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Many fans of Sam Raimi’s initial Spider-Man trilogy were skeptical when – only five years later – director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) delivered The Amazing Spider-Man to theaters. Some balked at the thought of rebooting the franchise so soon after Spider-Man 3, while others were hopeful that this new version could rectify the mistakes of that previous film and give the character a fresh start.
Reaction to The Amazing Spider-Man may still be a bit mixed, given the film’s tendency to tread on a bit too much familiar ground regarding the origin of everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood webslinger. However, one point that most fans can agree on is that ...
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Now that Universal has postponed Jurassic Park 4 indefinitely, rumors have started to fly concerning the fourth film. Actor Sam Neill, who is best known for playing Doctor Alan Grant in the parts I and III, has said that he was told Jurassic Part 4 was a ‘big reboot’ of the franchise.
Producer Frank Marshall has denied this, saying that the film is indeed a sequel. But the fact that the studio has stopped the project, cold-turkey, does create some speculation about the future of the film. Jurassic Park 4 was suppose to hit theaters next year, with filming slated to begin next month. So, could it reboot as Neill claims? No details on the film’s characters have been confirmed, but Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) and David Oyelowo (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) were reportedly in consideration for roles.
- Laura Frances
Cleveland, Ohio. Known for a burning river and terrible luck with its sports teams. A new thing Cleveland is becoming known for is its popularity in Hollywood with superhero movies. Back in 2006, Spider-Man 3 filmed the bank truck scene with Spidey and Sandman along Euclid Ave. In 2011, The Avengers were in town filming actions scenes for the Battle of New York on East 9th and also filmed the Germany scene in Public Square. Next up is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which comes to Cleveland for four weeks and has over a dozen location shoots planned. Originally planned to start filming today on Rockwell Ave. and on East 6th, cameras will begin rolling on Sunday May 19 instead. Many roads will be closed for a day or two here and there, but there is no bigger closure than the western part of the Shoreway. The 3.5 miles of highway closure has been »
With The Great Gatsby heading into UK cinemas this weekend, on the back of some mixed reviews, the critical reception – including my own review from the Cannes film festival – has pointed to Tobey Maguire as one of the weak points of Luhrmann’s grand romantic tragedy.
Unfortunately for Maguire, this is not the first time he has faced criticism, and for all of his heralded performances, there have been those which have attracted negative press. He has certainly found it more difficult recently to find his niche, after a very strong start (and mostly in the wake of Spider-Man 3), but there is no doubting his potential to offer more great performances when given the right roles.
- Simon Gallagher
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2 (and 3), Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Man of Steel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Crow, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Superman: Unbound, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Teen Titans Go!, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II, Big Hero 6, Avengers Assemble and more...
Marvel's Iron Man 3 continues to dominate at the global box office, with the Shane Black-directed solo sequel having amassed over $800 million by close of play on Friday and is assured of becoming only the third superhero movie to pass $1 billion at the global box office. Having debuted with the second biggest domestic opening of all time, Iron Man 3 is expected to fend off competition »
- Flickering Myth
Thanks to a vibrant marketing effort and a complete lack of competition for female audiences, The Great Gatsby opened to an excellent $50.1 million over Mother's Day weekend. However, that wasn't enough to claim first place from Iron Man 3, which followed up its record-breaking debut with another very strong outing. Even with this impressive one-two punch, overall box office was still down a bit from the same weekend last year when The Avengers scored a second weekend record with over $103 million. Iron Man 3 fell 58 percent to $72.5 million, which is the fourth-highest second weekend ever behind The Avengers, Avatar and The Dark Knight. The decline is much steeper than that of The Avengers (50 percent), but is about even with Iron Man 2 (59 percent). To date, Iron Man 3 has earned an excellent $284.95 million, and if it continues to follow Iron Man 2's pace it will ultimately wind up over $400 million. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Marvel's Iron Man 3 added $72.5 million domestically its second weekend and $89.3 million internationally its third weekend! The third installment has now earned $284.9 million in North America and $664.1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $949 million. Some of the box office highlights include: - Iron Man 3 has passed the total global box office of Captain America ($369M), Thor ($449M), Iron Man ($585M), Iron Man 2 ($624M), The Amazing Spider-Man ($752M), Spider-Man 2 ($784M), Spider-Man ($822M) and Spider-Man 3 ($891M). - Iron Man 3 posted the second-highest domestic opening of all time ($174.1M), behind only Marvel.s The Avengers . - Internationally, Iron Man 3 has passed the total international box office of Captain America »
If you’re one of the many people who dug The Amazing Spider-Man, then I guess you must be getting pretty excited right about now for the aptly named The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With the movie picking up speed and all kinds of big name actors appearing (Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti), it sounds like it’s going to be pretty cool. In the fine tradition of franchises slowly leaking images of major characters, we have here a single image of Paul Giamatti, looking very angry as his character Aleksei Sytsevich.
