The sequel to ‘Army of Darkness’ and fourth ‘Evil Dead’ film. Starring our hero Ash, as he battles the evil of the Necronomicon.
Super 7 has just made the lines at the upcoming SDCC that much longer, but it’s for a good reason! These Alien toys are awesome and they have a rich, compelling history!
Per the official site, “In 1979, prototypes for 3 ¾” action figures for the ALIEN film were developed but never manufactured. Through our network of industry and collector contacts, Super7 has unearthed reference material and original 34-year-old prototypes and will now make these “lost toys” a reality.
Under authorization from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will produce the full series of ALIEN toys as part of our ReAction Figure Series (Retro-Action). Each is stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.”
They’ll be available in August/September but will start pre-orders in July at Comic-Con! Head inside to check ‘em out! READ MORE
Legendary and Warner Bros.’ have shared an image related to their upcoming Godzilla remake. I say “related” because it’s from the Comic-Con teaser that premiered – and somehow didn’t leak (impressive) – back in July. The film hasn’t actually started shooting, but since the teaser was cut to give us (and the studio) an approximation of director Gareth Edwards’ approach I think it’s indicative of the scale of destruction we’ll be seeing in the film.
Last week producer Dan Lin told Collider, “We’re planning to film in March. We are in deep pre-production. Gareth [Edwards] has really mapped out his vision for the movie, you saw the teaser, but Gareth thanks to Thomas Tull’s help he took over a whole stage on the Warner Brothers lot and not only showed the teaser you saw, he had some models built of Godzilla, he had art decorated all over the soundstage, he had pre-vis of some of the big action sequences in the movie. So we’re in deep pre-production and Gareth’s vision of the movie is really exciting it’s a true re-boot of Godzilla. And you saw from the Comic-Con footage it is a grounded, realistic version of Godzilla. What would happen if Godzilla came into our world today?”
Showtime took to Ballroom 20 this past Thursday night to promote the upcoming seventh season of “Dexter.” They actually covered a variety of interesting topics. How much does Deb know? What’s the best “Dexter” kill of all time? What advice would Season 1 Dexter give Season 7 Dexter? Who is Yvonne Strahovski playing? How many YouTube embeds can Showtime upload at once?
For those yet to be aquatinted with the show, it follows likeable Miami police forensics expert named Dexter (Michael C. Hall) moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who he believes have escaped justice.
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Premiering this fall (September 17 to be exact) is NBC’s new genre drama “Revolution”, which made a big splash at the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. Now we have footage and interviews from their panel (although it skips over footage from the show itself).
“What would you do without it all? In “Revolution”, an epic adventure thriller from “Supernatural”’s Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Iron Man’s Jon Favreau, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic landscape of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters where every single piece of technology — phones, computers, cars, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.”
“Revolution” stars Billy Burke (Twilight films), Tracy Spiridakos (“Being Human”), Anna Lise Phillips (Animal Kingdom), Zak Orth (Wet Hot American Summer), Graham Rogers (“Memphis Beat”), J.D. Pardo (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad), David Lyons (“The Cape”), Maria Howell (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Tim Guinee (Iron Man films) and is executive produced by Kripke, J.J. Abrams (“Fringe”) and Bryan Burk (“Fringe”).
“Revolution” will air Mondays at 10/9c on NBC this fall. Head inside for the footage. READ MORE
I haven’t seen The Possession yet, but I hear it’s actually really good. A few of my more discerning friends have seen it and reported back with largely positive things to say.
While in San Diego for the Comic-Con I sat down with director Ole Bornedal to talk about horror films (he claims not to be a fan of many of them) and his approach to telling a more personal story amongst the chaos that takes place in the film.
“Based on a true story, ‘The Possession’ is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.”
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Lionsgate’s reboot Dredd premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con last night. It stars Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy), and was directed by Pete Travis (Endgame) and written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine). For those of you unfamiliar with Judge Dredd, it follows a team of futuristic police officers who act as judge, jury, and executioner, taking down crime in the meanest way possible.
While many people thought the the trailer looked a bit like The Raid, well apparently they were right. The protags have to battle their way out of a giant building. But it’s not like Dredd ripped that movie off – it started production 2 years ago.
More to the point – apparently this thing is insanely hardcore and gory. Head inside for some online reactions. Dredd hits theaters on September, 21st. READ MORE
Earlier this evening at the San Diego Comic-Con I attended “The Art Of Frankenweenie Exhibition”. Hosted by Disney, this was an in-depth look at the materials that acclaimed director Tim Burton used for his latest stop-motion animated feature film. The exhibition premiered in Barcelona before making its U.S. debut today. When the tour is complete it will have visited seven countries including Spain, France, England, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.A.
Producer Allison Abbate was onhand at the gallery and guided me through the pieces. We’re not just talking sketches (which were of course present), but actual sets used in the stop-motion rendering for the film. And whether or not you’re growing tired of Burton’s signature themes, there’s no denying his talent as a visual artist. Seeing his work rendered in three dimensional, intricately detailed miniatures (amongst backgrounds that provide them with depth) is pretty captivating.
