30
Sep
2014

Gotham Logo - trimmed

It appears that the Gotham TV series has a lot in store for its viewers this season.

Fox has released a trailer showing some of what is to come this season on Gotham, and boy are they going at least one weird place. As far as Rogues Gallery villains goes,Victor Zsasz is not one you hear about often. He’s an odd choice to be sure, and as to what his particular quirk is… I’ll let you discover that as the show plays out. Just telling you will lessen the impact.

As for Arkham Asylum, it looks as though they may be going the Arkham City route which is an interesting choice. Clearly at some point the Asylum will need to be reopened, however as Gordon needs some place to put all of these villains he’ll be running up against.

Gotham airs Monday nights on Fox.

29
Sep
2014

Equalizer banner

The fall is not off to a strong start, and it may be a good thing to see 2014 come to an end at the box office.

The Equalizer took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $35 million off of a $55 million dollar budget. It set a record for a Sunday in September, but that isn’t saying a whole lot.

Second place went to The Maze Runner which saw a 46.2 percent drop from last weekend to take in $17.5 million to now stand at $58 million domestically off of a $34 million dollar budget.

The Boxtrolls opened in third place with $17.25 million off of an estimated $60 million dollar budget. COnsidering the way animated films run at the box office, it may still have a shot at earning its budget back.

This is Where I Leave You had a respectable 39.4 percent drop in its second weekend to take in $7 million and bring its total to $22.5 million off of a $19.8 million dollar budget.

Rounding out the top five was Dolphin Tale 2 with $4.8 million and now stands at $33.6 million off of its $36 million dollar budget.

Next week’s big releases are Annabelle, Gone Girl and Left Behind.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2014 – 4th Quarter report.

28
Sep
2014

Blade Runner - Rick Deckard - eating

Ridley Scott says that Blade Runner 2 is inching closer and closer to being a reality.

While speaking to Yahoo UK about his upcoming Moses epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott gave some updates on his other projects waiting in the wings. Blade Runner 2, the endlessly gestating sequel to the 1982 classic, is making more headway towards happening.

It’s on the charts. I can’t say when that would be yet, because of [Ford’s] thing with ‘Star Wars’. It’s a sequel – it’s what happens next. It’s quite surprisingly clever.

While I have long admired Scott as a director, he also thought Prometheus was a good idea, so my faith in his view on things is a bit lackluster at the moment.

Speaking of Prometheus, he’s also still threatening to make a sequel to the Alien prequel.

Right now, as we speak, it’s being written. I’ve had 15 drafts evolving. I definitely want to do that again because I really enjoyed doing Prometheus.

Well, I’m glad you enjoyed it, because most of us didn’t. And 15 drafts? That’s never a good sign.

And… don’t expect the xenomorphs.

The beast is done. Cooked. I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic’. But after four, I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.

If he thinks this is all a good start… Blade Runner 2 terrifies me.

[ Source Yahoo UK ]

27
Sep
2014

Thanos - Guardians of the Galaxy

Is the fight against Thanos going to be so big in Avengers 3 that it will take two movies?

According to the Daily Marvelite, Marvel has something huge planned. Like… HUGE. Somewhere along the line I missed Marvel quietly adding another date to its schedule: May 4, 2018. Its absence from the schedule had always seemed a bit odd  as Marvel loves that first weekend of May. Some time back in July it added it to its schedule with very little fanfare. It also was somewhat assumed that would be the date for Avengers 3 as the May 3, 2019 date seemed odd as it would be four years after Avengers: Age of Ultron. So, May 4, 2018 makes sense for Avengers 3, but a new rumor is really throwing a monkey wrench into all of this.

What if Avengers 3 was broken into two parts?

This has become a popular trend over the last several years, and one that annoys me greatly, but the studios love it for the double dipping. According to the source speaking to Daily Marvelite, it may not necessarily be an Avengers 3.5, but instead an event movie that would see the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers team-up to take on Thanos. Vin Diesel was quoted some time ago after a meeting with Marvel, “A great meeting. It was even talking about something so big I can’t even talk about because it’s like the merging of brands in a way, which I won’t get into. That was something way, way, way, way, way down the road.”

Well, we’ve also heard Marvel is prepping The Inhumans, could Marvel use this “event” film to bring all three groups together?

