Archive for May, 2010
‘Alice In Wonderland’ Character Profiles & Clips
May 31st, 2010 at 6:42 pm | |
Comic Review: The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, Issue #1
Alice In Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, comes out on Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray, and DVD tomorrow (June 1), so we have a few items to get you ready for viewing.
Below you’ll find a character profile sheet — click on it to view it full screen for images of the film’s characters and facts about them.
Also below are 8 clips from the movie.
Coming up in the next few days we’ll have some other items to help you on your way with Disney’s new Alice In Wonderland, so be on the lookout for that, as well as our review of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
Alice In Wonderland stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Crispin Glover, and Anne Hathaway [...]
May 31st, 2010 at 5:41 pm | |
The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Creator: Claudio Sanchez
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Peter David
Artist: Chris Burnham
Release date: May 26, 2010
You had me from “Hello Apollo, where should I begin.”
Pardon me while I fanboy…
First, I’d like to state that I am, indeed, a huge fan of Coheed and Cambria, and their album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (henceforth to be referred to as IKSSE:3), so it’s pretty much a given that I will love this comic book if it stays anywhere near what the album did for me.
Coheed and Cambria, the band, has a series of five albums, each telling an integral part to an overall science fiction story about the destruction of these characters’ universe (The Keywork) and the rise of its rightful hero, Claudio Kilgannon. All of this is done through the glory of prog rock. There have been previous interpretations of Coheed’s work including a novel adaptation of the first chapter, Year of the Black Rainbow, and an original graphic novel based on Chapter IV: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star: IV, which is now considered out of continuity. But IKSSE:3 picks up from the latest comic interpretation of Chapter II: The Second Stage Turbine Blade. I’ve keep up with pretty much all of this, so I was definitely excited for the release of this story [...]
Watch Now: ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ Theatrical Trailer
May 31st, 2010 at 9:46 am | |
Video: The Muppets: American Woman
The full-length trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World has been released online.
Watch it here below!
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the trailer for this film, which is based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley. A few days ago, the film’s director Edgar Wright posted to his Twitter page that when the film’s official Facebook page reached 100,000 fans, they would release the trailer — an ambitious goal for sure, but early this morning, they hit the mark and up went the trailer!
In the film, Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim, a 22-year-old bassist in a garage band who falls in love with new girl in town Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Against the odds, Scott snags the girl, but soon learns that to be with her, he must defeat — yes, as in fight! — her seven evil exes. And it’s no ordinary fight, as you’ll see from the trailer [...]
May 31st, 2010 at 8:59 am | |
Guillermo del Toro Gives Up Directing ‘The Hobbit’ Films
Muppets Studios has released a new music video from The Muppets.
We’ve seen The Muppets cover Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” with great success; now, Sam the Eagle takes on The Guess Who’s “American Woman” in tribute to Lady Liberty and the “great American pastime” karaoke.
Check out the video here below.
If you love The Muppets, then you already know what you’re in for. Be sure to stick around til the end for more appearances and a revelation that shocks Sam the Eagle! [...]
May 30th, 2010 at 9:00 pm | |
Comic Review: Toy Story: The Return of Buzz Lightyear
After various reports of financial troubles and delays on the two planned films based on J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro announced today that he will not longer be directing the films.
Del Toro and his partner on the project executive producer Peter Jackson revealed the news today to popular Tolkien fansite The One Ring. You can read the official statement here below after the jump.
Del Toro will stay on the project as co-screenwriter, along with Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh (the latter three make up the writing team for the award-winning Lord Of The Rings film trilogy), and Jackson said that the team would be finishing up the screenplay over the next several months [...]
May 30th, 2010 at 6:53 pm | |
Toy Story: The Return of Buzz Lightyear
Writer: Jesse Blaze Snider
Art: Nathan Watson
Release date: May 5, 2010
What’s the most exciting return going on in comics today? The Return of Bruce Wayne? No, the Return of Buzz Lightyear!
You know, as I am being exposed to more and more kid-friendly comics, I find myself truly appreciating their appeal. Lighthearted humor mixed with a small dose of drama to propel a storyline is the perfect combination to make a successful all-ages and family-friendly story, whether it be traditional prose, television, film, or comics, and this Toy Story series from BOOM! Kids definitely meets the criteria.
