Sunday, July 27, 2008

Zack Snyder Interested in The Dark Knight Returns Movie?

by: Peter Sciretta

Dark Knight ReturnsAt the Watchmen panel, Zack Snyder expressed his love for Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, in response to a question about the more mature direction of comic book adaptations.

“There are a lot of other graphic novels out there, but I would love to see Frank Miller’s Dark Knight made into a movie, but that’s just me.”

Later at the Entertainment Weekly Visionaries panel, Frank Miller told Snyder “You can do it anytime you want to Zack”. To which Snyder said he was making a note of Miller’s response. Now I know this is very speculative, but even Batman producer Michael Uslan has already expressed interest in a possible adaptation.

Miller’s four-issue comic book miniseries, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, was first published in 1986. It has since become one of the most popular graphic novel/trade paperbacks of all time. It reintroduced Batman to the general public as the psychologically dark character of his original 1930s conception, and helped to usher in an era of “grim and gritty” superheroes from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s.

Set 20 years in the future, criminals run amok and a gang called the Mutants terrorize Gotham City as superheros are a thing of the past. Bruce Wayne has been retired from crime fighting for ten years following the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin. Despite Wayne’s funding the rehabilitation of Harvey Dent (Two-Face), Dent returns to crime. Wayne dons the Batman costume again and apprehends Dent, but the populace debates whether Batman is a savior.

But with Nolan expected to return for a third chapter in the series, might/could Warner Bros also launch a secondary Batman film? This practice is common in the comic book industry, where top franchise characters usually have a few titles running simultaneously, in addition to the occasional one-shot mini-series/graphic novel… Also, is Zack Snyder the guy to bring The Dark Knight Returns to the big screen?

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Dr. Horrible Sequel Has Been Planned, DVD Contest Announced

At the Joss Whedon Dr. Horrible Comic Con panel, Jed Whedon confirmed that there are vague plans in place for a Dr. Horrible sequel. When asked about the posssibility of a next part to the series, Whedon said:

The idea is that there will be another part, so we’re not going to tell you about it yet.

Whedon also went on to discuss the Dr. Horrible DVD:

There is some excitement about a DVD possibility…You’ve probably heard about “Commentary: The Musical”…there are songs written for it. We are also going to have a little contest. We are going to take video submissions for the Evil League of Evil. No longer than 3 minutes, like you’re applying to be on Survivor of something. We’ll put the 10 best ones on the DVD. That’s something we’re going to do after the soundtrack etc.

Some more details: according to Joss, the soundtrack to Dr. Horrible should be available for download within a couple of weeks. In addition, Nathan Fillion revealed that a special website was designed so that Dr. Horrible could use his iPhone as a remote control during the series. In order to convert your iphone into that same remote control, all you have to do is go to:

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20 Album Covers Recreated in LEGO

1. The Strokes - Is This It


2. Cradle Of Filth - Cruelty and The Beast


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3. The Beatles - Abbey Road


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4. The Beatles - Hard Days Night


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5. Velvet Underground - Nico Andy Warhol



6. Aphex Twin - Windowlicker



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7. Belle and Sebastian - Push Barman To Open Old Wounds


8. Kaiser Chiefs - Your Truly, Angry Mob


9. The Beatles - Let it Be


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10. The Beatles - Revolver


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11. The Beatles - Please Please me


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12. Morrissey - You are the Quarry


13. Muse - Black holes and Revelations


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14. Nirvana - Nevermind


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15 - The Beatles - Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band


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16. The Beatles - Yellow Submarine


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17. The Offspring - Americana


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18. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A


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19. Pink Floyd - The Division Bell

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20. Norah Jones - Not Too Late


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Gotham’s Greatest: 6 Best Big Apple Bands

By Elliot

New York has always been a mecca for music lovers. It has birthed more great musicians than probably any city on earth. From Tin Pan Alley to the jazz age of the Harlem Renaissance. From the Be-Bop revolution of 52nd Street to the golden era of Broadway. From Max’s Kansas City and the Fillmore East to CBGB’s. From Studio 54 and the Copa and to the Palladium and the Limelight, the Big Apple is without question the epicenter of musical creation. In celebration of the greatest city on earth, here’s a list of my top 6 quintessentially New York bands:

Simon & Garfunkel
Peak Years: 1964-1970
Hood: Greenwich Village via Forest Hills, Queens

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These folkies set the world on fire with their impeccable harmonies and the brilliant songwriting of Paul Simon. Firmly rooted in New York, Simon’s highly literate lyrics were brought to life by Garfunkel’s angelic voice. “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” from 1970 is one of rock music’s most rousing and touching (not to mention ambitious) songs and was one of the decade’s biggest hits. The duo’s 1981 reunion concert in Central Park drew over 500,000 people and has become a watershed event in the history of the hallowed space.

