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Writer David S. Goyer is rumored to be pitching a Sandman script to Warner Brothers with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as lead

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No God! It’s been years since it was last rumored that Warner Brother’s wanted to tackle the, Neil Gaiman Dave Mckean, nineties classic and if memory serves me right, Jeff Goldblum was being considered for the lead. Years later, a new writer wants to step up, a writer whose prowess to cover such material has yet to be seen. Writer David S. Goyer (Man of Steel), according to Badass Digest, says that Goyer has pitched a treatment to the WB and wants actor Joseph Gordon Levitt to be in it, most likely as the lead Morpheus the Dream King.

Before I continue, allow me to get you up to speed as to what and who Morpheus/The Sandman, is.

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The Sandman’s main character is Dream, the Lord of Dreams (also known, to various characters throughout the series, as Morpheus, Oneiros, the Shaper, the Shaper of Form, Lord of the Dreaming, the Dream King, Dream-Sneak, Dream Cat, Murphy, Kai’ckul, and Lord L’Zoril), who is essentially the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. At the start of the series, Morpheus is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes in the modern day and, after avenging himself upon his captors, sets about rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair in his absence. Gaiman himself has summarized the plot of the series (in the foreword to Endless Nights) as “The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision.

The Sandman series was my introduction to Vertigo Comics. The Sandman series taught me about homosexuality when no one else would. It spoke in metaphors that made so much sense to me, growing up at that time. The world that Gaiman created is so vast and enigmatic, that as much as I’d love to see this happen, I’d be more happy with hearing about it’s death. But let’s just say, for shits and giggles, that they were to make this into a film, they should scrap that idea and adapt it for television along with another one of Gaiman’s books “American Gods“. The Sandman is way too epic for a two hour film. I don’t even know what they could possibly talk about, seeing as how all the stories were so rich and highly involved and as for JGL as The Dream King, he’s nowhere close to being the personality needed for such an unbelievably magical character. I don’t know who could play the roll, but someone on another site did suggest Benedict Cumberbatch and I don’t hate that idea. Another would be actor Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral. X Men: First Class), his work in Antiviral was amazing. Yes, he’s a little young, but when this is ready, I think he would be a good fit. My two cents…take it or leave it.

Derek Kirk Kim’s TUNE BOOK 2 : Still Life is hilarious claustrophobia

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Derek Kirk Kim seems to have come into his own on this second installment of his TUNE series. Although, more first person, the lead character Andy Go’s, inner monologues and conversations with Dash (the zoo recruiter turned art aficionado) is well worth the read.

Maybe it’s because I am morbid or maybe it’s because I watch too many movies, but I kept thinking this story of imprisonment is going to take a turn for the worst, changing it from a light-hearted comedy to a straight up science fiction horror. It doesn’t and not to my dismay. It’s a relief and a bit cathartic reading the banter between these character’s, especially Andy, who begins to understand what life is really all about.

In the second installment of the TUNE series of graphic novels, our hapless hero Andy Go is settling into life in an alien zoo…as one of the exhibits. It’s not so bad: the food is good, and his environment is a perfect copy of his house back on Earth. But everything falls to pieces when Andy realizes he’s been tricked: there will be no weekend visits back to Earth, as he was promised, and his contract doesn’t last one year…it lasts a lifetime.

The odds are stacked against this lazy art student and hopeless romantic as he paces the confines of his cage/parents home. Everything that Andy’s comes to represent, while on Earth, comes into question as the reality of what’s happening to him begins to sink in. No longer do the things that mattered to him back home matter. It’s a return to basics “somewhat” and that’s when Still Life turns into a self help book. Strange?

It’s an artists read, this book, touching on such topics as ambition and love, one can’t help, while reading, to examine one’s own life and place him or herself in Andy’s shoes. The book does all this self analysis, but without becoming the authors dream journal. Just enough to pepper the whole story with heart. It keeps all the zaniness and fart jokes and although I found it a bit trite at times, I understand.

Tune Book 2: Still Life plays out like a sitcom. The half house immediately jettisons the reader to the set of Facts of Life or Different Strokes and then gives the whole thing an odd Planet of the Apes vibe. The whole story would be terrifying if Derek wasn’t a genius at keeping it light and for this I am grateful. Not everything has to be an exercise in dread.

