8 items from 2014
Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow, and Hawkeye joined forces to battle evil (otherwise known as Loki) in this 2012 Marvel film that incited mixed reaction from fans and critics alike. Could director Joss Whedon convincingly weave multiple superhero storylines? Would the ensemble cast of heroes conjure up bad memories of bicker-filled family reunions? Or would it be a feel-good film about the fantastic nature of the good guys?
Skeptics wondered whether a film combining so many heroes would work, but Whedon packed in scene after scene that left audiences craving more and cemented America’s fascination with comic book movies. »
- Nina Terrero
Has any hit ever been more sure-fire than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? The eighth Harry Potter film opened just under a decade after the first one — a decade that saw Potter fandom sweep across the globe. The franchise’s rapid release schedule — with a new film hitting theaters every 18 months on average — meant that a whole generation of moviegoers literally grew up with Harry Potter, watching the stars age from humble prepubescent beginnings into grown-up megastars. The fact that J.K. Rowling released the three final books during the same period occasionally made it feel like all »
- Darren Franich
With the release of the latest teen sensation Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James this Friday, it seems only fitting to examine the phenomena that is the Ya (Young Adult) movie adaptation and why they continue to increase in popularity and box-office success. Whether the setting be fantastical, dystopian, futuristic or magical, there is clearly something entrancing about these literary tales being projected on the silver screen which keeps bringing audiences back for more and more…
Big screen adaptations of beloved young adult novels date back decades; films such as the original Narnia tales, Freaky Friday, The Princess Bride and particularly The Outsiders were huge successes because they were able to teleport readers into a visual representation of the worlds and stories they held so dearly. In modern times however things are a little different. Creatively, cinema is running on empty; the vast majority of releases filling multiplexes are either adaptations (be that novel, »
- Chris Haydon
In the realm of profitable mainstream cinema, the blockbuster franchise currently reigns supreme. Franchises can take many forms, but when the source material ends, as Warner Bros.’ wildly lucrative film series based on author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books did with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, it can leave a noticeable vacuum.
Warners still has its DC Comics properties going for it, not to mention Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy, which will conclude with The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and WB’s attempt to revive the granddaddy of giant death lizard movies with Godzilla.
Still, with the Man of ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »
- Steve Montgomery
Pottermore In a new interview conducted by Emma Watson for Wonderland, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling revealed that she made a mistake by having Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley end up together at the conclusion of the series, calling the pairing "a form of wish fulfillment." Realzing that she might be "breaking people's hearts" by saying that, Rowling apologized to the fans, but said that Hermione should have married the title hero instead.
I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.
Watson, who played Hermione in the WB-produced movies based on the books, agreed with Rowling and said that many fans will too.
I think »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
• Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – review
• The Wolf of Wall Street: why is it so hard to get a ticket?
The £11m Oscars club
In the battle for UK audiences, it's honours even between best picture Oscar nominees The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave, which have all achieved totals so far between £10.9m and £11.2m (see chart below). Respective distributors Universal, Entertainment Films and eOne all have reason to be proud of the results.
The previous best result for a team-up between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio – or any Scorsese film at all, for that matter – was The Departed, which reached £12.86m over its lifetime. The Wolf of Wall Street will easily cruise past that tally this week. With £10.9m after just 10 days, »
- Charles Gant
Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to find out how Sherlock survived his rooftop plunge on BBC1 on Wednesday night, the acclaimed drama's biggest audience yet.
Sherlock had the highest audience of the day but not the biggest of the holiday period, unable to top an opponent even more powerful than Moriarty – Mrs Brown's Boys, the BBC1 sitcom which drew 9.4 million viewers on Christmas Day.
It was more than the 7.5 million viewers who saw the opening episode of the first series in July 2010 and the 8.8 million who watched the start of the second series on New Year's Day 2012.
The mystery of »
- John Plunkett
8 items from 2014
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