Every studio in Hollywood is currently trying to put together some form of shared cinematic universe, but Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have one of the few in town that we actually we want to see. The studio is planning on making their giant monsters meet in future movies, and they already stated that process with Godzilla in 2014. Next up is reboot of King Kong, Kong: Skull Island, and we just got the very first trailer for the studio's next monster epic.
Warner Bros. premiered the footage at San Diego Comic-Con, which is currently taking place at the San Diego Convention Center in California. The studio decided to take a break from teasing their upcoming DC Comics superhero movies to deliver fans a first look of the latest attempt to bring King Kong to the big screen, and everything seems very promising. The last time we saw the legendary creature »
Press Release: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).
In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”). The international ensemble cast also »
- Derek Anderson
Joss Whedon delivered two $1+ billion blockbusters for Marvel Studios with The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the filmmaker has since made it clear that he now wants to tackle something smaller where he can have full creative control over the production process. Whatever he does next is obviously going to be exciting, […]
- Josh Wilding
It’s been nearly three months since Captain America: Civil War was released upon us, and Marvel Studios’ ever so talented conceptual artist Andy Park has continued releasing epic keyframe illustrations of the best moments and superhero designs in the Phase Three flick. The artist’s latest reveal stunningly recreates the cover of The Avengers issue #233 which saw the pint-sized Ant-Man hitching a ride on one of Hawkeye’s arrows. Seeing this superhero team-up on the big-screen in Captain America: Civil War certainly brought a total geekasm, so relive it with Andy Park’s incredible conceptual art below! What do you think? I loved painting this keyframe #CaptainAmericaCivilWar recreating Avengers#223 cover #Hawkeye #Antman @Renner4Real pic.twitter.com/iRu1yaNZUK — Andy Park (@andyparkart) July 20, 2016 > ; Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly »
This week I wanted to read a classic Spider-Man story I hadn’t had a chance to read yet, Kraven’s Last Hunt. While I’ve certainly been aware of Kraven through the years, he was not really on the level of Green Goblin or Black Cat in my book so I hadn’t read many of his adventures.
Boy was that a mistake. Kraven’s Last Hunt has to go down in my book as my favorite Spider-Man story. If I had to compare it to anything, it would be like if Quentin Tarantino penned a book for Marvel. The mood is creepy throughout. The first image alone, with Kraven crouched on the ground front and center on the page, shows how ferocious, evil, and plainly insane the character is. I love how J.M. DeMatteis was able to portray Kraven as clearly insane but with enough sanity in him »
- Tim Jousma
It’s been quite the week for Star Trek news, and it’s only Monday! With the looming arrival of Star Trek Beyond getting (much to my delight) very positive initial critical buzz, we’ve not only found out the new Bryan Fuller series next year will appear on Netflix internationally as well as CBS in America, joining the cavalcade of earlier series which have just gone live on the demand service, but Paramount dropped a massive reveal about the gestating Star Trek 4 before the third film has even landed: Chris Hemsworth is coming back, joining Chris Pine, and was described as such:
- Tony Black
Always pay extra for the upgraded Hemsworth model.
Before he was Thor for The Avengers, before he was racing and man-whoring for Ron Howard in Rush, and before he was the hilariously dim secretary in the new Ghostbusters movie, Chris Hemsworth made his big screen debut in the pre-credits scene of J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot as the ill-fated George Kirk, the heroic and idealistic father of Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk.
Even though George didn’t make it past the opening logo of that first movie, his legacy has loomed over the rest of the franchise — his father’s heroism a driving force, for better or worse, for Captain Kirk. It’s something explored in the most recent trailer for Justin Lin’s upcoming entry, Star Trek Beyond.
