August 1, 2014

Oh, And For The Record 'Cosmo the Russian Astronaut Dog' From Guardians of the Galaxy Is Pulled From The Comic Pages Too...


Cosmo the Russian Astronaut dog that is seen captured in the Collector's collection in Guardians of the Galaxy is not just a wink and a nod to animal manned space flights of the 1960s. Cosmo himself is a frequent guest in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic, and a few other of Marvel's galactic titles as well (think Nova, Nova Corps, the Inhumans, etc). He actually first appeared in Nova #8 (vol 4) when Richard Rider encounters him on Knowhere (the Celestial skull planet from the Guardians movie) and thinks he is a regular dog. Turns out, he is a powerful telekinetic pup that has played major parts in Annihilation, the Thanos Imperative, and many other storylines throughout the last few years of the Marvel Comics universe. He has even been a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves (issues 15 through 19 of Guardians from 2009 as a matter of fact). A cool little Easter Egg thrown in to the film from James Gunn and the Marvel Cinemtaic crew that comes right off the pages of the comics. Check out some panels and pics of Cosmo after the jump...

Guardians of the Galaxy x Tommy Lombardozzi x Erle Tompkins = FUEGO !!!


So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy at the 7 pm Thursday night show... and it was magnificent. Absolutely perfect. On every level. It was just amazing, and words can't do it any justice. So I'm going to let two of my very talented artist friends do the talking with their talent. Tommy Lombardozzi is an amazing artist who is not afraid of any challenge when it comes to character creating. So when he began getting hype for the GOTG movie release, he decided to add his own vintage loving spin to the version of the team that appears in the movie. He has Groot, Rocket, Drax, Gamora, and Star Lord... but it is the retro versions of all the characters instead of the most current inclinations!!! Great idea and execution... can't know where you are headed unless you know where you are going!!! Up second we got our boy Erle Tompkins and his homage to the GOTG. He decided to bust out his own unique Peter Quill... The STAR LORD himself! It is the movie version of Star Lord, complete with the orb and all. Suns out, Guns out... two great pieces, by two great artists. Check out all their work by clicking their names above, and check out these pieces after the jump...

July 30, 2014

The CCD Podcast: Episode #15 - The Best Space Operas Ever or You Talkin' About Some Damn Sharks Mother Up In Space? I Will Whip A Glaive At Your Head...


The eve of the release of Guardians of the Galaxy is upon us, so you know the CCD Podcast gang had to tackle the unique genre the film fits in... Space Operas!!! Guardians is very unique in the sense that it is a space set, buddy team up, comedic ensemble film that exists in a very small group of films. So we decided to talk about the films that were similar to this from the past: Think 'Krull', 'The Last Starfighter', 'Flight of the Navigator', 'Galaxy Quest', and the like. It is a fun filled trip down space movie memory lane... so why not join us and celebrate this seldom used genre on the verge of its biggest movie release yet? Enjoy some art and the podcast itself after the jump....

'As God Says'- Takashi Miike Takes On The Killer Kid Set...


Takashi Miike is a dude that always keeps me wanting more. He is your typical Asian director in a sense that his sensibilities are quite wacky and is willing to take you to the edge... and then a bit further. But he is even wackier than some of his contemporaries. Which says quite a lot, since most of the Asian horror guys have no limits. But if they have no limits, than Miike is the Endless... go to the end of every other persons disturbing ideas, and you are just a the beginning of his! So of course he is taking on a classic Japanese Manga comic by the name of 'As God Says' (Kamisama no lu Tori). While people will immediately begin to search for comparisons to books/films like Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, it is actually quite a bit different. How would you react if you were a teen, and when you arrived at high school you were forced to compete in a bunch of kiddie type games (like Red Light, Green Light and Mother May I) that resulted in traumatic injuries and death if you lost. Holy Shit. Wow. People getting heads chopped off, losing limbs... and all because of not hop scotching fast enough or not finding an open spot in Duck Duck Goose. Amazing. I will watch anything Miike makes, but this one really has me psyched. Check out the short teaser trailer after the jump...

The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino Takes On The Prairie, Stage Coaches, And The Old West...


QT is probably one of my favorite living directors, and his last few efforts (Inglorious Bastards and Django) have done nothing but make those sentiments stronger. In a world where directors are pumping out products, directing TV pilots, and executive producing pretty much everything in the world... Tarantino does a great job of doing what he does best: developing a unique concept, writing a script filled with killer dialouge and putting together one hell of a visual picture. Quentin got a bit mad when a script for his Wagon Train old west adventure picture The Hateful Eight got leaked on line and he abandoned the picture. He said he wasn't going to make it... but just six months or so later the project has gotten new life and it seems like QT is all set for a early 2015 shoot with a Christmas 2015 release (just in time for Oscar consideration BTW). The synopsis is insane, and the first poster looks fabulous. And this cast.. are you kidding me? Bruce Dern, Walter Goggins, Sam Jackson, Mike Madsen, Tim Roth and Kurt Russell... wow. As usual, no real big name women named so far. Just Amber Tambelyn. But knowing QT he will get a career making performance out of her before he makes her a star like he did Uma, Diane Kruger and Kerri Washington before. Check out the official synopsis and full poster after the jump....

July 29, 2014

Could This Have Been/ Be The Deadpool - Ryan Reynolds Movie We Missed Out On?


