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Justice League movie review: grab ’em by the fanboy

MaryAnn’s quick take… The cinematic equivalent of Trump and Brexit as awfulness brought upon ourselves. Incoherent and cheap-looking. There are no heroes, and everything is broken. I’m “biast” (pro): loved Wonder Woman, liked Man of Steel

I’m “biast” (con): …but not a fan of the other Dceu movies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

These are the times that try woman’s soul. Trump. Brexit. Harvey Weinstein. Al Franken. (Really? Damn.) Global warming. Syria. Everything is awful. Everything is broken. Blake Shelton is People’s Sexiest Man alive? Christ, someone make it stop.

So it’s actually rather brilliant of Warner Bros and DC to fully embrace the everything-is-shit zeitgeist with a movie that just throws up its hands and agrees that the world and those in charge of it are garbage. Justice League is almost a meta exegesis of reality in
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Craig T. Rumar, Agent for Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Dies at 85

Craig T. Rumar, Agent for Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Dies at 85
Craig T. Rumar, a talent agent who represented Sylvester Stallone in negotiations for Rocky and handled Arnold Schwarzenegger's deal for Conan the Barbarian, has died. He was 85.

Rumar died Oct. 25 in Athens, Texas, after a battle with Lewy body dementia, a publicist announced.

Serving as Stallone's agent, Rumar — working with Larry Kubik, his business partner at Film Artists Management Enterprises — negotiated and packaged the deal with producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and United Artists that would bring Rocky (1976) to the big screen.

Stallone had written the screenplay and insisted that he also portray Philadelphia...
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Remake For "Red Sonja"

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Millennium Media ("The Expendables") are developing a remake of the 1985 feature "Red Sonja":

"Red Sonja" was created by writer Roy Thomas and illustrator Barry Smith, as a female foil to their Marvel Comics version of author Robert E. Howard's "Conan the Barbarian".

Millennium's Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta, Cinelou's Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon will produce the new film.

Howard created female warriors 'Bêlit' and 'Valeria', for the "Weird Tales" magazine stories "Queen of the Black Coast"...

...and "Red Nails"...

...also creating character 'Red Sonya', aka 'Sonya of Rogatino', who although not a 'sword 'n sorcery' hero, carried a pistol, debuting in "The Magic Carpet Magazine" (1934).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Red Sonja"...
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Red Sonja reboot moving forward in the wake of Wonder Woman success

Having been stuck in development hell for the best part of a decade, it looks like the Red Sonja reboot may finally be moving forward thanks to the box office success of Warner Bros.’ female-led DC blockbuster Wonder Woman.

According to Deadline, Millennium Media is moving forward with a new movie, which is being produced by Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta alongside of Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon of Cinelou. The idea is to fast track the project, and the search is now underway for a writer.

“We have been waiting for the right time for this remake,” said Lerner. “With the success of Wonder Woman, the audience has spoken. They want female heroes.”

Loosely based on Conan creator Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya of Rogantino, Red Sonja debuted in the Marvel Comics series Conan the Barbarian #23 in 1973, and was portrayed by Brigitte Nielsen in the 1985 feature film.

Robert Rodriguez
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Ed Catto: One Man’s Treasure

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You know the old saying: One’s man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That applies to me and my pals so often.

Now, I realize I’m very blessed: I have a great bunch of friends. I share interests and/or a long history with each them. I guess that’s part of the definition of a friend. But we don’t all love the same stuff. And when it comes to Geek Culture, a bunch of my friends just aren’t that into it.

I pity those fools as I flip through the latest PaperGirls.

Freddie P is that type of friend. He’s a long-time pal. We grew up in the same small town, kept in touch through college and lived near another in those wild just-a-few-years-outta-college days. After that, we always stayed in touch. We’ve watched each other’s families grow up. We laughed
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Preview of Wonder Woman/Conan #1

The Amazon Warrior meets the Cimmerian Barbarian today with the release of the first issue of the six-issue crossover series Wonder Woman/Conan, and we’ve got a preview for you here courtesy of DC and Dark Horse Comics; check it out…

What makes one a legend? How do legends carve their names into history, when countless others are forgotten? Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian are destined by the fates to be legendary, but when their stories collide, will both emerge victorious, or will the fickle Gods cut their lives short? Co-published with Dark Horse Comics.

Wonder Woman/Conan #1 is out now, priced $3.99.
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This Wonder Woman/Conan exclusive brings Diana into a barbarian’s world

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As a past writer of both Wonder Woman and Red Sonja comics, Gail Simone is well versed in both superhero storytelling and pulp fantasy, making her a great choice to pen the first meeting of Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian. Wonder Woman/Conan The Barbarian is a new six-issue miniseries from DC Comics and Dark…

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Hollywood Flashback: In 1984, Grace Jones Slayed in 'Conan the Destroyer'

Hollywood Flashback: In 1984, Grace Jones Slayed in 'Conan the Destroyer'
Grace Jones, the subject of Sophie Fiennes’ documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, which premiered Sept. 7 at Tiff, drew her first film-world blood with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1984’s Conan the Destroyer.

