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How long should a franchise lie fallow before it can be rebooted successfully? With its premier comic-book property, Warner Bros allowed an eight-year gap between Batman and Robin and Batman Begins, although it's worth remembering that grosses for the Christopher Nolan trilogy only reached spectacular levels with The Dark Knight, three years later; the sequel made £49.1m, as opposed to just £16.6m for Batman Begins. Sony did pretty well with The Amazing Spider-Man only five years after Spider-Man 3, whereas Universal didn't create much excitement with Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk, five years after Ang Lee's less-than-fully achieved Hulk.
Seven years after Superman Returns underwhelmed audiences with a total of £16.4m in the UK and Ireland, the pricey Man of Steel always looked likely to improve on that total. With Nolan on board as producer, »
- Charles Gant
Anghus Houvouras believes that hardcore fans are killing the potential of superhero movies....
Warning - spoilers ahead...
Comic book adaptations are rife with challenges. Making a $200 million epic that pleases everyone has to be a thankless task. You're never going to please everyone. Especially those hardcore fanboys who believe they know best. I've read a few dozen comments that basically can be reduced to the following thought:
"Superman would never do that."
It's the sentiment you hear from the most die hard fans who believe that they have a better grasp of the character than those adapting the story. While I understand the motivation behing these statement, I find this obsessive level of entitlement puzzling.
- Flickering Myth
Warner Bros released a brand new TV spot for the upcoming sci-fi film “Pacific Rim” by director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy 3, Pinocchio, Pan’s Labyrinth) and starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Ron Perlman (Halo, Savage Mutts, Hellboy), Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World, No Good Deed, Luther), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises, Red Lights), Charlie Day and Clifton Collins Jr. Synopsis: When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”.
The post Wicked New Pacific Rim TV Spot Hits The Web appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Brian Corder
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the animated comedy The Lego Movie, which sees directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) linking up with Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) to direct the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the 2002 NBA All-Stars. Talk about a cast of characters! Check out the first trailer after the official synopsis...
"The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared."
- Flickering Myth
Man of Steel box office to reach $150 million in North America today (photo: Dylan Sprayberry as the young Clark Kent in Man of Steel) Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill in the title role, Man of Steel will undoubtedly pass the $150 million milestone at the North American box office on Tuesday, June 19, 2013. Partly boosted by 3D surcharges, after about four and a quarter days (including $12 million from Thursday evening screenings), Warner Bros.’ $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel has taken in $141.26 million from 4,207 Us/Canada locations, including $12.58 million on Monday as per Box Office Mojo. For comparison’s sake: From Friday-Monday, without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges, Jon Favreau / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man earned $105.55 million, or about $117 million today. So, if the 3D surcharges* are deducted from Man of Steel‘s Friday-to-Monday total, the 2013 Superman reboot would be left with $116.34 million. In other words, the $140 million-budgeted Iron Man »
- Zac Gille
Some bad news for anyone looking forward to the long-awaited Sin City sequel... with just under four months to go until its scheduled release date of October 4th, The Weinstein Company has decided to push back the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller-helmed comic book adaptation a little over ten months, with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For now set to hit cinemas on August 22nd 2014.
The follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's cult 2005 hit, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is one of two Rodriguez-directed sequels in production (the other being Machete Kills, which arrives in September). The script has been written by Rodriguez, Miller and Oscar-winner William Monahan (The Departed) and the film is set to feature an all-star cast, with returning Sin City stars Bruce Willis (A Good Day to Die Hard), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Jessica Alba (Machete), Rosario Dawson (Trance), Jaime King (My Bloody Valentine »
- Flickering Myth
"In the original version of the script, Zod just got zapped into the Phantom Zone," Snyder told Empire. "But [writer] David [S Goyer], Chris and I had long talks about it, and I said that I really feel like we should kill Zod, and that Superman should kill him.
"The 'Why?' of it for me was that if it was truly an origin story, his aversion to killing is unexplained.
"I wanted to create a scenario where Superman, either he's going to see [Metropolis's citizens] chopped in half, or he's gotta do what he's gotta do."
