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You can’t say that Marvel doesn’t like to plan. Their mission to dominate our cinema screens and break box office records is showing no signs of stopping. The world which started back in 2008 with Iron Man, has gone on to make billions of dollars and ensure that Robert Downey Jr. has six yachts. With Ant-Man leading the charge for the third stage of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, it turns out there’s more tricks up the studio’s sleeve.
With Iron Man 3 kicking off Phase Two of their cinematic universe with a resounding wallop and ka-ching! – the remaining projects have got some big clanky boots to fill. Next up is Thor: The Dark World, followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians Of The Galaxy and closing out the middle chapter is the glue that binds them together: The Avengers 2.
That brings us to Summer 2015. Where next, »
- Gem Seddon
Anthony Stokes thinks that Hollywood's current business model could be unsustainable...
Hollywood seems to be getting greedier and greedier with each year. There appears to be an endless amount of 3D animated movies, 3D re-releases, unnecessary remakes, and feature length commercials (feature length commercials are movies that are lacking in story or character development, but make up for it in product placement, like Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship, or any Adam Sandler movie).
What movie buffs realize that Hollywood doesn't - or maybe does, hence all the remakes - is that the way Hollywood is running is unsustainable. In the year 2012 there were eight movies that had a reported budget of over $170m. That's four times as many as the year 2010. Granted 2012 had many more event films than 2010, which was a relatively quiet year. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises both came out to name a few, but there were also many others. »
- Flickering Myth
Warning: This post will reveal minor plot spoilers for Star Trek Into Darkness Not long ago Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) teased fans by admitting that he directed a single shot in one of this year's big summer movies, eventually revealing via Twitter last week that the movie in question was Star Trek Into Darkness. Along with Wright's reveal came the following image, which, for those familiar with the film, pretty clearly suggests that the shot Wright directed comes during the Kronos sequence. In this particular sequence, Kirk, Spock and Uhura travel to the Klingon-infested planet of Kronos on a dangerous mission to locate John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), who escapes there after causing some destruction back on Earth. Unfortunately for our heroes...
- Erik Davis
There are 2120 shots in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’. I directed one of them. Looking forward to seeing the other 2119. twitter.com/edgarwright/st…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 9, 2013
Just a guess, but I assume the shot that he directed involved longtime collaborator Simon Pegg.
Pegg, Wright and Nick Frost worked together on a feature film for the third time to create The World’s End which hits Us theaters August 23.
This is a cool concept, having a director cameo.
Would you like to see more directors make behind-the-camera cameos? Perhaps for more than one shot?
Source: Official Twitter of Edgar Wright »
- Alex Corey
Photo credit: Colin Hutton
Ovation, America’s only arts network, has further grown its slate of arts-centric programming by completing a deal with BBC Worldwide for the highly sought after UK hit from Big Talk Productions, A Young Doctor ‘s Notebook, starring Jon Hamm (TV’s Mad Men, The Town) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman In Black).
“As a cause-based media company dedicated to the arts, Ovation is the perfect home for such a rich visual adaptation of this classic literary work,” said Robert Weiss , Ovation’s Chief Creative Officer. “It’s an honor to deliver work from artists as passionate about this project as Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe .”
Originally broadcast on Sky Arts in the UK last year, A Young Doctor ‘s Notebook became the highest-rated program in the network’s history, with audiences up over 1000% on the slot average and receiving universal critical acclaim.
- Melissa Thompson
This year, at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Entertainment Weekly and the American Cinematheque teamed up for the inaugural CapeTown Film Festival, and hopefully this festival is here to stay. The past week, I’ve gone to a few of the screenings, joining the hordes of fanboys and girls cheering for their favorite picture(s).
The lineup has been stellar, featuring classics both old and new. On Tuesday, EW staged an early screening of Iron Man 3 before the U.S. premiere date of May 3rd, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in attendance. The next day was Edgar Wright Day, with Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World being shown, with Edgar Wright joined by stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, Satya Bhabha, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. On Thursday, John Carpenter’s The Thing terrified the sold out crowd with a 35 mm print, »
- Andy Greene
A poster has been released for The World’s End, a potential rival to This Is The End for this year’s best apocalypse-comedy.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
The World’s End opens July 19 in the UK before opening in the Us on August 23.