In this sequel to the 1982 blockbuster Conan the Barbarian, Schwarzenegger was teamed up with basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, Sarah Douglas (who had played Kryptonian villainess Ursa in a pair of Superman movies) and Jones. The Hollywood Reporter said the pairing made the film “a bit reminiscent of The Professionals mixed with The Wizard of Oz.” However, THR gushed over Jones, saying she “proves [to be] the movie’s...
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Batman, Indiana Jones and Other Big Movie Props Go Up for Auction

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Batman, Indiana Jones and Other Big Movie Props Go Up for Auction
600 iconic movie props including Jack Nicholson's Joker costume form the 1989 Batman, Conan's sword, the infamous Indiana Jones bullwhip, and an egg from Aliens are all about to go up for sale. This is a huge collection with too many awesome pieces to list. Earlier this summer, some pretty amazing pieces of Star Wars memorabilia went up for auction, which included an R2-D2 droid used in multiple movies, that sold for a whopping $2.76 million dollars. Rick Moranis' Dark Helmet and a miniature Winnebago from Spaceballs also recently sold for some impressive cash through a different auction site.

Wired reports that the 600 items are being auctioned off through the Prop Store in London, England. They reached out to Brandon Alinger, a movie prop expert at the Prop Store, to find out where all of the pieces came from. He had this to say.

"The pieces have been sourced from a variety of different places,
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‘Alien’ Eggs, Marty McFly’s Shoes, Conan the Barbarian’s Sword, and Other Movie Props to Be Auctioned in London

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‘Alien’ Eggs, Marty McFly’s Shoes, Conan the Barbarian’s Sword, and Other Movie Props to Be Auctioned in London
If you ever wanted to own a xenomorph egg from “Alien,” Conan the Barbarian’s sword, Indiana Jones’ whip, or any number of other famous movie props, now’s your chance. Wired reports that a massive auction will take place in London later this month, with some 600 items going for sale — it’s what Prop Store calls the “multi-consignor” sale, according to an email sent to Wired from the company’s Brandon Alinger.

Read More:Abdellatif Kechiche is Auctioning Off ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ Palme d’Or to Finance New Film

“The pieces have been sourced from a variety of different places, including private collectors, studios and production companies, industry personnel, and rental houses,” adds Alinger. Pretty much everything on the list is prohibitively expensive — the cheapest item starts at $971, while an Ilm camera used on “The Empire Strikes Back” has a starting bid of nearly $130,000 — but window shopping never hurt anybody.
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Hollywood royalty by Anne-Katrin Titze

Penélope Cruz as Macarena Granada in Fernando Trueba's The Queen Of Spain is presented an Oscar by Cary Grant

In my conversation with Fernando Trueba at the W Hotel Union Square in New York, he paid tribute to Emilio Ruiz del Río, who also worked with Stanley Kubrick (Spartacus), David Lean (Lawrence Of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago), Nicholas Ray (King Of Kings), John Milius (Conan The Barbarian), and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). Fernando's latest, The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De España) stars Penélope Cruz who was also his The Girl Of Your Dreams (La Niña De Tus Ojos) with Antonio Resines, Santiago Segura, Rosa Maria Sardà, Jorge Sanz, Jesús Bonilla, and Loles León, who all return here.

Penélope Cruz as Queen Isabella of Castile with John Scott (Clive Revill): "He is not John Ford but he is inspired by him."

In The Queen Of Spain, Mandy Patinkin,
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‘Conan the Barbarian’ and ‘The Legend of Hercules’ 4K Blu-ray Bound

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced plans to pull a couple fantasy action films out of their catalog and debut Conan the Barbarian and The Legend of Hercules on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a September 19th release date.

Conan the Barbarian is the modern remake starring Jason Mamoa of Game of Thrones fame in the titular role made famous by a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. It co-stars Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, and Ron Perlman.

The Legend of Hercules is not the 2014 version starring Dwayne Johnson, but instead the competing Hercules-themed film from the same year starring Kellan Lutz as the mythical Greek hero with Renny Harlin directing.

Both 4K releases will feature Hdr and Dolby Atmos audio tracks.

Pre-order The Legend of Hercules on 4K Blu-ray for a discounted price at Amazon.

Pre-order Conan The Barbarian on 4K Blu-ray for a discounted price at Amazon.

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Scott Glenn on 'The Defenders' and Why 'Silence of the Lambs' Is a Coming-of-Age Movie

Scott Glenn on 'The Defenders' and Why 'Silence of the Lambs' Is a Coming-of-Age Movie
There is a certain relish to the way Scott Glenn describes a knife. His voice – a sort of Midwestern drawl that has a touch of Pittsburgh flint and a lot of Ketchum, Idaho, where he's called home for decades, in it – stays slow and steady as he talks about some of the various weapons he's been using in his martial-arts training lately. You can tell from the gleam in his eye, however, that the actor is getting a serious kick out detailing his recent discoveries in self-defense cutlery.

