The funny thing about being the editor of Splash Page is that it's not the sort of job you leave at the office -- and usually, that's okay by me. When I'm not writing about comic books and comic book movies or otherwise managing the stories you come here for every day, I'm talking to people about comics over lunch, on the subway, over drinks or as happened to be the case this week, as the special guest on The Flickcast audio podcast.
The Flickcast crew invited me to join them this week in their regular discussion of comics, gaming, movies and related geekery, and while I was happy to share some thoughts (okay, a lot of thoughts -- I tend to ramble), I'm starting to think that voicing my love for the 2005 "Man-Thing" movie might not have been the best career move. Read More...
As 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...
This Thursday, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will be stopping by to chat with us on his upcoming book/movie project, "The Strain." For those who don't know about it -- and if you like del Toro, then you should -- "The Strain" is the first volume in a planned trilogy about... wait for it... vampires. Yeah, those blood-suckers are pretty popular. That first book actually hits shelves today, so make sure you pick yourself up a copy.
Okay, them's the basics. Now here comes the fun part. Del Toro is stopping by on Thursday to promote "The Strain" of course, and we know you fans are burning with questions about that and some of his other projects. Well, we want to know what those questions are.
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WARNING: This has nothing to do with comics. I just want to let readers know that Will Ferrell is trying to steal my identity -- so if I suddenly disappear, you should contact the appropriate authorities.
When it was first announced that Will Ferrell would play a character named "Rick Marshall" in the "Land of the Lost" movie, I tried to take this co-opting of my name in stride. After all, the character had been around since 1974, when the original "Land of the Lost" television series premiered, so that Rick Marshall existed a year or two before I did. If anything, I should probably be more annoyed with the other famous Rick Marshall -- the one who's the leading suspect in the Zodiac killings. (Try explaining that one when your girlfriend's parents look up your name on the 'Net.)
But the following outtake from MTV's upcoming "Behind the Screen" special (airing Sunday at 11 PM) has me thinking Ferrell is gunning for yours truly in his campaign to be the #1 Rick Marshall. Check it out:
So, Will Ferrell likes to make fun of iguanas and people who keep them as pets, does he? That's a funny coincidence, because I had a pet iguana for years before heading off to college. Yes, what a strange little coincidence indeed, Mr. Ferrell. Consider your message... received. Read More...
FROM MOVIES BLOG: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt shared with MTV News that, while his take Cobra Commander in this summer's "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra" may not match the cartoon exactly, it was certainly influenced by it.
"I think that it's respectfully inspired by the cartoon voice," Gordon-Levitt explained during an interview promoting his soon-to-be-released Sundance hit "500 Days of Summer." "But it's just like how in '[X-Men Origins:] Wolverine' you don't want to see Hugh Jackman dressed up in a yellow jumpsuit like the Wolverine in the comics."
For the rest of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's thoughts on playing Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe", head over to MoviesBlog.MTV.com.
With Oprah and Ashton Kutcher finding their way to Twitter recently, it's pretty clear that our favorite little microblogging platform has achieved a new level of mainstream acceptance -- and possibly jumped the shark (or "Fail Whale") along the way. While I'll leave it to my MTV colleagues to join the ranks of O's subscribers, the occasion does provide a good opportunity to point out that there are a lot of Twitter feeds that comic book fans new to Twitter (or looking to update their subscriptions) might find interesting.
Along with MTV Splash Page on Twitter, there are quite a few comic book publishers who also have a presence (albeit somewhat inactive in some cases) on Twitter. After the jump, we've posted a roundup of some of the prominent Twitter-savvy publishers of print comics on our radar. Read More...
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Last night's episode of "South Park" offered a parody of the "dark superhero" movie trend, and there was no shortage of references to subject matter Splash Page readers have become more than familiar with lately -- including everything from "Watchmen" and "The Spirit" to "The Dark Knight." Heck, there was even a quick cameo for Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns."
See if you can spot the guest spot for Miller's iconic creation in the frame below:
But that wasn't all comics fans could get a kick out of in last night's "South Park." Read More...
Do you consume every last scrap of comic book movie news on the Internet? Can you name every person who's played Batman chronologically? Then listen up, because we're looking for a few good men and women...and it may be you.
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