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A Whedon/Goddard Movie!! Kevin Smith Writes HEROES: ORIGINS!! 24!! GALACTICA!! Comic Con News!!

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* From the “Heroes” panel: Kevin Smith ("Clerks II") will write and direct an episode of the spinoff miniseries “Heroes: Origins” airing in April or May. * Alex Ross (not Tim Sale) is doing the cover for the “Heroes” graphic novel, which will collect the online comics. * From the “24” panel: Season seven will begin with Jack Bauer in hot water, facing the U.S. Senate over perceived crimes. * From the “Galactica” panel: Unbilled Lucy Lawless surprised the crowd to announce her return for two or three episodes of the fourth and final season. * From the Joss Whedon panel: Whedon just finished writing "the horror film to end all horror films -- literally" with fellow “Buffy”/”Angel” alumnus Drew Goddard. It's called “Cabin in the Woods.” (Goddard, you’ll recall, also wrote J.J. Abrams’ mysterious upcoming “Cloverfield” movie.) * Whedon will write two issues of "Buffy: Season Eight" between the arcs written by Brian K. Vaughn and Drew Goddard. * Oz will return. * Whedon says he's not done with Future Vampire Slayer Malaka Fray. * Whedon has a new webcomic called “Sugarshock” at * Warren Ellis (“Global Frequency,” “NewUniversal,” “Black Summer” will succeed Joss Whedon as writer on the top-selling “Astonishing X-Men” comic. * Some who won the “Comic-Con Dinner With Joss Whedon” auction actually got to dine with more than one celebrity. Popular romance novelist Suzanne Brockmann bid for and won two of the six seats at that table for herself and her husband. * Faith the Vampire Slayer won’t be the only old character reintroduced in issue six of the “Buffy: Season Eight” comic. Read the first few pages here. * Go-Go Jane Wiedlin was trophy-girl at the Eisner Awards.

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  • July 28, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST


    by underscore_only


  • July 28, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith......meh

    by Loosejerk

    Get ready for a two-shot episode about his junkie bbf, his anorexic wife, and AtM. Smith is not very talented and I'm betting these next two movies he does will get him writing/direction for The Asylum rather quickly.

  • July 28, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by LordEnigma

    Seriously; fuck the Smith haters. Smith has a chance to do something with TV, and you are giving him shit for it? Nice. Very nice. You fuckers.

  • July 28, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Jack Bauer in hot water. AGAIN? BFD.

    by Demosthenes2

    It's always ridiculous how much shit the government gives him after saving the US from terrorism countless times now. Season seven isn't yet shaping up to sound any more promising than six; the flying-by-the-seat-of-their-pants approach is hit or miss, and in five, they really hit, but now it's definitely miss. I'd hope they'd start planning arcs at the beginning of the season, but it sounds like they're already screwing themselves over by waffling between directions.

  • July 28, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Anybody else see the Tony Almeida update??

    by BetaRayBill07

    He may not be dead after all? Please just kill me now. If your gonna bring back someone, bring back Michelle. Mmmmmm......Reiko...

  • July 28, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Will Heroes OVERKILL suck the life out of it?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    I'm starting to sense a trend toward way too fucking much Heroes related projects. <p> Something is popular because of it's rarity. <p> Lack of uniqueness is guaranteed to kill something loved.

  • July 28, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    And Kevin Smith peaked with Chasing Amy.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    He did, he really did. It was his most "mature"film of the lot. <p> After that it was a downward shame spiral.

  • July 28, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Ripper (a.k.a. Giles). TV Movie. 90 minutes. BBC. 2008.

    by Barry_Woodward

    Perhaps with special guest star Ricky Gervais.

  • July 28, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST

    I second that, Smith lost it after Chasing Amy.

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Sad to see a talent fall off the cliff at such a young age.

  • July 28, 2007, 8:22 p.m. CST

    So let me get this straight ...

    by ZakChase

    "Ripper" was announced as a 90-minute BBC movie, and not only did Herc not spontaneously combust on the spot but he never even bothered to mention it? Wha...?!

