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Earlier this week producer Avi Arad re-affirmed that there are no plans to crossover "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and its various spin-off films with any other Marvel universe movies like "The Avengers" at Marvel Studios or the "X-Men" films at 20th Century Fox.
Their source claims Fox wants director Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" reboot to stand on its own without any help from the X-Men mutants, and hopefully do well enough to warrant multiple sequels. Fox may consider a crossover down the road, but there are no plans for it in the near future.
Mark Millar, who is working for Fox as a consultant on their Marvel movies, previously said that both franchises exist in the same universe but will not cross over. »
- Garth Franklin
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s clearly the mentality that the writers of Ride Along brought to the table. And I can’t blame them, given the tremendous success that buddy comedies have found in Hollywood, particularly in recent years with action-heavy team-up comedies like 21 Jump Street and 2 Guns. Luckily, there’s more to Ride Along than just a rehash of those hits.
The main draw for most will be watching Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, two talented actors with supremely different personalities, share the screen. Cube, physically imposing and still radiating the same fierce anger that made his rapping work so iconic, fits perfectly into the role of Alabama Pd Detective James Payton, a tough-as-nails cop who relishes the chance to break protocol and kick in some heads.
Similarly, Hart, famed for his manic energy and underdog rep, is well-suited for the part of Ben Barber, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Between 1992 and 2003, De La Salle High School had an unheard of winning streak of 151 games and not one single loss. The team was riding high on a wave of victory, with Coach Bob Ladouceur and Assistant Coach Terry Eidson steering the ship through the waters of history. Unfortunately, all good streaks come to an end, and end it did. This loss tore apart a town, and inspired everything from familial abuse to a shooting death of one of the players to Ladouceur suffering a heart attack. At least, this is what the trailer to the film about the events (recently released on Yahoo) would have you believe. Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest) is playing the role of Coach Ladouceur, with Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, Eagle Eye) backing him up as Assistant Coach Eidson, and Thomas Carter (who's covered high school sports at the movies before »
Thomas Roach with eight predictions for the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
Through years of planning and a chain of successes Marvel Studios has delivered films that both excel at the box office and please their fans. Unlike the other superhero movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has all these characters existing in the same universe and crossing over into each other’s films – this started with Iron Man back in 2008 and the standalone films led to the first Avengers film which saw these extraordinary characters team up.
The success is trying to be imitated by Warner Bros. with the DC cinematic universe and Fox who have ambitions of a shared universe between X-Men and Fantastic Four – the only Marvel properties they own. Marvel Studios has definitely got it right though where the others fail. It is a great time for Marvel Studios and there is no sign of this slowing down any time soon. »
- Gary Collinson
PropDomain's Next Big Horror & Sci/Fi Screen Used Prop Auction Saturday April 12th- Bid Now! Welcome to Propdomain's seventeenth big auction! From Screen Used Horror and Sci/Fi Props used in X-men, Fantastic 4, Star Wars, Star Trek, Hellboy, Land Of The Lost, Frankenstein, Blade, 300, and Chucky, to Ooak costumes & body parts for your Haunt or Indy film! From Screen Used Props anyone can afford, to Screen Matched Icons anyone would be proud… »
Total Recall. RoboCop. Blood Sport. Godzilla. The Fantastic Four. The Pink Panther. Gremlins. For better or worse, Hollywood loves a reboot. The latest reboot to make the leap into development is Universal's Timecop. THR reports Universal has hired cousins Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, co-writers of the Dwayne Johnson action-comedy Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, to write the screenplay for a rebooted Timecop. The original 1994 movie starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and was inspired by the comic book series by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. The action flick was set in 2004, where--as the trailer below outlines--"time travel is a reality." Meanwhile, in actual reality it's 2014 and we still don't even have hoverboards, but I digress. Anyway, in Timecop time travel wasn't only possible, but also a criminal offense. It's just too tempting to go back and time and steal sweet loot (Time Bandits) or bet on sporting events you already »
2005 and 2007′s Fantastic Four movies which starred the likes of Jessica Alba and Chris Evans haven’t gone down in history as one of the greatest superhero films around. To most people the first film is barely memorable but that’s isn’t surprising considering it came out the same summer as the mighty Batman Begins. Heck it wasn’t even the most memorable Alba movie released, as Sin City burst onto screens during the same season.
