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12-21-14

FILM

The Maze Runner

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

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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12-14-14

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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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COMICS

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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12-7-14

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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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TV

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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COMICS

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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11-30-14

FILM

The 50 Greatest Movie Franchises of All Time

CraveOnline presents the best movie franchises ever made, ranked by the average quality of each film (including the bad ones).

Now more than ever, the motion picture industry runs on franchises. There’s no point, it seems, to making a big budget movie any more if you aren’t already planning to spin it into three, four, ten or twenty follow-up films. And although the old adage claims that “sequels suck,” audiences are discovering more and more that this doesn’t have to be the case. Some of the best films of the past few years have been sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots of beloved properties, proving that movie franchises can be as artistically valid as any other form of media.

With movie franchises now seemingly the norm in Hollywood, CraveOnline has decided to take this opportunity to determine which long-running series of films are the best ever produced. Our four film critics – William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold, Brian Formo and Fred Topel – each nominated 50 movie franchises, ranked from 1-50, which were then pooled together to come up with our cumulative 50 Greatest Movie Franchises of All Time.

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TV

William Shatner Joins Haven Cast As Recurring Guest Star

Haven midseason finale to air December 11th

The Shat hits the fan next year on “Haven” – William Shatner (“Star Trek”) is set to guest star in a four episode arc of the Showcase fan-favourite series in 2015.

Shatner will play a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its troubled residents. Airing Thursdays at 10pm, “Haven” races toward its game-changing midseason finale with the last two episodes of 2014.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: He-Man and The Masters of The Universe # 19

The prelude to The Eternity War begins in Prince Adam’s childhood as Skeletor rises.

The battle for Eternia is nearing a tipping point. He-Man’s sister, She-ra has finally emerged… but a larger conflict is brewing. And The Eternity War is about to begin.

For the final issue of DC’s He-Man and The Masters of The Universe, Rob David, the Head Writer for Mattel’s Masters of the Universe franchise, sows the seeds of The Eternity War with a flashback to the early years of Prince Adam before he became He-Man. And in this exclusive preview from He-Man and The Masters of The Universe # 19, David shows Adam’s first kiss and the rebellion of his evil uncle, Keldor, the man who would become Skeletor.

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11-23-14

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Mike Nichols: 11 Essential Films

The legendary Mike Nichols directed 22 films. Here are the essentials.

There are few filmmakers who have the same brand of theatrical warmth that Mike Nichols had. Nichols, a master director responsible for numerous award-winning classics, approached his films the same way he approached his plays: as sincere and unflinching character studies. He could work with light comedy, satire, horror, even outright politics, and still get under the skin of the material. He could dissect, examine, and intellectualize, all from within a warm, human skin. He was, in the truest sense, interested in people.

Nichols is often included with other members of his generation (including Sidney Lumet, Bob Rafelson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese) as one of the vanguard of late ’60s and early ’70s cinema. Nichols’ 1967 effort The Graduate is often called one of the best of its decade, and the film’s frank depictions of sexuality, not to mention its wholly ambiguous views on romance, paved the way for the following dark wave of hard-hitting dramas that were to define the 1970s.

But Nichols (along with many of his contemporaries) was not confined to the 1970s “bleakness” movement, continuing to make interesting and successful – and often great – films in every decade. He was also much more adept at outright comedy than most of his contemporaries, infusing even his darker films with a casual form of interpersonal joy. Even though hearts may be breaking, Nichols was often able to wring the wry smirk out of the situation. Some of his films were outright tragic – social satire was his strongest suit – but the tragedy and cruelty on display were never included for the sake pity or cheap tears. Nichols was far too humane. He didn’t stiffarm us. He hugged us. Often in empathy.

Nichols directed 19 theatrical feature films in his career, one short film, one made-for-TV movie, and one miniseries. Each one is notable in its own way, but the following eleven selections are, I feel, a healthy and interesting cross-section of his body of work.

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TV

10 Things We Learned From ‘The Wonder Years’ Complete Series DVD

CraveOnline delves into the massive DVD set for a few facts you may not know about “The Wonder Years.”

If you were a kid growing up in the late ‘80s, you probably learned a lot about history and related to the universal struggle of growing up portrayed in “The Wonder Years.” Set in the ‘60s, the series followed Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) as he experienced first loves and heartbreaks that are still reached compelling decades later.

If you’re an adult now, you’ll want to revisit the show on DVD, and if you’re Kevin Arnold’s age in the 21st century, you can experience what we went through all over again. The complete series is finally available on DVD for the first time, with all the correct music licensed, which I understand was the big holdup.

The five season set also has several discs full of bonus features, complete interviews with the cast and creators, and further discussions amongst them. Exploring the bonus features taught me a lot more about “The Wonder Years,” so below I’ll share the 10 things I learned from the “Wonder Years” Complete Series DVD, and trust me there’s so much more to find in the DVD set.

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COMICS

Howard The Duck Gets a New Ongoing Comic Book Series

Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones bring the subversive talking duck back to the Marvel Universe next year.

I think we can thank Guardians of the Galaxy for this one.

In the brief post-credits scene in that film, Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick’s Howard the Duck made his first cinematic appearance since the ill-fated Howard the Duck movie in 1986. And this time, audiences actually enjoyed seeing the talking duck onscreen.

Marvel is capitalizing on Howard’s renewed popularity by relaunching Howard the Duck as an ongoing comic book series by writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones. The announcement was made at Entertainment Weekly, where Zdarsky teased the new direction for Howard, which finds him reinventing himself as a private detective.

“He’s an everyman who happens to be a duck,” explained Zdarsky. “He’s angry, exasperated, and he’s had it up to here with the world around him, but he’s trapped here! Infinitely relatable! I love the contrast of Howard against both the normal world of us hairless apes and the weird worlds of Man-Things and Dr. Stranges and Spider-Mans. Cause he doesn’t fit into either, really.”

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11-16-14

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The 2014 Classic Movie Gift Guide

Cool new books and amazing old movies for the classic movie lover on your shopping list.

There are all kinds of movie lovers in the world, and picking out the right gift for each of them can be a hassle. That’s why CraveOnline is dedicated to helping you find the perfect presents this year with a series of gift guides for every type of film fan. And few cinephiles can be harder to shop for than lovers of classic movies. After all, the movies they love have been out for decades. What if they have them all?

 

Check Out: The 2014 Horror Movie Gift Guide

 

Fortunately, what’s old can always be made new again. Every year Hollywood strikes incredible new transfers of the most beloved movies ever made, and finally brings a timeless classic to Blu-ray for the first time. And 2014 was absolutely no exception. Thanks to dedicated home video distribution companies like Criterion and Warner Home Video, to name just a couple, there are plenty of all-new releases of all-time classics to buy the classic movie lover in your life.

 

Check Out: The 2014 Blu-ray Movie Gift Guide

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Live-Action Batman Villains: Then and Now

The 1966 TV show ‘Batman’ is finally on home video! Take a look at how Batman’s rogues gallery has evolved over the past 50 years.

After literally decades of rights disputes, one of the world’s best television shows, “Batman,” will finally be released on home video for the first time on Tuesday, November 11th.

