FanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more! http://fanboynation.com Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:49:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more! clean FanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more! cosuna@fanboynation.com cosuna@fanboynation.com (FanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more!) Samo Enterprises, LLC FanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more! http://www.fanboynation.atomicboogaloo.com/podcasts/NBgmNvHZ_600x600.pnghttp://fanboynation.com http://fanboynation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/NBgmNvHZ_400x400-551eab89v1_site_icon-32x32.pngFanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more!http://fanboynation.com 32 32 Teaser for This Week’s ‘Louie’ and a Clip From Last Week’s Episodehttp://fanboynation.com/teaser-for-this-weeks-louie-and-a-clip-from-last-weeks-episode/ http://fanboynation.com/teaser-for-this-weeks-louie-and-a-clip-from-last-weeks-episode/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:05:07 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32408 Share Judging by the first three episodes of Season 5, Louie has found its comedic stride and has maintained a wonderful balance between its uncomfortable humor and more honest and dramatic elements. FX has provided us with a teaser for this week’s upcoming episode entitled Bobby’s House, which looks to feature an emasculated Louis C.K. But we also have the opening scene from last week’s episode Cop Story, where Louis’ confrontation over poor customer service devolves into a confrontation with his own aging self. It’s a wonderful scene from a wonderful episode of a wonderful series. Be sure to check back

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Judging by the first three episodes of Season 5, Louie has found its comedic stride and has maintained a wonderful balance between its uncomfortable humor and more honest and dramatic elements. FX has provided us with a teaser for this week’s upcoming episode entitled Bobby’s House, which looks to feature an emasculated Louis C.K. But we also have the opening scene from last week’s episode Cop Story, where Louis’ confrontation over poor customer service devolves into a confrontation with his own aging self. It’s a wonderful scene from a wonderful episode of a wonderful series. Be sure to check back here every week after Louie for our recap. Louie airs Thursdays at 10:30pm on FX.

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3 New Clips From ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’http://fanboynation.com/3-new-clips-sexdrugsrockroll/ http://fanboynation.com/3-new-clips-sexdrugsrockroll/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:44:32 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32405 Share The latest collaboration between FX and Denis Leary, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, is gearing up for its premiere on Thursday July 16th at 10pm by releasing a few brief clips to better acquaint us with The Heathens, the fictional band that is trying to reclaim its past glory. Leary and company seem to have a handle on what kind of rock ‘n’ roll they aim to be satirizing — the list of influences in one clip is quite acceptable. We’ll have more on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll as we get closer to the premiere on July 16th at 10pm on FX.

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The latest collaboration between FX and Denis Leary, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, is gearing up for its premiere on Thursday July 16th at 10pm by releasing a few brief clips to better acquaint us with The Heathens, the fictional band that is trying to reclaim its past glory. Leary and company seem to have a handle on what kind of rock ‘n’ roll they aim to be satirizing — the list of influences in one clip is quite acceptable. We’ll have more on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll as we get closer to the premiere on July 16th at 10pm on FX.

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First Look at Nightcrawler from ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’http://fanboynation.com/first-look-at-nightcrawler-from-x-men-apocalypse/ http://fanboynation.com/first-look-at-nightcrawler-from-x-men-apocalypse/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:27:22 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32400 Share Earlier today, Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox unveiled the first image of Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. The look of the character is, well, familiar, looking remarkably similar to the last time Nightcrawler appeared on screen in X2. With all the time travel and alternate timelines that are now rampant in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, I guess Kodi Smit-McPhee is just playing a younger Alan Cumming which can go one of two ways. The film should be gearing up to go into production if it hasn’t already in anticipation of its May 26th, 2016

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Earlier today, Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox unveiled the first image of Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. The look of the character is, well, familiar, looking remarkably similar to the last time Nightcrawler appeared on screen in X2. With all the time travel and alternate timelines that are now rampant in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, I guess Kodi Smit-McPhee is just playing a younger Alan Cumming which can go one of two ways. The film should be gearing up to go into production if it hasn’t already in anticipation of its May 26th, 2016 release date.

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Michael Strahan Choose Sides in the Upcoming ‘Lip Sync Battle’http://fanboynation.com/michael-strahan-choose-sides-in-the-upcoming-lip-sync-battle/ http://fanboynation.com/michael-strahan-choose-sides-in-the-upcoming-lip-sync-battle/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:07:42 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32398 Share Michael Strahan‘s crossover from feared defensive end for the New York Giants to daytime talk show host is one of the odder transitions in recent memory. Now the NFL Hall of Famer is ready for his most fearful challenge, lip syncing Bell Biv Devoe’s Poison on the latest episode of Lip Sync Battle. Of course, Lip Sync Battle is the popular show on Spike where celebrities impersonate pop stars by lip syncing hit songs on national television. Strahan’s opponent this week is Hoda Kotb, another daytime talk show host albeit without NFL experience. Who will win this battle of

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Michael Strahan‘s crossover from feared defensive end for the New York Giants to daytime talk show host is one of the odder transitions in recent memory. Now the NFL Hall of Famer is ready for his most fearful challenge, lip syncing Bell Biv Devoe’s Poison on the latest episode of Lip Sync Battle. Of course, Lip Sync Battle is the popular show on Spike where celebrities impersonate pop stars by lip syncing hit songs on national television. Strahan’s opponent this week is Hoda Kotb, another daytime talk show host albeit without NFL experience. Who will win this battle of lips? Tune in on Thursday April 30th at 10pm to find out.

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NSFW: Red-Band Trailer for ‘Ted 2′http://fanboynation.com/ted-2-red-band-trailer/ http://fanboynation.com/ted-2-red-band-trailer/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:56:19 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32395 Share Amazingly, Ted was one of the biggest R-rated comedies ever released. So naturally, the powers that be would demand a sequel because there’s no better ally to comedy than repetition. Here we have the red-band trailer for Ted 2, which features Seth MacFarlane utilizing his thick, cartoonish Boston accent. While they were certain to add plenty of profanity and jokes about masturbation for the trailer, they seem to have left out the jokes. Then again, I’ve found the humor of Seth MacFarlane to be as funny as walking through a cancer ward. For those who find a pot-smoking teddy bear

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Amazingly, Ted was one of the biggest R-rated comedies ever released. So naturally, the powers that be would demand a sequel because there’s no better ally to comedy than repetition. Here we have the red-band trailer for Ted 2, which features Seth MacFarlane utilizing his thick, cartoonish Boston accent. While they were certain to add plenty of profanity and jokes about masturbation for the trailer, they seem to have left out the jokes. Then again, I’ve found the humor of Seth MacFarlane to be as funny as walking through a cancer ward. For those who find a pot-smoking teddy bear hilarious, Ted 2 opens June 26th.

The official synopsis:

Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time.  Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.

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MMA Fighter and Former Wrestler CM Punk to Co-Write Solo Ongoing ‘Drax’ Series for Marvelhttp://fanboynation.com/cm-punk-drax/ http://fanboynation.com/cm-punk-drax/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:06:49 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32379 ShareMarvel has announced at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2, that MMA star and former wrestler, CM Punk, will be co-writing an ongoing series starring the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer. Punk is a long time comic fan, Marvel specifically, but this is his first gig writing one, other than shorts in Thor Annual #1 and Vertigo’s Strange Sports Stories #1, but this is quite a nice match I’d say. Details are sparse, but what we do know is that the series will follow Drax in his off time from the Guardians, as he jumps from

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Marvel has announced at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2, that MMA star and former wrestler, CM Punk, will be co-writing an ongoing series starring the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer. Punk is a long time comic fan, Marvel specifically, but this is his first gig writing one, other than shorts in Thor Annual #1 and Vertigo’s Strange Sports Stories #1, but this is quite a nice match I’d say.

Details are sparse, but what we do know is that the series will follow Drax in his off time from the Guardians, as he jumps from fist fight to fist fight, doing what he does best, proving that he’s the Galaxy’s ultimate warrior. Like a cosmic Fight Club. Punk will bring his intimate knowledge of fighting styles and what goes on in the ring to the series, but his co-author and artist have not yet been announced.

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Drax #1 comes out this winter from Marvel Comics.

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UPDATED: Light Heavyweight Jon Jones Out of Title Fight at UFC 187, May be Due to Suspected Hit and Run Accidenthttp://fanboynation.com/light-heavyweight-jon-jones-out-of-title-fight-at-ufc-187/ http://fanboynation.com/light-heavyweight-jon-jones-out-of-title-fight-at-ufc-187/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:03:34 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32384 Share UPDATE: UFC has released the following statement: “We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.” With these statements from the Albuquerque police: “The Albuquerque Police Department is actively seeking UFC Fighter Jon Jones for questioning in regards to his possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident, near the intersection of Juan Tabo and Southern, in Southeast Albuquerque early this morning, April 26, 2015. A pregnant female

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UPDATE:

UFC has released the following statement:

“We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”

With these statements from the Albuquerque police:

“The Albuquerque Police Department is actively seeking UFC Fighter Jon Jones for questioning in regards to his possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident, near the intersection of Juan Tabo and Southern, in Southeast Albuquerque early this morning, April 26, 2015.

A pregnant female in her 20s, who was the driver of a separate vehicle, was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

Officers attempted to contact Mr. Jones at his residence Sunday evening, but were unsuccessful. We have also reached out to his lawyer, but as of now, have not heard back.”

“The case has progressed and he is now our suspect in the the hit and run that happened earlier this morning involving a pregnant female,” Albuquerque PD spokesman Simon Drobik said. “We are now definitely looking at him as a suspect.”

Some twitter accounts are reporting that cocaine may have been involved.

Original story is below:

Rumors were all over Twitter this afternoon that troubled MMA fighter and Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC) had been involved in a hit and run accident in Albuquerque. There were many tweets from current and former colleagues and friends desperately trying to find Jones, and quite a few said that he had been in an accident and fled the scene, though none could confirm it, and most hoped it wasn’t true. Even the Albuquerque police could not confirm it as of this afternoon.

Well, MMAWeekly is reporting that that the fighter is out of his scheduled UFC 187 headlining title fight against Anthony Johnson (19-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), presumably due to the accident. The 27-year old fighter was fined $25,000 in January due to failing an out-of-competition drug test earlier in the month, violating the UFC’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy. However, Jones went into rehab, and was welcomed back to the UFC with open arms. It is not known if that will happen this time.

The fight with Johnson would have been his first since defeating Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, the event where he tested positive for the cocaine that caused his one night stay in rehab.

We have reached out to the Albuquerque police, and will update as news comes in.

UFC 187 takes place on May 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, though now without a headliner.

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‘Seinfeld’s David Mandel Unleashes ‘Hank Johnson: Agent of HYDRA’ on an Unsuspecting Marvel Universehttp://fanboynation.com/david-mandel-hank-johnson-agent-of-hydra/ http://fanboynation.com/david-mandel-hank-johnson-agent-of-hydra/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:01:09 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32364 Share To many of the heroes in the Marvel universe, Secret Wars is all about saving the world and vanquishing evil. To the villains it’s about world domination, and the subjugation of the masses. To Hank Johnson it’s about bringing home a paycheck and putting food on the table. Marvel Comics have tapped Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer, David Mandel, to write a Secret Wars tie-in one-shot, Hank Johnson: Agent of Hydra. The story revolves around an everyman who works as a henchman for the evil organization, not because of lofty dreams of world conquest, but a steady job

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To many of the heroes in the Marvel universe, Secret Wars is all about saving the world and vanquishing evil. To the villains it’s about world domination, and the subjugation of the masses. To Hank Johnson it’s about bringing home a paycheck and putting food on the table.

Marvel Comics have tapped Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer, David Mandel, to write a Secret Wars tie-in one-shot, Hank Johnson: Agent of Hydra. The story revolves around an everyman who works as a henchman for the evil organization, not because of lofty dreams of world conquest, but a steady job in a rough economy.

“He’s an everyman,” Mandel reveals. “That’s the beauty of Hank Johnson—he’s you, he’s me, he’s your best friend. He just happens to work for HYDRA.

“He’s dealing with everything we deal with. Credit card bills, mortgage payments, ‘do I send my kid to public or private school?’ It is all of those things, just happening to a guy who happens, for his day job, to put on a uniform and goes to work to help HYDRA take over the world.”

Mandel, along with artist Michael Walsh, bring a human angle to the excitement of Secret Wars. Hank is a guy just like you or me, with bills to pay, credit card debt, and kids to put through college one day, so when HYDRA recruiters come calling, how can he say no?

The idea has been languishing in Mandel’s head for over a decade in some form or another, something he brought to the Marvel Knights office originally, and apparently they remembered. Mandel explains that, yes, this will be a funny book, but like his previous TV credits, much of the humor comes from the mundane nature of the world it takes place in, Hank’s world.

“There’s that moment we all remember in comics where Nick Fury climbs into HYDRA headquarters, shoots one guy, punches another, and runs off on his adventure,” the writer points out. “This is the story of the guy he punches.”

Hank Johnson: Agent of HYDRA is written by David Mandel, with art by Michael Walsh, and alternate covers by Amanda Conner.

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‘Wolverine’ Unfortunately Nabs ‘Green Lantern’ Scribe for Sequelhttp://fanboynation.com/wolverine-2-unfortunately-nabs-green-lantern-scribe-for-sequel/ http://fanboynation.com/wolverine-2-unfortunately-nabs-green-lantern-scribe-for-sequel/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:39:32 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32358 ShareHugh Jackman has been very vocal about the fact he has one left star turn as Wolverine in James Mangold’s upcoming sequel. Until now that’s been the only news, but the Wrap is reporting that the Green Lantern and upcoming Blade Runner 2 screenwriter, Michael Green, has been tapped to write a script treatment for the film. Green, who began his career in television on shows such as Smallville and Heroes, doesn’t really have much to his credit that inspires confidence in this writer. While much of the film and TV work he has done has its fans, it is

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wolverineHugh Jackman has been very vocal about the fact he has one left star turn as Wolverine in James Mangold’s upcoming sequel. Until now that’s been the only news, but the Wrap is reporting that the Green Lantern and upcoming Blade Runner 2 screenwriter, Michael Green, has been tapped to write a script treatment for the film.

Green, who began his career in television on shows such as Smallville and Heroes, doesn’t really have much to his credit that inspires confidence in this writer. While much of the film and TV work he has done has its fans, it is a vocal minority in the comic community. Green Lantern was an unmitigated disaster, and flopped at the box office, though hopefully that was down to too many cooks in the kitchen and not just Green’s script.

The as yet unnamed Wolverine sequel is just one of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming films based on Marvel characters, along with the now filming Deadpool, the to begin filming at the end of April X-Men: Apocalypse, and the as yet unwritten Gambit. Hopefully Jackman can bow out on a high note, as his portrayal of the Canadian X-Man has been much better than the scripts he’s been given in the past.

Wolverine 2” is set to hit theaters on March 3rd, 2017.

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New Set Photo Exclaims “Check and Mate, Flash…”http://fanboynation.com/check-and-mate-flash/ http://fanboynation.com/check-and-mate-flash/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:47:58 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32345 ShareThe CW has released a trailer for the last few episodes of The Flash, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come, BUT, they also released this image, with no accompanying text to explain it. The photo, from the next episode, Grodd Lives, features a guy in military dress wearing a familiar looking mask. Could Checkmate be coming to television? Checkmate in the comics is a division of Task Force X, a secret covert action organization with a chess theme, and it was quite awesome. They’ve had two series since their creation by Paul Kupperberg and Steve Erwin in Action

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The CW has released a trailer for the last few episodes of The Flash, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come, BUT, they also released this image, with no accompanying text to explain it. The photo, from the next episode, Grodd Lives, features a guy in military dress wearing a familiar looking mask. Could Checkmate be coming to television?

Checkmate-600x401Checkmate in the comics is a division of Task Force X, a secret covert action organization with a chess theme, and it was quite awesome. They’ve had two series since their creation by Paul Kupperberg and Steve Erwin in Action Comics #598, the most recent being the post Infinite Crisis spy-fi series written by Greg Rucka.

1987 - CheckmateAccording to Rucka, “Take a big chunk of The OMAC Project, take the concept of “Who Watches the Watchmen?” and throw in some James Bond and you’ve got Checkmate.” I’m curious to see how they play it in the show.

The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8 on the CW.

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Popcorn Podcast Episode 31: The Jersey Cursehttp://fanboynation.com/popcorn-podcast-episode-31-the-jersey-curse/ http://fanboynation.com/popcorn-podcast-episode-31-the-jersey-curse/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:56:29 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32333 Share This week on the Popcorn Podcast… yeah there is nothing to say about this rough entry into the podcast universe.  After restarting twice, Chad and Izola give a “shoutout” to Tom, discuss the Batman vs. Superman Trailer, Fantastic 4 Trailer, The Flash, Jared Leto as the Joker and how he ruined Chad’s childhood.  Tune in for the announcement of a special upcoming guest and hear about an upcoming Indy Film The Lady Killers @LadyKillersFilm.

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This week on the Popcorn Podcast… yeah there is nothing to say about this rough entry into the podcast universe.  After restarting twice, Chad and Izola give a “shoutout” to Tom, discuss the Batman vs. Superman Trailer, Fantastic 4 Trailer, The Flash, Jared Leto as the Joker and how he ruined Chad’s childhood.  Tune in for the announcement of a special upcoming guest and hear about an upcoming Indy Film The Lady Killers @LadyKillersFilm.

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Paramount Pictures to Distribute ‘Selma’ to High Schools Throughout the Countryhttp://fanboynation.com/selma-schools-dvd/ http://fanboynation.com/selma-schools-dvd/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:36:05 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32335 Share In a piece of really cool news, Paramount Pictures will be distributing Ava DuVernay’s incredible film Selma to high schools throughout the country free of charge. The film which dramatically retells the events leading up to march from Selma to Montgomery is one of the most powerful films of the past decade. Sadly, it was also the target of smears during the Oscar season run, its historical accuracy and objectivity called into question by, well, morons. Those unfair accusations may have derailed the film’s awards chances, but great art transcends Hollywood politicking for Oscar votes. But this is another

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In a piece of really cool news, Paramount Pictures will be distributing Ava DuVernay’s incredible film Selma to high schools throughout the country free of charge. The film which dramatically retells the events leading up to march from Selma to Montgomery is one of the most powerful films of the past decade. Sadly, it was also the target of smears during the Oscar season run, its historical accuracy and objectivity called into question by, well, morons. Those unfair accusations may have derailed the film’s awards chances, but great art transcends Hollywood politicking for Oscar votes. But this is another stellar campaign by the people at Paramount to use the film as a means to educate and enlighten – they have previously allowed student to see the film for free in theaters.

Any teachers who want to receive a copy of Selma and a companion study guide can go to http://bazaned.com.

Here’s the full press release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 24, 2015) – In celebration of the home entertainment debut of director Ava DuVernay’s inspirational and Academy Award-winning epic “SELMA,” Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that every high school in the U.S., both public and private, will receive a copy of the DVD free of charge.  In addition, teachers can receive free companion study guides to help further illuminate the remarkable historical events depicted in the film.

“Our ‘SELMA’ filmmaking journey has had man‎y highlights, but to me, the response from students and educators has been the most magnificent part of the experience. To think that this triumphant story of dignity and justice will be available to every high school in this country is a realization of many dreams and many hopes,” said director Ava DuVernay.  “I applaud Paramount on this extraordinary effort, and salute the teachers who will provide classes and context on the work of Dr. King and his comrades to the young minds of our nation.”

“The response from students and teachers to our ‘Selma for Students’ initiative was overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted to be extending the campaign,” said Megan Colligan, president, Worldwide Distribution and Marketing, Paramount Pictures.  “During the film’s theatrical run more than 300,000 young people were able to see the film for free.  By providing DVDs to all of the high schools in the country, we hope to reach all 18 million high school students with the film’s powerful and inspiring story.  With many of these students preparing to vote for the first time in next year’s elections, it is especially fitting that they witness the bravery and fortitude of those who fought to establish the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Teachers who would like to receive a copy of the “SELMA” companion study guide can visit http://bazaned.com.

“SELMA” won the Academy Award® and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

From Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films, “SELMA,” a Plan B, Cloud Eight Films, and Harpo Films production in association with Ingenious Media, tells the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the epic march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in an event that forever altered history.

The film is produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Oprah Winfrey.  The film is executive produced by Brad Pitt, Cameron McCracken, Diarmuid McKeown, Nik Bower, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes and Nan Morales. The film is written by Paul Webb. “SELMA” is directed by Ava DuVernay.

“SELMA” is available now on Digital HD and will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD May 5th.

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Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat on Quitting Twitter, Harry Potter v Twilight, and Sandwicheshttp://fanboynation.com/doctor-who-steven-moffat-interview/ http://fanboynation.com/doctor-who-steven-moffat-interview/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:23:25 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32327 ShareJust for a bit of Friday night fun. In this candid interview with the Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue answer all of the hard-hitting questions that their son, Louis, asks. Questions like “What do you like better? Harry Potter or Twilight?” and “Are you a dog person, cat person, or both?”  It really is a silly little thing to watch, and the three of them are obviously having a lot of fun with it. Spoiler: Steven Moffat really likes Turkey sandwiches with no lettuce.

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Just for a bit of Friday night fun.

In this candid interview with the Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue answer all of the hard-hitting questions that their son, Louis, asks. Questions like “What do you like better? Harry Potter or Twilight?” and “Are you a dog person, cat person, or both?”  It really is a silly little thing to watch, and the three of them are obviously having a lot of fun with it. Spoiler: Steven Moffat really likes Turkey sandwiches with no lettuce.

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Spoilers: Marc Guggenheim Talks ‘Arrow’http://fanboynation.com/marc-guggenheim-talks-arrow/ http://fanboynation.com/marc-guggenheim-talks-arrow/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:39:35 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32323 ShareThere are major spoilers ahead for those not caught up with this season’s Arrow. Proceed with caution. This season of Arrow has been a rollercoaster. First Ollie was dead, then he wasn’t. Next Ray and Felicity were together, then they weren’t. Then Thea was dead, until she wasn’t. The showrunners have been ramping up the stakes over the last few episodes, and with this week’s shocking ending, the show will never be the same. Ollie is now the head of the demon, the heir to the throne of the League of Assassins, and his friends are not happy. There are

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There are major spoilers ahead for those not caught up with this season’s Arrow. Proceed with caution.

arrow-logo-s2This season of Arrow has been a rollercoaster. First Ollie was dead, then he wasn’t. Next Ray and Felicity were together, then they weren’t. Then Thea was dead, until she wasn’t. The showrunners have been ramping up the stakes over the last few episodes, and with this week’s shocking ending, the show will never be the same.

Ollie is now the head of the demon, the heir to the throne of the League of Assassins, and his friends are not happy. There are so many questions still left unanswered, and only three episodes left in which to answer them. In an interview over on the DC Comics blog, Marc Guggenheim brings up five things we can expect before the season finale.

We finally had a Lazarus Pit name checked, and Guggenheim alludes that we will be seeing more, and that this weeks episode barely scratches the surface of how it changes a person.

“We certainly recognize the story potential of the Lazarus Pit and the interesting nature of it. We had a hunger for it.”

“You can expect that there will be more consequences,” warns Guggenheim. “We establish very clearly that the Lazarus Pit returns you, but not always in the condition in which you left. There’s a lot of story still left to be told with Thea and her recovery.”

About the will they/won’t they relationship between Ollie and Felicity, of which the most recent episode answered that question, Guggenheim says:

“There was a strong desire to have Oliver and Felicity sleep together before the events of the season finale,” Guggenheim explains. “We wanted to almost take that off the table prior to the season finale. We went back and forth on the right venue. Does it happen in Starling City? Does it happen in Nanda Parbat? They end up sleeping together in Nanda Parbat and I think we all sort of liked the romance of that. I’m personally fond of the fact that it’s Ra’s who gives Felicity the final push.”

Much like earlier in the season when Ollie was thought dead, and Team Arrow had to go on without him, this week’s episode ended with Ollie staying in Nanda Parbat, leaving his friends alone again. But this time Ollie’s not out of the picture, he’s now the badguy.

“Next week’s episode is a villain-of-the-week episode, but it just so happens that the villain is Oliver.”

“In Episode 310, they thought he was dead and in many ways, that was a whole lot easier,” says Guggenheim. “Knowing that he’s out there and alive, but a member of the League of Assassins, that’s a whole lot harder.”

This leaves Laurel, Felicity, and Diggle having to depend on each other, leaning on one another for strength while each deals with this betrayal in their own way. And Guggenheim teased that on top of what they are already dealing with, “something” happens that upends Diggles world that will have repercussions for the rest of the season.

Maseo played an important role in shaping who Oliver has become, as well as working with Ra’s al Ghul to turn Ollie into the new Ra’s, whether he wanted to or not. The rest of this season’s episodes reveal how Maseo came to be in League with Ra’s, and whether or not his soul can be redeemed.

But for many fans, the biggest question is; will we see Roy Harper again? The answer is a resounding yes, at least once more as Roy finally gets his chance to say goodbye to Thea. And it looks like Malcolm Merlyn may be leaving the show, something that’s been building since his return. “By the end of the season, there’s a nice bit of closure between Malcolm and Thea,” promises Guggenheim. “You feel like their story has had a beginning, middle and end.”

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm on the CW.

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Vampirella Faces the Xenomoprhs in Aliens/Vampirellahttp://fanboynation.com/vampirella-xenomoprhs-aliens-vampirella/ http://fanboynation.com/vampirella-xenomoprhs-aliens-vampirella/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:36:19 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32313 ShareDark Horse and Dynamite are following up Conan/Red Sonja with another pairing of high-profile figures in Aliens/Vampirella. Two dark, powerful forces will face off against one another later this year as the scarlet-clad vamp faces the well-armored Xenomorphs. Who will win the battle and how will it end? The book will be written by Corinna Bechko, author of Star Wars: Legacy and Savage Hulk and marks the first time the two universes have collided. Bechko has a long-time love of Alien and thinks the aliens might be a match for Vampirella, saying: “I’ve loved Alien since I first saw it

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Dark Horse and Dynamite are following up Conan/Red Sonja with another pairing of high-profile figures in Aliens/Vampirella. Two dark, powerful forces will face off against one another later this year as the scarlet-clad vamp faces the well-armored Xenomorphs. Who will win the battle and how will it end?

The book will be written by Corinna Bechko, author of Star Wars: Legacy and Savage Hulk and marks the first time the two universes have collided. Bechko has a long-time love of Alien and thinks the aliens might be a match for Vampirella, saying:

“I’ve loved Alien since I first saw it as a kid on a crummy old TV in a well-lit room and got scared half to death anyway. Now that I have the chance to add a little corner to that universe I couldn’t be happier. And pitting such an implacable horror against Vampirella? That’s a meeting that definitely produces very fertile story-telling ground. The Alien franchise has always thrived with strong women in the lead. Smart, self-assured Vampirella is a joy to write for, even when she may have met her match.”

It promises to be a memorable meeting.

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Is the Justice League Coming to Television’s ‘The Flash’? (SPOILERS)http://fanboynation.com/is-the-justice-league-coming-to-televisions-the-flash-spoilers/ http://fanboynation.com/is-the-justice-league-coming-to-televisions-the-flash-spoilers/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:23:32 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32309 ShareA new The Flash teaser image released by the official CW’s The Flash Twitter account shows Barry Allen and friends meeting Gideon for the first time, right where we left them at the end of this week’s episode, Who is Harrison Wells?. But that’s not all. The second panel is where it gets interesting. Standing in Wells’ secret room, the artificial intelligence greets Barry by name, and reveals that she is very familiar with him. When describing how she knows him, Gideon says, “Also known as The Flash, founding member of the Justice…” before being cut off by Barry. Flash,

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A new The Flash teaser image released by the official CW’s The Flash Twitter account shows Barry Allen and friends meeting Gideon for the first time, right where we left them at the end of this week’s episode, Who is Harrison Wells?. But that’s not all. The second panel is where it gets interesting.

Standing in Wells’ secret room, the artificial intelligence greets Barry by name, and reveals that she is very familiar with him. When describing how she knows him, Gideon says, “Also known as The Flash, founding member of the Justice…” before being cut off by Barry.

Could we be getting a Justice League on television in the near future?

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on the CW.

Here’s a bigger version of the teaser.

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Frank Miller to Finish His Epic Batman Trilogy with ‘The Dark Knight III: The Master Race’http://fanboynation.com/frank-miller-to-finish-his-epic-batman-trilogy-with-the-dark-knight-iii-the-master-race/ http://fanboynation.com/frank-miller-to-finish-his-epic-batman-trilogy-with-the-dark-knight-iii-the-master-race/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:44:44 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32298 ShareFrank Miller is coming back to Gotham. While I always preferred Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, it’s no secret that his seminal tale of an older Bruce Wayne reluctantly coming out of retirement to protect his city has been highly influential to an entire generation of fans and creators. As one of the stories, along with Watchmen, that brought about the “grim n gritty” look and feel of many comics for years to come, it can never be said enough that The Dark Knight Returns is a classic of the medium. College courses are taught using the collected edition as

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Frank Miller is coming back to Gotham.

While I always preferred Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, it’s no secret that his seminal tale of an older Bruce Wayne reluctantly coming out of retirement to protect his city has been highly influential to an entire generation of fans and creators. As one of the stories, along with Watchmen, that brought about the “grim n gritty” look and feel of many comics for years to come, it can never be said enough that The Dark Knight Returns is a classic of the medium. College courses are taught using the collected edition as curriculum, it’s been adapted into a two part animated feature, and is the basis for much of the story in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice feature film.

While the sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes Back, was nowhere near as warmly received, DC Comics is hoping Miller, with Brian Azzarello in tow, can make the magic happen once again with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Published as an eight issue twice monthly mini-series this fall, the story will be co-written by Miller and Azzarello, with an as yet unannounced revolving group of artists.

“It’s been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months,” says Azzarello. “I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”

Here’s hoping that the story is more along the lines of Batman: Year One, and less like All-Star Batman and Robin. Miller has lost his touch a bit in recent years, so I’m hoping Azzarello can bring out the best in him. Either way, with the hype surrounding Batman v Superman, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race is sure to become a best seller in no time.

Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting, but we’ll do our best,” says Miller.

“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” according to Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike.”

We’ll see if lightning strikes again when The Dark Knight III: The Master Race begins this fall.

 

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Five New Character Posters for ‘The Peanuts Movie’http://fanboynation.com/peanuts-movie-posters/ http://fanboynation.com/peanuts-movie-posters/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:12:10 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32277 ShareI’m not jealous of the good people working on The Peanuts Movie. Nothing against them or Charles Schulz‘s creation, it’s just that having been around for so long, Peanuts is beloved by many for many different reasons. They’re naturally backed into a corner where they have to meet the expectations of those who grew up with the characters and introduce them to a whole new audience — it’s a difficult balancing act. But judging by these character posters released for The Peanuts Movie, they at least have the look of the characters down pat. How well director Steve Martino and company

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I’m not jealous of the good people working on The Peanuts Movie. Nothing against them or Charles Schulz‘s creation, it’s just that having been around for so long, Peanuts is beloved by many for many different reasons. They’re naturally backed into a corner where they have to meet the expectations of those who grew up with the characters and introduce them to a whole new audience — it’s a difficult balancing act. But judging by these character posters released for The Peanuts Movie, they at least have the look of the characters down pat. How well director Steve Martino and company can maintain that balance will be seen when The Peanuts Movie hits theaters November 6th, 2015.

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The official synopsis:

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

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‘Arrow’ Welcomes New Co-Showrunner Wendy Mericle for Season Fourhttp://fanboynation.com/arrow-welcomes-new-co-showrunner/ http://fanboynation.com/arrow-welcomes-new-co-showrunner/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:01:42 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32275 ShareMarc Guggenheim announced via Twitter that Arrow will be welcoming Wendy Mericle as new co-showrunner for season four. Mericle will join Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg in running the show. Please welcome current Arrow Co-EP and future Arrow Co-Showrunner @MericlesHappen to Twitter!!! #theregoestheneighborhood — Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) April 23, 2015 Mericle has written multiple episodes of the fan-favorite TV series, including this week’s episode, The Fallen. She has previously worked on such shows as Desperate Houswives, Smallville, Everwood, the Ghost Whisperer, and an untitled show about female Navy Seasls for Fox, so I suspect better storylines for Felicity Smoak,

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arrow-tv-seriesMarc Guggenheim announced via Twitter that Arrow will be welcoming Wendy Mericle as new co-showrunner for season four. Mericle will join Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg in running the show.

Mericle has written multiple episodes of the fan-favorite TV series, including this week’s episode, The Fallen. She has previously worked on such shows as Desperate Houswives, Smallville, Everwood, the Ghost Whisperer, and an untitled show about female Navy Seasls for Fox, so I suspect better storylines for Felicity Smoak, Laurel Lance, and Thea Queen.

I for one welcome the addition, and hope for a much less whiny fourth season because of the change. Mericle has written some of my favorite episodes, and I look forward to seeing what she brings to the show.

Arrow airs every Wednesday at 8 pm on the CW.

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‘Daredevil’ Star Charlie Cox Talks Season Twohttp://fanboynation.com/daredevil-star-charlie-cox-talks-season-two/ http://fanboynation.com/daredevil-star-charlie-cox-talks-season-two/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:39:08 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32271 Share In news that shocked absolutely nobody, Netflix announced Daredevil would be returning for a second season. The only unexpected news was that Steven DeKnight would not be returning with it. Though we can guess, we have no clue what the new showrunners have in store for next season, and neither does Matt Murdock himself, Charlie Cox, but that didn’t stop him from speculating away to Empire Magazine. “I have to be careful because we just got commissioned so I have no idea who is going to turn up. Based on the show we’ve created, which is very grounded in

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In news that shocked absolutely nobody, Netflix announced Daredevil would be returning for a second season. The only unexpected news was that Steven DeKnight would not be returning with it. Though we can guess, we have no clue what the new showrunners have in store for next season, and neither does Matt Murdock himself, Charlie Cox, but that didn’t stop him from speculating away to Empire Magazine.

“I have to be careful because we just got commissioned so I have no idea who is going to turn up. Based on the show we’ve created, which is very grounded in reality, I’d like to see Punisher maybe show up, a little bit of Elektra maybe. I wouldn’t mind Black Widow making an appearance, and you can’t think about Daredevil for too long without thinking of Bullseye. I don’t know when or if or how that would happen, but it’d be cool if it did.”

He went on to discuss the Defenders series as well, which will be coming together after AKA Jessica Jones (in production now), Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have completed their first seasons.

“We’ll begin shooting in the second half of the year. It’ll be the same timeline as the last show, so season two will come out about this time next year. Again, I’m imagining all this, but they’ll probably do Iron Fist or Luke Cage at the same time, followed by the other one [of the two] in the first half of 2016 and then maybe Defenders in the second half of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.”

Daredevil returns, only on Netflix, sometime next year.

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See The Vision in Action in New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ TV Spot, Plus a New Featurette Focuses on Black Widow and the Scarlet Witchhttp://fanboynation.com/vision-tv-spot-and-featurette/ http://fanboynation.com/vision-tv-spot-and-featurette/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:05:36 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32265 ShareThrough trailer after trailer we’ve pretty much seen the whole movie already, minus one character. Well, we finally get a good glimpse of Paul Bettany in action as the Vision, albeit briefly, in this new TV spot for the sequel to the highest grossing superhero movie of all time, Avengers: Age of Ultron. We also have a new featurette focusing on Black Widow and Scarlet Witch which features quite a bit of new footage from the film. In it, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige talk about how important it is to bring more female heroes to the screen, broadening the

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Through trailer after trailer we’ve pretty much seen the whole movie already, minus one character. Well, we finally get a good glimpse of Paul Bettany in action as the Vision, albeit briefly, in this new TV spot for the sequel to the highest grossing superhero movie of all time, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

We also have a new featurette focusing on Black Widow and Scarlet Witch which features quite a bit of new footage from the film. In it, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige talk about how important it is to bring more female heroes to the screen, broadening the team.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters in, oh, about seven days.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ Gets a Trailerhttp://fanboynation.com/the-visit-trailer-1/ http://fanboynation.com/the-visit-trailer-1/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:15:55 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32252 Share It seems like a distant memory, but for a short while M. Night Shyamalan was one of the most exciting new filmmakers to hit the scene. But following the success of Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense came a string of misfires — The Village, The Lady in the Water, The Happening, and After Earth. Seemingly just as quickly has he had ascended the mountain, he came tumbling down, hitting every jagged rock along the way. But Shyamalan is still at it and now we have the trailer for his latest film The Visit, which sees the director trying his hand

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It seems like a distant memory, but for a short while M. Night Shyamalan was one of the most exciting new filmmakers to hit the scene. But following the success of Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense came a string of misfires — The Village, The Lady in the Water, The Happening, and After Earth. Seemingly just as quickly has he had ascended the mountain, he came tumbling down, hitting every jagged rock along the way. But Shyamalan is still at it and now we have the trailer for his latest film The Visit, which sees the director trying his hand at the found footage subgenre.

Now I don’t want to root against any filmmaker, but I just can’t get excited for this. I firmly believe the found footage subgenre to be tired, let alone a regressive form of filmmaking. It seems as if Shyamalan is just hopping on the backend of a fading trend instead of trying to recapture his own voice. Maybe Shyamalan can recapture his past glory and find a whole new form for found footage. We’ll see on September 11th, 2015.

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The official synopsis:

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

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Sci-Fest L.A. Returns May 7th!http://fanboynation.com/sci-fest-la-returns-may-7-2015/ http://fanboynation.com/sci-fest-la-returns-may-7-2015/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:26:21 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32248 ShareLast May, SCI-FEST LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival debuted, bringing 2 rotating evenings of scary, hilarious and mind-bending short plays to Los Angeles starring an incredible cast of actors famous for their work on such iconic TV franchises as STAR TREK, THE X-FILES, LOST, STARGATE: UNIVERSE, HEROES, TRUE BLOOD and FRINGE.  The Fest was such a success (with packed houses & great press) that this year, we’re producing a whole new slate of show including new, knock-out adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s “The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds”and Clive Barker’s acclaimed short story, “The Departed,” (sent

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11117880_10153241042794941_1860701977_nLast May, SCI-FEST LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival debuted, bringing 2 rotating evenings of scary, hilarious and mind-bending short plays to Los Angeles starring an incredible cast of actors famous for their work on such iconic TV franchises as STAR TREK, THE X-FILES, LOST, STARGATE: UNIVERSE, HEROES, TRUE BLOOD and FRINGE.  The Fest was such a success (with packed houses & great press) that this year, we’re producing a whole new slate of show including new, knock-out adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s “The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds”and Clive Barker’s acclaimed short story, “The Departed,” (sent to us by Mr. Barker himself).  We’re tremendously excited about bringing all these new stories of time travel, ghostly obsessions and intergalactic journeys to life – LIVE ON STAGE!  www.SCI-FESTLA.COM

 

Sci-Fest LA is the only festival of its kind on the planet.  This year, in addition to our stage shows, we have initiated two new Sci-Fi short fiction contests: THE ROSWELL AWARD (for adult Sci-Fi writers from around the globe) and THE TOMORROW PRIZE (for LA County High School Students).   All funds raised at the presentation ceremony for the Tomorrow Prize will be awarded to the winner’s high school science department. Info: www.Sci-FestLA.com  Last year, we floated astronauts in space and figured out how to make an live actor’s face grow out of an elastic wall.  This year, we have to create a giant space bug, create a renegade cyborg and rip somebody’s head off.  We can’t wait!

