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Johns reveals 'Batman and Robin' setup

31 December 2009 12:42 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Geoff Johns has revealed the setup that leads from Blackest Night into Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin. Morrison revealed earlier this month that the next Batman and Robin arc - 'Blackest Knight' - would tie-in to Johns' major event and explain what is happening to Bruce Wayne's stolen skull. "We took the skull, and reanimated Black Lantern Batman to get an emotional reaction from the heroes that know him, and that allowed Nekron to retake them," Johns told (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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'Siege' Thoughts, Illegal Comics Downloading And Philip Tan's Nova In Today's Twitter Report

30 December 2009 11:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Matt Fraction and Brian Michael Bendis have been spending some time together, and last night's topic of conversation was "Siege" #1. Judging from the comments, Bendis may or may not have trapped Fraction in his home, and being sealed in Bendis' house may or may not be a good thing.

Elsewhere, Ron Marz had some fighting words for illegal comics downloaders -- and particularly for those who are superhero readers. Check out his take on comics pirating after the jump along with some original Nova artwork from Philip Tan, Bryan Lee O'Malley's clarification on his "Inception" tweet yesterday and Robert Kirkman's beard.

It's all in the Twitter Report for December 30, 2009.

@philipsytan Been all over places today..More family stuff tomorrow..Here's my practice for today..Became gift to good buddy

-Philip Tan, Artist ("Batman and Robin," "Spawn")

"Siege" pt. 1: @mattfraction Now @bendisbendisbendis and »

- Brian Warmoth

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Top of the Crops: Where do Triffids come in the countdown of killer plants?

28 December 2009 6:23 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Tonight sees the new adaptation of John Wyndham's novel The Day Of The Triffids begin on BBC1, with the concluding part tomorrow.

And with not so much as the hint of a tendril in the publicity shots, sci-fi fans have been wondering what the latest incarnation of the fictional flora will look like.

Triffids are probably the most well-known venomous vegetation on the big or small screen but far from the only example. So, with the Triffids about to wield their deadly stingers once again, it's time to take a look at the top horticultural horrors.

Please note that the following list will include fungi which were previously considered to be plants but are now classified in their own kingdom separate from animals, plants and bacteria. In fact, genetic studies have shown fungi to be more closely related to animals than plants. Nevertheless, mushrooms are grown as crops and eaten as vegetables, »

- David Bentley

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Morrison extends 'Batman and Robin' run

24 December 2009 9:34 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Grant Morrison has revealed that he will continue writing DC's Batman and Robin comic for longer than he originally intended. Morrison initially planned to stay with the title for 12 issues. This was later extended to 16, but he has now said that he will continue for longer. "I figured once Bruce came back, it would go back to the traditional Batman status quo, which is kind of where I came in," he told Cbr. "But then I had an idea that seemed to me a really exciting way to continue the story in a new direction, so I'm going to stay on for that. "It's a different take on Batman and Robin, but I (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Robert Downey Jr.'s allegedly gay 'Sherlock Holmes.' Seriously?!

22 December 2009 5:01 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Monday night on "The Late Show With David Letterman," Robert Downey Jr. stopped by to promote Sherlock Holmes, in theaters on Friday, and bantered with Dave about the possibility that Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective and his long-suffering sidekick Dr. Watson were more than just mates. The banter went as follows: Letterman: "Now, from what I recall, there was always the suggestion that there was a different level of relationship between Sherlock and Dr. Watson." Downey: "You mean that they were homos..." Letterman: [Laughs.] "Well..." Downey: "That is what you're saying?" Letterman: "In a manner of speaking, yes...that they »

- Jeff Jensen

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The Pull List: Best Comics of 2009

21 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

With 2009 coming to a close, the challenge was to pick and rank the 10 best comics from the entire year. I’ve estimated reading approximately 1,500+ issues over that time frame, so obviously it wasn’t the easiest task to complete. Still, after much deliberation, these are my picks for the 10 best comics of 2009.

1. Jonah Hex #50

DC Comics

Writers: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti

Artist: Darwyn Cooke

Originally reviewed on December 3, 2009

Perfection. Defined as the highest degree of proficiency, skill or excellence, perfection is near impossible to achieve, especially when every comic ever printed is subjective in nature. You know, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and all that jazz. Still, when I thought about all the comics I’ve read this past year, this issue of Jonah Hex kept coming back to me. While not perfect (frankly, what is?), it’s pretty close.

A wonderful done-in-one tale following our “hero »

- Sal Loria

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Director Bryan Singer Returns To The X-Men

17 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

Many film pundits agree (including myself) that the first "X-Men" movie was single handedly responsible for the re-birth of comic book movies after is laid in a coma for years following the disaster that was "Batman And Robin".

"X-Men 2", in my opinion, went on to possibly be the best comic book movie ever made.  Both of these film were under the guidance of director Bryan Singer , who left the franchise after the second film to direct "Superman Returns" leaving Brett Ratner to direct.

Since that time, a lot of X fans have yearned for Singer to return to the X-Universe, and it appears their wish has come true.

