RedWarren Ellis and Cully Hamner's WildStorm series "Red" stirred up speculation several months ago when Bruce Willis entered headlines as a candidate to star. This weekend, Morgan Freeman joined the "Die Hard" actor as a possible cast member as well.

"It does indeed look real promising, and I'm very hopeful," Hamner wrote on his blog in response to the Variety story. "But I have to point out that, to my knowledge, neither actor is a done deal, and even if I'm wrong and they are, it doesn't mean the movie will even get made." Read More...

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLYLast week's flood of comics has receded, but there's still some great issues with crossover appeal hitting shelves this week that you should add to your list. Here's what's looking good:

"THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY" #1 (Dynamite) -- Clint Eastwood's iconic "Man with No Name" rides again in this brand new story by writer Chuck Dixon and artist Esteve Polls. I don't care what you say about "Dirty Harry," folks -- "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and the rest of the "Man With No Name" films were Eastwood at his cigar-chompin', squinty-eyed best. This issue kicks off the five-part story "Dead Man's Hand," and I couldn't be happier to see the character continue to be one of the premiere bad-asses in any medium. Read More...

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SleeperWhile talking with writer Ed Brubaker about the return of Captain America to the Marvel Comics universe, the recent release of "Sleeper: Season One" (a collection of his 2003-2005 superhero crime series) reminded me that the "Captain America" comic isn't his only project with big-screen connections. But what's going on with the "Sleeper" movie these days?

Back in August, it was announced that "Sleeper" was tagged for adaptation with Sam Raimi producing the film and Tom Cruise starring as Holden Carver, a super-powered secret agent deep undercover within a supervillain cabal and left hanging when the only person who knows he's one of the good guys falls into a coma. In October, word hit the wire that Hollywood newcomer Brad Ingelsby would write the screenplay for the adaptation, but updates have been few and far between since that time.

According to Brubaker, little has changed since the last update -- except for the screenwriter, that is. Read More...

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X-Men Origins: GambitThis week was a little light for comics with movie and television connections, but there were still some titles worth calling out for anyone who likes their weekly serving of comics with a side of media crossover appeal.

TOP OF THE STACK: "X-MEN ORIGINS: GAMBIT" #1 (Marvel) -- While Remy LeBeau has a lot more fans these days thanks to his big-screen debut in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," mainstream audiences (and comics fans whose interests don't fall along the X-Men axis) probably aren't as savvy to his sordid past. Marvel looks to clear all that confusion up with this one-shot that delves into Gambit's criminal past -- and how he became one of the most popular heroes in the mutant universe.

Written by Mike Carey with art by David Yardin, this could be a great series to pick up if you're looking to prep for the inevitable Gambit solo movie or just want to fill in the blanks in your mutant memory. Read More...

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SHIELD HelicarrierThe box office is set to go up, up and away this weekend with the release of "Up," the tenth and most recent film from Pixar Animation Studios. "Up" focuses on Carl Fredricksen, an elderly balloon factory employee who steals a plethora of balloons and rigs them up to his house. As a result, his home goes sailing through the skies on a mile-high adventure around the globe.

To mark the occasion of Pixar's film hitting theaters, Splash Page assembled our own list of the best aerial headquarters in comic book history. Enjoy! Read More...

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Bruce WillisSay what you will about "Live Free or Die Hard," but you have to give Bruce Willis some credit. At 54 years old, the bald-headed action star is still kicking butt and taking names all over Hollywood, and there's no signs that he's slowing down anytime soon. Quite the opposite, in fact.

According to Risky Business Blog, Willis is being courted to star in "Red," an adaptation of the Wildstorm/DC Comics property of the same name by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. Summit, the same studio that backs the smash-hit "Twilight" films, is behind the production of "Red," and they're negotiating with the occasional John McClane to star in the picture -- though nothing is set in stone. Read More...

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Last year, DC/Wildstorm Comics and Dynamite Entertainment gave us horror comic fans a little slice of heaven (or hell, depending how hardcore you are) in the form of "Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash," a six-issue mini-series by writers Jeff Katz and James Kuhoric and artist Jason Craig which found the three slasher-flick titans squaring off in a terrifying-yet-hysterical showdown. The book proved to be a surprise success, and fans (including yours truly) have been waiting for the inevitable follow-up ever since.

Well, that wait is finally over, as the folks over at Slash Film have wrangled a first look at the upcoming sequel in the form of a triptych cover by Arthur Suydam ("Marvel Zombies").

'Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash' #1

After the jump, we've got the lowdown on what fans can expect from the series (quick prediction: lots of bloody death-via-machete/chainsaw/finger blades). Read More...

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'Sleeper'It's been a few months since we've heard from the "Sleeper" camp -- no, not the 1973 Woody Allen flick, but the upcoming superhero crime thriller based on Ed Brubaker's groundbreaking DC/Wildstorm series. For those who didn't catch the announcement last year, "Sleeper" will be produced by Sam Raimi with Tom Cruise attached to star.

SCI FI Wire had the chance to catch up with Brubaker recently, and from the sounds of things, it looks like "Sleeper" is beginning to quickly wake up on the Hollywood front.

"They have a screenwriter hired," Brubaker said in the SCI FI Wire story, in reference to Brad Ingelsby, who was hired to script the adaptation back in October. "I talked to a producer yesterday, actually, when I was down here, just to make sure it was still happening. He said, 'Oh, not only is it still happening, but it's even more still happening because Tom Cruise's 'Valkyrie' did well.'" Read More...

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'ThunderCats'When it comes to last week's live-action "ThunderCats" trailer created by a fan of the 1980s cartoon series, we're not sure what we got more of a kick out of -- the frame-by-frame editing that turned Brad Pitt and Vin Diesel into Lion-O and Panthro, respectively, and made "World's Sexiest Man" Hugh Jackman into a very believable Tygra; or the simple fact that the trailer made a live-action "ThunderCats" movie seem like a very good idea.

While the possibility of a feature-length "Thundercats" film coming to theaters has been in play since 2007, when Warner Bros. announced it was producing a CGI movie based on the series, we thought it would be interesting to run the idea by the original Lion-O himself, voice actor Larry Kenney, and find out what he thinks about the fan-made "Thundercats" trailer -- and, of course, what he knows about the real "ThunderCats" movie in production.

"I like it," Kenney told MTV News after watching the fan-made "ThunderCats" trailer. "I hope Warner Bros. does as well with the real thing." Read More...

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'PUSH' #3 CoverIn anticipation of February 2009's super-powered action thriller, "Push," the fine folks at Wildstorm Comics have offered Splash Page an exclusive first look at the next issue of their tie-in miniseries -- a prequel story written by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman, with art by Bruno Redondo.

"Push" tells the story of enhanced government operatives who possess varying types of psychic powers -- from implanting thoughts and moving objects to shape-shifting and the ability to generate high-powered sonics -- and the escaped agent and teenage girl who take on the shadowy "Division" that created them. Wildstorm's six-issue prequel tells the story of a secret war between government agencies that's about to begin, fought by these enhanced soldiers.

After the jump, get your first look at issue #3 of "Push" (on sale next week), and be sure to check back later today for an interview with "Push" director Paul McGuigan and some exclusive shots from the film. Read More...

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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