It’s not the craziest of ideas, but I think the big issue is that there are two other films between the two May release dates. Would they somehow tie into all of this and end up being a four part story over the course of 12 months?

Whatever the plan is – and remember, this is all rumor for now – it sounds as though things are going to be insane in a few years in the Marvel universe.

And one final theory for you… what if Marvel was to simply title the May 3, 2019 film “The Infinity Gauntlet?” Yeah, then things would make a ton of sense.

Take a look at the latest revision to the Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule below and you decide.

  • May 2, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015: Ant-Man
  • May 6, 2016: Captain America 3
  • July 8, 2016: Dr. Strange
  • May 5, 2017: Unknown
  • July 28, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • November 3, 2017: Unknown
  • May 4, 2018: Avengers 3, Part 1 (rumor)
  • July 6, 2018: Unknown
  • November 2, 2018: Unknown
  • May 3, 2019: Avengers 3, Part 2 (rumor)

[ Source Daily Marvelite ]

26
Sep
2014

Apocalypse X-Men

It seems that X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past were the first two parts of a new trilogy, just everyone forgot to tell us that.

X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg sat down with Yahoo UK to answer some fan questions to promote the home video release of the latest film. Now, he starts off by telling someone the chronological order of all the current X-Men films:

  • X-Men: First Class
  • The past part of DOFP
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men
  • X2
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • The Wolverine
  • The future part of Days of Future Past

Okay, good to know.

Then in the second answer he blows all that apart saying everything after the end of Days of Future Past is changed if you saw the end of the film. So, basically, we have a blank slate we’re working from here on out… awesome.

The meat of all this, however, is the following question and answer:

‘Apocalypse’ will be the biggest X-Men film so far

“The ‘Apocalypse’ story is a bigger film in scope or scale and a more powerful villain than we have ever seen in these films before.”

Considering the cast, size and scope of Days of Future Past, that is going to be a tough order to pull off.

Apocalypse will finish the ‘First Class’ trilogy

“The thrust of ‘Apocalypse’ is really to complete the trilogy we began with ‘First Class’ – to complete the stories of young Raven, young Hank, younger Charles and Erik. And complete this trilogy of four people who began the films sort of disparate and in different worlds…[and who] we’ve followed through the span of decades. So that’ll be the thrust. There will be familiar characters and new characters that we haven’t seen…ever…but it’ll be the completion of what we began in ‘First Class’.”

This… make me really curious what comes after Apocalypse now. Fox is holding on to these rights for all it can because the films make money and they don’t want the rights to go back to Marvel. With that in mind, something else has to be planned, but you have to wonder what the heck it is.

[ Source Yahoo UK ]

25
Sep
2014

Jupiter Ascending logo

The newest Jupiter Ascending trailer pulls back the curtain a bit to reveal what the story will be about.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Lana and Andy Wachowski. They make films that look great, and they occasionally tell a good setup of a story, and then they completely let me down at the end. But with Jupiter Ascending, it looks like they phoned it on the entire plot, but they at least made it look pretty?

  • Damsel in distress? Check.
  • Wisened man who will explain who and what she is? Check.
  • Man not worthy of her? Check.
  • She will try to convince him otherwise? Check.
  • Evil relative trying to prevent her from claiming what is hers? Check.

Everything about this movie looks as cliche as can be, and yet I have an odd desire to watch it. I have no clue why.

Jupiter Ascending hits theaters on Feb. 6, 2015. You can check out the official synopsis and latest trailer below.

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

24
Sep
2014

Real Genius

Real Genius, the 1985 comedy starring Val Kilmer, may be heading to NBC as a half-hour comedy.

According to Deadline, NBC, Sony and Happy Madison (Adam Sandler’s production company) are all involved in a reboot of the Kilmer comedy, but it will differ from the film in a few ways.

Real Genius is a present-day reboot of the cult film, set as a workplace comedy. The show centers on the relationship between a rock star-like genius — the character Kilmer played in the movie — and a sheltered, naive co-worker.

Well, I’ll say this, at least it sounds pretty much nothing like the movie I consider one of the best comedies of the 1980s. It was set at a university and didn’t really focus on any naive characters, just oddballs that didn’t fit in with the world due to their intelligence. Which begs the question why in the world Sony even bothered using the name – which it owns via subsidiary TriStar – other than to try to cash in on what will be a 30-year-old property by the time it hits the airwaves.

