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Nicolas Cage is one of the most recognizable actors of his generation, but do you know where you probably don't recognize him from? Horror movies. Although he's skirted around the genre multiple times throughout the years, in action movies with horror elements (Ghost RiderSeason of the Witch) and bizarre cockroach-eating 1980s character studies (Vampire's Kiss), he's only starred in a couple of actual horror movies. But that might be about to change.

This week's new release, Pay the Ghost, stars Cage as a college professor whose son goes missing on Halloween, and who may be the victim of supernatural shenanigans. Co-starring Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) and directed by Uli Edel (Houdini), Pay the Ghost is an unusual sort of film for the actor, something we had to talk about when we spoke on the phone earlier this week.


Find out more about Nicolas Cage's horror movie preferences, and what's keeping him from making the transition from film to television, right here, right now.

Crave: Pay the Ghost is an interesting film in your filmography, because although you’ve done a lot of films with horror elements there aren’t a lot of straight-up horror movies on there. Is that a coincidence?

Nicolas Cage: Well, I think it is. I certainly would have participated more in what you call “straight-up horror” if I had been given the opportunities to participate in them earlier on in my career. It’s always been a genre that has fascinated me. I see the horror film as sort of the outlaw of Hollywood. It’s a club that I’ve been trying to break into for a long time because I am a fan of a certain quality of horror film. I’m not a fan of the slasher movie by any stretch of the imagination but I am a fan of the early Universal horror films, like Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Wolf Man and Frankenstein, naturally. Then later with the Hammer horror films I enjoy the charm of the Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing classics that that particular company made. So yeah, it’s been something that I’ve tried to participate in for quite a while.

A lot of the films that you mentioned are very character-driven, and were often very sympathetic to all of the monsters. We don’t really see that in a lot of slashers. Slashers are often just a body count.

Yeah, I totally agree with you and I think that that’s what I found so compelling about the earlier horror films is that there was a kind of tragic quality to the monsters and it’s so much do, in terms of performance, you have so much to work with in terms of how to build the characters. And then later with the Seventies we got into movies like The Exorcist and The Omen, where you saw a very kind of naturalistic approach to film performance so that it would anchor the supernatural elements of the movie even more, and make the experience more terrifying for the audience. 

That was certainly the gold standard, the model, at least going into Pay the Ghost. I wanted to give the performance and all the performances in the film that kind of cinema verité style of acting, so that the collision with Annie, the ghost, would be more shocking.

MORE: http://www.craveonline.com/culture/904803-interview-nicolas-cage-pay-ghost-classic-horror



‘Everest’ Review | At the Mountains of Badness

Impressive scenery loses a deadly battle against shoddy screenwriting in this stale tale of survival.
A movie doesn’t automatically matter just because it’s about something that matters. Case in point: Everest, a drama about a real-life tragedy that befell multiple expeditions to the top of Mount Everest in 1996, which resulted in multiple fatalities. The true story is nothing to scoff at, and the filmmakers seem eager to treat everyone involved with the proper reverence, but that doesn’t mean that they did a good job at it.

But the pieces were in place. Everest boasts breathtaking cinematography and an illustrious cast of significant actors, including Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Emily Watson. Take those elements and put them in a life or death drama set against the backdrop of one of nature’s greatest wonders and you’ve got a sure-fire recipe for success… unless of course somebody forgets to explain what the audience is supposed get out of watching it.

Because the problem with Everest isn’t that it’s unwatchable, it’s that there’s no reason to watch it at all. Director Baltasar Kormakur and writers William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy show us what happened here but they’re pretty darned hazy about why. There’s no one to blame for this disaster that occurred on Mount Everest, no specific act of stupidity or any particular failure to observe safety protocols or even anyone who sticks their middle finger up at nature. And because there’s no distinct cause for all of this strife, there’s nothing to milk for suspense during the first hour-and-a-half of Everest, when hardly anything happens. 

MORE: http://www.craveonline.com/culture/902809-everest-review-mountains-badness



TIFF 2015 Review | ‘The Martian’ Sciences All The Science
Matt Damon stars in an outer space thriller by nerds, for nerds. The rest of us can enjoy it too.
In a world increasingly ruled by geeks, and with an iron fist no less, it is a pleasant change of pace that one of the best big budget movies of the year has been made for nerds. Please note the distinction: traditionally speaking, “geeks” obsess over fantasies, and “nerds” obsess over science. And although it takes place in the future, there really isn’t any fantasy element in The Martian unless you count having an entire planet to yourself with nothing to do on it but more science (and that’s just about the nerdiest fantasy of all).

Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, a member of an all-star team of Mars scientists who is accidentally left for dead in the middle of an emergency evacuation. As the world mourns his apparent passing, Mark sets about the task of solving the enormous problem of how to stay alive on Mars when nothing else ever has. Fortunately, he’s got a big beautiful brain full of useful facts involving hydrogen, radiation, solar panels and human poo, and the uncanny ability to turn one giant unsolvable puzzle into a series of smaller, yet manageable tasks.

Months later, when NASA finally decides to survey Mars again, they discover that Watney is alive. After the shock sets in they set about the task of solving another enormous problem: now what? They can’t communicate with Watney and a rescue ship won’t be ready to launch for years. The whole world starts working together to bring Watney home, and Watney doesn’t even know it yet.

Read more at http://www.craveonline.com/culture/900569-tiff-2015-review-martian-sciences-science#fTiIGP4YmWJQHZz8.99



Interview | Kristen Schaal on a Cork, Nick Nolte, and His Butt

The 'A Walk in the Woods' actress shares a NSFW story about Nick Nolte, and explains why she will probably never get to host a Comedy Central special again.

Kristen Schaal has a very distinctive voice, and not just the one she uses to co-star on hit animated shows like Bob's Burgers and Gravity Falls. The comedian has made a name for herself as a daring and experimental standup artist, whose 2013 Comedy Central special Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore was actually an elaborate prank on the audience, who had no idea she was bombing on purpose.

So when the opportunity arose to interview Kristen Schaal for her new movie A Walk in the Woods came along, we leapt over to the Four Seasons Beverly Hills to sit down with the inspirational comedy figure and find out all about her experiences working with Nick Nolte and Robert Redford, and get the true story behind the legendary Comedy Central standup special that was so damned good at being intentionally bad, that she may never get to host one again.   

A Walk in the Woods is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Crave: But we are here to talk about your movie. So did you audition for this, or did they say, “We need someone to annoy Nick Nolte and Robert Redford? Kristen Schaal!”

Kristen Schaal: That’s totally what I assume, is that I am on this sort of direct dial for annoying characters in Hollywood. Yeah, I got the call. I got the call.

Redford’s a fan? He finds you very annoying (in a good way)?

Right. I don’t think Redford, I was on his radar at all, but Ken Kwapis’s assistant was a fan of Flight of the Conchords so she pitched me and he told me, “You have her to thank for getting your name,” so that’s too bad, but I did thank her! [Laughs.] Yeah.

MORE: http://www.craveonline.com/culture/897837-interview-kristen-schaal-cork-nick-nolte-butt



In the Marvel comic books, the Civil War storyline - which ran in 2006 and 2007 - Captain America and Iron Man came to blows over a government-sponsored superhero registration act that would force superheroes to reveal their secret identities to the world. The notion of the alter ego is so central to modern superhero lore, that readers began to take it for granted, and Marvel decided to daringly address the very fundamental idea. 

The upcoming superhero flick Captain America: Civil War, the 13th film in the undying Avengers series, will also feature a battle between the good Captain and Iron Man, although the subject of their fight has not yet been made clear (there are no secret identities in the Avengers series, unless you count Daredevil). On Twitter yesterday, actor Jeremy Renner, who plays the non-superpowered Avenger Hawkeye, tweeted some of the first concept art for Civil War, which clearly depict how loyalties will be divided.  

