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Twilight: A Sex Abuse Scandal

A lot of marketing is going on for the last chapter of Twilight, Breaking Dawn Part Two. Entertainment Weekly released its magazine with a cover showing Bella Swan-Cullen, Edward Cullen, and behind Bella’s arms, their lovechild,  Renesmee Cullen.


We get a glimpse of Renesmee Cullen’s face and the actress in that role. The child, Mackenzie Foy. In the book, Stephenie Meyer’s portrays Jacob and Renesmee as two lovers, with Renesmee aging in an accelerated rate. But she hasn’t grown up yet, even when her appearance has. With that in mind, pictures of both Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy together may seem a bit weird with the topic of “child molestation” in mind Of course, I’m a douche for thinking like that, but is it really that far off? Like this picture right here(Courtesy of EW):

Most would say that young people fall in love all the time, and they’re right, but grown men falling in love with little girls?  That does happen in real life, after of which they go to prison. Yeah, not cool. Plus, is it really in good taste that such portrayal would be seen when all cases of child molestation are appearing in the news. Like that of a 32-year-old junior high teacher seducing her 14-year-old student, or that case in an elementary school in Los Angeles. This is certainly not what I imagined Stephanie Meyer wanted… Not that I read any of the books.

What do you think? Is this movie something you’ll watch after reading this?

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Avengers vs. X-Men Launch Party

What’s up everyone, your nerdy fanboy Austin here with an update for Avengers vs. X-Men. Here’s a complete list of retailers participating in the massive and monumental event that is AvX. This right here is the link to a pdf file that Marvel.com released yesterday giving you guys the address and the name of the comic shop that will have the event: http://i.annihil.us/u/prod/marvel/i/pdf/AvXEventTable_complete.pdf

 


New Superman Logo from “Man of Steel”

 

The official Facebook page for Man of Steel has gone live, providing a first look at the redesigned logo for director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Warner Bros. franchise. It’s dark, textured and a little gritty, and likely to displease fans already grumbling about the updated costume.

Written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.


Tumblr Takes On: THE HUNGER GAMES

It seems as though the whole world saw The Hunger Games this past weekend. This week on Tumblr Takes On, we are showcasing everyone’s responses in memes and photoshopped goodness!


The Walking Dead Showrunner GLEN MAZZARA Reveals Season Three & Four Details

source: http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2012/03/20/interview-the-walking-dead-showrunner-glen-mazzara-reveals-season-3-details-more

 

Spoiler Warning: Glen Mazzara, showrunner for AMC’s The Walking Dead revealed some vital information in regards to the upcoming season of the show and mentioned that he sees the upcoming Prison arc lasting for both seasons three and four. Plus, he offers comments on pacing complaints, character evolutions/intros, the TV series catching up to the source material and more.

The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse, following a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by walkers, where the interpersonal conflicts often present a greater danger than anything else and over time, the characters grow willing to do almost anything to survive.

As next season of The Walking Dead gears up for shooting its 16 episode order this May, fans should prepare themselves to visit the next safe haven that comic readers know all too well. During a recent round table interview, Glen Mazzara mentioned that the aforementioned Prison arc will last all of the third season until the end of season four.

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“I think that a lot of people felt the farm was claustrophobic and we don’t want the prison to be that way,” said Mazzara. “The prison arc is really the heart of Robert Kirkman’s work with The Walking Dead.”

He went on to say that he plans to move closer to the source material in some aspects, but that there will of course be deviations along the way. Perhaps the largest deviation in season two was the surprise exit of Dale and therefore the lost opportunity to explore his storylines moving forward. In regards to Dale and Andrea’s love relationship, Mazzara said the writers didn’t feel the need to pursue it at all. “I don’t feel the Dale/Andrea storyline is a loss. It was never really on the table.”

