FanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more! http://fanboynation.com Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:51:48 +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.png http://fanboynation.com http://fanboynation.com http://fanboynation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/NBgmNvHZ_400x400-551eab89v1_site_icon-32x32.png FanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more! 32 32 ‘The Barber’ Doesn’t Quite Cut It http://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.

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Star Wars Rebels Season Two Trailer http://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 Celebration http://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: Achievements http://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 Bacon http://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 Snyder http://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 Attempt http://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 Series http://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 Stories http://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: Snazzalicious http://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 Cosplay http://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

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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 Prequels http://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 8-10 http://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 Universal http://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 Debuts http://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 Host http://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 Accident http://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 XD http://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 First http://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” Featurette http://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 Comic http://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 Season http://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 Winnick http://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 Television http://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 Hairier http://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!

Photo credit: Lorin "Tater" Smith

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 Mess http://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’ Series http://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 75 http://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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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 ’90s.

In 1968, he and Gary Friedrich created the WWI aviator hero, Phantom Eagle. But the character he is most well known for, Wolverine, was just one of the touchstones of his legendary Incredible Hulk run. Trimpe was the signature artist on that series from August 1968, doing pencil finishes over Marie Severin, until August of 1971, then again from November 1971 until November 1975; a record seven nearly unbroken years on the title.

He went on to create many covers for the title after leaving and during his run even contributed many of the plots. Trimpe is responsible for creating the Hulkbuster military unit, co-creating Doc Samson and Jim Wilson, and for drawing the first appearance of Wolverine, who has gone on to be one of Marvel’s most famous characters.

Trimpe had drawn nearly every major Marvel character during his long career, including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, and more. He drew all but two issues of Godzilla, all but one issue of Shogun Warriors, and nearly the entire run of G.I. Joe: Special Missions. He was a highly prolific and dependable artist, and Marvel treated him well with a regular salary and benefits.

After Marvel’s bankruptcy in the late ’90s, Trimpe went back to school. Acquiring a Bachelor’s degree at Empire State College in 1997, and a Master’s at SUNY Paltz, before going on to teach art at Eldred Central School in New York in 1999. However, he didn’t leave comics behind. Trimpe penciled the BPRD: War on Frogs mini series in 2008, and was even featured in the recent Savage Dragon #200.

A staple at comic conventions, Herb Trimpe was loved by all who knew him, creator and fan alike. He was eminently approachable, and always had a kind word or two for star struck fans. He was an artist’s artist, with an easily recognizable style, and a mainstay of comics with an incredible body of work left behind. I am terribly sad to hear of his passing.

This morning, his cousin Glen Baisley, posted this message on Facebook.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing my cousin, Herb Trimpe, in action doing what he loved – meeting fans and drawing comics. I was there capturing video and interviews about his life and work with Marvel for a documentary that we were planning to work on.

Little did I know, this would be the final time I would get to see him. I wanted to share some very sad news with everyone. Monday night, Herb passed away.

He was a legend in the industry, the first artist to draw Wolverine for publication (HULK issue #181) and penciled some of the most iconic characters ever. He will be greatly missed.

Rest In Peace, Herb. You’ve earned it. (May 26, 1939 – April 13, 2015)

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Comics After Dark: Episode 95 – Kevin Fiege talks about upcoming Spider-man Details http://fanboynation.com/comics-after-dark-episode-95-kevin-fiege-talks-about-upcoming-spider-man-details/ http://fanboynation.com/comics-after-dark-episode-95-kevin-fiege-talks-about-upcoming-spider-man-details/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:05:05 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31615 ShareTHIS WEEK! Whack Attack, Comics on Comments, WB’s gets The Flash Story-line going (lol, I announced something else by accident), DC’s Convergence Cover-Up, Comic Quickies, Fiege reveals Spidey Details, Valiant’s Book of Death Details, Daredevil Episode 1: Into The Ring Review, Comic Book Reviews on Marvel’s Death of Deadpool, Spider-Gwen #3, Ant-Man #4, Moon Knight #13, The Punisher #17, Darth Vader #4, Boom! Studios Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #2, Curb Stomp #2, DC’s Mortal Kombat X #5, and Oni Press’ Rick and Morty #1.   Follow us on Twitter @ComicsAfterDark Follow our Network for Comics, Music, and more

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‘Wonder Woman’ Movie Loses Director Michelle MacLaren http://fanboynation.com/31611/ http://fanboynation.com/31611/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:24:40 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31611 ShareThe Hollywood Reporter has just released the news that Wonder Woman film has lost its director. Citing a statement from Warner Bros, Michelle MacLaren has stepped away from the film due to “creative differences.”  This is an unfortunate turn of events not just for fans of Wonder Woman, but for women in directing roles for major comic book films. Just a few years back Patti Jenkins stepped out of the Marvel project Thor: The Dark World, only to have the directorship taken over by Alan Taylor. MacLaren is no directing rookie. With direction credits from Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Better Call

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The Hollywood Reporter has just released the news that Wonder Woman film has lost its director. Citing a statement from Warner Bros, Michelle MacLaren has stepped away from the film due to “creative differences.”  This is an unfortunate turn of events not just for fans of Wonder Woman, but for women in directing roles for major comic book films. Just a few years back Patti Jenkins stepped out of the Marvel project Thor: The Dark World, only to have the directorship taken over by Alan Taylor.

MacLaren is no directing rookie. With direction credits from Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, chances are more than likely you’ve seen her work. Wonder Woman has been a difficult project for Warner Bros, as well as a sensitive issue for fans wondering if the beloved female comic book character will be done justice on the big screen. Fans have already ripped apart the choice of Gal Gadot as the choice for the title rolemaclaren-copy__140611165039-275x348.

It remains to be seen if Warner Bros taps another female director for the film, especially due to all the fanfare made in November when they intentionally picked a female director. It is also unclear if the loss of Michelle MacLaren will delay the expected 2017 release of the film.

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Disney to Co-Produce Steven Spielberg’s Roald Dahl Adaptation ‘The BFG’ http://fanboynation.com/bfg-disney/ http://fanboynation.com/bfg-disney/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:21:39 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31604 Share Steven Spielberg ranks among the greatest living filmmakers, if not absolutely the greatest. With production currently underway on Spielberg’s latest film, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, it was announced that the film will be co-produced by Disney, marking the first time that the legendary director has worked under the Disney banner. While The BFG is in production, Spielberg will be finishing the edit on Bridge of Spies, due out October 16, 2015. The BFG is slated for a July 1, 2016 release. Here’s the entire press release: As production gets underway in Vancouver, The Walt Disney Studios

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Steven Spielberg ranks among the greatest living filmmakers, if not absolutely the greatest. With production currently underway on Spielberg’s latest film, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, it was announced that the film will be co-produced by Disney, marking the first time that the legendary director has worked under the Disney banner. While The BFG is in production, Spielberg will be finishing the edit on Bridge of Spies, due out October 16, 2015. The BFG is slated for a July 1, 2016 release.

Here’s the entire press release:

As production gets underway in Vancouver, The Walt Disney Studios announced it will co-produce and co-finance Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG.” This marks the three-time Academy Award winner’s first time directing a Disney-branded movie.

Previously announced cast include three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance who will play the titular “Big Friendly Giant” and newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.  They are now joined by Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson, all cast as giants. Buckingham Palace has also found its residents with Penelope Wilton being cast as The Queen and Rebecca Hall as Mary, the Queen’s maid.

“In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director,” said Steven Spielberg.  “It is a special joy to be in the director’s chair as we start ‘The BFG,’ alongside my long-time friends and film collaborators Kathy Kennedy, who introduced me to this project, Frank Marshall and Melissa Mathison.  Together with them and Disney, there are many reasons why I am so excited about this joint venture.”

“With Steven Spielberg at the helm, ‘The BFG’ will undoubtedly capture the minds of children and adults alike – as Roald Dahl’s original stories and many of Steven’s own films have done for decades,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The team at Disney has tremendous respect for the filmmakers, and we’re thrilled to join with them to make what will be a spectacular picture.”

“This partnership speaks to the spirit of storytelling and the kinds of movies that we make here,” said Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. “Over the years, we have enjoyed a fruitful collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with Disney in this expanded capacity on ‘The BFG.’”

“The BFG” is the exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.  Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since.  Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide.

Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation based on a script by Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg on “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.”  Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer will produce while Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Michael Siegel and Kristie Macosko Krieger are on board as executive producers.  Adam Somner is a co-producer. The Disney/Amblin/Reliance production in association with Walden Media will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that coincides with the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth.  The Walt Disney Studios is distributing the film in the U.S. and several international territories while Mister Smith Entertainment will oversee distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Reliance will distribute the film in India.

Disney and Walden Media previously produced “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” and “Bridge to Terabithia” together.

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Dustin Nguyen & Eugenia Yuan Discuss ‘The Man with the Iron Fists 2′ http://fanboynation.com/dustin-nguyen-eugenia-yuan-discuss-the-man-with-the-iron-fists-2/ http://fanboynation.com/dustin-nguyen-eugenia-yuan-discuss-the-man-with-the-iron-fists-2/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:17:39 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31672 Share The tradition of the Shaw Brothers continues with with the RZA’s second installment in The Man with the Iron Fists series. The Man with the Iron Fists 2 begins where the first one left off. Thaddeus (RZA) has been injured and washes to shore near a village, where farmer Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) resides peaceful with his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Yuan) until a band of savage warriors and warlord Master Ho (Carl Ng) take over. The men are now forced to work the mines, as the women and children are slaughtered. Little does the warlord know, Li Kung

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The tradition of the Shaw Brothers continues with with the RZA’s second installment in The Man with the Iron Fists series.

The Man with the Iron Fists 2 begins where the first one left off. Thaddeus (RZA) has been injured and washes to shore near a village, where farmer Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) resides peaceful with his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Yuan) until a band of savage warriors and warlord Master Ho (Carl Ng) take over. The men are now forced to work the mines, as the women and children are slaughtered.

Little does the warlord know, Li Kung is a retired assassin for hire, and the peace he once believed to have found must be pushed aside to save his family, his village and his honor. In what makes for a classic martial arts movie.

“I grew up in Vietnam and I moved to the states at 11. I was weaned on the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest Films and have the same kind of

Dustin Nguyen as Li Kung in The Man with the Iron Fists 2

Dustin Nguyen as Li Kung in The Man with the Iron Fists 2

passion for those films as RZA does. When the first one came out I thought, ‘Oh what a great homage to the original ones’. At the time I was offered another film, but when it came up, it was a no brainer, it was a chance to play. The character was a great character to dive into. It was hardly a decision for me,” said Nguyen, who moved back to Vietnam 3 years ago to focus on making Eastern films.

An Ni is no damsel in distress. The power of her character comes from the lineage that Yuan herself comes from. An Ni stands strong and is really the support that Li Kung needs in order to become the hero his village needs.

“Where as he’s solid and doesn’t show emotion as the driven hard working man in the martial arts way. I’m the only soft part that can only get a smile out of him to show his humanity when he comes home. I’m the one who wants to make him smile, soften him and love him. I’m a very solid force, I have the same amount of force and power that he has.” said Yuan, who reflected on her grandmother walking across China from the southern region to Shanghai.

The RZA co-wrote the film with screenwriter John Jarrell, allowing them to pull together this international cast. RZA even had a fanboy moment when Yuan’s mother, The Queen of Swords, Pei-pei Cheng visited the set.

Eugenia Yuan as Ah Ni in The Man with the Iron Fists 2

Eugenia Yuan as Ah Ni in The Man with the Iron Fists 2

“When RZA met her, he was really excited. It was like meeting a childhood hero. My mother is always working, I wanted her to relax and have a vacation. Luckily, she came during my light filming week. She’d train by herself and after filming, we would sit and enjoy each other’s company… I never tried to really act because of my mom, but you can’t always run from it. It’s not because you don’t value them, but it’s really hard to follow. There is no other ‘Queen of Martial Arts’ I don’t want to compete with her. I want her to always be that, plus we are two different people,” said Yuan on the legacy she no longer shies away from.

This instant classic had Dutch filmmaker Roel Reiné take over for RZA as director this go-around, allowing the rapper/actor/writer to focus on the story instead of wearing every hat through this production.

“Roel Reiné wanted to keep the integrity of the first film within this one and keeping it grounded in the dramatic premise in the characters and story. It was for for me to do all the action stuff and giving a little bit of weight to a character with a dark past while trying to be a father, battling the inner killer he used to be,” said Nguyen.
The movie is loaded with action. It’s an Eastern Spaghetti Western that will sure to delight fans of the Martial Arts genre.

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‘The Harvest’ is an Uneven and Effective Thriller http://fanboynation.com/the-harvest-2015/ http://fanboynation.com/the-harvest-2015/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:41:51 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31595 Share Following his breakout hit Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, director John McNaughton has had his share of ups and downs. Between conflicted studio films and underwhelming indies, McNaughton has spent the past decade working in television. After shifting away from feature films for nearly 13 years, the Wild Things director has returned to the cinema with The Harvest, a well-acted if uneven thriller. Katherine (Samantha Morton) and Richard (Michael Shannon) are parents of a sick child Andy (Charlie Tahan), who has been dealing with a crippling illness since birth. With a weak immune system and confined to a

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Following his breakout hit Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, director John McNaughton has had his share of ups and downs. Between conflicted studio films and underwhelming indies, McNaughton has spent the past decade working in television. After shifting away from feature films for nearly 13 years, the Wild Things director has returned to the cinema with The Harvest, a well-acted if uneven thriller.

Katherine (Samantha Morton) and Richard (Michael Shannon) are parents of a sick child Andy (Charlie Tahan), who has been dealing with a crippling illness since birth. With a weak immune system and confined to a wheelchair, Andy spends his day secluded in his room. Soon, a young girl, Maryann (Natasha Calis), moves in with her grandparents (played by Peter Fonda and Leslie Lyles) not far from Andy’s home. Natasha discovers the secluded Andy while exploring the woods around their homes and the two quickly strike up an unlikely friendship, and the first friendship Andy has ever experienced. But Katherine is protective of her son, maybe too protective, and tries to keep Maryann far away from their home. Meanwhile, Richard is trying to acquire helpful medication from an acquaintance. Tensions are palpable between Richard and Katherine as they disagree over parenting methods, dosage of medications, and practically every other aspect of their lives. Ignoring the demands from Katherine, Maryann continues to come around the house, hoping to provide Andy with a few fleeting moments of joy. But Maryann soon makes a discovery that could tear apart Andy’s family and jeopardize her own life.

The first half of the film plays like a straight-faced familial drama before its reveal leads to an escalation. But it’s that first half that really hurts the film’s pacing, just taking too long to get to its big twist. But once it gets to that twist, The Harvest really finds its footing and the tension and suspense keeps the film barreling forward. It’s that slow opening that prevents The Harvest from reaching that next level of suspenseful filmmaker, opting to slowly build a sense of unease about its characters to the detriment of the film’s pacing.

Nothing in The Harvest would work, though, if not for the excellent lead performances from Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon. Breaking from tradition, Michael Shannon gives a subdued performance. Shannon is able to convey the emotion of his character through minor gestures, like when he withholds his hands from his wife while trying to comfort her. Conversely, Samantha Morton does what Michael Shannon normally does by going wildly over-the-top as the extremely overprotective mother. Morton gives a performance that is somewhere between Nurse Ratched and Carrie White’s mother. The young actors avail themselves well for the most part. And in a brief role, Peter Fonda says “far out” twice, referencing his youthful hippie days instead of actually acting.

Working from a script by Stephen Lancellotti, John McNaughton is able to coax enough suspense from The Harvest that it’s a modest though shaky thriller. Even when the film raises its stakes and the tension mounts, silly plot holes and character motivations undermine the film in parts. While I certainly can’t say that The Harvest is a welcome return to form for McNaughton, there’s still enough going on that I yearn for more films from the filmmaker. Though he’s not able to mine the material for all its possible suspense and intrigue, McNaughton still has a talent for getting creepy, unsettling performances from his lead actors.

The Harvest is currently available on most VOD platforms and will be in select theaters on April 24th

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Ryan Reynolds Struck by a Hit-And-Run Paparazzo in Vancouver http://fanboynation.com/ryan-reynolds-hit-and-run/ http://fanboynation.com/ryan-reynolds-hit-and-run/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:40:23 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31590 ShareAccording to the National Post, and many others, Vancouver police have confirmed that Ryan Reynolds is the victim of a hit-and-run. The CBC reached out to him for comment via Twitter, and he responded in the only way one would expect. With a joke. Put Beachcombers back on the air and I’ll call. https://t.co/g9jbBppMHu — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 12, 2015 There aren’t many details as of yet, other than that police were called to the Shangi-La hotel, where Reynolds is staying during his Deadpool filming. It seems that there was an altercation in the parking lot with a local

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According to the National Post, and many others, Vancouver police have confirmed that Ryan Reynolds is the victim of a hit-and-run. The CBC reached out to him for comment via Twitter, and he responded in the only way one would expect. With a joke.

There aren’t many details as of yet, other than that police were called to the Shangi-La hotel, where Reynolds is staying during his Deadpool filming. It seems that there was an altercation in the parking lot with a local photographer, who then hit Reynolds with his vehicle. Reynolds hasn’t mentioned the incident, minus the tweet above, but is assumed to be okay. Constable Brian Montague, through an email, said that Reynolds was not injured in the collision.

“Unfortunately I have not been given an update on the case and don’t know the outcome or how things have progressed with confirming who the driver is, locating and speaking with him,” added Montague.

It’s a good thing he’s okay. Any more delays on Deadpool and the fans might go rabid.

In better news, Reynolds also brought us our first look at Negasonic Teenage Warhead.

Deadpool will be in theaters on February 12th, 2016, as long as its star avoids the paparazzi.