MORE: http://www.craveonline.com/culture/895465-jeremy-renner-reveals-captain-america-civil-war-team-ups

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Vin Diesel Will Finally Start Making ‘XXX III’

Vin Diesel Will Finally Start Making ‘XXX III’


The Return of Xander Cage will likely begin shooting this December.
Vin Diesel, a well-dressed, genial, strong, awesome, and suave motherfucker, is pursuing yet another franchise. Diesel is best known, of course, for his involvement in the ultra-successful Fast & Furious film series, and has been, under his own locomotion, been actively pursuing other franchises to fit his talents. His Riddick series is not as successful as Furious, but certainly has its followers, and certain fans of his 2002 film XXX have been asking when he might reprise his role as Xander Cage, an extreme sports enthusiast who is recruited to be a spy. Fans were warm to the 2005 sequel XXX: State of the Union, which starred Ice Cube in the lead role. 

According to our friends over at ComingSoon, Diesel - who has been promising a sequel for some time - will begin shooting XXX: The Return of Xander Cage this December, as confirmed in an Instagram message that read "While I was filming XXX, guys on set called me Air Diesel... The time to return has come. Filming starts December in the Philippines. #ILiveForThisShit." The message was accompanied by the classiest picture Diesel has ever posed for. 

There is no director attached as yet, but screenwriters Michael Ferris and John Brancato, who penned Terminator: Genisys, have written a draft. 

MORE:  http://www.craveonline.com/culture/893887-vin-diesel-will-finally-start-making-xxx-iii



Everything You Need To Know About Fear The Walking Dead

Everything You Need To Know About Fear The Walking Dead

Get ready for the series premiere of Fear The Walking Dead!

This Sunday, August 23, AMC will premiere Fear The Walking Dead, the much anticipated spinoff/companion series to The Walking Dead. Although the series that became Fear The Walking Dead was announced in September 2013, it was in development long before that. The reason is simple: The Walking Dead is one of the biggest basic cable hits of all-time. And AMC wants to expand on that success before it has a chance to cool off.

There is an inherent risk in putting out a second Walking Dead series. If fans reject it, Fear The Walking Dead could damage AMC’s most valuable brand. The early reviews for Fear The Walking Dead have largely been positive, so there is also a very good chance that the audience will embrace it. Although the first season will only be six episodes, a second season of fifteen episodes has already been announced for 2016.

Robert Kirkman co-created The Walking Dead comic book series that inspired the AMC TV show. Kirkman also co-created Fear The Walking Dead with screenwriter and executive producer Dave Erickson. While neither The Walking Dead comic nor the TV series ever depicted the origins of the zombie plague that devastated the world, Fear The Walking Dead will take place in Los Angeles just as civilization is starting to fall. On this series, the walkers are known as “the infected,” and the people don’t yet realize that the life they knew is already gone.

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Exclusive Preview: Batman: Arkham Knight Chapter # 27

Exclusive Preview: Batman: Arkham Knight Chapter # 27

Robin pushes himself to his limits in an intense Batcave training session against some of Batman’s greatest foes.

The Batman: Arkham video game franchise may be over, but the digital-first Batman: Arkham Knight comic is continuing this week!

This isn’t the Batman world that DC Comics fans have come to know. In this iteration, Tim Drake a.k.a. Robin is now an adult who works as a science teacher by day while aiding Batman by night.

In CraveOnline’s exclusive preview from Batman: Arkham Knight Chapter # 27, Drake confronts his inner demons while attempting to fight three of Batman’s greatest adversaries at once during an intense training simulation in the Batcave. As it turns out, not even Drake believes that he’s on Batman’s level...and the fake Bane, Killer Croc and Clayface aren’t about to make things easy for him.

The solicits for this chapter of Batman: Arkham Knight also indicate that Drake’s two worlds will collide when he takes his science class to Wayne Industries for a field trip.

For this chapter, Batman: Arkham Knight writer Peter J. Tomasi is joined by artists Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques, with Francis Manapul providing the cover art.

Batman: Arkham Knight Chapter # 27 will be available for download on Friday, August 21 via the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.

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Major ‘Star Wars’ Announcements at Disney’s D23

A new director for Episode IX, your first look at 'Rogue One,' and a major expansion for Disney's theme parks.

One month after we complained that Disney's Star Wars panel at Comic-Con 2015 was a bit of a letdown, spreading the Cult of Enthusiasm but holding back on anything resembling actual news, the studio seems to have doubled down. Their Star Wars presentation at their own D23 convention in Anaheim, CA came with major updates about the movie franchise, and Disney's efforts to expand the Star Wars universe into the real world... sort of.
Disney released the first cast picture from Gareth Edwards' newly retitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It now seems that the spin-off films in the new Star Wars movie franchise will each be called "A Story Wars Story" instead of as an "Anthology" installment, as had been previously reported.

The new press release for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story confirms the film's December 16, 2016 release date and the film's plot, "which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star." 

LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy has released a statement about Rogue One, in which she describes the film as "[going] into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for 'Rogue One.'"

MORE:  http://www.craveonline.com/culture/890627-major-star-wars-announcements-disneys-d23



NBC Orders Pilot For Powerless, a DC Comics Inspired Comedy

NBC Orders Pilot For Powerless, a DC Comics Inspired Comedy

Can DC expand its TV brand beyond dramas?

In the last four years, DC Entertainment has been incredibly successful at placing dramas on TV networks. Gotham lives on Fox, CBS has Supergirl, and The CW has Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. In that timespan, the only DC drama to get canceled was NBC’s Constantine!

However, Deadline is reporting that NBC is getting back together with DC for a new comedy television series called Powerless. This project isn’t based on any particular DC comic book series, but it takes place in that universe as experienced by the ordinary people who work “at one of the worst insurance companies in America.” Think of Powerless as “The Office meets DC.”

It hasn’t been determined which DC characters might appear on Powerless, but it’s pretty safe to rule out guest spots by Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. The heroes on the other TV networks are also likely to be off limits. However, the heroes are besides the point. The main characters in Powerless are said to be regular people won’t have much direct interaction with the iconic comic book heroes. They just happen to share the same world.

There is the risk that Powerless could dilute the DC brand. Sometimes, fans rebel when franchises attempt to operate outside of their comfort zone. But if Powerless catches on, it could open the floodgates for more comedy pitches based on DC’s vast character library.

MORE: http://www.craveonline.com/culture/890381-nbc-orders-pilot-powerless-dc-comics-inspired-comedy



Hercules Preview

Exclusive First Look At Vertigo’s Unfollow # 1 and Survivor’s Club # 2

Vertigo debuts the covers and solicitations for two of its 12 new series.

Last month at Comic-Con International, DC Comics’ Vertigo line revealed its plans to unleash 12 new series in consecutive weeks beginning in October. Ahead of the new round of solicitations for November, Vertigo has provided CraveOnline with the covers and solicit text for two of those new titles.

First up is Unfollow, a new series by writer Rob Williams and artist Michael Dowling that focuses on a dying social media mogul’s macabre plans. 140 people have been randomly chosen to inherit the mogul’s vast wealth...but only if they happen to still be alive when he dies. That means it’s open season on the 140, as the evenly divided share of the mogul's billions rises every time one of them dies.

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Most Craved | Diablo Cody, Ricki and The Flash

Screenwriter Diablo Cody also reveals more about her new Amazon series starring Tig Notaro.

Diablo Cody became one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood after winning an Oscar for her debut feature, the breakout smash Juno in 2007. Since then she’s written a string of critically successful films and TV series, including United States of Tara and Young Adult, and now we are proud to have her on our weekly talk show Most Craved, telling us all about her latest drama Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and rock legend Rick Springfield!

Hosts William Bibbiani (Crave), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) and Silas Lesnick (Coming Soon) sit down with Diablo Cody to talk all about her new film, including the stories behind the songs Meryl Streep plays, the casting of Rick Springfield, and more. She also delves into the changing roles of women in the motion picture industry, why she doesn’t want to direct anymore and her upcoming TV series for Amazon, starring Tig Notaro and produced by Louis C.K. 

