SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: “DARKEST HOURS”

Marvel Comics has announced “Darkest Hours,” a four-issue arc in Superior Spider-Man featuring Venom. The story — written by Dan Slott, with art by Humberto Ramos — begins in November in Superior Spider-Man #22.  

“Be warned — we have some nasty stuff planned,” Slott said. “Venom always brings out Spider-Man’s dark side, and we’re taking that 10 steps further in this latest arc.”  

Here’s how the story is described:   

“Nobody had pushed Peter Parker harder than Venom — will Otto Octavius face the same brink? As the symbiote’s tentacles wrap around Otto’s new life, everything he’s worked, sacrificed, and even killed for face their greatest jeopardy yet. One of the biggest books of Marvel NOW! is about to get even crazier in year two as The Superior Spider-Man’s journey takes a new dark twist.” 

“There is no better brawl to get the blood pumping like a showdown between Spider-Man and Venom,” said Marvel Senior Editor Steve Wacker. “Now that Otto’s in the driver’s, we can see these two clash with a viciousness we’ve never seen before. Believe me when I say we’ve been saving up for this one!”      

WOLVERINE: ORIGIN II

Marvel Comics has announced a November launch of Wolverine: Origin II, by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Adam Kubert.   

Here’s how the book is described:     

“A few years after the events of Origin finds James Howlett running with the wolves…until something unexpected brings him back into the world of men! Follow the first ‘X-Man’ as he finds his way back to civilization and falls afoul of someone Sinister, who’s just discovering mutantkind and the horrors he can visit on them.       

“Plus, discover the secret behind James’ greatest enemy! At some point, the mutant who will become The Wolverine must choose: is he man or is he beast?”  

“When we last saw Logan at the end of Origin, he was broken — barely straddling the line between man and animal,” Gillen. “But how did he transform himself from a wild recluse and into the groomed warrior he is today? That was always been a transformation I’ve wanted to explore.”  
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013

COMIC-CON: MARVEL STUDIOS

 

 

 

Writer/director Joss Whedon capped off Marvel Studios’ panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday night by announcing that The Avengers sequel will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 

The announcement was made via a short teaser video, which showed a beam from Ultron’s becoming the logo above.

 

Tom Hiddleston started the panel in full garb and character as Loki, and then casts from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy took the stage.

 

For Thor highlights,  CLICK HERE.

 

For Captain America highlights,  CLICK HERE.

 

For Guardians of the Galaxy highlights,  CLICK HERE.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST PRESS CONFERENCE

 

 

20th Century Fox staged a press conference with the large cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past at Comic-Con International on Saturday

 

To watch the press conference,  CLICK HERE.   

 

 

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BRIEFLY

ARROW GUEST-STARS: The CW has announced two guest-stars for the second season of Arrow.   

  Michael Jai White plays Ben Turner, a claw-wielding assassin better known as Bronze Tiger. On Arrow, he’ll form an alliance with China White (played by Kelly Hu).  Kevin Alejandro plays Sebastian Blood, inspired by Teen Titans nemesis Brother Blood. Sebastian is an alderman who rises to power in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Starling City in Arrow’s first-season finale. Blood’s “man-of-the-people” popularity instantly places him at odds with Oliver Queen, whose family he blames for the quake.       

VERY BRIEFLY: The Walt Disney Company has extended its merchandising relationship with Marvel (two more years through 2020) and Star Wars (also 2020).                


Beware of Zombies!!

By Adam Blasucci July 23, 2010

 

Just saw Rob Zombie last night in Canada New Jersey! I’ve seen in three times previously and the show getting bigger and better.

Show is a cross between Iron Maiden when their mascot Evil Eddie comes out during the show and the showmanship and spectacle of an Alice Cooper concert.

A Zombie show always has old horror film clips, feathers and glitter falling from the ceiling, giant pyrotechnics that you can feel from your

seats and finally appearances by giant robots, ghosts and drumming robot.

Which is everything a Zombie Head like me needs to be satisfied. Last night everybody including me and my guests are truly waiting for The Mayhem Festival!

I enjoy seeing Five Finger Death Punch.  The lead singer is very guttural, but every once in a while there are melodies in their mantle tunes.

The highlight of their set was their cover of “Bad Company” which the whole audience sing-along with.

All kinds of tattooed freaks, metalheads, headbangers, biker dudes and their old ladies, hot girls, muscle-bound guys and people just hot as hell literally.

