Higher Universe Pictures Needs Your Help!!!
If you know Brandon Rhiness and Adam Storoschuk, you may be familiar with Higher Universe Comics. They publish several on going comic book series such as Ghoul Squad, Stargirl, Misfits, and The Boy with a Balloon for a Head. They've decided to kick it up a notch and delve into making films.
Their first film project is a short film called "I'm in Love with a Dead Girl." The story is exactly what it sounds like. (But there's no zombies.) "I'm in Love with a Dead Girl" is a dark comedy about a strange, lonely man who can't find a girlfriend, so he turns to the graveyard to find the perfect date.
The script was written by Brandon Rhiness, who will also be directing. The film will star actor and professional fight choreographer Afton Rentz, and feature a great group of talented actors.
This past August they shot two episodes of a web series called "Mental Case." It was also written and directed by Brandon Rhiness, and stars Afton Rentz (who also co-produced). The first episode is scheduled to be launched December 1st. In the meantime, you can check out the trailer for it here:
"I'm in Love with a Dead Girl." is Higher Universe's first crowd funded project. They have produced and published all of their comics with their own money. Considering the fact that the costs are much higher when producing a film, additional help via crowdfunding is needed, to bring "I'm in Love with a Dead Girl." to life, (no pun intended). The guys at Higher Universe are firm believers in paying the talent that they employ. The cast and crew for this short film are all talented in the own right. and in order to provide the best possible product to the public, adequate capital needs to be acquired.
With that being said, the guys at Higher Universe urge everyone to help out the cause by donating, and/or sharing the link listed below with as many supporters as possible. Follow the link listed below for more details.
The All new, All Different Era off Marvel has officially started, and this books hits the ground running! I am still trying to get a grasp on the whole Secret Wars Saga (issue 6 of the main series just came out today). For any readers that haven't been reading it, Secret Wars is about how the marvel multiverse ended but Doom managed to attain pieces of each multiverse and rebuild it into one world where he is God. The heroes, (and some villains), left after the end of the multiverse, must band together to defeat God Doom and his legion Thors (Thor Corps). I found it a little difficult to fully get back into it after such a significant delay (issue 6 was originally supposed to be released 2 months ago in August!).
For me, not knowing how Secret Wars ends is part of the reason why I found Invincible Iron Man #1 so refreshing. IIM #1 starts off roughly 8 months after the events of Secret Wars. Tony's spirited attitude seems to have remained intact after the "Secret Wars" universe changing events. This is quite amazing considering the challenges that he is facing. He is still trying to adjust to the fact that he was adopted and come to grips with his armor tech being reverse engineered and leaked online by some upstart MIT student. Tony is at a turning point and this story is establishing a new era for his personal life and Iron Man. He has also just completed a new suit that will encompass many of the features of his specialized suits into one sleeker streamlined version. Sorta like an armor version of a smart phone. He also goes on a date with beautiful genius that has discovered the cure for curing the mutant gene. I for one am excited to see what type of interesting things Bendis and Marquez are going to do with these elements. Tony doesn't even don the suit until near the end of the issue which makes the anticipation that much more intense.
The artistic team of Marquez and Ponsor really brings the pages to life. They fill the book with beautiful visuals reminiscent of the their run on Ultimate Spider-Man. From the redesigned armor to the urban landscapes, to a quick momentary view of a Japanese garden; all are rendered with slick accuracy, and beauty. The art stays on par with Bendis' trademarked story telling.
The jaw dropping, cliff hanger on the last page will definitely have readers rushing to back to their local comic shops and digital reader apps next month.
This year's New York Comic-Con is a few days away and the buzz of what to expect is growing. From new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage, to more news of a possible Civil War Sequel, it is set to be an epic event indeed.
Here are a few things that attendees may have look forward to at NYCC 2015:
1. Footage from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens": "The Force Awakens" is the upcoming film that fans have been losing their minds over. It is heavily rumored that some new footage of the the film will be shown at this year's NYCC. It really makes good business sense considering that the movie is scheduled for a mid-December release.
