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R.I.P.D., MAD TV, Watchmen and Toon news

Your Comics2Film roundup for 11/13

By Rob M. Worley     November 13, 2008
Source: Various

R.I.P.D. by Peter Lenkov and Lucan Marangon
© Dark Horse Comics, Inc

From the 'R.I.P.D.', to 'MadTV', from the 'Brave and the Bold' to  'Wolverine and the X-Men', here's your daily fistful of Comics2Film newsbits from the four corners of the World Wide Web:

'R.I.P.D.' alive and kicking

Dark Horse Chief Mike Richardson told ShockTilYouDrop that his company's slate of films with Universal will be announced very soon, the topliner of which will be the long-gestating 'R.I.P.D.'.

"We have a slate we're announcing very shortly but we're doing 'R.I.P.D.' over there with David Dobkin directing and a great script by [Matt] Manfredi and [Phil] Hay," Richardson says. "He's worked with them for a very long time to get the script just the way he wanted it. We're getting very close and out to cast right now. There will be some announcements shortly."

The book is based on TV producer Peter Lenkov's 2003 comic about a pair of dead lawmen who are part of a force tasked with policiing the afterlife.

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

You are not watching 'MAD TV'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Fox network has pulled the plug on thier long-running sketch comedy show 'MadTV'.

While it's not typical of the comic adaptations we usually cover her, fans are reminded that the show is inspired by the long-running humor comics magazine: 'Mad'


Academy disqualifies 'DARK KNIGHT' score

Due to a discrepancy in the paperwork, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's score for 'The Dark Knight' will not be considered for nomination by the Academy music branch, reports Variety.

The problem stems from  the fac that five names are listed on the music cue sheet, which is the official studio document specifying every piece of music in a film.

The names of music editor Alex Gibson, ambient music designer Mel Wesson and composer Lorne Balfe also appear. Reportedly this was to allow them to be fairly compensated for their work.

The trio agrees that the score it self is Zimmer and Howard's work, and have signed an affidavit for the Academy saying as much. Apparently their plea fell on deaf ears and 'The Dark Knight' score is disqualified.



Guardian.co.uk has three exclusive video clips from the upcoming DVD release of 'The Dark Knight'.

[VIEW THE CLIPS] -Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.

Novelization of 'WONDER WOMAN' Animated Feature Coming

World's Finest Online reports that a novelization for the upcoming 'Wonder Woman' animated feature is slated for later this year. The book will be authored by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison, adapting the screenplay by Michael Jelenic.

[LINK] -Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.


The World's Finest recently had the opportunity to James Tucker, the producer of 'Batman: The Brave and The Bold', about his work on the new Batman toon. He also touches upon what could have been in Legion of Super Heroes and much, much more.

Hit the link for the in-depth Q & A.

[LINK] -Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.

Pics from 'BRAVE AND THE BOLD''s Plastic Man episode

In other 'Brave and the Bold' news, Legions of Gotham has new images from the upcoming "Terror on Dinosaur Island" episode, which features Plastic Man.

[VIEW THEM] - Thanks to LegionsOfGotham for the submission.


Marvel Animation Age has a set of new images from the upcoming toon show 'Wolverine and the X-Men'.


Meanwhile, the site has also learned that veteran voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson will play Bishop in an upcoming episode called "Future X."

[LINK] -Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submissions.

'WATCHMEN' video journal available for download

If you liked the "Girls Kick Ass" video journal from 'Watchmen' that we posted last week, Warner Bros is now providing the footage in QuickTime and Windows Media download form, for your personal viewing enjoyment.

[DOWNLOAD IT] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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isgrimner 11/13/2008 7:22:40 AM

As far as Mad TV goes, it hasn't really been good in as much as I have senn of it since Will Saso left.  Kenny Rogers Jackass, anyone?

vlomski 11/13/2008 11:10:33 AM

Dont know what isgrimner is talking about Mad TV has been funny right up to the end.  Especialy what few episodes they have made this season have gotten more surreal ala Monty Python and SCTV.  its a shame NBC is allowed to keep giving us more seasons of the badly written badly acted SNL drivel which should have been cancelled 15 years ago, but people still watch it  because it is a supposed institution!  Man, people can be lead around by the nose so easily! I loved Mad TV to the end!

midas1108@gmail.com_home 11/13/2008 1:00:38 PM

I honestly didn't know this show was even on anymore.  I haven't seen any ads or any press about it at all in years.  The only time I've seen it in the cable guide was syndicated re-runs.

isgrimner 11/13/2008 1:19:39 PM

I actually don't remember the last episode I have seen.  I haven't seen any newer ones, so maybe it did get funny again & I just didn't know. 



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