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When Sci-Fi changed its name to SyFy, the channel also made the decision to move away from the genre content that helped it make it so popular in the first place. Now they’re admitting that they’ve fallen behind the curve. In a recent interview in Entertainment Weekly, SyFy president David Howe said:

“We saw an explosion of sci-fi/fantasy content across every cable and broadcast network out there. Perceptions of the genre have shifted dramatically. What that speaks to is an opportunity to re-own the genre and be at the forefront of high-end buzzy, provocative storytelling — and the epiphany of that was Battlestar.”

Their attempt to re-own the genre includes 5 new shows and miniseries that go back to the channel’s original roots. We’ll be getting Twelve Monkeys, Ascension, Childhood’s End, The Expanse, and Hunters all of which SyFy hopes will bring back viewers.

Read more on the shows after the break.

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I’d love to tell you that I saw Entertainment Weekly‘s special Terminator: Genisys coverage and did a happy little fangirl dance. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. I mean, I like the Terminator franchise. I liked the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Heck, I even like Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation. That’s how forgiving I am.

But, I may have just hit the “Are you kidding ME?!?!” wall with the news of what producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and director Alan Taylor have planned storywise for Genisys. It’s…well, to call it a reboot is like saying remodeling a house from top to bottom but keeping the paint the same color is a “touch up”.

Since it containers spoilers, I’ll put it in after the break. Head there if you want to know more.

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Thanks to an expanded deal with Nickelodeon’s parent company Viacom, Hulu will be adding some of your favorite Nickelodeon shows.

Look for Invader Zim, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Hey Arnold! among others in the coming weeks and get ready to have a 90’s cartoon binge party.

Thanks to the Viacom/Hulu deal, you’ll also see new shows from Comedy Central, MTV and TV Land.

(via Nerdist)

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Marvel Entertainment’s Kevin Feige had plenty of news for fans today at Hollywood’s El Capitan theater. He announced Marvel’s Phase 3 plan and it includes nine movies, including Captain Marvel and Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman).

The roster as announced is:

  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016.
  • Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
  • Black Panther – November 3, 2017
  • Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018
  • Inhumans – November 2, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 2- May 3, 2019

We also got a first look at the Black Panther concept art. You can check it out after the break.

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Ever wonder what a sequel to Batman & Robin would be like? No? Of course you didn’t. Odds are you wanted to forget that it ever existed. If that’s the case then we have some terrible and shocking news for you. According to Bleeding Cool, Joel Schumacher will to continue the saga in a 12-issue comic series drawn by Dustin Nguyen that’s based on the script for Batman Triumphant—the third and final installment of a Schumacher Batman trilogy that never happened.

According to the Batman Wiki, the Scarecrow would have been the main villain of the film with Harley Quinn playing the Joker’s daughter who is bent on revenge for her father’s death. The Joker himself would also return as a hallucination caused by Scarecrow’s fear toxin.

So, we’re going to get to see the crazy that would have been a fifth movie? I have to admit—as a series of comics, this could be kind of fun. Of course, nothing is set in stone until an official announcement is made.

On that note, you’ll want to check out the video of Schumacher apologizing for Batman & Robin after the break so that you can complete the healing process before the comics are released.

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According to Deadline, Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to play Doctor Strange after talks with Joaquin Phoenix broke down.

Interestingly, he joked about it at SDCC.

More news as it develops.

Image by Anne Wu.

(via Deadline)

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J.K. Rowling will be publishing a treat for Harry Potter fans this Halloween in the form of a 1,700 word backstory on everyone’s favorite Hogwarts Professor/Headmistress Dolores Umbridge. It will be available to read for free on Pottermore, which noted the following:

Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry.

The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge’s life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.

Will knowing Umbridge’s backstory have any effect on how you feel about her? We’ll have to wait unitl October 31st to find out. If it’s anything like this past July when Rowling posted a short story on Pottermore featuring a 34-year old Harry Potter, the site will probably fall to pieces.

(via Buzzfeed)

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If you needed a reason to watch Gotham, this may be it. Morena Baccarin is joining the cast as Dr. Leslie Thompkins. She’s starting as a recurring character, but they’re looking to make her a series regular in season 2. Personally, I like when anything Morena does gets more than one season.

In the comics, Thompkins was a doctor at Arkham and was close friends with Bruce Wayne’s parents. She also became a mom of sorts to Bruce and was one of the few who knew he was Batman. It looks like they’re planning on keeping that story for Gotham, but they’re also hinting at her being a love interest for Jim Gordon.

Doctor, surrogate mom, and love interest? Professional and nurturing? Yeah, I think she can do that.

(Deadline via /Film)

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Warner Bros. Pictures has set up a special site called For Your Consideration designed to promote its films to Academy Awards voters. One of the things they think voters should consider nominating is a Best Original Song contender from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. The song is The Last Goodbye which is written by screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, and actor Billy Boyd who also sings the tune.

You might remember him singing All Shall Fade in the original trilogy which may have brought tears to your eyes. Expect the same this time around, and have a box of tissues at the ready.

(Warner Bros. Pictures via The Mary Sue)

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The first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked earlier today and was quickly pulled. Apparently, that prompted Marvel to say “f*ck it” and release the real deal. If you haven’t seen the high-res version head after the break post haste.

UPDATE: Marvel’s response to the leak earlier today was “priceless” as one of our Facebook commenters put it. You can see that after the break as well.

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