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Published: Jan 31, 2015 11:00:18 AM
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  • Jan 31, 2015 11:00:18 AM
    Written by Christopher M

    The talk ever since Fox decided to move forward with their Fantastic Four reboot was that they would eventually crossover the characters with the X-Men franchise in some sort of super film like Avengers. EW was able to speak with the best person to know if this was happening, writer-producer Simon Kinberg responds to the crossover talk.

    “The reboot of FanFour really needed to work in and of itself,” he says. “We were doing something pretty radical with the tone of the movie.” Still, the opportunity for a crossover is there. “If we wanted to find a way to connect them to the X-Men, we could,” says the writer. “There’s a lot of precedent from the comics.”

    We know that X-Men/Fantastic Four producers like Hugh Jackman, Lauren Shuler Donner and Kinberg are friendly with Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, but the studios themselves seemingly have some bad blood.

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  • Jan 31, 2015 8:44:07 AM
    Written by Christopher M

    Entertainment Weekly has word from writer-producer Simon Kinberg that we'll be seeing a familiar face from X-Men First Class in Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse.

    Simon confirms that Aussie actress Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Neighbors) will indeed reprise the role of CIA agent Moria MacTaggert in the sequel. Affirming that Moira is a "a significant character in the movie". Kingberg expands on what else we should expect to see in the film.

    “We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.”

    “It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one.”

    “This movie is the completion of the first arcs of Charles, Eric, Raven, and Hank, who are essentially our main characters,” he explains. “They’re such young actors and young characters, so there’s a lot more story to tell. But as a first phase of their lives, there is this feeling of closure by the end of the movie.”

    He also talks about the film's setting in the 1980's which has been confirmed ages back and even teases a possible cameo from Dazzler.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 7:30:00 PM

    Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that it acquired the feature film rights to Descender, the forthcoming comic book series from New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire and New York Times bestselling comic artist Dustin Nguyen. Josh Bratman will produce the film with Lemire and Nguyen attached to executive produce. The first issue of the eagerly awaited series will be published by Image Comics on March 4, 2015.

    “It was a competitive situation for Descender, and we are thrilled that it ended with Sony Pictures acquiring the series,” said Lemire and Nguyen. “We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with their belief in the franchise potential.”

    A sprawling, science-fiction space opera full of mystery and adventure, Descender is a rip-roaring, heart-felt cosmic odyssey about a little boy looking for home in a universe that hates and fears him. The incredibly lifelike artificial boy, TIM-21, may hold the secrets deep in his machine DNA to the origin of robots that have decimated entire planets. As a result, he is the most-wanted robot in the universe. Before long the entire galaxy is looking for TIM-21 and his rag-tag group of unlikely companions, as they make their way from one exotic planet to the next with new foes advancing on them at every turn.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 6:30:01 PM
    Written by Christopher M

    BuzzFeed was able to get writer-director Joss Whedon to sort of expand on his comments from his interview with Digital Spy, where he voiced distain for Hollywood's handling of the female superhero genre.

    Mainly, about Marvel Studios moving forward with Captain Marvel.

    Yes, and not expecting it to get any traction, honestly. That’s something that [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige] has been working on for a while. And I obviously was a cheerleader, but he had to get all the ducks in a row and get all the minds in agreement. I think being a part of Disney maybe makes it easier, because they’re open to it. And Marvel now is in a position to shake up its own paradigm, because it’s got such a success record. 

    Honestly, you know, Guardians [of the Galaxy] might have helped it, just because that was outside what was considered to be their box and did so well that— Well, let’s put it this way: If a raccoon can carry a movie, then they believe maybe even a woman can.
    They then directly ask him if he'd be willing to make Captain Marvel.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 6:00:01 PM
    Written by Christopher M

    Latino Review has an interesting bit of news concerning what aliens we might be seeing return for The Force Awakens. They've learned that J.J. Abrams had a couple of expensive Hutts created for the film, and there is talk they could end-up being redressed or altered to be included in the spin-offs.

    Here's what the site has to say about the Hutts returning.

