12 items from 2014
We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
We saw the return of Jack Burton last month in Big Trouble in Little China #1, the first issue in a new comic book series from the minds of John Carpenter and Eric Powell, and his adventures continue in Issue #2. Now available at digital outlets and comic book stores, we have the first pages of the issue for those that want a preview of what’s ahead.
“Why We Love It: Big Trouble In Little China is one of our favorite cult-classic films because it mashed together ’80s action and supernatural fantasy movies with ’70s kung-fu flicks. This is the first time any new Big Trouble stories have been officially told, and we have the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working with Eric Powell (The Goon) on the story. You can’t beat that!
- Jonathan James
John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu fantasy masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was a flop when it was first released, but a long life on home video helped foster a retroactive appreciation for star Kurt Russell’s fast-talking Jack Burton and the style with which Carpenter delivers his crazy tale. It is now a bona fide cult classic, and it is getting resurrected in comic book form.
Beginning with the first issue on June 4, Boom! Studios will be rolling out Big Trouble in Little China, the new comic book series co-written by Eric Powell (creator of the awesome series The Goon) and Carpenter, »
- Kyle Anderson
Why Watch? In the future, being a delivery guy is unbelievably easy. The ship flies itself, you can land at the press of a button and most of the packages are larger than microscopic. This short film from Kyungmin Woo is a delightful triumph of cartoon violence and a Twilight Zone-style hook that’s played upfront for laughs instead of held back for a dramatic twist. It’s especially appropriate for this week’s release of Godzilla and especially entertaining for anyone who wants to punt the minions from Despicable Me into the sun. JohnnyExpress is brilliant for its nihilism, its slapstick simplicity and the sweet dramatic irony of what the entire situation must have looked like to our anti-hero. The animation is rich and layered, but the real standout is a chase sequences where an alien tries to steal a bicycle and a car — the timing is comic perfection. It »
- Scott Beggs
Odd List Ryan Lambie 23 Apr 2014 - 06:54
We take a look back at the geek movies that have hinted at sequels that were never made, and we'd really like to see...
Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen a film in a particular entry, feel free to skip to the next one.
In some cases, it comes as a relief when a threatened sequel fails to materialise. The end of the infamous Mac And Me, for example, sees its family of cretinous aliens drive off in a pink Cadillac, a speech bubble chillingly telling us, "We'll be back!" Thankfully, Mac And Me 2 has yet to materialise, despite the original film's near-legendary status.
Every so often, though, we'll come across a movie that strongly hints at more adventures to come, but for a variety of reasons - usually financial ones - the sequel never got made. To illustrate this, »
If you’ve ever stumbled home in the early hours of Sunday morning, wearing a skimpy party dress with your high heels in one hand and mascara smudged under your eyes, try finding comfort in the fact that it’s pretty much a rite of passage. The phenomenon is so common, in fact, that now it’s even getting its own movie. In Steven Brill’s Walk of Shame, Elizabeth Banks plays a news anchor called Meghan Miles who decides to have a night on the town in order to forget some bad news, and has to deal with the aftermath of a drunken night with the lovely Gordon (James Marsden).
Click to continue reading ‘Walk of Shame’ Red Band Trailer: »
- H. Shaw-Williams
Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the toon this year on all media platforms.
Deal was unveiled March 7 at Lyon’s Cartoon Movie confab, where “Beyond” played on opening night.
“The wonderful animation style and the emotionally touching story is going to touch children and their family’s hearts,” said Stan Wertlieb, Grindstone Entertainment’s head of acquisitions. “Kids are enchanted by the unique characters.”
Sarita Christensen, the leading Danish animation production/distribution/sales shingle, said her team received offers from seven U.S. distributors. “Distributors have been drawn to ‘Beyond Beyond’ because it’s an original story,” said Christensen.
The exec added that Grindstone has already demonstrated its know-how in releasing foreign animated features in North America, notably “Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure,” the lasted toon »
- Elsa Keslassy
All you need to do to measure the success of European animators is look at this year’s Oscar race: “Despicable Me 2,” co-directed by French toonsmith Pierre Coffin; and “Ernest & Celestine,” a France-Luxembourg-Belgium co-production, are nominated for animated feature, and shorts “Room on the Broom” (U.K.) and “Mr. Hublot” (Luxembourg-France) are also on the Academy score card.
But it’s Disney’s Oscar-nommed global blockbuster “Frozen” that’s tapping into one of the fastest-growing founts of global animation. Though the Mouse’s toon is U.S.-made, it cashes in on Scandinavian storytelling traditions, based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale and set in the fjords of the Arctic Circle, replete with trolls, an integral part of Scandi lore.
France and Belgium remain the leading producers of arthouse animated films, but Scandinavian toons are proving more and more appealing to independent distributors looking for an alternative to the sweeping fare backed by U. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ihenacho joined Minogue's team earlier this series, with the pair exchanging some flirtatious banter.
The Voice Leo on Mike Skinner spat: His head's not in the right place
He has now told Digital Spy that it can be a surreal experience working with the former Neighbours star.
"There's a period during rehearsals for the show when you're supposed to be focusing on the song we're supposed to be singing, and she's talking and you're thinking to yourself, 'That's Kylie!'" he joked. "Do you remember the days when Neighbours used to be on at 1.30pm? It used to be on really, really early and I used to rush home to watch Charlene.
"And here she is now, having a laugh with me, »
You know, there was a time, about 15 years ago, when this whole Resident Evil idea was pretty damn exciting. Sure, Alone in the Dark had already pioneered the survival horror thing, but it was Resident Evil that had ironed out its kinks and presented it to the mainstream in a package which they would hopelessly devour like the ravenous creatures that they were.
That’s the gamers that we’re talking about.
In any case, this series used to be something that was really exciting. The first entry was a breakthrough hit for Capcom. Resident Evil 2 was a perfect sequel, one that learned real and valid lessons from the mistakes of its predecessor. Like a path of evolution, RE2 improved on its predecessor in every conceivable way, and some inconceivable ones to boot.
- Mike Worby
BBC America’s Orphan Black seemed to come out of nowhere last year, with little fanfare or advance publicity, and yet it went on to build a rabid fanbase largely on word of mouth. The series, which returns for a second season this April, follows a woman named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) who finds out she is part of a genetics project and soon crosses paths with many of her clones (all played brilliantly by Maslany). Of particular interest for Lgbt audiences is Sarah’s gay foster brother Felix played by actor Jordan Gavaris. We caught up with Gavaris at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to ask him about the success of the show, working opposite Maslany and what we can expect for fan favorite Felix in Season 2.
Related: The Best (and Worst) of “Orphan Black”
TheBacklot: How has the show changed you and your life? Has it?
- Jim Halterman
12 items from 2014
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