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New ‘Spider-Man’ Will Be Like ‘A John Hughes Movie,’ Feature New Villain, Says Kevin Feige

4 July 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New details about the upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot continue to emerge.

In addition to the recent casting news that Tom Holland will play Peter Parker, Marvel honcho Kevin Feige has revealed that the new film will explore Spider-Man in a firmly high-school setting.

Spider-Man will be a ‘John Hughes’ movie,” Feige said in an interview with SlashFilm.

He added that Spidey’s age will set him apart from other Marvel characters. “Some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the McU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”

In an interview with Collider, Feige elaborated on the idea of pitting Parker against the other superheroes. Holland read against Robert Downey, »


- Marianne Zumberge

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Holdovers Battle for Fourth

19 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Jurassic World and Inside Out are still grappling for 1st place over the three-day Fourth of July frame, with World just slightly ahead, estimating $30.9M to Inside's $30.1M. If World prevails it will be the dino-flick's fourth three-day weekend at #1. What Universal does appear to be conceding, however, with a "you can have it" air, is that the Disney/Pixar film is likely the winner of the five-day Fourth of July frame. Though it's still a tight race Disney is claiming victory for the full holiday domestic frame with Inside Out making $45.3M (4,158 venues) to Jurassic World's $43.8M (3,737 venues). Universal is also reporting that Jurassic World will pass $550M in domestic grosses this weekend. Adding another milestone to its marble bag of records that's the fastest*in 24 days*any film has reached the $550M mark. World added $42M in overseas coin, raising its international total to $826.9M. Combined with »


- Keith Simanton <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Amy’ Sparkles With $37K PTA, ‘Cartel Land’ Solid: Specialty Box Office

7 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The late Amy Winehouse drew big crowds to cinemas over the holiday weekend with one of the biggest debuts of any specialty release this year and certainly in the top tier for any documentary. In just six theaters, A24’s simply titled Amy grossed just over $222K for a robust $37,002 per-theater average, by far the biggest of any movie reporting grosses today. Sundance Film Festival award-winner Cartel Land also launched with a solid start in a pair of locations, while Sony… »


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Comic-Con: What to Expect (Maybe) From the Big Movie Panels

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Heading into this year's San Diego Comic-Con, it's not unfair for fans of genre films to feel a bit like Charlie preparing to visit the Chocolate Factory: What will we see? What will we learn? Although Marvel Studios won't be present — in it's movie incarnation, at least; the TV department will be there, promoting Agents of Shield and Agent Carter — there are three panels being held in the cavernous Hall H that are likely to offer all manner of thrills for fans and casual audiences alike. Here's a (somewhat realistic) wish list of what we might see.

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- Graeme McMillan

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In Defense Of... 1984's charming franchise-destroyer Supergirl

17 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In a parallel universe, 1984's big screen Supergirl is very different. It stars Melanie Griffith in the title role, John Travolta as the main love interest, a cameo from Christopher Reeve's Superman and - bizarrely - Dolly Parton as the villain.

Sadly, in our universe, none of those possibilities came to fruition - our favourite reason for someone not taking part is that Dolly stated no amount of money would convince her to play a witch - meaning our earth's Supergirl is almost entirely populated with unknowns. That's with the exception of a handful of famous supporting faces - Faye Dunaway was almost certainly a better pick than Dolly.

Which isn't to say that the unknowns do an apocalyptically bad job, but we can't help wondering if those more established actors' experience might have carried the weight of what's actually a pretty strange movie, with slightly less strain.

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The Immersive, Intimate Stray Dog Casts America in a Different Light

9 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Debra Granik’s Stray Dog enters the life of one man who could easily become a caricature and gives us a portrait novelistic in its depth and breathtaking in its humanity. On the surface, Ron Hall, the subject of Granik’s documentary Stray Dog, is a kind of cultural Rorschach test: Depending on which part of the country you come from, and your own background, you might see him and arrive at any number of assumptions. Here’s a gruff, heavy Vietnam vet and biker, leathered up and covered in tattoos, living in a trailer park in the Ozarks. Are you intimidated? Attracted? Curious? Terrified?  Granik met Hall when he came on to play a small part in her gripping 2011 drama Winter’s Bone, an indie hit that gave Jennifer Lawrence her breakout role and scored an unlikely Best Picture Oscar nomination (Exhibit A in why it was a good »


- Bilge Ebiri

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Kevin Smith Teases Very Special Plans For Jay And Silent Bob

1 hour ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Fans of writer/director Kevin Smith will tell you that his most popular characters - Jay and Silent Bob - have only ever been featured in what are referred to as the filmmaker's "View Askewneverse" movies. That may soon change, however, as the New Jersey director is considering featuring the comedic duo in the third chapter of what he's described as his "True North Trilogy" - essentially combining the two cinematic universes. As he has been known to do, Kevin Smith posted a message to fans about the progress of his latest work, and in doing so teased the possibility of having the stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob show up in his upcoming film Moose Jaws (the third in the Canadian trilogy that includes Smith's movie Tusk and the upcoming Yoga Hosers). You can see his post embeded below: (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s »