“Batman” ran for 120 episodes from 1966 to 1968, and essentially brought the now-famous comic book character into the public consciousness for the first time. Sure, there were theatrical serials that preceded the show, but “Batman” was a superhero for a new generation. It was colorful, explosive, hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, and endlessly enjoyable. It fell into a pop culture matrix that included other indelible kid-friendly hits like “Star Trek,” “The Monkees,” “The Green Hornet,” and “The Avengers” (that’s the British spy series, and not the Marvel characters). It is perhaps one of the most important genre shows of all time.

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First Look: Star Wars: Darth Vader # 1

Darth Vader confronts Jabba the Hutt in an early preview from Marvel’s upcoming Star Wars comics.

For the first time since the late ‘80s, Star Wars comics are coming back to Marvel early next year.

While the later stages of Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars run tended to be set in the prequel series era, Marvel’s new Star Wars comics are firmly set during the original Star Wars trilogy. That means that Luke, Han and Leia are back in the spotlight. But so is the O.G. Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader.

Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca are the creative team of Marvel’s upcoming Star Wars: Darth Vader comic, which will explore the war against the Rebel Alliance from Vader’s point of view in the aftermath of the first Death Star’s destruction.

Marvel has released a preview from Star Wars: Darth Vader that features a moment we’ve never seen before: Darth Vader in the Jabba’s palace as he confronts Jabba the Hutt himself!

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11-9-14

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‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Interview: The Farrelly Brothers

Bobby and Peter explain why they revisited Harry and Lloyd, the story behind Brett Favre’s role in “There’s Something About Mary” and a lot of geography.

At the press conference for Dumb and Dumber Too, Jeff Daniels noted that the Farrelly Brothers create an environment of family. “They’re always tossing in ‘FOPs’ and ‘FOBs’ (friends of Pete, friends of Bobby) from people back home in Rhode Island and they’d gather up friends to do this scene with Jim Carrey and myself. They’d say, ‘Jim, Jeff, this is my friend who helped me with homework when I was 10′. We’d shake hands and starting shooting. It was like that on the first Dumb and Dumber and it was tenfold on this one.”

When I got to speak with the Farrelly Brothers — directors of not just Dumb and Dumber, but also There’s Something About Mary, Kingpin and Stuck on You – they were treating me like a long lost cousin. Where are you from? Where have you been? What’s your dad up to? I closed my notebook of questions and just conversed with the brothers, trying to work back in Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary questions when there was an opening.

Highlights included some asides about traveling on trains, how Drew Bledsoe’s stage dive from an Everclear show opened up dick jokes at Brett Favre’s expense and also, why the hell were they bringing Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey) back?

The scene begins, when I walk in…

Peter Farrelly: Where are you from?

CraveOnline: I’m writing this for CraveOnline.

Peter: No, I mean where are you from originally?

Oh, all over. I mostly grew up in Boise, Idaho.

Bobby Farrelly: I spend a lot of time in Boise. It’s a good town!

Really? A lot of time in Boise? I’ve only been there once in the last thirteen years.

Bobby: Well, we go skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho a bunch.

Peter: It seems like it’s an up-and-coming town.

I left in 2001, but I think it was like 1999 or 1998 that it was chosen by Outside Magazine as “the most livable city in America.”

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Syfy Will Adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘3001: The Final Odyssey’

Ridley Scott will executive produce a miniseries that wraps up Clarke’s Space Odyssey storyline.

The last time that anyone dared to make a sequel to 2001 was in 1984, when Peter Hyams directed 2010: The Year We Make Contact. Thirty years later, the final chapter in Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey series may finally get a live action adaptation.

Syfy has announced that it is developing Clarke’s 3001: The Final Odyssey as a miniseries produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Clarke’s Space Odyssey saga began as a short story called The Sentinel before Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick collaborated on the 2001: A Space Odyssey feature film. Clarke subsequent wrote the full length 2001 novel and three literary sequels, with 3001 finishing the tale in 1997.

Clarke’s Space Odyssey novels were notoriously out of exact continuity with each other, as he changed events and details in each subsequent story. But the 3001 novel and its Syfy miniseries are meant to act as a final sequel to 2001. In the novel, the story follows Frank Poole, the astronaut who was seemingly left to die in space by HAL-9000 during the events of 2001. In the year 3001, Poole’s body is found and he is revived to explore life in the future just as the alien monoliths are about to render judgment on humanity.

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The Dynamite Report # 3

The Dynamite editors fill us in on the King relaunch, James Bond and Shaft comics and share previews of Army of Darkness and Django & Zorro!

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.

Joining me for our latest column are Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt along with Associate Editors Molly Mahan and Hannah Gorfinkel Elder.

CraveOnline: As a classic comic strip fan, I’m really looking forward to your new King line of comics. In particular, Prince Valiant by Nate Cosby and Ron Salas. Will that comic be told in the classic illustration style of the Prince Valiant strip?

Joseph Rybandt: No, it will be interpreted by Ron in his own way, under the direction of writer/editor Nate Cosby, but owing, of course to the art that inspired so many to love the character of course. I think, as a whole, we’ve proven we can be “modern” and stay respectful to what came before with these classic characters…

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11-2-14

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Kevin Feige Answers Questions About Marvel Phase Three

Black Panther will make his first appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ which will play out very differently than the Civil War from the comics.

After today’s unexpectedly huge announcement from Marvel Studios, which detailed plans for superhero movies through 2019 and revealed that Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up) has been cast as The Black Panther, Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige stuck around for a while. The press, including CraveOnline, had a lot of questions about their plans for Marvel Phase Three.

The most relevant questions from that press conference, and Kevin Feige’s answers, have been included below, but let’s clarify his responses as concisely as possible, to make sure everyone is on the same page:

 

  • The initial reveal that Captain America 3 would be subtitled The Serpent Society was officially a joke. Kevin Feige indicated that the supervillain group will not be part of the third film in the franchise, which is actually titled Captain America: Civil War.

 

  • Benedict Cumberbatch has not “officially” signed on to play Doctor Strange. If his casting was official, Kevin Feige says they would have made the announcement today.

 

  • There are currently no plans for solo movies starring Iron Man, The Hulk or Black Widow. At least, none for Marvel Phase Three.

 

  • Although she won’t be getting her own movie in Marvel Phase Three, Black Widow is “a key part” of the forward momentum of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she will be a “lynchpin” in the upcoming Avengers movies.

 

  • Black Panther will make his first official appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Kevin Feige added the words “in costume” to that statement, meaning it’s technically possible that his alter ego, T’Challa, could show up beforehand in either Avengers: Age of Ultron or Ant-Man.

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CBS Is Developing a ‘Limitless’ TV Series

And yes, CBS has found a way to make it a procedural drama.

This year’s TV development season has featured a number of unlikely films getting TV adaptations including The Illusionist and the short-lived “Say Anything” sequel series that was instantly crushed by Cameron Crowe’s wraith.

But the film to TV trend won’t be stopping any time soon. Deadline is reporting that CBS has given a pilot production commitment to “Limitless,” based on the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper. In the movie, Cooper played Brian Sinclair, a man who unlocked the potential of his mind with a drug called NZT.