Abbate explained to me that principal photography – which is always lengthy on these types of films – took about two and a half years. She also spoke about how personal the project is for Burton. Not only is it based on his very first short, but it deals with the grief he felt when losing his first pet. The classroom scene in particular (as seen below) contains a number of references to Burton’s influences with some of he children representing the “Frankenstein” and “Igor” iconography quite accurately. And every director has his signature. Concerning the kitchen scene depicted she remarked, “and of course this is the Tim Burton take on domesticity that we all know so well.”
Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder. Directed by Burton from a screenplay by John August, the film hits U.S. theaters on October 5th, 2012.
Head inside for an in depth look at the exhibition. READ MORE
The Hills Run Red Director David Parker returns to San Diego Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 12th at 6:15PM PT with a new first look at his horror/thriller independent motion picture ColdWater. Parker joins up and comer star Ivan Djurovic and co-star James Duval in HALL H, as part of the Virtual Drive-In panel.
The panel will include an exclusive first look at two scenes from the highly anticipated thriller, in addition to the theatrical trailer. We recently caught up with Parker to talk about the differences between ColdWater and The Hills Run Red along with what we ca expect at the presentation in Hall H.
“‘Coldwater’ is about Andre (Djurovic), who is recovering from a recent accident, agrees to help his friend Robert (Rick Irwin) by taking over a house-sitting job at an unusual home nestled in the heart of Coldwater Canyon. As the day turns into night, Andre faces strange occurrences that lead him to believe he is not there alone, and someone or something is watching him.”
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“Talking Dead” Host Chris Hardwick will moderate “The Walking Dead“ SDCC panel on Friday, July 13 at 1:25pm in Hall H and now there’s a poster for the event that gives us an even bigger taste of Season 3. I’m sort of trepidatious about the whole thing taking place inside of a prison but, more and more, that appears to be what’s in store.
“The cast and producers of AMC’s breakout hit series “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” will participate in hour-long panels at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA. Moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick, “The Walking Dead” panelists will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated third season, which debuts in October.”
“The Walking Dead” panelists include Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Denai Guerrero, David Morrisey, Executive Producer and Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman and Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero.
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Say what? The San Diego Comic Con is so overbearing and overpopulated that it makes you want to vomit? Me too! But there’s something awesome lurking in the darkness of the sweat-stanked convention floor. NECA will be selling an exclusive black & white Freddy Krueger from the comic book sequence of A Nightmare on Elm Street V: The Dream Child! Now there’s a reason/excuse to stand in line and overpay for something.
“There’s never been a better argument in favor of insomnia than ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ and for the latest in our series of San Diego Comic Con exclusive items, we’ve got the Gloved One himself, Freddy Krueger, as he appeared in the fifth installment of the franchise, ‘The Dream Child.’ The movie, which came out in 1989, has a cult within the cult of the larger series, and — what really matters — it features some of Freddy’s best kills ever.
Best of all might be Mark Gray. A comic book geek before it was cool to be a comic book geek, Mark fantasized about getting the girl, being the hero, etc. So what did Freddy do? Well, Freddy sucked him into a comic book world, to live out his worst nightmare, of course! He is the dream master, after all. Mark — brave and hopeless soul that he was — fought back by turning himself into his own superhero, The Phantom Prowler, and blowing Freddy to tiny little bits. It didn’t work, Freddy came back to life, turned Mark into paper and sliced him to shreds with his always-terrifying glove.
But, to honor Mark’s efforts and to honor the series as we always do, we’ve included an actual foldable, sliceable paper recreation of Mark Gray with this grayscale 7″ Freddy action figure, which captures the look of that death scene and the comic book world. What could be more perfect for SDCC than a superhero-destroying Freddy Krueger? Well, we don’t really know. That’s kind of why we made it.
Con-Exclusive B&W Comic Book Freddy also comes with a skateboard and his trademark hat, which he just wouldn’t be Freddy without.”
Someone pick this up for me, please?
NECA announced a limited edition “Ash” action figure for this July’s San Diego Comic Con: “Hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 was released. One of the best cult horror films of all time, it introduced us to the Deadites, the Necronomicon, and most of all, to Bruce Campbell’s character, Ash, the wise-crackin’ S-Mart employee who saws off his own hand and replaces it with a chainsaw. He’s one of our all-time favorite cinematic heroes. How could he not be? Who wouldn’t love that face?
Hero from the Sky Ash captures the young Mr. Campbell as he was at the end of the film. Bloodied, haggard, confused, having killed his girlfriend and a Deadite version of himself, terrified and mysteriously transported through time, Ash emerged in what would become the setting for Army of Darkness and was faced with a whole new round of Deadites to re-kill.
We’ve done Ash before in a series of Evil Dead 2 7″ action figures, but Hero from the Sky Ash — aside from being SDCC exclusive — perfectly captures one of the most important moments in Evil Dead 2. A sepia-toned paint job brings out not just nostalgia for the 25th Anniversary of Evil Dead 2 but also the desert Ash found himself (and his car, oddly enough) transported to. Just look at the surprise on that face.
But Ash here is more than just a great chin! Check out our Hero from the Sky’s full articulation below!” There’s also info on another SDCC exclusive, the “Cloaked City Hunter Predator“. READ MORE