Archive for October, 2010
First Look At Alan Moore’s ‘League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969′ Cover
October 29th, 2010 at 7:53 pm | |
It’s been a few years since we last saw Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but today we got our first glimpse of the next book in the series with the cover for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969.
Check out the cover here at right (click for larger, full view).
Top Shelf released the psychedelic cover from series artist Kevin O’Neill, which features… some collection of characters? I guess. It’s hard to tell at this point, although I have to assume the character in the middle is Mina Murray, which means the light-haired gentlemen would be Alan Quartermain, and I don’t know who the dark haired gentlemen is. What the release of the image does tell us is that the story looks to be on set for release some time next year.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century is the fourth (if you count The Black Dossier) story in Alan Moore’s saga of a collection of fictional British characters fighting more villainous fictional British characters [...]
7 Of The Most Memorable Werewolf Transformations In Movie History
October 29th, 2010 at 6:48 pm | |
There’s a few things that horror fans really crave for. The first signs of a zombie outbreak or when they eventually close in on one of our survivors. The slasher killer’s next big kill, and how crazy and unique it might be. A vampire sinking its fangs into an unsuspecting victim in that ultimate moment of lust and sustenance. And of course, the transformation of man, humble and scared, into the bloodthirsty, ferocious werewolf.
These are but a few things that really get the horror fans’ blood pumping away, but we at Geeks of Doom decided to take a little time to observe that last example: the werewolf transformation.
Over the years, we’ve seen countless people suffer through the painful process as their skin expands and grows incredible amounts of hair, bones stretch and contort, joints twist and bend the wrong way, before the creature takes over. If we’ve learned one thing about this process, it’s that it looks like it would be one of the most excruciating things any human being could endure.
Don’t wait around (because we knows what happens to all of those sad saps who sit around waiting in horror movies) and be sure to click on over to the other side and enjoy with us 7 of the Most Memorable Werewolf Transformations In Movie History [...]
Russia Finds Long Lost Silent Films; Restores & Presents To The United States
October 29th, 2010 at 4:45 pm | |
One thing some people might not know (including myself before reading this), is that the United States was responsible for more films in the 20th century than any other country, but when it came to all of the silent movies made in the late 1800s to early 1900s, only 20% of them still exist.
The reason for this is a combination of things. On one end, a lot of films of the Silent Era were lost to lack of care and the natural deterioration that comes with time. On another end, American film studios owned all rights to their movies, and they handled international distribution their own way…even down to subtitling the pictures themselves. In doing this, they often changed the title to better suit the various foreign countries the movie was being released in. Combine all of these things together, and you have yourself a perfect storm of methods for losing cinematic artifacts to time.
A very exciting story for fans of cinema comes today, however, with word that Russia has found and identified ten films in their state archive. [...]
DVD Review: After Dark Horrorfest – Kill Theory
October 29th, 2010 at 3:44 pm | |
DIRECTOR: Chris Moore
STARRING: Agnes Bruckner, Patrick John Flueger, Taryn Manning, Daniel Franzese, Teddy Dunn, Ryanne Duzich, Steffi Wickens, Theo Rossi, Kevin Gage
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: March 23, 2010
For four straight years now, After Dark Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For has been unleashed. Eight original horror films to quench your thirst for blood and gore and screams galore. Last year I was able to check out and review their third collection of horrors (Read: DVD Review: After Dark Horrorfest III: 8 Films To Die For), and was rather excited to check out their new slate this year! Instead of cramming every review into one mammoth review, this year we’ll take it one flick at a time, with this little opener stuck at the top of each one.
Picture yourself at a party with all of your closest friends. You’re drinking, laughing, and having an all-around great time. Suddenly, you awake to the sounds of screaming and realize one of your friends is dead, and if you don’t kill the rest of your closest friends, you all die. This is the dilemma facing the characters of Kill Theory. [...]
Geek Art: Mondo Limited Edition ‘Trick ‘R Treat’ Poster On Sale Today
October 29th, 2010 at 12:46 pm | |
Get Your Fanboy Halloween On With The Pumpkin Geek!
Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, will have a new limited-edition Trick ‘R Treat poster for sale some time today.
Let me just quickly say that all of their limited edition posters sell out fast, many times within an hour (their Star Wars ones in 10 minutes sometimes!), so you have to act fast if you want one. We don’t know what time the sale begins, so follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the on-sale announcement.
The hand-numbered limited edition poster was created by Drew Millward and is a 15″x 24″ screen print with an edition of 120. It will sell for $30, and is limited to one per person [...]
October 29th, 2010 at 11:34 am | |
How could we, the Geeks of Doom, not love someone called The Pumpkin Geek? it’s like discovering a long lost sibling!
