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Though there have been many Lego movies over the years, next year’s The Lego Movie marks the brand’s first full theatrical feature. And that, folks, is definitely something to get excited about.
Helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the co-directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the animated comedy boasts an all-star voice cast, and is pretty much guaranteed to be a winner early next year. And whilst its February 2014 release date might still seem a way off, we all know that it will be coming around in no time. And now Warner Bros. have released a brilliant first trailer for the film, giving us our first look at what we can expect Lego to look like on the big screen.
Emmet, an ordinary guy, is mistaken as being the one who can save the universe. With the aid of an old mystic, a tough female and Batman, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Anghus Houvouras believes that hardcore fans are killing the potential of superhero movies....
Warning - spoilers ahead...
Comic book adaptations are rife with challenges. Making a $200 million epic that pleases everyone has to be a thankless task. You're never going to please everyone. Especially those hardcore fanboys who believe they know best. I've read a few dozen comments that basically can be reduced to the following thought:
"Superman would never do that."
It's the sentiment you hear from the most die hard fans who believe that they have a better grasp of the character than those adapting the story. While I understand the motivation behing these statement, I find this obsessive level of entitlement puzzling.
- Flickering Myth
The official home video release details have arrived for the new flick from the makers of Zombie Strippers, entitled Alyce Kills, and we have all the info you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Chaos unleashes when Alyce Kills comes to DVD August 20 from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, Bloody Disgusting Selects and The Collective. The nightmarish wonderland of sex, drugs and violence is directed by Jay Lee (Zombie Strippers) and features a killer cast, including Tamara Feldman (Hatchet, "Gossip Girl"), James Duval (Donnie Darko, Doom Generation), Eddie Rouse (Pandorum, Undertow), Larry Cedar (The Crazies), Yorgo Constantine (Fast Five), Megan Gallagher ("Millennium"), Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors), Tracey Walter (Repo Man, Batman), Bret Roberts (May, Nightstalker) and Jade Dornfeld in her film debut as the titular character Alyce.
Panicked by the horror of accidentally pushing her best friend off the edge of a building, Alyce (Dornfeld) becomes entangled in »
- Uncle Creepy
“Universal City, CA (June 18, 2013) – Chaos unleashes when Alyce Kills comes to DVD August 20 from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, Bloody Disgusting Selects and The Collective. The nightmarish wonderland of sex, drugs and violence is directed by Jay Lee (Zombie Strippers) and features a killer cast, including Tamara Feldman (Hatchet, Gossip Girl), James Duval (Donnie Darko, Doom Generation), Eddie Rouse (Pandorum, Undertow), Larry Cedar (The Crazies), Yorgo Constantine (Fast Five), Megan Gallagher (Millennium), Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors), Tracey Walter (Repo Man, Batman), Bret Roberts (May, Nightstalker) and Jade Dornfeld in her film debut as the titular character Alyce.
Panicked by the horror of accidentally pushing her best friend off the edge of a building, Alyce (Dornfeld) becomes entangled in a web of »
- Jonathan James
People care about Superman. Warner Bros’ attempt to reboot the Last Son of Krypton’s big-screen franchise was infamously dogged with problems and missteps: The failed Tim Burton/Nicolas Cage project Superman Lives, the McG-directed/J.J. Abrams-scripted Superman: Flyby, the momentary flirtation with Batman vs. Superman, the disappointing-but-better-than-you-remember-it Richard Donner homage Superman Returns. The long struggle to create a successful Superman movie led to conventional wisdom that people just didn’t want a Superman movie — that the character was too old-fashioned, too square, too un-Batmanlike.
The conventional wisdom was wrong. Man of Steel has already made a superhuman amount of money. »
- Darren Franich
Directed by Richard Donner
High school pals and cartoonists Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the character of Superman to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938. Ever since, the history of the widely considered national cultural icon continues to be awe-inspiring. Superman premiered in Action Comics #1 of the same year, a time when Americans were in desperate need a hero; and ever since, Superman has appeared in a variety of animated and live action movies and television series. The Man of Steel has also appeared in various radio serials, newspaper strips, and even video games throughout the years, and with the success of his adventures, Superman helped to shape the superhero genre and establish its command within American pop culture. An animated cartoon of Superman appeared in 1941, and in 1942, a Superman novel was published. A Columbia »
- Ricky da Conceição
Few franchises have crashed and burned as spectacularly as the Superman films, which reached their nadir with 1987’s fourth installment, The Quest for Peace, which grossed barely a tenth the box office of Richard Donner’s classic origin story a decade earlier. Superman’S Diminishing Returns Superman (1978) $134M Superman II (1980) $108M Superman III (1983) $60M Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) $15M With Tim Burton’s dark, gritty Batman demolishing box office records in 1989, Warner Bros. had no reason to think audiences would respond to the brighter, more colorful Man of Steel mythos – at least, not until 1992, when DC Comics’ bestselling “The Death and Return of Superman” cycle put The Daily Planet’s most famous reporter back on the front page. In the comics (later turned into a 2007 animated film, Superman: Doomsday), Superman is killed by a creature called Doomsday, before being resurrected after a three-month publishing hiatus which became a publicity magnet. Deciding »
- David Hughes
“This town needs an enema!”
