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Documentarian Amy Berg has, over the course of her career, shown a willingness to tackle difficult subjects in her films, making her debut with the 2006 documentary Deliver Us from Evil, which examined child abuse within the Catholic Church, and subsequently tackling the case of the West Memphis Three, as well as sexual abuse in the film industry. Her newest documentary is poised to once again delve into a difficult subject, as it looks into the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints, and its leader Warren Jeffs. The synopsis is as follows.
When Warren Jeffs rose to Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamous and underage marriage. In a short time, Warren managed to expand these practices and the power of his position in unprecedented ways. He bridged the gap between sister wives and ecclesiastically rape, befuddling »
- Deepayan Sengupta
We asked our writers to recommend graphic novels that deserved more fanfare, and here's what they chose...
Geek tastes running tall and wide, when we asked our writers to recommend favourite books that they felt hadn't received the levels of popularity or public recognition they deserved, in came a heap of suggestions. Too many for one piece, hence us dividing the entries into four separate lists: adult sci-fi, fantasy and horror fiction; graphic novels; children's/Ya fiction; and non-fiction.
We'll let you use the power of your eyeballs to see which one of those lists you're currently reading. And in the spirit of the piece, hope you'll join in by providing your own suggestions to keep the recommendations coming in the comments section. Sharing: it's what makes geek communities great.
Nextwave: Agents Of H.A.T.E – Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen
Written as a reaction to Ellis’ "widescreen" storytelling in The Authority, »
Android sci-fi flick The Machine is becoming a TV show at Universal, as are two more comics - El Pantera and Kill Shakespeare...
Universal Cable Productions' push into geeky genres was already massive (see: their alliance with Dark Horse Comics, for a start), and now it’s got even bigger. Reports yesterday from Comic-Con enlightened us about three new geek-friendly properties on Universal’s TV slate.
First up – The Machine. The low-budget British sci-fi film from writer-director Caradog James, which starred Caity Lotz, will be adapted into a television series for Syfy. As The Hollywood Reporter puts it, The Machine ‘follows a brilliant computer programmer, desperate to save his terminally ill daughter, who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence. But things go terribly wrong with the technology.’
(If you haven't seen The Machine yet, it's extremely good and well worth tracking down.)
Secondly, popular 1970s Mexican comic »
Earlier this week Universal Cable Productions announced that it had reached a deal with Dark Horse to adapt the comic book series The Umbrella Academy, Harrow County, Concrete and Back-Up for the small screen, and now it has been announced that Ucp has acquired three more properties in the British sci-fi The Machine, Idw Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare and the 1970s Mexican comic book and TV show El Pantera.
The Machine TV series will be written by Caradog James (Little White Lies), with John Giwa-Amu (The Silent Storm) producing. The story follows a brilliant computer programmer, desperate to save his terminally ill daughter, who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence. But things go terribly wrong when the technology, designed to help injured soldiers, is hijacked by the government and used to create the ultimate robotic weapon.
Based on the popular 1970s Mexican comic book and hit Spanish language TV series adapted by Televisa, »
- Gary Collinson
Universal Cable Productions has announced several new projects for its genre development slate, one of which being an adaptation of the 1970s Mexican comic "El Pantera" which Warren Ellis will pen and Gale Anne Hurd will executive produce.
The vigilante crime drama is set on the U.S.-Mexico border and follows a young and newly appointed head of police and his friend as they create an alter ego to rid the city of the Mexican mob.
Also in the works is a Syfy series adaptation of British cult film "The Machine". That film follows a brilliant computer programmer who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence in a desperate attempt to save his sick daughter - things go awry when the Government get involved. Caradog James, who wrote and directed the film, will pen the TV adaptation.
Finally there's "Kill Shakespeare" which sees the playwright's most famous tragic hero characters (Hamlet, »
- Garth Franklin
With Comic-Con happening this week, there are naturally even more genre projects being touted than normal – and that’s saying something, given how comic books and sci-fi are so dominant at the moment. There are a couple of new ones to report on: 2014’s techno-thriller The Machine is being developed as a TV series and award-wining graphic novel scribe Warren Ellis is adapting Mexican comic El Pantera for Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd.It’s all part of a big announcement from Universal Cable Productions, which has been rounding up more titles to turn into TV series. The Machine will find the movie’s writer/director Caradog W. James working on turning the film’s concept about a scientist working on artificial intelligence to help injured soldiers and his own daughter that is co-opted by the military in the search for a new type of killing machine into a show that can span seasons. »
From zombies to demons to superheroes and beyond, Image Comics will have something for everyone at this week's Comic-Con, and their full Sdcc schedule with complete details has now been revealed.
Press Release: "Image Comics (booth #2729) is pleased to be at San Diego Comic-Con this year from Wednesday, July 8 through Sunday, July 12.