The “Limitless” TV series will pick up after the events of the movie as Burger is “coerced into using his newfound drug enhanced abilities for good.” That’s the procedural angle that probably sold CBS on this project.

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First Look: Amazing Spider-Man # 9

Spider-Verse officially begins… and the artwork is phenomenal.

First Look: Amazing Spider-Man # 9

It’s finally here. The Spider-Verse storyline has crashed into the 616 Marvel Universe and Peter Parker’s life is about to be turned upside down.

Here’s the short version for those of you who haven’t been keeping up with Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man run. Peter discovered that a young woman (Silk) was also bitten by the radioactive spider that gave him his super powers. Silk had been in voluntary exile for years before Peter released her. But that drew the attention of Peter’s old foe, Morlun and the Inheritors; who are now on a relentless march through the multiverse to kill every version of Spider-Man that ever existed.

Not even the Saturday morning cartoon Spider-Men are safe. Morlun killed the cast of “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” with such brutality that Aunt May will probably have a heart attack when she finds the bodies and Ms. Lion will be forced to eat their remains to survive.

Probably. I’m just guessing there.

Amazing Spider-Man # 9 is the official starting point of Spider-Verse and Olivier Coipel is coming on to the title for this storyline. I don’t always say this about our comic previews, but Coipel’s art is so impressive that even Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham looks… incredible. Or should I say, “Amazing?”

The preview pages bring Peter Parker face-to-face with most of his fellow Spider-heroes in the present, as well as a few from the alternate Earths. But we don’t get to see Peter’s reaction to the leader of the Spider-Men: Otto “Doctor Octopus” Octavius… The Superior Spider-Man!

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James Spader Says Avengers Villain Ultron is “Batshit Crazy”

But that’s not all he’s got to say about the infamous villain he’s the voice of in Avengers 2.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has been circulating the internet for a small while now, and for those who have watched the trailer several times just to hear James Spader’s Ultron taunt our favorite gang of heroes, we’ve come to a conclusion, just as Spader himself has:

"Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes. Red [Reddington] isn’t pyschopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He’s really batshit crazy! In many ways he’s a child, because he’s a brand new being who’s just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he’s a very powerful, smart child."

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Exclusive Interview: Andrew J. West on ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5

The man behind this season’s main villain offers a glimpse into Gareth’s mindset and shares some details about life on the set of “The Walking Dead.”

“The Walking Dead” Season 5 is currently running Sunday nights on AMC. For all you “Walking Dead” fanatics, the sixth season was renewed even before the long awaited premiere. This season, it looks like Andrew J. West is playing the main villain, Gareth. While Terminus has been destroyed, Gareth and his group are still out there making trouble for Rick Grimes and his friends. 

West made his first appearance on the series in the final episode of season 4. When CraveOnline spoke with West earlier this month, he couldn’t confirm the rumors about Gareth’s cannibalism… which were confirmed on last night’s episode.

However, West did tell us about his journey with the show. From working with Andrew Lincoln, to hanging with the crew after a long day of shooting, West divulges what it’s like to be part of the hottest show on TV. He also gives us clues about Gareth and reveals what about the character he’s most excited to share with audiences. That, and his experiences with fan art. Apparently Norman Reedus’ has an entire room of it…

CraveOnline: You had only a 24-hour turnaround after getting cast before you flew to Atlanta to shoot! How did you prep?

Andrew J West: It’s tough. I don’t know if it was exactly 24 hours, it was about that length of time. I got off the flight in Atlanta and went straight to a fitting from the airport. The first taste I got was the clothes. I was trying to figure out who my character would be based on what he dressed in. I was grasping for any clue. Scott Gimple [the showrunner] called me into his office and he sat me down and he gave me really all the information that I needed to know to approach the finale of season 4. Gimple is great at giving you the information [needed] in order to do your job well but not giving too much so the story of the show isn’t compromised. Scott is extremely hands on and made himself available to answer any questions.

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First Look: Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America

Deadpool and Old Steve Rogers team up to keep the Hand from resurrecting or cloning Wolverine.

Wolverine is dead.

As Marvel and Disney bury their cash cow under a thick layer of adamantium (at least until the next Wolverine movie) it’s a time for great sadness in the X-Men’s corner of the Marvel Universe.

But now is the time for laughter. So, laugh, damn it!

Regular Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan is tackling the end of Wolverine’s life with Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America one shot. During Duggan’s run on Deadpool, the title character actually formed a bond with Cap and Wolverine before untimely aging and event comics caught up to them, respectively. With Logan dead (for now), it’s up to Old Steve Rogers and Deadpool to make sure that no one can clone their friend.

Too bad the Hand is already well on their way, courtesy of a knife with Wolverine’s DNA! Can Deadpool and General Geriatric Cap save the day?

Probably. But we’ll read the comic anyway.

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Fury: David Ayer on Historical Accuracy and Wardaddy

Director David Ayer describes the brain-spilling scene he thought was too violent for his ultra-violent WWII movie ‘Fury.’

“Rumors, rumors. Just rumors.” That’s what writer/director David Ayer told me about the Suicide Squad movie that would be confirmed by Warner Bros. just a few days later. So we know the Fury filmmaker can play things close to the vest. But otherwise he’s very open and candid when talking about the World War II drama about a tank crew invading Germany in the waning days of the conflict.

A little too candid, maybe. SPOILER ALERT: David Ayer talks about the death of one of the characters in Fury over the course of this interview. But he also talks about his personal obsession with historical accuracy, what the horses symbolize over the course of the film, the difference between European WWII movies and their American counterparts, where the name “Wardaddy” comes from and the “intense” romantic comedy he has in him somewhere.

David Ayer also describes the brain-spilling sequence he cut from the movie, because even the director of one of the most violent war movies ever made thought it was too much, in this CraveOnline exclusive interview. 

Related: What’s the Best World War II Movie Ever?

CraveOnline: Your style before this seemed kind of run-and-gun, but in Fury it must have required a lot of prep before practically everything.

David Ayer: Yeah, exactly.

Was that difficult to wrap your head around? Is that how you prefer to work now?

No. This is a bigger canvas and it’s a bigger world. If you’re going to make a World War II movie you can’t just throw a camera on your shoulder and run into the streets and do it. Everything on screen has to be thought out, so every location, every uniform, vehicles, tanks, locations, etc. Everything has to be period accurate, so you have to think about the world you’re building and you have to think about how you’re going to show that world. For me it was great to just, not necessarily slow down because we were fast, but to think about how to compose the shots and what you’re saying. To paint a picture. We shot on film. We shot on anamorphic [with] traditional equipment. I think you get typecast as a director…

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Exclusive Interview: Candice Patton on ‘The Flash’

Patton tells us how she was cast as Iris West in “The Flash’ and reveals how she and Grant Gustin create their onscreen relationship.

“The Flash” is one of the most anticipated new shows of the season. A spinoff of “Arrow,” the series centers on the Barry Allen version of the famous comic book superhero while chronicling his rise to valor. If the pilot was any representation of what the season will look like, it should be pretty awesome.

So far, we’ve been introduced to a number of anticipated characters. There’s The Flash himself, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), possible nemesis Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) and Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). But no superhero is complete without a love interest, this time it’s Iris West, as played by Candice Patton.

