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To celebrate the release of Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex – on DVD 3rd October – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Studiocanal!
From King Kong to Avatar, from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, movie creatures have never been as popular as they are today! Yet the art of creating monsters for the big screen is as old as cinema itself…
From early experiments with apes and dinosaurs to the birth of special make-up effects, from the pinnacle of animatronics to the digital revolution, Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex explores a century of human imagination, cinematic thrills and wonders.
Based on interviews of all the greatest artists in the genre and hours of exclusive footage from classics like Gremlins, The Abyss, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, Spider-Man 2…, the documentary focuses on the stunning relationship between the creatures and their makers: like modern Frankensteins, special effects wizards create life out of raw material, »
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Justice League, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman: The Animated Series, Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Spawn, Youngblood, Monkey Master…
We’ll start things off with the DC Extended Universe this week, with Time-Warner chief Jeff Bewkes speaking about the DC Films slate during an investor conference call, admitting that there is “a little room for improvement” on the creative side of things, which is something they are addressing: “[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad] were very successful in the strategic aims and the financial aims that we have for them. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck was a big success. We can do »
- Gary Collinson
Powerful witches go on a mission to confront a thief and get their magical items back in Dark Horse Comics' Spell on Wheels #1, hitting shelves on October 19th. Also in today's Highlights: AMC's Into the Badlands Blu-ray and DVD release details and a new The Ice Cream Truck poster. "Suburbia can be a killer."
Spell On Wheels #1 Cover Art and Preview Pages: From Dark Horse Comics: “Kate Leth and Megan Levens team up for a magical new series!
Three young witches are robbed of their magical items, and they’ll have to hit the road to track down the mysterious thief before he does any damage to—or with—their possessions.
*Supernatural meets Buffy and The Craft!
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Megan Levens
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Cover Artist: Ming Doyle
Genre: Crime, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 19, 2016
Format: Fc, 32 pages; Miniseries
Into the Badlands Blu-ray and DVD: Press Release: "Beverly Hills, »
- Tamika Jones
Anghus Houvouras on how Marvel and DC fan the flames to sell comics…
The classic age of comics were called ‘The Golden Age’. Pretty much from the moment Superman showed up hurling an Edsel at criminals. The Silver Age was ushered in when DC created a brand new Flash passing the mantle to Barry Allen. Classic characters were being reformatted for more modern times. The Bronze Age was when the medium matured and stakes were raised for our heroes. Speedy was a drug addict. Tony Stark was a drunk. Spider-Man didn’t save the day and poor Gwen Stacy paid the price. The Modern Age was signified by Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns; stories that brought a darker, grittier type of hero to the medium. A trend that has continued very much to this new day.
However, I think the modern age has ended, and a new era has begun. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Even when they’re not busy reflecting on what could have been in Captain America: Civil War (spoilers: it involves zombie-like beings) or the fact that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be down in the dumps before Avengers: Infinity War rolls into theaters, co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo tend to be bankable resources for journos out to mine any and all tidbits relating to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Penciled in for a primetime release in July and with a truly massive ensemble cast in tow, early signs coming out of Homecoming are certainly positive. But going one step further, Anthony Russo told the outlet that he believes the Tom Holland-fronted actioner has the potential to become the best Spidey movie to date.
- Michael Briers
Captain America: Civil War introduced the world-famous wallcrawler to the McU and it won't be long until he gets his own solo outing in the form of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is highly anticipated by fans wanting to see more of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's rendition of Spider-Man. Could Homecoming turn out as the best Spidey film yet?. Well, Civil War director Anthony Russo thinks so. During an interview with ComicBook.com Anthony Russo talked about his confidence in Homecoming director Jon Watts: ""Joe and I love Jon Watts," He said "We think he's an incredibly talented filmmaker, super bright guy". He continued: "I think the tone and the direction that he's heading in that movie are fantastic, I think it has the potential to be the best Spider-Man yet, and I know that's saying a lot because perhaps my favorite comic book movie of all time is Raimi's Spider-Man 2. »
At this late stage in the superhero game, it's clear that the various studios are intent on shaking up some of the older, more iconic characters. So when it was reported that Disney Channel pop star Zendaya had been cast as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, it should have come as no surprise. Yet it was an announcement that didn't set well with fans. Despite having already gone through this same thing with the Ghostbusters, Johnny Storm and Doctor Strange's The Ancient One.
