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'Wolverine' trailer has fights on trains and ninja battles http://www.examiner.com/article/wolverine-trailer-has-fights-on-trains-and-ninja-battles-video?cid=db_articles'Wolverine' trailer has fights on trains and ninja battles... more
Summary: Dan Fagre, a research ecologist at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center of the United States Geological Survey, speaks with Earthjustice staffer Jessica Knoblauch. Over the past 15 years, Fagre has worked to understand how climate change will affect mountain ecosystems such as Glacier National Park, the cornerstone of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and a major focus of Earthjustice's litigation. Scientists like Fagre predict that, due to rising temperatures, Glacier National Park will be glacier free by 2030.
Click on link to read everything imaginable... and prepare to perhaps cry.Summary: Dan Fagre, a research ecologist at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center... more
Darren Aronofsky, the man who helmed Black Swan, is set to direct the next installment of Wolverine’s adventures on the big screen. Thanks to some clever string pulling, back-hand deals, and other acts we’re not proud of, we got the exclusive trailer before anyone else. Please enjoy it while I go wash my mouth out with acid.Darren Aronofsky, the man who helmed Black Swan, is set to direct the next installment... more
Oh how I ENVY Hugh Jackman. To be able to eat 6,000 calories a day and not gain major weight would be one of the greatest pleasures in life. But keep in mind it’s for his Wolverine movie so that probably also means major time at the gym:
http://www.ineedmyfix.com/2011/02/03/hugh-jackman-consumes-6000-daily-calories-for-wolverine-picture/Oh how I ENVY Hugh Jackman. To be able to eat 6,000 calories a day and not gain major... more
At this point, we don’t even have to open with a statement like “comic book movies are all the rage these days” because these days, films based on comics are as commonplace as a drama, an action film or a bad romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston that will undoubtedly perform poorly at the box office, leaving executives scratching their heads wondering why America’s Girl Next Door didn’t pull ‘em in this time. But we digress…
Just because we see a lot of funny book films grace the silver screen doesn’t mean they’re all good. Actually, sometimes it seems like the vast majority of them are kind of mediocre with only a mere handful rising up to “awesome” status. For every Dark Knight or Iron Man, there’s an Elektra, Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four, Catwoman or… well, you get the point.
In order to remedy this situation, Mania has compiled a list of simple rules to follow when adapting a comic book property to film. It’s fairly simple and should be common sense. Should be, but quite often isn’t. Since most comic to film adaptations involve superheroes, our list will be a bit skewed toward the metahuman set. But with a little imagination, you should be able to apply these rules to any film adaptation.
Read a Comic Book
Obviously graphic novels and film are two very different mediums and despite what the uninitiated and uninformed might tell you, comic books aren’t “just like storyboards, but with words.” But if you’re going to turn sequential art into live-action, it might help to understand a bit about the medium you’re adapting and why we love it so much. Does that mean we want to see literal, panel-for-panel recreations of a comic book? Well, if it works, sure; but don’t feel like you have to. Does it mean a writer or director has to come equipped with a detailed knowledge of Spider-Man’s continuity before beginning work? Not necessarily, but we won’t argue if you do. Overall, we just want you to have at least a basic knowledge of how and why these characters work and a healthy respect for the source material if you’re going to get paid to make a movie about it.
Get the Tone Right
So you’ve read a few Flash comics and you’ve gotten to know the character, right? You understand what makes him tick, what drives him and why he does what he does, right? So clearly you must understand how incredibly stupid it sounds when you say that you’re drawing inspiration from films like Silence of the Lambs and Se7en when writing the Flash screenplay, right? Right?
Batman is dark and brooding. It makes sense to put him in a dark world full of moral ambiguity where he can fight for justice while brooding in the shadows and acting all spooky-like. Superman is a source of inspiration for us all, a shining pinnacle to which we can all aspire. Having him cry in his beer and use his x-ray vision to spy on his old girlfriend? Well, that’s not really too inspiring, nor does it give us much hope for mankind.
If you wanna make a superhero version of Se7en, adapt something dark and creepy. Maybe Spawn. But if you wanna make a Flash movie, make a Flash movie.
Respect the Characters/Respect the Readers
For years, X-Men fans dreamed of seeing the merry mutants on the big screen. When they finally got their wish, they found that while director Bryan Singer got the overall concept right, he struggled with the details. Rather than getting the conflicted yet brave Scott Summers they’d been reading about for 30+ years, they got a whiny bitch. Remember how we all loved seeing Nightcrawler act as a swashbuckling, Errol Flynn-esque character in the comics? Remember how he was depicted as a morose freak obsessed with religious scarification in the movie?
