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2012: The greatest year for comic book movies ever? On December 31st, 2010, I'm sure many of us all said the exact same thing about 2011. After all, Captain America, Green Lantern and Thor were all on the way to making their first ever big screen appearances, while the X-Men prequel/reboot was looking particularly (and perhaps surprisingly) good in the capable hands of Matthew Vaughn. And despite the disappointing Green Lantern, it Did indeed turn out to be quite the year for comic book fans. 2012 opens up with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and although it currently seems to be The Green Hornet of the year (in other words, the comic book movie that no one really cares all that much about but hopes is good all the same) the latest trailer shocked many by actually looking rather good! However, it's in April/May that things get really exciting as The »
Just a brief note to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for supporting the site over the past year.
We'll be revealing our "Top 10 Movies of 2011" on New Year's Eve, but like us you'll likely be casting your eye towards 2012's cinematic slate by now, so to help you plan your viewing here's a selection of potential highlights to look out for in the coming year (sorted roughly by order of arrival)...
Underworld Awakening (dir. Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein)
Creators vs. Corporations: Writer Gary Friedrich, who created a new version of Ghost Rider in the early 70s, lost a lawsuit against Marvel in which he claimed rights to “non-comic derivative versions” of his work. The judge in the case ruled that Friedrich signed away those rights in 1978, which means that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (pictured above), starring Nicolas Cage, is free to ride into theaters in February. (The Hollywood Reporter) Who’s to Blame?: Filmmaker Andrew Rossi contends that a negative review by Michael Kinsley, published in The New York Times, “probably cut ... box office in half, at least” for Rossi’s documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times. Kinsley, who is not a film critic and...
- Peter Martin
Judge rules that Gary Friedrich relinquished ownership rights to character following 'contractual transfers' made in the 1970s
A battle over rights that threatened to derail the release of the latest film in the Ghost Rider series has been resolved after a judge ruled in favour of Marvel comics.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is due out in February, with Nicolas Cage reprising his role as title character Johnny Blaze, a motorcyclist superhero whose head is a flaming skull. Comic book writer Gary Friedrich attempted to sue Marvel, claiming copyright over the character, which he radically revised while working for the company as a freelancer in the 1970s.
However, New York federal judge Katherine Forrest threw out the case on Wednesday, confirming Marvel as the copyright holder and ruling the company was well within its rights to licence Columbia Pictures for 2007's Ghost Rider and the forthcoming sequel. Forrest said Friedrich »
- Ben Child
Out with the bad. In with the good. But not just the good. No, save the good for the ten most "it was decent, but I'm ready to get out of the theater now" List. This is the best. These are the movies that reinvigorate our love of cinema, and the movies that are the reason I love going to the theater in the first place. There were many throughout the year 2011, and it was hard to whittle this list down to the 10 best films, but thankfully my honorable mentions help me get around that issue a little bit. Sadly, there's no Nicolas Cage on this list. It's not looking good for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, either. I swear I'll stop picking on that movie as soon as I see it. But before that comes, take a gander at my top ten movies of 2011. See the »
- Jeremy Kirk
While fans might have a lot of concerns with the Mark Neveldine/Brian Taylor-directed sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, they can now remove “legal battle over property rights” from that list. After the first Ghost Rider film debuted in 2007, comic book author and co-creator Gary Friedrich was none too pleased. In 1971, Friedrich, also known for his work on Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, was a freelancer working for Marvel. Absent from the comics world for decades since then, Friedrich popped up to raise a rights issue in 2004 when Marvel had announced plans to release the first Ghost Rider film. Yesterday, less than two months from the February 17th release of the sequel, a New York federal judge ruled that Ghost Rider is a Marvel property, case closed. Or maybe not. Hit the jump for more on this case. THR originally reported on the assertion of Ghost Rider rights to Marvel over Friedrich. »
- Dave Trumbore
With Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance getting set to make its theatrical debut in a few weeks, a lawsuit over who actually owns the character recently played out dramatically in the judicial system. Read on for the latest.
According to Deadline, rights to the flaming-skull, motorcycle-riding Ghost Rider belongs to Marvel Comics, a federal judge ruled. The vigilante played by Nicolas Cage in a 2007 movie and its upcoming sequel debuted in 1972 after Marvel freelancer Gary Friedrich first conceived him, the judge ruled. In his 2007 lawsuit, Friedrich claimed Marvel had infringed his rights to the character and its use in movies and merchandise. The judge said Friedrich relinquished his rights to Ghost Rider when he endorsed and cashed checks from Marvel. Those checks contained language relinquishing all rights.
- Uncle Creepy
Rights to the flaming-skull motorcycle-riding Ghost Rider belongs to Marvel Comics, a federal judge ruled, says Deadline. The vigilante played by Nicolas Cage in a 2007 movie and its upcoming sequel debuted in 1972 after Marvel freelancer Gary Friedrich first conceived him, the judge ruled. In his 2007 lawsuit, Friedrich claimed Marvel had infringed his rights to the character and its use in movies and merchandise. The judge said Friedrich relinquished his rights to "Ghost Rider" when he endorsed and cashed checks from Marvel. Said checks contained language relinquishing all rights. Friedrich's lawyer said he would file an appeal. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens February 17. »
Sure, there were good movies in 2011. There were even great movies released in 2011. But that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about the dregs, the rancid, the movies that made us sit back and question if we liked movies at all. Hollywood had some real stinkers this year. The indies had their fair share, but Hollywood had some real horrible ones hit with a dull thud. Surprisingly, Nicolas Cage only showed up in one of them, although, let's be honest, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is looking good for next year's list of shame. Pixar damn near made this list, but we'll give Cars 2 a stay of execution on principle. So, without further ado, here's the 10 worst movies I saw in 2011. See the whole list below! 10. I Am Number Four - Remember this dud that landed early in the year from DJ Caruso. »
- Jeremy Kirk
With less than two months to go before its theatrical debut, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has finally spawned an official movie site. Written and directed by Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine (Crank movies), Spirit of Vengeance is a strange sort of sequel. It keeps Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider from 2007's Ghost Rider, but reboots everything else, including Ghost Rider's origin, look and powers. While the videos and still images on the new site are nothing new, there are a number of cool downloads, including wallpapers, animated Gif images, icons and Twitter skins, with a game and 3D video stunt listed as "coming soon."
