In a weird and unexpected development IDW and BOOM! have announced a Planet of the Apes and Star Trek crossover. It’s fantastic news since this is the first time that IDW has partnered with another publisher to release a series. IDW will officially release the ground breaking title which is launching at the perfect point as both series are experiencing a renaissance thanks to their reboots.
I’m surprised the worlds have never crossed over before and it completely makes sense that Kirk and his crew would land on the Planet of the Apes. The films explore the tough moral issues that made Trek such a household name and a thoughtful series would make a great contribution to their history as amazing comic book titles. This is one to watch, as the men behind the fantastic Doctor Who and Star Trek crossover are penning the scripts. We’ll find out if the crossover feels natural once the title launches.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.
IDW will publish the crossover, which will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher on a series. Together they will bring Star Trek,licensed by CBS Consumer Products, and 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes together in a way that is sure to delight existing fans and make new ones. The series will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apesfilm.
“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer. “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”
“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”
The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trekscribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.
“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans,” explains David Tipton. “Taylor won’t be happy with that!”
“What an epic pairing! I’m so excited to see Taylor, Kirk…and those damned dirty apes…in our upcoming comic,” says IDW editor Sarah Gaydos, “We’re eager to team up these exciting creative forces to bring this to life.”
20th Century Fox gave Yahoo! the latest theatrical one-sheet for The Maze Runner, based on the best-selling Young Adult novel by James Dashner.
The previously released trailer looks like a cross between Lord of the Flies, “Lost” and Hunger Games. I’m also intrigued by the tease of creatures outside of the gates…
“When Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.”
Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen star in the film, which is directed by Wes Ball.
Dashner has penned four entries in the “Maze Runner” series to date, with “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure” serving as sequels and “The Kill Order” acting as a prequel.
The Maze Runner will open in the States on September 19, and in UK cinemas October 24.
Let me preface this article by saying that I’m not a drummer. I’m a guitarist and have been for almost two decades. So my knowledge of the intricacies and little flairs that drummers do often times gets lost on me. But I still listen very carefully and still appreciate a drummer who takes a song and gives it something special rhythmically. That’s why I wanted to put together a list of five drummers that I feel are doing amazing things but seem to be overlooked by other lists. So, head on below to check out my personal choices!
Alaya – David Jacob Robison
It’s not easy being able to come up with a groove when the music doesn’t always revolve around 4/4. And yet Robison nails it pretty much every time, creating a fierce rhythm section that bolsters some incredibly infectious music.
Also, dem ghost notes… Unf…
Natalie Dormer [Cressida], Mahershala Ali [Boggs], Evan Ross [Messalla], Elden Henson [Pollux], and Wes Chatham [Castor] appeared yesterday to premiere The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser trailer on the Galaxy Tab S to fans in the Capitol Gallery at the Samsung Galaxy Experience.
Also at The Capitol Gallery, fans had the opportunity to participate in a variety of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 activities including having their portrait taken in President Snow’s chair with holograms of Peeta & Johanna and picking up a limited edition Mockingjay pin.
Check out some on-site photos, courtesy of Lionsgate, after the press release.
Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, have teamed up on the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The collaboration will launch with all fans getting a sneak peek of the film’s first official teaser trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, exclusively on Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab® S ahead of its online release.
In a first-of-its-kind experience, fans will have the opportunity to preview the highly-anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer on the Galaxy Tab S at an exclusive premiere in San Diego during Comic-Con on Friday, July 25. For those outside San Diego, beginning Saturday, July 26, fans can visit participating Samsung Experience Shops within Best Buy locations nationwide throughout the weekend to preview the trailer. Samsung will also provide visitors that view the trailer at Samsung Experience Shops one complimentary ticket to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, while supplies last.
Additionally, owners of select Galaxy devices* will have the opportunity to download the all-new Hunger Games Movie Pack App, via Google Play™ for access to exclusive content from The Hunger Games franchise.
“We’re giving our consumers the unique experience to premiere the official trailer ofThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I on our new Galaxy Tab S,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Telecommunications America. “Together with Lionsgate, we will give Samsung Galaxy owners access to experience The Hunger Games franchise like never before.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering onMockingjay 1 with a company that has the global stature of Samsung and whose innovative technologies touch every aspect of consumers’ lives around the world,” said Paula Kupfer, SVP of Consumer Products & Licensing at Lionsgate. “They are a perfect fit with our franchise, and together we envision unlimited opportunities for expanding the world of The Hunger Games in exciting and visionary ways.”
During San Diego Comic-Con:
On Friday, July 25 at 12:00pm PT, cast members from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will introduce the trailer on the Galaxy Tab S in the Capitol Gallery located in the Samsung Galaxy Experience in San Diego (in the Hard Rock Hotel, corner of 5th and L Streets).
Nationwide at Best Buy:
Fans outside the San Diego area can also get an exclusive preview of the first officialThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1trailer beginning on Saturday, July 26 and extending through Sunday, July 27 by visiting Samsung Experience Shops inside select Best Buy locations. While supplies last, visitors will receive one complimentary pass to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters November 21.
