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‘Spawn’ fan film may make you forget that other Spawn movie

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Todd McFarlane has long talked about “complete reboot” of the 1997 film Spawn, envisioning a low-budget supernatural thriller that has more in common with The Conjuring than with current superhero blockbusters. For inspiration, he may need look no further that director Michael Paris’ fan short Spawn: The Recall.

The bulk of the nearly eight-minute film was shot in a day and two nights in a supermarket after business hours, using a limited cast and crew (post-production took two years, with the visual effects rendered on a single computer).

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Terry Gilliam explains the Church of Batman the Redeemer

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Sometime in the near future — although, alas, not the one depicted in DC Comics’ Futures End — people will worship at the altar of the Dark Knight. At least that we’re told by Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem, in which we glimpse an enormous ad that declares “The Church of Batman the Redeemer Needs YOU.”

With its U.S. release today in select theaters and on VOD, the director has of course been making the press rounds, discussing a cinematic world overtaken by technology, and precisely why people would follow the Caped Crusader.

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‘Dredd: The Musical’ makes a rousing case for ‘Dredd’ sequel

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Despite the continued optimism of star Karl Urban, a sequel to the 2012 film Dredd would seem like a longshot. Still, in the past couple of years plenty of fans have been a case for a return to Mega-City One, box-office receipts be damned.

However, none of those arguments has been as convincing — or as moving — as “Dredd: The Musical,” the latest video from Legolambs. With its refrain of “It’s time to make Dredd II,” the rousing anthem is performed by Urban and Sylvester Stallone (or close enough), who belt out lyrics like, “We’re well behind the schedule, we should be on Part 3. There are follow-ups for Iron Man and Thor, so why not me?”

If this doesn’t win over studio executives, then nothing will.

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Steve Rude documentary arrives Oct. 7 on DVD and VOD

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Rude Dude, Ian Fischer‘s documentary about Nexus co-creator Steve Rude, will at long last be available Oct. 7 on VOD and DVD.

For the film, which has been screened at conventions nationwide, Fischer followed the veteran artist for more than three years, examining his three-decade career, and documents decision to move into fine art. The documentary also explores the impact his “battles with mental illness” have had on “his family, his colleagues in the comic book world, and his ever-dwindling set of friends.”

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Larsen writes ‘Savage Dragon’ screenplay, talks hopes for a film

TheSavageDragonMini1Savage Dragon is rapidly approaching its 200th issue, and creator Erik Larsen has hit another milestone: He’s written a Savage Dragon screenplay, which he made public earlier today on Facebook and Twitter.

Larsen announced it by simply stating, “As of 2:06 this morning a Savage Dragon screenplay exists. Wish me luck,” but went into more detail on Facebook comments and Twitter replies.

“As far as actors go — I’d rather get a guy with decent acting chops than try to find somebody built like Dragon,” the writer/artist stated on Facebook. “Savage Dragon NEEDS to be constructed. No human being has fists the size of loafs of bread. He can’t just be a normal muscle man and normal muscle men don’t have the comedic timing and acting chops needed to pull off the part.” That said, he also wrote that he doesn’t necessarily think the film needs to go full-tilt CGI: “I would think Dragon could be mostly real — with CG arms and chest.”

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‘Doomed!’ goes behind the scenes of Corman’s ‘Fantastic Four’

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As comics fans continue to grumble about casting and rumored plot details, and predict box-office doom for director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, filmmaker Marty Langford takes us back 20 years with a sneak peek at his documentary Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four.

Even if you haven’t picked up a DVD bootleg at a convention, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the legend of the 1994 film, shot over 28 days for a meager $1 million so producer Bernd Eichinger could retain the film rights to the Marvel Comics property. Featuring low production values and high levels of camp, The Fantastic Four was never released in theaters, and many — including Stan Lee — have long contended it was never intended for distribution. However, Eichinger, Corman and others involved tell a different story.

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How Comic-Con’s ‘Batman v Superman’ footage should’ve ended

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If you made it through all of the Comic-Con International coverage without reading a description of the footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shown during the Warner Bros. presentation, or seeing blurry photos and shaky video surreptitiously captured by cellphone, then you’ve been spectacularly diligent and restrained. Not wanting to ruin that impressive streak, I’ll toss out a halfhearted spoiler warning for this clip, but I think you’re fairly safe to watch it ….