2015 DATES & VENUE:

The festival runs from May 7 – May 31, 2015.  All performances will be at the beautiful ACME Theatre, 135 N. LaBrea Avenue, Los Angeles (Just south of Beverly Blvd.)

INVASION WEEKEND & GROUP SALES:

In response to our out-of-town fans’ request, Sci-Fest LA has created INVASION WEEKEND (AKA “Memorial Day Weekend”) where ALL of the Sci-Fest LA shows will play over a two-day period (Sat, May 23rd & Sun, May 24th).  See attached schedule.

Please note:  We are happy to accommodate organizations that would like to purchase a block of tickets so that their members can attend a specific performance as a group.  We have two great evenings of mind-bending Sci-Fi entertainment to choose from.  Our line up can be seen on our website:  www.Sci-FestLA.com  or by clicking this link:  http://www.sci-fest.com/#!2015-lineup/c67l   For groups of 10 or more we are able to offer $5.00 off each individual ticket and also offer members of your group a 25% discount on dinner entrees at Amalfi (the wonderful Italian restaurant next door).  Street parking is available and there is a valet right next to the theatre.

Please see the attached document that features our May 2015 line-up and a calendar of when the various shows are playing.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call me.  See contact info below.  We look forward to seeing you in May!  Please check the 90 second video below.  It’s very fun!  Also check out the incredible line-up of talent currently scheduled to appear live on stage at our festival! 

90 seconds of fun clips from the festival:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlIgxCQJvD0

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR LIVE ON STAGE

IN THIS YEAR’S SCI-FEST LA:

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Rico Anderson (“Star Trek: Renegades”)

Claudia Black (“Stargate SG-1”)

David Dean Bottrell (“True Blood”)

Tom Berklund (Broadway’s “The Addams Family”)

Veronica Cartwright (“Alien”)

Kevin Chamberlin (“Heroes”)

Nazneen Contractor (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”)

Dale Dickey (“True Blood”)

D.C. Douglas (“Resident Evil”)

Anna Maria Horsford (“Amen”)

Tina Huang (“Rizzoli and Isles”)

Walter Koenig (“Star Trek – The Original Series”)

Tamara Krinsky (“Marvel’s Red Carpet Host)

David H. Lawrence, XVII (“Heroes”)

Yuri Lowenthal (Voice of “Ben 10”)

Eddie McClintock (“Warehouse 13”)

Jasika Nicole (“Fringe”)

Tara Platt (Voice of Temari in “Naruto” Anime Series)

Alan Polonsky (“Aliens”)

Mark Povinelli (“Boardwalk Empire”)

Marque Richardson (“True Blood”)

Tim Russ (“Star Trek: Voyager”)

Jeryl Prescott Sales (“The Walking Dead”)

Tucker Smallwood (“Star Trek: Enterprise”)

Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”)

Patricia Tallman (“Babylon 5”)

Angeline Rose Troy (“Element”)

Kari Wahlgren (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)

Michael Shamus Wiles (“Breaking Bad”)

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Say What Podcast Episode #80 – Selfie Businesshttp://fanboynation.com/say-what-podcast-episode-80-selfie-business/ http://fanboynation.com/say-what-podcast-episode-80-selfie-business/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:56:44 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32245 Share Say What Podcast episode #80 is here! We ramble about our Lose-it challenge, our new selfie competition, and what the cool kids are doing to their lips. News stories include: A Mom Loses Her Kids Over A Sex Party With Her Daughters Friends, and A Truck Driver Trades $50,000 Worth Of Stolen Lunch Meat For Crack. We finish the show with shout outs, arguing about 3D printed shoes, and making fun of Ringo Starr during Grahm’s trivia. Thank you again for supporting this podcast!

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Say What Podcast episode #80 is here! We ramble about our Lose-it challenge, our new selfie competition, and what the cool kids are doing to their lips. News stories include: A Mom Loses Her Kids Over A Sex Party With Her Daughters Friends, and A Truck Driver Trades $50,000 Worth Of Stolen Lunch Meat For Crack. We finish the show with shout outs, arguing about 3D printed shoes, and making fun of Ringo Starr during Grahm’s trivia. Thank you again for supporting this podcast!

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Toon-In-Talk Episode 06: Interview with Mathew Klicksteinhttp://fanboynation.com/toon-in-talk-episode-06-interview-with-mathew-klickstein/ http://fanboynation.com/toon-in-talk-episode-06-interview-with-mathew-klickstein/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:27:16 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32220 ShareHello and welcome to sixth episode of Fanboy Nation’s Toon-In-Talk, your rendezvous for animation interviews.  If you grew up in the 1990s, you most likely watched Nickelodeon and were a fan of their Nick Toons.  The 1990s have become known as the Golden Age of Nickelodeon Studios and nostalgia always comes into play when that decade is mentioned.  Mathew Klickstein felt the same way, so he wrote Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age chronicling the adventures of cast, crew, and other cool people from the “only kid’s network.” Show Notes • Whitney tells Matt she had been searching Nickelodeon’s history

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Hello and welcome to sixth episode of Fanboy Nation’s Toon-In-Talk, your rendezvous for animation interviews.  If you grew up in the 1990s, you most likely watched Nickelodeon and were a fan of their Nick Toons.  The 1990s have become known as the Golden Age of Nickelodeon Studios and nostalgia always comes into play when that decade is mentioned.  Mathew Klickstein felt the same way, so he wrote Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age chronicling the adventures of cast, crew, and other cool people from the “only kid’s network.”

Episode 6

Show Notes

• Whitney tells Matt she had been searching Nickelodeon’s history herself. He tells her that a lot of people told him they wanted to write a book on Nick, but they never got around to it. He affirms there are a lot more stories to tell about “the only kid’s network.”
• He recommends reading the academic book Nickelodeon Nation by Heather Hendershot.
• Matt discusses details about how it was published and why he decided to write an oral history of Nickelodeon.
• Whitney asks questions about why Matt formatted the book the way he did, especially when it comes to information about his interviewees.
• Matt interviewed over 250 people for the book. He also had to leave out a lot of material.
• To track people down, it was actually the easiest getting Melissa Joan Hart, Kenan Thompson, and others. It was extremely difficulty getting people who worked on only one show, like Richard Price.
• Six degrees really comes into play for rounding up the interviewees.
• Slimed was more like producing a documentary than writing a book. Matt loves oral history, but he wants his next book to be in prose.
• In the early days, Nickelodeon licensed cartoons to air on the station. Nickelodeon made Looney Tunes popular again. When the licensing came up again, Warner Brothers wanted more money from Nickelodeon.
• We can thank the FCC for putting an end to 30 minute long toy commercials. Networks were also finally allowed to produce their own cartoons.
• The original three cartoons were: Doug, Ren and Stimpy, and Rugrats.
• Nickelodeon found six shows they made pilots for. They found potential shows by literary going to animator’s garage.
• Whitney mentions the yearly Nickelodeon writing and animation contest. Both discuss how Nick has changed its content and yet remained the same.
• Whitney brings up Ren and Stimpy and Matt discusses its heated history.
• The creator John Kricfalusi had an ill reputation, though he is a creative genius.
• Whitney and Matt talk about making something new and original. Neither wants to repeat the creative past.
• Money is a necessary evil. Whitney mentions some of her hopes before she got her book contract. Matt recommends people use a publisher and gives his advice about self-publishing and YouTube.
• Matt’s favorite NickToon is Ren and Stimpy and Whitney’s is Aah! Real Monsters.
• Matt declares the episode over!

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Steel Cage Carnage Ep. 24 – Extreme Ruleshttp://fanboynation.com/steel-cage-carnage-ep-24/ http://fanboynation.com/steel-cage-carnage-ep-24/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:17:38 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32243 Share  In the latest episode of Steel Cage Carnage, Josh and Fran discuss Raw & NXT. They also preview Extreme Rules and are visited by the spirit of Lord Alfred Hayes.

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In the latest episode of Steel Cage Carnage, Josh and Fran discuss Raw & NXT. They also preview Extreme Rules and are visited by the spirit of Lord Alfred Hayes.

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Featured Cosplayer: Silly Little Missyhttp://fanboynation.com/featured-cosplayer-silly-little-missy/ http://fanboynation.com/featured-cosplayer-silly-little-missy/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:05:41 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31618 Share Name: Missy or Silly Little Missy City: South Texas Twitter/InstaGram: @SLMissy Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sillylittlemissycosplay What was your first Cosplay Experience? My first experience with cosplay was such an emotional ride. I googled past years of my first convention and saw everyone was in costume! I researched everything about cosplay that I could and decided I needed to be apart of the fun and obtain a full nerd experience! I went to work on finding something that was definitely my skill level but still recognizable! I chose Chii from Chobits and her spot in the manga where she’s wearing the main protagonist’s

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Name: Missy or Silly Little Missy

City: South Texas

Twitter/InstaGram: @SLMissy

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sillylittlemissycosplay

What was your first Cosplay Experience?

My first experience with cosplay was such an emotional ride. I googled past years of my first convention and saw everyone was in costume! I researched everything about cosplay that I could and decided I needed to be apart of the fun and obtain a full nerd experience! I went to work on finding something that was definitely my skill level but still recognizable! I chose Chii from Chobits and her spot in the manga where she’s wearing the main protagonist’s clothes, oversized pants and white t-shirt giant boots! I borrowed the  clothes from my brother, already had her long flowing hair and duct taped together her pink and white robotic cat/dog ears and went on my merry way to my first convention with some close friends! I met all kinds of people and was not shy at all, I met a Rozen Maiden cosplayer with a beautifully constructed gown! She entered the Cosplay Contest and won an award! She was so jubilant! She cried and I realized that some day I wanted to feel that way about a piece of artwork that I made. I wanted to feel proud, accomplished, relieved, overwhelmed, and a whole rainbow of other emotions all at once, just like she did.

How long have you been Cosplaying?

I’ve been cosplaying since my first convention in 2007 so it’ll be 8 years by mid 2015!

What is your favorite cosplay you have worn/created?

It’s very hard to choose my favorite from all of my over 60 costumes created! Cosplaying Haruhi Suzumiya from my favorite anime was a very special costume, I remade it about 4 times in hopes of getting it just right! I was always practicing new techniques and learning new ways to make the same costume, first learning patterning and then learning how to use a sewing machine with it. My next favorite would have to be my Madoka Kaname from Madoka Magica, This was my first costume I combined so many techniques with and the first costume I had ever lined! Not to mention the first costume I made a prop for! After that would have to be my entire Silent Hill group, THIS ONE would have to be my absolute most favorite and most proud! I made all of the costumes (with help from the models), 2 silent hill bubblehead nurses, PyramidHead, and Siam (a two person conjoined costume) I was so incredibly proud of this costume, when we were announced for our award, I started crying, I was still attached to my partner in the Siam costume so…looking back on it now I must’ve been pretty silly to be crying while being lifted on someones back while accepting our award! Thank goodness I was supposed to look ugly in this costume! One of my first Competition pieces I entered with a skit with my friends as a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann group! Now back then we weren’t experienced with craft but at least could snag a best skit award! We were able to redo our costumes years later and I used so many new techniques including resin casting, a bit of worbla, paper clay, and wig styling and we won Best Craftsmanship! I cried with my friend I was so happy! My last favorite costume is from my new favorite anime, Ryuko from Kill la Kill it is the first costume I’ve ever properly used warbler with and properly installed lights! I remade the sewn part twice and have gotten tons of use out of it! I’m so proud of it and there are only more projects to grow with in the future (:

If you had unlimited resources, what Cosplay would you create?

Goodness that is a great question! Am I really only limited to one?? Curiously enough I think I would have to create a cosplay costume for my OC. A Cosplay that is so personal to me should be made only with the finest materials and to the greatest of quality I feel (:

What advice would you offer others trying to break into Cosplay?

I only have a few words to share.

Cosplay is what you make it.

Do it for whatever reason you choose.

Invite change and growth.

Anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

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Are You Ready for Tyler Perry’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’?http://fanboynation.com/are-you-ready-for-tyler-perrys-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/ http://fanboynation.com/are-you-ready-for-tyler-perrys-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:38:03 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32236 ShareTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has found its villain. THR brings us the completely out-of-left-field news that Tyler Perry will be portraying Baxter Stockman, the evil scientist who eventually becomes an evil cyborg, but not before creating the metal mutant munchers, the Mousers. Tyler Perry is most well known for playing the over-the-top loudmouth, Madea, in multiple comedy films. The multi-millionaire actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and Gospel songwriter who has an exclusive multi-year contract with Oprah Winfrey to create scripted television for her OWN network, with his  The Haves and the Have Nots bringing the network it’s highest ratings, as

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has found its villain. THR brings us the completely out-of-left-field news that Tyler Perry will be portraying Baxter Stockman, the evil scientist who eventually becomes an evil cyborg, but not before creating the metal mutant munchers, the Mousers.

Tyler Perry is most well known for playing the over-the-top loudmouth, Madea, in multiple comedy films. The multi-millionaire actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and Gospel songwriter who has an exclusive multi-year contract with Oprah Winfrey to create scripted television for her OWN network, with his  The Haves and the Have Nots bringing the network it’s highest ratings, as well as the highly successful Tyler Perry’s House of Pain which ran for 8 seasons on TBS, has made his fortune in comedy, mostly. So this news was surprising to me.

Even with the news of Stephen Amell being cast, this is the first news that has piqued my curiosity for the sequel to the movie that only missed being on our worst of 2014 list because Sean didn’t see it. As someone who did see it, you can tell what I thought from my review. I have reserved no expectations for TMNT 2, but now even I might see it. Might.

Perry joins returning stars Will Arnett and Megan Fox, as well as new addition Stephen Amell, who will be playing hockey stick wielding anti-hero Casey Jones, in the sequel directed by David Green.

Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form will produce the film.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 hits theaters June 3rd, 2016.

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‘Louie’ Tackles Issues of Competence and Adequacy with ‘Cop Story’http://fanboynation.com/louie-s5e3/ http://fanboynation.com/louie-s5e3/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:00:44 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31956 Share From week to week, it’s hard to predict what’s going to be in store for viewers of Louie. Sometimes, like last week, it can be a hilarious episode of unrelated vignettes, each full of their own painful, awkward humor. Then there are the more dramatic episodes, where laughs take a back seat to introspective drama. This week’s episode, Cop Story, blends the dramatic elements of the show with the uncomfortable humor that is generally expected from Louie. While Cop Story is certainly the most dramatic of Season 5’s episodes, it still carries some resoundingly funny surprises – a balance

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From week to week, it’s hard to predict what’s going to be in store for viewers of Louie. Sometimes, like last week, it can be a hilarious episode of unrelated vignettes, each full of their own painful, awkward humor. Then there are the more dramatic episodes, where laughs take a back seat to introspective drama. This week’s episode, Cop Story, blends the dramatic elements of the show with the uncomfortable humor that is generally expected from Louie. While Cop Story is certainly the most dramatic of Season 5’s episodes, it still carries some resoundingly funny surprises – a balance that wasn’t always present in Season 4.

The cold open of the episode begins with Louis C.K., dark-rimmed glasses on, examining a set of bronze cooking pots at a store. When he asks the employee for help, she dismissively informs him that those pots are for “serious” cooks and the store is about to close. Checking out with the other items that aren’t bronze cooking pots, Louis decides to confront this store worker for their poor customer service. Soon he finds that the young woman is not a worker, but the store’s owner. Quickly, the tables get turned on Louis as his attempt to confront another forces him to confront himself. In this scene that hovers around 3 minutes in length, their conversation hits on topics like the male gaze, the fetishizing of Asian women, the changing nature of business practices, and, of course, being old. While The Walking Dead is the show with all the beheadings and violent gore, the worst evisceration on television is when the store owner asks, “Do you always get uncomfortable around younger people?” That’s gotta hurt, Gene.

Leaving the store with his purchased wares, Louis is crossing the street when he is unexpectedly targeted by the police. The car calls at him through its loudspeaker before asking him to stop. Knowing that he’s a Caucasian in New York, Louis is incensed until the cop exits the car and reveals that it’s his sister’s ex-boyfriend Lenny, played by Michael Rapaport. As much as he’d like to get out of it, Louis agrees to join Lenny at a Knicks game the next night. According to Lenny, they’ll be sitting close enough that, “You can spit on the players if you want.” The next night, the two make their way to Madison Square Garden for the game, but their plans are derailed when Lenny is unable to get into the game using nothing more than his badge. As a compromise, the two decide to just watch the game at a bar. As the evening winds down, Louis’ patience has reached its breaking point with Lenny, who is unaware of his consistent and casual insults of Louis. When Louis confronts Lenny in an attempt to part ways, much like it did in the store earlier, it backfires. Lenny unburdens himself of all his inner-inadequacies, and when he reaches for his gun to illustrate his thoughts of suicide, he discovers that he’s lost his gun.

The downward spiral of panic and depression that grip Lenny upon discovering he lost his firearm is obviously stating that he’s lost his manhood, though not necessarily in the manner you would think. Prior to this it has been established that Lenny isn’t exactly well-liked by his fellow police officers, so losing the firearm as a symbol of authority isn’t what distresses Lenny – it’s merely a symbol of his competence, his self-worth. Having already dedicated 19 years of his life to his job, being deemed incompetent is the greatest threat to his manhood. If a man can’t do his work well, what is he worth? Right or wrong, that mentality is prevalent among men, especially men embroiled in loud, aggressive East Coast machismo.

Cop Story represents Louie working at its smartest, not necessarily its funniest, though it is plenty funny. Using the gun as a metaphor for manhood, only in a different manner than expected, shows that Louis C.K. is always in search for going well beyond the surface. As a writer, director, editor, and star, Louis C.K. has crafted 3 solid episodes that are wildly different from the ones that preceded it, but each episode is working on multiple levels. Through 3 episodes in Season 5, Louie may not be as experimental as it was in season’s past, but that’s not to say it’s lost a step. These episodes are as good as ever, if not better.

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8th ‘Fast & Furious’ Movie Coming April 2017http://fanboynation.com/8th-fast-furious-movie-coming-april-2017/ http://fanboynation.com/8th-fast-furious-movie-coming-april-2017/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:52:49 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32224 Share In news that should come as a surprise to no one, it was announced earlier today at CinemaCon that the 8th installment of the Fast & Furious franchise will be hitting theaters on April 14th, 2017. There’s no reason that Universal wouldn’t want more Fast & Furious films as Furious 7 is already the 7th highest grossing film worldwide ever. And the Fast & Furious franchise is fascinating for its long, winding road to the action spectacle it is today. Most of all, the Fast & Furious films are a real testament to diversity on the screen. My hopes

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In news that should come as a surprise to no one, it was announced earlier today at CinemaCon that the 8th installment of the Fast & Furious franchise will be hitting theaters on April 14th, 2017. There’s no reason that Universal wouldn’t want more Fast & Furious films as Furious 7 is already the 7th highest grossing film worldwide ever. And the Fast & Furious franchise is fascinating for its long, winding road to the action spectacle it is today. Most of all, the Fast & Furious films are a real testament to diversity on the screen. My hopes for the 8th film would have Kurt Russell returning as Mr. Nobody and rounding up a team, but I just want Kurt Russell having a blast in everything. At this point, there’s no news as to as a writer or director for the film, though we do know Vin Diesel will be returning as a star and producer.

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Syfy Announces its Summer Programming Line-Uphttp://fanboynation.com/syfy-announces-its-summer-programming-line-up/ http://fanboynation.com/syfy-announces-its-summer-programming-line-up/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:34:25 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32211 ShareWith the summer rapidly approaching, Syfy has announced their summer programming with premiere dates set for new seasons of Defiance and Dominion, as well as premiere dates for the new shows Dark Matter and Killjoys. I must plead ignorance to pretty much all of these shows, but just because I’m not too familiar with them doesn’t mean that their good fans should be deprived of knowing when their favorite shows return. Among the biggest titles in the announcement is the premiere date for Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Without further ado, here’s the line-up for Syfy’s summer programing. All synopses provided to

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With the summer rapidly approaching, Syfy has announced their summer programming with premiere dates set for new seasons of Defiance and Dominion, as well as premiere dates for the new shows Dark Matter and Killjoys. I must plead ignorance to pretty much all of these shows, but just because I’m not too familiar with them doesn’t mean that their good fans should be deprived of knowing when their favorite shows return. Among the biggest titles in the announcement is the premiere date for Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Without further ado, here’s the line-up for Syfy’s summer programing. All synopses provided to us by Syfy.

Syfy’s 2015 Summer Programming Highlights (all times ET/PT)

JUNE

DEFIANCE (SEASON 3 PREMIERE) Premieres Friday, June 12 at 8PM

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*Defiance* is the story of a ravaged planet Earth thirty-five years in the future, the lives of its citizens permanently altered following the sudden arrival of seven alien races. In this unknown and unpredictable landscape, the diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Following the events of last season’s cliffhanger finale, the series’ two-hour Season 3 premiere opens on the eve of an impending military siege – and the surprise arrival of the mysterious and nearly extinct Omec, an alien race of warriors.

The new season features cast additions Lee Tergesen (*The Americans*) as military leader General Rahm Tak, Nichole Galicia (*Django Unchained*) as Kindzi and Conrad Coates (*The Strain*) as her father, T’evgin. Returning cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Jesse Rath. Kevin Murphy (*Desperate Housewives*, *Caprica*) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner.

DARK MATTER (SERIES PREMIERE) Premieres Friday, June 12 at 10PM

In the new original series *Dark Matter*, the crew of a derelict spaceship awakens with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage fueled by vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.

Created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, executive producers and writers of the *Stargate* franchise*,* and developed with Prodigy Pictures *(Lost Girl), *the series features Melissa O’Neil (Broadway’s *Les Miserables*), Marc Bendavid (*Bitten*), Anthony Lemke (*White House Down*), Alex Mallari Jr. (*Robocop*) and Jodelle Ferland (*Twilight*), with Roger Cross (*The Strain*) and Zoie Palmer (*Lost Girl*). The 13 one-hour episodes are based on the graphic novel *Dark Matter*, also by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics.

KILLJOYS (SERIES PREMIERE) Premieres Friday, June 19 at 9PM

*Killjoys* follows a fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war.

From Temple Street Productions, the producers of *Orphan Black*, and writer and showrunner Michelle Lovretta, creator of *Lost Girl*, the original, 10-episode Syfy series stars Hannah John-Kamen (*Black Mirror*), Luke Macfarlane (*Brothers & Sisters*) and Aaron Ashmore (*Warehouse 13*).

JULY

DOMINION (SEASON 2 PREMIERE) Premieres Thursday, July 9 at 10PM

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Based on characters from the hit theatrical film *Legion* (2010), *Dominion* is set in a post-apocalyptic future, 25 years after an army of lower angels waged an epic war against mankind. The series follows the reluctant “Chosen One,” Alex (Christopher Egan), who must fight to save humanity from the angels that are hell-bent on destroying them. In *Dominion*’s second season, humankind continues its struggle against the army of angels.

GEEKS WHO DRINK (SERIES PREMIERE) Premieres Thursday, July 16 at 11:30PM

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Zachary Levi executive produces and hosts this new, original weekly game show based on the nationwide pub trivia contest of the same name. In each installment, two teams of self-proclaimed “trivia geeks” (including a celebrity captain) battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics from pop culture to science fiction. After three rounds of raucous game-play and (mostly) friendly competition, the winning team will earn bragging rights, a spot on the Geeks Who Drink leaderboard and a bevy of prizes to geek out over.

SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO! (ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERE) Premieres Wednesday, July 22 at 9PM

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The global pop culture sensation returns to cause mass destruction in Washington, D.C. before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida. The two-hour original movie stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Cassie Scerbo. Joining them will be David Hasselhoff (Fin’s father, Gil), Bo Derek (April’s mother, May), Ryan Newman (April and Fin’s daughter, Claudia Shepard), and Jack Griffo (Claudia’s friend, Billy).

Additional announced cameos include Mark Cuban (President of the United States), Ann Coulter (Vice President of the United States), Michele Bachmann, Kathie Lee and Hoda; Frankie Muniz; Anthony Weiner; Jerry Springer; Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan and Tom Compton, *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick, and Chris Jericho. A production of The Asylum, *Sharknado 3* is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from an original screenplay by Thunder Levin.

SHARKNADO WEEK (PROGRAMMING EVENT)

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Premieres Saturday, July 18 to Saturday, July 25

The second annual *SHARKNADO WEEK* will feature seven original movies, including:

  • Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

  • *Sharktopus Vs. Whale Wolf *(Roger Corman’s third installment of the ‘Sharktopus’ franchise, starring Casper Van Dien)

  • *3-Headed Shark Attack *(starring Danny Trejo)

  • *Roboshark*

  • *Mega Shark Vs. Kolossus *(starring Illeana Douglas)

  • *Zombie Shark* (starring Jason London)

  • The world premiere of *Lavalantula*, starring Steve Guttenberg and fellow *Police Academy* alums Leslie Easterbrook and Michael Winslow, as they battle lava-breathing tarantulas threatening to destroy Los Angeles.

FACE OFF (SEASON 9 PREMIERE) Premieres Tuesday, July 28 at 9PM

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In the hit competition series *Face Off*, special effects make-up artists participate in elaborate challenges to create amazing works of living art. The series’ ninth season will include its 100th episode.

McKenzie Westmore hosts, with Ve Neill (*The Hunger Games*, *Pirates of the Caribbean*), Glenn Hetrick (*CSI: New York*, *Heroes*, *Legion*) and Neville Page (*Avatar*, *Prometheus*) returning as judges. Hollywood makeup legend Michael Westmore (*Star Trek*) serves as the contestant mentor.

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New Immersive Experience for ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Will Scare Your Pants Off For Free!http://fanboynation.com/insidious-3-4d/ http://fanboynation.com/insidious-3-4d/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:44:53 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32208 Share Ever since the movies debuted, there have been attempts to make the movie going experience more and more immersive. Sometimes they are gimmicks that endure, like 3D has, or they are gimmicks that survive solely as novelty – look no further than Smell-O-Vision from the 1960 film Scent of Mystery that John Waters memorably lampooned with Odorama for Polyester. More than any other genre, horror has very deep roots with gimmicks and attempts at more immersive cinema. One of the great showmen of the cinema, William Castle, built his entire career on a variety of gimmicks, some working better

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Ever since the movies debuted, there have been attempts to make the movie going experience more and more immersive. Sometimes they are gimmicks that endure, like 3D has, or they are gimmicks that survive solely as novelty – look no further than Smell-O-Vision from the 1960 film Scent of Mystery that John Waters memorably lampooned with Odorama for Polyester. More than any other genre, horror has very deep roots with gimmicks and attempts at more immersive cinema. One of the great showmen of the cinema, William Castle, built his entire career on a variety of gimmicks, some working better than others.

Now the tradition continues with Insidious: Chapter 3 and “Into the Further 4D Experience.” This is technology that will likely be really cool for some people and a living nightmare for others, it just depends on what experience you’re hoping for. This new and exciting technology will be touring different parts of the country, hitting Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and New York. The whole experience is free, just check out http://www.intothefurther.me/ and see when and where it’s coming by near you. And while you’re short on breath, sweating, and trembling, just keep repeating:

It’s only a movie but different.
It’s only a movie but different.
It’s only a movie but different.

Here are all the details on Insidious 3: Into the Further 4D Experience:

CALLING ALL INSIDIOUS FANS! 

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 “INTO THE FURTHER 4D EXPERIENCE”

HORROR AND VIRTUAL REALITY IMMERSION COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU

WITH FREE ADMISSION; HOME VERSION AVAILBLE VIA GOOGLE CARDBOARD

SANTA MONICA, CA, April 21st, 2015 – Across the country, fans of the Insidious franchise will get to experience the world of Insidious like never before, as the “Into The Further 4D Experience” physically and virtually thrills them at every step of a horrifying and fully immersive trip unlike any other horror experience. Cutting-edge Oculus Rift (virtual reality) technology is being fused with horror for the first time as part of a mobile tour that is traveling to different cities in the lead-up to the June release of Insidious: Chapter 3. Admission is free, and no purchase is required.

In the specially designed and uniquely intense 4D experience, the haunted house evolves into a place where analog meets digital. “Into The Further 4D” is a scary trip – where the visitor is subject to virtual and physical scares and surprises at any time! The Experience will prime fans for Insidious: Chapter 3, the scariest chapter yet from the popular franchise.

For those who can’t attend one of the tour stops, The Further can haunt fans at home; the virtual reality portion of “Into The Further 4D” will be released as a downloadable application on iOS and Android devices. To access the Experience at home, consumers must use a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset. Headsets will be given away for free throughwww.facebook.com/insidiousmovie and through select promotional partners.

The Experience will next take hold in Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and New York. Visit http://www.intothefurther.me/ for more information on the live events including exact dates, times, and unique set-up locations; to find out about the Google Cardboard headset giveaways; and to check out fans’ reactions to the scares of the Experience from previous tour stops. Additional Insidious social media hubs are listed below.

Blumhouse Productions’ Insidious: Chapter 3, the newest chapter in the terrifying horror series, opens domestically nationwide on Friday, June 5th, 2015. MPAA-rated “PG-13,” Insidious: Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Mr. Whannell, and Lin Shaye, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise. Insidious: Chapter 3 is written and directed by Mr. Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Ms. Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Ms. Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

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The Long Shelved ‘Area 51′ to Finally Get Released, Exclusive Showings at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemashttp://fanboynation.com/area-51-drafthouse/ http://fanboynation.com/area-51-drafthouse/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:25:36 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32200 Share Oren Peli and Paramount Pictures had a fruitful partnership when the studio released the filmmaker’s found footage film Paranormal Activity. Since then, there have been numerous sequels and the found footage subgenre of horror has exploded. But there was always the question surrounding Area 51, the found footage film by Peli that has been sitting on the shelf since 2009. After years of questions and specultation as to whether or not we’d ever get to see the film, the question was finally answered. Paramount has announced that Area 51 will be available on VOD platforms starting on May 15th.

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Oren Peli and Paramount Pictures had a fruitful partnership when the studio released the filmmaker’s found footage film Paranormal Activity. Since then, there have been numerous sequels and the found footage subgenre of horror has exploded. But there was always the question surrounding Area 51, the found footage film by Peli that has been sitting on the shelf since 2009. After years of questions and specultation as to whether or not we’d ever get to see the film, the question was finally answered. Paramount has announced that Area 51 will be available on VOD platforms starting on May 15th. For those who want to see Area 51 on the big screen, you’ll have that opportunity for one weekend only at Alamo Drafthouse locations. You can see the trailer for Area 51 here.

Area 51 isn’t the only film that Paramount and Alamo Drafthouse are bringing to theaters, they’re also releasing Drunk Wedding. Like Area 51, Drunk Wedding will play for one weekend at Alamo Drafthouse locations and will also be available on VOD platforms starting on May 22nd. Of course, Drunk Wedding doesn’t have the mysterious backstory of a 6-year wait behind it.

Go to Drafthouse.com for showtime and ticket information.

Here’s the full press release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 23, 2015) – Paramount Insurge today announced that “AREA 51” and “DRUNK WEDDING” will receive one-weekend-only limited engagements exclusively at 16 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations in May. Additionally, the films will be available day-and-date on VOD and all digital platforms.

“AREA 51” will debut Friday, May 15th and run through Sunday, May 17th with one showtime daily. Tickets are on sale online and at participating Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas box offices beginning Monday, May 11th. The found footage horror film will also be available May 15th on VOD and all digital platforms.

“AREA 51” is directed by Oren Peli, written by Oren Peli and Christopher Denham and produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. The film follows Reid, who has always been obsessed with UFOs. While on a weekend trip to Vegas, he convinces two friends to join him on a mission to break into Area 51, where they find terrifying proof of alien presence. Starring Reid Warner, Jamel King, Ben Rovner and Jelena Nik.

“DRUNK WEDDING” will play the following weekend, Friday, May 22nd through Sunday, May 24th, with one showtime daily. Tickets are on sale online and at participating Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas box offices beginning Friday, May 18th. The comedy will debut on VOD and all digital platforms on May 22nd.

Directed by Nick Weiss, written by Nick & Anthony Weiss and produced by Brad Weston, Couper Samuelson and John Hamburg, “DRUNK WEDDING” centers on a couple with the perfect destination wedding. The problem is that all of their friends from college are coming and when this crew gets together, the only thing that is promised is that everything that can go wrong will go wrong. What is the worst that can happen with 12 friends, too much tequila, and everything caught on tape? It’s a wedding video everyone will want to forget, if only they can find it. The film stars Christian Cooke, Victoria Gold, Dan Gill, Anne Gregory, Genevieve Jones, Nate Lang, Diana Newton, J.R. Ramirez, Nick Ross and Bethany Dwyer.

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Trailer for Spike TV’s Epic ‘Tut’http://fanboynation.com/trailer-for-spike-tvs-epic-tut/ http://fanboynation.com/trailer-for-spike-tvs-epic-tut/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:57:30 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32196 Share I guess our cultural addiction to nostalgia wasn’t content to just revive television shows from the ’80s and ’90s, it has to take us all the way back to Ancient Egypt. I kid, naturally, but there has been a bit of resurgence in the swords and sandals epics of the past, most notably Exodus: Gods and Kings. Spike TV has just released the trailer for their swords and sandals epic Tut, which is a three-part miniseries looking into the life of the legendary pharaoh. The miniseries which airs on three consecutive nights starting on July 19th, stars Ben Kingsley and Avan

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I guess our cultural addiction to nostalgia wasn’t content to just revive television shows from the ’80s and ’90s, it has to take us all the way back to Ancient Egypt. I kid, naturally, but there has been a bit of resurgence in the swords and sandals epics of the past, most notably Exodus: Gods and Kings. Spike TV has just released the trailer for their swords and sandals epic Tut, which is a three-part miniseries looking into the life of the legendary pharaoh. The miniseries which airs on three consecutive nights starting on July 19th, stars Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia. Of course, one can’t feel that they really missed an opportunity to bring Steve Martin into the fold and make this an epic musical.

The official synopsis:

Spike’s* Tut* tells the astounding saga of one of history’s most extraordinary rulers, Tutankhamun (King Tut), his rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests.  “Tut” opens up a fascinating window into a world filled with heart-breaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy, and even murder — proving his world was not far removed from our own — and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages.

In addition to Kingsley and Jogia, the cast includes Nonso Anozie (*Zoo*), Sibylla Deen (*Tyrant*), Alexander Siddig (*Game of Thrones*), Kylie Bunbury (*Under the Dome*), Iddo Goldberg (*Salem*) and Peter Gadiot (*Once Upon a Time in Wonderland*).

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Titan Comics Launches a Rivers of London Comic in Julyhttp://fanboynation.com/titan-comics-rivers-of-london-comic-in-july/ http://fanboynation.com/titan-comics-rivers-of-london-comic-in-july/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:02:22 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32193 ShareAs a Rivers of London fan, I am excited to read that Titan Comics is launching a comic that is not only based on the novels but it set in-continuity with them. The new comic will take place between Foxglove Summer (review here) and Broken Homes. What’s even better is that it will be written by Ben Aaronovitch himself, so it will really be a part of the series. Press release below! Titan Comics is pleased to announce the launch of all-new Rivers of London comics, based on the best-selling novels by Ben Aaronovitch. Titan will be releasing a 5-part

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Rivers of London Comic Cover AAs a Rivers of London fan, I am excited to read that Titan Comics is launching a comic that is not only based on the novels but it set in-continuity with them. The new comic will take place between Foxglove Summer (review here) and Broken Homes. What’s even better is that it will be written by Ben Aaronovitch himself, so it will really be a part of the series.

Press release below!

Titan Comics is pleased to announce the launch of all-new Rivers of London comics, based on the best-selling novels by Ben Aaronovitch.

Titan will be releasing a 5-part comic series penned by Aaronovitch (Remembrance of the Daleks) and Doctor Who showrunner Andrew Cartmel with art from Lee Sullivan (Doctor Who Comics).

The novels follow the adventures of Peter Grant, a young officer in the London Metropolitan Police who is recruited into a special branch of the Met that deals with magic and the supernatural.

The brand-new Rivers of London comic adventure entitled ‘Body Work’, will be set between Book 4, Broken Homes and Book 5, Foxglove Summer, in continuity with the novel universe.

Peter Grant has come a long way since first entering the special branch of London’s Metropolitan Police. With his hard-earned powers and a flair for the supernatural, it’s his job to investigate those shadowy crimes that involve urban vampires, weird folk in the Underground and, in this case, why cars are suddenly taking on lives of their own and killing innocent people!

The Rivers of London novels have sold over 1 million copies worldwide to date, and with the recent news that a TV show has been optioned, the new comic is set to be a huge smash hit!

“I’ve been a massive fan of the series for a long time and it’s always a dream to bring something you revere to life as a comic, especially when you’re working with such an incredible team of creators!” says Steve White, Titan Comics Senior Editor.

Rivers of London: Body Work #1 hits comic stores on July 15 and will also be available to read on your digital device.

To keep up-to-date with news about Rivers of London comics visit the Titan Comics website at Titan-Comics.com or connect with Titan Comics on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

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New York Menace Invades Your Phone! – Spider-Man Unlimited Game Reviewhttp://fanboynation.com/new-york-menace-invades-your-phone-spider-man-unlimited-game-review/ http://fanboynation.com/new-york-menace-invades-your-phone-spider-man-unlimited-game-review/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:22 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32185 ShareCitizens beware! The menace known as Spider-Man is invading mobile devices all across the globe, and he’s not alone. Released in September 2014, Spider-Man Unlimited introduces a story line with elements of the recent Spider-Verse arc in the comics. Our favorite web-slinger is facing off against the Sinister Six of multiple universes and he can’t do it alone. Who better to stop  villains from the multi-verse than the Spider-Men and Spider-Women of the multi-verse. The game is an “endless runner” game that shows Spider-Man running across the streets and rooftops of New York to punch enemies, collect vials and power-ups, and

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Citizens beware! The menace known as Spider-Man is invading mobile devices all across the globe, and he’s not alone.

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Released in September 2014, Spider-Man Unlimited introduces a story line with elements of the recent Spider-Verse arc in the comics. Our favorite web-slinger is facing off against the Sinister Six of multiple universes and he can’t do it alone. Who better to stop  villains from the multi-verse than the Spider-Men and Spider-Women of the multi-verse.

The game is an “endless runner” game that shows Spider-Man running across the streets and rooftops of New York to punch enemies, collect vials and power-ups, and defeat bosses. Unique to the game, players are able to web-swing through the streets of New York, free fall off the edge of skyscrapers, scale tall buildings, and occasionally travel through different dimensions. The controls are simple and easy to learn, just swipe up, down, left, right and tap/hold for web-swings. To conquer the game, the player will have to hone their skills and reflexes if they hope to defeat the Sinister Six.

Main Menu

Main Menu

The game has three modes of play: event, campaign, and survival. Events are released weekly and give the player the chance to earn vials, iso-8, and extremely rare Spider-Men/Women. Campaign is where the player will go through the story and play through six issues, one for every member of the Sinister Six. Survival mode tests the player’s endurance and challenges them to make their longest run and attain a new high score. In reference to the title, the player can acquire different Spider-Men/Women from different universes (via Recruit, Events, or daily log-in) each with their own unique abilities and background.

