Dark Horse held the Star Wars comics license for almost 25 years, giving fans countless stories of George Lucas‘ galaxy far, far away, including Dark Empire and Legacy. In the aftermath of the Disney/Lucasfilm buyout, however, it’s a whole new era for the franchise. With the Disney-owned Marvel launching multiple new Star Wars comics series beginning next year, all part of the new and more closely policed Expanded Universe. But this won’t be unfamiliar territory for Marvel — they published a line of popular Star Wars comics back in the late ’70s and ’80s. The first issue of Marvel’s new Star Wars ongoing will be embracing that legacy with a gorgeous photorealistic cover by artist Alex Ross, seen above.
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Paul Verhoven’s 1987 neo-noir classic RoboCop is one of our all-time favorite movies. Even the mediocre rehash from earlier this year can do nothing to tarnish that memory. (Some people enjoyed that movie, which I just don’t get. While it’s not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, not even the worst remake of a Verhoeven movies—that honor goes to Total Recall—it’s just bland and doesn’t bring anything new to the party.) That’s why a book like RoboCop: The Definitive History is right up our alley, and here are a few quick glimpses at what lies inside the cover.
The book by Calum Waddell hit bookstores yesterday, but before you rush out and buy it (and by that I most likely mean open another browser window and order it from Amazon), take a moment to check out these photos that come from Badass Digest. They show a variety of behind the scenes images from across the history of the franchise, from Verhoeven on set all the way up to concept art from the new installment.
As much as I love The Simpsons, I admittedly haven’t watched new episodes with any kind of regularity for a number of years at this point. I still have my favorite moments and episodes, and Simpsons quotes still make up roughly 40% of my daily dialogue, but it hasn’t been consistently good enough to warrant tuning in week in and week out for a while. That said, now that Fox moved Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Sunday evenings immediately following America’s favorite jaundiced-looking family, I’ve tuned in far more frequently than I have in years. This is where and how I first saw this Stanley Kubrick tribute from their annual “Treehouse of Horror,” the 25th such Halloween horror-themed episode.
Primarily, this is an homage to Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ classic dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange. Moe Szyslak takes the place of Malcolm MacDowell’s violent, fake-eyelash-and-jock-strap-wearing thug, with Homer, Carl, and Lenny as his mates. As youths, all they want to do is hang around picking fights, drinking Duff Milk, and looking for a bit of the in-out, which, in this instance, mean jumping in and out of the Kwik-E-Mart’s automatic doors. That changes, however, when Homer meets Marge, and it all goes to hell in a hand basket. This isn’t the entire video, but it’s a nice chunk.
Yesterday we showed off a first look at the upcoming unofficial Dredd sequel Dredd: Superfiend, and the general consensus is that it wasn’t exactly what we expected when we first heard about this project. Not that it won’t be cool, but we just didn’t necessarily anticipate seeing a cartoon. And hot on the heels of that reveal, we now have your first look at these images will look like when they actually start moving around your computer screen.
The brainchild of Dredd producer Adi Shankar, this is not necessarily meant as a follow up, per say, but as something for the fans to have fun with and enjoy while we wait, most likely in vain, for Dredd 2. Despite star Karl Urban’s unending optimism, it’s doubtful we’re ever going to get a proper sequel. Even though Pete Travis’ film has legions of fans that discovered the grim, gritty comic book adaptation on home video, it was a complete and utter failure when it briefly stopped in theaters in September 2012.
With Interstellar on the horizon, creeping nearer each and every day, space is on a lot of people’s minds right now. One of the titles often thrown around in comparison to Christopher Nolan’s film, including by the director himself, is Stanley Kubrick’s philosophical, mind-bending genre classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is a movie that has been a staple of repertory and midnight programs damn near since it premiered in 1968, but now it’s getting a new theatrical release. There’s a catch, however, you have to live in the U.K., because that’s where this is happening. Lucky bastards. But still, we have the first new trailer for 2001 in a great many years, and it is just as epic as you remember and imagined.
All of the high points are here in this video. You have the monolith, HAL 9000, those angry apes, Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” and the usual visual smorgasbord you expect from 2001. It’s hard not to watch this and be stirred at least a little. This is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the idea of an epic movie, it’s so sweeping, so big, so jam packed with ideas and themes. As the Nolan quote says, there’s only one Stanley Kubrick, and there is a very good reason we don’t have any other movies like this one anywhere in the world.
One of my biggest movie disappointments of the past decade was the resounding thud when John Carter hit theaters. It wasn’t particularly surprising, as Disney clearly had no clue how to market it, a truth apparent from the moment they dropped of Mars from the title and left audiences with the thoroughly generic John Carter. The film grossed only $73 million in the States, and while the worldwide total landed at $284 million, it’s still considered a failure that killed dead director Andrew Stanton’s dreams of a John Carter movie franchise. But it turns out there might be life after death for John Carter, believe it or not.
To be clear, Disney hasn’t had a sudden change of heart and decided to bring us Gods of Mars and Warlord of Mars like Stanton had hoped. Quite the opposite, in fact: Film Divider reports that Disney has lost the John Carter film rights as of today. With the Mouse House disinterested in pursuing a sequel, the rights have reverted to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and the company is eager to find another studio partner to help bring Barsoom back to the big screen.