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In the comics, Aquaman is, more or less, King of the Seven Seas. In Hollywood, the veteran superhero is treated like a three-day-old tuna fish sandwich.
Despite his long tenure in the pages of DC Entertainment’s comics, the sea-soaked adventurer has, over the decades, seemed all wet. While Aquaman is recognized as king of the undersea country of Atlantis, writers have had problems dealing with him when he’s asked to take part in land-based adventures with the publisher’s vaunted Justice League of America, of which he’s a charter member. And despite a multitude of page-turning exploits – he’s had part of his arm amputated and, in a family tragedy rarely seen in the four-color pages of the comics, lost a baby son to villainy – Aquaman is still viewed as decidedly second-tier.
Is it his odd orange-and-green wardrobe? A writer’s fear of the water? Telepathic fish-commanding »
- Brian Steinberg
Fifty years ago, Variety, in its own unique way, put a price tag on what the marathon television news coverage and abrupt shuttering of film, TV and legit productions cost showbiz in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination: $40 million.
But bottom-line considerations were superfluous to the shock in Hollywood on Nov. 22, 1963, when the entire industry, like the rest of the nation, virtually ground to a halt. The headline on the Nov. 25, 1963, edition of Daily Variety (the first edition to follow the Friday assassination) said it all: “All Showbiz Mourns Kennedy.”
The industry was much more divided between Democrats and Republicans then, but Kennedy, more than any of his predecessors up to that point, seemed to recognize the dynamic between entertainment and politics, giving showbiz figures the presidential spotlight in a way carried on by his successors. (Next week, President Obama is scheduled to visit DreamWorks.) On the calendar »
- Ted Johnson
Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
- Movie Geeks
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a teaser trailer for The House of Forbidden Secrets, UK distribution details for Banshee Chapter, information on a line of handcrafted zombie dolls, a trailer for In Fear, first details on Dead Bounty, and much more:
The House of Forbidden Secrets Teaser: “The House of Forbidden Secrets had it’s national premiere in Las Vegas, Nv at the PollyGrind Film Festival on October 11th, 2013, where it won 6 awards, and has also been chosen for the South African Horror Festival this Spring, the Italian Fantafest in 2014, the British Raindance Film Fest for 2014 as well as the X-Fest with many more festivals to follow. It was shot last Winter and Spring in Kansas City. The film stars many local actors and actresses to Kansas City, but also includes genre icons such as Lew Temple (Walking Dead, »
- Tamika Jones
When it comes to reading, what is “age appropriate”? I’ve been thinking about this lately, especially after that school in New Mexico pulled Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from its reading list and library after a mother complained about a certain passage in it.
Yes, when taken out of context, I can see how the passage might alarm a parent on first glance. It’s about sex, and it contains cursing.
However, as pointed out on the Tor blog, in context the passage is more than the smutty little interlude the complaining mother presumably thought it to be. It’s an “intimate” moment between a couple who probably wouldn’t be behaving that way if they knew there was someone sitting next to them, intended to show how literally invisible the book’s main character, Richard Mayhew, has become to those in Gaiman’s “London Above.” This scene also furthers the relationship between two characters, »
- Emily S. Whitten
Well, another Halloween has come and gone, and somehow I’ve survived the night. Huddled within my makeshift fortress, I no longer sense their presence. Their shrill little laughs, the probing bursts of their flashlights, all has gone quiet. But when I close my eyes, I can still see the tiny monsters dressed up like -oh the Irony- imaginary monsters. But the truth, I see the Truth: Real monsters wearing Human costumes! How innocent they act, pretending as though they’ve come for little nuggets of condensed sugar but I Know! But they don’t know that I know, so they keep pretending so they don’t blow their cover and eventually, after an endless twilight of torment at my doorstep, they abandon their efforts. Now, in the silent chill morning of November 1st, I clutch my precious signed and sketched-in copy of Everybody Loves Tank Girl to my chest »
- Chris Melkus
A five part comic series created by Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert explores the origin of the Wolverine.
Set a few years after the events of Origin, Origin II finds James Howlett running with the wolves…until something unexpected brings him back into the world he left behind. Follow the first X-Man as he finds his way back to civilization and runs afoul of someone Sinister; someone who has just discovered mutantkind for the first time. Plus, discover the shocking secret behind James’ greatest foe! Now he must choose: is he man or is he beast?
Origin II #1 which features a deluxe acetate cover as well as variants by Salvador Larroccoa and Skottie Young arrives on December 25, 2013.
