Stephen Lang nabbed an MTV Movie Awards nomination for Best Fight this year for his robotic-suit-assisted throwdown with Sam Worthington's big blue alien in "Avatar." Lang used machine guns, his huge metallic limbs, and even a massive slashing blade in the battle. But as the actor tells it to MTV News, that skirmish is nothing compared to what we'll see in "Conan."

"The look we created in this film, I've never been prouder than the creation of this role," he told us of his character, a merciless warlord named Khalar Singh. Read More...

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HellboyLegendary movie poster artist Drew Struzan's work was a hallmark for several generations of film fans, with memorable work on the "Indiana Jones," "Star Wars" and "Back to the Future" franchises. In fact, the chances are pretty high that if you grew up with any of the aforementioned movies, you know Struzan's art on sight.

That's why the upcoming release of "The Art of Drew Struzan" (published by Titan Books), caught our attention around MTV HQ. Hitting shelves September 14, the collection offers a peek at countless pieces of art Struzan created for films over the years — some used, some not — and the fascinating back stories behind them.

Along with some unused "Harry Potter" poster designs (among other films), them are several designs for well-known comic book movies, including multiple poster designs for 2004's "Hellboy" movie directed by Guillermo del Toro. MTV Movies Blog Editor Adam Rosenberg chatted up Struzan about the book and his career in an interview hitting the site soon, and also provided Splash Page readers with an exclusive look at an unused design for "Hellboy." Read More...

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R.I.P.D.Last month, reports emerged naming "Red" director Robert Schwentke as the leading candidate to helm the adaptation of "R.I.P.D.". And apparently a deal has been made.

According to Variety, Schwentke has officially signed on to direct "R.I.P.D.," which will feature Ryan Reynolds in the starring role. The earlier report indicated that plans call for the film to be shot next summer during a hole in Reynolds' incredibly busy schedule. "Clash of the Titans" screenwriters Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi are writing the adaptation.

"R.I.P.D." was created by Matt Lunsford, Lucas Marangon and Randy Emberlin and first published by Dark Horse back in 2000. Read More...

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No offense to Jason Momoa and his bulging biceps, but perhaps the most intriguing photos to trickle out from the "Conan" set in Bulgaria earlier this year were not focused on the Cimmerian warrior. Rather, what captured our attention were a series of pics that showed a ghost-white creature in the midst of acrobatic battle with Conan. We didn't know who or what this freaky-looking figure was, but we knew it couldn't be human.

Did this mean "Conan" would incorporate supernatural elements, as much of Robert E. Howard's source material does? Well, we know now that the answer is "Yes," thanks to a conversation with co-star Stephen Lang.

"If you read Robert Howard — of course the 'Conan' stories and novellas — magic, supernatural plays a huge, huge part in them: fakirs and magicians and wizards all over the place," Lang told us when he stopped by Splash Page HQ. "So magic is part of that world. The magic in this film, there's a lot of it and there's a lot of action-magic as well, a lot of magical fighting." Read More...

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: RileyJoss Whedon pulled a giant plot twist in his recent “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” arc, “Retreat,” regarding Buffy’s former flame Riley Finn. Fans could have been satisfied with the explanation given in those issues, but instead we get to see much more — with Riley’s version of events.

In stores today (August 18) from Dark Horse Comics is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley,” a brand new story from television writer/producer Jane Espenson and artist Karl Moline. Espenson gets the chance to tell what really led to former Initiative member Riley Finn becoming a double agent for Buffy.

The one-shot is the second we’ve seen during “Season 8” (the first being Willow’s spotlight), and is actually titled “Commitment Through Distance, Virtue Through Sin.” It's intense, but have we come to expect anything less from Buffy’s love life? Read More...

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Earlier this year. director Guillermo del Toro left the long-awaited adaptation of "The Hobbit," fueling speculation that he might return to the "Hellboy" film franchise sooner than he had previously stated.

However, when asked by MTV News about his "Hellboy" plans, del Toro seemed to indicate that its fate rested in the hands of Ron Perlman, the actor who starred in the title role under several layers of makeup; a process which Perlman apparently dislikes.

"You know, I think that everyone should ask Ron [Perlman]," said del Toro. "I had dinner with [Perlman] last night. He said 'six hours [in the makeup chair], what do you want?'" And he's doing 'Sons of Anarchy' without makeup. He's spoiled! He likes to be the big cheese without the makeup session." Read More...

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R.I.P.D.Back in 2008, Dark Horse Comics signed a deal with Universal to bring "R.I.P.D." to the big screen with David Dobkin attached to direct and a script by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (who have also worked on a script for "The Boys"). Although Dobkin has since moved on from the project, another comic book movie director may step in to take his place.

Robert Schwentke — the director of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's "Red" — has been approached to helm "R.I.P.D," according to The Los Angeles Times. Universal reportedly wants to film "R.I.P.D." next summer to fill a hole in Ryan Reynolds' schedule, after the "Green Lantern" star agreed to do the film earlier this year. Read More...

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Star Wars: Legacy—WarThis month, Dark Horse ends its "Star Wars: Legacy" line of comics. Far and away my favorite of the "Star Wars" comics (I'm an avid reader of all things "Star Wars"), "Legacy" is set in the far-flung future of the series and follows the exploits of Cade Skywalker, a descendant of Luke Skywalker, as he and his friends face off against a reborn order of the Sith, led by the evil Darth Krayt.

However, "Star Wars" fans shouldn't feel too sad about the end of "Legacy," because we haven't seen the last of Cade and his supporting cast — not by a longshot.

MTV is pleased to exclusively announce that the great work done by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema in developing these characters will continue in the six-issue miniseries "Star Wars: Legacy—War."

In addition to giving you the first look at the cover of "Star Wars: Legacy—War" #1, we also spoke with Ostrander and Duursema to find out what to expect from "War." Want to know which characters we'll be seeing? Who the Big Bad will be? Which familiar favorite from the classic series will be turning up? Read More...

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With filmmaker David Fincher producing, comic book creator Eric Powell intimately involved, Paul Giamatti voicing Franky and Clancy Brown occupying the title role, there's very little doubt that Blur Studios' developing adaptation of "The Goon" is going to remain faithful to the material seen in the celebrated Dark Horse Comics series.

Even looking past the talent involved, all a fan needs to do is watch the two-and-a-half minute "Goon" footage that Fincher, Powell and Blur Studios presented to Comic-Con audiences last week to know that a faithful adaptation is on the way.

But don't expect "The Goon" to be a literal translation, either. According to the film's creative team, there are some elements from the comic book series that simply won't make the leap to film. Read More...

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Let Me InLast month, we brought you the news that "Let Me In," the upcoming remake of Swedish vampire film "Let The Right One In," was getting a comic book prequel. Now we have your first, exclusive look at sketches from interior artist Patric Reynolds featuring Abby (played by Chloe Moretz), and various other characters from the four-issue miniseries "Let Me In: Crossroads."

Written by Marc Andreyko ("Torso," "Manhunter") with interior art from Reynolds ("Serenity: Float Out") and covers by Sean Phillips ("Sleeper"), "Let Me In: Crossroads" hits shelves in December from Dark Horse Comics. Read on for the official synopsis from Dark Horse, and eight (count 'em, eight!) brand new character sketches from Reynolds. Read More...

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