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Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
As Sony prepares to bring its Spider-Man bad guys together for 2016′s supervillain ensemble The Sinister Six, Collider caught up with Spider-Man 2 star Alfred Molina, who portrayed Dr. Otto Octavius in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spidey sequel, with the British actor expressing his interest in returning to the role of Doc Ock in the rebooted universe.
“That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had on a movie of that kind, you know, those big, big sort of features where you spend like six months hanging off a wire, you know, and that stuff. But it was the first movie of that kind that I’ve ever been involved in. I had a wonderful time. I loved it. I mean, I’d go back and do it again in a heartbeat… Maybe they’ll come after me for Doc Ock… how about Doc Ock’s evil twin? »
- Gary Collinson
The Screen Awards 2014 shortlist has been announced, with Fox/Fox Searchlight leading the nominations with a combined 13 nominations and Lionsgate UK following closely with 12 nods.
Starred Up, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Frank each received double nominations.
The shortlist will now be debated by an independent jury of industry experts, who select the final winners. The Awards will be given out on October 23 at The Brewery in London.
Screen International Editor Wendy Mitchell said: “We were thrilled with the calibre and diversity of entries for the Screen Awards this year. Our expert jury of industry experts now selects the winners and they »
Everyone seems to be talking about a solo female superhero movie lately. And sure, I think it has a lot of potential, but there is one sentiment that makes me cringe every time it gets mentioned. People keep saying how we, as a society, are finally ready for a solo female superhero film. Guess what! We aren’t finally ready for a solo female on the big screen. We’ve been ready for a good, long while now, and the reason we haven’t had a successful female superhero flick has nothing to do with the gender of the hero.
Now, prepare yourselves. Take some deep breaths. Count to ten. Whatever you need... Because we're going to look at some history.
There is no doubt that women, both real and fictional, have not always been treated as well as they should have been. It’s been a long road to »
- Douglass Poulsen
Prior to Heath Ledger’s mesmerizing portrayal of The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Molina’s Doc Ock was a strong contender for the greatest comic book baddie in cinematic history. However, as time has passed, the Spider-man franchise has slowly started to wither and lose the quality of its predecessors (as The Amazing Spider-man 2 proved). Now, as a method of maintaining interest and originality in the aging film series, Sony are paving the way for a number of spin-offs in the near future. The first of these spin-offs is Drew Goddard’s villain-orientated Sinister Six, which is set for release in November 2016.
With the villainous super-team gearing up to take over »
- Ben Read
Today's episode almost seems laid back compared to this past Friday's as Laremy and I touch on a couple of news bits, talk a lot about torrenting movies, discuss the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, play some games and get out of here relatively unscathed. In addition to that, the numbers are final and our next audio commentary will be for Face/Off. The poll results are directly below. poll id="359" 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
We already know that Doctor Octopus will appear in the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man" spin-off, "Sinister Six." In a new interview, Alfred Molina, who played the villain in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 2," revealed that he would love to reprise the role. "That was the most fun I think I've ever had on a movie of that kind, those big features where you spend six months hanging off a wire," he said. "But it was the first movie of that kind that I've ever been involved in. I had a wonderful time. I loved it. I'd go back and do it again in a heartbeat." But Molina understands that he'll likely not be considered since this is a completely different take. "No actor owns those roles," he added. "Sinister Six" is set to hit theaters on November 11th, 2016. »
Alfred Molina has been looking back at his performance as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2, and has confirmed that he would be more than happy to return to the role for The Sinister Six. “That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had on a movie of that kind,” says Molina. “Those big, big sort of features where you spend like six months hanging off a wire, you know.” “It was the first movie of that kind that I’d ever been involved in,” he continues. “I had a wonderful time. I loved it. I mean, I’d go back and do it again in a...
- George Wales
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just may have put the final nail in the coffin of the Sony owned film franchise, at least if the box office results and the studio's shifting plans for the future of the brand have anything to say about it. Some think it's a good idea to quit, and others think it's a good idea to press forward. But some, including legendary actor and Spider-Man 2 vet Alfred Molina , believe that it might be the time to bring back some of the magic from the Sam Raimi trilogy. Mainly, the part of the magic that Alfred Molina provided. In an interview with Collider, Molina was promoting his new film Love Is Strange. Now if you have Doc Ock in a room, you're naturally going to ask if the man who betrayed Indiana Jones would ever want to strap on the tentacles again. However, if you've got »
When (and if) Sony eventually bring their planned Sinister Six movie to our screens, word is that it'll be Doctor Octopus leading the team. One of Spidey's most recognizable foes, Doc Ock was the villain in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, where he was played brilliantly by British actor Alfred Molina -- so is there any hope for a role reprisal? Well, since Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man movies kick-started a rebooted franchise it seems unlikely, but while chatting to Molina about his new movie Love Is Strange, Collider asked him about it anyway: “That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had on a movie of that kind, you know, those big, big sort of features where you spend like six months hanging off a wire, you know, and that stuff. But it was the first movie of that kind that I’ve ever been involved in. »
Considering every single role was recast for The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s highly unlikely that Marc Webb and co. would ever bring back someone from one of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, but if Alfred Molina were offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Doctor Octopus in Sinister Six, he’d take it. While talking to Molina about his latest film, Love Is Strange, we took a moment just to see if he’d be interested and it turns out, he’d play the character again in a heartbeat. Hit the jump to hear more about that as well as how Molina’s Love Is Strange co-star, John Lithgow, would like to squeeze himself into the Spider-Man realm as well. About a month ago, news broke that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was pushed back to May 4, 2018 and that we’d actually get that Sinister Six film first on November »
