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Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt, Empire's End Revealed

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 15:59

The final two novels in Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy were revealed this weekend at New York Comic Con.

Titled Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt and Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End, Del Rey's pair of upcoming books continue the story of Star Wars: Aftermath, which chronicles the events following Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi and leads into Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In a pair of Twitter posts by StarWarsBooks, the publisher announced both books, along with confirmation that Life Debut will be out Summer 2016 and Empire's End will arrive sometime in 2017.

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Frankenstein Comes Alive in Lookinglass

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 15:01

Executive producers Howard Gordon (24, Homeland), Rand Ravich (Life, Crisis) and star Rob Kasinsky (True Blood) were on hand to introduce Lookinglass to the New York Comic Con audience, screen the premiere and talk about the process of bringing the show to life.

Lookinglass is part police mystery and part sci-fi thriller with a bit of horror thrown in - not necessarily because of gore, but because of the themes it echoes from the original Frankenstein mythology. In fact, the show was originally called "The Frankenstein Code" but the producers changed the title to put more focus on the characters rather than the original literary monster.

Due to a late start, there wasn't much time for a Q and A with the panelists. However, even though there will be a full review of the show coming up in the future from IGN, first impressions are that Lookinglass is a strong pilot with a lot going for it.

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New Person of Interest: Season 5 Clip

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 15:00

Straight from its debut at New York Comic-Con, here's a brand new scene from Person of Interest's upcoming fifth season.

Instead of putting us through the show's usual, chilling emotional wringer, this clip is actually on the light-hearted side as Finch attempts to relaunch the Machine for a test run.

Unfortunately, not everything is working out correctly on the "facial recognition" front. But on the upside, it allows stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Amy Acker, and Kevin Chapman to do some bang up impressions of one another.

Check it out!

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA). Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/Showrenity.

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Wabbit Brings the Looniness to NY Comic Con

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 14:37

New York Comic Con welcomed the producer and voice cast of the current Cartoon Network show Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production, and fans were treated to an upcoming episode as well as a chance to meet the panel, ask questions and get an opportunity to see and hear the actors at work.

The panelists included producer Gary Hartle, Jeff Bergman (the voice of Bugs Bunny among others), Bob Bergen (the voice of Porky Pig among others) and JP Karliak (the voice of Wile E. Coyote).

Provider Gary Hartle spoke about the drive to return Bugs and Co. to their vaudevillian roots, and that was very clear in the episodes screened for the crowd, "Leaf it Alone" and "Computer Bugs." "You've heard of dry humor? Well this is wet humor," said Hartle.

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Watch This Brand New Arrow Footage

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 14:00

Feast your eyes on the high-octane footage from the new season of Arrow that The CW and Warner Bros. Television unveiled today at New York Comic Con!

The sizzle reel plays up Arrow's nemesis Damien Darhk (Captain America: The First Avenger's Neal McDonough), the leader of H.I.V.E. Check it out:

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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Watch The Flash's New Sizzle Reel

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 13:49

Attendees at today's New York Comic Con were treated to previews for The CW's two biggest DC superheroes shows, The Flash and Arrow. Bummed you couldn't make it? Don't worry. The CW has now released the sizzle reels shown there!

The Flash footage includes at the villainous Zoom, who wears a really cool black costume that is constantly blurring and obscuring. He speaks with a very low, gravelly menacing voice that has a tech edge to it:

There's a glimpse of Hawkgirl herself, Kendra Saunders, soon to be seen as a member of the spinoff series Legends of Tomorrow.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow Looks Super-Fun

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 13:26

Warner Bros. Television brought some of their hottest genre shows to New York Comic Con today, including the upcoming Flash/Arrow spinoff DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Stars Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer, aka the Atom), Ciara Renee (Hawkgirl), Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), and executive producer-writer Phil Klemmer were on hand to promote the show.

What follows is a rundown of the action-packed footage they showed the attendees. We see the first trailer followed by battle scenes. Rip Hunter show up and unite the protagonists on a rooftop. Then footage of destroyed cities of the future, including St. Louis. Lots of group fighting scenes as they take on Vandal Savage's army. Shots of Captain Cold blasting everything in site, Canary in her white suit battling with a staff, and then a huge foot comes through a ceiling!