For once I am not that angry about a “reboot” because it sounds pretty much nothing like the original.

[ Source Deadline ]

23
Sep
2014

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The second trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service is really getting me pumped for this movie.

The first Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer got me into this world, and when news that it was moved from its original release date, I was bummed. Seeing this second trailer, I’m even more bummed.

It’s fairly obvious how this plot will go, what the story arc for the characters will be etc, but I have faith in Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) as a director, and I could watch Colin Firth in anything. And I have to say, the film not only looks superb, but it does feel like its tongue is pretty firmly planted in its cheek.

Kingsman: The Secret Service will hit theaters on Feb. 13.

22
Sep
2014

The Maze Runner - banner

The fall film season is upon us and things have definitely turned quiet.

Young adult novel adaptation The Maze Runner ran its way to the top of the box office this weekend with $32.5 million off of its $34 million dollar budget. These YA adaptations either do huge or they do so-so. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Liam Neeson’s A Walk Among the Tombstones came in a bit lower than his last few outings with $13.1 million off of a $28 million dollar budget.

The last of the new releases this weekend was This is Where I leave You which landed in third place by taking in $11.86 million off of a $19.8 million budget.

Last week’s number one didn’t hold on too well as No Good Deed slid 57.9 percent to land in fourth place with $10.2 million. It had now taken $40.1 million domestically off of a $13.2 million dollar budget.

Rounding out the top five was Dolphin Tale 2 which took in $9 million and has a grand total of $27 million off of a $36 million dollar budget.

Next week’s big releases are The Boxtrolls and The Equalizer.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2014 – 3rd Quarter report.

21
Sep
2014

Summer 2014 Winners and Losers

Summer 2014 will go down as one of the quietest in years, and it may also go down as one of the most confusing.

The formula for deciding if a film was a hit has changed many times over the years, but as the industry has changed, so has the measure of success. For years now we had been using a “double the budget globally” and that would cover it. This was to cover marketing, prints, distribution and other ancillary costs. But then you have a film such as Edge of Tomorrow that had a $178 budget, and then a rumored massive $150 million marketing spend. That does NOT include those other costs I mentioned, so even though it is $3.2 million over its doubling goal, word is it is way, way off the mark thanks to that huge ad spend.

The math is changing, and it’s getting harder and harder to tell who actually made a profit and who didn’t. Normally I do this report in two tables – one for the winners, one for the losers – and this year it just isn’t possible. The lines have blurred and now it’s really just a matter of knowing that the films are operating on a razor’s edge in a lot of ways. Sure there are some clear winners (Maleficent) and some clear losers (Get On Up).

Take a look at the table and see what you think. All of the totals are current as of Sept. 18. I normally do this earlier in the year, cut decided to hold off for a bit to let some of the late releases add to their totals.

