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Post-Christmas Sales: Superman DVD Box Set 75% off

26 December 2009 5:42 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Now that you got your Amazon gift certificates, you could do a lot wore than get the Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD set (Superman - The Movie, Superman II, Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut, Superman III, Superman IV - The Quest for Peace, and Superman Returns) for only $25-- that's $75 off list. (And yes, if you click through and order here, you help keep the lights on here another day. :) »

- Glenn Hauman

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Christmas and new year TV films

18 December 2009 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year

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Saturday 19 December

Yes Man (Peyton Reed, 2008)

10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.

The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz, 2007)

11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family

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- Paul Howlett

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Black Christmas (1974): A Retrospective

17 December 2009 2:13 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

It’s the holiday season and, for most, that means it’s that very special time of year when you get see your family; That large group of people you hate and utterly despise but, do to some arbitrary blood relation, feel provoked to associate with at least once during the bleakest, darkest, and most devastatingly cold part of the year. And, as always, what makes the company of these cringe inducing kin barely tolerable is that wonderfully distracting invention known as the television. For most kids, the holidays mean more than just Santa, and gifts, and honey-glazed ham. It means you get to crowd around the tele (in much the same way that imaginary family, in those invented greeting cards, sit around a fire) and melt away your brain on usually mindless seasonal programming.

Now whilst most children grew up on flicks such as The Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph The Red-nosed Raindeer, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Compton)

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Robots and Scientists and Planes (Oh My!)

16 December 2009 7:48 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jose here, to remind you of an underrated gem from 2004.

When I was a child I was addicted to Superman. Not the Christopher Reeve movies and obviously not the weird TV show with Teri Hatcher, but the classic animated shorts from the 1930s. We had a VHS tape which I could watch for hours and hours completely enthralled by the terrific stories, the foreign adventures and even the sense of menace and doom conveyed by Dave Fleischer in under ten minutes.

Years later I had the same feeling watching Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Kerry Conran's debut film was a tribute to this era which featured giants robots, timeless kingdoms atop the Himalayas, perky reporters and heroines with eye patches.

Everything in the film is CGI, except for the actors, which gives it a retro-futuristic air. With nods to Dave Fleischer, Flash Gordon, Indiana Jones (which is »

- Jose

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Exclusive: Marc Guggenheim Jumps From Green Lantern To Superman As New 'Action Comics' Writer

10 December 2009 6:53 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

"Green Lantern" and "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds isn't the only guy pulling double duty with some of comics most popular characters these days. Next year, "Green Lantern" movie (and former "FlashForward" television series) co-writer Marc Guggenheim will jump into the driver's seat on DC's "Action Comics" series and script the adventures of the Man of Steel himself, Superman.

With DC already announcing that its next big event will kick off in 2010 with the title "War of the Supermen," it looks to be a big year for Kal-El. I caught up with Guggenheim to get more details on his upcoming debut as the regular writer on one of the industry's longest-running series, and what he has planned for one of the world's most popular superheroes.

MTV: With "War of the Supermen" kicking off next year, it seems like there's going to be a lot going on with the Man of Steel »

- Rick Marshall

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How Superman Origin Changes Might Impact Future Stories

8 December 2009 1:30 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

From Splash Page: The "Superman" franchise is currently in the midst of a lengthy legal battle between DC Comics/Warner Bros. and the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Recently, the Siegel and Shuster estates were awarded the rights to certain aspects of the "Superman" origin story — namely, anything and everything relating to Kal-El's Kryptonian origins.

DC Entertainment's loss of Clark's alien roots has led to some understandable fan skepticism about whether a new "Superman" movie could work without at least a passing reference to the lead character's home planet, particularly considering the long-rumored plan of a complete "Superman" reboot.

But the recent announcement of "Superman: Earth One" — the first in a series of original, out-of-continuity graphic novels written by J. Michael Straczynski — could offer a glance at exactly how the Man of Steel might fly on the screen without the Krypton component.

Continue reading Could 'Superman: »

- Josh Wigler

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Could 'Superman: Earth One' Demonstrate How A Krypton-Free 'Superman' Movie Might Work?

8 December 2009 5:46 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

The "Superman" franchise is currently in the midst of a lengthy legal battle between DC Comics/Warner Bros. and the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Recently, the Siegel and Shuster estates were awarded the rights to certain aspects of the "Superman" origin story — namely, anything and everything relating to Kal-El's Kryptonian origins.

DC Entertainment's loss of Clark's alien roots has led to some understandable fan skepticism about whether a new "Superman" movie could work without at least a passing reference to the lead character's home planet, particularly considering the long-rumored plan of a complete "Superman" reboot.

