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Celebrity Death Ray Celebrity-created sequential art is always a sensitive subject among serious comic book fans. Many stars, such as “Mayhem” creator Tyrese Gibson candidly address their motivations for entering the medium, while others take a less hands-on approach to addressing audience skepticism. While it’s far too early to tell which route a given star will take, there should be plenty of opportunities to tackle the topic as Jeff Katz's American Original puts comics behind comics with the production of a new line of graphic novels collected under the “Comedy Death Ray” banner.

Announced during San Diego Comic-Con, the line is planned to feature titles by Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman (pictured), Patton Oswalt, B.J. Novak, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Scheer and Zach Galifanakis among others. Read More...

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WantedThe curving bullets and hot kisses of "Wanted" could be returning to theaters quicker than anyone expected. The sequel, written by "Pooh's Heffalump" writer Evan Spiliotopoulos, reportedly has a finished script turned in, and the original comic book property's writer, Mark Millar, claims production is on a fast track.

Millar predicted that shooting for "Wanted 2" could begin within eight weeks' time, according to SuperHeroHype.com. The high-profile comics scribe, who created "Wanted" with artist J.G. Jones, offered his positive assessment of the the movie's productions timeline at Comic-Con this week during a conversation about "Kick-Ass." Read More...

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MagdalenaFormer X-Men artist, Image co-founder and Top Cow CEO Marc Silvestri seems to have found a new niche in Hollywood production. The "Wanted" executive producer will repeat that role on his company's next movie adaptation "Magdalena" with newly announced director Ryûhei Kitamura.

Valhalla Motion Pictures and Platinum Studios signed Kitamura, who most recently directed Clive Barker's "Midnight Meat Train." Also new to the "Magdalena" team is "The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations" writer Holly Brix. Silverstri's production team for the religious history-inspired action tale includes Gale Anne Hurd of "Terminator 2," Platinum Studios head Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, according to Variety. Read More...

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Spider-Man & BatmanLast week's poll asked readers to vote on the comic book movie sequel they're most eager to see, and when all the votes were tallied, Hollywood heavy-hitters Spider-Man and Batman both emerged victorious with the most-wanted follow-ups to their respective films.

In the end, "Spider-Man 4" and "Batman 3" tied for the top vote-getters in the poll, each nabbing 29 percent of the total votes. However, Jon Favreau's just-wrapped "Iron Man 2" followed closely on their tails, tallying 26 percent of the votes.

After the top three options, it wasa big jump down to the rest of the poll's choices. Read More...

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FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORSI'm running a day late on this week's edition of "Best Bets," but I hope you'll excuse the delay. When someone offers advance tickets to "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," any self-respecting geek worth his long boxes knows that decisions have to be made and schedules should be shuffled for Optimus Prime -- and let's be honest here, Megan Fox.

So, without further excuses on my side, let's get right to the best of this week's comics with Hollywood ties, shall we?

"FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORS" #1 (DC/Dynamite) -- Not only is it the sequel to 2007's "Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash" miniseries, which was based on the script to a movie that would have tied together the "Freddy Vs. Jason" movie and the "Evil Dead" trilogy (and that alone should be enough to excite, well... anyone), but "Nightmare Warriors" is co-written by James Kuhoric and comics/movie veteran Jeff Katz -- who provided the script treatment for the original "Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash" story. Basically, "Nightmare Warriors" is likely to be every bit as good as you hope it will be. Read More...

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Yesterday, “Wanted” director Timur Bekmabetov told a Russian news outlet that he planned to bring Angelina Jolie back for the upcoming sequel to last year's hit film loosely based on the Mark Millar and J.G. Jones series. While the news had everyone who's seen the film buzzing for fairly obvious reasons (given her character's final scene), there were a few other reasons we were a bit skeptical of the news around Splash Page HQ.

Take, for instance, this interview conducted with Jolie during the run-up to the "Wanted" premiere last year:

While Jolie seems to indicate in no uncertain terms that her character isn't likely to return for a sequel, there's always the chance that she was being coy and didn't want to reveal anything about the plot, right? Well, that's not all that has us scratching our heads. Read More...

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Wanted 2How do you make a sequel to a movie in which almost every main character winds up dead? According to one report from a Russian news outlet, "Wanted" director Timur Bekmabetov plans to answer that very question by bringing back Angelina Jolie and possibly others in the next installment.

Bekmabetov told RIA Novosti, a Russian news site, that he's already begun preparations for "Wanted 2," a sequel to the 2008 actioneer based on Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' comic book. According to the site, the director promised the return of Jolie, despite her character's send-off in the first movie. Read More...

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MythBustersAs much as Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman and their "Build Team" of Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara seem to appreciate superheroes, toppling fans' suspended disbelief doesn't seem to bother them one bit. Following their foray into super-powered phenomena, such as Spider-Man's arachnid origins, the Hulk's gamma-powered transformations and Namor's undersea breathing capacity, the "MythBusters" team continues to tackle the paneled powers of comic book characters this week on Discovery Channel.

Tonight's episode, "Curving Bullets," looks at the physics behind 2008's "Wanted," which may or may not debunk the powers of weavers. Read More...

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FROM MTV MOVIES: Once again, the MTV Movie Awards will be honoring Hollywood's most pursued puckerers with the Best Kiss trophy on Sunday. And when you realize that half of these folks not only got to kiss Angelina Jolie, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and others but now they get an award for it, well, sometimes life just isn't fair.

From forbidden romances with vampires and slumdogs, to man-on-man displays of affection, to a "Wanted" woman and one last twirl on the dance floor from Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, this year had many memorable smooches. Now, it's time to handicap the winner and tell the rest to kiss off.

Check out our full breakdown of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards "Best Kiss" nominees over at Movies.MTV.com.

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FROM MTV MOVIES: What happens when you take five women who gave five very different performances in five very different movies? Well, you get the five ladies nominated for Best Female Performance at this year's MTV Movie Awards.

Angelina Jolie brought the action with her role in "Wanted," Anne Hathaway used her comedy chops to get nominated in "Bride Wars," and the drama queens — Kristin Stewart in "Twilight," Kate Winslet in "The Reader" and Taraji P. Henson in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" — are all going head to head to try and secure themselves a trophy.

With an overwhelmingly strong Twilighter fanbase, it seems likely that Stewart will take home the prize come Sunday. But don't count out the fanboys who thought Jolie was the hottest femme fatale to grace the big screen since Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction."

Continue reading our breakdown of the MTV Movie Awards "Best Female Performance" nominees at Movies.MTV.com.

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