Mike Colter to empower up Power Man on Netflix

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Credits: Marvel.com

Mike Colter to empower up Power Man on Netflix

Power Man is arriving to the original series cast of “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones”. The ’70s originated superhero has a just over forty-years fan-favorite relevance that of recent decades belongs to a short list upon where popular comic book aliases have the prolonging fans query of the encircling paraphrase “When will we finally see this hero appear in a movie or TV series?”. Actor Mike Colter is that question’s answer, Santa hat included on top of it.

The likened fireworks-haloed announcement was presented by Marvel Entertainment yesterday, right on the Holiday Season time-frame.

The move to the Netflix episodic series by Colter succeeds his starring part as Jameson Locke on the Xbox mini-series “Halo: Nightfall”.

“Fans have longed to see Luke Cage and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”

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A look to Dec.’s just past kick-off announcement named the first role cast set at Jessica Jones andgoing to Kristen Ritter (“Breaking Bad”, “Veronica Mars”). Colter will star alongside Ritter with their comic book-based roles adapting from the title’s source material.

Marvel outlines the premising introduction.

During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

A recurrence over multiple seasons on “The Good Wife” relived Colter in the well-recognized portrayal of the drug baron character Lemond Bishop. On a string of break-out performances the South Carolinian actor has distinguished his career in various films the likes of “Million Dollar Baby”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, and “Men in Black 3”. His television reprisals notably appeared on “The Following”, “Ringer” and the “American Horror Story” series.

Luke Cage’s comic book history began with a solo title. His continuity excelled at the point the superhero began the P.I. partnership Heroes for Hire, teamed with martial arts transcendent Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist. Their teaming leagued them with the bionic-armed private detective Misty Knight and samurai phenomenon Colleen Wing. This alliance has been a long-standing identity for all four characters, but mainly an umbrella association highlighting central heroes Cage and Rand. While Iron Fist roots from the creative innovation of the Kung Fu film sensation that swept the 1970s, Power Man epitomized the Blaxploitation franchise craze into his comics at-large establishment.

Power Man first appeared in a starting titular Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. Comic book legendaries Archie Goodwin and John Romita, Sr. created this strong-man stylized superhero with unbreakable skin.

Netflix has already ordered a 13-episode pilot season for “A.K.A. Jessica Jones”.


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Rescue Bots are Primed for the holiday season

Credits: Brian Thomer
Credits: Brian Thomer

Rescue Bots are Primed for the holiday season

Playskool has released their latest from the “Transformers Rescue Bots” line and these offerings provide no shortage of Optimus Prime! The “Transformers Rescue Bots Optimus Primal” and “Transformers Rescue Bots Epic Optimus Prime” figures are sure to be big hits this upcoming holiday season.

“Optimus Primal” is easily one of the coolest bots available for preschoolers. Standing over 8 inches tall, Primal transforms from Autobot to Tyrannosaurus Rex with just a twist! Then, converts right back to bot with the press of a button. These transformations are simple enough for kids ages 3-7 to master. The figure features very limited articulation to keep it manageable for the recommended age group. There is still plenty to enjoy with this Transformer as kids can activate twenty different phrases and sounds with the press of a button. And the nice thing is that the button is large and sensitive enough for kids to activate it with ease. And one has to love such great lines as “Better drill faster to prevent disaster,” “Let’s stomp, chomp and rescue” and “Good job, team, this threat is now… extinct.” Primal also has a translucent blue Energize Hide activation panels that light up while the phrases/sounds play.

Additionally, Primal’s rescue tool is a drill at the end of his left hand that spins at the press of a button. That is another great aspect of this toy for young kids as it is all one piece. No accessories to worry about being lost or swallowed.

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San Francisco Bay Area Comics Expos 2015

Credits: Image Comics
Credits: Image Comics

San Francisco Bay Area Comics Expos 2015

A flurry of recent events and announcements in the SF/Bay Area reveal comics industry happenings. Fans of the medium take note, there will be some interesting developments and landmark expos rolling out in early 2015 and beyond. First up, Image Comics announces Image Expo and a return to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on January 8th. Slatted to announce a slew of creator owned projects for the upcoming year, the event is open to fans, comics retailers and media. Tickets are currently on sale at the rate of $20 for general admission and $50 for premium tickets. Scheduled to make an appearance will be: Brian K. Vaughan, Todd McFarlane, Scott Snyder, Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire, and Marjorie Liu (with several unmanned surprise guests). Fans of the industry leader in creator owned titles should definitely consider checking this one out as Image always brings the bang for the buck.

