TwitterThe Academy Awards nominations for 2010 hit close to home for the comics world this morning -- and not just because sci-fi and animated films like "Avatar," "District 9" and "Up" made it into the Best Picture category. Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" adaptation earned a Best Animated Feature Film nod, and Kevin Smith's former sound collaborator ended up with a Best Sound Editing acknowledgment.

Even if they don't have a horse in the race for the Oscars, most creators still had opinions to share, though. You can find retweeted reactions to "District 9," "Up" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" actress Anna Kendrick's nomination for "Up in the Air" after the jump. And even if the Oscars don't interest you, you can check out what Dave Gibbons thought of "Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut" and discover which big-name writer took a taxi to McDonald's yesterday.

It's all in the Twitter Report for February 2, 2010. Read More...

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Hit-MonkeyEvery now and then, I come across an upcoming project that absolutely demands to be passed along to Splash Page readers. "Hit-Monkey" is exactly that sort of project.

Arriving on Marvel Digital Comics tomorrow, "Hit-Monkey" is a new, original series written by "Deadpool" scribe Daniel Way, with art by Dalibor Talijoc and a great cover by Frank Cho ("Mighty Avengers"). However, while that's all well and good, let's not forget that it's a story about a killer monkey in a tailored business suit... with guns. And we have an exclusive preview of the first issue.

Heck, the official synopsis only makes it more awesome: "A troubled soul, set upon a path of vengeance he does not understand. An assassin without equal, trained in the most secret of killing techniques. A flesh and blood specter, haunting the killers of the world. A monkey…with a gun. Bear witness as the legend is born." Read More...

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Planet Hulk"Planet Hulk," the latest animated feature from Marvel Studios and Lionsgate Home Entertainment, hits shelves today with a story inspired by one of the character's most popular story arcs in recent years.

Based on Greg Pak's 2006-2007 arc in the "Incredible Hulk" comic book series, "Planet Hulk" finds Marvel's green goliath transported to a harsh planet where he's enslaved and forced to compete in gladiatorial combat under the brutal rule of The Red King. Weakened by the journey through space, Hulk must rely on his savage instincts to survive the new environment, and eventually finds himself leading a rag-tag group of fellow gladiators.

"Planet Hulk" is directed by Sam Liu ("Superman/Batman: Public Enemies") with a screenplay by Greg Johnson ("Doctor Strange"). This review is based on the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD. Oh, and SPOILER WARNING! Read More...

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"Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof is no stranger to comic books, having penned the recently concluded (and long delayed) "Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk," but it's his former co-writer Brian K. Vaughan that sets off even more bells within the comics community.

A writer on "Lost" from Season 3 through Season 5, Vaughan is also the creator of "Y: The Last Man" and "Ex Machina," among other wildly successful comic books. In fact, Vaughan's comics converged with "Lost" during the show's fifth season when Hugo "Hurley" Reyes enjoyed an issue of "Y: The Last Man" in an airport terminal.

But it's not just Hurley that counts himself among Vaughan's many fans — the actor who portrays him, Jorge Garcia, is a fan as well. Read More...

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Patrick stewartAcclaimed British actor Patrick Stewart may be finished with the "X-Men" film series.

During an appearance at an Australian "Star Trek" convention, the actor who portrayed Professor Charles Xavier was asked about the possibility of returning for Bryan Singer's upcoming "X-Men: First Class." According to Trek Movie, Stewart joked that Singer was going to hire eight-year-old actors for the film and said that he didn't expect to be involved with the project.

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Olivia Wilde"House" actress Olivia Wilde is reportedly in negotations to star opposite Daniel Craig in director Jon Favreau's adaptation of the sci-fi western comic "Cowboys & Aliens."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wilde is up for the role of Ella, a young woman who teams up with Craig's "mysterious gunslinger" against the alien invasion. Wilde's previous movie experience includes "Alpha Dog," "Turistas," "Year One" and the highly anticipated "Tron Legacy" which is set to be released in December.

Back in October, Wilde told MTV News about her desire to portray Wonder Woman when she was a young girl. If Wilde signs on to "Cowboys & Aliens", it will be her first comic book movie. Read More...

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DESCWhen "Sgt. Rock" eventually hits the big screen, there won't be any Nazis or allied forces to speak of — not unless these soldiers are using high-tech weaponry in a futuristic setting, that is.

Producer Joel Silver spoke with Hero Complex about the upcoming "Sgt. Rock" film, saying that the previously revealed plan to bring Rock into the future is still in place.

Despite the updated time period, however, Silver said that "Rock" won't go too far into the future.

"It's a little bit in the future," he clarified, though Silver still acknowledged that the old war hero's World War II origins won't play a role in the comic book adaptation. Read More...

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Doctor WhoIt's a very strange sensation, writing words for a man who's already, for all intents and purposes, dead. To have him do things he'll no longer do, to have him achieve things he'll never be close to achieving any more; all these moments in his now-finished life seem false, all these additional, post-mortem scenes feel as if I'm somehow cheating.

Because he's gone. Kaput. Farewell. He is an ex-Time Lord. He has ceased to be.

I am, of course, talking about the Tenth Doctor, the David Tennant one, the tall, lanky, product- and mop-haired, suit-wearing maniac who, yelling "Allons-y!" and waving his magic wand — ahem, I mean, sonic screwdriver — took us all on a tour of fantastic worlds and vistas for four years (three full seasons and a year of specials). And now that he's gone, regenerated into Matt Smith, and the show now off-air until ol' Eleven returns with a new TARDIS and new companion.

But I still write Tennant. And as I write this, I'm finishing the penultimate Tennant story, leading into the final tale of the Tenth Doctor for IDW Publishing. Read More...

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Before Ryan Reynolds was chosen to play the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814, it was easier to keep track of the actors who weren't rumored to be up for the role than all of the potential Hal Jordans suggested by "insider sources" at various movie blogs.

Back in October 2008, one "Green Lantern" rumor had "The Notebook" star Ryan Gosling pegged for the role. Even though we now know that the DC hero will be played by Reynolds (and the outlets that sparked the rumor later exchanged Gosling for "Star Trek" actor Chris Pine in another casting rumor that was eventually debunked), when we had a chance to catch up with Gosling during the Sundance Film Festival, we had to ask how much of the rumor was true.

"I don't know," said Gosling, in town for the premiere of "Blue Valentine" at the film festival. "Those movies are really hard and you have to be a really good actor to do that stuff. To pretend like something's chasing you that's not chasing you? All of that stuff, that's tough." Read More...

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SandmanOutside of comics, there aren't many creative types who can boast collaborations with Mark Millar, John Romita Jr. and Neil Gaiman, but with the pending release of "Kick-Ass" and the 2007 success of "Stardust," director Matthew Vaughn's in a unique position with some of comics' most popular talents. That's why when he talks ideas for future projects, fans listen.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Vaughn spoke openly on his appreciation of realistic comics, praising both his "Kick-Ass" and "Stardust" collaborators and stating that Gaiman deserves to have more of his work translated to film.

"I think it's weird that hardly any Neil Gaiman stuff has been made. The idea that no one has made 'Sandman' yet is weird," said Vaughn. 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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