Marvel Entertainment doesn’t officially get the comic book license for Conan the Barbarian until January 2019, but the House of Ideas has already announced its first Conan project: An archive collection of its very first Conan comics from the 1970s. Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 1 will feature the first 26 issues of Marvel’s original Conan the Barbarian series, along with contemporaneous material featuring the character, including material from Savage Tales Nos. 1 and 4, and the fourth issue of horror anthology title Chamber of Darkness. (According to Marvel, material from 1990s reprint series Conan Classic will also be included.) The material in question is actually already available from current Conan license holder Dark Horse Comics, which published it as part of its Chronicles of Conan collected editions series back in 2003. It was also released under the title The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives — Windsor-Smith being the artist of … [Read more...] about Marvel to Reprint 1970s ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Comics
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This week, Disney released the teaser trailer for its latest live-action adaptation of an animated classic: Dumbo. Based on the beloved 1941 film, this new version sees director Tim Burton take on the unique challenge of bringing the flying baby elephant to life. Disney’s string of live-action reinterpretations of its animated library have found recent success with Beauty and the Beast (2017), The Jungle Book (2016), Cinderella (2015), and Maleficent (2014). But the film that helped kick-off Disney’s renaissance of live-action hits, those not involving superheroes, Jedi, or pirates, was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Dumbo sees Burton return to the world of fairy dust and dreamscapes that he helped unlock Disney’s latest iteration of. Although no one is expecting Dumbo to be an Alice in Wonderland-sized hit, the teaser trailer may suggest a more important end result – Tim Burton just may make us feel something again. Although Alice in Wonderland … [Read more...] about Is Tim Burton Returning to Form with ‘Dumbo’?
For all the excitement surrounding the release of The Incredibles 2, it’s worth noting that — in keeping with a recurring theme inside the movies themselves — Bob and Helen Parr and kids return to a world far different from the one they’re used to. As opposed to the cinematic landscape of 2004’s original movie, this time around, the Incredibles have to survive in a world where superhero movies are all around them... and audiences have learned to be far more discerning about what they want to see. When The Incredibles arrived 14 years ago, the Golden Age of Superhero Movies was barely underway; Marvel Studios wasn’t going to happen for another four years, although Marvel properties were still showing up in theaters from other studios; in the same year as The Incredibles, audiences could go see Artisan’s The Punisher, Sony’s Spider-Man 2 or New Line’s Blade: Trinity, and the previous year had seen the release of Universal’s Hulk … [Read more...] about Is ‘Incredibles 2’ a Movie Out of Time?
E3 2018 has drawn to a close, with more than 69,000 attendees getting a first look at some of the most anticipated upcoming titles in gaming from 85 companies and more than 200 exhibitors. Among the sprawl of fans, booths, cosplayers and life-size statues of Mega Man, were Heat Vision's Patrick Shanley and Pete Keeley, visiting displays, interviewing developers and, of course, playing lots and lots of unreleased video games. Now that the curtain has closed and ice packs have been applied to sore feet, we take a look back at the best of this year's E3 crop and what fans should be most excited for when these titles finally hit store shelves. Patrick Shanley: OK, Pete, that was something. I personally played over 30 games this year, a major increase from last year. Everything from bizarre indie VR titles like Floatland, where you "float" through 1990s screensavers, to major AAA games like Black Ops 4, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Sony's Spider-Man. It's impossible for me to name a … [Read more...] about E3: The Games That Stood Above the Pack
Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomped into China on Friday, opening to a hefty $36 million, according to early estimates from local box-office tracker EntGroup. The muscular start puts the dinosaur tentpole on track for one of the biggest opening weekends by a Hollywood film this year. It won't match Avengers: Infinity War's record-breaking $191 million opening frame, but it will easily top Black Panther's $65 million opening and Ready Player One's $61.6 million debut. The first Jurassic World film earned $229 million in China in 2015, the third-largest performance by a Hollywood film that year, behind only Furious 7 ($391 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($240 million). Directed by Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), Fallen Kingdom once again co-stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, with franchise newcomers James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda and Toby Jones rounding out the cast. The story follows … [Read more...] about China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Roars With $36M on Opening Day