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Dynamic Forces News for May 26, 2006

Thurman Unleashes Wrath on Her Ex!

20th Century Fox has launched the new trailer for action-comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend in Flash format at MTV!

In the Ivan Reitman film, Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) thinks he's finally found the perfect girlfriend, the beautiful Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman) - who just so happens to be a superhero. When Jenny/G-Girl becomes overly possessive, Matt wants to call it quits – but how do you break up with a superhero? A scorned woman, Jenny/G-Girl unleashes on her ex the full fury of her super-powered wrath as she sets out on a no-holds-barred mission to bust up Matt's budding romance with his co-worker Hannah (Anna Faris).

Eddie Izzard, Rainn Wilson and Wanda Sykes also star in the July 21 release.

--SUPERHEROHYPE.COM

GODLAND ON HIATUS

GØDLAND, the Image comic book by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli, is going on hiatus for three months from July to September but will return with issue #13 in October.

The break reportedly comes because the creators needed the extra time to ensure that the title's second year would come out on a monthly basis. The first year was published monthly and kept its schedule. Casey told Newsarama that timeliness was a priority for the creative team.

The break may well help GØDLAND's numbers. Buzz on the book is strong, and a trade paperback of the first six issues is currently available. The second trade paperback, collecting issues #7-12, will hit stores in late July and will bring readers up to date, making October's issue #13 an excellent jumping-on point.

--SEQUART.COM

EAGLE ONE RELEASES DEADWORLD SERIES ON DVD

Eagle One Media, a multi-media company, is proud to announce it has assembled and just released the definitive Deadworld comic series in an all encompassing CD-ROM. This CD-ROM product retails for only $29.99 and will be available at local comic book retailers, through Diamond Distributors (MAY064498), or through the Eagle One Media website at www.eagleonemedia.com.

The Deadworld CD-ROM collects the original black and white 46 issues of the official comic book series, 2 mini-series, 4 short stories, and includes artwork and bonus materials. Each comic book has been digitally scanned and restored from cover-to-cover, over 1700 pages, including advertisements and the infamous letters to King Zombie himself. "Fans have always asked about getting the back issues and now they can and they can get them all. I'm really excited to be working with Eagle One on providing such a great product for the Deadworld readers." commented Deadworld owner Gary Reed.

Having sold over 600,000 copies during its initial comic book run, Deadworld instantly became a cult fan favorite. And the zombie property is currently witnessing a revival with a new on-going comic book series being published by Desperado Publishing through Image, an upcoming novel and new toy line. The original series featured such notable comic talents as Vincent Locke (A History of Violence, Sandman), Ron McCain (Batman, Daredevil), Galen Showman (Hellboy, JLA, Star Wars), Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Nightwing), Jacen Burrows (Spider-Man), Tom Sniegoski (Vampierella), Dan and David Day (Spider-Man, Star Trek), and Jim O’Barr (The Crow) among others.

--NEWSARAMA

NINTENDO TEASES WITH Wii PRICES

Nintendo's Wii console will not sell for over USD 250 in the U.S. while the company plans to ship 6 million units by the end of March 2007.

The success of E3 has kept interest in Nintendo's Wii alive and well in the post-show days and the company has responded, albeit cryptically, to intense media pressure for some pricing information.

The claim that the Wii's price will not exceed USD 250 has further fueled speculation suggesting a USD 200 (Yen 25,000) price tag, something which would make the new console an irresistible proposition for most gamers. The company also plans to ship 6 million systems to retailers around the world between its launch in the fourth quarter of 2006 and the end of its fiscal year on March 31, 2007.

The projections are part of a full-year financial forecast that sees growth of 18 per cent in sales globally, based on anticipated continuing strong demand for the Nintendo DS portable game system, as well as a successful launch for Wii.

The company also said it expects to sell 17 million Wii games in the period. Exact launch dates, identification of the launch library of titles and details on the unique Virtual Console aspect of Wii are expected soon.

--MEGAGAMES.COM

CAST OF THE PHOENIX

In a significant bit of casting news for HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, the part of Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange, for which McCrory was originally set, is now going to Helena Bonham Carter. The "official" reason for McCory's departure from the project is that the expecting actress would be too "pregnant" at the time her scenes are to be filmed. Methinks, however, it would be much cooler if this was just the end result of a knockdown, drag-out smackdown between Carter and McCrory and so, if you look above, I've imagined what that might look like for all of you. In other casting news for the film, Apple Brook has been cast as Professor Grubbly-Plank (and I just found a great name for my next pet), Jason Piper is Bane the Centaur, and the roles of the younger versions of Sirius, Lupin, and Snape have been filled by James Walters, James Utichen, and Alec Hopkins, respectively. I'm only a moderate Potter fan (have seen the movies, haven't read the books) but, from what I've heard, the original choice of McCrory for Bellatrix pleased a lot of people.

