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It's Official: Marvel Entertainment Stockholders Approve Walt Disney Company Deal

31 December 2009 12:01 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

What has long been expected is now finally official — the pending merger between Marvel Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company is a done deal.

According to an official press release from Marvel Entertainment, a special meeting held this morning between Marvel stockholders resulted in the approval of the deal that was first announced at the end of August.

While the press release notes that the merger's completion "is subject to satisfaction of remaining conditions" of a previously filed statement by Disney, the hard part is certainly over. Barring something unforeseen and catastrophic, Marvel will be owned by Disney as soon as "today after the close of the market."

The earlier announcement that Marvel would be purchased by Disney was easily the biggest comic book news story of the year, if not the entire decade. Just the thought of Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and more joining the entertainment juggernaut that houses Mickey Mouse, »

- Josh Wigler

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Kevin Feige Talks 10 Years of Marvel Movies

31 December 2009 11:27 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

As the first decade of the new millennium comes to an end, we look back at the era that saw our favorite comic book heroes from the house of Stan Lee making the leap from the page to the silver screen.

To bring us a first-hand perspective of the Marvel movie experience, President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige recounted the hard work and big payoffs that catapulted Marvel (and comic book movies on the whole) to the cinematic power horse it is today.

 

I’ve taken the liberty of cutting down Feige’s quotes to Marvel News down into some smaller snippets that should help spark fond feelings of comic book movie nostalgia:

Trying to Break the “Marvel Curse”

I started at Marvel proper in August 2000; I had been working as an associate producer on “X-Men” in 1998. We worked on that for almost three years. Back in those days there was the “Marvel Curse. »

- Kofi Outlaw

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An American Film Geek's Best of the Decade, 2000-2009

31 December 2009 10:29 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Sheesh, another list! At the end of every year, the need to do an annual best-of movie round-up seems to sneak up on me. The fact that it's now the end of the decade snuck on me all the more. In compiling this admittedly quick list, I looked over all my qualifying year-end lists, and re-evaluated where necessary. I tried to consider the films I saw in the greater sociological context of the decade itself - their effects on it, and what they have to say about it. At the same time, I also tried to include some personal selections that probably wouldn't make other such lists, but were important to me. Please keep in mind that i could not see everything, and that my beat around here is the mainstream theatrical films. I managed to narrow it down to twenty films, ranking the first ten. So here it, my best of the decade, »

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The 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2010

31 December 2009 9:38 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

For many people, a new year means a time for new habits, resolutions, and fresh starts.  For myself though, it’s always been about one thing and one thing only:  365 days of brand-new films!

And of course, Hollywood being Hollywood, there’s the usual litany of sequels, super-hero spectacle, remakes, and state-of-the-art Hollywood summer craziness filled with all manner of digital monsters and explosions.  But there’s also new films from Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and - most intriguing of all - a ballet thriller from Darren Aronofsky.  Come on, admit it - you know you got excited when you heard the words “ballet thriller!”  All that, and we also see the return of Michael Douglas in his seminal role as Gordon Gecko.

Read on after the jump for my list of the ten films that - for reasons both good and bad - I’m most looking forward to seeing in the new year. »

- John Rico

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Final Hurdle Cleared In Disney Acquisition Of Marvel

31 December 2009 5:38 AM, PST | GeekNation.com | See recent GeekNation news »

A few signatures is all that's left for The Walt Disney Co. to become the new owners of Marvel Entertainment Inc. Shareholders of Marvel, responsible for such properties as X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, approved the deal Wednesday that would allow Disney to purchase the company for $4.3 billion. The mostly cash deal will result in the exchange of $30 and 0.745 shares of Disney stock for every Marvel share. The acquisition will strengthen Disney's hold on some key properties that are not only strong in comic book sales, but have been box office smashes as well. That includes more than 5,000 Marvel characters that could be included in theme parks, books and films. However, it is not expected to affect some of the deals Marvel has with existing studios, including the use »

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The "Abomination" May Return in One or More Marvel Movies

31 December 2009 12:55 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Director Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk may not have been the smash hit that its Marvel Studios cousin Iron Man turned out to be, but it still made a hefty profit at the box office. And with both of the Hulk's antagonists — Gen. "Thunderbolt" Ross (played by William Hurt) and Emil "Abomination" Blonsky (Tim Roth) — still alive and well at the end of the movie, the stage is set for a sequel.

