Thursday, January 19, 2006

Welcome Home Ms. Stacy


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Spider-Man 3 has cast.....Gwen Stacy!!!

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What can I say? This is a moment of complete joy for this loyal Spidey fan who started loving these characters when I was 5 years old. Gwen's death broke the heart of comic lovers all over the world and is still the most painful and brilliant moment in what was the new era of comic books. As much as we love MJ, Gwen was Peter's first, deepest and most innocent, true love. Batman has Talia and now Peter has Gwen. The greatest writing of the late 1960's early 1970's has finally arrived. And they picked the best actress for the job. Now if they don't ruin the Dark Phoenix.....
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Here's what Harry at Aintitcool exclusively found:

Now, it might be backwards as hell... how Sam Raimi's done this, but he seems intent on doing it. Sam is gonna bring the most beloved character in the history of SPIDER-MAN into the cinematic fold. That's right. As rumors of the second coming of the Green Goblin mount... From screen right enters... GWEN STACY!!!
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So...Redheads are bleached Blond and Blondes are dyed Red? Hmmmm...Hey!
Raimi can do whatever he wants!!

For me, Gwen Stacy is the very embodiment of YOUNG LOVE. She is that teenage girl that dreamt of all those tomorrows that she'd never live. She was the damsel that wasn't saved. Right when Spidey was getting cocky about web-slinging and soul-saving... he lost another. This one, within his own soul. For serious comics fans, the Gwen Stacy story is sacred text............As of about an hour ago, the contract was signed. Sam Raimi and Avi Arad have their sweetheart. They've cast young Bryce Howard, yes, Ron Howard's daughter.....Bryce is just about the hottest young emerging talent out there right now - and she is, like her father once was, a redhead... but like Ron - she's going b... no, not bald, but BLONDE - hopefully Platinum Blonde for the role of Gwen Stacy. Avi wouldn't tell me if Bryce was signed for one or two pictures. But the key for me was always Gwen's eyes. She had amazing, captivating grey-blue newsprint eyes.

Let's Wiki Gwen and see what we find!

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwen_Stacy
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Gwendolyne

"Gwen" Stacy
was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, she was a love interest to Peter Parker (Spider-Man). She is second in Spider-Man's heart only to Mary Jane Watson. She has blonde hair, in contrast to Mary Jane, who is a redhead. She will be portrayed in the movie, Spiderman 3.
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Gwen first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #31 (December 1965); Peter Parker met Gwen while they were undergraduates at Empire State University. Initially, Peter's problems as Spider-Man made him ignore her advances, and in return, she felt insulted by his aloofness. Gradually, however, a romance developed; Gwen, a science major, seemed to appreciate Peter's intellectual personality, different from that of jocks like Flash Thompson and preppies like Harry Osborn. She was Peter Parker's first true love.

Their romance became more complicated when her father, Police Captain George Stacy, was killed by falling debris from a battle which involved Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus (Amazing Spider-Man #90). Gwen blamed Spider-Man for that event, which set back their relationship for a while. Gwen left for Europe to deal with her loss. When she returned from Europe, Gwen and Peter resumed their relationship, but it would not last for long.

Gwen's dad, Captain Stacey dies saving a child from Dr. Octopus. In his last breath he tells Peter he knows the truth. Gwen always blames Spider-man for her father's death.
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In the classic Amazing Spider-Man #121 (June 1973), "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" by writer Gerry Conway and penciller Gil Kane, Gwen Stacy was held on a bridge by the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn, who is aware that Peter Parker is Spider-Man). Spider-Man arrived to fight the Green Goblin, but Spider-Man was sick and not performing as well as usual. When the Green Goblin pushed Gwen Stacy off the bridge, Spider-Man caught her by a leg with a string of web. Spider-Man initially thought he had saved her, but when he pulled Gwen back up onto the bridge, he realized she was dead. In anger, Spider-Man almost killed the Green Goblin in retaliation, but chose not to do so in the end. The Green Goblin still seemingly died anyway when he was impaled by his own Goblin Glider in an attempt to kill Spider-Man (the Green Goblin was later revealed to have survived). (As far as I'm concerned, bringing back a character 20 years later is not "revealed to have survived." It's just poor writing.)