CraveOnline got a chance to chat with Patton this week. She assures us that Iris will be a “strong female character” and not another damsel in distress. She also reveals how she was cast on the show, and how the relationship with Gustin is expanding and what to expect from Iris West this season.

CraveOnline: Lois Lane, Vicki Vale and now Iris West. You’re bringing on the next generation of these female characters. Did you have a relationship with them as a kid or with comics?

Candice Patton: I didn’t read comic books; that’s not something that was really available to me as a child. We watched more cartoons and movies. I grew up with Batman and Superman but definitely in a cartoon and a movie kind of way. I was familiar with DC superheroes. I didn’t know much about The Flash or anything about Iris West! Going in for this part, that was something I had to research.

Can you tell me about the process of getting cast?

Around December they were starting to look for Iris West and my manager sent me an email, ‘There is this role Iris West. You are absolutely perfect for this.’ He knows what I’m like, the kinds of roles I would like to play. I went in and kind of bombed the first time. I went up on my lines, which I rarely ever do. It wasn’t great and I knew that it wasn’t going to go forward for me. I was really bummed about it because I felt like Iris was perfect for me. I went home for Christmas and came to terms with the fact I wasn’t going to be a part of The Flash. [Then ]they re-released the role. I had another shot. This time I got to read with [Grant], which helped. We had a lot of chemistry there. Second time around it just worked!

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First Look: All-New Captain America # 1

Sam Wilson steps up as the new Captain America.

As The Falcon, Sam Wilson has been Captain America’s sidekick, his partner, and his best friend. Now, Sam Wilson is the new Captain America.

While Sam Wilson is currently appearing as Captain America in the pages of Avengers & X-Men: Axis, his solo adventures will kick off later this month in All-New Captain America # 1, by writer Rick Remender and artist Stuart Immonen.

As revealed in the closing pages of Captain America # 25, Hydra has risen again and someone very close to Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers has betrayed them. Although if readers examine that issue closely, the identity of the traitor isn’t that hard to guess. Just ask yourself which hero is acting wildly out of character.

Marvel has released a first look at All-New Captain America with some really terrific pages by Immonen. Click on that first image to see the double-page spread at a bigger size!

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New York Comic Con 2014: George Clooney Crashes The Tomorrowland Panel

Clooney emerges as an unannounced guest while making his Comic Con debut.

According to George Clooney himself, the actor is supposed to be on his honeymoon with his new wife, Amal Alamuddin. Instead, Clooney put in a surprise appearance during the Tomorrowland panel on the first day of New York Comic Con.

Via Comic Book Resources’ Spinoff blog, Clooney shocked his Tomorrowland co-stars Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Hugh Laurie by joining the panel before joking with the crowd that “I think since my Batman, I was disinvited from Comic Con… I see the comments section on all you guys! I met Adam West back there and said, ‘Hey, I’m really sorry! Sorry about the nipples on the suit.’”

Tomorrowland screenwriter Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird were also on hand to discuss the film. The film’s script was co-written by Bird and Lindelof from a story they conceived with entertainment reporter Jeff Jensen. While most of the Tomorrowland plot details remain shrouded in secrecy, it has previously been revealed that Clooney will play a former boy genius named Frank who shares a connection with a scientifically inclined young girl named Casey (Robertson) as they attempt to uncover the secrets of a place beyond time and space called Tomorrowland.

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New York Comic Con: ‘Archer’ Panel Report

The entire cast of “Archer” comes to New York for a preview of the sixth season on FX

When “Archer” premiered in 2010, the animated series used ISIS as the name of its fictional spy agency. With the rise of a very real ISIS in the Middle East, “Archer” creator Adam Reed has dumped the ISIS name entirely.

At New York Comic Con, the entire sixth season premiere of “Archer” was screened for the audience as the characters adjust to being back in the spy business and in their “new” offices. However, it’s Sterling Archer himself who struggles to deal with being a father before finding himself stuck with an old soldier who doesn’t know that he’s already lost the war.

Following the screening, the moderator introduced Reed and the entire voice cast of “Archer,” including H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Lucky Yates and a new recurring guest star… Christian Slater, who is reprising his role as “Slater” from the fifth season. Producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis were also a part of the panel.

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New York Comic Con 2014: Marvel’s Death of Wolverine Panel Report

How will Marvel replace its flagship character? With several characters who are vaguely similar.

This Wednesday, the X-Men and Avengers icon, Wolverine will bite the big one in the final issue of The Death of Wolverine miniseries. And while Marvel would love to convince us that Logan will be gone forever, the company is using his demise as a springboard for several new comics.

At New York Comic Con, Marvel presented a panel for The Death of Wolverine with Brian Michael Bendis, Charles Soule, Peter David, Greg Pak and Gerry Duggan. Marvel editors Mike Marts, Jordan White and Katie Kubert were also on hand as the company announced its newest ongoing series: Wolverines.

Soule will headline Wolverines alongside Ray Fawkes and artist Nick Bradshaw. The story will spin out of the upcoming Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy as X-23, Sabretooth, Daken and Mystique find themselves forced to work as a team to survive, although Soule was quick to note that they are not actually a team. He cited Warren Ellis’ Nextwave as an influence on the book and promised that Fin Fang Foom will appear in Wolverines.

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Exclusive Interview: Laurence Fishburne on ‘Blackish’ & ‘Hannibal’

We go one-on-one with a Hollywood legend out his new comedy “Blackish,” the future of “Hannibal” and Batman V. Superman.

Here is one interview I never expected to land, but there was Laurence Fishburne sitting at a table at the ABC party for the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Not by himself, but with no other reporters around, I asked if I could speak with Mr. Fishburne.

Earlier, he had told the TCA on the “Blackish” panel that he was still a guest star on NBC’s “Hannibal.” On “Blackish,” he plays the grandfather. He also spoke in a high pitched voice, a most unexpected affect from the famous baritone. I won’t blame him him for not knowing my reference to “A very special episode.” Fishburne was busy in the jungles of the Philippines or teaching the Boyz n the Hood life lessons to notice sitcom shenanigans.

CraveOnline: You did a funny voice on the panel.

Laurence Fishburne: “I did lots of them.”

Yes, are you in some ways tired of being acclaimed for this legendary voice you have?

“No. It’s just something that came out today.”

Does it ever come out on set?

Well, we’ve only done the pilot so God knows what’s going to happen on set.

Why do you think you’ve not been given more opportunities to be comedic?

Nobody was paying attention. You know, people are comfortable with you the way they’re comfortable with you. When you make a departure from that, it’s tricky. So the good news is, the little thing I did in Ride-Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube is a comic turn. Even though it’s the heavy, there’s some physical comedy so that warms the audience up a little bit. The commercial I did for Kia was hilarious and unexpected so that I think is also another way of signaling to the audience that there’s more to me than Morpheus. I took the piss out of Morpheus.

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Exclusive Interview: John Cho on ‘Selfie,’ ‘Sleepy Hollow’ & Star Trek

The star of Star Trek and Harold and Kumar talks to CraveOnline about his new ABC comedy, the social media rom-com “Selfie.”

