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Last week, I taunted you with visions of ancient superhero movies – serials, as they were called back then. Today we’d call them really low-budget webcasts. Here’s a few more worthy of your consideration, and this time we’re delving into a trio of iconic heroes from the pulps and newspaper strips – and now, of course, comic books.
The Shadow is the best-known of all the classic pulp heroes, and for a very good reason: many of the more than 300 stories published were quite good. Walter B. Gibson created something magical – a series with a lead character who had plenty of secrets but no secret identity, aided and abetted by a slew of agents who had no idea who their master was. The character’s popularity was enhanced massively by a highly successful radio series, one that gave The Shadow an alter-ego and a female companion and took away most of his agents. »
- Mike Gold
Ten years. Dynamite has already been around for a decade. It doesn’t seem like a very long time, considering that Marvel and DC are both nearing 80. On the other hand, over the last ten years, Dynamite Entertainment has risen to become quite a competitor in the market. Part of Dynamite’s success is based on their licensing of familiar characters to create a fantastic set of universes. The other part of their strategy deals with the talent involved. The writers and artists over at Dynamite are some of the greatest in the industry.
The whole phenomena started with the publishing of two Army of Darkness series through Devil’s Due before Dynamite struck out on their own and began self publishing. Their first non-Army of Darkness series was Red Sonja. The first issue, of which, debuted with over 100,000 copies sold. From here, Dynamite started to expand quickly. Now, »
- Cory Weddell
Over the ten years of its existence, Dynamite has brought new life to so many classic pulp titles. The company has almost made its name in the pulp genre. The idea crested when Dynamite released its Project Superpowers series. Project Superpowers was responsible for resurrecting so many golden age heroes that Dynamite had created for itself a veritable arsenal of pulp-era do-gooders. Created by Jim Kreuger and Alex Ross, the series focused on bringing the classic heroes into the modern day, in a fashion similar to Captain America in the 1960s. Project Superpowers served as a sturdy launching point for all of its pulp series, even though the only character to survive outside the series and spin-offs was The Owl.
Project Superpowers ended in 2010, and in 2011, Dynamite laid their hands on the licenses for The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Kato, and The Spider. Dynamite joined these heroes together in 2012 (along with Zorro, »
- Cory Weddell
Concept Art by Christopher Ross The Shadow (1994) - Alec Baldwin stars with Penelope Ann Miller as the legendary crime-fighting superhero in "The wittiest action-adventure since Indiana Jones!" (NBC News). Donning his sweeping black cape and disguise, The Shadow takes on his most dangerous nemesis yet: the last descendant of the great Genghis Khan whose weapon of choice is an atomic bomb. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, they square off for a spectacular battle in a dazzling mixture of mind-blowing special effects, humor and a dose of the macabre that will hold you spellbound! Actors: Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Curry, Peter Boyle & Ian McKellen Director: Russell Mulcahy * Screenwriter: David Koepp »
How many of you have ever read an actual original era pulp story? Anything involving Doc Savage or The Shadow or John Carter or Doctor Death or The Phantom Detective or Tarzan or Solomon Kane or Conan or The Continental Op? If you haven't, that puts you in what I am sure is a vast majority at this point. I can't fault anyone for not being a reader of that sort of source material. It's not something that is part of the active mainstream right now, but if Hollywood gets its way, that may be about to change. There are some huge names in the world of pulp. By far, the biggest budget pulp title currently pending release is the David Yates "Tarzan" that Warner Bros. is putting out in 2016. When I interviewed Samuel L. Jackson at Comic-Con this summer, he repeatedly told me how excited he was by what »
- Drew McWeeny
Years ago, my sister was at a concert. It might’ve been Billy Joel. I don’t remember. The important part of her concertgoing adventure includes standing next to Alec Baldwin, who was dating some young, cute chica at the time. My sister texted me to tell me that he was standing next to her, enjoying the concert. I texted her back and told her to tell him that I love him and my favorite movie of his is The Shadow.
You damn right, The Shadow. One of comics and heroism’s most enduring champions, made flesh by Alec Baldwin, under the fantastic and workmanlike direction of Russell Mulcahy with scripting by David Koepp. Walter Gibson’s The Shadow is a vigilante who relies on psychic powers, misdirection and two pistols as well as »
- Robert Ottone
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What's It About? A routine space walk goes horribly awry when space debris smashes into the shuttle, leaving a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) and an astronaut (George Clooney) a mere 90 minutes to make it to the International Space Station.
Why We're In: Even though you won't be getting the whole IMAX 3D experience of being alone in space with Sandy Bullock, you'll still feel crazy anxious about the fate of her character. Plus, Alfonso Cuarón and his crew have snagged tons of awards and Oscar nominations for this sci-fi chiller.
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What's It About? Roman Polanski's take on Thomas Hardy's classic novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" is a Victorian drama about a lower class peasant (Nastassja Kinski) who runs into all sorts of trouble when her father discovers »
- Jenni Miller
One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.
The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they »
- Terence Johnson
A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, David Koepp has a name that is familiar to moviegoers around the world, although they may not realize why. It’s one of those names that crops up regularly, on all kinds of film posters and credit rolls, in all sorts of capacities. He has worked as a Producer, Actor, Second Unit Director, Assistant Director, Director, Writer and even Songwriter, on an epic roster of films that would make even Spielberg’s toes curl – though he had a hand in some of them.
While his resume shows him to be a man of many talents, it is screenwriting that has made his name internationally recognizable. David Koepp is one of the most prolific screenwriters in Hollywood, »
- Sarah Myles
9 items from 2014
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