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These were the top five science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies this year that set my pulse racing. Which were yours?
In this season of lists, I thought I'd run down my top 10 science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies of the year. Easy peasy, or so I imagined, until I got to flick No 6 and realised there have actually not been that many films this year which I could put hand on heart and say I've absolutely loved. So here without further ado, are Week in Geek's top five movies of the year, followed by the five I've least enjoyed.
Zack Snyder's epic adaptation of the classic graphic novel attracted as many brickbats as it did plaudits from the critics. Those who hated the film pointed out that you couldn't really "get it" without having read the original Alan Moore comic about masked vigilantes living in an alternate 1984. Yet the »
- Ben Child
Somewhere in Hollywood there's a lonely Kindle lying in the middle of a street, and it belongs to Paul Feig. He requested that anyone finding it let him know via Twitter today, where posting was a bit slow due to many of the movie industry's tweeters being on vacation. There were still plenty of shout-outs both good and bad about "Avatar" and "Sherlock Holmes," though, the latter of which was so packed that even Nicky Hilton couldn't get in.
There needs to be a special award for Dave Coulier today, who linked to a re-lyric'd performance of a Taylor Swift song dedicated to Uncle Jesse from "Full House" -- and anyone who follows Twitter-Wood knows that I can't resist retweeting a good "Full House" post. Check it out after the jump along with Kevin Smith's outlook on "Iron Man 2" and Brian Lynch's evaluation of his Wikipedia profile. »
- Brian Warmoth
This has been a bad holiday season for untimely deaths around Hollywood, and none have been more unexpected than actress Brittany Murphy's on Sunday. Alyssa Milano, Peter Facinelli, Paris Hilton and virtually everyone else with a Twitter account associated with the entertainment industry has something to say about Murphy, and there's a rundown below.
The other big nationwide news of the past weekend has been the massive snowstorm pounding the East Coast. "Twilight" actress Christian Serratos was one of those who had her travel plans derailed by the frozen precipitation dump, on Washington, D.C. You can find those posts after jump along with Fred Durst's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" clan name and Neil Gaiman's undead lawn ornament. It's in the Twitter-Wood report for December 21, 2009. (Editor's note: You'll see some crossover between this post and our earlier Brittany Murphy tweet round-up. That's okay... this is a »
- Brian Warmoth
Earlier today, we brought you an early edition of Twitter-Wood packed chock-full of celebrity praise for James Cameron's sci-fi epic, "Avatar." It's a much more tragic set of circumstances that brings me back to you with another Twitter-Wood early edition.
"Clueless" star Brittany Murphy left us suddenly over the weekend, the victim of a heart attack at the too-young age of 32. The breaking news resulted in an outpouring of grief and sympathy for Murphy's family from around the celebrity Twittersphere. I'll let the people who knew her take it from here...
@ParisHilton So sad to hear about Brittany Murphy, such a tragedy. She was such a beautiful, funny and sweet girl. My heart goes out to her family.
@peterfacinelli Brittany Murphy... U were Bold, Brave, and Beautiful. Thank you 4 being the free spirit u were, and always »
- Adam Rosenberg
300, one of the biggest hits of 2007, directed by Zack Snyder and based off the comic book mini-series by Frank Miller (The Spirit, Sin City the movie and comic series), is now supposedly getting a prequel. For the prequel, the story is set in time to see the battle of Marathon – which took place ten years before the events of 300.
During the battle, Xerxes’ father, Darius I, battled the Athenians. I believe this is passingly mentioned in a mocking tone in 300, when Leonidas denies acquiescing to Xerxes’ messengers, before kicking them down a giant hole in the middle of town.
Miller, who will again be writing and drawing the comic series before it’s taken to the big screen, has said to the La Times, “It’s the Battle of Marathon through my lens” and that he’s just about ready to begin. Of course, the interesting thing about 300, and some »
- John Muth
La Times spoke with Frank Miller about the follow up to 30 (earned $456 million in theaters worldwide) which will be titles “Xerxes.” It takes place about ten years before the events of 300.
“It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens,” Miller said. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”
The Battle of Marathon was fought about 26 miles from Athens by an Athenian army against a Persian force led by the Emperor Darius I, in 490 BC. The Greeks numbers around 10,000 and the Persians anywhere from twice to ten times that.
