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Save for two misguided dismissals, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has a commanding swath of positive reviews at Rotten Tomatoes yielding a 98% fresh rating at the moment. At Metacritic, the film is enjoying a staggering rating of 99 based on nearly 40 reviews so far. It's quite obvious that the film is pretty much universally acclaimed as the filmmaker's stunt has proved to be, well, way more than a stunt. It's a measured dissection of a life lived with all the mundane grace that populates it. I've had my say on this masterpiece, and Drew McWeeny has offered up one of his most personal reviews to date. At Sundance, we were already on board and we talked to Ethan Hawke while we were there, and since then we've had a lengthy sit-down with the actress who gives perhaps the film's most impressive performance: Patricia Arquette. In short, we've covered it, and now the film is in the marketplace, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Despite the generation gap, Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz make pretty good besties in the trailer for the Sundance comedy "Laggies," from indie vet Lynn Shelton ("Humpday," "Your Sister's Sister"). After turning down a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, the aimless Megan (Knightley) continues to avoid the adult responsibilities in her life and starts hanging out with teenage Annika (Moretz), who also happens to have a hunky single dad (Sam Rockwell). "Laggies" seems like it could be Shelton's breakthrough to a more mainstream level, and the trailer reflects a commercial gloss and amiable likability that nonetheless doesn't do much to distinguish it from a lot of similar Sundance-spawned titles. It boasts an impressive ensemble cast which also includes Jeff Garlin, Elle Kemper, Kaitlyn Dever and Mark Webber. Read Drew McWeeny's "B"-grade review of "Laggies" here. "Laggies" opens September 26. »
- Dave Lewis
On Monday, screenwriter Robert Orci revealed he was no longer involved with the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and frankly, that raised some eyebrows. Granted, Orci has enough on his plate as he will be making his directorial debut with "Star Trek 3," but the "Transformers" and "Star Trek" screenwriter was supposed to be part of a "brain trust" to guide the Spidey franchise at Sony Pictures. And the question has to be asked: has Sony changed its plans after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?" After promising to improve upon the tepidly received 2012 reboot, "Asm 2" received worse reviews, earned less than its predecessor domestically (by over $60 million to date) and barely earned $200 million after a $91.6 million opening (think about that for a second). Moreover, while most franchises' overseas grosses are growing as markets such as China and Russia explode, "ASM2" has barely surpassed the first Marc Webb film outside the U.S. And again, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Kristopher Tapley
Comic-Con has become a strange bird to Hollywood studios. Bringing talent and previewing footage can give tremendous hype and word of mouth to eventual blockbusters ("Django Unchained," "Gravity," "Iron Man") or it can end up providing false hope for genre films hope will be smash hits ("Cowboys and Aliens," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"). That means it can be an expensive endeavor if things don't go well and, moreover, you might not realize that until six months later on your opening weekend. 2013 had few outright failures though besides "I, Frankenstein" and the under-performing box office of Edgar Wright's "The World's End." Outside of that? It might have been the most successful Comic-Con on the movie side ever (granted, the embarrassingly delayed "Seventh Son" won't hit theaters until Feb. 2015). This year's run of movie panels on Thursday, Friday and Saturday have some impressive selections from Daniel Radcliffe's first appearance »
- Gregory Ellwood
A two-hour panel scheduled for "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies?" That's a big hint that a lot of surprises could be in store for movie fans on yet another packed Comic-Con Saturday. The organizers released the schedule for July 26 and have slotted over eight-straight hours of movie panels in Hall H. And in what is becoming a tradition, Marvel Studios will be the last to show their wares. Warner Bros., who also usually makes Saturday their "big" day, has elected to kick-off the festivities. As noted, their panel is listed as just "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies," but it will be much more than that. As sad as it will be for some to finally say goodbye to Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films, the studio or Comic-Con wouldn't need more than an hour to do it. Now, just what will WB surprise the 6,000 in attendance with? »
- Gregory Ellwood
Comic-Con International announced the Thursday schedule for 2014's San Diego Comic-Con and after a few years of slow movie days to kick off the event, this year looks much more intriguing. Thursday actually features a number of studios that haven't always been regulars at the annual pop culture event. The last time DreamWorks Animation came to Comic-Con was in 2010 when HitFix's own Drew McWeeny moderated a panel for "Megamind" with Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey. This year they have a full hour in Hall H, but what they are promoting remains to be seen. The Weinstein Company made a rare appearance at the convention in 2012 for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." They return this year with a panel for their summer release "The Giver." Paramount Pictures used to be a mainstay at the convention, but took last year off. They return with a panel with scant details outside of a time and location. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Advance word on next weekend's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is currently through the roof (our own Drew McWeeny gave it an A+), but let's put that out of our minds for now. Because today we're traveling back to the 2001 release of Tim Burton's infamously terrible "Planet of the Apes" remake, in which Mark Wahlberg's penchant for nostril-flaring was at an all-time high and Helena Bonham Carter suffered the indignity of having her angular porcelain visage covered by pounds and pounds of ape makeup. Remember? Is it all coming back now? Good (deep breaths). Now take a moment to reflect with not one but two bits of mockery, courtesy of ScreenJunkies' Honest Trailer series and Cinema Sins' "Everything Wrong With..." Movie Sins counter. Just a warning: by the end of the latter you may feel the need to throw your popcorn at the insufferable movie geek »
- Chris Eggertsen
Earlier today, we reported that Andy Serkis might be playing a motion-capture character in Star Wars: Episode VII. Embedded in the actor’s comments about his role in that wildly anticipated blockbuster was another interesting tidbit about another much buzzed-about project.