Man oh man, If it is than we have gotten the hose. If Ryan Reynolds is anything, it is dedicated. Even after being turned into the biggest joke of a character in Wolverine: Origins anyone in the history of comic book movies has had to endure, he is willing to don the Deadpool mask in a full on feature. Why? I have no idea... after the way the character was treated I wouldn't trust them. But anytime he is asked about the possibility of the movie he mentions he would love to do it. I find this weird, but I always thought he was perfect for the Merc With A Mouth. Now immediately following Comic Con we get some conveniently "leaked" test footage of what could have been capable with Reynolds under the red hood... and you know, with a mouth to wise crack away would be cool too. All in all, great stuff. Even Rob Liefeld himself co-signed the authenticity of the video. In his Tweet rampage yesterday Liefeld said that Reynolds shot the whole scene mo-cap and then had the suit layered over it in post. So it is actually real. Check it out after the jump.... we can all dream, right?

You See... Michael Bay Isn't So Bad, He Is A Perfectionist !!!


You gotta love The Onion. Those guys know how to exploit a situation. When the 2014 SD Comic Con rolled around people from every news outlet, both reputable and unreasonable, flocked to Cali to cover it. But while all of these people were trying to gets scoops, attend panels, and  be the first ones with some sort of "news"... The Onion just does what it does best: Make shit up that sounds good enough to fool people to be true!!! First they leaked a great story about a new "Green Goblin" that would be left handed... and people all thought it was true. Then they outdid even themselves... they created this amazing behind the scenes documentary that captures the in depth nature that Michael Bay goes to in ensuring that everything is factually correct in any films he is associated with. Everything... down to the turtle cocks in his newly produced TMNT film!!!! Hol-y SHIT, this is amazing!!! And they even had to CGI the fake dongs in order for the footage for the faux behind the scenes feature... which means the footage is in fact REAL (if you follow my logic anyway...). Yup, this is great. The Onion, never stop being the best at what you do....

July 28, 2014

The CCD Podcast: Episode #14 - The 2014 San Diego Comic Con Wrap-Up or A Little Known Fact, Hall H Stands For Horrendous...




Sooooo.... The 2014 San Diego Comic Con is finally in the books, and not even 24 hours after it has finished the CCD crew has decided to reflect on all the nerd news and goings on that came over the epic four days of adventures. We hit on some of the big stuff (Batman v Superman, Avengers 2, Ant Man, etc), but tend to focus on some if the stuff you might have missed and need to know about (How is The Mike Tyson Mysteries not the MOST TALKED ABOUT THING TO COME OUT OF THIS WEEKEND???). The lovely Alicia and sensual JB join Jedi Rob on the mic for a fun filled hour recap of what has become the biggest nerd news weekend of the year... CCD Podcast Style. Please head over to Itunes, Subscribe, Listen, Share on Social Media, REPEAT... Get in there folks....

July 24, 2014

'Manimal': Has There Ever Been A Film More Perfect For An Actor/Director/Production Team?


Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay have had great success throughout their careers together. 'Step Brothers', 'Talledega Nights', 'AnchorMan' 1 & 2... these guys make magic when they work together. But like any successful guys in Hollywood, once they get a few hits under their belts, they have formed their own company (Gary Sanchez Productions) to create their own projects from the ground up. The first project of the Gary Sanchez's company is going to be 'Manimal'. Yes, 'Manimal'! The cheesy 80's TV show in which a guy who was raised 'in the mysterious wilds of Africa' has the powers to transform into animals to fight crime. Yup, I already want to see this movie. But when you add in the partnership they entered into with Sony Pictures Animation it gets even better. Yup, the movie will be a triple threat, sporting sequences of live action, animation and a combo of both ala Roger Rabbit. No exact word on who will be in the film or will be directing it, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of the usual suspects turn up. I would love to see Farrell as Dr. Johnathan Chase... but I would equally enjoy Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell or John C Reilly or anyone else affiliated with past Ferrell projects in the role as well. Sony Animation has a pretty packed slate in the upcoming years ('Hotel Transylvania 2', full on animated Smurfs movie, a Popeye and Medusa flick as well) so it may be a few years before this comes out... I am guessing 2017-ish. But take one look at the clip from the show that is embedded after the jump and you will be anticipating it just as much as I am...

So The First Ant-Man Poster Is Here... Complete With Floating Heads And All!!!


So there has been a lot of talk about the Ant-Man movie project over the last few months, between the epic casting announcements a while back (Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Patrick Wilson) and the revolving list of directors (first Edgar Wright, then Adam McKay, and now finally Peyton Reed) attached to the film. But it is moving full speed ahead now, and is scheduled for a July 17th, 2015 release. With only a year of promotion ahead, and the 2014 SDCC about to kick off, we are sure to get a bunch of 'Ant-Man' information, footage, and news in the next few days. Shit, even Michael Douglas is set to appear at the Marvel panels this weekend, and Liberace don't have to do promos if he don't want to! But, the first news (and great news at that) has to be the beautiful first 'official' poster for the film. It features typical corniness like floating heads in the background and the like... but, it also has an amazing shot of Ant-Man in all his helmeted glory warping from mini to large as he flips in one classic shot. It also features a full suited Ant-Man atop a flying insect... yup, this is what we, or at least I, have been hoping for. It will be a key part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3, and alongside 'Avengers 2: Age of Ultron' next summer, we should get some great new characters to add to the mix we already have (Pym & Lang Ant-Men, Evangeline Lilly might be Wasp, Scarlett Witch, Quciksilver, Ultron, etc). Enjoy this first official piece of movie merch after the jump, and expect a lot more to come in the next few days....