It’s easy to get »
- Alex Corey
It happens every year. We spent months on this site covering a movie that looks good, smells good, and has the potential to be the next big classic, only to see it belly flop when its placed in front of a paying audience. Sometimes the movie is bad, as was the case with Green Lantern. Sometimes, the marketing doesn't work in favor of a small masterpiece, like Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. And sometimes, a movie just gets buried by the bigger movies around it in a crowded marketplace. Then, on that very odd occasion, there's the rare misfortune of having Taylor Kitsch as your leading man.
Last year we watched movies like Rock of Ages, Total Recall, Dark Shadows, Battleship and John Carter whiff it at the plate. 2013 won't be any different. Except that we're entering into May with a completely Kitsch free line-up.
We already know that Iron Man 3 »
Cult filmmaker Edgar Wright did double-duty last night at Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Film Fest, showing off his zombie romcom Shaun of the Dead and his romantic rock-gamer odyssey Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. (Wright also sharedsome footage for his upcoming projects, including an eye-popping test reel for Ant-Man.) Before the Pilgrim screening, Wright brought some friends onstage: actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, and Satya Bhabha, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. Below, the coolest tidbits from their chat:
As you might imagine, it was difficult to describe the movie. Edgar Wright recalled the quick line he »
- Darren Franich
Just last night, writer-director Edgar Wright participated in a pair of Q&As at screenings of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as part of Entertainment Weekly's ongoing CapeTown Film Fest. In addition to providing fans some behind-the-scenes trivia on both films, Wright also debuted the UK trailer for his conclusion to the Three Flavours Cornetto / Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, The World's End. While Wright asked the audience not to reveal too much about it before it's released next week, I can say that it certainly looks to be in line with the previous two films and is intended to tie the entire trilogy together. As for what else Wright had to say, hit the jump. On the topic of The World's End, you can get a brief look at footage from the movie here. The story centers on five childhood friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, »
- Dave Trumbore
At the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles during EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, writer and director Edgar Wright discussed the origin of the ice cream jokes in his “blood and ice cream” trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming The World’s End) — amongst other things at back-to-back screenings of his films Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Guests were also treated to exclusive footage of some of Wright’s upcoming movies, as well as a panel of Evil Exes, answering questions about the lines they most enjoy having quoted back at them. »
- Amanda Taylor
Entertainment Weekly subscribers and American Cinematheque members got an early peek at the beginning of Marvel’s Phase 2 on Tuesday night at a complimentary screening of Iron Man 3, kicking off EW’s inaugural CapeTown Film Festival. Now EW.com readers can see what was going on in Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre before the latest movie about the Armored Avenger started rolling — EW writer Geoff Boucher moderated a Q&A with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Check out a video with select moments from Feige’s answers, including recollections of how the Mandarin was planned as the villain in the first Iron Man film, »
- Emily Rome
Entertainment Weekly’s inaugural CapeTown Film Fest kicked off Tuesday night at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre with a special early screening of Iron Man 3, the first film in Phase Two of Marvel’s cinematic universe. Attendees were treated to a special Q&A between EW writer/CapeTown chieftain Geoff Boucher and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, the lead architect of the whole Avengers multi-movie saga. Feige (above left, with Boucher) revealed some choice bits about the series’ past and future — read on for choice excerpts!
The Mandarin was almost the villain in Iron Man 1 and 2. Feige laughed remembering how, at »
- Darren Franich
It's been a busy day for fanboy news and now we've got an announcement regarding Entertainment Weekly's Capetown Film Fest at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The week-long festival will feature guest appearances by various directors and actors from respective films and tickets can be purchased here on Fandango! Scroll down for the full schedule and click on any of the titles to be taken to the film's showtime page to purchase tickets or go to our Egyptian Theater page to find which screenings you'd like to go to. May 1, 7:30 p.m. - Shaun of the Dead with Q&A with Edgar Wright after the film May 1, 10:30 p.m. – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with Q&A with Edgar Wright after the film May 2, 7:30 p.m. – The Thing with Q&A...
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Throughout April, we've been counting down our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's our top 50 in full....
Well, the 2013 superhero season is now underway, with Marvel Studios launching Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe here in the UK yesterday with the release of Iron Man 3 [read our ★★★★ spoiler free review here]. As you know, we're big comic book movie fans around these parts, so we've spent the month counting down our picks for the 50 Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time, and you can check out our full list right here.
For more on positions #50 through #26 visit here, or click on any of the links from the top 25 to read more about each pick:
#50 - The Punisher (1989)
#49 - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
#48 - The Amazing Spider-Man
#47 - Wanted
#46 - Red
#45 - The Punisher (2004)
#44 - 30 Days of Night
#43 - Weird Science
#42 - Superman Returns
#41 - Spider-Man
#40 - Constantine
#39 - »
- Flickering Myth
Fallen Hero; Fung Spawns Unnecessary Sequel
Bringing back the tonally strange style that makes these films so hard to classify, Stephen Fung’s follow-up to last year’s Tai Chi Zero displays little in terms of plot improvement. As with the first segment, the production value in Tai Chi Hero nothing short of a medium-size budget American action film, but excess mix-and-matches in cinematic techniques, genre elements, and Hollywood clichés create a bottom feeder item in the “flying” martial arts subgenre of the past decade or so.
A sequel that cannot stand as film on its own, even as basic as the story is, it requires previous knowledge of what the cookie-cutter characters had been up to in the first chapter, Hero begins exactly where the last adventure left off, with an episodic TV series template, things move fast in the Tai Chi saga, therefore; for the sake of the audience, »
- Carlos Aguilar
by Brett White
We've already reported on the ton of photo goodies inside the latest issue of Empire; now the interview-y bits from the magazine's "Man of Steel" coverage are making their way online and they offer some new (possibly spoilery) insight into what's shaping up to be this summer's movie-to-beat.
The magazine contains interviews with a number of people involved in bringing Superman to the big screen again, including Clark Kent himself, Henry Cavill, and Antje Traue, who plays the Kryptonian powerhouse Faora. It also contains some new information about the planet Krypton, which puts the opening scenes of the latest trailer in context.
Krypton's final fate is revealed by the magazine. Apparently an "impossibly large and consuming sun is about to consume them all." So even though the opening shots of the trailer looked pretty war-torn, that's most likely Kryptonians freaking out about the all-consuming sun. The magazine »
- Splash Page Team
You would have thought that playing Superman would have opened a lot of doors for Brandon Routh. Instead, his career never seemed to really take off after Bryan Singer's ill-fated take on the DC superhero, despite memorable appearances in the likes of Chuck, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. "I certainly haven't got my mind set on failure," he said when asked by Empire Magazine if he's worried "about pulling a Brandon Routh and disappearing" after the release of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. "That is a bad approach - you want to strive for success." As for what he has lined up next, his schedule is clear, but James Bond is still on his mind. "What a wonderful challenge to follow up Daniel Craig. He has set the bar so high." What would you guys like to see Cavill do after Man of Steel? »
If you’re a fan, friend, or Evil Ex of Ramona Flowers, it’s a good time to make a Pilgrimage to Hollywood.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will get a next-level celebration on May 1 when the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles reunites filmmaker Edgar Wright with two of the film’s stars — Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman — and Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Canadian cartoonist who has followed Pilgrim’s progress (or lack thereof) over six bestselling graphic novels.
Maybe the inventive 2010 film didn’t light it up at the box-office like studios execs hoped, »
- Geoff Boucher
Starting April 30th and extending through May 6th, Entertainment Weekly is hosting the CapeTown Film Festival. No, it’s not in South Africa, it’s located in La at the Egyptian Theatre. The festival features a treasure trove of classic films, with special guests, and even an early showcase of the Falling Skies third season premiere. I’ll be in attendance, but if that’s not the draw, maybe John Carpenter, Terry Gilliam, Leonard Nimoy, Kurt Russell and Noah Wyle are. Many of the screenings are already sold out, so be sure to pounce Now.
Buy tickets here.
Special Surprise Screening!
7 Pm Escape From New York, »
- Andy Greene
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