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Toby Kebbell is a very versatile actor. He’s portrayed villains, rockers, even an orc. In Kong: Skull Island he’s duty-bound soldier Jack Chapman, but he also plays a character most people might not be aware of: Kong himself. How’d that happen? Well, during the making of Skull Island, Industrial Light & Magic—which handled much of …

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Almost exactly one year ago today, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters. Fans liked it, kinda; critics didn’t. But one refrain was consistent across audiences: God, that was bleak. Some of that felt like the imprimatur of the director, Zack Snyder, a man who embraced the darkness in movies like Watchmen and 300 and who has never met …

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It says a lot about the modern world that, in the day after a terror attack in London, the mayor of the city actually has to take time out of his day to talk about a tweet from the son of the president of the United States. Quite what that says remains unclear, but it’s …

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Political drama is all over TV lately, from the Beltway machinations of Scandal and Madame Secretary to tales of intrigue like The Americans and 24: Legacy to Sean Spicer’s press briefings. But the political soap opera I’m most excited about these dats isn’t any of those—it’s a spinoff of the teen drama The Vampire Diaries. …

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Syfy’s epic space show The Expanse is a smash hit among science fiction fans, drawing praise from websites like io9 and Ars Technica and from celebrities like Adam Savage. Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley also loves the show. “This is my favorite show on TV,” Kirtley says in Episode 248 of …

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I went to see Power Rangers last night. I hadn’t planned to do so; aside from some well-placed Kanye West in the film’s trailer, nothing about the movie spoke to me and I was never a fan of the TV show. But then I heard it had a queer superhero, and I got in line for the …

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Science fiction cinema has a longstanding problem: Good ideas abound, but great ones are in short supply. (And most of the good ones have been used.) After decades of drought, 2001: A Space Odyssey spawned Solaris and Star Wars and Alien, and the genre became popular, but pulpily so; parades of familiar tropes spackled over with terrible visual effects. Now, …

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You know that awesome Darth Vader scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? The one at the end with all the lightsaber-swinging and Force chokes that shows Mr. Vader trying to retrieve the stolen Death Star plans? Yeah, that almost never happened. Director Gareth Edwards and his editor, Jabez Olssen, were already cutting the …

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Ever since Ridley Scott started making Alien prequels, fans have wondered if, when, and how those movies will ever tie into the timeline of his 1979 classic. 2012’s Prometheus was in the same universe as the original, but other than, well, aliens, it didn’t have any crossover characters. But when images of the next prequel, …

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There’s a very simple test for determining whether a comedy is truly great: wait. If you laugh just as hard the second time you watch something—and are still chuckling by the 20th—you’ve got a winner. In fact, just knowing one particular movie is something you want to watch again and again is its own testament …

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