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Q&A with Gehenna: Where Death Lives Director Hiroshi Katagiri & Executive Producer Saik Meng Kee

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Even the most beautiful and exotic locations can be home to the most hellish horrors on Earth. That's what a real estate team discovers the hard way when they descend into a World War II bunker in Gehenna: Where Death Lives, and with the new horror film enjoying a well-received film festival run, we caught up with director Hiroshi Katagiri and executive producer Saik Meng Kee for our latest Q&A feature to discuss funding the movie on Kickstarter, working with the legendary Lance Henriksen and Doug Jones, and a chance encounter with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre cinematographer Daniel Pearl during filming on the island of Tinian.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Hiroshi, and congratulations on your new film, Gehenna: Where Death Lives. How and when did you come up with the idea for the movie?

Hiroshi Katagiri: I came up with
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Babylon 5: 14 alternatives to a straight reboot

There are plenty of interesting directions a return to the Babylon 5 universe could take. Here are a few suggestions...

I read somewhere that J.M. Straczynski writes every day. That’s not surprising given his extensive body of work for television, motion pictures, novels and comics. He is best known for Babylon 5, of course. I remember what a lot of people used to say about Babylon 5, “How much can happen on a space station?” Well, a lot actually! And after five seasons of the original series, a bunch of made-for-tv movies and a couple of spin-offs, there are still plenty of stories left to tell.

That is why I was excited recently to read that Joe (apparently, he thinks you’re cool if you just call him Joe) was going back to work on Babylon 5. My excitement soon turned to dread when I found out that
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J. Michael Straczynski rebooting Babylon 5 with feature film

Seemingly going unnoticed at the San Diego Comic-Con last month, J. Michael Straczynski has revealed that a feature film reboot of the cult space opera series Babylon 5 is in the works, and is aiming to go into production in early 2015. Here’s the statement from Jms, via ScienceFiction.com:

“So we’ve been having a really, really good year at Studio Jms. And where that comes in handy – where it’s kind of important involves this (B5 logo comes on screen). So… Fact: When I made the Babylon 5 deal with Warner Bros. it was just short of indentured servitude. Financially, I’ll never seen a dime out of Babylon 5 ever. I have no problems with that; I knew what I was signing when I go into it, but I mention it to piss them off every once in a while. One thing that I was able to withhold was the film rights.
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Comic Book Release List – January 22, 2014

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and specialty items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

Ace Books

Doctor Who Shada The Lost Adventure Sc, $16.00

Action Lab Entertainment

Fracture #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Chad Cicconi), $2.99

Fracture #2 (Of 4)(Cover B Bill Blankenship), $2.99

Fracture Encore Edition (One Shot)(not verified by Diamond), $3.99

Jack Hammer #1 (Of 4)(Cover A Ionic), $2.99

Jack Hammer #1 (Of 4)(Cover B Riley Rossmo), $2.99

NFL Rush Zone Super Bowl Special Tp (not verified by Diamond), $19.95

Princeless Encore Edition #3 (Of 4), $2.99

Skyward #5 (Cover A Jeremy Dale), $2.99

Skyward #5 (Cover B Khary Randolph & Laura Martin), $2.99

Antarctic Press

Ghost Cop #2 (Of 3), $3.99

Gold Digger #206, $3.99

Paper Dreams The Ben Dunn Sketchbook Tp, $14.99

Arcana Studio

10th Muse Volume 3 The Image Comics Run Part 3 Tp, $14.95

Steampunk Originals Volume 1 Gn, $14.95

Archie Comic Publications

Archie Funhouse Double Digest #1, $3.99

Archie’s Valentine A Rock And Roll Romance Tp,
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New Crusaders Brings Archie Heroes Back

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With four months of digital success under their belt, Archie Comics brings their superhero stable back to comic shops with the first print issue of New Crusaders, in comic shops this week. Each issue collecting the four weekly “acts” of the digital release, the comic is a response to the many requests from readers who wanted to see a traditional edition as well. Archie has done a good job of it, with several special covers and some extra bonuses not seen in the digital release.

