Wall Street 2 Trailer

I saw the original 1987 Oliver Stone film not that long ago, and it really is a well constructed drama. Now, Stone and star Michael Douglas have reteamed for the sequel. Unlike long delayed sequels these days, this holds promise. The first film revelled in ’80s excess, while Money Never Sleeps will hopefully take the same tact with the current global financial crisis. It opens on April 23.

AC/DC and Iron Man 2 Team Up

I’ve never been a huge fan of AC/DC, but director Jon Favreau’s decision to use their Back in Black song on the first film 2 years ago set helped establish the bold playful mood, and distinguish it from other more serious superhero movies. The team from the film and the Aussie rockers are reuniting for May’s sequel and below is the brand new music video, which shows clips of Iron Man 2, but nothing too exciting except a bunch of dancing girls from the film’s Stark Expo. Well I guess that’s mildly exciting. Press release and track listing for the IM2 soundtrack under the clip.

MARVEL STUDIOS AND COLUMBIA RECORDS POWER UP AC/DC MUSIC PROMOTION FOR “IRON MAN 2” MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

AC/DC’s Music to be featured in “IRON MAN 2”; Band to Release AC/DC: Iron Man 2 Album on Monday April 19, 2010

Through a unique collaboration between Marvel Studios and Columbia Records, AC/DC’s music will be featured in Marvel Studios’ “IRON MAN 2,” the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster film. In addition, Columbia Records will release the album AC/DC: Iron Man 2 on Monday, April 19, 2010. AC/DC: Iron Man 2, features 15 classic AC/DC songs selected from ten of the band’s studio albums, ranging from 1976 to 2008. The complete track listing can be found below.

The film opens internationally beginning on April 28, 2010 and in the U.S. the film is scheduled for release on May 7, 2010.

The debut video from AC/DC: Iron Man 2 is the AC/DC’s classic album cut Shoot To Thrill,” which was filmed live last month in Buenos Aires during the band’s highly acclaimed Black Ice World Tour, the second highest grossing world tour of 2009 according to concert industry trade publication Pollstar.  The video also incorporates exclusive footage from “IRON MAN 2” and debuts today worldwide. Check www.acdc.com and www.marvel.com for more information. “Shoot To Thrill” was originally recorded for the band’s 50-million selling album Back In Black, one of the best selling albums of all time.

“Jon Favreau’s vision and passion for AC/DC’s music blend seamlessly into this incredible film” said Steve Barnett, co-chairman of Columbia Records. “The music really underscores the high energy and excitement of the film.”

“Music is an integral part of the Tony Stark and Iron Man experience, and we are pleased that Columbia and AC/DC are taking part in the franchise’s phenomenon. Through this relationship, the band is delivering fans supercharged Iron Man branded music through all our combined consumer touch points, from the movie to retail outlets and even virally with the debut of the new video,” said Tim Connors, Chief Operating Officer, Marvel Studios.

Jon Favreau returns to direct “IRON MAN 2,” with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his starring role as the larger-than-life leading character, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson.

Based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero, “IRON MAN 2” continues the story of 2008’s box office smash hit “IRON MAN,” which grossed nearly $600 million worldwide, and was the first feature film produced independently by Marvel Studios. IRON MAN 2” is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige.

AC/DC:  Iron Man 2 Track Listing:

1. Shoot to Thrill

2. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation

3. Guns for Hire

4. Cold Hearted Man

5. Back in Black

6. Thunderstruck

7. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)

8. Evil Walks

9. T.N.T.

10. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be

11. Have a Drink on Me

12. The Razor’s Edge

13. Let There Be Rock

14. War Machine

15. Highway to Hell

Scott Kolins On The Flash

Is this piece (from next month’s Blackest Night: The Flash #3)  the best thing Scott Kolins has ever done? I would say yes. Though it’s not hard to make The Flash look dynamic, with lines and lightning everywhere, especially in his wonderful new Blue Lantern costume, but this is a great pic.

Classic Lord of the Rings Toon on DVD

I vaguely remember this animated film back in my youth, and being kinda weirded out by it! Now I can watch it again and see if it makes more sense.

Warner Home Video Distributes Heralded Animated Film as Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD with All-New Extra Content

Combo Pack features Blu-Ray, DVD and Bonus Digital Copy

Journey back into the world of Hobbits, Humans, Elves and Dwarves in the all-new The Lord of the
Rings Remastered Deluxe Edition coming April 6, 2010 from Warner Home Video.  This original animated classic from acclaimed director Ralph Bakshi and Academy Award Winning producer, Saul Zaentz, has been remastered with pristine New Dolby 5.1 audio and picture quality and will be distributed as a single disc DVD and Blu-ray combo which features a Blu-ray, DVD and bonus digital copy.  The film will also be available for Digital Download. This film is rated PG.

One of the great visionary animation directors of the modern era, Bakshi went to artistic extremes to meticulously bring the legendary world of J.R.R. Tolkien to animated life – adding yet another stunning
title to the director’s canon of ground-breaking films. Bakshi’s animation accomplishments include Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic, American Pop, Wizards and Cool World.

