By Tami Katzoff
Browncoats (fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show “Firefly” and its feature film follow-up “Serenity”) have had reason to rejoice since Dark Horse Comics announced that the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Co. will continue with a new six-issue comic series, “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” What makes this even sweeter for fans is the choice of writer for the series: television scribe Zack Whedon... Also known as Joss’ little brother.
Most of the previously published Firefly/Serenity comics, including those scripted by Zack, focused on backstory, or events that occurred between the TV show and the film. “Leaves on the Wind” will be the first series to pick up the action right where “Serenity” left off. It commences roughly 39 weeks after the Serenity crew managed to give the big bad guys of the Alliance a sizeable butt-kicking, with a very pregnant Zoe (widow of lovably eccentric pilot Wash) triggering the crux of the story. Read More...
Hey, remember "R.I.P.D."? Yeah, we're trying not to remember, either. And we're not alone: one of the key actors in the movie would rather move on as well.
Actor Jeff Bridges played undead Western gunslinger Roy Pulsipher in Universal Pictures and director Robert Schwentke's critically-mauled "R.I.P.D.," currently sporting a 13 percent "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Bridges didn't write a review, but if he had, it would probably log on the review aggregator under the "rotten" column, based on what he just told GQ Magazine.
"I had such a great time working on that movie," he said. "I remember what we were doing. I thought: this could be fun to see. And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn't have made."
by Brett White
Fans hoping that "300: Rise of an Empire," the sequel to Zack Snyder's film adaptation of Frank Miller's "300" graphic novel, would feature a lot more puffy clouds, family picnics, and hand-holding... you're out of luck. Granted, "Rise of an Empire" could include scenes of it's fierce, blood-thirsty warriors doing all of those things, it'll just be mixed in with "strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity, and some language."
For those reasons, the MPAA has granted the film an R rating. That makes sense, considering that the film's trailer was filled with shorter, sustained sequences of stylized and bloody violence, so fans can expect more of that. The events of "300: Rise of an Empire" take place concurrently with its predecessor, focusing on the boat brawls of the Battle of Artemisium instead of the Battle of Thermopylae.
by Brett White
They may make being sea-faring warriors look easy, but the cast of "300: Rise of an Empire" put in a lot of work to bring audiences the "300" sequel they so craved. Film stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Rodrigo Santoro stopped by MTV News during San Diego's Comic-Con International to talk about the film... and their rigorous diets.
"I learned that I've got a six pack under there," says Stapleton. "We all have, if you train really hard and don't eat much. I thought it was [that] some men were genetically blessed with those kinds of bodies, and I thought I was maybe the other kind. It's not true." The actor called his action-ready bod a badge of honor, saying that every bicep you see on the big screen is all him. "It happened. It's there. You can see it, it happened."
Returning actor Rodrigo Santoro was happy to reprise his role as King Xerxes, but wasn't as ready to jump back into the extensive training regiment. "The whole diet, working out, and going back to that shape wasn't very exciting, but in a way I really enjoy playing this character."
The other potential hurdle for the cast had to be the green screen use, but Eva Green gave a tip on how to approach working with heavy-CGI scenes. "There's a story, and you have real actors around you," says Green. "For me, I take it like it's theater. You have to use lots of your imagination. At the beginning you're always a bit lost, I have to say, but it always helps to get pictures from the designer so that you know the world."
Check out the rest of the exclusive "300: Rise of an Empire" interview below for info about the film's unique relationship to its predecessor and more!
by Brett White
With the supernatural buddy cop film "R.I.P.D." hitting theaters this Friday, now's the perfect time to take a look at some behind-the-scenes action. This new - and exclusive - featurette shows the hard work that went into splatting actress Marissa Miller against a bus' windshield.
Miller portrays officer Roy Pulsipher's avatar, marking the first - and most likely last - time that Jeff Bridges will share a role with a former Victoria's Secret model. As "R.I.P.D." actor Kevin Bacon explains in the featurette, avatars are how undead R.I.P.D. officers appear to the living while conducting investigations on Earth. Rookie officer Ryan Reynolds gets a Chinese man, veteran Jeff Bridges gets a model.
For more info on the latest Dark Horse Comics property to hit the big screen, and interviews with Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, and Marissa Miller, check out "R.I.P.D. On The Set: Don't Tense Up" below!
"R.I.P.D." opens in theaters on July 19th.
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by Brett White
It's been a while since we last heard from "300: Rise of an Empire," not since the film's first full-length, ultra-"300"-y trailer debuted. But just to keep the delayed film on our minds while we anxiously await it's new 2014 release date, Warner Bros. Pictures has released another theatrical poster for the sequel.
The poster shows off a stylized - not to mention intimidating - mask with the phrase "FEAR US!" stamped next to it. Listen, "300: Rise of an Empire" poster, if you keep shoving that mask in my face, yeah, I'll fear you. It's a creepy mask.
Check out the enlarged poster after the jump!
by Brett White
If the previous "R.I.P.D." trailers have left you as cold as the undead, then give this one a shot. Not only does it include a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song that you might not be sick of yet, but it contains a number of special effects filled action scenes that look pretty impressive. And when this trailer isn't throwing Jeff Bridges and cars around with great abandon, it's moving along at a brisk pace with back-and-forth dialogue.
"R.I.P.D." follows newly-deceased cop Ryan Reynolds as he partners up with what seems like a blustery Rooster Cogburn, played by Bridges, as part of the Rest In Peace Department. The film, based on the Dark Horse Comics limited series of the same name, opens on July 19th.
[via Comic Book Movie]
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Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman want to make "Hellboy 3." But del Toro thinks it's extremely unlikely to happen.
"You need things to converge so strongly," the director told Collider about what it would take to make a third "Hellboy" movie, including the involvement of producer Larry Gordon, Universal, creator Mike Mignola's blessing, and the availability of both Perlman and del Toro. "We have pieces of that, but we don't have all of that. You need so many things to confluence, and then you need about $150 million."
Ron Perlman isn't giving up on Big Red.
Perlman and director Guillermo del Toro have long held out hope for "Hellboy 3," a means of finishing off their planned trilogy with world-ending consequences. Though there's still no official movement on the project, Perlman gave a very positive update to EmpireOnline.com about where he stands on the threequel.
Here's how Perlman put it, according to Empire:
by Brett White
Contortionist-turned-actor Doug Jones recently spoke with Collider about his role as the alien Cochise on the sci-fi drama "Falling Skies." The role isn't the first one to involve heavy makeup and a precise execution of body language; he has previously played the lead Gentleman in the "Buffy" episode "Hush," the Silver Surfer in "Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer," El Fauno in "Pan's Labyrinth," and - the reason we're writing this article - Abe Sapien in the two "Hellboy" films.
Jones continues to have a lot of love for the merman that he made famous thanks to his unmistakable movements, which came up during the interview.
"I think Abe Sapien, from the Hellboy movies is the one [role] I'm most proud of. He's near and dear to my heart. After doing two feature films and two animated features and a video game, he and I have gotten very close, over the years. And hopefully, we can do a 'Hellboy 3,' one day."