> Vote for who should play Lex Luthor in Digital Spy's poll
Goyer went on to explain »
Another British duo of acting talent have joined the ranks of Brad Anderson's ('The Call') new helmed horror thriller 'Eliza Graves'. The script was adapted by scribe Joseph Gangemi from Edgar Allan Poe's original short story 'The System Of Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether' no less than 15 years ago! But now it's finally ready to kick off production next week and newbies David Thewlis ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2') and Brendan Gleeson ('28 Days Later', 'Lake Placid') have joined the already impressive line-up. Brit stars Ben Kingsley ('Lucky Number Slevin'), Jim Sturgess ('Heartless'), Michael Caine ('The Dark Knight Rises') and the sexy Kate Beckinsale -below ('Underworld: Awakening') are already on board waiting to begin shooting next week. »
Iron Man 3 has earned over $400 million at the Us box office.
It has become the first release in 2013 to do so, reports ComicBook.com.
No other film has reached the $300 million mark in 2013 so far.
Iron Man 3 has currently earned $1,203,459,094 worldwide, making its the fifth highest-grossing film in history behind Avatar, Titanic, Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
Watch a trailer for Iron Man 3 below: »
The veteran Bollywood actor is said to have performed a brilliantly executed action sequence on the sets of "D-Day" without any training or rehearsals.
Rishi, who plays the character of Goldman, a most wanted criminal, was shooting for an action sequence with Irrfan, for the film. The scene required Rishi to crawl on the ground and engage in some intense hand to hand combat, and he surprised the action director duo with his agility and accuracy, said a source.
- Machan Kumar
Man of Steel weekend box office: Above estimates, but real June record remains beyond the reach of Superman 2013 reboot (image: Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel) Somewhat surprisingly — it’s usually the other way around — Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel grossed more than $3 million above studio estimates released on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, possibly the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), the 2013 Superman reboot scored $116.61 million from 4,207 North American locations according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Once Thursday evening figures are added, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel‘s domestic cume reached $128.68 million by Sunday evening. Now, Man of Steel‘s adjusted $116.61 million doesn’t change the June Box-Office Record Chart in any way. The Superman reboot remains ahead of the former official June champ, the Tom Hanks-, Tim Allen-voiced Toy Story 3‘s »
- Zac Gille
Because you can never have too much of a good thing, we talk to Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer, who unveils the thought processes that shaped Superman for a new generation. Meanwhile, as they like to say in the comics, the film’s beautiful Kryptonian butt-kicker Antje Traue talks about building the beatdown-giving body that’s certain to make her a breakout star (and don’t miss my chat with director Zack Snyder). Nerding out with Man of Steel's screenwriter So what do you if you’re David S. Goyer – the onetime comic book scribe turned screenwriter who’s had a hand in successfully bringing characters like Batman and Blade to the big screen – when you need a little break from creating The Dark Knight Rises with...
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Akin to the episode where Richard and Ryan covered “The Dark Knight Rises,” this episode discusses “Man Of Steel,” the long-awaited Superman reboot. Kevin James joins Richard and Ryan to go through all the highs, lows and just plain weird moments of this summer blockbuster. And you’re right, it isn’t a cartoon, but considering Superman’s influence on comics and cartoon series, it’d be a Sketchy Podcast sin not to cover it. So, here it is. In continuing with Superman Month, enjoy “Man Of Steel.”
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- Ryan Clagg
Spoiler Alert: This discussion reveals key plot details from “Man of Steel.”
Justin Chang: Several weeks ago, writing about “Iron Man 3″ in the New York Times, Manohla Dargis noted that the film, with its bombastic explosions and references to terrorism, underscored “just how thoroughly Sept. 11 and its aftermath have been colonized by the movies.” A similar thought occurred to me repeatedly during the last hour or so of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which, as our colleague Scott Foundas pointed out in his review, strongly resembles the likes of “The Avengers” and “Transformers” in its cinematic shock-and-awe. I’d say Snyder goes even further than those movies in the way he channels the specific terror and chaos of 9/11; you see it in those brief scenes of small planes hitting skyscrapers, and in the lingering shots of ash-covered Metropolitans being pulled, traumatized but hopeful, from the rubble.
