Readers Vote: Nominate your favorite movie of 2013

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Credits: Various

Readers Vote: Nominate your favorite movie of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we ask readers to nominate the best movie of 2013. Simply go to the comment box and put in the title of the movie that you think was the best of 2013, then put a reason and you may be chosen to be featured in the follow up article titled, ” The Best of 2013″

The voting is open until Jan. 1 at midnight CST and the announcement will follow the next week.

So, what was your favorite movie? Here is a list of the top ten box office movies, but don’t limit yourself to this list.

  1. Iron Man 3
  2. Hunger Games; Catching Fire
  3. Despicable Me 2
  4. Man of Steel
  5. Monsters University
  6. Gravity
  7. Frozen
  8. Fast and Furious 6
  9. Oz the Great and Powerful
  10. Star Trek Into Darkness

Would your favorite possibly be “The Conjuring”, “The Hangover 3”, or “The Great Gatsby”?

In 2013, it looks as if fantasy and action were the winners in the box office category. Whether it was comic book based movies such as “Thor: The Dark World”, ” The Wolverine” or “Iron Man 3“, it appears that many people are using movies to connect with their famous comic book heroes especially those from the Marvel Universe.

Other box office hits include movies based on books. “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” broke the top opening weekend sales of all movies in 2013 with $158,074,286 opening and $391,124,000 overall. And “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” made approximately $190,304,000.

So, what was your favorite movie of 2013? Please comment below and see if your favorite was the winner.

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New comic book releases 12/31/13

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Credits: Dynamite Comics

Credits: Dynamite Comics

New comic book releases 12/31/13

That’s right, what better way to start the first day of the new year than with a stack of new comic book reads. To celebrate let’s take a look at a few first issues coming out this week to celebrate the first day of 2014. First up we’ve got Marvel Comics and Avengers AI TP vol 01 Human After All (collecting Avengers AI #1-6) featuring such fan favorites as the Vision, Hank Pym and more. DC Comics, not one to be outdone, offers up something that comes from the pages of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman in the pages of Dead Boy Detectives #1 (Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham, Gary Erskine) in what looks to be a promising new series. Dark Horse Comics is definitely the king of the block this week with Bad Blood #1 (Jonathan Maberry, Tyler Crook), Baltimore Chapel Of Bones #1 (Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Ben Stenbeck, Dave Stewart), and Juice Squeezers #1 (David Lapham, Lee Loughridge). Did you catch the Twilight Zone marathon that ran on the Syfy Channel on New Year’s Eve? Well, keep the creepy sci-fi goodness going by picking up Dynamite Entertainment’s The Twilight Zone #1 (J. Michael Straczynski, Guiu Vilanova, Francesco Francavilla) for what promises to be a series that will top must read list everywhere. So true readers, what are you waiting for? Get ready to head down to your local comic shop to pick up some great reads to start the New Year off right. Until the next episode, stack them high and enjoy!

DC/VERTIGO

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #8 $3.99
ALL STAR WESTERN #26 $3.99
AQUAMAN #26 $2.99
BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED HC VOL 03 $24.99
BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED TP VOL 02 $14.99
BATMAN JUDGE DREDD TP $19.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #26 $2.99
BATWOMAN #26 $2.99
BEWARE THE BATMAN #3 $2.99
CATWOMAN #26 $2.99
DAMIAN SON OF BATMAN #3 (OF 4) $3.99
DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #1 $2.99
FABLES #136 $2.99
FLASH #26 $2.99
FOREVER EVIL ARGUS #3 (OF 6) $2.99
GREEN TEAM TEEN TRILLIONAIRES #7 $2.99
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #9 $2.99
HELLBLAZER TP VOL 07 TAINTED LOVE $19.99
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #12 $3.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #26 (EVIL) $3.99
LARFLEEZE #6 $2.99
MAD MAGAZINE #525 $5.99
RED LANTERNS #26 $2.99
SUPERBOY TP VOL 03 LOST (N52) $16.99
SUPERMAN #26 $2.99
SUPERMAN THE MAN OF STEEL TP VOL 08 $16.99
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 $3.99
TALON #14 $2.99
TEEN TITANS #26 $2.99
TOM STRONG AND THE PLANET OF PERIL #6 (OF 6) $2.99

