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The Tokyo Film Festival on Friday announced its winners and celebrated Tim Burton. Heaven Knows What, a tale of love between addicts in New York from brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie, won the grand prix and $50,000 for best film, presented by jury president James Gunn. The film also won the best director award and $5,000, presented by Singaporean director Eric Khoo. "This is a film that bursts with life about people who are on the brink of death... and the music is disruptive, in all the best ways. I'm excited about the futures of all the filmmakers
- Gavin J. Blair
Tokyo — Joshua and Benny Safdie’s gritty New York drug scene drama “Heaven Knows What” was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix on Friday at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival’s 27th edition, which unspooled Oct. 23-31.
Jury head, James Gunn said “I loved the movie and I’m excited about the futures of all the filmmakers involved with it.” The two Safdies also scooped the best director award.
The winner of the best actor prize was Robert Wieckiewicz, who played an alcoholic writer in Polish director Wojtek Smarzowski’s “The Mighty Angel,” while the best actress award went to Rie Miyazawa for her turn as an embezzling bank employee in Daihachi Yoshida’s “Pale Moon.” The film, the only »
- Mark Schilling
In honor of James Gunn’s Marvel movie masterpiece becoming the highest grossing film of 2014 domestically, and the recent announcement of the upcoming sequel, WoodRocket.com knew that now was the time to begin work on showing the world what real space genitals should look like.
So… Prepare to spread your orbs, whip out your infinity stones, and get hooked on a feeling, because WoodRocket.com is going into production on the Guardians of the Galaxy adult parody, Gnardians of the Galaxy: 50 Shades of Groot!!!
From the company that brought you parodies such as Game of Bones, The Knobbit and Doctor Whore, Gnardians of the Galaxy: 50 Shades of Groot will be once again written and directed by Lee Roy Myers. No news on casting yet, but expect the usual Woodrocket cohorts to score major roles (and possibly major boners) in this latest XXX spoof – which will be available for free exclusively at WoodRocket. »
- Phil Wheat
A puzzling quiet blankets Imax’s sprawling Santa Monica complex on a recent October afternoon. Trailers for “Dracula Untold” and “Jupiter Ascending,” screaming, “See it in Imax!” play in a loop, but most of the company’s employees are absent. Stacks of film canisters for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar” line the hallway, outnumbering the executives and technicians on hand.
There’s a reason for this veritable ghost town. The Imax crew is overseeing a Universal CityWalk screening, for theater owners, of Nolan’s space adventure. In their absence, Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment, and the company’s ambassador to Hollywood, is jittery. He’s desperate to know how the pic played.
“I feel an emotional connection, »
- Brent Lang
Take that, DC.
We should have known Marvel Studios wouldn't let their bitter rival stay on top for long. Warner Bros and DC last week announced their upcoming slate, which includes the long-awaited Wonder Woman movie, and yesterday (October 28) came Marvel's counter-move.
In the kind of bravura unveiling many were disappointed not to see at Comic-Con this summer, the studio announced no fewer than nine new titles and release dates going all the way through to 2019 – five of them sequels, four of them new standalone projects – and got Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans up on stage to introduce Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Below, Digital Spy runs down the must-know basics about each of Marvel's upcoming titles.
Captain America 3: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
It's long been rumoured that Cap's third outing would be based on the comics' Civil War plotline, and with the title unveiling Marvel have confirmed »
There's no doubt that it's an exciting time for people who are fans of titles and release dates. That's because the current trend of pairing titles with release dates has hit a new high with Marvel Studios announcing its film slate through to the distant space year of 2019.
But what secrets do these titles reveal about the contents of the movies, and how might they tie together? Where do they all fit together in the Marvel cinematic universe? We've used our best Marvel-Fu to try and unpack what it all means.
Spoiler: this entry talks about a major plot development in the Civil War comic story that you may want to skip.
An announcement at New York Comic-Con coupled with that »
President Kevin Feige unleashed a volley of announcements at a breathless Hollywood presentation (October 28) including news of the studio’s first black and female superhero leads.
Over the course of one dazzling hour at Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre, Feige opened up the roadmap for Marvel Studios’ Phase 3 with a string of dating and name revelations led by the final title of the third Captain America episode set for May 6 2016 – Captain America: Civil War.
