From StarWars.com: The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud." Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
After months and years of speculation there is finally confirmation that a 'Justice League' movie is planned after 'Batman vs. Superman' and Zack Snyder is directing. This comes directly from Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman as he told Wall Street Journal's Ben Fritz:
After a couple of months of rumors and whispers of a casting search for a "young, athletic black actor" it seems ZackSnyder and Warner Bros. found him on Broadway as stage actor Ray Fisher will be playing Victor Stone, the young man who becomes Cyborg, in the Man of Steel sequel according to Variety.
Another week for some quality reads at your local comic book shop.Elektra #1 is getting some great buzz from reviewers for its dynamic art and exciting bloody action. A good chance to get on this new ongoing Marvel series from W. Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo.
The great John Malkovich makes his recurring network television debut in NBC's Blackbeard drama on May 30th in Crossbones. The legendary character actor known to chew some scenery plays the infamous pirate on a mission to find treasure with the help of a clever physician (Richard Coyle).
It's no surprise that on his 75th anniversary Batman will be occupying covers throughout the DC Comics line in July in the latest variant cover theme of the month announced. The cover artists include some the best in the industry starting with Jim Steranko (above) with Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta to name a few.
From Gallery 1988:Gallery1988 is proud to announce it's newest exhibit, the first Rap Signs show from NY artist Jay Shells. Jay's street art has been featured on The Huffington Post, Complex, Vice in the LA Times, by the Associated Press and within 100's of other outlets. He picks his favorite hip-hop lyrics that mention street intersections, produces them as official street signs, then places them at the referenced location. If you don't know about Jay's prolific work, check out this video:
As part of the continuing 75th Anniversary of Batman's first appearance DC Entertainment premiered an animated short by Darwyn Cooke based on the Batman Beyond animated series. In this truly short short Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis battle a very familiar opponent. Without giving too much away look for the Easter (how timely) eggs at the end.
Two of the DC Universe’s brightest stars join forces in this original graphic novel! Legendary writer/animator Paul Dini and artist Joe Quinones finally bring the long-delayed graphic novel featuring Black Canary and Zatanna available this May.
One of the best cons on the west coast, WonderCon, returns to Anaheim, California with all the pop culture, cosplay, comic books and entertainment you can fit in a convention center. This year looks to be another winner in the town that Disney built. With more A-list comic book talent, special guests, a masquerade and a Children's Film Festival the con makes for an eclectic pop culture event.
There's another DC Universe animated feature heading to store shelves in the Fall with Batman: Assault on Arkham. Based on the Batman: Arkham video game franchise the trailer features Batman (voiced by longtime fan favorite Kevin Conroy), the Joker and Amanda Waller (in her original comic book version) with Task Force X, also known as the Suicide Squad. The action packed video shows the Squad in action with Harley Quinn in the forefront along with Deadshot. With the Son of Batman video releasing in Maythe year may not include a DC Comics live-action film but the usually reliable animated division has two highly anticipated features to crow about. Assault on Arkham is directed by Jay Oliva (Justice League: War, The Flashpoint Paradox) and voices by Tara Strong (Harley Quinn), Troy Baker (The Joker), Tony Todd (Killer Croc) and Grey DeLisle (Catwoman).
In an extensive interview with Mark Hughes at Forbes, Zack Snyder touches on a number of subjects including the creative process behind the Man of Steel sequel, as well as the demands of fandom, the influence of Watchmen and his under appreciated Sucker Punch movie.
A solid day of comic book releases. Everything from the juggernaut sales leader of Batman to new offerings from Marvel and indies. Personally, I have several DC titles to pick up today but I'm curious about two indies.
Writer: Frank J. Barbiere Art: Toby Cypress (Dark Horse Comics) Mob war erupts in Chinatown! In a desperate final gambit, New York’s criminal underworld and their Russian mercenaries draw the murderous White Suits into a deadly ambush, with ex-Suit Prizrak and FBI agent Sarah Anderson as hostages. With no way out but death, who will survive the “Kill Box”?In the explosive third issue of The White Suits by Frank J. Barbiere and Toby Cypress from Dark Horse Comics the stuff hits the fan when Sarah and Prizrak are at the mercy of mercenaries and as bait for the Suits.
One of the best things that DC Entertainment has done is provide fans with the DC All Access web channel. Since it is run by DC the weekly videos offer a lot of exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes looks from comics, movies, television and toys related to the DC universe.
Saga, Hawkeye, Pretty Deadly, The Wake, Rat Queens, among the nominees It's that time of year again and that means the Oscars of the comic book industry is upon us. The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nominations have been announced and some familiar names appear once again. It's no surprise to see Matt Fraction, Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughn, Hernandez Bros., Scott Snyder, among others nominated again this year.
From Gallery 1988: To celebrate the newest season of Game of Thrones, and this past week's episode (NO SPOILERS), we've just released a brand new Anthony Petrie screenprint on our website. It's inspired by the recent happenings in Season 4 and is available to ship, or pick up immediately!
As you may have heard, the Fast and Furious actress Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. The internet as is custom went ape-shit and amid the usual misogyny and vulgarities emerged two questions: Can she act and how will she ever look like the Amazon Princess we've known and loved for over 70 years?
THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, Gallery1988 will begin it's most ambitious, and secretive, project ever. We have teamed up with Sony Pictures to pay tribute to one of the greatest movies of all-time, turning 30 this year: Ghostbusters.
“THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF N’RYGOTH,” Part One A brand new booze-soaked arc of Rat Queens reveals a growing menace within the very walls of Palisade. And while Dee may have run from her past, the bloated, blood-feasting sky god N’rygoth never really lets his children stray too far. FIRST ISSUE OF A NEW STORY ARC! PERFECT JUMP-ON POINT!
