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After the success of "Iron Man," Marvel moved forward with lots of other movies based on its superheroes. These superheroes eventually became part of a bigger cinematic universe with a shared storyline that gave the studio the ability to use Iron Man (for example) in a "Captain America" film. Today, we have Universal Pictures attempting to build a shared universe with its classic monsters, despite the fact that "Dracula Untold" wasn't much of a hit. And Sony, meanwhile, is trying to replicate Marvel's model using Spider-Man characters, even though the last two "The Amazing Spider-Man" installments were the lowest-grossing out of the last five films. James Gunn, the director of "Guardians of the Galaxy," has now updated his Facebook page with a few words about shared cinematic universes and how he believes studios are making big mistakes. He wrote: "Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. »
Gunn took to Facebook to voice his skepticism about studios “trying to grow franchises from non-existent films or middling successes.”
“Listen, I love big (a–) shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises,” he wrote in a Facebook post titled “Carts Before Horses & Hollywood’s New Love of Shared Universes.” “But I’m a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios, without having a strong base film to grow from — or in some cases, No base film to grow from.”
The director implies that franchises like “Star Wars,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Transformers” and “Twilight” are in the clear because they were conceived as single films and only grew into movie series following audience demand. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" isn't quite keeping the first two films in the series at the box office, but is nonetheless on its way to a massive opening weekend. Powered by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, "Mockingjay" soared to $55 million on Friday, making it the biggest Friday opening of the year. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" earned $41.9 million on its first Friday. "Mockingjay" will likely earn around $130 million for the weekend, again topping "Age of Extinction's" $100 million weekend debut. However, "Mockingjay" is doing much slower business that last year's "Catching Fire," which opened to a staggering $158.1 million last year, as well as the first "Hunger Games," which bowed to $152 million in 2012. The first film went on to gross a huge $408 million domestically, while "Catching Fire" topped it with $424 million. The threequel -- the first part of the two-part finale -- will have to make up some ground next week »
- Dave Lewis
Evangeline Lilly is set to reprise the role of Tauriel next month for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, after which she’ll be joining another blockbuster franchise as she makes her Marvel Cinematic Debut as Hope Van Dyne in July’s Ant-Man. Speaking to InnerSpace (via Cbm), Lily has revealed that she held off on committing to the film following the departure of Edgar Wright, but was ultimately swayed by replacement director Peyton Reed’s take on the project…
“I was [bummed out] when Edgar and Marvel decided to part ways. I was nervous, and I kind of held off from signing my contract because I actually wanted to wait and see what would happen. I met Peyton [Reed] and we spoke, and I was convinced that I was going to do the project. He has such impeccable taste, he’s so collaborative, so much fun, and »
- Gary Collinson
Over the past decade, Lee Smith has worked alongside Christopher Nolan as the director has climbed to the highest peaks of Hollywood, with "Batman Begins," "The Prestige," "The Dark Knight," "Inception," and "The Dark Knight Rises." I recently had the chance to speak to Smith about his approach to editing, Nolan, their relationship, and their change of pace (both literal and figurative) that is "Interstellar." Coming from an Australian family deeply involved in the film industry, Smith started his career working in sound. In the editing realm, he cut his teeth on genre films like "The Howling III" and "RoboCop 2" and soon began a collaboration with Peter Weir on titles such as "Fearless," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (for which he earned his first Oscar nomination). While working in Hollywood on "Master," Smith was first asked if he was interested in meeting Nolan, »
- Gerard Kennedy
After finding out that Malcolm Meryln is still alive and hiding in Starling City, Team Arrow come to believe that the Dark Archer is actually Sara’s killer. But is he really?
Okay, this is more like it. After the first few episodes of this season, which did not have any real kind of forward momentum to them (I certainly did not feel any kind of sense as to where the show was going with this season’s arc or what that arc was supposed to be before this instalment), this episode finally kicks it up a notch and delves back into two of Arrow’s stronger story-lines. That being Malcolm Merlyn, while the other is the League of Assassin’s (yes I know they are both linked too, which is also a good thing).
