Seven years since the last new episode of Invader Zim broadcast on Nickelodeon, fans of the enduringly popular sci-fi comedy have finally got what they asked for: new Zim animation from creator Jhonen Vasquez.
Well, not really. Barely. Hardly. It really depends on how liberally you wish to define "animation." If it can mean "terribly drawn cutouts manipulated by someone's hands in front of an iPhone for a few seconds," then Zim fans are in luck.
As someone who used to spend far more time watching sports than any human being really should, I was always annoyed that NFL teams got rid of marching bands. Instead, we're stuck with groups like, god help us all, Lady Antebellum performing at football games. A marching band is objectively cooler, and more appropriate for that kind of venue.
Case in point: The Ohio State University marching band, which performed an amazing tribute to a few blockbuster films, including Superman and Harry Potter, on the field of this past weekend's football game in Columbus.
The Walking Deadwas one of the best video games of 2012, hands down, so it's with great anticipation that we reloaded Telltale Games' blog this afternoon to see what's coming down the pike for the game's second season.
From what we can tell, it won't disappoint. Be warned: The info below and the trailer for the game may include a few spoilers for those who haven't played the first game yet, namely in terms of which characters survive and which don't.
In the last few months we've seen set pictures featuring Sentinels, Bolivar Trask, and X-Men young and old. And now, following it's debut at San Diego Comic Con, you can finally get your first look at the trailer for the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past,due to arrive in theaters next spring.
If you've been following ComicsAlliance for the last few months, you'll know that we are somewhat fascinated by the '90s X-Men cartoon. It was an important moment for Marvel, as the show introduced many kids to both the X-Men and the Marvel universe. In the process the show helped create a new generation of fans, including Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam. On hand at New York Comic Con to promote The Illegitimates, the comic he created with writer Marc Andreyko, Killam made a guest appearance at the Marvel booth, where he recreated the pilot episode of the show while playing every character. His Gambit is appropriately creepy, his Cyclops is appropriately dickish, and his Jubilee recreates the weirdest rhetorical question we have ever heard anyone ask. It's pretty great.
Just a few weeks away from the release of his latest movie, Thor made an appearance on Marvel's Hulks And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. Any team up of the two creates an interesting dynamic for a few reasons. Aside from being one of the few characters in the Marvel Universe who potentially matches the Hulks in terms of strength, Thor is also, as an Asgardian god, pretty used to fighting with or against beings like the Hulks, not to mention the villains for this episode: the frost giants Laufey and Ymir.
We were again joined on the phone by supervising producer Cort Lane to discuss the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. teaming up with the God of Thunder, designing ice giants, and why Skaar and Thor have a lot in common.
There are only a handful of people on this planet more skeptical of modern day, family-friendly reinterpretations of the masterfully crude and hilariously dry animated features that comprised The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. There's demonstrable proof that such endeavors simply do not work, specifically the mostly terrible 2000 live-action version The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle starring Robert De Niro and Brendan Fraser's earnest but unsuccessful turn as Dudley Do-Right in 1999. After seeing those films, fans of producer Jay Ward's wry variety series shuddered to think what might come next; Fractured Fairy Tales, Aesop's & Son, and most probably, Peabody's Improbable History, a brilliantly silly series of vignettes about a relentlessly smug, time traveling dog and his human sidekick visiting historical figures only to discover them in various states of indignity and disgrace.
Well, it would seem that smarter heads have prevailed in the thirteen years since Hollywood's last attempt to make a Rocky & Bullwinkle-based film. Not only is the new film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, an animated affair, but it's helmed by The Lion King co-director Rob Minkoff himself. The theatrical trailer released today reflects an obvious mandate to make Peabody and Sherman more emotionally palatable for the all ages audiences of today, but expresses a great deal of the sardonic spirit that original creator Ted Key infused into his classic cartoons.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Blackgate developer Armature Studio are making up for it today with 10 whole minutes of gameplay footage, narrated by game director Mark Pacini. From the looks of it, the game's a solid, 2.5D version of the Arkham formula. Check out the video after the jump.
Anticipation for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is running pretty high, and it's really not surprising why. Captain America: The First Avenger ranks among the more critically successful of all the films set in the Marvel cinematic universe, and so its sequel is certainly one that many viewers would be looking forward to. Further stoking excitement is the fact that, as it reportedly will heavily feature Black Widow and Nick Fury, it serves as a sequel of sorts to last summer's Avengers movie. The film is still six months away, but Marvel has just revealed the first teaser trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which you can view below.
Episode five of Agents of SHIELD, "Girl in the Flower Dress." brings us almost a quarter of the way through the first season, and for the first time I didn't think the episode was better than last week's -- but I didn't think it was worse either. Has Agents of SHIELD found its plateau?
The main story this week wasn't as strong as last, but it compensated; this was the first episode since the pilot to really push any elements of the greater arc. For that reason, it was maybe the most satisfying episode yet.
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