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This week we discuss Steven Spielberg’s thoughts on the future of Superhero movies, the idea of humans colonizing Mars and Pokemon Go!

Janette’s Picks: Alice Cooper vs Chaos #1 and Quake #1

Aristotle’s Picks: Diesel #1 and Bitch Planet #5

Derrick’s Picks: Faster Than Light #1 and Star Trek/Green Lantern #3

Eddie’s Picks: Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1 and Broken Moon #1

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Sith Myths

 Posted by on February 27, 2013
Feb 272013

The announcement back in October that Disney was acquiring LucasFilm for a paltry sum of $4 billion dollars was completely drowned out by a collective ‘geek-gasim’ heard around the world following their second surprise of the day. A new hope had sprung to life within us all when the studio dropped the bomb that they plan to continue on with the original “Star Wars” trilogy, starting with Episode VII in 2015. When I first heard that someone other than Lucas would have control of the reins over the project, I have to admit I thought it was some sort of sick twisted early Halloween ‘trick.’ Possibly perpetrated by a group like “Anonymous,” or those Chinese cyber hackers who keep messing with the D.O.J. When reality finally did set in, I (like many of you I’m sure) began to feel equal amounts of excitement and apprehension. I think we’re all still a little scarred and gun shy from the prequel atrocities, am I right? Does meeeza have to explainzza? (Yeah, that’s right. I went there.)


As an avid reader of comics, and Darkhorse’s “Star Wars” titles in particular, my biggest issue with the acquisition and the subsequent revamping of the extended universe is encapsulated in the dilemma of the following question: Does this mean that all the hard work of many gifted graphic artists and writers, who contributed to what was once considered cannon, now null and void? I’m going to have to table that discussion for the time being, definitely a soapbox for another day.

sw4Since the announcement, the internet rumor mill has been working harder than a ‘man-scaping’ wookie, and conjecture is the current name of the game. And speaking of names, the exclusivity for a director shuffled through anyone who has ever had any interest in sci-fi what-so-ever, or has looked through the correct end of a camera. Every movie site was batting around names like; Jon Favreau, to Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, to Zack Snyder, Brad Bird, Mathew Vaughn, Joss Whedon, to the obvious candidate of Lucas’ bestest frenemy Steven Spielberg… you get the idea. Of course we now know that the resuscitator of the “Star Trek” franchise himself, J.J. Abrams (Hey J.J., why no call back for the sequel? I’m so not feeling the love.), is set to direct a script written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3″/”Little Miss Sunshine”). That’s just the beginning though, with casting and major plot points still up in the air –  crazy kooks like Super Shadow are going to continue to litter the web with inaccurate or out-and-out false information leading up to the very first trailer of the film and beyond. So let’s see if we can sift through the endless barrage of “bantha poo-doo” speculation, and separate the Sith Myths from the Force Facts.

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Feb 192010

Steven Spielberg on ‘Tintin’: ‘It made me more like a painter than ever before’ | Hero Complex | Los Angeles Times.

Rachel Abramowitz had a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times this week on the angst among Hollywood actors as they watch more major filmmakers embrace performance-capture techniques and animation approaches.  Here’s a great follow-up as she talks to Steven Spielberg about the making of “Tintin.”

TintinSteven Spielberg says there was only one reason to make his new “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” with the cutting-edge performance-capture technology that James Cameron used on “Avatar.

“It was based on my respect for the art of Hergé and wanting to get as close to that art as I could,” says the director, referring to Tintin’s author-illustrator, who created the international blockbuster graphic novel series (200 million copies in print) starring intrepid cub reporter Tintin, and his irrepressible canine companion, Snowy, as they venture through the pre-WWII world.

“Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe,” Spielberg said. “It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. You’d have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.”

“Tintin” stars Jamie Bell (“King Kong”) as the title character, Andy Serkis (Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) as his buddy Captain Haddock, and Daniel Craig (Bond, James Bond)  as the evil Red Rackham. Produced by Peter Jackson, with the animation done by Jackson’s Weta Workshop, the film is due in theaters in 2011.

Read the rest of the article over at Hero Complex and stop by Meltdown/Sunset Blvd. for Tintin books, toys, apparel and statues.

Tintin for Grown-Ups. Zócalo Public Square

 Posted by on January 19, 2010
Jan 192010

Jean-Marie Apostolidès, a professor of French and drama at Stanford University, last read the Tintin comic books — about a youthful globe-trotting journalist — when he was a boy. Decades later he picked the series up again. “I was amazed at the enormous artistic and literary quality of the series,” he said. “I realized I was confronting a great piece of art, and that was surprising.” Apostolidès, author of The Metamorphoses of Tintin: or Tintin for Adults, chatted with Swati Pandey of Zócalo about why Tintin never made it big in America, how he got over his initial controversial attitudes, and how he embodies the myth of eternal, powerful youth.

Read all about it here:

Dec 142009

| Hero Complex Home | For your inner fanboy!

Tintin in the Land of Meltdown

December 14, 2009 |  1:11 am

If you’re looking for Tintin in Los Angeles,
the best place to go is Meltdown Comics & Collectibles — and that’s especially the case between now and Tuesday night.
The good folks at the landmark store on Sunset Boulevard are hosting Tintin in the Land of Meltdown, which is a product expo done in conjunction with importer Kiss That Frog. Here’s the blurb: “A fantastic display of all things Tintin including charming character watches, limited edition cold cast porcelain and resin statues, and a dazzling array of lead miniatures and detailed vehicles that span the cast and events of all the albums … Meltdown will host this surprise exposition within the store allowing fans and collectors the first opportunity to acquire any of these delights under one roof in the United States.”

It’s timely, that’s for sure. All things Tintin are ramping up with an eye toward the Tintin films that are being made by the powerhouse tandem of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg (the first arrives in late 2011). I myself am just starting my research into the classic character (I bought my first three Tintin books at Meltdown about two months ago), and I will be dropping by Meltdown on Tuesday for the final day of display.
— Geoff Boucher

RELATED: REVIEW: ‘Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin’ by Pierre Assouline

Read it here: Tintin in the Land of Meltdown | Hero Complex | Los Angeles Times.

Dec 032009
Right on, Thank you THR for the TINTIN event mention!
See you There. BLISTERING BARNACLES! “TINTIN IN THE LAND OF MELTDOWN” EXPO & STORE! Friday, December 4th-13th 6 top 10PM

Tintin event at Meltdown Comics

TINTIN_MLT A rare treat for Tintin fans: Meltdown Comics on L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard is holding a product exposition and store for brand-new and hard-to-find Tintin material like watches, porcelain statues, miniatures and more.

Meltdown has been THE place for Tintin stuff in L.A. for years, and this event only runs from Dec. 4-13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The store is working with European importer Kiss That Frog to bring the goods in.

You can probably expect more Tintin stuff to slowly begin making its way to America, the one land where he never really took off beyond a core group who appreciated the European-centric art and storytelling, in advance of the two movies being made by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. This exhibition is not connected to the movie, but you can bet that Paramount and DreamWorks will be looking for ways to make sure audiences will be primed for the release of the first movie, Dec. 23, 2011. (Two years away. Sigh.)

The Hollywood Reporter | Heat Vision: Tintin event at Meltdown Comics.