Why that new 'Fantastic Four' rumor is complete nonsense
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Why that new 'Fantastic Four' rumor is complete nonsense

Sorry to break some hearts, but let's look at this logically, folks.

Here's the thing about rumors: the ones that spread the fastest are the ones that people reeeeeeeeeally want to believe.

Fans want Marvel to take control of "Fantastic Four." It's that simple.

Fox isn't planning to give it back to Marvel, though. Whether anyone wants to believe it at this point or not, they still have plans for the property. What form those plans will take is still under discussion, but they haven't just given up and thrown in the towel on it. They took a critical beating on the film, they had big problems with the press and with their director, and it's been a financial disappointment, to say the least. Even so, they managed to squeeze about $165 million out of the movie when you factor in the worldwide box-office.

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Luc Besson loses plagiarism suit to John Carpenter while prepping his new film
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Luc Besson loses plagiarism suit to John Carpenter while prepping his new film

Yay! 'Valerian' has an FX team! Boo! A French court says Besson's a plagiarist!

It's funny how someone can have a day in the press that's both terrible and terrific. Take Luc Besson, for example. Today's first story about him is thrilling because I've been waiting for him to get back to science-fiction for a while. Last April, he told me during a conversation at WonderCon that he felt like he made "The Fifth Element" at the wrong time.

"We had digital, but it wasn't like it is now. We still had to build everything first," he told me, and having seen some of the "Fifth Element" models in person at Digital Domain, I know what he meant. They used digital compositing and digital mattes more than almost any film made before that moment, but it was still largely a model-based shoot, and all of the aliens in the film were on-set suits and make-ups. I think it's a beautiful movie, but Besson talked about how much bigger he wanted to go, how much of the script that he had to cut (material that he once considered turning into a sequel called "Mr. Shadow) because he simply couldn't find a way to make it in 1997.

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You've never seen anything quite like this exclusive 'Tokyo Tribe' clip
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You've never seen anything quite like this exclusive 'Tokyo Tribe' clip

Sion Sono's bizarro musical is about to make its US debut, and we've got a peek for you

Have you ever thought to yourself, "You know what 'Walter Hill's The Warriors' needed? More gangster rap, and preferably in Japanese"?

Then allow me to introduce you to "Tokyo Tribe."

Sion Sono may well be one of the most interesting and prolific figures in international cinema. This year alone, he has made 574 new feature films, and in the time it's taken me to type this sentence, he has written and shot another 40. I am almost completely sure that every single film I saw at this year's Toronto Film Festival was directed by Sion Sono. Perhaps I exaggerate slightly, but I am truly in awe of this guy's amazing work ethic, and by the variety in the films he makes. I find it hard to believe that the same man who made the delicate, quiet "The Wandering Star" could be the same candidate for every watchlist ever who made the hilariously perverted "Love Exposure."

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An open letter to the lunatics behind the 'Die Hard' pre-boot
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An open letter to the lunatics behind the 'Die Hard' pre-boot

Why? Why would you do this?

Dear Len Wiseman…

I'm going to do my best to avoid making the obvious joke here about your last name, since my last name is McWeeny, and nothing good can come from that particular war.

However, I would like to drop you a few quick thoughts regarding your proposed pre-boot (part prequel, part reboot) of the "Die Hard" series before you go too far down a road that dead ends in Stupid Town.

Obviously, I have not been in any of the conversations you're having about the film. Maybe the folks over at Deadline completely screwed up the reportage on the idea that you have. I certainly hope so, because if not, you are on the verge of doing something monumentally dumb, and I'd love to explain why.

There is only one great "Die Hard" movie. Unfortunately, you did not direct it.

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'Godzilla vs Kong' proves that we have finally, gloriously reached peak nerd
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'Godzilla vs Kong' proves that we have finally, gloriously reached peak nerd

Legendary's partnering with their former home base for at least three giant monster mash-ups

Now, finally, Warner Bros confirms what seemed like a crazy possibility when I first mentioned it in the wake of Legendary's first "Skull Island" mention at Comic-Con a few years ago. That was July of 2014, and as soon as they showed the specially-prepared clip for Comic-Con, hinting at the inclusion of King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan in the "Godzilla" sequel, I called Toshi, my son who is positively kaiju-crazy, and he was the first one to say what I'm sure many fans who were in Hall H that day were thinking.

