With Marvel's The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, and, er, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance all released this year, it's hard to imagine that 2013 could possibly top 2012. However, it certainly looks set to give it a run for its money. Next year kicks off with Iron Man 3, and the third instalment of the franchise (this time directed by Shane Black) is set to feature fan favourite elements from the comics, such as the "Extremis" armour and 'The Mandarin'. Next up? Superman's eagerly anticipated return to the big screen in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. After the disappointing Superman Returns in 2006, this looks set to be the film fans have always wanted. Another superhero who makes ha return after a disappointing outing, is The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman back as Logan. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a terrible film, but the Japan set sequel (helmed by »
OK101 Ltd, Fantawild Film Industry Investment Inc., Asia Entertainment Media Ltd., National Film Capital and Hyde Park International have greenlit director Kirk Wong.s martial arts action thriller Six, which was written by Li Feng (.Hero.), Eric Martinez (.Beyond the Mat.) and Doug Brode. OK101, Fantawild, Asia Entertainment Media and National Film Capital are co-producing while Ashok Amritraj.s Hyde Park International (Hpi) will executive produce and handle worldwide sales, excluding Greater China.
Six is a martial arts action thriller enveloped in Manga trappings. A mad scientist has successfully created five hybrids by fusing human and animal genes together, granting them animal-like capabilities that allow them to fight fiercely. The five must join together when another of their kind known only as Six intends to hunt them down and harness their powers. A lethal game of hide-and-seek soon begins, driven by the emotional journey between these compelling characters that are also romantically entangled. »
- Michelle McCue
Well, this is a surprise! Marvel's The Avengers was met with unanimous praise from critics and fans alike, but it appears as if The Dark Knight Rises still came out on top for you guys despite the slightly mixed reaction from some. Both films were absolutely incredible in their own way, although Christopher Nolan's epic finale to The Dark Knight Trilogy is definitely the better film (just!) in my opinion. Does that really make Warner Bros. the better studio though? Well, that's what you decide, although it's hard to agree with that considering what Marvel Studios achieved this year by finally bringing Earth's Mightiest Heroes to the big screen. It's also worth noting that there was little love shown for Sony Pictures' Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and The Amazing Spider-Man! However, you came out in your thousands to cast your votes and here are the results in full. »
The end has come. Over the course of the first seven months of 2012, four ambitious superhero films have entered the cinematic arena in the hope of impressing audiences and critics alike. The movies in question were Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises, each holding their own strengths and indeed their own weaknesses. As depressing a thought as it may be, we now have just under a year to wait until Iron Man 3 arrives to kick the genre back into action. Of course, the question we have now to ponder during the waiting period is this- which instalment was the best representation of the superhero genre as it stands today?
Everyone will no doubt have their own personal preferences based on either preformed allegiances to a certain spandex-clad character or just on what they perceived to be the quality of each piece. »
- Tom Buxton
2012 has been quite a year for comic book movie lovers. We may have kicked things off with the disappointing Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, but we were then blown away by Joss Whedon's incredible finale to Marvel's "Phase One" plans with The Avengers. This summer also saw Spider-Man's return to the big screen in the reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, and while "The Untold Story" seemingly ended up on the cutting room floor, it impressed most fans. To top it off, we had Christopher Nolan's latest Batman film as he broke the threequel curse and delivered a stunning conclusion to his trilogy in the form of The Dark Knight Rises. There have been other "heroes" on the big screen this year (John Carter, Katniss Everdeen, Abraham Lincoln) and there are few more to come (Aaron Cross, Judge Dredd, Bilbo Baggins) but these are mainstream superheroes, so the question now »
When Nicolas Cage does a bad film, we get suicidal thoughts. The Wicker Man and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance drove us to the edge but he had been known to turn up with an absolute gem…every now and then. Simon West’s Ott Con Air is a great example, a knowing guilty pleasure that you’ll enjoy again and again. So it’s interesting news that the director and Oscar-winning star have re-teamed after 15 years, to hopefully give us another enjoyable romp with Stolen.
