Saturday, August 23, 2008

Movie News

****MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN 'WATCHMEN' LAWSUIT******
20th Century Fox stands in the way of Rorschach's big screen debut

By Josh Wigler
Posted 8/19/2008





Who watches the Watchmen? According to a report from Variety, the studio bigwigs at Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.

In a plot twist so shocking that it makes the Alan Moore epic look like an episode of "Muppet Babies," a judge has denied Warner Bros.' motion to dismiss Fox's lawsuit over Warners' right to the film version of "Watchmen." Fox claims that they never ceded their rights to the comic book property, which has been in development for two decades.

"According to the federal Judge Gary Allen Feess, Fox retained distribution rights to the graphic novel penned by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons through a 1991 claim," reports Variety.

"Furthermore, Feess appears to agree that under a 1994 turnaround deal with producer Larry Gordon, Gordon acquired an option to acquire Fox's remaining interest in 'Watchmen,' which was never exercised, thereby leaving Fox with its rights under the 1994 agreement."

And if you think the nightmare couldn't get worse, you're wrong. Fox isn't seeking monetary compensation from the project—they want to prevent the film from being released altogether.

"We will be asking the court to enforce Fox's copyright interests in 'The Watchmen' and enjoin the release of the Warner Bros. film and any related 'Watchmen' media that violate our copyright interests in that property," Fox said in a statement.

Warner Bros. also released a statement, though it is considerably more tight-lipped.

"It is our company's policy not to comment on pending litigation and thus will not comment on the specifics of this case," says the company. "That said, the court's ruling simply means that the parties will engage in discovery and proceed with the litigation. The judge did not opine at all on the merits other than to conclude that Fox satisfied the pleading requirements. We respectfully disagree with Fox's position and do not believe they have any rights in and to this project."

Discovery processes can take up to two years, according to the report, but the court has asked both parties for expedited discovery due to the film's scheduled Spring 2009 release.

At the least, this lawsuit will be yet another testament to the continuing curse of "Watchmen's" film development. At it's worst, however, it could prevent the movie from seeing release altogether. That would surely put a smile on Alan Moore's face, but it would be the ultimate ball tap to "Watchmen" fans everywhere. Fans, looks like it's time to start wearing a cup.


~Taken from Wizard Universe.com~






*WARNERS ANNOUNCES DC COMICS FILM STRATEGY, INCLUDING 'SUPERMAN' FRANCHISE RELAUNCH*

Following Marvel's lead, WB plans to build up solo adventures for DC heroes before big team-up feature

By Josh Wigler
Posted 8/22/2008




After weeks of speculation, Warner Bros. has finally spoken in greater detail about their plans for their upcoming DC Comics properties. Unsurprisingly, their strategy is set to closely follow that of Marvel Studios—build up the lesser-known characters, then release a team-up flick.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, "Warner Bros. has quietly adopted Marvel's model of releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film."

"Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own," says Jeff Robinov, Group President of Warner Bros. Pictures.

One of those characters includes the Man of Steel himself. As we recently speculated, the WB plans to move Superman in a whole new direction.

"'Superman' didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to," says Mr. Robinov. "But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman."

Moving forward, the WB will take a cue from their summer blockbuster "The Dark Knight." Robinov envisions that movie's darker tone as the key to success for other DC film properties.

"We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it," he reveals, which includes their plans for Superman.

For now, the ill-fated "Justice League" project is getting benched alongside "Batman vs. Superman," another project that's roasted in development hell for the better part of a decade. The studio will instead focus it's attention on developing a third Batman, a reintroduction of Superman and two other unspecified DC Comics characters over the next three years. Given recent rumors, smart money puts "Green Lantern" and "Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max" as the likely candidates to head to the big screen.

Regardless of what happens over the next few years, it's comforting that Warner Bros. isn't just sitting on a gold mine of comic book icons—they're grabbing the pick-axes and thoughtfully hi-hoing these characters into existence. Here's hoping they succeed.