With a story based on the popular Disney/Pixar franchise, the Toy Story comic book truly expands the universe of Andy’s Room. In Toy Story: The Return of Buzz Lightyear, Andy mistakenly receives a gift of another Buzz Lightyear who is so determined to stay in Andy’s Room and claim the title of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, that he fights and places our Buzz Lightyear into the new toy’s package and has him returned to the Toy Store [...]
Deal: Danny Elfman’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Score
May 30th, 2010 at 10:59 am | |
Blu-ray Review: Invictus
The MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today is Danny Elfman‘s score for Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, the film directed by Tim Burton.
For only $3.99, you get all 24 tracks from the album in MP3 format which you can download to your computer in seconds — trust me, it’s well worth it.
I’ve always been a big fan of Danny Elfman’s scores, especially those he did for Tim Burton movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and Corpse Bride. Elfman knows how to complement Burton’s whimsy and his scores for the director never disappoint.
I just watched Alice In Wonderland on Blu-ray last night (it will be released on June 1), and while I had mixed thoughts about the movie itself, I totally loved the music. There’s a behind-the-scenes featurette on exclusive to the Blu-ray edition about the scoring the film, which focuses on Elfman and his thought process in composing the music, and it made me just appreciate it more [...]
May 29th, 2010 at 9:19 pm | |
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Starring Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman
Warner Home Video
Release date: May 19, 2010
A South African newspaper’s heading read “he won the election, now can he lead a country?” This unhopeful question is referring to Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), who in 1994 was elected the first black President of an apartheid stricken South Africa. After emerging 27 years from prison for political upheaval, Mr. Mandela had no inclinations to seek revenge on the white Afrikaners who placed the cuffs on him. Instead he disarmed any such thought, and the film, entitled Invictus — after an 1875 poem by British writer William Earnest Henley — is attracted to this passive stance which had, at its focal point, the sport of rugby.
Rugby is a primitive sport that glorifies brutality. A character in the film refers to it as a hooligans’ game. A bunch of ferocious men never hesitate to jolt another’s anatomy, leaving the victim writhing in pain on a field of grass that resembles man’s outer state; dirty, muddy, torn and worn. Each team interlocks with the other trying to move the opposition out of place so one team can snatch the ball up and progress it up-field. Despite the over-populated yelling crowd and the groans of the rugby players when their flesh smacks one another, communication is still tried amongst each team with hope of keeping order amongst each other. This does not sound so much like sport. Rather, it has characteristics that resemble wars, battles, and even apartheids (split teams) [...]
Hollywood Great Dennis Hopper Dies At 74
May 29th, 2010 at 3:08 pm | |
Actor Dennis Hopper has passed away at the age of 74 after a long fight with prostate cancer. The star had been bravely battling the ferocious disease for many years now, and though the news seemed imminent, it is no less tragic.
With appearances on the Starz series Crash and roles in the movies Hell Ride, Elegy, and Swing Vote, the actor kept right on working until the end of his life. Hopper even has two more films on the one — one called The Last Film Festival that’s finished, and another in post-production called Alpha and Omega which he did the voice of Tony.
But it was a nasty and seemingly out-of-nowhere divorce from his wife of 14-years that had him in the headlines lately, and it was devastating to him both financially and physically. Before his passing, multiple reports indicated that his illness was advanced and that he weighed little more than 100 lbs, and that he was almost completely broke from the divorce.
Thankfully, despite being so sick, Hopper fought tooth and nail against his disease, which allowed him to be there when he was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in late March, and to see his 74th birthday recently. [...]
‘Dracula: The Company Of Monsters’ Debuting This August From BOOM! Studios
May 29th, 2010 at 12:52 pm | |
Good news horror fans, this August, BOOM! Studios will be debuting a new ongoing comic book series titled Dracula: The Company Of Monsters.
The book will feature a stellar crew including acclaimed writers Kurt Busiek and Daryl Gregory (Pandemonium) along with artist Scott Godlewski (Codebreakers). It will also feature covers by artist Dan Brereton (The Nocturnals) and Ron Salas.
Busiek had this to say about the upcoming book:
“Dracula’s a character who’s always fascinated me and getting a chance to build something firmly rooted in Dracula’s real-world (and Stoker-novel) history, but with a very modern edge, is the kind of creative challenge I love. It’s the world’s greatest vampire against the corporate world — and there’s no easy way to tell who’s the real villain, and who’s the hero. I’m thrilled to be working with Daryl, Scott and BOOM! on this. Putting it together feels like the early days of working on Conan, and I think the results are going to be a real treat for readers.” [...]
