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Eugene Francis Dies: East Side Kids Actor & Original SAG Foundation Board Member Was 100

Eugene Francis, an actor, writer and longtime SAG Foundation board member who broke into show business in 1940 as one of the East Side Kids, has died. He was 100.

Francis played Algernon “Algy” Wilkes alongside Leo Gorcey and Bobby Jordan in the 1940 films Boys of the City, That Gang of Mine and Pride of the Bowery and 1941’s Flying Wild. He later guested on a few TV shows and wrote for series including Justice, Appointment with Adventure, The Loretta Young Show, The George Sanders Mystery Theater and Matinee Theatre.

A former SAG vice president and recording secretary, Francis also was a founding board member of the SAG Foundation, on which he served for 33 years.

“It was a privilege to know someone who had lived life so fully long before I met him and to work with him over these many years as he continued supporting his fellow performers,” said SAG-AFTRA
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Does Game Of Thrones Prove Mainstream Fantasy Is Not A Fad?

So fantasy, after all, is not just for geeks. With the blockbuster that has been the HBO adaptation of George R.R Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, suddenly the world of elves, magic and dragons are cool. Sexy, even.

A Game of Thrones may have done the impossible; improved upon an already excellent series of books. So often the most exquisitely detailed adaptations fall short of reader’s expectations, particularly in the fantasy genre. But my own version of Westeros wasn’t that far different to HBO’s- and I think the sex scenes are even better in the TV series.

I remember reading A Game of Thrones some five years ago now. I liked but didn’t love the books, and arduously made my way through the series in a relatively noncommittal way. I was on A Feast For Crows by the time the TV show came out.

10 Great Fantasy Book Series That Deserve Big Screen Treatment

With The Hobbit films guaranteed to make a fortune at the box office and Game of Thrones busy putting the ‘fun’ back in ‘horrifyingly dysfunctional,’ we’re guaranteed to see some more of our favourite fantasy novels converted to the big screen in the forthcoming years. Now these things can go horribly wrong (remember Eragon?, Of course you don’t) but there are plenty of great series’ that deserve the Hollywood treatment.

Note: This article will focus on the series or standalone books that have a chance of being a good film. As much as I’d like to see Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time books (battle-nuns throwing fireballs at eyeless shadowmen) and R. Scott Bakker’s The Prince of Nothing series (sociopath messiah co-opts Holy War to commit patricide) made into films, you’d need a serious character-ectomy and a glossary in your popcorn.

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Game Of Thrones Season 3 Teaser Poster and Premiere Date

The winter is coming… this spring. Anticipation for the third season of HBO’s enormously popular fantasy series, Game of Thrones began right at the season two’s end, and now the network has announced the season three premiere date with a cunning teaser poster via their Facebook page. Check it out below.

We know that the upcoming 10-episode season will cover roughly the first half of George R.R. Martin’s third book in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series, A Storm of Swords, and Irish actor Ciaran Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) portrays the anxious-to-see-him Mance Rayder (aka “The King Beyond the Wall”).

Oooh I’m so happy to return back into the Game of Thrones world, so March 31st, 2013 can’t get here soon enough – but I think it just might pass sooner than I’d think, since I have lots of good stuff to read and
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Hunger Games 2,Catching Fire Movie Revealed ‘Rest Of The Tributes’ Actors Cast

Hunger Games 2,Catching Fire movie revealed 'Rest Of The Tributes' actors cast. According to Hollywood Life, the Catching Fire peeps recently announced the rest of the actors that will be tributes in the flick for the 75th Hunger Games battle aka The Quarter Quell. With no further ado, District 5 Boy will be played by James Logan. District 5 Tribute Girl is played by Ivette Li-Sanchez. Justin Hix plays District 6 Tribute Boy. Megan Hayes plays District 6 Tribute Girl. Bobby Jordan plays District 7 Blight. John Casino plays District 8 Woof. Elena Sanchez plays District 8 Cecelia. Daniel Bernhardt plays District 9 Tribute Boy. Marian Green plays District 9 Tribute Girl. Jackson Spidell plays District 10 Tribute Boy. Tiffany Waxler plays District 10 Tribute Girl. As previously reported, filming is underway in Atlanta,Georgia with plans to take the set to Hawaii in late December to wrap things up. It also has a release date set for November 22nd,
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‘Catching Fire’ Full Cast Announced — Meet All The Tributes

