Archive for July, 2011
Infographic: Superman Comics Cast Of Characters
July 29th, 2011 at 6:32 pm | |
Watch Now: Red Band ‘Drive’ Trailer
DC Comics has posted a Superman infographic which contains the “cast of characters & how they related to the last son of Krypton.”
The chart is divided in half by Superman’s Allies and Enemies and you’ll notice that the pie portion is divided up into slices of whether they are Kryptonian, Other Alien, Parallel Earth, or Earthling. At the bottom is a Superboy Clone Map and an area for the Fifth Dimension [...]
July 29th, 2011 at 5:23 pm | |
Back in May during the Cannes Film Festival one of the movies that was in competition showed up on my radar: Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn from the novel by James Sallis. The film went on to win the Best Director award for Refn, the Denmark-born filmmaker whose credits include the Pusher trilogy, Bronson, and Valhalla Rising. Last week the first trailer for Drive was released following the film’s panel at the San Diego Comic-Con.
You can watch the trailer here below. Be warned though; it’s a red band trailer.
The plot follows a Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) who moonlights as a “wheelman,” a getaway driver for various criminals. His double life gets compromised when he becomes involved with a woman (Carey Mulligan) and her ex-con husband (Oscar Issac) and finds himself running for his life from a crime boss (Albert Brooks) and his associate (Ron Perlman). Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston co-star and Oscar-nominated writer Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove) adapted the screenplay. The film also features heavyweight behind-the-camera talent like cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel (Three Kings, The Usual Suspects) and music composer Cliff Martinez (Narc) [...]
Blu-ray Deal: Rambo: The Complete Collector’s Set
July 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm | |
John Romita’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Next In Artist’s Edition Series
The Blu-ray box set deal of the week over at Amazon is Rambo: The Complete Collector’s Set for only $27.49 (that’s 50% off the list price of $54.99).
Note, this deal is valid only for this week through Sunday, July 31, 2011, until midnight PST while supplies last.
The blu-ray box set contains all four Rambo movies starring Sylvester Stallone in the lead action-hero role — First Blood, Rambo – First Blood Part II, Rambo III, and Rambo — along with over 20 hours of bonus features [...]
July 29th, 2011 at 2:39 pm | |
‘Star Trek’ To Team Up With ‘The Legion of Superheroes’ In New Comic Book Series
If you thought IDW was done announcing new books in their Artist’s Edition line, you’d be wrong. IDW announced the next book in the line and it is going to be John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man. This will mark the second time that IDW has reprinted material originally from Marvel, following up on the recently released Walt Simonson’s Thor. The volume will feature 144 pages reproduced directly from Romita’s original art, in stunning oversized quality.
This news comes hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of the Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition, and according to IDW, there is still one more Artist’s Edition yet to be announced. The Wally Wood volume will be released in October, with the John Romita Volume following in 2012 [...]
July 29th, 2011 at 10:55 am | |
Watch Now: Final Scene Of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ With ‘Avengers’ Teaser
This Fall, the legendary crew members of Star Trek will boldly go where they’ve never gone before — to the DC Universe.
In IDW‘s first ever crossover with DC Comics, the characters of Star Trek and The Legion of Superheroes will meet in Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes. The story takes place in an alternate universe where the Legionnaires and the crew of The Starship Enterprise both land in a world that is not their intended destination, and what they are greeted with is less than welcoming. The two groups will have to team up to save their universes against Borgs, Klingons, and Khunds so that they can find their way back home [...]
July 29th, 2011 at 4:57 am | |
Video Game Deal: Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
The final scene of Captain America: The First Avenger, which includes a super-short teaser for The Avengers film, has officially been released online.
Watch the 48-second clip here below.
Obviously, if you haven’t seen Captain America: The First Avenger, you should probably wait on watching this video, as it does contain the very ending of that movie. Also, the teaser for The Avengers you’ll see in this online version is actually a teaser of the teaser that was shown in theaters and shows quick glimpses of the film, mostly focused on the Thor character (played by Chris Hemsworth) [...]