While on the red carpet for the "Avatar" premiere, Singer revealed that he has just signed a deal to return to the world of X-Men:

"I'm ramping up to do a movie called 'Jack the Giant Killer' at Warner Bros," he said. »

- John Campea

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'Joe' appeals to readers' inner child

16 December 2009 5:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Artist Sean Murphy has promised that Joe the Barbarian will appeal to the adult and child in readers. Murphy likened the forthcoming miniseries - which writer Grant Morrison (Batman and Robin, The Invisibles) has described as "Home Alone meets Lord of the Rings" - to children's fantasy The Neverending Story. "Instead of trying to out-write Grant's description, I’ll just say this: Joe the Barbarian will entertain the adult and the kid in you at the same time," Murphy told Newsarama. "Hopefully it'll reach you on a more emotional level than most books. (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Prince of Persia Featurette Online

16 December 2009 2:32 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Amongst all the titles that flash up when we think about Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - From The Team That Brought You Pirates Of The Caribbean - Directed By Mike Newell - From Producer Jerry Bruckheimer etc. etc. etc. - one of the things that we hadn't really considered was the fact that this is Jake Gyllenhaal's first outing as all out action hero... luckily the featurette Yahoo have launched this morning covers that very topic.

Having proved his mettle as a serious actor (eg. Brokeback Mountain) Jake's taking on the serious Hollywood swashbuckler stuff in his latest outing and it seems everyone (from producer and director to co-star Gemma Arterton) think he's great.

Check out the featurette and let us know whether little Jake Gillywilly's Prince is going to be a hit like Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow or a whopping miss like George Clooney »

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Review: Matthew Vaughn's Kick-ass

15 December 2009 4:43 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Footage from Matthew Vaughn's independently produced adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass comic created a strong buzz at Comic-Con in 2009. Lionsgate picked up the film a few months ago, but little information has emerged beyond a lackluster trailer and some posters. The studio decided to test the waters by showing a rough cut, which was not color-corrected, at the 11th annual Butt-Numb-a-Thon in Austin, Texas. The screening was interrupted by sound problems, but that did not obscure the fact that Kick-Ass is an ultra-violent superhero homage that lives up to its name.

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a typical high school nerd who loves comic books and has no luck with girls. After getting robbed one too many times by thugs, Dave decides to carry through with an idea of becoming a superhero. After pulling together a costume from a crappy green wet suit and work boots, he starts »

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Andy Clarke to draw 'Batman and Robin'

10 December 2009 1:47 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

DC Comics has announced a forthcoming Batman and Robin arc drawn by Andy Clarke. The current R.E.B.E.L.S. penciller will join the Grant Morrison-penned title on issue #10 for a new arc called 'Batman vs. Robin'. Issues #10-12 were formerly set to be drawn by Frazer Irving (Days Missing, 2000 Ad), who himself was to be brought in on those issues as a replacement for Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Move Over Spidey - It's 'Superman: The Musical'!

8 December 2009 1:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Poor Superman. The price for being the most iconic of superheroes is that you end up with far, far more hideous adaptations. You may have thought Batman held that title with Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, but he has nothing on Superman, who not only wound up with Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace on his resume, but a musical, too! True Superman fans have probably heard of It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ...It's Superman, but the youngest among them have never seen it. Until now.

Thanks to the Internet, nothing terrible ever dies. The 1975 ABC special of It's a Bird has made its way to Google Video, and is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Surprisingly, this actually enjoyed some success on Broadway, and even was revived in Los Angeles in 2007, though I'm not sure why. I realize individual opinion is just that, but this is honestly terrible. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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'DC: Earth One,' Stan Lee In 'Thor,' And Dan Aykroyd's 'Awakening' In Today's Twitter-Wood

7 December 2009 10:29 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Grant Morrison has always been a stylish chap, but as an undated photo posted by Jill Thompson shows, he probably rocks black biker leather better than anyone else in the industry — almost as well as Stan Lee rocks a Marvel movie cameo, in fact.

DC's announcement that they would be rebooting Superman and Batman continuities for their new "DC: Earth One" graphic novels sparked a few tweets as well, including Jamal Igle, who offered some inside-the-industry perspective. Check out all of those posts after the jump alongside a shot of Dan Aykroyd enjoying a zombie graphic novel while surrounded by vodka, where Cameron Stewart's at with "Batman and Robin" and much more.

It's all in the Twitter Report for December 7, 2009.

@thejillthompson - an olde photo of me n Grant Morrison sippin cafe in San Francisco some years back...

-Jill Thompson, Writer/Artist ("Scary Godmother, »

- Brian Warmoth

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Review: Did you ever see… Out of Sight?

3 December 2009 12:38 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This week sees the release of Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air. Starring George Clooney, it tells the story of a frequent flyer executive who is unexpectedly grounded. The jump from TV to film is never easy, even for those well suited to the movie business. Clooney had a couple of false starts, but that was down to quality of scripts more than it was a reflection on the ER star’s performance.