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Howard the Duck and Squirrel Girl Are Teaming Up

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 12:30

For their final NYCC announcement this weekend, Marvel revealed that Howard the Duck and Squirrel Girl will be teaming up in 2016. Which begs the question why the Marvel Universe even needs super-teams like the Avengers or X-Men when this Dynamic Duo is keeping the peace.

This two-issue crossover will be taking place in Squirrel Girl #6 (written by Ryan North and drawn by Erica Henderson) and Howard the Duck #6 (written by Chip Zdarsky and drawn by Joe Quinones.

Art by Erica Henderson

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SuperMansion: Official Red Band Trailer

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 10:45

Premiering with three brand new episodes last week exclusively on Crackle, animated comedy SuperMansion follows the League of Freedom - a motley band of superheroes that has seen better days. Led by Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston), these heroes all live together inside the titular "SuperMansion" while they battle against arch-enemies and struggle to remain relevant in today’s world.

Cranston also serves as executive producer, alongside Seth Green, John Harvatine, Eric Towner and James Degus. Matthew Senreich and Zeb Wells of Robot Chicken are creators, writers and executive producers.

Below you'll find an exclusive NSFW Red Band trailer for the series, which is part of today's SuperMansion panel at New York Comic-Con.

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New Look at WGN Drama Underground

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 09:00

WGN America has released new images from its upcoming drama Underground in advance of the series' New York Comic Con debut on Sunday, October 11th. The series comes from executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and executive producers John Legend and Akiva Goldsman. It tells the story of a group of plantation slaves who put together the greatest escape in American history.

Check out the images below:

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Why Shannara Chronicles Had to Be Made

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 02:04

The cast and crew of the upcoming MTV fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles arrived at New York Comic Con to talk about the show and share their excitement for the project with fans.

The panel included actors Poppy Drayton (Amberle Elessedil), Austin Butler (Will Ohmsford), Manu Bennett (Allanon), John Rhys-Davies (Elf King Evantine Elessedil) as well as executive producers Al Gough & Miles Millar, director Jonathan Liebesman and the author of the books on which the show is based, Terry Brooks. Check out IGN's breakdown of the characters and what they look like.

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Blunt Talk: "Who Kisses So Early in the Morning?" Review

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 23:30

Spoilers for “Who Kisses So Early in the Morning” within.

After last week’s amazing and moving episode, “Who Kisses So Early in the Morning?” returns things to the lighter side of the spectrum as Walter suffers the wrath of the Internet after a speech-giving snafu. It’s a compelling thread that manages to give some more context to Celia’s recent behavior as well as her devotion to Walter.

This episode really takes on the outrage first, ask questions later nature of Internet journalism these days when an honest misunderstanding catches the wrath of some entitled, hyper-sensitive David Foster Wallace nerds. The scummy hive of the accusatory blogosphere takes it from there and a scandal about Walter’s plagiarizing ways is manufactured. It’s a fantastically relevant topic for Blunt Talk to tackle while being broad enough to not delve into Newsroom-esque territory. This storyline also manages to bring in a stellar guest star in John Hodgman, playing an LA Times writer hell bent on catching Walter in a lie, delivering all of his lines with the deadpan smarm that we’ve come to love. Despite all the laughs the story provides, it’s also topical while doing a service to the overarching story of the characters.

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Evangelion 3.33 Blu-ray Release Date Announced

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 21:09

Evangelion 3.33 will release on Blu-ray and DVD on February 2, 2016, FUNimation announced during its panel at New York Comic Con.

The movie, officially titled Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo, was originally supposed to be released in February 2014, Anime News Network notes. The project suffered a delay, FUNimation announced at the time, because it was working directly with Khara so that the studio could include its own special subtitle tracks.

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Marvel's Nuke Looks to Be Part of Jessica Jones

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 20:51

Obviously we don't have 100% confirmation on this since nothing's been announced, but from our interview with actor Wil Traval below, it appears that Daredevil foe Nuke will be introduced on Marvel's Jessica Jones.

Traval mentioned that he's playing a character named "Simpson" on the show, and that he's based on post-Vietnam War super-soldiers. Though "reinvented" a bit for this new Netflix series.

Created for by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, Nuke (real name Frank Simpson) was a disturbed, cybernetically-altered ex-soldier notable for having an American flag tattooed on his face. Initially, Nuke was hired by Kingpin to exterminate Daredevil. He was part of a super-soldier program that enhanced his abilities. He can alter his adrenaline levels and strength with pills.

