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"The teaser image, created by Infinity artist Dustin Weaver,
is interesting because it shows Thanos with the Gauntlet, but with only
the Reality and Mind Gems attached, leaving the Soul, Time, Space, and
Power gems unaccounted for.
"The teaser also suggests that Star-Lord will be involved in the
event, as well as several, possibly even a family, of Nova Corpsmen."
"EDITORIA SENZA EDITORI?", CONVEGNO DI APERTURA DI
Giovedì 20 novembre, BilBOlbul si apre quest'anno con una giornata di studio,
presso gli spazi del MAMbo - Museo d'Arte moderna di Bologna (Via Don
Giovanni Minzoni, 14, Bologna), con l'obiettivo di disegnare una mappa
della pubblicazione di fumetti italiana e porre con chiarezza le domande
Partendo dal racconto delle diverse esperienze, abbiamo
invitato numerose personalità del settore a confrontarsi su temi quali i ruoli di editori ed autori nell'attuale industria editoriale, o i margini di sviluppo per fenomeni quali autoproduzione ed editoria di progetto.
Per guardare al presente senza paraocchi, ma anche per
individuare le tracce di nuovi modelli dell'editoria futura.
Ogni anno BilBOlbul seleziona e propone una serie di
appuntamenti ed esposizioni per promuovere il lavoro di nuove realtà
emergenti nel campo del fumetto e dell'illustrazione, con una serie di
mostre ed incontri che si terranno nella settimana precedente alle
giornate ufficiali del festival.
Visita il sito di BilBOlbul 2014 per conoscere le date e scoprire gli artisti e i progetti coinvolti.
"CROCEVIA PER L'INTERNO", WORKSHOP DI PAOLO BACILIERI PER BILBOLBUL 2014
Sono aperte le iscrizioni a "Crocevia per l'interno", workshop di Paolo Bacilieri, quinto e ultimo dei laboratori promossi nel contesto di BilBOlbul 2014, in collaborazione con Ateler Sì.
Il workshop, della durata di due giorni, si terrà mercoledì 19 e giovedì 20 novembre h10-13/14-17, presso gli spazi di Atelier Sì (via San Vitale 67, Bologna).
Le richieste di iscrizione dovranno pervenire entro lunedì 3 novembre.
Dal 30 ottobre al 2 novembre, veniteci a trovare a Lucca Comics & Games 2014 presso lo stand E123 del padiglione di Piazza Napoleone, dove troverete le nostre cartoline e i programmi di BilBOlbul 2014 freschi di stampa.
Per festeggiare l'ottava edizione, durante Lucca Comics
and Games inviteremo al banchetto Bilbolbul gli autori amici del
festival a stringere mani, dedicare copie dei loro libri e brindare alla
PERFORMING GENDER: FINGERPRINTS
Una mostra speciale che unisce due festival.
Gender Bender, insieme a BilBolBul, presenta gli schizzi, i disegni e le illustrazioni che Luca Di Sciullo, Viola Niccolai, Lisa Passaniti e Cristina Portolano hanno realizzato per il progetto europeo Performing Gender.
In mostra anche le foto di Elisa D'Errico e i video ad opera di Enrico Galli e Fabio Fiandrini
realizzati a ottobre 2013 per documentare l'intensa settimana di
ricerca legata al progetto, che investiga attraverso la danza
contemporanea le differenze di genere e orientamento sessuale.
I'm guessing this is all just blow hard publicity since various sources -including journalists- saw the actress with Snyder and on the film set so the idea that an extra is going to shoulder all the blame is pretty dumb-ass and what extra earns $5 million?
If anything, any such extra deserves $5 million from the studio for revitalising what was in all honesty a corpse of a movie publicity or news wise. Gadot is Wonder Woman. Affleck is Batman. Cavell is Superman. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
NOW fans are talking and raking up the excitement that DC seems to find impossible to do by themselves. Marvel never have this problem with their movies. Give the extra a pay-rise!
Holy smokes! Possible $5m fine for Batman extra who leaked female Robin
Jena Malone said to be playing Carrie Kelley in Superman v Batman,
Zack Snyder’s followup to Man of Steel – information that could cost
extra who broke non-disclosure agreement dear
Ben Affleck’s Batman will be teaming up with a female Robin for
his debut as the caped crusader in Warner Bros’ Batman v Superman: Dawn
of Justice, according to an anonymous extra on the forthcoming
Jena Malone, who recently made an appearance in
the Hunger Games fantasy saga as the tempestuous Johanna Mason, is
reputedly in line to play Carrie Kelley. The character was introduced in
Frank Miller’s seminal 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, and
has been called the first full-time female version of Batman’s
best-known sidekick in the DC Comics title.
