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Stan Lee Gets Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Yesterday, a man whose creations were responsible for putting billions into Hollywood revenue circles has been finally given his due respects. Introduced in a ceremony by Gill Champion, COO and co-founder of his production company Pow! Entertainment, and legend in his own right, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, Stan Lee was given a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The iconic Marvel guru's list of creations reads like an almost surreal roll-call of the most popular characters conceived in the last 50 years such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and many more. Among the other 2,427 names who grace the walkway between Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, Lee's contribution to pop culture and the imaginations of millions around the world are massively undeniable, and frankly, long overdue.

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Movies You'll Probably Want To See In 2011: Part 2

It's now 2011 and while we're officially only one year away from the impending apocalypse, we can at least take solace that we'll get to experience what the second half of the 2011 movie year has in store. Reboots, sequels, prequels, remakes, yikes! A knee-jerk reaction might be to poo-poo the current state of things, but it will be interesting to see if these films can silence the preemptive critics. Comic book movies will take the center stage like never before and this year will be important to see if Hollywood will actually try to take them to the next level or just run the genre into the ground to the point that it becomes a bad punchline in the future. Regardless, we have a rather stacked year that will be taking us into the embarrassment of riches that will be the 2012 movie year. 2011, might, therefore seem to be a litmus test, but it's an important one in determining how bankable current fads like 3D and a canon-connected comic book film series will prove. (Successful Avengers films with Marvel could mean that DC will go ahead with Justice League movies.) However, if we're going to jump the shark this year, let's hope we can at least do it in style!

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20 Movies You'll Probably Want To See in 2011: Part 1

Happy 2011, folks!  As the Holiday season takes its final bow, it's important to step back and focus on the important things in life: No, I'm not talking about family, good will of man, and all that sissy crap, I'm talking movies! And not just any movies, but movies, produced with budgets that exceed the gross national product of entire countries designed to do a few things: Give the occasional laugh and show s**t exploding! Yes, there will certainly be no shortage of blockbusters to keep us busy for the next 365 days, and because (I'd like to believe) I'm cool like that, I've put together a two-part survey of 20 movies that just may give you cause to pay for an already-expensive ticket along with a $15 bag of popcorn this year. This is the first part, make sure you check out the second part afterwards.

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Mark Millar's Superior Lands

Comic book legend Mark Millar has sort of a "reputation," if you will, for stirring the pot of rumors for upcoming projects. With a recent tweet, it seems that he's showing no signs of stopping. Talks of a movie project for his still-new title Superior with Marvel's creator-owned Icon label have already been swirling. However, if we were to take the word of the quirky Scotsman, then said project is set for what he is describing as "the most high profile actor of 2010." From that quote, general speculation seems to be pointed to Leonardo DiCaprio. However, those are just opinions and we will apparently get the official word in January. Without even specifying which role the actor in question would be taking, this is one of those news tidbits that essentially serves only to tell you what you don't know. However, another critical question one might have is: What is Superior?

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Creator Of The Cape Discusses Realism and Superheroes

When NBC put the kibosh on the once seemingly invincible Heroes, one might have thought that the peacock would be inclined to shy away from prime-time dramas riddled with superheroes. Well, last summer, when we got our first look at this January's The Cape, it's clear that they're more than ready to step-up to that plate once again. However, the pitfalls left from the once mighty Heroes in its period of decline were pretty clear. (First and foremost: Use your super powers to stop the Writers Guild of America from going on strike!) One person who's definitely looking to take those lessons to heart, is the creator and executive producer of The Cape, Thomas Wheeler. ComicBookMovie's Ed Gross managed to catch up with the man, now hard at work on the series, and he discusses how the storyline will root itself in realism and genuine drama, despite being set against the thin line of camp that a show focusing on a costumed superhero would walk. It's quite a good glimpse into the mindset of the upcoming mid-seasoner's inspiration.

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Featurette For The Green Hornet Shows A Different KInd Of Superhero

More than likely, you've already seen the trailer for the Seth Rogen-starring 3D comic update of The Green Hornet. Indeed, with over three weeks until the film hits theaters on January 14, stuff like the "gas gun in the face" gag is already old news. However, there's a new featurette titled "A Different Kind of Superhero," which sits down with Rogen and writer/exec producer Evan Goldberg to discuss their approach to this update to the classic property that once served as the TV spin-off to the 60's-era Batman and gave Bruce Lee his first mainstream exposure. Besides a few scenes not included in the trailer and some behind-the-scenes footage, it manages to give you a pretty good grasp on the thought process of the creative forces. While initially poo-pooed from the moment the film was announced, it's managed to catch a good amount of buzz from folks who have caught early screenings. Judging from what we're seeing in this video, it's not hard to imagine why. Take a look just below and see how The Green Hornet is looking to you.

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Actor Injured During Spider-Man Musical (Video Below)

With early showings ending up disastrous and the official opening delayed from January 11 to February 7, the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has enough problems as it stands. However, its list of misfortunes can now add an injury (the fourth overall) sustained by a cast member during a performance on Monday. With details of the incident just now emerging, it was revealed that ensemble member and aerialist Christopher Tierney was the victim of some bad planning during one of the production's many elaborate stunts. Hovering on a diving-board-like platform several feet high above the stage, Tierney, performing a stunt in the place of Reeve Carney's Spidey would take a nasty dive. (See the video below.) While hooked to wires, it seems that there was too much slack and the actor reportedly sustained broken ribs and internal bleeding. A plunge like that could easily have been fatal, so thankfully, the actor will live to tell the tale. However, for the Turn Off The Dark production itself, it means increased scrutiny from State Safety Inspectors and perhaps more confirmation of the criticism about the sustainability of the $65 million production. (The most expensive in Broadway history.) Will this drama bring down the Wall-Crawler's stint on the Great White Way? Or will the notoriety only pique the curiosity of the audience?

