‘Deadpool’ Creator Rob Liefeld Has Some Friendly Comic Book Recommendations for Bill Maher

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Bill Maher may have a beef with grown-up comics fans, but the feeling doesn’t appear to be mutual, at least for “Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld. After the host of HBO’s “Real Time” revisited his harsh criticisms of adult comic book readers on Friday, Liefeld responded with a few friendly comic book recommendations he hopes might change Maher’s mind.

“Hey Bill Maher appreciate your point of view,” tweeted Liefeld. “I’d like to suggest comics written by Alan Moore or Frank Miller. The writing and storytelling is outstanding. Watchmen, Swamp Thing, Dark Knight Returns and any Frank Miller Daredevil are gold standards of illustrated literature.”

Hey @billmaher appreciate your point of view, I’d like to suggest comics written by Alan Moore or Frank Miller. The writing and storytelling is outstanding.

Watchmen, Swamp Thing, Dark Knight Returns and any Frank Miller Daredevil are gold standards of illustrated literature.

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) January 26, 2019

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During Friday’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the comedian brought up a blog post he wrote last year after Stan Lee died that heavily criticized grown up comic book fans. “America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote. “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”

Maher clarified on Friday that he wasn’t taking a shot at the comics legend himself, but rather at adults who should grow up and move “on to big-boy books without the pictures.”

“Again, my shot wasn’t at Stan Lee; my shot was at grown men who still dress like kids,” Maher said, as a photo of director Kevin Smith wearing jean shorts, a hockey jersey and a baseball cap appeared behind him.

Smith for his part said the next day that “No, I’m not mad at all. Bill may talk tough but he’s a stoner like me and a real pussycat when confronted.”

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Bill Maher poked fun at director Kevin Smith’s trademark choice of wardrobe Friday night… and the “Clerk” filmmaker didn’t poke back. Instead, he called the “Real Time” host “a stoner like me and a real pussycat when confronted.”

During Friday’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the comedian doubled down on a blog post he wrote in the wake of Stan Lee’s death, reaffirming that he wasn’t taking a shot at the comics legend, but rather at adults who should grow up and move “on to big-boy books without the pictures.”

Maher quoted Smith as saying at the time of Lee’s November death that he was “taking a shot when no shots were f—ing necessary,” an accusation that got the comedian fired up.

“Again, my shot wasn’t at Stan Lee; my shot was at grown men who still dress like kids,” Maher rebutted, after which a photo appeared beside him of Smith wearing jean shorts, a hockey jersey and a baseball cap.

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Smith responded Saturday morning on Twitter with an old clip of Smith appearing on “Real Time.”

“Yes, @billmaher took a shot at me during his show last night, in the midst of his latest rant about @TheRealStanLee and adults who like comic books,” Smith said Saturday. “No, I’m not mad at all. Bill may talk tough but he’s a stoner like me and a real pussycat when confronted.”

In the old clip “Real Time” clip, Smith joked that he wanted to slap Maher and other late night hosts for poking fun at his weight.

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“But not smack him with my hand, like d–k smack him. You know, like pop up and hit you in the face with it, and that’s why I lost the weight,” Smith said with a smile. The exchange nearly left Maher speechless.

Shortly after Lee’s passing back in November 2018, Maher wrote in a blog post, “America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.” His article earned the rebuke of not just Smith, a close friend of Lee’s, but also Lee’s team, who slammed Maher’s comments as “frankly disgusting.”

“I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important,” he continued.

See Smith’s tweet below, and watch the “Real Time” segment in which Maher jabbed at Smith above:

Yes, @billmaher took a shot at me during his show last night, in the midst of his latest rant about @TheRealStanLee and adults who like comic books. No, I’m not mad at all. Bill may talk tough but he’s a stoner like me and a real pussycat when confronted: https://t.co/LRNdNeI2vr pic.twitter.com/VEf3fYi3b4

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 26, 2019

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What You Need to Know About Mysterio and the Elementals in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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So we got our very first look at “Spider-Man: Far From Home” — notable for a lot of reasons, the biggest probably being that it will be the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that takes place after “Avengers: Endgame.”

