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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Sony - Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Marc Webb Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper. Full cast + crew The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is certainly the biggest punching bag of this year's superhero movies. It's silly, it's simple and it's glossy. And while I'd never argue that it's better than Captain America 2 or even X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's an acceptable, occasionally exceptional, overall enjoyable comic book movie that isn't afraid to be absurd. There's a reason younger crowds will embrace this more than adults, because it is indeed that much closer to a Saturday-morning-cartoon vibe, but for the grown-ups out there, there...
- Peter Hall
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
Concept Art by Henry Fong Click Here - More Of Henry Fong's X-men Art The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects"). The cast includes: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Jonigkeit, Adan Canto and Josh Helman, X-Men: Days Of Future Past hits UK cinemas on May 22 and Us cinemas the following day. »
James Cameron does many things, but he doesn't do them cheap.
With production gearing up to get underway soon on a trilogy of "Avatar" sequels, a new report at Variety has heard estimates of the budget for the trio of films will come in at around $1 billion dollars. 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos however says a final production budget hasn't been set yet.
It sounds like a risk, until you remember the first "Avatar" film made $2.7 billion worldwide. What risk there is though, Gianopulos isn't afraid to take it on and tells the trade:
"We know it's going to be a long journey. We know it's not going to be cheap. We know it's not going to be without new discoveries and new challenges in the process of producing something that is so beyond the normal form of filmmaking and technology, but what could be more exciting than that. »
- Garth Franklin
The more we hear about Star Wars Episode VII, the more it sounds like the events taking place in Rebels could tie directly into the new movie’s story and official release plans have been announced for the one-hour Rebels movie and TV series premiere:
“Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set to premiere Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m. Et/Pt in the Us) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney Xd. In the Us, Star Wars Rebels episodes will debut Monday nights beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m. Et/Pt) on Disney Xd. Worldwide, the series will air in 33 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.
Leading up to its global television debut, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be »
- Jonathan James
Disney and Lucasfilm have set a premiere date Star Wars Rebels! The great looking animated series will make its debut with a one-hour movie called "Spark of Rebellion" on Friday, October 3rd, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on Disney Channel. The series itself will then make its premiere Monday, October 13th at 9 p.m on Disney Xd.
A sneak preview of "Spark of Rebellion," screened at San Diego's Comic-Con last month, and it will be available to users of the Watch Disney Xd app and on WatchDisneyXD.com starting Monday, September 29th. You can find more details on that in the press release below.
The story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost -- cowboy Jedi Kanan, »
- Joey Paur
The Screen Awards 2014 shortlist has been announced, with Fox/Fox Searchlight leading the nominations with a combined 13 nominations and Lionsgate UK following closely with 12 nods.
Starred Up, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Frank each received double nominations.
The shortlist will now be debated by an independent jury of industry experts, who select the final winners. The Awards will be given out on October 23 at The Brewery in London.
Screen International Editor Wendy Mitchell said: “We were thrilled with the calibre and diversity of entries for the Screen Awards this year. Our expert jury of industry experts now selects the winners and they »
Hour-long intro Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion is coming this autumn.
As Disney’s continuation of the cinematic Star Wars universe continues to develop, and we inch slowly towards Episode VII’s December 2015 release date, we will shortly have a tie-in to watch while we wait.
Star Wars Rebels, the animated televisual tale of the Rebel Alliance’s early days, has now been confirmed to reach screens worldwide on 3 October. If you have access to Watch Disney’s website or app, you can watch the opening episode as early as 29 September.
Launching the series will be Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion, an hour-long special which will serve to introduce the characters and themes of the show, which takes place five years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available first to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the Watch Disney Xd app beginning Monday, September 29. Watch Disney Xd allows consumers to watch on tablet, phones, computer and set top boxes.
The global television debut of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set for Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m., Et/Pt in the U.S.) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the series Star Wars Rebels beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m., Et/Pt) on Disney Xd. The series will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.
The television movie garnered rave reviews at last month's San Diego Comic-Con fan event for its story (set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith »
Yesterday marked the first day of principal photography for Ant-Man. If I’m to be honest, I’m still a bit bummed that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have left the project. I think their take on the Marvel Universe could have been one akin to James Gunn’s approach to Guardians of the Galaxy. Alas, we are still getting an Ant-Man film and the casting is pretty great. We also have a look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang Aka Ant-Man.
From the Press Release
San Francisco, California (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s Ant-Man. The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
Set for release in »
- Andy Triefenbach
It’s hard enough to pick movies that connect with audiences. Today, studio chiefs like Gianopulos must navigate a rapidly shifting landscape where consumer demands, piracy and the collapse of the DVD market, as well as increasing competition from online diversions and quality cable TV shows, are wreaking havoc on the financial underpinnings of the film business. Media companies like Fox’s parent 21st Century Fox are on a quest to grow bigger in order to compete with digital superpowers like Google and pending mergers between cable and telco giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and At&T and DirecTV. Gianopulos’ uberboss, 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, made a surprise $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner that was rejected and he subsequently withdrew. But consolidation, it seems, is coming.
