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In Defence Of... Ang Lee's multi-million dollar psychodrama Hulk

16 May 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

At the time of writing, Marvel have not yet confirmed a third standalone Hulk movie, but without giving anything away, the closing events of Avengers: Age of Ultron definitely leave that door wide open. With that in mind, it seems like the perfect time to re-appraise ol' greenskin's first big screen outing, Ang Lee's multi-million dollar psychodrama, Hulk.

Released in 2003, Hulk took a total of $132.2 million at the Us box office, just short of its reputed £137 million budget. Though it eventually took over $245 million worldwide, it was perceived as a flop, significantly under-performing compared to the likes of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man or Bryan Singer's X-Men movies. Hulk not box-office Smash, in other words. Critics weren't overly kind either – it earned 62% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, indicating decidedly mixed reviews albeit with a positive slant.

Based on the Marvel comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby »

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‘Everything I Never Told You’ Movie in the Works at Relativity

14 May 2015 6:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Relativity Studios has acquired the film rights to Celeste Ng’s family drama “Everything I Never Told You” for its Relativity Squared specialty division.

Relativity president of production Robbie Brenner will oversee with creative executive Kevin McKeon.  Brenner is also president of Relativity Squared.

“Everything I Never Told You” is a New York Times bestseller and was named Amazon’s best book last year.

Ng’s debut novel centers on a mixed-race, Asian-American family in the late ’70s shocked by the inexplicable drowning of their seemingly perfect daughter, only to discover they didn’t know her at all. Through stories of her parents, the reader sees how their unfulfilled dreams became pressures they placed on their children — while her older brother suspects their neighbor is responsible for his sister’s death.

Relativity Squared’s upcoming slate includes Andrew Heckler’s “Burden”; Jim Sheridan’s “The Secret Scripture,” starring Vanessa Redgrave, »

- Dave McNary

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Time Machine: Spielberg and Daughter (with 'Indiana Jones' Actress Capshaw) on Oscars Red Carpet

14 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »

- D. Zhea

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Kevin Pollak to Direct Comedy ‘The Late Bloomer’ (Exclusive)

5 May 2015 7:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kevin Pollak will make his narrative directorial debut on the indie comedy “The Late Bloomer,” based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The book recounts E! news correspondent Baker’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed. The project was previously set up at Alcon Entertainment.

Producers are Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel of Ineffable Pictures with Heidi Jo Markel (“Olympus Has Fallen”) of Eclectic Pictures. Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove rewrote Joe Nussbaum’s original draft of the script.

Pollak’s first outing as a director was the comedy doc “Misery Loves Comedy,” which was picked up by Tribeca Film just before its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. He will star in Netflix’s “Special Correspondents” with Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana, and recently finished »

- Dave McNary

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Oscar Nominated Film Series: Munich - Director Spielberg's Most Satisfying Effort in Decades

3 May 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »

- Andre Soares

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Watch: Honest Trailer For Ang Lee's 'Hulk,' The Most Forgettable Movie About A Rage Filled Monster Ever Made

29 April 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Starting late tomorrow night, U.S. audiences will be able to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (read our B- review). But before you sit down for the latest and greatest Marvel Studios has to offer, let’s wind back the clocks to the halcyon days of 2003 when Kevin Feige had a lot less power, the comic giants weren’t in the business of making their own films, and the big green monster finally got his own movie. Directed by Ang Lee and starring Eric Bana alongside Jennifer ConnellySam Elliott and Nick Nolte, 2003’s “Hulk” dared to eschew the typical action movie structure for something more poetic, albeit with comic book style transitions. It’s a film that plays less like a faithful rendering of the Hulk onscreen and more like Lee using the characters and trappings to delve into his favorite themes of repression and family dysfunction. Naturally, this »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Lol: ‘Hulk’ Honest Trailer Smacks Down “the Dullest Superhero Movie Ever Made”

29 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk emerged as one of the highlights of 2012’s The Avengers, and he has even more to do in this weekend’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. But let’s not forget that Ruffalo’s Hulk is actually the third big-screen incarnation of the character. The first was Eric Bana‘s version, in 2003’s Hulk directed by Ang […]

The post Lol: ‘Hulk’ Honest Trailer Smacks Down “the Dullest Superhero Movie Ever Made” appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Ang Lee's 'Hulk' Is Smashed, Painfully, in Super Honest Trailer

29 April 2015 2:08 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In honor (sort of) of the May 1 premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Screen Junkies took a good look at one of The Hulk's previous cinematic efforts, Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk."

