10 items from 2017
Starz’s “American Gods” was eagerly anticipated among fantasy and sci-fi fans — not just because of the Neil Gaiman novel on which it’s based, but also because it comes from creators and showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. Of their East L.A. offices, Fuller’s is notable for its ’60s retro furniture and decor and Green’s for the gruesome-looking prop that he hurls scissors at all day.
“Doctor Who” super-fans refer to themselves as Whovians. Fuller’s NBC drama “Hannibal” had its Fannibals. And Fuller has a pillow to commemorate them by — sent to him by fans, featuring Hugh Dancy’s Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen’s Dr. Hannibal Lecter. “The Hannigram pillow really is just an acknowledgement of the significance of the Fannibals who sent it to me and the connection between the storyteller and the audience,” he says. “As a Fannibal myself, I find a lot of support in that community »
- Daniel Holloway
Those who have been keeping up with Marvel’s latest YouTube happenings may very well be aware of the “Alien Nation” videos being circulated with the intention of promoting The Mighty Captain Marvel. Blending the art of motion comics, narration and featured musical guests, each have succeeded at helping us understand the world of Carol Danvers.
In the latest offering, writer Magaret Stohl and editor Sana Amanat take us on a guided tour of issue #3, which apparently sees the titular heroine deal with some of the more difficult aspects of the superhero life. Knowing that the previous installment contained elements seldom seen in stories such as this, it feels only natural that things get real before long. In addition to all that, readers can look forward to seeing more from Alpha Flight.
As for the musical side of things, Japanese Breakfast provides this month’s audio treat, specifically “In Heaven” from their debut album Psychopomp. »
- Eric Joseph
Will Smith costarred in his first major superhero movie (no, we're not counting Hancock) a mere seven months ago with Suicide Squad, and from the looks of it his character, Deadshot, will return again soon, either in a sequel or another DC-branded movie. But before we see Smith don the assassin's costume yet again, he'll be in a unique monster movie hitting Netflix later this year called Bright. The first trailer for Bright -- which sort of feels like Alien Nation...
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Will Smith is only a few months out from costarring in his first major superhero movie (no, we're not counting Hancock) with Suicide Squad, and from the looks of it his character Deadshot will return again soon, either in a sequel or another DC-branded movie. But before we see Smith don the assassin's costume yet again, he'll be in a unique monster movie hitting Netflix later this year called Bright. The first trailer for Bright -- which sort of feels like Alien Nation meets Lord of the Rings -- arrived during the Oscars, and you can check it out below. With Bright, Smith reteams with Suicide Squad director David Ayer for a movie (written by Chronicle's Max Landis, mind you) about a world where fantasty creatures like Orcs live side by side with humans...
- Erik Davis
Netflix won out a bidding war which saw Landis on the receiving end of more than $3 million for his screenplay. This Landis kid, hey?
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patro [Continued ...] »
When I saw the trailer for Bright, I didn’t immediately compare the two but if you’ll recall, there was a movie and television show about aliens and humans co-existing. That show was called Alien Nation. Remember? The movie came out in 1988 and the television show lasted a whopping one season from 1989-1990. However, when you think about where movies are now when it comes to aliens and humans, Alien Nation was way ahead of its time. I simply think people weren’t ready for it yet. We’re talking 30 years since that movie and show were made. If there were
I Think It’s Time for an Alien Nation Reboot, Don’t You? »
- Nat Berman
Netflix may not have had any feature films in contention this year, but they still managed to make a splash on Oscars night.
As “Suicide Squad,” the last collaboration between director David Ayer and star Will Smith, won an award tonight, Netflix dropped our first look at their next project. “Bright,” which is set for release later this year, tells the story of a police officer (Smith) who has to face a nefarious invading force…with a Sword.
Though this sneak peek puts Smith front and center, we also get our first glimpse at a very Galadriel-like Noomi Rapace and Joel Edgerton as a criminal Orc. Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez and Ike Barinholtz also co-star. This crime/fantasy mash-up comes courtesy of “Chronicle” writer Max Landis.
- Steve Greene
Recently, Marvel has been putting out some rather informative and entertaining videos hyping up new releases, one example of which was the first in the line of “Captain Marvel: Alien Nation” promos that blended motion comics with music and narration. So, if you enjoyed the previous offering, you’ll probably be pleased to know that another has found its way online as to celebrate the release of The Mighty Captain Marvel #2.
In it, writer Margaret Stohl and editor Sana Amanat walk us through the finer aspects of the story, while avoiding major spoilers. Needless to say, this issue offers up a multifaceted experience. Not only does it squarely place the focus on a strong female lead, but it also addresses how Carol Danvers helps pay Alpha Flight’s bills: By having her own TV show. Now that’s something you don’t see in every superhero comic, eh?
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- Eric Joseph
In order to celebrate its new series, The Mighty Captain Marvel, the House of Ideas has just released a cool new video bringing readers up to speed in a matter of minutes. Somewhat similar to its Marvel 101 web series, this “Alien Nation” clip is a bit more entertaining in its presentation as writer Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red, Black Widow: Red Vengeance) and editor Sana Amanat sum up the history of Captain Marvel in a nutshell – and we’re not just talking about Carol Danvers.
Although, considering she’s getting her first feature film starring Brie Larson in the not too distant future, Carol is understandably the primary focus here. Aside from the usual round of superheroics, it should be quite interesting to see how Stohl adapts her to living in a post-Civil War II world.
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- Eric Joseph
Man, I've been championing Netflix's new urban-fantasy film Bright since I first heard it announced. While the plot "End Of Watch meets Lord Of The Rings where a seasoned human cop must partner up with the city's first Orc on the force" sounds like a fantasy version of Alien Nation, I still think it sounds awesome. I mean, what's wrong with Alien Nation?... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
10 items from 2017
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