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20 items from 2008

Batman, Green Arrow, Etrigan vs. Morgan Le Fay

31 December 2008 4:04 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

On Friday, Cartoon Network’s The Brave and the Bold returns with a new episode, “Day of the Dark Knight”. The guest stars include Guy Gardner, Green Arrow, and Etrigan the Demon with David McCallum voicing Merlin.

The synopsis:

In this episode, the evil Morgan Le Fey has taken over Camelot and turned everyone to stone! To thwart her plans, Merlin transports Batman and Green Arrow back in time to retrieve Excalibur, defeat Etrigan, battle dragons and return King Arthur to the Throne!  In the teaser, Guy Gardner teams up with Batman to stop a criminal riot at Green Lantern Corp.  

More images after the jump.


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- Robert Greenberger

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The Tale Of Despereaux Movie Review -- Brian says The Tale of Despereaux is actually quite a misleading title

19 December 2008 | | See recent news »

"The Tale of Despereaux" is actually quite a misleading title. There's so much oddity floating around this misguided film, it leaves little room for our hero to accomplish anything worthy of sole title ownership. He's rendered a footnote in a cluttered fairy tale yearning for a sense of whimsy, only to conjure great bewilderment instead. Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) is a tiny mouse with huge ears and a tireless sense of curiosity. Enchanted by stories of King Arthur, Despereaux is hungry for adventure, much to the dismay of his fellow mice, who take great honor in fear. Befriending Princess Pea (Emma Watson) of the kingdom of Dor, the mouse tastes regality for the first time and loves it, only to find his community banishing him for his individuality, sending Despereaux to a life lived with the rats. One of those vermin is »

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BBC confirms 'Merlin' series two

15 December 2008 6:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BBC has confirmed that Merlin will return for a second series. Anthony Head, who plays King Uther Pendragon in the show, last week revealed to Digital Spy that Merlin will be back for a second run. The fantasy series, which focuses on the young wizard's friendship with King Arthur, has been a Saturday-night ratings success since debuting on BBC One in September. Head of drama for BBC Wales Julie Gardner said: "We are thrilled that audiences have entered into the magical world of Camelot and Merlin has been such a big hit on Saturday nights. It has performed outstandingly well. "The cast have entertained and enchanted a whole new generation with this fresh and (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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BBC1 wants more 'Merlin'

15 December 2008 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- BBC1 has commissioned a second season of Shine Television's fantasy drama "Merlin," which has aired on NBC.

The family drama, which airs in the early evening slot on Saturdays, stars Anthony Head, Colin Morgan, Bradley James and Richard Wilson. It has already been sold to 112 territories, including Rtl, Canal Plus and Mediaset.

Set in the magical world of King Arthur's Camelot, the show has enchanted family audiences, averaging an audience of 6.2 million viewers for the first eight episodes, with a 28% average share and garnering an average audience of 1.8 million viewers for the repeat on Sundays. »

- By Mimi Turner

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Awards contenders enter boxoffice ring

4 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Can you say "upmarket"?

Increasingly, the holiday season's more commercial film releases will start sharing the boxoffice spotlight with year-end "prestige" titles as industry awards programs crank into gear and adult moviegoers gravitate to multiplexes.

That means this weekend's release of Universal's "Frost/Nixon" in a handful of locations will be closely watched, with director Ron Howard, stars Frank Langella and Michael Sheen and writer Peter Morgan already generating kudos-season buzz.

Focus Features' Harvey Milk biopic "Milk," starring Sean Penn, and Fox Searchlight's Indian game show drama "Slumdog Millionaire" also figure in nominations handicapping, and their recent limited rollouts have gone tremendously well. Most observers expect similar success when the art films mount significant expansions this weekend.

