'The Flash' flick falls back as DC Entertainment reorganizes. Plus: New clips from 'Astro Boy' are online! 'G.I. Joe' due on DVD next month. Gigandet gears up for 'Priest' and more. On the cosmic hamster wheel to avert the latest crisis, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.6!
From a press release
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – The ultimate elite fighting force hit the big screen to defend the world and ended up conquering it in the worldwide smash hit G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra, which earned over $280 million at the global box office. The action-packed, visually arresting adventure based on Hasbro’s immensely popular action figures including DUKE, SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW and the BARONESS makes its eagerly-awaited Blu-ray and DVD debut in two-disc sets and a single-disc DVD on November 3, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy), G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra stars a hot young cast including Channing Tatum (Public Enemies), Marlon Wayans (Dance Flick), Sienna Miller (Factory Girl), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer), Rachel Nichols (“Alias”) and Ray Park (X-Men), as well as veteran actors Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point) and Christopher Eccleston (Gone in Sixty Seconds).
The G.I. JOE team travels the world from the Egyptian desert to the polar ice caps and the streets of Paris in a high stakes pursuit of COBRA, an evil international organization threatening to use a technology that could bring the world to its knees. Armed with the coolest hi-tech gadgets and weapons, including jaw-dropping accelerator and camouflage suits, G.I. JOE is the last line of defense against those intent on world domination.
The G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra two-disc Blu-ray and DVD include a digital copy of the film, commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay, “The Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. JOE”, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes for a look at how the filmmakers turned the perennially popular action figures into a summer blockbuster and “Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. JOE”, which showcases the incredible work that went into creating over 1,650 visual effect shots and the challenges the filmmakers faced in bringing the world of G.I. JOE and COBRA to life. The film also will be available on a single disc DVD, which includes the commentary.
The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray packages will also feature augmented reality technology that will allow owners to participate in an exclusive 3D holographic G.I. JOE combat experience, utilizing their webcams and a special website. Fans will be able to choose between SNAKE EYES and STORM SHADOW, two of the most popular G.I. JOE and COBRA characters, and battle against their enemies one-on-one in an immersive 3D video game.
Two-Disc DVD & Blu-ray: The G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra two-disc and single-disc DVDs are presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The two-disc Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The following special features are in standard definition:
From a press release
Area 52 is now available for download in the iTunes App Store!
Tasty Pop brings the highly acclaimed Avalon Studios comic mini-series, Area 52 to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Created and written by comic book pioneer and founder of Avalon Studios, Brian Haberlin (Witchblade, Spawn, Blackest Night, Aria and many others). Area 52 also features the dynamic art of Clayton Henry (X-Men, Adventure Comics) and vivid colors by veteran colorist, Ian Hannin (Amazing Spiderman, Superman). The comic is a nonstop thrill ride combining Sci-Fi, Comedy and Adventure.
Haberlin says of Area 52: “One of my favorite Avalon series!”
Imagine the warehouse from the end of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, the place where the government stashes all of its other-worldly discoveries, from Excalibur to Alien space ships. They are all housed in Area 52. Think of it as Area 51’s attic. When the government has sufficiently probed, poked, prodded and catalogued it goes here to gather dust.
Located in a super-high-tech computer automated climate-controlled warehouse hidden in a remote area of the even more remote continent of Antarctica – this is possibly the most mind numbingly boring tour of duty in any of the armed services. That is until something goes terribly wrong.
Area 52 is a four-issue mini-series. Issue #1 is available as a FREE download. Issues #2-4 are only 99 cents each.
Area 52 is the first of several Avalon Studios titles to be released through Tasty Pop.
The cast of 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World' may be as large as it is eclectic, but that means not everyone in the show has a major part to play. Actress Anna Kendrick told MTV Splah Page that her role as Stacey Pilgrim (Scott's older sister) is very similar to what it is in the graphic novels. That is to say, she shows up here and there to tell Scott (played by Michael Cera) he's messing up.