That project marks the start of Phase 3 and had previously been known as Captain America: Serpent Society, a deflective tactic to hide the true nature of the project. Later in a private session with reporters, Feige remained equivocal as to whether the Serpent storyline would be revived at a later date.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
What an incredible day Fanboy Nation! Early this morning at 6:30 a.m. I got the confirmation that I was going to attend my first official Marvel Event in years. Shout out to Disney's lovely Michelle Rasic and Marshall Weinbaum for making it happen. I never been inside the El Capitan theater so it was cool to experience the theater in all it's majesty. I took my seat next to my pal Devin Faraci from BadAssDigest.com in the 4th row who gave me a cool history lesson on the venue. Marvel Studios President and master showman Kevin Feige then came out on stage to Mc the event and rock the house. Marvel certainly knows how to put on a rock concert because over 600 fans waited outside since 3am this morning on Hollywood Boulevard to be one of the lucky few who got in. As a fanboy I'm thrilled what »
- El Mayimbe
If you thought the biggest Marvel news you'd get this week would be about Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange, hold on to your butts. Marvel just announced its "Phase 3" plans in Hollywood on Tuesday, revealing tons of new movies in the works, including sequels, standalone films centered on new characters (including its first female-centric movie), release dates, and franchise stars. There's a ton of new information, so we've boiled down the biggest points for you right here. The Title of the Next Captain America Movie The third movie in the Captain America franchise will be called Captain America: Civil War, and it will come out May 6, 2016. The Title of the Next Thor Movie The third movie in the Thor series will be titled Thor 3: Ragnarok, and it will be released on July 28, 2017. President Kevin Feige noted that the word Ragnarok "means essentially the end of all things." Tom Hiddleston »
We can all settle down for about 5 minutes, as both DC and Marvel have now revealed there full plans until the end of this decade. And suffice it to say, there are a lot of superheroe movies coming our way, featuring old faces and new. One of the most anticipated upcoming releases is Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which was given a new release date during Marvel's special live event held earlier today in Hollywood.
A little over four months ago, Guardians of the Galaxy was considered a very risky move by the studio. It was an untested franchise with characters that were unfamiliar to most of the American populace. Now, it is the biggest movie of the year and a beloved fan favorite. Audience can't wait to return to this world, and their wait just got a little bit shorter.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was originally supposed to arrive on »
Marvel Studios announced a slew of new superhero movies to be released over the next five years, including two Avengers flicks, the next installments of the Captain America and Thor franchises, and brand new adaptations of Black Panther, Inhumans and Captain Marvel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Black Panther and Captain Marvel films in particular find the comics juggernaut moving in exciting new directions. Black Panther was the first mainstream comic to feature a black superhero, and the new film will be anchored by rising star Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up »
After the huge success of Guardians Of The Galaxy this year, fans didn’t have to wait to hear about a sequel, as it’d already been announced. Mere days before the ragtag group of loveable misfits hit the big screen, James Gunn revealed at Comic-Con that he’d back writing and directing Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.
Attached to that original announcement was the film’s release date, scheduled for July 28th, 2017. However, today’s major Marvel phase three reveal has shortened the wait for fans to see Star-Lord’s return, as that July 2017 date has now been nabbed by the third solo Thor flick, Thor: Ragnarok. Guardians 2 will now make its debut two and half months earlier, on May 5th, 2017.
Much like the Comic-Con reveal, James Gunn appeared via video to break the news, dropping the previously-seen title card with the new date scribbled on top. There was »
- Gem Seddon
Will there be a Black Widow standalone movie? When will we get to see Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther? Which actress will be cast as Captain Marvel? Is Benedict Cumberbatch going to be Doctor Strange? With Marvel, every major announcement begets a waterfall of followup questions. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige indulged a group of journalists following Tuesday's massive information dump (read Anthony Breznican's play-by-play here) with some teases, some specifics and a whole bunch of misdirects. Here's what we learned: First off, let's talk about those Benedict Cumberbatch rumors. Feige didn't deny the widely reported scoop that the baritone-voiced »
- Lindsey Bahr
In filling out its release schedule through 2019, Marvel Studios has laid out the company’s cinematic plans that involves sequels to “Captain America,” “Thor,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “The Avengers,” but potential new franchises with “Doctor Strange,” “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel” and “Inhumans.”
