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Lee Media sues Disney for billions over Marvel copyright
et al - 10th October 2012
culture and comic icon Stan Lee fighting Disney re
Marvel; Not a Marvel video game!; Stan Lee takes gamble
on legal fight with Disney...
Lee Media (SLM) has launched info a multi-billion
dollar legal lawsuit VS entertainment and media giant
Disney claiming the entertainment king does not own
the rights to the Marvel Comics characters depicted
in its films. Huge claim, we know.
company, which Stan Lee himself is no longer associated
with, claims that the comic book icon signed over
the rights to the superheroes and villains he created
to its corporate predecessor in a deal inked back
claims that an amended version of that agreement was
filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission
in March 2000 - that's almost a decade before Disney
acquired Marvel Entertainment, online publisher Deadline
company is seeking $5.5 billion in damages, an amount
calculated based on the profits from movies such as
The Avengers, X-Men: First Class and Thor, as well
as the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
These are some of the most popular movies of the current
The Walt Disney Company has represented to the public
that it, in fact, owns the copyright to these characters
as well as to hundreds of other characters created
by Stan Lee," read SLM's complaint.
representations made to the public by The Walt Disney
Company are false."
which acquired Marvel in a massive financial deal
in 2009, is yet to respond to the allegations.
tuned to the Media Man agency for more news as it
comes to hand true believers.
Pop Culture Expo Hits Sydney, Australia - 16th June
Supanova pop culture expo has returned to Sydney,
Australia, and has warmly embraced the pop culture
phenom which is taking place at Olympic Park, Homebush,
in Sydney's west.
a 3 day pop culture mania bringing together fans,
actors, game players, information and tons of merchandise
and collectibles. Make no mistake - this is big business,
but also lots of fun. It brings out the kid lurking
inside all of us, no matter what our age.
the general public dress up as their favourite hero,
heroine or monster was just as much fun as the official
to the expo to join in the fun (and big business)
are over 40 international stars from various shows,
films, franchises and worlds including Christopher
Lloyd (Back To The Futures Doc Brown), Yvonne
Craig (the original Batgirl), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora
Tonks in the Harry Potter series, Osha in Game Of
Thrones) and Verne Troyer (Mini-Me from the Austin
our favorite real life superheroes of Australian pro
wrestling - AWF Wrestling turned up and put on some
very solid chain wrestling and brawling to the delight
of the crowd. The wrestlers were also a big favorite
with the media and the brawlers got somewhat crowd
mobbed with famed actor Verne Troyer (Mini-Me) from
'Austin Powers' fame joining in the fun and games.
Christopher Lloyd question and answer session was
very entertaining and educational, and was a much
sought after attraction for both news media and fans.
Lloyd shared stories from his illustrious acting and
show business career, much of which has been pop culture
included such as 'Back To The Future' franchise, where
he portrayed Dr. Emmett Brown. Lloyd even talked about
the cult film fav 'Suburban Commando', which also
featured pro wrestling living legend, Hulk Hogan (not
known for great acting), but a very entertaining showman,
none the less. Lloyd told the crowd of 500 plus that
he enjoyed working with Hulk and that he was a really
nice guy and didn't pretend to be a great actor. One
lucky fan asked Lloyd if he could have a "high
five", and the actor obliged, which got a nice
reaction from the jam packed crowd.
Star also at Supanova Sydney...
of Buffy, Mercedes McNab, has come Down Under for
Supernova and is loving it.
blonde is in Sydney for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo
at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park.
known for playing mean girl Harmony Kendall on 'Buffy
The Vampire Slayer', McNab has enjoyed a successful
career as a modern day scream queen.
the popular Hatchet horror movie franchise to spooky
shows such as Buffy and Angel, the 32-year-old says
she has come to feel comfortable within the genre
and loves "a good death scene".
hilarious. I never thought Id be considered
a scream queen, but I guess Ill take it.
think I gravitate more towards comedy and comedy can
sometimes be in a darker vein, like sarcasm."
edgy stuff started early for McNab, with her big screen
debut opposite Christina Ricci's Wednesday Addams
in The Addams Family movie and its sequel.
