As The Angry Birds Movie prepares to catapult into cinemas this Friday, we caught up with Irish director and animation supremo Fergal Reilly to talk about his directorial debut. A native of Hunterstown, outside Ardee in Co. Louth, Reilly has worked extensively behind the scenes as a story board artist on some of our favourite animations from Space Jam to The Iron Giant, Hotel Transylvania to Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, as well as adventures in live action with Stuart Little 2 and Spiderman 2, to name but a few. He tells us what drew him to The Angry Birds Movie with co-helmer Clay Kaytis, the challenges involved in adapting one of the world's most successful mobile games, what cartoons inspired his love of animation and the highlights so far in his twenty year career in Los Angeles. Check it out below.. Synopsis: The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, »
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This past Thursday I went with my columnist of choice, Molly, to take in all that Captain America: Civil War had to offer. There were thrills, chills, and carefully crafted and choreographed spills. Molly and I also went and saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice the day they came out. Well, technically those were all the day before they came out. The official release dates for all those movies was the Friday of the week. So how come they were in theaters the day before?
Because we don’t have midnight movie premieres anymore.
Personally, I think that sucks. For years, going to a midnight release was exciting for me. Sure, it often led to a miserable Friday at work, but it was worth it. Waiting on a line with lots of fans, the chatting with strangers about the shared love of Star Wars, »
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Last weekend's Captain America: Civil War introduced Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man, who has been praised by fans and critics alike for his performance in this Marvel Phase 3 adventure. We know that Peter Parker will return in the reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming, which has a July 7, 2017 release date. It seems one of Tom Holland's fans is the actor who first brought the web slinger to the big screen, Tobey Maguire.
Tobey Maguire posted a video to his Instagram page made by a fan, which features footage from the original Spider-Man trilogy altered in a hilarious way. Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker is seen watching the Spider-Man scene from the Captain America: Civil War trailer. It then cuts to Tobey's Parker pulling his old Spidey suit from under his bed to stare at it longingly. Maguire shared the parody in stride, while giving a shout-out to Tom Holland on his Instagram page. »
Tom Holland made his long-awaited debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, and a previous Wall Crawler has officially passed the torch.
Someone posted a video online of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker watching Captain America: Civil War, which the actor found so funny he reposted it to his Intagram adding, “@tomholland2013 good job! You are great as Spider-Man. Keep it up!”
Check it out below:
Haha seriously, who made this? @tomholland2013 good job! You are great as Spider-Man. Keep it up!
A video posted by mrtobeymaguire (@mrtobeymaguire) on May 3, 2016 at 12:42am Pdt
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- Luke Owen
Over the weekend, Tom Holland finally made his long-awaited debut as Spider-Man in the jaw-dropping Captain America: CIvil War and brought a whole new iteration of Marvel's greatest creation to life for the latest generation of youngsters. However, for many, myself included, on the same weekend fourteen years ago, Tobey Maguire managed to pull off the same feat, providing the definitive take on Spidey for nearly two decades when he starred in Sam Raimi's critically acclaimed Spider-Man trilogy, which despite a relatively disappointing finale, is still widely considered to contain two of the best comic book movies ever, with Spider-Man 2 often said to be one of the top three, if not the, greatest comic book movie ever. In a funny fan-made video, posted to Maguire's official Instagram account, the former Spidey gives his seal of approval and officially passes the torch to Holland's well-received take on the hero. »
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is now out in theaters and is mostly living up to its strong reviews (91% on Rotten Tomatoes), making the Captain America trilogy the most consistently excellent super hero franchise since the Nolan Dark Knight saga. We’re looking at some of the high and low points of this epic super-hero slugfest. Cinelinx has a dozen observations on this latest sequel for the star-spangled man with the plan, but Beware Of Spoilers!
Let the Spoilers Begins…
It’s Clearly a Captain America Movie: Many people (myself included) had a nagging feeling that this film would be Avengers 2.5 and that Captain America (Chris Evans) would be shoehorned into an ensemble cast. Fortunately, that is not the case. This is definitely Cap’s movie. He is the focal point of the story. He and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) are the catalysts for most of what happens in this film. »
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A Spectacular, Speculative Dive Into Peter Parker’s Future on the Big Screen.