Leterrier has gone on the record as saying he would be interested in revisiting the Hulk, whether in a sequel or in The Avengers movie, a team that the Hulk helped create in the Marvel comic books. Also, Edward Norton, who portrayed Bruce Banner, the man who becomes the Hulk, has expressed interest in reprising the role, assuming he has the time in his schedule.

In the most recent Hulk news, Roth told MTV that he has »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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Tim Roth Ready for More Marvel, Hulk

30 December 2009 9:20 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Amidst the excitement of certain A-list actors — Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson — possibly appearing in The Avengers movie together, it’s easy to forget that Academy Award-nominee Tim Roth is also hanging around the Marvel movie universe.

Roth, of course, played the villain Emil Blonsky in 2008’s Incredible Hulk. Despite ultimately getting his Abominable behind whipped by the Green Goliath, the character could conceivably return to cause more trouble for Bruce Banner/Hulk. The question is, besides an Incredible sequel (which might happen, even if Incredible Hulk only grossed about $260 million worldwide), could we potentially see Blonsky appear in such films as the upcoming Avengers or Thor?

In a recent interview with MTV, Roth said he’s signed on for two more films, but doesn’t know where that deal will ultimately lead. However, he pointed out that Incredible Hulk definitely ties into Iron Man, and that those »

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Jeremy Renner Claims “No Truth” In Hawkeye Rumors

30 December 2009 5:51 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The Hurt Locker is one of the best movies of 2009 and its star, Jeremy Renner, has a bright future ahead of him. For us comic book movie fans, we hope that future involves Renner taking on the role of Hawkeye in some of the upcoming films by Marvel Studios.

Last month, the rumor of Renner playing Hawkeye made headlines everywhere following the glowingly positive reception of his performance in The Hurt Locker and an interview with Empire where the actor revealed that he went in to talk to Marvel about Captain America but instead ended up talking the character of Hawkeye. Nothing official came of it (that we know of) but if were to happen, he said that the character would likely appear in Thor and that he’d be honored to be looked at for franchise role such as this.

With this match made in Heaven, many thought it had to be the case. »

- Rob Keyes

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No Hawkeye for Renner

30 December 2009 2:46 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Jeremy Renner's potent performance in The Hurt Locker finally got the actor some much-deserved attention, but it doesn't sound like we'll be seeing him share a screen with comic book heavy-hitters like Iron Man. About a month ago, Renner said he'd been approached to play Marvel's archer (or Ultimate Marvel's marksman) Hawkeye in future Marvel flicks: "I met with the Marvel guys, actually, but we didn’t talk about Captain America. But one of the writers, Zak Penn, »

- Dave Davis

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Heart to Heart

30 December 2009 11:02 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Robert Duvall first met Jeff Bridges in the late 1960s, when the latter was only 18. "He was just a kid with a guitar," Duvall recalls. "This was back when his dad was 50 and I was pushing 40. Look at us now." Indeed, 40 years later finds both actors with illustrious careers behind—and likely still ahead of—them. With iconic roles in movies like "Apocalypse Now," "The Great Santini," and the first two "Godfathers," Duvall has become a film institution. And he shows no signs of slowing down, currently appearing on screens in the post-apocalyptic drama "The Road." Bridges began his career with appearances on his father Lloyd's TV shows and has established himself as one of America's best and most beloved actors in films such as "The Last Picture Show," "Iron Man," and "The Big Lebowski." Now the two are sharing the screen for the first time in writer-director Scott Cooper's lyrical drama "Crazy Heart, »

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'Siege' Thoughts, Illegal Comics Downloading And Philip Tan's Nova In Today's Twitter Report

30 December 2009 11:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Matt Fraction and Brian Michael Bendis have been spending some time together, and last night's topic of conversation was "Siege" #1. Judging from the comments, Bendis may or may not have trapped Fraction in his home, and being sealed in Bendis' house may or may not be a good thing.

