National Free Comic Book Day Hits Saturday, May 4th; Over 4.6 million comics to be given away free to comic shop customers

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)--On May 4th, over two thousand comic book shops across North America and around the world will share the magic of comic books with their communities when they give out over 4.6 million comic books—free of charge—during Free Comic Book Day. Comic Book Specialty Retailers expect record breaking attendance and have been preparing their shops for this event for months. More

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    Summer 2013 Movie Forecast

    It’s that time of year again—on May 3rd, the Summer movie season officially begins with the domestic release of Iron Man 3.

    Last Summer was very top-heavy with comic book blockbusters The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises; this year’s slate is much more diverse, which should be beneficial to the overall health of the box office. Guaranteed blockbusters include Iron Man 3Star Trek Into DarknessFast & Furious 6Man of Steel,Monsters University and Despicable Me 2, while more original fare like White House DownThe Heat andPacific Rim should do strong business as well.  More

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      Defiance dev blog covers common issues and cheater voyeurism

      Defiance executive producer Nathan Richardsson is getting serious today in a very serious blog post uploaded very seriously to the official site, a post that discusses fixes already made and promises evenmore fixes for some of the problems that have plagued the game since launch. MMO launches typically go about as smooth as a rhino’s hindquarters, but it’s always good to hear official word that the team is aware and working on the problems. More

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        C2E2: MARVEL: FROM NOW! TO INFINITY

        Marvel’s epically named “From NOW! to Infinity” panel Saturday evening at C2E2 featured “Iron Man” and “Young Avengers” writer Kieron Gillen; “Thunderbolts” writer Charles Soule; editors Lauren Sankovitch, Ellie Pyle, and Jordan White; “Uncanny Avengers” mastermind Rick Remender; “Secret Avengers” writer Nick Spencer; and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort on hand to discuss the Marvel NOW! second wave launches and the summer crossover “Infinity” in which Thanos makes his play. Director of Communications Arune Singh moderated the discussion, which ranged from “Age of Ultron” to “Infinity” and… more. More

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          C2E2: DC’S NEW 52 PANEL

          Our friends at ComicBook Resources give us this:

           

          CBR’s live coverage of C2E2 enters it second day with DC Comics’ New 52 panel. SVP-Sales Bob Wayne, Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase host a panel of writers Charles Soule, Peter Tomasi, Sterling Gates, and Kyle Higgins and artists Aaron Kuder, Doug Mahnke, and Patrick Gleason to let fans in on upcoming story arcs and events in the “Green Lantern” line, “Wonder Woman,” and more throughout the DC Universe. More

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            So here’s how Whedon will bring Coulson back to life for S.H.I.E.L.D.

            With the upcoming ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Joss Whedon has pledged to bring back a fan-favorite character who bit the dust in The Avengers. But how’s he doing it?

            The folks over at /Film claim to have the answer, thanks to a tipster with some insight into the pilot episode that was recently co-written and directed by Whedon. More

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              C2E2: EDITORS TOUR THE MANY FACES OF DC ENTERTAINMENT

              What’s new at DC Entertainment? In addition to DC Comics’ New 52 and Vertigo’s horror and mature readers titles, recent years have seen considerableexcitement for Cartoon Network series like “Young Justice” and “Teen Titans Go!” and films including last year’s

              “The Dark Knight Rises” and the upcoming “Man of Steel.” And, of course, blockbuster fighting game “Injustice: Gods Among Us” hit stores this month, giving fans the chance to pick their favorite hero and put the hurt on Batman, Green Arrow, and more. For DC’s first panel at C2E2, Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras, Editorial Director Bobbie Chase, and VP Marketing John Cunningham were on hand to present the publisher’s upcoming projects in
              The panel, titled “DC 101,” was intended to introduce new fans to DC’s heroes in all media, Cunningham began. After introducing Harras and Chase, Cunningham turned to his first slide promoting We Can Be Heroes, DC’s campaign to raise money to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa.comics and beyond. More

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                ‘IRON MAN 3′ SPINOFF? DON CHEADLE TALKS SOLO ‘WAR MACHINE’ MOVIE

                There’s been lots of talk lately of ‘Iron Man 3‘ being the last of the Iron Man movies. And that may very well be a (sad) possibility. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the Iron Man universe. While promoting ‘Iron Man 3,’ star Don Cheadle talked about the very real chance that we’ll see a spinoff War Machine movie in the future. Cheadle even has some very definite ideas on what ‘War Machine’ would be all about. More

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                  MARVEL’S ‘AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’ UPDATE: WILL COULSON STAY DEAD IF ABC PASSES?