As most of you who would be reading this already know, Sony officially announced the John Watts-helmed reboot of their oft-troubled Spider-Man franchise at Cinema Con in Las Vegas in mid-April. The much-anticipated film is titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, and with that title announcement comes the expected flood of questions and, naturally, no real answers other than a few named cast members and some comments from the filmmakers about the tone of the film. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man made his debut in this weekend’s Captain America: Civil War, giving us an idea of which version of Peter Parker we’ll be getting in Homecoming but providing nothing in the way of what we might be seeing from him in the future. Since we know little else, let’s engage in some irresponsible guesswork.
What does Homecoming mean?
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Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War…
Before you worry this article is going to descend, as so many do, into a Marvel bashing, feminist rant, let me disabuse you of this right off. I have never, and do not, consider Marvel to be sexist when it comes to women. While their main films are admittedly male dominated, they frequently craft strong, developing female characters – Pepper Potts, Peggy Carter, Scarlet Witch, Hope van Dyne, and of course Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. She’s been around the Marvel Cinematic Universe from almost the beginning, first being one of the highlights in the otherwise lacklustre Iron Man 2, all the way through to becoming Captain America’s new best friend in The Winter Soldier, and starting to fall in love with Bruce Banner in Avengers: Age of Ultron. »
- Tony Black
When it comes to the cinematic future of the world's most famous wall crawler, there's been a bit of mystery surrounding who will actually be calling the creative shots. When Spider-man: Homecoming comes out next year, it'll be a joint venture between Sony- who owns the character's film rights- and Marvel Studios- who have created the gateway that'll bring Spidey into contact with his Avengers allies from the comic books. But the breakdown of who's in charge of what has been somewhat unclear.
In a series of emails that came out around the time of the infamous SonyHack scandal, it looked like Sony's Amy Pascal was hellbent on the studio having a say in how Spider-Man is handled throughout this joint venture. But that was over a year ago. Now comes word, directly from last night's UK premiere of Captain America: Civil War, that Marvel Studios has full creative control of the property. »
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Exclusive: Fergal Reilly, who is making his directorial debut co-helming The Angry Birds Movie, has signed with UTA. The Irishman is a longtime storyboard artist with credits including Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and its sequel, Spider-Man 2 as well as head of story at Sony Pictures Animation. As a storyboard supervisor, he has developed projects with Jon Favreau and Richard Linklater and is among the rare breed of story artists who have… »
A rebooted G.I. Joe will lead the upcoming Hasbro movie projects - and a lot of Marvel writers have been recruited to help.
When it was looking to expand and set-up a Transformers movie universe last year, Paramount Pictures hired Akiva Goldsman to bring together a writers’ room to come up with a whole bunch of new Transformers films. That they duly did, and Paramount – from 2017 – will be releasing a Transformers film a year.
Now, it wants to repeat the trick with other Hasbro properties.
It’s thus moving ahead with a Hasbro movie universe, to pull together the likes of a rebooted G.I. Joe, Micronauts, M.A.S.K. and Visionaries. Akiva Goldsman is again heading the writers’ room up, and here are the people he’s recruited.
When the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit the $1.5 billion mark with The Avengers in 2012, several studios announced plans for similar shared worlds. Warner Bros. and DC launched the DC Extended Universe this year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Universal have begun their Classic Monsters Shared Universe with production of The Mummy, and Dan Aykroyd has said he wants to do a Ghostbusters Shared Universe as has Sylvester Stallone with The Expendables.
It had previously been reported that Paramount and Hasbro were coming together to launch a Hasbro Cinematic Universe that brings together toylines G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, and M.A.S.K., and now they have a writer’s room.
The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that Akiva Goldsman, who oversaw the Transformers Cinematic Universe writer’s room, will work with several Marvel Cinematic Universe writers including Michael Chabon (Spider-Man 2), Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man), Nicole Perlman »
- Luke Owen
Last year came a report that toy company Hasbro was planning out a cinematic universe that would unite several of its major properties including characters from "G.I. Joe," "M.A.S.K.," "Micronauts" and "Rom" in a shared on-screen world.
Then it was revealed the company, having had apparent great success with a "writer's room" of top scripting talent coming together to plan out the future of the "Transformers" franchise, planned to adopt the same model for this other multi-franchise cinematic universe.