Relativity Media adapting the graphic novel Anomaly for a feature film

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Weeks ago MITNG did a review on this amazing, augmented reality graphic novel, called Anomaly created by software designer Skip Brittenham and comic book writer and illustrator Brian Haberlin, well today we received word that this epic story is being made into a feature length film.

Of course, not everything about this venture is clear yet, but this is what we do know …

Relativity Media (Immortals, The Social Network, Skyline) will be developing and producing a movie based off Anomaly. Joe Roth (Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz: The Great and Powerful) will produce the film and Ed Ricourt (Now You See Me) has signed on to write the script.

If any of you have read this story, you know how well it’s pages translates to film, so for the most part, this should be seamless and because of the augmented reality aspects of the book, I’m guessing 3D Imax may be on the menu for this science fiction masterpiece. We will see. As a fan of the film and book, I’m wishing these guys the best. This will be an excellent film.

Synopsis:

Dishonorably discharged from the Conglomerate’s elite Enforcer Corps, Jon is doing a job too lowly for a robot. He leaps at the chance to go on a peaceful, first contact mission to an untainted world. Playing armed babysitter to Samantha, the daughter of a powerful Conglomerate executive shouldn’t be too hard. What could go wrong?

Everything…

For Jon, it’s a relief to get away – on an easy assignment protecting a couple of do-gooders visiting a peaceful new planet. For Samantha, it’s a mission to change the world. For Jasson, it’s a chance to put his theories to the test.

Being marooned on Anomaly where technology doesn’t work, the terrain is lethal and the creatures even more so, Jon quickly learns he’s not the man he once was. Dark secrets surround the various species that call this world home. Jon’s actions here have the potential to ripple across the void of space, and touch everything in it… Maybe even the Conglomerate…

But when Anomaly sprouts synthetics-eating viruses, flesh-eating mutants and deadly magic, it becomes a race against which form of death will come first. Who will survive? Who will return?

For More info about the film click HERE

ANOMALY Official Website

 

 

Absolutely gorgeous and moving tribute to the cosplayers of Dragon Con 2013

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So I know you’ve seen a lot of cosplay videos from conventions as well as smart ass geek-youtubers interviewing/hurling insults at cosplayers and groping women, for the sake of their ignorant fans…well this is not what this is. This is an outstanding tribute to those who dream of other worlds and once, twice or three times a year, they become the physical manifestation of that idea. I know because I used to cosplay…quite frankly I don’t know why I quite, but watching this video makes me want to do it again.

The footage in the following video comes from the annual Dragon Con held in Atlanta Georgia. In recent years Dragon Con has grown to epic proportions and shows no signs of slowing up.

I won’t say to much more cause you really need to see this…and for those who mock their friends and family for doing what they love….schools in bitches and the cosplay is here to stay!!

Beatdown Boogie’s YouTube Channel

 

Dark Horse’s THE STAR WARS #1 brings to life George Lucas’s first draft

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The premise of George Lucas’sThe Star Wars“, written by J.W Rinzler and illustrated by Mike Mayhew, pretty much follows what we now know as Star Wars, but with a little something different…no force, or at least not in this first issue of the Dark Horse Comic’s release. The “Force”, however, is mentioned in a tongue and cheeky way, take for instance Princess Leia, whom in TSW, is on her way to study abroad on another planet, is told by her father (King Kayos) before she leaves “May the force of others be with you”. This isn’t nitpicking, just interesting.

In this precursor, a man/Jedi by the name Kane Starkiller along with his two sons, Annikan and Deak, have been hiding from the Empire on a distant planet when trouble arrives in the form a Sith (basically the Empires hired guns set upon the remaining Jedi). Kane’s youngest is lost in the scrimmage with the Sith which forces Kane to leave the planet to save his remaining son Annikan. His journey leads him back to his home planet Aquilea.

