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Last week, Warner Bros. released the Comic-Con trailer for Wonder Woman, which was well-received by fans. Since we still have roughly 10 months until this movie hits theaters, most weren't expecting a new TV spot already, but one surfaced this weekend, which is essentially a shorter version of the Sdcc trailer. Still, we don't know when more footage will be unveiled, so this TV spot will help tide fans over until a new trailer drops.
This TV spot surfaced on YouTube, debuting just over a week after Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel. The panel was hosted by Conan O'Brien, featuring director Patty Jenkins, who then introduced Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor) and Diana Prince herself, Gal Gadot, who expressed how it is an "honor and a privilege" to bring this iconic character Diana Prince to life on the big screen, and how she feels a huge responsibility to portray this character accurately. »
Star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the Bourne franchise after a nine year, one film hiatus as Jason Bourne is looking at a #1 finish as it debuts in over 4,000 theaters this weekend. The weekend also features the R-rated comedy Bad Moms and Nerve, a PG-13, teen-targeted thriller that opened on Wednesday with $3.75 million and hopes to find an audience over the weekend as a piece of counter-counter-programming. Looking at a comfortable first place finish is Universal's Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the Bourne franchise and fourth starring Damon in the title role following the lackluster response to 2012's The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. That said, this should be looked at more as a sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million in August 2007. Of course, this year has not been kind to the majority of sequels. Following last weekend's opening for Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
While Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice turned out to be much more divisive than Warner Bros. would have liked, even most of the critics and fans who didn't enjoy the movie had nothing but high praise for Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Next summer, fans will learn even more about this iconic character when the stand alone movie hits theaters on June 2, 2017. As expected, Warner Bros. brought director Patty Jenkins and some of her cast members to Comic-Con for the studio's Hall H panel on Saturday, where the very first trailer was unveiled. Today, the studio has also revealed the full panel video, where the director and her stars offer new details about the movie.
Host Conan O'Brien brought out director Patty Jenkins, who then introduced Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor) and Diana Prince herself, Gal Gadot. After the trailer was shown to »
The Justin Lin-directed "Star Trek Beyond" topped the box-office within the United States this weekend with $59.6 million. It's a strong opening, but that number is down from the $75 million and $70 million openings of the two previous J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" films.
Coming in at a budget of $185 million, the film also made a further $30 million from 37 global markets which, like the U.S. opening, were down by a similar 15-20% or so. The film has scored good critical reviews, and yet there's also plenty of editorials and complaints within the reviews suggesting the new film essentially retreads old formula and in the process plays it far too safe with a familiar story.
Hopefully that will change with the next film with J.J. Abrams revealing last week to EW that the storyline for the upcoming fourth film is his "favorite Star Trek story that we've had. It really is an amazing story, »
- Garth Franklin
Topped by Star Trek Beyond, five films grossed over $20 million this weekend for the first time since May 24, 2015 and for only the sixth time ever*. In the five previous instances $45.6 million was the largest gross for the #1 film when Monsters University topped the weekend back on June 30, 2013, which separates this weekend from the rest thanks to the estimated $59.6 million Beyond delivered in its debut performance. Also opening this weekend, and topping the $20 million threshold, was the impressive performance from New Line and Warner's Lights Out along with the rather disappointing opening for Ice Age: Collision Course. Overall, the top twelve grossed over $183 million, up 29.4% when compared to the same weekend last year. The estimated $59.6 million opening for Star Trek Beyond is enough to take #1 for the weekend, but that's a 15% drop compared to the $70.1 million opening for Star Trek Into Darkness, and that's not including the $13.5 million it carried into »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Earlier today, during Warner Bros.' massive Hall H panel at Comic-Con, the studio unveiled the movie trailer for their highly-anticipated Wonder Woman adaptation, which hits theaters nationwide on June 2, 2017. Production recently wrapped on this superhero adventure, and we even got a new poster, courtesy of star Gal Gadot, just before the Con. We have broken down this new trailer frame by frame with 70 photos that offer a closer look at Diana Prince, Steve Trevor and the rest of these characters.
