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Updated: Steve Dillon Has Passed Away

British comic book artist Steve Dillon has passed away at the age of 54. The news was confirmed on Twitter by Dillon’s brother Glyn. According to Garth Ennis, Dillon died from a ruptured appendix, which the artist mistook for food poisoning. He died in New York City, which he had been visiting for this year’s Comic Con.

Born in 1962, Dillon entered comics as a teenager working on British properties such as Judge Dredd and Doctor Who. The early 90s brought him to DC where he worked Hellblazer and Animal Man.  In 1995 Ennis and Dillon built on their experience together on Hellblazer by co-creating Preacher for Vertigo. Ennis and Dillon would later reteam for Ennis’ acclaimed Punisher MAX series. In recent years, Dillon continued to work for Marvel; in the past year he has contributed art for James Robinson’s Scarlet Witch series and the current Becky Cloonan Punisher title.

Rest in Peace, Steve Dillon.

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Kenny Baker, Original R2-D2 Actor Has Died

Kenny Baker, best known as originating the role of the droid R2-D2 for Star Wars has died after an extended illness. The news was announced by his niece Abigail Shield and first reported in The Guardian. He was 81.

Baker played the fan-favorite character in the first six Star Wars film, while serving as a “consultant” on the character for Episode VII. In addition, he appeared in classic 80s films such as The Elephant Man and Time Bandits.

R.I.P. Kenny Baker.

Kenny Baker with R2

 

New Star Wars Rogue One Trailer

Lord Vader has returned. Fleetingly for now, but damn . . .

Last night, during the Olympics, Disney premiered the second trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One. Like the first it emphasizes the gritty, war style which director Gareth Edwards has said was his intention. Also it gives viewers a better taste for the other Rebels which will be making up Jyn’s squad, including a first look at the new droid.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, opens December 16th.

Cheers.

New Dash Shaw Film Receives US Premiere at New York Film Festival

My Entire High School Sinks into the Sea

Acclaimed comics author/artist Dash Shaw (Doctors, Bottomless Belly Button & New School) has now made an animated feature film. The wonderfully titled My Entire High School Sinks into the Sea will receive its US Premiere at the prestigious New York Film Festival. In addition, instead of being relegated to a sidebar, it will screen as part of the Main Slate, alongside new films from the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodovar, Ava DuVernay & Kelly Reichardt.

The official Film Festival synopsis follows:

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SDCC: Max Landis Writing a Pepe Le Pew Movie?

Pepe Le Pew

OK, so someone at Warner Brothers decided that we needed a Pepe Le Pew movie.

They also decided that Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra & Superman: American Alien) was the person to write it.

Pepe was a member of Warner Brothers’ stable of Looney Tunes characters. He spent most of his time ogling black cats and refusing to hear “no” as “no.”

Could this be the same project that reportedly signed Mike Myers to voice the lead back in 2010?

The mind truly boggles.

For more, see Deadline.

Cheers.

 

SDCC: New Preview for Lego Batman Movie

 

Because Warner Brothers executives get paid by the number of trailers they cut (I swear, I’m not even posting all of them), the studio also unveiled a new one for the forthcoming Lego Batman Movie. Spun-off from the box-office hit The Lego Movie, the preview centers on Will Arnett’s Batman adjusting to that new ward (Michael Cera) he inadvertently adopted. Also featuring Ralph Fiennes’ voice of reason as Alfred. Not featured, since some good things must wait, is Rosario Dawson’s Batgirl . . .

The Lego Batman Movie, directed by Chris McKay, opens February 10th, 2017.

Cheers

 

SDCC: First Look at Justice League

Warner Brothers also unveiled today the first glimpse of next year’s Justice League movie. Orientated around Bruce Wayne recruiting members for his new “team” it features most prominently Ezra Miller’s Flash and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. And yes, it does have a less somber feel about it . . .

Justice League, directed Zack Snyder, opens November 17th, 2017.