May 2013

News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

news-and-notes-john-c-reillyHitFix is reporting John C. Reilly has been offered the role of Rhomann Dey in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy as an outer space version of the Agent Coulson character

Deadline is reporting that Josh Brolin has joined the cast Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice (adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name)

The Guardian is reporting that despite iniital disinterest, director Sam Mendes is now talks to direct the next James Bond film

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  • Title: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – Pilot
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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

With a new Superman ready to fly into theaters this summer every now and then I’ll take a look back at the hero’s more memorable moments on both the big and small screen. The concept of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was different than almost every comic book hero television show which came before or since. More concerned with Clark Kent (Dean Cain) than Superman, and at least equally concerned with Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), the show presented a peril or dilemma of the week for the Man of Steel to solve, but the crux of the series was the relationship between a pair of reporters whose obvious heat brought the Lois and Clark together in both television and comics.

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The Flash #20

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2013

in Comics

The Flash #20The return of writer/artist Francis Manapul marks the beginning of a new arc as Barry Allen returns to work at the police station, although in the Paper Morgue rather than the Crime Lab, puts the past behind him and recommits himself to his relationship with Patty Spivot, investigates a weird artifact that is somehow powered by the Speed Force, and begins looking into the deaths of Albert and Marissa who the police suspect was killed by Gomez.

Although the villain makes only a cameo at the beginning of the issue to kill Marissa, The Flash #20 officially kicks off the Reverse-Flash arc (complete with the villain’s awful New 52 makeover). Barry’s only lead is the lightning symbol which mistakenly believes is tied to Kid Flash not the hero’s greatest villain who he has yet to meet.

It’s great to see Manapual and his beautiful art of the Flash in action return. Next month offers the first meeting between Flash and Kid Flash and you have to wonder with the unseen villain targeting those who were temporarily trapped in the Speed Force how long it will take Barry to realize Iris is likely his next target. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Uncanny X-Men #6

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2013

in Comics

Uncanny X-Men #6When I saw the line-up of this new Uncanny X-Men title the one name included that gave me pause was Magik, and it was for the probability of stories exactly like this one. Although Uncanny X-Men #6 certainly isn’t great, it’s better than I expected.

Trapped in Limbo with the demonic version of Magik known as the Darkchilde, the X-Men fight back against Dormammu (with a little help from the Stepford Sisters who embolden the team to stop wetting themselves and take the fight to the demon). Although it’s certainly not my cup of tea, Brian Michael Bendis tells the story well and provides some humorous moments (such as several of the team’s members trying to quit on the spot).

Also intercut with this is Maria Hill‘s decision that she needs an inside man, or in this case woman, on Cyclops‘ team to have a better gauge at what exactly the mutant activist wants and how far he’s willing to go to achieve those ends. Her choice is a bit ridiculous, but certainly one I can appreciate. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Esquire Loves Olivia Munn

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2013

in Books & Magazines

Esquire Loves Olivia Munn

Former Attack of the Show host and current Newsroom actress Olivia Munn is interviewed in Esquire’s June/July issue. She also took time for a photoshoot. You can find the rest of the pics inside.

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