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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Force, Wolverine 3, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Animated Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Blade, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and more…
Having opened in the UK and 74 other international markets last week – grossing a $103.3 million opening weekend – X-Men: Apocalypse made its way across the Pond yesterday, where it is going head-to-head with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass on Memorial Day weekend. Apocalypse looks set to comfortably come out on top, and is looking at a domestic opening haul of around $85 million over the four-day weekend, which should put it at around the $250 million mark worldwide by Monday. Be sure to check out our reviews of X-Men: Apocalypse here, here, here and here, along with the Flickering Myth Podcast reviews here and here, »
- Gary Collinson
Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi masterpiece may be the nearest thing he created to an old-fashioned epic
Is it really almost 40 years old? Watching this gem again in the director’s cut – it is also a very rare actual screenwriting credit for Spielberg – makes you realise that it may be the nearest thing he created to an old-fashioned epic, and that maybe the vision of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming was a Spielbergisation of John Ford.
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- Peter Bradshaw
An all-female Avengers movie? It would definitely happen if Joss Whedon had his way. Whedon is one of the people that nerds all over the world have to thank for the glorious age of comic book movies we are enjoying right now. No, he wasn't around at the very beginning as a director, but his ability to nail The Avengers, the lynch pin that the entire Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is based on, was a pivotal moment not just for comic book movies but for Hollywood in general. Marvel's grand experiment worked, and Whedon was the guy who made it happen. But not so fast.
As we all know, Whedon has since parted ways with the studio, at least for now. In a recent interview with The Wrap, the director revealed that he would indeed return to direct another movie for Marvel, it would just have to be under the right circumstances. »
Since making a “completely clean break” from the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon has been chipping away at the script for his next movie, and while details are being kept tightly under wraps, the filmmaker has teased the project during an interview with The Wrap.
“It is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable shit,” said Whedon. “And that much is all I can say. It is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done except for that it’s exactly the same. It’s the first time in my life I’m writing without a sort of studio audience rating — without a plan. I’m just writing about something I care about, so it’s a little terrifying and it’s taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!”
Whedon was also asked »
- Gary Collinson
When it was released 10 years ago (on May 26, 2006), "X-Men: The Last Stand" seemed like the end of an era -- the conclusion of the "X-Men" trilogy, the end of director Bryan Singer's involvement with the franchise, and the last time we'd see the original cast. Little did we know that it was only the beginning, that Singer, the X-Men, and even Patrick Stewart as Professor X would all be back with a vengeance.
While "X3" was a huge hit at the box office, it was divisive with fans -- it's the poster-child for why third installments of movie franchises are usually regarded as the worst entry. In honor of the infamous threequel's tenth anniversary, here are ten things you need to know about the summer blockbuster.
1. After directing the first two "X-Men" movies to critical and commercial success, Singer famously dropped out of the third movie to make "Superman Returns. »
- Gary Susman
Joss Whedon has always been seen as someone who writes great female characters, and who has long championed strong female protagonists for his stories. From projects like Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Alien: Resurrection, from Firely to Dollhouse, and within his two Avengers movies for Marvel, Whedon has a history of showcasing kickass women kicking serious ass and not being treated as damsels or mere eye candy. At one point, he was even working on a Wonder Woman movie for DC.
Because of this pedigree, Whedon is always a filmmaker that is sought-after when it comes to discussing the state of women in film. A hot button issue as of late has been the idea of female superheroes. We live in an age where strong women have led films like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and even a sacred cow franchise like Star Wars, so why hasn't there been a comic »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Castle has ended for good with a season 8 finale that doesn't do justice to the strength of this show's actors, or its fans' love...
This review contains spoilers.
I’ve tried. I’ve tried really hard. I’ve watched and rewatched, and there’s only one conclusion: Crossfire is downright insulting to the Castle audience.
