|2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
As Netflix ramps up its ambitious slate of Marvel series, an exec at the service has offered some hints about what to expect.
In an interview with Empire magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos discussed the company's Marvel plans, which involve creating four series -- Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones -- before bringing them all together in a fifth show, The Defenders. In other words, it's the Marvel Cinematic Universe playbook adapted for the small screen, which Sarandos himself acknowledged:
"It was really based on the theatrical model of The Avengers. Could you take another group of characters, The Defenders, and go about it the same way? Normally they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story. Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time."
First out of the chute will be Daredevil, which is filming now. Sarandos said that fans can expect a darker tone for this show than the 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck:
"The series will not be afraid to go darker than the film did. What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they're a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds."
Up next, apparently, is Jessica Jones -- "Right now, the writers' rooms are open and they're looking at casting Jessica," says Sarandos -- but beyond that the Marvel wall of secrecy surrounds the plans for the other shows. And as for the big question -- whether any or all of the Defenders will get kicked upstairs to the MCU at some point -- Sarandos would only say, "It has definitely been talked about."
|2:00 PM, Monday, August 25th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
When Marvel posted details of its November 2015 releases earlier this week, there was a surprising absence of Big Hero 6-related material despite that month's release of the Disney animated movie based on the Marvel characters. If that seems strange, it gets more so: The publisher also has decided to bench the characters to coincide with the movie's release.
Not only is Marvel not planning any reprints or new material to tie in with the Disney movie released Nov. 7, but it turns out that the characters aren't scheduled to make appearances in any other Marvel comic titles in the foreseeable future, either. A spokesperson for Marvel confirmed that it has "no plans" for the property when contacted by THR, following up on an earlier report from Newsarama.
The last time the characters appeared in a Marvel title was 2012, when the team showed up in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man to help defeat Doctor Octopus. Around the same time, the publisher released a collection of the group's earlier appearances to tie in with then-contemporary rumors of the Disney project, which was officially announced a year later.
Unusually, while Marvel isn't publishing any Big Hero 6 material, that doesn't mean there won't be a comic book tie-in to the project. Since the beginning of this month, Japanese publisher Kodansha has been serializing a story in its anthology series Magazine Special focusing on the robotic character Baymax seen in initial trailers for the movie. Traditionally, Kodansha has enjoyed a close relationship with Marvel's parent company Disney, sponsoring Tokyo Disneyland and releasing manga versions of other Disney animated projects, including The Lion King, Beauty & The Beast and Frozen.
In the U.S., Disney subsidiary Random House has a line of Big Hero 6 material planned for publication around the release of the movie.
The lack of Marvel material may point to the company not maintaining full financial participation over the property due to the partnership with Disney Animation. As the Newsarama report points out, Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort has previously suggested that Marvel prioritizes properties it has complete control over. As he wrote on his Q&A Tumblr, "If you had two things, and on one you earned 100% of the revenues from the efforts that you put into making it, and the other you earned a much smaller percentage for the same amount of time and effort, you'd be more likely to concentrate more heavily on the first, wouldn't you?"
For those curious to read some of the original Big Hero 6 comic material, the 2012 collection remains available digitally. If you would prefer print, it looks like it's time to hit up the back issue bins.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
|3:00 PM, Sunday, August 24th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
The box office milestones keep rolling in for "Guardians of the Galaxy."
After crossing the $200 million mark at the box office last week, the blockbuster is now the top domestic film of the summer. Disney-Marvel's tentpole had earned $239 million by Friday and is set to gross an estimated $246 million by Saturday, which would top "Transformers: Age of Extinction's" expected $243.3 million domestic haul.
In fact, the intergalactic actioner will likely soar to no. 1 at the box office, overtaking YA tearjerker "If I Stay" on Sunday, after playing second fiddle to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at the box office for two consecutive weekends. "Guardians" stands to earn $252 million by weekend's end.
Disney's "Maleficent" fell to third on Friday with $237 million at the domestic box office, followed by two Fox titles: "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has earned $232.6 million and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has accumulated $203.2 million.
However, Paramount's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is the worldwide winner by a long-shot, having hauled $1.05 billion by Friday. The fourth pic in Michael Bay's growing franchise is the only movie to cross $1 billion this year. The sequel has earned over 75% its revenue overseas.
"Guardians" has reeled in $435.5 million worldwide to date. The sci-fi adventure about a rag-tag group of heroes, which cost $170 million to produce, opened to a higher-than-anticipated $94.3 million (crushing the record for August's top debut) at the beginning of August. Since then, the pic has continued to surprise week after week.
The film is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (the voice of Rocket) and Vin Diesel (the voice of Groot). "Guardians 2″ has already been slated for July 28, 2017.
|1:00 PM, Thursday, August 21st, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
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You can join the fight at www.shieldvshydra.com where there will be a new mission every week for four weeks, leading up to the debut of Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With each mission completed, you earn a badge, and the more missions you complete, the more chances you have to win the tickets to Marvel's The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.
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|6:00 PM, Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
The animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, which will lead into the upcoming animated series, will premiere online Sept. 29 to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app. The movie's television debut will follow Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel, with the series set to begin Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The television movie screened last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego to a select group of fans and press, garnering positive reviews for its classic Star Wars look and feel.
