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Archive for October 2011

Amazon Glitch: X-Men Schism And Fear Itself Hardcovers

Okay, so it’s not a glitch. Then again, the Swipe File isn’t all about swipes. A rose by any other name would still have been played by Billie Piper.

But following a pattern now, massive X-Men hardcovers are being cut to ribbons pricewise online before they have even reached the shops, often at a price, especially considering freight and shipping, that the rtailers cannot themselves get from their distributor.

Such as X-Men Schism hardcover, taking in X-Men: Schism 1-5; Generation Hope 10-11; X-Men: Choosing Sides 1; X-Men: Regenesis 1 at 222 pages for $13, as opposed to $25.

Equally the Fear Itself hardcover, comrised of Fear Itself 1-7; Prologue: The Mighty Thor 7 at 240 pages,  is down from $35 to $18.22.

And looks like ther’s more to come…

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The Experts Want To Give You Their Amazing Insights Into Terminator 2

After all the work I already did on this, I think it’s alright that I’m too tired out to comment.

Coming soon – The Silence of the Lambs.

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10 Great HORROR Comics, From Golden Age to Now

Horror has always been a strong presence in the comic book world, and in honor of Halloween here's 10 of the all-time greats


First Clip From The Muppets Has Walter Shaking With Excitement

Meet Walter, the biggest fan of The Muppets, just as he’s about to get the biggest surprise of his life.

This is first clip from their upcoming film to be released online, and it comes from very, very near the beginning.

Watch that in HD at Yahoo to see all of the beautiful props. The picture of Walter and Gary on a scouting trip is my favourite, Kermit-green frame and all.

I remember the first time that I went inside the Henson studios. It really was exciting. Sadly, I didn’t then go on to have an adventure with Kermit, Piggy, Pepe and the rest, so I’m not quite as lucky as Walter.

Or 1% as cute.

The Muppets is released on November 23rd in the US, and in February in the UK.

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How Avatar Guerilla Markets Crossed At Hallowe’en Parties

This is Keith Davidsen, Avatar’s Director of Sales and Marketing. And in a series of videos, he shows us the extremes he will go to, to promote the comic book Crossed. By dressing up as them, going to Hallowe’en parties, and talking to people about Crossed. And taking posters with him too.

Next year, he’ll do Lady Death.

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Behind The Scenes Of Misfits 3.1 And A Trailer For 3.2

We’ll start with a bit of set-up and a behind-the-scenes look at last night’s first episode from the third series of Misfits. In case you missed Rich’s review of the episode, he absolutely loved it.

And, moving swiftly on, here’s a trailer for next Sunday’s second episode.

Not many expert TV-rippers out there, are there? If I can find better quality copies, I’ll update.

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Fialkov Talks Batman, Constantine’s Visits to I, VAMPIRE

What better way to get ready for Halloween night than with a brand-new interview on Batman and John Constantine in I, VAMPIRE?


Occupy Wall Street Goes Cosplay

Gothamist, Katie Sokoler and Occupy Hallowe’en give us a parade of Occupy Wall Street protestors dressing as their own Working Class Superheroes and Supervillains…

Looks like the New York Comic Con costume clash the other week may have inspired them. But could it go both ways? One Little Bleeder in Manhattan tells me “The lightning bolts are really cool.  I’m betting it’s going to be the next big thing in cosplay….” He may have a point.

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Remarkable First Footage And Details Of Richard And Danny Elfman’s Forbidden Zone 2

Very few live action films can lay claim to really, honestly feeling like an animation, but Richard Elfman and The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo’s Forbidden Zone plays very much with the look and feel of a Max and Dave Fleischer cartoon. Think of, perhaps, Cab Calloway doing Minnie the Moocher for the Bettie Boop and Bimbo cartoon of the same name.

If you don’t know the film, I recommend you check out this trailer before reading on.

If you want more, the whole film is easily available on DVD in the US and the UK, though the US disc appears to contain the film only in a “colorized” version. Elfman says he prefers it this way, but I’ll stick with the black and white original, not least for the increased Fleischerness.