The new ABC comedy “Selfie” is a modern day My Fair Lady, or perhaps a modern day She’s All That if you will. Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) is a social media maven who realizes all her Twitter followers aren’t her actual friends. Her coworker Henry (John Cho) agrees to help her learn to get along with real people, but it’s a tough job, one that may take seven or eight seasons total.

We sat down with Cho this summer after the “Selfie” panel for the Television Critics Association to discuss his new comedy, and his commitments to “Sleepy Hollow” and the Star Trek movies.

 

CraveOnline: I think we might often see a male character in this situation in a comedy, or even in real life, he’d be so attracted to Karen’s character no matter how awful her behavior is. They would just fawn all over her. Was it interesting to you that your character really sees through her and she can be so distasteful he doesn’t want anything to do with her?

John Cho: I guess it’s a more interesting place to start. I think it’s kind of traditional in the sense that they’re not supposed to be together and they’re opposites. Even My Fair Lady which I watched recently, he takes a long time to soften up and they don’t really get together. Yeah, I guess increasing the distance that the arc has to go is more interesting to me.

I guess a will they/won’t they situation you can usually tell from the beginning that they will. If it weren’t for the premise of “Selfie” would they probably have nothing to do with each other?

Right, although I’m working at it backwards going they have to, so I then I assume and then create a reason. Absolutely, yeah, they shouldn’t really be together it could be argued, and they shouldn’t like one another. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of position she puts him into. He’s very proud and that is its own kind of ignorance. She pulls him out of that and challenges him, and he falls on his face a little bit. That’ll be fun.

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Exclusive Preview: Batman Beyond 2.0 Chapter # 36

Batman and Ten try to take down Inque and the new Royal Flush Gang.

Fans of the “Batman Beyond” animated series should remember Ten as the Catwoman of her generation. Like her more famous precursor, Ten was a criminal who had a mutual attraction to the Batman of her era, Terry McGinnis. And like Catwoman, Ten had the potential to turn away from the life of a supervillain… but she never fully did it.

In the current storyline running through Batman Beyond 2.0, Ten is back and so is her “family” in the Royal Flush Gang. This time, Inque is on their side and Ten is the ace up Batman’s sleeve… or is she?

DC Comics has passed along an exclusive preview of this week’s Batman Beyond 2.0 Chapter # 36, which finds Batman trying to fight off Inque while Ten takes on her mother. But can Ten betray her family again?

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The Boxtrolls: Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable Interview

The directors of ‘The Boxtrolls’ explain the origin of the film’s most terrible pun

The latest film from LAIKA, the studio that brought you the celebrated stop-motion animated movies Coraline and ParaNorman, opens in theaters this weekend. It’s an adaptation of the book Here There Be Monsters by Alan Snow called The Boxtrolls, and it stars Isaac Hempstead-Wright as a young boy adopted by subterranean trolls who wear boxes for clothing. A villain named Archibald Snatcher (Sir Ben Kingsley) vows to exterminate all the Boxtrolls in exchange for a place in polite society, and a young girl named Winifred (Elle Fanning) helps Eggs save the day and also waxes rhapsodic about cannibalism and monsters. 

It’s an… eccentric film, and it’s directed by Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) and Graham Annable (Bone: Out from Boneville). I got them together to discuss their co-directing duties on The Boxtrolls, Sir Ben Kingsley’s mysterious vocal impersonation, transvestitism, the development of a strong and original heroine and the genesis of the film’s worst – read: best – pun. 

Related: Sir Ben Kingsley on ‘The Boxtrolls’ (Exclusive Video)

CraveOnline: I’m curious how you guys came together. Often when you see a co-directing team, they have a long resumé of credits together. And here I imagine it was like, “We want this to be kinda like Open Season, and also kinda like Bone!”

Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi: [Laughs.]

How did it come together?

Anthony Stacchi: It’s weird. I had been working in LA. I didn’t work at LAIKA prior to this. And when I went up to visit, Travis [Knight, producer] gave me Here Be Monsters to read. We knew early on that that core story we loved, about the boy being raised underground by Boxtrolls, was what we were going to have to boil this enormous book down to. We went through different levels of how much did the Boxtrolls speak, how much didn’t they speak, and then we really wanted to keep them pantomime. So they had little emotive noises so you could tell their emotions, but they didn’t have recognizable words, or not too many recognizable words. So early I’d seen Graham’s work in the story department there, and I definitely wanted him to work with us as the head of story just because he knew everybody and I was new to the company. And then early on I’d seen Graham’s work, his comic book work and his personal films, and in those nobody talks!

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Ioann Gruffudd on ‘Forever’

The former Reed Richards can’t help but call his new ABC show “fantastic.”

“Forever” is a fantasy story, and it is pretty fantastical. It’s not the first for its star, Ioan Gruffudd, who played Mr. Fantastic himself, Reed Richards, in the first two Fantastic Four movies.

On “Forever,” Gruffudd plays a man living for centuries as the result of a spell. Whenever he “dies,” he is reborn in the nearest body of water. Since he’s settled in New York, that means he emerges naked from the East River. The producers told the Television Critics Association that he will not have to go swimming every week, but certainly the pilot episode dumps him in the water several times. Later, at ABC’s evening party, we sat down with Gruffudd on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton overlooking Los Angeles to discuss “Forever.”

CraveOnline: Were you looking to get back into TV after “Ringer?”

Ioann Gruffudd: I was just looking to find something fantastic to do and I read this and absolutely fell in love with it. In television as we know in this day and age is where all the great writing is, the great opportunities are. Because I’ve already had my superhero franchise, I wasn’t going to be able to show up in any of the other reboots of other franchises out there in the movie world.

Your costar, Chris Evans, has done three.

That’s right, Avengers and Captain America.

Did you say “find something fantastic” on purpose?

It’s funny, that’s an adjective I use a lot, trying to be positive about everything. Then of course you’re inevitably repeating yourself.

Did you get in the East River yourself?

I didn’t, thank goodness. There was an idea that they were going to try it, but what was needed of me dunking my head and coming back, I don’t think I would’ve been able to do that more than once because it was March and it was about minus four that day.

Is it a relief to hear that they don’t plan to kill you each week?

Just on the physical level, yes, but I know it’ll be coming up at some point so I have to keep myself in shape for that. I like that element. I think it’s intriguing, it’s original, it lends itself to a bit of comedy.

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Marvel Settles Lawsuit With Jack Kirby Family

The long running lawsuit from Jack Kirby’s family comes to an end, allowing Marvel to avoid a visit to the Supreme Court.

In 2009, shortly after Disney announced its acquisition of Marvel, the family of Jack Kirby served notice that they intended to terminate their half of the copyright for dozens of Marvel’s most well known superheroes. Alongside Stan Lee in the ‘60s, Kirby was the co-creator of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the Avengers and he had even co-created Captain America during the ‘40s.

Marvel countersued the Kirby family and the two sides have battled in court and in the court of public opinion since then. Today, that came to an end when Marvel and the Kirby family released a joint statement that read “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

The new deal gives Marvel some positive publicity, but it also allowed the company to avoid a date with the Supreme Court. Lisa Kirby, Neal Kirby, Susan Kirby and Barbara Kirby were repeatedly unsuccessful in court when arguing against Marvel’s stance that Jack Kirby’s contributions to the Marvel Universe were only work for hire. However, the Kirbys did manage to get the Supreme Court to consider hearing the case.