But after producing 10 back-to-back hits — “Guardians of the Galaxy” was its tenth, earning $753 million — Marvel’s brass said the company was “comfortable” to go big for what’s considered the third phase of its film slate.
The $7.1 billion that its films have earned to date, “gave us the confidence” to launch new films around characters that had not yet been introduced on the big screen, Feige said after a Marvel Studios fan and press event on Tuesday at Disney’s El Capitan Theater.
All ten of the films produced by Marvel Studios have opened No. »
- Marc Graser
Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" will be crashing into theaters in 2017. Writer-director James Gunn revealed the release date of the highly-anticipated sequel at a special Marvel press event in Hollywood today. The sequel will be in theaters May 5, 2017 -- more than two months ahead of the previously announced date of July 28, 2017. For now, the month is relatively clear of other major releases, although "Terminator: Genisys 2" is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2017. Meanwhile, DC Comics and Warner Bros. will release "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League Part I" at some point in 2017 as well. Here's the official "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" logo: Led by Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, "Guardians" also stars Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. »
- Dave Lewis
Hollywood - The El Capitan Theater is packed with press and fans alike for a special Marvel media event. No one's exactly sure why we've been called here this morning, but there's been plenty of speculation. Will they announce Doctor Strange officially? Will they confirm the title of "Captain America 3"? Are we going to see more footage from "Age Of Ultron"? Whatever the case, I'm here to live-blog it for you as long as the El Capitan's wifi holds out, and we'll be digging deeper into this morning's announcements as the day progresses. If you've never been to the El Capitan in Hollywood, it's Disney's flagship theater, ornate, restored to resemble a classic movie palace, complete with live organist. He's been playing since we started arriving at 10:00 this morning, and he's still cooking along now with not just Disney music but all sorts of classic movie themes. He »
- Drew McWeeny
Having become the third-biggest release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe last week, director James Gunn’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy has now overtaken the global box office haul of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the highest grossing comic book movie of 2014. Guardians has amassed $752.6 million around the world since its release in August, leaving it third only to Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1.087 billion) and Maleficent ($757.4 million) in terms of the year’s highest earners. For comparison, Days of Future Past earned $746 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier $714.1 million, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $709 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, »
- Gary Collinson
Since its debut in China recently, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has pulled in an impressive $84.4M. This gives the James Gunn directed space-adventure a worldwide haul of over $750M, taking it past Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the highest grossing superhero movie of 2014, with only Maleficent and Transformers: Age Of Extinction in its way as highest grossing movie period. Not bad for a team of A-holes nobody had heard of eh? With $753M Ww Guardians Of The Galaxy is now the 3rd highest grossing film of 2014 behind TRANS4MERS & Maleficent. — Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) October 26, 2014 Full details/breakdown at the link below. »
DragonCon always seems to have an amazing splay turn out, especially in terms of quality of cosplay costumes that we see. The Distraction Channel posted a video of most of the Marvel cosplayers that were present at the convention. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also showed up to show his support for the horde of Marvel awesomeness.
The big Marvel Comics photo and video shoot included James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy director) and comic creators George Pérez (Jla Vs Avengers) and Kelly Sue Deconnick (Captain Marvel). Cosplays included an Iron Totoro, an amazing Iceman by Dustin Fletcher, Groot by HurleyFX as well as many Guardians of the Galaxy cosplayers and much more. »
- Joey Paur
Zoe Saldana knows how to play ass-kicking, universe-saving, unusually colorful heroes like Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, Neytiri in Avatar, and Uhura in Star Trek. But for her new AOL web series, Saldana turned the camera on everyday people who play the role of the hero. In My Hero, which debuted yesterday, Saldana and some of her fellow celebrities—including Julianne Hough, Nick Cannon and Maria Menounos—pay tribute to the people they cherish via short, touching vignettes. "People are generally very grateful to the people around them that keep them together, that supported them, that encouraged them to »
- Carolyn Todd
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