Happy 20th Anniversary to Practical Magic, the Witchy Rom-Com That’s Really About the Bonds Between Women

Practical Magic, 1998

Practical Magic is called a romantic comedy, and that’s funny because its leading man doesn’t show up until well over half the film’s runtime has elapsed. (It’s also based on a book of the same name, though they don’t resemble each other very much.) I suppose it is a romantic comedy in that many parts of the film are funny, and there’s a lot of romantic stuff in it. The romance is basically a tangent that occurs so that the story has a thought to end on, and it’s perfectly nice. But really, more than anything, Practical Magic is about how important it is for women to have other women in their lives for the sake of their empowerment and protection. And that’s really it.

Also witch stuff. And tequila.

The story begins with a flashback to the Owens family ancestor Maria, a woman destined to be hanged in ...

Practical Magic, 1998
Practical Magic, 1998
Practical Magic, 1998

You’ve Done Yourself Up: Doctor Who, “The Ghost Monument”

Doctor Who, season 11, The Ghost Monument

With a brand new season underway, Doctor Who is in the process of redefining its tone and introducing itself to a new set of fans. “The Ghost Monument” was their second chance to show us what they’ve got up their collective sleeves.

We also get our first glimpse of a lovely blue box…

Summary

Ryan and Graham wake up on the ship of a man named Epzo, and the Doctor and Yas wake up on the ship of a woman named Angstrom. It turns out that both ships are headed for a planet named Desolation, the end of a race known as the Rally of the Twelve Galaxies. Epzo and Angstrom are the last competitors, and they learn that they must traverse the planet Desolation and reach an object known as the “Ghost Monument” in order to win. The Doctor quickly realizes that said monument is her TARDIS, and sets ...

Doctor Who, season 11, The Ghost Monument

Star Wars: Resistance Examines the Galaxy From a Surprising Perspective

Star Wars: Resistance, The Recruit

Star Wars: Resistance is the latest animated series executive produced by Dave Filoni, the man responsible for The Clone Wars and Rebels. This show is meant to cover the period leading up to The Force Awakens from the perspective of Resistance operatives, under the tutelage of Poe Dameron—and it’s while we can’t be sure what the season will bring, in the first episode we’ve already got a fascinating set of characters and a base of operations unlike anything we’ve seen before in this galaxy far, far away.

Resistance follows Kazuda (Kaz) Xiono, a young New Republic pilot who finds himself embroiled in the work of the Resistance when he hands over some important intel to Poe Dameron. Poe sees something in the kid, and asks him to join their cause, stationing Kaz on the Colossus, an aircraft refueling station on the Outer Rim where many of the galaxy’s greatest ...

Because We’re Friends Now: Doctor Who, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”

Doctor Who, the Woman Who Fell to Earth

She’s back. The Doctor is back. And that’s the first time I’ve ever been able to use that pronoun in relation to her. So now that we’ve got a new Doctor and a new showrunner and a new composer and three brand new companions, how does “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” fare?

Summary

A young man named Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) has created a vlog in honor of the greatest woman he’s ever known. We cut to Ryan trying to learn to ride a bike a bit earlier with the help of his grandmother Grace (Sharon D. Clarke) and grandmother’s husband Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh). He gets angry that he can’t manage it—he has dyspraxia, a coordination disorder that makes it very difficult, and he tosses the bike down a hill. When he goes to retrieve it later, he sees strange lights in the woods and taps at it. ...

Ethan Peck Reveals the Emotional Journey of Becoming Spock for Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek Discovery panel

The cast of Star Trek: Discovery were at New York Comic Con to talk about the upcoming season and how much love they plan to bring into the world as their story evolves. Ethan Peck, the show’s new Spock was also on stage, and he gave fans an idea of the long journey involved in donning those ears.

According to Peck, when he started reading for the role, he had no idea what character he was trying out for, just that it was a part in Discovery and that was obviously an exciting prospect. When he finally found out that it was Spock it was understandably nerve-wracking, and he was brought in to have a meeting with the producers. His assumption was that even if he didn’t get the role, it was an incredible honor to be given a shot.

