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Matt Cowan comments on casting confusion with ‘Sounds Like’

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Matt Cowan’s handle on DeviantArt is “Matt Can’t Draw”, which isn’t necessarily true. Sure, he is more of a designer, a conceptual artist, than a straight-up “drawer.” His latest series, “Sounds Like,” is possibly a thinly veiled dig at the lack of imagination of Hollywood casting departments. Or is it just an excuse to draw his favorite characters together?

In any case, check them out below. And if you harbor some irrational prejudice against DeviantArt, Cowan’s work is also posted to his Tumblr.

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‘Superman Lives’ documentary debuts a teaser trailer

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You may recall that in January, Metalocalypse and Venture Bros. director Jon Schepp launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary about Superman Lives, the abandoned Tim Burton film that would’ve starred Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel, Chris Rock as Jimmy Olsen, Tim Allen as Brainiac. Well, that drive surpassed its $98,000 goal, and now The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened? has a teaser trailer.

And it’s very teaser-ish, with a lot of quick shots of websites that covered the campaign (including ROBOT 6), production art from the abandoned film, and glimpses of new interviews with the likes of Mark Waid and Grant Morrison — and all tied together by somewhat-haunting audio and video from a March Q&A in which Cage talks about the Kickstarter.

Better still, the trailer promises The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened? will arrive in summer 2014, which means by this time next year, we could know the full story behind what could have been “the weirdest Superman movie ever made.”

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Brendan McCarthy shows off lost ‘Wind in the Willows’ movie art

1233380_10151640905384843_1850318718_nBadgers, those humble burrowing mammals, are big news right now here in the United Kingdom, where there’s a controversial cull going on in the southwest of England in an attempt to curb bovine tuberculosis in cattle herds. While other areas like Wales and Northern Ireland trial expensive attempts at vaccinating badgers, England is employing teams of marksmen to shoot the cute little buggers. I’m from a rural area where the local economy depends on dairy and beef production, so I know exactly where I stand on this subject. Not wanting to sound too heartless here, but it costs £600 to vaccinate a badger, while a bullet costs a few pence. And I do like a nice rib-eye steak washed down with a glass of milk.

Oddly enough, badgers seem to be having something of a moment in comics and pop culture these days, too: There’s Brock Blueheart in Fables, and Archie LeBrock in Bryan Talbot’s ongoing Grandville series, for starters. Depending on who you ask, the badger in book two of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was either Bill from the (90-plus years old, and still ongoing) newspaper strip Rupert the Bear or Mr. Badger from Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s novel The Wind in the Willows. Grahame’s Mr. Badger is being reimagined in Dave Elliot and Barnaby Bagenda’s “Weirding Willows” in A1 as Victor Stoker. The gossip service Popbitch has its ongoing Baboon vs Badger debate (and recently posed the question to Bryan Talbot, with obvious results).

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Check out stunning concept art for ‘Iron Man 3′

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Ahead of the arrival of Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray and DVD, concept artist Phil Saunders (Iron Man, The Avengers) has unveiled some of his stunning designs for the Marvel Studios film. Along with some armors audiences never saw on screen, Saunders revealed an early take on one of the Extremis soldiers — and a behind-the-scenes tidbit:

In early versions of the script Extremis was based on Nanotechnology like in the comic book, and would have constructed some sort of internal armor structure to grant the enhanced soldiers super-strength and near-invulnerability. thematically they would have been a reflection of Tony Stark, wearing their “suits” internally rather than externally. Makeup would have subtly suggested that structure by deforming their skin in a mechanical way.

Check out some of the images below, and plenty more here.

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The Asgardians meet the Bluths in ‘Thorested Development’

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Because it’s just not possible to get too much Loki, or too much Arrested Development, allow us to present … “Thorested Development,” Leigh Lahav’s note-perfect mash-up of the beloved comedy and the trailer for Thor: The Dark World.

Please, please, please let this be only the first video in a series.

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‘Percy Jackson’ director draws comics about film, Nathan Fillion

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In an era of overwrought “viral” websites, trailers that preview trailers and never-ending waves of posters and behind-the-scenes videos, it’s refreshing to see a filmmaker turn to cartooning to give a project a last-minute push.

Entertainment Weekly has director Thor Freudenthal’s endearing comics inspired by the production of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (arriving in theaters today), from the challenges of acting in an effects-heavy film to the casting of fan-favorite Nathan Fillion to tips for finishing the film. Note that he makes sure the release date at the end of each one.

Considering his background as a storyboard and conceptual artist, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Freudenthal is a decent cartoonist. But who knew he was a Firefly fan? See one of the installments below, and the rest at EW.

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Patton Oswalt’s ‘Star Wars’/Marvel pitch gets animated treatment

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What as a simple request from Parks and Recreation‘s producers for Patton Oswalt to ramble on set about the subject of his choice turned into the comedian’s insanely epic pitch for a Star Wars/Marvel crossover, which became an Internet sensation before the episode even aired. That, in turn, gave birth to a movie poster, a video interpretation and now, thanks to Nerdist, an animated version — complete with Chewbacca’s head and new robot body.

