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Vote For Your Favorite Batman Film And Decide Which Movie Advances To The Next Round in our #comicbookmovie Franchise Final Four Bracket!

Each week after we’ll pit the 4 most popular/best versions of each movie franchise against each other in a weekly poll on our Twitter feed (@Michael_Dolce) starting with the Batman bracket – and leave it in your hands to see which film emerges as the best in that franchise. Don’t agree with our choices? Simply Reply to the Tweet with the version of Batman (or others) you think should win. The write-in voted WILL be tallied!

And that’s it! Once we weed through the best franchises we’ll the pit the two DC comic book films against each other on one side of the bracket and the Marvel finalists against each other on the other.

First week of April we’ll let YOU declare the best Comic Book Movie Film franchise.

So tune in this Friday 11am ET as we introduce the Comic Book Movie March Madness bracket. We also hear from Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffrey on the new Creative Economy: What jobs exist today in the creative field that never existed at any time before – and how do you score those gigs? Video Game analyst, Blogger, Professional live streamer, YouTube Sensation – we give you the insight and history of how the Internet (for the umpteenth time) has changed EVERYTHING. Plus, we break down Chris Rock’s Oscar speech and more! Secrets of the Sire: Friday 11am ET on TalkingAlternative.com

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This week on Secrets of the Sire we welcome Bad Coyote Funky podcaster Sergio Renwick and hear from Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffrey on the new Creative Economy. What jobs exist today in the creative field that never existed at any time before – and how do you score those gigs? Video Game analyst, Blogger, Professional live streamer, YouTube Sensation – we give you the insight and history of how the Internet (for the umpteenth time) has changed EVERYTHING.

“Obviously, it was not something we expected. We put it up on a couple of web sites and forgot about it. [The song] got picked up a month later and spread like wildfire. It was a game changer for us,” Jeffrey said about his hit song “Trojans” – a common theme amongst budding musicians and artists.

Plus, we break down Chris Rock’s Oscar speech and introduce our March Madness: Movie Franchise Final Four! Secrets of the Sire: Friday 11am ET on TalkingAlternative.com

Click Here For Full Q&A with Atlas Genius via amNew York

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It’s March Madness time and nobody loves posting his bracket more than yours truly. So in the spirit of the season, Secrets of the Sire is launching its first ever Comic Book Movie Franchise Final Four!

What does that entail? Glad you asked!

First, we took the biggest comic book movie heavyweights we could think of – and by that we mean the franchises with the most “total” number of films.

Next we added a little wrinkle: each of these franchises have to have had at least one “reboot” to qualify.

Finally, no “spin-offs” allowed (sorry Deadpool fans) – we want to rank the best tent pole flicks and tent-pole flicks only.

And that has left us with four comic book movie franchise finalists: Batman (Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan, Joel >gasp< Shumacher), Superman (Richard Donner, Zack Snyder, Bryan Singer…those other two guys), Spider-Man (Sam Raimi, Marc Webb) & The X-Men (Bryan Singer, Brett (ugh) Ratner, Matthew Vaughn).

Comic Book Movie March Madness

So…what comes next? Easy! Tune into TalkingAlternative.com Friday March 4th at 11am ET where we welcome Sergio Renwick of Bad Coyote Funky to help rank the films within each franchise best to worst. We’ll aslo be Periscoping and YouNow‘ing live via our handle @Michael_Dolce. The top 4 will then advance, March Madness bracket style, into the next round immediately following the conclusion of our show.

Each week after we’ll pit the 4 most popular/best versions of each movie franchise against each other in a weekly poll on our Twitter feed (@Michael_Dolce) starting with the Batman bracket – and leave it in your hands to see which film emerges as the best in that franchise. Don’t agree with our choices? Simply Reply to the Tweet with the version of Batman (or others) you think should win. The write-in voted WILL be tallied!

And that’s it! Once we weed through the best franchises we’ll the pit the two DC comic book films against each other on one side of the bracket and the Marvel finalists against each other on the other.

First week of April we’ll let YOU declare the best Comic Book Movie Film franchise.

