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This past Wednesday I joined my fellow ComicMix columnist Martha Thomases at the signing for Scout Comics Solarman #1 at Jhu in midtown Manhattan. Present from the creative team were co-writer and Milestone Comics alum Joseph Phillip Illidge as well as illustrator N. Steven Harris. Martha gave a big hug to Joseph Illidge, she introduced me, and they proceeded to catch up. Dakota North even got brought up by Joseph Illidge and not Martha!
On my way home I got a chance to read Solarman #1. For those of you unfamiliar with the character, he was created by Dave Oliphant with Deborah A. Kalman and starred in two issues of his own comic book series at Marvel in early 1989. In the time since then, Dave Oliphant eventually got the publishing rights back and has now found a new home at Scout Comics.
The original iteration of Solarman was a white guy with »
- Joe Corallo
Exclusive: Supermodel Charlotte McKinney, probably best known for last year’s Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl spot that went viral and broke viewing records across the Internet, has been cast in Flatliners. McKinney joins Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemens and Kiefer Sutherland in the Sony reboot written by Ben Ripley (Source Code). She will play a nurse in a funny sex scene involving her and a medical student (Norton). Flatliners, directed by Niels… »
In 1971, the 300-or-so people pawing through cardboard boxes of dusty comic books couldn't have possibly imagined that they were standing in what would become the cradle of nerd civilization. From a small meetup for diehard geeks, San Diego Comic-Con has grown into one of the largest and most feverishly anticipated pop-cultural events of the year. Thousands upon thousands of industry types, journalists, the devout faithful (and the suckers they've handsomely paid to stand in line as proxies) and cosplaying fans of all stripes will descend upon the city from July »
So, where exactly do The Skrulls live? That's the big question of the day. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had some relatively humble beginnings, but it has blossomed into the biggest franchise in cinematic history and is re-shaping the way movie studios are thinking about producing movies. Rival studios are all trying to cobble together some sort of shared, cinematic universe. Some of them with characters Marvel sold them the rights to years ago. That being the case, things get a bit muddy from time to time when it comes to what characters Marvel can and cannot use.
Nobody outside of the Marvel Studios, Fox or Sony offices knows for sure who owns what, but we do know that some characters wind up in a bit of a grey area. Thanks to a recent Tweet from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, we now know that the Skrulls fall into that grey area. »
There are a large number of Marvel characters who no one is quite sure whether or not Marvel Studios can use, with one of the most prolific being the shapeshifting alien race known as the Skrulls. For a long time now, it’s been widely assumed that they’re part of the Fantastic Four franchise, but it turns out that may not be the case after all.
Just like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver can appear in both The Avengers and X-Men franchises, it appears as if the same can be said for the Skrulls…well, most of them at least.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took part in a Twitter Q&A recently, and made it clear that while 20th Century Fox owns “some specific Skrulls,” the aliens are in fact co-owned. Why then they haven’t shown up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet is hard to say, »
- Josh Wilding
Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016
Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...
Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.
We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have »
The first time I ever heard Kayo Dot was in 2008. I was at Vintage Vinyl, doing my habitual scanning of their endcap offerings, handpicked by the staff. The striking cover of the digipak caught my eye immediately, as did the yellow, hand-written note beneath it: “New project from Toby Driver, the mastermind of Maudlin Of The Well.” While I’d never heard Maudlin of the Well directly, I had seen the band mentioned repeatedly at Traversing, a fansite for my favorite band Dredg. Maudlin of the Well was noted for their incredibly rich concept albums, packed with enigmatic lyrics and equally mysterious musical journeys but actually getting a copy of one of their albums, even online, was an arduous process. Kayo Dot’s second album, however, was the first to be released on Hydra Head Records, home of the legendary post-metal group Isis and headed by its prolific frontman Aaron Turner, »
- Chris Melkus
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including a bunch of actors announced for Spider-Man: Homecoming, a very unexpected piece of casting for Fast and Furious 8, the first trailer for The Office spin-off David Brent: Life on the Road and much, much more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.
“Stop in the name of equal opportunities!”
About five years too late (and 15 years too old), Donald Glover has been cast in a live-action Spider-Man movie. The fan-favourite ex-Community star had campaigned to play Peter Parker back when the franchise was last rebooted (eventually losing out to Andrew Garfield), and he’s now been cast in a secret role for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Glover narrowly beat a blonde, white guy called Chris for the role.
Glover’s casting »
- Oli Davis
Ted Hope used to talk a lot. In the ’90s, Hope and business partner James Schamus’ Good Machine produced major films from indie stalwarts such as Ang Lee (“The Ice Storm”) and Todd Solondz (“Happiness”). In the digital age, Hope became a proselytizer for Diy filmmaking, even when he moved away from producing himself. He briefly ran the San Francisco Film Society in 2012 before taking on a job as CEO of streaming site Fandor.
Then last year, he was hired as the Head of Motion Picture Production for Amazon Studios. And that was when the talking stopped. Tapped by Amazon Studios head Roy Price shortly after Hope published his how-to tome, “Hope for Film,” the garrulous producer was muzzled by corporate PR.
Until now. On the heels of Amazon’s successful presentation for exhibitors at Cinemacon and a strong showing at Cannes (the company opened the festival with Woody Allen »
- Eric Kohn
Burbank, CA (June 3, 2016) – Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, as well as Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
- ComicMix Staff
If you're one of the many that is going to be attending the annual San Diego Comic-Con (not me, though, womp womp womp), Warner Brothers has a present for you. Let me clear that up: no, this isn't something crazy like a teaser trailer for Justice League or Green Lantern or something, although that could happen on a different day. Instead, fans who attend the con on Friday will be able to sit down for a full blown premiere of the animated film Batman: The Killing Joke.
