This past week at the San Diego Comic Con, fans of Twilight got a treat with a panel that featured author Stephenie Meyer, and cast members including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Green, Jackson Rathbone, and new to the cats, Mackenzie Foy. During the panel they introduced footage from “Breaking Dawn Part 2”, included in the footage was Bella (Stewart) dealing with being a vampire and the bloodlust that comes with it, along with her hunting down a mountain lion. Personally, I’m not a fan of the Twilight series and while it has had a positive effect of bringing vampires back in the spotlight, these aren’t vampires in any classic sense of the word. They go out in sunlight (and sparkle), have reflections, and none of the classic weaknesses (ugh). Pardon the pun, but the vampires of Twilight are completely toothless. Thankfully we do have reasons to care about vampires. And with Twilight going away, the doors will be open for some good vampire movies and fiction to return.

Its funny how easily it is to forget that Shia LaBeouf is actually a good actor. The three unwatchable Michael Bay Transformers made him into a laughable caricature of himself, but this is the same kid who starred in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Disturbia , and even Holes. He has talent, he just isn’t able to show it that much. Hopefully Lawless changes that trend. In the movie, based on the book The Wettest County in the World, LaBeouf co-stars with Tom Hardy as the Bondurant Brothers, two bootleggers in Prohibition-era Virginia who are threatened by authorities who want in on their profits. The mvoie’s awesome cast includes Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Guy Pearce. In addition to Lawless, Shia LaBeouf also has an illustrated book of poetry called Let’s Fucking Party. With no more Transformers in his future, lets hope Shia is able to rebuild his credibility. 

Not only is he one of the funniest and most witty characters in the Marvel Comics universe, but he is also the life of the party at the San Diego Comic Con! Deadpool hangs out (and dances) with all sorts of interesting people while causing some hijinks at the convention.

The video comes from Critiques 4Geeks. Before Comic Con, Deadpool showed off his moves at the Anime Expo, AM2, and Fanime. The next time you are out in a crowd of cosplaying geeeks, keep an eye out for the merc with the mouth moves.

Don’t forget, next Wednesday Deadpool #58 hits stores (and the digital market place). The issue sees the return of the classic Deadpool villain Black Box. What does he have in store for the assassin? You’ll have to pick up (or download) the new issue to see. Then in August, keep your eyes peeled as Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. ’nuff said.

Early this morning, the nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. The full list follows, but there were not a lot of surprises. The show will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Best Drama Series

  • “Boardwalk Empire”
  • “Breaking Bad”
  • “Downton Abbey”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Homeland”
  • “Mad Men”

Best Comedy Series

  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • “Girls”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “30 Rock”
  • “Veep”

Best Actress (Comedy)

  • Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly”
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor (Comedy)

  • Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
  • Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
  • Louis C.K., “Louie”
  • Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
  • Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Actress (Drama)

  • Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
  • Glenn Close, “Damages”
  • Claire Danes, “Homeland”
  • Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
  • Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
  • Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Best Actor (Drama)

  • Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
  • Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
  • Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
  • Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
  • Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)

  • Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”
  • Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
  • Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
  • Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)

  • Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
  • Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
  • Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
  • Max Greenfield, “The New Girl”
  • Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”

Best Supporting Actress (Drama)

  • Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
  • Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
  • Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
  • Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
  • Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
  • Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Best Supporting Actor (Drama)

  • Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
  • Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
  • Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
  • Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
  • Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
  • Jared Harris, “Mad Men”

Best Miniseries or Movie

  • “American Horror Story”
  • “Game Change”
  • “Hattefield and McCoy”
  • “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
  • “Luther”
  • “Sherlock”

Best Actress Miniseries or Movie

  • Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
  • Ashey Judd, “Missing”
  • Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
  • Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
  • Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Kevin Costner, “Hattefield and McCoy”
  • Beneditch Cumberbach, “Sherlock”
  • Idris Elba, “Luther”
  • Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
  • Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
  • Bill Paxton, “Hattefields and McCoys”

Outstanding Host: Reality-Competition Program

  • Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
  • Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
  • Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
  • Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
  • Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Best Reality-Competition Program

  • “The Amazing Race”‘
  • “Dancing swith the Stars”
  • “Project Runway”
  • “So You Think You Can Dance”
  • “Top Chef”
  • “The Voice”

