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Comic(s) Relief: 2000AD Hits 1900 Issues, Celebrates With Freebies

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2000ADWhen the name of your magazine is 2000AD and the number of issues is only 1,000 behind your title, that’s an achievement bloody well worth recognizing. Yes, the loooooooooong-running British anthology series is releasing its 1,900th issue tomorrow, a feat that’s pretty unbelievable given how often comics series start over with a new #1 just to fish for extra sales. The publication also just so happens to fall on “Dredd Day,” so if you’re a fan of the movie but have never actually checked out the comic where he originated, this is the perfect excuse. 2000AD #1,900 will feature a new Judge Dredd story from creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, as well as kicking off two new serialized stories: a fantasy tale called Kingdom and a Victorian supernatural romp called Stickleback.

2000AD editor Matt Smith told THR’s Heat Vision blog that this issue was the perfect place for uninitiated readers to jump aboard:

It’s got three bumper episodes of stories from Dan Abnett, Ian Edginton, and John Wagner — all of which are unlike anything else you can pick up today. It’s the perfect issue to discover this powerhouse of comics talent, with its heady cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy action with a mean streak of black humor and dry wit.

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Iron Sky Producers Turn To Fan Feedback While Shaping The Sequel

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IronSky2There’s no question that the rise of the Internet and social media has utterly changed the relationship between content creators and content consumers. Fans can now share their thoughts about their favorite movies and shows not just with their group of local friends, but with the whole damn planet…and often directly with the creators of those very movies and shows. I remember how amazing it seemed during the original run of Babylon 5 that the guy who created it regularly interacted with fans online, but that’s more the rule than the exception these days. And when harnessed properly, that can be a good thing. But even fan-beloved creators like Joss Whedon would probably draw the line at actually sending an unfinished script out to fans to solicit their opinions about it. The producers of Iron Sky — and more to the point, its upcoming sequel — had no such qualms.

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Producer Gary Kurtz On How Star Trek Influenced Star Wars

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KurtzProducer Gary Kurtz was there for the earliest foundations of Star Wars, so it stands to reason he’s got some insights on the whats and the wherefores and the how-comes. With Star Wars undergoing a new beginning of sorts in the wake of the Disney buyout, it’s the perfect time to look back at how George Lucas‘ epic franchise first came together, and new interview with Kurtz reveals several fascinating tidbits about the earliest origins of Star Wars, and just how much influence that other iconic space series had on Lucas’ creation.

Writer Chris Taylor interviewed Kurtz for his new book How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, but he also shared some very intriguing insights via Mashable. It’s more or less common knowledge that Star Wars owes much of its existence to the classic sci-fi serials that Lucas grew up loving. In fact, the original plan for what became Star Wars was to make an actual new Flash Gordon movie. But Flash rights owners King Features insisted on “draconian” restrictions, and so Lucas and Kurtz instead began discussing making an original space opera movie in the same vein as those staples of Golden Age sci-fi. Kurtz said:

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Zombieland 2 Rises From The Grave With A New Writer

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zombielandWhen it comes to “sequels that didn’t happen immediately after the first film came out, I would be lying if I said I thought Zombieland 2 would ever come into existence. And yet, that’s exactly what it looks like is happening, now that Sony Pictures has brought in screenwriter Dave Callaham in to rework the sequel’s script, which will be supervised by returning director Ruben Fleischer. Somebody get Woody Harrelson’s name on a contract immediately, and bring some Twinkies just to make sure.

Callaham broke into Hollywood by co-writing 2005′s video game adaptation Doom, not a film that many would slap on their business cards. He then went on to pen the first Expendables movie with Sylvester Stallone, which gives him a little bit of leeway in the world of over-the-top action movies. I think Zombieland counts as that, though the first film’s script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick is far more hilarious than anything in the Expendables franchise. (Let’s hope they do the same thing with Deadpool.) Callaham even got a story credit on Godzilla, alongside screenwriter Max Borenstein.

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Classic Doctor Who With A Modern Musical Score Makes For A Surreal Experience

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Regardless of how you feel about the direction Doctor Who has taken in recent years, there’s no question that it boasts some much more impressive production values in its current incarnation than it did back in the classic era. The Who creators had to stretch every shilling back in the day, which is why The Doctor’s adventures across time and space so often involved wobbly walls and rubbery aliens. One element of the show you might not even consciously notice making a difference is the score. Musical director Murray Gold has been shaping the soundscape of Doctor Who since its 2005 resurrection, and even if you couldn’t name any of the work he’s done for the show, compositions such as “I am The Doctor” are both instantly recognizable and inextricably associated with the feel of the modern series. So what if he’d been scoring the classic Who episodes? They might have looked a bit like the video up top.

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Star Wars Caricature Designs Aren’t Real Toys, But We Really Wish They Were

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GreedoOne of our favorite things we’ve shared with you guys in recent weeks was these rather amazing designs for “Three Flavours Cornetto” action figures. The twisted minds over at Evil Corp put on their thinking caps to imagine what toys for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End might look like, all filtered through Evil Corp’s delightfully cartoonish filter. Well, they didn’t stop when they ran out of Cornetto, people! They’ve turned their attentions to a certain galaxy far, far away, and the result are, I’m just going to say it, fantabulous.

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