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There is no shortage of serious movies hitting the festival circuit this fall, but only one of them boasts the distinction of being based on the short story "L'Hôte" by Albert Camus. That's right, the philosopher's work is behind the latest from writer/director David Oelhoeffen, and with "Far From Men" hitting both Venice and Tiff in the next couple of weeks, two new clips are here to go with the trailer that landed a week ago. Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb lead this drama, which follows a small town teacher and a dissident who are forced to go on the run together in the midst of the Algerian War. The film is in French and Arabic, and while these clips don't have subtitles, they give a pretty good taste of the atmosphere of the movie. Keep your ears open too, because that score is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All it took was two years for Ales Kot to become omnipresent. The 27-year-old occult-loving, Czech-born writer has experienced a swift rise to prominence since his first published comic in 2012, making a mark at every major company. After short stints at DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Valiant, Kot has taken the spotlight with a handful of major projects at Image and Marvel, all of which feature his memorably strange, reference-heavy mix of sci-fi and action. Although he swims in similar thematic waters as fellow comic-book mind-expanders like Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, and Jonathan Hickman, his style has become increasingly unique as his career matures.And right now, Kot is launching his highest-profile projects yet. He's developing a TV adaptation of his hit sci-fi/espionage epic Zero, and he's been tasked with writing the comics adventures of one of Marvel's hottest cinematic properties in Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier. The »
- Abraham Riesman
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is officially a hit, and has been hailed as one of the company's best films by many a critic. Before its release, the film was considered Marvel's biggest risk, based on an obscure team of cosmic heroes little known among comic fans, let alone the general public.
In celebration of Guardians' success, here are some other lesser known superhero teams we would love to see on the big screen...
1. Doom Patrol
Introduced just three months before Marvel's own misfits, the X-Men, DC's team of superhero oddities are a different breed from that team of merry mutants. While X-Men frequently explored the themes of minorities and social acceptance, Doom Patrol has made a habit of embracing its strangeness.
With core members including Robotman - the brain of a critically injured racecar driver implanted in an artificial body - and Negative Man - possessed by »
Nick Cave is a killer rock songwriter, and he and creative partner Warren Ellis have crafted a significant identity as a film scoring duo. Their music for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is among the great western film scores, and they’ve done excellent music for films such as The Proposition and Lawless. […]
The post Nick Cave Really Wants to Score a Horror Film appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Set to have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for David Oelhoffen's Algerian War drama Far from Men has premiered. The pic stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb and also features a score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), which may actually be reason enough for many people to check it out. Here's the official synopsis: Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. In the midst of an icy winter, Daru, a reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder. Pursued by horsemen seeking summary justice and vengeful settlers, the two men decide to confront the unknown. Together, they fight to gain their freedom. Along with the trailer I also »
- Brad Brevet
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Jason Howard
Published by Image Comics
Finally, the plot has gotten a bit of a nudge in this issue. It’s still not going anywhere quickly, and there are only hints of action yet to come that are foreshadowed here. Finding reasons to keep reading this series is difficult, meaning that this comic is really leaning heavily on its conclusion to give the whole thing any worth. The publicity for this issue says that “A storm is coming.” If so, it’s certainly taking its sweet time.
In Svalbard, Marsh has figured out what those mysterious black roses are. They’re not plants, as it turns out, but some sort of mechanical construct that obstructs radio waves. The Marsh argues with the station chief, who doesn’t want to keep them and demands that he take his vacation. He refuses stating he’s »
- Zeb Larson
Nick Cave is a musician, author, screenwriter and film composer, but he's also Nick Cave. Legend and fact often overlap with respect to the details of his life and work, and that's just the way he likes it. This is why the upcoming docudrama "20,000 Days On Earth" is a suitable project for the australian auteur. Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, and featuring Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue, Blixa Bargeld and Warren Ellis, the movie follows an often fictionalized Cave over the course of 24 hours, examining his creative process and persona. Here's the official synopsis: 20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
(Cbr) - Reading and watching some of the countless tributes to Robin Williams, who passed away far too soon on Monday, I was reminded that, in addition to being a father, a husband, a comedian, an actor and a philanthropist, he was also a comics fan. "I used to get excited emails from comics stores all over America when Robin Williams would drop in to buy 'Transmetropolitan' issues," Warren Ellis recalled Monday on Twitter. A semi-regular customer at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, Williams discussed his love of comics in a video interview we spotlighted in 2010 on Robot 6. In the clip, he fondly relates his latest reads: Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli's "Dmz," and Taiyo Matsumoto's "Tekkonkinkreet." Watch the brief interview below. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
20,000 Days on Earth directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard on Nick Cave with Blixa Bargeld, Kylie Minogue, Warren Ellis and Ray Winstone: "They were all people we thought would draw out a different side of Nick." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
20,000 Days On Earth loosely intertwines Nick Cave with music collaborators Kylie Minogue, Warren Ellis and Blixa Bargeld, submerging us into his unholy earthiness. Ray Winstone, Captain Stanley in John Hillcoat's The Proposition, written by Cave with an Ellis/Cave score, joins the cast of witnesses.
