Which one is harder, issue number one or issue number two of a comic book?
In a first issue, you have to explain a premise. You have to set up a world. You have to convince people to come back for a second issue. There's a lot of things that have to work, or there's no reason for anyone to keep reading. WIth a second issue, it seems like some of that pressure would be off, but I feel like it might be the opposite. In many cases, it feels like the pressure of finding the right second story to tell is difficult because every option is open and there is no template for what a second issue has to be.
Marvel struggled with "Iron Man 2," easily the weakest of the Phase One films they released. I think there are plenty of things to enjoy in "Iron Man 2," but I also think it's a structural mess, and in many ways, it feels like little more than a bridge between other films. This time around, the script by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely aims to tell an epic story that introduces more of the Nine Realms than just Midgard (aka Earth) and Asgard, and there are many things that the film gets right. In particular, I like the way they mash up the science-fiction and fantasy elements in a way that would probably make Jack Kirby tap-dance if he'd lived to see it.
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Which one is harder, issue number one or issue number two of a comic book?
It’s hard to tell which is more astonishing: that David Bowie made the video for “Love is Lost” for less than your average dinner for two at McDonalds or that he has all of these creepy things lying around. Actually, it's definitely the former.
The clip, which premiered at Monday night’s Mercury Prize ceremony in London, works perfectly as a spooky Halloween treat. It features close-ups of Bowie’s face run through various filters, as well as the legend wearing a Bowie mask with blood on it, and other eerie images. It’s all accompanied by hand claps (which fits in with the fact that it’s the “Hello Steve Reich Mix” by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.) There are also shots of Bowie obsessively washing his hands, which he does with a menacing intensity.
Let’s face it, Bowie doesn’t have to do much to be mesmerizing, but this one seems to have a particularly can’t-look-away factor, especially as he laments over and over “What have you done?” looking tortured. The final shot of the empty bathroom with the faucet still running is especially chilling. It’s truly a case of your mind coming up with much more terrifying thoughts than if the video had shown specifics.
Bowie, along with his assistant and a buddy, made the video last weekend in his Manhattan office, according to a release. They grabbed some puppets from his archive (wouldn’t you love to go through that?) and shot away. The cost was $12.99 for a thumbdrive.
The James Murphy remix of “Love Is Lost” is one of several new studio tracks featured on “The Next Day Extra,” which comes out Nov. 5 and is a companion to Bowie’s sure-to-be Grammy contender, “The Next Day.”
In addition to the the “Hello Steve Reich Mix,” “The Next Day Extra” includes the original 14-song album, a 10-track companion with five new songs and two remixes and a DVD featuring four videos from “The Next Day.”
Lady Gaga to host "SNL" for the 1st time, followed by Josh Hutcherson
Lady Gaga will host and be the musical guest on Nov. 16. She previously was a musical guest in 2009 and 2011. The following week, "The Hunger Games" star Hutcherson hosts with musical guest HAIM.
For the second year of "Best Production Design" (the category previously known as Best Art Direction), we have a slightly different system of choosing the nominees. That's because the costume designers have split off from the designers branch to form their own branch. It'll be interesting to see how this long overdue development affects the race in both categories.
Do you want to win tickets to see "The Visitor" in Los Angeles this weekend at CineFamily?
Before you answer that question, let me tell you a little bit about "The Visitor," which you may not be familiar with yet. I wouldn't blame you. It's a 1979 film that is fairly hard to describe. Well, actually, I would say it looks like an Italian guy fell in love with both "Close Encounters" and "The Omen" and couldn't decide which one he wanted to rip off, so he ripped off both of them and then sprinkled in some genuine all-his-own low-budget insanity that is only enhanced by the idea that he got recognizable American movie stars for many of the key adult roles. What makes it hard to fully describe is the weird way all of those obvious influences come together. It's a deeply strange film, and that makes it a perfect fit for Drafthouse Films.
The reactions to Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" ever since it dropped at Telluride have been interesting, stretching from adulation and tears to outright seething hatred. It's a very different film for the director, representing a mature departure from his prior work. "The edge that has defined Reitman's work has been set aside while a more refined, lived-in aesthetic has taken hold," I wrote out of the Colorado festival.
Fox sets a "Simpsons" tribute to Marcia Wallace for Sunday
Fox will replace an "American Dad" repeat with a Season 3 episode that revolved around Edna Krabappel.
Starz teams with Owen Wilson on an '80s FBI drama set in the porn industry
Wilson will produce "WonderWorld," revolving around the FBI's infiltration of the mob-controlled porn industry during the Reagan administration.
George Romero: I turned down "The Walking Dead" because it's a "soap opera"
The "zombie auteur" said in a recent interview, "They asked me to do a couple of episodes of 'The Walking Dead' but I didn’t want to be a part of it. Basically it's just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now."
"South Park" takes on the Obamacare website problems
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"Cougar Town" unveils its Season 5 promo, announces premiere date
The TBS comedy is back on Jan. 7.