But the recent announcement of "Superman: Earth One" — the first in a series of original, out-of-continuity graphic novels written by J. Michael Straczynski — could offer a glance at exactly how the Man of Steel might fly on the screen without the Krypton component.

In an interview with Ain't It Cool News, »

- Josh Wigler

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Review & Photos: An Evening with Pinewood Legends

8 December 2009 4:51 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a very special charity evening in aid of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation. It took place, as you might have guessed at the legendary Pinewood Studios just outside London near Windsor. The event was in aid of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, a charity that helps people with disabilities to increase independence and improve life skills.

The event was named the Pinewood Legends evening for a reason. Invited along as guests of the Foundation were:

Roy Button OBE (Senior Vice President & MD of Warner Bros.) Paul Weston (Stunts, Daylight, Superman I, II, III) Terence Clegg (Producer, Out of Africa, A Clock Work Orange) Mike Moran (Movie music score composer) Joss Williams (Special Effects Supervisor on Green Zone, Hell Boy 2, Rambo, The Bourne Ultimatum) Anthony Waye (Producer, Casino Royale) Saeed Jaffrey (Actor, Gandhi) Paul Hitchcock (Producers, Mission Impossible, Firefox)

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- David Sztypuljak

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Donna Troy goes solo in 'Titans'

7 December 2009 12:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mike Johnson will guest write a standalone issue of Titans focusing on Donna Troy. Titans #20 is the latest in the line of single 'day in the life' issues focusing on particular characters on the team. The former Superman/Batman co-writer will join the Titans creative team for a single issue that will see Troy returning to her former job as a photographer and battling the Fearsome Five. "[Group editor] Eddie Berganza graciously put me up for the gig when the call went out for writers as part of the Titans 'day in the life' series," Johnson told Newsarama. "I had a great experience working with Eddie when Michael Green and I were on Superman/Batman, and I'm grateful to Eddie for giving me my first solo gig, especially with a character (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup *Updated*

3 December 2009 1:00 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: Premieres To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. »

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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup

2 December 2009 11:41 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: U.S. Documentary Competition This year’s 16 films were selected from 862 submissions. Each film is a world premiere. Bhutto(Directors: Jessica Hernandez and Johnny O'Hara; Screenwriter: Johnny O'Hara)—A riveting journey through the life and work of  recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, »

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Chris Noth Discusses Playing Lex Luthor

2 December 2009 3:55 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Lex Luthor has benefited from many strong performances over the years from Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey in the features to Clancy Brown in the animated universe. Now, Chris Noth takes a turn at voicing the nefarious arch foe of Superman in February’s Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the all-new DC Universe Animated Original coming from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation.

The twist, of course, is that this is the Lex from Earth-3 (or whatever number they assign it) and he arrives to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril.

Noth has »

- Robert Greenberger

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Sundance 2010 competition lineup includes Temptation Of St Tony!

2 December 2009 1:12 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

And the first announcement is upon us and includes quite a few movies we've already reported on.. What does that include?

The incredible looking Estonian drama The Temptation of St. Tony for which we got the exclusive trailer on a while ago. It's by Veiko Õunpuu who did the incredible Sügisball and I'm greatly looking forward to seeing this.

From Spencer Susser, the director of the incredible zombie short I love Sarah Jane comes Hesher, his first feature which stars Jgl!

David Michôd's Australian thriller Animal Kingdom which stars Guy Pearce.

From Taiki Waititi, director of Eagle vs Shark comes Boy which we previously reported on, but then it was known as The Volcano.

Full list after the break!

U.S. Documentary Competition

This year’s 16 films were selected from 862 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.

Bhutto (Directors: Jessica Hernandez and Johnny O'Hara; Screenwriter: Johnny O'Hara)—A riveting »

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Sundance unveils 2010 lineup

2 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Although the Sundance Film Festival might have tried to wring some extra sunshine from its selections last year, the 2010 lineup looks to be back to its typical mirthless self. One could say it has gone from "You gotta give 'em hope" to "You gotta give 'em mope."

"That's our filmmakers," festival director John Cooper said with an amused mix of pride and resignation. "There's some lightness in here somewhere."

Yes, it's wedged back behind the assassinations, political corruption, war carnage, crumbling educational system and Khmer Rouge revelations. The fest, which runs Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, might start to feel like 11 Days of Glummer.

But perhaps that's to be expected. The implosion of the independent distribution system amid the ever-present threats of a maimed economy and two wars has provided festival organizers and filmmakers an opportunity to cut loose and follow their probing passions, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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What Should Warner Bros. Do About Superman?

