A whole bunch o' new 'Transformers' images are online. Plus:'Dragonball' cast speaks. Gary Oldman not in 'Iron Man 2'. Powell talks 'Goon' and more! Realizing that confidence is food for the wise and liquor for the fool, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.10!
Gene Colan is, to be sure, a legend in the world of comics art. For much of the 1970s he was the untoppable signature artist on 'Daredevil' and 'Tomb of Dracula'. He co-created 'Blade' and left his mark on 'Iron Man'. He was the anchor artist on one our favorite titles of that period, 'Howard the Duck'.
A few years back Colan suffered liver failure and incurred the crippling medical bills that go with such an illness. Today we've received word of a benefit to help "The Dean" face the medical debt. If you near Big Sur next August, stop by the Henry Miller Library and check out the production of 'Starstruck'. Proceeds from your ticket will help out a one of the great ones.
Here's the scoop:
On August 15, 2009, the off-Broadway science-fiction comedy "StarStruck" by Elaine Lee, Susan Norfleet Lee, and Dale Place, basis for the 1980’s comic book series by Elaine Lee and Michael Wm. Kaluta (who provided set and costume designs for the original production), will be presented for the first time in 25 years as an audio theatre-style live reading at the famed Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA. with proceeds to help pay the medical bills of comics legend Gene Colan, the bills stemming from his bout with liver failure in 2007 and 2008.
Colan is best known for his distinctive artwork on such titles as "Iron Man," "Daredevil," "Batman," and "Tomb of Dracula" (from which the character Blade was introduced).
The reading will employ pre-recorded sound effects and live effects performed by a team of foley artists, coupled with composer Dwight Dixon’s music from the original production.
Play it by Ear Productions, an audio theatre company in Pacific Grove, CA, will produce the event under the direction of Producing Director Lance Roger Axt. “I’m absolutely ecstatic that this is finally going to happen; speaking as both a longtime comics fan and a theatre artist, I’ve wanted to do something with this play for over a decade. And helping Gene and Adrienne Colan is an added bonus; they are two great people, and I’m more than happy to lend a hand.”
The performance also serves a second purpose: to test the timing of the piece before a live audience, which will ultimately serve a subsequent studio recording. A "StarStruck" radio series is in development, the first piece being an audio adaptation of the off-Broadway comedy, to be recorded in Maine.
The series will be produced by the new AudioComics production company (Lance Roger Axt, Dan Bernard, and the voice of "Bob the Builder," William Dufris), who will be working directly with Lee and Kaluta on both the adaptation and on several new "StarStruck" pieces written specifically for the medium of audio.
TFW2005 have posted a huge gallery of CGI model sheets from 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'. The images provide a detailed look at characters like Devastator, Megatron, Sideswipe, Starscream, Ravage, The Fallen, Skids, Mudflap, Ratchet and Ironhide. Some of them you've seen before but others are new.
SCI FI Wire has a montage of video interviews from today's stealth opener 'Dragonball: Evolution'. Check it out as the cast and crew talk about the new movie.
Recently fans have been wowed by the CGI animated images from David Fincher's production of Eric Powell's beloved horror/humor book 'The Goon'. But Powell told MTV Splash Page that he was afraid anyone who tried to make a 'Goon' movie would aim for a live-action adaptation.
"I always felt that the material would work better animated, just because of the bizarre nature of the characters and the atmosphere of the stories," Powell told MTV News. "But American audiences don’t always embrace animation when it’s not a bunch of cute animals singing and dancing — so I was a little hesitant about it.
"I thought maybe we should pursue a live action film," continued Powell. "But then I saw the work of ‘Blur’ and spoke with [producer David] Fincher and learned about the way they want to do it the way they want to treat it, and I was sold."
Powell feels confident that American audiences are gradually embracing animated depictions of stories that aren't family oriented and cites Adult Swim and the recent feature 'Beowulf' as examples.
Emmy Rossum makes her comic-to-film debut in this weekend 'Dragonball: Evolution'. While chatting her up about the movie MTV News asked if she has any other four-color aspirations.
Rossum, it turns out, is a big Neil Gaiman fan and expressed immediate awareness of the fact that he is working to bring his DC/Vertigo works 'Death: The High Cost of Living' and 'Black Orchid' to the big screen.
But does that mean she's involved with Gaiman or his big-screen work in any way? It's unclear. Rossum admitted to nothing in her interview with MTV, but offered deflective answers. So the question becomes: Why is Emmy Rossum deflecting unless there's something there to protect?
Rossum did say, "I think whenever you talk out loud about things one way or another you jinx things. I’m a big believing in jinxing."
For the record, we think if she were gothed-up significantly Rossum's personality is right on for Gaiman's warm and cheerful avatar of doom.
'Iron Man 2' chatter has abated a bit as the film wraps for the holiday weekend. However there's one bit of business to attend.
Early in the week, reports emerged that Gary Oldman had been spotted on the set of the film. However, Oldman's handlers have said that the reports are incorrect.
The actor's manager Douglas Urbanski told The Geek Files blog, "Mr Oldman has not visited the set of Iron Man and there are currently no plans for him to appear in an Iron Man film. I hope this clears up the recent rumours."
Which leaves us to wonder if some spy, looking through binoculars, saw actor John Slattery doing scenes instead. As we reported yesterday, the 'Mad Men' actor is in the movie.
Here's the last few Twitters from 'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau.
# Happy Passover. Apr 9 - 7am
# Day four begins. More Mickey. Apr 9 - 9am
# Sorry I can't post Twitpics at this time. Tight leash on images from the set. I'll post what I can when I can. Apr 9 - 12pm
# Wrapped. End of week one. Will spend the long weekend prepping for next week's work and relaxing with the family. Apr 9 - 11pm