18 items from 2015
One of the more surprising revelations from the recent Sony email hack is quite how desperate the studio is to make their megabucks Spider-Man franchise even more…popular? Money-spinning? As critically acclaimed as the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The series has always done well at the box office, but less well when it comes to the critical reception.
According to leaked internal emails they’ve considered everything from an animated Spider-Man film from Lego Movie director Phil Lord and Chris Miller to attempting some sort of agreement with Marvel that would let the character appear in the next Avengers film. Perhaps the most surprising plan, though, involves Sam Raimi.
Which is surprising, because Raimi leaving the series after his disastrous third Spider-Man is what kick-started the “Amazing” reboot. Then again, Spider-Man 2 remains the most prosperous in terms of returns and reviews. Would a fourth Raimi film have worked, »
- Tom Baker
See Also: Watch the trailer for Strange Magic here
Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull. »
- Gary Collinson
The new take on the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers looks still on course for a summer 2016 release.
Things have been quiet on the Power Rangers movie reboot front of late, ever since the project was first announced around eight months ago. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz had been hired to pen a screenplay (and Roberto Orci was involved for a time too), but that aside, little else has been heard.
Comicbook.com however has been chatting to actor and martial arts expert Jason David Frank, who has worked on Saban projects in the past, and he's confirmed that the new Power Rangers film will be going before the cameras in 2016.
"The movie is definitely set for this year", he confirmed. "Everything is in place. They won't give me specific details, because it's all like hush-hush". However, "I will tell you it is being filmed this year".
The film had been »
Do movies need sequels? Well, we're about to get a lot of them. It's not uncommon, as making every single movie a standalone picture is, well, almost impossible. So if you're gonna make a sequel, here are some things to make in mind to make it great! Make it a Standalone Sequel Unless you have to make it a direct sequel, give it it's own story. That doesn't mean you can't reference the first, but don't make the sequel into a product of the first story. Let's look at Spider-Man 2. We had Peter trying to live as both himself and Spider-Man. We didn't have the Harry storyline as the main focus. It was a new story. It didn't stray away from the first, as sequels shouldn't do. But the first movie did not make the second movie. An example of that is Iron Man 2, where the first directly »
Tom Hardy, who is a brilliant actor but sounds unintelligible, was forced this week to drop out of the superhero franchise in the making Suicide Squad. Tom Hardy was to be the lead Rick Flag, alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevigne and Jared Leto, in a supervillain mash-up movie. But Hardy’s latest project, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, is running behind schedule, forcing the actor to pull out and leave the super villainy to someone else.
The Wrap is now reporting that Suicide Squad’s director David Ayer’s first choice to replace Hardy is Jake Gyllenhaal, who has never appeared in a superhero movie and previously worked with Ayer on the cop drama End of Watch. The Wrap points out that Gyllenhaal is currently at work on Southpaw for Antoine Fuqua, a boxing movie that required him to get absolutely jacked.
Ruben Östlund, director »
- Brian Welk
Because he needs more time to appear in basically everything else, Tom Hardy has dropped out of the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. Hardy was going to play Rick Flag, a former military man forced to work alongside the titular team of supervillains, and after his departure, The Wrap reports the role may be taken up by Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in Squad director David Ayer's End of Watch. This would be the first comic-book role for Gyllenhaal, who narrowly missed out on replacing Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2 and found out too late that Nightcrawler was not about what he thought it was about. »
- Nate Jones
Amongst the juicy tidibts that came out of the Sony hack was the revelation that the company had met with Marvel to discuss including Spider-Man in their cinematic universe. A deal was, unfortunately, not made then, but now comes a rumor that the two sides have finally shaken hands.
Latino Review reports that Sony has agreed to allow Spider-Man (over which it has film rights) to appear in "Avengers: Infinity War - Part I" in 2018. "We'll see an McU Spider-Man in Infinity Wars Part 1, as that was the next logical place to insert him after they missed the window to logically include him in [Captain America 3] Civil War," the site claims.
It's all rumors and hearsay, and totally unsubstantiated. But if what Latino Review says is true, »
- Kelly Woo
For years, superhero games seemed cursed to fail even before they were released. Apart from the brilliant Spider-Man 2 or the ridiculously fun Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, gamers knew that most developers simply cashed in on the license with a below average game loosely tied into the same world as some upcoming movie or TV series.
Instead of trying to offer fans a genuine representation of their favourite heroes, the gameplay was always rushed, bland and mostly downright ugly.
All hope seemed lost. But then, Rocksteady lit up the gaming world with the release of Arkham Asylum and changed the future of superhero games forever. Mediocrity won’t ever again be accepted from fans with their masterpiece now acting as the blueprint for various new superhero games both released and still in development.
But Rocksteady didn’t just stand back and admire their 80+ Game of the Year awards, instead they »
- Barry O Halloran
With less than a fortnight to go until its U.S. release, Disney has dropped a new ‘Creatures & Cast’ featurette for the Lucasfilm Animation fantasy Strange Magic, as well as a new TV spot. Check them out below after the official synopsis…
“Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Strange Magic
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm »
- Gary Collinson
Most film genres at the 2014 domestic box office saw big declines, so before you stop writing that comedy or drama screenplay, know that this trend is largely a result of the annual B.O. of $10.35 billion taking a 5.2% hit as reported per Rentrak Theatrical. That said, there were some interesting spikes in a swampy year, particularly in the action realm as well as sci-fi, Ya novel adaptations and comic book titles.
