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I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I’m a massive fan of heist films. Dog Day Afternoon, Heat, and every other great entry into what can easily be one of the best intense genres around if done right. One film that seems to be a good contender into that kind of movie is Jay Martin’s 7 Minutes (hitting Theaters, VOD & iTunes June 26) . Having cut his teeth being the storyboard artist on films like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Amazing Spiderman, I Am Legend, and Constantine, Martin made the transition to director,when helmed music videos for everyone from Cold War Kids and Deathcab For Cutie, to legendary rapper Nas.
It’s pretty obvious that Jay knows what he wants in front of the camera and how to get it and the heist film led by Luke Mitchell (TV’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L. »
- Jerry Smith
Welcome to the new column “Comics Issues” where two Sound on Sight writers debate a important or controversial comics industry topic. First up, we discuss whether the DC New 52 was a successful initiative or not. Feel free to post your opinion in the comments below.
Pro: “The DC Comics New 52 was successful.”
Overall, I think the New 52 was a successful initiative for DC Comics. The new #1’s attracted a lot of new readers (including yours truly) and made titles like Action Comics and Batman, which seemed inaccessible with issue numbers in the three digits. Speaking of Batman, the New 52 has been a time of creative renaissance for the character and his family of titles from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s soon to be legendary run on the title to artistically interesting books like Gotham Academy and Grayson. Other highlights of the New 52, include Grant Morrison’s metafictional event comic »
I never was a comic book fan. Had no affinity for the medium. Watchmen was only purchased for research purposes before the cinematic release. And what’s more I only just made it through the tome. You see, at that tender age I was convinced comic books and graphic novels were not an adult endeavour. Super heroes on the written page, irrespective of gender, powers, political leanings or violence quota failed to connect with me. Instead I spent my childhood watching films including Driller Killer, Re-Animator, Death Race 2000 and Shogun Assassin. Those and other more family friendly fare informed my decisions. Something which was counterbalanced by access to classical literature, including Dickens, Austen and Stoker with the occasional Shelley thrown in. Missing the boat you see is never solely down to the individual, not when family are involved. »
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Image Entertainment Acquires Indie Horror 'Some Kind of Hate' Image Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to Jackie Early Haley's new film "Criminal Activities." The deal was announced by parent company Rlj's CEO of Image Brands, Mark Ward, who called the film, "A smart, witty extremely commercial thriller with elements of 'Boiler Room' and 'Reservoir Dogs' and an ending you don't see coming." From the official synopsis: "'Criminal Activities' tells the story of four young men who, while acting on an inside tip, invest in a 'sure thing' only to discover the deal going south which putting them in trouble with the mob." Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley ("Little Children," "Watchmen") directs and stars in the film, which was written by Robert Lowell. John Travolta ("Pulp Fiction"), Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey"), Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire"), Christopher »
- Becca Nadler
Marvel may have crafted their own wide-spanning cinematic universe, but DC and Warner Bros will strike back next year with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel.
Digital Spy rounds up everything you need to know on the superhero epic below...
Batman will be older and more grizzled...
Hollywood has traditionally cast a thirtysomething as the Caped Crusader, but Ben Affleck is a little more experienced than those who've come before. The idea of bringing in an older Bruce Wayne should create an interesting dynamic between Batman and the younger Superman (a returning Henry Cavill), which is something Snyder has discussed when addressing Affleck's casting.
"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," he commented. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the »
Archie Comics has announced that it has launched a Kickstarter campaign for fans to help build a new Riverdale by crowdfunding a slate of titles that will build off the new ongoing Archie series from Mark Waid (Daredevil) and Fiona Staples (Saga). Here are the three titles set to launch over the next 18 months…
Jughead — Featuring the adventures of Archie’s hamburger-loving best friend, from acclaimed writer Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck) and an artist Tba. An off-the-wall series full of laughs, unexpected twists and a modern sense of humor.
