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Hopefully by now your Christmas shopping is well under way, though if you’re anything like me most of your shopping will be done in the week before if not days before! If you’re still looking for a gifts, don’t forget to check out the Kasterborous 2014 Gift Guide…but keep reading this post! We’ve got something...
- Rebecca Crockett
DC Comics is taking inspiration from the silver screen for its March 2015 superhero lineup - launching 22 variant covers that pay homage to iconic movie posters from the past 75 years.
All of the special edition covers are viewable below, and scroll down further for a complete reference list if you're struggling to identify the comic with the movie poster.
View the complete list of comic book covers, with artists and film companion, below:
Action Comics #40 inspired by Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, with cover art by Joe QuinonesAquaman #40 inspired by Free Willy, with cover art by Richard HorieBatgirl #40 inspired by Purple Rain, with cover art by Cliff ChiangBatman #40 inspired by The Mask, with cover art by Dave JohnsonBatman & Robin #40 inspired by Harry Potter, »
DC Comics has released four great variant covers that feature art inspired by the movie posters for Warner Bros. films. This is all part of a bigger plan from the comic publisher in which every month they will have a theme for variant covers that will be created and released. The month of March in 2015 will focus on the movies of WB, and the four covers you see here are the first of many to come. They were based on the movies 300, Harry Potter, The Fugitive, and Super Fly.
Batman & Robin #40 inspired by Harry Potter, with cover art by Tommy Lee EdwardsBATMAN/Superman #20 inspired by The Fugitive, with cover art by Tony HarrisSUPERMAN #40 inspired by Super Fly, with cover art by Dave JohnsonWONDER Woman #40 inspired by 300, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
There are a lot more coming upcoming covers, and I've included a list of them below. Thanks to /Film, »
- Joey Paur
Okay, Kasty kiddies, it’s time to slip on your Steven Moffat masks and re-enact your favorite scene of his from The Five(-ish) Doctors, but this time with a whole new set of action figures! The new releases are officially Wave 4 of Character Options’ Doctor Who line and are currently available to pre-order. Not too long...
- Drew Boynton
Taylor Swift may have turned up the heat with a pyro-tastic performance at the 2014 American Music Awards, but Ariana Grande blew the crowd away with a special, stripped-down medley of her latest hits.
The lights came up on a stunningly beautiful Ariana Grande wearing one of the classiest sheer black-lace gowns we've ever seen, and suddenly we were serenaded by acoustic jazz versions of her songs "Problems" and "Break Free."
Photos: 21 Red-Hot Looks For Ariana Grande's 21st Birthday
Showing off the power of her vocal range while still managing to look classically gorgeous, Ariana, 21, seemed to be on a mission to prove that she's an adult, and can look good in styles other than mini-skirts and pony-tails.
After the slow, melodic accompaniment of the piano and saxophone, the medley transitioned into "Love Me Harder" and the acoustic performance dropped away in favor of a more modern spectacle for her duet with The Weeknd. (It still rocked »
With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 24, 2014 in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Stephane Ceretti about supervising the visual effects work required to bring the cinematic vision of James Gunn and Marvel to the big screen…
“Before we met, James had written a 15 page document of references and visual things he had in his mind,” recalls Stephane Ceretti who was called upon to produce the visual effects for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) under the direction of filmmaker James Gunn (Slither). “He always wanted to do things where you had a mixture of beautiful and ugly within the same frame. We talked about Forbidden Planet  and all of these classic Sci-Fi movies that were colourful and vibrant. The emphasis was on the characters all of the time, and getting Rocket and Groot to look good and be animated in the right way.” Music plays »
- Trevor Hogg
Directed by Don Siegel.
Body Snatchers invade the small town of Santa Mira…
In this current era of comic-book obsessed filmmaking, the archaic trait whereby a villain is bit by/hit by/falls into radioactive elements, we automatically relate it to our current heroes. Of course, these heroes were created in the atomic age, whereby fear was rife regarding the power of nuclear energy. The atomic age not only inspired comic book heroes and villains but also impacted on cinema, providing the path for films including Forbidden Planet, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. All of which are either due to be shown, or have been shown, at the BFI in their outstanding Sci-Fi season: Days of Fear and Wonder.
Bookended by a Cabinet-of-Dr-Caligari, mad-man narration, »
- Simon Columb
“When television is good, nothing – not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers – nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland. You will see a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And endlessly commercials – many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you’ll see »
- Mindy Newell
For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.
Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.
- Heather Wixson
Reaper Comics will release a hardcover collected edition of its universally praised horror comic series Video Nasty on October 15th, and the collection's artwork, by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, has been revealed.
The title that debuted in March of this year to praise from news and review sites, horror movie creators, and media academics will be collected into a premium edition hardcover as well as a VHS boxset with cover art by horror industry icon Graham Humphreys.
Video Nasty, written by Mario Covone with interior art by Vasilis Logios, explores the real world politics behind government censorship and media manipulation in 1980's Britain whilst still maintaining the core of being a fictional horror story.
