Forbidden Panel

By Sandy Schaefer at ScreenRant

Jason Momoa (Games of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian) will reportedly be playing a deadly criminal opposite Sylvester Stallone in director Walter Hill’s new crime drama – formerly known as ‘Headshot’.

Former Stargate: Atlantis cast member Jason Momoa has become a hot commodity in the wake of his role as Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones. He looks to further strengthen his image as an onscreen badass by headlining this summer’s Conan the Barbarian reboot and portraying a cop killer in action movie director Walter Hill’s new film, formerly known as Headshot. Momoa will appear opposite Sylvester Stallone and Fast Five‘s Sung Kang as a mismatched pair of professionals (Stallone is a New Orleans hitman, Kang is a New York police officer), who join forces in order to track down the crooks responsible for murdering their respective partners. Latino Review says that Momoa is up to play the villainous Keegan in Hill’s movie, which is an adaptation of the comic book “Bullet to the Head” by French author Alexis Nolent (who writes under the pseudonym Matz). Oscar-nominee Alessandro Camon (The Messenger) was responsible for scripting the big-screen version of Nolent’s violent crime noir series, which is expected to begin production in Louisiana before the month is out. Thomas Jane (The Punisher) was at one point set to team up with Stallone in Hill’s movie, but he was eventually dropped from the cast – reportedly due to Dark Castle production company head Joel Silver wanting the film to feature a multi-racial buddy cop duo, like in Hill’s 48 Hours or Silver’s Lethal Weapon series. Although Jane previously claimed that the (currently, officially untitled) film’s script is “tailor made” for Stallone, Hill, and himself, it seems that version of the movie is destined to remain a theoretical one. Take that as you will. While feelings about Jane’s incarnation of Frank “The Punisher” Castle tend to vary, most fans seem to agree that he is capable of pulling off the “macho man” act convincingly enough. Kang, on the other hand, leaves less of an impression whenever he is onscreen in the Fast and the Furious movies – not to mention, he doesn’t really stack up well against the likes of 48 Hours‘ Eddie Murphy or Lethal Weapon‘s Danny Glover. So while they could surprise in the final product, the pairing of Stallone and Kang reads as a weaker teamup on paper than Stallone and Jane. Nonetheless, with Momoa and Stallone prepped to square off against one another, Hill’s new crime drama is still shaping up to be a fast-paced, shoot-em-up thriller that pays homage to buddy-cop movies of the 1980s – similar to how Stallone’s The Expendables was a throwback to testosterone-fueled action fests from that decade. Fans just have to wait and see if this particular retro-piece can be as entertaining as its predecessors. We’ll let you know when Hill’s crime thriller has secured an official title and release date. Source: Latino Review

….and here’s a pic of Jason as Conan, just because. -Lynn

by Matt Moore via

PHILADELPHIA — The lights are going out for Peter Parker, the high school student bitten by a radioactive spider whose wall-crawling and web-slinging antics have made him a touchstone of Marvel Comics’ universe of heroes and villains.

The publisher said Tuesday that Parker’s alter ego, Spider-Man, will finally succumb to one of his most pernicious foes in the final issue of “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” due out Wednesday.

Fans of Spider-Man need not worry much, though, because the Ultimates imprint is separate from Marvel’s bigger universe. Whatever fate may befall Ultimate Spider-Man won’t count in the pages of the other series, including Amazing Spider-Man.

The death, while dramatic, is not entirely unexpected. In November, Marvel said that the Ultimate Spider-Man was going to face an uncertain fate in the latest storyline by writer Brian Michael Bendis fittingly titled “The Death of Spider-Man,” an eight-issue arc that saw the return of original series artist Mark Bagley. Bendis and Bagley had worked together on the series for 111 issues.