- Perri Nemiroff
How can you buy a 9.0 rated copy of Action Comics #1? Is there a new viral site for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Want to see the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con trailer, via storyboards? Where can you see a clip from the Roger Corman Fantastic Four documentary? What does Vincent D’Onofrio look like […]
- Germain Lussier
Time And Effort First, let me start this off by saying that I'm a huge fan of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. They are great films in general, and continue to cave the way for superhero films in modern times. Now back then, it seemed that Sony had established a basic routine for the slate of original films. Which was simple, put Peter Parker to the ultimate test by balancing school, a girlfriend and personal issues. Thing is, after 5 films it started to get repetitive, but I'll explain more on that later. With the collaboration between director Sam Raimi and Sony, things where going along swimmingly. Both films had a solid story, interesting characters and a cohesive plot/narrative. And that ultimately showed through, there was no half-assed attempt to put everything together, the heart and soul was there, particularly from Raimi who had a strong passion and understanding of the character. »
Not only is Doctor Strange not going to tell us how Stephen Strange became the Sorcerer Supreme, but starting with that movie, Marvel Studios is done with origin stories altogether. That’s a scoop revealed by Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci while a guest on Meet the Movie Press last week. It’s an unconfirmed piece of information, particularly the broader point about the whole franchise, and of course it doesn’t apply to Ant-Man, which goes into production today, way ahead of the Dr. Strange vehicle. Still, whether true or not, there’s a certain excitement spreading around in fanboy and movie geek circles as a result of the possibility. Origin story movies are apparently a much-hated part of superhero cinema. But why? Because it’s the expected start of any series to set up the character, especially for audiences who aren’t as familiar ahead of time as the geeks are? Too »
- Christopher Campbell
As of Sunday, 5.12 million people worldwide had pirated “Expendables 3” since a high-quality copy hit torrent-sharing sites July 23, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.
That likely contributed to the action movie’s dismal box-office debut this weekend. But over the same July 23-Aug. 18 time period, the movie was No. 4 in downloads, after “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (7.31 million), “Divergent” (6.29 million) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (5.88 million). Moreover, that’s despite “Expendables 3″ becoming available more than three weeks prior to the film’s U.S. theatrical debut.
For the week ended Aug. 18, the movie was the fifth most popular title on piracy services, with 1.54 million downloads. That trailed “Captain America” (2.61 million downloads globally), “Spider-Man 2″ (1.70 million), “Noah” (1.62 million) and “Divergent” (1.55 million), per Excipio.
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- Todd Spangler
The Guardians of the Galaxy is riding a wave of great word of mouth that should propel it to be one of the highest domestic earners of the year. According to boxoffice.com, the team of space oddities is outpacing both the highest domestic grossing film of the year so far (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and the highest world wide grossing film (Transformers: Age of Extinction) at the domestic box-office. Heading into its third weekend the Guardians sits at $193.3 million at the domestic box-office and $330 million word wide. The film has reached this total 13-percent faster than Cap and 2-percent faster than Transformers. It should overtake Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 over the coming weekend. The film's world wide numbers are being held back primarily due to its late release in China and Japan, two of the largest overseas markets. Guardians »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on August 19th and in honor of the big release, we’ve got quite some cool stuff to giveaway to some of our readers. One grand prize winner will receive: One Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster signed by Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Marc Webb and one Electro head that includes the 3D Blu-ray, regular Bd and DVD versions of the film. Three runner-ups will receive one Electro head that includes the 3D Bd, regular Bd and DVD versions of the film. Hit the jump to find out how you can win our The Amazing Spider-Man 2 giveaway. In order to enter the contest, e-mail email@example.com with your name and address and include Amazing Spider-man 2 Giveaway in the headline. You also need to “like” Collider on Facebook as well. The giveaway will be »
- Perri Nemiroff
Saban Brands is not only moving forward with their big-screen “Power Rangers” reboot, but they’ve already set a release date for it. For you crazy kids that still remember those brightly colored teenage saviors of the universe, you can now mark July 22, 2016 on your calender as the triumphant return date of the Rangers. As for what it’ll be about, from the sounds of it it’s essentially the premise of the original show: From a story by Executive Producer Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek, Amazing Spider-man 2) and screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-men: First Class, Thor) comes a modern reinvention of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. The announcement doesn’t come with a cast list, and as far as I know, »
Mainstream audiences may now be waking up to the beauty of post-credit scenes, but there’s been one major superhero movie in-joke that everyone’s been aware of for a long time; since the genre was brought to blockbuster prominence, the majority of Marvel movies have featured a cameo from the company’s former President and creator of some of their best characters, Stan Lee.
Normally a little burst of comedy amongst all the heroics, over the years his appearances have grown from background winks for serious fans to whole scenes where everyone watching is in on the joke. Lee was already a massive personality, being the figurehead of Marvel for decades and lending his voice to many of their cartoons, but these have made the guy who made Marvel, well, Marvel almost mythic.
Although it feels to the contrary, Lee hasn’t appeared in every movie on the »
- Alex Leadbeater
It’S Morphin Time! It looks as if Lionsgate has officially set the release date for what everyone is truly excited for: Power Rangers. That’s right, the release date for the film reboot of everyone’s favourite childhood franchise is July 22, 2016, set just under two years from now. With the date set, it’s likely we’ll hear more news about the filmmakers involved in the coming months, as no director or cast is currently announced, but if it makes you feel any better, X-men: First Class’ own Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the script, with Roberto Orci recently coming on-board as executive producer.
Orci has made it known that the film will exist in continuity with the TV series, but as there are so many, it’s hard to know which. My money’s on the original series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as that would be the most well-known, »
- Matthew Ceo
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