Victorian gothic romance directed by Guillermo del Toro with ghosts? Yes, please.
But unlike previous Gothic haunts like Rebecca, Jane Eyre, Watcher in the Woods, The Others, or Wolfman, genre favorite director del Toro is amping up the gore and violence in Crimson Peak, his latest and–reportedly–the greatest of his trademark visually spectacular fantasies so far.
And it adds another movie to that sub-genre of horror we keep talking about featuring creepy little girls.
Not for the faint of heart, check out this trailer for Crimson Peak, after the break:
This weekend we revealed the latest in Funko’s more than 20 licensed films and TV series in its 2015 ReAction action figure line first discussed at borg.com here and here, and now we have images of the carded figures and sculpts for most of the new figures. We also have links to allow readers to be among the first to pre-order them all from online collectibles store Entertainment Earth. We’re still waiting for final images for Jaws, Gremlins, Fight Club, and CW’s The Flash, but we have pre-order information for all of those plus images and links to pre-order the new ReAction line for CW’s Arrow, The Fifth Element, Terminator 2, The Boondock Saints, Taxi Driver, and Breaking Bad. We shared links for the first figures in the new Star Trek original series line last week here.
Click on the images below to see full-sized images of figures and cards and to pre-order each from Entertainment Earth.
And after the break check out an exclusive new Predator figure.
Still yet to be revealed are figures from The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Big Lebowski, Scarface (although Al Pacino’s figure was previewed this weekend on the showroom floor at Toy Fair 2015), V for Vendetta, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, The A-Team, The Munsters, Tomorrowland (also previewed at Toy Fair), and Aliens.
Fans of The Walking Dead will soon be making fans of all other genre franchises jealous. McFarlane Toys released photos this weekend reminiscent of the old Marx Toys historical battle playsets of the 1960s and 1970s or the 1980s Star Wars “Micro Collection” playsets. It’s an entire line of interlocking playsets for your favorite zombie fan.
Re-enact your favorite scenes from The Walking Dead or Trapper John, M.D.
Retailing for between $10 and $65 per set, you can re-create the hospital door from the opening credits (above), hang with friends in your Winnebago, the prison the survivors lived in, or escape in your favorite jeep (the Woodbury Assault vehicle below).
Lower and upper cell and stairwell section will be sold separately.
These make you wish for similar playsets for Star Trek, Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, DC and Marvel characters, and Universal Studios monsters.
Too much fun. Yesterday we showed some previews of several new action figures being revealed by Funko at Toy Fair 2015 in New York City. They’re all of the 3 3/4 retro Kenner-style, and we have another set of figures from the show but these are from toy company Bif Bang Pow! This is the company that created The Twilight Zone retro action figures previewed here at borg.com earlier last week.
Those new figures hail from the 1980 fan favorite flick Flash Gordon. The new line of figures includes nice sculpts of Sam Jones’s Flash, Timothy Dalton’s Prince Barin, Ornella Muti’s Princess Aura, Brian Blessed’s Prince Vultan, and Max Von Sydow’s Emperor Ming. No Dale Arden figure has been revealed yet.
Admit it, you’re singing the Queen Flash Gordon theme now, right?
On the one hand, the first preview for Guy Ritchie’s remake of the 1960s Man from U.N.C.L.E. television series looks fairly stylish. On the other, it stars the leads of the less than stellar Man of Steel and the remake of The Lone Ranger.
Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant co-star in the next spy flick trying to be James Bond. The original U.N.C.L.E. series starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as agents for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Cavill fills in for Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and Hammer for McCallum as Illya Kuryakin.
A remake of this type would seem to have a pretty narrow audience. Fans of the original will have the typical two camps: those that avoid it out of loyalty to the original and those who want to see more from the show’s universe of stories. In a year where dozens of big box office draws are slated for release and already announced months ago as previously discussed here at borg.com, and when remakes (like The Lone Ranger) have proven to fail at the box office, this one will have a steep hill to climb.
Check out this first trailer for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., after the break:
Two classic episodes of The Twilight Zone that consistently get rated in the top ten by fans will be featured in new action figures coming this year. Toymaker Bif Bang Pow! has released new images of the next installment of their 1970s Kenner-inspired retro action figure line.
We first discussed the first wave of figures here at borg.com back in July 2014. Three of the new figures are based on characters seen in the classic “Eye of the Beholder,” including Billy Mumy’s vile little boy Anthony from fan favorite episode “It’s a Good Life.” And his accessory? Erm… his neighbor turned-Jack-in-the-Box. Oh, Anthony. You’re a very bad little boy. Yikes.