  • July 28, 2007, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Fuck the Smith haters? Fuck HUGH!

    by Loosejerk

    Smith can't put together anything decent outside of his "universe". I feel sorry for Rosario Dawson if she gets roped into this rip-off "indie porn" movie. The fact is that Smith is juvenile. His humor is junvenile and he puts absolutely no soul into his work. The last bit of Clerks II? The last bit of Dogma? Err, pretty pussy if you ask me. Apatow and company can do juvenile with heart in their sleep. Smith has his "fans" (i.e. 'tard strong hanger-ons) coming to a PROM for his BIRTHDAY PARTY! WTFH? This guy is definitely milking a career and his followers for all he's worth. Check out his site and messageboard....pure commerce. He really doesn't care for these "fans" unless they are knelt down in front of him with their wallets open. Fat fuck.

  • July 28, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Will Cabin In The Woods feature a spunky female warrior

    by PervOmatic

    That is all that Joss Whedon can write. I don't understand why people kiss his ass...all his shit is fucking derivative lackluster pulp for the mindless masses. And Kevin Smith is the king of all hacks. Expect the pilot of that show to be filled with static camera shots of poorly directed but well written dialogue that ends up beeing extremely forced.

  • July 28, 2007, 8:25 p.m. CST

    BrowncoatJedi, only his acting is worse.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    I'm chagrined every time I see him in a film. Even Stalones brother is a better actor. <p> Smith has a single cadence for nearly all his films. Every bit of dialogue has a similar rhythm. <p> After a while all those characters become interchangeable in their speech patterns. <p> Can he write comic books better?

  • July 28, 2007, 8:26 p.m. CST

    I love Jane Wiedlin

    by tonagan

    I don't care how kooky she was in The Surreal Life, she's the bee's knees.

  • July 28, 2007, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Cabin in the woods, Evil Dead 1&2, Cabin Fever

    by EvilWizardGlick


  • July 28, 2007, 8:35 p.m. CST

    "the horror film to end all horror films"

    by Boomers_Lips

    ok, i have nothing, but im excited!

  • July 28, 2007, 8:36 p.m. CST

    more threesomes with Six/Baltar/D'Anna please!!

    by Boomers_Lips

    and please show a tit shot of Lucy's bazookas on the show!

  • July 28, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Agree on the Heroes overkill...

    by Crazy person No 245689

    ...disagree on the Smith bashing. Smith is what he is. Just like Tarantino, he filters what he likes and tries to come up with some way to put it back on the screen. For QT that's exploitation, B-movies and high violence. For Smith, it's John Hughes' movies, pop culture and Richard Pryor. To criticize them for being what they are is futile. As to Heroes, I hope that the Origins stuff is done as a nice side thing and that NBC doesn't hinge too much value on it. If it works, great. If not, it should not affect the flow of the show...although if we get some interesting characters, I wouldn't mind seeing some of the regulars die off.

  • July 28, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Yes - Smith is hated

    by woodsty

    Yes - everyone hates Kevin Smith. "Smith brought the crowd to its feet and caused one of the actors, likely Greg Grunberg, to exclaim, "No way. Are you serious?"",0,531659.story?coll=zap-news-headlines Like it or not, people love him. Smith-hating is so 2004. Personally, I like this Heroes news. Looking forward to this and Reaper.

  • July 28, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Smith is lude and crude

    by ororo_munroe

    Did anyone else notice that some people on the panel were offended when he said, "Now who's the fag?", in his story about he and his wife watching the show? Using fag as an insult is grade school behavior.

  • July 28, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Too much Heroes

    by lost.rules

    I agree. Why don't they spend twice as much money on one show, instead of spending the money on two shows? That way we could actually have a decent special effects sequence.

  • July 28, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Lude and crude

    by woodsty

    Yes - Smith hates gay people. Which is why he produced Small Town Gay Bar. ( And the Advocate hates him too. (

  • July 28, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Charlie Murphy

    goddaymm! thank jesus, he's been missed in the buffiverse!

