Bones McCoy might not be a magician, but someone at Paramount is casting a spell over the internet as the studio unveils several new photos from the upcoming Star Trek reboot. The photos were divvied out by the company to different Web sites, and are also featured in the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly. The magazine has an exclusive cover depicting James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), the stars of the upcoming film.
This is the second time this year that Paramount has deliberately distributed production stills online for their movies. Earlier this year, Paramount assigned different character portraits from G.I. Joe to carefully chosen Web sites, including IGN and Latino Review.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a script for Lethal Weapon 5 is completed and all the franchise awaits is Mel Gibson’s blessing. Apparently, producer Joel Silver is trying to get a commitment from Gibson to appear once more opposite Danny Glover as the duo of Murtaugh and Riggs. The script, from Shane Black, would introduce two new and younger cops from New York. Black would also take over the director’s chair from Richard Donner.
Currently, Gibson is shooting Edge of Darkness in Boston while Glover will be seen next month in the feature Blindness. Black was just signed by Universal earlier this week to write and director Cold Warrior.
With so many questions looming about Lost’s impending fifth season, there’s at least one mystery that can be solved right now: we won’t be hearing a certain cry to "stay away from my bay-bay!"
At the Emmy awards last night, Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello had the chance to interview actress Emilie de Ravin who plays young mother Claire Littleton on the hit island drama. Claire was last seen as hanging out with her spooky ghost father in Jacob’s cabin, leading many to theorize that Claire herself had sailed off to that big island in the sky. Now comes word from de Ravin herself that fans won’t be seeing Claire as a regular in the new season, starting in January, causing further speculation that the young Aussie is toast.
"I’ll miss everyone," de Ravin says of her departure, "but it’s also great for me, because I can go and work on some other things."
That doesn’t mean she’s walking off into the sunset completely. When asked if she’d be returning for the show’s final season, she answered a resounding "Yes."
While we’re in the process of bringing out our dead, now’s a good time to bring out our possibly living, too. Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Jin Soo Kwon on Lost, also spoke to Ausiello on the red carpet about his status on the show. He acknowledge that Jin’s fate was "up in the air" after potentially blowing up in last season’s finale (gee, ya think!?!) but he swore that "if you keep watching, you’ll be rewarded."
Pressed if he’d completed any actual filming on the show, Kim coyly replied, "I just came from Hawaii. One could interpret that as [a good sign]."
There you have it. One character lost, another one found, and the rest of us thoroughly on the brink of madness waiting for some frickin’ answers!
Updating two of this week’s stories, Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly has reported that Katee Sackhoof’s schedule has forced her to give up her multi-episode commitment to Nip/Tuck. She had hoped to film this after finishing her Battlestar Galactica telefilm, now in production, and the beginning of shooting the pilot to Lost & Found for NBC. She has been replaced by Rose McGowan who will film her episodes while training to begin the October shooting of Red Sonja.
Across the pond, the BBC has told Digital Spy that Paul McGann will not reprise his role as the eighth doctor in one of the 2009 Doctor Who specials. "There is no truth to the story at all,” they tersely told the site. Stay tuned for developments.
Seth Green chatted with Entertainment Weekly about his forthcoming projects including joining the cast of NBC’s Heroes this season. He and pal Breckin Meyer and “starting on set Monday. I’m a really big fan of the show, and I kind of begged for a long time to see if there was anything I could do.” He also confirmed that a second Star Wars Robot Chicken special is in the works. Carrie Fisher will be participating. Meantime, Fox will be rebroadcasting the season premier of Fringe for those who missed it or forgot to set their DVRs on September 14. To round out the full two hour slot, they will preview the first four minutes from the September 16 episode plus sneak an extended scene from 20th Century Fox’s feature The Day the Earth Stood Still, opening December 12, and a preview of the two-hour November TV movie 24: Redemption. “>Entertainment Weekly about his forthcoming projects including joining the cast of NBC’s Heroes this season. He and pal Breckin Meyer are “starting on set Monday. I’m a really big fan of the show, and I kind of begged for a long time to see if there was anything I could do.”
He also confirmed that a second Star Wars-themed Robot Chicken special is in the works. Carrie Fisher will be participating.
Meantime, Fox will be rebroadcasting the season premier of Fringe for those who missed it or forgot to set their DVRs on September 14 from 8 p.m – 10 pm. To round out the full two hour slot, they will preview the first four minutes from the September 16 episode plus sneak an extended scene from 20th Century Fox’s feature The Day the Earth Stood Still, opening December 12, and a preview of the two-hour November TV movie 24: Redemption.
Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello has been one of the biggest supporters of Veronica Mars, the three season CW semi-hit that always had more buzz than ratings. It did turn Kristen Bell into a star and helped creator Rob Thomas land additional work such as a revival of his Cupid for ABC.