The thumb cramp was worth it

The thumb cramp was worth it

Spider-Man Unlimited is a simple yet addicting game and is addicting because of how simple it is. One of the biggest attractions to the game is how easily one can collect the rare Spider-Men/Women (4 stars or more). A player can buy Spider-Men/Women in the Recruit section (look out for the daily deals that cut the iso-8 price in half!), win them by accomplishing the goals in events, ranking within top 10 of events, and even gain one every seven days just for logging in. Iso-8s are also easily attainable by accomplishing the daily goals, events, and beating certain missions on story mode. While one can spend money to buy iso-8s, it is not necessary since it does not increase your chances of attaining Spider-Men/Women with more stars and better abilities.

The game provides the player the same witty humor found in the comics while also guest starring other known Marvel heroes such as Iron Man, Black Cat, and Nick Fury. Trivia is given for every Spider-Man/Woman with info such as their first appearance and notable history. By combining a city that will change between night and day (or dimensions) with the ability to alternate between Spider-Men/Women, the game keeps players from getting bored. The animation perfectly captures our hero’s ability to swing, crawl, and run across the buildings of New York.

Spider-Gwen!

Spider-Gwen!

Spider-Man Unlimited unfortunately does have some lag issues. They’re especially noticeable during runs, when downloading new content, and when on the main menu (I have accidentally bought a premium Spider-Man one too many times). The biggest downside, especially for me, is the inability to transfer game data from one mobile device to another. Losing saved game data and having to start from scratch to regain everything is one of the greatest tragedies to happen to any gamer.

Overall, Spider-Man Unlimited is definitely worth downloading especially because it’s free. With issue 6 to be released soon and new events always being released, the replay value is immense. Simple enough to get a quick game in, but requires spider-like reflexes to rank up the leaderboard. Spider-Fans will be more than satisfied with Spider-Man Unlimited due to its amazing graphics, superior animation, and ultimate campaign. I give Spider-man Unlimited a solid 8/10.

If you’re ready to accept that with great power, comes great responsibility then swing by the nearest app store on your mobile device and help Spider-man defeat the Sinister .

Pros:
+ Quick and simple game but has challenges for the serious gamer
+ Easy to level up and attain Spider-Men/Women with more stars and better abilities
+ Spending money is not necessary

Cons:
+ Lag time and can only be played when connected to the internet
+ Inability to transfer game data other mobile devices

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THAT’S NOT ROTTEN! There Are Lessons to be Learned from ‘Last Man Standing’http://fanboynation.com/last-man-standing-1996/ http://fanboynation.com/last-man-standing-1996/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:46 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31997 Share With THAT’S NOT ROTTEN, Sean picks a movie deemed rotten on Rotten Tomatoes and illustrates why it’s better than thought. One of the great advantages of this column is not having to make the case that a movie is a great, or even good. The extent of my argument has to be that this film is not, by the metric of Rotten Tomatoes, rotten. Of course, the metric of Rotten Tomatoes is flawed. Hypothetically, you could have Pauline Kael, Andrew Sarris, André Bazin, and Roger Ebert give rave reviews to film loathed by 96 critics of middling virtue, and

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With THAT’S NOT ROTTEN, Sean picks a movie deemed rotten on Rotten Tomatoes and illustrates why it’s better than thought.

One of the great advantages of this column is not having to make the case that a movie is a great, or even good. The extent of my argument has to be that this film is not, by the metric of Rotten Tomatoes, rotten. Of course, the metric of Rotten Tomatoes is flawed. Hypothetically, you could have Pauline Kael, Andrew Sarris, André Bazin, and Roger Ebert give rave reviews to film loathed by 96 critics of middling virtue, and the film would sit at a 4% rating. Not that there’s a single film that any of those great film critics would agree, nor should there be. With Last Man Standing, I can’t argue that it is a good film, but I can argue that it’s an interesting film, one where you can see where extensive alterations were order from on high. So while Last Man Standing isn’t a good film, there’s a dark cloud of studio interference that hangs over the film, turning it into a cautionary tale about the nature of studio filmmaking.

Last Man Standing is a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, which was already remade as Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars. Before the film has even started, writer-director Walter Hill had already placed his film in the shadow of two highly influential classics. But Hill isn’t the kind of filmmaker to avoid challenges, likely seeing himself as one of the rough and tumble characters that populated his most popular films like The Warriors or The Driver. Hill transposed the story’s setting once again, placing his version in the dusty Texas town of Jericho during the Great Depression and Prohibition. And stepping into the lead role would be Bruce Willis, one of cinema’s biggest action stars. With a classic story, a wildly popular action star, and one of the most influential action writer-directors, you’d think that Last Man Standing would be, at the very least, an unheralded cult classic. Except it isn’t, nor should it be.

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The story is familiar: A lone enters a lawless town controlled by two violent gangs battling for position and influence. Before long, the stranger ends up working for both sides, playing each side against each other in hopes of destroying both corrupt gangs.

One of the greatest assets in Last Man Standing is its cast. Willis, naturally, is closer to Clint Eastwood than Toshirô Mifune. He’s neither electrifying nor sleepwalking. Most of the film’s flavor comes from the supporting cast. There’s Bruce Dern as the sheriff unwilling to risk his neck for the town’s safety; Michael Imperioli as the loud, cocky Italian gangster; David Patrick Kelly as the hot-headed, Cagney-esque Irish mobster Doyle; and Christopher Walken as Doyle’s right-hand man, the menacing and brutal Hickey. There are a handful of women characters played by Karina Lombard, Alexandra Powers, and Leslie Mann, but they’re all either the Madonna or the Whore. So while there are some intriguing, well-acted characters, they’re reserved exclusively for the violent brutes of the male persuasion.

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As far as the visuals in the film go, Last Man Standing is really quite phenomenal. The cinematography by Lloyd Ahern II gives the dusty town of Jericho a textured look. There’s an orange tone that hangs over the town, like it’s in perpetual dusk. The shootouts that occur within the film are stylized and exciting, though it’s not at the level of vintage John Woo. There also a number a shots that are perfectly framed, filling the entire screen with relevant information for the viewer.

But for all the things that work in Last Man Standing, the turmoil behind the scenes finds its way to infringe on the film as a whole. Throughout the film, Bruce Willis provides a voiceover narration which is obviously added as an afterthought. As the film keeps going, you can find more and more instances where heavy edits were made. The first half of the film moves at such a quick pace, moving from conflict to resolution to next conflict, allowing the voiceover to do all the work in tying it together. Scenes end by fading to black and the next scene begins by fading in from black, merely an attempt to make the missing moments less jarring. Aside from the voiceover, the biggest clue as to the sheer amount of edits is in the final shootout between the Irish and Italian mobsters. It’s edited together as a montage of flames and bullets, though all the missing pieces before and during this scene rob the images of any impact.

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According to the trivia section of IMDB, Walter Hill’s cut ran a little over two hours and the studio mandated that edits be made. And according to Box Office Mojo, the film’s budget was a whopping $67 million, though it must be said that I’ve found no correlating evidence for either besides these sources. It’s possible to see how Hill’s 2-hour cut would undoubtedly be a richer, more coherent film that its finished version. It is also possible to see how the studio was desperate not to turn this into a massive bomb – shorter running times means more showings –though their efforts were in vain as it was a massive bomb regardless. It’s impossible to say that Last Man Standing is a good film, but it’s a film where you can actually see the conflict between art and commerce. Unsurprisingly, commerce beat art in this round, mutilating the art in hopes for quicker profit. There are no guarantees that Walter Hill’s cut of Last Man Standing would be a good film. But since the theatrical cut was this bizarre, disfigured work that left very few satisfied, there’s no demand for a director’s cut. As it stands, Last Man Standing is a prime example of the power of editing.

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UPDATED: Phil Lord & Chris Miller to Mastermind Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Filmhttp://fanboynation.com/phil-lord-chris-miller-to-write-and-direct-animated-spider-man-film/ http://fanboynation.com/phil-lord-chris-miller-to-write-and-direct-animated-spider-man-film/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:03:02 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32177 Share After scoring a string of hits on projects that seemed doomed from the start, The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and more, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found themselves in high demand. Their name has seemingly been attached to any potential franchise. Most recently, it was reported that the duo was developing The Flash movie for Warner Bros., though they weren’t attached to direct. During today’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman announced that the duo would be writing and directing an animated Spider-Man film that will fit into the continuity of this

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After scoring a string of hits on projects that seemed doomed from the start, The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and more, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found themselves in high demand. Their name has seemingly been attached to any potential franchise. Most recently, it was reported that the duo was developing The Flash movie for Warner Bros., though they weren’t attached to direct. During today’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman announced that the duo would be writing and directing an animated Spider-Man film that will fit into the continuity of this latest incarnation of the web-slinger. They’ve already set July 20th, 2018 as a release date.

UPDATE: It appears that Rothman wasn’t exactly clear with his announcement. According to the press release issued shortly after his presentation, Lord and Miller will be “masterminding” the animated film which will not fit into the new continuity. It’s still up in the air as to whether or not the duo will direct the project. 

Here’s the press release (h/t: Collider)

SPIDER-MAN GETS ANIMATED AND DATED
WITH PHIL LORD & CHRISTOPHER MILLER AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 22, 2015 – On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors ofThe Lego MovieCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.

Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.

As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, a live-action film being produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago.  The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal also serving as producers.

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

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‘Archie vs. Sharknado’ is Coming. For Some Reason.http://fanboynation.com/archie-vs-sharknado-is-coming-for-some-reason/ http://fanboynation.com/archie-vs-sharknado-is-coming-for-some-reason/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:35:52 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31831 ShareArchie comics have been having a renaissance lately. It started with the creation of Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first (openly) gay character, a move that brought them a ton of media attention, and new fans. Then, they decided to get into the horror game with the fantastic Afterlife with Archie, where zombies invade Riverdale. It is a true horror book, that just happened to take place in Archie’s hometown, and man, is it dark. Critics and fans alike went crazy for it, so they decided to continue that success with an update to their Sabrina, the Teenage Witch comic, turning it

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Sharknado-PromoArchie comics have been having a renaissance lately. It started with the creation of Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first (openly) gay character, a move that brought them a ton of media attention, and new fans. Then, they decided to get into the horror game with the fantastic Afterlife with Archie, where zombies invade Riverdale. It is a true horror book, that just happened to take place in Archie’s hometown, and man, is it dark. Critics and fans alike went crazy for it, so they decided to continue that success with an update to their Sabrina, the Teenage Witch comic, turning it from a lighthearted teen spoof series into Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Once again the rave reviews came pouring in. Next, Archie Comics got back into the superhero game, reviving their long dead Red Circle imprint as Dark Circle Comics, featuring such characters as The Fox, The Black Hood, and The Shield. These comics too went on to become critical darlings, and fans can’t get enough.

So this next bit is perplexing. Archie Comics is releasing Archie vs. Sharknado on July 22nd, to coincide with Syfy’s newest low budget sequel to the dumbest franchise ever, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The Sharknado films do have a pretty large and vocal fanbase, so they are smart to publish this crossover, but I can’t help but think it’s a bad idea with all of the positive critical press they’ve been receiving.

Just when Archie and the gang think they can kick back and enjoy a few months of beaches, naps and sun, they’re faced with a storm of sharknados – heading straight for their hometown of Riverdale. 

Archie and his friends have to battle the incoming pop culture storm as it creeps up the “Feast” coast to Riverdale – and then try to save what’s left of their hometown. Who lives? Who dies? Read the book!

The extra-sized 48 page comic will be written by Sharknado trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante with art by Archie legend Dan Parent.

“Having a chance to crossover the Archie comics with our Sharknado universe has been a dream come true,” Ferrante said. “Riverdale will never be the same and I know fans are going to get a thrill out of seeing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang unleash their inner Fin Shepards.”

“I can’t tell you the thrill of working on Sharknado. I might be the biggest Sharknado fan, watching multiple airings of the movies, going to theatrical screenings. attending the Riff Trax versions and then buying the DVDs,” Parent said. “So to be able to bring Sharknado into the world of Archie is a dream come true. And to be working on it with Sharknado director Anthony C. Ferrante is the icing on the cake! I promise to put my all into this project to make all the Sharknado – and Archie – fans proud!!!”

Archie vs. Sharknado hits comic shops on Wednesday, July 22nd, with Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! airing later that night a 9pm on Syfy.

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Red Sonja Finds Herself in a Tight Spot – ‘Legenderry Red Sonja #3 (of 5)’ Reviewhttp://fanboynation.com/legenderry-red-sonja-3-of-5/ http://fanboynation.com/legenderry-red-sonja-3-of-5/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:02:52 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32128 ShareLegenderry Red Sonja #3 finds the red-haired warrior in a tight spot: She and her newfound friend, Elizabeth Frankenstein, were captured by Victor and his rebuilt Captain Nemo in the last issue. Now, she is left alone to confront a mad scientist (some might say the mad scientist) on his home territory. Marc Andreyko keeps this an exciting action story, with Red Sonja facing progressive degrees of peril as the scientist’s nefarious plot unfolds. He also keeps her quick-witted and confident. Red Sonja may be in danger, but she is never the “woman in jeopardy.” Aneke clearly delights in the

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Cover for Legenderry Red Sonja #3 by DavilaLegenderry Red Sonja #3 finds the red-haired warrior in a tight spot: She and her newfound friend, Elizabeth Frankenstein, were captured by Victor and his rebuilt Captain Nemo in the last issue. Now, she is left alone to confront a mad scientist (some might say the mad scientist) on his home territory.

Marc Andreyko keeps this an exciting action story, with Red Sonja facing progressive degrees of peril as the scientist’s nefarious plot unfolds. He also keeps her quick-witted and confident. Red Sonja may be in danger, but she is never the “woman in jeopardy.”

Aneke clearly delights in the steampunk trappings, with everything from the goggles on Sonja’s head to the ruffles on Frankenstein’s shirt flaunting the choice of locale. The faces are dramatic and expressive, though it is a bit distracting that everyone, except the monstrous Nemo, possesses extraordinarily puffy lips. Sonja continues to stride aggressively through the book, showing confidence at every turn. The colors, provided by Impacto Studios, are crisp and bright—Sonja has the greenest eyes any woman has ever possessed, but they suit the tone of the tale.

Legenderry Red Sonja #3 is a part of a five-part series, but a newcomer could still jump on board and enjoy the ride. The series so far is a fast-paced, action-filled tale that revels in its unlikely setting and character combinations.

Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Aneke
Colors: Impacto Studios
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Cover A Main: Sergio Fernandez Davila

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‘Glory 21′ Fight Card For May 8th Heavyweight Qualification Tournament in San Diego Releasedhttp://fanboynation.com/glory-21-fight-card/ http://fanboynation.com/glory-21-fight-card/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:00:05 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32165 Share Glory, the world’s premiere kick-boxing league, announced the full final fight card for its first visit to sunny San Diego on Friday, May 8th, 2015. Valley View Casino will host the Heavyweight Qualification Tournament event, which will be aired on Spike TV at 11/10 central. The middleweight title is on the line in the headline bout as reigning champion Artem “The Lion” Levin (50-4-1, 33 KOs) of Russia defends his belt against Canadian muay thai world champion Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (42-2-1, 24 KOs). Marcus earned his spot as challenger in April at Glory 20, defeating Wayne Barrett and

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Glory, the world’s premiere kick-boxing league, announced the full final fight card for its first visit to sunny San Diego on Friday, May 8th, 2015. Valley View Casino will host the Heavyweight Qualification Tournament event, which will be aired on Spike TV at 11/10 central.

The middleweight title is on the line in the headline bout as reigning champion Artem “The Lion” Levin (50-4-1, 33 KOs) of Russia defends his belt against Canadian muay thai world champion Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (42-2-1, 24 KOs). Marcus earned his spot as challenger in April at Glory 20, defeating Wayne Barrett and Jason Wilnis in the same night.

The exciting co-headline bout features American karate world champion and human highlight reel Raymond “The Real Deal” Daniels (26-2, 16 KOs) squaring off with veteran MMA welterweight Justin “Raw Deal” Baesman (16-7, 4 KOs in MMA).

In association with Veteran Operation Wellness (VOW), GLORY will host its second armed forces exhibition bout featuring Devin Goodale of the US Navy competing against US Marine Corps veteran Kyle Stewart at middleweight.

Originally announced as an All-American Heavyweight Qualification Tournament, Glory’s one-night, four-man spectacle has received a British infusion as “Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry (5-0, 1 KO) steps in for Cody East to face American Everett “Wolverine” Sims (0-1) in the first of two semi-final match-ups. On the other side of the bracket, heavy handed Xavier “X-Man” Vigney (6-1, 6 KOs) battles Maurice “The Gorilla” Jackson (31-0, 23 KOs).

The full fight card for Glory 21 can be found below:

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Raymond Daniels vs. Justin Baesman
Middleweight Armed Forces Exhibition Bout: Devin Goodale vs. Kyle Stewart
Heavyweight Qualification Tournament Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Everett Sims
Heavyweight Qualification Tournament Bout: Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson

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New Clip from ‘Maggie’ Shows Arnold Schwarzenegger Dealing With His Daughter’s Zombie Transformationhttp://fanboynation.com/new-clip-from-maggie-shows-arnold-schwarzenegger-dealing-with-his-daughters-zombie-transformation/ http://fanboynation.com/new-clip-from-maggie-shows-arnold-schwarzenegger-dealing-with-his-daughters-zombie-transformation/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:21:16 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32158 Share Free from the shackles of state-level partisan politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his late-career renaissance with Maggie. In the film, the action icon plays a father concerned for his daughter, played by Abigail Breslin, who is infected with the zombie virus. We’ve just been provided a clip from the film which focuses on the relationship between father and daughter, never letting us forget what both are facing. In an era where we are practically inundated with zombies in pop culture, Maggie looks to at least present a different take on the increasingly familiar subgenre. Maggie opens in select theaters and

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Free from the shackles of state-level partisan politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his late-career renaissance with Maggie. In the film, the action icon plays a father concerned for his daughter, played by Abigail Breslin, who is infected with the zombie virus. We’ve just been provided a clip from the film which focuses on the relationship between father and daughter, never letting us forget what both are facing. In an era where we are practically inundated with zombies in pop culture, Maggie looks to at least present a different take on the increasingly familiar subgenre. Maggie opens in select theaters and VOD on May 8th, 2015.

The official one-liner for Maggie:

When a deadly zombie virus sweeps the nation, a father will stop at nothing to save his infected daughter in this post-apocalyptic thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin.

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Comics on the Can – Reviewing Three Black Jack Comics Titleshttp://fanboynation.com/comics-can-blackjack-comics/ http://fanboynation.com/comics-can-blackjack-comics/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:53:39 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32135 Share“Dude! I got this killer idea for a comic review column! I call it “Comics in the Car”! What happens is I sit in a different car, like a lambo… or one of those killer police urban pacification armored units, and read a comic then review it. I’ll be all snarky and funny when I write too.” “Like ‘Comics on the Can’ except in cars.” “Oh yeah! I love that column! Anyway I saw this picture of a Bugatti Veyron that I could sit in and read the new Batman comic. I’ll call the Bugatti people right after I have

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“Dude! I got this killer idea for a comic review column! I call it “Comics in the Car”! What happens is I sit in a different car, like a lambo… or one of those killer police urban pacification armored units, and read a comic then review it. I’ll be all snarky and funny when I write too.”

“Like ‘Comics on the Can’ except in cars.”

“Oh yeah! I love that column! Anyway I saw this picture of a Bugatti Veyron that I could sit in and read the new Batman comic. I’ll call the Bugatti people right after I have my Cup o’ Noodles!”

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PHANTOM HAWK – Written and illustrated by Nick Garber
THE LAST PENDRAGON – Written by Nick Garber, Pencils and inks – Nicholas Garza
SUNSCREEN – Written & lettered – Trevor Bolin, Pencils and inks – Emrah Cilder, Created by Nick Garber

Ever have one of those friends that always has ideas? Specifically they always have ideas that are not well thought out, derivative, and essentially terrible?

“Dude, I got this idea for a comic! Get this; he is a costumed vigilante with a ton of gadgets. He prowls the back alleys of his city fighting crime. His arch nemesis is a crime lord that’s part of a big corporate conspiracy planning to take over the city, and the hero has to fight his way to the truth. Oh yeah, he has a healing factor too.”

“So you just described Batman with a little Daredevil and Wolverine thrown in.”

“Oh yeah, those comics are cool but mine is nothing like them. My masked vigilante is named Mosquito Hawk Man! He’s draining the bad guys dry!”

“Mosquito Hawks actually eat mosquitos. They don’t drain anybody of anything…”

“Well, whatever. I’ve written the first script and I’m gonna sink a ton of money and resources into making the comic book. I think it’ll take maybe three weeks to sell the movie rights.”

“Don’t.”

“Oh, he has a mysterious past as an ex-Navy Seal.”

“Please don’t?”

“He’s also a billionaire playboy! I think Robert Downey Jr. will make a great Brick Jones!”

“You live in Pensacola Florida, do you even know anybody in the movie busin… Wait, Brick Jones?”

“Yeah, that’s his alter ego; billionaire playboy Brick Jones. I was gonna name him Brick Jackson but I noticed that the billionaire playboys all have last names that are five letters, Wayne… Stark… um… other guys. So I shortened it to Jones. Can you read it and tell me what you think, even though it doesn’t matter ‘cause I believe in myself and the power of Mosquito Hawk Man.”

“Um, sure?”

“Cool and it’ll all be part of a shared universe I’m creating which has a super powered alien living on earth, a super powered chick from, like… ancient Greece or something, and a guy with a magic bracelet that can create things with his mind. All in the color tepid mauve!”

“Wow, you put a lot of thought into this.”

“All afternoon, with a short break for some final four updates on ESPN 2. Ill put you in the academy speech, bro!”

The thing is this friend is a good guy and you like him. He’s scrappy and enthusiastic. And, you know, he’s being pro-active. Which is more than most. You just don’t have the heart to tell him that the idea is crap bordering on plagiarism while somehow managing to miss out on the essence of what is being ripped off. But, hey, who are you to judge; Mosquito Hawk Man could become a beloved character by millions (or considering the current comics market, thousands) of readers.

But not likely.

The quandary faced is this: you want to support indie work and encourage innovation but then you run across material that essentially fails in almost every aspect required to tell a decent story. Do you do the right thing and inform the comic buying public that the material isn’t up to snuff even by incredibly lax and forgiving standards? Or do you do the non-asshole thing and judge the material by an even MORE lax and forgiving standard because this independent guy(s) clearly loves the inspiration of the source material but has no fundamental understanding of what makes story telling or a comic work?

Devil’s advocate here: as I quoted Shakespeare in my Cultural Junkdrawer – Back to the Well N.E.R.D, there are no original ideas left, really. Everything has been done before. The similarities between Daredevil and Batman are obvious in the broad sweeps. Just like the fact that a certain genus of comic character will always be a billionaire playboy. What sets a writer apart is the ability to make these stock characters relatable, engaging, and real. Its nuance, is finding an interesting way to tell a story. Not just bank on a reader’s familiarity with the archetype then cut to the explodo. So to be clear I’m not bagging on these three books because they’re derivative (though they are, in the kind of way that $.99 store choco-crunchies is derivative of Coco Pebbles). The essential problem with these books from Black Jack comics is that there are a lot of amateur mistakes on a story telling level… and an art level… and lettering and coloring. The binding is ok, though.

Phantom Hawk – An ex special-forces dude (named Max Malone) with a high-tech suit who does the lone vigilante shtick. Oh yeah, he has nanomachines in his blood that heal him super fast and give him enhanced strength and so-on. Except there are no examples given of this nanotech in action because the story starts with him realizing that the machines aren’t working. He gets shot and almost dies foiling a mugging/rape… first thing we see. Doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the protagonist but less so in the writer because 1 – we don’t know Phantom Hawk from one of those kooks out on Hollywood Blvd poorly dressed as Batman (and no, I don’t want to take a photo with you for a suggested “tip” of five dollars). 2 – How can we know that things are wrong when we’ve never seen them right in the first place? We’ve never seen Phantom Hawk at full strength foiling a mugging/rape. We’ve never seen Phantom Hawk at full strength foiling a damn jaywalker! Garber assumes that you know things that haven’t been established simply because he does. Either this is because he doesn’t know to take the steps required in establishing such things or didn’t bother.

Next Phantom Hawk breaks into the apartment of, I kid you not, Dr. Goode; a scientist/doctor/potential love interest/confidant/future hostage for Mr. Malone, and passes out in front of her. I tried this with a tinder date once all is got me was a cracked phone screen and an identity theft problem. Any comic reader, or action movie fan for that matter, knows this scene by heart. Whether it works or not completely depends on the writing and execution. To see it done fantastically right check out episode 2 of Daredevil on Netflix.

In Phantom Hawk the scene serves as an awkward, ham-fisted exposition dump. There is also the bad guy exposition scene that comes straight outta (believe it or not) Lethal Weapon hand book but is devoid of any tension, fun, or stakes. The only difference being that the “master mind” is wearing a mask and the psycho enforcer isn’t Gary Busey. There is a trap and a showdown and a reveal that the Psycho enforcer, code name Killjoy, is from the same special-forces unit as Max Malone. Which is weird because everything inferred about Killjoy is that he’s Russian. And everything inferred about Phantom Hawk is that he’s American. Where is there a special-forces team that has both Russians and Americans on it? The bigger question is why would I care?

The second book The Last Pendragon borrows from the “orphan with a special destiny” archetype. The kid’s father, a member of an order dedicated to fighting monsters or keeping some kind of evil at bay, is killed and his faithful servant raises the son… that last of the line, of course… without any knowledge of what his destiny is. Until the faithful servant tells him over a cup of tea one day, then acts surprised when the grown-up kid doesn’t believe him. “Oh, yes glad you could visit. Pip pip cheerio! By the way your father was part of a mystical order of knights dedicated to stopping evil from spreading across the land, he was killed trying to perform this duty and now that duty falls to you. Would you like cream and sugar as usual?” Once again, execution; no sense of mystery or even a sense of the boy who will be king, just familiar derivative plot points doled out. In The Last Pendragon’s defense at least it tries to build up some tension with an escaped mutant monster, but the pacing is awkward, it looks silly and feels rushed. The art, which is at the level of your buddy Chuck doodling during detention-hall (with fewer swears and penises), doesn’t do the thin script any favors either.

The third book Sunscreen is only marginally better. Ostensibly a story about aliens that can possess people, and the one evil member of the race that can operate outside the rules established two panels previous. Sunscreen reads like a fanfic mash-up of Supernatural meets Nova, but without the sense of fun, detail, or interesting characters. The book opens with a narrative time jump “24 hours from now” to give a glimpse of a (supposed to be but not) dramatic fight between our hero and the super big bad. Full disclosure here; I’m not a fan of the time jump gimmick when it’s just that – a gimmick. Like here.

I have an even bigger problem with such a stunt when you open your story, somehow, 24 hours before your story opens. Why don’t you just say “now” and rewind the flashback to 24 hours earlier? Does the story HAVE to start on a Tuesday? The use of the gimmick is for an obvious reason. This is an attempt to inject some sort of action into the first book because the story then segues into an extended exposition about the posesso-aliens. Their rise and fall, I guess, and the origin of “Burnout” the bad-guy. Don’t get me started on naming your badguy “Burnout”; all I can think about is the stoner barista guy at the indie coffee shop that wears a hemp hoodie, smells like skunky weed and patchouli, and always gets my order wrong.

The issue ends with the caption “Now” and a scene of a spaceship filled with refugees from an Atari 2600 game box cover. Seriously, one of the guys has an eyepatch! Anyways, dull dull dull. Here is the discouraging part; this alien race is about the most interesting thing put forth in all of these comics. The idea that they can possess people and utilize other races’ tech and talents isn’t half-bad. The problem is all this info is dumped on the reader in a few pages. Imagine how much more interesting the story would be if this information was doled out over the course of several stories. Play the mysterious card, build up tension, dumping all the interesting ideas out into a readers lap at once makes the reader lazy, and unengaged. There is no value to what we’re told because these decent story building ideas feel like a pre-amble to guys punching other guys through walls. And, as with the other two books, the art and layout falls desperately short of the ability to make up for what the script lacks.

I know this concept on how to handle a stories like this is predicated on there being more stories, but isn’t that the point? If you don’t do a good job telling the story first thing then there won’t be any more Phantom Hawk or Sunscreen stories to tell. Its obvious Nick Garber has read and enjoyed at least a few comics. It is also obvious that he is a long way from understanding what makes a story in general (and comics in particular) work. I’m sure he’s a nice guy in person; he loves his dog, likes beer, and has a few superhero logo muscle shirts. I even have a trace of hope that his learning is on a (steep) curve; that the next few issues of Phantom Hawk get better. I just have no interest in finding out.

But when it comes to the question I presented early in the review; warn the reader or softball the review out of sympathy, the question comes down to money… None of these books are worth the hefty $5 price tag and if you’re going to support indie press, support something that is mixing the formula up. Misfortune High is a fun, vibrant take on the “_____ as a high school” sub-genre. Jetta: tales of the Toshigawa as a spin on the bratty kid with a destiny trope, plus boobs. Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown is an energetic and smart homage to the Kaiju movie structure.

Phantom Hawk, The Last Pendragon, and Sunscreen fall short of cynical exploitation. Though I’m sure the rose colored glasses of Hollywood factors into Black Jack Comic’s hopes somehow. They’re more an example of naiveté and the reach being so much less than what can be grasped. It makes you wish that the time and resources were put to something that they were good at.

Random thoughts somewhat pertaining to the book but I couldn’t work in organically in the main review:

If you haven’t seen Lethal Weapon (inconceivable to me but possible), the first two are sterling examples of how to do action movies; airtight structure, crackling scenes with snappy dialogue, great plot. Hits every cylinder.

It seems pointless to complain about the women body types, seeing as how the art is poor on every front, but you never see a butch lesbian scientist…

In Pendragon there is a woman who is dressed exactly like a blonde Black Widow (if drawn by a thirteen year old boy during study hall). Somehow I think that sums up everything that is wrongheaded about these books.

Really, my dad was slaughtered by an evil force and now I have to take over the same task? I call bullshit! Also you knew or hoped I’d take over eventually and you haven’t given me so much as a minute of training in my entire life to handle such things? Double plus bullshit! I’m OUT dog!

Black Jack Comics website is – www.blackjackcomics.net maybe you’ll see something I don’t…

If any of the other comics I described interest you…
Misfortune High – www.misfortunehigh.com
Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa – www.toshigawa.com
Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown – www.kodoja.com

And I’ve said it before – snag the soundtrack to Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown by Big Pimp Jones/Hot Peas & Butta. It. is. sick!

NEXT: Back to the box!
LATER: Like the Beach Boys sang: heaven only knows!

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2 New Clips from the Upcoming Episode of ‘Outlander’http://fanboynation.com/2-new-clips-from-the-upcoming-episode-of-outlander/ http://fanboynation.com/2-new-clips-from-the-upcoming-episode-of-outlander/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:16:46 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32150 ShareOutlander continues its fantastical journey this week with an all-new episode and we’re just lucky enough to have clips from the hit Starz series. This week’s episode Lallybroch airs Saturday at 9pm only on Starz. The official synopsis for this and next week’s episodes of Outlander: *EPISODE 112: LALLYBROCH* *Airdate: Saturday, April 25th * Reunited, Claire and Jamie make their way to Lallybroch – Jamie’s family home. Reality quickly sets in, and old wounds are reopened between Jamie and his sister, Jenny.   ***NEXT WEEK*** *EPISODE 113: THE WATCH* *Airdate: Saturday, May 2* Jamie finds himself between a rock and

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Outlander continues its fantastical journey this week with an all-new episode and we’re just lucky enough to have clips from the hit Starz series. This week’s episode Lallybroch airs Saturday at 9pm only on Starz.

The official synopsis for this and next week’s episodes of Outlander:

*EPISODE 112: LALLYBROCH*

*Airdate: Saturday, April 25th *

Reunited, Claire and Jamie make their way to Lallybroch – Jamie’s family home. Reality quickly sets in, and old wounds are reopened between Jamie and his sister, Jenny.

 

***NEXT WEEK***

*EPISODE 113: THE WATCH*

*Airdate: Saturday, May 2*

Jamie finds himself between a rock and a hard place when a redcoat deserter from his past resurfaces. Claire tends to a laboring Jenny while Jamie and Ian join The Watch on an ambush, resulting in devastating consequences.

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Word Vomit – ‘Daredevil’ Season Two Possibilities and Speculation Part 1 – The Heroeshttp://fanboynation.com/daredevil-season-two-speculation-the-heroeslate-night-fun-daredevil-season-two-possibilities-and-speculation-part-1-the-heroes/ http://fanboynation.com/daredevil-season-two-speculation-the-heroeslate-night-fun-daredevil-season-two-possibilities-and-speculation-part-1-the-heroes/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:56:24 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32090 Share To those who haven’t seen it yet, let me tell you, Daredevil is as good as you’ve heard. Sure, it isn’t perfect (the suit could use a slight redesign, but that’s nitpicking), but it is pretty awesome. It was the first live-action superhero thingy to show that violence truly has consequences, and it oozed a realism that nothing before it could match, while still being very aware that it’s about a blind dude who fights ninjas. That’s a tough balance to manage, and the cast and crew managed it brilliantly. It upped the ante for televised capes and tights,

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To those who haven’t seen it yet, let me tell you, Daredevil is as good as you’ve heard. Sure, it isn’t perfect (the suit could use a slight redesign, but that’s nitpicking), but it is pretty awesome. It was the first live-action superhero thingy to show that violence truly has consequences, and it oozed a realism that nothing before it could match, while still being very aware that it’s about a blind dude who fights ninjas. That’s a tough balance to manage, and the cast and crew managed it brilliantly. It upped the ante for televised capes and tights, for sure. It was also full of Easter eggs (Stilt-Man!) and fan-wankery in the best way possible, giving me some ideas for next season and beyond should the show continue.

Since the announcement that Daredevil has been renewed for a second helping happened this week, as if that ever wasn’t going to happen even in an alternate universe, here are those ideas that my brainmeats have been stewing in since watching the first season. There may be spoilers ahead, so read accordingly.

Daredevil on Netflix is an interesting character; he’s quite a bit more violent than his comic counterpart, as a vigilante would be, but we’ve seen his reluctance to cross the line into killing. Whether it’s due to his Catholic nature, or something else entirely, it’s an intrinsic part of his character. What if there was another vigilante running around Hell’s Kitchen who didn’t have Matt’s conscience? What if there was a vigilante actively trying to kill Wilson Fisk and his men? How would The Man Without Fear react to that?

the-punisherHere’s the thing; Marvel not only got the rights back to Daredevil a few years ago, but the Punisher and Blade as well. The structure of the Netflix series model set up by Daredevil would be a perfect fit for either of those characters, the Punisher in specific. Frank Castle’s alter-ego is a perfect fit for the groundwork begun by the atmosphere and ground-level nature of Daredevil. DD’s showrunner, Steven DeKnight, and star, Charlie Cox, have both expressed interest in a hard-R rated TV version of the character, with Cox stating “Steven DeKnight said that Daredevil is one bad day away from being the Punisher.”

There are any number of reasons Castle could show up in New York. It is well established in the comics that the Punisher has clashed with the Kingpin on many occasions. He could be following a lead gleaned from some greasy asshole in South Beach, a lead that with just a few episodes of set-up could show that the Kingpin’s empire has grown substantially since being incarcerated. Which wouldn’t be implausible; criminals, killers especially, are often treated like princes of crime once inside, and many rise through the ranks pretty quickly. Who’s to say that Fisk wasn’t not only protected inside, but maybe through some more killing has gained the respect of other crime lords, enough so that he can run his empire from inside a cell as easily as an office in a highrise, and be left alone to do it?

Maybe through some drug trafficking, or similar nasty business, the Punisher has to deal with the fall out and is not happy about it. The Punisher, through his research (Read: ass kicking of lowlife perps), figures out that Fisk is the major crime head in Hell’s Kitchen, but his influence is extending into other cities, including Castle’s neck of the woods, and he’s using children to carry out his deeds. Being a father who lost his children to criminal violence, Castle would do whatever it took to put a stop to it, including a little road trip to New York. Daredevil would not stand for more violence in his neighborhood, no matter the reasons, and would have to intervene. And it would be brilliant. Bring back Thomas Jane, who would probably do it in a heartbeat if this short film is to be believed. Sure, it’s not a great film, but it does show Jane’s love for the character.

The way the MCU cherry picks from different comic storylines without creating a straight adaptation would work well in this instance, bringing together plot points from their first meeting in Frank Miller’s Child’s Play storyline, by the author most associated with televised adaptations of DD. After fighting each other, of course, they could reluctantly team-up to take down Fisk and his criminal empire. This could easily be set up early on, a little tease of what’s to come sprinkled in here and there, with the pay off to this plot, and the Punisher’s actual appearance, only happening in the last couple episodes.

OR, due to Fisk’s incarceration, blend bits of their first meeting in Child’s Play with a bit of David Lapham’s Means and Ends story which has Daredevil take over after the Kingpin is deposed, and the Punisher feels that DD’s form of billy-club dispensed justice is enough, and steps in to bring his own form of justice-by-shotgun. There have been some great DD/Punisher clashes throughout the years with which to choose plot points to mash together into a story the fans would be not only be excited about, but would be EXCITED about!

MKThose are somewhat realistic scenarios, things I could actually see happening in, if not season 2, season 3, but this next bit is less so. What about Moon Knight? I have no clue what Marvel’s rights situation on this character is, but Warren Ellis’ recent take on the character in From the Dead would fit right into DD’s little part of the MCU, and it wouldn’t be the first time Marvel Studios has used an Ellis Inspired plot point or two. Ellis deftly combined and cleaned up much of Marc Spector’s troubling and incomprehensible backstory, leading to a hero with a clearer head, and a clearer understanding of who he is.

Ellis had Moon Knight fighting “weird crime”, something of which Daredevil’s comic stories had plenty of back in the day. Maybe, in one of his less lucid moments, Spector is inspired by a news story on Daredevil. Then, in a bit ripped directly from the pages of Ellis’ story, he dons a suit to take on a mysterious sleep experiment that’s driving it’s patients insane as his alternate personality/alter-ego Mr. Knight. It just so happens that this experimental facility is one of Lee Owlsley’s, and Spector’s not the only one who’s concerned. Enter Matt Murdock, the lawyer that’s taken on a case of two of the victims by day, a Tandy Bowen and Tyrone “Ty” Johnson (Yep! Cloak & Dagger!), yet by night he’s decided the justice system works too slow. The two team-up to take break up the racket, and take out the man responsible; The Owl himself.

Moon Knight and Daredevil don’t share as much history as Murdock and Castle, but hey, the MCU’s a different thing entirely. And who wouldn’t love to see Leland Owlsley’s son Lee in full-on Owl mode go up against Moon Knight  and Daredevil for a knock-down drag-out alleyway fight? True, the showrunners would have to soften some of Moon Knight’s character quirks a bit for an audience unfamiliar with them, but with the way they distilled the characters’ essence in the first season leaves me feeling confident that they could make it work, and make Moon Knight a household name. And it could set-up more Cloak & Dagger for later episodes or seasons! Sure, it would be a slightly different origin for them, but mainstream audiences wouldn’t know, and it’s close enough to pass for the true fans who would just be excited to see these cult favorites on television.

