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There’s always a weird disconnect with age in Hollywood. You hear actors often suggesting, “Oh, I’m getting too old for this part,” while actors routinely play parts where their character is much, much younger. Andrew Garfield was 28 when he started playing the teenage Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and yet when the “Spectacular Spider-Man” reboot was announced, much of the news was about how the character was going younger and going back to high school (he had barely left, Parker graduated in ‘”Amazing Spider-Man 2”). Robert Downey Jr. has said much the same, that he’s getting too old to play Tony Stark now that he’s going on 50 (next year). But 50 is the new 40, and Rdj has signed on for even more Marvel films, including a major role in “Captain America: Civil War,” so we’ll be seeing him as Iron Man until at least “Avengers: »
- Edward Davis
UK education charity Into Film is set to host its inaugural awards at London’s Empire Leicester Square.
The awards, held tomorrow (March 24), will pay tribute to outstanding 5-19 year olds who have demonstrated talent and exceptional achievements in filmmaking or film reviewing.
The nominees are to have their films screened to an audience of 600. The winners will be decided by a judging panel comprised of industry professionals including Sir Alan Parker (Evita), David Yates (Harry Potter), Manjinder Virk (Call the Midwife) and Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall).
Into Film’s chief executive Paul Reeve said: “We are delighted to be hosting the first ever Into Film Awards, and believe their creation reflects the vibrant role film plays in the cultural, creative and educational lives of young people today.
“We have a diverse and highly talented group of young nominees and hope that this recognition will encourage them to further develop their skills and go on to become »
- email@example.com (Monica Mendoza)
These days, movie tie-in games have developed a poor reputation, and seen mostly as quick and dirty cash-ins than enjoyable gaming experiences. That wasn’t always the case, however, and back in the day, gamers were treated to some amazing games based on their favorite films. Today, I’m looking back at some of the most enjoyable retro games that happen to be movie tie-ins!
Aladdin & The Lion King
Sure, these are two separate games, but frankly, they’re worth listing together as they’re both from Disney (based on movies of the same name) and feature some rather impressive platforming. Frankly speaking, the accolades I’m about to mention are going to be the same for both of these games, so rather than copy and paste, I’m just going to list them together.
The truth is that Disney could have Easily cranked these games out and made tons of money. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Patton Oswalt is a hardcore nerd, which is a big part of why we love him. Remember that epic improvised Star Wars filibuster? You probably know that he.s a big fan of comic book movies, and if you.ve been fretting over which big screen adaptation the comedian thinks is the best, today is your lucky day. While Patton Oswalt.s personal favorite superhero movie is Sam Raimi.s 2004 Spider-Man 2, he thinks that the best comic book movie of all time is American Splendor. Talking to Screen Junkies, Oswalt answered tons of awesomely geeky fan questions. When someone asked about the best comic book movie of this century, while Spider-Man 2 may be at the top of the superhero heap, he says American Splendor, the 2003 adaptation of underground comic artist Harvey Pekar.s life and work, is the best comic book movie of this century in a larger, »
Jason Voorhees, the living dead of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead, the librarian phantom from Ghostbusters, the reanimated dead of Cemetery Man—these memorable horror movie characters and many more came to life onscreen due in large part to the talented hands and crafty eyes of FX legends Tom Savini, Steve Johnson, and Sergio Stivaletti.
Tate Steinsiek, an FX artist who also has an impressive résumé, teaches Ill Willed FX Workshops around the world, and on his international tour this summer, he's bringing in the aforementioned talented trio to offer their priceless advice in select sessions, with Savini joining the Amsterdam series, Johnson coming in for the Dublin series, and Stivaletti set for the Rome series. Also included in our latest round-up are details for Dark Horse's Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #1, the first issue in a new comic miniseries debuting in June, as well as »
- Derek Anderson
Empire magazine recently asked its readers to vote for the greatest superhero film of all time. The magazine compiled the result and we now have the top thirty choices, with Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" taking the top spot. Neither of "The Amazing Spider-Man" installments, "Iron Man 3," "The Incredible Hulk," "X-Men," "Spawn," or "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" made the list. Instead, there were plenty of surprises that made it into the top thirty like "Unbreakable," "The Incredibles," "The Crow" and "Chronicle." Check out the full list below and let us know if you agree with the results. 1. The Dark Knight 2. X2 3. Superman II 4. The Avengers 5. Superman 6. Spider-Man 2 7. Batman Returns 8. Unbreakable 9. Watchmen 10. Guardians of the Galaxy 11. The Incredibles 12. Blade 13. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 14. X-Men: Days of Future Past 15. Kick-Ass 16. Iron Man 17. The Crow 18. Hellboy II: The Golden Army 19. The Dark Knight Rises 20. Batman Begins 21. Batman 22. Spider-Man 23. Thor 24. X-Men: First Class »
Though technically it doesn't actually feature any super-powered characters, many consider Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight to be the best superhero/comic book movie ever made, and Empire's most recent list of the 30 greatest cape-flicks would seem to confirm as much. The fact that the 2008 Batman epic came in at #1 on their publicly voted poll is a testament to how highly it's still regarded. Apparently it won by a fairly wide margin, but chasing it for the top spot at #2 was Bryan Singer's X-Men 2/X2, followed by Superman II at #3, Marvel's The Avengers at #4 and the first Superman at #5. Some of the rest of the movies in the top 10 are bound to stir up plenty of debate! We have Spider-Man 2 at #6, Batman Returns at #7, Unbreakable at #8, Watchmen at #9, and one of the most recent on the list, Guardians of the »
Well, that didn’t take long.
