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Comic-Con 2014 is officially underway, and as expected, there's already been no shortage of surprises (Mockingjay trailer, anyone?!). And while there's undoubtedly loads of action going down in Hall H this weekend, we decided to take minute to look back at the biggest moments in Comic-Con history. From Star Wars to Spider Man to Twilight, a number of famous faces have made a big impact on the annual San Diego convention. Here are the 9 most memorable moments in Comic-Con history: 1. Spider Man Comes to Comic-Con in Character: Andrew Garfield delighted every fan of the Spider-Man franchise when arrived in Hall H clad in costume while pretending to be a regular super-hero fanatic. Of »
Good guys vs. better guys and hot vs. hotter! Comic-Con 2014 is finally here and we're celebrating with our interactive "Which Superhero or Villain Is Hotter?" game. The four-day event in honor of all things comic book kicked off yesterday in San Diego and we're reveling in the fanboy and fangirl excitement by letting you decide: Would you rather have the muscle-bound Chris Hemsworth as Thor save you or would you prefer to be swooped up into the suave safety net that is Spider-Man Andrew Garfield's web? Is a strapping savior with an "S" on his chest your type of man or would you rather have a superhero sporting star-spangled spandex across his brawny torso? Decide »
Okay, folks, it's now time to get into the ever so serious fall festival season. Toronto made their first announcements just the other day and now it is time for the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia to show us what they've got for their 71st edition, from August 27 - September 6.You can catch the full lineup linked below, but for those that don't want the slog, here are some highlights. In the official selection (all world premieres by the by) we've got German director Faith Akin's latest The Cut, Rahmin Bahrani's 99 Homes, with Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. We then have a new doc from The Act Of Killing's Joshua Oppenheimer, The Look Of Silence, plus Tsukamoto Shinya's Fires On...
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A decade ago he was the invincible king of the superhero franchises. Sam Raimi's first two "Spider-Man" films not only scored critical acclaim but around $400 million domestic and $400 million worldwide each in box-office revenue.
Today, things have changed. Since its reboot in 2012, the two Marc Webb-directed "Amazing Spider-Man" films have performed slightly better overseas, taking in around $500 million each. However, domestically they've slumped - the first nabbing $250 million and the recent second just $200 million. Reviews have also taken a dive - the first scoring a mixed/slightly positive and the second a mixed/negative reception.
In a recent interview with THR, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal says "I would have liked Amazing Spider-Man 2 to make a lot more money for us than it did, but it made a lot of money for us anyway". In fact their source says the film's final tally was $100 million below internal predictions, »
- Garth Franklin
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Yesterday Sony announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would be delayed and pushed to an unspecified date in 2018, while The Sinister Six would hit theaters on November 11, 2016. The four year gap between The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 3 sparked a bit of concern from fans, leading to rumors that the studio was actually looking to reboot the franchise… again.
According to THR, that’s not the case. Marc Webb is expected to return and direct the next installment, and at this point the studio does not intent to completely abandon their current plans and start all over.
“Privately, Sony admits it is seeking to freshen the brand but has no major overhaul plans, with Webb expected to return to complete the trilogy (as Raimi did with the first three films).”
With Webb expected to return, we can likely assume that Andrew Garfield will be back as well (though he’ll be nearly 35 by then, »
- James Garcia
There was a time when Sony’s Spider-man franchise was the most bankable comic book property in Hollywood. However, that (unfortunately) seems like a very long time ago now, with films like The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier sweeping up the box office a regular basis.