(Also, she is totally hoping that fans of The Flash wind up seeing her movie by accident.)

SEE THE INTERVIEW: http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/film/original-series/882891-craved-diablo-cody-ricki-flash



Walking Dead Season 6

The Walking Dead Reveals Three New Characters For Season 6

Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple shares details about the new faces of the zombie apocalypse.

The Walking Dead Season 5 ended with a bang, as Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) executed a man who had come to kill him in front of the terrified residents of Alexandria. And while things in the safe zone haven’t proven to be very “safe,” there are a few new faces coming to the show this fall.

Via Entertainment Weekly, The Walking Dead showrunner and executive producer, Scott M. Gimple announced three new additions to the cast: Corey Hawkins, Ethan Embry and Merritt Wever.

Hawkins had been spotted on the set of The Walking Dead earlier this summer. And as correctly guessed by many fans, Hawkins will play Heath, a runner who first appeared in the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman.

Wever is also stepping into a previously established role from the comics as Dr. Denise Cloyd. However, Embry is playing a new character called Carter, who will be a composite of other Walking Dead characters who haven’t made it on the TV show.

MORE: http://www.craveonline.com/tv/articles/882817-walking-dead-reveals-three-new-characters-season-6



Hercules Preview

New Hercules Comic Launching This Fall From Marvel

One of the world’s first superheroes wants to make a comeback later this year.

Do you remember when Hercules was the most popular superhero in the world? Of course not! You’d have to be thousands of years old, and that’s totally outside of our demo!

But Hercules remembers. And in Marvel’s upcoming Hercules ongoing comic book series, the Son of Zeus is going to do everything that he can to reclaim the status that he once had. The new Hercules comic is being written by Dan Abnett, with art by Luke Ross.

“If Hercules has been around for thousands of years, we might look at his career in the Marvel Universe so far, say through the last 20 years or so of comic publishing, as slightly representative of that,” explained Abnett in an interview with Comic Book Resources. “He’s been a hero for longer than most people and he’s coasted. He’s had a few weeks off. Except in his terms that’s probably the best part of a century. That’s perfectly normal, but he’s become aware of the fact that people don’t look at him with the same awe that they do Captain America, or Iron Man, or Thor. They go, ‘Oh Hercules! He’s the funny one!’ In this Internet age, he’d be the one where you’d see the fail photographs of him at an event or doing something daft or whatever.”

MORE: http://www.craveonline.com/comics/articles/882875-new-hercules-comic-launching-fall-marvel





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Watch Australia’s Bondi Hipsters Grill Amy Schumer & Bill Hader

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader faced the full brunt of Australian media on their recent visit to the country to promote their rather excellent film Trainwreck, but little could prepare them for the grilling they were to receive by ruthless journos Bondi Hipsters, Dom and Adrian.

The Bondi duo didn’t hold back and pretty much went for the jugular, relentlessly pressing the comedy icons to reveal their connection to the secrecy-shroud Illuminati. 

Schumer and Hader did their best to dodge the tough questions, but we all know what’s going on here. #IlluminatiConfirmed.





Sharknado 3

Sharknado 3 Dominates The Cable Ratings, And Sharknado 4 Is Announced

More Sharknados are on the horizon, as Syfy offers viewers the chance to determine the fate of a main character.

There are spoilers ahead for last night’s TV movie, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! You’ve been warned!

During Syfy’s latest installment in the Sharknado franchise, the battle with the sharks was continued in outer space, and Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin was “freed” of his obligations to finish the series.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! also delivered 2.8 million viewers for Syfy, which was about a million fewer viewers than Sharknado 2: The Second One’s initial audience. Regardless, Sharknado 3 dominated the night as the most watched program on basic cable.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Animated Series

Watch The First Teaser Trailer For The Guardians of The Galaxy Animated Series

Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy get their own TV series this fall.

Before 2008, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy were a bunch of lesser known superheroes who lived in an alternate far future. Seven years ago, writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning created a new Guardians of the Galaxy team with little-used Marvel characters Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, Groot, and a few other heroes who haven’t made the leap to the big screen.

One gigantic blockbuster film later, everyone knows who the Guardians of the Galaxy are. They are the stars of Marvel’s biggest sci-fi franchise for the next several years. And to keep the franchise active before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits in May 2017, Marvel is making its team of unlikely heroes into its newest animated stars.

The first episode of the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series was screened at Comic-Con International earlier this month. But now, IGN has debuted the first teaser trailer for the series, as it offers up a very brief glimpse of what fans can expect to see. And I mean brief!

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Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant

The First Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ is All Kinds of Gorgeous

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in a frontier adventure from the director of ‘Birdman,’ and it looks impressive as hell.

There are those who think that Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu can do no wrong. We are not those people. Although Birdman won many accolades last year, include Best Picture and Best Director (and we liked it just fine), the majority of his films have been bloated painfests so artificially arch and intentionally pathetic that our heartstrings came alive and then strangled themselves to death. (Yeah, we’re looking at you, 21 Grams and Babel and Biutiful.)

But the newly released trailer for The Revenant sure as hell makes it look like Iñárritu is on a role. The upcoming frontier thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as explorer Hugh Glass, whose team leaves him for dead after he’s attacked by a bear, and who must navigate the perilous icy wilderness to survive and take his revenge on John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Iñárritu shot the film in remote Canadian locations using natural light, and judging from what we see here, that wasn’t a problem for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (BirdmanGravity), who seems to have once again produced the sort of breathtaking imagery that’s made him a household name… among film buffs, at least.

Whether or not The Revenant is any good, of course, remains to be seen. (All the pretty photography in the world couldn’t save Heaven’s Gate, for example.) But there’s little denying that this trailer does its job, and gets us pumped to find out for ourselves if The Revenant continues Iñárritu’s streak of impressive filmmaking, and sends him rocketing right back to his sadness slump.




Xena Warrior Princess

NBC Plans Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot For 2016

Lucy Lawless may get her wish for a new Xena series, but it’s unclear if she will be a part of it.

At Comic-Con International, former Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless enthusiastically told CraveOnline about her desire to see a Xena reboot, with either a younger Xena or an older Xena that would allow Lawless to reprise her role as the title character.

Lawless may get her wish. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is developing a new Xena: Warrior Princess series alongside original producers, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Lawless is married to Tapert, but she is also currently co-starring in Ash vs Evil Dead on STARS, and it’s unclear if she will have any role in the Xena remake.

NBC’s plan is apparently “a modern reboot” for Xena, but the network does want Lawless on board in some capacity. It’s also unknown if NBC is eyeing Xena as a regular series or an event miniseries. Currently, the network is looking for a writer to bring Xena’s new adventures to life.

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The World of Original Comic Art: Comic Art 101

Explore a side of comic fandom that is rarely seen as we dive into the comic book art world!

Welcome to The World of Original Comic Art, a new recurring feature here at CraveOnline that is dedicated to a seldom explored area of comic book fandom.

The first thing that you need to know is that comic books are the marriage of words and pictures. It all starts with a script, but without the art, a comic is not a comic. Conversely, a piece of art (especially a sequential piece of art) can tell a story without words and still be a comic book. But there is an underlying script behind any comic book page, even if there aren’t any words on it.

In the comic book industry, the division of labor usually breaks down this way. There’s a writer, who comes up with the stories and dialogue. There’s a penciler, who is the primary illustrator of the comic. The penciler actually has the hardest job, as he or she has to convincingly bring the writer’s story to life. Comics are a visual medium, and it’s always going to be the artwork that catches the eye of a potential reader before they can read any of the dialogue.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens R2-D2

Comic-Con 2015: What If ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Sucks?

J.J. Abrams and Disney are telling us exactly what we want to hear. Isn’t that suspicious?

