ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW FOR DYNAMITE’S FLASH GORDON!12/05/11 @ 5:11 pm EST
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‘X-FILES’ STAR DAVID DUCHOVNY ADDED TO WIZARD WORLD PITTSBURGH ON SEPTEMBER 1208/28/15 @ 3:39 pm EST
I was a tad cautious about this new acquisition by Dynamite
after several other classic heroes (Lone Ranger, Green Hornet,etc), as there’s already a Flash Gordon series from publisher Ardden, and has been for a while. However, this debut issue (at only $1!) is awesomely rousing with a great focus on action and drama.
Setting the story in 1934 (the year of the adventurer’s debut, courtesy of Alex Raymond) was a bold, but wise move. Not only does it set it apart from Ardden’s modernised take, it also gives Flash Gordon a unique flair for adventure, much like The Rocketeeer or Indiana Jones tales set roughly in the same era, do.
We first see Flash when he’s jumping from a burning plane, with cartographer Dale Arden in his arms. Handy captions introduce us to all the main players and Flash is instantly likeable due to that charming ’30s style and the fact that he’s a polo player once more. Flash and Dale are on a mission to find reclusive scientist Hans Zarkov. They do and he’s wonderfully crazy (well, at least a little bit). Zarkov believes there’s a way from our universe to others, and that inhabitants of said outer worlds have been visiting Earth for recruitment purposes. One dangerous space shuttle journey later and Flash and Dale see his point. On the last few pages three rebellious Mongo citizens visit Germany to hunt down Ming ally, Hitler. This was a pleasant surprise, adding one more layer to this daring tale.
Artist Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) has long been a fan of the character and an interview with him even shows up on the DVD of the 1980 film. His love is evident here in his character designs and art direction, a role (as well as variant cover artist) that has kept him busy with numerous series over the last few years at Dynamite. Not as outlandish as his designs for the Jack Kirby inspired titles, they evoke classic sci-fi trappings much like the rockets and alien thrones do. Throwing Ming’s snivelly right hand man Klytus from the film was a nice surprise too, and Ming really lives up to his Merciless title, with his disdain for pretty much everyone, including his slave girls and the entirety of the human race it would seem. More of a nuanced character and not at all a stereotype, Ming is like Darth Vader in Episode IV. We don’t see much of him, but we see enough to know that he’s a calculating despot.
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David DuchovnyHUGH JACKMAN SURPRISES A YOUNG WOLVERINE FAN FOR THE MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION08/28/15 @ 3:33 pm EST
, best known for portraying such iconic characters as “Fox Mulder” on “The X Files” and “Hank Moody” on “Californication,” will make his first-ever Wizard World appearance atWizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh
on Saturday, September 12.
The two-time Golden Globe winner is currently starring in the NBC TV series “Aquarius” and earlier this year, Duchovny released his first novel, Holy Cow
, which landed on The New York Times’ Bestseller List.
Aside from his most recent achievements, Duchovny has appeared in numerous television shows, including “The Larry Sanders Show”, “Twin Peaks,” “Life With Bonnie,” and “Sex and the City,” alongside his illustrious film credits including The X Files Movie, Zoolander, Beethoven, Kalifornia, Full Frontal, The Rapture, Evolution, Return To Me, Julia Has Two Lovers, Chaplin,
and Playing God
Recently it was announced that Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their "X-Files" roles in a new series due out next year.
Meet him at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center next month!
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‘BORDERLANDS’ VIDEOGAME MOVIE IN WORKS AT LIONSGATE08/28/15 @ 3:28 pm EST
It seems that Hugh Jackman can harness Wolverine’s healing factor more than just the clawed mutant.
Jackman, who’s played Wolverine in every X-Men film, recently raised the spirits a sick Wolverine fan through the Make-A-Wish foundation. The young fan, Dominic, appeared on Australian radio station KIIS 1065 to chat about his Wolverine love. The radio station then called Jackman’s phone so Dominic could speak to the actor, not telling Dominic that Jackman was actually just in the other room. But when Dominic asked Jackman what his favorite Wolverine pose was, Jackman burst into the room and surprised Dominic with his best feral grimace.
Dominic, naturally, was estatic. Jackman then dropped his home-grown Aussie accent and got into character as Wolverine, and kinda-sorta shared his favorite Wolverine line—the infamous “Go ##### yourself” line from X-Men: First Class
. But to make it more age-appropriate,Jackman just subbed in “frolic” for the f-bomb. Now that’s one wish that was granted in full.
You can watch the entire exchange here: https://youtu.be/UQDQkRj-9xo
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SUICIDE SQUAD WRAPS PRODUCTION08/28/15 @ 3:24 pm EST
Lionsgate is developing a tentpole movie based on the videogame “Borderlands,” with producers Avi and Ari Arad.
“Borderlands,” launched in 2009, is a role-playing first-person shooter videogame created and developed by Gearbox Software and published by Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K label. More than 26 million copies of the game have been shipped worldwide, including 8 million during Take-Two’s 2015 fiscal year, which ended March 31.
The game is set on the frontier of a sci-fi universe — the planet of Pandora — which has been abandoned by a mega-corporation prior to the game events.
Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad have been involved in the creation of the film franchises for Iron Man, Spider Man, The Amazing Spider Man, X-Men, Ghost Rider and Blade.
Lionsgate made a major push last year into videogames when it named Nerdist Industries CEO Peter Levin as president of interactive ventures and games
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‘FEAR THE WALKING DEAD’ PREMIERE POWERS AMC GLOBAL TO RECORD RATINGS08/28/15 @ 3:20 pm EST
Director David Ayer as officially announced that production on Suicide Squad
Based on the DC Comics series conceived by John Ostrander, Suicide Squad
sees DC Comics supervillains accept a secret government mission that will likely result in their deaths.
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THE WALKING DEAD TO SHOW AIRLINE ZOMBIE ATTACK IN STAND-ALONE SPECIAL08/28/15 @ 3:17 pm EST
After shattering all-time cable ratings record with its bow in the U.S. on AMC, “Fear the Walking Dead” has set more records with newly launched AMC Global’s worldwide debut of the zombie drama.
AMC Global was a top 10 network on Sunday in key regional markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The program debuted worldwide simultaneously at 9 p.m. ET/PT with repeats in local time zones during primetime. AMC will launch in the U.K. for the first time later this month.
“Fear the Walking Dead” has already received a 15-episode order for a second season, which will air on AMC Global in 2016.
Looking at the international highlights, “Fear” quadrupled the network’s primetime audience in key Latin America markets and made AMC a top 10 entertainment network throughout the region. In Brazil, where the newly launched network has only 30% distribution, AMC was No. 11 among all entertainment networks, among all cable and satellite platforms and in the key adults 18-49 demographic.
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‘DOCTOR STRANGE’ EYES ‘HANNIBAL’ STAR MADS MIKKELSEN TO PLAY VILLAIN 08/27/15 @ 3:40 pm EST
What if an episode of The Walking Dead was set on a passenger airliner before civilization had fallen?
That’s basically what AMC is planning in a highly unusual — if not totally unprecedented — new special that’s set during the time period of the hit drama’s companion series, Fear the Walking Dead.
Here’s the plan: EW is reporting AMC is producing a half-hour special that will tell a stand-alone story following a group of passengers facing a walker attack on an airline while in flight. One character who survives that encounter will then join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead in season 2. So, yes: Zombies on a Plane.
Previously, AMC has had stand-alone The Walking Dead online web series, but the network never used such content to introduce a new character before they joined the show. The airline attack story will debut online, and will unfold this in chapters that will air during Walking Dead’s on-air telecasts. In other words: You’re watching The Walking Dead, AMC cuts to commercial break, then you get a chapter in the as-yet-untitled stand-alone airline attack drama.
Beyond that, details are scarce. We assume the flight is headed to Los Angeles, since that’s the setting of Fear (L.A. residents, insert your LAX-is-already-run-by-zombies joke here). Our lingering questions: What’s the stand-alone content called? Who is the new character being introduced and who will play them? (Presumably AMC will be reluctant to release that because that would then reveal which passenger survives.) How many pieces of this interstitial will there be, and across how many Walking Dead episodes will it air?
A plane has been used a setting for a zombie outbreak before, most memorably during a sequence in the otherwise lackluster World War Z. There was also a 2007 movie called Flight of the Living Dead (which also carried the subtitle Outbreak on a Plane for those who didn’t find ”Flight of the Living Dead” clear enough). It will be intriguing to see how TWD’s team add new twists into that trapped-group premise. Producers of the special content include Dave Erickson and Fear co-executive prodcuer David Weiner.
The Walking Dead returns Oct. 11. Companion series Fear the Walking Dead recently premiered to a record 13.3 million viewers, including three days of DVR playback, making it the biggest series cable debut ever.
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NEW STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS TEASER VIDEO RELEASED08/27/15 @ 3:33 pm EST
“Hannibal” star Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to play one of the villains in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, Variety
has learned exclusively. While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected shortly. Marvel had no comment on Mikkelsen’s involvement.
Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are on board to co-star. Scott Derrickson is directing the comic book movie from a script by Jon Spaihts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics artist Steve Ditko created the character in 1963. Swinton will play Strange’s mentor, The Ancient One, while Ejiofor will appear as Baron Mordo, who also studies magic under The Ancient One in the comic books, before becoming Doctor Strange’s nemesis.
Mikkelsen’s exact role remains under wraps, but sources say he will be another antagonist to Cumberbatch’s titular sorcerer.
“Doctor Strange” will debut on Nov. 4, 2016 with production set to start late this year.
Marvel has been interested in Mikkelsen for some time, at one point courting him for the villainous Malekith in “Thor: The Dark World,” until Mikkelsen won the role of the titular cannibal in NBC’s “Hannibal” and was no longer available. The Malekith role eventually went to Christopher Eccleston.
If accepted, this would be Mikkelsen’s second high-profile role in the wake of “Hannibal’s” cancellation — he’ll also appear in “Star Wars: Rogue One,” which will hit theaters on December 16, 2016. He is repped by UTA and Art Management.
