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 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

MONDAY, JUNE 2

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---Lupita Nyong'o (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Gwendoline Christie (GAME OF THRONES) were confirmed by producer Kathleen Kennedy as being the latest cast additions. Their roles weren't disclosed.
Also, a new photo from the Abu Dhabi film set shows a giant creature that is reportedly controlled by five technicians inside. Sources indicate the sequel will use less CGI and more practical effects than the last few movies.





ANT-MAN---director Adam McKay (ANCHORMAN) has with drawn from negotiations after Marvel Studios made him an offer.

DOCTOR WHO---showrunner Steven Moffat said changes are in the future, "It needed to change. One of the hardest things ever to do, is to notice when your clever new idea is now your very old idea.
We haven't made much of a change to DOCTOR WHO since it came back in 2005. Its been the same show. It has maybe amped some things up and lowered some things, but it is basically the same.
I just feel it needs to be a bit more different now, it just needs to be surprising again. We've got the hang of this, we need to change it. The rhythm has to alter, which it has."





GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY---Josh Brolin will provide the voice for villain Thanos. Brolin will also co-star with Emily Blunt and Benecio del Toro in SICARIO in which a female Tucson cop and two mercenaries seek to take down a Mexican drug lord.

SPLINTER CELL---director Doug Liman said Tom Hardy will play a younger Sam Fisher in his movie based on the video game, "I'm working on the script with Tom Hardy. I think we have a great take on how to make an awesome film out of that. Everything about Splinter Cell will be younger. It's a chance to come up with a new franchise that is fresher and newer and younger, and Tom Hardy is such an incredible actor.
Some of the tropes of the game will for sure be in the film, but also the fun of that is when you lose them. To strip that stuff away and really make the character have to operate without it."

WARCRAFT---Ben Foster said about his character in the movie based on the video game, "The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He's a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer. He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle."

BIRTH OF THE DRAGON---biomovie of Bruce Lee underway with George Nolfi (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU) as the director.

FANTASTIC FOUR---Marvel Comics has suspended its FANTASTIC FOUR comic books after it failed to get the movie right from 20th Century Fox. Marvel feels continuing the comic books would help rival 20th Century Fox and its FANTASTIC FOUR movie franchise.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   McMillan & Husband   (Member)

FANTASTIC FOUR---Marvel Comics has suspended its FANTASTIC FOUR comic books after it failed to get the movie right from 20th Century Fox. Marvel feels continuing the comic books would help rival 20th Century Fox and its FANTASTIC FOUR movie franchise.

So essentially, Marvel have decided to take the sulking 8 year old route.

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

So essentially, Marvel have decided to take the sulking 8 year old route.

It gets worse. I know someone who works in the industry (no one famous) and they said theres a memorandum on FF as a whole. Which is, they're asking artists at conventions to not draw any of the characters (Mr Fantastic, Dr Doom, etc) and not feature the characters in any book (as a team, though a single-person guest appearance seems to be possible) in an effort to quash all interest in the new movie series (which Marvel is apparently really not pleased with, among other things, the casting decisions).

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Well they do have a perpetual problem with Fantastic Four -- barely anyway knows how to write them. Writers forget that they're more than just a team, they're a family. And then they try to shake things up and write a character out and replace with Storm or Black Panther of She-Hulk or Spider-Man. Writers forget that they're at their best in big sensawunda Kirby-surreal colorful weird cosmic spacetime adventures. Writers tend to get them all wrong. So every few years a writer gets them right, and then they spend years with other writers trying to do the same thing and failing. This is a silly reason to cancel a book, but on the other hand maybe comics would be in better shape if they'd go on hiatus in between having creative teams worth a damn rather than being on a strict monthly basis regardless of quality.

As for the moratorium -- wouldn't it make more sense for them to write a really kick-ass F4 comic and then viewers of the movie can go over to Marvel and see how it's done? Aren't movies more likely to drive audiences to comics than the other way around?

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

I haven't followed the FF in some time and the "killing" of Johnny Storm was just a blatant fakeout. Only three runs of the FF really got them right, as far as I’m concerned. Lee and Kirby’s, naturally, John Byne’s and Mark Waid / Mike Wieringo. They got the whole family aspect; not super-heroes but adventurers. Explorers. Johnny and Ben grew to love each other as brothers, but as brothers they had a playful give and take. Reed was the ultimate brilliant leader who kept them all together. Sue was arguably the strongest member of the team when she really let loose.

As far as the FF movies are concerned, would you believe the Roger Corman thing was the only one I felt was truly well cast (don't get me started on Jessica Alba - Christ...) And the personalities were right, too. Not to mention a superior music score, but the rest of it…damn.

Are we to gather that Marvel is more pissed about the FF being with Fox than Spider-Man being with Sony? Because we haven’t heard much of anything about them shutting down Spidey’s books. Or the X-Men for that matter.

Oh wait, they must sell really well….

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

BIRTH OF THE DRAGON---biomovie of Bruce Lee underway with George Nolfi (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU) as the director.

It would be great if they finally did a proper biopic, but I won't hold my breath. Dragom: The Bruce Lee Story is an engaging film, but it's mostly exaggerated/fabricated. When even Dan Inosanto says that film is 70% false, you can't debate it. Everybody knows Bruce didn't mess up his back in a fight. He DID fight an appointed combatant for the purpose of instructing Wing Chun, but he dispatched the guy rather quickly.

