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Audiences are assembling in force to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron” this weekend, in what is shaping up to be a blockbuster debut with few equals.
AMC is reporting dozens of opening-night sellouts, MovieTickets.com is moving tickets at four times the rate of the first “Avengers” and Fandango says pre-sales for the latest chapter in the saga of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes matches those for all previous Marvel Studios films combined. Given that kind of fanboy fervor, it’s unsurprising that Disney, Marvel’s corporate parent and the film’s distributor, is pegging a debut north of $200 million. Outside tracking firms are even more bullish, projecting the picture will bow to $215 million or higher.
Barring a machine uprising, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be only the second film in history to top $200 million in its debut, but that’s not the only benchmark the super team is looking to surpass. »
- Brent Lang
This was ground zero. This was where the love affair started; all the sleepless nights, the cold sweats, the screaming. In 1976, at the age of six, my mom took me to the theater to see Burnt Offerings, my first horror movie.
Six years old. Up until this point my viewing memories consisted of Saturday morning cartoons and a matinee memory of seeing a giant octopus engulf a ship (submarine?). Little did I know that I was to be indoctrinated into a universe of monsters, vampires, guys with knives (girls too), killer critters, ghosts, goblins, and, in my inaugural visit to the screen of screams… the Haunted House.
Well, that description is a little off. The house in Burnt Offerings isn’t haunted exactly; it is…alive. A living, pulsing being that every so often needs a new family to love it. Cherish it. And to be consumed by it so »
- Scott Drebit
The last we heard, the long-mooted Gremlins reboot was on hold.
The new addition to the film series created by the great Joe Dante was being written by Seth Grahame Smith, but in January, he revealed that the project had "run out of steam" - producers Christopher Columbus (who wrote the 1984 original) and Steven Spielberg were, he said, busy on other projects.
"I think we just ran out of steam", he said. "It's one of those things where everybody got so busy doing other things. It's something I would love to come back to, but right now, Steven's making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy [making Pixels]. We're all taking a five-minute break on that".
We're now hearing that Grahame-Smith, the writer of »
Capitalizing on the recent (rabid) popularity of HBO's The Jinx, Conan O'Brien took a moment at the beginning of his late-night show to lampoon "the creepy millionaire accused of three murders." According to Conan, Robert Durst is so sneaky that his floating, ghostly likeness can pop up anywhere and everywhere. Sos, Durst alert! The clip's kind of like a shorter version of that horror movie It Follows, just with retro Dark Shadows music and Popsicle sticks. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Anthony Stokes on whether Avengers: Age of Ultron will out-gross The Avengers…
Marvel Studios is on top of the world when it comes to box office success and is just two months away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe becoming the highest grossing film franchise of all time when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits screens. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a shoe in to be one of the highest-grossing films of 2015 and might even break a few records. However, what I don’t think it will do is make more than its predecessor (which earned over $1.5 billion worldwide in 2012), and for a few reasons.
Let’s talk about the top five highest grossing films of all time, what they mean and why they ended up in the top five. Avatar at number one on $2.788 billion followed by Titanic ($2.788 billion), The Avengers ($1.519 billion), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($1.342 billion) and »
- Gary Collinson
Some of the greatest (or at least heavily favored) American television shows got the big screen treatment when they were selected to have their small screen following turn into a cinematic experience. Unfortunately, for every beloved nostalgic television show that translated successfully in movie theaters (The Brady Bunch Movie, Star Trek, Batman, etc.) there are boob tube stinkers that overtake the good crop. Sure, there are middle-of-the-road movie adaptations of television programs that have a mixed bag reception (1997’s Leave It To Beaver, 1987’s Dragnet, 2012’s Dark Shadows, etc.). Nevertheless, it is always the unflattering fare that receive the bulk of the attention (do you register, 1999’s The Wild, Wild West ?).
In Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows we will take a look at the top ten televised offenders that dared to venture into cinema’s stratosphere only to end up floating down shamefully »
- Frank Ochieng
Time has come again for Kasterborous to bring you the audio adventure goods you need. That’s right; the Big Finish Round-Up is back with new details on Bernice Summerfield’s upcoming adventures, release details for Dark Shadows: Bloodlust, the cover unveiled for The Omega Factor, and recording details for the fourth series of Counter-Measures. We have...
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- Nick Kitchen
7 items from 2015
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