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Archive for March 2014 – Page 2

Brian Bendis Starts April Fool’s Day Early

From Brian Bendis’ Tumblr.

Marvel and DC officially announce the return of THE AMALGAM UNIVERSE!

For the first co-publishing venture in over a decade, Marvel and DC have come to an agreement to bring back The Amalgam Universe, a universe comprised of ‘amalgam characters’ of some of the most beloved superheroes of the two most exciting comic book publishers in the entire world.

Spinning out of the events of Forever Evil and Original Sin, The Amalgam Universe is a brand-new, 12 part maxi series by super scribes Geoff Johns and Brian Michael Bendis with artwork by Olivier Copiel, Bryan Hitch, John Romita jr., Alex Maleev, Mike Deodato jr., and comics legend John Byrne, making his long awaited return to mainstream comics.

The Amalgam Universe will be published biweekly this September with many of your favorite regular comics ‘going dark’ for the duration of the series.

“The fallout from The Amalgam Universe is so big to both comic book universes, the changes so overwhelming, that you won’t recognize most of your favorite titles at the end of it.” said Bendis.

When asked: why now? Both publishers, in a joint statement said: because announcing it tomorrow just isn’t that funny.

Stay tuned for more details.

As ever, Bleeding Cool will be running a number of interesting stories tomorrow. Some will be true. Some will be false. By Noon PT we’ll be telling you which is which…

In the meantime why not enjoy everyone doubting this story from last April 1st

Brian Bendis Starts April Fool’s Day Early

Dead Body Found on Avengers 2 Set

The production of Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron set up shop in Seoul, South Korea, this past weekend during which time a dead boy was found on the grounds of the set.

Naver says Avengers 2 was shooting at Mapo Bridge -- the first time the bridge had ever been closed for the filming of a movie, prompting director Joss Whedon to publicly apologize to the citizens for causing traffic delays -- during which time a security guard reportedly found a dead body floating in the water under the bridge.

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Big Reveals From Fast 7, TMNT, X-Men, Transformers & More!

Last week, IGN traveled to CinemaCon in Las Vegas where we were treated to an early look at some of 2014's most anticipated films. For context, CinemaCon is a yearly event in which the studios bring footage from their upcoming films to screen for exhibitors such as AMC and Regal theaters. Essentially, they'er touting their biggest projects in the hopes of getting them into more movie theaters. Typically, a small group of press attends the event in order to get a sense of how the year in movies will unfold.

Here are the highlights of what we saw there:

Set to open this May, Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future past is one of our most eagerly awaited film's of 2014. FOX unveiled the first several minutes during their panel, and it was full of glorious Mutant mayhem. Take a look at our coverage below, but be warned, spoilers do follow...

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Fox Hire Jack Stanley To Write New Take On Chronicle 2

Though Max Landis‘ concepts for Chronicle 2 were all too publicly tried and abandoned by 20th Century Fox, the studio is pressing ahead with plans for the sequel. According to Deadline they’ve hired Jack Stanley two write a script. Who they’ll have direct is not yet known, but Josh Trank< has at least one Fantastic Four movie on his To Do list right now.

Stanley wrote a spec called Sweetheart that made it onto last year’s The Blacklist. It’s a hit woman story with a school reunion in it, and that’s all the excuse I need to watch Grosse Point Blank again before bed tonight.

There’s no known timescale for Chronicle 2 just yet.

Fox Hire Jack Stanley To Write New Take On Chronicle 2

Fox Hire Jack Stanley To Write New Take On Chronicle 2

Though Max Landis‘ concepts for Chronicle 2 were all too publicly tried and abandoned by 20th Century Fox, the studio is pressing ahead with plans for the sequel. According to Deadline they’ve hired Jack Stanley two write a script. Who they’ll have direct is not yet known, but Josh Trank< has at least one Fantastic Four movie on his To Do list right now.

Stanley wrote a spec called Sweetheart that made it onto last year’s The Blacklist. It’s a hit woman story with a school reunion in it, and that’s all the excuse I need to watch Grosse Point Blank again before bed tonight.