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High-Res Images of the Final Costume From ‘Daredevil’ http://fanboynation.com/high-res-images-of-the-final-costume-from-daredevil/ http://fanboynation.com/high-res-images-of-the-final-costume-from-daredevil/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:30:07 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31591 Share In the months and weeks leading up to the premiere of Daredevil on Netflix, the only glimpses we saw of The Man Without Fear were in the black ninja outfit that the character would wear throughout a vast majority of the series. Though I kept asking myself why they’d withhold the image, when I finally reached the season’s conclusion and saw the costume for myself it all became quite apparent – the costume didn’t look that good. Now that the series has hit and most people have had a chance to seclude themselves for a weekend in order to

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In the months and weeks leading up to the premiere of Daredevil on Netflix, the only glimpses we saw of The Man Without Fear were in the black ninja outfit that the character would wear throughout a vast majority of the series. Though I kept asking myself why they’d withhold the image, when I finally reached the season’s conclusion and saw the costume for myself it all became quite apparent – the costume didn’t look that good. Now that the series has hit and most people have had a chance to seclude themselves for a weekend in order to acquaint themselves with the underworld of Hell’s Kitchen, Netflix and Marvel have finally unveiled still that reveal the costume in all its underwhelming glory.

Seriously, the costume looks like a Toy Biz action figure from the ‘90s. Despite a few minor gripes, I greatly enjoyed Daredevil but the costume is without a doubt the most underwhelming aspect of the series. The Ben Affleck costume from the 2003 movie looks far better, and I never cared for that pleather costume either. While the costume certainly misses the mark, don’t let that discourage you from watching what is otherwise a fine series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Luckily, the costume only appears towards the end of the finale, so it’s not like the costume is an omnipresent distraction.

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Cultural Junk Drawer – Back to the Well, N.E.R.D. http://fanboynation.com/junk-drawer-revisit/ http://fanboynation.com/junk-drawer-revisit/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:19:17 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31572 ShareI had a revelation. This revelation hit, as many revelations tend to, on a Tuesday. But before I get to that I have to rewind to a Tuesday about seventeen years ago. The scene is a cozy hole in the wall bar in Hollywood, 1998. The bar was known to be frequented by cinematic wunderkind Quenten Tarantino, had a good selection of imported beer, and a killer jukebox selection. All important things to a young(ish), single, LA geek like myself. Being an LA gadfly and film crewman I didn’t have regular work hours so it was late on a Tuesday

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revisitI had a revelation. This revelation hit, as many revelations tend to, on a Tuesday. But before I get to that I have to rewind to a Tuesday about seventeen years ago.

The scene is a cozy hole in the wall bar in Hollywood, 1998. The bar was known to be frequented by cinematic wunderkind Quenten Tarantino, had a good selection of imported beer, and a killer jukebox selection. All important things to a young(ish), single, LA geek like myself. Being an LA gadfly and film crewman I didn’t have regular work hours so it was late on a Tuesday night. I was having a Boddingtons and chatting with my friend Lou Anders about how cool Napster was and how things were changing. Lou had just accepted a job in San Francisco for a website start-up called Bookface, and he was going to be managing and recruiting content for the science fiction arm of the site. For some reason Lou found me interesting, reasonably smart, and enjoyed talking about ideas with me. The big idea we were kicking around was the notion of how entertainment would be consumed in the next century. Mind you this was nearly a decade before Nexflix even came into being, video streaming was Al Gore’s wet dream, and the first tech bubble hadn’t yet burst.

“Niche audiences!” I announced between swigs of the strong but creamy Brit beer. “Everything will fracture into smaller pieces. There’ll be tribes; fans of Babylon 5, fans of X-Files, John Woo movies, etc. Hell, I’m sure that fans of Doctor Who will have a little corner to hang out in.”

“There has been talk of reviving the series.” Lou responded.

“After that horrible movie a few years ago… I’ll believe it when I see it. No, it’ll run out like TV did when cable hit; a narrowing of focus – an all sports channel, a science fiction network. Instead of trying to be everything to everyone entertainment companies will be able to target specific audiences. More so we could see things that have cult followings get new life.”

“Like Doctor Who.”

“Stop trying to break my heart, Lou. They’ll be a lot of overlap, I mean only members of The Prisoner fan tribe gets the ‘be seeing you’ references in Babylon 5, doubly so for the Lord of the Rings fan tribe. But the focus can be pinpointed more exactly. Nothing ever really dies, now. Finding fan websites about little known TV shows mean that people are still carrying a torch. Look at your new job; niche market… science fiction covers a broad spectrum but it is narrower than “Fiction” and when numbers come in about WHAT science fiction is being read it can narrow still. People that green-light TV and movies will eventually take notice.”

“You’re probably right; smaller but further reaching. You should figure out some way to capitalize on this.”

Sadly, as right as I was, I never did do a speaking tour about the future of entertainment.

Fast forward to now and the revelation… Cult TV has become the superhero movie of the Netflix age. No, I’m not talking about the superhero TV shows on Netflix. No, I mean that for a lot of the new “studios” (or more accurately new content distributors), a reasonably calculated move to get people clicking on your website/game portal/search engine (?!?) is to revive a TV show that had a niche audience. This particular Tuesday of revelation was the day that Imagine entertainment’s co-honcho, Brian Grazer, announced that Netflix would have another season of “Arrested Development”. It was also the Tuesday that I saw the crew for “Mr. Show” doing a little guerilla filming across the street from the big honking, full crew, real craft service pilot I was working on (more on that in a minute). One of the new trends has been to take a show with critical praise, a small but fiercely loyal audience and not enough momentum to reach escape velocity into big mainstream, dust it off, and make it a selling point for your distribution network.

Pretty much what I was saying all those years ago to Lou.

I think this trend started when Netflix did another season of Arrested Development almost two years ago. Their first original series Lillyhammer didn’t really change the landscape of entertainment. They needed something with name recognition, Silvio from The Sopranos wasn’t enough. They needed a kinda big name of some sort, a tested name that would draw people in. What they came up with (odds are on a Tuesday) was a revisit. Arrested Development fit the bill. Netflix had the numbers on the show’s immense cult status by looking at their own records; streaming and orders of discs by mail showed that not only was Arrested Development popular, it had grown in viewership since Fox cancelled it a few years previous.

Arrested Development’s streaming success opened the door for other shows that have grown in following since they were last broadcast a new life. The trick was, and that’s why I’m classifying this new breed of old show as “Revisit”, there was a gap of years between AD on Fox and AD on Netflix. Many of the actor’s careers had grown exponentially since AD was on Fox (because of AD); I’m sure Teen Wolf Too is a lot further down on Jason Bateman’s resume than “Arrested Development” and not just for chronological reasons. Shows that had gotten a second life on other networks only had small time hiccups in production; before contracts ran out and sets were struck. Arrested Development coming back was a small miracle in the sheer logistics of reviving it. Large quantities of co-ordination, money, and sheer willpower had to be rallied. Netflix, apparently, had all of those components. What seemed risky and dubious at best and reckless at worst paid off.

Mr. Show with their little cube van full of lighting and grip equipment will be showing up on Netflix. I’m a bit of a novice with Mr. Show. I’m a big David Cross fan (He was one of the reasons I watched Arrested Development) but not having premium cable during the 90’s my recall doesn’t go beyond the Tenacious D material. I do know that the show was one of those “ground zero” shows (like Arrested Development) where EVERYBODY went on to do amazing stuff. The list, aside from Cross and Odenkirk… Brian Poshn, Paul F. Tompkins, Sarah Silverman, Tenacious D, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Scott Adsit, Marlon Waynes, and more. I’ll have to give it a try simply because of the mind-bendingly large volume of talent from the original show that’s coming back.

The less said about the Full House reunion on Netflix the better.

Yahoo has Community to launch Yahoo Screen, putting the odd duck ensemble comedy within striking distance of the fan chant “Six seasons and a movie!” (Also originally hash tagged on a Tuesday) And I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been a hardcore fan of the show since the start but it has been like having a cat that likes to chew on lamp cords. Every time the little bastard gets zapped, you think it’s the last time. Chevy Chase left… ZAP! Donald Glover pursues a career in rap and leaves the show ZAP! ZAP! Sony backhandedly fired Dan Harmon as he was flying across the country BZZZAAAAPPPP! NBC freakin cancels the show after season five ZAPPPPP AND SPARKS WITH A LITTLE FIRE! Every time I saw the lights flicker and heard a sound like a meow going through autotune I would sigh, get the rubber gloves of expectation out, and emotionally prepared myself to find a fried cat of a favorite TV show dead and smoking behind the couch (metaphorically, of course). Each time I’ve found a pretty disturbed and frizzy cat; damaged but not pushing daisies. It is exhausting but I keep the metaphorical cat/TV show around because I love it. Now for that movie.

The networks, usually slow on the uptake in these areas, seems to be on the revisit bandwagon too. Fox primarily. I didn’t watch the revisit of 24: Live Another Day, but it was well received. I had stopped watching 24 after season four. It wasn’t because the show seemed jingoistic and hawkish, that was on the surface. It wasn’t because beneath that W. Bush era savagery the show was a meditation on the soul killing effects of violence. It was because the plot points were getting a bit repetitive; by the fourth time the entire CTU does their mid-season “drop everything and hunt Jack Bauer” shtick I got a bit frustrated. “Jesus Christ! Don’t you guys remember the last time you put Jack Bauer on the job there was ass-loads of moral compromises, questionable ethical decisions, and a mountain of dead bodies?” Nobody in CTU ever listened. But then if they did 24 would’ve been 6, so there you go.

Fox is also going back to the well for an X-Files mini-series with pretty much the entire original cast. This is great news; I’ve always liked Duchovny’s glib, distant, self-aware acting style. It was like he was the only person in on a funny joke that he thought we wouldn’t get. I thought it was specific for X-Files till I saw Californication but there were too many naked boobs in that show to really care.

NBC is going back to Heroes. I have mixed feeling about this in the same way I have mixed feelings about shaving with a rusty chainsaw; I’m definitely curious to see if I could do it, but it’ll probably end up a bloody mess. There is no word if Zachary Quinto, riding high off his mini-series The Slap will return. Probably not; because having super mega-powered Hiro, Peter Petrelli, AND Syler without seriously nerfing them was the corner that the original Heroes backed itself into in the first place. My biggest fear is revisiting my own idea drawer for Heroes story lines with a faint glimmer of hope…

As of this writing the revisit to Twin Peaks on Showtime might not happen. David Lynch has supposedly walked away from it over budget; I guess Showtime figured dwarfs walking backwards in slow motion was going to be cheap. Some accuse Lynch of using twitter and other social media to twist the cable network’s arm. These people have never seen a David Lynch movie apparently. If David Lynch were attempting to use social media as a bargaining chip he would have put out a video of a melting plastic baby head cross fading with Laura Dern screaming at, like, 240 frames per second while Dream Lover from Dion played in the background. That would rattle the shit outta the Showtime execs. Besides, how DO you go back to Twin Peaks? They tried that with season two and everybody yawned and walked away. Aside from the opportunity for some serious nudity and pervo sex that premium cable allows for I don’t see… oh wait, never mind.

This run of revisits, as everything else in entertainment, isn’t entirely new; grabbing series as sloppy seconds was going on as far back as Jag in the 90’s, perhaps even earlier. My personal bank account benefitted greatly from TNT picking up Cougar Town from network TV. People and pundits can lament about the dearth of fresh ideas but as Shakespeare said “There is nothing new under the sun”. Would you rather see a “new” police procedural that feels like a retread of all the other police procedurals on TV (“C.S.I. Cyber”? WTF, bro, only your paranoid uncle Bill uses the term “Cyber” and that’s when he’s speaking in hushed tones about Z.O.G., Obama as illuminati, water fluoridation, or some other nonsense) or watch NBC take a stab at un-borking a series that wasted its potential like Heroes?

Community is still willfully odd and seriously funny; who wouldn’t want to see more of a show like that wherever you can? As much as Arrested Development defines new era cult TV with its deeply self-referential internal logic and call-back joke structure, it is bold in the way it spools out the story and god damn funny! A show unwittingly but perfectly tailored for this day and age. And if you’re crying about such things because you have a great take on the Zombie/Hospital/character driven comedy that everyone should be clawing over each other to get to, good luck but get over yourself. This business has always been fixed with gatekeepers. You have to have a name before you can capitalize on that name; it’s the same old catch 22. The way it goes is this – Netflix’s success with Arrested Development opened the door for the likes of House of Cards which is itself a remake of an English show.

Thanks to the fracturing that the digital age has brought us Nothing Ever Really Dies and possibly has a chance to come back. Maybe it’ll happen to that show you watch. Check your web browser for a “coming soon”.

In the spirit of revisiting, I’m going back to the well of this column, which you finished reading a few seconds ago, and suggesting a few shows that would benefit from a revisit…

Alias – Jennifer Garner get out of that credit card commercial and spin kick your way back into my heart!
The War Next Door – Spy vs Spy meets suburban satire. So obscure I doubted I had even saw it. Thanks internet for confirming the show wasn’t a result of some teenaged ingested acid doing a revisit of its own.
Highlander – The immortal thing hasn’t gone away, right? BTW I’ve got tons of stories for the Highlander universe. Anyone…anyone? Also I keep waiting for Ioan Gruffudd to whip out a katana and scream “There can be only one!”
Fastlane – I’m not endorsing this but the show being so willfully dumb but smart enough to cross breed “Fast and Furious” with “Miami Vice – the next generation” I’m surprised this hasn’t had a revisit.
Malcom in the Middle – Simply because it would be a great challenge to try and reconcile post Breaking Bad dramatic Bryan Cranston with pre BB wacky comedy Cranston. Seinfeld repeats don’t cut it.

Lou Anders landed on his feet after the dot com bubble burst. He is an author and editor of the Pyr books label. Was born on a Tuesday, too. And even if his greatest claim to fame would’ve been writing the afterward for my first graphic novel (“Crazy Mary”, see how to get yours below) you can find out more about this talented taste maker’s award winning career at www.louanders.com

My personal history with Community includes announcing on twitter that the show was officially dead when I shot a commercial on their former stages (that was after season 4, I think) another ZAP! I also did a few days rigging the sets for the new season and if I hadn’t been booked on other shows would’ve done a lot more. Maybe I’ll work on the movie.

Next time I think I’ll chart the life of action movies and the inevitable transition to TV. And later this spring something called “Season’s End” (hint it’s not a duet with Enya), Stay Tuned.

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Eye 5 Toys’ Passion Fuels This Interview http://fanboynation.com/eye-5-toys/ http://fanboynation.com/eye-5-toys/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:30:15 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31566 ShareAbout a month ago, Angelo and I went to visit our friends of Eye 5 Toys and Illuminati Vapors at their new shop in La Mirada. We did a little interview with them and got to hear the story of their creation and the passion they have not just for their company and products, but for the art, fans, and support of other artists. Check out the interview and see some of the amazing pieces they have created, as well as some of what’s to come, and listen to as they share their passion.

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About a month ago, Angelo and I went to visit our friends of Eye 5 Toys and Illuminati Vapors at their new shop in La Mirada. We did a little interview with them and got to hear the story of their creation and the passion they have not just for their company and products, but for the art, fans, and support of other artists. Check out the interview and see some of the amazing pieces they have created, as well as some of what’s to come, and listen to as they share their passion.

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New ‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer Is Spoiler Heavy http://fanboynation.com/new-terminator-genisys-trailer-is-spoiler-heavy/ http://fanboynation.com/new-terminator-genisys-trailer-is-spoiler-heavy/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:57:50 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31583 Share The Terminator movies have a rich history of spoiling major plot twists in trailer. The most egregious, of course, is the reveal that Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Terminator is the good guy in T2. The film itself withholds that information until the first meeting between the two Terminators, but the trailers spoiled the reveal for audiences months before the film opened. The same could be said of Terminator Salvation, which revealed a major character was a Terminator when the film itself, once again, plays it as a straight reveal. Now with the latest trailer for Terminator Genisys, it would appear that another

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The Terminator movies have a rich history of spoiling major plot twists in trailer. The most egregious, of course, is the reveal that Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Terminator is the good guy in T2. The film itself withholds that information until the first meeting between the two Terminators, but the trailers spoiled the reveal for audiences months before the film opened. The same could be said of Terminator Salvation, which revealed a major character was a Terminator when the film itself, once again, plays it as a straight reveal. Now with the latest trailer for Terminator Genisys, it would appear that another Terminator plot twist has been spoiled by an overeager marketing department. Seriously, if you want to avoid any potential spoilers or plot twists, it is in your best interest to avoid this trailer.

In Genisys, Arnold returns as an aged Terminator, Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones takes on the role of Sarah Connor, and Jai Courtney is Kyle Reese. Directed by Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor, Terminator Genisys opens on July 1st, 2015.

The official synopsis:

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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Popcorn Podcast Episode 29: Do You Smell Popcorn? http://fanboynation.com/popcorn-podcast-episode-29-do-you-smell-popcorn/ http://fanboynation.com/popcorn-podcast-episode-29-do-you-smell-popcorn/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:36:30 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31577 Share This week on The Popcorn Podcast we are Tomless so you get the rough cuts.  Catch up with Chad and Izola while they discuss their time at WonderCon, their interviews with the cast of Unfriended, Insidious 3, and Falling Skies.  Chad was busy taking selfies with Colin Cunningham and judging store bought cleavage.  Izola keeps things classy like always with tales from the Magical Kingdom.  Geeks 4 Kourageous Kids had it’s Walk 4 Kids to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, you get rundowns on Daredevil, Game of Thrones and Teen Mom OG, yes you read that right Teen Mom

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This week on The Popcorn Podcast we are Tomless so you get the rough cuts.  Catch up with Chad and Izola while they discuss their time at WonderCon, their interviews with the cast of Unfriended, Insidious 3, and Falling Skies.  Chad was busy taking selfies with Colin Cunningham and judging store bought cleavage.  Izola keeps things classy like always with tales from the Magical Kingdom.  Geeks 4 Kourageous Kids had it’s Walk 4 Kids to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, you get rundowns on Daredevil, Game of Thrones and Teen Mom OG, yes you read that right Teen Mom OG.  A ton of name dropping this week, Chad brings up an old Wonder Woman topic in preparation for the possible return of an old co-host.  Friend of the show Garfield Wilson joins the cast of Continuum, Peter Shinkoda kicks ass as Nobu on Daredevil and much more as Chad drops so many names in this episode Izolas back hurts from picking them all up.

