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    Thursday
    Jul242014

    A Closer Look At Batfleck

    While Marvel has been releasing concept art posters of Ant-Man and Age of Ultron, DC fired back with something to get fans buzzing for the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. Dan Didio and Jim Lee were flashing Ben Affleck's Batman cape and cowl all day yesterday, but today we get to see the man in the suit up close. He certainly has the frown face locked in which reminds me a lot of the Arkham video game series. You can slightly see details in the body of the suit and it looks to me like there could possibly be a cloth overlay there. As the weekend approaches there might be more goodies for fans to salivate over while we wait for the release.

    Thursday
    Jul242014

    Ant-Man Poster Revealed

    Marvel kicked off their SDCC exclusives yesterday with this fantastic poster for next years Ant-Man. From the small sized figure growing into a giant man and him riding a fly you get a great scope of the characters abilities once inside the suit. It's a nice touch to see Micheal Douglas and Paul Rudd in the background as they'll be playing the two most recognized versions of Ant-Man, Hank Pym and Scott Lang.

    It was a huge disappointment when Edgar Wright decided to part ways with the project after he'd worked to develop the film for so long. Peyton Reed will be stepping in to helm the directors chair Marvel is sticking to a director closely related to comedies. Since Comic-Con is just beginning there should be much more information released to get a good idea of what to expect from the film.

    Even with Wright's departure the movie is set for release on July 15th next year.

    Wednesday
    Jul232014

    Guardians of the Galaxy Review

    Marvel Studios is back with it's second outing this year, furthering along the connective they've prided themselves on after the huge success of Avengers. Up to this point we've seen a decent array of varied characters in Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America. Black Widow and Hawkeye have been thrown in supporting roles to show the non-powered side of the worlds heroes. Along comes Guardians of the Galaxy which is easily the biggest risk for the studio yet, and that's a point that's been hammered over our heads since the project was announced.

    So how does it stand up to the other films in the Marvel cinematic universe? I think this one could end up to be a tough sell for certain viewers, but if you have a funny bone anywhere on your body there has to be something in this film for you to enjoy. James Gunn is clearly having a lot of fun with this story and these characters and it shines through in the interactions. The visuals are top notch with a lot of great action and humor melding into one.

    Drax, Rocket, Groot and Star-Lord all get great laugh out loud moments and each one brings a different style of humor so it doesn't feel repetitive. Cooper, Diesel, and Pratt in their roles were all fantastic and easily the highlights of the film. Batista as Drax was the biggest surprise of the movie for me. They decided to write him in a way I didn't expect and it really pays off with the tone of the other characters. Zoe Saldana as Gamora was the only one of the group that had moments not quite as memorable as the others and that could be because she was straight forward most of the time.

    I don't have a lot of negative things to say towards the finished product. My screening was in 3D and while that's not a format I would choose on my own or even recommend, it worked quite well in this movie giving a lot of scenes the proper depth they needed. Any complaints may go towards a few characters not getting enough screen time. The Collector is highly underused, but Benicio del Toro sells himself in the limited time he was given. Ronan the Accuser is given a bit more to do though still not enough to fully fill out that main villain role and again Lee Pace was great with what he had to do.

    Even with those small gripes the pacing of the whole movie was handeled very well as there were never any true slow moments and the scenes zipped by at a good speed. The important thing is that is never felt too long to the point that you want to check your watch and wonder when it will finally be over. There was one main slower moment when the group finally comes together near the end, but it was needed at that point.

    As I said before, it's hard to compare this one fully with the other films in the Marvel Studios catalogue. It really opens up the story potentials to where the events of the next Avengers film can begin migrate towards. There weren't any huge direct references to the past movies (one main scene to remain unspoiled), but there were plenty of name drops to a large scope of the world comic fans already know. Guardians of the Galaxy is the most fun comic book film yet, even surpassing the great time I had with Avengers.

    I'm riding a pretty high wave of excitement right after seeing the movie so my opinion could change on subsequent viewings, but this has been one of the best times at the theatre I've had since I was kid. It's a movie that is great for a family to go check out together much like Avengers was before it. Yet another success on screen for Marvel Studios that will hopefully translate at the box office.

