Christopher Nolan appeared at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and confirmed the status of “The Dark Knight Rises”.

“We’ve worked on it a long time – David Goyer and myself. We’re about 12 weeks away from shooting. We start in May” Nolan told a packed crowd. He added that the main draw of doing this third film was about “finishing the story.”

The press release announcing Anne Hathaway’s involvement in the film the other week called her role Selina Kyle only, no mention of Catwoman. Nolan didn’t confirm whether we’ll see Catwoman in the film, however cinematographer Wally Pfister confirmed to Bleeding Coolthat Hathaway has done a full costume test.

“Yeah.. She’s phenomenal. This is something she wanted and wanted to show Chris, ‘I’m the one for this job’ and she did an incredible job…and she looked phenomenal in the wardrobe [hint, hint]. It’s going to be amazing with her.”

Pushed however to explain if that costume test was for Catwoman rather Kyle, he said “I’ll get fired and I won’t even get to shoot the picture! … I can’t really [say], but I definitely want to be around next year.”

Thanks to DH

From Dark Horizons

Stephen King’s single novel epic “The Stand” is finally getting adapted for the big screen via Warner Bros. and CBS Films reports Heat Vision.

The studios and producers will sit down with writers and directors in the coming weeks to find the right take on the material. One thing to be determined is whether to attempt the adaptation in one or multiple movies.

The novel, first published in 1978 and revised in 1990, is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. The survivors end up fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.

ABC produced a toned-down six-hour mini-series adaptation in 1994, while Marvel Comics has recently produced an acclaimed graphic novel adaptation.

CBS has held the rights for years but recently sought a parter to co-develop and co-produce a feature with Warners winning a bidding war for the rights. King will be involved in some capacity while Mosaic and Roy Lee are producing.

“Catwoman IECE”
Limited edition print for the Inland Empire Comic Expo. The first convention brought to you by the talented folks at Forbidden Panel.

There will only be 25 of these available at the show.

“Rancid Visions: Wes Huffor”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is a preview of the first one by contest winner Wes Huffor. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

NEW ARC, NEW WRITERS
DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
TAKE REIGNS ON STAN LEE’S SOLDIER ZERO!

NEW ARC! GREAT START FOR NEW READERS! Stan Lee, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Javier Pina continue their celebrated run on the year’s most exciting new superhero series. In the aftermath of last issue’s epic battle, SOLDIER ZERO finds himself hated by the public, and Stewart finds himself more confused than ever— while a new threat emerges! A perfect jumping on point for new readers as Stan Lee drives SOLDIER ZERO full speed ahead.

Okay well, “from the dead” is a little dramatic, maybe just back from a year of insanity, changes and new discoveries.  Whatever you call it, it’s been nearly seven months since my last installment on the site and I’m sure many of you new comers are thinking, “who the heck is this broad??”

Well, I’ve been busy so put a lid on your attitude and get ready to rock 2011 with all new articles, reviews and even a few short stories, lovingly sent to you from my insanity, straight to your laptop.
First things first… Where the heck have i been?! Well in June we bought our first home and went thru the nightmarish process of fixing, painting and settling in, finally moved in the week after spending 4 days at the ComicCon in San Diego while being 6 months pregnant and working a 14 hour day full time. Oh, did I also mention I was going to school full time? Yeeeah, that was happening too. I finished my bachelors of science in psychology in October. Yes, that’s right folks… I now have a degree in BS. Take that!
Oh, and I had a baby in November. So within a 4 month period, I became a homeowner, a college graduate and a parent. Did I mention I’ve been busy?

The birth of my son has been a life altering, mind numbing and game changing event. Absolutely nothing in my life is the same and although every moment of my life is now busy, I am happier than I ever have been. Ever. I haven’t really wanted to do anything but take care of him ever since and it’s been near impossible to dig up any inspiration or desire to focus on anything but him.
So what, you may ask, is so important that I’d pull myself out of my seclusion and silence? What could possibly get my wheels turning enough to wander out of babyland and back into comic city?? Only one thing… Can you guess?

