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Not much is known about Alex Kurtzman’s Venom film for Sony, apart from the fact that it will feature the famous Spider-Man villain in an anti-hero role. Kurtzman recently talked about how the character provides a darker entry point into the Spidey franchise, as “there are certain lines that Spider-Man won’t cross… Venom, in a weird way, is the representation of every line that will get crossed.” While some characters provide straight-forward adaptation possibilities, Venom is a bit of a different story, because there have been a handful of different versions over the years.
The Venom symbiote has been worn by several characters in Spider-Man lore throughout the years and in various forms of media, the most notable of which are Peter Parker, Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan a.k.a. The Scorpion, Flash Thompson, and Harry Osborn.
Making Eddie Brock the Venom of choice is perhaps the safest bet, »
- James Garcia
Sony is trying to differentiate itself in the shared superhero universe game by leaving its flagship superhero (Spider-Man) alone for a bit, in favor of exploring the darker side of things via two villain-centric movies, Venom and Sinister Six.
While everyone is curious as to how a blockbuster villain team-up film is going to play with audiences, the character of Venom actually got a live-action movie adaption in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 - to almost universal disappointment amongst fans. That being the case, the Venom movie is under a ton of scrutiny, as fans wait to see how director Alex Kurtzman (co-screenwriter of Star Trek Into Darkness) and writer Ed Solomon (Now You See Me, Men in Black) are ...
- Kofi Outlaw
Together for the first time! The Amazing Spider-Man meets the Miraculous Ms. Marvel in the super hero team-up you’ve all been waiting for in October’s Amazing Spider-man #7! And if that’s not enough, New York Times-bestselling creators Dan Slott, Christos Gage and Giuseppe Cammuncoli also bring you to the Edge of Spider-Verse! As Spidey and Ms. Marvel face someone who looks a lot like Captain Marvel, meet the mysterious Spider-uk – but what is his connection to Spider-Verse? Seeds of the biggest Spider-Man story of all time are sown here, and no fan can afford to miss the epic Amazing Spider-man #7 – on-sale this October! Amazing Spider-man #7 Written by Dan Slott with Christos Gage Pencils & Cover by Giuseppe Cammuncoli Variant Covers by Javier Pulido, Gary Choo, Michael Golden, Hasbro »
It’s not exactly a secret that the new rebooted Spider-Man franchise has failed to live up to all the expectations brought on by the fact that a) both movies thus far have been directed by 500 Days of Summer’s Marc Webb and b) star Andrew Garfield as the titular hero. Despite the fact that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was viewed as enough of a failure (creatively, not financially) to warrant rebooting the entire franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man movies have either felt invariably stale and/or too familiar, or have reprised so many of that picture’s colossal mistakes that it’s hard to know how to take it.
Spider-Man is arguably the most popular superhero of all, so it’s surprising that – with so much brilliant source material to work with and such an eager fanbase – so much of the new franchise has felt entirely lackluster. »
- Sam Hill
Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro just keeps getting bigger in scale! Following the addition of Oscar-Award nominated and Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer April Ferry to the crew, Ashutosh has roped in one more Hollywood specialist. Award winning VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas is on board to take over the VFX reigns for Mohenjo Daro.
Karen, who has won two BAFTA Awards for Best Visual Effects, first for The Fifth Element and once again for The Day After Tomorrow, has also worked on films such as Apollo 13, Godzilla, Spider-man, 10,000 BC and more recently The Green Lantern, Looper and Don Jon.
Says Karen, “Ashutosh is an amazing story-teller with a beautiful vision for Mohenjo Daro. And now our challenge, as his creative team, is to do whatever it takes to get that vision up on that big screen for audiences to share and enjoy.”
Ashutosh Gowariker, “I am super excited to have »
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The folks at One Way Static Records must have chanted “Candyman” five times while looking in the mirror, because their latest release is the soundtrack to 1992’s Candyman, a film based on Clive Barker’s Books of Blood short story, “The Forbidden.” Making its vinyl debut, the eerie soundtrack by Philip Glass is available to pre-order, and we have song samples and a look at the gatefold and cassette cover art.
Press Release - “One Way Static Records is really proud to be bring you their latest release, A release where we had the chance to work with two icons in their own respective fields!
