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4-26-15

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Spectacular Spider-Man

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Will Mastermind an Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Movie

The directors of ‘The LEGO Movie’ will bring Spider-Man to the big screen in a new film, unrelated to Marvel’s live-action reboot.

[Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would direct the new animated Spider-Man movie. They are writing the treatment for and producing the film, and not officially attached as directors. CraveOnline apologizes for the previous inaccuracy. The following article has been amended.]

When Spider-Man switched studios, from Sony Pictures to Marvel, many fans rejoiced. But we all should have taken a closer look at the fine print. While Marvel Studios has the rights to incorporate Spider-Man into their live-action Cinematic Universe, Sony still holds the movie rights to the character, and they have plans of their own: an animated Spider-Man feature film that will be masterminded by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the filmmakers behind the acclaimed comedies The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street.

The announcement was made at CinemaCon by Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman, and details are still scarce. The Marvel Studios film is all set to debut on July 28, 2017, and the animated version is currently set to debut one year later, on July 20, 2018. This new animated movie seems to replace Sony’s original plans for an expanded Spider-Man cinematic universe of their own, which was originally set to include films like Sinister SixVenom and, reportedly, yet another spin-off focusing on a female Spider-Man character, but which was never officially announced.

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Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest TV Series In The Works

“Never give up! Never surrender!”

It’s 2015 and Star Trek hasn’t had a TV series in almost ten years. But Galaxy Quest might be moving to the small screen.

Variety is reporting that Paramount Television is planning a Galaxy Quest TV series based on the 1999 feature film that starred Tim Allen, Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver.

The Galaxy Quest movie followed the cast of a ‘70s sci-fi series very much like Star Trek who found themselves thrust into a real outer space adventure by aliens who mistook their program as historical records. Galaxy Quest has gained a strong fan following since its release, including a steady presence on cable networks and even a Galaxy Quest comic book miniseries.

Galaxy Quest co-screenwriter Robert Gordon is in talks to write the TV adaptation, with Dean Parisot (the director of Galaxy Quest) also in talks to return in some capacity. Galaxy Quest producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein have also been approached for the new television incarnation.

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Exclusive Preview: Convergence: The Flash # 1

Barry Allen struggles with the loss of his powers as another Flash prepares to challenge him.

DC Comics’ Convergence event continues this week as we hit the mid ‘80s era. And that means Crisis on Infinite Earths!

In Convergence: The Flash, Barry Allen was apparently trapped in Gotham City before his date with destiny in Crisis. But under the dome, Barry is just as powerless as anyone else. In CraveOnline’s exclusive preview from Convergence: The Flash # 1, you’ll see that Barry Allen is now the slowest man alive. It takes him five pages to get through his morning routine!

But when the dome goes down (and it will), there’s another Flash waiting to challenge Barry: The Flash of the Tangent Universe!

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4-19-15

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The director of ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is in talks to revive one of the greatest pulp heroes ever created.

Matthew Vaughn will save, with a mighty hand, every man, every woman, every child… with a mighty Flash. Flash Gordon, that is. The director of Kingsman: The Secret Service and X-Men: First Class is now in talks to helm a feature film reboot of the beloved pulp hero, originally created by artist Alex Raymond in 1934. The original comic strip ran from 1934 to 1943, although different versions of the strip have been published as recently as 2003.

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Dominic Cooper

Dominic Cooper Is AMC’s Preacher

Cooper lands the title role in AMC’s adaptation of the cult classic comic book series, Preacher.

Earlier this year, rumors linked Dominic Cooper to the lead role in AMC’s Preacher. After lengthy negotiations, the news is official. Cooper is going to portray Jesse Custer on TV.

Preacher executive producer Seth Rogen announced the news on twitter: “”We have Jesse Custer! @dominiccoop is gonna save our souls. #Preacher.” Cooper has appeared in several feature films, including Mamma Mia!, An Education, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dracula Untold and Need For Speed.  Cooper recently recurred on Agent Carter as Howard Stark, a role he first played in Captain America: The First Avenger

Preacher was created as a Vertigo comic book series during the ‘90s by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. The TV adaptation will stay fairly close to the source material, as a small town preacher, Jesse Custer is given a power described as “the word of God,” which allows him to command almost anyone in creation.

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Exclusive: Vertigo Comics For July 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road leads the way as CraveOnline unveils Vertigo’s lineup for July.

Summer is still a few months away, but Vertigo knows what the discerning comic book fans will be reading.

CraveOnline is proud to present this exclusive reveal of Vertigo’s July 2015 solicitations, with new issues of Astro City, FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Coffin Hill, Fables: The Wolf Among Us and Suiciders as well as the first issue of Mad Max: Fury Road – Mad Max!

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4-12-15

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The Dark Tower Gunslinger Roland

Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ Movie and TV Series Resurrected

Sony will produce a multi-film series, MRC will produce tie-in TV shows adapting Stephen King’s epic fantasy.

Originally developed by director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (Batman & Robin), the ambitious multi-film series adaptation of Stephen King’s epic fantasy series The Dark Tower was abandoned by Universal Pictures in 2011. The project was free to roam, but when Warner Bros. passed on The Dark Tower in 2012, fans were left to assume that the project was officially dead.

That changed today, when news officially came (via Coming Soon) that Sony Pictures is now producing the Dark Tower motion picture series. A new script for the first film, said to focus on the first book in the series, has been written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). 

The Dark Tower tells the story of the gunslinger Roland Deschain, who is on a quest to find the dark tower of the series’ title. The original series consists of eight novels and a series of prequel comic books. The Dark Tower also contains numerous references to and cameos from other Stephen King novels, including The Stand‘Salem’s Lot and It.

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Daredevil 101

DAREDEVIL 1.01 ‘Into The Ring’ Review

Matt Murdock begins his legal career and debuts as Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.

DAREDEVIL Season 1 Episode 1

Episode Title: “Into The Ring”

Writer: Drew Goddard

Director: Phil Abraham

For the last few years, DC Comics’ TV shows have overshadowed the output of Marvel Studios’ television adaptations. For every Arrow or The Flash, Marvel answered with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. Both of those Marvel shows have their merits (and S.H.I.E.L.D. has been greatly improved this season), but neither series was the superhero show I wanted to see. Both Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still feel like they are pulling their punches.

Which is why I’m happy to say that Daredevil delivers on every level. Not only is this the first Marvel Studios live action series to fully live up to its potential, it’s also populated by well written characters as portrayed by a very talented cast that seems up for the challenge. There isn’t a weak link in the pilot episode.

Because Netflix released the entire 13 episode season of Daredevil today, it’s going to take some time to work through every episode. But I’m going to be adding reviews throughout the weekend and into next week until the season has been fully chronicled here..

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Exclusive Preview: Convergence: Harley Quinn # 1

Witness Harley Quinn’s last heist before the Gotham City Sirens reunite!

Once upon a time during Flashpoint, Barry Allen broke the DC Universe and inadvertently created The New 52. However, remnants of the Pre-Flashpoint DCU still exist on the planet Telos, as seen in the new Convergence miniseries.

Convergence: Harley Quinn # 1 brings back the classic Harley Quinn in all of her glory for at least one last grand misadventure. This two issue miniseries will reunite Harley with her partners-in-crime, Catwoman and Poison Ivy aka the Gotham City Sirens as they take on… Captain Carrot?!

“It is to laugh.”

But first, our exclusive preview from Convergence: Harley Quinn # 1 depicts Harley’s ill-fated last heist before Brainiac brought the dome down on Gotham City…

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4-5-15

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Interstellar: Jonathan Nolan on The Science of Love

Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan elaborates on his film’s idea: that love is a scientific phenomenon.

If you weren’t blinded by the incredible imagery of Interstellar, then there’s a good chance you were blinded by the science. The film, about venturing into the furthest reaches of space to find a new home for humanity after Earth’s resources dwindle, hews as closely to hard science as practically any film has dared, thanks to an extremely researched screenplay by Jonathan Nolan (director Christopher Nolan’s brother), and input from theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. 