  • July 28, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Herc loves Whedon...

    by Mezzanine

    I have nothing against having a man crush on a talented writer, but Jesus-fucking-tap-dancing-Christ Herc... All that info on Whedon and you give us two bits about shows that are just as good, if not better than Buffy? More BSG news please. Less Whedon. And Kevin Smith sucks. That should be pointed out as well.

  • July 28, 2007, 11:01 p.m. CST

    "Smith-hating is so 2004"

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Well, that makes perfect sense since "liking" Kevin Smith and actually thinking he's hip, cool and trendy is so 1994. So at least time is accurately moving forward...

  • July 28, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith Hasn't Proven...

    by topaz4206

    Kevin Smith Hasn't Proven that he can do ANYTHING outside of his tiny universe of characters.<br><br>That said, I'm a big fan of his little troupe, but that doesn't make me excited one bit that he's writing Heroes.

  • July 29, 2007, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Lucy Lawless' return should mean...

    by NoHubris

    ...we are going to find out who D'Anna Biers saw when she beheld the Final Five (that is unless the resurrection pods were out of range).

  • July 29, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Oz? Oz?? Oz!!!

    by Sledge Hammer

    Now unless this is some massive piece of miscommunication and isn't actually referring to the superb HBO series, this may just be the best piece of tv news to spring forth this year.

  • July 29, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST

    ahh, more neocon propaganda...

    by Strabo

    Those evil America-hating Senators! They're keeping Jack Bauer from doing his job and killing the islamofascists! Is it any wonder Rush Limbaugh loves the show?

  • July 29, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Damn it...

    by Sledge Hammer

    Okay, that Oz. Ina fucking comic that isn't a tv show regardless of whether you slap "season 8" on the fucking cover or not. Damn it.<p>Well, at least I was happy for like three seconds. Might be a new record.

  • July 29, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Chasing Amy = Kevin Smith's worst movie

    by futureman3000

    Unless you are gay you agree with me. I never saw Jersey Girl either so I don't know how good it is.

  • July 29, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith wrote a pretty awesome "Daredevil" arc

    by TallBoy66

    Anyone who thinks he doesn't have chops outside of the Jay & Silent Bob universe, pick up Smith's first run on Daredevil. Very baddass, good stuff.

  • July 29, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST

    So Jack's on trial... for saving the day... again...

    by brokentusk

    The worst part of 24 is the fact that no one in government, by now, realises that Jack Bauer has saved them from disaster on NUMEROUS occasions and they still keep arresting him/preventing him from helping them. Now he's on trial? That is what they came up with to open the new season? This show is in big, big trouble...

  • July 29, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Damn it!

    by ev1ldead

    I thought of HBO`s Oz, too.

  • July 29, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Oz the greatest prison rape drama ever!

    by fried samurai

    Damn I too thought it was the HBO show

  • July 29, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by ororo_munroe

    Holy $%^!! That was shocking. So, if he is so tolerant, why is he still using fag as an insult?

  • July 29, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by RenoNevada2000

    Learn to spell... it's "lewd".

  • July 29, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Cabin in the woods...?

    by RenoNevada2000

    Hmmm... The opening song from EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL is called "Cabin In The Woods"... Whedon has experience with horror, comedy and musicals... Is it too much to hope...?

  • July 29, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Smith's Heroes comic to feature baby in peril scene?

    by Mr Squirrel

    Like all his other comics?

  • July 29, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Just when you thought Heroes couldnt get worse

    by ScamsAndFlams

    They hire Kevin Smith. HAHAHA

  • July 29, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Ahn? Oz...

    by Underdogthe3rd

    a) The HBO'a prison series b) The Seth Green's werewolf

  • July 29, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Whedon and Godard, then I'm excited

    by hktelemacher

    Until that day, whatever. But for the record, Chasing Amy is Smith's best and most mature movie. Of course, that ain't sayin' much - but it's at least got it's heart in the right place. And seriously, who calls it 'the biz?'