Best Variety Series

  • “The Colbert Report”
  • “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live! “
  • “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
  • “Real Time WIth Bill Maher”
  • “Saturday Night Live”

Best Animated Series

  • “American Dad”
  • “Bob’s Burgers”
  • “Futurama”
  • “The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole”
  • “The Simpsons”

Best Non-Competition Reality Series

  • “Antiques Roadshow”
  • “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”
  • “MythBusters”
  • “Shark Tank”
  • “Undercover Boss”
  • “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Best Guest Actress (Comedy)

  • Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”
  • Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock”
  • Margaret Cho, “30 Rock”
  • Kathy Bates, “Two and a Half Men”

Best Guest Actor (Comedy)

  • Michael J. Fox, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Greg Kinnear, “Modern Family”
  • Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Will Arnett, “30 Rock”
  • Jon Hamm, “30 Rock”

Best Guest Actress (Drama)

  • Martha Plimpton, “The Good Wife”
  • Loretta Devine, “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • Jean Smart, “Harry’s Law”
  • Julia Ormond, “Mad Men”
  • Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
  • Uma Thurman, “Smash”

Best Guest Actor (Drama)

  • Mark Margolis, “Breaking Bad”
  • Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
  • Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
  • Dickie Bennett, “Justified”
  • Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”
  • Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”

Best Writing (Comedy)

  • Chris McKenna, “Community”
  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Louis C.K., “Louie”
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”
  • Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Writing (Drama)

  • Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey”
  • Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon, “Homeland”
  • Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”
  • Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, “Mad Men”
  • Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”

Did your favorite shows get nominations? Disappointed about any of the actors or shows that were left out? Sound off in the comments!

SimCity Social. Waiting on the edge of your seat for the next SimCity game? Well, February 2013 is still very far away (seven painstaking months!). In the meanwhile we are lucky enough to have SimCity Social from EA. The game is one of those free Facebook apps that lets you interact “socially” with your friends as you play. You build a city from the ground up using your resources, money, and energy to add new buildings (including homes, farms, businesses, factories, and landmarks to name a few). You can invite your friends as neighboring cities and share resources and help each other grow. It lets you become friends or foes with their cities (you can send them gifts like hot air balloons or prank they with a flock of birds pooing all over the city). As your population grows you get more and more advisors that set goal for you to reach, which steers the gameplay in certain directions. Click here to go to the app page for SimCity Social and follow the directions to add the game to your Facebook profile.

A side note on SimCity Social: the game does not tell you which of your Facebook friends are actually playing. Like all of the social app games, it tries to get you to spam your friends list (and your timeline) to ask everyone to join the game. I highly recommend searching your friends pages to find out who is already playing to make sure you only send invites and game items to them. Otherwise you might end up annoying a bunch of friends that have no interest in the game.

Urban Dead. This is one of those addictive multi-player web based games that you sign up for and quickly use all of your action points and then obsessively wait for them to refill so you can continue playing. You start as a survivor in the city of Malton after the zombie apocalypse has begun. There are four classes of character types to choose from including three survivor categories; military (privates, medics, scouts) , science (doctors, lab assistants), and civilian (police officers, firefighters, consumers), or you can choose to be a zombie from the get go. As you travel around the city you find items, earn experience points that let you gain skills, seek out good hiding spots, and look for other survivors and groups to join. Become a zombie hunter or eat as many brains as you can. This is the best online zombie game we’ll have until someone makes a Dead Rising MMO. Click here to sign up for Urban Dead.

Hollywood the Game. One part writing community and one part City simulation turns Hollywood and moviemaking into a game. You write a movie script, pitch it to player run studios, cast it with your favorite actors, design creative including posters and trailers, advertise the movie, release it, and finally watch the box office roll in. What will you do with all of that virtual cash? How about buying a house in HTG Malibu, a fancy car from one of your favorite movies, or how about games and DVDs based on virtual movies released in the game? The more items and awards you gather help your future releases in different ways. And with totally open game play, you can find yourself taking on a number of jobs, from producer or studio head, to a creative company, a casting agent, editor, video maker, or even a real estate agent selling virtual homes and offices. Become a big wig in a completely player run virtual Hollywood (the screen shot above is part of one of the many City maps). Click here to sign up for Hollywood the Game.