Two pics bow in wide release today: Lionsgate unleashes its action sequel "Punisher: War Zone," while Sony trots out its period musical drama "Cadillac Records." But neither looks like a likely No. 1 opener, »

- By Carl DiOrio

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Ray Stevenson Joins the Hughes Brother's Book of Eli

2 December 2008 8:08 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Actor Ray Stevenson, who stars as Frank Castle this Friday in Punisher: War Zone, has joined the already impressive cast of the Hughes Brother's Book of Eli. You may recognize the name of this movie because this isn't the first time we've mentioned it, as a teaser poster showed up at the Afm a few weeks back. Stevenson will star alongside of Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis in this post-apocalyptic western, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. Stevenson will play an enforcer sent to kill Eli. Although he showed up in King Arthur, Stevenson's first big screen appearance and break out role will be Punisher this weekend, even if it does flop. The whole time I was watching it, I couldn't help but wonder where else I'd seen Stevenson and »

- Alex Billington

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Interview with Dead Space composer Jason Graves

13 November 2008 6:46 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The bloody sci-fi survival horror game Dead Space from Electronic Arts has been terrifying  gamers for several weeks now, and even more frightening than it’s ghoulish graphics is it’s original symphonic soundtrack. Composed by the renown composer Jason Graves with the help of The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, Graves creates an intense, eerie soundscape for this first person shooter game that adds the perfect atmosphere to this nightmarish game. The Dead Space CD features 15 tracks of bombastic orchestrations offering a wide dynamic range from eerie, screeching strings to thunderous, frenetic percussions. A must have for lovers of dark and dissonant music, or for fans of the EA game itself.

Track Listing:

1- Welcome Aboard The U.S.G. Ishimura {audio autostart}{/audio}

2- The Necromorphs

3- The Leviathan {audio}{/audio}

4- I Left My Heart »

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Andromeda Strain director takes on the grail legend in Mortal Armor

5 November 2008 7:28 AM, PST | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Mikael Salomon, director of the Mftv Andromeda Strain miniseries is teaming up with scifi producer extraordinaire, Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, Terminator, The Abyss),to bring a 25-50 million dollar film about the quest for the Holy Grail to the big screen. Joel Gross, director of the awesomely underrated quasi apocalyptic flick No Escape is writing the film that is currently in pre-production.

With his dying breath, King Arthur asks the young Galahad to seek out the Holy Grail. His last hope? That the Grail's discovery might save the war-ravaged Kingdom from destruction. But as Galahad's epic journey unfolds, the quest for this holy and mysterious object leads him down unexpected new paths, as he finds his first love, his long-lost father Lancelot, and seeks to prove himself as a knight.

The flick is being produced by Seven Arts Pictures who are also behind the upcoming Neuromancer project. »

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Tom Thumb heads to the big screen

7 October 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. is taking a little man to the big screen.

The studio is developing "Thumb," a feature version of Tom Thumb, the diminutive folklore character who has had many entertainment incarnations over the years. "Enchanted" director Kevin Lima will helm the film.

"Thumb" will primarily be a live-action movie, though Thumb may be depicted as a CG character. The movie, which could be fast-tracked by the studio, is said to be a fresh take that will explore the character's origin story; the comedy-adventure is based on an original screenplay by "Saving Private Ryan" scribe Robert Rodat and will look at the heroism that a knight must summon after he is reduced to a pint size.

The film will be produced by Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher via their Red Wagon banner, with Chris Chase executive producing. Courtenay Valenti and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing for Warners.

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- By Steven Zeitchik

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Cult Spy: Merlin's TV History

21 September 2008 12:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BBC's lavish adaptation of the Arthurian legend has now arrived on our screens, depicting Merlin the sorcerer as a young lad moving into adulthood. But the character is no stranger to television, as Cult Spy's look at his past shows. Colin Morgan's current interpretation of Merlin certainly stands out from others, mainly because the magician is usually depicted as a wise and world-weary figure. Most recently, Australian actor Sam Neill starred in 2006 television movie Merlin's Apprentice, set after King Arthur's death and featuring the magician looking for the Holy Grail way before Indiana Jones first cracked his bullwhip. This venture followed an earlier 1998 3-hour mini-series with Neill that charted the rise and fall of Camelot. That same year, a rival television movie, also imaginatively entitled Merlin, featured Bond's offspring Jason (more) »

- By Ben Rawson-Jones

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Report From the Minions of Ka Dragon*Con Debut!

