• George R.R. Martin Reacts to Red Wedding Reaction Videos

    Oct 23, 2015

    Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin was a guest on Conan where he watched and reacted to fan reaction videos from the infamous "Red Wedding" episode.

    "Now you know why your nerdy friends were really depressed 13 years ago."

  • Prince's Batdance Music Video from Batman 1989

    Apr 21, 2016

    Wow. This music video is hard to find. It's almost like someone would like to forget the late 1980s. Imagine that. Regardless, check out this music video from Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film featuring the artist once and once again known as Prince, whose music accompanied the Dark Knight's live-action resurgence and helped catapult him into the pop culture spotlight where he's remained ever since. Besides ... The Joker wears purple ... Prince wears purple ... it was meant to be. Thank you, Prince.

  • Star Trek Discovery Captain's Chair & Uniform Reveal

    Feb 01, 2017

    Star Trek Discovery is officially under construction! The newest entry to the Star Trek series was initially set for an early 2017 premiere on CBS before moving exclusively to the CBS All Access subscription streaming service in the U.S., CTV and Space in Canada, and Netflix elsewhere. Unfortunately, the premiere date has been bumped back, and, since then, is now indeterminate.

    Additionally, Bryan Fuller, who was set to serve as the showrunner, has stepped back, much to the chagrin of many fans who were ecstatic to have such a competent creator steering the ship. Regardless, the show will go on (eventually) and this video gives us a glimpse at both the legacy and the future of Star Trek, including a peek at the new uniforms, the captain's chair, and some ship designs that do not look at all like the Ralph McQuarrie inspired design from the first Discovery teaser. If you don't know what I mean, check out the below video.

  • First Star Trek Discovery Trailer!

    May 17, 2017

    It was starting to feel like the future would never arrive, but here it is -- the first real footage from Star Trek: Discovery! See Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, James Frain as Sarek, Klingons, and plenty of new aliens and crew members in this first glimpse of the upcoming, highly anticipated, and frequently delayed chapter of the Star Trek story.

  • The Ballad of Rick Grimes - Greatest Hits

    Jun 17, 2017

    This exceptional edit of Rick Grimes' greatest hits reminds us why we love The Walking Dead. Walk down memory lane from the first episode of season one through Rick's countless kills -- from walkers, to villains, to friends. After all, the story of The Walking Dead is the story of Rick Grimes. We've been with him since he woke from his coma into a world gone mad, and he's led us as much as he has led his group of survivors.

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    Marvel and Sony: The Spider-verse Saga

    Jun 18, 2017

    At this point we all know that Sony and Marvel have achieved what was previously thought impossible; they have partnered to allow Spider-Man to exist within the Marvel Universe (where he belongs!). What we don't know, is how this deal will affect our favorite heroes, the other characters from their stories, and the larger cinematic universe ... or universes ... interrelated or distinct narratives. Let's review ...

    Emphasis on "responsibility," Sony! via GIPHY

    Marvel had licensed the Spidey-rights to outside studios long, long before Iron Man hit at the box office and the dominance of Marvel Studios was ever considered a possibility. Of course, in the early 2000s Sony helped to pave the way for Iron Man's success when Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies spun superheroes into box office gold. After two phenomenal movies starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, Sony is said to have forced Sam Raimi's hand in shoehorning Venom into his third Spider-film, on top of the Sandman and James Franco's Harry Osborn as villains. This resulted in "too-many-villains syndrome" and some of the most cringeworthy scenes in any comic book movie ever, thanks to the Venom symbiote's adverse influence on Peter Parker's mind / the movie's creative.

