ALIEN ENCOUNTERS PREMIERES TOMORROW ON SCIENCE03/12/12 @ 1:43 pm EST
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--The World Premiere of ALIEN ENCOUNTERS: THE MESSAGE debuts on SCIENCE Tuesday, March 13, at 10:00 PM ET/PT ALIEN ENCOUNTERS: THE ARRIVAL PREMIERES on Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00 PM ET/PT--
BREAKING: WOLFINGER'S STUNNING CHRISTOPHER REEVE SUPERMAN PORTRAIT DEBUTS IN THE CBR SPEAKEASY07/01/15 @ 5:24 pm EST
ALIEN ENCOUTNERS brings together renowned experts including Nick Sagan and SETI Institute’s Dr. Jill Tarter to explore how alien life might communicate with Earth. Some of the world’s leading scientists explain the scientific, cultural and psychological effects a first contact with aliens would have on humans. ALIEN ENCOUNTERS is a part of SCIENCE’s Are We Alone? initiative happening the entire month of March.
Part 1- The Message premieres on Tuesday, March 13 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Part 2- The Arrival premieres on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
In two dramatic hours, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS lays out a plausible hypothetical scenario for a first contact event. What would really happen if we got a message from space? How will humans react when we learn that a message from a distant technology or a spacecraft is on its way to Earth? Will humans learn from aliens, or become colonial subjects? Some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and sci-fi writers help unravel the scientific, cultural and psychological impact of this world-changing global event. This show is made in cooperation with The SETI Institute which was founded in 1984 and had renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan as one of its Board of Trustee Members. Carl’s son Nick is now following in his father’s footsteps wondering, “How will we meet our galactic neighbors?”
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MATT WAGNER DISCUSSES THE SPIRIT AND WRITING PULP CHARACTERS07/01/15 @ 5:11 pm EST
When Jonah Weiland said he was commissioning portraits of some of comics culture's superstars to decorate the "CBR Speakeasy," who knew what we were in for. Now we have artist Terry Wolfinger's work blowing my mind. before, It nearly takes my breath away, and I am not even seeing the real portrait!
Wolfinger so beautifully captured so many nuances to many's all-time favorite Superman, Christopher Reeve -- the man most responsible for many folks' love of the Man of Steel -- that they're well worth unpacking for study. Take a good look.
Artwork © 2015 Terry Wolfinger.
Superman © 2014 DC Comics. All Rights Reserved
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BREAKING: MARVEL RELEASES "ALL09NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT" ART, CREATIVE TEAMS07/01/15 @ 3:19 pm EST
Writer Matt Wagner discusses The Spirit #1, on sale now!BYRON BREWER: First, Matt, what does it mean to you as a writer to be a part of returning this iconic character to the printed page for Dynamite?MATT WAGNER:
I’ve been a fan of Will Eisner and The Spiritsince I was in my early teens. I first discovered the character and his unique adventures via the over-sized B&W reprints of the early 1970s and I was blown away by the artistry of a true story-teller at the absolute peak of his powers and career. I never thought I’d ever contribute anything of my own to that legacy and, in fact, whenDynamite first approached me about this gig, my first response was to say “No.” I didn’t feel I could add anything to the already fantastic body of work that Eisner had created over the years.But…Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci and Editor-in-Chief Joe Rybandt were very persistent—“We think you’re perfect for this!” In the end, I came up with an approach and storyline that I feel adds something new to the existing canon of Spirit material. I’m thrilled and honored to be on board for this 12-issue arc. BB: Tell us your perspective: Who is The Spirit?MW:
