12 items from 2014
With production on Marvel Studios’ first Netflix series Daredevil set to get underway this July, it’s only a matter of time before we find out which actor will succeed Ben Affleck as the Man Without Fear, as well as which supporting characters will be making their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut when the road to The Defenders gets underway.
Speaking to IGN, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has confirmed that both Wilson Fisk – a.k.a. The Kingpin – and Elektra Natchios are available to Marvel Studios, should they choose to include the characters in the miniseries: “Kingpin we either have or somehow share,” said Feige. “Namor I think is a little complicated, the way some of them are. Elektra I think we have. I think that was part of Daredevil, and that’s clean and simple.”
As it happens, the rights to Namor the Sub-Mariner remain with Universal Pictures, while producer »
- Gary Collinson
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ box office: ‘Captain America 2′ to pass $100 million on opening weekend? (photo: Chris Evans and Robert Redford in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) The Avengers effect has yet to subside. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, debuted with an estimated $10.2 million from Thursday night (April 3, 2014) screenings in North America, including $1.2 million at 344 IMAX locations. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and veteran Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to enjoy the biggest April weekend opening ever at the domestic box office, even after factoring in inflation. At 3,938 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will surely surpass the current April record-holder, Justin Lin’s Fast Five. Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, the Rio de Janeiro-set »
- Zac Gille
Box Office Based on the Bible or not, Noah was a big draw for moviegoers this past weekend, dominating the box office with a $43.7 million debut, the fourth highest of 2014. The movie was not only a coup for Paramount, but for title star Russell Crowe and director Darren Aronofsky: Noah is the highest opening ever for a Crowe-led movie and it earned more than Aronofsky's first movie movies put together!
Divergent took second, adding $25.6 million to its total, which nears the $100 million mark. Divergent actually had more staying power than similar Ya movies, dropping 53% in week two versus, e.g., The Hunger Games, which dropped 62% in its second week in theaters. Muppets Most Wanted took third with $11.3 million, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman came in fourth with $9 million. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opens this week in the States, opened internationally to an impressive $75.2 million.
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- BJSprecher Sprecher
A lot can happen in almost a decade, the main problem for Rodriguez is that several members of his original cast have had to be replaced for various reasons. Dennis Haysbert of 24 and The Unit fame is taking over the role of Manute, a part played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan, other replacements include Josh Brolin who is taking over Clive Owens Dwight and Jamie Chung will now wield Miho’s sword replacing Devon Aoki.
The film will follow the same pattern as the first, and is being shot in the same beautiful way, with the writer of the graphic novel on which the films are based – Frank Miller, stepping into a co-directing seat. This time around we’re also going 3D. »
- Kat Smith
Nine years ago I was lucky enough to get to attend an advance screening of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City. Having just read the comics, my anticipation was through the roof. I distinctly remember moving to a different position in my 9 to 5 job and I took an extended lunch just to see the film. It was one of the longest work days I had that day but it was well worth it.
Nine. Years. Later. Who knew it would take that long to have a sequel to such a groundbreaking film. I’m just happy it is happening. Things have changed. There are a change of actors for the roles of Dwight (now played by Josh Brolin – who might be a better fit), Miho and sadly, due to Michael Clarke Duncan’s passing, Manute. There is an additional character that hasn’t been in the books called Johnny played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. »
- Andy Triefenbach
"That there is a dame to kill for." Some recent first look photos popped up showing off the return of Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, not to mention a glimpse of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now we get to see more of them and a much better look into the sequel, including the first looks at Ray Liotta, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, and Dennis Haysbert stepping in for Michael Clarke Duncan. As expected, the visuals are gorgeous, and this looks like the Sin City sequel we've all been waiting for from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. It's short and sweet, but that's all we need now. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For from YouTube: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is directed by Robert Rodriguez who co-wrote the script with William Monahan (The Departed) and Frank Miller, »
- Ethan Anderton
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has been a long time coming. Graphic novel author Frank Miller began working on the script just a year after Sin City hit the big screen in 2005. He talked about it at every opportunity, too – most notably in 2007, 2011, and again in the summer of 2012. Cameras finally began to roll in October of 2012 and now, seventeen months later, we have a real trailer.