As you sit down to watch Interstellar at home, you may find yourself looking more closely at the science of Interstellar and wondering about some of its mysteries. We talked to Jonathan Nolan on the phone to delve into the genesis of the project, the movie’s idea that familial love is a scientific phenomenon, and whether the film represents a genuine paradox.

Be warned: SPOILERS for Interstellar lie ahead. Interstellar is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD. 

CraveOnline: Interstellar started off as a Steven Spielberg project, and now it’s become what really feels like a Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan movie. Tell me about that development process between the two. What was the biggest adjustment?

Jonathan Nolan: From my perspective it was fairly seamless. It was an absolute pleasure developing the project, not just with Steven Spielberg but also with Kip Thorne and Lynda Obst. The project originated with Lynda [and] her great friendship with Kip. Kip is… the easiest way to describe him is a complete rock star within the world of astrophysics. So from the beginning the partnership was with Kip, developing a space exploration film grounded in good physics. Steven’s commitment to that was unwavering as we developed it for a few years, and then when Chris came to the project he took on the same mantle, of saying, let’s try to tell the story of the next chapter in… really, the next chapter in the human story, and let’s try to do it with as grounded an approach as possible. 

Now obviously there are certain flights of fancy that you have to take along the way, that the fully grounded version of a space exploration film… You know, when I pitched it to Steven, when I got the job in the first place, [I said] it would be ten minutes long, because we’re not going! [Laughs.] Because the money’s not there. We’re no longer committed to this area. That has changed. Nothing to do with the filmmaking team behind the film, but ten years in – I think I started working on the project in 2006, was the first meeting – almost a decade later what feels like it has changed, shifted radically from when I started working on the project, is it feels like we’re in a much more optimistic moment in terms of space exploration. That feels like a very big shift.

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Steven S. DeKnight Talks Daredevil Season 2 Possibilities

DeKnight still wants to do more with Marvel’s Daredevil.

The early reviews for Marvel’s Daredevil seem to indicate that the Netflix original series will be critically acclaimed. Now it’s down to the response of the fans to determine the future of the show.

Back in 2013, Marvel struck an ambition deal that will bring live action series adaptations of Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist to Netflix before a miniseries of The Defenders brought the heroes together for an eight hour miniseries.

But what if Daredevil or any of the other Marvel series on Netflix become hits? Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has previously teased his desire to continue the adventures of Marvel’s Man Without Fear beyond the initial 13 episode order. DeKnight was recently asked by Collider about Daredevil’s Season 2 prospects and he seemed cautiously optimistic.

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ECCC 2015: Chris Roberson Talks ‘Black Bag’ and ‘iZombie’

The co-creator of ‘iZombie’ is happy the TV series doesn’t suck, because he’d have had to say nice things about it anyway.

Chris Roberson has got brains, and he uses them to write comic books, short stories and novels. One of those comics – I, Zombie – was even turned into the clever new TV series iZombie on the CW network. The story has changed, and not insignificantly, but Chris Roberson is pretty zen about it. And in this CraveOnline interview from Emerald City Comicon 2015, you will find out why.

But you will also learn more about Chris Roberson’s next comic book, Black Bag. The six-issue mini-series debuts this fall from Legendary Comics with art by JB Bastos (Night Trap), and chronicles the story of a suburban housewife who takes a side job as a government assassin. We stood awkwardly in the middle of the convention floor at Emerald City Comicon to find out more about the project from Roberson himself.

CraveOnline: Black Bag is a cool idea.

Chris Roberson: It was an idea Legendary had. They came to me. I think Thomas Tull originally did the idea, and Bob Schreck called me up. But essentially it was about a woman kind of going through something like a mid-life crisis. She has… I hate the term “housewife,” but she married a guy and then subordinated her ambitions to his in order to help him achieve his goals.

That’s what we consider the “housewife” motif nowadays. Dramatically, I think.

I think so, yeah. But she has the opportunity because of her somewhat complicated backstory to become a super spy assassin for the United States government. 

That’s quite an opportunity! Do you have to send away for that? How does that come about?

It’s being in the right place at the right time. So she maintains kind of a double life. Her husband doesn’t know about her real job. It uses being an assassin as kind of a metaphor for becoming an adult and figuring out how everything works. But yeah, she travels around the world having adventures and killing bad people.

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3-29-15

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Steve Martin is a comedy legend, but what’s his best movie ever? CraveOnline’s critics can’t come to a consensus in this week’s Best Movie Ever.

Steve Martin is a comedy titan. He’s been at the center of iconic moments in the history of both television and feature films, written several wonderful books and won an honorary Academy Award for “his extraordinary talents and the unique inspiration he has brought to the art of motion pictures.” Also, plays a mean banjo. (And he’s starring in this weekend’s animated comedy Home.)

But what is The Best Steve Martin Movie Ever? CraveOnline’s critics are going to have a tough time with this one. Although, like most actors, Steve Martin’s appeared in a some stinkers over the years, he’s also starred in (and sometimes written) some of the best comedies of the past four decades. Our Best Movie Ever contributors William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold and Brian Formo couldn’t agree on a single film this week, so take a look at what they picked as Steve Martin’s finest work and scroll down to the bottom of the page to vote on your own favorites!

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SXSW 2015 Interview: John Ridley on Creating ‘American Crime’

The Oscar-winning screenwriter details the making of the acclaimed new TV series, and why the time is now to tackle serious issues on network television.

John Ridley is a successful novelist, an Academy Award-winning screenwriter (for 12 Years a Slave) and now the creator of the ABC television series American Crime, in which the murder of a white married couple ignites a series of events that affect an ensemble cast of characters, forcing them to confront their emotions, their secrets and the brutal realities of both the criminal justice system and the ongoing racial issues in America.

It’s a bold series that earned Ridley an invite to speak at a SXSW 2015 panel entitled, “Creating the Shows We Like,” along with Last Man on Earth creators Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Will Forte. We sat down with John Ridley by the swimming pool at the Marriott Hotel in Austin, TX, a city which also doubles as Modesto, CA during the production of American Crime. What follows is our complete discussion, in which Ridley describes the (thus far) non-existent career impact of his Oscar win, the issues raised by his new series, and the types of crimes that future seasons of American Crime might tackle.

American Crime airs Thursdays at 10pm PST/EST on ABC.

CraveOnline: So did you just get out?

John Ridley: Yeah, we just did a panel. That was a lot of fun, with all the guys who are doing Last Man on Earth

That’s an interesting combination of shows.

It is, and it was very interesting because on the surface, obviously they seem completely different. But in talking about the the process and talking about, particularly, the new space of TV where people are very open to ideas that aren’t necessary “broad” in the sense of “broadcasting,” but… are you going to have a very loyal fanbase? Is it a show that people are going to be talking about? That we had in common. And they were just fun and great guys! [Laughs.] So I enjoyed just sitting there, like, “Ask that question to these cats. See how they answer.” But it was good. It was good, it was fun.

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Watch DC Comics’ Dan DiDio Explain The Convergence Event

DC Comics’ co-publisher, Dan DiDio sets the stage for the Convergence crossover.

Next week, DC Comics is kicking off Convergence, a nine week crossover event that was originally designed to help the company complete its cross-country move from New York City to Burbank, California.

Convergence is a nine issue miniseries that is tied into 40 two issue miniseries that will briefly resurrect some of DC’s characters who were lost after Flashpoint gave way to The New 52. DC has brought back several iconic comic creators to revisit the world’s greatest superheroes in multiple eras. And during this time, all of DC’s regular superhero books will be going on hiatus.

DC has released a new video in which co-publisher Dan DiDio explains how the Convergence storyline works, where the heroes are going to reappear in the multiverse and which villains are behind everything. DiDio even hints that storyline elements from Convergence will be a part of the DC Universe after the event ends.

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3-22-15

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Insurgent: Jai Courtney Explains the Downside of Movie Franchises

The star of ‘Insurgent,’ ‘Terminator’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ says his success comes with insecurity and snarky texts from Miles Teller.