the age of 16 she auditioned for a supporting role
on Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a move
that would change her life.
were on a brand new network and the show was based
off a B-movie," she says.
one expected a spin-off to come of it or such a great
fan reaction. No one could anticipate how welcomed
and received the show was.
the beginning we never knew whether if we were going
to get killed off.
get the script and skip to the end to make sure you
werent going to die."
experienced quite a character turn on Buffy when her
superficial character was transformed into a vampire
and eventually went on to join the spin-off series
have Joss call you and have him ask you to be a part
of anything he does is pretty awesome."
that Whedon has found mainstream and box-office success
with the hit of the year - 'The Avengers' - McNab
says his loyal friends couldn't be happier.
such a genius. He's just proved to the industry what
he can do."
Pop Culture Expo is on today and Sunday at Sydney
Showground, Olympic Park.
Hero is no longer Expendable. Eric Roberts is The
Master of Supanova!
a career spanning five decades, Eric Roberts has become
recognisable to millions of film and TV fans. He has
appeared in almost 200 movies and in countless TV
shows including Heroes, The Drew Carey Show, Frasier,
Oz, Touched By An Angel, Law & Order: SVU and
even in a Doctor Who telemovie as the Doctors
nemesis, The Master.
has filmed in over 17 countries, including Australia
(in The Coca-Cola Kid), and received critical acclaim
for his performances in Star 80, Its My Party
and Truman Capotes In Cold Blood. In 2008, Eric
joined the cast of Batman: The Dark Knight as Gotham
gangster Sal Marone; in 2010 he appeared alongside
Stallone, Lundgren, Statham and Li in The Expendables.
of comics and animation know him as the voice of Mongul
in the Justice League cartoons. Hes such a familiar
face that he has appeared as himself in 63 productions,
often making light of his notoriously chequered movie-star
lifestyle. Brother to Julia Roberts and father of
teen actress Emma Roberts, Eric is a true Hollywood
therefore also the perfect guest to kick off festivities
for Supanovas TENTH ANNIVERSARY at the Sydney
expo, in addition to the Perth expo the following
weekend, with an exclusive Q&A and special appearance
at each of our Friday evening Preview Nights which
are exclusively for full weekend ticket holders (SUPA
FAN PASS), in helping us celebrate a decade of successful
Supanova Expos; something we couldnt have done
without your wonderful support.
will then spend the weekends meeting fans, signing
autographs and posing for studio portraits. (Supernova)
Nintendo Flies High at Supanova with Kid Icarus: Uprising!...
youre heading to Supanova this weekend, Nintendo
are hosting a Kid Icarus: Uprising Multiplayer Battle
Challenge! Bring along your Nintendo 3DS and copy
of Kid Icarus as its the perfect opportunity
to StreetPass with other Nintendo 3DS owners and enjoy
some friendly multiplayer fun with the Nintendo community.
3DS consoles and Kid Icarus: Uprising games will also
be available to use on the day so everyone is welcome
to join in the fun!
Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards only available at this
event will be a special bonus for those who play.
These AR cards are very exclusive and availability
is strictly limited so please ensure you are there
early to ensure you get your hands on one.
25 years after the original Kid Icarus game for NES
captured the hearts and imaginations of gamers worldwide,
Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure
of this beloved series to new heights and new
visual dimensions on the Nintendo 3DS system.
The dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army have
returned, and theyve got their sights set on
the heroic angel Pit. With the aid of Palutena, goddess
of light and guardian of the human race, Pit must
fend off this malevolent threat. The richly immersive
graphics of the Nintendo 3DS system offer incredible
depth as Pit battles enemies by air and by land. (Supernova)
Special guests appearing at Supernova Sydney and Perth
Street Fighter II: Turbo, Udon Comics,
Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Slave of Sondelle
Scion, New Avengers, Avengers: The Childrens Crusade
Lt. Selar, K'Ehleyr, the Female Q, Tarah, in TNG,
Voyager and Enterprise
Artist on Kabuki, Daredevil, Avengers
Author of Torn.
Author of the 'Seven waters' trilogy.
