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Cinema’s Damaged Heroine

Sarah Myles on cinema’s damaged heroine…

“Badass.”

As a word, it has become synonymous with determined women in movies. Why? Because that is how critics routinely describe them.

“Black Widow gets extra bad-ass in this Avengers 2 trailer,” said Rob Bricken of i09.

In Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron plays “a career badass who enjoys both the job and the perks with equal enthusiasm,” according to J. Hurtado of Screen Anarchy.

Kaya Payseno of Bust tells us that “Badass women star in a feminist western,” while reviewing The Keeping Room.

According to Wendy Ide of The Guardian, Wonder Woman is “A gloriously badass breath of fresh air.”

From whence does this strangely limited vocabulary come? How have we reached a point where a critic can use the word ‘badass,’ and we almost all picture exactly the same thing: a mostly solitary woman, in figure hugging/revealing costumes, scowling and being violent?
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Marvel’s Trump Donor Ex-ceo Is the Reason There Was no Black Widow Merchandise

Chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, who donated to a Donald Trump super Pac in 2016, is the real reason for the absence of Black Widow action figures, according to sources close to the studio. A Vanity Fair profile of studio president Kevin Feige, the man responsible for the blockbuster success of the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, reveals that Disney “quietly sidelines” Perlmutter in 2015 due to his “outdated opinions about casting, budgeting, and merchandising.”

The article continues: “For example, Perlmutter, citing his years in the toy-making business, reportedly made the decision to scale back production of Black Widow-themed merchandise in 2015 because he believed ‘girl’ superhero products wouldn’t sell.”

Read More:‘Marvel’s Runaways’: The 6 Best Changes from the Comics to the Hulu Series

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow first appeared in 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” but the character did not receive her own action
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CW releases DC's Crisis on Earth-x trailer!

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Crossovers are hard to pull off at the best of times. Even Marvel has a habit of clumsily shoehorning cameos and references (see: Iron Man 2 and Age Of Ultron), so it takes a lot of dedication and skill to get it right. Hopefully CW is up to the task with its ambitious Crisis On Earth-x event, which will begin on Arrow, then continue on to Supergirl, The Flash, and conclude on Legends Of Tomorrow (rather than one long... Read More...
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DC Extended Universe Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Last weekend saw the release of Justice League, which brings the total of films in the DC Extended Universe (Dceu) to five. While that may seem like too few to rank, keep in mind that if Warner Bros. keeps on pace with production, that number will grow. The Dceu has had a rough start, but keep in mind that the McU didn’t have a smooth liftoff. Iron Man was fantastic, but then they had to figure out The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2. The Dceu has generated its fair share of controversy, but to its credit, it’s …
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Here’s What Jake Gyllenhaal Could Look Like As Batman

Jake Gyllenhaal as the ninth incarnation of Gotham’s Dark Knight?

That’s the rumor currently doing the rounds online, after one report claimed Matt Reeves, writer-director on The Batman, has hand-picked Gyllenhaal to be his Caped Crusader, and the one who would eventually succeed Ben Affleck in the title role.

Keep in mind that many of DC’s bigwigs have since voiced their support of Affleck’s costumed crusader on the belief that he will indeed reprise the part in time for The Batman in 2018, despite all of those conflicting reports swirling online. So, until we have something official from the studio, it’d be best to treat this all just as a rumor for now. Still, that hasn’t stopped fan artist extraordinaire Boss Logic from putting together a quick design of how the Stronger star may appear should he indeed take over the role, and you can
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AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes Away at 64

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes Away at 64
For those about to rock, we salute you. Malcolm Young, founding member of AC/DC and brother to lead guitarist Angus Young, has passed away at the age of 64. Malcolm suffered through dementia and cancer for the last years of his life and has not toured or recorded with the band since 2008's Black Ice. Malcolm Young was the band's rhythm guitar player and is responsible for many of AC/DC's best-known songs that have topped the charts as well as helped launch movies into the top of the box office with his contributions to soundtracks.

In a statement on the Malcolm Young's Facebook, his family said, "Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many." While the statement is accurate, it also underscores just how amazing Malcolm Young really was. Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Action Hero was a box office bomb,
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Justice League Review

Justice League is a “step in the right direction” in that instead of tumbling down an upwards-climbing escalator on an endless loop, DC has now managed to brace itself on a bottom step, clutching the handrail in a dizzied, confused daze. Patty Jenkins blazed a trail for franchise improvement with Wonder Woman, but this Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon double-team steps right back into the Dceu’s own mismanaged stink.

Forced “humor” clashes with Snyder’s brand of glib intensity, action sequences rage with no captivation, backstory establishment gets tossed aside – but yes, it’s far more “fun” than Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. For whatever that’s worth? Marvel cultivated their rivaling luminescent, “bright side” universe through patience and genuine charisma – DC just wants to bottle the same magic, hellbent on replicating an existing formula without understanding.

The Justice League’s first venture is to prevent Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), a cosmic warlord,
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The End Of Batfleck? Matt Reeves “Doesn’t Want” Justice League Actor For The Batman

All summer long, Justice League was dogged by allegations that Ben Affleck was weighing up his future as the Caped Crusader.

