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Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad’s Prog #1892…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has diner-based showdowns, Albert Einstein-lookalikes, many trolls a’slayed and that niche, strange Eastern religion called Christianity. But first, we start at the beginning. Even more at the beginning than usual – the cover.
What a lovely display by Judge Dredd artist Colin MacNeil. The circular framing of its three characters and simple palette recall the opening title cards of Looney Tunes episodes. Which leads us right into this week’s Dredd strip, A Night in Sylvia Plath, written by ol’stoney face co-creator John Wagner. The title sounds like one of those celebrity porno tapes. A Night in Paris, A Night in Chyna (eyes…cannot…unsee…). Fortunately, it’s about the ‘Sylvia Plath’ block of apartments in Mega City One – specifically old Mrs Gunderson and her servant robot Walter, both with a few screws loose (figuratively and »
- Oliver Davis
Despite the fact that J.J. Abrams stated he wouldn’t be casting any Star Trek alumni in Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ve heard on a few occasions that Simon Pegg is set for a “secret role” in the hotly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s sequel trilogy.
Pegg was reported to have visited the Dubai set to film his scene(s), and over the weekend his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch apparently confirmed the Cornetto Trilogy star’s involvement during an interview at Comic-Con. Well, Pegg has now responded to those rumours during an interview with Vulture:
“J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film »
- Gary Collinson
A few days ago it was reported that Star Wars: Episode VII was heading to the stormy shores in the South West of Ireland, specifically the secluded island of Skellig Michael, approximately 12km off the coast of County Kerry. Rumours ran rampant – like every single thread of Episode VII news – about who or what was going to be filmed.
It’s thought to be a second unit but that doesn’t mean that some of the big names won’t be making an appearance. Last night a few images popped up online of the production crew setting up, take a look below.
And while there’s is no actual pictures of J.J.Abrams or any of the original trilogy cast, some of the Hamill family have been captures on camera. Below are Mark Hamill’s wife Marilou, daughter Chelsea and two sons Griffin and Nathan arriving at Portmagee harbour. »
- Gavin Logan
HBO made its annual visit to the San Diego Comic Con today where they announced the nine new cast members set to join the show in the upcoming fifth season. The Dornish play a bit part in next season with seven of the new nine characters tied to the Martell family in some way.
The highest profile casting is that of film actor Jonathan Pryce who'll play High Sparrow, the High Septon of the Faith of the Seven (essentially this world's equivalent of the Pope). Also of note is "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Da Vinci's Demons" star Alexander Siddig who'll play Doran Martell, Oberyn's older brother.
Rising young actor/musician Toby Sebastian ("After the Dark") will play his son Trystane, while DeObia Oparei ("Dredd") has been cast as Areo Hotah who serves as the captain of Doran's guards. 15-year-old Nell Tiger Free ("Broken") is also onboard as Myrcella Baratheon, »
- Garth Franklin
Even admist the chaos of Comic-Con weekend, Fmtv has kept its head to bring you this week’s Movie Newsgasm!
In this week’s episode, Owen Rhys takes a look at the 11 movie release dates announced by Marvel, who Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson might be playing in DC’s next big film project, will Robert Downey Jr. be returning as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4 and is that our first glimpse at the new X-Wing starfighter from Star Wars: Episode VII behind J.J. Abrams in that video? It Sure Is!
For all that, complete with top-notch pop culture puns, check out the video here…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April »
- Oliver Davis
Mark Hamill is currently in the UK, reprising the role of Luke Skywalker for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII some 30 years after his last outing in Return of the Jedi. Last night, the actor stepped out for the UK premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy [read our review here], sporting a full on Jedi Master beard, which gives us a good idea of how Luke will appear in Episode VII…
tar Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow »
- Gary Collinson
J.J. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi, but will soon be packing up his new X-Wing and taking the film to Ireland. According to the Office of Public Works, filming will commence off the coast of County Kerry. They’ll be filming around Skellig Michael, an island in the Atlantic Ocean 11.6 km west of County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula.
