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Sunday, July 31, 2005

JMS DOES MARVEL GOOD!


I've been really playing up DC in the blog lately because of how amazing the Infinite Crisis build up is and the overall quality of DC's books and it is easy to overlook the all hype no substance of Marvel and the buying power of the Marvel Zombie but even though Bendis and Millar get most of the press the MVP for Marvel should go to J. Micheal Straczynski. His initial Spider-Man arc was great then it slid to mediocre then he pissed alot of people off with the Gwen Stacy/Norman Osbourne thing (which I bet will be forgotten about by next year) but he is doing a great job of Spidey and this new arc is pretty good. Likewise of FANTASTIC FOUR which he seemed to drop the ball on his first 2 issues, the third really kicks into overdrive. Spoilers are for kids - the Gov wants to recreate the conditions that created the FF, Reed sabotages it but not because he wants to stop an army of FF's but because of something more important. Great cliffhanger and hope he can keep it up. Save your money on the crap House of M spin-off mini-series, just buy the core House of M series and use the rest of your cash to buy FF and AMAZING fine reading.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

BROKEN AND DEFEATED!

The team at Viva Popaganda have returned finally to the blog - but have basically crumbled under the amount of visual stimulation that the San Diego Comic-Con has brought and will take their sweet time before coming back full force to the blog.

Thanks to all our supporters and we'll mind meld again soon!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

SAN DIEGO HERE WE COME


Well, we'll be heading to the San Diego Comic-Con International end of this week so the blogging will be on hold and I doubt we'll be doing any floor coverage until its over. Sorry!

The SDCC programming schedule has been posted and there are some sweet looking panels coming up and for those headed down here are a few that we'll be attending!

THURSDAY

2:00-3:00 Art Asylum: Clive Barker—Master author Clive Barker and The Art Asylum's Digger and Adam Unger take you through their new world of the Jump Tribe. You’ll get to see Clive's original paintings on display and be given a visual tour of the future franchise. This event will include a digital slide show and Clive's readings from the first storybook, followed by a Q&A session. Room 6B


3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Lou Scheimer—One of animation's most popular masters makes a rare public appearance. Hear stories from Filmation founder Lou Scheimer about the last five decades of animation, including the creation of such memorable series as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Archies, the Emmy-award–winning Star Trek: The Animated Series, the 1960s incarnations of Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Bravestarr, She-Ra: Princess of Power, the live-action Shazam!, Isis, Space Academy, and many more! Plus, Lou shares secrets about He-Man and the Masters of the Universe while discussing its upcoming DVD launch. Lou will be joined by his wife Jay Scheimer and his daughter Erika Scheimer, both of whom were voice actors throughout Filmation's animation history. Moderated by best-selling novelist and documentary director Andy Mangels, this panel and Lou's appearance are sponsored by BCI Eclipse and Tower Records. Room 6B

5:30-7:00 Constantine: From Comic to Film—Warner Home Video hosts key Constantine film and comics luminaries for a special presentation and discussion. The panel features actress Rachel Weisz (Mummy series), film director Francis Lawrence, VERTIGO editor Karen Berger, comics writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), and artist Tim Bradstreet (Punisher). Moderator Jeff Conner interrogates the participants and raffles off signed movie memorabilia and prerelease DVDs. Room 6B

FRIDAY

11:00-1:00 Warner Bros. Presents—This giant-size presentation includes four great new films coming soon from Warner Bros.: V For Vendetta— Based on the groundbreaking graphic novel, V for Vendetta stars Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman, is directed by John McTeigue, and produced by Joel Silver with Larry and Andy Wachowski from their screenplay. Appearing in person at this event will be Natalie Portman, Joel Silver, and original graphic novel co-creator David Lloyd. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—In the fourth film adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s popular Harry Potter novel series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) must contend with being mysteriously selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, a thrilling international competition that pits him against older and more experienced students from Hogwarts and two rival European wizarding schools. Get an exclusive look at this pivotal adventure in Harry Potter's life. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride—Carrying on in the dark, romantic tradition of Tim Burton’s classic films Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is set in a 19th-century European village. This stop-motion animated feature follows the story of Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride (voiced by Helena Bonham-Carter) while his real bride, Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson), waits bereft in the land of the living. It’s a tale of optimism, romance, and a very lively afterlife, told in classic Tim Burton style. Appearing in person to show a never-before-seen look at this remarkable film will be producer Allison Abbate and co-director Mike Johnson. The Fountain—Info TBA. All of these programs will held in Hall H