As the "Hulk" Honest Trailer begins, "You loved Mark Ruffalo. You tolerated Edward Norton. But admit it, you forgot about Eric Bana until I said his name just now. Get ready for the most forgettable movie about a giant rage-filled monster ever made in 'Hulk.'" Lee's "Hulk" is dissed as "a two-hour long think piece" and "one of the dullest superhero movies ever made." Meet Bruce Banner, a "monotone, unlikable scientist" we wouldn't like when he's angry ... or calm ... or acting.

"Witness Banner's true nature unleashed when a freak accident turns him into a man who looks like he's struggling to hold in a fart."

It's harsh, but pretty true, and very, very funny. Watch the whole take-down below. »

- Gina Carbone

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Ang Lee's 'Hulk' Is Smashed, Painfully, in Super Honest Trailer

29 April 2015 2:08 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In honor (sort of) of the May 1 premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Screen Junkies took a good look at one of The Hulk's previous cinematic efforts, Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk."

As the "Hulk" Honest Trailer begins, "You loved Mark Ruffalo. You tolerated Edward Norton. But admit it, you forgot about Eric Bana until I said his name just now. Get ready for the most forgettable movie about a giant rage-filled monster ever made in 'Hulk.'" Lee's "Hulk" is dissed as "a two-hour long think piece" and "one of the dullest superhero movies ever made." Meet Bruce Banner, a "monotone, unlikable scientist" we wouldn't like when he's angry ... or calm ... or acting.

"Witness Banner's true nature unleashed when a freak accident turns him into a man who looks like he's struggling to hold in a fart."

It's harsh, but pretty true, and very, very funny. Watch the whole take-down below. »

- Gina Carbone

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Marvel movies ranked from worst to best: Iron Man to Guardians of the Galaxy

18 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's hard to believe it now, but a decade ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye. Today, McU offerings are blockbuster staples, with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more providing film fans with thundering entertainment and a connected universe culminating in the Avengers movies.

With Age of Ultron on the horizon, we've gone back through the 10 Marvel films to-date to rank them all from worst to best. Read on to find out our verdict, then join the discussion in the comments below.

10. Iron Man 2 (2010)

If Iron Man was a savvy exercise in kick-starting a shared cinematic universe, then its sequel brought everything crashing back down with a sharp, painful thud. Overstuffed with new characters, multiple plot strands and far-too-much in the way of Avengers set-up, Iron Man 2 is a step down from its predecessor in practically every way. »

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Set photos from Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur

17 April 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With filming underway on Guy Ritchie’s medieval action adventure Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, a batch of set photos have arrived online from the production in Conwy, Wales, and you can take a look at the images here courtesy of Coming Soon…

 

The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

Knights of the Round Table: »

- Gary Collinson

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Why Marvel Studios Can’t Make a Hulk Stand-Alone Movie

14 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For the last thirty years, no one seemed to give a shit about a movie adaptation of The Incredible Hulk. Universal made two attempts to bring the character to the big screen, once in 2003 with director Ang Lee and star Eric Bana and later in 2008 with director Louis Leterrier and star Edward Norton. Both films […]

The post Why Marvel Studios Can’t Make a Hulk Stand-Alone Movie appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Hot projects on Screenbase

13 April 2015 5:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Projects new to Screenbase include Ricky Gervais’ satire Special Correspondents, Garth Davis’s survival tale Lion, and Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.Garth DavisLion

Adapted from the true story “A Long Way Home,” Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) joins Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) in the cast, which also includes India’s best actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, and Deepti Naval.

