WE WANT YOU TO JOIN THE MARVEL REEVOLUTION!03/12/12 @ 1:17 pm EST
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Top Comics Publisher Announces Historic Initiative To Reshape The Comic Industry
MARVEL SHAKE-UP: FILM CHIEF KEVIN FEIGE BREAKS FREE OF CEO IKE PERLMUTTER 08/31/15 @ 9:59 pm EST
The Marvel ReEvolution
is here—and comics will never be the same! The future of comic book publishing was unveiled yesterday to the raucous crowd at SXSW Interactive’ s ScreenBurn Arcade courtesy of industry superstars Axel Alonso (Editor in Chief, Marvel Comics), Peter Phillips (SVP/GM, Marvel Digital Media) and Jeph Loeb (Head of Marvel Television) during the historic Marvel: House of Ideas
An industry first, the Marvel ReEvolution
seamlessly brings the worlds of print and digital media together for a comics experience like no other. The first two elements of this exciting new initiative were revealed as Marvel Infinite
Comics, a new comic book format, and Marvel AR
, the first major augmented reality app from a comics company. And fans will not have to wait long to get in on the action as they will both be released with the hotly-anticipated Avengers X-Men #1
on April 4th, when the two biggest Super Heroes teams in the world go to war!
“Marvel’s always led graphic fiction industry in digital media innovation and the Marvel ReEvolution
is a quantum leap into the future of publishing,” said Dan Buckley. Publisher & President of the Print, Animation & Digital Divisions, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. “We see print and digital product as complementary, not competitive—so we’ve made sure that not only do we have new digital content but also digital products that enhance the printed page. The release of Avengers VS X-Men #1
, the biggest story we’ve ever told, is the activation point for the re-evolution of comics as a whole.”Marvel Infinite Comics
represent a new form of comic book storytelling, using tablets and smartphones as a new canvas for storytelling, taking advantage of modern technology while staying true to medium’s greatest strengths. The first comic released in this format will be Avengers VS X-Men #1 Infinite
, from acclaimed creators Mark Waid and Stuart Immonen and available on April 4th for purchase on the Marvel Comics app
, free with the redemption of the code found in print copies of Avengers VS X-Men #1
or included with the purchase of the digital version.
“We call these Marvel Infinite Comics
because the storytelling possibilities are, frankly, infinite. Writers and artists now have a whole host of new tools at their disposal to redefine the comic book medium,” said Alonso. “Current tablets and smartphones, along with comiXology’s Guided View technology, allow us to develop new, full length stories for a different medium that are very much truly comics—but experienced by readers in a way no other major company has ever executed.”
The Marvel AR
app, powered by Aurasma, will be released in April for iOS and Android devices. By opening this app and scanning select Marvel products featuring the Marvel AR
logo, you’ll unlock exclusive content starring the world’s most popular Super Heroes -- including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and many others! Go behind the scenes of your favorite comics, see new footage, hear from creators, catch yourself up on past events and more!
is a perfect example of how digital innovation not only gives added value to print comics, but also brings a delivers an entirely new reading experience,” explained Phillips. “Now fans will have access to more behind-the-scenes material from their favorite Marvel products than ever before—and it’s all absolutely free.”
Check out www.marvel.com
for more information on the Marvel ReEvolution
and stay tuned for exciting developments as the comic industry changes forever.To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com
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'UNDER THE DOME' CANCELED AT CBS AFTER 3 SEASONS08/31/15 @ 6:41 pm EST
After what one source describes as "several years of frustration," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige
has pulled off a reorganization of the vaunted film company that has him reporting to Disney studio chief Alan Horn
as opposed to the infamously micromanaging Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter
Feige, the architect of Marvel's transition from a flailing comic book company into a film powerhouse that was sold to Disney for $4 billion in 2009, is said to have vented his unhappiness to Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger
earlier this summer. The reorganization was put into effect last week, according to sources.
