Stan Lee to Create Indian Comic Superhero ‘Chakra – The Invincible’

Comic legend Stan Lee will launch an original superhero for the Indian market with a team of Indian artists and writers working at Liquid Comics which has pacted with Lee's POW! Entertainment for the project.

Chakra - The Invincible will initially launch as a series of downloadable web and mobile comics distributed throughout India on Liquid’s recently announced Graphic India platform. Lee’s first digital comic book story on Chakra will be released for free in April 2012, exclusively on www.graphicindia.com though a preview of concept art will be available later this week on the website.

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Kenneth Branagh goes from Shakespeare to Thor

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Look out: Thor, the Norse god of thunder - and his mighty hammer - are hurtling toward a theater near you this week, in 3-D, with Natalie Portman and a hunky new star, Chris Hemsworth.

The surprise is who directed this $150 million Marvel Comic come to life.

Kenneth Branagh, better known for Hamlet than hammers.

As an actor, he's proudest of his "Hamlet." It's one of six Shakespeare films he's starred in or directed, hoping to make the bard popular entertainment. Shakespeare earned him 3 of his four Oscar nominations.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as cartoon hero ‘The Governator’

He’s been a famous body builder. He’s been a killer cyborg from the future. He’s been Governor of California. And now, in this week’s exclusive cover scoop, Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals his plans for the next phase of his extraordinary career: He’s going be a cartoon superhero, known as The Governator.

Say What?

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Why do movie sales not translate into comic book sales?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra just completed its second week. According to Box Office Mojo, it dropped to second place in ticket receipts and dropped almost 60% in sales from its first weekend. The Rise of Cobra is ostensibly based on the toy line created by Hasbro. But most older comic book fans know that the toy line and the Marvel comic book were essentially created together, and characters created for one medium crossed over to the other.

So it might be a good time to re-assess how movies based on comic books impact the sales of the comic books they were based on.

In short, they don’t.

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Top Ten Greatest Comic Book Movies

It’s almost here! Warner Brother’s Watchmen will finally see the light of day this weekend, and we will get to see if all the Hollywood hoopla is justified. I’ve got a good feeling about Watchmen, and I’m hoping its a movie that lives up to all the hype. Therefore, in honor of the film’s release I’ve decided to compile a list of my top 10 comic book adaptations.  Some may be expected, while others may come as a surprise. Either way give me your two cents on who you think should or shouldn’t be included.

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Movies let comic books get a head start on stories

 

Having plundered comic books for decades, Hollywood is giving a little back. Studios are increasingly turning their properties over to illustrators and writers before movies are released to generate Internet chatter, early fans and anticipation within the all-important comic-book community.

The latest comic comes from Push, the sci-fi thriller starring Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning that opens Friday. Wildstorm, a division of DC Comics, has created a six-issue series that fleshes out the movie's plot about expats with supernatural powers.

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Mark Wahlberg talks ‘Max Payne’

 

Mark Wahlberg is packing heat once again as a vengeful vigilante in bullet-fired action flick Max Payne. He talks to Michele Manelis

In an unpredictable world economy, it seems Hollywood studios are hedging their bets on relatively low-risk movies that can guarantee an inbuilt theatre audience from video game and graphic novel fans. But are they any good?

Max Payne drops Mark Wahlberg in this gritty and violent world, playing an angst-ridden, widowed cop blinded by revenge.

An unusual choice after his Oscar nomination for The Departed earlier this year, Wahlberg, 37, blazes through this murky tale about a slain wife and baby and an ill-intentioned pharmaceutical company. The movie features otherworldly creatures, and, of course, a government conspiracy is thrown into the mix.

(NZ Herald)

 

Storylines for ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Hulk’ extended in digital comics

 

The profile of the Golden Avenger keeps rising.

Instrumental in the biggest things Marvel has going on right now [Secret (Skrull) Invasion and the earlier Civil War storylines] and the biggest thing Marvel has ever done onscreen (by itself), the comics company continues to let Tony Stark lead them in interesting directions, this time with an assist from Bruce Banner.

The latest venture is the new Iron Man digital comic book, along with an Incredible Hulk book as well. No, they are not the first digital comic books that the House of Ideas has produced, but they are the first it's used to tie directly into and extend the storyline for a movie.

(LA Times)

Margaret Cho returns to TV on her terms this time

 

Margaret Cho hopes her new TV foray is more satisfying than her last one — 14 years ago.

The actress and comedian stars in VHI's The Cho Show (tonight, 11 ET/PT), her first series since 1994's short-lived ABC sitcom All-American Girl, an experience from which the outspoken San Francisco native still appears to be recovering.

(USA Today)

 

10 Obscure Superheroes Who Deserve Their Own Movies

For every Batman, there's a Matter-Eater Lad.  For every X-Men, there's a Legion of Super-Pets.  There are comic book characters and groups who make it big, and there are those who never find a lasting audience.  Only now and then do the obscure characters get noticed, and even more rarely do they get the big-screen treatment (Blade is the notable exception).  Here are ten superheroes there's a good chance you've never heard of, but that we at GeekDad think are good enough to carry a movie.

(Wired)


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