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"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" earned $56 million domestically this weekend to easily beat another newcomer, "Vacation," for the top spot. While Paramount and the film's major financier, Skydance, have to wonder why it didn't open bigger after rave reviews and an A- Cinemascore rating it could have been much worse. Pre-release polling from some services were as low as a $42-50 million debut. For comparison's sake, "M:i-2" debuted to $57 million 15 years ago. With an estimated production budget of $150 million, "Rogue Nation" will have to fare much better overseas and it's off to a great start with $65 million internationally so far. As for Cruise, you could technically say this is his 20th no. 1 opener, but he wasn't even mentioned in the "Tropic Thunder" billing block or top credits (i.e., his name appears nowhere on the poster) and when you're going to track these things, well, that matters. The 53-year-old actor »
- Gregory Ellwood
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
That Fantastic Four is a movie property outside the reach of Marvel Studios — Josh Trank's reboot comes from 20th Century Fox, which also released the 2005 and 2007 Tim Story-directed efforts — is a fact that feels, on some level, simply wrong. Fantastic Four wasn't just the comic book series that built the Marvel Universe, but also the series that built Marvel as fans of both comics and movies know it today. When Fantastic Four debuted in 1961, Marvel literally didn't exist — the company wouldn't officially adopt that name for a number of years — and creators
- Graeme McMillan
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
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Vixen, Supergirl, Batman: The Killing Joke, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Thunderbolts, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gods and Secrets and more…
We got another peek at Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this week with the release of some new stills featuring the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) [see here, here and here], while some new rumours emerged regarding the possibility identities »
- Gary Collinson
The press blitz for the new “Fantastic Four” movie has begun! Which means the cast will be subjected to a never-ending carousel of journalists asking variations of the same dozen questions. But hey, it’s part of the job and most actors are consummate professionals…even when the people interviewing them aren’t. Recently Jason Bailey and Southside Steve — the morning show hosts of Wnnx Rock 100.5 in Atlanta — sat down with Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell to ostensibly talk about the movie. Instead, things went off the rails almost immediately. http://susenstorm.tumblr.com/post/125531088539 Straight out of the gate, Jason Bailey brings up the question of Sue Storm being white and Johnny Storm being black. Kate Mara answers, “Sue Storm was adopted.” End of line of questioning, right? Nope. Bailey can’t seem to let it go, completely ignoring Mara’s succinct response. Over and over »
- Donna Dickens
Well, it's finally August, and while the summer movie season isn't completely over it might as well be. This article was a difficult one to put together, because there just isn't much to recommend this month. But you know what, that's okay, I think I managed to pull together five solid titles for the "must-see" section, and lucky for us the fall festival season is just around the corner, which means things are about to heat up exponentially on the prestige movie front just in time to compensate for things cooling down outside as the seasons change. (I should note here, it is currently 106 degrees fahrenheit here in the desert, and the thought of things cooling down is marvelous, but also very premature.) We are coming off what turned out to be a pretty solid month last month, in my opinion, as I settled back into my routine after a »
- Jordan Benesh
Reshoots, angry fans and reports of the director’s on- and off-set travails have plagued the production of Fox’s latest reboot for Marvel’s superhero quartet
Let’s pause before writing off the new Fantastic Four movie before anyone’s seen a single frame on the big screen. Similar negative buzz flurried around 2012’s Dredd, with reports that director Pete Travis had been locked out of the editing room by the studio while untried screenwriter Alex Garland took charge. Three years on, Garland is being vaunted as one of the most talented young film-makers of his generation after huge critical acclaim for Ex-Machina, and Dredd is widely considered something of a cult classic.
Related: Fantastic Four film-makers respond to criticism of decision to cast black actor
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- Ben Child
It was almost exactly a full decade ago that director Tim Story brought the Fantastic Four to life for wide audiences, casting the likes of Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis to play the First Family of Marvel. Unfortunately, the attempt, as well as its sequel, didn.t really please comic book fans too much. Now, however, we are about to see a brand new big screen version of the classic superhero group, so now is as good a time as any to learn about the history of the franchise. Despite the fact that this will now technically be the fourth feature film made about the Fantastic Four, there are still a lot of people who don.t know too much about the blue-costumed heroes. Who is the leader of the group? Why is there so much controversy about the casting of Michael B. Jordan? Why do »
20th Century Fox has released a new viral video and featurette for their highly-anticipated Fantastic Four reboot, arriving in theaters August 7. The viral video is a presentation given by Harvey Elder (Tim Blake Nelson) to the Department of Defense, where he breaks down the incredible powers given to Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), The Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), The Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) and The Thing (Jamie Bell). He also offers an answer to one burning question: Why The Thing isn't wearing any pants.
Harvey Elder explains that, to "harness the power" of the Fanastic Four, they created state-of-the-art "containment suits," or "C-suits." Since The Thing's powers are in no need of being "harnessed," Harvey reveals that it "wasn't necessary" for a containment suit to be made for The Thing. Harvey also teases the Quantum Zone, the alternate dimension where Marvel's First Family received their powers, revealing the true purpose for this presentation. »
With a little over a week to go until its release, 20th Century Fox has debuted a new featurette for the superhero reboot Fantastic Four entitled ‘Together’. Check it out here…
The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which 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.
