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Suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s. I’m “biast” (pro): like the cast
I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t a huge fan of the first one; the trailer looked generic
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Two years on from the first pointless reboot of the Spider-Man story — a mere five years after the previous version had wrapped up — the pointless sequel has arrived. Except now we’ve had two more years of cogent, witty Avengers flicks, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers badly by comparison. This looks like a throwback to a time when comic book movies were kiddie stuff and nothing else. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s, and not the smart, relevant science-fiction action drama the genre has matured into on the big screen. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
• Fantastic Four’s Michael B. Jordan has signed on to star in Twentieth Century Fox’s Men Who Kill. Specific details for the film are being kept tightly under wraps, but the upcoming project is being described as a “CIA thriller.” [Deadline]
• Star Trek’s Chris Pine is in talks to star in Disney’s upcoming period drama The Finest Hours. Directed by Million Dollar Arm’s Craig Gillespie, the upcoming drama is based on the true story of how two oil tankers and their crews got caught in the middle of a Nor’easter storm that hit the New England »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Two weeks ahead of its U.S. debut, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 begins its international roll-out this weekend. It opens in 15 markets, including major territories like Australia, Germany, Mexico, Spain and the U.K.The sequel arrives less than two years after The Amazing Spider-Man, a franchise reboot that earned over $750 million worldwide. While that's an impressive tally, it marked a new low for the Spider-Man character. That drop can be attributed in large part to declining interest in the U.S., where each movie has earned less than its predecessor (this one was down 22 percent). With franchise fatigue in full effect, it would be surprising if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bucked this trend.As is commonplace nowadays, it's up to international markets to pick up the slack. All four previous Spider-Man movies have earned over $400 million outside of the U.S., and the last one ranks second with $490 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(Cbr) White House Down star Channing Tatum revealed last fall that he would love to play Gambit, scoring an enthusiastic endorsement from not only X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner — “I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum” — but also the blessing of Taylor Kitsch, who portrayed the character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". But what are the odds we could actually see Tatum as smooth-talking New Orleans mutant Remy LeBeau? Pretty decent, it seems. “I met with Lauren Shuler Donner, and I would love it,” he told MTV backstage at the MTV Movie Awards. “Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from being down South – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know, I just related to him. He’s just »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Channing Tatum has conquered practically every genre there is, starring in hit comedies (21 Jump Street), action movies (White House Down), romantic dramas (Dear John) and even male-stripper dramas (Magic Mike). However, he has yet to appear in a superhero movie, and the actor has previously revealed he wants to play Gambit in a future X-Men movie. How close is this to actually happening? The actor recently spoke with MTV, where he revealed that he has actually met with X-Men: Days of Future Past producer Lauren Shuler Donner about playing the Cajun mutant.
"I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I've ever loved. I mean I've loved them all, they're all great, but I guess from being down south - my dad's from Louisiana, I'm from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - I don't know. I just related to him. He's just kind of suave. »
The 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards were held Sunday evening live from downtown Los Angeles. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" walked away with top honors for Movie of the Year, Best Male Performance (Josh Hutcherson) and Best Female Performance (Jennifer Lawrence). Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum were honored with special prizes while Conan O'Brien hosted the ceremony. Check out a full list of the nominees and winners below, and read through Louis Virtel's live blog of the show over at HitFix Riot. Movie of the Year "American Hustle" "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner "12 Years a Slave" "The Wolf of Wall Street" Best Male Performance Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle" Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street" Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" Josh Hutcherson, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club" Best Female Performance Amy Adams, "American Hustle" Jennifer Aniston, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the big winner at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night, winning the golden popcorn trophy for Movie of the Year, as well as wins for Best Female Performance for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Male Performance for Josh Hutcherson. Check out all the winners below!
Movie of the Year
12 Years a Slave
The Hobbit: Desloation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Winner
- Stephanie Robbins
Digital Spy provides live updates on the winners at this year's MTV Movie Awards.
