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First Look at The Goon March 14, 2009 11:47 pm

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thegoon-031409AICN has an exclusive first look at the David Fincher-produced big screen adaptation of Eric Powell’s Dark Horse comic The Goon.  Powell is directing the computer-animated film.  Head on over to AICN by clicking the image above to see it, and two others, in high resolution.

Jericho Comic on the Way March 12, 2009 5:26 pm

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jericho-031209Devil’s Due Publishing has announced that they’ve cut a deal with CBS Consumer Products to publish a comic based on the canceled-CBS series Jericho.  The comic will pick up where the series left off and pledges to answer many of the story’s still lingering questions.

“’Jericho’ is alive and well, thanks to the amazing fans who’ve driven us to find new and fresh ways to tell the Jericho story,” said Dan Shotz, co-executive producer of the show. “Josh Blaylock and the DDP team are great partners and have shown a true love for our show. We are so thrilled about this comic book series and the endless possibilities for the future of ‘Jericho.’”

This looks like it’ll be a faithful extension of the Jericho brand as the series’ original producing team of Jon Turteltaub, Carol Barbee, Karim Zreik and Jon Steinberg will be involved with Shotz.

Action Comics #1 To Be Auctioned Online February 26, 2009 7:34 pm

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actioncomicsnumber1small-022609A rare copy of Action Comics #1, the first comic to feature Superman, will be put up for auction on Friday.  Action Comics #1 was published in June 1938 and is considered by most experts to be the world’s most valuable comic book.  Estimated value is about $126,000.

“It’s the Holy Grail of comic books,” said comic expert Stephen Fishler, who created the 10-point grading scale that has become the industry standard for evaluating comic books.

“This is the one that started it all. There was no such thing as a super hero before it. No flying man. Comics weren’t even that popular. It’s the single most important event in comic book history,” he said.

Fishler, founder of New York‘s Metropolis Collectibles, will manage the auction of the comic at www.comicconnect.com.

The unidentified seller says he bought the comic in 1950 when he was 9 years old.  Price? 35 cents. Lucky, lucky guy.

The auction begins on Friday, February 27th and will conclude on Friday, March 13th.

via Yahoo! News

El Zombo Fantasma Heading to the Big Screen January 27, 2009 5:28 pm

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Death Ray Films and Maya Entertainment have announced that Kevin Munroe (TMNT) will write and direct an adaptation of the 2005 Dark Horse comic El Zombo Fantasma.

The story follows the mysterious murder of the world’s most notorious Mexican wrestler who bargains his way out of an eternity of fiery damnation by returning to Los Angeles to play guardian angel to a troublesome teen, Belisa Montoya. He soon discovers that the teen is not what she seems and that their fates have been intertwined for centuries.

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Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel Comic January 13, 2009 2:16 pm

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HTML clipboardterminatorsalvationcomic-011309In January, IDW Publishing will debut a new comic book that will serve as a prequel to the upcoming film Terminator Salvation.  The publishing firm today released a description of the comic.  It follows below.

“Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel” is written by Dara Naraghi (“Lifelike”) with art by Alan Robinson and cover by Nick Runge.

The year is 2018. With John Connor as the voice of the resistance, the scattered remnants of humanity find themselves united against their common enemy: Skynet and its Terminators. Through a patchwork system of radio transmitters, hacked satellite phones, and encrypted computer networks, resistance leader Elena Maric in Detroit, and Nigerian mining engineer Bem Aworuwa, have formed an unlikely friendship and drawn up battle plans to take the fight to the Terminators!

Like the film they tie-in to, IDW’s Terminator comics will push the timeline of the franchise past Judgment Day and into all new territory, allowing for stories and visuals previously only hinted at on film. The series will take the core concept of the Terminator films and give them a more global scope showing not just John Connor, but other humans who are either trying to survive or are actively part of the resistance. Writer Dara Naraghi says he was interested in exploring new themes—not just the action of a monumental battles, but also the game of basic survival the characters find themselves facing in such a war torn and desolate future.

“All over the world, people find themselves having to band together regardless of what their previous station in life or prejudices might have been,” Naraghi explained.

The 32-page comic will retail for $3.99.  Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 22, 2009.

Source: IDW Publishing (via ComingSoon.net)

Barack Obama Featured in Upcoming Issue of The Amazing Spider-Man January 8, 2009 4:01 pm

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obamaspidermansmall-010809Marvel Comics has announced that issue No. 583 of The Amazing Spider-Man will hit stands on January 14th with two different covers, one of which will be a special Inauguration Day edition that features President-elect Barack Obama alongside Spider-Man.