- Gary Collinson
Kate Mara says her new movie 'Fantatsic Four' is ''grounded in reality''. The 32-year-old actress has joined the cast of the latest addition to the Marvel franchise, replacing Jessica Alba as Sue Storm - aka The Invisible Woman - and believes the superheroes are pioneers of good family values and are actually down to earth compared to their counterparts. She said: ''It is quite raw and I think it is more grounded in reality than people are used to seeing. Usually superheroes operate alone, but the 'Fantastic Four' is about family who are at their greatest when working as a team. I so enjoyed interacting with the others, rather than carrying it on my own. I just love the three guys (co-stars Jamie Bell, Miles Teller ad Michael B Jordan who play The Thing, Mr Fantastic and The Human Torch). ''Though sometimes at the end of a 13-hour day of filming, »
When it was revealed a couple years ago that the new Fantastic Four movie would star Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch, a divide was created in the audience. Some fans are excited by the casting, recognizing Jordan as a talented young actor; but others hate the choice simply because Jordan is black and The Human Torch in the comics is white. Many have theorized why this divide was created, but Fantastic Four creator Stan Lee has his own opinion on the matter, believing that people are riled up simply because they don't like change. Entertainment Weekly recently interview the Marvel Comics legend. and dedicated a portion of their time to talk about the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four. Noting that he personally thinks that the casting is a "great idea," Lee offered his view on why some are upset »
It’s fair to say that 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four has struggled when it comes to getting fans of Marvel’s First Family on board. A lot of hate has been thrown at the movie from the moment it was first announced, which much of the early criticism aimed towards the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch.
“I thought it was a great idea”, said Lee, before turning to critics of the casting: “They’re outraged not because of any personal prejudice. They’re outraged because they hate to see any change made on a series and characters they had gotten familiar with. In Spider-Man, when they got a new actor, that bothered them, »
- Gary Collinson
Michael B. Jordan's casting as the 'Human Torch' in Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot caused quite a stir in the fanboy community. While many praised Fox for their efforts to increase diversity onscreen, a few complained about the drastic deviation from the character's appearance in source material. Jordan himself recently weighed in on the controversy in the form of a heartfelt letter. In it, he added that "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?". EW have since contacted the legendary comic book writer for his own thoughts on the matter - and it seems like he's a huge fan of Jordan's casting. However, he was also able to empathize with those who weren't quite on board with the casting yet - claiming that the majority of the criticism has not come out of racial prejudice, »
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.
Stan Lee helped create "The Fantastic Four" for Marvel, and Lee just weighed in on the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the new movie coming out August 7. The character was originally written as blond-haired and blue-eyed, and some fans objected to casting a black actor. In May, Jordan wrote an essay on the subject for Entertainment Weekly, addressing his critics and saying Lee had given his Ok. Lee updated in a new chat with EW to say he was "more than Ok" with the plan: "I thought it was a great idea!"
However, the Marvel legend can see both sides of this, and doesn't view the criticism as a race issue as much as a knee-jerk reaction from fans who want to see a faithful adaptation of the characters they've embraced. As he told Entertainment Weekly:
They're outraged not because of any personal prejudice. »
- Gina Carbone
With Aquaman finally coming to the big screen, a mere 75 years after his comic debut, DC now has to make the Atlantean hero interesting and entertaining to casual fans, as well as comic readers. They have a lot of damage to undo since Aquaman’s image has suffered over the years. Here are 5 ways that Zack Snyder and Jason Momoa can make the King of the Seas cool again.
Aquaman, Aka Arthur Curry, was created in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941. Since then, he’s been seen in several animated series, most notably the Filmation studios Superman/Aquaman Adventure Hour in 1967, and the Super Friends (1973-82). He’s also appeared in live-action form in Smallville, and the pilot film for a TV series, Aquaman: Mercy Reef, starring Justin Hartley. Now he’s making his way to the big-screen.
What most non-comic readers remember about Aquaman is that he’s a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League Dark, Hellboy 3, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: The Killing Joke, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and more…
After topping the worldwide box office last weekend with $114 million – including £4 million here in the UK, where it dethroned Minions – Marvel’s Ant-Man is set to face new competition from Pixels in the States this weekend, but with $133 million in the bank by close of play on Thursday the miniature superhero is performing on par with Captain America: The First Avenger and will be looking to crack the »
- Gary Collinson
Gotham is adding yet another tough-as-nails member to the Gcpd, and this time they’ve called in the big guns. According to TVLine, the Batman prequel show has recruited The Shield alum Michael Chiklis, who will take on the role of the new captain of the Gotham City Police Department as a series regular.
Chiklis will not be taking on the role of a DC Comics character, but will instead play Nathaniel Barnes, who has been created solely for the series. Judging by the character description, it won’t take long for the infamous city to corrupt him, either:
Barnes lands on the Gcpd like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies – on either side of the law. For Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Barnes is a hero and a mentor, someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism. »
- James Garcia
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