As I suggested last week, I’m not exactly surprised by this. The series finale doesn’t just conclude the show, but brings to end one of the most excruciating seasons ever of a show that I otherwise liked. It’s not that I haven’t always had my problems with Castle. I have. But I’ve been a fan of Nathan’s since his short stint on Buffy, where he played, the Gentlemen from Hush aside, the only truly frightening villain the show ever had. And so I’ve followed him, »
Based on comments we’ve heard from Joss Whedon in the past, he didn’t exactly enjoy the experience of jumping from The Avengers straight into its sequel, Age of Ultron. Much of that seemed to be the result of creative differences with Marvel Studios, but the filmmaker has made it clear that he would be open to working with them again so long as he can take some time to focus on his own projects first.
That’s actually what he’s up to at the moment, but in a new interview, Whedon was asked if he would return to Marvel for a female led Avengers spinoff, and had this to say about it:
“Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
A team of Avengers made up of women is nothing new, »
- Josh Wilding
The first reaction anyone should have to this story is "obviously." Obviously Joss Whedon would be up to direct a female superhero story. He's done it before. But if he had to choose between the Marvel Jessica Jones type and the DC Supergirl type, which would he pick? The Wrap spoke to Whedon as he was being honored at a HeForShe Media Summit in Los Angeles recently. He's taken a step back from large-scale productions like Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron and is working on something for himself. However, Whedon was limited in what he was willing to say about its premise. “It is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable sh-t,” he told The Wrap. “It is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done except for that it’s exactly the same." That sounds like the Whedon we know and love. »
- Jill Pantozzi
Today though, speaking with The Wrap, he has indicated that he might be lulled back when the paper asked him if he might come back were he given the opportunity to direct a female-driven superhero movie. He says:
"Yeah, of course, although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants... [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige fought a mighty fight to get [Captain Marvel] on the schedule. So it's a start. You could say that should be a middle, but it's a start."
At present, Whedon's focus is writing an original screenplay about "a girl who goes through some unbelievable s--t." He also re-affirms that he won't be directing the "Captain Marvel" film. »
- Garth Franklin
Joss Whedon is taking a well deserved break from making Marvel movies, but will he ever return to helm another? Comments from the filmmaker in the past have indicated that he didn't particularly enjoy how Avengers: Age of Ultron went down, but that hasn't soured him completely on the prospect of working with Kevin Feige and company again. Talking in a recent interview with The Wrap, Whedon was asked if he would go back to work specifically on a female led Avengers (a group known as A-Force in the source material) movie, and replied: "Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants." It's interesting to think about which characters could fit within that specification, but one movie the director definitely won't be taking charge of is Captain Marvel (he's currently writing something original which »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has tapped some truly amazing directors over the years. From Jon Favreau to Joe and Anthony Russo, plenty of creative teams have left their mark on this particular franchise. However, arguably, no single person has had a greater influence on the McU than legendary director Joss Whedon. Although he recently departed from Marvel to work on his own smaller projects, Whedon recently came out and admitted that he would be willing to return to the behemoth franchise – as long as certain conditions are met. Speaking recently with The Wrap, Joss Whedon revealed that he would be willing to direct another Marvel movie if the studio gives him the opportunity to helm a gritty, female-fronted story: Yeah, of course [I'd be into that]. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants. We »
At this point in its run, the X-Men franchise must be imbibing a little of Wolverine's healing factor.
These movies have been a fixture since the original "X-Men" exploded onto the scene in 2000. They've weathered every misstep and survived the rise of Marvel Studios and the Avengers. And now "X-Men: Apocalypse" is here to introduce a whole new wave of mutant heroes and the biggest, baddest X-Men villain of them all.
To celebrate this big release, we're looking back at the five core "X-Men" movies released so far and explore some of the interesting trivia and hidden cameos you might not know about.
1. Hugh Jackman wasn't the first choice to play Wolverine. Actor Dougray Scott was originally cast in the role, but he dropped out because of a conflict with the filming of "Mission: Impossible II." We imagine he regretted that decision later.
2. Joss Whedon penned a rewrite of the screenplay. »
- Jesse Schedeen
Joss Whedon reportedly had a tough time on his last big-screen directing project, the fairly decent Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and in the year since its release, Whedon has been quiet on what his next project may be. Until now.