Elsewhere, Ron Marz had some fighting words for illegal comics downloaders -- and particularly for those who are superhero readers. Check out his take on comics pirating after the jump along with some original Nova artwork from Philip Tan, Bryan Lee O'Malley's clarification on his "Inception" tweet yesterday and Robert Kirkman's beard.

It's all in the Twitter Report for December 30, 2009.

@philipsytan Been all over places today..More family stuff tomorrow..Here's my practice for today..Became gift to good buddy http://twitpic.com/vvsji

-Philip Tan, Artist ("Batman and Robin," "Spawn")

"Siege" pt. 1: @mattfraction Now @bendisbendisbendis and »

- Brian Warmoth

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Watch AMC's Script-To-Screen Crew Run Down The Best Films Of The Decade

30 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

 Another year has come and gone, and with it the first decade of the 2000's (whatever happened to Y2K anyway?).  With the decade drawing to a close, we here at Script-To-Screen thought we'd put together a list of what we found to be the very best films over the last 10 years.

Each of us (Myself, Kellvin and Christina) assembled a list of the 10 films we thought were the cream of the crop.

So take a look at the video below and then hop in the comments section to let us know what you think.

So to recap:

John's List (In no particular order)

Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

Ratatouille

Wall-e

Up

The Departed

The 40 Year Old Virgin

There Will Be Blood

Moulin Rouge

A Beautiful Mind

Gladiator

Kellvin's List (In no particular order)

City of God

Casino Royale

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Memento

Moulin Rouge! »

- John Campea

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Top Pirated Movies of 2009 & Other Top 10’s

30 December 2009 3:49 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Remember the big debacle with the Wolverine piracy stunt?  It stirred quite the debate across the net between classic respectful consumers vs the modern-day internet consumer with the oddest of excuses for what is known as stealing.  But then the movie still made its money.  They all make their money no matter what pranks people pull.

Me, in case you didn’t know…  I actually pay for the products I use.  It’s the old fashion thing to do!

But what of pirated movies?  Was there a more popular movie to steal than Wolverine? There certainly was and we have the list of the top 10 most pirates movies of the year along with top 10 lists for total domestic box office earnings and top DVD sales.

 

The most pirated movie out there was J.J. AbramsStar Trek, edging out Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with almost 11 million illegal downloads. The 3rd »

- Bruce Simmons

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War Machine to "Kick Ass" in Iron Man 2

30 December 2009 12:25 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The latest trailer for Iron Man 2 ended with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) fighting back-to-back. Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada has seen a "rough cut of the movie" and told MTV that War Machine fans won't be disappointed.

I've actually seen a rough cut of the movie, and it's going to be good. Cheadle is one of the greatest living American actors, what do you expect? I think fans are going to love it — especially fans of War Machine — and he does kick some major ass.

Quesada admits to having a soft spot for the character James "Rhodey" Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine, as well as another African-American character, the Black Panther.

I've always had a special connection to the Black Panther. One of the things that made Marvel stand out for me was that they had a character called the Black Panther. »

- Ryan Gowland

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Marvel Comics EiC Promises Surprising Take On 'Thor,' Ass-Kicking War Machine In 'Iron Man 2'

29 December 2009 2:01 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

From Splash Page: There's no shortage of hype surrounding the debut of War Machine in "Iron Man 2," and according to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, the character will more than live up to his action-packed tease in the new "Iron Man 2" trailer.

"I've actually seen a rough cut of the movie, and it's going to be good," Quesada told MTV News during the opening night of "Marvelous Color," a new art exhibit in Manhattan. The exhibit highlights Marvel's history of prominent African-American characters, with special attention paid to six of the publisher's most well-known heroes: Storm, Black Panther, Luke Cage, Blade, Falcon and of course, War Machine.