Now, the trailer provides no clues about how that fourth “Avengers” movie is going to play out — unless you didn’t know that this movie existed, in which case you will be surprised to discover that Spider-Man is alive again. But while this first tease for “Far From Home” doesn’t do much looking back, it does appear to give us some clues about where the MCU is going once the battle with Thanos finally concludes in a couple months.

The trailer is pretty light on plot details in general, but it does introduce what we assume are most of the major players. Including five new villains: Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a quartet of monsters known in Marvel Comics lore as the Elementals.

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Let’s start by talking about Mysterio for a minute.

Several characters have operated as Mysterio, but the most famous one is Quentin Beck, Gyllenhaal’s character in “Far From Home.” Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back 1964, Beck was a special effects technician and stunt man who dreamed of becoming a movie star in his own right. When that didn’t pan out, he realized his skillset could also be useful in a life of crime, so he created his trademark fishbowl-and-cape outfit and began pulling off robberies using tricks he used to deploy in Hollywood: literal (purple-green) smoke and mirrors, poison gasses, flashy tricks of light, that sort of thing.

In his first battle with Spider-Man, he tried to frame the webslinger for robbing a museum, but was exposed and went to prison holding a serious grudge. Mysterio returned as a charter member of the supervillain team Sinister Six, and over the years attempted several revenge schemes against Spidey. He later also became an enemy of Daredevil (and was even involved in the chain of events that led to Karen Page’s death) until — and this is where it gets weird — he makes a deal with a demon, commits suicide and goes to hell, is sent back to earth from Hell, gets involved with a bunch of other crazy schemes, pretends to reform, and well, you get the idea.

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Fun fact: Though he didn’t appear as Mysterio until 1964, it was later stated that a group of aliens Spider-Man fought in “Amazing Spider-Man” #2 were actually criminals in disguise, one of whom was Beck. Which technically makes him the third Spider-Man supervillain after the Vulture and Tinkerer, who also debuted in “Amazing Spider-Man” #2. Given that Vulture and the Tinkerer both appeared in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” it looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man is getting his original rogues gallery somewhat in the order he got them.

The main thing to know about Mysterio, though, is that he’s not some magical or cosmic being. He’s just a bitter guy nursing a serious inferiority complex, who never quite lives up to his ambitions in either legitimate or criminal enterprises, using tricks to seem more special than he really is. We’ll circle back to that in a moment.

The Elementals are more in line with the madness of the recent MCU. Their powers are real, and they’re insane. As you probably noticed in the “Far From Home” trailer.

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Created by Tony Isabella and Val Mayerik in 1974, the group first appeared in Marvel’s anthology horror series “Supernatural Thrillers.” In the comics, they’re thousands-of-years-old evildoers from another dimension who became immortal after mastering the power of natural forces (hence their name). Their leader, Hellfire, controls fire, Magnum controls rocks and minerals, Hydron controls water, and Zephyr controls air. Once upon a time, the four of them ruled a kingdom on our Earth, but were deposed when they tried to conquer ancient-ancient-ancient Egypt, and were banished from this dimension.

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They managed to make it back to our realm in the modern era, where they had a few criminal adventures and tangled a few times with the original Ms. Marvel — that’s Carol Danvers by the way, AKA Captain Marvel, who is getting her own movie five months before “Far From Home.”

Marvel hasn’t made much use of them since 1979 — their most recent appearance saw Zephyr team up with Thor for a completely bananas cosmic adventure that I won’t bother trying to describe here.

Given that Mysterio — who everyone knows is basically a con man using misdirection and special effects to commit crimes — is a big part of “Far From Home,” there’s two major possibilities for what the role of the Elementals is here. In both of these concepts, Mysterio is using them to try to pretend to be a hero.