With Man Of Steel shooting its way to the top of the box office faster than a speeding bullet, it’s time to take another look at Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), one of the last of the big pre-cgi superhero epics. You’ll have a chance to reassess Burton’s vision of the Dark Knight when it plays this weekend (June 21st and 22nd) at Midnight at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight Series.
From Michael Keaton’s big mullet to the songs by The Artist Then Known as Prince, Batman was very much a product of its time and now has “made in the 80s” written all over it. Burton’s approach was like a sort of middle ground between Christopher Nolan’s dark, gritty realism and Joel Schumacher’s (who directed two of the ‘90s sequels) colorfully gay camp. »
- Tom Stockman
Written by David S. Goyer
Directed by Zack Snyder
Come back, Superman Returns; all is forgiven. Upon its release, Bryan Singer’s take on the most iconic comic-book hero of all time was rightly criticized for being poorly cast, too beholden to the Christopher Reeve era and prone to bouts of distracting silliness. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has a clear aim: to reboot the character in a sober, bracing fashion in the same way Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy eschewed the excesses of the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher takes on the character; Nolan even acts as co-producer and gets a story credit here. Where Batman Begins succeeded in creating a workable filmic universe that placed Batman in a recognizable global context while forging strong psychological ties to that character’s fundamentals, however, Man of Steel simply presents a familiar origin story while overloading it with fussy plot details, »
- Simon Howell
Greetings from the apocalypse! You want destruction? This weekend's got Massive destruction. You want egos? This weekend's got Massive egos. Whether it’s the bickering Apatow Mafia or Zack Snyder pounding Superman's face into the pavement over and over it just might be the end of the world as we know it. Feeling fine optional.
Friday, June 14
Pow! In Theaters
Nap before Zod! Sorry, boys and girls, but I must be the bearer of sour tidings: "Man of Steel" isn't that great. Is it better than the coat hanger abortion that was "Superman Returns"? Yeah, but not by leaps and bounds. On the plus side the cast is terrific, anchored by the measured charisma of Henry Cavill as the superest man there is and Lois Lane at her spunky best courtesy of Amy Adams. Unfortunately, the retro sci-fi trappings are "Green Lantern"-level ponderous and a climactic Metropolis battle that's 9/11 times-a-hundred ("Yes, »
- Max Evry
With Scott Snyder’s Batman Year Zero origin story beginning a new arc on his run of Batman this week, we thought we would look back to our own origin stories, tracing back to how we entered into the world of comics. Sure, the Sound On Sight comics team may not have origin stories as epic as some of the superheroes out there, but going back is a great way to look at how we were all introduced to comics, and why we write about them today. Here’s how it all began…
A Toxic Beginning
by Tony Nunes
I remember the plucking of my comic book virginity well. Easter of 1991, a scrawny nine year old version of myself, Ghostbusters and Star Wars obsessed and well on his way to becoming a full-fledged geek finds his first comic book in one of his Easter baskets. Ok, enough talking about myself in the third person. »
- Tony Nunes
Zero Year is off to a tremendous start. Not only do Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo come blasting out of the gate at full speed, but they obliterate any lingering doubts in their wake. Those who were apprehensive to “another Batman origin” can go ahead and put those reseverations to rest, because Zero Year is a totally unique Batman experience unlike anything that’s been done before. It’s paradoxically unlike Year One, but enough like what audiences have come to expect from the caped crusader to prevent them from crying sacrilege.
There is so much that happens in this issue that it’s hard to really know where to begin. It might take a couple of readings to catch everything, but after you put this book down you will probably be eager to pick it right back up. Not only does the book contain the story about Bruce »
- Christopher Jones
Directed by McG
Originally aired, September 24th 2007
Pilots are always a tricky business. Some make a spectacle of themselves with an extended runtime or are churned by adverts months in advances; some have the unenviable task of juggling world building, establishing character relations, and stringing out multiple storyline threads for the entirety of the series. Television pilots require a unique blend of instant gratification as well as playing the long game. A pilot has to establish many things, but above all, it must create the foundations for characters that audiences will fall for and become totally invested in. People tune in ritualistically for these characters week in and week out. Viewers form familial bonds and sometimes a sense of entitlement towards television characters which can result in a rabid fan base. A great pilot has to create »
- David Tran
What started out as cheap, populist entertainment in comic book form has turned into an endless parade of sexist, semi-fascist bores.
