Ten years ago, MTV attempted to cut into the world of pro wrestling. It had a short life, but it was far too weird to simply forget.
Lucha Underground is finally hitting Netflix soon, giving the public a viable, mainstream way to check out its first two seasons without either hitting a show-specific pay wall or having to find a cable station that not enough people have. Lucha Underground is a very different show, playing up the more over-the-top aspects of professional wrestling while most of televised wrestling tries to stay down to earth in a world that looks more like a fake sport.
But Lucha Underground is kind of the successor of another outlandish wrestling experiment that had its cup of coffee on national television. Ten years ago, we had Wrestling Society X, MTV’s failed attempt to get into the pro wrestling TV game.
It was a disappointing time for wrestling. The echoes of the Attitude Era/Monday Night Wars had long fallen silent. WWE was in a holding pattern where Batista was always either champion, #1 contender, or injured at any given moment. Cena backlash was at an all-time high and the company had a hard time building up new stars, as they’d hit their heads on the glass ceiling. They also reintroduced ECW as its own brand and show, which was widely considered a failure at the time despite ultimately existing as what NXT is now.
Things weren’t any better with their competition at TNA. They just had their most successful money match of all time with Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe, but the hiring of Vince Russo as the head booker and the iffy handling of their big money-making feud showed that they weren’t going to get a leg up on WWE after all. Meanwhile, Ring of Honor didn’t even have a TV deal in place yet despite their quality.
In early 2006, Kevin Kleinrock and Houston Curtis put together a pilot for MTV. It was going to be a wrestling show with a unique flavor. Something that would feature the kind of talent from the indies who regularly wouldn’t be on WWE’s radar, for one reason or another. Guys like Human Tornado, Teddy Hart, Jack Evans, and Scorpio Sky.
In the ensuing years, some members of the roster would get a brief stay in WWE. One wrestler would shine for a couple years and even get a tag title reign out of it. One wrestler would become one of WWE’s writers. One would become a trainer for the NXT Women’s division. And then there’s one tag-team wrestler from Wrestling Society X who would go on to stand tall as WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the end of WrestleMania.
Though there are some notable names who almost made the cut and didn’t, such as Terry Funk, Neville, Delirious, and Austin Aries. Though to be fair, Aries’ omission was less about things not lining up and more of him saying, “You want me to be on a team with Teddy Hart? Hahaha! Thanks, but no thanks!”
The show was filmed on a sound stage made up to look like an underground fight club with a worn-out wrestling ring in the center and random bits of graffiti. Before filming started, we got the first taste of the oil-and-water situation that would make the show so awkward. Taping took place in the middle of the week, in the middle of the day, which is not optimal for getting a bunch of wrestling fans to check out your show. To fill up the WSX Bunker, they sent out a bunch of ads in the area asking for extras. Namely, attractive extras.
When wrestling fans found this and let it loose on the internet, many laughs were had at what already appeared to be a hollow parody of their pastime.
The pilot featured a dark match that would be used for WSXtra, as well as two televised matches. The opener featured Matt Sydal (otherwise known as Evan Bourne) vs. Jack Evans in what was supposed to be a show-defining first look that used two dynamic performers putting on a high-flying clinic. And sure, it’s a feast for the eyes, but it falls short due to one of the show’s biggest issues.
Namely, Wrestling Society X was a half-hour show. Once you take out the commercials, opening and closing credits, and the guest musical segments, you’re down to roughly 15 minutes of total ring time. That means matches have to be as short as possible and even then, they get cut to pieces to fit the format. Sydal vs. Evans loses snippets here and there with various overacted audience shots tossed in to hide the editing.
So yes, it’s pretty good, but it’s also a borderline highlight reel at times.
Then the main event arrived and showed the promise of the show. The WSX Rumble was a chaotic ten-man Royal Rumble with hazards littered around ringside. Once the final entry arrived, two contracts would be suspended above the ring. The first two finalists to grab the contracts would face each other in the second episode to crown the first WSX Champion. All the while, wrestlers would fall onto certain hazards where they’d get electrocuted and blown up in the hammiest way possible.
The match ended with veterans 6-Pac (Syxx/X-Pac/1-2-3 Kid) and Vampiro each grabbing a contract and the show immediately cutting to the credits because, again, half-hour format. What was funny about this episode was that even though it was strong enough for MTV to agree to pick it up and have them tape nine more episodes nine months later, only six of the ten men in that main event actually returned!
Justin Credible, meant to be a major player, opted to sign with WWE for their ECW revival and was already released by the time Wrestling Society X started airing. Puma – whose only TV appearance was a clip of him entering and being eliminated during the commercial break – was asked not to return due to feeling miserable about the experience. Chris Hamrick and New Jack didn’t return and one of the major reasons probably had to do with MTV’s issues with violence.
In the WSX Rumble, New Jack unleashed a wooden guitar and broke it over an opponent’s head, as he’s wont to do. When it aired, the sound suddenly muted on impact. MTV, as it turns out, had a rule against blunt objects hitting people in the head. Considering “blunt objects hitting people in the head” is 95% of New Jack’s offense, he wasn’t going to fit in. The idea of keeping the shot in but turning off the sound was a compromise.
The show premiered on MTV on January 30, 2007, airing at 10:30pm ET to compete against WWE’s ECW. It did a 1.00 rating, which is respectable, all things considered. It was certainly better than what ratings would become in the month and a half that followed.
As a promotion, WSX was essentially two shows. One was, of course, the MTV series Wrestling Society X, a rushed wrestling show that featured guest musical performances from the likes of Three 6 Mafia, Good Charlotte, and Pitbull. After performing, the band members would join commentary for the rest of the episode. Quiznos would occasionally get product placement at the most questionable of times.
Then there was WSXtra, a companion show that appeared online. If Wrestling Society X made your blood boil with its rapid cuts and production gimmicks, WSXtra might calm you back down with what was essentially a solid wrestling show. They no longer had to edit their matches into oblivion, so you had a place where you could watch Ruckus matches in full and take the time to enjoy them.
It was a great place to enjoy WSX’s tag-team scene because say what you will about all the MTV nonsense, Wrestling Society X had a totally solid tag division. They had a total of ten teams with very distinct gimmicks and personalities. Everything from 70s-obsessed sleazebags to an emo odd couple to career convicts to Japanese dudes who get kidnapped and reprogrammed by the yakuza midway through the series.
WSXtra also seemed to be the only place where you could see the likes of Matt Classic and the Trailer Park Boyz. Sure, they had some vignettes on the main show, but they never actually wrestled. Matt Classic – an anachronistic masked grappler from the 1930s – was a gimmick played by Colt Cabana and was so beloved by fans despite his lack of exposure that he’d regularly reprise the character in CHIKARA, Absolute Intense Wrestling, and Premiere Wrestling Xperience (where he took on Jerry Lawler). He even released a “shoot interview” for the character which is as bizarre as you’d expect.
Anyway, Wrestling Society X continued on for the next few weeks. Each episode would be introduced by the obnoxious Fabian Kaelin, a hype-filled announcer who gradually transformed into a carnival barker while conjuring up lightning bolts and multiple pyres of flame. Even with the show now long dead, he was able to keep the spirit of that character alive by being that old-timey announcer guy who now introduces the Vaudevillains.
It wasn’t just the multiple pyres of hype flames or the over-the-top explosions that gave Wrestling Society X its aesthetic. Other outlandish quirks appeared here and there, like adding special filters to wrestlers during backstage promos. Matt Sydal and his girlfriend Lizzy Valentine would have a pink heart filter while Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black would talk it out while overlaid with images of flowers. Whenever the 400 pound Vic Grimes hit a move with any semblance of impact, the camera would shake.
One of the more entertaining visuals was a bout between Keepin’ It Gangsta and That 70s Team, where they used a “blinged out ladder.” That meant that whenever said ladder was on camera, a bunch of cartoony sparkle effects would appear over it to play up the diamonds encrusted in it.
But the king of ridiculous special effects would happen at the end of the fourth episode. It would also be the moment that cut down anything resembling momentum and killed the series. By that I mean the infamous Vampiro fireball spot.
The end of Episode 4 had WSX Champion Vampiro confront 6-Pac, only to be interrupted by newcomer and blood-vomiting enthusiast Ricky Banderas. The storyline was that Vampiro horribly scarred Banderas with an exploding casket back when they fought in Puerto Rico. Sporting a badass burn scar over much of his face (inspired by how much of a letdown it was when Kane unmasked and had a normal face), Banderas showed up by destroying Vampiro and throwing a fireball into his face.
Fireballs are nothing new to the wrestling world. Light a piece or two of flash paper, flick it, and you have a cool visual, in theory. Unfortunately, MTV didn’t see it like that. Much like how they dropped the hammer on Beavis and Butt-head, fire was off the menu due to fear of viewers copying that behavior. And no, muting the flame wouldn't work this time. The February 20 release of that episode was delayed for a week, meaning the series was already showing reruns within a month of beginning.
When the episode finally aired, the editors added a shockwave of distortion to make it look less like a conventional fire and more like something thrown by a Dragonball Z character. It’s so stupid yet circles around into being a work of art.
The writing was unfortunately already on the wall and MTV decided to cancel the series. Shows may get cancelled all the time, but MTV certainly went about it in a weird way. They skipped the following week and instead spent 11pm to 1:30am of the Tuesday night after that marathoning episodes 5-9. I should note that Wrestling Society X had ten episodes. For some reason, MTV decided to never air the final episode. MTV, the network that aired 35 episodes of The Brothers Grunt, never thought that Wrestling Society X Episode 10 was not worth airing at 1:30am on a Tuesday night.
And so, on March 14, 2007, Wrestling Society X ended in its incomplete form. Luckily, the whole series was released on a four-disc DVD set called Wrestling Society X: The Complete First (and Last) Season. For understandable reasons, all of the musical performances were omitted for the release, meaning that there’s a New Found Glory performance in the WSX Bunker that will sadly (?) never see the light of day.
As for how the promotion ended, Ricky Banderas defeated Vampiro for the WSX Championship in the eighth episode, which was Banderas’ only match. The finale had a Piranha Tank Tag Team Match featuring The Cartel and Los Pochos Guapos as well as an Exploding Cage Tag Team Match between Team Dragon Gate and The Filth and the Fury. The latter of which featured a massive explosion that was in no way added in post production and meant having to evacuate the audience immediately afterwards.
There were plenty of plans for stuff that never came to be. The Cartel and Team Dragon Gate were going to feud over turf and drugs. Vampiro vs. Ricky Banderas would expand into a stable war and lead to an Exploding Ring Match down the line. New Jack would return and mentor Scorpio Sky. There would maybe be a pay-per-view event. They would start up a new tag title and a counterpart to the X-Division Championship. Colt Cabana would be repackaged with a fraternity gimmick and feud with Matt Sydal. Teddy Hart would feud with his Filth and Fury partner M-Dogg 20. Had it gone to a third season, there would have been a “Chix” division for the women.
Instead, Wrestling Society X became a near-forgotten novelty buried in wrestling history. Which is a shame in my eyes, since although the main show was a chopped-up sprint to get a wrestling show over and done with, the WSXtra web stuff really complemented it all and turned it into a unique alternative with potential.
But the wrestling business is a strange bird sometimes. Much like TNA came to fruition to fill the void left from WCW’s demise, Lucha Underground appeared years later to try and succeed where Wrestling Society X failed. Once again, it was an off-the-wall wrestling TV show that nestled itself in how larger than life and silly it all ultimately is while featuring some of the same talent and taking place inside an underground fight club. The first season even ended with Ricky Banderas (under the gimmick Mil Muertes) holding the championship as a monster heel.
While a second season was in question for a long while, Lucha Underground showed that it would indeed go further than its spiritual predecessor. Now it’s in the middle of the third season with plans for more, all while the Netflix-viewing audience will have a chance to get caught up.
Now if they could only get around to having an Exploding Cage Tag Team Match already.
Gavin Jasper would like to note that two WSX alums were part of Daniel Bryan and Kane’s anger management class. Wrestling is weird sometimes. Follow Gavin on Twitter!
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Blood Drive racers find paradise scabbed under the Scar Tissue of some new friends.
This Blood Drive review contains spoilers.
Blood Drive Episode 10
Blood Drive episode 10, “Scar Tissue,” picks the scabs away from the environmental disaster at the heart of the show. At its core, Blood Drive is a dystopian future film set in the recent past. In all post-apocalyptic movies, and TV shows, small communities spring up in the aftermath of whatever catastrophe messed up the earth, and each of them has something itchy under the surface.
Once again we see an homage to A Boy and His Dog, which Blood Drive already winked at a few weeks ago in the desert community built at a day spa. There, they found an even more painful way to extract semen than the subterranean post nuclear society did. When the boy first left his dog to go underground everything looked picture-perfect in a fifties family comedy kind of way except for the pancake makeup everyone had to wear because their pigments never touched natural vitamin D. In the “Scar Tissue” town of Cronenberg, everything looks perfect, but under the surface, it is just a reflection of bad things.
Arthur (Alan Ritchson) is ready for a new life off the road. He’s gotten the most generous offer, to take over as the town’s new cobbler even though he’s never made shoes. The job comes with some great incentives. Besides inheriting the family business, he also inherits the wife of the former shoemaker. The former good cop on the LAPD Contracrime unit is all too ready to give up his badge, his partner, both of them, for the intoxicating nitrous of brainwashed bliss.
Do sexbots dream of electronic sheep? Through binary connections and a lifetime of security feeds, Heart Enterprises knows Aki (Marama Corlett) is human and she is awaiting punishment. She’s already punished Christopher (Thomas Dominique) and is feeling the guilt. Corlett grounds her human character firmly in transition, just as she based her cyborg role in transistors. Christopher is newly digitized and still strongly rooted in loyalty. The two have developed a very real bond that goes beyond mere coitus clusters. At first, it almost appears Aki is showing signs of morning sickness when she stars puking multicolored streams of mechanical goo. I don’t know the reproductive cycles of the newly transformed humans. But when she tells Chris to taste her rainbow under that sugary sweet soundtrack, I find hope for the future.
Arthur finds hope in his present. The one he got from the old shoemaker. Arthur’s new wife is beautiful, her name is Melanie and the old cobbler gave her to him because he’s going to kill himself. Everything is perfectly normal. There is a split second gap between the blood drive racer’s assessment of the situation and his acceptance. You almost think he’s going to put things together. This makes it funnier when he reverts to the mind controlled blankness of domesticity. Gracie (Christina Ochoa) finds out through her compact mirror that all the people in Cronenberg are really not what they seem and this is not Peyton Place kind of thing. There are no mirrors in Cronenberg. That’s all vanity and the pastor/leader of the community doesn’t find that fair. He’s filled with that old time religion and he’s found a new use for it. You shouldn’t have covered your face, Grace, denial is not the same thing as peace. But it’s the first sign something is wrong. There’s a change in the air.
It takes Slink (Colin Cunningham) to show us that the lemonade wasn’t made by the cute little girl with her face falling off. It was made by the dog, and lemons have nothing to do with it. Slink’s been fired, his 401k went back into the company fund, and he wants payback. The master of mayhem destroys paradise. He pulls the plug on the noxious fumes that are rising up from the scar and the people of Cronenberg see themselves for what they are: mutants, beautiful mutants.
I love Slink’s spiritual tent revival. His sermons are rousing. Though they say he is a devil, he has the spirits. Slink touches one parishioner on the head and he falls down in reverie. He does it to a second and she falls back in spiritual ecstasy, either speaking in or trying to swallow her own tongue. By the time Slink gets to the third worshipper, he just whacks him on the head and he goes down.
Slink shows a little regret when the people of Cronenberg lose the effects of the happy gas. “Now everyone can be miserable,” he says, and it’s not with his usual glee. Could it be that Aki’s not the only one going human on us? I hope not. I prefer to see Slink as an insufferable cad or worse, unless he can get worse. That I’m all in favor of.
Grace and Arthur end the episode agreeing to one last detour. Gracie may still be disappointed but Slink will get his way and that’s good for Blood Drive. What’s good for Blood Drive is bad for everyone else, so more power to them for feeding another innocent into their engines to speed onward and upward.
The music is so effective on this show it is subliminally funny. When Aki and Christopher agree to split up, the swelling soundtrack puts lumps in your throat. It’s so corny it should go on Slink’s eight track tape road mix.
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Exclusive: Kong director Jordan Vogt-Roberts explains how he’s made new progress on the Metal Gear Solid movie.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts thinks Hollywood blockbusters are in need of a major shakeup. Last year, he attended San Diego Comic-Con to premiere the very first footage of his film Kong: Skull Island, but when we sat down during SDCC’s final days circa 2017, he now had much on his mind in the way of corporate appropriation of geek culture and how to maintain the credibility that made comics, video games, and their ilk such icons of counterculture in his youth. As we speak, however, he appears incredibly hopeful about genre cinema’s future, especially since he is inching ever closer to making his dream movie: a Metal Gear Solid film.
Indeed, when asked if he’d ever be interested in doing a superhero film, Vogt-Roberts expresses an openness to the idea, but also indicates that his heart really seems to lie in the untapped potential of video games, particularly Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid which he has been trying to adapt for years.
“It’s something that I chased,” Vogt-Roberts acknowledges about the long simmering project. “I chased after that years ago. I put together a bible, I put together like a 60-page book breaking down what Metal Gear is, how video game adaptations have failed, and the difference between the active experience of playing a game and the passive experience of watching a movie. How you translate Metal Gear, how you protect it.”
This is not to say that Vogt-Roberts was unaware that, even coming off an indie darling like The Kings of Summer, his attachment to Sony Pictures’ long-gestating adaptation of the material had left some video game fans skeptical.
“‘Who the fuck is this guy?’” Voght-Roberts says while mimicking the online reaction to his name getting attached to the project. “They didn’t know me; they have no right to me. People should be protective of that franchise.”
But now that he has Kong: Skull Island under his belt, the director is seeing a shift in perception, both in the industry and on this particular project.
On the subject of momentum on Metal Gear over the last few months, Vogt-Roberts reflects, “Basically I was able to go [to Sony] post-Kong, and I love our producers [and] our execs at Sony… but I was able to go in and be very honest with Sony, and say, ‘We’ve all been partners on this for a while, but here’s what Metal Gear needs to be, and here’s the version I want to make. And if you don’t want to make this version, then I’m not your guy, even though I spent three years of my life trying to shepherd this project, and there’s no project more important on the planet to me than this.’”