Variants Sold At The Image Booth (booth #2729):
Chew #50 by John Layman & Rob Guillory, $10 Injection #3 by Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey, $10 Mythic #2 by Phil Hester & John McCrea, cover art by Sean Gordon Murphy, $10 Shutter #13 by Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca, cover art by Jonathan Hickman, $10 Starve #2 by Brian Wood & Danijel Zezelj, $10 Wytches by Scott Snyder & Jock, $35 They're Not Like Us, Vol. 1 by Eric Stephenson & Simon Gane, $20 Nowhere Men, Vol. 1 by Eric Stephenson & Nate Bellegarde, $9.99 Nowhere Men, Vol.1 Tp (Red) by Eric Stephenson & Nate Bellegarde, $9.99 Nowhere Men Shirt Teal, W/M Xs-xxl, $20 Nowhere Men Shirt Red, W/M Xs-xxl, »
- Derek Anderson
Just in time for Comic-Con, Universal Cable Productions has announced that several new projects have been added to its genre development slate.
These include an adaptation of the 1970s Mexican comic and Televisa’s Spanish-language TV series “El Pantera.” It will be penned by graphic novelist Warren Ellis and exec produced by “Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd through the overall deal Ucp has with her Valhalla Entertainment shingle.
The subject is a topical one. A vigilante crime drama set on the U.S.-Mexico border, it follows a young, newly appointed head of police and his friend as they create an alter ego to rid the city of the Mexican mob. Televisa USA will co-produce with Ucp.
Ucp is also adapting the British cult film “The Machine” into a scripted series for Syfy. The story starts with a brilliant computer programmer who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial »
- Whitney Friedlander
Universal Cable Productions has unveiled several new deals to grow its genre library, with the lynchpin of the new projects a deal with graphic novel biggie Warren Ellis to adapt the 1970s Mexican comic book El Pantera. The project has Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment aboard to produce and Telvisa USA, which produces the Spanish-language version of the series, co-producing with Ucp. El Pantera is a vigilante crime drama set in a fictional… »
Back in October Dynamite Entertainment announced that it would be launching a new ongoing James Bond comic book, and now Cbr has revealed that the publisher has enlisted Warren Ellis (Moon Knight) and Jason Masters (Wolverines) as the creative team for James Bond 007.
“Ian Fleming’s James Bond is an icon, and it’s a delight to tell visual narratives with the original, brutal, damaged Bond of the books,” states Ellis.
James Bond 007 is set to launch in November to coincide with the worldwide release of Spectre. The first story arc will be titled ‘Vargr’, and here’s the official description:
“James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 agent… but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin.”
- Gary Collinson
Dynamite Entertainment’s James Bond: 007 comic book series has a lead writer, and the choice is quite a heavyweight.
Warren Ellis – known for challenging works such as Transmetropolitan – is the man to take Ian Fleming‘s ageless superspy into the inksphere, alongside artist Jason Masters. The news has been announced in the run up to San Diego Comic-Con, which kicks off Thursday.
The title of the first story will be Vargr, a six-part adventure that sees a youthful Bond take on a leftover mission after an agent buys it in the field. While this is far from the first incarnation of 007 in comics, the reputation of Dynamite as an indie publisher, combined with Ellis’s maverick talent, suggests this isn’t going to be a run-of-the-mill assignment.
Company CEO Nick Barrucci is excited about the signing:
I can’t express how excited we are that Warren is tackling the ongoing series. »
- Steve Palace
"Transmetropolitan" creator Warren Ellis has been set to pen the opening story in Dynamite Entertainment's ongoing and official James Bond comic series.
The comic will include a mix and mash of three different kinds of stories. The first will be set in the present day and will be written by Ellis who will be joined by former Wolverines and Batwoman artist Jason Masters.
The second will be adaptations of the original Fleming novels from a variety of creative teams. The third will be what the project was originally announced to be - an 'origin' tale. Each of the three kinds will be written in the context of their original time periods.
Ellis' first story is "Vargr," a comic in which Bond returns to London to pick up a case being followed by a fallen 00 Agent. Ellis has previously expressed interest in exploring the damaged side of Bond covered in the »
- Garth Franklin
Warren Ellis has been announced as the writer of a new, ongoing James Bond comic book series.
A work of its kind featuring the MI6 agent hasn't been released in over two decades.
The Dynamite story will debut November 2015 with artwork by Ellis's long-time collaborator Jason Masters of Batman Incorporated and Guardians of the Galaxy.
The comic has been made possible thanks to a new agreement between Dynamite and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
The first six-issue story arc in the series is called 'Vargr' and will feature Bond returning to London after a vengeful mission in Helsinki.
Once back in the capital he picks up the cases of a dead 00 Section agent but it seems a trap is being set for Bond in Berlin.
Speaking of his new role, Ellis said: "Ian Fleming's James Bond is an icon, and it's a delight to tell visual narratives with the original, »
Image Comics has unveiled a slew of new creator-owned titles today at Image Expo, and we’ve got the full details for you right here…
In this new direction for Invincible, Mark suddenly finds himself without powers. Back home… but aware of everything he’s lived through. What does he change, who can he save… and how will he deal with his father now that he knows what’s coming?
