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Month: September 2012

You’ll Howl At The Moon For This TEEN WOLF Print!

Teen Wolf, regular edition.

For as great a job the custom poster world has done of worshiping cult movies, I feel we’ve left an entire important region out – where are the posters for the comedy classics?

Much like the Oscars, the high end screenprinted poster world hasn’t been giving their due to the great comedies which birthed a generation of film geeks, but luckily, the team at Skuzzles.com is making a change, and giving a true cult classic its due – Teen Wolf.

With a design by Ghoulish Gary Pullin, this 24″x36″ print is limited to a run of 165, and will be available tomorrow, Friday, September 28th, 2012.  Available for just $40, this print is officially licensed by MGM, and does a great job of celebrating the Michael J. Fox classic.

Teen Wolf, variant edition.

Should you be interested in something a bit more limited edition, check out this glow in the dark, “full moon” variant. Limited to just  75 prints, this is the perfect gift for the hardcore Teen Wolf fan in your life.

Want one of these? Of course you do – be sure to get to Skuzzles.com tomorrow, and tell them blast-o-rama sent you!

Mark Millar To Oversee The Fox Marvel Film Universe

This certainly is an unexpected announcement.

Following the formal announcement from Marvel Studios seating Joss Whedon as the architect of Phase Two of their super popular series of superhero films (culminating in a sequel to the $1.5 billion grossing The Avengers), I figured the next step would be Warner Bros getting with the program and selecting either a proven comics or film talent in charge of the DC Theatrical Universe (Chris Nolan, Zach Snyder, Guillermo Del Toro, Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, I don’t know – SOMEONE.)

Instead…we’re getting another architect, for a different Marvel Universe – the universe of films owned by 20th Century Fox, which currently includes the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. And the man to be in charge? None other than infamous comics writer Mark Millar.

While this does not indicate the beginning of a cohesive film universe on the Fox/Marvel side of things, this does indicate an overall wanting of quality from 20th Century Fox.  We can argue the merits of Mark Millar as a writer all day long, but given that his run on The Ultimates inspired much of the Marvel Studios Film Universe (up to and including The Avengers), and his comics Kick-AssWanted and Nemesis have all been produced or greenlit as films, he certainly knows how to bridge the gap between comics and film. Even if his idea of a great magazine name is CLint (get it?).

The first films to be consulted upon by Millar will be the forthcoming The Wolverine, the First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past (helmed by Millar buddy Matthew Vaughn) and the Fantastic Four reboot, helmed by Chronicle director Josh Trank.

The full press release appears below. An odd and interesting day for the comics world, for sure, and an interesting look as to where things could go, if Millar is successful.

Marking an expanded commitment to some of its most important franchises, Twentieth Century Fox has brought on comics superstar Mark Millar to serve as a creative consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties.

Millar wrote several celebrated Marvel books such as The Ultimates, Civil War and Wolverine: Old Man Logan, before moving on to found Millarworld (millarworld.tv), where he continues to develop existing film franchise titles Wanted and Kick-Ass, as well as newer comic properties The Secret Service, Superior, and Nemesis — the latter also in development at Fox. Millar will work with Fox on developing new avenues for its “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” tentpoles.

Commented TCF production president Emma Watts: “We are excited to be working with Mark. In addition to his groundbreaking Marvel work, he is simply one of the most original voices in comics today and will be an invaluable resource to us and to our filmmakers as we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe.”

Upcoming for the studio is THE WOLVERINE, starring Hugh Jackman, directed by James Mangold; X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, helmed by Matthew Vaughn; and a reboot of “FANTASTIC FOUR, to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle).

“As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both,” stated Millar. “I spent ten years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with Chronicle. The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.”

About Mark Millar
Mark Millar is the writer of Civil War, Marvel’s biggest-selling series of the fifteen years, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Ultimates (described by Time magazine in 2010 as the best comic series of the decade). His Millarworld line of comics boasts a roster of creator-owned books such as Wanted, turned into a blockbuster movie starring Angelina Jolie; Kick-Ass, which starred Nicolas Cage; and Nemesis, which Fox is presently developing as a theatrical feature. Kick-Ass 2 is currently filming in London and Toronto, starring Jim Carrey and Chris Mintz-Plasse and Universal is also developing his War Heroes series with Mike DeLuca producing. The Secret Service, co-created with Watchmen legend Dave Gibbons and X-Men First Class director Matthew Vaughn, is also currently indevelopment. In his native UK, he’s the editor of CLiNT magazine, an advisor on film to the Scottish government and managing director of his film and television company Millarworld Productions.”

About 20th Century Fox Film
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

Looper (2012): A Review

Think back if you will to the first time you saw a film like The Matrix or Blade Runner.  What stayed with you? Sure, the visual style and effects, but more than anything, what stuck with you is that you were seeing the fully realized vision of a strong creative force.  They were movies that never talked down to you. Movies that looked at a concept in a way you hadn’t yourself, and saw it all the way through. Movies that never made you feel stupid, and trusted in you to fill in the blanks and follow the film.