Betty And Veronica — Girl-next-door Betty Cooper and wealthy socialite Veronica Lodge are best friends and fiercely competitive. While they both have a history with that guy Archie, the series puts the focus squarely on them — their friendship, their high school lives and adventures beyond Riverdale. Written and drawn by comic book legend Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman, Before Watchmen »
- Gary Collinson
The first film, Olympus Has Fallen, was a hit in 2013, grossing over $160 million worldwide. Original director Antoine Fuqua has moved on to be replaced by Babak Najafi (Banshee), but original cast members Gerald Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster, Melissa Leo and Morgan Freeman return, joined this time by Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow), Alon Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises) and Colin Salmon (24: Live Another Day).
After the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the »
- Scott J. Davis
In a just world, more people would know the name Noah Buschel. The filmmaker behind indies "Sparrows Dance" and "The Missing Person" has quietly been making his voice know to those paying attention, and his latest, "Glass Chin," certainly snapped our attention at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. It's taken a while, but the movie is now coming to theaters and the first trailer has arrived. Read: Tribeca Interview: Billy Crudup Compares 'Glass Chin' To 'Watchmen,' Wants Role In 'Star Wars 7' Featuring a great ensemble that includes Corey Stoll, Billy Crudup, Yul Vazquez, Marin Ireland, David Johansen, and Katherine Waterston, the story follows a boxer looking to mount one last comeback, who gets mixed up with a shifty restaurateur and finds himself in way over his head. This one is a winner, and a picture we called "authentic and golden," and "a tiny little »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Malin Akerman shows off her rock-star abilities in a sneak peek for Thursday’s “Lip Sync Battle,” in which she will be battling comedian Stephen Merchant. The “Watchmen” star lip syncs Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” while rocking out on Spike’s stage and donning an all-black ensemble and a short bob. Merchant will be getting down and “Dirrty,” while singing Christina Aguilera‘s hit 2002-song. Also Read: 'Lip Sync' Battle Gets 'Dirrty' With Stephen Merchant (Video) Hosted by LL Cool J, “Lip Sync Battle” is produced by John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson and Rick Schwartz. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The story follows a man who goes on a cross-country trip to Oregon with his father-in-law (Langella), who has given up on life.
He spends the trip trying to convince his father-in-law not to commit euthanasia when they arrive in the state.
If you were filling out an Sat Question that read as follows:
32) If not Watchmen, then ____________.
You’d fill out the answer with “The Dark Knight Returns.”
It’s a seminal, treasured tome, signaling Batman’s return to the dark and gritty hero of the night instead of the campy, smiling Batman of much of the 70’s and 60’s. This book has been examined, and read over and over again by readers of all ages and backgrounds; its been quoted, cited, and used as material to use as inspiration in almost every single Batman feature film; it even has its own two-part animated film from DC Animated Universe movie world. There’s no denying it’s impact on the comic book world, and by extension, pop culture and beyond. Instead of »
- Jessie Robertson
I'll be honest; the first time I watched Man of Steel, the mass destruction in Metropolis never really caught my attention. Well, it did, but in no other way than the fact that it was just an amazing fight sequence between Superman and General Zod. The destroyed buildings and casualties seemed to be just part and parcel of a battle between two incredibly powerful beings, one of whom was trying to destroy the Earth and the other to save it. Whatever faults I might have with Man of Steel, this fight scene was exactly what I've always wanted to see in a Superman movie, and Zack Snyder did a stellar job here, just like he did with other comic book adaptations like 300 and Watchmen. Once Man of Steel was released, it didn't take long for think pieces to start showing up which took a closer look at the fact that »
A prolific commercials director and occasional music video helmer (remember Morrissey's 'Tomorrow'?), 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake launched Zack Snyder onto the blockbuster A-list and since then he's worked on hotly-anticipated geek properties such as Watchmen and Superman.
The film critic community may not be too kind to Snyder, but his films frequently deliver when it comes to box office and that's partly down to how well his work gets sold. All those years making short-form promos served him well, because the trailers for Snyder's films are often mini works of art in and of themselves.