"My relationship mostly exists with Michael Cera on the phone—mostly yelling at him on the phone throughout the entire film," Kendrick told MTV. "What was really fun is that the sister character is based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's real sister, Stacey. I got to meet Stacey. She was an extra in one of the scenes at the infamous Second Cup."
Check out the video interview:
MTV chatted up, currently out promoting the pseudo-superhero movie 'Defendor', and asked her what comic book character she'd like to play on the big screen.
"You know who's a cool girl comic book thing?" replied Dennings. "'Hack/Slash'!".
Indeed. Tim Seely's awesome girl-out-for-vengeance comic recently saw director Fredrik Bond come on board. Justin Marks wrote the script for the film, which focuses on a girl who defeats a horror movie-esque killer and makes it her mission to defeat all horror movie-esque killers.
Here's the video blurb from Dennings:
Actor Cam Gigandet is apparently having the time of his life shooing the manga-based film 'Priest'. Why? Two words: weapons and motorcycles
Gigandet told MTV Splash Page that he enjoys gearing up to fight vampire hordes.
"I have very cool weapons," he said of his character Hicks. "I have an unbelievable knife; I have an unbelievable gun. I have a handgun that’s humongous. I mean, I can barely even hold it up. I also have a big shotgun strapped to my back. Not too shabby."
Really? What else is cool about 'Priest', Cam?
"I have just the coolest wardrobe," the actor told MTV. "I have the leather coat and leather pants and lots of leather."
In a separate piece with MTV, Gigandet raved about his ride.
"The sets are just unbelievable—and we ride around on motorcycles," he enthused. "I’d never ridden a motorcycle before this movie. They trained us on how to ride motorcycles and all that. Then I finally got to ride my motorcycle on set, and it is a huge beast of a motorcycle. It’s one of the coolest motorcycles, and Priest is on a motorcycle as well, and we get to ride in the middle of the desert on salt flats—it [looks] like those Chevy commercials."
In the growing trend of Hollywood agents taking on toys as clients, UTA has signed on as the agency representing the anime/robot/lions/sci fi property 'Voltron', according to The Hollywood Reporter.
News of a 'Voltron' movie with Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment and Jason Netter's Kickstart Prods broke back in the summer. UTA will be servicing that effort by attaching one of their writers to the movie post haste.
The agency is also said to be closing a deal on an animated cable series, and working on video game and toy deals as well.
Collider.com has strung together 11 clips from the October 23rd release of 'Astro Boy' for your viewing enjoyment.
While DC Universe films like 'Green Lantern' and 'Lobo' may be charging forward, IGN reports that Warner Bros formation of DC Entertainment around the DC Comics brand means that plans for a 'Flash' film are being slowed, at least in the short term.
IGN spoke with 'The Dark Knight' producer Charles Roven who had been developing the feature film for the past few years. He said that the project has, to some degree, been taken out of his hands. Warner Bros top brass apparently looked at the state of the development effort and decided that the didn't have a "go" movie, so they decided to "pull it back."
"Like, for example, they had something that was more or less working for them on 'Green Lantern', and now you have Martin Campbell directing it…But we didn't," Roven told IGN. "The David Goyer screenplay, that didn't work. Goyer left the project. We then embarked with David Dobkin, trying to come up with another approach. We hadn't even hired a writer at that point. So for us, we completely understood. I've been making movies with Warner Bros. for 15 years, so that was fine, but I hope one day there's a way for me to get re-involved in the project."
Of course, that doesn't mean that a 'Flash' movie is stalled out by any means. One recent development that was announced in July, was to hire Geoff Johns to consult and co-write a new script for the project. It sounds more like the new DC Entertainment will be re-examining this key property to make sure it serves them in the same way Marvel has their guns firing in sync with 'Iron Man', 'Thor' and the other 'Avengers' tie-ins. Most likely, when 'Flash' gets up to speed again, Roven will be attached as a producer.