An adventure for the female Wall Crawler occurs after the cataclysmic events of Infinity which was conceived by Kelly-Sue DeConnick and Matteo Buffagni.
Countless new Inhumans are emerging. What if these new super-powered »
Aired Sundays at 8pm (Et) on CBS
From winning last leg, Chester and Ephraim depart first from Chile, and find out they have to go to Portugal. This is a challenge for them, though, because usually they have “people” to book everything and line it up for them, and now they must find a flight themselves–an awful reminder for us that these people are already millionaires.
We get some characterizing time. The Afghanimals are excited because Jamal can use his Portuguese; also because they’re always excited. Nicole does the obnoxious exposition parrot routine she so enjoys: “We are Husband And Wife… Physicians.” It’s nails on a chalkboard.
The flight becomes a complicated mission because some people go straight to the airport, while some go to a travel agent. The Afghanimals choose airport and do Australian accents, which I »
ABC has begun development of "Excalibur," an action drama series which puts a contemporary spin on the King Arthur legend.
In the series, a young Brooklyn man is saved by a beautiful stranger who reveals that he is the last living descendant of King Arthur.
He soon learns he is now at the center of an eons-old war between the descendants of the Knights of the Roundtable. and the forces of dark magic.
Fuchs, Berlanti and Melissa Kellner Berman will executive produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
FX has ordered a mini-series produced by Danny Boyle about Norwegian fighters in WWII who sabotaged the Nazi’s nuclear program. My military-history enthusiast husband has already programmed the DVR to record it.
Here’s more reason to look forward to the return of Switched at Birth. Max Adler and Sandra Bernhard are set to take on recurring roles. They’ll both encounter Bay as she takes a college art class — Bernhard will play the “groovy” professor while Adler will be a classmate.
That’s not all the good ABC Family news. The channel has handed out an early second-season renewal for The Fosters, which has just finished filming the back half of its first season.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Meg Ryan is going to star in a comedy for NBC about a single mom who returns to work as an editor, where she ends up working for her former intern. »
- Lyle Masaki
Last October, it was announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger would return to one of his previous characters as part of his big screen comeback, reprising the role of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian for The Legend of Conan.
Although things have fallen quiet on the sequel over the past year it seems that Universal are now pushing ahead with the follow-up, with Deadline revealing that screenwriter Andrea Berloff has signed a deal to pen the script for the fantasy epic. Berloff's credits include World Trade Center and Sleepless Night, while she has also scripted Straight Outta Compton for New Line and is currently working on a King Arthur tale for Walt Disney Pictures.
The Legend of Conan is being produced by Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6) and is said to pick up from the final scene of 1982's Conan the Barbarian and will revolve around King Conan's efforts to hold onto the throne. »
- Gary Collinson
As previously reported, Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Conan in Universal’s The Legend of Conan. The studio has hired World Trade Center scribe Andrea Berloff to write the continuation of the adventures started in 1984′s Conan the Barbarian.
Berloff is best known for writing the Nicolas Cage pic World Trade Center, and she most recently adapted the French action film Sleepless Night for Warner Bros. She also wrote Straight Outta Compton and has been hired to write a new version of the King Arthur myth for Disney.
The new Conan Film is will be a direct sequel to Barbarian this ignoring the events of both Conan the Destroyer and of the most recent reboot, 2011′s Conan the Barbarian, which starred Jason Momoa in the title role.
Producer Fredrik Malmberg gave a statement regarding The Legend of Conan, expressing his excitement to be working with the former California governor. »
- Laura Frances
Good to see that this one is finally moving. It appears that Universal have finally hired a writer for their upcoming sequel/ reboot Legend Of Conan, a film which will see Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise one his first and most famous characters. Andrea Berloff, the talented screenwriter who penned Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center will tackle the script, which has Chris Morgan, the writer responsible for the rebirth of The Fast & The Furious franchise, at the studio co-producing.
Although Berloff has just the one major credit to her name, she has a slew of projects in the pipeline, including the New Line housed Straight Outta Compton, which we believe is the N.W.A. biopic, and a new »
- Paul Heath
The project first took shape last October, shepherded by Fast & Furious 7 writer Chris Morgan. It was his idea to tie this project into the original Conan The Barbarian, which ended with the title character sitting on his throne. This story will focus on the barbarian king later in life, and his efforts to stay atop the throne by taking out anyone who gets in his way.
