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Comic Con took place last week and Laremy and I dig into some of the reveals, offering thoughts on a few of the trailers that premiered, the images and new movies that were announced before answering your questions and voice mails, which bring up topics such as video game movies, Rotten Tomatoes and our favorite actors. Then we finish things off with our regular allotment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
I’m not going to rehash the story of when I met Kevin Smith while working a movie theater box office in the mid ’90s and how he told me about the experience of writing a Superman movie (those days filmmakers didn’t have to be guarded about things being easily spread on the Internet after chatting with fans). You can read what he said then in a piece I wrote early last year on the Kickstarter campaign for The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? Now it’s time to see what Smith says now, in the first trailer for the documentary, which is about the failed project. Also in this trailer are a lot of other prominent people who worked on Superman Lives, including director Tim Burton (who is nearly driven to suicide talking about the sad fate of the film on camera), Lorenzo di Bonaventura (then the Warner Bros. exec who greenlit the »
- Christopher Campbell
After Sony’s announcement that it was postponing the productions of Spiderman 3 & 4, Marvel Studios immediately snatched up the vacant 2018 slot for one of its own projects. What movie will Marvel release?
Due to the declining performance of Spider-Man films at the box office since the time when Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 was such a success—Amazing Spider-Man 2 did a respectable $700 million but it is seen as having underperformed—Sony has decided not to clutter the playing field with too many Spider flicks in a short period, giving the franchise breathing room.
As a result, Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to sometime in 2018, and the planned Amazing Spider-Man 4 has been shuffled into limbo indefinitely. This move allows Sony’s other Spider-related project, the Sinister Six, to have the spider spotlight all to itself in 2016, rather than risking spider fatigue at the box office. The Sinister Six will »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
A decade ago he was the invincible king of the superhero franchises. Sam Raimi's first two "Spider-Man" films not only scored critical acclaim but around $400 million domestic and $400 million worldwide each in box-office revenue.
Today, things have changed. Since its reboot in 2012, the two Marc Webb-directed "Amazing Spider-Man" films have performed slightly better overseas, taking in around $500 million each. However, domestically they've slumped - the first nabbing $250 million and the recent second just $200 million. Reviews have also taken a dive - the first scoring a mixed/slightly positive and the second a mixed/negative reception.
In a recent interview with THR, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal says "I would have liked Amazing Spider-Man 2 to make a lot more money for us than it did, but it made a lot of money for us anyway". In fact their source says the film's final tally was $100 million below internal predictions, »
- Garth Franklin
What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
Good non-Thanos Lord!
It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
Originally set to hit theaters on June 10, 2016, Sony has now decided to delay The Amazing Spider-Man 3 two years to 2018, the year The Amazing Spider-Man 4 was previously expected to hit theaters. However, they aren't giving up on the idea of building a world around the web-slinger despite the lackluster returns from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which had been expected to gross nearly $1 billion worldwide this summer, but has so far only amassed $706 million. Instead of a new Spider-Man film in 2016, the studio is moving forward with The Sinister Six with writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), releasing on November 11, 2016. The film features an all-star lineup of Spider-Man villains, all of which were teased in the Spider-Man 2's end credits including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. No word on which one of those villains may show up, but it seems »
- Brad Brevet
With Comic-Con essentially here (though it officially starts tomorrow), movie studios are starting to let news bits drop out. The latest is coming from Sony who's set a few release dates for their upcoming projects including The Sinister Six, Uncharted, and even a delay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Come inside to check out when you'll be seeing these films on the big screen.
With Amazing Spider-Man 2 doing far less than expected in the box office, we've been hearing about a few shake-ups at Sony regarding their Universe plans for the wall-crawler and his spin-off films. There was even some speculation earlier that The Sinister Six would end up getting cancelled altogether. Looks like that's not true as Sony has set November 11, 2016 as the release date for the super-villain centric film.
Sony originally had a June 2016 release date set for Amazing Spider-Man 3, but they've decided to hold off on that, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
We aren't forgetting DVDs and Blu-rays this Tuesday, not sure if that's a good thing or not, but beyond that Laremy and I chat about our similar taste in movies, the future plans for Marvels Cinematic Universe, and the escapism found in blockbusters or the lack thereof. On top of that we have your questions, which includes a voice mail from Mike, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
On strong word-of-mouth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held the top spot for the second weekend in a row. Among the new releases, The Purge: Anarchy put up solid business in second place, while Planes: Fire & Rescue missed the mark and Sex Tape flopped.The Top 12 earned an estimated $134.5 million this weekend. That's off 26 percent from the same frame last year; overall, July box office is down over 30 percent year-to-year.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes eased 50 percent to $36 million. In comparison, the other major Summer sequels*The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction*all fell at least 61 percent at the same point. That drop is also roughly on par with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (49 percent).That strong hold can be attributed to positive reviews and word-of-mouth, and unimpressive competition from this weekend's newcomers. Overall, the Apes sequel has earned $139 million, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For this week’s quiz we were going to tie in to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by keeping it simple with one question: what the hell happened at the end of the 2001 reboot? But hey, even Tim Burton couldn’t answer that one, so instead, with the San Diego Comic Con-International on the horizon we’ve decided it’s high time we tested your knowledge of superhero movies. So, if you’re feeling confident, take the quiz below and see how many of the 25 superhero movies you can name – and don’t forget to share your score for all to see…
Question 2 Watchmen Minutemen Justice League
Question 5 The Fantastic Four Fantastic Four Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Question 6 Superman: The Movie »
- Gary Collinson
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” held off three wide openers with an impressive $10.4 million Friday, and is poised to repeat as weekend box office champ ahead of horror sequel “The Purge: Anarchy.” Buoyed by great reviews and strong word of mouth, Fox's “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is on pace for a $35 million three-day total in its second week. That would be a roughly 52 percent drop from last weekend, better than the holds of any recent No. 1 film. “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Godzilla,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” »
- Todd Cunningham
Spider-Man lives! Spider-Man does not live! Every day brings new news in the saga of the superhero movies no one seems to want. Sony's got four dinner meats ready to go into the stove, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 4, The Sinister Six and Venom. But is it really worth making all of them if their last dinner party was the least successful? If you ask Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman, they might just start with The Sinister Six. But no one has even bothered to turn the stove on quite yet. Speaking to Collider, Kurtzman confirmed that Sony is still exploring their options regarding the next Spider-Man adventure, though Venom, which he is directing, will come after The Sinister Six. He does drop one intriguing nugget in regards to The Sinister Six, an audacious reference point that will intrigue movie geeks. "I am a crazy fan »
Welcome to this week's Friday episode of the podcast where Laremy and I review Sex Tape and The Purge: Anarchy, take a look at what films may be hitting the upcoming Fall film festival circuit, discuss the future of film thanks to a listener voicemail, answer your questions and play some games. There are a couple weird tangents in there, but for the most part I think it was a successful episode. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »
- Brad Brevet
In a year that has witnessed the big hitters, such The Wolf of Wall Street, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier amongst many others, all marred by lengthy running times; Lav Diaz’s Norte, the End of History, with an empathetic four hour and ten minute duration, is something of a peculiar case.