Meanwhile the Empire is growing in power and guess who’s their leader…Darth Vader. But not the masked Sith you and I have grown to love, but a hulking Ray Fiennes in Schindler’s List on steroids, looking cat. The Empire is nothing like the Nazi inspired group we saw in Star Wars, but more like a republic and less dictator-ish. Course we do get a glimpse of Storm Troopers, but this issue gives us no clue as to whether they are Mandalorian clones. It’s in a particular scene, where the Empire is addressing a crowd of people, that we meet Whitsun, a smuggler, for the first time. Whitesun is figuratively Luke in The New Hope, at least for a few pages…why? Cause in this scene the Empire has grounded all ships as part of their new agenda, all but those reckless pirate vessels that are his only means off the planet. Do the math.

Midway into the comic book we meet our hero, General Luke Skywalker (The Legend), who looks like a heroic cartoon version of George Lucas, I don’t know whether that was on purpose, but it’s definitely obvious. He, as well as other remaining Jedi, live on Aquilea with King Kayos his daughter Leia and wife.

I don’t want to give away everything, but what I’m gathering is that The Star Wars was clearly a more serious story than Star Wars. No Jawas, no Sand People, no crazy cantina scene, just pure politics and hint’s towards this mystical power. The force, in TSW, plays out more like Han Solo‘s “I Know” in Empire, just before being frozen in carbonite. It’s there, but it isn’t, at the same time. I must say, I kinda like it…it’s refreshing in a way that lends itself well to the underground mysticism, that pervaded The New Hope. It wasn’t until everybody and their brother had the force that things just got cheap and kitschy. Although I know it won’t happen, someone need to take this project under their wing and shoot it. Sure it might confuse the fuck out of you at first, but for those of us who can see beyond the Hollywood gloss, it’s worth a shot. The franchise couldn’t get any worse.

Amazing art by illustrator Nate Hallinan featuring the X Men in the middle ages

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Funny, the things you come up with when your talented and you’re a fanboy. Artist Nate Hallinan has been working hard on this series of images, featuring the X Men set in the middle ages. Of course some of these images he took liberties with to accommodate the backdrop, but quite frankly it’s the most tasteful set of alternate universe illustrations I’ve ever seen. Very well done and now I want to see this movie!

Wanna know more about Nate Hallinan check out his art site where you can purchase these amazing prints. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

ANOMALY proves to be much more than expected

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It took awhile, but I finally got around to finishing Anomaly. I first set eyes on this magnificent book at the Phoenix Comic Con 2013 and became an instant fan. Developed by Anomaly Productions started by VFX artist Skip Brittenham and comic book writer and editor Brian Haberlin , Anomaly is a visually groundbreaking augmented reality graphic novel. Every other page in this enormous book, weighing in at almost ten pounds, contains augmented reality that can be accessed by downloading the app onto your smart phone, ipad or iphone. Once downloaded you point the camera at specific pages and voila, the characters come to life in exquisite detail.

The app allows you to rotate your ipad or phone, to see the character on all sides. Each character also does an action when you swipe your finger across the screen, but I wouldn’t be telling you any of this if Anomaly wasn’t a good story in itself.

If you can get past the size of the book, it’s actually quite a good read!

SYNOPSIS:

Dishonorably discharged from the Conglomerate’s elite Enforcer Corps, Jon is doing a job too lowly for a robot. He leaps at the chance to go on a peaceful, first contact mission to an untainted world. Playing armed babysitter to Samantha, the daughter of a powerful Conglomerate executive shouldn’t be too hard. What could go wrong?

Everything…

For Jon, it’s a relief to get away – on an easy assignment protecting a couple of do-gooders visiting a peaceful new planet. For Samantha, it’s a mission to change the world. For Jasson, it’s a chance to put his theories to the test.

Being marooned on Anomaly where technology doesn’t work, the terrain is lethal and the creatures even more so, Jon quickly learns he’s not the man he once was. Dark secrets surround the various species that call this world home. Jon’s actions here have the potential to ripple across the void of space, and touch everything in it… Maybe even the Conglomerate…

But when Anomaly sprouts synthetics-eating viruses, flesh-eating mutants and deadly magic, it becomes a race against which form of death will come first. Who will survive? Who will return?

The story flows well as we follow our protagonist to this primitive planet, where large mutants live and magic still exists. The danger’s Jon’s crew face are well beyond human understanding, but watching them apply western arrogance to a problem beyond reasoning, is kind of a hoot. The banter isn’t too cliche, but they border on it sometimes, however the scope of the world is beautifully laid out in long pages that gives you a panoramic of the planet in every turn of the page.