Today, THR has revealed the current line-up of talent being assembled for the "writer's room" of the Hasbro Cinematic Universe and it's not only quite diverse - it's frankly jaw-dropping:
Eisner Award-winning "Y: The Last Man" creator Brian K. Vaughn who wrote for "Lost" and served »
- Garth Franklin
Have you ever wanted G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionairies, M.A.S.K., and Rom to exist in the same cinematic universe? Well, as it was first reported last year, it's happening. Paramount is throwing their hat in cinematic universe ring, committing to bringing a whole bunch of Hasbro brands to life, which they've already done with a pair of middlingly received "G.I. Joe" flicks. And to help build these films, they've tapped a pretty impressive writers room to pull it together. Read More: Hasbro Confirms 10 More Years Of 'Transformers' Movies Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon (whose film credits include "Wonder Boys," "Spider-Man 2" and uh, "John Carter"), acclaimed comic book and TV writer Brian K. Vaughan ("Lost," "Under The Dome"), Nicole Perlman ("Guardians Of The Galaxy," "Captain Marvel"), John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("Spider-Man: Homecoming"), »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hasbro’s cinematic universe has assembled its writers room, with a Pulitzer Prize winner, an Eisner-winning comic book author and Marvel Studios scribes among those who will be clacking the keyboard. Michael Chabon, who wrote the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and worked on Spider-Man 2; Brian K. Vaughan, the creator of seminal comic works Y: The Last Man and Saga and showrunner of Under the Dome; and Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman, will help develop a plan for the creation of an interconnected onscreen universe featuring Hasbro’s G.I.
- Borys Kit
Early on, it was believed that Kraven the Hunter would be the big bad villain in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot set for 2017. Now comes word that, while this might still be true, another villain is going to show up altogether, and it's one that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tried desperately to set up, yet we never got to see come to fruition. Yes, if this latest rumor pans out, Adrian Toomes will be haunting a young Peter Parker's nightmares.
Bmd came across this information while prowling the streets of Las Vegas during the CinemaCon convention currently happening in the heart of the city. They also claim that Spider-Man: Homecoming is the official title, and may possibly be confirmed during Sony Pictures big CinemaCon presentation happening later today. Spider-Man: Homecoming was recently registered by Sony as a URL domain name, along with three other possible titles. It not only »
Over Marvel’s 75 year history, there have been literally thousands of heroes, villains, sidekicks and characters of all sorts running around their funny pages. As such, those in charge of adapting their comics to the big screen are spoilt for choice over which individuals to include.
This would explain, then, why Marvel movies routinely feature pretty significant characters from the source material hidden in smaller roles. For instance, think how Curt Connors, one of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies in the comics, appears in Spider-Man 2 and 3 but never turns into the Lizard.
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That one is a pretty obvious example, however, which most people with even a passing interest in comics could spot. The most ardent Marvel fan, though, would be hard pressed to notice many of the other ones on this list.
On that note, read on for 10 comic book characters that you probably didn »
- Christian Bone
It may have been knocked from the top of the domestic box office by Melissa McCarthy’s latest film The Boss, but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has overtaken the worldwide haul of 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool this weekend, having grossed $783.5 million compared to the Merc with a Mouth’s $758.8 million.
Despite coming out on top globally, it remains to be seen whether Batman v Superman will surpass the X-Men spinoff in North America, where it would need to make another $84 million to catch Deadpool’s whopping $380 million haul.
Batman v Superman has also climbed above The Amazing Spider-Man ($757.9 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($773.3 million) to become the ninth-highest grossing superhero movie of all time, and is only $300,000 shy of catching Spider-Man 2 to climb to eighth.
- Gary Collinson
Melissa McCarthy's The Boss and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are in a tight race for the weekend number one with a mere $45,000 giving the edge to The Boss based on estimates. Also opening this weekend, Stx's Hardcore Henry fell short of expectations while Fox Searchlight's Demolition was all-too-apt a name for the Jake Gyllenhaal starrer as it managed to barely creep over a $1 million opening. Beginning with The Boss, its #1 finish is secondary to the proven star power of Melissa McCarthy as she top-lines yet another $20+ million opener. Excluding the limited release of St. Vincent and her small appearance in This is 40, McCarthy's streak of starring in a film that has grossed over $20 million in its opening weekend has now been extended to six, going back to 2011's Bridesmaids. Not even the overwhelmingly negative reviews or lackluster "C+" CinemaScore could prevent The Boss from posting a $23.48 million weekend, »
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Take a look @ more new images from director Luc Besson's new feature "Valérian And The City Of A Thousand Planets", adapting the popular French comic book series:
"Valérian And The City Of A Thousand Planets", based on the 1967 comic book series, "Valérian and Laureline"...
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