--JOBLOW.COM

MOVIE WEEKEND RELEASES

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

FEAR AGENT #4 SOLD OUT

Image Comics today announced that Diamond has completely sold out of FEAR AGENT #4 by Rick Remender, Tony Moore, Mike Manley and Lee Loughridge.

A specially-priced trade paperback collecting FEAR AGENT #1-4 has already been scheduled and will be in stores on June 21; FEAR AGENT, VOL. 1: REIGNITION TP (APR061774) is available for order now.

Created by Rick Remender and Tony Moore, FEAR AGENT is the story of down and out alien exterminator Heath Huston, who stumbles upon an extra-terrestrial plot to commit genocide on humanity. Meanwhile, he is forced to chose between the bottle and resuming his roll as a peacekeeper... as the last Fear Agent.

"I think it's safe to say that many retailers continue to underestimate the demand for FEAR AGENT," said Image Executive Director Eric Stephenson. "Since the debut of FEAR AGENT #1 late last year, though, there's been a growing swell of interest in this title. People want this book."

"We want to make sure that everyone who wants in on the action with FEAR AGENT will have an opportunity to do so. So, we rush-solicited the first trade in an effort to make the story as widely available as possible, plus we priced it at a meager $9.99 in order to take away any price resistance at the counter," said Remender.

Stephenson was also quick to point out that while FEAR AGENT has its roots in classic sci-fi, its appeal is not nostalgia based.

"I don't think there's anything 'retro' about FEAR AGENT," he explained. "Rick Remender is bring something new to this type of material in the same way creators like Steve Niles and Robert Kirkman brought a new perspective to horror."

"The number of retailers that have approached us saying they've been looking at doubling, tripling and even quadrupling their orders makes us think that we should be very aggressive," Remender added. "FEAR AGENT #5 is the beginning of a new story arc and the introduction of our new artist, Jerome Opena, and it's a great jumping on point for new readers."

With that in mind, Stephenson and Remender are both urging retailers to double-check their orders and place advance reorders for the upcoming FEAR AGENT #5, which Stephenson predicted would be an "instant sell out."

"There will undoubtedly be a very high demand for issue #5 from new readers brought in by the thousands of affordable trades we're shipping," commented Remender.

FEAR AGENT #5 (MAR061848) is available for advance reorders now in the April issue of Previews and will go on sale June 28. FEAR AGENT, VOL. 1: REIGNITION (APR061774), a 96-page trade paperback priced at the low introductory price of $9.99, is available for advance reorder as well and will hit stores on the week prior, on June 21.

--IMAGECOMICS.COM

Dabel Brothers Will Cross-Promote Licensed Comics

Dabel Brothers Productions is planning extensive promotions and publicity to bring new readers familiar with the licensed properties on which their books will be based to comic stores.

Two major opportunities to attract female readers are coming up with the release of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake (see "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter") and Kinley MacGregor's Lords of Avalon (launching this fall). Both authors have large and devoted fan bases for their fiction work, and the publishers of both have agreed to include ads in the back of their novels for the comics.

Berkley will advertise the Anita Blake comics, and Avon will advertise the Lords of Avalon comics. Other marketing for the novels will also include mentions of the comics. And Comic Shop Locator Service info will be provided in the book publisher marketing, so fans can find a retailer that carries the comics.

In exchange, the Dabel Brothers comics will include promotion for the novels from which they're adapted.

Two online venues widely read by the fans of these authors will also include coverage of the comic adaptations: Romantic Times, and WNBC (which has over 20 million unique visitors per month).

--ICV2.COM

ROB ZOMBIE HOSTS TCM UNDERGROUND

Turner Classic Movies has announced that horror rocker/filmmaker Rob Zombie will host TCM UNDERGROUND, a weekly late-night cult-movie showcase debuting in October. Says TCM’s Tom Karsch, “TCM UNDERGROUND will serve as home to some of the truly visionary cult films that have been made over the past century, from stylish horror movies to offbeat black comedies. We are proud to have a talent like Rob Zombie hosting this showcase, which is certain to broaden TCM’s appeal beyond our loyal core audience.”

Zombie will not only introduce the features but select them as well. Already set for broadcast are George Romero’s THE CRAZIES, Francis Coppola’s debut shocker DEMENTIA 13, Leonard Castle’s THE HONEYMOON KILLERS, Seijun Suzuki’s Yakuza thriller TOKYO DRIFTER and Ed Wood’s BRIDE OF THE MONSTER. Like all of TCM’s movies, they’ll be presented uninterrupted and commercial-free.

--FANGORIA.COM

Golden Globes Dates Announced

Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association®, announced the timetable for "The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" to be telecast Monday, January 15, 2007 from 8-11 PM (EST) live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC.