2. "Civil War 2" Reveal: News has leaked that Marvel, the house of ideas, are planning on releasing a sequel to the hugely successful 2006-2007 Civil War series. Based on the fact that Marvel is set to release a movie based on Civil War, Civil War 2 will definitely be one of the most talked about events in upcoming comic books.
3. "Jessica Jones" Cast: The entire cast of the new Marvel Studios and Netflix series will make their first-ever appearance as a group on Saturday, October. 10th.
4. "Dark Knight III: DC Comics will make an announcement in regards to a new installment in the "The Dark Knight" comic book series on Saturday, October 10th. Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello are teaming up for the new series titled,"Dark Knight III: The Master Race".
For all Marvel fans unable to attend, don't forget to visit http://www.marvel.com/nycc2015 , the best way to watch Marvel's live streaming video coverage! Plus, get real-time announcements from the convention floor; up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, exclusive videos, and more!
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Marvel Comics might be making a sequel to the massively successful "Civil War."
Reports on the web are stating that the owner of "Comics Conspiracy" in Sunnyvale, California, Tweeted a postcard sent to his store hinting at the possible sequel. The picture shows Iron Man and the current Captain America, Sam Wilson, squaring off on one side; with the Roman numeral "II" and "Spring 2016," in the same font as the original "Civil War" logo, on the opposite side.
The reported release date, would coincide with the cinematic release of Marvel Studios' "Captain America: Civil War," scheduled to debut on May 6, 2016. In spite of rumored departure from the source material in various ways (some due to legal restrictions), the basic premise, war between two factions of Earth's Mightiest Heroes (led by Captain America and Iron Man), will remains the same.
The original "Civil War," written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Steve McNiven, was a huge success for Marvel in 2006-2007. It was revisited again this past summer during the "Secret Wars" event, with a miniseries by Charles Soule and Leinil Yu. Hopefully more details for "Civil War 2" will be revealed at this year's New York Comic Con, scheduled for later this week.
WHY??? Is the question that most movie goers will shout after wasting their hard earned money on 20th Century Fox's mediocre offering to retain the movie rights to Marvel's first superhero family. As a fan of the comic book series, the FF reboot is more painful to watch than a root canal (OUCH). This reboot of The Fantastic Four makes the previous attempts seem a lot better than I remember. How is this possible you ask...let's see....where do I begin... Well for starters, it feels rushed and hap hazardly pieced together. The fun familiar feel of the franchise that this movie is based on is all but absent. If this were just a stand alone movie with no ties to any well established source material, it would only be half as bad. Fantastic Four would be watchable if it went straight to Red Box, but it's definitely not worthy of a cinematic box office release.
The origin story is wack. The way Susan Storm acquires her powers is the weakest part of it all. Another thing that really keeps this film from attaining some level of cool is it's version of Doctor Doom. Their version is nothing like the iconic villain that is currently playing a pivotal role in Marvel's Secret Wars mega cross-over event.
There is no other way to put it, this movie really STINKS. I really like Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara as actors, which is why I begrudgingly sat through this film for the sake of finding some spark of hope in it. They were severely under utilized. Their talents were clearly wasted on this steaming pile of excrement. This film is so bad that even the director is pointing fingers at FOX. Josh Trank, the director claims that FOX drastically altered the original version that he came up with a year ago. He briefly tweeted that his version would've been met wit a much more positive response from critics. The X-Men franchise is finally getting things right (Can't wait for DEADPOOL!!!). I was hoping that some of that same effort would be applied to the FF. Now I will have to shift my hope into the FF movie rights reverting back to Marvel sooner than later.
