Monday, November 29, 2010

The DVD Update (All Star Superman Announced)

All Star Superman
Release Date February 11, 2011

Press Release: Grant Morrison’s beloved vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to animated life in All-Star Superman, the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movies coming February 22, 2011.
      In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

     The celebrity-packed voice cast is headed by James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor. The stellar cast includes seven-time Emmy® Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty.
Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Catherine Cavadini (The Powerpuff Girls), Finola Hughes (General Hospital), Alexis Denisof (Angel), Obba Babatunde (That Thing You Do!), Michael Gough (Batman) and John DiMaggio (Futurama) round out the voice cast.

     Based on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series/graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison with illustration by Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman is executive produced by animation guru Bruce Timm and directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by acclaimed comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths).

All-Star Superman 2-Disc Special Edition DVD features approximately 1 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:

• Feature film (est. 75 min)
• Sneak Peak at Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
• Featurette: “Superman Now” – In a moment of inspiration, Grant Morrison was provided an opportunity to revamp the Man of Steel into something modern, something more relevant for today’s audience. This is the story of All-Star Superman – where it all started, and what it came to be
• Two bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm

All-Star Superman Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack will include approximately 2 1/2 hours of intriguing bonus features, starting with all of the content available on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and adding:

• Featurette: “Incubating the Idea” – A conversation with Grant Morrison
• Audio Commentary: Bruce Timm and Grant Morrison
• All-Star Superman Digital Comic Book
• Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
• Digital copy on disc of the feature film

"The All-Star Superman comic was the work of two immensely talented creators at the absolute top of their game," said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment. "Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All-Star Superman is one of those modern classics, and I can't wait to see it brought to life as an animated film."

“Grant Morrison’s fascinating comic vision comprised all the aspects of a truly great film – action, drama, fantasy, romance, sacrifice and hope – and the animation team of Bruce Timm, Sam Liu and Dwayne McDuffie have passionately translated that vision into an enthralling movie experience no Superman fan can resist,” said Hersin Magante, WHV Marketing Director of Family and Animation. “As the next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, All-Star Superman stands as a shining example of the creative heights possible from the partnership of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.”

Irvin Kershner Passes Away At 87

Director Irvin Kershner passed away over the weekend at the age of 87. His goddaughter, actress Adriana Santini, confirmed the news early Monday morning, but no further details were given at this time.

Kershner is best known for his work directing Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, the second and most well received of the six movie franchise. He also helmed the James Bond adventure Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery, and the often maligned sequel Robocop 2.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The DVD Update

It's time for an update on what's coming to DVD!  Enjoy your holiday weekend and the CP blog will return after the holiday!

Let Me In
Release Date: February 1, 2011

The excellent remake of Let The Right One In (also an extremely good film) hits DVD and Blu-Ray in February.  This is probably my favorite vampire movie ever, the Swedish version and the American version.  I like them both a lot! Buy this movie if you like this sort of stuff!

Dances With Wolves 20th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: Janurary 11, 2011

As it really been 20 years? Wow.  This amazing pic film from Kevin Costner is finalyl coming to Blu-Ray.  If you have never seen this then you may have lived in  cave for a long time.  An epic masterpiece and one of the true modern classics.  It won multiple academy awards including Best Director and Best Picture!

Release Date:  March 3, 2011

Disney's beloved classic hits next March in a completely restored edition for high definition disc! 

Once Upon A Time In Mexico
Release Date:  January 4, 2011

The entire El Mariachi Trilogy is hitting DVD on this date which includes El Mariachi, Desperado, and Once Upon A Time In Mexico.  Robert Rodriguez may not make Oscar winning pictures but he sure makes very entertaining ones, and this trilogy is no exception.  Once Upon A Time In Mexico was one of the first films to shoot in all digital a few years ago when digital started taking off with directors so I bet it will look great in high def!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Is This Parallax?

This image hit the web thanks to The Daily Blam and is apparently the first shot of Parallax from the upcoming Green Lantern film.  Since the studio has requested several sites to remove it, I', guessing it's real!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The V.G.F. Report

Video Game Friday is here!  I'm looking into revamping the video game report in some way so bear with me as it may appear sporadically till after the first of the year!  But with Call Of Duty Black Ops breaking all kinds of sales records, some news has come down from Activistion and Infinity Ward, the developers behind Modern Warfare 1 and 2.