Vogt-Roberts credits producer Avi Arad for understanding what he is trying to really do with a movie based on the tragic life of Kojima’s anti-hero, Solid Snake.
“It’s like, fundamentally, Metal Gear is about the cycle of pain and it’s about this fucked up weird family soap opera, and it’s about ideologies, and it’s about characters and philosophies. And it’s about playing with tone and it’s about so many different things. But a lot of those things are conceptual ideas. So I was able to go in and say, and have that moment to say, ‘Here’s what it needs to be, if you don’t want to do this version, just say so now and let’s split paths.’ But with Kong being what it was in a post-Logan, Deadpool world, they all kind of said, ‘Okay.’ Let’s make the version that I have pitched.”
Whether we get that movie is still not set in stone, but Vogt-Roberts is clearly jazzed about what the future holds as they develop a new screenplay for the movie.
“Right now what we’re trying to write is the craziest, punk rock, Kojima, rock and roll, like ‘holy shit they’re going to try to make that movie that does this in that many time periods?!’ Like it’s special. Whether we can execute on that script, whether we can get it made, who knows. But right now, I truly believe that the target is in the right direction, and so we’ll see what happens from there.”
However, Vogt-Roberts’ ambition is tied directly into what he sees as the industry’s need to invest more creativity and bold ambition into their blockbuster tentpole model… or face dire consequences.
Referring to the need for more authorial stamps on the bigger movies, Vogt-Roberts says, “I think [a voice] is the only currency that these films truly have. And I think people are going to have to wise up to this or we’re going to watch things burn. A voice and soul, and point-of-view as a director are the only thing I think that these movies have that stand a chance.”
Kong: Skull Island is on Blu-ray now. Metal Gear Solid is also coming, eventually.
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N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi fantasy novel is coming to cable.
TNT is in the early process of developing N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi fantasy novel The Fifth Season for television. Deadline is reporting that Leigh Dana Jackson (24: Legacy, Sleepy Hollow) is writing the adaptation with Imperative Entertainment’s (All the Money in the World) Dan Friedkin, Tim Kring and Justin Levy on board as executive producers.
The first book in the Broken Earth Trilogy, The Fifth Season takes place on a single supercontinent called Stillness, where catastrophic earthquakes capable of wiping out civilization, caused by climate change, take place frequently. A select few humans have the ability to stop these quakes, but the same power can also trigger them. The story follows three women who have this ability: Damaya, a girl training to join the ranks of the Empire; Syenite, a young woman being forced to procreate with her frightening mentor; and Essun, a mother hunting down the husband who kidnapped her daughter and murdered her son.
Author N.K. Jemisi became the first black writer to win the Hugo Award for best novel with The Fifth Season, and followed the win by claiming the award again this year for the second book in the series, The Obelisk Gate. Jemisi just celebrated the release of the third and final book in the trilogy, The Stone Sky.
Jackson became interested in the book series upon its release. She brought the project to Imperative shortly before The Fifth Season won its Hugo. No one other creative for on-screen talent is currently attached to the project, but will keep you updated on the latest Fifth Season news.
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For all the credit Dark Nights: Metal is receiving for injecting a dose of heavy metal-flavored bombast into the DCU, it should be said that Jason Aaron has quietly been doing the same at Marvel for the past five years. The latest chapter of The Mighty Thor is one of Aaron's most metal comics yet, offering a symphony of carnage and destruction fueled by the compelling new anti-hero that is the War Thor.
Having established the War Thor's tragic origin story and his general status as a one-man Red Lantern Corps, Aaron is now free to unleash him upon the Ten Realms. This issue opens with some fun banter between the Queen of Cinders and Malekith, but for the most part the focus is on Volstagg's bloody revenge quest. The scale of the ensuing battle is terrific, reflecting the full fury of a thunder god and a fire demon unleashed.
It’s no secret that Kesha is truly making the comeback that we are all living for. Her new music finally reveals who the true Kesha is, or who Kesha believes she has become. She’s not auto tuned out; she sings about her real horrors like depression and dealing with assault. But she still pleases the crowd with a banger called “Woman.” It’s safe to say she’s living her best life.
But it took five years for a reason. Kesha’s comeback wasn’t going to happen overnight, especially with the slew of utter BS she’s been through. Kesha’s producer Dr. Luke is counter suing Kesha on defamation charges, coming after the pop star sued the producer in 2014 on physical, sexual, and emotional abuse charges. Those, as we all know, were lost battles, which is why Kesha is still far from finalizing the rest of her legal troubles.
Enter Lady Gaga. The superstars rose to popularity about the same time - 2009, 2010 - and were both equally strange performers in their own ways. So of course Kesha and Gaga are best friends. But it’s so much deeper than that. According to Paper Magazine, Lady Gaga and her lawyers were subpoenaed by Dr. Luke and his lawyers back in June. They were arranged to exchange records of text messages between Kesha and Gaga, four pages of which were submitted heavily redacted. Now, Lady Gaga will take the stand in defense of those text messages, and of course, in defense of Kesha.
“Lady Gaga has always been prepared to testify so long as reasonable limitations were established,” said Gaga’s lawyer. “That has now been accomplished.
And with that, girl power reigns supreme. Hopefully the same will be said of the court’s and judge’s verdict. Kesha has been through enough, and the world has been the primary witness. Hopefully Lady Gaga can shed some light on the true abuse and battery Dr. Luke has put Kesha through, and if she can’t, the jury should just listen to Kesha’s new album Rainbow as evidence. Then they’ll maybe get a sense of her pain and finally set her free.
Here’s Katie Holmes visiting The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and attending The Tick premiere in NYC yesterday afternoon, and killing it at both appearances thanks to a sexy little dress that’s doing one hell of a drool-inducing job of showing off her drop dead sexy stems… sweet Christmas! Oh yeah, not only is Katie Holmes experiencing a major hotness comeback lately, she’s also showing off her sexy little body.
We haven’t seen Mischa Barton in a long, long time, but here’s a photo that she just posted on her Instagram to make up for lost time and to let us know that she… looks hotter than ever!?!? Good lord, she looks freaking hot as hell! And I’m not just saying that because her braless boob is practically popping out of her top. That’s only seventy-five percent of the reason. Alright, enjoy!
Here’s a photo that model/actress/uber babe Kate Upton recently posted on her Instagram featuring her lovely little self looking absolutely stunning, and to no one’s surprise, showing off her magnificently massive cleavage in a low-cut dress specifically made to show off massive braless cleavage, woohoo! Enjoy the show!
Hickman then launched into a 4 hour presentation, with PowerPoint slides; Lee fell asleep 3 minutes into it because he is a cat.
Full-time cat and part-time something to do with comics Jim Lee tweeted a picture of Jonathan Hickman joining him for avocado toast at the Warner Bros commissary.
While some are quick to jump to the conclusion that Lee is courting Hickman for a DC title after Hickman's long-term Marvel run, The Outhouse can EXXXCLUSIVELY reveal that Lee was simply buttering Hickman up to find out the long-awaited ending to his run on S.H.I.E.L.D. The most recent issue of the title was #4 released in February 2012 and ever since then, fans have been dying to know what happens. Or dying while they wait to find out what happens. It has been over five years, after all.
Hickman and Lee were both unable to be reached for comment as I only tried yelling their names outside my front door.
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Try to imagine that you and your best friend of over 20 years are taking some time off to vacation. You go to the beach, sit by the pool, and reminisce about that time you starred in Titanic together.
That’s just a classic vacation for Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. The two were seen enjoying some time together on a relaxing BFF trip to Saint-Tropez at the end of July. They attended DiCaprio’s annual fundraising gala, where $30 million was raised. The pair have been seen together in this capacity before, and fans are always hoping for that same Jack and Rose chemistry, which some see as a bummer. But it’s honestly even more beautiful than if they were in a romantic relationship. They’re friendship over the years has remained so strong that when Winslet married her now-husband Ned Rocknroll, DiCaprio walked her down the aisle and gave her away, according to a source from Us Weekly.
That’s the stuff ultimate friendship goals are made of. Besides just relaxing by the pool, pictures have surfaced of the two walking with their arms around each other, giving the ultimate support.
Could this possibly be the cutest thing since Rose took Jack’s name after the Titanic sank? Maybe not as cute, but definitely up there. Now Winslet has three children - Mia, 16, Joe, 13, and Bear, 3. She and DiCaprio haven’t shared the big screen together in quite some time, their last film being Revolutionary Road in 2008, which was directed by Winslet’s second husband, Sam Mendes. Now on her third husband, Winslet seems to have one constant in her life: Her best friend Leo.
DiCaprio, on the other hand, has been dating on and off for the past year, recently seen with model Nina Agdal. But again, who does he always come back to? His best friend Kate.
You can see all the pictures here on Us Weekly.
Couldn't they have picked a UFC fighter with a winning record?
After a successful wrestling career and a failed mixed martial arts career, CM Punk has been making a name for himself as a comic book writer at Vertigo and Marvel. His Marvel streak will continue as he takes on Shang-Chi in the Marvel Legacy one-shot Master of Kung Fu. Joining Punk on art is Dalibor Talajic.
The one-shot will be released as Master of Kung Fu #126 because that's not confusing at all the original Bronze Age MoKF ended at #125. Punk and Talajic are the second creative team announced on the series of Marvel Legacy one-shots, whic also include Silver Sable #36, Not Brand Echh #14, Dazzler #43, and Darkhawk #51. It was previously revealed that Devin Grayson would make her comic return with artist Marika Cresta on Power Pack #63.
The solicit info for the issue out in November is below.
MASTER OF KUNG FU #126
CM Punk (W) • Dalibor Talajic (A)
Cover by MIKE MAYHEW
Shang-Chi's Day Off Part 1 (OF 1)
The Marvel Universe is full of fighters: brawlers, scrappers, weapons experts, mystical kung fu virtuosi. But there's only one martial artist skilled enough to be called the greatest. SHANG-CHI has been a pinch hitter for a long time, stepping in for Avengers missions when no one else would do, but when no one can match your speed or skill, sometimes it's best to work alone. To see what you've been missing if you don't know Shang-Chi, don't miss MASTER OF KUNG FU!
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura
Spider-Men II is rapidly turning into a disappointment. The novelty of seeing Peter Parker and Miles Morales share the page is already far less than it was five years ago. And if issue #2 is any indication, there's little hope of the sequel actually delivering worthy payoff to the original's cliffhanger mystery. As great as it is seeing Brain Bendis and Sara Pichelli working together on a Miles Morales story, it often feels like their energy would be better spent on Miles' ongoing series.
I won't get into story spoilers here (click here for more on this issue's "big" revelation), but suffice it to say that Spider-Men II's handling of the five-year Miles Morales mystery is frustrating. It's not that the payoff is disappointing so much as it's basically nonexistent. But that's just one of many problems plaguing the book at the moment. It's tough to care about the "other" Miles introduced in issue #1 because we know so little about the character or his motivations. And when it comes to Taskmaster, it's not even clear whether we're reading the classic version of the character or the Ultimate version who somehow made the jump between universes. The fractured narrative only compounds these problems, skipping between the Taskmaster battle and Peter and Miles' showdown with Other Miles in very jumbled fashion.
Madefire is a comic book reader app.
Fans have long clamored for a DC equivalent of Marvel Unlimited, the service that for a low monthly fee gives you access to every older Marvel comic. Those fans will still have to wait as DC has partnered with Madefire, "the most popular reader on both android and iOS". This deal with give the comic book app an extensive line-up of new and back list DC titles, starting Wednesday with the release of Dark Nights: Metal #1.
The addition of DC will be the largest content update for the app, giving the service over 80,000 comics and motion books by 2018. DC will join the ranks of Archie, boom, Dynamite, Titan, and Valiant which are already available on the app.
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura
A screencap of a CNN broadcast is making the rounds on social media tonight, showing a white supremacist wearing a Hydra t-shirt.
The shirt was noticed by Anthony Oliveira, part of footage provided to CNN by Vice from a profile on neo-Nazi leader Chris Cantwell which has been airing all night. Oliveira tweeted:
just noticed the neo-nazis doing security for white nationalist Christopher Cantwell are in HYDRA t-shirts. pic.twitter.com/zE7bYBTKT6
— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) August 17, 2017
Prompting this question from Tess Fowler, and an answer:
No it couldn't be then that would mean a certain comic book writer was wrong, and he's never wrong
— Ricky Price (@rpriceart) August 17, 2017
The comic writer in question, we can only assume, is Secret Empire writer Nick Spencer, who once said:
If a white supremacist is eagerly supporting your candidacy, might be worthwhile to ask yourself why https://t.co/pvkyS4Ewn6
— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) August 14, 2017
But the t-shirt in question does not appear to be the same one Marvel wanted comic store employees to wear to promote their super-mega-crossover event. That was this one:
The real-life Nazi seems to be wearing this t-shirt:
And the major retailers its sold at seem to indicate it’s an officially licensed product.
But it’s also not the first sign that real-life Nazis find Hydra Captain America inspiring. Videos of the violence in Charlottesville last weekend showed Nazis wearing helmets with Captain America wings on them.
I hope Nick Spencer is fucking proud of himself. pic.twitter.com/DibJjichsy
— rosie knight (@RosieMarx) August 13, 2017
Spencer has argued that white supremacists don’t like his Captain America story.
Goes to right wing web site: Spencer's captain america is liberal sjw propaganda. Goes to twitter: Spencer's captain America is Nazi propaga
— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) August 15, 2017
But white supremacists don’t need to read the story to be inspired by imagery like this, shared on websites and social media.
We reached out to Nick Spencer for comment on this story, but he has not responded as of press time.
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Wizard World Inc., not being content with being remembered as one of primary causes of the collapse of the comic book market in the 1990s, looked to the future as they announced their re-launch of their Wizard brand in a new digital format as well as publishing a quarterly "premium" magazine. Seriously though, look at almost any documentary, article, or story written about the collapse of the comic market in the late '90s and there is a reference, citation or footnote pointing out that Wizard had a direct hand in creating the environment that almost led to the extinction of the comic industry.
Undeterred by these facts and their place in comic history, Wizard has pressed on and is excited to announce a revamped, revitalized, and reanimated digital initiative which will feature a segment called "WizPop", a daily pop-culture news service. Even though the announcement by Wizard World Inc. is only hours old, speculation has already begun on if "WizPop" is the laziest name in the history of marketing. Some speculators contend it's simply the lamest.
The announcement touted Wizard's nearly two decade run as a "respected" voice of comics and vowed to continue to share their "unique authoritative point-of-view". If you think you can stomach the maddening inducing, revisionist history, fantasy land that Wizard perceives themselves in, you can read the full announcement here.
No word yet on whether the first quarterly "premium" magazine will be a chrome hologram Rob Liefeld cover or a gatefold chrome Jim Lee cover.
Written or Contributed by Nacho Man Randy Ravage
Will Dennis return to the Always Sunny Gang? We might have to wait until 2019 to find out.
“The Gang Goes On Hiatus.”
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ended its twelfth season on a sober note with Dennis walking away from the Gang and Philadelphia to father a child he had with a women in North Dakota in a callback to the season 10 premiere. While it could have been a way to give Glenn Howerton an out in case his NBC pilot gets picked up, Kaitlin Olson confirmed that’s not the case, and a hiatus between Always Sunny’s 12th and 13th season was planned all along.
"We ended up pushing our next season a year because we were all busy with separate projects this year," Olson told TV Guide in May. "So at the end of this coming shooting season of The Mick I'll step right into Sunny after that."
We now have an update courtesy of a recent Olson interview on Mr. Wavvy. The actress said Always Sunny season 13 will shoot in the spring of 2018.
Always Sunny Season 13 Cast
The Gang may still be without Dennis when Always Sunny returns. After the season 12 finale, Howerton told Uproxx that a return is complicated:
“It’s not entirely certain whether I am or am not. I might be. I might be, but I might not be. That really is the truth. I’m certainly staying open to the possibility of doing more, but there is a possibility that I will not.”
Olson in her interview with Mr. Wavvy confirmed that Howerton's stance is still "we'll see," but said "we have eight months to work on him."
Always Sunny Season 13 Release Date
As of right now, Always Sunny Season 13 will shoot in the spring of 2018, putting it on schedule for a late 2018 or early 2019 release.
In salaries-that-I’ll-never-have news, Emma Stone has surpassed Jennifer Lawrence as the highest paid actress in Hollywood. Both huge proponents of pay equality, Lawrence and Stone have spoken out for women’s rights, especially in essays and interviews over the last year.
According to Forbes, Stone’s total income over the past year came to $26 million, beating out Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence. Most of that number comes from her work on La La Land, the blockbuster and Oscar winner that garnered rave reviews and took in more than $445 million at the global box office. She also won the Oscar for Best Actress, and has more work coming up with Steve Carell in a film called Battle of the Sexes. So you could say Emma’s doin’ pretty damn well for herself.
Not that money is a competition, but Aniston only comes in at a close second with $25.5 million, mostly from her endorsements with Emirates Airlines, Smartwater, and Aveeno, as well as a few projects like her film The Yellow Birds. Jennifer Lawrence snags a third place spot with only $24 million from her upcoming thriller film Mother! and an endorsement deal with Dior, which is an endorsement for life. Lawrence also topped the list last year as the highest-paid actress.
Stone said in an interview this year that her co-stars have taken pay cuts for her so that they can match. “If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.”
The common denominator, of course, is that the highest paid actresses in Hollywood are white women. The problem with this has always been persistent - lack of visibility and representation in film and television, and pay gaps between races and genders. While white women generally make 70 cents to the white man’s dollar, black women only make 67 cents to the dollar. So since there’s so much work to be done within Hollywood’s systemic racism, hopefully these three women help on the path to true equality.
Earlier this week, Marvel revealed that Doctor Who alum David Tennant will reprise his role as Kilgrave in the second season of Jessica Jones. This, of course, raised the question of how Kilgrave would make his return, seeing as he was killed in the Season 1 finale. Now, a new group of set photos has surfaced that shows Tennant tormenting not only Jessica Jones, but also supporting character Malcolm.
