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Roger Corman: ‘The Time for Motion Picture Internet Distribution is Now’

On the heels of another triumph for 90-year-old Marvel Comics wizard Stan Lee (Iron Man 3), it’s now time for 87-year-old B-movie king Roger Corman to claim his piece of the shifting media landscape. He explains to LA AP business writer Ryan Nakashima why, after turning down an offer from Hulu some time ago, he has finally decided to jump on the Internet streaming bandwagon by means of a paid-subscription YouTube channel:

His channel, “Corman’s Drive-in,” will cost subscribers $3.99 per month for a rotating selection of 30 movies, refreshed with new interviews and clips from films that are in production. It is set to launch in June.

“I believed for many years that the future of motion picture distribution, particularly for the independents, is on the Internet,” Corman said. “I think the time is now.”

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Matt Damon Goofs with a 90-Year-Old Hollywood Legend

Only a very few select actors can claim to belong to the Hollywood breed that is at once genuinely nice, well-adjusted with family, boffo at the theatrical box office, killer on the small screen and self-deprecating throughout. Tom Hanks once ruled this roost and now, well, the perch arguably belongs to Matt Damon.

Hot on the heels of Damon’s time-capsule-worthy hijacking of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor today shows how to turn a charity-pitch into something unique and notable. From the unlikely starting point of a “toilet strike,” watch this message on behalf of water.org via Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel:

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Stan Lee’s Social Media Origins Story

Score one for Westwood, CA comic book fan Manny Redruello. It was his question submitted to mashable.com that elicited a most memorable response from Marvel maestro Stan Lee.

Redruello wondered how Lee might have used Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the social media pantheon if these tools had been around during the early stages of the latter’s remarkable career. Answered the man who can also be found @TheRealStanLee:

“Well, I didn’t have Twitter, but I had my column and we had letters pages in the comic books, where readers would write letters. You know the reason I wear glasses now? Because I strained my eyes! I read every damn letter and answered as many as I could. I was writing to them and they were writing to me, and it felt like I had a million friends all over. So that was my Twitter in those days.”

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LA Times Announces Hero Complex Film Festival Schedule

The LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival just announced the schedule for its third annual iteration at the Downtown Regal Cinemas at L.A. LIVE. The festivities kick off May 18 with a screening of Dawn of the Dead. Director Zack Snyder will be there for a zombietastic night with Walking Dead writer/creator Robert Kirkman.

The festival will close May 21 with a night with comic book legend Stan Lee. Other highlights include a screening of A Clockwork Orange followed by a discussion with Malcolm McDowell. There will also be Robocop.

Full schedule after the jump.

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Stan Lee Zings the Zombie Craze

In the latest issue of TIME, the venerable Stan Lee answers ten questions on the back page.

Lee is still going strong at age 89, but one thing he apparently doesn’t spend too much time thinking about is any imminent zombie invasion. Here’s his answer to reporter Belinda Luscombe’s query, “Which are you personally more afraid of: mutants, zombies or space aliens?”:

“I don’t understand zombies, because it seems to me that somebody who is dead and comes back to life should be grateful that he’s here living again – why would he want to eat other people up? I think the first thing he’d do is get a nice apartment and figure how he can make a living and get a girlfriend. I’m personally more afraid of what’s really going on with nuclear weapons and things like that.”

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Authors Attempt to Demystify Hollywood Hiring Process

If the proof is in the pudding, then the co-authors of Hire Me, Hollywood! Your Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Most Exciting–and Unexpected–Jobs in Show Business certainly seem to have sufficient subject matter expertise. Mark Scherzer, now based in New York, works for Reelz Channel as a writer-producer, while Keith Fenimore tools around daily for some guy named Howard Stern.

Among those interviewed for the book are Stan Lee, True Blood actor Sam Trammell, Entertainment Tonight co-host Mark Steines and Live with Regis and Kelly producer Michael Gelman. Scherzer came to LA from Montreal way back in 1991 and ahead of a book signing in his hometown this weekend, he confirmed to the Montreal Gazette that two golden rules still hold true:

Nearly everyone profiled in the book started at the bottom and worked his or her way up. Lee filled inkwells at a New York publishing house; hairstylist-to-the-stars Ryan Randall began as an unpaid intern on American Idol. But the one trait Scherzer and Fenimore’s subjects share is drive: “They all had passion. They weren’t going to dabble. They were going to do this 100 per cent,” said Scherzer.

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Schwarzenegger Shelves Hollywood Comeback

Perhaps the only good thing to come of the whole Arnold Schwarzenegger love child scandal is that we won’t have to watch the sagging action star’s attempt to muscle his way back into the Hollywood spotlight. His entertainment counsel, Patrick Knapp, gave the following statement on Thursday:

At the request of Arnold Schwarzenegger, we asked Creative Artists Agency to inform all his motion picture projects currently underway or being negotiated to stop planning until further notice.

Governor Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines. This includes ‘Cry Macho,’ the ‘Terminator’ franchise and other projects under consideration. We will resume discussions when Governor Schwarzenegger decides.

Mercifully that also includes the comic book and animated series The Governator, a.k.a. the worst idea Stan Lee ever had.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Taiwanese Animation Style

Stan Lee is working with Arnold Schwarzenegger on a comic book and TV show called “The Governator,” and while we realize that sounds like an April Fool’s joke, it really isn’t. Next Media Animation, that odd little Taiwanese company that animates the news, has made it the subject of their latest video. A cartoon about a man being turned into a cartoon.

In truth, these videos were better without the subtitles, but it’s still worth a watch.

Schwarzenegger’s Latest Project: ‘Governator’ TV Show, Comic Book

Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the spotlight in animated form. The actor and recently retired governor of California is the basis for a fictional superhero known as ‘The Governator.’ And he’s working with Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee on the endeavor. Lee gave Entertainment Weekly details:

The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger. We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.

Schwarzenegger told Entertainment Weekly that he’d rather be running for president, but since his foreign birth prevented it, the project was his “Plan B.” And by that we’re pretty sure he means revenge on America for thwarting his plans for world domination with our stupid laws.

Stan Lee Versus…Stan Lee?

Weird story from THR Esq. Comic book legend Stan Lee is being sued by his namesake company Stan Lee Media Inc. for intellectual property theft. Lee left SLMI for Marvel Entertainment nearly a decade ago, and the legal wrangling for control of Lee’s comic universe has been going on ever since. THR‘s Eriq Gardner explains:

California federal judge Stephen Wilson is allowing the authorities now controlling SLMI to pursue a lawsuit against Lee for improperly transferring the intellectual property rights to many legendary comic book characters including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Thor, and more.

On Monday, with Judge Wilson’s blessing, the plaintiff filed a new consolidated complaint that alleges that Lee assigned rights to these characters to SLMI in 1998 and then colluded to divert assets to his other companies, QED Productions and Pow! Entertainment, before they eventually wound up in Marvel’s hands as the result of a settlement.

This latest suit comes only weeks after a billion dollar Lee/SLMI/Marvel suit was dismissed.

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