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http://fanboynation.com/popcorn-podcast-episode-29-do-you-smell-popcorn/feed/ 0 This week on The Popcorn Podcast we are Tomless so you get the rough cuts.  Catch up with Chad and Izola while they discuss their time at WonderCon, their interviews with the cast of Unfriended, Insidious 3, and Falling Skies. This week on The Popcorn Podcast we are Tomless so you get the rough cuts.  Catch up with Chad and Izola while they discuss their time at WonderCon, their interviews with the cast of Unfriended, Insidious 3, and Falling Skies.  Chad was busy taking selfies with Colin Cunningham and judging store bought cleavage.  Izola keeps things classy like always with tales from the Magical Kingdom.  Geeks 4 Kourageous Kids had it's Walk 4 Kids to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, you get rundowns on Daredevil, Game of Thrones and Teen Mom OG, yes you read that right Teen Mom OG.  A ton of name dropping this week, Chad brings up an old Wonder Woman topic in preparation for the possible return of an old co-host.  Friend of the show Garfield Wilson joins the cast of Continuum, Peter Shinkoda kicks ass as Nobu on Daredevil and much more as Chad drops so many names in this episode Izolas back hurts from picking them all up. FanboyNation Magazine - Entertainment News, Reviews, Interviews, MMA, Podcasts, Cosplay and more! clean 1:17:47
Latest Trailer for ‘Ant-Man’ http://fanboynation.com/ant-man-trailer-1/ http://fanboynation.com/ant-man-trailer-1/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:25:32 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31578 Share Having already dominated the weekend’s conversation with Daredevil hitting Netflix and early buzz for Age of Ultron being mostly positive, Marvel isn’t ready to allow the conversation to shit towards anybody else. This morning they’ve unveiled the latest trailer for Ant-Man, the final film of Marvel Studio’s Phase 2, and undoubtedly the biggest risk the studio has yet to face. There’s a heavy focus on humor and action in this latest trailer, and most of the footage is up until this point unseen. We’re going to have wait until July 17th to know if Peyton Reed was able to

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Having already dominated the weekend’s conversation with Daredevil hitting Netflix and early buzz for Age of Ultron being mostly positive, Marvel isn’t ready to allow the conversation to shit towards anybody else. This morning they’ve unveiled the latest trailer for Ant-Man, the final film of Marvel Studio’s Phase 2, and undoubtedly the biggest risk the studio has yet to face. There’s a heavy focus on humor and action in this latest trailer, and most of the footage is up until this point unseen. We’re going to have wait until July 17th to know if Peyton Reed was able to steer Ant-Man out of troubled waters following its tumultuous production.

The official synopsis:

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

 

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For a B Movie with Nicolas Cage, ‘Outcast’ is Passable http://fanboynation.com/outcast-2015/ http://fanboynation.com/outcast-2015/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 03:48:16 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=28460 Share There are certain actors where perception can transcend reality. For Nicolas Cage, it’s often the wild, unhinged performances in bad movies, often overlooking his better work in Adaptation or Raising Arizona. To many people he’s nothing more than meme. For entirely different reasons Hayden Christensen is afflicted in a similar manner. To even mention his name in the vicinity of a Star Wars fan is to induce impassioned rants of rage and jokes about cardboard. Like Jake Lloyd before him, Christensen became the obvious punching bag for hatred because he was prevalent the whole time. But in both their

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There are certain actors where perception can transcend reality. For Nicolas Cage, it’s often the wild, unhinged performances in bad movies, often overlooking his better work in Adaptation or Raising Arizona. To many people he’s nothing more than meme. For entirely different reasons Hayden Christensen is afflicted in a similar manner. To even mention his name in the vicinity of a Star Wars fan is to induce impassioned rants of rage and jokes about cardboard. Like Jake Lloyd before him, Christensen became the obvious punching bag for hatred because he was prevalent the whole time. But in both their defense, who was good in any of the prequels? That’s what I thought. The two, sometimes unfairly, maligned actors team up in Outcast, an international production backed by American, Chinese, and Canadian companies.

The film opens during the Crusades, Jacob (Christensen) and Gallian (Cage) are carrying out an invasion of Baghdad. Jacob is assured in his own righteousness while Gallian is war weary and thinking of escaping east. Then we flashforward 3 years, and the film takes us to China, where a sick king bequeaths his throne to the youngest son. But the king’s eldest son, Shing (Andy On), desires the thrones and will resort to devious means to make it his own. The young prince must go on the run with his sister, Lian (Yifel Liu), in order to preserve the kingdom and her father’s dying wishes. With Shing’s army searching high and low, Lian tries to secure a guide to protect them. Their search yields Jacob, who has lost his righteous edge and picked up an opium habit. Despite his vices, Jacob excels and protecting Lian and her younger brother. Shortly after being betrayed, Jacob is wounded and Lian and the prince are captured by a mysterious clan. It turns out this clan is run by Gallian, who now goes by the moniker The White Ghost. Bad blood runs between Gallian and Jacob, as Gallian turned his back on the Crusades and has made a successful living as an outlaw. But cooler heads prevail and they form an alliance to make a last stand against Shing and his men.

Let’s get this out of the way: Outcast isn’t a very good movie nor is it awful. If one enters the film accepting it for what it is, a B movie, you can get enough fun out of it. In a lot of aspects, production design and some of the cinematography, Outcast looked a lot better than I expected. In other aspects, mainly the action sequences, it played down to expectations. First time director Nick Powell, who has worked decades as a stuntman, keeps the action sequences chaotic and dizzying, sometimes tossing in slow motion shots amidst the spastic camera work for no discernable reason. Many of the swordfights are well choreographed in front of the camera, it’s the work behind the camera that keeps the action uninteresting. The script by James Dorner is fairly straightforward and focuses on the film maintaining its B movie momentum.

As a B movie, Outcast is passable. With some so-so action sequences, bad dubbing, and Nicolas Cage, it’s already better than Seventh Son. For Cage fans: Nicolas Cage only has a few scenes in the beginning and the end, but he shows up and chews scenery. His graveled British accent isn’t necessarily good, it’s just very Cagey. Hayden Christensen provides the proper performance for this kind of movie. He’s not great, he’s not bad, but it mostly works. Outcast doesn’t elicit groans or cheers. It’s just a B movie with Nicolas Cage.

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Bellator 136 Results from UC Irvine http://fanboynation.com/bellator-136-results-from-uc-irvine/ http://fanboynation.com/bellator-136-results-from-uc-irvine/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 03:28:02 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31546 ShareApril 10, 2015, University of California, Irvine – Airing live in Spike TV, Bellator 136 took place to another packed house at The Bren Events Center, where Lightweight World Champion “Ill” Will Brooks defended his title against Dave Jansen and Middleweight Kickboxing hero, Joe Schilling returned to the Bellator cage against Rafael Carvalho. Here are tonight’s results: Heavyweights (265 lbs)  –  Tony Johnson (MMA 8-2, Bellator 1-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (MMA 24-4, Bellator 6-1)  Volkov comes out with a heard knee, but Johnson shoots in with a double leg and takes cage control only to eat three knees from the

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Bellator 136 Brooks vs JansenApril 10, 2015, University of California, Irvine – Airing live in Spike TV, Bellator 136 took place to another packed house at The Bren Events Center, where Lightweight World Champion “Ill” Will Brooks defended his title against Dave Jansen and Middleweight Kickboxing hero, Joe Schilling returned to the Bellator cage against Rafael Carvalho.
Here are tonight’s results:
Heavyweights (265 lbs)  –  Tony Johnson (MMA 8-2, Bellator 1-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (MMA 24-4, Bellator 6-1)
 Volkov comes out with a heard knee, but Johnson shoots in with a double leg and takes cage control only to eat three knees from the 6’6″ Russian. Johnson has controlled the cage for more than half the first round and at best we’ve seen an exchange of punch combinations from the combatants.
Volkov is able to make distance but only to be taken down by another double leg against the cage, only this time Johnson has taken top control, with a quarter nelson.
Round two goes straight to the ground as Johnson comes out with a third double leg only to land in Volkov’s guillotine. Johnson pops his head out only to eat several elbows. Volkov continues to fight from his back attempting a kimura only to have Johnson slip out the back door, but Volkov stands up to be pressed against the cage again.
Third and final round, Johnson attempts a single but trades it for cage control, every inch Johnson gives Volkov, Volkov feeds him two knees from a Thai Clinch. Both men are exhausted and as Volkov has Johnson staggered, Johnson presses him against the cage again.
Your winner by split decision, Tony Johnson
Lightweights (115 lbs)  –  Tiger Sarnavskiy (MMA 30-2, Bellator 5-2) vs. Marcin Held (MMA 20-3, Bellator 9-2)
Both lightweights are exchanging hands but Tiger is the first to attempt a double leg and takes cage control. Tiger attempts an ankle lock and as they scramble, Held winds up in his guard. Held works his way way out of side mount but Tiger slips out the backdoor only to get tied up in knee bar. However, Held doesn’t have it locked in and with 14 seconds left it looks like this will go to the second round.
Round two and the fighters touch gloves. Held eats a roundhouse kick as he shoots in for a double leg, he finally is able to take Tiger down and hold him in side mount. The two still scramble on the ground with Held maintaining top position ending up in full mount. Tiger is trying to fight his way out and slides into Held’s guard. Tiger escapes to his feat only to be taken down again by Held, this time to be placed in a guillotine.
Round number three is underway and Held comes out the aggressor, landing two punches before pressing Tiger against the cage yet again. Tiger roles through but taps out to an ankle lock.
Your winner by verbal tap via submission at 1:11  in the third round, Marcin Held!
Middleweights (185 lbs)  –  Rafael Carvalho (MMA 10-1, Bellator 1-0) vs. Joe Schilling (MMA 2-3, Bellator 1-0, Kickboxing 17-7)
Round one they touch gloves and it’s obvious Schilling wants to keep it standing as Carvalho wants to keep his distance from the world famous striker. Carvlho starts off with the kicks, but Schilling answers back, ends up in a Thai Clinch against the cage before referee Mike Beltran breaks it up for an unintentional knee to the groin. Carvalho catches Schilling’s kick and drives him to the cage as Schilling tries to spin out of it as he throws right elbows to reverse the positioning, but that doesn’t last long as Carvalho maintains cage control for the majority of the first round.
Carvalho catches Schilling’s kick, taking him down, but Schilling rolls into his guard. The striker’s grappling has improved as he stands up to exchange punches with the Brazilian who takes cage control yet again to end the first.
Round two begins Schilling sprawls, but Carvalho manages to drive forward with a double leg, ending up in side mount. Carvalho is looking for a kimora to no avail. Schilling fights his way to his feet as the crowd erupts for the American. The round ends against the cage yet again with Carvalho in control.
Third and final round, Schilling is attempting an ankle lock but Carvalho gets him to stand, take Schilling down with a double leg and work from Schilling’s half guard. Carvalho  has side control as the fight comes to an end.
Your winner by split decision, Rafael Carvalho
Lightweight World Championship (155 lbs)  –  Challenger, Dave Jansen (MMA 20-2, Bellator 7-0) vs. Champion, Will Brooks (MMA 15-1, Bellator 7-1)
Brooks charges in as Jansen puts on the breaks with a stomp kick. Brooks lands and overhand right but is floored with a right head kick. Brooks pops back up quickly as feet as this has been primarily kicking fight from the opening bell. Jansen uses a Thai Clinch to drive Brooks against the cage as both men exchange knees, one that drops the champion and allows Jansen to hope up with elbows. The champ isn’t absorbing everything Jansen has thrown at him and answers back with a side kick aiming for the liver.
Jansen has stunned Brooks twice in this opening round so far. Brooks has answered everything back, as the challenger has shown him no respect for his position as champion. Jansen misses an ax kick as Brooks slips  the right hand that follows. Round one comes to a close both men on their feet in the center of the cage.
Round two begins with both men exchanging kick as Brooks suffers a groin shot. Big John McCarthy warns Jansen of the blow and the fight resumes. The pace has slowed following the low blow as Jansen attempts a head kick that is caught by Brooks allowing the champion to take down the challenger.
Round three and the champion looks like he’s woken up, even though Jansen is the busier fighter, Brooks is able to avoid his strikes. Brooks has been fantastic with a counter attack during the third round and uses a belly-to-belly to take down Jansen, who is quickly up to his feet after a short scramble.  Jansen has a cut over his right eye, which appears to be bothering the champion. Unfortunately for the champion he was poked in the eye as Jansen tried to create distance. Brooks walks into another stomp kick that had no effect and the majority stand up match continues with an barrage of kicks from Jansen and more devastating boxing from Brooks. Brooks lands a heavy right hand that takes this fight into the championship rounds.
Round number four and this was has been Brooks from the start. He’s retained cage control and feeds Jansen a heavy right cross that bloodies the challenger’s nose and opens a second cut over the brow line. Jansen isn’t giving up.
Fifth and final round to decide the championship. Brooks has taken control since the the third round and has not let up on Jansen. It looks like the champion may have used the trash talking as fuel to carry him forward. Jansen is still giving it his all, he’s tired but he’s not out, which has the makings of a champion. Brooks has retained cage control for the latter half of the fight as this one goes to the judges.
Your winner by unanimous decision and STILL Bellator World Lightweight Champion, “Ill” Will Brooks!

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8 Minutes of Behind the Scenes Footage from ‘Age of Ultron’ http://fanboynation.com/age-of-ultron-behind-the-scenes/ http://fanboynation.com/age-of-ultron-behind-the-scenes/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:08:37 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31554 Share Please enable Javascript to watch this video We’re approaching the home stretch before Avengers: Age of Ultron opens and starts accumulating enough money to purchase multiple small Caribbean islands. Just the other day we brought you a featurette of Joss Whedon explaining a number of the behind the scenes antics that went on while filming Age of Ultron. Well today, 8 minutes of behind the scenes footage was released. Some are bloopers, others are kinda goofy, none are spoiler-y. You gotta love that they were filming the movie under the fake title of Afterparty.  The official synopsis: Marvel Studios

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We’re approaching the home stretch before Avengers: Age of Ultron opens and starts accumulating enough money to purchase multiple small Caribbean islands. Just the other day we brought you a featurette of Joss Whedon explaining a number of the behind the scenes antics that went on while filming Age of Ultron. Well today, 8 minutes of behind the scenes footage was released. Some are bloopers, others are kinda goofy, none are spoiler-y. You gotta love that they were filming the movie under the fake title of Afterparty.

age-of-ultron-2 The official synopsis:

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

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A Clip From the Season Premiere of ‘Louie’ & Preview of Next Week’s Episode http://fanboynation.com/louie-clip-preview/ http://fanboynation.com/louie-clip-preview/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:45:30 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31552 Share Comedy fans rejoice! Louie is back for its fifth season and FX has just released an extended clip from the show’s season premiere — my review of that episode is right here. Of course, the clip is awkward and hilarious, and, amazingly, not even the funniest moment in the episode. The clip highlights how the episode represents a shift from the fourth season, which carried with it heavier dramatic tones. FX has also released a teaser for next week’s episode, and based on this brief little teaser, it seems quite apparent that Louis C.K.‘s focus on comedy will run throughout

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Comedy fans rejoice! Louie is back for its fifth season and FX has just released an extended clip from the show’s season premiere — my review of that episode is right here. Of course, the clip is awkward and hilarious, and, amazingly, not even the funniest moment in the episode. The clip highlights how the episode represents a shift from the fourth season, which carried with it heavier dramatic tones. FX has also released a teaser for next week’s episode, and based on this brief little teaser, it seems quite apparent that Louis C.K.‘s focus on comedy will run throughout the show’s fifth season.

Louie airs on FX Thursdays at 10:30pm.

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Bellator 136 Prelims Live Stream on FanboyNation http://fanboynation.com/bellator-136-prelims-live-stream-on-fanboynation/ http://fanboynation.com/bellator-136-prelims-live-stream-on-fanboynation/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:39:46 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31547 Share Bellator MMA

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New Clip from ‘Batman vs. Robin’ http://fanboynation.com/new-clip-from-batman-vs-robin/ http://fanboynation.com/new-clip-from-batman-vs-robin/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:03:18 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31540 Share The DC Animated Universe keeps trucking along with Batman vs. Robin, which our own Kevin Fenix reviewed at WonderCon. Today, Warner Bros. and DC have provided us with the latest clip from the animated adventure. In the clip, Robin (voiced by Stuart Allen) discusses strategy with Talon (voiced by Jeremy Sisto). Along with the clip, we’ve also been provided a few new images from the animated feature. Batman vs. Robin is currently available to own on Digital HD and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 14th.

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The DC Animated Universe keeps trucking along with Batman vs. Robin, which our own Kevin Fenix reviewed at WonderCon. Today, Warner Bros. and DC have provided us with the latest clip from the animated adventure. In the clip, Robin (voiced by Stuart Allen) discusses strategy with Talon (voiced by Jeremy Sisto). Along with the clip, we’ve also been provided a few new images from the animated feature. Batman vs. Robin is currently available to own on Digital HD and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 14th.