Jai Courtney is in everything. The Australian star who first turned American heads in the hit STARZ series Spartacus: War of the Damned has been swiftly swept up by Hollywood, and given prominent roles in the Die HardDivergentTerminator and Suicide Squad franchises. His latest big blockbuster, Insurgent, is the second film in the Divergent series, and it opens today in theaters. His next film, Terminator: Genisys, finds Jai Courtney taking over the coveted role of Kyle Reese from 1980s action star Michael Biehn. It arrives in theaters everywhere in just a few months, on July 1, 2015.

We sat down with Jai Courtney at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, CA to find out exactly what it’s like being one of the most prominent franchise actors in the entertainment industry. What we discovered is that, as amazing as his job actually is, there’s also a bit of a downside to working in that many blockbusters. Not the least of which is being chided by his Insurgent co-star, Miles Teller.

CraveOnline: What’s it like being in every franchise?

Jai Courtney: [Laughs.] It’s this funny little insecurity that’s fast developing. Miles Teller sent me a text when I signed on for Suicide Squad, and it was pointed. He was having a go at me [but] of course there was some truth in jest. He was like, “Bro, you don’t need to sign onto a franchise with every studio.” I did have a moment of like, fuck! It’s certainly not my intention to have done so.

It’s just been a funny thing, that opportunities have come in that shape and form. There’s no grand plan for me. I haven’t been that strategic in that sense. I just take things one step at a time. The Divergent stuff came about a couple of years ago. This seemed like an opportunity to do something that was this kind of novel adaptation, and I knew that it would be a couple of films and [I] saw some fun stuff to do with the character. 

Then Terminator rolled along, and the Suicide Squad thing is obviously, I mean, it’s cool man. I didn’t see it coming but it’s not something I could have turned my back on just for the sake of not getting in bed with another franchise. You know? David Ayer was someone I’d been wanting to work with for several years, and I was getting actually close with Shia LaBoeuf because we were working together at the time, and hearing a lot about their experience on Fury. And this opportunity came about and I was like, man, playing an Aussie comic book character…

Right, you get to keep your accent for a change. That’s got to be a nice change of pace, right?

Totally bizarre. But yeah, it is, it’s really nice.

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The Disciples

Wes Craven & Steve Niles Bring The Disciples To TV

Niles’ new comic with artist Christopher Mitten gets optioned before it premieres in May.

The creator of Nightmare on Elm Street and the co-creator of 30 Days of Night are joining forces.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, legendary horror director Wes Craven is teaming up with comic scribe Steve Niles to bring The Disciples to television through a new deal with Universal Cable Productions, the company behind Syfy’s Defiance and Being Human.

The Disciples is a new comic book series written by Niles and drawn by Christopher Mitten that merges sci-fi with horror. It is being published in May from Niles’ Black Mask Studios.

In addition to directing iconic horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House on The Left, Craven has also produced a TV series called Nightmare Café that ran for a single season in the ‘90s. Craven is also attached to the Scream TV series for MTV.

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Exclusive Preview: Supergirl # 40

Supergirl and her friends face the hidden agenda of the Crucible Academy.

It turns out that the Crucible Academy isn’t the intergalactic Hogwarts that we were led to believe.

Supergirl has come face-to-face with Korstus and his plans for her Kryptonian bloodline. And she’s gonna have to get past him to save Kon-El aka Superboy!

In this exclusive preview from Supergirl # 40, Supergirl gets a much needed assist from her friends Comet, Tsavo, Maxima and Amata as this era for the Girl of Steel comes to an end.

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SXSW 2015 Interview: Kiernan Shipka on ‘One and Two’ and ‘Mad Men’

Kiernan Shipka tells us all about the teleporting effects in her new SXSW film and how she looks back on the experience of making ‘Mad Men.’

Kiernan Shipka has a movie making its North American premiere at South by Southwest. She won’t be able to make it to Austin, so we got to speak with her by phone before the fest starts. Shipka plays Eva, a teleporter along with her brother Zac (Timothee Chalamet), separated by a father fearful of their powers. Experiencing life in the real world for the first time, Eva can just teleport from situation to situation when things get intense. Of course, the final half of the final season of “Mad Men” is also starting next month, and you might have already seen Shipka in an episode of the Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” 

CraveOnline: Why can’t you make it to Austin?

Kiernan Shipka: I wish I could but I’m filming in Ottowa.

Which project is that?

February.

You got to play the lead in Flowers in the Attic and now One & Two. Have leading roles just started to become available to you?

I was so excited to start working on One and Two because it was such a great production. There were a lot of fun people and the material was really, really great. It was super exciting and I was excited to go to work every day. It was just fun, very collaborative so ultimately a great experience. I hope I can have more of those.

I’m just wondering if there was a point where Hollywood started calling with movie offers.

To be honest, it really differ project to project, how the process goes and what the script entails. Everything is different. Each project is different.

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Jeremy Clarkson Addresses Suspension from Top Gear for Punching a Producer

Clarkson is now on approximately his fourth final warning.

Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended from  for allegedly punching one of the show’s producers.

The current season of the BBC show has been cut short as Clarkson continues to serve his suspension, and though he has yet to make an official statement regarding the alleged reasons behind his punishment, he told The Sun: “I’m having a nice cold pint and waiting for this to blow over.”

The BBC is expected to scrap the rest of the episodes in the current series, with a statement from the broadcaster reading: “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation.

“No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”

A Change.org petition has inevitably already been set up in order to convince the BBC to reinstate Clarkson, with over 270,000 already signing it. Weirdly, the majority of Clarkson’s supporters seem to believe that this is a fight against “political correctness”, despite Clarkson’s suspension not being a result of one of his frequent bigoted outbursts. Perhaps these people are confusing this incident with the previous call to have him removed from the show, following video footage emerging of him reciting an old, racist rhyme in which the word “n*****” was used, which itself followed an episode of the show in which he used a racially offensive term to describe an Asian man. That darn political correctness, always getting in the way of bigotry!

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DC Unveils Another New Costume For Superman

Superman gets a new look for the second time this year.

Earlier today, DC Comics debuted the new costume for Wonder Woman. And apparently the Man of Steel will be getting a new costume as well.

Via Nerdist, DC Comics has released the cover of Action Comics # 41, which features Superman in a more street level costume that resembles the outfit he wore at the beginning of Grant Morrison’s Action Comics run in The New 52.

Note that Superman’s hands are bleeding in the image, which suggests that Clark Kent’s time without powers (thanks to the development of his Super Flare ability) may play a larger role in this new era of Superman stories.

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The Expendables 3 Cast

Sylvester Stallone hopes to assemble a team of former TV action stars for The Expendables.

For years, Sylvester Stallone and Lionsgate have been pushing the idea of bringing The Expendables to television. Now, it’s finally happening.

Deadline is reporting that Fox is developing The Expendables as an event miniseries with Stallone on board as an executive producer alongside Avi Lerner and showrunner Shane Brennan (NCIS). Brennan will co-write The Expendables TV miniseries with Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) & Kirk Ward.

While The Expendables films featured a large number of current and former movie action stars, The Expendables TV incarnation will reportedly target actors and actresses who found fame on television. The official description calls it “a fun action drama that unites iconic TV stars as a new team of highly-skilled heroes who are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist.”

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Invades Star Wars Rebels Season 2

Gellar will have a recurring role in the second season of Star Wars Rebels.

Last night’s first season finale of Star Wars Rebels seemed to serve as a defacto announcement that Ashley Eckstein will be recurring during the upcoming second season. And she won’t be the only new addition.

Deadline is reporting that Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on to Star Wars Rebels Season 2 in a recurring role. However, no details about Gellar’s character were released in the report. Gellar is the wife of Star Wars Rebels voice actor, Freddie Prinze Jr., who plays the Jedi known as Kanan.

Gellar is best known for playing the title role on Buffy The Vampire Slayer for seven seasons. She has also starred in All My Children, The Crazy Ones, Ringer and several feature films including The Grudge, Practical Magic and two Scooby Doo movies.

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Dark Horse Unleashed # 1

Scott Allie tells us about the endgame for Hellboy, how Fight Club 2 came about and what’s coming up in Abe Sapien, Archie vs. Predator and more!

Welcome to Dark Horse Unleashed, a new special feature here at CraveOnline that focuses exclusively on Dark Horse Comics!

