I Hope That Steven Moffat’s The Time Traveler’s Wife is Less Doctor Who and More Coupling

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A young girl watches as a strange man materializes in front of her. There is no logical explanation as to where (or when) he came from, but she’s not scared. He’s charming, he knows impossible things about the future and her future, and, best of all, he seems invested in knowing her. But this man is not a Time Lord. Before the Tenth Doctor crawled through Reinette’s fireplace in the 2006 Doctor Who episode “The Girl in the Fireplace,” or the Eleventh Doctor crashed his TARDIS in Amy Pond’s yard in 2010’s “Eleventh Hour,” it was Henry DeTamble who appeared to little Clare Abshire in the 2003 novel The Time Traveler’s Wife.

When it was announced that Audrey Niffenegger’s romantic novel was being adapted for television with Moffat the helm, the former Doctor Who showrunner mentioned that he had written “Fireplace” as “a direct response” to the book. It’s one ...

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The Darkest Minds is a Grab-Bag YA Dystopia That Manages to Say Nothing Original

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It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that YA dystopia The Darkest Minds feels the most derivative. Honestly, my ennui starts in the first minutes of the movie, with the mysterious disease that kills 90% of the USA’s children and imbues the survivors with powers for reasons, with the suddenly-superpowered children herded into camps and/or experimented on à la The Maze Runner. Then there’s the headscratcher of a cameo in which Gwendoline Christie dons an awful brunette wig to play Lady Jane, a bounty hunter chasing mutants psychically-gifted kids through the woods—the requisite stunt casting like Diane Kruger in The Host, or Patricia Clarkson in Maze. And even the ending shot (bafflingly revealed in every trailer) of Special Girl Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) smearing orange paint across her forehead and raising a hand to the dozens of other kids—painted green, blue, gold—smacks of both Divergent’s color-coded caste systems and ...

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The Darkest Minds movie review YA dystopia adaptation
The Darkest Minds movie review YA dystopia adaptation
The Darkest Minds movie review YA dystopia adaptation

Why I’m Obsessed with the Outlander Theme Song

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Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
Say, could that lass be I?

The first time I saw the opening lyrics to Outlander’s theme song posted on a friend’s Facebook post, I thought it sounded ridiculous, way too on-the-nose to start every episode by acknowledging the series’ premise. YES WE GET IT CLAIRE YOU DISAPPEARED.

That was before I actually listened to it, and watched the title sequence—and then, like Claire at Craigh na Dun, I fell hard. Now, I forbid my husband from fast-forwarding through the credits every time we watch… and considering that we’ve been bingeing a season at a time, that means I’ve got it well memorized. But why do I find this particular TV opening so compelling?

The answer, I think, is that it presses all of my nerd buttons: it’s a remix of a mashup, with an excellent invocation of Rule ...

Steven Moffat Developing The Time Traveler’s Wife Television Series for HBO

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HBO has won the bidding war for a TV adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, from former Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. Other outlets, including Amazon Studios, were in the running to acquire the series about Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire’s nonlinear love story, according to Deadline.

The official logline from HBO is slightly tongue-in-cheek for a novel about Henry, a time traveler and librarian whose Chrono-Displacement Disorder drops him in and out of time, and artist Clare, who first meets Henry as a child and who spends the rest of her life encountering him at different ages as she progresses through time linearly:

An intricate and magical love story, adapted by Steven Moffat from the much loved novel by Audrey Niffenegger. The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the story of Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

The 2009 ...

The Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer is the Godzilla Movie We Deserve

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So, um, did you ever think a Godzilla movie would make you tear up? Because there is something surprisingly powerful about the first trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, screened at San Diego Comic-Con. Which is to say, they are going old school, tapping into the deep roots of Godzilla’s character as the hand of nature when humans take things too far.

But not just Godzilla—there’s Mothra, too, and Rodan, and King Ghidorah. This trailer is the real deal.

The official synopsis, from Warner Bros:

Following the global success of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized ...

Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse Adds John Mulaney as Spider-Ham and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir

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In new footage from animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screened at San Diego Comic-Con, Miles Morales, Peter Parker, and Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Gwen walk into a multiverse meeting of Spider-Folks and are in for quite a surprise. Upon being handed “Hello My Name Is” stickers, they discover even more iterations of themselves—namely, Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham. And here’s the best part: Those roles are being voiced by (respectively) Nicolas Cage and John Mulaney!

That was the most fun tidbit to come out of Into the Spider-Verse’s SDCC panel, which featured Shameik Moore (Miles), Jake Johnson (Peter), and Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen). Phil Lord, who wrote the movie and produced it with Christopher Miller (following their success on 22 Jump StreetThe LEGO Movie, and The LEGO Batman Movie), shared his thoughts on the fun of crossing into parallel universes with different Spider-People:

All ...

Watch the First Teaser for the TV Adaptation of Thriller Podcast Homecoming

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As part of the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail was in attendance—not for his lauded series, but for a new project. Esmail is helming the television adaptation of Homecoming, based on the Gimlet Media podcast that was a hit upon its premiere in late 2016.