It was real hot yesterday, but I stayed cool as best I could.

Rob had such a great set, but I had such a great time I can’t remember entire set list.

Most of his hits were well represented (Living Dead Girl, More Human Than the Human etc.) he even belted out

Cooper’s “Schools ” which left me and most of the audience covered in feathers or cotton sending from the roof and

then most of the first few aisles of audience numbers were covered in glitter. Long story short my mom had to use the vacuum cleaner on my electric wheelchair clothes and hair.

The bad news of the night we had trouble parking but that was taken care of, and we have helped parking from tailgaters.

More bad news: somebody try to rob one of my nurses/friend by a junkie couple pretending to help me get into my van and seeing God bless you, keep your chin up

like I really need to hear that I really know that stuff. It was all a distraction. They kicked my friend’s purse behind the van, which my other friend noticed.

They came back again looking to pick up the purse, but we realize what really happened and my friend’s son got out and confronted them.

After a few minutes of his angry confrontation with the loser junkies we got him inside the van. We were sick no one got hurt and my friend found her purse.

Long story short like one of Rob they were truly “Scum Of The Earth”. The female accomplice appeared like a zombie from a zombie film tall, slender and ghastly looking. It felt like a zombie movie when the junkie couple kept coming closer and closer to me and my friends. It was surreal not scary for me.

Strange coincidence I’m not sure. Don’t worry they’ll get their’s like they say karma is a bitch, they’ll probably get arrested pulling that stunt again.

Thank you for listening, thank you Rob Zombie for another great horror spectacular.

The Rob Zombie concert was awesome.  I came into the audience and he was an inch away from I we made eye contact.  This was the third time I’ve seen him in concert each concert is better each time.

 

 


COOPER AT DYNAMITE:

Rocker Alice Cooper will star in a

comic book from Dynamite Entertainment, the publisher has announced.

“Artistically, for me there is hardly a better medium,” Cooper said. “There is so much you can do in the form of a comic that we’d never been able to do on stage. It’s just a different way of storytelling, and it really has almost limitless possibilities. We’re looking forward to stretching the existing boundaries of the comic medium again. We have new stories to tell, but we’ll do it with the same theatrical, sinister sensibility that comes with the name Alice Cooper.”


ARMY REBOOT: Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Army of Darkness will receive “a complete overhaul” in a new ongoing series, Ash and the Army of Darkness, as imagined by Steve Niles.

<“We start with the last frame of the film and then go right to the next,” Niles said. “It’s a wild ride and I think fans of the film will be very happy because I am bringing back a lot of what made the movie so fun.  My run of Ash and the Army of Darkness takes place almost entirely in the 1300’s setting. That was what made Army of Darkness stand apart.  I’m hoping readers agree.”

The book’s artist will be Dennis Calero.

LEGENDS OF RED SONJA: Dynamite Entertainment has announced Legends of Red Sonja, a four-issue anthology miniseries featuring a lineup of female writers, including  Marjorie M. Liu, Mercedes Lackey, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Rhianna Pratchett, Leah Moore, Tamora Pierce, Blair Butler, Nancy Collins, Meljean Brook, Nicola Scott and Devin Grayson.

Cover artists will include Frank Thorne and Jay Anacleto.   

HARLEY QUINN MONTHLY: DC Comics has announced an ongoing Harley Quinn series that will be written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and will begin in November.

 

DC Comics did not reveal the artist for the series.

 

“Harley is a complex character and we are going to build on her background, motivations and her home and supporting cast. Sort of what we did with Power Girl but with a mix of a bit more homicidal maniac added in,” Palmiotti said. “She is the hero in her own story. What happens, who gets killed, what house gets burned down and so on, well, thats just part of her story. She looks at the world differently and we will be building on that and looking even closer on her past and what makes her tick. There are so many layers to this fantastic character that we cannot wait to explore.” 

 

CHAYKIN’S SHADOW: Dynamite Entertainment has announced The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow, a mini-series written and drawn by Howard Chaykin.  The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow will take place three decades prior to the events of Chaykin’s The Shadow Blood & Judgment story and tells the secret story behind the Shadow’s disappearance in 1949.

 

TRANSFORMERS CASTING:  Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced today that Chinese entertainer Han Geng has been cast in Transformers 4. Among Asia’s top stars, Han Geng has conquered the worlds of music, television and feature film to become one of the most influential entertainers in China. 

