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Hero Nation Index: ‘Dark Phoenix,’ ‘Swamp Thing,’ Anton Yelchin, ‘Terminator’

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Hero Nation Index: ‘Dark Phoenix,’  ‘Swamp Thing,’ Anton Yelchin, ‘Terminator’
It says Dark Phoenix on all the theater marquees but the latest installment in the hot mess of Hollywood superhero franchises should have been called X-Men: The Second Last Stand.

I had hoped that Simon Kinsberg’s directorial debut would reclaim the Dark Phoenix mythology that had been squandered by Brett Ratner’s relentlessly irksome X-Men: The Last Stand back in 2006 but instead the new chapter doubled-down on Ratner’s failings. The only good news is that the keys to this well-dented Hollywood vehicle (as well as the dead-battery Fantastic Four franchise and the turbo-charged Deadpool series) will be handed to Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios in short order. Publicly, Feige has shown only mild interest in driving away with these pre-owned properties but I suspect that he is far, far more excited than he’s letting on for reasons of propriety and expectations management.

If you missed it earlier
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‘The Chef Show’ Review: Jon Favreau’s Netflix Cooking Show Is an Absolute Delight

Jon Favreau has built a career out of curiosity, and that’s exactly what makes his new Netflix series The Chef Show so compelling. His work directing films as varied as Elf, Iron Man, and The Jungle Book transcends the efforts of your typical “journeyman” director precisely because you can feel Favreau’s genuine interest in making the kind of film at hand, regardless of whether he’s ever made a film like that previously. The filmmaker’s 2014 indie Chef, which he wrote and directed, came on the heels of the blockbuster disappointment Cowboys & Aliens and was a …
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Review: Olivia Wilde's Debut Comedy 'Booksmart' Makes the Grade

Olivia Wilde. The American actress, who derived her stage name from Irish author Oscar Wilde, is best known for her roles on television series including "The O.C." and "House", and in films like Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, Year One, In Time, Drinking Buddies, and Rush. Now, the talented star of stage and screen is working behind the camera. After directing the shorts Free Hugs (2011), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: No Love Like Yours (2016), and Red Hot Chili Peppers: Dark Necessities (2016), Wilde is making her feature-length directorial debut with Booksmart, an uproarious and unfiltered coming-of-age comedy that's equal parts Superbad, Lady Bird, Can't Hardly Wait, and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, filled to the brim with a bevy of top-notch performances from an ensemble of young, up-and-coming stars. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein (of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Lady Bird) star as Amy and Molly, ...
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Olivia Wilde Says Directing Booksmart Was Her First Job ‘Not Entirely Dependent Upon My Looks’

Olivia Wilde Says Directing Booksmart Was Her First Job ‘Not Entirely Dependent Upon My Looks’
Making her directorial debut with the coming-of-age film Booksmart allowed Olivia Wilde to see herself in a new light in Hollywood.

During a candid interview with The New York Times, Wilde confessed that getting behind the camera helped her shed the pressure she feels to live up to “everyone’s version of a perfect woman.”

“I don’t have to carry that,” said Wilde. “It is remarkable that I am 35 years old and this is the first job I’ve ever had that wasn’t entirely dependent on and connected to my looks. It grosses me out to acknowledge it,
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The Four-Color Film Podcast #122 – Cowboys & Aliens

Allen Christian, Gerald James, and Lacey Day bring you a weekly podcast chronicling the ups and downs of comic-book-to-film adaptations from the very beginning. Every single one of them, as in-depth as each deserves…

The crew watches Jon Favreau’s 2011 film, Cowboys & Aliens, featuring a ridiculously stacked cast headlined by Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. Witness, as we learn how an ultimately mediocre film was born from the ultimate Hollywood/comic book scam.

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10 Movie Stars You May Not Realize Did Westerns, From Brad Pitt to Jake Gyllenhaal (Photos)

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10 Movie Stars You May Not Realize Did Westerns, From Brad Pitt to Jake Gyllenhaal (Photos)
It’s been over half a century since gun-slinging, hi-de-ho westerns dominated the box office, when names like John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Clint Eastwood rolled off the tongue. In 2018, tumbleweeds slowly crawling across a deserted street are few and far between. Don’t get it twisted, though, westerns are no where near extinct. Some of your favorite stars have been recently seen polishing their revolvers in hot pursuit of money, power and revenge, including in this weekend’s “Ballad of Buster Scuggs” and next month’s “The Sisters Brothers.”

In honor of the 21st century takes on a classic genre, TheWrap takes a look at 10 stars you may be surprised dawned the proverbial ten-gallon hat.

Brad Pitt

In between Pitt’s performances in “Interview with a Vampire” and “Seven” was 1994’s western drama “Legends of the Fall.” The film saw Pitt play a World War I soldier who returns
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‘Wildlife’ Director Paul Dano on What He Learned from Working with Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang Lee, and Steve McQueen

‘Wildlife’ Director Paul Dano on What He Learned from Working with Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang Lee, and Steve McQueen
Directing your first feature is always a daunting experience, but it’s hard to imagine that anyone has ever been better prepared for that particular challenge than Paul Dano. Familiar to audiences as one of the most compelling and accomplished actors of his generation, the 34-year-old New York native has spent the last two decades attending the greatest film school on Earth.

