Archive for August 2012

Actor Tomas Janes’s Self Financed Punisher Short Film “Dirty Laundry” Is Bloody, Violent…And Ultimately, Pretty Cool.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Actor Thomas Jane decided himself  to take on a short film of Frank Castle, The Punisher for release around July’s Comic Con. Directing, staring  and financing the Hard R short himself, he shows his love for a Marvel character as yet to have a great feature film made, even the one he stared in back in 2004.

Obviously A fan of the character, Jane quoted as saying in 2007 in an interview with Quint at Ain’t It Cool News:

Punisher fans are already fighting an uphill battle as it is. And I’ve always felt a responsibility to fight that fight for them and with them so that Frank Castle gets the treatment he deserves.

It’s a cool thing when an actor puts his money where his mouth is. I say a good effort by Jane for sure. Hope to see a few more Punisher shorts from him,  a Vietnam flashback setting type thing maybe. That would be really cool I think. We’ll see what else this brings for our favorite Marvel  anti-hero.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

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Lots Of 2012 Kick Ass Comic-Con Collectible Pics. It’s Quite A Bit Late, But Rad As Hell…   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

Usually I have a San Diego Comic Con article up right after the Con in mid July, but my wife having our daughter in early July set back writing and anything else involved  in not getting though the early weeks of having a new born. I figured I’d still post a bunch pics I assembles from the internet of the set up and mostly the Sideshow and Hot Toys booth but there is also a mix bag of other stuff to get a sense of what was there this year. Lots of great things for collectors coming this year from my two favorite companies.

Sideshow Booth Set Up

HOT TOYS

1:6 Scale Figures And Batmobiles

SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES

1:6 Scale Figures

Statues

1:4 Scale Premium Format

1:2 Legendary Scale

Life Size Figures And Busts

Lego Booth

“Mix Bag” Cool Collectibles Related Stuff

A Few Cool and Weird Displays

Movie Props And Wardrobe Displays Old And New

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

Posted August 19, 2012 by JMC in The Toy Lab

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Fox Daredevil Rights Lapsing On October 10 Back To Marvel They Go? A Hopefull New Director Jumps On Board And Possible Character Rights Swaping?   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Daredevil is really one of those Marvel characters that deserves a talented film maker to take the reins and deliver a kick ass, sick film from the late 70’s early 80’s source material. When growing up discovering the Frank Miller runs of the character far after they were new, I saw how raw, emotional and based in some realism a comic could be, as far as flawed human character behavior and fragility of relationships. All that with the fact that this guy is blind and can kick the ass of like 20 dudes at once in a red devil costume was a great hook for me. As I’ve grown up re reading these tales I see the real staying power of Daredevil as one of the coolest characters of the Marvel pantheon to me.

Then along comes director Mark Steven Johnson and Ben Affleck in 2003 to deliver an absolute ultimate 90 million dollar shit storm in the faces of fans courtesy of  20th Century Fox,  and my heart broke a little. Obviously not understanding the characters, story or what they had, Fox watered down the script and relationships so much on Johnson where the movie just has zero weight to it, and take some of the best marvel story lines and completely changes them like the studio got soap opera writers and producers that never ever read an issue of any comic or even gave a shit at all, to the point of paralleling the act of throwing a Molotov cocktail on the viewing audience that goes to these crap fests and hope not to get rammed up the ass yet again. Namely, me, my snooty geek buddies and you and yours.

The film front basically went silent for Daredevil for almost 8 year when Fox finally announced their reboot plans and attachment of director David Slade in the driver seat for the project. It could have been worse news, I like Slade’s earlier work before his Twilight series film, Hard Candy and 30 Days Of Night are both stylized, dark and graphic in the right ways. The word was he was working with a script/ idea some what based on the Frank Miller written 1986 comic story arc “Born Again” Daredevil comics issues #227-#233.

