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There's little doubt that Alan Moore is one of only a handful of comic book writers who could legitimately be described as the greatest of all time, but in a new interview with The Guardian (via Comic Book Movie), the creator of classic titles such as Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell has offered up some choice words for "emotionally subnormal" fans of the superhero genre.
"I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them. »
- Gary Collinson
Alan Moore, legendary comic-book writer and co-creator of “Watchmen” — still considered the greatest comic book of all time — currently has a problem with men in tights. More specifically, men of a certain age taking an interest in them. Speaking with the Guardian about his latest graphic novel – “Fashion Beast,” which started out as a film but wound up in his hands for comic treatment – the 60-year-old Brit, who also penned “V for Vendetta” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” said superheroes are “abominations” … and that grownups who still obsess over them have to justify their obsession »
- Josh Dickey
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Alan Moore - who clearly has an extremely high opinion of his own work judging from that piece - has shared his thoughts on anyone over the age of 13 who happens to enjoy reading superhero comic books or the movies that they're based on. He's clearly forgetting that he's talking about the same people who have made the likes of Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and V For Vendetta the best-selling successes they are, and you can read his thoughts on "emotionally subnormal" fans below. "I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they »
I think we all know how Alan Moore feels about the adaptations of his own works. The writer and creator of V For Vendetta, Watchmen, and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen has said in the past that most of his stories were designed to be unfilmable. When the adaptations were made, Moore wanted to distance himself from them and even asked that his name be taken off any credits. If you've read anything Moore has written, when superheroes are present, so to speak, they are unconventional. »
- Niki Stephens
Sequential Releases Free Alan Moore Biography Comic to Celebrate His 60th Birthday
London, November 11th, 2013
Sequential, the digital graphic novel app, has today released a free biography comic of the legendary Alan Moore, to celebrate the writer’s 60th birthday this November 18th.
Alan Moore: An Extraordinary Gentleman is free to download and is available exclusively via Sequential for iPad. It has been created by comics writer and aficionado Gary Spencer Millidge, author of Alan Moore: Storyteller and the critically acclaimed comic book series Strangehaven.
The comic strip was originally created in 2003 for a tribute book compiled to celebrate Alan Moore’s 50th birthday, using images from Moore’s own comics to illustrate his journey, literally and metaphorically. A decade later, Gary Spencer Millidge has revised, updated and expanded the original comic, upgraded images, and re-sequenced panels, to produce a reasonably accurate, albeit highly condensed, slightly simplified, »
- Erin Willard
A few days ago we learned who the main cast members are for Wgn America's first original scripted series, "Salem" from Brannon Braga ("24," "Star Trek: Tng," "Terra Nova") and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), and now we know who's in the lead.
Per TV Guide, Shane West ("Nikita," "ER," "Once and Again," The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is set to play the male lead, John Alden, in the 17th century-set drama that centers on the Massachusetts town's infamous witch trials.
Alden is a "tough, pragmatic, wry-humored" war veteran who doesn't suffer fools. After spending a decade on the battlefield and being held in captivity at the hands of the Indians, John returns to his native Salem, where he finds his hometown gripped in witch-hunt frenzy, led by Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel). John also has a history with Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), the beautiful and ruthless, yet vulnerable, wife of the ancient, »
- Debi Moore
Scottish actor tops a list of 20 Brits rated by American cinemagoers responding to the bi-annual Q survey
• News: Sean Connery's final film heading to DVD
Sean Connery remains the greatest British actor of all time in the eyes of the American public, according to an influential survey.
The erstwhile James Bond star topped the biannual Q score, a poll conducted regularly to find the most popular screen totems that up until recently was shrouded in secrecy. Connery, 83, beat Anthony Hopkins and Liam Neeson into second and third spots respectively, despite not having appeared on camera in a new movie since 2003's disappointing The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. A recent animated adventure, Sir Billi the Vet, was harshly reviewed earlier this year despite the presence of Connery as the voice of the titular skateboarding veterinarian.
The actor's rise to the top »
- Ben Child
The idea of a female actor who usually plays virtuous or recognisably “good” roles on screen going bad for a movie role – whether lured by the higher pay off of nudity, or enticed by the added promise of awards – is nothing new, as we’ve already discussed in our run-down of Good Girls Gone Bad, but the same can’t necessarily be said for the other half of the gender divide.
