Our hero soared into the box office in his boots, cape, and cool new outfit that lacks the signature underwear on the outside, charmed pretty much everyone, and flew off again with a rather large sum of money. I thought he was… Read
It is proving rather difficult to fill the void left by my beloved Fringe (I still don’t understand why we couldn’t have had a few more seasons), but maybe this one will come close. It certainly looks like fun, interesting, smart sci-fi, which is what Fringe was. And of course, Karl Urban! Must see!
This action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future centers around the unlikely partnership between a part-machine cop and a part-human robot.
For those of us who love fantasy, this looks like it could be a good one, although I will say this feels very closely related to a Buffy / Twilight crossover. This film is apparently based on a book series, but I don’t have any previous knowledge or baggage from that series to cloud things up for me either way, so that’s a possible plus for me.
But, as much fun as this looks like it could be, there certainly seem to be enough films and TV shows centered on the paranormal lately. Maybe it’s time to find some other subjects for filmmaking, what do you guys say?
I’ll say this for New Zealand, it sure is a beautiful place, and a perfect place to shoot “Middle Earth”. And actually, though at one point in the video they say it’s so beautiful and perfect you’ll think it’s CGI, I was thinking the opposite, I was thinking it does indeed look too good and too real to be CGI.
Man if this video doesn’t make you want to visit New Zealand, I’m not sure you have a soul.
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation on Monday unveiled a multiyear deal that will make the online streaming giant the premier home of new original TV series based on the studio’s characters and franchises.
The agreement is Netflix’s largest deal ever for original first-run content, they said. It allows DreamWorks Animation to launch original shows based on its characters and franchises into the TV market as a branded collection of shows.
DWA franchises currently include the likes of Shrek, Madagascar,Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. Classic Media characters include Lassie, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Frosty the Snowman, George of the Jungle, Rocky & Bullwinkle and VeggieTales.
The first DWA series for Netflix is expected to begin airing sometime in 2014. No further timing details were announced. Netflix will premiere the shows in all of its territories.
So that’s interesting. I don’t know that I saw this coming exactly. It’s good to see the digital revolution getting a bit more of a foothold though, for sure. I welcome it and hope this is just the first of many. I’ll be hanging on to my Netflix subscription as long as they keep showing promise like this.
Well, this looks really stupid. But it’s a trailer and everybody is making a fuss about it so I should post it or something, right? The Wolf of Wall Street will be directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Pj Byrne, and Kenneth Choi.
In The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration.
Our hero soared into the box office in his boots, cape, and cool new outfit that lacks the signature underwear on the outside, charmed pretty much everyone, and flew off again with a rather large sum of money. I thought he was supposed to be one of the good guys, what is he doing stealing all that cash from us anyway?
Also, what is with the crazy texture on that suite? That can’t be comfortable so there must be another purpose, right? RIGHT?
#1 - Man of Steel
Budget: $225 Million (um, wow!) Totals: $125 Million Domestic Opening Weekend / $71.6 Foreign Total / $196.7 Million Worldwide Total
Week Number: 1
Okay, I’ve thought about it all weekend, I’ve let it settle and cement and I wanted to make sure, but I think I’m ready to tip my hand in this brief format and fashion here.
I did not like this film. I imagine if your just in the theater for loud bangs and explosions, and to see two invulnerable guys going at each other and beating each other mercilessly, then you will enjoy the film. But don’t go expecting to spend any time with the characters, or really get to know any of them very well. And don’t expect the disjointed storytelling to make any sense. Don’t expect to understand why Superman is the way he is or does the things he does, and don’t expect to understand why Jonathan Kent made Superman hide his superpowers event when it would have saved lives. And certainly don’t expect to understand why Clark like Lois and has a special connection with her. It…
When initially asked about his progress on the movie, Whedon gave a similar answer to what we’ve heard for some time: “I’ve turned in a first draft, but the story is very set. Everybody’s very much on board with the exact movie I’m trying to make which is what worked the first time.”
