman v Superman had more detractors than fans. Box office wise the film was a success, but audiences and critics started wondering if Snyder the right guy to oversee DC properties.

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  • May 28, 2016 2:54:08 PM

    There isn’t a person alive who wouldn’t love to be a superhero – even if it was just for one day!

    Although Superheroes generally use their powers for good, it’s easy to imagine what our favourite caped crusaders might get up to on a day off – for example, putting their powers to use at the poker table in order to gain an extra few bucks.

    At the end of the day, most superheroes protect their home cities out of the goodness of their hearts, so who couldn’t forgive them for putting those powers to use in order to stack up some serious chips?

    With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of super powers which would come in super handy at the casino.

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  • May 28, 2016 10:22:15 AM

    CBS Studios debuted a teaser trailer and revealed the logo for the new Star Trek series today at the CBS upfront presentation for advertisers at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Les Moonves introduced the first elements for the show, which will premiere in January, 2017.

    Bryan Fuller is on board as executive producer/show runner, Alex Kurtzman as executive producer and Nicholas Meyer as writer and consulting producer.  Based on the teaser, the series seems to be focused on expanding the Trek Universe, but it's unknown if it fits into the classic continuity of the previous series or if it is part of J.J. Abrams' revamped universe.

    The premiere episode will air on the CBS Television Network and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access.

    Production on the new Trek series will begin this fall in Toronto, Canada.

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  • May 18, 2016 6:00:03 PM
    With unforgettable recurring characters like Bobby Bottleservice, the PubLIZity Girls, Ref Jeff, C-Czar and more, Kroll Show skewers our television-obsessed culture and the rabid fan base it breeds. More than just a collection of sketches, it's Nick Kroll's one-of-a-kind take on pop culture and the meaning of celebrity.  Guest actors and comedians include Fred Armisen, Tess Broussard, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Helms, Rob Huebel and Chelsea Peretti.

    Nick Kroll has starred in his own Comedy Central stand-up specials as well as appeared in sitcoms "The League," "Parks and Recreation" and "Childrens Hospital," among others. In each "Kroll Show" episode viewers can expect Kroll's irreverent take on topics like the Internet, pro sports, nightlife and television. 

    Bonus features include:
    • Bryan La Cróix Performs "Ottowanna Go To bed"
    • Chairs: Matt and Ben
    • Bobby Bottleservice and Peter Paparazzo Perform "Broin' Country" (Ft. Senor Feeture)

  • May 28, 2016 10:35:08 AM
    A Civil War II Tie-In!
    Deadpool and his Mercs for Money are clearly the best super team around. The get along like family, right? Wrong. So when Civil War II divides the Marvel Universe in two – does that spell the end for this motley crew? Find out as the Merc with a Mouth crashes headlong into the biggest comic event of the year in DEADPOOL #14 – courtesy of blockbuster creators Gerry Duggan and Mike Hawthorne! When there’s a cosmic level threat – the Mercs are there to answer the call. But the cracks are beginning to show. Deadpool can’t hold his crew together much longer. New Inhuman Ulysses and his powers of predictive justice may just be the stroke that broke the camel’s back. Is this the end of the Mercs for Money? But they just got their own ongoing series! Find out as Civil War II erupts this June in DEADPOOL #14!

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  • May 28, 2016 11:13:22 AM
    and More Earth Shattering Adventures That Forever Changed the
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  • May 28, 2016 11:45:43 AM
    World Fantasy, International Horror Guild, and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joe Hill turns his attention to a legend—Tales From The Darkside.

    Originally planned as a reboot for the storied series, Hill’s scripts for these never-broadcast television episodes allow the New York Times bestselling author to stretch his creative muscles, his effortless mastery of the twisted subject matter injecting new terrors into this silver screen legend.

    Joining Hill in resurrecting this classic is Charles Paul Wilson III, known to many Joe Hill fans as the artist responsible for the nightmare vision made real in their most recent collaboration, Wraith, a graphic novel prequel to the Hill’s bestselling book N0S4A2. In Tales From The Darkside, Wilson’s tack-sharp interpretation of Hill’s vision is on display in a series of illustrations accompanying the scripts.

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