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    • The Sacrifice Game Is a Gory and Fun Christmas Gift

      Posted on Friday December 08, 2023

      Image: ShudderAt a boarding school in the early 1970s, a student who’s been eagerly awaiting winter vacation gets a call with bad news: they’ll be spending Christmas at school instead of with their family. Is it Alexander Payne’s new Oscar-buzz movie The Holdovers—or Jenn Wexler’s new Shudder release The Sacrifice Game? Suffice to say, similarities between the two don’t extend much beyond that broad set-up, which manages to envelop both a coming-of-age drama and an eerie yet empowering tale that involves human sacrifice. As its title suggests, the latter description refers to director and co-writer (with Sean Redlitz) Wexler’s film, which offers a reminder that there’s always room for another entry in the well-stuffed genre of holiday horror movies—particularly when it’s as enjoyable and well-crafted as The Sacrifice Game.Set over Christmas 1971, The Sacrifice Game opens with a home-invasion nightmare that unfolds alongside perfectly retro, festively candy-colored decorations. Seems a quartet of young people have been terrorizing the area—sort of a Manson Family with New England snow instead of California deserts, and a mysterious purpose that extends beyond the murderous orders of their cocky leader, Jude (Aladdin’s Mena Massoud). Others in the group include Maisie (Fear Street’s Olivia Scott Welch), ... Continue Reading »

    • Avatar 3 Won't Have This Hilarious Rumored Title

      Posted on Friday December 08, 2023

      Sorry to be the (seed) bearer of bad news. Image: FoxOn the internet, most news gets forgotten very quickly. Anything that sticks around for more than a few days does so with good reason, usually because it’s so incredibly weird. In the world of movies, an example of that is the rumored Avatar sequel titles that were first reported way back in 2018.That’s when the BBC reported to know the titles of James Cameron’s four sequels. First was part two, The Way of Water, which as we all know ended up being accurate. And if that was accurate, surely there was a chance the next title would be too. A title that was so evocative and kind of unfathomable, it was more or less the main reason the titles were remembered in the first place.The title in question is... The Seed Bearer, a phrase which conjures all manner of images, both positive and negative. But in a new interview with ComicBook, Avatar producer Jon Landau finally, officially, shot that down. “I’m qualified to tell you that that is not the title for Avatar 3,” Landau said. “That’s what my Wikipedia page says? That is getting changed tonight!” (Note: it has been.)This ... Continue Reading »

    • Robert Pattinson Went Full Bird for Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron

      Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

      Image: GKIDSWhen Hayao Miyazaki announced that The Boy and the Heron might be his last picture, Studio Ghibli’s U.S. distributor GKIDS knew it had a big task ahead, assembling a very special dub cast for the English-language version of the film.While dubs can be a contentious topic in the animated film world, GKIDS and Ghibli have always partnered up with incredible collaborators to meet the challenge. Personally, I’m a huge Howl’s Moving Castle (starring Christian Bale and Emily Mortimer) and Porco Rosso (led by Michael Keaton) dub defender, among many other Ghibli favorites. The Boy and the Heron, however, presented a unique opportunity for the distributor. GKIDS president Dave Jesteadt recently talked to IndieWire about handling what was thought to be Miyazaki’s final film (the legendary filmmaker seemingly has since changed his mind). “This is a very complicated film,” Jesteadt told IndieWire. The Boy and the Heron centers on Mahito, a young boy grappling with the death of his mother post-World War II, who moves to a countryside filled powered by magic that he holds a special role in sustaining. It’s a fantastical and heady picture that captures the imagination in the way only Miyazaki can accomplish, and that’s tricky to ... Continue Reading »

    • Doctor Who Is Pushing One of Its Oldest and Weirdest Villains

      Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

      Screenshot: BBCThis weekend, Neil Patrick Harris will do battle with the Doctor and Donna Noble in the third and final Doctor Who 60th anniversary special—playing a new version of one of the show’s oldest and most obscure villains. Mostly obscured by the fact the last story they were in aired 57 years ago, and 75% of it is lost to time. That’s about to change though.In the run up to this weekend’s episode, “The Giggle,” the BBC has released a new preview clip briefly introducing the 14th Doctor and Donna to Harris’ Toymaker—who’s apparently dropped the “Celestial” moniker since he last appeared in 1966—as he dances amid the havoc of a London driven mad by the burning conviction that everyone suddenly thinks they’re right, all the time.Dancing With The Toymaker... | PREVIEW | The Giggle | Doctor WhoIt’s nice and creepy, and there’s even a very little tiny, largely obscured bit of Bernard Cribbins’ Wilf, likely all we’ll see of the character after his scene at the end of “Wild Blue Yonder” marked the late actor’s final full appearance on Doctor Who. But it doesn’t really give us much about the Toymaker himself, or why he’s returned after all these ... Continue Reading »

