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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Blade, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Batman, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen, Supergirl, Booster Gold, Heroes Reborn and more…
Marvel’s first Phase Three offering Captain America: Civil War wrapped production this week, after which a selection of promotional art arrived online, showing which characters will be joining Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) “teams” in the big superhero face-off. We’ll not spoil them, but you can take a look at the promo art yourself here, and click here to read Jeremy Renner’s comments on which side Hawkeye is on. »
- Gary Collinson
By now, both critics and audiences have delivered their verdict on Fox's ill-fated Fantastic Four. But even as the dust settles on the film itself, stories are still emerging of its troubled production and the movie that never was.
As we understand it, based on the bits of information flying around over the past few weeks, director Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot was, among other things, subjected to a fairly drastic budget cut during post-production, which appeared to result in the deletion of several characters and plotlines from early drafts of the script. We've heard how a major action scene featuring The Thing was excised from the final cut, as was a segment involving the FantastiCar.
For evidence, look at Birth Movies Death's recent piece, which provides an outline of »
Busan – Action comedy, “Veteran” remained on top of the Korean box office. With a week-on-week drop of 40%, it earned $9.12 million from 1.35 million admissions between Friday and Sunday and accounted for 44% of the total weekend revenue.
The Cj Entertainment release has amassed $59.5 million from 9.04 million admissions after three weekends on release.
High-concept romantic comedy, “The Beauty Inside” debuted in second place. The New release made $4.22 million between Thursday and Sunday. “Beauty” is a based on 2012’s short film of the same title about a man who wakes every day in a different body.
Showbox’s “Assassination” slipped to third place in its fifth weekend in cinemas, earning $3.23 million between Friday and Sunday. It has made $75.4 from 11.6 million admissions since its July 22 release.
“Fantastic 4” landed in fourth, with a disappointing $1.93 million from 300,000 admissions over the opening four days.
Fifth spot belonged to “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation” which earned $925,000 between Friday and Sunday. »
- Sonia Kil
Marvel Graphic Novel #8: Super Boxers (1983)
Plot and Pencils by Ron Wilson
Script by John Byrne
Inks by Armando Gil
Published by Marvel Comics
Among some comic reviewers, there’s an understanding that you don’t talk about the cover of the comic that you’re writing about. It’s tied into that old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” and it would be a bit like critiquing a movie based on the movie poster in the theater lobby. One is completely separate from the other.
The official title of the publication is Marvel® Graphic Novel No. 8: Super Boxers. Marvel’s then still young graphic novel line had already produced a number »
- Scott Cederlund
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Marvel’s Most Wanted, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Arrow, Vixen, Gotham, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Heroes Reborn, The Crow and more…
After skipping the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios showcased (part of) it’s Phase Three line-up at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California this past weekend, where it screened the very first footage from next year’s Captain America: Civil War. As yet, there’s been no leak of the footage, but you can read a detailed description of it here, as well as watching a D23 interview with Chris Evans (Captain America) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) here. »
- Gary Collinson
‘More than most in his shoes, Evans oozes a weary kindness, and that is my catnip’
It’s not an obvious movie star name, is it? For years, the most famous person to bear it was a wildly successful English TV presenter whose biggest draw was his anarchic take on Friday night telly. But this Chris Evans, one of the biggest film stars in the world, is very different, and I have the biggest crush on him.
I first saw him in Not Another Teen Movie, a 2001 parody of, you guessed it, teen movies. Then he was in 2005’s Fantastic Four, playing up his greatest gift: an affable, old-fashioned charm. Evans, 34, is from Boston, and the city’s a good metaphor for the man: solid, unflashy, still kind of earthy, despite its proximity to decadent New York. He is often compared to a puppy by admiring internet-dwellers, and you can see why: big eyes, »
- Bim Adewunmi
Disney don’t do Comic Con. They’re better than that. They’ve got their own thing going on. It’s called the D23 Expo.
