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The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the latest comic book movie to feature a heroine, but women are still woefully underrepresented in the genre overall
Not many comic book movies start with a scruffy, smiling 15-year-old girl confessing: “I had sex today … Holy shit.” If we met Minnie, the protagonist of Marielle Heller’s adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s 2002 graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl in any other comic book adaptation, she’d most likely be the high school siren and love interest. If she’s lucky she might be a feisty foil in the mould of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman or Anna Kendrick’s Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But she wouldn’t have thoughts or a movie of her own.
The forthcoming films of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are long overdue, and hopefully will fare better than a lot of other past big-budget, »
- Isabel Stevens
With the number of individuals who enjoy both movies and video games increasing everyday, the former medium has adapted a number of the latter’s flagship franchises, with the Resident Evil series, Silent Hill, and Max Payne among the videogames that have made the jump to the big screen, with adaptations of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed on the way. Numerous films have also been openly influenced by videogames while not being direct adaptations, such as Wreck-It Ralph and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Now, on the eve of the release of Pixels, another film that falls in the latter category, a supercut video of numerous videogame adaptations and influenced movies has been made. The video, in addition to featuring all the released films mentioned above, with the exception of Pixels, also includes scenes from Prince of Persia, Tron: Legacy, and Gamer, among others. The video can be seen below. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
At a young age, Brie Larson has already built a remarkable resume of varied performances. She can do broad comedies (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “21 Jump Street”), indie dramas (“The Spectacular Now,” “Short Term 12”) and hold her own alongside some of the biggest names in movies like “The Gambler.” She’s also shown her stuff behind the camera, having written and directed (with Jessie Ennis and Sarah Ramos) the short film “The Arm,” which won a Short Film Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
Larson can currently be seen on the bigscreen in the Judd Apatow hit “Trainwreck” as Kim, the younger, yet more mature sister to Amy Schumer’s hard-partying journalist Amy. The role is a family affair, as Schumer’s real-life sister, Kim Caramele, serves as an associate producer on the film, in addition to being a writer-producer-performer on her sister’s hit series “Inside Amy Schumer. »
- Jenelle Riley
nspired by console, computer, or arcade games, movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wreck It Ralph, and the Resident Evil franchise take us into the often unrealistic world of gaming, where double-sided axes are as popular as iPhones, dinosaurs are totally real, and Michael Cera is an action hero.
This weekend, two other very unlikely heroes, Adam Sandler and Kevin James, militarize their pinball wizard skills for some interplanetary combat in Pixels. Along for the ride are “Game of Thrones”’ Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad (Frozen), and Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective”).
To celebrate Pixels (and all things pixel-related), we threw together a supercut of some of favourite video game movies. Watch the video below, and you’ll gain 43Xp, 87Hp, and the irresistible urge to run straight home and kill some Resident Evil zombies.
Continue? 10, 9, 8…
- Sasha James
Directed by Ryan Wise
2015, USA / Canada /Finland / Sweden
Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are often associated with masculinity, aggression, and machismo but even by Heavy metal standards, the artist known as Thor (a.k.a. Jon Miki Thor) is an absolute beast!
The Norse god impersonator, semi-professional bodybuilder, performance artist, b-movie actor, and all-around nice guy is the subject of I Am Thor, an 84 minute documentary by director Ryan Wise which shines some insight into Thor’s wild life and documents his long-running come back. With a music career spanning five decades, Thor is one of the legends of rock-n-roll that not enough people know exists —and hopefully this film will change that. 15 years in the making and I Am Thor is finally here, and totally worth the wait.
I’ve seen some remarkable screenings over my 19 years of attending the Fantasia Film Festival. I’ll never forget the enthusiastic, »
After premiering at SXSW earlier this year, the indie comedy 7 Chinese Brothers will put Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, Scott Pilgrim vs. The world) back into unlikeable mode next month. But thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the arrogant prick that he played in the Sundance selected Listen Up Philip. This time […]
The post ‘7 Chinese Brothers’ Trailer: Jason Schwartzman Has Some Growing Up to Do appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Will Arnett reprises his role as The Dark Knight for the film, which is set for release in 2017 and will be directed by The Lego Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Linconl: Vampire Hunter).
With the news that Cera has snagged the role of Robin, his rumoured link to the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is now dead in the water, with the actor bowing out of talks for the film.
The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on May 26th, 2017.
