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    Late last year it was revealed that David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel) was teaming up with The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt to produce an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic comic book series Sandman, and now the project has found itself a screenwriter.

    According to Deadline, British scribe Jack Thorne - whose credits include Skins, This Is England '86, '88 and '90, and How I Live Now - will pen the long-awaited adaptation, which revolves around Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, who escapes after being held captive for 70 years, seeking to rebuild his kingdom as he adjusts to the times. At this point, it's unknown whether Gordon-Levitt will take on the role of Morpheus, or restrict himself to a producing capacity.





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    HBO is really ramping up the publicity for the return of Game of Thrones. Earlier this week we got a whole host of character posters, and now we have two teaser promos, the first of which sees Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) in a dungeon, and the second featuring Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) watching her dragons. Oh, and of course there's also Ser Jorah (Iain Glen), showing off more of his awesome dialogue delivery....



    If you're not seen them, click here for the character posters for Tyrion, Dany, Jorah, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei (Lena Headey), Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), Tywin (Charles Dance), Arya (Maisie Williams), Jon (Kit Harington), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Sansa (Sophie Turner), The Hound (Rory McCann), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), The Red Viper (Pedro Pascal), Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), Ygritte (Rose Leslie), Margaery (Natalie Dormer), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Melisandre (Carice van Houten) and Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman).





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    David Fincher to direct Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic
    A few years ago, The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin signed onto write a biopic of tech wizard Steve Jobs. Unlike the preposterous Ashton Kutcher vehicle, it will be split into three, 30 minute scenes. Until now, it was a mystery as to who would direct, however, David Fincher looks set to reunite with Sorkin by helming the project.

    During an interview with The Daily Beast last year, Sorkin revealed that, “the entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time... There will be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch—backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT (after he had left Apple), and the third one being the iPod.”

    Fincher is currently finishing up Gone Girl, which hits cinemas on October 3rd with a cast that includes Ben Affleck (Argo), Rosamund Pike (The World's End), Emily Ratajkowski (iCarly), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry (Madea Gets A Job), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Patrick Fugit (We Bought a Zoo), and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave).





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    Constantine to battle Papa Midnite in NBC's TV pilot?
    Matt Ryan’s (The Tudors, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) John Constantine looks set to come up against fan-favourite villain Papa Midnite in NBC’s upcoming television pilot.

    Bleeding Cool reports that the pilot episode will be used as a background story for the villain and if it gets picked up, Constantine would battle Midnite across the first season. The character previously appeared in the 2005 Keanu Reeves movie, where he was played by Djimon Hounsou.

    Meanwhile, it has also been reported that the Ravenscar Psychiatric Hospital will be used as a location, although it has been shifted from its comic book location in the UK to the US for the series, and that most of the action is expected to take place in New York.

    David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel) is attached to write alongside Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist)., with Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) set to direct the pilot.





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    Villordsutch reviews Wolves by Simon Ings...

    "Two friends are working at the cutting edge of this technology and when they are offered backing to take the idea and make it into the next global entertainment they realise that wolves hunt in this imagined world. And the wolves might be them.

    A story about technology becomes a personal quest into a changed world and the pursuit of a secret from the past. A secret about a missing mother, a secret that could hide a murder. This is no dry analysis of how a technology might change us, it is a terrifying thriller, a picture of a dark tomorrow that is just around the corner."

    It’s rather odd for me to read a science-fiction book that I, on the whole, wouldn’t consider to be actual science-fiction even though it deals in the coming end of civilisation, and the abuse of people’s perceptions of life via the implantation of AR (Artificial Reality) lenses in the eyes and other senses beyond that.  You’d possibly be considering this to be very much a sci-fi nerd-out book and with that thought you’d be very much wrong.

    To me this book rang more bells of Iain Banks’ Wasp Factory than it did with any classic SF novelists such as Clarke or Asimov or Hamilton.  The thing to add here is I loved the absolute wickedness of the Wasp Factory and here too with Simon Ings novel I’m smiling and I shouldn’t be.