There’s a whole lot of daddy issues at play in those first 10–15 seconds »
- Neil Miller
It’s been over four years since the big bad Thanos made his cinematic debut during the mid-credits scene of The Avengers. And while he was initially brought to life with a mixture of CGI and practical makeup effects on actor Damion Poitier, the villain’s next appearances were fully CGI with actor Josh Brolin providing his voice and motion-capture performance. Which might explain why the mad titan appeared a bit less photo-real during his short but sweet cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers: Age of Ultron mid-credits tag. Considering Thanos will be towering over the majority of Earth’s mightiest heroes when he makes a full-fledged return in the two-part (tentatively titled) Avengers: Infinity War films, no one’s saying Marvel and the Russos should ditch CGI for him altogether; that’d be crazy! However, the folks at Ironhead Studios, who created his gold/purple armor »
Experience action-packed terror as two men race against the clock to stop a horde of rabid killers as their city descends into apocalyptic madness in the pulse-pounding thriller, Cell, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD on September 27 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand.
Based on Stephen King’s chilling book, the film stars John Cusack (Love & Mercy) alongside Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy). Cell was directed by Tod Williams from a screenplay by Stephen King and Adam Alleca. The home entertainment release of Cell contains audio commentary with the director and a look behind the scenes of the film in the “To Cell and Back” featurette. The Cell Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Stephen King’s best-selling novel is brought to »
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As you may know, Thor: Ragnarok is currently shooting in Queensland, Australia. Over the course of the past two weeks, we've seen star Chris Hemsworth offer a look at the set, his own private roller coaster and the hilarious prank he pulled on new director Taika Waititi. Now Mark Ruffalo is getting in on the fun. He's shared a behind-the-scenes video. And it proves that Hulk is back, and he's angry!
Courtesy of Twitter, Mark Ruffalo shows off the biggest pair of Hulk hands you've ever seen as he Hulks out on set. We're not sure how much Bruce Banner will be present in the movie, especially since most of it takes place in the cosmos. Though we do know that Bruce and Hulk will struggle to come to terms with each other, and one of the side stories will see the Awol scientist trying to deal with his big green alter ego. »
In the effort to stay au courant we're going to try to do "new to streaming" weekly, alternating between Netflix and Amazon Prime sometimes, big lists, sometimes highlights. This will also give us a chance to link to previous coverage of the old films that are "new" again via the power of the internet. But first a last chance notice...
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-Y'all were watching I take it. Did you see us fight?
I've been curious to watch Serenity (and Firefly for that matter) again to see if you can easily chart Joss Whedon's growth from self-created warm-up to Studio-hire mega-success in The Avengers. He was always good at selling team dynamics, though. That was clear from the earliest episodes of Buffy. We previously covered Serenity in Season 3 of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. I miss Whedon as TV creator on »
- NATHANIEL R
Scarlett Johansson has had a long, excellent career, having spent 20 years in the business as an actress. She still has an awful long way to go too, because she is only 31 years-old and is one of the most in-demand names in the business. That is in large part thanks to her work as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As it turns out, she appreciates the role more than anything else in her career.
Speaking with Michigan Avenue, Scarlett Johansson was asked what her favorite role of all-time was. She did admit that it was difficult to decide, but ultimately she landed on her role as one of the core members of The Avengers in the McU. Here is what she had to say.
"I really like playing Natasha; playing the Black Widow. It's been an interesting journey, to take a character and grow it over these years, »
In a stirring segment that would only become even more relevant just hours later, The Nightly Show‘s Larry Wilmore sounded off on the fatal, officer-involved shooting of black men such as Alton Sterling and, now, Philando Castile.
Police responding to a 911 call about a man waving around a gun approached Sterling on Tuesday night as he was CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La. Sterling was tasered and tackled to the ground, before being shot multiple times. (Authorities say Sterling was in possession of a gun, though bystanders’ videos of the altercation show he never reached for it. »
VideosFBI ‘Seacrested’ the Reveal of Clinton Email Findings, Says Trevor Noah
The Daily Show host slammed both the Republican and Democratic nominees on Wednesday in a blistering takedown that referred to them as “Grandma Nixon” and a “traffic cone soaked in raw sewage.” After joking that the decision would be a real Sophie’s Choice, the befuddled comedian suggested that the U.S. skip November’s election altogether if »
While Americans were celebrating the 4th of July holiday on Monday, production was just getting under way on Marvel's new Phase 3 adventure Thor: Ragnarok, with filming taking place in star Chris Hemsworth's home country of Australia. We have already seen the first set photo, courtesy of director Taika Waititi, but today we have yet another photo and a brief video from Chris Hemsworth himself. While we don't actually get to see much of the set in the actor's video, we do get to see one of the big perks.
