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Competition: Win ‘Dark Planet’ on DVD

To celebrate the release of Dark Planet - coming to DVD 16th February – we have a copy to giveaway courtesy of Bulldog Film Distribution. Dark Planet is a sweeping and action-packed science fiction film set in the year 2157 and based on the writings of the legendary russian authors Arkadiy and Boris Strugatskiy.

Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk (Stalingrad) and starring Yuliya Snigir (A Good Day to Die Hard) the film follows the exploits of a young earthling named Maxim who, after unexpectedly crash landing on an uncharted planet, must learn to survive in this hostile new world while simultaneously bringing about a revolution against an oppressive government that controls its citizens with a sinister form of mind control. Synopsis:

The year is 2157: Maxim is on a mission in deep space when his ship crashes on an unknown planet. Despite the highly advanced weaponry and technology developed by the planet’s tyrannical leaders,
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Comic Book Review – Silver Volume 1

Trevor Hogg reviews the collection which serves as the opening installment for a comic book series that expands upon the literary universe envisioned by Bram Stoker….

When you have a career involving huge robots, flying reptiles, miniature one-eyed henchmen and blue forest creatures, delving into the world of vampires is not that much of a stretch for Stephan Franck who has worked on The Iron Giant (1999), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Despicable Me (2010) along with directing The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow (2013). With the release of Silver Volume 1 by Dark Planet Comics, a publishing/production company he co-founded with his brother and producer/studio executive Emmanuel Franck, the French born animator has collected the first three issues of his horror heist thriller where a conman attempts to steal from the bloodsucking undead.

Each issue is treated as an individual chapter commencing with Finnigan which introduces the protagonist of
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Comic Book Release List – November 12, 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.

Alternative Comics

Hawd Tales #1, $4.99

Andrews McMeel

Baby Blues Collection Wetter Louder Stickier Tp, $18.99

Antarctic Press

Gold Digger #215, $3.99

Archie Comic Publications

Jughead And Archie Comics Digest #7, $4.99

Sabrina #1 (Robert Hack 2nd Printing Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $3.99

Sonic The Hedgehog #266 (Rafa Knight Super Smash Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $3.99

Sonic The Hedgehog #266 (Tracy Yardley Regular Cover), $3.99

Avatar Press

Crossed Badlands #65 (Gabriel Andrade Torture Cover), $3.99

Crossed Badlands #65 (Gabriel Andrade Wraparound Cover), $3.99

Crossed Badlands #65 (Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Incentive Cover), Ar

Crossed Badlands #65 (Jacen Burrows Regular Cover), $3.99

Crossed Badlands #65 (Michael Dipascale Fatal Fantasy Cover), $3.99

Black Library

Warhammer 40K Gods Of Mars Hc, $24.99

Book Palace

Art Of Modesty Blaise Sc (not verified by Diamond), $39.99

Illustrators Magazine #8, $24.99

Boom! Studios

Amazing World Of
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Escape from Planet Earth review – interstellar thrills and spills | Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode: Cal Brunker's space animation is undemanding children's fare, despite a little help from Stephen Fry

Touching down on UK shores a full year after blasting off (in muted fashion) from Us cinemas, this innocuous interstellar animation plays to the younger end of the market with undemanding (and largely unoriginal) thrills and spills. When his wantonly heroic brother Scorch Supernova is stranded on "the Dark Planet", it's left to nerdy sibling Gary to boldly go from Baab to Earth, winding up a prisoner of Area 51, wherein enslaved aliens are forced to work on new-fangled inventions such as the internet, the mobile phone, and (more recently) an exterminating death ray.

With Stephen Fry providing "additional writing" and Ricky Gervais as the voice of the on-board computer, you'd expect wry humour and cine-literate pop-culture references aplenty, yet beyond a few nostalgic nods to It Came from Outer Space and arcane public information films,
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Dark Planet Comics orbits Kickstarter

One cannot accuse Stephan Franck for not keeping busy as he directed The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow(2013) and established Dark Planet Comics which published his supernatural pulp tale about a a con artist who encounters some major vampire issues as he attempts to orchestrate a heist of a lifetime.

