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Day 3 of Sdcc '14 marks the end of an era with "True Blood's" last panel. It's joined by fellow fangers "The Vampire Diaries," the witches of "Salem" and "Ahs: Coven," "Grimm," Sin City, "Constantine," Troma, and lots more.
Per usual, we have the horror highlights along with info on a few other panels that should be of general interest (plus a couple of things for the kids). Be sure to visit the official 2014 San Diego Comic-Con website for the full lineup.
Day 3: Saturday, July 26, 2014
10 Am - The Simpsons
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am - Ballroom 20
10 Am - Idw: Summer Blockbusters!
- Debi Moore
I know many people come to Cinelinx.com and wonder why a movie and video game website is covering a rock band. Well Kiss isn't Just a rock band. Since their first appearance in Howard the Duck #12 in 1977, the hottest band in the world has fought off creatures from different worlds and transformed into different bodies and species to battle against the forces of evil in the universe. They also appeared in their own movie in which they fended off the "Attack of the Phantoms." I would say that cult classic film and 37 years of comic book history gives Kiss the right to be on Cinelinx.com.
It’s evident Kiss takes its song “Hotter Than Hell” literally. The band proved themselves over the past forty years as they picked and chose what they wanted to do and when they wanted to do it. They keep stepping up to the »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’
George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.
When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?
Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel began life as a small-time comic book publisher called Timely Publications and released their first comic book in October of 1939 featuring the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner. For over sixty years, they dealt with a rollercoaster of popularity and public interest, at times reveling in great success with properties such as Spider-Man and at other times barely making it by. In 1996, Marvel filed for bankruptcy when the industry slumped, but now, in 2014, Marvel is an absolute powerhouse and is leading not only the comics industry, but the film industry as well. Today we’ll look at the history of Marvel and the events that led them to a point where they could become a movie-making behemoth.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 1 of a four part special event as we explore where Marvel came from, how they rose to silver screen prominence, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
This week marked the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters II, a sequel that very few people consider to be a good movie. Some us, though, don't mind watching it for a few favorite moments, some of them involving Peter MacNicol, some involving Bill Murray, some involving Rick Moranis, some involving the river of slime. There are genuinely great bits in what's otherwise a mediocre comedy, and that's something that happens a lot. Those gold nuggets wrapped in a ball of crap can be the stuff that makes a guilty pleasure, but when they're really notable is when we can't even use them to defend the bigger picture. It's one thing to totally enjoy, say, Howard the Duck (as I do), but it's another to only appreciate Jeffrey Jones's performance in the...
- Christopher Campbell
With "Grace of Monaco" shaping up to be a camp classic in the making - several critics out of Cannes have called out the film's "unintentionally hilarious" qualities - our minds immediately traveled back to favorite guilty pleasures of yore, from the utter perfection of old standards like "Mommie Dearest" and "Howard the Duck" to newer entries in the "so bad it's good" canon like Taylor Lautner's "Abduction" and Will Smith's "After Earth." Throw in a few under-the-radar gems ("Mac and Me," anyone?) and you've got yourself a damn fine way to spend a lazy weekend. After scrolling through the gallery below, vote for your favorite guilty pleasure in the poll further down. »
- Guy Lodge, Melinda Newman, Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Liane Bonin Starr, Dave Lewis, Louis Virtel
My Spidey senses tell me that history repeats itself, sometimes pretty fast. Ten years ago Spider-Man 2 opened up and crushed box office records. It was also very well received; it has a 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and when people name their favorite superhero movie of all time, it joins the conversation with The Dark Knight, The Avengers, The Incredibles and Howard the Duck. Ok, one of those isn't normally mentioned. So, can The Amazing Spider-Man 2 match up with Spider-Man 2? Let's find out in this week's Film Face-off. Peter Parker Spider-Man 2 Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker. As Peter he's a plucky sort who's trying to remain upbeat even though Mary Jane Watson...
- Jeff Bayer
Happy birthday, Sixteen Candles, you’re really weird. Perhaps you’ve forgotten just how weird Sixteen Candles is, but rest assured, it’s weird. John Hughes’ directorial debut arrived in theaters on May 4, 1984 (Star Wars Day, as the Internet recognizes it), making it officially thirty-years-old today. At the time, Hughes had already penned Mr. Mom, National Lampoon’s Vacation and a bunch of episodes of Delta House, but Sixteen Candles marked his first foray behind the camera in a directorial capacity. The fact that the film is rarely referred to as a very, very weird little comedy is both a total shame and fairly understandable, if only because it’s much easier to forget the skewed nature of Hughes’ comedic sensibilities and instead focus on the important thing – it’s a teen romance starring Molly Ringwald – that defined a large section of Hughes’ career, for better or worse. Plenty of eighties films were just plain weird – consider »
- Kate Erbland
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.
