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Simon and Stephen Cornwell are producing for The Ink Factory, which will also finance. Pearce, whose writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” will direct from his own script. The logline is under wraps.
The project is expected to launch international sales next month at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Justin Kroll
I’m honestly amazed that it has taken this long for Frozen – the highest grossing movie of 2013 – to get a sequel. The movie grossed well over a billion dollars at the box office, beating out the likes of Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, The Desolation of Smaug, Catching Fire and Fast & Furious 6. It raked in nearly double what Man of Steel made that same year and stayed in theaters for the better part of a year. And it’s only now getting a sequel. Well, not now, exactly. Although Disney has reportedly been working on the
Disney Finally Gives Frozen 2 a Release Date »
- Brian Hadsell
In a matter of weeks, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have delivered its first contribution to 2017, that of the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. By now, you’ve probably heard the news that it’s tracking for a massive domestic opening and seems to be faring well with critics, but what of those increasingly important overseas numbers?
According to Deadline, Star-Lord and company are set to bring in somewhere between $85 – $100 million from 37 international markets, theoretically surpassing Thor: The Dark World ($85.4 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($67.6 million). Still, it wouldn’t quite reach the bar set by Iron Man 3 ($141.4 million), but a return such as that is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Personally, I believe that the film has more than a fighting chance when it comes to surpassing the original’s overall box office gross, which was totalled at $773.3 million. And, lest we forget, »
- Eric Joseph
These 20 standout schools offer competitive, world-renowned cinema instruction for aspiring filmmakers:
American Film Institute
With several of its alumni receiving awards and nominations during the 2016-17 awards season, AFI’s newly implemented programs aim to further increase the progression of students from education to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to take screenwriting courses that employ the collaborative format of a TV writers’ room for creating pilots, and participate in the AFI Writers’ Room Ready, pairing graduating screenwriters and their pilot scripts with accomplished AFI mentors. This year, AFI alumnus and cinematographer Frederick Elmes will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, an honor that recognizes the exceptional creative talents of an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of cinematographer Schaffner.
Art Center College of Design
The private Pasadena college boasts a wide range of educational partnerships, allowing students to collaborate with industry partners and gain real-world experience. »
- Variety Staff
A little less than three years after Guardians of the Galaxy become an out-of-this-worldwide breakout hit, the sequel begins its overseas rollout today. Debuting in the late-April sweet spot that has seen Disney release such Marvel tentpoles as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 rockets into 37 material markets through Friday, repping 58% of its international box office footprint. Domestic and the rest of the… »
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The gang is back in theaters.
Tracking suggests the quirky superhero tentpole, from Disney and Marvel Studios, could approach or top $100 million from its first 58 foreign territories. Major markets include Australia, France, Germany, Brazil, the U.K. and Mexico.
When comparing previous Marvel debuts in the same suite of markets at today's exchange rates, 2013's Iron Man 3 debuted to $141.4 »
- Pamela McClintock
Like it or not, we live in an age of shared universes. Yes, it sounds like yet another Hollywood trend, like 3D or superhero movies, but in my opinion it's anything but. Growing up, I dreamed of a time when a Batman movie could work its way into a Superman movie. However, given the limitations of Hollywood at the time, we simply couldn’t make it work at the time. The closest thing we ever got to something like that was seeing Michael Keaton play Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown and Out of Sight. Other than that, all we had to rely on was sequels, and even then, the same actors coming back was an unlikely prospect. The fact that we do it now is a huge plus in living in an era like today, even if they aren't all perfect.
Some studios have had some major growing pains in »
- Joseph Medina
Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 is funny, wildly entertaining and something of a triumph. Here's our review...
Three years ago, Guardians Of The Galaxy was a D-list Marvel property handed to a cult director whose last two films failed to make back their budgets at the box office. This week, the sequel lands as Marvel’s most-anticipated follow-up since Avengers: Age Of Ultron. How times change.