The lack of critical success hasn’t stopped the studios from taking the film down the reboot road with Chronicles Josh Trank at the helm. Most fans were pretty pleased when this director accepted the job as Chronicle is one of the most original films of the last decade or so. It didn’t take long for him to get backs up though with the controversial casting of Michael B Jordan in the role of The Human Torch, »
- Kat Smith
This appeared in the April 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly.
With Great Marketing comes great responsibility. In December, Sony released its first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — the idea, as always, being to spill exactly the right number of secrets and not half a secret more. “I was nervous about it,” says director Marc Webb. “But we wanted to raise the stakes. We want people to appreciate the scope of what’s to come both in this movie and in subsequent films.” So fans saw their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) swinging exuberantly between the gleaming skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Chronicle 2, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Son of Batman, Batman: Strange Days, The Incredibles 2, Lucy and more...
We'll jump straight this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in the States yesterday and is currently tracking a domestic opening in the region of $93 million, which would put it above Marvel Studios' last release, Thor: The Dark World and overtake the $86.2 million debut of Fast Five to set a new April record. This comes after a solid $75 million international opening weekend (including a £6 million, first-placed opening here in the UK), meaning that Marvel has yet another smash hit on its hands with its third Phase Two offering. »
- Gary Collinson
The past few weeks, I’ve fallen accidentally in love with a show 14 years too late. The Judd Apatow produced Wonder Years of my generation (or technically… the generation above mine) has finally caught the apple of my eye and has me a bit nostalgic.
It’s hard to figure out how we end up in the cliques we do. Sometimes it’s proximity. Sometimes it’s commonality. In my case? Perhaps a bit of both. My first best friend, to best of my knowledge, became such because he sat across from me in Kindergarten. From then until fourth grade, he and I played together often both during school, and after. As we grew up, we were picked on. He, perhaps for his glasses, for being tall, and for being incredibly smart. Me? Thanks to a mother well-versed in podiatry, I was stricken with wearing proper orthopedic saddle shoes. Long »
- Marc Alan Fishman
The Movie News and Geek Stuff: J.K. Rowling is writing a Harry Potter spin-off trilogy called Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them that takes place 70 years before the first books. Toby Kebbell has been cast as Doctor Doom in the new Fantastic Four. The Pink Panther is getting reborn, again, as a live-action/animation hybrid. Johnny Knoxville will be doing a voice in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You know you want this Ringu action figure. The discussion topics: Should Aronofsky finally make a superhero movie? How Pixar uses math in its movies. Here's an old Russian movie theater that used 22 screens to make panoramic movies. The Videos: The Trailers: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Drop Bears: Attack of the Killer Koalas, Sex Tape, The...
- Peter Hall
Well, the big day is finally here! After leading the Avengers in stopping an alien invasion Summer before last, our favorite shield-slinger returns to the multiplexes in an all new solo adventure (well, he’s got some help from the Black Widow and the high-flyin’ Falcon)! Before you head out, you may want to brush up on all things Steve Rogers (don’t worry, this won’t be on the final!)! Have fun and buy bonds!
Read my original review of Captain America Here.
Here’s my original article that ran on Wamg before Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011.
The very first appearance of the sentinel of liberty.
Okay fellow movie geeks! Ready for a bit of pop culture history? Before you head out to the multiplex this weekend to see Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger, let’s get better acquainted with the story of this star-spangled superhero. »
- Jim Batts
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: The second best of the Marvel films (photo: Chris Evans in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) With each new Marvel superhero film that bullies its way into multiplexes, the magnitude of the company’s achievement gets more impressive, if not historic. Focusing just on the Marvel characters controlled by Disney (as opposed to Sony’s lockup of Spider-Man and Fox’s oversight of X-Men), they’ve launched three successful individual franchises (Thor, Iron Man and Captain America) and another franchise combining all the separate characters, the first of which became the third highest-grossing film of all time (The Avengers). Each movie contains characters or story threads that feed the other movies, creating what amounts to a visually and monetarily profligate series of old-school comic book crossover issues. The industry has never seen anything quite like it and the biggest surprise is that, by varying degrees, »
- Mark Keizer
Despite being unable to utilise the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men and Fantastic Four, Kevin Feige has taken characters like Captain America, Thor and Iron Man and turned them into household names even bigger than those listed above. In 2012, Avengers Assemble grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, and each of the movies produced by the Disney owned Marvel Studios continues to find critical and commercial success.