Holy F***! pic.twitter.com/iRP9Da0ifG
— David ⚡️ (@dxvid616) August 16, 2017
Kilgrave still in Jessica and Malcolm's minds? pic.twitter.com/LY7IGGCnxA
— David ⚡️ (@dxvid616) August 16, 2017
Though Kilgrave is obviously in Jessica and Malcolm’s personal space, both characters seem to behave as if he’s really not present, like he is a figment of their imaginations. Kilgrave took possession of both Jessica and Malcolm in the first season, so it’s quite possible he left a part of his consciousness behind to haunt his victims after his passing.
The Netflix series, which will be entirely helmed by female directors this season, is expected to continue production through September.
Based on the Marvel Comics character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter as the troubled, superpowered private investigator. Ritter can next be seen as Jessica Jones on The Defenders, which arrives this week on Netflix.
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The Demon: Hell Is Earth will be Etrigan's first new series since The New 52's Demon Knights.
English majors worldwide are celebrating the return of Jason Blood and Etrigan in The Demon: Hell Is Earth, ever since Demon Knights was part of DC's sixth wave of The New 52 cancellations, only 23 issues in. For those not in the know, Jason Blood loves a mean couplet.
This new mini-series will be written by Andrew Constant, with art by Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy. It's described as "a large-scale, thrilling mix of action and terror featuring tense, conflicted relationships and brutal, kinetic combat, with no less than the fate of the world at stake. Because in the world of Etrigan, the Demon, war is literally hell."
The Outhouse caught up with George St. George, a Junior at Trump University majoring in English, who uses the handle Jason Sangre online. He said, "I'm happy to see a character that's on my intellectual level. Not many comics feature Shakespearean levels of writing. In fact, I wrote a couplet just for the occasion. Do you want to hear it? No? Are you sure?"
See the solicit info below.
THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH #1
Written by ANDREW CONSTANT
Art and cover by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
Jason Blood and Etrigan: the best of enemies, destined to spend eternity bound together. When a haunting vision leads Jason to Death Valley, a supernatural weapon is unleashed, radically transforming not only the land, but also Blood...and the Demon. The worst, though, is yet to come, as hell begins to make its way into our world.
Don't miss the start of this horrifying miniseries, where Etrigan and Blood's relationship will be changed forever!
On sale NOVEMBER 15 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura
Superman returns! In the latest poster for Justice League, that is. The Man of Steel may have died at the hands of Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year, but the movie’s end suggested he wouldn’t be out of the picture for long, and that certainly is the case here. Though Justice League‘s marketing has been pretty coy about his return, the latest poster for the film puts Superman front and center.
The new poster, courtesy of MightyPrint, places everyone’s favorite Kryptonian alongside Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and Flash as they prepare for battle. With Steppenwolf and an army of Parademons heading to Earth to fight in the name of their master Darkseid, the League will need all the help they can get, and Superman may just be what they need to turn the tide and save the world.
Arriving November 17, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
Alice Monaghan was kidnapped as an infant by fairies.
Sasha Lane is in final negotiations to join Neil Marshall's Hellboy reboot. The actress, best known for American Honey, will play Alice Monaghan, who was kidnapped as a baby by fairies after they're unable to reproduce. She's rescued by Hellboy and eventually inherits the Fairy Queen title.
The Hellboy reboot, formerly titled Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen, is directed by Marshall, and stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, and Milla Jovovich as The Blood Queen. The film, which is shooting for an R rating, is set to film this fall for a 2018 release.
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura
Readers will have a chance to catch up with the Jetsons later this year, when this family from the future joins DC Comics’ Hanna-Barbera line of comics. The Jetsons will be a six-issue miniseries written by Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Pier Brito, with covers by Amanda Conner.
The series stars “family man” George; his wife Jane, “a NASA scientist”; daughter Judy, “a social butterfly”; Elroy, “who loves robot tech”; Astro, “the family pooch”; and Rosie the Robot, “who is now programmed with the consciousness of George’s mother.” In the upcoming comic, The Jetsons will grapple with an incoming threat from the darkest corners of the galaxy.
DC’s Hanna-Barbera titles reimagine fan-favorite animated series for a new era. The Flintstones, Scooby Apocalypse and Future Quest have also made the leap from cartoon to comics as part of this line.
Fans got a sneak peek at The Jetsons in an eight-page backup story in DC’s Flintstones/Booster Gold crossover comic. The story was also brought to life by Palmiotti, Conners and Brito and dealt with the shocking revelation that Rosemary Jetson, George’s dying mother, had her consciousness transferred over to Rosie the Robot.
The Jetsons #1 goes on sale November 1.
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It seems that Jason Aaron is ending his Star Wars run with a series of standalone, one-shot stories spotlighting the various heroes of the Rebellion. It's not necessarily the most exciting way to wrap a two-and-a-half-year saga, but it is an entertaining way of allowing Aaron to bid farewell to these characters. Consider Star Wars #34 a flawed but endearing celebration of Han Solo's "ex-wife," Sana Starros.
Apart from that, the obvious selling point with this issue is the guest role for Lando Calrissian. Apart from his surprisingly excellent solo mini-series, Lando hasn't played much of a role in Marvel's new Star Wars line yet. While that's to be expected given Marvel's emphasis on the pre-Empire Strikes Back timeline, Lando's presence is still sorely missed. This issue goes a little way towards rectifying that problem. Lando makes for an amusing foil to Sana as she carries out an elaborate and highly dangerous con. But he doesn't really bring anything more to the table. By the end of this issue, I found myself questioning whether Lando actually needed to appear in this story at all. Why did Sana need him around in the first place? I don't blame Aaron for wanting to squeeze in a little Billy Dee before leaving the series, but maybe he deserved his own, separate adventure?
The superhero genre is as strong as ever. What was once considered to be a momentary fad or even a declining market has turned into a multi-million dollar blockbuster industry. After years of resisting the subject as juvenile and silly, studios and distributors are now tripping over themselves to be part of the next big superhero endeavor. The Marvel Cinematic Universe still going strong nearly 10 years later is a testament to how viable comic books are for adaptation into television and film.
The enormous success of the MCU has other companies looking to do what Marvel did. DC Comics is attempting to establish the DC Extended Universe now. Netflix just acquired Millarworld, no doubt with plans to adapt some of Mark Millar’s titles. Other publishers, like Dark Horse and Valiant are trying to get their own connected universes off the ground. Over the last few months, we’ve heard about quite a few comic book movies coming down the line, but not all of the rumors will pan out. Sometimes projects fall apart. Here are the 15 projects we think are definitely coming to a screen near you before too long.
CABLE AND X-FORCE
Cable will be making his film debut when he appears in Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018. Josh Brolin has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox that would allow him to appear in other X-Men films within the universe, including New Mutants and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. His time-traveling abilities will make it possible to tie together multiple movies as well as previous films.
At the same time, Fox is developing what would be an R-rated X-Force film. In 2015, a potential lineup for the movie was released, which included Cable, Domino, Cannonball, Warpath, and Rogue. Ryan Reynolds has since gotten Deadpool involved in the film, with Psylocke also a possibility. As of February 2017, Reynolds is co-writing the script along with director Joe Carnahan (The Grey).
Carol Danvers was supposed to make her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe far sooner with roles originally planned for Jessica Jones and Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, both appearances were eventually scrapped in favor of a solo film. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) were hired to write the script for Captain Marvel. In 2016, Brie Larson was officially cast as Carol Danvers and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) were brought on to direct in 2017.
Few details about the film have been released, but we do know that Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s. The villains of the movie will also be the shapeshifting Skrulls, which may set up a future storyline in the greater MCU. Captain Marvel will be out in theaters on March 8, 2019.
The CW is getting another superhero show in Black Lightning, but it will not be part of the Arrowverse. The show was developed by Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends) and a pilot was initially ordered by Fox before moving networks. Greg Berlanti became involved and helped to prepare the show for a 13-episode first season to premiere in 2018.
In Black Lightning, the titular hero has retired from superheroing, but is forced to get back into the game when the 100 gang begins to corrupt his community. One of his daughters begins her own superhero career and the other gets involved with the gang. Cress Williams will play Jefferson Pierce, China Anne McClain is Jennifer Pierce and Nafessa Williams is Anissa Pierce. The rapper Krondon has been cast as Tobias Whale, leader of the 100.
Back in April of 2017, Warner Bros. announced that it would be launching its own direct-to-consumer digital service centered around DC Comics content. One of its launch titles will be a live-action Titans series. The series is being developed by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who have worked on the Arrowverse, as well as Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery) and comic book writer and current DC CCO, Geoff Johns.
The show’s synopsis makes mention of Dick Grayson, Starfire, and Raven as they come together to become superheroes. It’s unknown whether Dick will be Robin or Nightwing in this series, or who else will be on the team. It was recently announced that actress Teagan Croft has been officially cast as Raven, but the full cast remains a mystery.
If you can believe it, a big screen adaptation of Captain Marvel/Shazam has been in development for nearly a decade now. It was only recently that the film was added to the DC Extended Universe’s slate of films, expected for a 2019 release. In July 2017, David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) was announced as the film’s director with production expected to begin in 2018.
Despite Dwayne Johnson’s initial casting as Black Adam, it has now been determined that his character will appear in his own solo movie independent of Shazam. If you’re worried about the tone of the film, don’t be. Even though it will take place in the DCEU, it is expected to have a much lighter feel than what we have seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Apparently, Shazam! will actually have a sense of humor.
It looks like Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is amping up for a return to the silver screen with a reboot of the film franchise expected to be released sometime in 2018. The new movie was announced as Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen in May of 2017, but has since dropped the title to simply Hellboy. Neil Marshall will direct a far darker film than Guillermo del Toro’s first two, with Mignola calling for an R-rating.
David Harbour (Stranger Things) has been cast as the titular character with Ian McShane (American Gods) expected to play Trevor Bruttenholm. Mila Jovovich (Resident Evil) will be the film’s primary villain. She will be playing the role of the Queen of Blood, who in Hellboy continuity was once known as the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian Legend.
Despite fan desire and the small hints dropped it Spider-Man: Homecoming, it doesn’t seem like Marvel is planning on bringing Miles Morales into the MCU (at least not yet). However, that does not mean that the company isn’t interested in adapting the character. Miles is scheduled to show up in 2017’s new Spider-Man animated television show on Disney XD, voiced by Nadji Jeter (Grown Ups).
Sony Animation is also developing an animated feature film that will star Miles Morales as Spider-Man. Shameik Moore (The Get Down) will voice Spider-Man and Liev Schreiber will play the film’s villain. Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) will direct with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Batman Movie) on writing duties. Expect this title to be released in December of 2018.
SONY’S MARVEL UNIVERSE
Though Sony has agreed to let Spider-Man appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the company has retained the rights to other characters in the Spider-verse. In order to take advantage of these properties, Sony has decided to launch their own line of movies that are tangentially attached to the MCU. Right now the company has plans to release Venom in 2018 and Silver and Black in 2019.
Venom will be directed by Ruben Fleisher (Zombieland) and is expected to borrow from the horror genre. Tom Holland has been cast as Eddie Brock and Carnage will serve as the film’s antagonist. The Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up movie will be more of an action film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) and written by Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok). The film promises to feature many street-level characters from Spider-Man comics.
Marvel is getting into the sitcom genre with the New Warriors television series on Freeform. As a joint venture between Marvel Television and ABC Signature, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will serve as executive producers on the show. Kevin Biegel (Enlisted) will serve as the showrunner for the series. A 10-episode first season has been ordered and each episode will be 30 minutes long.
The full cast has previously been announced with Squirrel Girl (Milana Vayntrub), Mister Immortal (Derek Theler), Night Thrasher (Jeremy Tardy), Speedball (Calum Worthy), Microbe (Matthew Moy), and Debrii (Kate Comer) making up the New Warriors team. The show is currently in the pre-production stage and will take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. New Warriors is scheduled for a 2018 debut.
Fox’s X-Men film series is about to get a new instalment beyond X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Deadpool 2. Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) will be writing and directing a New Mutants live-action movie as a spinoff to the central X-Men series. The movie will follow five mutants as they discover their new abilities while being held against their will in a secret facility. The film will borrow from the horror genre as the group fights their way to freedom.
The cast includes Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), Sunspot (Henry Zaga), Mirage (Blu Hunt) and Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga). Professor Xavier, Storm and Warlock are also expected to appear in the movie. Filming began in July 2017 for an April 13, 2018 release.
CLOAK & DAGGER
The series that has been long in development is finally coming to television with a 10-episode first season in 2018 on Freeform. Series creator Joe Pokaski (Heroes) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. It centers around two teenagers by the name of Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, who form a romantic relationship and also discover they have incredible abilities.
Olivia Holt will play Dagger, who has the ability to create daggers made of light. Aubrey Joseph will play Cloak, who has the power to cloak people in darkness and teleport them. The show will not connect directly to what is going on in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe in order to allow Cloak & Dagger to find an audience first. Things can obviously change as the show progresses.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to television, but the interconnected world of Marvel superheroes will add one more outlet once Runaways debuts on Hulu. The show is based on the comic of the same name that was created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona in 2003. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who have teamed up to create several popular shows on the CW, will serve as showrunners.
Runaways centers around a group of teenagers who find out that their parents are actually supervillains known collectively as The Pride. The team will include Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer), Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin) and Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta). The 10-episode first season is scheduled to premiere on November 17, 2017.
Netflix just announced the acquisition of Mark Millar’s Millarworld comic book line in order to have control over the creator’s rich supply of creator-owned work. Nothing has been announced to be in the works yet, but Millar has proven his ability to get comic book properties to the big screen, as evidenced by Wanted, Kick-Ass, and The Secret Service all receiving successful blockbuster adaptations.
It’s likely that Netflix wants the creator more than his work, but the company would have to be nuts not to try bringing the likes of Huck, Jupiter’s Legacy and Superior to series in an effort to create the next big comic book adaptation. Disney is keen to create their own streaming platform, so Netflix will want to find an alternate source for superhero content before too long.
The success of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Outcast has made Robert Kirkman a valuable commodity in television. He’s inked deals with AMC, Universal Pictures, and now he’s working with Amazon Prime to develop new projects exclusively for the streaming service. This means many of his creator-owned comics could soon be adapted for television.
It was announced in 2017 that Seth Rogen (The Lion King) and Evan Goldberg (Preacher) would be writing, directing, and producing a live-action adaptation of Invincible. The film will be released by Universal Pictures as a product of the two-year first look production deal the studio previously signed with Skybound Entertainment back in 2015. Be on the lookout for more Kirkman projects based on The Astounding Wolf-Man, Super Dinosaur and Thief of Thieves.
Valiant’s successful revival of its comic book line has led the company to a movie deal. Sony Pictures signed a five-picture deal with the publisher in 2015, and we are now getting close to a final product. The plan is to produce two Bloodshot films and two Harbinger films before introducing a crossover title called Harbinger Wars. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) will be working on the first two movies.
Several other characters from Valiant Comics also have films in development, including Eternal Warrior, Archer & Armstrong, and Shadowman. A television show centered around the superhero duo Quantum and Woody is also being developed by the Russo Brothers. In recent news, Jared Leto has been cast as Bloodshot and Dave Bautista has signed on to play the Eternal Warrior in a solo movie.
Which comic book adaptation are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.
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November sees Dark Horse Comics provide the launch of Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #1 as the two men responsible for for the existence of Hellboy face off, Jenny Finn #1 sees Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey tea, up again, while Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade #1 gets a new new creative tea and there’s more to come… here are Dark Horse’s solicits for November 2017…
American Gods: Shadows #9
Neil Gaiman (W), P. Craig Russell (W/A), Scott Hampton (A/C), Adam Brown (C), Glenn Fabry (A/Cover), and David Mack (Variant cover)
On sale Nov 15
FC, 32 pages
Still in the employ of Ibis and Jacquel, Shadow sees his share of dead bodies . . . but doesn’t ever expect them to be gods. When Mad Sweeney turns up and blames him for maliciously giving away his lucky coin, Shadow can only plead innocence—and the leprechaun then claims he is certainly doomed.
• A Starz TV show from NEIL GAIMAN!
Angel Season 11 #11
Corinna Bechko (W), Geraldo Borges (A/Variant cover), Michelle Madsen (C), and Scott Fischer (Cover)
On sale Nov 22
FC, 32 pages
As the steam clears from Angel’s confrontation with the goddess Illyria, the trio find themselves back in the present where their time-traveling adventure began. Angel, Fred, and Illyria are finally ready to face what waits for them—as long as they all can let go of the past . . .
• The penultimate issue of Angel Season 11!
Angel Season 11 Volume 2: Time and Tide TP
Corinna Bechko (W), Zé Carlos (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Scott Fischer (Cover)
On sale Jan 3
FC, 104 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
On a time-traveling mission to prevent an impending disaster, Joss Whedon’s ensouled vampire confronts his past self aboard a ship filled with zombies and a dangerous treasure. Collects Angel Season 11 #5–#8.
“Bechko has crafted a terrific tale.”—SciFiPulse
B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #4
Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Laurence Campbell (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Duncan Fegredo (Cover)
On sale Nov 29
FC, 32 pages
Exorcist Ashley Strode directs the BPRD toward a deadly cult leader while Fenix pushes for a return to the site of Kate’s death.
“Briggs Land is a sordid, violent, roiling story.”—Nerdist
Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #6 (of 6)
Brian Wood (W), Werther Dell ‘Edera (A), Lee Loughridge (C), Matthew Woodson (Cover), and Tristan Jones (Variant cover)
On sale Nov 15
FC, 32 pages
The Briggs always figured threats to the Land would come from law enforcement—not from within. Not so close to home.
Briggs Land Volume 2 TP
Brian Wood (W), Mack Chater (A/Cover), Werther Dell ‘Edera (A), Vanesa R. Del Rey (A), and Lee Loughridge (C)
On sale Jan 17
FC, 144 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
Grace Briggs is now the leader of the largest antigovernment secessionist group in the United States, having outmaneuvered both Federal law enforcement and an attempted takeover by white power stormtroopers. But troubles at home remain, and when a chance encounter with innocent civilians blows up into an ugly hostage situation, the privacy and integrity of Briggs Land is compromised. Meanwhile, Jim Briggs, humiliated at losing control of the family, seeks revenge. Collects issues #7-#12.