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GALAXY QUEST TV SERIES LANDING AT AMAZON08/27/15 @ 3:26 pm EST
Lucasfilm has released a new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
, via Instagram.
The teaser features new footage of Finn (John Boyega) wielding a lightsaber, Rey (Daisy Ridley) with BB-8, and the armies of the First Order.
Check it out here: https://instagram.com/p/65PhxOs_RH/
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DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES VAMPIRELLA #1969 CELEBRATION TO DEBUT IN NOVEMBER08/27/15 @ 3:21 pm EST
The Galaxy Quest
crew has found a new home.
Amazon Studios is developing a series based on the beloved1999 cult sci-fi hit, EW has learned exclusively.
The streaming outlet is partnering with producer Paramount Television on the project. Last April, media outlets repoirted that Paramount was shopping a Galaxy Quest
title to prospective buyers.
Unlike many high-concept movies, the story behind Galaxy Quest
seems as suitable for a TV series as it was for a theatrical film. The original premise: The cast of a cheesy-yet-endearing Star Trek
-like series find themselves abducted and forced to run a real starship by a race of embattled aliens that mistook their show for a documentary.
The show’s development is at an early stage. It’s not clear if members of the film’s cast will be sought for the show, or if the series will be a complete reboot. The film had some major (and tough to get) names among the NSEA Protector crew—including Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell.
Behind the camera, however, the crew is very much the same. The film’s co-writer Robert Gordon will pen the script and executive produce the pilot. The film’s director Dean Parisot will direct and executive produce. And executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are on board as well. (You might say they never gave up, never surrendered).
If Galaxy Quest
is officially greenlit to pilot and then to series, the project will be the latest movie-to-TV adaption to hit the small screen. Next season there’s CBS’ Rush Hour
, and Fox’s Minority Report
, to name but a few in the pipeline.
Paramount and Amazon Studios had no comment.
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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of Vampirella #1969
, a 48-page one-shot special that celebrates over 45 years of the vampire heroine's advenutres in horror and fantasy. The over-sized issue celebrates the heady days of the character's earliest appearances with contributions from a roster of all-star writers and artists, including: Nancy Collins and Fritz Casas, Eric Trautmann and Brett Weldele, Phil Hester and Jethro Morales, Mark Rahner and Colton Worley, and David Walker and Aneke. Vampirella #1969
will debut in November and feature three covers: one by Robert Hack in retro-style dress, a cover by Jack Jadson, and a rare edition featuring Hack's artwork in black-and-white, much like the artwork of the original Vampirella
Several of the Vampirella #1969
contributors have shared their thoughts on the upcoming celebratory event:Nancy A. Collins:
"When I was asked to contribute a story to Vampirella #1969
, I went back to see exactly what was going on the month the first issue of Vampirella
hit the stands. As it turns out, the police were searching for the killers responsible for the Tate-LaBianca murders while America was dealing with the aftershocks, both physical and cultural, of Hurricane Camille, Woodstock, and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. My story has classic-era Vampirella landing in a Hollywood that bears a closer resemblance to the reality of the time than what existed in her goofy/campy early adventures."Phil Hester:
"I was three years old when Vampirella
debuted. It wasn't until I was thirteen that I became very, very interested in the character, especially that life-sized poster I had saved my paper route money to buy. But beyond the undeniable visual impact of Vampirella, there was always a core decency to her character that burned brightly even amid the dark, horror-oriented themes of her stories. She was always, well - good. Even though she was a vampire, and was always mixed up with creepy characters and monstrous villains, she somehow maintained this kind of purity that I found really refreshing in a culture awash with anti-heroes. I hope my story harkens back to that classic Vampirella heroism."Eric Trautmann:
"One of the things that made me most eager about contributing toVampirella #1969
was the opportunity to work more in the (pardon the pun) same vein as the Warren-era material - short, punchy, atmospheric, without the need to build a longer continuity. Adding to that the opportunity to see the script realized by an artist like Brett Weldele made this one the best Vampirella
experiences I've had to date."David F. Walker:
"I first discovered Vampirella
back in the 1970s, when it was a magazine that I wasn't allowed to look at - too much sex and violence for a little kid. And so for me, Vampirella
has always represented something a bit dangerous, or at least the possibility of something dangerous. Those old stories were daring and outrageous, and that's what I tried to capture when I wrote my contribution to this book."
A raven-haired heroine, Varmpiella remains - even after four-and-a-half decades of publication - one of the comic industry's leading ladies, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment's stewardship of the character. Since Vampirella's very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published two volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.
"Vampirella seems to have found a niche in the pop culture consciousness," says Collins. "People recognize her name, even now - which is interesting, when you realize she never had a cartoon show or TV series to introduce her to a mass audience (as I don't count the direct-to-video movie that came out 20 years ago). Some of it obviously has to do with her being a sex symbol, but there seems to be a genuine fondness for the character from her long-time fans that transcends that."Vampirella #1969
will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews
catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, corresponding to items shipping in November 2015. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Vampirella #1969
with their local comic book retailers. Vampirella #1969
will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.