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9-21-14

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Fox Schedules ‘Deadpool’ Movie for February 12, 2016

Good news for Deadpool fans. Bad news for Assassin’s Creed and Fantastic Four fans…

And to think, all it took to get a Deadpool movie was forcing 20th Century Fox’s hand…

Nearly two months after test footage of a Deadpool movie leaked onto the internet, impressing and exciting the fans, the studio has set a release date for the feature film. Deadpool will hit theaters on February 12, 2016. According to Entertainment Weekly, Tim Miller, who has been attached to the project since 2011, will direct the movie, and Ryan Reynolds is expected to reprise his role from the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film which may no longer be in continuity with the X-Men franchise after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Related: The 20 Biggest Mistakes in the X-Men Movies

Deadpool, a.k.a. “The Merc with a Mouth,” is an anti-hero from the Marvel Universe with superhuman healing abilities. An ultraviolent murderer who sometimes does good, but usually does whatever he thinks is funny, Deadpool reached newfound heights of popularity amongst comic book fans after he joined the ranks of characters who became self-aware. In other words, Deadpool knows he’s in a comic book, which makes everyone else think he’s insane. (Other self-aware comic book characters have included Animal Man, Psycho-Pirate and Ambush Bug, all of them from the DC Universe.)

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Supergirl TV Series Lands At CBS

CBS gives Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s “Supergirl” a series commitment.

Next year, Supergirl is coming to television.

Two weeks ago, reports emerged that a “Supergirl” TV series was in development. Deadline is reporting that CBS closed a deal last night that gives “Supergirl” a series commitment. Supposedly, the “Supergirl” contract is even bigger than the one that Fox signed last year to scoop up “Gotham.”

Although it’s not clear if the show will be called “Supergirl,” the proposed TV series will take place when Kara Zor-El is on the cusp of becoming a heroine. “Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

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COMICS

The Dynamite Report # 2

We look ahead to the future of Red Sonja after Gail Simone’s departure, the John Carter: Warlord of Mars relaunch, Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo and the return of Lady Demon!

Welcome 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 SonjaFlash GordonVampirellaArmy of DarknessThe Twilight ZoneA Game of ThronesZorroThe Lone RangerLord of the JungleJohn Carter of MarsDejah 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.

Joining me for our second column are Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt along with Associate Editor Molly Mahan.

CraveOnline: The Dynamite solicits for December have Gail Simone’s run on Red Sonja ending with issue 18. Will a new creative team be coming in with issue 19? Or is Red Sonja getting a relaunch next year?

Joseph Rybandt: We just had Gail as our guest at the Baltimore Comic-Con and this very subject came up a couple of times. Gail has an open invitation to continue Red Sonja, or write her as long as she wishes. That may not be possible after issue #18, as Gail is currently focusing on the “Women of…” cross-over. Odds are good we’ll take a break after issue #18, load up the year with some special projects and then see what our options are for a new #1…

What’s the latest on Gail’s Women of Dynamite and Red Sonja/Conan crossovers?

Rybandt: Getting the “Women of…” cross-over ready for debut in early 2015. Dark Horse is currently readying their Conan/Red Sonja mini-series and we’ll be releasing our Red Sonja/Conan in early 2015 to follow-up.

Molly Mahan: For the “Women of…” cross-over, we’ve finalized the character list and the large brush strokes of what the story will be. Now we’re polishing the details and ensuring we have the right artist to back Gail up. This is an event we’ve been discussing internally for what feels like ages, so we aren’t going to jump any guns. It’s going to be huge and we have a lot of faith in it. Expect more soon on both projects!

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9-14-14

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Ghostbusters vs. Walking Dead on Most Craved

Most Craved debates Bill Murray’s ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot dreamcast, and the upcoming ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Walking Dead’ spin-off TV shows

Even Bill Murray is excited about the new all-female Ghostbusters. This week on Most Craved we’re taking a look at his picks for who should fill out the cast of Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot of the classic Ghostbusters franchise and presenting some picks of our own. Josh Hutcherson anyone? He’d make a great Janine!

But wait, there’s more! TV news exploded this week with the announcement of a new Minority Report sequel series, an upcoming spin-off of “The Walking Dead” and the possibility of a live-action “Supergirl” show from the executive producer of “Arrow.” What aspects of Minority Report are rife for exploitation in an ongoing series? Doesn’t it sound like a cheesy 1980s detective show? Whereabout should the “Walking Dead” spin-off take us? And could there be a reason for “Supergirl” to take place in the Man of Steel movie universe?

Check Out: Most Craved Fall 2014 Preview: Blockbusters, TV & Games

Join Most Craved hosts William Bibbiani of CraveOnline, Jenna Busch of Legion of Leia and Silas Lesnick of Coming Soon as they wax rhapsodic on all the biggest news of the week. But is there any Dana? NO! There’s only Zuul!

Keep coming back every Thursday for an all-new bickering installment of Most Craved, and follow your hosts on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani@JennaBusch and @WitneySeibold to keep this conversation going all week long!

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TV

Fox Picks Up ‘Minority Report’ TV Sequel

The proposed “Minority Report” TV show lands a big commitment from Fox, as the premise is revealed

Last month, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television revealed its plans to produce a new “Minority Report” TV series. Less than a month later, the project has found a network.

According to Deadline, Fox has given “Minority Report” a $1 million put pilot commitment to keep the project from being shopped to other networks. Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein is writing the pilot script for “Minority Report.”

“Minority Report” was originally a short story by Philip K. Dick before Spielberg adapted it as a feature film in 2002 with Tom Cruise as John Anderton, the head of Washington, D.C.’s Precrime police division. At the end of the film, Anderton proved that Precrime wasn’t infallible because suspects accused of future crimes didn’t always go through with them in every possible future.

The “Minority Report” TV series will take place ten years after the film, as one of the three surviving Precogs struggles to adjust to life while dealing with visions of the future. He will be teamed up with a female detective who helps him find a renewed use for his powers. Borenstein will serve as an executive producer on “Minority Report” alongside Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

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COMICS

‘Daredevil’ & ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Head To New York Comic Con 2014

Marvel brings out the cast of “Daredevil” for New York Comic Con along with an exclusive preview of an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode

The cast and executive producers of Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” live action series on Netflix were absent from Comic-Con International last summer. But they’ll be out in force for New York Comic Con.

Via ComicBook.com, Marvel has announced that it will be putting on a “Daredevil” panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday October 11. “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will be there with Charlie Cox and other cast members from the series. Presumably that includes Deborah Ann Woll and Vincent D’Onofrio. Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb will moderate the panel.

On Friday, October 10, Marvel is also running a panel for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” that will be the world premiere screening of an upcoming episode from season 2. No cast members were announced for this panel, but it’s likely that at least one or two of them will be present. Loeb will also moderate a Marvel Animation panel on the same day.

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9-7-14

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Samuel L. Jackson Introduces ‘Big Game’ at TIFF, Mother****er

Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t in Toronto to introduce his new movie, Big Game, but he did make this video

Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t be present at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, as he was “on location somewhere” shooting his next film. This means, rather sadly, that he would not be around to be interviewed about his new film, Big Game, nor would he be there in person to introduce the flick.