It is not clear whether it was the shock of the fall or the sudden stop which killed her. This is a controversial issue. Her death became a pivotal event in Spider-Man's life; he considers it to be his greatest failure as Spider-Man. Her death is also an important milestone in comic book history.
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Cover of graphic novel The Death of Gwen Stacy
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After death
The death of Gwen Stacy had enormous repercussions. Mary Jane, a close friend of Gwen Stacy, was much affected by Gwen's death; her personality became much more serious. Gwen's death also drew Peter and Mary Jane into a closer friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship. The Green Goblin's status in Spider-Man's rogues gallery was much elevated by his murder of Gwen Stacy. Before the death of Gwen Stacy, Doctor Octopus had seemed to be Spider-Man's primary archnemesis, but the death of Gwen Stacy was key to making the Green Goblin, even more than Dr. Octopus, Spider-Man's primary archnemesis. Furthermore, the Punisher, who has gone on to become an important character in the Marvel Universe since his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974), was initially created as a character to hunt down Spider-Man, as the Punisher wrongly believed Spider-Man to be Gwen's murderer.
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Cause of death
The greater source of controversy is the cause of death, which is hotly debated among fans. There are two possibilities for how Gwen died: she could have died from the shock of the fall itself, or she could have died from the sudden stop. If it was the shock of the fall, then there was nothing Spider-Man could have done once the Green Goblin pushed her off the bridge. She would have been dead before Spider-Man reached her. The original comic featured a "snap" sound effect next to her head in the panel in which Spider-Man's webbing catches her. Some fans believe this indicates that her neck was broken by being caught by Spider-Man's web. Other fans do not think this sound effect implies this. Further confusing the issue, some reprints of the story take out the "snap" sound effect.
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Spider-Man himself worries that it was the sudden stop, and he torments himself with the what-if question that if he had not stopped her fall, she might have survived hitting the water below (though a realistic assessment indicates that hitting the water from that height would have probably killed her anyway).
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Gwen Stacy on the cover of Ultimate Spider-Man #65
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Impact
The death of Gwen Stacy had enormous impact in the world of comic book fandom. Before her, except possibly as part of their origin story, superheroes simply did not fail so catastrophically. The girlfriend of the superhero did not die suddenly without warning and so violently. Because of this, the death of Gwen Stacy is often taken as a marker of the end of the Silver Age of Comic Books and the introduction of a new, darker era.

This moment is the quiet one people forget.
Filled with grief Peter is useless, and MJ...steps up to the plate to be there.
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In the film Spider-Man (2002), the Green Goblin held not Gwen Stacy, who does not appear in the film, but rather Mary Jane Watson at a bridge. Spider-Man is successful in saving Mary Jane when the Green Goblin throws her off the bridge, which in the film is the Queensboro Bridge. Gwen Stacy's name appears on a headstone in the cemetery during the funeral of Norman Osborn.
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Batman ready to begin again

http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/Artists/B/Bale_Christian/2006/01/19/1400770.html
By JANE STEVENSON - Toronto Sun
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LOS ANGELES -- Christian Bale expects to don the bat cape within the next year, as shooting begins on the sequel to his hugely successful turn in last year's darker-toned Batman Begins.

"They've been speaking about (a sequel) from the first time they opened their mouths," Bale told reporters.

He said he's psyched about becoming Bruce Wayne/Batman again, providing he gets to work with the same director, Chris Nolan. Bale expects to have the same cast back as well -- Michael Caine (Alfred), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) and Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon).
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The movie he shot after The New World was in Thailand, a biopic about Dieter Dengler, a German expatriate who became a U.S. Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. During shooting he ingested something his character might have after becoming a prisoner of war.

"I was grossing everyone else out on the crew by eating locusts and crickets, all the different bugs all of the time," Bale says.

"Actually, they get a bad rap. They're very tasty," he says, smiling. "I see no point in sticking to my nice cup of tea from England. I know that. I can always go back there. And I think part of being an actor is having a curiosity about putting yourself in other people's shoes. And that includes eating their food and doing whatever they do. It's a fascinating thing."
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G.I.Joe: The Live Action Movie?
http://www.latinoreview.com/scriptreview.php?id=7

Latino Review is an awesome Movie scoop site. They have a review of the script for the new G.I.Joe movie , that's in pre-production at Paramount. I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, G.I.Joe and the Transformers were about as close to comic book toys and animation as you got. After Sunbow Animation stopped making the excellent "Spider-man and His Amazing Friends" cartoon, Marvel animation turned towards toys...Both G.I.Joe and The Transformers were Marvel comics based on Hasbro Toys and during the 1980's toy companies made all the cartoons, because cartoons were just half hour toy commercials. Unless it was Star Wars or the best of all toys Fisher-Price's " Adventure People ", the popular toys were made first and then the Cartoon was made to sell the toys.The Inhumanoids, M.A.S.K., Get Along Gang, Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines, Care Bears, Dino-Riders, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, JEM, Strawberry Shortcake, My Godamned Little Pony and of course the undisputed kings of Toy Cartoons: G.I.Joe and The Transformers !!
I had read the Joe comic since the early 80's, but it's militaristic focus and gun toting Heroes did not meet my parents approval. When I bought G.I.Joe toys, I bought them with my own money.
This was the first G.I.Joe toy I ever got the 1983 The Polar Battle Bear:
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and these are the first two figures I got:
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Arctic Trooper
Code Name:

Snow Job
The Joe with the most
unfortunate codename.

Marine
Code Name:
Gung-Ho
The Joe most likely to
join the Village People




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I know....but this was the 1980's, even before "Don't Ask Don't Tell". We thought "Boy George" was just trying to sell records. Listening to "Queen" was the most macho thing a kid could do. So what if Gung Ho wore a robin's egg blue denim vest and no shirt? Course the first bad guy I bought cannot be topped.
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Enemy Weapons Supplier
Code Name:

Destro

Oh Yeah...

The Man!!


Here's a bit of what Latino Review has to say on the G.I.Joe Script:
G.I. Joe
Screenplay: David Elliot, Paul Lovett

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Reviewed by: El Mayimbe - 12.30.05

This week we take a look at G.I. JOE - the last script review of the year for 2005. We have the revised first draft dated September 16, 2005, 116 pages, written by David Elliot and Paul Lovett (the writers of FOUR BROTHERS. Yes folks there is a G.I. JOE script out there and it is very real!


Off the bat, I will say that no one will be happy with the character selection because we all have our favorites. The six G.I. JOE's that made the cut for now in the draft are –
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The commanding officers are:
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Since I'm old school I thought maybe Stalker, Roadblock, Rock and Roll, Gung Ho, Flint, and even the Latino of the bunch - Hector Delgado himself - Shipwreck should have been in this. But you know what? The current six Elliot and Lovett selected work for this story and I will be the first to tell you that the current draft leaves it open for more G.I. JOE films and sequels. Maybe they are looking to make this a three picture series? If this turns out well, I don't see why not and I'm sure future films would have more characters but as it stands, the current six work well in this draft.

Who are the bad guys? The antagonist of the piece is DESTRO. He is finally running the show like I feel he always should have. THE BARONESS is in this thing along with STORM SHADOW.
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Yes folks, there is the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow rivalry in this draft and they duke it out in the 3rd act. Strom Shadow has a cool back-story. In the script, he is considered the greatest hand-to-hand fighter in the world. When we first meet him on page 40, he is training Mercs and is wearing black canvas pants and has no shirt on and is covered in warrior tattoos. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow were trained by the same master and were rumored to have fought once. They fought for two days before a single blade landed. Storm Shadow made a mistake and was defeated. However, the rage induced by Storm's disgrace and has fueled ten years of further study in South America under a different master, under a weapons-free discipline of Brazilian Jujitsu.



