8 items from 2017
Mondo has unveiled a rather nice poster for last year’s Marvel blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. Illustrated by Tyler Stout, poster is available now over on Mondo’s official site and comes in three versions: regular, priced at $65, a variant priced at $110, and a ‘Vibranium’ metal poster priced at $350; take a look here…
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. »
- Amie Cranswick
While we may have been expecting a press release, Marvel Studios had different plans in mind. Just moments ago, the Disney-backed studio released an absolutely mind-blowing behind-the-scenes video officially announcing the production start date of their biggest film yet - Avengers: Infinity War. The nearly four-minute sneak peek is introduced by three very familiar faces: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), who share a few of their thoughts and express their immense excitement at finally getting to merge Earth's Mightiest Heroes with the Guardians of the Galaxy and of course, with the wonderful world of Spider-Man. We also catch a few fleeting glimpses at the set and a couple cast confirmations, namely Holland, Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), who will all reprise their roles »
Marvel certainly doesn’t have a shortage of movies on their plate at the moment. This year alone, they’ve got Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok set for release, and that’s without mentioning the multiple other films in various stages of production. Yet, Black Widow remains curiously without her own starring vehicle, even though Johansson was 2016’s top-grossing starlet. Indeed, it’s a no-brainer, yet Marvel still doesn’t have Black Widow on their schedule. So, what gives?
According to Johansson herself, it’s a “timing” matter that’s preventing it from happening. In an interview with Total Film for next month’s Ghost in the Shell remake, Johansson discussed the long-promised project, believing it’s still very much possible.
I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it. We’re creatively really compatible. I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, »
- Will Ashton
Marc Weinstock, who recently joined the company as president, will oversee the new division alongside marketing chief David Kaminow and Erik Lomis, the distribution president. Annapurna, which was founded by Megan Ellison in 2010, has specialized in adult dramas such as Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy,” “20th Century Women,” “Foxcatcher,” “American Hustle” and “Her.”
“Kathryn’s untitled Detroit project is exemplary of the type of films we will be distributing,” Weinstock said. “I couldn’t be more confident in the team we are establishing to distribute and market the film in a way that is as creative and masterful as her film is.”
- Dave McNary
Annapurna Pictures is launching a “long planned, full-service distribution and marketing operation” with Kathryn Bigelow’s “Untitled Detroit Project,” according to a statement. The new division will be overseen by president Marc Weinstock, president of marketing David Kaminow, president of distribution Erik Lomis and their respective teams.
Directed by Bigelow, “Untitled Detroit Project” is a crime-drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s 1967 riots. Bigelow is a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman. The film’s release date will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots.
“Kathryn’s ‘Untitled Detroit Project’ is exemplary of the type of films we will be distributing,” Weinstock said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more confident in the team we are establishing to distribute and market the film in a way that is as creative and masterful as her film is.”
- Graham Winfrey
The timely development comes as industry sources predict Megan Ellison’s team is in Sundance looking to make a statement buy as the festival heads into its first weekend.
Marc Weinstock, who recently joined the company as president, will oversee the new division alongside president of marketing David Kaminow and president of distribution Erik Lomis.
The addition of a deep-pocketed buyer adds to speculation over who will make the big acquisition plays in Park City.
Prior to the festival there was talk that YouTube Red, Facebook and Apple could be the ones to watch besides Netflix and Amazon Studios. While those first three companies are making inroads into feature content and have the money to step up, the focus now turns to Annapurna.
“Kathryn’s Untitled Detroit Project is exemplary of the type »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Algee Smith, who is the young lead in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film about the Detroit riots, has signed with CAA. We’re told that Smith more than holds his own in the film alongside other cast members John Boyega, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, and Jacob Latimore. The up-and-comer also stars as Ralph Tresvant in Bet's upcoming biopic The New Edition Story, directed by Chris Robinson and produced by Jesse Collins. He continues to be managed by John Eley and Yasmine… »
FM: You have been an actor in Los Angeles for a while now, was it always your dream to be an actor? How did acting come about for you?
It really was. I have always been happy when I am acting. I do have other interests, but nothing has made me feel more alive, more excited than acting. I love portraying a character. I love having the ability to affect and influence the audience’s emotions and state of mind (If your production is good enough). Acting came about through high school. I took an elective drama class and was hooked. I never had so much fun at doing anything before.
FM: I understand you were born in Chicago. How »
- Gary Collinson
8 items from 2017
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