    Well, I can forward that timeline for you today: there are Hutts in The Force Awakens, we know because those Hutts have been practically built. I know there is more than one Hutt, but unsure how many exactly are going to show up. The process of constructing these Hutts began over a year ago, so you can imagine how my ears perked up when it was rumored that the Star Wars spin-off film would be “sharing assets” with The Force Awakens, despite being in different time periods. Last time I speculated this would mostly be ships and interiors, but how hard can it be to re-dress a Hutt? Reaching out to a source, I was told: “I’m sure their existence could have factored in to them being included, or the expenditure was made because it was all coordinated.” In other words: if JJ wanted expensive Hutts, it might have been okay since they could be used down the line.

    The site previously reported that to save money on the productions Lucasfilm would be repurposing sets and props across different films. This makes a lot of sense and could allow the studio to turnout more in-camera shots, which according to Oscar Isaac during his interview on The Daily Show is "mostly practical with limited green screen work".

    The Hutt Fleet

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  • Jan 30, 2015 5:37:59 PM
    Four months ago, life for Team Brennaman took a dramatic turn.

    The footloose and fancy free adult lifestyle I’d come to know and love filled with doing whatever the hell I wanted whenever the hell I wanted gave way, quite literally overnight, to dirty diapers, 3 a.m. feedings, and everything else that comes with the 24/7 care of another human being.

    Not Baby Brennaman

    But, shit. There was so much I wanted to get done before the kid got here, ya know?

    Back in January of 2014, when we found out we were having a baby, it seemed like we had nothing but time before this kid's arrival.

    I made mental note of all the things I wanted to accomplish before his arrival with the absolute, fullest of intentions of getting them done.

    Oh, not important things, mind you.

    No, I’m talking about the accomplishing of completely useless, inconsequential and ultimately meaningless goals.

    I’m talking goals like:

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  • Jan 30, 2015 3:00:04 PM

    Where there is imagination, there is darkness and from within that darkness lurks a being of unfathomable terror… 

    Amelia (AFI Award winner Essie Davis – The Matrix Revolutions, Girl with a Pearl Earring) is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son’s deep-seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her. A chilling tale of unseen and otherworldly horror in the haunting tradition of The Conjuring

    If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook. This chillingly prophetic refrain haunts the worldwide sleeper hit The Babdook, the engrossingly eerie tale of a widowed mother and her troubled young son. On April 14th, 2015, this critically acclaimed psychological thriller makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. The Special Edition Blu-ray, housed in a striking limited run pop-up package, comes loaded with bonus features, including theatrical trailers and an in-depth look behind-the-scenes of the making of The Babadook with cast and crew interviews (Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz, A Tour of the House Set, The Stunts: Jumping the stairs, Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene); as well as deleted scenes and director Jennifer Kent’s award-winning short film MONSTER.

    The standard Blu-ray and DVD editions include the theatrical trailers and a look behind-the-scenes of the making of The Babadook with cast and crew interviews (Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz, A Tour of the House Set, The Stunts: Jumping the stairs, Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene). Fans can pre-order their copies by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

    Named one of the Top Ten Films of 2014 by the New York Time’s A.O Scott, New York Magazine’s David Edelstein, and Slate’s Dana Stevens, The Babadook is one of the most celebrated genre films in recent history. Winner of three 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Direction, The Babadook has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Star Essie Davis’ captivating performance as the tormented Amelia has won Best Actress at Fantastic Fest, Sitges International Film Festival, and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival; as well as earning Best Actress nominations from across the globe, including San Francisco Film Critics Circle, London Critics Circle, Houston Film Critics Society and the Australian Film Institute. Heralded as deeply heartfelt yet genuinely frightening, The Babadook is a must-own for all fans of genre cinema. 