For almost thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has published a diverse array of creator owned comics including Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Frank Miller’s Sin City & 300, and Eric Powell’s The Goon alongside licensed comics featuring Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Predator, Prometheus, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Halo, Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

To kick off our very first installment of Dark Horse Unleashed, Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie answered a few questions about several new and upcoming comic book projects. Michael Avon Oeming provided the artwork seen above that features Allie surrounded by some of Dark Horse’s most memorable characters. Dave Stewart colored the piece over Oeming’s linework.

CraveOnline: Let’s start with Fight Club 2. The first pages by Cameron Stewart were  recently released and the response has been really positive. How did you originally start talking to Chuck Palahniuk about doing the comic book sequel?

Scott Allie: Maybe a year and a half ago Chuck said in an interview that he was working on Fight Club 2 as a comic, and he was “talking to people at Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image.” So I asked around the office, who. No one. I knew he was local, and I found he was talking to Brian Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Matt Fraction — writers with work at Image, Dark Horse, and Marvel.

That’s what he meant. I got in touch with him through mutual friends. The first time we met, he handed me the completed script, which at that point had undergone some revision with input from Matt. Since that first version I read it’s evolved a lot, but it was a pretty wild moment, getting back to the office and dropping everything to read that script that day …

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Chappie Interview: Sigourney Weaver on Deleted Scenes

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Sigourney Weaver describes the deleted scenes that flesh her character out.

Sigourney Weaver is an actress with a legacy, so when you see her in a film like Chappie, playing a powerful woman in unethical company with no thought for the consequences of their actions, you will probably only think of one thing: Working Girl.

We sent CraveOnline’s William Bibbiani to interview Sigourney Weaver about her roles in both Chappie and Working Girl (naturally) and found out that the two films aren’t really all that dissimilar. We also delved into the difficult topic of women in positions of power in the workplace, and the various deleted scenes from Chappie that flesh out Sigourney Weaver’s character even more than we see in the finished film.

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Adi Shankar & Joseph Kahn’s Power/Rangers Returns To YouTube & Vimeo

Saban apparently relents, as the bootleg Power Rangers fan film is back online.

Earlier this week, Power/Rangers the dark and gritty Power Rangers fan film quickly became a viral sensation on YouTube and earned the wrath of Saban, the company that owns the Power Rangers franchise.

Vimeo was the first site to capitulate to Saban’s demands when a more graphic version of Power/Rangers was taken down. Yesterday, YouTube followed suit and pulled down Power/Rangers after the video amassed over 12 million views.

Power/Rangers producer Adi Shankar and director Joseph Kahn argued that the film was protected under fair use because it was a dark satire of the Power Rangers. Tonight, it seems that Shankar and Kahn have gotten their point across.

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Exclusive Preview: Arkham Manor # 5

Batman hunts down a killer inside of Arkham Manor.

During the events of Batman: Eternal, Bruce Wayne’s ancestral home, Wayne Manor was claimed as a replacement for the infamous Arkham Asylum. Although his home has been converted into a prison for some of his most dangerous adversaries, Batman hasn’t been able to stay away from Arkham Manor for long.

Unfortunately for both The Dark Knight and everyone at Arkham, a serial killer is roaming its halls and murdering inmates. In this exclusive preview from Arkham Manor # 5, Batman seemingly catches up to the killer and finds himself in an unusual fight. But even Batman may not be able to prevent the maddness within Arkham from escaping into Gotham City. Meanwhile, one of the other inmates discovers the downside of taking the cell of Arkham’s most dangerous resident…

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Acceptance speeches are either loved or hated by just about everyone watching the Academy Awards. Some really nail them, with emotional and gripping words that captivate you while making you feel as special as the person receiving the award, whereas others attempt to go on and on and are just glorified emotionless lists of “I would like to thank…” with a cutoff orchestra primed and ready to send them off the stage.

Speaking of thanking, we’re all too familiar with the aforementioned phrase, so perhaps some stats that reveal exactly who gets thanked the most at the Oscars might actually be more interesting than listening to them all over again. So, whaddaya think? Everyone loves lists, so here we go, starting with the fifth most-thanked individual at the Oscars, thanks to some research discovered by our friends at Cinema Blend:

5. Peter Jackson (22 times)

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Fox Orders Lucifer TV Pilot

Mike Carey’s Lucifer comic comes to television from the creator of Californication.

Last September, Fox added an adaptation of DC Comics/Vertigo’s Lucifer comic book series to its TV development slate. Today, the project is one major step closer to happening.

Deadline is reporting that Fox has picked up the pilot option for Lucifer, with Californication creator Tom Kapinos attached to write and executive produce the series. Underworld director and Sleepy Hollow co-creator Len Wiseman will direct the pilot episode and executive produce the series for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros TV.

The Lucifer comic book series was a spinoff of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and written by Mike Carey for seventy five issues before it came to an end. The story followed Lucifer after he abandoned his position as the king of hell to live in Los Angeles and run a piano bar as he tried to discover a new purpose in his life.

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The Spirit Lives Again At Dynamite

Matt Wagner will write a new ongoing series starring The Spirit this fall.

Will Eisner’s The Spirit is turning 75 this year. To celebrate the anniversary, Dynamite Entertainment is giving The Spirit new life.

Dynamite has announced that it has gained the publishing rights to The Spirit and it will launch a new ongoing series written by Matt Wagner. The Spirit was created by Eisner in 1940 and it followed Denny Colt, a man who narrowly escaped death at the hands of a criminal before he adopted the heroic persona known as The Spirit to fight for justice.

The Spirit is one of the most influential characters from the early days of superhero comics, but the character has struggled to catch on with the general public. Frank Miller directed a live action feature film adaptation of The Spirit in 2008 that bombed at the box office and it was also widely criticized for Miller’s deviations from the source material.

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Eddie Murphy Explains Why The Beverly Hills Cop TV Series Never Happened

Murphy recalls why his popularity kept Axel Foley off of television screens

Last year, Beverly Hills Cop was supposed to be a lock to make CBS’ fall schedule. The Shield creator, Shawn Ryan was attached as an executive producer and Axel Foley himself, Eddie Murphy was said to be attached to the series as a recurring guest star. Brandon T. Jackson would have headlined the series as Axel Foley Jr., according to CBS.

However, Murphy’s participation with the proposed Beverly Hills Cop TV show may have been exaggerated. While speaking with Playboy, Murphy explained why the television series never happened and added “I was gonna be in the pilot, and they thought I should be recurring. I’m not gonna do Beverly Hills Cop on TV.”

Murphy went on to recall the testing phase for the completed pilot episode at CBS. “They had this little knob that you turn if you like it or you don’t like it. So when Axel shows up in the pilot, some people turned the knob so much, they broke it. So the network decided ‘if he isn’t recurring, then this isn’t gonna happen.’ So it didn’t happen.”

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Batman vs. Robin Animated Film Will Premiere At WonderCon 2015

Batman faces off against his son in the sequel to last year’s Son of Batman movie

It’s become an annual tradition for WonderCon to host the premiere of a new DC Universe animated movie. This year will be no exception.

WonderCon has announced that the upcoming film, Batman vs. Robin will have its world premiere at WonderCon. Batman vs. Robin is a direct sequel to Son of Batman, which was premiered at WonderCon last year.

Jason O’Mara will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne / Batman, with Stuart Allan as Damian Wayne / Robin, David McCallum as Alfred Pennyworth and Sean Maher as Dick Grayson / Nightwing also returning for Batman vs. Robin.

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Editorial: Spider-Man’s Back at Marvel! Now What?

Now that Spider-Man will be folded into the Avengers series, what’s next for the character? What can he offer?

It was announced in the late hours of February 9th, that Sony Pictures and the Marvel branch of Disney have reached an agreement on the film rights to the character of Spider-Man. Sony’s current crop of planned Spider-Man films (which would have seen The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Sinister Six) will be wholly abandoned, and the character will be re-cast for the third time in 13 years. The part everyone’s excited about: This new version of Spider-Man will be included in the oft-lauded and mega-successful Avengers series, currently planned to extend as far as 2019. A new Spider-Man film, produced by Kevin Feige and distributed by Sony, will hit theaters in July of 2017. Spider-Man will, presumably, also appear in other Avengers crossover movies, fighting alongside Captain America, et al.

