'THE RINGS OF POWER' SEASON 2 STARTS PRODUCTION IN THE U.K.10/03/22 @ 10:31 pm EST
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NO ONE IS SAFE IN R.L. STINE'S 'STUFF OF NIGHTMARES' FINALE12/07/22 @ 8:22 am EST
It’s official: Amazon’s The Rings of Power
has started filming its next season.THR
reports that production got underway Monday at the new hub at Bray Studios, just outside London.
The news follows the first official Nielsen ratings being released Thursday for the Prime Video series, showing The Rings of Power
topped the streaming charts for its debut week with 1.3 billion minutes viewed (likely an Amazon series record given that only two hours were released).
The first season of the show was filmed in New Zealand over an epic stretch of 18 months during the pandemic. For season two, which will consist of eight episodes, Amazon switched the show’s production to the U.K., which is considered more economical and is also where the company is establishing a multishow hub. The Rings of Power
is approaching its seventh and penultimate episode of its debut season this week. The show chronicles author J.R.R. Tolkien’s fabled Second Age, as a group of disparate heroes gradually come together to fight the return of darkness to Middle-earth.
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NICKELODEON’S ‘AVATAR’ HAD TO ADD ‘LAST AIRBENDER’ TO ITS TITLE BECAUSE OF JAMES CAMERON, SAYS SERIES DIRECTOR12/07/22 @ 8:17 am EST
BOOM! Studios revealed today a first look at STUFF OF NIGHTMARES #4, the final issue of the brand new four-issue limited comic book series from R.L. Stine, the legendary author of Fear Street
, who’s back with a chilling new take on iconic creatures from horror legend in his first creator-owned comic book series, with chilling art by A.L. Kaplan (Maw, Jim Henson's The Storyteller
), colors by Gonçalo Lopes (Hollow
), and letters by Jim Campbell (Black Badge
). Available in December 2022.
It’s the horrifying finale of the Cameron Brothers’ quest to defy death! But for a team of scientists aiming to improve human life, their mortality rate is shockingly high. Perhaps it’s true what they say: three can keep a secret, but only if two of them are dead… Don’t miss the conclusion to R.L. Stine’s first original comic book series for older audiences!
STUFF OF NIGHTMARES #4 features main and variant cover art from acclaimed artist Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie
) and highly collectible variant cover art by illustrators Jonathan Marks Barravecchia (Ice Cream Man
), Elizabeth Torque (The Mighty Captain Marvel
), Ariel Olivetti (Magic: Ajani Goldmane
) with cover design by Dylan Todd, and the fourth in a series of connecting covers by acclaimed illustrator Dustin Nguyen (Little Monsters
STUFF OF NIGHTMARES is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR
by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children
by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future
by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead
by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Eve
by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr
by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; Wynd
by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas; Grim
by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Briar
by Christopher Cantwell and Germán García; The Approach
by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, and Jesus Hervas; Damn Them All
by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; Behold
by Tate Brombal and Nick Robles; Specs
by David M. Booher and Chris Shehan; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World
by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; and the upcoming Know Your Station
by Sarah Gailey and Liana Kangas; A Vicious Circle
by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; Mosely
by Rob Guillory and Sam Lotfi; and Harrower
by Justin Jordan and Brahm Revel. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Harkonnen
from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Michael Shelfer; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
from Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; and Magic
from Jed McKay, Rich Douek, and Ig Guara.
Print copies of STUFF OF NIGHTMARES #4 will be available for sale on December 21, 2022 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com
to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore.
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PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS: ‘DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS' TAKES TOP PRIZE12/07/22 @ 8:27 am EST
Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender” started airing in February 2005, over four years before James Cameron’s “Avatar” opened in theaters and began its run to becoming the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide with $2.9 billion (unadjusted for inflation). And yet, Nickelodeon was blocked from naming the animated series simply “Avatar” because Cameron already had the rights to the title. Fans have often wondered if a connection between the two titles existed, and now they have their answer courtesy of animator Giancarlo Volpe, who directed 19 episodes of the Nickelodeon series.
“In 2004, we learned that we had to change the name of our show from ‘Avatar’ to ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ because James Cameron already had the rights to a movie called ‘Avatar,'” Volpe wrote on Twitter. “Now the sequel is called ‘The Way of Water.’ If part 3 is called ‘The Firebending Masters,’ we riot.”
