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Amir here, bringing you this weekend’s box office report, which looks curiously like last weekend’s box office report. Of course no one is surprised that Out of the Furnace didn’t have the power to blast off Catching Fire and Frozen. The reviews aren’t over the moon; its stars aren’t quite stars, but famous actors; and this time of year, if you’re not a franchise entry or an animated film, you better be an Oscar player with huge buzz to sell tickets. Furnace is none of those things, and this weekend isn’t particularly notable for big numbers anyway. The last time any film opened in the first week of December to what can be considered reasonably successful sales is The Golden Compass all the way back in 2007. The only other noteworthy release is Inside Llewyn Davis, which opened on 4 screens to a strong per screen average. »
- Amir S.
According to Comic Book Movie, director Joss Whedon will be linking up with a new cinematographer when production gets underway on The Avengers: Age of Ultron early in the New Year, with British director of photography Ben Davis set to replace The Avengers' Seamus McGarvey for the hotly-anticipated sequel.
Davis has recently finished shooting another Marvel project, the James Gunn-helmed Guardians of the Galaxy, while his previous credits include the Matthew Vaughn-directed Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass, as well as the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Wrath of the Titans and Seven Psychopaths.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 2nd 2015, with a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and James Spader (Ultron. »
- Gary Collinson
It appears that The Avengers director of photography Seamus McGarvey, who just wrapped Godzilla and is currently shooting Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return for Joss Whedon's 2015 Marvel sequel. Likely due to filming taking place in the U.K. this time around, cinematographer Ben Davis will instead be behind the lens on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ben Davis is a member of The British Society of Cinematographers, and he's best known for his frequent collaboration with director Matthew Vaughn on Kick-Ass, Stardust and Layer Cake. However, it would seem that his latest work as director of photography for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is what landed him the Age of Ultron gig. I asked Guardians director James Gunn if that was the case and he replied: “I did everything I could to let Joss know how great I thought [Davis] was. And, of course, Joss was able to »
The Hulk may not have performed very well in his two previous solo outings but he certainly stole the show in the Avengers. The newest interpretation of the character—played by Mark Ruffalo, under the guidance of Joss Whedon—was a green-skinned scene stealer, especially in the now-famous “Puny God” scene. Ever since the great reception for the hulking hero in the Avengers, there has been speculation about another Hulk solo movie. Now, an inside source says one is being made. The name of that source…Lou Ferrigno.
During a recent interview with Flicks & the City, Ferrigno—who played the Incredible Hulk in the 1978-1982 TV series, which co-starred Bill Bixby as Dr. Banner—spoke about the character and claimed that a solo film is on the horizon.
Ferrigno said, “They are doing a Hulk movie, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Simon Kinberg (X-men: The Last Stand, Star Wars Rebels) produced 2011′s X-men: First Class and co-wrote the upcoming X-men: Days Of Future Past and Fantastic Four. Now it’s looking like he will shape a shared universe for 20th Century Fox’s Marvel properties that will combine all of their characters and tell shared narratives across multiple films.
This dosen’t come as a massive shock after Marvel Studios changed the superhero movie making game with Avengers Assemble, and subsequently showed the world that not only can a shared universe work but it can also make a tonne of money at the box office. Marvel studios have Joss Whedon to guide their film universe, and Warner Bros have David S. Goyer signed on for a similar role in order to produce a DC Comics cinematic universe. Now 20th Century Fox are following their lead and will be combining the Marvel »
- Ben Read
Though WhatCulture.com occasionally posts news stories for some of the bigger announcements, we often miss reporting on stories that fall under the radar or aren’t substantial enough (yet) to write whole articles about. So, we’re introducing a new weekly article devoted to the biggest movie and television news of the week, all in one handy article.
This week turned out to be full of exciting stories involving casting announcements (Wonder Woman and Warcraft among them), release dates for Bourne 5 and a Dredd sequel, and new shows in development at NBC and FX. We also heard from geek favorite director Jj Abrams about the secrecy surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness, had a surprising announcement from Bryan Singer, and were shocked and saddened by the death of Paul Walker.
So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the biggest movie and TV news stories of the week…
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- James Garcia
We previously reported that Cabin In The Woods director Drew Goddard would be writing and showrunning the Netflix Daredevil series, but now Marvel.com is reporting that Goddard will also direct the pilot. Goddard has only directed Cabin In The Woods to date and has worked extensively as a screenwriter on the movies World War Z, Cloverfield, and Robopocalypse along with television work on Lost, Alias, Buffy, and more. Goddard's close association with J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon should »
- Alex Maidy
This is fun. Granted, it's a phone advert with Ed Norton, but hey, Joss Whedon ain't answering those calls, and I am Jack's mortgage that needs paying. So check it out: our Ed wakes up in a morgue (naked! Sadly not for very long) and finds his phone, almost out of juice after 48 hours of mayhem. Cue flashbacks, obviously, and 48 hours of the Verizon 48 Hour Droid being a faithful companion through all manner of La-based chaos. Enjoy. »
- Ben Brock
Director Bryan Singer, the man behind X1, X2, producer/story writer of First Class, and now director once again of X-Men: Days of Future Past (aka all the good X-Movies), took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the release date for the next X-Men film. At 4:22Pm, he Tweeted, simply: “#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!” Then two minutes later, Exhibitor Relations followed up with this:
This was a bold announcement because it not only revealed the release date, but it also informs us of a movie that had never even been discussed before. Unlike Marvel Studios, which has its well-publicized “Phases,” and a fairly transparent release schedule for the next few years, 20th Century Fox tends to announce their films one by one. This time, perhaps emboldened by all the superhero buzz in the air thanks to a new Spider-Man trailer and the Wonder Woman announcement on Wednesday, Fox came out with this sudden one-two punch. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
After his show-stealing turn in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk is set to link up with Earth's Mightiest Heroes again next year as cameras roll on Joss Whedon's hotly-anticipated 2015 sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
However, with Ruffalo tied down to a six-movie deal - including the two aforementioned Avengers movies - it's surely only a matter of time before the Green Goliath gets another solo movie. There has been plenty of speculation that this could happen as part of Marvel's Phase Three, and according to Lou Ferrigno - who voices the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and of course portrayed him in the classic 70s TV series - that seems to be the plan.