    The narrator and protagonist of our story Conrad takes us through his life in the order that he sees fit to; it is apparent in the beginning of the novel that we are in the present where he (Conrad) is currently in the process of leaving his armless girlfriend - armless due to the fact Conrad couldn’t see the need in telling his (then fully limbed) girlfriend if there was any traffic coming due to the utter psychotic nature of the driver asking the passenger that question, “Is there anything coming?”.  We move on to meet Michel, a fantasy writer who writes of the coming apocalypse and his girlfriend Hanna;  Michel and Hanna live by the sea and are currently in the process of building a boat as to sale off around the world, leaving the crumbling civilisation behind.  The book as mentioned above can be wicked and can also be amazingly sobering, as with the observations that follow at the party that Michel takes Conrad and Hanna too; it’s after the party to due to a near death experience that Conrad has sex with Hanna.

    We fall backwards in between different moments of the story delving into Conrad’s childhood where he grew up within a hotel ran by his mother and father.  We discover that his mother suffered greatly with mental health issues which sometimes came in the form of depression, where she would stay in her room for days not eating or on occasion her personality would taking her for weeks to a “Greenham Common style” women's only protest outside an US airbase.  Whilst Conrad’s father would look after injured ex-service men giving them assistance which includes sight, due to it being lost in some unnamed war.  It’s in Conrad’s early teens that he has he first three sexual encounters both hetero and homosexual, two forced upon him (one as a show of caring affection, the other a blinded soldier’s case of mistaken identity) and the latter with a close friend.  It’s also during his childhood his mother is murdered, dead in the boot of his dad’s car, and for the sake of his father’s sanity Conrad takes it upon himself to dispose of the body; this moment in the book is extremely (to quote the youth) a “WT Actual F!” moment as for the entire day he rather farcically struggles to dispose of his dead mothers body yet at the same time you feel so sad for the boy as here lies his mother, balled up in the boot with a plastic bag sellotaped over her head.

    During Wolves I found myself laughing and smiling at things that to a more decent human being would be classed as “disgusting” and possibly “deplorable”. Though I know I shouldn’t be laughing Simon Ings has managed to drill into a dark vein of humour and throughout the tale when your dragged down to a horrible place he’ll nugget of a word or chunk of a line and smirk will spread across your face.  Again however if it wasn’t for the sci-fi bits mentioned above I’d doubt this was sci-fi; I know that civilisation is supposed to be crumbling but how it was being described at the end it made me wonder was Conrad just there to help Michel with his mental health problem?

    Simon Ings’ book is worthy of anybody’s shelf especially if your humour level is of a wicked variety.

    Villordsutch likes his sci-fi and looks like a tubby Viking according to his children. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter.




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    First teaser for the Fargo TV series featuring Billy Bob Thornton
    FX has released the first teaser trailer for Fargo, the Coen brothers' upcoming small screen adaptation of their classic 1996 film of the same name, which you can check out below...

    The 10-episode limited series is executive produced by the Coens, who have also written along with Noah Hawley (Bones), with Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad) directing the first episode. It will "follow an all-new ' true crime' story and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and 'Minnesota nice' that has made the film an enduring classic."

    The teaser promo gives very little away, but it does give us our first look at Billy Bob Thornton's (Bad Santa) drifter Lorne Malvo, who's set to lead Martin Freeman's (The Hobbit) businessman Lester Nygaard on a path of destruction. Also featuring in the cast is newcomer Allison Toleman (Prison Break) as Deputy Molly Solverson.


    Fargo is set to air later this year.





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    You have to go back to the first couple of episodes for the last time Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a major guest appearance from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that's about to change in March as Lady Sif heads to Midgard in search of her longtime nemesis Lorelei (Elena Satine; Smallville). Here's a selection of images featuring Thor and Thor: The Dark World star Jaimie Alexander along with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team...

    Jaimie Alexander in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Jaimie Alexander in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Jaimie Alexander in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Jaimie Alexander in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Jaimie Alexander in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Jaimie Alexander in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Jaimie Alexander in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Jaimie Alexander in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Sif is set to feature in the episode 'Yes Men', which airs on March 11th, and before then comes 'T.A.H.I.T.I.', and you can check out a two-minute clip from that episode here...






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    Gary Collinson reviews Sophie's Fortune...