All of the tributes have been announced for the 75th annual Quarter Quell! May the odds be ever in their favor! Read on to find out who will fight in the game! Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are about to meet their fellow tributes! The tributes for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire have been announced and we couldn't be more excited! We alreaady know that Sam Claflin has been cast as the handsome Finnick Odair and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, but what about the rest of tributes? Drumroll, please... District 5 Boy: James Logan District 5 Tribute Girl: Ivette Li-Sanchez District 6 Tribute Boy: Justin Hix District 6 Tribute Girl: Megan Hayes District 7 Blight: Bobby Jordan District 8 Woof: John Casino District 8 Cecelia: Elena Sanchez District 9 Tribute Boy: Daniel Bernhardt District 9 Tribute Girl: Marian Green District 10 Tribute Boy: Jackson Spidell District 10 Tribute Girl: Tiffany Waxler We're so excited for
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'Catching Fire': Lionsgate reveals rest of cast for 'Hunger Games' sequel

'Catching Fire': Lionsgate reveals rest of cast for 'Hunger Games' sequel
Like someone who underestimated how much space there was left in the margin, Lionsgate has just said “eh, screw it” and crammed the rest of their casting news in at the bottom. After months of slowly and methodically revealing the actors in their highly anticipated sequel, the studio has added eleven new faces to their marketing team’s Facebook trading card/advent calendar doohicky.

While most of them probably won’t have a line longer than “Whu–?” in the movie, this final bit of news rounds out the list of tributes participating in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s murder-a-thon.
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Behold, the Final List of 'Catching Fire' Tribute Additions

The long list of new castmates for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is now finally complete.

Lionsgate unleashed the names of the last remaining tributes joining the fold for supporting roles in "Catching Fire" today, filling in the remaining spaces in Districts 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 with actors Justin Hix, Megan Hayes, James Logan, Ivette Li-Sanchez, Bobby Jordan (Blight), John Casino (Woof), Elena Sanchez (Cecelia), Daniel Bernhardt, Marian Greene, Jackson Spidell and Tiffany Waxler.

The near-dozen new faces are mostly all relative newcomers to the game, but they'll take arms with the best of 'em for the "Hunger Games" sequel, and at least one of the to-be tributes is openly stoked at the prospect. Megan Hayes responded to the news release on Twitter today writing, "Finally! Please forgive all the secrets, fibs, half truths I have been keeping/telling lately! District 6!!!"

As Effie Trinket might say, "Welcome, welcome."

These eleven actors round out
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Comic Book Release List – Week of September 5, 2012

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and special items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

007 Magazine And Archive

007 Magazine #55 (not verified by Diamond), $18.00

12-gauge Comics

Ride Southern Gothic #1 (Of 2), $5.99

Aam Markosia

Ketsueki Gn (not verified by Diamond), $15.99

Sleaze Castle Etcetera Volume 1 Incomplete Final Cut Gn, $49.99

Toybox Turmoil Gn (not verified by Diamond), $15.99

Abrams

Trolls Hc (by Brian Frouds), $35.00

Antarctic Press

Last Zombie Before The After #1 (Cover A Fred Perry), $3.99

Last Zombie Before The After #1 (Cover B Mike Hawthorne), $3.99

Archaia Entertainment

Syndrome Hc (Leather Bound Edition), $39.95

Archie Comics

New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #1 (Ben Bates Cover), $2.99

New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #1 (Ryan Jampole & Matt Herms Variant Cover), Ar

New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #1 (Ben Bates Shield Variant Cover), Ar

New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #1 (Mike Norton Sketch Variant Cover), Ar
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Comic-Con 2012 - Friday Schedule Released!

The Friday schedule for Comic-Con is here! Once again, it's packed full of some awesome panels! We've got Total Recall, Looper, Elysium, Wreck-it-Ralph, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Community, The Venture Bros, Firefly, Arrow, Robot Chicken, and a ton of other great stuff! Check out the full schedule below, which doesn't disappoint. I've put *** next to the panels we are looking to cover.

We will be at Comic-Con kicking all kinds of ass, so for all your Comic-Con coverage and needs make sure to keep checking back here at Geektyrant!

If you plan on attending Comic-Con we will be having our annual meet-up on Wednesday night before the madness begins! Details for the meet-up will be revealed soon, so stay tuned!