He began with a great turn in From Dusk ’til Dawn, then had to grin and bare it through One Fine Day and The Peacemaker (and don’t get me started on Batman and Robin). That’s when the perfect role came along, one that would set his career on an upward flight, and introduce him to a man who would have great influence on his Hollywood career. The man was director Steven Soderbergh, the movie was Out of Sight. »

- Barry Steele

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Top Ten Tuesday: George Clooney

1 December 2009 3:52 PM, PST | | See recent news »

From humble beginnings in films like Return To Horror High and Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, a two-time “Sexiest Man Alive”, four-time Academy Award nominee (so far), and one-time winner of Best Supporting Actor (so far) was born.  George Clooney’s career has been a long and winding road in both film and television.  Today, he takes all roles from absolutely serious (Syriana) to comical (Leatherheads) to downright silly cameos (South Park: Bigger, Longer, And Uncut and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over).  It is for this eclectic mix of performances and characters that we salute this week the top 10 of George Clooney.  Whether it is his performance or the roles themselves he brings to life, each character listed below is memorable in their own right.  And, with films like Up In The Air and The American forthcoming, we are sure to see even more memorable characters brought to life by Clooney. »

- Movie Geeks

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Diamond publish October sales estimates

1 December 2009 4:10 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Diamond has released its sales estimates of October, indicating another strong month for DC Comics and its 'Blackest Night' storyline. DC occupied the top six spots of the comics list, with Blackest Night #4 in first place with Batman and Robin #5 in second. These were followed by the 'Blackest Night' tie-ins Green Lantern #47, Blackest Night: Batman #3, Green Lantern Corps #41 and Blackest Night: Superman #3. Marvel's first comic on the list (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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The Sunday Movie Quiz – The Answers

29 November 2009 4:01 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here are the answers to yesterday’s weekly Sunday Movie Quiz. If you missed the quiz yesterday, go here and give it a try before you look at the answers. Hope you had fun, and will come back for another quiz next Sunday.

Movie Quotes – Name the films

1 I’ll have what she’s having. – When Harry Met Sally

2 Yes Miss Daisy, I be honking. – The Long Kiss Goodnight

3 So, um, we think we should discuss the bonus situation… – Alien

4 Alrighty then. – Ace Ventura – Pet Detective

5 Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy. – Groundhog Day

6 It’s like looking in a mirror, only, not. – Face/Off

7 Hi, I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork, how have you been? – Grosse Point Blank

8 You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain’t never seen a donkey fly. – Shrek

9 Tell me about it, »

- Barry Steele

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The Sunday Movie Quiz

28 November 2009 4:01 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Welcome to this week’s movie quiz. If you missed last week’s, you can find it here, with the answers here. As usual, there are several sections. Same rules as before, no prize, just for fun. Answers will be posted tomorrow. Feel free to shout answers in the comments if you want, and if it’s too hard or too easy let us know.

Movie Quotes – Name the films

1 I’ll have what she’s having.

2 Yes Miss Daisy, I be honking.

3 So, um, we think we should discuss the bonus situation…

4 Alrighty then.

5 Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy.

6 It’s like looking in a mirror, only, not.

7 Hi, I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork, how have you been?

8 You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain’t never seen a donkey fly.

9 Tell me about it, »

- Barry Steele

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DC Comics Explores the Blackest Night

25 November 2009 11:58 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Marvel Zombies was a heavily promoted event in our comic universe. While the moments within the pages were skillfully worked into the canon of Marvel continuity, it's primarily seen as light, spoofy fun. Now, DC take a turn. Get ready for the Blackest Night!

This event has been going on for some time now, so this article isn’t for those already knee-deep in new comics every week. This is for the rest of you who wouldn’t normally know that dead people across the DC universe are rising from the graves and ripping the hearts out of the ones they loved! Got your attention? We’ll take a look at the comics leading up to complete chaos for the Justice League and nearly everyone they know and identify which books are worth hunting down to complete the big picture and which can be left behind. Ultimately, you can always »

- Nomad

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Salt N' Pepa N' Linkerella

18 November 2009 10:55 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

mmmmmANGELINA. Mangelina. I'm so curious to see Salt now that Jolie is staring me down from the poster (she does so more intimidatingly there -- the gaze is more benevolent in real life) and I'm reminded that Salt was originally written for a male star. Will we see any telltale signs of that gender-switch in the movie?

Oh link it, link it real good

MovieLine awesome composer Alexandre Desplat doesn't believe in holding his tongue. Doesn't approve of Quentin Tarantino's music

Old Hollywood Hedy Lamarr in ecstacy

Nicks Flick Picks finally gets around to "best actress 2008", both his own and Oscar's, but hot damn it's a good read. Plus: awesome comments section with heated / lucid opinions

In Contention Mélanie Laurent promoted to Lead Actress for Inglourious Basterds campaign

Cinema Blend Katey dives into the Screenplay categories. Cheerleads In the Loop

Cinematical maybe you missed my tweet on the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA? »


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