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The Flickering Myth Reaction to the Pacific Rim trailer

23 December 2012 12:41 PM, PST

The Flickering Myth writing team share their opinions on the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim...

December has been a massive month for movies. Not only have we had huge releases like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Jack Reacher and Life of Pi at the cinema, but we've also been inundated with new trailers for some of the biggest upcoming films of 2013. We've had glimpses of Star Trek Into Darkness, Oblivion, After Earth, The Lone Ranger, Man of Steel and G. I. Joe: Retaliation. One of the most surprising and fascinating trailers has been for Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster Pacific Rim, inspired by classic Japanese cinema. The director of Pan's Labyrinth appears to have crafted a film with an extremely intriguing and arty aesthetic, but on a monumental budget and scale. This rare combination has got the Flickering Myth writing team talking...

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Red band teaser clip released for Seth Rogen’s This is the End

23 December 2012 1:32 AM, PST

In what can be viewed as fantastic marketing, Columbia Pictures has chosen to release a teaser clip via Yahoo! Movies for Evan Goldberg (The Green Hornet) and Seth Rogen's (Knocked Up) This is the End on the day that some people actually believe will be the end of the world. Unsurprisingly, Columbia Pictures must still be planning for the future, bearing in mind the film is set for release on June 14th, 2013.

This is the End (a.k.a. The End of the World) features an all star stars line up of new school comedy stars such as Seth Rogen, James Franco (Pineapple Express), Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine), Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) and Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street) and centres on six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, »

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The Amazing Spider-Man is Dead, Long Live The Superior Spider-Man

22 December 2012 11:03 AM, PST

Anghus Houvouras defends the controversial storyline leading in to Marvel Now!'s Superior Spider-Man...

The last few weeks have been a maelstrom of anger and rage over writer Dan Slott's conclusion to The Amazing Spider-Man.

Major spoilers ahead - be warned...

Leading up to the conclusion of nearly fifty years of stories, Slott has written a storyline that sees Peter Parker's mind switched with the evil supergenius Doctor Otto Octavius.  The conclusion of the story has been leaked online revealing that Parker does not survive their final encounter leaving your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man dying in the body of an old man, while Octavious takes over Peter's body for good and strives to become a hero in the Marvel Now! relaunch The Superior Spider-Man.

Fans are outraged.  Death threats have been issued to Slott.  The authorities have been contacted.  Message boards are brimming with venomous rage about one of the »

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Ben Affleck on Justice League and The Avengers

21 December 2012 3:33 PM, PST

Back when Justice League was announced in June, the first man whose name was attached to it was Argo director Ben Affleck. However the rumour was quickly debunked a few days later. In that time, Affleck has remained mostly quiet about the project but in an interview with Hitflix, he spoke out about Justice League as well as Marvel's The Avengers.

"I just want to make it clear because it’s not like I had something to even pass on," says Affleck. "Because someone will eventually do Justice League and they'll go, like, 'Ben Affleck passed on it,' and it won't be true. So I don’t mind setting the record straight. It's one of those things where the closest I came was some people talked to me about it like at a meeting. They were like, 'Here's the stuff we’re doing,' you know? 'Here’s what we're looking at. »

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New trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby released online

21 December 2012 3:33 PM, PST

After pushing the film back from its original Christmas release date, Warner Bros. has now debuted a second theatrical trailer for director Baz Luhrmann's lavish adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby, which you can check out below.

The Great Gatsby reunites the Australian filmmaker with his William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, who heads up the cast as the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby. Also featuring in the cast of the $125 million production are Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), Carey Mulligan (Shame), Isla Fisher (Burke and Hare) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior).

"From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer / producer / director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, »

- flickeringmyth

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Ways the World Might End According to the Movies

21 December 2012 3:32 PM, PST

Nafissa Jeetoo gets ready for the apocalypse by looking at ways the world might end according to the movies...

December 21st 2012, the last day on the Mayan calendar. It seems the apocalypse is now. But what is an apocalypse meant to be? We live our lives in fear of death, danger and doomsday, but when D-day has allegedly arrived what are we actually meant to expect? I haven’t seen anybody from the Mayan civilisation recently, or ever, so why are we waiting for something many of us do not understand? Surely if the end of a calendar means it is the end of the world, then why have we survived so many New Year’s Eves?

As I hold my breath, ponder these unanswered questions, and look out for spaceships, giant creatures and cyborgs, it has come to my attention that I cannot provide a short list of ultimate ‘End of the World’ movies. »

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First look at Tom Hardy as Mad Max in Fury Road

21 December 2012 12:38 PM, PST

Earlier this week director George Miller wrapped principal photography on the hugely secretive post-apocalyptic action sequel (or should that be reboot?) Mad Max: Fury Road, and now thanks to AICN we have the first shot of Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky, who was of course portrayed by Mel Gibson in Miller's original Mad Max trilogy.