    Special Edition Blu-ray Bonus Features:
    • Jennifer Kent’s short film MONSTER
    • Deleted Scenes 
    • Limited run pop-up package 
    • Cast and Crew interviews and a look behind-the-scenes of the making of The Babadook:
    • Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz

    • A Tour of the House Set

    • The Stunts: Jumping the stairs

    • Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene
    • Theatrical Trailers

    Standard Blu-ray Bonus Features:
    • Cast and Crew interviews and a look behind-the-scenes of the making of The Babadook:
    • Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz

    • A Tour of the House Set

    • The Stunts: Jumping the stairs

    • Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene
    • Theatrical Trailers

    DVD Edition Bonus Features:
    • Cast and Crew interviews and a look behind-the-scenes of the making of The Babadook:
    • Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz

    • A Tour of the House Set

    • The Stunts: Jumping the stairs

    • Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene
    • Theatrical Trailers 

  • Jan 30, 2015 2:00:02 PM
    Written by Christopher M

    During an Q&A on Reddit's AMA actor Terry Crews got a chance to answer fan questions about his career and his future. Of course Luke Cage was brought-up as the actor was a huge fan-favorite for the role and even expressed interest in taking the role in the upcoming Netflix series.

    Marvel placed Mike Colter in the Cage role which means he'll have to campaign for another hero. Terry might be already setting his sights on another iconic comic book role.

    That character being The Silver Surfer which happens to still be at 20th Century Fox.

    Again... it's hard to pick a favorite super-hero. I always did love Luke Cage, and I'm really, really happy about who they cast in the Netflix version of Luke Cage. So that's something that's already done. But you know who else I'd like to play? The Silver Surfer. I always LOVED - I thought I had the build, the body, I could get on that surfboard, and if they ever do a live-action version of Silver Surfer, I think that would be perfect for me.

    We all know that Crews has a huge personality and would be perfect for this genre, hopefully he get's a shot with Surfer. Let's not forget that Terry has a good relationship with Fox working on two of their shows currently with Brooklyn Nine Nine and World's Funniest Fails.

    At the moment there aren't immediate plans to have the character used in feature films.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 1:00:01 PM
    Well, folks, we’ve finally reached the 1940s, almost inarguably the greatest decade in animation history.

    And 1940 itself may be the greatest year ever for animated features; sure, only two were released, but when those two are Pinocchio and Fantasia, that’s a lot to live up to.

    Both films were considered financial disappointments after the phenomenal success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, but - needless to say - they are now hailed as towering achievements in the art of animation.

    As for the shorts, 1940 was still part of the awkward phase between the cute fables of the mid-thirties and the brash slapstick comedy of the war years. Walt Disney’s focus on features meant that his shorts were no longer pushing the boundaries of animation as they once were, and the Fleischer studio was really spinning its wheels (in 1940, they initiated three new series: Stone Age, Gabby and Animated Antics... all of them duds).

    That being said, 1940 saw the birth of some new characters that would dominate the industry over the next couple of decades: Woody Woodpecker at Walter Lantz, Tom & Jerry at MGM and, most importantly, Bugs Bunny at Warner Bros., all three of which appear on this list. Speaking of which, the Academy Awards made a pretty massive blunder this year, handing the Oscar to a syrupy and generally forgotten Rudolf Ising cartoon called The Milky Way over fellow nominees Puss Gets the Boot (Tom and Jerry’s debut) and A Wild Hare (Bugs Bunny’s debut). I guess we should be thankful the Academy recognized these important new characters at all, although they probably would’ve been deprived of a nomination if Disney had decided to submit any of his films to the Academy this year (as a result, this was the first year a Disney cartoon didn’t win the Oscar).

    Anyway, on this list you’ll find a handful of classics from Warner Bros. and Disney, as well as a few efforts from Fleischer, MGM, Walter Lantz and even Terrytoons. Take a look:

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  • Jan 30, 2015 12:00:02 PM
    By Elizabeth Weitz

    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    It's a question we put to children as if their answers will somehow make us feel better about our own choices. But is it really fair to ask them at all? Shouldn't we just let them avoid making a career choice as long as possible so they don't have to feel the disintegration of their soul at a young age? I mean, do we really want a 10 year old locked into a job that they only wanted because they saw it on Suits:

    Fuck This...No Seriously, Fuck This

    And it's not just adults who are trying to make polite conversation with kids who are doing the asking.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 11:00:02 AM

    The glamour. The romance. The intrigue. You can have it all with The Colbys: The Complete Series, available in a 12-disc set from Shout! Factory on May 12, 2015.