    • Ryan Reynolds Releases New, Totally Real Deadpool 3 Set Photos

      Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

      Stars of Deadpool 3 Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.Screenshot: YouTubeA day after asking the world to stop with the Deadpool 3 set photos, Ryan Reynolds made a surprising next move. Reynolds not only released some new Deadpool 3 set photos, but he made sure the photos were filled with yet-to-be-revealed cameos. Camoes like Steve Urkel. The Predator. Mickey Mouse. And yes of course we know they’re fake. Reynolds took some of the real leaked photos and doctored them to make them utterly ridiculous and totally spoiler-free. The aim, as revealed in the caption of the photos, is to flood the internet with fake photos making it harder to find the real ones. “Deadpool began with a leak. So I’m joining in,” he wrote. “But PLEASE don’t overuse the phrase, ‘Deadpool Leaks’ because it might screw up search results if anyone is looking for Deadpool leaks or Deadpool spoilers or perhaps, Deadpool Scoops.” He then added the hashtags: #DeadpoolLeaks #DeadpoolSpoiler #DeadpoolScoop.Reynolds is clearly still ticked off about all this but I think it would be really interesting if, somehow, this story now made it into the movie. Maybe Urkel just appears at some point. Maybe a person in a Predator costume walks ... Continue Reading »

    • Luke Wilson on Being Daddy Bruce Wayne in Merry Little Batman

      Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

      Image: Prime VideoMore Batman holiday mayhem is on the way, this time in the shape of young Damian Wayne taking up the Caped Crusader’s mantle in Merry Little Batman.Prime Video’s DC Animated feature (which was thankfully saved from Zaslav shelving) stars Luke Wilson (Stargirl), now henceforth known the DC Wilson. Now while his brother Owen Wilson plays for the other superhero team with a jet ski and the TVA, Luke has the Batcave this time around as Batman. In an interview with io9, the actor joked about the friendly brotherly competition. “There’s a little bit of a Hatfields and McCoys-type feud where, as a member of the DC Universe, I never quite have really understood what the people over at Marvel are up to. No, I don’t,” he kidded. “Yeah, I think we we both have fun on it, but he really had fun working on Loki, and he really had a good time working with Tom Hiddleston. The same with me and Geoff Johns on on Stargirl where it was something that I wasn’t used to. And Geoff Johns, you know, such an important part of the DC universe. I just love being around him and talking to ... Continue Reading »

    • 14 Alternative, Modern Holiday Genre Films to Stream This Holiday Season

      Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

      Anna and the Apocalypse, Spirited, and Violent Night are on the list.Image: Shudder, Apple, UniversalEvery holiday season, I sit down and watch the classics. Films that fill me with joy and bring together friends and family. Films like It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and Die Hard.Make no mistake, the world is not at a loss for holiday classics, nor is it lacking in lists that include all the same movies. However, every single year brings us more and more holiday movies, many of which you never even hear about or remember. That’s the point of this list. We’ve come up with some holiday movies released in the past few years that are absolutely worth your time, are not all super obvious, and offer something other than plain old holiday nostalgia. Some of it’s violence, some of it’s action, and some of it is seeing Kurt Russell as Santa Claus or Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds singing about Christmas.A few are deeper cuts, a few are not, but all offer an edgier, or at least alternative, spin on the typical holiday fare.Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)Anna and the Apocalypse - Official TrailerAnna and the ... Continue Reading »

