This August thousands of sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero fans will attend the inaugural Kansas City Comic Con, a new comic book and pop culture convention to be held at the Kansas City Convention Center at Bartle Hall. Four months away and the show has already booked some great movie and TV guests as well as the very best comic book and fiction writers and artists in the U.S.
Headlining the show will be none other than Jackie Brown herself, actress Pam Grier. Not only is Ms. Grier known for her leading role in Quentin Tarentino’s hit film, but she has also starred in the classic 1970s films Coffy and Foxy Brown, as well as Fort Apache The Bronx, Something Wicked This Way Comes, John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A. and Ghosts of Mars, and TV series including Night Court, Crime Story, Knots Landing, Miami Vice, Bones, The L Word, and Smallville.
Many Doctor Who fans will get their first chance to meet Colin Baker, who played the fan-favorite Sixth Doctor on BBC’s original series from 1984 to 1986. Known for his bright patchwork jacket, you may have seen him most recently in the funny film The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, discussed earlier at borg.com here.
In this big year of Star Wars, Kansas City Comic Con attendees will get an opportunity to meet two actresses known for their roles as Jedi Knights in the Star Wars prequels. Nalini Krishan played Barriss Offee, a Jedi Knight and General in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Also scheduled to appear is Orli Shoshan, who played Jedi Knight Shaak Ti, also in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (as well as deleted scenes in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith).
This weekend’s Star Wars Celebration held this year in Anaheim has seen a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which we revealed here at borg.com earlier this week, and today new previews just dropped for the coming season of Star Wars Rebels and a new video game, Star Wars Battlefront. It makes sense that Disney and its new company Lucasfilm would be pulling out all the stops in this banner year for the franchise.
Since Disney took over the Star Wars brand, we’ve seen new canon universe novels (Star Wars: A New Dawn, previewed here, Tarkin, previewed here, and Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi, previewed here, thanks to advance copies from LucasBooks). And we saw a record for bestselling comic book release with this year’s new Marvel Comics Star Wars monthly, discussed here. We can only expect more from now until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.
If you’re not in Anaheim this weekend, you can still catch what’s going on via live streaming on YouTube here:
You can see new Stormtroopers (and their weaponry) on stage with director J.J. Abrams and members of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast old and new here (worth checking out):
Tonight we enter a new phase in the world of Orphan Black as a male clone begins to take over part of the spotlight. How will a new male clone affect the clone sestrahood of Sarah Manning as we enter Season Three? More to the point, how will the fans of the show–the Clone Club–respond to what must be less Tatiana Maslany? It all sounds a bit risky but we’ll see how Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, will face off against clone brothers Mark, Miller, Rudy, and Seth tonight as Orphan Black returns to BBC America.
Actor Ari Millen takes on the male TV role of a lifetime playing all of the Castor clones–creepy, scary and unsettling characters–thwarting the efforts of the women clones to learn more about the circumstances leading to their creation. No doubt the addition of multiple men clones will give some kind of well-earned break in the Season Three shooting schedule to Maslany, the hardest working actress anywhere for the past two years.
With the typical BBC series lasting only two or three years, will the same happen for Orphan Black? Maslany is rumored to be the star of the first Star Wars spin-off movie, directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, expected to begin production next April for a December 2016 release. Recently Maslany reportedly dropped a role in an April timeframe play for a conflict–could it be that she will enter the big-time at the top of a Star Wars film? Wouldn’t it be great if Lucasfilm and Disney pull something from the past and tap her to play the Emperor’s Hand–Mara Jade–or at least someone equally awesome?
Admit it! You’d love to see Tatiana Maslany as Mara Jade in the 2016 Star Wars spin-off, right?
Enough speculation! Let’s check out some previews to Season Three of Orphan Black, after the break:
Stop everything. It’s another <<Day a New Star Wars Trailer is Released>>.
The rest of the Internet can shut down for the rest of the day. Nothing else matters. Move along. Or, that is, watch the trailer and then move along. But we don’t think you can watch it only once.
And look who is featured in this second of the previews released by Abrams & Co. so far. Luke and R2-D2, Chewy and Han. And all those new guys from the first preview.
A chrome stormtrooper? Neat. A downed Star Destroyer? Also neat. White TIE Fighters? Oh, boy.
What circumstances would result in someone holding Darth Vader’s charred helmet? Is some part of Anakin Skywalker still alive? Do the Sith have a katra? Did Abrams forget he was making a Star Wars, not a Star Trek, flick?
Questions, questions. Just watch the trailer over and over after the break, and check out the new poster art floating around Twitter today, as well as how to see live streaming of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim…
After a long wait, Archie Comics releases the second issue of the exciting horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tomorrow. It’s the eve of Sabrina’s sixteenth birthday. An unspeakable terror arrives in Greendale. No one is safe, especially those close to Sabrina. And the streets of the quaint home world of Archie’s gang will run red with blood.
Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa returns with artist Robert Hack to bring us a dark re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the vein of the successful Afterlife With Archie series. Look for a variant cover by Francesco Francavilla.