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The Velvet Underground
Peak Years: 1965-1972
Hood: Lower East Side

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At the nexus of music and visual art, the Velvet Underground depicted New York’s underbelly in vivid detail. Songs like “Heroin” and “Lady Godiva’s Operation” showed a side of the city far removed from the glitz and glamour of Broadway. Their influence on indie music is massive and is still heard today, especially in fellow New Yorkers, the Strokes.

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The Ramones

Peak Years: 1976-1985
Hood: Bowery via Forest Hills, Queens

Some peg them as the first true punk band, kick starting a worldwide phenomenon that still lives on today. From the dingy little club known as CBGB’s, the Ramones blasted their fast, primitive, four chords gems for all to hear. Each one adorned with candied melodies, inane lyrics, and a boatload of attitude.

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Peak Years: 1977-1980
Hood: West 54th Street

Led by the incomparable Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Chic came to define the decadent disco era of late 1970’s Manhattan. They were the kings of Studio 54, disco’s Taj Mahal. Their funky, bass heavy, synth driven hits (like “Le Freak” and “Good Times”) got lots of rumps shakin’. “Aaa, freak out!”

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Peak Years: 1984-1988
Hood: Hollis, Queens

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Bringing hip hop to the masses, Run DMC might not have been the first, but they were certainly the biggest. With 1986’s “Raising Hell,” and a collaboration with Aerosmith, Run DMC ushered rap out of the ghettos and into the suburbs. Every successful hip hop group that followed owes them a debt of gratitude.

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The Strokes
Peak Years: 2001-?
Hood: Lower East Side via Upper West Side

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that the Strokes put New York City rock music back on the map with their 2001 debut, “Is This It?” Overhyped, yes. But their tasty, ragged garage band hooks and Television and Velvet Underground-inspired cool, captivated audiences around the world. Dubbed the “saviors of rock and roll” and adored in England, the Strokes’ swagger is all Big Apple.

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Cloverfield 2 Will Not Be a “Literal Sequel”

by: Adam Quigley

During the Comic Con panel for Fringe, someone asked J.J. Abrams if there were any updates on a Cloverfield sequel. Abrams response started off very much in the same way that it did when he was asked about it before, but then he let slip a piece of information that is sure to spark conjecture amongst fans.

“There’s something we’re playing with now that may or may not happen. There’s an idea we have that plays with… it’s not a literal sequel.

Unfortunately, that’s where the discussion ended. Abrams is known for being pretty tight-lipped when it comes to his projects, so all we can do is wonder what exactly him and director Matt Reeves (who he confirmed would be directly involved if it happened) have in store for us. Considering that they’re still talking about the sequel this late in the game, and that they’ve already established they wouldn’t want to just re-use the handheld gimmick in the same way they did before, it’s nice to know that they’re not just trying to get a sequel out there based purely on the success of the original. If they do it, it will be because they have a good idea to back it up.

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SDCC 08: Sam Raimi To Do ‘Evil Dead 4′!

Evil DeadDirector Sam Raimi said that a fourth Evil Dead is in the works!

While speaking at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for his upcoming horror film, Drag Me To Hell, Raimi said that he’d love to do another Evil Dead film with actor Bruce Campbell and that he’d like to start working on it next week with his brother Ivan Raimi.

“I love working with Bruce Campbell and he’s like Allison [Lohman, star of Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell]. He’s super willing to do anything to make it right. He’s a very funny guy, but mostly he’s got this quality where he will physically do anything to get the shot done right, so I would love to work with Bruce again because I’d love to test those limits. I’d love to make another Evil Dead picture. And actually that’s in the wheelhouse. I’d like to work on it with my brother Ivan [Raimi] when he comes up next week.

That’s all Raimi revealed about his plans for a new Evil Dead film.

It had been rumored that Raimi wanted to do a follow-up to his original campy horror film trilogy, but there has not been any official plans until now.

The trilogy — Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness — starred popular B-movie actor Bruce Campbell, and judging by Raimi’s comments, he’d love to get Campbell on board for a fourth film. When referring to his brother, Raimi is most likely referring to work on a script for Evil Dead 4, since Ivan co-wrote Army of Darkness with him (Ivan also co-wrote Drag Me To Hell with him).

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