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A Tribute To The Life And Times Of Late Comic Book Legend Steve Ditko

The world of comic book fandom is mourning the loss of one of its greatest founding fathers, Steve Ditko. When it comes to his contributions, there’s so much more to the man than the fact that he helped create Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, as most articles are stating is the most important aspect of his career. Although these characters are extremely crucial to the world of comics and blockbuster films, his life should be explored further.

While growing up in Pennsylvania, Ditko’s fascination with comic strips was sparked by his father. His first love was Batman, as well as Will Eisner’s The Spirit. This passion carried into his military service in Post-War Germany, where he drew in a newspaper geared toward American soldiers. After he was discharged, he was under the mentorship of Batman artist Jerry Robinson, and by 1953 he was working in the field professionally.

During
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Steve Ditko, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange Co-Creator, Dies at 90

Steve Ditko, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange Co-Creator, Dies at 90
Steve Ditko, comic book artist and co-creator with Stan Lee of such legendary comic book characters as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died. He was 90 years old.

The New York Police Department confirmed to Variety he was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan on June 29. His death only came to light on Friday.

Born in 1927 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Ditko became exposed to newspaper comics at an early age, and found his love for comic book superheroes during the inaugural issues of the iconic Batman character as well as Will Eisner’s “The Spirit.” After graduating high school in 1945, Ditko enlisted in the Army, where he got his first job in the comic book industry drawing comic strips for Army-syndicated newspapers.

After his discharge, Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson in 1950 in New York City. Through Robinson’s tutelage, Ditko met then-editor-in-chief and future Marvel Comics CEO Stan Lee.
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Steve Ditko, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange Co-Creator, Dies at 90

Steve Ditko, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange Co-Creator, Dies at 90
Steve Ditko, comic book artist and co-creator with Stan Lee of such legendary comic book characters as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died. He was 90 years old.

The New York Police Department confirmed to Variety he was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan on June 29. His death only came to light on Friday.

Born in 1927 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Ditko became exposed to newspaper comics at an early age, and found his love for comic book superheroes during the inaugural issues of the iconic Batman character as well as Will Eisner’s “The Spirit.” After graduating high school in 1945, Ditko enlisted in the Army,
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Fathom Events and Rooster Teeth Teaming Up to Bring Blood Fest to Select Us Theaters for One Night Only This August

What if the characters in your favorite horror movies came to life? Could you channel your inner Randy Meeks to navigate the rules of the genre, or would you be chopped to bits within seconds? Rooster Teeth's new horror comedy Blood Fest pits scary movie fans against all-too-real killers, and if you missed the film on its festival run, then you can watch it in theaters for one night only this August via Fathom Events:

Press Release: Denver – June 26, 2018 – Get ready for a screaming/laughing/covering-your-eyes, gore-splattered, good night this August when horror-comedy “Blood Fest” comes to cinemas across the nation. Described by Nightmare on Film Street as “an already wild party where someone has spiked the punch,” and with Dread Central noting it “could become the party horror film of the year,” horror aficionados will want to mark their calendars for this one-night event. In addition to the full-length feature,
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Will There Be an Incredibles 3? Well, Director Brad Bird Hasn't Ruled It Out

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Will There Be an Incredibles 3? Well, Director Brad Bird Hasn't Ruled It Out
After waiting 14 years for a new film in the Incredibles franchise, fans can't help but wonder - will they get another movie in this lifetime? Well, the official answer is still up in the air, but director Brad Bird definitely isn't saying no. According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bird discussed what propelled him to pursue Incredibles 2 in the first place and what he plans to do with plot ideas that didn't make it into the sequel.