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The B-Reel – An Angel Gets His (Metallic) Wings, and The Joker Says, “Smile” http://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-angel-joker/ http://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-angel-joker/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:02:33 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31533 ShareThere have been rumors surrounding Ben Hardy in X-Men: Apocalypse since the very first announcement of his being cast. Everyone has pretty much assumed he would be playing Warren Worthington’s Angel, no matter how much the studio said the opposite. Until now. The film’s director, Bryan Singer, has confirmed by way of Empire Online that not only will he portray Angel, he will continue his evolution into Archangel/Death, one of Apocalypse’s horsemen. These character designs make perfect sense for the film, and I don’t know why I hadn’t heard rumblings about this character change before. X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on

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There have been rumors surrounding Ben Hardy in X-Men: Apocalypse since the very first announcement of his being cast. Everyone has pretty much assumed he would be playing Warren Worthington’s Angel, no matter how much the studio said the opposite. Until now. The film’s director, Bryan Singer, has confirmed by way of Empire Online that not only will he portray Angel, he will continue his evolution into Archangel/Death, one of Apocalypse’s horsemen. These character designs make perfect sense for the film, and I don’t know why I hadn’t heard rumblings about this character change before.

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X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27th, 2016.

The Suicide Squad cast table read photo released earlier this week on Twitter was short one cast member. The entire cast was there, including Will Smith (Deadshot), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), but where was Jared Leto (The Joker)? He was nowhere to be found in the picture posted online by the film’s director, David Ayer.

Well, Ayer has now remedied this by tweeting this photo of Leto doing his best Killing Joke impression.

Suicide Squad is in theaters August 5th, 2016

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Do Not Doubt The Horror: Doubt Vol. 1-2 http://fanboynation.com/do-not-doubt-the-horror-doubt-vol-1-2/ http://fanboynation.com/do-not-doubt-the-horror-doubt-vol-1-2/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:00:47 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30726 ShareWritten & Illustrated by: Yoshiki Tonogai Published by: Yen Press Rabbit Doubt is a popular mobile game, where users are rabbits and they try to drive out the wolf amongst their ranks. A group of players decide to meet in person, but instead of a happy get together, they are captured, and locked in an abandoned warehouse. After finding a corpse, they soon learn they’re being forced to play a real life version of Rabbit Doubt. They need to uncover the wolf or they will be picked off one by one. While the group of virtual friends try to reveal the

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Tonogai_DoubtV1_TPWritten & Illustrated by: Yoshiki Tonogai
Published by: Yen Press

Rabbit Doubt is a popular mobile game, where users are rabbits and they try to drive out the wolf amongst their ranks. A group of players decide to meet in person, but instead of a happy get together, they are captured, and locked in an abandoned warehouse.

After finding a corpse, they soon learn they’re being forced to play a real life version of Rabbit Doubt. They need to uncover the wolf or they will be picked off one by one. While the group of virtual friends try to reveal the wolf, the bigger question is if they can trust each other?

Many Japanese horror writers have strong grasp of suspense and Tonagai can add himself to the list. We are given a usual horror setting: group of strangers trapped in a building and they have to work together and find the killer who might be among them. This might turn off the seasoned horror fan, but what is fascinating about Doubt is how the characters are forced to solve the puzzle. The clues are given sparingly, logic only works so well, and you are led down a trail of false positives for engrossing mystery.

The character interactions are a little too standard, you have typical archetypes: loner, high school girl, high school boy, quiet genius, etc. They mesh well enough to not be too distracting.

The art supports the story Tonagai wishes to tell. It’s good, characters are easily recognizable and action flows from page to page. His death scenes are gruesome, albeit not to be feeding any fetish. Doubt is one of the best horror comics that Yen has imported since Another.

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New ‘Ant-Man’ Image Shows Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket http://fanboynation.com/ant-man-yellowjacket/ http://fanboynation.com/ant-man-yellowjacket/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:45:42 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31524 Share With Avengers: Age of Ultron just starting to screen for the press, Marvel is getting ready to shift its promotional machine to get ready to hype up Ant-Man. Yesterday, EW was given the first look at Yellowjacket, which will be played by Corey Stoll, fighting our miniature titular hero. Questions still linger in the air as to whether or not Ant-Man can overcome its production troubles and avoid being the first fiasco for Marvel Studios. Answers will be issued on July 17th, 2015 when Ant-Man hits theaters. The official synopsis: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings

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With Avengers: Age of Ultron just starting to screen for the press, Marvel is getting ready to shift its promotional machine to get ready to hype up Ant-Man. Yesterday, EW was given the first look at Yellowjacket, which will be played by Corey Stoll, fighting our miniature titular hero. Questions still linger in the air as to whether or not Ant-Man can overcome its production troubles and avoid being the first fiasco for Marvel Studios. Answers will be issued on July 17th, 2015 when Ant-Man hits theaters.

The official synopsis:

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

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Teaser and Featurette for Next Week’s Episode of ‘The Americans’ on FX http://fanboynation.com/teaser-and-featurette-for-next-weeks-episode-of-the-americans-on-fx/ http://fanboynation.com/teaser-and-featurette-for-next-weeks-episode-of-the-americans-on-fx/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:30:26 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31521 Share The Americans, the acclaimed FX drama, is hurtling towards its season finale, and in anticipation of the season’s penultimate episode, I Am Abassin Zadran, FX has just released a brief teaser full of the duplicitous espionage that fills The Americans. But FX isn’t just providing a small glimpse into next week’s episode, they’ve also released a featurette exploring the revelations that Paige, the eldest child of the Jennings Family, has stumbled upon. Needless to say, trust isn’t in great supply on The Americans.

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The Americans, the acclaimed FX drama, is hurtling towards its season finale, and in anticipation of the season’s penultimate episode, I Am Abassin Zadran, FX has just released a brief teaser full of the duplicitous espionage that fills The Americans. But FX isn’t just providing a small glimpse into next week’s episode, they’ve also released a featurette exploring the revelations that Paige, the eldest child of the Jennings Family, has stumbled upon. Needless to say, trust isn’t in great supply on The Americans.

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Trailer for ‘Incorrigible,’ Chris D’Elia’s Stand-Up Special for Netflix http://fanboynation.com/trailer-for-incorrigible-chris-delias-stand-up-special-for-netflix/ http://fanboynation.com/trailer-for-incorrigible-chris-delias-stand-up-special-for-netflix/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:13:58 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31515 Share Netflix continues its expansion of original programming, which includes a large number of stand-up comedy specials. Over the past few years, it has seemed as if Netflix has taken the mantle formerly held by HBO as the preferred destination for stand-up specials. Now it’s Chris D’Elia‘s turn to take the stage on the streaming service with Incorrigible. Netflix has provided us with the first trailer for the special, which marks the first stand-up special for the star of NBC’s Undateable. Incorrigible hits Netflix on April 17th.  Here’s the synopsis from Netflix: Comedian and actor Chris D’Elia (*Undateable*), brings his dynamic physical

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Netflix continues its expansion of original programming, which includes a large number of stand-up comedy specials. Over the past few years, it has seemed as if Netflix has taken the mantle formerly held by HBO as the preferred destination for stand-up specials. Now it’s Chris D’Elia‘s turn to take the stage on the streaming service with Incorrigible. Netflix has provided us with the first trailer for the special, which marks the first stand-up special for the star of NBC’s Undateable. Incorrigible hits Netflix on April 17th.

incorrigable-full Here’s the synopsis from Netflix:

Comedian and actor Chris D’Elia (*Undateable*), brings his dynamic physical comedy to The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles for his Netflix comedy special launching on April 17. He explains why the NFL would be way more entertaining if it were real lions, bears and Vikings battling each other, that babies are the worst prize ever, and that you should never ask a Cuban directions unless you’re ready for the best time of your life.

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Steel Cage Carnage Ep. 22 – Raw, SmackDown, and the Iron Sheik http://fanboynation.com/steel-cage-carnage-ep-22-2/ http://fanboynation.com/steel-cage-carnage-ep-22-2/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:25:02 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31513 ShareJosh and Fran discuss Raw, SmackDown, Scott Steiner & Jimmy Snuka’s bloodlust, Hulk Hogan’s connection to the New Gods, the Iron Sheik documentary, and video games.

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Josh and Fran discuss Raw, SmackDown, Scott Steiner & Jimmy Snuka’s bloodlust, Hulk Hogan’s connection to the New Gods, the Iron Sheik documentary, and video games.

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Summer Movie Preview: The BLOCKBUSTERS http://fanboynation.com/summer-movie-preview-2015/ http://fanboynation.com/summer-movie-preview-2015/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:07:13 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31502 Share Last week, we published our preview of independent films to look forward to this summer. Now we’re going over the big boys – or a fair chunk of them. But the summer movie season has kept shifting further and further into the spring. This will only get more intense next year when Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice both open in March. For obvious reasons we won’t go over the glorious vehicular mayhem of Furious 7 or the obvious behemoth of the summer season – Avengers: Age of Ultron. So let’s get to it

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Last week, we published our preview of independent films to look forward to this summer. Now we’re going over the big boys – or a fair chunk of them. But the summer movie season has kept shifting further and further into the spring. This will only get more intense next year when Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice both open in March. For obvious reasons we won’t go over the glorious vehicular mayhem of Furious 7 or the obvious behemoth of the summer season – Avengers: Age of Ultron. So let’s get to it and look at the big guns that this summer has in store.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – May 15, 2015

Needless to say, the last Mad Max film, Beyond Thunderdome, was rather disappointing. But 30 years later, George Miller, director of the original Mad Max trilogy, is returning to the apocalyptic wasteland he created decades ago only swapping out Tom Hardy for the perpetually disgraced Mel Gibson. The trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road have been impressive and certainly promise madness. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Fury Road will either kick a shit-ton of ass, or be a bat-shit crazy misfire. Considering that George Miller’s last two films were computer animated films about penguins, Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two, I have no idea what to expect.

The official synopsis:

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone.  Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa.  They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken.  Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

TOMORROWLAND — May 22, 2015

Even if Brad Bird hadn’t already proven himself as a live-action filmmaker with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, he’d still be the perfect choice for Tomorrowland. The director behind The Iron Giant has unique understanding of grandiose scale and deep-felt emotion. With co-writer Damon Lindelof, Bird and company have kept many details about Tomorrowland under wraps, so the wonder and majesty may remain a surprise. Starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, Tomorrowland looks as full of mystery and wonder as the future itself.

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The official synopsis:

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 take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

SAN ANDREAS – May 29, 2015

The trailer for San Andreas felt like a dual throwback – a throwback to both the original disaster films of the ‘70s and the disaster film revival of the ‘90s. With its expansive cast headlined by Dwayne Johnson in the Charlton Heston role, San Andreas looks to make shockwaves through theaters this summer. Living in Southern California, though, this film might hit too close to home.

The official synopsis:

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.   But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning.  And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

ENTOURAGE – June 5, 2015

Talk about a wasted opportunity. Had San Andreas and Entourage been combined in one movie, that’d might just be the greatest movie ever. But it would also betray one of the central tenents of Entourage – the complete lack of conflict. One thing the Entourage movie does promise is a ton of celebrity cameos, including everybody’s favorite Expendable, Kelsey Grammer.

The official synopsis:

Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agentturned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven).  Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 – June 5, 2015

Leigh Whannell has been a frequent collaborator of James Wan, co-writing a number of the director’s films. When Wan departed the horror genre to try his hand at action with Furious 7, Whannell moved onto the director’s chair for Insidious: Chapter 3. Judging the trailers, Whannell isn’t a missing a beat in his directorial debut.

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The official synopsis:

The new chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

JURASSIC WORLD – June 12, 2015

With Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt proved he was a movie star, and suddenly his name has been circulated in rumors for a variety of blockbuster properties. As his leading follow up to Guardians, Pratt is taking audiences to Jurassic World, the fourth Jurassic Park film which comes 14 years after the last sequel. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, who made a splash with 2011’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World attempts to be the first satisfactory sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster masterpiece.

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.

TERMINATOR GENISYS – July 1, 2015

Another attempt to revive a property diminished by inferior sequels, Terminator Genisys – that title is seriously awful – looks to wreak havoc on the already confusing time travel timeline of the Terminator saga. Director Alan Taylor made an entertaining sequel with Thor: The Dark World, but questions abound as to whether or not Terminator is a franchise that can be rebooted. Of course, Genisys is buoyed by the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the cybernetic killing machine and not a computer generated outcast from the Uncanny Valley. With Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, Terminator Genisys certainly has a very geek friendly cast.

The official synopsis:

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

ANT-MAN — July 17, 2015

Every time that Marvel Studios had faced doubts about the viability of their expanding universe, Marvel has passed the test with flying colors. With Age of Ultron all but assured to be one of the biggest movies of the year, if not of all-time, the biggest challenge to Marvel’s unquestioned dominance remains Ant-Man. After spending years developing his script with Joe Cornish, director Edgar Wright left the film as it was gearing up to head into production. Without Wright, people wondered if there was any need for an Ant-Man movie. Paul Rudd was still attached to star as Scott Lang, and Rudd was able to convince Adam McKay to come onboard and do a rewrite on the script. Then Peyton Reed was hired to direct. While I’m still unfamiliar with Reed’s filmography – that’ll change real soon – I’ve repeatedly heard that he’s a fine filmmaker. Still, questions are everywhere. Will Marvel prove the doubters wrong yet again? Can a superhero named Ant-Man actually lead a blockbuster movie? How much of Edgar Wright’s work made into the film? And on and on and on.

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The official synopsis:

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

TRAINWRECK – July 17, 2015

It’s hard to understate Judd Apatow’s influence on modern comedy. As a writer, director, and producer, Apatow has raised the profile of today’s biggest names in comedy. After trying to make more personal comedy-dramas with Funny People and This is 40 to very mixed results, Apatow is ceding writing duties to Amy Schumer, who also stars, for Trainwreck. Schumer has repeatedly proven her comedic chops on her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, but now it’s time to see if she’s ready to take the next big step forward, even if it is a bit of a wobbly step.

The official synopsis:

Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

THE VATICAN TAPES – July 24, 2015

Where would horror films be without the Catholic Church? Carrying on the horror tradition of demonic possession is The Vatican Tapes which stars Michael Peña and Dijimon Hounsou. Splitting from his directing partner on the Crank films, The Vatican Tapes is the first solo directing project for Mark Neveldine and looks to be a mix of traditional narrative cinema and the trendy, cheap found footage.

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The official synopsis:

THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

PIXELS — July 24, 2015

As much as trends change, there’s always a demand for nostalgia. Looking to capitalize on nostalgia for old video games is Chris ColumbusPixels, where an alien race uses video game characters to unleash untold levels of destruction. While the trio of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad should be enough to scare me off, the film also features Peter Dinklage, who is a rock star, and the criminally underappreciated Michelle Monaghan.

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The official synopsis:

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION – July 31st, 2015

After a number of ups and downs over the years, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was the best in the series since the first film in 1996. After its success, director Brad Bird moved on to the wonders of Tomorrowland. Series star Tom Cruise was able to coax his director from Jack Reacher, Christopher McQuarrie, to take over the director’s chair on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. While the fifth film in the series looks to, once again, be about Ethan Hunt and his IMF agents being disavowed, McQuarrie’s clear, concise action in the trailer looks phenomenal, and Tom Cruise hanging off thing is always good for a wow factor. Though Cruise is earning press for his association with Scientology, the actor is hoping to quiet that chatter the same way he always does – making some crazy fun movies.

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The official synopsis:

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Tom Cruise / Bad Robot production. The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.

RICKI AND THE FLASH — August 7, 2015

At this point, we all know that Meryl Streep can do anything. So her starring as a rock ‘n’ roller in Ricki and the Flash isn’t a shocking revelation. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, and written by Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning writer of Juno, Ricki and the Flash has some serious talent working on just about every level.

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The official synopsis:

Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the uplifting comedy Ricki and the Flash.  In a film loaded with music and live performance, Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband.

FANTASTIC FOUR – August 7, 2015

The Fantastic Four started the boom of Marvel Comics when the series debuted in 1961.  But the quartet of superheroes have never successfully been able to crossover to movie screens. There’s the infamous Roger Corman production that never saw the light of day and the two films by Tim Story – 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – and none of these works satisfied fans at all. After years of trying to revitalize the dormant superheroes, 20th Century Fox hired Chronicle director Josh Trank to breathe new life into the film franchise. Between its casting and some leaked plot points, Trank’s film has yet to win over skeptics who fear that changes made to the beloved characters are too egregious. Of course, there’s much secrecy surrounding the film and Trank has already been hired for a Star Wars spinoff, which itself seems like a vote of confidence.

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.

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. – August 15, 2015

Even though they were both massively successful, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films feel like a distant memory. While it seems that Ritchie’s Holmes may be done, he’s moved onto another form of classic series – The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Superman himself Henry Cavill steps into the role of Napoleon Solo, the spy originally played by Robert Vaughn. Based on the trailer, the film looks like a highly stylized ‘60s throwback, but one has to wonder if it just has the unfortunate timing of being too similar to Kingsman, this year’s other cheeky spy throwback.

The official synopsis:

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin.  Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.  The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON – August 15, 2015

After spending years in development, F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton, about the influential hip hop group N.W.A., will finally be getting a theatrical release. Based on the trailers and character posters, it would seem that they’ve done a fantastic job of finding young actors with an uncanny resemblance to their real life counterparts. For me, only one question remains: Will the hip hop biopic be beholden to the same clichés as the rock biopic?