Source, Global media giant Vivendi owns a controlling stake in the world's biggest game publisher, Activision Blizzard. So when Vivendi chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy spoke at the Morgan Stanley TMT conference this week in Barcelona, it wasn't odd that the subject turned to the Call of Duty franchise.
      The Financial Times reports that, unsurprisingly, Levy was thrilled with the $650 million, five-day sales performance of Call of Duty: Black Ops, which broke Modern Warfare 2's record-breaking five-day sales of $550 million.
      "We have broken our own record. I am very, very pleased," Levy said. "The Treyarch studio, which made this year's game, has done better than what Infinity Ward could achieve a year ago."
Levy went on to directly discuss Infinity Ward, which was beset by mass staff defections after Activision fired studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West in March. He said that Activision has "got over" the problems and fully rebuilt Infinity Ward. "We have reconstructed Infinity Ward, [and] we are very happy with the way we have been able to reconstruct it," said Levy. Papers filed in a May lawsuit confirmed the studio is currently working on Modern Warfare 3.
      The executive went on to say that going forward, the Call of Duty series will have a three-studio strategy, with Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer Games each working on an offshoot of the franchise. Though little is known about the latter's unnamed COD game, it is rumored it will be a science fiction spin-off of the franchise
      "We believe this set-up of studios...has demonstrated it can do very well, for sure," said Levy, even though Sledgehammer's game has yet to see the light of day.

I think this is great news.  Perhaps it will be too many Call Of Duty games, but we get a Modern Warfare 3 out of it because dammit, I want to know how the story ends after that wide opened ending to part 2!!!

The New Dredd

Judge Dredd is being rebooted as a film called Dredd and stars Karl Urban (Bones In Star Trek 2010) and below is the first image of him in costume!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cars 2 Trailing Into Theaters!

Here's a teaser trailer for Cars 2.  Enjoy!

That's One Ugly Mug!

The latest issue of Green Lantern has this new image of the villain Hector Hammond from the upcoming Green Lantern film as well as some words from writer Geoff Johns!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Houston Comic Book Theft Ring?

Houston Comic book Thieves?  Apparently so!  This from Fox 26 News: A couple from Katy in Texas have been arrested for shoplifting comics books from Bedrock City Comics in Houston. Not that unusual, shoplifting is a common crime in the comic book industry.
But this is something more. The local police are investigating a shoplifting ring, and rather than walking out with the latest Walking Dead under your jacket, this couple, a man and a woman in their thirties, are alleged to have stolen tens of thousands of dollars worth of comics, repeatedly from stores across the region, and sold them on eBay, or tried to resell them locally.
And, naturally, that appears to be how they were caught. Here’s the news report from Fox;

Cowboys & Aliens Teaser Trailer

The upcoming sci-fi western based on the graphic novel now has a teaser trailer!  Watch out for Cowboys & Aliens!

Green Lantern Trailer Screencaps

Here are a few more screen caps from the excellent Green Lantern trailer!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Green Lantern Trailer! UPDATED: New Promo Art & Screen Caps!

Here you go....and here is apples website with the trailer in quicktime!

SWAGAPALOOZA!! Comics Of The Week

It's time for new comic books and the new era of Batman books begins this week at DC so check them out!

Batman: The Return #1

Written By Grant Morrison
Art By David Finch & Scott Williams
The event of the year is here! Bruce Wayne made his long journey back through the timestream in The Return Of Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson and Damian uncovered important secrets in Batman & Robin, Gotham City's bravest heroes made their mark in Bruce Wayne - The Road Home...and now it's time for Batman to return! What happens to Dick Grayson now that the "real" Batman is back? How will Bruce Wayne handle a reunion with his son, Damian? This special one-shot bridges two exciting eras of The Dark Knight and sets up a surprising new status quo that's just on the horizon. 