- Scott J. Davis
Lego Batman has found its Robin! In what seems like a spot-on bit of voice-casting, THR report that Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World's Michael Cera has signed on to give life to the animated minifig version of the Boy Wonder in the flick, which is a spinoff from the mega-successful The Lego Movie. Cera's Arrested Development cast-mate Will Arnett will return to provide the voice of the Dark Knight, but we don't have any plot details just yet. Rumors have circulated that former live-action Batman actors such as Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Adam West etc were being courted to cameo, but there's been nothing official on that. Chris McKay will helm from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, with the original movie's directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on board as producers. The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10, 2017. »
2nd Forecast Update: Ant-Man pulled in $22.6M on Friday, with its Thursday take of $6.4M representing 28% of its gross. That figure is better than the Friday take of 2008's The Incredible Hulk, which brought in $21.5M. There's an asterix on that number, however, as the big green guy had a per-screen average of $6,125 on 3,505 screens. The latest Marvel entry from director Peyton Reed was on 3,856 screens for $5,872 per screen. Trainwreck is coming into the station faster than expected. Its three-day estimate stands at $28.9M, from a $10.7M Friday start on 3,178 screens and a $3,336 per screen average. This Friday tally too has a qualification. Director Judd Apatow's latest has a Friday total better than his biggest hit, Knocked Up, which made $9.8M, but Knocked was on 307 fewer screens (2,871) and had a better per-screen average of $3,415. Forecast Update: Ant-Man opened to $6.4M from Thursday shows, a respectable start but one that »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Things looked bleak for Ant-Man. Filmmaker Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) stepped away after a long, slow dance with the project, leading fans to devour ashes and wear sackcloth and wait out the end of the world. Some of us got over it quicker than others. Marvel didn’t waste any of their own time with doom and gloom. They hired Adam McKay (Anchorman) to re-work Wright’s screenplay, and though McKay would’ve made an interesting directorial replacement, Marvel tapped Peyton Reed (Bring It On) to bring the superhero to life. It’s been a long year since this all went down, and the short memory of our news cycle and the internet outrage it’s often coupled with have settled to a place in which we’re all pretty okay now with this new...
- John Gholson
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Marvel’s tiniest hero! Now starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s smallest movie so far. Also its most run-of-the-mill movie so far.
This was bound to happen eventually. There are only so many ways you can take a guy — always a guy! — who’s a little bit messed up but basically a decent fellow who just needs a little redemption to set him on the right road, expose him to a little magical mad science, give him a special suit to run around in, and set him loose on the bad guys.
We have seen this all before. Oh, sure, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“Minions,” which this weekend scored the second biggest opening ever for an animated feature, is just the latest hit from Universal Pictures in a year that has overflowed with breakouts and blockbusters.
Thanks to the “Despicable Me” spinoff, “Pitch Perfect 2″ and “Jurassic World,” Universal tops all of its rivals in terms of market share, and is likely to be the first studio in history to field three films that top $1 billion globally in a single year.
The studio’s remarkable run is in marked contrast to five years ago, when Universal was mired in last place among the six major Hollywood players, weighed down by costly disappointments such as “The Green Zone” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Its hard climb back to the top is a reminder that, just as Nathaniel Hawthorne famously said of American families, studios are always rising and falling in Hollywood.
Going into 2015, most »
- Brent Lang
Lindsey Bahr, AP Film Writer
San Diego (AP) - There's a Hulk-sized hole at Comic-Con this year. Three of the major studios and Disney/Marvel are not hosting a panel in the main hall at the annual fan festival. That means no Iron Man, no Captain America, and no Spider-Man - at least their filmed versions.
Going back to 2010, Marvel has been a main event at Comic-Con, with their Disney properties usually serving as the marquis presentations. With a slate that extends through 2019, a film currently in production ("Captain America: Civil War") and another coming out next week ("Ant-Man"), it seems like an odd choice.
Their absence in the San Diego Convention Center's huge Hall H is not only dispiriting to fans, it's also a subtle sign that the 45-year-old pop-culture extravaganza has become less relevant to the shifting marketing strategies of the major studios.
Sony Pictures, which just »
- The Associated Press
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Love & Mercy star Paul Dano, Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead have joined the cast of Swiss Army Man, one of the most quirky-sounding dramas we’ve seen get the green light in recent times.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known jointly as Daniels, are at the helm of the indie pic, which centers on a hopeless young man who finds a dead body while stranded in the wilderness. Striking up conversation with and then befriending the corpse, the man begins a very surreal journey to find his way back home. Told you it was weird.
No details yet on which roles the stars will be playing, but its nonetheless exciting to see such a talented trio of performers come together for a project, particularly one this unusual. Dano, who has been playing oddballs for years in everything from Little Miss Sunshine to Prisoners, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano (Prisoners) are set to star in an intriguing sounding indie flick titled Swiss Army Man, and Deadline is reporting Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) has also joined the project. The movie comes from directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (known as "the Daniels), and it was developed at the Sundance lab. The dramedy "centers on a hopeless... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Comic-Con costs studios a lot of money, and I’m not sure what they get on their investment. Comic-Con doesn’t make or break movies, and you can dump tons of money on marketing, and your movie can still flop. Just ask Universal how well Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Cowboys & Aliens did. Both movies had a major presence at Comic-Con, and both tanked at the box office. It’s no longer a must-hit destination for movies (it’s still a potent force for TV), and so I’m not surprised at Variety’s report that Sony and Paramount are joining Marvel in skipping Comic-Con’s Hall H this year. The studios say they didn’t really have anything to bring this year, but in a franchise-drenched environment, that’s not really true. If they wanted to, Sony could push Spectre or maybe even bring Goosebumps like they did last year. »
- Matt Goldberg
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