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Archive for July 2011 – Page 2

Five League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969 References That Made Me Smile

The new issue of League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century came out last week, and as the team reach 1969, we see the continual plans of Oliver Haddo, analogy for Aleister Crowley as he continues his lives, now using a fictional equivalent of the Rolling Stones and their performance in Hyde Park, here named after Mr Hyde. But these were my favourite references, reading through.

1. Basil Fotherington-Thomas

We kick off with on Basil Fotherington-Thomas from the Molesworth books, a series of private school memoirs written by the illiterate Molesworth. He “loves the sounds of nature” and “he is a wet and a weed”. In League he has grown up to become a Rolling Stone/Brian Jones analogy, but still wears his Miss Joyful Prize for Raffia Work from the books.

2. Mr C.

Jacky Carter, as portrayed by Michael Caine in Get Carter, although his speech patterns are closer to his role in Alfie. But also has traits in common with John Constantine. Family up north, the trenchcoat, the blonde hair and here investigating the occult, even if Mr C finds the idea ludicrous.

3. There Will Come Soft Rains

Dark They Were And Golden Eyed was London’s first comic shop, and Berwick Street was its second location, here portrayed as There Will Come Soft Rains. Both titles are from Ray Bradbury short stories. Gosh Comics moves to Berwick Street next week.

4. Fred Kite and the Steptoes

Okay so it’s just a fleeting glimpse. But Harold Steptoe and father from Steptoe And Son (remade in the US as Sanford And Son), passing by Peter Seller’s Fred Kite, trade unionist with Stalinist dreams, a Hitler moustache (Hynkel moustache in this world, I guess) and it seems a Norsefire logo from the V For Vendetta movie as a badge. Some clips of the both below.

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Lots more in Jess Nevin’s annotations (I’ve sent him a few the gang have missed) including the observation that Brian Jones bought AA Milne’s home, and died there in the swimming pool.

5. The Rutles.

Just as The Purple Orchestra are a fictional version of the Rolling Stones, using Mick Jagger’s role as a singer in Performance as a way in, The Rutles are The Beatles. The Rutles were a creation by Eric Idle and Neil Innes, a Beatles parody for their show Rutland Weekend Television that span out into their own movie, All You Need Is Cash, which cameoed George Harrison.

There are tribute bands now. But here are the original copies… if you know what I mean.

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Jess Nvins is putting together a complete Annotations to the book, I’ve already sent him a few I noted that he hadn’t…

I love that about League. You can keep on keeping on reading the book. So… what have you found that Jess hasn’t yet?

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The Walking Dead Rushes Special

It’s hard to get a bead on what’s really being going on behind the scenes at The Walking Dead, but there’s been a few appointments and disappointments to note.

Firstly, Frank Darabont has stepped down as showrunner. Except maybe he hasn’t. Maybe he didn’t step down, but was stepped down. It’s not necessarily a question on the scale of “did he jump or was he pushed”, but the sudden news was certainly surprising, coming as it did just a few days after Darabont’s popular and crowd-pleasing appearance on a Comic-Con panel celebrating the show.

Speculation runs rife as to why Darabont may have stepped down, including some guesses that he’s readying his long in-development film of Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451. Yet more speculation centres on his continued involvement in the show – could he still retain some creative role, no matter how slight?

Subsequent to the Darabont news, AMC quickly confirmed that Glen Mazzara would be taking up the mantle. He was hired this season as Darabont’s number 2, and some have supposed that, actually, there’s a long term plan in play here, and Mazzara was always intended for the top seat, with Darabont just hanging on long enough to play a hype game at Con.

One of the unchanging lynchpins of the series is Greg Nicotero, founder of KNB FX and the man behind the show’s many and varied zombie make-ups. Reputed to be the most active presence on the Walking Dead set, day in, day out, he’s now been given an entire spin-off web series to direct. Seems he doesn’t need to sleep.

Here’s how Bloody Disgusting describe the spin-off:

The webisodes follow “Hannah” and her children who take shelter in her ex-husband’s house from a horde of zombies.

John Esposito is scripting.

