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The Classic Influences of Star Wars

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Although Star Wars today has become much more than just a movie, there was a time when it was nothing more than a risky business proposition. This is a look at how classic film and cultural changes helped that original film blossom into the most popular and profitable film-based franchise in history.

Let me take you back to a time before midichlorians and Gungans. Before lightsabers and tie fighters. This is a time when Death Star could have referred to a Shuriken, and Skywalker was the nickname for future NBA Hall of famer David Thompson. It was 1973 and George Lucas began writing the script for what would become Star Wars, later Episode IV: A New Hope. At this time, Lucas had completed filming his second feature film, American Graffiti, which would become a hit. His first feature film was 1971’s Thx-1138, a dystopian sci-fi, and a flop in theaters. However,
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First-look preview of Dejah Thoris #0

This January sees Dynamite Entertainment launching a prequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ beloved book A Princess of Mars with Dejah Thoris, and we’ve got a preview of the introductory issue for you here; take a look…

The untold story of the Red Martian princess! After learning of the legendary Gardens of Mars from her grandfather, Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, sets off on a dangerous scientific expedition to save her dying planet. But things don’t go the way she planned when she encounters a mysterious Green Martian prisoner…

Dejah Thoris #0 is set to go on sale January 2018, priced $0.25.

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Ghost In The Shell: examining its opening weekend

Ryan Lambie Apr 4, 2017

Boss Baby soared and the glossy Ghost In The Shell faltered. So what happened? Ryan takes a look...

"We're not remaking, we're reimagining alongside you." That was how director Rupert Sanders pitched his live action version of the 90s manga and anime to a crowd of journalists, bloggers and anime fans at an event in Tokyo last year. Taking in a small exhibition of props, a Q&A, preview footage and pounding industrial live music, the event was, perhaps, an attempt to change the public discourse surrounding a controversial movie.

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Aside from the inevitable suspicion surrounding a Hollywood version of a cult Japanese property, there was also the more damaging accusation of whitewashing. Scarlett Johansson was, after all, taking on the role
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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and
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Dynamite Pulp Heroines Rise Again in 2016

In the summer of 2015, writer Gail Simone, artist Sergio Davila, and a host of other creators, including luminaries like G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Marguerite Bennett (Bombshells), and Leah Moore (Albion), crafted an incredibly fun crossover featuring Dynamite’s female characters called Swords of Sorrow. In Swords of Sorrow, heroes like Red Sonja, Kato, Jungle Girl, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, and Jennifer Blood among others team up to save the multiverse from the evil Prince Charming, who happens to be huge misogynist, and his allies from the Chaos! Universe, like Purgatori and Bad Kitty. Spinning out of this success, Dynamite Entertainment has decided to redesign and relaunch the comics featuring their three most prominent female leads: Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, and Vampirella for 2016.

The new designs by Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman), and new creative teams, including writers Marguerite Bennett, Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), and Kate Leth (Hellcat) and artists Aneke (Legenderry:
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‘Red Sonja and Jungle Girl’ #1 is a barbarian buddy comedy

Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja and Jungle Girl #1

Written by Marguerite Bennett

Art by Mirka Andolfo

Colors by Vincenzo Salvo

Published by Dynamite Entertainment

Red Sonja and Jungle Girl #1 is a tie-in to Dynamite’s summer Swords of Sorrow event featuring all their female characters from this comic’s heroines to Dejah Thoris, Princess of Mars, Vampirella, and even obscure Shadow villain, Black Sparrow. It gives readers their first look at the character of Jana the Jungle Girl since Swords of Sorrow #1 and also answers the question about what happened to Red Sonja after she fought Dejah Thoris in Swords of Sorrow #2. But writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Mirka Andolfo ensure that this comic isn’t mere connective tissue until the next issue of Swords of Sorrow drops with Sonja’s usual quick wit firing on all cylinders, some great comic misunderstandings, and fast fight scenes and beautiful jungle vistas from Andolfo.
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Watch a presentation reel for Kerry Conran’s aborted John Carter movie

Before Disney and director Andrew Stanton ventured to Barsoom for 2012’s Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation John Carter, the project spent many a year in development, passing through the hands of a host of studios and filmmakers.

