Geek News on the Radio for August 22, 2016

Tom Holland Dons Spider-Man Costume to Visit Children’s Hospital

Spider-Man finally made his debut as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year with Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland made a splash playing young Peter Parker in the MCU’s version of Civil War – as his appearances in the film are widely considered to be among the acclaimed comic book movie’s highlights.

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Marvel director James Gunn responds to race controversy surrounding Zendaya’s rumored role as Mary Jane in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

The Marvel universe is a tight community and director James Gunn is standing up for a rumored new member. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” skipper shared his opinion on the swirling rumors that Zendaya, who is half black, will star in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” as Mary Jane Watson, a character traditionally depicted as white and red-haired.

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Fans of director Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies may want to block off some vacation time this October: a brand new Ultimate Edition collection that compiles both trilogies into one box set is coming your way. Called the “Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition,” as it’s listed on Amazon, the set boasts thirty — yes, thirty — Blu-Ray discs that contain extended cuts of all six movies.

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The Lost Boys anthology TV show in the works from the creator of Veronica Mars

Two of the biggest trends in television right now are movie reboots and anthology shows, so of course The CW wants to mash them up for an adaptation of the 1980s vampire flickThe Lost BoysDeadline reports that the network is in development on the project, which comes from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas.

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Spider-Man and Deadpool will soon meet up with another famous comedy duo: Penn and Teller. As revealed in episode 251 of the “This Week in Marvel”podcast, magician and comedian Penn Jillette will pen the upcoming “Spider-Man/Deadpool” #11, which will see the titular duo get into trouble with the pair of performers.

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SyFy & Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Team for ‘Brave New World’ TV Series

Just after greenlighting a TV series adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy novel The Magicians, this timeSyFy is reaching into the classic library for a new project. Today the network announced they will reteam with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Televisionfor a Brave New World TV series, based on Aldous Huxley‘s 1932 dystopian sci-fi classic of the same name.

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Captain America statue dusted with comic book writer’s ashes

He became one with a comic book and now he’s one with a statue – literally. Legendary Marvel Comics editor and writer Mark Gruenwald who famously had his ashes mixed with printers ink for a paperback comic-book collection now had more of his remains sprinkled on the newly-unveiled Captain America statue in Prospect Park Wednesday, thanks to his widow.

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A Beetlejuice musical is coming to Broadway

 Everyone’s favorite “ghost with the most, babe” is coming to Broadway for the 2018–2019 theater season, The New York Post reports. The Beetlejuice adaptation will be produced by Warner Brothers and directed by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson‘s Alex Timbers. Other information about the musical is scant thus far, but we can only imagine that it will be a creepy, slightly perverse, grand ol’ time.

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