    Thursday
    Jul102014

    Gus Van Sant for Adaptation of DEATH NOTE? 

     

    From Shock Till You Drop by way of Tracking Board comes some interesting news regarding the big-screen American adaption of the best-selling franchise, Death Note in that PSYCHO and Milk director Gus Van Sant could be helming the supernatural thriller.

    , and  are producing through , and Lin Pictures. Vertigo and Lin Pictures were both involved with this year’s enormously popular “Lego Movie.” Lin also produced Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel, and Lee is a producer on Vertigo and Prime Universe’s in-development adaptation of the “Thief” video game franchise.

    The film was originally set to be tackled by Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, who left to go do the "sequel" to Predator. 
    Either way, Van Sant is a two-time Oscar nominated director, and the source material- while crazy- might be easier to adapt than such Japanese inspired works as AKIRA that WB have been kicking around for years.

    Death Note follows Light Yagami, a Japanese high-school student who accidentally comes into the possession of a "Death Note", a God of Death's notebook, which allows him to write down anyone he chooses in the notebook to die in any way or time that he writes.
    His powers, that he uses to cut down crime drastically, are soon observed by the FBI and INTERPOL who recruit the mysterious "L" to hunt him, and the ultimate game of cat and mouse begins. 

    Tuesday
    Jul082014

    Mark Wahlberg: THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN? 

     

    According to UK News site, The Mirror, Transformers: Age of Extinction star and all around American icon Mark Wahlberg could be starring in an adaption of the classic TV series The Six Million Dollar Man helmed by Peter Berg- who recently directed Wahlberg and other high-calibur talent to a $150 million tune in last year's Lone Survivor.

    The 43-year-old actor is said to be in talks with Universal Pictures to take on the lead role in a big-screen adaptation of the 70s sci-fi TV series, The Tracking Board reports.

    The story followed astronaut Steve Austin - who was played by Lee Majors in the original series - whose body is rebuilt with cybernetic technology after suffering traumatic injuries in an aircraft crash.

    Battleship filmmaker Peter Berg is reportedly attached to produce and possibly direct if the project comes together, which would see him reunite with his Lone Survivor colleague Wahlberg.

    Wahlberg is a hot commodity at the box office and at being a badass, so it wouldn't be too much of a shock if this goes through.
    Berg also is in need of another hit for Universal after his 2012 venture Battleship "sunk" at the box office years ago. 
    There have been 3 recent attempts to revive the series- none of which have gone through so much.

    Sunday
    Jul062014

    Chloe Grace Moretz Says Piracy Killed "Kick Ass-3"; That's Incorrect

    I enjoyed both Kick-Ass films, I found them to be entertaining and quirky. However, if they never make another one again, I wouldn't even flinch.

    MOVIESWITHBUTTER.COM (Fantastic Name For A Website!) had a chance to speak with star of Kick-Ass 1 & 2 Chloe Grace Moretz aka Hit Girl about the future of the franchise and a possible 3rd installment.

    “You know, I hope, I wish. That’s be fun. That’d be great. I doubt it, but I would love it.”

    "The hard thing is if fans want a third movie, they’ve got to go buy the ticket to go see the movie,” Moretz said. “It was like the second most pirated movie of the year, so if you want a movie to be made into a second, a third, a fourth and a fifth, go buy a ticket. Don’t pirate it.”

    I know Chloe is fresh of her Saturn Award win but answering that question with a straight face might be her best performance yet. The truth is the film didn't perform well at the box office and is not financially viable to the studio, so making a 3rd one doesn't make much sense right now.

    If "fans of the franchise chose to watch the film on their computer screens rather than the big screen that is even more of a reason not to bother continuing the franchise, nevermind the could care less attitude of the general public.

