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Ever since the release of the first X-Men movie back in 2000, there has been an intelligent attempt to build up the layers of the Marvel film universe. With thousands of characters created throughout the years, and millions of people now familiar with the heroes that populate the Marvel universe, the creators of the modern Marvel movies, as well as the executives running Marvel Studios, are trying to appease fans by giving them quick cameos or mentions of characters and equipment from the comic books.Read Full Article »
Saturday, August 18, 2012
May 6 was the date that Marvel's The Avengers movie arrived and took the world by storm. As I write these words, The Avengers has grossed over $1.4 billion dollars worldwide and over $600 million alone from North American theaters.
Last week one big piece of the puzzle concerning the inevitable Avengers sequel fell into place as Marvel Studios announced the return of writer/director Joss Whedon for Avengers 2. Marvel had already set in ink the planned release dates for their second wave of superhero movies:Add a comment (0)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
If the producer of The Expendables series has his way, we will see even more legendary action movie stars participating in the next installment of the film franchise. According to Expendables producer Avi Lerner, they are talking right now to Clint Eastwood about playing a part in Expendables 3. "We've got a character in mind for him," Lerner told the Total Film outlet.
And that's not all the heroes Lerner wants for The Expendables 3. They are also talking to Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes to play characters in the next movie, although Snipes would have to wait until his current prison obligations are finished before participating.Add a comment (0)
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Even with a new leading man, The Bourne Legacy took off and captured the #1 spot at the box office this weekend. Jeremy Renner benefitted from having his mug in The Avengers, and it worked as audiences were attracted to see what he could do stepping into Matt Damon's shoes. The Bourne Legacy opened to the tune of $40.2 million dollars.
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis also drew the curious to their new comedy The Campaign, which opened in second spot with $27.4m.
After being in top spot for three weekends, The Dark Knight Rises fell to #3 ($19.5m new, $390.1m total).
Meryl Streep's new comedy Hope Springs debuted in #4 with an opening of $15.6m.Add a comment (0)
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Warner Bros. seems intent on making its live-action Justice League movie. When the studio jettisoned their first creative incarnationfor the pic three years ago, at the time it seemed that WB wanted to pursue developing stand-alone superhero tentpoles like Christopher Nolan's Batman films, the Green Lantern movie that starred Ryan Reynolds and possible Superman, Wonder Woman and Flash movies. They also took a stab at a western, Jonah Hex, which bombed hard in the summer of 2010.Add a comment (0)
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
During a conference call with Disney investors, company chairman and CEO Bob Iger dropped the bombshell that Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon has officially signed to write and direct The Avengers 2.
There's also this piece of news too: Whedon will be involved in some capacity with the proposed spinoff set in The Avengers/Marvel Cinematic Universe for ABC.Add a comment (1)
He's wearing a beard! After a year of keeping it as quiet as possible, the first official look at Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln has finally been released.
Day-Lewis is portraying the 16th President of the United States in Lincoln, the next movie directed by Steven Spielberg. Lincoln is set for release on November 9, and is going to be one of the fall's big dramas no matter which way you slice it. And with an Oscar-winning actor portraying the Prez, people will be watching closely to see if the notoriously method acting chops of DDL warrant any interest when awards season starts in full.Add a comment (1)
Monday, August 6, 2012
The hunt for Osama bin Laden took nearly ten years. Last summer American soldiers entered a compound in Pakistan and finally cornered the terrorist and alleged mastermind behind the attacks on 9/11, killing him in a fierce gunfight and making news headlines around the world.Add a comment (0)
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The latest Bat-film beat the remake of Total Recall this weekend at theaters. For the third weekend in a row The Dark Knight Rises was the number one movie in theaters, taking in an estimated $36.4 million dollars. That brings the movie's total domestic gross up to $354.6 million dollars. With another $378 million bucks earned from international venues, TDKR has a worldwide gross of $733 million dollars.
Len Wiseman's remake of Total Recall fell into the number two slot with a so-so gross of $26 million dollars. The movie is estimated to have cost its makers $125 million dollars, so a showing in the black for the new Recall is unlikely to come just from its domestic ticket sales.Add a comment (0)
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Every year 'round this time the British Film Institute compiles a list of the top 50 movies of all time, as selected by a who's who of film critics from around the globe. Movies go up the list and some movies fall down; the list changes as do the ever-changing likes of the critics, who also rotate in and out of the inclusive group.
This year in their 2012 Sight & Sound list there has been a dramatic change: the number one movie deemed the most culturally significant by film critics has been dethroned. That movie is Orson Welles' Citizen Kane which had been voted the top film for 50 years. Now it's fallen to the second-highest spot.Add a comment (0)
In the wake of a movie's release, there are two ways to judge whether it was a success: how much money the film made and how well received it was. In the case of Prometheus, the prequel to Ridley Scott's Alien, the answer to both questions could be summed up in one word: "OK".Add a comment (0)
Monday, July 30, 2012
Peter Jackson has confirmed that a deal has been reached to make a third movie based from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit duology. Jackson and New Line Cinema had gone into their Hobbit movie production under the assumption that only two films would be shot, with each one adapted from Tolkien's two books, subtitled An Uninterrupted Journey and There and Back Again.Add a comment (3)
Saturday, July 28, 2012
In the aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting, the filmmakers behind The Dark Knight Rises are coming together to help. Warner Bros. has donated money and deferred publizing the box office results of their Batman film out of respect to the shooting victims and their families. Batman star Christian Bale flew into Aurora on his own initiative to visit the recovering victims in hospital, and DC Comics has delayed the publication of their latest issue of Batman.Add a comment (1)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
With his proto-Alien prequel Prometheus a nominal success ($125 million dollars box office domestic, $175 million from foreign venues), Ridley Scott has attached his name to another possible film project. As the 74-year-old director gears up to shoot The Counselor with Brad Pitt this fall, he has partnered with his American Gangster screenwriter Steve Zaillian on a big screen remake of The Day Britain Stopped.Add a comment (1)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A five-minute international trailer for Cloud Atlas, the film adaptation of David Mitchell's fictional period/contemporary/science fiction drama, has leaked online. Directed by Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski of The Matrix trilogy and Tom Twkwer of Run Lola Run, this has been a film that hasn't seen much advance material be seen.
Yesterday EW got the drop and landed 20 new images from the movie, set for release on October 26. Supposedly later this morning a domestic trailer will drop on the internet, and when it does, I'll be back to show you that. For now, watch this one because it makes the picture look amazing.Add a comment (1)
It's not a rumor, it's a fact: talks are underway right now with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to make a third Hobbit-inspired movie. There's only a smattering of facts available right now to go on, but reportedly the minutia being discussed include returning several of the actors from Jackson's two Hobbit movies.
If a deal is reached (and really, who's going to say that one won't be?), Jackson would reassemble his team in New Zealand next summer and film this new Middle-earth picture.Add a comment (0)