We are getting closer to Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, every day. In order to go in blind and enjoy every twist and turn the film has to offer I’ve been staying away from news for the flick. I even passed the writing of the Film Spotlight over to our contributor Kris Greet so I wouldn’t accidentally get spoiled. While we slowly march to July 20th, lets change paces like we did for The Amazing Spider-Man and speculate on possible villains in a Batman reboot (which I don’t think will be very far away if this is indeed the last Nolan/Bale Batman adventure).

Nolan was very smart to stay away from villains that appeared in other Batman films with Batman Begins when he used Ra’s al Ghul and Scarecrow, two lesser known villains that still have a lot of history. I think a new director/writer team will do the same and stay away from Nolan’s main baddies, including the Joker, Ra, Scarecrow, Two-Face, and now of course Bane, at least for the first movie in a new series. I also think the new series will start with Batman already being established, maybe a short montage origin recap (as used in The Incredible Hulk). So, who might they bring into the mix to face off with the Dark Knight?

Professor Hugo Strange. Not to be confused with Marvel Comic’s Doctor Strange, Hugo Strange might not be a house hold name, but he definitely has his place among Batman’s classic rogue gallery having first appeared in 1940. Strange is an insane psychologist who invented a serum to drive his victims in to mindless killing machines and him obsession with Batman lead him to want to become him. He is as smart as he is insane and is a formidable opponent for the Dark Knight. To take things one step further, you can have Strange’s serum create some of Batman’s other classic villains, like Man-Bat or Clayface, giving the movie a more superhuman vibe which could separate it from Nolan’s super realistic take on the hero.

Man-Bat. Playing off my last entry of Hugo Strange, I think this combo of villains could work really well. On the flip side, if done right, Man-Bat could work for the main villain also. You can make Dr. Kirk Langstrom a Wayne Enterprises scientist who has the best intentions who accidentally mutates himself in to the Man-Bat. Of course this would be very similar to the movie Spider-Man’s Green Goblin, Doc Ock and the remake’s Lizard stories. But just think how cool a Batman vs Man-Bat fight flying across the Gotham skyline would be! None of Nolan’s villains were any bit as monstrous as this guy, none nearly as scary either. (and for Warner Brothers, just think of all the toys they could sell!)

Deadshot. Yeah, I know he was in the last season of Smallville, but who cares? The “second greatest assassin” in the DC Universe could give Batman a run for his money. Sure, I can’t see him being the main villain, but imagine he is sent to kill Bruce Wayne in public during the day. Bruce has to hide the fact that he is Batman, but still get out of the situation alive– maybe enter Robin or Batgirl to come to his aid? This would be another thing to separate a remake from Nolan, the introduction of the Batman “family” of allies. Of course, who would send an assassin to kill Bruce Wayne? How about…

Lex Luthor. Yes, Superman’s top villain. Why would he be in Gotham going head to head with Batman? Luthor could be bank rolling Hugo Strange or he could send Deadshot to take out the head of Wayne Enterprises, one of his top defense competitors. Hopefully Luthor will be in Zack Synder’s upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, in a cameo and maybe he can do the same in a possible Batman reboot. Luthor could be in the background, pulling the strings, in all of the upcoming DC Comics movies creating an actual shared universe. Setting up an epic World’s Finest crossover with Superman and Batman, or maybe he could be forming the Injustice Gang to go head to head with the Justice League in a future crossover of all of DC’s top heroes.

If DC Comics and Warner Brothers are going to reboot Batman so soon after Nolan’s acclaimed trilogy, then they better give us something special. And Batman in a fantastic universe sharing scenes with the likes of Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman would be the perfect hook and give a reason for the reboot that no one would complain about. Now, who should play Bruce Wayne/Batman?

Marvel Comics is taking a huge step into their next generation of stories with “Marvel Now!” a massive initiative similar to DC Comic’s “New 52”. Unlike DC Comics, Marvel will not be rebooting their universe with new origins and histories, they will be continuing forward with their classic universe while relaunching a ton of ongoing series with new creative teams and designs.