Hack’s artwork conjures that classic spooky imagery from Charlton era pulp horror comics. The new Archie Horror imprint is really turning the world of Archie on its end. Look at all the coming covers for Sabrina, above and below.
After the break, check out a preview of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Issue #2, courtesy of Archie Comics:
Marvel Studios must have felt like Santa Claus yesterday.
Yesterday Marvel previewed four costumes for characters being pulled from the comic book page to the TV and film: from the superhero side Fantastic Four’s Thing and Netflix’s Daredevil, and from the villainy camp Ant-Man’s Yellowjacket and The Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Vision.
Today Netflix releases its entire first season of Daredevil for convenient binge-watching. Lawyer Matt Murdoch (played by Charlie Cox) has a new red suit.
Marvel revealed both the new Thing from Fantastic Four played by Jamie Bell and Paul Bettany’s Vision (above, top). Of all the reveals we’re thinking the cybernetic Vision is pretty striking.
Corey Stoll will play Ant-Man’s nemesis Yellowjacket in Marvel’s Ant-Man opposite Paul Rudd.
This weekend the quirky and unique director and visionary David Lynch announced after months of working on a new Twin Peaks series for Showtime that he was walking away from the project. The reason cited was, of course, money. Showtime had been voicing support for the series but clearly negotiations broke down and now the likelihood of a new series is uncertain. Key cast members including Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee had already signed on for the project. Most of the original cast were also in support of the series and eager to jump back into the world of that slightly askew town near Snoqualmie Falls, Washington.
Lynch expressed his status on Facebook: “Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks. After one year and four months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.”
Showtime issued this response: “We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. Showtime also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.”
It sounds like the typical posturing of any business negotiations. But it prompted nearly a dozen cast members yesterday to share their own short video message encouraging Showtime to work out a deal with Lynch. Many of these messages refer back to their characters. The former cast members who supplied the video messages are Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), Madchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), Peggy Lipton (Norma Jennings), James Marshall (James Hurley), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran), Gary Hershberger (Mike Nelson), Catherine E. Coulson (The Log Lady), Wendy Robie (Nadine Hurley), and Al Strobel (Phillip Gerard).
After the break, take a look at what all these cast members look like today, and what they came up with to try to coax the powers that be onward and upward:
Plenty of new titles are hitting comic book store shelves today. We have previews for you of four series with good jumping-on points. From BOOM! Studios, check out the new Sleepy Hollow: Origins series, which takes a look back at the early days of Crane and Abbie (and some other familiar “faces” from the show). From Dynamite Comics, a new Masks series begins, as well as the Frankensteinian series Reanimator, and the return of Frank Cho’s Jungle Girl with the new Season Three.
Sleepy Hollow: Origins, Issue #1 is written by Mike Johnson with art by Matias Bergara.
Masks 2, Issue #1 is written by Cullen Bunn with art by Eman Casallos.
Jungle Girl Season Three, Issue #1 is written by Frank Cho and Doug Murray, with art by Jack Jadson.
Reanimator, Issue #1 is written by Keith Davidsen with art by Randy Valiente.
You’ll also find some great variant covers for these issues, shown above and below, including Jae Lee covers, a new Francesco Francavilla horror cover, a Tim Seeley cover, and a Frank Cho cover. Check out previews for all four of these new titles after the break, courtesy of BOOM! Studios and Dynamite Comics:
It may have been the first thing you looked for when you got your streaming media service, whether it was Netflix, Amazon Prime, or something else. Finally, after seemingly every other movie made it to the Digital HD streaming format, the Star Wars saga will now be available to watch on your phone, tablet, or TV. Disney just announced the news Monday night, including new features to accompany the films. Thought you’d bought the best format before, via Laser Disc, Beta, VHS, Widescreen, DVD, in their various Special Editions, or Blu-ray? If you thought you bought everything with the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-rays, be prepared to buy Star Wars again for–at least–the tenth time.
You can buy all six films in a digital bundle from Amazon here, now available for pre-order at $89.99. Or click on the images below to pre-order each film individually at $19.99 at the time of this posting.
Although Disney’s press release revealed some extra features may vary by streaming service, here’s the general guide to what will be available:
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
- Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
- Legacy content includes “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes.
Last weekend at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Archaia, the imprint from BOOM! Studios announced the forthcoming release of The Art of Mouse Guard 2005-2015. The over-sized hardcover will chronicle a decade of writer/artist David Petersen’s award-winning series about a group of medieval warrior mice.
Better yet, the coffee table style book is printed in a 12-inch x 12-inch format–the same size in which Petersen rendered the original images of his Mouse Guard series in pencil and ink, so fans will be able to see the full-sized artwork as it originally appeared. The series was originally published in a 8×8 format–making it unique among comic book works.
Winner of both Eisner and Harvey awards, Mouse Guard is a one-of-a-kind fantasy universe that we reviewed previously at borg.com here and discussed extensively here.