Well, initially at least, I go about examining that question and his persona via the thoughts, memories and actions of his familiar cast of supporting characters. He’s obviously had a huge effect not only on Central City, his main base of operations, but also those who know and love him.The Spirit himself is a very kinetic character, always on the go and always thrusting himself into the jaws of danger almost without a thought for his own safety. He’s also got a real boyish element to his persona which makes him totally fun to write. And, of course, he’s an absolute magnet for the ladies…most of them from the wrong side of the law.BB: Can you give us a non-spoilery hint at what your initial storyline involves?MW:
At the start of our tale, The Spirit has been missing in action and presumed dead for nearly two years. He just vanished without a trace and no one has a clue as to what happened to him. As I said earlier, the lead-in to our story focuses on the strip’s supporting cast of characters; Commissioner and Ellen Dolan, Ebony White, Officer Klink and Sammy. All of them have tried their best to move on with their lives in the face of this devastating loss but The Spirit’s presence still looms large in their rear-view mirrors. I don’t want to spoil too much by saying any more but that certainly provides a big mystery to be unraveled.BB: Is there any extra difficulty in making these pulp characters with built-in fan bases palatable to new readers? How do you achieve that balance?MW:
This set-up gives me the opportunity to re-introduce not only The Spirit’s world and his pals but also a cross-section of the most infamous members of his rogue’s gallery. It is a bit of a balancing act, trying to write for longtime fans as well as new readers but, in the end, I just try to pen the sort of story that I’d want to read myself. If it’s not interesting to me first…I can’t make it interesting to my readers.BB: How is it working with artist Dan Schkade? Why is he the right artist for The Spirit?MW:
We had quite a lengthy search for the perfect artist on this book. The Spirit stands as a classic example of comics noir and adventure but there was also a huge cartoony element that ran throughout the narrative. We found a lot of talented artists that could handle the former but fell flat in regards to the latter. My son, Brennan Wagner, was always on deck to color this project and he kept pushing me to consider Dan Schkade, who is a friend of his. The funny part is, I’d met Dan several years ago when he’d shown me some of his work at a convention, long before he and my son ever even met!It turned out to be the right choice because Dan brings all this elements I mentioned to the drawing board while still injecting a healthy amount of his own sensibilities to the mix. His work is quite a bit different from the standard mainstream look-du-jour but I think that really makes it stand out. He’s a really enthusiastic collaborator and in fact, since he lives in the same area as I do, we get together once a week to go over his pages in person.He’s super receptive to any guidance I might give him and is really giving this book his all. And his work combined with my son’s coloring is a real match made in heaven. Their styles blend seamlessly and the results are lush and evocative.Check out the rest of the preview below.
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GUARDIANS OF GALAXY DIRECTOR JAMES GUNN CALLS ANT-MAN A COMPLETE BLAST07/01/15 @ 2:14 pm EST