One of the more intriguing comic book storylines involves Dale and group of cannibal hunters, and that will apparently live on through a different character in the TV series. “Anybody can be cannibalized, so we still have that story in the pocket.” As new characters like Michonne and the villainous Governor are introduced, I asked Mazzara if the zombies will ever take a backseat for an eventual human threat and conflict.

“Zombies will never take a backseat. We will introduce a significant human threat but the zombies are fully integrated into this world and are part of the landscape. There could be times with no zombie action but we feel we don’t need to have a 1000 zombies on the show either.”

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Mazzara also confirmed that viewers can expect more ‘hero zombies’ in season three, much like the one that finished Dale off and proving Mazzara’s “quality over quantity” theory in regards to the undead. I also asked if he feels the show will catch up to the source material now that the ratings have shown continued and growing success. “Maybe we will catch up eventually; I know that Robert has no plans to end the comic.”

One of the common complaints Mazzara and the Walking Dead team have faced is purported pacing issues, which many felt caused the show to run slower in the first half before picking up later on in the season. When asked if any viewer input had an impact on this pacing change Mazzara replied, “No. My inclination was always to ramp it up after the Sophia arc and we were already so well into production that would have been impossible anyway.” Another question was asked if Mazzara’s comment of the final three episodes being a benchmark for the pacing of season three was a stab at Frank Darabont’s earlier work in which he vacated the series as showrunner after the Sophia arc. “Not at all. Frank actually wondered earlier on if we had pacing issues at the beginning himself.”

In regards to the characters, Mazzara revealed that Lori’s reaction of anger upon hearing news of Rick murdering Shane was one of shock and disgust in herself. This scene puzzled some fans when Lori implied for Rick to “deal with” Shane earlier in the season. “Lori did not ask Rick to kill Shane. She’s a confused control freak. She’s horrified at Rick and herself for her own role in this and is dealing with self hatred. She is appropriately f***ed up.”

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Another character that viewers wanted to see more from was T-Dog, who many felt was underutilized. Mazzara said he was surprised by this reaction and compared T-Dog to another character by the name of Ronnie from Mazzara’s writing days on The Shield. He did however admit that they might have went a bit far in ignoring him to some degree saying, “He has been off to the side and forgotten so we’re going to correct this now that he’s survived the finale and develop him from being a background character in significant ways.”

As for new characters, he went on to confirm the sword-wielding Michonne (Danai Gurira) will have a vital role and said that, although her surprise entrance in season two was very “theatrical”, he does want to ground that character and make her real and gritty. The Governor, played by David Morrissey, is a good friend of Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick) in real life. Mazzara mentioned that although he was not familiar with Morrissey’s work, Lincoln’s praise along with Morrissey’s audition were perfect. The actor understood that the Governor’s essence is that of a true villain.

Other interesting notes include

  • Mazzara confirmed fan favorite Merle (Michael Rooker) is “on the horizon” for season three.
  • Greg Nicotero will shoot webisodes based on different characters sometime next month.
  • Horror novelist Stephen King will not direct an episode of the series as he was Darabont’s connection.
  • The bar shoot-out in the episode ‘Triggerfinger’ was inspired by a similar scene from HBO’s The Wire.
  • A writer from HBO’s The Sopranos has been added to the TWD team.
  • Security has been ramped up significantly to prevent leaks, which were a huge plague for season two.
  • Scripts for season three are being written simultaneously in a style that Frank Darabont introduced that he learned while working with George Lucas. Mazzara will write the third season premiere.
  • Despite the prison arc showcasing some of the darkest aspects of the series, Mazzara confirmed that there’s“no place they won’t go” in those terms although they may utilize off-screen effects in some situations.
  • Mazzara’s friend Kurt Sutter (creator of Sons of Anarchy) will likely have a zombie cameo next season while Mazzara plays a dead biker on SOA to seal the deal. “I love Kurt, so I might take him up on that offer.”