BladeWhich brings me to another unexpected Marvel character to become a household name; Blade. There was a point in time that I never would have believed there was a Blade film coming to the big screen, much less three of them and a TV series. Blade was a small time character in Marvel’s comics, gaining some popularity in the ’70s, but other than the Midnight Sons era of the ’90s, Blade was mostly lost to obscurity to all but the die hard fans in many ways. Yet, if it weren’t for this character getting a shot at the big time on the big screen, we may not even have had this wonderful Daredevil series to talk about.

Blade was a huge hit when it was released in 1998, the first successful comic-based film in many years, and the character enjoyed a resurgence. Well, it’s been long enough for the vampire hunter to be absent from the screen, and what better series to revive him? Plus, we have a Doctor Strange film coming next year, what better way to start unveiling the supernatural section of the MCU than Daredevil? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been seeding elements this past season revealing the nature of the Inhumans, preparing viewers for their feature film in just a few years, and it’s building excitement with every new episode. Blade could do that for Doctor Strange, and he’s not been away too long that he’s become unfamiliar to audiences, so it would ease viewers in gently.

It would be so easy too. There’s a rogue faction of The Hand that has been around for hundreds of years, that seemingly don’t age, and have incredible strength and unnatural senses. Something about them doesn’t smell right to Daredevil, something noxious and unsettling. Seemingly unrelated, bodies have been piling up in the morgue, bodies with what look like scars akin to an animal attack. One night Daredevil hears a fight in an alley a few blocks away, and decides to investigate. What he finds is our undead anti-hero taking on a group of Hand ninjas from this arcane order. The two team-up to fight them off, and afterward Blade explains who, and what, they were, and join to stop them. This storyline could easily be told in an episode or two, appeasing Blade fans who’ve missed seeing him on their television. And there are rumors going around that accuse Black Sky of being a young vampire. Seriously. Steven DeKnight sort of addressed them on Twitter.

GRHell, they could even bring in Ghost Rider, another character Marvel now retains the rights to, or at least Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, or Robbie Reyes as an Easter egg setting up Ghost Rider in a subsequent season. Again, this is a character known by both the fans AND mainstream viewers who could help set-up the supernatural corner of the MCU before Doctor Strange hits our screen late next year. Reyes would be my guess due to a car with flames shooting out from under the hood is a much cheaper cgi alternative to a flaming motorcycle, as well as his skull helmet being slightly less out there than an actual flaming skull. Just my two cents on the matter. They could explain away his demonic possession with mystical mumbo-jumbo just like they’ll do with Iron Fist and Doctor Strange, maybe tying it in to the Hand or its offshoot I mentioned/made up earlier.

I’m pretty sure I don’t have to write about Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist, as I’m sure they’ll at least be semi-regular guest stars throughout the rest of the series, but one thing I’m pretty sure of is Melvin Potter will be suiting up as Gladiator. One, he makes suits of armor, and two, there were circular blades all throughout his workshop, along with a few items I’ll be mentioning in the next installment of this series. When Daredevil invariably can’t keep his deal with Potter, the Gladiator does on the defensive before DD proves it’s not his fault and they team-up to take on the Kingpin. If they threaded this storyline throughout the Defenders series, and have him show up in costume in the first episode of next season, it could work really well, and by the end of the season we could have him back on the side of good, fighting against the Kingpin alongside the other heroes I’ve mentioned. It would be like another Defenders in the finale, and that would be awesome!

EchoddHell, might we even be introduced to Maya Lopez/Echo? That could be another interesting thread, eventually bringing another ally to Daredevil’s fight against the Kingpin as Echo/Ronin, and even briefly as a love interest as Maya Lopez. I know it’s another character that wants to fight DD, before realizing he’s not her enemy, but she’s awesome. And honestly, it would be cool to see a portrayal of such a kick ass Native American character in a superhero show that isn’t the stereotype that Apache Chief was. Also, the character is so visually striking I just think she would look cool fighting ninjas. She’s a rather new addition to the Daredevil mythos, albeit one with a vocal fan following that would be ecstatic to have her appear even as an Easter egg in the background; a shadowy figure stalking Matt from the shadows, with just a glimpse of the white hand print adorning her face until the full reveal in season three.

And that isn’t even bringing up Silver Sable, Paladin, Shang-Chi, White Tiger, Black Tarantula, and the legion of more obscure street-level heroes that live in the Marvel comic universe. Depending on the film rights surrounding these heroes, many of them would work well within the framework established by Daredevil’s showrunners, and a few could even be seeded in through Netflix’s other Marvel shows. White Tiger and Shang-Chi are perfect fits for the Iron Fist or Luke Cage series’.

I could understand it if Netflix didn’t want to bog down their shows with too many recurring characters, so many of these could guest star in an episode or two, especially with Daredevil’s done-in-one approach with a bigger over-arching story tying it all together. The great thing is, most non-comic reading fans of the show aren’t familiar with many of these heroes, so they could easily be tweaked enough to make them work, with comic fans just being excited to see them on their televisions. And that’s really what we want. Now that the floodgates have opened, let those heroes and villains flow out into the ether. The more the merrier, I say.

These are just a few of my guesses/speculations/hopes for the next season of Daredevil when it returns to Netflix next year. Even if none of these characters make it, that’s okay. I’m just having a little late night fun here, and I’m sure whatever the showrunners have planned will be as amazing as the first season. But, man, I hope I’m right about at least a few of these. (Moon Knight, Cloak & Dagger)

And have no fear, I’ll be back later this week with the villains I can see making an appearance, and which Easter eggs I think will payoff when Daredevil returns next year.

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Trailer and Poster for ‘Where Hope Grows’http://fanboynation.com/where-hope-grows-trailer/ http://fanboynation.com/where-hope-grows-trailer/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:50:35 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32142 Share With the market for faith-based cinema rapidly expanding, we bring you the trailer for the upcoming film Where Hope Grows. Kristoffer Polaha, most recently of Atlas Shrugged 3 fame, plays a washed-out ballplayer who is using alcohol to numb his personal problems. Things start to change for him when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young grocery worker with Downs syndrome, played by David DeSanctis. Where Hope Grows will tug on the heartstrings of the faithful on May 15th.   The official synopsis: Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his

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With the market for faith-based cinema rapidly expanding, we bring you the trailer for the upcoming film Where Hope GrowsKristoffer Polaha, most recently of Atlas Shrugged 3 fame, plays a washed-out ballplayer who is using alcohol to numb his personal problems. Things start to change for him when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young grocery worker with Downs syndrome, played by David DeSanctis. Where Hope Grows will tug on the heartstrings of the faithful on May 15th.

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The official synopsis:

Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, he mindlessly sleepwalks through his days and the challenge of raising his teenager daughter. His life is in a slow downward spiral when it is suddenly awakened and invigorated by the most unlikely person – Produce, a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store.

Calvin slowly loses the chip on his shoulder as he begins to experience the world through Produce’s eyes. Faith, work, purpose and most importantly family, blossom into Calvin’s life as their friendship develops. The unlikely pair becomes intertwined giving Calvin’s life new meaning and purpose, but unfortunately leads to tragedy due to single decision echoed from Calvin’s past.

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Terry Crews Rocks Run-D.M.C. in This ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Cliphttp://fanboynation.com/terry-crews-lip-sync/ http://fanboynation.com/terry-crews-lip-sync/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:29:08 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32138 Share American Bandstand was on the air for 37 years, so Americans have the act of lip syncing thoroughly ingrained within their cultural psyche. At least that’s the only way I can rationalize the success of Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV, the show where celebrities battle it out in the only way that streets respect — lip syncing. This week’s upcoming episode of Lip Sync Battle is a heavyweight fight between the former boxing champ and star of The Hangover, Mike Tyson, and everyone’s favorite Old Spice pitchman, Terry Crews. In anticipation of this epic battle, Spike has released a

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American Bandstand was on the air for 37 years, so Americans have the act of lip syncing thoroughly ingrained within their cultural psyche. At least that’s the only way I can rationalize the success of Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV, the show where celebrities battle it out in the only way that streets respect — lip syncing. This week’s upcoming episode of Lip Sync Battle is a heavyweight fight between the former boxing champ and star of The Hangover, Mike Tyson, and everyone’s favorite Old Spice pitchman, Terry Crews. In anticipation of this epic battle, Spike has released a clip of Terry Crews’ performance, where he lip syncs Run-D.M.C.’s Sucker M.C.’s. But you won’t need pay-per-view to see this, Lip Sync Battles airs Thursdays at 10pm on Spike.

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Divinity #3 (of 4) Coming Homehttp://fanboynation.com/divinity-3-kindt-hairsine/ http://fanboynation.com/divinity-3-kindt-hairsine/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:04:18 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32111 ShareDivinity #3 continues Abram Adams story, providing more detail about his past travels as well as showing the present struggle. Matt Kindt continues to slowly unfold the mystery of just how Adams became what he is, with some surprises on the way in this issue. Matt Kindt continues to tell a story with multiple timelines: There is the present, where Unity is attempting to face down Divinity, the past before Adams left on his flight, and the events on the flight. Mostly, this is a function of memory, but for a man of Adams power, time appears to be flexible

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Divinity #3 continues Abram Adams story, providing more detail about his past travels as well as showing the present struggle. Matt Kindt continues to slowly unfold the mystery of just how Adams became what he is, with some surprises on the way in this issue.

Matt Kindt continues to tell a story with multiple timelines: There is the present, where Unity is attempting to face down Divinity, the past before Adams left on his flight, and the events on the flight. Mostly, this is a function of memory, but for a man of Adams power, time appears to be flexible on its own, which makes balancing what has happened already and what is happening now a delicate balance for everyone. Kindt tells the story clearly enough that it is only where the boundaries actually blur that things become uncertain–for a good reason.

Trevor Hairsine and Ryan Winn continue to make it clear that Abram Adams, for all his power, is also a human being. His past self is more expressive than his present, but in all timelines, hope, sorrow, love, fear, and awe show. The alterations Unity undergo as they attempt to reach Divinity are also convincing, and made more chilling by how casually Divinity accomplishes them.

This time, the biblical references are kept to the start of a paraphrase “My…will…” rather than “Thy will be done.” So far, while attention-grabbing, the references themselves have not added much to the story—Abram Adams would still be who and what he is had he not been found in a basket like Moses, and were he not named after the first human being and a biblical patriarch and leader of his people. Perhaps all the various references and lines will come together for the next, final, issue.

Divinity #3 is a solid addition to one of the strangest stories to come from Valiant this year.

Divinity #3 Summary page / page 1 of 6 Page 2 page 3 page 4 page 5 Divinity #3 page 6 of 6 Cover A by Djurdjevic Cover B by Muller Variant cover by Gill

Writer: Matt Kindt
Penciler: Trevor Hairsine
Inker: Ryan Winn
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Dave Lanphear

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‘Daredevil’ to Return to Netflix with Different Showrunners (UPDATED)http://fanboynation.com/daredevil-to-return-to-netflix-with-different-showrunners/ http://fanboynation.com/daredevil-to-return-to-netflix-with-different-showrunners/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:20:04 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32080 Share Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. It’s kind of a given that the Netflix exclusive Daredevil series would get another season. The show became an over night fan-favorite and critical darling, not to mention one of the highest pirated series in history. Unfortunately it looks as if Steven DeKnight is leaving the series he helped become a smash hit. Variety is reporting that yes, Daredevil has been renewed, but with Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy) serving as its new showrunners. I am very curious to learn the reasons

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

It’s kind of a given that the Netflix exclusive Daredevil series would get another season. The show became an over night fan-favorite and critical darling, not to mention one of the highest pirated series in history. Unfortunately it looks as if Steven DeKnight is leaving the series he helped become a smash hit.

Variety is reporting that yes, Daredevil has been renewed, but with Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy) serving as its new showrunners. I am very curious to learn the reasons behind his departure, but also look forward to see what Petrie and Ramirez, who worked closely with DeKnight and Drew Goddard on the series,  do with the show. Petrie, Ramirez, Goddard, and Jeph Loeb will executive produce the 2nd season. I assume that all of the main actors will be returning in 2016.

That’s all we know so far, but we’ll bring you more news as it comes in.

UPDATE:

Marvel has published their official announcement with this quote from DeKnight:

“While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season,” DeKnight explains, “I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch. They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.”

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John McNaughton Talks About ‘The Harvest’, His Directing Hiatus, and Morehttp://fanboynation.com/john-mcnaughton-interview/ http://fanboynation.com/john-mcnaughton-interview/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:52:40 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32073 Share Though his name is not immediately recognizable, there’s still a fair chance that you’ve seen the directorial work of John McNaughton. The filmmaker broke through with the startling horror film Henry: Portrait of Serial Killer, which remains a genre classic to this day. Following that he made non-horror studio films like Mad Dog & Glory and Wild Things, as well as work on numerous television shows including Homicide: Life on the Streets. After taking an extended break from filmmaker, McNaughton is back with The Harvest (review here), a thriller that stars Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. For the film’s

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Though his name is not immediately recognizable, there’s still a fair chance that you’ve seen the directorial work of John McNaughton. The filmmaker broke through with the startling horror film Henry: Portrait of Serial Killer, which remains a genre classic to this day. Following that he made non-horror studio films like Mad Dog & Glory and Wild Things, as well as work on numerous television shows including Homicide: Life on the Streets. After taking an extended break from filmmaker, McNaughton is back with The Harvest (review here), a thriller that stars Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. For the film’s release on VOD and in select theaters, including the Arena Cinema in Hollywood starting Friday April 24th , I got to chat with McNaughton over the phone where we talk about The Harvest, the rise of VOD and the state of independent cinema, working with child actors, and who Peter Fonda dropped acid with.

Q: It’s been a while since you’ve had a feature film out, what was the delay? Were there other projects you couldn’t get off the ground or were you just taking a break?

John McNaughton: A combination of that. All of the above. When I’m working I tend to be a fairly driven and hard-working person. But when I’m not working I’m easily given over to laziness and completely happy to, you know, goof off, travel, read, write – writing’s not goofing off, it’s hard work. So, I went for quite a few years from job to job to job to job to job to job to job – that, sort of, was the key, and then September 11th, it changed the movie business and thing just cooled off for a while. I just sort of, like – fortunately, I’d done enough television and that stuff that I didn’t have to work. Another terrible thing is, when I don’t have to work, I often don’t. [laughs]

Q: Then you’re not forcing yourself to do questionable projects for questionable reason.

JM: Yeah. Again, to make a film is a year out of your life, and if you don’t believe in it heart and soul, at least me, I just can’t go and do it like, you know, a job because it takes so much out of me. Out of everything I’ve ever done, I’ve taken one job, it was a TV pilot, I won’t say what it was, and you can just go do it and make all this money and you won’t have to work again for the rest of the year. So I did. Only primarily for the money, not that the project was not decent. But it was a real nightmare, and it dents my health. It just takes so much out of me. So I’m very selective, very picky.

I was just talking – unfortunately, I don’t know if you know Tom Towles, who played Otis (in Henry), just died – I called Michael Rooker to tell him, and he was saying, “You’re just too picky,” in the projects I choose. And, anyway, he may be right. But, yeah, it just sort of worked out that way. Now I have a backlog of scripts and a number of things I’ve written and developed, so I have plenty of projects. Well, The Harvest was a three-year odyssey from start to finish.

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Q: Now where did The Harvest first premiere?

JM: It premiered in New York at the IFC – well, it first premiered at the Chicago Film Festival.

Q: Okay, and that was in 2013?

JM: Yeah. It’s interesting because I did a panel at the Chicago Film Festival, and people who shall remain nameless were saying, “Oh, Chicago Film Festival what is that? It’s not a market nobody cares about. Don’t show it there. What if nobody likes it?” So, anyway, we showed it at the Chicago Film Festival, it sold out, and was very well-attended. But I did a panel, a panel for the afternoon premiere and sitting on the panel was someone from IFC Midnight and indeed that was who bought the film. So, you know, Chicago Film Festival worked out fine. I actually laugh, I took around the world. I took it to festivals all over Europe, the UK, Canada, and Scandinavia. But it was indeed that first showing in Chicago where IFC saw it and that’s where the deal came from.

Q: As far as independent cinema goes, you got your start with Henry: Portrait of Serial Killer, how much harder is it to get an independent film financed and made compared to back when you did Henry?

JM: It’s always hard. This has been a real education. This is the first time I’ve ever made a film where there wasn’t a company handling distribution, funding, you know, backing the film. Henry, they were a video company, MPI. They’re still in existence and Henry did very well by them. They put up the money but they always planned to put it onto video. They were one of earliest video distribution companies in America, but it just so happened that film turned out well and it got theatrical as well. But the original intent was straight to video because that was their business. In every other film I’ve ever made, there was a company, and there was a sales force, and there was a marketing department – while I made the film, they prepared the posters and the marketing, the trailer and everything else, and when it was done they took it to the marketplace. This was, for the first time in my life, an individual investor. There were some other investors, but one main investor who put up 90% of the funds. But there was no distribution company in place. So after the film was complete, myself and producer [Steven A.] Jones flew out to LA with the financier [Gerald] Kessler and took the film to a number of distribution companies and we also took it to all the major agencies that had distribution departments. Eventually, CAA did take it and rep it, and made the deal with IFC. I knew how to make films. I’ve been doing for 30 years now. I had no idea how to sell films.

And, as you know, it changes so rapidly with the digital platforms. It’s not the same business. Nobody knows how it’s going to shake out. It was released on Friday, and I don’t even know all the platforms, but I did get an email from the PR department at IFC saying we were #1 on iTunes for the horror/thriller genre. Like I say, it’s all brand new. But for me, it’s like good, now I’m learning this end of the business. I do start to see a model for me materializing where – theatrical isn’t the end-all, be-all by any means anymore and it’s only gonna get worse with theatrical. Anyway, IFC did release it in their showcase theater in New York last Friday, but it’s also out on all these digital platforms and that’s where it’s going to be seen.

Q: You have Michael Shannon starring in the film, and my expectation when I see Michael Shannon in a film is, “Oh, man, I’m gonna get a crazy performance,” but it’s Samantha Morton who just blows everybody out of the water in this one. She’s like Nurse Wratched and Carrie’s mom combined.

JM: She’s twice-nominated for an Academy Award. She can act, no doubt about it.

Q: But Shannon is still phenomenal in these little moments, this subtly that emphasizes the emotions of the film. What’s it like working with these actors?

JM: For both of them – they’re both parents. And you have to understand that they’re both very serious about their craft, extremely so. And they’ve worked together before in theater and they’ve both appeared in Jesus’ Son. So they knew each other. They’re both parents and very serious actors who really go there, and to go where these characters were very uncomfortable places to go. And Michael, to top it off, we lost him every day at 6pm because he had to get in the car and go to Broadway where he was appearing in a play, playing a burn victim. [laughs] Just going from one crazy character to another. It’s great to see Michael get the chance to do the subtler stuff and to show the world that he is capable of a very fine, subtle performance, not always the crazy guy, over the top, the big villain.

Q: And what was it like working with Peter Fonda?

JM: I worked with him on a TV pilot before, so I knew him. I just have to say that I recommend that every director hire Peter Fonda because he’s just the best and coolest guy in the world. He’s nice to everybody. He can tell stories 24/7 and he’s been everywhere, done everything, known everyone, and he’s just one of the nicest people I’ve ever met – fun, funny, and cool. He did one thing that I think is all you need to do with your life and you can retire after that and just tell people you’ve done it: he dropped acid with The Beatles. I mean, what else? But it doesn’t matter, the kid who brings him coffee, he’ll sit there and talk to him for an hour about anything. He’s nice to everyone, so when Peter’s on the set, your set is a happy set and it’s wonderful to have him. I really like him.

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Q: I find in some movies if you get the wrong child performance, everything become really grating. And that never happens here, what can you say about the younger actors in the film?

JM: Those kids are just such talented kids. Both of their moms, because they have to have some kind of guardian with them – Natasha [Calis] was 12 and Charlie [Tahan] was 13, and the first time I worked with a kid he was 6 years old and it was on the TV show Homicide. It was a pretty difficult part and I’m thinking, “Where are we gonna find a kid who can do this?” Well we found a number of a kids who could’ve done it but one stood out. And I just remember this little guy comes in with this tiny paper in his hand all wrinkled up and it’s this little, tiny kid. He reads and all of it sudden you go, “Now where did that come from?” The kid didn’t study. He was born with that. It’s like this revelation, we are indeed born with gifts, and actors especially. They know when they’re little kids they’re gonna be actors. There are whole books on the subject. I’ve read one, at least one. Those two kids, I’d tell their moms, “You don’t know how lucky you are. These kids are focused. They work like sled dogs. They’re good kids, everyone loves them because they’re well-behaved. And they know what they’re gonna do with their lives. They’re focused. They’re not gonna be getting arrested doing stupid things. These kids are gonna have careers.” So anyways, the both of them are just so gifted, so hardworking, and so well-behaved I just really, really liked them as people. And I liked their moms too, which doesn’t always happen that way.

Someone asked the question on some panel, “What’s it like working with these kids?” and I just wanna answer that I love these kids. And someone else would tell me, “Yeah, I just came off this picture and we’re working with this kid and one day he bit the cameraman. He was horrible, a monster.” These kids didn’t bite the camerawoman. I would’ve adopted them. And that’s why I really tried to spend a lot of time in the first half of the movie really close with those kids. They’re just appealing as kids and as people, but they’re also, sort of, at the age where they’re almost like little birdies, so tender, so easily damaged or destroyed. I wanted the audience to really bond with them so when the rug got pulled out you’d really get a strong emotion.

Q: Since you did get your start with Henry and you’re returning to the thriller genre with The Harvest, did you ever feel that there was an attempt to pigeonhole you as horror director instead of just a filmmaker?

JM: Yeah. It’s tricky. After Henry, I got all these bad horror film scripts, what I call “ooga-booga movies,” and I wound up doing something called The Borrower. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it…

Q: I tried tracking it down, but I couldn’t find a copy.

JM: It’s hard. I can’t find a print. I have a Laserdisc, you know, and VHS. It was never on DVD. Anyway, I tried to get out of that genre real quickly because I love it. There aren’t very many good horror scripts, and I’m not much for the supernatural. To me, Henry is basically a character study about a pair of psychopaths who happen to do very horrific things. To me, there’s nothing more horrible than reality. Supernatural gives you a buffer of fantasy and it’s not really ever as scary as reality.

But I was fortunate. [Martin] Scorsese calls me one day and sent me Mad Dog & Glory which is all character. I was able to get out of that genre. I don’t mind dipping my foot back in it if it’s a good story, but I also don’t want to get stuck there.

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Advance Preview: ‘Five Ghosts Special #1′http://fanboynation.com/advance-preview-five-ghosts-special-1/ http://fanboynation.com/advance-preview-five-ghosts-special-1/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:33:06 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32062 ShareFive Ghosts Special #1 Written By: Frank J. Barbiere Painted Art By: Shane-Michael Vidaurri Published By: Image Comics Release Date: 5/13/15 Explore the mythology of FIVE GHOSTS with a beautiful painted story from S.M. VIDAURRI (Jim Henson Storyteller: Witches, Iron: Or, The War After) featuring knights, demons, wizards, and the Dreamstone! And in a special backup story, FRANK J. BARBIERE presents Fabian in one of the most exciting literary heists ever!  

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Written By: Frank J. Barbiere
Painted Art By: Shane-Michael Vidaurri
Published By: Image Comics
Release Date: 5/13/15

Explore the mythology of FIVE GHOSTS with a beautiful painted story from S.M. VIDAURRI (Jim Henson Storyteller: Witches, Iron: Or, The War After) featuring knights, demons, wizards, and the Dreamstone!

And in a special backup story, FRANK J. BARBIERE presents Fabian in one of the most exciting literary heists ever!

 

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New Creative Team Brings New Super Team to ‘Justice League United’ #11http://fanboynation.com/new-creative-team-brings-new-super-team-to-justice-league-united-11/ http://fanboynation.com/new-creative-team-brings-new-super-team-to-justice-league-united-11/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:05:35 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32053 ShareThe Convergence has ended, but there’s a new cosmic threat on the horizon. Can Alanna Strange, Stargirl, and Equinox assemble a new Justice League in time to stop it before it begins? The new Justice League United creative team of writer Jeff Parker (Batman ’66) and artist Travel Foreman (Animal Man) have assembled a new and wildly untraditional team of heroes, villains, demons, and plant elementals including Alanna Strange, Stargirl, Equinox, Mera, Etrigan, Swamp Thing, and Poison Ivy to continue the fight against threats both cosmic and worldly. Jeff Parker is replacing the book’s co-creator Jeff Lemire on writing duties

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JLU_Cv11_5536af0d011e82.27704563The Convergence has ended, but there’s a new cosmic threat on the horizon. Can Alanna Strange, Stargirl, and Equinox assemble a new Justice League in time to stop it before it begins?

The new Justice League United creative team of writer Jeff Parker (Batman ’66) and artist Travel Foreman (Animal Man) have assembled a new and wildly untraditional team of heroes, villains, demons, and plant elementals including Alanna Strange, Stargirl, Equinox, Mera, Etrigan, Swamp Thing, and Poison Ivy to continue the fight against threats both cosmic and worldly.

Jeff Parker is replacing the book’s co-creator Jeff Lemire on writing duties since wrapping up his Aquaman run just last month, but with Mera on the team we’re sure to see plot threads continued in some manner. Lemire had a really good run on the title since its launch after Forever Evil, and while it’s sad to see him leave the title Parker is a fantastic replacement, and I can’t wait to see what he and Foreman cook up.

Justice League United #11 hits store shelves on July 8th.

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Swords of Sorrow Epic Crossover Expands When Red Sonja Meets Jungle Girlhttp://fanboynation.com/swords-of-sorrow-epic-crossover-expands-when-red-sonja-meets-jungle-girl/ http://fanboynation.com/swords-of-sorrow-epic-crossover-expands-when-red-sonja-meets-jungle-girl/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:54:59 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32054 ShareAnything written by Gail Simone has my attention. Any book that has Dejah Thoris meet Irene Adler has my attention. In addition, this is quite a crew of writers and artists at work. The series begins in May, and it is good to hear from Dynamite that it will go on expanding. April 20, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Swords of Sorrow, the epic crossover of female characters conceived of by fan-favorite and bestselling writer Gail Simone, will continue to expand its reach in June and July with new tie-in comic book projects, each

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Anything written by Gail Simone has my attention. Any book that has Dejah Thoris meet Irene Adler has my attention. In addition, this is quite a crew of writers and artists at work. The series begins in May, and it is good to hear from Dynamite that it will go on expanding.

April 20, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Swords of Sorrow, the epic crossover of female characters conceived of by fan-favorite and bestselling writer Gail Simone, will continue to expand its reach in June and July with new tie-in comic book projects, each helmed by a female writer. In June, Dynamite will debut Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler, a three-issue miniseries by Leah Moore, as well as the Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special by Erica Schultz. One month later, the three-part Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl miniseries will release its first issue, written by Marguerite Bennett. The tie-in storylines, created to explore ideas introduced in Simone’s core series, will run concurrently throughout the summer with Swords of Sorrowand additional announced tie-in titles.

In June, writer Erica Schultz (best known for her work on the M3 comic book series and the original graphic novel Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne) will team with artist Cristhian Crizam Zamora to deliver Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow / Lady Zorro, a one-shot special that unites the Western heroine with the shady mercenary first introduced in the pages of The Shadow. In the done-in-one issue, Lady Zorro and The Black Sparrow join forces to fight a wicked prince’s Shards of Chaos in a prehistoric land. “It’s very exciting to be able to experiment creatively with characters from different eras and place them in these unusual situations,” says Schultz. “This whole crossover runs the gamut of genres, and I think it’ll be very exciting for fans.”

Also that month, writer Leah Moore returns to Dynamite on Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #1, the first chapter in a miniseries illustrated by Francesco Manna. Moore’s previous work at the company included several stints as co-writer on various Sherlock Holmes series, so her return to explore the resourceful Holmes character Irene Adler is sure to be well-received by fans. Issue #1 will reintroduce Adler as a fugitive, a master of disguise, and a femme fatale, but even she is surprised to find herself made bounty hunter, tracking savage foes across the grimy streets of London. Meanwhile, in a far-off world, Princess Dejah Thoris (of Dynamite’s Warlord of Mars series) is defending Barsoom against an influx of trespassers and ready to put the guilty to her sword. The world-colliding events of Swords of Sorrow then bring these dangerous women together, with unexpected results.

In July, writer Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl, Earth 2) will bring together two of Dynamite’s most action-oriented characters in Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl #1, featuring art by Mirka Andolfo. Of the crossover, Bennet says, “Red Sonja / Jungle Girl is pulpy, witty, charming, campy, and packed full of more action than one chainmail bikini can contain. As the Rift begins to set entire worlds crashing into each other, an ice wyrm from far Hyrkanian tears through the portal, raining down destruction the likes of which Jana’s jungle has never seen. The once-tropical island is plunged into winter as chaos overtakes the jungle with killing cold. Red Sonja and Jana the Jungle Girl must battle magic, monsters, Mistress Hel, and each other to destroy the cause of the curse and return balance to the world.”

“Gail has brought in incredible creators for the strongest female event of the year. This is the only event that is led by all female writers (Marguerite Bennett, Erica Schultz, Leah Moore, and Nancy A. Collins, just to name a few), and female artists are working on the series, as well — pencillers, colorists, and cover artists. It’s one of our biggest events ever, and an opportunity for fans who want more comics with female voices. We can’t wait for readers to check each series out,” says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.

Artist Jay Anacleto will provide the cover artwork for both Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler and Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl #1, while artist Joyce Chin is contributing cover artwork to the Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special.

Swords of Sorrow and related titles will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Swords of Sorrow with their local comic book retailers. The Swords of Sorrow titles will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Valiant Teams with Sony for Five Picture Deal Including ‘Bloodshot’ and ‘Harbinger’http://fanboynation.com/valiant-sony-bloodshot-and-harbinger/ http://fanboynation.com/valiant-sony-bloodshot-and-harbinger/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:30:18 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32048 ShareValiant has produced some of the funnest superhero comics out there ever since its unlikely comeback back in 2012.  Books such as Bloodshot, Quantum & Woody, and Archer & Armstrong are consistent crowd pleasers, as are pretty much anything they publish. Well, with the help of Sony, Valiant will be bringing their titles to a whole new audience via the big screen. THR is reporting that Valiant has inked a five picture deal with the studio to produce two Bloodshot films, two Harbinger films, and finally a Harbinger Wars film to tie them together in a connected Valiant Cinematic Universe.

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Bloodshot-600x923Valiant has produced some of the funnest superhero comics out there ever since its unlikely comeback back in 2012.  Books such as Bloodshot, Quantum & Woody, and Archer & Armstrong are consistent crowd pleasers, as are pretty much anything they publish. Well, with the help of Sony, Valiant will be bringing their titles to a whole new audience via the big screen.

THR is reporting that Valiant has inked a five picture deal with the studio to produce two Bloodshot films, two Harbinger films, and finally a Harbinger Wars film to tie them together in a connected Valiant Cinematic Universe.

Bloodshot will be helmed by the John Wick team of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, from a screenplay by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, with Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari as executive producers. The first film is looking at a 2017 release date. Heisserer will pen the script for Harbinger, while its directors are being kept quiet for now. All five films will be produced by Valiant Entertainment’s CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

Other Valiant properties in development include the fan-favorites Archer & Armstrong and Shadowman.

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Former Solicitor General to Appeal New York’s MMA Ban on UFC’s Behalfhttp://fanboynation.com/former-solicitor-general-to-appeal-new-yorks-mma-ban-on-ufc-behalf/ http://fanboynation.com/former-solicitor-general-to-appeal-new-yorks-mma-ban-on-ufc-behalf/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:48:01 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32043 ShareUFC has retained former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement to appeal the dismissal of a previous lawsuit by Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit was dismissed on a technicality, which confirms New York is misapplying the law. UFC was advised by the judge to “consider filing new vagueness claims.” Wood also stated the New York Attorney General’s “recent statements that the Ban prohibits sanctioned MMA” were made “despite [the law’s] plain language to the contrary.” UFC also wants to challenge Judge Wood, as the organization feels he

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153-ufcUFC has retained former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement to appeal the dismissal of a previous lawsuit by Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit was dismissed on a technicality, which confirms New York is misapplying the law.

UFC was advised by the judge to “consider filing new vagueness claims.” Wood also stated the New York Attorney General’s “recent statements that the Ban prohibits sanctioned MMA” were made “despite [the law’s] plain language to the contrary.”

UFC also wants to challenge Judge Wood, as the organization feels he failed to recognize the First Amendment problems in the law. The law was passed in 1997, banning professional MMA events due to concerns about safety. Since then UFC has spearheaded regulations to improve safety, and 49 states and numerous countries have since legalized MMA fighting.

“We retained Paul Clement, one of the nation’s most highly respected appellate lawyers, to aggressively appeal the lower court’s technical dismissal of this matter,” UFC Chief Legal Officer Kirk Hendrick said. “Clement shares our view that New York’s law is unconstitutional and dangerous, and we will get the decision overturned.”

“I am delighted to be representing the UFC in this important challenge to New York’s outdated and unconstitutional law,” Clement stated. “Even New York officials are confused about the scope of this hopelessly unclear law, and by targeting professional MMA matches and exhibitions, the law raises First Amendment problems of the first order,” he added.

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The B-Reel – Captain Jack Sparrow is a bit Tied up at the Moment, Galaxy Quest Hitting the Small Screen, and Some Unnecessary Transformers Newshttp://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-captain-jack-sparrow-galaxy-quest-transformers/ http://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-captain-jack-sparrow-galaxy-quest-transformers/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:25:22 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32030 ShareProducer of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Jerry Bruckheimer, tweeted the first photo of Johnny Depp in character from the the next installment of the popular series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The plot revolves around Captain Jack’s search for Poseidon’s mythical trident, which he wishes to use against Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his ghostly crew. Production had been on a short hiatus due to Depp injuring himself off the set, so luckily the theatrical release date of July 7th, 2017, which is due to delays caused by script and budget issues, is quite

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Producer of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Jerry Bruckheimer, tweeted the first photo of Johnny Depp in character from the the next installment of the popular series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The plot revolves around Captain Jack’s search for Poseidon’s mythical trident, which he wishes to use against Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his ghostly crew.

Production had been on a short hiatus due to Depp injuring himself off the set, so luckily the theatrical release date of July 7th, 2017, which is due to delays caused by script and budget issues, is quite a way off still. The film has been in some form of production since 2011.

 

Variety is reporting that the crew of the NSEA Protector are suiting back up, albeit for a smaller screen. According to their managing editor, Galaxy Quest‘s co-writer Robert Gordon, along with original director Dean Parisot, and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, are in negotiations to bring the title to television through Paramount. Parisot, Johnson, and Bernstein have all gone on to helm highly successful TV series since Galaxy Quest’s 1999 release, so it would be awesome to see this series come to fruition with them in charge.

For those not familiar with Galaxy Quest, though I suspect that’s not too many of you, the Star Trek parody/homage followed the adventures of the stars of a 1970s sci-fi series who are dragged into a real life space war, with hilarious repercussions. The original film starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, and Sam Rockwell, amongst others, but that cast is not suspected to reprise their roles. “Never give up, never surrender” for sure.

 

And here’s some news sure to please our film editor, Sean Mulvihill. According to TFW2005, it’s official, no longer just speculation, Hasbro and Paramount are looking to create a Transformers Cinematic Universe.

Hasbro held their 2015 Q1 Earnings Conference Call few hours ago and TFW2005 attended the event as usual. One of the best statements came during the Q&A session. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner confirmed the Transformers Cinematic Universe and the possible release year for Transformers 5.

“Our plan with the studio and filmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers. We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie [TF4] to happen in 2017.”

Damnit, Marvel! You’ve created a monster!

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Adam McKay’s Non-Marvel Movie ‘The Big Short’ Goes Into Productionhttp://fanboynation.com/big-short-starts-production/ http://fanboynation.com/big-short-starts-production/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:14:46 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32036 Share Recently, there’s been a lot of chatter about the possibility of Adam McKay, director of Step Brothers and Anchorman, stepping behind the camera for a Marvel Studios film. And while that is certainly still in the realm of possibility, the director will have his hands full for the foreseeable future as production on his latest film The Big Short has just gotten under way. Based upon the book by Moneyball author Michael Lewis, The Big Short is about investors gaming the housing market before the Great Recession of ’08. McKay has assembled an all-star cast for the film headlined

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Recently, there’s been a lot of chatter about the possibility of Adam McKay, director of Step Brothers and Anchorman, stepping behind the camera for a Marvel Studios film. And while that is certainly still in the realm of possibility, the director will have his hands full for the foreseeable future as production on his latest film The Big Short has just gotten under way. Based upon the book by Moneyball author Michael Lewis, The Big Short is about investors gaming the housing market before the Great Recession of ’08. McKay has assembled an all-star cast for the film headlined by Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, who is also producing the film.

Here’s the full press release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 21, 2015) – Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for “THE BIG SHORT,” with Christian Bale (“AMERICAN HUSTLE,” “THE DARK KNIGHT” trilogy), Steve Carell (“FOXCATCHER”), Ryan Gosling (“DRIVE,” “CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE”) and Brad Pitt (“FURY,” “WORLD WAR Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “ANCHORMAN” films, “THE OTHER GUYS”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“THE FIGHTER,” “FROZEN RIVER”) and Marisa Tomei (“CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE,” “THE WRESTLER”).

The film’s screenplay is written by McKay, from a script by Charles Randolph (“LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS”), based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book *The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine*.

“THE BIG SHORT” is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.

Rounding out the cast is Tracy Letts (“Homeland,” “ELVIS & NIXON”), Hamish Linklater (“The Newsroom,” “42”), John Magaro (“UNBROKEN,” “NOT FADE AWAY”), Byron Mann (“THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS,” “RISE OF THE LEGEND”), Rafe Spall (“LIFE OF PI,” “PROMETHEUS”), Jeremy Strong (“SELMA,” “ZERO DARK THIRTY”) and Finn Wittrock (“UNBROKEN,” “American Horror Story”).

The movie will be produced by Academy Award*®*-winners Pitt, Dede Gardner (“SELMA,” “12 YEARS A SLAVE”) and Jeremy Kleiner (“SELMA,” “12 YEARS A SLAVE”) via their Plan B Entertainment banner.

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A ‘Galaxy Quest’ TV Show is in Developmenthttp://fanboynation.com/galaxy-quest-tv/ http://fanboynation.com/galaxy-quest-tv/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:01:13 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32031 Share With seemingly every television program from the ‘80s and ‘90s being revived, it’s actually stunning when a bit of news comes along that doesn’t nurture my inner-cynicism. Today Variety is reporting that Paramount Television is actively shopping a television version of the cult classic sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest. From the Variety report: Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the DreamWorks feature with David Howard, is in negotiations to work on the TV adaptation, as are original director Dean Parisot and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Having the original creative crew behind Galaxy Quest onboard for the potential series is the best possible

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With seemingly every television program from the ‘80s and ‘90s being revived, it’s actually stunning when a bit of news comes along that doesn’t nurture my inner-cynicism. Today Variety is reporting that Paramount Television is actively shopping a television version of the cult classic sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest. From the Variety report:

Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the DreamWorks feature with David Howard, is in negotiations to work on the TV adaptation, as are original director Dean Parisot and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.