MARVEL

AVENGERS AI TP VOL 01 HUMAN AFTER ALL $16.99
AVENGERS WEST COAST AVENGERS TP SINS OF PAST $29.99
DEADPOOL BY JOE KELLY OMNIBUS HC $125.00
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #10 $3.99
MARVEL PREVIEWS JANUARY 2014 EXTRAS (NET) $0.75
NEW AVENGERS #13.INH $3.99
NEW AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 02 INFINITY $24.99
SAVAGE WOLVERINE #13 $3.99
SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #7 $2.99

DARK HORSE

BAD BLOOD #1 (OF 5) $3.99
BALTIMORE CHAPEL OF BONES #1 (OF 2) $3.50
CATALYST COMIX #7 (OF 9) $2.99
GRINDHOUSE DOORS OPEN AT MIDNIGHT #4 (OF 8) $3.99
JUICE SQUEEZERS #1 (OF 4) $3.99
MICHAEL AVON OEMINGS VICTORIES #8 $3.99
OCCULTIST #4 (OF 5) $3.50
PARIAH TP $14.99
STAR WARS #0 (OF 8) LUCAS DRAFT $3.99
STAR WARS OMNIBUS DARK TIMES TP VOL 01 $24.99
TERMINATOR SALVATION FINAL BATTLE #2 (OF 12) $3.99
TRUE LIVES O/T FABULOUS KILLJOYS #6 (OF 6) $3.99

IMAGE

ARTIFACTS #33 $3.99
CLONE #13 $2.99
GREAT PACIFIC TP VOL 02 NATION BUILDING $14.99
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #17 $3.50
ROCKET GIRL #3 $3.50
SIN BOLDLY ONE SHOT $3.50
TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #8 $2.99

BOOM!, DYNAMITE, IDW, AND OTHER PUBLISHERS

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #2 $3.99
ANTARES TP VOL 04 EPISODE 4 $11.95
ATLANTICA SCHOOL OF MERMAIDS SC $14.95
ATOMIC ROBO SAVAGE SWORD OF DR DINOSAUR #4 (OF 5) $3.50
BLAKE & MORTIMER GN VOL 16 SECRET O/T SWORDFISH PART 2 $15.95
CELEBRATED SUMMER GN $16.99
CRUSADE GN VOL 03 MASTER OF MACHINES $13.95
DEADWORLD RESTORATION #2 (OF 4) $3.99
DISTRICT 14 HC SEASON 02 $39.95
DOCTOR WHO 3 TP VOL 04 DEAD MANS HAND $17.99
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #17 $3.99
FIFTH ESSENCE HC PT 02 PLANET DIFOOL $79.95
GI JOE #12 $3.99
HAWKEN MELEE #3 (OF 5) $3.99
JENNIFER BLOOD #34 $3.99
JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #7 $3.99
LADY S GN VOL 02 LATITUDE 59 DEGREES NORTH $11.95
LARGO WINCH GN VOL 10 LAW OF THE DOLLAR $11.95
LARGO WINCH GN VOL 11 3 EYES OF GUARDIANS OF TAO $11.95
LEGENDERRY A STEAMPUNK ADV #1 (OF 7) $3.99
LIL ERNIE #1 $3.99
LUCKY LUKE TP VOL 41 DAILY STAR $11.95
MINIFIGURE CUSTOMIZATION SC VOL 02 WHY LIVE I/T BOX $10.95
MY LITTLE PONY DIGEST TP VOL 02 $6.99
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 03 $17.99

PREVIEWS #304 JANUARY 2014 (NET) $2.70
RACHEL RISING #22 $3.99
REVELATIONS #1 (OF 6) $3.99
SAMURAI JACK #1 2ND PTG $3.99
SHADOWMAN TP VOL 03 DEADSIDE BLUES $14.99
SHAHRAZAD #1 2ND PTG $3.50
SULLIVANS SLUGGERS HC $49.99
THORGAL GN VOL 14 GIANTS $11.95
THUNDER AGENTS #5 $3.99
TWILIGHT ZONE #1 $3.99
VAMPIRELLA SOUTHERN GOTHIC #4 (OF 5) $3.99
X-O MANOWAR TP VOL 04 HOMECOMING $14.99
YOU ARE A CAT PICK-A-PLOT SC VOL 02 ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE $18.00

KIDS COMICS

B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #237 $5.99
BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #219 $3.99
SONIC UNIVERSE #59 $2.99
WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #35 $3.99

MANGA

DOROHEDORO GN VOL 11 $12.99

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Bilbo Baggins wields a box office Sting to hold ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ at bay

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Credits: Warner Bros.

Bilbo Baggins wields a box office Sting to hold ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ at bay

In a theatrical game of Tolkien thrones, first place has been a cinching matter for the Middle Earth franchise. But striving rotations at second place forwards a battle royal plot take these past weeks.