As I noted about two years ago, »
- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Remember when the first Man Of Steel trailers were first released, with all that whispering, those soft-focus shots of grass, and a gentle wind whipping both Old Glory and a line of laundry across a grey pastel sky? This idyllic, ethereal tone led many a viewer to (half-jokingly) wonder if the trailer hadn’t been accidentally switched with that of an upcoming Terrence Malick film. This isn’t how you advertise an action film; much less a superhero story. What’s with the butterfly seemingly trapped in the chain? Come on, this isn’t the place for pretentious metaphors! Where were the one-liners, the big reveal, or even that ubiquitous ‘blinking’ effect that we’ve come to accept isn’t going away any time soon? Where was the noise?
And do you remember when, having watched the film this weekend, you found yourself thinking just what Malick’s vision of »
- Dan Wakefield
Warning: Spoilers Galore.
By not simply rolling to "The End," "They all lived happily ever after," etc. after Frodo made a three-pointer chucking The One Ring into Mount Doom, Peter Jackson set a pretty bad precedent in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Every time it seemed like all was well and we were fading to credits, another five-minute scene would roll in. Toss in a few Oscars and you've got a bunch of blockbuster directors wanting to add 20 endings to their genre films, too.
With "Man of Steel" currently keeping people from validating their parking for way longer than they should, let's take a look at five recent flicks that just kept going and going and going ...
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' (2011)
- Max Evry
Tom Struthers and John Street are not easy to impress, especially for a team that has worked on some of the finest action movies in Hollywood such as The Bourne Ultimatum, Blood Diamond, Saving Private Ryan, Inception, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. However, the talented action directors were left speechless after Rishi Kapoor performed a brilliantly executed action sequence on the sets of D-day without any training or rehearsals. Read More »
Welcome to a new series of articles we’re running here at WhatCulture, prior to a new section of the site that will be opening up soon – one which will focus entirely on the subject of screenwriting.
Previously, I’ve explored the screenwriting mechanics working behind The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Django Unchained and Iron Man 3. I’ve also offered out a few handy tips for beginners who might just be getting into screenwriting, recommended screenplays that I believe every aspiring writer should get acquainted with. Today, I’ll be looking at Zack Snyder’s latest Superman reboot, Man Of Steel…
A Christopher Nolan-aligned Superman movie is a product guaranteed to generate hype, so it’s perhaps of no surprise to learn that Zack Snyder’s latest hasn’t quite seemed to live up to those built-in expectations. As with all movies of this type, though, a critical panning »
- T.J. Barnard
Warning: This Article Contains Spoilers For Man Of Steel
While brainstorming ideas for what would eventually become The Dark Knight Rises in 2010, screenwriter David S. Goyer pitched a Superman reboot to producer Christopher Nolan. Liking what he heard, Nolan took the idea to Warner Bros. and the studio happily gave him the green light. Hiring Zack Snyder as director, this team looked to bring Superman back to relevancy.
Three years after that initial meeting, that Superman reboot, Man of Steel, is finally out in theaters. After a killer marketing campaign and lots of pre-release hype, expectations were through the roof for this new interpretation of the classic hero. With Nolan’s Batman trilogy concluding last year, WB desperately needs a new franchise to serve as the tentpole for the next few years.
Upon release, Man of Steel has received a mixed reception. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, professional critics were not kind »
- Chris Agar
Gary Oldman's (The Dark Knight Rises) directorial debut was the powerful drama Nil by Mouth in 1997, starring Ray Winstone (The Sweeney) and Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Now there are reports that for his follow-up he is planning to direct a biopic of the film pioneer Eadweard Muybridge titled Flying Horse.
Muybridge developed technological advances in photography and motion-capturing imagery. The film will focus on the love affair between his wife Flora and the theatre critic Harry Larkyns, who was killed by Muybridge.
Oldman has written the script and is eyeing Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) to play Muybridge and Larkyns. He might also appear himself, as the district attorney who prosecuted Muybridge.
Flying Horse is scheduled to begin production early next year and will be produced by Oldman's manager Douglas Urbanski. Oldman can next be seen in the upcoming thriller Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford. »
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