File this under "a mile of suspicion," "likely PR stunt," and "guess work by one Tesla superfan."

Recently, webcomic creator, noted litigator, and noted Tesla-ologist The Oatmeal (AKA Matthew Inman) was invited by Disney to their Burbank studio to consult on their upcoming film "Tomorrowland." The Brad Bird-directed film--which was teased during Disney's D23 event--involves a lost city of misfit scientists including Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Think "BioShock" for kids.

Anyway, during his visit, which Inman details on his blog, it seems he saw enough to become at least partially convinced that Disney was using him as shore up ideas for a Tesla film.



With the news that Fox is fast-tracking "Gotham," a drama based on the Batman-less adventures of a younger Jim Gordon, we thought we'd look at some reasons why Gotham's top cop will be fascinating to watch--even without the Caped Crusader around.



Earlier this year, Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez met in Miami to work together, in person, on the ending of their award-winning, critically acclaimed comic series Locke and Key... For the first time ever. We were lucky enough to capture the moment(s) on camera, and can now share them with you - as well as a look into the creative process that makes their collaboration unique. And don't miss Part 1!



'Locke & Key' has almost wound its way to a close at IDW and we've got series creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez - as well as editor Chris Ryall - on hand to explain some of the mysteries of the long-running comic as it goes out with a bang - and be warned, there's major spoilers for the series so far. And don't miss Part 2!



Who would win a battle between George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice" characters and "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien's creations?

Martin weighs in during this second round of GRR vs. JRR!


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"I think one of the most fun things you can say about [Hannibal] as a series killer, if you can say 'fun,' is that he has such a specific aesthetic," Bryan Fuller tells me when I ask about what makes Hannibal Lecter different from the "Dexters" of the TV landscape. Fuller adds that Lecter--played in NBC's "Hannibal" by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen--is a dandy with a sense of joie de vivre.

The character, first made famous in Thomas Harris' novels before coming to the small screen under actor Brian Cox in "Manhunter" and later "Silence of the Lambs" with Anthony Hopkins, is hard to pin down: a killer of the "free range rude" as he notably says, one who has grabbed our attention for nearly 30 years now in one form or another. Showrunner and writer Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Wonderfalls," "Dead Like Me") has taken a shot at reinventing the character for TV with "Hannibal."

I spoke with Fuller recently about bringing America's favorite serial killer to NBC in the recently-concluded first season of "Hannibal," which is being released to home video this week. We chatted about the appeal of the character, Mikkelsen's approach to the role, the allure or evil, and just what creator Thomas Harris thinks of the latest incarnation of his most popular character.



There have been plenty of real-world attempts to bring some of the vehicles from the "Star Wars" universe into the real world. Whether it be petition to create a real-world Death Star or one man's effort to construct a Millennium Falcon in his own backyard, fans of the franchise have done their best to recreate the tech of both the Empire and the Rebel Alliance.

Now, a Bristol, England-based eBayer is offering up a replica of the notoriously Ewok-vulnerable walker in an auction.



The "Masters of the Universe" line of toys was one of the biggest line of of products targeting boys back in the 80's, and with brawny hero He-Man, toymaker Mattel had a cultural hit on their hands, spawning an animated series and a feature film best left forgotten. But who, exactly, created He-Man? Filmmakers Corey Landis and Roger Lay Jr.--both avid He-Man fans from childhood--wanted to find out who was responsible for the character, interviewing numerous Mattel designers, artists, and executives, creating an almost "Rashamon"-like narrative about the creation of Eternia's shirtless hero in "Toy Masters."

During Power-Con 2013, I got a chance to see about half an hour of footage from the documentary (which is still in the editing process) presented by Lay and Landis who attempt to navigate the personalities, prickly egos, fights, and conflicting stories behind He-Man's creation.



Last Week at an L.A. Film School event, "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black was joined by his co-writer Drew Pearce to talk about the third chapter in Tony Stark's story. The pair dished on their process (Black tried to have Pearce fired as soon as he came on the project), why fans shouldn't expect to see the "Demon in A Bottle" storyline on the big screen, and how "The Avengers" killed "The Runaways" movie.



Producer Adi Shankar helped bring Judge Dredd back to the big screen last year with "Dredd 3D" and this comic super fan and filmmaker has been out there creating "bootleg films" featuring gritty takes on popular comic characters. So who does he think would be best suited to cleaning up crime in the world's toughest cities?

His answer might surprise you.



"How did we keep track of what was going on? That was really hard," director Dennis Iladis says of his recently-release sci-fi thriller "+1." In it, teens at a wild house party discover that not only is time looping around them, but it's creating doubles. The film looks at three friends--David (Rhys Wakefield), Teddy (Logan Miller), and Allison (Colleen Dengel) as each finds their nights spiraling out of control as their doubles begin reliving the greatest and worst night of their lives.

We spoke with Illadis, who directed the 2009 remake of "Last House on the Left" as well as the harrowing drama "Hardcore" about teens in peril (in time) and what he would do if he met his own double.



Rhys Wakefield and Ashley Hinshaw in "+1"

If you could relive a moment all over again--say, reversing something you wish you hadn't or maybe enjoying the best moment of your life--would you? Now say you could have that moment back, but there was the problem of a pesky second you about to relive the same moment as you. What would you do?

"I'd probably have him do all of the chores I wouldn't want to do," Actor Rhys Wakefield tells me.

Wakefield's character David in this week's new release "+1" has somewhat more ambitious aims with his own double, attempting to salvage a damaged relationship with his girlfriend Jill (Ashley Hinshaw) as a bizarre time loop has David, his friends, and an ever-increasing number of duplicates at a massive house party experiencing the same moments over and over in the same night.



The gods are about to learn that you never stand in the way of Zeus' firstborn son and the throne in this issue by "Wonder Woman" writer Brian Azzarello and artist ACO, on shelves next week.



The 90-minute conclusion to Hasbro Studios' "Transformers Prime" is headed to DVD and Blu-ray in October, and we've go a look at the trailer.



Check out this clip from Shout! Factory's upcoming "Amityville Horror Trilogy" boxed set.


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