As of a about month ago David Slade dropped out of the project and it seemed like Daredevil was dead in the water again. Then an interesting article surfaced over at Variety stating that the rights were reverting back to Marvel as of October 10th this year unless they had a film in front of the cameras shooting before then, and Fox was so excited about a pitch done by director Joe Carnahan (Narc, A-Team, The Grey) for a gritty 70’s styled film, that they were in talks to get the rights extended for Daredevil in exchange for the rights to let Marvel Studios use Galactus and Silver Surfer  in future films. WOW, it all sounded too good to be true, Galactus and Silver Surfer back in the hand of Marvel would be a dream come true, especially with all the phase 2 films coming. Even the Joe Carnahan idea for the DD character sounded like something in the proper direction at least.

Very shortly after the Variety article a reply from 2oth Century Fox surfaced saying that “in no way was Galactus or Silver Surfer in play for a right swap”, and that the real intention of their meeting with Marvel was to determine whether they be interested in co financing the Joe Carnahan gritty 70’s styled Daredevil film to keep the character in play.

The real news on the matter dropped on director Joe Carnahan Twitter last night:

“Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids.

We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side.”Continuing talking today on Twitter,

Carnahan asked if fans wanted to see his sizzle piece that he presented to Fox?

“DD pitch was tremendous and everyone flipped for it. The clock ticked down at Fox, that’s why it went t*ts up.”

He posted an NC-17 and a PG-13 version of the reel,  both below are available below for your viewing pleasure:

So it looks like Daredevil will be going home to Marvel and I don’t see Disney financing a cool ass NC-17 1970’s crime thriller version of the character, but I am hopeful we’ll see old DD given some much needed love and attention, we can only hope. I still believe it can happen, like Deadpool or Wolverine it seems hard to fuck up suck “home run” characters, but Fox has done their best crack at doing so. More than anything in my life right now I really need to see a quality film about a blind guy in a devil costume kicking everyone’s ass. Please make it happen Marvel, the ball hopefully will be back in your court October 10th. Give us all something to flip over, I dare you.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Hulk Pics Are Here. They Look Awesome-ish…HULK SMASH GOOD!   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Hot Toys – MMS186 – The Avengers: 1/6th scale Hulk Limited Edition Collectible Figurine Specification
~ MMS Series ~


The 1/6th scale Hulk Limited Edition Collectible Figurine specially features:

– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Hulk in The Avengers movie


– Approximately 42 cm / 16.5 inches tall
– One (1) newly developed head sculpt with separate rolling eyeballs


– Movie-accurate facial expression featuring his angered gesture with detailed wrinkles and skin texture


– Detailed hair sculpture

– Giant green-skinned muscular body featuring detailed skin texture and tendons, with over 20 points of articulations with built-in joints in neck and arms which allow flexible movement


– Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms including:


– One (1) pair of relaxed palms


– One (1) pair of forceful fists

– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:
– One (1) pair of ragged grey shorts

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by Kim Hyun
– Head Painted by JC.HONG
– Head Art Directed by Kojun
– Body Sculpted & Painted by Joseph Tsang

**Prototype shown is not final, pending licensor approval

Release date: Q1, 2013

TM & © 2012 Marvel & Subs.

Hot Toys did a great job on the figure but the lack of even a stand of some sort seems like a missed opportunity. I love the size at 16.5 inches that will fit in well with the other Avengers on the shelf like Hulk should,  but wish they’d at least give us a Bruce Banner head in the box to even out what you get for the price. At very least we finally can all have a kick ass 1/6 scale Hulk in our collections.

 

Till next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Posted August 14, 2012 by JMC in The Toy Lab

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Hot Toys 1/4 Scale Endoskeleton Collectible Figure Is Looking Super Sick….   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The 1/4th scale Endoskeleton Collectible Figure specially features:

– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Endoskeleton in The Terminator movie


– Approximately 18.5 inches / 47 cm tall


– Over 30 points of articulations


– LED-lighted eyes (red light, battery operated)


– Electroplated endoskeleton with diecast parts


– Fully articulated fingers

Weapon:

– One (1) plasma rifle

Accessory:

– Figure stand imitating the movie scene with skulls, Endoskeleton nameplate and The Terminator movie logo

Exclusive Bonus Accessory for Special Edition:

– One (1) additional plasma rifle

(This special edition is for selected markets only.)