Talkimg with Variety, Serkis spoke about a part he has in next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, thanks partially to his performance capture studio The Imaginarium:
“The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role [in both 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron']. On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo. I’m not at liberty to mention [the role]. But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different.”
Those comments left a certain degree of uncertainty. Was »
- Isaac Feldberg
All it takes is one quote for fanboys to start adding up things that aren't there. "The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role [in both 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron']. On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo," Andy Serkis told Variety recently. "I’m not at liberty to mention [the role]. But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different." And somehow from that, some sites start speculating that Serkis was playing The Hulk in Joss Whedon's super sequel or doing all the performance capture. Um, not quite. HitFix has done some digging, and revealed a bit more about the part, so if you think Serkis is performance capturing everybody in 'Ultron,' guess again. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in April, we spotted a Twitter response from Mark Ruffalo that revealed he was working with motion-capture performance master Andy Serkis to "perfect" the Incredible Hulk in his next outing, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Last week, we finally heard from the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor about his involvement, and during that interview, Serkis said that his London-based digital studio, The Imaginarium, is serving as the performance capture consultant on the 2015 Marvel sequel. "And I'm playing a role... I've been working closely with Mark Ruffalo," he added, insinuating that his role was just consultanting the Hulk actor. However, given the complicated wording of the interview, HitFix's Drew McWeeny has reached to his sources for confirmation: "...They clarified that he is only playing one character in the film, and that the nature of that role is still meant to be a secret." McWeeny's sources also confirmed that »
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is looking to apply some simian spark to a summer that is flaming out at its midpoint.
Though the film doesn’t bow for another week, its prospects already look bright. Trailers, posters and promotional materials for the sequel to 2011′s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” have captured the moviegoers’ imaginations and most analysts believe the latest primate adventure will have no trouble eclipsing the most recent film’s $54.8 million opening.
BoxOffice.com currently predicts a debut of $68 million, although studio executives say it’s too early to offer a projection.
“It’s an excellent film and many people think it’s better than the first one, which is quite achievement,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “There’s a lot of goodwill for the property.”
The last “Apes” film grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide »
- Brent Lang
Following Mark Ruffalo's recent dismissal of "Planet Hulk" movie talk, HitFix has posted a report talking about Bruce Banner/The Hulk's role in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and where Marvel could go with the character following the events of that film.
Potential Major Spoilers Ahead
The site says the "Planet Hulk" rumors should be dismissed, but those who are keen on the idea will likely be happy with what happens to Banner by the end of 'Ultron' though. Here's their description:
"Bruce Banner continues to play a key role in things in "Avengers: Age of Ultron", and when the final war with Ultron spills onto the battlefield and out of the virtual realm, he has a major part to play.
Unfortunately, that ends with him onboard a Quinjet on his way off the planet, with no way to immediately turn things around. He's going to have to ride out the trip. »
- Garth Franklin
Just yesterday Mark Ruffalo chimed in about the possibility of seeing a Planet Hulk live-action adaptation for the next solo Hulk film, saying that he didn’t feel it was the right direction to go and that you needed “more Bruce Banner” than the Hulk-in-a-gladiator-arena premise would provide.
