September 22nd, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Kevin Smith's wild theory about 'Dark Knight Rises'

When director, film and comic book geek Kevin Smith stopped by CNN’s Los Angeles bureau, he dropped more of his special brand of "pearls of wisdom" than could possibly be contained in one iReport interview (Smith answers questions from fans in the video above).

Of particular interest to comic book movie fans is his unusual theory about the next "Batman" film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

Such is to be expected from the “Red State” director (his latest, next-to-last flick is now available on demand), who has an annual Saturday night panel at San Diego Comic-Con where he sounds off on all things film and comic books. His most devoted fans appreciate that he is "one of them," a longtime fan of comic books and superhero movies who says exactly what many of them are thinking (not to mention that he owns a comic book store, soon to be featured on an AMC reality show). FULL POST


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In memory of Satoshi Kon: Japan pays tribute to a master
A still from Satoshi Kon's "Milennium Actress."
September 22nd, 2011
03:54 PM ET

In memory of Satoshi Kon: Japan pays tribute to a master

It's been just over a year since the death of Satoshi Kon, one of Japan's grand masters of animation.

Famous for films including "Millennium Actress", a story of a renowned actress and the story of her life across her films, "Paprika", a futuristic fantasy that dabbled in dreams and the ability to enter the subconscious mind, and "Perfect Blue", a psychological thriller about a pop star who descends into Hitchcock-flavored madness, Kon was courageous in his storytelling, taking an unflinching look at worlds both fantastic and commonplace.

Bringing broad, memorable characters to life and leading them down impossibly twisting pathways was Kon's specialty. With the help of animation studio Madhouse, Kon was able to bring his vision of these unforgettable stories to the world.  FULL POST

Happy Hobbit Day!
September 22nd, 2011
12:54 PM ET

Happy Hobbit Day!

Will you indulge old Gaffer’s Home Brew?

While it isn’t Bilbo’s 111th birthday, it is a special day for fans of Tolkien as Frodo and Bilbo are said to both have been born today, by Shire Reckoning of course.

Add to that the fact that "The Hobbit" was first published this week in 1937 and you’ve got the makings for a party of special magnificence! Tolkien fan groups have parties planned at which books are discussed and movies are watched. Cookies, honey cakes and even Lembas (Elven waybread) are among some of the Middle-earth themed snacks that can be found at these gatherings.

"Lord of the Rings" cosplayers and casual fans alike can indulge their “inner Hobbit” by going barefoot to celebrate.

“Hobbit Day” has been observed for over 30 years and with the films in production, the event will only surely grow as the upcoming "Hobbit" films near completion.

Do you have any plans to celebrate?

'Lost's' Michael Emerson returns to TV!
Michael Emerson (right), Emmy winner for "Lost," returns to television in the new series "Person of Interest."
September 22nd, 2011
10:35 AM ET

'Lost's' Michael Emerson returns to TV!

Emmy-winning actor Michael Emerson returns to  TV on Thursday with the premiere of "Person of Interest." The CBS series is sure to attract early interest from fans of "Lost," where Emerson played the memorable character of Ben Linus.

"I think that his portrayal of Ben allowed him to gain a ton of geek 'street cred' with all the 'Lost' fans and that his led to his appeal," said Anil Kapur of SpoilerTV.com and TheODI.com. "There have been several moments that I have seen Emerson deliver his lines so perfectly that you truly feel the emotion of the character he is portraying whether he is playing someone 'creepy,' or it's a comedic moment."

The rabid "Lost" fanbase was a big reason why Emerson's role on the series expanded beyond what was originally supposed to be a short story arc in its second season, says Kapur. Viewers just couldn't tell from moment to moment whether Emerson was a hero or villain, and that was a key part of the show's mystique, keeping people guessing. FULL POST

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