Showing posts from October, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron Extended Trailer

Originally, the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer (read out article about it here) was supposed to be released with yesterday's episode of Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. yet was leaked online a week before. Marvel promised that new footage would accompany the show to replace the trailer. The new footage has now been out online.

Basically, it's an extension of the original trailer with a clip from the Avengers' party scene that Ultron crashes. While the trailer gives us a somber tone, the clip is light hearted, and recaptures the spirit of the first movie. In the scene, the drunken Avengers try to lift Thor's hammer. Before Tony Stark tries to lift it, he asks "If I lift it, I get to rule Asgard?" Thor nods. "I shall be a fair but firmly cruel" he responds before he tries and is unable to lift it. The dialogue in this clip is perfect, but it's introduction into the exact same trailer as before is a bit sloppy. 
While I love the clip, I prefer the o…

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Will Have a 45 Minute Long Battle

As the release of the last Hobbit film, and most likely the last installment of the Middle-earth franchise for a while, draws near, we have seen some expansion in marketing but not much. We have a teaser trailer and some posters but nothing much other than that, and the film comes out in two months. Expect the marketing to pick up with a full trailer to come out in the next couple weeks.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Peter Jackson gave a little insight into the film. He confirmed the length of the titular battle, the Battle of Five Armies, will be in fact 45 minutes.

45 minutes is a long time for a battle, but it makes a lot of sense. Being that the name of this last film is The Battle of Five Armies, any shorter would have made the title a bit irrelevant. Plus, this will be the battle that ends The Hobbit trilogy and sets in motion what will happen 60 years down the line in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This battle is not just the climax of the movie, but the …

Marvel Makes BIG Announcements!

Today, Marvel dropped a bombshell. They hosted a huge event in Hollywood where they invited all these people to come see a special presentation. There, they announced their full Phase 3 slate... and some other stuff. Here's a guide of what's to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

First off, Ant-Man will actually be the last installment of Phase 2. For Phase 1, The Avengers finished it off and Iron Man 3 started the second Phase. However, it is official that Ant-Man will be in Phase 2, dealing with the repercussions of Age of Ultron. So here's the first installment of Phase 3:
Captain America: Civil War- May 6, 2016

A little while ago, Variety dropped the story that Captain America 3 would be the beginning of the Marvel Civil War and that Robert Downey Jr. was in final negotiations to be in the movie ( read our article about it here). While everyone went crazy, it still wasn't official. Now, however, it is. During the event, Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie will …

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Ouija Takes Top Spot

Damn. I was really hoping John Wick would be number one, so that my title could be: John Wick is the One. 
Opening this week was the Keanu Reeves action flick John Wick and the horror film Ouija. Let's take a look at this past week's box office.
#1 Ouija- $19,875,995

On its opening weekend, Ouija came in first place. I'm surprised that the film made this much money, however, at the same time, I'm not. It's the end of October, it's Halloween season: a horror film is bound to do well. But I saw barely any marketing for the film so I didn't expect it to make a lot of money. Despite my contradicting myself, I don't think it will continue to have a heavy presence. I think it will slowly drift off the top 5 over the course of the next few weeks. 
#2 John Wick- $14,415,922

On its opening weekend, John Wick came in second place. It seems like this film will have the Edge of Tomorrow effect: (not the marketing aspect of it) the film is really good and everybody l…

James Spader talks Ultron

After the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was released online yesterday (read our article on it here), James Spader, who plays the titular antagonist, talked a little bit about the character. Here's what Spader said:

“There’s a humerous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss [Whedon]. In many ways he’s a child, this character, because he’s a brand new being who’s just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he’s a very powerful, smart child.”
“Red (Spader's Blacklist character) isn’t pyschopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He’s really bats**t crazy!”
Being the next big Marvel movie, any information on Age of Ultron is sought after. Spader gives us some good insight on Ultron. After Loki, a fan favorite and probably Marvel Studio's best villain to date, was the antagonist of the first Avengers movie, Ultron and, more importantly, James Sp…

Christian Bale Will Be Playing Steve Jobs

One film that has been in limbo for sometime has been a Steve Jobs biopic. What's interesting about the film is that it is not set up as a traditional film: it consists of 3 half hour scenes, shown us what happened backstage after three of the biggest Apple product announcements, which alone got me interested in the movie.

