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After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
Who would you want to direct an action-packed journey around the human body? While I’m tempted to say David Cronenberg, the answer “James Cameron” is probably the more solid proposition and just as well, as his remake of 1966′s Fantastic Voyage has reportedly shifted a little further along the digestive tract with the news that David S. Goyer is on treatment duty.
The story concerns a team of scientists who are miniaturized onto a tiny submarine and despatched into the body of a defected Russian scientist to ensure his survival and obtain his secrets. Richard Fleischer’s original film featured the eclectic casting of Raquel Welch (One Million Years BC) and Donald Pleasence (Halloween) and had the distinction of being novelized by sci-fi master Isaac Asimov (I, Robot). An interesting parallel to Cameron, who hired respected author Orson Scott Card (Ender’S Game) to write up The Abyss back »
- Steve Palace
1998′s Blade movie was undoubtedly the trigger that instigated the current huge popularity being enjoyed by comic book movies as a genre – the pioneer of the modern comic book movie, so to speak. It was swiftly followed by fellow Marvel offerings X-Men (2000) and Spider-Man (2002) and the rest is history.
Such was Blade’s success, it spawned two sequels – 2002′s Blade II and 2004′s Blade: Trinity – and a 2006 television series (Blade: The Series) that was set in the same continuity as the movies, albeit starring a different actor (Wesley Snipes was replaced by Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones).
However, it has been ten years since the last movie and the television series did pretty badly performance wise (it was cancelled after one season because of poor ratings). Sticky Fingaz certainly won’t be asked to return and, at 51 years old, Wesley Snipes’ vampire hunting days are over. So how about a Blade reboot? »
- Kev Stewart
Ryan Reynolds is the poster boy for film fan rage everywhere. For inexplicable reasons, he’s suffers much insult for his choices, whether he ends up in good movies or bad; he’s appeared as the scene-stealing Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, a gawky superhero in Green Lantern, and was even brave enough to let himself be buried alive in Buried, and has continued to receive unfounded negativity – even though he oozes a particular charm and self-knowing wit in almost every performance. He’s an actor willing to delve into the deep end, unafraid of backlash, and Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices sees him continue that tradition; but this has the potential to sway popular opinion on Mr. Reynolds, as he plays Jerry, a likeable sociopathic serial killer.
- Gary Green
Andre Johnson Cuts Penis, Jumps From Building
Johnson leapt from the second story of an apartment building, according to police. Although he survived the fall, the rapper was seriously injured and rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center along with his recovered penis. Johnson is still being treated for his injuries, reported CNN.
It’s unknown what caused Johnson to commit the act of self-mutilation followed by the daring leap, though it’s believed the rapper was likely trying to commit suicide.
Johnson, who often performed with the Long Beach, Calif., hip-hop group Northstar, is likely best known for “When the Guns Come Out,” a track that was featured on the soundtrack for 2004 film Blade: Trinity. »
Pro wrestlers are both athletes and entertainers. Their job is to put on a believable performance inside of the ring, making fans fully immersed in the show. Getting into character night after night requires a certain level of talent and acting ability, which may lead some wrestlers to think they can handle a role on the big screen. For some wrestlers, they have the acting chops to carry a movie under their name, while others... well, they should stick to performing pile-drivers and body slams. Horror movies seem to be the start for most wrestlers, because horror's a genre where over-the-top acting can be accepted, and it’s a world not too far off from the WWE universe. In honor of Wrestlemania 30, and with the April 11th release of the WWE horror film Oculus, we take a look back at some famous wrestlers who made the career leap to horror movies. »
- Amanda Tullos
When it comes to superhero adaptations, you'll be hard pressed to find someone with more experience in the genre than David S. Goyer, whose credits include Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade: The Series, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman and the upcoming Constantine TV series. Oh, and there's also Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the 90s TV movie starring David Hasselhoff. Speaking to Comic Book Resources, Goyer has discussed comic book movie fans, and whether he pays any attention to their expectations when it comes to bringing these characters to the screen...
"You’re dealing with an incredibly vocal but incredibly tiny sort of [group]. That’s a mistake that I think a lot of sometimes networks and movie studios make is sort of listening too much to [them]. I mean, it »
- Gary Collinson
The second half of the season mainly focuses on the individual groups that escaped from the prison after its downfall.