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Speaking of Snake Eyes, him and Scarlett are in a relationship in this draft and are in therapy because well, Snake Eyes doesn't talk and has taken a vow of silence as a way of furthering his martial arts training and discipline! I thought the therapy scene on page 26 was hilarious. Very creative.
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There is a COBRA in this draft. He is not COBRA COMMANDER, he is simply COBRA and he is a former G.I. JOE named REX. This story is a Cobra origin story of sorts. Here goes a quick preview of the 1st half of the script. I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum.
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At the opening we meet DUKE and REX as 14-year-old best friends and army brats getting into trouble together. We then cut to the present when they are in their thirties wearing thick extreme weather scuba gear. They swim out of a submarine dock into the deep ocean out in Northern Greenland. They are in front of a highly sophisticated research outpost consisting of a massive ice dome and a dozen yellow steel buildings built to withstand the extreme weather. Back in Washington D.C., in a military intelligence building, amongst high-ranking military and Intel officials, LT. GENERAL HAWK quarterbacks the operation on remote satellite feed. Greenland houses the newest incarnation of Destro Labs, a highly sophisticated, highly illegal, bio-weapons facility. Final clearance just came down from NATO and the Joint Chiefs. The operation has been given a green light. The stated mission objectives? One: Find and remove Destro's two top scientists – both of whom have found their way onto the INC and UN's list of wanted war criminals. Two: Completely eliminate the facility's capacity to operate. A congressman is concerned that how does Hawk know that the lab is Destro's and not some tree hugger from Harvard studying global warming? Hawk replies that his team has spent the last decade combating Destro's ambitions. Destro is a true global threat. A shrewd billionaire with something of an Alexander the Great/Genghis Khan complex. The weapons facility fits Destro's operating profile to a tee: the remote location to avoid oversight from the local authorities; SAT imagery shows troop barracks, machine gun sentry positions, and state of the art radar and comm. dishes. A six-man extraction team is sufficient for the operation. The G.I JOE team is the elite of the elite. They are consummate professionals. The next five pages we meet the Joes – HI-TECH, HEAVY DUTY, SNAKE EYES, WILD BILL, SCARLETT, and COMMANDER CONRAD HAUSER aka DUKE. REX is the 2nd in command behind Duke.
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The next couple of pages, the Joes carry out the mission and something goes horribly wrong. Rex is horribly scarred as a result and I mean bad. He makes a recovery at a hospital and then disappears. Apparently, the Baroness was sneaking into his hospital room and shooting up Rex with steroids to speed his recovery. The six Joes track Rex down to Paraguay and they go after him. Destro is injecting a testosterone/growth hormone gene doping cocktail into Rex made by a DR. BENDER in turn making Rex into a chemically enhanced super soldier. The roids are also screwing with Rex's head. Rex is reborn as Cobra. Destro wants Cobra to lead his army of super soldiers. The super soldiers are the best mercenaries from around the world that are also being injected with the same juice as Rex is. So basically that is what G.I. JOE is about - Duke and the Joes must stop Destro, Cobra and the chemically enhanced super soldiers.
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What is cool is that there is no big Macguffin weapon of mass destruction that the Joes must stop like in the James Bond films. Cobra and the super soldiers are the weapons. Like the Baroness explains, in society's relentless quest for more technologically advanced weapons, people seem to have forgotten the greatest weapon ever made: the human body.

The relationship of Duke and Rex is like that of Anakin and Obi-wan - Duke and Rex are tight and Duke is trying to save his friend from turning to the dark side.

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Jones on Juggernaut and the X-Men Franchise

http://www.superherohype.com/news/x-mennews.php?id=3776

The important thing to learn from this piece is, he's signed on for more movies (so maybe this isn't the end?) and he is the "can't be stopped when he walks" Juggernaut not just a strong guy)

Source: Abyss January 14, 2006

'Abyss' sent in this scoop to Superhero Hype! from across the pond:
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I'm a huge comic book fan from Dublin, Ireland and I check your site everyday for all the latest comic book movie news. I've got some small X3 news for you guys, don't know if you've heard about this yet.

Vinnie Jones appeared this week on Irish television. He was interviewed on Irish station TV3 on 'The Brendan Courtney Show.' After his introduction, the recent X3 trailer was shown and then Vinnie discussed his part in the movie.

He said that his character was new and that there was "a lot of noise about it." He said that several of the scenes in the trailer, particularly the forest scenes, were filmed just before it was released.
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He was asked about his superpowers in the movie and he said about Juggernaut that "when he gets going, he's just invicible...he runs through walls, smashes everything in sight...he gets asked to join Ian McKellen's (Magneto) band of warriors to take on the X-Men."

