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Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso Looks at the History and Future of Comics on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 2:15PM
Axel Alonso of Marvel Comics talks 'Captain America' and other comics on 'The Early Show'Marvel Comics superheroes have never had a higher profile than they have this summer. 'Captain America: The First Avenger' is about to hit theaters Friday, joining releases of 'Thor' and 'X-Men: First Class' from earlier this year, a popular 'Iron Man' series, and an upcoming 'Spider-man' reboot. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) caught up with Axel Alonso, named editor-in-chief of Marvel in January, to talk about Marvel and the future of comics.

They began in a comic book shop, where Alonso handed anchor Jeff Glor a few books. "These are all little pieces of history you hold in your hands," he said. Captain America, it was noted, debuted in the spring of 1941. At that time, no one could have imagined such a full-color, live action, CGI-enhanced version of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's creation coming to the big screen.

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Right Now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 4th 2010 1:14PM
cinematicalThe folks at our sister site, Cinematical, are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Getting to Know...Shawn Ashmore

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Jan 15th 2010 11:56PM
It's not every day that a Canadian actor goes from small bits of work to a gigantic acting gig within a matter of days, but that's what happened to Shawn Ashmore. One minute he's playing Terry Fox in a made-for-TV movie, and then the next he's cast as Iceman in the 'X-Men' trilogy, acting with juggernauts Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, and Hugh Jackman. While Ashmore is content to star in a variety of projects - whether they're big-budget or low-budget - he's always proud of his Canadian roots, and finds a distinct pleasure in working at home.

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That's Sir Patrick Stewart to you, Star Trek fans

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 21st 2009 9:00AM
Patrick Stewart can now count his knightship.You know him as Captain Jean-Luc Picard or Professor Charles Xavier, but once Queen Elizabeth II is done with him, the bald leading man extraordinaire will arise Sir Patrick Stewart, Knight of the Realm.

Now 69 years old, Stewart is known around the world for his lead roles in major sci-fi franchises like Star Trek and X-Men. But he was well-known to U.K. theatergoers for years as a 16-year member of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he specialized in playing kings and soldiers with his baritone pipes.

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Mad Men? Meet the X-Men

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 11th 2009 9:30PM
Are you a fan of Mad Men? Are you a fan of X-Men? Have you been hoping that Matt Weiner and Stan Lee would somehow meet up at an exclusive Hollywood party and eventually create a series that combines your two favorite television franchises?

If so, please get out of your house more.

And that hasn't exactly happened but the funny folks at Madatoms have done that for you with their new line of Mad Men/X-Men mash-ups. The shows are actually eerily similar when you think about it. Both of them feature ruthless characters who will stop at nothing for ultimate power. Both deal with the changing intolerance of their respective ages. The only thing missing are the tight fitting spandex outfits, but hey, a man can dream, right?

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TV genre series live on in iTunes thanks to Comixology

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 8th 2009 8:21AM
MIddleman and other TV properties live on via iTunes.Apple's iPhone and iPod are emerging as the preferred delivery device for online comic books. They're portable, hand-held and feature vivid screens capable of delivering any necessary colors. You can use the touch screen to flip the pages back and forth.

An online comics website, Comixology, is a central point for scores of online comics available via iTunes' App Store, including several titles based on popular genre shows of the recent and not-so-recent past.

You'll find that 80's anime after school favorite, Voltron living here. Marvel's animation-influenced X-Men flourishes in multiple versions. The Middleman, a now-canceled creative comic-book inspired children's live action show, continues in iPhone form. In fact, The Middleman stories on Comixology were written to continue the TV show's storyline.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 14th 2009 6:02PM
Doctor Who Here are the new TV DVDs in stores tomorrow.

The fall not only means that the new seasons and new shows start up, but also it's the time when season sets of TV shows are released to coincide with the new seasons of those shows. So this week we have DVDs for shows like Big Bang Theory, CSI: Miami, Grey's Anatomy, and It's Always Sunny.

  • Astro Boy - Vols. 1-5
  • The Big Bang Theory - Season 2
  • Bonanza - Season 1, Vols 1 and 2
  • CSI: Miami - Season 7

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What's with all the drug addicts on Captain Planet?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2009 5:30PM
Bizarre but fun list over at Topless Robot, the 11 most disturbingly adult scenarios in 90's cartoons. There's child abuse revelations on X-Men, Batman having a heart attack, and this one from Captain Planet, as the gang is attacked by ... drug addicts.

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Star Wars' Ray Park in talks to join Heroes

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 5th 2009 3:02PM
ray park heroes season fourThe Heroes casting reports just won't stop. Yesterday, we learned that Prison Break's Robert Knepper would come on board as a new villain. Now, Star Wars baddie Ray Park is in talks to appear in the show's next season for a sizeable arc.

As Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Park famously wielded a double-bladed light saber to slice up Liam Neeson. He showed his goofier side as Toad in the original X-Men film and recently as a Skywalker Ranch security guard in Fanboys. We still don't know any details about Park's role on Heroes, but some Interweb bloggos are convinced that he'll play the "Knife Thrower" described in Heroes' recent casting breakdowns.

