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Adam Brockbank's official website has a great collection of key frame and concept art he created for various big-budget Hollywood films. Let's take a look at the artwork that he created for three comic book movies: Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 and Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009). For the 2011 Marvel Studios film, Brockbank worked on the interior of the Hydra train, Allied headquarters key frame art, future technologies exhibit and the army recruitment paviliion. For the 2009 film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' highly-acclaimed graphic novel, Brockbank worked on Dr. Manhattan's cathedral (elaborate clock-like device) on Mars, as well as character designs for Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), and Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). Captain America Concept Art Watchmen Concept Art Spider-Man 2 Concept Art »
Jennifer Lawrence is breaking her own records just like the franchise movies she stars in.
The Oscar-winning actress is poised to snag the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ annual list of Highest Grossing Actors of the Year, a mere four years since her breakout role in “Winter’s Bone” pulled in only $2 million.
This year, Lawrence’s financial gravitas is due in large to her starring roles in two of 2014’s most successful franchise films, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which both grossed a combined $1.4 billion at the global box office.
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- Travis Reilly
In Spider-Man 2 (2004), Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) finishes building his second fusion reactor after receiving tritium from Harry Osborn (James Franco) for delivering an unconscious and bound Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire). Once Spidey frees himself he convinces Harry to disclose the location where Doc Ock is holding Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). This leads to the climactic battle at the waterfront labratory located on the Hudson River. To pull off this scene, director Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead") turned to McCune Design to build miniatures of Doc Ock's waterfront labratory. Here are the details: McCune Design built a 60' long 1/4 scale wharf and warehouse in the tank at Sony’s stage 30. The miniature was destroyed and submerged over a three-day period according to the storyline. An interior complete with “Doc. Oc’s” Fusion Machine, and a copper-sheeted lifeboat were created for interior destruction shots. A miniature electrical-generating platform was »
Below you will find the winner for the year's Cbm Awards. The Runner-up's are placed below. Let's get started! Best Artist: Jim Lee Runner-up:Alex Ross Best Cbm Artist: Doopie Runner-up: IronWarrior777 Best Editor: DCMarvelFreshman Runner-up: Nailbiter111 Best Trusted User: DEVLIN712 Runner-up: anthonyEstark Best Movie Of The Year: Captain America: The Winter Solider Runner-up: Guardians of the Galaxy Worst Movie Of The Year: Transformers: Age of Extinction Runner-up: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Best News Article: First Look: Ben Affleck In Batman/Superman Batsuit! Runner-up: Marvel Announces Their Phase Three Plans Worst News Story: Popeye Star Robin Williams Dead At Age 63, Possible Suicide Runner-up: Ezra Miller To Play Movie Version Of The Flash; Jason Momoa Confirmed For Aquaman Best TV Show: The Flash Runner-up: Agent's Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Best Editorial Writer: NovaCorpsFan Runner-up: Minty Best Commenter: 0megaDaGod Runner-up: Batz11 Funniest User: McGee Runner-up: Gusto Best Avatar: »
Wil Rees is a conceptual illustrator and has worked on numerous big-budget Hollywood films. Today, I want to look at the artwork Rees created for three comic book movies: Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 (2004), Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil (2003) and Tim Story's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). I'm especially fond of the Spidey 2 artwork as it contains the "Go get 'em, Tiger" scene with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) encouraging Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) to embrace his superhero identity. There's also key frame of Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) escaping the hospital right after that chilling operation scene. I think a lot of you will find the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer key frame art even more tantalizing as it features a lot of unused scenes. At some point the script had the Fantastic Four confronting Doctor Doom (Julian McMahon) in an ancient »
For every year that is packed with awards season fodder and memorable movies that will go down in history, there is an equal number of films we wish we could erase from our memories.
The Worst of 2014 includes both people who should know better and repeat offenders, artists with a vision and hucksters out for a quick buck.
Here’s hoping the responsible parties resolve to do better in 2015.
Also Read: TheWrap’s Film Critics Pick 10 Best Movies of 2014
Below, TheWrap‘s Reviews Editor Alonso Duralde, and reviewers Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi present their worst films of the year. »
- Alonso Duralde, Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi
Transformers: Age of Extinction is the biggest box office hit of 2014.
Michael Bay's fourth instalment in the robot action saga earned more than $1 billion from cinemas worldwide this year, easily securing it the top spot ahead of Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy.
