Film & TV
While Disney continues to dominate with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Warner Bros struggles to catch up with their Justice League franchise, Marc Webb and Sony have been very quietly building a universe of their own.
After a promising start (and a ludicrously ambitious production schedule), it seems Jurassic Park 4 has hit some choppy waters. Rumors circulate that Steven Spielberg is unhappy with the screenplay, prompting Universal and producer Frank Marshall to put the project on hold as they work the story out. This makes a lot of sense considering how much pressure they must be under having to work towards that looming June 13, 2014 release date.
I do feel a little bad for George Lucas, considering his lack of involvement in a project is important enough to be newsworthy. Still, it's definitely time for a new director to put his spin on Star Wars (although some may argue he already did in 2009), and it seems that J.J. Abrams is intent on making it his own.
It has come. A day I both feared and yet in my gut knew was inevitable. Hemlock Grove has been renewed for a second season. As my spoiler-free review revealed I was less than thrilled by the first season. Yet as the days and weeks went on, unable to put my furious thoughts into words, explaining in detail exactly why the series put me in such a fury, I sensed my opinion was that of the minority. It would seem that I am correct in this assumption.
Curious about what the next cast of scruffy-looking nerd herders will be like? Give your imagination a leg-up with the leaked cast breakdown, a succinct if rather illuminating look at what producers allegedly have in mind for seven of the Star Wars: Episode VII leads. (Hint: Being young, fit, and witty never goes out of style.)
Dark Knight Trilogy director and Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan was apparently not a fan of the chosen ending for Man of Steel. In the latest Empire Magazine film podcast, director Zack Snyder and script writer David Goyer talk about having to convince Nolan to accept the film’s ending. Spoilers Below.
It's dangerous to fight alone, so next time you find yourself battling a hoard of White Walkers or a turned-evil superhero, make sure you have these handy essentials at your side. Think of it as a Survival Checklist for the savvy — slightly fantastical — adventurer. After all, you never really know when an almost-immortal bad guy will cross your path. With this list, you'll be prepared.
Mole’s Adventure, a nine minute cardboard animation, was found in a Japanese warehouse this February. The 1958 anime was found in good condition, and filmed in color. Mole’s Adventure has been declared the oldest surviving anime in the world, and will be reshown on Japanese TV next month.
Tokyo's been looking a little lonely these days without the presence of destruction brought on by the onslaught of giant monsters. Sure Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim may quench your thirst for titanic monster combat, but nothing beats everyone's favorite rampaging creature: the original Godzilla, the king himself.
Last night’s Adventure Time episode was another Graybles collection, again revolving around a frustratingly subtle theme of fives. But even if you can’t guess the theme, you can still watch Jake try to connect with a newly 30-year-old Jake Jr., Cinnamon Bun deal with (or rather, not deal with) his fear of the dark, Ice King hold a movie night with the Gunters, Mr. Fox confront some shunted dissatisfactions, and the Lemongrabses play-pretend escalates to near homicide. Aw. Yiss.