9 September 2008 1:23 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

"Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth ... Tame the dragon and the gift is yours."

- Noela Evans

Holy. Freaking. Shit...What a show! Dragon*Con was as good as its billing as the largest show of its kind. The place was Swamped! And the best part was the extraordinary amount of people in costume. Needless to say, it was a little intimidating to be releasing our first graphic novel, The Minions of Ka, at such a place.

It started rather slowly. I was invited as a guest and was supposed to have a table. But, much like an airline, Dragon*Con overbooked its guests. And since I'm a little low on the famous people totem pole (like underground low), I was among the several that got bumped. 2 days before the convention! Needless to say, I was a little freaked out, seeing as how we spent a »

- Johnny Butane

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Schweiger's a Bastard

2 September 2008 2:25 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Joining last week's flurry of Inglorious Bastards casting (Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl, Paul Rust and Chrisoph Waltz) comes yet another somewhat familiar chiseled face: hunky German superstar Til Schweiger (King Arthur, Driven). Schweiger and his heroic jaw will be part of Brad Pitt's merry band of Nazi-killers operating in enemy territory in Quentin Tarantino's fast-moving WWII project. He'll next be seen shooting various C-list actors in the videogame adaptation Far Cry, the latest toxic »

- Dave Davis

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Schweiger and Bruhl Join 'Bastards'

2 September 2008 2:29 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Thank the Lord it appears the casting for Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards may be almost complete as production begins Oct. 13 in Germany and there doesn't appear too many more major roles to fill. The latest names added to the bunch are German star Til Schweiger and Daniel Bruhl, the Spanish-born son of German director Hanno Bruhl. Bruhl and Schweiger join Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz and Paul Rust who were added to the cast last Friday. Schweiger will play a member of the Nazi killer team, headed by Brad Pitt's character, Lt. Aldo Raine. Ain't It Cool speculates Bruhl may be playing the wily Gestapo major Dieter Hellstrom, or perhaps Nazi sniper-hero Frederick Zoller, or perhaps the German-speaking member of Raine's crew not played by Schweiger. Yeah, a lot of speculation there. However, AICN does have it down to two major roles left to be cast as they offer »

- Brad Brevet

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Tarantino gets his French girl

1 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Diane Kruger has been cast as Bridget Von Hammersmark, the role that had been pegged for Nastassja Kinski, in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Bastards." German star Til Schweiger also has nabbed a role in the World War II movie.

"Bastards" revolves around a French girl's revenge on the Nazis and also follows a band of American Nazi killers. Both story lines eventually converge.

Kinski was in talks with Tarantino, who even flew to Germany to meet the actress, but a deal wasn't reached. Kruger, best known for her work in "Troy" and the "National Treasure" movies, will now portray the part of a glamorous German actress who ends up helping the Nazi hunters infiltrate a movie premiere. Kruger, who hails from Germany, will act in German and English in the film.

Schweiger will play a member of the Nazi killer team, headed by Brad Pitt's character, Lt. Aldo Raine. »

- By Borys Kit

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Knightley Stands Firm In Breasts Row

28 July 2008 5:29 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Keira Knightley has refused to allow her bust to be digitally enlarged - because she is so proud of her body.

The waif-like star, 23, reportedly dismissed studio bosses' suggestion to use computer trickery to boost her petite breasts on publicity posters.

It is claimed publicity shots for her forthcoming movie The Duchess would have featured a bustier version of the British actress - but she insisted against it.

A source tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "She has insisted that her figure stay in its natural state. She is proud of her body and doesn't want it altered."