Age of Extinction's earnings of $245,439,076 in the Us makes it the least successful domestic performer in the franchise, however it's huge foreign gross of $841,965,423 helped power it to the top of the charts.
Filming in Hong Kong, the movie was one of the few Hollywood blockbusters to benefit from a release in the fast-expanding Chinese market. It's $300 million gross made it the highest-earning film in the country's history, overtaking 2009's Avatar.
Despite its success in 2014, Age of Extinction is still only the second-biggest earner in the Transformers series behind Dark of the Moon, which earned $1,123,794,079 worldwide in 2011.
Elsewhere in 2014, Marvel registered two films in the top »
With the passing of every year comes the arrival and departure of an unfathomable number of films from theatres around the globe where they earned either a lot of or precious little screen time, depending on the circumstances. Notwithstanding smaller budgeted, independent-minded motion pictures that find unexpectedly impressive legs to remain in theatrical exhibition for longer than most would have foreseen (surely including the exhibitors themselves in many cases), it is safe to argue that for the most part, the movies that are awarded the most screenings rooms and screening times are the big budget blockbusters.
There exists a myriad of reasons why it often feels so terribly easy to aim criticisms at these so-called motion picture events. Some of them are related to the perceived quality, others have to do what certain cinephiles with attuned tastes expect from their movie going experiences as patrons. Movies for which so much »
- Edgar Chaput
Here’s the sad truth about life as a film critic – in order to get to the good stuff, you have to sift through a whole lot of shit first. This year, that law held as true as ever, and though 2014 yielded some truly extraordinary works of cinematic decadence and beauty, it also gave us some real clunkers. For every Guardians of the Galaxy, there was an Amazing Spider-Man 2. For every Interstellar, there was a Transcendence. This year, Hollywood rained such an unrelenting deluge of crapola down on moviegoers that some still claim 2014 was one of the worst years for movies on record.
Without getting into whether or not that statement holds water, it’s true that, over the past twelve months, I went up against some of the most atrocious and meritless messes I’ve ever encountered. Fuming in my seat, I quietly endured all manner of shallow, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The year is almost over and that means it’s time to look back and reflect upon the films that were released this year, and see what has stuck with us the most in 2014. Come join the Cinelinx team as we discuss our favorite films of the year!
Although 2015 has a number of eagerly awaited releases, 2014 ended up to be a pretty darn good year for movies. While the number of releases is down compared to years past, the quality of films for 2014 was outstanding. The big budget blockbusters released this year for the most part got great reviews and audiences responded to them well. There were a number of creative indie and smaller releases that both entertained and inspired us. Overall, as a movie lover you can’t complain too much about the films released in 2014.
Since a lot of good and popular movies were released, that means that »
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2014 was a good year for women in film. Recently, it was revealed that the top ten most searched stars on IMDb this year were all women. This on its own might not mean much, given the off-screen personas of today’s women and the fascination with their personal lives. Coupled with a careful examination of the roles that women, especially young women, have played on screen this year, it’s easy to see that women’s roles in Hollywood may be headed in the right direction.
Emma Stone provided the first indication of this in 2014, with her work in The Amazing Spiderman 2. Though the movie is problematic on many levels, her performance as Gwen Stacy is one of the few things that make it work. Her Gwen is intelligent, ballsy, and determined, unafraid of the dangerous situations she finds herself in and unwilling to simply wait around for Peter Parker. »
- Joseph Allen
@TheMCUExchange have posted some screengrabs of even more leaked "Sony Hack" emails from two years ago in which Marvel President Alan Fine tears apart the divisive The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He makes a lot of really good points, but makes himself look somewhat foolish in a rambling paragraph which indicates that he's under the belief that these movies are/should be prequels to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy! Forgive that though, and there's no denying that his harsh review of the sequel's script is spot on. Why repeat so much of what we've seen before? Why kill of Gwen Stacy so soon? Why does the villain need a convoluted origin story tied into Spider-Man? The depressing thing here is that both Fine and Cohen provided Sony Pictures with notes and they made absolutely no difference whatsoever. This was sent months after The Amazing Spider-Man earned $750 million compared to The Avengers' $1.5 billion, »
“Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.
