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6 Oscar Season Narratives That Could Shape the Race This Year

31 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With summer doldrums in the rearview, In Contention has found a new home just in time for the annual Oscar season…and not a moment too soon. A number of fall film releases sit primed for reveals at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals over the next several weeks, kicking off the race to the 88th Academy Awards.

As ever, a number of the season’s hopefuls will live and die by the narratives conjured in their wake. Because as we know — and I can’t imagine this notion is all that controversial  — an Oscar race is as much about the stories told off-screen as it is about the stories told onscreen.

Here are a few such stories to keep an eye on as we wade into the deep end of the year. Don’t be surprised if a number of them are revisited at length in this space over the next six months. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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New Captain America: Civil War footage! Fantastic Four review! – Watch The Flickering Myth Movie Show #7

30 August 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Black Widow can punch explosions.

Fantastic…Bore. Fantastic…Fourth Worst Movie Ever Made. Fantastic…4%. Or, as some have taken to calling it, just ‘Four’.

It was the fail story of the Summer, with Twentieth Century Fox’s tentpole superhero blockbuster bombing so hard at the box office, it took out a five-mile stretch of Odeons in the Greater Bexleyheath area. In the September edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, Oli Davis, Rebecca Perfect, Luke Owen and Kat Kourbeti discuss the problems with the movie, the practice of entrusting $100million+ franchises with young, independent filmmakers (think Gareth Edwards on Godzilla and Colin Treverrow on Jurassic World), and who is really to blame for the movie’s failure – Fantastic Four’s director Josh Trank, or the studio that allegedly hamstrung his production?

Fantastic Four also gets to be the first film receiving the Best Bad Reviews treatment – our new series that »

- Oli Davis

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Michael B. Jordan Up For Vampire Comedy

29 August 2015 8:09 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Fruitvale Station" and "Fantastic Four" star Michael B. Jordan is in negotiations to play one of the two lead roles in the action-comedy "Blood Brothers" for MGM.

The story follows two ageless, blood-drinking party guys whose friendship hits the skids until they have to save the world together.

The film will be based on Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller's Dark Horse comic miniseries which itself originated as a screenplay by "Men in Black 3" scribe Etan Cohen.

No director has yet been named for the project.

Source: EW »

- Garth Franklin

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Fantastic Four concept art reveals an early version of Planet Zero

26 August 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With bits of news coming out about the troubled production of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four coming in drips and drabs, we’ve got some new concept art from Steve Jung, which reveals an early version of Planet Zero. The artwork matches an early draft of the movie which details the group’s first encounter with Galactus. However, Jung says that the castle belongs to Victor Von Doom, so this must have been from a later draft.

Check out the artwork below:

“I was on this one early on before all the drama happened,” Jung explains in his Facebook post. “None of my work made it to the movie (kinda glad) since it got changed many times after I left the project.”

Fantastic Four sees Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing a cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, »

- Luke Owen

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Max Landis details his rejected pitch for a Fantastic Four trilogy

25 August 2015 11:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the wake of Fantastic Four’s disasterous release, Josh Trank’s Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis released the first four pages of his own script for the reboot of Marvel’s First Family, which was ultimately rejected by 20th Century Fox. Well, now the writer has opened up to The Daily Beast about his vision for the movie, which would have been the first instalment of a trilogy.

“My Fantastic Four was an on-the-run movie. It begins with their origin, which is an illegal Branson-esque space launch where they want to go see this thing. They become the biggest celebrities in the world, except then they wreck and they get these horrible powers. The government is hunting them and they split up, and you really get into the dynamics of these people as they’re learning to control their powers. So the origin takes place in the first two minutes »

- Gary Collinson

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Original version of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four had Galactus, Mole Man, Herbie the Robot, the Fantasticar and Doctor Doom as a Latverian dictator

19 August 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Like Tim Burton’s Superman Lives or James Cameron’s Spider-Man, we will never see the true version of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. Among the many public problems the film has had in the last couple of weeks (see here, here, here, here, here and here), it was revealed by screenwriter Jeremy Slater that not much of his script was left in the final version. That version we eventually saw was re-written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) at the behest of Fox who worried Slater’s script was too expensive. Well, the chaps over at Birth.Movies.Death got a hold of Slater’s original script – which had Galactus, Mole Man, Herbie the Robot, Fantasticar and Doctor Doom as a Latverian dictator.

Here’s the breakdown:

As in the final film Reed goes to the Baxter Building as part of a science scholarship; there he meets Sue and Victor Von Doom. »

- Luke Owen

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Details on a deleted action sequence from Fantastic Four featuring The Thing

18 August 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s safe to say that 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four is the summer’s highest profile casualty. Dying a horrible death across the globe at the box office, early word before the film was released was that it was a production that was filled with problems, many of which may well be true given the reaction and final product.

Director Josh Trank supposedly battled through the production, and word of reshoots were seemingly just the tip of the iceberg. Now, word comes from EW that a scene present in the early trailer for the film may have gone at least a small way to making the film a little better. The scene, featuring Jamie Bell’s The Thing, centered around the image of the hero dropping from a plane back down to Earth.