First Look at CW’s “Arrow’s” Green Arrow

Warner Bros. has released the first image from its upcoming CW series “Arrow,” based on the DC Comics character, Green Arrow. Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen, a former-billionaire playboy embarking on a career of vigilantism after spending time stranded on a desert island for five years. The re-imagined character is being brought to the small screen by “Green Lantern” screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and “Fringe” co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. David Nutter, who helmed the pilots of “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” will direct, and the hero’s costume is designed by three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood.

“When I directed the pilot for ‘Smallville,’ I knew that making Clark Kent relatable would be the key to audiences believing in him as a hero,” Nutter said in text accompanying the image. “”Arrow” is a different show — darker and harder-edged– but it’s the same core idea. We’re creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things. Colleen Atwood’s great work on the Arrow costume reflects that effort.”

 

© 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Joseph Lederer

 

 

“Arrow” is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, who is directing from a teleplay by Kreisberg & Guggenheim, story by Berlanti & Guggenheim. Melissa Kellner Berman is co-executive producer.

Based upon DC Entertainment characters, “Arrow” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.


The 10 Best Alternate Realities: AGE OF APOCALYPSE & More

10.) COMMUNITY – ‘THE DARKEST TIMELINE’

NBC’s Community opens our list, with an alternate reality that has (thus far) only existed for about three minutes of TV time.

So what makes it worthy of inclusion? Well, it was a memorable three minutes, as Troy going downstairs to get pizza in this past fall’s season three episode “Remedial Chaos Theory” proved to be much more fateful than you might think.

A chain reaction led to what Abed would later dub the “darkest, most terrible timeline” of the several alternate realities presented in that episode — Pierce is dead, Annie is in a mental institution, Shirley is a drunk, Jeff lost his arm, Troy lost his larynx, and Britta… has a blue streak in her hair.

It was funny (and surprisingly high-minded for a network sitcom), but its true influence is in what came later: What was essentially a throwaway gag became a rallying cry for fans and press when the show was placed on an indefinite hiatus this past November. Countless observers concluded the news must signify that we are indeed living in the “darkest timeline,” and rabid viewers applying felt goatees to their Twitter avatars (and sometimes, their own visages) in a sign of solidarity and protest.

 

9.) MUTANT X

How do you get Havok out of the shadow of his big brother Cyclops? Move him to his own reality of course!

From 1999-2001, Havok was the leader of the premiere super hero team of mutants, albeit on an alternate Earth. In a comic written by Howard Mackie (who is currently seeing a resurgence in DC’s New 52), Alex Summers from Earth 616, the main Marvel Universe, nearly died, at precisely the same moment as Alex Summers from Earth 1298 was shot and killed. Our Havok’s spirit went into theirs and helped him survive (yay comics!) and found himself as the leader of that world’s mutant heroes after the X-Men were killed/made into vampires, dubbed “The Six.”

Storm was a vampire, The Beast was The Brute, a frog/lizard/demon instead of an ape/cat person, Warren Worthington III breathed fire, and Havok was married to Madelyne Pryor, even having their own kid! Oh, she was also crazy and killed Spider-Man’s clone and Green Goblin and possessed the Beyonder. Oh clones, you so cray.

What really made this series awesome, however, was that Havok was the full-on leader of the premiere hero team in this universe. He got to be the team leader over a Captain America. He got to show the world what he could do, taking down universal level threats ultimately nearly alone. This series showed just what Havok could do without Scott Summers looking over his shoulder, and for fans of the character, it was fantastic.

Unfortunately there’s no real hope of going back to the Mutant X earth. But those issues, should you track them down, are full of a lot of fun, and a lot of straight up nuts, ideas and interpretations of the Marvel Universe’s classics.

 

8.) FRINGE – ‘OVER THERE’

The Fringe Division of the FBI examines events and crimes that happen on the fringe of the science we all know. Science fiction becomes science fact as the team tries to make sense of the nonsensical and explain the unexplainable.