As previewed here before, DC Entertainment has released the Bruce Timm short Batman: Strange Days that debuted last night on the Cartoon Network. The black and white video features Batman battling a giant and Dr. Hugo Strange on an island while trying to save their female hostage. Timm returns to the retro style that made his Batman: The Animated Series famous as part of the 75th anniversary of Batman's debut. Enjoy the video below:
In some somewhat surprising news, giant online retailer Amazon.com has come to terms to acquire pioneering digital comics distributor Comixology. Terms of the deal were not released but this move broaden's Amazon's reach into the growing digital comics and graphic novels sales market beyond their own Kindle store. Many questions remain in regards to how this will affect the respective customers of each company and revenues to comic book creators. Comixology stated that they will retain their identity as a subsidiary to Amazon. The deal is still subject to many closing conditions and won't be final until mid-year. The official press release is below:
This week's offerings at your local comic book store and digitally are pretty eclectic and fresh. Let's start with the newly certified Guinness World Record holder for most comic book characters on a single cover, Deadpool #27. The Merc with a Mouth ties the knot in front of 232 familiar guests in the special oversized issue featuring a story from regular scribes, Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn as well as nine previous writers from Deadpool history - Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Kelly, Christopher Priest, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Tieri, Gail Simone, Daniel Way and Victor Gischler.
As a DC Comics fan it can be mightily befuddling when the publishing arm can reboot the entire 52 book lineup, the television division has hit shows with more on the horizon but the feature film side slowly transitions from one franchise at a time to another while getting boat raced by rival Marvel Studios. Granted Warner Bros. Pictures is in the movie business while Marvel Studios is in Marvel movie business. You won't see Marvel producing a romantic comedy or urban dance-off film unless they feature Avengers. WB needs the occasional tent pole film from DC Entertainment but it also has to make dramas, comedies, thrillers, etc. Marvel is producing their properties for themselves and their corporate parent, Disney. It's no wonder that WB isn't sold on bridging DC television products with their feature film counterparts.
At one time Marvel reserved May 6, 2016 for the release of an unnamed feature. Meanwhile, at Warner Bros. the Man of Steel sequel was sitting on a July 17, 2015 premier date in a year crowded with blockbusters. And all was seemingly right with the world. Then the sequel added Ben Afleck as Batman and the internet cried the ugliest cry face in the history of hero casting. The internet's misogyny index spiked when little known Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman. There was fear and confusion as how could you have so many heroes in one film (please disregard that The Avengers movie was ever made). This is chaos! Bloggers were beside themselves. So WB perhaps deemed things were moving too fast and they moved the release date to...May 6, 2016 in order to “help fully realize the vision.” Curious date but life went on.
Marvel teamed up with Lowrider Magazine to produce a special collector's edition featuring a cover of Robbie Reyes as the All-New Ghost Rider, by the comic book's writer Felipe Smith. The comic launched last week and now the magazine crossover is on stands now.
SYNOPSIS: After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in theaters April 4, finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy--the Winter Soldier.
Warner Bros. released a press release announcing the additions of Oscar-winning actress Holly Hunter (The Piano, Raising Arizona, The Incredibles), Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 300: Rise of an Empire, Zero Dark Thirty) and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) to the cast of Zack Snyder's unofficially titled Man of Steel sequel, 'Batman vs Superman'. The release explains these actors will play characters that are "newly created for the film" (wink-wink) and included glowing comments from Snyder about working with Hunter and the rest. Read the release below:
Slidely Slideshow Another light week for me but there are some notable new titles worth a look. Most notable is Max Brooks (World War Z) and his graphic novel about the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment—The Harlem Hellfighters. Since being enthralled by this courageous group of fighters at age 11 and many failed screenplays years later Brooks took to the graphic novel as the medium to bring his vision to light. Aided by illustrator Canaan White, they tell the incredible journey of the 369th infantry regiment from stateside to the battle fields of World War I.
The name Luc Besson is synonymous with action thrillers. The French writer/director is responsible for films like Leon: The Professional, The Transporter, Taken, The Fifth Element among others. What distinguishes Besson from others in the genre is his inclusion of bad-ass female protagonists who are equally capable to unload a 30 round clip on a cadre of bad guys as any male lead. Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita), Zoe Saldana (Colombiana), Penelope Cruz & Salma Hayek (Bandidas), Milla Jovovich (The Messenger:The Story of Joan Arc) have all had top billing in those action pictures.
Considering there isn't anything silly about this news coming across EW on April 1st and being corroborated by other sites, it seems Fox is still busy adding more actors for the rogues gallery for the upcoming Batman prequel television drama, Gotham. The Riddler, or rather the young man who becomes him, Edward Nygma will be played by Cory Michael Smith (Dog Food, Carol, Camp X-Ray). He's described as "a brilliant young forensic scientist working for Gotham PD and a penchant for speaking in … rather cryptic language. Inquisitive, eccentric and outgoing — yet socially awkward — he wants to be liked, but he doesn’t quite know how." He'll be credited a guest role in the pilot with options to become a regular. Smith joins the Bruno Heller-produced show along with Ben McKenzie as young detective James Gordon. Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, and Camren Bicondova also star.
April Fool's Day on the internet can be funny but mostly frustrating. Especially, for a blog like this that relies on breaking news, movie scoops and entertainment stories from reputable sources. But of course everyone likes to have a laugh and some sites most fake stories for the LOL's and so we can't trust anything being reported today and we've heard some doozies. So in order to relieve our anxiety about what's real and what's not we're going to retreat to our happy place - cat videos. Not just any cat video but a tubby tabby with full-on Bane gear tormenting his owner. #Caturday is everyday. Enjoy BaneCat.