    The set includes all 49 episodes from 2 seasons, and new cast interviews with John James (“Jeff”), Maxwell Caulfield (“Miles”) and Stephanie Beacham (“Sable”). Customers ordering directly from ShoutFactory.com will receive their sets three weeks early as well as free shipping.

    Featuring an all-star cast including Charlton Heston, Katharine Ross, John James, Emma Samms, Tracy Scoggins, Ricardo Montalban, and Barbara Stanwyck, that shines as brightly as the opulent lifestyles on display, The Colbys is a glittering saga of the power and passion that drove the dreams of the eighties.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 10:00:01 AM
    Tastes like meatless robotic cat!

    VIZ Media has announced that House Foods America Corporation is integrating Japan’s beloved cat-type robot character on the packaging of its tofu product line. VIZ Media is the North & Latin American master merchandise licensee for the celebrated anime property, overseeing the licensing and development of a range of products across a variety of consumer categories.

    Specializing in Tofu manufacturing since 1983, Garden Grove, CA-based House Foods America Corporation provides an affordable, high quality and comprehensive range of fresh Tofu products. The House Foods DORAEMON campaign will be featured prominently across 7 of the company’s Premium Tofu brands running until March 20th, 2015, and the Doraemon character Premium Tofu will be available at top retailers nationwide. For more information about House Foods products, please visit www.house-foods.com.

    A special Lunar Chinese New Year sweepstakes set to be promoted through the House Foods website and Facebook page will run from February 1, 2015 through March 15, 2015. Consumers and DORAEMON fans are invited to enter to win the Grand Prize: one of five Amazon Kindles; thirty First Place winners will receive an official DORAEMON t-shirt.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 9:00:04 AM

    More established characters from the DC and Marvel universes are finding themselves coming to television.

    Rachel Taylor has been cast as Trish "Patsy" Walker on the upcoming Netflix/Marvel Studios series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones.  The character first appeared in 1944 as "Patsy" Walker and took on the costumed identity of Hellcat, in Avengers #144 back in 1976. 

    According to Variety, "Trish Walker (Taylor), the best friend of Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter), is a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child television star who’s best known to her fans as “Patsy” Walker. In the series, Trish will help Jessica embark on the most dangerous case of her career."

    It's not known yet if "Patsy" will take on the Hellcat mantle during the 13-episode series, which follows Jessica rebuilding her personal life and detective career, after a short and tragic stint as a superhero.

    Earlier this week, it was announced that David Tennant would be playing Jessica's nemesis, Killgrave, a.k.a. The Purple Man.

    The 13-episode series will follow Jessica, after her short-lived and tragically ended superhero stint, as she rebuilds her personal life and detective career, getting pulled into cases involving extraordinary people in New York City."

    Meanwhile, CBS' upcoming Supergirl series has found it's Jimmy Olsen. 

    Following the announcement that Melissa Benoist would be playing Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks has been cast as iconic DC Comics character, Jimmy Olsen.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 8:00:03 AM
    Written by Christopher M

    Deadline is reporting that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Pusher Trilogy) has found his second leading lady for his female-led horror flick The Neon Demon. Actress Abbey Lee will take role opposite Elle Fanning in the film which is said to take place within the world of young models and is set in Los Angeles.

    The Australian model turned actress has already lined-up roles in large epics like George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road and Alex Poryas' Gods of Egypt.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 6:00:03 AM
    Written by Christopher M

    Schmoes Know, who I've recently mended relations with found a decent Star Wars rumor concerning Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off.

    They heard via Total Geeks that Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany is now the frontrunner for the unnamed female lead role in the film. Being a rumor it's pending better confirmation but it's something to strongly consider.

    In the article they also point-out an EW report that Tatiana recently dropped out of a play and was replaced by actress Amanda Seyfried, this could mean that she's indeed getting ready to prep for the role.

    Other actresses reportedly in the running include Rooney Mara, Kate Mara and Felicity Jones. It's expected that a role like this could crossover to other spin-off installments so there's an big commitment needed from the lead.

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  • Jan 29, 2015 6:00:02 PM
    By Christopher M

    Variety reports that Universal has enlisted John Wick co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to helm their adaptation of the comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking.