Apparently coming just after the heroes gained their powers from their unsupervised trip through the dimensional portals, »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Emotional Story That Convinced Sylvester Stallone To Do Creed

17 August 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Spinoffs to beloved hit movies often times feel like a quick cash grab from a studio that cares more about profiting off of one film.s popularity than necessarily making another good movie. However, that doesn.t appear to the case the with upcoming Rocky offshoot, Creed, and there.s a brutally emotional story from director Ryan Coogler that convinced Sylvester Stallone to lace up the gloves one more time. Talking to EW, Coogler, who first burst onto the scene in 2013 with Fruitvale Station revealed that the idea for Creed is something he.s has been kicking around since high school, and begin life as a way for him to connect with his father. He said: My dad was a real big Rocky fan. He was getting older and got sick and I was trying to process it. I tried to get through it with this idea for his hero. »

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New Star Wars footage! Suicide Squad trailer! – San Diego Comic Con 2015 Full Discussion

16 August 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

There was So Much Comic Con 2015 discussion in the August edition of the Flickering Myth Movie Show, the debate has actually spilled out into its own 17 minute long video (the in-episode segment was less than half that amount). In the special extended cut (think Apocalypse Now: Redux), the esteemed panel discuss…

-the Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes footage.

-the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad trailers, and the possible plot details they revealed.

-why Marvel weren’t in attendance, and should they have been?

-the new Deadpool trailer.

-the epidemic of ‘leaked footage’.

-and who won Comic Con 2015 overall?

This is an excerpt from the August edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, which you can watch in full here:

In it, there are also special chats with Harrison Ford, Jj Abrams, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and more about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »

- Oli Davis

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Fantastic Four limps to $100 million worldwide after second weekend

16 August 2015 11:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, if there was still any doubt after last weekend’s miserable box office debut, it’s now official: 20th Century Fox’s superhero reboot Fantastic Four has tanked hard, with the Josh Trank-directed film limping to a worldwide gross of $102 million by close of play on its second weekend.

In the States, the film dropped to fourth place behind Straight Outta Compton, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., earning a paltry $8 million over the Friday to Sunday period. Fantastic Four has so far pulled in $41.9 million domestically, with a further $60.1 million from the international markets.

See Also: Josh Trank was nearly fired before Fantastic Four’s production

Fantastic Four sees Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing a cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station »

- Gary Collinson

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Fantastic Four screenwriter says there’s not much of his script in the final movie

14 August 2015 3:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The bad press for Fantastic Four rolls in as many more stories about the film’s troubled production come to light. Not only have we found out that Josh Trank was nearly fired just before filming was about to begin, but there was the reveal that the final act of the movie was re-shot by various writers and directors including Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg and Drew Goddard. And not it seems as though a lot of Jeremy Slate’s script (who was given final screen credit with Trank and Kinberg) left in the movie.

Taking to Twitter, the writer revealed that, “not a ton (sic) of my stuff left in the movie”, but he was still honoured to have been part of the process. Check out the tweets below:

There’s not a ton of my stuff left in the movie (mostly the 1st act), but I’ll always be »

- Luke Owen

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Flickering Myth Podcast – Fantastic Four Review

12 August 2015 6:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast gets fantastic…

It’s not been a good week for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. The movie has bombed at the box office, the director publicly shamed it, there are stories of studio tampering and there’s even talk that the 2017 sequel has been scrapped.

But what did the Flickering Myth Podcast make of it? Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey sat down to talk about the latest reboot and give their thoughts on Fantastic Four.

You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, update your RSS feed or listen via Sitcher or using the player below…

And don’t forget to check out past episodes via the Flickering Myth Pocast website or use the player below:

See Also: Read our reviews of Fantastic Four here, here and here

See Also: Fox “remains committed” to Fantastic Four despite poor reception to the reboot

Fantastic Four »

- Luke Owen

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Sundance Institute, TWC unveils Fellows

11 August 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

August 12 Update: Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation announced on Tuesday the ten artists selected for the 2015 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship Program.

The initiative expanded this year to include support for Fellows working in new media, as well as continued support for Fellows in documentary and narrative film, theatre and film music as well as from the Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program.

Fellows attend an annual Lab and receive ongoing support from the Institute, including mentoring, strategic granting, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival and participation in screenplay readings, work-in-progress screenings and related programs and events.

Since 2007, Time Warner Foundation has supported more than 54 artists through Sundance Institute, including Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogler and Mosquita y Mari writer-director Aurora Guerrero.

The 2015 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellows are: Cecilia Aldarondo (Documentary Film Program); Kathryn Bostic (Film Music Program); Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (Native American and Indigenous Program, Time Warner »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance Institute, TWC unvels Fellows

11 August 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation announced on Tuesday the eight artists selected for the 2015 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship Program.

The initiative expanded this year to include support for Fellows working in new media, as well as continued support for Fellows in documentary and narrative film, theatre and film music as well as from the Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program.

Fellows attend an annual Lab and receive ongoing support from the Institute, including mentoring, strategic granting, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival and participation in screenplay readings, work-in-progress screenings and related programs and events.

