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One expects to see Star Wars figures, Doctor Who, and the characters from Game of Thrones at the San Diego Comic-con…but I didn’t think I’d encounter Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp. Yet there he was, in a new rendering at Diamond International Galleries. It just shows you the vast reach of this pop-culture convention, which began as a gathering of comic-book fans and has grown exponentially in recent years. Nowadays it’s a valued launch pad for movies and TV shows, but I like to spend my time wandering the dealer’s floor checking out collectibles and people-watching. I also participated in four panel discussions this year, two of which I hosted. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment...
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- Leonard Maltin
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find a Star Lord rap; how Captain Picard would propose; a toddler photoshopped into iconic geeky movies; Kevin Smith describing what he saw on the set of Episode VII; teens watching and discussing music videos by Weird Al; a huge Death Star rug; and a mapped history of A Song of Ice and Fire. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, Flavorwire has 10 Banned Movie Posters.
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
Best Pulp Fiction Cosplay Ever
- Justin Vactor
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson. Take a look at the artwork for each of the new comics below, then read on for more details.
Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of »
While I wouldn't exactly call it a shock, it is a thrill to see Legendary come out strong and stake their claim on "Godzilla 2." The real treat of them going back for a second film is going to be seeing how Toho lets them play with the other toys in the toy box. One of the things that became clear as they showed their "secret" Monarch footage today is that they have big plans for the Godzilla series. Gareth Edwards has a very dry British wit, and that was on full display when he did his taped message for the audience from San Francisco where he's supposedly supervising the rebuilding of the city. He talked about how he needed to take a break from the pressure of working on high-profile properties that fanboys will have opinions about, a lovely nod to his impending "Star Wars" adventure, and then was interrupted by Godzilla, »
- Drew McWeeny
I’m not sure if I have a burning desire to find out what happened between the first two Star Wars films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. It feels like if there was originally anything terribly interesting there George Lucas would have filled us in over 30 years ago. But for those of you who are bigger Star Wars fans than me (which is pretty much everyone) it should be good news that Marvel is reuniting with the franchise for a run of three separate comic books series that fill in the blanks between those two films (including the moment Darth Vader learned he was Luke Skywalker’s father). The series will be called simply Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia (with only the latter getting a multi-issue run apparently). Hit the jump for more info and artwork from the new Star Wars comics. Here's the official press release: Lucasfilm Ltd. »
- Evan Dickson
Marvel will begin publishing new Star Wars comic books in 2015 and they’ve officially announced three new titles that will take place between the original trilogy. Here’s a look at the official press release and artwork for all three series:
“New York, NY – July 28th, 2014 – Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.
Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new »
- Jonathan James
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Well, This Is Awkward […]
- Peter Sciretta
What can director Rian Johnson tell us about Star Wars: Episode VIII? Not much, it turns out. He is just now starting to work on the sequel, while director J.J. Abrams is hard at work in London at this very second, shooting scenes for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, which will arrive in theaters first. Rian did, however, share his inspiration for the movie and where he plans to go with it.
He's joking about the Star Wars: Holiday Special part, of course. He does tell fans where to start with the series if they haven't already seen it, and offers a sense of where he's coming at this material as a filmmaker.
"I would do (Episodes) 4-6 then 1-3. Storytelling-wise, 4-6 were constructed without the knowledge of the past. »
Sunday night’s episode of Masters of Sex, titled “Fight,” was one of the series’ best. It stuck the show’s two main characters, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant/lover Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), in a single hotel room and then let them batter out their anxieties and anger through flirtation, role play, and sex, all while an actual boxing match rages on TV.
In TV parlance, episodes like “Fight,” where characters are restricted to a few sets, are often called “bottle episodes”—they’re cheaper to make (you don’t have to build new sets or »
- Jackson McHenry
After making some huge (and unfortunately controversial) announcements about Thor and Captain America before San Diego Comic Con, Marvel fleshed out future developments involving these characters and their titles. They also announced the first Star Wars comics since getting the license from Dark Horse. More details can be found in this article. A bulk of the announcements had to do with the upcoming “Spider-Verse” event spinning out of Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man run, which will include every Spider-Man that Marvel currently has the rights to. (No Tobey or Andrew sadly.)
1. Ben Reilly Returns in Scarlet Spiders
Ben Reilly was the clone of Peter Parker made by Jackal that first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #149. He even took up the mantle of Spider-Man when Peter Parker retired to raise his child. Eventually, Peter returned as Spider-Man, and Ben Reilly was killed by Green Goblin towards the end of the infamous “Clone »
- Logan Dalton
By Mark Pinkert
In Episode 5 of Talking Movies, Scott and I discuss the “New Hollywood” of the 1970s, an era in which young filmmakers moved away from studio traditions and adopted indie attitudes. We’ll watch films by Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola and talk about how their tutelage–at film schools or under eminent directors–influenced their styles. We’ll also discuss how early blockbusters, like Jaws (1975) and Star Wars (1977), allowed finances to shape artistic production. Tune in to Episode 5 for a discussion of these topics and many more.
