16 items from 2015
In 2012, director Josh Trank impressed audiences with his found-footage superhero adventure, Chronicle. Now Trank is once again at the helm of another superhero film, tasked with bringing Marvel’s Fantastic Four back to the big screen.
The Fantastic Four comic was created in 1961 by the father of superhero comics Stan Lee, along with Jack Kirby. They predated many of Marvel’s most famous comic book heroes including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and X-Men.
Unlike the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four films that had a camp quality and failed to impress audiences, Trank has sought to take the characters in a more realistic, and human, direction. Moving away from the blue and white spandex of the initial movie incarnation, Trank wanted to focus on the origins of this unconventional superhero family. »
- The Hollywood News
Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami creates a stirring, evocative score for Twentieth Century Fox’s contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, Fantastic Four.
Beltrami co-scored the film with iconic minimalist composer Philip Glass.
Fantastic Four opens in theaters nationwide on August 7, 2015.
The soundtrack is terrific and is available digitally now; on CD August 14, 2015 from Sony Classical.
Directed by Josh Trank, and screenwriters Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: First Class,” X-Men; Days of Future Past”, “Sherlock Holmes”), Fantastic Four is a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s first, and longest-running superhero team. Based on the Marvel comic written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the film follows four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe that alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. »
- Michelle McCue
With the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie about to arrive in cinemas, Neil Calloway looks at a doomed attempt to start the franchise…
The latest Fantastic Four film is the second attempt to reproduce the comic characters on the big screen; everyone knows about the film made in 2005 and its 2007 sequel, both of which did respectable, if not stratospheric business at the box office.
Less well-known is the 1994 film The Fantastic Four. The 1990s were an odd time for films based on Marvel Comics; 1990 saw the release of a Captain America movie starring the son of the guy who wrote The Catcher in the Rye. Marvel seemed to be concentrating more on animated television shows than big budget live action films, and those of you who watched the first episode of the Flickering Myth Movie Show will know that various Marvel properties were owned by different studios in the 1990s, before »
- Neil Calloway
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Ant-Man gets mashed up with Zoolander, Real Fake History explores the battle of Klendathu in Starship Troopers, Mission: Impossible gets an Honest Trailer and the Fantastic Four reboot gets a meta mashup with Roger Corman's unreleased 1994 version. We also have a complete breakdown of the specific changes made from the original Star Wars movies for the Special Edition releases. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mission: Impossible Honest Trailer
It's Tuesday, and you know what that means? Another Honest Trailer from the Screen Junkies crew. Today they break down Mission: Impossible and all of its sequels, in honor of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation's release this Friday. »
With a little over a week to go until its release, 20th Century Fox has debuted a new featurette for the superhero reboot Fantastic Four entitled ‘Together’. Check it out here…
The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
- Gary Collinson
Stan Lee helped create "The Fantastic Four" for Marvel, and Lee just weighed in on the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the new movie coming out August 7. The character was originally written as blond-haired and blue-eyed, and some fans objected to casting a black actor. In May, Jordan wrote an essay on the subject for Entertainment Weekly, addressing his critics and saying Lee had given his Ok. Lee updated in a new chat with EW to say he was "more than Ok" with the plan: "I thought it was a great idea!"
However, the Marvel legend can see both sides of this, and doesn't view the criticism as a race issue as much as a knee-jerk reaction from fans who want to see a faithful adaptation of the characters they've embraced. As he told Entertainment Weekly:
They're outraged not because of any personal prejudice. »
- Gina Carbone
Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and more stars gathered on stage for 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con panel over the weekend, resulting in the best picture of all time. The studio posted the photo, featuring the stars of X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Deadpool, and The Fantastic Four, on its Facebook, and we can't stop staring at it. It's like every time you look at it, you see a new face: Oscar Isaac! T.J. Miller! Nicholas Hoult! Miles Teller! And of course, the man who made this all possible: Stan Lee. Check it out and browse all the new faces to the superhero film genre. »
Batman’s got The Joker. Spider-Man has Doctor Octopus. The Flash has an entire rogue’s gallery. The Fantastic Four used to have Doctor Doom, but now that Marvel’s banished the Fox-Four from their universe Doom’s annoying everybody, without priority.
Superman has a bald businessman/scientist with a severe ego problem.
I never thought Lex Luthor was much of a villain. In fact, when I was in my teens I was pretty certain I could take him. Evidently, from time to time the folks at DC must have felt the same way. He’s been put into super-power-bestowing armor, he’s been given super-powers and he’s hired or co-opted powered super-villains to do his dirty work.