"There's this one called a karambit,
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‘Stardust’: A Magical, Extravagant, and Wildly Imaginative Fantasy Adventure

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

Once upon a time in the human kingdom behind the Wall, a structure so profoundly regular it simply had to have some magical properties, there lived a curious and courageous boy who had the potential to combine
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He'll be back: why old age can't keep Arnold Schwarzenegger down

The man they call the Austrian Oak has wielded a sword, a shotgun and a governor’s pen. But as he turns 70, is time finally catching up with Arnie?

All his life, Arnold Schwarzenegger has embodied dominance. Mr Olympia, Conan the Barbarian, the Terminator, the Governator – on screen or on a podium he was the biggest, the strongest, the mightiest. Whether wielding a sword, a shotgun or a governor’s pen, as a film character or himself, he exulted in success – in victory.

“Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of the women.” “I’ll be back.” “If they don’t have the guts, I call them girlie men.” He was, and seemingly always would be, the Austrian Oak.

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Sword & Sorcery Heroes Make 4K HD Debuts

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Experience the exhilarating adventures of the legendary heroes in the most amazing picture quality available today when both Conan the Barbarian and The Legend of Hercules arrive separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on September 19 from Lionsgate. In Conan the Barbarian, Jason Momoa portrays the vengeful warrior on a quest to find and kill the evil warlord who murdered his father when he was a boy. Directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and written by Tehomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood, the film also stars Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, and Ron Perlman. From director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) and written by Sean Hood and Daniel Giat, The Legend of Hercules, a Summit Entertainment release, tells the origin story of the mythical Greek hero, played by Kellan Lutz.

Both movies are available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD,
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‘Tron’ at 35: Star Jeff Bridges, Creators Detail the Uphill Battle of Making the CGI Classic

‘Tron’ at 35: Star Jeff Bridges, Creators Detail the Uphill Battle of Making the CGI Classic
Disney’s “Tron,” the granddaddy of CGI animated films, celebrates its 35th anniversary on July 9. And over the decades, the sci-fi adventure has spawned video games, the 2010 movie sequel “Tron: Legacy,” a high-tech ride at Shanghai Disney, an animated series, and even talk of a possible third sequel with Oscar winner Jared Leto in early talks to star.

And “Tron” has influenced CGI animators worldwide. In fact, Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter has acknowledged that “Without ‘Tron,’ there would be no ‘Toy Story.’”

But back in 1982, not only did “Tron” receive mixed reviews from critics and audiences, Hollywood didn’t welcome the film, which paid homage to “The Wizard of Oz” and “Metropolis,” with open arms.

“It certainly wasn’t the reaction we expected,” said Steven Lisberger, who wrote and directed the film starring Jeff Bridges as computer games creator who finds himself zapped inside a power hungry Master Control program after he hacks into the mainframe
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Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction

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Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction
Earlier this month, we reported that the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber used in A New Hope was being put up for auction, along with a complete, "film-used R2-D2" prop and Darth Vader's helmet. The auction took place earlier this week in Calabasas, California, and while the Luke Skywalker lightsaber was expected to be one of the big ticket items, the R2-D2 unite was the talk of the auction, selling for a whopping $2.76 million. While the buyer's identity was not revealed, it was the most expensive item sold off.

The Daily Mail reports that the other Star Wars items sold for a pretty penny as well. The original Luke Skywalker lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope sold for $450,000, while the Darth Vader helmet sold for $96,000, both of which were far above expectations. The Profiles in Hollywood auction revealed in their press release issued earlier this month that
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Superhero Bits: Spider-Man: Homecoming Runtime, Wonder Woman Meets Conan the Barbarian & More

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Superhero Bits: Spider-Man: Homecoming Runtime, Wonder Woman Meets Conan the Barbarian & More
Which comic book movies landed Teen Choice Awards nominations? Want to see Wonder Woman teamed up with Conan the Barbarian? Are Marvel Studios actors allowed to do DC Comics movies it the opportunity presented itself? Want to see a trailer for The Batman cut in the style of the Black Panther teaser? How long is […]

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DC and Dark Horse announce Wonder Woman/Conan crossover

Den of Geek is reporting that the Amazon Princess will be teaming up with Conan the Cimmerian this September as DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics launch the six-issue crossover series Wonder Woman/Conan from writer Gail Simone, artist Aaron Lopresti, inker Matt Ryan, and colorist Wendy Broome.

“I love crossovers, I love Wonder Woman, and being able to bring the undisputed greatest warriors of the Dcu and Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age together for the very first time is a dream come true,” said Simone.

What makes one a legend? How do legends carve their name into history, when countless others are forgotten? Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian are destined by the fates to be legendary, but when their stories collide, will both emerge victorious, or will the fickle Gods cut their lives short?

Wonder Woman/Conan #1 will go on sale on September 20th.
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