    I first became aware of the work of Northern director Chris Cronin when I had the pleasure of watching his award-winning 2011 short Ante, a tight and suspenseful thriller which clearly demonstrated Chris' potential as a filmmaker. Since Ante, he's partnered up with rising producer Phil Meachem on a series of shorts, including the "action sketch"Hail of Bullets and the musical romance Moments, not to mention their most recent offering, the ambitious action-adventure Sophie's Fortune.

    Turning up late to a children's birthday party with his young niece Sophie, Brandon (Simon Hardwick) looks to make amends for missing out on all the cake and sweets by taking part in the annual Father's Only treasure hunt, hoping to win the prize put a smile on Sophie's face. Unfortunately for Brandon, the fathers take this tradition seriously - very seriously - and soon he finds himself racing through an Amazonian-like rainforest, navigating ancient booby-trapped ruins and battling gun-toting mercenaries in his quest for 'Sophie's Fortune'.

    Harking back to 80s classics like The Goonies and Raiders of the Lost Ark (complete with John Williams-esque score), Sophie's Fortune is described as "a big budget concept with no budget" and boy does it deliver on that. Created over two years with over 100 talented individuals contributing to the thirty-minute short, Sophie's Fortune is a hugely entertaining and highly polished film, packed with stunning visuals - from the superb cinematography through to the impressive visual effects - bone-crunching fight scenes, and explosive, large-scale action set pieces.

    The cast in Sophie's Fortune all deliver solid performances, with more than a few laughs along the way as the fathers take increasingly drastic measures through their testosterone-fueled thirst for victory. However, the real plaudits are reserved for Cronin and his talented team and I really hope Sophie's Fortune helps to put them firmly on the map. If this is the results with no budget, then you have to wonder what Chris and company could achieve with some money behind them, and someone really ought to make this happen. If you get a chance to watch Sophie's Fortune, do so. You won't be disappointed.

    Gary Collinson is a writer and lecturer from the North East of England. He is the editor-in-chief of FlickeringMyth.com and the author of Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen.





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    Anghus Houvouras with three reasons why Adam Driver is good for Star Wars: Episode VII...

    Adam DriverLike a lot of you, I was a much bigger Star Wars fan before the prequels.  George Lucas' ugly, garish, and wooden trips to a galaxy far, far away took a lot of luster off the lightsaber.  Since the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm and the announcement of Episode VII, I've found myself pretty uninspired.  Uninspired by the announcement, uninspired by the baseless rumors, uninspired by fan service favorite J.J. Abrams being chosen as the director.  Everything felt so preordained.  Nothing felt inspired.

    Then yesterday it was announced that Adam Driver is in line to play the villain in the.new installment.  For the first time, I felt a hint of inspiration.

    First I had to make sure the story didn't originate from Latino-Review.  Once I was sure it wasn't a complete fabrication, I felt inspired.  Here's why Adam Driver is good for the future of the Star Wars franchise...

    1. He's not Hollywood

    Adam Driver is a extremely interesting choice.  A talented actor who has made a name for himself in projects far removed from the big budget landscape of major studio filmmaking.  No doubt Mr. Driver's IMDB rank is skyrocketing right now.   Most  people know him from the critically lauded HBO series Girls where he navigates deftly between comedy and drama.  He's also delivered turns in great indie fare like Inside Llewyn Davis.  This isn't Hayden Christensen.  This isn't some pretty boy who looks like a back of the catalog Abercrombie model.  This is a guy who has the chops to pull it off.

    2. He's an unknown quantity

    This is an actor who is a proven talent but hasn't had a defining role.  It means that Abrams is looking for talent who can bring a sense of mystery to a franchise that has felt by-the-numbers since installments one, two, and three were released.  With Driver as the villain, there's  some mystery to how it will be portrayed.  It would be a major win for Abrams if he can create a sense of discovery in a franchise pushing 40.  Then again, it'll make a billion either way.  Creatively, it could be the foundation for a lot of quality casting.  Say what you will about Abrams'Star Trek films, the casting was spot on. 