The Athenians beat the Persians back – but not before sending a runner 150 miles to Sparta to ask for help. The Spartans turned up a day or two later, after Athenians turned out victorious. Darius’ son Xerxes then seeks revenge in 480Bc that leads to the battle in “300.”
Miller said he is not surprised Greece is resurgent in Hollywood. »
- Allan Ford
Welcome to Quickhits – your chance to catch up on some of this week's hottest stories in less than 60 seconds. Ready? Go! Frank Miller Discusses '300' Sequel (or is it Prequel?) While most of Hollywood quietly forgets that Frank Miller ever made The Spirit, fanboys across the globe are still very interested to see where he can potentially take this 300 franchise. The first movie directed by Zack Snyder made a killing, and now Miller is working on a follow-up graphic novel that, according to him, will be named Xerxes and will take place 10 years prior to the events in 300. Miller told the La Times, "It's the battle of Marathon through my lens. I've finished the plot and I'm getting started on the artwork." Similar to the battle in 300, the battle...
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Frank Miller recently spoke up on just what he's got cooking for his return to the "300" world: Miller is preparing a follow-up now titled “Xerxes,” which begins about 10 years before the events of “300,” and Snyder has expressed interest in it as a film property as well. “It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens,” Miller said Wednesday. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.” Well, the good news is that for right now it's only in graphic novel form. Hopefully it stays that way. I mean I enjoyed "300" but it doesn't need another chapter. Yes, I've said that about many seemingly stand-alone stories that have gotten sequels, but come on. It was a story about a last stand; all the heroes died at the end. Now we're gonna follow the villain around, ten years earlier? Will there be golden skies and CG blood »
Let’s face it, this was coming, especially after the disaster that was his live-action screen adaptation of “The Spirit” — Frank Miller, according to producers, no longer has any ties to the upcoming “Buck Rogers” movie from Paradox Entertainment. That’s according to the studio’s producer, Fredrik Malmberg, who tells IGN that Miller is no longer involved in the movie in any capacity. Paradox, along with Lawrence Abramson and George Furla, is also producing the long-awaited big screen return of sci-fi icon Buck Rogers. Frank Miller, who was previously attached to direct an earlier incarnation developed by different producers, is no longer involved. Again, no surprise. “The Spirit” was a disaster, and what buzz Miller generated after co-directing “Sin City” has since evaporated with the (lack of) box office returns of “The Spirit”. That might all change if “Sin City 2″ ever gets made, of course. Plus, that “300″ sequel is also on the horizon… »
Paradox president and CEO Fredrik Malmberg told IGN that Miller was attached to direct an earlier incarnation developed by different producers and is no longer involved. »
- David Bentley
At a press conference at NewCon 2009, Actor Jackson Rathbone talks about his role as Sokka in the upcoming film “The Last Airbender”, based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. “The Last Airbender” by director M. Night Shyamalan (The Happening) stars Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Cliff Curtis (Push) and Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit). These photos were taken at Founders Hall on the Girard College in Philadelphia, which was used as a set location back in June 2009. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Synopsis: The film is set in a fantasy world [...] »
- Brian Corder
During an interview with IGN, Paradox Entertainment president Fredrik Malmberg revealed that “Conan” will be their next project to hit the big screen. And while no final casting decisions have been made yet, Malmberg stated that rumors that Conan would be a teenager for most of the movie are false.
Malmberg also confirmed that Frank Miller is no longer attached to direct the adaptation of the classic sci-fi comic strip, “Buck Rogers.” Miller’s removal has been suspected ever since the dismal box office performance of “The Spirit.”
In addition to “Conan”, Paradox is bringing a number of Robert E. Howard’s creations to the big screen. The recently announced “Kull the Conqueror” reboot will be written by Matthew Sands — the “Ninja Assassins” screenwriter »
- Blair Marnell
Being one of PETA's loyal supporters in its campaign against fur, Eva Mendes once again lends her fame to enlighten people about the cruelty of fur industry. The 35-year-old recently takes the role of a host to the animal rights organization's new fur industry expose, and through two new videos debuted on Monday, November 23, she speaks out against wearing fur.
One of the videos features her taking viewers to the behind the scenes of the international fur trade as she narrates the footage of PETA's latest investigation over the fur farms and markets in China. The Sand Saref of "The Spirit" introduces the video saying, "Millions of animals are killed for their pelts each year. The thing is, I didn't always know how animals were killed for their fur, and I even wore fur once myself."