I will say though, »
Marion Cotillard has had what can only be described as a remarkable seven years. Truly. Since winning the Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in "La Vie en Rose" she's starred in Woody Allen's best film this century ("Midnight in Paris"), Christopher Nolan's Best Picture nominee ("Inception"), worked with Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), smartly joined a Steven Soderbergh ensemble ("Contagion"), headlined a massive French-language hit ("Little White Lies"), was already robbed of a second Best Actress Oscar nomination ("Rust and Bone") and was the center of an acclaimed drama already well on its way to cinephile cult film status ("The Immigrant"). Throw in one flick for her life partner ("Blood Ties"), a paycheck too hard to turn down ("The Dark Knight Rise") and a musical that just didn't work ("Nine") and Cotillard is already well on her way to living legend status. Now, get ready to add "Two Days, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Whether you love him or hate him, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has continued to find new ways to challenge his audience, and paradigms of filmmaking as a whole, throughout his remarkable career. His breakout hit Memento shattered audiences' expectations of a traditional narrative story, while The Dark Knight trilogy redefined the superhero genre in ways nobody even knew they wanted, until they saw it with their very eyes. Inception proved that one does not need to induce hallucinogenic drugs to get the head trip of a lifetime, and even his more straight-forward films like Insomnia and The Prestige are exceptionally bold. Regardless of what you might think of his latest offering Interstellar, most will likely agree that Christopher Nolan has outdone himself, offering truly outstanding visuals coupled with a mind-shattering narrative that still has filmgoers talking weeks after opening day.
With all that being said, Interstellar, all 169 minutes of it, isn't »
DC Comics/Valencia Cf
Bruce Wayne adopted the symbol of the bat as to strike fear into the hearts of criminals – a superstitious, cowardly lot. DC trademarked the Batman symbol because it is worth literally millions of dollars in merchandising rights. It’s with that staggering amount of money in mind that the company seeks to protect its copyright by any means necessary, which explains why they’re coming down so hard on a Spanish football team whose redesigned logo looks a little bit too close to the insignia emblazoned across the chest of The Dark Knight. Bit of an own goal you’re scoring their, Valencia.
There are worse teams to be associated with. Right now Valencia are fighting for supremacy at the top of La Liga, the Premier League of Spanish football (albeit with a lot more passing) (like, so much passing) (and not a lot else), and »
- Tom Baker
There's not a lot to this -- just a fan-favourite actress revealing that she really likes a fan-favourite character. Lawrence tells IGN that Batman is the on-screen hero she likes best, and while she seems to adore Christopher Nolan's middle film in his trilogy, she found The Dark Knight Rises to be "ehh". Still, I think many of us can relate to her reaction upon leaving the theatre having seen The Dark Knight for the first time (the machine-gun hands thing, not the underwear thing). The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson »
These days, Christopher Nolan is known for his big-budget, tentpole spectacles. “The Dark Knight” trilogy. “Inception.” "Interstellar.” But we can’t forget the director’s much smaller, more indie pedigree. While Nolan’s first film, “Following” didn’t do much business at all, it put him on the map, and he seized the opportunity with “Memento." Told “backwards,” the film stars Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man with no short-term memory on a quest to find his wife’s murderer. To keep track of the clues he unearths, he tattoos vital information on his body. The film bucked convention, jumping chronologically, alternating black and white with color, and depicting many scenes in reverse, so that audiences saw the end first, and then watched events unfold that led there. If you're a fan of the film, this Sundance Channel "Anatomy Of A Scene" documentary on the making of the movie is worth a watch. »
- Zach Hollwedel
I don’t know why we've been seeing so much high tech-style Batman art recently, but we have another one to throw into the pot. This character design of The Dark Knight comes from artist Furio Tedeschi, and it looks terrifying and threatening. This is hands down my favorite tech Batman that I’ve seen so far. To see similarly themed designs we previously posted, click here, here and here. »
- Joey Paur
As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is now in the cinemas and that means that we've reached the beginning of the end. With the climactic novel of Suzanne Collins' trilogy split into two movies, this first part will take eager audiences into the end game and start to detail a denouement that, frustratingly, we'll have to wait until next autumn to finally witness.