 Batman Inc #1

Written By Grant Morrison
Art By Yanick Paquette

Grant Morrison continues his earth-shattering run on the Batman titles with this exciting, new ongoing series! Featuring; Art by the remarkable Yanick Paquette (SEVEN SOLDIERS: BULLETEER), BATMAN, INC. marks the next stage of evolution for The Dark Knight. This can't-miss series will star not just Bruce Wayne as Batman, but also a huge number of guest-stars! Don't miss out on this all-new start to a stunning direction for Batman!

Batman #704

Written & Drawn By Tony Daniel

Bruce Wayne may have returned, but when an aging but wealthy technology developer comes to Gotham with his beautiful daughter, it turns out he's in search of a joint project with WayneTech. DNA tracking is the name of his game, and there are others interested in his proposal. But when the developer goes missing, Batman finds that his tracks stop in the city's violent Chinatown neighborhood, where a new deadly Triad gang has taken root. Guest-starring I-Ching!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Teaser Poster Reveals Alien Cowboy

Well that or it's a cowboy using alien technology.  Either way it's the teaser poster for next July's Cowboys & Aliens.  The movie is based on a graphic novel and Fred Van Lente, the books co-writer, will be attending Comicpalooza 2011!  I dig the poster a lot though, it gives the movie a lot of promise so here's hoping it's awesome!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Wolverine To Hit Theaters Soon

     Director Darren Aronofsky has revealed the title  for the next Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman. The movie will be called The Wolverine, will not be a direct sequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
      Aronofsky told HitFix that The Wolverine will be a "one-off," or standalone project. The script, written by Christopher McQuarrie, involves Logan beginning a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man. Since Logan won't take "no" for an answer, it puts him into battle with her father and her samurai-sword-wielding brothers.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Green Lantern Footage Screen Caps

Here are some screen caps from the Entertainment Tonight Green Lantern footage.  After watching it about twenty times, I'm excited.  The CGI is obviously a bit incomplete and you really can't judge it overall from a few seconds of footage.  Next week when we see the first trailer, a better idea of what the film is going to be like should make itself known.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Green Lantern Footage!

Entertainment Tonight is going to have a special Green Lantern look Tuesday the 16th and here is a preview of the show with the first Green Lantern footage anywhere!  It looks pretty neat, probably incomplete CGI, but overall I think it looks good! Green Lantern hits theaters next summer!

Battle This Trailer In Los Angeles

Battle: Los Angeles revolves around a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon's battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles. The movie is presented as an intense real-time war movie from the perspective of the Marines. It has been described by some as Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day.  It lokos pretty awesome so we shall see. Check out the first trailer for yourself below!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Y: The Last Man Has A Director

Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier recently sat down with MTV News and confirmed he wants to make Y: The Last Man into a movie or possibly a television show.
     "I'm surprised that it hasn't gotten made yet," Leterrier said. "The first time I read it, I was in France and doing my little movies, and I didn't think I would ever have access to these kinds of movies. Midway through Clash of the Titans, I was like, 'What's going on with 'Y The Last Man'?' I called one of the producers and asked what was going on, and he said it was available. I said, 'Let's go!'"

"D.J. Caruso was supposed to do it with Shia LaBeouf, and that sort of went on and was over, so I went in and said, 'Please, please let me have it!'" he explained.

"It's kind of stuck somewhere now," said the filmmaker. "I still want to do it. I'm passionate about it. But it's stuck. People don't know what to do with it. I'd love to do it, but I need people to finance it, and the people financing it don't know if it's a TV show a movie, or what it should be. It could play as a movie, but it would be very interesting as a TV show," he said. "[It wouldn't work as] one large film, no. I'd love to do it as a TV show or a three-part series."

"I like the idea of a TV show," he continued. "You take time to get to know your characters. You can introduce a lot of characters. You don't need your three-action set pieces that you usually need for movies. Frankly, with HBO and Showtime and cable shows, the DVD box sets and all, you can have a product that doesn't make you feel like as soon as it's projected, it's thrown away. It's really a piece of art."

This has got to be a television show to do it proper justice I believe.  Can it be done as a film?  Ya but not one movie, it would  have to be a trilogy.  The story is complex and deeply emotional and one of the best comic book series I have ever read.  A two hour film just would not do the story justice.  It sounds like Leterrier knows this, so let's hope iof this gets made it's made well and stands true to the comic series.

