Nick Furi’s ODDS and ENDS™- This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

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Comics – Word comes today that long-running Vertigo series Fables will end with #150. (Spin-off series Fairest will stop just before the main comic’s final issue.) Apparently series creator Bill Willingham made the decision because he’s about to turn 60… And wants to cut back on his comic work– focusing on projects that really spark his interest. Wait! Do you hear that?! That’s the sound of IMJ Co-Founder Ian MacMillan cocking a gun to his head after reading this paragraph. No, Ian! Nooooo!!! [The Beat]

Film – Warner Bros. and David S. Goyer have agreed to a three-year, first-look deal. This deal seems to stem from the Studio’s desire to keep Goyer happy, so he doesn’t abandon ship like Christopher Nolan keeps threatening to. Maybe this means he’ll stay away from the superhero properties now that he has more freedom within the company… But I doubt it. The mounds of money produced by the super-movies will most likely dissuade him from branching out too far. [Indie Wire]

Comics – Rock Star/Writer Gerard Way took to Twitter the other day with concept sketches from the THIRD installment of The Umbrella Academy called Hotel Oblivion. Not sure why, since Way has made it clear he’s taking a break from comics after The Fabulous Killjoys wraps. This is really unfortunate news for me, since I enjoy his ability to write comics a hell of a lot more than I do his musicianship. [Comics Alliance]

Collectibles – Yadda, yadda, yadda… The usual amazing sculptors over at Hot Toys have created yet another an amazing product… Yadda, yada… New Thor: The Dark World figure with full armour… yadda, yadda… Looks unbelievable. [Hot Toys]


Television – Vince Gilligan is a fucking genius! There, I said it… Now maybe I can move on. Before I do that though, the last bit of the Breaking Bad finale script has appeared online. The final scenes are amazing to read, making the series’ ending that much more beautiful and poetic. Every Bad fan should surely check it out. So, um… If you haven’t seen the finale by now, SPOILERS. (duh.) [Collider]

Film – Ridley Scott has updated the status for the Prometheus sequel: The script has been written and the chase to make it begins. I didn’t hate the film as much as a lot of people did, but I do admit to being completely apathetic towards a sequel. Oh… And the director also mentioned he’s still working on Blade Runner 2— which hopefully the Film Gods will never allow to be made. At the snail’s pace Ridley’s been working at, it looks like it will never happen… Which makes me quite happy.  [The Mary Sue]

Manga – Anyone who’s read Bakuman knows how difficult it is to “make it” as a professional Manga artist– let alone do so at a young age. But there are always exceptions to the rule, and 14-year-old Sato Ito seems to be it. She’s set to make her professional manga debut in an anthology published by Kodansha Ltd. I’ve been getting into Japanese Manga a lot more over the past year and I’m excited to see how she does… If I’m able to find it (and not just an illegal scan version). [Anime News Network]

Manga – Speaking of Kodansha, the publisher has decided to publish same day global editions for both their English and Japanese digital comics. They will partner with website Crunchyroll and begin with 12 popular titles. A monthly subscription for all 12 titles will be $4.99. With Viz Media collaborating with Weekly Shonen Jump and Crunchyroll partnering with Kodansha at amazing prices, hopefully their new services will put a giant dent in the scanlations epidemic. Manga artists work extremely hard at their craft and deserve to get some recompense for their talent. [The Japan Times]

Collectibles – More Funko POP! Vinyl Figures are making their way to shops near you. This time they’re taking the form of Sam, Dean and Castiel from Supernatural. Honestly, the Winchesters aren’t my favorite figures (they’re a bit plain-looking) but Cas looks great! [Tomopop]


Film – I know many people adore Entourage and have been wondering if a movie will ever happen. (Rumors are always swirling around beloved series possibly being made into movies, but most of the time nothing happens.) Fans of the show can (hopefully) breathe a sigh of relief now that show creator Doug Ellin tweeted, “It’s a go.” Most (if not all) main cast deals have reportedly been closed. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Comics – Jim Lee recently shared several of his old rejection letters from Marvel. While it’s great to see he kept working at it and created some amazing books… It’s too bad someone from Warner Bros doesn’t have the balls to send him one of these at DC. [The Beat]

Art – There is going to be a Jaws themed art show in Los Angeles from November 1-3, titled, “Smile, You Son of a Bitch! An Art Tribute.” (It’s times like this when I wish I lived in a big city so I could experience something like this.) The show looks like it will be truly jaw-dropping. (Pun intended.) For those of us not able to make the trek (in my case it is over 2000km or 1200 miles), the following link has a preview of 14 pieces from the exhibit. [/Film]

Television – How I Met Your Mother has been one of my favourite shows, but it’s grown kind of stale. (Hate to say it, but it’s the truth.) So, when I stumble across news telling me there might be a spin-off series, I’m less than impressed. The upside? The main cast of HIMYM will not be returning, so it won’t be a direct spin-off… Which leaves me completely free to ignore this new rendition, called (shockingly!) How I Met Your Father. [I Watch Stuff]

Film – I’m super excited for the new Muppets movie… And thought the last one was a great way to restart the franchise! Here’s a look at the new movie poster for Muppets Most Wanted. With Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey starring, I think this is one sequel that will send me right over the rainbow. [EW]


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