WANT to get insight on some of the bright star creators and contributors in the world of comics? Well one podcast does just that. That podcast is "Let's Talk Comics." LTC is a program that goes one on one with some of the comic book industry's heavy hitters. The featured guests on LTC have been a who's who of comic book elite. Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, X-Men, Powers), David Marquez (Ultimate Spider-Man, The Joyners in 3D), Dan Slott ( Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man), and Charles Soule (She-Hulk, The Death of Wolverine) just to name a few. The host and creator, EIC at comicbook.com and former PR for Marvel, Jim Viscardi really gives listener's a show packed with refreshing substance. If you've never listened to it, I highly suggest that you visit www.letstalkcomics.com, www.stitcher.com, or check it out on iTunes. There are over 60 archived episodes to enjoy. The show is currently on hiatus, and like many other fans, I am eagerly awaiting it's return. KUDOS to Jim for putting together such a brilliant show. BRING ON THE NEW EPISODES!!!
ACCORDING to movie news sources, Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street star Channing Tatum is reportedly dropping out of the FOX produced Gambit X-Men Spin-off project. Gambit, was scheduled to begin production later this year in line for an October 7, 2016 release. Neither Tatum or 20th Century Fox have commented on this unconfirmed report.
This may come as a complete shock to fans considering that Tatum, was all smiles and seemed fully invested in the project at this year's SDCC. He was scheduled to both star and act as a producer on Gambit. He appeared very enthused alongside the rest of the actors featured at 20th Century Fox's Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con. It's unclear whether Tatum will remain as a producer.
By now I'm sure all of you have seen the leaked footage of the FOX made super hero movies X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool. As much as I hate to admit, Fox might just be smartening up. These two movies give me hope that maybe Fox will give die-hard X-fans exactly what we need, movies that are genuinely faithful to their source material. As an X-Men fan myself, I have longed to see Marvel's Mighty Mutants faithfully portrayed on the big screen. Deadpool looks awesome, and Olivia Munn as Psylocke is right on the money! Unlike the Fantastic Four reboot, these movies hold a lot of promise. A Mohawk sporting Storm adorned in costume attire, Apocalypse looking like something straight out of a comic book. Magneto in an actual COSTUME!!! I am salivating just thinking about them!. I am willing to forgive Fox for the other failed attempts at these types of movies, if they can manage to get these two movies right. First Class and Days of Future Past were steps in the right direction. Now if they can manage to nail these two upcoming films, we might not have a need for the rights to revert back to Marvel (Sorry fanboys). At this point, I could care less about The Fantastic Four, I truly hope they go back to Marvel because the reboot looks like it's going to be a steaming pile of s#%*. What are your thoughts on these movies? Are they going to help change the course of the much maligned X franchise, or will they further incite the cry to get this property back to Marvel?
ANT-MAN...doesn't quite have the same ring as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Batman, or Superman. Despite being number one at the box office, Ant-Man's $58 million debut pales in comparison to most of films set within the Marvel Comics universe. Avengers: Age of Ultron almost quadrupled that amount earlier this year, earning a whopping $191 million in its first weekend.
Ant-Man marks the company's lowest domestic debut since The Incredible Hulk. Captain America: The First Avenger even had a better opening. Outside of the world of die-hard Avenger comics readers, not too many people know about the less popular Avengers. Being an avid reader of comics, I never knew much about Ant-Man, or The Guardians of the Galaxy. But unlike GOTG, Ant-Man lacks what will attract non comic readers. GOTG was able to attract a larger viewing public because many of its elements are reminiscent of many Space/Sci-Fi sagas that have came before. Ant-Man's opening is not the opening Marvel was hoping for, especially given the fact that it was well received by critics. I normally rush out to see every Marvel Studio produced film, but something about this movie, just didn't give me the same need to go out on opening weekend and shell out some hard-earned cash for tickets. Sorry Ant-Man.
WWE's Adam "Edge" Copeland Cast As Atom-Smasher and Michael Ironside as Lewis Snart On Season 2 of The Flash Season
The second season of The CW's The Flash will feature former WWE Superstar Adam Copeland as Atom-Smasher.
