Why Lauren Faust directing MEDUSA for Sony is important

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Tweet News broke yesterday that My LIttle Pony: Friendship is Magic creator Lauren Faust is going to direct Medusa, a full length animated feature, for Sony. This is awesome for many reasons. ¶ The film was co-developed and will be co-written by Beat contributor Todd Alcott (along with his writing partner Holly Golden.) Perhaps at […]

There will be a Doctor Strange movie and Scott Derrickson will direct it

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Tweet Well, despite the Ant-Man problem, Marvel Studios is moving ahead with a Doctor Strange movie, long rumored, and said by studio head Kevin Feige to be HIS dream super hero. A director has been tapped, Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister among other things. Derrickson has been a rising star that Hollywood has been chasing […]

Ant-Man? More like CAN’T-MAN!

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TweetAs triumph so often turns to tragedy, just as what is arguably Marvel Studio’s greatest achievement—the extremely well reviewed, successful and genre busting Captain America: The Winter Soldier—showed that they could take any old character and craft a taut, suspenseful narrative, and excitement was growing for Guardians of the Galaxy, along came the big Ant-Man […]

The holiday in Marvel Movies: Days of Future Past prevails, Wright gets support; Daredevil gets new showrunner

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Tweet § So X-Men: Days of Future Past lived up to predictions and crushed at the box office, making $111 over the holiday weekend, making it the fifth largest Memorial day opening, and surging to $302 million worldwide. (I should note that the $111 was below this optimistic Variety report’s $120 mil. Does that make […]

Edgar Wright off Ant-Man

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WHOOPS here’s the bad news to get you off on the weekend — Edgar Wright has left Ant-Man the film he’s been working on for…like…EIGHT YEARS. Marvel released a short statement and Latino Review had a short mysterious addendum

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film,” a statement read. “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.

New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer shows us which way the wind is blowing

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Tweet So yeah the next Guardians trailer is up, and…well, I have to say I am still waiting to see this movie, but this is so much safer than the first few scrappy ones we saw. The Disney/Marvel second unit/SFX factory has taken over, making it look like every OTHER Marvel/Disney movie. Which I know […]

Zack Snyder passes along camera tips…and first look at Ben Affleck as Batman

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TweetI shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham http://t.co/WPHKLxgBLM pic.twitter.com/p5DEf6fLzJ — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014 Over on twitter Batman vs Superman director Zack Snyder has helpfully passed along a photo with some lens information to help you get that moody gritty look. Another aid in getting just the right note of […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come Captain America 2 Special

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s very special podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss the film Captain America: The Winter […]

Here is your guide to the Star Wars VII cast

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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.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets a little over stuffed

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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.

Wondercon ’14: 20th Century Fox Presentation

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TweetFox 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 […]

WonderCon ’14: Warner Bros. Presentation

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Tweet(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 […]

Reminder: There was *almost* a JLA movie starring Armie Hammer, D.J. Cotrona and Megan Gale

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Tweet Post by Greg Van Borssum. This photo of the cast of GEorge Miller’s aborted JLA movie shows how close we came to having a very very young JLA movie. Australian tax credit woes and the Writer Strike of ’07-08 scuttled this. Was it for the best? Andrew Wheeler has more.

Fox and Sony cross-over in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 secret scene — SPOILERS

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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.

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch debut in sneaky Avengers 2 set photos

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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!

New trailer and poster for X-Men: Days of Future Past has a lot of characters

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Tweet 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 […]