Archive for August 2012

REVIEW: Winter Soldier #9

Or – “What Might Have Been…” This book is another recent example of something that should have been, in my eyes, more popular that it was.  Spinning out of the Fear Itself mega-crossover, featuring the man who successfully took up … Continue reading

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Iron Patriot To Appear In Iron Man 3 After All?

Days before the news of Guardians Of The Galaxy film broke, we ran the story that Marvel had filed new trademarks for the property and speculated that may be for a movie…

Now Marvel have placed a rash of new trademark filings for the phrase IRON PATRIOT, such as this one.

We had seen earlier set photos that indicated that Iron Patriot would be a character in Iron Man 3.

In the comics he is Norman Osborn, taking the suit from Tony Stark and giving it a little patriotic twist in the manner of Captain America.

Then Latino Review reported that it was just a whizzed up War Machine, Don Cheadle’s character in the suit. Which of course it may well be. But maybe the US government prefer a less aggressive title for their man-in-a-tin-can?

Marvel never goes on a trademark binge without reason. One way or another, will Iron Patriot be making a film-based appearance in some fashion, to justify the trademarking of everything?


Jhonen Vázquez Designs For Randy Cunningham, 9th Grade Ninja

Disney recently released a trailer for their new series Randy Cunningham, 9th Grade Ninja, which will be kicking off on their XD channel in the US come September 17th. We might start by looking at that trailer now.

Some of the design work there might seem familiar, not to mention appealing, to fans of Jhonen Vázquez, Invader Zim and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, for the most obvious of reasons.

Vázquez has been sharing some of his original Cunningham designs on his own Tumblr. Here’s a selection, with some of his notes.

Part of my year was spent doing character designs for a show for Disney XD. Every time I tell people that they freak out about the Disney part of that story, but there’s some pretty great design design stuff happening on that channel, and a lot of it is thanks to the guys at Titmouse Animation. Titmouse was who I dealt with, actually, and I never really had any direct involvement with anyone from Disney so my hands are clean of any mouse droppings.

These were my first sketches of possible Ninja designs for Randy Cunningham. I always want to go for a little more inhuman on stuff, so Randy as a Ninja in these early designs was a bit more covered up in my favorite sketches, but with the big eyes glowing or showing through so he could still be expressive enough. My favorite is definitely the one with the orange exclamation mark-ish shape on the forehead.

One of the only peripheral characters I did for Randy Cunningham was this “band geek” that eventually gets mutated into a hulking horror. Along with being the only side character I did for my first pass it was also the only monster. At a later point I went back and did about 25 creature designs for later use in the show, but this band monster and the Sorcerer were the only inhuman looking things I got to do early on.

When the Titmouse guys asked if I wanted to design this stuff I pretty much said “Monsters and robots. That’s what I want to do.” Doing Randy and Howard and such was fun enough, but I’m happiest when things get a bit more monstrous and robotic.

I guess, in the show, the Sorcerer has the power to transform people and things into monster versions of themselves, so this was my go at what that might result in. Figured some common element would be this black mass that sorta operated the victim, but that was probably too bizarre for a kids’ show. I’m not the best person to decide that! It was pretty much your general purpose supernatural Miyazaki goo.

I think it goes without saying that the Sorcerer was my favorite guy to work on. Pretty sure he was just supposed to be some kind of old timey magician from Japan but he’s just a monster now. Was really into the overly distorted proportions for the guy, tiny legs and arms that would most likely drag on the floor if not held up, and then there’s his crazy long neck. Not a whole lot left of whatever human he maybe used to be.

Third Hobbit Film Set For July 2014, Second Instalment Retitled

Warner Bros. and MGM have officially announced  a release date in the summer of 2014 for the third Hobbit film, just six months behind part two. Instead of making us wait until December, we’re going to be given There and Back Again on July 18th.

What’s more, the studios say that they’ve settled on The Desolation of Smaug as the title for the middle chapter. That gives us An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and then There and Back Again  - much as we were more recently expecting.

The summer release date is the big surprise here. Seems to land right on Comic-Con, though, which means I might be rather too busy to catch it on opening night.

Here’s the full press release.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures jointly announced today that the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, now titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released worldwide on July 18, 2014. All three films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

The Studios also announced the title of the second installment in the franchise, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which will be released on December 13, 2013. The first film in the trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” opens this holiday season, on December 14, 2012. Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, the trilogy of films will be released in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D, other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D.

Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, stated, “We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films of ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy. Opening in July affords us not only the perfect summer tentpole, but fans will have less time to wait for the finale of this epic adventure.”

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, added, “‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this already much-anticipated trilogy. Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over.”

From Academy Award(R)-winning director Peter Jackson, the trilogy of films is set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar(R)-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first film in the trilogy, is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

Under Jackson’s direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the two remaining films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing, being handled by MGM.

Official Plot Blurb For Spike Jonze New Sci-Fi Movie, Her

There hasn’t been a huge amount of info sloshed around in respect of Spike Jonze‘ next feature, but an official plot blurb and sales poster have been added to the site of Annapurna Pictures, its producers (with thanks to The Playlist for the pointer).

The blurb reads like this:

In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

I do hate it when a blurb like that ends with some kind of explanation. Stomps the life out of the thing.

Now, according to The Film Stage, the film is going to be called Her. Obvious, but it still seems to get stuck on the way off my tongue. It’s no She.

It may just be a working title, however, as the sales art currently doing the rounds has no fixed label, look:

As well as Joaquin Phoenix, the film is set to star Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Samantha Morton, and Olivia Wilde though I can’t see any clear indication which of those, if any, will be voicing the operating system. Some places seem to be giving Adams top billing, so it could maybe be her? Yeah, I’m just guessing.

