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To celebrate the release of dark comedy thriller Stretch out now on Digital Download and released on Blu-ray and DVD on 1st June, we are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a copy of the Blu-ray™!
Boasting an all-star cast including Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen), Ed Helms (The Hangover, We’re The Millers), Jessica Alba (Sin City, Fantastic Four) and James Badge Dale (World War Z, Iron Man 3), Director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The A Team) takes you into the world of Kevin Stretch (Patrick Wilson), a Hollywood limo driver with a dark past in need of quick cash to pay back his debts to a notorious gangster. Stretch takes a job with a billionaire in the hope of a big payday but his client’s eccentricities soon escalate into a wild night of adventure, sex, and danger, which begin to make the idea »
- Dan Bullock
How to be a Superhero
By Mark Edlitz
Bear Manor Media, 586 pages, $42.95/$29.95
Longtime readers of pop culture magazines have no doubt read interviews with actors who have donned capes, cowls, spandex, and prosthetics to portray heroes and villains drawn from comic books. I certainly was involved in my fair share of such interviews working at Starlog Press and its successors have continued, especially contemporary online outlets which are enjoying a bonanza of options.
Most of those interviews tend to be about the most immediate project with little insight or context about an actor’s association with a media property or being the latest in a long line to play the same role. And certainly, these interviews are sandwiched between news, features, and other topics. So, it’s a bit of a surprise that such a collection has not been attempted before.
Mark Edlitz, a hardworking writer with credits including The Huffington Post, »
- Robert Greenberger
Coinciding with its release today, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted a final trailer for San Andreas, which you can check out below…
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.
But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
San Andreas reteams Dwayne Johnson with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton, and also stars Carla Gugino (Wayward Pines), Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Home and Away), Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine), Colton Haynes (Arrow), and Kylie Minogue (Holy Motors).
San Andreas is out now.
- Gary Collinson
In August, we finally get to see how Josh Trank's reboot of the Fantastic Four is going to play out on the big screen. Thus far, the project has been followed around by, well, let's go with quite critical internet reactions.
A chunk of that came about when the casting for Fantastic Four was announced, specifically that Michael B Jordan was taking on the role of Johnny Storm in the movie. The issue? Jordan's skin colour didn't match the generally regarded outline of the character's look, of a man with blue eyes and blonde hair.
The criticisms were quite savage at the time, and Jordan has now responded via an open letter in Entertainment Weekly.
The tone of his opening paragraph frames what was happening. "You’re not »
It's kind of hard to believe it's 2015 and we are still having conversations about the lack of non-white characters in film and television. Last I checked a large fraction of the United States population is composed of non-white men and women. And yet black, Hispanic, Asian, and other racially diverse characters -- and women, too -- are largely shunted to minor roles, a practice that becomes strikingly obvious almost every time a major studio blockbuster hits the big screen. Yes, when it comes to comic books I think we all probably understand a lot of these characters are white men and women in their source material, that's wonderful, but that doesn't mean things can't change when their stories are adapted to the big screen. One such change was made for Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four, which sees Michael B. Jordan cast as Johnny Storm -- a.k.a. The Human »
- Jordan Benesh
Fantastic Four will arrive in UK cinemas on August 6 and in the Us on August 7.
We've got a whole new take on Marvel's First Family
In case it wasn't clear from the fresh faces of the cast (and the uniformly bad memories of the 2005 and 2007 films), this movie will reboot the franchise based on Marvel Comics' very first comic book series.
After being cast as superhero Johnny Storm - a character originally written as having blonde hair and blue eyes - a number of fans took to the internet to complain that the casting was not true to the comic books.
Jordan has responded by writing an open letter for Entertainment Weekly, in which he says that people should accept that the world is now more diverse than it was when the comics were written.
"It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore," he says. "I can see everybody's perspective, and I know I can't ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961.
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Daredevil, Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, Lobo, Arrow, Supergirl, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll get things underway this week with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as production ramped up on Marvel Studios’ Phase Three-launching Captain America: Civil War, a whole bunch of spy photos have landed online this week, offering up a look at the likes of Cap (Chris Evans), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Crossbones (Frank Grillo) in costume [see here and here], as well as co-stars Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) and Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) visiting the Atlanta set [see here]. Meanwhile, if you’ve been wondering whose funeral Steve Rogers was visiting last week – and you »
- Gary Collinson
Michael B. Jordan is responding to a backlash after being cast as Johnny Storm in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot. The announcement created a stir from fans of the comic book franchise, originally created by Stan Lee.
“You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero,” Jordan wrote in a short essay for Entertainment Weekly. As he mentions in the article, his comic character was originally described as having blond hair and blue eyes.
