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Turf

Having launched out of the production partnership of Chris Bender and J.C. Spink in 1998, Benderspink may still be a relatively new company, but it’s never slowed in securing a ton of comic-based entertainment properties, and now the team is staking out even more turf among untapped comic books.

Deadline reports that Benderspink has optioned the rights to "Turf," a five issue miniseries released in April of 2010 and set in 1920s Prohibition Era New York. But before you paint a picture of the period project, know that the Image-published story, written by Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards, bears little resemblance to “Boardwalk Empire.”

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If you’re a time-tested “Doctor Who” fan, the past month may have found you in an emotional tumult of sorts. In mid November it was revealed that David Yates—director of the “Harry Potter” franchise since “Order of the Phoenix”—would be the main man behind bringing “Doctor Who” to the big screen within the next 3 years. With no actors or plot details attached to the project, fans wanted to know if a “Doctor Who” film would fit in the universe that had spent decades—along with a good few years worth of reprisal—adding to its vast continuity.

When we shared footage of our chat with Yates on the red carpet of the BAFTA Los Angeles 2011 Britannia Awards, the director was non-committal to any real news on the subject, saying only that a search is underway for a writer and a great script. But it was the director’s mid-November comments to Variety that fueled rumors that his silver screen “Doctor Who” would be a drastic re-imagining of the series.

Cue “Doctor Who” head Steven Moffat, who took to his Twitter this morning to quell fan speculation and outrage by quashing the rumor.

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Cowboys & Aliens

Modern mainstream movie posters have long lacked the artistic aim of their vintage predecessors, and Mondo, an art house collecting different artists takes on pop culture posters, plays a part in changing that. Jon Favreau became a fan after working with Mondo on campaigns for "Iron Man" and had to have the collective on hand for his summer action flick “Cowboys & Aliens”.

In late July, Mondo released the first of four limited edition “Cowboys & Aliens” posters, featuring artists chosen by Favreau. Next week, the last poster will be released in celebration of the “Cowboys & Aliens” Extended Edition on Blu-ray Combo Pack. You can see it right now after the jump.

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Alex Ross SupermanThe most desirable comic of all time sits on the auction block today, and it’s already become the most valuable. It also probably belongs to Nic Cage, for now.

Bleeding Cool reports that an auction for an issue of Action Comics #1 graded at 9.0—the best an issue of Action #1 has ever been graded by the CGC—has already surpassed the record for most expensive comic ever at $1,552,000, with hours left to go.

This past April an exceptionally pristine copy of Action Comics #1—the first comic to feature Superman—was recovered by Los Angeles police from a San Fernando Valley storage locker. The comic had been missing since 2000, when it was stolen from the house of Nicolas Cage, perhaps the most rabid, or at least most famous, Superman fan of all time.

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AvengersThe long awaited team up shot of a long awaited comic book super team movie typically presents its iconic characters poised to brandish their most formidable assets to an excitable audience.

The team composite promo for “The Avengers” is no exception, featuring Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Captain America ready to spring into action with their assorted weapons. Recessed furthest into the background, lone female Black Widow threatens opposition with her most visible component—a round shiny rump.

You may not have even noticed this when the poster debuted in August. After all, it’s fairly emblematic to place emphasis on a female’s anatomical wonders in the context of comic books, as well as comic book movies.

But what of the other heroes' butts? Are they not also formidable weapons of intense distraction?

Artist Kevin Bolk has redrawn the “Avengers” team promo shot to turn the tables on the traditional composite, placing emphasis on the rolling hills and valleys of the male Avengers’ ignored posteriors. The official tumblr of Cracked features a side-by-side comparison of the original promo image and Bolk’s parody. Check it out yourself after the jump.

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Spider-ManRecent “Amazing Spider-Man” reshoots have yielded a surprising crop of new stills from the Manhattan-based movie, and they may be some of the most revealing yet.

The shots, collected by photo database Newscom as well as Daily Mail, were spread across a few surprisingly plot-significant scenes, and feature images likely to be memorable take-aways from the film.

There are candid “off time” snaps of stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone strolling hand in hand, more of Garfield as Peter Parker walking slickly through NYC streets, and a few of Garfield with a tissue up his nose (who hasn’t done that?), but those aren't the ones we find most interesting.

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Michael Fassbender isn’t the only actor who wants to see more Professor X in a potential “X-Men: First Class” sequel.

Director Matthew Vaughn’s vintage view of our beloved mutants left off with Charles Xavier paralyzed and betrayed at the hands of his dearest friend and ally Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto. If that doesn’t lock and load a high-energy sequel under the same creative team, we don’t know what would. Moving at an astonishing speed, however, has never been the mutant power of Hollywood business, and there’s still plenty of time for players to peruse their wishes for the universe-expanding sequel.

In an interview with Collider, James McAvoy shared his hopes for Charles—yet to take the identity of Professor X—within a potential sequel to “X-Men: First Class.” When asked if he had heard anything about a “First Class” sequel, and where he might like to see the story go, the actor expressed a personal investment in seeing the other side of Xavier’s most traumatic experience.

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'Man of Steel' Superman

The next time you’re on the message boards waxing speculative about the latest “Man of Steel” still, consider that Superman himself might be watching.

Eager to do justice to America’s most iconic 4-color creation, Henry Cavill has been taking in fan opinions and probing Superman subject material. The British actor drew parallels between the “Man of Steel” script—penned by seasoned superhero screenwriter David S. Goyer for direction by Zack Snyder—to “The New 52,” DC’s universe wide reboot.

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Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man” just isn’t done with New York. And why should he be? The web slinger is as close to his New Yorker identity as he is to that taught spandex suit. But even superheroes don’t get everything right the first time, and as it turns out, director Marc Webb’s leaner, realist rehash of Spidey’s story needs to visit home base again for some second unit re-shoots.

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Wanted

America is officially in the crosshairs of a “Wanted” sequel. Late September we learned that original writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt had been secured to reanimate the stagnant state of “Wanted 2,” the sequel to 2008’s Timur Bekmambetov-directed, special effects laden action-thriller.

In an interview with ComingSoon.net, Hass and Brandt perused the process of their writing projects. Touching on “Wanted 2”, the pair — who shared screenwriting credits on the first “Wanted” with Chris Morgan—seem to indicate that the sequel’s pre-production has finally hit its pace.

Asked if the team were ever inspired to try directing their material themselves, Brandt used their current gig on “Wanted 2” to explain the goal of writing to a certain director’s strengths — a director they hope, in this case, is Timur Bekmambetov.

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