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Joss Whedon and Morgan Spurlock making Comic Con Documentary

Posted by LiveFor on February 18, 2010

Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse) is developing a documentary feature about the San Diego Comic-Con that will be centered on a still-to-be-cast group of convention-going superfans.

According to E! Whedon is teaming up with award-winning Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock, according to a source.

“They want to follow people for about three months leading up to this year’s Comic-Con,” the source said. “And then they want to film them there. They’re looking at all types of people.”

Spurlock was at last years Comic Con year scouting out Simpsons superfans for a documentary coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Matt Groening’s animated series.

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UPDATED: Sam Worthington talks about Terminators and Avatar

Posted by LiveFor on August 25, 2009

sam_worthingtonUPDATE: Avatar is now out so here is my review.

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Sam Worthington is a very busy man. He seems to have come out of nowhere yet he has managed to star in Terminator Salvation, Avatar and he is currently working on Clash of the Titans. He is also one of the contenders for the new Mad Max film and rumoured to be Captain Nemo in McG’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Collider have an excellent interview with him that shows him to be quite a clever guy. He got one of his friends to go around the recent San Diego Comic Con to check out the cool comics and films so he could approach them and get in on the ground floor.

When asked about the lacklustre response to McG’s Terminator Salvation he shows quite a bit of common sense.

It was dark. There is no humor. That’s what we set out to do. It’s kind of humbling the way that they describe your performance against Christian’s, but we have no control over that. We just have to do the best character that we can do at that time. And you know, there was a lot of kind of, you know, I can nitpick with the best of them, man, and kind of go down the list of things I saw on IMDB where they found holes in it and go, you are fucking right. If there was a big ten ton robot coming outside that gas station, surely we would fucking hear it! And I missed that. So I’m going to be a bit better when I’m looking through my fucking scripts. So it raises my game a bit, because now I feel like an idiot for not saying it to McG, you know?


He also had a good take on the Avatar trailer being released just before Avatar day.

It’s got a hell of a lot of hype. I read all what was said yesterday about the, about the trailer. I can see their point. But as I said, it wasn’t meant to be built for an Apple Mac. It’s built for IMAX. It’s built for 3D. That’s what he’s designed it for. He’s designed it to bring people back to the cinema. It’s interesting that he’s released that trailer, that Jim’s gone and done that, and then the next day goes and shows it on IMAX. One extreme to the other. We get the criticism, and then we get the rave reviews of what it really looks like in its own formula. That’s obviously going to get people to think and go, well, damn right. I’m going to go see this at the cinema. Jim has always said to me, he wants to bring people back to the movies. And he’s a smart enough man to, that to be tactical.

Check out the rest of the interview for his thoughts on Comic Con and more.

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Brewster’s Millions heading to the remake trail

Posted by LiveFor on August 17, 2009

Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan are writing a new version of Brewster’s Millions according to THR. This will be a new take on the George Barr McCutcheon novel.

The 1902 novel, which became a play in 1906, has proved to be a popular film subject, with this project being the eighth incarnation. Popular versions include the 1945 film starring Dennis O’Keefe, directed by Allan Dwan, and the 1985 comedy starring Richard Pryor and John Candy and directed by Walter Hill.

No doubt, like me, it is the Richard Pryor version that you are most familiar with. It was one of those films that I seemed to watch numerous times as a teenager.

The original story centers on a man who inherits $1 million from a rich grandfather. When a rich uncle who hated the grandfather also passes away, the will leaves the young man $7 million — but under the condition he spends the grandfather’s million within a year and not end up with any assets from the spending spree.

Diliberti and Sullivan got the gig coming off the buzz generated by their spec “Comic Con.” That buddy comedy revolves around two friends who form a justice league of comic geeks to plan and execute a daring heist at Comic-Con in order to save their beloved neighborhood comic shop from the clutches of an evil corporate takeover. Principato-Young is attached to produce, and New School Media, which reps the duo, is exec producing.

This is a remake that may just work even though I love the 1985 version, but a lot depends on who they get to play the lead role. Also how much money will it involve this time? The last one involved blowing $30 Million to inherit $300 million.

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Kick-Ass – Clips from the film have surfaced

Posted by LiveFor on August 4, 2009

First things first, these clips from the recent Comic Con do kick ass and are very much like the comic. Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz)slices, Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) gets beaten up and Nicolas Cage is actually rather good.

It is based on the comic by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. The film has been financed and directed by Matthew Vaughn. However, there is still no news on whether a studio will pick it up for release.

I think the film looks very good going from these clips, even though they are poor quality.

Do you think the film will be any good? If you were a studio head would you pick it up?