“I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying,” he wrote. “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’s not true to the comic.’ Or even, ‘They’ve destroyed it!'”
Months later, the new Human Torch says that the negative comments no longer bother him. »
- Mannie Holmes
Jessica Alba didn't exactly receive rave reviews for her performance in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but the actress did impress in both Sin City and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For! Will she ever take on another comic book movie role? Marvel snapped up Chris Evans after he played Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four movies, so it's certainly possible! Regardless, she looks amazing in this new photoshoot for Shape Magazine (via Movie Hotties). What do you guys think? »
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
Though it has settled down somewhat, there remains a small but determined contingent of "Fantastic Four" fans who are not happy with the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fox's upcoming reboot of the property.
Though Jordan has commented on the backlash before, he has now written a lengthy response to his critics in a letter posted on EW in which he makes his feelings very clear. Here's an excerpt:
"It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore. I can see everybody's perspective, and I know I can't ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You're good. I'm okay with this,” who am I to go against that?
Some people may look at my »
- Garth Franklin
Not everyone feels, well, fantastic about a black actor taking on the role of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the new "Fantastic Four" movie. In this re-imagining, Kate Mara plays Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Miles Teller is Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell is Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Michael B. Jordan is Johnny Storm, the role played by Chris Evans in the 2005 movie.
Since Johnny was originally written to be blond with blue eyes, some fans grumbled about the change to cast Michael B. Jordan. Jordan just wrote a piece for Entertainment Weekly, responding to comments like "A black guy? I don't like it. They must be doing it because Obama's president," "It's not true to the comic," and "They've destroyed it!"
Here's part of what Jordan wrote:
It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore. I can see everybody's perspective, and I know I can't »
- Gina Carbone
The latest commercial for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four may just be a promo for MovieTickets.com, but it also gives us our clearest look at both The Thing and Johnny Storm. It is interesting to note just how different the Human Torch appears in the new version and yet very much the same as we are used to. Yes, he is covered in flames like the version Chris Evans played, but the Michael B. Jordan iteration of the character looks to be on fire rather than made of it. There are a couple of new »
- Alex Maidy
What two big stars just got on the set of X-Men Apocalypse? Is the biggest star in the world on the Captain America: Civil War set yet? When is Stan Lee‘s graphic memoir coming out? Why isn’t Daredevil called Batman? How is James Gunn‘s work on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming? Which superhero director […]
- Germain Lussier
Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren celebrate seven years of marriage today, and in honor of their time together, we've rounded up their sweetest moments. The couple met on set in 2004 while Jessica was filming Fantastic Four and were married in La four years later. Since then, Jessica and Cash have welcomed two daughters, Honor and Haven, and made plenty of memories. Scroll through to see their sweetest snaps, check out the adorable message Cash wrote to Jessica for their big day, and then vote for Jessica in our Pop 100 Sexy Star poll! »
Last week, director Bryan Singer revealed that the much anticipated X-Men: Days Of Future Past - The Rogue Cut will hit Blu-ray/DVD & Digital HD on July 14th. Earlier today, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the full product description for the upcoming Rogue Cut revealing that in addition to the unrated cut of the film, which will include approximately 17-20 minutes of new never-before-seen footage, fans will also be receiving 90 minutes, let me repeat that, 90 minutes of awesome new special features including a 9-part making-of documentary, a new director's commentary track, an exclusive sneak peek at Fox's new Fantastic Four, and more! Check out the full list of special features and the updated synopsis below: Content And Special Features: Disc 1 Both the Theatrical Cut of the Film and the Rogue Cut of the Film Commentaries Director Bryan Singer and Composer/Film Editor John Ottman (Rogue Cut) Director Bryan Singer »
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the full details for the upcoming release of the extended “Rogue Cut” of last summer’s massive blockbuster hit, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is set to be released on July 14th in the USA.
With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features—the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!
The film is directed by Bryan Singer and stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry and Anna Paquin.
Special Features for the release include:
- Scott J. Davis
Whenever a TV season wraps up, many actors try to find a movie they can make within their hiatus. Arrow star Stephen Amell is currently in New York filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, portraying fan-favorite character Casey Jones just as this season of comes to a close tonight with the Season 3 finale "My Name is Oliver Queen". Producer Marc Guggenheim is hard at work on the spinoff DC's Legends of Tomorrow. But, as we just found out, he is also returning to the comic book world with his brand new creation The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum. The comic book series will kick off its run in September, just as fans get ready for Arrow Season 4.
Legendary Comics is publishing The Adventures of Jonas Quantum, an original sci-fi odyssey from two of the most exciting voices in superhero storytelling: Marc Guggenheim and visionary artist Freddie Williams II (Justice League America, »
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
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