Now, we’re able to bring you the brand new trailer that also features an impressive cast including Malin Ackerman, Josh Lucas, Danny Huston and M. C. Gainey, the latter, was who the pilot ‘Swamp Thing’ in Con Air. Stolen is expected in cinemas later this year and we’re hoping that the end product will be a lot better than this seemingly run-of-the-mill trailer. »
- Craig Hunter
Comic Con 2012 has come to a close and as far as I can tell the convention offered very little to talk about. Sure, we got some posters, Marvel revealed some information and Gareth Edwards made a surprise appearance, previewing a teaser trailer for his Godzilla remake, but the convention seems to have lost its ability to break headlines, with studios opting to market to the fans rather than truly engage them. Peter Jackson wasn't even willing to preview The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 48fps or in 3-D. Instead he opted to show it in 2D at 24 frames per second so as to keep the focus "firmly with the content and not the technical stuff." A comment that says a lot more than it may initially seem. Yes, the decision was made to avoid any potential negative press, such as what he experienced at CinemaCon earlier this year, but it's »
- Brad Brevet
Following on from the success of the likes of LOVEFiLM and Netflix, Sky have now decided to get in on the action, with their latest initiative Now TV; an online movie service predominantly aimed at those who are not already a Sky customer.
Launching tomorrow – July 17th – HeyUGuys were specially invited along to the press launch this morning in Covent Garden, London, allowing us the opportunity in speaking to those working hard behind the scenes, whilst also being given the chance in testing out the new service on a variety of devices, such as the iPad, a laptop and an iPhone.
Effectively Now TV is providing a service which allows movie fans the chance to access Sky’s broad movie database, with a immense selection of releases, both old and new. With a monthly subscription a user can view such movies whenever they please, on whichever device takes their fancy. »
- Stefan Pape
My eyes are beginning to glaze over from the Hype-a-Thon that is the interwebs around Comic Con time. The Earth is so overrun with superheroes that it's remarkable that crime still exists at all. I went to get coffee this morning and the street in front of my favorite deli was cordoned off as a crime scene. Not joking. The heroes are all trapped in airconditioned movie theaters our moviegoing fates having been long since sealed.
See, the grosses for every superhero movie that's arrived, yes even notorious "flops" like Green Lantern, divisive films like Watchmen, or the ones that would've been 'Straight to Video' in other decades like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, have had little trouble breaking $100-200 million globally so the only logical thing is to greenlight as many as possible with tighter budgets. Superheroes are the new Horror Flicks -- you'll always make a profit if you control your budgets. »
- NATHANIEL R
The Flickering Myth writing team trade opinions on The Amazing Spider-Man. Beware of spoilers through-out...
If there's been a question mark hanging over any of this year's triumvirate of big superhero releases (please note: we're discounting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance here), it's The Amazing Spider-Man. From the very first moment back in 2010 when Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb had been hired to reboot a series not ten years old, opinion on Spidey's latest big screen adventure has been split right down the middle: one one hand, it marked the death of creativity; the other, a chance to redeem the wall-crawler after the disappointment of Sam Raimi's previous effort, Spider-Man 3.
- Liam Trim
Christian Bale and Nicolas Cage are both reportedly being considered to star in Universal’s upcoming drama Tesla, Ruler of the World. The Dark Knight Rises actor is being considered to play the titular character – inventor, physicist and engineer, Nikola Tesla and the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance star, meanwhile, is up for the role of Thomas Edison.
The Film Stage is reporting that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell will direct and the film will be based on a script by Vladimir Rajcic. The story will focus on events from Tesla’s life, and will be linked to a current day story of technological crisis.
The pairing of Bale and Cage will surely be an intriguing one, as they have both »
- Karen Benardello
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
While Hollywood continues to go mad for remakes, 21 Jump Street shows exactly how it should be done, referencing the original in a knowing way that occasionally edges towards parody, but which never destroys the legacy of the original as other remakes tend to. The film uses the 1980s cop show that launched Johnny Depp as a clever foundation, using that show’s conceit that high-school would essentially always be the same to comic effect when the undercover duo (played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) head back to school to discover that everything has changed.
The success of the film of course relies upon the chemistry between the two leads, and indeed the comic dynamic: despite the fact that we might expect Jonah Hill to steal the show in comic terms, he is rather understated, and there isn’t a great deal of comic bogarting from either of the leads. »
- Simon Gallagher
How one independent film can mix together a dance culture satire lampooning everything from Breakin' to Step Up with the feel good attitude of Rocky and The Karate Kid while topping it off with a pinch of The Road Warrior and Class of 1984 is beyond me. However, one movie successfully does just this. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Fp.
In the not-so-distant future, Frazier Park, CA is overrun by alcoholics in a land where consumption of the drink is limited and they've turned to meth and other drugs for their fixes. Two gangs now run the streets of the apocalyptic city. They settle their disputes through a dangerous street-level version of the video game Dance, Dance, Revolution. Only one will be left standing when the gangs clash against each other and decide their fates playing Beat, Beat Revelation!
Words can't possibly describe how literally ridiculous this movie is. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
We’re officially halfway through 2012, and if you’re an obsessive box-office junkie like me, that means it’s time to reflect back on the past six months at the movies and give credit to some of the best box-office performances. (Theoretically, it’s also time to think back to box-office disasters like Battleship, John Carter, and That’s My Boy, but we’ll save that for another time…)
There have been loads of strong performers with sensible budgets, so it was difficult to whittle down the slate (sorry, Safe House and Contraband, you were thisclose to making the cut! »
- Grady Smith
I have published 72 new reviews so far in the last six months, plus capsule reviews for three films I saw at the Seattle Film Festival prior to leaving for Cannes. From that bunch, nine stand out as potential end of the year top ten films for me, in fact, looking at the list I am quite happy seeing all nine there as I think they serve as a good representation of the best 2012 has had to offer on the festival circuit, indie circuit and even a blockbuster slides on in there. Choosing a "best of the best" among the nine below is not easy as I'll probably do what I do every year before making my final top ten and watch each of them again. Moonrise Kingdom, Laurence Anyways and Killing them Softly certainly stand out however. Rust and Bone can likely only get better with time, I am excited »
- Brad Brevet
Note: Figures for DVD and Blu-ray sales lag approx. 2 weeks behind so that accurate figures can be tabulated. In its first week out on Blu-ray and DVD, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows sold a staggering combined total of 3,288,850 units for a combined gross of $63,419,692.00. That's more than what some films gross at the box office all together. Coming in second was Act of Valor followed by Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which also made its debut. Johnny Blaze had a combined DVD and Blu-ray gross of $12,969,233 on the strength of 703,142 units sold. Safe House took fourth place followed by John Carter in fifth. The Barsoom epic was in its second week of release and following a number 1 debut added $9,223,921 boosting its sales gross to $39,116,025. Note: Figures for units sold and earning totals are combination of Blu-ray and DVD sales totals. In »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brings you the Oscars (yep, that's why they're called Academy Awards), and on Friday, the organization announced that it was prepared to invite 176 new folks to its fold.
In a list posted on its website, the Academy deemed Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Terrence Malick, Jonah Hill, Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and a host of other film luminaries worthy of inclusion in its nearly 6,000-member army.
The Academy has drawn the ire of critics who bemoan its overwhelmingly male, white population. A Los Angeles Times investigation found that of all Academy members, 94 percent are Caucasian and 77 percent are male. A mere 2 percent are black, with Latinos constituting an even smaller portion. Only 14 percent of members are under the age of 50.
Full members of the Academy select and vote on Oscars nominees. The organization was started in 1927 and is now governed by a 43-person board. »
- The Huffington Post
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.
For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website. »
- Erin Strecker
HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.
“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
The 2012 invitees are:
Clifton Collins, »
- Josh Abraham
Doesn’t it seem wrong that films like Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance are made relatively incident-free, but that genuinely innovative and unique potential projects, such as Charlie Kaufman’s Frank Or Francis, struggle and fail to be made due to a lack of funding? One of the best director’s of our generation, who has constructed many great pieces of art, including Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation (2002), has seen his latest feature film crumble away, despite an exciting premise, and a star-studded cast already being on-board. Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Kline, Nicolas Cage, Jack Black, Steve Carrell and Catherine Keener had all signed up to appear in the satire of Hollywood, which tells the story of an online feud between a director and a film blogger who criticises his work.
However, Banks did assuage any feelings of hopelessness by confirming it has only been delayed for the foreseeable future. She »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
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