With Comic-Con about to begin, many of the studios have already plastered posters over buses, walls, and inside hotel elevators to try and promote their upcoming wares. While the majority of what’s coming will be set up tomorrow, after the jump you can get a sneak peak of what’s already on display including Game of Thrones, Syfy’s Defiance, Black Dynamite, Frankenweenie, Grimm, Looper, the remake of Robocop, Total Recall, Wreck-it-Ralph, True Blood, and more.
However, while all the marketing materials are cool, my favorite image has nothing to with your favorite movie or TV show. Instead it’s a piece of street art telling us not to believe the hype. It’s very well done and definitely worth checking out.
If the parody blaxploitation film Black Dynamite starring Michael Jai White just wasn’t enough to whet your appetite (I’m sorry that rhymed), then you are in luck. This summer the Black Dynamite animated series finally hits the Adult Swim block of Cartoon Network. The series continues the blaxploitation parody angle, but with an animation style similar to that of The Boondocks, so there’s a chance of more racial commentary and comedy this time instead of just spoof humor.
Plus, the film’s stars Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley all reprise their roles as Black Dynamite, Bullhorn, Cream Corn and Honeybee, respectively, along with new cast members like comedian J.B. Smoove. You can hear and see them in their animated form now as the first trailer for the series has just debuted, with the series slated to premiere this summer on July 15th, the last day of Comic-Con 2012. See the trailer, two posters, and four images from the series.
With Comic-Con 2012 just around the corner, word is starting to leak out about what movies and TV shows will/won’t be making an appearance. We have a good idea of the film panel slate in Hall H, and now official word regarding TV panels is trickling down. As a quick reference guide, we’ve rounded up the TV panels that have been confirmed thus far in one easy article. Briefly:
- Thursday – MAD, Nikita
- Friday – The Big Bang Theory, Arrow, Bones, Childrens Hospital, Cult, 666 Park Avenue, Brickleberry, Bob’s Burgers, The Venture Bros, NTSF:SD:SUV, Robot Chicken, Black Dynamite
- Saturday – Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Revolution, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Person of Interest, Futurama, The Following
- Sunday – Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, DC Nation, The Cleveland Show
Hit the jump for more details, including which actors will be in attendance and where the panels will take place. Comic-Con 2012 will run from July 11 – July 15.
Black Dynamite is one of the strangest and most enjoyable movies of the last few years and in spite of featuring DTV luminary Michael Jai-White as its biggest star, the blaxploition homage/spoof has caught on with mainstream audiences well enough to warrant a comic book series, an upcoming live action sequel and an Adult Swim Cartoon.
Today, White, Carl Jones, Scott Sanders and Kym Whitely presented a panel on the upcoming cartoon and showed the audience the pilot. It was every bit as raucous and un-PC as you would hope. Read on for a review of the show.
If you thought Thursday was crazy at Comic-Con, then the schedule for Friday will make your brain break apart. There were some high profile panels on Thursday, but Friday it’s non-stop. Sony is looking to own the day with their 90-minute panel for Total Recall, 30 Minutes or Less, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Hall H will also be hosting presentations for The Adventures of Tintin, Raven, Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, Underworld 4, Batman: Year One, Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, Paradise Lost, Mass Effect, and Fright Night.
The TV side is also on overdrive with a pilot screening of Locke & Key, and panels for The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Children’s Hospital, Bones, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The River, Black Dynamite, Eureka, Bob’s Burgers, Falling Skies, ThunderCats, Robot Chicken, Ugly Americans, Warehouse 13, and True Blood. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.
Following in the footsteps of Time Warner brethren, Adult Swim revealed its development slate and announced series renewals today. Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 (formerly Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Childrens Hospital, Delocated, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Metalocalypse, Mongo Wrestling Alliance, Robot Chicken, Squidbillies, and Superjail! are all back for at least another season.
Looking to the future, the network ordered five new series: NTSF:SD:SUV:: (created by Paul Scheer); The Heart, She Holler (starring Patton Oswalt) ; China, IL; Tight Bros; and an animated series based on Black Dynamite. Looking even further into the future, Adult Swim is developing series with Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith, and indie rap group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.
Hit the jump for the official synopses for all the new series.
With Warner Premiere’s nine part Mortal Kombat live–action digital series premiering today (a new episode will launch every week), the studio held a press junket yesterday in Beverly Hills and I got to speak with Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White, director Kevin Tancharoen and game creator Ed Boom.
As most of you know, Tancharoen and the same cast filmed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth last year and the success of the short led Warner Premiere to offer Tancharoen the job helming the new series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. While the short film was a tease at what Tancharoen wanted to do with a feature, the web series is being released in conjunction with the new Mortal Kombat video game and it’s goal is to offer gamers the history of the warriors they know and love. Obviously if the new series is a success, I’m sure we’ll get more installments. But I’m still hoping that Tancharoen will get the keys to a hard R feature…
During my interview with White we talked about how the project came together and the reaction to the short film, how much freedom they had making the web series, the action scenes, what was it like to direct Never Back Down 2, what’s up with Black Dynamite and a sequel, and, of course, I asked what’s his karaoke song. Hit the jump to watch.
It appears (though far from definitively) that we could see sequels for both the Angelina Jolie spy thriller Salt and the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite in the near future. According to 24 Frames, all the creatives behind Salt are all up for round two. Writer Kurt Wimmer has a few ideas for the continued adventures of Evelyn Salt. Director Phillip Noyce is on board, though Salt 2 may need to contend with the love story Dirt Music (starring Russell Crowe) and fellow spy thriller Wenceslas Square for a spot on his schedule. Perhaps most importantly, Jolie reportedly said she was “keen” on the idea. (Jolie, of course, has her own scheduling issues with Tim Burton’s Maleficent and the Kay Scarpetta franchise on the docket.) The word on the street is that Sony is waiting to see how Salt performs internationally before it moves forward with a sequel — the film crossed $100 million domestic after four weeks in release.
While promoting the UK release of Black Dynamite, writer/star Michael Jai White revealed that he has started work on a sequel. Read what he had to say after the jump.
A movie that made me laugh a lot at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Scott Sander’s “Black Dynamite”. Here’s the trailer. The film is currently playing in limited release, but unless you go see it this weekend, the only way you’re ever going to watch “Black Dynamite” is on DVD or Blu-ray. And that’s a shame, as the film is a bad-ass blaxploitation flick and it’s definitely meant to be seen with an audience. So while we’re always going on and on about what future projects are being developed, if you want to see something that’ll surprise you and make you laugh a lot, hit the jump for info on where the film is playing. Also, the film is 1000% better than “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”.
I wonder if the greatest success of “Black Dynamite” will be of marketing. It debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to lukewarm reviews and since then, it’s been relatively quiet. And yet the video we’ve seen is so appealing and if the first trailer never landed online, it may have not received any attention at Sundance.
Of the hundreds of films that screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival only a handful created any real buzz – and only a few of those left Park City with a distribution deal. One such lucky indie was “Black Dynamite”, the insanely bad-ass blaxploitation flick directed by Scott Sanders and starring Michael Jai White. “Dynamite” was originally picked up by Sony but today comes word that the film will see a limited theatrical release through Apparition. Find out exactly when you will be able to stick it to the man after the jump.