I have no idea what's going to happen because I haven't read the books. (It's keeping the movies surprising, I guess.) Still, what I do know is that things are building up in Panem and that Mockingjay will up the stakes and drama several notches in what has already been a gripping series. We have rebellion against the Capitol! We have heartrending separations! We »
One:12 Collective Reveals a Mezco Direct Exclusive Limited Edition Batman
One:12 Collective Reveals a Mezco Direct Exclusive Limited Edition BatmanNew York- The One:12 Collective is proud to release details of their much anticipated exclusive, limited edition One:12 Collective Dark Knight Returns Batman figure to be sold only at MezcoToyz.comThis 1/12th scale fully posable collectible action figure is fashioned on a hyper-articulated body with over 30 points of articulation and costumed in an exclusive dark blue and grey real fabric costume brandishing the all black bat symbol as seen in The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel.Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box with translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging has been especially engineered to allow for both maximum protection without sacrificing ease of removal for display.Accessories include:One- alternate head One- pair of fists One- pair of "holding" hands One- pair of posing »
- Matt MacNabb
Wired has dubbed the seven-page, Interstellar prequel comic book from director Christopher Nolan and award-winning comic book artist Sean Gordon Murphy, The Lost Interstellar Chapter. It's a fitting title. Check out what happened to "the best" of The Lazarus Project's space explorers below. Click To Enlarge Click The Link To Read The Full Comic Book On Issuu The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes »
Anthony Stokes on why Guardians of the Galaxy was such a massive financial success…
As it stands now, Guardians of the Galaxy has $770 million dollars worldwide, passing every other comic book movie released this year, and second only Transformers: Age of Extinction in the highest-earning movies of the year. I did predict Guardians having a good run, but I would never have guessed it would have made so much. So why did Guardians, a pretty obscure comic book, turn into the biggest comic book movie of the year, and also pave the way for what might be one of the greatest franchises of our generation?
The most obvious answer is James Gunn. I want to give screenwriter Nicole Perlman a lot of credit for helping shape the project to what it needed to be so that James Gunn could run with it. I’m actually a little concerned she won »
- Gary Collinson
Walk down the wrong alleyway in Gotham City and you're in for a nasty shock. Nobody has found this out more frequently (or violently) than Thomas and Martha Wayne, the most murdered people in all of film and television history apart from Sean Bean.
This event proves to be a formative moment in the life of a young Bruce Wayne, the turning point that spurs him on to a life of fighting crime as a masked vigilante.
The first big screen depiction of the Waynes' death happened in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster. Here there's a twist in the tale as it's not Joe Chill but Jack Napier (later reborn as The Joker) who ambushes the millionaires.
Ahead of its arrival next month, Netflix has released a new trailer for the original series Marco Polo, which stars newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy, is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China – a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry.
Created by john Fusco, screenwriter of the Academy Award nominated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Marco Polo also stars Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Joan Chen (Twin Peaks), Chin Han (Arrow, The Dark Knight), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Olivia Cheng (The Flash, Broken Trail), Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Mahesh Jadu (Neighbours), Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water), Uli Latukefu (Devil’s Playground) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen, The Fast and the Furious).
Check out the new trailer here…
Marco Polo will land on Netflix on December 12th.
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- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. has released a new banner for Inherent Vice, the latest film from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master), which is adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. Check it out here…
See Also: First poster and trailer for Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love »
- Gary Collinson
The creator of the crime drama series Person of Interest and co-writer of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, officially has another show coming in 2015. HBO announced today that it has ordered Jonathan Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolves around the controlled environment of an amusement park that goes awry when the exhibits starts killing off the park’s visitors. Nolan co-wrote the pilot with his wife, Lisa Joy, and also directed the first episode with an amazing cast led by Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Rodrigo Santoro. Westworld also marks Bad Robot’s first major cable sale, and one of HBO’s largest pilot commitments in years. Watch HBO’s first Vine teaser below, and tell us what you think.
The official logline for the HBO series is as follows:
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