Only the Criterion Collection has collaborated with more of modern cinema’s top auteurs: Richard Linklater, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kelly Reichardt, Steve McQueen, Bong Joon-ho, Denis Villeneuve, So Yong Kim, Rian Johnson, etc. He’s the only person on the planet who’s done a stint on “The Sopranos,” worked with Tom Cruise, and starred in an unexpectedly emotional movie about a farting corpse (“Swiss Army Man”).

Read More: ‘Wildlife’ Review: Carey Mulligan Is on Fire in Paul Dano’s Stunningly Beautiful Directorial Debut — Sundance 2018

Needless to say,
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Daniel Craig, Rian Johnson Murder Mystery Sells to Media Rights Capital

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Daniel Craig, Rian Johnson Murder Mystery Sells to Media Rights Capital
Media Rights Capital has agreed to fully finance “Knives Out,” a murder mystery starring Daniel Craig, Variety has confirmed. The movie brings together the James Bond star with Rian Johnson, the director of “The Last Jedi.”

“Knives Out” moved up on Craig’s dance card after creative differences between the actor and director Danny Boyle forced a behind-the-camera change on Bond 25. Shooting on a new 007 adventure has been delayed until a new filmmaker can be found to replace Boyle.

The Media Rights Capital deal is for the world and the film is set to begin shooting in November. The company will presumably have to later find a distribution partner to release the picture. CAA Media Finance and FilmNation auctioned the property, which was considered to be one of the hotter packages available at this year’s festival.

Despite the interest in the project, Craig has never really been much
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Five Reasons You Should Follow Jon Favreau on Twitter

Have you ever heard of the name Jon Favreau? He’s an extremely talented actor and he also has a few directing credits to his name. He’s been in movies such as Swingers, Rudy and Cowboys & Aliens. He’s also very active on Twitter, and it could be reasonably argued that he has one of the best Twitter accounts around. Below are five reasons that you should follow him. 1. He’s funny It’s almost impossible to be a success in show business without having a certain sense of humor. Even those that don’t technically call themselves comedians have to have an

Five Reasons You Should Follow Jon Favreau on Twitter
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Hostiles movie review: white man’s burden

MaryAnn’s quick take… Sure, millions of Native people dead and ancient cultures destroyed, but who has to live with that? All the good soldiers who were just following orders, that’s who. Won’t someone think of the white man? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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You know what the real white man’s burden is? Living with the guilt of the colonialism, oppression, and genocide you are party to. I mean, look at North America. Sure, millions of Native people dead and ancient cultures destroyed, but who has to live with that? All the good soldiers who were just following orders, that’s who. No one talks about that, do they? Won’t someone think of the white man?

Scott Cooper (Black Mass,
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Brian Grazer Is Sorry About Cowboys and Aliens

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Brian Grazer Is Sorry About Cowboys and Aliens
Brian Grazer knows that Cowboys and Aliens, the genre blend starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, wasn't that great. According to The Atlantic, Grazer admitted that he had a few "mulligans" in his life. “I don't like cowboys, or aliens!" Grazer said at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "I remember having this one meeting, an early meeting, and they're talking about the title, Cowboys and Aliens. I said, 'We aren't really calling it that, are we?' [The others said] 'Yeah, of course we are!' I was going, I don't get this at all." Still, Cowboys and Aliens took the top spot at the box office with $36.4 million when it opened back in July 2011. The numbers were still below studio expectations, which had hopes for a $45 million weekend. But maybe money isn't the point? “Every once in a while I rationalize quality,” said Grazer. “There are so many decision
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Universal's Turnaround Tale: How the Studio Staged the Biggest 180 in Hollywood

Universal's Turnaround Tale: How the Studio Staged the Biggest 180 in Hollywood
A little over a year ago, Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson sat alone at a table during the after-party for the premiere of Oliver Stone's "Savages" and somewhat plaintively asked a reporter from TheWrap when the abuse would end. After years of costly flops including "The Wolfman," "Cowboy & Aliens" and, more recently, "Battleship," Fogelson felt like the media's whipping post. But a funny thing happened in the days after that premiere. A movie called  "Ted" opened to more than $50 million domestically and went on to gross more than $500 million
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Jon Favreau Teams With J.J. Abrams For 'Revolution'

Jon Favreau Teams With J.J. Abrams For 'Revolution'
Remember when big-screen talent lining up work on television was big news? Now it's frankly surprising if a Hollywood director or actor hasn't got a project on TV. Here's the latest list that will be working on pilots this year. After the relative failure, both critically and commercially, of "Cowboys & Aliens," and presumably before he gets to work on (*shudder*) Disney's "Magic Kingdom", Jon Favreau will direct the pilot for J.J. Abrams' "Revolution" at NBC. Written by "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke, the show is described by Deadline as "high-octane action drama following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist." Favreau also has a self-penned comedy pilot, "Tweaked," lined up at CBS. Hopefully Nick Nolte's Oscar nomination for "Warrior" will finally get the film some of...
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Best of 2011: Top movie box office and DVD sales

Best of 2011: Top movie box office and DVD sales
This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011′s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011′s most popular movies.