A race against time and the elements as a gladiator attempts to save his true love from certain death as a volcano erupts, threatening to engulf the city beneath it.
And here it is, ladies and gentlemen, a considered and factually accurate reconstruction of the events surrounding the fateful eruption of a bloody big hill in Italy. Wait, hang on a minute…who is directing this again? Paul W.S. Anderson, you say? Hmm, on second thoughts, can I have my money back..?
Yes indeed, the man responsible for such cinematic masterpieces as Alien Vs Predator and all of the Resident Evil movies (the games had more atmosphere) is here to completely muck about with history for the sake of entertainment. Event Horizon is not a »
- Steve Leadbetter
Feature James Clayton 2 May 2014 - 06:25
What could the much-anticipated May the 4th Star Wars announcement reveal? James makes a few tongue-in-cheek predictions...
Laugh it up, fuzzball! Time for a celebration, it is. Cantina Band music and Ewok dancing, there must be. Movie screenings, mock lightsaber fights and cosplay events, we shall have. Yes, hmmm, talk like Yoda we will for on Sunday it shall be May 4th so, yes hrrrrm, Intergalactic Star Wars Day it is and - dropping the annoying Yoda-speak now - it's one of the most important annual dates on the geek culture calendar.
"May the Fourth be with you!" It's a lispy homophonic pun on "May the Force be with you". I hope you see how that works and are going to have a moment celebrating the saga on Sunday. If you are, I embrace you as a fellow Star Wars fan and send an »
"I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet... but your kids are gonna love it."
Howard The Duck is the cinematic equivalent of Marty McFly's wild guitar solo at the end of Back To The Future. Packed full of enthusiasm, sincere intentions and a desire to treat audiences to something new, they both silenced the masses and left them dumbfounded. The difference is, almost three decades on from Howard's arrival, the kids still don't love him. The adults don't give a pluck about our feathered friend either. It's their loss.
One of life's great underducks, popular belief is that Howard would have been better served to audiences doused in hoisin sauce and wrapped in pancake rather than imprinted onto celluloid. This much-maligned and misunderstood movie about a duck being transported from his parallel 'Duckworld' to earth and saving it from a Dark Overlord is an unsung hero of experimental, »
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Comic book movies have provided us with some of Hollywood’s most memorable characters over the years – though not always for the right reasons.
There have been some absolutely awful characters depicted and some truly stinking performances – Howard the Duck, Julian McMahon’s Doctor Doom, Topher Grace’s Venom and Vinnie Jones’ Juggernaut are examples of characters and performances that we’d all rather forget – but there have undoubtedly been some great counter-examples. Now that the initial stigma that was attached to comic book movies has disappeared (people really didn’t take them seriously for a while), big things are expected from them as A-list actors are increasingly becoming attached to them and giving highly accomplished performances.
Villain portrayals in particular have proven to bring out the best in actors in a lot of cases, with the evil-doers arguably outdoing the heroes on the popularity front overall »
- Kev Stewart
In what may be an 'April Fools' prank, it has been reported that the home of 'Donald Duck' is bringing together Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios for a fresh live-action reboot of creator Steve Gerber's "Howard The Duck".
'Howard the Duck' is a three-foot-tall anthropomorphic duck, who generally wears a tie and shirt, and is almost always smoking a cigar. In the 1970's, Disney originally threatened Marvel with legal action due to Howard's resemblance to 'Donald Duck', forcing Marvel to redesign the character.
His near-constant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native 'Beverly Switzler'. Howard found himself on Earth due to a shift in the 'Cosmic Axis' from a world similar to Earth. »
- Michael Stevens
Superheroes might be big business in the movie world right now, but that hasn't always been the case. Despite the success of the early Christopher Reeve Superman films and Tim Burton's Batman outings, the genre was something of a poisoned chalice for filmmakers throughout the '80s and '90s. Buoyed by Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie, Hollywood mined the pages of DC and Marvel Comics in search of the next big thing. Unfortunately, small budgets and shaky scripts resulted in a string of flops ranging from Supergirl (1983) to Howard the Duck (1986). And yet, impossibly, things would get even worse for the comic book genre in the years that followed.