He found out he got the role when the casting ...

Final Trailer For Daredevil Season 3 Introduces Us to Bullseye

Daredevil season 3, Bullseye trailer

The final trailer for Daredevil‘s season 3 has dropped—and it focuses on a very particular villain.

You probably already guessed who it is from the headline. And the picture. And… well, you know. You’ve been waiting for him.

And there it is. Daredevil season 3 will drop on Netflix on October 19th.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s Shameik Moore Incepted Himself Into the Role of Miles Morales

Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, NYCC 2018

After a (glorious, stunning, emotional) half-hour preview of Marvel’s upcoming animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, fans at New York Comic Con got to hear from the cast and crew at Madison Square Garden! And we learned something very special about the central Spider-Man of the movie, Miles Morales.

The actor portraying Miles is Shameik Moore, who was familiar and enamored of the comics several years back. While filming his first feature, Dope, he found himself reading Morales’s Spider-Man adventures and was determined to play him. He told the audience:

“I had a notebook and I wrote in it ‘I want to be black Spider-Man. I am Spider-Man. I am Miles Morales.’ And here I am.”

Pretty sure this is a superpower? He literally manifested himself into the part. He should get his own comic about that.

But also he is a wonderful Miles Morales. And ...

Crowley and Aziraphale Describe Their Chemistry Like A “Sexy Dance” at Good Omens Panel

Michael Sheen and David Tennant on Good Omens NYCC panel

Of course, Good Omens is a novel possessed by a list of incredible characters, but the center of that complicated plot is occupied by an angel and a demon who are best friends (no matter how much the angelic of their number would deny it). Seeing as the chemistry between Crowley and Aziraphale was key, how did that work out on set between actors David Tennant and Michael Sheen?

Like dancing, it would seem.

There were many sweet asides during the New York Comic Con Good Omens panel, but perhaps the best (aside from Jon Hamm constantly telling the crowd that he took the role of Gabriel because he was paid a ridiculous amount of money) was Michael Sheen pointing out that he and David Tennant started off in their own sort of spheres, but quickly merged together. “It was like I was dancing over here, and you were over ...

Armageddon is Nigh, So Prepare With the First Trailer for Good Omens!

Good Omens trailer

We’ve waited forever, my friends. Now it’s time to get your first glimpse of your favorite angel and demon in the upcoming Good Omens series, which just premiered at New York Comic Con!

Grab your bell, book, and candle, friends:

The use of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” is eight kinds of delightful, and seeing Crowley and Aziraphale meet up at so many different points of history endearing as all, um, heck. We still have to wait until 2019, but it’s starting to feel real.

If Harry Potter is Your Dad, He’ll Read Harry Potter to You

Cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at New York Comic Con 2018

The Broadway (formerly of the original West End production) cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child chatted with fans for an hour at New York Comic Con to answer questions and talk about how they got involved with such a surprising project in a first place.

In case you hadn’t guessed it already, this is one hell of a charming cast.

Curious about the cast Hogwarts House alignments? Some of them were amusingly predictable; Jamie Parker (Harry) and Poppy Miller (Ginny) were both Gryffindors, and Alex Price (Draco) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy) were proud Slytherins. But we had some fun outliers in the group; Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) and Paul Thornley (Ron) both said they were Ravenclaws, and Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter) was the only Hufflepuff on stage.

While the cast was still supposed to #KeeptheSecrets of the show, they did get a chance to answer a few fan ...

The Peril of Being Disbelieved: Horror Fiction and the Intuition of Women

Evil Dead

There is a woman in a forest. Or maybe on a highway by a cornfield. At the doorway of a condemned building.

And she knows that something is wrong.

She is often accompanied by a date, a boyfriend, maybe a few friends. Maybe they’re kissing. Maybe everyone is drinking. Maybe they’re on vacation. And she abruptly stops having fun because something is off. The air is charged, the silence more silent than usual, the dark is full of eyes. But her boyfriend keeps kissing her, her friends are too drunk, the group wants to break into the shuttered old house. She says no, and she is teased or berated for being a buzzkill. She is weak for insisting that something is wrong, that more caution is called for than they would prefer to exhibit. She is making it harder for her boyfriend to investigate, to prove to her that he ...