In 2004, Knightley was criticised when she appeared in publicity shots for King Arthur with digitally-enhanced breasts. »

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John Woo Directing His First Comic Book Movie

17 July 2008 8:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Filmmaker John Woo has been hired to direct an adaptation of the upcoming comic book Caliber that will debut next week at Comic-Con. The comic story sets King Arthur and his knights as 19th century gunslingers in the Pacific Northwest. Apparently this one necessarily be Woo's next film, since he's finish up work on his two-part epic Red Cliff and has other projects lined up afterwards, including a film titled 1949. Woo has been criticized quite a bit here on the site, as he's one of the few directors who I genuinely hate. This project sounds like one of the worst he's planning to take on, similar to Paycheck, another disastrous film that he directed. Does anyone think Caliber could be any good? There's not much out there on this Caliber comic yet and that's because Radical Comics is launching the first issue at Comic-Con. So the comic has no buzz, »

- Alex Billington

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Zach Braff Done With 'Scrubs' and Woo Goes Comic

17 July 2008 3:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Zach Braff Retires His "Scrubs": This upcoming season of "Scrubs" will be Zach Braff's last, said showrunner Bill Lawrence at Wednesday's Television Critics Assn. press tour panel. The ABC Studios series arrives this season after seven seasons on NBC. There was no announcement whether this would be the last season of the show, but it will be Braff's. The actor said he would be open to returning as a guest star, and could possibly also direct. "The end of the show will be about J.D. leaving the hospital," Lawrence said. "When you leave, it's about holding on to your relationships." [Variety] Woo Goes for Arthur Comic: John Woo will direct comicbook adaptation "Caliber," to be unveiled at next week's Comic-Con in San Diego. Radical Comics' hit story sets King Arthur and his knights as 19th century gunslingers in the Pacific Northwest. [Variety] Gems Picks Up Colombian Hostage Pic: Screen »

- Brad Brevet

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Washed Up Claim to Fame in 'Roundtable'

4 June 2008 11:13 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Resolving a heated bidding war, Brian K. Vaughan has sold his supernatural comedy spec Roundtable to DreamWorks for $650,000 against $1 million (lucky, lucky). In "Roundtable," Vaughan tries out yet another tweak on the oft-revised King Arthur legend. Just wait until you hear this plot... his spin, more "Ghostbusters" than "Excalibur," revolves around Merlin assembling a bunch of modern-day knights to battle a resurrected ancient evil, only to discover that today's knights are all washed-up athletes, cowardly scientists or Academy Award-winning actors. Several competing suitors attempted to yank Vaughan's sword out of the rock, including Mgm. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing. »

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'Lost' films secret scenes in London

3 May 2008 6:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lost actor Alan Dale has revealed that the hit Us show has recently filmed scenes in London.

The 60-year-old - currently playing King Arthur in West End musical Spamalot - told London Lite that producers moved filming locations so they could include him in the season finale.

"I've just been doing episodes of Lost. They wanted to use me in the wrap-up of the new series," Dale said.

"I told them I couldn't because I'm doing Spamalot, so they said, 'We will build London here.' Normally they build my London . . . »

- (Simon Reynolds)

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Jagger Denies Nazi Knife Link

28 April 2008 5:33 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jade Jagger's representative has refuted claims she called on inspiration from the Nazis to design an ice pick for a vodka brand.

The daughter of Rolling Stones star Sir Mick was commissioned by Belvedere to create the dagger-shaped ice pick, and was rumoured to have copied a Nazi knife for the final product.

A source tells the New York Post's, "She removed the swastikas and eagles and redesigned it as her own creation. Belvedere obviously did not know."

Jagger was then reported to have told Women's Wear Daily, "The dagger's a very English symbol, very authoritarian. I've got tons."

However, Jagger's representative Amanda Harding tells, "She doesn't own any.

"She (Jagger) was inspired by the King Arthur legend. She has influences, as does everyone. This is hurtful to her. She's such a well-respected designer. It's completely untrue."

Belvedere's dagger, with 12 carats of diamonds, retails for $250,000 (GBP125,000). »

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