It’s no surprise, then, that writer and director James Gunn has brought plenty of swagger with him the second time around, and it’s right on display the very moment the movie begins. From the soundtrack choices to the production design to the script, there’s barely a single moment where this film isn’t delighting your senses. We won’t make you wait for the one-line verdict: if you loved the first one, you’re going to love this one too. »
Marvel Studios hasn’t exactly worked only with obscure filmmakers. But the studio has shown a marked preference for lesser-known people with careers rooted in smaller genre productions, comedies, or character-heavy work rather than for putting A-List action directors behind the camera. And in fact, the directors with the biggest names prior to working on Marvel films all got their jobs in the franchise before it was established as the enormous cash cow it is today. That early slate of Marvel directors included names like Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), Kenneth Branagh (“Thor), and Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”). But since then, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Late last year, audiences were introduced to the world of Doctor Strange. It was seen as a bit of a risk for Marvel. In fact, whenever Marvel leaves the cozy confines of the standard world-based universe, we wonder if they’re able to pull it off. Luckily for us, they were. The film was a whole lot of fun (even if it was your typical origin story), and Benedict Cumberbatch was deemed a great fit for the egocentric doctor.
Doctor Strange ended up grossing over $675 million worldwide, a commendable achievement for a brand new franchise. While Marvel Studios still has a full slate on their hands between now and the end of 2019, there’s always room for a sequel down the line, especially if the film is as good as the first one. But, of course, as has been proven, even if Marvel decides to make a sequel, they don »
- Joseph Medina
Last month, production on Avengers: Infinity War had shifted to Edinburgh, Scotland, with new set photos revealing Paul Bettany's Vision. He was seen walking down a Scottish street late at night. Another video surfaced just a day later, which showed Vision using his special powers to fly away after a number of attackers from The Black Order had knocked him to the ground. No further details were given. Today, we have even more set photos, and they uncover a few rather huge Spoilers for Vision and another popular character from the Avengers movies. If you're trying to avoid huge spoilers for Infinity War, then you'll want to stop reading right now.
Shortly after the Vision set photos emerged, we learned that Elizabeth Olsen had arrived in Scotland to film scenes in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, along with a number Marvel stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, »
MGM Television has secured a deal with Women of Wrestling (Wow) to produce a range of unscripted programming, Variety has learned.
Wow was founded by David McLane, who previously launched the wrestling promotion the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (Glow) in the 1980’s. The latter promotion will also be the subject of a Netflix scripted series of the same name, which premieres on June 23.
McLane, who is also the president of Wow, will work with MGM TV president Mark Burnett and MGM’s head of unscripted programming, Barry Poznick, to create content across networks, digital platforms, cable, and multicast networks.
This is MGM TV’s third partnership in the sports arena with “Lucha Underground” in its third season and its previously announced partnership with the Drone Racing League.
“Barry and I witnessed first-hand the enormous global fan base of professional wrestling with our team’s production of ‘Lucha Underground,’” Burnett said. “We »
- Joe Otterson
Way back in August, a rumored Spider-Man: Homecoming cast list started making the rounds, which revealed a number of interesting details such as Angourie Rice playing Betty Brandt and Bookeem Woodbine playing the villain known as the Shocker, a.k.a. Herman Schultz. Subsequent set photos that featured the Shocker costume seemed to confirm the validity of this list, but one detail many missed is that the list actually says that Bookeem Woodbine is playing "Schultz/Shocker #2." Since there was no other Shocker mentioned on the list, that detail became forgotten, but it seems now that it's quite valid. During a special Marvel press event earlier this week, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito confirmed that Logan Marshall Green is actually playing the Shocker, who will reportedly join Bokeem Woodbine's Herman Schultz, with the film featuring two Shockers.
Nerdist attended a VFX presentation at Marvel's Burbank headquarters this week, where »
One of the reasons Guardians of the Galaxy has been such a monumental success rests on the shoulders of its writer and director, James Gunn. Since taking on Marvel's band of cosmic misfits, Gunn has become synonymous with the Guardians. His passion, dedication, and love for the characters, the stars that portray them, and the fans have won over many of the fandom. It doesn't look like he intends to let them down any time soon either.
