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Things We Saw Today: Disney’s Hercules Is Going to the Stage

I might have to go the distance to see this.

Bless my soul, Herc is on a roll.

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Check Out the Real Life Muses Who Inspired the “Zero to Hero” Sequence in Hercules

It's always fun to take a look at what goes into making some classic movies, right?

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Directors of Aladdin Confirm A Fan Theory, Deny Others

Yeah, about that whole "take off your clothes" thing...

There's been some neat Aladdin stuff in the news recently, from the deleted Genie scenes to Kane and Salonga singing "A Whole New World" for the new Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of the animated film.

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Marvel Comics Wants Diversity, But Not in Terms of Hercules and His Bisexuality

Sure, he can be gay ... in the alt universe.

"All-New, All-Different"? More like Same-Old, Same-Old.

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The Mary Sue Interview: Hercules‘s Ingrid Bolsø Berdal Talks About Women In Action Movies

Gosh I love arrows.

Today the Dwayne Johnson-led Hercules, which you'll no-doubt remember from both Rebecca Pahle's GIF-laden review and from that scene in the trailer where the dude throws a horse at somebody, hits shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD. We spoke briefly with Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, the film's sole arrow-launching lady badass, about her history with action movies and how she thinks there needs to be more room for women to be women in them. Spoiler alert: she's kind of awesome.

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The Mary Sue Readers Rank the Summer Movies of 2014

And the winner is...

There were some good movies that came out this summer. Some bad ones. And a lot of in-between. But which were which? We asked you, our readers, to share your opinions. And now we have the results. 2014 summer movie season, you have been ranked. The TMS writers also share their views on the movies that came out, because we couldn't let you have all the fun.

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This Chart Graphs Diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy Films. Guess How Wide The Gap Is?

Yikes. That's, like, Gap of Rohan big.

As this graph shows, we have a really, really long way to go when it comes to depicting diversity in these genres.

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Today In Female-Led-Movies-Obviously-Don’t-Make-Money News, Lucy Beat Out Hercules This Weekend

What was that about no Black Widow movie yet?

Make no mistake, readers: as Susana Polo pointed out in her review on Friday, Lucy is not a good film, and probably not worth spending money on to watch in-theaters. And yet, it made about 1.5 times more than Hercules at the box office this weekend. But who's gonna watch an action movie starring a woman, guys? What's next, are they gonna let us vote and own property or something?

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Strap On Your Loin Cloths, It’s Time for a Hercules Gif Review

Pure Oscar material.

After a weekend of intense internal debate, yesterday I decided to hop on the bus, schlep to the theater, and see Hercules. After all, I justified to myself, it has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson! Surely it will at least be entertaining! My subconscious was screaming in the background—But Brett Ratner. It's directed by Brett Ratner!—but I did not listen. I should have. Because Hercules was bad. And it needed to be worse. (Warning: Spoilers within.)

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Kevin Sorbo Is Mortally Offended That Brett Ratner Didn’t Give Him a Hercules Cameo

Poor-bo Sorbo.

Kevin Sorbo didn't a cameo in the new The Rock-starring Hercules, and he is DISAPPOINTTEEEEEDDD.

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Reasons to See Hercules: The Rock Slow-Mo Fighting a Lion [VIDEO]

And I'll Form the Head!

Wait, John Hurt is in this? The Rock's appetite for chewable scenery distracted me from recognizing Hurt's otherwise distinct voice until a ways into the new trailer. You go after that paycheck, sir. Respect. Joseph Fiennes... slightly less respect. I'm sorry, it's the wig. I can't. (via: io9) Previously in The Rock

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Hercules: The Legend Begins Debuts Trailer, Still Does Not Feature Kevin Sorbo

Not interested without cheesy sound effects.

The first trailer has dropped for Millennium Films' new adaptation of the Hercules myth, Hercules: The Legend Begins. Sirected by Die Hard 2 filmmaker Renny Harlin and starring Kellan Lutz of Twilight fame, the film is described by Harlin as "Gladiator meets Clash of the Titans." Uh... sure it is.

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Disney Princesses… If They Were in Final Fantasy X-2

i'll just leave this here

Final Fantasy X-2 introduced a new wrinkle into the famous RPG series: instead of being handed a selection of characters with set classes to choose a three person fighting team with, players were handed exactly three characters (Rikku, Yuna, and Paine) and could choose which class roles they wanted those characters to play at any moment, simply by changing their outfits. It was also the first FF game to feature an all female main cast.

And what with the fanart trend of giving reinterpreting Disney princesses, and the existing presence of the official Final Fantasy/Disney crossover games Kingdom Hearts, it shouldn't surprise anyone that xsKiRtZx's drawings of Disney princesses and other lead female characters as Final Fantasy X-2 classes are a pretty cool combination.

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What Disney Princesses Would Look Like If They Were Actually Human

Pretty Pretty Princess

Jirka Väätäinen is a graphic design student at the Arts University College at Bournemouth in the UK, and he's come up with some really interesting interpretations of what Disney's animated heroines would look like in real life using photo manipulation, including Aladdin's Jasmine, pictured above. Are they still bursting with unattainable beauty? Of course -- but they are so incredibly human in these pictures. Even Ursula the Sea Witch.

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Kevin Sorbo Reveals He Suffered Strokes While Filming Hercules

Great Hera!

Shocking news today from Kevin Sorbo. The actor revealed he suffered not one, but several strokes while filming Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in the 90s.

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Jeffery Thomas’ Twisted Princesses

There's no shortage of dark!Disney fan material on the internet. It's just something that people do with family-themed favorites from their childhoods: try to make them thematically relevant to their adult sensibilities. Jeffery Thomas' Twisted Princess series stands out from all the Goth!Tinkerbells due to sheer creativity.

After completing six initial drawings, Thomas gave in to the feedback and wound up doing seven more. With the latter seven, he included descriptions of how he saw each character's transformation. Most of these quick, alternate universe stories are of women who, since their rescuers have failed, are fighting for love, revenge or freedom with whatever was on hand, and by whatever means necessary.

My personal favorite is Megara, pictured above, but I'm a sucker for any reference to the Fates. More, below.

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