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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 <email@example.com>
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 ...
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- 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
What lengths is Fox going to to promote Gotham at Comic-Con? Does the new Aquaman animated movie have a title? Want to watch Michael Douglas talk Ant-Man and Comic-Con? Did something historic happen on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? How much changed in older verisons of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 script? […]
- Germain Lussier
To celebrate Bastille Day, Ubisoft have dropped a new trailer for AC: Unity, compiling shots that’ll seem familiar to any who have seen the initial E3 reveal – however thanks to one incredibly epic and foreboding voiceover from new character Arno Dorian, they’re really nailing down the feel of Paris during the French Revolution.
It’s no surprise that Ubi are doubling down on rendering their home country to absolute perfection, with the footage confirming the idea that Paris in-game will be a 1:1 recreation. That’s not the only part of the game receiving meticulous attention to detail though, as uniforms for the guards, Arno’s Assassin outfit and every single Npc are all rendered to a degree that means the whole experience can only be done on the new hardware.
Speaking of new, it seems one of the biggest mechanics that’s going to shake up »
- Scott Tailford
For a film budgeted somewhere between $200-300 million and carrying $1 billion worldwide box office aspirations, the $704 million The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has brought in so far is a massive disappointment for Sony, which already had plans to release The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in June 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in May 2018 along with The Sinister Six and Venom, building a complete Spider-Man universe. While I fully expect all of those films to get made, the timeline may have shifted. Speaking with IGN, Amazing Spider-Man 2 screenwriter Roberto Orci tells the site he's no longer officially involved in Spider-Man 3. This isn't a huge surprise considering Orci has been named writer and director on Star Trek 3, but there is something so definitive when he says, "I'm not officially involved in it," that it raises a few eyebrows. As for the future of the franchise he adds, "I don't know what their plans are. »
- Brad Brevet
It was previously thought that Amazing Spider-Man 3 would be the next Spider-Man movie to hit theaters, but about a month ago a report emerged, claiming that Sony now intends to release the film no sooner than 2017. It’s now starting to look more and more like there’s a fire behind all this smoke, as Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writer/producer Roberto Orci has revealed that he’s currently not “officially involved” with TASM3 – even though Sony previously announced that he is part of the “brain trust” for the Spider-Man franchise (and was co-writing the third installment).
Orci is currently working on the script for the next Star Trek movie (which he is expected to make his directorial debut), ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Moviegoers appear to be going bananas for Fox’s “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: Friday estimates indicate the opening weekend at the U.S. box office could reach $70 million.
Studio trackers calculated that opening-day business would range from $24 million to $27.8 million, including $4.1 million from late Thursday night showings. Projections for the three days range from $62 million to $70 million — slightly better than forecasts earlier in the week.
The uptick for the tentpole, which carries a $170 million pricetag, may stem from a warm embrace by critics, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting a 91% freshness rating.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” produced by Chernin Entertainment and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman, should easily top the $54.8 million opening frame of its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in 2011.
“Rise” became a surprise success with $176 million domestically and over $300 million overseas — which has helped fuel moviegoers’ enthusiasm for “Dawn, »
- Dave McNary
Los Angeles, CA – An apocalypse is inevitable when Heavenly Sword slices and dices onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital September 2 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm). Based on Sony PlayStation’s bestselling video game of the same name, the action-packed CG animation boasts an all-star voice cast including Anna Torv (“Fringe”), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Chocolate) and Thomas Jane (Hung, The Mist).
A dramatic tale of revenge, Heavenly Sword centers on Nariko (Torv), a trained warrior with flaring red hair, who gracefully possesses a titular, heavily sought after blade with incredible powers. As the sword’s guardian, she must face a megalomaniacal ruler King Bohan (Molina) and his unyielding army, who are determined to obtain the powerful sword for their own manipulation.
As one of “the most anticipated movies based on video games” (Gamepur), the Blu-ray and DVD are packed with bonus footage including behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and filmmakers. The film »
- ComicMix Staff
Today we bring Kevin Jagernauth in to help us review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to bring some balance to the conversation and we talk television as Laremy watched "The Leftovers" as well as the Emmy Awards, wondering if they are even remotely important at all. In addition to this we talk about the Internet spoiling TV and movies, does Andy Serkis deserve an Oscar and we also call a listener and that listener actually answers this time, plus a whole lot 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. »
- Brad Brevet
Friday Am Update: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned an estimated $4.1 million from Thursday night shows beginning at 10 p.m. That's a significant improvement on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned $1.25 million at midnight.Unfortunately, it doesn't compare favorably to recent releases. That number is less than half of the Thursday night openings for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Godzilla and Spider-Man benefited from 7 p.m. showtimes, though Transformers was essentially in the same position as Apes.Another unflattering comparison: on the same weekend last year, Pacific Rim scored $3.6 million from late Thursday shows. For the weekend, the movie wound up with just $37.3 million.Apes should still be safely over $50 million for the weekend. But the odds of it breaking out to over $75 million now look slim.Forecast: Coming off the slowest Fourth of July in over a decade, the »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
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