According to a brief plot synopsis released by Warner Bros. back in August, Fury Road is based on the 'Word Burgers of the History Men' and sees Max caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa, who is played by Charlize Theron (Prometheus). Also featuring in the supporting cast are Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max), Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian), Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Riley Keough (Magic Mike) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon »

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Two new images and premiere details for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

21 December 2012 12:36 PM, PST

The Dark Knight returns to Blu-ray and DVD next month as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the latest instalment in the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, and two new images have just arrived online showing Batman and his arch-nemesis The Joker...

In addition to the new images, it's also been announced that Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will receive its world premiere in New York on January 23rd, 2013, followed by a West Coast premiere in Los Angeles on January 28th, 2013. The New York screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by casting and voice director Andrea Romano, while the Los Angeles screening's Q&A will feature Romano, executive producer Bruce Timm, director Jay Olivia and writer Bob Goodman.

A limited number of free tickets for both screenings are available for the general public. Fans wishing to receive free tickets »

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Star Wars comics moving to Marvel in 2014

21 December 2012 11:13 AM, PST

This will come as a surprise to pretty much no one after the announcement that Disney had purchased the rights to the Star Wars franchise, but it seems that the comics are moving over to Marvel (also owned by the House of Mouse) in 2014.

According to reliable Disney blog Blue Sky Disney, there will be no new contracts signed with Dark Horse Comics once their current contract expires in 2013.

"One of the things that many people wondered after Disney bought Lucasfilm was how long will this relationship continue" Honor Hunter writes for the blog. "Especially since the Mouse owns Marvel, the largest comics publisher in the world. Well, it appears we now have the answer. The Suits in the know have determined that no new contracts will be given to Dark Horse after the current ones expire. So all new projects after 2013 will be handled internally by Marvel."

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Anchorman: The Legend Continues gets an official release date

21 December 2012 4:42 AM, PST

Its official - Ron Burgundy will be back on December 20th 2013, with Paramount Pictures announcing the release date for the much anticipated comedy sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

The sequel will see the return of Will Ferrell (Step Brothers), Steve Carell (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Paul Rudd (This Is 40) and David Koechner (Get Smart) as the hottest news team in San Diego. The original Anchorman film saw Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) as San Diego's top rated newsman in the male dominated broadcasting world of the 1970s, but Burgundy soon had his ideal world shaken up with the arrival of a new female news woman (Christina Applegate; Married... with Children) brought in to share the limelight, which didn’t go down too well with the self-absorbed newsman.

The original film also starred Fred Willard (Everybody Loves Raymond), Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Chris Parnell (30 Rock), and recent reports have »

- flickeringmyth

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Producer Dan Lin talks Godzilla remake

21 December 2012 3:51 AM, PST

The Godzilla remake has been fairly quiet since the teaser footage from Comic-Con, but with the release of the trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, it seems the perfect time for producer Dan Lin spoke about the return of the King of the Monsters...

"We’re planning to film in March," Lin tells Collider. "We are in deep pre-production.  Gareth [Edwards] has really mapped out his vision for the movie, you saw the teaser, but Gareth thanks to Thomas Tull’s help he took over a whole stage on the Warner Brothers lot and not only showed the teaser you saw, he had some models built of Godzilla, he had art decorated all over the soundstage, he had pre-vis of some of the big action sequences in the movie.  So we’re in deep pre-production and Gareth’s vision of the movie is really exciting it’s a true reboot of Godzilla. »

- luke-o

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Producer Dan Lin provides an update on the Suicide Squad movie

21 December 2012 1:35 AM, PST

Following the runaway success of Marvel's The Avengers earlier this year, rival studio Warner Bros. is becoming increasingly keen to exploit its roster of DC Comics characters by developing a superhero team-up of its own. Over the past few months, much of the talk has centred on Warner's proposed Justice League movie, which is said to be looking at a 2015 release where it will go head-to-head with The Avengers 2, while Guillermo del Toro has also spoken about his desire to bring the supernatural characters of the DC Universe to the screen with an adaptation of Justice League Dark entitled Heaven Sent.

However, one potential ensemble movie that looks to be on hold for the foreseeable future is that of Suicide Squad, with producer Dan Lin (Gangster Squad) providing Collider with a brief update on the adaptation, which has been in development at WB for the past couple of years: »

- flickeringmyth

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Comic Book Review - Avengers #2

20 December 2012 11:52 PM, PST

Anghus Houvouras reviews the second issue of Marvel Now!'s Avengers...

"The greatest heroes in comics together on one unbeatable team! The Avengers 'go large,' expanding their roster and their sphere of influence to a global and even interplanetary level. When Captain America puts out his call - who will answer? Big threats, big ideas, big idealism - these are the Avengers Now!"

I was excited about the first issue of the new Avengers series.  Marvel Now! has been an interesting experiment that has been met with a certain degree of excitement as well as a fair amount of trepidation.  If you've been anywhere near the interwebs in recent weeks you've no doubt heard of the venom and hate being spewed at Dan Slott over the direction of the forthcoming Superior Spider-Man.  And many of the other recent titles have been met with a certain degree of ambivalence.  But »

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Comic Book Review - Ff #1 and #2

20 December 2012 11:52 PM, PST

Anghus Houvouras reviews the first two issues of Marvel Now!'s Ff...