The world’s myriad superhero fans are naturally thrilled about this news. Spider-Man is, historically, Marvel’s single most popular character, having been the face of the company since his inception in 1963. indeed, Spider-Man carried so much clout in the company, that he was frequently used to boost sales; Whenever a new set of characters was introduced in the comics, Spider-Man would inevitably be granted a cameo in the first few issues to lend the rookies some legitimacy. Spider-Man even fought Powdered Toast Man at one point. Spider-Man was an honorary Avenger, the unofficial fifth member of The Fantastic Four, and star of – at least at one point – four or five of his own regular titles. He was the elder statesman of the Marvel universe. He was their Superman. Their Mick Jagger. Their Ron Jeremy.

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‘The Voices’ Review: Unspeakably Brilliant

Ryan Reynolds is exceptional in a horror comedy that’s appealing to look at, grotesque to bite into, and absolutely genius.

We all like to think that we are not mad, and we all shudder in horror at the thought that perhaps we really are. There really is no way to know for sure that the world around us isn’t a construct of our own fragile psyches, that the people we know and love aren’t figments of the imagination, and that the refrigerator from which we extract our life-giving nourishment isn’t actually filled with body parts that we simply force ourselves not to notice with all our might.

It is that fundamental fear, that what we see is not what we get, that Marjane Satrapi captures perfectly in The Voices, a new horror comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as Jerry, a mild-mannered worker drone at a plumbing factory, blissfully unaware that his dog and cat (also voiced by Ryan Reynolds) shouldn’t be talking to him. Bosco is a big happy dog who thinks that Jerry is a good boy, and Mr. Whiskers is a sadistic orange tabby who knows better, and urges Jerry to kill.

There are several movies going on simultaneously in The Voices, bouncing off of each other and fighting for dominance. Jerry’s sitcom life with his talking pets and misfired attempts to date the new office hottie Fiona (Gemma Arterton) are bittersweet at worst, chipper at its best. But as the bodies pile up and the severed heads start to fill his fridge, doubt creeps in, pills are taken, and a nightmare world of absolute terror peeks in from the periphery, occasionally revealing itself in grim detail. 

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Read The ‘Better Call Saul’ Preview Comic

AMC releases a free comic that reveals how Saul Goodman discovered Walter White’s identity during “Breaking Bad.”

Last Sunday, Walter White aka SorrtaGreg popped up in a memorable commercial during the Super Bowl. But next Sunday, Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman takes center stage in the “Breaking Bad” prequel spinoff series, “Better Call Saul.”

Ahead of the series premiere of “Better Call Saul,” AMC has released a free prequel comic written by Jenn Carroll and Gordon Smith with artwork by Steve Ellis and colors by Ellis and Jon Haeffner. 

The story is called “Client Development” takes place from the perspective of Saul Goodman and his enforcer/private investigator, Mike Ehrmantraut during the events of their first appearance in “Breaking Bad.” In this previously untold tale, we learn how Saul and Mike discovered the real identities of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

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Exclusive Preview: Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift Library Edition

Take a look inside Dark Horse Comics’ epic presentation of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift!

Last year, Dark Horse Comics published Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift, a miniseries of three graphic novels that continued the adventures of Aang and his friends beyond the hit Nickelodeon animated series.

Later this month, Dark Horse Comics is giving the story the deluxe treatment with the release of Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift Library Edition, an oversized hardcover that features the complete story of The Rift as Aang and his friends as they find themselves confronting a dangerous spirit in an area that was once sacred to the Airbenders.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift Library Edition will also feature commentary from writer Gene Luen Yang and the artists of Studio Gurihiru alongside several of the interior pages in addition to a sketchbook section.

Ahead of its release on February 11, CraveOnline is proud to present an exclusive preview from Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift Library Edition. To pre-order the book, click on the link!

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Sundance 2015 Interview: Kevin Bacon on ‘Cop Car’

Kevin Bacon tells us what music his new villain listens to and why he wants to star in another ‘Tremors’ movie

Kevin Bacon is no stranger to the Sundance Film Festival. He starred in the inside Hollywood comedy The Big Picture in 1989, returned with his feature film directorial debut Loverboy in 2005, and appeared in plenty of other Sundance entries between the two (and since). But this time he’s playing a homicidal sheriff hunting runaway kids in Cop Car, and that’s a little different, isn’t it?

Jon Watts’ Cop Car has already been picked up for distribution by Focus World, so audiences at home probably won’t have to wait too long to see it. But we were right in that same boat at Sundance, only catching Bacon before the premiere, without having seen his film (yet). So he tells us all about it in our one-on-one interview, and also tells us about the mix tapes he makes for his characters, and why the only character he wants to revisit in a sequel is Valentine McKee from the horror comedy Tremors.

CraveOnline: Unfortunately, like a lot of people, I haven’t seen Cop Car yet. It premieres tonight…

Kevin Bacon: We’ve been pretty good at not having it get out there. It’s kind of fun.

Can you tell me a little bit about it, so we can speak intelligently?

Two ten-year-old boys run away from home, in a small town, in the middle of the country, and they come across a cop car which is abandoned. So they come up with the idea that they want to get in it and drive it.

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The 10 Greatest Super Bowl Commercials of All-Time

Which Super Bowl ads have withstood the test of time? Find out here!

On February 1, football’s greatest spectacle comes back to Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX. For 49 years, the Big Game has pit the conference winners against one another for the world championship of football. Sometimes, the Super Bowl even lives up to the hype.

Regardless of whether the Super Bowl is actually a good game, it’s going to be the most watched television program of the year. The vast majority of Americans love football like no other sport. But even among non-sports fans, the Super Bowl has become an attraction because of the ads.

For almost as long as the Super Bowl has been a cultural phenomena, advertisers have taken advantage of the captive audience and paid big money to get an ad slotted to appear during the game. The Super Bowl ads usually tend to be very funny or memorable, although not every advertisement can match that reputation.

The very best Super Bowl ads get people talking about them before, during and after the game. They need to make a good impression and successfully sell their brand or product to the people watching at home. Some of the more recent Super Bowl ads seem to have lost sight of this goal. The Betty White Snickers commercial was a great star vehicle for White more than anything else. Even the widely popular ad, The Force: Volkswagen made the viewers nostalgic for Star Wars, and not the car itself.

A truly great Super Bowl ad has to accomplish all of its branding goals and leave an indelible impression on the people who watched it. Humor isn’t always required, but it certainly helps.

Ahead of Super Bowl XLIX, CraveOnline has assembled a list of the 10 Greatest Super Bowl

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First Look: Thor # 4

The new Thor takes on the original model. And he’s pretty pissed off about it

If you’re only a fan of the Thor movies, then you may be a little lost when it comes to Marvel’s Thor relaunch. You see, Thor is now a lady.

Or rather, Thor is no longer worthy of his hammer thanks to something that Nick Fury whispered in his ear while they were on the moon. Now, there’s a presumably new female character who has inherited both Thor’s hammer and all of the powers that go with it.

Needless to say, Thor Odinson is less than pleased that there’s a woman going around with his hammer, his power and his name. And for some reason, Thor Odinson’s new outfit is totally the CW version of his costume.

Marvel has released a first look at Thor # 4, which finds the new female Thor facing off with her very hostile predecessor while Malekith continues his plot with the Frost Giants.

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Sundance 2015 Review: ‘Chuck Norris vs. Communism’ Kicks Commie Butt

In a new documentary film, we see how Chuck Norris’ American propaganda films effected communist viewers.

The title alone will get you in the door, right? And it’s not a bait and switch, the synopsis is pretty clear. This is a documentary about how the influx of American movies in Communist Romania in the ‘80s inspired a generation. You’d watch that movie too, but it’s a damn good title.