    Let's see those Jazz-hands! Wait. Let's not. via GIPHY

    After Sony and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 failed to meet fan, critical, or box office expectations, Sony waited 5 whole years and rebooted the franchise with Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb. The movie was well-received, although many fans were rightly annoyed that the films that they had previously enjoyed (or 2/3 of them) were so quickly swept under the rug and ignored. It is worth noting that there were many deleted scenes from this movie that established a larger story, wherein Peter Parker's father was involved in some sort of project, conspiracy, or initiative, that was likely related to the Spider-powers Peter would eventually gain. These scenes were scaled back drastically, and the final product kept focus on Peter Parker as Spider-Man vs. this larger, potentially complicated storyline that was obviously intended to unfold over the course of a series of sequels and/or spinoffs.

    This thing still smells like Tobey. via GIPHY

    After the success of The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony announced a sequel ... and about a half dozen spinoffs. Like every studio, they saw Marvel minting money with movie-after-movie in an extended universe, and they wanted in on the action. Since executives have a hard time understanding the same things fans do, they looked at the rights granted to them alongside Spider-Man, saw a bunch of characters from Marvel Comics, and assumed that they could build their own blockbuster universe exclusively from Spider-Man and his amazing friends / enemies. Those movies would have included future at The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, standalones of The Sinister Six, Venom, and there were even rumors of an Aunt May movie, although that may have been a joke ... but give it enough time and, yeah, anything could happen.

    Let me fix that for ya, Sony. via GIPHY

    Naturally, Sony completely forgot the reasons that Spider-Man 3 failed and repeated the same mistakes with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Too many villains in an effort to set up many, many more movies, at the expense of the quality of this one. The movie was universally hated and Sony quickly scrapped their ambitious plan for a Spider-Man Cinematic Universe.

    Who's gonna put out this fire!? via GIPHY

    In the aftermath of his failure, Sony did two things that seemed unthinkable -- they acknowledged their shortcomings, and they made friends with Marvel Studios. Not all details of the deal publicly known, but we do know that it includes co-produced Spider-Man solo movies, a limited number of Spider-Man appearances in Marvel movies, and that Sony will own, finance, distribute, and maintain final, creative control over the franchise. Tom Holland was quickly cast as the new Peter Parker for a deal that includes three Spider-Man films and three other Marvel movies, and, two short years after Andrew Garfield crept off screens in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Tom Holland swung into Captain America: Civil War.

    Does whatever a spider can ... under terms of a licensing agreement. via GIPHY

    Tom Holland's Spider-Man is confirmed for 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming solo film (featuring Tony Stark and Captain America!), 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and its 2019 sequel, and another Spider-Man solo outting in 2019. In the meantime, Sony has announced a standalone Venom movie, starring former Batman-baddie Tom Hardy in the titular role, and scheduled for release October 5, 2018. It was also announced that Sony is developing a Silver Sable and Black Cat project, among other Spider-spinoff movies that have yet to be detailed. Shortly after the announcement, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and Homecoming director Jon Watts confirmed that Venom is not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which left fans scratching their heads and wondering how a Venom movie can exist in a universe without Spider-Man.

    If you can break a Bat, you can squish a Spider, right? via GIPHY

    Sony Pictures seemed to clarify that they will operate their own "Sony's Marvel Universe" in a tweet with Tom Hardy in a Venom t-shirt. HOWEVER ... in a more recent interview, with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal while promoting Spider-Man: Homecoming, Pascal stated:

    "Both movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker. I mean, they’ll be adjuncts to it, there may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other."

    You tell 'em, Spidey! via GIPHY

    So what is it? Is Sony's Spider-verse completely separate from the MCU? Are they one and the same? Are they more like elseworlds where Tom Holland plays slightly different versions of Spider-Man? If Tom Holland doesn't portray Spider-Man in the Sony spinoffs, does that mean Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield's versions exist there? We don't know yet, but these things will inevitably need to be worked out -- on screen AND behind the scenes.

    Even if Sony wants their universe to connect to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, will Marvel allow an outside studio to have creative control of movies that affect the delicate canon that they've constructed? It seems doubtful, but, once upon a time, it was doubtful that Spider-Man would ever come home to Marvel. Remember, true believer ... with enough money on the line, anything is possible.

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