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Reader comment sparks 'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' debate
Boldly celebrating 50 years of 'Star Trek's' television, movies and more Sept. 8, 2016, 3:53 p.m. "Star Trek" celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the television series, along with its many spawned spinoffs and films, continues to be a relevant element of pop culture and an influential...
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IDW brings John Byrne and exclusive content to Star Trek: Mission New York
Boldly celebrating 50 years of 'Star Trek's' television, movies and more Sept. 8, 2016, 3:31 p.m. "Star Trek" celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the television series, along with its many spawned spinoffs and films, continues to be a relevant element of pop culture and an influential...
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Pennsylvania state library houses 20,000 items in three rare collection vaults
HARRISBURG - Most books in the State Library of Pennsylvania sit available on the shelves when they have not been borrowed by a reader.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Marvel Comics Pennsylvania Spider-Man Steve Ditko Benjamin Franklin Stan Lee The Amazing Spider-Man Battle of Gettysburg
Behold! Bryan Fuller's new 'Star Trek' ship, the Discovery
Boldly celebrating 50 years of 'Star Trek's' television, movies and more Sept. 7, 2016, noon "Star Trek" celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the television series, along with its many spawned spinoffs and films, continues to be a relevant element of pop culture and an influential part...
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Early ‘Logan’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
“Logan,” opening March 3, is reportedly Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the mutant Wolverine, a character he has portrayed for 17 years. According to a majority of critics, “Logan” does a solid job at rounding out the standalone trilogy of Wolverine films. Critics widely commended Jackman’s ability in refining the character over the years, embracing the fact... Read more »
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’Avengers: Infinity War’ now seems like an even more intriguing movie
Marvel Studios is gleefully tipping its hand early for its next Avengers films – with the clear aim to pull us into its larger, big-stakes game.Shooting began last month in Atlanta for Avengers: Infinity War (due out in the summer of 2018), to be immediately followed by production of the follow-up...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Marvel Comics Stan Lee Iron Man Namor Avi Arad Superhero Iron Man Spider-Man
‘Captain Marvel’ screenwriter talks writing Marvel’s first female-led movie
Black Widow may never get her own movie, but The Avengers will be less of a boy’s club when Captain Marvel arrives. Nicole Perlman is busy crafting the script for the film, which stars Brie Larson as the superhumanly strong Carol Danvers, and she addressed the responsibility of writing Marvel’s first female-led movie in a recent interview.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Avengers Marvel Comics Marvel Studios Iron Man Iron Man 2 Avi Arad The Incredible Hulk Marvel Entertainment
Michael Douglas confirms he’s in ‘Ant-Man’ sequel
Dr. Hank Pym is already grooming his goatee. Michael Douglas confirmed his return for the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, with a Facebook post on Friday.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Avengers Henry Pym Marvel Comics Superhero Fantastic Four Marvel Studios Ant-Man Ant-Man
He's not a bird or a plane, but a Texas man is Superman
A Texas man so loves Clark Kent's alter ego, he's changed his name to Superman.
22 points by The Houston Chronicle | Superman Batman Superhero Green Lantern Lex Luthor Lois Lane Captain Marvel Marvel Comics
New TV series filming in New Orleans, based on comic book
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new TV series, based on the Marvel comic book series Cloak & Dagger, has started filming in the New Orleans area. Louisiana's economic development department announced Wednesday that production is underway on the series for the Freeform TV network, formerly known as ABC Family. ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Marvel Comics Television X-Men Stan Lee Superman Spider-Man Film Fantastic Four
The Guardians of the Galaxy will meet the Avengers in ‘Infinity War’
Hold on to your mix tapes.The Guardians of the Galaxy will battle alongside Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest of “Earth’s mightiest heroes” in Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios announced Friday night.Oh, and Spider-Man will be there, too.Fans, go ahead and take a breath for a moment. … You good? Okay, onward.That means, as the concept art above shows, we’ll see Rocket Raccoon blasting away beside Thor the thunder god.
1 points by Boston Herald | Iron Man Marvel Comics Captain America Stan Lee Iron Man Namor Superhero Robert Downey Jr.
'Legion' is a mindbending superhero tale that may try your patience
Am I crazy or is this really happening? It's a question being asked with increasing frequency these days in real life and on the small screen, where series exploring memory, subjectivity and psychological trauma proliferate.  Last year brought us "Stranger Things," "The OA" and "Westworld.” Arriving...
