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Jackie Earle Haley Calls The Tick ‘Incredibly Funny’

15 August 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

We interview The Tick star Jackie Earle Haley about what drew him to the project and his experience making the Battle Angel Alita film. »

- Joe Deckelmeier

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Five Sci-Fi Movies That Are Going to Rock 2018

31 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With the revival of Star Wars, Star Trek, and other well-known properties, there can be no doubt about the fact that science fiction is experiencing its boom-times. Furthermore, there are no signs that this trend will be stopping anytime soon, seeing as how there are plenty of great sci-fi movies that are scheduled for release in 2018. Here are five of the most anticipated sci-fi movies of 2018: Alita Battle Angel Alita Battle Angel has been in development for a long, long time. In fact, there is evidence that James Cameron was planning on making the movie as far back

Five Sci-Fi Movies That Are Going to Rock 2018 »

- Nat Berman

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Full line-up of free titles for Halloween ComicFest 2017 revealed

22 June 2017 2:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In celebration of this year’s Halloween ComicFest, comic book publishers are set to offer readers a fantastic selection of thirty free titles, available at participating comic book stores worldwide on October 28th, 2017!

“We’re excited at the range of titles with this year’s Halloween ComicFest,” said Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Michael Moccio. “In additional to the all ages Mini Comics, featuring popular characters like Donald Duck and Casper the Friendly Ghost, the Full Size Comics feature a strong showing with properties like Batman, Thor, and Hellboy! With so many fans introducing their friends and family to comics and local comic shops for the first time at events like Halloween ComicFest, it’s important the titles reflect the varied interests of people coming to stores.”

Here’s a look at all of the titles available; click on any of the covers for full size versions…

Full Size Comics:

Action Lab – Danger Zone | Black Betty One-Shot

Aftershock Comics | Babyteeth #1

Archie Comics | The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season Two

Aspen Mlt | Choose Your Own Aspen Adventure

Benitez Productions | Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte

Dark Horse Comics | Hellboy and the Bprd 1953

Idw Publishing | Ghostbusters: Dia de los Muertos

DC Comics | Batman: Night of the Monster Men

DC Comics | DC Super Hero Girls

Marvel Comics | Runaways #1

Marvel Comics | Darth Maul #1

Marvel Comics | Thor by Walt Simonson #1

Kodansha Comics | Battle Angel Alita/Sailor Moon Eternal Preview

New England Comics | The Tick #1

Viz Media | Junji Ito’s Shiver

Yen Press | The Mortal Instruments

YouNeek Studios | Malika: The Dragon Trials

Zenescope Entertainment | Gimm Tales of Terror

Mini Comics

American Mythology | Casper the Friendly Ghost

Arcana Studio | Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom

Archie Comics | Archie’s Madhouse

Boom! Studios | Boom! Box’s One En-Haunted Evening

Idw Publishing | Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream #2

Lion Forge | Wrapped Up

Papercutz | Hotel Transylvania

Papercutz | Stitched

Graphix | The Witch Boy

Space Goat Publishing | Moonlighters #1

Viz Media | Pokemon: Omega Red and Alpha Sapphire

Let us know which titles you’re most looking forward to! »

- Gary Collinson

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What You Ought to Know About ‘Ghost in the Shell’

27 March 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Get ready to hack the ghost.

The groundbreaking anime that lead to countless imitators both live-action and in the realm of animation, Ghost in the Shell has long been thought of as a masterpiece. With the new live-action feature lifting sequences right from the pages of Masamune Shirow’s manga, its the perfect time to ask why has Ghost in the Shell influenced so many? And despite the hotly debated casting choices, how will this new adaptation possibly live up to the legacy of its fore-bearer?

The cyberpunk series first got its start from the mind of Masamune Shirow. Shirow had been writing Manga throughout the 1980’s including one of his biggest hits, Appleseed. Appleseed had all the trademarks of Shirow Manga; philosophical, hard science-fiction stories with adequately sexualized female characters. That played well toward a Western market that was just beginning to have access to Japanese Manga and Anime in the early 90’s. When »

- Max Covill

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Robert Rodriguez in talks to direct ‘Escape from New York’ remake

25 March 2017 2:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Robert Rodriguez is hard at work on post-production of next year’s sci-fi epic, Alita: Battle Angel, but that hasn’t stopped him from lining up his next job. Word has reached us that the Texan director has his sights set on the Escape from New York remake.

