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Geek News March 19th

SXSW: Paul Feig on ‘Ghostbusters,’ Sexist Backlash and Carving Out Great Roles for Women

Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne are hilarious in the Bond spoof “Spy,” the latest female-driven comedy from sharp writer/director Paul Feig, who brought us the strongly women-oriented box office hits “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat.” The film played huge for the Paramount Theatre crowd at last night’s SXSW world premiere, where McCarthy came briefly onstage to introduce the film before shuttling off to catch a flight to shoot another movie.

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New Arrow, Flash spinoff series is basically ‘Magnificent Seven’ with superheroes

Fans are obviously excited, but still a bit confused, in regard to exactly how the new team-up series from the creators of The Flash and Arrow will actually work. Well, let Greg Berlanti put it into western terms you can understand.

Berlanti, who produces both flagship shows and is developing the new spinoff, chatted with Variety about the upcoming team-up spinoff and said they view the concept as a Magnificent Seven meets Ocean’s Eleven mash-up. With superheroes. The series will star Arrow’s Ray Palmer/The A.T.O.M. (Brandon Routh), Arrow’s Sara Lane/Black Canary (Caity Lotz), The Flash’s Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and The Flash’s Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). The show will also feature three new heroes. Rumored candidates include Booster Gold and Static Shock.

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A&E Remaking Swedish Vampire Drama ‘Let the Right One In’

The network is teaming with Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis and actor-screenwriter Brandon Boyceto to adapt the Swedish vampire story, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

A&E landed the story, about a bullied teen boy who befriends a young female vampire — based on the best-selling Swedish book by John Ajvide Lindqvist that was subsequently adapted into the critically acclaimed 2008 movie directed by Tomas Alfredson — following a bidding war with Showtime.

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Sony Pictures to Remake Blue Thunder

Heat Vision is reporting that Columbia Pictures/Sony has officially begun development on a remake of the 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder, which centered on a high-tech helicopter designed for urban pacification. The remake will update the premise with a focus on drone technology.

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George RR Martin hints he might finish next Song of Ice and Fire book this year

So George RR Martin puts his shoulder to Dame Fortune’s wheel once more, spinning those of us tormented by the wait for the next volume of his Song of Ice and Fire series back up again to the giddy heights. Just when we had recovered from the news that we were not going to see book six this year, the man himself informs us that, well, there might just be a chance.

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