The Man in the High Castle’s SDCC 2018 Panel Teases a New Resistance – and a Premiere Date!

The Man in the High Castle will return on October 5th…and it’s already been renewed for a fifth season! The dystopia takes place in a timeline where the U.S. lost World War II, and was subsequently divided between a Nazi Annex in the East, and a Japanese colony in the West. The show hosted a lively panel at San Diego Comic-Con featuring actors Alexa Davalos, Rufus Sewell, Stephen Root, and Jason O’Mara, and executive producers Isa Dick Hackett and Dan Percival, showed an extended clip of Season Three, and discussed the difficulties of creating alternate timelines.

I’ve rounded up some panel highlights below!

  • Apparently the Nazis have learned they’re in a multi-verse..which means there are more worlds to conquer. Not good.
  • Rufus Sewell’s Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith has to become even more dedicated to his Nazism, because “there’s no retiring from the Reich.”
  • Meanwhile, Stephen Root said that ...

Arthur Curry Gets the Worst Pep Talk Ever in First Aquaman Trailer

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You’ve been waiting. Are you ready for the first Aquaman trailer?

In case you were wondering, Nicole Kidman and Temuera Morrison are his parents, so that’s two poorly-adjusted well-loved kids Jango Fett is responsible for:

That’s… a lot of CGI creatures. But it’s pretty! And Patrick Wilson makes for the oddest ice blonde you’ve ever seen.

Watch Billy Batson Shazam! For the First Time in New Trailer

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San Diego Comic Con brought the very first Shazam! trailer to the Warner Brothers panel, and it’s every bit as delightful as one could hope.

This is charming as all get-out:

Zachary Levi looks like he’s having all the fun you’d expect to have as a kid-turned-superhero. The film’s sense of humor is on-point, and it’s thankfully not awash in the usual DC movie palette of gray, gray, and more gray.

Shazam! is coming to theaters in April of 2019, so we won’t have long to wait!

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

Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer SDCC 2018 Mothra Rodan King Ghidorah

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 ...

Dumbledore Sees What He Wants Most in the Mirror of Erised in New Fantastic Beasts 2 Trailer!

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We’ve got a brand new trailer from San Diego Comic Con for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it looks like those crimes are really stacking up.

Prepare yourselves for a hard pitch on behalf of wizarding fascism:

There’s a lot going on here, including a pretty clear idea of how events with Grindelwald will unfold going forward. We also get to meet Nicholas Flamel by the end (pronouncing his own name like a true and proper Frenchman, unlike everyone else in the Potter films), which indicates that we might have to worry about him and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. Newt is being put on a very dangerous path by Dumbledore, but we still don’t know how all the pieces or characters fit together.

And then there’s who Dumbedore sees in the Mirror of Erised. Which he once told Harry was himself holding a pair of woolen socks. And ...

Book clinic: which writers can lead me inside the minds of millennials?

Sally Rooney’s confessional style and Joe Dunthorne’s satire should help a teacher understand the ‘avocado generation’

I’m teaching millennials but find it hard to know what makes them tick. Can you recommend millennial writers who would help me better understand my students?
Christina Melia, 47, Paris (originally from Ireland)

Johanna Thomas-Corr, literary critic, writes…
Ah, those millennials. So hard to pin down, aren’t they? Once denoting the generation born c1980-1995, millennial is now often used to mean “digital-era whippersnapper” or “profligate consumer of avocados”. Such is the difficulty of generalising about a generation born at the apex of individualism – but happily, this most overanalysed group is now telling its own stories.

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Gabriel Tallent: ‘I follow my inspiration, however difficult’

The US novelist talks about the genesis of his gripping debut and his willingness to lay bare the dark, morally abject corners of life

Gabriel Tallent grew up on the Mendocino coast, California, with two mothers. My Absolute Darling, his debut novel, is the story of an isolated teenage girl who is being abused, physically and sexually, by her survivalist father. Set on the wild coastline where Tallent grew up, and following the feints towards freedom made by Tallent’s heart-piercingly courageous heroine, Turtle, it drew waves of praise when it was published in hardback and became the only literary debut novel to enter the bestseller lists in the US and the UK simultaneously last year.

Was My Absolute Darling always going to be centred on Turtle, your 14-year-old protagonist, or did she come to life in the process of writing?
My initial project was a much more academic, idea-driven ...