The official synopsis:

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., *Straight Outta Compton* tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

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Featured Cosplayer: Lauren Olivia Cosplay http://fanboynation.com/featured-cosplayer-lauren-olivia-cosplay/ http://fanboynation.com/featured-cosplayer-lauren-olivia-cosplay/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:00:40 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30127 Share Name:  Lauren Olivia Cosplay City:  Knoxville, TN Twitter:  @moemoe_kyun7 Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/laurennolivia7 What was your first Cosplay Experience?  I’ve been dressing up in costumes enthusiastically since age 5.  A first was Link from Zelda at a really young age — I’ve loved it ever since. How long have you been Cosplaying?  I’ve been attending cons in cosplay for about 2 years or so now, but I’ve always been interested in costume making and dressing as my favorite characters. What is your favorite cosplay you have worn/created?  My favorite cosplay so far has been Ryuko from Kill la Kill. If you

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Name:  Lauren Olivia Cosplay

City:  Knoxville, TN

Twitter:  @moemoe_kyun7

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/laurennolivia7

What was your first Cosplay Experience? 

I’ve been dressing up in costumes enthusiastically since age 5.  A first was Link from Zelda at a really young age — I’ve loved it ever since.

How long have you been Cosplaying? 

I’ve been attending cons in cosplay for about 2 years or so now, but I’ve always been interested in costume making and dressing as my favorite characters.

What is your favorite cosplay you have worn/created? 

My favorite cosplay so far has been Ryuko from Kill la Kill.

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

I would make a Sylvanas Windrunner cosplay.  I’ve always loved her — used to be a WoW addict.

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

Don’t give up when you can’t make something — watch youtube tutorials and do your best, but don’t be ashamed if you have to commission or buy part of your costume

 

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Everything is Awesome! ‘Lego Movie’ Directors Developing ‘The Flash’ Movie http://fanboynation.com/lord-miller-flash/ http://fanboynation.com/lord-miller-flash/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:22:31 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31497 Share While The Flash is a runaway hit on television, Warner Bros. isn’t content to let the character dominate the CW. As part of the growing DC Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros. has been trying to actively develop The Flash for the movies. Rumors started to surface, starting with Jeff Sneider of The Wrap on the Meet the Movie Press Podcast, that Warner Bros. was trying to round up Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the minds behind The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street, to take on the classic DC character. Well, it is now being reported that Lord and Miller

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While The Flash is a runaway hit on television, Warner Bros. isn’t content to let the character dominate the CW. As part of the growing DC Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros. has been trying to actively develop The Flash for the movies. Rumors started to surface, starting with Jeff Sneider of The Wrap on the Meet the Movie Press Podcast, that Warner Bros. was trying to round up Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the minds behind The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street, to take on the classic DC character. Well, it is now being reported that Lord and Miller are working on an adaptation of The Flash, which already has a release date slated for March 23rd, 2018, though the duo is not attached to direct.

Up until this point, I’ve had nothing but skepticism as to WB and DC’s plans for a cinematic universe. It all comes across as a reaction to Marvel’s success, like they’re afraid to carve out their own path. Even more confusing, is how they’ll be able to reconcile the differences between the television and cinematic incarnations of The Flash. At least with Lord and Miller onboard, there’s at least a hope that the duo can find the bridge between the two.

There’s still no reason to get too excited. Lord and Miller are in high demand and their names have come up for a possible Ghostbusters film. More importantly, The Flash isn’t slated to come out until 2018, and all it takes is one massive flop from the DC Universe to derail the plans at WB. While expectations are high for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we have over a year to find out if that film is able to establish the foundation of this burgeoning universe.

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ Expands to ‘Agents of S.P.I.N.O.F.F.’ http://fanboynation.com/agents-of-shield-spinoff/ http://fanboynation.com/agents-of-shield-spinoff/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:53:34 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31493 Share Having already conquered the movies, Marvel has been rapidly expanding into television. It started with Agents of SHIELD and then expanded into the wonderful Agent Carter. At midnight PST, Daredevil will be the first of four Marvel series to hit Netflix. Now we can add to the list a spinoff to the popular Agents of SHIELD. Today EW is reporting that ABC in active development on a spinoff. However, the only details they have concerning the show are the two people developing the show: We’re told a spinoff is being developed by SHIELD executive producer Jeffrey Bell (Angel, The X-Files) and SHIELD writer

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Having already conquered the movies, Marvel has been rapidly expanding into television. It started with Agents of SHIELD and then expanded into the wonderful Agent Carter. At midnight PST, Daredevil will be the first of four Marvel series to hit Netflix. Now we can add to the list a spinoff to the popular Agents of SHIELD.

Today EW is reporting that ABC in active development on a spinoff. However, the only details they have concerning the show are the two people developing the show:

We’re told a spinoff is being developed by SHIELD executive producer Jeffrey Bell (AngelThe X-Files) and SHIELD writer Paul Zbyszewski (LostHawaii Five-0).

Agents of SHIELD vastly improved over the course of its first season, yet when the show returned for its second season, I just never went back. While Agents of SHIELD never managed to completely capture my devotion in the same way the Marvel movies have, I’m still intrigued to see just how far the Marvel Universe expands through the realm of television. If development goes smoothly on this project, Agents of SPINOFF could possibly be airing on ABC this fall. We’ll keep you updated as any news comes along.

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First Teaser for the Second Season of ‘True Detective’ http://fanboynation.com/true-detective-s2-teaser/ http://fanboynation.com/true-detective-s2-teaser/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:05:16 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31483 Share HBO’s True Detective captured the attention of the masses in a way that I’m not quite sure that any other recent series has. Not only did the show’s inaugural season win over critics and audiences, it also inspired a plethora of memes that would spread across social media like a wild fire. When it was announced that the second season of the show would focus on new characters and would feature a new cast, #TrueDetectiveSeason2 memes took over Twitter and would live on well past the casting of the new season. With its second season rapidly approaching its premiere

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HBO’s True Detective captured the attention of the masses in a way that I’m not quite sure that any other recent series has. Not only did the show’s inaugural season win over critics and audiences, it also inspired a plethora of memes that would spread across social media like a wild fire. When it was announced that the second season of the show would focus on new characters and would feature a new cast, #TrueDetectiveSeason2 memes took over Twitter and would live on well past the casting of the new season.

With its second season rapidly approaching its premiere date of June 21st, HBO has released its first teaser for the highly anticipated series. But this is purely a teaser – nothing within the video to give us further context into the show’s new characters or central mystery. There is, however, an official synopsis which gives names to the new cast of characters:

A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.

Justin Lin of the Fast & Furious films directed the first two episodes of the new season, so this might be a big departure from the previous season of True Detective. And while there are no concerns as to whether or not Colin Farrell or Rachel McAdams can lead the series, there is one linger question that hangs over the second season of True Detective: Can audiences accept Vince Vaughn not playing a half-animal, part-party machine? That question will be answered on June 21st at 10pm on HBO.

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The Avengers Take on Ultron in Animated Form on ‘Marvel’s Avengers Assemble’ http://fanboynation.com/avengers-assemble-ultron/ http://fanboynation.com/avengers-assemble-ultron/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:34:52 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31474 Share Ultron won’t just be attacking the Avengers on the big screen, the mechanized monster will also battle the Avengers on a 5-episode story arc on Disney XD’s animated series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. In anticipation of this animated event, Marvel and Disney XD have provided us with a new clip from Sunday’s episode Crack in the System. They’ve also provided us with airdates and a synopsis for each of the Ultron episodes. Synopsis and airtimes: *SUNDAY, APR. 12 (8:30AM ET/PT) –* “*Crack in the System*” Iron Man and Captain America attempt to rebuild their relationship in the aftermath of their

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Ultron won’t just be attacking the Avengers on the big screen, the mechanized monster will also battle the Avengers on a 5-episode story arc on Disney XD’s animated series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. In anticipation of this animated event, Marvel and Disney XD have provided us with a new clip from Sunday’s episode Crack in the System. They’ve also provided us with airdates and a synopsis for each of the Ultron episodes.

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Synopsis and airtimes:

*SUNDAY, APR. 12 (8:30AM ET/PT) –* “*Crack in the System*”

Iron Man and Captain America attempt to rebuild their relationship in the aftermath of their battle with Thanos, but things become strained when Cap discovers that Iron Man has been hiding dangerous information about an artificial intelligence unit called Ultron.

*SUNDAY, APR. 19 (8:30AM ET/PT)* – “*Avengers Disassembled*”

With the Avengers divided and at odds, a newly resurfaced and even more powerful Ultron gains control of Avengers Tower and Iron Man’s Hall of Armors leading to the destruction of The Avengers as we know them.

*SUNDAY, APR. 26 (8:30AM ET/PT)* – “*Small Time Heroes*”

With only half the team on his side and the Avengers Tower destroyed by Ultron, Tony and his new team must seek help from Ant-Man. But when they come across Ant-Man trying to stop Modok, who has misused stolen Pym Particles, Tony’s team joins the battle to stop the big-headed tyrant.

*TUESDAY, APR. 28 (8:30 AM ET/PT)*– “*The Ultron Outbreak*”

The divided Avengers reunite when Captain America and Iron Man learn to appreciate their differences while trying to save the world from ultimate destruction at the hands of Ultron!

*SUNDAY, MAY 10 (8:30AM ET/PT)*– “*Secret Avengers”*

Captain America’s team discovers working for S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t everything they hoped for when they’re expected to unquestionably follow orders in a dangerous situation involving Crimson Dynamo and The Winter Guard.

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Netflix to Stream Documentary on Grateful Dead Guitarist Bob Weir http://fanboynation.com/bob-weir-netflix/ http://fanboynation.com/bob-weir-netflix/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:07:56 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31478 Share Of the many, many cultural elements that leave me perplexed, chief among them is the popularity of The Grateful Dead. For those of you who actually understand and enjoy the phenomenon of The Grateful Dead, Netflix is releasing a documentary on Dead guitarist Bob Weir which will be streaming exclusively on the streaming service starting on May 22nd, 2015. Directed by Mike Fleiss, The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir looks to provide an intimate portrait of a guitar legend. Here’s the press release from Netflix: THE OTHER ONE: THE LONG STRANGE TRIP OF BOB WEIR

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Of the many, many cultural elements that leave me perplexed, chief among them is the popularity of The Grateful Dead. For those of you who actually understand and enjoy the phenomenon of The Grateful Dead, Netflix is releasing a documentary on Dead guitarist Bob Weir which will be streaming exclusively on the streaming service starting on May 22nd, 2015. Directed by Mike Fleiss, The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir looks to provide an intimate portrait of a guitar legend.

Here’s the press release from Netflix:

THE OTHER ONE: THE LONG STRANGE TRIP OF BOB WEIR TO DEBUT EXCLUSIVELY ON NETFLIX

An Intimate Look at the Life and Career of The Legendary Grateful Dead Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist From Filmmaker Mike Fleiss Debuts in All Netflix Territories on May 22

Beverly Hills, CA, April 9, 2015— Netflix will launch the documentary, The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, exclusively on the world’s leading Internet TV network on  Friday, May 22nd.  The Netflix original documentary, winner of the 2014 Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, provides a revelatory look at Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead, and will be available to stream in all Netflix territories.

From director Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne), producer Marc Weingarten (God Bless Ozzy Osbourne) and executive producers Martin Hilton (The Bachelor) and Justin Kreutzmann (In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends), The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, which made its world debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles Weir’s journey from Palo Alto youth to global success as a member of one of the world’s most influential and popular bands. With a special emphasis on his brotherhood with Jerry Garcia and ample musical performances and archival footage, The Other One features interviews with bandmates, colleagues, fans, family and Bob Weir himself.

“Mike Fleiss was given unprecedented access to create an intimate and compelling film about one of the most prolific, respected and beloved musicians of our time,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary and Comedy.  “We are proud to bring Bob’s story to his fans around the world on the eve of the Dead’s final shows at Soldier Field in Chicago.”

“We certainly unearthed a lot of buried treasure from the Grateful Dead archive while making this film,” said filmmaker, Mike Fleiss.  “With Netflix, we have found the perfect global partner to tell the fascinating life story of Bob Weir set against the backdrop of America’s greatest rock band.”

The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir is created, directed and produced by Mike Fleiss, produced by Marc Weingarten, and executive produced by Martin Hilton and Justin Kreutzmann.

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Special Features and Release Date Announced for ‘Project Almanac’ on Blu-Ray and Digital HD http://fanboynation.com/project-almanac-blu-ray/ http://fanboynation.com/project-almanac-blu-ray/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:11:27 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31469 Share I missed Project Almanac when it hit theaters earlier this year. The night of the press screening I was already obligated to another movie. That’s all irrelevant now because Paramount Pictures has set a release date for Project Almanac to arrive on a Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD. As is the latest trend, the Digital HD version will be available on May 26th, two weeks prior to the physical media date of June 9th. Directed by Dean Israelite, Project Almanac looked to combine elements from various time travel stories, namely the unintended consequences, presented in the found footage manner

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I missed Project Almanac when it hit theaters earlier this year. The night of the press screening I was already obligated to another movie. That’s all irrelevant now because Paramount Pictures has set a release date for Project Almanac to arrive on a Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD. As is the latest trend, the Digital HD version will be available on May 26th, two weeks prior to the physical media date of June 9th.

Directed by Dean Israelite, Project Almanac looked to combine elements from various time travel stories, namely the unintended consequences, presented in the found footage manner that the kids just love these day. Of course, Project Almanac was produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes, so there’s that.

Here are all the details on the Blu-Ray and Digital HD packages:

Action-Packed Thrill Ride Arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack June 9, 2015 

See the Future Two Weeks Early on Digital HD May 26             

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “a total blast” (Clarke Wolfe, Nerdist) and “[a] movie you will want to see with your friends again and again” (Riley Roberts, Crixit), PROJECT ALMANAC debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD June 9, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD May 26.

With a story that is “smart and thrilling” (Silas Lesnick, Coming Soon),
PROJECT ALMANAC follows a brilliant high school student (Jonny Weston, The Divergent Series: Insurgent) and his friends who discover blueprints for a machine that can send them back in time.  They soon rewrite history to win the lottery, ace exams, and party like there’s no tomorrow.  But by changing the past, they have threatened the future of our world.  Can they undo the damage they have unleashed before it’s too late?

The film features an outstanding cast of up-and-coming actors including Sofia Black D’Elia (“Gossip Girl”), Sam Lerner (“The Goldbergs”), Allen Evangelista (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Virginia Gardner (“The Goldbergs”).  The PROJECT ALMANAC Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD includes deleted scenes, an alternate opening and alternate endings.  Plus, get a $10 card to see any movie in theaters with the purchase of the Blu-ray Combo Pack, while supplies last.

PROJECT ALMANAC Blu-ray Combo Pack

The PROJECT ALMANAC Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

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  • Feature film in high definition
  • Alternate Opening
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Endings

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  • Feature film in standard definition

The Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase includes a Digital Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.

PROJECT ALMANAC Single-Disc DVD

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

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Legendary Fight Trainer Freddie Roach Interviewed on This Week’s ‘Inside MMA’ http://fanboynation.com/legendary-fight-trainer-freddie-roach-interviewed-on-this-weeks-inside-mma/ http://fanboynation.com/legendary-fight-trainer-freddie-roach-interviewed-on-this-weeks-inside-mma/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:49:48 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31464 Share I’m not exactly well-versed in the world of MMA. After all, I’m the film nerd here. Anyways, in this excerpt from this week’s Inside MMA on AXS TV, legendary fight trainer Freddie Roach sound just as I imagined a fight trainer would sound like. Carrying a bit of a rasp in the back of his throat, Roach reminds me of Mick from Rocky, though I don’t know Roach’s thoughts on the effect of women on legs. Be sure to check out the whole interview this Friday on Inside MMA: INSIDE MMA series host Kenny Rice sits down with legendary

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I’m not exactly well-versed in the world of MMA. After all, I’m the film nerd here. Anyways, in this excerpt from this week’s Inside MMA on AXS TV, legendary fight trainer Freddie Roach sound just as I imagined a fight trainer would sound like. Carrying a bit of a rasp in the back of his throat, Roach reminds me of Mick from Rocky, though I don’t know Roach’s thoughts on the effect of women on legs.

Be sure to check out the whole interview this Friday on Inside MMA:

INSIDE MMA series host Kenny Rice sits down with legendary trainer Freddie Roach this Friday, April 10 to discuss his thoughts on numerous subjects, including such topics as highly decorated UFC fighter Georges St. Pierre’s return to MMA; former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s drug testing controversy, and the anticipated Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather fight. In studio, UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis will guest host in place of Rice alongside series host Bas Rutten where they will interview UFC women’s strawwweight Paige VanZant.

INSIDE MMA airs this Friday, April 10 at 12:30 a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT following AXS TV FIGHTS: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 25.

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Season 3 Trailer for ‘Orange is the New Black’ http://fanboynation.com/season-3-trailer-for-orange-is-the-new-black/ http://fanboynation.com/season-3-trailer-for-orange-is-the-new-black/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:30:07 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31455 Share Everyone’s favorite felonious females are back! Netflix has just released the trailer for season 3 of Orange is the New Black, the hit comedy-drama from the streaming service. They’ve also released a handful of images from the new season which is set to stream on June 12th, 2015. While I’ve never been able to get into the show, I’m well aware that this is big news for the show’s intensely passionate fanbase. The synopsis: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series, is back for an all-new season. Piper, Red, Crazy Eyes, Taystee, Poussey,

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Everyone’s favorite felonious females are back! Netflix has just released the trailer for season 3 of Orange is the New Black, the hit comedy-drama from the streaming service. They’ve also released a handful of images from the new season which is set to stream on June 12th, 2015. While I’ve never been able to get into the show, I’m well aware that this is big news for the show’s intensely passionate fanbase.

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The synopsis:

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series, is back for an all-new season. Piper, Red, Crazy Eyes, Taystee, Poussey, Sophia, 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.

