Guy DeLisle’s Pyongyang film adpatation scrapped after Interview disaster

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In case you missed it, Sony Pictures has been forced to cancel the theatrical release of The Interview after hackers have released a catastrophic trove of private emails and scripts, and threatened to bomb theaters showing the film—and theater owners began saying they wouldn’t carry it. The film follows a pair of bumbling journalists sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un, and apparently, Supreme Leader did not like this plot line.

The repercussions of this Hollywood disaster will be felt for years to come, but one piece of collateral damage was a planned adaptation of Pyongyang, Guy DeLisle’s graphic novel about his two months spent in the North Korean capital working on an animation project. New Regency has pulled the plug on the project which was to have starred Steve Carrell and be directed by Gore Verbinski from a Steve Conrad script. However the log line for the movie bears little resemblance to the book that I read:

Review: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five CGI Armies (SPOILERS)

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There is a tower defense game I love to play on the iPad called Kingdom Rush. Not too long ago they released a new version called Kingdom Rush Frontiers which is the most imaginative and adorable version of the game yet. Like all fantasy games, it’s completely tangled up in the vision of JRR Tolkien, with elves, dwarves, rangers and even in this version an ent. Each stage has many extras like little dragons, gnomes, fairies, magic mushrooms and even a game of Simon. It’s adorable and a great way to pass the time.

I found the first Hobbit movie two years ago to be similar to a tub of Cosy Shack rice pudding in that I never got sick of each and every bite, and I just liked watching people named Thorin and Elrond run around. Since then, while I have yet to tire of Cosy Shack, I have tired of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies because they are nothing but a map in Kingdom Rsh blown up to IMAX size and length and noise. Maybe it’s just me being 11 years older than when the Return of the King came out, or Peter Jackson being 11 years older, but The Battle of Five Armies seemed to take as much from Jackson’s fanfic King Kong remake as it did the slim book it was based on. And that is not good.

GIft Guide: Get your own Venture Brothers Sheet Set and snuggle in them until the show is back January 19

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A set of Venture Brother sheets are the best news we’ve had all hour.

She Makes Comics is now available, and here’s an exclusive clip about Friend of Lulu

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She Makes Comics, Marisa Stotter’s documentary about women in comics, is now available. You can download it for $9.99 or pre-order a DVD for $19.99 (It’s $24.99 for both.), all from the Sequart website. The documentary studies the history of women in comics with interviews with Karen Berger, Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jenette Kahn, […]

Fun Home is coming to Broadway in March

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The Pulitzer Prize nominated musical version of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is coming to Broadway near year and the cast and crew have been announced. Michael Cerveris will be reprising his role as Bruce Bechdel, Alison’s closeted father. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a press preview event yesterday at which Bechdel, composer […]

Comic Book Casting Extravaganza: Cumberbatch, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Deadpool, Walking Dead II….

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Oh man, everyone in the comic book media game decided to overload the circuits with a flood of casting announcements yesterday! What are YOU most excited about? (Photo: Jason Bell) • Marvel made it official! Benedict Cumberbatch IS Doctor Strange! Now you may say this casting is too on the nose but with a nose […]

She Makes Comics documentary available for sale on December 9

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This gets a HYPE ALERT rating since I’m in it, but Marisa Stotter’s documentary She Makes Comics will finally be available on December 9th—either as a DVD from Sequart or via digital download. The film was directed by Stotter and produced by Patrick Meaney and Jordan Rennert of Respect! Films, with exec producers Julian Darius […]

Suicide Squad Cast announced —and WB eyeing Oprah to play Amanda Waller

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Suicide Squad is the first of a variety of DC movies based on non Superman or Batman heroes, set for August 5, 2016, and Variety has just listed the cast and its a big one:

IDW announces Thompson and Campbell on Jem and the Holograms

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Beloved 80s cartoon icons Jem and the Holograms are coming back big time, with a Honda ad (below), a movie in the works for the end of next year starring Aubrey Peeples, and a new comics from IDW, to be written by Kelly Thompson (Storykiller, The Girl Who Would Be King) and drawn by Ross Campbell (Glory, Teenage […]

Game of Thrones Playing Cards

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Not long until it’s Game of Thrones all the way, as the new season premieres in the Spring, In the meantime, in order to celebrate Game of Thrones as well as other hit shows, Ladbrokes Poker has created a set of illustrated playing cards that feature the programme’s central characters. Star performances from the show’s top […]

Webcomic Alert: Cibo Matto by Sophia Foster-Dimino

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The other day we linked to the fine Comic Arts LA poster by Sophia Foster-Dimino. Poking around her website, we found this charming comic about the band Cibo Matto, created for Pitchfork Review. Billed as two Japanese expats singing songs about food, Cibo Matto’s 1994 debut Viva! La Woman! is a staple of the 90sscene centering about Grand Royal Records, and led to the haunting Sugar Water video directed my Michel Gondry that features the same footage shown backwards in palindromatic fashion.

Star Wars cross-hilt lightsaber quickly captures the imagination of people with nothing better to do

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With nothing else to do but digest turkey and fight crowds, the internerd has quickly turned, just as we knew it would, to the “Claymore” lightsabre in the new Star Wars: TFA trailer. This lightsaber not only has a blade, but two mini lightsabers coming out of each hilt, reminiscent of the real universe blade the Claymore, a giant sword that had little swords as hilts. The “Claymore saber” would seem to be highly…cumbersome to use as you would be in eminent danger of stabbing yourself with your own hilt at all times. But…it looks cool, so what.

This is the trailer you’re looking for: Official Star Wars VII teaser is online at last UPDATED with stills

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The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been officially released on Youtube, Itunes and in theaters. THe film opens in 13 months, so don’t jump over the barricade just yet. Nice opening shot with John Boyega showing that not all stormtroopers are Django Fett any more. And Shaky-cam tracking shot of the […]

Michelle Maclaren to direct ‘Wonder Woman’

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  Great Hera! Variety has reported that Michelle Maclaren will direct Warner Bros’ “Wonder Woman” standalone motion picture. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the film aside from the fact that Gal Gadot will star as Princess Diana of Themyscira, and Charles Roven is a producer. Maclaren is known for her work on AMC’s […]

Disney to release Studio Ghibli titles on Blu-Ray: Pom Poko, Porco Rosso and Tales from Earthsea

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February 3rd will see the release of three Studio Ghibli films on BluRay for the first time. Porco Rosso, the tale of a World War I flying ace, is a beloved Hayao Miyazaki classic. The other two are by other Studio Ghibli directors—Isao Takahata’s environmental saga PomPoko, and Tales from Earthsea, Goro Myazakis take on […]

13 is the unlucky number of episodes for CONSTANTINE

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Constantine’s production has been halted at 13 episodes, Deadline reports, but it may not be gone for good. While NBC recently made a similar decision on freshmen comedy series Bad Judge and A to Z, I hear the circumstances are different. While Bad Judge and A to Z had been de facto cancelled, Constantine remains […]