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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Hong Kong Phooey bites the dust and RIP Peter Parker

The live action/CGI movie version of Hong Kong Phooey which was  slated to star Eddie Murphy as the voice of the high kicking canine may now be dead in the water according to news which you can find HERE. This week test footage was posted on the Internet but was removed presumably because of negative news.

Dane (Chroncile) DeHann has joined the cast of The Amazing SpiderMan as Peter Parker's best friend, Harry Osbourne. And it is also official that Django Unchained's Jamie Fox will play Electro.

1012 was a bumper year for Hollywood. Not only were ticket sales up 5.6% in America compared to 2011, but three different blockbusters - The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall - managed to pass the $1 billion mark at the global box office. Other studios also reported bumper profits - Warner Bros.,which produced and distributed The Dark Knight Rises, placed second among studios with $4.25 billion; 20th Century Fox placed third with $3.7 billion; Disney, bolstered by The Avengers, came in fourth with $3.6 billion, Universal was fifth with $3.13 billion (also their best numbers on record); and Paramount came in last with $2.4 billion. Breakdown from  Cinema

A heartwarming Star Trek story is doing the rounds which shows the immense power of the Internet - On Christmas Day a user on Reddit named ideeeyut posted a message on the Star Trek subreddit asking the community for help. He was reaching out on behalf of his friend, Dan, who has been diagnosed with two different kinds of cancer in the last three years and only had a few weeks to live. And with his time so short he only had one request: to be able to see the upcoming sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. And the internet made it happen. Over the past week the Reddit post circulated around and eventually found its way to J.J. Abrams who said yes to the request and set up a special screening of an incomplete version of the film.

The 700th and final issue of The Amazing Spider-Man saw Peter Parker killed off and Doctor Octopus taking on the mantle of the new Spider-Man. writer Dan Slott's controversial story saw Spider-Man's mind switched with that of his dying arch-foe Dr. Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus. The twist is that with his final effort, Spidey was able to give all of his memories and morals to his body-stealing enemy.

"There's a lot of people that realize that over 50 years of Spider-Man, that some of the best stories involve loss. When Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created Spider-Man in the 1960s, they created a hero who was like us and who "made mistakes all the time." The loss of Peter Parker, in a way, is just the furthering of the story of Spider-Man's vulnerabilities." Dan Slott

According to Marvel, while Parker dies his body lives on, although with Doc Ock, whose own body was dying, occupying his mind, so Spider-Man returns next month in a new title - Superior Spider-Man.

The storyline has provoked a rush of angry Tweets on Marvel's Twitter site - And although other comic book characters have died and made a comeback, writer Slott insists that Peter Parker is gone for good and that this death is real - The Archive however doesn't doubt that Peter Parker will be back before too long.

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