It’s our weekly discussion on everything extraterrestrial, including the latest alien related news, a spotlight from our “sightings” segment and Brad, Dave and Anessa’s picks for the week. If it’s aliens in science, sci-fi or real life, we’ll cover it on The Alien Invasion Podcast.
On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; Paul Rudd is gassy, check out these unused designs of ultron, CW Seed’s Vixen has found its lead, Batman V Superman has new pics of Lex Luthor and is on EW’s Comic Con Special, Plus Deadpool set photo’s.
LOL: Paul Rudd Can’t Stop Farting During ‘Ant-Man’ Interview
In Marvel’s latest feature film Ant-Man, our titular hero has the power to shrink down to the size of an ant, not to mention being able to communicate with the little insects, and also use their impressive strength. But the film’s star, Paul Rudd, has another super power, but it’s pretty gross.
In a recent interview, the star of Anchorman and This is 40 simply couldn’t stop farting. The interviewer tried to move on, but giggling and “tooting” continued, making for a rather unique experience in movie promotion. It sounds gross, but it’s actually hilarious.
Unused Ultron Designs For Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Marvel Studios conceptual illustrator Andy Park has uploaded some more of his brilliant concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“And here are a couple more initial passes at the Ultron design done for Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as the approved design for Ultron Mark 1,” Park wrote on his Facebook page. “I don’t get to do the more robotic designs that often here given our resident robot experts in Ryan Meinerding, Phil Saunders, along with Josh Nizzi and Josh Herman. But when I do get a chance I just savor the moment. Too much fun!”
Vixen Varsity reports that “CSI: Miami” actress Megalyn Echikunwoke has been cast as the titular character in the CW Seed’s upcoming six-part animated series “Vixen,” which takes places in the same world as “The Flash” and “Arrow.”
The series focuses on Mari McCabe, who after the death of her parents inherits a magical totem that bestows upon her the ability to access the inherent attributes of animals, from the speed of a cheetah to the powerhouse charge of a rhino and more. As the superhero Vixen, McCabe seeks to protect the world from the greed, corruption and violence that took the lives of her parents.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice has released a new photo of Jessie Eisenberg at Lex Luthor.
The Social Network actor will bring Superman—and the entire DC Universe’s—chief nemesis to life in the upcoming DC Comics film. This new photo surprisingly show’s Eisenberg’s Luthor with a full head of hair, contradicting an earlier official photo in which he is bald. Maybe he’s taking the Gene Hackman route and sporting a wig?
The cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s geek-centric “Comic Con issue,” due in your mailbox Friday, will feature the cast of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Henry Cavill appears as Superman, with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Each of the characters have been revealed individually before, but this is their first time sharing a space in live action.
20th Century Fox has released a new image of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool.
Deadpool, which will bring Marvel Comics’ Merc With a Mouth to the big screen, is currently filming right now. But with San Diego Comic-Con right around the corner, a new image of Wade Wilson in action has surfaced from Entertainment Weekly. Starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character, Deapool also features Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, and Gina Carano. It is directed by Tim Miller.
Things you may of missed on the run up to this week in world of Doctor Who; clues to a possible end of Clara. Who cosplay. San Diego Comic Con schedule. What happened 50 years ago this weekend. And, more…
In this round up of the latest news from the world of Sci-Fi; another American Horror Story style show on the horizon, what the head of the world’s largest online social network wants you to read, and, a big name attached to that “Captain Worf” series.
New horror anthology series Channel Zero being developed by Syfy
From Chronicle‘s Max Landis and Hannibal TV writer Nick Antosca; each season of Channel Zero will focus on a new story. The first will be based on “Candle Cove” by Kris Straub, a story that originates from the user-generated internet horror phenomenon known as creepypasta. It tells the story of a mysterious children’s television show from the 1980s and the show’s role in a series of murders and one man’s dark secret.
Since he’s currently busy with a series of projects that includes the upcoming horror movie Victor Frankenstein — starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse) — Landis will only produce and oversee the new series alongside Antosca, who’ll be the one on writing duties.
His 2015 New Year’s resolution was to read an important book every two weeks and discuss it with the Facebook community. A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 13th pick, he’s gone with “The Player of Games” by the late Iain M. Banks.
First published in 1988, the novel is the second entry in Banks’ “Culture” series, which takes place in a futuristic utopian society where humanoid aliens and incredibly advanced artificial intelligence have spread themselves across the galaxy. The Player of Games explores what a civilization would look like if hyper-advanced technology were created to serve human needs and surpass human capabilities.