Marvel Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm in centralizing many of its film-related functions in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito
continuing to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn," a Disney spokesperson tells THR
in a statement.
The revamp is a blow to New York-based Perlmutter, a low-profile billionaire who has contributed to Marvel's reputation in Hollywood for frugality and secrecy (as THR
reported in a 2014 feature, he attended the premiere of Iron Man
in a disguise to go undetected and once complained that journalists at a press junket were allowed two sodas instead of one). Jeph Loeb
, head of Marvel Television, continues to report to Perlmutter, who will maintain oversight of Marvel's TV group, publishing, animation and other New York-based operations.
Perlmutter, 72, is said to have accepted Feige's insistence on the film group breaking free. But the move illustrates the power that Feige has amassed within the Disney empire, having overseen a slate of films since 2009 that has grossed more than $7 billion while rival Warner Bros. has struggled to turn its DC superheroes into a comparable cinematic universe. Disney has plotted out Marvel films until at least 2019.
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AMC’S ‘FEAR THE WALKING DEAD’ DECLINES IN WEEK 2, STILL STRONG VS. VMA AWARDS08/31/15 @ 6:37 pm EST
CBS will not be spending another summer Under the Dome
. The serial adaptation of Stephen King
's novel of the same name has been canceled after three seasons.
The network announced the series would conclude with its Sept. 10 finale, promising closure to the storyline about the mysterious dome that's kept the occupants of a small Maine town separated from the rest of the world.Under the Dome
premiered to lofty live and DVR ratings records in 2013. Its inaugural 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 and and 13.5 million viewers proved to all of the broadcast networks that summer could be a launch pad for big scripted drama. And the financials — Under the Dome
is funded largely by CBS' streaming pact with Amazon Prime — paved the way for similar roll-outs. CBS summer dramas Extant
are among those that have followed, with respective deals at Amazon and Netflix.
But the traditional measure of success has been harder on Dome
. Even with a season-to-date 80 percent lift from DVR, it's only averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. It still ranked as broadcast's No. 2 scripted series of the summer, behind Fox's Wayward Pines
, but it's a far cry from its previous audience.
"Two years ago, Under the Dome
broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world," said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler
. "Dome’s event storytelling and multi-platform business model paved the way for more original summer programming with the successful rollouts of Extant
. We’re excited to present the final chapter in Chester’s Mill as the story comes full circle, with the Dome
coming down as dramatically as it went up."
Produced by Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, Under the Dome
prompted a summer sea change
at CBS. The network has followed each off-season since its premiere with a new scripted drama where it previously aired only repeats or reality TV. In 2016, it will add Washington, D.C.-set horror comedyBrainDead
from The Good Wife
and Michelle King
Executive producer Neal Baer
had been optimistic about the series' prospects earlier in the summer whenspeaking with The Hollywood Reporter
, also shrugging the criticism that had been levied against the show. "I'd like to keep it going," said Baer. "Our intentions are to tell a great story every summer for as long as the audience wants to watch the citizens of Chester's Mill."
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BREAKING: ‘THE FLASH’ CASTS TONY TODD AS DC VILLAIN ZOOM IN SEASON 2 08/31/15 @ 3:52 pm EST
Ratings for AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” held up pretty well in its second week Sunday, despite tough competition from MTV’s Video Music Awards.
According to Nielsen estimates, Sunday’s episode averaged a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall — down 16% in the demo and 19% in total viewers vs. last week’s premiere, which set all-time ratings records for a cable launch in both adults 18-49 (4.9 rating) and total viewers (10.31 million). The premiere telecast, which aired simultaneously around the world, also set global ratings records for the newly launched AMC Global Networks.
Since the March season finale of Fox’s “Empire” did a whopping 6.9 rating on March 18, the only other ad-supported entertainment series to draw a higher 18-49 same-night rating than last night’s “Fear the Walking Dead” was “The Walking Dead” itself (7.0 and 8.2 for its final two episodes of season five).