Well, perhaps we won’t get a direct adaptation of the property, but some new spoiler-filled plot details for Avengers: Age of Ultron suggest that we could be seeing something similar. I’m going to dive right into them here, so proceed at your own risk if you don’t want the ending of the upcoming Avengers sequel spoiled!
“Without giving away why and how, let’s look »
- James Garcia
“I don’t think ['Planet Hulk'] is the way to go yet,” Mark Ruffalo recently told MTV. “I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators.” And at first, this seemed like an about face from the actor who not that long said Marvel was considering a Hulk standalone movie, with "Planet Hulk" long rumored to be the source material. But if you close one rumor window, another one opens, so strap in. And by the way, there will be big spoilers ahead. Over at HitFix, Drew McWeeney dives into the latest round of rumors by starting with the ending of "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" (told you, there will be spoilers), which finds Bruce Banner on a Quinjet, and blasted to some pre-programmed co-ordinates in outer space. And from there, McWeeney posits not quite so unbelievably that we'll see a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've got some nice big Spoiler details regarding the Hulks fate in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you don't want to know what these details are then don't read ahead. If you keep on reading don't blame me for any spoilers contained in this article. I warned you!
Before I get into the details I will tell you that I have heard some of these same rumors from various sources, but was asked not to say anything. Now that they're out in the open I guess it's ok for me to spill them.
In a recent interview Mark Ruffalo did, the actor dismissed Planet Hulk as being a potential storyline for a solo Hulk film. I figured the actor was just saying those things to throw us off of what Marvel is actually planning. Of course, the actor and any other Marvel rep is going to debunk »
- Joey Paur
Mark Ruffalo's most recent dismissal of a Planet Hulk movie has prompted HitFix's Drew McWeeny to reveal what happens to the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and speculate on what Marvel Studios has in store for him before the inevitable Avengers 3. McWeeny suggests first that we should believe Ruffalo, Joss Whedon, and any other Marvel reps who have debunked the year-old Planet Hulk rumor, however, the journalist thinks fans of the Planet Hulk storyline will be happy with Marvel's "Phase Three" plans. Why? Here is where the spoilers begin; you've been warned! "Bruce Banner continues to play a key role in things in [Avengers: Age of Ultron], and when the final war with Ultron spills onto the battlefield and out of the virtual realm, he has a major part to play. Unfortunately, that ends with him onboard a Quinjet on his way off the planet, with no way to immediately turn things around. »
Mark Ruffalo has been making the interview rounds as of late for his upcoming movie Begin Again (our review), so he's no doubt getting questions regarding all things Hulk and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Earlier today we shared recent comments from Ruffalo about the future of the Hulk character and specifically how he didn’t think Planet Hulk was such a good direction to go for the more than likely solo movie. There is now speculation from Drew McWeeny at Hitfix, along with »
- Graham McMorrow
The first press screenings have taken place for Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and reviews have started popping up. Almost all are gushingly positive, saying it is the film of the Summer, and 'Rise' is to 'Dawn' as "Star Wars" is to "The Empire Strikes Back". Here's some of the reaction:
"An altogether smashing sequel to 2011′s better-than-expected 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' this vivid, violent extension of humanoid ape Caesar's troubled quest for independence bests its predecessor in nearly every technical and conceptual department, with incoming helmer Matt Reeves conducting the proceedings with more assertive genre elan..." - Guy Lodge, Variety
"A gripping account of inter-species conflict, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are hard enough to pull off individually: Maintain a simmering level of tension without let-up for two hours, seriously »
- Garth Franklin
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held its world premier in San Francisco this weekend, where critics screened the movie. It has garnered positive buzz and great reviews across the board, with the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel being called a blockbuster masterpiece and the movie to truly beat this summer. It's also being called The Empire Strikes Back of the franchise.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was no slouch when it came to positive reviews from both fans and critics, who admired it for its emotional beats and its achievements in VFX. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes only continues to push that momentum and goodwill forward as it lays the foundation for the rejuvenation of one of America's greatest sci-fi epics of all time. The film still has two weeks until release, so expect to hear more positive word of mouth »
In the week that was Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, fans of the franchise were able to get their fill of all things ape with the global premiere in San Francisco, a Live Google+ Hangout chat which included the film’s cast and director, a new clip and featurette, and Andy Serkis improvising a Gollum/Caesar conversation during a visit to Conan O’Brien.
The early and overwhelmingly positive reviews for the film came in Saturday morning:
Steve Weintraub (Collider) – “Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.”
Todd McCarthy (THR) – “There is »
- Michelle McCue
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