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by Cha Tae Jin

– Head Painted by JC. Hong

Release date: Q1, 2013

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different

**Battery included for collectible figure, button cells are required

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

September Is Shaping Up To Be A Pretty Epic Month For Blu-Ray Releases Starting With Today…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The longer any video format in around the obvious lack of great releases begins to set in years after inception. Blu-Ray being in its 6th year already you would think there’s very little to get excited about at this point.  Being a big fan of the format, September 2012 offers one of the best release months for 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and new releases movie in years. Some great old classics, action, comedy films, and there’s also a few discs you might want to buy just to BURN so there is one less copy in the world. I know I will be with one title in particular, but you may absolutely do what suits you.  A few details and box art below, please enjoy.

SEPTEMBER 4th:

Sixteen Candles (1984) director John Hughes-The first movie of only 8 that Hughes directed out of so many he wrote in the 80’s and early 90’s. It still surprises me how many moments I remember so perfectly from this film. I’m not really sure how many times I saw this on either cable or VHS video in the 80’s, but it must have been quite a lot because I still have dialog mesmerized even though I’ve only watched it 3 times in the last 15 years. A true comedy classic,  you see how good Anthony Michael Hall was for the 80’s geek character. Ringwald always had her best work in the Hughes films she did. A really fun film that gets better with time.

Fringe 4th Season(2011-12)- I actually very much enjoyed the 4th season of Fringe. If you’ve been waiting for things to start paying off and being explained, if you make it to the end of this season you most likely will have most of what you want explained straight out for you. After the scare of possibility of  being canceled after season 4 , the creators really got to laying things out in the last 10 episodes here. I am glad that Fringe does get one more full season to wrap things up but it really feels as if they decided to give the fans of the show the things that they were craving to know and see at the end of this season. I hope the 5th season has something in store to end it all with a bang.

Re-Animator (1985) director Stuart Gordon- A great straight out gore fest very loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s work. Any fan or student of practical FX work or gore films with find something to love here. A great classic 80’s horror flick all the way round.

SEPTEMBER 10th:

Titanic 3D/ 2D (1997) director James Cameron- Straight in the fire place she goes. The only Cameron film I have zero love for. Saw it twice in the theater and it was two times too many.

SEPTEMBER 11th:

Snow White And The Huntsmen (2012) director Rupert Sanders- I haven’t seen it yet but my Grip friend Shae Vera had seen it on a date and said it he was amazed how shitty it was, so I’ll most likely never bother with a viewing but it you’re into to shit. this might be right up your alley.

Ghosts Of The Abbyss (2003) director James Cameron- This is the one where  James Cameron and Bill Paxton after filming Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the fated ship of dreams. I’d rather watch this shit a hundred times in a row than have to sit though Titanic one more time. Not a bad watch if you haven’t seen it before.

SEPTEMBER 18th:

Indiana Jones Blu Ray Collection (1981-2009) director Steven Spielberg- I think this has a best chance at the best Blu-Ray set of the year. Indy fans can finally rejoice that they can actually see the 3 good Indy films in HD come September 18. I know the wife and I will be picking up a set and watching all 3 back to back immediately. Can’t wait.

Cabin In The Woods (2012) director Drew Godard- Loved this and am glad it got a theater release after sitting on the shelf at MGM for a few years. It’s extremely inventive, fun and gory as hell. This is the direction I love to see Hollywood go with horror films again. Enough PG-13 remakes and shit storms, please take note,  Cabin In The Woods is a fucking awesome film that every horror fan should be rushing out to pick up in September. Come on humans, start supporting Hard R horror again.

The Great Mouse Detective (1986) directors Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener and John Musker- Loving these classic Disney animation releases on Blu-Ray. The format was made for Animation, the way the picture just pops off the screen is beautiful. We picked up The Rescuers two pack a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised by the picture quality again. I’m sure The Great Mouse Detective will look just as good as it did in the theater in ’86.