The Fringe Division of the FBI “Over There” is a high-level branch controlled directly by the Department of Defense and is alternately respected and feared, and is the frontline in a coming war with the reality that, they are convinced, is slowly destroying them.

That’s the surprising real plot to the Fox science fiction seriesFringe, which is centered on the concept of alternate realities, keystones, cause-and-effect, and just how wrong things can go because of simple decisions. Since introducing the idea of the alternate world known just as “Over There” (not to mention such wonderful names for doppelgängers as “Fauxlivia” for Olivia and “Walternate” for Walter’s alternate), things have gotten even crazier. Now we have a new 3rd reality that has its own fourth “over there.”

Fringe doesn’t only borrow alternate realities from comics (amongst other sci-fi/fantasy in other mediums of course). A race of bald beings sworn to only watch the major events and players throughout time known as Observers take in everything happening in all these realities… and step in to help our heroes, breaking their vow, from time to time. Sound familiar, Marvel fans?

Regardless, “Over There” in Fringe is one of the coolest alternate universes around for one simple reason: copious amounts of zeppelins.

 

7.) SUPERMAN: RED SON

Truth, justice — in Soviet Russia.

The 2003 miniseries Superman: Red Son presented one of the simplest, yet most engaging high concepts in comic book history: What if Superman, long a symbol of American pride, was raised in the Soviet Union instead of a farm in Kansas?

Writer Mark Millar — the man behind Wanted and Kick-Ass — was joined by artists Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett for the story, which replaced the Man of Steel’s trademark “S” shield with a hammer and sickle, and incorporated bits of real history along with the superhero fantasy.

Red SonBatman & Dracula: Red Reign) and a world where Superman never made it to Earth (JLA: The Nail).

 

6.) BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – ‘DOPPELGANGLAND’

You know what they say, “be careful what you wish for.” Unfortunately Cordelia didn’t think that one through too much on this Season 3 episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fortunately, her foolish word choice created one of the best alternate timelines ever. It created the timeline where Willow is a Vampire, and Vampire Willow was so awesome she got her own focused episode, Doppelgangland.

Thanks to Vampire Willow, we got lines like “Bored now…” and “I think I’m kinda gay!” (significant because Willow does, in fact, figure out that she’s gay later in the series). We also saw Willow come out of her shell, and cemented Anya’s role in the scooby gang significantly via this pair of episodes.

 

5.) EARTH 3 (CRIME SYNDICATE)

On Earth 3, everything is backwards. Alexander Luthor is the greatest (only) hero in the world. Characters that look familiar are certainly not the people you expect them to be. Superman becomes the ruthless killer Ultraman. Batman is Owlman, the brilliant strategist who uses his skill to help his team rule over all. Power Ring, Johnny Quick, Superwoman and more doppelgängers populate this world, and as the Crime Syndicate of America are the world’s greatest villains.

Earth 3 is great for the other ultimate power fantasy: if you had ultimate power and no conscience, what could you do? Seeing evil versions of our favorite heroes (at least in doses) is always fun, and has led to some truly classic stories by the likes of Grant Morrison and Dwayne McDuffie.

Will an Earth 3 and CSA exist in some form in the New 52 multiverse? The question is really just “when” not “if.” Of course, with the Court of Owls and a “Talon” running around in the New 52 Earth, we could be seeing some of those old ideas leaking in already in an all-new way.

 

4.) AGE OF APOCALYPSE

Legion thought he knew the best way to make his father, Professor Xavier, proud — traveling back in time and killing the megalomaniacal mutant Magneto.

Only problem is, he actually ended up killing Professor X himself, meaning he never founded the X-Men — and the world itself greatly suffered in it.

Part of a proud line of dystopian futures in the Marvel Universe, the world of “Age of Apocalypse” was grim, with the ancient mutant Apocalypse bending much of the world to his whim. Magneto actually ended up founding the X-Men in this timeline, who struggled to fight the good fight against seemingly insurmountable odds.

