Monthly Archives: July 2013

In the latest Empire Magazine podcast, James Mangold talked about the Wolverine.

He spoke about wanting to make a different type of superhero movie by not necessarily making a superhero movie. Shooting in Japan helped accomplish this. He was also hesitant about making a superhero movie, but it was his friendship with Hugh Jackman and his trust in him that help make the decision easy.

Regarding the absence of a Stan Lee cameo, Mangold is so focus on making his movie that he didn’t want to add elements that would take you out of the movie, even for a second. He did not want to worry about where and how Stan would appear without appearing to be just a moment of stunt casting.

Hulk Agents of Smash

Disney and Marvel are premiering the new Hulk: Agents of Smash online before heading to television.

The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. must work together to tackle threats while learning to balance Hulk-sized action with everyday family-sized problems. From stopping Ego the Living Planet from crashing into Earth to trying to house break their giant red pet T-Rex, A-Bomb documents their heroic deeds and thrilling adventures in a reality-based web series.

Beginning Thursday, August 1, the series premiere episode “Doorway to Destruction, Part 1″ debuts exclusively for verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app for Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as Disney XD On Demand. On the same day, DisneyXD.com/HULK will launch the “Gamma Storm Smash” game, where fans can play as the Hulk or other agents of S.M.A.S.H. as they blast their way through a treacherous Gamma Tornado to reach the Negative Zone for a final Boss Battle against Annihilus.

On Sunday, August 11, the special one-hour series premiere kicks off with “Doorway to Destruction, Part 1,” where Hulk’s best pal Rick Jones begins making a web-series to show the world Hulk is a hero, and Big Green gets his first chance to prove it when Annihilus invades Earth. In “Doorway to Destruction, Part 2,” the newly formed Agents of S.M.A.S.H. – including a Hulked out Rick Jones, aka A-Bomb – invade the Negative Zone to stop Annihilus once and for all.

“Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” stars Fred Tatasciore (“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”) as Hulk, Clancy Brown (“The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”) as Red Hulk, Emmy Award-winner Seth Green (“Robot Chicken”) as A-Bomb, Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”) as She-Hulk and Ben Diskin (“Codename: Kids Next Door”) as Skaar.

The creative team consists of executive producer Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”); co-executive producer Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”);  creative consultant Paul Dini (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Lost”); and supervising producers Todd Casey (“Thundercats”), Cort Lane (“The Super Hero Squad Show”) and Henry Gilroy (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”). “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” is produced by Marvel Television and carries a TV-Y7-FV parental guideline.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom 1From Marvel.com, the X-Men are in a bind thanks to all of this nasty time traveling that is going on.

From the blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo, David Lopez and Giuseppe Camuncoli comes an event  so exhilarating and so groundbreaking that fans will be talking about it for years to come!

Hank McCoy brought the original X-Men into the present in the hopes of changing the course of history and stopping Scott Summers’ mutant revolution before it even begins. But as the young and confused X-Men try to cope with their devastating futures, the team begins to unravel from the inside. And just as mutant civil war is about to hit its boiling point, an unexpected third party comes in to change the game—the future X-Men! They’ve traveled back in time with a warning: the original X-Men need to go back to their rightful time or they will be the final nail in mutantkind’s coffin. They risked everything to come to the past and won’t leave until the All-New X-Men are back in the past.

Beginning in September and ending in October, no fan can miss this 10-part weekly event:

  • Part 1: X-Men Battle of the Atom #1
  • Part 2: All-New X-Men #16
  • Part 3: X-Men #5
  • Part 4: Uncanny X-Men #12
  • Part 5: Wolverine & The X-Men #36
  • Part 6: All-New X-Men #17
  • Part 7: X-Men # 6
  • Part 8: Uncanny X-Men #13
  • Part 9: Wolverine & The X-Men #37
  • Part 10: X-Men: Battle of The Atom #2

Three X-Men universes collide in the biggest war mutantkind has ever seen, and you won’t believe how it all plays out. One thing’s for sure—no reader will come out unscathed!

Who will become unlikely allies? What is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s master plan? What are the consequences for altering time and space? Most importantly, what will determine the fate of our favorite super heroes?

It’s monumental! It’s earth-shattering! It’s X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1!

Downtown Disney Volleyball Court

Hang out at the west end of Downtown Disney between Earl of Sandwich and the ESPN Zone and you’ll find a championship-size sand volleyball court for Downtown Disney Summer Celebration − Sand Volleyball Tournament and Pro Exhibition, Tuesday through Sunday, July 30 through August 4.