Six Females Up For Roles In The Dark Knight Rises

Deadline broke the news about Tom Hardy being cast in The Dark Knight Rises, and now they have a report that six women are in the running for two separate roles in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.  Keira Knightly, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, and Anne Hathaway are those listed in the report, and that one is for a female love interest and the other for the films villian!  Rumors continue to fly of Catwoman or Talia Al Ghul as the films protagonist so we shall see!  The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters in 2012!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SWAGAPALOOZA! Comics Of The Week

New comics hit stores tomorrow, but here's a head start on what you might want to go buy! Well at least two books!

Dungeons & Dragons #1 

Written ByJohn Rogers
Art By Andrea Di Vito
The D&D nerds will love this! Beginning a new era in Dungeons & Dragons history! The genre-defining roleplaying game gets its first ongoing series in more than 20 years! Join writer John Rogers (Blue Beetle) and artist Andrea Di Vito (Annihilation) as they bring us a tale of high adventure and deep secrets. Adric Fell leads a band of heroes in a world where civilization has been reduced to a few scattered points of light amid a rising tide of shadows. 

Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #6 (of 6)

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by lee Garbett

Grant Morrison and BATGIRL artist Lee Garbett deliver the final chapter of this time-spanning epic! With Bruce Wayne just steps away from returning to present day Gotham City, the timestream might have a few more surprises in store for The Dark Knight! Do not miss this issue, as it paves the way for the shocking future era of Batman!

Tron Legacy Trailer #3

The build up to Tron Legacy continues with a brand new trailer!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Trailer Park: Superman II

Welcome to Trailer Park, a brand new feature at the Official Blog Of Comicpalooza!  What is Trailer Park?  Well many of us enjoy seeing the trailers at movies so we know what is coming soon to look forward too.  People have even gone to the movies just to see a trailer like back in 1998 when people went to see Meet Joe Black just to get a glimpse at a small film called Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace. So with Trailer Park, from time to time, I will highlight a classic film and show off it's original trailer or trailers, and some poster art from the movie.  Enjoy!

Superman II

Hobo With A Poster

Why not right?  The Grindhouse double feature from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarentino was a lot of fun.  Machete was a lot of fun.  There are rumors that Eli Roth is considering making Thanksgiving into a full film.  So why not Hobo With A Shotgun?  Oh wait, it is a film coming next year and here's the poster!

Comicpalooza Review With Andrew - You Really Should Watch This

Andrew reviews comics live on video for the fans of Comicpalooza every week.  If you aren't watching it, then you need to make it required viewing and check it out often!  Here is the latest episode!

The Dead Will Return For Season Two

Are you watching The Walking Dead?  It seems a lot of people are and if you aren't, then you should be!  After two highly rated and awesome episodes, AMC confirms that The Walking Dead will be picked up for a second season.  The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. central on AMC.

"The 'Dead' has spread!" said Charlie Collier, President, AMC. "No other cable series has ever attracted as many Adults 18-49 as 'The Walking Dead.' This reaffirms viewers' hunger for premium television on basic cable. We are so proud to be bringing back 'The Dead' again, across the globe."

"I wish all programming decisions were no brainers like this one," said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Scripted Programming. "'The Walking Dead' is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if not more. Kudos to AMC!"

Friday, November 5, 2010

The V.G.F. Report

Video Game Friday is back!  This may become an every other week column with industry news a bit slow right now since it's all about the new holiday releases.  but have no fear, any big video game news will always be found here!  So a little game called Call Of Duty Black Ops comes out next week.  You may have heard of it and well before it even gets released, Activision confirmed that the next COD game is already on schedule for Fall 2011! You can view the launch trailer for Black Ops below!

XBox Kinect

The Kinect launched yesterday, with Microsoft expecting to sell 5 million units by Christmas.  Seems a bit high because I have a lot of friends that play Xbox and none of them plan on getting it.  The 150 dollar price point for a add on is a bit steep for some people.  The technology is very cool and it should do well as more games come out for it in the future!