Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’/Image © 2011 Warner Bros
Now that the Harry Potter films are all wrapped up, Disney is hunting for the next big thing. The current plan is to adapt Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, which has been patiently waiting for its moment to shine onscreen since the first book was published in 2001. It's a tough gambit -- the Narnia books and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials each failed to take root as viable long-term revenue streams.
Movie poster designers rely on so many shortcuts and cliches that you can divine lots about a film just from the colors and visual details. Here's a collection of some of the most egregious examples, with literally hundreds of supporting examples from the less-imaginative side of the spectrum. Many of these appear to have taken less time to create than it would to watch the movies themselves.
A critically acclaimed documentary about killer whales in captivity has been making the rounds, and SeaWorld is not happy about it. The theme park has released a statement contradicting points raised in "Blackfish" about orca captivity, which inspired the filmmakers to offer even more detailed rebuttals. This article also includes additional expert insight, which seems to point toward "Blackfish" as being (surprise, surprise) the more credible party.
At this point it's not exactly news that in more recent reprints Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ditched the creeptastic artwork by Stephen Gammell in favor of much tamer drawings by Brett Helquist -- but it's still an ongoing source of disappointment. I dare you to take a look at these side-by-side comparisons and tell me that readers of any age could ever prefer the latter.