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Geek out over the best trailers of San Diego Comic-Con

10:30 am Jul. 16, 2015

This weekend’s annual San Diego Comic-Con was full of trailers offering teases for upcoming movies and TV shows.

With several dozen released in just three days, it can be hard to keep up. For your viewing pleasure,

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Batman v Superman’ and the limits of fan service

5:01 pm Apr. 20, 2015

So there is this idea in popular culture called fan service.

It dates more or less from anime and manga in the ’70s and early ’80s, when manga artists would include gratuitous sexual images or nudity in material that otherwise did not call for it. Which is to say that in this context, fan service, or giving the fans what they wanted, was cheesecake shots of the female (and in rare

The SXSW Midnighters and Shorts are here!

2:39 pm Feb. 10, 2015

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival unveiled its 11 Midnighter (read: genre) movies today — including nine world premieres — as well as the complete short film lineup.

“These nine World Premieres and

Watch: New ‘Fantastic Four’ teaser trailer definitely promises doom

11:42 am Jan. 27, 2015

Remember 2005’s “Fantastic Four,” with its foam-suited Michael Chiklises, poorly-dyed Jessica Albas and scenery-chewing “Nip/Tuck” actors? How about its sequel, “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”? (That movie translated a classic comic antagonist to the big