Check out the press release below:
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC UniverseOriginal Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel »
- Nicholas Williams
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie - this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke - on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego. The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively.
The cast also includes Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Warner Bros.' Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
Emily Carmichael, a filmmaker who has made several critically acclaimed shorts, has been tapped by Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg to write and direct a family action pic, "Powerhouse." Both she and Elizabeth Wood, who made her feature debut at Sundance 2016 with "White Girl," are among those being mentioned to direct "Captain Marvel." To which we say, Damn straight. At this point, it shouldn’t be all that newsworthy when a studio entrusts a relatively new director with a blockbuster. Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed") proved with it "Jurassic World," as did Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station") with "Creed" and James Gunn ("Super") with "Guardians of the Galaxy." It's clear: Give the newer guy a shot at the big leagues and he can do even better than his veteran counterparts. And it wouldn’t be news, except for the pronoun problem: None of these rookies were women. Of »
- Dana Harris, Kate Erbland, David Ehrlich, Liz Shannon Miller, Chris O'Falt, Steve Greene, Ben Travers and Zack Sharf
Cam Newton playing the ukulele. Cam Newton playing water polo. Cam Newton doing a gymnastic floor routine. Yes, the Carolina Panthers quarterback - and new dad - is going outside of his comfort zone, hosting a 20-episode Nickelodeon docu-series, All In With Cam Newton. On the show, 27-year-old Newton pairs kids with unique mentors to help them reach their dreams. When a budding gymnast needs help with her floor routine, Newton calls in Dominique Dawes. An aspiring designer is matched with Project Runway's Tim Gunn to learn how to create a runway gown. All the while, Newton becomes a willing sidekick to the kids, »
- Steve Helling, @stevehelling
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Texas forever, even in the Midwest. Friday Night Lights TV series stars Taylor Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Minka Kelly (Lyla Garrity), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), and Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor), will reunite outside Chicago, for a Spartan Race on June 11, 2016.
Nearly ten years after Friday Night Lights premiered on NBC, Marriott Rewards is bringing the clear-eyed, full-hearted foursome to a can't-lose race with reunited Marriott Rewards members. With the help of elite Spartan racers, Kitsch, Kelly, Gilford, and Teegarden will train separately in the coming weeks and reunite at the 8-mile, 24 obstacle Spartan Super.
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Our series on remakes continues and this time we’ve got one that you may not even realize was filmed in live-action before. In honor of the release of Captain America: Civil War on Friday, we’re talking about the star spangled man with the plan. This week, Cinelinx looks at Captain America: The First Avenger.
It’s not too often that a remake is much, much, much better than the original but we have one of those rare instances in the case of Captain America. Years before Captain America: The First Avenger, the first movie version of the star-spangled hero of WW2 was filmed in 1990 and directed by Albert Pyun.
This movie…was awful! It has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and went directly to a video release, wisely bypassing theaters to prevent millions of people demanding their money back. Captain America is played in this mess by Matt Salinger, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
As upfront presentations approach and this year’s longer-than-usual pilot cycle reaches its peak, network execs are tasked with axing — and sparing — their veteran shows as they look to enter a new television season.
But with upfronts three weeks away, little is left on the bubble. The Big Four broadcasters have all renewed a healthy helping of returning shows. Though most final decisions won’t come until just before the week of May 16 when the networks present in New York City, Variety has the early buzz from industry insiders.
ABC got an early start on renewals for 2016-17, picking up 15 shows in early March, including freshman breakout “Quantico” and Shonda Rhimes’ “Tgit” block, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister and Daniel Holloway
Is Wonder Man finally going to make an appearance in a Marvel movie? It sure looks that way, as new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set photos reveal Nathan Fillion is playing this iconic comic book character, otherwise known as Simon Williams. This is actually the second character Nathan Fillion has played in this particular sci-fi franchise.
In the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie released in 2014, Fillion voiced a big blue alien creature in the prison scene, which finds Groot and Rocket Raccoon teaching him a lesson. In the sequel, he gets to take on a much more substantial role. He is Simon Williams, a former Masters of Evil member and brother of the Grim Reaper. In the comics, Williams becomes reformed and eventually joins The Avengers.
So, what's with all the movie posters featuring Simon Williams in the leaked set photos courtesy of ComicBook.com? At one point, »
Beyonce has released her sixth studio album, “Lemonade,” via Tidal on the heels of Saturday’s HBO premiere of her musical special of the same name.
The film served up a mix of imagery and new songs that run the gamut from angry to defiant to celebrating the redemptive power of true love. The film arrived on HBO with little advance promo, just social media messaging from Beyonce that started last weekend.
Proving herself once again a master of marketing, Beyonce’s new set became available for streaming via Tidal, the subscription service run by her music-mogul husband Jay Z, just as the HBO special ended at 10 p.m. Et. The first song from the set, “Formation,” was released in February on the same day Beyonce appeared at this year’s Super Bowl half-time show with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. And Beyonce is launching her latest world tour on Wednesday in Miami. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Actress Doris Roberts, best known for playing the title character's mother in the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, passed away last night at the age of 90. The actress' son, Michael Canata, confirmed to Deadline that she died in her sleep last night from natural causes. Here's what the actress' Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Ray Romano had to say in a statement about her passing.
"Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly."
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