There’s no known timescale for Chronicle 2 just yet.

Fox Hire Jack Stanley To Write New Take On Chronicle 2

Sinestro Takes the Spotlight in Injustice: Year Two

If you've been following DC's Injustice: Gods Among Us - Year Two series, you'll know that writer Tom Taylor is building towards a major confrontation between Superman's new world order and the Green Lantern Corps. Green Lantern uber-villain Sinestro is smack dab in the middle of that conflict, having recently thrown his lot in with Superman.

DC will be releasing the seventh digital chapter Injustice next Tuesday, April 8. This standalone story is written by Taylor and illustrated by Mike Miller, and it focuses squarely on Sinestro's past and his role in the current conflict. Those who prefer the print version of Injustice: Year Two can look forward to Chapters 7 and 8 being collected in Injustice: Year Two #4 later this month.

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Andre Roussimoff, The Man – Telling The True Story Of Andre The Giant

By Joshua Stone

I have been collecting and reading comic books for over 30 years now. There is only one fandom that I have been a part of longer than comics books, and that is Professional Wrestling. When I was five years old, I would sit on my Grandpa’s lap on Saturday mornings and watch wrestling. So I was excited to receive a copy of Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, by Box Brown, a graphic novel from :01 First Second Books, due to be released May 6, 2014.

Box Brown, who is best known for his Ignatz Award‑winning web-comic Bellen!, writes and draws the book as a lifelong fan of professional wrestling, and that comes across in the respect he shows for the subject matter. The average comic book reader may not know anything about Andre the Giant the wrestler, but likely, they know him from his larger than life role as Fezzik in the classic film, The Princess Bride. Genre fans of 70′s television likely remember Andre from his appearances in two The Six Million Dollar Man episodes, except his face was never shown as he played the role of Bigfoot. That’s right wrestling fans, Andre the Giant fought Steve Austin, just not the one known as Stone Cold.

The author attempts to tell the life of Andre the Giant and pulls from stories and interviews of friends, fellow wrestlers, and from Andre himself. The book, while light on words and dialogue, does a good job using the author’s artistic style to get across the story often in ways far better than words could ever do. The book goes into not only Andre’s wrestling career, but spends a good deal of time looking at the man himself. Andre Roussimoff, Andre’s real name, knew very early on that the thing that gave him his enormous size, 7 foot 4 inches and over 500 pounds, and allowed him to have an amazing career was also a time bomb that would likely end his life by the time he was 40.

I never had the chance to see Andre wrestle in person before he passed away in 1993, however I did see him in person once. It was October 1990, and an independent wrestling company, UWF, was having a show at the Reseda Country Club in Los Angeles, CA. Only 125 attended the event and I had ringside seats. The show’s card had has-beens, future stars, and wrestlers who never amounted to more than being on the card for this show, but as a fan since I was a kid I loved being there, and then the surprise came. The announcer went into the middle of the ring and introduced Andre the Giant. Seeing pictures of this man was nothing compared to actually seeing him in person. I will never forget that as he stepped to the middle of the ring, the ring actually broke. A wrestling ring is made up of pieces of plywood with the ring mat covering it. As he walked, Andre stepped where two of the pieces of plywood came together, and his weight caused the plywood to separate and pop up. This ring had sustained 250-300 plus pound men fighting and slamming each other on top of it, but it was no match for The Giant. A mere step from this man was all it took to undo the ring.

One of the scenes in the book reminded me of my time seeing Andre. The scene is on the set of The Princess Bride, and Andre is asked if he enjoyed making the film and he says yes because, “No one looks at me here.” That was there when I saw Andre, the sadness. Because while I was in complete awe of this man, this giant, whom I grew up watching on my television and saw do amazing things, and in person his size was amazing, but he carried sadness with him. The book shows the pleasure Andre took in being a star, but also because of his size he could never get away with just being himself or even being by himself. There was no place a man his size could hide.