Ausiello has been covering the growing rumors that a Veronica Mars feature film might happen and now it seems to be closer to a reality. Producer Joel Silver, also a fan of the show, has gotten Warner Bros. interested in the notion of a movie version. Thomas would write the feature for Silver and Bell has also indicated she’d happily return as the student turned sleuth.
When Thomas tried a Hail Mary attempt at a fourth season, he posited Veronica would have been recruited to work for the FBI. For the movie, though, he’d send her to college and deal with a big campus mystery.
We here at ComicMix are also fans and will be keeping an eye on developments.
DreamWorks has decided to produce their own animated take on super-heroes with Master Mind. Entertainment Weeklyis now reporting that Robert Downey, Jr. may lend his voice as the lead character, opposite Tina Fey.
According to IMDB, the film is a “satirical take on super-hero movies, in which a notorious villain loses his oomph after he accidentally kills his nemesis.” It will be directed by Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson (First Flight) from a script by newcomers Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. Ben Stiller’s production company, Red Hour Films, will co-produce with DreamWorks. Paramount Pictures has this penciled in as a 2010 release.
Downey has previously worked on animated fare, including Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly.
When Entertainment Weekly assembles seven of the most powerful men (and woman) in all of comics, obviously some massive news bombs are going to get dropped.
“Yes, I read comic books in the bath,” Grant Morrison announced, shocking the assembled fans and setting the blogosphere ablaze.
Okay, so there was little in the way of truly newsworthy information disseminated by the esteemed panel of Jim Lee, John Cassaday, Matt Fraction, Mike Mignola, Robert Kirkman, Colleen Doran, and Grant Morrison. However, there’s something immensely satisfying about sharing an hour of time with some of the most creative individuals in the comic book world (and frankly, beyond). It’s the kind of panel that reminds a guy why he reads comics in the first place, because these guys work their hardest and embody the philosophy John Cassaday put forth, “There’ll be limitations in whatever you do, so you might as well go for it.”
Also, these people are really, really funny.
A topic that is nearly omnipresent at this year’s ‘Con, the specter of the film industry looming large over the conference, was addressed by the panel, with many attendees asking questions about the increasingly symbiotic relationship between film and comics.
“I see a lot of storytelling techniques in TV being effected by comics,” Lee commented, pointing out that the comic book has become so successful that mainstream has no choice but to adapt some of its devices. However, not everyone on the panel was as excited by the increasingly close relationship between comics and movies,
“I see people applying film rules to comic book visuals, let’s do the comic and then let someone else do the film,” Mike Mignola said, keenly aware of the difference between comics and film. Human quote machine Grant Morrison added, “Hollywood is more formulaic, comics allow you to break those rules.”
All of the panelists expressed some dread at the lure of comic to film adaptations limiting the ambitions of up-and-coming creators. However they all reasserted that this is a life they pursued not for money, but because its the only calling they ever felt, “I really can’t imagine doing anything else… everyone up here ha a compulsion,” Colleen Doran said.
Following the theme of creative expression, Jim Lee and newly minted partner at Image Comics Robert Kirkman were asked how that will effect their craft, “Once you’ve done all that stuff, it’s kind of hard to just go back to a table and just sit there drawing,” Lee said. Adding that there’s a liberation that comes with his executive status. As for Kirkman, “So far, it’s just making a few extra phone calls.”
Creators have been struggling with how to bring comics into the digital age: CD-ROMs, subscription based services like Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, or for free on the web like ComicMix.
A full-page ad in the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine gave readers a link to download the premiere episode of Watchmen Motion Comics for free on iTunes. Motion Comics is Warner Premiere’s new videos of comic books animated with full audio.
In many ways, it’s like those old Marvel cartoons where they took comic art and moved mouths and use limited animation to move cut-out pieces of art. But this time, they’re using modern digital manipulation technologies. The effect is weird, but it works. It’s Dave Gibbons’ art, but it’s moving.
Back in 2000, DC Direct created figures based on Alan Moore’s Watchmen to celebrate the comic’s 15th anniversary. Unfortunately, a dispute caused Moore to pull out of the project and the figures were scrapped, never to see the light of day.
Fans wondered if they’d ever have a chance to own a plastic version of The Comedian and place it upon their computer desks for all the world to see, right between the empty bottles of Mountain Dew and the economy bag of Doritos.
Wonder no more, because Watchmen action figures are on the way! Since Moore steadfastly chooses not to have anything to do with Zack Synder’s film adaptation of Watchmen, apparently it’s kosher to make action figures based on it!
DC Direct will debut all of the figures at the New York Comic-Con on Friday, but Entertainment Weekly scored an early look at two of them: Nite Owl and Rorschach. The figures will be released in January of next year, which is enough time to buy them all before the film is released on March 6.