"How weird is this? The Thanos Quest, a comic Ron Lim and I did more than two decades ago, is this past month's #1 best selling comic. All it takes is a little film exposure, apparently."
- Jim Starlin, writing on his Facebook Timeline
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[Artwork: The Thanos Quest]
Disney has released a trailer for their new Lone Ranger movie, coming out in 2013. It’s directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, Mousehunt), and written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (The Mask of Zorro) and Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road).
The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as his trusty companion.
After looking at the trailer, here are my thoughts:
10. Klinton Spilsbury is very happy now
9. Cowboy and Alien?
The most popular streaming service is now iOS 6 and iPhone 5 compliant. Netflix just rolled out its latest video streaming offering, which includes improved browsing and searching. iOS Netflix subscribers go grab the update and say "no" to letterboxing!
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Avatar has been available in 3D on Blu-ray for years. The problem is that it's been a Panasonic exclusive, available to buyers of Panasonic 3D HDTV sets, and later to buyers of Panasonic 3D glasses as part of a bundle. Those who were left out had to forage eBay and pay a lot of money to get access to what many call the best 3D movie of all time. Now, finally, Avatar 3D Limited Edition is set to hit retail stores in October. It'll be released globall on October 15, and appear in stores in North America the following day, October 16th.
Me? I'm more excited about E.T.: The Extraterestrial coming to Blu-ray.
One movie that we've been waiting to see in high-definition is E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and we'll finally have the opportunity to watch it on Blu-ray when it's released on October 9. The 30-year Anniversary Edition includes the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and Ultraviolet editions all in one package, along with hours of extras. If you wanna get even more extravagant and nostalgic about it, you can opt for the Spaceship Limited Edition, which sees the movie packed in a replica of the E.T. spaceship, which plays the infamous movie score when opened. The disc-only version can be pre-ordered on Amazon for $17.96 (49% off,) while the more elaborate Spaceship Limited Edition will go for $139. You can check out a video of that one after the break. Either way, get ready to phone home while snacking on some Reese's Pieces.
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Amazon has just announced a new partnership with MGM Studios that's set to bring hundreds of additional TV and movie classics to Amazon Prime Instant Video. This includes such hits as The Silence of the Lambs, Species, Rain Man, Stargate, and The Terminator. This brings the total of Amazon's offerings to over 18,000 movies and television episodes that you can stream to your Xbox 360 and other devices, all included in the price of your Amazon Prime membership.
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“There's no more blatant sexism than sneering at a woman for playing 'dress-up' in a movie where the men around her are dressed in tights and robot costumes. The belief that superhero movies are a No Girls Allowed zone couldn't be more obvious.”
- Writer Amanda Marcotte on The Avengers
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[Artwork: Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow]
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Who wouldn’t want to work in New Zealand (that’s the place where Peter Jackson filmed Lord Of The Rings).
Oktobor Animation is now accepting “portfolio and reel submissions for super-cool digital concept artists for pre-production including character, prop, and environment design on interactive, transmedia and CG animation projects.”
That’s fine, but what kind of thing are they looking for? They’d “love to see fantastical and epic environments, creatures, stylized characters, robots, vehicles, etc.”
If that sounds like a lot like comic book work, you’re not far off. Concept art for movies, TV shows and animation looks a lot like comic book art. And what are comic book artists if not conceptual artists?
Applicants need to be self motivated, and able to adapt to different styles with a great sense of lighting, color and composition. But my favorite is this: “a strong knowledge of anatomy and proportion, human and creature.”
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Want to work for the vast Disney empire? And for the team that made Toy Story, Up and the upcoming Brave?
Pixar is hiring some folks for their Emeryville offices and while some of them aren’t exactly making comic books, people with comic book skills might be right for them.
One is Character Sketch Artist where you’ll be developing drawings that “explore the visual look of a film.” This includes characters, objects, sets, backdrops, all that stuff and from all angles.
Another is Story Artist where based on written/verbal descriptions from the Director (or Head of Story) you’ll “create quick thumbnail sketches through to finished detailed storyboard panels,” perform background research and illustrate script pages, coming up with story ideas yourself.
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So... this is happening: The Avengers is killing it at the overseas box office.
Those lucky overseasers got it first and they're filling up the Marvel treasure chest with a whopping $185 million so far.
Rolling Stone reports that the movie "has it all. And then some."