Luckily for us, Jackson had the forethought to record an introduction beforehand. This preceded the screening of Big Game, and, thanks to the resourcefulness of the internet, is now available on YouTube. In his usual, flip manner, Jackson encourages you to enjoy his new film wherein he plays the president. He also has some advice for you if you do not enjoy the film. If you want to see what CraveOnline‘s critic William Bibbiani thought of Big Game, you can read the review.

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TV

Telluride 2014 Interview: Jon Stewart on ‘Rosewater’

Jon Stewart expresses his guilt about the ‘Daily Show’ appearance that led to Maziar Bahari’s imprisonment and explains why he’s better at directing than acting

I was prepared for the Telluride Film Festival with the understanding that it was not really an “interviewing” film festival. So I was very surprised to be offered the ultimate interview of the festival. Jon Stewart premiered is directorial debut Rosewater at Telluride, so I was in the right place at the right time: 10,000 ft up when Jon Stewart had a free hour. 

Rosewater is the true story of Maziar Bahari, based on his book Then They Came For Me. The Iranian journalist was documenting the revolution when he was taken prisoner and interrogated by the government. Bahari had been a guest on “The Daily Show,” and his interrogators thought he was collaborating with American spies, because in their limited media access they didn’t even know it was a comedy show. 

Rosewater also plays the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters on November 7. So in the mountains of Telluride, CO, I broke the ice with Jon Stewart by showing him a photo from my hotel that was very relevant to his follow-up show, “The Colbert Report.”

Check Out: Telluride 2014 Review: ‘Rosewater’

CraveOnline: I wanted to show you this sign on the door of my hotel. I tweeted “Stephen Colbert warned us about this.”

Jon Stewart: [Laughs] You’ve got to be very careful. I keep thinking Herzog is going to do another documentary about a bear in a gondola. Put a bear in a gondola and see what happens.

When Stephen goes to “The Late Show,” who is going to warn America about the bear menace?

I just think he’s going to have a larger platform to do so. That’s going to be the beauty of it.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Sensation Comics Chapter # 4

Discover how Wonder Woman earned her bracelets in this flashback story!

Earlier this year, DC Comics launched a revival of Sensation Comics as a digital first title. Like the original Sensation Comics, the revival of the title focuses on Wonder Woman. But the revival has the added benefit of pairing top name comic creators and allowing them to tell Wonder Woman stories without the constraint of continuity.

The first storyline by Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver brought Wonder Woman to Gotham City to fill in for Batman against his greatest enemies. This week in Sensation Comics Chapter # 4, the second storyline, “Brace Yourself” kicks off as Jason Bischoff and artist David Williams take us on a trip to Wonder Woman’s past.

In this exclusive preview from DC Comics, we learn how Wonder Woman earned at least one of her twin bracelets that allow her to deflect bullets and other projectiles. But getting the second bracelet may not be so easy…

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8-31-14

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‘As Above, So Below’ Review: A Spelunkin’ Good Time

Perdita Weeks raids the Paris catacombs in the best ‘Tomb Raider’ movie we’re ever likely to get.

As Above, So Below is a lot of things, but a horror movie isn’t one of them. Although its protagonists crawl on their bellies through thousands of desiccated corpses and encounter the physical embodiment of their darkest fears in the deep, cavernous catacombs under Paris, that’s actually the worst part of an otherwise solid, entertaining adventure yarn in the vein of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider. In fact, As Above, So Below is probably the best Tomb Raider movie we’re ever likely to get. Its British heroine just happens to have a different name, and it just happens to feature some creepy level designs.

Perdita Weeks plays the wonderfully named Scarlett Marlowe, an obsessive archaeologist whose quest to find The Philosopher’s Stone takes her on one dashingly fun adventure after another. As Above, So Below opens with Marlowe smuggling herself into Iran to rescue a valuable artifact just minutes before the corrupt government can crash a mountain down on top of her. Now THAT’S how you open a movie… or at least, that’s how you open a cheesy one.

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TV

The Lego Movie Directors Bring ‘The Greatest American Hero’ To Fox

Believe it or not, “The Greatest American Hero” is getting a reboot.

The Greatest American Hero is making a comeback. But you may not recognize his name.

According to Deadline, Fox has give a Put Pilot commitment to a revival of “The Greatest American Hero,” a TV series created by the late Steven J. Cannell in 1981 that ran for three seasons on ABC.

In the original series, aliens gave high school teacher Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) a suit that granted him numerous superpowers. Although Ralph promptly lost the instruction book that told him how to properly use the suit, he tried to be a hero alongside his future wife as Pam Davidson (Connie Sellecca) and FBI Agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp).

The new version of “The Greatest American Hero” will reportedly follow Isaac, an “inner-city teacher” who discovers the suit and also manages to lose the instructions on how to use his new powers. Like the original series, Isaac will be paired with a government handler as he tries to help others while dealing with the temptation to simply use the suit for himself.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Justice League Dark # 34

Deadman finds an ally in Nanda Parbat as the Justice League Dark attempts to escape from Pantheon.

Nanda Parbat has fallen!

The entity known as Pantheon has tricked Deadman into granted him access to paradise. And now Deadman is trapped inside a body that is very much alive while his teammates in the Justice League Dark went down hard against their newest adversary.

In this exclusive preview from Justice League Dark # 34, Deadman discovers that he has at least one ally left in Nanda Parbat while John Constantine, Zatanna, Nightmare Nurse and Swamp Thing have some dire problems of their own to solve before they can help Deadman.

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8-24-14

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Jessica Alba Interview

Jessica Alba explains the origin of Nancy’s sexiest dance in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Jessica Alba plays a stripper in the Sin City movies, but did you know she’s been holding back this whole time? That’s what we learn in this exclusive video interview with the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, that Jessica Alba’s sexiest dance was yet to come, and what she needed to get there emotionally as an actress.

And “emotional” is where she goes! In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Jessica Alba stars in an all-new Sin City tale. In the aftermath of the previous film’s That Yellow Bastard storyline, Nancy Callahan is an alcoholic shell of her former self, plotting revenge against Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) for the death of Det. Hartigan (Bruce Willis), but unsure of whether she has it in her to seal the deal. Somehow we think she figures something out by the movie’s end.

Also in our video interview: Jessica Alba has plans to rally her troops on the internet, talks about her earliest Comic-Con experiences and finally getting to kill people on camera with Nancy’s biggest fan, Marv (Mickey Rourke). Jessica Alba also reveals the correct way to kill people: “You just do it.” Amen, sister.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, starring Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Dennis Haysbert, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba opens in theaters on August 22, 2014. 

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Exclusive Interview: Carl Weathers on ‘Toy Story of Terror’ & Creed

We talk to the legendary action icon about his dual role as Combat Carl and Combat Carl Jr. on the Halloween special “Toy Story of Terror,” now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Getting to interview Carl Weathers last week was a double treat. Not only do we get to talk about the latest in the Toy Story franchise, the Halloween special “Toy Story of Terror,” but Weathers has been in some of the most defining ‘80s action movies of my film education.