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Visual Effects Society Honors Victoria Alonso and Ken Ralston
Visionary Award Victoria Alonso Exec VP, Marvel Studios The producer and Marvel Studios exec VP of physical production has been a key creative behind several billion-dollar superhero franchises (“Captain America,” “Iron Man,” “The Avengers”) and an unprecedented number of blockbuster feature films, all connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (now part of Disney). Alonso has... Read more »
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Netflix Unveils First Official Trailer for ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’
“Hi. I’m Danny Rand. I’ve been away a long time,” begins the first official trailer for Netflix’s newest Marvel series. Barefoot and clad in a tattered, dirty sweatshirt, “Iron Fist” (played by Finn Jones) walks into his parents’ company headquarters, 15 years after disappearing in a plane crash that killed his mom and dad, and left him... Read more »
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Dan Stevens worlds away from ‘Downton’ in trippy ‘Legion’
If Dan Stevens was looking to get as far removed as possible from the aristocratic world of “Downton Abbey,” he’s certainly found it with “Legion.” In Marvel’s newest TV drama, premiering 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX, the English actor, best known as “Downton” heartthrob Matthew Crawley, has ditched the starched shirts and tails for a...
65 points by New York Post | Marvel Comics New Mutants Comic book Fantastic Four Superman Legion Graphic novel John Byrne
Do Super Bowl movie trailers boost box office returns?
Are Super Bowl movie trailers with the $5 million asking price? CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Super Bowl LI viewers were treated to 10 movie trailers Sunday night as studios took advantage of a record audience -- more than 111 million viewers -- to keep fans apprised of their upcoming blockbusters. The annual contest is consistently the most-watched sporting event of the year (at least in the United States), making a 30-second Super Bowl trailer seem like the easiest way to whip up anticipation about an upcoming movie. And in the internet age, entertainment websites run articles on Super Bowl ads and gush over the most impressive, meaning it's also an easy way to get your film free publicity once the game is over. But does all that hype translate into success? With the current asking price for a 30-second commercial during the NFL's championship game now at $5 million, is it worth the cost? More often than not, it is. Super Bowl movie trailers have become increasingly common in recent years, with studios deciding that $5 million is more than worth it to get tens of millions of eyes on a 30-second movie ad. Between 2008 and 2013, 68 movie trailers aired during the big game, according to a tally by The Motley Fool, and almost all of those movies made money. This year, viewers even saw a handful of TV shows run previews during the championship contest, including the FX super-hero drama "Legion," and the Netflix original series,"Stranger Things," which previewed its second season. While far too many Super Bowl trailers have aired over the years to mention all of them in this article, we can single out a few highlights that represent the success -- or lack thereof -- of films that run ads during the big game. Those of you old enough to remember the 1996 Super Bowl probably recall the chilling ad for the alien invasion classic "Independence Day," which featured a massive extraterrestrial star ship blowing up the White House. The trailer helped build massive hype for the film, which went on to make more than $817 million during its theatrical run. Three years later, the remake of "The Mummy" aired a Super Bowl trailer and went on to make more than $400 million, enough to justify a short-lived franchise. Even mediocre films have become massive hits on the heels of Super Bowl ads. The 2007 comedy "Wild Hogs" made more than $253 million against a $60 million budget after airing a Super Bowl trailer. The film currently holds a 14 percent approval rating on review aggregator and marks a low point in the acting careers of John Travolta and William H. Macy. Even the 2003 Marvel adaptation, "Daredevil," one of the most reviled super-hero movies ever filmed, managed to make more than $179 million after airing a Super Bowl trailer. The last three "Transformers" movies, all of which were panned by critics, ran ads during the big game, and all of them made more than enough to justify continuing the series. The last "Transformers" movie -- the inaccurately titled "Age of Extinction" -- eclipsed $1 billion at the box office despite holding a series worst 18 percent approval rating on But the rule that Super Bowl trailers equal box office success has a few notable exceptions. Take the 2009 Will Ferrell vehicle "Land of the Lost," which aired a Super Bowl ad but made just $68 million at the box office against a $100 million budget. The 1998 sci-fi thriller "Sphere" is one of the biggest flops to air a Super Bowl trailer, making just $50 million against an $80 million budget. This year's trailers included the latest entries in the highly successful "Transformers" and "Fast and Furious" franchises, as well as the latest chapters in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "X-Men" super hero franchises. Those films will likely dominate the box office this year and ensure that trailers remain a staple of Super Bowl ads in 2018.