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There [Isn’t] One Big Change in the ‘Star Wars’ Digital HD Collection (UPDATED) http://fanboynation.com/there-could-be-one-big-change-in-the-star-wars-digital-hd-collection/ http://fanboynation.com/there-could-be-one-big-change-in-the-star-wars-digital-hd-collection/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:01:35 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31452 Share UPDATE: Looks like that report might’ve been premature. Perhaps there’s just no hope for A New Hope. Just downloaded “Star Wars: A New Hope” HD on Australian iTunes. No change from the Blu-ray – Greedo still shoots first god damn it. — Garth Franklin (@darkhorizons) April 9, 2015 And Devin Faraci discusses his reporting errors, and drops another nugget that might explain the origins of the initial story: There is a 4k remaster of A New Hope. In this 4k remaster, which includes tweaks and small changes, the Han/Greedo scene is altered. The 4k remaster is not what is being used for

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UPDATE: Looks like that report might’ve been premature. Perhaps there’s just no hope for A New Hope.

And Devin Faraci discusses his reporting errors, and drops another nugget that might explain the origins of the initial story:

There is a 4k remaster of A New Hope. In this 4k remaster, which includes tweaks and small changes, the Han/Greedo scene is altered. The 4k remaster is not what is being used for the digital editions. The existence of the 4k remasters have been known for a while – they were reported in June of last year – but which version was being remastered wasn’t exactly clear. It seems like the 4k remaster is still being held back for… something. A rerelease timed with The Force Awakens? A 40th anniversary rerelease right before Episode VIII? A new box set tied to the release of The Force Awakens?

So, a potential 4k remaster of Star Wars might be on the horizon, of course, months after the hoopla surrounding the Digital HD releases. While there’s a bit of exciting news in here, I’m withhold all enthusiasm until we know whether or not these are the real Star Wars movies or just another go-round with the Special Editions.

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If a report from Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest is to be believed, the endless tinkering of the Star Wars films might finally have taken a turn in the right direction. From Faraci’s report:

If my sources are correct – and we’ll know in about 24 hours – Han will now shoot first in this edition of Star Wars. It’s probably one of the most egregious changes made to the Original Trilogy (and a lot of those changes were egregious) and now, almost two decades after it was included in the Special Edition, it will be gone.

Admitting error and restoring Han Solo shooting first will quell some of the rampant fan dissatisfaction with the Special Editions, but it still doesn’t mean that these versions on a new format will excise that awful Jabba the Hut scene in A New Hope, the gut-wrenching musical number in Return of the Jedi, or the inclusion of the ghost of young Anakin Skywalker.

This is merely a baby step in the right direction. For me, however, I’m not going to throw down any cash on Star Wars movies until I have assurance that I’m getting the original movies. Until then, it’s nice that they’ve reportedly dumped one of the most ridiculous changes ever committed to any film ever.

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The Reveals Keep Coming — What’s That Thing? It’s The Thing from ‘Fantastic Four’ http://fanboynation.com/fantastic-four-thing-reveal/ http://fanboynation.com/fantastic-four-thing-reveal/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:47:11 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31447 Share Now that we’ve gotten looks at The Vision and Daredevil in their resepective costumes, now we’re getting a clearer look at The Thing from Josh Trank‘s upcoming Fantastic Four. Empire uploaded a handful of new images from the film, with the clear glimpse of Jamie Bell‘s Ben Grimm being the highlight of the bunch. Skepticism about Fantastic Four still abounds from certain corners of fandom, but Fantastic Four might very well surprise the haters when it opens on August 7th, 2015. All I know is I don’t know what to expect. The official synopsis: THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary

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Now that we’ve gotten looks at The Vision and Daredevil in their resepective costumes, now we’re getting a clearer look at The Thing from Josh Trank‘s upcoming Fantastic Four. Empire uploaded a handful of new images from the film, with the clear glimpse of Jamie Bell‘s Ben Grimm being the highlight of the bunch. Skepticism about Fantastic Four still abounds from certain corners of fandom, but Fantastic Four might very well surprise the haters when it opens on August 7th, 2015. All I know is I don’t know what to expect.

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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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A Lively Visual Graphic Novel: The Undertaking of Lily Chen http://fanboynation.com/a-lively-visual-graphic-novel-the-undertaking-of-lily-chen/ http://fanboynation.com/a-lively-visual-graphic-novel-the-undertaking-of-lily-chen/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:40:24 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30724 ShareWritten & Art By Danica Novogorodoff First Second ISBN: 978-1596435865 In China if a man dies unmarried it’s a great travesty. A man must have a wife to be by his side in the afterlife to keep him company. Deshi is charged with finding his recently deceased brother a wife, but there is a shortage of fresh, female corpses. Deshi travels to find a dead body, except he finds a living Lily Chen. Lily is running away from an arranged marriage to become a movie star in the city. Deshi lies to Lily and plans to kill her, but the

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In China if a man dies unmarried it’s a great travesty. A man must have a wife to be by his side in the afterlife to keep him company. Deshi is charged with finding his recently deceased brother a wife, but there is a shortage of fresh, female corpses. Deshi travels to find a dead body, except he finds a living Lily Chen. Lily is running away from an arranged marriage to become a movie star in the city. Deshi lies to Lily and plans to kill her, but the pair fall in love instead.

9781596435865A well-written prose novel about China opens a window to a culture on the other side of the globe. Danica Novogorodoff accomplishes this with great insight into a death rite that’s medieval in western thought. She marries an old tradition with a modern story of hope and filial piety. Deshi is a likeable chump, who’s biggest fault is being a second son. Lily has the problem of being a poor beauty with parents in debt. She doesn’t have a lot of options, but neither does Deshi when it comes to finding a corpse. Novogorodoff weaves their fates together with a little bit of drama, suspense, and comedy. Their story is told in actionable moments as they travel through rural China. Conversation is also sparse in certain parts, impressing upon the readers the importance of letting characters rely on their actions to communicate.

While the story is compelling, the art pulls the reader into the graphic novel. Novogorodoff uses watercolors in milky tones with bright shocks of color. It doesn’t have a Chinese feel to it nor does it fit the western idea of what China is. Her depictions are a modern China that is truer than most depictions of the country.

The Undertaking of Lily Chen is graphic novel journey that is both a written and visual feast.

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Matt Murdock’s Red Costume from ‘Daredevil’ Revealed! http://fanboynation.com/matt-murdocks-red-costume-from-daredevil-revealed/ http://fanboynation.com/matt-murdocks-red-costume-from-daredevil-revealed/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:35:15 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31444 Share After debuting The Vision, Marvel is keeping the reveals rolling today, issuing a motion comic that finally gives us a glimpse of Daredevil’s red costume. I gotta say, I’m kinda underwhelmed by the look of it, though it is important to note that it is merely a teaser from the chest up. Of course, we won’t be able to judge for sure until Charlie Cox‘s Matt Murdock dons the devil horns and we see the devil in action, and that binge watching session can start tonight at 12am PST only on Netflix. Netflix has also issued a featurette where

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After debuting The Vision, Marvel is keeping the reveals rolling today, issuing a motion comic that finally gives us a glimpse of Daredevil’s red costume. I gotta say, I’m kinda underwhelmed by the look of it, though it is important to note that it is merely a teaser from the chest up. Of course, we won’t be able to judge for sure until Charlie Cox‘s Matt Murdock dons the devil horns and we see the devil in action, and that binge watching session can start tonight at 12am PST only on Netflix.

Netflix has also issued a featurette where Charlie Cox dissects the inner workings of Marvel’s blind anti-hero.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Daredevil:

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, with executive producers Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods), the series also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson.

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Doug TenNapel Write Again: Tommysaurus Rex http://fanboynation.com/doug-tennapel-write-again-tommysaurus-rex/ http://fanboynation.com/doug-tennapel-write-again-tommysaurus-rex/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:26:12 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30721 ShareWritten & Art By Doug TenNapel Graphix ISBN: 978-0545483834 For anyone who has loved a canine, nothing is more traumatic than dealing with your dog’s death. When Ely’s dog Tommy is accidentally hit by a car, his parents send him to his grandfather’s farm to help ease the pain, but it’s not hard work that raises Ely’s spirits. After being bullied and locked in a cave, Ely goes home only to hear Tommy barking. He searches for the source and discovers a T-Rex. Despite obvious problems of what the dinosaur is going to eat and rampant destruction, people embrace the

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For anyone who has loved a canine, nothing is more traumatic than dealing with your dog’s death. When Ely’s dog Tommy is accidentally hit by a car, his parents send him to his grandfather’s farm to help ease the pain, but it’s not hard work that raises Ely’s spirits. After being bullied and locked in a cave, Ely goes home only to hear Tommy barking. He searches for the source and discovers a T-Rex. Despite obvious problems of what the dinosaur is going to eat and rampant destruction, people embrace the dinosaur Ely names in honor his departed dog. He becomes a tourist attraction, but good goes to worst when bully Randy decides to ruins Tommy’s reputation.81hUw8qghAL

Doug Tennapel has a penchant for mixing sadness with fantastic elements. He takes serious situations, but approaches them from a fantastic standpoint. The characters in Tommysaurus Rex approach the appearance of a dinosaur in a magic realist sense and easily incorporate him into their lives. While the T-Rex is what makes the book fun, because who hasn’t wanted a pet dinosaur, dealing with a bully, and coming to terms with grief is the book’s real charm.

The art is classic Tennapel somewhere between a cartoon and real life. Unlike his other work, Cardboard, Ghostopolis, it’s drawn more in a 1950s style and displays his range of talent.

Tommysaurus Rex is another quality work by Tennapel. It makes one wonder what serious subject he’ll broach in his next graphic novel and we can’t wait to read it.

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Finally, a Clear View of The Vision from ‘Age of Ultron’ http://fanboynation.com/vision-avengers-2/ http://fanboynation.com/vision-avengers-2/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:23:39 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31439 ShareUp until this point, Marvel Studios has done a pretty thorough job of withholding any look at Paul Bettany‘s The Vision from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. After finally giving the world a decent glimpse on a heavily photoshopped cover of Entertainment Weekly, Marvel has unveiled its very own character poster for The Vision. I’d say that the character looks good, though there are still so many questions about how the character fits into the crowded mayhem of Age of Ultron. We’re just weeks away from finally seeing the sequel to The Avengers and Marvel just keeps giving us

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Up until this point, Marvel Studios has done a pretty thorough job of withholding any look at Paul Bettany‘s The Vision from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. After finally giving the world a decent glimpse on a heavily photoshopped cover of Entertainment Weekly, Marvel has unveiled its very own character poster for The Vision. I’d say that the character looks good, though there are still so many questions about how the character fits into the crowded mayhem of Age of Ultron. We’re just weeks away from finally seeing the sequel to The Avengers and Marvel just keeps giving us tiny morsels to slightly satisfy while keeping us hungry. May 1st can’t get here fast enough.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Age of Ultron:

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. 

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

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Daredevil Round Table Interviews: Stars Deborah Ann Woll & Elden Henson http://fanboynation.com/daredevil-round-table-interviews-stars-deborah-ann-woll-elden-henson/ http://fanboynation.com/daredevil-round-table-interviews-stars-deborah-ann-woll-elden-henson/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:30:34 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31426 ShareOn Thursday April 2rd, 2015, Netflix held a press event with members of the cast and the executive producers of Marvel’s Daredevil. Here is the interview with the show’s stars Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) and Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson). Watch as Deborah informs us how she channels her experiences from “True Blood” and Elden is open to play Fulton Reed once again.

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On Thursday April 2rd, 2015, Netflix held a press event with members of the cast and the executive producers of Marvel’s Daredevil. Here is the interview with the show’s stars Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) and Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson). Watch as Deborah informs us how she channels her experiences from “True Blood” and Elden is open to play Fulton Reed once again.

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The Season Premiere of ‘Louie’ Represents a Strong Return to Funny http://fanboynation.com/louie-s5-e1/ http://fanboynation.com/louie-s5-e1/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:17 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30884 Share Once Louie premiered on FX in the summer of 2010, Louis C.K. was elevated from the being a comic’s comic to one of the most influential voices in comedy. His self-distribution models for his stand-up specials have been picked up by plenty of other comedians, and it seems that more and more comedians are given a chance to present an exaggerated portrait of themselves on television. Following the conclusion of the third season, while riding a wave of critical and profession success, Louie would take a year off before returning for its fourth season. Though the show remained superior

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Once Louie premiered on FX in the summer of 2010, Louis C.K. was elevated from the being a comic’s comic to one of the most influential voices in comedy. His self-distribution models for his stand-up specials have been picked up by plenty of other comedians, and it seems that more and more comedians are given a chance to present an exaggerated portrait of themselves on television. Following the conclusion of the third season, while riding a wave of critical and profession success, Louie would take a year off before returning for its fourth season. Though the show remained superior to practically every other show on television, it was much more somber in tone. But the season was weighed down by three multi-episode story arcs, especially that two of them were intently focused on relationships. It’s not a coincidence that the best episodes of the fourth season were standalone episodes. I still don’t want to say that the fourth season of Louie was a decline in quality, more a shift in tone. For the season premiere of its fifth season, Louie has shifted back to a much more comedic tone in the hilarious and uncomfortable Potluck.

The episode opens with a 2-minute stand-up bit from Louis about the origins and mysteries of the cosmos. Of course, there’s a punchline that may offend, but it is one hell of a punchline. When we next see Louis, he’s in the office of his therapist, his appearance disheveled, expressing his deepest feeling of self-doubt. Upon noticing the therapist slowly drifting to sleep, Louis has a realization – he’s a “boring asshole.” Attempting to break out of his doldrums, Louis reaches out to the host of a PTA potluck, Marina (Judy Gold), who isn’t exactly welcoming to Louis’ self-invitation. After a bit of difficulty finding the right potluck, Louis finds himself at Marina’s place and quickly finding himself the object of her scorn. As she explains the situation with the surrogate mother she’s employed, played by Celia Keenan-Bolger, Louis tries to join the conversation only to be pushed aside. There’s much more going on here, but I won’t dare divulge any details – that would be criminal. Needless to say, it just works.

In this first episode, Louie has already taken a lighter tone than anything in the fourth season. I laughed more frequently and harder than I did during one episode of the last season, which I must emphasize I did enjoy just not as much as previous seasons. With the character of Marina, Louis C.K. is lampooning the worst kind of so-called educated liberal, completely rejecting modern medicine, including vaccines, in favor of something that is entirely natural. This extends to the birth that the surrogate must give completely free of medications. Unlike the fourth season where this situation might be handled in a much more dramatic light, Potluck has situations that build like a joke with a set-up and a punchline. And like the stand-up that opens the episode, the punchline might offend a few, but damn if it doesn’t work.

It’s hard to fault Louis C.K. for using his expanded platform to explore more serious issues, but it’s hard to explore serious issues while still being funny. I think much of the fourth season of Louie kind of proves that. It’s always interesting work even if it isn’t as consistently hilarious as before. As a season premiere, Potluck shows that Louie isn’t shying away from commentary, it’s just more focused on being funny first and foremost. Of course, this is just one episode and the tone can vary wildly between episodes – which is one of the greatest virtues about Louie – yet everything within this episode is emphasizing the humorous elements, accentuated by having the episode bookended with bits of stand-up. At its best, Louie is a show that can encapsulate the styles of Woody Allen and Jean Luc Goddard. Though Potluck may not be Louie working at its absolute zenith, it’s still a rousing start to the season.

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THAT’S NOT ROTTEN! ‘Clifford’ Practically Defines Cult Comedy http://fanboynation.com/clifford-1994/ http://fanboynation.com/clifford-1994/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:00:38 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30870 Share With THAT’S NOT ROTTEN, Sean picks a movie deemed rotten on Rotten Tomatoes and illustrates why it’s better than thought. Have you ever had someone you really respected like a certain piece of pop culture that leaves you simply asking, “Really?” But because of their word you give it a chance and are pleasantly surprised to realize that you were too quick to judge something based on what you expected it to be and not what it actually is. While sifting through the 24 hours of comedy on the Scharpling & Wurster box set, the repetition of a certain

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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.

Have you ever had someone you really respected like a certain piece of pop culture that leaves you simply asking, “Really?” But because of their word you give it a chance and are pleasantly surprised to realize that you were too quick to judge something based on what you expected it to be and not what it actually is. While sifting through the 24 hours of comedy on the Scharpling & Wurster box set, the repetition of a certain line from Clifford, the Martin Short movie where Martin Short plays a 10-year-old boy, got me wondering if I might’ve written that movie off too soon. Having now taken the 90 minutes to watch Clifford in its entirety, I was genuinely surprised that it is a rather solid comedy.

A number of factors conspired to relegate Clifford’s legacy to mainly an oft-repeated joke on an underground comedy radio show, chief among them the financial problems that its studio, Orion. When Orion fell on hard times, it withheld release to a number of its films, including Clifford and Robocop 3. Comedy is very much a product of its time which is why it’s so hard to make comedy that endures. Clifford was intended for a 1991 release but was delayed nearly three years before finally opening in April of 1994. Without a doubt, Clifford would’ve fared better in 1991, when The Naked Gun 2 ½ was the 10th highest grossing film of the year, than in 1994, where the face of cinematic comedy was changing with the massive success of Jim Carey.

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On its surface, Clifford looks to be nothing more than Martin Short playing a 10-year-old, being super-annoying, and that’s it. Except the film is aware of this and makes the character of Clifford as irredeemably unlikeable. As a matter of fact, Clifford is the villain of his own story. He’s a scheming, manipulative being that aims to wear people down in order to get what he wants. Even with the bookends of an elderly Clifford in 2050, working as a priest at an orphanage, the film shows that Clifford is unable to actually redeem himself, even with the best intentions he is still an irritant.