Bendis told The Associated Press that in issue No. 160 Parker fights valiantly but will pass on, heroically, in a pitched fight. To whom? (SPOILER BELOW)


read the rest of this article here:  ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’: Peter Parker To Be Killed By…






You know us; we’re always working on a new plan to blow people’s minds – and oh baby, we have come up with a DOOZY! The best part? IT INVOLVES YOU. That’s right – for this massive undertaking, we need your help. So grab a pen & paper, or paints, or a marble block and chisel, or popsicle sticks and glue, or WHATEVER you make art with, and get to work! Like artist Justin Orr has done on the left, we’re looking for any and all renditions of Conan’s alter ego superhero, the Flaming C! We are currently accepting submissions through our Coco MoCA, so click right here to send us your stuff!

via Calling All Artists: We Want Your Flaming C Artwork! @

by Eric Goldman via

Ready or not, Comic-Con is almost here again! There has been some word that there might be a slightly lessened presence from the major movie studios this year in San Diego, but no one expects there to be anything quiet on the TV front, which has exploded in recent years to include all kinds of shows – including plenty that are not exactly the genre material one would expect to find at SDCC.

In the coming weeks, we’re going to be hearing a ton of news on what TV shows (and webseries) are coming to Comic-Con and I’ll be updating this list frequently as more shows are added, and including more specific days, times and locations to panels we don’t have those details on yet.

Thanks to for breaking the news on many of these panels.

Along with True Blood, a ton of shows added thanks to info from Alphas, Being Human, Eureka, Family Guy, Fringe, Glee, Grimm, The Secret Circle and The Simpsons. And even more thanks to Awake, Beavis and Butt-head, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Napoleon Dynamite, The Finder, American Dad, Futurama, Teen Wolf, Allen Gregory, Ringer and The Cleveland Show.

See the full article and list here: TV Shows Coming to Comic-Con 2011 – TV Preview at IGN.

Ready to make your passion for writing pay off? Check out this current list of writing contests, grants, and jobs.


We are currently accepting short stories for our first issue to be published in October 2011. At this time we are only accepting fiction, although in the future we hope to expand the extent of our publication to include non-fictional accounts as well as essays, reviews, and other genres. We accept short fiction submissions that are up to 10,000 words. Please do not submit novel excerpts unless they are self contained as works of fiction. We are especially interested in stories that focus on character development, perception of self, and interpersonal relationships that reflect the nature and of the human experience. All genres are accepted. Pays$50 for one-time World-Wide-Web publication rights.


C/O Rosebud Magazine, N3310 Asje Rd., Cambridge WI 53523 Contest for original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, or horror, 4000w or less. Entries welcome any time. Deadline: September 1 in odd years. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000, 4 runners-up receive $100. All winners published in the magazine.


$5 or $20 ENTRY FEE
The Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story writing contest for 2011 is entering its third year. First place prize of $1,000, second place prize of $500 and third place prize of $250 will be awarded this year for the best original, previously unpublished ghost stories 5000 words or less that are submitted. For younger writers, The Junior Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest, which follows the same rules, offers $250 for first place for writers aged 12-18. This contest is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. The main contest requires a $20 entry fee and the Junior contest a $5 entry fee. The contest is privately funded. All entry fee money goes directly to the Friends where it is donated to the library for library projects. Entries are accepted beginning July 1. The contest postmark deadline is October 1, 2011. No publication is involved. Writers retain full rights to their stories. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers, and to local, national and international writers as well. The only rules are that you write an original, unpublished ghost story and that it be 5,000 words or less in length.


Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 10,000 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. All that fits under the broader science fiction umbrella. We have a special and growing need for flash fiction, stories of 1,000 or fewer words. We pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and for nonexclusive reprint rights. Additionally, we reserve the right to pay you more money for additional reprinting in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies.


The 2011 Gemini Magazine FLASH FICTION Contest

Grand Prize: $1,000
Second Place: $100
Four Honorable Mentions
Entry fee: $4
($3 for each additional entry)
Deadline: August 31, 2011
Maximum length: 1,000 words
All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the October 2011 Issue of Gemini. Absolutely no restrictions on content, style or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful work.