At its third continuing week “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” sustains a winning prominence on ticket-sales. The latest installment adapted from author J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal book series reached a recent millions on a $29.8 attainment over the recent three-day Dec. 27 to Dec. 29.Paramount’s “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and Disney’s “Frozen” remain the close runner-ups to the Bilbo Baggins epic. But the week-ago box office-toppling power owned by the comedic story of Ron Burgundy with a claim at $20.1 mil couldn’t run a twopeat at second, or elbow aside dwarves versus Smaug enthusiasms.

Meanwhile, Disney’s current animated movie took back second place at $28.8 million behind Middle Earth franchiser.

The unresoluted dominance by “The Desolation of Smaug” gets a raised-brow shared-experience alongside the revelation that the late 2013s frontrunners composing the buzz hefty talk of Oscar-nominations have began their box office rankings at fifth place.

With Leonardo DiCaprio at the lead star helm, “The Wolf of Wall Street” prefaces a New Year’s entrance with only an $18.5 million accruement. The biopic is the fifth feature that teams director Martin Scorcese and DiCaprio. It’s also eighth in the list of premieres of films that star Leonardo DiCaprio. “Inception” remains his best opening film.

The much-ado speculation for Ben Stiller’s latest starring gig “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” was only able to show a three-day garner of $13. million. With a personal best for film openers on the lead actor shoulders of Ben Stiller, the outstanding comedy “Tropic Thunder” is first off the list. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” slates at fourth.

A samurai-styled cut away from Oscar Awards contenders was the goal of Universal’s would-be winter blockbuster “47 Ronin” was only able to slice a pie-piece of commercial intake showing $9.8 million. The fantasy energized action-dramatizer had well-known genre-bending star Keanu Reeves to carry its martial arts fare. Instead Universal’s endeavor didn’t curry the hunger for more theatrical adrenalizers within the overlapping fanfared hunger for Smaug-fighting dwarves.

As being a bonus for the Christmas Day movie crowd, both “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” fell short of holiday expectations.

Down the ranks listing all-time openers on Christmas Day, far down at 15th stands the Walter Mitty adaptation and at barely making 10th is the film based on personal exploits written by Jordan Belfort.

The Christmas best list is topped off at its lead rankings respectively by filmmaker Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes”, 2012s “Les Miserable” and the western-vendetta “Django Unchained” from director and producer Quentin Tarrantino.

New Year’s holiday starting on Jan. 1 will present a different alignment of title holders and records makers.

Along the headway going towards a New Year’s holiday crowd, the literature adaptations that lead the commercial pack face off not against a comic book transitioner, but the horror franchise flick “Paranormal Activities: The Marked Ones”.

(BoxOfficMojo)

Read More by Mark Ruffin

The 14 Best YA Books of 2013

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Credits: Various

The 14 Best YA Books of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the best young adult novels of the past year. I’ve recently been posting individual reviews for the books that have made my picks this year, but it’s time to compile those titles into one, easy-to-reference list.

It’s hard to say this is the most definitive list, as I certainly did not read all of the new YA books that came out in 2013. But I read heavily, and of the new books that I did read, the following 14 books are my picks for the year’s best.

This list is also a pretty clear sign that what others have been predicting is likely to be true: that 2014 is going to be “the” year of contemporary fiction in YA. Contemporary has been growing in popularity, thanks in large part to smash hits like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park (the latter of which you’ll find on this list).

2014 certainly seems poised to continue the trend of contemporary fiction being a strong staple in new YA fiction, though dystopian, science fiction, and paranormal continue to be popular.

Take a look at the following picks for this year’s best YA fiction, and then tell us in the comments which new YA books of 2013 are your picks for the year’s best!

Read More by Sara Gundell

New show coming to WGN, ‘Salem’ to bring more witches to tv

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Credits: WGN

New show coming to WGN, ‘Salem’ to bring more witches to tv

WGN is gearing up to premiere it’s first scripted program this fall when it releases “Salem” to it’s viewers. WGN has decided to jump on the popularity of witches on television after the success of shows like Lifetime’s “Witches of East End” and FX’s “American Horrror Story:Coven”.

“Salem” was originally planned to be shown on FX has been picked up by WGN for thirteen full episodes.

The show is set to tell the story of 17th century Salem during the hysterical and ferverant time of the Salem Witch Trials. The show will look at what really fueled the hysterics and fear of that time while looking at it from a supernatural point of view. It is said to mix the “real” story with “supernatural” themes.