Later in the first month of the year, The NORCALMLK Foundation has teamed with comics industry educators, creators and innovators to bring the Bay Area a very special celebration of the comics arts with BCAF Expo. This will be the inaugural kick off of what will become an annual event. BCAF Expo mission is “… to celebrate the creativity and subjectivity of African Americans in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture in which we participate.” With scheduled appearances of industry creators such as: Erika Alexander (Dark Horse Comics ConcretePark), Tony Puryear (Dark Horse Comics Concrete Park;Eraser motion picture), Kevin Grevioux (Marvel Comics Blue Marvel; the Underworld motion picture series, I, Frankenstein motion picture), Afua Richardson (Image/Top Cow Comics Genius, Dark Horse Comics Lady Danger International Agent Of B.O.O.T.I., DC Comics upcoming online comicWonder Woman), Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mecury, Dynamite Entertainments Voltron), LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite, The Boondocks), and David Walker (the upcoming Dynamite Entertainments Shaft, Dark Horse Comics Number 13, Monkey Brains Comics The Army of Dr. Moreau) just to name a few. This free event will be held January 18-19th in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Garden and feature a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events and much more. Fans should definitely mark this one on the calendar.

Finally, over on The BEAT, site reporter Hedi McDonald is reporting news regarding the future of theAlternative Press Expo (APE). Having recently moved from what had been its traditional location for the past few years in San Francisco to the Ft. Mason Center Festival Pavillon in San Francisco, it looks to expand its scope and scale with a move to a new city. Slated to move to San Jose, the convention hopes to shake things up with a fresh start at the San Jose Convention Center (but still maintain its fall dates of October 3 & 4 of 2015). Further details regarding the move and what the future of the celebration of indie publishing can be found here.

So, no matter how you break it down, the SF/Bay Area is kicking things up a notch with these Comics industry notable events. Get ready for 2015!

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Guardians of Galaxy title goes all-new with Marvel-famed Brian Michael Bendis

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Guardians of Galaxy title goes all-new with Marvel-famed Brian Michael Bendis

Off a favored Guardians of the Galaxy run, it’s easy not to map supposition towards a nesting laurel for superstar comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis. Plenty of press releases make that an easy understanding.

After succeeding a Guardians of the Galaxy restructure launched in 2008 by co-writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning – that went on to source being a central adaptation for Disney’s top selling 2014 summer movie on a global box office scale – Bendis has exceeded more than keeping the comic book’s revival breathing. And in the doing the comics-centric headline pieces have been more a profusing praise in a transmedia accentuation over Bendis’ comics helming once Marvel spun out a top shelf film inauguration for a well-known but lower tiered go-to stratum platforming the titular spacefaring outlaws.

Bendis’ retake on Marvel Comics GotG in 2013 is about to be trumped.

A Guardians of the Galaxy eponymic spin-off is coming this 2015. Its premise, as limned by Bendis in an interview on Marvel.com, retros back to a Marvel title favored by the multi-awards winner back in his influenced youthful days.

When I was a young child, one of the first comic books that I read was MARVEL TEAM-UP. One of the first books I remember reading: Spider-Man was on the moon in [MARVEL TEAM-UP #55]. He wakes up on the moon; he’s hallucinating. [Back in the 1970’s] you couldn’t just run back to the comic store and find the back issues. You were [left wondering] “What? How? What happened? Spider-Man on the moon?!” All these new characters, new concepts and new artwork really got under my skin in the best way. I may have been hooked for life because of that book. I remember that feeling and when Marvel called me and said “We’re thinking about doing GUARDIANS TEAM-UP” I said: “Yeah, let me be as much a part of this as possible.” Because who wouldn’t want to [create] that gateway book for some young reader or some new reader? That MARVEL TEAM-UP issue was a very important book to me. So was MARVEL FANFARE, which was a book that opened my eyes to all the artistic possibilities of comics within the confines of the mainstream. I think and hope that this book will become a mixture of those two things. It’s MARVEL TEAM-UP in the best way and the experience of “look how good comics are, look what we can do that no one else can do.” And you know who we have that no one else has? We have Arthur Adams and a list of other artists that are coming our way.

Artist-writer Art Adams will be the illustrator teamed with Bendis on GotG’s new comic book. The Eisner Awards-winner is famously known for his mini-series on the ’90s popular X-Men affiliatedLongshot. X-Men circle of series were the famed theme that carried a substantial cut of his work with Marvel. His popularity showcasing highlights the likes of one well-known X-Men story arc featuring the New Mutants, “The Asgardian Wars”. Then there are the numerable cover art memorables forUncanny X-Men as well as its spin-off titles. Of recent continued noted work with Marvel holds with the publisher’s Ultimate line.

Now Adams embarks alongside Bendis on a wholly new series that substantiates its uniqueness in its anthological distinction.

Guardians of the Galaxy Team-Up will align some of the brightest Marvel Heroes currently known. The jumpstart issue will team GotG with another team associated with Bendis’ popular portfolio, the Avengers.

