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Marvel’s Ant-Man could use all the good press it can get, and what better place to get it than at San Diego Comic-Con? Geeks everywhere are still feeling the pain of Edgar Wright’s departure from the film, but things appear to be moving as scheduled and the studio will likely have something to show fans when they take to the stage in Hall H on Saturday.
The only thing we’ve seen from the film is a VFX demo reel Edgar Wright brought to Sdcc a couple years ago, so it’s about time that we get something new. Courtesty of Entertainment Weekly, we have some cool Ant-Man concept art in the form of a Comic-Con poster, which features a great look at Ant-Man’s look, as well as shots of the Ant-Men themselves, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. There’s also a great image of Ant-Man riding an actual ant, »
- James Garcia
Director: Brett Ratner; Screenwriters: Ryan Condal, Evan Spiliotopoulos; Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Irina Shayk, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Rufus Sewell; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: 12A
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
Believe it or not, the above quote from John Ford's 1962 Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance applies tellingly to Brett Ratner's fresh take on Hercules. Despite having the larger-than-life figure of Dwayne Johnson fronting the endeavour, it moves quickly to puncture the myth surrounding the Greek hero and root itself in some kind of tangible reality.
Those legendary twelve labours? Total bulls**t, tall tales weaved by Reece Ritchie's Iolaus to turn a mortal into a legend and strike fear into the hearts of those who oppose him. This Hercules is a man fleeing from a traumatic past, leading a team of outcasts (among them Rufus Sewell, »
Benedict Cumberbatch fights time and his colleagues to build the first machine able to break Nazi code in the first trailer for “The Imitation Game,” which also stars Keira Knightley. Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) plays English mathematician and logician Alan Turing, who Winston Churchill said made the single biggest contribution to Allied victory in World War II. Also read: Comic-Con: Legendary Bringing Guillermo del Toro's ‘Crimson Peak,’ Other Surprises The U.K. preview (above) shows Turing clashing with colleagues, played in the drama by Matthew Goode (“Watchmen”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”). “The Imitation Game, »
- Greg Gilman
The actor/filmmaker - best known for voicing Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid video games - is keen to return to the shuttered Marvel Studios project.
"For Black Widow, I wrote [a script] ten years ago and I was attached to direct it then," he told Latino Review.
"Then a few female action movies came out and they didn't do very well. And the movie got shelved.
"It's on IMDb and I'm going to talk to Marvel about possibly re-igniting that project. It really depends on Marvel on what they want to do with that character.
"So that's the status of that right now. As far as I know, it's not a project that's happening yet. But I have written a script for it."
He is also developing the script for an »
Legendary graphic novel writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta) has called for fans to boycott the forthcoming Hercules movie directed by Brett Ratner (X:Men The Last Stand, Rush Hour), produced by Paramount/MGM and starring Dwayne Johnson. The latest adaptation of the Greek demigod is based on Radical Comics Hercules: The Thracian Wars written by longtime friend Scott Moore (no relation to Alan).
Alan Moore’s issue has nothing to do with the quality of the final piece or even how faithful it’s been to the original source material – like his similar qualms with his own graphic novel adaptations – it is simply to do with how his friend’s name – following his untimely death in March of this year – has been used to help promote the movie. Speaking to Bleeding Cool, Alan Moore explains that following unsuccessful negotiations regarding the rights of the comic books Scott Moore received »
- Gavin Logan
Legendary comic book writer and "Watchmen" creator Alan Moore hates Hollywood and despises each time a movie studio tries to turn his work into a film. Now he's complaining about Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules," which is based on the comic book "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," written by his friend Steve Moore (no relation), who passed away in March. Alan explained that Steve had a contract with Radical Comics, which sold the film rights to the "Hercules" comic to MGM. Steve was never contacted about this and never received a payment. Steve reached out to Radical, remembering from his contract that he is owed $15,000 if his work is ever sold to a film studio. "When I went down to see him a couple of week later, I said, 'So, did you get any response from Radical about your e-mail?' He said, 'No, I didn't. But I went away and dug out the contract, »
Legendary comic book writer and Watchmen creator Alan Moore is no friend of Hollywood. He has notoriously spoken out against his own creations coming to the big screen, and now he is upset over how Paramount and MGM is using his deceased friend Steve Moore to sell their upcoming big budget summer adventure Hercules, which is based on the man's comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars . He's even going as far as to ask fans to boycott the movie, which is directed by Brett Ratner and stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role.
Steve Moore remains a tremendously influential writer and presence in today's comic book market, and while he created Hercules: The Thracian Wars, he received no payment from the film production. Because of that, he asked that his name be removed from the credits. Following his death, his name began appearing in advertisements used to sell the movie, and »
Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta) has never been shy about his utter disdain for movie adaptations of his work. He preemptively disowns any film version of his books, even famously removing his name from Zack Snyder’s Watchmen movie and publicly denouncing DC’s Before Watchmen prequel series.
Having once stated that his experience with DC on Watchmen was “a toxic cloud of memories,” it goes without saying that fans of Moore shouldn’t expect to see his name anywhere near the big screen, presumably ever. Recently, however, Moore has gone on the record in defense of the late comic book writer Steve Moore (no relation), Moore’s friend for forty years, whose Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars is hitting ...
- Anthony Vieira
David Hayter is quite a busy man as a director, writer and voice actor.
Hayter has a long career with voicing Snake in the “Metal Gear Solid” video game series and as the Jedi male voice in “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” He is also well known for penning the scripts for “X-Men,” “The Scorpion King,” “X-Men 2” and “Watchmen.”
During a Latino-Review exclusive interview with Hayter, he took the time to update us on the status of both the live-action film “The Dragoniders of Pern” and the Marvel comic book movie “Black Widow.”
