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Director Robert Rodriguez, the one-man film studio, has been talking about his upcoming TV series adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn. The 1996 film, Rodriguez’s second feature directing project after Desperado, was written by his friend Quentin Tarantino. After a few direct-to-video sequels, Rodriguez is now preparing to launch the series on his own digital network.
Ever a rebel, with “do-it-yourself” prowess, Rodriguez likes to write, shoot, direct, and produce his own projects. He’s even built his own film facilities in Texas, called Troublemaker Studios and Troublemaker Sound. While everyone else, when it comes to digital distribution, is rushing to Netflix with offers, the auteur is sticking with his guns to debut the series on the El Rey Network.
For some information on the network, here’s a video of how it came to be.
Also, last week, he revealed a nice little easter egg that’s sure to please Tarantino fans. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Speaking to promote the Man of Steel home entertainment release, the British actor said that he would like to see director Zack Snyder follow through on the Easter Egg planted in the Superman reboot through Richard Schiff's character Emil Hamilton.
Cyborg was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez and first appeared in a 1980 issue of DC Comics Presents. He possesses superhuman strength and the ability to fly thanks to advanced robotic grafts received after being mutilated by an inter-dimensional beast.
"What really intrigued me is [the] reference to Star Labs [in Man of Steel]," Cavill said. "Cyborg would make a wonderful character and an incredible bridge between superhumans and humanity in a different way to Batman.
"I don't know where he's going to come in, or if he's going to come in »
With Batman vs. Superman still dominating the blogosphere despite a far-off 2015 release date, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment can successfully claim to have wrestled the media spotlight away from their competitor, Marvel Studios. With the studio steadily building towards a much-demanded Justice League movie, more news is emerging almost weekly about potential additions to the DC Cinematic Universe.
Today, the news continues to trickle out as the Man of Steel Blu-Ray hit store shelves recently, and one bonus clip featuring star Henry Cavill has got a lot of comic-book fans particularly excited by making reference to fan-favorite hero Cyborg.
In the clip, Cavill, who played Superman earlier this year in Zack Snyder’s massively successful reboot, responds to a question about easter eggs sprinkled throughout Man of Steel. For those of you without access to YouTube, we’ve also included the transcript from the clip below:
On the extras on the Blu-ray, »
- Isaac Feldberg
All right movie geeks, it’s true-life movie origin story time. I’m referring to a sort of pre-greatness biography flick. Of course, when the origin word is brought up you may first think of the comic book heroes that populate multiplexes during the warmer months (well, now a certain Asgardian is establishing a Fall beach head). Said characters usually begin their film or comic series with the story of what happened before they donned cape and mask. And Superman even has a long-running spin-off set in his own past, as Superboy. The movies have done the same thing with real folks many times over the years. There’s Young Mr. Lincoln and Young Tom Edison to Butch And Sundance: The Early Years to Nowhere Boy (about a pre-”fab four” John Lennon). The new film Kill Your Darlings takes us to the college years of famed beat poet Allan Ginsberg of later “Howl” fame. »
- Jim Batts
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The voices of Batman, Superman, and New 52 Superman square off in this hilarious video! It was really bizarre to see Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly speak in person as opposed to in a cartoon! I also had no idea that the voice of Superman had become a legacy! It is super cool to see Tim's son Sam Daly as the voice of the new Superman! See if you can figure out which quotes come from which series!
- Mick Joest
While it can be argued that the big screen casting for Zack Snyder's Batman Vs Superman is as contentious as any superhero movie, we can all agree that the voice actors best associated with the DC heroes, Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy, are without equal. In fact, many have looked at the animated Batman and Superman series as some of the best incarnations of the characters. For his web series The Daly Show, Tim Daly and his son Sam have recruited Kevin Conroy for a surreal episode that teases »
- Alex Maidy
"The Vampire Diaries" and "Piranha 3D" actor Steven R. McQueen has dropped tweets over the past few days that would indicate he's been campaigning hard to play the role of Nightwing in The CW's "Arrow".
In fact, it was loud enough that he now says he's "had some superhero conversations with the executives this weekend @ARROWwriters". [Source: E! Online]
Jennifer Lawrence recently spoke with IGN about reprising the role of Mystique in the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past". Turns out her character is Not with Fassbender's Magneto as was last seen in "X-Men: First Class":
"We find Raven, she's split off from Eric and Charles and she's kind of her own agent. She has one mission of trying to assassinate somebody and it will be her first kill basically, and because we've seen her in the future and what she becomes and this is kind »
- Garth Franklin
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman (The Flash, Wonder Woman and Nightwing), Man of Steel, Arrow, Hourman, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Phase Three, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Beware the Batman, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, Stan Lee's Mighty 7 and more....