4:00-5:30 WB Animation: The Batman and Justice League Unlimited Superhero Action Panel—Warner Bros. Animation takes fans behind-the-scenes of power-packed productions in a revealing panel and Q&A session, including never-before-seen footage and other special surprises. Justice League Unlimited producers Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie, James Tucker, and Shaun McLaughlin take your questions and unmask the secrets of bringing superheroes to life. The Batman voice talent Rino Romano (The Batman/Bruce Wayne), Tom Kenny (Penguin), and Kevin Michael Richardson (Joker) join producers Jeff Matsuda, Duane Capizzi, and Michael Goguen in a Dark Knight discussion. Don't miss an all-new episode of JLU and world-premiere footage from Warner Home Video's upcoming feature-length thriller The Batman vs. Dracula! Room 6CDEF

SATURDAY

1:00-2:30 Todd McFarlane Tells All—Comics! Video games! Toys! Movies! Animation! Spawn.com! Todd McFarlane’s companies are involved in all aspects of popular culture. Hear the latest about all the ongoing McFarlane projects from Todd himself in a lively 90-minute discussion. Room 8

SUNDAY

2:30-3:30 Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Screening and Q&A with creator Robert Mandell—In 1986 a doorway to the stars was opened with The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, a revolutionary animated series that blazed new grounds in animation and storytelling in the toy-as-cartoon craze of the mid-80's. Zach, Doc, Niko, and Goose protected Earth across this new frontier and are back again in a new digitally remastered DVD line and a new collectible line. To celebrate, and making his first ever Comic-Con International appearance, is Robert Mandell, creator of the Galaxy Rangers, in a special screening of an episode of the show and Q&A session with Casey Lau of Hyperchild. Room 6CDEF

Sunday, July 03, 2005

YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGURE CLUB!


If you are bored this holiday weekend this is something that will bring a smile to your face.

Take 1 part FIGHT CLUB (my favorite movie) and mix liberally with geeks and action figures and you get a classic in the making.

Welcome ladies and gentlemen - to FIGURE CLUB.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

WHY FANTASTIC FOUR WILL OPEN BIG!


I have 2 words for you why FANTASTIC FOUR will open to at least a $50 million weekend and close at X2 box-office levels:

JESSICA ALBA

AVI ARAD VIDEO INTERVIEW


This is a great hot off the press video interview with AVI ARAD of MARVEL as he goes over the Marvel movie slate. Listening to him though, sounds like listening to a older more fan boy Arnold sometimes but he knows his stuff and we'll see if he's right about the FANTASTIC FOUR but I think he is really grabbing at straws if he thinks NAMOR or THOR are going to be blockbusters.

Stick the with the big 5 and then have these neat little movies like Daredevil and Ghost Rider on the side and wait for the talent to come to play. Only do a movie when you find a Bryan Singer or Sam Raimi.

His other comment about DC taking over with movies does ring true - Batman - DC's star didn't come any where near Spider-Man (as I predicted) and even if FF is not as good as Batman Begins, because its a family movie and more bright and something new I think it will end up doing better than Batman Begins.

AMERCIAN McGEE BRINGS ON NEW TOYS


From the guy that made that twisted ALICE game (Soon to be a movie starring Sarah Michelle Gellar) is now turning his sights to other fairy tales with new toys.

Go read about it at my new favorite site: BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM

MARK MILLAR HAS OWN MAGAZINE


Trying to make up for missed postings this week - here is a few for the long weekend. MARK MILLAR comics writer superstar of THE ULTIMATES and WOLVERINE (Well that one sucks) has re-launched his message boards AND a new web magazine and a blog. Proof that this guy writes everything down at the pub and squanders his daytime online talking to fans.