The first idea is that the Elementals are themselves fake. Just more insane tricks by Mysterio, a switcheroo similar to what “Iron Man 3” did with the Mandarin. This plot would make “Spider-Man: Far From Home” a sort of fun little side adventure to contrast with whatever super dramatic stuff is going to go down in “Avengers: Endgame,” akin to how Marvel used the “Ant-Man” movies after the last two “Avengers” flicks.

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The second, and we would say more likely, possibility is that the Elementals represent an introduction to what’s in store in the next phase of the MCU. This whole thing has escalated dramatically from the fairly grounded first phase to operating on the cosmic scale of “Infinity War,” and the natural next step would be to explore extradimensional stuff. We’ve already been getting teases over the last couple years, with Dormammu in “Doctor Strange” and the Quantum Realm in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

It would make sense for the next phase to go in that direction, because just doing more space stuff in a post-Thanos MCU could easily feel like a retread. They’ve spent a lot of years getting us used to some pretty wacky things in the MCU, and so now would be the right time to go really deep into weirdest parts of the Marvel Comics universe.

But, hey, until we know how “Avengers: Endgame” plays out, it’s hard to make a firm guess about what “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has in store for us. But whatever it ends up being, it certainly doesn’t look like it will be boring.

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Kevin Smith, RZA, and Mark Hamill to appear at Stan Lee tribute event Excelsior! 

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It’s been nearly two months since comic book legend and general pop culture legend Stan Lee died, and Marvel has been been paying homage to him with tribute banners at the top of its comics since then (occasionally resulting in some weird/awesome pairi…

Stan Lee ‘Excelsior!’ Tribute Event to Be Hosted by Kevin Smith, Feature Mark Hamill and RZA

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Comic fans will have the chance to honor the life of Stan Lee at a special tribute event set for Jan. 30 in Hollywood.

Lee’s POW! Entertainment on Wednesday announced that filmmaker and longtime friend Kevin Smith will host “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Smith will moderate discussions with special guests Mark Hamill, Wu Tang Clan rapper RZA, Vincent D’Onofrio, “Batman” producer Michael Uslan, “Deadpool” co-creator Rob Liefeld and “X-Men” and “Transformers” producer Tom DeSanto remembering the life of the late Marvel Comics legend.

“Excelsior!” will also feature an art exhibit celebrating Lee’s legacy by famed pop-culture artist Rob Prior, select costumes and props from Lee’s many movie cameos and creations, a musical performance and a special moment of remembrance centered around Lee’s hand and foot imprint on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The evening will be rounded off with video tributes and live performances of Stan’s favorite music and poetry.

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Tickets are available via Legion M starting at 5 p.m. PT with two packages available for fans starting at $150 and ranging to $200. Legion M is producing the event along with Agents of Mayhem and is working in partnership with Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

All proceeds are being donated to The Hero Initiative, a federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.

The tribute event is being produced by Legion M and Agents of Mayhem, working in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

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A private memorial is planned inside the venue after the event.

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, @ThatKevinSmith, @LegionMofficial & @AgentsofMayhem will host a tribute to Stan Lee at the @ChineseTheatres January 30th. Tickets available at https://t.co/biZkXMBKpo beginning 5pm PST. All net proceeds to benefit @heroinitiative. pic.twitter.com/ML5dWGnXgM

— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) January 9, 2019

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Team on the High Tech Needed for the Hit Film’s Lo-Fi Look

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This article about “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” first appeared in the TheWrap magazine’s Oscar Nominations Preview issue.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” isn’t the first animated movie to design characters with a blend of hand-drawn and computer animation, but there’s certainly never been a movie that has used that hybrid technique to create such an explosive world of color and inventiveness.

The Sony Pictures Animation team, led by directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, have taken the 2-D/3-D mashup style developed six years ago for the Disney short Paperman and completely reinvented it to tell the story of how Miles Morales joins the elite club of individuals turned into superheroes by radioactive spiders.

