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Remembering Roger Moore – The world just got less suave

Charming, debonair, one of the UK’s best loved actors and a huge international star with over 50 major movies to his credit, Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89. Never one to take himself too seriously Sir Roger once said ‘I spent my early years as a struggling actor. Nowadays I just struggle to act.’  Regardless of popular opinion, Roger was clearly the greatest Bond, simply because he was the one that had to do the most work. He was bond when the films were based on a world where Britain was still a superpower, where spies routinely used parachutes emblazoned with their own national flags, and where the summit of all human achievement was based on a man’s ability to smoke cigars and make a succession of barbed quips. Roger delivered the quips like no other. My personal favourite? While holding a gun to a villain’s crotch. ‘Speak now or forever hold your piece.

By the action films of the 1980s — with quips taken to their logical extreme by Arnold Schwarzenegger in films like Commando. (You may recall Arnie as ‘John Matrix’ killing a fat man in a chainmail wife-beater with a hot air pipe and then telling his corpse to “let off some steam…”) But Roger was the best, and it’s this — plus his effortless eye-brow hiking, and general swagger — that makes him Bond. Whether he’s wandering through a desert in full evening dress or clambering over a wall in a fawn safari suit and brown loafers, there’s never a hair out of place. Like the Bond of the Ian Fleming novels, whatever happens, Moore’s hair is unmoved. On those rare occasions that Moore did sustain an injury, it was only ever of the ‘hero cut’ variety — perhaps a small line of blood emanating from the corner of his mouth – and, even then, there’s usually a blonde with a bubble perm and a velour swimsuit ready to kiss it better in time for the next scene.

Perhaps most telling about Moore’s tenure as Bond is the line in The Man with the Golden Gun, when Roger looks genuinely flabbergasted by M, his boss, explaining that they have found a golden bullet with ‘007’ etched on to it. Roger pleads ignorance.

Bond: “Who would want to kill me?”

M: “Jealous husbands? Outraged chefs? Humiliated tailors? The list is endless…”

But it wasn’t just within the realm of Bond that Roger Moore was a hero. He was good friends with Audrey Hepburn, and it was she who inspired Moore to become a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 after he saw her impressive work with the charity. He was the voice of Father Christmas in the 2004 UNICEF cartoon The Fly Who Loved Me and he also became involved with PETA, working with them on a video protesting against the production and wholesale of foie gras. In his time as an ambassador he travelled the world to see UNICEF’s work in action, advocating specifically for children’s rights in countries including Brazil, Mexico and Ethiopia to highlight the impact of donations made. Knighted for his services in 2003, he said at the time that it meant ‘far more to me than if I had got it for acting… I was proud because I received it on behalf of UNICEF as a whole and for all it has achieved over the years’.

Rest in Peace Roger Moore.

Universal introduces “Dark Universe”

Universal Pictures have today revealed the name for their shared universe of monster movies – Dark Universe.

Assembled above in the first-look photo of the Dark Universe stars are Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein’s Monster), Cruise (Nick Morton), Crowe (Dr. Jekyll) and Boutella (The Mummy). Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll is set to provide the glue linking the films together, with his mysterious organization Prodigium charged with tracking the world’s monsters.

The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theatres preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9th 2017:

Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures:

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise  taudiences we will expand this series strategically. The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

Ben (Blu-Ray)

Ben is back! When detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland (Joseph Campanella, METEOR) investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats, he discovers that the rats are now an organized army, and he must destroy the murderous rodents before it is too late. But the rats, led by Ben, the only survivor of the Willard attack, take to the challenge with full force and little fear.

With an Oscar-nominated theme song, BEN “presents some genuinely creepy scenes… [and] manages to deliver the goods expected of the genre while getting the audience all misty-eyed…” (TV Guide). Put your feet up – way up – and watch: BEN is an absolute must for everyone who likes a good scare!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 94 minutes | Region A
Video – 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)

Extras:

  • NEW! HD Transfer From The Best Surviving Archive Print!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Actor Lee Montgomery!
  • NEW! Interview With Actor Lee Montgomery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • BEN / WILLARD Double Feature Trailer And TV Spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery

Rich Buckler passes away at the age of 68 years old

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that legendary comic artist Rich Buckler has passed away at the age of 68 years old. The news was broken by artist Alex Ross on twitter:

Buckler got his start in comics after attending the Detroit Triple Fan Fair, which he eventually co-ran with Robert Brosch in 1969–1970.

