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Sunday 29 September 2019

The War of the Worlds | Trailer - BBC


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Hollywood Reporter: 'Spider-Man' Shocker: Disney, Sony Striking a Deal for One More Movie
The two studios are once again working together, with Tom Holland's hero set to star in a Sony film produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige, as well as in an MCU film.
Spider-Man is back in action. After publicly parting ways over a deal gone south, Disney/Marvel and Sony are back at the table and have struck a deal that would see Marvel produce another Spider-Man film for Sony. The new film even has a release date: July 16, 2021. Jon Watts, the filmmaker behind the previous two Spider-Man films, is in talks to direct.
"I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” said Marvel topper Kevin Feige. "Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
Also as part of the arrangement, Spider-Man will appear in a future Marvel movie.
In 2015, Marvel and Sony unveiled an unprecedented intra-studio partnership that produced not only two well-regarded and massive hits with Spider-Man: Homecoming and this summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, but it also took the character, whose movie rights are owned by Sony, and put him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe where the hero became one of its key players.
But the co-parenting deal fell apart not too long after the release of Far From Home, spilling into the open in August.
Terms of the new deal were not revealed, but it will allow Marvel and its chief Feige to produce and run creative point on one more movie that would star Tom Holland, the actor who is the current incarnation of the web-slinging superhero. Depending on how things go, more movies could be in the offing.
The partnership between Sony and Marvel has been fruitful at the box office. Homecoming made $880.1 million and featured Marvel character Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), while Spider-Man was a key part of 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and had a small but powerful role in this year's Avengers: Endgame. Both films grossed more than $2 billion, with Endgame standing as the top film of all time, not adjusted for inflation. Far From Home was also a billion-dollar player — grossing $1.1 billion — and is Sony's highest grossing film ever.
There was plenty of incentive to drive the two sides to return. Shared revenue of box office receipts notwithstanding, the success of Spider-Man also drives other lanes. Sony, for example, has a slate of Spider-Man-centric characters that are in the early stages of getting their own movies, with Venom already a hit and a sequel to start shooting in November. Morbius, another title based on a Marvel character, is in post-production with a release set for 2020. The slate has benefitted from Spider-Man’s popularity. There is also Sony’s Spider-Man video game franchise, which is one of the more popular games currently in circulation.
Marvel, meanwhile, gets to capitalize on merchandizing. But perhaps more importantly, it gets to keep creative control over its most popular character, something it did not have during the years that saw the studio — then run by Amy Pascal — make critically maligned movies, and thus protect the brand.

Saturday 28 September 2019

Cinebook Newsletter 141 - September 2019

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Dear Reader,
This month we're introducing not just one, but TWO new series! Aren't you a lucky bunch?
Starting with the new chapter in Leo's Worlds of Aldebaran saga, the aptly named Return to Aldebaran, in which the Brazilian author brings together both of his hindquarters-kicking ladies, Kim and Marie. Mix these two, some advanced aliens, mysterious technology, a hefty dose of Human nastiness … and as always Leo's gorgeous and inventive alien wildlife, and get ready for quite a ride!
Also by Leo, along with Fred Simon and Corine Jamar, is the third episode of Mermaid Project, and we travel from dreary, impoverished New York to a gloriously ascendant Rio de Janeiro. Don't let the gorgeous sun fool you, though - there's plenty of darkness to deal with, deep in the bowels of secret corporate compounds …
Finally, our second new series tackles the true story of one of the most celebrated and feared military units nowadays, the legendary SAS. Discover the early years of The Regiment, when it was created during some of Great-Britain's darkest hours of the Second World War, and meet its founders: David Stirling, Blair 'Paddy' Mayne and 'Jock' Lewes. Combining stunning art and outstanding research, this one is for fans of history and adventure alike.
September with Cinebook - who reads, wins!

Mermaid Project 3
Simon & Leo and Jamar
Episode 3
Roger, Romane's brother, has been transferred to an Algapower lab in Brazil. Shortly afterwards, his sister, still working for Intelligence, arrives in Rio. Her new mission: to get in touch with her brother and convince him to inform the authorities on the company and its mysterious Mermaid Project ... Read more

The Regiment
Legrain & Brugeas
The True Story of the SAS 1
1941. Almost all of Europe is under the Nazi heel. Great Britain still holds out, but the situation worsens with every passing day. And in North Africa, gateway to the Middle East and its immense oil reserves, Rommel now threatens Egypt, keystone of British defences... Read more

Return to Aldebaran 1
Episode 1
After the events on Antares, the first official contact between Humans and the Tsalterian civilisation can take place on Aldebaran. Limited in scope, it is to involve only two groups of scientists studying a mysterious structure of unknown origin — all under the aegis of Kim, the only ambassador the aliens are willing to accept... Read more
The Route 66 List 2
Thorgal 0
The Betrayed Sorceress
Valerian & Laureline 23
The Future is Waiting

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Friday 27 September 2019

why I do not use the Obscure British Super Heroes material to produce a book?

I was asked, via Messenger (PLEASE comment on the blog itself), why I do not use the Obscure British Super Heroes material to produce a book?


Why on Earth would I produce another book when I have an online store with around 100 books and have only sold 2 this year? Months of work so gather internet dust?

As I am currently taking care of a few "problems" -physical and very financial- spending the months working on the book and preparing illustrations is completely out. There is enough material to hand but just no incentive to do the work -remember that selling books is my only income (as such).

The above image, by the way, is a header by Paul Ashley Brown for my Comics F/X page (MU Press) from 1989/1990.  I had hair back then...and there was a decent enough comics industry.

But any questions please use Comments on this blog and because of all the abusive and spam comments everything is moderated so...dont waste your time spamming!

Monday 23 September 2019

Captain America: Dark Designs

 Titan's latest reissue of a Marvel prose novel, Captain America: Dark Designs, which releases next month.

Steve Rogers knows the art of survival better than most. Decades under ice will do that to a man. But the Avengers chipped more than rock-hard morality and super-strength out from under that permafrost. When Cap takes out a terrorist cell threatening to poison the world, he’ll discover a threat far more deadly. An incurable virus has hidden in his body for years—and now it’s come to the surface. To save the world, he’ll have to return to his own personal hell: deep freeze. 

And he’ll have to take an old friend with him. Having survived his own death by inhabiting a clone of Steve Rogers, the Red Skull has inherited the virus — and he’s a little less willing to play martyr. As the deadly disease shifts and evolves, new patterns emerge. Can Captain America contain the Red Skull before the virus runs rampant?