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SDCC: UHF Set For Blu-Ray Release

Posted on 26 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

uhf posterIt took 13 years to come out on DVD, and now it looks like it will take 12 years more for it to come out on Blu-ray.

Hot on the heels of its 25th anniversary this year, an anniversary I commemorated here, Shout! Factory has announced at San Diego Comic Con its plans to release Weird Al Yankovic’s magnum opus UHF on Blu-ray.

The company is also set to release for the first time on DVD Weird Al’s 1985 mockumentary, The Compleat Al. The film, itself a parody of 1982’s The Compleat Beatles documentary, featured a fictionalized version of Yankovic’s life interspersed with his most famous videos up to that point.

THE-COMPLEAT-AL-WEIRD-AL-YANKOVICBoth features have been out of print for some time, causing new fans to look to eBay and other secondary markets for copies of the films.

One has to assume that that this deal was in the works for quite some time, but Shout! had to feel lucky to announce such a release after Yankovic had his first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts.

No word on exactly when these items will be released, how much they will cost, and what special features (one of Shout!’s trademarks is their not being skimpy bonus features) will be on the discs. But I’d expect it to be rather soon, as to capitalize on the film’s anniversary and Weird Al’s current wave of popularity.


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SDCC: ANT-MAN News: Lilly Pym’s Daughter, Yellowjacket Is The Villain

Posted on 26 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

AntManLogoMarvel didn’t waste any time starting promoting Ant-Man, as after a short montage showing their films to date and a short piece about Guardians of the Galaxy (with our first look at Thanos), the studio brought out director Peyton Reed, stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, long rumored cast member Evangeline Lilly, and new addition Corey Stoll.

EvangelineLillyLilly will be playing the daughter of  Hank Pym (Douglas) and was referred to as both Hope Pym and Hope Van Dyne on Twitter (Marvel’s website refers to her as Van Dyne). Does this mean that Janet could be her mother? I hope so.

Director Reed tried to ease the fears of anyone who was disappointed by Edgar Wright dropping out by playing up his geek cred. Apparently, Reed has been attending San Diego Comic Con for 20 years, and once portrayed Ant-Man on a poster for his punk band that paid homage to the cover from Avengers #1.

Corey StollStoll is playing Darren Cross, a former protege of Pym turned evil and has taken on the identity of Yellowjacket. In a recurring theme, he has also stolen some of Pym’s technology for his alter ego, and will be fighting Rudd’s character, who also stole Pym’s technology. This is believed to be the role that Patrick Wilson had before he dropped out from the project days ago. If so, this is might quick turnaround time for casting the part.

While Lilly is known to most from her work on Lost, Stoll is a bit of a lesser known quantity. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on House of Cards and can currently be seen in The Strain. He has appeared in films such as Midnight in Paris (where he played Ernest Hemingway) and Non-Stop.

The film will be shooting in Atlanta starting August 18th, although Marvel did show some test footage of Douglas as Hank Pym and Ant-Man riding a flying ant.

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SDCC: Latest AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Promo Art Gives Us First Look At The Vision

Posted on 25 July 2014 by William Gatevackes


For a lot of comic fans of my generation, the Vision is one of their favorite characters. And if you asked the 12-year-old version of us if we’d ever see the character on the big screen, we’d put at least a month’s allowance down on no.

But yet, here he is. And we have a painting tor prove it. And I am happy.

Granted he is floating in the background a Quicksilver image, but he’s there. Oh, and Hawkeye gets an image too.

Once again, I am borrowing the stitched together image from Bleeding Cool so you can see where all the pieces fit together.

So, tomorrow will be Hulk and Thor, I guess.

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Posted on 24 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

batman-vs-superman-dawn-of-justice-logoThis year’s San Diego Comic Con just happens to fall right after 75th Anniversary of Batman’s first appearance and, just like DC Entertainment did for Superman’s birthday last year, they are taking various and sundry costumes the character  has wore in film and TV on tour to the major comic book conventions. What better time to reveal the new costume Batman will be wearing in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice than at San Diego Comic Con as part of the exhibit.

People at preview night got this view of the costume:


But just previewing the cowl and cape isn’t all that exciting. So, today, congoers were able to see this:

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Let me describe it to you, just in case DC Entertainment decides only those able to get into SDCC are allowed to see it and makes us take it down. Essentially, what we have here is the costume from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight returns with some of that decorative piping that Jim Lee adds to all of his designs tacked on. The color palate is grey and black and this could quite possibly be the most faithful Batman suit yet.