The story will focus on Mary Sibley played by Janet Montgomery, the beautiful, ruthless but vulnerable wife of an ancient, ailing but very wealthy Salem town Selectman.

So, are witches taking over as television champions from the vampire and zombie shows?

More news to come on “Salem”.

Read More by Bertena Varney

New comic book releases 12/24/13

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Credits: Image Comics

New comic book releases 12/24/13

That’s right, new comic releases for Tuesday! Due to Christmas day falling on Wednesday this year, comic releases come one day early for those looking for a last minute stocking stuffer. The downside…the list is a little short on releases, but that shouldn’t deter you from taking a trip down to your local comic shop to pick up a few last minute reads for the holiday week. So, let’s take a look at what rolls out on the 24th. First up the Doctor is in with IDW Publishing and the Doctor Who Special 2013 #1 (Paul Cornell, Jimmy Braxton), a special one shot celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Next up Image Comics has a little something cooked up by Eisner Award winner James Robinson and J. Bone that brings space invader horror to the comic page in The Saviors #1 (James Robinson, J. Bone). Maybe you are in the mood for some nostalgic 80’s anime action. Dynamite Entertainment has what you need in this release that brings two classics together. We are talking about Robotech Voltron #1 (of 5) (Tommy Yune, Elmer Damaso). Not one to be outdone, DC Comics has presence on the shelf this week with Forever Evil #4 (Geoff Johns, David Finch, Richard Friend) and Justice League #26 (Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and various artist) and all out supervillain action. Hot on their heels is Marvel Comics with a few titles on stands this week. The next chapter in the saga of fan favorite character Wolverine unfolds with Origin II #1 (of 5) (Kieron Gillen, Adam Kubert). Want more heroes on the page? Then maybe pick up what Marvel is considering issue #1 of the next installment for the popular team The Avengers, Avengers #24.Now (Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic). Dark Horse Comics has bladed battles from two different titles this week in two packed offerings. Conan TP Vol 14 The Death (Brian Wood, Becky Cloonan, Dave Stewart, Massimo Carnevale & Various other artist) the title for you if you want some savage pulpy fantasy storytelling. In more of a mood for something set in a “galaxy far, far away”. Then hit the shelves and snatch up Star Wars Omnibus: Knights Of The Old Republic Vol. 2 (John Jackson Miller, Michael Atiyeh, Colin Wilson, Brian Ching & Various artist). Finally to end things with a “BANG” Boom Studios has two titles. Deceivers #1 (Steven Grant, Stéphane Roux) has an underdog story with Robin Hood style storytelling that promises to be a fun read. With the time of the year closing out with a kind of magic in the air, this fairy tale style story is a sure fire bet in Fairy Quest Outlaws TP (Paul Jenkins, Humberto Ramos). So with that, we close out with “Until the next episode, Happy Holidays to All…and to all A Good Night”!

DC
FOREVER EVIL #4 (OF 7) $3.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE #26 (EVIL) $3.99

MARVEL
AVENGERS #24.NOW ANMN $4.99
ORIGIN II #1 (OF 5) $4.99

DARK HORSE
CONAN TP VOL 14 THE DEATH $19.99
STAR WARS OMNIBUS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 02 $24.99

IMAGE
SAVIORS #1 $2.99

BOOM!, DYNAMITE, AND IDW
DECEIVERS #1 (OF 6) $3.99
DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL 2013 #1 $7.99
FAIRY QUEST TP VOL 01 OUTLAWS $14.99
ROBOTECH VOLTRON #1 (OF 5) $3.99

Read More by Mark Turner

Santa nerd clause: Holiday shopping guide for geek culture

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Credits: USAopoly

Santa nerd clause: Holiday shopping guide for geek culture

A zombie rendering rush can consume us from out of the Holiday season. One that isn’t the feverish hurry by any procrastinative buyer. Though they can uncover some great finds too.. But if your not bitten by the laissez faire considerer, then there is that horde of searches looking for that just right gift. That underliner tending to match up towards the interest of a well-known friend or family.

Hear that exhaustive sigh moaning along an online search that almost turned up the right gift? It could’ve escaped out of you. The fever is spreading. Before it becomes all-consuming of your time and effort, here’s an eclectic list on the accompanying slideshow that fits the geek cultural in your circles and overlaps into just being a unique gift suiting any pop culture tastes.

All while the zombie part goes the modern gift mode.

And for the traditional sort, the finality of Jan. 6 extends the buying time.

Holiday Shopping: Geek Guide List