By Kevin Ohannessian
The cult RPG "Exalted" has been brought back to life for a Third edition by Onyx Path Publishing, through a Kickstarter project. "Exalted" hit its goal of $60,000 in only 18 minutes and raised $380,000 in one week. I spoke to Richard Thomas, the founder and creative director of Onyx Path, about the resurrection of "Exalted" and the decision to use Kickstarter.
Filmmaker/actor Eli Roth made a grisly splash with 2002's gross-out horror comedy "Cabin Fever" earning the title of "the future of horror" from Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino then helped usher Roth's follow-ups "Hostel" and "Hostel 2" into theaters by "presenting" the films. Roth and Tarantino remain close collaborators and colleagues with Roth starring as the baseball bat-wielding Sgt. Donny Donowitz a.k.a. "The Bear Jew" in Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds." Roth is now using the clout he's earned for himself to help a new generation of horror and beyond get films made and released. Thus far he's produced "The Last Exorcism" and its sequel, "The Man with the Iron Fists," and more, including the new disaster film "Aftershock" from Chilean director Nicolás López.
Roth co-wrote and stars in the film that sees a handful of party-goers fighting for survival in the aftermath of a earthquake that's not only unleashed massive amounts of devastation, but a horde of psychotically violent maniacs from a local demolished prison.
I spoke with Roth over the phone about his involvement with "Aftershock," his decision to play nerdy American "Gringo," the importance of helping other filmmakers, and his next film as director, "The Green Inferno."
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By Matt D. Wilson
Actor John Noble has spent a good chunk of the past decade or so appearing in projects nerdy fans love. He was Denethor in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, Dr. Walter Bishop on "Fringe," even a Transformer. But he hadn't dipped into the world of superheroes until now.
In the new DC Animated Feature "Superman: Unbound," Noble takes on the role of Brainiac, the evil, alien-AI force that shrank the Kryptonian city of Kandor and put it in a bottle. Now that the movie is available on Blu-ray, DVD, on-demand, and as a digital download, I spent a few minutes on the phone with Noble to ask how he got involved in the movie, how he prepared to play such an evil character, and what science fiction means to him.
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According to The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Official Facebook page, legendary special effects pioneer, Ray Harryhausen has died in London, England at the age of 93. Harryhausen is best known for his incredibly-detailed stop-motion characters in the films "One Million Years B.C.," "Clash of the Titans," "Jason and the Argonauts," and much more.
By Kevin M. Brettauer
The thing about WonderCon, the thing that really makes it special, is not its size; there are conventions of bigger and smaller scale. It’s not the location; Anaheim, home to Disneyland and therefore inherently connected to Marvel Comics itself; it’s not even the venue, which is one of the great West Coast convention calls.
No, the thing about WonderCon that makes it so special is its total embrace of the so-called “geek subculture”; it feels like it’s the only place in the world where con-goers, cosplayers and comic book fans are more than expected in the neighboring area; they’re encouraged. No one looks down on them, “normal” people engage them in conversation, and a sort of universal bond is created between people both within and without the subculture, even if it’s something as simple as a shared enjoyment of the cinematic adaptations of The Lord of the Rings or an asthestic appreciation for a Fantastic Four cosplay group’s attention to detail. Read More...
By Sean Kleefeld
Video game enthusiasts are a comparatively new fandom. The very first video game of any sort does date back to 1947, but as a whole they weren’t really commercially viable until the early 1970s. Pong was really the first video game hit of any sort, and that’s well within the timeframe of recent memory; there are gamers out there who remember seeing it in an arcade for the first time. So it’s fairly easy to understand the development of video game fandom, as it followed much the same path as comics before that, and science fiction before that. Read More...
If you're one of the lucky fans attaneding WonderCon in Anaheim, Ca March 29-31, you could gain admission to a special screening of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's DC Universe Animated Original Movie "Superman: Unbound" on Friday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m.
"You don't need relief, you need to tell the truth... every once in a while, you've got to take a stand as a producer and director."
Why you should help Ralph Bakshi, the animator who gave us the first "Lord of the Rings" film fund his horror-crime movie set on Coney Island.
The adaptation of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's "Braniac" arc in "Superman" shows off the strikingly different animation style coming from the WB for this direct-to-DVD feature.
Everybody is buzzing about the new 'Star Wars' movie to be helmed by J.J. Abrams. When "LOST" and "Lord Of The Rings" star Dominic Monaghan -- currently in the new BBC America show "Wild Things" -- dropped by our studios, we quizzed him on what part he'd like to play in the upcoming film! Read More...
You remember him from "LOST" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy -- now Dominic Monaghan has a new adventure! "Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan" premieres on BBC America tonight at 10/9 c, and features the actor hanging around all sorts of exotic -- and at times, dangerous -- animals!
Says Monaghan about his new show:
"'Wild Things' is my attempt to change people's ideas about animals that most people are scared of: snakes, spiders, bees, ants, wasps. Stuff like that!"
You can check out the official "Wild Things" website here
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MTV's Steven Smith On 'The Hobbit': Insert Bad Tolkien Pun Here
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By Steven Smith
First and foremost the scene between Bilbo and Gollum was perfect. PERFECT. And why you may ask? Because it was super true to the book. Boom. Done. Awesome. Andy Serkis has proven time and time again he is the Stanislavski of performance capture and Martin Freeman truly was Bilbo. And the best part was the CGI for Gollum didn’t look like CGI, even in HFR a.k.a. High Frame Rate. I totally dug it.
When I first learned Peter Jackson had filmed "The Hobbit" Trilogy (seriously, trilogy? It’s the shortest book!) at 48 frames per second, well, I reacted as you might have – “Hubba what?” Had no idea what that meant. Sure I knew most film was shot at 24 frames per second, and 60mm film looked awesome and grand -- but that was it for my film knowledge, other than knowing what a Macguffin is (and "The Hobbit’s" was supposed to be the dragon but now it’s all dwarvy.) Read More...
I thought that in commemoration of acclaimed fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday, it'd be fun to take a look at some of the Internet memes based on him and his creations. (Also, I communicate largely by Internet memes alone, though you've probably never heard of it.)
First let's look at memes based directly on Tolkien. The most popular in this category is:
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R.I.P. Peter Parker bit the dust in "Amazing Spider-Man" #700 and we made this nice video tribute to him.