The proposed casting of miss Selina Kyle, my favorite comic book character of all time in Christopher Nolan’s newest installment of the Batman series; “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Here’s the most recent press release, care of Deadline.com:

[“Chris Nolan has lifted the veil off his third Batman film. He has set Anne Hathaway to play Selina Kyle, who has a double identity as Catwoman.”

“Warner Bros has a checkered history with the Catwoman; Michelle Pfeiffer was hailed for her performance as the feline in 1992’s Batman Returns. A subsequent attempt at a 2004 spinoff movie with Halle Berry was a flop. Hathaway has been vying for the role since last November, along with actresses that included Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively and Natalie Portman.”

Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”]

http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/anne-hathaway-wins-selina-kyle-role-in-the-dark-knight-rises/

So. Let’s discuss.

Anne Hathaway… First film in 2001, a stumbling Disney princess with a gigantic smile and no balance.

There is no doubt Anne has come a long way since she took orders from Mary Poppins, but the question remains; can she be my Catwoman?

Even though she’s not yet 30 years old, her characters have grown from cardboard cutouts to a depth and clarity that showcases not only a talent for the art of acting but also an understanding of the human spirit. She’s believable when she’s sad and can bring a smile with her clever comedy style.  She can even turn a chick flick character into something more real and powerful than the story itself had offered.  All in all, I enjoy her art and have seen her grow exponentially in these last 11 years growing from childhood favorite to smokin’ hot woman.
However, that being said… The question remains; Can she be Selina?  Can she be the face of batman’s counterpart? Can she pull off the depth of soul and passion of someone worthy, someone who can be his equal and ultimate antithesis simultaneously? Can she shed her princess tiara for a set of claws and most importantly, can we take her seriously??
With so much silliness and trite, superfluous comedy and chick flick history, can we look at her and believe her?

Her name itself imbibes images of light and beauty… Like William Halloway, a presence like hers cant help but be the light to batman’s dark and maybe that’s what will make it work.
Ultimately it all depends upon the story they go with and how they write her, which version of Selina they pursue
We’ve seen them push the envelope in the last two, dissecting and reinventing characters we thought we knew and gave them new life in ways we never expected.
I can speculate all day what it might be like but if the last two films are any indication, there’s absolutely no telling what they’ll do and what it might be like.

So in the mean time, I want to hear from you-

Who in today’s acting pool would you like to see sharpen her claws and take on this role to become YOUR Catwoman?

Natalie Portman? Mila Kunis? Angelina Jolie?  Charlize Theron?

Let me know what you think!!

So, after my splurge of  reading, mostly in the form of The Science Of Superheroes and the fantastic Mark Waid series Incorruptible and Irredeemable and the amusing but kinda lackluster Pinocchio: Vampire Hunter, I find myself not knowing were to turn next for my comic reading.  I suppose I can finally catch up on Brian Wood’s DMZ…….

Where to turn now? «.

Our 76th episode is full of news news news.

Bryan also catches us up on his plans of world domination while I talk to you about TV show etiquette.

All this and not much more on this episode!!!

January 19, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – This March BOOM! Studios brings you the future of war and a vision of revolution on a galactic scale with INSURRECTION V3.6! Join Blake Masters (BROTHERHOOD) and acclaimed writer Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, DINGO) with white hot artist Michael Penick as they bring you a devastating new series about conflict, humanity, and the cost of freedom. Join the fight and prepare for INSURRECTION V3.6!


In INSURRECTION V3.6 enter a future where pollution, poverty, and armed conflict have been obliterated. Only off-world on the terraformed moons of distant planets does war still exist. Corporations command more power than governments and when they go to war, they use their own military force — armies composed of bio-engineered clones. For generations, these clones have not questioned why they live and die while their makers risk nothing. But now, one of their own will stand up against injustice, sparking a revolution that will change the entire galaxy, igniting INSURRECTION!

INSURRECTION V3.6 is written by Blake Masters (BROTHERHOOD) and Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, DINGO), with art by sensational artist Michael Penick. This title ships in March with A & B covers in a 50/50 split by Karl Richardson and Rael Lyra respectively, and carries a Diamond Code of JAN111041.

Next Generation Portable (NGP): All the early details – PlayStation Blog.

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