So tune in this Friday 11am ET as we introduce the Comic Book Movie March Madness bracket. We also hear from Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffrey on the new Creative Economy: What jobs exist today in the creative field that never existed at any time before – and how do you score those gigs? Video Game analyst, Blogger, Professional live streamer, YouTube Sensation – we give you the insight and history of how the Internet (for the umpteenth time) has changed EVERYTHING. Plus, we break down Chris Rock’s Oscar speech and more! Secrets of the Sire: Friday 11am ET on TalkingAlternative.com

Catch up on previous shows! Download our podcast on iTunes!

Check out my interview with the Walkmen’s @WaltRMartin for @amNewYork. Walter and I chatted about his new solo record Arts & Leisure, his songwriting process and the status of his more famous outfit the Walkmen.

“Walter Martin likes to be funny … it just doesn’t always turn out that way in the end.

Such was the case when the Walkmen bassist set out to write “Arts & Leisure,” a follow-up to his commercially successful debut “We’re All Young Together.”

“I was an art history major and I don’t remember it very well and I thought it would be funny,” Martin cheerfully recalls. “But then I sort of realized after I wrote a few songs, that of course I really love art. I have feelings about it. So I felt like I could make it richer. And that’s when I thought I was onto a good idea.”

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Walter Martin Walkmen

Image via amNew York

 

It’s Oscars 2016, a time usually hyped up with office pools, popcorn and glamorous celebrities trapsing the Red Carpet. Yet there’s an air of uncertainty hanging over this year’s broadcast, a cloud brought on by the seeming lack of diversity that’s plaguing Hollywood.

One of my favorite magazines, Entertainment Weekly, for the first time in years, didn’t even want to risk putting Oscars on its front cover, something unheard of if you’ve read the magazine as long as I have (last year they did TWO Oscars related covers leading up to the big show)

Oscars 2016 Mad Max

Which brings us to one of the intriguing and in many ways anomalous films to be nominated this year: George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

OScars So White

What makes it so anomalous you might ask? Let us count the ways:

1) It’s a sci-fi film up for two major awards, Best Picture and Best Director…and it just might win!
Talk about lack of diversity, sci-fi and blockbuster films for years have gotten little to no love from the Academy (Hello to any of the Chris Nolan Batman movies – Heath Ledger’s untimely demise being the exception). So the fact that George Miller is being recognized – for a franchise movie no less! – is really quite the achievement.

2) It’s both a case supporting the #OscarsSoWhite diversity controversy and a testament to how far we’ve come.
Two words: Imperator Furiosa. While yes, this is a whitewashed cast which was one of the big complaints surrounding the movement Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee started, the fact that Charlize Theron steals the show in a successful blockbuster, without having to exhibit the usual feminine wiles speaks volumes. Heck, you can make the case the movie’s pretty much about her and Tom Hardy is just along for the ride.

3) It’s a giant freakin’ car chase!
The movie Brooklyn is atypical Oscars fare: a movie no one’s ever seen (or even heard of to be honest) that takes place in real time, in quiet settings, with emotional characters experiencing coming-of-age type changes. Not face painted post-apocalyptic rejects shredding guitars, pole vaulting across the screen while cruising at 90 miles per hour. Beat that Brooklyn

Who do you think will win Best Picture at the Oscars? Take our Twitter poll NOW!.

And tune in this Friday 11am ET as we break down the favorites to win and are we even allowed to root for any of them because their white? Plus, we look at the anomaly that is Mad Max, the only pop culture/sci-fi pic up for major awards. And why it’s the one film that’s both a case for the diversity movement and against it. Secrets of the Sire: Friday 11am ET on TalkingAlternative.com

Take our Twitter poll NOW and vote on your favorite comic-to-TV series currently on air! Results announced on this week’s show.

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[All images via FOX Movies]

Deadpool made 135M at the box office. We break down WHY.

Sure, Secrets of the Sire went on record to predict doom and gloom for the Deadpool movie only to watch it set R-rated box office records. But enough dwelling on the past, listen in as we break down WHY the Deadpool movie killed it this past weekend.