The 2004 original, The Incredibles, left audiences with unanswered questions about the family's fate and Jack-Jack's powers, giving Bird more material and the perfect foundation on which to build the follow-up film. Now, over a decade later, Bird could have the same dilemma. After Pixar changed the release date of Incredibles 2, Bird had to scrap some of his original ideas for the movie, comparing the process to a scene from I Love Lucy.
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Blitz Films Launches With Martial Arts Drama ‘Heart of a Champion’ (Exclusive)

Independent filmmakers Sergey Sarkisov and Nick Sarkisov have launched Blitz Films as a finance and production company, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first project the company is producing and financing is “Heart of a Champion,” a martial arts story written by David McKenna (“American History X”). Produced in association with Straight Up Films, the film follows a high school judo prodigy who steps into the Ultimate Fighting Championship cage to face the ultimate rival in a battle for recognition and retribution –- his father.

Blitz, which made the announcement Wednesday, will specialize in “responsibly-budgeted” indie fare along with a wide variety of genre projects. Producer Eryl Cochran has signed on as head of production and development for Blitz and will work out of the company’s Los Angeles office.

Nick Sarkisov will make his American feature directorial debut with “Heart of a Champion.” He began his career working with independent
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Will Pixar Ever Make an Incredibles 3? Here's What Director Brad Bird Had to Say

Fans waited fourteen long years for Incredibles 2 and it was so damn good that fans, like myself, can't wait for an Incredibles 3! The big question is, will Pixar ever make it? With the sequel being as big of a hit as it is, it seems like a no-brainer to develop a sequel, but what would that sequel entail?

One of the reasons why it took so long for the sequel to get made was because director Brad Bird didn't want to do it unless it had the right story. Well, it turns out that there was so much material developed for Incredibles 2, that some of those elements could easily spill over into a third film. Bird certainly isn't ready to rule out the possibility.

When talking about the pressures of making the film after Disney moved the release date up a year, he told EW:

"You couldn’t linger on.
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Will There Be an Incredibles 3? Well, Director Brad Bird Hasn't Ruled It Out

After waiting 14 years for a new film in the Incredibles franchise, fans can't help but wonder - will they get another movie in this lifetime? Well, the official answer is still up in the air, but director Brad Bird definitely isn't saying no. According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bird discussed what propelled him to pursue Incredibles 2 in the first place and what he plans to do with plot ideas that didn't make it into the sequel.

The 2004 original, The Incredibles, left audiences with unanswered questions about the family's fate and Jack-Jack's powers, giving Bird more material and the perfect foundation on which to build the follow-up film. Now, over a decade later, Bird could have the same dilemma. After Pixar changed the release date of Incredibles 2, Bird had to scrap some of his original ideas for the movie, comparing the process to a scene from I Love Lucy.
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Playback: Brad Bird on ‘Incredibles 2’ and the Iron Giant’s Big-Screen Return

Playback: Brad Bird on ‘Incredibles 2’ and the Iron Giant’s Big-Screen Return
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

After the underperforming live-action effort “Tomorrowland,” writer-director Brad Bird is back in the animation realm this year with “Incredibles 2.” He was eager to dive back into the world of his original 2004 creation once again because the work that went into conjuring that Pixar animated hit was some of the most fun he’s had in his career. Fifteen years later, though, animation has obviously progressed quite a bit. So some of the old headaches weren’t there to cause trouble this time around.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“We were on the edge of failure the entire time we were making the first movie,” Bird confides. “We barely got the hair in time for Violet.
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Spawn Reboot Described As A Supernatural Thriller, Won’t Be A Gore Fest

90’s comic book legend Todd McFarlane is set to do what most creators can only dream of – bring their own characters to the screen exactly how they imagine them to be.

Since first coming up with the hellish antihero Spawn in 1992, McFarlane’s kept a relatively tight grip on the character, to the point that the upcoming reboot only got the greenlight because he was allowed to write and direct it himself. Blumhouse Productions, currently on a financial winning streak, decided to take a chance on the relatively low budget project and it looks to have paid off so far, as the film now boasts Jamie Foxx in the lead role.

Now that all the pieces have fallen into place, we’re hearing a bit more about what the finished product will look like, courtesy of an interview McFarlane did with ComicBook.com. First up was the question of tone,
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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.

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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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