    3. Because we need to hear about the new blood

    If there's any hope that the new Star Wars films would be anything other than a cash grab, the first casting choices should be out of left field.  Episode VII will no doubt have its fair share of references and fan service, but if you want to get those jaded Star Wars fans who were winded by the prequels, we need to find out about the new characters being played by new actors.  I'm of the camp that the series should immediately shed as many connections to the Original Trilogy as possible.   I know...  I know... I'm a dreamer.  But for me, this is a fresh start.  To take the inspirations of what came before and expand the Star Wars universe into previously uncharted territory.  I know that no doubt Disney will mandate that we roll out the old bones cast members like Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill.  To me, that's the least interesting part of a new Star Wars movies.  I want new characters and new actors playing them.  That's the only way they're going to win me back, which i have no doubt is their top priority. 

    This is the first piece of Star Wars: Episode VII news that has caused any kind of positive reaction.  I think Driver is a great choice.  How about you?

    Anghus Houvouras is a North Carolina based writer and filmmaker. His latest work, the novel My Career Suicide Note, is available from Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/My-Career-Suicide-Note-ebook/dp/B00D3ULU5I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371583147&sr=8-1&keywords=my+career+suicide+note






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    With a ten month delay on Batman vs. Superman, we've got a bit longer to wait before we see The Dark Knight going up against the Man of Steel, but if you're desperate for any kind of Bat-crossover right now and ever happened to wonder how Bruce Wayne would fare against Skynet and its army of unstoppable cyborg killing machines post-Judgement Day, then you're in luck! Filmmaker Mitchell Hammond has released a rather great fan-made animation entitled Batman vs. The Terminator, and it's well worth five minutes of your time. Check it out below...

    30 years have passed since Bruce Wayne survived Skynet's nuclear blasts in August of '97. Iron demons now roam the planet, and without the requirement to defend the innocent against crime and injustice, Wayne has seeked refuge in the bomb shelter that saved his life; the Batcave.

    Having scavenged the wasteland for resources, he discovers the radio of a dead soldier. There is static over a frequency. Flesh and blood is rising up to the west. With The Stinger; a riot control vehicular unit built before the apocalypse along with a refitted bomb blast vest, Batman makes his way across what remains of the United States to join forces with the man determined to neutralize the electronic menace - John Conner.







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    More directors rumoured for Masters of the UniverseBack in October, the long-planned Masters of the Universe live-action reboot was dealt a blow when director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) chose to leave the project to focus his efforts on another 80s toy adaptation with G.I. Joe 3, but now it looks like Sony and Escape Artists are closing in on a new filmmaker to take us to Eternia.

    According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list for the movie, while The Wrap is also suggesting that Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) and Chris McKay (editor of The LEGO Movie) are also in the frame. These aren't the only names we've heard as potential candidates, with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Andy Muschietti (Mama), Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) all rumoured back in January.

    Who would you like to see directing Masters of the Universe? Let us know in the comments below or head on over to The Flickering Myth Forum...





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    After releasing a bloody, action-packed clip earlier this week [see here], the upcoming action thriller Sabotage has now received a new UK one-sheet, which you can see right here...


    In SABOTAGE Arnold Schwarzengger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the ten members mysteriously start to be eliminated.

    Sabotage is directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) and sees Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand) joined in the cast by Sam Worthington (Avatar), Terrence Howard (The Best Man Holiday), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Harold Perrineau (Lost), Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Mireille Enos (World War Z), Josh Holloway (Lost) and Max Martini (Pacific Rim).





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    We're still six months away from the release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the follow-up to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's 2005 cult classic, but according to Rodriguez, legendary comic book creator Miller is already turning his attention to the third instalment, having started work on Sin City 3.

    "I was just here with Frank Miller and we were watching [A Dame to Kill For] last night," Rodriguez tells Collider. "[Miller] watched it last night with me and then at the end he said, he didn’t have any comments, he was very happy with it. And he said, ‘now, about part three’... So he’s already there on part three!"

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set for release on August 22nd, with returning Sin City stars Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King and Powers Boothe joined by Basin City newcomers Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Dennis Haysbert (24), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Jamie Chung (The Man with the Iron Fists), Alexa Vega (Machete Kills), Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel), Lady Gaga (Machete Kills), Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy) and Jeremy Piven (Entourage).






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    Universal Pictures has released a new poster for Seth MacFarlane's upcoming comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which features MacFarlane alongside co-stars Liam Neeson (Non-Stop) and Charlize Theron (Prometheus)...