“Wood’s writing is enthralling beyond belief, and there’s so much more to think about than just the storyline.” —ComicWow!TV
Dept. H #20
Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Sharlene Kindt (C)
On sale Nov 22
FC, 28 pages
When Q confesses to Mia the heavy burden he has been carrying for years, she finds out that he has even more secrets than he has tattoos. Hari Hardy’s head of security has a complicated past that may contain a vital key to Mia’s future.
Dept. H Volume 3: Decompressed HC
Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Sharlene Kindt (C)
On sale Jan 17
FC, 168 pages
HC, 7” x 10”
Confronted with a deep-sea base that is slowly imploding, Mia gets one step closer to solving the murder of her father. But things won’t be that easy, as our small team of survivors grapple with psychic jellyfish and exposure to mind-altering and potentially lethal pathogens that might just drive them insane before they can reach the surface. But even if they can survive all of this? The bigger question still remains—why aren’t they allowed to surface? Mia may have figured out who murdered her father . . . but the motivation for the crime may prove even more devastating. Collects Dept. H #13–#18.
“If you’re even the slightest bit tempted to jump on Dept. H, do yourself a massive favor and dive in.”—All-Comic
Dragon Age: Knight Errant TP
Nunzio DeFilippis (W), Christina Weir (W), Fernando Heinz Furukawa (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Sachin Teng (Cover)
On sale Jan 3
FC, 112 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
Elven squire Vaea and her knight arrive in Kirkwall for Varric Tethras’ appointment as Viscount. A talented thief, Vaea takes on an easy job . . . but when she chooses to change the terms of the deal mid-heist, she is entangled in a dangerous mission that is surely above her pay grade. Collects Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1–#5.
• An essential addition to the Dragon Age canon!
“Fans of Dragon Age will find what they are looking for, with reoccurring characters from the series and references to events from the broader universe.”—AiPTComics
Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen – Mother of Dragons Bust
On sale Jan 10
8” tall, limited edition bust
Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons has at long last made her journey across the seas to claim her throne. In this elegantly hand painted bust, her contemplative and strong presence comes across in striking detail. This 8” tall limited edition polyresin bust is hand numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Halo: Rise of Atriox #4 (of 5)
Alex Irvine (W), Tristan Jones (A), Jeremy Colwell (C), and Aleksi Briclot (Cover)
On sale Nov 1
FC, 32 pages
Atriox and his Banished forces are seemingly interrupted while assaulting a UNSC forward base by a Covenant warship led by the Shipmaster Let ‘Volir. With the Banished forces pushed back, Let ‘Volir is able to capture Atriox.
But before the Shipmaster can claim victory, Atriox presents him with an offer and reveals that he has other plans for ‘Volir, his ship, and its crew.
The legend of Hatsune Miku reaches the stars!
Hatsune Miku: Future Delivery Volume 2 TP
Satoshi Oshio (W) and Hugin Miyama (A/Cover)
On sale Jan 24
B&w, 168 pages
TP, 5” x 7 1/4”
Asumi and Asimov have met the many future incarnations not only of Hatsune Miku, but Kagamine Len and Rin as well. But where is the original Miku who inspired so many others, and will finding her be the key to unlock the memories of who Asumi really is? Or has that truth been close by her all along . . .?
Harrow County #27
Cullen Bunn (W) and Tyler Crook (A/Cover)
On sale Nov 8
FC, 32 pages
An evil spirit that looks exactly like Emmy is wreaking havoc in Harrow County, aiming to hit Emmy where it hurts her most. In order to defeat this mighty adversary, Emmy seeks help wherever she can find it . . . even if that means doing things she once found reprehensible.
“Deftly written, beautifully drawn, thoughtfully imagined—Harrow County already feels like a classic.”—Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay)
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955—Occult Intelligence #3 (of 3)
Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Brian Churilla (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Paolo Rivera (Cover)
On sale Nov 8
FC, 32 pages
The BPRD agents are surprised to find a familiar enemy involved with the island attacks, and Bruttenholm digs deep to uncover the truth behind an international supernatural conflict and the BPRD’s role in it.
• Brian Churilla returns for more Hellboy and the BPRD!
“The art by Brian Churilla was a real shining star. Not only because of his ability to use artistic metaphors, but in his ability to capture Hellboy in his art.”—Bounding into Comics
Hellboy and the BPRD: 1954 TP
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Chris Roberson (W), Richard Corben (A), Stephen Green (A), Patric Reynolds (A), Brian Churilla (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Jan 10
FC, 144 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
No longer a rookie, Hellboy joins other Bureau agents in a series of far-flung mysteries that take them searching for yetis terrorizing an Arctic research team, into the American suburbs where a family is haunted by a phantom monkey, and to a Hong Kong showdown with demons drawn to a Chinese artifact.
iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson teams with Mike Mignola and a group of artists to uncover the horror and intrigue of a growing occult Cold War. Mignola also reunites with legendary artist Richard Corben for the short story “The Mirror.”
Collects Hellboy and the BPRD: 1954 #1–#5 and “Hellboy: The Mirror” from Free Comic Book Day 2016.
“. . . a satisfying tale of suburban ghosts with a suitably dark twist.”—IGN
I Am a Hero Volume 5 TP
Kengo Hanazawa (W/A)
On sale Jan 3
FC, 432 pages
TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/4″
The monstrous ZQN creatures begin to take over Taiwan. Back in Japan, our three key survivors must help each other heal up mentally and physically, as Hiromi’s mysterious affliction continues to evolve and Kurusu’s gang bikes across the country rescuing survivors! Collects two of the original Japanese volumes into one Dark Horse edition—to catch you up with manga’s strangest zombie apocalypse quicker!
• A worldwide best-selling series—finally in English and featuring all color pages from the original Japanese editions!
Jenny Finn #1 (of 4)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Troy Nixey (W/A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Nov 15
FC, 32 pages
London’s dockside is threatened by the twin terrors of a plague that leaves bodies covered in tentacles and a slasher killing women in the night, all of which began after the arrival of a strange young girl who is followed by whispers of doom wherever she goes.
• Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey’s acclaimed series!
• Colored for the first time by nine-time Eisner Award-winner Dave Stewart!
“Filled with its creator’s trademark spirit mediums, ghastly tentacles, and general all-around weirdness… good, creepy stuff.”—Booklist
Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Irene Koh (A), Vivian Ng (C), Heather Campbell (Cover)
On sale Jan 17
FC, 80 pages
TP, 6” x 9”
Recovering from a fight with the dragon-eel spirit and furious for revenge, Triple Threats member Tokuga solidifies his ties with the duplicitous Wonyong. Meanwhile, when Republic City’s housing crisis reaches its peak, Zhu Li sets her sights on the biggest public figure in the city—President Raiko—in a bid for the presidency! With her friend’s success, the future of the spirit portal, and the wellbeing of Republic City’s citizens at stake, can Korra remain neutral and fulfill her duties as the Avatar?
Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Irene Koh (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Afrina and the Glass Coffin), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of The Legend of Korra!
“We can’t wait to finally see more of this wonderful series—and what adventures Korra and Asami go on next, of course.”—io9
Mass Effect: Discovery TP
Jeremy Barlow (W), John Dombrow (W), Gabriel Guzman (A/Cover), and Michael Atiyeh (C)
On sale Jan 15
FC, 104 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
A young Turian military recruit goes undercover in order to infiltrate the mysterious Andromeda Initiative—and ultimately retrieve a scientist who’s made a potentially devastating discovery. Tying in to BioWare’s sci-fi video game Mass Effect: Andromeda, this is the next essential chapter of the Mass Effect comics series! Collects Mass Effect: Discovery #1-#4.
“As a Mass Effect fan, I’m thrilled about this story angle because it’s ripe with potential to capitalize on everything that makes the Mass Effect universe fascinating.”—Hulking Reviewer
Matt Wagner’s Grendel Tales Omnibus Volume 2 TP
Pat McEown (W/A), Darko Macan (W), Terry LaBan (W), Jeffrey Lang (W), Edvin Biuković (A), Peter Doherty (A/C), Steve Lieber (A), Dave Cooper (C), Matthew Hollingsworth (C), and Bernie Mireault (C)
On sale Jan 31
FC, 408 pages
TP, 6” x 9”
From the visionary mind of Matt Wagner, the world of Grendel returns with the second of two value-priced volumes collecting all Grendel Tales stories! Grendel Tales Omnibus Volume 2 features some of the best writers and artists in the industry, all covers from the original comic books, and never-before-collected story material! Featuring early work from Steve Lieber, Dave Cooper, Peter Doherty, and Matt Hollingsworth! Collects Homecoming #1-#3, Devil’s Choice #1-#4, The Devil May Care #1-#6, and The Devil’s Apprentice #1-#3
Michael Chabon’s The Escapist: Amazing Adventures TP
Michael Chabon (W), Howard Chaykin (W/A), Harvey Pekar (W), Jim Starlin (W/A), Brian K. Vaughan (W), Eduardo Barreto (A), Gene Colan (A), C. Scott Morse (A), Bill Sienkiewicz (A), Eric Wight (A), and Others
On sale Jan 31
FC, 400 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
In the fictional world of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, the Escapist—master of elusion, foe of tyranny, champion of liberation, and epitome of Golden Age superhero—was conceived. This anthology is a collection of the hero’s history and his exploits, created by an all-star cast of comic book luminaries.
Containing a total of twenty-six tales, along with two never-before-collected stories this volume also contains six never-before-published stories, as well as a robust gallery of pinups celebrating the world of the Escapist!
• Eisner and Harvey Award–winning anthology!
• Pinups from artists including Brian Bolland, John Cassaday, Mike Mignola, and so many more!
Stefan Wul (W) and Olivier Vatine (A/Cover)
On sale Jan 10
FC, 176 pages
HC, 9” x 12”
On a post-apocalyptic Earth, where mankind has regressed to a handful of primitive tribes hunting and foraging for a meager, oppressed existence, a lone black child, shunned by other members of his tribe, sets out on an epic journey to what used to be known as New York, land of the gods! Written by Stefan Wul, author of cult favorite Fantastic Planet, illustrated by acclaimed French comics artist Olivier Vatine, this unusual hero’s journey is a memorable examination of a child’s compassion—and the human race’s cruelty.
• Post apocalyptic sci fi from the author of Fantastic Planet.
• First time published in English!
• Translated by Brandon Kander and Diana Schutz.
Predator: Hunters TP
Chris Warner (W), Francisco Ruiz Velasco (A), and Doug Wheatley (Cover)
On sale Jan 24
FC, 120 pages
TP, 7” x 10”
Since time immemorial, the aliens known as Predators have come to Earth to hunt us. Now a group of survivors of those visits have begun a hunt of their own. This is the year that humanity turns the tables on the Predators! Collects Predator: Hunters #1-#5.
• A new direction in Predator stories!
“Warner and Velasco each have a firm grasp on the inherent appeal of the Predator franchise, and deserve all the credit in the world for managing to pay homage to that while simultaneously flipping the entire ‘hunter and prey’ dynamic on its head.” —Big Comic Page
Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #1 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W/Variant cover), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Mike Huddleston (Cover)
On sale Nov 15
FC, 32 pages
A conspiracy involving the Third Reich and a dead member of a sinister secret society sets Professor Bruttenholm on his first mission—to find the man who’d soon bring Hellboy to earth.
The mad Russian sorcerer Rasputin had been thought dead since 1916, when a group of noblemen sought to end his influence over the tsar. Now Rasputin works with the most twisted members of Hitler’s inner circle, and he’s about to cross paths with the man who’ll go on to found the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
Shadows on the Grave HC
Richard Corben (W/A/Cover)
On sale Jan 17
b&w, 240 pages
HC, 7” x 10”
Richard Corben follows up 2014’s Spirits of the Dead with a new collection of original short stories, ranging from gothic tales worthy of Poe, to Twilight Zone-style encounters with the weird, to a full-length fantasy epic featuring a barbarian reminiscent of Corben’s most notorious creation, Den, immortalized in the 1981 animated film Heavy Metal. Collects Shadows on the Grave #1-#8.
• New stories from 2012 Eisner Hall of Fame award winner Richard Corben!
“Shadows on the Grave is as fun and clever as it is horrific.” —All-Comic
Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil: From the World of Black Hammer #2 (of 4)
Jeff Lemire (W), David Rubín (A/Cover), Dean Ormston (Variant cover), and Dave Stewart (Variant cover colors)
On sale Nov 22
FC, 32 pages
Lou Kamiski was just a regular ol’ Spiral City plumber when one day he was plunged into the horrific world of the great Old Ones to become CTHU-LOU! Witness the origin story of how a mild-mannered handyman turned into an emissary for a cosmic god and one of Black Hammer’s most feared opponents.
• Guest artist from the main Black Hammer series DAVID RUBÍN returns for his own miniseries with JEFF LEMIRE!
Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade #1 (of 4)
Jackson Lanzing (W), Collin Kelly (W), Ashley A. Woods (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Hannah Fisher (Cover)
On sale Nov 22
FC, 32 pages
Lara Croft has unfinished business. After facing Trinity in Siberia, she’s more confused than ever about her father’s mysterious death. She’s been training and following flimsy leads, preparing herself to figure out what really happened to Lord Richard Croft. Now, she’s ready to put everything on the line to uncover the truth.
Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Joyride, Hacktivist) and artist Ashley A. Woods (Ladycastle, Niobe), continue Lara’s story after Rise of the Tomb Raider and the last Dark Horse series!
• A new creative team puts a new twist on Lara Croft’s adventures!
• A great jumping-on point for new readers!
Usagi Yojimbo #163
Stan Sakai (W/A/Cover)
On sale Nov 1
b&w, 28 pages
Nezumi the thief has been at large for too long, robbing the rich and sharing with the poor, thereby winning the love of the townsfolk. However, Nezumi suddenly finds himself in need of Ishida and Usagi when the leader of the town marks him for death and the master thief becomes the victim of injustice.
• Part one of three—a great jumping-on point!
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are an action movie odd couple in the action packed The Hitman's Bodyguard.
Are you a fan of Ryan Reynolds’ deadpan, quip-a-minute style? Can you never get enough of Samuel L. Jackson’s poetic delivery of profane one-liners? Then you, dear reader, are in luck. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is an old-fashioned action movie, owing a considerable debt to the genre's 1980s heyday, disguised only slightly by its European setting. It’s exactly what it says on the label, which usually works in its favor, except when it doesn’t.
Ryan Reynolds is Michael Bryce, a former elite bodyguard (ahem “executive protection agent”) down on his luck after losing a high-profile client to an assassin. Samuel L. Jackson is Darius Kincaid, a world class assassin doing time for any number of crimes, who is offered a deal to testify against a deposed Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) during his trial for war crimes at The Hague (this movie does nothing by half measures). When Interpol drops the ball on getting Darius to court, the job lands in the lap of Bryce, setting the pair off on a series of odd couple action/comedy mishaps. Of course they can’t stand each other.
Reynolds and Jackson certainly aren’t exactly stretching themselves here, but they sure are having fun, and that forgives a number of sins. When Ryan Reynolds is, essentially, the straight man in the action/comedy equation, that should give you an idea of how far into the stratosphere his partner is taking things. But you can’t fault Samuel L. Jackson for clearly having the time of his life, especially not when he and Reynolds make for such an effective bickering pair of action heroes. I can no longer tell when Gary Oldman is mailing in a performance in movies like this, and his one-note dictator/background villain doesn’t get enough screen time to matter. Elodie Yung holds her own as Bryce’s ex-girlfriend, a capable Interpol operative who he nonetheless holds a grudge against. The only supporting player who isn’t completely eclipsed by the Jackson/Reynolds antics is Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid, Darius’ hilariously foul-mouthed, abrasive, and tough wife (and the only reason Darius agrees to testify in the first place).
In an age of superheroes, giant robots, collapsing buildings, and ever more ridiculous explosions, the relative simplicity of this movie’s approach almost seems quaint, but instead it’s refreshing. The action, which is capably handled by director Patrick Hughes (best known for the regrettable The Expendables 3), rarely slows down in any case, builds to an intentionally ridiculous crescendo as it barrels into the home stretch. There are two inventively staged sequences, one an outdoor fiasco glimpsed in the trailers and the other a brutal, claustrophobic fight in a hardware store. Both are great fun, and aided even more by Reynolds’ considerable comic timing.
While the parallels to any number of 1980s action movies are unavoidable (and certainly intentional) the one thing I kept coming back to during my viewing was something else entirely: Looney Tunes. The violence, especially in the final act, takes on a gleeful, Chuck Jones quality, and it fully embraces the absurdity of every situation and there's a point where each action scene is more madcap than the last. Think of Reynolds and Jackson as the action movie equivalent of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, respectively. Just substitute “motherfucker” for “meep-meep” and you’re halfway there.
Somehow, The Hitman’s Bodyguard manages to turn most of its weaknesses into strengths. Not even a twist that wouldn’t surprise the blind or the most ridiculous and literal ticking clock climax in recent cinematic memory can ruin the fun. When Darius takes a bullet in the knee within minutes of his introduction and then careens around the rest of the movie like it’s as mild an inconvenience as an ingrown toenail, well, that can’t be chalked up to anything other than an acute awareness of exactly the kind of ridiculousness that the script (by Tom O’Connor) set out to achieve. To be safe, and for further 1980s authenticity, they should have trimmed about 10 minutes out and brought it in at a far more lean and mean 90-100 minutes.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is at times a strange affair. As a viewer, you’ll be acutely aware of how brainless the proceedings are, but it’s such a bonkers ride that you won’t mind.
The Hitman's Bodyguard opens on August 18.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunited for a charity gala in St.-Tropez, France, last month, and during their downtime, the BFFs lounged by the pool at Leo's villa with a few other friends, including Tobey Maguire, Kevin Connolly, and Lukas Haas. Leo went shirtless in a pair of swim trunks for the pool day, while Kate covered up her neon bikini with a sheer dress. The Oscar winners were spotted chatting it up and sharing a hug, and Leo also made sure to strike a few poses between hitting the vape pen and checking his cell phone for text messages from models (we assume). It was during this same getaway that Leo debuted a Project Runway-worthy beach towel design, which we couldn't be more thankful for.