As much as Martin Short is the bizarre conceit of the film, a 40-year-old actor portraying a 10-year-old boy, the glue that holds Clifford together is the performance of Charles Grodin as Clifford’s uncle Martin. Though Martin is successful professionally, his relationship to Sarah (Mary Steenburgen) is on shaky ground when he purchases a home for the couple that isn’t equipped for children, which Sarah desperately desires. Unbeknownst to Martin, Clifford nearly crashed an airliner to land in Los Angeles in order to go to Dinosaur World, a theme park that Clifford obsesses over. As a favor to his brother that he’s no longer talks to and to prove to Sarah that he likes children, Martin agrees to take in Clifford, much to the elation of Clifford’s exhausted parents. But Martin is lying when he tells Sarah that he and Clifford are close. The last time Martin actually saw his nephew was at the child’s baptism. Being unaware of Clifford’s manic personality and basing his motivations upon a lie, Martin’s personal and professional life is about to be thrown into complete upheaval.

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Clifford’s attempts at manipulating Martin start when they first meet. Laying in a waiting room pretending to sleep, Clifford’s first words when awoken by Martin are, “Don’t reject me, Uncle Martin!” When professional obligations force Martin to cancel their planned trip to Dinosaur World, Clifford begins to torment Martin, pushing him to the brink of insanity. Clifford not only sabotages Martin at every available opportunity at work, whether it’s calling in bomb threats or complimenting Martin’s boss, played by Dabney Coleman, on his magnificent toupée. Worst of all, Clifford becomes infatuated with Sarah and goes out of his way to undermine Martin in front of Sarah and her family. Sarah sees Clifford and this sweet little child and Martin as a selfish crank. Even though Martin is certainly a selfish crank, he’s actually in the right here as Clifford is basically a prepubescent terrorist. And Grodin sells Martin’s slow descent into madness so perfectly, this seething rage hiding under his smiling façade. Then when Martin blows up, Grodin is able to coax strong laughs from the way he proclaims about Clifford, “he’ll be fine if you give him a ton of sugar and a book about Hitler.”

In many regards, Clifford feels reminiscent of What About Bob?, only had Clifford been released as planned it would never have been in the shadow of the Bill Murray vehicle. The studio problems that left Clifford buried also did irreparable damage to the creative crew of the film. Writers Jay Dee Rock and Bobby Von Hayes would never write another movie. It would be the last feature film that director Paul Flahtery would helm, though he did direct some episodes of Primetime Glick with Martin Short. Hell, even Charles Grodin was absent from screens for nearly 20 years following Clifford. All of which is a shame because Clifford is a perfect cult movie. It’s built on a weird foundation that will naturally repel a certain segment of the population. There’s a ton of laughs hidden in this little cinematic oddity. So when someone is asking you about a woefully underrated cult comedy, you can them, “I want to say Mason. Clifford! It’s Clifford!”

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Our Summer Movie Preview En Español http://fanboynation.com/our-summer-movie-preview-en-espanol/ http://fanboynation.com/our-summer-movie-preview-en-espanol/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:45:06 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31429 ShareINSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 – June 5, 2015 El nuevo capítulo en la escalofriante serie de películas de horror ha sido escrito y dirigido por el co-creador de la franquicia Leigh Whannell. Esta espeluznante precuela, ambientada antes de la posesión de la familia Lambert, revela como la talentosa psíquica Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) acepta a regañadientes usar sus talentos para contactar a los muertos con el fin de ayudar a una adolescente (Stefanie Scott) que ha sido elegida por un peligroso ente sobrenatural. THE VATICAN TAPES – July 24, 2015 THE VATICAN TAPES trata de la batalla definitiva del bien contra

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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 – June 5, 2015

El nuevo capítulo en la escalofriante serie de películas de horror ha sido escrito y dirigido por el co-creador de la franquicia Leigh Whannell. Esta espeluznante precuela, ambientada antes de la posesión de la familia Lambert, revela como la talentosa psíquica Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) acepta a regañadientes usar sus talentos para contactar a los muertos con el fin de ayudar a una adolescente (Stefanie Scott) que ha sido elegida por un peligroso ente sobrenatural.

THE VATICAN TAPES – July 24, 2015

THE VATICAN TAPES trata de la batalla definitiva del bien contra el mal. Dios contra Satanás. Angela Holmes es la típica chica de 27 años hasta que comienza a tener un efecto devastador en todos aquellos a su alrededor, causando importantes lesiones y muertes. Tras examinar a Holmes crece la sospecha de que podría estar poseída, pero al ponerse en contacto con el vaticano para que les ayuden a exorcizar al demonio, descubren que la posesión es de una fuerza satánica más poderosa de lo que nunca podrían haber imaginado. El Padre Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA), tendrá que luchar no sólo por el alma de Angela sino por la humanidad como la conocemos hasta ahora.

Pixels – July 24, 2015

En Pixels, cuando los extraterrestres en otra galaxia malinterpretan imágenes de videojuegos clásicos  como una declaración de guerra, atacan la Tierra, usando los videojuegos como modelos para diversos tipos de asalto. El presidente Will Cooper (Kevin James) debe llamar a su mejor amigo de la infancia, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), quien fue un campeón de videojuegos en los ’80s y ahora se dedica a instalar home theater, para que lidere un equipo de viejos expertos, que también incluye a Peter Dinklage y Josh Gad, para derrotar a los extraterrestres y salvar al planeta. A ellos se suma la teniente coronel Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), una especialista en proveer a los campeones de videojuego con armas únicas con las que podrán luchar contra los invasores.

Este film aún no ha sido calificado por la Motion Picture Association of America. Para obtener información sobre futuras calificaciones, por favor visita www.filmratings.comEstos créditos no son finales.

Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation – July 31, 2015

HOLLYWOOD, California (13 de febrero de 2015) – Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot y la IMAX Corporation anunciaron el día de hoy que la quinta entrega de la exitosa franquicia de “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE”, dirigida por Christopher McQuarrie y protagonizada por Tom Cruise, será remasterizada digitalmente en el formato inmersivo de IMAX® y se estrenará en los cines IMAX® de todo el mundo a partir del 31 de julio.

La nueva película fue producida por Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams y Bryan Burk. Los productores ejecutivos son David Ellison, Dana Goldberg y Don Granger de Skydance Productions y Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis y Patrick Lussier con Dylan Kussman escribieron el guión, basado en la serie de televisión creada por Bruce Geller.

La más reciente entrega reúne a Cruise con las estrellas de la película de 2011 “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL”, entre las que se encuentran Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg y Ving Rhames. Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson y Sean Harris se unen al reparto de la película.

“IMAX es muy importante para ofrecerle al público la mejor experiencia de la película que hemos creado. Estoy muy feliz de contar con esta asociación para la próxima ‘MISSION’”, afirmó Cruise.

“Después de la manera innovadora en la que trabajamos con nuestros socios desde hace largo tiempo, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot y Tom Cruise, en ‘MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL’, película que rompió todos los récords, estamos encantados de ofrecerle al público una vez más The IMAX Experience® (la experiencia IMAX) para la más reciente entrega de esta franquicia cargada de acción”, señaló Greg Foster, vicepresidente ejecutivo senior de IMAX Corp. y CEO de IMAX Entertainment. “Esta película literalmente se creó para IMAX y para tener la mejor experiencia cinematográfica del verano”.

Rob Moore, vicedirector de Paramount Pictures afirmó: “El público del mundo enteró demostró con la última ‘MISSION’ que la experiencia de IMAX es algo imperdible y por eso estamos encantados de asociarnos nuevamente con Rich, Greg y toda la gente de IMAX para llevar esta emocionante nueva entrega a las pantallas este verano”.

La franquicia de “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” ha recaudado más de 2000 millones de dólares en las taquillas, lo que la convierte en una de las franquicias más exitosas de la historia del cine.

El estreno en IMAX® de la última película de “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” será remasterizada digitalmente con la calidad de imagen y sonido de The IMAX Experience® con la tecnología patentada IMAX DMR® (remasterización digital). Las imágenes de asombrosa nitidez, combinadas con la estructura personalizada de las salas IMAX y su poderoso sonido digital, crean un ambiente único que hará sentir al público como si estuviera dentro de la película.

Ricky and the Flash – August 7, 2015

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La actriz tres veces ganadora del Premio de la Academia, Meryl Streep incursiona en un papel completamente nuevo y electrizante, el de una cantante y guitarrista de rock duro, en la inspiradora comedia Ricki and the Flash del director ganador del Oscar® Jonathan Demme y la guionista ganadora del Premio de la Academia Diablo Cody.  En un film repleto de música y actuaciones en vivo, Streep interpreta a Ricki, una heroína de la guitarra que lo ha dado todo por cumplir su sueño de alcanzar el estrellato en el rock & roll, pero que ahora ha regresado a casa para enderezar las cosas con su familia.  Streep actúa junto a su hija en la vida real, Mamie Gummer, quien interpreta a su hija en la ficción, y el elenco también incluye a Rick Springfield, quien encarna a uno de los integrantes de los Flash que está enamorado de Ricki; y a Kevin Kline, el que interpreta al sufrido ex-marido de Ricki.

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Emily Blunt Prepares for Her Turn on ‘Lip Sync Battle’ http://fanboynation.com/emily-blunt-prepares-for-her-turn-on-lip-sync-battle/ http://fanboynation.com/emily-blunt-prepares-for-her-turn-on-lip-sync-battle/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:20:47 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31421 Share Earlier this week, we brought you the clip of Anne Hathaway‘s animated lip sync version of Cannonball. Today, we bring you the preparation methods of Hathaway’s opponent on this week’s Lip Sync Battle, Emily Blunt. Of course, Lip Sync Battle is the show where celebrities do their best impersonations of pop stars right down to lip syncing on national television. The victor of this Lip Sync Battle of leading ladies will be settled on this Thursday April 9th at 10pm on Spike.

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Earlier this week, we brought you the clip of Anne Hathaway‘s animated lip sync version of Cannonball. Today, we bring you the preparation methods of Hathaway’s opponent on this week’s Lip Sync Battle, Emily Blunt. Of course, Lip Sync Battle is the show where celebrities do their best impersonations of pop stars right down to lip syncing on national television. The victor of this Lip Sync Battle of leading ladies will be settled on this Thursday April 9th at 10pm on Spike.

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One Last Teaser for One Last ‘Justified’ http://fanboynation.com/justified-finale-teaser/ http://fanboynation.com/justified-finale-teaser/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:00:15 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31418 Share It all comes to an end next week. And for the Justified series finale, FX has just released their first teaser for the final showdown in Harlan. Timothy Olyphant‘s last turn as Raylan Givens also co-stars Walton Goggins and Sam Elliot. To know who is left standing when the dust settles you’ll have to tune in to the series finale of Justified on Tuesday April 14th at 10pm on FX.

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It all comes to an end next week. And for the Justified series finale, FX has just released their first teaser for the final showdown in Harlan. Timothy Olyphant‘s last turn as Raylan Givens also co-stars Walton Goggins and Sam Elliot. To know who is left standing when the dust settles you’ll have to tune in to the series finale of Justified on Tuesday April 14th at 10pm on FX.

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The Director of ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Shows How to Draw Woodstock for Draw a Bird Day http://fanboynation.com/peanuts-movie-draw-bird/ http://fanboynation.com/peanuts-movie-draw-bird/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:35:26 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31411 Share Unbeknownst to me, April 8th is Draw a Bird Day. In honor of this random and arbitrary holiday, director of The Peanuts Movie, Steven Martino shares the best way to draw Woodstock, the beloved bird sidekick of Snoopy. They’ve also unveiled a new poster of Woodstock to help you visualize the fowl. You’ll have plenty of time to master drawing Charles Schulz‘s creations between now and when The Peanuts Movie opens on November 6th, 2015. Here’s the synopsis for The Peanuts Movie: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like

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Unbeknownst to me, April 8th is Draw a Bird Day. In honor of this random and arbitrary holiday, director of The Peanuts Movie, Steven Martino shares the best way to draw Woodstock, the beloved bird sidekick of Snoopy. They’ve also unveiled a new poster of Woodstock to help you visualize the fowl. You’ll have plenty of time to master drawing Charles Schulz‘s creations between now and when The Peanuts Movie opens on November 6th, 2015.

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Here’s the synopsis for The Peanuts Movie:

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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Disney and XPRIZE Are Calling On Youths to Present Their Own ‘Tomorrowland’ and Maybe Win a 3D Printer http://fanboynation.com/tomorrowland-contest/ http://fanboynation.com/tomorrowland-contest/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:05:27 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31402 Share If you’re a youth or have a youth in your household, Disney and XPRIZE are teaming up to for contest to promote the new film Tomorrowland. All they’re asking for is youths 8-17-year-olds to present their own imagining of the future, as one might see in the new film by Brad Bird. Full details for the contest are below. Tomorrowland opens May 22nd, 2015. Here are all the details: SHARE YOUR VISION OF THE FUTURE NATIONWIDE CHALLENGE ASKS 8 to 17-YEAR-OLDS TO IMAGINE WORLD-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2015) Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The

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If you’re a youth or have a youth in your household, Disney and XPRIZE are teaming up to for contest to promote the new film Tomorrowland. All they’re asking for is youths 8-17-year-olds to present their own imagining of the future, as one might see in the new film by Brad Bird. Full details for the contest are below. Tomorrowland opens May 22nd, 2015.

Here are all the details:

SHARE YOUR VISION OF THE FUTURE

NATIONWIDE CHALLENGE ASKS 8 to 17-YEAR-OLDS TO IMAGINE WORLD-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE

LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2015) Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.

Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.

In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

“‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”

“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”

Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at http://XPRIZEchallenge.org/CreateTomorrowland. Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015.

Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen.

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

About XPRIZE

Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.

About Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

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.

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.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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Ryan Reynold’s Thoughts on Deadpool #250, the ‘Death of Deadpool’ http://fanboynation.com/ryan-reynolds-thoughts-on-daedpool-250-the-death-of-deadpool/ http://fanboynation.com/ryan-reynolds-thoughts-on-daedpool-250-the-death-of-deadpool/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:02:41 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31401 ShareToday sees Deadpool #250 hitting the comic store shelves. Or is that Deadpool #45? Either way, it features the honest to goodness death of the Merc with the Mouth by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish, and a whole host of all-star guests. They say he’s actually dead, and staying that way. Well, Deadpool film star Ryan Reynolds had something to say about that today on Twitter. And you know what they say? A picture IS worth a thousand words. Smells like someone died up in here. #alivepool pic.twitter.com/sZqvmagVND — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 8, 2015 Though not an official

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Today sees Deadpool #250 hitting the comic store shelves. Or is that Deadpool #45? Either way, it features the honest to goodness death of the Merc with the Mouth by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish, and a whole host of all-star guests. They say he’s actually dead, and staying that way. Well, Deadpool film star Ryan Reynolds had something to say about that today on Twitter. And you know what they say? A picture IS worth a thousand words.

Though not an official Fox Studio photo, it does show that Reynolds has what it takes to play the character. I can’t wait to see him break the fourth wall on the big screen #Alivepool

Deadpool hits theaters February 12th 2016.

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A Tease of Denis Leary’s Fictional Band From ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ http://fanboynation.com/sexdrugsrocknroll-clip/ http://fanboynation.com/sexdrugsrocknroll-clip/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 23:41:09 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31395 Share Denis Leary was fundamental in helping establish FX as a network with serious original programming with the series Rescue Me, a series that balanced comedy and drama. Now Leary and FX are reuniting for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which features Leary as the aging singer of a rock ‘n’ roll band. Details are fairly scarce on the show, which premieres July 16th at 10pm, but FX has released the show’s opening, giving us a brief sample of Leary’s band The Heathens, which are completely unrelated to The Heathens from Schenectady, New York in ’67.

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Denis Leary was fundamental in helping establish FX as a network with serious original programming with the series Rescue Me, a series that balanced comedy and drama. Now Leary and FX are reuniting for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which features Leary as the aging singer of a rock ‘n’ roll band. Details are fairly scarce on the show, which premieres July 16th at 10pm, but FX has released the show’s opening, giving us a brief sample of Leary’s band The Heathens, which are completely unrelated to The Heathens from Schenectady, New York in ’67.

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The B-Reel – The ‘Avengers’ Face a Global Challenge in Sequel, Deathlok Evolves, ‘Daredevil’ Until You Don’t Stop, and Batman vs. Superman Rumors (POSSIBLE SPOILERS) http://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-4-8-2015/ http://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-4-8-2015/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:06:25 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31388 ShareMarvel has given us a featurette showing that the Avengers: Age of Ultron is of a much larger scale than the first one. It isn’t just New York City taking a beating this time around. Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters May 1st. Marvel also brings us a chat with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s costume designer, Anne Foley, about the evolution of Deathlok’s costume. And here’s a good look at that costume. And here’s a trailer for next week’s episode, Melinda, where we finally see Melinda May’s transformation into “The Cavalry”, and Skye learns more about her heritage, and

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Marvel has given us a featurette showing that the Avengers: Age of Ultron is of a much larger scale than the first one. It isn’t just New York City taking a beating this time around.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters May 1st.

Marvel also brings us a chat with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s costume designer, Anne Foley, about the evolution of Deathlok’s costume.

And here’s a good look at that costume.

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And here’s a trailer for next week’s episode, Melinda, where we finally see Melinda May’s transformation into “The Cavalry”, and Skye learns more about her heritage, and the truth about the Inhumans.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday nights on ABC.

And while we’re at it, witness the rise of the first Defender in these three new Daredevil TV spots?

And finally, Marvel’s The Watcher host, Lorraine Cink, sits down with the Kingpin of crime himself, Vincent D’Onofrio.

Marvel’s Daredevil is available to stream on Friday, only on Netflix.

But just to show that it’s not all Marvel all the time, here’s a rumor from the almost always spot on Latino Review about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Umberto Gonzalez posted this picture to Instagram, but the pic itself isn’t the interesting part. It’s in the caption that we learn a few things. Some very spoilery things.

