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The press blitz for the new “Fantastic Four” movie has begun! Which means the cast will be subjected to a never-ending carousel of journalist 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, Kata 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 »
- email@example.com (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
Just a little Gotham update here, but one that gives us a few clues about the new season. Michael Chiklis (perhaps best known to our readers as Ben Grimm from the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies) has signed up for a role in the show.
Chiklis – who’s also appeared in American Horror Story, The Shield, Sons Of Anarchy, Vegas and No Ordinary Family – will play the Gcpd’s Captain Barnes, described as ‘a hero and a mentor for Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon’.
We’re told that 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, Barnes is a hero and a mentor, »
According to producers, Barnes is a hard-headed stickler for the rule of law who’ll cause headaches for gangsters and colleagues alike, as well as forming an alliance with Ben McKenzie‘s proto-Commissioner Jim Gordon. However, this being Gotham City, friends can often become enemies at the flip of Two-Face’s coin!
Season Two sees Cameron Monaghan‘s fledgling Joker become a key part of the action, so it looks like the beleaguered police force are really going to have their work cut out.
In addition to his dirty duties as a TV lawman, Chiklis is well-known in comic book circles for his role as The Thing in the studio’s short-lived Fantastic Four movie franchise. »
- Steve Palace
He was once attached to direct the 2005 film of Fantastic Four that Fox at the time was putting together. The film would go on to star Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis in the lead roles, and would lead to one sequel. The reboot, as you probably know, is two weeks away, with Josh Trank directing.
Reed's time on the original Fantastic Four project, however, didn't seem to be too happy. "I was a huge Marvel fan when I was a kid", he told Yahoo, "and knew Fantastic Four inside out and felt they were always the crown jewel of Marvel. »
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
What’s that you say? Marvel are about to introduce another female superhero into their testosterone-soaked universe? Indeed, in what some might characterise as a welcome sign of progress, while others might call it long overdue, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has verbally confirmed that The Wasp is included in plans for ‘Phase 3’ of the franchise-generator’s output, having popped on the radar in the recently released Ant-Man.
The Wasp is the superhero identity of one Janet Van Dyne, also known as the mother of Hope Van Dyne – the character played by Evangeline Lilly in Ant-Man. The Wasp first appeared in Marvel comic books in Tales To Astonish #44 in 1963, and went on to become a founding member of The Avengers – even giving them the team its name. Her father was killed by an alien, so she enlisted the aid of scientist and colleague Hank Pym, and underwent bio-chemical enhancement to »
- Sarah Myles
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