Back when David Fincher was attached as the director, he wanted Christian Bale to play Jobs. However, it didn't work out so Fincher left the project. He was replaced with Danny Boyle and a bunch of actors were reportedly in the running including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper
Now, it's confirmed that Christian Bale will in fact be playing Steve Jobs in the movie. 
I am happy that Bale will be playing Jobs, but I am also frustrated. I would have been a lot more interested in this project if Fincher was still the director and frankly, I think he could have taken this film to the next level. The whole reason Fincher left was because he couldn…

Could Ant-Man Writer Actually Direct a Marvel Movie?

Back when Ant-Man was directorless, before Peyton Reed signed on, one of the directors Marvel was looking at was Adam McKay, a well known comedy director. While McKay isn't directing the film, he did do a rewrite, changing it from the script that was to be used back when Edgar Wright was still directing. Recently, McKay talked about his thoughts on the revisions he did to the Ant-Man script, and mentioned the possibility of him actually directing a Marvel movie.

"I just did a big rewrite on Ant-Man with Paul Rudd and had such a great time working with them that we’re kicking around ideas. But yeah, maybe I would take on one of the characters so we haven’t locked in anything, but discussions are definitely going on."
I think McKay could be a good director... for the right project. He wouldn't be good for like an Iron Man or a Thor, because he's strong suit is full-out comedy. Ant-Man will have a strong comedic presence, moreso than previous Marvel movies, but it&#…

Edward Norton Talks Leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Most people know what happened: Edward Norton starred in The Incredible Hulk and was replaced by Mark Ruffalo for The Avengers. Norton has talked many times about his feelings on leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe but now he has some more comments after seeing the massive impact these movies have had. While promoting Birdman, Norton said:

“My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that."
“There were just a lot of things—I wanted more diversity. I sort of chose to continue on my path of having a diversity of experiences. Maybe on some unconscious level, I didn’t want to have an association with one thing in any way degrade my effectiveness as an actor, in characters. I think you can sort of do anything once, but if you do it too many times, i…

First Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

So yesterday it came out that this Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was going to premiere on TV during Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. I wrote a whole article about it, sh*ting on the terrible show for most of it. I left for a bit and when I came back to post the article, it was somehow deleted. Depressed, I went online and saw that the trailer was posted which leads me to this article: the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released!

After it was leaked online a week before it was meant to be released, Marvel put out the HD version officially online, tweeting "Dammit, Hydra" (Captain America: The Winter Soldier reference). You can see the trailer above.

The trailer is very ominous and somewhat creepy. That's mostly thanks to the song used which is a huge contrast to the NineInch Nails song used in the trailer for the first movie. I am a big fan of The Blacklist so when I heard the Ultron narration (voiced and mo-caped by James Spader) all I could hear was Spader's …

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: The Fast and the Furyious

This week the new releases were Fury, The Best of Me and The Book of Life. I predicted that Fury would be number one. Let's take a look at this past week's box office.
#1 Fury- $23,702,421

On its opening weekend, Fury came in first place. With its critical praise and mostly good reviews (read our review here), the David Ayer film was able to draw in a good audience. I think it will maintain a high status for a little bit and then drop out of the top 5 as the bigger Oscar contenders get closer. We'll have to wait and see.
#2 Gone Girl- $17,511,956

On its third week, Gone Girl came in second place. The film has been doing very well at the box office, being at the top the past two weeks. The very positive word of mouth has certainly gotten people to go see it (read our review here). So far, Gone Girl has grossed over 100 million domestically, being director David Fincher's most profitable film to date.
#3 The Book of Life- $17,005,218

