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Frank Miller, Tom Wheeler to Adapt Upcoming Novel ‘Cursed’ as Netflix Series

Netflix has given a series order to an adaptation of Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler’s upcoming novel “Cursed.”

The series is described as a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther.
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Watch Brad Bird's 1980 Pencil Animation Test Trailer For The Spirit

Before Brad Bird made The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, he wanted to make an animated adaptation of the classic comic book The Spirit. To try and sell the idea of an animated adaptation of The Spirit, he created a pencil test trailer and it makes me wish that this film would've happened! 

Bird was working with producers Gary Kurtz and Steven Paul Leiva who worked on the films like Stay Tuned, Space Jam, American Graffiti, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Dark Crystal.

I love the stylized animation and character design and I wish Bird would have been able to make this movie!
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Heroes: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers 4′ Will Be the “Culmination” of the McU

On this episode of Collider Heroes, Jon Schnepp, Amy Dallen, and Robert Meyer Burnett discuss the following: Benjamin Melniker has passed away at 104 years old. He had purchased the rights to Batman in 1979 and was listed as a producer on every Batman film since 1989. He also produced other superhero films like Swamp Thing, Constantine and The Spirit. Thor: Ragnarok contains a special feature called “Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes”. In it, Joe Russo states that the next two Avengers films will be the culmination of all the Marvel storylines from the last …
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R.I.P. Benjamin Melniker (1913 – 2018)

If you’ve seen a Batman movie – live-action or animated – over the past thirty years, you’ll have seen the name Benjamin Melniker listed as an executive producer alongside Michael E. Uslan. And sadly, Uslan has taken to Facebook today to announce that Melniker has passed away at the age of 104.

Inspired by the success of Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie back in 1978, Melniker and Uslan acquired the rights to Batman in 1979 and finally saw their vision realised with the release of Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989. Since then, the duo have been credited as executive producers on every Batman feature film, including The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League and The Lego Batman Movie, as well as the majority of the Caped Crusader’s animated appearances.

Melniker’s non-Batman related producing credits include Swamp Thing, National Treasure, Constantine and The Spirit.

The post R.
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018

Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018
Emmy winners Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) head up the new Hulu original series “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama Bin-Laden. Also featured in this docudrama about the inter-agency rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the first part of this century are Golden Globe nominees Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. The first of the 10 episodes starts streaming on Hulu on Feb. 28.

Before then, Hulu viewers will get a chance to see another acclaimed docudrama, the film “Detroit” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). She reteamed with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” for this acclaimed film. “Detroit” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967 after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died
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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More

Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

-The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Rising Star Award – Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4 – 15, 2018. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Terrence Howard, and Adam Beach.

Timothée Chalamet gives a stirring performance as Elio, a 17-year-old on the brink of passion and self-discovery. It’s an intimate and erotic performance that transports the audience to another time and place and stays with us long after we’ve left the theater,” said Festival
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Ed Catto: Great Graphic Novels, Old and New

There’s a peculiar mix of older graphic novels and new graphic novels in our home right now. The new stuff is all part of a top-secret project I’m working on with my daughter, Tess. We can’t let the cat out of the bag yet, but you can check out her showcase of street art for the sneak peek tease. (And now that I think about it, who even puts cats into bags ?!?)

I’m struck by the wide variety of engaging, superlative creative endeavors we cram under the umbrella term “graphic novel.” While there’s one line of thinking that argues Geek Culture has outgrown the phrase “graphic novel,” it’s still handy and flexible enough for hardcore fans, casual fans, librarians, and bookstore owners.

Here are a few of the so-called Old Graphic Novels floating around here:

Fiction Illustrated Vol. 3 featured Chandler and was originally presented
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'Sin City' Dough On the Line as Frank Miller's Ex-Manager Sues

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Graphic novel icon Frank Miller let his conniving producing partner screw his faithful business manager out of more than a million bucks ... according to a new lawsuit. Mark Lichtman says he worked for Miller for 28 years -- on projects like "Sin City," "300," "The Spirit" and "Sin City 2" -- until "producer" Silenn Thomas came on the scene in 2006. According to docs, Thomas started defaming Lichtman in order to force him out of the picture. In the suit,
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Frank Miller Sued by Ex-Business Manager Over Alleged Unpaid Fees

Frank Miller Sued by Ex-Business Manager Over Alleged Unpaid Fees
Frank Miller's ex-business manager claims the Sin City writer owes him unpaid fees, and is suing for at least $1 million in damages.

