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ABC entertainment president Paul Lee addressed the press at this week's TCA event. Inside TV at EW.com has posted his comments about plans to bring Marvel characters to TV.
"I’m thrilled we have Marvel within our family, it’s a superb opportunity for us," he says. "If you’re going to bring back a franchise, it’s easier to launch a well-known franchise, but what really distinguishes these are the showrunners — we have A-list showrunners."
We already knew that plans are afoot to bring two Marvel characters to live-action TV, those being The Incredible Hulk and AKA Jessica Jones. As far as A-listers go, Hulk is being developed by fan-fave Guillermo del Toro and Battlestar Galactica chief David Eick. Jones, based in the Alias comic by Brian Michael Bendis, is in development with Dexter and Twilight movie mastermind Melissa Rosenberg.
And Lee hints that there's more saying, "We would love to make a Marvel franchise work on the network. They probably won’t be the only two Marvel things we do."
ABC just gave the thumbs down to the highly-attractive David Kelley take on Wonder Woman, due in part to their plans to cultivate shows from Marvel heroes instead.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday that they've come up with the short list in the competition in the Makeup category for the 83rd Academy Awards. And look which comic-based film is on the list: Jonah Hex. That's right: the movie that was despised by critics and shunned by moviegoers could pull down a golden trophy for transforming leading man Josh Brolin into the improbably scarred DC Comics character.
The other six films are Alice in Wonderland, Barney’s Version, The Fighter, True Grit, The Way Back and The Wolfman.
On Saturday, January 22, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration. Nominations will be announced on the 25th.
In an interview with Collider.com, actor Paul Giamatti said there is progress being made on the animated feature film version of Eric Powell's The Goon.
"I believe they now have a script for that and so probably at some point it will happen," Giamatti said.
The movie is being developed by Blur Studio with David Fincher producing. Powell is also intimately involved. So far Giamatti is the only actor attached to the role of Frankie. Last year they released a teaser reel which was screened at Comic-Con and online, which the actor says helped move the project forward.
"But you know, they did this sort of teaser thing. And you know, these things take a while to do. And I think it generated enough interest that they then really worked on the script and now there is a script," he told Collider.
Click through for the complete interview.
Jonah Hex isn't the only award-worthy comic-based fare from 2010.
The Visual Effects Society have announced their own nominations for their February 1 ceremony. Deadline.com has the complete list, but here are the C2F highlights:
The Iron Man 2 team is up for "Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture", squaring off against formidable competitors like Inception, TRON: Legacy, Alice In Wonderland and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
The Marvel movie also gets a nod for the Stark Expo fair grounds in the "Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture". In that category it's competing with TRON: Legacy – Disc Game, Inception - Paris Dreamscape and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Sand Room.
And the Hammer Military Drones from Iron Man 2 were worthy of a nomination in the "Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture" category. The deadly automatons are battling it out with Shutter Island – Ward-C Int./Ext. Lighthouse Int./Ext., The Expendables - The Palace Explodes and Inception - Hospital Fortress Destruction.
On TV, The Walking Dead and Human Target both scored nods in "Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program". The hit shows from AMC and Fox will have to beat out Undercovers, Boardwalk Empire and the final season of Lost.
Click through for compete details on all nominations.
Brazilian site Mundo Hype has posted what looks to be design art for the Red Skull as he appears in Captain America: The First Avenger.
The site can't vouch for the artwork's authenticity, so it's possible it could be bogus. However, the design seems fairly consistent with what we've seen of weaving in Hydra uniform before. It also appears to be rendered in the same style as previous Captain America and Thor design illustrations.
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