We Break Down Why Deadpool Set R-Rated Box Office Records

Click here to listen to Secrets of the Sire: Episode Five

You can’t win them all. Yes, this host went on this very blog (and internet radio and podcast) to predict doom and gloom for the Deadpool movie only to watch it set R-rated box office records. But enough dwelling on the past, here’s WHY the Deadpool movie killed it this past weekend:

1) The Marketing For Deadpool Was Redic

Between NBA Christmas ads or shots of star Ryan Reynolds sprawled out on a bear-skin rug, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the marketing department at FOX deserves kudos (and a whole lot more) for selling the general public on an R-rated superhero most folks outside of comic stores and cosplay conventions had never even heard of. The fact that the suits didn’t shy AWAY from the R-rating, but rather EMBRACED it appeased the hardcore fans of the character (whom this blog thought might end up the cause for the movies demise) while still enticing the casual moviegoer into theaters on what was supposed to be a romantic Valentines Day movie going weekend.

Deadpool Movie Top 3

2) The SuperHero Fatigue Factor Kicked In

As noted by Forbes magazine (and posted to the Secrets of the Sire Facebook Page) Deadpool gave fans something DIFFERENT, thwarting a situation known as superhero fatigue. Seriously, I had been prepping a blog about how much I’m sick of the takeover superhero movies have made at the box office over the years (and TV for that matter), but Deadpool seemed to kind of spit in the face of every superhero flick that had come before. I mean just the fact that Ryan Reynolds could go meta and lament the different actors that have portrayed Professor Xavier is reason enough to plop down $15 bucks to see it.

Deadpool Movie

3) We Told You It Would Flop!

That’s right folks, Secrets of the Sire made this one happen. If we’d gone on record and told you it would be great, Ryan Reynolds would be scraping the floor off another superhero flop.

You’re welcome Internet.

But seriously, Deadpool became as big as it did because at the end of the day…it was GOOD! If it wasn’t, no amount of marketing would have gotten it past the Friday box office.

What do you think? Was Deadpool a product of marketing, superhero fatigue or just plain great? We talk about that and more this Friday at 11am EST on TalkingAlternative.com. Plus: The Walking Dead returns! Get zombified as we break down what’s to come as the number one TV show on air returns and why the small screen adaptation is WAY better than the comics.

Take our Twitter poll NOW and vote on your favorite comic-to-TV series currently on air! Results announced on this week’s show.

Catch up on previous shows! Download our podcast on iTunes!

[All images via FOX Movies]

We chat with Pat Shand (Robyn Hood, Charmed) about the path he took to break into comics and get his take on what you should do the same (minus any restraining orders). We also find out some of your favorite creators’ most memorable moments in the biz.

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You always remember your first time…breaking into comics that is!

That’s the theme this week as we tackle that always elusive, never tired topic of breaking into comics. It’s what I get asked about most at comic conventions and I’ve been behind a booth or table for 15 years now (yikes! time flies!)

At the end of the day, there are COUNTLESS ways to break in and the comics industry is full of great stories from professionals on how they made it.

Gail Simone of Birds of Prey, Deadpool and Leaving Megalopolis fame (an awesome book co-created with Jim Calafiore) recounted her first big break at CrossGen comics.

Talent Caldwell of Aspen, DC and Wildstorm fame emailed me about the very first page he laid a pencil to professionally:

“My first job in comics was as a pencil assistant for artist Michael Turner back in 2000, during his time at ‘Top Cow’.  January 12th, 2000 to be exact.  Page 1 of FATHOM issue #11 to be even more exact.”

Talent Caldwell on Breaking Into Comics

Finally, Zenescope editor/writer Pat Shand of Robyn Hood, Grimms Fairy Tales & Charmed fame first dropped ink on IDW’s ANGEL – YEARBOOK before moving over to Zenescope and penning a host of comics as a full-time staff writer.

Wanna learn more? We chat with Mr. Shand this Friday about the path he took to break into comics and get his take on what you should do the same (minus any restraining orders). We also find out some of your favorite creators’ most memorable moments in the biz.

Tune in Friday 11am EST on Talking Alternative. Or log into my Periscope handle @Michael_Dolce to live stream and chat with us then.

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PAT SHAND writes comics (Robyn Hood, Hellchild, Family Pets), novels (Charmed for HarperCollins), and pop culture journalism (Sad Girls Guide, Blastoff Comics). He lives in New York with his partner Amy and their zoo of cats. You can find him online @PatShand.