Archie Comics superheroes have had a long and varied publishing history. They premiered in 1939, enjoyed a a re-emergence in the 60s, another in the 80s, a couple revivals that never got out of the gate, and two attempted revivals by DC Comics, the woefully underappreciated Impact imprint from the 90s (helmed by our own Mike Gold), and the more recent Red Circle line which started
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J. Michael Straczynski Talks Studio Jms, Joe’s Comics, Epidemic, Vlad Dracula, His Desire To Work With Neil Gaiman, and More

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to sit down with creator J. Michael Straczynski, widely known as Jms, to talk about his past, present, and future. Jms has had long tenures as the creator and head writer for Babylon 5, a long and well-received run on Thor and Spider-Man, time spent as a journalist, script writer, and much more. Straczynski was a willing participant as he fielded all manner of questions about him being a control freak, how he tried to hide from the crossover events that he clashed with in The Amazing Spider-Man by taking over Thor, and how he plans to utilize the Joe's Comics imprint at Image Comics. Hit the jump for a full transcript of my interview. Collider: You've had a hell of a career... and it's ongoing. Joe Michael Straczynski: To everyone's amazement. [Both laugh] You've worked on my side of the fence where you're interviewing people.
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Comic-Con 2011: Full Schedule for Friday July 22nd

It seems like San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is right around the corner, and it's going to be one hell of a glorious weekend of geek awesomeness. Comic-Con International has unleashed the full schedule for Friday July 22nd, once again we have a full day of fun and excitement. There's so much I want to see here, including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Walking Dead, Total Recal, Batman: Year One, Locke & Key, Haywire, Raven and more!

I've gone through the list and put exclamation points next to all of the events that we want to cover. Let us know what panels and events you would like to know about and we will try and get them covered for you! If you are actually going to be at the con, what will you be checking out?

GeekTyrant will once again be at Comic-Con in full force this year, bringing you the best maximum super rad coverage.
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"The Kids Are All Right," "Glee" Among GLAAD Meda Awards Nominees

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced the nominees for its 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards! In the Outstanding Film (Wide Release) category, Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" will duke it out with "Burlesque," "The Girl Who Played With Fire," "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," and "Easy A."

In the Outstanding Film (Limited Release) category, the nominees are "Howl," "I Love You Phillip Morris," "La Mission," "Patrik, Age 1.5," and "Undertow"

In the TV categories, "Glee," "True Blood," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" are among those honored.

We will know the winners of the GLAAD Media Awards on March 19 in New York, April 16 in Los Angeles, and May 14 in San Francisco.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

Burlesque (Screen Gems)

Easy A (Screen Gems)

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Music Box Films)

The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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Soapbox: Our Last Best Hope

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Our Last Best Hope

Two months ago, I had never seen an episode of Babylon 5. I had heard of it, and I was a fan of a lot of the comic book writings of the Babylon 5 creator, J. Michael Straczynski but I had no desire whatsoever to watch the show. There wasn’t any hatred of the show or any real reasoning behind the fact that I hadn’t seen it. It was just one of those things that I hadn’t gotten around to in my life. There are plenty of things in this world that I haven’t gotten around to doing yet, and I have to be honest when I say that shortening that list by watching Babylon 5 wasn’t very high on my list of priorities.

But….if I’ve learned nothing else, I’ve learned that I should listen to the advice of my friends.
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'Lost' Star Daniel Dae Kim Wants To Play Namor In A Marvel Movie

Even though "Lost" will be ending in a few short weeks, Daniel Dae Kim would like to stay in the water as Namor the Sub Mariner — Marvel's first mutant.

“Living in Hawaii, I’m always in the water," explained Kim during an interview with Ugo, "And I think Sub-Mariner looks Asian. So I feel like if there’s any one I could play, it would be him. I’ve met with Marvel about a few other things, but if and when it becomes appropriate — sure, if they’d have me.”

Prior to starring on "Lost," Kim appeared in an impressive array of genre TV series including "Crusade," "Angel," "Star Trek: Enterprise," "Charmed" and "24." Kim has also voiced Metron of the New Gods in the "Justice League Unlimited" animated series. His next role will be as Detective Chin Ho Kelly in a potential revival of "Hawaii Five-o."

Namor was created back
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Preview: The Joneses

While many theater-goers cringe upon witnessing the blatant use of product placement in any given film, The Joneses is a landmark achievement in that it is the first film to make product placement a necessary component of its story-line. Written and Directed by talented newcomer Derrick Borte, The Joneses is a unique social commentary tale about an American town overwhelmed by the excitement of consumerism.

The cast of Derrick Borte's "The Joneses" (2010).

The film’s international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September has already generated a ton of buzz. I will resist the temptation of giving away too much of the plot in order to keep your viewing experience as pure as possible (click here for a sneak peek).