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‘Terminator’ Back With $74M; ‘Minions’ Mints $54.3M – Intl Box Office Update

2 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

3Rd Update, 3:15 Pm Pt: This weekend's international frame across the Top 10 major U.S. studio releases was up about 3.8% versus last. Year-on-year, looking at just the Top 3 films this week versus the Top 3 in the similar 2014 frame, grosses are up around 14%. In both the current and 2014 frames, the Top 3 pics were studio movies. Paramount has this week’s No. 1 title with Terminator: Genisys at $74M while it similarly was the weekend winner last year at this time when Tr… »


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Margot Robbie Had A Harley Quinn Birthday On The Suicide Squad Set

2 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In addition to the Independence Day holiday here in the United States, this weekend also marked the birthday of actress Margot Robbie. It turns out that this special day was celebrated on the set of David Ayer's Suicide Squad, and even had a cake personalized to her very special role in the movie: Harley Quinn. Harley's cake - thank you squad! A photo posted by @margotrobbie on Jul 3, 2015 at 3:13pm Pdt Robbie herself posted this image to her personal Instagram page, not only giving us a look at a very cool and well-designed cake, but also her costume as the live-action Harley Quinn. It's a shame that the photo w was not taken from a wider angle, if not only because the pastry looks even more ornate than just what we see. The sides look like they are covered with sugar-formed iconography - including playing card-esque bands and »

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Fantastic Four Director Josh Trank Promises “Multipower Slugfest”

3 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Josh Trank has had a tough time in the media when it comes to marketing his upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. He's had to navigate reshoot rumors, explain the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, and weather the rumored disagreements behind the scenes that led to his departure from a Star Wars anthology film. Now, regarding Fantastic Four, it sounds as if Trank will be bringing us a spiritual sequel to his feature debut, Chronicle. In an interview with EW, Trank had the following to say: “Chronicle was all about the discovery and evolution of those powers,” Trank says. “This is like, ‘What if it’s a couple years later and it sucks?’” So in an unprecedented era of blockbuster comic book films that encourage audiences to enjoy the fun side of cinematic superpowers, Trank's take will aim to go in the other direction. The title heroes »

- Dave Trumbore

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Ben Affleck Explains The Line Between DC And Marvel Movies

4 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Both filmmakers and executives have taken their respective opportunities to explain what makes DC Comics movies different from Marvel movies, and vice versa. Only now,. however has the new Batman, Ben Affleck, weighed in on the contrast, and he's said that the real dividing line is a certain sense of scale, realism, and tone. For their most recent issue, Entertainment Weekly had the chance to speak with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star, and during the interview took the opportunity to have him weigh in on the Marvel vs. DC debate. Viewing things from the DC Comics perspective, Affleck offered, It is more mythic, it is more grand in that way, and it is a little more realistic. Just by their nature, these films can.t be as funny or as quick or as glib as Marvel movies. This statement partially echoes recent comments from Greg Silverman, president »

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Top 10 Takeaways: Muted Fireworks as 'Jurassic World' and 'Inside Out' Vie for First, 'Terminator Genisys' Fizzles

4 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Like Christmas and New Year's, July 4th moves around every year as a stand-alone holiday that isn't surrounded by other days off. So about every six years when it falls on a Saturday, distributors fret about its negative impact on what is usually the biggest day of the week. And the normal pattern (last seen in 2009) held, with Saturday the 4th down 33% from Friday (which many people took as a holiday, so it picked up some). That makes predicting today's results tougher, and indeed, while initial estimates show "Jurassic World" (Universal) scoring its fourth straight #1 over the still outstanding "Inside Out" (Buena Vista) in its third week, this is all up in the air until the actuals come in Monday. Both of these box-office juggernauts, which came in over $30 million-- a level which would normally not take top position on a prime summer weekend-- bested the two new releases, "Terminator: »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Film Industry Players at Karlovy Vary Ponder Threat of Digital Single Market in Europe

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic — If Sunday’s debate at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival on the European Union’s proposals to create a single market for digital content was any indication, even discussing changes is striking fear into filmmakers’ hearts.

“The European film industry is a very fragile ecosystem,” said Doris Pack, Lux Prize coordinator and former chairwoman of the committee on culture and education of the European Parliament, in opening a debate on copyright issues and the single-market idea, held at a 19th-century spa building during the fest.

