Jonah Hex

June 18, 2010 | 4:11 p.m.

Jonah Hex is Hollywood ugly but riding tall in his first graphic novel

“Jonah Hex” the Jimmy Hayward film starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox opens in theaters Friday, and the reviews have been just like the anti-hero himself — brutal and ugly. But the Old West loner still rides tall on the page, especially with “No Way Back,” the first full, original graphic novel featuring the character whose adventures date back to 1972. The book was drawn by Tony DeZuniga — who actually co-created the avenging cowboy back during the Nixon administration — and written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. I caught up to Palmiotti and Gray for this edition of five questions. Down below you can also find a four-page preview of the graphic novel. — Geoff Boucher   GB: Like other long-time readers of “Jonah Hex,” I was intrigued to see Tony DeZuniga’s name on this project — he was a defining part […]
April 30, 2010 | 10:53 p.m.

‘Jonah Hex,’ reloaded as a motion comic

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures won’t bring “Jonah Hex” to movie theaters until June 18, but the scarred gunslinger has already jumped off the page in another way — vintage issues of the Old West adventure have been reloaded as the latest motion-comics effort from DC Comics and Sequence Post. The first epsiode is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon, and the remaining six will be released weekly leading up to the film’s arrival. The first five episodes present the “Two Gun Mojo” story arc from the character’s Vertigo years, a tale that was written by Joe R. Lansdale, drawn by Timothy Truman and collected up in graphic-novel form in 1994. The final two episodes, “The Gunfighter” and “The Hangin’ Woman,” are from the bounty hunter’s 1970s run and were written by John Albano and drawn by Tony DeZuniga. Jim Cummings is handling the voice role of […]
Dec. 09, 2009 | 1:58 a.m.

Josh Brolin answering the call for ‘Men in Black 3’? [UPDATED]

Recent L.A. Times addition Steven Zeitchik has another casting scoop for Hero Complex: Josh Brolin could be going from “W.” to K. With “No Country for Old Men,” “Milk,” “W.,” and, of course, “The Goonies” on his resume, Brolin’s filmography speaks for itself. Now he may be adding “Men in Black 3” to that estimable list. The actor is being considered for a role that would have him donning the black suit and shades for the third installment of the sci-fi comedy franchise. His exact part is a matter of discussion, but in recent days there’s been chatter in Hollywood development circles of a few possibilities: He could play a new single-monikered government agent, with Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K passing the baton to Brolin’s character. Or he could play Agent K as a young man. Or something else entirely. […]
Oct. 19, 2009 | 8:22 p.m.

Akiva Goldsman on ‘Lobo,’ ‘Jonah Hex’ and the new ‘Swamp Thing’

This is a significantly longer version of an article I wrote on Akiva Goldsman that ran Sunday in the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. Goldsman is one of the busiest Hollywood figures in comics and sci-fi projects with four adaptations coming based on DC characters and his new role as a key figure for the Fox series “Fringe.” He’s also a figure of controversy for fans who have not forgotten the sight of a Bat-suit with nipples.  Akiva Goldsman arrived at the door of producer Brian Grazer in 1998 with one purpose. “I went there,” the screenwriter says, “to beg.” Goldsman, who had enjoyed a steady ascension in Hollywood for years, was coming off a string of films that had badly battered his reputation. He had produced and written the forgettable dud “Lost in Space” — and far worse, he had written the screenplay that […]
March 05, 2009 | 7:15 p.m.

Josh Brolin on the reloaded ‘Jonah Hex’: ‘I’m feeling great about it now’

When I went to the Oscars a few weeks ago I got a chance to talk to “Milk” costar and supporting actor nominee Josh Brolin on the red carpet for a few moments. I really had only one question for him and it had nothing to do with this year’s Academy Awards race: How are you feeling about “Jonah Hex“? The movie star’s face lit up. “I feel great about it. I feel better than I thought I would be feeling, you know. We got a director in now, Jimmy Hayward, he’s great, and [John] Malkovich is on board as the villain, and that’s amazing. So things are going spectacular, really. I’m glad to see it.” He’s glad, of course, because earlier in the project “Hex” seemed to be living up to its snake-bit name. The adaptation of the gritty […]
Jan. 13, 2009 | 12:10 a.m.

Heath Ledger, ‘Watchmen,’ Tin Tin and Jonah Hex, all in Everyday Hero headlines

HEATH LEDGER WINS A GOLDEN GLOBE: I went to the Golden Globes last night and contributed to the Los Angeles Times team coverage (we go all out for Hollywood trophy shows, too much in fact) and I got to say hello to Christopher Nolan as he crossed the banquet hall during one of the early commerical breaks. (The Globes are by far the best award show to cover; it’s dinner seating, all the stars are liquored up and you can walk over and talk to anyone, which is why I got to interview Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks in the span of 10 minutes last night.) Not long after I spoke to Nolan, the late Heath Ledger won for his performance in "The Dark Knight." Here’s what my colleague John Horn wrote about it, as well as the surprise victory […]
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