Today, Gunn took to Facebook to announce the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
But the question that comes up perhaps the most is, “What’s the deal with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and are you going to direct? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
It’s not enough to love films, we now must enumerate that love or hate relative to any similar films.
It has become a familiar ritual — the latest release in a franchise or a noted director’s canon spawns more than one site to run a “The Films of ___________, Ranked” article. We’ve done this dance with the Marvel movies since At Least 2012 when The Avengers came out, and no doubt someone is at this very moment preparing a ranking of the 14 previous films in the McU to accompany the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Wonder Woman will likely spur on a ranking of all the DC Films, and we saw just in the past week where everyone stood on the existing Fast & Furious movies.
And yes, I got into the act with my own “The Films of Assistant Director Frank Capra III, Ranked.” Hopefully the point was made.
- The Bitter Script Reader
Who he is: The Mandarin. (The real one.)
His power: Unknown. In the comics, The Mandarin possesses 10 alien rings that give him a variety of powers; in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though, all that’s known is that he’s brilliant, vengeful, and in charge of a massive terrorist organization.
His story: The Mandarin’s existence is first hinted at, but never mentioned, in Iron Man, when playboy weapons manufacturer Tony Stark is kidnapped by his terrorist organization, the Ten Rings. The Ten Rings also pop up in Iron Man 2, helping to smuggle Whiplash into Monaco, and Ant-Man, where one of its agents attempted to kill Hank Pym. In Iron Man 3, though, Aldrich Killian hires a British actor named Trevor Slattery to impersonate The Mandarin in order to manipulate the War On Terror, an act that would later have disastrous consequences for Slattery. Although it was believed ...
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Box office estimates relayed by Deadline claim that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is tracking for a $150m-$180 million opening weekend on home turf.
Before we delve into the minutia, and as Deadline points out, it’s worth keeping in mind that these projections arrive three weeks before the launch of James Gunn’s galactic sequel – in the States, at least – and should be taken as more of a rough approximation than a concrete figure. Nevertheless, these figures were posted by non-Disney sources, so they do make for some interesting reading.
One thing’s for sure: interest in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is through the roof, with analysts claiming that the Marvel follow-up could enjoy a similar domestic opening to that of Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million). The more »
- Michael Briers
So Shane Black (who actually co-starred in the original Predator) is hard at work writing and directing the upcoming sequel, The Predator. And, while we haven't seen much from it yet (besides a surprisingly cheesy-looking cast photo), Shane Black has been doing some good work since his comeback with Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang (even though I personally hate Iron Man 3, I know it was a well-made... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Not unlike the “will he, won’t he?” debate that gripped the Internet back when Robert Downey Jr. was negotiating with Marvel about his McU future beyond Iron Man 3, the contract of Captain America himself, Chris Evans, has been the subject of heated speculation over the past few weeks.
Initially, Evans hinted that his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was coming to a close, and that Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel – which is currently slated for 2019 – would effectively close the book on his superhero saga. The intense production schedule coupled with the fact that his Marvel contract is nearing an end left the actor feeling a little burnt out – Infinity War and its follow-up are shooting back-to-back, remember – but it wasn’t long before Chris Evans back-pedalled, stating in no uncertain terms that he’d still be willing to extend his run in the McU beyond »
- Michael Briers
Vertical Entertainment has released the first trailer from their upcoming action-thriller Lady Bloodfight, which is set for a theatrical release on May 5. The studio has also provided us with the first poster that takes us closer into the action, showcasing the characters who square off against each other in a brutal fighting tournament known as The Kumite. While this tournament bears the same name as the tournament portrayed in the 1988 classic Bloodsport, this upcoming action-thriller showcases an all-female tournament.
Lady Bloodfight centers on Jane (Amy Johnston), a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, she draws the attention of Shu (Muriel Hofmann), a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as "The Kumite" in »
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