Speaking with Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth in New York, we discussed the importance of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth, Michel Gondry-like eels, the genesis of the project in an open Cave notebook and the fateful day of recording Push The Sky Away.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
BACARDÍ has launched a brand new graphic novel – The Spirit of BACARDÍ – to tell the stories behind the Bacardí family and the Company’s origins in Cuba.
WhatCulture has been given exclusive release access to page 5 of the novel, showing businessman Emilio Bacardí being released from a Spanish prison, after being held on suspicion of helping the rebels revolt against the Spanish Empire.
If you want to see what happens next, check out the next page.
The full graphic novel is available directly from BACARDÍ here.
BACARDÍ has also put together a great little clip, showing some insight into the production and thought behind the novel.
- Peter Willis
Kris Wall reviews The Last of Us Remastered…
Last year, Uncharted creators Naughty Dog released The Last of Us on to the PlayStation 3. You can read my original review here, but to cut a post apocalyptic story short, I quickly crowned it the PlayStation 3’s greatest achievement and the best game of 2013, since then my love for it has only grown and has earned it a place in my all time Top 5 games.
The Last of Us Remastered initially finds itself in a tough place, having only been released last year, it’s still very fresh in PlayStation owners minds for them to not think twice about paying for what is essentially the same game. There are scant few additions here beyond the technological overhauls, which is no bad thing as on top of the main story, you’re also getting the Left Behind and multiplayer Dlc in the box, »
- Gary Collinson
Supreme: Blue Rose
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Tula Lotay
Published by Image Comics
Supreme is a long-running and infrequently reprinted Image comic created by Rob Liefeld and with an acclaimed run by Alan Moore that has now been revived by Warren Ellis. For those who haven’t read it, it was sort of a take on Superman. Supreme’s revival is almost more of a reimagining to help familiarize new readers with an old premise. Warren Ellis’ writing style and Tula Lotay have given this well-regarded series a fresh new face and an interesting, dream-like feel to it.
Diana Dane is having a dream in what may be the afterlife or some pit stop on the way back from reincarnation. She discusses life and before she wakes up, she is warned not to trust Darius Dax. The catch is, she’s unemployed in New York City and Darius »
- Zeb Larson
On the “Zero Day” of this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Image held a mini-Expo and announced a dozen new titles from creators, both popular or relatively unknown , including some new to writing or drawing for Image. These comics show that Image is the place where creators can roam free and write and draw crazy and interesting stories in a variety of genres. This freedom paid off big time as Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ sci-fi love story Saga continued to dominate the Eisner Awards. Part of Image’s commercial success is due to Robert Kirkman, especially The Walking Dead and the popular AMC television series it spawned. San Diego Comic Con showed that his comics have cross-media potential even before the first trade of a comic he is writing comes out.
1. Robert Kirkman’s Outcast Gets a Pilot
Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s Outcast #1 sold out its initial print run, »
- Logan Dalton
Seemingly a little closer in spirit to I’m Not There than, say, Justin Bieber doc Never Say Never, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth is an apparently “hard to classify” documentary-fiction hybrid about Nick Cave, the Australian rock musician and songwriter who has also dabbled in acting (Ghosts of the Civil Dead…), novels (And the Ass Saw the Angel, The Death of Bunny Munro), film scores (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and screenwriting (The Proposition, Lawless).
