At an early age, most are taught that success equals happiness, but in the end, what is success? Money? Adoration? Love?

Aside from the few hopeless romantics, success is power. With power, you get the money, you get the fans, you can even get the girl – but most importantly, power gives you the green-light to do whatever you want, or so it would seem. The struggle for power is a central theme in our world, so it makes sense that it’s also a central theme in Hollywood…and not just behind the scenes. In fact, two of today’s most popular shows, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s House of Cards, are so strongly grounded in this theme that I would venture to declare that the ultimate geek’s wet dream that is Thrones and the heartless ego-fest that is Cards are essentially the same thrillingly addictive show.

House of Cards is a remake of a U.K. show based on a book of the same name by Michael Dobbs. The hour-long drama follows one man’s rise to power in present day Washington DC. After watching even just one episode, or simply listening to a few minutes of Kevin Spacey’s voice-over, it is entirely clear that the lead character is obsessed with power. The core of the show follows the various tactics that Spacey’s character, Francis Underwood, and those in his inner circle (his wife, his mistress, his former protege, his present protege) use in the pursuit of this insatiable endgame.

Similarly, Game of Thrones is an hour-long drama based on a book of the same name by George R. R. Martin. Set in a mythical ancient world, the show follows the simultaneous stories of various “houses” in their rise to power. From those who feel power is rightfully theirs (due to their royal bloodline) to those who feel their wealth and wits gives them the right to rule, each schemes and manipulates in their crusade for the throne.

Now, some might argue that one basic difference is that Cards follows one lead character in one city, where as Thrones follows the story of multiple characters spread across the globe. However, I would argue that the supposed secondary characters in Cards, all chess pieces in Francis’ game, are crucial to the plot and are therefore equal players.

Furthermore, each of these additional characters enter the story with their own agenda – each uses Francis just as much as he uses them, and all are equally on a similar quest for…you guessed it, POWER (just like Thrones!). With regards to Cards taking place in one city, I would actually argue that although the majority of characters represented reside in a similar area, each come from backgrounds as diverse as the characters in Thrones.

Now on to the most fascinating part of each of these shows: the characters. Some we love, some we love to hate, some we’d love to love. I would say that the U.S. President in Cards is presented as a powerless pawn, identical to Thrones’ King Joffrey. Sure, each might have powerful titles and a large audience at their disposal to pad their egos whenever needed; however, deep down, neither are in control of their own fate.

Then, to the royal beyatches – Thrones’ Queen Cersei Lannister and Cards’ Claire Underwood – both extremely unhappy individuals who use their family’s clout to gain a false sense of power, both insecure underneath their tough exteriors and extremely reliant on the men in their lives.

Next, the tie for this generation’s Samantha Micelli (who didn’t want her in the 80s…am I right?!) – Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen and Cards’ Zoe Barnes. Although neither is viewed with much respect at the start, both exemplify the strong, independent women that Cersei and Claire strive to be. While both require external assistance in their rise (Daenerys is given the gift of dragon’s eggs, while Zoe is given the gift of insider info – and I would argue that insider information is the equivalent to the power of three dragons by your side when it comes to DC politics), both combine this aid with their sexuality, strong guttural instincts and surprising loyalty to become self-made successes. Plus, both have the cojones to stomp on anyone who crosses them.

True, Thrones is gruesome with its castrations and red weddings, but it’s set in a different time where violence is, shall we say, a bit more socially acceptable. In modern day society, its intriguingly considered more socially acceptable to do a smear-campaign and destroy another’s career, family and life, rather than a public beheading, but in many ways, they serve the same purpose. Both shows present backstabbing at its worst: do not forget that Cards’ Francis Underwood also commits murder while climbing his ladder to power… he simply does it in a more cowardly way. So yes, the battles presented in Cards are fought with words instead of swords, but in both, regardless of physical strength, the best chess player wins.

And now to one of the only glaringly apparent differences between these two Emmy-nominated masterpieces – the lack of “good guys” in Cards. The Stark clan is all over Thrones, flaunting their morality at every turn. They seem to be only fighting for power in order to “keep it out of the hands of the bad guys.” However, I would argue that power went to the head of Thrones’ young stud, Robb, and ultimately brought about his end.

More importantly though, Thrones is based on a fictional time of sorcery and dragons where the good guy could truly have a heart of gold. Some may say that is simply not how the “real world” works, but being the ultimate idealist, I remind you that Thrones is entering into its fourth season, whereas Cards is only entering its second; therefore, I believe there’s still hope for a Stark or two, with genuine intentions, to pop up in DC when Cards season 2 premieres this Friday. CHECKMATE.

Kevin Seldon is a writer and producer, born & raised in Los Angeles. He is also a leading cause-marketing consultant and branding strategist through KELDOF Marketing, an LA-based activation agency he founded in 2004. After graduation from Northwestern University, Kevin began his illustrious career in entertainment as a mechanic bull operator at Saddle Ranch Chop House. He loves the color orange and his wife.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.