Since 2007, Time Warner Foundation has supported more than 54 artists through Sundance Institute, including Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogler and Mosquita y Mari writer-director Aurora Guerrero.

The 2015 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellows are: Cecilia Aldarondo (Documentary Film Program); Kathryn Bostic (Film Music Program); Christopher Chen (Theatre Program); Nia DaCosta (Feature Film Program); Yung Jake (New Frontier); Ciara Lacy (Native »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Fantastic Four’s best bad reviews – Trailer Trash

11 August 2015 7:37 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“It’S Critiquing Time!”

Emerging from rumours of a troubled production, with director Josh Trank reportedly clashing with 20th Century Fox executives and producer Simon Kinberg, 2015’s Fantastic Four reboot has…well, ‘Josh Tranked’.

Opening with a very disappointing $26 million domestic weekend, the film getting the lowest ever studio superhero movie rating on CinemaScore and the director publicly tweeting how Fox interfered, Fantastic Four has received plenty of criticism from critics and fans alike.

Here’s the best of their reviews, edited together Trailer Trash-style:

Fantastic Four

…sees Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing a cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Doctor Doom, Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards) as Dr. »

- Oli Davis

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Read the first four pages of the rejected Max Landis Fantastic Four script

11 August 2015 12:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Unless you have been in a different dimension over the past few days, you will know that Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is now out in cinemas in the UK and Us – and the reaction has been less than stellar.

With a C- rating on CinemaScore and a Us opening weekend of just $26million, the new comic-book adaptation starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell is set to be the year’s most high-profile failure. We may never know the full story of what happened on and off the set during production, with many stories of re-shoots, re-edits and more.

See Also: Read our reviews of Fantastic Four here, here and here

Now Chronicle writer Max Landis has taken to Twitter to share the first four pages of his rejected script for the film. In Landis’s version, the Fantastic Four are all ready formed, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Fox “remains committed” to Fantastic Four despite poor reception to the reboot

10 August 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s fair to say that 20th Century Fox hasn’t had much success with its attempt to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise, with the Josh Trank-directed film opening to some of the worst reviews for a comic book movie, as well as a feeble opening weekend of just $60.3 million worldwide.

The disasterous reception to Fantastic Four has naturally led to speculation that Fox will pull the plug on this iteration of Marvel’s First Family, with rumours even suggesting that the already announced Fantastic Four 2 will be replaced by a Deadpool sequel.

Well, it seems that Fox isn’t quite ready to pull the plug – at least, not publicly – with the studio’s chief of domestic distribution Chris Aronson telling THR that: “While we’re disappointed, we remain committed to these characters and we have a lot to look forward to in our Marvel universe.”

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- Gary Collinson

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Fantastic Four earns lowest ever CinemaScore for a studio superhero movie

10 August 2015 8:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The bad news just keeps rolling in for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. The film has had terrible reviews (read ours here and here), it’s director has shamed the movie publicly, Fox have pointed the finger of blame at him (and apparently locked him out of editing the film), it’s bombed at the box office and some rumours suggest Fox may even cancel the sequel for Deadpool 2.

But, it’s at least broken one record.

Fantastic Four has earned the lowest CinemaScore for a studio-produced superhero movie movie. Its C- rating is lower than Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (C+), Batman & Robin (C+) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (C). It’s also lower than The Green Hornet (B+) and Daredevil, Elektra and Catwoman, which all earned a B.

The previous Fantastic Four movies also scored a B each.

Frank Miller’s The Spirit was the last »

- Luke Owen

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When can Marvel get back The Fantastic Four?

10 August 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, it’s not been a good weekend for Fantastic Four. The troubled production of Josh Trank’s latest adaptation of the comic book has been rather public, with the director tweeting his displeasure, Fox saying it was his fault and sources saying Fox cut scenes from the movie and kept him out of the editing bay. There was even news that the proposed sequel (announced before the film bombed at the box office) is going to be replaced with Deadpool 2.

But if you were wondering if Marvel could ever get Fantastic Four back now that the franchise is on the rocks (like they did with The Hulk, Punisher, Thor and Daredevil), then you may be waiting some time.

Whenever a property is sold to a studio, they are given a certain amount of time to announce a movie and go into production before the rights go back to the original seller. »

- Luke Owen

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Sources say Fox cut 3 big action scenes from Fantastic Four days before production and kept Josh Trank out of the editing room

10 August 2015 1:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the news that Fantastic Four has bombed at the box office around the world, it seems unsurprising that there has been a few reports about a very troubled production for Marvel’s First Family. On Friday director Josh Trank tweeted about a “fantastic version” of the film we’ll never see, while sources within Fox have said that it was Trank’s “combative behavouir” that was to blame. Well now a new report suggests that the studio agreed a layout for the film with Trank, but then pulled the rug from under his feet days before production, including the removal of three big action scenes.

“I’ve got a source, fairly close to the production of this film, who had told me that the movie that Josh Trank and Fox had agreed on making — included 3 really big action set pieces,” John Campea said on Collider Movie Talk. “That was all agreed upon, »

- Luke Owen

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