According to TheWrap, Whedon revealed some tiny tidbits at the HeForShe Media Summit in Los Angeles. Referring to the planned project, Whedon said that “it is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable shit. And that much is all I can say”.
“It’s the first time in my life I’m writing without a sort of studio audience rating — without a plan,” he added. “I’m just writing about something I care about, so it’s a little terrifying and it’s taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!”
He added that it is “an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done, »
- Paul Heath
Joss Whedon is writing his next movie, and he's revealed one or two slight hints as to what to expect from it...
Now he’s done with his pair of Avengers movies, and now he’s given himself a suitable break from moviemaking, it sounds as though Joss Whedon is ready to ramp things up again.
He’s thus been chatting about his next movie project, telling the crowd at the recent Los Angeles HeForShe Media Summit that “it is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable shit. And that much is all I can say”.
He did add that his new film will be “an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done, except for that it’s exactly the same”. Which, er, helps get to the bottom of what he’s up to!
The plan is to get »
Joss Whedon: After making last year's highly successful Avengers: Age of Ultron (above), director Joss Whedon decided to walk away from superhero movies. Whedon says he's now working on an original screenplay about "a girl who goes through some unbelievable s***. … I’m just writing about something I care about, so it’s a little terrifying and it’s taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!” [The Wrap] Fargo: Ewan McGregor will star in Fargo. The third season of the television series, inspired by the 1996 feature film, will revolve around brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, one more successful than the other. McGregor will portray both characters. Production is expected to begin later this year for a planned premiere on...
- Peter Martin
Joss Whedon may be on an indefinite hiatus from Marvel’s universe of costumed heroes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the writer-director hasn’t been keeping busy.
While Whedon still holds a minor role behind the scenes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wrap has learned the filmmaker is working on an original screenplay that centers on “a girl who goes through some unbelievable shit.” While he stopped short of revealing too much at such an early stage – Whedon noted that he’s currently wrestling with the “third-act issue” – he did at the very least outline the creative process.
Per The Wrap:
“It is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done except for that it’s exactly the same. It’s the first time in my life I’m writing without a sort of studio audience rating — without a plan,” he added. “I’m »
- Michael Briers
After the release of last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, filmmaker Joss Whedon essentially parted ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The director made some now-infamous comments about how the production process "broke" him, while not delving into specifics. The filmmaker did tease on numerous occasions that he was going to start writing original material again, and direct a new independent movie. While there is still very little we know about this Untitled Joss Whedon Project, the director offered a few tidbits of information in a new interview.
The Wrap managed to catch up with the filmmaker at the HeForShe Media Summit in Los Angeles, where he was honored for his work in women's rights. The site asked him what he's working on now, with the filmmaker revealing a few details about an original screenplay he's currently writing. Here's what he had to say about this untitled project below.
A year on from the release of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and filmmaker Joss Whedon has kept a low-profile, only making the odd appearance talking about the stresses he was under on that project and his decision to part ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He's also suggested he's going to start writing original material again and direct a new independent movie, but there's been nothing more said on that front until this week when The Wrap managed to catch up with him at the HeForShe Media Summit in Los Angeles. Asked for just a few details about his new film, he responded:
"It is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable sh-t. And that much is all I can say. It is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I've ever done except for that it's exactly the same. It's the first time in »
- Garth Franklin
The series, co-created, written by and starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, debuts its second season on Wednesday, June 15 at 10 p.m. Jeremy Konner directs the show, which is executive produced by Leggero, Lindhome, Konner and Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. Monika Zielinska and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
“We’d like to thank Comedy Central for this continued opportunity to dress like queens and act like a–holes,” said Leggero and Lindhome in a statement.
Ahead of the second season’s debut, the entire first season will be available on the Comedy Central app and official website beginning June 8.
“Another Period” tells the story of the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian and Beatrice (played by Leggero and Lindhome), who »
- Laura Prudom
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