It tells the story of three people whose lives become intertwined when law student Fabian (Sid Lucero) commits a double murder and Joaquin (Archie Alemania) takes the fall, leaving his wife, children and parents to fend for themselves. Frequently accused of being an enemy of man, time is an enduring entity that confronts every filmmaker who attempts to imbue his or her film with a precise pace, and thereby ensure that the credits roll neither too soon nor too late. Diaz’s latest cinematic odyssey sees him »
- Paul Risker
What would Captain America be without his serum? What would Iron Man be without his suit? What would the Hulk be without his gamma radiation mistake? Scientific genius has proven crucial for the comic book genre, so we’ve scoured the genre seeking the greatest acts of genius in Cinema.
Hollywood is clearly infatuated with the comic book movie. This year alone we have seen the immensely successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men Days of Future Past hit cinemas. In each of these films an act of genius has been crucial in the plot; The Winter Soldier was the subject of a scientific experiment, Arnim Zola stayed alive through an equally bizarre yet simultaneously genius experiment. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was rife with scientific mayhem; The Goblin and Electro were both the result of Oscorp’s scientific investigations and The Rhino was »
- Samuel Clements
Friday Am Update: Playing at 2,194 locations, The Purge: Anarchy earned an estimated $2.6 million from late Thursday shows. In comparison, the first Purge grossed $3.4 million on Thursday night. This drop suggests that The Purge: Anarchy will fall short of the first movie's $34 million opening weekend. Meanwhile, Sex Tape earned $1.1 million on Thursday night. That's less than half of the $2.56 million that Neighbors took in on Thursday, but is also on par with last year's The Heat ($1 million). Sex Tape will likely finish with over $20 million this weekend. Forecast: The Purge: Anarchy, Sex Tape and Planes: Fire & Rescue could all open north of $20 million this weekend. Still, it's likely that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes holds on to first place for the second week in a row.Major releases have been falling hard this Summer: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Transformers: Age of Extinction »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Monsters are to Universal what superheroes are to Marvel. That's what the studio has to offer from their library – reboots and reboots from a long list of classic monster franchises. And the studio is very serious about creating this cinematic universe. Universal has hired Alex Kurtzman, who worked on Transformers, Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Chris Morgan, who wrote the Fast and the Furious movies, to kickstart the reboots of Universal's monster franchises.
Universal Monsters properties include characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The first title the two will team on is The Mummy reboot, which is set to hit theaters on April 22, 2016.
The Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, a la Marvel Cinematic Universe, is still in very early stages, but word is that Kurtzman and Morgan have already begun to take meetings with directors and writers. However, »
- Laura Frances
"...I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams." - Aunt May This nature or distinction of hero is what really resonates and distinguishes "Spider-Man 2". A hero resonates across cultures. He or she is distinguished by courage, selflessness, nobility, honor, and most of all-- heart. Whether or not the hero in this case wears a red and blue spider suit to save others, what matters is the inherent greatness of the individual in action. Hero is to the soul. Toby Maguire as Peter Parker/ Spider-Man embodies the possibility of the hero in all of us. Maguire has such a humanity about him, and is so commanding in his stillness and calm. »
[Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ahead.]
When comparing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to other superhero blockbusters released so far this year, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past, most fans would agree you get a film that doesn’t live up to its full potential. Tasked with continuing Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy’s story as well as setting up future films in the franchise like Sinister Six, the sequel to the 2012 reboot seems to have bitten off more than it could chew. Arguably, extra plot lines and characters led to a lack of focus in the overall narrative.
Yet it’s said that movies don’t start off this way, they just sometimes head ...
Click to continue reading ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: 10 Script Changes Revealed
- Araceli Roach
Ahead of its North American release next month, a new trailer has debuted for the upcoming action thriller Swelter, which sees Jean-Claude Van Damme leading a cast that includes Lennie James (Snatch), Catalina Sandino Moreno (The Bridge), Grant Bowler (Killer Elite) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2). Take a look after the official synopsis…
“In the vein of the brutal heist drama Reservoir Dogs, the modern crime thriller A History of Violence, and the classic western High Plains Drifter, Swelter is a violent story of greed and retribution.”
Swelter hits DVD, Blu-ray and VOD in the States on August 12th, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.
- Gary Collinson
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