Having the original creative crew behind Galaxy Quest onboard for the potential series is the best possible news. Most of all, this is exciting because the world of Galaxy Quest isn’t fully defined. There isn’t a canon to betray. As a matter of fact, they have a blank canvas where they can lampoon a variety of sci-fi tropes, especially the ones that have been fortified in the 15-plus years since the film debuted. There’s no other details about the series out there right now, but here’s hoping that the good people behind Galaxy Quest heed the words of Commander Peter Quincy Taggart and “Never give up. Never surrender.”

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MARVEL Contest of Champions – Mobile Game Review: Contest of In-App Purchaseshttp://fanboynation.com/marvel-contest-of-champions-mobile-game-review-contest-of-in-app-purchases/ http://fanboynation.com/marvel-contest-of-champions-mobile-game-review-contest-of-in-app-purchases/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:30:16 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32011 ShareMARVEL Contest of Champions is a mobile game available for free for iOS and Android. It is a fighting game that pit’s earth’s mightiest heroes against each other and the adaptoids in a cosmic battle helmed by The Collector. The game pits you versus Kang the Conqueror as you pit your collected fighters against each other, you attempting to save the universe and Kang attempting to, well, conquer. The game features Marvel’s most famous characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Hulk, etc. The main story of the game has you traverse a game board a la

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MARVEL Contest of Champions is a mobile game available for free for iOS and Android. It is a fighting game that pit’s earth’s mightiest heroes against each other and the adaptoids in a cosmic battle helmed by The Collector. The game pits you versus Kang the Conqueror as you pit your collected fighters against each other, you attempting to save the universe and Kang attempting to, well, conquer.

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The game features Marvel’s most famous characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Hulk, etc. The main story of the game has you traverse a game board a la Mario Party style and you fight an opponent at every stop. There are different fighter types that have advantages and weaknesses over others, so it is recommended to have as many types as possible in order to have a strength for anything thrown your way. After every story you collect gems to purchase powers ups and other characters.

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The game play is very simple, it involves swipes and taps. Combos are strictly determined by timing, and specials are simply a button press and combo meter away. It is a very straight forward game that looks amazing and functions very fluidly.

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However, a mediocre story, simple and repetitive gameplay, and obvious attempt to cash grab greatly outweighs the polished look and fluid function of the game. The moves are exactly the same for every character, and a character’s usefulness is dependent on the rarity of it. So the base characters you begin with quickly become obsolete and you will quickly find yourself logging in daily and consecutively to get a chance at a better character. The game requires absolutely no skill, and lacks any depth in it’s story. The story is more of a situation designed to throw as many Marvel characters in a game as possible that will entice people to get the app. It’s kind of the DC Universe approach, but in gaming.

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The animation and character models are superb. Very detailed and high quality models and textures for a mobile app. However, they cheap out by basically just putting a new skin on a character type. Deadpool and Punisher are the exact same models but with different skins. Their moves and specials are exactly the same. The game is nothing more than a pretty package.

This game is a low quality rip off of DC’s Injustice mobile game. Which itself was definitely a cash grab, that forced you to get new characters constantly in order to finish higher levels, but at least it had the purpose of unlocking features in the console game version. MARVEL Contest of Champions is a good looking waste of time and storage space. The game lacks any depth, and forces replay of stages in order to get full completion credit, without providing any real incentive or reasons other than to see it say 100% complete. As a rather die hard Marvel fan, I am disappointed and would not recommend this game to anyone for any reason. If you want to see your favorite Marvel heroes in a video game, I would suggest Ultimate Alliance or Marvel vs. Capcom series.

Marvel Contest of Heroes: 1/10

+ Looks Good

– Mindless Gameplay

– Obvious Cash Grab

– Shallow and uninteresting story

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The Latest ‘Tomorrowland’ Trailer is Action-Packedhttp://fanboynation.com/tomorrowland-trailer-3/ http://fanboynation.com/tomorrowland-trailer-3/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:22:33 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=32024 Share Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland has been wrapped in secrecy ever since the project was announced. Over the past few months, we’ve been given more glimpses into the wonderful world of Tomorrowland, though the central mystery of the story has remained intact. With the release of Tomorrowland just a month away, Disney has released the third trailer for the sci-fi blockbuster and it’s a doozy. There was always an interest in what Brad Bird and company had up their sleeve, but the action sequences alone in this trailer are enough to push this flick towards the top of my most anticipated

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Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland has been wrapped in secrecy ever since the project was announced. Over the past few months, we’ve been given more glimpses into the wonderful world of Tomorrowland, though the central mystery of the story has remained intact. With the release of Tomorrowland just a month away, Disney has released the third trailer for the sci-fi blockbuster and it’s a doozy. There was always an interest in what Brad Bird and company had up their sleeve, but the action sequences alone in this trailer are enough to push this flick towards the top of my most anticipated summer movies.

But that’s not all. Disney has announced that those seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron in IMAX will be given another sneak peek into the world of Tomorrowland, presenting six minutes of footage on the massive IMAX screens. Here are all the details on that:

Additionally, a special presentation of the film, featuring more than six minutes of footage to be introduced by director Brad Bird, will screen exclusively in IMAX® theatres domestically and in select international markets beginning May 1. The extended first look of *Tomorrowland* will screen directly prior to *Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron* and will play for the duration of that film’s run in IMAX.

And to top it all off, they’ve unveiled an exclusive IMAX poster for the film. The poster, like the trailer, is perfect for the film, presenting a wondrous vision of the future while presenting a sense of scale. May 22nd can’t get here soon enough.

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The official synopsis:

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

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Revisiting the Reviled — Virtual Reality and Action Clichés Collide in ‘Virtuosity’http://fanboynation.com/virtuosity-1995/ http://fanboynation.com/virtuosity-1995/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:00:45 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31935 Share Every week with Revisiting the Reviled, Sean looks at a film that was meant to appeal to geeks and failed, often miserably. 1995 would see computers enter the realm of our personal lives more than ever before. The internet would become more and more a part of our daily lives and it all moved at a seemingly accelerated rate. Not wanting to be left behind to this technical boom, it was as a year prior every single executive in Hollywood screamed a variation of, “Sheila, get me that script that had ‘Web’ or ‘Byte’ or ‘Net’ in the title!”

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Every week with Revisiting the Reviled, Sean looks at a film that was meant to appeal to geeks and failed, often miserably.

1995 would see computers enter the realm of our personal lives more than ever before. The internet would become more and more a part of our daily lives and it all moved at a seemingly accelerated rate. Not wanting to be left behind to this technical boom, it was as a year prior every single executive in Hollywood screamed a variation of, “Sheila, get me that script that had ‘Web’ or ‘Byte’ or ‘Net’ in the title!” 1995 saw the release of Johnny Mnemonic, Hackers, The Net, Strange Days, and Virtuosity. All of these films vary wildly in quality, but are all tied together by virtue of a mid-‘90s understanding of the forward nature of technology. As a piece of failed prophecy from that era, Virtuosity was a bad action movie that over the last 20 years has taken on the form of unintentional comedy.

Director Brett Leonard had already made one film concerning virtual reality with 1992’s The Lawnmower Man, which is probably better known for the misleading addition of Stephen King’s name to the promotional materials even though the film barely resembled any of the author’s work. Using an original script by Eric Bernt, Virtuosity is about an artificial intelligence program that escapes the virtual world and enters reality. The only caveat is that Sid 6.7, played by Russell Crowe, is an amalgam of serial killers and psychotics, the ultimate villain designed to train law enforcement officers. The only man who can stop Sid 6.7 is Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington), the only one who defeated Sid 6.7 in the simulation. But Parker is a former cop imprisoned for accidentally killing a couple of reporters who were interviewing the man who killed his wife and child. Since this is an action movie, Parker is offered a pardon in exchange for stopping this killing machine.

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The opening scene of Virtuosity is a forefather to a much more memorable scene in The Matrix. Parker Barnes and John Donovan (Costas Mandylor) are participating in an immersive virtual reality situation. The surroundings are unresponsive and repetitive background noise, as you’d experience in many of the era’s video games. The costume design for the two characters is remarkably silly, yet this sequence is more interesting than anything else in the movie. The evil program had manipulated the system and kills Donovan by electrocution.

Facing a possible shutdown, Sid 6.7’s creator Lindenmeyer (Stephen Spinella) convinces his co-worker, who is developing Nano-android technology, to test out his new invention by creating Sheila 3.2, which would basically function as a milestone in sex-bots for the ages. But Lindenmeyer has swapped out Sheila 3.2 files for Sid 6.7’s, creating this personification of evil. This, however, brings us to the first logical problem in Virtuosity – how are there 3.5 more updates to a serial killer program instead of the interactive sex-bot? It also flies in the face of capitalism as there is certainly greater demand for sex-bots than serial killers. Lindenmeyer’s employee review should’ve indicated that he had an unhealthy obsession with developing the ultimate serial killer more than perfectly functioning virtual fucking. That’s a fireable offense.

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As the meticulously designed mass murderer, Russell Crowe goes extremely over the top as Sid 6.7. He’s a self-obsessed showman, using brutality as a form of sensationalism. Of course, Crowe would break out later in L.A. Confidential, but at least in 1995 he had the distinction of being the best thing in a bad movie. While Crowe gives it his all, the character is still entirely programmed, which doesn’t exactly leave the character with any real motivation. And since the film has Parker Barnes’ arch nemesis in his programming, it becomes personal. The criminal psychologist Madison Carter (Kelly Lynch) seems like she was the victim of massive rewrites. The extent of her purpose is to explain parts of Sid 6.7’s psyche and have a child that the villain can kidnap and place in danger for the climatic finale.

As an action film, Virtuosity is lacking in many, many areas. First off all, Brett Leonard isn’t particularly adept at staging action, especially the hand-to-hand fights. Secondly, Sid 6.7 only needs glass to regenerate any damage to his body. He’s simply too impervious. This situation leads an extremely comical moment when Sid 6.7 has been impaled by multiple shards of glass. Barnes walks up slowly, asking where a kidnapped child is – he does know that glass allows Sid 6.7 to regenerate, by the way – before the wounded android begins his regeneration process, placing Barnes in the line of danger. Gee, nobody saw that coming. But since the film can’t even generate enough conflict between its two leads, Virtuosity features a subplot where Barnes has been framed. In a world where the virtual transcends reality, a battle between good and evil, between two sides of the same coin, only this time it’s personal, and a fugitive must bring a madman down in order to earn his freedom.

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Despite its numerous deficiencies, Virtuosity gets a few things right about the near future, mainly the rise of MMA. During a televised sporting event, Sid 6.7 commits murder in front of a larger audience, simultaneously appeasing his bloodlust and narcissism. Amazingly, this is set during a UFC fight. Had anyone actually seen the film, perhaps UFC wouldn’t be so popular today. The movie presents the fight as this bizarre ritual where people chant and pump their fists while yelling “Kapow!” When a murderous psychopath throws someone off the mezzanine, they cheer louder, their chants of “Kapow!” continuing unimpeded. Sure, someone just got murdered, but the show must go on. Kapow!

Of the 1995 barrage of internet films, Virtuosity is the most forgettable because it’s the most familiar. Aside from a few brief moments, the film is desperately short of anything being resoundingly bizarre or bewildering. It’s just this boring kind of stupid, and that’s no fun. Maybe there was a really interesting draft of the screenplay that got lost in the ether when someone picked up the phone mid-email. That would make the most sense. This is a film that looks at the future with the speed and wonder of a dial-up modem.

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Could Mockingbird and Hunter be Spinning Off of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?http://fanboynation.com/could-mockingbird-and-hunter-be-spinning-off-of-marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d/ http://fanboynation.com/could-mockingbird-and-hunter-be-spinning-off-of-marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:06:37 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31996 Share That’s just what Deadline is reporting. Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood were late additions to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., during the initial Hydra storyline, but they have really grown on many fans. With that said, I don’t know if their characters can carry a spin-off. If that’s what is happening. Marvel, ABC, as well as Palicki and Blood’s reps all declined to comment. According to Deadline, the spin-off will come directly out of events from this season, and was developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell and and co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski, with Palicki and Blood finalizing deals to lead

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That’s just what Deadline is reporting. Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood were late additions to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., during the initial Hydra storyline, but they have really grown on many fans. With that said, I don’t know if their characters can carry a spin-off. If that’s what is happening. Marvel, ABC, as well as Palicki and Blood’s reps all declined to comment.

According to Deadline, the spin-off will come directly out of events from this season, and was developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell and and co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski, with Palicki and Blood finalizing deals to lead the new series, with Zbyszewski as showrunner. The report says that the show would give of a Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe, with the former husband and wife carrying over their love/hate relationship to fuel the new series.

This is all hearsay and rumor at this point however, so I would take it with a grain or two of salt.

Would YOU watch it if it did happen?

 

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Poster Debut for Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’http://fanboynation.com/the-walk-poster/ http://fanboynation.com/the-walk-poster/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:50:24 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31991 ShareThe changing face of technology in movies has swallowed up the filmmaking styles of certain notable filmmakers — George Lucas, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Robert Zemeckis. While most of these directors have acquiesced their sensibilities to the digital realm, it at least appears that Robert Zemeckis’ long journey deep into the heart of the Uncanny Valley may finally be at an end. Of course, Zemeckis is the Oscar-winning director behind Forrest Gump, the Back to the Future movies, and Cast Away. But for a while he was exclusively making films that utilized animated actors using motion capture technology. Thankfully,

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The changing face of technology in movies has swallowed up the filmmaking styles of certain notable filmmakers — George Lucas, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Robert Zemeckis. While most of these directors have acquiesced their sensibilities to the digital realm, it at least appears that Robert Zemeckis’ long journey deep into the heart of the Uncanny Valley may finally be at an end. Of course, Zemeckis is the Oscar-winning director behind Forrest Gump, the Back to the Future movies, and Cast Away. But for a while he was exclusively making films that utilized animated actors using motion capture technology. Thankfully, Zemeckis already returned to the land of the living once before with Flight, though the film was middling at best. With The Walk, Zemeckis teams with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a dramatized telling of the story of Philippe Petit, whose daring tight-wire walk across the World Trade Center was explored in the documentary Man on Wire. Today we have the first poster from Zemeckis’ The Walk which will be presented in IMAX 3D, so it’s not like Zemeckis is shunning technology altogether. We’ll just have to wait and see if Zemeckis can maintain his balance on the cinematic tightrope and return to his former glory on October 2nd, 2015.

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The official synopsis:

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.  Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.  Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as *Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight*, again uses advanced technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story.  With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, *The Walk* is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.

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Reunions Abound in this ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Cliphttp://fanboynation.com/reunions-abound-in-new-shield-clip/ http://fanboynation.com/reunions-abound-in-new-shield-clip/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:12:08 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31988 ShareThis new clip from tomorrow’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. features Fitz on the run from the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” to meet up with some old friends, just as those friends are about to meet up with another old friend. We’re getting the band back together! Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs every Tuesday at 9:00 pm on ABC.

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This new clip from tomorrow’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. features Fitz on the run from the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” to meet up with some old friends, just as those friends are about to meet up with another old friend. We’re getting the band back together!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs every Tuesday at 9:00 pm on ABC.

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AMC Has Found its ‘Preacher’ in Dominic Cooperhttp://fanboynation.com/dominic-cooper-preacher/ http://fanboynation.com/dominic-cooper-preacher/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:40:32 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31982 Share Fresh off a stint reprising his role of Howard Stark on Marvel’s Agent Carter, THR is reporting that Dominic Cooper has the lead role in AMC’s adaptation of the cult favorite yet controversial Vertigo comic series Preacher. THR reports that he will be portraying Jesse Custer, a preacher and former outlaw who has lost his faith, but gained some miraculous powers. Cooper joins fellow cast members Ruth Negga as Tulip, Jesse’s girlfrined; Lucy Griffiths as Emily Woodrow, Jesse’s loyal right hand; Joseph Gilgun as hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy; and Ian Colletti as Eugene Root (aka Arseface). Executive producer

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Fresh off a stint reprising his role of Howard Stark on Marvel’s Agent Carter, THR is reporting that Dominic Cooper has the lead role in AMC’s adaptation of the cult favorite yet controversial Vertigo comic series Preacher. THR reports that he will be portraying Jesse Custer, a preacher and former outlaw who has lost his faith, but gained some miraculous powers. Cooper joins fellow cast members Ruth Negga as Tulip, Jesse’s girlfrined; Lucy Griffiths as Emily Woodrow, Jesse’s loyal right hand; Joseph Gilgun as hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy; and Ian Colletti as Eugene Root (aka Arseface).

Executive producer Seth Rogen announced the casting via Twitter.

 

Rogen and Evan Goldberg are adapting the comic along with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad), with James Weaver overseeing.

Preacher hits AMC in 2016.

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Wes Craven Inks Exclusive First-Look Deal With UCP, Develops ‘People Under the Stairs’ for Televisionhttp://fanboynation.com/wes-craven-first-look-deal/ http://fanboynation.com/wes-craven-first-look-deal/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:09:53 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31975 ShareHorror icon Wes Craven is a man mostly associated with film. His A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises have become modern classics of the horror genre, with the latter coming to our small screen as an MTV produced series. Well it looks as if that won’t be the only Craven film getting the TV treatment. Variety is reporting that Craven has inked a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions that includes developing his 1991 film The People Under the Stairs as a series at Syfy. “Universal Cable Productions is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming

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Horror icon Wes Craven is a man mostly associated with film. His A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises have become modern classics of the horror genre, with the latter coming to our small screen as an MTV produced series. Well it looks as if that won’t be the only Craven film getting the TV treatment. Variety is reporting that Craven has inked a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions that includes developing his 1991 film The People Under the Stairs as a series at Syfy.

“Universal Cable Productions is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I’m delighted to be working with them,” said Craven. “Fasten your seatbelts.”

This deal will focus on creating scripted programming for NBC Universal and Syfy, amongst others. Craven will be bringing the Daryl Gregory novel We Are All Completely Fine to the latter, in which he will write the pilot’s script, as well as direct the episode.

“Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We’re thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television,” said UCP exec vp of development Dawn Olmstead.

Described as Downton Abby meets Amityville Horror, The People Under the Stairs focuses on a missing girl and an estate full of secrets and centuries-old horrors. We Are All Completely Fine is about an enigmatic psychologist who hosts a support group for horror scenario survivors.

Outside of this deal Craven is an executive producer on the aforementioned Scream series. This is on top of developing/producing Steve Niles’ science fiction horror comic Disciples for television as well.

Wes Craven may be most well known for film, but it looks as if that is about to change.

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The Latest Trailer for ‘Jurassic World’ Teases Genetically Modified Dinosaurshttp://fanboynation.com/jurassic-world-trailer-3/ http://fanboynation.com/jurassic-world-trailer-3/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:20:01 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31969 Share Here’s the latest trailer for Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow‘s revival of the long-dormant dino-franchise. This latest trailer has a heavy emphasis on all the chaos created by tampering with nature, right down to the genetically modified super-dino that they’ve created for some reason. I can say that I’m intrigued enough by the premise, though I won’t go as far to say that this is exactly exciting — sorry, riding a motorcycle besides raptors isn’t exactly doing it for me. Jurassic World is also a big test for Chris Pratt, seeing whether or not he can lead a film that isn’t

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Here’s the latest trailer for Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow‘s revival of the long-dormant dino-franchise. This latest trailer has a heavy emphasis on all the chaos created by tampering with nature, right down to the genetically modified super-dino that they’ve created for some reason. I can say that I’m intrigued enough by the premise, though I won’t go as far to say that this is exactly exciting — sorry, riding a motorcycle besides raptors isn’t exactly doing it for me. Jurassic World is also a big test for Chris Pratt, seeing whether or not he can lead a film that isn’t called Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ll see when Jurassic World opens on June 12, 2015.

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Here’s the official boilerplate:

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

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Comics After Dark: Episode 96 – Greg Rucka on Marvel’s Star Wars Comicshttp://fanboynation.com/comics-after-dark-episode-96-greg-rucka-on-marvels-star-wars-comics/ http://fanboynation.com/comics-after-dark-episode-96-greg-rucka-on-marvels-star-wars-comics/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:49:05 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31964 ShareComics After Dark: Your Weekly Comic Book Podcast starring MTR (@Ratthaus), Nando Calrissian (@AwkCalrissian), Tiff (@FallonJ13), and Billy the Kid (@AbductPunx0 THIS WEEK! Whack Attack, Comments on Comics, Trailer Trash: Star Wars Force Awakens, Batman vs. Superman and Fantastic Four, Howard Stark is Jesse Custer for Preacher TV Show, Image Comics Shake Up, Rucka on Star Wars event, TV Weekly Wrap Up (Daredevil, Arrow, Flash, Gotham) Comic Reviews on DC’s Convergence: Superboy, Convergence: Green Latern/Paralax, Archie Comics Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 2, Marvel’s Magneto #17, Dynamite’s Army of Darkness: Ash in Space #1, Image Comics Spawn 251, IDW The Transformers:

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Comics After Dark: Your Weekly Comic Book Podcast starring MTR (@Ratthaus), Nando Calrissian (@AwkCalrissian), Tiff (@FallonJ13), and Billy the Kid (@AbductPunx0

THIS WEEK! Whack Attack, Comments on Comics, Trailer Trash: Star Wars Force Awakens, Batman vs. Superman and Fantastic Four, Howard Stark is Jesse Custer for Preacher TV Show, Image Comics Shake Up, Rucka on Star Wars event, TV Weekly Wrap Up (Daredevil, Arrow, Flash, Gotham) Comic Reviews on DC’s Convergence: Superboy, Convergence: Green Latern/Paralax, Archie Comics Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 2, Marvel’s Magneto #17, Dynamite’s Army of Darkness: Ash in Space #1, Image Comics Spawn 251, IDW The Transformers: Combiners Wars #2.
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Intimacy and Distance Dominate ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’http://fanboynation.com/kurt-cobain-montage-of-heck/ http://fanboynation.com/kurt-cobain-montage-of-heck/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31561 Share When an artist dies at a young age, the general cultural reaction can be to elevate that person, their work, and their legacy to something beyond the reality in which they lived their lives. A great example of that would be Jim Morrison and The Doors, who I maintain would be belting out Light My Fire at state fairs and other smaller venues had Morrison not died at the age of 27. Of course, we merely see images of the vibrant young Morrison and never the image of a man who got more bloated than Elvis in half the

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When an artist dies at a young age, the general cultural reaction can be to elevate that person, their work, and their legacy to something beyond the reality in which they lived their lives. A great example of that would be Jim Morrison and The Doors, who I maintain would be belting out Light My Fire at state fairs and other smaller venues had Morrison not died at the age of 27. Of course, we merely see images of the vibrant young Morrison and never the image of a man who got more bloated than Elvis in half the time. The culture mythologized Morrison following his death, painting him a being working on another level that wasn’t long for this realm. A doomed visionary. But if we place The Doors within the context of their era, they were just another band amongst thousands. They started no new cultural craze. They didn’t shift music in any particular direction that it wasn’t already going. Their entire legacy is tied Morrison’s death.

That, however, cannot be said of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. While Cobain and Morrison share the distinction of dying at 27, Cobain and Nirvana entirely shifted the music of the era. The attempt to mythologize Cobain was happening while he was alive and he desperately tried to reject the hackneyed title of “voice of a generation.” But in the 21 years since his death, there’s been plenty of other kinds of mythologizing, from a statue displaying a solitary tear in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, to the paranoid conspiracy theories which “prove” that Cobain was murdered by his wife Courtney Love – seriously, there’s a truther for everything. Using unprecedented access into notebooks, personal recordings, and audio tapes, director Brett Morgen attempts to use Cobain’s own words to demythologize him. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck somehow maintains both an intimacy and a distance from its subject. It’s a film that keeps your attention throughout, even if doesn’t quite realize its full potential.

From its opening scenes, Montage of Heck establishes that it will be presenting unseen family footage. At first, we’re presented Super 8 footage of a very young Cobain as a toddler, birthdays, toys and all. These images only show us the level of access, but the lullaby version of All Apologies playing over just reeked of bullshit sentimentality. Much later, we’re shown camcorder video of Kurt and Courtney with their young child Frances Bean. In all seriousness, some of the video footage of Kurt and Courtney is reminiscent of Harmony Korine’s films, and that’s not always a bad thing. The video footage takes a turn for the heartbreaking in many tender moments between Kurt and his infant daughter.

And that sense of intimacy extends to Cobain’s notebooks. There are multiple montages set to various Nirvana songs – it’s not a greatest hits comp, thankfully – that show a multitude of notes and drawings from throughout the years. Then there are the audio recordings, sometimes well-presented with animated interpretations, where Cobain tells intimate stories, makes demos, or constructs sound collages. Unlike Morgen’s film adaptation of Robert EvansThe Kid Stays in the Picture, where he used the recollections of a person to build his own mythology, Morgen uses his extensive access to allow Kurt Cobain to posthumously deconstruct the myth that has been built around him since his death.

The film’s intimacy, though, is underserved by the film’s failure to contextualize the private moments. There’s only a limited number of interview subjects – Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love, a former girlfriend, and Kurt’s father, mother, stepmother, and sister. Even then, the interviews are remarkably sparse. Outside of archival footage, Dave Grohl is absent and I believe that the name of Chad Channing, the drummer for the band’s first album Bleach, briefly uttered once. There’s little information on how things within Nirvana worked, nor any exploration as to how this band became the last rock ‘n’ roll band to have a seismic cultural effect. Even more distressing, Morgen fails to explore Kurt’s drug use outside of his relationship to Courtney Love. Aside from Love, Kurt’s heroin use is only briefly mentioned by those who were interviewed.

Even with its shortcomings, Montage of Heck is essential viewing for any Nirvana fan. It gives the viewer amazing access to its subject, though it does mistake intimacy for depth. Even if some of the musical montages affect the film’s overall pacing, they’re always in the service of trying to shed further light on the inner-Cobain and the music is the loud, driving, mournful music that captivated me years ago and still does to this day. At its best, Montage of Heck encapsulates the best Nirvana song, moving with a sound and fury of brutal emotional honesty. It’s not a great film. It’s not about the voice of a generation. Those are bullshit titles anyways.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck opens in select theaters on April 24th, 2015 and airs on HBO May 4th.

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Comics After Dark presents Dan Fogler on Brooklyn Gladiatorhttp://fanboynation.com/comics-after-dark-presents-dan-fogler-on-brooklyn-gladiator/ http://fanboynation.com/comics-after-dark-presents-dan-fogler-on-brooklyn-gladiator/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:53:23 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31961 ShareComics After Dark’s MTR got to talk with Dan Fogler (@MrDanFogler) (Actor on Secrets and Lies, Fanboyz, and Take Me Home Tonight) about his history with comics, writing Boom! Studios Moon Lake, and his upcoming kickstarter campaign for BROOKLYN GLADIATOR! DONT FORGET! Subscribe to us in your podcast apps under “Ratt Haus Productions” Follow our Network on Twitter @RattHaus and IG @RATTHAUSPRODUCTIONS and our Show Twitter @ComicsAfterDark

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Comics After Dark’s MTR got to talk with Dan Fogler (@MrDanFogler) (Actor on Secrets and Lies, Fanboyz, and Take Me Home Tonight) about his history with comics, writing Boom! Studios Moon Lake, and his upcoming kickstarter campaign for BROOKLYN GLADIATOR!

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Two New Posters for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Releasedhttp://fanboynation.com/two-new-posters-for-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-released/ http://fanboynation.com/two-new-posters-for-batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-released/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:13:33 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31951 ShareAfter releasing the teaser trailer just days ago, and ahead of Monday’s IMAX event, director Zack Snyder has released two new posters for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The posters show each hero with the other’s logo planted squarely on their face. The reportedly 15 minute long event being held exclusively at IMAX theaters will be the premiere of the first full trailer, expected to show roughly two minutes of the film, a trailer not to be shown outside of the event. Cell Phone v IMAX. IMAX Event BvS fans will still be first & only to see special

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After releasing the teaser trailer just days ago, and ahead of Monday’s IMAX event, director Zack Snyder has released two new posters for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The posters show each hero with the other’s logo planted squarely on their face.

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The reportedly 15 minute long event being held exclusively at IMAX theaters will be the premiere of the first full trailer, expected to show roughly two minutes of the film, a trailer not to be shown outside of the event.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premieres March 25th, 2016

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New ‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer Finally Shows Doctor Doomhttp://fanboynation.com/fantastic-four-dr-doom-trailer/ http://fanboynation.com/fantastic-four-dr-doom-trailer/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:30:21 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31944 Share There’s no way around it, the upcoming Fantastic Four movie still has a long way to go to win over skeptics, and I’m not sure that this trailer will do it. This 3-minute trailer highlights what is obviously the film’s first act before finally giving us a glimpse of The Thing and Doctor Doom in action. Though we’ve been given nothing more than glance at these two characters, their design isn’t instantly winning me over. My biggest takeaway from this trailer is the dark, serious tone. There’s one joke saved until the end of the trailer. Even though nobody’s

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There’s no way around it, the upcoming Fantastic Four movie still has a long way to go to win over skeptics, and I’m not sure that this trailer will do it. This 3-minute trailer highlights what is obviously the film’s first act before finally giving us a glimpse of The Thing and Doctor Doom in action. Though we’ve been given nothing more than glance at these two characters, their design isn’t instantly winning me over. My biggest takeaway from this trailer is the dark, serious tone. There’s one joke saved until the end of the trailer. Even though nobody’s seen the film, Josh Trank has already been given the vote of confidence by LucasFilm, who’ve already hired him for a Star Wars spinoff, and the studio has already slated its sequel. We’ll find out if Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell will coalesce as the Fantastic Four when the film opens on August 7th.

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The official synopsis:

THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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‘The Barber’ Doesn’t Quite Cut Ithttp://fanboynation.com/the-barber-2015/ http://fanboynation.com/the-barber-2015/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:34:19 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31932 Share People have long had a fascination with serial killers, especially the mysterious murders who elude discovery and punishment. Serial killers, fictional and real, occupy a large space in pop culture. Just look at the longevity of Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter. Looking to provide a twist to the time-honored tradition of fictional mass murderers is The Barber, the feature length debut of Basel Owies. While The Barber boasts an interesting concept and a fine lead performance by veteran actor Scott Glenn, it’s ultimately undone by sloppy reveals that undermines the suspense. It’s a good effort that falls short. The

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People have long had a fascination with serial killers, especially the mysterious murders who elude discovery and punishment. Serial killers, fictional and real, occupy a large space in pop culture. Just look at the longevity of Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter. Looking to provide a twist to the time-honored tradition of fictional mass murderers is The Barber, the feature length debut of Basel Owies. While The Barber boasts an interesting concept and a fine lead performance by veteran actor Scott Glenn, it’s ultimately undone by sloppy reveals that undermines the suspense. It’s a good effort that falls short.

The Barber is about a John (Chris Coy), a young man who wants to find the serial killer that eluded his policeman father, leading to his father’s suicide following professional disgrace. He tracks down Eugene Van Wingrdt (Glenn), a kindhearted barber who loathes foul language. Keeping their motives concealed from one another, the two strike up an unsettling partnership. The story is a cat and mouse game that might’ve been better at maintaining suspense had it not clumsily revealed elements so early in the going. For instance, the film opens with a montage of about the grisly murders and John’s father’s overreach which leads to the release of the main suspect. This culminates with the loud bang of his suicide which then cuts to John awaking 20 years later. This wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t try to play off later events as revelations.

The reason that opening reveal is so clumsy is that from there John asks Eugene to teach him the tricks of the trade about serial killing. Though the film does try to sell that John is genuinely disturbed, that notion is always undercut by reminders that John is constantly mourning his father. The character is blundered because the filmmakers accidentally remove any ambiguity, thus nullifying the tension. The character of Eugene is, for the most part, a well-handled character, leaving moments of doubt as to whether or not he is, in fact, the wanted serial killer of the past. It’s the other characters being too firmly defined in their roles that leave the conclusion rather apparent early on.

There’s also a problem with women that runs through The Barber. Not only are a majority of the victims in this film women, the one female police officer in the film, Audrey (Kristen Hager), makes some unbelievably baffling decisions – from illegally breaking into the home of a suspected serial killer to blatantly propositioning said suspected serial killer. This is undoubtedly the weakest elements of Max Enscoe’s screenplay.

Aside from a moment where a character and his girlfriend don’t notice their friend being beaten with a pipe a mere 5 feet from them, The Barber isn’t one of those painfully inept bad movies. With a few exceptions, The Barber is well shot and edited. Most all, it’s a weak film because it has all the ingredients necessary to tell a much more engaging story than it can piece together.

The Barber is available on Blu-Ray on April 28th. Special features include deleted scenes, alternate scenes, and an alternate ending.

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Star Wars Rebels Season Two Trailerhttp://fanboynation.com/star-wars-rebels-season-two-trailer/ http://fanboynation.com/star-wars-rebels-season-two-trailer/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:20:58 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31928 Share The Trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season two promises “the return of the Ghost crew, some familiar faces, and frightening new enemies.” What is it you are looking forward to seeing the most?

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The Trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season two promises “the return of the Ghost crew, some familiar faces, and frightening new enemies.”

What is it you are looking forward to seeing the most?

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Photos from ‘The Force Awakens’ Panel at Star Wars Celebrationhttp://fanboynation.com/star-wars-celebration-gallery/ http://fanboynation.com/star-wars-celebration-gallery/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:08:44 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31883 ShareOver the weekend, Star Wars Celebration has been underway in Anaheim, celebrating every available aspect of the those adventures from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Without a doubt, the most exciting event at the Star Wars Celebration was the panel for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which culminated in the release of the fantastic new trailer for JJ Abrams‘ continuation of the Star Wars saga. We have a collection of photos from the panel which featured Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, as well as the stars of The Force Awakens Oscar Issac, John

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Over the weekend, Star Wars Celebration has been underway in Anaheim, celebrating every available aspect of the those adventures from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Without a doubt, the most exciting event at the Star Wars Celebration was the panel for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which culminated in the release of the fantastic new trailer for JJ Abrams‘ continuation of the Star Wars saga. We have a collection of photos from the panel which featured Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, as well as the stars of The Force Awakens Oscar Issac, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley. Of course, the new cast would be joined my member of the original cast with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels all making appearances — Harrison Ford was unable to attend. As the final collision between old and new in the Star Wars universe, the classic droid R2-D2 was joined on stage by BB-8, the new droid from The Force Awakens that won over the crowd. More importantly, it appears that Abrams and Kennedy are winning over fans again after the bitter aftertaste the prequels left behind.

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Monstrous New Poster for ‘Jurassic World’http://fanboynation.com/jurassic-world-poster-1/ http://fanboynation.com/jurassic-world-poster-1/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:15:51 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31878 Share The park is finally open. Or at least that’s the premise of Jurassic World, the sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster masterpiece, which has the theme park open to the public. Before the debut of the latest trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s film on Monday, Universal has released a poster, featuring one of the monstrous creations expected to fuel the chaos of everyone’s favorite ill-conceived theme park. Check back with us on Monday for the latest trailer for Jurassic World, which stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and opens on June 12, 2015. The official synopsis: Steven Spielberg returns

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The park is finally open. Or at least that’s the premise of Jurassic World, the sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster masterpiece, which has the theme park open to the public. Before the debut of the latest trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s film on Monday, Universal has released a poster, featuring one of the monstrous creations expected to fuel the chaos of everyone’s favorite ill-conceived theme park. Check back with us on Monday for the latest trailer for Jurassic World, which stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and opens on June 12, 2015.

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The official synopsis:

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

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Enabled Gaming with Jamie Jordan: Achievementshttp://fanboynation.com/enabled-gaming-with-jamie-jordan-achievements/ http://fanboynation.com/enabled-gaming-with-jamie-jordan-achievements/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:34:53 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31870 ShareIn this episode of Enabled Gaming, Jamie Jordan wants to know what you like about gaming achievements.

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In this episode of Enabled Gaming, Jamie Jordan wants to know what you like about gaming achievements.

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Say What Podcast Episode #79 – Show Me The Baconhttp://fanboynation.com/say-what-podcast-episode-79-show-me-the-bacon/ http://fanboynation.com/say-what-podcast-episode-79-show-me-the-bacon/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:52:06 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31859 Share Say What Podcast Episode #79 – Finally buying a house, running for president, and being solicited by homeless men with bacon. News stories include: A Florida Man Streaks Because “Shadow Men” Are Chasing Him, A Man High On Flakka Attacks Police Officers After Making Love To A Tree, And A Naked Man Crashes His Car And Rampages A Toys R’ Us With A Cricket Bat. We wrap up the show with Grahm’s trivia and an email from a listener who tried “Beezin.” Help the Say What Podcast by giving a five-star review on iTunes and Stitcher, and by referring

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Say What Podcast Episode #79 – Finally buying a house, running for president, and being solicited by homeless men with bacon. News stories include: A Florida Man Streaks Because “Shadow Men” Are Chasing Him, A Man High On Flakka Attacks Police Officers After Making Love To A Tree, And A Naked Man Crashes His Car And Rampages A Toys R’ Us With A Cricket Bat. We wrap up the show with Grahm’s trivia and an email from a listener who tried “Beezin.” Help the Say What Podcast by giving a five-star review on iTunes and Stitcher, and by referring us to a friend.

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It’s Here! ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Trailer via Zack Snyderhttp://fanboynation.com/31853/ http://fanboynation.com/31853/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:06:54 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31853 SharePosted just minutes ago on director Zack Snyder’s Twitter feed is the official, non-blurry, non-pirated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Now that we can actually tell what’s going on, what do you think? #BatmanvSuperman #NotBlurry #NotPirated https://t.co/6twr1oFBvr — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 17, 2015 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flies into theaters March 25th, 2016.

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Posted just minutes ago on director Zack Snyder’s Twitter feed is the official, non-blurry, non-pirated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Now that we can actually tell what’s going on, what do you think?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flies into theaters March 25th, 2016.

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FanboyNation Joins DC Entertainment Tomorrow For World Record Attempthttp://fanboynation.com/dc-entertainment-world-record/ http://fanboynation.com/dc-entertainment-world-record/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:09:51 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31849 ShareTomorrow morning, Saturday, April 18th, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will unite with fans from across the globe in an attempt to set a Guinness world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes within a 24 hour period – the Guinness World Record attempt will culminate in Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood & Highland. At the event, fans dressed as DC Comics Superheroes will gather to celebrate with interactive games and activities inspired by their favorite DC characters, before formally attempting to set the world record. The event kicks off in Queensland, Australia, at

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LogoTomorrow morning, Saturday, April 18th, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will unite with fans from across the globe in an attempt to set a Guinness world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes within a 24 hour period – the Guinness World Record attempt will culminate in Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood & Highland. At the event, fans dressed as DC Comics Superheroes will gather to celebrate with interactive games and activities inspired by their favorite DC characters, before formally attempting to set the world record.

The event kicks off in Queensland, Australia, at the Movie World Australia theme park, and will occur in cities all around the world over a 24 hour period before culminating in Los Angeles. To join in, just dress up as your favorite DC superhero (no villains allowed), and be at Hollywood and Highland at 10:00 am on Saturday morning. Don’t live in southern California? No problem. For information on other locations participating in the event, check the Facebook page.