Judged by Steve Almond. Short fiction contest. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, plus travel expenses to an awards dinner in Philadelphia in October. Deadline June 15, 2011. Previously unpublished works of fiction up to 8,000 words.


Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern life. Each issue of Parabola is organized around a theme.
Parabola welcomes original essays and translations. We look for lively, penetrating material unencumbered by jargon or academic argument. We prefer well-researched, objective, and unsentimental pieces that are grounded in one or more religious or cultural tradition; articles that focus on dreams, visions, or other very personal experiences are unlikely to be accepted. All articles must be directly related to the theme of an issue.
Articles run 1000-3000 words
Book Reviews run approximately 500 words
Retellings of traditional stories run 500-1500 words

Article payment generally ranges from $150 to $400. The payment for epicycles and book reviews is $75.



Location Los Angeles, CA
Creators Syndicate is an international content syndicate. We sign writers and artists who produce columns, comic strips and editorial cartoons; we then edit the content and sell and distribute it to newspapers and digital outlets worldwide. We are seeking a humble, hardworking individual to fill a hybrid editorial/creative position. We are looking for “brains” (commitment to excellence) and “heart” (motivation and a positive attitude).

Brief job description:

  • Editing columns
  • Editing comic strips
  • Evaluating potential writers and artists
  • Answering the phones
  • Working efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Writing ad copy
  • Creating, editing and working with PowerPoint presentations
    for Business Development team
  • Helping design layout and interface for websites and
    mobile/tablet apps


Issue Three: “Cinderella” theme, submission window opens at 12 a.m., EST, June 27, and closes at 11:59 p.m., June 30, 2011.

Issue Four: “Little Red Riding Hood” theme, submission window opens at 12 a.m., EST , Sept. 27, and closes at 11:59, Sept. 30, 2011 EST.

Only stories and poems based on the chosen theme story or its variants will be accepted. But any aspect or character can be the focus of stories or poems. Pay isten cents/word and flat rate of $50 for poems. Enchanted Conversation is for lovers of fairy tales all over the world. We hope to entertain and enlighten our readers, and give opportunities to writers and poets to have their work published.



Buzzy Mag is looking for original science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories up to 10,000 words. Thriller, suspense and paranormal tales that cross into traditional speculative fiction are welcome.We are interested in pieces that may be able to be developed into full length novels for publication by Buzzy Multimedia at a future date. Buzzy accepts submissions from both authors and literary agents. We do not accept e-mailed submissions. All submissions must be sent via regular mail.


ENTRY FEE: $5 for one poem or 4 poems for $15. Most poets write about love, flowers and puppy dogs. Midnight Black isn’t interested in that. We want you to express your dark side. We want death, war, hopelessness, dementia whatever your twisted mind can come up with. Poetry from around the world is accepted but fees are to be paid in US funds. There is no limit to the length of the poems as long as they are dark natured. The deadline is the Autumn Equinox – 5:00 AM on September 23, 2011. Prizes: $100 US for first place, $50 US for second. Top 50 poems will be published in the Midnight Black Anthology – poets will share the royalties.

by Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent
The Observer, Sunday 12 June 2011

Salman Rushdie is to make a sci-fi television series in the belief that quality TV drama has taken over from film and the novel as the best way of widely communicating ideas and stories.

“It’s like the best of both worlds,” said the novelist in an interview with the Observer. “You can work in movie style productions, but have proper control.”

The new work, to be called The Next People is being made for Showtime, a US cable TV network. The plot will be based in factual science, Rushdie said, but will contain elements of the supernatural or extra-terrestrial. Although filming is yet to begin, a pilot has been commissioned and written. It will have what Rushdie described as “an almost feature-film budget”.

Showtime has announced that the hour-long drama will deal with the fast pace of change in modern life, covering the areas of politics, religion, science, technology and sexuality. “It’s a sort of paranoid science-fiction series, people disappearing and being replaced by other people,” said Rushdie, 63, best known for Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses. “It’s not exactly sci-fi, in that there is not an awful lot of science behind it, but there are certainly elements which are not naturalistic,” he said in the interview, which will appear in full in the Observer later this month.

The idea that Rushdie might create a television show came from his US agents who suggested that he would have more creative influence than with a feature-film script.

“They said to me that what I should really think about is a TV series, because what has happened in America is that the quality – or the writing quality – of movies has gone down the plughole.

“If you want to make a $300m special effects movie from a comic book, then fine. But if you want to make a more serious movie… I mean you have no idea how hard it was to raise the money for Midnight’s Children.”

continue reading this article here: Salman Rushdie says TV drama series have taken the place of novels | Books | The Observer.

By DOMINIQUE PERKINS, For the Daily Facts

REDLANDS – Superbad Action Figures is opening in Redlands on June 11, and the grand opening celebration will feature contests, prizes, and appearances by professional costume organizations.

Guest appearances so far will include the 501s Southern California Garrison, Cobra 3rd Night Watch, Forbidden Panel, Character Masters, Stranger Things Studios, and comic book artist Nathaniel Osollo.

“All these different characters are going to be there taking pictures with all the customers,” said Superbad Action Figures owner Tim Samra. “It’s just going to be a lot of fun.”

Guests are encouraged to dress up like their favorite villain, superhero, actor or character, Samra said. There will be a costume contest, games, food and drinks, and raffles and giveaways from the store and product manufacturers.




Superbad is one of only a few stores of its kind, Samra said. Most action figure collectibles are sold through comic book chains, he said.

Superbad specializes in action figurines and props from comics, movies, television and anime. The figures vary in size and quality, ranging from small children’s toys to full-size, limited-edition designer figures.

“It’s a very unique business,” said Samra, who also owns Tribal Reptile in the same complex on Indiana Court.

Samra, who owned Hollywood Cinema, a movie collectibles business on Orange Street, said there has been a push in the collector market for character figures of the highest quality. Many of the store’s limited-edition figures are created by the special effects company that designed them for the original film. Other figures are made by private companies who have purchased the original film designs and molds, Samra said.

“It’s basically an art form, bringing these characters to life,” he said. “It’s almost like being able to go into a movie studio’s art department and literally own something that was used in the film.”

Because of the growing  popularity of collectible action figures, buying and selling the limited-edition items has become a lucrative investment, Samra said. Some items can double or even triple their value within two years of their release. A collector can often fund their collecting hobby by buying one extra piece, Samra said.

“Instead of buying one, they buy two, and then wait and sell it a year later,” he said.

“It’s just very mind-blowing to see stuff like this,” he said. “The quality, the likeness, the craftsmanship, things that collectors used to only dream about owning.”

Superbad Action Figures

1235 Indiana Court, Suite 111, Redlands


Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Grand opening: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11.

Event commercial:

Superbad can also be found on Facebook

via Action Figure store to celebrate opening with costumes, prizes – Redlands Daily Facts.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

by Karen Chu

SINGAPORE – Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions is set to produce a six-season, open-ended series, American Gods, for HBO, based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, while the company’s next project, Major Matt Mason, is in talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct in 3D, Playtone partner Gary Goetzman told The Hollywood Reporter.

The series-in-development, revolving around the question “are you a god if no one believes in you?” is executive produced by Goetzman and Hanks, with Bob Richardson, and Gaiman on board as executive producer and writer.


Each of the six seasons will be of 10-12, hour-long episodes with a budget of around $35-40 million per season, targeted to debut on the cable powerhouse in 2013 at the earliest.

Rich in religious folklore that spanned millennia and featuring deities from Greek and Nordic mythology, and even the Judeo-Christian monotheistic God making an appearance, in the contemporary U.S., American Gods will be effects-heavy to do justice to the awe-inspiring power of the divine beings. “There are some crazy things in there. We’ll probably be doing more effects in there than it’s been done on a television series,” said Goetzman.

via Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions Announces Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods,’ Mattel’s ‘Major Matt Mason,’ Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter.