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In what appears as a way to add credibility to the upcoming release Dark Horizons posted this on their site today:

Cranston, Olsen Join "Godzilla" Reboot

Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad” and Elizabeth Olsen “Martha Marcy May Marlene” have entered talks to co-star alongside Aaron Johnson in Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla” reboot at Legendary Pictures.

The project is currently undergoing a rewrite by Frank Darabont, and no deals are expected to be finalised until the script is finished.

Plot and character details are also being kept under wraps for now. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent will produce.

Shooting aims to begin next month for release on May 16th 2014.

via Cranston, Olsen Join “Godzilla” Reboot | News | Dark Horizons.

imagesLakeshore Entertainment has acquired movie rights to Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s four-volume graphic novel “The Sword.”

 

Lakeshore said the deal represents a move to follow up the success of its “Underworld” franchise. The company plans to begin lensing on the first movie later this year.

Lakeshore toppers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce.

The story follows a young paraplegic who escapes after her family is brutally murdered by a mysterious trio. She then discovers a sword that restores her ability to walk, grants her physical powers and begins a journey of retribution.

The first of the graphic novels was titled “The Sword: Fire,” followed by “Earth,” “Water” and “Air.”

The four “Underworld” titles have grossed about $450 million in worldwide box office, including $160 million for last year’s “Underworld: Awakening.”

Lakeshore’s upcoming “I, Frankenstein,” starring Aaron Eckhart, will be released domestically by Lionsgate on Sept. 13. Lakeshore is in production on the comedy “Walk of Shame,” starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden.

CAA reps the rights to “The Sword” and the Luna brothers.

via Lakeshore grabs ‘Sword’ | Variety.

World-famous Italian pen-manufacturer Montegrappa has teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for what might be the ultimate Batman collectible ever.

This ultra-limited edition 3-piece fountain pen, watch, and cufflink set — part of Montegrappa’s Cult Collection — comes in a stunning box and is a fitting tribute to the Caped Crusader.

Let’s take a look at the pen first: made of aluminium with a black anodised finish engraved with bats in mid-flight. The clip is ruthenium-plated brass and the nib is 18K with a tiny Bat-logo.

 

The wristwatch is based on the Montegrappa NeroUno watches, and is encased in 42mm waterproof stainless steel. The Batman logo is in the 12 o’clock position, and more bats surround the dial. The watch is powered by a Swiss-made Ronda quartz movement, and is secured to the wrist with a carbon strap with a black PVD tongue buckle.

 

Rounding out the set are the cufflinks, which of course feature the oval Batman logo — a 3-D look cut within a carbon fibre surface.

But don’t overlook the rad metal box the whole deal comes in — with a jet-black and gun-metal silver finish topped with a bat symbol cut from black glass. It opens up to a 3-D Batman landscape covered in glass, and has a panel that can be removed to store all your other fine Bat-collectibles.  In my opinion, this box is, next to the pen, probably the biggest show-stopper of the set. There’s also a special full-color Bat-booklet featuring art by Jim Lee.

Admittedly, this is a rather high-end gift for the Batman fan in your life and feel free to count yourself — but if you’re looking for the ultimate gift for the Bat-aficionado who has everything, this is probably it.

You’ll find this special edition Montegrappa Batman set — limited to 1939 pieces — at your finer pen and collectible shops. And the Italian company’s relationship with Warner Bros. Consumer Products is far from over: expect new sets to debut later this year!

via MTV Geek – Is This The Swankiest Batman Collectible Ever Made?.

Recently an indie publishing house found out the hard way that Marvel and DC share a surprising trademark.

Cup O Java Studios’ title A World Without Superheroes recently got slapped with a cease-and-desist from both Marvel and DC. Why? It turns out they jointly own the trademark to the term superhero. In fact, they apparently own the right to every permutation of the word, regardless of spelling.

Artist and founder of Bronx Heroes Con Ray Felix has entered into legal battle over the claimed infringing of trademark.  The first cease-and-desist came in September 2010. Felix was still able to trademark his title shortly thereafter, though, and he officially entered into battle with the big two in April 2012.  How does Felix feel about Marvel and DC’s claim?

…jointly trademarking a word does not entitle any company or individual rights over the word as DC/ Marvel had proclaimed.  In their eyes they own every and any variation of the word regardless of spelling, variation in a statement or sentence in the English language or foreign.   Registration marks do not work that way.  It’s illegal and impractical.  Also, Registration gives you legal rights to word usage for a literal element.  Meaning a specific product which uses the actual word to sell a product(s).  Trademarks/ registered marks are never secure and can always be brought into opposition by any party which feels that it is infringing on their registration rights.

That being said, Felix has not had much luck.  He has described Marvel and DC’s lawyers as grunting, losing their patience and being sharp with him. Furthermore, he claims that, due to a computer error, the judged charged him with abandonment and accused Felix of being “argumentative.”

Most damning of all, though, is his assertion that even other independent creators and fans don’t seem to care about this struggle.

I went public about the case at the last Mocca Con and was surprised that I was treated like a leper.  It was the first time I felt like an excommunicated Christian at a comic con.  Few voices were supportive. I got a few snickers and a few childish responses from so-called male adults.  It surprised me that people who spend their money at comic cons and read about heroes are so afraid and un-heroic in their own code to stand for something.  They’re conditioned puppets of corporate structures.

Felix went on to accuse the up-and-coming generation of creators of being “just hipsters who look like independent artists but have a corporate mindset of making themselves the next mainstream.”  Harsh words, but does he have a point?  Should there be more struggling against comics’ current corporate structure?

We’re certainly interested in whether Felix sees any direct result or at least moves the dialogue forward over the use of something as simple as superhero.

via Marvel and DC sue small publisher over using the word superhero | Blastr.

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