Atom Smasher will appear in the season premiere, which is currently filming. Most comic fans will be shocked to see Atom Smasher as a villian. In the comics, Atom-Smasher is a hero. Al Rothstein, grandson to the villain Cyclotron, is godson to Al Pratt, the Golden Age hero known as The Atom before Ray Palmer took on the name. Prior to becoming Atom-Smasher, Rothstein operated as Nuklon.
Here is the description that The CW provided in regards to his character:
"One of the most powerful enemies we encounter this season, Atom Smasher has come to Central City to kill The Flash. His incredible strength and ability to grow to enormous size makes him more than a match for Flash and the entire S.T.A.R. Labs team will have to come together to find a way to defeat him."
The show’s producers announced several other major characters coming this season at Comic-Con, including Jay Garrick, Patty Spivot, and Lewis Snart (Michael Ironside), the abusive father of Captain Cold and Golden Glider.
The Flash returns to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on The CW in October.
WHEN NBC pulled the plug on Constantine fans rallied to rescue it. It was a pretty interesting and engaging show. It did more in one season, than most shows did with multiple seasons.
Arrow star Stephen Amell said that there were talks of him making an appearance on an episode of Constantine, but since NBC cancelled the series, that possibility never came to be. Fortunately for fans, there may still be a chance for John Constantine to appear on Arrow, in spite of his own show not being on a network. Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle told IGN that she's optimistic that Matt Ryan's version of John Constantine could still make his way to The CW.
"Yeah, we really want to do it," Mericle said. "It's something we've been talking to DC about and it's just a question of some political things, but also the actor's schedule. We're trying to work it out, but we don't know 100 percent if it's going to happen."
Originally, discussions about Constantine making an Arrow cameo centered on the mystic being an entry point into the supernatural side of the DC Universe for Oliver Queen. Since Arrow has already already been exposed to the strange and mystical stuff outside of typical crime fighting, (the Lazarus Pit that resurrected his sister from the dead, Damien Darhk) Some speculate that this is the perfect time to introduce him to the world of Constantine.
There is even talk that the creators of the Constantine show are trying to convince Warner Bros. television and production partners into a second season for Constantine. Although it may be possible, it will be a long stretch considering that all the expired contracts would now have to be reworked in order to retain the original staff and cast.
Arrow returns in October on The CW.
"MAKE MINE MARVEL...HIP-HOP?" Following the popular Run the Jewels-themed variant covers unveiled earlier this year, Marvel is once again pairing its superheroes with hip-hop. This time around, they are doing so on an even bigger scale. As part of the October "All-New, All-Different Marvel" relaunch of new #1's, the publisher is preparing more than 50 variant covers that will pay homage to classic albums like "Paid in Full" by Eric B. and Rakim, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" by 50 Cent, "The Chronic" by Dr. Dre, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" and "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. The first handful were unveiled Tuesday on Uproxx and Buzzfeed. The House of Ideas now plans on releasing a collection of hip-hop-inspired variant covers that riff on some of the greatest rap albums of the last 30 years.
"For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief and noted hip-hop fan Axel Alonso said in a press release. "Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces."
What if "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was actually a good show? What if the new Fantastic Four Reboot Flopped? What if when characters died in comics produced by the big two, they actually stayed dead (Wolverine, Superman, etc.)? What if Fox's X-Men wore costumes comparable to the ones in the comics?
Starting this October, Marvel is set to once again return to its long-running "What if" concept with five newly announced "What If?" Infinity" one-shots, written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by a different artist for each issue.
The books scheduled for release are as follows:
"What If? Infinity - Thanos" illustrated by Williamson's "Nailbiter" Mike Henderson,
"What If? Infinity - Inhumans" illustrated by Riley Rossmo,
"What If? Infinity - Avengers" illustrated by Mike Norton,
"What If? Infinity - Guardians of the Galaxy" illustrated by Jason Copland
"What If? Infinity - Dark Reign" illustrated by Goran Sudzuka.