Romania under Ceausescu was a very oppressive communist dictatorship. They only had one TV channel with two hours of propaganda programming. When a local man got a VCR, he held movie nights and obtained bootleg VHS tapes of American movies. While Lone Wolf McQuade and Missing in Action were part of the rotation, they were mostly big movies like Pretty Woman, Back to the Future, Rambo, Rocky and Beverly Hills Cop.

Chuck Norris Vs. Communism features testimonials from Romanians who attended those parties, as well as people involved in producing the tapes. It’s a pretty fascinating industry as they had one narrator, Irina, who dubbed the Romanian translation. There were no subtitles in this operation, so not only were they watching movies with a second voice track following the dialogue, it was one person speaking for every actor in the film. So that’s fun, and it’s funny when she doesn’t translate the profanity too.

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Watch Conan O’Brien & Archer Team Up Against The Russian Mob

“Conan” debuts a clip of Conan O’Brien’s animated encounter with Sterling Archer from FX’s spy comedy, “Archer.”

After five seasons on FX’s spy comedy “Archer,” and a new season currently underway, there’s no reason why Sterling Archer isn’t frequenting the late night talk show circuit… except for the fact that he’s a cartoon character. And thus, you know… not real.

But when has that ever stopped Conan O’Brien from booking a guest?

In a recent episode of “Conan,” O’Brien appeared as himself in an animated sequence with Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) as they tangle with the Russian mob and the perils of Tindr. But it’s Conan himself who might get them both killed…

You can watch the entire video below!

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The Dynamite Report # 4

Get the first word on Gail Simone’s Swords of Sorrow, the return of Voltron and the upcoming plans for the King and Gold Key comics!

Welcome back to The Dynamite Report, a special feature here at CraveOnline that focuses exclusively on Dynamite Entertainment!

Dynamite is one of the largest comic book companies in America, with titles including Red Sonja, Flash Gordon, Vampirella, Army of Darkness, The Twilight Zone, A Game of Thrones, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, Lord of the Jungle, John Carter of Mars, Dejah Thoris and several others.

The company is also well known for its stellar lineup of comic book creators including Gail Simone, Jeff Parker, Nancy Collins, Steve Niles, J. Michael Straczynski, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid, Greg Pak, Marc Andreyko, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Duane Swierczynski, Peter Milligan, Alex Ross, Jae Lee, Gabriel Hardman, Joseph Michael Linsner, Amanda Conner, Francesco Francavilla, Terry Dodson and Emanuela Luppachino.

We’re kicking off 2015 with our biggest column to date! Joining me are Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt and Associate Editor Molly Mahan.

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Let’s start with Masks 2. As a sequel to the original Masks miniseries, how do the multiple time periods intersect with each other in the new story?

Joseph Rybandt: We’re covering three periods of time, and our villain is the key to how and why this is happening.

Molly Mahan: There may be some benefit from reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of Red Death” before the first issue hits stands, even if it’s just personal. His birthday was this past week, so it’s timely.

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Blackhat: Michael Mann on Digital Filmmaking and Shootouts

‘Blackhat’ director Michael Mann describes shootouts as a dance, and says he’d have shot ‘Manhunter’ digitally if he’d made it today.

Michael Mann has directed some of the best movies of the last 30 years. Now, the man who brought you ManhunterThe Last of the MohicansHeat and The Insider is pointing his digital camera at the world of computerized crime in Blackhat. The new film, in theaters now, stars Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Nicholas Hathaway, a hacker tracking down an even bigger cyber threat in exchange for his freedom.

We sat down with Michael Mann to discuss how the filmmaker tried make computers cinematic (no easy feat), how he structured a story around cybercrime, why he chooses to shoot digitally without trying to make it look like film, and how the director who brought us some of the best shootouts ever approaches gunplay. 

CraveOnline: A lot of people have had trouble putting computers, and people who work on computers, on screen in a way that’s cinematic. Was that something you were conscious of and concerned about?

Michael Mann: Oh, sure. 

What was your approach?

What’s really going on inside the computer? And then when you find that out, that’s really dramatic. You find a way to make that tangible. That’s the idea, because I don’t want to be watching people type on a keyboard. I don’t want to hear it in dialogue. I want to know the adventure of what’s happening. So how do I take what’s going on, which isn’t really visible, and make believe it’s visible? So how far can I push the objective reality of what it looks like? 

It starts with a scan or microscopy of the inside of one of the processors, and what they look like, and if they were really undramatic I’d have done something else. But they aren’t. They’re extremely dramatic, because it’s messy and it’s dirty down there. You get down to 12,000 power magnification, everything is very disorganized and in disarray and there’s duplication, because some parts are falling over. 

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CES 2015: TiVo’s OnePass Brings Streaming and Cable Together in Near-Perfect Harmony

The DVR still has some life in it yet.

It’s been a while since I genuinely cared much about recording live broadcasts with my DVR, but if there’s one place you can expect to have your established habits shattered, it’s CES. Rather than fight the online video streaming movement, TiVo is embracing it, and its latest feature OnePass may just be the best convergence of the two I’ve seen.

The crux of OnePass is simple: you’re essentially instructing TiVo to gather all episodes of a particular season of a show (or multiple seasons, or the entire show) by whatever means possible. Only a few episodes available on Amazon Prime? No problem. TiVo will list the Amazon episodes, and then offer alternatives for the rest. Vudu, Netflix, and Hulu Plus are all compatible, so they’ll be scanned along with live channel lineups and scheduled reruns of old episodes, as well as debuts of new ones.

To me the best part about OnePass is the gamification of using your DVR. As most TV-watchers know, the latest season of a show isn’t always available via major streaming platforms. As such, it becomes a challenge to track down the missing episodes for your collection, wait for them to re-air so you can record them, or poach them from your cable provider’s on-demand video service. OnePass automates this entire process, including the on-demand part, which is especially fantastic — you’ll never have to dig through the horrible UI of your cable provider’s streaming platform again. Comcast (the worst offender, I might add) is the only provider supported out of the gate, but in theory OnePass should work with others like Verizon FiOS down the road. Unfortunately, this hasn’t yet been officially confirmed.

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Exclusive Preview: Constantine # 21

Can John Constantine save his counterpart from Earth-2?

In almost every reality, John Constantine has a reputation for bringing misery and death to the people that he loves. Even when things are at their best, you can usually count on Constantine to screw things up.

The John Constantine of the New 52 has discovered that his counterpart on Earth-2 has bucked that trend. Not only is the John Constantine of Earth-2 still alive, but so are his friends and loved ones. The only fly in the ointment is that Earth-2 is currently under attack by the forces of Apokolips.

In this exclusive preview from Constantine # 21, John encounters the Doctor Fate of Earth-2 while attempting to prepare a spell that will send his loved ones back to his Earth. But there’s a huge price to pay for that piece of magic, and John Constantine isn’t sure whether he wants to take it upon himself or let someone else suffer in his place…

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Into the Woods: Pulitzer Prize-Winner James Lapine on Vajayjays

The writer of ‘Into the Woods’ explains what got cut from the movie and shares his thoughts on Disney genitalia.

For the record, the title for this interview was James Lapine’s idea. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who wrote the theatrical production Into the Woods – with a little help from Stephen Sondheim, naturally – isn’t so much an interview as a conversationalist. Sitting down at the Walt Disney studio with plenty of time on our hands, we got into a rhythm and just started chatting, occasionally circling back around to the hit movie musical Into the Woods, how James Lapine adapted the musical into a movie, and his history of working with Stephen Sondheim.

But yes, the word “vajayjay” was also discussed, and I swear, I didn’t even bring it up. It was all James Lapine’s doing, I assure you. We also talk about shirtless hunks, Disney Prince pubic hair, and what got cut from the movie version of Into the Woods.

Oh yeah, he also told me to put “schmuck” in the title. I brought that word up, and James Lapine wanted me to throw it in there, but it was running a little long. Google searches cut off titles after a certain number of characters, and vajayjays took up all the space. Sorry about that, Mr. Lapine. I’ll get you next time.

Into the Woods is now playing in theaters nationwide.

James Lapine: Are you from L.A.?

CraveOnline: Pasadena originally. I went to UCLA and stuck around because this is where the industry is.

And what do you write for?