From the get-go, Sony and Marvel have stated that they are making this next Spider-Man reboot an all-inclusive affair, with a very diversified cast. Traditionally, Mary Jane Watson is portrayed as a white woman with red hair who is based on Ann-Margret from the movie Bye Bye Birdie. In the original Sam Raimi trilogy, she was played by Kirsten Dunst, who came under »
Listen, I’ve got an inspired idea for a summer movie: an actress-led remake of “Ghostbusters.” Okay, I know, they tried that earlier this summer, and really, it was a great idea. But let’s be honest: It didn’t entirely work out. The negative fanboy buzz hurt it, and whatever you thought of the finished product, it wasn’t as funny as the original. It could have been better. So what I’m saying is, let’s do it better. By the summer of 2018, the “Ghostbusters” remake will be an ancient memory. That will make it the perfect timing for the relaunched version, which can be rowdier and raunchier and wilder, maybe skewering a little younger and hipper, with a touch of that “Suicide Squad” edge. I see Amy Schumer in the Bill Murray role, and we could team her up with Nicole Byer and — why not? — Margot Robbie. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present and future.
Earlier this week, the state of California released a seemingly innocuous list of upcoming films set to receive tax credits for their production. Among that list — which only includes films that are operating with budgets larger than $75 million — there was at least one title that stood out in a huge, boundary-busting way. As Women and Hollywood confirms, Ava DuVernay’s next film, a big screen adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle classic “A Wrinkle in Time,” will be made with a budget that will exceed $100 million. That a female director is helming such a deep-pocketed live-action film is news in and of itself — DuVernay joins a select club that so far only includes Kathryn Bigelow (“K-19: The Widowmaker”) and Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”) — but that’s not all, because DuVernay is now starting her own club. »
- Kate Erbland
The second week numbers are in, and it’s what most people expected (at least it’s what I predicted on last week’s podcast). After a fairly decent (but not all that great) $46 million opening weekend, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot dropped 54% to earn $21 million in its second week. Which, in fairness to it, held up pretty well against great openings for Star Trek Beyond and Lights Out, and the animated behemoth The Secret Life of Pets (which continues to make baffling big money).
Who is to blame for the mediocre performance? Was it all the pre-release negativity from misogynistic Twitter and Reddit users? Did the over-bearing Ghostbusters defenders put off potential other movie goers? Is America not ready for an all-female horror comedy? Or are we just sick of cash-grab reboots in general?
All are valid questions, but only »
- Luke Owen
EuropaCorp has released a new image for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in anticipation of San Diego Comic Con! Here, we get to see Dane DeHaan inside one of the sleek spaceships in this epic sci-fi adventure. The movie also stars Cara Delevingne. It comes from the mind of acclaimed director Luc Besson, who returns to the genre he helped redefine for a new generation with The Fifth Element way back in 1997.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline, visionary maestro writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. The film is coming to San Diego Comic-Con today for a can't miss panel that promise to bring the first exciting trailer. The fun kicks off at 1pm in Hall H.
"Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson's first-ever Hall H presentation, »
Ghostbusters Finds New Laughs Inside an Old FormulaPaul Feig’s remake is hilarious, forward-looking, and delightfully in touch with its origins.
Rebooting beloved classics is delicate business. On the artistic side of the deal, we pray for the offshoot to stand on its own two feet with a fresh take on the original recipe. On the broader cultural front, perhaps the trickier-to-fulfill facet of the whole remake madness, we nervously hope what we get can fend off countless cynics (who usually await with sharpened knives) by offering them a creative output both new and exciting, and warmly familiar through a graceful embracement (but not aggressive imitation) of its predecessor.
After months of speculation, swelling anticipation, and Ok, fanboy whining, it’s extremely good news that Bridesmaids and Spy director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, co-written by him and Katie Dippold, accomplishes all that and then some. Enormously entertaining and ingeniously cast (wait until you discover the kind »
- Tomris Laffly
EuropaCorp has just announced they'll be attending Comic-Con and will present
Exclusive footage of their upcoming epic sci-fi film, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets!