~Taken from Wizard Universe.com~




SUPERMAN'S 'RETURN' IN DOUBT
Warners debates the Man of Steel's film future

By Josh Wigler
Posted 8/20/2008



When it comes to Batman and Superman, you can debate until you're red and blue in the face about which is the better hero. One thing that's indisputable, however, is that the Caped Crusader is the big screen winner. The commercial and critical acclaim of "Batman Begins" led to a quickly followed-up sequel—mighta heard of it, a little film called "The Dark Knight," currently the second highest grossing film of all time. Who needs a pocket full of Kryptonite when you have a $400 million and counting box office?

Bryan Singer's 2006 "Superman Returns" has its defenders and detractors, but it lacked the big bucks that Gotham's Dark Knight raked in. Life imitated art as multi-billionaire Bruce Wayne's film adventure outgrossed underpaid staff writer Clark Kent. [Note: We writers at Wizard, of course, can't sympathize with Clark, as our annual salaries typically range from $100,000 to $MoreMoneyThanGod.]

The fellas and fellaettes at Warner Bros. are understandably nervous about how to approach their Superman franchise. Think about it—one of the most recognizable American icons of all time loses out to a lunatic dressed up as a Bat. Wouldn't you be skeptical? As such, the future of the series has hit something of a stalemate as late.

Blogger Anne Thompson at Variety weighed in on the topic yesterday. Here's what she had to say:
Fans have been clamoring all over the web—and on this blog—for a complete reboot. And within the halls of Warner Bros. the same debate rages on. They too believe that the last movie didn't break the mold and wound up in some kind of middle limbo. Today I was told that it is a priority at the studio to find the right direction and if Bryan Singer is willing to do that, fine, but if he gets in the way, he may not stay on the project. There are no writers working on a Superman script now. The studio wants to figure it out. "It might be better to start from scratch," one exec admitted.
Take this as further evidence that the WB is looking to bounce Bryan Singer from the franchise. As we've previously reported, Singer's attached to two new comic book/superhero properties, "Capeshooters" and "Freedom Formula." Though he's not signed to direct either of those features, Singer's plate is filled with so much comic booky goodness that the Last Son of Krypton might not have a seat at the table. When coupled with Thompson's insider scoop, it's looking likely that the next time Superman returns, he'll be flying with a new director and in a new direction.

~Taken from Wizard Universe.com~

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ringo's "Lost"

Jack


Kate


Sawyer


Locke


Charlie


Mr. Eko



**Art by Mike Wieringo (1963 - 2007), found on Comic Art Community**
**Mr. Eko art by Mike Wieringo, found on his Deviant Art page **

Homage

Take two of my favorite things: Star Wars and Comic Books, combine them together, and you have one awesome homage!!!


"ORDER 66" was a poster/pin-up from Star Wars Insider magazine, which was based on the X-Men 141 cover. (I put the original cover below the pin-up/poster.)

"ORDER 66"



"X-MEN #141"


**Artwork found online @ Comic Art Community (Order 66) and Yahoo! Images. **

Friday, August 15, 2008

Trainspotting

I saw this poster one day online, and I thought it was pretty cool....
(The poster is actually uncensored, I just took liberty and edited it.)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The newest Harry Potter movie trailer is out. That's the good news! The bad news, however, is that the movie has been pushed back to July of 2009. While it is far, it's not that far, and plus it comes out in the summer, when all the best movies (in my opinion) come out!

The Clone Wars are Here!

The newest Star Wars movie "STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS" is out!



While the critics have all panned it, suprisngly, moviegoers don't think it's that bad. I think I will be in that line of thinking; although off the bat, I'm not to crazy about the modeling of the characters. The animation itself looks (in the trailer anyway), like it has the feel of the original Star Wars movies. Hopefully that's the case!

Motivational Poster

Forget all those other "Motivational" posters; this is the one for me!

Monday, August 11, 2008

1 Less King of Comedy: R.I.P. Bernie Mac 1957 - 2008

The world has truly lost a comic genuis this past Sunday, due to complications from pneumonia. Bernie Mac, born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, was one of the "Original Kings of Comedy", as well as star of his own sitcom, "The Bernie Mac Show". He starred in such films as "Mr. 3000", "Bad Santa", and "Charlie's Angels 2". Raised in the south side of Chicago, he started off working in comedy clubs and venues that were not well known, and as he put it, "...off the beaten path". He rose to fame honing his craft, and was soon hosting the second season of "Def Comedy Jam". After continuing to grow in popularity, he eventually had his own sitcom, "The Bernie Mac Show", which received two Emmy Award Nominations.