I write for a website called CraveOnline. I’m the head film critic and the editor of their film-related content. I host a podcast, I host some web series, stuff like that. It’s very busy.

So do you get to go to an office?

I do most of it from home. We have an office but it’s usually not necessary for me to be there.

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The 15 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2015

A guide to the best new and returning television series heading your way this year.

Although fall is generally regarded as the beginning of the TV season, winter has become the biggest lynchpin of the television landscape. Not only are most of the fall TV series coming back for new episodes, but there are also new programs premiering on every network and a handful of veteran series making their return at midseason.

We live in a new age of TV. Now, cable and broadcast networks are being challenged by streaming services like Netflix and Playstation Network. Even Yahoo Screen is starting a more serious push towards original programming.

And the year is just getting started.

In the weeks and months ahead, fans can look forward to the return of “The Walking Dead,” a new season of “Game of Thrones,” the unlikely rebirth of “Community” and two comic book inspired dramas that are sidestepping TV entirely.

In short, it’s a good time to be a fan of genre TV. There’s something for almost everyone out there. We’ve assembled our list of The 15 Most Anticipated New and Returning TV Shows of 2015. But we want to hear from you too, so share your TV picks in the comment section below!

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Exclusive Preview: Legends of The Dark Knight Chapter # 84

Batgirl and Robin take on Clayface in the theater.

What should you do when the Bat’s away?

Any time that Batman is sidelined has to be open season for the villains in Gotham City. And sure, the Batman family of sidekicks is pushing double digits now, but there’s only one Dark Knight.

Writer J. Torres and artist Matthew Clark are exploring this very issue in “What Would Batman Do?,” a new storyline running through the digital first Batman anthology series, Legends of The Dark Knight.

In this exclusive preview from Legends of The Dark Knight Chapter # 84, Robin and Batgirl corner Clayface in one of Gotham’s theaters. But they’re the ones who may outmatched,,,

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Selma: Tom Wilkinson on Lyndon B. Johnson’s Journey

The ‘Selma’ star analyzes LBJ’s decision to support the Civil Rights marches, and says he didn’t know The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger were related.

Tom Wilkinson is one of the most respected actors in the industry. Oscar-nominated for his roles in Michael Clayton and In the Bedroom, and the winner of an Emmy Award for playing Benjamin Franklin in “John Adams.” Now he’s back in American politics, playing the 36th President of the United States in Selma, Ava DuVernay’s impressive new motion picture about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Civil Rights marches in Selma, AL.

We talked to Tom Wilkinson over the phone about his preparations to play President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the trick to playing his character’s evolution: from being frustrated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to expressing his full support. We also finally got to ask Tom Wilkinson about his roles in The Green Hornet, playing the father of the hero, and in The Lone Ranger, playing the arch-nemesis of The Green Hornet’s great uncle. (What’s that? You didn’t know those heroes were related? Well, Tom Wilkinson didn’t either!)

CraveOnline: I was talking to Tim Roth, and he said he didn’t have a lot of time between casting and when the film began. Was that true for you as well? Was it quick or did you have a lot of time to prepare?

Tom Wilkinson: I had a fair amount of time to [prepare] but yeah, it wasn’t… Yeah, I had a few weeks. 

What did you look at from Lyndon B. Johnson? Did you do much research beyond watching the old newsreels?

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Exclusive: ‘Archer Vice’ Hangover Cures

Before “Archer” Season 5 hits DVD and Blu-ray, the characters from the series offer their unique hangover cures.

Next week, Archer The Complete Season Five hits Blu-ray and DVD with the 13 episode long storyline “Archer Vice.” While the first four seasons of FX’s animated comedy focused on Sterling Archer and his ISIS teammates as spies, “Archer Vice” turned the characters into an inept drug cartel. It also happened to make this CraveOnline’s list of The 10 Best TV Comedies of 2014.

For the special features, Cheryl’s country singer alter ego, Cherlene takes the spotlight in a “Midnight Blues” music video and an interview on Wake Up Country. Meanwhile, Pam headlines Old MacDonald Pam Poovey Had a Farm, The Musical.

You can preorder Archer The Complete Season Five through Amazon before its’ release on January 6. But first, CraveOnline is proud to present a few exclusive hangover cures from the cast of “Archer.” First up, Cyril (with the only cure that sounds like it might work), Pam, Cheryl/Cherlene and Krieger.

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Steven S. DeKnight Hints That Bullseye May Appear In Future ‘Daredevil’ Seasons

DeKnight explains why Bullseye won’t be in the first season of “Daredevil” on Netflix, but he doesn’t rule out using him in the future.

In the 2003 Daredevil feature film, Colin Farrell portrayed Bullseye, the maniacal assassin with an ability to turn nearly anything into a deadly object by throwing it with nearly superhuman accuracy. But in next year’s “Daredevil” series on Netflix, Bullseye won’t be appearing at all.

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight revealed why Bullseye didn’t make the cut this season. However, DeKnight seemed to leave the door open for bringing the character into the show if “Daredevil” goes beyond one season.

“It’s not to say [Bullseye] wouldn’t be in the series at some point,” explained DeKnight. “But I think if you try to jam in too many characters, it just becomes a mess. And [Bullseye’s] story was told in the last iteration of Daredevil that anybody saw. My feeling was, ‘Why repeat it?’ And honestly, if you’re looking for a juicy, multi-faceted crime drama, Wilson Fisk was the obvious choice to play the antagonist. Bullseye is a little more cut and dry. Not to say you couldn’t make him fantastic over 13 hours, but Fisk really felt like the right yin to the yang for Matt, and for what we wanted to do this season.”

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12-28-14

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The 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Huge sequels, promising reboots and yes, even some original films are already standing out from the pack

2014 is almost gone, and no, you don’t get to take a break. 2015 is going to be one of the most bloated years in movie history, with tons of enormous franchises releasing new sequels, being rebooted or trying to get a foothold for the first time with audiences all over the world.

What’s more, the biggest releases of the year are pretty spread out for a change. The concept of “Summer Blockbusters” has more or less been obliterated thanks to over-saturation at the marketplace. There were so many big budget movies released in the Summer of 2014 that a lot of them – even the good ones – got edged out of the running, costing studios tons of money. But rather than make cheaper movies, Hollywood seems to have glommed onto the idea that gigantic movies can make a profit at just about any time of year.

So many of the most anticipated films of 2015 aren’t summer releases, but quite a few of them are, because there’s nowhere else to put them all. All that matters for you, however, is that exciting motion pictures are going to be flooding the theaters all year, and you should try to keep an eye out for the ones that promise the most bang for your buck.

And with that, here we are: CraveOnline’s 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2015. Exciting sequels, promising reboots and yes, even a few original films that actually seem to stand out from the pack already. Let us know what films you’re looking forward to the most, and keep coming back as we take closer looks at the movies that promise to entertain us (whether or not they succeed).

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First Look: Charlie Cox as Marvel’s Daredevil

Marvel and Netflix offer a teasing image of Daredevil in his “first’ costume from the upcoming original series.

Daredevil is coming to Netflix in 2015. We just don’t have an exact date.

However, Marvel Studios has released two new preview images from “Daredevil” in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. And while the “Man Without Fear” isn’t seen in his iconic red suit, this is the best picture to date of Daredevil’s black costume.

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Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War # 1

Hordak moves on Castle Grayskull as He-Man, She-ra and Teela prepare for war.

Eternia has fallen to the Horde, as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe have been driven underground on their own homeworld.

Perhaps the one chance that the Masters had was that Hordak lacked a physical body to lead the conquest himself. Or at least that used to be true. In this exclusive preview from He-Man: The Eternity War # 1, Hordak pulls a Voldemort to reclaim his corporeal form and steal the secrets of Castle Grayskull. And this time, neither He-Man, She-ra nor even the transformed Teela can prevent Hordak from gaining ultimate power.

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12-21-14

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Exclusive Interview: Wes Ball on The Maze Runner

Ball tells us about the challenges of bringing The Maze Runner to life and why he changed one of the key aspects in the book.