"But when I learned how cruel the fur industry is - and that there »
Shocker! Displaying a positive attitude that should warm the heart of any moviegoer who loves the female form, Eva Mendes declares: "If I feel it's appropriate to show some nudity in the scenes then I go for it." She told Fox News: "As much as I use my sexuality, I have never felt exploited. I feel like it's on my terms and I have no problem with it."
Speaking as someone who first noticed Mendes when Ethan Hawke opened a door in Training Day to reveal her lying naked on a bed, I say: "I have no problem with it, either." The actress is promoting her appearance in Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, which opens later this month (and prompted our own Jeffrey D. Anderson to wonder if the remake was a good idea in the first place.) Mendes has been willing to bare portions »
- Peter Martin
Editor's Note: The following interview with comics legend Will Eisner originally ran on Splash Page one year ago on Veteran's Day. While we normally shy away from re-posting stories from the archives, this conversation seemed to merit an exception, and is presented here in full again on the day when we remember the nation's veterans—a group of which Eisner was a member three times over. So, if you first read this interview a year ago, please excuse its return to the front page of the site—but if you're anything like me, you won't mind giving it another read. -Rm
Will Eisner is well known today for creating "The Spirit," his blue-clad superhero that received the Hollywood treatment at the hands of Frank Miller last year. But lesser known is that Eisner was a veteran of no less than three major wars: World War II (where he was an »
- Brian Jacks
When approached about her involvement, Mendes' exact words were "God, no! No, no, no! Never!"
With a career littered with bad decisions such as Ghost Rider, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Spirit and the upcoming limited release Bad Lietuenant 2: Port of Call New Orleans, when did Mendes become picky? »
Storms The Walls Of Castle
Actress Stana Katic is on a roll. After scoring supporting roles in two of last year’s highest-profile films, Quantum of Solace and The Spirit, the statuesque Canadian stunner landed the female lead in ABC’s new police drama/romantic comedy Castle, playing Detective Kate Beckett, a tough-as-nails NYPD officer who finds herself with the regrettable assignment of allowing cocky, best-selling crime novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) to shadow her for research on his next book. Not only does she find that Castle’s creative instincts for the criminal mind help her solve some of the city’s most challenging murders, she finds her tough exterior melting under Castle’s considerable charms. The show airs Monday nights on ABC.
Stana Katic sat down with us at a local »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Sin City 2 is coming and its been a non stop on and off as to when exactly we would get it. We have talked to Clive Owen and Rosario Dawson about the project in the past and each time the answer has been its coming soon. Today from Mania.com comes confirmation that Sin City 2 will be coming in 2010. They are saying that it will be an entirely original story which contradicts what Frank Miller has said earlier.
According to a writer on Wikipedia Frank Miller's 2nd foray into Sin City will have Nancy avenging Hartigans death by killing off the rest of the Roark family. This story apparently has been confirmed by Frank Miller.
There will be 2 more stories. One will be about Nancy avenging Hartigan's death by killing remaining members of the Roark family. Miller says this will show "a whole new side of Nancy. »
I feel like I've written this same story once or twice before? It seems like every six months we get another "update" on Sin City 2 that claims that it'll be ready to shoot the next year, but it never is, and nothing ever happens. This time, Mania.com has a scoop from producer Stephen L'Heureux of Solipsist Films, who says that Sin City 2 "will go into production in the second half of 2010." But how sure is he? He also confirmed that this sequel would be co-directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez (thankfully, considering The Spirit was awful). Does this mean Sin City 2 may actually, finally, start shooting next year? Who knows? In addition to that update, L'Heureux also talked briefly about adapting Frank Miller's Hard Boiled, his Dark Horse comic series from the early 90s. Apparently Miller is working on the screenplay for that right »
- Alex Billington
No matter how much excitement you may have for “Sin City 2″, I can’t imagined it was somewhat diminished by “The Spirit”, a film that had such potential had it only stuck to being bat-shit insane. However, interest in a sequel to “Sin City” remains high and now the film may finally, after long last, go into production. For news on that film plus Miller’s planned adaptation of his own comic, “Hard Boiled”, hit the jump.
Speaking with producer Stephen L’Heureux, Comics2Film at Mania.com spoke exclusively learned that “Sin City 2″ is set to begin shooting in the second half of 2010. I’ll believe that when I see it. More interesting is that “Sin City 2″ will be a completely original story. Back in January, Jaime King, who played Goldie/Wendy in the first film, said she had read the script and that part of »
- Matt Goldberg
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