Of course, Feige’s plans don’t stop with those characters, and with the likes of Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy on the way, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a whole lot bigger!
In a lengthy piece over at Bloomberg, it’s revealed that Feige has a map of films on his office wall which reaches as right into the next decade, with the Marvel Studios President quotes as saying, “It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, »
- Josh Wilding
Variety reports unknown Toby Kebbell has been offered the role of Doctor Doom in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Doom is a super genius, sorcerer, and the Four's archenemy. In the 2005 incarnation of the adaptation, he was played by Julian McMahon. Kebbell would be joining a cast that already includes Michael B. Jordan (the Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic Reed Richards), and Jamie Bell (The Thing). That's a pretty cool group to hang out with, even if they're no Michael Chiklis. »
- Jesse David Fox
Chris Evans is ready to pass the “Human Torch” to Michael B. Jordan. The two posed for an instagram pic together yesterday and Evans explained that “you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it. But when you heard someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting.” [Perez Hilton] Toby Kebbell has snatched the coveted role of Doctor Doom in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot (which will feature Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell). Kebbell appeared in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. [Variety] Michael Strahan is in talks to join the cast of Good Morning America. Strahan will still be co-hosting Live! With Kelly and Michael, but »
- Meghan O'Keefe
The shortlist of names said to be up for the role as the villain in 20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four reboot included Sam Riley (Control), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and it just so turns out one of the four won the role. Variety reports Kebbell, who will next be seen as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and has already landed a role in Duncan Jones' WarCraft, will play a version of the character that appeared in Warren Ellis' "The Ultimate Fantastic Four", which saw Victor Van Damme (aka Dr. Doom) as a descendant of Dracula, a boy whose childhood ended when he was 10, formed by his severe, authoritarian father source. Kebbell has yet to officially sign, but when he does he'll be joining Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. »
- Brad Brevet
According to Variety, Toby Kebbell to is set to play the “Fantastic Four” team’s arch nemesis Victor von Doom, aka Doctor Doom. Kebbell beat out Domhnall Gleeson, Eddie Redmayne and Sam Riley for the role.
Josh Trank (Chronicle) is set to direct the film from a screenply written by Simon Kinberg. The film will center on the Fantastic Four comics, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, which features a family of heroes including scientist Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, the Human Torch and The Thing.
“The Fantastic Four” is set to hit theaters on June 19, 2015. The sequel is due in summer 2017.
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- Kellvin Chavez
Chris Evans may be best known today for his role as Captain America, but he first dipped his toes in the superhero pool as the Human Torch in 2005's "Fantastic Four" and its 2007 sequel, "Rise of the Silver Surfer." Now that that series is set to be rebooted, Evans has given his official stamp of approval to the new Johnny Storm, Michael B. Jordan.
In an interview with the New York Daily News promoting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Evans praised Jordan's acting talent, and assured the paper that he had no ill will toward Jordan for taking over the character he originated.
"It's so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don't want someone else to do it," Evans said. "But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it's very exciting like you almost can't wait. ... I couldn't even give that guy any advice if I wanted, »
- Katie Roberts
Even before Michael B. Jordan was confirmed to play Johnny Storm (a.k.a. The Human Torch) in The Fantastic Four reboot, the actor has found himself responding to fans who've voiced their negative opinions about an African-American actor playing this iconic comic book character. This outspoken superhero who can manipulate fire was first portrayed on the big screen by Chris Evans in 2005's Fantastic Four, and when the Captain America: The Winter Soldier star was recently asked about Michael B. Jordan portraying Johnny Storm in a new reboot, the actor had nothing but positive things to say.
"It's so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don't want someone else to do it. But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it's very exciting like you almost can't wait....I couldn't even give that guy any advice if I wanted, that guy is so good. »
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