The Hunger Games Movie Pack App:
As part of the collaboration, The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on select Samsung devices* beginning July 28, via Google Play. The app will give Galaxy owners access to exclusive Hunger Gamescontent, including scripts, book excerpts, video clips and more.
Galaxy Tab S owners will have the opportunity to download the first twoHunger Games films for free, in addition to receiving all the exclusive content through the app. Samsung will continue to deliver exclusive Hunger Games content to Galaxy owners through the app leading up to the film’s premiere on November 21. *
Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Tab are all registered trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
*The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 starting July 28.
*Limit to 200,000 downloads per movie. Available through December 31, 2014.
Debi Moore reports out of the press room for “Bates Motel,” and while showrunners Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin are saving the big announcements for the panel, we did glean a few clues of what’s ahead in Season 3.
First we spoke with Norma Bates herself, Vera Farmiga. When asked how she reconciles Norma’s behavior in the series, Vera said she sees herself as Norma’s “court appointed lawyer in her defense” and “approaches her with outright compassion.”
She focuses on what she appreciates about the character; Norma’s “terribly flawed but trying to be the best mother she can be.” She had a very grim upbringing with no role model, and her relationship with Norman is a “lifejacket.” Theirs is a noble love, and Norma is a “lioness with a lame cub.”
She couldn’t tell us much about the upcoming third season as she hasn’t seen a script yet (shooting begins in October), but now that Norma “knows” about Norman, her objective is to nurse him back to health. She believes no one can help him like she can.
Exec producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin were up next, and while they said all the big surprises are being held until this afternoon’s panel, they promised they have a “good gameplan” with the theme of Season 3 being the good and evil that live in everybody and which side wins out.
Cuse said that with Norman’s ending already known, their goal is to “subvert expectations” without a literal reenactment. His story is a tragedy, but there is some fun involved in seeing which version of him will emerge.
Ehrin added that while there are milestones to be reached, they are not beholden to them and are building toward making “Bates Motel” the best story possible.
Cuse did tell us that they felt the drug story needed to end so they could move on to something else. There will be “new forms of menace and new romances.” Ehrin teased that she thinks of White Pine Bay as a “real place” and the effects of the drug war blowing up will have an impact on the town’s economy and politics, just as it would in real life. Cuse said that in Season 3 the town will be “living in the aftermath,” which will change its character. We’ll have a “new set of circumstances and ramifications.” In a place where evil has lived for so long, there is now a vacuum.
As for Norma’s journey this season, Ehrin said the primary question is “Who can you trust?” There will be an even darker environment with shooting taking place during the winter. We asked about the relationship between Norma and Dylan, which seemed to be on the mend, and certainly their “relationship cannot get fixed in one conversation; there will be a lot of push and pull and confusion.” We will come to know a bit more about Dylan’s past. He’s on the axis of good and evil; is he going to step into the void and accept the role Romero offered him at the end of Season 2, and what will be the consequences of his choice? Cuse said he will make the decision at the beginning of the season.
We ended our chats with Nestor Carbonell and Olivia Cooke (unfortunately Freddie Highmore had another panel to attend so we missed out on speaking with him). Carbonell described Sheriff Romero as “manipulative” and commented that he often “rewrites history” so that he comes out on top. While we enjoy how mysterious Romero can be, we were pleased to learn that in Season 3 some of back story will be revealed.
Cooke discussed Emma’s illness and explained that she wanted to make her “more than her disease” and keep her full of life. As for what’s in store for the character, she thought she was part of the Bates family and was unhappy to be shut out of their secrets, and now that she’s aware that Norman is a product of incest, she still wants to be part of it so they can “wallow in misery together.”
Carbonell explained that with the drug business shakeup, the structure of his work is broken. His offer to Dylan to take over will play a big part in what’s ahead for him. Will they team up or go against each other? Stay tuned!
The affection the two co-stars share for each other was obvious. Carbonell wrapped things up by saying he’s fortunate to work with such an “unusually great group of people” who are all extremely talented and incredibly generous. He called “Bates Motel” a dream job.
During the “Bates Motel” panel, we learned that Season 3 will see the return of Nicola Peltz as Bradley. As you may recall, the last time we saw her, she was fleeing White Pine Bay with blood on her hands.
Much more interesting is that Kenny Johnson (“The Shield”, “Dexter”) will return as Norma’s brother, Caleb. Best of all? Johnson will be upgraded to series regular!
For you Norman and Emma shippers, there may be additional complications as Cuse hints at a potential love interest for her.
Season 3 of “Bates Motel,” from Universal Television, is slated to air in early 2015.
Straight from the Scream Factory! panel at the San Diego Comic-Con comes news of not one, not two, but ten new classic horror titles getting Blu-ray releases!
Also note that available exclusively at the event at the Shout/Scream booth (#4248), will be a limited edition blood red Scream Factory t-shirt as well as a button pack. The company will also be selling copies of several upcoming Blu-ray releases before they hit stores, including Ginger Snaps, Phantom of the Paradise, Motel Hell, and Without Warning.