Apart from the typical beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer, Skellig Michael is unique because it’s home to some ancient Christian Monastic ruins, which could fit in well as some dwellings on some alien world in the film. This also marks another great example of how Abrams is going back to Star Wars‘ roots and shooting on location instead of in front of a green screen. We may not know anything about the film’s plot yet, but we do know that the backgrounds and »
- James Garcia
Now this is something to get really excited about Star Wars fans!
As part of the ‘Force for Change’ campaign old J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII, has fronted a new video to announce what one lucky contributor could win. Now it is a wonderful prize (you’ll hear all about it in the video) but there as the video goes on you’ll notice something else that is also quite brilliant…
Watched it? Excited much?!?!
That right there is a new starfighter! But what is it exactly?
It looks a lot like an X-Wing, but also has many of the characteristics of the Z-95 Headhunter. If we look back to the original concept created by the legendary Ralph McQuarrie we see a fighter that also shares many similarities. Now the X-Wing went through many upgrades in the Expanded Universe of books, but with that no longer being in line with the films, »
- Chris Cooper
Devin Faraci over at Badassdigest is claiming that he has the ‘exclusive’ plot details to Star Wars: Episode VII. While I’m doubting their veracity, there is still an outside chance that some of this could potentially constitute spoilers (in a world where pigs fly). Faraci says…
“Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.”
It’s so idiotic I’m almost inclined to believe it. I didn’t believe the Jar Jar rumors when I heard them either. My instincts tell me it sounds almost too ludicrous to be true. Apparently the severed hand travels through space before winding up on a familiar planet…
“That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered »
- Anghus Houvouras
Lucasfilm has further increased the female contingent in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, with news breaking that up and coming British actress Christina Chong has signed on to the cast of the hotly-anticipated sequel. Chong’s previous credits include W.E. and 24: Live Another Day, and while no details of her Star Wars role has been revealed, it’s said to be a minor part.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist »
- Gary Collinson
Luke Graham reviews 2000Ad’s Prog #1890…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! Prog 1890 of 2000Ad is packed to the gills with thrills and spills, but which strip delivers the most?
Speaking of deliveries, in part two of Sinister Dexter, Finnigan Sinister has to escape from delivery company Congo after his cover is blown. Swiftly dispatchingfive security guards in an inventive action scene, he escapes in mail truck. Unlike Mr. Davis, I’m not a fan of Jake Lynch’s artwork here. The lines are too messy, it’s not always clear where one character ends and another begins. It’s just awful. At least Dan Abnett is moving the story in an interesting direction as Sinister and Dexter are invited to a… barbecue.
- Luke Graham
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #350…
Greetings to all you Perps out there and welcome to a rather big milestone of a comic as we hit the 350th issue of the Judge Dredd Megazine. Who would have thought back in 1990 that in the year 2014 you’d be sat here, slightly wider, getting your fix on a Padd from Star Trek: Tng? Well I did, but I’m a nerd to the core. If however you’ve bought the good old fashioned paper version of this month’s comic you’ll be enjoying an A3 sized poster which I’m unfortunately not, but with a more positive spin on it I’m not faced with an argument from my better half on why there is a Judge Dredd poster occupying a space where our family photo used to be.
We have three brand new stories beginning in this issue with Dredd both »
The BadRobot Twitter account has dropped a new official set photo from Star Wars: Episode VII, which confirms that IMAX cameras are being employed by director J.J. Abrams on the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s Star Wars Sequel Trilogy….
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.
The post Star Wars: Episode VII set photo confirms use of IMAX cameras appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
He’s known for scaring readers with his haunting prose, and he’s directed seminal horror films that gain followers with each passing year, but Clive Barker has a skill that many have yet to dive into, and that is his ability to make artwork that is at times chilling, occasionally unnerving, and always beautiful. Thankfully, thousands more can get acquainted with Barker’s artwork later this month, as Sdcc weekend will feature a gallery of the horror maestro’s erotic artwork in honor of Jacqueline Ess, an upcoming film based on one of Barker’s short stories.