This master of the art of pumpkin carving offers you Halloween and autumn fans out there the chance to get your hands on pumpkins bearing the likenesses of some of your favorite geek movie and TV characters. And this isn’t some low-quality work we’re talking about…no, no — this is insanely good pumpkin art, with picture perfect results. That, and these bad boys don’t go rotten on you. You know, when your glorious pumpkin creation caves into itself after all that hard work? Who needs that?
These pumpkins are strictly for decorative purposes; carved on “everlasting GEMMY artificial pumpkins.” I’m not quite sure what this means, but it sounds fancy enough to be worth it.
And the point of this post? No it’s not to boost The Pumpkin Geek’s sales — it’s already far too close to All Hallows’ Eve to even really take advantage of this now — but to show off some of the phenomenal pumpkins that they’ve created. You can see a bunch of our favorites by heading down below now! [...]
Watch Now: The ‘Saw’ Franchise In 6:66
October 29th, 2010 at 9:05 am | |
10 Situations In Which It’s Appropriate To Use The ‘Inception’ Button
Our friends over at ScreenRant have created a really cool video compilation which recaps the entire Saw movie franchise in 6:66 minutes.
The video covers all six Saw films to catch you up in time to see the final installment, Saw 3D, which opens in theaters this weekend.
I love video recaps like this, but usually the clips go by in a flash and the narration is very quick, but this one for Saw goes at a perfect pace, allowing you to absorb all the plot information and scenes.
Be sure to click through the link to the ScreenRant story to watch the video and also to read their in depth complete guide to the Saw franchise, which is a great refresher on the films. Also, the article is sectioned out, making it easy to get a recap of each movie individually if you want to skip over any of them [...]
October 29th, 2010 at 12:08 am | |
Check It Out: Five Minutes Of ‘The Walking Dead’ Pilot
You know how they say that when you find The One (in a romantic sense, not in the Keanu Reeves in The Matrix sense), you realize you’ve been waiting for this person since before you knew they existed?
That is exactly how I feel about the Inception BRRAAAAHHHMM! button that’s been making the rounds today that gives you a familiar snippet from Hans Zimmer‘s score. It’s dramatic, exciting, attention-grabbing — and versatile, too! I intend to have this open in my browser always from now on, because I never know when I might be in a situation where a little “BRRAAAAHHHMM” could add some pizazz, some gravitas, or just some punctuation.
Here’s 10 Situations In Which It’s Appropriate To Use The Inception BRRAAAAHHHMM Button [...]
October 28th, 2010 at 9:16 pm | |
Well Walking Dead fans, AMC has released an exclusive clip from the brand new series based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, which will premiere on Halloween night at 10/9c.
The clip is 5 minutes from the pilot episode and showcases the main character of Rick Grimes waking up in the hospital. I have to say this show looks good and so far, it seems like it captures the feel of the comic book. The video is embedded here below, so check it out and let us know what you think.
The video shows officer Rick Grimes just waking up some time after he is shot while chasing down a criminal. Rick looks to his right and sees flowers that are all dried up, which would indicate they’ve been there a while. He struggles to get up out of bed and falls on the ground and tries calling for a nurse, but no one answers his calls. He eventually walks out of his room and down a dirty hospital hallway with thrown papers and blood spots all over the floor and walls. He tries the phone, but it doesn’t work. He looks through a window and sees a dead body on the floor that seems to be stripped of any skin and organs. The clip ends as Rick walks up to a boarded door that is chained closed, and on it are the words, “Don’t Open – Dead Inside.” [...]
Tom Cruise Shares Numberless New Title For ‘Mission: Impossible 4′
October 28th, 2010 at 5:46 pm | |
First Official Photo Of Chris Evans As Captain America [Updated]
During a press conference in Dubai, Tom Cruise decided to reveal the new title for the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and as with many titles these days, it may have some fans scratching their heads.
Cruise said “One of the things I always wanted for the franchise was for it not to have a number afterwards. I’ve never done sequels to films and I never thought of these films as sequels. Paramount has done a great job in coming up with a title, so it’s not going to be MI2, 3, 4: It’s going to be Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.”
As you can tell, something about it doesn’t feel right. Even the simple adjustment of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol would be an improvement, but it still would sound very much cheesy. Especially being directed by someone like Brad Bird, who’s known for classics like The Incredibles and Ratatouille, you would think a much better title could have been set. [...]
October 28th, 2010 at 2:51 pm | |
Well, after what seems like months of nothing but unofficial set photos and test shots to go on, Entertainment Weekly has the first official pictures of Chris Evans as Captain America in the upcoming film Captain America: The First Avenger.