Get ready to join Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns), moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and potential surprise guests in Hall H for the first public sneak peek at the film onTHURSDAY, July 21st.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Last week, a number of Spider-Man: Homecoming casting additions were announced as the first week of production kicked off. The news that Better Call Saul fan-favorite Michael Mando had boarded the Sony reboot was lost underneath the seemingly more important news that Fargo's Bokeem Woodbine was playing the third known villain in this upcoming Marvel adventure. Some fans are not happy with this direction, as too many villains is what plagued both Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While neither Bokeem Woodbine nor Michael Mando's characters were revealed, a new rumor has arrived from an unlikely source that hints Mando might be playing a villain too. Which puts the bad guy count at four. Though, Mando is rumored to be playing a villain that many have long wanted to see on screen.
Yes, if we're to even remotely consider what the official Better Call Saul twitter page is suggesting, »
Are we getting closer to an Avengers vs X-Men crossover movie event? Perhaps, but it might still be a decade off. Or it could just be around the corner. Marvel fans are currently enjoying some long awaited happiness in the form of a Spider-Man movie being made that will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony and Marvel Studios were finally able to strike a deal a little while ago that is allowing for Spider-Man: Homecoming to be a reality, and once that happened, it left many wondering if Fox would finally be willing to do something similar. As it turns out, they very well may be.
Before we dig into this very tantalizing rumor, it is suggested you grab yourself a few grains of salt to take it down with, because we don't want you to get your hopes up too much on this one. That being said, »
Before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrived in theaters as a huge disappointment to both fans and critics, Sony had grand plans for the franchise. They were prepping to launch their own shared movie universe set within the sprawling world of Peter Parker's New York. This would have included spinoffs for The Sinister Six, Venom a number of female Spider-Man characters and even a standalone Aunt May movie, as weird as that may seem. But the box office wasn't kind to the previous Spider-Man reboot, and the aftermath saw Sony and Marvel teaming up for an all-new reboot that arrives in 2017. Sony still has some grand plans for Peter and his pals. But now, it seems any idea of a shared universe rests in the hands of Marvel Studios. At least for the time being. And that is all by design.
While Sony is eager to squeeze any and all juice »
With production now underway, the casting of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has been filling in its final gaps. Given that this is the third “Spider-Man” iteration in a decade, and that it’s only two years since the unfathomably terrible “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” we shouldn’t be as excited for Jon Watts’ film as we are. Read More: The […]
- Oliver Lyttelton
Marvel Studios and Sony have locked down yet another actor for their upcoming film Spider-man: Homecoming, the first standalone film from Spidey since the disappointing Amazing Spider-man 2, which effectively ended that franchise, as well as prematurely put a capper on a planned Sinister Six film. Awareness for Homecoming has definitely had a recent spike. The film is in production, and with that have come an onslaught of announcements regarding the cast. In fact, we only just had two more confirmed actors this morning, and now, we already have yet another actor on board for the flick.
According to THR, actor Michael Mando has joined in on the reboot. As per usual, we have no details regarding who this actor will be playing. Mando is probably best known at the moment for his role as the indimidating Nacho Varga in the Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul.
Varga will »
- Joseph Medina
Henry Bevan on Spider-Man: Homecoming and what it needs to do to be great…
In Spider-Man 2 Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) childhood home is facing foreclosure but Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) insists on giving him her last 20 bucks, only for his landlord to snatch it a way. Peter is broke and Spider-Man keeps him that way. He is relatable and it makes Spider-Man 2 one of the best superhero movies ever. When Kevin Feige agreed with this sentiment in 2015, he namechecked John Hughes as an influence on Marvel’s take on ol’ webhead. So, as Spider-Man: Homecoming stocks its cast with Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green and Martin Starr, director Jon Watts once again mentioned Hughes as an inspiration for the film.
- Henry Bevan
If it’s late June in Manhattan, it must be time for the city’s annual dose of martial-arts madness, indescribably twisted revenge stories, and go-for-broke dramas about sexually liberated high school girls. A collaboration between Subway Cinema and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Asian Film Festival has established itself as one of the summer’s most vital (and occasionally traumatizing) annual events, a celebration of the best and most bonkers in classic and contemporary Asian cinema. Even in an age of VOD and streaming, many — or most — of these gems never receive American distribution, making the fest that much more valuable to local cinephiles.
Running from June 22 thru July 9, the 2016 edition promises to live up to the Nyaff legend, as iconic films like “All About Lily Chou-Chou” and “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” will be screened alongside a smorgasbord of new stuff that’s just waiting to be discovered. »
- David Ehrlich
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