Andrew Motion on Stisted: ‘That’s where I first began to care about poems’

The former poet laureate on the village perched between Braintree and Halstead where his eyes were opened to the world

“Fair seed-time had my soul,” says Wordsworth in the first book of The Prelude, “And I grew up / Foster’d alike by beauty and by fear.” Quite so. Beauty and fear. The essential, paradoxical ingredients of childhood. One filling us with wonder; the other threatening our hold on the world and hereby making it all the more precious.

When Wordsworth wrote this phrase he was thinking about his birthplace – in Cockermouth, on the northern edge of the Lake District. My own birthplace had no such effect – I now think because the balance between beauty and fear was tipped too heavily towards fear. Fear that my parents, my mother especially, would disappear; fear (of a more circumstantial and less existential kind)of my father’s severities; fear that as time ...

Room to Dream review – a remarkable insight into David Lynch

This hybrid biography cuts between essays from Kristine McKenna and reflections from the great auteur

Kristine McKenna admits at the outset of Room to Dream that she and David Lynch have come up with an approach to life writing “that some might find strange”. This hybrid form combines memoir and biography: each of McKenna’s chapters is followed by one by Lynch on the same years, “having a conversation with his own biography”. Clearly this highlights the subjectivity of experience and the inadequacy of life writing, but it could also compromise a biographer’s freedom to speak frankly about her subject. Nevertheless, Room to Dream is a memorable portrait of one of cinema’s great auteurs.

Lynch was born in 1946; his devout Presbyterian parents moved to Boise, Idaho, in 1955. This “most beautiful golden era” of rock’n’roll, early TV and girls in bobby socks and saddle shoes laid the foundations of the Lynchian universe: “When ...

Days of Awe by AM Homes review – disorienting stories

Usually Homes is merciless at skewering the comedy of disappointment and dread, but her new collection swings between send-ups and soul-searching quests for meaning

Reading AM Homes’s new collection of stories, I’m brought up against that dull old chestnut: do we need to like characters in fiction in order to enjoy reading about them? Well no, of course not, again and again of course not. It’s pretty near impossible, for instance, to like Homes’s collapsed, incompetent, self-pitying couple Elaine and Paul in her 1999 novel Music for Torching – and yet the funny awfulness of their dialogue and their doomed attempts at self-improvement are compelling and page-turning; when their child is taken hostage in a shoot-out, they are sublimely craven. It’s not only Elaine and Paul; it’s their whole set. “Saturday afternoon at the cookout, regardless of the fact that they were all together the night before, they act glad ...

The strange cult of Emily Brontë and the ‘hot mess’ of Wuthering Heights

Brontë was no romantic child of nature but a pragmatic, self-interested Tory. Why is she still adored for her ‘screeching melodrama’ of a novel?

Over this ecstatic high summer, visitors to the Haworth parsonage museum will be able to watch a film that simulates the bird’s-eye view of Emily Brontë’s pet hawk, Nero, as he swoops over the moors to Top Withens, the ruined farmhouse that is the putative model for Wuthering Heights. You’ll be able to listen to the Unthanks, the quavery Northumbrian folk music sisters who have composed music in celebration of Emily’s 200th anniversary. If that’s not enough, you can watch a video installation by Lily Cole, the model-turned-actor-turned-Cambridge-double-first from Devon, which riffs on Heathcliff’s origins as a Liverpool foundling. Finally, Kate Bush, from Kent, has been busy on the moors unveiling a stone. In short, wherever you come from and whoever you are, you will find ...

Full Gas by Peter Cossins review – tactics and the Tour de France

A cycling journalist turns his gaze on the puzzles of the peloton, and falls back in love with the sport

The Tour de France, which finishes in Paris next weekend, attracts more than 10 million spectators to line its near 3,500km route, uniquely comprehensive press coverage for the sport and a TV and online audience estimated to be in the billions. Yet only a tiny fraction of those watching will have the first clue as to what is actually going on.

Yes, there are obviously winners of the 21 stages, and an overall champion is crowned when they reach the Champs-Élysées. But in a peloton of 180 riders, operating in a seemingly chaotic working environment best described as like being inside a washing machine, very few are attempting to win. The vast majority are implementing a dizzyingly fluid set of agendas and allegiances that can combine – often in ...

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

Cloak & Dagger season 2 renewed SDCC 2018

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.

No word yet on who ...

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:

  • Moving to the streaming service means that ...

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 ...