Check out the schedule and let us know what panels you'll be hitting up!

Friday July 13th:

9:30-10:20 ComicsPRO "Fresh Start"— Your day at Comic-Con gets
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The 2011 Chesley Award Winners

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This is a busy weekend for awards, and the first major awards have just been handed out. The winners of the 2011 Chesley Awards were announced today at Renovation, the WorldCon going on right now in Reno, Nevada. The Chesleys are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year for excellence in genre art.

Paperback: Jason Chan, for Geist by Phillipa Ballantine (Ace) Hardcover: Michael Whelan, for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Tor) Magazine: Nick Greenwood, for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show #17 Three-Dimensional: Mark Newman, Eel Walker; bronze Interior: Donato Giancola, Middle Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth Unpublished Color: Julie Dillon, “Planetary Alignment” Unpublished Monochrome: Ian Miller, “Triptych” Product: Sam Weber, Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, promo art for Tor ebook Gaming: Lucas Graciano, Amorphous Drake (Legends of Norrath) (Sony Online Entertainment) Art Director: Jon Schindehette — Wizards of the Coast Lifetime Achievement:
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Book Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

For me, the biggest issue I had with Justin Cronin’s apocalyptic novel, The Passage, was I could not get emotionally attached to any of the characters, which is the basic premise for any novel. He starts out with a good idea, and spends 250 pages setting it all up, and then just as the novel appears to really kick in, it falls off a massive cliff and only recovers –somewhat – towards the latter half. What’s in between is nothing but bland, undefined characters –mostly like the red shirt security guards on the original run of Star Trek – who you really can feel nothing for.

The Passage begins around 2018, and lays the ground work for what later would be a post-apocalyptic world that is overrun by vampire-like beings that are infected by a highly contagious virus (once again, the military is blamed for it). What begins as a project (Noah,
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What’s a Game of Thrones without the Tower of the Hand?

The Game of Thrones might have just ended a few weeks ago, but the Dance with Dragons will be starting a few weeks hence.

There is much anticipation amongst the fandom community, as one can imagine after having been forced to wait six long and grueling years for this next installment, and Tower of the Hand, one of the première fan sites on the web, has been ramping up for the big event for the past month, including a countdown of the most-hated characters and a series of essays recapping where all the various story threads currently stand. (Afraid that pursuing such articles might ruin future books/television seasons for you? Don’t worry – one of Toth’s most distinguishing factors is its scope filter, a magic wand that removes all references to future developments. Read easy, friends.)

But the heart of the site lies in its encyclopedia of chapter-by-chapter breakdowns of the books,
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Bantam to Publish Games of Thrones Adaptation

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What will you do while awaiting the second season of HBO’s stellar adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones? Well, there’s that slightly overdue fifth book in the series coming in a matter of weeks then there’s today’s announcement that the first novel is being adapted for comics.

New York, NY – June 29th, 2011 – Bantam Books, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, announced today Alex Ross and Mike S. Miller as the cover artists for the comic adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

The series will be illustrated by Tommy Patterson and adapted and scripted by Daniel Abraham, the award-winning and bestselling author of The Long Price Quartet. The first issue of the monthly comic-which will be published by Dynamite Entertainment-is planned to release in September 2011, with compilations of the comics in graphic novel form to follow under the Bantam imprint.
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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – Review

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This book was marvelous. It caught my interest from the very beginning with the author’s unique use of magic. The world created in Mistborn isn’t entirely original, as many fantasy books involve a land where there is an evil ruler who oppresses a lower class, but in Mistborn it’s the abilities the characters have and how they use these abilities to bring down their oppressor that brings a new twist to this formula. It also helps that Sanderson brings his characters to life in such a way that you can’t help but care what happens to them.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the author, Brandon Sanderson is the man who is working on the last couple of books in the Wheel of Time series. A man who has garnered the trust of Robert Jordan must be pretty awesome, right? Still, if that
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What Literature Should Become Comics?

BookExpo America, the largest industry convention for publishers, booksellers, librarians, and other folks in the industry, runs at the Javits Center in New York this week. It’s often used as a stalking ground for movie and TV studios to snap up properties for adaptations, so one wonders– what books should be adapted into comics form, and by who?