The Invincible reboot will begin with issue #124 and is set to launch on October 21 and will retain the same creative team with The Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman and art by Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu.
Codename Baboushka: The Conclave Of Death
- Gary Collinson
Over the past week or so, Marvel has gradually been unveiling its upcoming post-Secret Wars relaunch, releasing details of its ‘All New, All Different’ titles set to arrive this fall. Well, after a few leaks today, the publisher has now decided to release the covers for all of the upcoming titles, which you can see right here. And no, we still don’t know the identity of The Totally Awesome Hulk…
Here’s a full list of all the titles and creative teams…
Venom: Spaceknight #1
W: Robbie Thompson A: Ariel Olivetti
W: Al Ewing A: Kenneth Rocafort
Web Warriors #1
W: Mike Costa A: David Baldeon CA: Juian Totino Tedesco
Spider-Man 2099 #1
W: Peter David A: Will Sliney CA: Francesco Mattina
W: Dennis Hopeless A: Javier Rodriguez
W: Charles Soule A: Ron Garney
“The devil’s apprentice”
Howling Commandos of S. »
- Gary Collinson
Musician-turned-director John Maclean strikes gold with this haunting mix of genres in the old west
Musicians have long been drawn to the cinematic myths of the old west. From the singing cowboys of early sound cinema (Ken Maynard, Gene Autry et al) through such big-screen Elvis vehicles as Flaming Star (1960) and Charro! (1969), to Glen Campbell in True Grit (1969) and Bob Dylan in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), the western has proved the natural home of the troubadour.
More recently, Australian rocker Nick Cave has done some of his very best work writing and co-scoring The Proposition (2005) and even having a cameo as a storytelling saloon singer in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), on which he collaborated once again with long-term musical compadre Warren Ellis. Little surprise, then, that this first feature from former Beta Band musician John Maclean should be a western, albeit one »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
With Fox planning to bring X-Men to the small screen, we look at a few possible comic series that could be adapted...
Fox's apparent plans for a live-action X-Men series gives the fans of mutant's mutant superheroes a reason to be excited. Not just because it promises more screen X-Men that most of us ever thought possible, but also because there's a chance they might delve into a few areas of the license that, realistically, aren't ever going to make it to the movie screen.
The core concept of X-Men - essentially 'people with superpowers' – has lent itself to hundreds of different takes over the years. Assuming that they don't want to simply recast the big names and run two competing franchises based on the same core team (and they might well do this!) where else might they go to find the basis of the TV show?
Some of the »
Imagine a world where Hank McCoy is a sadistic geneticist, or where Cyclops is the right hand man of Mr. Sinister, or where Mystique is not nearly as neglectful of a mother, or where Magneto leads the X-Men. This reality was presented in The Age of Apocalypse, the most ambitious and sprawling of any X-Over, where Charles Xavier is dead, Magneto is the planet’s last hope, and Apocalypse has reshaped half the world to suit his own hellish designs. As far as crossovers and event comics go, The Age of Apocalypse is the summer blockbuster of all crossovers. Whereas Onslaught was like The Matrix Reloaded, a complete and utter failure that did its best to murder a franchise, The Age of Apocalypse was akin to Jurassic Park, a mile-a-minute thrill ride laced with breathtaking visuals and an intriguing central concept.
Essentially a gargantuan “What If…”, the X-Over event of »
- Andrew Doscas
James looks back at 7 previous X-Men TV shows to see what Fox's in-development series could do well to emulate and avoid...
If recent reports are to be believed, Fox is planning to bring the X-Men franchise to the TV in some form or another, doubtlessly hoping to compete with Marvel and DC's ever-growing stable of shows.
And why not? The X-Men are no strangers to television, with a surprising number of TV appearances under their belts. So what are they like, and what can Fox learn from them as it attempts to bring a new X-Men TV series to life?
This 30-minute animated short was produced as a pilot for an animated X-Men show and mostly used the 1970s Claremont/Byrne era team as its basis, though with one obvious exception. Had Marvel gone ahead, we'd have seen a team consisting of Professor X, »
Though set in Turkey, shot in Turkish, and telling a Turkish story about the demonization of female sexuality, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s beautifully mounted debut, “Mustang,” has an unmistakable West European sensibility. Whether that’s a good thing or not depends on audience perspective, but while many Turks will find the final salvation distinctly inorganic, few can argue with the director’s talent or that of her exceptionally fine, largely unknown cast of young women. Set in a remote Black Sea village where five sisters are forced to suppress their burgeoning sensuality, “Mustang” will gallop through fruitful festival fields, finding fertile pastures on Euro arthouse screens.
School’s just out, and five orphan sisters join their male classmates for a boisterously innocent beachside frolic. A scandalized headscarf-wearing neighbor reports them to their grandma (Nihal Koldas), who accuses them of pleasuring themselves on the shoulders of their boy peers. The perplexed girls, »
- Jay Weissberg
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