The host of the show said that it must be an actor's dream to play somebody invincible and then quickly asked could we see him going on to do more sequels. Vinnie Jones replied "I've signed for X-Men 3, 4 and 5...that's my contract...yes."
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He also discussed briefly that he was on board X-3 when Matthew Vaughn was director. He also said that he will be working with Brett Ratner again on Rush Hour 3.

Okay, that's it...I was quite surprised by the interview as he seemed very certain about doing more X-Men movies, I thought X-3 was the last in the series

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DOING THE LEAGUE JUSTICE
Timm & Tucker
Talk About New Season
…And Just What's Up
With WB Animation?
http://www.newsarama.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=56059
Everyone wants to know what's going on with no JLU shows and why popular cartoons like Teen Titans and JLU are rumoured cancelled. Here's some of what Mr. Steve Fritz from newsarama had to say:

by Steve Fritz
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When we last looked in on the Justice League Unlimited, J'onn Jonz realized he had spent too much time in the Watchtower and decided desert his post and go walkabout on Earth. If that wasn't enough, a guy named Carter Hall appeared out of the blue claiming to be the reincarnation of Hawkman. But the big story was Lex Luthor being sprung out of prison by Grodd, and becoming a member of the Legion of Doom.

Then everything stopped. There was talk about JLU returning late fall, then early winter, and now the unofficial word is late spring/early summer 2006.

The clamor from the fans is starting to rise. Just what is happening with the League? If that isn't enough, there's a ton of rumors floating about. Among them the end of the Teen Titans series, as well as new shows revolving around Supergirl teaming up with the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Doom Patrol getting their own show, and a Superman-based series similar to the Batman series currently on Kids WB.
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As luck would have it, I managed to get interviews with JLU exec producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker (third producer and story man Dwayne McDuffie was on the road when the interviews were done). I bring lots of interesting news, but I won't deny there's lots of things left unsaid.

"Oddly enough, this season is more about the villains than the heroes," says Timm. "So the heroes will be rotating; whoever works best for whatever story. There are some ongoing story arcs that will be played out, like the Green Lantern/Hawkgirl/Vixen thing. That's going to get resolved this season. Other than that, it's more about Luthor. He's the main character this season."

"We are going to find out what happened to him after the whole 'Divided We Fall' arc," says Tucker, "after he was fused with Brainiac. It will also give us a chance to see other Justice League characters we haven't seen before."
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"The truth is he's one of the few non-powered villains who has proven to be a threat," says Timm. "The thing about Luthor is we've kind of done different versions of him. So much so it's kind of amazing to think he's the same guy. He started off as the evil tycoon. Then he became the evil mad scientist. He became respectable again and now he's cracked. What's also important is we have the absolutely brilliant Clancy Brown playing him. He can do anything."

Another important arc will be the upcoming Hawkman arc. While Timm preferred to stay mum on the subject, Tucker was a bit more open.

"Originally, when we started out we couldn't do Carter Hall," says Tucker. "We originally had plans to make him the villain of the 'Starcrossed' story, but I think fans would have screamed that they felt cheated. Now we have something that feels more true to what he is. We get to do a fairly classic take on Hawkman that also fits into our show.
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"I don't know about those, but I'd watch them," Tucker admitted when asked directly.

Here's what I also know. When questioning both Warner Bros. and CN regarding the end of both the Teen Titans and the Justice League, both groups jumped on the defensive. CN, in particular, didn't want me to think things were done with the Titans no matter what was being said. As proof they pointed out how the Titans had been moved to their new slot on the Miguzi afternoon block. As one of the channel's most popular shows that does give me cause to pause.
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Personal speculation, supplemented by sources, makes me think we will be seeing more Titans and JL in some form or another. What will determine the future of the League will be the ratings of this upcoming season. As for everything else, I'll be sitting back and waiting.

On one final note, the Warners did tell me there is going to be a lot of announcements, in fact three sets of them, coming from them in the very near future. The first will be delivered during WonderCon this February 24-25. The second will be during the upfront sessions that will be held by Kids WB and CN on March 1. The last set will be around the middle of the March.

So, yeah, we'll have to wait until that time. But then again, I'd much prefer to work with hardcore facts than what's floating about the net these days.
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