How many Christians would be thrilled with the concept of Jesus depicted as an unforgiving, gun-toting jerk in a movie adaptation? Okay, maybe a few… okay, maybe a few more than we’re comfortable with. But overall, most folks would be upset if a filmmaker took their Lord and Savior in such an uncharacteristic direction. Hollywood needs to realize that in a sense, comics are our religion and that handling these characters in such an improper way is tantamount to blasphemy. Or to put it in layman’s terms: if you’re gonna do it, do it right. If you don’t know the difference between Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy, maybe you shouldn’t include both of them in a movie.
Don’t Be a Slave to the Page
All that stuff we just said about respecting the source material, treating these characters with love and staying true to the comic books upon which they are based? It’s not worth spit if you aren’t willing to take some chances and put your own spin on things. Remember who’s in charge here.
The danger of having a fanboy in charge of a comic adaptation is the tendency to want to adhere so closely to the source material that it doesn’t properly translate to film. These are two separate mediums we’re talking about here, folks -- some things have to be altered. Not only that, most of these characters have been reimagined many times over the course of their history, so it only makes sense that they’d be reimagined again when making the jump from the printed page to the big screen.
Don’t worry about those folks who will nitpick the details in Iron Man’s armor or complain that Wolverine’s too tall. The key here is to not make unnecessary changes that will only convolute the script or water down the essence of the character, like making the Hulk’s dad the Absorbing Man or putting the Punisher in Florida.
For God’s Sake, Keep the Masks On!
You’re making a superhero movie? Superheroes wear masks. You’re starring in a superhero movie? Well, you’d better get used to wearing a mask. Check your ego at the door and learn that an actor acts. Hell, Hugo Weaving never did take that mask off in V for Vendetta, and we’re pretty sure it didn’t hurt his career. Stallone, on the other hand, still hasn’t gotten the egg off of his face for the whole Judge Dredd thing, and while it was clever when Spider-Man ended the first movie without a mask, but it was a joke by the second one and embarrassing by the third. This might seem like a minor, nitpicky thing but… hey, that’s what we do. And comics (and superheroes) are what we love. It all goes back to that “respecting the characters and the fans” thing we mentioned earlier.
What each and every one of these rules boils down to is toeing a fine line between a filmmaker putting their own mark on a creation and staying true to the spirit of said creation. Richard Donner introduced the idea that Superman’s logo was a family crest -- that’s not the kind of thing we’re going to nitpick over, as it enhances the character and the story. Nipples on a batsuit or the inclusion of Absorbing Dad? Unnecessary and over-the-top. No matter what you do, someone on the internet will bitch about it, but if you treat these characters with the same love and respect that we do (and a bit less of the obsession), then you’ll do just fine.
http://www.mania.com/5-rules-for-adapting-comic-book-to-film_article_127691.htmlAt this point, we don’t even have to open with a statement like “comic... more
During an interview with HitFix, director Darren Aronofsky has revealed the official title for the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", or make that not a sequel.
Aronofsky said that it doesn't need a number attatched to the title, and said that it would be a one-off. Aronofsky also revealed that the film won't be a sequel in any conventional sense. What do you think?
Source: http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/darren-aronofsky-confirms-a-new-title-for-wolverine-2During an interview with HitFix, director Darren Aronofsky has revealed the official... more
Eat your heart out, Wolverine. The X-Men superhero won't be the only one with metal fused into his skeleton if a new titanium foam proves suitable for replacing and strengthening damaged bones.
Bone implants are typically made of solid metal – usually titanium. Though well tolerated by the body, such implants are significantly stiffer than bone.
This means that an implant may end up carrying a far higher load than the bone it is placed next to, according to Peter Quadbeck of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials Research in Dresden, Germany. In a worst-case scenario, the decrease in stress placed on the bone means it will deteriorate, while the implant loosens and needs to be replaced.
Now Quadbeck and colleagues have created a titanium implant with a foam-like structure, inspired by the spongy nature of bone. The titanium foam does a better job than solid metal when it comes to matching the mechanical properties of bone, such as flexibility, and this encourages more effective bone regrowth.
What's more, the foam is porous, so the bone can grow around and within it, truly integrating the implant with the skeleton.
The titanium foam is made by saturating polyurethane foam with a solution of titanium powder and binding agents. The titanium clings to the polyurethane matrix, which is then vaporised away along with the binding agents. This results in a titanium lattice which is finally heat-treated to harden it.
Though the foam has yet to be approved for use in humans, Quadbeck and colleagues are now working with physicians to explore its suitability for treating certain injuries.
Peter Lee of the Department of Materials at Imperial College London is impressed. He says there are applications where inserting one of these titanium foams "looks like the most promising solution", such as bridging long gaps between broken bones.