In the comic books, Sytsevich is a vaguely Eastern European criminal who is genetically manipulated into developing a super thick skin and crazy physical abilities, earning him the name Rhino. Giamatti certainly looks vaguely Eastern European, with a barbed wire tattoo across his forehead that recalls Russian prison tattoos (I learned that from Iron Man 2 and Eastern Promises). With that in mind, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
by Brett White
With Robert Downey Jr.'s contract renegotiations off to a start (not to mention every other Avenger as well... yikes!), a lot of talk is being made of just how integral Downey is to the Marvel franchise. To be honest, you're not going to get any argument about that here. Downey's commitment to the role, natural charisma, and superb acting chops all coalesced in 2008 to form the biggest surprise hero hit ever. Thanks to "Iron Man," the armored Avenger rocketed from Marvel's B-list all the way to the top. The guy is irreplaceable.
But is he the most successful superhero actor ever? To find out, I spent a lot of time on Box Office Mojo pulling data and making spreadsheets. I compiled a list of the top 10 most successful superhero actors, based on box office totals. There were a few requirements though:
» Actor has to have appeared »
- Splash Page Team
To celebrate the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, the Flickering Myth writing team look back at the classic sci-fi franchise. Next up for Star Trek Month is Oliver Davis reviewing Star Trek: Generations....
Generations begins with a single object floating through space, tumbling like a bowling pin hurtled through the air. Initially it appears abstract, then perhaps a new design of spaceship. Eventually, in close up, its label reveals its identity. A bottle.
Its glass shatters against the Enterprise-b's vast, metallic hull. Champagne fragments into droplets in space. It's the old tradition of christening a new ship. A secret message, of a long lost Captain, would've been more apt enclosed within.
These opening shots are slow, measured. Credits materialise unobtrusively. If this sequence were filmed today, it'd be all shaky cam and disorientating close-ups, dramatic music and lens flare. As needed and refreshing as J. J. Abrams' version of Star Trek was, »
- Chris Villeneuve
I write an article at Movies.com called Film Face-off, where I take two things, and they battle it out. The things could be actors, movies, characters, just about anything. Here is the first one. Give it some love, comments, tweets, Facebook affection.
Film Face-off: ‘Iron Man 3′ vs. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – Which Is the Better Part 3?
With Iron Man 3 now in theaters it’s a chance for us to look back at all of the superhero part threes that have come before it. Here’s the list: Superman III, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Batman Forever, Blade: Trinity, X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3 and The Dark Knight Rises. Sure there are some straight-to-dvd sequels, but I don’t think we need to bring up the likes of Darkman III: Die Darkman Die here.
Now this is a list of all of the really good superhero part threes: The Dark Knight Rises. »
- Jeff Bayer
The writers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have defended the inclusion of multiple villains.
"I think you have to go into it and say, 'Is this character essential to the story or are you just throwing him in for no reason whatsoever?'" Kurtzman told MTV.
Various superhero movie flops are widely considered to have suffered from the inclusion of too many villains.
Kurtzman and Orci worked on the script of the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014.
Image gallery - 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' set photos: »
Amid all the excitement generated by Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and Chris Cooper signing on to play various rogues in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, you could be forgiven for feeling a nagging sense of unease, borne out of memories of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3… That film lined up three villains alongside each other, only for the individual impact of each to be severely dampened by the others. So with Electro, Rhino and Norman Osborn all reporting for duty, is this film running the same risk? Not according to co-writer Alex Kurtzman it...
- George Wales
With Iron Man 3 now in theaters it's a chance for us to look back at all of the superhero part threes that have come before it. Here's the list: Superman III, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Batman Forever, Blade: Trinity, X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3 and The Dark Knight Rises. Sure there are some straight-to-dvd sequels, but I don't think we need to bring up the likes of Darkman III: Die Darkman Die here. Now this is a list of all of the really good superhero part threes: The Dark Knight Rises. That's it, that's the list... until now. Yes, as the late, great Yoda always foretold, there is another. With the help of director Shane Black, Robert Downey Jr. and even Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man 3 is worth seeing, now let's see how it stacks up against The...