NBC orders a Tina Fey comedy starring "The Office's" Ellie Kemper
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It feels like the campaign for "Nurse 3D" has been simmering for a while now, and Lionsgate has finally picked a date for the film. You'll be able to see the movie in select theaters and On Demand on February 7, 2014, and to mark the occasion, Lionsgate sent over a brand new poster for the film.
That's exciting because the posters so far have been fun. There was a limited release one-sheet for this film last year that was just straight-up explicit, a close-up of what I assume was Paz de la Huerta's boob. I assume that because Paz de la Huerta seems to be perpetually naked in pretty much everything, and that would seem to be one of the reasons to hire her for a movie.
Today we've got the newest poster for "Nurse 3D" as an exclusive debut for you, and once again, what this communicates is "Paz de la Huerta," "sexy," and "wild ride," which seems like a winning game plan overall for the studio.
I sincerely love it when studios steer into the lurid when they're selling something like this, and I'll be curious to see if the film is even half as fun as the campaign they've run so far. The film stars de la Huerta along with Corbin Bleu and Katrina Bowden, and here's the synopsis:
By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night, her real work begins…using her smoldering sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby's actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice.
Dave Grohl is producing new music for Zac Brown Band multiple sources have confirmed to Hitfix.
That’s a dream come true for Brown. Earlier this year, Brown told The Country Vibe that “I want to work with Dave Grohl. Dave Grohl is one of our musical heroes as a band and he said that he would be interested in doing that too.”
It turns out the Foo Fighters frontman was true to his word and will be working with the country act on its follow up to 2012’s “Uncaged,” which won best country album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
While the country/folk band and the former Nirvana drummer may seem like a strange musical match, they actually should work very well together. Fans who have seen ZBB live know their strength as players and they bring a rock edge to many of their tracks, while Grohl has worked with artists of all stripes from Norah Jones to Paul McCartney, so he’s shown there’s pretty much nothing he can’t do.
It will be a while before we get the new album, but not long before we see the two acts together: as previously announced, Grohl will perform with ZBB on Nov. 6’s Country Music Assn. Awards on ABC. No word on if we will hear a new song that evening—and a CMA rep could not tell us what they were performing— but maybe we'll get more news about their studio collaboration then.
Both acts declined to comment.
Please don't make "How I Met Your Father"!
The "HIMYM" spinoff idea sounds unimaginative, says James Poniewozik. "When I say that HIMYF is a terrible idea, I say it out of love, not hate," he adds. "I wouldn't bother writing at all about the idea of spinning off a sitcom I didn’t care about. A spinoff is misguided not because of what’s bad about HIMYM but because of what is, or was, distinctively, lovably good about it."
The harsh economic climate will hit Bikini Bottom in an upcoming episode titled, "SpongeBob, You're Fired!"
London restaurant is celebrating "Breaking Bad" with the Heisenburger
Lucky Chip in East London has a full "Breaking Bad" menu that includes a Jesse Pinkman burger, Los Pollos Hermanos-inspired chicken and Onion Frings. Each Heisenburger comes with free "blue meth" candy.
CW developing a drama based on "The Avenger" pulp magazine
"The Avenger" follows a young woman who lost her parents but learns she has a superpower that allows her to change her face. The pulp series dates back to 1939.
PBS will air "Vicious," a UK sitcom about a gay couple starring Ian McKellan
McKellen and Derek Jacobi play a constantly bickering couple who've lived in the same flat for nearly half a century.
Time Warner Cable lost 306,000 subscribers from its dispute with CBS
That represents about 10% of the customers affected by the blackout.
"Totally Biased's" viewership has disappeared on FXX
W. Kamau Bell is barely registering viewers on his talk show, except for the night his talk show runs after "It's Always Sunny" and "The League."
Carrie Fisher joins FXX comedy "Legit"
She'll play a comedy development executive.
World Series ends with 18 million viewers
Thanks to the Boston Red Sox victory, Fox posted the best night in the key 18-49 demo of any network since January.
Carol Burnett visits "Hawaii Five-0" as Aunt Deb
Check her out with Steve McGarrett from the Thanksgiving episode.
Yale's Skull & Bones is getting the ABC drama treatment
The secret society that counts George W. Bush and John Kerry as members is being developed into a drama based on the book "The Secrets Of The Tomb: Skull And Bones, The Ivy League And The Hidden Paths Of Power."
Amazon announces its 1st-ever drama pilots, including Chris Carter's "The After"
"The After" will join LAPD homicide detective drama "Bosch" on Amazon's slate of pilots that will be available for viewer feedback.
Elmo wore a tie for his visit to the White House
"Sesame Street's" Rosita, meanwhile, wore pearls during their presentation with Michelle Obama to promote healthy eating. PLUS: Aziz Ansari hangs with Grover.
Matt Lauer dresses as "Baywatch's" Pam Anderson for Halloween
Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie were "Laverne & Shirley," while Al Roker dressed as Mr. T this morning. PLUS: Ellen dresses as Nicki Minaj for Halloween.