Forbidden Zone is a genuine cult film, surely thanks in no small part to the performance, music and songs of Danny Elfman, making his feature debut a good few years before Tim Burton arrived on the scene. There’s no denying that some of the songs are absolute stormers, and Elfman’s turn as the Devil is a true gem of a sequence.

Richard Elfman has been planning to direct a follow up for some time now, and has apparently finally started production on Forbidden Zone 2: Forbidden Galaxy. I don’t know how deep into filming he really is, but cameras from the SyFy channel stopped by recently to get a look behind the scenes of one musical number. Elfman explains:

The Syfy Channel is doing a six-part reality series, Monster Man, featuring six horror/fantasy directors, documenting the actual behind-the-scenes fun and drama of a real-life Hollywood special-effects house as they create their film creatures.

The show is doing a segment on me and my upcoming Forbidden Zone sequel, Forbidden Galaxy. As part of the show, we just shot a FZ2 musical number with the sexy/grotesque creature, Princess Polly that Sota created for us.

This footage, which fans of the original film might be rather shocked by, was screened this weekend at the Morbido Film Fest in Mexico and has also been posted online.

Here it is – though I expect this footage is going to be cut together with other coverage. At least I really, really hope so.

Click here to view the embedded video.

If you made it to the end there, you’ll see that the closing title card promised Forbidden Zone 2 would be ready for next year’s Morbido fest.

It’s looking to me rather like Forbidden Zone 2 is to Forbidden Zone as Repo Chick was to Repo Man, and that’s not exactly encouraging. Still, I’m going on almost nothing, and I’ll continue to hold out hope until I see the whole film.

Here’s Elfman’s blurb for the sequel, which certainly sounds in the spirit of part one, if not regularly identical:

Ma and Pa Kettle leave the depressed Dust Bowl with their kids, Stinky and Petunia, and drive their old jalopy down to Crenshaw in South-Central Los Angeles. Stinky is a hyper-active 12-year-old, played by a hyper-active 50-year-old; Petunia is a lumbering 13-year-old slut, played by an actress over 18 (hopefully); Ma is a corn-cob pipe-smoking inbred, and Pa is a craven, drunken carnival geek…with a bad disposition…even before his carnival job folded after the last dust storm. Together, they hope to find a better life in California.

Unfortunately, the little shack they rent has a basement connected to the Sixth Dimension – a bizarre underworld, ruled by a megalomaniac midget King, his jealous Queen, and an array of fantastical creatures, the most outrageous being The Princess Polly, a man-hungry gal with a to-die-for sexy, voluptuous body and an over-sized, grotesque, cartoon-like head. Her wild get ups and show-stopping musical numbers will give Gaga a run for the money!

Daughter-in-law Jenna Elfman will do a surrealistic aerial dance routine (did you know Jenna’s a professional dancer?); I’ll get brother Danny to reprise his Devil role, singing a knockout version of “St. James Infirmary Blues,” and we’ll shoot the “Crenshaw” scenes in Ghana.

Crenshaw will look like a cartoon version of 1910 Harlem, but everyone will be INCREDIBLE dancers and acrobats – from the Ghana National Dance Company. Of course that brilliant rascal, writer/director/actor Matthew Bright (aka “Toshiro Boloney” in the original Forbidden Zone) will reprise his role as Rene Henderson, as well as co-write the script.

Forbidden Zone 2 will have all the ABSURDITY and balls-out zaniness of Forbidden Zone 1 but with more technical tools and a greater budget to play with. I can guarantee that Forbidden Zone 2 will have unforgettable musical numbers.

A lot of that has been written in the future tense. Is there more to this film than the video above?

I’ll be keeping an eye on Elfman’s Buzzzine for more updates.

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Listen To All Of David Lynch’s New Album, Crazy Clown Time

Nothing says Halloween more than Crazy Clowns. Perfect timing, then, for NPR to host a streaming preview of David Lynch’s new album.

There’s 1 hour 10 minutes and 54 seconds of sheer Lynch on the record.

That’s really the only word for it. Even when it’s Karen O on the vocals, like on the first track, Pinky’s Dream, you know that you’re listening to Lynch.

The album will be available for purchase on November 8th, the same day as the new Blue Velvet blu-rayI’ve been getting excited about.

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