I hope they bring this to New York Comic Con so I can get a closer look at it in person.

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SDCC: Two More Pieces Of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Promo Art Are Released

Posted on 24 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

MarvelStudiosLogoJust like they did several years ago, it looks like Marvel is using a set of mosaic posters to promote its upcoming Avengers film. Today, Captain America and Black Widow join Iron Man and Scarlet Witch in the fight against Ultron to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron.

avengers-age-of-ultron-poster-captain-america avengers-age-of-ultron-black-widow-posterAs you can see in the Black Widow image, Thor’s Hammer is to her right and the Hulk’s arm is is to her left, so they will be getting posters. And we can safely assume that Quicksilver and Hawkeye will be getting a portrait as well. But since they are releasing two of these posters a day, and we have three days of SDCC left, Can we expect two more posters as well? Maybe with Ultron and our first look at the Vision? We shall see.

Mark Seifert over at Bleeding Cool has stitched the posters together so we can see what we have so far.This is what it looks like (Click to make bigger).


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Will AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 4 Include More Heroes?

Posted on 24 July 2013 by William Gatevackes

alg_spider-man_garfieldMarvel’s success with bring its own characters to the screen through spin-offs and interconnected stories has inspired the rights owners of Marvel characters other than Marvel Studios to mine their rights for all their worth. We have seen Fox create two eras of X-Men to work with, a spin-off Wolverine franchise and will so add X-Force to its mutant film roster, and now it looks like Sony will be doing the same with its Spider-Man franchise.

As part of the San Diego Comic-Con promotional barrage for Amazing Spider-Man 2, director Marc Webb spoke with CraveOnline. The conversation turned to Amazing Spider-Man 4 (yes, the second one has yet to come out and they are already talking about a third sequel). What Webb said was quite interesting:

There you go. In that case, you can do no wrong. We always expect a trilogy from movies now. It’s a little arbitrary but what are you gonna do, and yet, you announce that 2 is coming out, and then the release date for 3 and then a little later you said, “Oh yeah, and we’re doing 4.” 

Well, I think this was conceived of as a trilogy so there was a defined architecture to the story we were telling and we had sort of a rough outline of what was going to happen. I think [for] the fourth movie, what we’ve discovered is there are so many ancillary characters, that have enormous, cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit those characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile. It might not just be a Spider-Man movie.
Interesting. Yeah, because that’s the thing. We haven’t really introduced any other heroes in the Spider-Man universe, ever. 

You know, there was kind of the heroic Green Goblin but that was a footnote, and you do seem very interested in the whole world of Spider-Man and not just his immediacy of influence.

Yeah, exactly. I think there’s… You know, what was fun about the comics is that there’s an entire sort of encyclopedia of characters and stories and histories and nuances and idiosyncrasies and off-shoots. I think that that is something that seems to be really successful and has a lot of potential so it’s sort of, as yet, undefined, but intentionally so.

So, it looks like Webb will be along for the ride for ASM 4 (it was touch and go if he’d even be back for this film) and the film will be introducing more heroes into the mix.

While the Spider-Man comic mythos is not as jam-packed with superhero characters as the X-Men universe is, there have been a number of heroes that got their start in a Spider-Man comic.  There have been villains that became heroes such as Sandman and Venom (a number of various incarnations of Venom as a matter of fact), anti-heroes such as Cardiac, Solo, and Silver Sable. And allies such as the Black Cat and Madame Web.

Judging by Webb’s words, it looks like whatever hero is introduced into the franchise will be done with the eye on a spin-off film.

Unfortunately, three of Spider-Man’s biggest allies from the comic books–Morbius, Cloak & Dagger, and the Punisher, will not be in that movie. While all three debut in a Spider-Man comic book, the rights to all three are owned by Marvel.

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SCCC: A Opinion On The Comic Book News From The Con.

Posted on 24 July 2013 by William Gatevackes

san-diego-comic-conPeople have said that there has been a tidal shift in thought regarding at San Diego Comic Con in the film studios minds. Once, it was thought that a panel at SDCC promoting your genre flick would be worth millions in advertising dollars, that word of mouth from the panel would spread throughout the geek community and ticket sales would flourish. But after a few high profile films were rolled out at SDCC (namely, Cowboys & Aliens and Sucker Punch) to less than stellar box office, wags started saying Hollywood was scaling back its SDCC presence.