"In the Fantastic Four’s absence, a hand-picked substitute squad—Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk and Miss Thing—must guard Earth and the fledgling Future Foundation for four minutes. What could go wrong?"

I love a good comic book that isn't afraid to not take itself too seriously.  Mike Allred has spent much of his career on funny books that are based in the traditional superhero universe but have their own particular quirks.  If you've never read Madman or his extremely morbid and humorous take on X-Force, you're missing out.  His pop art styling and penchant for bizarre stories has served readers well.  This tradition of the unconventional continues as Allred has teamed with writer Matt Fraction for a new take on the Fantastic Four in the new Marvel Now! series Ff.

Ff is an offbeat addendum to the current »

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Iron Man 3 gets a new still

20 December 2012 3:14 PM, PST

The film is just four months away and Marvel has released this new still from Shane Black's Iron Man 3, which shows a very battered and bruised Tony Stark:

Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark / Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Iron Man 3 is set for release in April but production hasn't technically finished. »

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Chloe Bennet rounds out the cast of Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.

20 December 2012 11:17 AM, PST

Joss Whedon's forthcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot has found its sixth and final regular, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that actress Chloe Bennet (Nashville) has signed on to portray Skye, a character described as "a confident woman who is slightly obsessed with superhero culture and the shadow organisations that exist within it. She's edgy and can out-talk anyone with her unflappable nature."

The cast of Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. will be led by Clark Gregg, who is set to reprise his role from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Agent Phil Coulson. New recruits to the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division include Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe) as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons) as Agent Gemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker (Coronation Street) as Agent Leo Fitz and Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln) as Agent Grant Ward.

The pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D. is to be written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, »

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Comic Book Review - Mars Attacks #6

20 December 2012 11:15 AM, PST

Luke Owen reviews the latest issue of Mars Attacks...

"An exciting new story arc starts here! As human ramp up their defenses, the Martians unleash a new weapon from their arsenal... the freeze ray! Don’t miss any of the action in this runaway hit series!"

Idw’s Mars Attacks re-launch for me has been a bit slow to get off the ground. Here we are in issue #6 and still so little has been accomplished. It just seems like we’ve been watching the same invasion over and over again. Call it a slow burn if you will, but I call it unnecessary padding.

That’s not to say that writing a Mars Attacks story is easy because it probably isn’t. But one of the plus sides of the (albeit mediocre) Godzilla series is that you follow a set of characters as they interact with the established kaiju. But »

- luke-o

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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents recruited by Idw Publishing

20 December 2012 10:31 AM, PST

“We are very excited that T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has found a new home at Idw,” said David M. Matthews, Managing Director of Radiant Assets, owner of the property which first appeared in 1965. “Their history of high-quality publications coupled with top-notch creative teams perfectly compliments our desire to expand not only the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent franchise, but Undersea Agent and Fight the Enemy, as well.  We join them with great optimism about bringing this storied team’s past, present and future to a whole new generation of readers, who will join the long-time legion of fans already anxious for the continuation of the team’s legendary exploits.”

The new home for the legendary band of super-powered heroes which featured the creative writing and drawing talents of Gil Kane (Green Lantern, The Atom), Mike Sekowsky (Justice League), Reed Crandall (Blackhawk), Dave Cockrum (X-Men), George Perez (Wonder Woman, »

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Joss Whedon says that The Wasp nearly featured in The Avengers

20 December 2012 9:39 AM, PST

At a special screening and Q&A session of Marvel's The Avengers, writer/director Joss Whedon spoke at length about the movie including which characters didn't make the final cut and what we can expect for the 2015 sequel.

"There was a little bit of time where we thought we might not actually get Scarlett [Johansson]," The Cabin in the Woods writer explains. "There was a very Waspy draft that I wrote. But it was way too Waspy. I was like, 'She's adorable! I'm just going to watch her!'"

As well as going into detail about a longer introduction for Iron Man that was cut, he also claims that Janet Van Dyne wasn't the only character who didn't make the final draft - a villain would have teamed with Loki - but he's being very secretive about it...

"I'm not going to tell you because that person might crop up another time. »

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International Online Film Critics Poll declares 3rd edition winners

20 December 2012 7:17 AM, PST

The Master is picking up some serious Oscar momentum especially in the acting categories if the 3rd Edition of the International Online Film Critics Poll is to be believed; however, the cult tale believed to be inspired by author and Sciencetology founder L. Ron Hubbard was overshadowed by a British spy who coolly and methodically uncovers a Russian mole in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Film critics from around the world were allowed to vote on their favourite movies  released in the U.S.A. from 16th November 2010 to 15th November 2012.  Here are the winners:

Best Film – Motion Picture

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 

Top Ten Films (Alphabetical Order)

Argo

The Artist

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Black Swan

Lincoln

The King’s Speech

The Master

Skyfall

The Tree of Life  

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Director

Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy »

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