The little show that could is finally coming to an end.
Fox has announced that Fringe will air their two-hour series finale on January 18 — which also happens to be the 100th episode. This season has placed the main characters in 2036 where the world is as volatile as one can imagine in a dystopian sci-fi realm.
Series creator J.J. Abrams weighs in: “It has been an absolute honor to have been a part of the weird and wonderful world of Fringe. I will always owe the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into every dimension of this series.”
Fringe has never been a ratings champ for Fox, but has stood out as a show purely powered by the impressive (and quite vocal) fan base. It has been the perfect example of a network that has actually listened to the fans for a change and took the whole picture (DVR usage, fan buzz, letter campaigns, etc.) into account when deciding the fate of the show each season. If only the other networks followed suit…
“Skyfall” co-writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes are re-teaming for a TV drama series being shopped around to premium cable networks.
The show is said to be akin to Alan Moore’s comic “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” which was adapted into a poorly received film nearly a decade ago. Like that comic, this follows an assortment of fictional literary characters.
These ones however, which include Van Helsing and Doctor Frankenstein amongst them, are hunting vampires around 1800s London.
This would mark the first TV series projects from either Logan or Mendes. Logan has penned the script with Mendes attached to produce and possibly direct.
Jamie Foxx is in talks to play the villain in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” sequel. Sources indicate Foxx would play Electro.
Foxx recently tweeted “Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well.” The film’s director Marc Webb couldn’t confirm outright at the disc launch of “The Amazing Spider-Man” today, but heavily indicated the casting news and villain suggestion is correct.
In the comics, Electro is the alter ego of Max Dillon, a man who gains the ability to control electricity after being struck by lightning.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are set to return, while Shailene Woodley in talks to join the cast as Mary-Jane Watson.
Webb says that he’s keen to tackle the film as he can now move past all the origin elements.
“What’s exciting about moving forward is that, in the first movie, I had to still honor some of the important elements of the origin story. But I also wanted to redefine the context of it because I’m building a different universe than what we’ve seen before. A lot of the nuance is quite different. Now, as we’re approaching the sequel, it’s really exciting because I feel quite liberated. I have a universe that’s my own. I don’t have an obligation to the origin story. It’s pretty fun and exciting and I can dig deeper into the parents.”
REDLANDS – The seven member Zombie Kill Squad was on high alert Sunday, as the undead were on parade at the second annual Zombie Beauty Pageant held at the Fox Theatre in downtown Redlands.
Twelve contestants hobbled their way to the stage to participate in three pageant stages – talent, swimsuit and evening wear – to determine the winner by audience vote.
Sponsored by Forbidden Panel, the event was nearly sold-out as hundreds watched Jasmine Garcia, aka “Betty Bites” take home the top prize and title of “Miss IE Zombie.”
Last year’s pageant winner, Brianna Maynard of Redlands, was on hand to pass the crown to Garcia.
“I’m really excited because I get to watch everything go down, whereas last year it was kind of rush, rush, rush, go, go, go perform,” Maynard said prior to crowing the new winner. “It’s always fun to scare the crap out of people and then pass on the crown.”
For AJ Herrera, founder and editor-in-chief of Forbidden Panel, the idea to hold a Zombie pageant was just to entertain fans of the genre and his imagination.
He never thought it would grow from six contestants to 12 in its second year.
In addition, organizers were also able to add a junior division which netted three contestants.
“We’re pretty amazed. We didn’t think we would do well enough in the first one to warrant a second one. But apparently, I’m wrong because we had a full house,” Herrera said.
The fascination with zombies and other creatures that go bump in the night has been growing over the past several years.
Herrera said he believes the reason behind the fad is because it is a way for people to embrace their fears.
“Instead of just being afraid and scared of them, they decide to embrace them and that way they control their fear toward them,” he said, adding that he plans to hold another pageant next year. “It’s always been a dream of mine to put out comic books and to host events like this. So seeing it grow and grow as the way that it has been, it makes me happy – not just for myself, but for everyone around me.”
Mary Woods, 40, of Redlands and her daughter Aaliyah, 10, participated in the inaugural pageant and returned as participants this year because the event was a lot of fun.
“And I’m sure I’ll do the third one as well,” said Woods, aka Bloody Mary. “I love zombies and I love Halloween, it’s my favorite day of the year.”
Last year, the mother-daughter duo performed a magic trick during the talent portion of the contest.
This year, the duo decided to try their hand at a little tight rope walking action.
Planning what the two were going to do and what they were going to wear took time, Woods said. But it was all worth it in the end, she said.
“We’ve been here since noon getting ready,” she said. “It’s an all-day thing-, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Jacqueline Chavez, 28, of San Bernardino, heard about the contest from a Facebook link posted to her wall by her cousin.
She said she has been promoting it via the social media site since she entered her name in the competition.
Chavez, a longtime pin-up pageant contestant, said the event was completely different from anything she has ever done.
“Usually at the pin-up pageants, it’s not a full pageant. But this right here, you actually have to do a lot more. It’s just, oh dear,” she said.
Herrera noted that Sunday’s event was not one-person made effort, but was made possible many local hair dressers and make-up artists who donated their time to work on contestants prior to taking the stage, and retailers.
“I began this journey by myself and I never wanted to end it by myself. I wanted to be able to showcase the people that live in the Inland Empire and their talents and what-not, including not only the people who draw with Forbidden Panel, but the make-up artists and contestants that are here tonight,” he said.
This Sunday, October 28th, Jacob Crippen will be signing at the Inland Empire Comic Expo’s 2nd Annual Zombie Beauty Pageant at the Fox Event Center in Redlands. The event begins at 7pm and tickets are $10 at the door. The Zombie Beauty Queen print was created exclusively for this event, and anyone who purchases one at the show will receive a free zombie sketch by Jacob with the signing! Don’t miss out!!!
Forbidden Panel is proud to present the:
2ND ANNUAL INLAND EMPIRE ZOMBIE BEAUTY PAGEANT.
Last years event was so epic that we decided to try it again. Please join us Sunday October 28th and the Fox Event Center in Redlands for a night full of pure awesome. Watch as beautiful decaying women compete in 3 different categories for the coveted crown of IE Zombie Beauty Queen.
These ladies will try their best the show you what they were made of and if they still got it in the afterlife.
And, making it’s debut at this years competition, the crowning of the first ever IE Zombie Princess!! Watch our Jr Division competitors compete for your votes to win the new title!
The contestants will be escorted by members of the Zombie Kill Squad making their first con appearance straight from the pages of the comic book!
Forbidden Panel will have a booth setup for everyone to enjoy all the titles that they have to offer with special guests to include: Jacob Crippen, Blackbird Bows, Rivets Comics, Necro-Sapien Press, and Draw Hard comics. SuperBad Action Figures will be setup in the lobby with amazing statues and decorations to set the mood.
So please, join us for what promises to be a night to remember and watch as last years winner crowns the new Miss IE Zombie Queen 2012.
For tickets please visit http://iezombiebeautyqueen.eventbrite.com/. Presale tickets at only $8 (plus tax). You can also purchase tickets at the door for only $10.
Forbidden Panel asks that our guests dress in either formal wear or Halloween costumes. Prizes will be offered for the best dressed of both. Please, no Zombies in the audience, it’s for your own protection.
There will also be a Zombie Art Gallery located in the upstairs lobby featuring art from local artists.
The 2nd Annual Zombie Beauty pageant will be held at:
The Fox Event Center
123 Cajon Blvd
The show starts promptly at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:15pm.
This is an all ages show.
There will be a concession and beer and wine bar.
For more information please visit the Facebook Event page.
To view a gallery of last years event please click HERE.
24 Pages of Art, 24 Pages of story in 24 hours. A challenge that thousands across the country accepted on Oct 20th and Forbidden Panel was there doing their part. We sent Martin Bright out to 4 Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga, CA to cover this momentous event as Justin and AJ tackle this challenge for the 4th year in a row with Daniel, Junior, and Lou in tow. Please tune in to hear the stories of a comic book store full of dedicated writers and artists and they do their best to meet this challenge head on and kick it’s ass.
Warner Bros. has won a blockbuster victory that could entitle it to maintain its copyright stake in Superman.
On Wednesday, a federal judge in California granted the studios motion for summary judgment on the question of whether a 1992 agreement with Jean Peavy, the sister of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster, precludes the estates attempt to terminate a copyright grant. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright comes four years after another federal judge in California confirmed the validity of a termination notice from the estate of the other co-creator, Jerry Siegel. The termination attempts have threatened Warners hold on its lucrative Superman franchise.
The judge ruled “that the 1992 Agreement, which represented the Shuster heirs’ opportunity to renegotiate the prior grants of Joe Shuster’s copyrights, superseded and replaced all prior grants of the Superman copyrights. The 1992 Agreement thus represents the parties’ operative agreement and, as a post-1978 grant, it is not subject to termination.”
Keyleaf Comics Teams Up With The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund And 4 Color Fantasies For A Charity Poker Tournament
SAN DIEGO, CA — KEYLEAF COMICS is joining with 4 COLOR FANTASIES to hold a charity poker tournament with all proceeds going to the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CBLDF). The Texas Hold’Em tournament will be at 4 Color Fantasies (7172 Archibald Avenue Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701) on Saturday, November 10th at 7pm. There are 32 seats available, each seat is $40. All proceeds will go to the CBLDF.
DUST creators JAMES NINNESS and JOHN NARCOMEY will be in attendance. All players will receive a signed DUST: Withered Earth TPB, an exclusive print from John Narcomey, a mutant bandana and more. First, second, and third place prizes will be donations from all involved as well as other incredible creators of comics, films and vinyl toys, including: Joel Gomez, Tim Daniel, Art of Fiction, Brett Simmons, Dragatomi and Spanky Stokes. Any other publishers, retailers or creators who would like to donate prizes can contact Keyleaf at email@example.com.
Tickets are first-come, first-serve. Interested attendees must email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Keyleaf Comics is based in San Diego, CA and is under the exclusive ownership of Benjamin Glibert. All intellectual properties are the exclusive property of their creators, licensed by Keyleaf Comics. For more information on this release, Keyleaf Comics, or the creators of the titles listed above, please contact Benjamin Glibert at email@example.com, (619) 206-3563, and visit keyleafcomics.com.