NYCC ’13: Dark Horse Announce Relaunch of the Alien/Predator/Prometheus Franchise

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TweetSo there were a few announcements we missed out on covering over the weekend, because we were on-site and not at home, updating as things happened. I’ll try to go through some of the more notable things we missed out on! Starting off with the news that Dark Horse will be relaunching their range of […]

Millarworld goes Kiddie with potential Kindergarten Heroes movie

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Tweet As if it wasn’t bad enough that Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper are tainting our nation’s youth, now it’s possible that the horrific influence of Mark Millar might spew its evil dark cloud over the innocents. Kindergarten Heroes, a kids book that Millar wrote and Curtis Tiegs illustrated, has been optioned by Fox, with […]

Marvel Have Released A Thor Poster Featuring SIF

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TweetYes yes, film news rather than comic news, but still – when Marvel bring the world some fresh SIF, we must all obey. This is the promo poster for Thor 2, featuring Jaimie Alexander’s Asgardian warrior in the midst of, erm, warring. Almost certainly known to be the best part of the first Thor movie, […]

WB’s Tsujihara says full speed ahead for DC movies

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Last week WB head Kevin Tsujihara gave a talk to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference and touched on their upcoming slate. You can read a full transcript here (although whoever did it doesn’t seem to know Zack Snyder’s first name.) Anyhoo, while the J.K. Rowling wizarding news had everyone clicking their heels, it doesn’t mean that DC has been left waiting out in the car . Here’s the key passage:

2000AD Plan ‘Day of Action’ in Support of a DREDD Sequel

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TweetTharg popped round for a biscuit earlier, before thrusting a piece of yellowing paper into my hands and saying “this can run immediately.” It appears that 2000AD are endorsing the 18th September as ‘a day of action’, you see, during which they hope to drum up support for a sequel to the pretty-brill 2012 DREDD […]

More Harry Potter-ish films on the way from J.K. Rowling and WB

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Tweet Don’t call it a prequel. WB and J.K. Rowling have agreed to make more films set in the Harry Potter universe. The first film will be written by Rowling herself and based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a slim volume of lore taken from the Potterverse (invented word). The film will […]

Interview: Riddick director David Twohy on getting back to basics

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I’m one of the very few people in the world who really enjoyed THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. Where others saw a confusing storyline, I saw a CGI heavy SF film that had actual imagination and didn’t play by predictable rules. Admittedly it was a departure from the tighter, simpler PITCH BLACK, a tense action adventure which introduced Vin Diesel as Riddick, a tough as nails, brutal survivor of an interplanetary criminal. Taken together the films—both written and directed by David Twohy—were one of the odder SF franchises in the CGI era.

Snowpiercer to be Dumbed Down for American Audience

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TweetSnowpiercer opened in South Korea earlier this month to rave reviews and box-office breaking sales. But the 126 minute film, based on popular bande dessinée Le Transperceneige and starring Chris Evans, is to be cut by a whopping 20 minutes for the eventual English language release – removing the intelligence and leaving a simplified action film […]

That Cancer Vixen movie now has Julie Delpy attached to script

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Tweet CANCER VIXEN is a very important graphic novel. When it came out in 2006, it earned what must have been the biggest advance ever for a graphic novel, $250,000. The book, by cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto, was a witty and heartfelt account of the author’s diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, and it did […]

Leaked Guardians of the Galaxy footage is online for a minute or two

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Tweet Here. This is the footage that was shown at Comic-Con and at D23. It’s…. Whoa. That’s Peter Serafinowicz who voices the “what a bunch of A-holes” line, equalling in one blow his entire dialog quotient in Phantom Menace. Wow. I’m in love. Not since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou have I seen a […]

How Hall H inspired the Marvel Movie Universe

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Tweet Marvel Kremlinologists got a treasure trove of info in this Wired profile of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige the mastermind of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the most interesting things, to me, was this tidbit about how the 2006 Hall H presentation of Iron Man may have inspired the whole connected movie thing that […]

Superman to team up with grizzled old Batman in Superman/Batman movie?

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TweetI know you are all sick of this comic book movie talk, but this seemed worthy of its own item. Word on the street is that for the upcoming Batman/Superman team-up movie, they are seeking an “older” Batman. According to numerous sources, this Wayne/Batman will be in his late 30s or around the 40 mark. […]

Friday Giveaway: 2 Guns tix, hat and t-shirt

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Tweet Hey peeps, I guess it’s just contest week here at the Beat. This time the nice folks at Universal are offering a 2 Guns package that includes: ·         $25 Visa Gift Card to see the film ·         2 Guns T-Shirt ·         2 Guns Hat   Total value: $45 It is unlikely that you will […]

Review: Everything you need to know about 2 Guns

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Tweet As the long cinematic slog of Summer 2013 crawls to a close, the summer of the comic book movie, one last battle of comics-based films is ready to play out this Friday: Smurfs 2 vs 2 Guns. Now I can’t say too much about the Smurfs movie because it is terrifying and I run […]

Riddick Motion Comic explains how a three-picture epic went back to a smaller action film

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Tweet THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK is one of my favorite SF films of the last decade, even though it’s a mad jumble of elements: wanted criminal Riddick, last of the Furyons, necromongers, scheming for a throne, a strange underworld, and ethereal sprites played by Judi Dench. As I wrote in my original review, it was […]

REVIEW: Does ‘The Wolverine’ Redeem Ten Years of Awful X-Men Movies?

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TweetI have seen The Wolverine! And boy was he shirtless a lot. This movie was half superhero film and half ringing endorsement for babyoil products. Hugh Jackman has returned as Logan for another round, and this time he’s surrounded by ninjas and on the prowl in Japan. Was it a good movie, though? Or was […]