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Batman and Superman talk new movie: ‘Dude, I would end you’

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In the latest installment of How It Should Have Ended’s “Super Cafe,” coffee-drinking chums Superman and Batman turn their attention to Warner Bros.’ recently announced Man of Steel sequel, which will probably be called either Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman.

Of course, Man of Steel: The Punch From Space That Exploded Batman’s Internal Organs would work just fine, too.

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Street artist sinks claws into ‘The Wolverine’ poster

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The sum-e art used for the The Wolverine movie posters was something striking and evocative of the Japanese locale that director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman were going for, but a New York City street artist has done something surprisingly simple that kicks it up a notch.

As you can see in the photo above, street artist Poster Boy NYC has extended the reach of the clawed mutant by adding the character’s near trademark three slash marks to neighboring posters hung next to this one in a subway terminal. Great for Wolverine, not so great for Despicable Me 2 and those other advertisers.

(via Co.Create)

Ryan Kwanten is Marvel’s Eddie Brock in ‘Truth in Journalism’

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Producer Adi Shankar and director Phil Joanou generated a buzz last year at Comic-Con International with the premiere of “Dirty Laundry,” a brutal short film that saw The Punisher star Thomas Jane reprise his role as a weary Frank Castle who only wanted to wash his clothes. This year, Shankar returned with a follow-up of sorts with writer/director Joe Lynch’s “Truth in Journalism,” which turns the camera on another Marvel character: a certain “Eddie B.,” played by True Blood star Ryan Kwanten. It’s now available online.

It’s clever, depicting a French documentary crew as it follows the disgraced, and demented, journalist from crime scene to crime scene. Although “Truth in Journalism” isn’t as violent as “Dirty Laundry,” it definitely takes a dark turn toward the end. And in keeping with Marvel movie tradition, you should be sure to stick around for the end credits …

Worth noting: “Punisher: Dirty Laundry” will help kick off the ninth annual HollyShorts Film Festival next month in Hollywood.

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Watch a 16-bit homage to ‘Iron Man 3′

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I’ve still not seen Iron Man 3 (or Iron Man and Iron Man 2, for that matter), so I can only presume Movieclips’ homage to the film and to 16-bit video games is a 100-percent accurate recreation of the blockbuster, and that — spoilers? — Mandarin appears for all of five seconds, Tony Stark has some kind of giant stuffed animal in his home, and Pepper Potts crushes a fire-breathing Killian. It all seems about right.

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Tom Hiddleston acts out ‘Thor 2′ plot — with action figures

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As if his surprise appearance at Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation on Saturday — dressed as the god of mischief, no less — weren’t enough to forever endear him to fans, actor Tom Hiddleston also gleefully acted out the plot of the upcoming Thor: The Dark World at Comic-Con International using Loki and Thor action figures.

You can watch the video below. But fair warning: There may be spoilers. The new trailer for director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World debuts Aug. 7.

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Conan reveals ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ clip you didn’t know about

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If you don’t hear about the super-secret screening at Comic-Con International of a clip from director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, you’re certainly not the only one. Fear not, though, as talk-show host Conan O’Brien has you covered.

“They showed it, and it was very private, very secret, and they showed it — fans lost their minds,” he said on last night’s episode of Conan. “They’re not going to show it again. We actually get a hold of the clip. Yes, you’re welcome! [...] We got a hold of it, and we’re risking a lot of legal trouble here, but we’re just gonna go for it.”

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SDCC ’13 | James O’Barr creates ‘The Crow’ movie teaser poster

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Horror site Shock Till You Drop has revealed the Comic-Con International teaser poster for Relativity Media’s long-brewing reboot of The Crow, illustrated by the comic’s creator James O’Barr.

Although project has had a bumpy road, losing its director, writer and star, it appears back on track with confirmation earlier this month that director F. Javier Gutierrez and actor Luke Evans are locked in, with O’Barr serving as creative consultant.

“It’s one of those books,” the artist tells the website. “The book’s been in print since ’89, so it’s getting close to 30 years. I thought all of my fans will grow old with me and that will be the end of it. But no, it gets passed down generation to generation. It’s still, to this day, fully 60 percent of my core audience is 16-year-old goth girls and I’m like, ‘You weren’t even born when it came out, how do you know about it?’  And they’re boyfriend suggested it to them or their dad introduced it to them. A second generation is affected by it.”

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How ‘Man of Steel’ should’ve ended (again, with Batman?)

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Like the recently did with Iron Man 3, the folks at How It Should Have Ended turn their attention to another big summer superhero movie — Man of Steel. Just like their alternate ending to IM3, this one ends with an appearance by a certain Caped Crusader … but he isn’t the only guest star this one features.

Check it out below.

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