18 items from 2015
One of the things they’ve been doing during this World Series – and every one, really – is comparing them to series contenders of years past. This year, the references to the ’85 Royals and the ’86 Mets have come fast and furious, and while it’s great to talk about Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry, and Dwight Gooden again, it’s not like anybody under the age of 30 saw them play in their prime. More to the point, no one is becoming a baseball fan today from watching those guys from back then.
Sadly, to me, I think it’s the same with superheroes.
Nobody is becoming a fan of superheroes today if their first exposures are comics from 30+ years ago. I’m not talking about the characters and concepts, I’m speaking only of the works themselves. There are a lot of young kids who fell in love with Supergirl this week, »
- Glenn Hauman
The latest Spectre trailer gives us a closer look at our villain, Franz Oberhauser, played by our favourite bad guy, Christoph Waltz. We’re crazy excited to see the actor being utilized in what is probably the biggest action franchise known to cinema, as he’s already stomped on our hearts and yet, won us over with his roles in films like Inglorious Basterds, Big Eyes, and yeah- even The Green Hornet.
The latest Spectre trailer teases us with so many thrilling moments, and although we’ve seen some of it in the last two trailers, this one really packs a punch. Daniel Craig is as suave as ever, and especially with one of the coolest, most bad-ass actresses in recent memory, Lea Seydoux, by his side, the new casting choices for the latest Bond installment are keeping us super intrigued.
We haven’t even mentioned the big budget action »
- Adriana Floridia
In his most satisfying film since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Gondry crafts an optimistic adolescent adventure from the mess of real life
It’s hard to know what we’ll end up calling this phase of Michel Gondry’s career, but it’s certainly been unpredictable. He’s made four non-Hollywood movies since 2011’s big budget disappointment The Green Hornet, the unlikely superhero entry starring Seth Rogen. There was a guerrilla-style experiment with non-actors on a New York City bus (The We and the I), an undiluted hit of love-drenched visual whimsy (Mood Indigo) and a hand-drawn animated rap session between himself and Noam Chomsky (Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?). While each were innovative, these were peculiar and particular films. With the French-language Microbe and Gasoline, Gondry has made his most satisfying movie since his 2004 masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Consider it an anti-Superbad. »
- Jordan Hoffman
Geek Culture is a big term that’s used to describe various aspects of Pop Culture. Comics, superhero movies, games and graphic novels are at the center of it all, but it’s a big crazy quilt composed of so much more: anime, cosplay, RPG’s… the list goes on and on. This week, I sat down with one of the standard bearers of another flavor of Geek Culture – modern pulp fiction. Ron Fortier is a writer, a publisher and an all around good guy to chat with over a beer.
Ed Catto: Ron, it’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to speak with you. I was first introduced to your comics writing, and especially loved your work, on Now Comics’ Green Hornet series. Can you provide me with a little background on your comics career and that series in particular?
Ron Fortier: Hi Ed, happy to be here, »
- Ed Catto
Masked heroes were popular in the 1930s, the decade that saw the introduction of The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet and Batman. In Mexico, crowds flocked to see masked combatants wrestle each other into submission, with each luchador giving such a theatrical performance that audiences knew who was the tecnico (good guy) and who was the rudo (villain).
Most famous of all was El Santo, whose popularity inspired a comic book and, years later, a film series. Rodolfo Guzman Huerta, who portrayed El Santo in the ring, turned down an appearance in 1952’s El Mascadero De Plata (The Man In The Silver Mask), though he later relented and took supporting roles in Santo Vs The Evil Brain and Santo Vs The Infernal Men, initiating a franchise that lasted into the 1980s.
By the time of Santo Vs The Zombies (1961), the formula had been established: in between wrestling matches, Santo »
- Ian Watson
Josh Trank’s debut, Chronicle, was a surprise hit of 2012. The film fused the found-footage genre with superhero tropes to create a coming-of-age story that was both fresh and exciting. Trank’s ability to transcend these tired trends and motifs made him an ideal candidate to finally do justice to the Fantastic Four franchise, one that had an unreleased early 90s film, and two poor mid-00s flicks. However, with production problems between Trank and cast members, and no advanced press screening, many pundits were concerned this would be a mess.
