Forbidden Panel

Today San Diego City Council will be asked to vote on the future of the half-a-billion dollar proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, an expansion that the continued presence of San Diego Comic Con depends upon.

This will include the plan’s environmental impact and port agreement, an increase on of special tax on local hotels of 3%, with 2% and 1% on hotels in the nearby vicinity, an annual contribution from the city of four-and-a-half million dollars for thirty years, and from the Port District of three million for twenty years and the people who made constructed Petco Park to undertake the expansion.

Agreement may depend upon a deal to employ local workers for construction, and there are legal and coastal hurdles to tackle yet, including the controversial hotel tax.

Meanwhile in San Diego, a series of violent crimes in the City Heights district have brought out the Real Life Superheroes, a gang calling themselves in a trademark baiting move, the Xtreme Justice League are planning to start patrolling the area. Tonight at 7pm, they will assemble at the corner of Fairmount Avenue and University Avenue and are asking others to get involved. Spandex not necessary. But it would be nice…

via Today Is San Diego Comic Con Vote Day – And Real Life Superhero Night! | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

Viz Media’s All You Need Is Kill novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is being adapted into a major Warner blockbuster for 2014, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, courtesy of Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Directed by Doug Liman, from a screenplay by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie and Joby Harold, the film will be shot at Warners’ Leavesden studios, and begins production today.

Call it Groundhog Day meets Halo, an untrained soldier in a war being fought against alien invaders finds himself dying, again and again, living the same day infinitely, each time growing as a soldier and becoming battle-worn. He is very literally playing a video game life. And death. Where Game Over never is.

And yes, that role will be played by Tom Cruise.

Erwin Stoff, Gregory Jacobs and Jeffrey Silver will produce, with executive directors Jason Hoffs, Joby Harold, Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Tom Lassally, Hidemi Fukuhara, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Bruce Berman.  Tim Lewis and Kim Winther will co-produce.

Dion Beebe is director of photography, production designer Oliver Scholl, editor James Herbert, costume designer Kate Hawley and visual effects supervisor Nick Davis.

via Warner Bros Announce Production Of Viz’s All You Need Is Kill | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

Jason Bentley reported from the DC Nation Panel at Las Vegas Comic Con this weekend;

At the Las Vegas Comic Con – the second comic convention happening in Las Vegas this weekend – Scott Lobdell talked about a lot of things in the pipeline.

Principally it seems, his plans to spin off a second Teen Titans book starring Raven in a year’s time, towards the end of 2013. Teen Titans have been a relative success story in the New 52, and DC has been rewarding the titles that have performed well with new spinoff books, such as Justice League Of America, Talon and the as-yet-unannounced Man Of Steel.

Such a team, as well might also see the likes of Blue Beetle and Static join its ranks. And also might lead to a rush on the upcoming Phantom Stranger #1, which looks like it will feature the first appearance of Raven in the New 52…

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Movie 43 seems like a weird little concept that has gotten quite a huge bit of support behind it. In a world where the biggest and most famous cast would be king, Movie 43 would put Valentines Day to shame. Set as a series of short films under one name, it appears that the stories are separate from one another and won’t be marred by some clumsily realised theme, say…a love centric holiday or the eve of the new year.

Also, what diferentiates the project is that is has multiple directors, including Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner. If you think that list was long, wait until you see this one. Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Halle Berry, Jason Sudeikis, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Chloe Moretz, Josh Duhamel, Uma Thurman, Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Bibb, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Richard Gere, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Kieran Culkin, Jimmy Bennett, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Kate Bosworth and there are more that make up the cast, but my fingers hurt.

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Artist Patrick Schoenmaker created this awesome little series of cartoon style Indiana Jones art. It’s fun to see these characters in this form. I’d love to see an animated series based on these characters, there’s a lot of story to tell. I’d actually like to see a Jones and Short Round series that explores their relationship. What do you think of the art? 

 

via INDIANA JONES Animated Style Art  – News – GeekTyrant.

In comics, defending a copyright can often be a stressful and downright strange necessity of doing business. Today, one of the stranger cases of comic book legal maneuvering rolled into federal court as “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane sued former employee Al Simmons over the degree to which the latter impacted the character who became one of the best-selling heroes of the ’90s.

As the Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. blog reports, the lawsuit filed in McFarlane’s home state of Arizona centers on claims made by Simmons in the book “The Art of Being Spawn” – a biography he published earlier this year.