The celebration begins with Disneyland Resort cast members participating in their own Cast Member Tournament, Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, teams from VolleyOC will play their tournament final championship games on the Downtown Disney sand. And on Sunday, athletes from the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), including Ed Ratledge, Pedro Brazao, Mark Williams and Matt Olson, will appear for autograph signing and pro exhibition. Also appearing will be Rich Lambourne, who helped the USA Olympic volleyball team win a gold medal in 2008.

The Summer Celebration also will include presentations about safety in the sun and water by volleyball and aquatics champions, followed by meet-and-greets with fans.

Paramount’s summer success World War Z is returning to IMAX 3D by popular demand. Popular demand according to Paramount Pictures.

IMAX Corporation Press Release:

IMAX Corporation, along with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, today announced that due to overwhelming demand, the hit film World War Z starring Brad Pitt has been digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and will be released into select IMAX® theatres domestically for the first time for a one-week engagement beginning Aug. 2. World War Z has captivated audiences worldwide – grossing more than $460 million since its launch on June 2. The film has already played in WorldWarZ-Posterselect IMAX theatres internationally.

World War Z revolves around an ex-United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The film stars Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production World War Z is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof, and screen story by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. Based on the novel by Max Brooks. Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce.

The IMAX 3D release of World War Z has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Flash

At Tuesday’s TCA session , CW President Mark Pedowitz confirmed the development of “Flash,” a drama project based on the DC character following the success of “Arrow.”

“We do want to expand upon the DC universe. We think they’re rich characters we can use, and this is an organic way of doing it,” says Pedowitz. The Flash coupled with Arrow, the CW hopes will expand its 18-34 demo.

 

NEW YORK—July 30, 2013 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today it will be the exclusive home to legendary radio personality Art Bell, marking the return of the trailblazing late night host to radio with a new, expanded live, nightly call-in show on which he will explore the paranormal, unexplained and more with expert guests and listeners nationwide.

Art Bell’s Dark Matter will debut in fall 2013 on Indie, SiriusXM channel 104, airing nightly from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET (7:00 – 10:00 pm PT). Bell will host the show from his home studio in Pahrump, Nevada—near the storied Area 51—opening the phones lines and inviting listeners and expert guests to join his uncensored, unscripted nightly conversation about a wide variety of topics including: the paranormal, near-death experiences, quantum physics, extraterrestrial life and the unusual.

A 2008 inductee to the National Radio Hall of Fame, Bell was one of the top five most listened-to talk hosts in America when he was syndicated weeknights from 1993-2003, sharing the top rankings with Howard Stern, Dr. Laura and Rush Limbaugh, with as many as fifteen million listeners on 500 radio stations. Howard Stern and Dr. Laura are also exclusively heard on SiriusXM.

“SiriusXM is the perfect fit for me and my new show Art Bell’s Dark Matter,” said Art Bell. “Though invisible, dark matter accounts for gravitational forces observed in the universe—expect these forces to be at work in the uncensored, unrestricted creative arena of satellite radio, a medium with truly extraterrestrial reach.”

“We are excited to be the exclusive home of Art Bell, who has captivated a nation of listeners throughout his career with his intelligent and inquisitive, yet entertaining, style,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Art Bell left terrestrial radio after the biggest possible successes. We are honored that Art now wants to work with SiriusXM to write his next chapter; his vision takes advantage of our best strengths and his new show will be uncensored, unrestricted, uncluttered and utterly unique. With his return to radio on SiriusXM, he will be able to reach millions of longtime listeners and new fans everywhere in the nation.”

Bell started in radio at age thirteen when he became a licensed amateur radio operator, a license and interest that he holds to this day. He hosted radio shows while serving in the Air Force in Vietnam, became an engineer when he returned to the U.S., and returned to the airwaves with a late night show on a Las Vegas radio station that ultimately became his nationally syndicated show “Coast to Coast AM.”

Art Bell’s Dark Matter will be available on SiriusXM On Demand after it airs for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com.

Whose Line Is It AnywayAfter a strong initial showing on the CW, improvised comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” has been renewed for a second 24 episode season.

“It’s clear that viewers are as excited to have ‘Whose Line’ back on the air as we are,” said CW’s Mark Pedowitz. “We have wanted to bring comedy back to The CW for a long time, and Aisha, Wayne, Colin and Ryan have brought funny to the network in a big way. We’re very excited to have them back for another season.”

“Whose Line” is produced by Angst Prods. and Hat Trick Prods., with Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady exec producing.