“If it sounds too good to be true,” the old saying goes, “then it probably is,” and yet for some reason we are all too willing to believe that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is definitely going to be amazing. And why shouldn’t we? After all, J.J. Abrams and Disney are telling us exactly what we want to hear. It’s not like anything could possibly go wrong…

As J.J. Abrams woos us with the promise of practical effects, the return of the original (read: “good”) cast and – for the lucky fans in Hall H yesterday – a free Star Wars concert, it may behoove us all to remember that there is still a chance that Star Wars: The Force Awakens might suck. Or, if that sounds too cynical for you, that it might be simply “okay,” which by definition isn’t that great either.

This is not to suggest that J.J. Abrams and Disney don’t have the best of intentions, which I am fairly certain that they do. Nobody wants to make a bad or even a mediocre movie (I hope). But the various promises currently being made to Star Wars fans seem laser-focused on encouraging a Cult of Enthusiasm which, by extension, dissuades their audience from engaging in perfectly rational skepticism.

This makes sense, of course, since it’s in Disney’s best interest to market the hell out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and an important part of their plan seems to be negating any of the residual ill-will left over from the largely disappointing Star Wars prequels. In fact, it’s such an important part of their plan that they hardly have to do anything else. They don’t need to reveal much of the movie or explain anything. The Star Wars panel received fantastic press just by trotting out a practical effects alien on stage; they didn’t even need to tell us what that character has to do with the story (if anything).




Doctor Who Comic-Con 2015

Comic-Con 2015: Doctor Who Panel Report

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Michelle Gomez bring Doctor Who back to San Diego!

Last year, BBC’s Doctor Who skipped last year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. But there was no escape in 2015!

Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick served as the moderator for this year’s Doctor Who panel, which once again invaded Hall H, the biggest room at the San Diego Convention Center. Incumbent Doctor, Peter Capaldi made his Comic-Con debut with convention veterans Jenna Coleman and executive producer, Steven Moffat. Also making her first Comic-Con bow was actress Michelle Gomez, the first woman to portray The Master. Although The Master is now calling herself “Missy.”

After being introduced, Capaldi mentioned that he had never been in front of 7,000 people before. And yet he worked the crowd like a professional by urging the back of the room to cheer loudly.

The first question was about whether Moffat made the current Doctor more irritable and harsh because he had cast Capaldi in the role. Capaldi joked that Moffat saw those qualities in him, but Moffat’s contention was that the various Doctors are surprisingly similar on paper. He added that the actors are the ones who really change the Doctor, and the writers have to get out of the way and facilitate it.

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DC Comics Reveals Fate of The Multiverse In Convergence Conclusion

Convergence # 8 discloses which worlds survive the end of DC’s event miniseries.

DC Comics’ Convergence event was thought to be a stop-gap story that would allow the publisher to keep putting out comics while it completed its move from New York to Burbank. Characters from several different points in DC history were brought back for two issue miniseries for potentially the last time.

Or so we were led to believe.

Comic Book Resources has posted a report on the end of Convergence # 8, which comes out today. In it, CBR reveals that the patchwork world of Telos played a major part in determining the outcome of the story. There are full spoilers ahead, so consider this your final warning!

Every world survived. All of them. And that means that not only did the multiverse survive, but each era of DC history remains intact on its own world. That includes the pre-Flashpoint era, the original Earth-2, the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths era and several others.

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The Terminator Shot: Alan Taylor on Recreating the Original Film

Alan Taylor also explains what’s wrong with the way everyone shoots movies and television nowadays.

The idea of a reboot – usually – is to strike out anew with fresh ideas applied to old and familiar stories. And while that’s basically what’s happening in Alan Taylor’s twisty-turny Terminator Genisys, he also has to spend most of the film recreating classic scenes and shots from James Cameron’s original The Terminator. In the film Kyle Reese goes back in time, as he always does, to save Sarah Connor but discovers that due to a jumble in the time stream she can save herself now, thank you very much, and has teamed up with a friendly Terminator who helps them both prevent Judgment Day (again).

It’s a curious combination of homage and revisionism that made Alan Taylor’s job a little unusual on the set of Terminator Genisys, and we talked about it at great length over the phone on the weekend before the film’s U.S. release. What follows are his thoughts on James Cameron’s iconic style of filmmaking, why it’s probably better than the way movies are shot today, and how he would have felt if Cameron didn’t like what Taylor had done to the series (which, it turns out, that James Cameron liked very much).

CraveOnline: I love talking to people at the end of a long press junket…

Alan Taylor: [Laughs.] Because we get punchy and we start to say things we shouldn’t say. 

That’s part of it, but also I get to ask the question, “What is the most common question you got asked today?”

“What is the most challenging part about relaunching a franchise like Terminator?” It’s one of those questions that’s repetitive, and yet it’s vague, so that was one of the ones that was going around a lot. And there were a lot of questions about the Arnold on Arnold fight, which I’m only too happy to talk about because I really love that scene, but it does tend to be many versions of the same question.

Let me ask you this question: one of the things I was most fascinated about from the perspective of your job, was how much you had to recreate scenes and locales from the original Terminator.

Yeah, yeah.





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Conan O’Brien Announces San Diego Comic-Con Guest Lineup

Conan will be hosting the stars of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games and more at Comic-Con International!

Last year, Conan O’Brien revealed his ambitious plans to stage his TBS late night talk show in San Diego during Comic-Con International 2015. Today, Conan announced the lineup for his Comic-Con guests.

Kicking off Conan’s Comic-Con run on Wednesday, July 8 will be The Lord of The Rings star Elijah Wood and Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick. On Thursday, July 9, O’Brien will welcome Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

The cast of Game of Thrones will storm Conan on Friday, July 10, as Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Liam Cunningham, Natalie Dormer, Conleth Hill, Hannah Murray, Sophie Turner. Carice Van Houten, and Maisie Williams fill up the stage. But that’s not all. The July 10th Conan will also feature the cast of The Walking Dead, including Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Stephen Yuen, and Danai Gurira.

Saturday, July 11 will mark the end of Conan’s San Diego Comic-Con run with the cast of a Comic-Con related film as his surprise guests. The announcement of Conan’s final Comic-Con guests will be made at the convention itself, so let the speculation begin!

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Don’t Miss Alienware’s Best of Gaming Cosplay Contest at San Diego Comic-Con

Enter to win passes to the Crave Escape party aboard the U.S.S. Midway on Friday, July 10th, Alienware gift cards, and much more!

Each year, one of our favorite things about San Diego Comic-Con are the cosplayers. We both appreciate and admire the hard work, dedication and expression of each and every cosplayer – so this year, we’re showing that appreciation with a chance to win some great prizes from Alienware!

Are you the best at Gaming Cosplay? If so, you could win an Alienware gift pack valued at over $1,000.

For your chance to win, simply visit the Alienware Activation Zone at Comic-Con (across from Petco Park) to enter one of five (5) preliminary cosplay fashion shows taking place on July 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM PST, 3:00 PM PST, or 5:00 PM PST, or on July 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM PST or 1:00 PM PST. Alienware and audience cheer will select winners from each of the five (5) preliminary rounds for a total of thirty-five (35) finalists. All thirty-five (35) selected finalists will receive two (2) priority access passes to the Crave Escape party, a free drink ticket per priority access pass, and a $100 Alienware Gift Card!

The first twenty-five (25) finalists to arrive at the U.S.S. Midway for the Crave Escape 2015 party will be eligible to participate in the Final Cosplay Fashion Show Contest.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected to win an Alienware Alpha and a $500 Alienware Gift Card. Total Grand Prize package has an approximate retail value of $1,350.

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Samuel L. Jackson Interview: Marvel, Star Wars and Big Game

Samuel L. Jackson says he’s down for more Marvel movies when his contract runs out.