Critically acclaimed and YA adaptation rarely come together when the inevitable movie reaches fruition. But The Maze Runner was extremely well received by fans and critics alike. The film also pushed “Teen Wolf” actor Dylan O’Brien towards movie stardom as Thomas, a young boy who finds himself trapped in the middle of a constantly changing maze with a group of other young men who were brought there before him.

Director Wes Ball was the man tasked with bringing James Dashner’s novel to the screen. Unsurprisingly, Ball was asked back for the sequel and he is currently working on The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials based upon the second book in Dasher’s series.

With the release of The Maze Runner on DVD and Blu-ray this week, CraveOnline was given an opportunity to speak with Ball about his experiences on the set of The Maze Runner. Although Ball wasn’t able to talk about The Scorch Trials, he did seem to confirm one aspect of the novels won’t be used in the films. He was also exuberant when speaking about the recently released trailer for one of 2015’s most anticipated movies.

Note that there are some spoilers for the first Maze Runner movie in this interview! You’ve been warned…

 

CraveOnline: Did you have any difficulties adapting the story of The Maze Runner into a film?

Wes Ball: You know, I thought it actually adapted pretty closely to a movie. James [Dashner] always talks about how he had written it over six years, so he had a lot of time plotting this thing and getting the pacing right.

Early on, the adaptation challenges were the characters and just the overall pace while turning a 300 plus page novel into a 110 page script. That meant a lot of compressing things and slightly rearranging some of the little things to make the motivations and the plot twists a little stronger. But ultimately, we matched the book pretty closely.

Who among the cast was the biggest revelation as a performer?

It might be Dylan [O'Brien], to be honest. He was probably the last person we cast because I was all over the world [looking] for the best [actors] for the characters. And I have to admit that I wasn’t completely sold that Dylan was going to be the right guy at first. That’s where I kind of left it until I sat down and talked with him.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Kevin Eastman Interview

The co-creator of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ says he prefers ‘Turtles in Time’ to ‘Secret of the Ooze.’

Kevin Eastman co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In comparison, I have done relatively little with my life. So it’s a bit humbling to speak to Eastman on the phone and pick his brain about some of the weirder creative decisions made for the films and TV series over the years. Fortunately, Eastman is a very positive person who takes even some of the least popular aspects of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series in stride. He still kinda likes Venus de Milo from the live-action TV series, and even thinks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is a pretty good movie.

With the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie arriving on Blu-ray today, we invite you to read this interview to find out what Kevin Eastman thinks is the best film in the series (it’s probably not the one you expect), and hint that a return of Usagi Yojimbo may be in the Turtles’ future (if he has his way, at least). Enjoy!

CraveOnline: I wanted to ask you about your experience with all the movies to date, if that’s okay.

Kevin Eastman: Oh, of course!

Could you tell me a bit about the process of making the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I guess it was back in 1990?

Yeah, you know it’s interesting. Each version of the Turtles from the black and white [comic book] series to the animated series has always made allocations and exceptions and adaptations to fit the medium. Certainly at that time, I would say that the first Turtles movie was hands down one of my favorites because I thought it was a perfect blend thanks to the Steve Barron, who directed it, and the wonderful – more than wonderful – Jim Henson and his Creature Shop, who brought them to life. It was a perfect blend of the black and white series and the animated series, sort of making something that was for all audiences.

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Exclusive Preview: Fables: The Wolf Among Us Chapter # 2

The Woodsman calls out the beast inside of Bigby.

The main Fables ongoing series is nearing its end in 2015, but the digital comic adaptation of Telltale Games’ Fables: The Wolf Among Us is just getting started.

Writers Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges and artist Shawn McManus are bringing The Wolf Among Us to comics as the story shifts to 1986, when Sheriff Bigby Wolf was still working for Ichabod Crane in Fabletown.

In our exclusive preview from Fables: The Wolf Among Us Chapter # 2, Bigby finds himself in an unexpectedly vicious fight with his old nemesis, The Woodsman. But it’s the enigmatic Fable known as Faith who may hold the solution for Bigby, even if he has no idea what he’s in for in the near future…

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The Hobbit Interview: Richard Armitage on Thorin’s Madness

The actor based part of his performance on Benedict Cumberbatch’s interpretation of Smaug.

Richard Armitage brought the sexy back to Middle Earth. The star of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy plays Thorin Oakenshield, the heir to the throne of the dwarves, who is on a mission to recapture Erebor and the treasure hoarded by the dragon Smaug. It’s a character Richard Armitage has had an opportunity to expand from the novels, delving into the heroic nature of Thorin and transforming him into a more dashing figure than he was in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original book. But in this weekend’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Thorin has achieved his goals and fallen prey to the madness that stems from acquiring untold riches. (And STILL he’s charismatic!)

I talked to Richard Armitage on the phone about the differences between the novel and the motion picture trilogy, and the seemingly rapid descent into paranoia that befalls his character in the final film in the series. We also talked about the influence Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Smaug had on his own performance in The Battle of the Five Armies, how Tolkien’s life story impacted his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield and his favorite scene from all of the films.

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Syfy Charts a Course For ‘Krypton’

Now even Superman’s grandfather is getting his own potential TV series.

You can blame “Gotham” for this one.

Fox’s Batman prequel has been one of the few breakout hits on network TV this fall. So Syfy is throwing the gauntlet down with a Superman prequel series… two generations before the Man of Steel comes to Earth.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer is developing “Krypton” as a one hour drama at Syfy. Goyer and Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time”) came up with the premise of “Krypton” and it’s pilot story, but Goldberg will be writing the actual script by himself.

As for the premise, Syfy describes it this way: “Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Superhero ever known.”

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Exclusive Preview: Harley Quinn Holiday Special # 1

Harley Quinn celebrates Christmas as only she can in DC’s newest holiday special.

If you need more Harley Quinn this month, DC Comics has you covered.

Harley Quinn Holiday Special # 1 features the husband and wife creative duo of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti in three tales of holiday insanity with everyone’s favorite… is clown still the right word to use? Anyway, it’s Harley Quinn and everyone loves her.

For our exclusive preview from Harley Quinn Holiday Special # 1, the artist known as Mauricet joins Conner and Palmiotti as Harley and her pal, Tony try to find homes for their legion of stray pets. And it just wouldn’t be a Harley Quinn story if she didn’t take things a little too far…

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‘Star Trek 3′ Needs a New Director!

Roberto Orci is out! Edgar Wright might be in! What the heck happened?!

When J.J. Abrams left the Star Trek franchise to direct a certain OTHER sci-fi movie, the director’s chair was quickly filled by screenwriter Roberto Orci, who had co-written both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. It seemed like an odd choice at the outset, since Orci had never directed a film before, and now it’s looking like the gamble didn’t pay off. Deadline is now reporting that Roberto Orci will no longer be in charge of the as yet untitled Star Trek 3.

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Major ‘Arrow’ Villain Will Return In Season 3

One of Oliver Queen’s greatest adversaries will be back on “Arrow” in 2015.

There are spoilers ahead for “Arrow” Season 3!

But since you clicked on the link and have continued to read the article, we’re just going to assume that you want to know which enemy is coming back to “Arrow.” And the answer is… Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke.

As reported by MTV, former “Arrow” series regular Manu Bennett will be making an appearance as Slade Wilson on the series early in 2015. It’s not clear if Bennett’s appearance will be in a single episode or if Slade is back as a long term adversary.

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First Look: Star Wars # 1

Get an early glimpse of Marvel’s first comic to sell over one million copies in the last twenty years.

The Star Wars comic book franchise began at Marvel Comics. Next month, Star Wars is coming back to Marvel… and the results have been “most impressive.”

According to a report on ComicBook.com, Marvel’s Star Wars relaunch is set to sell over a million copies thanks to an aggressive marketing push, several variant covers, and comic book store promotions. Of course, it also helps to have a stellar creative team. On Star Wars, writer Jason Aaron (Wolverine and The X-Men) is joined by artist John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers).

StarWars.com has debuted the first three preview pages from Star Wars # 1, which finds Han, Luke and Leia in a situation that we’ve seen them in several times before. But the art is really eye-pleasing and Cassaday seems to have captured the likenesses well.

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