Everybody around these parts (ie. my living room, or at least the bit of it by the bay windows – I sense genuine disinterest over on the sofa) was hoping for a lot from season 2 of The Walking Dead, and looking for the extended run and confidence of having hit a ratings home run last time around to have inspired the show’s creators. I was hoping they would take some chances, be more ambitious and reel in the slack, tightening things up somewhat. From an outside vantage point it’s too early to tell if that indeed is what we’re witnessing here.

Incidentally, Robert Kirkman‘s involvement with the show remains completely unchanged – at least formerly. Again, we’ll need to wait in order to see any specific fallout that can be traced back when we actually start seeing episodes.

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Michael Caine Video Interview – And An Appropriate Video Mash-Up

Here’s a video of Michael Caine and I discussing Cars 2, his shooting on The Dark Knight Rises and the weather in LA. My first couple of questions were quite tongue in cheek, but Michael’s answers are still interesting and worthwhile, and by the end, we’d gotten into to full, comfortable chat mode. Shame these things can’t last longer, really.

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And here is the most appropriate Cars 2 mash-up I could find. “Shut it, Arthur”

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Sunday Runaround – SingAlongAMorrison

This is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.

They say I am a work in progress. The fools.

Why Jim Lee Can’t Reveal His True Character in DC Universe Online

“You could,” he said, “but I choose not to, because if I have a really great name I probably would save it for comics, in print, because great names are hard to come by.”

‪Grant Morrison Singing and Playing Guitar-Meltdown Comics 7/28/11‬‏ – YouTube

Writer Grant Morrison Sings a song that John Lennon gave him in a Magic Ritual. You’ll probably never see him do that in public ever again. Recorded at “An Evening with Grant Morrison” at Meltdown Comics in LA on 7/28/11

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Wonder Woman, Jim Lee, JMS, and the pants | A Distant Soil by Colleen Doran

But, it’s not true that DC chose Jim over me. I not only wasn’t even in the running, but JMS decided to leave Wonder Woman shortly after he ran his new concept by me. It was incredibly cool of him to ask me to do these sketches, and I loved doing them. I never expected anyone to use them, and was very surprised at all the interest in the post.

Lunas Promote ULTRA Hardcover with Live-Action Trailer | Image Comics | Luna Brothers

To celebrate the release of the new Ultra: Seven Days hardcover, the Lunas have put together a “trailer” for the hardcover, with a live action video version of Ultra.

Comic book investor stays out of jail The Republican-American

George Matos had high hopes for a get-rich-quick scheme when his pay at SNET was cut. He borrowed $65,000 in equity loans, forged his wife’s signatures and bought a stash of comic books for resale. The business venture failed, as did Matos’ marriage after the plot was revealed. Charged with first-degree larceny, he faced significant time behind bars.

SDCC 2011: 50 Years of Comic Book Fandom Panel | The Comics Journal

Mark Evanier moderates Jean Bails, Paul Levitz, Dick and Pat Lupoff, Richard Kyle, Bill Schelly, Roy Thomas and Maggie Thompson as they discuss the origins and history of comics fandom.

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Saturday Trending Topics: Vengeance Of Bane

The internet got another look at Tom Hardy as Bane today, in both pics and video. And while it’s tough to tell too much from what we’ve seen without more context, optimism remains high that Nolan+Batman=Good. Will the character make a cinematic comeback after his widely-panned depiction in 1997′s Batman and Robin? I wouldn’t bet against it.

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DC Comics Listens To Batgirl, Makes Changes

At San Diego Comic Con, one thing you couldn’t escape from at the DC panels was the issue of gender. Thanks to one woman (known as Kyrax2 on Twitter) dressed as the Stephanie Brown Batgirl who went to all of the panels to ask question, then follow up question, then follow up question, creating a narrative across the show, asking about the lack of female creators in the new DCU and the lack of prominent independent female characters, something snapped.

A Quick Look At The New 52 DC House Ads

Coming to a comic book near you soon. But we’ve seen all these images before, haven’t we? Come back in an hour and I’ll start showing you something new from the DC New 52… seriously, it’s Saturday, what else were you going to do?

