Friday, August 29, 2014

First Peek at 'Tarzan:' Margot Robbie's Jane On Set


Let's just cut to the good stuff. In this case the Daily Mail has posted some pics snapped from Tarzan, giving us our first glimpse of Margot Robbie as Jane and Christoph Waltz as the film's villain, Leon Ram. There is also some shots of additional cast and crew though so head over to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2737622/Margot-Robbie-tied-plays-Jane-Porter-UK-set-Tarzan.html for more views and let us know what you think below.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lynn Collins Faces 'Prisoner's Dilemma'


It looks like the princess is returning back to science fiction. MAG Film has announced that Lynn Collins has joined the cast of the film Prisoner's Dilemma as the character of Petra. Well at least there won't be shape shifting Therns to deal with this time. Check out http://www.secretmovie.co.uk/development/prisoners-dilemma/ for a plot summary, news and concept art, including the image below of Lynn's character. Talk about the resemblance.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ron Marz Talks 'John Carter, Warlord of Mars'


Following up yesterday's new covers Bleeding Cool has an interview with writer Ron Marz where he discusses his plans for John Carter and company, the new deal between ERB Inc. and Dynamite and how accessible the new series will be for readers. Head over to http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/08/25/this-is-literally-a-dream-come-true-ron-marz-talks-writing-john-carter/ and leave any thoughts below.

Monday, August 25, 2014

'John Carter, Warlord of Mars' No. 1: Love This Cover!


I sort of suspected that there would be alternate cover art for Dynamite's upcoming new series and thanks to Comic Continuum here it is! Seven different covers are shown but this one is for my money the best, a cool throwback to the original Marvel Comics series and nicely eye-catching to boot. To check out the rest hit http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1408/23/dynamitenov.htm and leave any comments below to which is your favorite.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

'Death of Superman Lives' New Trailer


This one is a little late but you know. Following up a cool first trailer, here is a second for the documentary The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?, which looks at the failed Tim Burton/Nicolas Cage film. Featuring interviews with several of those involved-including Burton and writer Kevin Smith-it looks to be a fascinating look at the unmade flick, so check out both trailers below. UPDATE: For some reason the second trailer has been removed, so to make up for it here's video from makeup artist Steve Johnson and his crew working on a suit for the movie.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

'John Carter: Warlord of Mars' Hits Nov. 5


OK Barsoom fans, mark your calendars. PreviewsWorld has posted that the first issue of the new series will hit comic stores on November 5 and is now up for solicit pre-orders at http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/920?stockItemID=SEP141241. Also from the site is a brief description of the series:

"John Carter: Warlord of Mars returns in a new monthly series, officially authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.! Superstar writer Ron Marz finally gets to pen the series he has always wanted to write, with amazing new art talent Abhishek Malsuni joining him. Return to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, as John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced. John Carter must truly become Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet. An amazing new era for John Carter of Mars starts here!"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Dune' Movie Glossary. Yeah It Didn't Help


Ah, let us take a trip shall we? Back to 1984 when another beloved science fiction classic hit the big screen courtesy of a director who didn't get the material and a studio more concerned with getting their own Star Wars. Sound like any movie you know? (Even though to be fair David Lynch never dissed Frank Herbert and his work, unlike a certain Andrew we all know). But even then Universal was fearful that audiences would be confused by all those weird terms the actors were spouting so they gave them a one sheet glossary of terms and thanks to I09 it's now online for your perusal. So check below to see what words may have eluded you and remember, The Sleeper Now Awakens!




Sunday, August 17, 2014

A More In-Depth ERB Comic-Con Report


Following up a previous report, Comic Book Resources now has a more in-depth report from the Edgar Rice Burroughs Comic-Con Panel online at http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54873. Most of the news was confirmed in the earlier report-the upcoming Tarzan film, the 2015 Jungle Tales of Tarzan graphic novel and writer Ron Marz taking over Dyanmite's John Carter, Warlord of Mars comics-but here are some of the highlights for those who couldn't attend:

--ERB Inc. President James Sullos provided a brief synopsis for David Yates' Tarzan: "Tarzan is the lord of the jungle but now he is also lord of Parliament. He is tapped by the Queen to go to Africa -- and Samuel L. Jackson is a U.S. Marshall -- together, these guys go to Africa and solve some problems."

--A new comic strip based on The Monster Men will be joining the online comic strip section at the official ERB website.

--A possible second Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs anthology is in discussions.

--Sullos talked about John Carter and the potential for a sequel but don't hold your breath: Disney "has the sequel rights to 'John Carter of Mars,' -- if we were ever to get the rights back, we would explore every possibility trying to get the sequel made, and if we couldn't do it in the U.S., we would go off shore... We would love to have a sequel because, oddly enough, 'John Carter' has received such notoriety now, that everybody knows who John Carter is. So we think attendance figures would really skyrocket. It was really U.S. attendance that ruined the performance of that film; internationally, it was over $200,000,000 in sales. Just in the U.S., the sci-fi community kind of went negative on it early, and the blogs went negative thanks to the Super Bowl ad that wasn't well done, and changing the name from 'John Carter of Mars' to just 'John Carter,' losing the reference point. They really went negative, and you saw what happened at the box office. Next time around, it could be a blockbuster."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

'Amazing Stories' 35th Anniversary Reprint Out Now


For fans of retro science fiction this one is for you! A new reprint of the 1961 35th anniversary issue of Amazing Stories is now available in both paperback and Ebook editions. Among the stories included are works from Ray Bradbury ("I, Rocket"), Edmond Hamilton ("Devolution"), Phillip Nowlan's "Armageddon-2419" (Or "The First Buck Rogers Story") and Edgar Rice Burroughs' "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" (yes we know it was technically his son but...). For more information check out http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2014/07/amazing-things-giant-35th-anniversary-issue-paperback-now-sale/

Monday, August 11, 2014

Comic Review: Flash Gordon #4


The first story arc comes to a fiery-and backstory filled-ending!

