In the early ’80s, comic book fans didn’t have a lot of options to see costumed heroes on TV and in movies. Outside of the big-screen Superman films and The Incredible Hulk on TV, the offerings were pretty slim. But William Katt wore a red costume as the title character in The Greatest American Hero, an original TV series that centered around a schoolteacher who acquires a super-powered suit from aliens, but loses the instructions and has to learn the hero game by trial and error. Now Fox is prepping a new Greatest American Hero TV series, with The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller as guiding producers.
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Michael Bay has made a career of making cars look cool on screen, and he’s hoping to continue that trend. He’s on board to produce a film for Warner Bros. called Cosmic Motors, based on a book of futuristic designs by Daniel Simon.
Simon, who has been a designer, for vehicles in particular, on films like Prometheus, Oblivion, Tron Legacy and Captain America: The First Avenger, released the book in 2007. In it, he creates a far away sci-fi universe through vehicles. Each chapter tells a story of the design and purpose of a futuristic, awesome looking car/hovercraft/motorcycle. We’ve got a gallery of examples below.
Now, Bay and Warner Bros. have hired writer Kyle Ward to adapt the book into a screenplay. Read more about the Cosmic Motors movie, and the book below including a bunch of new photos. Read More »
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
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The ten best characters of the 2014 summer movie season
A Web Comic Illustrating Late Actor and Comedian Robin Williams’ Colorful Life in the Form of a Video Game
It Doesn’t Matter Whether Tony Soprano is Dead or Alive, and Stop Asking
44 Things We Learned from the Out-of-Print ‘Fisher King’ Commentary
Adam Rabalais’ Yippee Ki-Yay print
I Think Ghostbusters Ruined Movies For My Mom
Will We Ever Forgive George Lucas?
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Want more Star Wars Bits? We’ve got more Star Wars Bits. It starts with some big time Star Wars Rebels updates and ends with some potentially massive Episode VII spoilers. (Don’t worry, they’re well hidden.) Below, read about the following:
- Watch three new commercials from Star Wars Rebels.
- Here are the top 10 fights in Star Wars, according to Lucasfilm.
- Read Dave Filoni‘s foreword to Star Wars: A New Dawn.
- The titles of the first episodes of Star Wars Rebels has been revealed.
- J.J. Abrams talks Apollo 11 from the set of Star Wars Episode VII.
- Latino Review drops some potentially major Episode VII spoilers.
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The Midnight Madness program at the Toronto Film Festival is one of the most reliable lineups of provocative genre movies each year — programmer Colin Geddes does a great job of choosing films that are memorable and full of new talent. Here’s the Cub trailer, which will be your first look at one of this year’s Midnight Madness titles.
Jonas Govaerts makes his debut as a director with the film, which tells the story of “a troupe of young Cub Scouts who find themselves stalked by a psychopathic huntsman who has riddled the forest with ingenious and deadly traps.” There’s some weird stuff and much bloody violence in this trailer. Oh, and the film boasts a score by Steve Moore, from the band Zombi, who also did music for Adam Wingard’s The Guest. You won’t hear the score here, but check out the trailer below. Read More »
Multiple cuts of Wong Kar-Wai‘s latest film, The Grandmaster, already exist. Primarily, there’s the long Chinese cut and the shorter US version, the latter of which excises some characters completely and focuses the story in a slightly different manner. Now there’ll be a new version. Wong is prepping a 3D version of The Grandmaster for Chinese release. The 3D conversion isn’t the only different in this one, however, as it is also reported to have previously unseen footage. Read More »
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A sure-fire contender for “limited edition movie poster of the year” will soon be available. The movie is the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds, and the poster is by talented artist Tom Whalen. The prints are being sold by Dark Hall Mansion and will first become available to fans who purchase a subscription to a new Twilight Zone print series by Whalen and others. See the full version of both editions of the poster below. Read More »
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San Diego Comic-Con keeps getting bigger, but San Diego does not. While some new hotels have gone up in the past several years, the convention center itself, and of course the city around it, has stayed the same size. Two years ago, amid bids from several other major cities, the convention signed a contact to stay in San Diego through 2016. That, however, was based heavily on an expected proposal to expand the convention center. That proposal was rejected earlier this month and then an appeal was voted down this week, pretty much killing any chance of an expansion. So where does that leave Comic-Con? Read more below about the potential for Comic Con moving. Read More »