The script – written by co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, with screenwriter William Monahan – is based on Miller’s ‘A Dame To Kill’ and ‘Just Another Saturday Night’, with two original Miller stories added in exclusively for the film. Several cast members are returning – including Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King and Powers Boothe – while some new characters have been added to the mix as well. Joining the population of this dark and corrupt town are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, »
- Sarah Myles
Fox comedy-drama Bones is about to join a very elite club – TV shows that made it to ten seasons. Speaking to reporters, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox said:
“Over the course of nine seasons, Bones has grown from a hit crime procedural into a beloved pillar of our line-up that resonates with fans in a way that only the best of shows can. Our viewers have embraced Emily, David and the entire cast and characters of Bones as their very own, and I think they are going to love what Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan have planned for Season 10!”
Bones first premiered on Fox in September 2005 and is essentially an investigation-based show about forensic anthropology and archaeology. Each episode explores an FBI case based on human remains presented to Dr Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). The premise is loosely based on the »
- Sarah Myles
While the vitriol has subsided considerably, there was a massive outpouring of negativity from fanboys around the world when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in Batman Vs. Superman. The actor, of course, is no stranger to the superhero genre, portraying blind vigilante Matt Murdock in Marvel's 2003 adventure Daredevil. During a recent interview with Playboy, the actor revealed that Daredevil was the only movie he ever regretted, which may have been part of the motivation in taking on the Batman role. The actor also spoke about the immense negative reactions from the fans and how he handled that, how Zack Snyder's vision convinced him to take the role, how this new version of Batman doesn't "compete" with Christian Bale's version, and how he has grown as an actor and an artist over the past 10 years.
The actor was told that George Clooney keeps a photo of himself as »
Don’t you love when a spoiler leaks to we, the misbegotten nerds, and suddenly the Internet is on fire? I sure do. And nothing has gotten our ragespew a flowin’ in recent memory like the potential spoiler (ahem… alert.) that Wonder Woman would be a descendant of the Kryptonian colonists of yesteryear in the Man of Steel movieverse. Funny enough, it didn’t phase me in the least. Whereas some of my close personal friends let loose a brilliantly recorded tirade railing against the very notion of it, I simply concluded that it made sense to me. Rao be damned!
So, Internet, why all the anger? Well, the knee-jerk reaction is to simply say the pitch is not in line with the true origins of the character in the source material. It’d be rude of me to then say completely straight-faced “Oh my gawd, you’re absolutely right! »
- Marc Alan Fishman
I’d hate to disappoint everyone, but we’re at episode three of American Idol‘s thirteenth season and I’m still enjoying it. Scary. Duck under your desks and pray to St. DioGuardi, because this is an emergency, children.
What can I say? Our three barristers J-Lo, Hatchet Harry, and Comely Keith are a joy! Their shiny beige complexions are captivating! And we haven’t seen too many infuriating contestants, if that’s what we’re calling them at this stage. “Laryngeal larva,” perhaps? ”Pop pupas,” maybe? Maybe not, also. But the best thing about this season so far — and I didn’t realize this until I reflected on Wednesday’s episode of Detroit auditions — is we’ve heard plenty of great song choices. No montage yet of contestants who all picked “Fallin’” or “Because of You” or “My Neck, My Back” or whatever the year’s obvious big ballad is. »
- Louis Virtel
Poster Ryan Lambie 3 Jan 2014 - 07:42
There's a web series based on Capcom's Street Fighter games coming out this year. Here's a handsome poster to remind us...
Capcom's hit videogame series Street Fighter hasn't exactly had the most classy track record on the silver screen. The 1994 film, which starred Jead-Claude Van Damme in his action star pomp alongside Kylie Minogue and Raul Julia, was the kind of amiably daft film we always seem to find while sleepily flicking through the TV channels after the pub's closed. The 2009 film Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li wasn't terribly good, but it did have the benefit of having Michael Clarke Duncan in the role of Balrog.
The web series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, although very much a low-budget labour of love, promises to do a better job of rendering the games' characters in flesh-and-blood form. It arrives on the back of the success of Street Fighter: Legacy, »
12 items from 2014
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