July 29th, 2011 at 4:09 am | |
Digital Rental Deal: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The weekly video game over at Amazon is Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars for Nintendo 3DS for only $27.99 (that’s 30% off the list price of $39.99).
Note, this deal is valid only for this week through Sunday, July 31, 2011, until midnight PST while supplies last.
The video game is also available on the following platforms, and while they are not part of this week’s limited-time-only deal, the prices for these versions have dropped.
Nintendo DS: $26.99
Nintendo Wii: $46.99
Xbox 360: $44.99
Playstation 3: $43.82
Sony PSP: $24.99 [...]
July 29th, 2011 at 3:30 am | |
Metallica Announces Special $6 Shows To Celebrate 30th Anniversary
The digital rental deal of the day over at Amazon today is the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which is available for rental for only $1.99.
This deal is valid only for today, Friday, July 29, 2011, until midnight PST. Once you activate the rental through Amazon’s Instant Demand service, you’ll have access to the movie for 48 hours. If you’re interested in purchasing the digital version, the cost is $13.99.
Also, if you’d like to own a physical copy of the movie, the Blu-ray Combo Pack is available for $21.99 while the DVD is $13.49. Both editions are part of Amazon’s “Buy This DVD and Watch it Instantly” program — you get the film as a FREE digital rental you can watch immediately when your purchase the physical copy [...]
July 29th, 2011 at 12:27 am | |
Movie Review: Friends With Benefits
Legendary metal band Metallica is turning 30 years old (ugh, I know the feeling), and to celebrate the landmark, the band has announced four very special shows.
The shows will take place at The Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10, and are only open to fan–club members. This is bad news for fans worldwide who would spend hundreds of dollars to see the band any and everywhere, but good news for fan–club members who can get to San Francisco.
And speaking of spending hundreds of dollars—you won’t have to. The shows are specially priced at only $6 per ticket, or $19.81 for a four–pack of tickets to each show. The performances won’t be generic, either; the band promises plenty of fun and surprises to those who come out. It will without doubt be a very good week for a lucky few Metallica fans come December.
Continue reading to read the full announcement below. [...]
July 28th, 2011 at 8:43 pm | |
Friends With Benefits
Directed by Will Gluck
Starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins and Woody Harrelson
Release Date: July 22, 2011
The imitation of previous romantic comedies has been extremely widespread, comparable to an artistic pandemic. It is almost as if Hollywood directors and screenwriters are admonishing their audiences that original ideas and concepts are a scarcity in the contemporary comedic landscape. The exactness to which certain films resemble other certain films encapsulates the mental impotence that is pervading and perpetuating in the Hollywood studios. No imminent sign indicates this hardship from ceasing. But instead of placing a profoundly effective emphasis on discovering new ideas that would beneficially propel comedic narratives toward a new and improved comedic dimension, individuals who are responsible for the construction of such films find such an endeavor to be fruitless. Most should be opposed to forking over ten dollars for a ticket to see an uninspiring film that prides itself on its unoriginality [...]
Want To Live In A Western Movie? Buy Your Own Town For $800,000 Now!
July 28th, 2011 at 6:34 pm | |
Interview: Judas Priest Guitarist Richie Faulkner
Yes, you read that correctly—someone is selling an entire town for $800,000.
The town is called Scenic, and it’s located in South Dakota. The woman who currently owns it, Twila Merrill, has unfortunately fallen ill, and is forced to part ways with the town. And if you’re the one to step in as the next owner, you’ll find yourself in possession of a couple of prisons (one still operational; one historic), a giant dance hall with a basketball court, a museum, and, of course, your very own saloon…just to name a few.
Click on over to the other side for a full rundown of what you get if you buy this quaint little old west town, and to see a video.
Here’s the rundown of what comes with the town from BuyScenicSD.com, where you can go to see some photos as well.
46-Acres (approximately 12 acres in town-lots & 34 acres surrounding) U.S Post Office Land Lease [...]
