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Playing It Cool, 2015
Directed by Justin Reardon
Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences.
First time director Justin Reardon clearly has a lot of friends in high places. Along with first time writers Chris Shafter and Paul Vicknair, they have managed to amass a cast that includes Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, Spider-Man 3‘s Topher Grace, Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, as well as Martin Starr, Luke Wilson and Michelle Monaghan. Now a cast list wouldn’t seem that out of the ordinary for most motion pictures, this is for Playing It Cool (formally A Many Splintered Thing), a simple rom-com that is now available on VOD. Is it a bad movie? »
- Luke Owen
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men vs. Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Lucifer, Powers and more…
We’ll start this edition of The Week in Spandex off with 2015’s first – and easily most-anticipated – superhero movie of the year Avengers: Age of Ultron, and this week saw Marvel debuting a couple of new theatrical posters for the follow-up to 2012’s The Avengers, which confirmed that Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig) will both feature in the credits-bursting cast list, and Danny Elfman will also supply “additional music”. It’s also kicked off a series of new character posters which so far includes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) [see here], The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo »
- Gary Collinson
While Warner Bros. and DC have tried for years to launch a Plastic Man movie, they still haven't found the right way to do the character justice. Not even with their upcoming slate of superhero films. But Marvel and 20th Century Fox long beat them to the punch with their official Fantastic Four movie way back in 2005. Its true that Mister Fantastic shares some of the same stretching abilities, which were put on display in two sequels. Now a reboot is coming this summer. So what will this new stretchable superhero look like? While we didn't get to see Mister Fantastic go to work in the trailer, actor Miles Teller, who is rebooting the iconic role of Reed Richards, offers an answer.
Speaking with Empire, the actor doesn't exactly explain the science behind Reed Richards, but he does explain that he tried to learn the meaning behind the technical dialogue as best he could. »
This morning we brought you four new images from 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four [check them out here], and now Cbm has posted some quotes from director Josh Trank in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, where he offers up his thoughts on the difference between the new film and the studio’s first two Ff movies.
“The original two films to me are very similar to a lot of recent movies that have come out, in terms of that kind of cartoonish. It’s just not something that me and Simon are interested in as storytellers. There’s the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. The opportunity is right there in the material. We’d rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page.”
Trank went on to discuss Michael B. Jordan’s casting »
- Gary Collinson
In anticipation for Josh Trank’s clean slate of the Fantastic Four (and the nay-sayers that are keen to stain it), four brand new stills from the film have popped up over at Empire, which will be appearing in their next issue. Unfortunately, the images are following the same guidelines as the teaser trailer from last month, giving away naff all other than that Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell will most certainly be appearing in it. Oh, and a bike. Did not know there was going to be a bike in the film. See, there’s news for you.
Pulling its story from the pages of Marvel’s Ultimate take on the Fantastic Four, Trank’s film will tread over a different origin of how Reed Richards and co. were bestowed their nifty gifts that are used to full effect to stop a deadly foe. »
- Nicholas Staniforth
Chronicle director Josh Trank has made a Fantastic Four movie - but not one like the Chris Evans 'n' Jessica Alba version you may remember. This one has Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell in it, for starters, and what's more, it's distinctly less "cartoonish", to quote the director himself. For proof, here are some stills from the upcoming film, straight from the new issue of Empire, on shelves today.A key difference in this superhero reboot lies in the origins of the characters' powers. In the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby iteration of the Fantastic Four, the team gains their powers by travelling into space, where they’re bombarded with DNA-altering cosmic rays. But Trank’s film draws more heavily on the Ultimate Fantastic Four, which abandoned space flight in favour of inter-dimensional travel.Speaking to Empire for the new issue, Trank explains that the »
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
Eddie Murphy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Margot Robbie will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Thursday. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Murphy received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls.” He has starred in such features as “Bowfinger” (1999), “The Nutty Professor” (1996), “Coming to America” (1988), “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) and “48 Hrs.” (1982), and has lent his voice talents to all four of the “Shrek” animated features to date. He will next be seen in the independent drama “Cook.”
Ejiofor received his first Oscar nomination last year for his lead performance in “12 Years a Slave.” He previously appeared in such features as “Salt” (2010), “American Gangster” (2007), “Children of Men” (2006) and “Dirty Pretty Things” (2003). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “Triple Nine. »
- Michelle McCue
Spider-Man isn't the first Marvel character to return after the company sold may character rights in the mid-90s to stave off bankruptcy. Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Punisher and Blade have all returned to Marvel due to one reason or another. But without a doubt, Spider-Man is definitely Kevin Feige's biggest coup to date. But there's still one significant Marvel franchise currently housed at another film studio - the X-Men. Any by extension, the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer and Galactus. Marvel is definitely interested in regaining the rights to Silver Surfer and Galactus as they reportedly proposed this trade back when Fox was scrambling to hold on to Daredevil. However, there's a big difference between what Sony did with The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and what Fox is doing with X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Where Sony delivered a much derided product, Fox has »
In less than 20 years, Marvel has risen from bankruptcy to multi-billion-dollar business. Ryan charts its rise and rise...
Just about every great comic book story has a darkest hour moment: a point in the tale where all seems lost. The heroes are on their knees, the city's a smouldering ruin and the villains are closing in for the kill. For Marvel, its darkest hour came in the winter of 1996.
A company that had grown in stature throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s thanks to the often stunning art and storytelling in such comics as Fantastic Four and The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel's financial success had reached a peak by the early 90s. But then a series of bursting financial bubbles and questionable business deals saw Marvel's stock value collapse; shares once worth $35.75 each in 1993 had sunk to $2.375 three years later. An ugly fight between a group of very rich investors followed, »
The collateral damage in Spidey joining the McU could be Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker. Here’s why that would be a shame...