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 As Fresh Ink Online takes a brief holiday break, enjoy this Best Of 2010 special. In fact, this is actually an extended cut of the segment airing on today’s Attack of the Show… so consider this your Christmas present. Aren’t we sweet? Yes…yes, we are. Happy holidays and come back next Friday for a regular edition of Fresh Ink Online.

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ABC To Bring Marvel's Jessica Jones To TV

It appears that yet another Marvel Comics property is making its way to the small screen to join Guillermo del Toro and David Eick's Incredible Hulk on ABC. While asking most people if they know the character of Jessica Jones might evoke a response like "you mean that chick from Mad Men?", your more informed comic book fanatic would know her as the main character of the title from Marvel's mature "Max" label, Alias. (No relation to the JJ Abrams she-spy show, which coincidentally enough, aired on ABC.) Going by the title AKA Jessica Jones, the project is being head by writer and exec-producer Melissa Rosenberg who, besides screenwriting credits on the Twilight movies, had a hand in shows like Dexter, The O.C., and even some comic book cred with the short-lived Birds of Prey, which featured on DC heroine, Huntress. (The version from an alternate future that was the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.) Set for Fall of 2011, Jessica Jones will be the first show to be released under Rosenberg's Tall Girls production banner which will focus on shows with "large, complex female roles." So, what will we be getting? Will superpowers and some comic book connections bring something new to the table of the growing femme fatale genre?

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Is Jon Favreau Leaving The Iron Man Series Behind?

Could Jon Favreau be finished calling the shots with the Iron Man series? According to a report from New York Magazine's Vulture, this may be the case. While nothing has been confirmed (*see update below) and the exact reason for his apparent exit was not made clear, speculation has been abound that the relationship between Favreau and Marvel has been fizzling out. According to the report, the search for a new director for Iron Man 3 has already begun. Indeed, it would be quite a blow to the series to lose the director who, doubling on screen as Tony Stark's friend Happy Hogan, did such a tremendous job giving the series a nice balance between pure action, comedy, and character development. It's an admirable feat to get such well-rounded films, considering that the series is essentially about a billionaire who creates a suit of armor to burn terrorists and beat the crap out of evil industrialists. So, what's the reasoning behind this parting of the ways? There are some theories.

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Comic-Con Wrap-Up: The Cosplay Galleries

San Diego's Comic-Con may be several months from popping off, but you should think ahead. The annual gathering of the nerds is sometimes difficult to get into, but tomorrow, the event's organizers are testing out their badge distribution system by selling badges to a thousand prepared geeks.

On December 15 at 8:00am PST, 1,000 4-Day Comic-Con badges will be available by checking the official Comic-Con Test site for a TicketLeap registration link. Each badge will cost $105.00 for Adults and $52.00 for Juniors/Seniors and will require a $1.00 non-refundable deposit and a $2.00 non-refundable service charge per badge paid directly to TicketLeap. In appreciation of your help, the 1,000 test badge receivers will receive a $3.00 credit per badge purchased through EPIC, upon checkout.

It's too early for us to have concrete plans, but G4 will be there, on the floor, flooding you with live television and internet content, bringing you everything you want to know about the coolest games, movies, TV shows and comics at Comic-Con, so get ready. The show goes down between July 21 and 24.

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Clive Barker Revisits Hellraiser In Comic Form

Horror king Clive Barker is revisiting Hellraiser in a new comic book series, and he has help from G4tv.com's own previews editor Christopher Monfette. 'Gratz, Chris! Barker and Monfette are writing a new ongoing series to be drawn by Leonardo Manco of Hellblazer fame. The pair's last collaboration -- the surrealist, 3D comic book Seduth -- was published last year by IDW and illustrated by Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez.

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Marvel Studios Head Drops Answers About Upcoming Films

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently sat down for a chat Q&A with LA Times' Hero Complex. Answering a barrage of questions submitted by rabid fans which spit-balled several subjects related to the plethora of Marvel movie properties both within and outside the studio, Marvel's head movie honcho was actually quite candid on some of the Internet community's most pressing questions. What's the status of Deadpool? What's going on with those rumored ten-minute short films? Will Iron Man be sporting new armor in 2012's The Avengers? The result of questions just like that, was an overwhelming flow of information, which, thanks to a recap from Collider, have been reduced to clear bullet points. There's just SO much stuff to cover here, but we're going to take a quick look at some of the revelations we were able to take away and what they mean.

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Thor: The First Official Trailer Has Hit

What better way to start a weekend than by taking in the pure awesome of the first official trailer for next summer's Thor. The film will kick-off Marvel's crossover film extravaganza on May 6, 2011, followed by Captain America: The First Avenger on July 22, and then by the mother of all comic films in The Avengers on May 4, 2012. However, don't expect Thor to be some promotional stepping stone towards "the main event." It actually appears to have a compelling story to tell. The teaser trailer we saw back in July at Comic-Con (which briefly leaked on the web,) effectively illustrated the lush scenery of Thor's mystical home of Asgard and gave a little taste of the carnage that would come the way of Earth upon his ignominious exile on our planet. (Thanks, Odin, don't do us any favors.) This trailer, while only slightly expanding on the scenery, distinguishes itself by giving us a pretty good grasp of the plot and the chain of events in the film. The classical costumed spectacle brought by director and Shakespearean legend Kenneth Branagh mixes quite well with the mind-blowing action. It's like high-culture theater -- with explosions. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this hot-off-the-press trailer just below.

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