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the horizon, Digital Spy looks back at Snyder's career in seven memorable trailers.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Fans were non-too-pleased about this remake of George A Romero's zombie classic, but with his directorial debut Snyder delivered a sturdy remake that's perhaps his best overall film to date. »
Comic-Con International has announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for 2015. The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, highlight the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from companies big and small, in print and on line. The awards will be given out during a gala ceremony on Friday, July 10 during Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Best Short Story
“Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang, muthamagazine.com
“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin »
- Luana Haygen
Can a different color pallette change your views on Man of Steel? The fine folks over at Video Lab are trying to find out. From 300, to Watchmen to Man of Steel (and by the looks of it, Batman v Superman too) Snyder's film's have had a distinctive hue that tries to capture the mood and tension of the given scene. While some applaud Snyder's visual sensibilities, others can't seem to look past how unnatural certain scenes look. Take a look at the video below and decide which version you like best. VideoLab attempts to turn back time and restore the natural color & brightness in shots from DC's Man of Steel. Turns out there was a beautiful Zack Snyder movie hiding underneath the bleak coloring. Would Man of Steel have been more successful at the box office if it wasn't colored like Schindler's List? What do you think? Production Note: We're »
Arriving next Wednesday – from Titan Comics – is Scarlett Couture #1. This brand-new action espionage mini-series has been created by Doctor Who cover artist Des Taylor, and it’s already being praised by the comic book greats! Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) described it as, “Super-stylish and super-sexy!”, and Mark Millar (Secret Service) said of Scarlett Couture, “Beautiful…I love this style!”.
Check out the covers below, the photo cover features model Viktoria Dobos, also have a look at the preview pages and the trailer too.
Using her cover as head of security for her mother’s internationally renowned fashion house, she gathers intelligence for the CIA. In this explosive first issue, Scarlett follows her instincts right into the middle of the action and finds she needs to use all her wits to get herself out of hot water!
Scarlett Couture #1 goes on sale on the 29th April, priced $3.99
Villordsutch likes his sci-fi and »
Zack Snyder – of 300 fame and Watchmen infamy – has been in a very giving mood these last few weeks. His Twitter account, an essential follow for those who want to stay in the know regarding the new Justice League, has been flooding with DC cinematic universe tidbits.
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill get top billing in Zack’s newest film, Dawn of Justice, so it makes complete sense that the two superheroes they play, Batman and Superman, are front and centre in the film’s first two posters. Hopefully Gal Gadot will get her own Wonder Woman poster eventually.
- Sasha James
The Flickering Myth team react…
The film may still be 11 months away, but we’ve been given our first look at Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice via a teaser trailer! It was first leaked online (who didn’t see that coming?!) and then it was officially released less than 24 hours later. But did the release of the excellent teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dampen the spirits of the Flickering Mtyh writing and editorial staff?
Let’s find out…
- Luke Owen
Next year, Warner Brothers are trying their hand at building a super hero universe, and the opening salvo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has just debuted it's first trailer. While a good number of the Justice League will appear, this teaser is more concerned with building up the inevitable clash between two of DC Comic's biggest heavy hitters. Make no mistake about it, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up is cranking the grimdark dial all the way up to eleven. While I kinda dig that they are directly addressing the destruction happy approach Superman had to saving Metropolis last time we saw him, Warner Bros.' 'gritty' approach to DC's superhero is appealing to me less and less. It's obvious Snyder is drawing from Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns (he always wanted to adapt it, and, god bless him, he is, throwing in some of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
We thought this might happen! Around about 24 hours after it first leaked (badly) Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice director Zack Snyder has shared the official trailer himself on Twitter with the amusing hashtags #NotBlurry #NotPirated, which is more than fair enough.
There’s obviously been a lot of excitement over another legendary title but this first look gives us a huge insight to where things are going. It seems that Supes, the old Man of Steel (Henry Cavill), has taken on a God-like persona and he doesn’t appear to be fighting the love. I’m assuming that our older, angry Batman (Ben Affleck) isn’t too happy with what he sees and will be out to bring back order and balance.
Snyder’s already trademark style is all over what you see here and as long as it’s a far distance from Sucker Punch, it’ll still grab my attention. »
- Dan Bullock
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