We’ll be there covering the event, and would love to say hi!

 

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The B-Reel – The Joker has Snapchat, and ABC’s Secret New Marvel Serieshttp://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-the-joker-and-john-ridley/ http://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-the-joker-and-john-ridley/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:47:08 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31844 ShareJared Leto seems to really be having fun with his role as The Joker in DC/Warner’s upcoming Suicide Squad film. Director David Ayer posted a photo to Instagram last week with Leto doing his best Killing Joke impression, and now, Leto himself has posted this photo to photo/messaging app, Snapchat. The Italian language movie website, BadTaste, brings the photo to our attention, with Leto sporting green hair just as before, with added Clown Prince of Crime appropriate make-up. Suicide Squad, coming out August 5th, 2016, also stars Will Smith (Deadshot); Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg); Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn); Jai Courtney

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Jared Leto seems to really be having fun with his role as The Joker in DC/Warner’s upcoming Suicide Squad film. Director David Ayer posted a photo to Instagram last week with Leto doing his best Killing Joke impression, and now, Leto himself has posted this photo to photo/messaging app, Snapchat. The Italian language movie website, BadTaste, brings the photo to our attention, with Leto sporting green hair just as before, with added Clown Prince of Crime appropriate make-up.

Leto_JokerSuicide Squad, coming out August 5th, 2016, also stars Will Smith (Deadshot); Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg); Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn); Jai Courtney (Boomerang); Cara Delevingne (Enchantress); Viola Davis (Amanda Waller); Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag).

In other news, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is growing. We know the how, but the who is being kept secret. The EW is reporting that 12 Years a Slave writer/producer, Oscar-winner John Ridley, is developing a new series for ABC starring a mystery hero. EW’s source reports that the new show “involves reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property”, but do not reveal who.

I have yet to see 12 Years a Slave, but was a huge fan of Ridley’s The American Way comic series, and slightly less so The Authority: Human on the Inside, so I can’t wait to hear more about this new series joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off.

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Wikileaks Releases Sony Emails, and They Are Full of Interesting Storieshttp://fanboynation.com/wikileaks-releases-sony-emails/ http://fanboynation.com/wikileaks-releases-sony-emails/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:38:17 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31827 ShareYesterday was a day chock full of geek movie news. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was officially posted, the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer was leaked, and unbeknownst to many of you, wikileaks.org released over 200,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment emails and other documents. The fully searchable archive has leaked emails to and from over 2,000 addresses, including those from government sources. WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said: “This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will

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Yesterday was a day chock full of geek movie news. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was officially posted, the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer was leaked, and unbeknownst to many of you, wikileaks.org released over 200,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment emails and other documents. The fully searchable archive has leaked emails to and from over 2,000 addresses, including those from government sources.

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said: “This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”

These emails tell the story of a highly influential, global corporation with its fingers in a whole bakery’s worth of pies, both in film and television, as well as world affairs. Some of the emails also give us insight into what goes on behind the scenes on films such as Spider-Man and Men in Black. Such as the story behind Drew Goddard’s departure from the Daredevil Netflix series to work on the Sinister Six film. It seems it wasn’t just about the money. According to these emails between Drew’s people, Marvel’s people, and others, it seems that both sides were being a bit bull-headed and stubborn.

Here’s a quote from an email from Michael Marshall to David Steinberg:

There is a dispute about whether T1 or T2 services were elected, Drew is entitled to a logo that is also being taken away, and Marvel is seeking to deprive Drew of his passive royalties show creator and writer of some episodes (although Jeanne is looking into whether those just automatically and unconditionally vest via the WGA). Interestingly, without the confirmed T1 engagement, it would seem that Marvel has no basis for an interference claim…

And ABC Studios (who is the entity that Drew’s contract is with) has declined to intervene and mediate — saying it’s Marvel business and they’re staying out of it — can’t really blame them.

So bottom line — our simply offering to pay a portion or all of the $235K won’t cause Drew to backdown. And Julien and Jeanne have confirmed what I expected — that for Drew, this now becoming a matter of principle.

This email was sent on April 18th, 2014. Drew Goddard’s departure was announced on May 24th.

This story kind of makes me think deeper about Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man, or Patty Jenkins leaving Thor: The Dark World, and if we’ve heard the whole story. It’s understandable with such high profile properties that studios want to be in control of the situations behind the camera, while a director is going to want the same thing with his film, so honestly none of this surprises me in the least.

In more Spidey-Film news, it appears that media rumors fueled the deal between Marvel and Sony. There are many emails back and forth between journalists and the other parties involved from October 7th 2014 through November 4th, with both Sony and Marvel vehemently denying the rumors of Spider-Man’s appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, until they must have just come to the agreement that it might not be a bad idea, just not in that particular Marvel film. And that’s how fans and the media influenced the Great Influencer, and greased the wheels of progress. And now we get to see a slightly more inclusive Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though Fox won’t be joining them, despite the rumors.

I will have more on this as I dig it up.

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Popcorn Podcast Episode Dirty 30: Snazzalicioushttp://fanboynation.com/popcorn-podcast-episode-dirty-30-snazzalicious/ http://fanboynation.com/popcorn-podcast-episode-dirty-30-snazzalicious/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:58:41 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31820 Share This week The Popcorn Podcast turns the old dirty thirty, Chad is still determined to bring snazzy back, and Izola is resolute in preventing him.  So Chad brought their snazzalicious pal Piper onto the show to talk TV shows and what she’s been up to.  She has an awesome mystery box project series in the works but takes the time to sit down with these two kooks and talk some TV shows.  They get into The Flash, Supernatural, Agents of Shield, Teen Mom, and then finally dive deep into Daredevil.  Hold onto your seats kiddo and find out why

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This week The Popcorn Podcast turns the old dirty thirty, Chad is still determined to bring snazzy back, and Izola is resolute in preventing him.  So Chad brought their snazzalicious pal Piper onto the show to talk TV shows and what she’s been up to.  She has an awesome mystery box project series in the works but takes the time to sit down with these two kooks and talk some TV shows.  They get into The Flash, Supernatural, Agents of Shield, Teen Mom, and then finally dive deep into Daredevil.  Hold onto your seats kiddo and find out why you wouldn’t want Nobu to take you fishing on this episode of the Snazzalicious Podcast.

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Featured Cosplayer: Maid of Might Cosplayhttp://fanboynation.com/featured-cosplayer-maid-of-might-cosplay/ http://fanboynation.com/featured-cosplayer-maid-of-might-cosplay/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:27 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30198 Share Name: Maid of Might Cosplay City: Sacramento, CA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaidOfMightCosplay What was your first Cosplay Experience? My first convention ever was Wondercon in 2010, I had heard about it from my local comic shop and decided to check it out. I built my first Supergirl costume out of exercise clothing and an old T-shirt. I ended up having the time of my life and have been cosplaying and convention going ever since!! How long have you been Cosplaying? Since 2010, my senior year of high school. What is your favorite cosplay you have worn/created? I love all of my

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City: Sacramento, CA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaidOfMightCosplay

What was your first Cosplay Experience?

My first convention ever was Wondercon in 2010, I had heard about it from my local comic shop and decided to check it out. I built my first Supergirl costume out of exercise clothing and an old T-shirt. I ended up having the time of my life and have been cosplaying and convention going ever since!!

How long have you been Cosplaying?

Since 2010, my senior year of high school.

What is your favorite cosplay you have worn/created?

I love all of my cosplays for different reasons but one that is very close to my heart is definitely Slave Leia Rapunzel. I love both Star Wars and Disney and wanted to combine the two in a fun way. I was absolutely terrified the first time I wore her, not wanting to offend either of the fandoms but in the end she was received beautifully and now combining universes is one of my favorite things to do!

If you had unlimited resources, what Cosplay would you create?

With unlimited resources I would probably just try to create Flamebird Supergirl, an armored version from an Elseworlds story arc.

What advice would you offer others trying to break into Cosplay?

Pick a character that you absolutely love and start small. Don’t be afraid to fail a few times and experiment as much as possible!

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Hello and welcome to fifth episode of Fanboy Nation’s Toon-In-Talk, your rendezvous for animation interviews.  In December 2014, I had the honor of interviewing the animator Monty Oum of Rooster Teeth.  Monty Oum was one of the creative leads for the American anime RWBY.   He was an entirely self-taught animator, specializing in online cartoons  and videogames.  This interview was originally meant to air in the same month, but the sound quality was very poor.  In January 2015, Monty Oum had a severe allergic reaction to a medical procedure and he passed away in February.  Please join Whitney as she honors Monty’s memory.

Episode 5

Show Notes

  • Monty is a self-taught animator and never formerly attended a school.
  • When he was a kid, he used to watch cartoons, mostly anime, and he loved to count frames and learn animation tricks.
  • He describes RWBY as an emulation of an emulation.  It emulates anime and anime emulates early Disney cartoons.  Ironically, Monty’s career more or less started when he made fan videos based off Final Fantasy and Dead or Alive.
  • All stories are copies of copies.  There are originally ideas, but they are usually inspired by something else.  The creator takes the inspiration and makes something new.
  • Whitney is curious about the Rooster Teeth animation process and Monty explains how coding is involved, how they use skeletons, and how there’s a lot of copying involved.
  • They both geeked out over Pixar’s The Incredibles and discuss Universal Man.
  • RWBY is about a group of four girls who are fighters and how they attend a school to become stronger warriors.  They discuss more about the world of RWBY.
  • Whitney confuses stop motion for motion capture, but she’s still impressed that Rooster Teeth is using it.
  • Whitney gushes over RWBY’s fighting scenes, which was Monty’s main speciality.
  • Most of RWBY’s characters are female, in order to animate their feminine qualities they sometimes have women put on the motion capture suit or they male animators have been known to wear heels.
  • Monty equated fashion and high heels with powers.
  • He also points out that having actually items to hold when you’re in a motion capture suit makes it a whole lot easier to animate later.
  • In season three of RWBY, expect the characters to grow physically and mentally.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Monty never watched Dragon Ball Z, but he was still a large fan of tournament arcs in anime.
  • Rooster Teeth has many other new projects in mind and they’re dedicated to making great cartoons.

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Whitney Grace (WG): Please introduce yourself and explain why you’re a perfect guest to appear on Animation Interviews.

Monty Oum (MO): My name is Monty Oum and I’m an animator for Rooster Teeth.   I’ve worked on the popular shows Red vs. Blue and RWBY.

WG: I like asking my guests to explain more about their background, education, and interest in animation. Would you mind giving me a few details about that?

MO: I’ve been interested in animation as far back as I remember. I used to draw little flipbooks as far back as age seven, maybe five. I was supposed to be reading books, but instead I was drawing in books and making little fight sequences in them. I went to school like any normal kid, until I decided to drop out. I never went to college for animation, but I took whatever classes I could when I was in high school, like fundamentals of flash. I remember starting off in Director which was a macromedia program from back then.

I kept working on my animation skills for fourteen years or so, then the Internet came around. I started making my own videos and that caught the attention of many people. I started getting job offers from videogame companies as well as eventually Rooster Teeth. I’d been a fan of Rooster Teeth for a long time. Red vs. Blue was one of my favorite shows, because it was really good.

WG: So you say you’re a self-taught animator, which is a first for me on this show when it comes to Web animation. When you talk about the Internet, we’re dealing with about thirty years. When did you enter the Web animation phase?

MO: I started using flash animation as early as 2006. I saw people making really cool things and I realized I could be doing that too. Prior to that I thought, I can’t be doing that animation is hard, even though I had been doing it a long time. I only started doing it seriously when I was twenty-two or so, when I realized it was something I could potentially be doing with my life. I kept at it and trying and trying, which led me somewhere,

WG: Let’s get back to traditional animation for a moment. What cartoons were you raised on?

MO: I watched cartoons all throughout my childhood. I loved Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and stuff. Eventually I discovered anime and one of the series I watched a lot of was Dangaioh, which was a mech anime, and also Ninja Scroll. I encountered a lot of Studio Ghibli’s stuff along the way. You know when you start watching these things you get an eye for it and start counting frames, how often they reuse animation, and what angles they’re going to chop something off. I became really interested in finding the shortcuts and when they simulated animation, so the animators wouldn’t have to do as much work.

I used to rush home every day after school to watch this one show called The Bots Master. During the fight sequences, someone would yell, “It’s laser time boys” which signaled you to put on 3D glasses to watch the scenes. I began to notice where they reused animation, which made me realize that animation is so much work and you have to be smart about how it’s used, especially in 3D animation. Since I’m primarily a 3D animator, I know what the advantages are compared to traditional animation that requires a tremendous amount of work.

WG: Describing how you’re see what goes on behind the animation reminds me of how I do something similar when I watch TV, read a book, or see a movie. I can identify when they’re using this cliché or that archetype. It’s neat to see how there’s different, but related tool sets for writing and animation.

MO: Yeah. When you’re in a trade it’s great to be so familiar with how something is done that you feel like you know the person behind the process, you see yourself in someone else’s work, or you can see how you emulated someone. With me, because I watch so much anime, I emulate it in my work. Even though I’m a 3D animator, one of the things I tell people is that they should think in 2D and animate in 3D.

WG: You’re the first animator I’ve ever spoken to in America, who has mentioned that anime was their biggest influence. Every one I’ve spoken with says Disney or DreamWorks. What I find interesting is how you’re more or less making an anime in the US. I, myself, and many other otaku dreamed of going to Japan to create anime, but in the back of our heads we know that’s never going to happen. You, however, have accomplished that dream. In your experience, what differences, aesthetics wise, do you find between western animation and anime?

MO: I would say the things you try to honor in terms of storytelling and character, especially in stylization. The story goes even farther back, because anime originally tried to emulate [Disney], until they realized they didn’t have the budget. It was an economic fallout with the studios. They tried to start up [their studios] and realized they couldn’t afford the animators. They were trying to set up a Disney of Japan back then and the animators had to move into making television anime, but then they realized the economy wasn’t doing so well, they essentially had to adopt a more economical version of animation, which is what anime is. Anime, in fact, is often a lack of animation, but it more so lives in your mind. You often know that the story you have in your head, when you see something happens in parallel to what you’re making or watching. And so when you watch animation, you may see three frames implying six, but in your head it blows up to something even bigger. So that’s one of the stylization of anime, with the larger eyes, larger movements, and such extreme emotions they go through all lives up to what you have in your head. So when I say anime has a lack of animation, because they do with what little they have larger.

My show happens to be an emulation of an emulation, because I like anime, but I will make my version of anime. Anime artists from the eighties and seventies were trying to make Disney and then they realized they would just do their own thing and they would make their own genre and statement. We currently call RWBY an anime, because it’s the closest thing we can call it. We can also say web anime or 3D anime or something, but you know you won’t go to a Japanese anime artist and they won’t say their stuff is better than Disney. He’ll just say, “It’s mine” or Japan will say, “This is our thing.” Well, RWBY is our thing and it was trying to be one thing, but as it discovers itself it will be its own thing. You also try not to forgot what your were honoring originally, so anime was trying to be Disney and now it is its own thing. RWBY will be its own thing at some point, but it is still inspired.

WG: You know it is so good to hear you say that, because in the anime community I always hear people saying I want to pick up this manga or I want to write for this anime. I’m like no, create your own…read that stuff, write your fanficiton, draw your fanart, but do your own stuff and create something that is new.

MO: I got my career started by essentially doing animated fanfics, because I made Dead Fantasy. It was stuff I’d done where I like Final Fantasy, I like Dead or Alive, [animation] let me put this together and make my own thing. Even though I still took the characters from another show, it had a jumping point. Back when I made a Halo/Metroid video, as an artist I was like I’m kind of selling out using other people’s property and creating fanart. But if you think about it in comparison, I would say fanart is its own form of apprenticeship, where you take inspiration, you research as to know what you’re working with and you become the best student you can of the thing you’re trying to make. So the same thing where I have theories on Evangalion, whether or not they’re actually true, I can take those theories and put them into my story, because they came off what I liked about the [anime]. I’m not retelling Evangelion, I have theories about what the angels are and they’re probably wrong, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take that. I have theories about Metal Gear Solid, regardless of whether or not it’s right, it still fuels your character and your ability to tell a story.

WG: You actually just gave away one of the biggest secrets in any sort of entertainment. Everything is…I believe that there are original stories out there, but they are only original, because they’ve taken an old idea and told it in a new way.

MO: You’ll find out eventually as you go to retell what you’ve become inspired off of is that it does become its own thing without you even realizing it. In a subtle sense, that is way more natural.

WG: So how long have you been animating?

MO: I say I’ve been seriously animating since I was twenty-two and I’m thirty-three now, so about eleven years. I dabbled it when I was in high school and when I was younger with flash, but I never sat down with it and said I’m going to make this my career until I was twenty-two years old. It’s been about eleven years now and I didn’t see much success until I was twenty-seven or so.

WG: How much coding is involved in the animation you do? Is it a lot or are you just manipulating the program?

MO: It’s surprising actually how much there is, because if you go…and it also depends on who you ask. I myself, personally, since I do a little of the post production, I also do a little of the coding that is involved. I could copy and paste something right now with words, weird jargon, deltas, and value pads. It’s like, “Wow” this is bizarre looking and when you look at the ones and zeros it’s only the bristles of the brush. It’s there and sometimes I have to go in and weave those tools together, but at the end of the day I’m making those tools to make an artistic thing with it.

Sometimes I’m still there with the brackets, ones, and zeroes, and I’m writing this stuff down, and then I take that piece and put on a suit with dots on it and then I act it out and make the strokes (hopefully) of what the implication of a human being is. It’s a lot, but surprisingly only for me and one or two other guys who are involved in tool creation, because we create all the tools we use in the 3D animation process.

WG: Do you use a lot of open source?

MO: No, it really is if you’ve taken a scene file I’ve made and just open it up in Notepad, then you see the guts and pieces of, I’ll go, “Okay this person was using that image and their arm is rotating this many degrees.” I don’t do a lot of animation in the code, but I do a lot of the rigging and tool design with the code itself. I work very closely with our technical director, so he can make scripts to automate stuff . The other animators can hit a button and make that stuff happen.

WG: I’ve coded with basic HTML in Notepad and when you try do to the more complex stuff in there, you always mess stuff up.

MO: We’re at the end of season two and currently in the R&D for season three, I have some new characters I want to build. There was one character who was going to have this many body parts and hair and he shares a similar silhouette with another character, so I want to transfer this person’s bones into the new person. Instead of going into the interface, I actually go into the XML and I say to grab these bones and transplant them into this character through the coding. It’s something I’ve been doing a lot lately.

WG: So you’re kind of copying yourself and creating something new.

MO: Yeah, so the way to make it not screw up or break is to use the parts that you know work.

WG: I find that extremely funny. I don’t know why, but it is. Yeah, don’t fix what’s not broke.

MO: Yeah, I’ve been using similar skeletons for the last seven years…It helps that the program we use has prebuilt skeletons, so I just drop them in and refine them as I go. It wasn’t broken from day one, but it did need work. Seven, ten years later I’m still using the same skeletons.

WG: Wow, same skeletons. It’s kind of like they’re altered…maybe this comparison is wrong, but they’re kind of like the Universal Man at Pixar?

MO: From The Incredibles?

WG: Yeah!

MO: I watch every behind the scenes thing from Pixar I can get my hands on. It’s the only reason why I buy the Blu-Ray these days. Watching the ETS on The Incredibles helped me a lot. In fact, all the characters if you look, there are only two: man and woman. All the characters are built off universal male and universal female. I could have gone further with that. I remember watching that ETS and I thought I could actually use this for a system, because it’s modular and like the same thing they built Wall-E, they had a universal robot system.

WG: They stopped using Universal Man, because it was too cumbersome.

MO: Yeah, I do feel their pain. I guarantee you when they were building Underminer, he was loosely based off Universal Man, but obviously he looked nothing like Universal Man. These are days when you’re building a character and it may be more work than it’s worth to fit the skeleton, so I can understand that. Fortunately, for now all of our characters are of the same build, gauge, and height where they’re all human so far. I have actually tried to cram a human skeleton into our bear and wolf models, because I wanted to be able to motion capture it. But then the hands do weird things where the wolf model has arms twice as long as human arms and they just don’t look good when I go on the ground and do this.

WG: So let’s talk about why we are here. You’ve worked on RWBY. RWBY in all essence is an American anime. It fits all the styles, it has some of the tropes, but it’s not. It’s completely foreign. What I love is how you’ve gotten rid of some of the anime clichés which have gotten tired. It’s a fresh clean perspective on it. Can you please tell me what RWBY is about, the world, the characters, and what makes it a good series to watch?

MO: Like you said, it’s inspired off anime so we try to honor the things that you typically see in anime. Also myself am I lifetime anime fan, so I see a lot of what it does and how far the story can go. Some of my favorite animes are Ghost in the Shell. RWBY itself as an American anime, we try to take, the writers and me are all fans of anime, so we take the things we’ve seen in anime and work them in a way that is more universal. It’s worked so far, which we’re grateful for.

It’s about these four girls who go to a school very Harry Potter-esque, very anime-esque, where they train to battle in the certain way the school teaches. That is directly influenced off, “Okay, I need to have a show. What is the easiest thing I can do to populate the scene? Uniforms.” If everyone has to be in uniforms, then you only have to change the hair and so far it’s like we have a school anime. There are a lot of animes I like that are journey animes or it follows the typical anime trope of you have school children training to be warriors, heroes, and stuff. It’s actually driven by the technological limitation of we don’t want to model sixty new characters in the background. In my lifetime of watching anime, I’ve watched plenty of high school anime and it’s just a row of plaid skirts and high school uniforms and stuff. They only change the hairstyles. The scope of anime facial structures are pretty universal, like generic, literally based off that technical limitation. That being said, it doesn’t limit us story wise, because we still have these very unique characters who come from different backgrounds and they gather at this school to train to become masters of this trade, ultimately to safe the world. It’s done in a way meant to honor that original trope of high school anime and also do things like American hero cartoons. I’m watching Justice League right now.

WG: Yah!

MO: Young Justice.

WG: Yah!

MO: I love so much of what they do and all the characters are unique. I’m like if I wanted to make this show, they would need to be in high school, because I don’t want to have to make all these unique outfits. It’s essentially that, like many high school animes where they train to be good at something and eventually discover themselves as they go along.

WG: The world that they’re in, they’re training to be a master fighter of some kind. Can you explain what this world is like, what are some of the rules we’re dealing with, and also is it magic or is it science fiction, and what is this dust?

MO: I’m a big Final Fantasy fan, so Final Fantasy to me has always had this magic tech. What’s the word? Where it’s always full of magic and technology. Where you have airships, cars, buildings, and planes, but you also have this giant world. You know my favorite moment in Final Fantasy VII, it was my first Final Fantasy, you’re in this city and it’s a steampunk looking city, then you get to the world with this giant green field. It’s such a contrast be so great. It made me want as a fourteen year old be like, “I want to go on an adventure!”

The world [RWBY] is similar to me like we’re centralized in this one country right now and they’re studying in this school, but eventually they’re going to journey out into the world. The world, itself, is where its similarly populated by monsters so if you wander the plains you may get attacked. You may be sleeping in a tent one day and the next a hotel or maybe someday they might get an airship or get in a boat, it’s various things. Essentially the type of journey I’d like to tell.

WG: Say I’m one of the four girls and I go out and fight a monster, but there’s always a bad guy. Who is the bad guy? Are they fighting to save the world, are they fighting to save it from darkness? Can you give us a few more details on that?

MO: It’s not a truly black and white story of good and evil, but we have a set of bad guys as they appear to have motivations that make them antagonists. It’s something we’ll discover as the story goes along. Currently, they’re set up to where they want to cause chaos and anarchy and topple certain people who are in charge. It’s a mystery mostly because with the journey we want to take, the bad guys are meant to complement them and we’re figuring out where we need to go with them as well.

WG: RWBY is very character driven. If I didn’t like the characters, I wouldn’t be watching it. Can you tell me who each of the four main characters are and a little about their personalities?

MO: Sure. RWBY the main character is younger than the rest, because in some ways she is a prodigy and was admitted to the school because she proved herself in combat. She wields a giant…for one of the original pitches of the show I went to our CEO and I went, “Hey I got an idea for a show: Little Red Riding Hood-like girl fights with a giant scythe and it’s also a sniper rifle. When she pulls out the scythe on a monster and fires the gun, this giant fifty-caliber rifle that kills. He said that sounds great. For me, to combine holistic weapons with guns is for me a vehicle for coolness and fun. Ruby, herself, fights with this, but as we get to discover her character we were like okay, she was obviously very proficient in using this weapon from the start so what does she need as a character to tell a story that’s more than running/spinning around slicing things. She was a very awkward teenage girl, kind of out of her element, because she’s good at fighting, but there’s more to life than fighting and there’s also teamwork, working together, and stuff. Being appointed leader of the team, is a little out of her element, because she was okay being by herself for a while and now she’s leader of this team.

The first mission they went on, animation wise I’ll often sit down or rather get up with the suit and act out a character and then I’d realize that you would think with a show as stylized as this that it would need stylized moves as well. That is very true about animation, like you watch The Clone Wars and the squash and stretch is there and evident in the animation. I often talk to allot my animators and get them in the suit to show them how little head nodding they need.

From the previous seasons of Red vs. Blue, you couldn’t see their faces but they needed to be visibly talking. From the years I watched Power Rangers, there is a lot of talking without mouth movement. They act with their neck. Very often I’ve told my animators to get into the suit and say even though your eyes aren’t being motion captured I want you to act the scene with your eyes and not your head. So there will be scenes where I say look up and it adds a touch of subtlety to make it feel more real and you’d think given the art style it’s not supposed to be real. But if you watch Clone Wars and the scenes where they’re acting with together, where they’re talking , they probably spend the most time animating the eyes than anything else. It’s because that’s where you read a character. We don’t mo-cap the eyes, but we mo-cap how the eyes influence the head and everything from there. We try not to shuffle or act with our hands, because it would be like Power Rangers, because it was essentially characters without faces. It’s found it’s way further up the line as we make the show. We get guys who put the suit on and when you’re in a mo-cap suit you’re standing and thinking “Okay, I’m in this scene, but…” I’m very self aware of motion capture and a lot of they very good animators on this team will take footage of themselves or have a mirror and spend a lot more time on the facial than just acting it out from the neck down. That’s why the motion capture can only take it so far. You really have to spend time and give it a touch of hand animation and spend time watching facial expressions. That touch of realism is there in the dialogue, the emotion is there in the camera work. Even though animation is stylized, it needs to have it’s additional groove.

WG: Oh my gosh! You guys are doing stop motion! I did not know that Rooster Teeth did such high tech stuff. Can you tell me a bit more about the animation process and how you guys are using this motion capture, because I did not know that so I’m astounded.

MO: When I got hired at this company, the first thing I said was (prior to working here I’d never used motion capture) buy this motion capture set. It was a very economical motion capture set, six camera for $6,000. I think we bought the twelve-camera version and now we’re up to the twenty-four-camera version. My office is actually right next to it. We set up our studio so I’m sitting next to the motion capture so I could get up and use it. We used to have it where it was right behind me.

We implement motion capture to essentially save the work, because no pen in hand and it’s engineered to make our lives easier. It doesn’t substitute the art, it supplements the art. When we do motion capture, it gives us the first level we need. It’s very jittery and requires a lot of clean up. Very often I’ve gone in, mo-caped a scene, got my data back, and striped out so much. It’s akin to most animators, who don’t have motion capture. I know what the scene is and I might have dials and knobs in front of me, but I’m going to stand up and act it out first, then I’m going to animate it. It takes that stand up and act process and puts it in the computer, then you polish it there. That being said it is very technical and you can both augment the process. It helps, but at the end of the day it doesn’t take away from animation. It’s additive. It cuts a layer out, the busy work. Base level motion capture still looks like base level hand animation. You’re cutting out one of the steps, one of the bigger, tedious steps, but it helps.

WG: How is the animation process? Can you describe how the RWBY animation process is? I mean, if someone saw it they would say it’s been churned out on a cheap Korean animation belt, but if you look closer you can see it’s nicer than that. Can you explain that please?

MO: It depends on the scene. I focus primarily on the fight scenes, which I’ve done…

WG: Stop right there! Let me…oh my gosh! You mention building weapons and stuff, then these fight scenes. I mean, I can definitely see how you’ve played a lot of videogames, but I’ve watched so much anime and read so much manga that sometimes I can’t figure out how they move. I complement you, because it’s so beautiful the way you do it. It just like real.

MO: In the animes where they spend a lot of time going at it and screaming. Then you know we talked about counting frames and how the fighting stuff in anime is difficult, because they have so much movement and only have so many frames. You know because I have 3D animation it can supplement the missing frames. I’ve been doing fight animation from day one before I had mo-cap. It’s handled differently from the acting. When you say we have motion capture, most people go to that’s what you use for punching and kicking. Motion capture is more effective for the acting, because there’s only so many ways you can throw a punch. There’s a million ways you can perform a scene. Very often when I go in to perform a fight scene I’ll pull up a library of kicks and punches I either made by hand or recorded myself and polished, whole scenes I’ve stitched together that I use pieces of. You can only kick so many ways. The motion capture is for performance. Essentially what is the character feeling? Are they nodding? Are they angry or are they sad, excited? It adds a lot more than it says and you get thousands upon thousand of frames very quickly.

For fight scenes, I got in and craft very methodically. Very often I’ll have a kick here or a punch there, a block here, and I’ll just put them together. It’s been several years since I’ve done motion capture where I want to mo-cap a fight scene completely new. I’ll go in and do the combos and then I’ll turn around and do the blocks and stuff. Very often you’ll see me fighting myself.

Then you’ll get to the scenes in RWBY, where I can’t mo-cap where she fires sixty feet in the air or slices. I’ll mo-cap what I can, then I’ll do the rest by hand. It varies a lot. Motion capture is more for the acting stuff: head animation. It helps to be in shape.

WG: So you guys are doing fights using your own bodies as models for the girls?

MO: Yeah or the acting scenes too. We have mostly guy animators, but there are some girl animators. Sometimes we’ll actually grab a woman in the studio and say, “Hey we need this walk. I’m sorry, but my guys can’t do it.” So I have them do some walks and stuff. I’ve studied a lot of female movement. Especially when it was just me, I was doing a lot of the characters. It came into play a lot, then it propagated to several male animators who one day I actually said, “Okay, you’re all wearing high heels.” I made sure they learned how to walk in heels.

WG: I was about to say one way you can replicate a woman’s walk is wearing shoes with heels.

MO: There comes a corrective stride and posture wearing heels. Even if the feet are off screen, you have different posture.

WG: You’re exactly right and it’s hard to walk in heels, but you feel so taller. It’s interesting the history of heels, but we’re not going to go into the history of high heels.

MO: I equate high heels and fashion to a sense of empowerment. I try to work a little bit of logic in where if a woman wears heels in RWBY it means she has some sort of power that other people don’t. Essentially if a girl wears heels, it’s not strictly for fashion, because the metaphor for empowerment and spiritual power in a magic tech world is actual magic. Therefore if a girl wears heels so has a reflective ability that’s actually something she uses in life. Heels are empowering.

WG: That would be pretty cool, because I’ve also noticed…one of the things I like about RWBY are how practical the costumes are. Yeah, there are skirts and this, but they are actually things you can see girls and guys fighting in.

MO: I like fashion, so very often you can go this isn’t practical for real fighting and this is also not real fighting. I like to think of it if this show was a time capsule for the hopes and dreams [from when] you’re like a six year old, you’re eight year old ,and you want to be a superhero. You think about what you want to wear, what you want to hold, what you want to be. When a twelve-year-old girl puts on her mother’s heels, she think about being a hero like her mom. When you’re child you look at these things and think this is what a hero looks like, this is what I want to be. By all practical means, it looks ridiculous and you’re never going see someone like RWBY in Afghanistan…like RWBY in a world like Remnant, it’s practical for the world they’re in.

WG: Using the stop motion suit, do you guys ever use constructs of the weapons so you can get the movement down?

MO: Well, we do have a lot of Nerf swords and prop swords laying around if you need to wave something around. The weapon itself doesn’t get captured, but it’s important to get the arm movement. Sometimes I’ll just grab a rake or a broom that’s sitting around. It helps to have the thing you’re using. Sometimes it’s not a weapon. There was a scene with a teapot and I imagine the animator had a cup of coffee. Or whenever Austin is in a scene, I can guarantee you is holding a cup of coffee. It helps for the weight, the eye tracking, for that little bit of focus you have in the scene.

WG: That’s cool. I think we’re almost to the end of the interview, but can you give us a bit more news about what to expect from RWBY in the future, do you have anything big coming up, can you share anything from season three?

MO: We wrapped season three last September and from there I’ve just kept going, cause I need to fix as many bugs that popped up and make the job that much easier for the rest of the team. I work on a lot of rigging and modeling. I also know where we’re going plot wise, but then I look at the assets that are necessary and I’m like “Oh my god, we need so many character outfits, we need the characters to look real, and fixes that were problems for the animators, story stuff because I want it to go beyond season three. September and October of last year I did several, several months of R&D where I gave the rigs an overhaul, because I wanted it to last two or three more years. That overhaul still translates over, because the rigs have been updated, but there were still some problems and I had to overhaul the overhaul. At least I’m not making a six-month overhaul again, it’ll probably be a two-month overhaul. Also there’s the wrangling of assets and making sure everything is in the right directory. And at the same time you need to take what is was and think about where you want to take it. In my head, I’m in season four and then I’m setting something up in season three for the season four and five stuff. I just got out of a writing meeting with the writers and it’s like, “Okay, this character wants this, this character wants that.” This year’s season things happened that are really going to pay off in next year. I definitely hope people stick around to watch next year’s season.

WG: Can you give away any plot elements?

MO: Fighting. More fighting. People grow.

WG: Character or do they grow in height?

MO: They may grow in height too. As I look at it, this person might have a birthday, so they will get taller or older. The biggest plot element will be the tournament. The tournament is something we’ve been talking about for awhile. Me, Miles, and Jerry are big fans of animes that have tournaments. It will be a great way to showcase the characters. That’s the biggest thing that will happen.

WG: Are you going to have it be like Dragon Ball Z?

MO: No, see everyone thinks I’m a huge Dragon Ball Z fan, but I’ve actually never watched it. I’m more of a fan of Hunter x Hunter and some others. I was a big fan of the chunin exams in Naruto and recently I’ve been watching Fairy Tail and I love it. It has such a great story and arcs as you get into it.

No, it won’t be a character does one move and it takes three episodes to get through it. It’ll be more of the fighting you know and the stuff I really excel at when it comes to fights is the one on one stuff. You get one character fighting another character and that mano a mano stuff where you truly get to understand one another through conflict.

WG: Where can we find Rooster Teeth and RWBY and the other great cartoons you guys make?

MO: So Rooster Teeth is at RoosterTeeth.com and if you go under videos you can see we have RWBY listed as one of our main series. We also have a YouTube channel which Youtube.com/RooterTeeth I presume. RWBY itself is also on Crunchyroll and probably in a Wal-Mart near year with season one, also on Amazon, and our online store. But definitely come to RoosterTeeth.com. We try to give as frequent updates as we can, especially for our sponsors and members because we try to have a community there. Any updates should go there, so definitely go to RooterTeeth.com.

WG: Awesome. And now the last question I ask all of my interviewees and you must interpreted anyway you want, do you Mr. Monty Oum have anything to declare?

MO: Do I have anything to declare? I love making RWBY. It’s a lifelong dream. Imagine me as a ten-year-old saying I want to make 3D animation and then I’m in a store with my immigrant parents, we grew up in poverty, and I point at this $800 box. How does he even fathom what 3D animation is as it’s a new genre in the 1990s and that I’ll be able to do it in a genre I loved watching.   I don’t have anything to declare, I just want to make more of it and I want to make more of it faster. I want to make toys, plushies, and videogames of it would be great. It’s fun to make, it’s a dream come true to be allowed to do what I do.

WG: Neat. Well, you know can more more of it. You just have to go to China, Korea, and North Korea.

MO: That’s true. Actually we just talked with Warner Brothers Japan and they want to make stuff with this property as well. It might result in OVAs, manga per se and I have a lot of emails to answer about what they’re allowed to do. It’s a very long process, including everything else involved in making the show.

WG: Congratulations. It looks like it’s onward and upward from here for you guys. Monty, thank you so, so much!

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‘Louie’ Serves Up 3 Funny Shorts ‘A la Carte’http://fanboynation.com/louie-s5e2/ http://fanboynation.com/louie-s5e2/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:01:55 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31808 Share Last week’s episode of Louie, Potluck, established that series would drift closer to its roots in a decidedly more comedic tone than the previous season. In the second of episode of Season 5, A la Carte, the series has taken a turn towards earlier episodes, with a series of vignettes that range from filthy hilarity to introspective comedy. In the three vignettes that make up A la Carte, Louie hits all the right notes A la Carte starts out with Louis C.K. shopping with his two daughters, played by Hadley Delany and Ursula Parker. While at the checkout line,

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Last week’s episode of Louie, Potluck, established that series would drift closer to its roots in a decidedly more comedic tone than the previous season. In the second of episode of Season 5, A la Carte, the series has taken a turn towards earlier episodes, with a series of vignettes that range from filthy hilarity to introspective comedy. In the three vignettes that make up A la Carte, Louie hits all the right notes

A la Carte starts out with Louis C.K. shopping with his two daughters, played by Hadley Delany and Ursula Parker. While at the checkout line, Louis is gripped with an aching pain. He has to take a dump. Due to his neuroses, Louis won’t use any public restroom. This creates a mad dash for Louis, fighting through pain to make his way home. It’s a 3-minute little short, but it builds tension and provides multiple laughs. In almost any other show, it might drag down the pacing or the narrative, but Louie is a show that doesn’t always concern itself with such matters, and, more of then not, that’s a distinct advantage.

From there the episode has Louis taking a gig hosting an open mic night at the comedy club. The host dropped out and Louis agrees to take the gig for $400. In between hosting, Louis is approached by a young comedian (Nate Ferland) who seeking advice from the journeyman jokester. The young man’s set is, well, pretty awful. When asked, Louis tells the aspiring comedian the truth. This little segment takes up around half the episode’s running time, and gives us a closer look at the world of stand-ups while providing us with plenty of cringeworthy laughs. Like so much of Louie, there’s this mixture of tragedy and comedy.

For the final vignette, Louis meets with Pamela (Pamela Adlon), confirming that their relationship did carry over from Season 4. After busting Louis’ balls about going to a French film, the couple goes to the theater. After the film proves to be a dud, Pamela tries to egg Louis on to fooling around in the theater. Following that, the couple goes to a nice Italian dinner. As he’s prone to do, Louis tries to inject a serious topic about their relationship in their conversation. Though it seems as though Pamela is evading Louis’ statement, she then approaches it head-on, breaking down the emotional reality of Louis’ proposal. Without divulging further information about the nature of their conversation, just let me say that Pamela is such a great foil for Louis. Known mostly for her vocal talents in voicing Bobby Hill, Pamela Adlon is such a wonderful actress, her upbeat energy counteracting the hardboiled cynicism and insecurities of Louis.

Two episodes into Season 5 and Louie’s pivot back towards comedy has been remarkably strong. The show’s been able to coax big laughs from little moments and then amplifies these moments with some shocking jokes of questionable taste. Amazingly, with its focus decidedly pointed towards comedy, A la Carte proves that Louie still hasn’t lost its heart.