Samuel L. Jackson is a busy man. He’s already co-starred in three of the most exciting movies of 2015 – Avengers: Age of UltronKingsman: The Secret Service and the indie thriller Big Game – and he’s still got Quentin Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight coming up later this year. You’ll also see him soon in Tarzan and The Blob. So it was something of a miracle that we were able to get him on the phone for even ten minutes, especially since he was on the set of Tim Burton’s new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

So we didn’t waste any time. We talked to the man himself about his wonderful new action movie – already on VOD, and in theaters this weekend – as well as his upcoming roles in Tarzan and The Hateful Eight. We learned that he didn’t even know who he was going to play in Star Wars until he actually got to the set of The Phantom Menace, and that he was surprised to learn that he was going to be a major character. We talked about the future of Shaft and found out that he’s down to renew his contract with Marvel Studios, even after his contract expires after just a couple more movies.

Yes, we talked about an awful lot of awesome stuff, so let’

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Watch The First 8 Minutes of MTV’s Scream

Nina Patterson is in for the fright of her life, as the Scream TV series begins.

In 1996, director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson rewrote the rules for horror movies in Scream. The first film in the Scream franchise memorably began with Drew Barrymore’s Casey meeting a grim demise.

The new Scream TV series goes for a similar situation in its opening minutes. MTV has released the first eight minutes of the Scream pilot, which finds actress Bella Thorne (The DUFF) doing the Barrymore by appearing as mean girl, Nina Patterson.

Back in 1996, the world was a very different place. Now, technology can be weapon, and it can destroy a life with just a few clicks. In this teaser, Bex Taylor-Klaus’ Audrey is outed as a Lesbian against her will by Nina. But the calculated assault on Nina suggests that the killer had targeted her before this happened.

Thanks to cell phones, the new Scream killer doesn’t even have to call his or her victims. A text message can carry the threat and mask the killer’s identity until it’s too late.

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Marvel Relaunchs Doctor Strange Comic With Jason Aaron & Chris Bachalo

The Doctor is in this fall, for his first ongoing comic book series in two decades.

This fall, Marvel’s Secret Wars will give way to an All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe. The first two books in the new Marvel Universe are both being written by Brian Michael Bendis: Spider-Man and Invincible Iron Man. Now it’s time for someone else to take the spotlight.

Entertainment Weekly broke the story that Doctor Strange is getting his first ongoing series in 20 years, courtesy of writer Jason Aaron and artist Chris Bachalo. The teaser are for the Doctor Strange series also hints at a more action oriented take on Strange than we’ve seen before.

Aaron told EW that he wants to portray “a Doctor Strange who was always having to work for what he gets, and to show that when he shows up and uses his powers, it’s not like Captain America throwing his shield or Thor throwing his hammer. [He] has to worry about repercussions that those other heroes don’t have to worry about, because he’s a Sorcerer Supreme. We’re talking about the forces of magic. So whatever he does has repressions. Any of this stuff with magic, there’s always a cost to it.”

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‘Inside Out’ Interview: Lewis Black Just Says the Words

Comedian Lewis Black describes himself as an “a–hole actor” and doles out advice for aspiring standup comics.

When you want anger, you go to Lewis Black. The comedian and Daily Show correspondent has made a lifelong career out of furious tirades, ranting about everything from Valentine’s Day to complex political issues, and so it was probably natural that when Pixar decided to make a film about personified human emotions, they offered the role of Anger to him.

But when you sit down with Lewis Black, he’s as calm and sociable as anyone else. He made himself “vaguely comfortable” (as he described it) at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA just before we talked about his new part in the animated film Inside Out, the nuances of his anger, his difficult acting career and his advice for aspiring standup comics.

Inside Out premieres in theaters on June 19, 2015.

CraveOnline: So, “Pixar is offering me a movie, I’ll just do that?”

Lewis Black: That was it. I mean, if you listen to everybody else… if you’re an actor, or you’re anyone, and Pixar calls you, you say “yes” unless you’re an idiot.

They asked you to be Anger, which I guess you have turned into sort of a science by now.


What is anger to you? Is it something you still experience that passionately, or is it something that you can calculate now?

Well, there’s a difference. Anger in performance, on stage or standup, there’s a fine line. Once you cross that line you can get into trouble if you push it too far. And I get really angry on stage from time to time. Real anger can go a certain distance, and then unless you stop it, then you’re going to be working to get the audience back. If you stop it in time, and go “Oh, I’ve gone too far,” they get it. They also kind of enjoy [it]. They will enjoy a certain amount of it. But it really was a matter of learning what the line was. But personally when I get angry there’s no line. 

On stage, where have you discovered the line? Is it just a matter of where the anger is directed, or is it an intensity, or…?

It’s an intensity. I don’t know how to describe it because it’s almost instinctive. You go up to that point where you’re performing… you know what it is? It’s without “vitriol,” a word that I would never use. That’s really what it is. You take that acid base out of it, and it allows people to know that you’re angry about it without it being something that’s kind of crippling you.

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William Shatner & Halle Berry Headline CBS TV Panels At Comic-Con 2015

Are you ready for the Autobiography of Captain Kirk as read by William Shatner himself?


That’s right, William Shatner is coming back to San Diego Comic-Con International…as James T. Kirk, his iconic role from Star Trek!

Shatner’s famous character is the subject of one of CBS Television Studios’ biggest panels at this year’s Comic-Con. On Thursday, July 9 in Ballroom 20, Shatner will read excerpts from The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, a new novel by author David Goodman that retells Captain Kirk’s life story “from his boyhood on an Iowa farm and his youth spent on Tarsus IV, to his time in Starfleet Academy, his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise.”

Halle Berry will also be appearing at Comic-Con alongside her new co-star, Jeffrey Dean Morgan to promote the second season of her CBS sci-fi drama, Extant. CBS is also bringing cast members from Under the Dome, Zoo, Limitless, and Scorpion to Comic-Con for spotlight panels in Ballroom 20. However, exact times for these panels have not currently been announced.

The complete lineup of CBS TV panels is reproduced below:

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Exclusive Preview: Wonder Woman # 41

A new era begins as Diana attempts to redeem Donna Troy.

The DC You has begun!

Coming out of Convergence, Meredith and David Finch continue their Wonder Woman run this week, as a new villain arises to challenge the Amazon superheroine. And as the cover to Wonder Woman # 41 reveals, there’s a big costume change coming for Diana.

But first, CraveOnline’s exclusive preview from Wonder Woman # 41 finds Diana attempting to rehabilitate Donna Troy. But does Donna even want to be saved? And how long can Donna remain caged before she breaks free?

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A Lot of Pieces: Colin Trevorrow on the Influences of ‘Jurassic World’

The director says he based the structure of his film on the Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life.

Colin Trevorrow directed a heck of a lot of movie with Jurassic World, a summer blockbuster so jam-packed full of ideas, characters and action sequences that audiences are probably going to have a little trouble taking it all in. Fortunately, the filmmaker is more than willing to explain where he’s coming from, why the film turned out exactly the way it did and even admit to some of the unexpected influences on the film’s characters and storyline. 

We spoke to Colin Trevorrow on the phone to learn more about how Jurassic World came to be such an enormous motion picture, and how he feels about the controversy over the film’s first released scene, which generated criticism for its depiction of Bryce Dallas Howard’s character. 

Spoilers lie ahead about the nature of Jurassic World’s climactic set piece, and the death of a supporting character.

CraveOnline: So you had an opportunity to make a Jurassic Park movie, and after watching it, it seems like you used that opportunity to make every Jurassic Park movie possible.

Colin Trevorrow: I definitely gave it all of the dinosaur I have. It is everything I ever wanted to see in a Jurassic Park movie. That’s for sure.

It’s so stuffed with ideas and incident, and I’m curious, was that a mission statement or did it come about in a different way?