Concerned Czech and regional producers filled a hot, sweaty hall to hear from Pack and European Parliament member Pavel Svoboda about whether Digital Single Market proposals outlined in a May strategy statement might move forward. The strategy is intended to remove barriers to e-commerce throughout Europe, and may end geo-blocking — which is when content can only be accessed in certain territories. »


- Will Tizard

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Box-Office ‘Jurassic World’ Has The Most Teeth; ‘Genisys’ Posts Worst Opening Of The ‘Terminator’ Franchise

4 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We took last weekend off, but to briefly recap: despite tracking reports that suggested “Ted 2” was going to open to around $55 million, the Seth McFarlane comedy sequel disappointed, grossing almost 40% less than the original did on its debut weekend in 2012. Instead, “Jurassic World” took the #1 spot and that trend continues for the fourth week in a row though it was a tight race with Pixar’s “Inside Out” which wasn’t far behind. The behemoth that is Universal’s dinosaur franchise isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. At $558 million in North America, “Jurassic World” is now the highest grossing film of the summer and the fourth highest domestic grossing film ever. The movie is potentially on track to surpass “The Avengers” ($623 million; James Cameron’s records are safe). Globally, "Jurassic World" eclipsed “Avengers: Age of Ultron” this weekend -- the movie is now at $1,385 billion, making it »

- Rodrigo Perez

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July 4th Box Office Lacks Spark As ‘Terminator: Genisys,’ ‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Fail to Draw Crowds

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There weren’t many fireworks at the box office this Independence Day after “Terminator: Genisys” and “Magic Mike Xxl” failed to deliver big crowds.

The biggest sparks were made by a pair of veterans, “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World,” which have been in theaters for several weeks, but still managed to outflank the newcomers to capture first and second place on the charts. Domestically, ticket sales are expected to top out at an estimated $137.4 million, making it the twelfth-biggest July 4th holiday weekend, according to Rentrak.

Those figures did represent a 5% improvement over last year, when films like “Tammy” and “Deliver Us From Evil” fell short, sending receipts to their lowest levels since 2001. Because of that weak competition year-to-date, 2015 is still outpacing the prior year’s stateside ticket sales by 13.3%, according to BoxOffice.com.

For a year that has seen films like “Jurassic World,” “Furious 7″ and “Avengers: Age of Ultron »


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‘Terminator: Genisys,’ ‘Minions’ Boost Foreign Box Office With Solid Performances

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Launches of Paramount’s “Terminator: Genisys” and Universal’s “Minions” lifted the international box office this weekend as the tentpoles pulled in sturdy performances.

Paramount saw $74 million from international markets for the weekend — led by Russia at $12.5 million, South Korea at $11.1 million and Mexico at $6.6 million — for a foreign cume of $85.5 million from 60% of all overseas markets.

Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore told Variety that “Terminator: Genisys” should have enough firepower internationally to finish in the $300 million to $400 million range in foreign grosses — three to four times the expected U.S. final total. The film opens next week in Germany, Italy, Germany and Spain; it has not yet been dated for the booming Chinese market.

The international performance is crucial for “Terminator: Genisys.” Paramount and Skydance spent $155 million on the fifth “Terminator” and have two more entries in the franchise coming in 2016 and 2017.

The fourth film, “Terminator: Salvation,” took »


- Dave McNary

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Ant-man TV Spot Reveals Avenger Cameo

5 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A new Spanish-language TV spot for Marvel's Ant-Man reveals the presence of one of the Avengers. It's a brief shot, but it's almost impossible to miss. The TV spot gives no context as to why this particular Avenger shows up, or even if they are present in the movie in a larger sense or only the credit scenes. Still, we can surmise that perhaps they are there in order to help Paul Rudd's Scott Lang take his new Ant-Man suit for a test run, as teased during Matt's set visit interview. Then again, their arrival might be well after the feature itself is over, providing the connective tissue of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the fan-favorite credit stingers. If you're happier not knowing, don't even scroll down to see the still image of the new TV spot because that's spoilery in and of itself. Also starring Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Jurassic World wins again at the Us box office in its fourth weekend

5 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jurassic World was the number one movie at the Us box office for the fourth weekend in a row.

The dinosaur franchise took in $30.9m with a total gross of $558.1m since debuting at the top spot last month.

Inside Out follows in second place with $30.1m, adding to its total gross of $246.1m. Both Jurassic World and Inside Out have occupied the top two spots at the box office in the last weekend.

New releases Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike Xxl could not knock down either top two movies as they came in third and fourth place respectively.

The latest Terminator instalment had $28.7m for the weekend with a total gross of $44.1m for the five-day weekend. Meanwhile, the Channing Tatum sequel took in $11.6m for the weekend with a total gross of $26.6m for the five-day holiday weekend.

Comedy Ted 2 slipped from third place to fifth place with $11m. »


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Hello Kitty Movie Now in Development

5 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

No global brand is safe from Hollywood. The latest iconic character to get the big screen treatment comes from Japan as the lifestyle Sanrio has struck a movie deal for their popular creation Hello Kitty to hit cinemas around the world sometime in 2019. The brand can be seen all over the world, turned into […]

The post Hello Kitty Movie Now in Development appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Animation Roundup: Minions Opens Big in UK, Samurai Jack Returns in Fan Film

6 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We've got big box office news for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's animated spin-off, Minions, which opened in the U.K. to record-breaking success. On the less expensive side of things, Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack makes a brief re-appearance in a short, CG fan film. And, of course, more news from Attack on Titan.  

The post Animation Roundup: Minions Opens Big in UK, Samurai Jack Returns in Fan Film appeared first on Collider. »

- Dave Trumbore

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