On its opening weekend, The Book of Lif…


I walked into this movie with little to no expectations. It had a decent cast but I wasn't sure with the director, David Ayer. I saw and really liked his film End of Watch but I saw his movie that came out earlier this year, Sabotage, and that movie has gone down as one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I won't go on a rant about it, but I wanted to give you some perspective as to why I wasn't expecting much from it.
Fury is a really good movie. Probably one of this year's best so far. It takes place in World War II, where a tank called "Fury" is led by Brad Pitt's character and is run and manned by Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal. When one of their tank-mates is killed in action, he is replaced with the unskilled, good-willed Norman, played by Logan Lerman. Going into this movie, one would expect Brad Pitt to be the film's lead but he's really not. The story's protagonist is Logan Lerman. Despite the fact that Pitt has the sam…

Guardians of the Galaxy is now Marvel's Third Highest Grossing Film

I don't think I need to reiterate the huge and unexpected success of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (read our review here). At this point everyone knows how big of a risk it was and how surprising the box office results were and all that.

Recently, the news broke that Guardians had crossed at $700 million dollar mark (worldwide). Now, it's confirmed that Guardians is in fact the third highest grossing Marvel movie to date, behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3, which both crossed the $1 billion dollar mark. The Avengers is actually the third highest grossing film of all time.
It's surprising that Guardians has surpassed movies such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man at the box office and it just proves that whatever Marvel makes will dominate at the box office. However, this won't last for Guardians. The next Marvel movie is Avengers: Age of Ultron and it will, without any doubt, pass Guardians. I think it will cross the $1 billion dollar mark and …

Marvel Civil War or DC Film Slate: Which Won the Week?

This past week has given us some of the biggest recent comic news. Variety reported that Robert Downey Jr. will be in Captain America 3 and that the film will kick of the Marvel Civil War (for more details, read our article about it here). The next day, DC announced their film slate all the way to 2020, confirming movies such as Aquaman, Cyborg and more, as well as confirming David Ayer as the director of Suicide Squad, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Zack Snyder as the director of Justice Leage 1 and 2 and Ezra Miller as the Flash (for more details, read our article about it here)

The big question now is who won? The Marvel news or the DC news? It's a really tough choice. Honestly. I think I am going to have to go with Marvel here. 
--Just note that anything I'm saying about the Marvel news is strictly dependent on IF the report from Variety is true. It has not been confirmed like the DC news has, but everything I say for the rest of this article is as if the news it 100% true--


Forget Suidice Squad or Doctor Strange- Could Tom Hardy be Apocalypse??

Tom Hardy is been one of the most rumored actors for comic book movies right now. Despite already haven starred as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, he is still rumored to be in all sorts of projects. A while ago, it came out that he was being pursued to play Doctor Strange and more recently a report says he is one of several A-list actors being pursued for Suicide Squad.  Now, you can add X-Men: Apocalypse to the list of movies Hardy might be in.
I think Hardy playing Apocalypse would be fantastic. He is a great actor and could do the role very well. We've already seen that he can play a powerful and menacing villain so there's little doubt in my mind that he could play the role. However, I do have to wonder how true this report is. It comes from The Wrap which is mostly reliable, but with Hardy being rumored for so many different roles, it's hard to know which is true. However, out of all the comic book movies he's rumored to be in, I think I would prefer him as Apocaly…

DC Movies Confirmed Including Wonder Woman, Aquaman and More!

Just a day after Variety broke the Marvel story on Civil War (read our article here), DC came forth and gave us a ton of information about the future of their Cinematic Universe. A while ago, we got a bunch of release dates but no titles to go with them. But now, we have the titles and some more information.
The Schedule
Here's the official DC schedule until 2020.
2016 Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice- March 25th Suicide Squad- August 5th
2017 Wonder Woman- June 23rd Justice League- November 17th
2018 The Flash- March 23rd Aquaman- July 27th
2019 Shazam- April 5th Justice League 2- June 14th
2020 Cyborg- April 3rd Green Lantern- June 19th
Before we get into the other news, let's take a look at this. DC is coming out strong. At first, Marvel put out a one or two films every other year. DC is going all out and doing two films a year. And it'll be more than that since they said that solo Batman and Superman films would come out before 2020. Apparently the Green Lantern movie in 2020 will…