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Tony Stark is invincible — at least when it comes to the numbers for Iron Man 3, that is. A whopping $174 million at the box office opening weekend. A staggering $409 million domestically. More than $1.2 billion grossed worldwide.
But the genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist character who’s appeared in five Marvel films so far was fallible in his third standalone feature, spending much of his post-Avengers time in his basement, designing prototype after prototype of his Iron Man suits to keep his mind off his near-death experience.
The most eye-popping one he built: The Mark 42 (below), which he can summon remotely in »
- Shirley Li
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
Guns, dames and hats: you can't have a film noir without them, can you? Take a look at the Guardian and Observer critics list of the best 10 noirs and you'll realise things aren't that simple …
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Nicholas Ray's astonishingly self-assured, lyrical directorial debut opens with title cards and lush orchestrations over shots of a boy and a girl in rapturous mutual absorption: "This boy … and this gir … were never properly introduced … to the world we live in …" A shriek of horns suddenly obliterates all other sound – their shocked faces both turn toward the camera, and the title appears: They Live by Night.
Meet 23-year-old escaped killer Bowie Bowers and his farm-girl sweetheart Keechie Mobley (Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell), in an imaginary idyll »
Hey so this is my first editorial, I’m new to Cbm in the sense that I’ve just made an account, but I’ve kind of been lurking here for the past few years… watching you all… Well if that wasn’t too creepy for you, check out my review of Iron Man 3. My plan is to go through each of 2013’s five major comic book movies – Iron Man 3, Man Of Steel, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 and Thor: The Dark World – and give them my thoughts before rating them out of 5 stars. Warning, there will of course be Spoilers. I’ll try not to compare between the films until I’ve reviewed all five, and just focus on them individually. Anyway, hope you enjoy! Iron Man 3 Studio: Marvel/Disney Release Date (Us): May 3, 2013 Director: Shane Black Box Office (Global): $1.215 billion The Good - The »
It's an indisputable fact that Christmas music is the most horrible music, as clearly demonstrated by the multitude of holiday songs incorporating onomatopoeia — click-click-click, thumpety thump-thump, pa-rum pa pum-pum.
Your dignity is diminished just by singing it. And the most awful film genre is Christmas films, with the exception of Die Hard and every movie written by Shane Black. It stands to reason that an Austin-based Christmas film is going to feature a whole lot of Christmas music, and indeed, Angels Sing has a cast that includes Harry Connick Jr., Lyle Lovett, Nashville's Connie Britton, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson.
So there's a lot of onscreen music-making, some of it amazing, the rest Santa-related »
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel poised for biggest domestic November debut ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) On Friday, November 22, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (slightly) surpassed the higher end of early North American box office predictions, pulling in an estimated $70.5 million (including $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows) from 4,163 sites as per Box Office Mojo. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games sequel seems poised to shatter the current November opening-weekend record held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. But then again, comparisons between the two movies may not be exactly fair; more on that below. Last week, some box office pundits (and, reportedly, Lionsgate Pictures as well) were expecting Catching Fire to open somewhere near Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3‘s $174.14 million »
- Zac Gille
Who doesn’t love Murtaugh and Riggs? They were arguably the best crime fighting duo to come out of the 80s and 90s. Danny Glover played Murtaugh through four films. He was a cop that just wanted his pension and for the days to go a little easier. Then there was Riggs. He was a partly suicidal cop that lived for the action. That dynamic, written by Shane Black, became the basis for practically every buddy cop movie to come later.
The last Lethal Weapon film to be made and released was Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998 (unless you count the unofficial sequel from the gang in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). That movie wasn’t notable for much except introducing American audiences to Jet Li. The movie did an Ok job of getting everyone together and closing out the series, but the series had lost the refreshing taste the »
- Zachary Leeman
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above »
- Zac Gille
There's no denying the powerhouse that Marvel Studios has become. The comic book movie universe that the company has created hardly came out of humble beginnings - Jon Favreau's Iron Man made $585 million internationally when it was released back in 2008 - but ever since Joss Whedon's The Avengers came out last year the franchise's popularity has exploded. Avengers and Shane Black's Iron Man 3 currently sit at number three and number five, respectively, on the all time worldwide box office chart, and Alan Taylor's Thor: The Dark World keeps shooting up the charts as well. Following a big premiere in many markets overseas and a huge debut here in the United States, the God of Thunder sequel has now officially passed the $500 million mark, making it now the fifth Marvel Cinematic Universe film to do so. Since hitting Us theaters on November 8h, the action movie »
Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and sequels. That's how the phrase goes, and we won't let anyone tell us otherwise. It should be no surprise to anyone who vaguely follows Hollywood news that nothing is sacred, but even so, there's something especially galling about the prospect of a sequel to It's a Wonderful Life.
We should all bear in mind that, much like the Casablanca sequel that was rumoured last year, this may well never amount to anything. But forewarned is forearmed, and so we've put our Worst Case Scenario hat on to dream up some equally horrifying possibilities.
Here are seven of Digital Spy's very best worst pitches for movie sequels.
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid... including the ending of Gravity. You have been warned!