Chris Hemsworth posted both the video and photo on Instagram last night. The video features the star walking around the studio, showing off the roller coaster that he requested, which he states is one of the "perks" of being Thor. Unfortunately, the actor wasn't in costume while shooting this video, so we don't know when we'll get to see the »
The Daily Show host roasted the the FBI’s press conference, insinuating that Comey “Seacrested” the entire announcement — a 15-minute statement that culminated in his conclusion that the Democratic presidential nominee should not be indicted despite what Noah referred to as “a laundry list of shady sh—t.”
“As if we all weren’t already anxious enough about it, Comey had to build the suspense up, »
2017 promises to be epic for Marvel, as the studio launches it's 'three movies a year' initiative. The first Phase 3 adventure to arrive next summer is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which wrapped last month. A few weeks have past, but Marvel isn't taking much of a siesta. While 4th of July is a nationally recognized holiday in the states, it's business as usual in Australia, where the third chapter in the Thor trilogy has kicked off production today. Director Taika Waititi confirmed that shooting has begun on his Twitter, sharing the first official photo from set.
The image in question is only exciting in that it proves Thor: Ragnarok is happening. We get to see that a number of the sequel's key production team has arrived on location, including VFX supervisor Jake Morrison, Executive producers Tom Hammel and Brad Winderbaum, writer Eric Pearson, production designer Dan Hennah and VFX producer Cyndi Ochs. »
For all the talk of the Marvel Cinematic Universe being one big connected timeline, it’s basically made up of two separate continuities – that of the films and the TV shows. While the Netflix series contain the odd oblique reference to The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sports the odd movie guest star like Lady Sif or even Nick Fury, there really isn’t too much go-between among them.
One of the things that fans most want going forward is for the TV characters to crossover to the movies. Obviously, there are logistical issues here – TV production moves at a much quicker pace than the movies – and potential setbacks – will movie audiences be familiar with the TV shows? – but it surely has to happen at some point. Thankfully, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige thinks so, too, as he has called further crossbreeding between the two “inevitable.”
So, which of the »
- Christian Bone
This week, Neil Calloway argues that the success of Scarlett Johansson’s films isn’t down to the actress herself…
This week it was revealed that Scarlett Johansson was the highest grossing actress in the world. That’s not highest paid (that honour goes to Jennifer Lawrence), but the woman who has appeared in the films that have accumulated the highest box office gross.
Cumulatively, Johansson’s films have earned $3.3 billion at the box office; an impressive feat at first glance, but as the cliché goes, there are lies, damn lies and statistics.
For male actors, Harrison Ford (total $4.8 billion) recently overtook Samuel L. Jackson ($4.6 billion) as the highest grossing actor. Now, you could make an argument that people go to see the films that have put Ford on top because he is in them, but you can’t really say the same for Jackson and Johansson. Did you go »
- Neil Calloway
Marvel Studios has barely kicked off Phase 3 of their cinematic universe with Captain America: Civil War, but that doesn't mean they aren't already planning for the future. Very little is known about what Marvel will be doing in Phase 4, but we may have just received a kind of major hint. Thanks to actor Justin Kucsulain, it looks like Marvel may be flirting with bringing a Sentry movie to the screen in the future.
The actor recently took to his Instagram to tease what might be his involvement in the project. Kucsulain posted a photo of himself from Emerald City Comics, in which, he is holding up several Sentry comics and an action figure of the character. He included the caption "Gathered some amazing reading material today," which was followed by a winking face. That winking face is oddly what makes this a little more than just a semi unknown actor shopping for comics. »
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