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Popularity Of Marvel Heroes In The Movies

17 August 2015 6:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Many people love comic books, and they especially love the Marvel characters. It seems that among comic book lovers around the nation and the world, the characters from Marvel are always the most popular. Why is that? A recent poll was taken in February to see who the most popular comic book characters were in the whole world, almost all of the top characters chosen were from Marvel comics. They always seem to top all of the other franchises in comic books.

Popularity in movies

You must know also then that these characters are popular in films as well. There are always numerous films based around these characters. From animated and live-action films to movies made for TV or direct to video releases, you can always seem to find them all over the place. People also love these characters in the gaming world, and you have surely seen them in »

- David Agnew

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Nerd Alert: Every Schwarzenegger Explosion Ever and Hulk Gets Angry

13 August 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 tremendous Thursday? One father has created possibly the coolest Star Wars helmet ever, Conan breaks down why the Fantastic Four remake failed and an animated Hulk runs a few furious errands. We also have the odd combination of Game of Thrones and minor league baseball. But first we kick things off with every Arnold Schwarzenegger explosion ever. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Every Arnold Schwarzenegger Explosion Ever

It isn't often that an actor's official YouTube page will present supercuts, but Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't your average actor. The action icon's official page put together an immense 31-minute supercut of "every on-screen explosion, from every film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, through 2014." These explosions were, »

- MovieWeb

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F4 Box Office: Worst Debut Among Big-Budget Superhero Films in the 21st Century?

8 August 2015 10:01 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Fantastic Four' 2015: Miles Teller as Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic. Box office: 'Fantastic Four' 2015 bombs, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' to pass $100 million mark Derided by critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is about to become one of 2015's domestic box office bombs. After earning a paltry $11.3 million on Friday – including Thursday evening shows – the Josh Trank-directed, Fox-meddled (and -muddled?) Marvel superhero flick will likely gross less than even the most modest, downgraded expectations. In fact, don't be too surprised if the Christopher McQuarrie-Tom Cruise actioner Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation tops the North American box office chart this weekend (Aug. 7-9, '15). Fox's only hope is that Fantastic Four lives up to its name at the international box office – despite the fact that this latest superhero entry is in old-fashioned 2D, whereas audiences in several key overseas markets prefer their »

- Zac Gille

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Not So Fantastic Films: Why Can’t Anyone Get Fantastic Four Right? (Spoilers)

8 August 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

This past weekend brought the fourth attempt at a Fantastic Four movie, and yet another sad flop.  Cinelinx takes a look back at the long history of bringing Marvel's First Family to the big screen and why it's been so tough to get them right. 

There have been four attempts to make a film version of the Fantastic Four, starting in 1994, continuing through the current Josh Trank version. These films had very different takes on the Ff but the one thing they have in common is that they were all dismal! Why can’t anyone make a decent film out of a fairly straight-forward premise? Why does every attempt at bringing Marvel’s first family to the big screen always end in a total train wreck? (Warning…mild spoilers ahead!)

How do you repeatedly screw up something so simple? Don’t professional filmmakers learn from the mistakes of their predecessors? »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Not So Fantastic Films: Why Can’t Anyone Get Fantastic Four Right? (Spoilers)

8 August 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 There have been four attempts to make a film version of the Fantastic Four, starting in 1994, continuing through the current Josh Trank version. These films had very different takes on the Ff but the one thing they have in common is that they were all dismal! Why can’t anyone make a decent film out of a fairly straight-forward premise? Why does every attempt at bringing Marvel’s first family to the big screen always end in a total train wreck? (Warning…mild spoilers ahead!)

How do you repeatedly screw up something so simple? Don’t professional filmmakers learn from the mistakes of their predecessors? The 1994 Roger Corman adaptation was so bad, it was relegated to a direct-to-video release. (It had a $1 million dollar budget.) This newest version by Josh Trank continues that legacy, currently hovering at an embarrassing 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. (The projected weekend gross is estimated to fall »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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The Week in Spandex – (Not So) Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Batman v Superman, Hellboy 3, The Crow and more

8 August 2015 5:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Gambit, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Carter, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen, Supergirl, Hellboy 3, The Crow and more…

Well, it’s here. The final superhero movie of 2014 arrives with a bang – only not the kind of bang 20th Century Fox was hoping for. Having been surrounded by negativity from the start, the studio’ reboot of Fantastic Four opened this past Thursday to a wave of bad reviews and a whimper at the box office. It’s currently at 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the worst-received superhero movies ever (a title I’m not sure it really deserves, but…), and despite early tracking indicating a $40-$50 million weekend, »

- Gary Collinson

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Hollywood Can’t Seem to Crack Marvel’s ‘Fantastic Four’

7 August 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For years, the Fantastic Four immodestly bore the title “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.” Introduced in 1961, the title ushered in the age of Marvel Comics, inaugurating the creative explosion of writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, which has been compared in musical terms to John Lennon and Paul McCartney during the Beatles’ heyday.