As soon as it was announced that Spider-Man had joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a cross-pollination deal between Sony and Marvel, speculation was abound that there would be rumours of an appearance of the wall crawler in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As we said, it didn’t take long.
According to speculation from various websites, the poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron (which was released on Tuesday) reveals that Danny Elfman has provided “extra music” for the film. Now the speculation goes that Danny Elfman provided music for Ang Lee’s Hulk back in 2003, but more famously wrote the score for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 for Sony. Could this mean he has been hired to bring back his Spider-Man score for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Check out the poster below:
Of course, this is all rumour and speculation. »
- Luke Owen
A new alternative poster has been released for touching drama Love is Strange, which you can check out below. You can also read our review of the movie here.
A darling of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Love Is Strange has had some very strong reviews and word-of-mouth have left many waiting patiently for the film to be released. The film stars John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) as a newly married couple , George and Ben, whose lives are turned upside down when George is let go at his job, forcing the couple to separate and find accommodation with friends and family, which puts added strain on their already stressful situation.
- Luke Owen
So, there we have it! Monday this week Marvel announced their new partnership with Sony, after striking a deal to cement The Amazing Spider-Man’s future firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The news was welcomed by many of the web-slinger’s fans, who were left disappointed by Sony’s previous Spider-Man instalments.
Personally, I’m not very thrilled.
Every time there was talk of “negotiation” between Marvel Studios and Sony it gave me the awkward feeling that something just didn’t fit. Marvel has been on a winning streak for years producing entertaining, yet highly qualitative superhero movies, while the Spider-Man franchise has been in a downwards spiral ever since the series’ highlight, Spider-Man 2. Not once, but twice Sony killed its own cash cow by oversaturating their Spider-Man movies with an unbalanced amount of characters and diluting the characters that actually mattered. »
- Gary Collinson
Since making his movie debut as Harrison Ford's doomed sidekick in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alfred Molina has appeared in everything from critically-acclaimed dramas like Prick Up Your Ears to Hollywood blockbusters ranging from Species to Spider-Man 2.
His latest film, Love Is Strange, centres on a long-term gay couple who are forced to live apart while they search for a new home. It opens on February 13, a canny piece of counter-programming to the omnipresent Fifty Shades of Grey. To mark the occasion, Digital Spy took a trip down memory lane with Molina to speak to him about the roles that defined his career.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Satipo
"My very first time in front of a camera! I knew nothing, the only thing I knew about filmmaking was the fact that films got made at all. I knew nothing about the technique of film; I was very, »
Drew Goddard's Sinister Six film won't be arriving in 2016 now, but it remains in development at Sony...
Yesterday's announcement that Sony and Marvel are joining forces on the big screen future of Spider-Man - that we've distilled here - left us with the not-unreasonable assumption that plans for Sony's movie universe set around the character were done and dusted. We know that the next Spider-Man film won't be The Amazing Spider-Man 3, we know that Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb aren't returning. And so we figured that the Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs were off the slate too.
But that may not be the case. At least in the case of Sinister Six, the film that Drew Goddard quit the Daredevil TV series to write and direct, there's still a glimmer of hope. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Sinister Six film is remaining in development at Sony, »
Now Marvel and Sony are teaming up on the future of big screen Spider-Man, lots of questions spring up. So we try to answer them.