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Middle-earth’s Hottest Hobbits, Ranked

Hobbits, Frodo and Sam

Look, sometimes you wake up in the morning and think, “What can I do today that would make J.R.R. Tolkien proud of me?” And your brain, rested and wise, supplies the only true answer:

You will rank hobbits by hotness for Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday.

Disclaimer: This is a ranking of hobbits by hotness, not the humans who play them. They are being ranked on their hobbit forms. Take no offense, dear reader.

Note: Peregrin Took is not on this list because during the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he does not reach the hobbit coming-of-age of 33 years old (he does in the appendices, but that’s not where the bulk of his story can be found). He’s only 28 when the story starts, which puts him at roughly 16 or 17 years old in human terms. Ranking the hotness of a hobbit teenager ...

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Hobbits, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins
Hobbits, Gaffer Gamgee
Hobbits, Bilbo
Hobbits, Farmer Maggot
Hobbits, Merry
Hobbits, Frodo
Hobbits, Samwise Gamgee
Hobbits, Rosie Cotton

Captain Marvel Doesn’t Know She’s On Camera

Captain Marvel trailer, Carol Danvers

There was something particular that struck me when I was watching the Captain Marvel trailer earlier this week. (Aside from general excitement over how great it looks.) It’s not the costumes or the CGI or the gorgeous music. It’s that Captain Marvel herself rarely ever smiles. In fact, Carol Danvers looks entirely, miraculously indifferent to be on a movie screen. Or anywhere at all.

As far as I can tell, that’s a first for the entire superhero film genre.

It’s easy to think of comparing Captain Marvel to Wonder Woman, since the mere idea of having two female-led superhero films in the space of a couple years seemed impossible back when Marvel Studios decided to seize control of the box office. But while there are clear differences between these two characters and films, what we see in the trailer actually sets Carol Danvers apart from the entire superhero ...

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Captain Marvel trailer, Carol Danvers
Captain Marvel trailer, Carol Danvers
Captain Marvel trailer, Carol Danvers
Captain Marvel trailer, Carol Danvers
Captain Marvel trailer, Carol Danvers
Captain Marvel trailer, Carol Danvers
Captain Marvel trailer, Carol Danvers

Netflix Announces Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender Series is Incoming!

Concept Art by John Staub. Avatar: The Last Airbender

Back in between 2005 and 2008, a truly exceptional children’s television series aired on Nickelodeon titled Avatar: The Last Airbender. Four years later, a sequel series was produced titled The Legend of Korra. Between those two series, M. Night Shyamalan made a live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender, which was universally panned by fans and critics alike.

Today, we learn that we’re getting another shot at a live-action Last Airbender—and a good one at that.

There has been no press release, but Netflix’s social media arm went to work today and announced that a “reimagined” live action series was being worked on, with a piece of concept art from John Staub to prove it:

Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action announcement, twitter

(That’s Appa, Avatar Aang’s flying sky bison, for those who haven’t watched the show.)

There was a response from another Netflix Twitter account, NXOnNetflix, that confirmed the original showrunners—Michael Dante DiMartino and ...

Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action announcement, twitter

Everything You Need to Know Before Reading V.E. Schwab’s Vengeful

It’s been five years since V.E. Schwab’s Vicious gave us the story of Victor Vale and Eli Ever, friends-turned-enemies after a complicated series of events granted them both super powers. Their private war takes on mythic proportions, dragging other people along in its wake. But when the curtain falls, it’s clear that it’s not the end of the story.

The long-awaited sequel, Vengeful, arrives next week, leaving precious little time for a reread. Not to worry—here’s a handy refresher of what’s come before…

Split between “past” and “present” chapters, the events of Vicious are best explained in chronological order:

In the Past—Ten Years Previous

Victor Vale attends college at Lockland University, where he meets Eli Cardale in his sophomore year as a new roommate, after driving his previous roommate out. He believes he can sense something different about Eli, something hidden behind his good boy image. Eli comes ...