We’ll see how true it all is on March 25th, 2016

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Dynamite Partners with Storybundle.com with Portion of Proceeds Benefitting CBLDF and Girls Write Now http://fanboynation.com/dynamite-partners-with-storybundle-com-with-portion-of-proceeds-benefitting-cbldf-and-girls-write-now/ http://fanboynation.com/dynamite-partners-with-storybundle-com-with-portion-of-proceeds-benefitting-cbldf-and-girls-write-now/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:18:55 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31366 Share April 8, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that StoryBundle, a unique literature bundling site known for its support of indie authors, will host – for the first time ever – a comic book bundle promotion that allows readers to purchase almost 100 digital Dynamite comics and graphic novels with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power beginning at $5.00.  A portion of proceeds will be contributed to two very important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now. The bundle promotion will begin Wednesday, April 8th, on the website StoryBundle.com. StoryBundle

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April 8, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that StoryBundle, a unique literature bundling site known for its support of indie authors, will host – for the first time ever – a comic book bundle promotion that allows readers to purchase almost 100 digital Dynamite comics and graphic novels with “Pay What You Want” purchasing power beginning at $5.00.  A portion of proceeds will be contributed to two very important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now. The bundle promotion will begin Wednesday, April 8th, on the website StoryBundle.com.

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StoryBundle will offer a fixed set of Dynamite comic books, graphic novel collections, and art books in a bundle, available only for a limited time. Fans and newcomers will decide their own value for each bundle. Bonus books are unlocked when the purchaser achieves certain bonus thresholds. StoryBundle has already sold hundreds of thousands of books through its popular horror, fantasy, video game and sci-fi book bundles, and for the first time ever, welcomes its huge audience to experience the four-color adventures of Dynamite digital comics.
Jason Chen, founder and CEO of StoryBundle, says, “We’re thrilled to partner with Dynamite for our first (of many) comic bundles. StoryBundle has featured all types of genres before, from mystery to sci-fi to gaming to fantasy and romance, so one filled with comics and graphic novel collections seems like a natural next step. Dynamite’s also presented us with a great opportunity to introduce our readers to their series by including the first issues (along with collections), which makes for the most natural entry-point to be able to understand and enjoy all these wonderful titles.”
The Dynamite Bundle includes the following collections, comprising over 2,800 pages of comic book storytelling:
  • Amanda Hocking’s The Hollows: A Hollowland Graphic Novel
  • The Art of Ramona Fradon
  • The Complete Alice in Wonderland
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry
  • Gail Simone’s Red Sonja Vol. 1: The Queen of Plagues
  • Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure (by Bill Willingham)
  • Legends of Red Sonja
  • Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1
  • Project Superpowers Vol. 1
  • Red Sonja Unchained
  • Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword Omnibus Vol. 1
  • The Essential Painkiller Jane
  • Vampirella Vol. 1: Our Lady of Shadows by Nancy A. Collins
In addition to the graphic novel collections and art book, Dynamite will give readers a taste of several new releases with single comic book issues, including:
  • A Game of Thrones #1
  • Bob’s Burgers #1
  • The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1 – #5
  • Jungle Girl: Season Three #1
  • Lady Rawhide/Lady Zorro #1
  • Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1
  • Reanimator #1
“We’re proud to partner with Jason Chen and his team at StoryBundle,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The bundle platform is growing by leaps and bounds, tapping into a diverse audience with diverse interests. StoryBundle services a large prose-loving community, one that – by its nature – is drawn to unique voices and innovative concepts. Through their website, Dynamite has a tremendous opportunity to reach out to an untapped audience and impress them with a different form of storytelling than they may be used to. This is a termendous opportunity to grow the comics market. In preparing this bundle, Jason made us aware that one of the charities that StoryBundle benefits is Girls Write Now, an organization that matches young women, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with an interest in writing, with professional women writers. We’ve included many stories written by celebrated female authors (and featuring strong female characters) in our bundle as a part of the combined effort to support women writers. It’s a win/win for everyone: readers, writers, charities, and industry.”
Part of the proceeds from the first-ever Dynamite StoryBundle promotion will contribute to the charitable organizations Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. Girls Write Now is the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls, dedicated to providing the guidance, support, and opportunities for underserved high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future.
Fans and curious newcomers are encouraged to visit StoryBundle.com beginning Wednesday, April 8th to take advantage of the first-ever comic bundle hosted by StoryBundle.
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‘Twin Peaks’ Cast Posts Video Asking for David Lynch’s Return http://fanboynation.com/twin-peaks-cast-video/ http://fanboynation.com/twin-peaks-cast-video/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:06:50 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31359 ShareYou thought YOU were disappointed by David Lynch’s announcement that he left Twin Peaks behind? How do you think the cast feels? Luckily for us, they made a video begging Lynch to return, using some very apt analogies. The video, posted by Double R Diner waitress Shelley Johnson (Madchen Amick), features a good chunk of the returning cast completing the analogy ”Twin Peaks’ without David Lynch is like … ” very much in character. It even includes the author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, David Lynch’s very own daughter, Jennifer Chambers Lynch. Will the video bring Lynch back

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You thought YOU were disappointed by David Lynch’s announcement that he left Twin Peaks behind? How do you think the cast feels? Luckily for us, they made a video begging Lynch to return, using some very apt analogies. The video, posted by Double R Diner waitress Shelley Johnson (Madchen Amick), features a good chunk of the returning cast completing the analogy ”Twin Peaks’ without David Lynch is like … ” very much in character. It even includes the author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, David Lynch’s very own daughter, Jennifer Chambers Lynch. Will the video bring Lynch back for some pie and a damn fine cup of coffee? Who knows? But it’s an entertaining video nonetheless.

 

 

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It’s Nightwing Versus Robin in This New Clip From ‘Batman vs. Robin’ http://fanboynation.com/nightwing-vs-robin-batman-vs-robin/ http://fanboynation.com/nightwing-vs-robin-batman-vs-robin/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:49:01 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31351 ShareDC Entertainment’s newest animated feature, Batman vs. Robin, is available now as a digital HD download, with the Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD versions coming April 14th, and Warner Brothers have released new images and a clip to get fans excited. The clip features Damien Wayne and Nightwing squaring off against one another. Batman vs. Robin is the next DC Universe Animated Original Movies entry, partially based on the Court of Owls storyline by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and is a direct sequel to 2014’s Son of Batman. Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, David McCallum, and Sean

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DC Entertainment’s newest animated feature, Batman vs. Robin, is available now as a digital HD download, with the Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD versions coming April 14th, and Warner Brothers have released new images and a clip to get fans excited. The clip features Damien Wayne and Nightwing squaring off against one another.

Batman vs. Robin is the next DC Universe Animated Original Movies entry, partially based on the Court of Owls storyline by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and is a direct sequel to 2014’s Son of Batman. Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, David McCallum, and Sean Maher reprise their respective roles from Son of Batman, and the film is directed by Jay Oliva.

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The B-Reel – Secrets Are Revealed on The Flash, iZombie Embraces YOLO, and Ed Skrein Joins Deadpool (UPDATED) http://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-the-flash-izombie/ http://fanboynation.com/the-b-reel-the-flash-izombie/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:20:14 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31345 ShareAs we head toward the season finale of The Flash things are intensifying, and secrets are unraveling. This trailer for the upcoming episode, All-Star Team Up, shows us that everything Barry changed through time travel may have just been temporary, and that new alliances will be forged even as old ones are challenged, or even destroyed. The Flash returns April 14th on the CW network. The CW also brings us the trailer for the next episode of iZombie, Flight of the Living Dead, in which Liv embraces her undeadness, and meets a boy. iZombie also returns on April 14th. (UPDATE)

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As we head toward the season finale of The Flash things are intensifying, and secrets are unraveling. This trailer for the upcoming episode, All-Star Team Up, shows us that everything Barry changed through time travel may have just been temporary, and that new alliances will be forged even as old ones are challenged, or even destroyed.

The Flash returns April 14th on the CW network.

The CW also brings us the trailer for the next episode of iZombie, Flight of the Living Dead, in which Liv embraces her undeadness, and meets a boy.

iZombie also returns on April 14th.

(UPDATE) The CW has given us a whole bunch of promo photos from the episode.

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And finally, actor Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones) posted this photo on Twitter yesterday. It looks like he’ll be playing Francis, aka the Weapon X enhanced Ajax, opposite Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool.

Deadpool began filming this week, for a February 12th, 2016 release.

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Rai #8–Endings and Beginnings http://fanboynation.com/rai-8/ http://fanboynation.com/rai-8/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:09:33 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31207 ShareRai #8 features the big battle Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have been working up to for the last seven issues. Rai and his co-conspirators have gathered a formidable army. Positrons and Raddies have actually been persuaded to work together, and Spylocke has brought an earlier Rai back from Earth to join the fray. The problem is, Father has faced rebellions before and has his own array of weaponry, both overt and more subtle. The issue delivers a dramatic climax to all of the battle plans, schemes, and alliances that have been forming in the last seven issues. My only

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Rai #8 features the big battle Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have been working up to for the last seven issues. Rai and his co-conspirators have gathered a formidable army. Positrons and Raddies have actually been persuaded to work together, and Spylocke has brought an earlier Rai back from Earth to join the fray. The problem is, Father has faced rebellions before and has his own array of weaponry, both overt and more subtle.

The issue delivers a dramatic climax to all of the battle plans, schemes, and alliances that have been forming in the last seven issues. My only complaint is there are points when Rai seems to taunt his enemies in a more Spiderman-type style than he has in the past. Otherwise, the issue delivers one solid series of battles and some serious emotional wallop while leaving plenty for further issues to resolve. Relationships are developed further, and all the key figures have important roles in this new battle. Kindt’s choice of Silk for the narrator allows him to draw the suspense out while telling the story from the point of view of someone who is in a position to know everything that is happening.

Crain is, as always, providing a tour of New Japan even while he draws dynamic battles. The combat takes place on several levels, giving him the chance to introduce new places—beaches, the candy-colored “Fructose Land,” the Nineteenth-century revival—as well as showing previously-visited areas in the throes of battle. At the same time, the emotional responses of the different combatants remain key, and Crain continues to show those as well, sometimes packing an entire story in a single panel of unnamed characters.

The book ends with a magnificent double cliffhanger. The only big flaw in this book? We won’t get another issue until August.

Rai #8 is available April 8, 2015.

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Clayton Crain
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain, David Mack, Bart Sears

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Medieval Times Are Bloody: Wolfsmund Vol. 2 http://fanboynation.com/medieval-times-are-bloody-wolfsmund-vol-2/ http://fanboynation.com/medieval-times-are-bloody-wolfsmund-vol-2/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:36:33 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=30718 ShareWritten & Art By Mitsuhisa Kuji Vertical Inc. ISBN: 978-1935654797 In the fourteenth century Eastern Alps, the Wolfsmund Fortress is a checkpoint at the St. Gothard Pass for travelers trying to move between countries. The fortress is called the “Mouth of the Wolf,” because all who enter don’t necessarily come out. The gatekeeper is a sadistic tyrant. He interrogations are comparable to the horrors and doublethink standards of the Spanish Inquisition. Travelers rarely have the happy ending they hope to find and beyond Wolfsmund. It gets eaten on the way. Today medieval life is romanticized and made fun of to

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ISBN: 978-1935654797

In the fourteenth century Eastern Alps, the Wolfsmund Fortress is a checkpoint at the St. Gothard Pass for travelers trying to move between countries. The fortress is called the “Mouth of the Wolf,” because all who enter don’t necessarily come out. The gatekeeper is a sadistic tyrant. He interrogations are comparable to the horrors and doublethink standards of the Spanish Inquisition. Travelers rarely have the happy ending they hope to find and beyond Wolfsmund. It gets eaten on the way.

Today medieval life is romanticized and made fun of to the point most people have forgotten about plagues, inequality, and violence. Wolfsmund paints a gruesome picture that with some creative licensing shows the era’s brutality. The first two chapters in this volume are about Hans and Eva, a married couple with a discernable age difference. Eva is a spoiled bitch. She demands that Hans purchase jewels he can only afford by selling information on rebels. They’re forced to flee over the border when Hans’ ploy is discovered, but in their escape attempt they finally find closure and love with each other only to meet a bloody fate.

The last two chapters are about Cedar and her daughter Jewul. Cedar abuses her daughter, but in an unyielding devotion Jewul loves her mother. In order to escape her impoverished life, Cedar conspires with a bishop to deliver an important message. She must pass through Wolfsmund, but her mission is discovered and Cedar finally realizes how much she loves Jewul when it looks like she will taken away from her.

Mitsuhisa Kuji is very skilled in creating tension and luring readers into false hope for the characters. It’s unexpected when any of the characters find a happy ending in Wolfsmund. Kuzi is very deliberate and creative with each character and how he doles out lots. They’re as varied as torture devices from that era. Some liberties have been taken with the historical context, but they are ignorable in favor of the engrossing story.

Readers will have a love-hate urge with the manga that keeps the pages turning, because it’s horrible to read about the character’s fates, but they’re fleshed out so well that one wants to learn more.

The art was drawn to please a male eye, but ample female bodies aren’t just drawn just for eye candy and they do have a place in the manga. What is really neat is how Kuji’s style is influenced by 1970s manga. Characters show traits from Leiji Matsumoto, Shotari Ishinomori, and even a little Osamu Tezuka in the lines. The retro innocent fell contrasts with the manga’s darker themes, but it works on a delightful dark level.

Wolfsmund is a well thought albeit violent story with awesome art.

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‘Outlander’ Continues Its Quest on Starz this Saturday http://fanboynation.com/outlander-starz-02/ http://fanboynation.com/outlander-starz-02/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:59:44 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31341 Share The Starz series Outlander continues its debut season with premiere dates set for its next two brand new episodes. Starring Tobias Menzies and Caitriona Balfe, Outlander is the tale of Claire Randall, a nurse from 1945 who finds herself transported to 1743. Outlander was developed by Ronald D. Moore, who has some serious geek credentials for his work on Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: The Next Generation amongst other project. Outlander airs Saturdays at 9pm on Starz. A brief synopsis for the next two episodes: EPISODE 110: BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS Airdate: Saturday, April 11th Jamie hopes

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The Starz series Outlander continues its debut season with premiere dates set for its next two brand new episodes. Starring Tobias Menzies and Caitriona Balfe, Outlander is the tale of Claire Randall, a nurse from 1945 who finds herself transported to 1743. Outlander was developed by Ronald D. Moore, who has some serious geek credentials for his work on Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: The Next Generation amongst other project. Outlander airs Saturdays at 9pm on Starz.

A brief synopsis for the next two episodes:

EPISODE 110: BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS

Airdate: Saturday, April 11th

Jamie hopes the newly arrived Duke of Sandringham will help lift the price from his head, while Claire attempts to save an abandoned child.

**NEXT WEEK**

EPISODE 111: THE DEVIL’S MARK

Airdate: Saturday, April 18th

Claire and Geillis are on trial for witchcraft. Jamie manages to rescue Claire, but not before she discovers a secret about Geillis’s past.

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WonderCon 2015 Cosplay Day 3 http://fanboynation.com/wondercon-2015-cosplay-day-3/ http://fanboynation.com/wondercon-2015-cosplay-day-3/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 03:44:22 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31246 ShareDay3 of WonderCon was on Easter Sunday and that didn’t slow the amazing Cosplay down one bit. Anaheim 2015 at Anaheim Convention Center on April 3, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photos by Jamie Ledent (info@jamieledentphotography.com and Jaime Osuna) See yourself in our gallery and would like us to caption it with your cosplay name?  Email cosuna@fanboynation.com

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Day3 of WonderCon was on Easter Sunday and that didn’t slow the amazing Cosplay down one bit.

Anaheim 2015 at Anaheim Convention Center on April 3, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photos by Jamie Ledent (info@jamieledentphotography.com and Jaime Osuna)

See yourself in our gallery and would like us to caption it with your cosplay name?  Email cosuna@fanboynation.com

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SpongeBob Surfaces on Blu-Ray Combo Pack http://fanboynation.com/spongebob-surfaces-on-blu-ray-combo-pack/ http://fanboynation.com/spongebob-surfaces-on-blu-ray-combo-pack/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 01:26:43 +0000 http://fanboynation.com/?p=31243 ShareAntonio Banderas Stars in the $285 Million Worldwide Hit, Coming Ashore on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack June 2, 2015 Dive into Digital HD Two Weeks Early on May 19 HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – SpongeBob and his friends are back—and like you’ve never seen them before—in the all-new blockbuster hit THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER arriving on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Blu-Ray 3D™ Combo Pack, DVD and VOD June 2, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Hailed as “laugh-out-loud funny” (Examiner) and “the best family film of the year” (Fanboy Nation), the wildly entertaining adventure arrives two weeks early on Digital HD

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Antonio Banderas Stars in the $285 Million Worldwide Hit, Coming Ashore on
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack June 2, 2015

Dive into Digital HD Two Weeks Early on May 19

SpongeBob_BD_OSLV_3DEXTRASKW_MECHHOLLYWOOD, Calif. – SpongeBob and his friends are back—and like you’ve never seen them before—in the all-new blockbuster hit THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER arriving on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Blu-Ray 3D™ Combo Pack, DVD and VOD June 2, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Hailed as “laugh-out-loud funny” (Examiner) and “the best family film of the year” (Fanboy Nation), the wildly entertaining adventure arrives two weeks early on Digital HD May 19.

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Blu-Ray 3D and Blu-Ray Combo Packs with Digital HD boast over an hour of super-powered extras highlighted by three exclusive and delightfully fun sing-along music videos: “Thank Gosh It’s Monday,” “Teamwork” and “Theme Song/Rap Battle.” The Combo Packs also include eight exciting featurettes that take you from Bikini Bottom to the surface, deleted scenes and more.

On a mission to save his world, SpongeBob SquarePants is headed to ours. When pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, SpongeBob and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula. To succeed, they must team up with former rival, Plankton, but soon realize that to defeat a super-villain, they must unleash their inner superheroes.

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Blu-Ray Combo Pack

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Blu-Ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spa