Feige Takes Spider-Man Question During Marvel Mega Event

- 10-28-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The speculation was running rampant before Marvel Studios‘ big info bomb earlier today that one of the details to be revealed concerned the movie rights to one of Marvel Comics‘ biggest characters. On the one hand, Marvel is proving that they can make an event out of anything, even little heard of titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, or Black Panther, or The Inhumans, but on the other hand the studio bigwigs and Disney shareholders would probably love to get a piece back of some of those marquee characters. Spider-Man has been association with Marvel since the web-slinger’s inception in 1962, but the movie rights remain buttoned up with Sony where they are, for all intents and purposes, trying to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear (not that Spider-Man is a sow’s ear). But might that be changing… (more…)

George Lucas Takes Swipe at Major Studio Thinking Without Irony

- 10-21-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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When George Lucas made the original Star Wars in 1976, he had the support of a couple of producers at Twentieth Century Fox, but everyone else thought it was stupid and doomed to failure. One might call Lucas a visionary for knowing where the audience was, and what would appeal, and that was proven again when Lucas went on to create Raiders of the Lost Ark with Steven Spielberg four years later. (Of course, Howard the Duck and The Radioland Murders might be a sign that Lucas’ insight is far from universal. And the less said about Episodes 1, 2, and 3 Well, you know.) But now with the oodles of free time he has from selling his company to a massive multimedia conglomerate, Lucas is striking out anew against the studio systems and its lack of risk-taking. (more…)

Finally! Disney Releases Full ‘Big Hero 6′ Trailer at NYCC 2014

- 10-09-14Cartoons, Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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There was a nagging thought in the back of my head all week that NYCC 2014 would have some new trailers premiering and right on cue the first day Disney let’s loose with a new, Big Hero 6 full length trailer that sets the story, mood, and style for the movie. *Note to Hollywood – We’re all pretty tired of being teased repeatedly. (more…)

Cuse on ‘Lost’ Says Disney Will Have to Go Back – for More Money

- 10-02-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s been over four years since Lost ended its six season run on ABC, but as evidenced when Breaking Bad ended last year that there was still a lot of hurt feelings, and downright rage, about how showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse decided to wrap things up. Heck, it’s a good thing that How I Met Your Mother ended the way it did because it took some of the heat off Lindelof and Cuse. But just because there’s bad blood over how things ended, that doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love all over again. While reminiscing about the show, which debuted 10 years ago this year, Cuse says that it’s somewhat inevitable that sometime, somewhere, Lost and its mysterious island will be revisited once more. (more…)

Marvel Releases Official ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Plot Synopsis

- 09-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Marvel released the first official plot synopsis for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier today. Don’t worry though, there’s not any smoking gun here. Nothing that spoils everything unless you’ve been on an Amish retreat in a remote ice cave in Antartica. It does set up the frame-work in which we can begin to speculate like demons though. Take a look after the jump. (more…)

Frozen Taking Over Disney Parks – Classic Epcot Ride Being Rebooted and Cinderella Castle To Be Elsa’s

- 09-12-14Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Disney’s Frozen came out almost a year ago and people are still singing that damn “Let it Go”. It’s starting to become as obnoxious as the “It’s a Small World” tune. That’s actually the perfect example for today’s story. Just like “It’s a Small Word”, Frozen is to be inducted as yet another ride at Disney parks where passengers will be trapped on a log chute while a title track plays on an endless loop (I was once trapped on It’s a Small World for 45 minutes while the song played, so you can imagine my deep rooted horror). Hit the jump to read on more about what classic ride is being updated, as well as Disney World’s plan to transform their castle for Elsa. (more…)

‘Rescue Rangers’ Gets Scientifically Accurate And Ruins Your Childhood

- 09-10-14Funny Videos, Nerd Culture, TV, WTF? Posted by Jed Harris-Keith

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I’m just going to throw this out there: If you’ve never had the opportunity to view any of Animation Domination High-Def’s series of “Scientifically Accurate” cartoon jingles, based on the opening theme  songs and credits of some of pop culture’s most beloved animated characters, then you are doing  yourself a grave disservice. Let me tell ya, they are a beauty to behold. ADHD has already tackled  DuckTales and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but the animation group has a new target: Chip ‘n  Dale’s Rescue Rangers. If you’re ancient like me, you’ll remember the series featuring the title  characters solving crimes and what-not with their mice companions Monterey Jack and Gadget and the  housefly Zipper. No set up I could give this video would do it justice, so just give it a look. (more…)

Storybrooke Is Frozen Over In The New ‘Once Upon A Time’ Teaser

- 09-02-14TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Frozen is not only one of the most popular animated movies of all time, it is one of the most popular movies of all time, period.  Between its message of true love between sisters and its catchy soundtrack, not to mention a stable of characters that were severely likeable, Frozen has grossed over $1.2bil worldwide and has received more awards than you can shake a carrot at.  Now that it has dominated the animated world, Disney is bringing a live action Elsa, Anna, and even Kristoff to the small screen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time and if these promos are an indication, Frozen will continue to win hearts over. (more…)

How Dedicated Fans are De-Specializing the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Themselves

- 08-21-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The other day, Disney floated the idea that sometime soon the original versions of the original Star Wars trilogy might be released, unmolested by special edition tinkering, would be issued in the high-def Blu-ray format. Now fans are not often known for their patience, and considering that George Lucas spent years saying that those first cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are gone, and that they weren’t coming back, it should come as no surprise that many weren’t holding their breath for Lucas to change his mind. So one group of techie savvy and dedicated fans said “F**k It! We’ll do our own original version release! With Black Jack! And hookers! (Okay, maybe not those last two.)

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Cumberbatch Trades One Khan for Another for Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book’

- 08-20-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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As I’m sure you’re all aware, there are two competing versions of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book in development. One has Jon Favreau and the resources and abilities of Disney behind it, and the other has the motion capture spellcasting of Andy Serkis in the director’s chair. The former has the considerable voice acting talents of Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray, but the latter is collecting some impressive voice talent of its own. Trading one Khan for another, Benedict Cumberbatch has been hired to voice Shere Khan in Serkis’ Jungle Book. (more…)