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- Michael Stevens
Lionsgate have officially signed on Man Of Steel and Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer, to direct the upcoming adaptation of sci-fi thriller novel, The Breach. The first of a trilogy, which is followed by ‘Ghost Country’ and ‘Deep Sky’, The Breach follows Travis Chase, a man who has been released after 15 years in prison. During a hike he discovers a downed plane, but mysteriously all the passengers have been shot. The plane was also transporting a strange object which sees Travis thrust into the middle of a war for alien technology.
Like his Batman Begins cohorts, Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister, it seems as though sci-fi is the way to go. However, Goyer’s directing has left a lot to be desired. He’s given us the fun but daft Blade: Trinity, the needless remake of The Invisible, and the truly atrocious The Unborn.
Despite this, we should always »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Lionsgate recently picked up the rights to a new sci-fi thriller called The Breach, and Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel scribe David Goyer is attached to direct it. Goyer also directed the films Blade: Trinity and The Unborn, both of which were mediocre movies. Hopefully he does better with this one. The film is based on a book that he optioned last year, and since then he's been developing it independently.
The story centers "on a corrupt ex-cop who is trying to get his life back in order when he discovers a crashed plane in the Alaska wilderness. The first lady is among those dead in the wreckage. That sets off an adventure featuring a beautiful survivor, assassins, a secret organization, alien technology and an end-of-the-world scenario."
That sure sounds like it has the makings of an interesting, cool movie. Breach is the first in a trilogy of books. »
- Joey Paur
David S. Goyer, perhaps best known for penning The Dark Knight trilogy, will be directing a sci-fi thriller called The Breach for Lionsgate. Based on Patrick Lee’s 2009 novel, the script (penned by Justin Rhodes) will center on a corrupt ex-cop who discovers the wreckage of a plane crash in Alaska. From there, he’s thrust into an adventure that involves secret organizations and alien tech powerful enough to spell the end of the world in the wrong hands.
For more details, check out the full plot summary below:
A corrupt ex-cop who is trying to get his life back in order discovers a crashed plane in the Alaska wilderness. The first lady is among those dead in the wreckage. That sets off an adventure featuring a beautiful survivor, assassins, a secret organization, alien technology and an end-of-the-world scenario.
It appears that the studio is hoping to turn this one into a franchise, »
- Matt Joseph
Ryan Maloney charts Warner Bros.' efforts to bring The Flash to the screen...
In the pantheon of B-list superheroes, The Flash is perhaps the best and most revered. Sadly, that level of brand recognition doesn’t quite translate to the character’s number of fans; approach any random stranger on the street and he or she will say, “Yeah, I know the Flash! Runs really fast!” but ask them their feelings on Geoff Johns, or Barry vs. Wally, or the mysticism of the Speed Force, and you’re likely to get some pretty confused looks. And not just because you’re a creeper who approaches random strangers to talk about DC Comics characters.
Still, there exists a cornucopia of potential for The Flash to thrive in a live-action environment, making the recent addition of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) to the cast of CW’s Arrow, a darker re-imagining of the Green Arrow mythology, »
- Gary Collinson
The signs all point to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson having a starring role in an upcoming DC comic book movie, but what if the door was somehow open to him also joining one of Marvel’s franchises? It’s not completely far-fetched; Ryan Reynold played Green Lantern after starring in both Blade: Trinity and X-Men Origins: Wolverine after all. I
t’s likely that whoever he does end up playing in the DC Cinematic Universe will mean multiple appearances and a non-compete clause in his contract, but there’s certainly no harm in speculating (especially as the actor has himself expressed interest in various Marvel characters in the past).
To see our top ten list for who Johnson should play in a DC movie, be sure to check that feature out by clicking here, and then let us know what you think of these suggestions by commenting below!
Like Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch, »
- Josh Wilding
The flavor of bile is unmistakable. There just isn’t anything that tastes quite like it. And you know it when it comes on: The belly rumbles, the esophagus lurches within, and you battle back the slimy liquid that threatens to spew forth from your lips.
It’s a nasty experience. We all hate that sensation so we’re taking measures at Dread Central to help prevent such a situation from occurring.
See, there are horror sequels out there that are so horrifically bad they somehow trigger something in our internal systems... and the belly begins to rumble. We wish you no stomach troubles here, and we certainly wish the taste of bile on no man or woman. So we’re going to provide you with a list of sequels to avoid at all costs because if you check these out, you’ll be searching for the toothbrush in no time! »
- Matt Molgaard
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