Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Close Ups Of The Costume From The Man Of Steel

As Zach Snyder's Man Of Steel films in Plano, Illinois, set pictures are popping up everywhere.  Here are several closeups of star Henry Cavill in the Superman suit.  I know the changes he made to the suit are subtle, but why jack with it at all.  This Superman looks like he's from a what if futuristic story.  I totally understand modernizing it, but I dunno I think it's a bit much, maybe you disagree!  I really really want to like this movie and hope for the best, and it's hard to judge on early set pictures, but so far - not impressed.  The Man Of Steel opens in theaters in 2013.

More Changes to The Star Wars Films In The New Blu-Rays

By now you are well aware of the digital Yoda in The Phantom Menace, well now two more changes that have caught wind with fans on the upcoming Star Wars Saga Blu-Ray release have to do with the original trilogy.  In Return Of The Jedi, when The Emperor is torturing Luke as Vader looks on, Vader looks at both of them as he makes his fateful decision, well now he decides to cry out now as he throws The Emperor into the abyss.  Say what?  Yah it's true, it's a minor change but really unnecessary.  Watch the scene below, as well as the change made to Obi-Wan's scare tactic call to the Sand People in A New Hope. (Note: The Obi-Wan change is not confirmed yet)  I dropped the digital Yoda here too for those who haven't seen it. All these changes but yet we still want Han to shoot first!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Movie Of The Week August 24, 2011: Sinbad & The Eye Of The Tiger (1977)

Welcome back to the Movie Of The Week, a new weekly feature at the Blog!  How does this differ from Trailer Park, well one it is weekly and two I hope to get interaction from YOU, the Comicpalooza fans.  I want you to email me a pick for Movie Of The Week, and I will use them and post those picks as the weeks go by!  Email me your picks at!  Start thinking of your Movie Of The Week and send it to me!

Sinbad & The Eye Of The Tiger (1977)

Synopsis: Sinbad must deliver a prince transformed into a monkey to the lands of the Ademaspai to restore him to his human form in time for his coronation. On the way he must contend with the evil witch Zenobia, her son and their magic, and several nasty-looking Ray Harryhausen beasties

Released:August 12, 1977 but very limited distribution in the United States.  The film played in more theaters over seas!
Domestic Box Office Gross: Unknown
Director: Sam Wanamaker
Starring: Patrick Wayne & Jane Seymour
Running Time: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

Why You Should Watch It:  First off it's a Ray Harryhausen special effects film, the man behind the original Clash Of The Titans film.  Second, it's one of the most captivating pieces of classic "cheesy" fantasy film you will ever watch and the stop motion effects are amazing for their time!

Thanks to Richard Haufe for this weeks pick!

Four New Clips From The Walking Dead Season 2

AMC has released these four new clips from Season 2 of The Walking Dead!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Transformers: DOTM Returns To IMAX Screens

In case you didn't get a chance to see it in during it's run, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon will be returning to IMAX screens starting August 26th and run until September 8th.  Despite the groans over Michael Bay, it really was the best film in the series, and the last hour alone was worth it.  Optimus Prime was one bad motherfucker in this movie.

Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes!

As Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes continues to do well at the box office, Boom Studios has announced a brand new mini series titled Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes.  The four issues series is set to release in November and will take place just before the original 1968 Planet Of The Apes film.  The creative team recently spoke with Comic Book Resources and had this to say:  

COMIC BOOK RESOURCES: As you've mentioned, your miniseries is set just before the first film. What made you want to tackle this era?
HARDMAN: When we first pitched the story, we assumed it would need to be set at the same time as the ongoing. The one big note that came back on our pitch was to set it in the classic movieera and include characters like Dr. Zaius. We didn't need a lot of convincing to make the change. Honestly, we were thrilled. It made perfect sense for our story and I couldn't be any more excited to work with the iconic elements of the films.
BECHKO: Truly, it was serendipity.
COMIC BOOK RESOURCES: What storytelling opportunities does this particular moment in time allow?
BECHKO: As I said before, I love the character of Dr. Zaius. The first film makes it clear that ape society was in a state of flux even before Taylor's crew landed. We now have the opportunity to explore that a little bit, and to see Dr. Zaius as a younger ape in a changing world.
HARDMAN: We also have the chance to expand the world of the original movies, introducing new locations and characters. That said, we are hyper-aware of keeping these new elements true to the feel of PotA. I've always been disappointed by licensed books that aren't able to capture the tone of the originals. We're doing everything in our power to make sure that doesn't happen here.

Green Lantern Extended Cut Coming To Blu-Ray

Green Lantern will be hitting DVD and Blu-Ray on October 14th and it's interesting to note that an extended cut will be included on the Blu-Ray edition.  What is being included in this cut is not known yet but I will keep you posted. 