Source: Topless Robot

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Missing 13th Episode of The Middleman was read at Comic Con

Posted by LiveFor on August 4, 2009

TheMiddlemanAh, The Middleman. One of the best TV shows in recent years. Funny, crazy, cool and weird. You guessed it – Cancelled before its time. 12 episodes were made and I highly recommend watching them if you can.

However, at the recent San Diego Comic Con the cast of The Middleman got together to do a table read of the never produced 13th and final episode of the series – The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse.

The Middleman is a freelance fixer of “exotic problems,” which include mad scientists bent on taking over the world, hostile aliens and various supernatural threats. Because of Wendy Watson’s coolness under pressure and photographic memory, Ida, a robot in the form of a grumpy schoolmarm, and the Middleman recruit her to become the next Middleman.

Here is the read through. Now go out there and buy the full series.

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Solomon Kane – Trailer from Comic Con

Posted by LiveFor on August 3, 2009

kane2The trailer for Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) that was shown at Comic Con 2009. Solomon Kane is a fictional character created by the pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. A 17th century Puritan, Solomon Kane is a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. His adventures, published mostly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, often take him from Europe to the jungles of Africa and back.

I posted some excellent concept art for this way back when and this bootleg trailer makes me realy excited to see the film. Can’t wait to see a HD version of the full trailer. It looks as if Michael Bassett has done an excellent job.

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Iron Man 2 – Mark IV Armour

Posted by LiveFor on August 1, 2009

The good folks over on the VG Forum posted this photo of the Mark IV Iron Man suit from next years sequel. Not really that much different from the Mark III (shown below) and still not enough like my favourite version from the comic (shown at the bottom).
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Tron Legacy – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on August 1, 2009

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The trailer that was shown at Comic Con 2009 for the now named Tron Legacy which is basically the same footage that was shown last year as a concept but in HD quality. A virtual-world worker looks to take down the Master Control Program.

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Jerry Bruckheimer to bring us World War Robot

Posted by LiveFor on July 31, 2009

Jerry Bruckheimer has snapped up feature rights to the graphic novel World War Robot from IDW Publishing.

The story is by Ashley Wood and recounted in war-diary form by participants on both sides, centers on a small band of humans and robots facing off in a battle on Earth, the moon and Mars.

The deal for the rights closed during Comic-Con last week in San Diego. Bruckheimer, as usual, hasn’t commented on the pact.

Ten-year-old IDW is home to such titles as “30 Days of Night,” “Popbot” and “Dark Days” along with licensed titles such as “24,” “Angel,” “CSI” and the Transformers toy line.

IDW has been eager to set up its books as film properties around town in order to generate more coin for the publishers. It’s currently the third-largest behind Marvel and DC.

The adaptation of the company’s “30 Days of Night,” released by Sony in 2007, grossed $40 million domestically.

Source: Variety


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Jon Favreau sees Iron Man 3 and The Avengers in 3D

Posted by LiveFor on July 30, 2009

“I really love the 3-D,” director Jon Favreau told MTV at the San Diego Comic-Con. “I think ‘Up’ was probably my favorite movie I’ve seen this year.”

Marvel has plans to make at least one more “Iron Man” film, as well as an “Avengers” film in 2012 that will feature Tony Stark. If Favreau has his way, he’d like at least one of those films to be three-dimensional.

“I like all the new technologies, 3-D being one of them. James Cameron had brought me around a few months back to see what he was doing with ‘Avatar’; that’s what’s been seen now by many of the fans,” he said of the 3-D footage shown last week. “It was exciting to go in there and see what he’s doing with cutting-edge technology. He’s just a great storyteller as well, and to see a great filmmaker working with the cutting-edge of this technology is amazing.”

“I talked to Marvel after I’d seen [Cameron’s footage] about doing ‘Iron Man 2’ in 3-D,” he said. “I was hoping to get a shot at doing it this time around, but it didn’t work out that way. … There are a few drawbacks to it at this point — there’s more cost involved, and it also forces you to shoot digitally. My cinematographer [Matthew Libatique] really likes film, and ‘Iron Man’ had a certain look because it was film.”

As of right now, Favreau isn’t certain he’ll direct “Iron Man 3” or “The Avengers.” But Feige is on record as saying that he’d like to see Marvel films jumping off the screen soon, and Favreau is convinced that the technology will be there for whichever film he makes next.

“We haven’t had any talks about [me directing ‘Avengers’], although we do have talks about what the content of ‘Avengers’ will be,” Favreau said of the film expected to feature Iron Man, Nick Fury, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and others. “I’m going to be involved in some capacity with it, but as far as directing goes, we’re still working on this one. … I’m happy they brought me back to do ‘Iron Man 2.

“But I think that, as the digital technology gets better, 3-D is going to be a lot easier,” the filmmaker continued. “Certainly for ‘Iron Man,’ I think it would work out well.”

Would you like to see the Marvel superheroes go 3D?


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