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San Diego - What does it mean to be a lady who kicks ass at Comic-Con? It means sitting through a quiet but thoughtful and meaningful panel before Marvel took the main stage at Hall H on Saturday night. Sarah Paulson of "American Horror Story," Nicole Beharie of "Sleepy Hollow," Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer of "Game of Thrones," Katey Sagal of "Sons of Anarchy" and Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black" took on questions from fans and the moderator during the now-annual Women Who Kick Ass discussion at Sdcc. They talked on topics from makeup and beauty standards to stunt coordination advice to what pisses them off. Below are some of the highlights from the varied panelists. Will the plutonic relationship between Nicole Beharie's "Sleepy Hollow" character Abbie and co-lead Ichabod Crane "stick," try not to take it down the romantic path as shows tend to do? Beharie: "I certainly hope not. »
- Katie Hasty
EW’s popular Women Who Kick Ass panel returned to Hall H on Saturday with moderator Nicole Sperling welcoming Sons of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal, American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie, and Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer. Topics ranged from their most kickass moments, to what pisses them off about Hollywood, to what superhero they’d choose to be.
• The most interesting answers came when the women talked about the rewards of pushing past the points that scare them. It’s something Maslany, who said playing transgender clone Tony was a privilege, »
- Mandi Bierly
The Hollywood Reporter wrote Wednesday that summer box office returns have been their lowest in eight years. Receipts will finish between 15 and 20 percent down from last year and overall domestic revenue likely won’t crack $4 billion. Further, it’s expected that no movie this summer will break $300 million in domestic revenue, the first time that’s happened since 2001.
Following flops and poor openings for films like Sex Tape, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Planes: Fire and Rescue and promising but underwhelming money for the latest Transformers, Spider-Man and X-Men franchises, this much perhaps isn’t that great of surprise. It’s been a mixed to downright dismal season at the movies even if we aren’t looking at hard dollars.
But then it’s also no surprise that Hollywood is hemorrhaging earnings to VOD releases and TV streaming services. One unnamed studio executive quoted in the THR article said, »
- Brian Welk
What keeps any story or idea relevant is continuous adaptation. The blanket statement that “remakes suck” discounts a lot of great remakes and ignores the fact that mankind has been retelling and remixing stories forever. A good example of reinvention is Batman, who will see his 4th cinematic incarnation and is popular worldwide and across all ages. Buck Rogers on the other hand hasn’t had a new movie since 1939 and grows more irrelevant with each passing year.
All five movies that I think are due for a remake are 15 years or older. Four of these are adaptations from other media. For each movie I break down their faults or misfortunes, the opportunity in the source material or potential in a remake, how a remake makes fiscal sense, its current and past remake status, and finally a bit of fanboy wishful thinking.
Wild Wild West (1999) Why It's Due for a »
- Free Reyes
It’s a wonderful time to be a geek, and the San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner. As they have in years past, movie studios are going to use the event to show off/reveal some of their highly anticipated film projects for the masses. We here at Cinelinx couldn't’ be happier, and we’re looking forward to all the surprises coming our way. That’s why, much like we did before , our team sat down to talk about what they hope to see revealed at Sdcc. Come inside to check out our predictions/wish list and add your own!
Let’s get this out of the way first: for the most part, these are wish lists from our Cinelinx staff members. While we have some knowledge of what will likely be shown at the event, no one exactly knows for sure what will go down. So treat »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
What happened to the original Power Rangers cast? How they look now
The new franchise will re-imagine the Power Rangers as a group of high school kids with unusual super powers, who must learn to harness their abilities as a group in order to save the world.
Orci recently announced his exit from Sony Pictures' Spider-Man franchise.
"Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level," Saban said.
"They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible »
Stunned, stunned we are:
With potentially billions of dollars at stake, Marvel told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to review Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters, concerning whether the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby can terminate a copyright grant on such creations as Spider-Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor. »
- Glenn Hauman
With potentially billions of dollars at stake, Marvel told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to review Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters, concerning whether the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby can terminate a copyright grant on such creations as Spider-Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor. The dispute, says Marvel in papers filed at the high court Monday, "implicates no circuit split, no judicial taking, no due process violation, and no grave matter of separation of powers. It does not remotely merit this Court’s review." Photos Two-Timing Superheroes: Ben Affleck
- Eriq Gardner
Todd McFarlane might be best known for his work in the comic book world, from drawing the Spider-Man villain Venom, to forming the independent publisher Image Comics, to creating the iconic anti-hero Spawn. But in more recent years, McFarlane's been known for his toy production company, which produces highly detailed action figures from comics, movies, and television. One such property the company handles is AMC's hit drama, The Walking Dead, but you've never seen Rick and Co. quite like this. Coming this fall exclusively to Toys "R" Us, McFarlane Toys will release new building block sets and characters pulled directly from The Walking Dead, allowing collectors and fans alike to recreate their favorite scenes on their very own shelves. Hit the jump to get an early look at the sets and to hear more from McFarlane. The news of McFarlane's new The Walking Dead sets comes courtesy of Spawn.com, »
- Dave Trumbore
Today we bring Kevin Jagernauth in to help us review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to bring some balance to the conversation and we talk television as Laremy watched "The Leftovers" as well as the Emmy Awards, wondering if they are even remotely important at all. In addition to this we talk about the Internet spoiling TV and movies, does Andy Serkis deserve an Oscar and we also call a listener and that listener actually answers this time, plus a whole lot more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
After holding multiple open casting calls to discover new talent for the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast, Lucasfilm and Disney announced this weekend that two fresh-faced actors would be joining the ensemble.
Newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson have been cast in yet-to-be-revealed roles in "Episode VII," according to an official press release. They were selected from the more than 37,000 hopefuls vying for a part at casting calls that took place in 11 cities in the U.S. and the U.K. late last year, in addition to 30,000 actors who submitted applications online.
From the release:
Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature, The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015). British actor Pip Andersen is a skilled practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any »
- Katie Roberts
At the end of last year Lucasfilm and Disney invited all young aspiring actors to attend an open casting call for roles in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. The casting calls spanned 11 cities across the Us and UK and over 37,000 hopefuls attended, with a further 30,000 submitting applications online.
Having hunted high and low for young and undiscovered talent, the filmmakers are delighted to announce that two actors from the open call call have been cast.
Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature, The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015). British actor Pip Andersen is a skilled practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible grace and agility. Pip recently demonstrated this remarkable skill in a Spider-Man ad for Sony. »
British actors Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen have been cast in unspecified roles.
Two fresh faces are flying off to that far, far away galaxy as Star Wars: Episode VII has tapped new actors to flesh out its cast, according to Variety.
Actress Crystal Clarke, a U.K. performer whose debut film The Moon And The Sun is set to be released in 2015, and British actor Pip Andersen, best known for his parkour skills, have been hired by the production in unspecified roles.
Watch: 'Star Wars: Episode VII': Who's Playing Who?
Andersen got to show off his free-running abilities while playing Spider-Man in an awesome 2012 commercial for Sony. Check it out below.
In a press statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, "The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition. We are delighted »
Last year, Disney and Lucasfilm embarked on a talent search for Star Wars: Episode VII, launching an open casting call across the States and the UK which resulted in over 67,000 applications, and now it has been announced that two entrants have secured roles in the eagerly-anticipated sequel.
According to the official Star Wars site American actress Crystal Clarke (The Moon and the Sun) and British actor and parkour practitioner Pip Andersen (who recently demonstrated his skills in a Spider-Man ad for Sony) have both signed on for unrevealed roles in the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII.
“The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition,” states Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. “We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to »
- Gary Collinson
J.J. Abrams has expanded the already impressive cast of his upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, as both Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke have climbed on board. Both actors were found after an open casting call across 11 U.S. and U.K. cities. 37,000 individuals attended the casting calls, with a further 30,000 submitting applications online.
If you’re unfamiliar with the names Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke, it’s because neither has appeared in a released feature film before. Andersen is a parkour artist, having highlighted this skill set in a Spider-Man ad for Sony and in the first World Freerunning Championships in September of 2008. Clarke, on the other hand, is an American actress studying in Glasgow, who has appeared in stage productions and has a role in the upcoming The Moon and the Sun.
“The Star Wars universe has always been about »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sure, theater owners and Hollywood executives have to be breathing a sigh of relief this weekend over the utter predictability of the "Transformers" franchise. Despite widely expected negative reviews and the usual fanboy grumbling, Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" opened unopposed this weekend, earning an estimated $100.0 million, in line with what pundits had predicted. It's the biggest opening of any movie so far this year. And yet, there is a distant rumbling of discontent, as if from another galaxy...
The problem is that, sales-wise, "Transformers" is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster summer. Before this weekend, the summer's total domestic box office was $1.79 billion, down 13 percent from the $2.07 billion earned at this point in summer 2013. Overall, the 2014 tally stood at $4.96 billion, off about 30 million from this time last year.
Last year, of course, there was "Iron Man 3," along with many other huge hits. »
- Gary Susman
An appeal filed by the heirs of Jack Kirby, aimed at terminating the studios' rights to the iconic characters he co-created, has gathered support this week from Hollywood guilds.
An amicus brief delivered by the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and SAG-aftra urges the Us Supreme Court to hear the appeal.
In August last year, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's ruling that Kirby's heirs could not terminate Marvel's rights to the iconic character, because Kirby's work as a freelancer was considered "work for hire".
This ruling makes Marvel the statutory author of his characters, meaning that Kirby and his estate have no termination rights.
The guilds state that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling "jeopardises the statutory termination rights »
The Flickering Myth writing team give their thoughts on the trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles….
But what did the Flickering Myth writing staff and editorial team think?
Scott J Davis: Awful, just plain awful. “Produced by Michael Bay” says it all. Still, the young boy from the 80s is curious, so will probably see it….holding no hope though.
James Garcia: I don’t mind a dumb movie every now and then, as long as it’s a fun dumb movie. But this trailer just makes the new Tmnt look like work. It’s loud, busy, ugly, and the turtles are annoying. The dialogue is atrocious and the Shredder looks goofy as hell. I was remaining cautiously optimistic about this movie, but that went completely out the window with this trailer. »
- Luke Owen
The bid by Jack Kirby's heirs to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal that could result in Marvel and other entertainment studios losing full control over Spider-Man, X-Men and Avengers characters continues to pick up steam. The latest is an amicus brief delivered by Hollywood guilds representing actors, directors and writers. Photos 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' As previously covered, courts have denied efforts by Kirby's estate to terminate copyright grants because the comic legend's work as a freelancer in the middle
- Eriq Gardner
A ton of awesome comic book characters have been introduced to us over the years, but not all of these characters were created for the comics. There are a handful of them that were created for other media before they found their way into the comic universes of Marvel and DC. Here is a list of ten comic characters that you may or may not know originated outside of the comics.
That's right folks, everyone's favorite sadistic Joker sidekick wasn't introduced into Batman's Rogues Gallery until Batman: The Animated Series. She was an instant classic! The first comic she appeared in was The Batman Adventures #12 in September of 1993. Over the years she has had her own series and also teamed up with Poison Ivy and Catwoman several times to beat down on Batman. She is my favorite female villain of all time.
- Joey Paur
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