MARVEL CANCELING FANTASTIC FOUR COMIC TO SPITE UPCOMING MOVIE
Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot smells like a bigger pile of turds with each new announcement, but what I didn’t expect was for Marvel to pull all support of the film by canceling the comic and offering no upcoming merchandise based on the characters in the near future.
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From Badass Digest:

Meanwhile, after denying it up and down, Marvel is canceling the Fantastic Four comic seemingly forever. Or for what passes for forever in superhero comics (like maybe three years). The company has denied that they were going to cancel the title to spite Fox’s new movie, but all the scuttlebutt I’ve heard from industry friends is that yes, Marvel is canceling Fantastic Four to spite the new movie. And that this comes down from Ike Perlmutter, the mysteriously crazy head honcho of Marvel. The Ike stories I’ve been told would make you turn white, and canceling Fantastic Four sounds about like the most reasonable of all these Crazy Ike stories.

This Ike Perlmutter guys sounds freaking awesome. I like him.
This whole thing was apparently first reported by Bleeding Cool, but no one believed them.

It was a story that Bleeding Cool first only offered as a possibility, but as more and more evidence came in, it became more and more likely.
That, as a result of Disney’s highest single shareholder and Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter’s anger with Fox Studios over negotiations regarding the film-and-related rights to The Fantastic Four, that Marvel would cancel the Fantastic Four comic rather than provide any promotion, however small it might be, towards the Fox Studios film. Merchandise and licenses were scrapped and evenFantastic Fourposters in the offices were pulled down lest Perlmutter see one and have his ire raised. It may not have been logical, but it was a decision born of personal emotion. It was steadied by sense.X-Men wasn’t cancelled, for example as the Xbooks sell so well. But Fantastic Four? It may have been the first book of the Marvel Universe, but its sales have continued to drag, even after multiple relaunches with high profile creators. There would be less of a hit to the bottom line if this comic was dropped.
Our story was pooh-poohed by all and sundry, save for CBR who independently confirmed that it was intended for the Fantastic Fourto be cancelled. Then the letter about sketch card artists being forbidden to useFantastic Four characters was made public, Mondo talked about being forbidden to use Fantastic Four characters and today, we we were already planning to run another story about Diamond Select Toys confirming that they are unable to make any Fantastic Four toys.

Bleeding Cool also goes on to report how artists who submit designs for Marvel Upper Deck trading cards have been prohibited from submitting anything with Fantastic Four characters or supporting cast like Doctor Doom or Silver Surfer.
I’ve never really been a huge FF fan to begin with, but I find this all insanely fascinating. It’s a huge power play on Marvel’s part, but whether it pays off or not will remain to be seen. Now I just can’t wait to see if any of this comes up at Marvel’s panel during NYCC this weekend.
(art via Felipe Massafera)

MARVEL CANCELING FANTASTIC FOUR COMIC TO SPITE UPCOMING MOVIE

Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot smells like a bigger pile of turds with each new announcement, but what I didn’t expect was for Marvel to pull all support of the film by canceling the comic and offering no upcoming merchandise based on the characters in the near future.

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STEVEN SODERBERGH RE-SCORED ‘RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK' AND MADE IT BLACK AND WHITE BECAUSE CINEMATOGRAPHY
As a huge cinematography buff, I’ve always been interested in the process of film-making and stuff like this fascinates the bajeezus out of me.
From Soderbergh’s blog:

So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot—whether short or long—held for that exact length of time and placed in that order? Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me. Oh, and I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect.

You can watch Steven Soderbergh’s entire re-cut and re-scored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark right here.
(via HR)

STEVEN SODERBERGH RE-SCORED ‘RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK' AND MADE IT BLACK AND WHITE BECAUSE CINEMATOGRAPHY

As a huge cinematography buff, I’ve always been interested in the process of film-making and stuff like this fascinates the bajeezus out of me.

From Soderbergh’s blog:

So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot—whether short or long—held for that exact length of time and placed in that order? Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me. Oh, and I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect.

