In 2000, the biggest comic book movie was Bryan Singer‘s first X-Men movie. Fifteen years later and that franchise is still going strong, so why not have another superhero film from that year get the sequel treatment? In a fascinating reversal, at the time it was director M. Night Shyamalan that was hot and comic book movies that were not, which might be part of the reason why Shyamalan’s follow-up to his smash hit The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, was not as successful as the “I see dead people” movie. So maybe now that comic book movies are in fashion, a sequel to Unbreakable, which was heavily inspired by comic books, would not be out of question. Shyamalan, who’s in a bit of a rut himself now, seems to agree. (more…)
Ernie Hudson has been backtracking a few of his more choice comments regarding the all Female Ghostbusters movie that Paul Feig is putting together starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. It’s not all that unexpected though, Hudson’s first public reaction to the announcement of the movie went nuts around the Internet both with support and outrage from long time fans and others. While Hudson’s initial thoughts made some great click gathering posts, I never really thought he was the kind of guy that, after reflection, would be against anything that helped revitalize the Ghostbusters franchise… or possibly provide some future work and a paycheck. What exactly did he say and how does he feel now? (more…)
We’re less than a year away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the all important big screen relaunch of the franchise under the direction of Walt Disney Studios and new Lucasfilm Ltd. President Kathleen Kennedy. To say that there’s a lot riding on the film is an understatement, although the fact that it’s Star Wars buys an inordinate amount of good will, in other words, it will sell out no matter how bad it theoretically may be. But there’s one audience member whose opinion matters above all others, and his name is Robert Iger. Iger is the CEO of Disney, and in his words, The Force Awakens will be “worth the wait.” (more…)
There’s more to Aquaman than the hackneyed “he talks to fish” joke. He’s far cooler than most people ever give him credit for. He’s a born leader, handles hardships like a boss, and gets shit done. The moment the character grew a beard and jabbed a trident on the stub that was once his left hand, cemented him as a total bad-ass in my book. I mean seriously, why would anyone doubt a guy that has the potential to summon a Sharknado? Still, the vast majority of pop culture enthusiasts just think of him as that homoerotic water boy who rides giants seahorses.
While recent media outings like the DC Animated feature Justice League: Throne of Atlantis have tried to reintroduce the king of the 7 seas to some decent fanfare, Aquaman’s cool factor tows the line to a small (maybe not so small) pocket of fans who appreciate and understand him. It will be real interesting to see how the characters star meter rises (or falls) when Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa dons the scaly orange suit and raises the royal trident when he appears in Batman v Superman and the eventual Justice League movies and Aquaman standalone film. (more…)
The first television spot (well, one that isn’t exclusively attached to Agents of Shield) has been released. The 30-second clip consists nearly entirely of previously seen footage from the initial two trailers – so in other words, nothing new to see here. You’re bound to see this on the Superbowl and then have it, as well as a number of other spots/cuts, shoved down your eye sockets between now and May first. Because, we’re all puppets… tangled in strings… STRINGS…
The spot shows scenes like Ultron crashing the Avengers’ party, Hulk facing off against Iron Man in Hulk Buster Armor, and explosions! Check it out below:
Who knew that Mark Wahlberg and a CGI debauchery fueled foul mouthed Teddy Bear would make for one of the funniest movies in the last 10 years. I think we all expected crap from Seth McFarlane’s directorial debut in Ted, but it was ripe with wit, sophomoric charm, and boisterous laughter. It did run a little long and had a completely unnecessary side storyline with Giovanni Ribisi, but the ever good looking Mila Kunis and a special guest appearance from the Defender of the Earth Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) rounded out the raunchy film.
Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted 2 hits theaters June 26 with the writer/director reprising his performance capture role as the potty mouth, partying teddy bear alongside his “Thunder Buddy” John, played by Mark Wahlberg. The trailer for the sequel has just dropped, and it looks more of the same, which in some cases isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (more…)
I am and always have been a big fan of DC’s King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman. In fact, I like most aquatic characters I’ve come across in my years of reading comic books like Aquaman’s counterpart at rival Marvel, Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Tempest, Mera, and K’aldur’ahn, the updated Aqualad who made a big name for himself on the late, lamented Young Justice (I’m still salty about that one, CN). I like them all but King Arthur (Curry) is still the big fish for me though because he was the first one I saw riding giant seahorses under the sea with concentric circles coming out of his head summoning hammerhead sharks in animated shorts and on The Superfriends. So imagine my surprise when I discovered he’s now the butt of ironic hipster jokes on Family Guy and Robot Chicken. The latest animated offering from the smoothly functioning machine that is Warner Brothers Animation aims to rehabilitate the monarch’s image with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and it is off to a good start. (more…)
It’s officially official and there’s nothing that anyone can do about it anymore – the new Ghostbusters reboot will feature an all-female team and – presumably – none of the original ghostbusting crew. They’ll be ignoring the past in favor of a fresh start and, whether you like it or not, this new incarnation will be coming to a theater near you during summer of next year. But what of poor Dan Aykroyd? It was his dream of decades to be able to put together a new Ghostbusters movie and that dream crashed horribly. Well, The Hollywood Reporter recently pinned him down and asked his opinion on the matter. (more…)
Just a day after FOX finally released a trailer for Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot they’ve re-released the trailer with additional Producer (Simon Kinberg) and Director commentary. I can’t say I’ve ever seen this done before and in this particular case, it is pure brilliance. (more…)
For some fans of the Ghostbusters franchise the confirmation of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones no doubt gave them something to be afraid of. And with nobody to call, frustrated and disillusioned folk took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustrations. From detractors arguing with supporters, to feminists pointing the misogynistic finger at the reboot/re-imagining/retcon haters, to the ‘political-correctness-gone-mad’ enthusiasts using where are the *insert racial minority here* card. It’s no wonder that Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters has been the top trending subject since the announcement yesterday morning. However, the old adage that ‘the show must go on’ springs to mind, and the film is getting made whether you like it or not. Subsequently, we have some more information that will either whet your appetite or further fuel your nostalgia-induced depressive state. (more…)