We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors as of late about Michael Dorn‘s proposed Captain Worf spin-off, and now we finally have a name for the project he is pitching to Paramount and CBS, which is Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Worf Chronicles. While a bit of a mouthful, it makes the most sense in marketing the show and letting fans and newcomers know exactly where the show would fit in the pantheon of series’ the franchise has produced over the years.
We’ve also learned that a few scripts have already been written. When asked about that and who had written them, Dorn gave the following answer: “Ronald D. Moore for the first few episodes, he’s amazing at starting off a show. Be sure to fire him after about 2 seasons though, and replace him with Vince Gilligan.”
On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; Colonel Sanders has an SDCC Exclusive comic, Jarvis is coming back to Agent Carter, Rat Queens gets a new art team, Mattel has some Batman v Superman toys, Alex Ross reveals a new painting, and the Comic Picks of the week.
Why, yes, Colonel Sanders has his own SDCC-exclusive comic
Amid the avalanche of variant covers, action figures, art prints and statuettes, the true must-have exclusive may be … KFC’s one-shot The Colonel’s Adventure Comics. At least we think it’s just a one-shot, and not the launch of some fast-food franchise universe-spanning event.
“If you love comics and fried chicken and subliminal marketing,” KFC states in a Facebook post, “then you’ll love this free exclusive #SDCC comic about me.”
“Me,” of course, refers to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders, who has been resurrected several times since his death in 1980 (in almost comic book-like fashion) for advertising campaigns. His image was revived in May for a series of television commercials — Sanders’ first in 21 years — starring Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond. One in five people say they hate the new ads, which apparently is a win for KFC.
‘Agent Carter’ Season 2 Will Bring Back James D’Arcy as Jarvis
When Peggy strikes out for LA in Agent Carter Season 2, she’ll bring some of her friends along for the ride. According to a new report, James D’Arcy (Edwin Jarvis) and Enver Gjokaj (Agent Sousa) are both returning for the next run of episodes. Several other Season 1 stars are said to be nearing deals as well.
EW reports D’Arcy and Gjokaj will be regulars on Season 2 of Agent Carter. Additionally, Chad Michael Murray (Agent Thompson), Lyndsy Fonesca (Angie Martinelli), and Bridget Regan (Dottie Underwood) are in talks, but not yet confirmed, to return. Assuming all of the deals close, it looks like Agent Carter Season 2 will proceed with most of the Season 1 cast intact.
TESS FOWLER & TAMRA BONVILLAIN JOIN “RAT QUEENS” AS NEW ART TEAM
The new art team on Image Comics series “Rat Queens” is official, with Tess Fowler and colorist Tamra Bonvillain joining writer Kurtis J. Wiebe on the series as of August’s issue #11. Fowler and Bonvillain join the series following the departure of artist Stjepan Sejic, who announced he was leaving the series last week, citing health reasons.
“I am very indebted to Stjepan Sejic for coming to my aid and doing a fantastic job on the two issues he helped us with,” Wiebe said in Image’s press release. “Looking to the future of ‘Rat Queens,’ I needed people who understood what the series has become known for, and there was no other team I could imagine doing a better job than Tess and Tamra!”
Mattel brings ‘Batman v Superman’ toys to Comic-Con
Following in the footsteps of Funko and LEGO, Mattel has unveiled its own Comic-Con International-exclusive toys for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Debuting this morning in USA Today, the lineup includes a two-pack of 6-inch action figures based on the likenesses of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill ($30); a Hot Wheels Batmobile with limited-edition packaging ($25); and a 12-inch Wonder Woman Barbie based on Gal Gadot’s likeness (Batman and Superman will also be part of a new Barbie line).
Mattel will also display a life-size Hot Wheels build of a Batman v Superman Twin Mill car, celebrating the upcoming Warner Bros. film. A die-cast toy version of the car will be released in the spring as part of a new Hot Wheels line.
Alex Ross Reveals New Batman, Joker, & Harley Quinn Art
No one puts Joker and Harley Quinn into the corner—well, except for Batman.
The waltz between Gotham City’s Clown Couple of Crime comes to a screeching halt in a brand-new piece from acclaimed comics painter Alex Ross. The painting, which will make its debut during next week’s San Diego Comic Con, features Batman being a total buzz-kill to Harley and Joker’s good times. According to Ross, the new paining is a sequel to one of his older works, “Tango With Evil.” In that dynamic piece, the Joker and Harley dance (hopefully with a devil in the pale moon light).