    After a cowardly sheep farmer (MacFarlane) backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. When her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.

    A Million Ways to Die in the West opens on May 30th with a cast that also includes Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph) and Giovanni Ribisi (Dads).




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    Sony has taken a break from bombarding us with trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [we've had two this week - see them here and here] by dropping a new Daily Bugle viral article for the upcoming superhero sequel, which you can read here...

    Will the prodigal son finally return home? by Chelsea Goodrich, Entertainment Editor

    Not content to just show off his latest sports car, young billionaire and future misanthrope, Harry Osborn was seen arm in arm with supermodel Valencia Vitaly at the closing ceremonies in Sochi.

    Osborn had reporters scrambling for an interview, but all questions went unanswered as he disappeared soon after the ceremony ended.
    Harry’s Russian sojourn is just the latest in a long European adventure that’s included skydiving in Monaco, week long parties in Seville and impromptu street races in the narrow streets of Prague. Suffice it to say, Harry seems intent on spending his trust fund as fast and as dangerously as possible.

    Rumor has it people inside Oscorp want Harry to stay as far away as possible, but as the health of his father is still uncertain, the rest of the world wants to know: what will it take to bring him home?

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on April 18th 2014 in the UK and on May 1st 2014 in North America, with a cast that includes returning stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker / Spider-Man) Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside new additions include Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, Colm Feore (Thor) as Donald Menken, Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings) as Dr. Kafka, B.J. Novak (The Office) as Alistair Smythe, and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) in as yet unrevealed roles.





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    Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder caused quite a stir when it was announced that Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me) had secured the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman.

    We've already heard the thoughts of Clancy Brown, the long-time voice of Lex in DC's various animated offerings, and now it's the turn of Superman Returns star Kevin Spacey, who shared his opinion the casting during an interview with Empire Online...

    "First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor. He's just going to fucking own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."

    So, short and sweet from Spacey, but do you agree with him? Let us know your comments below or head on over to The Flickering Myth Forum...

    Batman vs. Superman is set for release on May 6th, 2016 with a cast that also includes Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), and Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth).





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    Gavin Logan on the Oscar race for Best Original Song...

    With all the intense, anxious debate surrounding predictions, snubs, and "who are you wearing?" (like any of us really care) people could be forgiven for forgetting that the Oscars is supposed to fun. One of my favourite categories, and one that tends to get overlooked, is Original Song. We all know just how important music is in helping to capture a tone for a movie but maybe even more important is a particular song that can sometimes sum a movie up and make it easily recognisable. If I throw out 'Misirlou', you automatically think of Pulp Fiction. If I mention 'Unchained Melody', it's impossible not to think of that racy pottery scene from Ghost. Although not original compositions specifically written for those movies, the songs will nevertheless be forever linked to them. In terms of original songs, think back to Toy Story and Randy Newman's 'You Got a Friend in Me'. How critical is that song in helping to sum up the relationship between Andy and Woody? Newman shockingly didn't even win the year.  And again in Toy Story 2 when Jesse explains her situation through song to the toys (sung by Sarah McLachlan). How the hell did Randy Newman not win that year either? Many ceremonies during the Awards Season don't celebrate original song, I guess because they feel that it is not necessarily important or deserving of an award, but thankfully the Oscars is not one of them.

    In fact not only do the Oscars honour the importance of Original Song by offering an Award they also invite the artists to the stage to perform said song in various segments throughout the ceremony. This year is no different. Performing on Sunday evening will be U2 (Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Pharrell Williams (Happy, Despicable Me 2), Idina Menzel (Let It Go, Frozen) and Karen O (The Moon Song, Her). But this is a movie awards show, not a music awards show! Well yes, but what would movies actually be these days without the addition of music. Besides a musical performance is always welcome to help chasm the gentle monotony of it all.