Lex has been an evil scientist, an evil businessman, an evil president, an outer-world hero, and a domestic hero. He’s been a picker, a grinner, a lover and a sinner. »
- Mike Gold
Back at the start of the year, a section of the internet exploded with the news that black actor Michael B. Jordan had been cast as white comic book character Johnny Storm in 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four. Jordan has spoken briefly on the backlash on several occasions [see here and here], but now with the film on the horizon, he’s penned a lengthy response over at EW:
You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It »
- Gary Collinson
It took 20th Century Fox 14 years, but with last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, they finally delivered the movie that X-Men fans had been impatiently waiting for since 2000. Now, in 2015, Fox hopes to revive their other, more desperate, superhero franchise with this summer’s Fantastic Four. Using the same apocalyptic tones and brooding masochism made famous by Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Fox is hoping that their third go-around with the oft-troubled franchise will prove to be the charm. But, based on the failures of previous Fantastic Four films, the barrage of trailers and press releases for the new flick, and the entire history of the comic book series, Fantastic Four may inevitably be doomed from the start.
As a series, The Fantastic Four has proven to be one of Marvel’s more inconsequential title to readers, as well as one of its most inaccessible to writers. Ever since »
- Andrew Doscas
Thanks to SneakPeekTV.Com, Sneak Peek producer Roger Corman's 1992 "The Fantastic Four" feature in its entirety, plus a trailer from director Marty Langford's documentary "Doomed ! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's 'The Fantastic Four':
Low-budget film producer Corman reportedly finished the New Horizons feature in 1992 and although filming was completed, the picture was never officially released.
"...in a flashback, 'Reed Richards' (Alex Hyde-White) and 'Victor Von Doom' (Joseph Culp) are college friends who use the opportunity of a passing comet to try an experiment; however, the experiment goes wrong, leaving Victor horribly scarred. 'Sue' and 'Johnny Storm' are two children living with their mother, who has a boarding house where Reed lives. 'Ben Grimm' (Michael Bailey Smith), is a family friend and a college buddy of Reed's.
- Michael Stevens
Check out the poster below:
Written and directed by Marty Langford, the documentary explores the story of the infamous 1994 Concord-New Horizons / Constantine Films adaptation of Marvel’s First Family, which was produced by B-movie legend Roger Corman and starred Alex Hyde-White as Reed Richards, Rebecca Staab as Susan Storm, Jay Underwood as Johnny Storm and Michael Bailey Smith as Ben Grimm.
- Luke Owen
In less than a month, potentially the biggest film of the year is scheduled to hit theatres. Avengers: Age Of Ultron will more than definitely break box office records. If it wasn’t for a small film opening this December by the name of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’d go so far as to say that no other film in 2015 will be bigger. Whichever film ends up on top, there’s one more thing they have in common: when it comes to collectibles, they’ll successfully separate fans’ money from their bank accounts.
Though I tend to fall more in the Star Wars collecting group, I no less appreciate the significance and pure awesomeness of what we’ll be getting from companies in relation to the Marvel cinematic universe. And make no mistake: though there are no strings on Ultron, the boys at Marvel and Disney and »
- Dominic F
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Daredevil, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, Shazam, Justice League Dark, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Batman ’66, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Lucky Man and more…
With less than three weeks to go until the start of the 2015 superhero season with the UK release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has upped the promotional blitz for the eagerly-awaited sequel this week. The studio has offered up plenty of new footage from the film courtesy of three new TV spots [see here and here], a ‘Re-Assembled’ video featurette [see here] and an Audi tie-in commercial [see here], as well as releasing four potential IMAX posters and encouraging fans to vote for their favourite [see here]. Meanwhile, a series »
- Gary Collinson
Empire has posted four new pictures from Josh Trank's upcoming The Fantastic Four reboot offering new looks at the film's four leads, which means new pictures of Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell as the titular four. Discussing the upcoming movie, set for an August 7 release, we learn the key difference between this film and the previous releases as well as Stan Lee/Jack Kirby's iteration, this version will draw from the "Ultimate Fantastic Four", which abandoned the idea of the heroes gaining their powers from cosmic rays during space flight in favor of inter-dimensional travel. Trank referred to the picture as a "dark Amblin movie", referring to the early days of Steven Spielberg's films, with writer/producer Simon Kinberg adding, "There was an Amblin-style approach to the characterization, and to contextualizing everything in a real world". "There's the opportunity to make something »
- Brad Brevet
By Adrian Smith
Roy Thomas, Josh Baker
Hardcover with fold-out, ribbon bookmark, and four-foot accordion-fold timeline
11.4 x 15.6 in.
75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking
Hardcover with fold-out, ribbon bookmark
11.4 x 15.6 in.
If you take a look at the top 100 all-time highest worldwide grossing movies, fifteen of them are either Marvel or DC comic adaptations. According to Box Office Mojo the third highest grossing film of all time is The Avengers (2012) at over a billion and a half dollars. Comics, it would seem, are major players in the world of entertainment.
Seventy-five years ago it was all very different. Comics were for children and were disregarded as both an entertainment medium and as an art form. Comics were disposable. Because of their ephemeral nature surviving early copies now trade hands for vast sums. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
16 items from 2015
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