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Can the direct sequel to the 1982 classic be a worthy successor? Surely it can't be worse than Conan the Destroyer?
Sometimes even the most liberal among us need a dose of old-fashioned machismo. It's why that sexist, arrogant "blunt instrument" of the British secret service, James Bond, is still popular 50 years after his first cinematic adventure, why hearts leap whenever furrow-browed vigilante Batman takes out the bad guys the cops can't touch, and why Conan the Barbarian is still popular more than 80 years after pulp writer Robert E Howard first created the musclebound Cimmerian barbarian.
But while 007 and the Dark Knight have seen more than their fair share of decent celluloid adventures, Conan has been poorly treated on the big screen. Of the three movies to star the character, only John Milius's majestic Conan the Barbarian from 1982 is worthy of the name. And that's why today's news that Hollywood »
- Ben Child
Fans of Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack have been clamoring for film based on the TV show for ages, and now that creator Genndy Tartakovsky has inked a long-term deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment, there’s been some renewed talk on the subject.
IGN spoke with the cartoon creator while he was out promoting his new film Hotel Transylvania at the Toronto International Film Festival and his words have to be considered encouraging:
“I’ve been trying so hard every year, and the one amazing thing about Jack is that I did it in 2001, you know, and it still survived. There’s something about it that’s connected with people. And I want it, it’s number 1 on my list, and now Bob Osher, the President (of Digital Production at Sony Picture Entertainment), is like ‘Hey, let’s talk about Jack. Let’s see what we can do.’ And I go, »
- Steven Chaitman
Many, many people seated in Ballroom 20 at 11:15 on Friday were simply waiting for the Firefly 10-year reunion panel that was to follow. But they are missing out. Avatar: The Last Airbender is America’s entry into the world’s greatest animes, and the sequel series The Legend of Korra proved to be a fine follow-up that may sit right next to Airbender on the submission list. Make no mistake, though: the Korra fans also came out in droves, and I saw dozens of great-looking Korras in the audience. The panel featured creators Bryan Konietzko and Mike Dimartino; voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin) and Seychelle Gabriel (Asami); producer Joaquim Dos Santos and voice director Andrea Romano. Hit the jump for a panel recap, including a tease of Book 2: Spirits. . The panel started off with a highlight reel from season 1, and it must be said, »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Comic-Con 2012 schedule has now been released in full, and barring any major updates, is set. The blessing and curse of being an attendee is deciding which panels/autograph sessions/special events to attend, when they conflict. And they always do.
For you to see for yourself, below are what we are calling the “headliner” panels; those panels that are taking place in Hall H, Ballroom 20, Room 6Bdf, and the just-next-door Hilton Indigo Ballroom, the four major venues for panels. There are descriptions of each panel as well as the show(s) and/or movie(s) they are there to discuss.
See how many conflicts you might have, or how you might arrange time and space to somehow attend these plus spend every day in the vendors’ Exhibit Hall and chasing zombies in the nearby The Walking Dead Escape. By the way, if you figure that out, Please let us know. »
- Erin Willard
And we have another day of programming for this year’s Comic Con, jam packed with awesome panels and screenings, from Falling Skies, Star Wars, Spartacus, Blade Runner, Total Recall, Game Of Thrones to The Walking Dead, Looper and the requisite Joss Whedon hour of fun.
For the full run down, check out the Con’s website. For the highlights, peruse below:
10:00-11:00 Star Wars: Collectibles Update— Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitaleof Lucas Licensing. Room 7Ab
10:00-11:00 Remembering Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon— Jerry Robinson was a key artist on Batman in the 1940s, the co-creator of The Joker, and later an accomplished newspaper strip artist and political cartoonist. Joe Simon was half of the legendary team of Simon and [Jack] Kirby, the co-creator »
- Andy Greene
June 8th, 1984 was a great day for movie nerds, particularly those with an affection for special effects, scares and belly laughs. Not only did they get "Ghostbusters" in theaters that day (as we've already looked at, but they also got "Gremlins," the subversive PG-rated horror-comedy from the A-list trio of writer Chris Columbus, director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg.
The film, which involves young Billy (Zach Galligan), who fails to obey the strict rules regarding looking after his new pet (all together now: don't get them in bright daylight, don't get them wet, and whatever you do, don't feed them after midnight) and ends up unleashing a plague of monsters on his suburban town. It was the first film released under Spielberg's Amblin logo, and embodies much of what that company came to represent, although "Gremlins" was also violent enough that it helped give birth to the PG-13 rating. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Nickelodeon Scene from “The Legend of Korra.”
The lead characters show a romantic side in “The Spirit of Competition,” the newest episode of “The Legend of Korra.”
The Fire Ferrets are advancing in the tournament and are working well together as a unit. But will love get in the way of teamwork?
Korra has feelings for Mako but doesn’t really know how or if she should express them. She consults the children and wife of her airbending master, Tenzin, »
- Christopher John Farley
Directed by Kevin Munroe.
The four turtles are back in this animated adventure that sees them pitted against vicious beasties and each other.
It's been over a decade since the turtles crawled back into their shells after the awful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993). Now they're back, and in child-friendly fully animated form. Sadly, this means the dark gritty atmosphere that made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) such an exciting breath of fresh air has been replaced by a movie that wouldn't look out of place amidst Saturday morning cartoons. Of course, this has always been the target audience for these films, but Tmnt doesn't even attempt to address older fans wrapped up in the warmth of nostalgia.
The film picks up after the previous three, but the »
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the best TV shows ever made. Despite being essentially a children's show, The Last Airbender was almost perfect in every regaurd; the characters were likeable and well thought out, the action was amazing, the plot was intense and thoughtful, and the overall tone of the show was pitch perfect, featuring some of the finest episodes of television I've ever seen. In my opinion, Tla is the closest this generation might get to a Star Wars-esque trilogy...it's just that wonderful. So with all that in mind, I went into The Legend of Korra quite hopeful. As a sequel to the original story, things could go south pretty fast (ala The Prequel Trilogy). But I had hope in creators Michael Dante Di Martino and Bryan Konietzko (the two co-creators of Tla) to deliver something that could live up to the origanal's glory. Do »
- email@example.com (Matthew Legarreta)
It’s surprising, considering the plethora of animated and/or kid-friendly shows, just how many entrants into the general realm of the “cartoon,” have really gone down as game changers. In 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender not only took off and managed a difficult to believe popularity, but it also rose to an entirely new level. In fact, it managed to reinvent its own genre to such a degree that everything since has had to create itself as clearly in a post-Avatar world.
Not merely a fine enough children’s show, but without question one of the best things that has ever happened to television (and I’m a fairly snooty film critic at heart).
The show’s greatest play was its brilliant marriage of elements (no pun intended), that combined not only the simpler things, but far deeper subjects as well, and all of it delivered in a way that »
- Marc Eastman
10 items from 2012
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