But even still, one would expect that the studios with comic book films would still deliver what they always had: big news, exclusive scoops and surprise guests. And this year, I found the comic book news was sort of lacking.

Let me explain what I mean.

DC/Warner Brothers:

DC won the comic book movie scoop war in the early rounds before their panel even started with the rumor that they were about to announce Batman/Superman for 2015, The Flash for 2016, and Justice League in 2017. This was diminished slightly when Warners only confirmed Batman/Superman. But even if those other films were announced, I’d still be a bit disappointed for a number of reasons.

First of all, as Rich mentioned, a Batman/Superman film was in the works in 2002 before Warners decided to reboot the franchises separately. A Flash film has been in the works for just as long if not longer. And a Justice League film got to the casting and set building stage before being scrapped. This isn’t Warners using Man of Steel‘s success to blaze new paths and break boundaries. This is Warners using that film’s success to clear out its superhero film backlog.

WonderWomanOn a somewhat related note, this bears comparison to how DC Entertainment handles its comic book operations. DC Entertainment business plan appears to be more about the now and less about the future. It seems like they plan one shocking event, including killing off popular characters, at the rate of one a fiscal quarter to bump up sales. They change writers on their books like most people change their underwear, not allowing anyone to build traction on a title or work free from corporate interference.  As long as the books are selling well right now, why worry about not finding writers or alienating fans in the future!

This seems like more and the same, only slightly less egregious. Superman is very hot at the box office right now. Batman is coming out of a franchise that made Warners billions. Putting them in the same movie together should be like printing money. But if you are building a shared universe, leading to a Justice League team-up, wouldn’t this spot be better used bringing another hero to the screen? If not that, having more films along the line that just the Flash’s? Like making a Wonder Woman film?

Speaking of that, I believe that now is the time for a Wonder Woman film. Twilight and The Hunger Games have proven that female-focused genre films can find an audience. And Wonder Woman has themes that mirror the ones in those films.

I know this might just seem like I am mad at Warners for not taking my advice, and don’t get me wrong, I am excited to see how Nolan and Goyer will be reinventing Batman again, I just think there is a lot of potential lost in the path Warners is taking.

Marvel Studios:

AvengersAgeOfUltronLogoIn August of 2011, Disney announced two Marvel films for the year of 2014. At SDCC in 2012, we found out that they were going to be Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

In June of this year, we found out Disney has reserved May 2016 and May 2017 for Marvel films, with July 2016 being added later that month. At this year’s SDCC, we found out nothing about any of those dates.

Granted, there was a shorter turnaround time (one month compared to one year between announcement and the con) and a longer one between the con and the films release date (three years instead of two), but with some websites saying that Doctor Strange is all but cast, and Black Panther not far behind, you’d expect at least one of the films for those dates would be announced.

1005201_10151733620499570_124151884_nWhat we got was a subtitle for Avengers 2 (Now known as Avengers: Age of Ultron), a brief clip from Thor: The Dark World (with Thor supposedly losing an hand), a panel with the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and a panel with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy (with the scoop that Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast and that Thanos would make an appearance).

Certainly a fair amount of scoops there, but it seems like bigger scoops happened outside the panel. Joss Whedon spoke with’s blog, where he eased fans minds by saying Avengers: Age of Ultron would not be adapting the recently completed, somewhat poorly received comic book series of the same name. He then disappointed the same fans by revealing that Hank Pym, who created Ultron in the comics, would not be creating him in the film. Boo. This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, shifts from Marvel continuity that the films have taken, and not one I think is for the better. Creating Ultron is a big touchstone in Hank Pym’s background. He doesn’t really have many other character defining touchstones than that. Taking that away from him weakens the character if he ever appears on film.

Then, in an interview with Huffington Post, Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s co-director Joe Russo revealed that the film would play directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron. My guess  would be that either the cybernetics team that make the Winter Solder ‘s implants creates Ultron to replace the Winter Soldier, or Cap breaks with S.H.I.E.L.D and/or the government and they create Ultron to replace him.

Sony/Amazing Spider-Man 2:

2013-07-19-sdcc_spiderman_01-533x355I have to say that Andrew Garfield seems to be the actor who has the most fun playing a superhero in comic film history. At the very least, he is the one who has the most fun at SDCC. For the first film, he appeared from the crowd at SDCC ’11 in a store bought Spidey costume and read a statement on how much playing Spider-man meant to him. This year, he spent a good part of the Spider-Man panel in a better Spider-Man suit, answering questions in character. His enthusiasm for the role goes a long way for me.