I must say that a few of the creatures, structures and scenes, take huge sips from the Peter Jackson cup, but I was able to look past it. It’s almost an homage to games like Halo and movies like Lord of the Rings with a sprinkle of AVATAR…for good measure. I also wasn’t able to look at all the augmented stuff  while I read, simply cause I was too busy reading and the augmented stuff was slowing me down, but that’s not to say you can’t go back when it’s done and look til your hearts content.

I still think there are a few kinks to work out before we start seeing augmented reality books on the shelf, but I think they are making vast strides in the field. An idea, I think, that would up the stakes on this technology, provided they haven’t come up with this already, is for someone to develop glasses that allow you to experience the augmented reality without taking your hands off the book, wait a tick…Google Glasses!! We could take that idea a step further and put headphones in the glasses, that would give you a soundtrack, narration if needed or sound effects. This of course is an interfacing nightmare, but one well worth looking into.

As for Anomaly, it’s a brilliant look at what will be the future of comic books and I am eagerly awaiting the next issue.

ANOMALY WEBSITE

Hit Girl owns Kick Ass 2

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Just left Kick Ass 2, and I’m feeling really good about using my AMC free pass on this film. It’s been little over three years since director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men:Days of Future Past), spit out the surprisingly bloody debut “Kick Ass” into theaters. That film, based on the Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. comic book, ushered in a generation of superhero films that begged the question “what if superhero’s were ordinary people?” Although there have been a lot of films trying to put a middle-class coat on this multi-million dollar business, no one has done it as well as Kick Ass.

So it was with high expectations that I went into Kick Ass 2, having loved the first film and I’m pleased to say…it delivered! I know…I know…there’s a ton of mixed reviews already out there about the films ability to “do it again”, but fuck that! It’s a boy hood superhero flick with just the right amount of everything as to not spoil the pot.

SYNOPSIS:
After Kick-Ass’ insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist — reborn as The Mother F%&*^r — only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his crew of evil doers.

The story essentially picks up where the last one left off. Everyone going about their respective lives, trying desperately to Film Title: Kick-Ass 2ignore the chaos from the last film and they do so…almost to a fault. If I was going to hate this film, it would’ve been in the first twenty minutes. It takes a little for the pace of the film to pick up, but when it does, it does so methodically. Never taking any cheesy chances to turn it into what it’s not, you can feel the same writing/pace, from the first film permeating this script. The current timeline is deeply rooted in character driven synopsis. Hit Girl played by Chloe Moretz , is struggling with life in high school, Kick Ass played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, tries to come to terms with what he’s started and Morris Chestnut, who plays Hit Girls surrogate parent, works diligently, trying to tame the demons lingering inside his adopted daughter Hit Girl.

Red Mist played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, on the other hand is still tormented by the death of his father and acts out, accidentally killing his mother early on in the film while she’s in a tanning bed (the only really cheesy part in the film). Red Mist or Chris D’ Amico is shepherded by one of his fathers loyal associates played by John Leguizamo. The two never get that moment, but what we do get is believable.

Film Title: Kick-Ass 2You couldn’t casts this film any better, everyone was so believable in their roles, lending weight to a story that gets much more serious than the first…real quick. My MVP award must go to Chloe who showed us a authentic self conscious side of Hit Girl. One that was vulnerable, something we never really got to see from the first film. There are several scenes in this film that will have you looking up, that means trying hard to get those tears to roll back inside your macho-ass eyeballs. She’s a titan in this film and the real reason people will stay and watch this film over and over.

On the other hand, there were times that it got a bit “Clueless” not the script, but the 1995 movie and I’m okay with that. The film pokes fun at what kids have become, which after watching the trailer for the One Direction movie just before Kick Ass, I personally got a real thrill from. It’s important to understand that within the confines of this film and the world it’s created, what more could one expect? It’s often times hard to put a finger on why you loved something to begin with, but I think fellow geeks and the like, will agree this is solid.

