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As Akira Kurosawa is to Star Wars, George Lucas is to The Micronauts: Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden’s 1979 comic series that was based on a toy line. The story goes that Mantlo saw the toys in a store and somehow convinced Marvel’s Jim Shooter to pursue the license for them. The toys, whose gimmick was that all the parts of the figures and sets were interchangeable, were also pretty free of any backstory. A Japanese import, the Micronaut toys really had no story beyond that there were good guys, there were bad guys, and they fought. That combined with the ability to swap parts were everything they had before Mantlo and Golden got their hands on them. With this blank slate, Bill Mantlo was determined to recreate Star Wars while Golden tweaked the designs of the toys to recast Star Wars as superheroes and supervillains.
Arcturus Rann, an »
- Scott Cederlund
Kevin Feige was a guest on the Chris Hardwick Nerdist podcast to promote Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. While on the show, Feige discussed moving Marvel Studios from Manhattan Beach to the Disney lot in Burbank, CA, how Christopher Llyod is on the list of people Marvel Studios would love to work with and planning Sand Diego Comic Con panels. Kevin Feige on if Marvel Studios views Guardians of the Galaxy as a risk? "I don't think it's going out on a limb anymore than the first Iron Man was. Frankly, it's less because the entire fate of the studio hinged on that...that and Incredible Hulk. And at the time, the Incredible Hulk felt like, ok, everyone knows the Hulk, [he's] the popular character, it's this Iron Man thing that's the risk." On why some superhero movies are better than others. "I think there are a million reasons but what »
by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
Mary Doe is an upcoming Zombie feature from Filmmaker and award winning Make-up Effects artist Nick Nicolaou (I, Frankenstein, The Wolverine, Double Vision, The Matrix Trilogy). The feature film will star horror genre icon Tom Savini.
Nicolaou is utilizing the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise additional funds to shoot a professional promo short film. The short will be used to pitch the project to Hollywood Studios and investors. You can help get the cause by visiting the Kickstarter page.
There are many great perks and the campaign is in the final stretch and needs your help now! Check out all the details from the press release below.
From The Press Release
Nick Nicolaou, Filmmaker, award winning Make-up Effects artist and co-founder of the FX studio Make-up Effects Group, turns to alternative sources of funding to help bring his first feature film Mary Doe to life. »
Let’s talk about sex, Baby.
Okay, the Salt-n-Pepa song won’t be popping up in Showtime’s new drama series, Masters Of Sex, which is set in the 1950s when Dr. William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) conducted their revolutionary study of sex. The series is based on Thomas Maier’s biography, Masters Of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson.
Since the show is very much focused on sex, gay characters also are a part of the series.. In the first few episodes, a lesbian prostitute (Broadway’s Annaleigh Ashford) helps Masters move his study into a brothel in exchange for her getting her tubes untied so she can have a baby and have a chance at a ‘normal life’ with a man. And, never fear, »
- Jim Halterman
Back in August, the website, Monster Legacy, conducted an interview with Nick Nicolaou, co-founder of the Make-Up Effects Group, the company responsible for the special effects seen in the 2005 Man-Thing film. How the budget effected the film: Nick Nicolaou: We were approached by Brett Leonard and the production and were successful with our bid for the project. The script was cool — but so many things started to be cut and changed due to budgetary issues. I feel the final film lost so much by the time it got to the screen. There were more interesting character building ideas surrounding the Man-Thing creature, that showed his connection to the swamp and the environment. Many were heavily FX related, so they were the first to go. Why the change to Man-Thing's comic design: Nick Nicolaou: The Director & Production Designer wanted to “tweak” the design a little and Marvel were »
Last week, the internet was abuzz with news of the Spawn reboot. Todd McFarlane, the creator of the comic anti-hero, spoke to the press at Fan Expo Canada, and mentioned that the script may be done by the end of the year, which would mean production in 2014 and 2015! He also suggested, among other things, that Jamie Foxx is interested, which may just give the movie that extra boost that only star power can provide.
Reading the news, I could not keep myself from experiencing a slight case of déjà vu. Haven’t I heard this before somewhere, I thought? It seemed really familiar… But, I hadn’t been reading the Spawn comics for a while, so I must have been hallucinating, I’d decided.
