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The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade.
To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to last summer’s lineup, a batting order of heavy-hitters that included “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel” and “Despicable Me 2.”
Despite the gloomy results, there are valuable lessons and takeaways to be gleaned from a popcorn season that never really popped.
1.) Stars Still Matter
Yes, in an age of superhero films it appears to have become increasingly irrelevant who wears the cape or mask, but matching the right actor with the right material is still a recipe for success. “Maleficent” got to $750 million globally on the strength of Angelina Jolie’s name. The »
- Brent Lang
Both Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Sonja Richter are household names in Scandinavia as well as recognizable faces in the UK with the television series The Killing. They are both on the verge of wider international recognition, and will follow in the footsteps of multiple acting greats. In preparation for the release of The Keeper Of Lost Causes, here is a list of some of the top Scandinavian actors to hit the silver screen.
Stellan Skarsgård is considered to be a national treasure to the country of Sweden. Although he has acted since 1968, his international breakthrough performance happened in Lars Von Trier’s 1996 film Breaking The Waves. After the release of the acclaimed film, Skarsgård picked up multiple supporting roles in American films such as Good Will Hunting, Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang), and the Pirates Of The Caribbean series in which he played ‘Bootstrap’ Bill Turner. Today he is a common household name, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Contrary to recent reports, many just can't see Joaquin Phoenix - who apparently passed on the Lex Luthor role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - starring in Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios. He first became what sounded like a frontrunner for the Scott Derrickson helmed movie during Comic-Con, and it appeared as if he would be announced at the event just like Mark Ruffalo was for The Avengers a few years ago. That obviously didn't happen, but according to Badass Digest (via IGN), that was the plan! The site goes on to add that, "That weekend a Marvel Studios insider told me they had tried their hardest, that they had pushed as hard as they could, but they couldn't close the deal in time." They also confirm Collider's claims that he's still in talks, but caution: "[The] problems that have kept the deal from closing remain, and they go »
It seems just one badass isn’t enough to break into a futuristic city-turned-prison. Producer Joel Silver is looking to put a team together to rescue the President for the long-gestating remake of Escape From New York. John Carpenter’s original saw one-eyed mercenary Snake Plissken drafted involuntarily by authorities to prise the leader of the free world from the clutches of maniacs who were holding him hostage after his plane crashed in Manhattan. Set in the dizzying futurescape of 1997, the movie showcased Kurt Russell as Snake, doing his best Clint Eastwood impression.
Reportedly inspired by the success of Avengers Assemble and other comic book blockbusters with ensemble casts, Silver will take the focus off a lone antihero and form a posse. This will feature beefed-up versions of characters Cabbie and Brain, alongside fresh creations Mina (a journalist) and Gareth (a security guard). Yes that’s right. There’s going »
- Steve Palace
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Big Hero 6, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Doom Patrol, Plastic Man, Tales of Metropolis, Kick-Ass 3, The Tick, The Greatest American Hero and more…
…We’ll kick things off this week with Marvel Studios’ most recent release Guardians of the Galaxy, which climbed back to the top of the U.S. box office chart last weekend on its way to becoming the biggest domestic release of year (overtaking Captain America: The Winter Soldier to do so) and passing the $500 million mark at the box office, making it the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so. Guardians is sitting on »
- Gary Collinson
Take another look @ images from the Norwich, UK set of the "Avengers" sequel "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" with Chris Evans as 'Captain America', Robert Downey Jr. as 'Tony Stark' and Chris Hemsworth as 'Thor':
It is intended to be the sequel to 2012's Marvel's "The Avengers" and the eleventh installment in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'.
Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, the film features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader:
"...'Age Of Ultron' reportedly opens immediately after the 'Baron Von Strucker' post credit scene in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
"'The Avengers' as a »
- Michael Stevens
We can debate all day which comic book hero is cooler: DC or Marvel? Superman or Spiderman? Justice League or The Avengers? Batman or anyone who isn’t cool enough to be Batman? But it’s no question that Marvel has a serious leg-up on DC in the movie business.
Outside of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, DC has had a harder time making their characters stick and is even behind the ball in planning their lineup of films. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was one of the highest grossing films of last year, but it was forgotten as a dour, colorless, over-important mess as soon as it arrived. And yet this model may be the template DC is pursuing with all their future projects.
- Brian Welk
Movie News - What new characters are set to join the 'Avengers'? According to Badass Digest, the latest movie in the franchise 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' will finish with Captain America creating a new team of superheroes by combining the existing characters with a host of new stars. While full details of the new team are yet to be released it is reportedly set to feature a new heroine, Ms Marvel, also known as Captain Marvel, although movie bosses aren't sure whether this will be a lead or supporting role. Meanwhile, Stellan Skarsgard recently confirmed he will star in the blockbuster. The 63-year-old actor will reprise his role as Dr. Erik Selvig in the 'Avengers Assemble' sequel but admits he is only going to make a ''small appearance'' in the hotly anticipated superhero movie. He said: ''I'm going to be in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', »
Here’s some good news for everyone looking forward to Marvel’s Agent Carter series. The studio’s second foray into primetime television looks really promising — it’s a kicky period piece with some great talent attached to it — but we don’t actually know much about it. They didn’t shoot a pilot (the Agent Carter Marvel One-Shot stood in for that), and as of San Diego Comic-Con, they hadn’t written any scripts. All we really know is that Hayley Atwell is returning to the role, and it is set in the immediate aftermath of World War 2 (and Steve Rogers' "death") and focuses on the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the titular agent’s struggles as a badass woman in a male-dominated industry.