In 1989, the same year Tim Burton's Batman hit cinemas, Dolph Lundgren led The Punisher, a violent action-thriller based on Marvel character Frank Castle. A vigilante who takes revenge on criminals after his family is murdered in a mob killing, »
Marvel Studios and Disney are looking into developing creator Steve Gerber's Marvel Comics/Lucasfilm property "Howard The Duck", originally a parody of Walt Disney's 'Donald Duck', to see if the profane squawker has potential for an adult comedy feature, along the lines of "Ted".
'Howard the Duck' is a three-foot-tall anthropomorphic duck, who generally wears a tie and shirt.
In the 1970's, Disney originally threatened Marvel with legal action due to Howard's resemblance to 'Donald Duck', forcing Marvel to redesign the character.
Howard's near-constant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native 'Beverly Switzler', with Howard transported to Earth due to a shift in the 'Cosmic Axis'.
Created by Gerber and illustrator Val Mayerik, "Howard the Duck" debuted in Marvel's "Adventure into Fear" #19 in 1973, and by 1976 was given his own title.
- Michael Stevens
"Look, if I wanted to watch Spaceballs, I'd Watch Spaceballs!"
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These were just a few of the things overheard after the much anticipated trailer debut of director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy last night. While fanboys and comic book aficionados 'get it', the general public is non-pulsed. In their eyes, this looks like a campy space movie. And if the second trailer doesn't step it up, it will surely be another flop for Disney on par with John Carter and The Lone Ranger. Right now, we can compare it to the now classic midnight movie staple Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which tanked hard but found solid support amongst true believers. While it's viewed as one of the great comic book adaptations of all-time, the general public just didn't get it. After hearing some of the responses last night from 'normal' folks who watched this trailer, »
It could be argued that a large number of superheroes should already have had movies by now and that you could, in theory, just pluck any of them out and claim that’s the case.
However, there are a number of quality and popular heroes who genuinely should already have had the titular movie treatment – especially given some of the heroes who’ve already had a movie ahead of them.
Why, for example, did Howard the Duck get a movie nearly 30 years ago while countless numbers of undeniably more popular superheroes are yet to get a look in? Don’t get us wrong, Howard the Duck is cool and quirky in his own special way, but he should hardly be at the top of the list (a notion justified by the awful reception the movie received, with renowned film critic Leonard Maltin describing it as a ”hopeless mess… a gargantuan »
- Kev Stewart
Hell Comes to Frogtown, 1988.
Sam Hell is a prisoner of the female faction who took over the Us after nuclear war. Mutants thrive in the wasteland while humans face possible extinction due to infertility. Bomb strapped to his crotch, Hell is forced to rescue a group of fertile women from a harem ran by an evil mutant gang.
Imagine if Planet of the Apes didn't have the social commentary, was a lot simpler, more misogynistic, with less character and frogs instead of apes and you should get a good idea of what to expect from Hell Comes to Frogtown. A dumb (but campy fun) 80s action-comedy starring wrestling legend Roddy Piper.
Let's hope the director's decision to abandon his latest film following a script leak is just a minor Tarantantrum. The western genre desperately needs his rejuvenating influence
For every cinephile that delights in Quentin Tarantino's penchant for opulent dialogue and magpie film-historian's eye, there's another who sees the Us director of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill movies as a garish charlatan who survives on a habit of plundering the past. But the news today that the film-maker is to shelve his recently announced followup to Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, should be cause for no one who cares about the future of the western to celebrate.
Having seen the Oscar-winning screenplay for Django leaked only a few days after it was completed in May 2011, Tarantino says he was aghast to discover that his new script is also now in the public domain. In an interview with Deadline, »
- Ben Child
Every day now as I arrive back at Northwood train station from my day job, it sits there staring me in the face. Big, blue, empty and sad, the shell of Blockbuster Video whose bones have been picked clean by bargain hunters over the last month and whose dead carcass now sits there as an eyesore on the high street, waiting to become a major chain opticians in January. Situated right next door to another locally owned smaller opticians, ironic really considering what Blockbuster did to the locally owned video stores I grew up with.
The signs were there for years really, the end was coming fast and was in the air even before the big financial crash of 2008. Blockbuster died in a manner that is still threatening HMV who somehow weathered the storm and barely made it out, the market has changed and the old guard represented by physical »
- Chris Holt
20 items from 2014
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