But wait, we hear you cry. What's the eighth deadly sin? That's exactly the »
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: Strong Brazil opening points to bigger international hit than ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, toplining Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, debuted in Brazil last Friday, November 15, 2013. A national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic"), November 15 has proven to be a highly profitable "opening date" in Brazil; in 2012, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke both single-day and opening-weekend records at the Brazilian box office. Now comes Catching Fire, which far surpassed the box office take of its predecessor. Surely it’s no coincidence that both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises currently belong to the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures combo. Or that both franchises have been/are being distributed in Brazil by Paris Filmes, possibly that country’s biggest homegrown film distribution entity. »
- Andre Soares
David Thomson's book of his favourite film moments is highly subjective and full of wit and insight
Born in London in 1941, resident in America since the early 1970s, David Thomson has been one of the liveliest, most literate, productive, provocative and daring movie critics for more than 40 years, his books ranging from a definitive biography of David O Selznick to an intrusively speculative monograph on Nicole Kidman. He has studied whole careers, single films and now he's down to choosing single key moments.
This would have pleased the gloriously named John Bickerson "Binx" Bolling, narrator of The Moviegoer, Walker Percy's philosophical novel that won the 1962 Us National Book award. Binx is a laid-back Louisiana stockbroker from old New Orleans money, and is, he says, "quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie". In fact, movies are more memorable to him than so-called real life. "Other people," he observes, »
- Philip French
2011's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was about as big and as pleasurable a surprise as you could imagine. Four movies into the franchise, which had already weathered a series of ups and downs, returned in fine form with a beautifully directed, wonderfully exciting installment directed by a filmmaker making his live action debut, Brad Bird ("Ratatouille"). Beyond the smashing creative accomplishment, it was also a genuine blockbuster; not only was it the highest grossing entry in the franchise, but also the highest grossing movie starring Tom Cruise. Ever.
So the pressure's on for "Mission: Impossible 5" to actually deliver. Much about the sequel remains unknown, although considering producer J.J. Abrams is back on board, it's safe to assume that at least some of the characters from the fourth film will make it back (the team dynamic was so great there). At least we now know when to look for »
- Drew Taylor
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves marking your calendars for the Dec. 25, 2015 release of the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Paramount Pictures confirmed the Christmas Day release on Wednesday.
Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the film, which will find the actor re-teaming with his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie. Drew Pearce, who co-wrote Iron Man 3 with Shane Black, is writing the script.
- Lindsey Bahr
Iron Man VFX Breakdown by Trixter by itsartmag Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Iron Man 3 was directed by Shane Black, from a screenplay written by Drew Pearce. The film opened in theaters May 3, 2013. It stars: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Virginia Potts), Don Cheadle (Col. »
Part of me . a very small part, admittedly . wondered if Thor: The Dark World could maintain Marvel.s miraculous performance at the box office. Iron Man 3 carried the studio.s torch in a post-Avengers world, but it also had the benefit of being the first blockbuster of the Summer 2013 season. Could Thor also capitalize on Marvel.s monetary momentum? It appears so. The Hollywood Reporter states that Alan Taylor.s mythical sequel took in an estimated $7.1 million in Thursday evening screenings, which started at 8 p.m. last night. Impressive, but what does that mean? It totally depends on what you are comparing Thor to. When compared to Kenneth Branagh.s original Thor, the sequel.s already a runaway success. That film earned $3.2M in midnight grosses back in 2011 (though as the trade notes, it actually opened at midnight, and not at 8 p.m.) However, Shane Black.s Iron Man 3 »
Joss Whedon's The Avengers and Shane Black's Iron Man 3 currently stand at number three and five on the all-time worldwide box office gross rankings, which basically secures the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one of the biggest franchises currently running in modern Hollywood. As a result, however, expectations are through the roof for Thor: The Dark World, which finally hits theaters this weekend here in the United States after already coming out in a few markets abroad. Fortunately, it looks as though the movie will live up to its predecessors, as the movie has already surpassed the $100 million mark internationally and its been estimated that it will make around $95 million in its first three days of release domestically. Fans are obviously excited for the film, but what is it exactly that they are looking forward to the most? According to a survey done by Fandango, there are many »
A prolific television director with a trio of features under his belt, Taylor is one of HBO's go-to guys, having helmed episodes of "Oz," "Sex and the City," "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "Carnivale," "Deadwood," "Rome," "Big Love," and "Boardwalk Empire." But none of those gigs would leave him particularly suited for "Thor: The Dark World." What would, however, get him prepared for taking on a world of frost giants, dark elves, and weird glowing red goo, was his stint on HBO's dark fantasy series "Game of Thrones."
For "Game of Thrones," Taylor was responsible for "Baelor," the traumatizing episode in which Sean Bean's Ned Stark gets beheaded, as well as a handful of other episodes from Season 2. His work on "Game of Thrones" is what got Marvel's attention, who placed him on »
- Drew Taylor
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a superhero movie... and they've taken over Hollywood with their superpowers and Spandex costumes. The Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best
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10. Iron Man 3
Shane Black's jagged-edged debut in the Marvel hotseat might easily have been a by-the-numbers "threequel", especially with star Robert Downey Jr out of contract and The Avengers' stupendous box office success a year earlier. Instead, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director delivered the series' best instalment so far via a perfectly-pitched twist that comes about as close as the superhero genre will ever get to its very own Crying Game moment.
Ben Kingsley's nefarious Mandarin is a preposterous, shadowy Bin Laden clone with a big bushy beard »
Marvel's superhero sequel benefits from 'Avengers bounce' to rack up big totals across the international box office
Superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World hammered its way to a mighty $109.4m (£68.3m) worldwide on debut at the weekend. The impressive haul was achieved despite the comic book tale having not yet opened in any of the world's three largest countries in terms of box office clout, the Us, China and Japan.
The figure for Alan Taylor's film, which once again stars Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder, suggests the movie is well on the way to a global debut of at least $200m when it debuts in North America and China next weekend. It looks set to be easily one of the year's highest grossing films, »
- Ben Child
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