While the original podcast starred Catherine Keener as case worker Heidi Bergman, who strikes up a friendship with veteran Walter Cruz (Oscar Isaac) while helping him and other veterans readjust to civilian life as part of the mysterious “Homecoming” initiative, the TV version has Julia Roberts filling that starring role. Amazon shared the first teaser for the series at SDCC.

The teaser doesn’t give too much away, but that’s how it should be. There are strains of the podcast’s familiar theme intertwined with appropriately enigmatic shots, and a quick intro to Heidi herself before we ...

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Renewed for Season 2

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Fans of Marvel and Freeform’s new teenage superhero series Cloak & Dagger, which premiered earlier this year, were excited to learn at San Diego Comic-Con that the series will be returning for a second season. Tandy and Tyrone still have a long way to go in mastering their powers and discovering the truth behind how they got them, but they’ll get at least another 10 episodes to do so when the series returns in spring 2019!

The news was announced at the SDCC panel. The official Twitter account for the series also shared this teaser art, from Marvel artists Mike McKone and Aburtov:

According to TV Guide associate editor Megan Vick’s tweets, the panelists ...

Joss Whedon is Rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a Black Lead

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Big news out of San Diego Comic-Con for Joss Whedon: The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is overseeing a reboot of his landmark television series, acting as executive producer while Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Midnight, Texas) will write the script and serve as showrunner. The most significant detail of the reboot news, which comes from The Hollywood Reporter, is that the new Slayer will be black.

While there isn’t too much substantial information about the reboot, with Whedon still working with Owusu-Breen to develop the script, THR did share some details:

The new version, sources say, will be contemporary and build on the mythology of the original. Like today’s world, the new Buffy will be richly diverse, with some aspects of the series, like the flagship, seen as metaphors for issues facing society today.

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Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Tick Season 2

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On the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con, The Tick creator Ben Edlund shared a sweet video for fans of the series: Stars Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman running around on the set, comparing costumes between seasons 1 and 2, and introducing a bevy of new superheroes coming out of the woodwork when season 2 premieres sometime in 2019.

That includes Tyrannosaurus Rathbone, the head of A.E.G.I.S., the agency that will work with The Tick and Arthur to fight off supervillains. Plus, Edlund revealed, Arthur will get involved with a bank robber. “Just expanding the world has been sort of our goal, just build out more heroes,” he said, per Comic Book Resources’ report. “I’m not at liberty to give too much away.”

The Tick will premiere sometime in 2019.

The Expanse Season 4 to Return in 2019

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While the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con didn’t have a shiny trailer ready for The Expanse season 4, they did share a sweet video from the cast and creators thanking fans for resurrecting the show. While Amazon picked up the series after it got cancelled by Syfy, it was due in large part to fans’ fervor to continue on the journey with the crew of the Roci and see the rest of James S.A. Corey’s space opera series play out on television.

Amazon Prime tweeted this video, filled with warm gratitude from the crew, some concept art for season 4, and #ScreamingFirehawks shoutouts:

Plus, showrunner Naren Shankar shared some insights on season 4 production:

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Watch the First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

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The first trailer for Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s continuation of the superhero narrative begun with 2000’s Unbreakable and picked up (surprisingly) in 2016’s Split, brings together an indestructible man, a villain with bones of glass, and a man possessing two dozen identities, including the fearsome Beast, in a most interesting place: an asylum, where they are presided over by a psychiatrist who believes that they believe that they are superheroes.

It’s a great angle for Glass to take, with Sarah Paulson’s new character operating under the assumption that what drives these men are delusions of grandeur rather than actual superpowers. But after what audiences saw with Bruce Willis as reluctant superhero David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson as his all-too-eager archnemesis Mr. Glass… not to mention the monster that lurks within James McAvoy’s astonishing range of other personas… it’s simply a matter of not if they convince the ...

Frances McDormand to Play God in Good Omens–Here’s Your First Look

At the Amazon Prime Video Showcase at San Diego Comic-Con, Neil Gaiman showed off an exciting teaser for the forthcoming Good Omens television adaptation, all because God told him to. And you listen to God, especially when she is Frances McDormand.

That is, Gaiman was in the middle of joking about all of the other SDCC guests having trailers to show their waiting fans, when he was interrupted by the voice of God, who will be portrayed in the series by McDormand.

And God said, let there be light some behind-the-scenes footage:

There was also a short clip shown. It doesn’t seem to be online yet, but judging by Twitter reactions, fans of the book should be very excited. CNET’s engagement editor Cait Petrakovitz, who tweeted coverage of the panel, describes some of what she saw:

Gwen Stacy Lives at the Hands of Seanan McGuire in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider!

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At San Diego Comic-Con, the magic word for Marvel Comics was Spider-Geddon—something of a sequel to the Spider-Verse, or perhaps even revenge on that multiverse crossover event. And one of the players in Spider-Geddon is none other than Wayward Children author Seanan McGuire, who will write Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider!

McGuire sat in on the SDCC panel, seemingly like any other audience member… until, that is, up came the slide announcing her and artist Rosi Kämpe’s collaboration! At that point, what was there to do but let the cat out of the bag? Or, as McGuire puts it:

“The death of Gwen Stacy in 616 was the most traumatic thing that happened in a comic book during my childhood,” McGuire goes on to say in the ...

