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Marvel soared while Adam Sandler floundered. Simon takes a closer look at the winners and losers of 2014's summer blockbuster season...
As another summer blockbuster season comes to an end, here's our annual reflection on what worked, what didn't, and who was left with egg on their face.
It's been a surprisingly strong summer season, in truth. Sure, there've been a few misses here and there, but we've found much to enjoy in many of the season's big releases, both in terms of widescreen spectacle and thought-provoking ideas.
So as the summer of 2014 winds to a close, here's what we took out of it...
Taking its usual place in the 'winners' section of articles like these is Marvel Studios, which opened and closed summer blockbuster movie season this year with considerable style.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier garnered strong reviews, and comfortably outperformed its predecessor at the box office. »
Is Old Man Logan the cinematic future for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine? Rob hopes so…
Despite playing a character that has lived for centuries in Marvel comics, Hugh Jackman is in the unfortunate position of gradually becoming too old to play Wolverine. Whilst it’s generally accepted that Wolverine does in fact age, it’s at a far more reduced rate than Hugh Jackman, who has no mutant powers (that we know of).
In X-Men: Days Of Future Past, this issue was faced (sort-of) head-on by making future Wolverine slightly grey-haired, like a cross between his younger self and Reed Richards, thereby suggesting that Wolverine’s anti-aging gene (which he could surely sell for amazing money to the cosmetics industry) was beginning to let up in the X-Men movie universe’s future timeline. A decent effort was made to hide the age of Hugh Jackman’s 1970s Wolverine, and, to be honest, »
This beautiful piece of X-Men fan art comes from Tu Bui, and it features Phoenix. This is a great character in the Marvel universe, and it would be great to one day see the character brought to life on the big screen in the right way. I know she was introduced in X-Men: The Last Stand, but c'mon… that doesn't count. »
- Joey Paur
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
Be sure to also check out our coverage of the World Premiere of »
- Luke Owen
Tattoos are all the rage nowadays. All it takes is to flick through a handful of channels on your television to realise that tattoos are no longer the reserve of sailors, soldiers and prostitutes.
Part of the reason for the boom in popularity is because the technical skills and design abilities of tattoo artists has become more sophisticated with each passing year. Quality tattoo artists are capable of designing and executing pieces of art relating to a subject which their client wants to celebrate on their skin.
These skilled artists allow their clients to express themselves with something which will be with them forever. People love to dedicate a space on their skin to represent something which they love so it should come as no surprise that many have chosen to adorn their bodies with art which celebrates their favourite movie. Whether it be of a character, quotation or an entire scene, »
- Sam Heard
Hollywood loves bringing big brawny Greek warriors to life, especially the iconic hero Hercules. Consider this: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Twilight’s Kellan Lutz have all flexed their muscles as the demigod on the big screen. And in Hercules, in theaters now, manly man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes on the role under the direction of Brett Ratner (of Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand fame). While these movies can be great fun for grown-ups and teens who love a good Greek tragedy, some adaptations aren’t ideal for younger viewers. Those ancient Greeks could get pretty dark, what with the depictions of murder, sacrificial acts and beheadings of hydra. So if your kids loved the latest Hercules, or they’re too little for the PG-13...
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Fmtv reports from The Expendables 3 red carpet…
Heading into cinemas on August 14th, The Expendables 3 sees the mercenaries for hire back once again to take down Mel Gibson. Flickering Myth TV was on the red carpet for the World Premiere which saw Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz and Antonio Banderas appear in front of hundreds of adoring fans.
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, »
- Luke Owen
With the third movie heading into cinemas soon, Sylvester Stallone and several other Expendables were in London to promote The Expendables 3. While answering questions about the future of the franchise, Sly hinted at treating The Expendables like The Avengers model of making movies.
“We’d like to continue this because it’s an ongoing experiment,” the veteran action star said. “You have great franchises like The Avengers where they can branch off and do other things. And really, I would love to see some of these other characters like Antonio [Banderas] and these young Expendables in their own movies. I know that may be a pipe dream. But then they come together for the big festival of violence. But yeah, that would be the idea.”
