We all see Daniel Radcliffe when we think of Harry Potter but there’s soon to be a new version of the famous wizard coming from award-winning artist Jim Kay. He will be doing a serious of full-color illustrations for new editions of the books to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. According to Kay:
“From my point of view it is without doubt the commission of a lifetime… to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it. However I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents. I want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can
Judging by these illustrations, he’s creating a wonderful new version of the Harry Potter world.
See Hogwarts after the break…
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Zack Whedon gave some details about where the crew of Serenity will be when the sequel comic series, Leaves in the Wind, is released by Dark Horse Comics next month. The Alliance is still after them, but now Jayne is missing and Zoe is pregnant with a baby Wash! In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Zack also said:
It has been around nine months since the conclusion of “Serenity.” A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. The discovery that Mal and his crew shared with the ‘verse — that the inhabitants of the planet Miranda were killed or driven mad by an Alliance experiment — has opened some eyes and created some new allies, but it hasn’t deterred any of their pursuers. If anything, it has made them more relentless. Serenity is hiding out in lesser-known corners of the ‘verse, trying to keep a low profile. As you will see early on, that’s easier said than done. Mal and his crew will be forced to face their enemies head on — some familiar, some new.
Nine months means Zoe is about to have the baby. That could complicate matters ever so slightly for the crew. I’m thinkin’ they’ll all have to learn to behave or they’ll be corruptin’ that little one before he can walk.
On that note, the tone of the comic series might be a little different than what we’re used to given the circumstances. CBR notes:
This comic is shaping up to be, in many ways, a departure from the sometimes light-hearted series.
How do all of you die-hard Browncoats feel about this?
The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has arrived and it features quite a bit of Electro towards the end. Check it out after the break…
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Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark impacted my childhood. The urban legends and folklore kept me awake more than once. I’m such a wimp now I would never try to re-read the series, and I know I wouldn’t be able to watch the movie adaptation CBS Films just jumped on. Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan pitched a movie based on the Scary Stories collection and apparently competitive bidding ensued to buy the pitch.
Melton and Dunstan plan to adapt some “Scary short stories into a screenplay about a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.”
The project is only in the beginning stages so who knows how far it will get, but with the popularity of paranormal/supernatural teenager movies and TV shows, it does seem like the time is right to market a film like this.
(Deadline via /Film)
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Fast and Furious star Gal Godot is your new Wonder Woman. She’ll be starring alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film. Director Zack Snyder notes:
Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.
Godot, 28, is from Israel and has a background in both modeling and acting. She seems a bit skinny for the role, but she did spend two years in the Israeli army so she seems to have some kick ass qualifications.
What do you think—is Gal Godot the right fit for the first big screen Wonder Woman?
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The lucky folks in the United Kingdom get to see Sherlock sooner than us. Though the premiere date was revealed for the U.S. over a month ago, the release date information for the U.K. just got official over the weekend. The marketing team put it out there in a creative fashion: a hearse. The date January 1, 2014 was laid out in flowers. Perfect. Mark Gatiss even hinted at the reveal:
I think Sherlock would approve of this unconventional approach.
Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk revealed back in July that he was working on a sequel and, instead of a movie or even a traditional book, he was planning on doing it as a series of graphic novels.
Well, we have an update. Palahniuk has revealed new information which includes a possible story line:
The sequel will be told from the– at first– submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator’s life. Because 20th Century-Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I’m calling him Cornelius. He’s living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife. The typical midlife bullshit. Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she’d once fallen in love with. She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and– go figure– Tyler reemerges to terrorize their lives.
So, midlife crisis and marital boredom leads to mayhem in the form of Tyler Durden? I wonder if any Ikea furniture will be making an appearance. We’ll have to wait until approximately 2015 to find out. There’s also a Fight Club 2 news page on Chuck’s site if you want to follow along.
I am Cornelius’ confused interest.
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