Volpe was referring to how the element of water plays an important role in the animated series, and now it’s the centerpiece of Cameron’s sequel. The director, whose other credits include “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “The Dragon Prince,” won an Annie Award for helming the second season “Avatar: The Last Airbender” episode “The Drill.”
Cameron started developing the original “Avatar” in 1994. He wrote an 80-page treatment for the story that year, and in 1996 he announced plans to direct “Avatar” after “Titanic.” The motion capture technology needed to direct the film did not advance as fast as Cameron expected, so the movie never officially got off the ground until 2006. Cameron always maintained the rights to the title, however, forcing the Nickelodeon series to add “The Last Airbender” to its name. (via Variety
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessMOVIE THEATERS BRACE FOR HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE DOMINATED BY ‘AVATAR 2’ ... AND LITTLE ELSE12/06/22 @ 3:56 pm EST
took home the top award Tuesday night at the 2022 People’s Choice Awards for best movie of the year.The Adam Project, Top Gun: Maverick
and Don’t Worry Darling
received prizes for top comedy, action and drama movies, respectively, with Stranger Things, Grey’s Anatomy
and Never Have I Ever
taking the event’s top television awards.
Taylor Swift won best female artist, best album for Midnights
and best music video for “Anti-Hero,” while Harry Styles took home the award for best male artist and BTS for best music group. Lizzo, Carrie Underwood, Becky G and Latto were also recognized for their music.
Kenan Thompson hosted the awards, which aired live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and celebrated the best in movies, TV, music and pop culture. (via THR
For a full list of winners, click here
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JIM STARLIN'S 'DREADSTAR' TV SERIES STILL IN THE WORKS12/06/22 @ 3:44 pm EST
Let’s get one thing out of the way: “Avatar: The Way of Water,” a sequel to the highest-grossing movie in history, is poised to be another box office smash for director James Cameron and Disney, which now owns the rights to Pandora and its inhabitants. The follow-up, which opens in theaters on Dec. 16, looks to collect a mighty $150 million to $175 million in its first weekend of release.
For beleaguered movie theaters, the decades-in-the-making film can’t come soon enough. “It’s a very important movie,” says Brock Bagby, executive VP of B&B Theatres, a family-owned circuit based in Missouri. “We’re hopeful it works.”
But the Na’vi, as powerful and resilient as they may be, can’t prop up the movie theater business alone. Will any movies other than “Avatar 2” manage to succeed at the box office over the crucial holiday season?
After a dire Thanksgiving — one of the worst in modern history — cinema operators may be rightfully wary about foot traffic through the rest of the year. With films targeted to adults struggling, they are pinning their holiday hopes on movies with broad appeal, including “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” a sequel in the “Shrek” universe.
It’s not lingering COVID fears that’s causing the slowdown in attendance. After all, summer was unexpectedly strong as “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” were propelled to blockbuster status. But the next few months were desolate, sparking fears that felt uncomfortably similar to peak pandemic times when theaters were completely closed and unable to bring in business.
“Summer was a shot in the arm, but this was a disastrous September,” says Jeff Logan, owner of South Dakota-based Logan Luxury Theatres. “A lot of profits were eaten up.” (via Variety
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‘WEDNESDAY’ HAS ALREADY BECOME NETFLIX'S THIRD MOST POPULAR ENGLISH-LANGUAGE SERIES12/06/22 @ 3:28 pm EST
Dreadstar and Company are coming to television.
Forty years after legendary comic book creator Jim Starlin's cosmic space opera debuted in the pages of Marvel imprint Epic Comics, a series adaptation of Dreadstar
remains in the works. In 2014, Benderspink and Illuminati Entertainment teamed to develop Dreadstar
as a feature film; by 2015, producers Chris Bender and J.C. Spink reworked the adaptation of Starlin's comic book as a TV series from NBCUniversal's Battlestar
Galactica producers UCP. After recently reviving the cult character with co-artist Jaime Jameson for the first new story in 30 years, titled Dreadstar Returns,
Starlin and Jameson have revealed the cosmic hero's spacefaring adventures will continue on the small screen.
"We're working on that," Jameson confirmed of the planned live-action Dreadstar
adaptation. Starlin explained development on the Dreadstar
TV series stalled after Spink died in 2017.
