Comic-Con’s biggest activation feels a bit like a trip to an amusement park.Amazon Prime — striving for dominance in the streaming wars — has taken over a 60,000-square-foot lot across from the convention and turned it into an interactive advertisement for three new TV shows. It is free and does not require a Comic-Con badge. It is also bigger in scale than anything outside the convention, and possibly inside.Soon to debut on the streaming service and featured as separate installations are “The Boys,” an adaptation of the ultra-violent comic book; “Carnival Row,” a Victorian era immigrant tale featuring magical creatures; and “The Expanse,” a science fiction show canceled by Syfy but picked up by Amazon.Amazon Prime is just one of the many entertainment companies with TV shows vying for attention outside the Convention Center during Comic-Con. Some of the shows getting a big push are the “Picard” Star Trek show coming to … [Read more...] about Comic-Con 2019: Inside the massive Amazon Prime activation
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The latest Avengers movie is still powering through theaters but what happens next in the multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe is a mystery. Marvel Studios typically announces its next crop of movies — which it calls “phases” — years in advance. The final movie in its third phase, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” comes out in July and will be its 23rd film. After that, what’s next for the Disney-owned studio is unclear.Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a quarterly earnings call two weeks ago that Marvel will likely unveil its plans this summer. Also, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has said in various interviews it will announce next plans shortly after the new Spider-Man comes out. This seems like a perfect opportunity in mid-July for Comic-Con to be the platform for Marvel Studios’ big announcement. Another possibility could be announcing the movie schedule online or at Disney’s own version of Comic-Con, called D23 Expo, in August … [Read more...] about Could Marvel’s next slate of movies be announced at Comic-Con?
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature rare items from across the galaxy for sale, all part of Dok-Ondar’s collection. Items will represent different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more. (Courtesy of Disney Parks) Black Spire Outpost is the name of the village inside of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opening May 31 at Disneyland. (Courtesy of Disney Parks) Disneyland released this photo of the Millenium Falcon and surrounding Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on its @Disneyland Instagram page, providing the first official look at what parkgoers will experience when the new land opens this summer. (Photo courtesy of Disney). Coca-Cola products sold at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be labeled in the Star Wars language of Aurebush, but how does Disney explain the presence of terrestrial soft drinks in a galaxy far, far away? … [Read more...] about What Star Wars books and comics tell us about Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge
Jake Coyle AP Film Writer Published 5:35 PM EDT Apr 7, 2019 New York – Seven films in, the DC Extended Universe is finally flying with some wind behind its back. The well-reviewed, relatively modestly budgeted “Shazam!” debuted with $53.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, handing DC its latest critical and box-office success. Though one of the oldest characters in DC’s superhero stable, “Shazam!” doesn’t boast the name-recognition of Batman or Superman. But by scaling back to a $100 million budget and going for the lighter, comic tone, “Shazam!” steadily built up its word of mouth with stellar reviews. Warner Bros. also showed the film nationwide two weeks before opening, where it made $3 million in advance screenings. “Shazam!” came out well ahead of the weekend’s other top draw, “Pet Sematary.” Paramount Pictures’ remake of the original 1989 … [Read more...] about ‘Shazam!’ debuts with $53.5M, handing DC Comics another win
STAN Lee, who passed away this week at the age of 95, played a massive part in my childhood. Well, I say Stan Lee but what I really mean is the comic book creations of Stan Lee. I never met the man, I do know some people who did and their stories suggest that maybe that's for the best, but his Marvel universe was a place I knew intimately as a pre-teen. I lived and breathed those vibrant adventures of Spider-Man, the Hulk and The Fantastic Four through a weekly stream of comics left aside for me in our corner shop and I devoured every fantasy frame of those pages, digging every New York nuance and revelling in each wise guy one liner and streetwise put down. I can remember the tingle of excitement as I dragged my mother along to pick up the latest issues of The Amazing Spider-Man or Daredevil on a Friday afternoon. Those thin little slivers of pop art perfection were like a portal into a world of cool and a world away from the drab realities of school and everyday life in 70s Lisburn. … [Read more...] about Cult Movie: Comics and the films they spawned owe a huge debt to Stan Lee