FANTASTIC FOUR---Marvel Comics has suspended its FANTASTIC FOUR comic books after it failed to get the movie right from 20th Century Fox. Marvel feels continuing the comic books would help rival 20th Century Fox and its FANTASTIC FOUR movie franchise.

Heh. Real reason for cancellation: not a hot-selling title?

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

MONDAY, JUNE 2

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---
Also, a new photo from the Abu Dhabi film set shows a giant creature that is reportedly controlled by five technicians inside. Sources indicate the sequel will use less CGI and more practical effects than the last few movies.






Cool. Good design too.

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

MONDAY, JUNE 2

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---
Also, a new photo from the Abu Dhabi film set shows a giant creature that is reportedly controlled by five technicians inside. Sources indicate the sequel will use less CGI and more practical effects than the last few movies.






Cool. Good design too.


Wait... isn't that the creature from John Carter?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Something tells me that JJ is not to happy about these rapid and voluminous leaks out of his production.....

where there is smart phones, there will be leaks.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Wait... isn't that the creature from John Carter?


Tragedies like this need not happen if people would just remember to give their dewbacks plenty of exercise and a balanced diet.

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Have any of the FF movies so far dealt with the Inhumans (Crystal, Black Bolt etc.)? If not, I think an adaptation of the original FF-Inhumans saga from the 60s might be an intriguing route to go for a new film.

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Star Wars gonna be sooo good!!!

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

Have any of the FF movies so far dealt with the Inhumans (Crystal, Black Bolt etc.)? If not, I think an adaptation of the original FF-Inhumans saga from the 60s might be an intriguing route to go for a new film.

No, they have not. They've only covered Doctor Doom and the Silver Surfer.

Maybe the Inhumans are worthy of their own film. Hell, if the Guardians of the Galaxy can...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Dragom: The Bruce Lee Story is an engaging film, but it's mostly exaggerated/fabricated. When even Dan Inosanto says that film is 70% false, you can't debate it. Everybody knows Bruce didn't mess up his back in a fight. He DID fight an appointed combatant for the purpose of instructing Wing Chun, but he dispatched the guy rather quickly.

And on a less health-based note, I wish this movie hadn't worked in the oft-repeated claim that he had a hand in creating Kung Fu (he didn't).

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2014 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

I had that same big problem with the Ip Man films. I have no problem with them taking dramatic liberties if thats the kind of mythic interpretation they wish to have fun with, but I`d KILL to have a special feature biography of the man... a chronological fact comparison between the myth and the reality. The absence of that I truly believe hurts those films.

I do think the last film about him seemed more reliable than the others though.

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2014 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Star Wars gonna be sooo good!!!

That would be, "A New New Hope..."...

Cough.

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2014 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Maybe its me, or does that Star Wars thing look like the hand puppet monster that attacked the kids in the Ewok movies?

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2014 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

One of the tricks of old SW brought back with added gusto was the use of screen wipes. The left to right and top to bottom types with fuzzy edges/boundaries are, I think, the best of them. When they're done properly they integrate into the very fabric of the film in a subtle, psychological way. I think it has something to do with tempo and momentum from scene to scene. Dissolves can work very well too. Again, the 24 frame transition time and general mood dictates how best to flush the old image with the new.

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2014 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

One of the tricks of old SW brought back with added gusto was the use of screen wipes. The left to right and top to bottom types with fuzzy edges/boundaries are, I think, the best of them. When they're done properly they integrate into the very fabric of the film in a subtle, psychological way. I think it has something to do with tempo and momentum from scene to scene. Dissolves can work very well too. Again, the 24 frame transition time and general mood dictates how best to flush the old image with the new.

I agree it was like turning the page of a comic book. Very appropriate for the material.

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2014 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Well they do have a perpetual problem with Fantastic Four -- barely anyway knows how to write them. Writers forget that they're more than just a team, they're a family. And then they try to shake things up and write a character out and replace with Storm or Black Panther of She-Hulk or Spider-Man. Writers forget that they're at their best in big sensawunda Kirby-surreal colorful weird cosmic spacetime adventures. Writers tend to get them all wrong. So every few years a writer gets them right, and then they spend years with other writers trying to do the same thing and failing. This is a silly reason to cancel a book, but on the other hand maybe comics would be in better shape if they'd go on hiatus in between having creative teams worth a damn rather than being on a strict monthly basis regardless of quality.

Agree 100%, both with your assessment about what makes the Fantastic Four unique, and the need to sometimes let a series lie dormant until the right creative team comes along.

As for the moratorium -- wouldn't it make more sense for them to write a really kick-ass F4 comic and then viewers of the movie can go over to Marvel and see how it's done? Aren't movies more likely to drive audiences to comics than the other way around?

The moratorium seems pretty ridiculous for several reasons. I find it hard to believe that Marvel honestly thinks that a currently running comic series will have any real impact on movie sales. These days, if a comic sells 100,000 copies it is considered a blockbuster. Although Fantastic Four has historically been a solid seller for Marvel, its monthly sales aren't anywhere near 100,000. In addition, I am sure the majority of people buying a FF comic regularly are already planning on seeing the movie regardless of how awful it looks. I agree that Marvel should make a great book that is new reader friendly for any film audience members that want to see what the comics are about, as well as have affordable reprints of some of their best stories available.

It is an interesting question about the extent, if any, a movie helps comic book sales for the Marvel or DC characters. Where a film or tv show is adapting a specific story, such as Watchmen or the Walking Dead, sales of the comics have increased significantly. I am not so sure how much it helps where a movie is adapting the characters, and loosely incorporating plot points from numerous story lines sometimes spanning decades worth of stories.

 
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