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(BPT) - What started in 1970 as a small comic book convention has become the mecca of all pop-culture events. Comic-Con, the four-day convention in San Diego, has grown to attract more than 130,000 people a year. Each year’s attendance seems to surpass the last.
The highly regarded San Diego Comic Con event never disappoints when it hits the west coast every July. The buzz around the event is not without warrant.
This trailer for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie debuted to exhibitors in Las Vegas Monday night as part of the CinemaCon convention, delivering the first real footage from the Michael Bay-produced reboot of the iconic comic book and TV franchise.
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Hey kids, comics! The upcoming Amazing Arizona Comic Con has events planned that will appeal to kids of all ages – like a plethora of Walking Dead activities, a screening of “The Image Revolution” film, and attempts by comic creators to break Guinness world records – but all day Sunday, Jan. 26, they will have special focus on the junior set of the comic-fan demographic.
Besides tree decorating, the lights, the food and the spirit - another favorite aspect of the holiday season is the movies. There are so many Christmas movies that can quickly take you back to your childhood, bring tears to your eyes and make the holidays a little brighter.
Successful movies call for sequels, and successful sequels often call for trilogies and series. We, as consumers and film viewers, have literally watched as this trend of “sequelism” has grown in the movie industry for decades, often to our delight. There is no denying the success of many film sequels and series, old and new. From “Star Trek” to “Shrek,” film series can delight millions. There is, however, a new trend growing in the film industry that takes the sequel to a whole new level – the concept of “universe building”. Creating a series of interconnected movies and projects in the same fictional universe has been a common practice in the sci-fi and fantasy industries; “Star Trek” has been a universe that is constantly expanding and changing through multiple mediums since 1966. Superheroes have received similar treatment more recently to great success in both quality of a product and box office numbers. It now seems that the “universe building” trend has begun spread to the horror industry.
Warner Bros. on Thursday announced the casting of Academy Award-winning director Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel, which will also feature the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Laurence Fisburne as Perry White. The untitled film is set for a July 17, 2015, release.
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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
If you’re like me and you’ve been waiting years for Hollywood to finally make the ultimate Wolverine movie, one that perfectly captures the burly badass and his adamantium-laced adventures, well, you’re going to be waiting a while longer, Bub. Because although it’s not bad, the latest film rendition of the Canadian paladin, simply called “The Wolverine,” is not the best there is at what he does.
The San Diego Comic-Con convention as been steadily growing in popularity throughout its 43-year run, but it is within the last decade that it has begun to reshape the way the entertainment industry functions. When discussing Comic-Con, most entertainment seekers are referring to the convention’s many attractions: ample opportunity to meet celebrities, chances to receive the inside scoop on upcoming film, television, or comic book franchises, early reveals of the newest merchandise, and countless chuckles at the expense of those dressed like out-of-shape super heroes. What is not considered, however, is the fact that the 130,000 be in attendance at the San Diego Convention Center in mid-July were given the opportunity to tell producers what is hot with consumers.
It’s happened to you. It’s OK to admit it. You have entered a movie theater with high hopes of viewing a big-budget blockbuster film that actually lives up to the hype it has obliged itself. Unfortunately, things do not always pan out quite the way we would hope, and we are often left disappointed, frustrated, even insulted by the film maker’s disregard for our intelligence.
Letters to the editor from the Sept. 17 issue