You can watch Steven Soderbergh’s entire re-cut and re-scored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark right here.

(via HR)

CORNETTO TRILOGY FIGURE MOCKUPS

These 3D renderings were made by by Evil Corp/KibookiI need these in my life. We all need these in our lives. Someone please make this happen.

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A THIRD BOONDOCK SAINTS IS HAPPENING
Considering how ill-received the the second one was, I definitely didn’t see this coming.
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Via Geek Tyrant:

During a fan Q&A on Facebook, the director talked about his plans for a third movie, revealing the title and the plot of the film. The new movie is currently titled The Boondock Saints 3: Legion.
If you watched the sequel, then you already know that it ended with the McManus brothers, played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus,in prison. The Boondock Saints 3: Legion will show that while in prison they’ve gained notoriety. He also explained that the story will give us some insight to the McManus brothers’ past and offer a flashback of the very first crime for the criminal killing duo.
The “Legion” part of the title refers to the legions of people who have taken the law into their own hands and become vigilantes just like the now infamous brothers.

I’d personally like to see them bring back Willem Dafoe's character. He was the best part of the first film as far as I'm concerned and it'd be fun to see him come back as a bad-ass vigilante inspired by the McManus brothers who bust them out of prison or something.
As of now, nothing’s set in stone, so it could take who-knows-how-long for this to actually come into fruition.

A THIRD BOONDOCK SAINTS IS HAPPENING

Considering how ill-received the the second one was, I definitely didn’t see this coming.

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SUPERCUT: THE VEHICLES OF WES ANDERSON

Jaume R. Lloret put together this supercut showcasing the many vehicle POV scenes in Wes Anderson movies. Also check out Lloret’s supercuts of closeups in Edgar Wright films and every death in a Quentin Tarantino flick ever.

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CHECK IT: If Wes Anderson directed Forest Gump
BUY: The Wes Anderson Collection
"OH MAN, I SHOT MARVIN IN THE FACE!"
Vincent and Jules were just on a routine pickup for their boss when, suddenly, their plans were thwarted by Marvin. Luckily, The Wolf came in for backup. The day was saved and Bonnie was none the wiser.
This limited edition action figure of Marvin from Pulp Fiction comes with head chunks in blood-splattered window box packaging. Available for $45 from Good For You Toys.
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"OH MAN, I SHOT MARVIN IN THE FACE!"

Vincent and Jules were just on a routine pickup for their boss when, suddenly, their plans were thwarted by Marvin. Luckily, The Wolf came in for backup. The day was saved and Bonnie was none the wiser.

This limited edition action figure of Marvin from Pulp Fiction comes with head chunks in blood-splattered window box packaging. Available for $45 from Good For You Toys.

(via Urban Vinyl Daily)

CHECK IT: More toy posts
BUY: Tarantino XX 8-Film Blu-ray Collection

THE NEW ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’ TRAILER IS PRETTY INTENSE

We had a funny trailer, a trailer with lots of walking, but now it’s time to get serious. This trailer still has plenty of laughs thanks to Rocket Raccoon. Just hurry up and come out already!!!

CHECK IT: Guardians of the Galaxy meets Star Wars
BUY: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Complete Collection Vol. 1

NEW ‘TRANSFORMERS 4: AGE OF EXTINCTION’ TRAILER

Say what you will about Michael Bay’s take on the Transformers franchise, but the dude knows how to pack a buttload of excitement into his action scenes (or at least trick you into thinking they’re exciting by using super quick cuts that put your heart rate up). And besides, Optimus Prime wielding a giant sword and riding Grimlock through a city? I double dog dare you not to want to see that on a giant screen.

(via Comic Book Movie)

IF WES ANDERSON DIRECTED THE OPENING CREDITS TO ‘FOREST GUMP’

While the pacing of some of the shots isn’t Wes Anderson-y enough for me (Some shots held on too long while hands fiddled with things. Should have been quicker cuts IMHO.), this is still pretty awesome. But does it follow Wes Anderson’s perfect symmetry?

Check it out below:

Created by Louis Paquet.