- Gary Collinson
1. Wonder Woman is a larger-than-life icon, a character who has existed for more than 70 years. She will probably still be important when everyone breathing now is dead. But for the last decade, she has existed most prominently as a casting rumor. They tried making a movie out of her, or several movies, or a Justice League movie that would’ve produced a Wonder Woman spin-off — a process that engulfed geek demigod Joss Whedon in a mid-’00s Dark Period so painful he has (maybe accidentally, maybe not) devoted years of his life to DC’s comic-studio archnemesis. They tried making »
- Darren Franich
Has "Marvel's Agents of Shield" lost you?
The show started out with a bang, but a good number of people have dropped off along the way. "Shield's" meandering pace this season likely is part of the reason, but as the series heads towards its midseason, our vote is that people should keep watching.
So whether you're new to the show, lost interest at some point or need validation as to why you tune in week after week, here are Zap2it's list of reasons of why you should be watching "Agents of Shield."
1. It is getting better. Not every episode of "Agents of Shield" is better than its last, as is the problem with most TV shows. But these latest episodes -- particularly "Fzzt" -- are definitely an improvement from the early ones. Part of that is the show finding itself and not having to worry about developing its characters »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Joss Whedon’s Impossible Screenwriting Seminar” — Writer Jim Lynn’s droll account of randomly learning about (and attending) an intimate screenwriting conversation hosted by Impossible, Lily Cole and Marvel’s man. (Note: recognizing Lily Cole from a Doctor Who episode is not sad.) “Paul Walker: 1973 – 2013” — Alex Pappademas thinkpieces the actor without overthinking it. “Why WB’s plan to churn out small DC Comic movies is a terrible idea” — Rob Bricken at io9 breaks down a desperation move that can’t possibly turn out well. “Why Not Dropping Movie and TV Spoilers is a Courtesy (Not a Rule)” — Kofi Outlaw as Screenrant makes an interesting argument even though he’s completely wrong. »
- Scott Beggs
Feature Den Of Geek 5 Dec 2013 - 10:34
We get the chance to interview famous people every now and them. We ask them their favourite Statham movie. Here's what happens...
With The Statham heading back to UK cinemas this week with Homefront, we finally got the chance to ask the man himself the question we've been asking lots of people for years: 'what's your favourite Jason Statham movie?'
Now that he's answered it, we've gathered together lots of the responses we've had in one document. And so here it is:
Evan Goldberg: "It was him in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, right? That’s the best one."
Alice Lowe: "I've never seen any of his films. »
Feature James Clayton 6 Dec 2013 - 06:12
This week, James considers the impact of film sequels, and comes up with a few he'd like to see himself. Robot & Frank Rises, anyone?
"So, when do we start shooting the next one?" - Every major movie studio executive on the Monday following a bumper opening weekend at the box office.
Did you enjoy that? Good, because they're going to make a sequel. This is standard operating procedure and the modus operandi in Hollywood film production. If something is successful you do it again. And then you do it again. And then you do it again and again until it's not successful or until a »
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
With news of DC Comics’ television universe coming together after numerous reports have claimed that a number of shows are in development, many were left wondering about DC’s big screen film universe. With this years Man Of Steel hinting at larger elements of the DC cinematic universe, its sequel Batman Vs. Superman will break it wide open in 2015 with the plot rumoured to include a vast array of characters including Wonder Woman and Nightwing.
After David S. Goyer (Blade Trinity/The Dark Knight trilogy) signed a three year deal with Warner Bros., the writer/producer/director has been all but confirmed as the new creative consultant for the DC film universe, similar to Joss Whedon’s role over at Marvel. Now a new report claims 2014′s big news is that Goyer is taking film treatments for lesser known DC properties that will be developed at a fraction of the »
- Ben Read
In an interview with Flicks And The City, Ferrigno, who helped voice the Hulk in "The Avengers," said that Ruffalo is "a great actor" and that Disney has already green-lit a spinoff for his scientist-turned-superhuman character.
"They are doing a Hulk movie, I think after the next 'Avengers,'" Ferrigno told the site.
Screen Rant notes that "Avengers" director Joss Whedon contradicted those claims earlier this year, but Marvel producer Kevin Feige has hinted that the studio would eventually like to see Ruffalo headline his own movie. Ruffalo, meanwhile, has also said he'd be happy to take the lead in a Hulk-centric film, but added that he wasn't aware of plans for any such movie.
As for Ferrigno, the actor said he wants more than a voice role if »
- Katie Roberts
Along with balancing fan service with keeping things accessible for newbies and making sure the trailer editors don’t put all your spectacle in the teaser, it seems like a crucial part of crafting a summer blockbuster is making sure there’s plenty of trivia hidden away for fans of all description to comb over.
In recent years, with CGI allowing an infinite amount of easter eggs, the amount of easter eggs has grown at a meteoric rate. After writing each entry in the ongoing series 10 Things You Might Have Missed, what’s been notable is how there’s always a multitude of leftover factoids, prompting two questions; is it getting too much and which film from the past year has the most?
The answer to the first is simple; of course not. Joss Whedon may have recently come out bashing in-universe references for pulling you out of the action, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. »
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