    The comic book film already has Chris Pratt (Guardians of The Galaxy, Jurassic World) attached to star with a script from Zombieland and Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

    A man who suffers from multiple personality disorder and is put into a government program to be turned into a super-soldier with the attributes of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.

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  • Jan 29, 2015 4:00:06 PM
    Whether you study robotics or you just like stompy anime-style robots, perhaps you simply enjoy finding new ways to pose unanswerable philosophical questions to Siri, there's no denying we've all been affected by robotics in some way.

    Gaming is no exception to this and as such I have compiled my list of the top 10 robots in video games. 

    This list is not definitive and is in no particular order but if you agree, disagree or just feel like saying mean stuff about me in the comments section, then please, go ahead - this is the Internet after all.

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  • Jan 29, 2015 2:00:02 PM
    As of October 3, 2014, the decade-long tradition of the Saturday morning cartoon block died in its sleep after a long illness.

    The battle against advertisers, NASCAR, reality television and golf took its toll on the one-time popular event, who has been suffering in silence since the late ‘90s.

    It leaves behind an entire generation of child-like adults who yen for a just one more bowl of cereal in their jammies.

    Self included.

    But alas, its is the sugar-coated memories of wonderful animated gems such as The Smurfs, The Littles, The Laff-A-Lympics and The Wacky Races that keep the awful, often repressed memories of the horrid cartoons at bay. The one-year wonders that held on to time-slots right before beloved favorites in an effort to build an audience.

    And this is where Filmation comes in.

    Granted, Filmation is responsible for many of Gen X’s fondest morning memories. Items such as The Archies, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and The Batman/Superman Hour were all part of what made Saturday morning so special.

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  • Jan 29, 2015 12:00:02 PM
    By Elizabeth Weitz (and yeah, that's me on the right...locked inside a chicken coop-turned-sandbox)

    In a few months I will be 41. I'm not quite sure what that means other than the fact that somehow I have managed to survive over 4 decades on this mortal coil without being destroyed by a childhood hell-bent on murdering me. Even my mother gets a rush on my birthday, not because her precious little girl has aged into a wonderful adult (insert vomit sounds) but because her offspring is still walking around on this planet with very little help from her.

    This is not a criticism by any means, I am in awe of her and her parenting skills...skills that in today's world of psychotic over-protection would land her in jail for years.

    Case in point: Ask a parent of today how they protect their young 'uns from getting poisoned by household chemicals and medicine and you will have to suffer through a soliloquy on how they only buy holistic medicines and make their own cleaning supplies out of oranges and lemons and keep everything "toxic" in a fortified gun safe filled with things like Advil Gel Caps and Whole Milk.

    Ask a parent whose kids were born in the 70s about the same thing and they will inevitably say "We had the kids put Mr. Yuk stickers on the bottles of bleach and Valium.

    This Is The Only Thing That Kept Us From Certain Death

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  • Jan 29, 2015 10:00:01 AM
    The criticism leveled at Selma and American Sniper is nothing new.

    Movies going back to Birth of a Nation (1915) have dramatized real events and people to debatable accuracy.

    Filmmakers are first and foremost trying to tell a good story, not produce a work of non-fiction with citations floating at the bottom of the movie screen.

    Of course that doesn’t mean such films are above criticism for the choices they make which clash with the historical record, but it’s hardly the only or even primary merit by which the films should be judged.

    D.W. Griffith on set, directing Birth of a Nation

    But if there is a consistent failure of these movies, it’s that they fail to recognize that they are a form of storytelling told from a specific point of view.

    That is, historical dramas strive for realism with the use of period costumes, props and even the language used by characters. They create the illusion that the film screen is a window back in time.

    But it’s a window seen through someone’s lens, and movies typically fail to make clear that there is a lens there, and/or whose lens it is .

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  • Jan 29, 2015 8:00:08 AM

    It's hard to believe that thirty years ago we met The Thundercats for the first time.