Donna Douglas, who passed away last month, and was known primarily for her role as Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, gets her image on an action figure finally. Sort of. She played the patient whose face was unwrapped to reveal her mutant image in a land of alien-faced folks in “Eye of the Beholder.” The line of figures also includes the doctor and nurse from that episode.
Review by C.J. Bunce
With three new Star Wars comic book series beginning this year as the license returns to Marvel Comics, we’re taking a look at the second book in Abrams Books’ series of hardcover art house books on the franchise, Star Wars Art: Comics. From the series that also brought us Star Wars Art: Posters, Star Wars Art: Concept, Star Wars Art: Illustration, and Star Wars Storyboards, Star Wars Art: Comics hones in on sequential art found in the comic book medium.
Star Wars and comic books have been in lock-step since Star Wars first hit theaters, thanks to George Lucas and an early meeting with writer Roy Thomas and artist Howard Chaykin. The transcript of that meeting is included as an appendix to the book. Beginning with the first comic book adaptation from Marvel and running through the Dark Horse years, Abrams has compiled a solid overview of thirty years of interpretations of the myth and magic of the Force.
Plates from cover and interior artwork were hand-picked for the book by George Lucas. Star Wars Art: Comics is worth its price alone simply for the clear photos of Howard Chaykin and Tom Palmer’s original cover art for Marvel’s Star Wars Issue #1 and Dave Cockrum and Rick Hoberg’s original artwork to the oversized edition, both also featured on the book’s binding under the jacket. Al Williamson’s stunningly rendered imagery from his adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back pepper the volume as well.
Review by C.J. Bunce
A wealth of concept art for The Hobbit can be found in the fifth volume of Weta’s Chronicles series: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Art & Design. Writer and Weta artist and designer Daniel Falconer again delivers a stunning hardcover account of the behind-the-scenes artistry that forged the last of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth series.
Including much more pencil sketchwork and inspirations for the cities of The Hobbit than prior volumes, this edition showcases many designs that made it into the final film but also many that did not. It’s those pieces that did not make it to the final cut of the film that form a rare treasure trove here. As costume designer Bob Buck writes in he book, “The designs that were never realized are as important as the ones that were, being part of the process and representing the elimination or germination of an idea that grew into the visuals as seen on the screen.” Buck provides valuable insight into the ideas behind many of the costumes in the film along with many other Weta designers and special effects artists, including concept art director John Howe.
Highlights of this volume give a detailed look at concept sketchs and paintings from Weta Digital, 3Foot7, and Weta Workshop of Galadriel’s Maxfield Parrish-esque costume design development from her descent into Dol Guldur, and the ghostly dead Ringwraith kings and the Necromancer, who at many times appeared as if he could have been designed by Bernie Wrightson or Frank Frazetta. Costume designs featured include the elegant Thranduil, Elven soldiers, Bard, an unused but brilliant set of armor for Stephen Fry’s mayor of Lake-town, and every angle and type of Dwarf you could imagine. Not surprisingly, it is the culture and artistry of Dwarves that fill the bulk of the pages here.
With the dozens of new titles from all the comic book publishers being released Wednesday, we thought we’d hone in on a few with the independent publishers you might miss. The first new Legenderry title featuring Vampirella is out tomorrow from Dynamite, as is a new Jungle Jim series and sci-fi series called Cluster. From the classic genre film world, BOOM! Studios is releasing new issues of Escape from New York and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Legenderry: Vampirella Issue #1 is packed full of great steampunk elements. It’s the first of three new series spinning out of the world created by Bill Willingham. King: Jungle Jim Issue #1 brings Flash Gordon creator Alex Raymond’s series to a modern audience. Great characters and artwork have the classic feel of Raymond’s original stories. BOOM! Studio’s new Cluster series is an interesting sci-fi story giving prisoners a chance to get out of life sentences if they’re willing to work in a futuristic military service.
Escape from New York, Issue #3 continues the BOOM! Studios adaptation of the further adventures of Snake Plissken. And Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Issue #3, also from BOOM!, follows the exploits of the apes from the successful reboot movie series.
Check out all the previews, after the break:
Sure it was brief but even more interesting than the movie trailers at the big game today (except for Terminator Genisys, previewed at borg.com here earlier) is the teaser for Heroes Reborn. Not only do we get Jack Coleman, the horned-rimmed glasses man, back, but our first look at Zachary Levi on an NBC series since the end of season five of Chuck:
Heroes Reborn does not yet have a release date.
The latest of the trailers for Jurassic World finally makes the movie look pretty good. Earlier trailers seemed a bit thin, but the prospect of Chris Pratt as a circus lion tamer for raptors seems like a great idea: