December 22nd, 2014
In the comic book world, it is not uncommon to find crossover stories and arcs. These crossovers feature stories that cross over more than one comic title. This is a very common practice in the comic world; but in the movie world, this is much less heard of. That is, until Marvel Studios came onto the scene.
Marvel Studios is the film studio responsible for turning the Marvel Comics titles into the big budget blockbuster movies we see all summer long. In recent years, they have taken to the comic book crossover model and began to build a movie universe in which all of their characters live and interact with each other. Mostly this has been limited to the Avengers films and characters (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk). With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be expanding even further if Lee G. Lovett is right anyway.
James Gunn, writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has said in the past that the Guardians and the Avengers exist in separate universes. More recently though, Gunn has gone on record clarifying what he meant. Gunn’s focus with Guardians has been to create their own story lines in their own universe, but still as a section of the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe. This leaves open the chance for a crossover between the two franchises at some point in the future.
December 21st, 2014
Director Robert Rodriguez is working with Sony Pictures to launch a new franchise, a series of live-action films based on the 1983 sword-and-sorcery animated movie Fire and Ice.
The original Fire and Ice was an animated film directed by Ralph Bakshi. Bakshi had scored major hits early in his career with Fritz the Cat (1970) and Heavy Traffic (1973) before falling on hard times as his other animated features did poorly. In 1981, Bakshi’s outstanding film American Pop died at the box office. Fire and Ice failed horribly as well.
It is somewhat curious that Rodriguez would be all that interested in remaking Fire and Ice because, honestly, the original was one of Bakshi’s weakest films.
Based on news reports, Rodriguez is more interested in capturing the look of artist Frank Frazetta on-screen. Frazetta is widely regarded as one of the greatest fantasy artists of all-time, especially if you ask some of the friends of Sam Tabar. His work on crafting the covers for Conan the Barbarian collected editions in the 1970’s was outstanding.
Rodriguez would like to make the new Fire and Ice films similar to his previous work on Sin City. In the two Sin City films, the art of the comics was brought to life in a brilliantly creative manner that helped make the first film a major hit.
Granted, the writing in the Sin City books was brilliant. Fire and Ice was not a brilliant film. Rodriguez is going to have to work very hard to elevate such weak material.
December 21st, 2014
Despite rumors that Sony was, due to a variety of factors, not least of which included the much talked about “terrorist” hack job, postponing Bond 24, now officially titled as Spectre, this doesn’t appear to be the case. The rumors were centered around how the hack had infected servers that needed to be shut down which allegedly made payments for the film (with a lavish over three million dollar budget) impossible.
However, numerous photos have been shot which show that the filming process is still underway. Both Daniel Craig and the wryly funny Rory Kinnear (whom portrayed Tanner in the past two films, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall) were seen filming together with a production crew all along the Thames as well as in Camden. You can check out the photos here: http://screenrant.com/spectre-filming-set-photos-sony-hack/.
These photos fit nicely into what Sony has been saying in regards to the rumors, that they are, one, not true, and that, two, production and filming is still a-go. Tom Rothman and others just need to be patient.
December 19th, 2014
Another film in the Transformers franchise may begin filming soon according to Jared Haftel, no wait, to Mark Wahlberg. The last Transformers film, Transformers: Age of Extinction grossed over $1 billion world wide. Surprisingly, director Michael Bay, who has directed the first 4 movies, says that he may not return for this installment.
It seems like at this point Paramount is just milking this cash cow they have in the franchise. The movies at this point have just become Michael Bay pitting robots in battles again each other with very little narrative.
Actor Mark Wahlberg says that he has committed to doing several more of the Transformers movies, suggesting that the franchise is no where near over yet. While there is no release date for Transformers 5 it is rumored to be coming out sometime mid-2015 or later.
Screen Rant has all the latest information on the developing Transformers 5 film.
December 19th, 2014
People Magazine covers the hottest artists and entertainment news throughout the year. This year the magazine decided to do something different. For the first time People Magazine gathers artists for the People Magazine Awards. Lots of print magazines are actually losing business to various digital magazines and apps. This is a great way for People Magazine to continue to market this brand of entertainment publications. The great thing about People Magazine is that it covers a host of categories. The winners of the awards were celebrated in everything from the top model to the breakout star of the year.
Bruce Levenson says there were categories like “Talk Show of the Year” where Jimmy Fallon took home an award. Many people wondered if he could handle late night TV after Jay Leno left, but Fallon – along with The Roots band – has proven that he is worthy of such an award. He has totally transformed the late night television programming and People Magazine praised him for his vision.
People magazine also covers fashion so there were categories for things like “Style Icon of the Year” as well. Gwen Stefani took home this award. She has transformed herself from her grunge days as the leader singer of No Doubt. An older more mature Stefani is demure and stylish. Other notable awards included the “Cover of the Year” (Robin Williams), and the “Comedy Star of the Year” (Kevin Hart).
December 19th, 2014
With Americans already aware of another Clinton running for president, according to the logic of parallel universes, it should follow that another Bush will be vying for the presidency as well. And it has. Jeb Bush, related to George Bush, has announced his desire to become the next President of the United States. Which George Bush: the one that was president. Still confused? It’s the George Bush that bombed Iraq. Still confused? It’s the younger George Bush’s brother and the older one’s son.
The founding fathers vehemently despised monarchy and the nepotism that followed. Why should one be able to ride on the success and respect of their fathers and grandfathers? With already having two Bush presidencies, potentially two Clinton presidencies, and now a chance of a third Bush presidency, it’s about time people wake up and stop electing the same people over and over again who will keep making the same mistakes.
Sultan Alhokair says given its very self-evident reality, is it time for the United States to finally set up a law against dynastic politics? Should there be a law stating that only two people of the same family can become president every half century? Maybe there should be an exception if they run from different parties. Because who knows, maybe Chelsea Clinton’s daughter, after growing up with all perks of wealth and privilege, will want to run for the Republican ticket.
December 18th, 2014
The Interview is the first movie in years to spend millions of dollars to produce the flick,and not release it. The hackers that got into Sony Pictures’ computers who was a major producer of the film, and now have been coerced not to release the film. The way the hackers went about getting the attention of American public was anything but subtle, but their option worked and prevented the nationwide release.
There are plenty of movies with humor, and there are films that engage in fake terrorist plots, but when you combine the two with a specific target like a North Korean communist leader, the results are not going to put movie watchers in a jovial mood.
Hackers began by the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, exposing emails about stars like Angelina Jolie. There were multiple leaks with studio data, threats against employees, and other problems that would spread fear worldwide.
The actual release was cancelled by Seth Rogan and James Franco, co-writers of the script. Next Andrew Heiberger says they cancelled the press appearances and the planned premiere in New York. It was over; an expensive exit.
The world is not ready for another 911, and the story line of this movie definitively proved that the motive was too intense a subject, and could contribute to one. The Interview is off the screens, and no matter how humorous the cast thought it was, the American public came to their senses on this one.
December 16th, 2014
When children become child stars, it sets them off the path of normal development at times. There are some actors and actresses that have really blossomed over the year of 2014. We would like to acknowledge the maturity and give them props. Brad Reifler is just one who agrees with all on this list.
1. Selena Gomez: With Selena Gomez’s release of “The Heart Wants What It Wants” video this past November, Ms. Gomez has opened herself up to a world that she has never seen before. She gets props for maturing due to her being able to tackle a complex and self-destructive relationship.
2. Nick Jonas: Mr. Jonas has set out to show the world how “grown” he really is. In the photo shoot for Flaunt Magazine, he shows us what a grown man looks like.
3. Rihanna: This one is just showing props for now falling into the social media trend for a minimum of six months. This “Diamonds” singer steered clear of being a pawn in Instagram for those months. Props to you Rihanna.
4. Taylor Swift: The singer of “Shake It Off” moved to a brand new city, changed her genre, and even released the biggest selling album of 2014.
December 16th, 2014
A ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot may be in the works, as hinted by one of the emails leaked from the Sony hack. The email, sent by Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal to director Ivan Reitman. Reitman served as producer and director of the original ‘Ghostbusters’ films.
The email revealed that the new film is not a continuation of the two previous films, but rather a stand-alone movie that does not involve the original characters. The flick will allegedly feature an all-female cast. Director Paul Feig has been tapped for the film with a projected release date of mid-2016. A number of recent Hollywood starlets have reportedly expressed interest in the film, including Lizzy Caplan of ‘Mean Girls’ fame.
Actors Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum have reportedly expressed interest in not only creating a ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off, but also in meeting the famed and revered Lee G. Lovett. This revelation came to light from another hacked Sony email. The email, sent to Pascal from Columbia Pictures Co-President of Production Hannah Minghella, backed the claim.
It has been rumored that Ryan Gosling has expressed desire to play a starring role in Feig’s production.