All the magical adventure of the fantasy classic comes to life in Bakshi’s brilliantly animated tale of the enchanted land of Middle-earth – and the brave band of Hobbits, heroes and Wizards who set out to protect it. When a dangerous and powerful gold ring falls into his hands, a courageous Hobbit named Frodo embarks on an epic adventure. Along with the mighty Wizard Gandalf and some daring Elves,
he defends his homeland from the Dark Power  who would destroy it. Set in a mystical age of magic, monsters and unlikely heroes on incredible journeys, The Lord of the Rings will cast its spell over the entire family!

The deluxe edition also features a never-before-seen, 30-minute in-depth interview  with legendary director Ralph Bakshi entitled Forging Through The Darkness: The Ralph Bakshi Vision for The Lord Of The Rings.  This special feature explores his concept for creating an illustrated film, his pioneering rotoscoping process, and inspirations for his visual storytelling.

“The Lord of the Rings is a timeless classic that continues to be a favorite for generation after generation,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands Marketing. “The theatrical release in 1978 had a domestic total gross of nearly $90 million at the box office and shipped 1.1 million net videos. We are looking forward to offering this remastered deluxe edition to the fans for their library collections and providing endless enjoyment for years to come.”

Biomega In Feb

Press release from Viz Media below about their new series launching next month. Cool cover.

MAN AND MACHINE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE IN SCI-FI ACTION MANGA BIOMEGA

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will debut the cyberpunk action manga series BIOMEGA on February 2nd. The new series, rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences, will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint and will carry a MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

Zoichi Kanoe plunges into the depths of 9JO, a sprawling island city in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in search of Eon Green, a girl with the power to transmute the N5S virus. The deadly contagion is spreading across the world, turning humans into disfigured, zombie-like “drones.” But he’s not the only one looking for her. Agents of the Public Health Service’s Compulsory Execution Unit are also in hot pursuit, with sinister designs of their own. Zoichi and his trans-human allies have no time to waste; the countdown to the apocalypse has begun!

“Tsutomu Nihei created BIOMEGA with a jaw-dropping, intensely powerful art style that reflects his background in modern architecture,” says Leyla Aker, Editorial Manager, VIZ Media. “The main characters—the “enhanced” human Zoichi and Fuyu, the AI in his rocket of a motorcycle—navigate this apocalyptic landscape in a story that offers pure speed, action, and suspense. Both manga and American comics fans won’t want to miss this exciting debut!”

Tsutomu Nihei debuted with the acclaimed manga short story BLAME!, which was nominated for North America’s Harvey Award and won the Shiki Award in Japan. The artist also created NOiSE, a manga prequel to BLAME!. His visually striking Wolverine tie-in SNIKT! was published by Marvel Comics along with a commission by Bungie Studios for the  HALO graphic novel.

For more information on this title, or others from VIZ Media, please visit www.viz.com.

Samuel L. Jackson Goes BOOM!

BOOM! Studios are doing the Marvel thing and releasing a teaser image, with no text. Here’s their lone picture of Samuel L. Jackson, but eagle eyed fans have noticed that it’s in relation to a new series called Cold Space, as seen in the April solicitations.

COLD SPACE #1

(W) Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Calderon
(A) Jeremy Rock

From legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson and Emmy nominated writer/producer Eric Calderon, the team that brought you the Emmy-award-winning, best-selling Afro Samurai, comes their next original series — Cold Space! When an on-the-run outlaw crash-lands on a hostile planet on the brink of civil war, he finds himself caught in the crossfire between two warring factions. But in chaos lies opportunity… because where there’s war, there’s money to be made! A hard-boiled sci-fi action-adventure with covers by Eisner Award-winning artist Dave Johnson and Irredeemable cover artist, Jeffrey Spokes!

Asylum Press FCBD Preview

May 1 is the annual Free Comic Book Day event, to promote the diversity of our beloved medium. For that day only anyone is welcome to garb selected titles from participating FCBD retailers. Asylum Press have now released a preview of their FCBD one-shot right here. You can take  a look at Fearless Dawn, Warlash and previews of upcoming books. If you like cheeky humour and horror, it’s definitely for you.

ASYLUM PRESS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF A PREVIEW OF THEIR FEARLESS DAWN/ASYLUM PRESS SAMPLER  FOR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY COMIC

Frank Forte, publisher of Asylum Press, has announced the release of a preview  Fearless Dawn/Asylum Sampler FCBD issue.

“I’m excited to be a part of Free Comic Book Day for the first time, “explains Publisher Frank Forte, “readers will get a great sampling of the books we publish.  Some of the titles are current and others will be published this fall.  It gives retailers and fans a chance to see what’s coming.”

A great way to introduce Asylum Press to retailers and fans.  Featuring a sampling on new and upcoming comics.  Fearless Dawn By Steve Mannion features our favorite new heroine battling a troop of mutants. Black Powder, a bloody frontier adventure, by Dwayne Harris, can be described as a “Buckskin Apocalypse Now”.  Warlash:Origins features a tale of Bladeviper by Royal McGraw and J.C. Wong. Farmhouse is a tale of a drifter who falls in love with an artist undergoing an experimental art therapy regimen, by Elizabeth J. Musgrave and Szymon Kudranski. In Warlash: Zombie Mutant Genesis, our armored hero goes up against a horde of brain eating monsters, by Frank Forte.  EEEK! by Jason Paulos, is an anthology of retro style horror tales.