All of that makes the rather tortured history of the franchise onscreen, especially given the current ascent of comicbook blockbusters, all the more perplexing — most recently with Fox’s reboot “Fantastic Four,” which comes eight years after the last live-action “Fantastic Four” effort, a sequel subtitled “Rise of the Silver Surfer.”

Not only has the newest project been bludgeoned by critics, but the director, Josh Trank, responded by implying that the studio, 20th Century Fox, was responsible for its failings. Whatever the underlying truth, for comicbook fans it raises the specter of the bad old days, »

- Brian Lowry

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Hollywood Can’t Seem to Crack Marvel’s ‘Fantastic Four’

7 August 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For years, the Fantastic Four immodestly bore the title “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.” Introduced in 1961, the title ushered in the age of Marvel Comics, inaugurating the creative explosion of writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, which has been compared in musical terms to John Lennon and Paul McCartney during the Beatles’ heyday.

All of that makes the rather tortured history of the franchise onscreen, especially given the current ascent of comicbook blockbusters, all the more perplexing — most recently with Fox’s reboot “Fantastic Four,” which comes eight years after the last live-action “Fantastic Four” effort, a sequel subtitled “Rise of the Silver Surfer.”

Not only has the newest project been bludgeoned by critics, but the director, Josh Trank, responded by implying that the studio, 20th Century Fox, was responsible for its failings. Whatever the underlying truth, for comicbook fans it raises the specter of the bad old days, »

- Brian Lowry

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'Fantastic Four' Director Blames Studio for Bad Reviews

7 August 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It will be interesting to see how the new Fantastic Four fares throughout the weekend. It is one of the worst reviewed Marvel superhero movies in quite sometime. No one loves it. And that was expected. The film has had a rough go, with numerous behind-the-scenes stories that have long claimed the production was in trouble. On the night of it's 7:00 pm Thursday previews, director of the movie, Josh Trank, sent out a Tweet in his defense. He fully blames the train wreck on the studio. Not himself. Though his comments were later deleted, someone preserved the Tweet for all to see for an eternity. His exact words were as follows.

"A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would have received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though."

Bitter words thrown to protect himself from the incoming shrapnel from the bomb that is 2015's Fantastic Four. »

- MovieWeb

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7 unreleased films Hollywood doesn't want you to see: Roger Corman's Fantastic Four to The Day the Clown Cried

7 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hollywood archives are packed with movies that, for myriad reasons, have somehow slipped between the cracks, never to be heard from again.

No film sums up that unfortunate group more than 1994's The Fantastic Four, a property now getting rebooted for a second time with a lavish budget and inescapable marketing campaign. We look back at seven movies the industry (and the filmmakers behind them) wants to sweep under the carpet.

1. The Fantastic Four

Bernd Eichinger snapped up the film rights to Marvel's first family in the '80s for a pittance, and with the clock ticking down on his ownership he teamed up with B-movie specialist Roger Corman to produce a $1 million picture in less than a month. With a cast of unknowns and music video director Oley Sassone at the helm, The Fantastic Four ended up getting buried by Marvel in a bid for brand protection.

Avi Arad, »

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To Better Know a Team: Fantastic Four

6 August 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 First Appearance

Fantastic Four #1, November 1961

Roll Call

Founding Members: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards, who can stretch and contort his body to a superhuman degree), Invisible Woman nee Girl (Susan Storm Richards, who can create invisible force fields and turn herself and others invisible), Human Torch (Johnny Storm, who can generate intense heat and flames on command, which also enables him to fly), Thing (Ben Grimm, who was transformed into a massive rock-like creature with super-strength.)

Other Members: Crystal, Medusa, Luke Cage, Nova (Frankie Raye), She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel II (aka She-Thing), Ant-Man II (Scott Lang), Namorita, Storm, Black Panther.

The New Fantastic Four: Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine & Ghost Rider.

Headquarters

Traditionally, the Fantastic Four operate out of the top floors of the Baxter Building, a Manhattan skyscraper owned by Reed Richards (the lower flowers are rented out to tenants). After the original Baxter Building was destroyed, it was replaced by Four Freedoms Plaza, »

- Austin Gorton

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The Secret ‘Fantastic Four’ Film That No One Was Meant to See

6 August 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When audiences see 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot this weekend, they’ll likely assume that it’s the third entry in the cinematic superhero saga. But a new documentary hopes to dispel that myth once and for all.

“Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four” reveals the baffling circumstances that led to the filming of an unreleased 1994 feature film starring Marvel’s comic book quartet that was never meant to be seen publicly.

The story goes like this: In late 1992, three years after the success of Tim Burton’s “Batman,” producer Bernd Eichinger approached low-budget filmmaking maestro Roger Corman about making a movie based on the Fantastic Four. Eichinger, the German producer of “The Neverending Story,” had acquired rights to the superhero team’s story and needed to begin production immediately.

In short order, a professional cast and crew was assembled, sets and costumes »

- Matthew Chernov

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The four lives of the ‘Fant4stic Four’

6 August 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

In Hollywood, it seems like a new comic book movie is released every other week. The likes of Batman and Spider-Man have had more big screen identities than Meryl Streep. But when it comes to a truly eclectic onscreen treatment you need look no further than The Fantastic Four, who arrive back in cinemas this week after a five year absence.

This team of misfits, who give a whole new meaning to the term “embarrassing relatives”, have been thrilling readers and audiences alike since 1961. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the line up of Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, and of course the concrete behemoth of The Thing. They were never likely to be easily pigeonholed, and the range of approaches producers have taken is testament to this freakish fact. The four are over fifty years old, but fresh pair of eyes Josh Trank is giving them an up-to-date revival, »

- Steve Palace

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Awfully Good: The Fantastic Four (1994)

5 August 2015 8:43 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The Fantastic Four (1994) Director: Oley Sassone Stars: Alex Hyde-White, Rebecca Staab, Jay Underwood   Four astronauts are zapped with cosmic rays from a passing comet, giving them powers beyond their wildest dreams. Unless their wildest dreams include having their movie seen by the public.  Aside from Jerry Lewis' The Day The Clown Cried, Roger Corman's 1994 version of The... Read More »

- Jason Adams

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Fantastic Four review

4 August 2015 9:45 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Josh Trank's reboot of the Fantastic Four takes a few gambles, but not all of them pay off...

There's a long-standing snarky line amongst comic book movie fans that Pixar's The Incredibles is the honorary best screen adaptation of the Fantastic Four. Writer-director Brad Bird may have invented his Parrs from a radicalised version of Marvel Comics' beloved First Family, but the gag is that they've been in three real movies of their own, none of which are seen to have got the characters quite right.

The first, 1994's The Fantastic Four, was an unreleased Roger Corman production that was famously churned out on a low budget in order to meet a contractual deadline on their option for the property. The second and third, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis, were produced by 20th Century Fox a decade ago and made over $600m between them. »

- simonbrew

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Fantastic Four review: Dark and gritty does not suit this Marvel muddle

4 August 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Josh Trank; Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater, Josh Trank; Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: 12A

It's hard to bring to mind a beloved comic book franchise with a more troubled screen history than The Fantastic Four. Marvel's cosmically-altered foursome make even The Hulk look like a failsafe cinematic prospect by comparison – Roger Corman's famously disastrous 1994 adaptation was never released at all, while Tim Story's 2005 stab made it to screens but was savaged by critics, and exists in our pop culture consciousness now mostly as a punchline.

The ill will towards Josh Trank's reboot has been impossible to ignore if you have any level of engagement with online fan culture, beginning from the very earliest casting announcements and escalating as the rumours of behind-the-scenes turmoil emerged, reaching fever pitch last month as the film's 3D conversion »

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Fantastic Four review: Dark and gritty does not suit this Marvel muddle

4 August 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Josh Trank; Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater, Josh Trank; Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: 12A

It's hard to bring to mind a beloved comic book franchise with a more troubled screen history than The Fantastic Four. Marvel's cosmically-altered foursome make even The Hulk look like a failsafe cinematic prospect by comparison – Roger Corman's famously disastrous 1994 adaptation was never released at all, while Tim Story's 2005 stab made it to screens but was savaged by critics, and exists in our pop culture consciousness now mostly as a punchline.

The ill will towards Josh Trank's reboot has been impossible to ignore if you have any level of engagement with online fan culture, beginning from the very earliest casting announcements and escalating as the rumours of behind-the-scenes turmoil emerged, reaching fever pitch last month as the film's 3D conversion »

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Fantastic Four – Marvel’s first superhero team – are back as we have never seen them before

4 August 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Bringing together an incredible ensemble cast of rising talent, direct Josh Trank reboots Marvel’s Fantastic Four as fans have never seen them before.

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

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Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass Thrilling Fantastic Four Soundtrack On CD August 14

2 August 2015 11:32 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com 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

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The Fantastic Four Film You Weren’t Meant To See

2 August 2015 2:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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