    • LIGHTSPEED Presents: 'Carbon Zero' by D. Thomas Minton

      Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

      Illustration: Warmtail (via Adobe Stock)io9 is proud to present fiction from LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE. Once a month, we feature a story from LIGHTSPEED’s current issue. This month’s selection is “Carbon Zero” by D. Thomas Minton. You can read the story below or listen to the podcast on LIGHTSPEED’s website. Enjoy!Carbon Zero“Is there a problem, officer?”“We’re not the police.” My partner, Enrico, places his palm against the door, ready to test the old man’s resolve.I tap my finger against my thumb and SNAPbeam the warrant to the old man’s synaptic cache. “We’re EPF.”“Oh,” the old man whispers, as if his voice has been snatched away.No one likes the police showing up on their porch, but they would rather the police come knocking than the EPF. Years of aggressive action against climate violators has given the Environmental Protection Force its well-earned reputation.We give him a moment to review the warrant, signed, sealed, and legally enforceable in any jurisdiction on Earth.“Give me a second to tidy—”Enrico doesn’t let the door close. “We don’t care if you haven’t dusted, Mr. Costa.”Being no match for two young, modded investigators, Costa retreats. “Close the door,” he says. “You’re letting in the smoke.”Spurred by the ... Continue Reading »

    • Greta Gerwig Is Open to Doing a Ken Movie

      Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

      Image: Warner Bros.Angelina Jolie is setting up a return for Maleficent 3. Natalie Portman says she’d be open to a return to Star Wars. Iman Vellani shares her ideal villain for Ms. Marvel season 2. Plus, more looks at Netflix’s live-action Yu Yu Hakusho. Spoilers, away!Maleficent 3According to the Wall Street Journal, Angelia Jolie has officially signed on to star in a third Maleficent movie at Disney. In a Violent NatureVariety reports Shudder has acquired the rights to In a Violent Nature, a slasher film from writer/director Chris Nash said to follow “the enigmatic resurrection, rampage, and retribution of an undead monster in a remote wilderness.” Notably, the film’s cast has yet to be revealed publicly. Barbie & KenSpeaking with CBS’ 60 Minutes (via Coming Soon), Greta Gerwig suggested she has enough material for a potential Ken spinoff movie. We had way too much material for Ken. We would write, and write, and write. I mean, the truth is, you know…I guess we’ll see. Relatedly, in conversation with Cillian Murphy on Actors With Actors (also via Coming Soon), Margot Robbie stated “it’s not a ‘no,’” but “it would take a lot” for her to return for a sequel ... Continue Reading »

    • The Travel Holiday Gift Guide for Pop Culture Enthusiasts

      Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

      Image: Atsuko, Casetify, BoxLunch, Stoney Clover Lane, RSVLTS, DollsKillIt’s almost time to jet-set for the holiday season in your fandom best to turn heads and raise brows at airport lounges. Whether you’re packing up for a trip to Disney Parks or back home for winter break, there’s a ton of practical travel gear to make sure you’re not without those essential needs to fly or drive out of town. Including Stranger Things tech gear, Star Wars luggage, Disney adult accessories, One Piece adventure gear, and more—here’s our list of pop culture fandom must-haves to get you out the door.Check out the slideshow to see our top picks!For that precious cargoImage: BoxLunchFUL Star Wars Darth Vader Helmet Suitcase - BoxLunch ExclusiveFUL Disney Winnie the Pooh Pooh Bear Honeycomb Suitcase - BoxLunch ExclusiveBlackMilk Vintage Looney Tunes Duffle Bag - WB100 Limited EditionDollsKill x Powerpuff Girls - Not Your Princess Weekender BagFor the adventurersImage: AtsukoOne Piece Straw Hat Anorak - AtsukoOne Piece Straw Hat Rolltop Backpack - AtsukoStar Wars Skywalker Pilot Lightweight Jacket - ColumbiaWomen’s Disney100 Snowqualmie Jacket - ColumbiaDisney Minnie Mouse Color Block Windbreaker - BoxLunch ExclusiveConvention cosplay-on-the-go!Image: HerUniverseHer Universe Star Trek Red Uniform Retro Dress Her Universe ExclusiveOur Universe Star Trek ... Continue Reading »

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      • Underworld Franchise Films Ranked: #1 ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans’ (2009)

        Posted on Friday December 08, 2023

          #1 in my ranking of the Underworld franchise.   You know, I can dig this. One of the things that had dragged down the first two Underworld movies was the preponderance of lore that got intensely explained with a great sense of import. Here, that’s not a problem because this is the lore. I’m also actually quite surprised that […] The post Underworld Franchise Films Ranked: #1 ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans’ (2009) appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • Elon Nukes Disney from Orbit: “They’re the Biggest Example of Go Woke, Go Broke”

        Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

          Drops more bombs than a B-52 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 7, 2023   Tesla, Space X, and Twitter owner Elon Musk believes that the Walt Disney Company may be one of the best examples of what happens when a company embraces the woke agenda. He posted a few days ago that ““Disney […] The post Elon Nukes Disney from Orbit: “They’re the Biggest Example of Go Woke, Go Broke” appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • Disney Pixar’s Next Strategy? Re-Release Streaming Films Into Cinemas

        Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

          What’s a cheap way to try to rake in some much needed capital without creating anything new? Disney has found a way, and it’s not their worst idea.   Pixar‘s “Soul,” “Turning Red” and “Luca” are coming to theaters after they originally had streaming-only releases on Disney+ during the COVID-19 pandemic. The three movies […] The post Disney Pixar’s Next Strategy? Re-Release Streaming Films Into Cinemas appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • Animated Workplace Comedy ‘Taskmasters’ in the Works at FOX

        Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

            FOX has handed a script commitment to animated workplace comedy Taskmasters, from Brian Keith Etheridge (The Neighborhood), Brendon Walsh (Crank Yankers), cartoonist Johnny Ryan, Fox Entertainment Studios and Fox’s Bento Box Entertainment. Co-written by Etheridge, Walsh and Ryan, Taskmasters is a half-hour animated workplace comedy that follows a crew of lovable wackos navigating the gig […] The post Animated Workplace Comedy ‘Taskmasters’ in the Works at FOX appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • Feminist Writer at Book Riot is Sick of Attractive Female Superheroes

        Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

          Another propagandist over at feminist website Book Riot is taking issue with superheroines being drawn attractively, even though in the past decade, it was certainly put to ruin by wokeness. The article, curiously enough, makes no actual mention of Wonder Woman, if it matters, since she’s one of the earliest who could be called leggy: […] The post Feminist Writer at Book Riot is Sick of Attractive Female Superheroes appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • Bruce Campbell Confirms Plans for Even More ‘Evil Dead’ Films

        Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

          Evil Dead Rise, the  latest installment in the Evil Dead franchise, was released in theaters in April this year. Now that the dust has settled, Bruce Campbell, the original franchise star and now, producer of the series has been reflecting on how the film was received by audiences and the Evil Dead fanbase at […] The post Bruce Campbell Confirms Plans for Even More ‘Evil Dead’ Films appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • Underworld Franchise Films Ranked: #2 ‘Underworld’ (2003)

        Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

        #2 in my ranking of the Underworld franchise.   This vampire and werewolf monster mashup takes itself too seriously for how silly it becomes. The performances are all over the place and the lore is overcomplicated. However, I do have a soft spot for it. Len Wiseman has a strong eye and a strong sense […] The post Underworld Franchise Films Ranked: #2 ‘Underworld’ (2003) appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • The Role of Gaming Communities: Building Friendships & Support Networks

        Posted on Thursday December 07, 2023

          Many people think of online gaming as a hobby that’s best enjoyed by yourself, in your room. Although there are people that do like to play in isolation, the majority of people are extremely interested in meeting new people and making friends online every time they log in to their favorite game – making […] The post The Role of Gaming Communities: Building Friendships & Support Networks appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • Indie Comics Showcase #251: The Formula, Indivisibles & Joe King vs. Job Ads

        Posted on Wednesday December 06, 2023

            Welcome back to another installment of Indie Comics Showcase, the weekly blog where we signal boost a few truly independent comics that are currently crowdfunding their projects, crowdsourcing their funding in some way, or just completely self-publishing on their own. Every little bit of support for these creators matters, from a single dollar […] The post Indie Comics Showcase #251: The Formula, Indivisibles & Joe King vs. Job Ads appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

      • Watch: ‘Halo’ Season 2 Gets Teaser & Premiere Date

        Posted on Wednesday December 06, 2023

          Paramount+ unveiled the first-look teaser trailer for Halo Season 2during its panel at CCXP in São Paolo, Brazil, with cast members Pablo Schreiber and Joseph Morgan, showrunner David Wiener and executive producer Kiki Wolfkill. In season two, Master Chief John-117 leads his team of elite Spartans against the alien threat known as the Covenant.     In the wake […] The post Watch: ‘Halo’ Season 2 Gets Teaser & Premiere Date appeared first on Bleeding Fool. Continue Reading »

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