With Dracula Untold arriving in theaters, we look back at more than a century of vampire evolution in our books, movies, and TV.
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It's been a mixed week for superhero movie news. In unsurprising developments, Robert Downey Jr. is talking about whether or not he's up for another Iron Man movie and Ben Affleck is defending the potential for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to be good. And in more surprising (and pretty out-there) news, there are rumors that the Avengers won't star in Avengers 3. If this kind of thing keeps up, expect next week to bring news that Chris Evans likes playing Captain America and Warner Bros. is planning for all future Batman movies to be made by obscure Eastern European independent studios and only released on bootleg VHS tapes in the US. For now, though, here are the highlights of the week's superhero movie news.
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We'd normally be hard-pressed to say a box set is worth $400, but this exclusive first look has us changing our minds.
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As the new flick Dracula Untold is here to untell you: Dracula was a real dude. Well, sorta. Scholars believe Bram Stoker based his iconic vampire on the 15th century voivode Vlad III Dracula/Vlad the Impaler, so named for his habit of leaving fields of enemies on stakes as deterrent for advancing Ottoman soldiers. Sound like the kind of guy whose former stomping grounds you want to visit? Good, because Romania would love to welcome you to its vast and beautiful lands. Here are a couple vampire-themed places you can go in Transylvania.
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For one brief season from 1999 to 2000, the world was given a very special gift: Freaks and Geeks, the most clear-eyed, pitch-perfect show about adolescence ever made. Here's how to blaze through the best nostalgia trip you'll ever embark on in under a week.
If Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh aren't enough of a reason for you to watch The Knick—hey, talented directors and charismatic actors aren't everyone's bag—then the rich detail with which the show portrays the evolution of medicine at the turn of the last century should be. It's an unblinking look at what a crude practice medicine was more than 100 years ago—and, just maybe, a sly examination of how healthcare became what it is now.
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Star Wars Rebels is Disney’s latest foray into the Star Wars universe, but will this animated installment use the power of the force for good, or take a trip to the dark side?
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We're shifting from embedded YouTube playlists to Soundcloud this week, and we think you'll like the results.
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The CW's Arrow might have launched with low expectations—not only were few people thinking of any non-Marvel superheroes at the time, but it also followed the not-exactly-wonderful Smallville on the network—but, by the end of last season, it had won many over with its particular brand of over-the-top action, comic book Easter eggs, and willingness to treat its leading men like hunky pieces of meat. Here's a quick refresher on what happened last season to get you call caught up for tomorrow's Season 3 premiere.
Disappointed in the lackluster crop of new fall shows on network TV? You should be. Luckily, there's a solution to your woes. Abandon the quiet desperation of reloading Hulu for something new and try one of the best new shows of the last year instead: Rick and Morty. It's a brilliant, madcap animated series about a sociopathic mad scientist and his dim-witted grandson traipsing through alternate dimensions, alien worlds and—in one very special Christmas episode—the internal organs of a homeless man. Here are six reasons you should binge-watch your way through the first season of the show—out today on DVD and Blu-ray—and why you should eagerly anticipate the show's return for Season 2 next year.
When Grant Gustin speeds on to screens as the Flash in the new CW series of the same name, he'll be filling some pretty big (bright yellow) boots. Barry Allen was the forerunner of a new generation of superhero when he first appeared in 1956's Showcase #4, presaging the creation of DC Comics' Justice League of America, a comic so successful it led to the creation of the entire Marvel Universe. Yet, there are very few "iconic" Flash stories. That said, here are five things you should speed-read before the premiere of the CW's latest super show.
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This week's roundup is all about big names in the trailer game. Christopher Nolan, Thomas Pynchon, Paul Thomas Anderson, Liam Neeson, Keanu Reeves, Clint Eastwood, and Pixar all put their stamps on movies coming soon to a theater near you. We've got one black comedy import on the list, but other than that, it's all box office power players. So settle in and let the Hollywood establishment amaze and appall you with the latest batch of wonderful teasers.
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If you come across the sea-fearing nomads from Game of Thrones, you either learn to speak their tongue or you die. Here are a few phrases you should know if you ever find yourself amongst the screamers (and a few you probably shouldn't).
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In this week's episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, Dothraki linguist David J. Peterson and Klingon Language Institute director Lawrence M. Schoen discuss constructed languages, or "conlangs."
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This just in: One day after Netflix revealed it inked a four-picture deal with comedian and critical pariah Adam Sandler, the wellspring of the actor's potential creative pursuits has been leaked to the public! A Norwegian website is hosting the long sought-after Adam Sandler Movie Generator, finally resolving the longstanding mystery of "Who thinks of this crap?!" in reference to Sandler vehicles such as You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Little Nicky, and dozens more.
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Two weeks ago we penned what was essentially a fan letter to Kevin Smith, thanking him for throwing people's expectations of him into the garbage and making a totally off-the-wall body horror movie. Tusk has only cleared $1.4 million since it opened on September 19, but whatever. This time around, we're sending up the Kilo flag for horror cinema's man-of-the-moment, James Wan, and saluting his move away from the genre where he made his name.
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Depending on the extent of your 90’s knowledge, Polaris is either the band that sang the theme song to Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete & Pete, or the band that released the ensuing album Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which became a cult classic. Here's why they're going on tour long after the show that made them famous went off the air.
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While the weekly round up of Best TV isn't a ranked list, there is always a top spot, and this time around the good old Simpsons took it in a walk by enlisting genius animator Don Hertzfeldt to make this week's couch gag. Alongside the Sampsan nightmare, Viola Davis chilled us to the bone, Karen Gillan and John Cho gave us reasons to stay hopeful about their sitcom future, Key and Peele took it to the next level, and two hunky Gone Girl stars charmed our socks off. Also, you get some Chris Pratt sprinkled on top with a serenade from the Queen of Soul herself. You don't have to thank us. We're just doing our job.
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The streak had to end some time. After a couple very lovely years of riveting original programming and screw-the-status-quo industry-shaking moves, Netflix has finally gone and done the most basic thing it could possibly do: It's recruited Adam Sandler to produce and star in four new original movies. The flicks may be popular, but Netflix—which made a reputation out of edgy fare—could have made a much bolder move.
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Open Windows is viewed almost entirely through a series of computer windows on a laptop screen. WIRED asked star Elijah Wood and writer/director Nacho Vigalondo to interview each other about how they made the movie—and how it intersects with everything from celebrity phone hacking to online harassment.
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