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Vivian Eng, the woman whom “Spider-Man 2” actor Dylan Baker attempted to rescue from their burning high-rise apartment building in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, has died from her injuries. She was 51. Eng was a dancer in a number of Broadway and other stage ensembles, including “The King & I,” “Precious,” “Away We Go,” and “Barney Live! New York City.” Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” as well as a recurring role on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” had attempted to rescue his neighbor Eng from a fire that broke out in her apartment on Tuesday. »
- Debbie Emery
Dylan Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” and work on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” attempted to rescue his elderly neighbor from a fire that had broken out in her apartment. According to NBC New York, Baker was returning to his home on the 33rd floor of a high-rise in Hell’s Kitchen just before 4:30 pm on Tuesday, when he noticed flames coming from his neighbor’s apartment. “When I opened the door, it was a full-fledged fire,” he said. “It was terrifying.” Also Read: 'The Good Wife's' Mike Colter, 'Anchorman 2 »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
It’s been said before and it’ll probably be said again: the current comic book movie craze may have had its seeds planted in 1998 by New Line Cinema’s Blade, but it was 2000’s X-Men that catapulted the genre to new heights of success and acceptance by moviegoers everywhere. X-Men was quickly followed by other successful, genre-defining films like Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man, 2003’s X2: X-Men United, 2004’s Hellboy and Spider-Man 2, and 2005’s Batman Begins. Through all of this – including reboots of the Spider-Man, Superman, Daredevil, Punisher, Hulk, and Fantastic Four franchises – one actor has stood as a guiding beacon...
- Chris Clow
Anghus Houvouras on superhero movies and the military-industrial complex…
To say that comic book movies have become formulaic is like saying that Michael Bay enjoys explosions and hot women. It’s painfully obvious and hardly a revelation.
I sat through Fantastic Four last week, and like many of you checked out around the halfway point, and began to pick apart some of the lazy choices and uninspired bits. This was easier that finding Waldo in an orgy. There were so many comic book movie mainstays that felt cribbed from the superhero movie playbook, but one of them started to needle me the more I thought about it.
After our group of super-intelligent young people get bestowed super powers, they are immediately whisked away to a secret bunker to be experimented on by the Government. It’s a highly plausible scenario in the super-grounded reality that so many of these movies are trying to achieve, »
- Anghus Houvouras
It turns out Tatum is still on board, but the incident got us thinking of some other superhero castings that nearly were but never will be:
(Nb Please take it as read that Jude Law was considered for all of these roles.)
Hugh Jackman has become so synonymous with the iconic X-Man that it's strange to think of anyone else taking on the role (even if they inevitably will). But before he had been cast, Russell Crowe was considered to play the angry Canadian mutant, and is credited with directing Bryan Singer's attention towards his fellow Aussie.
Long before Sony screwed the Spider-Man franchise up so badly that they were left with no other choice than to go crawling to Marvel Studios for their help, there existed two great (and one pretty terrible) movies featuring the iconic Marvel superhero.
At the time, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies set the benchmark for visual effects in the genre – the image of a photo realistic Spidey swinging through New York City in 2002 was like nothing that had ever been seen before – and showed pretty much everyone how comic book movies should be done. Sure, they had their issues (more humour would have been nice, while Spider-Man 3 was…well, Spider-Man 3), but it’s a series which deserves to be fondly remembered.
Despite the success these movies found, what happened behind the scenes was chaotic to say the least. Between near recastings and a script for Spider-Man 2 »
- Josh Wilding
After years and years of being burned by godawful movie tie-in games, players in 2015 are pretty justified when they meet every newly-announced title with the same exhausted sigh.
In fact, players have been disappointed by soulless movie games so much over the past decade or so, that even when a good title comes out, they probably won’t even play it due to the stigma that lingers around the entire sub-genre. But when it comes down to it, there are plenty of movie-inspired games that haven’t received the praise they deserved, just because they happened to be born out of one of the most hated genres in the history of gaming.
Because of this reputation it’s very easy to forget that some of the medium’s most iconic titles have actually been licensed video games. You might have to dig through a pile of terrible Charlie’s Angels titles to find them, »
- Josh Brown
Superman Lives is the ultimate superhero movie “What If?” A Tim Burton-directed, Nicolas Cage-starring reboot of the franchise adapting The Death Of Superman, it’s a bizarre film that languished in development hell mere years before the modern comic book resurgence began.
The thing is, what most people know about the film begins and ends with that single photo of Cage mid-blink at a costume-fitting. The cause of endless derision across the internet, it’s actually a pretty inaccurate representation of what Burton and co. were cooking up.
Jon Schnepp attempts to shed some light on the famed troubled production with his lovingly and exhaustively researched documentary, The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? What he reveals is that, far from being an obvious disaster waiting to happen, Lives was an incredibly exciting project, with a unique, well-defined vision. Whether it would have been any »
- Alex Leadbeater
One person who has been offered comic book movies in the past and has turned them down has been Jake Gyllenhaal. At times the actor was under heavy consideration for perhaps the two biggest superheroes there are - Batman and Spider-Man.