But when asked about a specific moment from the first film featuring Loki, Whedon became the bearer of bad news: “Immitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, and Loki is not there to say those terrible things.”
I think Whedon may have just tipped Thor: The Dark World’s hand for us. Can you imagine any reason for Loki not showing up in The Avengers 2 that might happen in Thor: The Dark World?
In any event, Loki has had a good run, he’s been a great villain, and he has been played VERY well by Tom Hiddleston. But it is time to move on. I’ll be glad to see him one more time in Thor: The Dark World and I’ll be glad if then that character’s arc is wrapped up.
As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.
Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing “Man of Steel” to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.
The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday. Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages.
Excuse me while I get all religious for a moment.
Look, I have to tell you, as a Christian who is very active in my church and who loves the Lord, I find this pretty offensive. I find it both offensive that Warner Bros. would push this marketing, and the Christians and Christian pastors would accept this.
Don’t take me the wrong way, I have no problem at all with the allegorical nature of the Superman story — I love it in fact. My issue here is that pastors should preach the word from the pulpit, not Superman. And to call Jesus “The Original Superhero” is basically blasphemous. Jesus is not a superhero, Jesus is God who took on the form of man so that he might redeem his people.
You know, it might even be okay for a pastor or elder to reference the allegory and allegorical nature of the Superman story from the pulpit, but to actually prepare a sermon based on this extra-biblical fantasy story is a bit much for me.
In an Instant Message chat with my podcast co-host Joe this morning, he said this:
It is one thing to raise the standard for our heros up — to compare them to Christ. It is another to bring Christ low to them — compare Christ to our highly flawed fictitious ideals.
Smart guy, that Joe.
Okay, sorry to get all religious on you, this pushed one of my buttons. I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
Talking to David Goyer, screenwriter for Man of Steel:
When pushed on the possibility of the Justice League movie following on directly from Man of Steel he elaborated,
It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven’t had various conversations on set, around ‘what if’ and ‘moving forward’.
That having been said, it’s all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more Man Of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception.
If that happens, I would be happy, and nervous, to dive in.
Okay, despite the fact that we spent years in the Nolanverse batman, getting to know him, despite the build of of that world and character, despite the fact that Nolan is here producing, despite the fact that we have the perfect set up for Batman to continue from The Dark Knight trilogy, we’re just going to blow all that away. I see.
Look, I understand that The Dark Knight trilogy was conceived as a stand alone thing, but there’s nothing saying that it has to be except perhaps pride. I’m sick of the unnecessary reboots. There’s no reason why Bruce Wayne from the already established universe couldn’t come be part of this, or John (Robin) Blake couldn’t take up the mantle of Batman, which is one of the possibilities of the end of The Dark Knight Rises, and be a part of this universe. I just don’t get it, and this whole reboot thing is not appealing to me at all.
Recently, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas had some candid words about the direction in which they see the world of movies going. It was honest and interesting, and it came from two directors who have long since passed the point where their careers could be hurt by not playing politics. As such, we thought it a good idea to consider their take, and throw in our opinion about what they nailed, and what they were a bit off on.
“Finding Nemo (3D)” / “Beauty and the Beast (3D)” / “Monsters Inc. (3D)” = $100 million profit total
“Marvel’s The Avengers”: $73 million in “profit”
“Lincoln”: $20 million in profit
“Chimpanzee”: Broke even
“John Carter”: $552 million loss, domestically
“Brave”: $225 million loss, domestically
“Wreck-It Ralph”: $223 million loss, domestically
“Secret World of Arrietty”: $74 million loss, domestically
“Frankenweenie”: $62 million loss, domestically
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”: $49 million loss, domestically
“People Like Us”: $28 million loss, domestically
So, out of Disney’s thirteen major releases, a whopping seven actually lost money in theaters, not counting toys, residuals, or international dollars. The total of all this math? Negative one billion dollars. Sooo, Disney is insolvent, right? Let’s all attend the “going out of business sale”, can I buy the castle? No, of course not, because once you add in all those delicious international…
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