  • July 29, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith can go either way:

    by newc0253

    Ba-da-boom! Ka-ching! Seriously, Kevin Smith can really bring the funny sometimes, and he's a big comic book nerd which is great also. The culture would be poorer without films like Clerks, Mallrats or Chasing Amy. But he's also a hit & miss director: even his best films have patches which just don't work and, on his other movies, those patches make up the better part of the film. That said, I'm still looking forward to what he does with Heroes. Like Daredevil, i think he's actually be better writing for other people's properties because more focused and less self-indulgent.

  • July 29, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    There was one bebefit to Football Wives getting canned.

    by Pennsy


  • July 29, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy

    Damn, that's what happens when your cable modem dies and you're offline for almost 3 days.

  • July 29, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST

    thanks for the spell check

    by ororo_munroe


  • July 29, 2007, 8 p.m. CST

    Jim Rome hates soccer. Therefore, I hate Jim Rome.

    by Pennsy

    Sky One's Dream Team >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Footballers Wives, in every way (quality, for starters). :)

  • July 29, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Yet Jim Rome likes NASCAR...

    by Arnold Shitzembigger

    I dislike both although at least soccer is a sport that requires fitness. +1 on Whedon writing nothing but skinny waifs who possess superhuman strength and can perform perfect martial arts moves.

  • July 30, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Smith Made Heroes Mad

    by TitsMcgee

    I also noticed that Smith angered some of the panelists. I don't think i saw Quinto applaud him as he left the stage. I did see HRG and Alit Larter applaud him (she was in Jay and Silent Bob). But yes, some of the Heroes were definitely offended.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Culture worse off without Kevin Smith?

    by ScamsAndFlams

    Yeah, the Askewniverse (is that what you people call it?) really contributed a lot to culture. Not that I didn't enjoy a couple of the films, but goddamn they are not the cultural milestones you want them to be.<br><br>Jim Rome likes NASCAR to play to his redneck/conservative base. When you get that big you have to pander to all sorts of people's politics. He sucks anyway, don't know how anyone listens to him anymore.

  • July 30, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    RE: Kevin Smith

    by BLWiseass

    I dunno, I thought Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was a lot of fun. Not a GREAT movie but a lot of fun

  • July 30, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by Arnold Shitzembigger

    I cannot take full credit for that bro originally created it for Halo I think. It always cracked me up so I pilfered it for use here.

  • July 30, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Smith's Best Movie was Dogma

    by Itchy

    if you don't agree, you're not Catholic. Brilliant entertainment. Having Matt Damon in your film doesn't hurt either. Smith is what he is - sometimes brilliant, sometimes hackneyed. He's at least an upfront, honest, engaging guy and I enjoy the fact he doesn't shirk away from feedback on a what he does. He's pretty much your average dork on this forum, with someone backing his film ideas.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Jane Wiedlin still looks good.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Anyone who likes soccer is a dweeb. You heard it here first.

  • July 30, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Jim Rome liking NASCAR is a business move.

    by Cotton McKnight

    His audience likes it, so therefore he talks about it. But soccer has never, and WILL never be a popular sport in America. It's a game little kids play before they grow up and play a real sport.

  • July 30, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Agreed Cotton....

    by Arnold Shitzembigger

    I played real football up through college... That said, I did find myself watching the last World Cup. Maybe it's because of the competition at that level, but yeah, soccer is doomed in the US because it lacks offense and the dudes take dives all the time. I still don't get NASCAR though. I've tried. It's boring as all hell to me.

  • July 30, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Itchy, I agree.

    by ororo_munroe

    Dogma is usually a constant in my top 10. <BR> If you guys are interested... has the video of the Heroes panel up.

  • July 30, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Anyone go to the Futurama panel?

    by GiggityGoo

    I couldn't go, as I was photographing my friend on the dais at the Alex Toth panel at the same time.<p>I need to hear what was said!!!

  • July 30, 2007, 9:26 p.m. CST

    24- Jack loses it and kills some Congressmen!

    by GornPirate

    Jack going bad! We can only hope.

  • Aug. 11, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    NEW video interview w/ TIM KRING...

    by Peter Hyoguchi