I think it was a natural product of genuinely wanting to make something great that could stand alongside one of the most thrilling movies ever made. That is a tall order, and in order to do it… 

You know, I think you could also be describing Jurassic Park. It’s packed full of ideas and incidents. So in the process of designing it we worked for a long time. We had to rush it at first and then Steven Spielberg, my boss, had the foresight and the wisdom to push the movie and not make us have to barrel towards a release date as so many films often have to do now. And I think the result of that is it allows the movie to address things and have through lines that sometimes get lost or compromised when you’re rushing.

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Justice League Gods and Monsters Episode 2

Watch Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Episode 2

The Son of Zod is Superman! And he has his own methods of taking down Brainiac…

The upcoming animated move, Justice League: Gods & Monsters is bringing an all-new version of the classic superhero team as envisioned by Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett.

This isn’t any Justice League that we’ve ever seen before. Batman isn’t Bruce Wayne, Princess Diana isn’t Wonder Woman and Clark Kent isn’t Superman. In fact, Kal-El doesn’t even exist in this world!

Instead, Superman is the son of General Zod, who was raised on Earth by Mexican immigrants. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have released the second episode of the Justice League: Gods & Monsters Chronicles, which puts the focus on this new Superman as he attempts to deal with Brainiac.

And while this Superman isn’t devoid of compassion, he isn’t the Man of Steel that Clark Kent was. He may not even be a hero…

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Justice League Gods and Monsters Episode 3

Watch Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Episode 3

The new Wonder Woman takes the spotlight as she takes on Giganta.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters marks the return of Bruce Timm to the DC animated film library. And this film promises a Justice League that we’ve never seen before.

Warner Bros. Animation and Machinima have been building up to the film this week with a three part, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles series of animated shorts. In the first episode, we saw the new Batman, Kirk Langstrom, who is a vampire. The second short focused on Superman, who is the son of Zod in this reality.

Today’s newly released episode 3 puts the spotlight on Wonder Woman. In this world, that role is filled by Bekka, a previously minor character in The New Gods. And surprisingly, Bekka is a lot of fun as Wonder Woman. She embraces the New Gods’ technology and uses a Boom Tube constantly. Also, her Mother Box is a f***in’ sword!

But what’s really terrific about this Wonder Woman is how funny she is, and the hilarious way that she dominates her relationship with Steve Trevor even in the middle of their battle with Giganta.

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Watch Kung Fury: The Official Movie

The wildly over-the-top ‘80s action parody has finally arrived.

In late 2013, Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg and his collaborators at Laser Unicorns took to Kickstarter to raise funds for Kung Fury, an amazingly ridiculous parody of ‘80s action films that featured Sandberg in the title role as he took on Adolf Hitler aka Kung Fuhrer, battled gangbangers and dinosaurs in addition to travelling through time with the help of Hackerman and his Power Glove.

The Kung Fury demo reel was very well received and the Kickstarter pulled in $630,000 in 30 days.

Sandberg also wrote and directed the 30 minute extended edition of Kung Fury, which manages to be even more insane than the demo. ‘80s icon David Hasselhoff has a cameo role in the short film and he sang the smash internet single “True Survivor” on the soundtrack, while Saturday Night Live veteran Jorma Taccone played Hitler.

Today, the complete Kung Fury short was released on Youtube, which you can see below.

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Fox Sets TV Panel Lineup For Comic-Con International 2015

Minority Report, Scream Queens, The Last Man on Earth and Damien join returning series The Simpsons, Family Guy and Sleepy Hollow.

The countdown to Comic-Con International 2015 has begun. And Fox is coming back to San Diego in a big way.

Fox has announced its complete lineup of TV panels for this year’s Comic-Con, including a massive panel for Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens and American Horror Story that will feature stars from both series including Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer with AHS’ Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer.

Related: Doctor Who Returns To San Diego Comic-Con International

Seth McFarlane’s Family Guy and American Dad will share a panel, while returning series The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow and Bob’s Burgers will also get spotlights at the con. Fox’s new shows, The Last Man on Earth and Minority Report are slated to get panels as well. Twentieth Century Fox produced shows Salem, Damien, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll are also on the docket for Comic-Con.

Additionally, the two story Fox booth on the show floor of the convention center will host signings with several Fox stars including Will Forte, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Lea Michele, January Jones, Denis Leary, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matt Bomer, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Kristen Schaal and additional guests.

Fox also released descriptions of each of its Comic-Con panels, which is reproduced below.

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All New All Different Marvel

Marvel Comics Relaunches This Fall

Get ready for an All-New Spider-Man, an All-New Hulk, and an All-New Wolverine?!

Ever since DC’s New 52 relaunch and reboot, Marvel has made annual relaunches of its own. First in 2012 with Marvel NOW, and again the following year with All-New Marvel NOW.

This fall, Marvel is set for perhaps its biggest relaunch to date. All-New, All-Different Marvel will relaunch the entire line of Marvel’s superhero comics with brand new series, new creative teams and even new versions of Spider-Man and Hulk whom we haven’t seen before.

“The all-new Hulk…this character is certain to cause debate,” explained Marvel Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso while speaking to Mashable. “The same people who went crazy with female Thor will have a field day with this one.”

Alonso also said that Wolverine will be back in the Marvel Universe barely a year after his so-called death. But he hinted that there may be a new Wolverine as well.

“Who is Wolverine? You’ll have to read and find out,” teased Alonso.

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Exclusive Interview: Carlton Cuse on ‘San Andreas’

The writer of the new earthquake thriller defends his decision to abandon Irwin Allen’s blueprint for disaster movies.

One week after his fellow Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof came to theaters with his new film Tomorrowland, Carlton Cuse is taking a crack at the summer blockbuster season with San Andreas. The new disaster film, directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), stars Dwayne Johnson (Furious 7), Carla Gugino (Watchmen) and Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) as an estranged family who are brought together after a series of calamitous earthquakes strike the west coast.

I spoke to Carlton Cuse on a comfy couch overlooking the Los Angeles skyline from the Marriott Hotel downtown. It seemed like an appropriate backdrop, watching the innocent citizens of L.A. go about their business, completely unaware that Cuse has already written about their total destruction. We discussed his decision to forego the ensemble cast approach to disaster movies pioneered by Irwin Allen (The Poseidon AdventureThe Towering Inferno), the invention of a new earthquake prediction system in San Andreas, and his own personal history with the Northridge earthquake, a magnitude 6.7 scale disaster which rocked the southland on January 17, 1994.

San Andreas arrives in theaters on May 29, 2015.

CraveOnline: You wrecked this. [Gestures to Los Angeles skyline.]

Carlton Cuse: Yeah, we destroy a lot of L.A. That is definitely true.

Was there any sour grapes involved? Were you just like, “Haha!”

I mean, I will say that coming out of television there’s always that little voice in your brain which is saying, “That’s too much, that’s too much, we can’t do that, we can’t pull that off.” So for me, the fact that there were no constraints because this was a huge movie, that was really satisfying. The idea that anything goes was a big part of the allure of this project.

I’m sure that’s true at the script stage, but once you got into the production, was there any moment that they told you, “Yeah… no, we’ve got to cut out this whole subplot?”

It’s really interesting for me because, coming from television and as a showrunner, showrunners and televisions are like directors in movies. They are the final creative authority. Honestly, after I wrote my final pass on this movie, I left to go back to work on my TV series and Brad Peyton and the production team went off and the made the movie, and I was not involved at all in the production of the movie. So they did a bunch of things during the making of the movie, I think in many ways all for the better. 

I’m super pleased with how the movie came out. I think Brad Peyton did a fantastic job. But there was this gap between me finishing my script work and me seeing the first cut, and I was not involved in the making of it and [it] was really fun for me to actually sort of see the movie first as a fan, and have a chance to experience it without having gone through the whole process of it being made.





Elektra May Be In Daredevil Season 2

Audition videos from two actresses seem to suggest that Marvel is casting Elektra for the next season of Daredevil.

A few weeks ago, Daredevil star Charlie Cox included Elektra, Bullseye and the Punisher on his wishlist for a second season. And it looks like Cox will get at least one of his wishes.