Back then, ardent Batfleck supporters brushed aside any and all claims on the belief that they were manufactured hit-pieces designed to stir up controversy. The ensuing ‘will he, won’t he?’ saga gripped the Internet for months, but on the eve of Justice League‘s theatrical debut, it now looks certain that Ben Affleck is headed for the exit door.

It all started when Affleck himself cast doubt on his future within the DC Extended Universe two weeks ago, leading many to conclude that Matt Reeves was ready to cast another Hollywood A-lister in time for The Batman. Fast forward to now, and with reports suggesting that Jake Gyllenhaal is high on Reeves’ radar, Rob Keyes of Screen Rant has offered a little context to the whole situation.

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Blade Runner 2049 loses big, Wonder Woman 2 in trouble, Black Widow movie will happen and more – Weekend News Roundup

Blade Runner 2049 Loses Big

Sometimes a movie can get the best reviews and great word of mouth, but it doesn’t connect with an audience. That was the story of 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, which grossed just over $240 million worldwide. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie needed to make at least $400 million globally in order to break even, which means Alcon Entertainment and the film’s investors are looking at a loss of around $80 million. Read more here.

Son Of Drago

Speaking of old franchises with recent sequels, the Sylvester Stallone directed Creed 2 will begin production in the new year and Mma star Sage Northcutt has revealed that he’s auditioned to play the son of Ivan Drago in the movie. Dolph Lundgren has already been confirmed to reprise his role as the Russian monster, so we could see the son of Creed take on the son of
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Marvel Was Worried The McU Would Collapse If Thor Failed

Thor: Ragnarok is a monster hit and currently sitting at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Forget the fact that it’s the best God of Thunder movie to date; this could be one of Marvel’s greatest films, period.

To quote our own Matt Donato’s review:

“As Thor tumbles head-over-feet through the infinite cosmos, summons thunder blasts and tries to erase the image of Hulk’s gargantuan – how did Tony Stark put it, zucchini(?) – from his mind, “Cosmic Marvel” continues to evolve as the studio’s most fascinating subgenre. It’s where McU mastermind Kevin Feige allows filmmakers the most freedom, thus far.”

Not a lot of people had high hopes for the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU), featuring what many described as one of the blandest superheroes on screen, yet director Taika Waititi managed to give us a splendid adventure that had us glued to our seats.
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Is Thor: Ragnarok the most overrated Marvel movie ever?

Eric Bay-Andersen offers a different opinion to Anghus Houvouras’ claim that Thor: Ragnarok is the best Marvel film ever…

There have been several superhero films this year where my opinion has greatly differed from the general consensus – I found Wonder Woman decent rather than exceptional, and I thought Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 was just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. Logan and Spider-Man: Homecoming were exceptions (I loved both of them), but the one superhero film that I simply cannot understand all the praise for is Thor: Ragnarok – it’s the most underwhelmed I’ve been by a Marvel film since Iron Man 2, and in this article I shall attempt to explain why (meedless to say, spoilers ahead).

The humour: yes, Chris Hemsworth can be funny, but that’s no reason to completely change the character of Thor to give him time to vamp – those
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Is Thor: Ragnarok the best Marvel movie ever?

Anghus Houvouras on whether Thor: Ragnarok is the best Marvel movie ever…

Yes.

There you go! Nice, succinct, spoiler-free and to the point. I suppose there are those who want more detail, so allow me to elaborate. Spoilers ahead my friends.

Thor: Ragnarok Is The Best Marvel Movie. Better than Iron Man. Better than The Avengers. Better than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Better than Guardians of the Galaxy. After four or five years of being completely ambivalent about Marvel Studios and their ridiculously similar, formulaic content I found myself blasted out of the back of the theater at the awesomeness of the third Thor movie.

How the hell did this happen? Let’s break it down.

It’s the most Comic Book movie since Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.

One of my biggest gripes about Marvel over the past few years is their attempts at bringing their larger than life
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Thor: Ragnarok hammers out $14.5 million in domestic takings on Thursday

Heading towards a predicted $100m+ domestic total at the Us box office this weekend, Thor: Raganrok delivered an estimated $14.5m in Thursday night previews. That places it in seventh position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe preview chart (see below), just behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, which debuted to $15.4m earlier this year. Spidey went on to gross $117m for the weekend, so the God of Thunder should be there-or-there-abouts when the dust settles on Monday.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – $27.6m preview ($191.27m opening) Captain America: Civil War – $25m preview ($179.14m opening) Marvel’s The Avengers – $18.7m from midnight screenings ($207.44m opening) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $17m preview ($146.5m opening) Iron Man 3 – $15.6m preview ($174.14m opening) Spider-Man: Homecoming – $15.4m preview ($117m opening) Thor: Ragnarok – $14.5m preview Guardians of the Galaxy – $11.2m preview ($94.32m opening) Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $10.3m preview ($95.02m opening) Doctor Strange – $9.4m preview ($85m opening
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'Thor: Ragnarok' Targets $100M+ Domestic Debut, Kicking Off the Holiday 2017 Season