~ Talking Movies is a podcast series covering classic films from the 20th century. In this episode, our guest co-host is Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter and the founder/editor-in-chief of ScottFeinberg.com.
Listen to the podcast…
- Scott Feinberg
Star Wars: Rebels
At last, it has been revealed that Disney's upcoming in-canon animated series "Star Wars Rebels" is currently targeting a premiere in October this year on the Disney Channel before moving to its regular home on Disney Xd. Lucasfilm and Disney have reportedly not settled on a specific date just yet, but will do so in the new few weeks. [Source: The NY Times]
Marvel's Agents of Shield
ABC has posted the official gag reel for the first season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." online, and it seems Ming-Na Wen is the biggest comedian of the cast.
The clip was screened at the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con this past week and will be included on the first season disc set on September 9th. The clip is geo-locked, so non-u.S. readers can access it here.
The Comic Con panel for Fox's "The Following »
- Garth Franklin
An amalgamation of polls about Star Wars characters and popular politicians last week found that Darth Vader is a lot more popular than Hillary Clinton and all the other 2016 nominees. And on CNN yesterday, Fareed Zakaria couldn't resist asking Clinton herself about this poll and what it says about our politics that Darth Vader is more popular than the potential next leader of the free world. »
- Josh Feldman
Rian Johnson (who was responsible for directing some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad) is set to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII, while he is also attached to write a treatment for - and possibly helm - Episode IX as well. The filmmaker recently made an appearance on the 500th Filmspotting podcast and was asked what most excited him about working on the movies. "I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you. The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy. I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see." As for how he landed the job, he would only provide a jokey answer ("I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a ‘Brian Johnson’ out there who is really mad! »
Imagine being Rian Johnson. While we all sit out here and gossip about what’s happening in Star Wars Episode VII, he’s sitting at Lucasfilm with the full knowledge of that film, working on how the story will unfold after this first new chapter. For real, that’s got to be in the top five coolest jobs […]
- Germain Lussier
Brown will appear on the upcoming third season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, TVGuide.com reports, though her top-secret role is being kept tightly under wraps for now.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
Quick as it came, the San Diego Comic-Con is now behind us. While there was plenty of things shown at the event for fans to digest, there were some notable absences as well this year. Rumors had been swirling for months about what would be showcased, and now that the event’s over I was surprised at some of the no-shows.
I can’t honestly say I’m disappointed that these things below didn’t make an appearance at Sdcc. We got some awesome stuff, and saw more on some projects than anyone expected (Mad Max, Batman v. Superman teaser, Godzilla 2). Still, I can’t help but feel a little saddened, if only because I’m looking forward to some of these so much. It’s important to take this article as such. It’s not meant to be negative, nor do I feel like Sdcc was a “failure” (as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
n 1977 Marvel Comics published the very first Star Wars comic-book series. Now Marvel are re-presenting those original adventures in its over-sized Omnibus format with Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years collecting Star Wars (1977) #1-44 and Annual #1.
It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and ends with Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one “t”). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! Revisit all your old favorites and discover some new ones! There’s no doubt, the Force is strong with this collection!
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- Phil Wheat
A lot of news came out of Comic Con 2014, but here’s a round-up of the cooler ones. Up first, it looks like Gareth Edwards will remain on the “Godzilla” train, with the “Monsters” director signed up to direct the sequel to the hit franchise reboot. But it won’t be for a while. Edwards, as you’ll recall, is on tap to direct one of the “Star Wars” stand-alone films for Disney, so that’ll come first before he moves on to “Godzilla 2.” This time around, Godzilla will be battling monsters Mothra, Rodan and Ghidora. Being that Comic Con started life as a comic book convention, you can bet Marvel’s panel was one of the biggest. Well they brought everyone, including the cast/crew of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man” (check them out at a fan signing event) along with making some news elsewhere. Marvel »
Dark Horse, the elder statesman of independent comics, continues to show no signs of slowing down during this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Even though Marvel now holds the rights to Star Wars, its biggest licensed comics property, Dark Horse struck back by announcing a several creator owned titles in different genres as well as an expansion to the Mignolaverse and a sequel to one of the most beloved novels of the past century. Dark Horse also won some Eisners in a wide variety of categories showing the company’s comics appeal to many types of readers from kids to people who wouldn’t normally read comics.
1. Hellboy and the Bprd Miniseries
Even though Batman has gotten most of the publicity, another comics character is celebrating a big anniversary. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Hellboy’s first appearance in the Seed of Destruction miniseries by Mike Mignola and scripted by John Byrne. »
- Logan Dalton
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