Batgirl in the 60's Batman Series, Orion Slave girl
'Marta' in Star trek
Family Guy, The Cleveland Show.
Author of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen.
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you to all involved in the promotion and success of
Supernova. We look forward to seeing you all out there
again tomorrow. As Marvel Comics living legend Stan
Lee says, Excelsior!
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The Wolverine and Ghost Rider - February 2012
is continuing its lover affair with superhero themes,
movie revamps and the like, and Australian fans are
lapping it up with the superhero jackpot bonanza.
year we're looking at a bush tucker bag of sequels,
prequels, remakes... you name it. The Hollywood studios
will be pumping out their best efforts in order to
make as much money as they can muster, and who can
kingpin Marvel Entertainment are going to be spinning
out their The Amazing Spider-Man, hitting
us hard with "The Avengers", "Ghost
Rider" is about to ride into "Sin City"
Sydney, Australia, and then there's Australia's favorite
son, Hugh Jackman back in "The Wolverine".
Warner Bros. - DC Comics tag-team is going to attempt
to combat that Marvel onslaught with the next instalment
of Batman - "The Dark Knight Rises", but
most tipsters are picking Marvel to win the movie
superhero fight over DC Comics this year, but time
a peek at some of this years coming attractions...(US
Cage provides a winter warm-up with Ghost Rider:
Spirit of Vengeance (Feb. 17), returning as
the bounty hunter from hell on a mission to rescue
a child from the devil.
Avengers (May 4), teaming Robert Downey Jr.
as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans
as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible
Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy
Renner as Hawkeye.
is The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3), with
Andrew Garfield taking over as Peter Parker in director
Marc Webbs new take on how a mutant spider bite
turns a teen into a web-slinging hero.
Bale returns as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises
(July 20), director Christopher Nolans third
and final tale of the well to do vigilante with all
the cool gadgets. Anne Hathaway joins the cast as
the late Heath Ledgers Academy Award-winning
performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight,
Nolan went with a lesser-known villain: This time,
its Bane (Tom Hardy), known to comic-book fans
as the brute who breaks Batmans back and puts
him in a wheelchair.
Avengers are assembling...
released more stills from its superhero superteam
movie reving up fans who are eagerly awaiting the
answers to the age-old question, who would win in
a fight between The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty
first image shows Captain America (Chris Evans) in
full updated costume and shield, flanked by Avengers
teammates Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow
(Scarlett Joahnsson), the three heroes walking as
if they mean business. The second still is slightly
less dramatic, simply showing Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
gripping a conference room chair, pondering heavy
thoughts next to S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson (Clark
you walk out of your trailer and you bump into Chris
Hemsworth with the cape on and you see Downey in the
Iron Man suit and thats when you really get
excited and you start geeking out a bit, Evans
told The News last year from the film's New Mexico
are already starting to geek out, more than two months
before the film's May 4 (U.S) release date.
Marvel Studios movie, which is directed by fanboy
favorite Joss Whedon, unites three franchises (Iron
Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk) within an
even bigger franchise thats expected to be one
of the biggest box office hits of all time.
Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures
Marvels The Avengers--the super
hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel
super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor,
Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an
unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety
and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international
peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself
in need of a team to pull the world back from the
brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment
Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris
Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel
L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay
by Joss Whedon, Marvels The Avengers
is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series
The Avengers, first published in 1963
and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself
for an exciting event movie, packed with action and
spectacular special effects, when Marvels
The Avengers assemble in summer 2012.
Release Dates Updated (U.S)
addition to "Marvel's The Avengers," Marvel
Studios will release a slate of films based on the
Marvel characters including "Iron Man 3"
on May 3, 2013; and "Thor 2" on November
Andrew Garfield as Spiderman Featured in an Avengers
(English, 2012) Cameo...