(Laughing Squid via The Curious Brain)

CAPTAIN AMERICA’S TO-DO LIST
Here’s a screenshot from Captain America: The Winter Soldier showing Cap’s to-do list. Poor dude. Frozen for nearly 70 years, there’s a lot he has to catch up on like Thai food, educating himself on the ups and downs of the Berlin wall, and apparently he’s unsure about Rocky II.  At least he got Star Wars out of the way.
Sheesh, Steve! You should put buy a smartphone on that list because there’s totally an app for keeping track of all that stuff. Christ, you could knock that list out in a few days ON a smartphone!
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CAPTAIN AMERICA’S TO-DO LIST

Here’s a screenshot from Captain America: The Winter Soldier showing Cap’s to-do list. Poor dude. Frozen for nearly 70 years, there’s a lot he has to catch up on like Thai food, educating himself on the ups and downs of the Berlin wall, and apparently he’s unsure about Rocky II.  At least he got Star Wars out of the way.

Sheesh, Steve! You should put buy a smartphone on that list because there’s totally an app for keeping track of all that stuff. Christ, you could knock that list out in a few days ON a smartphone!

(via imgur)

DAILY GRAFFITI: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS EDITION
All of the angst.
Obligatory Johnny Depp GIF:

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DAILY GRAFFITI: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS EDITION

All of the angst.

Obligatory Johnny Depp GIF:

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Seven of the Best Film Themed Slot Machines
American poet and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Nothing seems to emphasise the concept of art being all around us quite like the idea of theme based slot machines. With online gambling sites like jackpotjoy Bingo, we find endless examples of fantastically themed slots, although the true art can be found outside of the web, with the ‘read deal’ slot machines. Film themed slots are personally my favourite, deeper analyzing how creators have transformed a film and its complex ideas into a gambling machine is rather interesting. Here are seven of my favourite film themed slot machines.
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The Hangover

With this film taking place in Las Vegas, and with many scenes inside of a casino, The Hangover is an obvious choice for a film based slot machine. In case the symbols, which include a baby, tiger, bloody tooth, liquor and Alan’s infamous man-bag are not enough, the main voiceover that hosts the game is none other than the hilarious Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). What’s not to love?

Star Wars

With one of the greatest followings of movie history, this Star Wars themed slot has three base games that correspond with the three original movies, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. With a large number of images and sounds from the films, this will have any Star Wars fan hooked.

Star Trek

Another film with a massive following, these slots see symbols of iconic characters, such as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, as well as the legendary Enterprise. Keeping it old-school with sounds and images, the Trekkies are in for a treat.

The Lord of the Rings

Based on Peter Jackson’s movie adaption of Tolkien’s epic book series, this machine takes you on an adventure through Middle Earth, with the breathtaking official soundtrack to keep you company. ‘The Balrog’, ‘Isildur’s Sword’ and ‘Gandalf’s Fireworks’ are only a few of the fantastic bonuses players can choose from.

Indiana Jones

When the iconic Indiana Jones theme song begins to play, everyone in the casino knows that some brave soul has just begun an adventure of wit and bravery. Outsmart the booby-trap-ridden machine, and you’ll be leaving heavy pocketed.

Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? Slimer? If you are able to ignore the sarcastic teasing and mocking of Slimer, the ghost that leads players through the game, you are definitely in for a treat. With additional graphics, sound effects and the ever-popular theme song, you’ll be a regular ghost buster after your first spin. 

Willy Wonka

Based on the 1971 classic, this slot bring Roald Dahl’s magical chocolate factory to life. With the perfect amount of adventure, theatrics and whimsical characters, this slot will leave you wanting more… chocolate!

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Seven of the Best Film Themed Slot Machines

American poet and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Nothing seems to emphasise the concept of art being all around us quite like the idea of theme based slot machines. With online gambling sites like jackpotjoy Bingo, we find endless examples of fantastically themed slots, although the true art can be found outside of the web, with the ‘read deal’ slot machines. Film themed slots are personally my favourite, deeper analyzing how creators have transformed a film and its complex ideas into a gambling machine is rather interesting. Here are seven of my favourite film themed slot machines.