How do I know this, cause everyone that needed to die in this film did…bear with me. How often do you see scripts hang on to character’s just because the studios want people to come and see their stars..a lot right? Well, what Kick Ass 2 did was made the big stars pivotal, made them great and most importantly, made you care about them and then wham! Gone… but what it did was help motivate both the Kick Ass and The Red…excuse me…The Mother F@#ker, to take this war to Olympus, which happens at the very end. I’ve heard some people say there wasn’t enough Kick Ass in the film, well I say good…we got a ton of him in the first film and yes there was as a matter of fact. The whole movies about the guy, well him and his friends, who are a cute and highly lovable bunch…to say the least.

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Jim Carrey’s Colonel Stars and Stripes, Night Bitch (Lindy Booth), Dr. Gravity (Scrubs’ Donald Faison) and his buddy Marty,Kick-Ass 2 now dubbed Battle Guy ( Clark Duke), make up the core of this dollar store version of The Justice League known as Justice Forever. They do a tremendous job of playing weekend warriors who are sometimes in way over their heads. I loved those guys.

I’ll admit missing some of the little things that made Kick Ass great, mainly watching a lone vigilante work it out, but this is a sequel and needed to go a little deeper. Just like The Dark Knight, people had to die and now there’s some real weight to the matter. Weight that, given the ending, we hope will be resolved with Kick Ass and Hit Girl teaming up again to crack a few skulls.

And so I will leave you with this quote and wherever you see a masculine reference, put a feminine one in and after you see the movie tell me I wasn’t spot on.

“So, we’ll hunt her, because she can take it. Because she’s not our hero. She’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Bad Ass!! (Okay I added that last part)

 

 

Awesome motion comic book for The Grandmaster presented by Vice

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This is really really cool! Got word of this through Vice Magazine‘s TUMBLR site. They apparently gathered a few of their favorite comic book artists and put together this amazing motion comic book to celebrate the release of The Weinstein Company‘s The Grandmaster.

Among the host of talented artists are Chris Evenhuis (Blackcat), PH Marcondes (Mighty Morphing Power Rangers), Keison (Batman, Powergirl), CHEE and Andrew Crossely (X Men). The story is written by Andrew Schmidt. I’ve posted, some of the images from the comic below, but you’ll have to click the jump to see them animated.

Trust…it’s worth a click!

This is a great idea for what I hope will be an amazing film.

The Grandmaster stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi and Cung Le, The Grandmaster opens stateside on August 23rd.

To see the comic book hit the jump.

THE GRANDMASTER MOTION COMIC BOOK

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, THE GRANDMASTER features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.(c) Weinstein

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The Strain: The Fall #1, is pure neo-gothic terror

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Dark Horse’s The Strain: The Fall #1 expounds, yet again, on the 2009 novel of the same name written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. In this one, writer David Lapham and artist Mike Huddleston, tackle book number two in the Guillermo/Hogan series…The Fall.

The story starts out epic enough, with a fast paced, but highly interesting, history lesson about an ancient tablet. What’s written on the tablet and what it can do remains unknown, but what is known is that people will kill for it and have been killing for it, for centuries.

Dr. Ephraim Goodweather’s failure to kill the Master—the ancient vampire behind the epidemic infesting New York City—has led the former alcoholic to relapse as the city burns around him. It’s the end of the world, but Eph, beaten but not dead, has still got to protect his son Zack from his mother, who’s now a bloodthirsty vampire that craves her child more than any artery.

The streets are infested with this new breed of vampire, one that cares very little about turning you, but is all about serving you up. The weight of what’s happening can be felt on every page, the evil unleashed by this pandemic adds to the characters narratives in this post apocalyptic thriller. It’s a race, of sorts, to find patient zero in a world that has come undone, a fact made all too clear when Dr. Ephraim’s , now turned wife, pays his son a visit via the fire escape.

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The Strain: The Fall is a stunning beginning on another go round of amazing comics from Dark Horse and is a great introductory read for those unfamiliar with the book.

Incidentally FX has picked up the rights to The Strain and shooting will begin in September 2013 and Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim) is set to direct.

Via. Fox News Latino

Del Toro said he believes his trilogy has the potential to air from three to five seasons, and that he would love to direct as many episodes as his busy schedule permits.

Having gotten a taste of the story, it’s definitely gonna give The Walking Dead a run for it’s money. At least I hope it does.

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