‘Scream 4′ Brings In Emma Roberts; New Teaser Poster
May 29th, 2010 at 8:26 am | |
Marvel Studios Hires Drew Pearce To Pen ‘Runaways’ Movie
Dimension Films’ has announced that they have cast Emma Roberts as one of the heroines in the upcoming next chapter of their mega-popular horror franchise, Scream 4. The studio has also released a teaser poster that you can see by clicking the image to the right.
Roberts is of course the 19-year-old daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts, and has appeared in mostly kid and teen-aimed movies like Nancy Drew, Hotel for Dogs, and the TV show Unfabulous. Clearly Roberts is ready to try and break out of as a more serious adult actress with the casting as one of the lead roles of this new movie.
From the start, it seems that the plan for this fourth film was to begin a new trilogy of movies, which is why a young star like Roberts is being brought in. She’s basically the new Sidney Prescott, and that could mean Sidney, who will be once again played by Neve Campbell, will not be having the best of luck this time around. [...]
May 28th, 2010 at 10:27 pm | |
For those who are not aware, Brian K. Vaughan is one of the best minds out there when it comes to comic books and graphic novels. Vaughan was also a writer on the hit show Lost during seasons three through five (arguably some of the best seasons) and has some original screenplays in development, meaning he could be one of the best overall writers on the planet before too long.
Of Vaughan’s many brilliant titles, two of them have had movie adaptations in development. His Y: The Last Man has been in the news quite often, though the movie struggles to survive in development hell, leading many to wonder if we’ll ever get to see it. The other one is an adaptation of Runaways, where a group of teens and kids discover that their parents are part of an evil organization known as the Pride. The kids eventually realize that they too share their their parents’ special abilities, which they use to rise up against their parents and the unspeakable acts that they’ve committed. [...]
Geek Find: Mucus Tick Action Figure
May 28th, 2010 at 7:04 pm | |
‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Star Gary Coleman Dies At The Age Of 42
Idle Hands and Shocker Toys have joined forces to create the first Idle Hands exclusive action figure — MUCUS TICK!!
Mucus Tick appeared in an episode of the classic Tick animated series called “The Tick vs. The Uncommon Cold” where the Tick had an Uncommon Cold. An evil alien took his mucus and gave it life. So, basically, it’s a Tick made of snot. This was a very gross yet memorable episode of the Tick series.
Essentially, this action figure is a variant edition of the Shocker Toys Indie Spotlight Series 2 Tick figure painted translucent green to resemble mucus. The action figure is a limited edition with only 1,000 figures made. Mucus Tick went on sale today Friday May 28, 2010 at 10AM East Coast Time. Mucus Tick is available in the Shocker Toys Web Store [...]
May 28th, 2010 at 6:15 pm | |
An actor known best from his years on the popular ’80s TV show Diff’rent Strokes, and for his short four-foot-eight-inch stature but larger-than-life personality, Gary Coleman has passed away at the age of 42.
Coleman suffered a brain hemorrhage earlier this week, and was admitted to a hospital near Santaquin, Utah where the actor lived. A day later he slipped out of consciousness and was placed on life support before it was decided that no chance for recovery.
Coleman started out with some smaller roles on popular shows like The Jeffersons and Good Times, but it was Diff’rent Strokes where he left his mark on the world, appearing in 184 episodes as Arnold Jackson from 1978 to 1986. It was Coleman on that show that made pop culture history by delivering the iconic line “Watchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”
After that, Coleman’s career basically consisted of cameo appearances on many different shows and movies everything else. The actor would always be typecast for his TV role, but even in this he was able to continue making people laugh over the years. [...]
Blu-ray Review: Avatar
May 28th, 2010 at 4:09 pm | |
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel Moore, Michelle Rodriguez
20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 22, 2010
Avatar. The biggest movie that has ever been made by any film director on this planet. Ever. Oh, my. Where does one even begin? By watching the movie, I suppose.
Going in, I was about as unsure what to expect as I have ever been with any movie. Over the past couple of years, myself and many others have heard what seems like constant updates and information regarding director James Cameron‘s game-changing film. How huge it would be; how revolutionary the effects would be; how immersive the cinematic experience would be. And all of these promises were seemingly confirmed when a select group of eyes was introduced to 24-minutes of footage in 3D, which led to a level of high-praise that we’ve never heard before. At this moment, buzz and excitement was in orbit, higher than anyone could possibly think to reach. [...]