The panel had a bit of fun introducing Jamie Foxx to the dias (he interrupted a taped statement from Emma Stone) but other than that, it was simply a “promote the film” panel. You can call the fact that Paul Giamatti’s Rhino would have a small part in the film a scoop, but that was common sense. There was talk of the Sinister Six making an appearance down the line, but nothing concrete.

Fox/The Wolverine/X-Men: Days of Future Past:

A first look at the Sentinels from X-ME:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, as seen ast SDCC '13

A first look at the Sentinels from X-ME:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, as seen ast SDCC ’13

If you are looking for surprises, look no further than here. The Wolverine panel ended with a surprise X-Men: Days of Future Past panel.

The Wolverine panel was essentially just a promotion for the film, which opens this week. But Hugh Jackman shows once again that he is one of the classiest actors in showbiz. He was effusive in his praise to the fans for accepting him and called up Len Wein to shake his hand and thank him for creating the character. Like Garfield, Jackman seems to sincerely enjoy playing the character and it shows.

X-Men: Days of Future Past had a presence at SDCC already, with Sentinel designs being on full display. The surprise panel, complete with a clip, offered little scoops, only rumor confirmation. It will be Wolverine going back in time, not Kitty Pryde. Quicksilver will appear in the 1970s part of the film. And whatever happens in the past will bring Xavier and Magneto back together in the future.

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SDCC: Marvel’s Kevin Feige Confirms Thanos in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, More Hints On Phase Two

Posted on 22 July 2013 by William Gatevackes

For those of you who were a tad upset when Ultron, and not Thanos, was mentioned as the villain of Avengers 2, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has heard your concerns:

I think someone on the Guardians Of The Galaxy panel let loose that Thanos is a part of the movie, which he is. Thanos plays a part in Guardians as a mastermind. He very much exists at nearly another plane than any of the other characters. And we have big plans for him, over the course of a long, long time… We saw him smirking at us at the end of the first Avengers and the next time we’ll see him is in Guardians.

That’s a quote from Feige from a quick interview with IGN during the San Diego Comic Con, putting a lot of the fans’ fears to rest that we won’t have to wait all that long to see the purple-hued villain.

Of course, this makes sense. If you are setting up Thanos as the big bad guy for Avengers 3, which could very well be the last installment of that franchise, you are not going to put him on the shelf for five years. It also makes sense that if you establish a bad guy who lives in outer space, and you have a film set in outer space then the bad guy should be in that film.

Furthermore, I get the impression that Thanos will be popping up in other films in Phase II and Phase III, which makes me wonder where he’d fit in in the rumored Doctor Strange and Black Panther films. I have the feeling that, depending on grosses, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 might be in the mix for Phase III now.

Feige goes on to speak about Loki and his role in the Marvel universe and if there is any chance of him being reformed. His deft avoidance of the question leads me to believe that the character will be making a further appearance in the future Phases as well.

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SDCC: Warner’s GODZILLA Panel

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Rich Drees


Although part of a bigger presentation from Warner Brothers, the portion of the panel devoted the studios upcoming Godzilla film at San Diego Comic Con has shown up online for fan consumption. Moderated by The Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, it features director Gareth Edwards and stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Bryan Cranston talking about the film, which they had just finished filming a few days prior. As usual, there’s no footage from the project included – A shame as it reportedly hinted that there will be more giant monsters than just the big G in the film – but the interplay between the cast and their director is entertaining in itself. (Perhaps the best story is Edwards’ about going through Canadian Customs.)

And as a bonus, below is the teaser poster that Sony released for the film. (Click on it for a bigger version.)


Godzilla stomps onto screens on May 16, 2013.

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Posted on 22 July 2013 by Rich Drees


Another full San Diego Comic Con panel, minus any film footage that was screened by the studio, has shown up on YouTube, once again from user Emergency Awesome. This time, it is the panel that covered both this weekend’s upcoming The Wolverine and next summer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past, so it is a double shot for fans of the X-Men film franchise.

In the nearly hour clip we’ll see Wolverine director James Mangold talk about the film alongside star Hugh Jackman. Then, a good majority of the main cast joins Bryan Singer on stage to discuss Days Of Future Past.

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