Exploring Cave as both “man and myth”, the docudrama depicts 24 fictitious hours in his life, with appearances by collaborators like Warren Ellis and Kylie Minogue. You can watch the first trailer for 20,000 Days on Earth below.
The post Trailer for ’20,000 Days on Earth’, a unique portrait of Nick Cave appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Josh Slater-Williams
So where have I been for nearly a month?
I was in Boulder, Colorado, USA. And before you make the inevitable joke, No. I was there for a wedding. And every moment Not dedicated to that wedding was spent either hiking in the mountains or drinking at a brewery. It was glorious.
Boulder, though, is not my town. That place, frankly, can’t handle me. A relative and I were strolling down Boulder’s “Main Street,” when I casually dropped the F-bomb. Admittedly, I didn’t pull my punch and I’m fully aware of how my voice broadcasts, often unintentionally. But the simultaneous attention of no less than 4 individuals who all seemed at least startled by my expletive definitely did not justify the rather mild delivery of said swear word. I double-checked; there were no children nearby upon whose behalf these people could be appalled for by my obscenity. »
- Chris Melkus
San Diego Comic-Con now in full swing, Universal has announced a host of new in-development comic-to-tv adaptations, including an as-yet untitled collaboration between Warren Ellis and Gale Anne Hurd's production company.
First up is a TV version of Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's Five Ghosts, a 1930s-set adventure story about a treasure hunter with the titular number of spectres living inside him. The twist (as if that premise needs more) is that said ghosts are literary phantoms Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi and Dracula, all of whose abilities the hunter can dip into as necessary. Sounds pretty exciting, huh? Ucp agrees, and has optioned the TV rights to the series. The headache of portraying all that on the screen belongs to pilot writer Evan Daugherty (Snow White And The Huntsman »
Image Comics unveiled 12 projects during San Diego Comic Con International’s preview night. “Each and every year, it is our goal to grow the comics marketplace with new creativity, and this current slate of talent is intent on doing exactly that,” stated Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “It’s nothing short of thrilling to be involved with so much unique and inventive talent, and I couldn’t be more proud of the work these amazing men and women are developing as we finish out this year and head into the next.
Tokyo Ghost welcomes readers to the isles of New Los Angeles, 2189. Humanity has become nothing more than a sea of consumers, ravenous and starving wolves, sick from toxic contamination, who have to borrow, beg, and steal for the funds to buy, buy, buy their next digital fix. Getting a thrill, »
- Trevor Hogg
As Comic-Con 2014 kicks off in San Diego, Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) announces three new deals that will bolster Ucp’s genre library and are sure to generate excitement among both comic book and horror enthusiasts. Read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
Ucp has signed award-winning graphic novel writer Warren Ellis (New York Times best-seller Gun Machine and Iron Man: Extremis, the Marvel Comics graphic novel and basis for Iron Man 3) to develop Ellis’ first original TV series in collaboration with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment (“The Walking Dead,” Terminator).
Additionally, Ucp and Idw Entertainment have optioned the horror comic book Night Mary with the intent to co-develop it as a live action TV series. Ucp has also optioned the Kickstarter-funded breakout hit Five Ghosts, written by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, from Black Mask Studios to develop it as an original TV series.
“We love genre at Ucp, »
- Debi Moore
United Cable Productions and “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Ann Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment have teamed up to develop New York Times best-seller “Gun Machine” and “Iron Man: Extremis” writer Warren Ellis’ first television series. Additionally, Ucp has partnered with Idw Entertainment to option and develop a TV series from horror comic book “Night Mary.” Ucp also plans to develop comic-book series “Five Ghosts,” which was funded via Kickstarter, into a TV series. “We love genre at Ucp and thankfully so do audiences. We've made it a priority to seek out great properties that will attract equally great creators to adapt. »
- Jethro Nededog
Universal Cable Productions has revealed today that they've partnering up with Idw Entertainment to bring the comics Night Mary and Five Ghosts to television. In addition, they've signed award-winning writer Warren Ellis to develop his first original TV project with Gale Anne Hurd and Valhalla Entertainment of "The Walking Dead." You can read the full press release on the announcement below. »
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