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Summer flicks look to boost dragging box office


In this special summer preview edition of Box Office Beat, we’ll be looking over the entire summer slate to see which films will do the best and which films will likely have to make the most of it on cable television.   This time last year, The Avengers opened to an astronomical $207.4 million and […]

Whedon achieves cultural icon status


If there were a crown for the godfather of modern geekdom, Joss Whedon would take the throne. Considering Whedon’s a third-generation television writer, it’s fair to say the native New Yorker has storytelling in his blood. But after moving to Los Angeles and spending a few years working for the show Roseanne, Whedon really got […]

Soundtrack singles appeal to mainstream


Studios could not be any happier with the box office success of The Hunger Games in its opening weekend, but the film is also greatly aiding the music industry through the release of its official soundtrack. The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond came out March 20 and features a powerhouse of artists […]

Superhero genre fulfills potential with comics


Superheroes and comic books: The two are almost inseparable. There are more to comic books than superheroes, and those series and genres should definitely be looked at, but when it comes to the big companies and what many creators turn to, it’s superheroes. They’re the flagship titles and bulk of the Big Two, Marvel and […]

Superheroes play elemental role in culture


Fans had waited for months. Then, on Oct. 11, it happened — the cinematic event of the month. Marvel released the teaser trailer for The Avengers. Directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly), The Avengers features Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow joining forces to fight evil. […]