Comics’ secret economy: animation hiring boom

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Tweet While walking around TCAF a ton of conversations I overheard involved boarding, backgrounds and other animation type gigs. One publisher even wondered aloud what would happen if Adventure Time went off the air. And this Deadline story tells the story: LA-Area Animation Jobs At All-Time High. While there’s lots of film work, it’s also […]

FLASH trailer debuts

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Tweet Looks like he’ll be running…and FAST. Seriously, this is a fine trailer. And I don’t even like the Flash. And the Arrow crossover possibilities are endless. Grant Gustin will be playing the title character, Barry Allen, and he’s evidently a jolly sort who likes his powers. The Flash previously appeared in a one season […]

Humble Bundle offers Doctor Who bundle

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Humble Bundle is at it again, this time with a collection of Doctor Who comics, including seven books of collected comics, and a game. You can pay what you wish and a portion of the price will go to Doctors without Borders. Once again, all good. The first comics Humble Bundle, featuring Image Comics, did very well, as we reported yesterday. Details below:

Three minute long Constantine trailer released

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Tweet The first three minute look at Constantine, the upcoming NBC series based on the Hellblazer comics, has been released and there is good and there is bad. I liked the callouts to actual comics, like the insect covered call of the very first issue, and the angel winged Mannym as played by Harold Perrineau. […]

Zack Snyder passes along camera tips…and first look at Ben Affleck as Batman

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TweetI shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham http://t.co/WPHKLxgBLM pic.twitter.com/p5DEf6fLzJ — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014 Over on twitter Batman vs Superman director Zack Snyder has helpfully passed along a photo with some lens information to help you get that moody gritty look. Another aid in getting just the right note of […]

Avi Arad fights back about his Marvel legacy—but let’s go to the videotape

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A few weeks ago we alluded to this glowing profile of Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige in Businessweek, which, while semi-revealing, was also semi-revering. Clearly, Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most successful movie concepts of the 21st century, but I’m sure he puts his Hulk hands on one mitt at a time.

Well, one person who did not like this profile was Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad, who penned an angry letter to the writer of the piece. The bit that Arad specifically took issue with is the claim that Arad quit Marvel Studios over his disagreement with Marvel’s $535 million dollar credit line with Merill Lynch to make movies, the deal that set the stage for the MCU as we know it.

Fun Home musical wins major awards, Broadway bound

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Tweet Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir about her closeted gay father and her own coming out, is racking up the awards following a limited run at the Public Theater. Over the week it won the Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and earlier the Lortel Awards for Best Musical. […]

Fox releases first trailer for GOTHAM

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Tweet Fox and WB just released the very first trailer for this falls GOTHAM tv show! With great hesitation and uncertainty, I would tag this as “Nolan-esque.” And why not? The Christopher Nolan Batman movies are the benchmark now. Gotham has been ordered for a full season this fall on Fox, and it’s billed as […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come Captain America 2 Special

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s very special podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss the film Captain America: The Winter […]

Watch the Lego Simpsons trailer

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Tweet This sunday’s episode of the Simpsons will be lego style and here’s a trailer. This is so amazing that my head hurts.

Syfy getting comical with Ronin, Clone, Letter 44 and PaxRomana

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Tweet The Syfy Channel has generally been left out of the comic book mania gripping Hollywood, although they’ve had various stuff in development over the years. But now they’re going all in with FOUR projects in development including Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s Ronin, an often assayed but never conquered peak. This time out Warners […]

Game of Boobs

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If you’re not a devoted Game of Thrones watcher, please move away.

Sean T. Collins has a post about the recent rape problems on the show that kind of echoes what I’d been thinking. Basically, that the Jamie/Cersei rape scene wasn’t necessarily a fatal misstep, given that we don’t know where these characters are going…but the problem is that it probably wasn’t meant to be a rape scene by the producers, a view supported by the confused interviews they’ve given about the scene in question.

Almost Human cancelled — but you can sign a petition

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Tweet Well, to no one’s surprise, Almost Human, the SF show about two guys driving around talking about their nads, has been cancelled by Fox. Although it launched with strong ratings—and was the fourth most popular new drama of the last season—Fox declined to pick up the JJ Abrams-production, even though the follow-up program, The […]

Here is your guide to the Star Wars VII cast

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Over on FB Star Wars FINALLY announced the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII via a black and white photo of them sitting around director JJ Abrams. The ODC secretive Abrams had kept everything under wraps but since it’s beginning filming soon, they had to make an announcement. The photo is of a table reading for the new script with player old and new.

DC Movie news at last: Snyder directing Justice League movie; 9 more in development

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Well FINALLY. Warner Bros. stopped heming and hawing and announced that they are actually making a Justice League movie! Hoorah! And it’s going to be directed by Zack Snyder. Hoo…rah? In a big reveal at the WSJ, president of worldwide production Greg Silverman revealed that the JL movie will be a sequel to 2016′s Batman vs Superman, and both will star Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Godot as Wonder Woman. The role of Cyborg is also being cast. The Justice League movie probably won’t appear until 2018 at the soonest, however, meaning you will be able to completely high school or college before you see this film. Meanwhile, Marvel will have put out a Woodgod movie.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets a little over stuffed

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As I’ve written before, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is probably my favorite superhero movie after the original Christopher Reeve Superman. (I’m not in love with the Nolan Batmans although I get why people like them.) It’s one of the very few superhero films with an autuer’s imprimatur, and it’s just plain goofy as heck, veering between horror pastiche of the directors own work, sappy musical and a sad meditation on middle-aged loneliness. Raimi is old enough to have the original Ditko Spidey as his inspiration, from the upside down kiss to the rogue’s gallery of old men in greying wife-beaters—supposedly one of the reasons Raimi and the studio parted ways on Spidey 4 was that Raimi wanted the Vulture as the villain, and the studio wanted a more up to date bad guy.

In Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, all the references have been updated. This is the ultimate world of Bryan Hitch, Greg Land and Greg Horn, all blazing cgi and mottled, gloomy photoshop. The soundtrack has been similarly updated, with a group known as the Magnificent Six—which includes everyone from Pharrell Williams to Johnny Marr—blasting catchy singles. In what passes for innovation here, a scene where Peter Parker does the obligatory Google search to find out a mystery, instead of the chugging string music of every other superhero movie, we get a Phillip Phillips song.