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Motor City Comic Con Report and Cosplayers 2013 by Tim Janson, Columnist and Photographer
(May 20, 2013)
Motor City Con is Michigan’s largest show and one of the top ten largest in the nation. This year’s show was highlighted with appearances by Comic Book legend Stan Lee and Norman Reedus, star of The Walking Dead. Other guests included Walter Koenig,

Kennedy for Star Wars Celebration II by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(May 16, 2013)
Perhaps the most influential person in the Star Wars Universe today has been added to appear at Star Wars Celebration II. Yes, that is right, Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm, will be attending Star Wars Celebration II in Germany. Here is the o

Star Wars Day Playlist by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(May 02, 2013)

RIP Jakester by Jarrod Sarafin, Maniac and News Contributor
(March 17, 2013)
Like any and every website out there, Mania is a place that is dependent upon all of you participating. You and your thoughts make our genre community thrive. When we lose one of you, we lose a part of the whole. This weekend, we experienced such a loss in

Golden Globes Winners 2013 by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(January 13, 2013)
Many say the Golden Globes are a mirror reflection for what will happen at the Academy Awards in February. If that is true, then Ben Affleck would probably win the Best Director Award for Argo. Well, that isn’t going to happen since he wasn’t even nomi

Top 10 Trailers on YouTube for 2012 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 20, 2012)
YouTube has become such a huge part of our lives. Remember what it was like to watch trailers and clips of Movies/ TV shows/ Video Games before it? It has become such a great tool for spreading the word about all of our favorite genre items. Think With Goo

Mania Editorial: The Hobbit in 48fps HFR by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Critic
(December 18, 2012)
Watching a film in a darkened theater is an illusion. The film runs through the projector intermittently, getting exposed to a thousand watt lamp as the image printed on celluloid is rocketed through a lens, and thrown hundreds of feet on to a giant screen

11 Essential Holiday Genre Episodes by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 03, 2012)
The holidays are a tricky time for television. More often than not, TV shows go on hiatus for the holidays. There was a time when this wasn’t so. There were also a few TV shows that broke with convention and had the holiday play a part of the episode. Ot

Shock-O-Rama: Pet Sematary by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 01, 2012)
If there's a better form of birth control than Gage Creed, the murderous reanimated toddler from Pet Sematary, I'm having trouble thinking of it. If you aren't freaked out when Gage wickedly coos "Now I want to play wiff yew", then your heart's made of sto

Django Unchained Soundtrack Details by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(November 29, 2012)
One thing that Quentin Tarantino also supplies us with is a memorable soundtrack. He has an inherent ability to use music in setting the proper mood for his films. Here is the official press release and track listing for his next picture, Django Unchained.

Killer Kringles by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(November 29, 2012)
Ah, Christmas season! A chill wind sweeps by, rosing your cheeks raw, and driving passers by further into the bundled layers of scarf equipped warmth. The traditional trappings are abound: logs tossed onto fires, eggs mixed with nog, and snow kissed evergr

10 Box Sets for Geeks and Movie Fans by Robert T. Trate, Geek and Movie Fan
(November 19, 2012)
The biggest holiday shopping days are upon us. Years ago, one would have to venture off to the store and try to pick up one of these box sets. Today, with as little as a few key stokes, these box sets can be shipped to you and your loved ones. With that id

Chiwetel Ejiofor for Episode VII? by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(November 03, 2012)
According to the British magazine, The Times, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) was in JJ Abrams office while they were conducting an interview witht eh StaR Wars director. Does this mean Chiwetel Ejiofor is in the running for an Episode VII role?

Singer Directs X-Men: Days of Future Past by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 31, 2012)
Entertainment Weekly has announced that Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, The Usual Suspects) will return tot he franchise he started. After Matthew Vaughn left the follow up to X-Men: First Class many suspected that producer Bryan Singer would step into the

10 Ways Disney Could Save Star Wars by Kimberly McCall, Freelance writer
(October 31, 2012)
George Lucas has finally sold Lucasfilm to Disney for the modest sum of $4 billion and Star Wars Episode Vll is a go. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this is a piece of news that strikes a personal cord for me.

True Skin Short Hits Web by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 10, 2012)
The Hollywood Reporter and Vimeo have posted a short film called “True Skin”. The film is directed by Stephan Zlotescu and set in a not too distant future where humans are no longer completely organic.

Greeting Manics by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(April 08, 2012)
Hello Maniacs, it’s your new News Editor Robert T. Trate or has my friends call me Bob. I hope you have enjoyed my first week as your leading Maniac.

You're Awesome Maniacs by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(March 29, 2012)
It seems somewhat fitting that a "Superman" story would be my final piece as an official news editor for The reason? It was one of the reasons I sought out back in 1997. It was right around the time when Warner Bros. Pictures was i

Happy Hunger Games by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 25, 2012)
It should really comes as no surprise that this weekend The Hunger Games took the number spot in the box office. Gary Ross’ movie based on Suzanne Collins’ novel had a frenzy mounting over the past few weeks.

The Host Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 24, 2012)
The Hunger Games this weekend had two big trailers attached to it. The first was the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and the other was also originally a novel by Stephenie Meyer called The Host.

Transformers Prime Loose Cannons Exclusive Clip by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 22, 2012)
Mania has secured an exclusive clip for this week’s episode of Hasbro Studio’s Transformer’s Prime (airing Sat. 3/24 at 8:30pm ET on The Hub).

8 Crucial Moments of The Hunger Games by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 21, 2012)
The Hunger Games arrives this week and a lot of pressure is on the film to live up to the book. Like many best selling novels, the film adaptation falls under a particular kind of scrutiny.

Bay Responds to TMNT Fans by Robert T. Trate
(March 20, 2012)
The last 24 hours for have been a crazy whirlwind for TMNT fans. With the announcement that Michael Bay is going to reboot the TMNT franchise and make them aliens has set the Internet on fire.

Wondrous Cosplayers from WonderCon 2012 by Kimberly McCall, Columnist and Critic
(March 18, 2012)
This year WonderCon was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, just 30 some odd miles from Los Angeles. WonderCon’s normal facilities, in San Francisco, are currently being remodeled. This change of location did not stop an enormous amount of Cosplayers

10 Must Own Toys from Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 17, 2012)
Imagine a place where every aisle has something you want. Each time you turn your head you see something more amazing and more spectacular. That is what Toy Fair is like, especially if you love toys. Now the flip side of Toy Fair is that you can’t buy an

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