Marvel has been unveiling select new series over the past few weeks, leading up to the revelation of the company's full new October slate. On Tuesday, scanned pages from the special preview magazine featuring its post-"Secret Wars" lineup appeared online. The magazine, which was distributed to comic retailers ahead of today's on-sale date, contains information about the titles the publisher will be shipping in October, once the publisher's line-wide event concludes
. A-Force #1
W: G. Willow Wilson A: Jorge Molina
CA: Victor Ibanez
“A-Force to be reckoned with…”All-New Wolverine #1
W: Tom Taylor A: David Lopez CA: David Marquez
“Best there is at what she does”Star-Lord #1
W: Sam Humphries A: Javier Garron
CA: Dave Johnson
“Feels like the first time. Feels like the very first time.” All-New Hawkeye #1
W: Jeff Lemire A: Ramon Perez
“Hawkeye vs. Hawkeye”
Previously listed as "Hawkeye"Karnak #1
W: Warren Ellis A: Gerardo Zaffino CA: David Aja
“The flaw in all things”Nova #1
W: Sean Ryan A: Cory Smith CA: Humberto Ramos
“The family business…” Carnage #1
W: Gerry Conway A: Mike Perkins CA: Mike Del Mundo
“Descent into madness…”Ultimates #1
W: Al Ewing A: Kenneth Rocafort
“Ultimate problems need Ultimate solutions.”Venom: Spaceknight #1
W: Robbie Thompson A: Ariel Olivetti
“Sometimes a hero needs a little space…” Spider-Man 2099 #1
W: Peter David A: Will Sliney CA: Francesco Mattina
“Smack to the future.”Spider-Woman #1
W: Dennis Hopeless A: Javier Rodriguez
“Parent by day. Hero by night.”Web Warriors #1
W: Mike Costa A: David Baldeon CA: Juian Totino Tedesco
“Defending the Spider-Verse” Amazing Spider-Man #1
W: Dan Slott A: Giuseppe Camuncoli CA: Alex Ross
“Your friendly neighborhood just got bigger.”Daredevil #1
W: Charles Soule A: Ron Garney
“The devil’s apprentice”Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
W: Frank Barbiere A: Brent Schoonover
“To fight the monsters of the world…We need the monsters of the night!” Ant-Man #1
W: Nick Spencer A: Ramon Rosanas CA: Mark Brooks
“Once a criminal…?”Silk #1
W: Robbie Thompson A: Stacey Lee CA: Helen Chen
“The Sinister Silk”Spider-Man #1
W: Brian Michael Bendis A: Sara Pichelli
“Welcome to the Marvel Universe, Miles Morales. Hope you survive the experience!” Uncanny Avengers #1
W: Gerry Duggan A: Ryan Stegman
“Fighting for Humanity, Inhumanity, Mutants…and Deadpool”Uncanny X-Men #1
W: Cullen Bunn A: Greg Land
“Bigger threats require more threatening X-Men.” All-New X-Men #1
W: Dennis Hopeless A: Mark Bagley
“On a mission to make their own future”
Hitting the road are the teenage Beast, Cyclops, Angel and Iceman along with X-23 in her new Wolverine suit.Extraordinary X-Men #1
W: Jeff Lemire A: Humberto Ramos
“Still hated. Still feared. Still standing.”
Featuring adult Iceman, Storm, Colossus, Magik, Old Man Logan, teen Jean Grey and Nightcrawler.Old Man Logan #1
W: Jeff Lemire A: Andrea Sorrentino“Older. Wiser. Sharper.”“Older. Wiser. Sharper. Illuminati #1
W: Josh Williamson A: Shawn Crystal CA: Riley Rossmo
“Forever evil.”New Avengers #1
W: Al Ewing A: Gerardo Sandoval
“Avengers Idea Mechanics. We A.I.M. To Help.”Sam Wilson, Captain America #1
W: Nick Spencer A: Daniel Acuña
“Who do you stand with?” Guardians of the Galaxy #1
W: Brian Michael Bendis A: Valerio Schiti
“The raccoon’s in charge.”Scarlet Witch #1
W: James Robinson CA: Kevin Wada
“Seeing red…”Spider-Gwen #1
W: Jason Latour A: Robbi Rodriguez
“The Secret History of Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker!” Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1
W: Marguerite Bennett A: Kim Jacinto & Stephanie Hans CA: Julian Totino Tedesco
“Hel hath a new fury.”Drax #1
W: CM Punk with Cullen Bunn CA: Ed McGuinness
“Best in the galaxy”Ms. Marvel #1
W: G. Willow Wilson A: Takeshi Miyazawa & Adrian Alphona CA: Takeshi Miyazawa
” Deadpool #1
W: Gerry Duggan A: Mike Hawthorne CA: Tony Moore
“More Deadpool than you wanted”Howard the Duck #1 (Yes, Again.)
