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By Rob M. Worley     January 07, 2011
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Walking Dead heads home. Plus: Cage talks Ghost Rider. Garfield talks Spider-Man. Web talks Green Lantern reshoots. More! It's your Comics2Film 11.1.7!




GREEN HORNET Joins Mafia Wars

If your a fan of the games on Facebook then you've probably played at least one by Zynga. The social gaming developer is most famous for Farmville (though C2F is partial to their Texas Hold 'Em casino), but a less embarrassing runner up is their Mafia Wars game.

Mashable reports that starting this players will be able to obtain items themed around Sony's Green Hornet movie, which opens a week from today.

According to the tech site, "Mafia Wars players can collect eight Green Hornet loot items including a mask, motorcycle, gas gun, double barrel gun, gas mask, hood gun and Hornet crest. Those who collect those seven items will be rewarded with The Black Beauty, an indestructable car that features prominently in the film."

Go join the war, Maniacs!



Garfield Talks SPIDER-MAN (Again)

Andrew Garfield spends so much time talking to the press that it's amazing he has any time to play Spider-Man in Marc Webb's 3D franchise reboot, which is currently filming in Los Angeles.

The actor's latest quips about the film come courtesy of The Envelope blog at L.A. Times.

He starts his Spidey commentary with some new, self-deprecating remarks, contemplating the unlikely possibility that nobody is interested in the movie. "What if no one sees it? It'd be hilarious," Garfield said with a laugh. "Maybe there'll be boycotters. My self-sabotaging makes me want to head the boycott."

He makes the usual comments of dreaming of being Spider-Man since he was a kid and the excitement of taking on the role. "The overriding theme of the comic is: With great power comes great responsibility. And, yes, I feel a huge sense of pressure and responsibility."

Finally, he does share some of the experience of actually filming the movie, which ain't all fun and games.

"We're two weeks in. The first week was full of stunts, and I've never felt happier in my whole life," Garfield said. "I'm all bruised and scratched up, and it feels really good. It's just me throwing myself up against walls, which is incredibly fun and painful and testing my manhood. It's a childhood fantasy I'm living out."

Click through for his complete comments.



GREEN LANTERN Reshoots Underway

Daily Blam, who have been a prolific source of Green Lantern news, say the movie is presently undergoing reshoots in L.A. to firm things up for the June 17 release of the movie.

This is happening on Warner Bros sound stages on the Los Angeles lot. The studio says this is just routine stuff to tighten up the production, which is what they always say. Most times it's true but sometimes it isn't (Jonah Hex).



Cage Talks GHOST RIDER 2 Changes

Nicolas Cage tells the U.K. Press Association that Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance is unlike any movie he's filmed before, including the previous Ghost Rider movie. As with Marvel follow-ons like Punisher: War Zone and Incredible Hulk, the filmmakers are not being pedantic about linking the two films.

As such Spirit of Vengeance is going to be, "very different," says Cage. "A completely new experience and that's how the directors choose to see it. I mean there's even a new origin sequence."

He credits directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor with delivering a whole new vibe to Marvel's horror hero.

"They're not like anybody else I've worked with. They do things with the camera that are just extraordinary," Cage told the press. "They're brand new. The director's on rollerblades and hanging from wires with the camera, holding on to the motorcycle and it's going to be really wild."

Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance won't be in theaters for over a year. You can see Nic Cage on the big screen this week in the highly-missable Season of the Witch.




From a press release...

The AMC original series The Walking Dead rises again when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD of the hit show that wowed both critics and audiences. The SRP for the March 8 release is $49.99 for the Blu-ray, and $39.98 for the DVD. Both the "THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season" Blu-ray and DVD contain all 6 episodes of the first season on a 2-disc set, and are packed with special behind-the-scenes featurettes and insightful extra footage.

Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama, "THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season" breathes new life into the zombie genre as it unfolds a post-apocalyptic saga that follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually), who searches for a safe haven and, hopefully, a new home, far from the undead that now roam the earth hungry for human flesh. Each episode explores the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies, and the toll it takes on the survivors who now find themselves going to extremes just to see another day. In this horrific world gone mad, each turn brings new surprises and dangers, as the survivors try to regain some semblance of a normal life.

The Walking Dead is based on the popular Image Comics' comic book written by Robert Kirkman. The series premiered on AMC Fearfest Halloween night and immediately became the most watched drama series in cable's history among Adults 18-49 with 3.5 million viewers. It also gained a following among critics (from People to Vanity Fair) who have hailed it as one of the best new series of the year.

DVD and Blu-ray bonus features include:

  • Featurettes:
    • The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
    • Inside THE WALKING DEAD: Episode 1-6
    • A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman
    • Behind The Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips
    • Convention Panel With Producers
    • THE WALKING DEAD Trailer
  • Extra Footage:
    • Zombie School
    • Bicycle Girl
    • On Set With Robert Kirkman
    • Hanging With Steven Yeun
    • Inside Dale's RV
    • On Set With Andrew Lincoln


Thanks to Calibur454 for the submission.



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, #2 and #3 are in stores now. Issue #4 arrives in stores January 5th . Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!