Marvel says that the President-elect was a natural fit to be featured in the comic, given his history with the medium:

“When we heard that President-Elect Obama is a collector of Spider-Man comics, we knew that these two historic figures had to meet in our comics’ Marvel Universe,” says Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada.  “Historic moments such as this one can be reflected in our comics because the Marvel Universe is set in the real world.  A Spider-Man fan moving into the Oval Office is an event that must be commemorated in the pages of ‘Amazing Spider-Man.’”

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Source: LA Times Hero Complex Blog

ABC To Adapt DC’s Fables for the Small Screen December 9, 2008 2:14 pm

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fables-120908ABC has greenlit a pilot for a series based on the hit DC comic book Fables.  Six Degrees creators/executive producers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are writing the script for the hour-long drama.

Fables was created and written byBill Willingham in 2002 and eleven volumes were released.  The series revolves around characters from fairy tales and folklore living in exile during modern-day New York.

“Their lives become interconnected in vary big way,” Zicherman said. “They share a secret and a bond.”

Zicherman and Metzner wouldn’t elaborate which fairy tale characters will be featured in the TV series, but noted that Big Bad Wolf and Snow White, who are central to the comics, will have a similar role on the show.

“We set up a structure to allow any fairy tale character to show up in any one episode,” Metzner said.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Details and Promotional Image for Star Trek Prequel Comic, Countdown November 25, 2008 11:53 am

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startrekcountdown-112508IDW Publishing is teaming with Paramount Pictures, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Kurtzman/Orci Productions and CBS Consumer Products to publish a four-issue comic book series tied to next summer’s Star Trek.  The first comic in the series, Star Trek: Countdown #1, will be released in January 2009.  The story is written by Mike Johnson (Superman/Batman) and Tim Jones, featuring art from David Messina (Star Trek: Mirror Images).  Messina will also be providing the covers for the series.  Check out a promotional image on the right hand side (click to enlarge).

“There was a lot of back and forth about doing this project, how to do it, what it would be about, but what all parties agreed on was that we needed the right story and that it needed to matter. It had to count both on its own merits and when read in conjunction with the new movie,” said series editor Andy Schmidt. “I couldn’t be happier with the project and what it means to the overall Star Trek franchise!”

“‘Star Trek: Countdown’ lays the groundwork for what happens in the movie,” said Roberto Orci. “It’s our way of passing the baton from the ‘Next Generation’ characters and their movies to the new film.”

Source: IDW Publishing (via ComingSoon.net)

First Look at Kevin Smith’s Batman: Cacophony November 11, 2008 2:29 pm

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MySpace has a first look at the first issue of the three-issue comic Batman: Cacophony, which hits stores today (November 12th).  The comic is written by Kevin Smith and features art by Walt Flanagan. for more images.Click here

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Marvel Considering Dr. Strange Movie October 27, 2008 12:02 am

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In an interview with MTV News, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that Dr. Strange could possibiliy be one of the comic properties that the studio will be exploring after The Avengers hits theaters:

“Very much so,” Feige said. “I’d say in the next year, year and a half, as we start putting together our film slate for 2012 and 2013, I would not be shocked if we saw Dr. Strange on those lists. I love the idea of taping into the magical realm of the Marvel Universe, which is fairly significant and hasn’t yet seen life on screen. It’s something I’m very, very interested in.”

Source: MTV

Cruise and Raimi Team for Adaptation of “Sleeper” Comic Book August 20, 2008 3:13 am

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Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi are teaming up to develop an adaptation of the comic book Sleeper. The series was written by Ed Brubaker and ran from 2003 through 2005.  As per THR, the comic book series centers on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass it on to others through skin contact. He is placed undercover in a villainous organization by an intelligence agency and falls for a member of the group, named Miss Misery.

Cruise could star in the film, while Raimi will produce alongside Josh Donen.

Source: THR

The Fallen Confirmed As Villain for “Transformers 2” July 29, 2008 4:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Comics, Movies, News, Transformers, Transformers: Destiny, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
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Thanks to IDW Publishing, we’ve now gotten confirmation that the main villain of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26, 2009) will indeed be The Fallen.  The company announced a five-part prequel miniseries entitled Transformers: Destiny that will bridge the gap between the 2007 film and the 2009 sequel.  Here’s what the company told MTV (emphasis mine):

“[We’re going to] explore the background of The Fallen — the main villain of the movie — as well as expand on the ‘Reign of Starscream’ story that we’re doing and tie everything in to what this next movie is going to be,” explained writer Chris Mowry, who partners on the book with artist Alex Milne. “The next movie starts out with just tons of action and there’s obviously going to be a lot of questions, so we’re hoping to answer some of those beforehand.”