Mark Lichtman says he represented Miller for nearly three decades, managing his entertainment business interests from his graphic novels, films and television projects. He's lost his copy of their original contract, but claims it entitles him to 10 percent of Miller's entertainment earnings from deals entered into during their business relationship.

Lichtman says Miller made more than $15 million from projects like Sin City, 300 and The Spirit during their nearly 30 years of working together —...
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Sin City To Make Its Way To Television

Deadline is reporting that The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, owned by the Weinstein Brothers, are developing Sin City for television. Writer Glen Mazzara, who's credits include The Shield and The Walking Dead is the showrunner with Len Wiseman, director of Underworld and producer of television shows such as Lucifer and Sleepy Hollow, set to produce. According to the article, the show is set to be a departure from the films, introducing new characters and storylines to the Sin City mythos.

The original Sin City, directed by legendary film director Robert Rodriguez, was a tour de force. While tackling some of the same material Rodriguez used in previous films, visually it was nothing like he ever did before. It was the closest we will probably ever see a movie that films a comic book panel for panel. The sequel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, was good but lacked
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‘Sin City’ TV Reboot In The Works

Sin City” has always been a bit of a strange case. The first film, released in 2005, was a big hit. Audiences loved the stylized aesthetic that brought the frames of Frank Miller‘s comic to vivid life, with the help of Robert Rodriguez‘s clever use of green screen, which gave everything an extremely heightened, noir look. However, interest in that style quickly dropped off. When Miller ventured on his own and directed “The Spirit” in 2008, the result missed with critics and audiences, and when “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” dropped in 2014, it played like almost a creaky relic from another time.

Continue reading ‘Sin City’ TV Reboot In The Works at The Playlist.
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Joe Corallo: Joe Staton, Family Man!

Drew Ford has spent the last few years of his life dedicated to bringing classic out of circulation comics and graphic novels back in print in beautiful restored editions. A fierce advocate for creators such as Sam Glanzman, Drew has brought back multiple books of his work, a graphic novel from David Michelinie, another graphic novel from ComicMix’s own Denny O’Neil, and many more. This was originally done through Dover Publications until Drew founded It’s Alive! Press, an imprint of Idw.

Drew’s latest project is bringing Family Man, by Jerome Charyn and Joe Staton, back in print through a Kickstarter campaign. You can view the campaign here.

I got the chance to interview Joe Staton this past weekend about Family Man.

Jc: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me about today about Family Man! Before we get into that, you’re
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Ed Catto: Inspiring Creativity – 100 years later

This is a little story of a little town that shifted from stoking fear to promoting creativity.

A few days before Christmas 1949, one of the Catholic elementary schools in Auburn, a small town nestled in Central New York state, encouraged children to bring their comic books from home and burn them in a school bonfire. The fear was that reading comics promoting juvenile delinquency. In fact, the school’s principal would even write a positive letter about the burning that was published in the local paper, The Auburn Citizen. This was before those misguided efforts really gained steam, culminating in the 1954 Senate Subcommittee Hearings on Juvenile Delinquency, focusing on comic books.

But a lot has happened since then. The region gave birth to one of the first-generation comic shops. Several more would follow, and recently the town just enjoyed its first comic convention.

And to celebrate the annual Will Eisner Week,
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Dennis O’Neil, Will Eisner and The Spirit

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So here we are on the verge of spring again and it is time for Will Eisner Week, our annual recognition of comic book excellence, one I’m always happy to participate in. Anyone unfamiliar with Will’s stuff should remedy that post haste, either at your local comics shop or – I’m afraid this is virtually unavoidable – by aiming your computer at the, yes, folks at Amazon.

My personal, and much valued, acquaintance with Will began when friends stopped by my SoHo pig sty of a bachelor pad – the styness was my fault, not the apartment’s – on the way to hear him lecture in nearby TriBeCa. I knew who he was, of course: it would have been hard to be in the comic book biz back then, in, I’m guessing, the 80s, and not be aware of Will’s signature creation, The Spirit.

