Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018
Very sad news today...
Stan Lee, the public face of Marvel Comics and co-creator of iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man, Thor, and Black Panther, has passed away at age 95.
Born Stanley Lieber in 1922, Lee began his career in comics as a gofer/Guy Friday, thanks to his uncle Robbie Solomon. His roots at Marvel go back to 1939, when the company was still called Timely Comics. He worked his way up from small fill-in writing assignments to becoming an increasingly important figure, eventually becoming editor-in-chief in 1941. After Timely became Atlas and the WWII-era superhero fad cooled, Lee worked on romance, monster, and cowboy comics.
Lee’s crowning triumph came when the publisher was at the brink of failure in the late 1950s. He was given carte blanche to try out new superhero concepts and, in collaboration with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and other artists, delivered the building blocks of what would later become the Marvel Universe in 1961. The Marvel approach was to humanize its superheroes, giving them flaws and foibles that felt fresh in comparison to the prevailing execution from rival DC Comics. Marvel’s success was synonymous with the Stan Lee name, and the words “Stan Lee Presents” preceded story title and company pronouncements for decades.
When Marvel hit hard times and declared bankruptcy in 1998, the company voided Lee’s contract. The move was seen as a disrespectful dismissal to one of the company’s founding fathers and Marvel’s corporate leadership eventually signed Lee back on as a symbolic figurehead, cutting him a hefty seven-figure salary and participation on any profits made from TV and movie adaptations.
He continued as a jovial presence at conventions for decades—including a Los Angeles-based gathering once branded as Stan Lee’s Comikaze—and began making cameos in the blockbuster movies based on the characters he helped birth.
He had an amazing life and ended up making a long-lasting career out of creating iconic comic characters that have become such an integral part of the entertainment industry and Pop Culture to this day.
He will be missed, but remembered for a VERY long time.
Friday, November 9, 2018
The poster for the upcoming PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 was released today...
Ryan Reynolds has shared the new Once Upon a Deadpool poster, featuring his titular character and Fred Savage riding on top of a reindeer for Deadpool 2’s PG-13 cut that will be arriving in theaters for a limited time starting on December 12 and ending on Christmas Eve.
Once Upon a Deadpool will contain footage from Deadpool 2, but edited down to a PG-13 format which means cutting some of the violence and language. Fans can also expect new footage “in the form of a framing sequence” in the revamped film that Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick devised for the project.
Savage will reprise his role from the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride, in the new framing sequence alongside Reynold’s Deadpool. Eight scenes were filmed for the new footage in the upcoming project.
I'll be really curious to see how this is received and how they were capable of editing that film down to anything near a PG-13 rating. My guess is that there will be a lot of funny things done in the editing room and said in those new scenes to make sure it's still just as hilarious as the original.
I may just have to see that.
That version of the film opens on December 12th.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018
Barbra Streisand joined James Corden for another fun episode of Carpool Karaoke...
For a 76-year old woman, she's still got a pretty amazing voice and it's nice to see her do something fun like this (even though she is obviously promoting her new album).
I don't plan to rain on her parade.