    Now I admit I've only seen two of the above movies mentioned but I have heard all of the songs and while they are all genuine contenders, I really hope the Academy make the right choice and hands the award to Idina Menzel and the team behind 'Let it Go'. U2 of course took the gong at the recent Golden Globes (much to my disgust) and maybe it is bitter to say but part of me believes that much of the love for their song perhaps has something to do with the fact that Nelson Mandela passed away in December. There's no denying that 'Ordinary Love' has a profound message and powerful lyrics that suck you into Mandela's idyllic ideas but lets remember, this is not simply an award appraising the lyrical genius of the writer (to clarify I don't believe Bono is a genius) but an award celebrating the quality of the whole song and more importantly it's pertinence to the movie or scenes that accompany it, at least for me. Remember Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' from Armageddon? That was a massive success financially, topping the charts for four weeks and becoming Aerosmith's biggest selling single ever. Yet it didn't win the Oscar. Why? Because it was a power ballad which could've related to basically any movie that had a romance strung through it. However the same could be said for 'My Heart Will Go On' from Titanic, the difference being that Titanic was actually about the love-story with the tragic disaster as a setting rather than the other way about like Armageddon, which was probably why it won in 1997.

    'Let It Go' essentially ticks every single box. Lyrics that help tell the story, beautifully crafted melodies and a thrashing chorus that even the macho men out there won't be able to hold back singing in the shower. It's also instantly recognisable with the movie that it belongs to and in my opinion is already a classic Disney number that will eternally be remembered, something that just doesn't apply to U2's effort. I harshly haven't even bothered to mention 'Happy' or 'The Moon Song', both very good songs but probably won't trouble the others. So whose with me in keeping their fingers crossed that Idina Menzel (and company) will join the long list of winners including Adele, Phil Collins, Bob Dylan and Eminem to name but a few. If not for the simple joy of it then just for the fact we won't have to suffer through another humdrum acceptance speech from Bono.

    Gavin Logan - Follow me on Twitter and A-Z Movie Challenge.




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    Earlier today we brought you the news about Robert Rodriguez confirming that Frank Miller has started work on Sin City 3, but before then there is of course the small matter of the upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. So far, all we've seen in the way of promotional material is a teaser poster and a shot of Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) as Dwight, but now we've got another look at the film thanks to Entertainment Weekly, who has given us a look at Jessica Alba (Nancy), Mickey Rourke (Marv)and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Johnny)...



    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set for release on August 22nd, with returning Sin City stars Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King and Powers Boothe joined by Basin City newcomers Josh Brolin (Oldboy),  Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Dennis Haysbert (24), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Jamie Chung (The Man with the Iron Fists), Alexa Vega (Machete Kills), Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel), Lady Gaga (Machete Kills), Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy) and Jeremy Piven (Entourage).





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    HBO's marketing team has been busy this week promoting the return of the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones; so far we've had eighteen (!) character posters and two teaser promos, and now we've got a new one-sheet for the hotly-anticipated fourth season, which is due to get underway in April...

    Game of Thrones season 4 poster

    If you missed the two teaser promos featuring Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) you can watch them here, and head here to see the character posters for Tyrion, Dany, Ser Jorah (Iain Glen), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei (Lena Headey), Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), Tywin (Charles Dance), Arya (Maisie Williams), Jon (Kit Harington), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Sansa (Sophie Turner), The Hound (Rory McCann), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), The Red Viper (Pedro Pascal), Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), Ygritte (Rose Leslie), Margaery (Natalie Dormer), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Melisandre (Carice van Houten) and Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman).





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    Following on from the hit Joan of Arc: From the Ashes mini-series and Penny for Your Soul guest appearances, Big Dog Ink has announced a Joan of Arc ongoing monthly comic book series. 

    Joan is the Guardian of the Ark of the Covenant, keeper of the Holy Grail and the protector of the most important religious artifacts which could play a role in the End of Days.  Finding herself in a new modern world Joan must find her way through this new environment and yet still stay true to her thirst for battle and holy vengeance. 

    Big Dog Ink founder Tom Hutchison is handling writing duties on the #0 issue and then handing the writing reins over to BDI newcomer CW Cooke.  Noel Rodriguez and Omi Remalante Jr. will be lending their superb talents to pencils and colors.  BDI is a growing force in the independent comic scene and the talents of the previously mentioned are well known to comic book fans.

    The prologue issue #0 is set to release at Chicago’s C2E2 in April with a series of exclusive covers by the best that comics has to offer in art and creativity, but we here at Flickering Myth will make sure that we get our paws on a copy, on release day, to share our opinion with you all. After the issue #0 release issue #1 will be in comic book stores from August.





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