The first two issues of Silver are being reprinted while the third instalment will be arriving shortly and will also be part of Silver Volume 1 which includes bonus material created by guest artists like Rodolphe “Rodguen” Guenoden and Takeshi Miyazawa (Runaways).

A Kickstarter campaign has been initiated for the trade paperback collection. “All the work has already been created,” states Franck. “The point of the campaign is to help fronting the printing cost ahead of us. So essentially, it’s just pre-ordering the books for an April delivery.” As an incentive Dark Planet Comics is offering signed and numbered limited edition art prints.
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ComiXology uncovers Silver #2

Arriving digitally in time for Halloween on ComiXology is the second chapter of the 12-part miniseries by writer/director/comic book creator Stephan Franck.

Ex master-thief James Finnigan seeks out Rosalynd "Sledge" Van Helsing, who he hopes might help him authenticate Jonathan Harker’s ledger. As it turns out, Rosalynd carries on her grandfather’s handy work, and could very well be too much woman for Finn to handle.

"We basically spent the first issue showing-off Finn's nerves of steel, and establishing that he's a master manipulator," stated Franck. "In Silver #2, it’s a lot of fun watching him lose control of his reality--not to mention having to deal with a woman who's even more of a rebel than he is."

Along with extending the original Bram Stoker universe into the pulp era of the 1930s, Stephan Franck has been busy animating miniature blue creatures for The Smurfs: The Legendof
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Comic Book Review - Silver #1 & Silver #2

Trevor Hogg reviews the first two instalments of the 12-part series created by Stephan Franck which features a quick witted criminal who has a deadly attraction to silver...

James Finnigan, a witty but (figuratively) soulless con man, sets out to separate the living-dead from their silver.

A charity auction involving the silver collection of a wealthy couple is taking place in 1931 New York City when an overzealous and overweight FBI Inspector Myrick arrives warning that James Finnigan is planning to steal the items. Supporting the assessment is a voice over from the notorious thief. The decision is made to carry on with the event while the law enforcement officer orchestrates a plan to apprehend the expected culprit; his decision-making seems rather faulty when he encourages the guards to hide in closet until it is revealed that he is Finnigan under the disguise of his chief adversary.

Myrick soon appears on
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Blu-ray Review: Kids Deserve Better Than ‘Escape From Planet Earth’

Chicago – Not only have I been a longtime fan of great children’s films like those produced by Disney and Studio Ghibli over the years but I’m now a parent and absolutely adore the feeling of passing along my favorite films like “Spirited Away,” “Dumbo,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Toy Story” along to my little ones. My children will never see “Escape From Planet Earth.” As someone who not only sees nearly every animated film in his profession but has a new appreciation for them given my being a parent, I feel qualified to say this is one of the worst children’s films of the last decade. It’s aggressively annoying with awful character design and a screenplay that is clearly trying to teach children a lesson about boredom.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Why is it so hard for the non-major studios to break into CGI animation? Why is it mostly
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Franckly Speaking: Stephan Franck talks about Dark Planet Comics and Silver

Trevor Hogg chats with Stephan Franck about an original film idea which transformed into a debut graphic novel series and led to the formation of his own comic book publishing company...

“When I was a kid in France, my parents had a store, which sold a whole bunch of stuff including books, newspapers, comic books,” recalls Stephan Franck, a veteran writer/director/animator who has worked on such as films as Despicable Me (2010) and The Iron Giant (1999). “I loved hanging out there. Early on, I got into the European comics, Tintin, Lucky Luke, and a lot of more obscure but awesome detective series like Tif & Tondu. Then when I was around nine or ten, I discovered the American comics; that was in the late 1970s but there was no real rhyme or reason to how those comics were distributed in France, so you would have Bronze Age Jim Aparo Batman
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Escape from Planet Earth Blu-ray and DVD Arrive June 4th

Escape from Planet Earth Blu-ray and DVD Arrive June 4th
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the family film Escape from Planet Earth. This fantastic, comedy- adventure crosses all galaxies to entertain the entire family with an all-star vocal cast including Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, William Shatner, George Lopez, Craig Robinson, Sof&#237a Vergara, Jane Lynch, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry and Ricky Gervais.

