Movies

Disney Ups Its Bid for FOX. Will Comcast Fold?

FOX has accepted a $71.3 billion bid from Disney, which tops Comcast’s previous offer of $65 billion.   Disney went all in to ensure Comcast didn’t steal FOX’s assets out from under them, including Marvel assets like The X-Men and Fantastic Four.

That easily trumps Comcast’s all-cash offer made on June 13th. The new Disney-FOX deal is reportedly worth $38 per share in cash and stock.

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Ever since the smash hit that was IT floated above expectations, every company with Stephen King properties has been itching to jump on the money train. King’s work has always been often adapted, commonly tossed about Hollywood, but the current surge’s quality and impact is impressive, overall. There are at least 28 or more Stephen King tales being considered, be it trapped development hell all the way up to upcoming productions. Today, we look over what the king of horror and prolific work might have in store for us, in theaters and on the small screen.  (more…)

AMC Theaters To Compete With MoviePass

Beleaguered movie ticketing subscription service MoviePass is now getting some serious competition from the one group that won’t have an issue with economic viability – theaters.

Cinema giant AMC Theatres is reportedly launching a discounted movie ticket program, AMC Stubs A-List, where members can see up to three regular movies a week for $19.95 a month.  Members also receive discounts on concessions, express service, no online ticketing fees and other benefits.

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was at first a toy line (for it’s time, the most popular and profitable toy line in existence), then it was a cartoon (which was basically a 24 minute commercial for said toys) and eventually… a movie. 1987 live-action He-Man movie Masters of the Universe has a reputation for being notoriously bad. So very, very bad. The silver lining? Frank Langella as Skeletor.  (more…)

Shakespeare couldn’t write a tragedy so endless and harrowing as the story of director Terry Gilliam and his Don Quixote.

Yesterday, the Paris Court of Appeal ruled in favor of a previous producer, Paulo Branco, and gave him the legal rights of the film. Terry Gilliam was bewitched by chasing the film for 25 years. And just as its finally debuting, its taken from him all over again.

How did this 2.5 decades-long saga go on this long? And how did this film, still getting hit by new and terrible roadblocks, become known for being the most cursed production in recent history? (more…)

Disney and Pixar‘s Incredibles 2 has exceeded all expectations by not only being the #1 movie upon release but by scoring an estimated $180.2 million on its opening weekend.  Finding Dory previously held the largest opening weekend for an animated film with $135 million.

It also passed Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast to have the biggest opening of a non PG-13 rated film (it pulled in $174 million).  It is the 47th film to earn an A+ CinemaScore.

The original The Incredibles earned $70.5 million its opening weekend (the original film also has an A+ from Cinema Score).

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When Wonder Woman hit the big screen you could almost hear the audible pop as the collective hive mind that is the nerd community exploded. We’d had attempts at female-led comic book movies before. But this was the first time it had been done to the level people expected. With Captain Marvel looming on the horizon and rumors of Black Widow movie, it begs the question: What other comic book ladies need to see some screen time? It’s not limited to superheroes, as previously reported, any comic book property could be snatched up and taken to the big screen. So here’s a list of 11 female-led properties that need to be seen on the silver screen.
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Warner Brothers is celebrating the start of production on Wonder Woman 1984 by debuting two first look photos from the highly anticipated superhero sequel.

Patti Jenkins got the ball rolling with a tweet of an image that confirms Chris Pine is returning as Steve Trevor.  Then Gal Gadot tweeted an image of herself in front of a bank of TVs with 80s images.

In addition to Gadot and Pine, the sequel’s cast includes Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig in the role of the super-villain The Cheetah.

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The first trailer has arrived for Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo which blends a Greatest Showman style circus tale with the directorial stylings of Tim Burton.  Based on a storyline written by Helen Aberson.  The film stars Collin Farrell, MIchael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.

This live-action film reworks the tale of the bullied elephant with big ears.  Farrier (Farrell) is a former horse showman and war veteran who’s taking care of his two kids after his wife passed away. Their world changes after circus owner Max (DeVito who seems to have kept his costume from Big Fish) buys a pregnant elephant who gives birth to Dumbo with his giant ears.

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The Under Appreciation Of Jared Leto’s Joker

In December 2014, the cast of Suicide Squad was announced with Jared Leto starring as The Joker. Fans were highly anticipating Leto’s Joker performance as he’s known as a method actor that refuses to leave character while filming. Same was said about Heath Ledger, and he is said to be the best portrayal of The Joker on screen. One could say the casting of Jared Leto as Joker was the highlight because as time went on his work has became under-appreciated.

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