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MAGIC: THE GATHERING IS GETTING A MOVIE
It was bound to happen. 20th Century Fox scooped up the rights to Hasbro's trading card game Magic: The Gathering. The studio wants to turn it into a big franchise like Lord of the Rings which sounds awesome. The bad news? They’re getting Simon Kinberg to help bring it to life. Let’s just hope it’s not as awful as another beloved franchise that he brought to life on the silver screen: Fantastic Four.
I’m actually a huge MTG fan and, yes, I even follow the lore. While I’d much rather see a Game of Thrones-esque TV series, I’ll gladly settle for a movie. The lore isn’t anything mindblowing to begin with, so there’s definitely room to improve upon the foundations for a film franchise.
[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

MAGIC: THE GATHERING IS GETTING A MOVIE

It was bound to happen. 20th Century Fox scooped up the rights to Hasbro's trading card game Magic: The Gathering. The studio wants to turn it into a big franchise like Lord of the Rings which sounds awesome. The bad news? They’re getting Simon Kinberg to help bring it to life. Let’s just hope it’s not as awful as another beloved franchise that he brought to life on the silver screen: Fantastic Four.

I’m actually a huge MTG fan and, yes, I even follow the lore. While I’d much rather see a Game of Thrones-esque TV series, I’ll gladly settle for a movie. The lore isn’t anything mindblowing to begin with, so there’s definitely room to improve upon the foundations for a film franchise.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

HOW MANY TIMES WOULD HARRY AND MARV HAVE DIED IN THE ‘HOME ALONE' MOVIES?
I always wondered this, even as a kid. Sure, I’d seen hundreds of boulders, anvils, safes, pianos and more dropped on Wile E. Coyote’s head in cartoons, but I still wince when that iron drops on Marv’s head in Home Alone. And then there was the scene in Home Alone 2 where Kevin is chucking bricks at Marv’s skull from a rooftop and I always thought he’d be dead as shit in real life.
Screen Junkies got a doctor to diagnose every injury sustained by the Wet Bandits across both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and the final conclusion is further proof that they just don’t make kid flicks like they used to.
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HOW MANY TIMES WOULD HARRY AND MARV HAVE DIED IN THE ‘HOME ALONE' MOVIES?

I always wondered this, even as a kid. Sure, I’d seen hundreds of boulders, anvils, safes, pianos and more dropped on Wile E. Coyote’s head in cartoons, but I still wince when that iron drops on Marv’s head in Home Alone. And then there was the scene in Home Alone 2 where Kevin is chucking bricks at Marv’s skull from a rooftop and I always thought he’d be dead as shit in real life.

Screen Junkies got a doctor to diagnose every injury sustained by the Wet Bandits across both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and the final conclusion is further proof that they just don’t make kid flicks like they used to.

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This Fan Spent Two Years Re-editing The Dark Crystal And HOLY SH!T

As if the 1982 Jim Henson & Frank Oz fantasy wasn’t creepy enough, scoodidabop went and re-edited the whole thing. This fanmade director’s cut is meant to more closely resemble Henson and Oz’s original vision for the film.

From the scoodidabop:

Early versions of The Dark Crystal were a bit different than the version we see today. Jim Henson and Frank Oz originally sought to create a much darker story that relied more on the audience and less on voice-overs and inner monologues explaining the plot. In this version there’s no narrator, Jen’s inner monologues are gone, and the Skeksis hardly ever say anything in English (Aughra speaks some Skesis too!). This version is much more modern and a little darker with this original audio and the slightly different score. Some of the scenes are moved around too, which adds to the surreal feel of the original film. Some test audiences were more casual moviegoers and responded negatively to this version so the Henson team redubbed the ENTIRE film to help explain the plot to the audience up front and make things more obvious.

The whole thing is currently available in its entirety on YouTube, so be sure to check it out before the copyright lawyers swoop in. Also check out the Menta Floss interview with the mad genius behind this creepy cut.

(via Geek Tyrant)

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