Whatever: Comic-Con is Dead, Long Live Comic-Con!

- 07-28-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Here’s the thing: for approximately 150,000 people San Diego Comic-Con is a majestic thrill ride and a joyous gathering of like-minded people who have, at one point or another, likely felt like an outcast because they simply liked what they liked. This weekend, those things took their place at the center of the universe and there was shopping and partying and drinking and laser tag and celebrities and 29 minutes of sleep. That’s what Comic-Con was. For you.

For the rest of us who don’t go but do follow the world of pop culture and geeky nerdiness, Comic-Con isn’t a place, so much as it is a time of year. A holiday that delivers unto us a chance to nerd out over an endless stream of hard news about comics, TV shows and movies  – Comic -Con is when we get to feast on something real and not the gelatinous rumor paste that we have to subsist on all year long.

It’s that influx that excites the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the Comic-Con goings on; these things that get the world talking, and that’s why this thing feels as if it is an event that is much larger than it technically is. But for us to care this much about a party that we aren’t actually attending, we need to keep getting these thrills (or something like them) out of the deal or else what’s the point? (more…)

Is This The Thing as Envisioned for the new ‘Fantastic Four’?

- 07-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Even though the film will be in theaters everywhere by this time next year, the San Diego Comic Con presence of Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four is exactly zero. But hey, not being in San Diego this weekend doesn’t mean you can’t make any news. To wit, there’s this leaked photo making the rounds tonight, and allegedly its what Jamie Bell will look like when his motion-capture performance is all Thing-ed-out as The Thing. But is this Thing the Thing that will be in Fantastic Four, or is someone pulling a fast one? (more…)

Michael B. Jordan Talks ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot – Shooting, Trank’s Vision and First Footage

- 07-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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There’s been a little bit of controversy among the fanboys concerning the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in the newest incarnation of The Fantastic Four. But this article has nothing to do with that, so don’t worry. Actually, we’re just here to report that Jordan has been chatting with MTV about the upcoming film and he’s got quite a bit to say about the Josh Trank-directed reboot. Scroll on for the latest FF info. (more…)

‘Fantastic Four’ Movie Not Based on Any Comic You’ve Ever Read

- 07-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There used be zero expectation that movies based on your favorite superheroes would borrow directly from specific comic book stories. That’s change in recent years. We’ve had tremendous comic book based movies based on actual comic book storylines, like Iron Man 3 and “Extremis,” Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, well, “The Winter Soldier,” and the latest X-Men movie Days of Future Past, which is based on the Uncanny X-Men story of the same name. So perhaps it has to be said now, but comic book movies aren’t always based on specific stories, and it appears that the new Fantastic Four movie will be one of those efforts. (more…)

Tim Story Has Some Regrets RE: His ‘Fantastic Four’ Movies

- 06-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Josh Trank‘s all-new, all-different Fantastic Four hits theaters everywhere next year, exactly 10 years after the first time a major Hollywood studio tried to make Marvel’s First Family, if not an Avengers level chart smasher then at least an X-Men par hit movie. But it wasn’t either. Despite getting enough grease to warrant a sequel, Tim Story‘s two Fantastic Four movies remain a giant example of what not to do when adapting a comic book into a film. But seriously, how does Story feel about his movies 10 years after the fact? Let’s ask him. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast and The Hitchhikers Guide to Gwyneth Paltrow

- 06-11-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Welcome back to Jeremy and Jason’s Uptown Dance Party, aka RadioBastard, the greatest podcast on earth (that used to be called, The BastardCast)!

This time on the show, the guys return for episode 101 with special guest Chris Cummins (Den of Geek US, Topless Robot, Geekadelphia) who stops by to shill his eBay auctions and talk with our illustrious hosts about the week’s nerdy news, the splendor that is The Hitchhiker’s Guide, our right to read whatever we like and the death of Batman and Superman: Friendship is Magic.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Director Josh Trank to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Standalone Film

- 06-04-14Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Josh Trank, the director of both Chronicle and FOX’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, has been selected to direct one of the Star Wars stand alone films, though at this point, we don’t know what said movie will be about, so a Lando and Boba Fett buddy space cop film is ostensibly still a possibility. Trank joins Godzilla director Gareth Edwards (and of course, JJ Abrams) in the Star Wars stable, indicating that the Disney owned franchise totes has a type — directors who are on the rise but who also have some experience working on large scale projects.  (more…)

Simon Kinberg Talks “Gritty” ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm

- 05-27-14Comics, Film Posted by Brandon Marcus

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past behind him, writer/producer Simon Kinberg is looking ahead to his next major project: the Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four reboot starring Miles TellerKate MaraJamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan. The movie has a lot of people interested because of the young, promising cast and because of the young, promising director. After the train wreck that was the previous Fantastic Four films, people are praying that we finally get something worth our time.

Kinberg, speaking to The Daily Beast, opened up about the new film and the casting of Jordan. The guy has a lot of positive things to say.

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Simon Kinberg Says ‘X-Men’ and “Fantastic Four’ Living in Separate Universes

- 05-12-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It is a sad fact that the Marvel Universe, at least in its movie incarnation, is split into several pieces. Disney owns The Avengers, Sony has Spider-Man and Fox is in charge of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. While some misguided souls would prefer that Disney have all the toys and thus remove any trace of creative differences among the films so that all the super heroes can play together, it’s not likely to happen in our lifetime. And the chances of the big three coming together to do crossovers is only slightly less likely. But when Fox decides that the two properties it owns will not share a single universe, one has to scratch their head and wonder what the deal is. Read on to hear what writer/producer Simon Kinberg has to say about the subject. (more…)

Simon Kinberg Talks ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot and Potential Sequel

- 05-09-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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There has been a lot of trepidation concerning the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Fans of the comic series have cried out their angst against the casting, against the series being rebooted so soon after the last two films and against Fox in general. Now, writer Simon Kinberg is stepping up to say a few words about the film, no doubt hoping to quell some of the fears and anxieties of the many angry fanboys/girls. Scroll on to read what he had to say. (more…)