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Jessica Jones Premieres and it's Decidedly Adult

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 20:12

At New York Comic Con tonight, the producers and the entire cast (minus David Tennant, who is currently in a play in London) from Marvel's Jessica Jones were on hand for a big panel for the show and what we assumed would be the debut of a bunch of new footage - similar to how NYCC last year was where several long scenes from Daredevil debuted. Instead, a big surprise was in store, as the entire first episode was screened, to very enthusiastic response.

While a full review is coming down the line, I will say Jessica Jones starts out with a strong premiere episode that firmly marks the series as the most mature Marvel Cinematic Universe project to date. Yes, Daredevil took the MCU into much darker, more violent places, but Jessica Jones not only matches that, it goes further.

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Doctor Who: "Before the Flood" Review

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 18:32

Warning: Full spoilers below.

Let’s just talk about the ending of “Before the Flood” right now because I can’t wait any longer, it thrilled me so. I’m referring to the last 30 seconds or so, where the Doctor breaks down the bootstrap paradox of it all for Clara. Her wow moment of realization as the Doctor says, “When did I first have those ideas, Clara?" followed by “Who composed Beethoven's 5th?" followed by his looking down at the camera, at us, and just ever so slightly shrugging. Man, it gave me goosebumps!

Why did I find that so effective, both as an answer to an unanswerable riddle and as a character beat for both the Doctor and Clara? I’m not sure, because really it should be more frustrating than anything else. There is no explanation to how the Doctor saved the day here, and yet there’s also the perfect explanation in his “reverse engineering” of everything he knows is going to happen so that he can make those things happen. It’s a bit of a thing of beauty.

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Bruce Campbell to Join Mallrats 2

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 17:49

Filmmaker Kevin Smith managed to pull off a casting coup while moderating today's Ash vs. Evil Dead panel at New York Comic Con.

As one point, Smith turned to panelist Bruce Campbell and asked, "I'm making my next movie in January. It's called Mallrats 2. Bruce, will you be in it?" To which Bruce said "Hell yeah!"

Obviously, we can all now ponder if this leads to an actual deal being made, but at least Smith has plenty of witnesses to the verbal agreement!

Smith said in May that the sequel was actually titled Mallbrats. Its cast already includes Jason Lee (returning as slacker Brodie Bruce), Shannen Doherty, Michael Rooker, Jason Mewes and Ethan Suplee.

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The X-Files Revival Is Good!

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 17:43

The truth is out there -- the return of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully is real! The premiere episode of The X-Files revival, which is more of a miniseries but is also being referred to as Season 10, made its debut at New York Comic-Con today. Not surprisingly, the fans in attendance loved it. But even stepping back from that fan response, it appears that the return of those much-loved monster and alien hunters is getting off to a good start. (Click here for what went down during the panel Q&A today with David Duchovny, Chris Carter and Mitch Pileggi.)

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The Matrix Star to Play Iron Fist Character

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 17:24

At New York Comic Con during the Jessica Jones panel, it was revealed that Carrie-Anne Moss will be playing a gender-swapped version of the character Jeryn Hogarth.

In the comics, Hogarth is an attorney for Wendell Rand, father of Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist. He eventually becomes the attorney for Heroes for Hire, the team-up group featuring Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Knowing an Iron Fist series is also on the way from Netflix, it's hard not to think introducing Hogarth here will allow for more connective tissue between the series, leading up to The Defenders show teaming up Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil.

Moss's Hogarth will be in Jessica Jones: Season 1 when it debuts on Netflix on November 20.

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Daredevil Season 2 Footage Teases Elektra and Punisher

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 17:00

The panel for Marvel's Daredevil at New York Comic Con 2015 kicked off with a teaser trailer for Season 2.

It starts with a montage of Season 1. Then in some new footage we see Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page sitting in a church. Matt says, "Why do I still feel guilty?" before Father Lantom replies with, "Guilt can be a good thing."

In montage, we see Daredevil in full costume going down a grimy stairway, Elektra putting on a veil-type mask across her lower face, and bullet shells being picked up off the floor of a crime scene. We see Karen looking at an x-ray-type image of a stylized skull... and then Frank Castle aka the Punisher (we don't see his full face) walks down what appears to be a hospital corridor holding a gun. In voice over he says just one word, "Beg."

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