Humphreys, responsible for producing the art for many classic horror movie posters and VHS/DVD/Blu-ray covers, made his comic book debut with Video Nasty. He painted all six original covers for the series and now »
- Debi Moore
Earlier this month, Thn headed down to the BFI Southbank to join Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat on the first stages of their Doctor Who World Tour. This wasn’t just your standard Q&A session though as an eager audience of fans, writers and BBC folk all got their first full look of ‘Deep Breath’, the opening episode of the 12th Doctor’s reign.
For our review of the opening episode, just head over here, but I have to say it’s one of the strongest opening episodes of the new Doctor Who so far and coupled with superb writing from Moffat, they had the added bonus of direction from Sightseers’ Ben Wheatley, plus the usual hard working BBC team to fully launch Capaldi into the history books of Doctor Who.
Before the audience got their chance to speak to their new Doctor, the ever-welcoming Boyd Hilton hosted an insightful, »
- Dan Bullock
The 12th Doctor was all dressed in navy blue as he posed by the time machine with on-screen companion Clara Oswald, who was wearing a blue Victoria Beckham dress and matching heels in Sydney.
Capaldi makes his long-awaited debut in the first feature-length edition episode 'Deep Breath', and the stars are currently on a 12-day World Tour for the cult show.
Speaking about her anticipation ahead of the world premiere, Coleman revealed at the press conference: "I feel really excited because working with Peter for the last eight months I've seen what he's done with the Doctor.
"And the whole show is very different now and the pace is different. It's still very much Doctor Who, but it's new."
Capaldi revealed his »
Read our entirely spoiler-free review of Deep Breath, here.
After each screening, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat came out to peals of applause to talk about the episode (we’ve squirrelled those bits away until after the BBC One broadcast) the new Doctor, his relationship with Clara, and more. Amongst other things, read about Capaldi's audition for the role, first experience of stepping inside the Tardis, and, if he could, what he would tell his eight-year-old Doctor Who-fan self...
On series eight’s slightly different tone, pace and longer scenes:
Steven Moffat: To different degrees, that carries on throughout the series, »
Just a few days after director Quentin Tarantino confirmed at Comic-Con 2014 that The Hateful Eight is moving forward, the first poster has been revealed in the new issue of Empire magazine. Take a look at the image below, then read on for more details.
The most intriguing detail on the poster, aside from the synergy that this is the director's eighth film, is that Quentin Tarantino plans on shooting this Western in the Super CinemaScope format. The filmmaker previously revealed that he planned on shooting The Hateful Eight in 70mm, as opposed to the standard 35mm. While 70mm films are certainly rare these days, Paul Thomas Anderson employed the format in his 2012 drama The Master.
CinemaScope came into prominence in the early 1950s, which helped pave the way for the widescreen theatrical format that is commonly used today. At the time, the industry standard aspect ratio was 1.37:1, but the »
Even though Doctor Who totally snubbed Comic-Con this weekend, there are a couple pieces of publicity to keep you on the edge of your seat while you wait for the Season 8 premiere later this month. The first is a delightful interview with new Doctor Peter Capaldi that ran in London’s Sunday Times (unfortunately behind a paywall), the second is a disappointing new TV spot.
The most important thing we learn in the interview is that the Doctor is being played by a true fan; Capaldi claims that his earliest memory of the show is the Daleks surfacing in 1964’s "The Dalek Invasion of the Earth." He wasn’t bothered by the low production values, either. “Everybody slags it off now, but these programs weren’t made to be viewed over and over again. When you just consumed them in that way, at the time, they were magical.” He also »
- Mily Dunbar
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
In a quiet backwater store, a scandal is brewing. The massed forces of the universe’s most passionate fans have gathered, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars… “Have you seen the price?!” That’s right. Forbidden Planet has released pre-order details of its Time of the Doctor Eleventh and Twelfth’ figurines… at
The post Fans’ Uproar Over Figures Price Disparity appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Alex Skerratt
With the sheer number of remakes and reboots Hollywood churns out on an annual basis, it’s hard to imagine there’s ever a proposed reimagining that doesn’t get the green light. It happens, though – and as proof, we submit Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner’s 1995 attempt to launch a remake of the classic sci-fi film Forbidden Planet. For whatever reason (apparently the script was terrible), Kershner couldn’t get the project off the ground, but that didn’t stop him from commissioning some elaborate concept art for the film from the likes of Ralph McQuarrie, Syd Mead and others. Some of that concept art is now available thanks to Ain’t It Cool News, which released it as part of an effort to help fund a book...
- Mike Bracken
The pair will be at Forbidden Planet's London Megastore from 6-7pm to celebrate their Titan Comics book.
Hayley Campbell will be launching her new book The Art of Neil Gaiman at Gosh! Comics on Friday, July 11 from 7-9pm.
The Ilex Press book explores the Sandman creator's career with never before seen sketches and material from Gaiman's personal collection.
The London Film & Comic Con will be held from July 11-13 at Earls Court 2.
While you’re waiting for the new season of Doctor Who, why not play Doctor Who: Legacy – with Free game codes from your local Forbidden Planet! Doctor Who: Legacy is a free-to-play puzzle-rpg game for iOS, Android and Kindle from BBC Worldwide, Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studios. Steeped in 50 years of Whovian heritage,
- Christian Cawley
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