Specs are as follows:

Blu-ray Combo Pack:
Extended Cut
Theatrical Film
Maximum Movie Mode with Picture in Picture Pods
The Universe According to Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern                                            

Justice League #1 Digital Comic 
Additional Scenes 
Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series 

Preview of the Justice League #1 Digital Comic 

Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Batman & Action Comics #1 Variant Covers

The DC 52 Relaunch begins very soon and The Hero Complex at the L.A. Times has these two variant covers for Action Comics #1 and Batman #1!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance Poster & Trailer

The first trailer and poster  for the Ghost Rider sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, has arrived.  Watch it now!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ridley Scott Returning To Blade Runner

Ridley Scott is deep in production on his Alien spin off, Prometheus, but after that it looks like we may finally get a long talked about second Blade Runner film.  Here is the official press release from Warner Brothers. LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 18, 2011—Three-time Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott is set to helm a follow up to his own ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner” for Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the renowned original.

Alcon and Yorkin recently announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.

The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

State Kosove and Johnson: “It would be a gross understatement to say that we are elated Ridley Scott will shepherd this iconic story into a new, exciting direction. We are huge fans of Ridley’s and of the original ‘Blade Runner.’ This is once in a lifetime project for us.”

Scott is represented by David Wirtschafter at WME and David Nochinson at Ziffren Brittenham.

Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and directed by Scott following his landmark “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction). Following the filming of “Blade Runner,” the first of Philip K. Dick’s works to be adapted into a film, many other of Dick’s works were likewise adapted, including “Total Recall,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” and the recent “The Adjustment Bureau,” among others.

Underworld: Awakening Trailer

Kate Beckinsdale returns to the role of Selene in the latest installment of the Underworld series titled Underworld: Awakening.  Expect more Lycan versus Vampire action in cinemas soon!

Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 4 Extended Trailer

Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 4 is just a month away and this brand new extended trailer gives us a look at what we can expect! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Movie Of The Week August 17, 2011: Conan The Barbarian (1982)

Welcome to Movie Of The Week, a new weekly feature at the Blog!  How does this differ from Trailer Park, well one it is weekly and two I hope to get interaction from YOU, the Comicpalooza fans.  I want you to email me a pick for Movie Of The Week, and I will use them and post those picks as the weeks go by!  Email me your picks at!  Start thinking of your Movie Of The Week and send it to me!

Conan The Barbarian

From IMDB: The epic tale of child sold into slavery who grows into a man who seeks revenge against the warlord who massacred his tribe.

Released: May 14, 1982
Domestic Box Office Gross:  $39.5 Million
Starring:  Arnold Schwarzenegger
Running Time: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

Why You Should Watch It: It's one of Arnold's first big films he starred in and it's barbarian awesomeness at it's best.  Sure the remake hits theaters this weekend but nothing beats this classic original!  Plus James Earl Jones is in it and there's giant snakes! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Batman Year One Images

 Batman Year One hits DVD and Blu-Ray on October 18th from Warner Premiere, and here are a few new stills from the animated film!

Cooper Exits The Crow

Bradley Cooper was set to star as Eric Draven in the proposed remake of The Crow, but has now officially walked away from the project due to scheduling conflicts.  Word is that Channing Tatum or Mark Wahlberg may fill the role.  Let's hope neither fills the role and this project just dies.  holly wood doesn't have to remake every damn movie and The Crow doesn't need a remake!  If Tatum or Wahlberg got the role, I hope that Brandon Lee rises from the grave and kicks their asses himself for considering making this film!  Seriously, if there's one remake I'm against, it's this one!

Monday, August 15, 2011

When We Ruled H-Town Trailer

Since Comicpalooza has a musical aspect to it, with late night bands playing at it, I thought this was appropriate to share.  It's the first full trailer for the documentary, When We Ruled H-Town, about the 90's Houston music scene.  Being that I grew up during all of this, I think it's a really cool thing and look forward to seeing the film.  I thought I'd share the trailer and just a quick warning, it does contain some foul language.

When We Ruled H-Town from J Schneider on Vimeo.

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Trailer For Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-Ray

Star Wars: The Complete Saga hits Blu-Ray on September 12th.  Here is a brand new trailer for the release!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Pays Tribute To The Original Films

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes continues to bring int he money at theaters, but did you know there are several nods to the original series of Planet Of The Apes films in the new version.  The obvious one is Tom Felton's character saying the line "Take your stinkin’ paw off me you damn dirty ape!” is the obvious one.  Hero Complex though has several more you may have missed.  Check out their article here explaining the references in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

First Look At Wolverine & The X-Men & Uncanny X-Men First Issue Covers

As Marvel continues to roll out their own revamps of sort with several changes to the X-Men books, here is the first looks at Uncanny X-Men #1 and Wolverine & The X-Men #1

Who Are The Dark Avengers?