The Comic-Con poster Gal Gadot debuted on social media earlier this week featured the new tagline "Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder." This one-sheet also gives us a closer look at Diana Prince's new costume, as she's seen brandishing a powerful sword. While we got to see Wonder Woman brandish this sword in the trailer, this footage also gave us our first look at this iconic character using one of her most beloved weapons, »
Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” is dominating at the U.S. box office as the latest entry in the durable franchise heads to a solid $60 million opening weekend, estimates showed Saturday.
The 13th “Star Trek” movie is performing in line with forecasts and will wind up the weekend with more than double the nearest rival — Illumination-Universal’s third frame of hit animated comedy “The Secret Life of Pets” with about $28 million at 4,048 locations. “Pets” will finish with nearly $260 million in its first 17 days.
Fox’s launch of animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course” debuted in third place with a somewhat disappointing $21 million at 3,992 sites as “The Secret Life of Pets” blunted its potential attraction in the family space. New Line’s opening of horror-thriller “Lights Out” could edge past the fifth Ice Age film as it was outperforming forecasts with $20.4 million at 2,818 venues.
Sony’s second weekend of “Ghostbusters” could »
- Dave McNary
Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” is dominating the U.S. box office, blasting off for an impressive weekend of as much as $60 million at 3,928 locations, early estimates showed Friday.
It’s a solid start for the 13th film in the durable franchise, following a summer that’s seen notably disappointing performances from several sequels.
That negative trend appears to be dragging down Fox’s animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which looks to under-perform in the $22 million range at 3,992 venues. The fifth “Ice Age” movie may wind up trailing the third weekend of “Secret Life of Pets” and the second weekend of “Ghostbusters” in a battle for second place.
New Line’s low-cost horror-thriller “Lights Out” is overperforming with initial estimates showing a debut between $15 million and $20 million at 2,818 sites.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and appears to be performing in line with projections. »
- Dave McNary
Last week, Warner Bros. solidified their Comic-Con plans by announcing all of the movies they will be presenting during their Hall H panel. As many expected, the studio will be showcasing their highly-anticipated Wonder Woman movie during this two-hour panel, which will likely unveil the first trailer. While we impatiently await this panel, which will take place at 11:30 Am tomorrow, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has given fans something to tide them over, the brand new poster.
Gal Gadot released this poster on Twitter earlier today, which features the new tagline "Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder." This one-sheet also gives us a closer look at Diana Prince's new costume, as she's seen brandishing a powerful sword. This poster's debut comes just one month after anther one-sheet was showcased during the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.
What's the use of getting all pissy about a kiddie cartoon? Watch Ice Age: Collison Course and see how you feel. The fifth entry in the Ice Age series is a loud, lazy, laugh-starved cash grab that cynically exploits its target audience (I use the term advisedly) by serving them scraps and calling it yummy. Even two-year-olds can see through the hustle.
Two more sequels arrive this weekend and, like several sequels this year, both are looking to underperform when compared to the previous installment in their respective franchises. Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course represent the 21st and 22nd wide release sequels this year after only four (Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War, The Purge: Election Year and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) have been able to outperform their franchise predecessor at the domestic box office. Also opening this weekend is the new PG-13 thriller Lights Out from producer James Wan as well as the moderate roll out of Fox Searchlight's Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie while Hillary's America expands nationwide into over 1,200 theaters. Targeting a first place finish is Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted franchise and the first with someone other than J.J. Abrams at the helm. Those duties fell on the shoulders of »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Batman: The Killing Joke, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War, Hellfire, Deadpool, Plutona and more…
The San Diego Comic-Con takes place this coming week, and so naturally we’re expecting big things on the superhero front. 20th Century Fox has decided to skip the event, but Marvel and DC will be out in force, and Warner Bros. has announced details of its DC Films panel for Saturday, which is set to include Suicide Squad (with guests David Ayer, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach and Karen Fukuhara) and Wonder Woman (with guests Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, »
- Gary Collinson
San Diego Comic Con is almost upon us, and that means many major studios are preparing their presentations for the many eager fans who will be crowding into the convention center to get a glimpse at some of the most highly anticipated movies coming out over the next couple of years. Warner Bros. will be bringing a handful of their upcoming movies to show at the convention, and Wonder Woman looks like it will be a major focus for the studio at Sdcc.