The results are in, and it is not only a poor film, but has been described as the worst reviewed Marvel film to-date. That’s not good. Trank responded openly via tweet to this, noting how Fox had – ah, »
- Matthew Lee
The bad news just keeps rolling in for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. The film has had terrible reviews (read ours here and here), it’s director has shamed the movie publicly, Fox have pointed the finger of blame at him (and apparently locked him out of editing the film), it’s bombed at the box office and some rumours suggest Fox may even cancel the sequel for Deadpool 2.
But, it’s at least broken one record.
Fantastic Four has earned the lowest CinemaScore for a studio-produced superhero movie movie. Its C- rating is lower than Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (C+), Batman & Robin (C+) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (C). It’s also lower than The Green Hornet (B+) and Daredevil, Elektra and Catwoman, which all earned a B.
The previous Fantastic Four movies also scored a B each.
- Luke Owen
The North American weekend box-office estimates are in and 20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot has opened in second place with $26.2 million.
'Four' came in behind "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" which stood atop the box-office for a second weekend in a row with $29.4 million. That's a very healthy drop of around 47% with the film buoyed by good reviews and strong word of mouth. The film has grossed $108.6 million domestically and a further $156.7 million internationally.
"Fantastic Four" took in $11.3 million Friday, dropped to $8.5 million on Saturday Fox are projecting it to make $6.4 million on Sunday. That's a fairly disastrous tally for the studio, the lowest opening for a superhero film since the bomb "The Green Hornet," but probably making them more nervous is that the film earned a C- Cinemascore which indicates audiences rejected the film almost as much as the critics - and doesn't bode well for its future. »
- Garth Franklin
'Fantastic Four' 2015: Miles Teller as Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic. Box office: 'Fantastic Four' 2015 bombs, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' to pass $100 million mark Derided by critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is about to become one of 2015's domestic box office bombs. After earning a paltry $11.3 million on Friday – including Thursday evening shows – the Josh Trank-directed, Fox-meddled (and -muddled?) Marvel superhero flick will likely gross less than even the most modest, downgraded expectations. In fact, don't be too surprised if the Christopher McQuarrie-Tom Cruise actioner Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation tops the North American box office chart this weekend (Aug. 7-9, '15). Fox's only hope is that Fantastic Four lives up to its name at the international box office – despite the fact that this latest superhero entry is in old-fashioned 2D, whereas audiences in several key overseas markets prefer their »
- Zac Gille
It's already a critical failure, but now Fantastic Four is shaping up to be more like Fantastic Flop. After a dismal $11 million opening on Friday, the latest box office estimates have the reboot pegged as finishing the weekend with a paltry $28 million haul. Believe it or not, that's half of what the 2005 Fantastic Four movie earned and gives this one the dubious honour of having one of the worst openings in history for a superhero release. For a Marvel property, this is particularly bad, as even The Green Hornet brought in a haul of over $33 million back in 2011! It's a complete failure. With analysts predicting that Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation will earn $29 million this weekend, it appears as if Fantastic Four won't even debut at #1, a crushing embarrassment for 20th Centrury Fox. There's a chance that the critically panned reboot could still get there, but »
“Fantastic Four’s” opening weekend returns are looking less and less promising: The superhero pic is now on track for a $28 million opening weekend after pulling in $11 million on Friday.
With a $120 million budget, a failure of “Fantastic Four” could be a tough blow for 20th Century Fox. Despite the reboot’s star power — Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell play the fearsome foursome — the pic hasn’t gained audience traction the way superhero movies generally do. In fact, the last major superhero release to bow below $35 million was Sony’s “The Green Hornet” ($33.5 million in 2011). Even the film’s director, Josh Trank, is distancing himself from the final product.
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“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is poised to go neck-and-neck with “Fantastic Four” for weekend dominance, tracking to make up to $29 million this weekend after generating $8 million in Friday grosses. »
- Marianne Zumberge
'Fantastic Four' 2015 with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, The Thing (Jamie Bell) and Michael B. Jordan. 'Fantastic Four' 2015 box office: A costly domestic flop in the making? Fantastic Four 2015, a 20th Century Fox release “in association with Marvel Entertainment,” is about to become the biggest big-budget superhero(es) dud at the domestic office since at least The Green Hornet (not to be confused with the equally underwhelming Green Lantern) four years ago. Directed by Josh Trank, who dissed the film's final edit on Twitter (see more details below), Fantastic Four stars Kate Mara (Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm / The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm / The Thing). A while back, Fantastic Four became the subject of ardent arguments because of Michael B. Jordan's ethnicity: unlike the Fruitvale Station actor, the comic books' Johnny Storm is white. »
- Zac Gille
“Fantastic Four” is struggling to find its footing at the box office this weekend, suggesting that not even superheroes are immune to poor reviews.
