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Book Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(January 07, 2014)
I tend to think that a lot of the books covering the art and design of film are unnecessary and for films that don’t truly warrant a book produced for them. Not so however when it comes to the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit films which are so rich and vast

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Mega Clip by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(January 05, 2014)

Top 10 Versions of A Christmas Carol by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(December 20, 2013)
More than any other holiday, Christmas is about observing traditions. It doesn’t matter what the tradition is as every family has their own. But undoubtedly one which many of us share is sitting down to watch our favorite Christmas films each season.

Book Review: Fiddlehead by Chuck Francisco , Columnist
(December 13, 2013)
Steampunk has an inconsistent reputation amongst the general populace. You may quite fairly point out that many a lesser author have wrapped an otherwise dreadful book in the cloak of clockwork machinations, hoping to capitalize on a burgeoning fad. It's h

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark the Movie? by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 04, 2013)

Book Review: Bloodstone by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(November 24, 2013)
Warrior brothers Conal and Seth return for this second entry in Gillian Philip's Rebel Angel series. Having been banished by their Queen, Kate NicNiven, at the close of Firebrand, the two find themselves still questing for the elusive bloodstone centuries

Book Review: Copperhead by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(November 16, 2013)
Copperhead lives in a Victorian inspired era which dips one toe heartily into the realm of fantasy. Contained within dwell Fey- who previously traded a form of magical electricity to the humans, but then waged and lost a brutal Great War against them- and

Mania Terrors: Halloween 35th Anniversary & Curse of Chucky Blu-ray Reviews by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(November 11, 2013)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to start in Seal Team 666. Dwayne Johnson is set to headline MGM's upcoming adaptation of Weston Ochse's tale of the military versus the supernatural, SEAL Team 666. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Evan Spiliotopoulo

Book Review: The One-Eyed Man by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(November 05, 2013)
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is a hard working author, delivering book after book in righteous succession. With The One-Eye Man he takes a brief interlude from his currently running Imager Portfolio series (the previous two books reviewed HERE and HERE),

Book Review: Inside MAD by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(November 04, 2013)
When I was a kid my brother, who was seven years older, had a box full of dozens MAD Magazines from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s and I must read each one dozens of times. In fact, I had already been reading MAD Magazine for quite some time before

Book Review: Alternative Movie Posters by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 31, 2013)
The market for alternative movie posters has transformed into a booming industry, flush with monumental bouts of creativity and encircled by clouds of fluffy admiration. And so the task before author/poster curator Matthew Chojnacki is simultaneously jealo

Star Wars: Frames - Book Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 23, 2013)
We haven’t done a lot of book news lately here on Mania. With the Holiday Season almost upon us, I thought you Maniacs would like to check out the latest Star Wars book that has arrived. All the details are below as well as video clip on this amazing boo

Mania Terrors: World War Z & Dead in Tombstone Review by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critc
(October 09, 2013)
Welcome to Mania Terrors! As you no doubt noticed we’ve changed the name of the column from Tuesday Terrors to Mania Terrors for no good reason that we just didn’t want to be tied down to a particular day of the week and we’re looking to bring the c

Hammer to Produce Daylight Gate by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 08, 2013)

Clip: ENDERS GAME - Enders Army by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 07, 2013)
Summit Entertainment has posted a new clip from Ender’s Game. I was initially excited for the film but that excitement subsided when I learned the film was directed by Gavin Hood. You may remember him as the director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hopefull

Beorn: Hobbit 2 First Look by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 06, 2013)
A little bit of news surfaced over the weekend about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It turns out that the first human image of Beorn (played by Mikael Persbrandt) has surfaced. We have seen the character already, as a bear, in promotional images, but

Enders Game IMAX Poster and More by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 03, 2013)
Summit Entertainment has released the official IMAX poster for Ender’s Game. What is really interesting, is the fact that they released 360 panoramas of two battle school sets. Check out the Dragon Army Barracks (top) and Colonel Graff's Command Center (

Tom Clancy Has Passed by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 03, 2013)
The literary world lost a great writer on Wednesday. Tom Clancy, author of “The Hunt for Red October” and “Patriot Games” died in a Baltimore Hospital, he was 66 years old.

Chronicles of Narnia 4? by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 02, 2013)
It appears that there is no way of keeping The Chronicles of Narnia on the shelf. The C.S. Lewis Company has partnered with The Mark Gordon Company to adapt and produce a live action version of the “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.” This is

Another Potter Spin Off? by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(September 30, 2013)
Warner Brothers has already announced that there will be a Harry Potter prequel in the works. That project is based on JK Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. That book/ film will feature the adventures of Newt Scamander (read the new

Book Review: The Lost Prince by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 30, 2013)
Urban fantasy, a genre which commonly mixes magic into a contemporary cityscape, has been tremendously popular over the last decade. Best epitomized by Jim Butcher's rapid selling Dresden Files series, the genre is rife with talented up and coming authors.

Lair of the Beasts: Dog of the Dead by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(September 28, 2013)
Practically no fan of all-things of a zombie nature will need telling how dangerous and deadly the heads of the walking or running dead are. Not only is the zombie capable of inflicting a devastating, infectious bite when its head is attached to its body,

The Giver Cast Update by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(September 26, 2013)
Katie Holmes has been cast in The Giver. She will join Glenn Close, Brenton Thwaites, and Jeff Bridges. The film is being adapted from the book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. The film will be directed by Phillip Noyce. If you haven’t read the book, we he

Lair of the Beasts: The Real Night of the Living Dead by Nick Redfern, Columnist and Monster Hunter
(September 22, 2013)
Today, it is, beyond any shadow of doubt, the spookiest and most chillingly atmospheric night of the year. It is Halloween. It’s the one night of the year when kids, all across the world, dress up as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and zombies, and knock on

The Dark Tower Update by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(September 18, 2013)
In August of 2012 Entertainment Weekly reported that the Stephen King adaptation of The Dark Tower was not going to make it to the big screen (see article). On September 17th, Empire Magazine had an exclusive story that The Dark Tower is alive and well. He