W: Chip Zdarsky A: Joe Quinones
“Howard, uh, gets a new hat…”Squadron Supreme #1
W: James Robinson A: Leonard Kirk CA: Alex Ross
“Sole survivors of their own worlds, they’ll do ANYTHING to protect this one.” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
W: Marc Guggenheim CA: Mike Norton
“Keeps your friends close and your enemies closer.”The Mighty Thor #1
W: Jason Aaron A: Russell Dauterman
“The flash may be weak but the thunder is strong.”Vision #1
W: Tom King A: Gabriel H. Walta CA: Marcos Martin
“A bold new Vision for the Marvel Universe.” Captain Marvel #1
W: Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas A: Kris Anka
“Captain Marvel rises.”Contest of Champions #1
W: Al Ewing A: Paco Medina
“When heroes gather…”Uncanny Inhumans #1
W: Charles Soule A: St
“The silence is broken.” All-New All-Different Avengers #1
W: Mark Waid A: Adam Kubert, Mahmud Asrar CA: Alex Ross
“Earth’s mightiest most dedicated heroes.”
As previously revealed, the new Avengers lineup is Thor (Jane Foster), Vision, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Nova, Iron Man and Captain America (Sam Wilson).Doctor Strange #1
W: Jason Aaron A: Chris Bachalo
“Some surgery requires a scalpel -- some, an axe.”The Totally Awesome Hulk #1
W: Greg Pak A: Frank Cho
“Who is the Hulk?” Invincible Iron Man #1
W: Brian Michael Bendis A: David Marquez“Upgrade.”
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Guardians of the GalaxyTANK GIRL DIRECTOR RETURNING FOR DOCTOR WHO SERIES 9 FINALE07/01/15 @ 2:10 pm EST
director James Gunn is one of the lucky few who have seenAnt-Man
already, and he’s giving it a pretty strong.
On Facebook, Gunn wrote about the film, saying that it may be Marvel’s best since the first Iron Man
.Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau's Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I'm partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It's never boring for a second and it's hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn't get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It's a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact. Paul Rudd is nuanced and charming and funny and is a surprisingly natural fit as a modern superhero (side-fact - Paul must be a nice guy, because he and I dated the same girl in college, and yet I still love him). Michael Peña KILLS IT - this movie is going to make him a huge star. My old pal Judy Greer (she was Deadly Girl to my Minute Man in The Specials (film) many moons ago) is great in a small role. And Michael Douglas is awesome. I think all of Peyton Reed's years directing have led him to making something as deft and nimble and joyous as this; he did an incredible job. And, despite Edgar Wright's parting from Marvel, his spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude. I left the theater incredibly happy. So often I see movies by people I love which are just okay - it's great to love a movie as much as I love the people who made it.
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Tank GirlFEAR THE WALKING DEAD TO BE A FAMILY DRAMA, THREE NEW PHOTOS RELEASED07/01/15 @ 2:04 pm EST
director Rachel Talalay will direct the two-part Series 9 finale of Doctor Who
, the BBC announced. Talalay also direct last series’ two-part finale, “Dark Water/Death in Heaven.”
Episodes 11 and 12 of Doctor Who
Series 9 are now filming. The episodes are being written by showrunner Steven Moffat, who promises that episode 11 will have a cliffhanger that fans won’t see coming.
Talalay tweeted about her return, making a reference to the alien race called the Silence.
The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) will return for Doctor Who
Series 9 this fall.
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ASH VS. EVIL DEAD: FIRST OFFICIAL BRUCE CAMPBELL IMAGE07/01/15 @ 2:01 pm EST
The photos feature Alycia Debnam Carey as Alicia, Kim Dickens as Alicia’s mother Madison, and Cliff Curtis as Madison’s boyfriend Travis.
Showrunner Dave Erickson also spoke to EW about how the relationships between these characters fuel the series.
“Ultimately, it’s a family drama,” says Erickson. “One of the things that Robert [Kirkman] and I discussed from the very beginning was, we’re starting a little earlier in the apocalypse. And what that allowed us to do in the pilot and season 1 is establish our core family, establish the problems and the conflicts that they have, and really let that be the initial world that we live in. And we layer in the onset of the apocalypse, we layer in our first walkers, but it’s really an effort to exacerbate the problems that already exist with Kim Dickens’ character and Cliff Curtis’ character and their sort of dysfunctional blended family. It’s really filtering the apocalypse through that.” Fear the Walking Dead
will premiere on AMC in Aug.