The project has been in the works for several years, with various other directors and actors attached at various points, but the studio is hoping that Rodriguez will stick. Given that his current Battle Angel film had also been in production limbo for ridiculous amount of time, he might very well be the man to bring it to life.

The original film was released back in 1981 and helped cement Kurt Russell as a major player in Hollywood. In the film, Russell played Snake Plissken, a one-eyed warrior with plenty of attitude. Set in what was the future (the year 1997) back then, the »

- Kat Hughes

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Newswire: Robert Rodriguez to direct the Escape From New York remake

24 March 2017 4:14 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Deadline reports that blood-drenched genre director Robert Rodriguez has been tapped to direct Fox’s remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. Fox picked up the remake rights to Carpenter’s classic action flick two years ego, emerging victorious from a vicious bidding war.

It’s been three years since Rodriguez last helmed a major studio movie, the disappointing Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Since then, he’s been focused on his own TV network, El Rey, the From Dusk Till Dawn TV show, and putting the pieces into place for his adaptation of anime classic Battle Angel Alita. That being said, if an Escape From New York remake is inevitable, Rodriguez feels like a better-than-average choice to treat Snake Plissken’s cinematic legacy with some modicum of respect. (Fingers crossed that he can get Carpenter to handle the soundtrack duties, too.)

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- William Hughes

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Alita: Battle Angel Wraps Filming; Michelle Rodriguez Confirmed To Play Gelda

22 February 2017 1:23 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ghost in the Shell is now beginning to make the final preparations ahead of its March 31st release, but there’s another high-profile manga movie incubating in Hollywood, and that’s Alita: Battle Angel.

Truth be told, it’s been a long, meandering road for the live-action feature film. Initially hatched as a James Cameron vehicle, Yukito Kishiro’s nine-volume manga soon fell onto the back-burner at 20th Century Fox as the director devoted most, if not all of his time and resources to fanning the flames of his Avatar franchise. The overriding message coming out of Fox was that Alita: Battle Angel was dormant, not dead, and after drafting in Robert Rodriguez at the helm, it didn’t take long before the project was whipped into shape.

Eager to see the adaptation through to the end, Cameron remains attached to produce Battle Angel, which has since recruited a host »

- Michael Briers

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Jennifer Connelly joins Alita: Battle Angel

8 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

THR is reporting that Jennifer Connelly has joined the cast of Alita: Battle Angel, the upcoming manga adaptation from director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron.

Based on the Battle Angel Alita series of graphic novels, the film follows an amnesiac cyborg (Rosa Salazar) who is discovered by a scientist (Christoph Waltz) in a junk yard. With no knowledge of her previous life, but possessing deadly martial arts skills, she becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.

Connelly is set to play one of the villains in the film, and joins a cast that also includes Keean Johnson (Nashville), Jackie Earle Haley (Preacher), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn), Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage), Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Alita: Battle Angel is in production now, and is slated for release on July 20th 2018. »

- Gary Collinson

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"Alita: Battle Angel" Starts Shooting

7 February 2017 2:25 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Actress Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind") has been cast as a villain in producer James Cameron's female 'cyborg' bounty hunter feature "Alita: Battle Angel", directed by Robert Rodriguez , based on Yukito Kishiro's Japanese 'manga' comics series, "exploring a young woman’s journey of self-discovery...":

Cast also includes Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Eiza Gonzalez, Lana Condor, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Christoph Waltz.

"...set in a 26th-century dystopian future, the story follows an amnesiac 'cyborg' (Salazar), rescued from a scrap heap to become a crime-fighting bounty hunter..."

"Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years," said Cameron, director of "Terminator", "Aliens" and "Avatar", "so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do 'Battle Angel'. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. 

"This project »

- Michael Stevens

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Alita: Battle Angel Adds Jennifer Connelly

7 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though casting went quiet for a while, we’re learning today from The Hollywood Reporter that Alita: Battle Angel has added Jennifer Connelly. Which exact role the actress holds in Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sci-fi film is unknown, but she’s said to be playing one of the villains. Cue the excitement.

Joining an already very impressive cast which boasts Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein, the flick is based on Yukito Kishiro’s nine-volume manga Battle Angel Alita and sees Salazar leading the charge as the titular Alita, an “amnesiac female cyborg plucked from the dumps of Scrapyard and rebuilt by Waltz’s seasoned doctor. With only her deadly knowledge of martial arts to her name” Alita sets out to rid the city of its criminal underbelly.”

As you probably already know, Battle Angel has been in development for what seems like forever, »

- Mark Cassidy

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