Jonze dabbled with similar themes in his short, I’m Here, which tells a love story between robots played by Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillory. It’s rather good and you can watch it in the player below.

Cynthia Rothrock In Line For Dredd Producer’s “Female Expendables”? Maybe…

Adi Shankar has started casting for his lady-led spin on The Expendables‘ style of nostalgic action pap, and has done the correct thing: booked a meeting with Cynthia Rothrock, genuine 80′s action legend.

Well… maybe. This is according to The Philadelphia Daily News, citing a “reliable source.” The thing is, their story also goes on to say this:

The same source says the plan is to the follow the all-female “Expendables” with one having both the guys and gals together in a movie that would likely set a record for fight scenes, explosions and rounds fired.

But… the people behind this film aren’t the people behind The Expendables. Shankar’s picture isn’t literally a female spin-off of those films, just a feminine spin on that same concept.

Not unless the two parties have somehow gotten together in the last couple of weeks, with Shankar taking his project to Lionsgate. I’m not so sure about that.

On the other hand, the reporter does promise:

More inside “Expendables” info in Tattle on Tuesday.

So perhaps something quite obviously more solid will come along then? I’ll keep an eye out for it.

Midtown Marvel NOW Variants Reveal Avengers Team

Midtown Comics have shown sketches for their J Scott Campbell variant cover triptych for All New X-Men #1, Uncanny Avengers #1 and Avengers #1, the latter of which gives some idea of the central cast for the Avengers Marvel NOW.comic. And it looks like we have Spider-Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man and Hawkeye. But of course Jonathan Hickman is promising a team of eighteen, so plenty more to come.

Hmm. Maybe we’ll find out next week.


Unveiling the Uncanny Avengers

Marvel is prepping a number of very promising new and revamped titles for the Marvel NOW! relaunch this fall. One of the most promising so far is also the series that will kick off the relaunch -- Uncanny Avengers. Not only does this series find Rick Remender crafting an all new team comprised of both X-Men and Avengers, it also marks the long-awaited return of artist John Cassaday to the comics scene. Marvel held one of their Next Big Thing press calls today to discuss the impending launch, and both Remender and Senior Editor Tom Brevoort were on hand to speak at length about the series.

Warning -- the final paragraph contains potential spoilers for upcoming issues of Uncanny X-Force.

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Dragon*Con 2012: Cosplay, Time Travel And The Bleeding Fool

Bill Meeks is writing from Dragon*Con for Bleeding Cool;

Hi, It’s Bill again. I’m in downtown Atlanta, GA for Dragon*Con 2012 and it is off to an amazing start. Thursday isn’t exactly the most eventful day. Everybody is arriving from the airport, checking in, etc. but the cosplayers do come out in full force. There is a lot of drinking naturally but things get pretty quiet early as most want to rest up for panels, parties, and events on Friday.

One thing that is going on every day at the con is the Blood Drive. It’s one of the biggest in the country and a great way to help out while you’re down here geeking out. If you are in Atlanta and haven’t given blood you have no excuse. I’m a TOTAL wimp and I was able to do it, as you can see in the video below:

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I also got the chance to see an advance copy of one of the Dragon*Con Film Festival’s selections called D.N.E.: Do Not Erase ( It’s a great little time travel story and features an appearance by Richard Hatch from Battlestar Gallactica. I’ll be chatting with the director Matthew Campagna on Sunday for Bleeding Cool, but to give you a little taste he’s provided us with this EXCLUSIVE clip from the film:

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Here’s the trailer for you to check out as well:

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And here are some of my favorite cosplay pictures from last night:

Well, it’s time to get downstairs and start the actual meat of the convention. I’m going to be covering some panels today and tomorrow starts some… dare I say… awesome interviews with some names you’ll probably know. Dragon*Con 2012 is just getting started and so is our coverage. Keep checking back for more!

EXCLUSIVE: Preview IDW’s ‘Classic Popeye’ #2 and ‘Ghostbusters Omnibus’

IDW sent along a pair if exclusive looks at two of their new releases for September 5!

First up, a sneak-peek at the classic adventures of everybody's favorite spinach-addicted sailor!

Classic Popeye stories by Bud Sagendorf, the long-time assistant to Popeye's creator E.C. Segar, are back! A meticulously faithful reprint of Popeye #2 from May-June 1948 includes a long rousing action-packed story "That's What I Yam" starring Popeye and Swee'pea and a howler comic "Easy Money" $tarring Popeye and his Pappy. Plus you'll find those glorious Sagendorf one-pagers in the cartoonist's gloriously funny writing and drawing style! Sagendorf comics are great comics!

Writer/Artist/Cover: Bud Sagendorf

Next, a ghost bustin' omnibus of those gjost bustin' Ghostbusters!

Get ready GHOSTBUSTERS fans, because three complete tales are collected here in the Ghostbusters Omnibus! Including "Displaced Aggression," "The Other Side," and "Haunted Hollidays," you'll see Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston travel across time, venture to hell, and celebrate the holidays as only the Ghostbusters can.

Written by: Keith Champagne, Scott Lobdell, Dara Naraghi, Keith Dallas & Jim Beard, Peter David, James Eatock, Rob Williams •
Art by: Tom Nguyen, Ilias Kyriazis, Salgood Sam, Josh Howard, Dan Schoening, & Diego Jourdan
Cover by: Nick Runge

Both issues hit Sept. 5!

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