“But it all depends on [The Expendables 3],” he added. “But I could easily see us doing… one and a half, maybe two more [Expendables movies].”
Producer Avi Lerner confirmed »
- Luke Owen
At a press conference in London promoting The Expendables 3, producer Avi Lerner confirmed that the script for the all-female spin-off The ExpendaBelles is getting signed off and they will start shooting next year.
“Look, about The ExpendaBelles,” Lerner said. “We are right in the final stages of the script. We have lots of ideas about who is going to be the action movie stars and we plan to start shooting next year. That’s all I can say”.
“You mean she got the house, the kids *and* my mercenaries?” he joked.
The press conference will be available on the Flickering Myth Podcast this Wednesday. Subscribe via iTunes here and RSS here.
- Luke Owen
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Deadpool, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Big Hero 6, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League Dark, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Batman ’66, Batman: Assault on Arkham and more…
With the dust settling on last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con International [read a special Week in Spandex Sdcc round-up here], the big news this week should have been the release of Marvel’s penultimate Phase Two offering Guardians of the Galaxy… if it wasn’t for the small matter of the Merc with the Mouth. Yes, this past week we finally got to see the CG test footage / proof of concept for the Deadpool movie, which had been produced by Tim Miller and Blur Studio a couple of years back, with Ryan Reynolds reprising the role of Wade Wilson (via motion capture »
- Gary Collinson
With a little over two weeks to go before it opens in cinemas, Lionsgate has dropped one final trailer for the star-studded action sequel The Expendables 3, which you can see below after the official synopsis…
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. »
- Gary Collinson
With Fargo proving that it’s possible to make great television out of excellent films (as we discussed previously), there are now plenty of other big-to-small-screen transitions on the way.
Of particular interest to the geeky-minded will be Syfy’s 13-episode televisual version of Terry Gilliam’s mercilessly mind-bending surreal sci-fi flick 12 Monkeys, which has now found itself a cast.
Cole, Bruce Willis’ time-travelling mental patient in the film, will be played on telly by Aaron Stanford, perhaps best recognised as Pyro from X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, although he's also held roles in the 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes and TV's Nikita.
Well this is interesting. Syfy has said repeatedly that they didn't want a simple re-tread of the classic Terry Gilliam film in their 12 Monkeys TV series, and even though their first trailer looks exactly like it, they're at least changing up our perceptions of the characters. It's been announced that Emily Hampshire (a female if that was unclear) has snagged the role originally played by Brad Pitt (not a female).
I'm never opposed to seeing some creative casting choices for roles, even for well known properties. I've always been a big proponent of giving the best actor for the job the role (regardless of appearances). So hopefully, that's what Syfy is doing here by casting Emily Hampshire in the role Brad Pitt occupied in the film, and not some PR stunt to gather attention:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
If you haven’t seen X-Men: Days of Future Past, spoilers follow…
So, 20th Century Fox made great strides in trying to fix some of the continuity issues with its X-Men franchise this year with the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with director Bryan Singer and writer-producer Simon Kinberg managing to find a way of bringing characters like Cyclops and Jean Grey back from the dead without having to reboot the franchise. But it seems they’re looking at going one step further, with Kinberg telling MTV that the new timeline could even see characters having been born earlier.