There have been a number of interesting translations over the years. The biggest success story of the past few years have included Darwyn Cooke’s adaptations of Richard Stark’s The Hunter and The Outfit and Marvel’s adaptations of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower by Peter David and Jae Lee, but there have been many others, from the recent adaptations of Ayn Rand’s Anthem, Marvel’s Wizard of Oz and Ender’s Game, Dynamite’s adaptations of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel Of Time, Boom!’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep,
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Scifi Mafia’s Comics Release Watch 5/11/11

All-New Batman The Brave And The Bold #7

Batgirl #21

Batman And Robin Deluxe Edition Volume 3 Batman Must Die Hc

Batman Arkham City #1 (Of 5)(and Variant)

Batman Incorporated #6 (and Variant)

Batman Streets Of Gotham Volume 1 Hush Money Tp

Birds Of Prey #12

Birds Of Prey Volume 1 Endrun Hc

Cinderella Fables Are Forever #4 (Of 6)

DC Comics Presents Legion Of Super-Heroes Legion Of The Damned #1 (Retailer Replacement Copies)

DC Comics Presents The Flash #1

Deadman Volume 1 Tp

Doc Savage #14

Flash #12 (and Variant)

Flashpoint #1 (Of 6)(and 2 Variants)

inFamous #5 (Of 6)

Jew Gangster Tp

Northlanders #40

R.E.B.E.L.S. #28

Red Robin #23

Starcraft Tp

Superboy The Boy Of Steel Tp

Superman #711 (and Variant)

Titans #35

Unwritten #25

Yossel Tp

Amazing Spider-Man #660

Astonishing X-Men #37

Avengers We Are The Avengers Tp

Black Panther The Man Without Fear #518

Cable And Deadpool #1 (Marvel’s Greatest Comics)

Captain America And The Korvac Saga Tp

Captain America Omnibus Volume 1 Hc (and Variant)

Daken Dark Wolverine
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Crom ! Sneak Peek The New "Conan The Barbarian" Poster

Sneak Peek the new poster supporting the upcoming 'sword 'n sorcery' feature "Conan The Barbarian", directed by Marcus Nispel, starring Jason Momoa.

Synopsis of the new film, according to the accompanying Dark Horse Comics graphic novel adaptation :

"...After witnessing his wife burned at the stake, warlord 'Khalar Zym' (Stephen Lang) sets out on a quest to find the mythical 'Mask of Acheron', an ancient artifact that will bring his beloved back to life. In his search across the lands, Zym destroys a village in northern 'Cimmeria', where a boy (Leo Howard), born of battle survives and is cast out into the world, alone.

"Years later, Zym crosses paths again with 'Conan', the boy who survived. He must now contend with this barbarian nuisance who is now set on vengeance for the slaughter of his village.

"Zym and his daughter 'Marique' (Rose McGowan), eventually clash with Conan in an epic final battle,
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A Dance with Dragons Actually Really (He Means it This Time) Finished

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In 2002, I started reading the most fantastic fantasy series. You may have heard of it. It was "A Song of Ice and Fire," the first book of which has a title familiar to the illiterate hordes who can only watch HBO: "A Game of Thrones." I was burnt out by that point on Robert Jordan, as the novels of "A Wheel of Time" got progressively longer and less and less happened even while entire chapters seemed devoted to describing dresses worn by secondary characters. "A Game of Thrones" was a breath of fresh air. Vile, dark, yet with just enough goodness and hope that a reader craved to see how it would end. There was a tangible feeling that Martin was making a world so morally hazy that when eventually some tainted victory came, it would blaze blinding in eyes grown used to seeing only in shades of gray.

I
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Review: Shadowrise by Tad Williams

Since the dawn of the fantasy genre, which should properly be attributed to J.R. R. Tolkien, there have been many, many attempts by many authors to replicate what he did. Sure there has been many fantasy books published before and after, but most were more magical realism –setting them in our world, and then adding fantasy elements (such as the King Arthur stories, or even Homer’s The Odyssey) – than what Tolkien created with his The Lord of the Rings. He was the first World Builder, outside of science fiction, who created a universe so different, with new words, new phrases and new creatures. Sure, these stories were basically retelling of ancients myths most of learned about in school, with their battle between good and evil , but to create a world filled with so many new things, with so many new cities, religions, people it seemed the author was
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