Gyllenhaal was being lined-up for "Spider-Man 2" after Tobey Maguire was injured and looked like he would not be returning to the role. Maguire ultimately was able to return to do the work. Gyllenhaal was also up for the lead in "Batman Begins," a role that ultimately went to Christian Bale.
He didn't get either role, and speaking with The Daily Mail he says it didn't really impact his career or life one way or another:
"I believe whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles (of Spider- Man and Batman). However at a certain point you realise there is always someone more interesting, »
- Garth Franklin
Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.
Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.
As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »
- Isaac Feldberg
The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.
Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman »
- Dave McNary
Now that Sony Pictures and Marvel are finally joining forces on a new Spider-Man movie, fans have been voicing their pleasure and displeasure with the news of a third Spidey reboot in 15 years. Tom Holland has signed on to play Peter Parker, with the studios offering Marisa Tomei the Aunt May role. One person we haven't heard from yet regarding this new web-slinger is director Sam Raimi, who directed Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. While promoting his upcoming Starz TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead at Comic-Con, the director told MTV that he thought Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were "great," and expressed his excitement that the studios are bringing Peter Parker back to high school.
"I saw [both Marc Webb movies], they're great. And I'm really glad that Marvel is taking it to high school. I think that's gonna be refreshing, and just like my favorite of the Spider-Man comic-books. »
Extry, extry, read all about it! These exclusive Jaws-inspired Fright Rags shirts will be available to pre-order this Wednesday. Also: an excerpt from Rhonda Mason's The Empress Game and details on the new MTV series The Shannara Chronicles.
Fright Rags Jaws T-Shirts: These exclusive Fright Rags shirts were designed by artists Justin Osbourn, Paul Shipper, Abrar Ajmal, and David Moscati. Inspired by the film Jaws, this collection will be available to pre-order on Wednesday, July 15th at 10 Am Est.
These shirts are limited and are subject to possibly selling out during the pre-order period.
Consult the Fright Rags website for more details.
The Empress Game: "‘Power, grace, deadliness defined. Always cunning, endlessly victorious’.
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled: that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat. »
- Tamika Jones
MTV today announced that its forthcoming epic fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles will premiere in January 2016. The network made the announcement during the first-ever Comic-Con panel for the series, which is based on author Terry Brooks' international best-selling novels. Production for The Shannara Chronicles wrapped last month in New Zealand.
Brooks, who serves as an executive producer, appeared on the panel along with the cast of "The Shannara Chronicles" in its first-ever public appearance - Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Austin Robert Butler, Poppy Drayton and John Rhys-Davies - as well as series Executive Producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The Q&A session was moderated by TV Guide Magazine Senior Writer, Damian Holbrook.
Fans can stop by MTV's booth (#3729) on the convention center all weekend to pick up a special, limited edition of "The Elfstones of Shannara," complete with a one-of-a-kind Comic-Con book jacket. Additionally, John Rhys-Davies, Manu Bennett »
Having started his career as both a music video director (his video for Atreyu’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” is a fave of mine) and a storyboard artist on films like Amazing Spiderman 2 and Constantine, Jay Martin’s directorial feature debut 7 Minutes is a heist gone wrong film full of tension and suspense. Dealing with jumping timelines, and a lot of energy, the Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell and Zane Holtz-led crime thriller is now in theaters and is one wild ride.
Martin was nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about his inspiration with the film, the transition of going from music videos to films and some awesome wardrobe choices for Zane Holtz’s character in the film. Read on!
I have always been interested in the heist gone wrong kinds of films, like Dog Day Afternoon. Those are my favorite movies, so your movie had me at the very beginning. »
- Jerry Smith
Ever since the release of 1991's groundbreaking visual effects spectacle "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," folks have been wondering and debating: is the sequel actually better than the original movie? Both have their defenders, though "T2" falls into that rare category of sequels ("The Godfather Part II," "Aliens," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Evil Dead II," "Spider-Man 2," et al.) that are generally upheld as either equal or superior to their predecessors. So which is the better movie? This week seems like the perfect time to re-hash the question. Will you vote for the lean, mean original or its bigger-budget, CGI-enhanced sequel? Hot tip: if you think "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is superior to both of those, please don't ever leave your house again. Vote below as if your future depended on it. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Remember those Independence Day weekends at the box office when records were set? Well, this weekend isn’t going to be one of them. At the high end of the July 4 holiday, you have former titans such as Paramount’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon raking in $180.7M over six days in 2011 or Sony’s Spider-Man 2 posting a six-day bow of $180.1M in 2004. However, label this weekend as another case of too-close-to-call. It couldn’t be worse with Independence Day falling on a… »
Those who have been clamouring to have a big screen solo adventure for Black Widow might just have to wait a little bit longer, because according to Kevin Fiege, The Wasp could be a major part of the McU.
Speaking at a press event for Ant-Man, Feige talked about The Wasp and her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We have plans for her in the future,” he said. “And we see that not-so-subtly in this film [Ant-Man].”
- Luke Owen
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