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

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Tharg 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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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 star […]

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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Snowpiercer 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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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 okay […]

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

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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 bunch […]

How Hall H inspired the Marvel Movie Universe

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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 has […]

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

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I 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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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 look […]

Review: Everything you need to know about 2 Guns

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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 away […]

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

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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 confusing, […]

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

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I 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 […]

Comics and Raccoons Part 1: Drax and the baby raccoon

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Is comics and raccoons the hot trend for the second half of 2013? Rocket Raccoon may just be the herald of the newest craze. And speaking of which, Guardians of the Galaxy writer James Gunn is an incredible animal lover and if you like cute exotic animals you must follow his Instagram. Here’s a photo […]

Sean Howe talks to Chris Claremont about The Wolverine movie

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NY Mag’s Vulture blog recruited Marvel: The Untold Story author Sean Howe to chat with Chris Claremont about the Wolverine movie; So, what did you think of the movie? The first two acts were kick-ass, and they set this up to be a really exceptional, different movie. It was like the film took this giant […]

Here’s All Our News from SDCC in One Place

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One of the things heard most frequently this weekend online was ‘why is there no comic news coming out of SDCC’? You mean aside from the masses and masses of comics news which came out of the convention, right? The Beat covered basically every single comics company you can imagine, and we’ve still got a […]

Summer ’15: Avengers The Age of Ultron and other Marvel Movie poop — UPDATED

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The Beat is reporting LIVE! from the Marvel Movie Press Conference! So far we’ve been sitting in a room making jokes about our outlets for over an hour! But we’re told the director of CAPTAIN AMERICA will show up any minute now and our lives will change. Meanwhile in Hall H, Marvel gathered the casts […]