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In October, author Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Emma Rios join forces to launch Pretty Deadly, a new ongoing series from Image Comics that follows death's daughter, Ginny, as she rides across a mythic wild west, dealing out vengeance.  The series looks to be one of this autumn's most interesting launches, and as part of our Fall Preview extravaganza, we spoke to DeConnick and Rios about their plans for the series (and as an added bonus, our friends at Image sent along a four-page preview of issue #1). Read More...

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This week, actress Jolene Purdy took the spotlight in the Stephen King adaptation "Under the Dome" as the tech savvy Dodee Weaver. The actress, who got her start in 2001's "Donnie Darko," has since made an impression with regular parts in television shows like "Breaking Bad," "Glee," and "Raising Hope" (she's been busy).

But will she survive her time trapped under the dome with the other residents of the small Maine town of Chester's Mill? And what does she think of the experience of bringing a character from Stephen King's writing to the screen?

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Yesterday we learned that Ellen Page ("Juno," "Inception") was in talks to take on the lead role in the forthcoming "Queen & Country" adaptation.

So when we tracked down series creator Greg Rucka about the announcement, happily he had nothing but praise for the actress who would be taking over the role of the tough-as-nails British spy.

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Do you think since getting the role of Batman in the "Superman vs. Batman" actor/filmmaker Ben Affleck has been walking around the house, doing his best Caped Crusader voice? Wife Jennifer Garner ("Million Dollar Baby," "Alias") hints that she's been the first to hear a take on the character.

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"I've been rumored about lots of things" the actress tells MTV host Josh Horowitz in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival about rumors of her being in talks to join the cast of "The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron."

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Seriously, you guys--stop asking if he's going to play Grand Admiral Thrawn in "Star Wars: Episode VII"--he's obviously going to be some kind of Sith lord.

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The "Thor 2: The Dark World" actor offers nothing but praise for "The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron" actor James Spader.

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What does the future hold in store for the Rhino and the other villain(s) of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?" Actor Paul Giamatti deftly attempts to sidestep questions about the increasingly likely spinoff.

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From zombies laying siege to a Pennsylvania farmhouse in "The Night of the Living Dead" to the rage-infected bringing out the worst in the survivors of a viral apocalypse in "28 Days Later," to the living dead coming back to life through the power of hope in "Warm Bodies," zombie fiction has long provided pointed, sometimes complicated critiques of society. What are communities in crisis like? How do we respond to the most ill and vulnerable? And what happens when it all falls apart?

The University of California Irvine is partnering with Instructure and AMC to take a look at the latest craze in zombie fiction, the hit series "The Walking Dead," which will form the basis of a series of free online courses beginning in October via Instructure's MOOC platform.

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"Our goal with the show was to focus on regular people in a superhero world," Jed Whedon, executive producer for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." explains. With the emergence of a billionaire in a weaponized suit of armor, a literal god running around, and an alien invasion nearly leveling New York, the world is a little different for the men and women of the Marvel live-action universe. In this world, Whedon says, powers become problems for those without, and lead to some people who'll do anything to get the abilities of a Hulk or Thor.

For the first time in seven years, there's a live-action television show set in the Marvel universe on TV, and this time, it's based on a very deliberate, universe-building approach to bringing the world of superheroes to new and old fans alike. With the premiere of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" only a few weeks out (the pilot debuts on September 24 on ABC), I spoke with showrunners and executive producers Jeph Loeb("Heroes," "Lost," "Smallville"), Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse"), Jeffrey Bell ("Alias," "Angel"), and Jed Whedon ("Sparacus: Gods of the Arena") about bringing the Marvel cinematic universe to the small screen, and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mission post-New York.

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"It's a kids' cartoon about a magical man who's everyone's uncle and grandpa and he's a magical man who drives around in his RV with a gang of friends, Mr. Gus and Pizza Steve." That's "Uncle Grandpa" creator Peter Browngardt explaining the oddball assortment of characters populating "Uncle Grandpa," his new Cartoon Network series which premieres tonight at 8PM ET.

It's the kind of show that has a character named Giant Realistic Flying Tiger and can get away with having "Workaholics" star Adam Devine play shades-wearing slice of pizza. It's also the latest in a steady stream of strange and surreal cartoons Browngardt's had a hand in either as an animator ("Venture Brothers," "Chowder," "Adventure Time") and writer ("Flapjack," "Secret Mountain Fort Awesome").

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Don't call them fan films.

Producer Adi Shankar, whose latest project was the bootleg film, "Venom: Truth in Journalism," likes to distinguish the glossy, short adaptations/reinventions of the grittier side of the Marvel universe from your typical three minute short with teens in hockey pads playing "Batman vs. Robocop" for the camera. He's responsible for last year's "The Punisher: Dirty Laundry" which returned Thomas Jane to a worn-down version of the New York-based vigilante who simply wants to do his laundry.

The producer, who's also behind the feature version of "Dredd," Joe Carnahan's "The Grey," and the Brad Pitt-starring "Killing Them Softly" answered a few questions recently about the value of fans bringing comic and video game creations to life, how Marvel and the "Mortal Kombat" franchise are getting it right, and how Japanese game publishers are getting it very wrong.

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[SPOILER ALERT] Last week, DC Comics released 'Wonder Woman' #23, in which a great battle was fought, the theistic landscape of the 'New 52' underwent a dramatic shift, and Wonder Woman became the new God Of War.  We got the chance to talk to author Brian Azzarello about this change in the status quo, his collaboration with series artist Cliff Chaing, and the effects this storyline may have on the greater DC Universe.
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Jack Kirby is probably the single most important figure in the development of American comic books. His career spanned seven decades, and though he is best-known for his work on super-hero titles, he defied simple categorization and worked in nearly every style of comic: horror, science fiction, romance, comedy, fantasy, funny animal, crime, war, western, and probably some others that I'm forgetting.

He didn't just define a single genre: he constantly defined (and re-defined) the entire comics medium, right up until his death in 1994. So in honor of his 96th birthday, we here at MTV Geek have assembled A Week Of Jack Kirby, a series of posts celebrating the life, work and inspiration of the man that Stan Lee dubbed simply 'The King'.

Today is Jack Kirby's 96th birthday, and more than a quarter-century after his first published work, his spirit permeates every corner of the comic industry. He possessed a seemingly unlimited imagination, creating new characters, concepts, and genres with every stroke of his pencil. And today, a truly staggering cross-section of the comics community have joined us to offer words and pictures that give an idea of what this one man, and his work, have meant to them. In fact, there were so many people contributing, we've had to break things up among several posts – for the entire series, click here.

And now, on with the show!

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Last week, Dark Horse Comics released the hardcover collected edition of Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose's 'Sacrifice', the six issue series that received rave reviews when it premiered in late 2011, and became a grassroots sensation by bypassing the traditional comic book distribution channels: not just self-publishing each issue, but releasing them to the public through a select network of independent retailers.  We recently spoke to Humphries about 'Sacrifice', his inspirations for the story, his pioneering method of distribution, and how the series found a new home at Dark Horse – and our friends at Dark Horse sent along a five-page preview of the book and some exclusive behind-the-scenes concept art to share with our MTV Geek readers!
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