 

He joins Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles, TJ Miller and Li Bingbing in the fourth installment in the series, scheduled for June 27, 2014.      

 

FLASH OF FLASH: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released another clip from Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, in stores on July 30.                

 

To watch the clip, CLICK HERE.  

 

VERY BRIEFLY: Justice League: War will be the first DC Universe animated movie in 2014, adapted the Justice League/New 52 story by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. Jason O’Mara is voicing Batman.

 

Hi oh… Silver! The Lone Ranger Rides Again! Or Tonto Side of the Story!


 

Hi oh… Silver! The Lone Ranger Rides Again! Or Tonto Side of the Story!

 

By Adam Blasucci 7/13/2013

 

Directed by Gore Verbinski

Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer,

William

Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson,

Barry Pepper and Helena Bonham Carter

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp

Rated PG 13

Running Time: 2 hrs. and 23 min.

Four Stars Out Of Five****

 

   If you can catch The Lone Ranger you won’t regret it.. It’s a great film. It was Johnny Depp’s movie. Depp brings an exciting and eccentric acting toolkit to play; making Tonto a crazy daredevil, spiritual guide, sometimes unreliable narrator, shaman/mentor to Army Hammer’s Lone Ranger. I credit Johnny Depp, the writers and directors for coming up with original take for unusual supporting sidekick character to the stories narrator and mentor to the hero and eyes to the audience. I put Tonto on the list of  interesting, unique, oddball outcast that are the stock and trade of Johnny Depp’s such as Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Ichabod Crane, Hunter S. Thompson, Sweeney Todd and Barnabas Collins and many others. Army was a great Lone Ranger capturing the square jawed white hat wearing hero. When I saw The Lone Ranger riding Silver and then hearing the legendary William Tell overture I got shivers down my spine; every time I hear that music and see The Lone Ranger riding Silver it brings up childhood memories and fantasies the legendary masked man.

The filmmakers put a new coat of polish on the old West hero keeping the elements of the original story while adding a new and unique spin making everything new again.

This time Tonto and The Lone Ranger were up against a trifecta of villains and the railroad and silver. The first adversary was the scary, evil grinning, disfigured, heart eating, ugly outlaw Butch Cavendish wonderfully played by the same time scary and menacing character actor William Fichtner. He was the the black hat wearing villain of the piece. The true mastermind villain was played by Tom Wilkinson from Batman Begins slowly showing his true colors to the audience. The final villainous character was grizzled and power-hungry Confederate general played by Barry Pepper.

Nothing against The Pirates Of the Caribbean but I enjoyed this movie more than all four Jack Sparrow outings put together.

I shouldn’t forget to add Helena Bonham Carter or fourth time in a Johnny Depp picture. Her character Red a brothel owner with an Ivory artificial leg hiding a six shooter added some color and help our heroes saved the day. Any role she plays adds to the story a unique and eccentric layer to this story that makes it that much more interesting.

This summer my favorite movies so far are Man Of Steel, The Lone Ranger and Star Trek: Into the Darkness. If I was picking members for my own superhero team from this summer’s movies the first three slots would go to Superman, Tonto and The Lone Ranger. The tryouts are still open Wolverine, giant robots and the heroes from Kick-Ass I hope you guys make it in. Right now Capt. Kirk and Spock are keeping your seats warm.


      

SPIDEY VS. ELECTRO: Entertainment Weekly has unveiled its covers for its Comic-Con preview issue, featuring Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the first look at Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn.           

Click on the thumbnails for  larger images. 

GLAU ON ARROW: Summer Glau will have a recurring role on The CW’s Arrow that will begin with the Season 2 premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  

Glau will play Isabel Rochev, a vice president of acquisitions at Stellmoor International, a company looking to take over Queen Consolidated.   

Glau has starred in such genre TV shows as Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Cape, and appeared multiple time on Alphas.            

POSTER PREMIERES: Marvel Studios has released the first teaser poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in theaters on April 14.             

 

Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.   

 

In addition, Film District has released the first poster for Oldboy, scheduled for release on Oct. 25.          

 

Here’s how Oldboy is described:    

 

“Oldboy is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, Oldboy was directed by Spike Lee, from a script by Mark Protosevich.”        

 

The Oldboy logo itself is  Brolin’s handwriting – inspired by the letters his character writes to his daughter while imprisoned in the film.