Actors who play villains – or are born within the borders of the British Isles – seem to be typecast more than any other actor, largely because it takes a certain intangible something to make a truly memorable villain (like a snarling, upper-class British accent for instance,) and the effect of introducing a traditional villain to a heroic role can often be too jarring for the unfortunately limited mental capacity of some audiences.
The converse is also true – if you’re known for playing heroes, »
- Simon Gallagher
News Louisa Mellor 27 Sep 2013 - 09:23
We've barely had time to digest the news about live-action Batman TV series Gotham being ordered by Fox, when news arrives that another DC property is being prepped for telly treatment (insert tedious simile about comic book TV adaptations and buses).
Chain-smoking occult detective and magician John Constantine, who recently moved into a new home in eponymous comic series after beginning life in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run in the eighties and continuing in DC and Vertigo's Hellblazer until this year, is planned for a TV debut on NBC.
The network has committed to a "script plus penalty" deal for Constantine, meaning that even if it isn't produced, writer Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and producer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, »
These days, superhero movies are making the leap to the small screen. Following in the footsteps of Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." series, Fox has snagged the rights to the Warner Bros. TV-produced "Gotham," a drama about the origins of Commissioner Gordon from the Batman saga.
According to Deadline, "Gotham" was created by Bruno Heller of "The Mentalist" fame; he will also write and serve as an executive producer on the series. "Gotham" is one hot property, and Fox has already put in a straight-to-series order for the show, which bypasses the whole pilot episode hassle and allows the writers and actors to get right into the mix. The show will reportedly take place before Gordon meets Batman, and will feature the baddies who went on to become the Dark Knight's biggest foes
Of course, this is just one of many superhero TV shows in development. The aforementioned "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiered last night on ABC, »
- Jenni Miller
Top 10 Andrew Blair 20 Sep 2013 - 07:00
Andrew counts down Doctor Who's 10 best Cyberman stories from across the TV series, audio dramas and comic strips...
Cybermen; Doctor Who's other monster. The one no-one knows quite what to do with, who show glimpses of what they can do, but don't look like dislodging the upper echelon from its perch.
They're Arsenal, basically. What is Nightmare in Silver if not Mehmet Ozil? A big name attached with lots excitement generated, and sure there are some clever ideas, but ultimately it's not what was necessary. I'd apologise to Arsenal fans but what are they going to do? Throw a trophy at me?
Like the Cybermen presumably do between their on-screen appearances, the writers will be heading back to the drawing board to discuss what they've learned. Meanwhile, here's our list of the top ten Cybermen stories across the entirety of Doctor Who. »
Sean Connery “officially” retired from acting after finishing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen back in 2003 – with various sources indicating it was because he didn’t really care for the roles he was being offered as he got older. However, the actor had one last project in the pipeline – a Scottish animated feature entitled Sir Billi the Vet. After seven long years in production, the film is finally getting an official release – if you can call playing three theaters in the U.K. before being shoved off to DVD a release. The film, which finds Connery voicing an “eccentric skateboarding veterinarian who must face down villainous policeman and corrupt lairds in his hunt for Scotland's last beaver,” is Scotland’s first CGI...
- Mike Bracken
Animation Sir Billi the Vet, which was seven years in the making and has been widely panned, is out on 13 September
Sean Connery's final film, the animated tale Sir Billi the Vet, will debut in just three UK cinemas before heading straight to DVD after failing to ignite interest among distributors, reports the Scotsman.
The £15m film, featuring voice work by the 83-year-old actor as an eccentric skateboarding veterinarian who must face down villainous policeman and corrupt lairds in his hunt for Scotland's last beaver, has endured a difficult production process to say the least. Seven years in the making, it was panned by critics on debut at the Sonoma international film festival in the Us in April last year, despite Connery's high-profile backing.
Billed as Scotland's first CGI animation, it has been overshadowed by the success of Hollywood imports such as Pixar's Brave, which featured a largely Scottish »
- Ben Child
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel, Arrow, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agent Carter, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Kick-Ass 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more...