But as Ross’ new piece—aptly titled “Mind if I Cut In”— shows, the good times can’t last forever. Check out both pieces in the gallery below, and to see the new painting in-person, head to Ross’ San Diego Comic-Con booth, #2419.
A witness at Manalapan reported watching a black UFO about 9:50 p.m. on June 22nd, 2015, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network. “It had no lights and moved so quickly and changed directions on a dime.”
Noah Wyle on Falling Skies, final season frustrations and pride
After portraying Tom Mason, the leader of the human resistance, on TNT’s alien invasion show Falling Skies since 2011, the actor begins the fifth and final season this week. And Wyle seems pretty happy about that. Determining the balance between family drama and genre fare, as well as undergoing a regime change of six showrunners — not to mention filming during Vancouver winters — presented a challenge for him.
In a refreshingly frank interview with Blastr, Noah Wyle discusses his assessment and frustrations with the five-season run of Falling Skies, its perception in the mainstream, and the network’s branding in relation to the series. He also discusses diving into directing, and the support he received from seasoned directors (and fellow actors) Eriq La Salle and Jonathan Frakes.
Mysterious lights spotted ‘leaving’ Earth, followed by the video stream from the International Space Station showing them suddenly being cut off. It must be aliens right? The most likely explanation is much more mundane, with the sudden blackout caused by either a camera glitch or a fragment of space debris.
It could also be some space debris orbiting Earth, or even a satellite. And the timing of Nasa switching off the video, while unfortunate, is certainly not on purpose; Nasa often switches cameras or temporarily turns off the feed. This can be for a number of reasons, such as the station moving out of range of ground stations.
On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; Jon Bernthal “Punishes” his research of The Punisher, Rick Remender leaving Marvel, The House of Ideas has a MASSIVE Preview, TV Guide has Comic Con Special Editions, Classic comic covers recreated in Lego, and Dan Slott talks Amazing Spider-Man’s tech influences.
Jon Bernthal Is Really Committed To Doing His Punisher Research
Back for more Punisher comics?! Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Fury) just can’t get enough of them.
The 38-year-old actor is fully committed to giving the best Frank Castle/Punisher performance possible. To prepare for the role, Bernthal went to Hypno Comics (Ventura,CA) last week and picked up some Punisher comics. He then made a return visit to the shop on Sunday.
“Jon Bernthal liked the stuff I gave him to read, hooked up again today,” said shop owner George Chase. “He’s doing his work! It feels good to know I’m helping my favorite Superhero show in some small way.”
As you can see, Bernthal grabbed himself a copy of PunisherMAX (2010) #16, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Steve Dillon. That’s the story where Punisher is locked in solitary confinement while a prison riot is taking place. During it, he reflects on the final moments he shared with his family before they were killed in a hail of bullets.
RICK REMENDER TAKING A BREAK FROM MARVEL COMICS AFTER 8 YEARS
Comic book writer Rick Remender announced on his website Monday that he plans to “take a break” from Marvel Comics after 8 years with the company to focus more on his family and creator-owned work.
“Marvel enabled me to provide for my family as it grew, as my two children appeared into the world, and for that I am indebted and eternally grateful,” Remender said in a post on his website. “They offered me their biggest flagship titles, they paid me well, and allowed me to sleep knowing my family could afford a doctor visit should one be needed, and this was not the case for most of my adult life.”
Before starting at Marvel, Remender left his job in animation to write his own creator-owned comics, most notably “Fear Agent” with Image Comics. Since exclusively joining Marvel in 2009, Remender has worked on many critically acclaimed high-profile projects, including “Uncanny X-Force,” “Uncanny Avengers,” “Secret Avengers” and more. Most recently, Remender received mass media attention with his Sam Wilson-led “Captain America.”
Following the leak of “Amazing Spider-Man” #1’s cover, a link on Imgur has revealed the contents of Marvel’s previews magazine, which was distributed to comic retailers and contained information about the titles the publisher will be shipping in October in the wake of “Secret Wars.” Marvel has been officially unveiling the new series over the past few weeks, and this massive release sheds major light on what’s to come for the company.