"OH MY GOD DAD THEY COULD PUT KING KONG IN THE GODZILLA MOVIE OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!"

Since then, he has asked me if there is any news on that front, and I've kept him updated as "Kong: Skull Island" has inched its way through development. This afternoon, though, I suspect his ten-year-old mind is going to be blown by the news that was announced by Warner and Legendary, and the kaiju fan I was while growing up is already celebrating because it sounds positively preposterous.

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Is FX's adaptation of 'Y The Last Man' part of a larger, welcome TV trend?
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Is FX's adaptation of 'Y The Last Man' part of a larger, welcome TV trend?

Let's hope they start getting these stories right

TV's threatening to look a lot like my comic book shelf these days.

One of the things I love about a comic book series that ends is that it represents a complete story, so when I start reading "Transmetropolitan" or "Preacher" or "100 Bullets," I'm starting something that I know has a finite amount of story to tell, and that's building to something. I just worked my way through David Lapham's entire 41-issue arc of "Stray Bullets."

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Review: 'Crimson Peak' gives voice to both halves of Guillermo Del Toro's brain
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B+

Review: 'Crimson Peak' gives voice to both halves of Guillermo Del Toro's brain

Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston get it right, but Mia Wasikowska seems slighly miscast

Guillermo Del Toro has been able to build a very unusual career for himself, balancing smaller Spanish-language titles that have been very personal with giant American blockbusters that are somehow equally personal. They're just personal to different sides of his personality, and when you're a filmmaker who is both a wicked-smart erudite voracious reader, an art collector whose tastes are all over the place, adult and part of a loving, close-knit family, raising strong daughters with a strong wife, who also just happens to be a filmmaker who is a 13-year-old boy who delights in the creepies and the crawlies and the gross and the absurd and superheroes and has a house full of the most amazing toys of all time including secrets rooms and part of the Haunted Mansion, then "personal" can cover a whole lot of ground.

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Is there a great 'Friday the 13th' game finally on its way for fans?
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Is there a great 'Friday the 13th' game finally on its way for fans?

If developer Gun Media has its way, it could finally happen

Is it even possible to make a great licensed video game title?

How many times have you bought or rented a game because you love a movie or a TV show and you want to experience what it would be like to live in that world or be that character?

One of the appeals of the "Arkham" video games that Rocksteady have put out over the last few years is the way their combat system and the various gadgetry all gives you the feeling that you are, indeed, Batman. While not a direct adaptation of a film, the last Middle-Earth game, "Shadows Of Mordor," did a great job of creating a fun game, but it had little or nothing to do with the experience of the films.

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'The LEGO Movie' will get a weird half-sequel before it gets a real sequel
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'The LEGO Movie' will get a weird half-sequel before it gets a real sequel

But the same guy's writing and directing both of them

I've still never been to Legoland. When I'd attend Comic-Con for work, my family would stay with me in the hotel, then sneak off to Legoland during the day. I can only imagine what's happened to attendance at the park since "The LEGO Movie" was released. It seems like LEGO, which was already a massive international success, kicked into an even more insane gear after the success of the movie.

Warner Bros. obviously sees it as a massive new franchise, and in addition to the sequel, which Rob Schrab is set to direct, they're making a LEGO Batman movie that Chris McKay will be directing. For those who don't know Rob Schrab, he's an absolute lunatic, and if anyone's going to be the right person to follow up the meta-movie weirdness of the first film, it's him.

And now it looks like he gets a warm-up.

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Do we finally know where Hulk will land after his 'Age Of Ultron' disappearance?
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Do we finally know where Hulk will land after his 'Age Of Ultron' disappearance?

Where are you going to see the big green guy next?

When I spoke to Joss Whedon about "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" during the film's release, I asked him about one of the scenes that was cut between script and production. While I'll respect his request not to detail the scene completely, I can say that it had to do with Hulk's ultimate fate in the film. While it wasn't the exact same fate that he ultimately has in the finished film, I think it's safe to say that Whedon laid down some explicit ideas that became the foundation for the much more ambiguous ending.

Keep in mind the last few images we see of the Hulk. He's in the Quinjet. He's already told the Widow that there's no place on the planet that he feels like he's not a threat to someone else. In those last few moments, he looks up at the sky above the Quinjet, and then the next time we hear about him, no one can find him. He's just gone. The Quinjet showed up, but there's no Hulk. Anywhere.

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