In case you haven't heard the news, Sony and Marvel jointly announced yesterday that Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel cinematic universe. Here are the facts:
* The deal will begin with Spider-Man appearing in at least one McU movie before 2017.
* In 2017, Spider-Man will get a new film, co-helmed by Marvel and Sony.
Those statements aren't much, but they leave us with a lot of questions to answer. And here are our attempts to answer them.
How has this happened?
As astonishing as this move seems, there's a certain amount of inevitability to it. The studios might like to spin it as a creative decision, but like everything in Hollywood, it's all about the money. If you look at the box office numbers for the five Spider-Man movies Sony has produced, »
Go big or go home. That seems to be the motto of directing duo the Wachowskis, who pulled out all the stops for Jupiter Ascending, their very own space opera, cramming this thing so full of backstory and character history, that it might have been better suited for a dozen novels instead of one two-hour fairy tale. Will it go down as a underrated gem a la Speed Racer? A misunderstood near masterpiece a la Cloud Atlas? Or is it something closer to Star Wars -- particularly the prequel trilogy -- for better or worse? Previously on Stripped: Dumb and Dumber To, Big Hero 6, Interstellar, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the...
- John Gholson
Given the ho-hum performance of last year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, speculation had been mounting that Sony might sell the superhero back to Marvel and Disney. Instead, it made a move no one expected: opting to lease the rights to the web-slinger to its rival for a single film. It was a savvy move for a beleaguered studio still feeling the aftershocks of the devastating November hack that led to co-chairman Amy Pascal stepping down last week, moving from the executive suite to a producer role on Spider-Man and other titles. Marvel has been trying
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
In what's probably the single biggest piece of comic book movie news since the announcement of Batman v Superman, it was confirmed this morning that Spider-Man is finally allowed to return to his own universe on the big screen.
The widespread excitement at this news was dampened somewhat by the absence of Andrew Garfield's name from Marvel's announcement, which seems to implicitly confirm reports that the actor will not be reprising his role as Peter Parker.
So while Spider-Man is confirmed for an appearance in an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, before getting his own new standalone film on July 28, 2017, it'll be a different actor behind the mask - and potentially a different character, since Peter Parker's name isn't mentioned in this announcement either.
Garfield's performance was one of the few elements in the Amazing Spider-Man reboots that was pretty universally praised, so following his admittedly brief tenure is a tall order. »
It follows Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, which under-performed at the box office last year. Despite taking $709m at the global box office, it was the lowest-grossing of Sony’s five Spider-Man films to date.
Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next instalment in the $4bn Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017.
The film will »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The rumours were true: Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The character will now appear in "an unspecified Marvel Cinematic Universe movie", while Marvel's Kevin Feige will produce the next Spider-Man movie with Amy Pascal, due to hit cinemas on July 28, 2017.
We desperately hope that they won't wade through the origins story again. It already feels like Uncle Ben has been cast in Edge of Tomorrow.
But either way, should they stick with Garfield, or should a new actor be given the role? Vote in our poll above and let us know your thoughts in the comments box below. »
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. And yes, that is indeed the collective squeal of every geek, fanboy, fangirl and intelligent life form on the planet.
After months and months of speculation following the unexpected critical (and partially financial) failure of the Amazing Spider-man 2, Sony and Marvel Studios have now joined forces. Both companies have managed to work out a deal, that will allow everyone’s favourite webslinger to exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means that worldwide audiences will now be able witness a brand new iteration of Spider-Man, who is no longer contractually forbidden from appearing alongside The Avengers on the big screen (a sentence that brings a tear to my eye). The new franchise will be co-produced between Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel guru Kevin Feige, with the character said to be making his debut in an upcoming Marvel Studios production, before appearing in his own solo-outing. »
- Ben Read
Well this is awesome.
After weeks of speculation following a series of leaked Sony emails that disclosed that Marvel Studios (under the leadership of Kevin Feige) was talking to the entertainment giant about reacquiring the character after the dismal box office and critical performance of last summer's franchise nonstarter "Amazing Spider-Man 2," it's official: Spider-Man is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a late night message posted on Marvel.com (a bit of news so seismic it crashed the site), it was announced that Sony and Marvel Studios will be joining forces on the spectacular Spider-Man. The web-slinger will first make an appearance in an undisclosed Marvel movie before moving on to his own movie on July 28th, 2017. Feige will co-produce with recently ousted Sony chief Amy Pascal, who started the franchise with Sam Raimi's original trilogy 13 years ago, and Sony will continue to finance, distribute, own, »
- Drew Taylor
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