Speaking of models, Leo has reportedly been busy romancing yet another stunner since his pool day with Kate. This week, Page Six reported that Leo is getting cozy with 23-year-old German model Lorena Rae; the pair was seen having a lunch and museum date in NYC and looked "like an item." With only a few weeks until Labor Day, it certainly seems like Leo is ending Summer with a bang (we assume).
Arrested Development season 5 is officially happening and we can expect it to arrive in 2018!
In 2013, Arrested Development brought a wealth of on-screen talent and bankable promotions and publicity for Netflix. Now fully immersed in the original programing game, Netflix is expanding its ever-growing library at an extraordinary rate.
The streaming giant no longer needs the Bluths. Now the real question is whether the series is capable of returning to a similar format that initially captured its cult audience all those years ago on Fox.
Here's what we know about Arrested Development season 5...
Arrested Development Season 5 Latest News
Talking with Rotten Tomatoes, Jason Bateman said that season five will be a return to the Fox format:
“I’ve read the first three scripts, and it all continues to be either all together or paired off in twos and threes, basically the same format as the Fox episodes, so that’s all back on.”
“It is pretty much a direct pick-up from where we left off in season 4, so I would recommend before season 5 starts for people to go back through that fourth season and try to refamiliarize yourself as best you can with that, because the first two episodes of the fifth season basically stitch into the final parts of the fourth season as a sort of a continuation and it kind of zippers the two together, then starting in episode 3, really starts covering all the new ground of this fifth season.”
Arrested Development Season 5 Cast
Earlier this year, Netflix has confirmed Arrested Development season 5 and shooting is now underway. Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, and Alia Shawkat will all return to reprise their roles on the show.
Said creator Mitchell Hurwitz about the renewal: "In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days. I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life."
Clearly, we can expect one or two jabs at the first family in the new season...
Arrested Development Season 5 Release Date
Arrested Development season 5 will premiere in 2018.
Arrested Development Season 5 Plot
Netflix cannot be intimated by advertisers or public perception. They can buy all the Adam Sandler movies, double down on the expensive mistake that was Marco Polo, and make a Fuller House. Everything that’s old is new again when your model is nonlinear and your cash is as green and abundant as a leafy forest in the heart of spring.
With all the deals Netflix is cutting and the 31 scripted original series in production and slated for 2016, it’s an odd one that the streaming company has kept talk of an Arrested Development season 5 on the hush. After all, Arrested Development was building walls long before political troll and post-human Donald Trump constructed his campaign.
The time may finally be right to get excited about seeing the Bluths together again (and not just sprinkled briefly into character standalone episodes). At TCAs, Mitch Hurwitz gave us our first glimpse into what Arrested Development would look like in 2016. Weirdly enough, 2016 is exactly what Arrested Development looked like in 2013. If you blanked the “Netflix season” out of your memory, the Bluths tried to build a great wall of Mexico and the aloof Lindsay ran for office. To my knowledge, George Michael’s “FakeBlock” concept is sadly underutilized.
According to Deadline, Hurwitz said he’s been working on a fifth season and orignally planned to release it around election time, a natural vein to tap for comedy given the current political climate, and a chance to continue season four’s storyline:
Given the timeliness, he is chomping at the bit and hoping to get the new season out before the November Presidential elections, he shared in a party conversation.
As we now know, his election cycle plans were a bit too ambitious since the problems with making Arrested Development season 5 a reality are the logistics.
Working with a team of writers, Hurwitz has the season outlined, but complex negotiations with the cast over scheduling are still ongoing, and it is unclear yet who will be available to come back as all have other commitments. Once he knows which actors are signed, Hurwitz will start writing the scripts. One other reason he is putting that off until the last second — because there has been so much art imitating life over the past months that he’s had to constantly rewrite storylines.
One key cast member holding up the process was David Cross, who was already booked up for 2016. Den of Geek spoke with David Cross about his potential involvment in the new season, which was a no-go considering he just announced a major multi-city stand up tour for 2016. An Arrested Development without Tobias? That's something we couldn't picture.
For more, we'll have to speculate about the timeline, but we do have a sense of where Hurwitz wants to take series after season 4 ended with a mystery:
That set up Season 5, which will be a serialized murder mystery, Hurwitz said. When he originally mapped out the fifth season, he had no idea the genre would become white hot — first with Serialand The Jinx, and now with the Netflix phenomenon Making a Murderer. Season 5 of Arrested Development is in the vein of Making a Murderer, noted Hurwitz, a big fan of the real-crime documentary series.
Hurwitz is itching to start production soon, but as of right now, nothing is publically official from Netflix.
TVLine, often a reliable source on exclusives, is reporting that Arrested Development season 5 could use a prequel-type plot (using new actors to play younger versions of the cast) to free up the cast for more family scenes. The report notes that while it isn't set in stone, this idea could alleviate the shooting schedule woes that tied up production on the fourth season.
According to a source: “More of the episodes can now include all of the original cast together, with lots of big group family scenes.”
Auburn football is now down to 8 possible starters on the offensive line
Auburn Tigers-Auburn football-Herb Hand Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand is entering his second season on the Plains. (Kenny Moss/Special to SEC Country). If Auburn is indeed down to two combinations, the staff has eliminated one of the three ...
“There’s a script,” Sandberg revealed in an interview with FilmRiot. “It’s the next DC movie to shoot.”
The director also discussed the source material he read in preparation of bringing Shazam to the big-screen. “I’m taking it all in,” he shared. “Some of those really old ones are quite fun, when he’s, like, fighting Hitler. Stuff like that. No, cause he’s been around since the 40s for, like, as long as Superman. So there’s a lot to read and that’s also interesting because he sort of has a couple of different origin stories or a couple of different takes on it. You know, you have the most recent sort of Geoff Johns version and then you have Ordwell [sic] version and then you have those really old versions. It’s going to be really interesting just because of how hardcore the fans are.”
While there aren’t many details as of yet about Shazam, Sandberg has previously asserted that it will be more lighthearted than the other films in the DCEU. Additionally, DC Comic’s President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has said that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam will not appear in the film, a fact that Sandberg reiterated in this interview.
“The Rock has been cast as Black Adam, but he’s not going to be featured in this film,” Sandberg said. “There’ve been variations of the script, like before I came along, where… you know, variations where Black Adam was in and out and, you know. But now, this is about Shazam.”
There is no one currently cast to play Shazam in the film, although The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star Armie Hammer has been mentioned as a contender for the role. Although he has long been eyed to play a Green Lantern, Hammer has confirmed that he is open to taking on the role.
Created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck, Shazam (also known as Captain Marvel) is the alter-ego of a boy named Billy Batson. Batson has the power to simply say the word “shazam” aloud and be transformed into a powerful superhero. The character first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940. Warner Bros.’ Shazam series will be broken into two films, one of which will focus on the hero’s mortal enemy, Black Adam.
Shazam is currently slated to begin principal photography next year. The Warner Bros. production will be directed by David F. Sandberg and is scheduled to hit theaters in April 2019.
(via Heroic Hollywood)
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Kevin Wada revealed his variant cover for Runaways #1 on Twitter this evening.
In September, Marvel launches a new Runaways series by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka. And sure, that series looks like it may be a stealth limited series, but it’s good to see this fan-favorite team, and previously deceased character Gert, back in action, even if it is just for six issues. Besides, at least there’ll be one new trade on the stands when Hulu’s Runaways TV show is streaming.
We’ve got a little under a month to wait for the first issue, but artist Kevin Wada was kind enough to throw us a little something to tide us over on Twitter when he revealed his variant cover for Runaways #1:
Runaways #1 variant cover is out!
Serving fashion and FACE pic.twitter.com/NP5ZO6q0Ny
— Kevin Wada (@kevinwada) August 16, 2017
And series artist Anka was impressed:
KRIS DON'T JOKE IF YOU DID THAT I'D DIE, oops my caps lock is broken :)
— Kevin Wada (@kevinwada) August 16, 2017
Totes true. Can't wait to see the footwear you choose for these LEWKS.
— Kevin Wada (@kevinwada) August 16, 2017
they are legless Kris, my time is limited.
— Kevin Wada (@kevinwada) August 16, 2017
Runways #1 hits stores on September 13.
Jamie Chung may no longer be on Once Upon a Time, but that doesn't mean she's out of our lives forever. The actress recently joined the cast of the upcoming film 1985 and she is very active on social media. When she's not making us swoon over her sweet relationship with husband Bryan Greenberg or sharing cute photos of her adventures with Jennifer Morrison, you can also almost bet she's hanging out in her bikini somewhere. And with a body like hers, can you really blame her? Keep reading to see what we're talking about.
When Marvel’s Netflix series culminate with The Defenders, fans can expect it to lead to another phase of series. Finn Jones, who plays Iron Fist, revealed that this miniseries “feels like the end of Phase One” and “the beginning of another phase” during an interview with Digital Spy.
“Let’s just say there are certain events that happen at the end of The Defenders which are going to rock everyone’s world,” Jones teased. “So people aren’t going to be the same after the end of The Defenders.”
“That’s just a lot to compute,” added Charlie Cox, who kicked off Marvel’s line of Netflix shows as Daredevil back in 2015. “That’s Phase One? How many f**king Phases are there?!”
“I go into so many meetings, where they’re like, ‘We’re making this show, but the end goal is that we’re gonna rule the world’ — and then you do a pilot and it doesn’t get picked up to series,” he said. “So I remember signing this contract and just thinking, ‘Yeah, let’s just deal with Daredevil, shall we? And see how it goes.'”
As it were, Daredevil would land two seasons before leading into The Defenders, which unites the character with the protagonists of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Daredevil is expected to start filming its third season this fall, while Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are in production with their second seasons. Iron Fist Season 2 was also announced at last month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. All of these will take place following Defenders, as part of what Jones describes as “another phase.”
Arriving on Aug. 18 on Netflix, The Defenders stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.
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Prognosis is dire
The YouTube channel for Japanese website Cinema Today posted a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. Though it resembles the San Diego Comic-Con trailer, there is a few more seconds of footage from the film (and a less rockin' sound). Most notable is the appearance of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in his Sanctum Sanctorum where Thor visited him during the end credits of Strange's movie.
Have a watch. Trailer is in English, though there is some Japanese narration near the end:
You'll notice that the Japanese name for the movie is different (that is common): Soh: Batoru Roiaru or Thor: Battle Royale. Here's a look at the Japanese poster for the movie:
Thor will journey to theaters November 3.
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A young group of heroes have arrived claiming that they are the children of the Justice League. Perplexed, the League takes them to the Watchtower to determine if this is the truth. All scans that Cyborg performs on them support their claim, and they tell the League their story.
They come from a future where a super-powered war happens that claims much of the world. Their parents, the Justice League, hid them away on Olympus until the conflict was resolved. The League never returned, and they left Olympus to find a world destroyed. However, they know more that they aren’t telling the League yet, and our heroes need to figure out what they can and should do about this.
This is a very dialogue-heavy comic. Thankfully, it actually works pretty well. It’s interesting hearing the stories of these young heroes and their relationship with their parents. It’s even sweet when some, like Jessica Cruz and the Flash, begin embracing their future offspring. Three, Cruise, Jenny, and Jason belong to Flash and Jessica, Dory belongs to Mera and Aquaman, Hunter belongs to Wonder Woman (but was raised by Superman), and Cube belongs to Cyborg.
There are a lot of touching moments in this comic. Mera is impressed with Dory’s gruff leadership. Vic and Cube bond over technology. Jessica and Barry take to their three children fairly quickly.
There is some strife. Wonder Woman, apparently, gave up her son to be raised by Superman and Lois, and this son resents her deeply. Simon has no children and apparently takes leadership of the Sinestro Corps at some point. Of course, this is all really hard to swallow for the Justice League.
We learn little to nothing of the Sovereign, the powerful overlord whom we saw in the previous issue. The young heroes of the future know little about her, as well.
There is a surprise finale to this comic that is surprisingly brutal and gory and bodes ill for the one Justice League member not mentioned in this comic, lest his accursed name invoke his presence.
The art of Fernando Pasarin brings this all to life very aptly, as the intense emotions the characters feel are portrayed excellently. Body language and subtle facial movements are taken advantage of, and you can truly feel the weight of what’s being discussed. The color artist, Brad Anderson, is given relatively little to do in this comic, but he does what he can to make it pop on the page. He succeeds in this task.
Though the action is really light, this is still a very engaging issue. The children of the Justice League are interesting characters, and their complicated relationships with their parents are very readable. Give this one a read. It’s a very smart and expertly constructed comic.
We've seen this all before, and Rod Serling knew we'd see it again.
“Where will he go next?” Rod Serling says at the close of “He’s Alive,” notably one of the most controversial episodes of The Twilight Zone.
In that particular chapter, which aired in January of 1963, a spectral Adolf Hitler, who is portrayed as a shadowy ghost-like figure, aids the leader of a small and unsuccessful neo-Nazi group named Peter Vollmer. Hitler shows Volmer, who is played by a young Dennis Hopper, how to captivate a vulnerable audience and ultimately convinces Peter to murder an elderly Jewish man who was a father figure to Peter earlier in the episode. This comes after Volmer has also murdered subordinates and learns from the phantom of the Fuhrer how to scapegoat minorities and rile up a crowd into wanting to expunge Jewish and African American elements.
After the episode aired, Cayuga Productions received over 4,000 protest letters of varying severity due to the nature of the programming.
In his closing narration, Serling continues:
“He's alive so long as these evils exist. Remember that when he comes to your town. Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others. Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being. He's alive because through these things we keep him alive.”
On Nov. 11, 1966, Serling, two years removed from the end of his seminal anthology television series, reflected on the socio-political climate at the time in a speech at UCLA. It came just days after Ronald Reagan’s landslide victory in the California gubernatorial election and a stunning midterm election in which the Democratic Party lost 47 seats in the House of Representatives.
If he wasn't drawing a direct correlation, then more pressing on Serling's mind, however, was the civil unrest of ’66. All across the country, racial tensions spilled out into the streets; the Division Street riots in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community and on Chicago’s West Side; in Omaha, Nebraska; the Hough riots of Cleveland; the Waukegan Riot.
While addressing students of UCLA, Serling, who's work often explored an anti-war stance, fascism, and racism, had the themes of “He’s Alive,” swirling around his head. Serling’s speech, presented unedited below and preserved via UCLA communications studies, is not to be dismissed as a portal to another time or dimension, but is a mirror reflecting our present reality.
Words By Rod Serling on November 11, 1966 at UCLA:
What follows are things that are near, and sometimes dear, to my heart: Some observations about current morality, a couple of asides about what are the things that buoy up my hopes, and conversely, what are some of the things that made me bleed to death.
First of all, there's this business of this so-called white backlash, and the preoccupation we've seen with the riots in various parts of our country. I suppose if we were to semantically search for a definition of “white backlash,” we might say that it's simple a self-righteous majority taking a most unrighteous position, and this position is found on two polarized points of the spectrum of race relations.
There are the militant whites who look like a rioting Negro, and who sagely make the philosophical point that this proves what they've been saying all along. That the Negroes were somehow a lesser breed of cat who could not be trusted with either political freedom, economic opportunities, or the prerogative that goes along with citizenship.
And as a corollary to that, they point a warning finger—or fist, depending on the region—to the Negro, and they tell them that's it. The law-abiding, god-fearing, patriotic white American will not countenance the looting, and rampage, and violence of these marching blacks, and that from now on, that brief and illusory honeymoon that took place in Washington D.C. in 1964 is over.
Now we revert to type. Now we embrace those fundamentals that have always been the touchstone of both politics and race relations over the years. The white man is the boss. The black is the second-rated on the scene, and he forever shall be precisely that. And leave us not here anymore cries for equality because that equality, too, has been forfeited by these specter of black parlor, and the irresponsible that that phrase connotes.
Now on the other end of the spectrum we have the parlor liberal, the essentially decent and well-motivated humanitarian, who shakes his head and clucks, and feels miserable that one percent of the Negro population has taken to the streets. And he waggles a finger at his Negro brothers and he says, “Slow man, slow. Cool it for a while. Soften your voices. Ease up on your demands. Turn off the klieg lights and crawl into the shadows. The essential thing now is to allow the frightened white majority time to recast you in your more subservient role, to which the white has become most accustomed, and feels most comfortable in.”
Now this is the so-called white backlash.
North of the Mason-Dixon line, you don't hear a candidate use that expression. Out here in California, it somehow enters the body of politics with a backdoor injection into a vein, and it comes out via an innuendo and a wise wink. We heard it from the proponents of Proposition 16, who tried to pass the so-called Anti-Obscenity law. And on the radio, you very likely heard the spot announcement, in which was pointed out that decent, law-abiding men and women have rights too. And that included the rights of their children to lead a reasonable sheltered and protected life during their formative years, free of salacious literature.
But perched on top of the sobriquet so-called “decent, law-abiding” was Jim Crow—plain, simple, and ugly. By decent, law-abiding men and women, they meant white decent, law-abiding men and women.
The inference and the innuendo were very clear. “Hey Mac.” They were nudging us. “You know what we mean, Mac? We're fighting for the right kind of people.” Then they wink again. “The WHITE kind of people. You know what we mean, Mac?”
And in point of fact, putting referendums on ballots, like Proposition 16 and like Proposition 14, which repeal the Rumford Act, were instances of white backlash at its most vicious and hate-fostering best. It was the shrill and discordant voices of that segment of our society who are all together willing to honor law, and acknowledge justice, and indeed, embrace morality—but only their brand of all three.
And if the law and the law-makers do not subscribe to their points of view, then we move into the “impeach Earl Warren” syndrome, in which we are told to throw the rascals out and throw the laws out as well.
So desperately afraid are these people of any kind of centralized government, and you hear them bemoan this democratic phenomenon constantly. It's odd how quick and how vibrant they are when it comes to a few good federal laws of their own making and their own devices.
Well, I believe when we talk of law, or justice, or morality, we're going to have to consign this so called “white backlash” to its proper place, and that would have to be in a city dump some place outside of Pomona. To the men who who say that the Negro has no right to riot, and no right to pillage, and no right to loot, we must acknowledge that he's right, but let us at the same time make this an all-inclusive attitude, and let it apply to all men who would loot, and pillage, and burn.
