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Jessie Robertson reports from the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo…
The Cincinnati Comic Expo was held at downtown Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center and featured an array of celebrity guests, comic book legends, writers and artists and tons of activities to get involved in. I was there this weekend (with my lovely wife and daughter dressed as Captain America’s Daughter) to take in the sights and sounds of a geek’s utopia.
I attended last year’s Expo and the attendance this year dwarfed last years. People were jam-packed everywhere and you could barely move. Right off the bat, we saw several familiar vehicles parked on the sides (I tried to hitch a ride in the jeep but got sprayed with some foul green slime, so I stopped into the van for a quick snack)
- Jessie Robertson
While Disney-owned Marvel Studios develops the vast, inter-dimensional worlds of Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange" for the big screen, the movie rights to the vast, watery worlds of Marvel Comics "Namor: The Sub-Mariner" remain with Comcast:
Debuting in 1939, Namor was created by writer, illustrator Bill Everett, depicted as the mutant son of a human sea captain and a promiscuous princess of the undersea kingdom of 'Atlantis'.
Namor possessed the super-strength and aquatic breathing abilities of his mother's 'Homo mermanus' race.
Through the years, the character has been portrayed either as a good-natured, but short-fused superhero, or a hostile invader obsessed with vengeance for perceived wrongs that humans committed against his kingdom.
After fighting WWII alongside 'Captain America' and the 'Human Torch' on the side of the Allies, Namor resurfaced in the 1950's as the subject of a live-action TV series.
He then returned in Marvel's "Fantastic Four" #4 (May 1962), when 'Johnny Storm', »
- Michael Stevens
20th Century Fox took control of Hall H for two hours on Friday to unveil some of their upcoming films. The big surprise? No talk of (or footage shown from) next summer’s Fantastic Four or of X-Men: Apocalypse. But there were plenty of other highlights:
- During the panel for September’s The Maze Runner, star Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) accidentally revealed that a certain character dies in the film after he was asked what was the most difficult scene to shoot. “This is going horribly,” he (sorta) joked later. Fans also got a look at a new »
- Tim Stack
Welcome back to S7AR Wars, my weekly engagement with Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors and speculation and - slowly but surely - where I confront my overall problems with being a fan that would love to know everything and feel like he knows nothing.
On that latter half, because if I don’t put it at the top, I’m afraid I won’t come back around to it, I must admit I was puzzled that we were so starved for real dispatches from the Star Wars set this week. We spent the first half reporting that more Star Wars movies would be filmed at Pinewood (something we’ve known ever since the time was booked at the studio) and yesterday talking about a Harrison Ford ankle injury. That’s literally all we know about that ankle situation, outside of a rumbling that the injury was sustained on the Millennium Falcon. »
The internet was understandably awash with excitement yesterday (April 29) when the main cast of Star Wars Episode VII was finally announced.
Hover over the image above to see who's who in Star Wars: Episode VII
A round-up of social media reaction to the news is presented below:
"I think what people are forgetting is Harrison Ford is returning and will most likely be the lead with a big role in the film. That being said I would love to have seen the rumoured Gary Oldman cast in the film. He had great chemistry opposite Harrison Ford in Air Force One and is a very underrated actor - who most likely would not have taken too much spotlight from new cast members. »
Finally! The cast for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII has been revealed, confirming rumours and specualtion as well as throwing in a few surprises. The original cast of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, will all return to the roles they made famous in the original trilogy, while the new guys show a broad range of talent. Attack The Block’s John Boyega and relative newcomer Daisy Ridley join the cast representing the UK. Adam Driver, who was pretty much already confirmed in a villain role has been announced, along with Inside Llewyn Davis’s Oscar Isaac. Domhnall Glesson, who was at one time in the running for Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four, is also cast, as well as cinematic legend, 85 year old Max Von Sydow. In a surprising turn of events, Ahmed Best is also confirmed as returning to the role »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
While Disney and Lucasfilm still have no comment about the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, Variety claims that five actors have risen to the top of director J.J. Abrams' favorite list, with all candidates vying for the role of lead Jedi apprentice.
While no character details are available, we know that Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Matthew James Thomas (About a Boy), and Broadway actor Ray Fisher are all battling for this coveted role alongside long rumored Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons.
While Girls star Adam Driver has yet to be officially confirmed, this new report claims that he is a lock for the main villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, a member of the Empire who will face off against the Jedi apprentice in this three-part saga.
Insiders close to the production warn that this list of five young, mostly unknown actors is »
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The vast majority of human beings will never cast anyone in anything, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hold opinions about who should (and shouldn’t) play some beloved character in the next blockbuster iteration of that character’s franchise. Recently, I’ve engaged in a bit of fantasy casting for the Justice League movie, the next Fantastic Four movie, and the next next Amazing Spider-Man movie. In an effort to »
- Darren Franich
8 items from 2014
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