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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has been voted the BEST webseries ever by Hypable readers. To celebrate, Hypable speaks to stars Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh.

We asked you to nominate, we asked you vote, and now we are happy to announce the winner of our Webseries Wednesday poll.

The winner is: ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’!

16,863 votes were cast by Hypable readers, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries managed to take out an astonishing 30% with 4,984 votes. Marble Hornets took out second place, and Husbands came in third. Thank you to everyone who took the time to support their favourite webseries!

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a beautiful modern interpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The 100-episode webseries translates the memorable characters into the current day, with a few changes on the way. But this is a story that has benefited from the changes, which allowed the storytellers to expand the world in all kinds of directions.

We saw the increased presence of often ignored characters, such as Lydia Bennet and Gigi Darcy. The creative team allowed us to enter Lizzie’s world, through the various transmedia elements such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts, YouTube spin-offs, Q&A videos, and more. These elements allowed the audience to experience the story of Pride and Prejudice in a way never achieved before. The audience didn’t merely witness Lizzie’s story, they could actually experience it alongside her.

It was sad to see the story end, but of course in the world of web it is never really over. The episodes and transmedia accounts may not be updated anymore, but they still exist, ready for new fans to discover. In some ways, Lizzie and her friends live on in perpetuity, living their lives just around the corner from us and only just out of reach. But that’s okay, because when we miss them we can simply go back to the story, and fall right back into it again.

Webseries Wednesday interview:
Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh

Hypable spoke to Lizzie Bennet Diaries stars Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh, who sizzled together onscreen as Lizzie and Darcy. The pair spoke to us about their feelings of closure, their favourite moments working on the adaptation, and more. How do they view the series in hindsight?

Several months following the finale, do you feel a sense of closure about the series?

Ashley Clements: In some ways, yes. I feel closure as an actor, that my time playing Lizzie is over. I’ve adjusted to Mondays and Thursdays being like any other day. But in many ways, the show lives on. I’m still doing panels and interviews (like this one) about the show. I see cast/crew from The LBD socially quite frequently, and we’ll all be together at LeakyCon next month.

There’s still a lot of work to be done to make the DVD, and I still hear from people daily on twitter and tumblr that have just discovered The LBD. The show lives on with the fans, and will continue to do so, and that’s a pretty remarkable thing. I do think about Lizzie sometimes, though. She should be graduating from grad school around now, and then moving to San Francisco, soon. She has a lot of life ahead of her.

Daniel Vincent Gordh: You know it’s interesting – I do and I don’t. I feel very satisfied with how the show wrapped up – how the story ended and where our characters were left. And in that sense I feel closure. But I don’t feel the same sense of closure that one talks about after ending a relationship – where loose ends are finally tied, wounds mended, lessons learned. Partially because I don’t seek that kind of closure.

The story isn’t finished being told – both the story of what the show will mean in the scheme of the development of new media projects in the future, but also people are still discovering it now. That’s one great thing about having a show that is free for viewing on the internet. People will be discovering the show for a while, and experiencing the story for the first time.

Though the narrative piece of the show is technically over – the ripples created from it are still being felt – I really feel there’s more to the larger story of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries that is yet to be revealed.

More on page 2: Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh reflect on their ‘Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ experience

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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.

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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.