9 Best Enemy Duos Who Just Care About Each Other So Much (But Will Never Tell)

Doctor Who, Doctor, Master

Some of the best literary and on-screen duos are like flip sides of a coin. They may hate each other, but they also probably couldn’t live without each other. One of these people is usually evil. Or “evil” in very deliberate quotation marks. The other one is typically a virtuous, heroic-y person. Together, they complete one another in an endearing and/or off-putting way. Perhaps comics creator Kate Beaton said it (and drew it) best with her series on a pirate and his nemesis

Here are some of the best frenemy duos who mean so very much to each other.

 

The Doctor and the Master/Missy—Doctor Who

Doctor Who, Doctor, Missy

The Doctor and the Master were pals as kids, and later morphed into “best enemies” who can’t really imagine the universe without the other in it. They are completely opposed to each other in nearly every moral and philosophical sense, but Doctor ...

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The Ark of the Covenant Got Locked in a Warehouse Because the Government Thought Indiana Jones Was Full of Sh*t

Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones, Ark of the Covenant

Everyone loves the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark because it’s the punchline to a joke that you never realized the film set you up for. The government claims that they have “top men” working on the mysteries that lie within the awesome divine relic, only for us to see the ark get shut up in a box and deposited in the recesses of a fully stocked warehouse, where it will likely never be found again. But let’s be honest here—do we really think that was the best possible solution? Given the havoc that the ark brought down upon the Nazis, why did the US government simply pack it away?

Think about this: Indiana Jones makes it back from his mission to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant. Said mission was initially given to him by two government stooges from Army Intelligence who approached Jones to find out why ...

The Real Reason The Sorting Hat Placed Albus Potter in Slytherin House

In the epilogue to the Potter series, Harry sees his middle child Albus onto the Hogwarts Express for his first year at the wizarding school. Albus, it turns out, is beset by fears that he will be Sorted into Slytherin House, though Harry can’t understand why. He tells Albus that it is perfectly fine to be a Slytherin, but that the Sorting Hat will take his decision into account if it matters that much to him.

Albus Potter goes to Hogwarts. He is Sorted into Slytherin House. And no one can seem to figure out the reason, Albus included.

But I think that answer is actually pretty simple.

[This piece contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child]

Albus’s time at Hogwarts is fraught to be sure, though this is less down to his being a Slytherin and more due to his lack of interest in and aptitude ...

5 Questions For the End of A Darker Shade of Magic

Reading VE Schwab's Shades of Magic

After blazing through to the end of V.E. Schwab’s first installment in the Shades of Magic series, there’s so much to think about. New twists are revealed, deaths and rebirths, and a number of surprising revelations. I came away with a few questions, as I’m betting most readers did upon completing the book.

How Does the Magic System Work When Elemental Magic is Only a Piece?

The magic in this universe is based in elements, and most magic users learn their power by finding which element they align most strongly with. But on the other hand, magic isn’t simply elemental—the magic that Kell wields can be commanded to do many things, most of them having nothing to do with elements. Is the point that Antari are the only people who can currently manipulate magic outside of an elemental state? Is there a reason for this focus on elements? There ...

Poe Dameron Has a Mission For a Few Good Rebels in First Star Wars: Resistance Trailer

Star Wars Resistance trailer

Following the wrap up of Star Wars: Rebels, there are two new animated Star Wars series on the way; one is a revival of the much beloved Clone Wars, the other is a show that leads up to events in the current ongoing trilogy, Star Wars: Resistance.

The first trailer is here!

We’ve got some Voltron-style animation, some Legend of Korra-esque characters, and Poe Dameron to pull the whole thing together. Take a peek:

Given the success of the past two series, the show seems like a sure thing at this point. Granted, it usually takes them about a season for them to pick up speed, so we might have to reserve judgement until we’ve seen a bigger bulk of episodes, but it’s still exciting! Having Poe Dameron around to occasionally help our new heroes bluster through will certainly help things along. Just… don’t think about ...