But today Marvel has made two casting announcements, one fantastic, and one kind of meh. On the fantastic front, »
- Mily Dunbar
After appearing as "young cop" in The Avengers, Enver Gjokaj will return to the Marvel Universe, this time with a much larger role in the upcoming Agent Carter tv series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gjokaj will play Agent Daniel Sousa, who "will meet Carter while she takes on a new role at the pre-shield Strategic Scientific Reserve in New York City." Apparently the show will be set seven years after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, and will focus on Peggy Carter as she struggles to adapt to life after losing Steve Rogers, all the while carrying out "secret missions" for Howard Stark. Gjokai is best known for playing Victor in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, but he's also appeared in the likes of The Walking Dead, Dexter and Witches of East End. Captain America: Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo will helm episodes two and »
We got a new poster earlier in the week, and now Sony has dropped another trailer for Foxcatcher, the upcoming biographical drama starring Steve Carell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers); check it out below…
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) The "Age of Ultron" will soon be upon us, and Clint Barton is armoring up accordingly. Empire has a high-res look at Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," depicting the eagle-eyed archer’s new costume. The big news: sleeves! It’s much more of a superhero uniform than what Hawkeye wore in his first "Avengers" tour of duty, but alas, still no mask. In the same feature, director Joss Whedon gives new details about what to expect from his follow-up to "The Avengers," and what he has planned for the titular robot menace. “It’s more epic and in other ways it’s more noirish and suspect and devious and specific,” he said. “Ultron, he’s got a touch of the apocalypse in him.” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige adds, “Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for the Avengers. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Badass Digest reveals that, at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America (Chris Evans) will assemble a brand new team of Avengers for Phase Three. While the site wouldn't reveal who this new team will include, one name that has been in every version of the script is Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. However, now Marvel is "having cold feet" about bringing Captain Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe this way.
The exact lineup of the new Avengers has not been finalized, and this scene was not shot during principal photography, which wrapped earlier this month. Marvel reportedly may pull Captain Marvel from this new lineup because they aren't sure if »
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Robert Downey Jr., the star of Marvel’s “Iron Man” series as well as “The Avengers,” said he thought that this summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the best Marvel film to date.
“Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever,” Downey Jr. told the newspaper. “And it’s odd for someone with — on occasion — an ego the size of mine to actually say that!”
Downey Jr., whose upcoming film “The Judge” will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 4, said he was impressed that Marvel was able to take a group of less well known characters from their comic books and turn them into a successful film.
“It’s like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: ‘Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has a »
- Kevin Noonan
Warner Bros. have released a new poster for The Judge, the upcoming thriller and family drama which sees Iron Man and Avengers Assemble star Robert Downey Jr. as a successful defence attorney who ends up battling it out with Fargo’s Billy Bob Thornton (in the courtroom) after he reluctantly returns home for his mother’s funeral.
It’s then that he discovers that his estranged father (The Godfather’s Robert Duvall), the town’s judge who now suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder and is set to stand trial for the crime.
David Dobkin is directing the movie which marks the first project from Robert Downey Jr. and his wife/producing partner Susan Downey’s production company. The Judge is big departure for Dobkin compared to his previous work, and the recent trailer made it look a lot different to the likes of Fred Claus and Wedding Crashers! »
- Josh Wilding
"It's odd for someone with - on occasion - an ego the size of mine to actually say that," said Downey at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of The Judge (via Comic Book Movie).
"We're talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: 'Look!'
"It's like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: 'Look, this is »
With the Blu-ray and DVD release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on September 9, directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo have recently been making the press rounds again for this Marvel Phase Two adventure. The filmmakers are already hard at work on the sequel, Captain America 3, which hits theaters in less than two years, on May 6, 2016.
There has been speculation that Captain America 3 will be the last movie to feature Chris Evans as the super soldier, especially since Steve Rogers handed over the Captain America mantle a number of times in the comics. After Tony Stark essentially "retired" his Iron Man suits in Iron Man 3, many have wondered if Captain America 3 will be the last time fans see Chris Evans as Cap.
It's been a banner year for Marvel so far, with Guardians of the Galaxy likely set to pass Captain America: The Winter Soldier sometime this week as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Many fans believe this Marvel Phase Two adventure, which expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, is the studio's best offering yet.
Add Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., to the list of fans, with the actor revealing at the Toronto International Film Festival, that he believes Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's best movie yet.
"Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever. And it's odd for someone with - on occasion - an ego the size of mine to actually say that!"
Captain America: The Winter Soldier kicked of the 2014 blockbuster season with a bang, and though it may eventually be eclipsed by Guardians of the Galaxy in box office earnings, Cap’s first sequel was an unequivocal smash hit. Of course, this means our expectations for Captain America 3 are very high.
Knowing how The Winter Soldier ended – including the film’s post-credit scene – we have a pretty good idea of where the series is heading. Returning directors Anthony and Joe Russo have already confirmed Cap 3 will indeed deal with Steve (Chris Evans) and Bucky’s (Sebastian Stan) complex relationship. And it’s presumed that after his stint in The Avengers: Age ...
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- Sarah Moran
Jessica Chastain has called for a female superhero movie to be released.
"Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don't understand it, why is it taking so long for this?" she declared to The Wrap. "This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies."
Chastain continued: "Lucy, didn't it beat Hercules by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she's a great actress. Under the Skin is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?
"To me, it's a no-brainer. You want to make money, »
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