"[Don] Cheadle is one of the greatest living American actors, what do you expect?" said Quesada of the actor playing War Machine's alter ego, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, in the blockbuster sequel. "I think fans are going to love it — especially fans of War Machine »

- Rick Marshall

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Van Lente reveals 'Iron Man' plans

29 December 2009 1:34 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Writer Fred Van Lente has lifted the lid on Iron Man: Legacy ahead of its April release. Penned by Van Lente and drawn by Steve Kurth, the ongoing series will flash back to various points in Tony Stark's past. The scribe previously tackled the character in 2007 with Marvel Adventures: Iron Man. "It's exciting to be able to do these sprawling, epic, globe-trotting, five-issue-long novels. That's what I'm most excited about, because Tony Stark is an incredibly unique superhero in that he's someone who would have ridiculous amounts of fame and impact on his world even if hadn't (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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Pan's Labyrinth is named film of the decade: Do you agree?

29 December 2009 11:48 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

It's not only nearly the end of the year but the end of a decade and, as a result, time to look back over the movies released during that period.

Over on Metacritic, a site that compiles reviews of films and other media, there is a list of the top releases of the decade, according to the scores of leading professional film critics.

The top overall movie was Guillermo del Toro's excellent fantasy horror film Pan's Labyrinth from 2006, which has an overall score of 98 out of 100. Made for $19million, it earned $83million worldwide which, although not the massive heights reached by Hollywood blockbusters, is definitely a success for a Spanish language project, especially since it was not on full release at all cinemas in the UK.

The rest of the top five consisted of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (score: 97), Ratatouille (96), Spirited Away (94) and The Hurt Locker (94).

It's worth mentioning »

- David Bentley

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Robert Downey Jr. vs. Benicio del Toro: Who is Our Generation's Greatest Mushmouth?

29 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

When reviewing Sherlock Holmes, Variety critic Todd McCarthy noted of Robert Downey Jr.: "There are times when his well-accented Britspeak reaches such basso depths that his dialogue can't be fully understood." And here I thought I was the only one! For the first half-hour, I often scratched my head at Downey Jr.'s low-register rumblings, and I had the same problem with him occasionally in Iron Man. Still, does Downey Jr. stand a chance of stealing the crown from the Monarch of Mumble, Benicio del Toro? Movieline presents the evidence, but the final decision is up to you. »

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!Shocking! With Disney Buying Marvel, They Want To Make Superhero Movies

29 December 2009 10:18 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

We all know Disney is buying Marvel. We all know that Disney plans on making money for such a purchase. How wil they do this? By making more toys, games, and...wait for it...movies.The trades wrote an article about Disney wanting to make films based off of the more "obscure" characters like Ant-Man or Iron Fist. To reach people who have never heard of them like they've heard of Iron Man or Hulk.I think what they mean is, they're obscure to the old people who live in farms in Montana. You know them, they're the same audience who also didn't know that Iron Man and Hulk ever existed. Check out this quote:"With Marvel, it's not just about 'Iron Man' and 'Hulk,' " Caris & Co. analyst David Miller said. "It's all about the other 5,000 characters that you and I don't even know about yet."Actually, »

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War Machine Will 'Kick Some Major Ass' In 'Iron Man 2,' Promises Joe Quesada

29 December 2009 9:59 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

There's no shortage of hype surrounding the debut of War Machine in "Iron Man 2," and according to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, the character will more than live up to his action-packed tease in the new "Iron Man 2" trailer.

"I've actually seen a rough cut of the movie, and it's going to be good," Quesada told MTV News during the opening night of "Marvelous Color," a new art exhibit in Manhattan. The exhibit highlights Marvel's history of prominent African-American characters, with special attention paid to six of the publisher's most well-known heroes: Storm, Black Panther, Luke Cage, Blade, Falcon and of course, War Machine.

"[Don] Cheadle is one of the greatest living American actors, what do you expect?" said Quesada of the actor playing War Machine's alter ego, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, in the blockbuster sequel. "I think fans are going to love it — especially fans of War Machine — and he does kick some major ass. »

- Rick Marshall

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