Over the past month or so the movie news headlines have been dominated by Marvel, and while that's the case again this week, Warner Bros. has given DC Comics fans something to chew on, with casting talk on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman picking up the »
- Gary Collinson
Lilo & Stitch is, in effect, this generation’s Dumbo.
Having lost money on previous films The Emperor’S New Groove and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, CEO Michael Eisner decided their next film would have a much smaller scale, a move inspired by the little pachyderm, and it worked.
Lilo & Stitch was in fact the first animated feature to use watercolour-painted backgrounds since Dumbo and hand-drawn (if computer-coloured) cells. A conscious effort was made to give it a warmer,old-fashioned look, dispensing with the “Deep Canvas” technique used in Tarzan, Atlantis and it’s immediate followup Treasure Planet, and having a minimum number of shots using either a “multiplane” or “3D camera” effect. This decision required a lot of background artists to be trained in the technique.
The lead character, Stitch, had been created some fifteen years earlier by head storyboard artist Chris Sanders »
- Rob Burch
They played unlikely love interests in Superbad six years ago…
Schmoes Knows, the same website that broke info this week on Wonder Woman auditions for Batman vs Superman, claims that the young comedy thesps have been offered parts in Sony’s latest attempt to bring those busters back to the big screen. The website reports that they;
- Matt Holmes
Among my peers, I am the Batman fan. A lot of the time, however, I am also the only Batman fan (or comic book fan in general). So taking things to the Internet instead of driving my friends crazy allows for great discussions to occur with other Gothamites – though, unfortunately, there’s no escaping the venomous conversations there, either. Batman fans can quickly become mama bear if and/or when their perceived notion of Batman is challenged. Take the casting of Ben Affleck as precedence, and how the news quickly rose to the top of the Twittersphere.
It doesn’t end with Ben Affleck, of course – there are lots of notions that Batman fans tend to get antsy about. Here are the top 10 most sensitive Batman-related arguments amongst Batman purists, many of which a lot of fans seem to have got totally and utterly wrong…
10. Batman Voice Acting
- Sven Adam Svantesson
To start this review off with a little bit of colour (ahem), I was going to add some background info on Batman: Black & White’s history. What it is and how it came to be, that sort of thing. However, I sincerely doubt that there is anyone reading this who doesn’t already know that stuff, so I’ll skip it and get straight to the review. If you are interested in learning more, then have a look Here. I’ll wait…
DC has made a Really strong start with this one. In fact, this debut issue is so cool that I’ve taken to keeping my copy in the freezer (Note: this is not actually true). This first issue of the relaunched B&W is a comic that just oozes quality and charm.
The Marc Silvestri cover makes for a striking opening shot, a graphic representation of everything »
- Chris Quicksilver
The Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction #2
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: Loston Wallace
Inker: Bob Wiacek
Action. Adventure. Beautiful women with dimples on their cheeks. Rocketeer/Spirit #2 is stuffed full of nostalgia and clearly draws from the comics and film serials of the 1930s while adding deeper characterization and an interesting, if highly unlikely plot. Mark Waid loves pulp heroes and Golden Age crime fighters as evidenced by his work on Idw’s Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom and Dynamite’s Green Hornet so his dialogue and characterization are sharp. Loston Wallace’s art boasts clean lines courtesy of veteran inker Bob Wiacek (Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man), and his figure drawings are emotive and beautiful. His action scenes pack a punch too and are better choreographed versions of the Republic’s action serial movies.
Rocketeer/Spirit #2 begins and ends with nostalgia. The miniseries follows the Spirit as he »
- Logan Dalton
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, Batman vs. Superman, Justice League Dark, The Flash, Arrow, Justice League: War and more...
Marvel's Thor: The Dark World opens here in the UK in just eleven days time (although you could see the film two days earlier, thanks to our preview screening ticket giveaway), and with the next stage of Phase Two upon us, Marvel Studios has blitzed the internet with promotional material this week, with highlights including our first look at Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as both Algrim the Strong and Kurse. So, sit back and work your way through a batch of brand new images [see here], a clip between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman »
- Gary Collinson
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Superman: 75th Anniversary"...
- Michael Stevens
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
Feature Rob Smedley 17 Oct 2013 - 06:44
Superman! For seventy-five years now he's confused birdwatchers and air traffic controllers alike as he's zoomed around battling evil and falling in love with women who have alliterative names starting with 'L'. Like Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris... Llllovely.
Yes, it's been a busy three quarters of a century for the Last Son of Krypton, and to celebrate it Zach Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: Tas) produced a two-minute flypast of Superman's history. It went down rather well when it premiered at New York Comic Con last week and no wonder. It's a beautiful salute to Supes, but also to the artists and actors who've brought him to life across the decades, as the animation style seamlessly »
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