Conan The Barbarian producer Fredrik Malmberg is producing for Paradox Entertainment, which owns the rights to the original Robert E. Howard novels, along with Chris Morgan and Emile Gladstone. Here's what Chris Morgan had to say about Andrea Berloff
"(Andrea Berloff is) an amazing writer who can juggle masculine grittiness with extreme emotional depth. Her take on Conan is »
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has hired Andrea Berloff to write the movie that hopes to bring about the legendary barbarian's triumphant return to the screen (that Jason Moma reboot didn't work out so well), once again with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role. Berloff most recently adapted the French action film Sleepless Night for Warner Bros., and is also apparently writing a retelling of the King Arthur myth for Disney. Producer Chris Morgan called Berloff “an amazing writer who can juggle masculine grittiness with extreme emotional depth. Her take on Conan is powerful and genuine and would make Robert E. Howard proud.” Deadline also drop a brief hint about what we can expect from the plot, revealing that the movie will hearken back top that final image of Conan on his throne from the 1982 flick, and Legend Of Conan will deal with his "efforts to stay there and the »
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has taken a step forward on the reboot of The Legend Of Conan, which will bring Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the brawny king. The studio has closed a deal with Andrea Berloff to write the script. Best known for scripting World Trade Center, Berloff most recently adapted the French action film Sleepless Night for Warner Bros. She also wrote Straight Outta Compton for New Line and is writing a retelling of the King Arthur myth for Disney. Related: Universal Reboots ‘Conan’ Franchise With Schwarzenegger The franchise got a fresh start last October, when Universal and Schwarzenegger got involved, largely because of the passion of Chris Morgan, the scribe/producer who has minted money at the studio writing Fast & The Furious films. He was the one who decided to draw a parallel right back to the original raw, violent Conan films, which ended with the image of the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The concept of the hero has been around since the dawn of man. Greeks had their Hercules, their Achilles, Odysseus, and Theseus. England has King Arthur and his Knights. France has Roland and the Paladins. Judas the Maccabean, Caesar, Alexander, the list goes on and on. In my opinion, we look at heroes for inspiration. We all have a drive to become something more than what we already are or perhaps imagine ourselves more than what we appear. We, each of us, have special talents and abilities that we could use for either the greater good and become a hero or to harm and destroy and become the villain. Like all heroes, we are not without our weaknesses and challenges. When we turn to movies, books, TV shows, or games, why are we drawn to these protagonists? What makes a certain hero our favorite? I see two things when observing »
For years I’ve been attempting to write a piece entitled ‘Why Jerry Bruckheimer needs to Ditch Disney’ but it’s never come off. I’m not entirely sure why I never managed to write anything on the subject but now news breaks that Disney and Bruckheimer Films will be parting ways at the end of 2014, it seems like the perfect time to write my reasons for why I think the main man Jerry needs to break free from The Mouse House.
Disney and Bruckheimer Films first got together back in the 1990s with movies including The Ref, Con Air, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Gone in 60 Seconds, Coyote Ugly, Pearl Harbor, Bad Company, Veronica Guerin, King Arthur, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Déjà Vu which all fell under the Touchstone Pictures label which is owned by Disney. Because of the success of Touchstone, »
- David Sztypuljak
After several decades together, The Walt Disney Co and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are parting ways.
In an official statement from Disney, the studio has announced that it and Bruckheimer have decided not to renew their current deal which gives Disney first-look rights to the producer's films.
The pair will continue working together on various projects, including a fifth installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise due for release in 2016.
The statement suggests another "National Treasure" film might eventually be in the works, while Bruckheimer himself is: "looking to produce more mature films outside the scope of the Disney brand."
The deal, which began in the 1990s, has yielded over two dozen films including major hits like "Crimson Tide," "Dangerous Minds," "The Rock," "Con Air," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Remember the Titans," "Armageddon," "Enemy of the State," "Pearl Harbor," "National Treasure," "Deja Vu," "G-Force" and the four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. »
- Garth Franklin
At the new Ashford Studios, south of Dublin, mud-spattered Viking warriors take a break from the action to check their email on their smartphones.
Shooting is under way on the second season of History’s “Vikings,” the latest historical blockbuster from veteran Irish co-producer Morgan O’Sullivan.
Ashford opened last summer in time to host the first series. It was built by entrepreneur Joe O’Connor on his own Wicklow estate, at O’Sullivan’s behest and to the exacting specifi cations of various department heads.
With one 30,000-sq.-ft. soundstage and two at 15,000 sq. ft. alongside an extensive backlot, it’s tailormade for the kind of large-scale international projects in which O’Sullivan specializes.
Over the past two decades, O’Sullivan has brought more production into Ireland than anyone else — from movies such as “Braveheart,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Reign of Fire” and “King Arthur »
- Adam Dawtrey
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