Warner Bros. Recently put out a press release detailing some of their plans for Sdcc, and Wonder Woman is indeed included in their line-up. No surprise there. But the studio did include an official synopsis for the upcoming Patty Jenkins movie, which had not been released previously. Here it is.
San Diego Comic-Con is coming up next week, and Warner Bros. has at last revealed which screenwriters are actually credited on Patty Jenkins’ upcoming comic-book film. Jason Fuches (“Pan,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift”) was previously thought to have written the final draft, but Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns are now credited as having written it from a story by Zack Snyder and Heinberg. The studio has also revealed the film’s official synopsis (below).
“Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… »
- Michael Nordine
“Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.”
Meanwhile, the studio has also revealed the screenwriting credits for the movie, with Allan Heinberg (Grey’s »
- Amie Cranswick
Simon Brew Published Date Friday, July 8, 2016 - 05:26
It might not be a popular critical view, but I’ve always quite enjoyed the Ice Age films. I can’t work out if their refusal to abide by natural laws of logic is arrogance, convenience or sheer chutzpah. But I like the fact that they ignore it nonetheless, whilst preserving the internal logic of the films themselves. Dinosaurs in the ice age? Yeah, we can do that. Let’s just chuck in a quick line to explain it and move on. They got a whole third film out of that idea.
For film five, which follows the chucklesome Ice Age: Continental Drift, the series decides to channel Michael Bay’s Armageddon a little bit, at one stage bringing in Trevor Rabin’s thumping score for a key sequence.
As per normal, we get the peerless Scrat the squirrel, and his fixation on grabbing an elusive acorn, »
Right wing conservatives finally have their answer to Michael Moore — with the box-office numbers to prove it.
After many years of conservative stumbles at the movies — i.e. “Michael Moore Hates America,” “Celsius 41.11,” “Cool It,” “Occupy Unmasked” — author-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has blazed a trail of anti-progressive film propaganda that’s unmatched. In the last five years, D’Souza has scored the top two highest-grossing non-concert, non-Disney documentaries at the U.S. box office, 2012’s “Obama’s America” ($33.5 million) and 2014’s “America: Imagine the World Without Her” ($14.4 million). (Third place: Last year’s “Amy,” which earned $8.4 million.)
Read More: The Curious Saga of Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ Continues
Put aside for a moment that D’Souza’s work has been called “fact-twisting, error-laden paranoia [and] the worst kind of smear journalism” (Columbia Journalism Review), a “laughable embarrassment” (Salon) and a “national disgrace” (The New York Times); in today’s challenging theatrical movie business, »
- Anthony Kaufman
Annecy — If the nine final-footage sequences sneak peeked at France’s Annecy Animation Fest on June 14 are anything to go by, in “Ice Age: Collision Course” franchise partners Blue Sky Studios and and 20th Century Fox will continue to explore family dynamics. Father Manny’s faces empty nest crisis.
But this fifth time round, Blue Sky and Fox have made a sustained effort at franchise freshness, exploring new worlds, new characters and a different palette. And Scrat, an illustrious catalyst of continental cataclysm in the past, is now allowed a more than cameo role as he unwittingly hurls waves of cosmic catastrophe at the world.
Whether all this pays off, or rather how much this will pay off, will be even in a matter of only days when “Collision Course” world premieres on June 19 at the Sydney Film Festival. Certainly, the 20 minutes-or-so total excerpts of “Ice Age: Collision Course” drew hearty applause from a largely student audience at Annecy. The box office numbers of the third and fourth iterations of “Ice Age,” plus the franchise overhaul in “Collision Course” suggests the franchise is not done yet.
