EPIX Free Preview: Heroes Weekend Including Stan Lee Documentary!


Just a few days ago I was given the opportunity to review the Stan Lee documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story that is running this weekend during the EPIX Hero Weekend, which I stated in the review of the documentary is a nice lead up to the release of the Avengers next week.

I’ve learned today that EPIX is having a free preview weekend allowing us fans to watch Thor and Captain America: First Avenger as well as the Stan Lee documentary and that it started on Friday and will run through Sunday on Cox Cable, Verizon Fios and the Dish Network.

So if you find yourself with some free time, check those listings and make sure to watch With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story!

A huge thanks of course to Ain’t It Cool News for the heads up on this!

EPIX Original Documentary – With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

Our friends at EPIX were gracious enough to allow me a chance to review their upcoming original documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, which is set to debut later this week during their Marvel Heroes Weekend. All of this of course is leading up to next week’s highly awaited theatrical release for the Avengers.

The documentary focuses on Stan Lee’s career with Marvel Comics throughout the 40s until today. In his own words Stan Lee talks about not only the iconic characters he helped to create during his stellar career but shows us fans with actual period footage how much fun it was to be part of the Marvel Bullpen crafting these tales that so many of us have grown to love.

With Great Power delves into Stan’s personal life obviously and we get a intimate look involving his loving and feisty wife, Joan, as well as their daughter Joan Celia. Throughout the documentary we also get to hear from many of his co-workers and colleagues as well as the many celebrities he has had dealings with on how much they respect the man who has essentially become the face of Marvel Comics.

Two of my favorite moments involve when Stan uprooted his family from New York and moved to California to head up the Marvel Productions studio, which at that point was solely focused on producing Marvel’s TV and film properties. In the documentary we get to see Stan in the early 80s watching test animation for the then upcoming Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends animated series and a brief clip of them watching the daily’s for Transformers: The Movie.

[Via] EPIX’s YouTube Channel

So this weekend make sure to tune into the Marvel Heroes Weekend to not only get yourself primed for the Avengers but to also check out this informative documentary. Excelsior!

EPIX’s Marvel Heroes Weekend Presents – With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story


Our friends over at EPIX have been kind enough to give us the heads up on a new documentary they have planned for their Marvel Heroes Weekend that will take place April 27th – 29th. The weekend will see the TV channel airing Iron Man 2, Thor, and the television premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger, all of this of course is to help get everyone excited about the May 4th release of the Avengers in theaters.

Along with those Mighty Marvel movies, the original documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, will air as well. The documentary will showcase the life and creations of Stan Lee, the co-creator of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man and obviously so many more.

The two clips below from the documentary give us a glimpse at what we can expect:

1) Stan Lee discusses the origin of the staff nicknames that Marvel Comics was quite well known for.

2) Stan Lee explains his decision to quit Marvel Comics in the 1960s…though we fans know that didn’t occur, this event led to the very creation of Spider-Man.

The marathon weekend will also include EPIX Extra: Mighty Movie Superheroes, examining the origins and fan following of the mighty team.

EPIX And William Shatner To Debut ‘The Captains’ At Comic-Con!

A big thanks to our friends over at EPIX for not only this awesome update to the one and only Shatnerpalooza but for this incredible display of manly strength as Captain Kirk arm wrestles…Captain Kirk!

“EPIX, the premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service announced today that it will preview its original EPIX Picture, The Captains, at this year’s Comic-Con® in San Diego on Friday, July 22. William Shatner will talk about the original documentary he produced and directed, an in depth look at the actors who have played Star Trek Captains in the films and television shows. Avery Brooks, who played Captain Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will join Shatner on a panel at Comic-Con moderated by Kevin Smith Friday, July 22, which will include exclusive clips and an audience Q&A.

Following the panel, Shatner will participate in EPIX Live from Comic-Con, an online Q&A on EpixHD.com which will allow fans across the U.S. to interact with the iconic writer-actor-producer-director. EPIX Live from Comic-Con with William Shatner will be produced by EPIX in partnership with San Diego affiliate, Cox Communications, which carries EPIX as part of its “Movie Pak” offering.