"We look forward to another exciting celebration of honoring excellence in the entertainment industry," said Berk.

Key dates are as follows:

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - Final screening date for Television entries

Friday, October 20, 2006 - Final date for press conferences for Television entries

Friday, November 10, 2006 - Deadline for submission of Golden Globe entry forms

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 9 a.m. Cecil B. DeMille/Miss Golden Globe Announcement

Friday, December 1, 2006 - Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed by Ernst & Young to all HFPA members

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - Final screening date for Motion Pictures

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - Final date for Motion Picture press conferences

Monday, December 11, 2006 - Deadline for receipt by Ernst & Young of nomination ballots

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 5:00 a.m. Nomination announcement of the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Friday, December 15, 2006 - Deadline for receipt of media credential applications

Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - Final ballots mailed by Ernst & Young to all HFPA members

Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - Deadline for receipt of publicist credential applications

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - Deadline for receipt by Ernst & Young of final ballots

Monday, January 15, 2007 - Presentation of "The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" Live telecast on NBC Television at 8 p.m. EST

"The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" will be seen in more than 150 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

--COMINGSOON.NET

REVIEW: "X-MEN: THE LAST STAND"

The loud sound that you'll hear coming from movie theaters across the country is the collective sigh of relief of fans of the X-Men film franchise. Their fears were unfounded; Director Brett Ratner did not destroy the X-Men franchise with the third installment, "X-Men: The Last Stand." However, Ratner and company didn't create a film on par with the amazing "X2: X-Men United" either. "The Last Stand" isn't a terrible film, it's just merely okay.

In "The Last Stand" human-mutant relations are turned upside down when a businessman creates a mutant cure that removes a mutant's abilities. The revelation of the cure sends Magneto and his mutant army, the Brotherhood on the warpath. In addition to facing down an army of angry, evil mutants and dealing with the repercussions of the mutant cure, the X-Men must also contend with the return of Jean Grey, who was believed dead at the end of the last film. Jean's return brings to light a dark secret that will have devastating consequences for the entire team.

If this sounds like a lot a lot to address in a one hour and 43 minute movie, that's because it is. One of "The Last Stand's" biggest flaws is it tries to do too much. There's a huge cast in the film and the audience never really gets a chance to bond with the characters, especially the new ones. One character does something particularly cool or interesting and the film doesn't follow up; it immediately cuts to another character. The sub plot following Angel (played by Ben Foster) is wasted and results in a predictable and sappy pay off.

However, a few actors do make the most of their screen time. Hugh Jackman again shines as Wolverine. Kelsey Grammer overcomes some awkward seeming make-up to nail the part of Hank McCoy/The Beast. People who doubted that Dr. Frasier Crane could pull off a convincing fight scene will be very impressed to see the Beast spring into battle during the film's climax. In the few minutes of screen time that she has, actress Ellen Page perfectly captures the intelligence and compassion that make Kitty Pryde such a compelling character.

The film also provides plenty of fun and exciting action sequences. Wolverine's forest battle with members of the Brotherhood was very cool and the film's climatic battle on Alcatraz Island is of an epic scale and offers the combatants many opportunities to show off their impressive powers.

Unfortunately, like many action films, "The Last Stand" occasionally decides to do something that looks cool or dramatic instead of what's painfully obvious. So that he and the Brotherhood can invade Alcatraz Island, Magneto uses his powers to move the Golden Gate Bridge. I guess the Master of Magnetism forgot that one of the members of his Brotherhood could fly him and his troops over to the island without breaking a sweat. Also, the dramatic impact of the climax of the film is undercut by the failure to address the presence of the mutant cure in that scene (To say anymore would spoil the ending).

Like previous X-Men films, there is much in the last stand for fans of the comic books. Mutant-philes will be able to identify right away one of the unnamed opponents that Wolverine tangles with in the forest. Also look for a cameo appearance by another one of the X-Men's most fearsome foes in the opening scene.

Comic fans should appreciate the many inside references in the film. However, fans who want the film to slavishly follow the comic books be warned! There are some scenes that will anger and upset you in this film. If you can separate the film from the comics, you won't mind these scenes as they lend emotional weight to the film.

Since it's billed as "The Last Stand," many people might expect this third X-Men film to be the end of the franchise and indeed the film does resolve many plot threads from the other films. However, as most people know, Hollywood never passes up the potential to make more money. So, if "X-Men: The Last Stand" is the end of the franchise it closes on a satisfactory note, but the end does leave things open for future installments; Especially, the scene that happens after the credits role. Make sure you sit through the credits for that scene. Its impact on the film as a whole is huge.