Start saving your pennies if you want one of the following some 2014:
Escape from New York (Collector’s Edition)
Mad Max (Collector’s Edition)
Dolls (Collector’s Edition)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
New Years Evil
The Dark Half
Phantom of the Opera (1988)
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
No word on release dates or special features yet, but we’ll bring them to you as soon as we hear something.
Head all the way back to the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con where it was first announced that the Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films was developing a TV show based on David Cronenberg’s 1981 cult classic Scanners with director Alexandre Aja serving as executive producer.
During the press conference for Horns, we got a quick update from Aja on where the show is at.
“I’ve always been a huge huge fan of Cronenberg and especially Scanners,” Aja told us. “I think it’s one of the best worlds and best universes created. There’s been a few years where I’ve tried to figure out a way to create a TV show. Hopefully, next year here at the same place we’ll be revealing a lot, but yes, but this is definitely something I want to do next.”
“It’s gonna be so good your head’s gonna explode,” chimed in author Joe Hill (also on the Horns panel with Aja) with a laugh.
No matter what he says, I don’t think there’s any chance of this getting off the ground, although my head would explode if Aja were to pull it off.
The 1981 film begins when a scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.
We told you that Joe Lynch‘s next film, Everly (releasing next February), scored distro via Dimension Films and RADiUS a couple of months back, and just yesterday we caught up with Lynch and his star Salma Hayek at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Everly is an intense action thriller centered on a down-on-her-luck woman (Hayek) who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss, while trying to save her estranged mother and daughter.
Everyone familiar with Lynch, who directed The Knights of Badassdom and Wrong Turn 2, knows that he has a habit of putting his actors through the proverbial wringer so we wondered if his approach would be different with Hayek. He laughed, “Believe me, it was all on the page already. I didn’t have to coax Salma into anything!
“Honestly, the amount of heart that got installed into the movie because of her was monumental, and every day – and this is to Salma’s credit – she would ask, ‘Where’s the truth in this?’ That really made me evaluate every single beat in the film.”
He continued, “I had lived with the script so long and Salma came in totally fresh and totally objective and said, ‘Wait. You might have had that really cool shot in your head for five years, but is it resonating the truth of the moment?’ We would literally throw everything out and say let’s focus on how we can get the most emotional impact into the moment while still making the film engaging because it’s all in one room. So it was definitely a mutual masochism I guess you could say. She set me straight plenty of times.”
Given that Salma spends a good portion of the film locked in one room, we asked if maybe she became a tad claustrophobic during the shoot. “I am actually claustrophobic,” said Hayek. “It was the same room, but there were so many different things happening in there. What was really claustrophobic was the time I spent tied up and in a cage during that short segment…
“We had some technical problems that day, and so you are building up emotionally and then you hold it because we are going to go again. At some point at one take when they said cut, I cried for an hour and they were all freaking out. For me, it was very challenging. So yeah, it wasn’t so much the room that made me feel claustrophobic, but that one scene that looks like nothing was REALLY tough.”
Given that Hayek spends most of the film being terrorized, it turned out getting free and giving back some pain was especially gratifying.
“I had to go train to learn how to use a gun, and everyone else on the crew was all excited about the training… I detested it. *laughs* I remember that every time we shot them, I was like, ‘Oh, the noise!’ By the time we reached the end of the shot, I remember that I was shooting and I was not even blinking anymore. By that point so much emotion had built inside me I was ready for revenge. I was just in control of my body… in control of the gun. In the beginning I was supposed to be a good, unassuming victim, but at the end Everly’s a different person.”
“That was one of the benefits of shooting chronological, too, because we really got to work through the emotional beats every step of the way,” adds Lynch. “By the end, you really feel like she’s the phoenix rising out of the ashes.”
TWC-RADiUS will release next February.
“I don’t wanna die in Canada,” Long’s character whispers as he trembles in fear keeping hope that he’ll be saved. That’s the final shot of the impressive first trailer for Tusk, Kevin Smith’s toothy horror film about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks).
Fright night the San Diego Comic-Con hosted “The Musk of Tusk: An Evening With Kevin Smith,” which also featured stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment on the panel. After the panel Smith revealed the trailer to the world. It’s dark, creepy, and surprisingly funny – but what I like is that the humor is in the situation and appears to be unforced. This is just a trailer, clearly, but I’m impressed. There’s a lot going on, and yet, we still haven’t seen Long transformed into a walrus. Saying this aloud, how the fuck does this movie exist? It reminds me of classic horror that was daring and didn’t give a shit. #WalrusYes
A24, who has been on fire as of late, is releasing The Human Centipede-inspired horror in theaters September 19, 2014.
Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright has been tapped by Sony to helm Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of the YA novel by Andrew Smith, the Hollywood Reporter writes out of the San Diego Comic-Con.
Wright, who recently left Marvel’s Ant-Man over creative differences in May, will direct Grasshopper Jungle from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls).
Dutton’s book, which hit shelves in February 2014, “follows a teen in Ealing, Iowa, as he and his friends accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army of six-foot-tall praying mantises.“