Surviving the standard "fight to the death" games that the populace of Mongo loves, Flash and his allies escape with help from Barin. After that they gather around as Dale explains how her, Flash and Zarkov got to Mongo-a gatesone that requires two keys to open it. Naturally Ming found the ones for Mongo and began using them to conquer the universe. Deciding it's time to go after that, the group heads for the next possible ally-Vultan king of the Sky World...which will be seen in the next issue.

Most stories climax with a rousing action sequence. Here writer Jeff Parker pulls a different trick, ending the action early and then filling the reader in on how this all started. For some-myself included-it's a clever trick to help fill in the gaps and allow us to understand how this version of Flash Gordon is setup. That said, really "gatestones?" What next magic medallions that take you to Mars? (Oh wait...)

Helping is the vibrant and offbeat art by Evan Shaner that brings flair and fun to the series. Wisely Shaner doesn't even try to compete with Alex Raymond's classic series but instead brings his own style that meshes well with Parker's storytelling. It may not suit all tastes but it is a nice visual treat for the eyes.

So we're off to the land of the Hawkmen next time. If you love Flash give this series a try. I do have to ask one thing though, who is that chick Dale is fighting in the cover art below? It looks like Dynamite Dejah Thoris went to Mongo. (Yeah a crossover would be fun between both series.) Until next time, Death to Ming!!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

'Warlock' And the Standard for Cosmic Comics


With Guardians of the Galaxy (and a certain master of Quack-Fu) igniting interest in Marvel's Cosmic Universe, the AV Club has posted an article looking at one of the most important figures in the Universe, Adam Warlock and his influence on Marvel's comics as well as the work that influenced his creation (like a certain Warlord of Mars). For more hit http://www.avclub.com/article/jim-starlins-warlock-sets-standard-cosmic-comics-207366. (Thanks to the ERB Facebook Page for the heads-up.)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy


No clever opening lines, just pure fun!

The plot: After being abducted by the Ravagers, a group of outer space mercs led by Yondu (Michael Rooker), Earthling Pete Quill (Chris Pratt) has become a gun for hire known as Star-Lord (well to himself anyway). When hired to retrieve a mysterious orb, Quill finds himself in the middle of a conflict between the Nova Corps of the planet Xandar and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a genocidal member of the Kree Empire. Quill also has a bounty on his head, which hunters Rocket, a genetically enhanced raccoon, and Groot, Rocket's "houseplant slash muscle" plan to collect on. Throw in Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a trained assassin and Drax (Dave Bautista), who seeks revenge against Ronan for the death of his family, and Quill suddenly has to save the galaxy from Ronan...since he is one of the idiots who lives in it and doesn't want to see it destroyed. But with Ronan growing stronger and an even deadlier force behind him it will take all of this team's wits, skills and a mixtape to just survive.

How is it: Can I be honest for a moment? It was a whole lot of fun! Balancing the epic scope of Star Wars with moments of comedy and offbeat touches, director/co-writer James Gunn brings Marvel's space heroes to the screen with enough flair and enthusiasm that most films (especially if they have the words "Spider-Man" or "Michael Bay") have to offer. From the touching opening on Earth with a young Quill then cutting to him dancing his way through the opening to the orb (in a clever homage to Raiders of the Lost Ark), Gunn is having fun and that rubs off on the film and the actors. Topping the list is Pratt, who brings a comic touch and charm that brings to mind late 70s/early 80s Harrison Ford. He is equally matched by the vocal performance of Bradley Cooper as Rocket, who captures the absurdity of being a raccoon with an attitude with enough humor to make it work, aided by good CGI that brings the character to life. Saldana, Bautista and Vin Diesel as Groot also score, bringing a nice dysfunctional side to this ragtag group. I also have to give a shout out to the always great Rooker as Yondu, who has his own quirks.

Gunn also handles the big action setpieces with skill, from the escape on the Klyn Prison to the final space battle without losing sight of the characters. The final battle does get a little messy and basically is nothing more than a redo of the Death Star battle from Star Wars but Gunn doesn't shy away from the action nor the comparison.

That's not to say Guardians is a perfect film. In fact is suffers a little from the same problems that most Marvel films seem to suffer from, namely a reliance on a vague Macguffin that everyone is running around after (instead of the Tesseract its the orb with its own interior secret). The villains are also not as well developed as the heroes, with Pace's Ronan just a revenge seeking baddie (even though he looks cool), Karen Gillian's Nebula developed little beyond her jealousy and hatred of fellow "sister" Gamora and Djimon Hounsou's Korath underused. There is also little for Glenn Close as the Nova Corps leader or Benecio Del Toro, reprising his cameo role from Thor: The Dark World as the Collector, to do other than just spout dialogue. At least John C. Reilly gets some good lines.

Even with those issues, Guardians of the Galaxy is still a fun, exciting time and probably the best movie I've seen all year. With clever humor, good performances and a rocking vibe, it's a blast that audiences and fans will enjoy. Plus stay behind for the closing credit tag, it's a hoot. Rating: **** out of 4.

Friday, August 1, 2014

'Champion of Mars' Amazing Heroes Kickstarter Figure


This may be cool if they reach their goal. A Kickstarter campaign is underway for "Amazing Heroes: Retro Style Action Figures," a collection of figures inspired by characters from the 1930s and 40s and one of the potential figures is this one, clearly inspired by John Carter of Mars. To help and check out the other figures hit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/549582372/amazing-heroes-retro-style-super-hero-action-figur.