The internet exploded in a fit of rage this week as Warner Bros. revealed that former Daredevil turned Oscar-winning filmmaker Ben Affleck is set to don the cape and cowl as the next Dark Knight alongside Henry Cavill's Superman in the studio's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman... and of course, the news didn't go down too well with fans. In fact, that's probably a bit of an understatement. It was like the summer of 1988 again - only this time with social media »
- Flickering Myth
Bells, wires, computers are all part of the music in Edgar Wright’s The World’S End. As you head off to the theaters this weekend to see the film, have your ears on the lookout, or listenout, for Award winning composer Steven Price’s score.
Reteaming director Edgar Wright with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, The World’S End reunites five friends who return to their hometown to relive an epic pub crawl from their youth. Along the way, the “five musketeers” uncover an alien invasion and soon learn that they are mankind’s only hope of survival.
His passion for music began early: a guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University. »
- Michelle McCue
While he’ll forever be known to many as James Bond, there’s no doubting that Sir Sean Connery enjoyed one of the longest, finest and most distinguished careers of any film actor before officially retiring in the mid-2000s. Countless memorable performances and a 1987 Academy Award for his role in The Untouchables have cemented that legendary legacy, but sadly, his final film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), left a sour taste in the mouths of so many adoring fans.
Fortunately, Connery returned to film work in 2010 to voice Sir Billi, the hero of an eponymously-titled Scottish animated film, which is based on a short that Connery also worked on in 2006. While Sir Billi is finally getting released overseas next month, it may not be the triumphant return to the big screen for Connery that many fans were hoping for. Just take ...
- Daniel Johnson
Sean Connery has retired from acting, this we all knew. The legendary actor ended his career with the 2003 disaster The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. After a legacy of movies that cemented him as one of the greatest movie stars of all time it was quite a disappointing final chapter to his career. However, Connery was not satisfied with ending it with a live action flop. Back in 2010, he provided his voice for the first animated film fully created in Scotland which has now gotten an »
- Alex Maidy
News broke recently that 20th Century Fox will be developing The League of Extraordinary Gentleman into a television program. For those who aren’t familiar, League is a series of graphic novels by legendary comic scribe and sasquatch Alan Moore. The story revolves around a team of crime fighters/occult hunters, comprised entirely of Victorian Era literary characters, the A-Squad consisting of (from left to right) Captain Nemo, Allan Quartermain, Mina Murray, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man.
League was adapted into a movie back in 2003, and despite starring Sean Connery as Quartermain, it pretty much made you want to saw off your own foot with a wooden comb. The brown stool of a film took a great many liberties with the source material, which undoubtedly contributed to Moore’s hatred of all things Tinseltown. People still say Tinseltown, right?
One of the biggest liberties taken was the »
- David Bailey
The latest issue of Titan’s excellent anthology series A1 features dinosaurs, Super Mario, and a magic Saddam Hussein. I can’t imagine you’d need more persuading to pick up this comic but if you need it, here it is.
For newcomers to this series, A1 is an anthology series featuring 3 ongoing stories with different creative teams contained within 35 pages of comics. First off, for the price alone you’re getting a better deal than Marvel/DC who, for the same price, will give you fewer pages and if that comic sucks, you’re stuck with it. Here, if you don’t like one story, chances are you’ll like one of the other two. So it’s even better value that all three stories here are awesome.
The first one, The Weirding Willows, creates a story using famous literary characters, kind of like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but the early books, »
- Noel Thorne
Last week, we found out that Fox was going to turn “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” into a TV show. Fox’s 2003 film adaptation of the comic book by Alan Moore was universally panned by critics and made Sean Connery retire from acting. So, one wonders why Fox would go down that path once again. If they’re simply doing it to piss off creator Alan Moore then, well… it might be working. Luckily, Entertainment Weekly was able to get a hold of Alan Moore and the outspoken comic book writer (who has basically never approved of any adaptations of his work) had a lot to say regarding the matter: “Me and [co-creator] Kevin [O'Neill] have been chuckling about that one, we only heard about it the other day. When [DC Comics] did the recent Watchmen prequel comics I said all of sorts of deeply offensive things about the modern entertainment industry clearly having »
- Ken Guidry
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