Buckler’s first comics work was as a teenager with the four-page historical story “Freedom Fighters: Washington Attacks Trenton” in the King Features comic book Flash Gordon #10 (cover-dated Nov. 1967). At DC Comics, he drew the Rose and the Thorn backup stories in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #117-121 (Dec. 1971 – April 1972).

Buckler drew the first three issues of writer Don McGregor’s Black Panther series in Jungle Action vol. 2, #6-8 (Sept. 1973 – Jan. 1974). He fulfilled a decade-long dream in 1974 when assigned to draw Marvel’s flagship series, Fantastic Four, on which he stayed for two years. During this period, Buckler created the cyborg antihero Deathlok, which starred in an ongoing feature debuting in Astonishing Tales #25 (Aug. 1974). Also during this period, Buckler hired the young George Pérez as his studio assistant.

In 1978, Buckler collaborated with writer Gerry Conway on a Superman vs. Shazam! story published in All-New Collectors’ Edition #C-58 (April 1978). He drew the newspaper comic strip The Incredible Hulk for approximately six months in 1979.

In 1983 a Justice League story by Conway and Buckler originally intended for All-New Collectors’ Edition saw print in Justice League of America #210-212. Buckler and Roy Thomas then created the World War II superhero team the All-Star Squadron in a special insert in Justice League of America #193 (Aug. 1981) which led to the team’s own title the following month.

Buckler worked for Archie Comics in 1983 and 1984, when that publisher briefly revived its Red Circle Comics superhero line, and he recruited Cary Burkett to write the Mighty Crusaders title.

In 1985, Buckler returned to Marvel and briefly drew The Spectacular Spider-Man with writer Peter David, where they produced the storyline The Death of Jean DeWolff. He also served as editor for a short-lived line of comics by Solson Publications, where in 1987 he created Reagan’s Raiders.

He is the author of two books: How to Become a Comic Book Artist and How to Draw Superheroes and in 2015, he became an Inkwell Awards Ambassador.

Tatsuya Nomi passes away at the age of 47

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that Tatsuya Nōmi has passed away at the age of 47 years old.

Nōmi was known for playing Daigo of the Heaven Phantom Star (ShishiRanger) in Gosei Sentai Dairanger. Daigo was serious yet gentle hearted character who was known as the Heavenly Illusion Star. He was the team’s green member, Shishiranger, and second-in-command who often clashed with Ryo, the red RyuuRanger.

He also played one of Shurikenger’s human forms, Sanpei Hamada in Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger and the Wakabayashi Manager in Task 37 of GoGo Sentai Boukenger.

The death of the actor was revealed via twitter by his brother, who left the following message.

I am Tatsuya Nōmi’s brother, Koichi Tatsuya.
I am afraid I have bad news.
Until now, I have loved my younger brother,  Nōmi and am grateful for him from my heart. Thank you.
Sadly, on late 5/18 evening, he passed away.
He was 47

 

The Comichaus App is here!

Comichaus are very proud to announce the development of an App to help “Discover Indie Comics”

What is Comichaus? Well it is a British Indie monthly anthology, nurturing the latest indie creator talent, whilst also having covers commissioned by established legends.

Glenn Fabry, John McCrea, Carlos Ezquerra, Steve Yeowell, Gary Erskine, and Tess Fowler have already graced the covers – with Boo Cook, Simon Bisley, Brendan McCarthy, Darick Robertson and Mark Buckingham already delivered for future issues

“If we keep referring to it as an indie 2000 AD it might become an official designation…” Starburst Magazine

 “Comichaus has the potential to grow into a huge part of the UK indie scene.” Pipedream Comics

 A who’s who from the small press scene…..Stunning series to get hooked on!! Comics Anonymous

Comichaus.com is a marketplace and database, where indies/small press, retailers and collectors can buy and sell their wares. The site will also be used as a backend for indie creators to submit their digital content to us for the app, and they can also claim profiles and tag themselves in projects they have been involved in.

Their new app is a ‘Netflix’ for comics will be streaming only, and all revenue generated by subscription fees and adverts will be split 50/50 with the creators/publishers, based on the amount of times an individual book has been read.