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'GotG' director asks fans to wait for trailer after fans lash out
Is director James Gunn playing guardian of social media?
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Man dressed as ninja breaks into comic book store, steals a katana sword
BOSCO's comic book store in Anchorage, Alaska was robbed in the most fitting way ever. By a ninja.
30 points by The Houston Chronicle | Marvel Comics Graphic novel Fantastic Four English-language films Pacific Comics Surveillance Stan Lee Ninja
Stan Lee’s ‘Monkey Master’ set as China-India Coproduction (EXCLUSIVE)
Comic book legend, Stan Lee has reteamed with regular collaborator Sharad Devarajan to launch Monkey Master as a new superhero. A “Monkey Master” film project brings together two of the world’s largest film industries and is being set up as a China-India co-production. China’s Shinework Pictures has partnered with Lee’s media company POW! Entertainment, and... Read more »
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Comic book readers still prefer print over digital
Comic book stores are thriving despite competition from higher-tech versions.       
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Medina man's superhero creation Black Lightning coming to Fox (Photos)
Black Lightning, the superhero creation of Tony Isabella of Medina, will be featured in a one-hour pilot for Fox Television. Tony Isabella of Medina created a black superhero named Black Lightning for DC Comics. The character will now be the subject of a television pilot for Fox.Michael Sangiacomo, The Plain Dealer  JOURNEY INTO COMICS -- Black Lightning, a 1977 African-American superhero created by writer Tony Isabella of Medina and artist Trevor Von Eeden, will get a pilot from Fox with an eye toward a television series. Even better news is that the pilot for the one-hour drama will be produced by Greg Berlanti, a guy who knows a thing or three about superhero shows. Berlanti currently produces "The Flash," "Arrow," "Supergirl" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," the best comic-based shows on television. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Salim and Mara Brock Akil will write the story for the pilot. Isabella, who said he is thrilled at the news, created the character at a time when there were few black superheroes in comics. Teacher Jefferson Pierce put on a mask and costume and fought crime using his power to control electricity and fire electric bolts at bad guys. According to DC Comics, the new series is set much later in Pierce's life, based on more recent comic appearances. "Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend -- Black Lightning," the release says. No information is available about when the live-action show will be ready for prime-time. In comics, Black Lightning has bounced around the DC Universe for decades, but remained true to his origins through most appearances. He teamed up with Batman for several years and helped run a group of misfit superheroes called "The Outsiders." Many writers after Isabella's initial 10 issues of the series have written the character's adventures. One interesting thing about Black Lightning is that DC allowed him to age, marry and have children. His two teenage daughters, Anissa (Thunder) and Jennifer (Lightning), at least one of whom will be in the pilot, are fascinating characters. Anissa can control her body density and was a member of The Outsiders for a while. Jennifer controls electricity but not very well. She tends to burn out any electrical device near her and tries to live off the grid. She worked with the Justice Society of America. The daughters and their dad were featured in several short cartoons as part of the DC Unlimited universe. One interesting little factoid was that DC's original idea for its first black superhero to get his own book was "The Black Bomber" -- described as "A white racist who turns into a black superhero when under stress." Someone at DC realized that the Black Bomber was a horrible idea and Isabella convinced DC to let him write Black Lightning instead. Isabella had previously written "Luke Cage, Hero For Hire," the series featuring a black superhero for Marvel. The first black superhero in comics was the noble Black Panther, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who appeared in a 1966 issue of "The Fantastic Four" and has remained an important character in Marvel Comics. DC followed suit a few years later in 1971 with John Stewart, a black man who became the Earth's second Green Lantern. Stewart was created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams. Since then comics have evolved to the point today where comics feature people of all color, gender, sexual-orientation and age. Comic companies are currently in a race to see how many teen-age versions of their characters they can create, including a black, 15-year-old, female version of Iron Man. "Black Lightning is my proudest comic creation," Isabella said. "When I created him in 1976, it was because I recognized, as did many of my fellow writers and artists, the need for more diversity in our super-hero universes. That need still exists today, but it is being addressed in so many brilliant ways."
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