Each issue of "What If? Infinity" explores a warped take on the Marvel Universe where the Builder War had produced a different outcome.. What if Thanos had joined the Avengers to battle back the invading Builders? What if the Avengers lost the war, leaving the Earth vulnerable? What if Norman Osborn gained control of the Infinity Gauntlet, ushering in a new Dark Reign? These questions will be explored when The 'What if" titles launch in October.
Many Spider-man fans are up in arms over the casting choice of the beloved Aunt May. Many have flooded the internet with claims that the selected actress, Marisa Tomei is too young and hot to play the Matriarch of the Parker family. A couple weeks back, both Marvel and Sony found their new Peter Parker: Tom Holland. Now, they may have found their new Aunt May. According to Variety, Marisa Tomei has been cast as the woman who raises Peter Parker, after the loss of his parents. Many have speculated that the casting choice is based on the fact that Marvel and Sony have decided to portray the younger Ultimate Universe version of Aunt May, as opposed to the traditional 616 Universe version. In the comics, the Ultimate Aunt May is pretty cool. She relates well to Peter and his teenage friends and love interests (Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane, Kitty Pride, Bobby Drake, etc).
I remember when Batman fans were pissed over Heath Ledger (R.I.P.) being cast as the infamous Batman nemesis, The Joker. Fans lost their shit completely. Thankfully, they were all silenced by his performance. If you haven't read any of the Ultimate Spider-man series, you have definitely missed out on something marvelously brilliant! In my opinion, the version of Aunt May in that comic is much better than the original. I can't wait to see the Reboot! Now the new FF reboot, I'm not too sure about (Sorry Michael B. Jordan but I'm going to pass on it. Although I am looking forward to seeing you in "CREED").
As of right now, Marisa Tomei and the studios are in final negotiations I'll keep you updated as more develops.
DC is looking to make fans forget it's first foray into the Green Lantern Mythology (Sorry Ryan) with a new bolder approach to further expand the DCU. The movie previously announced as "Green Lantern" will instead be "Green Lantern Corps", Warner Bros announced at their San Diego Comic-Con 2015 panel Saturday. The film will presumably keep its June 19, 2020 release date, meaning it's still a ways off (it's the current final film of WB/DCE's announced schedule).
Along with the film's name change, an image was shown featuring a large group of Green Lanterns, including multiple Earth-bound Green Lanterns, something rumors have been pointing to for the last few weeks. Actors Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) names have been tied to some of these rumors.
As of now, no casting or crew information was released about the film.
During his Dark Horse Comics spotlight panel at Comic-Con International, Joss Whedon announced "Twist", his latest foray into creator-owned comics. The new series will be a six issue run.
Whedon described the six-issue series as the answer to the question, "why isn’t there a Victorian, female Batman?"
"Twist" will feature art by Julian Totino Tedesco and it's logo is designed by Nate Piekos
In the announcement released via Entertainment Weekly, the Joss gets more specific about his latest work. "It’s a Victorian thriller about a meek chambermaid who is fed to a dark horror, but instead of dying, she returns, with knowledge, power, and rage she can neither deny nor control."
Fans of Whedon's work can expect this series to some time arrive next year.
According to Wesley Snipes, he and Marvel Studios have had talks about doing either another "Blade" film or another project that he claims could easily go up against the half-human, half-vampire hybrid.
"I can break the story right now," Snipes told IGN. "Marvel and I, Wesley Snipes, have decided to have further conversations about doing another 'Blade.'"
"It's a topic of conversation. You know, it's inescapable. They have their agenda, we have ours, and we're both moving at an accelerated pace to create magic, so we'll see if it all matches up. There's a strong possibility but, if not, we have another project that's going to rock them that'll stand toe-to-toe with Blade," he added.