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Expanded 'Sin City 2' red-band trailer full of sex & violence

Posted July 30, 2014, 3:07 PM

It's been nearly a week since SDCC got started and it wrapped this past Sunday, but we are still getting some great tidbits. What was an exclusive to attendees last week is now leaking out to the mainstream and we are eating it up.

Based on Frank Miller's Sin City comic book series, the Sin City films have been unique in their visual style that is very consistent and reminiscent of the books they are based on. Of course after watching the latest red-band trailer that debuted at Comic-Con, it's pretty apparent why they had to keep the comic style in tact.

I remember watching the first film and enjoying the style, but it's really put on display here as the violence and sex is ramped up. The sparse use of color is a great stylistic touch and really helps to make...

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Kevin Smith: 'Tusk' trailer debut & beyond

Posted July 29, 2014, 4:07 PM

Kevin Smith turns 44 on Saturday and he "retired" a few years ago, but the man who is quickly becoming one of the most endearing entertainers of our time is busier than ever. As fans of his work since the early Clerks days, this is music to our ears.

The self-proclaimed "Clown Prince of Comic Con" did not disappoint this weekend at his annual Hall H performance/convocation. While yes, the headline of his talk was the trailer debut from his latest movie, in true Kevin Smith fashion he dropped little nuggets of information to those paying attention.

We will get to them in a moment, but first we can't bury the lead. Tusk is an unabashed horror film with a few trademark Kevin Smith witticisms sprinkled throughout in which a podcaster comes face to face with his own humanity while confronting an...

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Teaser trailer for final 'Hobbit' film is epic

Posted July 29, 2014, 8:07 AM

It seems a bit trite to call anything related to Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy epic at this point, but it's true. This teaser trailer for the final film in the trilogy is indeed.

At over two minutes in length, it's apparent that at this point Peter Jackson has no idea what "teaser" means, but we're not complaining at all. For a film that is titled after a battle that lasts only five pages in the book, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies looks to be every bit as epic as the other films in his Middle Earth series.

The only thing left to discern is whether Jackson plans to have a series of false endings that last an hour or so like he did for his Lord of the Rings trilogy. If I were a betting man, I'd wager on...

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Official teaser trailer for next 'Hunger Games' movie debuts

Posted July 28, 2014, 2:07 PM

Almost lost in the shuffle from Comic-Con this weekend was the debut of the first official teaser trailer from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. It is indeed brief and true to every word of its description, but it's better than nothing.

The teaser opens up on Philip Seymour Hoffman's Plutarch Heavensbee and his certainty that Katniss Everdeen will be the key to a success revolution against the Capitol. The trailer also hints heavily at what I think will be the major issue with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

The final book in the trilogy, which was split into two films, is very unbalanced. The first half of the book is filled with exposition and politics that I don't think will translate well to film. By contrast, the last half of the book never lets you catch your breath as the...

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Monday Mixer: It was a very SDCC sort of weekend!

Posted July 28, 2014, 1:07 PM

Well, I'm back and boy am I tired. No, I wasn't out in San Diego covering Comic-Con, I was finally finishing our move into our new house. I'm happy to report that we did in fact close on our house on Friday and we have successfully unloaded all of our junk stuff from various storage places.

Of course, all you really care about is the mention of Comic-Con. Don't worry, we've got all the news that's fit to print from this weekend's festivities. I must warn you though, unlike Comic-Cons of past, there seemed to be a noticeable lack of "Wow factor" from this iteration.

That doesn't mean that there wasn't still plenty to get excited about. Marvel was still there and our good friend Kevin Smith debuted a trailer among many, many cool things. It just felt that there wasn't...

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It's baaaack! Comic Con returns and the goodies start droppin'

Posted July 24, 2014, 4:07 PM

Today marks the official start of the San Diego Comic Con, aka SDCC, aka Comic-Con, aka The Con. It's basically a long weekend in beautiful southern California that has morphed from a pure comic book show to an entertainment extravaganza that spans television, games, movies and yes, of course, comic books.

If there was a geek mecca, SDCC would be it. As you know from past years, we don't have the funds to fly out to San Diego and cover the event (although that would be really cool and we should look into a Kickstarter for that next year) properly, but through the magic of this thing called the Internet, we can do a pretty decent job of culling all of the news that's fit to print!

Unfortunately, our coverage will be a bit hampered this year by the fact that I...

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer teases at the good bits

Posted July 24, 2014, 2:07 PM

If you don't immediately recognize the names Dakota Johnson or Jamie Dornan, don't worry you soon will. These two relatively unknown actors are the leads in one of 2015's first expected blockbusters, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Universal is banking on the popularity of the wildly successful book to overcome the shortcomings in the star power department and this first tease seems to prove their gamble will pay off in a huge way. Of course, they are totally unknown. Dakota starred in that blink-and-you-missed-it comedy TV show Ben and Kate. She was blonde and the show was canceled so fast, we don't even have a record for it on our site. It's too bad, because I was a fan.

Jamie, on the other hand, had a recurring role on the second season of the successful TV series Once Upon a Time. Don't ask...

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