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Is Hollywood Giving Up on Comic-Con? What’s Missing From the 2014 Schedule and What It Means” — Germain Lussier at Slashfilm scratches his head over a Comic-Con schedule that has little to do with geek culture, dismissing a massive upcoming release year. Maybe they’re withholding info to raise interest, maybe they’ve recognized the expense of Hall H isn’t worth it for movies that geeks will see no matter what or maybe they’re suffering from the same fatigue fans are.

And finally, maybe Hollywood’s time has just passed. For the better part of a decade, Comic-Con became Movie-Con. Now, the transition has definitely began to TV Con. Not mentioned in the above examples are the Hall H slots used for huge TV shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Supernatural and more. Fanbases of those shows are growing, because they provide entertainment on the same level of quality as movies, but without a $15 ticket price. So the networks have begun to interact with those fanbases with Comic-Con panels.”

Is Pay What You Want the Next Indie Film Model? Bond/360 Tests It Out” — Paula Bernstein at Indiewire looks into a new concept that’s basically Humble Bundle for movies. It’s an interesting idea that hopefully works well for all involved, but I wonder if offering “bonus content” for a minimum price will work at all as well as Humble Bundle giving you a full bonus game.

Hulk vs James Bond: Staring Into the Id of a Boner Incarnate” — Film Crit Hulk at Badass Digest wrestles with the super spy figure of male indulgence. Meanwhile, can you imagine Hulk fighting James Bond? What’s the over/under on Bond’s death, 10 seconds? Warning: ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME HULK STYLE.

“But that’s the whole thing. James Bond isn’t an anti-hero. No one would go around describing him an as an anti-hero. Instead, he’s a character whose every negative, immature behavior is outright rewarded. And worse, it seems that every humane or decent emotion he offers is one that is ultimately punished. Even then, there is no moral play involved to any of these movies. All of James Bond’s heroic efforts to save the world rarely come from a place of ethos, but instead a place of ego. It’s not, ‘oh no! I’m worried about people!’ it’s more like: ‘fuck you, bad guy! I’m the best!’ and so it’s not really any one thing, but more when you put all these pieces together you get a larger picture of the stark terms and larger psychology of ‘why.’ And it is there that the notion of James Bond’s good guy status and the prospect of ‘why we like him’ gets a little dicey.”

Kaiju Shakedown: So Much Sex!” — Grady Hendrix at Film Comment comments on Chinese cinema’s obsession with impious acts.

Watching Movies During Wartime: A Report From Jerusalem” — Jordan Hoffman offers his experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival, explaining what to do if you hear a rocket siren during a screening. We’ll have our own report later in the week from Kevin Carr.

In Top Gun, the world belongs to the winners” — Scott Tobias at The Dissolve speeds down the highway to the danger zone.


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