DC Comics Reaffirms Commitment To Female Creators And Characters

Well that was fast. Earlier today I wrote about DC making plans for female-creator female-friendly projects, some of which as as a result of concern expressed at San Diego Comic Con about a massive reduction of female creators in the DC Relaunch.

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On Set Snaps Of Bane – See His Mask, His Coat, His… Script Page

You can see non-Bane images from the shooting elsewhere on site, but here are some pap snaps of Tom Hardy in his Bane get-up, playing the big, burly bad guy from next year’s The Dark Knight Rises.

First Review: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

The original Planet of the Apes films are not hard sci-fi by any means, but fantasies with rich allegorical value. From the very first reports on Rise of the Apes, (originally Caesar, and now Rise of the Planet of the Apes to hammer the connection home, though, honestly, the chance of anybody missing the links, ahem, are pretty slim indeed) I was writing about how this film seemed set to reinvent the series’ mythology within a context of more relatable, real world science.

Non Bane-Based Images From The Set Of The Dark Knight Rises

Our last story focused on the Bane shots taken today on the Pittsburgh set of The Dark Knight Rises. This time, some non-Bane imagery. I still think Gary Oldman is the best thing in this film series. I hope to see a lot of him in Rises.

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Video Footage of Tom Hardy as Bane and Christopher Nolan On The Set of The Dark Knight Rises

Lots of interesting stuff sneaking out today from this famously-secretive production.  Here’s a glimpse of Tom Hardy as Bane and Christopher Nolan, among many others on the set of The Dark Knight Rises.

Bane (the new villain in The Dark Knight Rises) is filming a scene on Dirthridge and Fifth in Oakland (Pittsburgh, PA) that is supposed to take place along with the prison break scene. You can also see Christopher Nolan (Director) in the Khaki pants and dark blue suit coat.

And check out our previous posts of pics with Tom Hardy as Bane and other set photos. (and a hat-tip to DCWKA)

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And Finally… Asking The Flash To Help Find Daddy

Something to melt the hardest of hearts.

“This kid had lost his dad in the crowd, and freaked out until he saw the Flash and Wonder Woman. He went up to the Flash to ask for help, because he knows him.”

*sniff*

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Poster And Trailer For Tower Heist With Ben Stiller And Eddie Murphy

Here are the poster and first trailer for Brett Ratner‘s Tower Heist. I read a few drafts of the screenplay and, well, none of them were really quite right, but there were some fun situations and a lot of business that should come of well in the hands of a talented cast – which, give or take, the film actually has.

The slow transformation from this project being “the black Ocean’s Eleven” to something all the more regular, and white faced, is something of a Hollywood predictability. What a silly place. The lip service to class consciousness in this trailer should fool no-one.

I feel especially bad for the actors who likely considered their involvement in the “compromised” film just that – a compromise. These are the few inches they can claw back from the scared, dollar-chasing dragon.

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See that in HD at Yahoo.

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Non Bane-Based Images From The Set Of The Dark Knight Rises

Our last story focused on the Bane shots taken today on the Pittsburgh set of The Dark Knight Rises. This time, some non-Bane imagery.

I still think Gary Oldman is the best thing in this film series. I hope to see a lot of him in Rises.

Marion Cotillard is always welcome too.

These guys, though… maybe they’re a little less likely to get an invite to dinner.

Images via EyePrime and The Post Gazette.

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On Set Snaps Of Bane – See His Mask, His Coat, His… Script Page

You can see non-Bane images from the shooting elsewhere on site, but here are some pap snaps of Tom Hardy in his Bane get-up, playing the big, burly bad guy from next year’s The Dark Knight Rises.

What’s that coat about? I can’t wait to find out what genius context justifies it. Especially the plot, theme and character motivation for that collar. And I’m pretending I can’t see the belt.

There’s a camouflage Tumbler on set too. Why? No idea. More fun guessing games. All will be revealed next Summer, I guess.

Thanks to Just Jared for the snaps. They have another, and I’m sure more will follow as the shoot goes on.

Incidentally, today is Chris Nolan’s Birthday – 30th July. He’s 41.

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