Superman Vs Batman, Star Wars and More Awesome Stuff From Comic-Con 2015

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Every year, more attention is drawn to what used to be a handful of sweaty outcasts fawning over an Astro Boy bootleg. But now, thanks to billion dollar film franchises and an overall easing of nerd-shaming, San Diego’s Comic-Con International has become a media sensation with scores of celebrity panels, tons of teasers, and a filled-to-capacity crowd. And unless fatigue over comic adaptations sets in before 2016, we can only expect the annual events to grow and grow.

But in the meantime, here are the best things that came out of Comic-Con 2015.

10. Joker and Harley Quinn Shine in Suicide Squad Trailer

DC’s Suicide Squad movie has been the subject of much geek debate (and let’s be honest, much ridicule), but the first trailer looks promising. If nothing else, it finally gives fans an insane Harley Quinn on the big screen.

9. Ash Vs. Evil Dead Trailer Brings Back Bruce Campbell In All His Hilarious Glory

Fans of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films rejoiced when the trailer for the new Ash Vs. Evil Dead TV series hit the Web. It’s good to see Campbell back in the role he was born to play.

8. Hugh Jackman Teased Old Man Logan for The Wolverine 2 



Jackman drove fans at the X-Men: Apocalypse panel crazy with three words: Old Man Logan. Marvel Comics fans know that as the series which sees an aged (but still grumpy) Wolverine in a future where the supervillains have won. Does that mean The Wolverine 2 will be set in the future? Will Wolverine time travel as he did in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Or will he just hang out in Boca watching The Rockford Files reruns and hitting up early bird specials at Denny’s? Feel free to speculate wildly.

7. X-Men: Apocalypse Showcases a New Villain

The first trailer for 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse has leaked online, giving fans a taste of the ’80s set story and Oscar Isaac as new villain Apocalypse. Oh, and James McAvoy is bald now.

6. The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead Break the Internet

Our pals at AMC dropped a zombie two-fer with creepy trailers for the new season of The Walking Dead and the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. Both trailers are so intense, they makes us long for a third series called Share a Nice Cup of Chai Tea With the Walking Dead.

5. Joss Whedon Announces His Next Project


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It doesn’t take much for the man behind Buffy, Firefly, and The Avengers to drum up excitement for his next project — but this sounds like something special. Director Joss Whedon announced he will write a new six-issue Dark Horse comic book series he described as a “Victorian female Batman.” Elaborating to Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a Victorian thriller about a meek chambermaid who is fed to a dark horror — but instead of dying, she returns, with knowledge, power, and rage she can neither deny nor control.” Although there’s no artist or release date confirmed, you had us at “Victorian female Batman.”

4. Bryan Cranston’s “Yo Mama” Slam and Mic Drop

After five chilling seasons of Breaking Bad, we’re all well aware that Walter White is no one to mess with. But after this brief interaction between Bryan Cranston and a nervous Comic-Con fan during a Q&A, we’ll steer clear of giving the actor the opportunity to poison us with his ricin-spiked tongue. Watch Cranston take the innocent lad out, apropos of nothing.

3. The Deadpool Trailer (NSFW)

Even though it’s still just a shaky, blurry mess for the rest of us to see, the Deadpool trailer which debuted to a shrieking crowd, is a faithful and hilariously hyper-violent homage to the Merc with a Mouth. With playful murders, bawdy language, and fourth wall-shattering asides — not to mention a not-so-subtle dig at the Green Lantern film — it’s clear Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role.

2. New Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

It’s been nearly 30 years since Frank Miller delivered one of the greatest superhero tales with 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns. In it, Batman and Superman square off in an unprecedented battle of checks and balances, depicting a brawl that fans have been dying for decades to see adapted to the silver screen. Well, come March 2016, we’ll see for ourselves whether director Zack Snyder can muster the chops to do that comic milestone any justice. However, the most recent trailer shows some evidence that, yeah, this one might be good.

1. Luke, Leia, and Han Reunite for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel

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Not even a brush with death can keep this trio apart. Reportedly his first public appearance since sustaining injuries in a small plane crash, Harrison Ford joined Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher at the The Force Awakens panel and got us hyped to see some familiar (human) faces back in a Star Wars movie.

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was written, produced, directed and narrated by Robert Evans. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

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New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

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20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

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Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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