Over on FB Star Wars FINALLY announced the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII via a black and white photo of them sitting around director JJ Abrams. The ODC secretive Abrams had kept everything under wraps but since it’s beginning filming soon, they had to make an announcement. The photo is of a table reading for the new script with player old and new.
As I’ve written before, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is probably my favorite superhero movie after the original Christopher Reeve Superman. (I’m not in love with the Nolan Batmans although I get why people like them.) It’s one of the very few superhero films with an autuer’s imprimatur, and it’s just plain goofy as heck, veering between horror pastiche of the directors own work, sappy musical and a sad meditation on middle-aged loneliness. Raimi is old enough to have the original Ditko Spidey as his inspiration, from the upside down kiss to the rogue’s gallery of old men in greying wife-beaters—supposedly one of the reasons Raimi and the studio parted ways on Spidey 4 was that Raimi wanted the Vulture as the villain, and the studio wanted a more up to date bad guy.
In Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, all the references have been updated. This is the ultimate world of Bryan Hitch, Greg Land and Greg Horn, all blazing cgi and mottled, gloomy photoshop. The soundtrack has been similarly updated, with a group known as the Magnificent Six—which includes everyone from Pharrell Williams to Johnny Marr—blasting catchy singles. In what passes for innovation here, a scene where Peter Parker does the obligatory Google search to find out a mystery, instead of the chugging string music of every other superhero movie, we get a Phillip Phillips song.
Fox pictures have a number of exciting movies coming out this year, spanning a number of different audiences. Guest moderator Ralph Garman introduced the first movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Director Dean DeBlois and surprisingly Jay Baruchel (voice of Hiccup) took to the stage. After showing a completed first five minutes of the […]
(Some minor spoiler ahead) Located in the Arena of this year’s Anaheim Wondercon, Warner Bros. treated us to a sneak peak of three upcoming movies that will be hitting the big screen in the next few months. On June 6th, the 70th anniversary of “D-Day,” Edge of Tomorrow will hit theatres nationwide. Starring Tom Cruise […]
It seems that Fox—which controls the X-men and Fantastic Four film franchises— and Sony—which controls Spider-Man—have come to an agreement to create their OWN variant earth-2 Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with a cut scene at the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Foreign viewers are already tweeting about it. I’ve greyed out the relevant info below.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming in Aosta, Italy which has to be tough because one bowl of pasta and it’s going to show in your spandex, but luckily, as these photos show, some of the costumes have pasta-concealing features. Elizabeth Olson said she wasn’t going to go around in a scarlet swimsuit as The Scarlet Witch and she is sure not wearing a swimsuit. Sensible shoes and everything!
With time travel and tons of extra characters so Fox can make sure they have them on their Marvel roster, even this new POSTER for X-Men Days of Future Past seems jammed with funny looking folks. N0 sign of Club-Kid Quicksilver though. And here’s a new trailer from the UK. A quick shot of Club-Kid […]
Nine years after the first SIN CITY created a whole new look for the movies, the first trailer for the sequel has been released. Starring Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Jeremy Piven and Stacey […]
As you may have recalled, Ridley is actually one those big comics fans in Hollywood and spent a while writing comics for Wildstorm, including a run on the Authority, the mini-series Razor’s Edge: Warblade, and The American Way. The latter is a book that really deserves to be on more comics reading lists—an 8 issue mini-series drawn by Georges Jeanty and Karl Story that has similar themes to Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier about the cold war and superheroes, but treats them with a much harsher view. The book follows the government’s development of the Civil Defense Corps, a pr-driven team of superheroes introduced in the early 60s, and the turmoil that stem from the first African-American member in the Civil Rights era. A lot of comics mini-series have tried to be “the Next Watchmen” and The American Way is one of the few series that takes that tired “What if superheroes really existed???” idea and gives it a take based on the real world and not the imagined one.
[No comics content here. This falls under "pop culture" and general geekery. ] So, your waistline (and gastrointestinal tract) has recovered from the Super Bowl. You’re sick and tired of the weather. You seek another diversion. Well, next Sunday, Hollywood holds their soiree, handing out Oscar statuettes (“Academy Awards of Merit”, according to the rule […]
It is a new millennium and a New Star Wars Trilogy. And according to reports this afternoon Adam Driver is nearing a deal to sign on as the villain in STAR WARS VII, which JJ Abrams is directing for release next year. THR suggests that casting for the threequel is well underway, however, Manhattan Project-like […]
Once again, Hollywood confabulates and celebrates the best of motion picture arts and sciences March 2, at the 86th Academy Awards. Among the many awards will be two showcasing the best in animation: Animated Feature Film and Short Film Animated. Many people have seen the feature films (or had a chance to…dunno how many actually […]
The Great Sundering, aka Fox’s Marvel movie line, has announced the cast for their Fantastic Four reboot, to be directed by Josh Trank and scheduled for June 2015. And they are….. Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards! Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm! Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm! And Jamie […]
I admit I watched this trailer twice in a row, even though the best parts were in the footage floating around. Finally, a character based “superhero” movie? Is this really a superhero movie? Or an SF comedy adventure? Whatever it is, I’m sold. The trailer debuted on Jimmy Kimmel and USA today has more details […]