Box Office

Top-grossing movies*

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, $381 million

2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $352 million

3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, $261 million

4. The Hangover Part II, $254 million
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'Thor,' 'X-Men,' 'Transformers' and 'Tree of Life' among 15 official Oscar Visual Effects contenders

'Thor,' 'X-Men,' 'Transformers' and 'Tree of Life' among 15 official Oscar Visual Effects contenders
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the top 15 films in contention for the 2012 Visual Effects Oscar today and there were hardly any surprises.  Dominated by summer blockbusters, the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow the list down to 10 in early January.  At that time, all members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts of the shortlisted films on Thursday, January 19.  At that point, the branch members will vote to nominate five films for Oscar consideration. The 15 films announced today are as follows: "Captain America: The First Avenger", "Cowboys & Aliens", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2", "Hugo", "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol", "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", "Real Steel", "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows", "Sucker Punch", "Super 8", "Thor", "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", "The Tree of Life", "X-Men: First Class". The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
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'Cowboys & Aliens' Sparks Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

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'Cowboys & Aliens' Sparks Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Given the reception that the Jon Favreau film "Cowboys & Aliens" received, one would think that people would be reluctant to take credit for inspiring it. But that's exactly what's at the heart of lawsuit filed Thursday. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Texas, comic-book artist Steven John Busti claims that the graphic novel  "Cowboys & Aliens" -- and, thus, the movie it was based on -- stole its concept and more from a story he wrote and drew. Read the full lawsuit here. According to Busti, his story "Cowboys
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Conquest of the Weekend by the 'Apes'

Conquest of the Weekend by the 'Apes'
Over the weekend, Rise of the Planet of the Apes handily won the box office battle, while The Change-Up attracted few bodies and The Smurfs extended its lead over Cowboys & Aliens. Rise of the Planet of the Apes climbed to the top with an estimated $54 million on approximately 5,400 screens at 3,648 locations, which ranked as the fifth highest-grossing August opening ever (but ninth normalized for ticket-price inflation). Among comparable movies, the franchise reboot's launch was superior to District 9's $37.4 million and Terminator Salvation's $42.6 million and close to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's $54.7 million (on the same weekend in 2009). It even grossed more than I, Robot's $52.2 million (though sold fewer tickets) and wasn't far off from X-Men: First Class's $55.1 million earlier this summer. However, Rise was beneath Planet of the Apes (2001)'s $68.5 million ($96.5 million adjusted for ticket price inflation) from ten years ago, but that's to be
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Friday Report: 'Apes' Rise

Friday Report: 'Apes' Rise
On Friday, Rise of the Planet of the Apes handily won the box office battle, while The Change-Up attracted few bodies and The Smurfs extended its lead over Cowboys & Aliens. Rise of the Planet of the Apes climbed to the top with an estimated $19.75 million on close to 5,400 screens at 3,648 locations, which was superior to such recent comps as District 9 ($14.2 million) and Terminator Salvation ($14.8 million). The franchise reboot's launch even grossed more than I, Robot's $18.1 million (though sold fewer tickets) and wasn't far off from X-Men: First Class's $21.4 million earlier this summer. However, it was beneath Planet of the Apes (2001)'s $24.6 million ($34.7 million adjusted for ticket price inflation) from ten years ago, as it should be considering it didn't cover the franchise's most iconic territory. It was a freaky Friday for The Change-Up. The ribald comedy opened in fourth with a relatively soft estimated $4.75 million on around 3,300 screens at 2,913 locations.
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This week's new film events

This week's new film events
Empire Big Screen, London

Empire magazine has been running Movie Con nights on London's South Bank for several years now, but this event is the first step towards realising the organisers' ambitions to establish a homegrown festival with the scope of San Diego's Comic Con. Starting with the UK premiere of Cowboys & Aliens and closing with Fright Night, presented by star David Tennant, Big Screen promises a mix of screenings, panel events and promo reels of new releases from UK distributors. Workshops include special effects makeup with the boffins behind the upcoming Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, screenwriting with the scribes of The Inbetweeners Movie, and a special presentation by FX legends Ilm, the architects of Empire's beloved Star Wars. Costumes are not mandatory, but you might want to take an autograph book.

The O2, SE10, Fri to 14 Aug

LoCo London

Running under the theme of Transformations, this
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Final Box Office Numbers: It's 'Cowboys' by a Hair Over 'Smurfs'

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Final Box Office Numbers: It's 'Cowboys' by a Hair Over 'Smurfs'
Universal's genre mix-up "Cowboys and Aliens" narrowly beat out Sony's over-performing kiddie film "The Smurfs" at the weekend box office, final Monday revenue tallies revealed. The Jon Favreau-directed "Cowboys" grossed $36.4 million over the weekend, according to Universal, while Sony says "Smurfs" took in $35.6 million. Sony is hardly blue over the narrow defeat, however, since its film out-performed pre-release forecasts that were in the $25 million-$30 million range. "Cowboys," meanwhile, missed pre-release projections in the $40 million-$45 million range. Related Articles: 
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