4 items from 2015
With the release of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation now upon us, a film that will undoubtedly clean up at the box office and remind us that Tom Cruise’s Peter Pan like action skills still rock, there’s one man in the cast that won’t be relying on bangs or wallops to wow us – just steely-eyed grit and a dry wit.
The man is of course Alec Baldwin, a thesp that, spent most of the eighties starring in yawnsome popcorn pleasers, the nineties churning out more misses than hits, but then found his stride in the nougties to become one of the most intriguing character actors to watch on the big and small screen.
- Shaun Davis
Masks 2 is produced by Dynamite Entertainment, and features the writing talent of Cullen Bunn and the artistic skill of Eman Casallos. The new series is the follow-up to the incredibly popular Masks series, which featured an unprecedented combination of pulp heroes from the days of pulp. The first series combined the expert artistic skills of Alex Ross with Dynamite’s go-to pulp writer Chris Roberson. That means that Masks 2 has a huge legacy to live up to.
Cullen Bunn, charged with reuniting the dream team of pulp heroes, wastes no time throwing the reader into the action, as the Shadow, Green Hornet, and Kato unite to stop a group of skull-masked smugglers. There appears to be some contention over The Shadow’s methods, and Bunn includes an interesting moral argument between the three characters. What’s most interesting, however, is Casallos’s artwork. With the arrival of the Green Lama, »
- Cory Weddell
David Koepp has a rather solid CV as a director, including Secret Window with Johnny Depp, the underrated ghost story Stir Of Echoes, and the really fun Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike messenger action film Premium Rush. But as a screenwriter, he’s worked on some of the biggest films of the last 25 years – Jurassic Park and its sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels and Demons, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man.
He’s also had a hand in other notable Hollywood hits (and flops) including Carlito’s Way, The Shadow, Snake Eyes, Zathura, Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, and many, many more. He’s had a fascinating career.
His latest directorial effort is Mortdecai, a »
Seventy-five years ago, The Shadow and Doc Savage made their four-color debut on January 21st, 1940 in Shadow Comics #1, which also featured the first comic book appearances of Nick Carter, Bill Barnes, Frank Merriwell, Iron Munro and a variety of other popular Street & Smith pulp characters.
With the possible exception of Walt Disney’S Comics & Stories, it is unlikely that any other comic magazine ever debuted with as many pre-proven famous characters. The Shadow had already starred in nearly 200 pulp novels and several films, while his weekly radio show had the highest audience ratings in daytime radio. Iron Munro was based on John W. Campbell’s novel The Mightiest Machine, one of the inspirations for Jerry Siegel’s Superman, and featured the exploits of a human born and raised under Jupiter’s high gravity who arrived on Earth to discover that his denser molecular structure gave him invulnerability, super strength and »
- Anthony Tollin
4 items from 2015
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