The winners in full are as follows:
Movie of the Year
12 Years a Slave
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Winner!
Best Female Performance
Lupita Nyong'o – 12 Years a Slave
Best Male Performance
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and »
The MTV Movie Awards are coming your way on Sunday. The nominations this year, particularly for Movie of the Year, were interesting. I don't know that the wins will be, though, because frankly it seems like another young adult adaptation is poised to dominate after we got a bit of a breather from that sort of thing last year. I have no idea what I'm doing here. Yeah, the public votes, but I imagine there's plenty of rigging going on, too. So against reason, I'll try to predict them anyway. Don't use them for your office pool or anything (if you happen to work in an office so chill as to have an MTV Movie Awards pool, that is). Just try to follow my logic below and feel free to tell me why I'm wrong in the comments section. Best Kiss Ashley Benson, James Franco & Vanessa Hudgens, "Spring Breakers" Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Scarlett Johansson, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Roland Emmerich is known for helming such massive Hollywood movies as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. But for his follow-up to the box office dud that was White House Down, Emmerich is scaling back to tell a true and transgressive story from American history. Yahoo reports Emmerich is working on Stonewall, a docudrama about the June 28, 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which proved a starting point for the gay rights movement. While the equality movement is still a hot button issue in the U.S., English actor Jeremy Irvine isn't afraid to take it on, and as such has become the first actor to sign on to Stonewall, which will be penned by Brothers and Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz. Irvine is best known for his film debut as Albert Narracott, the young soldier at the center of Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated drama War Horse. »
Last year, while out promoting White House Down, Roland Emmerich let slip to us that he was looking to squeeze a small project in before diving deeply into making his long-planned Independence Day sequel. With the world of ID-4 still keeping one foot in development, Emmerich has locked in Stonewall as his next film, hiring Jeremy Irvine to star.With a script from playwright Jon Robin Baitz, Stonewall will chronicle the events around the June 28, 1969 police raid on the Mafia-owned Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The resulting clashes sparked a massive push in the gay rights movement, not only in the United States but also around the world. “It’s about these crazy kids in New York, and a country bumpkin who gets into their gang,” Emmerich told us. “And at the end they start this riot and change the world.” Irvine will play a young man »
Maggie Gyllenhaal has always had an interesting relationship with fashion. On the one hand, the White House Down star never looks a mess, but on the other, she never quite resembles your typical "celeb on a red carpet." Case in point: These two looks worn back-to-back during her Cannes film promotion. Both the ruffled Chloe frock and the beaded Valentino gown have a Hollywood-by-way-of-Brooklyn feel. We can't decide if we're partial to the light, white effect or the moody blues and greys of the floor-length look. The sweet, flirty effect on the cream colored dress is really lovely against Maggie's new platinum 'do, but we'd love the look more if she'd gone with a more formal footwear »
Update: The funding commitment is $200 million, with half of that debt and the other half equity. It’s a multi-year agreement to co-finance the majority of Sony’s film for the next several years, $45 billion 20-year fund out of Texas, and this is a big move for Sony and reinforces Amy Pascal’s ability to put together powerhouse slates. That doesn’t include the films that Jeff Robinov is expected to make at Sony with his own funding, big films that Sony can co-finance or merely distribute. The money actually comes from LStar Capital, the credit lending affiliate of Lone Star, and CitiBank. Studio’s getting good notices on both the second installment of Amazing Spider-Man and 22 Jump Street, and this is a big shot in the arm for Pascal and Michael Lynton. Many lamented when Sony weathered a tough time last summer with White House Down and After Earth »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Even if it is just a ploy to shoehorn another pandering award to a popular young star, I kind of dig the MTV's Trailblazer Award as a general concept. It's kind of the opposite of a lifetime achievement honor, reserved for actors or actresses of a young age whose work paves the way for others in the industry. And the first two annual recipients were women, which is nice (Emma Stone in 2012 and Emma Watson in 2013). This year the honor is going to a dude for the first time: Channing Tatum. Tatume is "the quintessential leading man for the MTV audience," MTV President Stephen Friedman said. "He proves that an action hero can have both a quick wit and a large heart. Whether he's baring his soul in 'The Vow,' his chest in 'Magic Mike,' or his humor in '21 Jump Street,' Channing proves that by committing everything, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Now that all the primary cast members are locked in, Terminator: Genesis is starting to round out the supporting cast, bringing on Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe Retaliation), Michael Gladis (Mad Men) and Sandrine Holt (House of Cards).