But I will say that the story-line for The Joneses offers a refreshing twist to the romantic comedy genre. With Demi Moore and David Duchovny as the
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'Hawaii Five-o' Counts In Kim

Lost star Daniel Dae Kim has been hired for a leading role in the reboot of Hawaii Five-o, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kim will recreate the original series' character  Detective Chin Ho Kelly. Kelly was played in the classic show by Kam Fong.

Both Hawaii Five-o and Lost are being filmed in (not surprisingly) Hawaii.  Kim has played Jin Kwon for six seasons of the latter. ABC's mystery drama recently began airing its final run of episodes.  Kim will star on Hawaii Five-o for CBS Studios.

The personnel behind Kim's new gig include Fringe co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, as well as CSI: NY executive producer and co-showrunner Peter Lenkov.

The lead role of Detective Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-o has not been cast. Moonlight star Alex O'Loughlin is said to be in talks for it. McGarrett was played by Jack Lord in the original series.

In addition to featuring in Lost,
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Wicker Man Star Edward Woodward Dies

British actor Edward Woodward starred as the ill-fated Sgt. Howie, a repressed and religious police officer, in Anthony Shaffer’s occult thriller The Wicker Man in 1973. Sent to the remote Scottish island of Summerisle to search for a missing girl, he becomes enmeshed in an arcane pagan ritual that results in his own sacrifice in a burning wicker effigy to ensure a bountiful harvest. Christopher Lee co-starred as Lord Summerisle, and Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, and Ingrid Pitt were featured as enticing pagan ladies.

Woodward was born in Croydon, England, on June 1, 1930. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and made his professional stage debut in 1946. A Shakespearean stage actor, he also appeared frequently in films and television from the early 1960s. He was featured in episodes of The Saint, The Baron, Mystery and Imagination, and Sherlock Holmes, and was Auguste Dupin in a 1968 production of Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
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ComicMix Quick Picks - February 10, 2009

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A collection of news items that have come in over the last few days while we've been recovering from Nycc.

Kc Carlson is also recovering, but from a mini-stroke instead of con crud. Get well soon, big guy. Brett Ratner directing Youngblood, according to Variety. So if you love what he did with X-Men 3... and Rob Liefeld continues one heck of a lucky streak. Denys Cowan alerted me to the existence of a Black Panther trailer for the Bet series this summer, but for some reason Marvel didn't make it embeddable. Because, I presume, they don't want to let people share and promote it. Way to go, Marvel. Go follow the link. Rich Johnston for the win:

Daniel Dae Kim, better known as Jin off of "Lost", also attending the New York Comic Convention this weekend, in his capacity of being in "Lost," "24," "Enterprise," "Angel," "Hulk," "Crusade" and all that.
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J. Michael Straczynski talks World War Z: "It's crazy in scale"

J. Michael Straczynski is no stranger to genre writing in fact if you hadn't heard of him before The Changeling hit theaters last month there's a good chance you've at least seen his work on TV. Though he's probably most known as the creator of Babylon 5, Straczynski was also responsible for bringing Showtime's short lived apocalyptic drama Jeremiah to the screen and has written for The Twilight Zone and Crusade. He wrote Ninja Assassin for the Wachowski's and is about to become famous as "that guy who adapted Max Brooks' World War Z" into an epic screenplay (review here) that's about to begin production under the guidance of Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster.

Recently, MTV got a word in edgewise and asked the writer about World War Z. Here's what he had to say:

“We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being ‘The Bourne Identity,
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Straczynski to write ‘Forbidden Planet’ remake

Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski is set to write the remake of Fred Wilcox’s 1956 sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet” for Warner Bros.

The Hollywood Reporter says Warner acquired the project from DreamWorks, where David Twohy was attached to direct.

In the original, a space crew from Earth is sent to a distant planet to check up on a colony of scientists. Shortly after their arrival, they find a scientist and his daughter who survived a cruel monster roaming the planet.

Straczynski, who most recently penned Clint Eastwood’s drama “Changeling,” is no stranger to the sci-fi genre. He co-created “Babylon 5” and wrote many of the show’s episodes. His credits also include “Crusade” and several episodes of “The Twilight Zone.”

Straczynski also co-wrote James McTeigue’s upcoming action flick “Ninja Assassin,” which Joel Silver is producing. Silver is also on board to develop the “Forbidden Planet” update.
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