Supernatural Season 7 (2011-2012)- Really digging this show and the 7th season keeps things rolling strong. Funny, great lore through out all seasons and all the actors walk the line of seriousness and comedy perfectly, a great show to be discovered. I’ll be sad to see it come to an end next year but at least we will have 8 rad seasons total for this cool as hell horror mythos series. The best thing McG will ever be involved in, still can’t believe he is EP. Regardless though, a kick ass series for all horror fans worldwide.

SEPTEMBER 25th:

Avengers (2012) director Joss Whedon- I love me some Avengers, My original review here: https://celluloidpopculturejunkie.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/after-the-avengers-movie-in-imax-3d-i-wanted-to-walk-back-into-the-theater-and-see-it-again-and-again-and-again/.

The Blu-Ray I’m sure will not disappoint being that Disney usually pack there big earners with a ton of bells and whistles. I’m looking forward to watching this a few more times and rewinding the greatest Hulk moments ever put on film. HULK going to SMASH the shit out of records again come September 25. I know they’ve got my loot.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Set (2008-2012)- 6 film set- If you haven’t for some reason bought any of the “Phase One” Marvel Studios movies on Blu-Ray and are suddenly in the mood to splurge,  here’s your chance to own The Incredible Hulk,Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor, Captain America: First Avenger and Avengers all in one fancy collectors pack made to resemble the suit case Nick Fury uses to carry the Tesseract cube in the Avengers film, pretty slick fokes.

Dark Knight Returns Animated Part 1 (2012)- 76 minutes- This looks very interesting and the other few DC animations I’ve seen over the last 3 years have been pretty good. I’m expecting very special treatment to be given to this material and hope DC has made a great film here. I will be checking this one out as soon as I get the chance. I hope one of the greatest Batman comics ever has been translated well, otherwise it could be war on DC. Fingers crossed.

Bond Collection “50 years” Blu Ray Set (1962-2008)- 22 movies, 130 hours of special features, 50 years of Bond and this set has them all. There were a few film unavailable on HD till now. I’m glad I waited on the full deal, I like the way they’ve designed the set, looks very cool.  A definite needed up grade to a great series, good or bad all Bonds are a must own classic.

The Game Criterion Collection (1997) director David Fincher- The news of Criterion putting out Fincher’s “The Game” on video have been rumored since the release of the film in the theater. Being my favorite film of the director, I am over joyed to finally have them giving me a Blu-Ray presentation that will be how I remember that first viewing in the theater in the late 90’s. So Happy to finally be getting me some David Fincher’s The Game in stunning Criterion HD. Paint me stoked.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (1942-1976)-  Saboteur / Shadow of a Doubt/ Rope / Rear Window / The Trouble with Harry /  The Man Who Knew Too Much /  Vertigo / North by Northwest / Psycho / The Birds / Marnie / Torn Curtain / Topaz / Frenzy / Family Plot- 15 films- director Alfred Hitchcock- What more is there to say, 15 Hitchcock films in HD in one set. I pity anyone who doesn’t see the pure awesomeness in this release, so many great classic in one set is unlikely to happen ever again. This would be the perfect set for that young film enthusiast in your life, this is film school in a box if I’ve ever seen it. Pure Ultra Cinema Gold.

So many superb releases to get your hands on this month. I know I’m already lock in for a bunch in this group, some great watching ahead.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

The Hobbit Becomes A Trilogy, More Stories From The World Of Tolkein Headed To the Big Screen   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

 

It looks like we are getting another middle earth trilogy instead of a two parter with the upcoming Hobbit films, revealed on Peter Jackson Facebook page below from the man himself:

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”

Cheers, Peter J

I’m all for as much of the Tolkien’s Middle Earth to be put on screen by Peter Jackson as possible. Bringing in the idea of using The Hobbit and Rings appendices, tales from The Silmarillion and any other Tolkien references to broaden the cinematic vision is a great thing; And I am really looking forward to going back to middle earth this X-mas season.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.