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- BrentJS Sprecher
Our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
Warner Bros. gave Batman fans an early Christmas present this past Monday with the online release of the second theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises and – with anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s Gotham swansong reaching fever pitch - it quickly went on to shatter the iTunes record previously held by Marvel’s The Avengers as it amassed a whopping 12.5m views in just 24 hours. The trailer delivered on pretty much every level, giving us a tantalising glimpse at what appears to be some epic action sequences, along with a look at the majority of the cast in action, including Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Caine (Alfred), Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), along with a Batman Returns-style introduction to Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle. »
According to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, Alan Taylor has landed the job. He and Daniel Minahan, both of whom have helmed episodes of Game of Thrones, were previously said to be the two finalists for the post. Taylor has also directed episodes of Sex and the City, The Sopranos and Mad Men.
Prior to Jenkins' involvement, yet another Game of Thrones director, Brian Kirk, was briefly in talks to take on the flick after Kenneth Branagh decided not to return. Thor 2 is released on November 15, 2013.
The clip was downloaded more »
- David Bentley
Thanks to the films official website, here’s three badd-ass wallpapers for the Neveldine/Taylor directed Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Starring movie mad-man Nicolas Cage as the Ghost Rider, aka biker Johnny Blaze, the film is released in the Us on February 17th 2012 and the UK on February 22nd.
Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures’ and Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny – still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy – and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. »
Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (In 3D) is coming out in a few scant months, so Sony has launched the official site right here. It's got a longer desciption of the story- "Johnny still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounter hunter is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sept of the church to save a young boy from the devil. At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to »
- Alex Riviello
What does The New York Times have to say about real-life superheroes? What specifically kept Kenneth Branagh from considering Thor 2? Where is Marvel already promoting both The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers? How is Sony embracing the campy nature of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? And what superhero was a man dressed up as when he got arrested for selling drugs? All this and more in today's Superhero Bits. Comic Book Movie  posted this fan poster for The Avengers using previously released materials. Kenneth Branagh spoke to Metro  (via Cbm ) about his scheduling conflict that wouldn't let him do Thor 2: I was proud of [“Thor”] and it was a lot of work, and it was a big risk for everybody — for Marvel employing somebody like me, for taking that character into a major film, for everything. So I was thrilled [the sequel] was being made. But it was happening so quickly. »
- Germain Lussier
Featuring a loading screen where the Rider reenacts the now infamous "Nicolas Cage pees fire" scene from the first trailer, the "Spirit of Vengeance" site hosts a series of exclusive videos, photos and information about the comic book movie from "Crank" directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
Included on the website is this description of the film's plot:
Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures' and Hyde Park Entertainment's "Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance." In the successor to the worldwide hit "Ghost Rider," Johnny still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan »
- Josh Wigler
Here are some really cool animated action sequences from the upcoming film “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” aka Ghost Rider 2 by directors Mark Neveldine (Crank: High Voltage, Crank, Gamer) and Brian Taylor and starring Nicolas Cage (Drive Angry 3D, Trespass, The Croods), Violante Placido (The American, Sleepless), Idris Elba (Thor, The Big C), Ciaran Hinds (Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent, The Woman in Black) and Christopher Lambert (The Chauffeur, Highlander). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Ghost Rider 2. Synopsis: As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. Follow @Shockya on Twitter »
- Brian Corder
Overall, 2011 was a pretty good year for movies. We had some great films throughout the entire year, and some very notable and memorable ones that will surely remain in our hearts from 2012 onward. But if you thought 2011 was a crazy year for film, you ain't seen nothing yet. 2012 is ridiculous, with some extremely high profile films hitting throughout the entire year. How is a person supposed to sort through them all? Well, like always, Tmp is here to help. Throughout the last week of 2011, we will be covering the Entire year of 2012 in full detail. Every notable release within the next 12 months will be discussed and scrutinized in six easy to read, yet thorough segments. 2012 is going to be a huge year for film...and we'll be here every step of the way to help you through it. Welcome to Tmp's Prelude to 2012! First up...The months of January and February! »
- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)
Studios spent a lot of cash promoting the heavy 2011 and 2012 film slates. Here you'll find a list of the top trailers for films from both years that caught our staff's attention the most including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Transformers Dark of the Moon #10 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Teaser Trailer Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures' and Hyde Park Entertainment's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the »
- Pietro Filipponi
The official site has launched for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
"Some had issues downloading the new HD trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" last week from Apple.com and iTunes. Now a press release from Warners has revealed why? - the trailer was viewed more than 12.5 million times in its first 24 hours - breaking the previous record by well over two million…" (full details)
"Warner Bros. Pictures has renewed the Gremlins3.com domain last week, a domain they’ve owned since 2009…" (full details)
"Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American and U.K. rights to his upcoming movie "Nero Fiddled" and has set a Summer 2012 release. Fox acquires Michael Showalter's "I Hate Your Friends"…" (full details)
"Approximately 97 original scores are up for the Best Musical Score Oscar, however both "Drive" and »
- Garth Franklin
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