The Annecy presentation, showcasing a total of near-20 minutes of never-seen fully-lit footage, captured well the drive at the heart of “Ice Age” to deliver the welcomingly familiar, while being welcomingly different. Introduced by Lori Forte, producer of all the “Ice Age” movies, and MikeThurmeier, co-director of 2012’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the first sequence screened at Annecy is already known from movie trailers, picking up on a passing detail in the first “Ice Age,” in which Manny, Sid and Diego stroll through an Ice Museum, and the camera pulls back to reveal a frozen spaceship.
“It was very funny. We loved the idea and always thought there was a story here, so it laid the stage for ‘Ice Age: Collision Course,’” Forte said.
Scrat, the sabre-toothed squirrel-rat, once more in epic pursuit of his acorn, unwittingly re-discovers the ship, unleashes it into space with him and the acorn on board, creates the solar system as it is now today and, still going nuts about his nut, inadvertently sends an asteroid torching towards earth.
“The heart of all our movies is family-value themes, watching a family grow and change,” said Forte.
Not that obnoxious Sid seems to have much chance of growing his own family-tree. In one early sequence, he proposes to his girlfriend – he’s thought out everything, even down to their joint burial plot – and is rotundly dumped. A third sequence introduces a new character: Julian, Peaches’ fiancé, a goofy, loveable and very woolly mammoth, who is everything control-freak Manny is not.
Attempting to avert the asteroid, the herd travels to Geotopia, guided by “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur’s” weasel Buck (Simon Pegg), reintroduced to the saga. The crash site of the asteroid which destroyed the dinosaurs harbours a civilisation which turns “Ice Age’s” colour scheme on its head.
“In traditional ‘Ige Age’ films, everything was blue, white and earth-coloured. The cosmos in ‘Collision Course’ is all purples and pinks, and Geotopia looks like a geode, a beautiful new environment with the colors of the rainbow,” Forte enthused.
In Geotopia, the herd meets Brooke (Jessie J), a fetching sloth, who takes an instant shine to Sid, and introduces the gang to Shangri Llama (Jesse Tyler-Ferguson), Geotopia’s so-cool spiritual leader.
In maybe the most hilarious scene seen Tuesday – up there with Sid’s bathetic marriage proposal – Scrat hits a gravity button in the spaceship and collapses on the spaceship floor, like a pile of cement.
“Ice Age: Collision Course: is about Sid, impossible as it might seem, finally finding true love. Its emotional core. however, is its theme of parents having to know how to let go,” Forte said.
“Every film is a development of Manny’s life. In the first, he meets his friends and finds love; in the second, he has a daughter; in the fourth she’s just growing up, and here’s she about to move on. Manny really defines the central story.”
“Will there be another ‘Ice Age’?” an audience member asked at Annecy.
“We’ll wait and see if audiences wants more and, if they do, I have an idea,” said Forte.
She’ll almost certainly have to use it.
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs shared a curious photo Monday night via Instagram. In it, you can see a panel of the fan favorite anti-hero Lobo with the vague caption #portraitofbastich, which pulls from one of the character's frequent insults.
Take a look at the photo below:
A photo posted by Jason Fuchs (@jasonfuchs) on Jun 6, 2016 at 8:20pm Pdt
So far, Jason Fuchs doesn't seem to have an incredibly promising writing resume. On his writing filmography are films Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Pan -- both of which weren't exactly amazing in terms of their scripts. That being said, we've yet to actually see what Wonder Woman has brought us, and for all we know, it can be exactly what fans need to restore faith in the Dceu.
If nothing else, if this cryptic post is in fact a tease of a Lobo script, then it sounds like »
- Joseph Medina
Lobo originated in 1983 as an alien character working as a mercenary and bounty hunter in “Omega Men,” written by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen. During the 1990s, a version of Lobo appeared as a parody of the Marvel superhero Wolverine. In both incarnations, the character enjoyed mindless violence and intoxication.
Warner Bros. has been developing “Lobo” since 2009, when it hired Guy Ritchie to direct from a script by the late Don Payne in which the title character would have been a blue-skinned antihero who drives a motorcycle and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives.
- Dave McNary
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