Destroying New York in movies has become so cliché. Many major disaster movies — from King Kong to The Avengers –  features some kind of massive, cataclysmic event taking place in the city. For some people around the world, these big screen visions of the Big Apple are all they know about NYC. That cultural disconnect is the idea behind the latest pop culture art show at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY

The Popular Face of New York is a solo show by UK artist Chris Thornley aka Raid71. He’s created a wide range of screenprints inspired by New York movies, from the destructive (Independence Day, King Kong, Ghostbusters) to the romantic (Woody Allen) and the criminal (Martin Scorsese, The King of New York). It’s a though-provoking, and fun, glimpse at an outsiders perspective on one of the most filmed cites in the world.

The show opens March 15 and runs through March 29. Check out some images below. Read More »

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Have you ever flipped your TV to a movie and been delighted it was one of those presentations with facts that pop up on the screen? If so, you might want to know about a new site just launched that provides that sort of presentation all the time.

The site is called Yeah! and is run by AMC Networks, which own AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Basically, the site allows you to stream movies like Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pulp Fiction, and This is Spinal Tap. Along with each film are 400-500 pieces of new, original context and facts that appear on the screen during the film. Check out a video and read more below. Read More »

What does James Franco think of The Amazing Spider-Man? Is Shailene Woodley excited to appear in the sequel? Want to see the trailer for Superman Unbound? Has Kevin Feige teased Tony Stark’s Avengers connection in Iron Man 3? Where can you buy original art from Watchmen? Did Juno Temple have a visceral reaction to arriving on the set of The Dark Knight Rises? And what’s the timeline for X-Men Days of Future Past? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

When Zack Snyder talks about taking a comic book property seriously, he obviously has a strong point of reference. His adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen is by far one of the most serious comic to film adaptations of all time, some would say to a fault. On the occasion of yet another version of Watchmen coming out on Blu-ray, Snyder not only looked back at that film’s legacy, but looked ahead to how his approach to Watchmen influenced his upcoming Superman film, Man of Steel.

He called Man of Steel “a more serious version of Superman” and reiterated that the movie was made “as though no other films had been made.” Superman, he believes, is the “the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes” and its that importance that drew him to the project. Read his quotes on Man of Steel and Watchmen after the jump. Read More »

Halloween is right around the corner and, odds are, you might already be partied out. Most sane people chose to have their parties over the weekend with the holiday on a Wednesday. But maybe you’re still excited, still have plans and still looking for a stand out, geek costume. Look no more. Grab a trench coat, fedora and check out a video that shows you how to (inexpensively) make a movie Rorschach mask just like the one in Watchmen. Read More »

For over twenty years, DC has wanted to capitalize on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ best-selling and standard-setting mini-series/graphic novel Watchmen by releasing additional stories featuring the same characters. Ideas about prequel series have been discussed since even before Watchmen‘s publication, with writer Alan Moore floating the idea of a Minutemen prequel series in ’85, and other options being discussed afterward.

Moore backed away from those ideas, and he and Dave Gibbons eventually walked away from DC altogether based, in part, on language in their contract for Watchmen that related to ownership of the characters. In 2010 DC offered to give Watchmen back to Moore if he would write additional stories, but he declined. At the same time, DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee said, “DC Comics would only revisit these iconic characters if the creative vision of any proposed new stories matched the quality set by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons nearly 25 years ago, and our first discussion on any of this would naturally be with the creators themselves.”

With no option of new stories by Moore and Gibbons, DC has gone ahead with other creators. Rumors of a Watchmen prequel have flown for months, with artwork occasionally hitting the internet and just as soon being hit with cease and desist orders from DC — the best admission that the prequels are really happening.

Indeed, today DC announced Before Watchmen, a set of seven interlocking prequel miniseries that will feature Watchmen characters such as Rorschach, the Comedian and Nite Owl. Details from the press release follow. (Updated with gallery of images for the new series.) Read More »

How much did Nicolas Cage‘s copy of Action Comics #1 sell for? Is there an update on a comic book sequel to Watchmen? What does Robert Rodriguez have to say about Sin City 2? Does Michael Shannon have a funny anecdote about the differences between Take Shelter and Man of Steel? How should have X-Men: First Class really ended? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

What do the New York Comic Con exclusive Avengers t-shirts look like? Is there an update, and history lesson, to be told with the rights to Superman? Want to see some new photos from the set of Man of Steel? Where is The Dark Knight Rises filming this week? Is there a major problem at Marvel Comics? Do Batman and Solid Snake have something in common? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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