FROM SPLASH PAGE: Last week, I talked to one of comics greatest living legends, Stan Lee, about his arrival on the Twitter scene and why it makes him feel like he's writing his "Stan's Soapbox" column again. While Lee had some fun stuff to say about the world of micro-blogging, I also had to ask him about a few other things on comics fans' minds these days — namely, whether he'll be making the expected cameos in future Marvel movies.
"I had lunch with Branagh, [who's] the nicest guy in the world as well as the most talented," Lee told MTV News when asked if he's been contacted about a "Thor" cameo yet. "Months ago, when he was first starting on the movie, he said he would get a cameo for me."
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Stan Lee On His 'Thor' Cameo And Meeting With Kenneth Branagh
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Director John Woo has proven his eye for action with films like "Face/Off" and "The Killer," so when he dropped by Splash Page HQ to discuss his upcoming film "Red Cliff," we had to ask why he hasn't stepped behind the camera for an action-packed superhero movie yet. After clearing up his attachment to "Caliber," the Radical Comics series we spoke to creator Sam Sarkar about earlier this year, Woo offered up some thoughts on why superheroes aren't really his thing.
"It didn't work out because it's not good timing for me to take on the movie," said Woo, confirming he's no longer attached to an adaptation of the Arthurian saga set in the Wild West.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: John Woo Not Directing 'Caliber,' Has No Interest In Superhero Movies
It's hard to say exactly when "Chuck Norris Facts" popped up on the Internet and almost instantly became an online phenomenon. Offering up all sorts of claims regarding the mythical attributes of martial arts champion and movie/TV star Chuck Norris, the Chuck Norris Facts have circulated around the globe and become one of the most popular memes of the last few years.
And now Chuck Norris himself is getting in on the fun.
This month, Tyndale House Publishers will release "The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book" -- a collection of 101 of Norris' favorite online "facts" paired with a corresponding story from his life, written by Norris. The action movie star recently dropped by MTV HQ to discuss the book and confirm or deny some of our favorite Chuck Norris Facts. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: It's no secret that many creators in and around the comics scene have embraced Twitter these days—and many of them make regular appearances in our daily Twitter Report. Perhaps one of the most surprising creators with a regular presence in the Twitterverse, however, is one of the industry's most beloved icons: Stan Lee.
The co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, the X-Men and countless other popular characters, the 86-year-old Lee has taken to Twitter with surprising ease. A typical 24 hours with @SmilinStanLee offers readers a host of witty observations, tongue-in-cheek commentary and self-deprecating humor that reveals why Stan "The Man" Lee is one of comics' living legends.
I spoke with Lee about his arrival on the Twitter scene, why he's taken to the microblogging tool so easily, and why communicating with fans on Twitter actually has him feeling like he's gone back in time.
"I heard that some of the people I like are Twittering—like Kevin Smith—and I figured there must be something to it," said Lee when asked how he was first introduced to Twitter's 140-character world.
Continue reading Stan Lee Talks Twitter: 'I Feel Like I'm Back Writing Stan's Soapbox'
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Now that "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" is a bona fide award-winner with a sequel on the way, everyone wants to know what's next for Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer and the rest of the gang.
I recently spoke to "Dr. Horrible" co-writer Zack Whedon, who scripted the inline musical along with brothers Joss and Jed and Jed's wife, Maurissa Tancharoen, and along with giving Splash Page readers an exclusive preview of the "Dr. Horrible" comic he's writing for Dark Horse, he also offered up an update on the musical's much-anticipated sequel.
"We've been planning it pretty much from the minute we finished the first one," said Whedon of the sequel, which Nathan Fillion recently revealed has both a title and a few songs written already.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Zack Whedon Offers 'Dr. Horrible' Sequel Update
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Just yesterday we revealed the results of last week's "Batman 3" poll, in which readers named The Riddler the villain they'd most like to see in the next installment of the Batman movie franchise. Now comes word from actor/comedian Dane Cook that Batman's question-marked nemesis is exactly the comic book character he'd like to play, given the chance.
"I love the new Dark Knight series and 'Batman Begins,'" Cook told MTV News when asked if there were any comic book movie characters he has his eye on. "If they brought back The Riddler—a new Riddler the way they did with The Joker—that would be bad-ass. I would do that."
Continue reading Dane Cook Wants To Play The Riddler In 'Batman 3'
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Way back in May, we gave actor Sam Rockwell one of his first looks at Justin Hammer, his "Iron Man 2" character, when we gave him an issue of the comic book during an interview that occurred a few months after he was cast in the blockbuster sequel. When MTV Movies Editor Josh Horowitz recently sat down with Rockwell, he was able to offer us a bit more info about his character—specifically, his relationship with Don Cheadle's character, James "Rhodey" Rhodes.
He also revealed what sort of research he did after that earlier meeting and where he drew his inspiration for Tony Stark's rival.
"I got some research—they sent me over some stuff," Rockwell told MTV News. "I looked it over and that was about it."
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Sam Rockwell Explains What Inspired His 'Iron Man 2' Character
FROM SPLASH PAGE: We all know last year's award-winning online musical "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" is getting a sequel at some point, but just in case you can't wait for the next chapter of Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris' hilarious (and occasionally heartbreaking) battle, a prequel of sorts arrives this month courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.
Written by Zack Whedon (who co-wrote the "Dr. Horrible" musical with brothers Joss and Jed and Jed's wife, Maurissa Tancharoen), the one-shot "Dr. Horrible" comic tells the tale of Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer's first encounter.
I spoke to Whedon about his plans for the project and received an exclusive preview for Splash Page readers.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Zack Whedon Reveals Dr. Horrible's Origin—And We Have Your First Look!
FROM SPLASH PAGE: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Back to the Future" director Robert Zemeckis is certainly no stranger to the art of bringing fantasy fare to life on the big screen, so when we had the chance to chat with him during a press event for "A Christmas Carol," we had to ask: why hasn't he tackled a superhero movie yet?
"I'm a superhero fan, although I actually have never been offered one," Zemeckis told MTV News. "I've never really brought one to someone and said I really want to do this superhero [movie]. Obviously, I love the form, as movies really are the extension of comic books."
Continue reading Robert Zemeckis Explains Why He Hasn't Directed A Superhero Movie (Yet)
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Yesterday, we brought you an update from Don Cheadle about his experiences in the War Machine armor during "Iron Man 2," but today we a few more, exclusive details to share about the much-anticipated debut of the armor Tony Stark isn't wearing in the film (as far as we know).
When "Iron Man 2" actor Sam Rockwell dropped by Splash Page HQ recently, we asked him about the relationship between his character (rival industrialist Justin Hammer) and Don Cheadle's character (Stark's military buddy James "Rhodey" Rhodes). After all, they seemed pretty chummy in the "Iron Man 2" trailer that premiered during Comic-Con in San Diego this year.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Sam Rockwell Describes His War Machine Team-Up With Don Cheadle In 'Iron Man 2'