Pick Your Side in The Walking Dead Season 9 Trailer

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The first trailer for The Walking Dead season 9 carried extra anticipation at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, as star Andrew Lincoln, a.k.a. Rick Grimes, confirmed that he will indeed be leaving after this season. While there are no explicit hints as to Rick’s fate, it’s clear in this trailer that the core group, along with the new communities they’ve encountered and created over the years, are being drawn in different directions.

“This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes,” Lincoln said during the emotional panel (via AMC’s Twitter). “I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show. I’m particularly fond of the people who watch this show.”

Will Rick’s end come at the hands of zombies? Other humans? Will he and Daryl ride off into the sunset? (Kidding about that last, as ...

“Yesterday’s Yesterday, Today is Today”: Watch the Fear the Walking Dead Season 4B Trailer

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AMC dropped the first trailer for the latter half of Fear the Walking Dead season 4 at San Diego Comic-Con. The extended video both brings to mind classic horror movies and proves how trailers can use disarmingly peppy covers to chilling effect. Following a brutal midseason finale, the next half-season will see the remaining members of the core cast moving across an infested country and finding out what happens when you mix zombies and hurricanes.

Yes, there’s a literal storm coming, but there’s also a metaphorical one en route, with Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) in its eye. Watch the creepifyn’ trailer for yourself:

Fear the Walking Dead returns August 12.

Let There Be Light: The Handmaid’s Tale, “The Word”

“Gilead is within you” has been the rallying cry all season for The Handmaid’s Tale, and it has seemed to describe the Handmaids. The imagery is apt: something implanted without their consent, its growth within them beyond their control, until it eclipses any remaining sense of their former selves. But the real danger, as June, and Serena, have come to learn, is to Gilead’s next generation, born with this defect and destined to know nothing but this world.

Season 2 has been building pretty clearly to some form of internal revolt; the only question has been the who and the why. Eden’s transgression, and the monstrous way in which Gilead makes an example of her, fill in the latter blank. Is it any surprise, then, that this is what makes Serena and the other Wives finally step up?

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Escape the Womb: The Handmaid’s Tale, “Holly”

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“I’m sorry there’s so much pain in this story,” June tells her very-soon-to-be-born daughter in a voiceover that raises questions about the circumstances in which she’s telling it. Having taken much of the season to recover her rebellious inner voice, this is the closest she’s sounded to the Offred of Margaret Atwood’s novel (who, spoiler alert, winds up recording The Handmaid’s Tale on cassette tapes for future academics to mull over) in quite some time. “I’m sorry it’s in fragments. […] I’ve tried to put some good things in, as well.”

For all the talk of fragments, “Holly” has a pretty tight focus on June herself: alone in a huge, (mostly) empty house, struggling futilely to escape Gilead when her baby decides that it’s time to enter it. What follows is the most harrowing birth scene I’ve ever seen on television (and perhaps you’ll agree), as the Handmaid must ...

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The Handmaid's Tale 211 Holly television review labor baby
The Handmaid's Tale 211 Holly television review labor baby
The Handmaid's Tale 211 Holly television review labor baby

A Worshipper’s Guide to the Pantheon of Gods in Jacqueline Carey’s Starless

The night sky in Jacqueline Carey’s latest novel Starless is—as the title of  suggests—bare. But a thousand years ago, the sky was lit up with glittering stars. More than stars, they were gods: the children of all-seeing Zar the Sun and his three Moon wives: bright Nim, dark Shahal, and fickle wanderer Eshen. But the children, who remained in fixed points lending light at night and guiding sailors on the four great currents, envied their parents’ freedom to wander the day and night sky. And so, they rebelled.

Rather than discipline his children in the sky, Zar the Sun grew furious and punished his rebellious children by casting them down to earth. As the heavens emptied of their celestial beings, they struck different points on the land and in the sea. In each spot, that god or goddess took on the form of their surroundings, from fierce sandstorms to ...

You Deserve This: The Handmaid’s Tale, “The Last Ceremony”

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What’s worse: Thinking that you had endured that awful thing for the last time, only to have to go through it again without any emotional preparation? Or unexpectedly getting to experience something truly wonderful, and then not knowing if it is the last time you’ll do so? The Handmaid’s Tale poses these wrenching questions as it heads into the final arc of season 2, something of a ticking clock based on June’s soon-to-be-born baby.

Spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale 2×10 “The Last Ceremony”

First off—fuuuck, I hate it when I’m right about a plot point on this show. I was trying to parse out whose Last Ceremony it could possibly be, and at first it seemed as if that misfortune would fall upon poor Emily, who has already been through enough before having a Commander croak while inside her. But that would have been too easy, and when the ...

The Handmaid's Tale 210 The Last Ceremony television review
The Handmaid's Tale 210 The Last Ceremony television review
The Handmaid's Tale 210 The Last Ceremony television review
The Handmaid's Tale 210 The Last Ceremony television review
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The Handmaid's Tale 210 The Last Ceremony television review Hannah
The Handmaid's Tale 210 The Last Ceremony television review