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GHOST RIDER Heads to Istanbul

Plus: THOR, GREEN HORNET, AVENGERS and more!

By Rob M. Worley     December 16, 2010
Source: Various

Ghost Rider heads to Istanbul. Plus: Thor Minimates await your order. Green Hornet director strikes back at Comic-Con crowd. Ferrigno says he's in The Avengers and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.16!

 

 

 

Ferrigno to HULK out in AVENGERS?

Well, we know that when the Hulk appears in Marvel's Avengers movie, he'll be a CGI creation acted about by motion capture on actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays his human counterpart in the film. But fans know well that where there's Hulk, there's Lou Ferrigno.

The body builder-turned-actor is, of course, most famous for playing jade jaws on the beloved TV series of the 1980s. He also voiced the character in several animated incarnations and enjoyed cameo appearances in the two live-action Hulk feature films.

During an appearance at the Nuke the Fridge con, Ferrigno revealed that he would have some kind of role in the supergroup film.

"I know I'm gonna be involved with the Avengers movie," the actor said during an interview. In the most recent live-action movie The Incredible Hulk he provided the voice for the monster as well as appearing as a security guard. It's possible that he may do both voice acting and a walk-on in the 2012 pic as well. However, the actor admits he's unsure what his role might be and he hasn't read the script yet.

Nuke the Fridge also asked him about the planned live-action TV show, asserting that he must play the creature for the show to work. Ferrigno very graciously said that the current plan (to use both practical and CGI effects to create Hulk) seems appropriate for a new generation of fans, but he also pointed out that the CGI Hulk can't sign autographs.

So look for the real deal at a convention near you!

 

 

GREEN HORNET Director Strikes Back at Comic-Con Crowd

Green Hornet director Michel Gondry has faced an uphill, and perhaps unwinnable battle with fans over his feature film version of the classic radio, pulp, TV and comics character. It's been the target of skepticism and snark from the moment Seth Rogen took charge of the property as writer, producer and star. And perhaps Gondry resigned himself to writing off genre fans when his panel at last summer's Comic-Con International in San Diego went badly, with fans using it as an opportunity to flee the dreaded Hall H and take a bathroom break.

Now, in an interview with The Guardian, Gondry has something to say about the fans who snubbed him and his film at the big show.

"I usually identify with the nerds," he points out, "but these ones just reinforce the social rules. Their values are fascistic. All those people marching around in capes and masks and boots. The superhero imagery is totally fascist!"

Gondry continued, "when you step into this genre, they feel it belongs to them. They want you to conform, or they won't like you. They want the conventional. But it's fine. The movie's been doing very well, I think, whenever we've screened it to normal people."

Gondry and Rogen undoubtedly won over many these "normal" people who crave the unconventional with the following clip which is a clear refusal to conform to big-studio, commercial film making conventions:

 

 

THOR Minimates

Art Asylum have unveiled their line of Minimates figures coming from the Thor movie.

The set includes block-head representations of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), a Frost Giant, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and the Destroyer!

They are available for order now. Ask your local comics shop.

Art Asylum's Minimates figures from the THOR movie. From left: Odin, Frost Giant, Thor, Agent Coulson, Loki, Jane Foster and the Destroyer.

 

And we leave you with a long-overdue installment of...

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Tweet About GHOST RIDER 2

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have been tweeting some cool stuff from the Romanian set of Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance since mid-week last week.

Here's a catch-up on the highlights:

December 11:

"EAT PENANCE STARE"

and then...

"NIC CAGE JUST KILLED A HUMAN BEING USING ONLY HIS EYEBALLS"

So it looks like Ghost Rider's trademark Penance Stare is making an appearance in the movie. This was followed by an obscure tweet about the "Best party ever," though fans weren't invited to that.

Then on December 13, there was more gushing about the leading man with, "CAGE RULES!!!"

That was followed by the tantalizing proclamation that "This movie is unleashing dark forces ...!"

Finally, yesterday they posted a bit of actual location news:

"Damn, that was a brutal couple of months.... now a 3 week break before we move this road show to Istanbul."

So there you have it. Now you know what's happening on the set of Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance.

