Archive | September, 2011

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New Mortal Kombat Movie In The Works; Kevin Tancharoen To Direct!

Posted on 30 September 2011 by Christian

Warner Bros. and New Line are moving forward with new Mortal Kombat film. Director Kevin Tancharoen, who worked on the popular web-series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, will finally get a chance to make the full-length feature film…

Kevin Tancharoen already expressed his big interest in Mortal Kombat universe, first by making that short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and then by directing a web-series with popular characters. Well, it seems all that work paid off, because Warner Bros. and New Line are moving forward with the reboot and they hired Tancharoen to direct.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

“Mortal Kombat is heading back to the big-screen.

New Line is hiring the filmmakers of the popular Mortal Kombat digital series, made earlier this year by corporate sibling Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, to take on a new adaptation of the classic 1990s fighting game. There is no actor attached and the new story will not serve as an extension of the game of digital series.”

Below is the short film he directed:

 

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Sequels I Pretend Don’t Exist

Posted on 30 September 2011 by Charles B. French

For my first column, I’d like to talk about sequels. I like sequels. When done right (Spiderman 2) they can expand upon the universe, explore the characters in greater depth than the original allowed, and resolve dangling plot threads from the previous film. When not done well, and sadly this is often the case, they not only are a terrible movie, they retroactively ruin the previous film. (On the plus side, they do allow a lot of actors to pay back what I assume are massive gambling debts.)

Thus, to preserve my sanity and continued enjoyment of the first installment(s), there are sequels I just pretend don’t exist. As far as I’m concerned, these movies were never green-lighted, scripted, cast, financed, catered, filmed, produced, and released. They didn’t happen, and a pox on anyone who tries to shatter my precious illusion. (And yes, I am aware of the irony that writing about movies I pretend don’t exist violates my own rule. I’m sure we can move past it.)

So let’s take a look at some sequels that, after this writing, I will go back to pretending that they didn’t happen. They can rejoin all my other repressed memories. They’re having a party and want these memories to bring Jenga.

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A Firefly Rap Album Exists?

Posted on 29 September 2011 by TH3 No08

If you’re interested in a rap album who’s lyrics are inspired by the tv show/movie and also uses samples directly from Firefly do I have a treat for you. Head on over to Adamwarrock.com and download this gem for free. Check out the first single below for a taste of what the album brings…

Here’s the story behind the album from the liner notes…

ADAM WAROCK & MIKAL KHILL PRESENT…
THE BROWNCOATS MIXTAPE
Some Backstory…
First I made a mixtape about The West Coast Avengers, then I made one about a bunch of comic titles in conjunction with
Oni Press Books. It was time to move past comics. It was time for a bigger target. It was time to fguratively shoot for the
moon.
When I tossed some ideas out for the next mixtape, the idea for doing a mixtape based on Firefy originally came from a
loose idea to do a

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TWEET TO DECIDE WHO SEES

Posted on 29 September 2011 by TH3 No08

TWEET TO DECIDE WHO IN THE WORLD SEES

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Official First Look At Marvel’s The Avengers! ***Update*** More Pics

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Christian

Finally…Entertainment Weekly has revealed our first official look at Joss Whedon and Marvel’s upcoming comic book adaptation The Avengers featuring six main characters on the cover. Check it out!

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel

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Comic News: First Look at Incredible Hulk #1

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Christian

Marvel Comics is previewing the first issue of Incredible Hulk, which is written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Marc Silverstri, which is being billed as unlike anything readers have seen before.

Says Marvel, “It

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New Trailer For The Walking Dead Season 2 Hits!

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Christian

A new trailer for the season 2 of The Walking Dead has been released, more like a short version of the first trailer mixed with a few scenes from the Tv spots, but it’s worth watching.

The new season of The Walking Dead starts with a 90 minute event on AMC at October 16, 2011!

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Official Back Cover of Green Lantern Blu-Ray Offers a Few New Details!

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Christian

While we already have a bunch of details from the upcoming Blu-Ray of the Martin Campbell directed flick, a shot of the back cover shows the exact length of the extended scenes’ for Green Lantern. Is it enough to change opinions about the movie…

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, where a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan

Thanks to DCU Movie Page Twitter account, check out the shot of the Green Lantern‘s Blu-Ray back cover below:

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If you notice the writing on the bottom part of the cover clearly states that the extended cut is 123 minutes long, which means it only adds 9 more minutes to the original cut which was 114 minutes long. And this also means that the extended cut itself which was originally announced to be an extra 15 minutes is now only 9. Are you disappointed? Sound off in the usual spot below!


 

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Saarsgard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, as well as the voice stars of Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan, Green Lantern is set to be released in Blu-Ray on October 14, later this year.

