Ladies and gentlmen, boys and girls, Rogues of every stripe, WonderCon is here!
WonderCon is sort of like San Diego Comic-Con's bright and equally fascinating younger sibling, and the massive convention goes down in Anaheim, California from March 29-March 30.
Like its better-known brother, WonderCon is a dream, a nigh-unlimited smorgasbord of delicious treats for fans of comic books, movies, literature, animation, television, costumes, and anything that fits under the ever-growing umbrella of "geek stuff."
Of course, you can bet your butts that IAR will be on site in Anaheim reporting from the biggest panels such as Warner Bros. and Legendary Picture's unveiling of new footage from Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. We will, in fact, be all over WonderCon like sprinkles on cupcakes, but the fact of the matter is that the Con is just too big for IAR to cover everything we'd like to. So, for your information and convenience, we've made our own schedule of events at WonderCon that ought to appeal to the Rogue in you.
Check out the official Comic-Con International three day WonderCon schedule by clicking right here. Since we spent all this time panning for gold, however, you might as well take a peek at our schedule presentation and see if anything in particular jumps out at you.
Actor Seth Gabel has appeared in such films as The Da Vinci Code, Jonah Hex, and Take Me Home Tonight, as well as the short-lived series Dirty, Sexy, Money. But he is probably best know to fans as agent Lincoln Lee on Fox’s popular sci-fi series Fringe.
However, the actor will soon be taking on the role of Green Arrow’s archenemy Count Vertigo on The CW series Arrow, which is based on the popular DC Comics archer. Not to mention that Gabel can be seen once again on the big screen in the new military based film Allegiance, which is currently available on VOD and opens in Los Angeles theaters on January 4th.
I recently had a chance to speak with Seth Gabel about Allegiance, as well as his upcoming role on Arrow, and possibly returning to Fringe for the series finale. The talented young actor discussed his new film, his character’s conflict, the research he did for the role, Arrow, his interpretation of Count Vertigo, looking at the comics for inspiration, his fight scenes with actor Stephen Amell, whether or not it will be a recurring role, and if he will in fact be returning to Fringe for the show's series finale on January 18th.
My dear Rogues, we're neck-deep in the holiday season, and with December 25th fast approaching, it's past time to get serious about shopping. You don't want to end up desperately scavenging the shelves at your local Target after it has been ransacked for a month straight by consumers with better timing.
In order to help you avoid that dismal fate this year, IAR has compiled a handy holiday hodgepodge of gift ideas for movie fans of all types.
Regardless of casting rumors, Warner Bros. is definitely powered ahead with a Justice League movie for 2015, but we might be seeing Wonder Woman have some solo adventures on television before the cinematic version arrives in theaters. Development continues on the CW pilot Amazon, and a leaked casting breakdown provides insight on this version of Diana Prince and the world she inhabits.
Opening in theaters on November 2nd is the new martial arts film from from rapper-turned-director RZA (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) entitled The Man with the Iron Fists. The film was co-written by RZA and producer Eli Roth (Hostel), while the project marks RZA's feature film directorial debut and is presented by his mentor Quentin Tarantino. In addition to RZA, the film also features an all-star cast that includes Oscar-winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Rick Yune (Die Another Day), Lucy Liu (Kill Bill Vol. 1), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Dave Bautista (Untitled Chronicles of Riddick Sequel), Cung Le (Dragon Eyes), and Byron Mann (Catwomen).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with actor Byron Mann in the IAR studios to talk about his work on The Man with Iron Fists, as well as his recurring role on the popular CW series Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow. The talented actor discussed his new film, his unusual villain, RZA's vision as a director, and Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino's influence on the production, as well as Arrow, his role on the show, whether he is a hero or a villain, and his involvement with popular DC character Deathstroke.
Arrow has established itself as the heir to Smallville's mantle as the live-action representation of DC Comics on The CW, having just received a full-season order from the network.
Some spoilery new images from later this season reveal the show's take on Deathstroke, the popular DC character who will menace Stephen Amell's Green Arrow.
So we won't be seeing DC Comics heroes or villains on the big screen until Man of Steel next year, but this month, the Green Arrow arrives on the small screen with the new CW series Arrow. That means that, in addition to the archer played by Stephen Amell, we'll be seeing DC bad guys on a more or less weekly basis. One such bad guy is Deadshot, and two new images provide a first look at Arrow's version of the deadly marksman.
Since Lynda Carter ushered many a young person into sexual awareness as Wonder Woman on the 1970s television series, DC's most recognizable heroine hasn't had a lot of luck in live-action. Several attempts to mount a Wonder Woman movie have been fruitless, and just last year a high-profile pilot failed to lead to series.
Arrow, a new television series based on the exploits of the finest politically-active socialist archer in the DC Comics universe, is set start airing this October.
In order to ensure that you, the audience, are a) aware of this and b) excited about this, the final poster for Arrow has been revealed.
Last month, a promotional clip from the network upfronts acted as a sort of teaser for Arrow, the live-action CW series that centers on Green Arrow, the DC Universe's finest archer and preeminent goateed socialist superhero. That trailer gave a very Batman Begins feel to the series, showing Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen setting up his super base of super operations in an abandoned warehouse, where he then worked out and showed off his archery skills. Today, an extended preview gives a much fuller idea of the series, while a poster sticks closely to one-sheet trends.