                  Even without a shred of promotional material or preview clips, we remain fairly certain Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ pilot will move forward with a full-season pickup at ABC. The network would very likely have a gold mine with a Joss Whedon-produced series tying into the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic universe, but what if ABC ultimately decides to pull the plug? Coulson himself, Clark Gregg talks about Phil’s future beyond ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ inside! More

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                    ‘GHOSTBUSTERS 3′ UPDATE: DAN AYKROYD CAN’T LET IT GO, SAYS SHOOTING BEGINS IN 2014

                    And this month in “Dan Aykroyd doesn’t know when to quit,” the actor assures us that ‘Ghostbusters 3‘ isstill happening and it’s totally shooting in 2014 — for real, you guys! Guys? Are you still there? More

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                      Bryan Singer Confirms Bishop and Warpath are in X-Men: Days of Future Past

                      Much of the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past is made up of returning characters from the previous films, but a few of them are newcomers and some are still a mystery…until now. Director Bryan Singer posted a Vine video this morning showing off the personalized chairs for several of the characters in the film, and it was the inclusion of Bishop and Warpath that got our attention. More

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                        Zack Snyder Confirms If ‘Man Of Steel’ Is A Success He Will Be Asked To Direct ‘Justice League’

                        In the most recent issue of Empire Magazine, director Zack Snyder and his Producer-wife, Deborah Snyder confirm that a Justice League film is dependent on the box office success of this summer’s Man Of Steel. The director also went on to confirm that if the film does do well at the box office and Warner Bros. decides to move forward with the project, he will definitely be asked by the studio to direct. More

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                          Walking Dead S4 casts a new series regular. So who’s he playing?

                          It seems like the Walking Dead producers are really big fans of HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire.

                          A report indicates that Lawrence Gilliard Jr. has been cast as new character Roy Stark, described as a “former Army medic who is deeply haunted by his past.” Stark seems to be a TV creation who does not appear in the comics, though he bears some background similarities to comic character Sgt. Abraham Ford. More

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                            ‘THE AVENGERS 2′ FEATURING BROTHER-SISTER DUO — SPECULATE WILDLY!

                            Great news, folks! While we still have plenty more of the waiting game to play until we see ‘The Avengers 2‘ in 2015, Joss Whedon has indeed finished a draft of the script and he says “it’s in a very good place.” That said, how would you like your first taste of what to expect from the far-from-finished storyline? More

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                              DC’s Superhero Royal Rumble Injustice Is Action-Packed, But Dumb

                              There aren’t many moments in the storyline of Injustice: Gods Among Us, a recently released fighting game based on the DC comic universe, where people aren’t punching each other in the face. More

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                                Michael Bay-Produced Time Travel Flick Almanac Has A Future With Paramount

                                We’re going to pretend actual tragedies don’t exist, given the timing, and let’s act like nothing could be worse for time travel than Michael Bay producing a movie about it. Are we all non-realistically nauseated right now? We’ve talked about it before, and how it wants to be Back to the Future II, but not really. I mean, Michael Bay wants to make good movies, but not really. More

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                                  Just Kidding! Michael Bay Not Sorry for Armageddon After All

                                  Call it a false alarm.

                                  Michael Bay has taken to his website to blow up reports that the director offered up a very public and humbling mea culpa for his 1998 blockbuster, saying he was taken wayout of context and did no such thing. More

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                                    Second Clip From ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Released

                                    Moviefone has debuted the second full clip from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. In this second clip for the film we see Kirk, Spock, Uhura and the crew narrowly escape from a pursuing enemy ship hot on their tails. Check it out below. More

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