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Stephen King to release sequel to The Shining

Posted on 27 September 2011 by TH3 No08

During an award ceremony at George Mason University last weekend Stephen King surprised attendees by reading a selection from his upcoming book called Dr. Sleep. The story picks up with Danny Torrence as an adult who some how becomes entangled with a group of vampires called

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Creepy viral VHS videos for Paranormal Activity 3

Posted on 27 September 2011 by TH3 No08

After the recent release of the trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 you knew it was only a matter of time before they started flooding the web with viral videos. This past week several media members were sent VHS tapes labeled 1988 with short creepy clips of weird kids doing stuff in dark bedrooms. It was only a matter of time before those videos hit the web and here they are. Enjoy trying to decipher the mysteries of Paranormal Activity 3 until it hits theaters on October 21, 2011.

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Even More Photos from The Dark Knight Rises Set Featuring Catwoman, Batman, & the Batpod

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Christian

Picture of Anne Hathaway in the cat suit embracing Bale, the caped crusader during some down time. Also, new pictures of Catwoman’s stunt double in action on the Batpod.

 

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Garly Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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COMICS: First Look At The Savage Hawkman

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Christian

This is one of DC’s New 52 we haven’t seen too much from yet. Hawkman is not a very popular character, but can Tony Daniel and Philip Tan change all that? Check out the 4 page preview..

Carter Hall

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Lionsgate To Adapt Zombie Videogame Dead Island For The Big Screen

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Christian

Lionsgate has acquired movie rights to the smash hit, Dead Island, the Deep Silver video game about vacationers on an island paradise overrun by zombies.

Story first reported by Deadline.

Last February, Deep Silver’s trailer for Dead Island tore through the video game industry like wildfire. The buzz has culminated into making Dead Island one of the most anticipated video games of 2011. The trailer actually had a cinematic quality to it and many theorized that the game would make a great movie before any details were known about the game. Since it’s release, the game has sold 2 million copies. There was some controversy as to who owned the rights to the film but that all appears to have been worked out.

Here’s what Liongate’s Joe Drake had to say:

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COMIC NEWS: Wolverine & The X-Men Covers 1 & 2

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Christian

This October, Wolverine heads up a brand new crew of X-Men in the oversized debut of Wolverine & The X-Men #1 from writer Jason Aaron and artist Chris Bachalo, in which the Hellfire Club makes their next move.

With covers by Bachalo

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Marvel Studios 2014 Plans. Who, What, And Just Cause…

Posted on 23 September 2011 by Christian

What are the potential films that Marvel could release in 2014 and which projects currently in development make sense for the May 16, 2014 release date.

Recent interviews with Chris Evans [Captain America] have revealed that the inevitable sequel to the smash summer hit will likely come in 2014. Furthermore, Evans revealed that Cap likely won’t cameo in any of the post-Avengers sequels due to the structure of his contract. Also, I think because The First Avenger is a period movie, having Steve Rogers cameo in Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 would seriously screw up the continuity of Marvel’s films [looking at you Fox]. With one 2014 movie being released May 16, 2014, just two weeks after the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and another on June 27, 2014, it’s safe to assume that the Cap sequel will be the movie released on the 27th in order to capitalize on the following weeks Fourth of July holiday. So that leaves the May 16, 2014 release date as the big mystery. What could Marvel Studios possibly be planning that could match the hype and fanfare that Spider-Man will surely bring?

Well this past summer has seen a lot of news and developments come out of Marvel regarding their plans for life beyond Hulk, Captain America, Iron-Man, and Thor. Back in August we were told Marvel just had the Doctor Strange script delivered by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Beginning in March of this year, the number of actors coming out and expressing interest in Luke Cage has to mean that this one is coming down the Marvel pipeline soon. Also in August, we were all somewhat stunned to learn that Guardians of the Galaxy were suddenly in active development at Marvel Studios. Back in April, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright also joined the dubious “in development” game when they moved their thimble a few paces past GO by handing in their second draft of the Ant-Man script. Lengthening the the growing list of Marvel movies in development, was the news that Raw Leiba recently met with Marvel about reportedly portraying Black Panther rogue, Erik Killmonger. Oh, and don’t forget those Namor The Sub-Mariner teasers that have been carefully sprinkled in Iron Man 2.
Based on these developments, we have a current list of potential Marvel movies containing:

  • Ant-Man
  • Black Panther
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Luke Cage
  • Namor The Sub-Mariner

