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Archive for January 2012

Cover Convention: Guns A-Blazing!

In honor of Bucky packing serious heat on the cover of this week's WINTER SOLDIER #1, here's a tribute to gun-toting covers


Avengefuls Assembled

Picture it. You’re Mark Waid, flicking through the Boom! listings in Previews (out tomorrow folks) and you come across this ad (which one retailer very kindly sent to me). It’s enough to make you choke on your Cheerios.

Yes, it’s true, I’ve written four comics for Boom!, shipping in April, each parodying a different Marvel movie. Except, because it’s me, I’ve ended up parodying world religion, reality TV, terrorism and our attitude towards it, and evbn made a baseball joke.

THE AVENGEFULS is drawn by Joshua Covey,  IRON MUSLIM drawn by Bryan Turner, CAPTAIN AMERICAN IDOL, drawn by Chris Haley and SCIENTHORLOGY drawn by Comics messiah himself, Michael Netzer. The covers are by Mark Stafford, and the retailer variant covers by Fred Hembeck.

Some of you may recognise Captain American Idol and Thor Of The Church Of Scienthorlogy from an earlier parody comic of mine, Civil Wardrobe. Mark Stafford drew the cover to that (and Fred Hembeck drew Captain American Idol, and Mike Netzer drew Thor on the inside) so this is a reunion of sorts.

I expect to be signing comics in the London stores in April, quite a lot, whether they want me or not. Also, there may just be a teensy weensy bit of media coverage between then and now.

Although I’m sure nothing like what DC Comics have planned for tomorrow…

 

 


Samantha Barks Rounds Out The Cast For Les Miserables

Rebecca Lewis writes for Bleeding Cool.

It’s a been a busy two months for director Tom Hooper and “Les Miserables“, so as rehearsals gets underway on the big screen adaptation, let’s catch up on some recent casting.

Last we heard, New York casting calls were being held for the role of Cosette, the young daughter of Fantine (Anne Hathaway), leading us to believe producers were looking for an unknown actress … and then Deadline announced in early January that Amanda Seyfried was entering final negotiations for the role.

Not quite an unknown, Seyfried wowed many in the big screen adaptation of another hit musical, “Mamma Mia”,  and is actually perfectly suited to this role, having previously studied opera and regularly contributing music to her movies’ soundtracks – including the afore-mentioned “Mamma Mia!” and teen flick “Red Riding Hood”.

With Cosette cast, there was just one female lead remaining. The NY Post had claimed that Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Lea Michele and Evan Rachel Wood were all vying for the role of Eponine, a romantic rival to Cosette and one of the story’s most pivotal characters (and also singer of perhaps the most famous song of the musical, “On My Own”). Just minutes after Deadline’s story broke, Twitch Film announced that country star Swift  had received an offer from the producers, however just tonight, Cameron Mackintosh announced live on stage after a performance of Oliver!, that Samantha Barks, who is currently playing the role of Nancy, had been officially cast as Eponine.

Barks, who came third in the BBC reality show “I’d Do Anything”, appeared to be unaware that she had been cast in the role, as Mackintosh, “told the cast and audience that he had a big announcement to make before flying to America … audience members reported that “the look on [Barks'] face was priceless”. Barks has played the role on the London stage and in the 25th Anniversary Concert of the show in 2010.

With filming under way, the final few pieces of casting have fallen into place. Up and Comers exclusively revealed this past week that newcomer George Blagden had joined the cast as Grantaire, sharing “most of his screentime with Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit, whose Marius and Enjolras are close friends and fellow revolutionaries alongside Grantaire, who Jackman’s Jean Valjean encounters in the second act of the story.” Blagden is a little known stage actor and this will be quite the breakout for an actor whose big screen debut hasn’t even occured yet (it will be in this Spring’s “Wrath of the Titans”!)

And the UK’s Daily Mail also recently revealed that two of the original London cast members have joined Hooper’s big screen remake. Colm Wilkinson originally played Valjean and will now play the Bishop of Digne, who ‘shows Valjean the road ahead, after Valjean has robbed him of silver candlesticks’. Frances Ruffelle, the original Eponine will now play ‘the most fabulous whore’, reports Mackintosh.

The film still has a set release date of December 7th 2012 perfect timing to give Hooper a shot on a second Oscar statue?


Samantha Barks Rounds Out The Cast For Les Miserables

Rebecca Lewis writes for Bleeding Cool.

It’s a been a busy two months for director Tom Hooper and “Les Miserables“, so as rehearsals gets underway on the big screen adaptation, let’s catch up on some recent casting.

Last we heard, New York casting calls were being held for the role of Cosette, the young daughter of Fantine (Anne Hathaway), leading us to believe producers were looking for an unknown actress … and then Deadline announced in early January that Amanda Seyfried was entering final negotiations for the role.

