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Shout! Factory TV is spreading fear all summer long with a plethora of classic films including John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper's Body Bags. Also: a Cthulhu Vinyl Bank from Diamond Select Toys and Blu-ray and DVD release details for The Last Survivors.
Shout! Factory TV's Summer of Fear: Press Release: "This July, summer hats up with a plethora of new programming on Shout! Factory TV that is sure to beat those binge cravings. Shout! Factory TV is unveiling Summer of Fear, a fright fest sure to please! A collection of classic horror films debut this month, featuring Body Bags, Day of the Dead, Night of the Demons, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Final Terror and many more.
Shout! Factory TV grants an insider’s insight into these films with the premiere of audio commentaries on the streaming service. This month, directors John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Kevin Tenney, »
- Tamika Jones
Amazing Spider-man: Renew Your Vows #2 Dan Slott (writer) Adam Kubert (art/cover) Ryan Stegman (variant) On Sale: 07/08/15 Price: $3.99 The Last Spider-man Story • Not even The Amazing Spider-Man is safe from Secret Wars! In this new Marvel Universe, Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson and their daughter have to scrape by to make ends meet, but they have each other... • Face front, True Believers. This is the one you've been asking for. »
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
We saw a pregnant Spider-Woman earlier on, and now thanks to Bleeding Cool a few more of Marvel's October covers have found their way online. Below you can see The Amazing Spider-Man's (Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli) new costume, which goes for a fairly traditional (well, glowing chest emblem aside) look, as well as the new Spider-Man 2099 (Peter David and Will Sliney) outfit which is definitely unlike anything we've seen before! There's also the covers for the first issues of Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Web Warriors, and Hawkeye; as well as creative team reveals for several other titles. Howard The Duck #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones #1 – “Howard gets a new hat.” Drax #1 by Cm Punk and ? Covers by Ed McGuinness. “Best in the galaxy” Nova #1 by Sean Ryan and Cory Smith. “The family business”. The Mighty Thor #1 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauternan “The flesh may be »
Perhaps like Christopher Nolan's take on Batman, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies (okay, except the third one), have set a pretty high bar for everyone's favorite webslinger. Try as they did, Sony, Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield couldn't get the mix right on the failed "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies, but Marvel is now getting their crack at Peter Parker, and honcho Kevin Feige knows that he's got a big job ahead. “We’re going to have it be its own thing but some of those Spider-Man films… I think 'Spider-Man 2' is one of the best superhero movies ever, so that’s a lot to live up to,” he told SuperHeroHype. But just how will this new iteration of Spider-Man differ? Well, as has been rumored for the past couple of months, Feige and co. will be drawing on the influence of one of key portraitists of young adult life. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last week, we learned that Marvel had cast Tom Holland (The Impossible) for the new Spider-Man. One the studio’s big selling points on their new Spidey is that they would be taking the character back to high school and really exploring that aspect of his life rather than making it a blip on his way to college. The Amazing Spider-Man went slightly more into Peter’s high school life, but not with any real depth. That may finally change with the Spider-Man reboot, and with a very particular vision in mind. At the recent press day for Ant-Man, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke to Birth.Movies.Death. about what we can expect in terms of tone: “It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” said Feige. “Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a »
- Matt Goldberg
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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
As anyone who followed the arduous casting process held by Marvel and Sony in the search for their new Spider-Man knows, locking in a Peter Parker for the 2017 reboot wasn't an easy task. But earlier this week, the two collaborating studios finally announced that Tom Holland had won the job. And almost immediately after being hired, the actor is being flown to Atlanta, where he will film his first ever scenes opposite the cast of Captain America: Civil War. He will make his Marvel debut alongside the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. But he shouldn't be nervous. He already tested on set with both actors. And now, Chris Evans shares his reaction to the news, congratulating the newly anointed Spider-Man.
"Huge congrats to @TomHolland1996!!! Well deserved. We're lucky to have you."
Tom Holland is only 19 years old, and will play a Peter Parker that is still in High School. »
After what seems like one of the longest casting processes in a while, Marvel and Sony have settled on the next actor to play Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego Spider-Man. The search literally took months, involved names both expected and unexpected, but finally concluded yesterday. Putting on the costume will be young Tom Holland, while stepping behind the camera will be Jon Watts. Not familiar with either of those names that Marvel Cinematic Universe godfather Kevin Feige saw fit to hire? Fear not, as I’ll give you the rundown on who they are below, along with who they beat out for their plum new gigs in each case. First up, I should remind you where the character has gone before. We’re getting our third incarnation of Spidey, with Tobey Maguire as Peter in the first three films that Sony put out (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 »
- Joey Magidson
The joint Sony Pictures and Marvel movie will feature The Impossible star as Peter Parker and his alter-ego Spider-Man in a new film slated to hit theatres in 2017. The young actor has beat out other competitors whoreportedly in line for the role, including Ender’s Game’s Asa Butterfield.