In Escape from Planet Earth, Planet Baab's most celebrated space traveler, Scorch Supernova (voiced by Brendan Fraser), is a global hero whose interplanetary exploits are televised for the enjoyment of his ardent fans. With the help of his brainy brother Gary (Rob Corddry), head Basa Mission Control, Scorch has become a legend, winning the love of beautiful television reporter Gabby Babblebrock (Sof&#237a Vergara) and the devotion of Gary's hero-worshipping son Kip (Jonathan Morgan Heit).

When Basa's no-nonsense chief, Lena (Jessica Alba
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Sofia Vergara Talks Escape From Planet Earth, Accepting the Fun Role on Short Notice, Modern Family, Machete Kills, Twitter, and More

Sofía Vergara is part of the colorful cast of Escape from Planet Earth, the animated feature directed by Cal Brunker opening in theater this Friday and featuring the voices of Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser, George Lopez, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry. The film follows the comedic misadventures of friendly aliens on Planet Baab who find themselves trapped by evil forces on the distant “Dark Planet” after they respond to an interplanetary call for help. At a roundtable interview at the film’s press day last week, Vergara talked about her character, Gabby Babblebrock, the hot and spicy anchor for Bnn News. She discussed why she accepted the fun role on short notice, how the recording experience compared to her previous work in Happy Feet Two and The Smurfs, why she wasn’t surprised by the film’s large Latino cast, what she likes best about shooting Modern Family,
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Jessica Alba and George Lopez Talk Escape From Planet Earth, the Voice Recording Process, Harvey Weinstein’s Role in Putting Together the Cast, & More

Jessica Alba and George Lopez star in Cal Brunker’s hilarious animated space adventure, Escape from Planet Earth, about what happens when aliens respond to a distress signal from the Dark Planet. Alba voices Lena, the beautiful, intelligent but extremely duplicitous chief of Basa’s mission control. Lopez plays Thurman, a three-eyed, four-armed slug-like alien who leaves a trail of goo wherever he goes. Opening February 15th, the film also features the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, Ricky Gervais, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Steve Zahn and Chris Parnell. At our recent roundtable interview, Alba and Lopez talked about their characters and what drew them to the project. Lopez described how Harvey Weinstein tracked him down in Las Vegas to play the part and was instrumental in putting together the terrific cast. Alba explained why she loved playing a villain in her first animated feature,
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Seven Escape from Planet Earth Character Posters

Seven Escape from Planet Earth Character Posters
The Weinstein Company has debuted seven brand new character posters for Escape from Planet Earth, arriving in theaters on Valentine's Day. Director Cal Brunker's animated adventure puts a new spin on the "alien invasion" genre, with an intergalactic hero who becomes trapped on the mysterious planet known as Earth. Take look at these one-sheets featuring Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser), Lena Thackleman (Jessica Alba), Gary Supernova (Rob Corddry), Kip Supernova (Jonathan Morgan Heit), Kira Supernova (Sarah Jessica Parker), Agent Shanker (William Shatner), Doc (Craig Robinson), Io (Jane Lynch), and Thurman (Paul Reubens), along with descriptions of each character.

"The most beloved hero of Planet Baab, Scorch is the act first, think never face of the Basa program. Doing good and fighting evil across the galaxy, Scorch still makes time to kiss the babies, pose for photos, and pitch for sugary breakfast cereal. Though protected by the genius of his brother Gary's brilliant planning,
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