The news broke through the WILX-10 News station in Michigan, where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
has been filming at the Michigan State University. The extra told
reporter Kirk Montgomery: “I’ve also learned that the character of Robin
is now female.” Meanwhile, Malone has been spotted on set and at recent
film premieres sporting Kelley’s trademark red crop.
Studio Warner Bros
has not yet made any public comment on the rumour. However, several US
sites are reporting that the extra in question now faces a possible $5m
fine for breaking a non-disclosure agreement. Batman v Superman, the
followup to Zack Snyder’s 2013 superhero epic Man of Steel, will feature
Affleck taking on Henry Cavill’s Superman. The film already looks set
to be a crowded affair, with a debut for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and
potential bows for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.
Snyder is said to be riffing heavily on The Dark Knight Returns,
which sees an older, jaded Batman coming into conflict with Superman
after the latter is called in to take down an increasingly
out-of-control dark knight. Kelley is a 13-year-old schoolgirl in the
comics, somewhat younger than the 29-year-old Malone.
While the introduction of a new movie Robin would usually prove
controversial with fans, the cache of Miller’s classic graphic novel
could yet make the character’s big screen debut a popular move. Dawn of
Justice is due in cinemas for March 2016.
What I'm hoping will be the final posting for a while on DC/Marvel movies (I hear rumours but who cares?). I think this piece by Tom Butler, though nothing new, does encapsulate the entire release dates shindig -and nice visuals.
Warner Bros. officially announced a load of
based on DC Comics including two Justice League films, Wonder Woman,
The Flash, Aquaman, and even another outing for Green Lantern. Heck,
even Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman are getting new
solo outings too.
Add this to Marvel’s upcoming
Avengers slate, Sony’s Spider-Man-related films, and Fox’s X-Men and
Fantastic Four pictures, and you’ve a super-sized selection of comic
book movies coming your way.
If, like us, you’re struggling
to keep up with all the superhero films coming out soon, here’s all the
release dates in one handy place...
It’s worth noting that these are
subject to change and we’ve gone for UK release dates (we get ‘Avengers
2’ early, yay!) where we know them, the rest are the US release dates.
I try to avoid all the "How-much-did-they-make" nonsense because, as long as you make a living and have financial security for yourself and your family (don't get into comics if that's what you are looking for) that's it. No one elses business really.
But Ali Gray at Yahoo! Movies came up with a piece that I'm sure will interest all you Marvel movie buffs -and start many an arguement!
Who's The Most Successful Avenger Outside Of Marvel Movies?
they’re the most powerful superhero ensemble the world has ever seen:
super-strong, super-fast, super-smart and damn near unbeatable. But
split apart The Avengers and what becomes of their component parts when
they’re not on duty? With Robert Downey Jr making an increasingly rare
non-Iron Man appearance this week in legal thriller ‘The Judge’, we
decided to see which Avenger was the most successful at the box-office
outside of the Marvel canon (i.e. ‘Iron Man’ onwards). The champ might
#7. Chris Evans Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £98 million
It’s perhaps no surprise
that Chris Evans has the least pull at the box-office outside of the
Avengers: Evans has said many times he plans to move into directing once
his Marvel contract is up, and with no sign of those superhero
paycheques stopping any time soon, he doesn’t need to work if he doesn’t
want to. With both of his ‘Fantastic 4’ movies pre-dating the current
Marvel universe, Evans’ biggest hit post-‘Iron Man’ was his least known
superhero outing, ‘Push’, which made £29 million worldwide. Perhaps if
the Weinsteins had actually bothered to release heavily-buzzed sci-fi
‘Snowpiercer’ properly instead of indefinitely shelving it, he’d have
made a better showing in this rich list.
#6. Mark Ruffalo Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £499 million
third actor to play Marvel’s Hulk in ten years, Ruffalo brought
credibility to the role of Bruce Banner in ‘Avengers Assemble’, and it
looks like he’ll bring some stability to it too. Since 2008, Ruffalo’s
indie cred has been bolstered by several high-profile roles, including
the co-lead in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ and a role in another
ensemble, ‘Now You See Me’, the sleeper hit which netted a quite frankly
unbelievable £217 million at the box-office. Ruffalo’s smaller roles
don’t fare too badly either: recent romcom ‘Begin Again’ opposite Keira
Knightley was no HULK SMASH but it did make a respectable £34 million.
#5. Scarlett Johansson Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £609 million
is a box-office behemoth: she’s graduated from surly-looking,
croaky-voiced teen in the likes of ‘Ghost World’ to an all-conquering,
audience-slaying A-lister – she lit up cinemas as the lead of Luc
Besson’s action/sci-fi ‘Lucy’ and it’s closing in on a £248 million take
worldwide. That could be the Marvel effect in action (they pay low
wages but bump up their cast’s star factor considerably) but don’t sell
Scarlett short: ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, ‘He’s Just Not That Into
You’, ‘We Bought A Zoo’, ‘Don Jon’ and ‘Chef’ were all decent-sized
hits. Frankly Johansson’s work-rate puts some of the male Avengers to
#4. Chris Hemsworth Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £647 million
When he’s not swinging the
hammer of Thor, Hemsworth has picked his non-Asgardian projects well,
working with directors like Ron Howard and Joss Whedon (with Michael
Mann and Steven Spielberg still on the slate). If you count his brief
role in JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ reboot – and we do, because he’s
brilliant as Kirk’s dad even with just a few minutes of screen time –
then Hemsworth’s non-MCU CV tops a billion in revenue. His biggest hit
was ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ and Hemsworth’s pull is now so great,
the forthcoming prequel will ditch Snow White and be all about him
#3. Samuel L Jackson Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £737 million
Yes, we know Nick Fury
isn’t technically an Avenger – spare me the structural hierarchy of
S.H.I.E.L.D. and all associated subsidiaries – but Jackson’s
contribution to the Marvel universe cannot be overstated, so he makes
the list. Jackson’s approach to work seems to be quantity AND quality –
he’s never not working, but he mixes box-office hits like ‘RoboCop’
(£150 million) and ‘The Other Guys’ (£105 million) with all manner of
straight-to-video schlock. Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’
contributes almost half of his post-Nick Fury career takings, but it’s
worth remembering that Samuel L Jackson is technically the most
successful actor of all time, with no less than £2.5 billion to his name
(thanks to ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘The Incredibles’ and
something called ‘Star Wars’).
#2. Robert Downey Jr. Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £935 million
horror! He’s the highest paid actor in the world and one of the most
high profile names in the business, but Robert Downey Jr is not the most
successful Avenger when it comes to extra-curricular activity. To be
fair, five of his last 11 films have been Marvel movies, and not only
did Tony Stark kick off the MCU with the phenomenally successful ‘Iron
Man’, he scored its biggest hit to date with ‘Iron Man 3’ (£745
million). Downey has still worked wonders elsewhere, however, with two
‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies racking up over a billion at the box-office,
and even lesser comedies like ‘Due Date’ scoring big (£131 million). Still, Tony Stark will have to stand aside for the true big winner of The Avengers…
#1. Jeremy Renner Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £1.03 billion
Seriously? I mean, who saw this coming? Often thought of as the
forgotten Avenger – “Where’s your standalone movie, Clint?” tease his
super-friends – Jeremy Renner has nonetheless forged a crazy successful
career almost out of nowhere. The secret to Renner’s success is not
billion-dollar blockbusters but several different medium-sized
franchises: with ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Bourne’ and even ‘Hansel &
Gretel’ all on the go, those millions keep coming (and further sequels
to all three movies are lined up). Even his dramatic roles register at
the box-office, with ‘American Hustle’ profiting from David O Russell’s
awards season sheen and ‘The Hurt Locker’ benefiting from Renner’s Best
Actor Oscar nomination – he’s the only man on this list to receive one
since MCU ground zero.
exciting series of events which will offer new access to the Doctor Who
series, featuring episodes from episodes that have been filmed in Wales
throughout its 50 year history.