WARNER BROS. TELEVISION, TV GUIDE ANNOUNCE SDCC 2015 SPECIAL EDITION ISSUE
For the sixth year in a row, TV Guide will release an 88-page San Diego Comic Con special edition issue of their magazine showcasing content from Warner Bros. TV, including “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “iZombie” and “Supergirl.” The issue will release four collectible covers featuring “Arrow” star Stephen Amell, “The Flash” star Grant Gustin, “Gotham” stars Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue, and “Supergirl’s” Melissa Benoist.
The magazines will be available for purchase at retailers nationwide in addition to the Warner Bros. booth at this year’s Comic-Con International, where it will be available for free. It will feature highlights from returning favorites like “The 100,” “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Flash,” “Childrens Hospital,” “Gotham,” “iZombie,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “The Originals,” “Person of Interest,” “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries” as well as new series like “Blindspot,” “Containment,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl.”
CLASSIC DC AND MARVEL COMICS COVERS RECREATED IN LEGO
LEGO has long been making toys based on DC and Marvel Comics super heroes– one of the few major companies to actually have both licenses. Now an Imgur user by the name of Corsairsteel has taken those same LEGO figures and recreated some of the most iconic covers and images from the history of both companies, and the results are pretty awesome.
Among the iconic covers recreated in LEGO form, there’s the one that started it all: Action Comics #1, which was Superman’s very first appearance from way back in 1938. Also from that same era is Detective Comics #27, which is the first ever Batman comic. Also on the classic DC tip, there’s the first race between the Flash and Superman from Superman #199, which originally came out in the sixties, and the often-imitated Brian Bolland Joker cover from Batman: The Killing Joke. Maybe the weirdest one he recreated was the cover to Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85, the early seventies story where Green Arrow discovers that his sidekick Speedy was secretly a heroin addict. Because nothing says “drug abuse” like cute little interlocking toy bricks.
SLOTT PROMISES GLOBAL “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN,” REVEALS NEW DESIGNS
A new “Amazing Spider-Man” volume from Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli is among the deluge of October-debuting Marvel series announced over the past week, and MTV has details and the first look at design work from the series, including a closer peek at the Alex Ross-designed new Spidey costume.
“The things this suit will be able to do and the innovations that Peter Parker has put into it will be astounding,” Slott told MTV. The series will also introduce a new Spider-Mobile, designed by Camuncoli.
This dystopian near-future film stars Jacqueline Kim as Gwen Koh, a mother who struggles to stay afloat in an economically unstable world. Gwen works as a spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living, which promotes new technology that allows people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin a new life. When the company fires Gwen from her job for being too old, she has to decide whether or not to undergo the procedure herself to salvage her career and support her family.
Jennifer Ehle, James Urbaniak, Ken Jeong and Freya Adams also star in Advantageous, which is currently available to watch on Netflix.
There’s a new theory called the “many interacting worlds” hypothesis (MIW). It suggests that not only do parallel worlds exist, but that they also interact with our world on the quantum level and are thus detectable. Though still speculative, the theory may help to finally explain some of the bizarre consequences inherent in quantum mechanics, reports RT.com.
The theory is a spinoff of the many-worlds idea that posits that all possible alternative histories and futures are real, each representing an actual, though parallel, world. One problem with the many-worlds interpretation, however, has been that it is fundamentally untestable, since observations can only be made in our world.
The Martin Jetpack is made from carbon fibre and aluminium. It eschews the traditional rockets of science-fiction jetpacks, which are powerful but difficult to control, and instead uses fans. A two-litre petrol engine drives two fans either side of the pilot to lift the jet pack and up to 120kgs of human into the air, along with a low-altitude parachute for use should things go wrong.
It could fly for up to 30 minutes at speeds as fast as 74 kilometres per hour. Pilots will be able to reach altitudes of 1,000m taking off and landing vertically, meaning rooftops, gardens and parking lots are all viable launchpads.
Dr Stuart Armstrong believes believes machines will work at speeds inconceivable to the human brain and will skip communicating with humans to take control of the economy and financial markets, transport, healthcare and more. The robots will have what’s known as artificial general intelligence (AGI), enabling them to do much more than carry out specific and limited tasks.
Dr Armstrong is concerned that a simple instruction to an AGI to ‘prevent human suffering’ could be interpreted by a super computer as ‘kill all humans’ or that ‘keep humans safe’ could lead to machines locking people up. ‘There is a risk of this kind of pernicious behaviour by an AI,’ he said, adding that human language is subtle and can be easily misinterpreted.’