"We had one show in the works, but then the producer died. That sort of put a kibosh on everything, so now we're talking to folks again," Starlin said. "We don't want to do a movie. We want to do a series, because it's a long story. So that makes it kind of difficult right now, but we're working on it."Dreadstar
is the story of Vanth Dreadstar, the last survivor of the Milky Way galaxy. Possessing the power of a demi-god and an enchanted sword, the Starslayer searches the galaxy for causes to champion with his intergalactic comrades, including canny cat-man Oedi, cyborg sorcerer Syzygy Darklock, con man Skeevo, and cybernetic telepath Willow. Spanning the Empirical Galaxy, the series is set against a 200-year-old war between King Gregzor's Monarchy and High Lord Papal's political-mystical-religious order known as The Instrumentality.
"This is the 40th year of Dreadstar,
and Jaime and I have decided to bring the series back," Starlin said. "She's my co-artist on this, basically. She's listed as the inker, but in a lot of ways, she's also helped redesign some of the characters and inspiration on a lot of the story now, too." (via ComicBook.com
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'BATMAN: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM' CAST REVEALED12/06/22 @ 3:22 pm EST
Just two weeks after its debut on Netflix, “Wednesday” is one of the streamer’s most popular series of all time, Variety
With a total of 752.5 hours viewed since it premiered on Nov. 23, the series is already the No. 3 most-watched English-language TV title in Netflix history. Netflix calculates this list based on a project’s performance during its first 28 days of availability, meaning that “Wednesday” still has two more weeks to continue climbing the rankings.
For comparison, the No. 1 position belongs to “Stranger Things” Season 4 with 1.35 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days, and “Monster — Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” follows with 856.2 million. A closer look reveals that “Wednesday” may well be on track to surpass both of them.
The Tim Burton series starring Jenna Ortega has already achieved record-breaking status before this. During the Nov. 21-27 viewing window, the series passed “Stranger Things” Season 4 to achieve the most hours viewed in a single week for an English-language series on Netflix with 341.2 million. Between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, it reset that record again, racking up 411.3 million hours viewed and unsurprisingly taking the No. 1 position on the Netflix Top 10 for the second week in a row.
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DF INTERVIEW: JOE KELLY YANKS ON READERS’ HEARTSTRINGS IN ‘IMMORTAL SERGEANT’12/06/22 @ 9:20 am EST
The Dark Knight is headed to the 1920s in Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham
, with A Million Little Things
actor David Giuntoli starring as Batman, THR
The actor leads a voice cast that includes Tati Gabrielle as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham as Oliver Queen, John DiMaggio as
James Gordon, Patrick Fabian as Harvey Dent, Brian George as Alfred and Jason Marsden as Dick Grayson and Young Bruce Wayne.
The film is inspired by the 2001 graphic novel by Mike Mignola, Richard Pace and Troy Nixey. It is part of DC’s Elseworlds line, which tells stories set outside the DC universe. Sam Liu produces and co-directs, with Christopher Berkeley also co-directing. The film has a script from Jase Ricci.
In Doom That Came to Gotham
, explorer Bruce Wayne accidentally unleashes an ancient evil, and returns to Gotham after being away for two decades. Batman battles Lovecraftian supernatural forces and encounters allies and enemies such as Green Arrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, Two-Face and James Gordon.
The project, from Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is expected in the spring of 2023.
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DF Interview: Joe Kelly yanks on readers’ heartstrings in ‘Immortal Sergeant’By Byron Brewer'TOEJAM & EARL' MOVIE IN THE WORKS FROM AMAZON, STEPHEN CURRY12/06/22 @ 8:48 am EST
On the eve of his unwelcome retirement, Jim Sargent (aka "Sarge"), a grizzled, old-school detective, catches a break on a murder case that's haunted him for decades. Unfortunately, Sarge must drag his anxiety-riddled adult son, Michael, along for the ride or risk losing the lead forever. Can this dysfunctional duo overcome their own hang-ups, blind spots, and secrets to catch a killer?
Award-winning I Kill Giants storytellers Joe Kelly (Deadpool, Savage Spider-Man) and Ken Niimura (Eisner Award-winning Umami) return to yank on your heartstrings with Immortal Sergeant! I had the honor of sitting down with legendary scribe Joe Kelly to see what this latest limited series is all about. Byron Brewer: Joe, before we get to Immortal Sergeant proper, how does it feel to be reunited with your I Kill Giants artist, Ken Niimura? How did this reteaming come about and why did it take 15 years? Joe Kelly:
It is always a pleasure working with Ken – and luckily for me we have worked together since I Kill Giants was published! We’ve done some Marvel work as well as a BlackJack story in Japan, not to mention our thrilling cameos in the I Kill Giants film. (Blink and you’ll miss us!) Despite these smaller pieces, it’s amazing to be back in a long form story like Sarge.