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LocoLobo73 1/7/2011 7:11:25 AM

cant wait for The WALKING DEAD ON BLUE RAY thats the best new s still sucks that we have to wait till march and then fall for season 2

rest of the news seemed just rehashed comments we have already heard.

GL reshoots , im pretty sure its nothing dire but maybe its an after credits thing.

Wiseguy 1/7/2011 7:36:12 AM

I'm really digging this Garfield cat :) He appears grounded and unlike some others that come off as patronizing and condescending he appears to be a genuine fan. I hope the new Spidey really kicks butt

Green Lantern reshoots would've worried me in the past but this seems to be more the norm rather than the exception. If the movie is going to suck I highly doubt some reshoots would solve the problem since the problem would more than like reside in the overall script so I choose to remain optimistic

Mark Steven Johnson didn't blow anybody away with Ghost Rider or Daredevil although I thought he did ok and pretty good jobs, respectively. Neveldine on the other hand has the Crank and Gamer movies behind him so I wouldn't necessarily expect the GR sequel to raise the bar. I'm hoping for the best but nothing in the guy's resume gets me excited, especially the prospect of having a shaky cam for the entire movie

And does  that mean new "origin" or a new "sequence"? If it's a new origin they should've replaced Cage then

Hobbs 1/7/2011 8:00:20 AM

I see Mania is late with some big news again...the Star Wars saga out on Blu Ray announcement.  I'm sure they will eventually post it but you certainly can't rely on this site to have big news until every other site posts it first.  Unless I'm missing it somewhere in which case my bad.

Wise, i agree with you about Johnson.  Ghost is a guilty pleasure movie for me and Daredevil would have been much better if Affleck wouldn't have been Matt Murdock...but he was a big name at the time they made it so you can't blame them for going that route...but now you can clearly see he wasn't a good casting choice.  Or Garner for that matter...how about actually hiring someone who looked Greek for the part of electra?

jfdavis 1/7/2011 8:01:06 AM

GR- Maybe the "new origin sequence" means they going to do "flashbacks" to the original film but really film new material. That's kind of fun.  ::shrugs:: I enjoyed Johnson's GR more than DD but I still don't have the desire to own either movie. 

GH- I actaully play Mafia Wars so that's some cool promotion. I'd love to own Black Beauty...

Butchman 1/7/2011 8:06:17 AM

Walking Dead is a good show and I am glad I saw it but I feel it would suffer with repeated viewings so I will not be picking this up.  I hope the second season makes this show become a must watch otherwise I could lose interest fairly quickly.

CaptAmerica04 1/7/2011 8:12:16 AM

Wait, wait, wait... so I'm supposed to pay $39.98 for a 2-disc set that has... 6 episodes?!?! Look, I loved the show, and I'd love to own it on DVD; but there is NO way on God's green earth that I am going to pay $40 for 6 episodes! That's RETARDED (Yes, Mrs. Palin, I said that word).

I can spend the same amount of money and get 22 episodes of 24, Burn Notice, Fringe, or Supernatural. I don't care how many special features are on the discs. Those are gravy. They're nice and all, but I'm not buying the "set" for those, I'm buying them for the actual show! Or, in this case, I'm NOT buying them. This pisses me off almost as much as the ridiculous price-hikes in comics lately.

$39.98 for 6 episodes on 2 discs. Kiss my @$$, AMC.

As for you, Nic Cage, I no longer care about what you think is new or cool or edgy.  You are now on a list of "Nuttier than Squirrel Droppings," along with Tom Cruise, Roman Polanski, OJ Simpson, and Joaquin Phoenix.  If this new Ghost Rider doesn't absolutely rock the world of comics2film, your career is pretty much done.

Calibur454 1/7/2011 8:30:37 AM

@captamerica04- Hell man a season of south park that only runs double that is about the same price but they dont have nearly as many extras. I have gone onine and seen it at best buy for 30 on dvd. thats preorder. So i dont mind shelling out money like that for a show I know I'll love to watch again from time to time.

although no time frame was given I hope the first two features listed there are at least 25- 45 min each. not some 5 minute throwback. with so many extras listed there is no telling how long the extra footage will add up to.

As for Ghost rider I'm still rather moaning about the whole thing being in 3d butI will wait for a trailer becasue i thought the first wasnt a bad origin story, With the way things look with thor I'm begining to see hope for the newer marvel movie releases

krathwardroid 1/7/2011 10:00:50 AM

Sounds to me like it could be a whole new gap filled in to the origin from the first Ghost Rider movie. There was, after all, a lot of unexplored details there. Sure, he made a deal with Mephisto, but what else happened between that time and when he was much older? I won't hold my breath for a blockbuster Ghost Rider entry, but it sounds like it will be better than the first. 

Alright, Garfield talks about Spider-Man. This is all they seem to report on. 

Green Lantern will be decent. 

lusciousjohnnyb 1/7/2011 10:01:20 AM

You can download each episode of "Walking Dead" (in High Definition) for around $3.00 on Amazon. 

lusiphur 1/7/2011 11:04:42 AM

 And amazon will have the disc sets much cheaper than SRP.

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