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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. »
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.
- Gary Collinson
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 […]
- Peter Sciretta
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.
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.
Netflix has acquired world rights to the comedy, which has plans for a 2016 launch.
- email@example.com (Monica Mendoza)
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
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.
Warcraft - »
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:
- Isaac Feldberg
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… »
Gervais Creates Netflix Feature. Netflix will release Ricky Gervais’ Special 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’ [...]
Continue reading: Special Correspondents (2016): Gervais Creates Netflix Exclusive »
- Victor Stiff
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.
- Gary Collinson
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
Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondent, which he will direct and star in alongside Eric Bana, is yet another film to be housed under Netflix's movie distribution model. Having acquired Cary Fukunaga's much-buzzed Beasts of No Nation and producing new films from Adam Sandler, Pee-Wee Herman and the Duplass brothers, they continue their film plans by acquiring the new comedy, continuing their working relationship with Gervais, which began when they streamed the comedian's BBC sitcom Derek. Variety reports plans are to release Special Correspondent next year worldwide, and according to Karen Barragan, Netflix's spokewoman, the satire will not have a theatrical release, and will premiere exclusively on the site. Does this mean, after their debacles with major theater chains concerning Beast of No Nation and that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel Netflix has turned to releasing their film acquisitions exclusively on their sitec Time will only tell, it seems. "Having shaken up the TV industry, »
- Will Ashton
TV Spotlight: Ricky Gervais And Eric Bana Are Cooking Up A Netflix Film. “Special Correspondents,” a new original feature film written and directed by Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek), will debut worldwide on Netflix next year.Gervais has written what is described as a “hilarious, modern comedy” in which Bana plays 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 […] »
- April Neale
The streaming giant has taken another potential theatrical release off the table, acquiring world rights to the Ricky Gervais satire.
”Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais; smart social satire with heart,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world.”
The story follows a reporter who fabricates warzone dispatches from a Spanish restaurant in New York.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
John Noble is coming to Forever — but don’t worry, he’s not bringing the apocalypse with him.
Noble will play Aubrey Griffin, a wheelchair-bound expert of history and antiques. When a museum curator dies with a cursed Roman dagger in her possession, Aubrey gets caught up in solving the mystery behind the weapon.
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* Syfy has given a pilot order to Incorporated, »
The Gervais-written movie satirises news culture in the era of budding social media through the fictional accounts of a war reporter.
Eric Bana plays a New York radio journalist who chooses to file fake reports of a South American war from the comfort of his Manhattan apartment.
Aside from writing Special Correspondents, Gervais will also have a supporting role.
The comedian said today (April 6): "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 and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse."
"It's the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, »
Netflix continues to forge on into the world of film: The network has acquired Special Correspondents, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana, for 2016. In a very Gervais-ian role, Bana plays an arrogant radio journalist who fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his Manhattan apartment. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos called it "classic Ricky Gervais" for its biting, satirical bent. Gervais, meanwhile, kissed the ring of Sarandos, calling him the "new Godfather of entertainment." We're thinking it'll be like Shattered Glass, only older, funnier, and less maniacal. »
- E. Alex Jung
Netflix is quickly becoming a force in movie distribution. In recent months, they’re announced deals with Adam Sandler, Pee-Wee Herman, and distribution on films like the latest from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation. Their latest deal is equally impressive and probably a little bit funnier. Ricky Gervais‘s upcoming film Special Correspondents, which stars Eric Bana, […]
- Germain Lussier
Ricky Gervais is underway on production of Special Correspondents, his remake of Frédéric Auburtin’s Envoyés Très Spéciaux, a comedy about a journalist faking frontline war reports from the safety of his own home.
In the do-over, the lead reporter is to be played by Eric Bana, this time hiding out about in an apartment in Manhattan and filing radio reports he’s falsified with his technician who, it seems, will be played by Gervais himself.
Netflix today announced that they’ve acquired the film for a worldwide premiere in 2016. This quote from Gervais came with the press release.
“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 and he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
Whether anybody will ever get to see Special Correspondents »
- Brendon Connelly
Netflix will welcome another acquired title to its ever-expanding entertainment library. The streaming video platform has picked up the comedy Special Correspondents, created by English comedian Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana.
Directed and written by Gervais , Special Correspondents introduces viewers to a New York City radio journalist (Bana) whose career is constantly hindered by his extravagant lifestyle and inflated ego. Desperate to prove he can do his job, the journalist starts serving up fake front-line war reports, all safely from his hideout above a Manhattan-based Spanish restaurant.
“Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais; smart social satire with heart,” said Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a release. “It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world.”
“Having shaken up the TV industry, Netflix is about to do the same to Hollywood. It's great »
- Bree Brouwer
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