Every scene was the result of an elaborate process that began with basic 3-D layouts and animation models. Then the animators added facial expressions and other character and environmental details by hand. Finally, the footage returned to the computer, with the CG animators using the hand-drawn lines as a rig to complete the facial expressions and scenery.

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This required bespoke, patent-pending animation techniques and programs that Rothman said “were designed and coded by super-smart people who are not us.” But the end result was possibly the finest example of the phrase comic book come to life that has ever been put to film. Ben-Day dots, thought bubbles and stylistic nods to Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s classic Spider-Man comics and cartoons are littered through every frame.

Inspirations from other visual styles can be seen in the web-slingers who join Peter Parker and Miles Morales, a newcomer to the big screen but a comic-book Spidey for years. They’re joined by the monochromatic shadows of Spider-Man Noir, the Chuck Jones-inspired slapstick of Spider-Ham and the anime-style Peni Parker, who looks like a completely hand-drawn character but is actually a mix of 3-D and 2-D.

“She’s possibly the flattest 3-D animated character ever,” Ramsey said of Peni. “If you looked at her in the rendering software and turned her slightly, she looks like this weird, thin figure. We worked for weeks to get Peni just right, to make her look like she’s a 2-D anime figure when in reality, she’s made through the same process as everyone else.”

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And that’s just one character. To create a single second of footage for the film, the “Spider-Verse” team needed an entire week to go through the multi-medium animation process, sometimes even longer if there was an error in the jump from computer to hand-drawn and back. This was especially true for the climactic battle between the Spider-Men and the nefarious Kingpin, which takes place inside the villain’s dimension-bending machine.

“Every single day, we had a roadblock in our way,” Persichetti said. “In most CGI films, you see this fluid style of motion, but we wanted to get that sort of crunchy frame rate of 2-D animation. So we animated on 2s, which means we put one image for every two frames that you see in the film, and it creates this unique, almost stop-motion movement.

“That sounds like less work, but it tripled the work because the computer animation software was used to an image in every frame. So we had to create new algorithms for everything,” he said. “And in the climax, where’s there’s so much going on, it was a challenge getting everything to work.”

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Film Review: Ryan Reynolds Cleverly Milks Cash Cow a Second Time

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Rereleasing old films in new packages has been a popular practice throughout the history of cinema; B-movie distributors used to send features out on the drive-in circuit multiple times under various titles (this practice is the source of several jokes in “Grindhouse”), and 20th Century Fox once tried to recoup losses on the megabomb Julie Andrews musical “Star!” by trimming the running time and retitling it “Those Were the Happy Times.”

Fox is at it again with “Once Upon a Deadpool,” a trimmed-down-to-PG-13 version of “Deadpool 2” that will be in theaters from Dec. 12-24, with one dollar from every ticket sold going to the charity F— Cancer (which will be retitling itself “Fudge Cancer,” in the PG-13 spirit of the film, during the run).

The real selling point is the new interstitial sequences, in which Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) takes a page from “The Princess Bride” and reads the film as a story to Fred Savage — only it’s 2018 Fred Savage, playing himself, kidnapped and strapped to a bed in a room that has been art-directed to be identical to the one from “Princess Bride.” In true “Deadpool” style, the movie shows you the joke, then tells you it’s a joke, then looks at the camera to make sure you got it. That sounds terrible on paper, but these movies somehow know how to make this brand of humor work.

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Reynolds has this drily ironic fourth-wall business down pat, and Savage makes for an entertaining foil. If “Deadpool 2” gave Reynolds the excuse to look at the camera and say “Lazy writing” in regards to certain labored plot points, “Once Upon a Deadpool” lets Savage speak for the audience when mentioning, for example, that the film’s female lead Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) has been fridged, or that the backstory for time-traveling assassin Cable (Josh Brolin) is much more interesting in the comics.