There was, back in the ’70s volume, a string of enduring big name talents that created some highlight chapters. One teaming stars legendary creatives Chris Claremont and John Byrne. With this the newGotG Team Up, Bendis professes an allegiance to sharing the collaboritive idea. A round of behind the panels teamings will be a featured part in the new sci-fi / superhero blended series.

“I think the one thing that’s missing for people that only read headlines and of course, if someone is reading this far down it assumes that you are not one of those people but some people think that I’ve added yet another book when I’m popping in and out of this book. This is not going to be my book. It’s going to start with a couple of issues by me. Then it’s going to go right to Sam Humphries as one of the chapters of “Black Vortex” and other creators will be bouncing in and off of this thing, letting them have an opportunity to shine and do their thing as well. Every time that I have the time and a cool story to tell I’ll be bouncing back in with something cool.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Team Up premieres next Feb.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1’ full length trailer has finally arrived

Credit(s): Lionsgate
Credit(s): Lionsgate

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1’ full length trailer has finally arrived

Fans of The Hunger Games thought this moment would never arrive. Just over two months until theatrical release, and Lionsgate has finally unveiled a full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

“I never wanted any of this,” we hear Katniss say, as the trailer begins. “I never wanted to be in the games. I just wanted to save my sister, and keep Peeta alive.”

Then President Snow (Donald Sutherland) replies, “Miss Everdeen, it’s the things we love most that destroy us.”

The trailer features plenty of footage of the growing rebellion, and Katniss taking on her role as the Mockingjay – the symbol of the revolution. But then we see her willingness to cooperate with the rebellion shaken, when she realizes Peeta is still alive and has been brainwashed by the Capitol.

Watch “The Mockingjay Lives” – Full length trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

“You will rescue Peeta at the earliest opportunity,” Katniss tells the rebellion’s leader, Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), “or you will find another Mockingjay.”

Despite being filled with dramatic music and new looks at the film, the trailer clocks in at only one-minute and 47-seconds — considerably shorter than the two-and-a-half minutes or more fans had been hoping for.

The wait has been a long one for fans, who began expecting teasers months ago when filming on the two-part finale wrapped up. Instead, Lionsgate teased fans with propaganda images featuring models; then two short propaganda video clips which featured no actual footage from the movie. Then more posters and more posters, and not a single one of them featuring Katniss until just last week. Even the teaser video released over the summer showed very little footage from the films, and barely featured Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.

To say fans have been frustrated by this marketing decision would be an understatement.

Still, the trailer has — at long last — finally arrived. Given how close it is to the film’s November 21st release date, it’s unlikely there will be another full-length trailer. And considering the bare-minimum marketing we’ve seen from Lionsgate, fans question whether there will even be a lot of new footage to see in TV spots for the movie.

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Cassandra Clare reflects on the end of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series

Credits: Simon & Schuster
Credits: Simon & Schuster

Cassandra Clare reflects on the end of  ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series

 The Mortal Instruments are coming to an end. The best-selling young adult book series reaches its finale this week, with Tuesday’s publication of the sixth and final book, City of Heavenly Fire.

It’s a milestone that is both exhilarating and bittersweet — both for fans, and author Cassandra Clare.

“This does mean saying goodbye,” Clare told Novel Novice in an exclusive interview. “I may get to write about Shadowhunters again, but not these Shadowhunters. I won’t get to write another Jace, another Clary, another Alec. Every character is different. I’ll miss their banter and interactions.”

City of Heavenly Fire may be the final book in The Mortal Instruments, but it isn’t the first time fans thought they were saying goodbye to these specific Shadowhuners. Originally, the series was published as a trilogy, with the third book, City of Glass, being released in 2009.

“I originally had the idea that after City of Glass I would spin off into a story that centered around Simon,” Clare said. “There was even the idea that it would be a graphic novel — there’s very early drafts of the graphic novel script lying around! When I started to work on it seriously though I realized it wouldn’t work for me. I had too much left to say about the other characters, especially Jace, Clary, Magnus and Alec.”

However, this time Clare seems certain that the original Mortal Instruments series is over. She is far from done writing about the world of the Shadowhunters. Having already completed one trilogy of prequels, The Infernal Devices, Clare has planned at least two more sets of trilogies in this universe — another set of prequels, and one that looks to the new generation of Shadowhunters.

Clare also recently co-wrote a collection of short stories based on the popular character Magnus with her friends and fellow authors Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan. It will be available in a complete set known as The Bane Chronicles in November. (The original stories were only released in electronic form.)

To celebrate Tuesday’s release of City of Heavenly Fire, fans can enter to win a complete boxed set of The Mortal Instruments books and a one-of-a-kind Mortal Instruments hoodie.