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More Wolverine and the X-Men coming to Nicktoons

by Mike Moody, posted May 7th 2009 9:04AM
Wolverine and the X-MenIt's true. You really can't kill Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman is already hitting the gym for a sequel to the just-released X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Nicktoons just ordered 26 more episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men.

The animated show was a big hit on Nicktoons, helping give the network its highest-ratings ever in key demos. The new eps will kick off May 22.

I know a lot of X-Men fans had problems with Wolverine and the X-Men, but I love the show. Being a Cyclops fan (yes, we do exist), it sorta bugs me that Wolverine is billed as the leader of the X-Men on the show, but that's a minor complaint. The show is fun, packed with cool, somewhat obscure Marvel mutants, and it's pretty entertaining for kids and adults.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2009 6:04PM
Star TrekHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Question: how many freakin' versions of the original Star Trek are there on DVD? It seems like there's a new released every six months. And the funny thing? I bet hardcore Trek fans will buy all of them.

(Note: the Frost/Nixon set is not the Ron Howard movie, it's the original interviews between the two men.)

  • American Dad - Vol. 4
  • Fallen Angel - Compete Miniseries
  • Frost/Nixon - Complete Interviews

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The '90s X-Men series is coming to DVD this April - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 10th 2009 6:07PM
x-men dvd animatedIn case you didn't get the message with the DVD release of Next Avengers or Hulk Vs., Marvel wants to remind you that ninety percent of its animated output is incredibly awful. That's probably why they're finally releasing the '90s X-Men animated series on DVD.

Stop right there, X-Men fans; lemme explain my love-hate relationship with this series before you start typing four-letter words in the comments section.

I watched this cartoon on Fox faithfully as a kid, and I really loved it. It brought many of the classic X-Men comics stories to life – even some of the weirder ones – and introduced a generation of non-comic book fans to Wolverine, Cyclops and the rest of the gang. But even as a kid it was hard not to wince at the awful animation, the over-the-top voice acting, and the ridiculous melodramatic vibe of it all. Compared to the more sophisticated Batman: The Animated Series, which also aired during the early '90s, this thing looked and felt like an old episode of Thundercats, which was a shame.

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Wolverine and the X-Men - An early look - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 17th 2009 10:02AM
Wolverine and the X-Men

It took a while, but the X-Men are finally heading back to TV. Nicktoons premieres the third X-Men animated series, Wolverine and The X-Men, on January 23, and I'm happy to report that Brett Ratner's name does not appear on the credits list.

I caught the first few episodes at last summer's San Diego Comic-Con, but I failed to show up at least two days before the screening. The line to get in was unbelievably long, and I ended up in the back of the screening room with a giant pole blocking my view. (The guy in the Rorschach costume sitting next to me was pissed!) Luckily, Nicktoons was nice enough to send me a screener of the first two episodes. Click through for info, clips and some minor spoilers.

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Are you ready for a singing and dancing Hugh Jackman on Oscar night? - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 12th 2008 5:05PM
hugh jackman oscars wolverine x-menAt the very least, this sounds more promising than an awards show hosted by reality TV stars.

Hugh Jackman, probably the only Tony Award-winner to be named People's "Sexiest Man Alive," will host this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Yep, it's an odd pick. The last few Oscar night hosts have been comedians (Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock), but something tells me this broadcast will be the funniest in years.

Why? Because Hugh Jackman likes to sing. And dance. And he usually looks pretty silly when he does those things at the same time, like in that episode of Viva Laughlin.

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What to watch on Thanksgiving Day - A guide for geeks

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 25th 2008 11:09AM
Batman Adam West
Care more about tribbles than touchdowns? Don't sweat it. From sci-fi favorites to Batman biographies, there's tons of geeky stuff to watch on TV before and after you've had your turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Check out these suggestions (SciFi Channel's James Bond marathon was excluded due to its unhealthy amount of Pierce Brosnan).
Update: Check out Bob's list for more Thanksgiving Day viewing options.

6:15 a.m. (Eastern), Solaris (IFC) – I only recommend watching Andrei Tarkovsky's meditative sci-fi classic this early if you've stayed up all night basting a bird. It's sure to put you right to sleep and give you some crazy dreams.

6:30 a.m., Planet of the Apes (FMC) – Prepare for Turkey Day by watching Charlton Heston give evolution (that cruel joker) a one-two punch in the face. Followed by a documentary about the POTA movies and several episodes of the 1974 TV series.

7 a.m., Angel "Offspring" (TNT) – Darla shows up preggers on Angel's doorstep in this tense season three ep, written by co-creator David Greenwalt.

8 a.m., Biography: Batman (Biography Channel) – Adam West and Burt Ward guide you through a look back at the 60s Batman TV show. Followed by Adam West: Behind the Cowl and bios of Catwoman and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter. Holy awesomeness, Batman!

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