Of course, there is also the possibility that Marvel could be planning a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie to spin-out of The Avengers or maybe even another Hulk movie. But more than likely, the other 2014 movie will be based on one of the character listed above. The character that makes the most sense here is Black Panther. He’s a character with a deep history and has strong ties to the Avengers which would work well with Marvels apparent plan to have individual character story-lines all weave back towards assembling an Avengers team. Plus, you can’t follow a movie like Spider-Man with a risky character that the general populace isn’t overly familiar with. If Marvel continues to follow their current plan for the Avengers sequel, then Black Panther makes the most sense out of all the movies currently in development. Of course if certain rumors prove to be true, then Guardians of the Galaxy also would make sense for Marvel but that’s a step in breaking away from the Avengers formula. Instead of a solo hero movie that leads back to a second Avengers film, the Guardians of the Galaxy already contains a team element, one that’s as different from the Avengers as apples are to oranges. What’s smart about this approach is that it truly opens up story line possibilities for Marvel to go beyond Earth and beyond it’s interwoven earthbound stories. What would be extremely cool, is if Marvel started a totally different space continuity, completely independent but running concurrent to what’s happening with Cap, Thor, Hulk, etc. You could then have the space storyline and earthbound storyline all come together for one seriously monumental cinematic comic book movie event. At the same time, it would be a neat mechanism for escaping the tight constrictions continuity places on the director and script writers who have been quietly voicing complaints ever since Marvel saw a golden opportunity with a harmless, last-second cameo in Iron Man. Speculatively speaking, the wonderful continuity Marvel has created has probably also cost them the directorial vision of both Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh, maybe even Brian Kirk. Continuing on this path, the creative constraints of continuity are probably the reason Marvel’s looking to bring in young, relatively inexperienced directors for their upcoming projects. Directors who won’t have the successful back-history to balk at heavy studio influence of how stories must unfold and what subplots have to be included. But that’s a different conversation all together and it’s just my personal musings.

With Iron Man 3 [May 3, 2013], Thor 2 [July 26, 2013 release date] coming out a year after the Avengers and Captain America set for a 2014 release date, we can rest assured that the other 2014 film won’t be one of the big 3. While there’s still a chance that the Avengers will setup the Hulk to steal the show and use that momentum to steamroll him into another solo film, it’s really unlikely given the past financial figures and overall critic/fan perception of the last two attempts. It’s looking like Marvel will be introducing a new hero in 2014 and it’s someone that has the potential to derail or invigorate the Marvel Studio superhero franchise. Which of the above heroes has the following and origin story to handle that pressure?

As for the other potential movies on the list, I’ll leave it to you guys to argue the merits and detractions of releasing them in 2014 below, in the comments section. Sound off in an orderly and civilized fashion!

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Heroes + 24 = Touch: Tim Kring Series Gets the Green Light

Posted on 23 September 2011 by Christian

Heroes creator Tim Kring and 24 star Kiefer Sutherland are collaborating on a new genre-esque series that has just gotten the green light for production from Fox, Touch.

Touch, which has a 12-episode commitment, stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland and will join the schedule in the spring of 2012. The pilot was directed and executive-produced by Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants), and the show comes from Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions.

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Sales Pass One Million; Makes $84 Million Worldwide!

Posted on 23 September 2011 by Christian

Despite some controversial changes to the movies, the Blu-Ray collection of all six Star Wars movies has become a best-seller, setting all new records for blu-ray sales! Hit the jump for details…

According to Variety, Star Wars: The Complete Saga has sold more than one million copies across the world since it was first released, breaking records for the high-definition Blu-Ray format. Making $84 million from worldwide sales, and $38 million from the US alone, it’s been a huge success for Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Seems like those changes made by George Lucas didn’t bother that many fans after all!

“Once again our fan’s enthusiasm to celebrate ‘Stars Wars’ continues to amaze us,” Kayleen Walters, senior director, marketing at Lucasfilm told the site. “Our goal was to deliver a premium product that they could enjoy with their family and friends and we are thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as we hoped they would.”

“Star Wars is a franchise with universal stories that resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago,” added Mary Daily, executive VP of marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Vincent Marcais, senior VP of international marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “With the Blu-ray, audiences can go deeper into the mythology than ever before and reconnect with everything they love about the saga in the best possible quality.”

Did you buy the Blu-Ray set? What did you think of it? Be sure to share your thoughts in the usual place!

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PRESS RELEASE: IDW Announces Transformers: The Death Of Optimus Prime!

Posted on 23 September 2011 by Christian

IDW Publishing and Hasbro held a press conference call yesterday to present the future of Transformers comics – one which apparently won’t include the iconic leader of the Autobots…

In stores this December, IDW is proud to announce TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME, setting a whole new direction for the AUTOBOT leader and the TRANSFORMERS comic book universe.

IDW

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The Poster Wall : The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

Posted on 23 September 2011 by TH3 No08

Whether you enjoy The Human Centipede 2 or not you have to give them credit for creating an excellent movie poster. There’s some very cool stuff here giving you a real sense of the darkness that takes place in this movie. The grungy textures mixed with the bodies lined up into a real full sequence human centipede is some creepy stuff.

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The Walking Dead to get post show talk show?

Posted on 23 September 2011 by TH3 No08

According to EW it looks like Chris Hardwick is taking his “Nerdist” talents to AMC to host a new post Walking Dead talk show. Rumor is that the show will be modeled after Bravo

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