So, is "X-Men: The Last Stand" the stink bomb many fan predicted it would be early on? No, not at all. It's an entertaining film that does suffer from some glaring flaws, but quality wise it's about on par with the original X-Men film. "X-Men 3: The Last Stand" may not have recaptured the excellence that was the second film, but it's not a bad way to spend an hour and forty five minutes and it should leave fans hungry for the possible first in a series of proposed X-Men spin-off films, where Hugh Jackman would once again reprise the role of everyone's favorite Canucklehead, Wolverine.

--COMICBOOKRESOURCES.COM

DEADWORLD SHOCKER

Shocker Toys are pleased to announce the signing of the newest licensed products from its action figure line! Deadworld and Realm join the impressive lineup of properties scheduled for the Indie Spotlight such as Magnus Robot Fighter, Madman, Witchblade, Nexus, Retro Rocket, Toxic Avenger, Judge Dredd, Shadowhawk, Grim Jack, Badger, Cyberforce, and many others.

The Deadworld and Realm figures will have 20 or more points of articulation in the 6”-7” action figures plus they will join the Shockinis block figure line. Both Deadworld and Realm are long running series from Caliber and Gary Reed with each series having over 40 issues released.

“Deadworld is currently being released by Desperado Publishing via Image Comics,” said creator and writer, Gary Reed. “We’re glad to be aligned with Shocker Toys and with the recent shipping of the complete Deadworld on CD with over 1,700 pages of material from Eagle One Media and the announcement of the mass market t-shirt deal with Rotten Cotton, I’m doing my best to make sure everyone can get enough Deadworld in their homes.” For more information on Deadworld, visit www.deadworld.info.

Reed also said that he is close to announcing a new Realm series with friend and Legendlore writer, Joe Martin, handling the scripting chores. “We have the publisher and we have the artists lined up but we don’t have the schedule yet.”

--COMICBOOKBIN.COM

Invincible and Spidey Team-Up Again

In a crossover of unprecedented proportions, MARVEL TEAM-UP #14 featured the first meeting of Invincible and Marvel's Spider-Man as the unwitting Invincible was plunged through reality after reality with only a hint as to how or why. At the end of that issue, Invincible returned home in search of answers, and with INVINCIBLE #33, those answers are finally coming!

Click to enlargeSince INVINCIBLE's 2003 debut, the world Robert Kirkman has shaped around the series' title character has become home to an ever-growing cast of colorful characters, but for all the foes Mark Grayson has faced, none have ever attained "arch-enemy" status. Only in the pages of MARVEL TEAM-UP #14 was an enemy beyond Invincible's control hinted at, which was exactly how Kirkman had planned it.

“When it came time to do the Invincible appearance in MARVEL TEAM-UP #14, I really wanted it to be something special,” explained Kirkman.
“In too many instances, a crossover doesn’t mean a thing, and as long as I had a say, I wanted to make sure this story would affect INVINCIBLE for years to come.

“In TEAM-UP #14, Invincible mentions a guy named Angstrom Levy who’s throwing him through a ton of dimensions in an effort to wear him down. Problem is, ol' Invincible isn’t tiring in the slightest, so Angstrom turns his attention to the people Marks cares about most.
And if you think my other book, THE WALKING DEAD, is brutal, you haven’t seen anything yet! Angstrom is turning out to be one bad dude!”

Readers familiar with Angstrom Levy from earlier appearances may recall that he initially seemed more or less like a standard-issue human menace, but following events in INVINCIBLE #24, he's been given somewhat of an upgrade. And fittingly, Kirkman and regular series artist Ryan Ottley turned to an old friend when it came time to give Levy his new look.

“I remember Robert wanted a villain who looked as evil as he acted,”
recalled Ryan Ottley. “And while I dug the overall idea, I had a hard time conceiving him. Luckily, your friend and mine – INVINCIBLE co- creator Cory Walker –pitched in and showed us just how to do it.”

“The moment Cory’s sketches came in, I knew we had our new big bad, "
added Kirkman. "He’s going to be tearing our poor boy’s world apart.
In fact, Angstrom and Invincible’s punch out takes violence in the book to new heights – and yes, I was there for the fight with this dad!”

Fans eager to catch up with Invincible’s adventures can do so with the five trade paperbacks currently available and a sixth, entitled A DIFFERENT WORLD (NOV051715), due out shortly. And while Kirkman encourages readers to immerse themselves in the story, he's also quick to point that anything can happen to even the most beloved characters.

“I can’t wait for the fans coming off MARVEL TEAM-UP #14 to read the book, but they’re going to have another thing coming if they think this is just like any other superhero comic," he noted with a sinister chuckle. "With a bad guy this evil, someone’s gotta die. And yes, that could mean YOU, Invincible!”

Invincible #33 (FEB061782) is available for order now with a cover price of $2.99 and an in-store date of June 28.

--BROKENFRONTIER.COM



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