    A group of catlike humanoid aliens from the planet Thundera. When the dying planet meets its end, the group, known as the ThunderCats, is forced to flee its homeland. While leaving in their Thunderfleet, the ThunderCats are attacked by the Mutants of Plun-Darr, who attack most of their starships. The damage means they cannot reach their intended destination, so they end up on Third Earth. The ThunderCats become friendly with the natives of Third Earth, who help the cats when the Mutants find out where they are and attack again.

    To celebrate 30 years of Lion‑O, Snarf, Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra and all of the rest of the characters, we're teaming up with our friends at TV Store Online to make sure you look like the spiffiest person this side of Plun-Darr.

    We're giving away a Thundercats Original Logo Black T-shirt to two Forces of Geek readers!

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  • Jan 29, 2015 6:00:01 AM

    Shipping this week is Marvel Comics in the 1980s, the third volume in author Pierre Comtois' series of issue-by-issue "field guides" to the company that has become a pop culture phenomenon.

    While the two previous volumes dealt with the 1960s and 1970s Marvel eras, this new book covers Marvel’s final historical phase, when the movement begun by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko transitioned into a darker era that has yet to run its course. The 1980s saw Stan Lee's retreat to the West Coast, Jim Shooter's rise and fall as editor-in-chief, the twin triumphs of Frank Miller and John Byrne, the challenge of independent publishers, and the weakening hold of the Comics Code Authority that led to the company's creative downfall—and ultimately the marginalization of the industry itself.

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  • Jan 28, 2015 6:00:02 PM
    By Christopher M

    Feminist filmmaker Joss Whedon has been a pioneer for female genre material ever since creating the breakout character Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Spending most of his career opening doors for actresses/female characters to be taken serious as leads of genre television series and feature films.

    Even playing in the sandbox of my female-led franchise with his script for Alien Resurrection writing for the iconic genre character Ellen Ripley.

    In an interview with Digital Spy he calls out Hollywood's "stupid people" blocking female-led comic book films. Also, pointing to fact Fox has access to the best female Marvel characters which isn't leaving Marvel Studios with much to work with. He would know since he wrote for the X-Men comics.
    "It's a phenomenon in the industry that we call 'stupid people'," Whedon said. "There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. 
    "You hear 'Oh, [female superheroes] don't work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago', there's always an excuse." 
    "Hunger Games is a different structure and aesthetic to a certain extent, but these narratives where people are bigger than life and they're in these terrible, heightened circumstances, it's all part of the same genre," he said. 
    "Marvel is in a position of making a statement simply by making [a female-led] movie, which I think would be a good thing to do. "But it has to be a good movie, it has to be a good character, and most of the best characters in Marvel are owned by Fox, let's face it!" 
    Fox has yet to announce development a female driven superhero film since Elektra bombed.

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  • Jan 28, 2015 5:00:00 PM
    Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) remains by his side and on the case. This episode gets a little deeper into the mystery behind the stolen Stark weaponry.

    Peggy continues to struggle maintaining her cover as a double agent, all the while carrying out mundane tasks of taking the office lunch orders and still being treated as a secretary in the office.

    Agent Carter assists Jarvis (James D’Arcy) by ambushing a warehouse deal with mysterious bad guy Mr. Mink's lackeys. Peggy reluctantly offers Howard her room as a temporary hideout while she retrieves a particular weapon from the S.S.R. lab at his request.

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  • Jan 28, 2015 4:00:05 PM
    Written by Mark Millar 
    Art by Goran Parlov 
    Colors by Ive Svorcina
    Cover by John Cassaday
    Published by Image Comics
    ISBN 978-1-63215-017-2
    Diamond Comic order code DEC140693
    Available via Comic Stores 2/11; Bookstores 2/24

    Some creators, musicians and authors have a knack for cranking out hits. Stephen King, Tom Petty, you get the idea.

    And like those gentlemen, Mark Millar’s work is often imitated but never surpassed. An upstanding member of a Bill and Ted-esque order of chivalry—Most Excellent Order of the British Empire—the Scotsman’s latest trade paperback is Starlight, another gold record to put on the wall.

    With Goran Parlov (Punisher MAX) on art, this sendup to pulp heroes, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, John Carter and Adam Strange is a pop-art celebration of comics, serials and retired superheroes.

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