Twenty years ago, after appearing in two phenomenally successful, visually opulent and generally brilliant Batman movies, Michael Keaton decided he didn't want to make any more Caped Crusader films. So he walked away. It was a disastrous move that effectively ended Keaton's career as a leading man, the actor learning the hard way that the only unforgivable crime in Hollywood is to walk away from a phenomenally successful franchise.
The next two Batman films starred Val Kilmer and George Clooney. Batman Forever was not very good and Batman & Robin was terrible. And for the next few years Batman dropped out of the global conversation. This was good because it gave society a breather. The Dark Knight thing was played out: the excitement moviegoers felt when Tim Burton made the »
- Joe Queenan
“Ricky, I’m going to miss you. Apparently you’re the only one in Casablanca with less scruples than I.”
Casablanca was the last movie that the Tivoli showed in the 35mm format (about 6 months ago) – and now you have the chance to see it presented in a sharp digital presentation when it plays this weekend (June 14th and 15th) at Midnight at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight Series.
I there was ever a film deserved to be considered a classic then Casablanca is it, Even if you haven’t seen it before you’ll recognize much of the dialogue; it is probably the most quoted, and misquoted, film of all time. Humphrey Bogart is excellent in this career defining role as bar owner Rick Blaine who has come into possession of two “letters of transit” which guarantee the holders unhindered passage out of Casablanca. »
- Tom Stockman
In 1986, DC Comics published two titles that would forever push the superhero genre toward what has been known as the "grim and gritty" look — Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" (whose tough-guy expressionism inspired both Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan's subsequent screen versions of Batman) and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen" (which spawned Zack Snyder's nice-try effort to wrestle this dark and complex graphic novel to the screen). Now Snyder (director) and Nolan (producer, shared story credit) have teamed up on the iconographic DC Comics character who seemed »
- Alonso Duralde
Today, DreamWorks Studios’ Stacey Snider, Partner and Co-Chair, and Ford Motor Company’s Jim Farley, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service, announced an exclusive partnership for the feature film Need For Speed, which will include significant integration of Ford products, along with extensive media promotion by Ford at the time of the film’s release on March 14, 2014. The announcement coincides with the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang for the film, during Electronic Arts’ press conference at E3 Expo in Los Angeles today.
The Ford-designed and created made-for-movie Mustang will be featured prominently throughout the film and become part of the mythology of the movie. The “Need for Speed” Mustang features a custom-designed wide body, unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and larger air intakes to feed the supercharged V8 engine under its classic Mustang twin-nostril hood.
“’Need for Speed’ is rooted in Americana, and when we were casting our hero car for the film, »
- Michelle McCue
As you know, DreamWorks is developing a big screen adaptation of the hit video game franchise Need For Speed. It's being helmed by Act of Valor director Scott Waugh, and it stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Michael Keaton, and Imogen Poots.
The studio has announced that they are teaming up with the Ford Motor Company, so you can expect pretty much every car in the film to be a Ford. They also created a custom-made Mustang just for the film! It "will be featured prominently throughout the film and become part of the mythology of the movie." They also reveal that the Mustang will feature "a custom-designed wide body, unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and larger air intakes to feed the supercharged V8 engine under its classic Mustang twin-nostril hood." Producer Stacey Snider had this to say in a statement:
Need for Speed is rooted in Americana, and when we were »
- Joey Paur
by Ryan Rigley
As you all know by now, Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" promises to be a fresher, more modern take on Superman while also potentially acting as a jumping off point for a much greater DC Cinematic Universe. In a recent interview with MTV News, Snyder dropped several big hints as to which key DC buildings may or may not be appearing in "Man of Steel," like LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises.
That said, can you imagine how crazy it would be if S.T.A.R. Labs made an appearance in the film as well? For those of you unfamiliar with the aforementioned reference, S.T.A.R. Labs is a fictional research facility that first appeared in "Superman" #246 but has since gone on to appear in popular DC TV series, such as "Smallville," and another not so popular DC TV series... "The Flash."
- Splash Page Team
In 1986, DC Comics published two titles that would forever push the superhero genre toward what has been known as the "grim and gritty" look -- Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" (whose tough-guy expressionism inspired both Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan's subsequent screen versions of Batman) and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen" (which spawned Zack Snyder's nice-try effort to wrestle this dark and complex graphic novel to the screen). Now Snyder (director) and Nolan (producer, shared story credit) have teamed up on the iconographic DC Comics character who seemed »
- Alonso Duralde
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