And if you need any incentive to go and check it out - Mark interviews ROB LIEFELD (Hold on a minute) and we find out that in 1992 Rob made $20 MILLION in comics!!!!!

RL: Yes, the math is simple. 12 Image comics in the form of 4 Youngbloods, 4 Supreme’s, 4 Brigades, each bringing in one million bucks each. X-Force royalties for the first 12 issues( royalties were sent 12 months after a book shipped in those days) broght in around 4 million and additional licensing contributed another 2 million and the money from the Levi commercial was about a million. After taxes, Uncle Sam left me with around 12 million bucks.


IN other comic news the COMIC'S BUYERS GUIDE the oldest news source about comics has finally launched their own website called CBGXtra.com. For a magazine that used to come out WEEKLY they are mighty slow in the e-world.

Friday, July 01, 2005

FLASH MOVIE GETS UPDATE

This is the one movie we will be following very closely on as a FLASH movie could be the most amazing SFX superhero movie ever. Of all the super-powers the FLASH would be the most dramatic (with Green Lantern as #2).

So here is director DAVID GOYER talking about the Flash movie.

"Fans know there's been more than one Flash over the years," Goyer adds. "There's been a lot of speculation and rumor, but both Barry Allen and Wally West will be in this movie."

Goyer is referring to the The Flash's "normal" identity. He started as Jay Garrick in 1940. Allen took over in 1956 and Wallace (introduced as Kid Flash in 1959) in 1986.

"We're going to go into the 'Speed Force' and a lot of the cosmic aspects of the character from the more recent past," Goyer says. "Trust me, we're going to do a lot more than have the Flash run on water and create vortexes.

"I have a guy from M.I.T. helping me with all of this. We're going to be playing with relativity, Doppler effects and all kinds of things like that. Audiences will be amazed."


OK, OK sounds cool - you know Goyer wrote BATMAN BEGINS right? So he is in good hands scripting it, but he also directed BLADE: TRINITY - which alot of people hated (I liked it, am I that easy to please by seeing Jessica Biel?) so its a 50/50 take on how the FLash will turn out - I like his idea of using RYAN REYNOLDS as Wally West and probably some classic actor to be Barry Allen...oh man this sounds sweet!

TOM LOOKS GOOD, WoW OPENS AT $21 M


With the all the bad press he's been getting I am surprised that WAR OF THE WORLDS opened at $21 million on its first day!

I have yet to see it but I guess we know why the FF pulled out against him and with such strong reviews I guess we know which of the 5 Big Summer Movies is going to suck - yes I am unfortunately looking at you Avi Arad and Tim Story!

SAN DIEGO EXCLSUIVES CHECKLIST


For you going to the San Diego Comic-Con in 2 weeks make sure you print out this handy checklist of stuff to buy that will only be available at the con! I will be broke - there is at least 10 things I must get on this list - I mean just look how cool this Hellboy Junior is!

WB PAYS $17 MILLION FOR DUKES


Of course any reason to post a picture of Jessica Simpson and hype her upcoming movie DUKES OF HAZZARD (who are the 2 guys playing the male leads again?), there has been a bit of a problem with the rights of the movie that the details have been kept quiet and for any true pop culture fan you must know this:

Warner Bros. Pictures has agreed to pay a Georgia-based producer at least $17.5 million for infringing on the copyright to his even-more-obscure 1974 United Artists film, "Moonrunners," which became the basis of the hit Warners TV skein, "The Dukes of Hazzard."
This is amazing! Nobody making a multi-million dollar movie thought to have the WB lawyers check this out properly.

NEW HE-MAN STATUES LOOK LIKE FIGURES


Don't be fooled by the blister card appearance. This line of 4 Horsemen and NECA MASTERS OF THEUNIVERSE figures are atcually statues - albeit small 6" ones - so to keep in the same mood and style as the original action figures.

My take on this is that it is exactly what the collectors wanted. Continue the line get all the characters that MATTEL would not make and everyone is happy. My concern is that blister is not the best material to pack a resin figure in...but beyond that the painting will be superior the scale will be correct so that bigger characters like CLAWFUL will tower over your He-Man figure and that we get to complete our collections. Watch as the MOTU line soars in price now with new interest in the line!