In “live plus-3” estimates, “Fear the Walking Dead” rose by 37% in 18-49 rating (6.7 vs. 4.9) and by 32% in total viewers (13.3 million vs. 10.1 million) from its “live plus same-day” ratings, according to Nielsen. There’s a good chance, AMC will be reporting higher DVR playback gains for “Fear” this week due in part to stronger live competition from the VMA Awards.
Ratings for MTV’s telecast of the VMA Awards will be released Tuesday by Nielsen. It drew roughly 9.8 million viewers for its simulcast on ten Viacom networks, according to preliminary reports.
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"GARGOYLES" CO-CREATOR & "ARCHER" ARTIST LAUNCH MARVEL'S "STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK"08/31/15 @ 3:46 pm EST
“The Flash” has tapped “Candyman” star Tony Todd as the voice of DC Comics villain Zoom in season two, Variety has learned exclusively.
Zoom will menace titular hero Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) beginning in episode two, titled “Flash of Two Worlds.”
“Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells Variety. “Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”
Kreisberg compares Zoom’s appearance to Venom in Marvel’s Spider-Man, revealing, “The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it’s hard to tell if it is a suit or alive… There’s no skin showing, for all you know there’s a robot underneath, or dark energy.”
Unlike last season, which revealed that Cavanagh’s Harrison Wells (or, more accurately, Eobard Thawne) was the Reverse-Flash fairly early on, Kreisberg says the producers intend to draw out the mystery of Zoom “like a horror movie — ‘who’s the killer? Who’s under the mask?'”
As for what’s driving Zoom, Kreisberg teases, “For us, the best villains are the ones who don’t have megalomaniacal ‘I want to rule the world’ motivations. Last year, the Reverse-Flash had a very simple goal which was, ‘I just want to go home, and if people need to die or cities need to get wasted for me to get that, so be it.’ And Zoom has a very similar, personal goal this season… simple and easy to understand, and very primal. And just as with Wells last year, Zoom doesn’t care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal.”
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‘SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS’ MUSICAL TARGETS BROADWAY WITH SUPERGROUP SONGLIST08/31/15 @ 3:37 pm EST
In "Avengers," Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver introduced readers to the Marvel Universe incarnations of characters from the 1980s "New Universe" line -- Starbrand and Nightmask. During their tenure as some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the cosmic-powered youths traversed the universe and helped save it from a multitude of intergalactic empires and entities.
But while they have experience defending their world, they don't have much knowledge of it. That will change in December when writer Greg Weisman (a comics and animation veteran known for his work on "Gargoyles," "Spectacular Spider-Man" and "Young Justice") and artist Dominike "Domo" Stanton (also known for both comics and animation, whose credits include FX hit "Archer" and "The Big Con Job" for BOOM! Studios) kick off a new "Starbrand & Nightmask" series, where the titular duo will try to balance their responsibilities as cosmic defenders and college students.
Who will they be fighting? Weisman told CBR: "You'll be seeing some familiar -- and downright old school -- faces in a new light, as antagonists on a cosmic scale actually team up with more standard Earth-bound super-villains to take on our two powerful heroes. We'll also have new opponents. One in particular will be introduced by the end of the first arc, and she will eventually emerge as one of Starbrand and Nightmask's most dangerous foes."
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THREE ERAS OF HEROES COLLIDE IN GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #108/31/15 @ 3:26 pm EST
He’s ready: SpongeBob SquarePants, the massive Nickelodeon property with a fanbase that reaches well beyond its target kiddie demographic, will go from Bikini Bottom to Broadway in “The SpongeBob Musical,” premiering in Chicago in the summer of 2016 prior to a New York opening during the 2016-17 Broadway season.
Produced by Nickelodeon, the project has attracted a who’s who of contemporary music names to contribute original songs to the show, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (of Aerosmith), the Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper (already a Tony winner for “Kinky Boots”) and David Bowie.