It appeared as if Marvel Studios had all-but-eliminated their competition until this years X-men: Days Of Future Past became a huge critical and financial success. The Amazing Spider-man 2 however, failed to impress audiences or critics and ended up as the lowest grossing entry in the franchise. Many blamed the poor reception of the latest web-spinning adventure on Sony’s effort to establish a cinematic universe (by using multiple antagonists once again), which resulted in an overly bloated script with little room for character development. With interest in the series clearly waning with each successive instalment, Sony clearly need to re-think their »
- Ben Read
David Gordon Green's “Manglehorn,” Andrew Niccol's “Good Kill,” Abel Ferrara's “Pasolini” and Joshua Oppenheimer's “The Look of Silence” will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman” in the competition lineup of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (the Venice Biennale), Venice organizers announced at a press conference in Rome on Thursday. Stars who could make the trek to the Italian festival include Al Pacino, who stars in “Manglehorn”; Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern and Michael Shannon, in Ramin Bahrani's “99 Homes”; Ethan Hawke, who appears in both “Good Kill” and Michael Almereyda's “Cymbeline,” the latter with Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich; Willem Dafoe, »
- Steve Pond
It feels like film festival announcements get earlier and earlier every year. There's still a week of July left, and we've already had major announcements from Tiff, Nyff and even London and Tokyo (which don't happen until November, and will be opening with "The Imitation Game" and "Big Hero 6" respectively). But before any of those arrive, we've got the 71st Venice Film Festival, and after unveiling their big-ticket opener with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman," the rest of the line-up for the official competition was announced in Rome this morning. Eagle-eyed festival-watchers will have guessed some of the bigger-name premieres from what were announced as North American premieres by Tiff, but to confirm, Andrew Niccol's "The Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke, David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn" starring Al Pacino, Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes" with Andrew Garfield, and Abel Ferrera's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe all »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world. Green's "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino, Niccol's "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and Ferrara's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe promise to bring a fair share of star power to the event, while actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver feature in films sprinkled throughout the Competition. "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer will also continue his look at the Indonesian genocide with a new documentary, "The Look of Silence." Playing out of competition are films by Barry Levinson ("The Humbling," also starring Pacino), James Franco ("The Sound and the Fury") and Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), while Focus Features will bring the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sony's decision to knock The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018 does not mean it's rebooting the series, it's been confirmed...
Yesterday's announcement from Sony that it's delaying The Amazing Spider-Man 3 by two years to 2018, slotting Sinister Six in 2016 instead, has led to some speculation that it's planning another reboot of sorts of the series. As it turns out, that's not likely to be the case.
The Hollywood Reporter has a piece which declares that "privately, Sony admits it is seeking to refresh the brand, but has no major overhaul plans". Director Marc Webb remains attached too, and is expected to complete his trilogy of Spider-Man movies.
Yet there's clearly a problem, with a Sony source apparently saying that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 "fell $100m below internal predictions" when its box office takings topped out just north of $700m.
That said, it's been noted that competition was tougher than expected, »
Earlier today, Sony Pictures did what many were expecting them to do for months, shift The Amazing Spider-Man 3 into an undetermined 2018 release date slot, while moving The Sinister Six into 2016. Many wondered if this move suggested the studio was planning to scrap The Amazing Spider-Man 3 altogether, and reboot the franchise once again. However, at story from The Hollywood Reporter claims that, while the studio does want to "freshen" the brand, a reboot is not in play, with Marc Webb returning to complete his trilogy with The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
"Privately, Sony admits it is seeking to freshen the brand but has no major overhaul plans, with Webb expected to return to complete the trilogy (as Sam Raimi did with the first three films)."
The Hollywood Reporter have a very interesting piece up about Sony's decision to release Sinister Six in 2016 and to push The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to an undisclosed date in 2018. Since this news broke, many fans have wondered whether a reboot could be on the way (after all, Andrew Garfield will be nearly 35 by the time the third movie comes out and getting a little old to play a high school graduate), while some even believe that the rights could return to Marvel Studios at any minute. Well, that's all speculation for now, but the site do drop one very intriguing detail. "Privately, Sony admits it is seeking to freshen the brand but has no major overhaul plans, with Webb expected to return to complete the trilogy (as Raimi did with the first three films)." Will he want to return after the tepid response to the latest movie? What exactly »
What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
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It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
Sony may not be bringing anything big to this year’s Comic-Con, but they’ve made some huge announcements today. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was originally scheduled for a 2016 release, but Uncharted (the big screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game series) has now taken that movie’s June 10th release date.