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Bloodshot Reborn #1 — What Does a Killing Machine Do When He Stops Being a Machine?http://fanboynation.com/bloodshot-reborn-1/ http://fanboynation.com/bloodshot-reborn-1/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:27:40 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31788 ShareBloodshot emerged as the unexpected White Knight in The Valiant. Now, following Kay’s death, he is left fully human and at a loss in Bloodshot Reborn #1. What is left for a failed knight? What does an ex-killing machine do when he stops being a machine? The book opens with the now-human “Ray Garrison” drifting, trying to figure out who and what he is now and not doing a terribly good job of it (which is no surprise, all things considered). Left with no particular goal or purpose, he ends up doing maintenance at an old motel, drinking to forget, and

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Bloodshot emerged as the unexpected White Knight in The Valiant. Now, following Kay’s death, he is left fully human and at a loss in Bloodshot Reborn #1. What is left for a failed knight? What does an ex-killing machine do when he stops being a machine?

The book opens with the now-human “Ray Garrison” drifting, trying to figure out who and what he is now and not doing a terribly good job of it (which is no surprise, all things considered). Left with no particular goal or purpose, he ends up doing maintenance at an old motel, drinking to forget, and prey to hallucinations. It is a poignant and at times poetic look into the mind of a man who has entirely too much past and no clear future.

Mico Suayan and Jeff Lemire contrast the sleek, deadly, colorful, and nightmarish life of Bloodshot as he remembers it with the dreary, cluttered, dull place he finds himself in now. This time, almost all of the panels are kept to close-ups and are often small, just as crowded as Ray’s current thoughts.

“Ray” sets off at the end of the book with a new purpose and, of course, a cliffhanger. Bloodshot Reborn #1 begins a series that promises the deconstruction and—possibly—reconstruction of a hero.

Oh, and don’t miss the little “Battle Mates” page at the end.

Bloodshot Reborn #1 is available this week from Valiant Comics.

Bloodshot Reborn #1 Variant Sketch by LaRosa Bloodshot Reborn #1 Variant Cover by Muller Bloodshot Reborn #1 Lemire Variant Variant Cover by Butch Guice Cover D by Lewis Larosa Cover C by Dave Johnson Cover B by Mico Suayan Cover A by Juan Doe Bloodshot Reborn #1 page 1 (of 5) Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 (of 5)

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art : Mico Suayan with Jeff Lemire
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Colors: David Baron
Cover A by Juan Doe
Cover B by Mico Suayan
Cover C by Dave Johnson
Cover D by Lewis Larosa
Valiant Next Variant by Mico Suayan & Tom Muller
Variant Cover by Jeff Lemire
Variant Cover by Butch Guice
B&W Sketch Cover by Lewis Larosa
Blank Cover Also available

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Nick Offerman and Ethan Nicolle Try to Make Sense of the Glorious Madness of ‘Axe Cop’http://fanboynation.com/offerman-nicolle-axe-cop/ http://fanboynation.com/offerman-nicolle-axe-cop/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:41:23 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31780 Share There’s not another show out there quite like Axe Cop. Based on the comics where Ethan Nicolle would illustrate fantastic and absurd stories from his young brother Malachai Nicolle, Axe Cop is show that is completely untethered to reality or any kind of traditional story structure. After first premiering on Fox during their ADHD block of animated programming in 2013, the show was in limbo for a while before finding its new home on FXX as part of their Animation Domination. Starting on Thursday April 16th at midnight, new episodes of Axe Cop will air alongside numerous other offbeat

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There’s not another show out there quite like Axe Cop. Based on the comics where Ethan Nicolle would illustrate fantastic and absurd stories from his young brother Malachai Nicolle, Axe Cop is show that is completely untethered to reality or any kind of traditional story structure. After first premiering on Fox during their ADHD block of animated programming in 2013, the show was in limbo for a while before finding its new home on FXX as part of their Animation Domination. Starting on Thursday April 16th at midnight, new episodes of Axe Cop will air alongside numerous other offbeat animated shows on Animation Domination.

In preparation of the season premiere, I was recently invited to participate on a conference call interview with the show’s creator and executive producer Ethan Nicolle and the voice of Axe Cop, the amazing and incomparable, Nick Offerman. The conversation is wide-ranging. Topics discussed include the creative process of the show, woodworking, facial hair, and more. Towards the end, though, executive producer Hend Baghdady joins and tells an amusing story of how Malachai once tried to get her fired.

Q: So, I was wondering is Axe Cop inspired by a character from somebody that you know or from a movie?

Nick Offerman: That’s a good one for Ethan.

Ethan Nicolle: I mean, I guess the look, the actual look of Axe Cop because it all started just with my brother saying, can we play Axe Cop? And, he had a toy axe, so from there I just kind of — I drew an axe, and that’s just — has always kind of been my standard cop that I would draw just because they always have that mustache, aviator glasses, the hat. So, just kind of like a Burt Reynolds 70’s cop was just kind of what I was going for. There’s not like a real person that it’s based on.

Q: There are a lot of bad guys.  Do you guys have a favorite bad guy that you guys have created, or is there somebody else you would want to create during Season 2?

EN: The funny thing about a bad guy is it really is like he doesn’t seem to get as excited about creating the bad guys. Like, he gets more excited about ways of killing the bad guys, so he’ll just pick anything, like an avocado, or like some random object to make that a bad guy. Let’s kill it.

Q: I love how Axe Cop is kind of bonkers and lawless it is because it’s all based on pure imagination. Can you guys talk a little bit about how there was a gap between the first season and the second season? Can you talk a little bit about what was going on during that time period, and how Axe Cop got a Season 2?

NO: Gosh. That sounds like a question for the executive producer.  FOX couldn’t handle us is the honest truth. There is too much—we reveal too many secrets both of free masonry and a couple other secret societies that I can’t mention, otherwise they wouldn’t be secret, and so they’ve stepped back. I think, sincerely, they tried the Saturday night ADHD thing, and they sort of took a step back, and rearranged the dominoes and said, oh, we have a much better strategy for this, and now we’re trying this FXX plan, which is thrilling.

I mean, I was a big fan of—I don’t know if you guys are aware of the graphic novels from which the cartoon has sprung, but I’m just crazy about those, and so when something is that funny, and whimsically perverse, and you can make a show out of it, and have a network show it to people, it’s incredibly exciting.

We’re tickled pink we get to keep making more funnies.

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Q: So, Axe Cop and Chumble Spuzz, both have this — kind of have these righteous protagonists.  They always seem to be doing what’s — acting on behalf of things for the good of the people, I guess. What is it about these types of characters that attract you to make stories like this?

EN: Well, I mean the funny thing is I mean, Chumble Spuzz is for one thing a comic that may be like one tenth of a tenth of a tenth of readers have read compared to Axe Cop, which is the first comic series I made that got published, and that was all me; Malachai [Nicolle] wasn’t involved in that.  But I think that I do find it funny when a character is maybe not fully informed on what they’re fighting, but they’re just so gung-ho, they’re going to do it.

I think it makes for good comedy, a character that’s just like — they’re very black and white, but they have a mission. They’re very eager to accomplish it and reckless. It’s pretty classic for a comedy, and I think it’s a — yes, so I mean, I think that that’s like Chumble Spuzz, they go to kill the devil, and they’ve never heard of him, they don’t even know anything about him. They don’t do much research after that, they just hear about him, they’re like this guy — why has nobody tried to kill this guy, so they go to kill him.

And, so I think it’s just a good way to start a story, I guess.

NO: I agree that, in general, for my money, playing a character that is standing for justice, wants righteous indignation before he has comprised all the facts always makes for good hijinks.

Q: Question for you, Nick. So, in the past with other characters say, like a “Ron Swanson,” you’ve had stuff in common, I heard that you like doing woodwork in real life, like he likes, too.  What can you relate to, in terms of Axe Cop? What do you have in common with the character of Axe Cop?

NO: Gosh, well I think once Ethan and I got together, he began to draw from my own life. I often wear a cat suit at night in the house. Mine is not black. I’m more of an autumn, so I go with earth tones. I’m ape shit about birthday cake, and I’m really handy with an axe. My dad taught me to use an axe, and keep it sharp and maintained, never let a spot of rust get on your axe head.

EN: I’m also guessing that he works the [indiscernible] shift just like Axe Cop?

NO: That’s right.

Sean Mulvihill: This is a question for Nick. Since you are a renowned woodworker, is there a preferred tool for law enforcement that isn’t an axe?

NO: Well, from the cannon of woodworking, it’s never a bad idea to have a small chisel secreted away, perhaps, in your boot in case you need to quickly [indiscernible] your way out through a door or window sash. And, I suppose a — they make this great Cub Scout tool that I’m crazy about. It’s a length of sharply toothed chain that you can coil it up, and put it in your back pocket. It’s like a — it’s a thin metal cable, and then it has a ring on either end, so you can wrap it around a tree, and by pulling it back and forth, you can saw through a tree. In truth, that’s the most MacGyver item in my shop, I believe.

Other than that, there are many tools in a woodworker’s tool box that can be used to bludgeon bad guys quickly to death.

Q: Before I saw this show, if I were to envision you as an animated character, I would say that it’s pretty close to Axe Cop. So, of all your great co-stars in your other past projects, who would you be most interested in seeing as an animated cop character, and what would be their weapon of choice?

NO: Gosh. It’s a hard one with a long stretch [ph]. Well, I’ve always — my favorite actor is a lady named Megan Mullally, and I’ve always thought it’d be really funny to put a mustache on her and make her a sheriff in a western. She’s got a heck of a swagger, and I suppose — she doesn’t like guns. She’s not a fan of the firearm, so I believe I’d give her the — do you remember that movie Walking Tall with Joe Don Baker from the 70’s?

He makes himself a cudgel the size of an ox’s foreleg. I’d give her something like that, perhaps a large shillelagh. She would walk softly and carry a heck of a big stick.

Q: What about you, Ethan? Any people that you look up to, or are friends with you would like to see in that kind of medium?

EN: I should have been thinking about it the whole time he was answering. I mean, I don’t know if you can — I wouldn’t have said it until I experienced it, but Ken Marino with the flute [he voices the role of “Flute Cop”] is pretty amazing. But, outside of that, man, that’s like I feel really put on the spot. I’m trying to think of—

NO: He’s got a skill [indiscernible].

EN: So many choices. Yes.  I never would have thought that “Flute Cop” would be pretty much — I mean, he’s possibly the funniest character on the show. He’s just so funny, like the delivery of those lines. It really is the team, like the way that Nick and Ken play off each other is so funny.

It really works.  I’m just going to go with that, it’s just like a cheating answer, but—it’s your turn.

NO: It’s a hometown answer.

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Q: Do you watch TV and if so, what?

NO: Gosh. Well, mine’s — now, Ethan, you start thinking now, and mine’s easy. I greatly enjoy the wealth of the menu of available television these days is just an embarrassment of riches. But from my own part, all of the very fortunate opportunities that have come my way really have killed my TV time, and the last few years it’s all I can do to watch Parks and Rec, and then Childrens Hospital, and Axe Cop, the things that my wife and I work on.

If I could take a vacation and just watch TV, I would binge watch Game of Thrones, and the show Ax Men that I’ve not — which I now realize is connected; it’s all connected.  I keep hearing about Ax Men, and I can’t begin to watch it because I know it’ll be like getting sucked into a video game, I’ll go underground for a month, and won’t come up, but it’s crazy.

I mean, all of the amount of great comedy [indiscernible] me right now, it’s astonishing.  [Indiscernible] is amazing, and Broad City, and Last Man on Earth, I catch pieces of those everywhere I can. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, forget about it.

EN: I have an obsession with shows about people who think they like almost died, but then didn’t, like I Shouldn’t Be Alive, I Survived, Surviving Evil, Locked Up Abroad, all of these reality shows, who’s just a person sitting there telling their crazy story where they had a gun pointed at their head and they got away or something. So, I don’t know why, but I’m just like obsessed with those. I watch them like any time a new one pops up on Netflix, I’m watching it.

Outside of that, I really like American Pickers, but I don’t know why. I just like old stuff. I like seeing old stuff and seeing them find it, and Better Call Saul, I like Breaking Bad, and I’m really loving — I love the new Daredevil on Netflix. It’s really awesome.

Q: You’ve done stuff like Gravity Falls and The Lego Movie and Axe Cop. Which do you enjoy? Which do you prefer, voice acting or real acting?

NO: Gosh. Well, first of all, I just want to say in response to Ethan’s last answer, I thought you were being funny when you listed those shows, and then I realized you weren’t, that those must be real shows, and they [indiscernible].

EN: They are.

NO: That’s kind of amazing.  I’ll ask you about them later because I want to see a show that sounds really delicious. People living past almost dying.

I’ve heard of one where they like — they get — people get thrown in prison in Mexico and they make it back kind of show.  Is that [indiscernible]?

EN: Yes. It’d be Locked Up Abroad, it’s always a story about somebody who’d — a lot of them are smuggling, although they’ll end up trying to do some smuggling or tricked into doing a smuggling job, and they end up—they suddenly are on a trip to Rio De Janeiro or some like third world country somewhere and suddenly they’re in prison there for like years, and then they have to try to get back or get out or — it’s crazy.

NO: Yes, but I’ll sit through that. So, if I had to pick one form of acting, it would be live theater.  That’s where I started; that’s where I became a man, ordinarily so — I think I’m still finishing up that job. But, my wife also started in theater, and there’s just nothing more — there’s no greater recompense than the live audience telling you that you’re delivering the medicine, and then their response is my medicine, and for me that’s the greatest.

But, between being seen in my performance or just having my voice work, they’re pretty different. I mean, I don’t know that I could choose between them because one is more like a — doing voice work is more like recording music that people are going to listen to. You’re creating an oral experience using whatever bells and whistles you have in your voice, and you’re intending — you can shut your eyes and use your imagination and nobody’s going to see if the faces you make don’t match the voices you make. And, so that’s a lot of fun.

And, there’s an element of make believe to it, and so in The Lego Movie, for example, I was really happy to get to do this Metalbeard voice that was really strange and somewhat Anglican. I was comforted that they let me not sound like “Ron Swanson” or “Axe Cop,” so that’s a lot of fun. But, I’m a very pretty 12-year-old girl inside like anybody else, so I want people to see my cute haircut, as well.

Q: What was your reaction for Axe Cop getting a Season 2? Were you more surprised or excited?

EN: It’s probably a good combination of both of those. It’s probably hard to discern how much of each. I think, it was a process because it really did go into a limbo there where it seemed like FOX didn’t know what they were going to do with it for a while. Nobody seemed to know where it was going to go, what was going to happen, even with the whole ADHD block. And, then there started to become talk, it was like a slow boil, like it started to be a little bit of talk here of maybe FXX is going to do something or whatever.

Suddenly they’re calling me and they’re — then it just happened, suddenly really fast; they’re making more shows again, and it’s happening, they have a date. And, so yes, I think it’s actually still hitting me that it’s actually really going to — like Season 2’s actually going to happen.

So, yes I’m really excited because I think that these episodes are the best ones they’ve made so far. They’re really good.

NO: That’s good to hear.

Q: Some animated shows have the cast record altogether, and some have them, like Archer, have them record separately. Do you guys record separately or together?

NO: We generally — only in very rare instances do a couple people get together, but the nature of our show is such between the four most prevalent characters, Axe Cop and Ken Marino as “Flute Cop”, Rob Huebel as “Grey Diamond,” and the effervescent Patton Oswalt as “Sockarang,” we’re all running around like complete assholes.

Trying to find our fannies with both hands, and so it’s always — the most desperate scramble and impressive feat of every episode is simply that they manage to record each of us. I mean, I’ve done Axe Cop this year alone in London, Cape Town, South Africa, Calgary, Los Angeles and New York.

So, I cannot get those guys to travel with me, and plead as I might, so it’s — I think it’s a lot more fun — I know I’ve done some Bob’s Burgers, which I would add that to the list of the things I try not to miss. I think that’s such an excellent show, and they often have a group of actors together, and that’s a lot of fun. It’s a luxury if people’s schedules permit it, but the great thing is when you get in the room together, then you start screwing around, and you end up with an extra level of tomfoolery.

Q: You mentioned all the main players, which was Patton and Ken Marino. But are you planning, or can you tease any other guest voices that you might have on this season? Or, is that a no go?

NO: Well, one thing I love about the show, and it reminds me of Childrens Hospital, as well is that when people in our business respond to a show, it is unadulterated fun. No holds barred silliness, with no apparent rules. Actors really respond to that, and so we — I’m always, when they call me and say, oh hey we got — for every little guest spot, hey we got Giancarlo Esposito; we got Jonathan Banks.

And, I haven’t — I don’t know what the status is — I’ve not discussed with the brass what I’m allowed to spill or not, but I will — I’ll give you one small piece of information, and that is Harry Styles, to my knowledge, does not appear in Season 2.

But, if he did, he’d be an incredibly cute furry-nosed wombat with a penchant for snack cakes.  I may be overstepping my bounds here, Ethan, I apologize. By God, we’ll make that wombat sing.

Q: Can you possibly tease any sort of plot lines from Season 2?

EN: I assume we can tease bits and pieces. There are some — a trailer just came out yesterday, so there’s a lot of stuff that they’ve pulled from — I think we’ve got junior cop, the gorilla with gun fists, and the bow tie, [indiscernible].

NO: Gosh.  I can’t wait.

EN: It’s funny, there’s an episode — one episode I really like, and there’s some guest voice actors in it that are amazing that I — just like Nick, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say whose — what voices we’ve got, but we try to write an episode, and we’ve been trying since the beginning to write a “Moon Warriors” episode, and every time we write one, it changes into a different episode that’s not the “Moon Warriors.”

And, once again to try to fix the story, I called my brother to get an origin story for the Vampire Man Baby Kid, who’s the bad guy in the “Moon Warriors” story, this crazy vampire thing that’s like a man on one side, and a baby on the other side, and it kind of fades from baby to man. He is very scary looking. And, then he got such a rich back story that we ended up ditching the “Moon Warriors” again from the story because they just didn’t fit into it, and it’s just this Vampire Man Baby Kid story about his origins on the moon, and so that one’s awesome.

We got Hell Chicken. I don’t know. We got some other stuff coming up. Heaven and Hell, owls, I don’t know. Do you have anything else you want to say, Nick?

NO: No. I mean, that’s a good encapsulation and I — with a show like Axe Cop, it’s — every episode is such a bag of surprises and because there’s no real narrative through line, it seems like teasing the plot — I think it’s very appropriate to say that we will visit some new planets, as well as some locations of legend, like Heaven and Hell.

EN: The world Willy destroyed.

NO: Also, heads will be chopped.

Q: Other than walking upright, and eating coconuts, what other rabbit rules were broken by the rabbit who broke all the rules?

EN: I think that’s the two rules. He broke them.

Q: That’s all of them?

EN: I believe.

NO: It’s as simple — rodents, the rabbit — it lives by two rules.

EN: Two very important rules, though.

NO: That’s why Axe Cop was so upset. Is it that hard to follow two rules?

Q: You said that Malachai’s consulted for advice if the show kind of hits like a dead end, or it needs back stories or something. Has there ever been something that he contributed that has like totally floored you with its complexity, or just something so out of left field that you go, how did you even come up with that?

EN: Well, I think that’s the average response to Malachai, is how did you even come up with that? But, there was — my favorite memory, and I think I have told this story before, but it was one of the first times we called Malachai when we were at ADHD working on the show, actually in Season 1. He got on the phone and he was giving us — he was helping us come up with an ending, and he got going and you could hear him, like he — there was no interrupting him, he was just — you could hear him running around the room talking on the phone and the entire office, like everybody from the whole — all the different rooms at ADHD had come into the conference room, and they were listening to him on speaker.

He had no idea he was gathering this massive audience. So, by the time he got done, he probably went on for 20 minutes, just going — and then he chops at them, and he jumps up here and he goes, I have the power to make all the bad guys escape from prison, and attack you. And, then he goes down this — just on and on and on, and on, and finally super dramatic Axe Cop wins, and then he gets this like standing ovation because he doesn’t realize that now there’s a crowd around the phone listening to him.

So, that was really funny. But, generally, when Malachai gives us his ideas for the show, it’s a whole bunch of stuff that we have to sift through, and it’s way more complicated than you could put on the show. We have to figure out how to — it always helps spark something and often generates new episode ideas, too, like I think the “Grey Diamond” origin. We have an episode where we look more into “Grey Diamond,” and we got a lot of stuff from Malachai on that one, and stuff like Secret Town. There’s actually comics that I’ve drawn that are based on stuff he gave for the show that ended up not fitting into the show, so I just made into a comic. So, yes, he gives us tons of information and tons of stuff to play with when we talk to him.

NO: The kid’s a goddamn gold mine. He’s something else.

Q: And, then Nick, I actually had a somewhat random question to ask you. Your mustache has kind of become like a pop culture icon in and of itself, and I remember watching an interview where you said it’s not about having a mustache or not having it, it’s the journey that it takes to grow one. Is there a favorite part of that journey for you?

NO: No. I mean, the topic of my mustache is a rather insipid one that I’m very grateful that really as a result of the great writing of Parks and Recreation, somehow my mustache came out on top, and my mustache is actually represented by CAA, and I have to be careful what I say on its behalf. But, I’m lucky I guess that I — my hair and whiskers, and also all of my fingernails and toenails continue to grow in a way that is useful and pleasing to me. I hope that continues, but I — when people ask me about it, I do my best to give them something they can write in their journal. And, so to specifically answer your question, I enjoy the entire journey equally.

You know what I enjoy? People say, do you have any tips on growing a mustache like that? I say, yes, there’s one important tip, don’t shave, and that is my favorite part of the journey is I hate shaving. I like to let Mother Nature’s ribbons be unfurled for all the world to see, and so that’s key that I don’t have to shave, scrape my precious soft skin with a sharp piece of steel.

Q: Well, thank you very much.

NO: You’re welcome. Oh, I’ll go on. I’m just getting started.

Q: Well, I’m sure you get asked about it all of the time, but I know that one had been particularly burning at me for a while because I’m a huge fan of yours. So yes, I’m sure you get asked about it, like you said pretty much every time you have an interview.

NO: Well, it’s a funny thing and it’s a — the fact that anyone would ask me about anything reminds me that I’m a very lucky boy with a very lucky job, and so I’m game to have fun with my mustache, as much as the next super cop.

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[Executive Producer] Hend Baghdady: Hi, guys. Thanks so much for your time today. Hi, Nick, and—

NO: Hi, Hend.

HB: Ethan, nice to talk to you guys, and hear you talking. We have so many guest stars because honestly, people come to us and flock to want to participate in the show, and on this season we have people like Sam Elliott, playing “Axe Cop’s” dad, and Kristen Schaal, I’ll surprise you with who she plays, and Clancy Brown and Jack McBrayer, Maria Bamford, Lake Bell, Richard Riehle, June Squibb, Tyler The Creator from Odd Future is making an appearance, Jewel — you remember Jewel, guys? And, Jonathan Banks, and Michael Chiklis, James Adomian, Alfred Molina, and many, many more have joined us to make this run of ten.

NO: I remember Jewel.

HB: You remember Jewel. I mean, in what part she plays?

NO: Yes.

HB: But, we recorded that almost a year ago, it was a long, long time.  But she sings for us, and it’s wonderful.

NO: Hey, Hend, I was going to mention to you just a minute ago, would you be willing to repeat the story of when we all met Malachai, and he tried to have you fired?

HB: Yes. Well, I am a girl and according to Axe Cop, which is really Malachai, girls are on the dumb list, and very stupid, and we were working out of the house at that point. It was in the very, very early stages, and we were all having lunch on a picnic table in the back, and I can’t remember what question was asked, but somebody asked him a question. And, he said, it’s a secret, and I think Nick was like, well, this is a safe place, these are all of the people that work on the show. And, he goes, I will whisper it to you, but she has to leave, she is fired.  And, I had to get up and leave the picnic table.

EN: He made it — or was it — no, it was just you, and it was one other person, I forgot his name.

HB: Todd, maybe?

EN: You guys were together, and he made you guys leave and he wanted —

HB: We left. And, then there was another time where we were actually watching the show at a conference, and he was on the panel and he gave us notes on the final cut to change it back because we had rewritten part of the story that he pitched us on the phone.

And then when I said that this is the final one if it’s airing, like we had to make this change, and he fired me and quit the show. Pretty amazing.

EN: Which makes him sound like super bratty, but he’s actually like —

HB: He’s not — I think it’s just because I’m a girl. I’m a dumb girl.

NO: By the way, everybody, Hend is the super hero of the show. She does — she is the glue and the creative headquarters and makes the whole thing happen. I’m one of her clowns, and I’m grateful to be so, but she works her fingers to the bone, and should be touted.

HB: Oh, thank you. That’s very, very sweet. My pleasure, but yes, I just wanted to let you guys know about the talent, and we’re really so excited to get going with the second round and hopefully we’ll be making many more soon.

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Latest Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Will Make You Forget the Prequelshttp://fanboynation.com/latest-trailer-for-star-wars-the-force-awakens/ http://fanboynation.com/latest-trailer-for-star-wars-the-force-awakens/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:19:09 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31765 Share With Star Wars Celebration currently underway, the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the web, creating a firestorm of anticipation. The trailer gives us very little in the way of story, but it presents a clear look at the action that JJ Abrams aims to bring to the Star Wars Universe. Already, The Force Awakens looks better than any of the prequels.

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With Star Wars Celebration currently underway, the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the web, creating a firestorm of anticipation. The trailer gives us very little in the way of story, but it presents a clear look at the action that JJ Abrams aims to bring to the Star Wars Universe. Already, The Force Awakens looks better than any of the prequels.

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RegalCon 2015 Coming to Anaheim May 8-10http://fanboynation.com/regalcon-2015-coming-to-anaheim-may-8-10/ http://fanboynation.com/regalcon-2015-coming-to-anaheim-may-8-10/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:56:15 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31759 ShareWant to meet the Evil Queen? Who doesn’t want to meet the Evil Queen? Especially with the gorgeous outfits she wears on Once Upon a Time. May 8-10 in Anaheim is a chance for her fans, and for those of Belle, Robin Hood, the Wicked Witch, and more to meet their favorite characters in Anaheim at the Garden Grove Hotel at the first-ever Regal Con. There will be Question and Answer panels, autograph sessions, photo-ops, and meet and greets giving attendees the opportunity to meet with guests from the show and with other fans. According to the press release: CONFIRMED

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Want to meet the Evil Queen? Who doesn’t want to meet the Evil Queen? Especially with the gorgeous outfits she wears on Once Upon a Time. May 8-10 in Anaheim is a chance for her fans, and for those of Belle, Robin Hood, the Wicked Witch, and more to meet their favorite characters in Anaheim at the Garden Grove Hotel at the first-ever Regal Con.

There will be Question and Answer panels, autograph sessions, photo-ops, and meet and greets giving attendees the opportunity to meet with guests from the show and with other fans. According to the press release:

CONFIRMED GUESTS include Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills/The Evil Queen), Emilie de Ravin(Belle French), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Rebecca Mader (Zelena/Wicked Witch), Eion Bailey (August Booth/Pinnochio, Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy),Michael Coleman (Happy), Gil McKinney (Prince Eric), Beverley Elliot (Granny) and David Anders (Dr. Whale).  Joshua Reid-Davis will be acting as Master of Ceremonies.

Special musical guests, 45 Spacer, will also be performing (and debuting new music) at Regal Con on May 8-10th.

In addition to programming with our celebrity guests, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in various activities including trivia and costume contests, VIP mixers, and our very own vendor fair.  Our guests will also have the opportunity to win a full year of Adobe Creative Cloud.

This is a ticketed event with General Admission tickets being offered as well as a 3-day General Admission Pass. Special VIP packages (Regal, Heart, and Feather) are also available that include premium seating, and access to special events such as the Evil Regal Cocktail Party, Saturday Night Ball, and VIP Dinner Banquet. Guests also have the option to book discounted hotel rooms through a special link on our website, http://www.regalcon2015.com.

For more information and ticket purchase please visit http://www.regalcon2015.com or contact the Regal Con 2015 team directly at regalcon2015@yahoo.com for vendor, advertising or sponsorship inquiries.

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‘Unfriended’ is [INSERT FACEBOOK PUN HERE]http://fanboynation.com/unfriended-2015/ http://fanboynation.com/unfriended-2015/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:34:32 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31749 Share As we’ve seen too many times before, the act of cyber-bullying through various social media platforms have led to the suicides of a promising youths. As no other generation has had anything like social media to enter their lives, each of us is a trailblazer in establishing the standards of social media etiquette. We’re all doing a very poor job, by the way. Unsurprisingly, teens are making the most mistakes through social media, and the bizarre nature of the internet can exacerbate the inherent insecurity of a vulnerable teenager seeking to fit into a world they did not create.

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As we’ve seen too many times before, the act of cyber-bullying through various social media platforms have led to the suicides of a promising youths. As no other generation has had anything like social media to enter their lives, each of us is a trailblazer in establishing the standards of social media etiquette. We’re all doing a very poor job, by the way. Unsurprisingly, teens are making the most mistakes through social media, and the bizarre nature of the internet can exacerbate the inherent insecurity of a vulnerable teenager seeking to fit into a world they did not create. But Unfriended isn’t an introspective drama about the evils of cyber-bullying. It’s an exploitation flick that’s just a slight variation on the found footage gimmick, though only slightly better than most prominent found footage films.

The entire film takes place in within the window of Blaire’s (Shelley Henning) Apple laptop. At first she’s watching a LiveLeak video of Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman) committing suicide. The image is heavily pixelated, and though you can see the result in the headline of the video, the bang still invoked a jolt from the person next to me. Next, Blaire’s skyping with her boyfriend Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm), teasing each other with glimpses of flesh. When the couple believes they have complete intimacy, their friends are suddenly joined on a conference call. There’s the chubby, witty computer whiz Ken (Jacob Wysocki); the cranky, crude blonde Jess (Renee Olstead); Jess’s hot-headed, drunken boyfriend Adam (Will Peltz), and an anonymous stranger. Of course, strange things start to happen and secrets are unveiled when Laura Burns’ social media accounts become active on the anniversary of her suicide. When the group suspects that Val Rommel (Courtney Halverson) might be impersonating the deceased, they call her to join the conference call. But embarrassing pictures of drunken partying are uploaded to social media. Is someone playing a cruel prank from the account of the dead girl or is the ghost of Laura Barns actually seeking revenge through social media?

Unfriended is both a throwback to the moralistic slasher films, where teens are slain following engaging in sex and drugs, and is very much a part of the modern horror fare that confuses startling the audience with actually scaring them. It’s a film that punishes its characters for their bad behavior, all of them guilty of premarital sex, underage drinking, or smoking weed. But the film fails to scare, using moments of digitized glitches with jarring, startling sound instead of creating moments of genuine terror.

But while the film didn’t fill me with any sense of terror or dread, for an entire generation of teens who’ve captured private moments on their devices, this might be the scariest flick ever. And for the most part, Unfriended carries itself with enough authenticity in matters of the internet. However, the film includes one unmistakably hilarious moment when Blaire asks, “What’s a troll?” For a film that takes place entirely on a computer screen, which has every character involved immersed in technology and social networks, it’s an attempt to reach out to an audience that would be absolutely repelled by the film and its gimmick – old people.

Working from a script by Nelson Greaves, director Levan Gabriadze is remarkably dedicated to the gimmick that the entire film take place on a single laptop screen. That dedication, however, leads to some real problems with pacing. I’m sorry, but instant messaging and Google searches aren’t inherently cinematic, and Gabriadze doesn’t attempt to make these moments more engaging. Where the film really drops the ball with its premise is when the escalation of events and the revealing of intimate secrets leads to 4 white kids yelling at each other over Skype. It’s horrifying in a completely different way than intended.

Unfriended is a Blumhouse film through and through. It’s a film that has an intriguing concept, middling execution, and was made on the cheap. None of that is necessarily a knock, per se, more just an admission that even though I love that Blumhouse is a production company churning out low-budget genre films that open doors for young writers and directors, it hasn’t consistently released entertaining or engaging genre fare. Unfriended is step above the rest in terms of found footage cinema, and that’s just about it. Most of all, Unfriended is a film that can’t figure out if it wants to be a fun exploitation movie or a serious horror film about bullying. Had it made a stand in either direction, Unfriended would be something more than just alright.

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Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment Signs First-Look Deal with Universalhttp://fanboynation.com/kirkmans-skybound-entertainment-signs-first-look-deal-with-universal/ http://fanboynation.com/kirkmans-skybound-entertainment-signs-first-look-deal-with-universal/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:35:59 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31744 ShareOur good friends over at THR are reporting that Robert Kirkman has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Universal Pictures. The deal includes all Skybound titles, except the Cinemax optioned-through-a-bidding-war-before-it-was-even-published Outcast presumably. Kirkman founded the imprint of Image comics, of which he is a partner, in 2010, and has since published all of his titles, as well as Brandon Seifert and artist Lukas Ketner’s Witch Doctor through the imprint. Kirkman and his fellow executive producer of The Walking Dead, David Alpert, have partnered for this deal. “In high school I watched Army of Darkness pretty much every night before bed,

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Our good friends over at THR are reporting that Robert Kirkman has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Universal Pictures. The deal includes all Skybound titles, except the Cinemax optioned-through-a-bidding-war-before-it-was-even-published Outcast presumably.

Kirkman founded the imprint of Image comics, of which he is a partner, in 2010, and has since published all of his titles, as well as Brandon Seifert and artist Lukas Ketner’s Witch Doctor through the imprint. Kirkman and his fellow executive producer of The Walking Dead, David Alpert, have partnered for this deal.

“In high school I watched Army of Darkness pretty much every night before bed, so I’ve seen that Universal logo steering around the planet we call home about a thousand times,” said Kirkman. “The idea of producing movies that will bear that logo is just unbelievably awesome. We couldn’t find better partners than the team at Universal. I believe this partnership is going to help David and I achieve all the goals we set out to accomplish when we founded Skybound five years ago.”

Kirkman has had great luck with his properties in recent years, with the aforementioned Outcast, and the certified ratings smash The Walking Dead, as well as its already-renewed-for-a-second-season prequel Fear The Walking Dead, so this deal is unsurprising.

“Robert and David have proven themselves to be incredible storytellers in a wide range of mediums, and we are thrilled to be Skybound’s partner in the feature realm. We feel confident that their wealth of ideas and expertise will lead to exciting, provocative films for our slate,” said Universal co-presidents of production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum.

Skybound already has TV projects in the works at Cinemax (Outcast), Syfy (Clone), and AMC (Thief of Thieves), on top of the two Walking Dead series.

Could we be seeing Invincible sharing the big screen with the likes of The Avengers, Batman, Superman, and the others? Could this be the beginning of a Skybound shared universe? Stay tuned and see.

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Wasting No Time, Warner Bros. Has Hired Its Director for ‘Wonder Woman’http://fanboynation.com/wb-wonder-woman-director/ http://fanboynation.com/wb-wonder-woman-director/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:29:12 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31739 Share Warner Bros. has wasted little time in finding a replacement for director for Wonder Woman following Michelle MacLaren’s shocking departure from the film earlier this week. Just now, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that director Patty Jenkins, who was at one point attached to Thor: The Dark World before departing in a similar fashion to MacLaren, has been tapped to take on the DC character. Jenkins is best known for directing 2003’s Monster, which featured an Oscar-winning performance by Charlize Theron. Amazing, though, Jenkins has not directed another feature film since, working exclusively in television directing episodes of Entourage

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Warner Bros. has wasted little time in finding a replacement for director for Wonder Woman following Michelle MacLaren’s shocking departure from the film earlier this week. Just now, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that director Patty Jenkins, who was at one point attached to Thor: The Dark World before departing in a similar fashion to MacLaren, has been tapped to take on the DC character.

Jenkins is best known for directing 2003’s Monster, which featured an Oscar-winning performance by Charlize Theron. Amazing, though, Jenkins has not directed another feature film since, working exclusively in television directing episodes of Entourage and The Killing. Gal Gadot is still attached as Wonder Woman and the film is still slated for a 2017 release.

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When Heroes Go Bad – ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’ Trailer Debutshttp://fanboynation.com/when-heroes-go-bad-justice-league-gods-and-monsters-trailer-debuts/ http://fanboynation.com/when-heroes-go-bad-justice-league-gods-and-monsters-trailer-debuts/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:11:02 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31733 ShareWe know Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to be three of the greatest heroes of all time, but what if they weren’t? The newest animated feature from DC/Warner Brothers asks just that question. In Justice League: Gods and Monsters, the Justice League is above the law, using extreme force in the name of justice, and a brilliant scientist, Lex Luthor, leads the charge to take them down. The feature comes from the mind of renowned Batman producer/animator, Mr. Bruce Timm, director and DC Animation veteran Sam Liu, with a script by Alan Burnett from a story by Timm and Burnett.

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jlgm-group06jpg-806cce_624wWe know Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to be three of the greatest heroes of all time, but what if they weren’t? The newest animated feature from DC/Warner Brothers asks just that question.

In Justice League: Gods and Monsters, the Justice League is above the law, using extreme force in the name of justice, and a brilliant scientist, Lex Luthor, leads the charge to take them down. The feature comes from the mind of renowned Batman producer/animator, Mr. Bruce Timm, director and DC Animation veteran Sam Liu, with a script by Alan Burnett from a story by Timm and Burnett. The all-star cast includes Benjamin Bratt as Superman, Michael C. Hall as Batman, Tamara Taylor as Wonder Woman, Paget Brewster as Lois Lane, C. Thomas Howell as Dr. Will Magnus, and Jason Isaacs as Luthor.

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

Journey to a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet — but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. In this alternate universe, Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League — but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows? It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?”

Justice League: Gods and Monsters is available July 28th, 2015 on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

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Spoiler Filled Preview of Today’s ‘Bloodshot: Reborn #1′http://fanboynation.com/spoiler-filled-preview-of-todays-bloodshot-reborn-1/ http://fanboynation.com/spoiler-filled-preview-of-todays-bloodshot-reborn-1/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:45:45 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31724 ShareThe original copy for Bloodshot: Reborn #1 that featured alongside advance previews wasn’t very spoilery, nor was the art. Panels were left mostly blank in some instances, with some panels censored completely, and now we know why. Big spoilers ahead. Following Jeff Lemire’s torturous run on The Valiant, a depowered Bloodshot is living in a motel, drinking his life away. Haunted by the violence he’s brought about, he is visited by a strange figure. A strange figure drawn by Lemire himself. A hallucinatory cartoon version of himself called Bloodsquirt. Lemire will be sharing art duties with Mico Suayan for the

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BSRB_001_COVER-A_DOE1-600x923The original copy for Bloodshot: Reborn #1 that featured alongside advance previews wasn’t very spoilery, nor was the art. Panels were left mostly blank in some instances, with some panels censored completely, and now we know why. Big spoilers ahead.

Following Jeff Lemire’s torturous run on The Valiant, a depowered Bloodshot is living in a motel, drinking his life away. Haunted by the violence he’s brought about, he is visited by a strange figure. A strange figure drawn by Lemire himself. A hallucinatory cartoon version of himself called Bloodsquirt.

