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World festival roundup: Highlights of the upcoming fall and winter season promise a wide range of cinematic treats around the world. Festivals listed in chronological order.
Aug. 27-Sept. 7
World Film Festival
Fest will open with the world premiere of “Muhammad,” the 171-minute epic from Iranian director Majid Majidi, shot by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Mwff has received a record number of short films — over 1,200 (an increase of 42% over 2014) from some 64 countries, “evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,” notes Mwff president Serge Losique. Fest is adding a Chinese Cinema section with more than 10 new features.
The fest, above, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated event that isn’t just a competition but also a celebration of the best in film. Even though the festival doesn’t announce its lineup until the day before it begins unspooling, »
- Iain Blair
Sneak Peek the origins of Marvel Comics' 'Baron Mordo' on the news that Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will co-star as the evil sorceror in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange", directed by Scott Derrickson, with Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Stephen Strange' and Tilda Swinton as 'The Ancient One':
"I am doing 'Doctor Strange'," confirmed Ejiofor, "and I’m incredibly excited about it."
...including hypnotism, mesmerism, thought-casting, and illusion casting.
He can separate his astral form from his body, allowing him to become intangible and invisible to most beings.
He can project deadly force blasts using magic, can teleport inter-dimensionally and manipulate many forms of magical energy, including tapping extra-dimensional energy by invoking entities or objects of power existing in dimensions tangential to »
- Michael Stevens
Is ITV really going to bring back Cold Feet?
That's the rumour, with the broadcaster apparently looking to plug the Downton-shaped hole in its schedule with a revival of the popular comedy-drama.
If it's true, they'll have a job bringing the cast back together - some have gone on to be huge telly and film stars, while others have stepped out of the spotlight entirely...
Nesbitt's carefree lothario Adam Williams met his match in Helen Baxendale's Rachel - the couple overcame infidelity and infertility but were denied lasting happiness when Rachel was killed in a traffic accident.
Since Cold Feet wrapped, Nesbitt has become one of British television's most in-demand leading men.
He fronted BBC One's gritty cop series Murphy's Law from 2003-07, led Steven Moffat's supernatural thriller Jekyll - also in 2007 - and played the title character in ITV's short-lived medical drama Monroe (2011-12).
Of late, »
It's fair to say that Fox's latest attempt to turn Fantastic Four into a hit movie franchise has gone up in the kind of flames that'd make Johnny Storm jealous. Director Josh Trank found himself entrenched in battles with cast, crew and studio bosses during a turbulent shoot that resulted in a deeply-flawed film that's a hodge-podge of competing visions.
A critical panning, box office flop and failure to catch on with the wider public (much like the Tim Story movies that preceded it) point to one question: when will fans get the Fantastic Four movie they truly deserve?
The answer lies away from the 20th Century Fox fanfare and over by Pixar's Luxo lamp. Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2 is on the horizon, and if its 2004 predecessor proved anything it's that the Pixar crew know exactly how to do Fantastic Four right. »
Sneak Peek Marvel's first live-action 'Thor' in the 1988 TV movie, "The Incredible Hulk Returns", written by Stan Lee and Nicholas Corea, produced by New World and distributed by NBC as a 'backdoor pilot' for a potential "Thor" television series:
Thor's appearance differed from the Marvel Comics character created by Lee and co-plotter/illustrator Jack Kirby, resembling a more realistic and divine version of the 'Norse God of Thunder' but following the comic book in that he is sent to earth to learn humility, the first and only time that magical, supernatural or otherworldly elements have been used in the universe of the "Incredible Hulk" TV series.
'Thor' was played by Eric Allan Kramer and 'Dr. Donald Blake' by Steve Levitt. In this version Blake does not become Thor, who is a separate character. By holding Thor's hammer 'Mjolnir' and shouting "Odin!" Blake can summon the Viking Warrior to help him. »
- Michael Stevens
Horror isn't just blood and gore. Dark Places, based on Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD this October. Also in this morning's round-up: details on The Walking Dead #1 variant for purchase at Wizard World San Jose and a new Mad Max video game trailer.
Blu-ray.com reports that "Libby Day (Theron) was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered and her brother Ben (Tye Sheridan, Joe) was jailed for the crime. Now, twenty-five years later, Libby discovers shocking evidence that Ben may be innocent and the real killer is still at large. Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay), Sterling Jerins (World War Z), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Christina Hendricks (TV's "Mad Men") costar »
- Tamika Jones
Many people love comic books, and they especially love the Marvel characters. It seems that among comic book lovers around the nation and the world, the characters from Marvel are always the most popular. Why is that? A recent poll was taken in February to see who the most popular comic book characters were in the whole world, almost all of the top characters chosen were from Marvel comics. They always seem to top all of the other franchises in comic books.
Popularity in movies
You must know also then that these characters are popular in films as well. There are always numerous films based around these characters. From animated and live-action films to movies made for TV or direct to video releases, you can always seem to find them all over the place. People also love these characters in the gaming world, and you have surely seen them in »
- David Agnew
Fox just can’t seem to get this right. Their previous attempts at bringing Marvel’s First Family to life on the big screen (Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer) were massive disappointments. Those films had spots of brightness in the films (such as the brilliant chemistry between Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans) and a tone that was more or less consistent with the comics. But those things were countered by stupid decisions like turning Galactus into a giant cloud and the incredibly bad casting of Julian McMahon as Doom and Jessica Alba as the Invisible Woman.
I had hoped that the third time would be the charm with Fox and the Ff. Even though they were using the awful Ultimate Fantastic Four origin as opposed to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original take and even though the film was intended to be a »
- Percival Constantine
A Bendis conversation at its finest.
Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #2-3 (2001)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by Phil Hester
Inked by Ande Parks
Colored by Jc
Published by Marvel Comics
In comparison to last issue of Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #2-3 fits much more seamlessly with its parent title, Ultimate Spider-Man. It opens an extended opening scene set inside the Daily Bugle where editors J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson have a Sorkin-esque walk and talk conversation about how to cover the “mutant problem” while Ben Urich has just received a tip that a “green montrosity” is on its way to New York. Of course, it’s the Hulk, and the rest of the story isn’t concerned with the possibly fascinating topic journalism in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, but big splash pages, smashing, and Spider-Man coming to grips with fighting an unbeatable foe. Sadly, writer Brian Michael Bendis »
- Logan Dalton
Disney's D23 Expo rolled through Anaheim this weekend, and while all of the upcoming movies, both animated and live-action, were shown off at the convention center in grand fashion, the biggest announcement of the event came when Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek arrived to unveil the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, California and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This is one of the biggest projects Disney parks has ever taken on, and it promises to be monumental. And we have new video from the presentation itself, which offers an intriguing peek at this huge undertaking.
Bob Chapek gave the 7,500 lucky fans in attendance a behind-the-scenes look at what's to come at his theme parks in the next severe years. Things kicked off in grand fashion as he was joined by Imagineers working on these projects »
Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, and now we have some of the highlights from this event. Possibly the most exciting thing to happen was the arrival of some of Marvel's biggest stars as they introduced Marvel Phase 3 for the first time. We have video direct from the convention center featuring a look at both Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, which will both be in theaters in 2016.
Kevin Feige led off the Marvel Cinematic Universe panel with a glimpse into the world of Marvel's Doctor Strange. It featured a video greeting by Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as the title character in this superhero movie, followed by a pre-production piece that offered fans a taste of the look and feel of the upcoming film, opening in U.S. theaters on »
During the big Star Wars movie news on Saturday at the D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., Disney also announced a line-up of new attractions and entertainment coming to its theme parks around the world.
Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away.
Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single themed land expansions ever at 14 acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.
“I am thrilled to »
- Michelle McCue
From Star Wars and Captain America to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.
“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 Expo.”
- Michelle McCue
As an employer, Stan Lee is a world-class villain — at least, if a new lawsuit filed against the comic book legend is to be believed. Lee, his wife and his daughter are being sued by a former executive assistant who says that he was subjected to verbal abuse and humiliation, stiffed on his wages and then kicked to the curb after he demanded what was owed to him. In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, Shawn Lukaszewicz says that he was initially hired in October to set up and manage a booth run by Lee’s daughter. »
- Tim Kenneally and Pamela Chelin
Read More: "It Was Chaos": More Behind-The-Scenes Tales From 'Fantastic Four' Emerge You've seen the news, so there’s no reason to go into detail about just how much of a cluster-you-know-what Josh Trank’s "Fantastic Four" has proven to be, both at the box office and otherwise. The litany of articles that have peppered the interwebs over the past week detailing the whole ordeal are fast becoming just as overdrawn and boring as the film itself. Besides, they all miss the point. The movie, nay, the entire franchise has been doomed for over 30 years. Producer Bernd Eichinger met with Stan Lee to discuss the option for a film based off his comic way back in 1983 and, ever since then, the whole project has smelled like a steaming hot bucket of Thing Sauce. "Fantastic Four" entered a vicious cycle where it would sit around with no attention »
- Jon Fusco
We’ve seen our fair share of custom Lego sets, delivering building block versions of vehicles and settings from our favorite movies, such as the Jurassic Park visitor center or the armored vehicles of Mad Max: Fury Road. However, rarely do we see a single person given the Lego treatment. But if there’s any person who […]
The post Cool Stuff: Marvel’s Stan Lee Gets the Lego Treatment appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Stunt performers for Captain America, Bucky and Black Panther were photographed in full costume filming a rooftop chase in Berlin as production continued on the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Chadwick Boseman will take on the role of Black Panther/T'Challa, ruler of the fictional African nation Wakanda. The character, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966.
A stunt double in full costume as Black Panther
"...'Natasha' goes head to head with 'Chaos'. But will she be able to bring down the unassailable 'Prophet'...?"
Black Widow has also appeared in many other forms of media, including motion pictures "Iron Man 2", "The Avengers", "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and currently shooting "Captain America: Civil War", portrayed by actress Scarlett Johansson.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Black Widow'. »
- Michael Stevens
Check out the latest proposal for the Lego Ideas initiative – a 649 piece bust of Marvel legend Stan Lee, which has been proposed by Johnathan1986 and needs your support if its to gather enough votes for Lego to consider it for manufacture.
In collaboration with several artists, including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditkko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters. In addition, he headed the first major successful challenge to the industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, and forced it to reform its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
He was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner »
- Gary Collinson
This must feel like a punch in the face to Dan Aykroyd. For years, the actor/writer tried getting his co-star Bill Murray to agree to put on the jump suit and get the lasers pointing on Ghostbusters III, but he denied the chance at every turn. With Harold Ramis' passing, those options have basically deteriorated for Aykroyd's sequel. Murray's reluctance lead to a new film's delay but, when it comes to Paul Feig's upcoming 2016 film, it appears the comedy icon has no qualms attempting to rival his Zombieland pop-up. Though no official statement has come out from the studio, the Rock the Kasbah star was spotted on the Boston set and THR soon confirmed his cameo. He's not the only star involved with the original committed to star, but if you don't know who it is I'll keep it vague. I mean, you can find out for yourself here, »
- Will Ashton
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