- Derek Anderson
Ashutosh Gowariker's Mohenjo Daro keeps getting bigger in scale, following the addition of Oscar-Award nominated and Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer April Ferry to the crew, Ashutosh has roped in one more Hollywood specialist. Award winning VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas is on board to take over the VFX reigns for Mohenjo Daro. Karen, who has won two BAFTA Awards for Best Visual Effects, first for The Fifth Element and once again for The Day After Tomorrow, has also worked on films such as Apollo 13, Godzilla, Spider-man, 10,000 BC and more recently The Green Lantern, Looper and Don Jon. Says Karen, "Ashutosh is an amazing story-teller with a beautiful vision for Mohenjo Daro. And now our challenge, as his creative team, is to do whatever it takes to get that vision up on that big screen for audiences to share and enjoy." Ashutosh Gowariker, "I am super excited to have on board VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas, »
Lit Reactor today brings news that Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s 2007 novel Rant is to be adapted for the screen by actor/director James Franco (Spider-Man, Pineapple Express), who has picked up the rights.
The author is quoted as saying: “As of last night we’ve finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant…..Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco.”
After Fight Club in 1999 and the under-rated Choke in 2008 (which starred Rockwell), this will be the third of Palahniuk’s novels to be brought to the screen. It will also mark another book-adaptation directorial job for Franco, who is making a habit of adapting famous novels, including 2013 effort As I Lay Dying, »
- Scott Davis
Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman is currently developing a Venom movie for Sony Pictures that he will direct. Venom is a crazy and cool character and one of my favorites in Spider-Man's universe. I like his dark personality and what he brings to the stories that he's in. Kurtzman discusses this stuff in a recent interview with MTV, and talks about why he wanted to work with the character.
"Well, Venom is sort of the flip side in that there are certain lines that Spider-Man won’t cross because he’s Peter Parker and Peter Parker will only do certain things and Venom is an entirely different character. Venom, in a weird way, is the representation of every line that will get crossed. He’s a much darker character. I wouldn’t even really say more complicated because I think they’re both very complicated characters, but I think »
- Joey Paur
"Every Marvel hero and villain should be a delicious ice cream treat!"
In the most recent episode of Stan's Rants, Stan Lee goes off on Marvel superhero ice cream bars. He starts his rant off with the Spider-Man bar with the bubble-gum eyes being the best, and then he just goes off. Is Lee starting to lose his marbles a little bit? You decide after you watch the video.
- Joey Paur
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” —the second entry into the Andrew Garfield-starring reboot of the early 2000s franchise— didn’t swing to great heights this summer. Reviews were generally lukewarm and box office returns were far lower than what Sony brass had hoped for. The film opened with $91.6M and managed to cobble together close to $203M domestic (of a $708M global total), which might not seem so bad until you put it in perspective. Of recent superhero films, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” clocks in at 25th lifetime domestic gross —and that includes the 1989 Michael Keaton "Batman" at 17th. That $203M cumulative domestic haul also places the film dead last of the five Spider-Man flicks to hit theatres since Tobey Maguire first put on the spandex in 2002. So what went wrong for the wall crawler? Perhaps the film was competing an over-saturated marketplace. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” kicked off »
- Zach Hollwedel
So far, all movie audiences have seen of Spider-man's fearsome foe Venom is the rather slapdash attempt at the character in Spider-Man 3, which in no way did the character justice. The antithesis of Spider-Man, was quite a dark character, and his many appearances and solo books really put forward how terrifying a character he was, something completely lost in the third part of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise. With the announcement that the villain is getting his own spin-off from The Amazing Spider-Man, putting him in the role of anti-hero, the sins of Spider-Man 3 (in relation to Venom at least. That movie as a whole is unredeemable) may be erased, with director and co-writer Alex Kurtzman promising to bring the character back to his comic book roots, and make him dark and scary again. Speaking to MTV, Kurtzman said, "Well, Venom is sort of the flip side »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It’s no secret that the superhero film genre has expanded significantly over the last decade. Thanks to the likes of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, Marvel’s expansive cinematic universe, and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, superhero films and comic book adaptations are the hottest comodities in Hollywood right now.
That trend will only quicken over the next few years, too. Marvel is showing no signs of stopping and will soon release three films a year up until at least 2028. Warner Bros. is building an entire DC Cinematic Universe off of last year’s Man of Steel, that includes Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and nine untitled projects slated for release from 2016 to 2020. Fox has finally hit its stride with Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will give way to a sequel in 2016 and various spin-offs »
- James Garcia
Given the groundswell of support for this year’s rather excellent Captain America: The Winter Solider — arguably Marvel’s best film to date, followed by Guardians — many ardent fans have begun speculating as to where Joe and Anthony Russo will take Steve Rogers and co. in the next iteration.