The Captains will make its world premiere July 22 at 8:00 pm EDT on EPIX and EpixHD.com as the centerpiece of SHATNERPALOOZA, a celebration of William Shatner’s film and television work running on the EPIX linear channel, EPIX SVOD service and EpixHD.com from July 21 through July 30. SHATNERPALOOZA kicks off with a 48-hour marathon that will also include the world television premiere of William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet, an award winning EPIX Pictures original that takes an inside look at the staging of famed choreographer Margo Sappington’s ballet set to the music and spoken word of Shatner’s 2004 album, “Has Been.” Shatner produced and stars in the documentary which includes appearances by composer Ben Folds and actor/musician Henry Rollins. Also featured will be the complete collection of the six original Star Trek films starring William Shatner in his seminal role as Captain Kirk, plus other rarely seen and sometimes controversial films including The Intruder, Big Bad Mama, Disaster on a Coastliner and Broken Angel, along with some highly entertaining TV fare like a classic 1964 episode of Outer Limits, a dazzling turn as the first host of Iron Chef and a no holds barred TV roast.

Comic-Con attendees will be invited to see The Captains on EpixHD.com as part of a two-week free trial offer.”

“From film and TV icon to hipster hero, William Shatner is a man of many talents,” said EPIX President and CEO Mark Greenberg. “We are proud to celebrate him as actor, producer, director and cultural phenomenon and to bring his contributions to fans at Comic-Con and on EPIX and EpixHD.com.”

Just check out these wonderful photos of William Shatner spending time with his fellow Captains of starships named Enterprise!


Now tell me truly, you want to watch this documentary just as much as I do now, don’t you?

Shatnerpalooza Beams Down July 21st!

Thanks to our friends over at EPIX for slipping this press release to us, because I can’t obviously speak for the rest of you but I might need to take the day off on July 21st for Shatnerpalooza! I especially want to watch ‘The Captains’ documentary.

“New York, NY, May 18, 2011 – EPIX, the premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service beams “Shatnerpalooza,” the ultimate multi-platform experience, to viewers this summer. Kicking
off Thursday, July 21 with a 48 hour on air marathon of William Shatner’s movie and television work, “Shatnerpalooza” will launch simultaneously on all EPIX platforms: the EPIX channel, SVOD service,
EpixHD.com and will also be available across Internet connected devices. The centerpiece of the event is the world premiere of The Captains, an EPIX Original Documentary produced and directed by William Shatner.

Fan favorite and cultural icon, William Shatner resumes the captain’s seat in his most recent journey as documentary producer, director and star. The Captains gives EPIX viewers an in-depth look at the Star
Trek franchise through the experiences of each actor who has played a Starfleet captain, including Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks, Chris Pine and Shatner himself.

As the celebration of all things Shatner continues through July on EPIX, subscribers will also be treated to another of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor’s documentaries, festival crowd favorite and award-winner, William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet. In what Variety calls “surprisingly revealing,” the film gives viewers a look at the staging of award-winning choreographer Margo Sappington’s ballet set to the soundtrack of William Shatner’s spoken word album, with music by Ben Folds, Has Been. Henry Rollins also contributes to the album and is featured in the documentary.

“From film and TV icon to hipster hero, William Shatner is a man of many talents,” said EPIX President and CEO Mark Greenberg. “We are proud to celebrate him as actor, producer, director and cultural phenomenon and to bring his contributions to fans on EPIX and EpixHD.com.”

While Shatner may have begun his long-running career performing Shakespeare at the renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the 1950’s, it is the famous phrase from a certain science fiction series that would foretell his ultimate career path: To boldly go where no man has gone before. Indeed, the actor has always pursued his career like an explorer. As a best-selling author, director, producer, spokesperson and actor, he shows no fear and very often a sense of humor fans have come to love.

“Shatnerpalooza” will feature the complete collection of the six original Star Trek films starring William Shatner in his seminal role as Captain Kirk, plus other rarely seen and sometimes controversial films, including The Intruder, Big Bad Mama, Disaster on a Coastliner and Broken Angel, along with some highly entertaining TV fare like a classic 1964 episode of Outer Limits, a dazzling turn as the first host of Iron Chef and a no holds barred TV roast.

The Captains is produced by Le Big Boss Productions Inc. in association with Movie Central, a Corus Entertainment Company; EPIX; The Movie Network, an Astral Media Network; and Les Chaines Tele Astral – a division of Astral Broadcasting Group Inc; with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credit.”