Percy Jackson TV Series Casts Its Zeus and Poseidon
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by Vanessa Armstrong
13h ago
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Disney+ series continues to move ahead, and while we’ve gotten a lot of casting announcements in the last few months (including news that Walker Scobell will play Percy himself), we haven’t known who would play Percy’s dad (a.k.a. Poseidon) or the head honcho god (a.k.a. Zeus). Until today! According to Variety, Lance Reddick (The Wire, John Wick, Resident Evil) and Toby Stephens (Lost in Space, Black Sails) will guest star on the show as Zeus and Poseidon respectively. Here are the two with Scobell looking just divine: We heard your calls all the way from ..read more
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A Unique Fantasy Adventure: Empire of Exiles by Erin M. Evans
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by Martin Cahill
1d ago
Erin M. Evans’ new novel Empire of Exiles is a story that very much feels at home among polyhedral dice and saving throws, but to call it “just a DnD novel” would be reductive and short-sighted; Evans’ long list of credits working in the world of Dungeons & Dragons means she knows how to tell a damn good story. And let me tell you, Empire of Exiles is a damn good story, through and through. With a deep and rich world of Evans’ own devising, characters that leap off the page in their realness and complexity, and magic that has never made me feel so seen, this is not a novel to miss. Semill ..read more
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Shazam! Fury of the Gods Trailer Has A Dragon and Helen Mirren — What More Could You Want?
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by Vanessa Armstrong
1d ago
There’s been a lot of shuffling around in the DC Universe of late (to put it mildly), but it looks like the Shazam! sequel, Fury of the Gods, is heading toward us as scheduled. To that end, Warner Bros. released a trailer today that not only gives us a glimpse of Zachary Levi as Shazam once again, but also of Helen Mirren kicking his butt. The trailer starts out innocuous enough: Billy Batson (Levi) and his friends have their Shazam! powers, only to have some ancient gods (of which Mirren is one) come to Earth with plans to take them. Things get pretty epic from there, with Shazam fighting a ..read more
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Get Creeped Out By Cornfields (Again) When a New Children of the Corn Arrives in March
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by Molly Templeton
1d ago
Sure, there are probably a few Stephen King stories that haven’t been adapted yet, but why not remake one that’s already been a hit? Almost 40 years ago, a movie adaptation of Children of the Corn (pictured above), based on King’s 1977 short story, premiered and (mildly?) traumatized a generation. An alarming number of sequels followed, along with a 2009 made-for-TV version. And now, it’s all happening again: Deadline reports that writer and director Kurt Wimmer’s new Children of the Corn lands in theaters in March before making its way to Shudder. Wimmer’s version went into production a ..read more
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Secrets of the Wilderness: Christopher Pike’s Spellbound and Fall Into Darkness 
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by Alissa Burger
1d ago
A group of teens heads out into the wilderness, chock full of sexual tension and dark secrets, and they don’t all make it back alive. What happened out there? With Spellbound (1988) and Fall Into Darkness (1990), Christopher Pike begins with this shared premise and then provides readers with two very different explanations. While Fall Into Darkness foregrounds realistic horror and Spellbound draws on the supernatural, both also reflect on how these stories get told and who gets to tell them, as lawyers and journalists try to shape the narrative of what happens to these teens, and the books be ..read more
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Five SF Works About Ruined Civilizations
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by James Davis Nicoll
1d ago
One of the rewards of travel and tourism is the opportunity to admire ruins of great antiquity. Across the planet, edifices remain to attest to the achievements of past civilizations now lost to history. Indeed, many of these sites are so impressive that a person could be forgiven for looking around at modern, well-maintained, and occupied buildings to ponder how they might best be converted into relics along the lines of the Roman Forum, Harappa, and Chichén Itzá. The three most important ingredients? Time, bad luck, and poor judgement.   “The Music Master of Babylon” by Edgar Pangborn ..read more
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Netflix’s We Have a Ghost Is a Movie About Being Trapped in a House With David Harbour
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by Molly Templeton
1d ago
You ever wonder what compels actors to make their choices? Netflix’s We Have a Ghost looks like a cute if goofy little movie, a story about a family that moves into a haunted house and makes their ghost an internet star while trying to solve his murder. Okay! Sure! Sounds` nice, I guess, in a family friendly sort of way! But nice enough to star Anthony Mackie, David Harbour, Jennifer Coolidge, and Tig Notaro? Buy it Now One can only assume the main draw was director Christopher Landon, who also directed Paranormal Activity, Happy Death Day, and Freaky. Landon is also ..read more
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What Makes a Story Comforting?
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by Molly Templeton
1d ago
Though I am slightly loath to admit it, I have been rewatching Grimm. It is dark and wet in Portland, as it always is at the start of the year—January is just ever so January—and a somewhat ridiculous procedural show about a fairy tale cop feels like just the thing. It’s also weirdly comforting, which is another thing I am reluctant to confess. I do not generally find cop shows comforting, and the very idea of a fairy tale cop is gently hilarious to anyone who grew up on fairy tales, in which there are many things, but not usually cops. There are wolves and trolls and princes and witches and ..read more
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Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter One Hundred Six
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by Lyndsey Luther, Paige Vest
1d ago
Greetings, Cosmere Chickens! We had some fantastic discussion in the comments last week regarding redemption and psychology, mostly in regard to Moash. I’d highly recommend you go back and read through some of those comments, if you haven’t already—there’s some wonderful debate in there! As for this week… well, my chickens, I’m afraid that things are going to get much darker before we find the (storm)light. Reminder: We’ll be discussing spoilers for the entirety of the series up until now. If you haven’t read ALL of the published entries of The Stormlight Archive (this includes Edgedancer and ..read more
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Doom Patrol and Titans Will Both End With Their Current Seasons
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by Molly Templeton
1d ago
HBO Max’s Titans and Doom Patrol, both currently in their fourth seasons, are done at HBO Max. This news is disappointing but not hugely surprising, given all the change at DC Studios of late. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that—according to Variety—”both productions were aware that these would be their final seasons some time ago and thus both will have definitive endings.” Buy it Now The two live-action DC series both began life on the no-longer-in-existence DC Universe streaming platform (also the original home of the animated Harley Quinn), and moved to HBO Max at the sta ..read more
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