The musical is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, the writer-director (and member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater) whose Broadway work has included “Superior Donuts” and “Bells Are Ringing.” The book is by Kyle Jarrow, who co-created “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant” and has worked with Duncan Sheik on “Whisper House” and “Noir” (getting a showcase this fall as part of the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s 2015 festival).
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WES CRAVEN, HORROR MAESTRO, DIES AT 7608/31/15 @ 7:20 am EST
This December, the infinite expanse of time and space will give way, as teams from three eras burst forth and unite like never before inGUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1
– a brand new ongoing series launching as part of All-New All-Different Marvel! Fan favorite writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians 3000)
and artists Carlo Barberi (Deadpool
, Amazing Spider-Man
) take you on an explosive thrill ride into the timestream and across the galaxy! When a mysterious structure is discovered floating in the void of space – Rocket Raccoon, Drax and Groot unearth a powerful and dark secret that could unravel the very fabric of space and time! Good thing the Guardians 3000
are on hand to help! But who are the mysterious and enigmatic Guardians 1000
?! And are these ancient travelers here to help, or hinder?
Plus, every issue of GUARDIANS OF INFINITY
will include a special bonus story from some of the industry’s top creators. First, it’s battles to the death inside the squared circle as Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen)
and Jim Cheung (New Avengers
) bring you a can’t miss story of Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon. Stranded on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling, the bruiser from Yancy Street and the Guardian’s own ferocious furball find themselves locked in a struggle of life and death!
Is the galaxy big enough for three teams of Guardians? Find out this December as Abnett, Barberi, Latour and Cheung take you on an action-packed adventure across the cosmos inGUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1
GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1Written by DAN ABNETT & JASON LATOUR
Art by CARLO BARBERI & JIM CHEUNG
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Cover by CARLO BARBERI
On Sale in December!
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SOMEONE YOU CAN COUNT ON – A NEW CLIP FROM STAR WARS REBELS08/29/15 @ 5:30 pm EST
Wes Craven, the famed maestro of horror known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Screamfranchises, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.
Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers for years, died at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. Survivors include his wife, producer and former Disney Studios vice president Iya Labunka.
Craven was a longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, where he moved permanently three years ago before returning to L.A. for work and health reasons.
Craven claimed to have gotten the idea for Elm Street from living next to a cemetery on a street of that name in the suburbs of Cleveland. The five Nightmare on Elm Street films were released from 1984-89 and drew big crowds.
Similarly, Craven's Scream series was a box-office sensation. In those scare-'em-ups, he spoofed the teen horror genre and frequently referenced other horror movies.
Craven’s first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972. A rape-revenge movie, it appalled some viewers but generated big box office. Next came another film he wrote and helmed, The Hills Have Eyes (1977).
Craven re-invented the youth horror genre in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which he wrote and directed.
He conceived and co-wrote Elm Street III as well, and then after not being involved with other sequels, deconstructed the genre a decade after the original, writing and directing Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was nominated for best feature at the 1995 Spirit Awards.
His own Nightmare players, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon, portrayed themselves in that film.
In 1996, Craven reached a new level of success with the release of Scream. The film grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did Scream 2 (1997).
Between Scream 2 and Scream 3, Craven, offered the opportunity to direct a non-genre film for Miramax, helmed Music of the Heart (1999), earning Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for best actress in the inspirational drama about a teacher in Harlem.
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Star Wars RebelsGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANIMATED SERIES – ORIGIN OF GAMORA08/29/15 @ 5:27 pm EST
season 2 will be kicking off in October and Disney
has released a clip from the new season. The season premiere episode will be called The Lost Commanders
and we see the crew of the Ghost
being given the head of an old droid by Ahsoka
just before she embarks on tracking down the Sith Lord
on her own.
Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dAGvFBwG834 Star Wars Rebels
returns October 14th to Disney XD
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