DEATH OF A TITANLegendary special effects pioneer, Ray Harryhausen, died this week, at 92. Before computer effects we thrilled to his sword-wielding skeletons of Jason and the Argonauts, the great ape of Mighty Joe Young and several voyagers of Sinbad.
Harryhausen inspired generations of Hollywood special effects artists, creating so many of the best monsters, myths, aliens, and dinosaurs in film. The original Clash of the Titans, It Came From Beneath the Sea, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, even a whole island of amazing creatures in Mysterious Island.
Harryhausen’s effects work stunned the world in 1967's One Million Years B.C. were Harryhausen created his most challenging special effect, Raquel Welch. The animated actress was so popular and lifelike she went on to star in many movies her own.
KILLING HAL JORDAN AGAINWarner Brothers has blocked the Kickstarter campaign set up to revive both Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice. "SMGO.tv, which met the studio to discuss plans for funding the canceled DC Nation series, said that it has met with resistance."
If you include the initial cancellation of the show, this marks the fourth attempt on the heroes life.
DC Comics first killed Hal Jordan during some Crisis back in the '90's, although much of the evidence pointed to suicide. Somehow he survived only for him to be killed yet again years later in 2011, by Ryan Reynolds. And despite nearly two-hours of video connecting the actor to the murder, Reynolds remains free.
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WHO YA GONNA CHOKEFree Comic Book day has seen it's first casualties. Outside of a comic shop in Portland Maine, a drunk civilian when confronted with grown men dressed as a Stormtrooper and a Ghostbuster reverted to his high school training and proceeded to beat them up. When confronted shortly afterward by men dressed as police officers, he reacted much the same way, and was promptly tasered, because they were REAL cops.
One customer we spoke to, noted, "This was way cooler than high school, instead of a gym teacher snickering and laughing at you, while you try to get your own pants back from three guys way bigger than you. When you're a grown-up you get to call real cops and watch 'em taser the asshole. Very cool." Very cool indeed.
YAWN AGAINThe film rights to Ghost Rider and Blade join Daredevil back at Marvel Studios. Yea, one step closer to a Champions movie!
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