As I write this, WWE is preparing to have Wrestlemania 30, and at this annual event, for the first time ever, they will have the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, in honor of Andre the Giant. If you are a fan of Andre the Giant, I would certainly recommend watching Wrestlemania 30 as I know I will be doing, but I also recommend reading Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, by Box Brown, so you can become a fan of Andre Roussimoff, the Man.

Andre Roussimoff, The Man – Telling The True Story Of Andre The Giant

Andre Roussimoff, The Man – Telling The True Story Of Andre The Giant

By Joshua Stone

I have been collecting and reading comic books for over 30 years now. There is only one fandom that I have been a part of longer than comics books, and that is Professional Wrestling. When I was five years old, I would sit on my Grandpa’s lap on Saturday mornings and watch wrestling. So I was excited to receive a copy of Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, by Box Brown, a graphic novel from :01 First Second Books, due to be released May 6, 2014.

Box Brown, who is best known for his Ignatz Award‑winning web-comic Bellen!, writes and draws the book as a lifelong fan of professional wrestling, and that comes across in the respect he shows for the subject matter. The average comic book reader may not know anything about Andre the Giant the wrestler, but likely, they know him from his larger than life role as Fezzik in the classic film, The Princess Bride. Genre fans of 70′s television likely remember Andre from his appearances in two The Six Million Dollar Man episodes, except his face was never shown as he played the role of Bigfoot. That’s right wrestling fans, Andre the Giant fought Steve Austin, just not the one known as Stone Cold.

The author attempts to tell the life of Andre the Giant and pulls from stories and interviews of friends, fellow wrestlers, and from Andre himself. The book, while light on words and dialogue, does a good job using the author’s artistic style to get across the story often in ways far better than words could ever do. The book goes into not only Andre’s wrestling career, but spends a good deal of time looking at the man himself. Andre Roussimoff, Andre’s real name, knew very early on that the thing that gave him his enormous size, 7 foot 4 inches and over 500 pounds, and allowed him to have an amazing career was also a time bomb that would likely end his life by the time he was 40.

I never had the chance to see Andre wrestle in person before he passed away in 1993, however I did see him in person once. It was October 1990, and an independent wrestling company, UWF, was having a show at the Reseda Country Club in Los Angeles, CA. Only 125 attended the event and I had ringside seats. The show’s card had has-beens, future stars, and wrestlers who never amounted to more than being on the card for this show, but as a fan since I was a kid I loved being there, and then the surprise came. The announcer went into the middle of the ring and introduced Andre the Giant. Seeing pictures of this man was nothing compared to actually seeing him in person. I will never forget that as he stepped to the middle of the ring, the ring actually broke. A wrestling ring is made up of pieces of plywood with the ring mat covering it. As he walked, Andre stepped where two of the pieces of plywood came together, and his weight caused the plywood to separate and pop up. This ring had sustained 250-300 plus pound men fighting and slamming each other on top of it, but it was no match for The Giant. A mere step from this man was all it took to undo the ring.

One of the scenes in the book reminded me of my time seeing Andre. The scene is on the set of The Princess Bride, and Andre is asked if he enjoyed making the film and he says yes because, “No one looks at me here.” That was there when I saw Andre, the sadness. Because while I was in complete awe of this man, this giant, whom I grew up watching on my television and saw do amazing things, and in person his size was amazing, but he carried sadness with him. The book shows the pleasure Andre took in being a star, but also because of his size he could never get away with just being himself or even being by himself. There was no place a man his size could hide.

As I write this, WWE is preparing to have Wrestlemania 30, and at this annual event, for the first time ever, they will have the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, in honor of Andre the Giant. If you are a fan of Andre the Giant, I would certainly recommend watching Wrestlemania 30 as I know I will be doing, but I also recommend reading Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, by Box Brown, so you can become a fan of Andre Roussimoff, the Man.

Andre Roussimoff, The Man – Telling The True Story Of Andre The Giant

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER Honest Trailer

With its sequel starting to roll out around the globe, Screen Junkies has given the 'Honest Trailer' treatment to Captain America: The First Avenger.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER Honest Trailer

With its sequel starting to roll out around the globe, Screen Junkies has given the 'Honest Trailer' treatment to Captain America: The First Avenger.