As longtime comic fans may recall, Simmons became a regular convention fixture during the heyday of the Image Comics explosion where McFarlane’s college friend would work the con booth and sign autographs promoted as giving fans a chance to “meet Spawn himself.” A cursory search on the internet shows that Simmons was making such appearances as part of the McFarlane toy empire as recently as 2006.

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Sony is shutting down its PSP Comic Store as of Oct. 30. After that, readers will no longer be able to purchase new comics from the store, although they will be able to download at least some previously purchased comics until January 2013. After that, the whole thing is just gone. Sony pulled something similar in Japan, but its new PS Vita store includes a manga service. The PSP doesn’t seem to have been a very popular medium for reading comics in the United States, but it’s too bad that those who did take a chance on it have no way to permanently preserve their comics in a way that isn’t dependent on an aging piece of hardware

via Comics A.M. | Sony’s PSP Comic Store to close Oct. 30 | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment.

Winner of 14 Eisner Awards, “Fables” by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham is one of the most highly-decorated comics in the history of the industry. And yet, after 121 issues, the story of Bigby Wolf, Snow White and the rest of the residents of Fabletown somehow keeps getting better.

In “Fables” #121, in stores now, Willingham and Buckingham closed an epic eight-issue arc titled, “Cubs in Toyland,” one of the most powerful and moving stories told since the series debuted in 2002. Primarily featuring Therese and Dare — two of Bigby and Snow’s cubs — the arc fulfilled key parts of the “Fables” prophecy originally revealed as a one-page story at the 2009 Comic-Con International in San Diego.

As the story began, Therese received a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer, a red plastic boat, which takes her on a deep and disturbing journey through Toyland where she eventually becomes Queen. As the young girl became a young woman and was forced to do unthinkable things at the behest of her subjects, her brother Darien made the ultimate sacrifice for her salvation.

Willingham spoke to CBR News about the choice he and Buckingham made for the Cubs and shared insight into where the Vertigo-published “Fables” is heading over the next year, revealed the title of the next major arc and outlined how the upcoming graphic novel, “Werewolves of the Heartland” will tie into the ongoing series. He also confirmed that he has no plans to end the series anytime soon, citing the 300-issue run Dave Sim and Gerhard completed on “Cerebus” as the benchmark he’s aiming for.

via Willingham Talks “Fables: Cubs in Toyland” and Beyond – Comic Book Resources.

Mickey Rourke is always good for a soundbite or two. When Vulture caught up with the actor at the premiere of Black November, his new film with 9 1/2 Weeks co-star Kim Basinger, they got him to say a few things about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and even a bit about The Expendables 3.

The actor admitted to not being a big fan of the prosthetics he wore in Sin City to portray bruiser Marv, saying, “They make me feel claustrophobic.” Rourke implied he hasn’t finalized his involvement in the sequel, but he’s impressed with the script. “I actually liked the script better, much better, for this one,” he said.

Rourke also put to rest rumors of his involvement in the planned third Expendables film, saying, “They’re making shit up.”

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller as well as several actors for a film based in part on the second volume of Miller’s acclaimed Dark Horse crime comic, as well as the short story “Just Another Saturday Night” and at least one new segment “The Long, Bad Night.” Recent reports state the film will start shooting in November for an Oct. 4, 2013 release.

via Mickey Rourke Praises Script For Sin City: A Dame to Kill For « Spinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News Daily.

After years of rumor and delays, comic book writer and MorrisonCon star attraction Grant Morrison officially confirmed and announced his multi-part DC Comics epic “Multiversity,” tentatively scheduled for release late 2013.

An eight-issue miniseries composed of six stories exploring parallel Earths, bookended by a single tale told in issues #1 and #8, each issue of “Multiversity” features a main 38-page story and a back-up detailing the exploits of heroes on one of the alternate universes that make up the DC Comics multiverse. The Earths included are ones familiar to comic books fans, including the world based on the Charlton Comics characters or Earth X of the Freedom Fighters, as well as Earth Prime (our world), Earth-22 where pulp figures reign supreme, a world where the Justice League’s kids are the focus and the Captain Marvel-centric Thunderworld.

Having discussed the project and displayed artwork by frequent Morrison collaborator Frank Quietly, who drew the project’s Charleton heroes-starring “Pax Americana” chapter, at the “Future Of The Third Millennium” panel, Morrison sat down with CBR for a one-on-one conversation where he went into detail about the comic. During the course of our talk, the writer explained why “Multiversity” is his magnum opus, the extent to which the New 52 reboot has affected the multiverse and his self-described “Alan Moore” approach to the Charlton characters.

via MORRISONCON: Morrison Officially Discusses “Multiversity” – Comic Book Resources.

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