Let it apply to any and all overt attempts to subvert law and order. Let it, for example, apply to the six thousand-odd lynchings that have taken place against the Negro race between the middle of the 19th century and 1939. Six thousand recorded lynchings, that is. God knows how many that took place that did not find their way into historical statistics.
And let's not make this morality of ours so selective as to color. While we talk of Watts, and Atlanta, and Berkley, and Cleveland, Ohio, let's remember the bomb placed in the Selma, Alabama church. And this was not the act of passion that makes hopeless, anguish people throw bricks in store windows. It was a cold, calculative, predatory, and logically ordered act of hating men who projected their hate and gave it form to take the lives of six innocent Negro kids.
Of the two—a mob that races through a ghetto on a hot summer night or the white men who so carefully plans the taking of human lives—I'm hard-pressed to decide which is the most immoral, but my tendencies are to be much more sympathetic to the marchers than the murderers.
What I'm trying to say here is that no one here has seen fit to challenge the rights of Italian Americans because there happens to be a Cosa Nostra around. Nobody has entertained the thought of disenfranchising the Southern White because he has a history of violence against the Negro that is as regular as it is appalling. And I saw no public outcry at retaining Texas as a state in the union when on a November day, a young president of the United States was shot down in the streets, and those streets were lined with placards supplied by the Dallas Birch Society which said “Wanted for treason, JFK.”
It's incredible the selective morality which would disenfranchise the Negro because of the one percent who violated the law, and yet described no such racial sigma to the white man, who's been doing far worse for a hell of a longer time. It makes no sense and it serves no purpose.
Now, as to the other end of the spectrum, which is my end of the spectrum, because I've fallen prey to this myself, the emotional reaction to what happened in Oakland, and everywhere else. I instinctively hold up my hands and I turned to my Negro friends, who are legion, and I say, “For God's sakes, cool it. Will you slow down? Don't ask for your rights so stridently, or so continuously, or so demandingly. You're hurting your own cause.”
Now this is speciest, and it is without logic, and above all, it is without justice. Who are we, any of us, to tell the Negro to slow down in his demands for the things which are his due? His right? His legacy? Who are we to hold out equality in employment, and equality in education, and equality in living conditions, like a kind of a small country club golf trophy, and say, “You'll get it in good time.” Or “You'll get it if you're a good boy.” Or “You'll get it if you're more differential, or perhaps less noisy about it.”
In all truth, these are rights which properly are not ours to give. They already exist. They're a matter of record. The truth is, all these equality belongs to the Negro. We've simply not given it to them. We've not extended it to them. We never really made it a record that by everything holy and right, it's theirs to begin with. I frankly think we've run out of alternatives now. Either we ultimately must face the fact that we're going to have to live side by side with our neighbors, or we're going to have to carve this land up into ghetto-gradations.
There isn't a middle ground anymore, and so long as we deny anything to anyone, there will be more Watts, and more Atlantas, and more Harlems, and more of everything else. There isn't a racial group, or a political party, or a national entity who historically will not ultimately take to the streets when they're denied so long and too long what belongs to them.
I'm not condoning the breaking of store windows or the burning of buildings. Or the destructions of property. There's no question that it does hurt the cause. There's no question whether it damages the images of our Negro citizens. I wish the hell they wouldn't march. I wish the hell they'd make it easy for us liberals to be patient, if not acquiescent, all the time.
But everything inside me that has to do with principle, and honor, and ethics dictate that I not turn my back on the legitimate aspirations of a people because they've run out of patience and run out of acquiescence. Crime in the streets is one thing, but the prolonged, continuous crime of the denial of freedom is a more costly and a much more serious departure from justice.
With the mind-bending brilliance of Legion and the entrancing trailers for Gifted, it’s hard not to wonder what the hell took so long to get the X-Men on TV. Sure, we’ve always had cartoons like the classic ’92 cartoon series (well, kids today don’t have an X-Men cartoon, but we all lived in the glorious time before a certain Marvel CEO had a vendetta against the mutants), but was a live-action X-Men show really never tried?
Well, funny story: there was an attempt made in 1996 to bring mutants to the small screen called Generation X, and it was packed with all your favorites: Emma Frost, Jubilee, Skin… um… Buff… Ok, so maybe it didn’t have any of the heavy hitters, but you’d probably still be willing to give it a chance, right? If you answered yes, then you have more faith than the folks at FOX, who abandoned the project, dumping it as a TV movie and figuring we’d all forget about it the next week. Of course, the internet never forgets, so while we wait for a critical reevaluation of this fascinating (if failed) pilot, let’s catch up with where the cast and crew of Generation X are today.
JEREMY RATCHFORD (SEAN CASSIDY)
You might recall that in Generation X, Xavier was nowhere to be found at the mansion, with the students instead having two mentors: Emma Frost and Banshee-that-was-never-called-Banshee. Sean Cassidy was played with an… interesting choice of dialect by Jeremy Ratchford. Of course, if you thought you recognized that most unique accent choice elsewhere, Ratchford also voiced Banshee in the 1992 X-Men animated series!
After Generation X, Ratchford would go on to a wide array of television roles, mostly as police officers or detectives, culminating in a starring role on the long-running Cold Case. Though Ratchford traded in his mutant powers for a badge and a gun, Generation X isn’t his only piece of nerd TV cred. He also appeared on two early episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a vampire cowboy named Lyle Gorch.
HEATHER MCCOMB (JUBILEE)
Sure, the casting of a white girl as a traditionally Chinese character would rightfully launch a thousand think pieces today, but back in ’96 Heather McComb was cast to little backlash and actually gave the standout performance of all the young mutants in the film as the rebellious Jubilee.
McComb continues to act, with a recurring role on Ray Donovan opposite fellow mutant Liev Schreiber, who played Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. McComb has also branched out into producing, with her name attached to the indie drama Battle Scars, in which she also appears, and the upcoming Kennedy High. McComb, though, didn’t just appear in the film Generation X, she also has a connection to the ultimate heartthrob of Generation X, James Van Der Beek of Dawson’s Creek, to whom she was married from 2003-2010.
RANDALL SLAVIN (REFRAX)
Don’t remember Refrax from from your classic ‘90s comics? Don’t worry, nobody does. He was actually created specifically for the movie, presumably to replace Chamber, since a dude with a flaming chest and chin was a bit too advanced for the CGI of the era. Instead, Refrax has eyes that emit radiation, allowing him x-ray vision and the ability to shoot heat beams, which is a power totally different from any actual X-man. Did we mention he has special glasses to stop the beams?
Slavin spent several years after Generation X bouncing from bit part to bit part, never getting his big break, but along the way he discovered a love, and great talent, for photography, becoming a notable celebrity and fashion photographer. Ironically, his last acting role before embarking on this new chapter in his life? Zoolander.
BUMPER ROBINSON (MONDO)
For those unfamiliar with Mondo, he’s a mutant who can take on the texture and properties of any material he touches, and the film makes sure to note that. As such, he has an aversion to Jell-O. Ironically, actor Bumper Robinson got his first acting role in a commercial for Jell-O Pudding Pops opposite Bill Cosby, before getting his first film role opposite…OJ Simpson. Bumper has an interesting early resume.
After Generation X, Bumper continued to pursue acting, transitioning into primarily voiceover work, where he wracked up serious nerd cred, voicing Bumblebee in Transformers: Animated, Star Boy on Legion of Super Heroes, and an array of voices on the cult classic Static Shock. In the past decade, Robinson has become the primary voice-over artist for the DC characters Black Lightning and Cyborg, and returned to the Marvel family as the go-to voice for both War Machine and Falcon.
FINOLA HUGHES (EMMA FROST)
January Jones, of the acclaimed prime-time soap opera Mad Men, may have played Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class, but not only is she not the first actress to play the role, she wasn’t even the first soap star to do so. Finola Hughes had already spent a full decade on the long-running soap General Hospital when she stepped into the boots of Emma Frost, and continued to appear on the show as recently as June of 2017, as Anna Devane Scorpio.
Aside from General Hospital, and its spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift, Hughes is best known for her role as Patty Halliwell on the hit fantasy show Charmed, but that’s not her only credit with the Comic-Con crowd. Hughes voiced Kal-El’s mother Lara on the original Superman Animated Series, and Lady Shiva in Beware the Batman.
SUZANNE DAVIS (BUFF)
Like Refrax, Buff was also invented for the film in order to replace Husk, whose skin-shedding abilities proved too difficult to replicate onscreen. Instead, Buff is your typical teenaged girl whose clothes cover an extremely “buff” body, though the film’s effects depicting that superpower leave something to be desired.
Davis continued to pursue acting after Generation X, though her own IMDB bio states “it seems she’s still looking for her break.” Her most recent interview was in 2009, given in regards to her relationship with an accused murderer. The interview revealed that she was still pursuing acting, but had, with her former boyfriend, gotten involved in a telecommunications company. Research indicates that she has since relocated to Nevada to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.
MATT FREWER (DR. THRESH)
If you remember anything about Generation X, odds are it’s Matt Frewer’s frenetic Dr. Thresh. Taking the energy he brought to the beloved Max Headroom and cranking it up to eleven, Frewer made Thresh a formidable foe for the young mutants in a universe too timid to give them a Magneto or even a Toad to play off of.
Frewer has had arguably the most prolific career of the main cast, appearing in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Disney’s Hercules, 50/50 and reprising Max Headroom in the film Pixels. Interestingly, Frewer and five other Generation X cast members (Kevin McNulty, Fulvio Cecere, Garry Chalk and L Harvey Gold) all returned to the comic book genre in Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation of Watchmen.
KEVIN MCNULTY (RALSTON)
Ralston isn’t a mutant, nor is he a villain in the film, but he does fill that important role of “employer of the mad scientist who emphasizes who crazy said scientist is, fires him, and is then set upon by said mad scientist’s evil invention.” It’s those kinds of character roles Kevin McNulty has been doing since the late ‘80s.
If you’re thinking you might have seen him before, odds are you have. Since Generation X, McNulty has appeared in everything from Psych to Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis to The Killing, Snakes On a Plane, both original Fantastic Four films and, as previously mentioned, reunited with Matt Frewer for Watchmen. Most recently, McNulty has popped up on four of the most popular sci-fi shows on TV: Supernatural, iZombie, The Man in the High Castle and The Magicians.
DEAN MCKENZIE (HARLIN)
Dean McKenzie played the bit part of Harlin in Generation X, and hasn’t had any real roles of note since. Interestingly, though, McKenzie has continually popped up in comic book/sci-fi TV shows in minor roles all the way to today.
After Generation X, McKenzie would go on to do a single episode stint on The New Addams Family in-between appearances on The X-Files. He’d go on to appear on two episodes of the rebooted Outer Limits, and the Peter Weller sci-fi series Odyssey 5 and The Dead Zone each for an episode. He appeared twice as a campaign manager on Smallville, while appearing as a character named Woods in an episode of The Collector entitled “The Campaign Manager,” and most recently McKenzie made his debut on Arrow in the 2015 episode “The Candidate” as Dean, a role he reprised three more episodes.
TYLER LABINE (MALL RAT)
If you watched Generation X closely enough, you may have seen a young unnamed arcade dweller gawking at Jubilee as she racked up a high score on the cabinet. No, those blonde spikes didn’t belong to a young Guy Fieri, but rather a young Tyler Labine in one of his earliest roles.
You might know Labine for his work on the cult show Reaper or the beloved black comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Labine found mainstream success when he appeared as a scientist in the hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes and starred in the hit Hulu series Deadbeat as Kevin Pacalioglu. Most recently he can be heard as the voice of Hunk in the new Voltron series.
JACK SHOLDER (DIRECTOR)
Generation X is an odd component of Jack Sholder’s filmography, which is comprised of almost entirely horror films, starting with the cult horror film, Alone in the Dark in 1982, and ending with 12 Days of Terror in 2004. After Generation X, Sholder only directed two theatrical films, Arachnid and Beeper, the rest of his brief resume consisting of some TV movies, a direct-to-video sequel to Wishmaster and an episode of Mortal Kombat: Conquest.
Sholder is best known, however, as the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, a film he’s discussed in recent years in the subsequent documentaries Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy and Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street. The film is an icon of the gay horror film culture for its subtle homoeroticism, though Sholder remains the only person involved with the film to vehemently deny there being any such subtext.
PETER BRYANT (SERGEANT CRULLER)
Appearing briefly in Generation X as the officer who arrests Jubilee, Peter Bryant has had a similar career to that of Dean McKenzie, popping up in countless comic/sc-fi media, often the same ones that his other Generation X co-stars appeared in. Like McKenzie, Bryant also has credits in The Dead Zone, The Outer Limits and The X-Files, and he appeared along with Kevin McNulty in Fantastic Four.
If you watch the CW, you’ve certainly seen Bryant’s face. Not only has Bryant appeared in various roles on three of the CW’s DCTV shows Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow as Alderman Richard Ford, Fire Chief and Declan, respectively, he also currently has a recurring role on the hit series Riverdale as Principal Weatherbee.
GAVIN CROSS (ORDERLY)
Gavin Cross appears in Generation X as an orderly who minds a catatonic Dr. Thresher, and though he has acted since, even crossing paths with Generation X alum in films like Metallica’s Through the Never and Tin Man, his more impressive screen credits are his prolific work as a stunt performer.
Cross has worked on everything from I, Robot and Blade: Trinity to Air Bud and Catwoman. Additionally, Cross is yet another Generation X alum to have his name in the credits of Watchmen as well as both Fantastic Four films. Cross even served as Jeremy Renner’s stunt double on the film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Most recently, Cross worked on the Oscar-winning film The Revenant and the sure-to-be-Oscar ignored Monster Trucks.
AGUSTIN RODRIGUEZ (SKIN)
Where in the world is Agustin Rodriguez? After his memorable turn as Skin in Generation X, Rodriguez only has 11 screen credits to his name, the last of which is a video short from 2010 entitled “Living and Active.” Ironically, 2010 was the last time Rodriguez was active on his Facebook fan page, save a November 2011 post of his reel.
So, where is Agustin Rodriguez? Well, it takes some digging, but Rodriguez currently has a personal Facebook page on which he posts live streaming videos for his audience. The contents range from 30 minute motivational speeches to workout videos and smoothie recipes. While it appears he once spent time as a karate instructor, it seems from what we can gather that he now works primarily as a motivational speaker/personal growth advisor.
HATLEY CASTLE (THE XAVIER MANSION)
Sure, Generation X may be forgotten to all but the most ardent of fans, but its impact on the X-Men legacy and comic book media in general cannot be ignored. Generation X introduced a crucial element in the history of X-Men media, but it wasn’t any of the characters. Instead, it was the iconic Hatley Park National Historic Site in Colwood, BC.
Serving as the only tangible connection between the failed 1996 pilot and the subsequent hit film series less than a decade later, Hatley Castle first played the role of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in Generation X, and returned to play the same role in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past and even Deadpool, amongst others. Of course, Hatley Castle wasn’t limited to just Marvel movies. Eagle eyed viewers may have noticed that the X-Men share the same living quarters as Lex Luthor on Smallville and the Queen family on Arrow, and most recently as the school for the fairy tale characters in Disney’s Descendants films.
How well do you remember Generation X? Let us know your favorite parts in the comments!
Stars are just like us
You've been hearing this for years.
In the latest example of how celebrities have a lot in common with their fellow men and women, here's a look at famous singers, actors and actresses who get along poorly with their family members.
To say the very least...
1. Lindsay Lohan
2. Demi Lovato
3. Emma Roberts
5. Christina Aguilera
6. Meg Ryan
Christina El Moussa is one of the stars of HGTV's Flip or Flop and the new Chi-Town Flip, along with her estranged husband Tarek. When she's not renovating houses, the 34-year-old mother of two makes time to hit the beach or relax by the pool in a bikini - and looks damn good doing it. Keep reading for Christina's sexiest swimsuit snaps.
Highlights include The Archies #2, Betty and Veronica: Vixens #1, and Jughead: The Hunger #2.
THE SHIELD: DAUGHTER OF THE REVOLUTION VOL. 1
Over the centuries, THE SHIELD has battled enemies of the United States—but what happens when she's not sure who the enemy is? This graphic novel collects THE SHIELD issues 1-4.Script: Adam Christopher, Chuck WendigArt: Drew Johnson, Al Barrionuevo, Greg Scott, Ray Snyder, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel DeeringCover: David Williams$14.99/$16.99 CAN144 pp, Full ColorDirect Market On-Sale Date: 11/1
HEART OF RIVERDALE, Part 3! Reggie Mantle has nowhere to turn now that the whole town holds him responsible for Betty's fate. Meanwhile, Betty learns just how true and noble one of her friends is!Script: Mark WaidArt: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack MorelliArchie #25 CVR A Reg: Audrey MokArchie #25 CVR B Var: Rafael AlbuquerqueArchie #25 CVR C Var: Jen BartelOn Sale Date: 11/132-page, full color comic • $3.99 U.S.
THE ARCHIES #2
NEW ONGOING SERIES! The Archies hit the road—but tour isn't all it's cracked up to be! Can they still make some great music? Or will they go broke and make a U-turn for home?Script: Alex Segura and Matt RosenbergArt: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack MorelliThe Archies #2 CVR A Reg: Greg SmallwoodThe Archies #2 CVR B Var: Fiona StaplesOn Sale Date: 11/832-page, full color comic • $3.99 U.S.
BETTY AND VERONICA BY ADAM HUGHES
Collected for the first time in one graphic novel, BETTY AND VERONICA issues 1-3 by legendary comics creator Adam Hughes!Script: Adam HughesArt: Adam Hughes, Jose Villarrubia, Jack MorelliCover: Adam Hughes$12.99/$14.99 CAN104 pp, Full ColorDirect Market On-Sale Date: 11/8
BETTY AND VERONICA: VIXENS #1
NEW ONGOING SERIES! The toughest gang in Riverdale is one you'd least expect: the Vixens, led by Riverdale High's own Betty and Veronica!Script: Jamie L. RotanteArt: Eva Cabrera, Elaina Unger, Rachel DeeringB&V: Vixens #1 CVR A Reg: Eva CabreraB&V: Vixens #1 CVR B Var: Robert HackB&V: Vixens #1 CVR C Var: Fiona StaplesOn Sale Date: 11/1532-page, full color comic • $3.99 U.S.
JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #2
NEW ONGOING SERIES! As Jughead's life as a fugitive grows deadlier, Betty and Archie close in—and they're not alone. Betty's werewolf hunter relatives' ruthlessness may spell the end for good ol' Jug!Script: Frank TieriArt: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Matt Herms, Jack MorelliJughead: The Hunger #2 CVR A Reg: Adam GorhamJughead: The Hunger #2 CVR B Var: T. RexOn Sale Date: 11/2932-page, full color comic • $3.99 U.S.
Small town kids get a taste of big city life when the "core four" go to NYC for the weekend. Archie tries to keep up with Veronica's high society pals, Betty and Jughead worry that their relationship may not survive outside the bubble of their hometown, and Kevin and Cheryl don't intend to miss out on a day of mischief in the Big Apple...Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & VariousArt: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John WorkmanRiverdale #8 CVR A Reg: CW Photo Cover – BettyRiverdale #8 CVR B Var: CW Photo Cover – VeronicaOn Sale Date: 11/2232-page, full color comic • $3.99 U.S.
RIVERDALE DIGEST #4
See how everything led to the CW's Riverdale TV show with this digest-sized collection featuring stories from our relaunched titles as well as classic Archie stories!Script: VariousArt: VariousCover: CW Photo CoverOn Sale Date: 11/8128-page, full color comic • $6.99 U.S.
ALL-NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL, ARCHIE! #4
After Mr. Lodge permanently bans Archie from the mansion, what happens when he finds Archie behind the wheel of his limousine? Plus, part 4 of the connecting variant cover image!Script: Ty TempletonArt: Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Jack Morelli, Andre SzymanowiczYour Pal Archie #4 CVR A Reg: Dan ParentYour Pal Archie #4 CVR B Var: Les McClaineOn Sale Date: 11/1532-page, full color comic • $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #284
In the BRAND NEW holiday story "Carol Peril," The gang decides to go caroling for charity–until the blizzard of the century hits!Script: Dan ParentArt: Bill GolliherCover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob SmithOn Sale Date: 11/29160-page, full color comic • $5.99 U.S.
ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #2
In the BRAND NEW holiday story "Jingles Jangle," Jingles the elf loses his holiday powers due to a spell cast by Sugarplum—so his only choice is to take up residence with Archie!Script: Dan ParentArt: Bill GalvanCover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob SmithOn Sale Date: 11/22128-page, full color comic • $6.99 U.S.
THE BEST OF ARCHIE AMERICANA: GOLDEN AGE (TR)
Since 1941, Archie and his perennial teenage friends have entertained the masses. In this sister volume to our best-selling BEST OF ARCHIE series, you'll journey the 1940s and 1950s and unearth the roots of an American institution.Script: VariousArt: VariousCover: George Frese$9.99/$11.99 CAN416 pp, Full ColorDirect Market On-Sale Date: 11/22
BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #258
In the BRAND NEW Christmas story "The LAST Noelle," Santa's daughter Noelle wants to experience normal high school life—but if Betty & Veronica interfere, will Santa put them on his naughty list?Script: Dan ParentArt: Jeff ShultzCover: Bill Galvan, Bob SmithOn Sale Date: 11/15160-page, full color comic • $5.99 U.S.
WORLD OF ARCHIE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #73
In the festive BRAND NEW story "All Aboard," Archie wants to get his parents a model train for their holiday village display—unless his plans get derailed!Script: Dan ParentArt: Bill GalvanCover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob SmithOn Sale Date: 11/1192-page, full color comic • $6.99 U.S.
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The Japanese trailer for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok has surfaced online, and it features the appearance of another big Marvel Cinematic Universe hero: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. Although much of the trailer comes from the Comic-Con International teaser, it boasts some new footage, including the scene with Strange.
“Thor, I sense a great change in your future. Destiny has dire plans for you, my friend,” Strange tells the God of Thunder in the trailer, to which Thor responds, “I have dire plans for destiny.”
Cumberbatch was confirmed to appear in Thor: Ragnarok back in January, though there has been some indication that he would play a role in the movie since a set photo with his address surfaced in August 2016. Thor then appeared in the post-credits scene for Doctor Strange when it released in November. In that scene, Strange expresses concern about the threat Loki poses to Earth before agreeing to help Thor look for Odin.
Doctor Strange opened at #1 in Japan, earning $4.5 million in its first weekend. The movie did well overseas and went on to make $445 million internationally during its time in theaters, which accounted for 65.7% of its total gross.
Opening November 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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In case you missed it, there's way more to Dylan O'Brien than just being the overly sarcastic yet oh-so-endearing Stiles Stilinski on Teen Wolf. The 25-year-old actor has appeared in numerous films since gaining popularity on the MTV series, including The Internship, The Maze Runner, The First Time (that cute rom com with Britt Robertson), and most recently, American Assassin. Each time we see Dylan's face on the silver screen, it reminds us how much of a heartthrob he truly is. With hair that's just begging to be tousled and a devious grin that could make anyone's heart skip a beat (or, like, seven beats), Dylan is the down-to-earth actor we can't resist fawning over. And yes, we still think he's sexy even after watching his epic Spice Girls lip sync video from back in the day. Read on for a collection of Dylan's steamiest pictures through the years, but do yourself a favor and crank up the AC first.
James “Logan” Howlett, aka the Wolverine, is in Japan on the hunt for his daughter, Akiko, but the Hand are stopping him at every turn. Thankfully for him, Laura Kinney, his genetic clone and the All-New Wolverine, is here to help. The two track Akiko through hordes of Hand assassins, eventually finding her in the hands of one of Logan’s oldest and deadliest foes: the Sabretooth.
And it’s freaking awesome. Tom Taylor has set up quite the reunion for this one. Seeing the two Wolverines tear through hordes of Hand ninja is the exact kind of fun I was hoping to see from this comic.
Laura and Logan have always made quite the duo. They’re two people with claws and a barely suppressed animalistic rage that makes any bastard unlucky enough to stand in their way very, very sorry. They’re the best at what they do.
Also, Logan jumps out of a plane onto Sabretooth to stab him repeatedly, and that’s freaking awesome, too.
And, yet, this comic has a very sweet side. At the end, after all the death and mayhem, Wolverine (spoiler, I guess?) saves Akiko and tries to leave her, believing himself to be a danger. Laura stops him and gives him a lengthy speech about how important it is that he make Akiko and himself happy. He saved her, and he’s not a danger to her. Logan, by this point, has figured out exactly who Laura is, and the two have a bonding moment that warms the heart. Logan asks her to stay, and that’s when she begins to fade back to the present.
Okay, I’ll get this one out of the way, because I’m sure some people are going to see it and be enraged. Logan admits in his thought captions that Laura is a better fighter than him. It’s okay. It won’t cause all of your issues of Wolverine catch fire. It doesn’t mean that you have to hate Logan forever, or Laura for that matter. Frankly, I love both of these characters quite a bit. It’s just a thing he says, and it kind of makes sense from a continuity standpoint. She’s lighter, faster, and more graceful than he is. It’s okay. They’re both the best, if it makes you feel any better.
Ramon Rosana’s artwork is really good here. The action is drawn expertly with a lot of blood and kinetic motion. The damage done to Laura and Logan is shown very well. Sabretooth looks like a beastly creature. It’s all just great. Nolan Woodard supports it all well with a dynamic and contrasting color palette.
This is a very solid read. It has action, blood, and heart. People are butchered, reunions are had, and they show themselves to be the best there is at what they do, even if it’s not pretty at all. Grab this one. You won’t regret it.
Princess Diana, while undeniably classy, poised, and well-spoken, was also kind of a badass. Whether she was shaking up tradition by changing her wedding vows or revealing the cracks in her fairy-tale marriage, Diana had moments of true bravery and backbone. Here are 10 times Diana proved she was a force to be reckoned with in the royal family.
Spider-Men II finally addressed one of Marvel's longest-running mysteries, but fans might not be happy with the answer.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Spider-Men II #2!
The original Spider-Men mini-series ended on an unusual cliffhanger in 2012, with Peter Parker returning home and Googling Miles Morales' name, curious to see if the Marvel Universe had its own version of Miles. Peter seemed shocked by the results, but readers never did learn what he found. Until now, that is.
Katie Holmes talks about her twangy West Virginia accent in Logan Lucky, saying she got it from a dialect coach. Was the dialect coach a scratched Britney and Kevin: Chaotic DVD? Because that’s what it sounds like – Lainey Gossip
Another day, another story about how Chris Pratt’s marriage ended because he worked too much and definitely not because his ego inflated like a helium balloon – Celebitchy
I’m starting to think Kris Jenner recently sent her daughters a memo forbidding them to leave the house in a bra – The Nip Slip
While we’re on the topic of nipples, one of Bella Thorne’s decided to pop out and say hello – (NSFW) Drunken Stepfather
Oh good, a new place for The Real Housewives of Orange County to get into loud fights at – Reality Tea
Candice Swanepoel is in Victoria’s Secret lingerie and ass-less leather chaps, which I believe is totally the exact same outfit you get when you sign up for one of those City Slickers-type cattle drives – Hollywood Tuna
Seeing Patrick Stewart with hair is like…well, like seeing Patrick Stewart with hair; it’s not right! – Pajiba
Here’s Demi Lovato giving you a look I like to call Bed, Bath, and Beyond Thirsty – Popoholic
Clay Aiken apologizes for being a “f*****g dumbass” by defending Trump – Towleroad
Tiffany Haddish says she used to live in a 2-door Geo Metro hatchback. Tiffany could teach those tiny house people from HGTV a thing or two – OMG Blog
P!nk is back and she’s addressing some heavy issues with modern dance in the video for “What About Us” – Boy Culture
After 16 years together, Helen Hunt and her boyfriend are done. They deserve an award. By my rough calculations, 16 years is approximately 4.8 million in Hollywood years – Just Jared
Basketball Wives news you might be able to use: things are still very messy between Jackie Christie and her daughter – Starcasm
John Heard’s cause of death has been released, and he reportedly died of a heart attack – Popsugar
There is an assumption that many people seem to have about these reviews of mine. They seem to think that this was an excuse to just slag off Batman and make a meal of it. That was never the case. I gave Dark Days: The Forge and The Casting bad reviews because I didn’t think they were particularly good. I’ve given the issues of Batman I read bad reviews because I honestly thought they were pretty bad. I may use some hyperbolic language in my reviews, but my opinions were not sensationalized for the purpose of the review. I genuinely felt that way about those comics.
As such, if I had liked The Forge or “The War of Jokes and Riddles,” I would have said so. There is still something to talk about in regards to me not liking the Batman and talking about how the comics managed to still be enjoyable in either how the story plays out or how they present the character of Batman.
That brings us to Dark Nights: Metal #1.
This story begins with a brief rundown of the tribes of the Wolf, the Bear, the Bird, and the Bat, as told by the diary of Carter Hall. It then turns to the Justice League (sans Simon and Jessica, replaced by Hal Jordan) being forced to fight the machines of Hiro the Toyman by the despotic Mongul, now in charge of a War Moon. The League is without their powers, and they are having to get creative with how they bring down the robots.
How do they do this? Justice League Voltron. I’m not lying.
They return to Earth to find that a mountain has sprung up in Gotham. They investigate and run into the Blackhawks, led by Lady Blackhawk, AKA Kendra Saunders (Hawkgirl, for those keeping score). They bring them back to Blackhawk Island and explain to them the situation they’re in. There is a Dark Multiverse, and its lord, Barbatos, is coming. Batman will be the sire of its arrival.
Dark Nights: Metal #1 is the first of the Dark Days/Nights issues that has really clicked for me, and not just because of Justice League Voltron or because Batman may turn into the villain of this whole affair.
The story is engaging. The characters and players interest me. Greg Capullo’s artwork is very good. Sometimes it’s just that simple, which the Dark Days issues were certainly not.
That’s not to say that Dark Nights: Metal #1 isn’t a tad convoluted itself or without its flaws. It’s something of a major exposition dump, and it does the DC trademark teasing of other characters waiting in the wings who probably won’t show up for another year or so. Batman is still being an arrogant bastard who is “protecting” his godlike teammates by not telling them what the hell is going on.
In regards to the ample exposition: it does kind of work in this issue. Forge and Casting were hard to swallow because the comics presented a bunch of obfuscated nonsense that has no emotional bearing on DC Comics as we know it. They raised a lot of questions without giving a reason to care what the answer is. This issue finally answers some of those questions while actually advancing a plot.
The promise of Cthulhu-esque unknowable evil god from beyond the stars does pique the interest my Lovecraft-loving self. I love unknowable evil gods from beyond the stars.
(Spoiler Territory): The arrival of Kendra Saunders, the Blackhawks, Red Tornado, and Challengers’ Mountain does have me hoping this comic will actually involve these characters and their associates for more than a page or two. Also, if Kendra shot Batman, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, right? I’m sure you all totally agree with me on that. Let Dick be Batman again.
It still bothers me that we’re assigning a destiny narrative to Batman and the Waynes. If I have to tell you how unnecessary that is, then you don’t understand the parts of Batman’s story that actually do work sometimes. He’s just a (rich) man. He shouldn’t need some convoluted backstory explanation as to why and how he was always going to be the Batman.
The pacing and portioning out of the story in Dark Nights: Metal #1 is a little rocky, too. The episode on Mongul’s War Moon takes up a lot of time with minimal bearing on the main plot of the story. It could have been greatly abridged with the remainder of the story advancing of the plot further than it does. I love Mongul, and Justice League Voltron did tickle me. However, not all of it, if really any, was that necessary to the plot of Metal.
As I said, Capullo’s artwork is as good as it ever was. This guy was always phenomenal at drawing the world of Batman, even if I’m not that interested in that world. The characters look cool, the world looks grainy and harsh, and the faces are excellent at showing subtle emotion.
The color art of FCO Plascencia is a mixture of deep dark colors and pales, and that works really well for the ominous atmosphere of this story, as well.
So yeah, Dark Nights: Metal #1 was actually pretty solid. I enjoyed it far more than its preamble issues, and it finally clicked for me. I’m fairly interested in what’s to come. Feel free to grab this one when you see it.
During his show on Wednesday, the shock jock shared with listeners his deep regrets about how he treated the late 63-year-old actor decades ago on terrestrial radio.
Stern, 63, told guest star David Letterman he was still feeling “horrible” for the way he spoke to Williams during a 1986 interview on The Howard Stern Show.
“I have a horrible feeling. Somebody the other night had like a little game we were playing with the dice and they ask you questions, ‘do you have any regrets?’ and I went ‘oh f**k.’ I said this is the only thing I wanted to admit to them,” a sad Stern said.
“I did an interview with Robin Williams a hundred years ago…I was such an asshole…the week before Robin Williams died,” Stern admitted. “I didn’t know he was dying or that he was going to kill himself. I said ‘I want to call him and apologize to him because I was such a f**king moron and I love Robin Williams. And then, of course, that happened. And there’s only a couple of people I really feel this way about.”
Stern previously mentioned the same regret back in 2014 — just one day after Williams committed suicide.
“I wasn’t rude with Robin Williams, but I asked some questions that perhaps went into areas that he had enough of,” Stern recalled at the time. “I think my whole demeanor and attitude was just shitty. I wasn’t trying to be mean to Robin Williams. I was just trying to be provocative and interesting for the audience, and doing what it is that I thought had to be done. And I was an immature asshole. And so that always haunted me … and then I kind of filed it away and forgot about it.”
“This was a guy who should have been celebrated.”
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In this riveting relaunch, the guardian of the jungle, SHEENA, pursues a mysterious invader that has come to spy on the Amazon’s most ancient secrets… Following the path of the trespasser, she encounters a forbidden ruin in which even more deadly dangers lie in wait — and begins an adventure that will take her beyond her wildest imaginings!
The sheer unpredictability of Tom King's Batman saga continues to be one of this book's greatest strengths. You never quite know what to expect with each new issue, even within the same story arc. Batman #29 pushes "The War of Jokes and Riddles" in its strangest direction yet, as nearly every A-List villain in Gotham shows up for a lavish dinner party at Wayne Manor. Rarely has high society been this twisted, or this fun.
Essentially, this issue could be viewed as the bottle episode for "The War of Jokes and Riddles," as it unfolds almost entirely within one room and features a set cast of characters. And while various lieutenants from both sides of the war are on display, this is really a story about the interplay between Riddler, Joker and their mediator, Bruce Wayne. There's a clear,m palpable tension driving this story, with both ringleaders primed and ready to turn their comfortable surroundings into a violent bloodbath at a moment's notice. Various other little touches enhance the overall impact of the story. In particular, the use of different French food courses as a framing device gives the book a comical, Hannibal-esque quality.
As Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, Kit Harington has to do his fair share of brooding. The King in the North hasn't exactly had an easy time of it, and it shows in his now-famous sad face. There's even a Tumblr devoted to photos of Jon Snow looking sad. The slightly worrying thing is that it seems to have rubbed off into real life, too. You'd be forgiven for thinking Kit Harington has quite a lot to smile about, what with the gorgeous girlfriend and the incredible costars, but his trademark red-carpet pose still seems to be "staring into the middle distance, on the verge of tears." Maybe he feels slightly uncomfortable on the red carpet, or perhaps he's squinting when faced with so many camera flashes . . . but a lot of it has to do with those naturally soulful eyes which give him a sad, vulnerable look in just about every photo. These pictures make us want to give him a massive hug and tell him everything's going to be OK, because for a guy this talented, it surely is. We just wish the same could be said for his onscreen fate in Westeros!
It's been 40 years since we lost Elvis Presley, but Priscilla is keeping his memory alive. While speaking with ET on the anniversary of his death (Aug. 16), Priscilla reflected on the life she once shared with the rock and roll superstar. "A devastating time for myself, and of course, the world, to hear the news, and it's still unbelievable because he's so much a part of our lives - my life and my daughter's [Lisa Marie] life and everyone around him," she said.