All told, these charming sketches take up no more than about 20 minutes of screen time, and beyond that, you’re just watching “Deadpool 2” again, albeit with some of the violence trimmed, some of the coarse language covered up, and a brand-new, digitally-inserted tribute to the recently departed Stan Lee. As I noted in my original review, watching “Deadpool 2” the first time wasn’t all that different from watching “Deadpool,” so whether or not you’re up for another go-round is a matter of taste, as is whether or not you want to buy a ticket to see a movie ensconced in the ultimate DVD extra.

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So since there’s no real point in reviewing “Once Upon a Deadpool,” here are a few thoughts regarding the experience of watching “Deadpool 2” again:

• I’m not a parent, but in the age of Netflix and iTunes and Hulu and very large multiplexes, is there really anything left these days to stand between an R-rated movie and a very determined 11-year-old?
• Parents who would like their younger kids to enjoy a superhero movie with self-aware humor, comics-insider jokes and meta-commentary should check out “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.”
• Watching TJ Miller in anything is still really uncomfortable.
• I did not catch the Brad Pitt cameo until Reynolds and Savage stopped the movie to point it out.
• Zazie Beetz as Domino totally deserves her own spin-off. And even though the “Deadpool” movies have yet to go all-in on the character’s bisexuality, it’s great that they’re so supportive of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) having a girlfriend.
• For me, the original “Deadpool” held up better for a second viewing, and that was on a plane.



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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Has Fitting Farewell To Stan Lee

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When Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse arrives in theaters on Dec. 14 it will be the sixth major studio film this year to feature a cameo by Stan Lee but the first released since his death on Nov. 12 at age 95.

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Stan Lee Was ‘Really Happy’ With His ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Cameo, Directors Say

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will have a bittersweet moment for fans when the film hits theaters in December: one of Stan Lee’s final cameos, and the first since his death Nov. 12 at 95.

While Stan the Man never got to see the final cut of “Spider-Verse,” directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman told TheWrap that he recorded his cameo over a year ago, and got to see how he would look in the film’s ambitious, hybrid style that blends 3-D animation with hand-drawn details and facial expressions.

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“After he recorded his lines, we designed his image, and that was something he was really happy about,” said Rothman. “Even though he didn’t see the final result, he knew what his role was going to be and he saw what he was going to look like in this version of Spider-Man’s world, and that’s something he really responded to.”

For nearly 20 years, Stan Lee’s usually comedic, sometimes poignant cameos have been a staple of Marvel’s various non-comics productions. Beyond his appearances in nearly every Marvel live-action film since 2000’s “X-Men,” he has also appeared in the Disney films “Big Hero 6” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the recently released Playstation 4 game “Spider-Man,” and he even crossed the Marvel/DC barrier for the first time to cameo in “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies.”

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Kevin Feige Details Last Meeting With Stan Lee: ‘Did He Know His Time Was Running Out?’

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had his final conversation with Stan Lee two weeks before he died, he reminisced in a new essay for Entertainment Weekly.

“He was very nice in my interactions with him, including what ended up being my final conversation with him about two weeks before he died,” wrote Feige. “I went to his house to see him, and he reminisced about the cameos. We were talking about what was coming up, always looking to the future. Did he know that his time was running out? I don’t know. In hindsight, he was slightly more wistful than I’d seen him before. He talked about the past more than I had ever heard him talk about the past. So maybe on some level, he knew.”

Feige added, “When I sat down by his chair in our last meeting, the very first thing he said was: ‘I know you want me to star in the next movie, but I have to just stick to the cameos. You’ll have to leave the starring roles to the other actors. I’m sorry.’”

The Marvel movie boss went on to suggest Lee was joking about starring in the next one: “He always would joke — but not really joke — about wanting more lines, although he understood why we couldn’t.”

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Lee,  the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died on Nov. 12. He was 95. 

Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values.

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“Stan was a charismatic, well-spoken cheerleader for his characters and for the medium of comics in general,” wrote Feige. “Also, he was a very progressive storyteller. He took risks, and he wrote what he believed.”

“He believed in the best of humanity. He also believed in the flaws of humanity, and that the flaws could be overcome,” added Feige.

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