Thursday, 19 March 2009

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Patrick Stewart's X-rated kisses

From: 92.9 Entertainment

Patrick Stewart loved working on 'X-Men' - because he got to kiss his female co-stars every day.

The 68-year-old actor favourite part about working on the superhero trilogy was being surrounded by beautiful women, including Halle Berry, every day.

He said: "Filming 'X-Men' was amazing. Can you imagine what it was like starting your day walking into the make-up room and giving a good morning kiss to Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn and Anna Paquin, can you imagine how good that felt?"


X-Men's Mystique to bewitch in Eastwick


Rebecca Romijn is back at ABC, signing on to headline its drama pilot Eastwick, Variety reported. Romijn, who most recently starred on ABC's Ugly Betty, will play Roxie, the lead character on Eastwick.

The series will revolve around three women who discover they have mystical powers when a mysterious man comes to town.

Romijn joins a cast that also includes Lindsay Price, Veronica Cartwright and Jaime Ray Newman. Eastwick is based on John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick, as well as the 1987 feature film of the same name. In the film, the woman were portrayed by Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer, while Jack Nicholson was the mysterious stranger.

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Simon Callow and Ronald Pickup talk about Waiting for Godot

From: Shoreham Today

IN 1957, as a 17-year-old drama student at Bristol's Old Vic Theatre School, Patrick Stewart went to see Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starring a then unknown actor called Peter O'Toole.
It was an unforgettable experience. "When he came on stage, my sense was that the lights brightened," says Stewart of O'Toole's charismatic turn as Vladimir, who, with friend and fellow vagrant Estragon, dominates Beckett's most celebrated play.

Stewart left that performance in Bristol determined that one day he would play Vladimir and, half a century later, the man known to millions of TV viewers as Star Trek's Captain Jean-Luc Picard finally fulfils that ambition by appearing in Waiting for Godot, with Ian McKellen as Estragon.

Stewart scoops third Olivier award


Patrick Stewart has scooped his third Olivier award for his role as the scheming Claudius in Hamlet.

Already a winner of two Oliviers in previous years, the X-Men and Star Trek star completed a hat trick for his part in the Royal Shakespeare Company production, which starred Doctor Who's David Tennant in the title role. Stewart secured Best Performance in a Supporting Role.

Wolverine And The X-Men DVD Trailer


I've been enjoying the "Wolverine And The X-Men" series. I posted before that there will be a DVD release on April 21, 2009. The unfortunate thing we pretty much agreed on was that it was only the first three episodes.

The disc retails for $14.98. That means you'd most likely be able to find it for under ten bucks. As much as we'd all love a box set (which I would imagine and hope will come eventually) this is good for those that may not want to pluck down a large chunk of change for the whole season.

The disc also will contain audio commentaries (with Supervising Producer Craig Kyle and Head Writer Greg Johnson), a featurette and character profiles.

If anything, it'd make a good gift for the X-Men fans in your life. It may not be the entire season but it's like an animated movie release.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine 90% what Gavin Hood wanted


20th Century Fox are known for pushing their weight around in regards to creative decisions on films. We’ve heard situations where they haven’t been too kind to directors, such as with Alex Proyas during I, Robot, who has said he will never work with them again, and more recently with Mathieu Kassovitz on Babylon A.D. There have been some rumours from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine set that Fox have been asses to director Gavin Hood, which involved Fox ordering people to re-decorating a set. To this day we haven’t heard anything more of it, and to be honest it was kind of a crappy rumour to begin with. I’m sure Fox could do much worse than paint the set a different shade of dark.

According to David Poland’s The Hot Blog Gavin Hood has had pretty much most of what he wanted as they come into the closing stages of post-production.

And here’s one for good measure… had a chat with a high-ranking, unmotivated-to-bullshit member of the Wolverine team… and the take is that the movie is about 90% what Gavin Hood wanted as they finish up post. So… how evil does that make Fox and will the studio get a break? Or is 90% of his vision for the first-time action film director of a comic book film not enough? Or do you think you know what percentage of compromises that Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan (the first time around) and Bryan Singer really made when making their comic book films for Warners?

Fanboys have a habit of letting their dislike for Fox overshadow their judgement on some potentially good movies, however I don’t think X-Men Origins: Wolverine will disappoint (unless you’re a Deadpool fan).

Wolverine Artist Appreciation Month

Written by: Glenn Hauman

Marvel's press release:

Marvel is proud to announce that in honor of Wolverine's 35th anniversary, numerous Marvel titles will feature Wolverine Art Appreciation Variant Covers in April, as part of Wolverine Art Appreciation Month. In the tradition of Marvel's previous variant cover programs, featuring everything from villains to zombies to monkeys, select Marvel titles will feature variant covers spotlighting the most popular X-Man through a unique lens! Inspired by some of the world's greatest artists, these variant covers depict Wolverine like you've never seen him before, in styles reminiscent of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and more!

"This is a huge year for Wolverine as he proves why he's arguably one of the most popular characters in the world," explained Joe Quesada, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief. "He's not just popular with fans but also with artists, as evidenced by how many of today's top comic artists jockey for a chance to draw him. This got us thinking: what if Wolverine had been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years? What great, classic artists would want a crack at drawing a Wolverine cover?"

We here at ComicMix are hereby starting Wolverine Artist Appreciation Month. This will pay tribute to the great, classic artists that have gone into creating Wolverine over the years, yet somehow are not getting their fair share from Marvel over the character to which they contributed so much, and who have been underappreciated in so many other ways.

So please, take a moment to thank:

In particular, if you'd like to honor the late great Dave Cockrum, please consider purchasing some of his file copy comic books from his estate to help his widow Paty. The list of available books is here.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009