BLOOD, SEX AND DEATH: MUST BE THE NEW ‘SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR’ THEATRICAL TRAILER
By Andy Khouri
The phrase you often here in connection with the production is is “what took so long?” Based on the latest theatrical trailer, the more common remark is going to be “better late than never.”
Undeniably the most faithful aesthetic translation of a comic book to film, Rodriguez & Miller’s Sin City movies are, like the graphic novels, exercises in brazenly visceral entertainment executed with masterful technique. We’ve seen loads of “green-screen” or ”digital backlot” productions since the original Sin City in 2005, but nothing — not even Miller’s own, similarly envisioned version of Will Eisner’s The Spirit — have come close to achieving the bizarre harmony of Rodriguez and Miller’s marriage of technology and pure, intravenous tone.
The sounds and images of Sin City are plainly outrageous and yet inescapably seductive, and the new trailer knows it. The clip presents the barest bones of what are already just threads of stories — or yarns, as Miller calls his works: Nancy Callahan wants revenge on Senator Roarke for his role in the death of her protector, Hartigan, who visits her as a ghost in what is a new story created just for this film. In another original installment, a gambler called Johnny tries to punk the same big bad with what look like some very bloody results. And a foolish man gets brought low by a diabolical woman — the titular dame to kill for.
‘MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC’ AND ‘SUPER BEST FRIENDS FOREVER’ CREATOR LAUREN FAUST WILL DIRECT AN ANIMATED MOVIE ABOUT MEDUSA
By Chris Sims
Ever since Lauren Faust, the artist and animator who developed My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic for television and ended up creating one of the biggest crossover hits in the last five years of pop culture, I’ve been wondering what her next big project would be. For a while, I was hoping that Super Best Friends Forever – her take on Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Girl for Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation’s DC Nation block — was going to be expanded into a full series (and I still do), but it looks like she’s taken on another big project that’ll keep her busy for a while.
Accorrding to The Wrap, Faust has signed on to direct Medusa for Sony Pictures Animation, doing a comedic take on the Greek mythological figure.
HI, I’M THE GUY WHO DIDN’T LIKE ‘X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’
Everyone loves X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’s a box office hit, already raking in more than $500m worldwide. It’s a critical hit, earning a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And it’s a popular hit, at least judging anecdotally from reactions on Twitter and Tumblr and that cool new social media platform you don’t know about yet because you’re old.
I’m the guy who didn’t like Days of Future Past. Sorry, everyone. I know it’s tempting to dismiss such responses as hipster contrarianism, but I honestly didn’t want to be that guy. Life is more fun when you enjoy stuff. So here’s why I have to be that guy.
Fox launched its X-Men movie franchise fourteen years ago, back when superhero movies were still a tough sell. The X-Men are one of the easier concepts to land because of their one-size-fits-all origin story. They don’t need to get bit by any radioactive oojamaflip; they just woke up like this.
But Fox clearly wanted to play up the sci-fi and play down the spandex. In a literal sense that meant no comic book costumes. In a general sense it meant the filmmakers didn’t feel any need to honor the characterization and relationships from the comics. They were mining the comics for material, not truly adapting them for the screen.
Fourteen years ago, that was more than enough. I was excited to see any version of Rogue, or Storm, or Mystique on the screen, or Colossus and Nightcrawler in the sequel. It barely mattered that they all bore only a scant resemblance to the comic characters with the same names.
MARVEL PICKS ITS ‘DOCTOR STRANGE’ DIRECTOR, HORROR GUY SCOTT DERRICKSON
By Matt D. Wilson
As the future of its Ant-Man movie remains pretty uncertain, Marvel Studios has switched gears and announced the director of its upcoming Doctor Strange flick: Scott Derrickson, the writer/director of horror movies including Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Deliver Us From Evil.
MONDO’S INAUGURAL ‘MONDOCON’ TO CELEBRATE FILM, ART, TOYS AND MORE IN AUSTIN THIS SEPTEMBER
Mondo, the boutique merchandise arm of the celebrated Austin movie theater the Alamo Drafthouse, has developed a reputation over the years for super-cool movie posters and art prints. Now, it’s got a convention to showcase even more cool art.
MondoCon will take place at Austin’s Marchesa Hall & Theater September 20 and 21, and the guest list is pretty amazing: It includes Hellboy creator Mike Mignola (who just created a new, amazing Bride of Frankenstein poster for Mondo), Afterlife With Archie‘s Francesco Francavilla, revered horror artist Bernie Wrightson, Shaolin Cowboy creator Geof Darrow, ComicsAlliance favorite Jock, Mondo’s animated Batman poster designers Phantom City Creative, and a bunch more.
Tickets for the convention go on sale Wednesday at Mondo-Con.com. They’re $35 for a single day and $70 for the full weekend.
IDO YEHIMOVITZ DRAWS POP CULTURE’S GREATEST RIDES
By Chris Sims
Listen. I love cars from movies. Yeah, I know, you all prefer horses or brisk walking or canoes, but me? I’m an iconoclast, baby. I like cars, and I don’t care who knows it. Whether it’s ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Party Wagon or even one of those ridiculous murder machines from Death Race 2000, sweet rides are some of my favorite parts of pop culture. And fortunately, artist Ido Yehimovitz feels the same way.
In a series of amazing pieces calledGreatest Rides, Yehimovitz has drawn the movie and TV cars that we’ve all wanted to take a spin, with an exaggerated style that would be right at home if, say, the Powerpuff Girls went to Jurassic Park.
MARVEL STUDIOS CASTS JOSH BROLIN AS THANOS, THROWS ‘JONAH HEX’ FILM CONTINUITY INTO UPHEAVAL
SPOILER WARNING: Do not click on this story unless you are ready for spoilers for some forthcoming Marvel Studios plots. If you really give a shit, you can just digest this most surface level information; Josh Brolin is Thanos, and he will appear in some Marvel Studios film. If that is literally all you need to know, THEN DO NOT CLICK THIS SHIT.
By Andy Khouri
Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the thirty-seventh in 20th Century Fox’s series of X-Men films based on the Marvel Comics franchise originated by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. It is owing to the series’ bitterly old age that the new film is almost totally devoted to reconciling the conflicting plots and divergent timelines of its predecessors. In this very hilarious way, Days of Future Past is the most faithful adaptation to date, having actually translated to film that most core concept of X-Men comics: hopelessly confusing and eternally jacked up continuity.
THE QUICKSILVER OF TWO WORLDS: HOW A D-LIST SPEEDSTER BECAME HOT HOLLYWOOD PROPERTY
The Marvel superhero Quicksilver is not a big deal. I say that as someone who counts the guy among his favorite characters. What can I say? His snotty superiority has always spoken to me on a profound level. Yet I concede that the mutant speedster is not a marquee name. He’s not even as popular as his nearest DC equivalent, the Flash. Calling him “B-list” may be a little generous.
Despite this he’s going to appear in two separate movie blockbuster franchises played by two different actors in a single year — a feat that Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the Hulk can’t match. None of this is because of public demand. So what is it about the character that landed him in this unique position?