Review: The Haunted Mansion

Eddie Murphy had a bit in his stand-up where he pointed out that you’d never find a black family in a haunted house movie. It went something like this, and forgive any paraphrase: Eddie: What a great house. Nice neighborhood. The kids are happy… Disembodied Voice: Get out! Eddie: Too bad we can’t stay. And…

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Review: The Matrix Revolutions

If this film had been some sort of live-action manga adaptation, it would have been under a title like Cyber Fighter Black Super Buddha Neo 3, and casual otaku everywhere would be going nuts for it. Alas, The Matrix Revolutions is not such, though it tosses around world philosophies as easily as an edition of…

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Bubba Ho-Tep

A septugenarian Elvis (Bruce Campbell) lies in his bed in an East Texas rest home, his best days obviously behind him. The world thinks he’s dead, and worse, the staff refuses to believe the old man before them really is The King. Instead, they identify him as Sebastian Haff, an Elvis impersonator he traded places…

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The Men Chronicling Villikon: Bryan J. Kinnaird and Roy Young

In a strange juxtaposition at the San Diego Comic-Con, the WizKids booth sat next to one featuring adult film star Cheyenne Silver. As we gazed at preview figures for IndyClix, we couldn’t help notice the crowd to our left. So we checked it out. Cheyenne was there promoting an independent comic book series called The…

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Review: ‘American Splendor’

It’s Halloween in Cleveland. Five children stand expectantly at a door, dressed as their respective heroes. Superman, Batman, Robin, and the Golden Age Green Lantern hold out their bags. Next to them, an angry kid sulks, knowing what’s coming. He has no hero. He’s Harvey Pekar, a kid from the neighborhood. And as American Splendor,…

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The Other Famous Writer From Cleveland

Some people might say that Harvey Pekar has lived a life right out of a comic book. And they’d be right, except that the comic book is one he wrote himself. Since the early seventies, Harvey has published stories taken from his own life. Though he himself has no drawing ability, this slightly grouchy file…

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Crossing Over With Mystere

As the movie industry has started invading Comic-Con, some comic creators have decided to turn the tables. Two such creators are Bryan J. Kinnaird and Roy Young, the men behind an intriguing looking series, The Villikon Chronicles, using a well-known face to try to vault their book into film. Distributed through outlets such as Tower…

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… and in the Lap of Liberty Lass!

In Part One of this interview, model-actress Gina Gatto talked about becoming an action figure. In today’s section, she goes on to discuss her last minute casting in Comic Book: The Movie, and her hopes for what it may become. Also, how does one go about reversing that hyphenate, and becoming an actress-model? Derek McCaw:…

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Moments with a Giant in Fandom

Pardon the personal recollection. But when I first started really understanding that there was such a thing as fandom, my big guide-post was the fanzine Once Upon A Dime. Sure, I’d gotten Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes for Christmas one year, and that sparked my intense interest in the Golden Age. But because…

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Chase Masterson: Actress Hardly Unknown

When we first arrived at Comic-Con, my cohorts grabbed me and said in breathy tones of excitement, “Chase Masterson is here!” To which I could only nod rather than betray my ignorance. This ploy didn’t work. I was quickly informed of Ms. Masterson’s charming presence on Deep Space Nine, and then, later when we started talking…

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Review: The Matrix Reloaded

When The Matrix hit theaters four years ago, nobody knew what hit them, least of all Warner Brothers. A fresh (to some) melding of science fiction, kung fu, and philosophy, the film was so good that not even the sometimes wooden acting of Keanu Reeves could dampen its power. Just before “trilogy” became the hottest…

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Tom DeSanto: In The Eye Of An X-Storm

Despite how cool all the official X-Men 2 propaganda has been, rumors have sprung up that all is not well in the world of Mutantkind. In the last week, reports of trouble on the set have been running rampant through the media, not just movie websites. According to the story circulating, director Bryan Singer showed…

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Tom DeSanto: In The Eye Of An X-Storm

Despite how cool all the official X-Men 2 propaganda has been, rumors have sprung up that all is not well in the world of Mutantkind. In the last week, reports of trouble on the set have been running rampant through the media, not just movie websites. According to the story circulating, director Bryan Singer showed…

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‘Comic Book The Movie’: Tom Kenny IS Derek Sprang

As we’ve mentioned on the site before, one of the coolest things about this year’s Comic-Con was the filming of a mockumentary (or, as director Mark Hamill prefers calling it, “…a documentary unencumbered by facts”) called Comic Book: The Movie. Utilizing the Con as a backdrop for an improvised story of Hollywood greed versus the…

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Finally Had the Courage to Talk to Erin Gray

Sometimes we have to do an interview just for us. Some of you may recognize Erin Gray from her years as Ricky Schroder’s stepmother on Silver Spoons, and some of you may just be scratching your heads. But as Erin herself points out, for those of us of a certain age she’s forever Wilma Deering…

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Bryan Singer Speaks About X2

On Saturday at the San Diego Comic Convention, Hollywood hit, and hit hard. All day the Grand Ballroom (Room 20 for you sticklers) was packed with film fans looking for glimpses of upcoming big-ticket genre films. Of course Marvel had more than its fair share of representation, with Universal and Fox both presenting their upcoming…

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The Inescapable Fate of the Fetts

Enough time has passed that we can freely talk about this. As cool as Jango Fett is, as immensely skilled as he is, and as necessary to the overall plot as his death is, he dies like a punk. Many of you may recall that in Episode 6, his son/clone Boba also dies in a…

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Wooing The Turtles

Fanboy Planet contributor Bob Drinkwater comes through with an interview that sheds a little light on an upcoming comics to film project… John Woo was in San Francisco on Friday, May 17 to promote his new film, the perfectly horrible Windtalkers. Woo’s publicity team had put him and Christian Slater up at the posh Four…

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Review: ‘Attack Of The Clones’

It has been a dark time for the republic of fandom. The Trade Federation/Marketing Division, wielding an army of 5,000,000 unsold Jar Jar Binks action figures, claims to have gone into hiding. Suspiciously enough, signs of their activity remain everywhere, even on bags of Doritos. Battered and bruised from their last skirmish with the forces…

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