Via IGN, two audition videos were leaked (and quickly pulled offline) that featured actresses Shiva Kalaiselvan and Louisa Mignone (Wish You Were Here) reading for the part of Elektra. Although the character in the scenes was called Elise, they were clearly meant to be Elektra. The first scene featured Elektra with a criminal victim, and the second was a flashback to Elektra’s time in college with Matt Murdock. She is the “Greek girl” that Matt and Foggy mentioned in episode ten of the first season.

Elektra was created in 1981 by Frank Miller as a new foil for Daredevil. Miller retconned Elektra Natchios into Matt Murdock’s backstory and he gave the lovers a tragic twist that led her to become one of the most ruthless assassins in the Marvel Universe.

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Convergence 8 Preview

DC Comics Reveals Fate of The Multiverse In Convergence Conclusion

Convergence # 8 discloses which worlds survive the end of DC’s event miniseries.

DC Comics’ Convergence event was thought to be a stop-gap story that would allow the publisher to keep putting out comics while it completed its move from New York to Burbank. Characters from several different points in DC history were brought back for two issue miniseries for potentially the last time.

Or so we were led to believe.

Comic Book Resources has posted a report on the end of Convergence # 8, which comes out today. In it, CBR reveals that the patchwork world of Telos played a major part in determining the outcome of the story. There are full spoilers ahead, so consider this your final warning!

Every world survived. All of them. And that means that not only did the multiverse survive, but each era of DC history remains intact on its own world. That includes the pre-Flashpoint era, the original Earth-2, the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths era and several others.

Two splash pages from the end of the issue offer a glimpse of the timelines that are now back in play. Click on each image to view in full size!



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Exclusive Interview: Damon Lindelof on ‘Tomorrowland’ and Being Pretentious

The writer of ‘Tomorrowland’ wants audiences to eat their broccoli, be inspired, and maybe even be a little ashamed.

In a summer promising non-stop entertainment, Tomorrowland might feel a little bit like a sermon. Brad Bird’s film, co-written by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, is a sci-fi adventure but also a damning indictment of cynicism, calling out every post-apocalyptic story and even contemporary scientists for showing the world a future full of doom and gloom, instead of inspiring audiences to change their fate. It is a mission statement that Damon Lindelof himself describes as “pretentious” in our interview at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, but he defends the decision, arguing that audiences don’t just need to “eat their broccoli,” but also that they want to… that films with positive messages have a place in the popular culture, even amongst the hit films like The Hunger Games and Mad Max, and the films that Lindelof has written himself.

What follows is the conversation we had about Tomorrowland, and whatever happened to our collective vision of the future. We talk about inspiration, fancy pins and the curious relationship George Clooney has with his co-star Raffey Cassidy in Brad Bird’s latest film.


The following interview is full of spoilers. You have been warned.

Related: ‘Tomorrowland’ Review: Stand By Your Mañana 

CraveOnline: You created for yourself a symbol in a movie, which seems bold. Were you nervous about that? Were you like, “What if people don’t buy the pins? What if they don’t want to be dreamers, oh god?”

Damon Lindelof: It’s funny because you always look for… it’s kind of reductive to say a “MacGuffin,” because I think that the way that MacGuffins are basically used in movies like this now, tentpole movies, are it’s the thing that’s going to destroy the world. It’s the Allspark, it’s Loki’s scepter…

Red matter…

Red matter, God, who came up with that? That nonsense? But there’s always kind of like a destructive power behind the MacGuffin, so it’s like, if we’re going to make a movie, even if the fate of the world is the stakes and it’s almost impossible to avoid the gravity of that, that idea, but what if our MacGuffin was sort of an optimistic thing that wasn’t dangerous at all? In fact, it’s kind of wonderful? 

And then I kind of noticed when I was at Disneyland… do you have kids?

I have nieces but I don’t have kids.

I have a son who was four at the time I first started thinking of Tomorrowland. When you experience Disneyland through the eyes of a four-year-old, you kind of vicariously reconnect to that thing of, whoa… they’re really experiencing this like it’s real. I just started seeing the park through this entirely different prism, and one of the things that I saw was all these people were walking around the park and they had all these pins. 

These were the hardcore Disney aficionados and I stopped one of them, and I was like, “Do you mind if I ask what’s up with these pins?” And they were like, “Oh, I just collect them, and this one is a limited edition and I got this one back in 1989 when they stopped making this, and this is when they reopened Haunted Mansion.” All these pins are kind of a conduit of a specific memory that they’ve had with this specific attraction here in the park, and they just kind of wear with great pride. [I’m] like, “Well, I’m going to file that away for later.” 

That became sort of the inception point for when Jeff Jensen and I first started talking about this, it was this idea of, what if there was a magical object and when you touched it, not unlike Narnia, it transported you there? Except in this case you don’t really go, you just think that you’re there, but if you start walking around anyone witnessing you do this would just think that you were insane. And you could walk into walls, et cetera et cetera. Then those two ideas combinated into the pin you now wear on your lapel.




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George Romero Brings Empire of the Dead To TV

Romero’s vampires vs. zombies comic book series is being developed for television.

For most of his adult life, George A. Romero has been telling zombie stories in feature films including Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, and more. Now, Romero is bringing his brand of the undead to TV.

Variety is reporting that Romero’s Empire of the Dead comic book series is being developed as a TV drama. Empire of the Dead shares the world of Romero’s previous zombie stories, but it also adds vampires to the mix. Marvel Comics began publishing the 15 part Empire of the Dead comic in 2014, with the final issue slated to be released this August.

The description of the first Empire of the Dead comic stated “Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted — but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don’t think that everyone inside is safe! Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there’s another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple!”

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DC Comics Picks a Fight With Rihanna Over ‘Robyn’

Will anyone confuse Robin with Robyn? DC seems to think so.

Singer and sometimes actress Rihanna has registered a trademark for “Robyn.” But first, she’ll have to get past DC Comics, home of Batman’s sidekick, Robin.

According to a report on Pirated Thoughts, DC Comics has filed an opposition to Rihanna’s trademark application with the United States Trademark and Patent Office that argues that “Robyn” will cause brand confusion with consumers who might assume a connection to the Batman character, Robin.

As a character, Robin has been around since 1939… which is almost as long as Batman himself. It wasn’t until 1995 that DC trademarked Robin for his own comic book series. Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Essentially, Rihanna is trying to trademark her name so that she can use it as a brand for “a fashion and cosmetics empire.” The part that received unwanted attention from DC was the “Robyn” trademark application for “providing on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines.”

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Disney Sparks Sexism Row After Removing Black Widow Toy From Her Own Avengers Action Scene

Black Widow has been replaced by Captain America in a toy set depicting one of her best scenes in Age of Ultron.

There has been a lot of talk following the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron in regards to the alleged sexist portrayal of Black Widow. If you’re not caught up on that debate, then we covered it in detail here, but the problems people have with the character aren’t limited to just her appearance in the film, but also her appearance (or lack thereof) in Marvel’s toy line following the release of the blockbuster sequel.

Black Widow hasn’t made many appearances in the official Avengers: Age of Ultron line of toys, and her suspicious absence has now reached its pinnacle after it has been revealed that she has been replaced by Captain America in a toy recreation of one of her major scenes in the movie. Disney, who owns Marvel and commissions the creation of toys related to the comic companies’ superheroes and villains, has saw fit to create a toy based upon the scene in which Black Widow drops out of a jet while riding a motorcycle in order to save Captain America, only in the toy version Captain America is the one riding the motorcycle, and Black Widow is nowhere to be seen.




The Simpsons Rick and Morty

Watch Rick and Morty Crash Into The Simpsons

A Simpsons couch gag becomes a two and a half minute crossover with Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.

What would you do after you’ve murdered The Simpsons?