Photo by Art Streiber for »
- Brent Lang
The marketing force is strong with “Star Wars Rebels.”
Disney will promote the Oct. 13 launch of the new animated series on Disney Xd starting Sept. 29 with a one-hour film “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion,” available first for users of the Watch Disney Xd app.
Disney is giving the show a major push across its channels around the world, making it available in 34 languages in 163 countries.
The move to offer up the “Rebels” movie first on digital devices — tablets, smartphones, computers and set-top boxes – is an interesting one, however — one that borrows from the trend by studios to release homevideo titles two weeks earlier before their discs hit traditional retail shelves through Digital HD.
Doing so will give Disney »
- Marc Graser
Today's episode almost seems laid back compared to this past Friday's as Laremy and I touch on a couple of news bits, talk a lot about torrenting movies, discuss the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, play some games and get out of here relatively unscathed. In addition to that, the numbers are final and our next audio commentary will be for Face/Off. The poll results are directly below. poll id="359" If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
There used to be a time when one blockbuster superhero property was enough to keep fans satisfied, but Marvel changed all that with its Avengers movie universe. With Batman V Superman and even X-Men: Days of Future Past following a similar rule – that merging heroes and brands means bigger business – crossovers between rival studios seems inevitable.
But even if Marvel’s separation of properties across multiple Hollywood studios means that X-Men‘s producer wants a team-up with The Avengers or Fox may be building towards an X-Men/Fantastic Four shared universe, DC Comics is another story. While the two juggernauts may have joined/clashed forces in the past, fans shouldn’t expect DC and Marvel to share the same space anytime ...
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- Andrew Dyce
The Marvel universe continues its expansion today with filming commencing on Ant-Man. As cameras begin to roll in San Francisco, more cast details surfaced and we now know who’s joining Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and the rest of the film’s core cast.
Headlining the new cast additions to Ant-Man are Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, and Judy Greer. They join a cast led by Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym (the former Ant-Man). In Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con, Evangeline Lilly (Lost) was announced to play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, while Corey Stoll (The Strain) was revealed to portray antagonist Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, a former protégé of Pym’s who takes a dark path after getting his hands on his mentor’s shrinking suit technology.
Marvel hired director Peyton Reed to replace director »
- Derek Anderson
Earlier today, director Peyton Reed announced the official start of production on Marvel's Ant-Man. Marvel Studios and Disney have now issued the official press release, which includes several cast additions including Judy Greer, Mad Men favorite John Slattery, comedian Neil Hamburger (aka Gregg Turkington) and rapper T.I. It also reveals that this Marvel Phase 3 adventure will shoot in San Francisco and Atlanta.
Here is the official PR:
Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel's Ant-Man. The film brings one of Marvel comics' original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film's production.
The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
- Michelle McCue
The delightful Thandie Newton ('Crash') is the latest addition to the outstanding cast of HBO's new adaptation of Michael Crichton's 'Westworld'. Newton, who currently stars in DirecTV's detective series 'Rogue', is set to play Maeve Millay, a 'beautiful and razor-sharp woman with a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.' Interestingly enough 'Rogue' was renewed very recently so should we assume that Newton's part in 'Westworld' won't be a major role but possibly just a brief episode arc? Either that or the gorgeous 41-year old star (below) is upping her workload...You go girl! Newton joins Anthony Hopkins ('Silence of the Lambs'), Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden ('X-Men: Days of Future Past'), Jeffrey Wright ('Source Code')and more. »
Directed by Luc Besson.
When forced to partake in a drug-dealing operation across countries, student Lucy is harassed and beaten, only to have the drugs seep into her system. Chased by cops and gangsters, Lucy begins to use the deepest, darkest parts of the brain to escape and control the world around herself.
Lucy asserts itself from the start. Cells form and apes evolve, immediately confirming its ambitious intentions. Luc Besson, of The Fifth Element and Leon, boldly throws the titular character into a situation she, and we, barely understand. Scarlett Johansson has supported the Avengers, and notably, this year she was second-billing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Lucy becomes her first leading film as a sci-fi, action heroine, complementing her indie work with Spike Jonze in Her and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. »
- Simon Columb
After earning an additional $24.7 million this weekend by again finishing at #2 (behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and in front of new release, The Expendables 3), James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy has a current total of $222.3 million in North America. With an additional $196.4 from overseas locations, that gives the movie a worldwide cume of $418.7 million after opening a little over two weeks ago. Bear in mind that it has yet to hit countries like Japan and China, so those will help push its numbers even higher. Of course, Guardians of the Galaxy still has plenty of time to earn more in the countries it's currently showing in, though it's difficult at this point to predict where it will finish. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earned $708.2 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier took $714 million and X-Men: Days of Future Past sits on top with $744 million. »
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