No details were given for any of these new cast members' roles, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Byung-hun Lee's role, "promises to be a doozy." They join a cast that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger as a T-800 Terminator, Jason Clarke as John Connor, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, J.K. Simmons as a detective who has been obsessed with the Terminator/Sarah Connor case since 1984 and Dayo Okeniyi, who signed on last week to play the son of Cyberdyne engineer Miles Dyson.
The story is said to be a continuation of the original franchise, tying up previous story threads while taking into consideration the passage of time between the two movies. »
Starz‘s fantasy drama learned the hard way last weekend just how important a lead-in can be. With the 2013 pic White House Down playing beforehand, the Season 2 premiere of Da Vinci’s Demons fell 44% from its Season 1 debut last year. The Saturday night 9 Pm airing on March 22 had 580,000 total viewers. Having the series finale of Spartacus: War Of The Damned as its lead-in, the Season 1 premiere pulled in 1.04 million total viewers in its 10 Pm airing on on Friday, April 12. The news for the David S. Goyer-created series’ Season 2 debut gets a lot better when all its plays over the whole weekend are counted up. The Adjacent Productions show drew 2 million viewers over all its broadcasts last weekend. That’s just a 6% dip from the 2.14 million that Demons had over its Season 1 debut weekend last year. It’s also a 41% rise over the show’s Season 1 finale weekend in early June. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Earlier this week, we reported that John Boyega (Attack the Block) was vying for that role, just weeks after he was mentioned as a contender to play a Jedi apprentice in Star Wars: Episode VII. As it turns out, Deadline reports that Dayo Okeniyi also tested for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII before taking the Terminator: Genesis role.
(Does this mean Star Wars 7 is casting Boyega? We don't know yet.)
Danny is said to be a Steve Jobs-type genius, who figures heavily into the conclusion of the story. Since Terminator: Genesis is said to be the first in a stand-alone trilogy, which incorporates elements from the previous movies, it's possible that Danny could play a bigger role in subsequent sequels.
Danny's father Miles Dyson, portrayed »
With White House Down crashing into Sky Store, check out this clip of cop Channing Tatum dodging more than a few bullets. Tatum gets caught up in a terrorist takeover whilst on a tour of the White House with his little girl (Joey King), talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now he must play the hero to save his daughter and the President (Jamie Foxx). »
In the latest in a string of layoffs and closings at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio is closing its Dallas office.
The Texas location is reported to close in early June, and consists of about 15 employees. The office coordinated the releases of films in the middle of the country. Universal is now the only studio with a Texas office, with others consolidating work between L.A. and New York.
Sony has been struggling in the past year after box office disappointments like “White House Down” and “After Earth” took a toll on their finances. They are also in public conflict with Daniel Loeb, a shareholder who argued that the studio pay more care in spending money. Sony has been working with Bain & Co. to cut about $100 million from spending.
In order to make that cut, Sony has made a series of layoffs. Last week, Sony completely shut down its Sony »
- Alex Stedman
Exiting A month ago, director Marc Webb revealed that he would be returning to helm the third movie in Sony's rebooted Spider-Man franchise, which came as a surprise to many considering he very nearly backed out of directing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Apparently, Webb draws the line at a trilogy, however, as he revealed to TheDailyBeast that he's vacating the director's chair after the threequel, despite the fact that a fourth movie is already in early stages of development.
"I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else."
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