'Thor: Ragnarok' Targets $100M+ Domestic Debut, Kicking Off the Holiday 2017 Season
Saturday Am Update: With an estimated $46.8 million on Friday, Disney and Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is currently pacing to deliver an opening weekend around $115 million if not a little higher. Like the last eight films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film earned an "A" CinemaScore from opening day moviegoers. Stx's A Bad Moms Christmas is looking to perform right on industry expectations, delivering an estimated $5.5 million on Friday, bringing the film's domestic cume to $10 million and headed toward a three-day weekend around $15-16 million and a five-day total around $20 million. You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete look at the weekend. Friday Am Update: Thor: Ragnarok delivered the seventh largest preview gross for a title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe last night, bringing in $14.5 million, which is just behind the $15.4 million Spider-Man: Homecoming brought in earlier this year,
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Every Marvel Post-Credits Scene Leading Up to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (Videos)

Every Marvel Post-Credits Scene Leading Up to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (Videos)
The post-credits scene is a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — every McU movie so far has had one except for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The scenes have run the full gamut of tone, from funny to deadly serious. Some tease future movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and others were just there as gags. The stinger trend began with the first “Iron Man” film way back in 2008, before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was actually a thing — the McU began in earnest two years later with “Iron Man 2,” though that first film did plant the seeds. As...
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Can Thor: Ragnarok and Bad Moms 2 Save the Sinking Box Office?

Can Thor: Ragnarok and Bad Moms 2 Save the Sinking Box Office?
After a disappointing month at the box office, that saw highly-anticipated movies like Blade Runner 2049 and last weekend's Jigsaw drastically underperform, Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is looking to give the box office a much-needed boost. We reported yesterday that Thor: Ragnarok earned $107.6 million during its international opening weekend, already earning back more than half of its $180 million production budget before it opens in North America. We're projecting that Thor: Ragnarok will come in at the top end of its recent projections, bringing in an impressive $124.6 million.

This Thor sequel has already made headlines for its critical prowess, with the first wave of Thor: Ragnarok reviews landing 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it has continued to impress critics since then, with an amazing 96% rating on Rt, with just five negative reviews out of 120. While the Rt rating could certainly change between now and its opening this weekend, the movie currently stands
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James Madigan Attached To Direct Space Station Action Film ‘Starfall’

Exclusive: James Madigan is set to direct the space station action title Starfall which is aiming for a May 2018 production start. Starfall is based on David Coggeshall’s script with rewrites by Jordan and Aaron Kandell (Moana). Madigan has worked in visual effects for over 20 years on such films as Iron Man 2 and The Da Vinci Code and such TV series as HBO’s Rome, for which he won an Emmy and two Visual Effects Society Awards. Madigan has also served as a second unit…
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Tessa Thompson Wants an All Female Lead Marvel Film

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Looks like the new girl on the block is leading the charge on the long awaited and asked about all female Marvel Film.

Thor: Ragnorok is just around the corner and we could not be more hyped! The embargo has lifted and first reviews and thoughts are coming out strong for the third film in the Thor Trilogy and the 17th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One thing that critics are all in agreement on is that Tessa Thompson is a highlight of the film. Basically she is a highlight in the game of life. Now, thanks to ThePlaylist, we know that during a press conference for Ragnorok, Thompson revealed that now that she is in the fold of the McU, she is the voice of all of us that want to see an all-female Marvel film.

Tessa said,

“Recently I marched up with a couple of other
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Will The Merc Don His Famous X-Force Suit In Deadpool 2?

No matter how many times 20th Century Fox champions the Merc’s sophomore stint as a standalone adventure, Deadpool 2 and Drew Goddard’s nascent X-Force movie are inextricably linked. They share the same universe, for crying out loud!

Word is the latter is gearing up for a production start late next year, so it’s all but certain that Deadpool 2 will include a few winks and nods toward Goddard’s ensemble piece. Fox is yet to disclose an official release date for the latter, though we imagine it’s targeting a 2019 launch.

Regardless of when it arrives, Deadpool 2 will clearly serve as the springboard for Fox’s X-Force crossover, and though we don’t expect an overstuffed sequel in the vein of Iron Man 2, the hosts of Marvel Movie News (via Screen Rant) have uncovered a seemingly major clue that suggests the Merc With a Mouth
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Film Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Film Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Hey, comicbook fans, it’s another Thor movie, and that can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for another Avengers movie! While you wait, Disney and Marvel Studios hope to loot another half-billion dollars or so from the world’s wallets with this outlandish amuse bouche featuring the God of Thunder and his Abs of Steel, with yet another confusing plot crudely bastardized from Norse mythology in which most of the action takes place on a parallel world you care nothing about.

Like Thor’s two previous solo outings (definite low points in the Marvel oeuvre), this one is pretty much skippable, although it’s not without its pleasures — most notably, the fact that Thor’s not so solo this time around, with cameos/co-starring opportunities for the Hulk, Doctor Strange and a few leftover bits of Tony Stark’s wardrobe (including a retro Duran Duran T-shirt that’s good for a laugh). And while it
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