Feb 13, 2012 - A few days ago we reported the rampant
Internet rumor that Andrew Garfields Spiderman
would be featured in an Avengers cameo. All of this
was built off a statement made by actress Jenny Agutter
who has a small role in the Whedon production. Well,
weve stumbled across another source who confirms
Spider mans cameo in Avengers.
will be similar to how Wolverine made a quick cameo
in X-Men: First Class and Sonys going to make
sure to promote their new Spiderman movie any way
they can. Andrew (Garfield) isnt a widely known
actor so they want to get his face on everything,
including The Avengers even if its for a couple
is an absolute multiple bonanza for the superhero
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris
Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom
Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel
L. Jackson, and written and directed by Joss Whedon,
Marvels The Avengers is based on
the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The
Avengers, first published in 1963 and a comics
institution ever since.
The Avengers is presented by Marvel Studios
in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is
being produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin
Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee,
Jon Favreau, Louis DEsposito, Patricia Whitcher,
Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham. The film is distributed
by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
movie is to release in India on 27th April, 2011.
The Wolverine Gets Release Date...
is official, a sequel to that 2009 X-Men Origins:
Wolverine movie will be coming to a theatre near you
on or around July 26th 2013 (depends if your in the
U.S, Australia or elsewhere). After months of production
delays, including replacing Darren Aranofsky as director,
that cigar smoking, 'bub' saying, furry Canadian Logan
will once again rip things up. The film sequel is
running with the title: The Wolverine and will take
Logan to Japan where he finds a forbidden romance
and the Silver Samurai to deal with. Hugh Jackman
has already praised the script as being "one
of the best we've ever had." This is good news
for those fans and critics who felt the first Wolverine
movie offering could have been better. We trust that
director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman deliver on
this to keep both Marvel hardcore and casual fans
happy. What the critics will think is anyone's guess,
but as a few stars have noted - movies are made for
fans (not critics).
'Ghost Rider' movie controversy; Red hot back story...
new "Ghost Rider" movie's ticket sales are
not very strong, but the controversy raging in the
comic-book community is like a mega fireball.
story begins back in 1972, when the flaming motercyclist
was created at Marvel Comics by writer Mike Friedrich,
editor Roy Thomas and artist Mike Ploog. Comics creators
in those days - and often today - don't own anything
they create for the major publishing houses, because
of a contract called "work for hire." But
when the first "Ghost Rider" movie came
out in 2007, Friedrich sued Marvel for partial ownership
of the character on a technicality - which would result
in a windfall from the movie.
desperately needed the money. Friedrich, now 69, is
unemployed, broke and suffering from liver problems.
He has been getting through the days by selling autographed
"Ghost Rider" items at conventions as a
paid guest, which according to documents amounted
to a total of $17,000.
ownership of trademark and copyright isn't something
that comics publishers take lightly. Both of the major
comic publishers (ala Marvel and DC Comics) make more
income from licensing their library of characters
than they do selling comic books. Here's the thing:
According to U.S. law, failure to defend a trademark
can lead to losing it.
Marvel - and parent company Disney - went after the
lawsuit, including a countersuit demanding the $17,000.
They were victorious. In December, the court threw
out Friedrich's suit and ordered him to pay Marvel.
Also, his future income was constrained, in that he
can sign and sell only "Ghost Rider" material
that he buys retail.
creative and fan community responded with fury. Blogs
across the Internet excoriated Marvel, or started
petitions for the $17,000 to be forgiven. Steve Niles,
creator of "30 Days of Night," led a charge
on Twitter and set up a Facebook page for contributions
(www.steveniles.com/gary.html). Creators such as Gail
Simone ("Batgirl") and Jill Thompson ("Scary
Godmother") tweeted encouragement. Longtime creators'-rights
champion Neal Adams was one of many who auctioned
original art, with proceeds going to Friedrich.
you might expect, there were calls to boycott the
new film, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."
That might have contributed to the film's disappointing
third-place finish on its opening weekend in the U.S,
with $22 million at the U.S box office.
the movie did well, it would still be overshadowed
by the back story - comics creators and fans rising
up like a tidal wave to help one of their own.
a red hot and real superhero story.
out the "Support Gary Friedrich" Facebook
page (www.facebook.com/supportgaryfriedrich) for more.
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for superhero movies, both on an entertainment front
(for fans) and business angle (for studios etc), that's
because it is. Enjoy brigadiers, and as Marvel living
legend Stan Lee would say - Excelsior!
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