“We sort of reset the clock on Days Of Future Past. And so a lot could have changed from that point in 1973 forward. Meaning, people could have been born earlier. The whole world changed after those events. So things that were represented in X1, X2 and X3 wouldn’t »
- Gary Collinson
While it was meant to clear up the continuity of the X-Men universe, many fans felt that X-Men: Days Of Future Past only confused the ongoing mythology even more. It seemed as if there were two universes, one dedicated to the exploits of the First Class gang in the past, and one gravitating towards Patrick Stewart's Professor X and his School Of Gifted Youngsters, a group we've grown to know pretty well over the years. But in a recent interview, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg suggests that you should probably forget all about that earlier timeline, because it's about to be irrelevant. MTV asked Simon Kinberg to reveal the Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse that would show up in X-Men: Apocalypse , acknowledging that we've already seen the most famous Horseman, Angel, in X-Men: The Last Stand. Kinberg wouldn't reveal if Angel was there, but he did confirm something that we've »
In a normal summer, a debut like the estimated $29.0 million opening for Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" would be reason for its creators and distributor to rejoice. After all, the movie did better than pundits had predicted (in the low 20s), and it enjoyed a healthy per-screen average ($8,067 per venue). As an action star with a track record, Johnson would be said to have delivered on his promise, and there would be backslapping and cigars all around for a $100-million PG-13 movie that would surely earn back its investment from both domestic and overseas audiences (who bought an estimated $28.0 million worth of tickets) .
And yet, that opening was good enough only for second place. Coming out more than 50 percent ahead to debut in the No. 1 slot was "Lucy," a French-made R-rated action movie starring petite Scarlett Johansson, shot for a modest (by action standards) $40 million. Playing on 422 fewer screens than "Hercules, »
- Gary Susman
Dwayne Johnson is showing his strength as the title character in three new television spots for his latest adventure film, ‘Hercules.’ The videos, titled ‘Born,’ ‘Epic’ and ‘Rock,’ follows Hercules, the leader of a band of mercenaries, as he and his followers are fighting in action. The three clips are the most recent chronicle of the actor’s portrayal of the Greek hero in the film from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ director, Brett Ratner. The Paramount Pictures and MGM adaptation of ‘Hercules,’ which is now playing in theaters, also stars Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt. The epic movie is based on Radical Comics’ ‘Hercules’ [ Read More ]
The post See the Power of Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules In New TV Spots appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
This afternoon, Legendary Pictures took the opportunity to showcase director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) showcased footage from his forthcoming fantasy epic Warcraft, and while that footage probably won’t see the light of day online, Legendary has released an incredibly brief title teaser video, which you can watch here…
And via Screen Rant, here’s a brief description of the footage that was shown today:
The Warcraft teaser that followed was narrated by both a human and an Orc from the film (each seemed to be reading from their war diaries), indicating that the movie will very much examine what leads to the conflict between the two races from both of their perspectives (think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Most of the footage was focused on depicting the various environments and landscapes of Azeroth, there was also some material teasing actual battle sequences involving the two clans. »
- Gary Collinson
Thankfully, Hercules is not an origin film. Though it is about the titular hero from Greek myth, The Legend of Hercules (2014) from earlier this year already took that approach so it is just as well. Here, the fabled strong-man (Dwayne Johnson) has already performed all but one of his legendary labors when the story opens.
The newHercules was directed by Bret Ratner of Rush Hour (1998) fame and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) infamy. The screenplay was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spillotopoulus. This is the former’s first feature film. The latter has primarily worked on Disney animated films like Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007). The storyline the screenplay is based on is a comic by Steve Moore. You might be thinking that this combination of folks behind the camera is a bit like the “potpourri” category on Jeopardy, and you would not be wrong – sounds weird, could be awful. »
- Steven Gahm
Originality in any form is not something you're going to find in Brett Ratner's Hercules. Take any PG-13 sword and sandal film you've seen lately -- glossy and gritty, drenched in black blood -- and add touches of Gladiator and Braveheart and you have this supposed "new" tale of the son of Zeus, or, as the film tells us... like... the real Zeus. You know, the Greek God and stuffc You know the one... rightc Yeah, we get it! The easiest comparison is to say Ratner has "updated" Hercules in the same way Marcus Nispel updated Conan, though this film does seem better than that one if only because it's shorter. The Nispel comparison seems apt, though, if you consider the visual palette Ratner is working with and the overall blunt force numbness of the plot. Adapted from Radical Studios' graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars", Hercules finds our »
- Brad Brevet
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