However, we Will be revisiting the Spider-Man Cinematic Universe two years from now as Sinister Six is scheduled to open on November 11th, 2016. Written and directed by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), that movie focuses on a team of villains who team up to take down Peter Parker.
It’s not clear whether Spider-Man will appear in that movie or who will make up the team’s roster, but Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin will likely be there, with the likes of Doctor Octopus and Electro joining him.
The Amazing Spider-Man 4 was dated for »
- Josh Wilding
We’ve been hearing talk from the likes of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman suggesting that Sony may have jumped the gun when it came to announcing 2016 and 2018 release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4, and it seems that is indeed the case after all, with the studio announcing a reshuffle of its Spidey plans today.
Fans of Andrew Garfield’s wall-crawler are going to have to wait until 2018 to see Spidey back on the big screen in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, with the studio opting instead to move ahead with its supervillain ensemble The Sinister Six first, with the Drew Goddard-directed flick set to land on November 11th 2016. Meanwhile, video game adaptation Uncharted moves into The Amazing Spider-Man 3′s original date of June 10th, 2016.
Quite where this leaves The Amazing Spider-Man 4 is anyone’s guess. Garfield will be pushing 35 years of »
- Gary Collinson
The great Spider-Man experiment continues! Sony isn't going to go down swinging in regards to the under-performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Nope, they're reloading and diversifying, re-writing their entire release schedule to spotlight The Sinister Six. Thank you for reading CinemaBlend, Sony. Your gift bag is in the mail. Via Deadline, Sony has announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has fled 2016, giving way to The Sinister Six, which will bow on November 11th, 2016. Following the villain team-up, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will debut in 2018 . no date is specified, though it will probably occupy the May 4th, 2018 slot reserved for The Amazing Spider-Man 4, which will... vanish out of thin air, apparently. Clearly, Sony's original wishes for a Spider-Man movie every year will not come to fruition. What this means is that, with Sinister Six taking the place of a Spider-Man movie, it's likely going to Become a Spider-Man movie, with »
Originally set to hit theaters on June 10, 2016, Sony has now decided to delay The Amazing Spider-Man 3 two years to 2018, the year The Amazing Spider-Man 4 was previously expected to hit theaters. However, they aren't giving up on the idea of building a world around the web-slinger despite the lackluster returns from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which had been expected to gross nearly $1 billion worldwide this summer, but has so far only amassed $706 million. Instead of a new Spider-Man film in 2016, the studio is moving forward with The Sinister Six with writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), releasing on November 11, 2016. The film features an all-star lineup of Spider-Man villains, all of which were teased in the Spider-Man 2's end credits including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. No word on which one of those villains may show up, but it seems »
- Brad Brevet
Slow down, Spider-Man. Take a load off. You’ve been going nonstop since 2002.
After bringing home more than $700 million around the globe in his last superhero adventure, Andrew Garfield and the Amazing Spider-Man franchise aren’t being rushed back into the fray. A third film was originally slated for June 10, 2016, but Sony announced today that Spidey wouldn’t swing back our way—at least in his own film—until 2018.
The twist is that we still might get a taste of Spidey in two years, because Sinister Six is now officially on the calendar for Nov. 11, 2016. That franchise expansion, to be »
- Jeff Labrecque
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a younger A-lister, though one who’s been continually increasing her profile for a number of years now. It’s Emma Stone, one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. She’s basically been on a rocket to the top, with no signs of slowing down. Stone not only has the goods as an actress, she’s got the charisma and personality to match. That’s the kind of combination that allows a star to go far. She’s an A-lister through and through, but one still very much on the upswing of her career. She’s still got plenty more to do, including I suspect…win an Oscar. Stone is an actress who can shine in just about any role. She got her start with a clever supporting performance in Superbad, the type of performance she’d »
- Joey Magidson
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