In the early 2004, John Carter was at Paramount, with the studio enlisting Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) to direct as a replacement for Robert Rodriguez, who was forced to abandon the project after resigning from the Directors Guild of America. Conran would leave the project himself the following year (with Jon Favreau then taking a failed crack at the material), but not before he put together a rather impressive presentation reel, which has made its way online in high-res courtesy of AICN’s Harry Knowles, who was also attached as a producer on the failed adaptation. Check it out here…

What do you make of the presentation reel? Are you
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Robert Rodriguez Talks His SXSW Gallery Show (Exclusive)

When you ask Robert Rodriguez, the visionary director of "Sin City" and "Desperado," how he was initially drawn to the graphic designs of legendary American illustrator Frank Frazetta, he'll tell you that he and his brother stumbled upon several volumes of artwork at a bookstore while waiting for their father. "We were both into art and drawing and we went to the art section and saw these books that were put out at the time called 'The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta.' We had never seen anything like it," Rodriguez recounts. "I used to cut them out and put them up on my wall." Coming full circle, Rodriguez is opening The Robert Rodriguez Museum during this week's South by Southwest Film Festival and showcasing original Frank Frazetta artwork, along with limited edition prints - like the "From Dusk Till Dawn" image, which we are exclusively unveiling.

For Rodriguez, Frazetta's influence cannot be overstated.
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Sony hires Robert Rodriguez to direct live-action Fire And Ice

Robert Rodriguez has been tapped to direct the live-action version of Ralph Bakshi’s Fire And Ice with hopes of a franchise. This marks a reunion of sorts for Rodriguez and Sony as El Mariachi (the film that launched his career) was picked up by Columbia Pictures, a division of the entertainment company, back in 1992.

According to Variety, the original 1983 Fire And Ice used the process of rotoscoping to trace live action into animation cells. It was based on the works of animator Frank Frazetta and centered on a small village destroyed by a surging glacier, the domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The lone survivor, a young warrior by the name of Larn, vows to avenge the destruction and a tense and epic battle ensue.

Bold FilmsGary Michael Walters, Matthew Rhodes and Michel Litvak have funded the development drafts with Rodriguez. Bold is currently on a roll,
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Robert Rodriguez's 'Fire and Ice' Movie Goes to Sony

Robert Rodriguez's 'Fire and Ice' Movie Goes to Sony
First announced during Comic-Con 2011, Robert Rodriguez's long-planned live-action remake of the 1983 animated fantasy adventure Fire and Ice is finally moving forward at Sony. The studio has acquired a big package deal, hoping to turn the title into a franchise. The film will serve as a homage to Robert Rodriguez's friend and late artist Frank Frazetta.

Fire and Ice is an expensive buy for Sony at a time when the studio is going through troubles. The deal reunites Sony with Robert Rodriguez, as it was their Columbia Pictures division that acquired his breakout hit El Mariachi at Sundance in the early 90s. The plan is for Fire and Ice to launch a fantasy adventure series that will be informed by the paintings that Frank Frazetta has left behind.

The original Fire and Ice revolved around a small village that is destroyed by a glacier domain ruled by the evil Ice Lord Nekron.
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 10 years on: A ground-breaking blockbuster

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 10 years on: A ground-breaking blockbuster
It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.

Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.

"At the time I was working as a freelance
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6 movie adaptations that, like 'The Giver,' came too late

6 movie adaptations that, like 'The Giver,' came too late
If you were to go see The Giver this weekend without knowing a thing about the book it was based on, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s some sort of suburban Hunger Games ripoff. In reality, Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel predates just about every modern Ya film franchise, from The Hunger Games to Divergent to The Maze Runner—you might even say it established the authoritarian dystopia motif that’s in vogue these days. Unfortunately, all of those other books beat it to the big screen. Instead of looking like the groundbreaking, thoughtful story that’s in the novel,
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Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Movies

I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.

A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.

Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it.
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Andrew Stanton Reveals Titles of Would-Be ‘John Carter’ Sequels

Andrew Stanton was an accomplished creative force behind two of Pixar’s most successful and critically acclaimed animated features, having directed Finding Nemo and Wall•E, when Disney tapped him to take on their long-in-development John Carter. It proved to be a difficult property for audiences to wrap their heads around, to say the least.

Based on the 1917 novel A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs – the legendary sci-fi/fantasy author who also created Tarzan - John Carter had seen a series of directors come and go over the years, but fans of the book series remained hopeful that Stanton’s proven storytelling vision and knack for the more fantastical side of the film’s elements might prove successful.

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'John Carter' Director Reveals Cancelled Plans for Two Sequels

'John Carter' Director Reveals Cancelled Plans for Two Sequels
Disney had high hopes for the sci-fi adventure John Carter. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic A Princess of Mars, the studio couldn't decide on a title, originally calling it John Carter of Mars before it became something much more generic. The movie opened on March 8, earning a decent enough $30 million over the weekend. But then it went onto only generate $73 million domestically against a $250 million budget, becoming one of the biggest bombs in the studio's history. Worldwide, it would eventually take in $284.1 million, but its poor showing in the states spelled doom for the franchise.