A Kickstarter for funds is launching on Friday 19th May, and the App will be ready to the general public in July/August.

100’s of small press creators and publishers are already on board, (as well as some of the bigger indies) but if anyone is interested in getting their content onto the app please join the mailing list at www.comichaus.com/app where instructions will be forthcoming

Free to download – the Subscription fee for the app will be £30 a year (Or £3 for 12 Months) but anyone can have a free 1 month trial to check the app out. There will also be some free comics you can unlock and download without signing up.

Platform: iOS, Android Versions: iOS 9, iOS 10.x, Android 4.4 – 7.x

Layouts: Portrait Handset, Tablet Portrait, Tablet Landscape

 

What is Comichaus

 

Comichaus is a British Indie monthly anthology, nurturing the latest indie creator talent, whilst also having covers commissioned by established legends.

 

Glenn Fabry, John McCrea, Carlos Ezquerra, Steve Yeowell, Gary Erskine, and Tess Fowler have already graced the covers – with Boo Cook, Simon Bisley, Brendan McCarthy, Darick Robertson and Mark Buckingham already delivered for future issues

 

 

“If we keep referring to it as an indie 2000 AD it might become an official designation…” Starburst Magazine

 

“Comichaus has the potential to grow into a huge part of the UK indie scene.” Pipedream Comics

 

A who’s who from the small press scene…..Stunning series to get hooked on!! Comics Anonymous

 

Comichaus.com is a marketplace and database, where indies/small press, retailers and collectors can buy and sell their wares. The site will also be used as a backend for indie creators to submit their digital content to us for the app, and they can also claim profiles and tag themselves in projects they have been involved in.

 

 

www.comichaus.com/comic

www.comichaus.com/app

Goosebumps – Horrorland will arrive in September 2018!

Set the date: September 21st 2018; that’s the date we finally get more of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps on the big screen!

Director Rob Letterman is returning and it would appear the sequel will focus on the Horrorland spin off novels which are set in a vast theme park which R.L. Stine describes as “the scariest place on Earth!”

As long as Slappy turns up we will be happy!

The Witcher is heading to Netflix!

Netflix is developing and producing a new English-language drama series based on The Witcher, the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski that has entranced legions of fans worldwide. Known collectively as The Witcher Saga, Sapkowski’s eight novels and story collections center on “witchers” — hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters. The New York Times bestselling books have spawned a major video game franchise and have been translated into over 20 languages.

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing [it to] Netflix members around the world.”

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise, Ben-Hur, The Expanse) and Jason Brown (The Expanse), partners at the Sean Daniel Company, are executive producers along with Tomek Baginski (Oscar-nominated short The Cathedral, BAFTA-winning Fallen Art, Ambition) and Jarek Sawko (Fallen Art, Another Day of Life) from Platige Image, the Polish production and visual effects company. Bagiński will also direct at least one episode of each season.

“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” said Sean Daniel and Jason Brown. “The characters are original, funny, and constantly surprising; and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”

Added Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko: “There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones to star in Cocaine Godmother

It has been announced that Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in a Lifetime movie based of the life of female drug overlord  “The Black Widow” Griselda Blanco.

Cocaine Godmother is set to hit screens in 2018 and will detail how Blanco made her way to the U.S. with a fake passport at age 17 with her first husband, lived in Queens, New York with her three sons, and became linked with local drug runners and soon masterminded the use of beautiful women, the elderly and children as drug mules and created false-bottom suitcases to smuggle cocaine from Colombia.

In the wake of her newfound wealth, her sons abandoned school and entered the family business instead. She then moved to Miami to expand her empire.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 synopsis revealed

The following synopsis has been revealed for teh third season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow:

“After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom, the Legends face a new threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they have essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms – a scattering of people, animals, and objects all across time!

Our team must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. But before our Legends can jump back into action, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly established Time Bureau call their methods into question. With the Time Bureau effectively the new sheriffs in town, the Legends disband – until Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) discovers one of them in the middle of his well-deserved vacation in Aruba. Seeing this as an opportunity to continue their time traveling heroics, Sara (Caity Lotz) wastes no time in getting the Legends back together. 

We reunite with billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), the unconventional historian-turned-superhero Nick Heywood (Nick Zano), and Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm. Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority over the timeline and insist that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends.”