 


 

Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #3 arrives in stores December 22nd. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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krathwardroid 12/16/2010 7:08:12 AM

The Thor minimates are nice. Aside from the repetitive Ghost Rider and Green Hornet bulletins, there's not much else of interest here, save that tidbit about Lou Ferrigno and his ongoing Hulk work. Wouldn't that be cool if he actually played the Hulk again in a TV show? 

jfdavis 12/16/2010 7:12:40 AM

First who would actaully want an Agent Coulson figure and, second, the Jane Foster figure looks nothing like her...

At the risk of sounding like an "abnormal" fanboy, Green Hornet sits in the back of the Black Beauty. Not shotgun.  Anyway, we don't even have any Carl's Jr.'s in Maine so this campaign is wasted on us...

 

samurai1138 12/16/2010 7:28:59 AM

I'm sorry, but that commercial made me laugh. So stupid is was funny.

Tevii 12/16/2010 7:32:06 AM

Wow... until I read this i was going to see THe Green Hornet EVEN THOUGH IT LOOKS TERRIBLE.

Gondrys remarks are idiotic "Their values are fascistic."
Why? because we like our favorite characters and those that created them to be treated with respect? 

Sure the movie isnt out and some people are condemning the movie right off the bat, but that doesnt mean switch to crticizing the fans immediately.

He shouldve shut up and let the movie speak for itself.
I hope this movie flops.....

RedHood2010 12/16/2010 7:45:22 AM

The GH will flop.  It doesn't have a Batman, Iron Man, Thor or Spiderman vibe.  It won't be taken as a Superhero movie.

LocoLobo73 12/16/2010 7:53:02 AM

WAY to GO LOU , keep it going big man . LOL , hell yeah they really should use you in the new show ...... as the voice of the Hulk. lol

Green Hornet: I'll see it why not, i like Seth Rogan he's a funny guy, and Its not like there is anything else coming out at the same time that I would rather see , so sure why not, and a bunch of the reviewer that I like really liked it so , why not.

Ghost Rider: "Cage Rules" what exactly does he rule, cause I m having trouble remembering what was the last good movie he did ,, hmmmmmmm, help me out here people...... Rasing Arizona, yeah that was good, oh and Gone in 60 seconds 

littlemikey979 12/16/2010 8:53:19 AM

Alright, if anyone deserves to be in the film it has got to be Lou. He is really great with his fans, got to me him one year at Wizard Convention on year. He is still HUGE!!! Glad to hear he is still getting to be part of the role he helped make famous.

I think Gondry should really keep his trap shut. I am sure he knows some of us "nerds" are not expecting great things from GH. Instead of acting like a professional should and view the panal session as something to overcome, he does the oppsite and resorts to name calling and cries about it to a reporter after its over. Yeah, thats going to earn you some more points with us "fascist nerds" Mike. Guess who is going to be buying a bootleg copy of your for spite? 

monkeyfoot 12/16/2010 9:01:58 AM

I have great sympathy and mostly agree with Gondry about fanboys. They will be fanatical about things sometimes to the slightest detail. As much as others here say they would love to do the movie version that they have in their head of their favorite comic book character,as soon as details got on the net ,or a trailer came out, or even when the movie opened, they would be inundated with harsh criticism for their work by geeks. Why? Because every fanboy has THEIR movie or TV version they have made in their head and because you didn't make it the way you wanted you are an incompetent bastard as far as they are concerned.

Listen, they can never make the movie you have in your head because its in YOUR head. The filmmakers working on your character can only make the version they have in theirs. As long as they maintain the essence of who that superhero is cut them some slack!

Wiseguy 12/16/2010 9:19:17 AM

Gondry should know better than to insult the crowd he should be trying to woo. The reason the film has been facing an uphill battle is because most of us can't picture blubberboy Rogen as a hero. Even though he lost weight he still looks chubby, has a dumbfound look I know that's his natural look, is a terrible actor with that constant dumb grin and just can't be taken seriously. It's really nothing against Gondry, til now. I'm going to see it but I'm paying for something else just so Rogen nor Gondry get any of my money.

I know I saw a clip of Cage out there in Europe where he appeared to have lost it, shouting and cursing. Surprised it didn't make the news. Crossing my fingers for a decent GR film despite Cage's presence yet again. I thought the first was ok but I want better

One silly question, is that GH clip a commercial or is that part of the movie? I still find it funny that McD's and BK passed on this, now we know it's going to suck for sure.

 

violator14 12/16/2010 9:34:24 AM

Gondry-Wow, what a lil biznatch!!!!

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