The Age of Apocalypse took over all of Marvel’s X-titles for four months in 1995, with each getting a new title and new numbering before reverting back to their old positions at the conclusion of the story.

That alone makes it one of the most sweeping alternate realities in comic book history, but it’s also proven to endure, with several follow-up series in recent years leading to a new ongoing title set in the timeline, Age of Apocalypse, that debuted this week.

 

3.) STAR TREK – ‘MIRROR MIRROR’

The “Mirror Mirror” episode of Star Trek laid down a lot of the ground rules for parallel universes in pop culture, way back in 1967.

Thanks to a malfunctioning transporter, the Enterprise crew find themselves on a dark “mirror” world, where they encounter much more sinister versions of themselves.

Beyond being one of the most fondly remembered episodes of one of the most revered science-fiction franchises of all time, this episode gave the world a great gift: Mirror Spock’s goatee, as the facial hair has since become a visual shorthand that “goatee = evil twin,” parodied in “Wayne’s World,” Community and much more.

 

2.) EARTH 2

Yes, a brand new Earth 2 is on the way, but the concept of Earth 2 has been around for quite awhile. Paradoxically, Earth 2 has typically been populated by older heroes, or simply had superheroes around for a longer period of time than Earth 1 or New Earth (or New 52 Earth, perhaps).

The world of Earth 2 let all the Golden Age heroes continue their relevance despite the younger, hipper heroes like Hal Jordan, and Barry Allen. Home to the JSA and a second generation that had already aged as well, Earth 2 was a place where Batman could have a grown up child of his own, or even die for good.

The problem with the classic Earth 2 is it opened DC up to more Earths – an infinite number in fact. It required a Crisis to bring them all together and make sense of it all again. Now, Earth 2 is returning, but things on this version will be different, just like things are substantially different on the new “main” Earth. One thing’s for sure, it will still be a place to showcase events and drastic changes to characters readers know and love that could never happen in the “real” DCU, and isn’t that just what an alternate universe is for?

 

1.) ULTIMATE UNIVERSE

The Ultimate Universe started in 2000 as essentially the Marvel Universe readers were familiar with, but built from the ground up and for modern-day audiences: Peter Parker became Spider-Man due to genetic engineering instead of radioactivity, for instance, and the world was more diverse, with Nick Fury African American instead of Caucasian.

In the past 12 years, though, the Ultimate Universe has taken on a unique identity very much its own, due to two major events:Ultimatum and “The Death of Spider-Man.”

Ultimatum saw Magneto make the type of major strike he usually only threatens, with several major characters — including Professor X, Cyclops, Wolverine and Magneto himself — dying during the course of the series.

“Death of Spider-Man,” as the title implies, saw the death of the Ultimate Universe’s Peter Parker, and led the way for a new Spidey — the half-African American, half-Hispanic Miles Morales.

Now with a world that’s been rocked by devastation and a brand-new Spider-Man, the Ultimate Universe is less a streamlined version of the classic Marvel Universe and more of a place where anything can happen — readers know that the “real” Peter Parker won’t ever die for good for a variety of practical reasons, but in the Ultimate Universe, no shocking twist is off the table.

The Ultimate Universe has further earned its spot for being a breeding ground for new talents and a showcase for Marvel’s biggest names: Brian Michael Bendis was a relatively unknown back in 2000 when Ultimate Spider-Man launched, and now he’s one of the very biggest names in the industry. Mark Millar’s work on Ultimates and Ultimate X-Men helped bring him to superstardom. The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman spent years on Ultimate X-Men. And that’s not to mention the likes of Brian K. Vaughan, Bryan Hitch, Jason Aaron, Mark Bagley, David Finch, Mike Carey, Stuart Immonen, Jonathan Hickman, Adam Kubert, Warren Ellis, Leinil Francis Yu, Jeph Loeb, Art Adams and many, many more.