Not quite an unknown, Seyfried wowed many in the big screen adaptation of another hit musical, “Mamma Mia”,  and is actually perfectly suited to this role, having previously studied opera and regularly contributing music to her movies’ soundtracks – including the afore-mentioned “Mamma Mia!” and teen flick “Red Riding Hood”.

With Cosette cast, there was just one female lead remaining. The NY Post had claimed that Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Lea Michele and Evan Rachel Wood were all vying for the role of Eponine, a romantic rival to Cosette and one of the story’s most pivotal characters (and also singer of perhaps the most famous song of the musical, “On My Own”). Just minutes after Deadline’s story broke, Twitch Film announced that country star Swift  had received an offer from the producers, however just tonight, Cameron Mackintosh announced live on stage after a performance of Oliver!, that Samantha Barks, who is currently playing the role of Nancy, had been officially cast as Eponine.

Barks, who came third in the BBC reality show “I’d Do Anything”, appeared to be unaware that she had been cast in the role, as Mackintosh, “told the cast and audience that he had a big announcement to make before flying to America … audience members reported that “the look on [Barks'] face was priceless”. Barks has played the role on the London stage and in the 25th Anniversary Concert of the show in 2010.

With filming under way, the final few pieces of casting have fallen into place. Up and Comers exclusively revealed this past week that newcomer George Blagden had joined the cast as Grantaire, sharing “most of his screentime with Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit, whose Marius and Enjolras are close friends and fellow revolutionaries alongside Grantaire, who Jackman’s Jean Valjean encounters in the second act of the story.” Blagden is a little known stage actor and this will be quite the breakout for an actor whose big screen debut hasn’t even occured yet (it will be in this Spring’s “Wrath of the Titans”!)

And the UK’s Daily Mail also recently revealed that two of the original London cast members have joined Hooper’s big screen remake. Colm Wilkinson originally played Valjean and will now play the Bishop of Digne, who ‘shows Valjean the road ahead, after Valjean has robbed him of silver candlesticks’. Frances Ruffelle, the original Eponine will now play ‘the most fabulous whore’, reports Mackintosh.

The film still has a set release date of December 7th 2012 perfect timing to give Hooper a shot on a second Oscar statue?


Matt Kindt follows Jeff Lemire on FRANKENSTEIN in June

With Jeff Lemire taking on JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, a new writer steps up to FRANKENSTEIN. Details are here


DC Comics To Announce Something Big Tomorrow

Watchmen 2?

The Death Of Superman Again?

Wonder Woman to get a new thong?

I have no idea what DC Comics is announcing tomorrow. But whatever it it, it is meant to have big media interest, and something that will attract national news coverage.  Which should appear on the DC Source blog at some point.

So sleep well, America. Tomorrow you will wake to a whole new world of DC Comics.

Or something.

 


DC Comics To Announce Something Big Tomorrow

Watchmen 2?

The Death Of Superman Again?

Wonder Woman to get a new thong?

I have no idea what DC Comics is announcing tomorrow. But whatever it it, it is meant to have big media interest, and something that will attract national news coverage.  Which should appear on the DC Source blog at some point.

So sleep well, America. Tomorrow you will wake to a whole new world of DC Comics.

Or something.

 


VIDEO: A Quick Look Behind The Scenes Of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Out now on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK is Tomas Alfredson‘s remarkable adaptation of John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It’s a very cinematic film, with striking and often very complex frames, so I imagine that you would like to watch it on the best screen and sound system you can muster, but I also think you’ll be surprised how much the film benefits from home viewing.

And no, not because you have to keep rewinding to catch all of the little details. That’s what repeat viewings are for. It’s not like you can’t follow the thing, it’s just that it’s enriched with lots of nuance and texture that bears a second look.

Here’s a clip from the disc’s supplements, giving you some idea of how they’ve approached the behind the scenes material and who is involved. In short: B-roll and talking heads, but what talking heads, eh?

I was going to run this days and days ago but we’re still just coming out of The Great Crash of January 2011. I think there’s a mole in The Circus, Control…


VIDEO: A Quick Look Behind The Scenes Of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Out now on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK is Tomas Alfredson‘s remarkable adaptation of John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It’s a very cinematic film, with striking and often very complex frames, so I imagine that you would like to watch it on the best screen and sound system you can muster, but I also think you’ll be surprised how much the film benefits from home viewing.

And no, not because you have to keep rewinding to catch all of the little details. That’s what repeat viewings are for. It’s not like you can’t follow the thing, it’s just that it’s enriched with lots of nuance and texture that bears a second look.

Here’s a clip from the disc’s supplements, giving you some idea of how they’ve approached the behind the scenes material and who is involved. In short: B-roll and talking heads, but what talking heads, eh?

I was going to run this days and days ago but we’re still just coming out of The Great Crash of January 2011. I think there’s a mole in The Circus, Control…


Last Minute DC Previews for ALL NEW 52 Feb. 1 Titles

Last minute previews of ALL the NEW 52 #6 issues going on sale this week, including ACTION COMICS and DETECTIVE COMICS.