Transformers: Destiny will be released this December.

Click here to read the rest of the interview.

“Batman: Gotham Knight”: DVD Review July 7, 2008 1:47 pm

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Batman: Gotham Knight is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy®-winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation. A cross section of distinguished creators, award winning producers, and acclaimed writers weave six interlocking stories that reveal Bruce Wayne’s journey to Dark Knight, each with stylish art from some of the world’s most revered animation visionaries.

Read my review of the two-disc DVD after the jump.

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New Promo Photo from X-Men Origins: Wolverine July 6, 2008 5:22 pm

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A new promo photo from next May’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine was featured in the most recent issue of Empire Magazine.  Click the photo on the right for a larger look.

Synopsis
The gruff, steel-clawed Marvel superhero Wolverine strikes out on his own in this X-Men spin-off starring series regular Hugh Jackman. The film is set up as an origin tale for the character, and will find him sharing the screen with Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), John Wraith (will.i.am), Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), and Col. William Stryker (Danny Huston). Academy Award-winning director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) films a screenplay penned by Troy scribe David Benioff (Troy). Daniel Henney and Lost’s Dominic Monaghan round out the supporting cast.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters on May 1, 2009.

Source: Empire (via ComingSoon.net)

Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass Enters Pre-Production May 14, 2008 2:39 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Comics, Kick-Ass, Movies, News.
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The film adaptation of Mark Milar and John Romita Jr’s Kick-Ass has now officially entered into pre-production, according to Comic Book Resources. From Marvel’s Icon label, the Kick-Ass comic follows a 15-year-old boy named Dave Lizewski who attempts to become a real-life superhoro.  The screenplay was written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn (Stardust).  Though distribution options are still being explored, casting has already begun.

Lionsgate Picks up Deal With the Devil May 9, 2008 12:20 am

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Lionsgate has picked up the rights to the comic book Deal With the Devil.  The studio has set writer Kyle Ward to adapt the comic book for film.  The comic’s story, published by Alias, centers on a Chicago detective who is forced to take on an unlikely new partner: the original serial killer. [THR]

“Farscape” Comic Series April 23, 2008 11:28 pm

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BOOM! Studios has just announced a deal with the Jim Henson Company to create multiple four-issue series adapted from the SCI FI TV show Farscape.  Details after the jump.

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Seth Rogen Discusses “The Green Hornet” November 28, 2007 4:18 pm

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MTV recently got in touch with Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) and asked the actor about his planned adaptation of The Green Hornet.  Among topics discussed in the interview include the reveal that there exists two outlines of the film: “there’s a more comedic version and less comedic version”.

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‘Hulk’ Director Speaks Out About Upcoming Film November 28, 2007 4:12 pm

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The Incredible Hulk Director Louis Leterrier recently sat down with Wizard magazine had discussed the upcoming film.

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“Dr. Strange” Film August 15, 2007 4:08 pm

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Marvel Studios appears to be prepping for development of a live action Doctor Strange film.

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Comic-Con 2007: Seth Rogen on “The Green Hornet” July 28, 2007 5:42 pm

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When it was announced that Seth Rogen was signed to write, and likely star, in The Green Hornet, many wondered if it was such a wise decision, with the move even sparking discussion on whether the film would be based more in comedy.

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Comic-Con 2007 Sneak Peak July 7, 2007 7:15 am

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Comic-Con has released an early (and actually quite detailed) first look at whats scheduled for the convention from July 26 to July 29. (more…)

Possible Comic Series for “Veronica Mars” June 13, 2007 3:41 pm

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In an interview with the Toronto Star, Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas spoke of the possibility of the show continuing as a comic series.

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Columbia Picks Up Green Hornet Project March 21, 2007 3:34 pm

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Columbia Pictures has finalized rights to The Green Hornet.  Neal Mortiz (Click, Gridiron Gang) will produce the feature adaptation under his Original Film banner.

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Aaron Eckhart Cast in The Dark Knight February 15, 2007 7:28 pm

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Eckhart is in final negotiations to play the character of Harvey Dent/Two Face in the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight.

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