In the upcoming issue, of which Evans as Cap graces the cover, Evans talks about his doubts about taking the role. The article also reveals that Cap’s enemy, the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) has a “plan for world domination [that] involves a magical object known as The Tesseract” (aka, The Cosmic Cube).
I have to admit, I was not pleased when they first announced Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, since he’s already played Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies. I am not really fond of actors playing different characters in the same comic book universe; it tends to ruin my “make-believe time.” Also, I was unsure whether Evans could bulk up to really look the part [...]
5 Things We Hope To See In A New ‘Superman’ Film
October 28th, 2010 at 12:26 pm | |
The Man of Steel has not fared well on the big screen in the last few decades. After some very well-remembered work by the Salkinds, Richard Donner, and Richard Lester in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Superman movie franchise found itself out in the wilderness. It first passed through the hands of Menachem Golan and Yoram Globus (best known for making B-grade action flicks with likes of Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme), only to move through nearly 20 years of development hell under the supervision of Jon Peters (originally known as Barbara Streisand’s hair stylist, but later the producer of Flashdance, The Color Purple, Batman, and Batman Returns, among others.) These changes have not been kind to the franchise, moving it from broad comedy (Superman III) to low budget mess (Superman IV: The Quest For Peace) to high budget mediocrity (Superman Returns). It’s enough to make the conspiracy-minded think that the bottled water served in Los Angeles is spiked with Kryptonite.
Lately, Superman fans have new reasons for hope that Hollywood will restore luster to the franchise. Warner Brothers has put creative control of the next Superman film in the hands of Christoper Nolan. Mr. Nolan brought his Batman Begins/The Dark Knight collaborator David S. Goyer on board to write the script and brought in Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) to direct. This is a creative team known for turning comic books and superheroes into films that are true to their roots, popular with both fans and the general public, and critically well-received. Where past films attempted more to bring Superman to a particular genre (comedy, CGI action), perhaps the last son of Krypton will finally get a story that says something more uniquely about him.
It is in this spirit that I offer these 5 ideas about what the next Superman film should include. [...]
DVD Review: Spartacus: Blood And Sand – The Complete First Season
October 28th, 2010 at 10:31 am | |
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
CREATED BY: Steven S. DeKnight
DIRECTED BY: Rick Jacobson, Jesse Warn, Michael Hurst
STARRING: Andy Whitfield, John Hannah, Erin Cummings, Jai Courtney, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law, Peter Mensah, Nick Tarabay, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Viva Bianca
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2010
I’ll start things of with a personal admission of guilt: when it comes to anything set far, far back in time, especially those that involve swords and shields and horses and bloody chaotic battles, I’m usually a fan. Movies like Gladiator and Braveheart or TV shows like HBO’s Rome have all left me gleefully satisfied upon watching, and I’m always hungry for more of the same.
Because of this, you could say I might be a little biased towards a show like Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and you could be right. The moment I saw that this new show was coming, I was filled with excitement and couldn’t wait to get my eyes on it.
But to be perfectly honest, things did not start off too well for me and this show. [...]
Comic Review: Superman Earth One
October 28th, 2010 at 9:07 am | |
Superman: Earth One
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Shane Davis
Released Date: October 27, 2010
Superman: Earth One is an exciting, modern revamp of a character that most everyone reading this has been familiar with as long as memory serves us. In a lot of fans’ opinions, Superman doesn’t need changing, but in the eyes of the majority, he needed an upgrade, and Earth One is a brilliant example of how to take the character in a new, relevant direction.
As reported, this is an origin story of Superman taking place in a modern setting. An alien boy is found in a small country town in Kansas named Smallville. When he’s older, Clark Kent goes from Smallville to the big city of Metropolis with a gift. His parents encourage the young man to stand up for what is morally right, but he is uncertain of himself. Clark is searching for jobs and positions to help his widowed mother, and he stumbles upon a local newspaper named The Daily Planet. A villainous force comes to Metropolis to find Clark, and he finds the will to protect the Earth. This is your typical origin story for Superman. The main difference? Superman is not a boyscout, and I believe it’s for the better [...]
One More Show Dies Before Its Time As SyFy Cancels ‘Caprica’
October 27th, 2010 at 11:39 pm | |
Today has brought news from a variety of sources that the SyFy Channel has canceled its low-rated but very excellent (in this humble viewer’s opinion) series Caprica.
Speaking about the cancellation, Mark Stern, Executive Vice-President of Original Programming said, “We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series, Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.” The show will stop running new episodes as of this week’s (October 26th, 2010) episode, with the remaining five episodes of the season to run at some point early next year.
Now, I am not a television executive, and I can understand that with its numerous effects shots and fairly large cast, this can’t be a cheap show to produce, and if the numbers aren’t there, the numbers aren’t there, but for crying out loud SyFy, what the hell are you thinking?!? [...]