Strange Magic is set for release on January 23rd. »
- Gary Collinson
Far too often, people tend to associate “big movie” with “bad movie.” If I was to wrangle up half a billion dollars for a film about cats that can ice dance, there’s no doubt you’d question my motives in doing so. It doesn’t matter if teaching cats to arabesque really is a hundred-million-dollar expenditure or if doing so would guarantee Two Meows on the Rink as the herald of a new golden age in cinema – with the term “blockbuster” comes phantom thoughts of brainless toy commercial cash-ins. It certainly doesn’t help that this year’ biggest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, was indeed a brainless toy commercial cash-in. But in 2014, Transformers was the exception, not the rule. This was a year when we went to the movies not just to see things explode, but for movies that would challenge us, intellectually… with explosions. And I’m just talking about December, when »
- Adam Bellotto
By their very nature, comic book movies are a little bit silly. They involve masked, costumed vigilantes – often with superpowers – going around fighting ninjas, monsters, gods and aliens. The more you think about it, the sillier it actually sounds, but the fact is some absolutely fantastic cinematic works have been produced using such material.
Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, X-Men, X-Men 2, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy are just a few examples of comic book movies that have not only proven to be huge financial successes at the box office, but also big hits with critics – something that you’d never believe if the only comic book movies you’d seen were offerings like Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, Howard The Duck, Batman And Robin, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex and Green Lantern.
With all that having been said, »
- K.J. Stewart
Director: Larry Shaw
Synopsis: The Flash goes up against Farooq aka Blackout, a metahuman who can harness electricity.
After six weeks of super-powered action on the small screen, episode seven of The Flash‘s first season actually gives audiences something a little bit different from what they were perhaps expecting. ‘Power Outage’ utilises some very familiar plot lines and narrative devices, that will no doubt seem slightly overused to casual viewers of past superhero exploits on the big screen. The episode focuseson the cliched idea of our central protagonist (in this case Barry), losing his powers for a short period of time before learning something new and regaining his abilities. This Smallville-esque story may feel like a re-tread of one that viewers have »
- Ben Read
Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' has now earned $622 million worldwide: http://t.co/4CVue15QAK pic.twitter.com/PTHza3CcGe — Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) December 14, 2014 Christopher Nolan's divisive Interstellar continues to perform for Legendary, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures at the global box office. To date, the film has earned $621.8M with a split of $166.8M domestic and $455M-international. Top 10 Films Of 2014 (Worldwide) 1. Transformers: Age of Extinction----$1.09B 2: Guardians of the Galaxy---$771.9M 3. Maleficent---$757.8M 4. X-Men: Days of Future Past---$746M 5.Captain America: The Winter Soldier----$714.1M 6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2---$709M 7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes---$708.3 8. Interstellar-----$621.8M 9. How to Train Your Dragon 2----$618.9M 10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1--- $611.4M Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human »
Welcome To Issue 75!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
Big news, Marvel and Spider-Man fans.
I’m going to try and form a narrative, here.
The scene is April.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier provides Marvel a hit early in 2014 and manages to successfully ripple out, connecting Marvel’s TV and film properties. At around this time, internal screenings of Guardians of the Galaxy would have started to show that Marvel didn’t have a flop on their hands and the movie could at least be competitive in August.
At about this time, I posit that Kevin Feige set his sights on doing Civil War »
This article contains a big spoiler for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
It's pretty well known now that Sony's Spider-Man movie franchise is in a state of flux. Had all gone to plan, then a month or two after the release of last summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then the studio would have outlined its full plans for a Spider-Man movie universe. As it stands, over half a year later, not a single new Spider-Man movie has been announced.
The problem is that The Amazing Spider-Man 2, whilst hardly a flop, did a good $100-150m less at the box office than had been expected. Furthermore, takings were down on The Amazing Spider-Man, in spite of the sequel generally being regarded as an improvement.
The Visual effects Oscar finalists have been announced after that branches bake-off ritual wherein they screen visual effects reels from various films. Ten films remains standing but only five can become Oscar nominees so it's superheroes vs. mutated monsters vs aliens vs. hobbits vs giant fucking robits vs. maimed fairies for that coveted honor.
Other than Maleficent the female led fx hits all missed the cut from Lucy to Mockingjay Part 1 through longshots like Divergent. Critically panned mainstream movies like Into the Storm and Amazing Spider-Man 2 also didn't make it. Perhaps more surprisingly Oscar-hopefuls like Noah, Birdman and Into the Woods were also discarded. »
- NATHANIEL R
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