Scary number connotations aside (seriously, Google ‘the number 23’…or just rent the Jim Carrey movie), D23 is an enormously important event in the movie news calendar. This year saw huge announcements on Pixar’s upcoming slate (revealing Toy Story 4 through to 116 – Joke), the first look at Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars land.
This special preview of next month’s Flickering Myth Movie Show has our esteemed panel discussing the Expo’s announcements, and a bunch of other stuff, too. It also reveals what, exactly, ‘D23′ stands for. Check it our below…
The full September edition of the Flickering Myth Movie Show – including an in-depth look at the Fantastic Four fiasco (alliteration points) – goes up on Sunday 31st August. Set a reminder in your generic smart phone device. »
- Oli Davis
Meanwhile, speaking to EW, Ben McKenzie has been discussing where he thinks the first season of the show went wrong, and how they plan to address it in season two: “I think we made a mistake relatively early on in trying to introduce a villain and take care of that villain in one episode: catch them, send them to Arkham, do whatever. That was just a mistake. We should’ve never done it… The audience really wants to understand who these people are and live with them, sit with them and enjoy them. Whether they’re evil or good, they are entertaining. So that’s what we’re doing in season 2. [It’s] really kick ass. I think it’s exactly what the fans want to see. »
- Gary Collinson
Even though Fantastic 4 has failed at the box office, that’s not stopping its cast from moving on to bigger and hopefully better things. THR is reporting that the latest actor to play Dr. Doom, Toby Kebbell, has just scored… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
It's fair to say that Fox's latest attempt to turn Fantastic Four into a hit movie franchise has gone up in the kind of flames that'd make Johnny Storm jealous. Director Josh Trank found himself entrenched in battles with cast, crew and studio bosses during a turbulent shoot that resulted in a deeply-flawed film that's a hodge-podge of competing visions.
A critical panning, box office flop and failure to catch on with the wider public (much like the Tim Story movies that preceded it) point to one question: when will fans get the Fantastic Four movie they truly deserve?
The answer lies away from the 20th Century Fox fanfare and over by Pixar's Luxo lamp. Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2 is on the horizon, and if its 2004 predecessor proved anything it's that the Pixar crew know exactly how to do Fantastic Four right. »
Sony, Fox, Marvel Studios
By now everyone’s spat up their fair share of bile regarding Josh Trank’s horrendous Fantastic Four reboot, and one of the most vocal complaints about the movie is that it does a terrible job bringing Dr. Doom (or merely Doom, as he’s known here), to the big screen.
Toby Kebbell was clearly game for the part, but he’s put underneath performance-encroaching make-up for his brief screen time as the villain (showing up for just 15 minutes in the film’s rushed finale), his motives are lazy, and he simply isn’t established as a palpable threat.
Hell, so bad was the new Doom that most fans were left to admit that the widely-ridiculed Dr. Doom from the 2005 and 2007 movies played by Julian McMahon was substantially less awful. At least in those films Doom had significant amounts of screen time, looked somewhat similar to »
- Jack Pooley
With films like "The Love Guru," "Valentine’s Day," "Good Luck Chuck" and "Fantastic Four" on her resume, Jessica Alba is aware not all of her films are critical darlings. "I mean, there's so many bad ones," she admits in a new interview with Allure. "But they're fun. You learn from every experience you have, right?" Though she seems comfortable with her IMDb credits, Alba may still have a regret or two. "I wish I found my voice as a person earlier," she continues, "because I felt like I had to just shut up and do what they wanted me to, even though it was against how I really felt." "I never wanted to play into a stereotype, where its like, Oh, you’re just the girl who gets saved by the guy, and she doesn’t know how to make decisions, and she gets overwhelmed with all this stuff happening around her, »
- tooFab Staff
This November, the Baxter Building becomes Parker Industries. Amazing Spider-man #3 Writen by Dan Slott Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli Cover by Alex Ross Variant Cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto • More of Spider-Man’s post-Secret Wars world revealed! • Visit Parker Industries New York Headquarters, the building formerly known as the Baxter Building! The Human Torch is going to have something to say about that! 32 Pgs. Rated T …$3.99 The Fantastic Four really need a win right now. In Marvel's current Battleworld crossover event, Mister Fantastic is on the run from God Emperor Doom's Thor Corps. and his family now views Doom as the patriarch of their family. The Human Torch is trapped in the Sun. And Ben Grimm aka Thing is off in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy. With each member of the Fantastic Four preoccuppied, it sounds like Peter Parker is finally going to put his vast intellect to commercial »
Horror isn't just blood and gore. Dark Places, based on Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD this October. Also in this morning's round-up: details on The Walking Dead #1 variant for purchase at Wizard World San Jose and a new Mad Max video game trailer.