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First look at ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ includes new images

Credits: Lionsgate
Credits: Lionsgate

First look at ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ includes new images

It’s not the first trailer or teaser-trailer fans have been waiting for, but Lionsgate has thrown a small bone at fans of The Hunger Games franchise with a first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

The so-called “first look” can be found via a new website, and features the first official images of Julianne Moore as President Coin, as well as a short animated GIF of Moore in character, and a few other still images from the film. Fans can also read a Q&A with Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and screenwriter Peter Craig, plus watch a video interview with Moore.

The site is a bit confusing to navigate, but if fans dig deep enough, they can find a few new still images from Mockingjay (including some behind-the-scenes photos), and a chance to read part of the screenplay.

You can find all the images a bit more easily by checking out the slideshow attached to this article (above)!

Of course, Lionsgate still hasn’t said when a teaser or trailer for Mockingjay will debut – and that’s really what fans are clamouring right now. By this time last year, a trailer for Catching Fire had already been released. Granted, Mockingjay is still filming (and is expected to wrap-up later this month) — but most of the filming going on right now is for Part 2 of the film, which doesn’t come out until next year.

Fans just want a peek at Part 1, due in theaters this November.

What do you think of this initial sneak peek? What do you hope to see in a trailer?

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Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast of ‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’

Credits: Summit Entertainment
Credits: Summit Entertainment

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast of  ‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have announced the first new cast member to join the Divergent sequel, Insurgent – and it’s none other than Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.

Spencer, who won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her 2011 performance in The Help, will play Amity leader Johanna — a character who features prominently in both the second and third books of Veronica Roth’s best-selling trilogy.

Production on Insurgent is expected to begin sometime this month, with theatrical release set for March 2015. Divergent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet are all expected to reprise their roles in the new movie.

Meanwhile, the third and final book in the series, Allegiant, will actually be split into two films — a controversial move that many fans think is unnecessary, and greedy on the studio’s part.

Earlier today, Lionsgate executives finally spoke out about the decision to split Allegiant, saying they believe there is “more than enough material there to make two substantial, satisfying films.”

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Peter Parker has an ‘Original Sin’

Credits: Marvel Comics
Credits: Marvel Comics

Peter Parker has an ”Original Sin’

UPDATE: Check out the Comments section for a note from “Amazing Spider-Man” writer Dan Slott.

Today at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Marvel Comics announced their Spider-Man tie-in to their currently running “Original Sin” event. “Original Sin” is the story of Uatu the Watcher’s murder and the release of all his collected knowledge as a result. Throughout the course of the event, many dark secrets from Marvel‘s past are revealed about its heroes.

All of Marvel’s major titles tie-in to the mega event, with each book revealing some previously unknown “sin” from the hero’s past. Spider-Man is no different. As it turns out, there was someone else who was bitten by the very same radioactive spider as Peter all those years ago. That character is named Silk and from the look of that teaser image, Parker is responsible for what happened to her.

There is only one problem with that. Peter Parker already has an “original sin.” And to suggest there is any deeper, darker sin from Spider-Man’s early days undermines the character at its very core. When Parker was first bitten by that radioactive spider and granted extraordinary abilities, he did not immediately set out to become a super-hero. He used those abilities to achieve personal fame and fortune. It was only after his original sin of arrogantly allowing a burglar he could have easily stopped escape, who then went on to murder Parker’s beloved Uncle Ben, did Peter learn the lesson that “with great power there must also come great responsibility.”

That is a line taken right from Spider-Man’s first appearance in “Amazing Fantasy” #15, it does not get any more “original” than that. If you have read any of Spidey’s hundreds of comic books, watched any of his cartoon series or any of the billion dollar grossing film franchise, you have heard that tagline, “with great power, comes great responsibility.” This adage has become synonymous with the character. The death of his uncle rocked Peter and his family to their foundation and forever altered the course of his life. Leading to a lifetime of heroism. As a result, any other “sin,” can not be anywhere near as significant as Peter Parker’s true original sin.

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Scott Westerfield’s ‘Uglies’ series in development for TV series

Credits: Simon & Schuster
Credits: Simon & Schuster

Scott Westerfield’s ‘Uglies’ series in development for TV series

YA author Scott Westerfeld‘s best-selling dystopian series Uglies is in development to become a TV series.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Negotiations are in an advanced stage with a U.S. television network to adapt [Westefeld’s] bestselling Uglies books into a TV series.”

Movie rights to the Uglies series have been sold before, but this is the first time (publicly, at least) that the books have been under consideration as a TV series.

With the first book published in 2005, the Uglies series became best-sellers well before The Hunger Games made the dystopian genre a cornerstone of the YA market. The books take place in a futuristic, dystopian world, in which teenagers are surgically transformed into “Pretties” on their 16th birthdays. But heroine Tally ends up running away just before her 16th birthday and teams up with a group of “Uglies” living outside of the system, and learns there is more to the surgeries than she’s been lead to believe.

Westerfeld is also the author of the Leviathan series, and will release a standalone novel this fall, called Afterworlds.

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