It’s a monumental moment that many comic book movie fans have been hoping for ever since a cameo-ing Samuel L Jackson uttered the immortal words “you think you’re the only superhero in the world?” at the end of 2008’s Iron Man.
Although the term ‘game-changer’ is probably a bit overused these days, to employ it in relation to that particular post-credits sting would not be any sort of understatement. The ballsy idea of chucking a future tease on the end »
Paradigm will package the project. Adler is best known for the novel “The War of the Roses” which spawned the 1989 film and a play.
Set in the 1930s in Brooklyn and the Catskills, “Funny Boys” follows the story of a young man with a promising future in comedy who gets a gets a job as a “tummler” to entertain and host at a lavish hotel casino — only to discover that he’s become involved with mobsters.
Adler’s “The War of the Roses: The Children,” the sequel to the 1989 film, is being co-produced by »
- Dave McNary
Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.
Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »
- David Klein
With an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Playing It Cool is an offbeat romantic comedy from debut feature director Justin Reardon and is described as Swingers meets 500 Days of Summer.
Check out the trailer below:
Playing it Cool is this generation’s ‘Swingers’ meets ‘500 Days of Summer’, a fresh and quirky story of a slight pretentious man, our ‘narrator’ (Evans), who falls for an unlikely girl, ‘her’ (Monaghan), and will stop at nothing to get her even after realizing she is already in a relationship. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’, it tells the story of a quarter-life crisis amidst figuring out who you are and what your destiny holds.
- Luke Owen
Warning: spoilers for anyone not up-to-date with Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2.
Fans have been predicting for a long while that Marvels’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will eventually tackle the Inhumans, teeing up the concept for a 2018 big screen movie. Anyone who is up-to-date with the show will know that this will begin coming to the fore in the second half of season 2.
Now, we have an actor lined up for an integral Inhuman character – The Tomorrow People actor Luke Mitchell will play Lincoln, “a charismatic Inhuman who will help Skye (Chloe Bennet) understand the true extent of her Inhuman heritage.”
In lieu of conversations with her dad, then, it seems Mr Mitchell, whose Inhuman abilities remain a tantalising secret, will clue in Skye about her origins and abilities.
If you’re after a refresher course on Inhumans, »
You might’ve seen the first trailer for 2015’s Fantastic Four and thought some of the same things we thought; namely, that it doesn’t quite look like the wild and wooly world that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby kicked off the Marvel universe with way back in 1961. It’s a deadly serious trailer, mostly devoid of FX money shots, selling an overall adult tone over the thrills one would expect of the Fantastic Four. At least early on it’s being marketed as a sci-fi film, not a superhero one. Sometimes comic book filmmakers will cite inspiration from a source material that isn’t necessarily evident on the screen. There’s no trace of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns in Batman Forever for instance, though Joel Schumacher tried to spin it...
- John Gholson
I hope that you all enjoyed the Super Bowl dear readers! For all you football fans, whether you supported the Patriots or the Seahawks, I hope you enjoyed the game. Personally, I’m just wait to see all the movie spots that are shown during the game. In the meantime, this week’s belated installment of Trailer Trashin’ is our third Marvel Comics adaptation in a row, with the first trailer for the upcoming August release Fantastic Four.
Premise: After four people – Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Susan Storm (Kate Mara), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) – are teleported to an alternate universe, which alters their physical forms and grants them superhuman abilities, they must learn to harness their new powers and work together as a team to save the Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
My take: For quite a while now, there’s been »
- Timothy Monforton
The Flickering Myth staff react…
Well, it’s finally here. Despite some theories that this was going to be another Roger Corman attempt to keep hold of the franchise rights and nothing else, it seems as though Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four (or is that Fant4stic?) is very real. So, what did the writing and editorial staff of Flickering Myth make of it?
Chris Cooper: At no point have I understood the hate for this project. Okay, maybe the possible Dr Doom origin story. Anyway…the trailer looks good! I was a fan of both Evans and Chiklis but what I see here looks cool. The trailer did exactly what it needed to do: Make me interested.
Manny Camacho: I’m completely unimpressed. It looks to distract with visuals and still seemingly lacks a cohesive story that will aide in bridging the ridiculous casting choices. The teaser reminded »
- Gary Collinson
In the minds of most fans, Marvel Studios can do no wrong. Churning out fan pleasing hit after hit, the Kevin Feige led studio creates the comic book movies which their rivals struggle to match, especially as moviegoers view them as the best there is at what they do.
Despite that, it would be wrong to say that they are perfect. While it’s difficult on the surface to find fault with Marvel Studios (they managed to make a hit out of Guardians Of The Galaxy), there are at least ten example which prove that they have made some mistakes.
Fans are quick to attack other superhero studios like Sony – though in fairness, that’s not exactly hard after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and Fox, but the latter have turned their fortunes around with X-Men: Days Of Future Past and the extremely impressive looking Fantastic Four reboot.
Ironically, many »
- Josh Wilding
We’ve known about the Fantastic Four reboot for quite some time, but that hasn’t stopped it being a mysterious project which, until this week, we knew next to nothing about.
We knew that the cast, director and groundwork of the original 2005 film, and its 2007 sequel Rise Of The Silver Surfer, had been firmly thrown out in favour of a new visual look, some reimagining of the source material and an altogether more modern take on the Marvel comics property. Beyond that, many facets of the film remained a mystery.
Yet the reveal of the new trailer finally gave us a few more specifics. And here's what we know so far...
The behind the scenes team
Even these basic facts are a little complicated. While the question »
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