Latino-Review was interviewing Hayter for his acting role in the upcoming indie horror film “Devil’s Mile.” That full interview will be published later this month.
So here’s the partial transcript he updated with us on those movies:
On “Black Widow”
For many years, “Black Widow” is speculated as the next Marvel movie. Even on IMDb, »
- Gig Patta
Brett Ratner's upcoming Hercules (an adaption of Steve Moore's Hercules: The Thracian Wars), lead by GI Joe star Dwayne Johnson, is less than a week from it's Us release but Watchmen writer Alan Moore is far from impressed. The English writer has called for a boycott of the film, describing it as "wretched." Moore claims that the reason for his disgust is the film's lack of faithfulness to Steve Moore's (no relation) contract concerning the source material. Acording to Alan Moore, Steve was promised $15,000 if the adaption ever came to fruition however the book's publishers, Radical Comics, are refusing to pay, saying that this was never part of their contract. The film will release in the Us next week on July 29th. Will this affect your decision to see the Fast And Furious star take on the mythical god? Sign off your thoughts below! Both man and myth, »
Earlier in the week we heard some comments from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about Peyton Reed (Down with Love) being the right man to succeed Edgar Wright on the Phase Three-launching Ant-Man, and now the producer has spoken candidly to The Guardian about the reasons for Wright’s departure from the project:
“We sat round a table and we realised it was not working. A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production. We said let’s do this together and put out a statement. What do we say? ‘Creative differences’. I said: ‘That’s what they always say and no-one ever believes it.’ Edgar said: ‘But in this case it’s true … ‘”
“The Marvel movies are very collaborative, »
- Gary Collinson
Two years after remaking Romero’s socially aware Dawn of the Dead, director Zack Snyder jumped aboard 300, the action porn realization of Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Sin City had just come out and Miller was in. The movie would go on to cash in big, while making an international star out of Gerard Butler, Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey, and, yes, even young Magneto himself, Michael Fassbender. Snyder also legitimized himself as an A-Lister and went on to direct Alan Moore’s mesmerizing epic Watchmen and franchise reboot Man of Steel, with the Justice League movie on deck. Fast-forward to 2014, and Warner Brothers tried to catch lightning in a bottle again, returning to the shores of Greece, this time with an Athenian navy taking on the Persians and a more recognizable cast. The ride is worth the wait, thanks to two words: Eva Green.
- Kyle North
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Matthew Vaughn’s big screen adaptation of Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Dave Gibbons’ (Watchmen)The Secret Service has so far been received very well by those who have seen footage at a number of events, and we now have some brand new stills from the movie. It’s hard to tell how much the story has changed in its transition from page to screen, but there do appear to be a few notable character alterations or additions. Regardless, the story – Colin Firth’s Bond-like agent teaches his rough around the edges nephew (Taron Egerton) to »
Matthew Vaughn has become something of a go-to filmmaker for quality comic book movies, having worked on the well-received X-Men: First Class and the adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's offbeat superhero adventure Kick-Ass.
Now he's back with Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on a concept he and Millar hatched together. Millar and Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons have already published the story as a comic book, and now Vaughn is working on the film version, which is less an adaptation than his own imagining of the original idea.
Vaughn has attracted a top cast, including Colin Firth and Mark Strong (who appeared together in a very different take on the spy genre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as well as Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton.
The film centres around council estate kid Eggsy (Egerton), a young tearaway bailed out of jail by his late father's »
An instagram user by the name of @upcomingdccu had a small interaction with Clay Enos, the set still photographer on 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice', where Enos spoke about what Not to expect at Comic-Con 2014 and when fans will be able to see the picture he had infamously teased on twitter (shown below). Enos has previously worked alongside Zack Snyder in 'Watchmen' (2009) and 'Man Of Steel' (2013). Clay Enos said, "I shoot them easily enough but many talented hands have a say in what is released and when. Nothing happens quickly." When asked about how it feels to be part of a film that is so highly anticipated Enos said, "You don't need to tell me that, I can't say anything without some speculative article being written. »
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was in London today to present footage from Guardians of the Galaxy [read our first impressions here], as well as a special first look sneak peek at Avengers: Age of Ultron [read our thoughts on that footage here]. While he was here, IGN caught up with the producer to ask him about the issues surrounding Ant-Man, and the appointment of director Peyton Reed (Yes Men) as successor to Edgar Wright…
“Number one – thank you for asking the question in that way, which is doing what we’re doing which is thinking about the movie and the end result of the movie. Peyton is someone that I’ve been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together… and I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and »
- Gary Collinson
Since Alan Moore’s “Watchmen,” the super hero has been deconstructed and examined from a variety of angles. Whether it is a superheroes as-celebrity-culture in the Luna Brother’s Ultra, the fallen super hero as jaded villain from Mark Waid’s “Irredeemable” or the who-watches-the-watchmen examinations of Garth Ennis’s “The Boys” (or the Watchmen, for that matter), the genre has […] »
- Zac Thompson
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
From the press release:
Film4 FrightFest will be screening a record twenty short films, twelve of them world premieres, at this year’s August event at the Vue West End, Leicester Sq.
Spearheading this year’s selection is the world premiere of Show Pieces, three tales of terror written by Alan Moore, the genius 2000 Ad writer behind Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell and V For Vendetta. Moore has never previously written specifically for the screen, until now. Directed by his close friend and internationally acclaimed photographer Mitch Jenkins, this interconnected trilogy kicks off with. ‘Act of Faith’ in which a young woman looking for the next step in sexual excitement unfortunately finds it. ‘Jimmy’s End’ tails a serial philanderer down a dark alley into a very unusual club where the top-billed attraction is The Bad Brides and their Danse Macabre and ‘His Heavy Heart’ reveals the »
- Luke Owen
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