Lemire will be sharing art duties with Mico Suayan for the foreseeable future, as Valiant tells us this isn’t the last we’ll see of Bloodsquirt, and that there will be more Bloodsquirt news in the future. Could this be the break out character find of 2015? Could Bloodsquirt be getting his own series? Could Bloodshot: Reborn be the weirdest book Valiant publishes? Probably yes to all three.

Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the heads up.

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Bloodshot: Reborn #1 hits comic shops today.

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Claire and Geillis go on Trial in These New Clips From ‘Outlander’http://fanboynation.com/outlander-episode-11-clips/ http://fanboynation.com/outlander-episode-11-clips/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:14:18 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31716 ShareThe crowds have gathered around the thieves hole, as Claire and Geillis go on trial for witchcraft in this week’s episode of Outlander, The Devil’s Mark. Tune in for one of the most anticipated episodes this season, where secrets and lies are finally revealed and big decisions are made. Will Jamie make it in time to rescue Claire, before Geillis’ secret is revealed? Outlander airs every Saturday on Starz.

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image002The crowds have gathered around the thieves hole, as Claire and Geillis go on trial for witchcraft in this week’s episode of Outlander, The Devil’s Mark. Tune in for one of the most anticipated episodes this season, where secrets and lies are finally revealed and big decisions are made. Will Jamie make it in time to rescue Claire, before Geillis’ secret is revealed?

Outlander airs every Saturday on Starz.

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Syfy Greenlights ‘Geeks Who Drink’ with Zachary Levi as Hosthttp://fanboynation.com/syfy-greenlights-geeks-who-drink-with-zachary-levi-as-host/ http://fanboynation.com/syfy-greenlights-geeks-who-drink-with-zachary-levi-as-host/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:00:19 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31713 Share Geeks Who Drink is a popular pub quiz held around the country in nearly 600 bars in 35 states. Now it’s a TV quiz show as well. Syfy has announced that Zachary Levi (Chuck, Heroes Reborn) will executive produce and host a televised version of the quiz, through his production arm, the Nerd Machine. The show will follow the rules of the pub quiz, pitting two teams of self-proclaimed geeks against one another in a rapid fire barrage of trivia questions covering topics such as science fiction, comics, and other pop culture mainstays. Each team will consist of three

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Geeks Who Drink is a popular pub quiz held around the country in nearly 600 bars in 35 states. Now it’s a TV quiz show as well. Syfy has announced that Zachary Levi (Chuck, Heroes Reborn) will executive produce and host a televised version of the quiz, through his production arm, the Nerd Machine.

The show will follow the rules of the pub quiz, pitting two teams of self-proclaimed geeks against one another in a rapid fire barrage of trivia questions covering topics such as science fiction, comics, and other pop culture mainstays. Each team will consist of three players, a celebrity captain and two trivia pros. After three rounds, the winning team will earn bragging rights, and a spot on the Geeks Who Drink leaderboard, as well as plenty of geeky prizes.

“Not only is Zachary a spectacular talent both in front of and behind the camera, he lives and breathes geekdom and is a true pioneer in bringing the nerd community together,” said Heather Olander, SVP, Alternative Programming and Development, Syfy. “As executive producer and host of this series, Zachary has the unparalleled ability to introduce the beloved bar game to the masses, inviting viewers at home to experience the infectious joy of the game for themselves.”

Added Levi: “To be the executive producer and host of Geeks Who Drink is an exciting opportunity to broaden my experience on both sides of the camera. Geeks Who Drink is such a fresh take on the game show genre, and something that we at The Nerd Machine believe will resonate with everyone who loves trivia and pop culture. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the teams at Syfy, Kinetic Content and Condé Nast Entertainment.”

Geeks Who Drink premieres on Syfy July 16th.

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New ‘Deadpool’ Set Photos Show Reynolds No Worse For Wear After Accidenthttp://fanboynation.com/new-deadpool-set-photos/ http://fanboynation.com/new-deadpool-set-photos/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:45:53 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31700 ShareJust days after Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds was hit by a paparazzi’s car in a hotel parking lot, Just Jared has captured these photos of him, or maybe his stunt double, in action on set in Vancouver, British Columbia. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested, and Reynolds can now go on with the show. “After considering a variety of options and criminal charges, police arrested a 52-year-old Richmond resident and have recommended charges of intimidation. He is currently in custody,” Vancouver Police shared in a statement. The police added, “During the confrontation, the driver struck the victim with

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Just days after Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds was hit by a paparazzi’s car in a hotel parking lot, Just Jared has captured these photos of him, or maybe his stunt double, in action on set in Vancouver, British Columbia. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested, and Reynolds can now go on with the show.

“After considering a variety of options and criminal charges, police arrested a 52-year-old Richmond resident and have recommended charges of intimidation. He is currently in custody,” Vancouver Police shared in a statement.

The police added, “During the confrontation, the driver struck the victim with his car as he fled the lot. There were no significant injuries sustained as a result of the contact.”

The photos also give us a glimpse of the actor portraying Colossus in his motion capture suit.

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Deadpool breaks the fourth wall on February 12th, 2016.

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Matthew Vaughn Reportedly in Talks to Direct ‘Flash Gordon’http://fanboynation.com/matthew-vaughn-reportedly-in-talks-to-direct-flash-gordon/ http://fanboynation.com/matthew-vaughn-reportedly-in-talks-to-direct-flash-gordon/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:22:26 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31693 ShareIn an “exclusive” (well, not so much anymore) story on THR, it is being reported that fresh off of his bonafied hit, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn is being sought by Twentieth Century Fox to direct a live action adaptation of the adventure strip Flash Gordon. The studio optioned the rights over a year ago, after producer John Davis secured the rights from King Features Syndicate and Hearst Publications. This isn’t the first foray into film for the iconic adventure strip character; three popular Buster Crabbe serials and a 1980 film known more for its Queen soundtrack precedes it.

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flash gordon 1In an “exclusive” (well, not so much anymore) story on THR, it is being reported that fresh off of his bonafied hit, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn is being sought by Twentieth Century Fox to direct a live action adaptation of the adventure strip Flash Gordon.

The studio optioned the rights over a year ago, after producer John Davis secured the rights from King Features Syndicate and Hearst Publications. This isn’t the first foray into film for the iconic adventure strip character; three popular Buster Crabbe serials and a 1980 film known more for its Queen soundtrack precedes it. Flash Gordon was also a big influence on George Lucas and his Star Wars films, especially the dogfights from the serials.

Flash Gordon has been a major influence on many comic artists as well, mostly due to creator Alex Raymond’s unique and fluid style. Created in 1934, Flash Gordon and his adventures fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless have appeared in newspapers, comics, television, and film.

The film’s script was written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, from a treatment by Nolfi.

Vaughn has become a highly sought after director after Kingsmen, another comic based film, brought in almost 400 million in worldwide box office receipts, with a budget of 81 million. Vaughn is known for directing great translations of comics on film, with the Kick-Ass franchise and X-Men: First Class both being extremely fun adaptations

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Doctor Who coming to Disney XDhttp://fanboynation.com/doctor-who-coming-to-disney-dx/ http://fanboynation.com/doctor-who-coming-to-disney-dx/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:11:43 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31695 ShareBBC’s world-renowned science fiction drama “Doctor Who” will premiere on Disney XD beginning SATURDAY, MAY 9 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). Disney XD, home to other top-rated action adventure programming including Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars Rebels” and Marvel Television’s animated series, has picked up seasons two through four of the global sci-fi hit. The landmark series depicts the adventures of the Doctor (played by David Tennant), a Time Lord who travels through space and time in his TARDIS combatting various enemies to save civilizations around the universe. On Saturday, May 9, Disney XD will feature a preview airing of “Doctor Who” (season two,

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BBC’s world-renowned science fiction drama “Doctor Who” will premiere on Disney XD beginning SATURDAY, MAY 9 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). Disney XD, home to other top-rated action adventure programming including Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars Rebels” and Marvel Television’s animated series, has picked up seasons two through four of the global sci-fi hit. The landmark series depicts the adventures of the Doctor (played by David Tennant), a Time Lord who travels through space and time in his TARDIS combatting various enemies to save civilizations around the universe.

On Saturday, May 9, Disney XD will feature a preview airing of “Doctor Who” (season two, episode one – “New Earth”)

David Tennant and Billie Piper, photo by Mike Hogan of the BBC

David Tennant and Billie Piper, photo by Mike Hogan of the BBC

Following the Disney XD premiere of “Fantastic Four” (6:45 p.m., ET/PT). In “New Earth,” the Doctor and Rose board the TARDIS for new adventures in time and space. But when they visit mankind’s new home, far in the future, they find gruesome secrets hidden inside a luxury hospital. And an enemy thought long since dead, the paper-thin Cassandra, is out for revenge.

Season Two, “Adventures in time and space,” will continue to rollout on Disney XD beginning Saturday, June 13. The special week-long programming event will give fans eight episodes airing daily Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20. Beginning June 14, episodes will also be available on the WATCH Disney XD app, which allows consumers to watch on tablets, phones, computers and connected TVs.

Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD said, “It has been a pleasure working with BBC and we are thrilled that their hallmark drama series ‘Doctor Who’ is joining the Disney XD programming line-up. This iconic series features the high-quality, high-stakes action and adventure storytelling that our viewers love. The show headlines one of the most charismatic lead characters in television in the form of the Doctor and showcases a compelling rogues’ gallery of villains from around the universe.”

“Disney XD is recognized for its family-friendly programming making the channel a great partner to introduce the David Tennant seasons of ‘Doctor Who’ to a new generation of viewers,” said Matt Forde, EVP Sales & Co-productions, TV, BBC Worldwide North America.

“Doctor Who” originally ran on British television for 26 seasons between 1963 and 1989, before it was re-launched in 2005. Following the phenomenal success of the first season of the re-launched version that took British television by storm in 2005, the second installment is full of new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new monsters. Together, the Doctor and Rose (played by Billie Piper) travel back in time to the Highlands of Scotland to find Queen Victoria confronted by a terrifying Werewolf, and into the future where an evil team of humanoid-feline nuns hide a sinister secret at the heart of their hospital. A spaceship in the future holds a doorway to 18th Century France, where lethal Clockwork Droids stalk Versailles, and back on 21st-century Earth the human race is threatened by an army of emotionless Cybermen. The second installment was produced by BBC in association with CBC.

Disney XD is a basic cable channel and multi-platform brand showcasing a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for kids age 6-11, hyper-targeting boys and transporting them into worlds full of humor, unexpected fun and inspiring action-filled adventures. Disney XD-branded content spans television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser supported network that reaches over 80 million households via its basic cable and satellite affiliates. In total, there are 31 Disney XD channels available in 25 languages around the world.

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operating in the U.S. and Canada. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company operates channels, a production arm, consumer products and a digital business, in addition to handling sales & co-productions. Under these businesses fall two key brands in the U.S. – digital cable channel BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide Productions, the production arm responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars.

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James Gunn says the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ Soundtrack is Even Better Than the Firsthttp://fanboynation.com/guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-soundtrack-better-than-the-first/ http://fanboynation.com/guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-soundtrack-better-than-the-first/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:58:51 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31680 Share In this interview with Entertainment Tonight James Gunn shares his feelings on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and surprisingly isn’t feeling the pressure, except for when it comes to Awesome Mix volume 2. Originally people kept asking me, ‘Don’t you feel a lot of pressure to do the second movie?’ and I didn’t in general,” Gunn told ETonline at the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere on Monday. “But I did feel a little pressure for the soundtrack because so many people loved it and we went platinum and all that other stuff. But I feel like the soundtrack in

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In this interview with Entertainment Tonight James Gunn shares his feelings on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and surprisingly isn’t feeling the pressure, except for when it comes to Awesome Mix volume 2.

Originally people kept asking me, ‘Don’t you feel a lot of pressure to do the second movie?’ and I didn’t in general,” Gunn told ETonline at the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere on Monday. “But I did feel a little pressure for the soundtrack because so many people loved it and we went platinum and all that other stuff. But I feel like the soundtrack in the second one is better. I feel like it’s better, so I’m excited about it.”

With Awesome Mix volume 1 being so well received, its multiple platforms, including a limited edition cassette, taking it platinum, it is understandable why Gunn is a little wary, and excited for the fans to hear it. With the sequel just a couple of short years away, Gunn is locking himself away to begin writing the script.

“I’m just about to start the screenplay so it’s a heavy time. I’m going to lock myself away. I’m not going to see anybody. Going to become very very stinky. Going to eat a lot of crap food and not have much of a life for a little while, while I’m working on the screenplay,” said Gunn. “But I’m really excited about it and I feel really good about the story. It really is something unique, so I feel good about it.”

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 flies into theaters on May 5th, 2017.

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TOMORROWLAND / “Vision of Tomorrow” Featurettehttp://fanboynation.com/tomorrowland-vision-of-tomorrow-featurette/ http://fanboynation.com/tomorrowland-vision-of-tomorrow-featurette/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:54:00 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31685 Share From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to

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Tomorrowland Teaser PosterFrom Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

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‘Revolution’ to Wrap Up in Four Issue Digital Comichttp://fanboynation.com/revolution-to-wrap-up-in-four-issue-digital-comic/ http://fanboynation.com/revolution-to-wrap-up-in-four-issue-digital-comic/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:29:17 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31674 ShareAfter two seasons, fan-favorite TV series, Revolution, ended, leaving fans scratching their heads due to the many story threads that weren’t resolved. Well, those fans can rest easy, as the original creative team behind the series, including Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O’Bannon, and Jon Favreau, have teamed with DC Comics to launch a four issue digital comic mini series that will continue, and ultimately resolve the dangling plot threads left after the series finale. Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott are returning to handle scripting duties, alongside artist Angel Hernandez. The mini series will roll

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After two seasons, fan-favorite TV series, Revolution, ended, leaving fans scratching their heads due to the many story threads that weren’t resolved. Well, those fans can rest easy, as the original creative team behind the series, including Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O’Bannon, and Jon Favreau, have teamed with DC Comics to launch a four issue digital comic mini series that will continue, and ultimately resolve the dangling plot threads left after the series finale.

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The Revolution writer’s room at work

Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott are returning to handle scripting duties, alongside artist Angel Hernandez. The mini series will roll out every two weeks beginning May 4th, exclusively on www.comicbook.com, before going up on the show’s Facebook page one week later. In addition, fans can use the #RevolutionComic hashtag on Twitter for more information.

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Revolution creator/executive producer, Eric Kripke, had this message for the fans of the series:

Dear Revolutionaries, Patriots, and Soldiers of the Monroe Militia,

So first of all—thank you.  Seriously.  Sincerely.  The loyalty you’ve shown REVOLUTION these past months has been touching and overwhelming — it’s meant more to me than you’ll ever know.  And in case you were wondering — yes, we’ve been listening.  We’ve read the tweets.  We’ve seen the incredible petition.  We’ve followed #RelocateRevolution.  Please know that you’ve been heard.

And solely because of your efforts, we wanted to pay you back—to give you something fantastic.  And while, unfortunately, we simply can’t make more episodes of the show (alas, there are financial realities we can’t overcome), we can do the next best thing.  Which is end the story.  On our terms.  Exactly the way we would have.

So J.J., Jon and I are pleased and proud to announce the REVOLUTION endgame:  a four-issue series coming soon from DC Comics.  If you take a look at the attached photo, you’ll see that we brought back the entire writing staff to work on it.  The band’s back together!  (And if you study the photo closely, you’ll notice a certain young, plucky Matheson who also joined us).  Everyone has generously agreed to work for little or no money.  They’re doing it, because like you, they’re passionate about this story and want to see it end correctly.

So stay tuned.  We’ve got lots of work to do.  We’ll keep you posted—in the coming months, you can expect more details, sneak peeks, and early artwork.  But Miles, Monroe, Rachel, Charlie, Aaron, Neville and the rest will return for the epic finale to the REVOLUTION storyline.  We hope you’re as excited as we are.

And again—thank you.  This is because of you.  This is for you.

Much love,
Kripke

Revolution returns May 4th.

From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and Warner Bros. Television, Revolution was a post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama series that centered around one family’s struggle to survive 15 years after a mysterious worldwide blackout. Created by Eric Kripke and executive produced by Kripke, Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O’Bannon and Jon Favreau, the series was produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television.

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Netflix Renews ‘Orange is the New Black’ for a Fourth Seasonhttp://fanboynation.com/oitnb-season-4/ http://fanboynation.com/oitnb-season-4/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:11:17 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31670 Share This certainly isn’t unexpected. With the Season 3 premiere date less than 2 months away, Netflix has proudly announced that they’ve already renewed Orange is the New Black for a fourth season that will air in 2016. Of course, this is hardly surprising as OITNB has been one of the flagship series for the streaming service. In conjunction with the announcement of the renewal, Netflix has also unveiled a new clip from the third season of the prison comedy-drama which hits the streaming service on June 12, 2015. Here’s the announcement from Netflix: Piper, Red, Crazy Eyes, Taystee, Poussey,

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This certainly isn’t unexpected. With the Season 3 premiere date less than 2 months away, Netflix has proudly announced that they’ve already renewed Orange is the New Black for a fourth season that will air in 2016. Of course, this is hardly surprising as OITNB has been one of the flagship series for the streaming service. In conjunction with the announcement of the renewal, Netflix has also unveiled a new clip from the third season of the prison comedy-drama which hits the streaming service on June 12, 2015.

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Here’s the announcement from Netflix:

Piper, Red, Crazy Eyes, Taystee, Poussey, Sophia, Nicky, Daya, Gloria, Big Boo, Pennsatucky and all of Litchfield’s ladies are back for more drama and laughter…as Alex makes her return and a new inmate, Stella (Ruby Rose) joins the gang.

And there will be more! Netflix today announced that there will be a season four of the series, coming exclusively to Netflix in 2016.

Orange is the New Black has garnered more than 20 awards including three Emmy Awards, two SAG Awards, two AFI honors, three Critic’s Choice Television Awards, one NAACP Image Award, one PGA Award, two GLAAD Media Awards, and is a recipient of a Peabody Award and a Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Award.  Viewers can catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 exclusively on Netflix at netflix.com/OITNB.

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CAD and FanboyNation Present: Spotlight on Vertigo Quarterly: SFX Writer David Winnickhttp://fanboynation.com/cad-vertigo-writer-david-winnick-interview/ http://fanboynation.com/cad-vertigo-writer-david-winnick-interview/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:54:24 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31639 ShareComics After Dark and FanboyNation brings you A Spotlight On David Winnick (@DavidWinnick) We break down David’s first exposure to comics, sum up his comic class at Chapman University, his experiences writing for Wizard Magazine and Comic Book Resources, his career in short stories, and finally, his part in the upcoming Vertigo’s Annual Quarterly. So come along as we talk about the amazing journey of David Winnick. Make sure you ask your comic shop for Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1, set for release on April 29th, 2015. DON’T FORGET! Follow our Network on Twitter @RattHaus and IG @RattHausProductions Follow the show

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Comics After Dark and FanboyNation brings you A Spotlight On David Winnick (@DavidWinnick)

We break down David’s first exposure to comics, sum up his comic class at Chapman University, his experiences writing for Wizard Magazine and Comic Book Resources, his career in short stories, and finally, his part in the upcoming Vertigo’s Annual Quarterly. So come along as we talk about the amazing journey of David Winnick.

Make sure you ask your comic shop for Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1, set for release on April 29th, 2015.

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YES. ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ Returns to Televisionhttp://fanboynation.com/yes-celebrity-deathmatch-returns-to-television/ http://fanboynation.com/yes-celebrity-deathmatch-returns-to-television/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:35:33 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31665 Share We already brought you news of MTV’s ‘Scream‘ series earlier today, but the former Music Television news don’t stop there. THR reports that eight years after its final episode aired on our screens, Celebrity Deathmatch is coming back to MTV2. Celebrity Deathmatch originally ran for six seasons spread out over nine years, bringing us the goriest, most brutal clay animation ever seen on television. The network has ordered a pilot from original creator Eric Fogel and Wasteland Entertainment, with Chris McCarthy and Paul Ricci as executive producers. The new Celebrity Deathmatch “will again feature animated no-holds-barred fantasy fights between

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We already brought you news of MTV’s ‘Scream‘ series earlier today, but the former Music Television news don’t stop there. THR reports that eight years after its final episode aired on our screens, Celebrity Deathmatch is coming back to MTV2.

Celebrity Deathmatch originally ran for six seasons spread out over nine years, bringing us the goriest, most brutal clay animation ever seen on television. The network has ordered a pilot from original creator Eric Fogel and Wasteland Entertainment, with Chris McCarthy and Paul Ricci as executive producers.

The new Celebrity Deathmatch “will again feature animated no-holds-barred fantasy fights between infamous figures from entertainment and pop culture and will be reimagined for a social media world and hourly Twitter wars.”

An image, while worth a thousand words, really won’t do it justice, so here’s a clip.

 

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‘Guardians’ Writer Nicole Perlman Joins Meg LeFauve to Write ‘Captain Marvel’http://fanboynation.com/captain-marvel-finds-writers/ http://fanboynation.com/captain-marvel-finds-writers/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:56:03 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31662 Share Marvel’s first female led film has tapped Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Pixar’s Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve to pen its script, according to THR. Marvel’s cinematic universe mastermind, Kevin Feige, liked both of their separate pitches for Captain Marvel, and has decided to combine them, making Perlman and LeFauve a writing team. Perlman was a part of Marvel’s early screenwriting program where she worked on a draft of the GotG script. LeFauve is a producer with Inside Out as her first writing credit. The film has yet to find a director or cast, despite what

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Marvel’s first female led film has tapped Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Pixar’s Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve to pen its script, according to THR. Marvel’s cinematic universe mastermind, Kevin Feige, liked both of their separate pitches for Captain Marvel, and has decided to combine them, making Perlman and LeFauve a writing team.

Perlman was a part of Marvel’s early screenwriting program where she worked on a draft of the GotG script. LeFauve is a producer with Inside Out as her first writing credit. The film has yet to find a director or cast, despite what Screenrant has to say. Marvel had made a big deal about finding a female writer for the film, and now they have two.

Marvel’s Captain Marvel hits theaters July 6th, 2018.

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Has ‘Constantine’ Been Cancelled? (UPDATED)http://fanboynation.com/has-constantine-been-cancelled/ http://fanboynation.com/has-constantine-been-cancelled/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:11:53 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31657 ShareNBC’s Constantine has been a decent show that just didn’t seem to catch on. The ratings slipped week after week, even with Syfy’s reruns seemingly gaining viewers. With so many high profile comic based shows maybe it just got lost in the shuffle. It had a phenomenal social media presence, and the fans have been rallying, using the #SaveConstantine hashtag, but it may all be for nought. According to a credible source at Buzzfeed (Some of their sources are actually credible. I know, it shocks me too!), the show is on the chopping block. Kate Aurthur stated that she had

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NBC’s Constantine has been a decent show that just didn’t seem to catch on. The ratings slipped week after week, even with Syfy’s reruns seemingly gaining viewers. With so many high profile comic based shows maybe it just got lost in the shuffle. It had a phenomenal social media presence, and the fans have been rallying, using the #SaveConstantine hashtag, but it may all be for nought. According to a credible source at Buzzfeed (Some of their sources are actually credible. I know, it shocks me too!), the show is on the chopping block. Kate Aurthur stated that she had fact checked with the networks before publishing the piece.

At least in her original post it was. She’s since changed her tune a bit, saying,

So, IS Constantine cancelled? I guess we’ll still have to wait to find out. #SaveConstantine

UPDATE:

Executive Producer Daniel Cerone has released a statement to www.comicbook.com clarifying things a bit.

I just received confirmation from the corporate offices at NBC. I was assured that Constantine has not been canceled and our pitch meeting to discuss a potential second season remains on the books. By the way, this is a pitch meeting involving the president of Warner Bros and and the entertainment heads of NBC. Nobody at this incredibly busy time of the development season has time to waste taking pointless meetings.

Now, is it fair to say that Constantine is a long shot? Sure, that’s fair to say. While we marginally improved a tough time slot for NBC, we’re a very expensive show to produce. A lot of NBC’s decision making will not doubt hinge on their new pilots and how they feel those new shows would fare as a companion piece to Grimm, versus a second season of Constantine.

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First Looks at Luke Cage and The Purple Man on the Set of ‘AKA Jessica Jones’http://fanboynation.com/luke-cage-the-purple-man-on-set/ http://fanboynation.com/luke-cage-the-purple-man-on-set/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:48:07 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31653 ShareWith everybody (mostly) enjoying a Daredevil high, Netflix has a certifiable hit on its hands. Now everybody is wondering what to expect from AKA Jessica Jones. Information is beginning to trickle out, with the reveal of David Tennant’s Purple Man, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, and other casting announcements. But now we have a good look at both of them in character. DefendersTV tweeted these photos of Colter, alongside Krysten Ritter as the titular hero. I get that they ditched the tiara, but can we at least have the yellow shirt? First look at #mikecolter as @LukeCage in @marvel‘s @JessicaJones set!!

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With everybody (mostly) enjoying a Daredevil high, Netflix has a certifiable hit on its hands. Now everybody is wondering what to expect from AKA Jessica Jones. Information is beginning to trickle out, with the reveal of David Tennant’s Purple Man, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, and other casting announcements. But now we have a good look at both of them in character.

DefendersTV tweeted these photos of Colter, alongside Krysten Ritter as the titular hero. I get that they ditched the tiara, but can we at least have the yellow shirt?

And we finally get a glimpse of Zebadiah Kilgrave wearing his signature color in this on-set photo from Koray Ersin on Instagram. Whether he’ll just be in a purple suit, or wearing purple skin is yet to be seen, but I have a feeling the outfit makes the man in this case.

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The 4th Annual Northern California Moustache and Beard Competition – Like a Comic Convention, But Hairierhttp://fanboynation.com/fourth-annual-norcal-mustache-and-beard-competition/ http://fanboynation.com/fourth-annual-norcal-mustache-and-beard-competition/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:27:19 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30502 ShareI’ve had a beard on and off for over a decade. I started growing it because I was lazy, honestly. I hated the expense of shaving cream and razors, and despised the act of shaving. I just didn’t have the time. It became something that defined me in many ways, helped me to stand out in a crowd. Well, those days are long over. In recent years there have been more and more men growing facial hair, with beards and mustaches forming the basis for clubs across the world. Now, it’s almost as if it’s become a movement. Who knows

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I’ve had a beard on and off for over a decade. I started growing it because I was lazy, honestly. I hated the expense of shaving cream and razors, and despised the act of shaving. I just didn’t have the time. It became something that defined me in many ways, helped me to stand out in a crowd.

Well, those days are long over. In recent years there have been more and more men growing facial hair, with beards and mustaches forming the basis for clubs across the world. Now, it’s almost as if it’s become a movement. Who knows why facial hair has become so accepted and widely appreciated. Maybe it’s a backlash against the Metrosexual fad of a decade ago. I’m just spitballing here. Either way, it’s now more than a fad, for many it’s a way of life.

Competitive Bearding began in Europe, though it’s disputed exactly where, but most believe it was in 1990 when the First Höfener Beard Club (1. Höfener Bartclub) held the first world championship in its hometown of Höfen/Enz in Germany. Over the years it has spread outward to other countries, with competitions in Ireland and Sacramento this past weekend alone. My brother competes, and has for the last few years, even going as far as the World Championships in Germany two years ago.

We had decided to make the trip up north to the Mustache and Beard Social Club hosted 4th Annual Northern California Mustache and Beard Competition in Old Town Sacramento at the California State Railroad Museum; him to compete, and me for support. I’ve been to smaller comps, here in Los Angeles, but had no idea what to expect from this one.

Jeffrey Moustache and MJ Johnson Photo credit: author

Jeffrey Moustache and MJ Johnson
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The thing is, it was a lot like a comic convention. The two scenes are eerily similar. The camaraderie displayed was awesome; everyone was accepted no matter their gender or follicular state. There was a young girl I met in line who had a beard, and was nervous about how people would react to her wanting to enter the competition. Guess what? She had the most applause of the evening, and won third place in her category. The only other place I’ve been where people were as accepting are comic conventions.

Bonds were formed within minutes of meeting, with friendships growing as the weekend progressed. I’ve seen this before, when my brother was in a motorcycle accident and the beard world stepped up, hosting a fundraiser to help with medical bills. I’ve seen the same when a comic creator is in need, with fans and other creators donating time and money to help out of a shared love of the medium.

And then there’s cosplay, though I’m guessing those in costume wouldn’t have called it that. There were so many creative people dressing up in period costumes, as a Van Gogh painting, or a viking. Just like a convention, those guys, and girls, were stopped for photo opportunities everywhere they went, and had a great time showing off their creativity. Every minute just felt more and more like my Con experiences.

Speedo Competition. Photo credit: Eric Jansson

Speedo Competition.
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And the competition itself was almost six hours of men and women prancing around on stage, working the crowd, and having a blast. The competition was comprised of 15 categories, with only three wins in each, and that competition was fierce! There were over 20 competitors in the Full Beard Under 12 Inches category alone! There was even a category for the ladies, the Whiskerina, and they might have been the most fun group!

There were crazy times; the bearded Speedo contest by the pool stands out in my mind as one of the silliest things I’ve ever seen outside of San Diego in the summer. There were fun times; late night drunken pizza parties by the hotel pool, dance parties outside of the bar, and brunch on the morning after with 30 or so of the funnest people around. These were people from all walks of life, coming from all over the country to share their love of facial hair. Replace facial hair with comics or film and you’ll see what I mean. And just like a good comic con, there was booze. Lagunitas and Pabst Blue Ribbon sponsored the event, with proceeds going to PAWS.

I see so many men at conventions with amazing facial hair, and I wonder if they know about this other world that is a lot like theirs. Just like comics, growing a beard used to be a solitary endeavor, but again, just like comics, with more and more people into it it becomes more mainstream, bringing like minded people together out of a shared love for something. Competitive Bearding brings together so many aspects of what this website is about, so the next time you hear of a competition, check it out. I may not have grown my beard to compete, but next year? I’d better start thinking of a costume.

Phot credit: Cambell White

Phot credit: Cambell White

Here are a couple of galleries. Enjoy!

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Photo credit: Lorin “Tater” Smith

Photos by Erik Fritts. See many more at www.erikfritts.com

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Photos by Greg Schoenwolf. See more at his Facebook page.

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Photos by Dan Herrera. See more at http://danherrerastudio.com/home.html

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Revisiting the Reviled — ‘Wild Wild West’ is a Mild Mild Messhttp://fanboynation.com/wild-wild-west-1999/ http://fanboynation.com/wild-wild-west-1999/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:08:17 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31642 ShareEvery week with Revisiting the Reviled, Sean looks at a film that was meant to appeal to geeks and failed, often miserably. Ever have anyone tell you there’s no such thing as a sure thing? Because I don’t think the good people behind Wild Wild West were aware of that clichéd saying. Not that I can blame them. The film, released in 1999, starred Will Smith, who was riding a wave of unprecedented box office success. In 1996, he starred in Independence Day which was the biggest movie of the year. In 1997, he starred in Men in Black, directed

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“What’s that?” “The script.”

Every week with Revisiting the Reviled, Sean looks at a film that was meant to appeal to geeks and failed, often miserably.

Ever have anyone tell you there’s no such thing as a sure thing? Because I don’t think the good people behind Wild Wild West were aware of that clichéd saying. Not that I can blame them. The film, released in 1999, starred Will Smith, who was riding a wave of unprecedented box office success. In 1996, he starred in Independence Day which was the biggest movie of the year. In 1997, he starred in Men in Black, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, which was the second biggest movie of the year, second only to the second-highest grossing film of all-time, Titanic. Even the 1998 R-rated political thriller Enemy of the State was the fifteenth-highest grossing film of the year. Smith couldn’t lose. Neither, for that matter, could Sonnenfeld. Sonnenfeld had just helmed two Addams Family movies, Get Shorty, and MiB was the topper. Wild Wild West would mark an innocuous pothole on the career path of one and a sinkhole for another. Wanna guess who?

After opening with an unknown character being attacked by a mysterious machine, we first see Will Smith’s Jim West making sweet, sweet love in the town’s water tower. Why he and his lady friend have decided to get nasty in the town’s water supply remains a mystery. But when General “Bloodbath” McGrath (Ted Levine), a war criminal West has been trailing, arrives, West is called into action, but after horses tear down the water tower, also for reasons unknown, leaving the naked West to stand in front some dingy soldiers. His romance partner, however, defies gravity and remains within the toppled tower. This sequence is endemic of the film as a whole – a tiny bit of thought and nothing makes sense which wouldn’t be a problem if the film were half as funny as it thinks it is.

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Which brings us to the first meeting of Jim West and Artemus Gordon, played by Kevin Kline. West has trailed McGrath to a brothel where Artemus Gordon is deep undercover in full drag. After a bit of confusion, the two realize they’re both lawmen after the same suspect. But McGrath escapes amidst the bickering of the two. Since they’ve already met and we’ve established they don’t like each other, Ulysses S. Grant (also played by Kline) forces the two to work together and stop “Bloodbath” McGrath. Following a wacky and zany trip on Artemus’ train full of tricks, the duo find themselves in New Orleans for a Southern masquerade ball. There they learn that McGrath isn’t the mastermind that they’re after. Long believed dead, the bisected Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) is alive and developing a massive mechanical spider that will destroy the United States of America.

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Wild Wild West is kind of magical for the way that nothing works aside from the highly stylized opening credits. As an action movie, it fails to raise the stakes, to make the action actually mean something. Of course, the massive amounts of CGI that have aged poorly give the action all the tension of a Roadrunner cartoon. All of this wouldn’t be so bad if any of the humor within the film actually worked. As a comedy, the biggest problem with Wild Wild West is the repetition and length of gags that are dead on arrival. At one point, Artemus uses a man’s severed head as a way to project his final moments. It looks weird and might’ve been more interesting if Will Smith doesn’t spend the whole scene repeating, “That’s a man’s head.” If the line were said just once, maybe twice, there’s a remote possibility that the scene would work as intended. But the line is repeated 4 or 5 times, repeating an unfunny line for minimal effect.

The repetition of jokes is always bad enough, but what makes matters worse in Wild Wild West are the jokes that get repeated. For reasons that I can’t quite comprehend, the film finds incredible amounts of humor in transvestism, making sure that the audience gets a glimpse of both Will Smith and Kevin Kline in drag. Funny! But there’s also a number of jokes that are centered round homosexuality, whether it’s them being overheard and misunderstood by a colleague or the magnetic devices trapped around their necks being attached to belt buckle. It’s not even that these jokes are tasteless in a politically correct sensibility, it’s more that they’re just not funny. And like so many of the jokes within the film, the repetition whittles these twigs of humor into dust.

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Wild Wild West remains a cinematic tragedy because Barry Sonnenfeld is such a gifted stylist, though none of the visual flair can help the film come together. It’s not hard to see why. Between story and screenplay credits there are 6 credited writers on Wild Wild West, which might explain why the film is all over the place. In its own scattershot way, the film tries to deal with the real life horrors that occurred in the time period, but it posits these moments of institutional racism in a comedic context, undermining their horrific nature. I can’t help but find a scene where Will Smith’s character is trying to smooth talk his way out of being lynched to be anything but bad taste.

Following the debacle of Wild Wild West, Barry Sonnenfeld would have trouble finding success with any movie that wasn’t a sequel to Men in Black. He appears to be the sacrificial lamb for a gargantuan film that was built upon a foundation of bad ideas. This top-heavy film was going to come crashing down no matter who was in the director’s chair. This a movie where every actor is playing the comedy relief and nobody is the straight man (in the comedic sense). Over 15 years later, the biggest legacy of Wild Wild West is a joke from a really old episode of South Park.

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The Flash/Arrow Present ‘Superhero Fight Club’http://fanboynation.com/the-flasharrow-present-superhero-fight-club/ http://fanboynation.com/the-flasharrow-present-superhero-fight-club/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:39:26 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31636 ShareTake a break from binge watching/re-watching Daredevil to check out this awesome and fun promo for the last five episodes of The Flash and Arrow.  Everyone’s in attendance for this underground training session where there are no rules. Superhero Fight Club stars Arrow, The Flash, Arsenal, Black Canary, Firestorm, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Malcolm Merlyn, Ra’s al Ghul, the Reverse-Flash, and even the Atom shows up, albeit a bit late to the party. It’s one big exciting super-brawl, with a couple of laughs thrown in for good measure. The Flash returns April 14th, with Arrow trailing a day behind.

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Take a break from binge watching/re-watching Daredevil to check out this awesome and fun promo for the last five episodes of The Flash and Arrow.  Everyone’s in attendance for this underground training session where there are no rules. Superhero Fight Club stars Arrow, The Flash, Arsenal, Black Canary, Firestorm, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Malcolm Merlyn, Ra’s al Ghul, the Reverse-Flash, and even the Atom shows up, albeit a bit late to the party. It’s one big exciting super-brawl, with a couple of laughs thrown in for good measure.

The Flash returns April 14th, with Arrow trailing a day behind.

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MTV Releases Trailer for ‘Scream’ Serieshttp://fanboynation.com/mtv-releases-trailer-for-scream-series/ http://fanboynation.com/mtv-releases-trailer-for-scream-series/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:18:23 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31633 ShareDuring the MTV Movie Awards, the network released a promo, as well as a full trailer, for the upcoming Scream series. The series is based on the Wes Craven franchise of the same name. The first film was a breath of fresh air from the cliched slasher films that clogged up theaters by that point; a film that turned horror tropes on their ear, while embracing them to tell the story. The sequels that followed had diminishing returns, but were still interesting takes on the genre. Whether this series will be more the former than the latter is yet to

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During the MTV Movie Awards, the network released a promo, as well as a full trailer, for the upcoming Scream series. The series is based on the Wes Craven franchise of the same name. The first film was a breath of fresh air from the cliched slasher films that clogged up theaters by that point; a film that turned horror tropes on their ear, while embracing them to tell the story. The sequels that followed had diminishing returns, but were still interesting takes on the genre. Whether this series will be more the former than the latter is yet to be seen, but hell, at least it looks fun. Who says you can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series?

Scream debuts June 30th on MTV.

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We’ve Lost Another Great One; Herb Trimpe Passed Away Age 75http://fanboynation.com/weve-lost-another-great-one-herb-trimpe-passed-away-age-75/ http://fanboynation.com/weve-lost-another-great-one-herb-trimpe-passed-away-age-75/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:02:46 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31627 ShareHerb Trimpe was one of the greats. He brought so much passion and love into his work, and became a legend for it. This industry is a sadder place without him. After attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, Trimpe began inking instructor Tom Gill’s backgrounds on mostly westerns and licensed titles for Dell Comics. After a four year stint in the military, from 1962 until 1966, he began freelancing for Marvel Comics in the production department. He made his professional penciling debut with Kid Colt, Outlaw #134 in 1967, and remained with Marvel well into the ’90s.

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Photo credit: Glen Baisley

Herb Trimpe was one of the greats. He brought so much passion and love into his work, and became a legend for it. This industry is a sadder place without him.

After attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, Trimpe began inking instructor Tom Gill’s backgrounds on mostly westerns and licensed titles for Dell Comics. After a four year stint in the military, from 1962 until 1966, he began freelancing for Marvel Comics in the production department. He made his professional penciling debut with Kid Colt, Outlaw #134 in 1967, and remained with Marvel well into the ’