I'm Begging to Drag You Down with Me to Kick the Last Nail In: Six Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week
As much as we love these comic and graphic novel movie and television adaptations, it's heartbreaking to read how writers are so often cut out of the profit picture. You can check out an interesting history of disputes between creators and the big comic houses/publishers here.
5. "The Walking Dead" Zombies Were Unable to Gain White House Access.
AMC sent zombie minions to Washington to bring attention to Dish Network's refusal to carry "The Walking Dead" (due to an agreement stalemate between the cable outlet and the satellite company). But because the creatures failed to obtain the proper permits, park police refused to allow zombies to storm the Lincoln Memorial, and when they got too close to the White House, Secret Service agents questioned the group leader. "Eventually it was negotiated that the zombies would be allowed to march down Pennsylvannia Avenue, between the White House and Lafayette Square, so long as they stayed a car length away from either sidewalk, so as not to frighten the natives or the First Family. In no uncertain terms they were told if they took one step too close to either side of the street, that--zombie or no zombie--they would be arrested." ("Attica! Attica!")
Don't forget "The Walking Dead" returns to non-Dish customers 9 pm EST tonight on AMC, and come back tomorrow for TK's recap.
4. Marvel Released Thor: The Dark World Plot Details.
In conjunction with announcing the film's release date of November 8, 2013, Disney and Marvel put out a brief summary: "Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all." (But who will save us from Natalie Portman?)
3. Director Joe Wright Set His Sights on Houdini.
While Emo-team America carries on its fascination with the Vampiric Twi-Twats, I shall forever carry on mine: Magic. So I'm particularly delighted to hear that Wright (Hanna, Atonement) is interested in doing a biopic about the master, himself. Early reports say the film will be based on The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. Casting suggestions?
2. At New York City's Comic-Con, Marvel Announced Clark Greg Will Reprise His Role as Agent Phil Coulson for "S.H.I.E.L.D."
*Avengers Spoiler Ahead--Swipe to read: Though he died on film, Agent Coulson is set to reappear in the pilot of Joss Whedon's ABC comic series. "We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that," Whedon said. "From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show..." The showrunner and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige also assured fans Coulson's appearance will not be Swipe to see: only a flashback. A nation squeed...
1. The Second Gangster Squad Trailer Dropped and By Gum, Sean Penn May Be on His Way to Another Oscar.
Okay, I know we've all been looking forward to this film because...Gosling! and Stone! and They're Reunited! and They Kiss! and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is directing, so we know it'll be Good! And I know we all Despise Sean Penn! He's such an Asshole! But holy mother of a monster, Dude practically jumps out of that trailer. I've got to give credit where credit is due and he could be up for acting the polar opposite to his last winning role (Harvey Milk).
Cindy Davis loves zombie Sundays.