30 November 2009 2:26 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Anne Thompson over at Thompson on Hollywood ran a Superman post the other day that basically reiterates a lot of the things we’ve been reporting here at Screen Rant all throughout the Summer/Fall of 2009:

The rights to the character are still being fought over by DC Comics/Warner Bros. and the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Dce/WB has No plans to rush a Superman movie into production before a 2013 legal deadline. The franchise is effectively in limbo at the moment. As far as we can tell, ain’t nobody doin’ nuthin’ about it.

Comic book movie fans, right now one of our biggest icons is being benched because of some legal hangups, a loss of purpose and direction and a general sense of greed run amok. So what’s to be done about it? I have some suggestions and I know you do too… »

- Kofi Outlaw

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Legal Issues and Indecision Keep Superman on Hold at WB

29 November 2009 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We pretty much knew this; the fact that Superman is completely stalled at WB is barely news. In July, Alan Horn said the property wasn't in development and that no script was underway. There's legal trouble with the Siegel family -- well, 'legal trouble' if you're Warner Bros. If you're the Siegel family it might be called 'regaining control'. Questions of whether the heirs of Jerome Siegel deserve proceeds from the character he sold to Detective Comics in 1938 aside, the situation is nearly a catch-22 at this point. WB will soon have to negotiate a deal with the Siegel and Shuster estates, which in 2013 will have joint control over the material in Action Comics #1, putting the core elements of the character in their control. WB can develop and release a new film before then, but doesn't have a good idea how to do that right now. After a »

- Russ Fischer

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Superman Still Trying To Power Through Legal Troubles

28 November 2009 2:29 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In the beginning of Superman Returns the man of steel has been inexplicably absent for several years, but, of course, he makes a grand return to go on another epic adventure. Well, it looks like the film franchise is following in Superman.s footsteps, minus the whole homecoming thing. Despite positive reviews, Superman Returns ended up as sequel kryptonite, sending plans for another installment into deep space. Turns out, those plans aren.t long gone, they.re just on hold. According to Indie Wire, Warner Bros. is saying no to another Superman, but only until the copyright issues are settled. The battle between the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerome Siegel, DC Comic and Warner Bros. has been an ongoing escapade for quite some time. The Siegels claim they.re owed some of the profits from 2006.s Superman Returns. Back in July, a judge ruled that DC, but not Warner Bros. »

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Why Superman Is On Hold

27 November 2009 6:11 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

We've talked about this on the site before, but here's a pretty good rundown on why the Superman franchise is in (inexplicable) limbo right now.The project is on hold as the studio waits to emerge from legal limbo over the fate of the Superman heirs. It’s about who controls what divided rights going forward and who owes what to whom when. Warners may be trying to settle with the Siegel and Shuster families, who in 2013 will retrieve the copyright of the Superman material published in Detective Comics’ Action Comics Vol. 1, in order to merge all the Superman rights.As the studio is waiting to resolve the legal dispute, there’s no movement on the project. Production execs at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have been culling the various pitches that have come in, and are eager to start development on a sequel. Who knew, when Brandon Routh played »

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Week in Geek: Kenneth Branagh's Thor is coming together

26 November 2009 7:45 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Anthony Hopkins to Natalie Portman, Thor is picking up steam with a raft of castings, but how closely will the film stick to Stan Lee's 1962 comic?

Kenneth Branagh is a lucky man. Unlike the unfortunate director who will, eventually, be tasked with reviving the fortunes of Superman, Branagh is bringing to the big screen a superhero (Thor) with no movie precedent. The closest thing to the son of Odin who's popped up on film so far has been the hunky car mechanic who slightly resembled him in Chris Columbus's trashy 1987 comedy Adventures in Babysitting.

And Branagh seems to be making all the right moves. He's avoided reported studio pressure to cast a famous face – Josh Hartnett was said to be in the running – and instead plumped for the little-known Chris Hemsworth, who was Captain Kirk's dad in Star Trek for about five minutes. As everyone who saw Daredevil knows, »

- Ben Child

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Turns Out Warner Bros. Has Plans for Superman After All

25 November 2009 9:05 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

All the news coming out of the Superman camp the past few months seem to have concerned one of two things: 1) the legal issues involving the heirs of the character's creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster; 2) and whether Warner Bros had any sense of the sort of direction in which they hoped to go with another film, assuming they could get another film off the ground (the official studio word was no Superman feature was forthcoming—legalize for "even if we had plans, we wouldn't tell you").

Today we learn from Thompson on Hollywood that the studio is indeed evaluating pitches for a new film, and that it plans to settle with the Siegel and Schuster families and work out a deal with them to merge all the Superman rights.

Once that is completed, executives at Warners are anxious to get a new Superman movie off the ground.

According to the report, »

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