Well perhaps “murdered” is too strong of a word. But dead is still dead, right?

This Sunday’s season 26 finale of The Simpsons features a two and a half minute couch gag by guest animator Justin Roiland that acts as a crossover with Rick and Morty; an Adult Swim animated comedy series that was co-created by Roiland and Dan Harmon.

Rick Sanchez (Roiland) is a psychopathic, alcoholic mad scientist who shares madcap intergalactic and interdimensional adventures with his grandson, Morty Smith (also voiced by Roiland). But this time, Rick and Morty may have bitten off more than they can chew in Springfield.

Related: Harry Shearer Quits The Simpsons After 26 Years

“We are honored and blown away to be a part of The Simpsons,’” said Roiland in a statement. “If I could go back in time and tell myself that this would happen, I’d be like ‘No way, Jose!’ I simply can’t believe it. I think we might all be living in some kind of massive computer simulation to be honest. Look up simulation theory. That would explain how this happened.”

“This couch gag plays like a full-fledged mini-episode,” added Simpsons co-creator Matt Groening. “It’s going to be a real treat for fans of The Simpsons, fans of Rick and Morty, and fans of animated belching.”

You can watch the entire Rick and Morty couch gag sequence below.

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Exclusive Preview: Convergence: Catwoman # 2

Catwoman goes up against Kingdom Come Batman for the fate of Metropolis.

DC Comics’ Convergence event continues this week with Convergence: Catwoman # 2, which revisits Selina Kyle circa 1994.

This Catwoman has a more heroic side than some of her other incarnations. For the last year, Selina has been one of the protectors of Metropolis. But to save her adopted city, she has to take down Batman. And the Batman in question is the older Bruce Wayne from Kingdom Come, a man who doesn’t have much use for Selina in this world or in any other.

In our exclusive preview from Convergence: Catwoman # 2, Selina readies herself for a battle that she may not win. There are no ties on Telos, and only one hero or heroine is walking away from this one.


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Boba Fett Will Get His Own ‘Star Wars Anthology’ Movie

Star Wars geeks, your prayers have been answered!

Hot off the news that director Josh Trank has left the second upcoming Star Wars Anthology movie comes the news that the film is going to be all about Boba Fett, the child clone of Jango Fett who was very sad when Mace Windu killed his dad. 

Of course, if that was all we knew about Boba Fett then nobody would give a damn. So the new film, which is still in production after the director of Chronicle and Fantastic Four left the project last week, will probably focus on Boba Fett’s legendary history as an intergalactic bounty hunter instead of on his whiny teen years, waiting patiently until he fit into his father’s helmet and probably never seeking psychological help for his all-consuming daddy issues.

The news came down from Jeff Sneider at The Wrap, and comes with the satisfying knowledge that casting rumors will basically be a moot point, since Boba Fett is a clone of Jango Fett, played by actor Temuera Morrison in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. So if they don’t cast Morrison in the new anthology movie, it will be an absolute betrayal of established canon.

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CBS Officially Orders Supergirl TV Series

The superhero invasion continues as the Supergirl adaptation gets a greenlight.

Last fall, CBS outbid the other major networks for Supergirl, a live action series based on the popular DC Comics heroine. And while the final pickup was somewhat inevitable, CBS has made it official.

Supergirl has been ordered to series by CBS, a week before the network upfront presentations. Former Glee star Melissa Benoist headlines Supergirl as the title character, who is also known as Kara Zor-El. The new series follows Supergirl in her mid-twenties as she adjusts to living in the shadow of her famous cousin, Superman before striking out to become a hero in her own right.

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Exclusive Preview: Convergence: Batgirl # 2

Can Batgirl defeat Gorilla Grodd and Catman?

DC Comics’ Convergence event kicks off its second month with the return of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl!

To save her city, Stephanie was called upon to serve as a champion in a duel against Catman from the Flashpoint timeline. But somewhere along the way, Flashpoint’s Gorilla Grodd was also drawn to the battle. Luckily, Stephanie has Red Robin and the Black Bat guarding her back.

Even at her peak, Stephanie would be hard pressed to defeat both Grodd and Catman. But as seen in the first issue of Convergence: Batgirl, this isn’t Stephanie at her best. She’s been out of costume for a year and her confidence is gone.

In our exclusive preview from Convergence: Batgirl # 2, Steph psychs herself out ahead of the battle of her life. Can Batgirl save her city? And will there be a nice hot plate of waffles waiting for her when she gets home?!


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Exclusive Interview: Kevin Feige on The Infinity Stones, Civil War and More

The President of Marvel Studios says only the Time and Soul Gems are unaccounted for…

Last month, CraveOnline broke the news that the upcoming Marvel Studios reboot of Spider-Man would not be an origin story, and that Peter Parker was already swinging around the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That information came from the following interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who knows what lies ahead in “Phase Three,” and shared several other intriguing pieces of information with me in a sit down we had a Disney Studios several weeks ago.

Feige knows how to stay coy, and only teased that the cast of Captain America: Civil War would probably include a whole team of Avengers, and that the events currently taking place in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would only partially tie into the upcoming Inhumans movie, and that the Kingpin from the popular new Daredevil TV show was “fair game” for use in the upcoming movies. But he did confirm which two Infinity Stones we haven’t seen yet in the MCU, which may be a hint about future storylines. If the Time Gem is unaccounted for, could that mean a time travel movie is on the horizon? (Eh, maybe.)

So don’t waste any more time. Check out our exclusive interview with Kevin Feige about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

CraveOnline: Let’s start with the most obvious question… when are we going to see Squirrel Girl in one of these movies?

Kevin Feige: [Laughs.] Somebody made a logo for Squirrel Girl online. It was pretty cool. 

Did it get you thinking?

Yes. [Laughs.]

So no? No? Oh well, I still think she could fit into Guardians somewhere. Anyway, Avengers: Age of Ultron. I think a lot of people are looking at this movie as a potential game changer for the Marvel Universe. Are you worried about overhype?

Yes. I’m always worried about overhype. I love underhype. I love people going, “It’s a raccoon and a tree, what is this movie? He shrinks, what is this movie?” I like that much more than “It’s going to be the biggest thing of all time!” 

Are you actively trying to combat that by making it the biggest thing of all time? What’s the plan?

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Star Wars Rebels Season 2

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 To Premiere In June

Darth Vader brings the pain in the season premiere of Star Wars Rebels.

Earlier this month at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Lucasfilm hosted an advance screening of “The Siege of Lothal,” the one-hour second season premiere of Star Wars Rebels. Today, Lucasfilm announced when the series would finally be back on Disney XD.

Over at StarWars.com, a press release stated that Star Wars Rebels Season 2 will begin on Saturday, June 20 with the first two episodes of the season as a one-hour TV movie. Having seen the episodes at Celebration, I can say that you’ll see a lot of Darth Vader in the premiere, as once again voiced by James Earl Jones. And the Vader in this show is a villain in his prime.

The bad news is that the rest of Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is being held back for Fall 2015. However, Disney XD will be running a Star Wars Rebels marathon in early May in addition to premiering Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide on Monday, May 4.

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Exclusive Preview: Conan the Avenger # 14

Conan and Natala hear a first hand account of the dreaming city of Xuthal and the ancient God who lurks within it.

Within the pages of Conan the Avenger, Conan and his companion, Natala narrowly survived their ordeal in the desert before finding themselves in the nearly deserted city of Xuthal. After witnessing a man chased to his death by a shadow, Conan and Natala are on the verge of answers… but they may not like what they find.

In our exclusive preview of Conan the Avenger # 14, Conan and Natala discover the history of Xuthal and learn why it is called the city of eternal dreamers. The duo are also told about Thog, the ancient God who may bring death for both of them.

Writer Fred Van Lente continues the second part of the storyline alongside artist Guiu Vilanova, colorist Michael Atiyeh and cover artist Eric Powell.


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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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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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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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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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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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Convergence Video

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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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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