Set between Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, the story explores the beginnings of the rebellion against the Empire through the eyes of the motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost: cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the "muscle" Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper.
Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes) and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is executive produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (Gargoyles).
The voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.
Source: Animation Magazine
|3:00 PM, Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
We learned at San Diego Comic-Con that Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird would be showing up in Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we know who will play the role of the longtime love interest of Hawkeye (in the comics, not the movies... yet.)
Adrianne Palicki of Friday Night Lights fame will be taking up the role of Morse in a guest-starring part in the fifth episode of Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with potential to return. In this episode, she will be popping in as a possible ally to Coulson and his team.
In the comics, Bobbi Morse does have connections with S.H.I.E.L.D. being a full agent herself for a time. Later, she would re-debut as Mockingbird and eventually land herself on the Avengers.
Palicki was at one time cast to play Wonder Woman in the NBC pilot that was not picked up. She also played Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe Retaliation, but FNL is still her standout role to date.
She joins a growing cast for Season 2 that includes Kyle MacLachlan as Skye's (Chloe Bennet) father, Reed Diamond as Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall, aka Kraken, Lucy Lawless as S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Isabelle Hartly, Nick Blood as a mercenary that Coulson reaches out to for assistance, Simon Kassianides as Bakshi, and Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso "Mac" Mackenzie.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on September 23rd at 9pm. Est on ABC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
|2:00 PM, Monday, August 18th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Eddie Izzard and Noah Taylor have joined Sony PlayStation Network's original series "Powers," based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
The series follows two homicide detectives who are assigned to solving cases involving people with superhuman abilities, known as Powers.
Izzard, who has been making regular appearances on NBC's "Hannibal," will play the primary Power, Wolfe, incarcerated for decades in order to keep his abilities in check.
Taylor, most recently seen in "Edge of Tomorrow," will play criminal mastermind Johnny Royalle, who runs the Here and Gone Club.
The cast also includes Susan Heyward, Olesya Rulin, Max Fowler and Adam Godley.
David Slade will direct the first two episodes of "Powers," written by Charlie Huston. Series is PlayStation Networks' first foray into original programming as a way to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. It ordered 10 episodes of the show in March that Sony Pictures Television will produce.
Show had originally been in development at FX since 2011.
"Powers" is expected to launch on Sony's PlayStation platforms in December.
|9:00 AM, Monday, August 18th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Gary Sanchez Prods' Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy will become creative collaborators and exec producers on Henchmen, a feature-length adaptation of the SIGGRAPH 2014 short Henchmen: Ill Suited, from Bron Studios. The production is targeting a 2016 debut.
The story line starts with a variant of the Sorceror's Apprentice story line. In this case, a dreamy janitor working in the bad guy museum of Supervillain City ends up inside a somewhat out-of-control super-powered space suit, and causes all kinds of mayhem. The synopsis for the feature-length adaptation suggests there will still be a hapless young twerp in a super suit, but will also focus on a "fallen henchman" named Hank overseeing a "motley crew of blue-collar workers in the Union of Evil." The "risk-nothing" sentiments of Hank are challenged when he must become a hero and rescue the kid in the suit and the missing woman he loves. Ill Suited is premiering this week at the big computer graphics and animation convention, SIGGRAPH 2014, being held in Vancouver.
Henchmen reteams the Sanchez crew with British Columbia-based Bron, which previously worked with Sanchez on Welcome To Me, starring Kristen Wiig and set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a few weeks.
Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance, one of the film's main backers, will also exec produce. Bron's Aaron L. Gilbert and Luke Carroll are producing. Adam Wood, who wrote and directed Ill Suited, is directing. Dennis McNicholas (Saturday Night Live, Garfunkel and Oates, Go On) is completing a script re-write.
HENCHMEN TEASER 2014 from Bron Studios Inc. on Vimeo
|9:00 AM, Monday, August 11th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Zack Snyder knows that with great power comes great responsibility.
That's why the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director has been very careful not to reveal too many secrets about the Justice League-oriented flick, currently filming in Detroit. But while listening to local radio station 97.1 on his way to work one day, the director decided to call in to clear up some of the Aquaman rumors that have been swimming around the film.
At first, hosts Stoney and Bill weren't completely sure if "Zack" calling from his cell phone was Mr. Snyder or not. Still, the director went on to defend and potentially tease the inclusion of Aquaman. He didn't confirm whether or not the rumored Jason Momoa would be playing the role, but said the superhero has some "cool abilities" and has the strength to be able to "cut the flesh of Superman if they came in contact."
Wait—so does that mean they do come in contact then? "It's not to say that he's in the movie or anything like that," Snyder tried to clarify. "But he has the potential to be bad ass." Listen to the segment here.
Warner Bros. has set a March 25, 2016 release date for the Ben Affleck/Henry Cavill/maybe Jason Momoa film.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
|6:00 PM, Thursday, August 7th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
AwesomenssX on YouTube has taken clips from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated show and recreated the trailer for the new movie that comes out this Friday. It's a wonderful tribute to the original cartoon that shows new and old fans alike how, well, awesome the original cartoon was. Check it out below.