Titled “Clive Barker Parade: An exhibition of erotic artworks”, this gallery of Clive Barker’s art is presented by Alexander Salazar and Century Guild and will include prizes and a special presentation by Raven Banner Entertaintment, one of the producers of the upcoming Jacqueline Ess film adaptation. The Special Opening Reception will »
- Derek Anderson
Last week we brought you the news of Kevin Smith talking about what he saw on the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. And while the Clerks director is sworn to the non-disclousure agreement, he took the time out to guest blog for The Hollywood Reporter with some other thoughts of what he saw…
“So we go to the set and they’re actually shooting, and they’re shooting – and I can’t tell you what they were shooting – but what I saw I absolutely loved,” Smith said. “It was tactile, it wasn’t a series of f***ing green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there it was happening.”
“I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real. I walked across the set, »
- Luke Owen
Last year, Disney and Lucasfilm embarked on a talent search for Star Wars: Episode VII, launching an open casting call across the States and the UK which resulted in over 67,000 applications, and now it has been announced that two entrants have secured roles in the eagerly-anticipated sequel.
According to the official Star Wars site American actress Crystal Clarke (The Moon and the Sun) and British actor and parkour practitioner Pip Andersen (who recently demonstrated his skills in a Spider-Man ad for Sony) have both signed on for unrevealed roles in the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII.
“The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition,” states Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. “We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to »
- Gary Collinson
Might there be a new Princess Leia?
In this week’s episode of Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys finds out if the negative critical reaction to Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has affected its box office takings, discusses one big(ish) confirmation and one intriguing rumour from Star Wars: Episode VII and checks out Mark Ruffalo’s thoughts on a standalone Incredible Hulk movie after Avengers: Age of Ultron.
That’s all the biggest film stories of the week in one easy-to-digest Movie Newsgasm video! Watching it will make you 15% cooler (effects noticable immediately). Check it out here…
Fmtv Movie Newsgasm #2
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- Oliver Davis
If there is one filmmaker who is not hiding his excitement for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, it’s Kevin Smith. The Clerks director is currently in the UK touring animated film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie along with Jason Mewes and his podcast Hollywood Babble-On with Ralph Garman. Before the show last night in London however, Kevin Smith was invited to the set of Star Wars Episode VII, the details of which he spoke about before the Hollywood Babble-On show.
Smith noted that he had signed a non-disclosure agreement so he couldn’t talk any specifics, but he did say that he saw costumes, characters and sets that took him back to his childhood.
“They had a sign at on the stage – I can’t even say which stage – which had the Imperial Starship logo and it said, ‘loose lips sink starships”.
“I’m really excited and you know, »
- Luke Owen
Although the initial word from Lucasfilm was that Harrison Ford’s injury would not severely impact production on Star Wars: Episode VII, it is now being rumoured via Jedi News that filming could be “pushed back by a substanial amount of time” due to the actor suffering a break to his left leg. According to the site, an Episode VII production team met yesterday to discuss how the shoot will be affected by Ford’s recovery time, and with Han Solo said to be one of the main characters of the sequel, there is now a strong possibility that the film could fail to meet its planned December 2015 release date.
Ford is joined in the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII by returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), while newcomers to the galaxy far, far »
- Gary Collinson
Now, bear in mind that this story originates from the British tabloid The Sun, so it’s probably best taken with a rather large pinch of salt. However, according to the newspaper, Tom Cruise (Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow) is said to be in talks with Lucasfilm about making a cameo in Star Wars: Episode VII. Director J.J. Abrams is apparently keen on reuniting with Cruise, having worked with him on Mission: Impossible III and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – and the two are said to have met up in London over the weekend. Naturally this doesn’t particularly mean anything, but if it sells a few newspapers, who cares?
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Star Wars newcomers »
- Gary Collinson
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