This is it! The day you’ve all been waiting for! Somewhere in Vancouver, on this very day, they have begun production on the all new, rebooted, big screen Power Rangers movie! After months of teasing, casting announcements of people we’ve never heard of, and the fake-out of the Joseph Khan R-rated Power Rangers no one knew they wanted, Power Rangers will soon be a reality. There’s still a full-year before we will be able to see these Rangers in theaters, but today, not only do we have a press release announcing the start of production, and a plot synopsis, we also have a candid photo of the new Rangers hanging out. Prepare to swoon. (more…)
After months of guessing and rumor mongering, Sony and Marvel have made their choice and it is sure to be controversial. Or at least second guessed by the fickle comic book movie nerd crowd. In a press release this morning, the combined franchising power of two big companies announced the future of Spider-Man, with 19-year-old actor Tom Holland now taking up the mantle of your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler, and up-and-coming filmmaker Jon Watts, of the recently released Sundance hit Cop Car, taking up the reins of the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man movie coming out in 2017. Can these two untested people now rise to the occasion and deliver the Spider-Man everyone’s pegging their hopes and dreams on? Who can say, but the powers that be are certainly stoked. (more…)
We know that the comic book business has been changing just as much as any other business that has seen modern reading habits shift from what’s printed to what’s posted. The digital revolution has changed things, and the only thing anyone can really agree on is that things are changing. So they are changing again. Marvel Comics announced a deal today with the e-book/periodical digital distribution platform Scribd to offer hundreds of Marvel comic books via Scribd’s subscription service. Think of it as Netflix for comics, and now, for just $8.99 per month, you can read some of your favorite adventures of the Avengers, the X-Men and Spider-Man. (more…)
Marvel Studios and Netflix have announced a late Easter treat for superheo fans: Daredevil. The first of five series co-produced by Marvel and Netflix has been in the works since last summer, and is now just four months away from mass consumption according to the video streaming site. Daredevil, based on the super-powered crimefighter created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, will be the latest test for the Marvel empire launching the series on – drumroll please – April 10, 2015. As per usual, all 13 episodes of the series will be available for immediate binge watching obsessive types just after midnight on April 10, hopefully tidying over Marvel fans just a few short weeks before Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the way, that’s not all the Daredevil news we’ve got. See below. (more…)
Since the rise of Marvel in the 1960s there’s been books, courses and comic con panels about making comics the “Marvel way,” but with the success of Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps its time we start talking about making movies the Marvel way, and wouldn’t you know it, the annals of American higher learning is answering the call. That’s right nerds, starting in the summer of 2015, if your a student at the University of Baltimore, you too can learn all about the art of making Marvel movies, from a purely educational perspective of course. Now, the U of B ain’t exactly one of your top ten institutions for higher learning, but if you want to learn about comic book movies, maybe it should be. (more…)
News Corp recently signed a deal with itself (basically) to syndicate the first 24 episodes of The Simpsons in a landmark $750 million deal. Starting sometime this summer, fans will get to take advantage of this deal with the first time by having access to every episode of the first 24 seasons. That’s 530 episodes! But that good news is tempered by the fact that you’re going to need to be an FX subscriber to enjoy that week and half of nonstop Simpsons goodness. (more…)
Without Star Wars Episode VII and a Comic Con retread of the Marvel slate, the fan excitement level at D23 was dependent on what was revealed about Brad Bird‘s next film Tomorrowland. Director Bird and writer/lightening rod Damon Lindelof literally had a mystery box at D23 where they give hints of what the film might be about. But if you’re more a fan of the direct approach, Disney put out a press release today featuring a compelling, though brief, plot description.
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
Drew McWeeney from Hitfix got into a bit of hot water because he published a detailed plot description that, as it turns out, was rather accurate. It looks likely that Britt Robertson is playing the “bright, optimistic teen,” and George Clooney is the “former boy genius.”
The press release also included detailed information about the producing team, the cast, and the production crew:
Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.
Jeff Jensen and John Walker (“The Incredibles”) will executive produce with Bernard Bellew (“Les Misérables,” “28 Weeks Later”) and Tom Peitzman, VFX producer (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Alice in Wonderland”) serving as co-producers.
Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”).
Tomorrowland will be in theaters on December 12, 2014. Excited about the project? Disinterested? Sound off in the comments section below.
With Thanksgiving this week, our thoughts will turn to the gift getting holidays soon enough. Yes, all day everyday, it’ll be all we think of. (You know it’s true!)
The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is no exception, and fresh from the Bastards’ e-mail inbox comes a reminder that the network has a pair of holiday specials coming up that you might find interesting. Here’s the press release:
Adult Swim stuffs your stocking with two holiday specials this December from NTSF:SD:SUV:: and Robot Chicken.
Thursday, December 6 at 12:15 a.m. (ET, PT): NTSF:SD:SUV:: – “Christmas Activity” – While celebrating Christmas together at Kove’s house, the team is attacked by the evil Alaskan Santa Claus.
Sunday, December 9 at midnight (ET, PT): Robot Chicken Holiday Special – “Robot Chicken’s ATM Christmas Special” – The Robot Chicken Christmas Special has Santa nearly missing Christmas; Kano from Mortal Kombat shares the holidays with Mrs. Cage; Justin Bieber’s new song is bound to be a Christmas hit; The writers give G.I. Joe a very special Christmas.
Sounds like good watching. To set the mood, let’s revisit Robot Chicken’s hilarious opening sequence from last year’s Christmas special, an especially sadistic mash-up of Santa Claus and James Bond.
So Ridley Scott isn’t slowing down, and he’s now adding mentor to his list of hyphenates. Focus Features International and Scott Free London have reached a deal that will see Sir Ridley oversee a slate of at least six low-budget features of the “horror, thriller, and sci-fi” variety over three years.
For added cultural bonus, the films will be produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen Commission, a government agency that supports the creation of Irish film and TV shows. So the films being produced as part of this deal will also do their share of promoting the creativity of the Irish.
“Our target is to create a structure that enables filmmakers to push boundaries and to excite audiences,” said Scott in a press release. “Our proposed model of filmmaking allows us to give helmers the opportunity to really innovate through narrative, production techniques and distrib strategies.”
It’s a model that’s worked for other countries who have used low budget films, particularly horror films, to promote their own national film cultures on the international stage. Spain’s [REC] series of films are a primary example.
More news as it develops.
So yeah, I understand corporate synergy, but why oh why is Marvel making a “landmark” announcement about the comic book X-Men on The frakking View? Did Jimmy Kimmel think it was to gauche? The gang from Good Morning America only likes anti-mutant coverage?
Well, whatever the reason, there’s going to be a big announcement about The Astonishing X-Men #50 on tomorrow’s installment of The View. Here’s the press release from Marvel, and some accompanying art work. Make of it what you will.
Marvel Announces Landmark X-Men Story Tomorrow on ABC’s The View
Tune into ABC at 11a/10a E/C tomorrow as the hosts of ABC’s The View exclusively reveal a major Marvel announcement! This is your first chance to get a look at the moment in Astonishing X-Men #50 that will have everyone talking!
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