Garth Davis will direct while Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Angie Fielder will produce for See-Saw Films in association with Sunstar Entertainment and Aquarius Films.

The film is co-financed by Screen Australia and will be distributed worldwide by The Weinstein Company, excluding New Zealand and Australia, which Transmission Films will cover.

Ricky GervaisSpecial Correspondents

Netflix has acquired world rights to the comedy, which has plans for a 2016 launch.

Produced by Chris Cohen, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz for Bron Studios and Unanimous Pictures, the comedy »

- mam27@bu.edu (Monica Mendoza)

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New Projects: ‘Dragon Tattoo’, ‘Pinocchio,’ and ‘Lost City of Z’

9 April 2015 12:12 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, but it made $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. It seems like a no-brainer.

Now there’s talk from THR that a sequel could arrive soon enough, but Sony is debating the possibility of turning Larsson’s last two books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, into a single film. They may even lump in a new novel starring hacker Lisbeth Salander by David Lagercrantz called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson passed away in 2004, before the books were even »

- Brian Welk

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Looking ahead to the big blockbusters of summer 2016

9 April 2015 5:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year

Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.

2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.

Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.

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- simonbrew

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Netflix Acquires Ricky Gervais Comedy Special Correspondents

8 April 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Maybe the major theater chains’ fear of Netflix was justified. The streaming service has become a formidable force in film acquisition over the past year, snagging buzzy awards pics like Beasts of No Nation and big names like Adam Sandler for various projects. Now, Netflix has struck again, making a deal with comedian Ricky Gervais to release his upcoming film Special Correspondents.

Eric Bana stars in the satirical comedy as a radio news reporter who fakes wartime correspondence from within his Manhattan apartment, setting up stages in order to pretend he is embedded abroad. Gervais wrote the film, directs and co-stars.

Netflix plans to release the pic for subscribers sometime next year. Announcing the deal, Gervais said:

Having shaken up the TV industry, Netflix is about to do the same to Hollywood. It’s great to be part of the changing future. Ted Sarandos is the new Godfather of entertainment »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Disney Renews Imax Slate Deal, Pushes Back ‘Finest Hours’ Release Again

8 April 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Disney and Imax said today they have renewed their slate deal through 2017 that will ensure the studio’s upcoming Star Wars and Marvel tentpoles will appear in the large-screen format when they drop everywhere else. As part of the multi-picture deal, Disney also announced it has re-slotted The Finest Hours, the Chris Pine-Casey Affleck-Eric Bana ocean-rescue tale that was set to bow in the October 9 awards-season corridor — it will now be released wide January 29, 2016 to… »

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Special Correspondents (2016): Gervais Creates Netflix Exclusive

7 April 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Gervais Creates Netflix Feature. Netflix will release Ricky GervaisSpecial Correspondents in 2016 and it will star Gervais as well as Eric Bana. Special Correspondents a work of satire, will be written as well as directed by Gervais. The film will be a co-production between Gervais’ Unanimous Entertainment and Bron Studios. Unanimous’ [...]

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- Victor Stiff

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Netflix nabs Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents

7 April 2015 2:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Netflix has added to its original feature film slate by snapping up the rights to Special Correspondents, the upcoming remake of the 2009 French comedy of the same name, which sees Ricky Gervais directing and co-starring with Eric Bana (Deliver Us from Evil).

According to Netflix, Special Correspondents sees Bana as “a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.”

Special Correspondents will premiere on Netflix next year.

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- Gary Collinson

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Netflix Will Exclusively Release Ricky Gervais Comedy ‘Special Correspondents’

7 April 2015 2:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Streaming service Netflix have acquired the rights to exclusively release the new Ricky Gervais comedy Special Correspondents. The red-topped streamer will release the movie worldwide in 2016.

Special Correspondents, according to Deadline who broke the story, ‘revolves around a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.’

Eric Bana will lead the movie with Gervais writing and directing.

Source: Deadline »

- Paul Heath

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