Obviously Marvel wants you guessing who they are too.  Harry Osbourne is up to no good in this teaser image for The New Avengers #18, which hits stores in November.

Mortal Kombat Legacy Hitting Blu-Ray & DVD

Kevin Tancharoen's popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy - a series that unraveled over the web - is making its DVD and Blu-Ray debut via Warner Home Entertainment. The series will hit stores  on November 8.
      According to High-Def Digest: Mortal Kombat Legacy: Fights - A look at the role Fatalities and hyper-violence play in the Mortal Kombat storytelling process. Included within the piece is a detailed exploration of the fights and stunts staged during the production of the web-series and Mortal Kombat Legacy: Fan Made - Go inside the mind of Mortal Kombat super fan Kevin Tancharoen and uncover his passion and vision that brought Mortal Kombat: Legacy to life.
Blu-ray exclusives include: Mortal Kombat Legacy: Expanding The Netherrealm -- Multi-chapter documentary brings the Mortal Kombat universe to life; Mortal Kombat: Mysticism - Discover the powers that define the characters; Mortal Kombat: Gear - Explore all the weapons that make Mortal Kombat fighting unique.

Batman Arkham City Toys Revealed

Mattel has recently unveiled new toys based on the upcoming video game Batman: Arkham City.  The toys featured in the line for the first wave are Batman, Robin, and Two-Face!  Expect to find these in stores around the time the game hits in October.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Director Talks About Possible Sequel To Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

As you may very well know right now Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was number one at the box office this past weekend with about $54 million and drawing rave reviews from critics and movie goers.  The film was fantastic, hands down the best movie this summer.  Naturally sequel talk has already begun and director Rupert Wyatt spoke with about the direction the sequel may take and this is what he had to say: "There’s so much we could do… The ideas I’ve had are all sorts of things, ranging from FULL METAL JACKET with apes… you could start this story again eight years from where we left off, the next generation of apes, those that have come from our protagonists, perhaps going in to a conflict with humans and showing real fear, in the same way as going into war for young soldiers in this day and age, telling their story. Or how apes are taking over cities, and being moved into human environments and having to interact with them and deal with things that are part of our culture and understand and evolve through them. Spies that are in the employ of the apes, working against humans and humans maybe existing underground, because that’s a way they can avoid the virus, coming up above ground wearing gas masks, and maybe that’s what dehumanises them."  Bring on the sequel as soon as possible as I would love to see more Apes films and soon!

Will We Finally See Sin City 2??

Robert Rodriguez has been talking about Sin City 2 forever now and at times most people seem to think it will never happen.  Now as he promotes Spy Kids 4 he is talking about the Sin City sequel again. 

This is what he had to say: "Sin City 2 is going good, we’re just finishing the script for that, we already got the money. We have everything we need so we can just start shooting as soon as we get the pages. And it’s the same thing for Machete 2. We’ve already got the budget, just waiting for the script. As soon as we’re finished writing we get to start the shoot."
So Sin City 2 and Machete 2 are apparently on their way.  When my butt is  in the theater watching it then I will believe it!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Catwoman Revealed in The Dark Knight Rises

Yesterday Warner Brothers gave us our first look at Henry Cavill as Superman, now today Anne Hathaway is revealed for the first time in this official picture of Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman.  Looks like she jacked her a Bat Pod to cause trouble with!  The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters next summer!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

First Look At Henry Cavill As The Man Of Steel

Warner Brothers have released the first image of Henry Cavill in the new Superman suit in the upcoming film Man Of Steel.  The official press release is as follows: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have provided the first look at the new “Man of Steel,” revealing star Henry Cavill as Superman in the film from director Zack Snyder. The film also stars three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Fighter”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”).
      Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Julia Ormond, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).
      Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.
      “Man of Steel” is being produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
      Currently in production, “Man of Steel” is slated for release on June 14, 2013 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Exclusive Walking Dead Figures

McFarlane Toys is producing action figures based on The Walking Dead comic book series and on the television show.  They have now announced two exclusive products coming this fall.  A zombie 2-pack available in comic book stores and Officer Rick Grimes which will be available in Toys R Us stores.  The figures feature a black and white paint job inspired by the comic book!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Avengers Teaser Clip

Everyone knows by now that at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, there is a teaser trailer for The Avengers.  Yahoo has released this brief clip that features the end of Captain America, with a brief clip from that teaser trailer.  Spoilers included so you have been warned.