Blu-ray.com reports that "Libby Day (Theron) was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered and her brother Ben (Tye Sheridan, Joe) was jailed for the crime. Now, twenty-five years later, Libby discovers shocking evidence that Ben may be innocent and the real killer is still at large. Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay), Sterling Jerins (World War Z), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Christina Hendricks (TV's "Mad Men") costar »
- Tamika Jones
Seeing as he doesn’t have any more commitments to Sony’s wall-crawler following the disappointing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Deadline is reporting that director Marc Webb is filling out his upcoming slate.
First for the filmmaker will be Gifted, which is set to start shooting this autumn with Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) set to star as a man who sues for custody of his gifted neice.
Webb plans to follow gifted with the Black List script The Only Living Boy In New York, which will see Miles Teller (Fantastic Four) as a college graduate who ends up in a love triangle with his father’s mistress. Jeff Bridges (R.I.P.D.) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) are in talks to round out the cast.
- Gary Collinson
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – mainly the continuing failiure of Fantastic Four, a bunch of Star Wars Universe news, the plot of Toy Story 4 and the latest casting in the Baywatch movie…
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The not-so-fantastic news keeps a-coming. Allegedly, Twentieth Century Fox nearly fired Trank just days before shooting began, but decided »
- Oli Davis
Grossing an estimated $60 million this weekend, the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has already been established as one of summer's most unlikely non-franchise blockbusters and bona fide box-office smashes, dwarfing the openings of higher-profile offerings such as Fantastic Four and Terminator Genisys. (And, if that number holds, it will have had a better first weekend than even Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the crowned king of this season's name-brand entries which debuted with a domestic haul of $55.5 million according to Box Office Mojo.) But in hindsight, Compton's sleeper-success story isn't that surprising at all. »
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
Fox just can’t seem to get this right. Their previous attempts at bringing Marvel’s First Family to life on the big screen (Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer) were massive disappointments. Those films had spots of brightness in the films (such as the brilliant chemistry between Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans) and a tone that was more or less consistent with the comics. But those things were countered by stupid decisions like turning Galactus into a giant cloud and the incredibly bad casting of Julian McMahon as Doom and Jessica Alba as the Invisible Woman.
I had hoped that the third time would be the charm with Fox and the Ff. Even though they were using the awful Ultimate Fantastic Four origin as opposed to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original take and even though the film was intended to be a »
- Percival Constantine
Summer starts early when it comes to blockbuster movies - this year we saw Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron hit cinemas in April, with big movie following big movie as the weeks rolled on.
But which popcorn movie had you jumping for joy and which had you running for the exits? Digital Spy has ranked all of 2015's major tentpole releases below - but which movie's top of your list?
He came back! But deep down Arnie probably should have stayed away from the role that turned him into a movie star some 30 years ago. Terminator Genisys was a jumbled, tired retread of the franchise's former glories that made one thing abundantly clear: if you're going to make a Terminator movie, it better be directed by James Cameron.
14. Fantastic Four
Fox's bid to resurrect Marvel's first family felt like a disaster from day one. A »
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