Yuyuan Zhao, a materials engineer at the University of Liverpool, UK, adds that "if human bone isn't good enough, an implant could give your body better performance" than leaving bone to heal naturally or using other types of implant.
http://gizmodo.com/5647738/titanium-foam-builds-wolverine-bones-+-health-+-23-september-2010?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+gizmodo/full+(Gizmodo)Eat your heart out, Wolverine. The X-Men superhero won't be the only one with... more
No, not models displaying Hello Kitty type clothes, but model kits featuring Hello Kitty in different movie character costumes. However, it is but a dream, as these are just illustrations done by Joseph Senior. I have to admit, I really wanted some of these, especially since you could probably mix and match them.No, not models displaying Hello Kitty type clothes, but model kits featuring Hello... more
An Iron Fist film is moving into the scripting stage, says a report at Deadline.
Marvel Studios has brought aboard Rich Wilkes (the “XXX” film series) to write the screenplay, which will adapt the story of Danny Rand, the Marvel martial arts superhero created in the 1970’s.
http://www.moviesreviews2010.com/marvel-moves-on-iron-fist/An Iron Fist film is moving into the scripting stage, says a report at Deadline.... more
With all the talk of Matthew Vaughn’s new X-Men prequel movie First Class lately, maybe some of you have been wondering what ever happened to that X-Men Origins: Magneto movie we were promised. The film was first teased around the time the Wolverine solo film got off the ground and then it was promised endlessly without any real action. Now, to no one’s surprise, it’s officially dead.
http://www.moviesreviews2010.com/magnetos-solo-movie-has-been-merged-with-x-men-first-class/With all the talk of Matthew Vaughn’s new X-Men prequel movie First Class... more
It’s been ten long years since the last MVC hit the shelves – and about as long since we got hands on with the classic fighter.
But getting ‘back in the saddle’ at this year’s E3 was surprisingly easy – in stark (Tony Stark?) contrast to the wait to do so; queues for the game snaked across the LA Convention Centre throughout the show.
The title has obviously taken some inspiration from Capcom’s own Street Fighter IV – with brightly-coloured, fully 3D characters and backgrounds, all controllable in old school 2D.It’s been ten long years since the last MVC hit the shelves – and about as... more
Do you love X-men? Would you like to play as your favorite x-men (wolverine, cyclops, colossus, etc), evil mutant characters (magneto, juggernaut) and those oh-so-beloved characters you’ve never heard of in your entire life (sunfire?)? Now here’s a great chance for you to enjoy playing with the X-Men Legends 2: Rise of the Apocalypse Video Game.Do you love X-men? Would you like to play as your favorite x-men (wolverine, cyclops,... more
Super heroes of all kinds would seem to be an excellent fit for a Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance style adventure. They are incredibly over-powered individuals beating up on scores of nobodies, followed by a fight to the death with some sort of bloviating super evil foe. Replace goblins with alley thugs, dragons with radiation infused multi-armed master criminals, and chain mail with tight tights and they are almost the same thing.Super heroes of all kinds would seem to be an excellent fit for a Baldurs Gate: Dark... more
The people responsible for the Dark Knight biker suit (and yes, it sells out quickly) are now setting their sight on Wolverine from X-Men 2.
Universal Designs announced on their website that the official licenced Wolverine leather motorbike suit was unveiled at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con and will be on sale late April. The suit is made out of moulded cowhide leather, removable vest and detailed accessories.
But it doesn't stop there, Universal Designs are currently developing replicas from 'Tron: Legacy'.
Companies Press release: http://www.udreplicas.com/news/marvel-update/The people responsible for the Dark Knight biker suit (and yes, it sells out quickly)... more
Ah, the Weekend! Sure, you can see the clip above for a peek(end) at what's coming out or wait until next week when we review them on The Rotten Tomatoes Show.In the mean time, we'll check in with our good friends at RottenTomatoes.com to see the scores for the big releases. But more imporantly, we can get a glimpse of what The Good, The Bad and What Pete Hammond had to say!
This week, X-Men Origins: Wolverine!
That’s not to say the action isn’t hair raisingly exciting and regular, but it feels like the fight scenes are simply a break from a story that is being crammed in, rather than something being naturally told.
-Luke Edwards, FHM UK
It’s not a bad film and is an improvement on X-Men: The Last Stand but it also feels like every other comic-book adaptation we’ve ever seen and that is a major drawback.
-Allan Hunter, Daily Express
An action-packed ride filled with nonstop thrills and spectacular visual effects that deserves to be experienced on the big screen with a large crowd.
-Avi Offer, NYCMovieGuru.com
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with its ungainly, geeky title and its relatively trim running time, helps explain just what makes this guy so intriguing and unusual.
-A.O. Scott, New York Times
We get something more akin to Jim Henson's Mutant Babies, with some Highlander touches thrown in for good measure.
-Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
Even by the standard of a fourth-in-a-series summer blockbuster, Wolverine is remarkably lame.
-Dana Stevens, Slate
What Pete Hammond Said:
Hugh Jackman's action-filled spinoff delivers on the brawn but not the soul of the "X-Men" franchise that spawned it.
-Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com[current 90012308] Ah, the Weekend! Sure, you can see the clip above for a... more