Ken and I have always wanted to do more graphic novels together and plan to do more post-Immortal Sergeant. But the best laid plans of mice and comics professionals often go awry. Sometimes it’s scheduling, sometimes it’s financial issues – there are a ton of things that can get in the way of moving forward on a project.
I will take the lion’s share of the blame this time, though, as Ken is a machine who’s always working and it took me a long time to find the words for Sarge. I knew that this was my next book with him, but it was a challenge to write. Byron: I understand this story is very personal for you. What can you tell readers about the inspiration for this new limited series? Joe Kelly:
To put it bluntly, Immortal Sergeant is almost entirely inspired by my father and our relationship. That’s what made this one a challenge to write, even though it had been a decade since my father’s passing that I finally started the script.
My dad was a complicated figure in my life, as many fathers are. Even though we had a good relationship, especially in the latter years of his life, there were some rocky parts. I loved him and miss him, but growing up was tough. We didn’t exactly gel. I learned some family secrets in my teens that explained a lot, but there is a big difference between understanding a thing in your mind as opposed to in your heart.
So Immortal Sergeant was a way to process a lot of that, but it took time. Even the title of the book came from him – It was his email address, though he spelled “Immortal” incorrectly, which was kind of perfect. Byron: Tell us a little about the world, the canvas Ken and you are building in this book. Joe Kelly:
The story takes place now, on a road trip that begins in suburban Long Island, New York and ends in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. As usual, Ken went to great lengths to research the route our father and son would take and does a beautiful job painting a portrait of this span of the East Coast.
It's a world of cops, criminals, and the relationships between them and their families. It’s a very human story, again, challenging to write because of the times we live in, but Ken and I went through great pains with our editor, Joe Illidge, to make sure we were telling a layered story that touches on many societal issues while keeping everyone’s humanity in sight. Byron: Introduce readers to Jim Sargent aka Sarge. Give us your take on this character. Joe Kelly:
Sarge is a pain in the ass. He’s a career cop who has stayed on the force well beyond the time any sane person would. The sort of guy who tells stories about crime scenes at dinner in front of his kid/grandchildren because he thinks that’s a normal thing to do. He’s a detective with no aspirations other than putting “bad guys” in jail. The world is pretty black and white for him, which is his biggest flaw. Nuance isn’t his thing. Sarge doesn’t do subtle.
That said, even though it’s hidden away behind layers of sarcasm, gruffness, and emotional armor, Sarge does have a heart. Trying to find it is a huge part of his story.
As he relates to my Dad, some of Sarge’s character is plucked right from reality. The rest is the distilled, espresso version of who my dad might have been. My father was a policeman in Nassau County, and while he never had to draw his gun he saw a lot of pain and inhumanity. It affected him in many ways, the least of which was an anger issue that took a long time to fade. He was also incredibly fearful and raised me to be “aware of my surroundings” which was code for “bad sh*t is going to happen wherever you are, so be ready.”
And yes, he did tell us tales of murders over dinner when we were young. Byron: Without spoilers, clue us into the relationship between Sarge and his son Michael. What else can you tell us about the Sargent offspring? Joe Kelly:
So if Sarge is a dramatized version of my dad, Michael is a dramatized version of me – actually it’s me and Ken as we both put a lot of ourselves into the book. (Daddy issues abound!) Michael’s creative mind is a breeding ground for anxiety, especially as a kid of a cop who taught him that there was danger around every corner. So he’s afraid of the world at large, afraid of his father…
And now he’s Sarge’s “partner” on a murder investigation. Perfect storm of hell for that poor guy. Byron: Can you give us an overall summary of Immortal Sergeant, of the new mini readers will be picking up come the new year? Joe Kelly:
When Michael and his family visit Sarge on the eve of his reluctant retirement from the police force, Sarge gets a break on a decades old cold case. Sarge must make a split-second decision to follow his lead or let the case that’s haunted him for years remain unclosed. So Sarge follows the trail of a killer with his maladjusted, confrontation averse, anxiety riddled adult son from Long Island to Atlanta where truths are told, secrets are exposed, and their relationship is put to the ultimate test. Byron: Talk more on the awesome art of Ken Niimura, what he brings to the table here. Joe Kelly:
It’s hard to compliment Ken without embarrassing him – he’s a humble master of his craft. Ken is an exceptional storyteller and character designer and graphic designer and a writer – he can do it all! I am lucky that he doesn’t have a huge ego and allows me to drop into his life from time to time and write for him, because anything he touches, he just makes better.
One of the things I love most about Ken’s work is the magical way he can keep a light, open style with cartoony elements while delivering stories with emotional heft and punch. Very few people can ride that line, but Ken is always pushing his art in subtle ways to convey more emotion and subtext with fewer lines – he’s a true wizard.
And for Sarge, he had to learn to love drawing cars, because Sarge’s ride – The Beast – is a character in its own right. Sometimes I think Ken believes I write these things just to torture him, but I like to think I’m helping him evolve. (smiles) Byron: Joe, I know your talent covers multiple media. So tell readers what you can about projects involving you coming up, inside or outside comics. Joe Kelly:
Ken and I are already talking about the next book, since I have not made him sick of me yet. As I continue my run as luckiest guy in comics, I have a two-issue arc on Amazing Spider-Man happening at the top of the year, illustrated by Terry Dodson. It’s the first time we’ve ever worked together and I’m pumped – also Spidey is my fave. In a completely different corner of my brain, there’s kids animation! Sonic:Prime airs on Netflix in December, courtesy of Man of Action and Wildbrain. We have been working on that for a long time, so I’m excited for it to finally be out in the world. There’s plenty of other work that I hope will be announceable soon, but you know the NDA game. And lastly, even though I don’t do it as often as I would like to, I continue to post videos on YouTube about creativity, writing, and comics on my channel @ThatJoeKelly. Dynamic Forces would like to thank Joe Kelly for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Immortal Sergeant #1 from Image Comics is slated to be on sale January 18th, 2023! For more news and up-to-date announcements, join us here at Dynamic Forces, www.dynamicforces.com/htmlfiles/, “LIKE” us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/dynamicforcesinc, and follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/dynamicforces.
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NEW MCU VARIANT COVERS CELEBRATE EPIC PHASE 3 FILMS OF 'INFINITY SAGA'12/06/22 @ 8:36 am EST
Two intergalactic travelers looking for some funk are landing in Hollywood.THR
reports that the 1990s SEGA video game ToeJam & Earl
is in the works as a feature film at Amazon Studios, also hailing from Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media and Story Kitchen.ToeJam & Earl
, created by Mark Voorsanger and Greg Johnson, centers on two space-alien rappers who come to Earth seeking a cure for the disease eradicating their home planet’s rhythm, funk and groove.
The synopsis for the project continues: “Earth, their legends tell them, is the Paradise where the music that created their culture originated. Unfortunately for our heroes, not only do they wreck their ship, but they find that Earth is . . . well, not the haven they expected. But the music – that part was true. So begins their quest to find as much of that music as they can in the hope of saving their planet, and maybe ours as well.”
Now a cult classic, ToeJam & Earl
became a hit video game upon its release in 1991, with a soundtrack pulling heavily from jazz, funk and hip-hop. It was followed by two sequels ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
and ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth
Amos Vernon and Nunzio Randazzo, the writers behind Hotel Transylvania 4
and the upcoming Disney+ Superfudge
series, will pen the screenplay.
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Throughout next year, Marvel Comics will continue its popular line of INFINITY SAGA VARIANT COVERS! Highlighting each and every Marvel Cinematic Universe film, these covers see some of the industry’s greatest artists honor the Marvel Studios’ incredible impact with stunning poster-style comic art. The next installment of covers will allow fans to revisit the incredible highs of the films that closed out the groundbreaking INFINITY SAGA. The first three Infinity Saga Phase 3 Variant Covers will hit stands in February with the rest releasing in the following months.
Best-selling cover artist Mark Brooks depicts the unforgettable “Avengers Assemble” moment from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame
. Thanos and his Black Order reign victorious in superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu’s cover spotlighting Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War
. And artist Dike Ruan, known for his acclaimed work on Shang-Chi
, presents the dynamite debut of Ant-Man, Wasp, and Ghost from Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man
Stay tuned for more INFINITY SAGA PHASE 3 VARIANT COVERS to be revealed in the months ahead.