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PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON TO WRITE ROBERT DOWNEY JR.'S 'PINOCCHIO'07/01/15 @ 1:57 pm EST
Starz has released the first image of Bruce Campbell in Ash vs. Evil Dead.
Campbell is reprising he role he played in Sam Raimi’s series of cult horror films, including Evil Dead
and Army of Darkness
According to Raimi, Ash is once again inadvertently responsible for the coming apocalypse.
“He’s the only one stupid enough to really tamper with those spirits,” Raimi tells EW. "And he does. But he’s also still a really good monster fighter. So, he’s also going to be kicking some deadite buttocks, if you’ll pardon the French.”
“It’s The Searchers
with carnage and mayhem,” Campbell added. “I’m relegated a little bit into the John Wayne mode these days with my team—the young, virile, evil fighters who will pair up with Ash and take on this nemesis: this never ending, ever evolving nemesis.”Ash vs. Evil Dead
will premiere on Starz in 2015.
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Warner Bros. and Team Downey are moving forward with their live-action take on Pinocchio and have enlisted Paul Thomas Anderson to write a draft with an eye toward directing.Though the film would seem far outside of Anderson's wheelhouse, the move shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Downey was poised to star in Anderson's Inherent Vice until his Avengers: Age of Ultron obligations got in the way and Joaquin Phoenix stepped in to play the lead. Downey and Anderson are good friends and have been looking to work together for some time.The Giver writer Michael Mitnick penned the latest draft of Pinocchio, and Downey has been quietly tweaking the script for the past six months. Downey has been developing Pinocchio for years, but the project has found new urgency in the wake of a string of live-action hits based on kids' classics, most recently Disney's Cinderella.TESS FOWLER & TAMRA BONVILLAIN JOIN "RAT QUEENS" AS NEW ART TEAM07/01/15 @ 1:52 pm EST
Ever since auteur Tim Burton turned Alice in Wonderland into a billion-dollar live-action franchise and theAngelina Jolie starrer Maleficent earned $758 million worldwide last year, the studios have been angling to set up projects based on live-action kids' tales, with A-list directors flocking to the projects across town.
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CHANNING TATUM TALKS GAMBIT COSTUME AND MORE07/01/15 @ 10:02 am EST
The new art team on Image Comics series "Rat Queens" is official, with Tess Fowler and coloristTamra Bonvillain joining writer Kurtis J. Wiebe on the series as of August's issue #11.
Fowler and Bonvillain join the series following the departure of artist Stjepan Sejic, who announced he was leaving the series last week, citing health reasons.
"I am very indebted to Stjepan Sejic for coming to my aid and doing a fantastic job on the two issues he helped us with," Wiebe said in Image's press release. "Looking to the future of 'Rat Queens,' I needed people who understood what the series has become known for, and there was no other team I could imagine doing a better job than Tess and Tamra!"
Sejic joined "Rat Queens" after Roc Upchurch, the series' original artist and co-creator, left the series in November following a domestic abuse arrest.
Fowler has previous "Rat Queens" experience, having drawn the one-shot "Rat Queens Special: Braga," released in January.
"I'm excited to be returning to explore the world of 'Rat Queens' with Kurtis," Fowler said in the press release. "The fact that I'm wading in with Tamra by my side makes the adventure that much sweeter."
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In a new interview with Digital Spy, Magic Mike XXL
star Channing Tatum talked about his costume for the forthcoming X-Men spinoff film Gambit
."It's all being worked on at the moment," said Tatum. "I'm from the south, so I know who to go to, to find the accent. I haven't found 'the guy' yet, because that's generally how I do accents is that I'll find the guy who I want to sound like and not just do a generic Cajun accent. So I haven't found the guy yet, but cards are always right there, actually."
Asked about the costume, he said, "That's kind of the fun part -- to massage it. You can't just do it how people think; you want to give it some basic reality. And if you do do it, you want to make it sort of relative to the reality."