R.I.P. Bernie Mac 1957-2008



Below is a clip off of the "Original Kings of Comedy" Tour, found on YouTube.
****WARNING- THIS CLIP IS LACED WITH PROFANITY, BUT EXTREMELY FUNNY!!****

Sunday, August 10, 2008

"Hello Children!": R.I.P. Issac Hayes 1942-2008

Issac Hayes, singer, songwriter, and voice of "The Chef" from South Park has passed away at 65 on Sunday afternoon. Hayes was big in the 70's, for his music, style and image. In 1971, he created and sang the now iconic song from "Shaft", starring Richard Roundtree.
In 1997, he expierenced a new sort of "resurgence", by becoming the voice of "Chef", in the hit cartoon South Park. Instanly becoming an iconic character, Hayes's voice gave a "uniqueness" to the character of "Chef" (as well as some really funny songs).

Issac Hayes - 1942- 2008 R.I.P.


We The Kings

A few days ago, I was driving somewhere, and this song happened to come on. I only caught the last little bit of it, and didn't really remember the name of the song or the band, except for the name "Juliet" in it. After a couple days of Yahoo! searching, I found it. The name of the song is called "Check Yes Juliet" by a band called We the Kings. (The lead singer kind of reminds me of Ron from the Harry Potter movies with really long hair.) After hearing the whole song (via You Tube), I tried to find other songs of theirs. There were a bunch of their songs on there, only two of their actual videos, which I have posted below. The second video, "Skyway Avenue", is pretty funny, just because it looks like it was done on the cheap, but it came off really funny though.

Check Yes Juliet


Skyway Avenue

Monday, August 4, 2008

All this for a Wii?!

**This news story was taken a few days ago off of Yahoo!**


Wii-Deprived Kid Kidnaps Himself, Demands Ransom From Parents
by Nilay Patel, posted Aug 4th 2008 at 8:01AM



Sure, the Nintendo Wii is great and all, but we're guessing that a kid in China who tried to extort $1,400 from his parents by "kidnapping" himself and demanding a ransom after they refused to buy him a "Nintendo computer" was probably a little too infatuated with the popular white gaming console.

According to China Daily, the kid apparently hired two men to kidnap him, and was arrested after he withdrew his own $1,400 ransom from an ATM. Genius. (Almost as genius as the kid who hired a hitman to kill his parents because they wouldn't buy him a PlayStation 3 -- the 'hitman' turned out to be a cop.)

Quick tip, kids: Real tennis, bowling, golf, and boxing are almost as much fun as 'Wii Sports,' believe it or not -- and they involve just slightly less jail time. [Source: China Daily Via Wii Fanboy]

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Thundercats, HO!!!!



One of my favorite cartoons growing up, (and even now as well) the ThunderCats were a group of people who were originally from Thundera. Once there planet was about to be destroyed, the ThunderCats borded ships and left. They landed on a planet called 3rd Earth, and made it their home. Eventually, they found other Thunderians, and formed a new world later on, called New Thundera.

Claudis, the father of Lion-o and previous ruler of Thundera.


Jaga the Wise, he was one of the old ThunderCats on Thundera before it exploded, and served as an "Obi-Wan" to young Lion-o.


Lion-O, Lord of the ThunderCats


Tygra, second in command, and architect of the Cat's Lair


Cheetara


Panthro


WliyKit


WilyKat


Snarf, Lion-0's nursemaid


Lynx-0


Bengali, possible brother to Tygra


Pumyra


Thundertank, one of the coolest cartoon vehicles around.


Sword of Omens, the weapon that is said to hold the power of the ThunderCats.


I will probably be doing more on this topic. I found all sorts of cool stuff to post on them, such as the original art sheets, and some original concept art that was totally different from what ended up being on the show.

**All pictures are from ThunderCats Lair Website**.

Comic Art Comparison # 5

This comic art comparison is from the Final Crisis series, by DC Comics.

Art by: Jim Lee
(Inks by: Unknown, Colors by: Unknown)