I first met The Spirit
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Auburn to Celebrate Will Eisner Week

Our pal and ComicMix columnist Ed Catto (also the nicest guy in the Atlantic Northeast) is up to something. Check out this press release!

Explore the life and work of Will Eisner with Auburn, N.Y.’s Seymour Library on Monday March 6th with a panel presentation/film screening and on Tuesday, March 7th with a documentary at Auburn Public Theater.

Will Eisner (1917-2005) was a trailblazer in the comic book world, showing the public that comics could be a genuine form of literature and popularizing the term graphic novel. His landmark comic series The Spirit (1940-1952) was noted for its expressive artwork and experiments in content and form. This year marks the centennial of Will Eisner’s birth.

Geek Culture expert Ed Catto will host a panel on Will Eisner: Celebrating Graphic Novels: An Appreciation of Comics as Literature at Seymour Library on Monday, March 6th at 6:30 pm.
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Preview of Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Maker #1

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Maker #1 hits comic book stores tomorrow, and we’ve got a preview of the issue for you here courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment; take a look…

A series of unexpected disappearances and deaths hit Central City. Initially these cases seem purely unrelated: no apparent connection between the victims makes it easy for the police to just file them as runaways or natural deaths. But when someone close to Ebony White disappears, The Spirit is on the case!

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Maker #1 is out on February 1st, priced $3.99.
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Joe Corallo: Love Is Patient

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Before I go into this week’s column, I wanted to acknowledge the passing of Carrie Fisher. Mere hours after my column went up last week it was reported that she had passed. It was truly tragic for her family, friends and legions of fans whom include myself. Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher.

Last week I picked Love Is Love, the joint DC Comics and Idw publication to raise money for Equality Florida benefiting the victims of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting. I had written about this book’s announcement back in September and how it filled me with pride that this was happening, but that comics still has more to do towards creating stronger queer inclusion. Now that the trade is out and I got the chance to read it, I have more to say.

This charity project organized by Marc Andreyko was originally a joint project with DC Comics and Idw.
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Newswire: Ben Wheatley and Tom Hiddleston might tackle Frank Miller’s Hard Boiled

It looks like the box office stink of 300: Rise Of An Empire and The Spirit has finally dissipated, as Hollywood is getting back into the Frank Miller business. Thankfully, he’s not getting his hands anywhere near an actual production, but his comic mini-series Hard Boiled might be getting a big-screen adaptation. Not only that, but High-Rise director Ben Wheatley and star Tom Hiddleston might be reuniting for the project, which might be enough to entice people who had been burned by the last few Frank Miller adaptations to give his work another try. That all comes from Deadline, which says the deals are currently being worked out and that we’ll “know soon” if this is really happening or not.

The Hard Boiled comic, which came out in 1990 and was created by Miller and Geoff Darrow, is about an insurance investigator living in a near-future Los Angeles ...
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Newswire: Frank Miller accepts your heartfelt thanks for Batman V Superman

Nowadays, it should be considered something of an achievement when legendary comics scribe and penciler Frank Miller manages to get through an interview without saying something either grumpy or inflammatory or—in a move hereby referred to as “Miller Time”—both at once. Whether it’s being pissed off about Occupy Wall Street protestors, or making an entire comic that exists solely to allow Frank Miller the opportunity to punch Muslim terrorists in the face through the medium of drawing little lines very aggressively, the outspoken author of The Dark Knight Returns has become as well known for his political views as his comics in recent years. (Which is really a decent consolation, when you consider the alternative of being well known for creating the film adaptation of The Spirit.)

In a new interview with Variety, Miller manages to sound downright sensible, talking about how, were he to gain control
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Frank Miller Discusses What Kind Of Batman Movie He'd Make

Image via DC Comics

Fans all have their own opinions on which Batman film is their favorite, or which interpretation of the Caped Crusader is the strongest. Many like Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, but there's whole lot of love for the Tim Burton original, and don't even get me started on the fans who think Kevin Conroy can do no wrong as the voice of Bruce Wayne. Of course, no fan is wrong. All storytelling and film is ultimately subjective, so something that works for one person may not work for someone else. Any interpretation of Batman -- or any other DC hero -- should be perceived in a similar fashion.

The amazing thing about all these comic book characters, however -- especially on the DC side of things -- is the sheer number of interpretations we've been given. Take a look at the CW interpretation of Superman and put
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