Top 5: Marvel Comics

Top 5: TV Episodes of All-Time (Comedy Edition)

If you’re coming off a contact buzz from Iron Man 3 and you feel like you might want to jump back into the world of comics: I have good news.  Marvel’s line right now is as strong as it’s been in years and has recently (under the Marvel NOW push) relaunched most of their books at #1.  The Marvel Universe is a much different place than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there’s a lot of quality to be found.  You may need some catching up (Cyclops is the new Magneto, Wolverine is the new Professor X, Peter Parker is dead…kind of, Hulk works for SHIELD, there are like five Avengers teams, there’s more but the best way to catch up is to just pick up a book and start reading).

These are my top five favorite ongoing titles, but it can change month-to-month.  If you have a tablet device, reading comics digitally is an extremely cool interface and will spare you the eventual problem of long-time comic readers have of trying to tote around dozens of boxes filled with issues.

1. Hawkeye

Hawkeye, Matt Fraction, David Aja, Marvel
2. Wolverine and the X-Men

Wolverine and the X-Men, Wolverine, X-Men, Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Marvel
3. Thor: God of Thunder

Thor: God of Thunder, Thor, Marvel, Jason Aaron
4. Daredevil

Daredevil, Mark Waid, Marvel, Chris Samnee
5. All-New X-Men

All-New X-Men, X-Men, Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, Marvel

Hon. Mention: Uncanny Avengers, New Avengers, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Avengers and Incredible Hulk.

Marvel Comics, Marvel, Marvel Entertainment

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II to Begin Production March 2014

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Zhang Zhiyi, Donnie Yen

Many stateside don’t realize that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the fourth of a pentalogy of films.  Finishing the series has become a daunting task due to the Oscar-winning success of Ang Lee’s film, but it looks like things are moving ahead and Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen will return.  More below courtesy of ComingSoon.net.

Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today production of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny will begin in March 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct with Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on “Iron Knight, Silver Vase” by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the “Crane-Iron Pentalogy” series, on which the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based. The screenplay is written by John Fusco (Forbidden Kingdom, Hidalgo, Spirit) and will be produced by Harvey Weinstein and David Thwaites, co-produced by Johnny Levin with Executive Producer Anthony Wong. Yucaipa Films is co-financing the project.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, distributed by Sony Pictures, became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. It grossed $128 million in the US becoming the highest grossing foreign language film in American history and has won over 40 awards including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was also nominated for six other Academy Awards including Best Picture.

“I loved Ang Lee’s film,” commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Yuen Wo Ping directing the second installment of ‘Crouching Tiger.’ Master Yuen worked with me on ‘Iron Monkey,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and now ‘Grandmaster.’ He is a first-class director and choreographer, and I am thrilled to be teaming up with him once more. With John Fusco’s incredible script and the dream team of Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh we are in great shape.”

Noted Wang Hong, son of late author Wang Du Lu: “My sister and I and our families sincerely appreciate that Harvey and TWC stayed committed to bringing my father’s works to the screen for the enjoyment of audiences around the world. My father created timeless characters and stories of universal appeal. They remain no less relevant today. Through great filmmaking, another generation will get to experience them.”

Trailer Time: Pacific Rim Trailer #3 (2013)

The third trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s return to the director’s chair: Pacific Rim is out and I cannot wait to see this.  This is a movie made for as big a screen as you can possibly see it on.  Jaegers and monsters begin pummeling each other with reckless abandon on July 12th.

Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, Idris Elba, Charlie Hunan, Jaeger, Monster

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Movie Supercut

It’s been awhile since we had a good Supercut.  A montage of movie magic by Marc Federico.  And what better way to greet Friday than with the primal cinematic howl of NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Time-tested and abused unto death, it remains awesome in its pathos.  I wish my days were dramatic enough to require its constant usage to a John Williams score.  Happy Friday to all!