- Jeff Bayer
We like what Sony’s doing with Spidey, but I’m personally very interested in what co-writers Alex Kurtzmann and Roberto Orci have in mind for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which already boasts an amazing cast — not only are Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Sally Field reprising their roles as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy and Aunt May, respectively, but the film will also present several new villains such as Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) and Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx), while Dane DeHaan will play Osborn’s son Harry. Other cast members include Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson and B.J. Novak in an unspecified role.
Fans complained about the growing quantity of antagonists and expressed concern about the film’s similarities to Sam Raimi’s infamous Spider-Man 3, which was heavily criticized for featuring too many (poorly cast) bad guys.
Nevertheless, MTV recently spoke with Kurtzman and Orci, »
- Paulo Lazo
Next summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will introduce new villains Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti), and Maybe Green Goblin (Chris Cooper). Especially after Spider-Man 3 featured three villains, it's often worrying when a film features several villains at once, and for good reason. But speaking with MTV Splash Page at the premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman address this concern, saying that a villain (or any character) should not be featured in a movie just for the sake of being there. "I think you have to go into it and say, 'is this character essential to the story or are you just throwing him in for no reason whatsoever'," said Kurtzman. "We would never do anything other than what felt like it was organic to the flow of the story. A lot of consideration was given to the construction of that [story], so that »
by Brett White
The latest "Amazing Spider-Man 2" set photos may not come directly from director Marc Webb (like so many have before), but they offer a deeper level of insight than any previous TwitPics. You can check out the images below, but be warned that possible spoilers lurk after the jump. Big ones. Ones that you'll wish you hadn't seen, if you're aiming to remain spoiler-free until the film opens next summer.
So what's so special about this outfit and location? Well, Gwen Stacy wore an outfit quite similar to this in 1973's "Amazing Spider-Man" #121. But what makes that issue so special? Well...
As you can see, the last time Gwen Stacy wore that outfit near a bridge, »
- Splash Page Team
by Brett White
If box office totals are any indication, then odds are you spent your weekend flying high with "Iron Man 3." Box Office Mojo reports that the Iron Man three-quel grossed an estimated $175.3 million domestically this weekend, bringing its worldwide gross to just over $680 million. Sure, that may just be a week's worth of four-course meals where billionaire Tony Stark is concerned, but to the rest of us that's big money.
The opening puts "Iron Man 3" a bit behind the current weekend champ, last year's "Marvel's the Avengers." That film, which also prominently featured Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, earned an unbelievable $207.4 million, a total that now seems almost impossible to overtake. The previous runner-up was 2011's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" with $169.1 million.
Compared to other superhero films, "Iron Man 3" is holding its own critically while destroying competition at the box office. »
- Splash Page Team
Kicking off the Summer movie season this weekend, Iron Man 3 lived up to sky-high expectations with $174.1 million haul. That ranks second all-time behind last year's The Avengers ($207.4 million), and is way up on the previous Iron Man outings. The movie also continues to do phenomenal business overseas, and is on its way to earning well over $1 billion worldwide.Iron Man 3's $174.1 million debut is a huge leap over Iron Man 2's $128.1 million. That's a remarkable achievement given the dodgy history of three-quels*nearly all of them decline from their predecessor*and Iron Man 2's questionable reputation. The main reason for this is simple: audiences viewed Iron Man 3 more as follow-up to The Avengers, which is almost universally beloved, than as a sequel to Iron Man 2.The Avengers was a cultural phenomenon, though, and it took an exceptional marketing effort from Disney to retain so much of that movie's audience. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Iron Man 3's $68.3 million opening day ranked as the eighth best all-time, and now the film has landed the second best three-day opening of all-time with $175.3 million, second only to The Avengers. In fact, to look at the top ten all-time opening weekends, it's quite obvious certain franchises dominate this list with three Marvel features, two of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, three Twilight pics, one lone Harry Potter film and I think it's safe to say once The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives later this year it too will have two films on the list. The Avengers - $207,438,708 Iron Man 3 - $175,300,000 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - $169,189,427 The Dark Knight Rises - $160,887,295 The Dark Knight - $158,411,483 The Hunger Games - $152,535,747 Spider-Man 3 - $151,116,516 The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $142,839,137 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - $141,067,634 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 »
- Brad Brevet
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