The programme of six events, devised and coordinated by Film
Hub Wales and BAFTA Cymru, and hosted in partnership with BBC Cymru
Wales and 6 key venues around the country, will offer fans of the series
a chance to see monsters from key episodes of the cult classic on the
big screen and hear from the creative team working on the series.
events will be held between November 2014 and January 2015 and will be
part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the BFI’s landmark season
dedicated to cinema’s most spectacular genre, presented together with
02. Tickets will be available to BAFTA members and the general public.
Raybould, BAFTA Cymru Director, said: “BAFTA Cymru exists to celebrate
excellence in production in the moving art form and this new partnership
with BBC Wales and venues around Wales – made possible by the funding
received from Film Hub Wales, will allow us to offer new access to the
amazing talent working on the Doctor Who series in Wales.”
are particularly pleased to be working with new venue partners – from
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn, Theatr Harlech in Gwynedd,
Savoy Theatre in Monmouth and Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli, which expand the
breadth of our offer, and add to our existing fruitful partnerships with
the Film Hub lead organisation Chapter in Cardiff and Aberystwyth Arts
The first event in the series, to be held in partnership
with Chapter pop up cinema on 4 November at the landmark National Museum
of Wales in Cardiff, will be a preview of Death in Heaven, the current
season finale, which will be screened ahead of its broadcast on BBC One
and will be attended by cast and crew.
The wider programme of
events includes The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe at Ffwrnes in
Llanelli on 1 December ; The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky at
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn on 12 December; The Unquiet Dead
at the Savoy, in Monmouth on 12 January; ending with The Five Doctors
on 27 January at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. An additional double bill
screening of Mask of Mandragora and The Prisoner will be confirmed to
take place in January at Theatr Harlech.
The events will each have a specific theme, focusing on one creative department within the Doctor Who production team.
are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to Film Hub Wales member
venues, including our Film Hub Lead organisation Chapter, as part of
our exciting BFI Sci-Fi programme. We couldn’t imagine a Wales-wide
Sci-Fi season that didn’t explore our cultural connections to Doctor Who
and are thrilled to work with BBC Cymru Wales and BAFTA Cymru to bring
these events to life,” said Hana Lewis, Strategic Hub Manager, Film Hub
“We have a rich and diverse range of exhibitors developing
audiences for film across Wales but many are divided by rural
landscapes, limited capacity and lack of funding. Film Hub Wales exists
to support a more sustainable independent film sector, bringing more
film, to more people, in more places. We anticipate that special
screenings of this cult classic can bring audiences together to
experience the wondrous world of Doctor Who on the big screen.”
Tickets for these special events will cost £12 and £8 (concessions) and are available exclusively from the venue websites here: Doctor Who: Death in Heaven Tuesday 4th November 7pm Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff www.chapter.org/doctorwho 029 2030 4400
Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe Monday 1st December at 7pm Theatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli www.theatrausirgar.co.uk 0845 2263510
Doctor Who: The Sontaran; Stratagem & The Poison Sky Tuesday 16th December 7pm Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Denbighshire www.scalaprestatyn.co.uk 01745 850197
Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead Monday 12th January 7pm Monmouth Savoy Theatre, Monmouth www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk 01600 772467
Doctor Who: Doctor Who Masque of Mandragora & The Prisoner Saturday 17th January at 7pm Theatr Harlech, Snowdonia www.theatrharlech.com 01766 780667
"As Joy and Pete are driving into Belfast, all they can see is
devastation. Pete's spider-sense warns him of danger and he brakes hard
across Joy in the car while a petrol bomb flies across their path.
Terrorists with guns show up but are eventually fought off my the
military police and Pete and Joy manage to drive their way into the
middle of the city. Welcome to Northern Ireland, I guess.
Joy is still on the trail of Roxxon and takes Pete off to their
HQ. They are also on the looking for the mysterious 'black hoods' gang
who the military police warned them about. After stumbling across a fire
in a block of flats, Pete and Joy meet a guy called Liam, whose flat it
was. He says he's running from the Black Hoods. Liam says the Hoods
killed his brother and are now after him.
He takes them to a pub and introduces them as American reporters.
One of the patrons tells them that the Hoods have been causing trouble
in the area but no-one knows why. Joy thinks Roxxon is involved because
the Hoods don't seem like 'traditional' terrorists. As they leave, a
gang with rifles surround them - looks like they've been talking a bit
too loudly in the pub.
The gang blindfold them and take them to the Roxxon building
where they are met by a chap called Ian Forbes. Forbes tells them that
the Pentagon terminated a defence contract with Roxxon and so they
decided to try and sell their weapons to the British government to use
in Ireland. He demonstrates the use of a tank (that has a tendency to
overheat) to them. He then introduces 003 - a British secret serviceman.