Priscilla was married to Elvis for six years before they officially divorced in 1973. When Elvis passed away in 1977, she found about about the heartbreaking news from his road manager, Joe Esposito. "My sister and I were going out for an appointment and she stopped me in my feet as I was picking her up . . . and Dad called and said Joe Esposito was trying to reach you and try to talk to you," she explained. "The first thing I thought about was my daughter because my daughter was visiting and was supposed to come home that day because school started, so I was trying to rush home. I think I ran every red light. I felt this urgency, so when I pulled into my driveway, my phone was ringing and I ran in and could hardly get the key in the door trying to get to the phone . . . It was so devastating that I just went to my room and tried to contemplate how this happened, and what happened, and just stayed there until they sent a plane for me. They sent a jet to come, and going into that house and hearing all the people - especially his father, who I will, to this day, still remember him crying in such grief, howling - that it still resonates the loss and the impact."
Priscilla also revealed that their daughter, Lisa Marie, actually found about Elvis's death before she did. "I don't think it resonated with her yet, the impact that had just happened because she was so young," she said. "[I lost] everything. You have to remember, he was such an impact in my life, in every way. He was my mentor, he was my confidant. I wrote this in my book. He was everything. In my book I wrote 'my God,' because I lived and breathed him." Priscilla and Elvis only had one daughter together, 49-year-old Lisa Marie, though she shares 30-year-old son Navarone Garibaldi with ex-husband Marco Garibaldi.
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Mars. Once teeming with life, the Red Planet’s oceans disappeared, leaving only a wasteland where savage barbarian hordes threaten to destroy the last few outposts of civilization. But when John Carter, a savior from our own planet, finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, one of the greatest science fiction epics of all time begins! A faithful, illustrated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ beloved Barsoomseries, courtesy of Arvid Nelson, Steve Sadowski, Lui Antonio, and a diverse constellation of artists!
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 Production Delayed As Tom Cruise Recovers From Injury; Release Still Set For Next Summer
Valiant has had quite the year…and, in today’s Divinity #0 from writer Matt Kindt and artist Renato Guedes, we finally get a chance to see the new status quo for the publisher’s top characters — and some new additions — through the eyes of their god-like cosmonaut, Divinity.
Let’s check in, shall we?
First we see Bloodshot, who’s moved on to more peaceful pastures with his girlfriend Magic and their child-to-be. But we’re sure his perfect world will be turned upside down soon enough when Bloodshot Salvation #1 begins in September.
And Toyo Harada, who’s still with his Imperium cohorts off the cost of Somalia, makes his first appearance in a Valiant title in more than a year. Could this be a clue towards Harbinger Wars 2, Valiant’s long-teased crossover for 2018?
Then we see X-O Manowar, sans armor, out in deep space, where’s he’s been since X-O Manowar #1 earlier this year. Divinity seems to be the first Valiant hero X-O Manowar has seen since he left Earth… Possibly a sign that his time away might soon come to an end?
Finally, we also meet the Red Legend, Valiant’s rumored Wonder Woman-level creation, yet again after her initial appearance in last year’s Divinity III: Stalinverse. Could her chat here mean that Valiant’s long-simmering plans for her might soon be coming to fruition?
It’s a valiant, valiant world out there… Divinity #0 is on sale today from Valiant Entertainment.
So, you've decided you want to pay homage to our former president, Barack Obama, for Halloween this year? Well, we don't blame you. Barack has been showing off his cooler side post-presidency, but he also had some pretty memorable looks when he was president. If you just need a break from Donald Trump's bullsh*t and want to focus on happier times, check out all the ways you can channel Barack this Halloween.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants came out more than 10 years ago, but the cast is still closer than ever. Just like their characters in the book-to-movie franchise, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, and America Ferrera have been by each others' sides as they navigate motherhood, friendship, and just being incredibly strong and inspirational women. Honestly, it's no wonder fans are begging for a third movie. We just can't get enough of their incredible bond, on and off screen. They may not be related by blood, but these four will always be united through their epic sisterhood.
Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland will tackle Beneath a Scarlet Sky, a WWII spy thriller adapting a fact-based novel.
Spider-Man: Homecoming proved to be a Marvel box office test that star Tom Holland passed with web-swinging colors, yielding an array of auspicious roles, notably another franchise-starting opportunity as video game hero Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie adaption. However, the genre of hard drama won’t be neglected, since he'll headline World War II spy thriller Beneath a Scarlet Sky.
According to Deadline, Spider-Man star Tom Holland reteams with former Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal through her Pascal Pictures company to star in Beneath a Scarlet Sky, based on the 2017 fact-based novel of the same name by Mark Sullivan. While still without a director or screenwriter, producers Pascal and Rachel O’Connor are doing early work on the adaptation, having just acquired the film rights to Mark Sullivan’s novel, which was just released on May 1.
Holland headlines Beneath a Scarlet Sky as Pino Lella, an Italian teenager who’s simply going about his life under the specter of the World War II; a conflagration into which his country was thrown due to fascist leader Mussolini’s alliance with Nazi Germany. That is, until the war claims his family’s home and word of the Nazi atrocities incites Pino to join an underground railroad to help Jews escape over the Alps. However, with his conscription number soon likely to be called, Pino’s parents enlist him as a German soldier, hoping to keep him out of combat. Yet, Pino, at age 18, gets injured, anyway. The fateful occurrence sends him to another assignment as the personal driver of Adolph Hitler himself; a fortuitous position for his clandestine Resistance endeavors, since it makes him the proverbial fly… err, spider on the wall who listens to the elite of the Axis powers.
The story itself was the product of investigative journalism from Sullivan – a former Peace Corps volunteer in Africa – that dramatizes the personal account of the real-life Pino Lella, who recently turned 91 years old and lives Milan.
Of course, before Tom Holland uses his intuition to spy on Nazis in Beneath a Scarlet Sky (which might just evoke a "Scarlet Spider" joke or two from Marvel fans), he’ll first utilize his Spidey senses again as Marvel’s Wall-Crawler, joining an array of Marvel heroes in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, its untitled 2019 megamovie follow-up and just a few months later, the untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. He’ll next be seen opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon in the historical electricity drama The Current War, which arrives on December 22, 2017.
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Microsoft's biggest Xbox One X launch title is delayed until 2018
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Hopefully, she also filed for a restraining order or moved somewhere with little to no running paths nearby, because her ex likes to go for angry jogs while armed.
US Weekly reports that reality television homewrecker (I’m referencing the show) Christina El Moussa has filed for divorce from her husband and Flip or Flop co-host, Tarek El Moussa. This move comes several months after HE filed his own documents. And Christina wants some money, honey.
ET reports that Christina has requested spousal support in addition to Tarek receiving the bill for all of her legal fees. And then she’d like to move on to the next shiny-faced, possibly dangerous realtor. A source reveals to ET:
“Christina is looking forward to moving on to the next chapter in her life.”
The money grab is kind of a big middle finger to Tarek. Because, in his filing, he requested that SHE pay HIM spousal support and not pursue any alimony of her own. It’s on, now!
On the bright side, HGTV’s favorite dysfunctional couple have both requested joint physical and legal custody of their two kids, daughter Taylor and son Brayden. So it sounds like it will be half the week at Mom’s, half the week at Dad’s. At least the kids will be able to hear BOTH sides of their parents bellowing over the phone to each other and lawyers as they fight over the HGTV money.
To add to the stress of what will probably become a heated legal battle, Christina and Tarek have both stated that they want to continue co-hosting Flip or Flop. And you thought it was a bad idea for reality television when the Duggars came back. It’s all fun and games until a disagreement about crown molding turns that week’s house into a shooting gallery. *frown*
The Outhouse first broke the theory in February.
The Outhouse posited a theory in February that Ben Affleck was doing his damnedest to get out of anything to do with The Batman, after he stepped down from directorial duties and new directer Matt Reeves dropped Affleck's script. Now Ben's brother Casey Affleck let slip that he wouldn't be returning for The Batman.
"I thought he was an OK Batman," Casey said. "No, he was great. He was great. He's a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he's not going to do that movie [The Batman], I don't think. Sorry to say."
Casey then tried to take back what he said.
"Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up, I don't know," he said.
At San Diego Comic Con, Affleck said that he wouldn't be exiting the role, but after his brother's statement, it looks like it's possible.
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura
Kesha is experiencing a career renaissance these days, but that doesn't mean she's putting her difficult past behind her just yet.
Back in 2014, Kesha accused famed producer Dr. Luke of sexual assault.
Despite suffering several legal setbacks and fears that going forward with the case might derail her career, the singer has remained adamant that her former mentor abused her physically and tormented her emotionally, and she's steadfast in her belief justice will prevail.
Earlier this month, Kesha withdrew her lawsuit against Luke (real name, Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) in California, but she's still pursuing a second suit in New York.
Knowing that the New York case likely represents their clients last chance to be vindicated in court, Kesha's attorneys are doing everything in their power to put together an iron-clad argument against Gottwald.
And now, it looks like they'll get an assist from evidence provided by one of Kesha's famous friends.
Kesha's legal team believes a text message conversation between the singer and longtime friend Lady Gaga could be the key to their case.
Gaga had previously provided a “heavily-redacted, four page spreadsheet of” text messages, but now, Radar Online is reporting that she has agreed to “produce un-redacted copies of certain of the documents that were previously produced in redacted form.”
The move could spell major trouble for Gottwald, whose lawyers previously cited the edited documents as evidence that both Gaga and Kesha have something to hide.
Now, Gaga's team is firing back:
“Dr. Luke’s team is attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga’s role and falsely accusing her of dodging reasonable requests,” says a spokesman for the singer.
The spokesman goes on to downplay the singer's role in the upcoming trial:
“She has provided all the relevant information in her possession and is at most an ancillary witness in this process."
A lawyer for Gaga echoes her PR team's sentiments, saying that his client has always been happy to comply with any requests from the court:
“Lady Gaga has always been prepared to testify so long as reasonable limitations were established. That has now been accomplished," attorney Oryn Snyder says in a statement issued to Radar.
Gaga's name was mentioned in connection with the case before it was even revealed that she may have evidence pertaining to Kesha's claims.
Last year, Gaga defended Kesha against critics who accused her of trumping up the charges against Gottwald.
Prior to that, Gaga revealed that she was also raped by an older man who worked in the industry, but denied that the assailant was Dr. Luke.
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
He opened up in his new documentary about the 2009 incident.
BOOM! Studios is planning a Giant Days holiday special this November, and they promise it will “bring the holiday cheer.”
Not that kind of holiday cheer!
We’re talking more about a general spiritual enjoyment to be had from reading this new comic from John Allison and Jenn St-Onge. The book is billed as “a tribute to the fictionalized London-as-written for Americans” in BOOM!’s press release, with Allison saying:
“Iconic locations are presented as if they’re a brief walk away from each other, 1950s throwbacks still seem to walk the streets, it’s very clean, there are no poor people. The ghosts of Mary Poppins and bad dentistry loom large, but not as large as Colin Firth. He’s everywhere.”
It sounds a lot like working in the Bleeding Cool offices with Rich Johnston.
“It’s a tribute to the films of Richard Curtis, and the Bridget Jones movies, by someone who has seen those movies perhaps once, and maybe not all the way through,” Allison continued making his case. St. Onge joined in: “Readers can expect some holiday hijinx from our main ladies (with only the best intentions, of course), some gentle Love, Actually inspiration, and the return of some familiar faces for longtime readers of John Allison’s comics. I’m a huge fan of Giant Days and I really hope that as a guest artist (and non-Brit) I do this special justice!”
Giant Days 2017 Special is due out in November. The book’s description, from the press release:
“When Esther is invited to stay with her friend and mentor, Shelley Winters—who is less a mentor and more utterly mental—she brings Daisy and Susan with her. Shelley Winters is a great and distinguished career woman who is hopelessly in love. Susan, Esther and Daisy observe (read: aggressively meddle in) her life, falling back on tried-and-true rom-com cliches to teach her some valuable life lessons.”
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Ultimates Squared #100 from Marvel Comics by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana, Scott Hanna and Dan Brown with Matt Yackey brings to a conclusion Ewing’s long-running plot that has run through numerous iterations of the series, and connections through his other works at Marvel.
In fact, it’s fair to say Ewing has done a lot of the most interesting and creative work on furthering the cosmology and continuity of the Marvel Universe in recent years, and this issue brings together many of the numerous more esoteric elements to present a jumping board for future storytelling — and more importantly…hope.
As Eternity is digested by the dark first universe, the First Firmament, and the Primal Aspects of the Marvel Universe (including Galactus the Lifebringer and Ego) languish awaiting assured destruction, the Ultimates (modern iteration) face off against the Ultimates (of the Ultimate Universe) thanks to the machinations of the Maker, Reed Richards of the Ultimate Universe.
That’s the superficial layer — yup, the base-level action-to-action story contains such high concept ideas as Primal Aspects, living embodiments of universes and multiverses and more — and yet, is easy to follow and enjoy if all you want is the basic story.
But what else the story offers is a layered deconstruction of the Marvel Universe, not to bring it down and leave it deconstructed, but to find what the Marvel Universe has to offer.
Ultimately (pun unintended, but welcome), the story is about change, growth and what these continuing stories have to offer, because as the story points out, “We’re stronger when we can grow.” The strength of continuing universes that keep going through the decades is that they can grow with the audience. They can change, and that is just what they should do.
Continually deconstructing the very heroes that have become legends on the modern day to the point where they are left less than they were leads to a finite point: eventually, the characters become irredeemable or broken. But if characters grow and change, they can keep on living and survive longer than ever before.
The old stories are still there, there’s no need to retell them over and over. Nostalgia only provides so much strength, but if those same stories keep bundling together and aren’t changing…then eventually, the idea rots.
Ewing shows this most evidently in Galactus. As he says in his own farewell essay at the end of Ultimates Squared #100, he’d originally thought the ending would be return Galactus to his role as the World Eater — but eventually, as the story grew, that felt wrong. Galactus the World Eater had been done. Those stories are told. But Galactus the Lifebringer brings with it new life to the idea too, inside and outside of continuity.
A rise and fall arc, as Ewing points out, is not what we need right now. We need a story of hope. Of change. Galactus could be that story, and become something new. One can only imagine the great architect of so much of what we love about Marvel, DC, and comics in general — Jack Kirby — would approve of the idea.
The old stories are still there. When it is time for the characters to be as you once knew them before, those stories will return, too. But they also need to grow and change to keep them alive — and right now, we need our superheroes as their best selves.
Ewing and team have put together an incredible series that has built new layers into the Marvel Universe going forward, and provided a sprig of hope in a time when it’s sorely needed.
In a world that is over-saturated with tired, stolen and regurgitated memes, Instagram meme-maker @adam.the.creator is a breath of fresh air. Armed with quick wit and some serious photoshop skills, he's been churning out some of our favorite original memes. Here's a selection of his latest and greatest.
The Defenders are coming together on Netflix this August, and let me tell you a very hot opinion of mine: I think the Defenders are better than that other famous Marvel team of heroes, the Avengers. Yeah, yeah, I know, you have Iron Man and Captain America and Thor and — sigh — the Hulk. Sure, it's all well and good to have a god of thunder and a big green guy on your team, but have you forgotten about Luke Cage, who is just as tough and strong as the Hulk will ever be, but arguably more emotionally accessible and down-to-earth? And sure, Captain America is a do-gooder with a shield and a heart of gold, but you're forgetting Daredevil, the Hell's Kitchen lawyer who is as kind to those he helps in court and IRL as he is tough on crime.
All I'm saying is this: The Defenders are not only every bit as great as the Avengers, they;re totally better. They are the kind of team you want to have come to your rescue in a dark alleyway full of villains or the ones who could arguably save New York without all the flashiness of a big team with silly superpowers.
What makes the Defenders so great? Keep reading.
1. Luke Cage is part of the team
The first rule about appreciating the Defenders: you have to respect Luke Cage. He's unlike any other Marvel hero, and damn if he isn't one of the best Marvel has to offer.
2. There's room for grittiness, sex and frankness
The Defenders are human, and they act like it. There's nothing pristine about them, and they don't hide their sexuality or their rough edges.
3. The Defenders are fallible — and relatable
It's nice to know they can lose a battle or go down for the count. They don't stay down for long, but that kind of fallibility in a superhero is refreshing.
4. They don't sugarcoat anything
They're rough in their language, they're tough to knock down and they understand what it means to live on the fringes of society. These heroes understand that in order to get the job done, you need to cut through the crap and shoot straight.
5. They actually live in the society they're protecting
These are some true blue New Yorkers who live in the city they protect. Pour one out for the hometown heroes, okay?
6. Jessica Jones is maybe the most badass female Marvel hero to date
No offense, Black Widow, but Jessica Jones is out here kicking butt, taking names and doing it without the polish of an Avenger. Count me in.
7. The Defenders embrace their flaws and their screw-ups
They're not perfect to the point that their messiness only makes them seem more human and understandable.
8. They're dealing with real-world problems
Real-world issues like living with a disability, healing from the pain of sexual assault and emotional abuse, and working through issues of race and class are all things that the Defenders handle on a daily basis — and it makes them all the more accessible to audiences.
9. Their foes seem very real
Rather than supernatural gods or aliens, the foes of the Defenders are decidedly more normal and comparatively less involved in supernatural affairs that would make them feel untouchable. It's easy to cheer for our heroes when the deck isn't too stacked as a result.
10. Small teams are better for getting the job done
There are too many moving parts (read: more than four members) when the Avengers assemble. Good gracious and no thanks. Give me four strong heroes any day. They get the job done quicker and better.
11. Because the Defenders are the people you want to have a drink with
This may be a bit of a softball reason, but let's be real: Grabbing a beer with Tony Stark would be tedious and Thor would drink you under the table. Don't you just want to hang out with Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Danny Rand on a low-key Friday night? I know I do.
He'll only use a handful of guns this time.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck promises a "more traditional" Batman in Justice League, meaning the character will be heroic and actually save people. He compared this take to the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He's heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people."
Affleck also explained how part of the drama for Justice League will be whether or not the team will assemble.
"Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. It's very different from the tenor of the last movie."
The actor went on to say that this Batman is more in line with the comics and also showed how above normal people he is by casually dropping "vis a vis" in conversation.
"This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batman's usually been portrayed, and how he's portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics," he explains. "This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book."
Directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, who recently said he was changing the film's ending so it "ended like a movie", Justice League stars Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf. The film is set to release November 17, 2017.
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura