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After 141 years, Hutchinson, Kansas, is ready for a big change — or at least three of its residents are.

Comics fans Ben Eisiminger, KC McNeely and Christopher Wietrick believe their city has so much in common with Smallville, the fictional hometown of Clark Kent, that Hutchinson should change its name.

“There is a Metropolis [in Illinois],” Wietrick tells KWCH TV, “why isn’t there a Smallville?”

To that end, the aspiring comic artist and his two friends have launched a Facebook page called simply, Hutchinson, KS Should Be Named “Smallville.” “Our hometown has several tourist attractions already,” the page states. “We would love to see that increase by a great amount and we strongly believe that should this happen it would be a huge economic boost to the city, county and area.” Since its July 15 debut, the page has garnered 1,241 “Likes” — not bad for a city of 42,080 people a figure that may or may not include a stray Kryptonian or two.

So what makes Salt City the ideal candidate to become Smallville? Aside from its central Kansas location, Wietrick argues the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is the perfect place to store the rocket that brought the infant Kal-El to Earth, and that the Kansas Underground Museum is important “because we have a mineral underground, just like Smallville — thankfully it’s not kryptonite, it’s salt.” As a bonus, the museum already has an exhibit showcasing a Superman costume and other Hollywood memorabilia a secured section of the same mine is devoted to Underground Vaults & Storage, a temperature- and humidity-controlled facility used to house motion picture negatives, television show masters, costumes, medical records and the like.

“Our ultimate goal is for Warner Bros. and DC Comics to recognize Hutchinson as Smallville, Kanas,” Wietrick says. “It could be a huge boost to the town.”

Smallville, which made its comic-book debut in 1949, was given a vague and often changing geographical location until 1986, when it was firmly established in Kansas.

via Superman fans campaign for Kansas city to be renamed Smallville | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment.

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Inland Empire Comic Expos

2nd Annual Zombie Beauty Pageant.

Sunday October 28th at 7pm, come down to the Fox Event Center in Redlands, CA.

Contestant applications are available here.

Zombie contestants will compete in swimwear, casual (what they were wearing when they were bit), evening gown, and talent. Featuring local vendors and artists.

$10 at the door.

Formal Attire requested as well as costumes. Please, no zombies in the audience, it’s for your own safety.

via 2nd Annual Zombie Beauty Pageant – Eventbrite.

Tony Stark is a tech geek engineer at heart, tirelessly labeling his creations and poking at weak spots to find improvements. In the films, Robert Downey Jr. always seems to have a secret new toy up his sleeve, right up to ‘Iron Man 3’s’ Extremis-enhanced abilities to control his armor. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there’s more to ‘Iron Man 3′s’ tech than we expected.

Marvel was happy to show off concept art of the suit being used as just a single repulsor glove, then let Robert Downey Jr do a little Comic Con dance with the actual prop on as new armor sat on rotating display in Hall H. You’ve seen pictures by now. A muted, almost cream colored gold has replaced the bold yellow of the previous suits. It was displayed with the other armors behind it in order. There was the bulky silver Mark I, the stainless steel Mark II (destined to become war Machine), The deep red and gold Mark III (the suit used at the end of the first movie), the square shouldered Mark IV (with a removeable helmet from the beginning of IM2), the silver-plated suitcase Mark V, the triangle-chested Mark VI, and the Chitauri-fighting Mark VII. Seven versions over three films.

We’ve already seen War Machine’s new upgrade into the Iron Patriot armor and gotten many 3D Comic-Con looks at the new armor: MACH XLVII (47). Yes, the armor we’ve seen is not Mark VIII, the eighth armor, but the forty-seventh armor.

[BEGIN SPOILERS]The Extremis-enhanced bad guys under direction of Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin villain are going to be too much for Tony to handle on his own, so he thinks ahead, thinks big and has a plan. Tony’s about to go out and fight some bad guys when he mentions the Mark XLVII to Pepper Potts. Pepper asks what happened to the other forty and Tony just smiles.

From the cockpit of Mark XLVII Tony is able to control multiple armors in battle. We over here at LR have been vaguely aware of an action scene where Tony was going to control multiple Iron Man suits (presumably they look similar to distract his enemies as to the location of kill-able Iron Man Prime), but the number 40 seems…awesome. 40 Iron Men.[END SPOILERS]

Shane Black and ‘Iron Man 3’ are going big. Get psyched.


With many budgets routinely crossing the $150 million threshold, studios keep a close eye on their tentpoles, making sure the films hit that four-quadrant sweet spot with nothing, not a blemish, to stop them. Every once in awhile, however, certain details are overlooked and the detail in the case of Marvel’s blockbuster team-up film “The Avengers” will block the release of the Blu-ray box set of Phase One of their cinematic universe.

Apparently the briefcase that held the superhero film’s MacGuffin, the Tesseract, wasn’t just a generic design but rather one that is copyrighted by the German luggage company Rimowa BhmbH. While the necessary legal paperwork was filed and permission granted for the briefcase’s use in the film, the selling of replicas as part of the deluxe Blu-ray set — which would have included the run of films directly leading into “The Avengers,” including the Joss Whedon film itself, along with a replica of the so-called Cosmic Cube — was not part of the deal.

In a complaint filed in federal court in California, the German company alleges that “Marvel did not obtain any license or authorization from Rimowa to make replica copies of the case for any purpose . . . the plastic ‘replica case’ [is] a close copy of Rimowa’s Topas attaché case in every respect but quality — from the proportions and coloring, to the style of the handle and latches, and, of course, in the use of the trademarked parallel ridges around the body of the case.”

Ouch. In the face of these serious allegations the set has been pulled offline and no longer available for pre-order. Fans will just have to make do with the three other versions available for the moment until a new agreement is reached (or new packaging arrives from Asgard).

via Marvel’s Phase One Blu-ray Box Set Delayed Over Packaging Lawsuit | The Playlist.

The Warner Bros. tentpole has taken in $65.1 million domestically, and another $37.3 million internationally, after seven weeks on release.Dark Knight Rises Batman at Night Still - H 2012

Giant screen exhibitor Imax on Tuesday said Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight Rises has crossed the $100 million global box office mark.

The milestone came as Christopher Nolan’s tentpole release screened in 557 Imax theaters worldwide during seven weeks of release.

That performance came via a $65.1 million in box office receipts from 332 Imax screens domestically, and another $37.3 million taken in from 225 Imax screens internationally, including in China where The Dark Knight Rises started screening in 75 digital theaters from Aug. 27.

The only other Hollywood title to cross the $100 million milestone for Imax is James Cameron’s Avatar 3D.

Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which is still screening worldwide, includes more than an hour of footage filmed with Imax cameras.

via ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Crosses $100 Million Box Office Milestone on Imax Screens – The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s tougher than being a Marvel Comics super hero? Being a legacy hero, especially if the person who preceded you casts a long shadow. Miles Morales, star of “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” is currently finding this out. In Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, teenager Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man died late last year while defending his beloved Aunt May from the onslaught of a number of his deadliest enemies. Miles, who had received spider powers earlier in a similar accident involving a spider bite, was on hand to witness Peter’s death and that inspired him to pick up the mantle of Spider-Man.

Unfortunately for Miles, Peter Parker’s death moved a lot of people, many of whom were less than thrilled to see someone following in his footsteps, especially a 13 year-old boy like Miles. The Ultimate Universe’s new Spider-Man is a determined and heroic kid though, and he’s slowly been winning the approval of some of his detractors. In “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” #14 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez, Miles received two endorsements that will go a long way toward legitimizing his claim to the Spider-Man identity. CBR spoke with the creators about the endorsements and their upcoming plans for the series.

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via Bendis & Marquez Endorse Morales in “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” – Comic Book Resources.

Star Trek: The Next Generation star Michael Dorn is developing a new spin-off sci-fi TV series about his Klingon character Captain Worf.Worf

Dorn appeared as the Starfleet officer on The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and now hes keen to return in a new show.

The actor tells, “I had come up with the idea because I love the character and I think hes a character that hasnt been fully developed and hasnt been fully realized.

“Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. Weve been contacted by different individuals… about wanting to come on board and be part of this.

“I was on a movie not too long ago, where one of the producers was basically lobbying to be part of it. He was like, Michael, Id love to write it, if you havent. So, at this point, my agents and my manager are looking at all the avenues and trying to figure out which is the best one.”

via Captain Worf spin-off series in the works | TV | Entertainment | Winnipeg Sun.

Marvel has unveiled Dustin Weaver’s interlocking covers for the first three issues of “Avengers,” introducing most of the sprawling cast of the new series by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña. Launching in December as part of the publisher’s Marvel NOW! initiative, the comic finds the team looking to expand its ranks in the wake of “Avengers Vs. X-Men” to be better prepared should other threats like Phoenix arise.

“The idea is that the Avengers have to get bigger,” Hickman told Comic Book Resources in July. “That means bigger in every sense. That means the roster has to be bigger, and the missions have to be bigger, and the adversaries and scenarios they find themselves in have to be larger. I’ve played with this stuff a little bit over in the Ultimate Universe. Obviously, it’s a completely different weight class here, but in a lot of ways that’s the kind of velocity that the book should have. We (Tom Brevoort and I) also felt like that if the book was going to be about an Avengers world, it should look more like the world. Of course there are complications starting out when the necessary movie characters are five white dudes and a white lady, but, you know, bigger roster. Frankly, I’m really, really excited at how we address that. The lineup is killer.”

While that lineup will eventually grow to 18, the three covers show just 14 heroes — among them, the entire “Avengers” movie lineup (including Black Widow and her unfortunately placed pistol), Cannonball, Captain Marvel and Spider-Woman. It’s unclear who’s in the shadows of Issue 1, and which of Marvel’s fiery heroes stands to Thor’s right. Presumably the remaining members will appear on the cover of issue #4.

“Avengers” #1 debuts in December.

via Marvel Reveals Weaver’s Interlocking “Avengers” Covers – Comic Book Resources.

“Lost” alum Michael Emerson will voice the Joker in the second part of “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” Warner Bros. upcoming direct-to-DVD animated adaptation of the influential 1986 miniseries by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson.

“Hes one of those great villains that an actor like me likes to play because he has layers — he has a face for the world and a face for himself,” the Emmy-winning star of CBSs “Person of Interest” told TV Guide. “He is, in a way, a villain who is a natural actor. All of that is that is delightful and confounding at the same time.”

Released under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, the two-part movie is set a decade after an aging Bruce Wayne quit crimefighting in the wake of Jason Todd’s death, “The Dark Knight Returns” brings Batman out of retirement to save Gotham from sinking deeper into decay and lawlessness. With the help of a new, female Robin, Carrie Kelly, the Dark Knight ends the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city and confronts two of his greatest enemies. But then he must face his former ally Superman in a battle that only one will survive.

Emerson joins a voice cast that includes Peter Weller as Batman, Ariel Winter as Robin, David Selby as Jim Gordon, Mark Valley as Superman, Wade Williams as Harvey Dent and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper.

Directed by Jay Oliva and executive produced by Bruce Timm, Part 1 is available Sept. 25 on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and on demand. Part 2 will debut in early 2013.

via Michael Emerson Takes on the Joker in “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” – Comic Book Resources.

Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films has optioned the graphic novel The Order from Arcana/Benderspink, and has set writer Brian Nathanson The Many Deaths Of Barnaby James to write the script.

The Order is a group of young men collared by the Vatican to join an elite team that travels the globe battling mysterious evil forces. Stuber will produce with Benderspink, and the project will be overseen by Michael Clear and Nick Nesbitt for Bluegrass Films and Jake Weiner and Christopher Cosmos for Benderspink. Sean O’Reilly of Arcana will serve as an executive producer.

Stuber’s coming off Ted and just wrapped the Seth Gordon-directed Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman starring, and he’s producing the Carl Rinsch-directed 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves starring. Benderspink is in post-production on the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and is in production on We’re The Millers, The Hangover Part III and Ride Along. Nathanson is repped by CAA and Mosaic.

via Bluegrass Films Options Graphic Novel The Order –

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