The 19-year-old Holland, who hails from the UK, will first appear in Captain America: The Civil War next May, and then head-up a solo movie, planned to be the first in a series of films. Holland is much younger than his two superhero predecessors: Tobey Maguire was 27 when he first appeared in Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man, andAndrew Garfield was playing high schooler Peter Parker at age 29 in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Casting a younger actor in the role allows for Holland to believably continue to be »
- Rachel West
We present the very best social reactions - from a few J Jonah Jameson-style freakouts to a little acrobatics practice from young Tom - below:
What do you think of Tom Holland as Spider-Man?
1. Tom Holland is excited. Really, really excited.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) June 23, 2015
As a man who, in his time, has played the Dane, I'm thrilled at the new course my acting career is taking https://t.co/KmwAXqOIHB #Spiderman
— Tom Holland (@holland_tom) June 23, 2015
A video posted by ✌️ (@tomholland2013) on Jun 21, 2015 at 7:44am Pdt
2. Wait... that 47-year-old guy from Rev is playing Spider-Man?
Rt @Marvel We are delighted to reveal the »
As Brad wrote yesterday, Jurassic World did better over its second weekend than initial estimates indicated, raking in $106.6 million over the Friday-to-Sunday frame to wrest the crown for best second weekend from Marvel's The Avengers, which pulled in $103.1 million during its second weekend back in 2012. Impressive, yes, but that is far from the only record Universal's latest dino adventure has toppled over the course of its box office run. Through Sunday, Jurassic World has made a whopping $402.8 million at the domestic box office, making it Universal's highest grossing movie ever (not accounting for inflation) and also the fastest film to cross the $400 million mark after doing so in just 10 days of release. The previous film to hold that record was, you guessed it, The Avengers, which isn't a surprise, but perhaps it will surprise you to learn that it took Joss Whedon's superhero team-up a full 14 days to hit that mark, »
- Jordan Benesh
First portrayed by Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, then portrayed by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, now 19 year old British actor Tom Holland will take on the iconic role of Peter Parker.
Since the new version of Spider-Man was announced, it was clear Marvel was looking for a younger actor who would portray a high school-aged Peter Parker, and Tom has beaten fellow Brits Charlie Rowe and Asa Butterfield to the role, after a world-wide casting search.
Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for the new Spider-man and the studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests.
Sony Chairman commented "For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
One of the most high-profile casting searches in Hollywood history has reportedly come to a close today, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Marvel and Sony have settled on The Impossible actor Tom Holland to play Spider-Man in Sony-made solo pics as well as installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – including next year’s Captain America: Civil War.
Additionally, Jon Watts, who made a splashy Sundance debut earlier this year with Cop Car, has come out of nowhere to snatch the directing gig on Sony’s 2017 stand-alone Spider-Man pic away from the likes of Warm Bodies‘ Jonathan Levine and Vacation filmmakers John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein. Deadline adds that Levine and St. Vincent helmer Ted Melfi removed themselves from consideration last week.
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Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group chairman, confirmed the news, saying:
It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy »
- Isaac Feldberg
It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of composer James Horner at just 61 years old. Horner died in a plane crash, piloting a small aircraft that went down a day ago in California. The composer is a multiple Oscar winner, taking home Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic, marking just one of his many collaborations with filmmaker James Cameron. All told, Horner was nominated by the Academy ten times, with various other nominations and wins to his credit. He was a well respected musician and giant in the industry, so he will certainly be missed in a big way. Horner was cited by the Academy for his work on not just Titanic, but also Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, as well as House of Sand and Fog. All of the »
- Joey Magidson
Oscar-winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, CA. He was 61 years old.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sylvia Patrycja, identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant, was the first to confirm the musician's death.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."
Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.
Horner's greatest financial and critical success would come with the score to the 1997 film Titanic. The album became the best-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack in history, selling over 27 million copies worldwide. »
The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.
From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.
He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »
- Michelle McCue
Composer James Horner, who won two Oscars for the music of “Titanic” and scored such other blockbusters as “Avatar,” “Braveheart,” “Apollo 13″ and “A Beautiful Mind,” has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 61.
Horner was one of the most popular film composers of the last 30 years, and his “Titanic” soundtrack – with its hit Celine Dion song, “My Heart Will Go On,” written with Will Jennings – became the biggest-selling movie-score album of all time, selling an estimated 30 million units worldwide.
He scored more than 100 films in all and was often in demand for big popcorn movies. Most recent were “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Karate Kid” remake, but he also scored “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Aliens.”
He was born Aug. 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, the son of production designer Harry Horner. He spent his formative years in London, »
- Jon Burlingame
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