Early estimates show the 20th Century Fox release struggling to hit $30 million for the weekend, which is well below the anticipated mid-$40 million mark. Should the estimates keep plummeting, the opening could prove disastrous for the studio, which spent $120 million on the pic.
Thursday night previews for “Fantastic Four” pulled in a lukewarm $2.7 million at 2,900 locations.
The last major superhero release to premiere under $35 million was Sony’s “The Green Hornet” in 2011 ($33.5 million).
In addition to “Fantastic Four’s” not-so-fantastic 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a damning tweet from the film’s own director, Josh Trank, suggested that even he was disappointed with the final cut. Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller star in the reboot.
- Marianne Zumberge
Five years after he took home the Oscar for his instantly iconic performance as Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, Christoph Waltz has yet to convince us that he should ever stop playing the bad guy. Luckily, we have word that the actor is going psycho once more, for crime drama The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, which he’ll also direct.
The project, scripted by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, will mark Waltz’s directorial debut. It’s adapted from Franklin Foer’s July 2012 article of the same name for The New York Times Magazine, which told the true story of Albrecht Muth, an eccentric young man who seduced and wed an elderly widow named Viola Drath after spinning her a web of lies about his background. Together, they threw lavish parties at Drath’s Georgetown house, only for Muth to fall under suspicion when Drath was murdered.
- Isaac Feldberg
Very cool news! More comic book movies from Hot publisher Valiant! I personally collect & read both Bloodshot & Ninjak which I highly recommend you do! The full press release below!
.Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures today announced a deal to bring two of Valiant’s award-winning comic book superhero franchises—Bloodshot and Harbinger—to the big screen over the course of five feature films that will culminate in the shared universe crossover film, Harbinger Wars.
Bloodshot, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to Harbinger Wars and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski (John Wick) from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers. »
- El Mayimbe
The creative success of "Marvel's Daredevil" hasn't just proven that a superhero series can play to adults and thrive on Netflix. It's also reinforced the notion that there are some superheroes who are just more suited for the small screen than the big screen. Granted, one particular hero will have both versions dangerously available for public consumption (we're looking at you Flash), but the line is starting to be drawn about which characters work best and in which medium. Some of these heroes are pretty obvious. Characters such as Jonah Hex, Ghost Rider, The Green Hornet and The Punisher would easily feel richer in an anthology series format. It's a few of our other suggestions that might rile you up a bit. Check out these 11 heroes we actually feel are better suited for television in the embedded story gallery below. Agree? Disagree? Did we leave out an obvious example? Share »
- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny
This will be hard to believe, but the truth is I seek neither understanding nor accolades regarding my work here and at Bleeding Cool. The bravado and swagger I write with is, more often than not, part of the attitude I’m trying to convey in the article. Frequently, that does not come through – what does is my seemingly “I could give a damn” attitude.
Once that becomes the takeaway from what I’ve written, admittedly I do enjoy throwing fuel on a fire. That is a dick move and it’s clear I can be a dick.
That’s not hard to believe.
There is a reason and a purpose behind everything I write and how I write it. It’s not just the rewards that come with it. One day I’ll write the “Why” of what I do, but today I’d like to give my little contribution to Black History Month. »
- Michael Davis
Giving genre fans a hefty amount of vampiric love for 2015’s upcoming Valentine’s Day, Scream Factory has done a great job deciding on a couple of double features that not only go for the neck (literally), but also leave you with a bunch of haunted fun. The newly released double features of Love At First Bite/Once Bitten and Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits are both a couple of releases that prove to be not only great and somewhat forgotten films, but also ones that showcase the talent of performers that would eventually go on to be huge A-list stars.
With the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double feature, we’re given not only an early performance in Once Bitten from future megastar Jim Carrey, but in the case of Love At The First Bite, a satirical look at the vampire subgenre, »
- Jerry Smith
18 items from 2015
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