HOLLYWOODLAND trailer up

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TweetOne of the more peripherally connected comics-type movies coming out this year is HOLLYWOODLAND, due in September, which stars Ben Affleck as George Reeves, the actor who once played Superman, whose controversial death continues to haunt Hollywood. Adrien Brody, Bob Hoskins, Joe Spano, Robin Tunney and Diane Lane also star — we remind you that […]

New PORN STAR GN by Neil Strauss and Bernard Chang

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Tweet Over at PWCW, The Beat files a wee story about yet another new graphic novel by a best-seling author: ReganBooks is jumping into the graphic novel field with How to Make Money Like a Porn Star, a satirical graphic novel written by Neil Strauss and drawn by Bernard Chang. The story follows a young […]

Vertical news, no PLUTO, but Takeshi on tap

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Tweet Over the last few days, an exciting rumor, doubtless started at AX 2006, suggested that Vertical might be publishing an English version of PLUTO by Naoki Urasawa (MONSTER). Translation for non-manga readers: Urasawa is the, um, Grant Morrison of Japan, reinventing Tezuka Osamu’s Astro Boy with a dark, post-modern sensibility. Alas, a writer—probably Anne […]

India learns Superman secrets

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TweetIn a widely quoted interview, Paul Levitz talks to Indian website Rediff about Superman and other stuff. Part two here. Levitz on how movies impact comics: Those movies were, in turn, very firmly based on the comics — so it all carries through in a linear passage, but it is built one apart from the […]

Best-selling author Picoult takes on Wonder Woman

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TweetThe New York Times, where most really big comics news is has a brief item this am about best-selling author Jodi Picoult taking on Wonder Woman for 5 issues after former celebrity scripter Allan Heinberg leaves. Jodi Picoult, a top-selling author, will turn her pen toward Wonder Woman, the comic-book hero published by DC Comics. […]

SDCC Programming for Thursday, July 20

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TweetAieeeeee! It has begun!!! Brian Bolland! Rosario Dawson! Peter S. Beagle! Tim Biskup! David Arquette! Deepak Chopra AND Grant Morrison! KLANG!

Oeming’s Heroes Con movie

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TweetEmerging filmmaker Mike Oeming has made a Heroes Con movie using stills and loud music. Watch it if you dare.

Let’s all learn new words

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TweetThe AP reports on new words in the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and one of the most imporant ones has made the cut! Manga: A Japanese comic book or graphic novel. Sweet! “Ringtone” and “polyamory” have also been deemed worthy to stand the test of lexiconographic time.

Jon Peters, man of Aquanet

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TweetAs chronicled for the life of this blog, Superman has had a long, twisting journey back to the screen. One of the key figures in that journey is Jon Peters, the producer who parlayed a lowly job as Barbra Streisand’s hairdresser into an eventual post running a movie studio. Peters has always had a hand […]

Marvel Movie News: Surfer, Arad

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TweetWill the Silver Surfer, who is slated to appear in the next Fantastic Four movie, be an entirely CGI creation? That’s what the rags seem to be saying. It seems that Vin Diesel’s wish (ugh!) to play the cosmic character has been scotched by this plan: Vin Diesel has missed out on playing comic book […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits

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TweetSteven Grant has a very lucid view of Anime Expo: I noted this when I last attended, a couple of years ago. It has only amplified. If one element overwhelms you at Anime Expo, it’s the sense of community, and union. Fan and professional alike go there with the same attitude, and often the same […]

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ride update

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TweetWhile the world worries about the Reds’ Rocket Dare, and what really killed Ken Lay, there is really only one topic keeping us up at night us here at Stately Beat Manor: what is the revamped PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ride like? One Seth Kubersky over at Jim Hill Media has sampled the always inferior […]

The Beat: now with morning coffee

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TweetThanks for all the well wishes and kind words! It’s great to have interaction back — although when the spammers get started, let’s see how we feel. We also figured out a way to import the sidebars, but it is tedious and time consuming so it will be done ssslllooowwwly. The new method is good […]