    Sunday
    Jul062014

    Ben Affleck Is In Other Films When Not Playing Batman; Four Posters For "Gone Girl"

    You know when you go to a classy restaraunt and order a Shrimp Cocktail but it's not what you're really focused on? Sure, Shrimp Cocktail is tasty and all but you really are waiting to slowly carve your way through Prime Rib. David Fincher's Gone Girl is the Shrimp to Ben Affleck's version of the Dark Knight in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

    Although the film has a bit of buzz it is the appetizer before the main course, but that hasn't stopped the marketing department from impressing. Fox has released four new posters revealing evidence bags with clues to the mystery behind Gillian Flynn's best selling novel Gone Girl.

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    Thursday
    Jul032014

    FIRST LOOK at Superman in BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

     

    After Latino Review posted some interesting new slast night regarding a few villians set to appear in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice the folks over at WB dropped our first look at Henry Cavill as Superman and a USA Today interview with Snyder himself as filming is underway in Michigan.

     

    Speaking of Cavill, Snyder told USA Today:

    Really digging in and evolving the character — both as Clark and as Superman — is a challenge, Snyder says, but there's also "the fun of trying to figure out what to put in front of him that's difficult."

    Cavill is definitely more comfortable in the role the second time around, says the director.

    "We've both created this guy and we can push him around a little bit," he says. "The more time I spend with Henry, the more he's Superman to me."

    Always good news, It's pretty easy to imagine stepping into the shoes of the most iconic superhero on the planet could take some getting used to. Cavill becomes more comfortable as Superman just as Clark does nearing the end of Man of Steel. 

    Also appeasing the complaint that "no one needs another ___ reboot" that fans adress for characters like Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman because their origin is so engrained in the public mind:

    It ultimately made sense with Dawn of Justice to add Bruce Wayne and his cowled alter ego to the mix. Because of Christopher Nolan's recent Dark Knight trilogy, "I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie," Snyder says, "but on the other hand it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in."

    Instead of using several movies to define Affleck's Batman, Snyder felt the character's 75-year mythology is so deep in culture now that they can just jump to an older, road-weary take on the Dark Knight. Plus, he says, "it's cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys."

    Snyder subtly addressed almost all fanboy criticism already coming at him for his new super-hero feature, even going so far as to call out the "batte" between BvS and Captain America 3, as well as the headline stealing fight between Avengers: Age of Ultron new and his own film.

    "You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it's Batman and Superman, let's just be honest," Snyder says. "I don't know how you get bigger than that."

    The full article can be found here.

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters May 6, 2016.

    Tuesday
    Jul012014

    John Cena To Save Cinema; Playing Villain In "The Nest"


    Not days after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and gracing the cover of WWE 2K15, John Cena is set to finally play a villain for Universal's "The Nest" alongside Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler. Deadline broke the news today that Cena will play a villain role in the film despite the character details being kept tightly under wraps. The film is described as a "comedy about two sisters who throw one last party in their parents’ soon-to-be-sold house." with Pitch Perfect's Jason Moore set to direct.

    Cena is not new to acting, as he made some great films such as "12 Rounds", "The Marine" and "Legendary". All three are pretty great and it's nice to see that Cena is branching out into new territory, but what does this mean for his current WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign? Will he take a break from wrestling after SummerSlam to film or can he keep both a filming schedule and a wrestling schedule?

    Tuesday
    Jun242014

    PREDATOR Reboot Coming By Way of SHANE BLACK

     

    While not all "big news" can necessarily be comic book related, The Hollywood Reporter dropped a pretty big bomb-shell that will at least keep people talking for a few days.

    It appears 80's action director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) will take a break from dodging questions and fanboy ass-hurt after last summer's Iron Man 3 to tackle the most manly and badass film ever made: the classic McTiernan sci-fi film which starred Arnold Shwarzenegger and Carl Weathers: Predator. 

    Black will write the treatment for the project, then will hand over scripting duties to Fred Dekker, his university chum with whom he wrote 1987’sMonster Squad. Black will oversee the writing and is also attached to direct.

    Black also had a small role in the original film.

    A bit of a strange move considering the last film in the franchise, PREDATORS, which released in 2010, was prime for a franchise expansion, that sadly never planned out.

    Expect more from this as it develops and Robert Downey Jr. is cast at the Predator.