With a night’s rest behind me, and my brain still swirling from the story and imagery presented, I’m pleased to say that Looper is another one of these films, and truly cements filmmaker Rian Johnson (BrickThe Brothers Bloom) as a true creative talent.  If that wasn’t enough, it also sits as one of the most original and challenging films I’ve seen for all of 2012.

At its core, Looper is a story of time travel.  Set in the year 2044, our lead is Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).  His job is that of a looper. Sometime in the decades after 2044, time travel is invented and immediately outlawed.  However, the world of organized crime has no qualms with using it.  When they need someone eliminated, they send that person back in time to 2044, where a looper (a special hit man) is waiting, killing the person immediately.  Like so, they are removed from the timeline, and all is good.

Loopers tend to live a live fast die young life style. They’re young, they have lots of money (each kill gets you a few dozen bars of silver), and they’re self-destructive.  Life as a looper is a mix of murder, drugs and women.  It’s a prosperous, but empty existence.

Why is it so empty? One day you’ll have to “close your loop”.  All loopers are set with a shortened life. You’ll find yourself with a kill in front of you, and instead of the normal payment of silver attached to their back, you’ll find yourself with a reward of gold – and that tells you that the person placed before you is…yourself. You effectively end your own life, and are given the next 30 years to enjoy it.  For Joe, however, when his 2074 version of himself arrives (played by Bruce Willis), 2074 Joe isn’t ready to be killed – and he goes running, setting the movie on its course for time twisting and exciting action.

Why is 2074 Joe running from his 2044 killer? It’s about more than just a selfish want to keep living, it’s about something bigger than himself. And it’s this driving force which takes Looper from being a decent movie about time travel to being a truly great one.  It turns what could be a simple mind-bending action film into one which brings up the big questions – questions about fate, life, family, love and destiny.

Set in a not too distant future, Looper could very easily be filmed in a modern-day world with no real changes, and we’d accept it as an audience. Instead, Rian Johnson envisions a world with a more violent and caustic middle class, a world where jet bikes are real (but could be better), cars have solar panels poorly slapped on them, and we’ve clearly been headed through a deeper depression from what we see today.  Even the glimpses of the 2074 era are believable, with the rise of the Asian world, definitely feeling like Blade Runner having come to life. It certainly says something then that the end of the film takes place on a farm.  Whether it’s an intentional stripping away of the future world to make the characters and the bold nature of their lives stand out or not, it’s a strong choice, albeit an unexpected one.

The acting is pretty great from top to bottom, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing his best Bruce Willis impression (aided by rather solid prosthetic work) and serving as the perfect cool, confident and cocky noir hero.  Bruce Willis returns to form, mixing compassion, horror, and a drive I haven’t seen in him as an actor in years.  Of course, he’s also given moments to shine as the action hero he made his millions as, including a brutal and jaw dropping fight in a nightclub.  My favorite character of the film has to be Abe (Jeff Daniels), the leader of the loopers, a man sent back through time to make sure the 2044 era of organized crime remains up to par. He’s equal parts knowing hippie and frustrated father for the loopers, clearly sick of his job, and just wanting to maintain the status quo. The heart of the film is actually two characters who are barely addressed in the trailers – a mother, named Sara (Emily Blunt) and her child, Cid (Pierce Gagnon).  To discuss them would be to get into some late in the film material, but Emily Blunt does a fantastic job in her role, and Pierce Gagnon might be one of the most effective child actors I’ve ever seen.

Just under two hours in length, Looper takes you on an unbelievable journey through time and emotion, and walking out of the theater, all I could think of was how badly I wanted to watch it again, and debate the film with friends. And I truly think that’s the best thing you can say about a film – not only was it good, but you want to rewatch, rediscover and ponder for years to come. I give it my highest possible recommendation, and highly advise you see it this weekend – the movie truly deserves the audience.

Delicious & Dangerous – Kandy Kaiju!

 

San Francisco’s own amazing vinyl toymakers, Super 7 strike again with an amazing (and tasty looking) vinyl toy sure to get collector’s excited.

Serving as the first installment of the “Kandy Kaiju” line, Mint Chip Milton goes on sale today at Noon Pacific Time (3PM Eastern), and can be yours for just $25.  It will be available here.

A brilliantly green and brown ice cream cone gone rogue, I absolutely love the design of this figure, and can’t wait to see what’s next in the “Kandy Kaiju” line.

Source: Super7.

Want A Free AVENGERS Poster?

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 25thThe Avengers finally hits shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD.

If owning the best movie of the summer wasn’t reason enough to pick up the disc, Disney/Marvel Studios have put together an awesome deal, which was exclusively revealed earlier today on /Film.

See that poster at the top? Yeah, that’s yours. FOR FREE.

Each disc will come with a code for avengersofferassemble.com.  Head to the site, put your code in, and you can get that poster for free. If you’re willing to pay an extra $20 (and shipping, of course), you get three more posters.

Three of the posters are by Matthew Ferguson, and the fourth is the cover from Avengers Assembled #1, by Mark Bagley.

Here are posters # 2 and 3 by Ferguson (which commemorate great moments from the film, so SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT), and #4 is obviously by Bagley. All are 18″x24″.

Will you be picking these up? Sound off below.

Source: /Film