And though it’s still more than a year from release, early reports have suggested that Captain America 3 would focus on the calamitous civil war found in Marvel comics. However, in a recent interview with Desde Hollywood alongside the sequel’s DVD release, the filmmaking siblings poured cold water over the potential storyline.
“It’s complex. There are a lot of characters. Marvel doesn’t have ownership of some of the key players in that. [...] I don’t run Marvel, so I can’t say that it won’t happen, but I would say that it is highly unlikely. »
- Michael Briers
Marvel have been pumping out movies on a regular basis for years. Whether it’s through their own studio or via other studios that have the rights to their characters, the comic book giants are very prolific with regards to the number of movies based on their titles.
Now, more than ever, with three ongoing franchises – Marvel Studios’ own Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox’s X-Men (and soon to be Fantastic Four) franchise and Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise – they are firing on all cylinders with regards to movie releases.
Other Marvel titles over the years have included (but are not limited to) Howard the Duck, three Punisher movies, three Blade movies, Daredevil, Elektra, two Ghost Rider movies, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Ang Lee’s Hulk movie and Fox’s first attempt at a Fantastic Four series of movies (as well as some cheap non-theatrical released movies like Man-Thing »
- Kev Stewart
For Tobey Maguire, it was a 10-year-journey to get his drama about chess player Bobby Fischer on the big screen. After many false starts, he finally secured enough financing for the $16 million picture, “Pawn Sacrifice,” which premieres at Toronto on Thursday night. Director Edward Zwick shot the film in 40 days in Montreal starting last fall.
Both Maguire (who plays Fischer) and Zwick sat down with Variety to talk about the project, and why they think studios aren’t interested in serious dramas anymore.
Tobey, what made you want to be a producer?
Maguire: I had some time on my hands.
Maguire: Well, it wasn’t like I was acting in movie after movie. I just started going, “All right, let me find things that I want to develop or try to build into movies that I want to make, because I’m not seeing scripts I want to do. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Let's face it, sometimes school can be a real drag. When you're not trying to find your place among the social circles (which is just as much work as any assignment a teacher could give), there's the constant pressure of doing well academically so that you can go to a good college so that you won't waste your life! (Nope, no pressure at all...) When David (a pre-Spider-Man Tobey Maguire) isn't having imaginary conversations with pretty girls that are out of his league, he has to sit through bleak lectures that are so depressing in their statistics that it kinda makes you just wanna give-up:
For those of you going on to college next year, the chance of finding a good job will actually decrease by the time you graduate. The available number of entry level jobs will drop 31% over the next 4 years. »
Most recently, the actor has caused a stir by telling Variety, “There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man.” So is it time to tearfully hurl our Officially Licensed Iron Man Movie Arc Reactor Prop Replica into the sea?
The thing to remember is that the Marvel Studios movie schedule is a closely held game of cards, and speculation has run rampant about their upcoming slate ever »
- Anthony Breznican
As Hollywood looks east, China's influence on blockbuster cinema is growing all the time, Simon writes...
For movie studios with big blockbusters to sell, it would be fair to say that market saturation has become something of a problem. Films, particularly English language films, are a global business, with simultaneous release dates around the globe now very much the exception rather than the norm. Furthermore, declines in American box office takings have been comfortably offset in recent times by burgeoning receipts outside the Us.
Take, for instance, Sony's Spider-Man films. Since the release of Sam Raimi's original movie in 2002, each of the subsequent webslinger adventures has taken less and less at the American box office. The takings outside of the States? The general trend has been more positive than that.
However, in the era where a $1bn-grossing worldwide blockbuster is no longer a novelty - it was only back »
For the past month, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been going head-to-head at the box office, taking turns besting each other for that coveted number one spot. In an interesting bit of timing, Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt, makes a Turtles reference early in his film. Being a child of the 80s, this makes sense. But being a character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, does it? Is it possible that Marvel Comics themselves exist within this world we're watching play out on the big screen?
Let's say Marvel Comics do not exist. Captain America can't stroll into 7-11 and pick up the latest issue of Spider-Man or X-Men (which might make sense, since those are at other studios and the characters don't currently reside in this universe as laid out by Marvel Studios). That also means that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might not exist there, »
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