It’s of course from the gang at How It Should Have Ended, who undercut the gritted teeth and steely glares most of us expect from Zack Snyder’s film with a bit of humor and, naturally, coffee. Watch the short video below.

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Watch the dreamlike ‘REAL League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’

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Like most people, I prefer not to dwell too much on Fox’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the 2003 film adaptation that could only have been assembled through a game of telephone, with each person involved passing along a whispered description of the acclaimed Alan Moore/Kevin O’Neill comic until it finally reached the director.

However, Florian Liedtke appears to have given the movie a good deal of thought, or at least enough to create a video he dubs “The REAL League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Produced for a university project, it’s a dreamlike title sequence, using O’Neill’s art. Essentially, it’s a stylish a motion comic, set to “The Other Side” by Woodkid (with some creative, and occasionally inspired, recasting).

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How ‘The Winter Soldier’ should’ve ended (just add Hulk)

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The folks at How It Should Have Ended have turned their attention to Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, pointing out a couple of plot holes — or at least plot oversights — while delivering its good-natured tweaks. Y’know, their usual shtick. So if you haven’t seen the film, you may want to avoid the video.

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‘Dragon Ball Z’ gets dark in trailer for fan film ‘The Fall of Men’

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Filmmakers Yohan Faure and Vianney Griffo have debuted a teaser trailer for their upcoming fan short Dragon Ball Z: The Fall of Men, described as “an original story of Trunks against the infamous Cell.” Here’s the synopsis:

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Mondo’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ prints go on sale today

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Star-Lord, by Francesco Francavilla

At some point today — you have to follow along on Twitter to find out when — Mondo will announce the availability of five Guardians of the Galaxy limited-edition screen prints by Francesco Francavilla, Tyler Stout, Kevin Tong, Phantom City Creative and Vance Kelly.

If you’re even vaguely familiar with Mondo sales, you know the the prints go quickly. And considering all the buzz surrounding Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, with premieres today nationwide, you can expect these to be snapped up in record time. Check out the prints below, and keep an eye on Mondo’s Twitter account.

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Everything is awesome in LEGO remake of ‘Guardians’ trailer

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As fans gear up for the Friday premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy, YouTube sensation Forrest Whaley has released his shot-for-shot LEGO remake of one of the film’s trailers.

The video has received the seal of approval from Marvel, which publicized it on its website and Twitter accounts. Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista even got excited about it, tweeting, “Geek convulsions! This is my ‘its a major award!’ moment. So proud!”

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For Dark Knight’s 75th, Warner Bros. Tours adds Batman Exhibit

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After teasing on Twitter what many fans speculated would be a big reveal for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Tours instead has announced its own contribution to the Dark Knight’s 75th-anniversary celebration: the Batman Exhibit.

Beginning June 26, VIP tours will be offered at the Burbank, California, studio, with guides pointing out locations from Warner Bros.’ Batman films on the way to the newly transformed Studio tour museum, where more than half the ground floor is now devoted to Dark Knight movie memorabilia, from six big-screen Batsuits to costumes worn by Catwoman, Poison Ivy, The Riddle, Mr. Freeze. There are also prop weapons, such as the Joker’s cards, Penguin’s umbrella and Bane’s bomb.

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Watch Paul Pope’s sci-fi short film “7x6x2″

From Paul Pope's "7x6x2" graphic novella, based on the original draft of the film

From Paul Pope’s “7x6x2″ graphic novella, based on the original draft of the film

BoingBoing has premiered 7x6x2, the sci-fi short film that marks the directorial debut of Paul Pope.

Co-written and co-directed by Sridhar Reddy, who’s also developing an adaptation of Pope’s The One Trick Rip-Off, the space Western centers on a serviceman who’s tasked with repairing a large terraforming robot in a barren desert, where his campsite is surrounded by seven Rock Creatures, weaponized monsters thought to be extinct. When a young surveyor, unaware of the danger, shows up, they must work together to survive the night.

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‘Akira’ live-action fan trailer shows how to level Neo-Tokyo

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Hollywood has been trying since 2002 to produce a live-action adaptation of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo’s pioneering cyberpunk manga and anime, coming frighteningly close two years ago with a version that could’ve starred Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. Frustrated by those efforts, a group of fans in 2012 launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their own adaptation that would “do Akira justice” by sticking as close to possible to the source material.

And now the Akira Project has released the result, a live-action trailer from CineGround Media directed by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen.

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