Just because a genre drops at the B.O., though, it is not necessarily cause for alarm. One talent agency B.O. bean-counter says, “We typically look at one specific film as a representative of what’s working in the market place for a genre, such as 2013’s The Conjuring (137.4M) or this year’s Annabelle ($84.3M) as elevated horror films.”
While some have observed that there was a problem with sword-and-sandal films at the B.O. this year »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Written and co-directed by The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg, We’ll Never Have Paris sees Helberg leading a cast that also includes Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2).
In a story based on true events, Quinn (Simon Helberg) has been in a devoted relationship with Devon (Melanie Lynskey) for several years, and is ready to propose marriage until a gorgeous blonde co-worker (Maggie Grace) reveals her love for him. Quinn immediately has second thoughts about matrimony and ends up terminating his relationship with his long-time better half. After a brief relationship with the blonde, Quinn quickly realizes he’s made the mistake of a lifetime, »
- Gary Collinson
Join the feisty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- Razzie Awards reactions to short list of nominees - Click here to discuss ThemeParks4Life: I feel like The Interview just made the shortlist because of the controversy, especially considering it didn't make the shortlist for Writing or Directing. Shocked that Blended didn't get in for Picture. GOKenBendor: It's total Crap that The Interview is so heavily represented, while such dreck as 3 Days to Kill, And So It Goes, Men Women & Children, Horrible Bosses 2 (Aniston aside) and esp soulless product like (not) Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the last (one can hope) Hobbit aren't. Ryan Lapierre: I just wish Annie was in picture. That film is bad in so many ways. Cameron Diaz »
Raimi recently looked back not so fondly at 2007’s conclusion to his “Spider-Man” trilogy during an interview with the Nerdist. The filmmaker said trying to raise the bar by adding characters he didn’t “believe in” may have “doomed” the film.
“It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well,” he told Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist podcast. “I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man.
“If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. I think (raising the stakes after ‘Spider-Man 2′) was the thinking going into it, and I »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Which actor is hilariously being rumored as Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man replacement? Want to see Weta’s work on The Amazing Spider-Man 2? How is Marvel replacing the “dead” Wolverine in the comics? Would Hayley Atwell like to continue playing Agent Carter? Who is the latest actress who may be up for Supergirl? What happens […]
- Germain Lussier
Hollywood had a bad 2014. THR reports that the number of people who went to theaters last year in North America was at its lowest level in 20 years, with roughly 1.26 billion tickets purchased, according to preliminary estimates. That is the worst turnout since 1995. The last time admissions failed to break the 1.3 billion mark was in 2011.THR suggests the problem lies within 2014's overall quality and problematic summer sequels — such as the underperforming tentpoles Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction — though the delay of two potential blockbusters (Furious 7 and Pixar's The Good Dinosaur) likely also had a part to play. Official numbers will be available after the National Association of Theater Owners figures out what the average movie ticket price was in 2014 (which depends on information from the fourth quarter). Overall revenue for the domestic box office is also projected to mark »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
We'll say it up front: we've go a soft spot for Spider-Man 3. It's a film that has clear problems, but there are moments in it that really work a treat. Furthermore, we'd far rather have something that takes some risks and falls short than a tame reboot.
Director Sam Raimi departed the Spider-Man movies after the third film (with Sony pulling the plug on his planned Spider-Man 4), and he's been chatting to the Nerdist Podcast about his time with Spider-Man 3. And in spite of the host saying that he didn't think Spider-Man 3 was "bad", Raimi replied with the word "awful" instead. Tongue a little in cheek perhaps, but it's clear it's not a movie that Raimi is fond of.
So: what went wrong?
"It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well", Raimi said. »
It’s safe to say that, if there’s a sort of “godfather” for this current age of superhero movies that we’re in, it would be Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man. The comic-book adaptation had been in the works for years, and while previous comic-book adaptations certainly did well at the box office (2000’s X-Men was also a formidable foundation for today's comic-book movie era), Spider-Man took the world by storm and grossed a then-unheard-of $114 million in its opening weekend. That number stood as the record holder for four whole years, until Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest broke it in 2006. Spider-Man not only kicked off a new franchise, it ushered in an era of superhero franchises, and while Spider-Man 2 earned critical raves, 2007’s Spider-Man 3 garnered derision from critics and fans alike and, in its own way, led to Raimi departing the franchise for good »
- Adam Chitwood
PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, PC
Spidey’s first outing on PS2-era consoles was a rather uneventful affair. Based on the Sam Raimi movie, it ticked the usual superhero tie-in boxes: follow the general plot of the film, cram in as much stuff from the comics as possible. It looked quite nice, too.
Its biggest problem, however, wasn’t in the story or graphical department, it was in the mechanics. You see, Ol’ webhead’s web-shooting hadn’t fundamentally changed since Neversoft’s Spider-Man games on the PS1 – namely, making players shoot streams of web fluid into invisible points off-camera. Which was fine when you were swinging through the streets, but as soon as you started swinging above the buildings, where exactly where these webs sticking to? Oh, and not to forget Spidey’s sudden lack of ability to get too close to the ground, resulting in »
- Tariq Ashkanani
18 items from 2015
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