His plan is to cause unrest through the Black Hoods in Ireland,
then some 'well-placed' politicians in London will call for greater
force to be used and so Roxxon come in and sell their weapons. As they
are locked up, Liam shows up. Pete and Joy want to get more evidence
against Roxxon, so split up as they escape. Pete does a quick change to
Spidey and does some arse- whupping. He finds out Forbes and 003 are
escaping via helicopter on the roof.
On the roof, Liam and Joy have been recaptured. Spidey saves them
and manages to get a tracer on the helicopter. Liam shoots one of the
gang who is threatening them but finds out it is his brother, called
Rory. The last thing we see is the helicopter exploding while a shadowy
figure in a Roxxon building says Forbes had been too careless. "
In a post World War 2 like landscape with British troops in -German style?- half-track vehicles and US uniforms the American reader is introduced to Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland that exists in the mind of some dope-arsed American writer who, I assume, had never been to Northern Ireland? It was from this book that the famous Irish swear word came. What vocal obscenity? Oh -"meadow muffins!" I am NOT kidding. Us Brits discussed this long and hard over peals of laughter at the junk we were reading/seeing. We could only assume that "meadow muffins" were cow pats?
But it seems that American writers also preferred to see "British occupied Northern Ireland" in some drug orientated way....maybe to ease their consciences I dunno -a lot of weapons were purchased by the IRA with American money so...?
And now I have just read something re-published by Marvel in 2012: Avengers: The Contest but back in the 1980s there was no big movie to spin reprints off of so any comic reader would know this as a compilation of the first Marvel Super Hero Contest Of Champions.
And all those absolutely stupid things that went to show WHY American writers -or Di$ney which has bastardised the folklore and history of many nations for a $- should stick to just writing American characters.
Well, what I noticed is the cover art. Straight away -Sub-Mariner has a
huge, over-sized leg coming out of his hip/side. Proportions and
perspective are weird -the characters (including Daredevil who is also
deformed- are all odd sizes. Bill Mantlo I shall always remember for
Micronauts...I do not think it was as badly written as this.
dialogue was so bad I kept thinking "is this meant for 6-9 year olds?" I
mean: "I'm Sabra of Israel! Like the spiny pear that is the symbol of
the Israeli people from which I derive my name...I am harsh to my
enemies...yet sweet to my friends!" All she had to say is "I am Sabra
of Israel!" that was just long winded, VERY badly written crap.
we have: "I am Blitzkrieg, of West Germany...Lord of the lightning
strike!" So, "Lightning Lord" translates as "Blitzkrieg" does it? I
really, really am very disappointed by the dialogue.
The gathering of
vanished heroes who all meet up at a mysterious location (hmmm. I wonder
whether I've ever used that? hmm) is quite a common plot theme but if I
ever wrote dialogue like this I would ask a friend (if I had any) to
break my fingers.
It just makes Bill Mantlo seem to be a very poor
writer. But, then, this wasn't the best 'Avengers' book was it? Still
fun ....I'm a Gemini -waddaya expect???? El Defensor....thank gods this
was before any Falkland/Malvinas war!!!
We have the Irish heroine "Shamrock" (SERIOUSLY????) and Captain Britain.
Shamrock :"You wear the emblem of Great Britain!"
Captain Britain:"And you the Green of Ireland"
Caps:"Shamrock and Captainb Britain, divided by their countries' enmity, eye each other suspiciously."
Script by Bill Mantlo. Arse.
I remember fighting off the hordes of Irish, black hooded kamikazee waves with their shamrock flags blowing in the wind. Obviously no idea what-so-ever of Irish national colours -"Hey -shamrocks the national emblem, right?" I was surprised that Irelands great super hero The Leprachaun wasn't shown. **** this was bad.
But, oh, the un-PC national -racist- stereotyping didn't stop there. There is an Arabic hero called...I feel soooo dirty writing this...."Arabian Knight" -I have no idea who "Defensor" is/was and the bald-headed "Talisman" of Australia...yes, this book is really making me feel dirty.
Don't get me wrong. I simply switch of my higher brain functions to read this stuff. Not sure if it was meant to tie in with toys or not but, oy!
It's good fun but even in the no-computers-to-do-research-by, there is no excuse for some of the stereotyping unless it was "just write it and get the pay cheque!"
I'm sure they could have included Captain Lesbos -hero of the island state of Lesbos?
I have to say, with all of this, yes, it was enjoyable.
And, yes, I do realise they shoved two Avengers Annuals in here to make it an "Avengers" title.
Oh no....I just found this. Hilarious -I think a bit of pee just came out!