Some blamed the title and the marketing. Some blamed director Andrew Stanton, making his first live-action movie after finding success at Pixar with Finding Nemo and Wall-e. Many fans don't blame the movie itself, a wild and rollicking old fashion space opera that has gained a strong following since it took a nosedive at the box office.
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Taylor Kitsch Says John Carter Sequel Script Was Awesome

I really enjoyed director Andrew Stanton's John Carter. It was a great movie that just got a lot of bad press and had a terrible marketing campaign. This should have been a huge franchise for Disney, and there should have been multiple sequels, but it's never going to happen at the point. I seriously doubt that anyone will attempt to make another movie based on The Princess of Mars book series, and that's really kind of sad.

During a recent interview with Variety the film's star, Taylor Kitsch, talked about the movie. When asked if the bad press was hard for him, he said,

"I mean, look man, it wasn’t an uplifting experience. My biggest regret would have been if I didn’t do enough personally. If I didn’t give it everything I had. If I hadn’t prepped enough. I don’t have that regret, so
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James Cameron's Avatar: five years on

Feature Ryan Lambie 30 Apr 2014 - 06:27

Five years after James Cameron's Avatar appeared in cinemas, we look back at its hype, its critical backlash, and how it holds up today...

Before 1960, director Michael Powell was one of the UK’s most respected directors, with a string of acclaimed films to his name, among them A Matter Of Life Or Death, The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus. Then Powell made Peeping Tom, and the critical backlash ruined him.

An intimate character study of a serial killer made at a time when such things were entirely out of the ordinary in British cinema, Peeping Tom was savaged by UK film critics, and it took a full decade for Powell’s film to be reappraised; the likes of Martin Scorsese and Robert Ebert championed Peeping Tom, but their admiration arrived entirely too late to save Powell’s filmmaking career, which was never the
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Comic Book Release List – April 23, 2014

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and specialty items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

Action Lab Entertainment

Fracture Volume 2 #4 (Of 4)(Cover A Chad Cicconi), $2.99

Fracture Volume 2 #4 (Of 4)(Cover B Bill Blankenship), $2.99

Fracture Volume 2 #4 (Of 4)(Cover C Steve Bryant), $3.99

Jack Hammer #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Ionic), $2.99

Jack Hammer #3 (Of 4)(Cover B Des Taylor), $3.99

Skyward Volume 2 Strange Creatures Tp, $8.99

Vamplets Undead Pet Society #1 (Cover A Amanda Coronado), $3.99

Vamplets Undead Pet Society #1 (Cover B Gayle Middleton), $4.99

Archie Comic Publications

Betty And Veronica #270 (Dan Parent Regular Cover), $2.99

Betty And Veronica #270 (Ryan Jampole Chibi Tea Party Variant Cover), $2.99

Sonic The Hedgehog #259 (Sega Variant Cover), $2.99

Sonic The Hedgehog #259 (Tracy Yardley Regular Cover), $2.99

Aspen Comics

All New Soulfire #4 (Cover A V. Ken Marion), $3.99

All New Soulfire #4 (Cover B V. Ken Marion), $3.99

All New Soulfire #4 (Cover C V. Ken Marion), $3.99

All New Soulfire #4 (Cover D V.
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Walking Dead: The Science and Theories Behind Out-of-Body Experiences

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Our upcoming network premiere of The Ghostmaker on Sunday really has us thinking. The movie's all about a couple of college kids who stumble upon an old coffin full of gears that allow for a transcendental experience. Anyone who lays down in the coffin can use it to walk through our world as ghosts. We love the idea, and started researching out-of-body experiences. There are so many stories of people having near death experiences and other similar out-of-body feelings that we had to dig deeper. Hoaxes, hallucinations, or something stranger? You decide.

What is an Out-of-Body experience?

Just like its title suggests, an Out-of-body experience, or OBE, is a feeling of leaving one's body and traveling away from it. Scientists account for this phenomenon as a sort of physical hallucination. Some believe this is actually the spirit leaving the body. While others think this is just an over-exaggerated dream. No matter the outcome,
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Exploring the influences in Man Of Steel's production design

Feature Ryan Lambie 22 Jul 2013 - 07:09

Was Man Of Steel influenced by John Carter, Dune and fascist art? We examine the design of the summer's most elaborate-looking film...

Note: this article contains spoilers for Man Of Steel.

When word got round that a big-screen reboot of Superman was in the offing, the natural question was, how would Warner differentiate what would become Man Of Steel from Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns - a movie sometimes criticised for its reliance on evoking fond memories of the 70s and 80s Christopher Reeve movies.

The answer, it seems, was to emphasise the science fiction angle of the Superman story. This was an aspect only lightly touched on in the 1978 film, which instead evoked a sense of fantastical, almost biblical awe. While the religious symbolism remains in Man Of Steel - and is used particularly strongly in some shots, with Kal-El’s arms spread
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