Except, then I started digging. It turns out, Todd McFarlane has been talking about this project for over 10 years!
Spawn initially appeared on the big screens »
- Dziugas Matas
Photo credit: Make-Up Effects Group Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear. Man-thing was directed by Brett Leonard ("The Lawnmower Man"), from a screenplay written by Hans Rodionoff ("Lost Boys: The Tribe"). It's based on Marvel Comics creature created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. The cast included: Matthew Le Nevez as Sheriff Kyle Williams, Rachael Taylor as Teri Elizabeth Richards, Jack Thompson as Frederic Schist, Rawiri Paratene as Pete Horn, Alex O'Loughlin as Deputy Eric Fraser, Steve Bastoni as Rene Laroque, Robert Mammone as Mike Ploog, Pat Thompson as Jake Schist and Conan Stevens as Man-Thing. The film was released as a "Sci-Fi Original" on the Sci Fi Channel in 2005. »
Warning: Here Be Crazy Spoilers.
If you are a living, breathing human being between the ages of four and 110, then it's almost a certainty that at some point this month, you'll be going to see "Iron Man Three." And not just once but probably several times.
That's because every Marvel film seems to be jam-packed with secret references, hidden jokes and insider Easter eggs designed to thrizzle even the most jaded movie or comic book fan. Forget that RunPee app that tells you when it's safe to leave the theater; in "Iron Man Three," every single second could hold an encrypted message teasing "Howard the Duck 2" or hinting at a crossover with Daredevil or something. Seeing "Iron Man Three" just once simply isn't an option; after all, it's more than a movie, it's a pop culture test you have to study for.
So in order to help you get the »
- Scott Harris
Throughout the day we’ve been running interviews with the cast of Iron Man 3, to mark the film’s UK release. We’re finishing off with what was by far our favourite interview: director, Shane Black and writer Drew Pearce.
We say ‘interview’, because in the near half-hour we spent with them, we only managed to shoehorn in around ten questions. Really it was a case of sitting back, watching the banter and occasionally trying to steer the pair back onto the film when they went off course.
Check it out below, where they discuss their thoughts on the franchise, living with one another while developing the movie and Black’s love of Steve Coogan. Spoilers are hinted at…
Their thoughts on the first Iron Man as a character and the franchise so far
- Ben Mortimer
We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes Cowboys Vs Vampires release information, Compound Fracture screening dates, and an interview with Inhuman Resources co-writer Anthony O’Connor:
Cowboys Vs Vampires DVD Release Details: “The story of a western movie actor (Johnny Dust) still trying to make it big in a western film studio and theme park, when a ‘new management team’ takes over the park and turns the film studio into a fright-fest for the month of Halloween. Haunted by the image of his dead western movie hero, who appears to him on the little screen, Johnny unravels the real intent of management and its opening night ‘spectacular’, which takes place in the depths of the park’s cave.
- Tamika Jones
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Kick-Ass 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Man of Steel, Justice League, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Aquaman, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Super Clyde and more...
2013 is set to see some of comics' biggest names returning to the big screen, but while Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine and Superman battle it out for box office supremacy, underdog Kick-Ass will quietly go about his business in Universal Pictures' crime-fighting sequel Kick-Ass 2, which received its first red-band trailer and official poster this past Wednesday. If the trailer is any indication, it seems that director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) has ramped up the action for the follow-up »
- Flickering Myth
Gerry Conway is one of the legendary writers in comic book history. During his time at Marvel, he was part of the team that created characters such as Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night, Punisher, Vulture, Tombstone, and many others. During his time at DC Comics, he created Atomic Skull, Cheetah, Firestorm, Killer Croc, Star Sapphire, Jason Todd and many more. However, at Emerald City Comicon, Conway spent a considerable amount of his panel discussing the classic Spider-Man story, "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" which had superstar John Romita Sr. supplying the art. Originally, Romita pitched the story with Aunt May dying at the end. Which I didn't really see, because Aunt May was already, like, on her deathbed. It was sort of the running gag -- 'Oh, she's dying again.' If she died, it would've been sad, but it wouldn't have been tragic," said Conway to the panel »
12 items from 2013
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