In “Toy Story of Terror,” out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, August 19, Weathers voices Combat Carl, a soldier toy whom Bonnie’s toys meet when they get lost in a scary motel. Combat Carl has a miniature version of himself, Combat Carl Jr., also voiced by Weathers. Weathers played a commando in the classic Predator, and Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky movies, plus a few more obscure favorites of my own. I transitioned smoothly into Weathers’ action past after delving into his vocal performance and the bonus features of “Toy Story of Terror.”

CraveOnline: Was the character in “Toy Story of Terror” already named Combat Carl before they approached you?

Carl Weathers: That’s a very good question. I don’t know the answer but that’s the character’s name when I came onto the project, so I assume they made that decision.

Did you feel that Combat Carl was in your likeness?

Yeah, more or less. It’s a character in that whole wheelhouse of animation. It’s like any comic book rendering or drawing. It’s never quite exactly the same, nor in my estimation should it be. But, I thought it was funny and charming. There’s a lovable childlike quality about not only the rendering but also the character as written. Give me that combination of traits and of course, who wouldn’t want to adapt and adopt those personalities that at least approximate your likeness?

Did playing a soldier again bring back memories of Predator?

Well, of course. I think that’s an easy one to call that clearly Predator and the whole action genre of war movies was somehow captured with that character. It certainly gave you some sense of Dillon from Predator, except that Combat Carl I think maybe harkened back a little more to World War II movies, but I loved it. I absolutely loved it and was really honored to be a part of it.

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COMICS

First Look: Uncanny Avengers # 24

Rogue says goodbye to Wolverine and hello to some old enemies.

Little by little, Uncanny Avengers is catching up to the rest of the Marvel Universe.

Next week’s Uncanny Avengers # 23 reveals why Rogue, Scarlet Witch and the rest of the presumably dead members of the team were gone while showing Steve Rogers at his true age following the loss of his powers in Captain America.

And in this first look at Uncanny Avengers # 24, we see Rogue say goodbye to Wolverine as he presumably goes off to die in The Death of Wolverine. But before Rogue can get too misty eyed about her old friend, the Red Skull’s S-Men come back for a rematch for the first time since the initial Uncanny Avengers storyline.

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8-17-14

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Matt’s Chance: Lee Majors on the Six Million Dollar Man Movie

Lee Majors explains why Six Million Dollar Man is taking so long to hit the big screen and talks all about cutting Edward Furlong’s hair.

Matt’s Chance came out on DVD in July, when we were swamped with TCA and Comic-Con coverage. So we’re a little late, but Lee Majors has been so supportive of the film, he was still happy to give an interview about his role. Majors plays a mysterious barber listening to the story of Matt (Edward Furlong) and his revenge against a cheating ex-girlfriend. The film also features cameos from Margot Kidder, Gary Busey and more, so we took the chance to talk to Majors about his latest film and his classic TV series.

 CraveOnline: When these filmmakers like Nicholas Gyeney want you in their movie, are you really accessible? Can they go right to your agent?

Lee Majors: You know what, I enjoy doing [them]. The one I just finished was a low-budget film and first time director. The one I did with Nick back in Seattle a while back, it was a low budget film, but I enjoy working with these guys. They’re very energetic. They’re writers, they’re directors, they’re producing their own stuff, raising their own money. It’s really tough on them and having been in the business 50-some years now, I can pick and choose whatever I want to do. I enjoy working with them. They’re all very enthusiastic and they’re doing some really nice stuff. So it’s always fun.

What was it about Nick and Matt’s Chance that made you say yes?

Well, it was an interesting script. I wasn’t sure how it was going to come together because it was a little weird. It was a dark comedy, and had a little fickle nature of human morality in it. It was just an interesting film and honestly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to come together. But once I saw it, it was one I would definitely watch all the way through. It just kept getting better and better, but it holds you. It makes you want to see what the heck happens to this fella. Anyway, it stars Eddie Furlong and he did a marvelous job. It was a very tough film for him to do. We had some very nice characters in it. Bill Sorice who played a role and then of course, one of the co-writers, who wrote it with Nick Gyeney, Edi Zanidache. He did a great job. Maybe you’ll know this, the NFL Seahawk Marshawn Lynch, the running back for Seattle, I got to meet him and he has a supporting role in the film. But, to get to the three cameos that are kind of spotlighted in the film, I play one of them. The other two, I hadn’t seen Margot Kidder in quite a while but she plays a role called Mother Mable and she just did a wonderful job at it. I marveled at what she did. And then of course we had Gary Busey. If you know Gary, he’s out there sometimes and he played a pawn shop owner. He did a marvelous job in his cameo. He was kind of all over the place. And of course, I was one of the other big cameos and had a very interesting character who shows up at the end.

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Ali Larter on ‘Legends’ & ‘Heroes Reborn’

We talk to the former “Heroes” star about her new role on TNT’s “Legends” and the possibility of returning for “Heroes Reborn.”

Ali Larter is back on television, after taking some time off to release a cookbook.

TNT’s “Legends” cast Larter as Crystal, a CIA agent tasked with monitoring Martin Odum (Sean Bean). Crystal thinks that Martin is cracking and is a danger in the field. After a “Legends” panel for the Television Critics Association, Larter hung around to talk to reporters about her new show. “Legends” airs Wednesdays at 9pm on TNT.

CraveOnline: Who are Crystal’s allies on “Legends?” She certainly doesn’t trust Martin and she doesn’t seem to trust authority either?

Ali Larter: One of the interesting arcs that we go through in this season is that Crystal is someone who has embraced the rules. She believes that through following the rules, she’s succeeding. As the season goes on, and Martin who obviously doesn’t approach work that way or life, it’s really a struggle for her. It frustrates her, it angers her and she sees casualties. She sees mistakes when you don’t follow the rules. She likes when the numbers add up.

One of the things we explored in watching her is seeing how things don’t always work out as you hope when you do follow the rules. By the end of the season, she’s open to approaching things in maybe more of a mischievous way or going behind the scenes and learning the truth about things and uncovering stuff without following the rules. It’s almost liberating in a way. It’s almost like taking the blinders off of Crystal and freeing her a bit and letting her get out in the races.

Has she not seen all those movies about people who break the rules and win the day?

Talk to David Wilcox.

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COMICS

The Dynamite Report # 1

CraveOnline kicks off a new special feature that explores the latest comics from Dynamite Entertainment!

Welcome to The Dynamite Report, a new 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.

One of the first stories I wrote as a professional journalist was about Dynamite’s Red Sonja launch in 2005. In the years since, I’ve followed Dynamite very closely as a fan and I’ve covered its books for several media outlets. And now, it’s my profound pleasure to launch The Dynamite Report here at CraveOnline.

Joining me for the inaugural column are Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt along with Associate Editors Molly Mahan and Hannah Gorfinkel Elder.

CraveOnline: Flash Gordon # 4 came out earlier this month and it has been one of my favorite titles this year. How long do you have Jeff Parker and Doc Shaner lined up on the book?

Joseph Rybandt:: They are working up through issue #8 and then we have some plans to switch things up a bit, with a new creative team, tho Jeff is always welcome back at the table on this or any other project. Fans of what’s going on in the “King Features” end of the Dynamite Universe need to stay tuned for sure, because we have plans for characters you’ve seen from us previously, along with a couple of new additions.

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