July 28th, 2011 at 4:24 pm | |
Followers of the metal were shocked when earlier this year Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing announced he was leaving the band after 40 years. His replacement is young Londoner Richie Faulkner — a man who knows how to set his fretboard alight and melt your face, while remaining cool as ice onstage.
The ex-Ace Mafia and Lauren Harris man took some time out during Priest’s current Epitaph World Tour to discuss his “dream” new life and being a sci-fi geek.
Geeks of Doom: Were you welcomed into the band?
Richie Faulkner: Absolutely. They’ve been nothing short of welcoming on every front really, on a personal level and a musical level as well. We arranged some of the songs live to put some extra guitar solos in there to showcase what I can do and you can’t get more welcome than that. You know, changing arrangements for classic songs like that just to accommodate what you can do I think that’s a great honour to be granted that opportunity.
Geeks of Doom: That twin guitar sound of KK Downing and Glenn Tipton was integral to Judas Priest and to metal music.
Richie Faulkner: Absolutely.
Geeks of Doom: Did you feel any pressure to be replacing a part of that? [...]
Watch Now: The Deleted Opening Sequence From ‘Superman Returns’
July 28th, 2011 at 3:17 pm | |
A few years ago I read an interview with filmmaker Terry Gilliam where he was talking about a sequence he had to cut from his 2005 movie The Brothers Grimm that was so costly to shoot and with the amount of money that had to be spent on CGI the scene would be, in Gilliam’s words, “the most expensive deleted scene ever made.” It’s true that many films have to go through extensive reshooting and reediting before they’re released to theaters, often the result of unenthusiastic audience responses at test screenings or the will of studio executives far from happy with the final product. But in the case of Superman Returns — Bryan Singer‘s much hyped and ultimately disappointing 2006 attempt to relaunch the film franchise starring the iconic DC Comics superhero that first began with 1978′s classic Superman: The Movie — the decision to remove a costly scene integral to the narrative was the decision of the director alone. The long talked about “Return to Krypton” scene is now available for viewing online after recently being released as an extra in the Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray box set [you can read review of the set here].
You can watch the over 5-minute deleted opening sequence here [...]
SDCC: Robert Rodriguez To Open Frank Frazetta Museum; Remaking ‘Fire and Ice’
July 28th, 2011 at 2:25 pm | |
Brand New ‘Tales From The Crypt’ Being Developed For Return To TV
Robert Rodriguez is a busy man. He started a new production company and is hard at work on scripts for Machete 2 and Sin City 2 along with a handful of other projects [Read SDCC 2011: Robert Rodriguez Going Ahead With ‘Sin City’, ‘Machete’ Sequels via Quick Draw]. At San Diego Comic-Con 2011 last week the filmmaker debuted a bevy of original Frank Frazetta paintings to celebrate the upcoming launch of a new museum curated by Rodriguez featuring the master of fantasy art’s works from Rodriguez’s personal collection. The museum will of course be located in Austin, Texas [...]
July 28th, 2011 at 11:25 am | |
Back in 1989, a series called Tales from the Crypt debuted on HBO and would continue to run until 1996. The series was based on the 1950s EC Comics title of the same name, which also spawned a 1972 anthology movie, three feature films in Demon Knight, Bordello of Blood, and a third much less–know title, Ritual, as well as the still–strange–to–think–about Saturday morning cartoon, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, and a kid’s game show called Secrets of the Cryptkeeper’s Haunted House. The Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir) himself was a pop culture horror icon, known for his unsettling appearance and oddly appealing cheesy sense of humor. Even I as a child had a Cryptkeeper mask for Halloween!
Now comes word of a proposed revival of the series now being planned. Gil Adler, a producer on the original HBO series, along with Andrew Cosby, a co–creator of Syfy’s Eureka and co–founder of BOOM! Studios, have teamed up to develop the new Tales from the Crypt, and they will pitch the project to networks soon. [...]