Below is a poster they released for the event, featured on the poster are Spider-Man, Hulk, Jean Grey, Nova, Nick Fury, Captain America,  Rocket Raccoo (Guardians of the Galaxy), Wolverine, Ironman, Cyclops, Invisible Woman, Thor, and Cable. Under the poster is Marvel’s official press release for “Marvel Now!”

The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is Marvel NOW!.

This Fall, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top super heroes, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more, to deliver all-new ongoing series, each beginning with issue #1! Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation.

It kicks off in October’s UNCANNY AVENGERS #1, from the team of Rick Remender and John Cassaday and continues with jaw-dropping new Marvel NOW! series nearly every week through February.

“There’s never been a better time to check out comics than Marvel NOW!” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “This isn’t a reboot or a reimagining—Marvel NOW! is all about looking forward, building on our rich history of great stories and delivering new ideas.”

In UNCANNY AVENGERS #1, the Avengers and X-Men must join forces to overcome the greatest challenge either team has ever faced, one so devastating that neither can afford to do it alone! Can Captain America’s newly assembled team find a way to peacefully co-exist while also dealing with the game-changing repercussions of Avengers Vs. X-Men?

Then in November, Marvel NOW! expands to all corners of the universe with launches including ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen, AVENGERS #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena, on-sale in December, and NEW AVENGERS #1, by Hickman and Steve Epting, on-sale in January 2013.

“We brought fans the biggest comic book event imaginable in Avengers Vs. X-Men and now we’re taking the Marvel Universe to an exciting new place, beginning with Uncanny Avengers #1,” said Tom Brevoort, SVP, Executive Editor, Marvel Entertainment. “If you’re a long-time fan, all the stories you’ve read will give you even more enjoyment of what’s happening now—we’re not abandoning our past. But if you’re a new reader, this is where you’re going to learn just why Marvel comics are unlike anything else you’ve ever read. And no character is left unaffected by Marvel NOW!.”

Every comic book bearing the Marvel NOW! branding includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue #1 of Marvel NOW! series features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app, including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

“This is the natural next step of the Marvel ReEvolution, as we evolve every facet of Marvel publishing,” explained Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment. “You’ve seen us craft new digital storytelling formats like Marvel Infinite Comics and bring added value to our comics with Marvel AR. Now our print comics leap into the future with a cinematic new look for our covers, exciting new designs for our biggest characters and stories that will send you on the kind of journey you can only get at Marvel.”

This October, Join The ReEvolution as Marvel NOW! kicks off with UNCANNY AVENGERS #1, ushering in a new era for comics and the perfect jumping on point for new readers. The biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!

To commemorate the historic release of UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 on Wednesday, October 10, participating retailers can host special advance release parties the night before! That’s right, you can experience the biggest new series launch of the year on Tuesday, October 9 at select retailers, who’ll also have limited edition giveaways exclusive to these events.

For more on Marvel NOW!, join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelNOW.

In space no one can hear you… punish? Um… seriously? A limited series with the Punisher heading into space to hunt done an intergalactic mafia? If there is one Marvel character that does not fit in cosmic stories, that would be Frank Castle, the Punisher. I don’t see how this story will work, but it is a crazy enough idea to at least give it a chance.

SPACE: PUNISHER #1
Official Description: Punishment is a dish best served-in Space! Frank Castle shoots his way through the criminal hierarchy of outer spacestarting with the Sym-Brood-ant Queen!  From Frank Tieri, writer of Marvel vs. Capcom and Punisher: Noir and gorgeously painted by Mark Texeira (Punisher War Journal, Ghost Rider).

The first issue of this four part limited series hits stands on next Wednesday, July 11th, from Marvel Comics.

Then at the end of the month, July 25th to be exact, you can get your usual fill of Deadpool with issue number 58, the first part of a new storyline that pits the merc with the month against one of his rouges, Black Box. The issue is from writer Daniel Way with art by Al Garza, and a cover by Dave Johnson (the image above is cropped from the cover).

DEADPOOL #58
Official Description: Part one of ‘BLACKLISTED!’ Deadpool vs. classic ‘Pool persecutor, BLACK BOX!

Will you be checking out Space: Punisher? Is Deadpool on your pull list? Post a comment and let us know!

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