 
Domestic Box Office
Foreign Box Office
Total
Production Budget
22 Jump Street$190,822,916$131,700,000 $322,522,916$50,000,000
A Million Ways to Die in the West$42,720,965$43,268,783$85,989,748$40,000,000
The Amazing Spider-Man 2$202,853,933$505,441,011$708,294,944$200,000,000
As Above/So Below$19,881,270$8,500,000$28,381,270$5,000,000
Blended$46,294,610$77,200,000$123,494,610$40,000,000
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$206,996,893$466,402,443$673,399,336$170,000,000
Deliver Us From Evil$30,577,122$41,900,000$72,477,122$30,000,000
Earth to Echo$38,530,104$6,401,862$44,931,966 $13,000,000
Edge of Tomorrow$100,206,256$269,000,000$369,206,256 $178,000,000
The Expendables 3$38,634,318$151,100,000$189,734,318$90,000,000
The Fault in our Stars$124,808,035$175,539,000$300,347,035$12,000,000
Get On Up$30,569,935N/A$30,569,935$30,000,000
The Giver$42,070,947$10,942,918$53,013,865$25,000,000
Godzilla$200,676,069$324,300,000$524,976,069$160,000,000
Guardians of the Galaxy$309,870,000$310,538,000$620,408,000$170,000,000
Hercules$71,729,000$138,500,000$210,229,000$100,000,000
How to Train Your Dragon 2$175,338,647$433,811,000$609,149,647$145,000,000
If I Stay$46,377,000$15,600,000$61,977,000$11,000,000
Into The Storm$46,097,126$87,600,000$133,697,126$50,000,000
Jersey Boys$47,011,532$12,200,000$59,211,532 $40,000,000
Legends of Oz:
Dorothy's Return
$8,462,027$8,539,000$17,001,027$70,000,000
Let's Be Cops$75,281,000$21,596,000$96,877,000$17,000,000
Lucy$124,081,460$231,000,000$355,081,460$40,000,000
Maleficent$239,799,600$514,500,000$754,299,600 $180,000,000
Million Dollar Arm$36,457,627$439,000$36,896,627$25,000,000
Neighbors$150,086,800$118,000,000$268,086,800$18,000,000
The November Man$23,682,577N/A$23,682,577$15,000,000
Planes:
Fire & Rescue
$58,474,387$37,500,000$95,974,387$50,000,000
The Purge:
Anarchy
$71,562,550$35,062,174$106,624,724$9,000,000
Sex Tape$38,407,931$61,000,000$99,407,931$40,000,000
Sin City:
A Dame to Kill For
$13,609,429$14,298,005$27,907,434$65,000,000
Tammy$84,245,561$12,900,00$97,145,561$20,000,000
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles$182,998,000$138,900,000$321,898,000$125,000,000
Think Like a Man Too$65,182,182$4,247,606$69,429,788$24,000,000
Transformers:
Age of Extinction
$245,151,963$835,500,000$1,080,651,963$210,000,000
When the Game Stands Tall$27,256,313N/A$27,256,313$15,000,000
X-Men:
Days of Future Past
$233,810,203$512,124,166$745,934,369 $200,000,000

I always knew this summer was going to be an odd one due to so much focus being put on 2015, but this year truly was all over the place.

If there was any lesson to be learned this year, it’s clear the international box office has become the most important aspect of a film’s take. The idea that Transformers: Age of Extinction did just $245 million in the U.S. but still went on to enter the pantheon of movies to break the billion dollar barrier pretty much proves that.

The film studios need to take a serious look at what is happening. I feel that the quality of the films is playing a big roll, but I also think it has a lot to do with ticket prices. I really wanted to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy, but I could either go spend $11 each, or I could wait until the home video release and pick them up for $20 each and own them forever, watch them as many times as I want and also let the rest of my family enjoy them. The math simply no longer adds up to go to the theater except on special occasions. (I will most definitely see Star Wars: Episode VII in the theaters.)

It’s time for Hollywood to do some soul searching, but one has to wonder if it’s too late to reverse this tide.

20
Sep
2014

Supergirl New 52

There is just no stopping DC Comics lately when it comes to adding its properties to TV. CBS has made a series commitment to a new Supergirl series.

Warner Bros. TV has now gotten a series order from every major network except ABC – which is doubtful it ever will as Disney and Marvel are involved with it – and if everything goes according to plan it will have a massive foothold on our televisions next fall. If no shows from this season get canceled, and all of the development deals go through, this would be the DC lineup for next season.

  • Arrow – The CW
  • Flash – The CW
  • iZombie – The CW
  • Constantine – NBC
  • Gotham – Fox
  • Titans – TNT (in development)
  • Lucifer – Fox (in development)
  • Supergirl – CBS (in development)

That is just insane to me.

The pilot episode script was written by Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and will deal with Kara Zor-El having been on Earth for some time, having escaped the destruction of Krypton. Now 24-years-old, she has decided it’s time to embrace the powers shares with “her famous cousin” and help the world.

How Fox can pull this off on a weekly budget remains to be seen, but Smallville did it for 10 seasons, so no reason Supergirl shouldn’t be able to as well.

I’ll be following this with a lot of interest.

[ Source Deadline ]

19
Sep
2014

Deadpool leaked footage

Fox has finally given a go ahead to the Deadpool movie and given it a release date of February 12, 2016.

Ever since Wolverine: Origins, Ryan Reynolds has been pushing for a solo Deadpool film, but Fox just wasn’t moving forward with it. At some point this year, he and the other folks that are up for making it decided to shoot some test footage. Said test footage “leaked” out and fan reaction to it was highly positive.

Enough so that Fox finally decided to move ahead with the film based on the Merc With a Mouth that is part of the whole X-Men universe. I can promise you, this won’t be quite like any other super-hero movie out there. I’ve never been a huge fan of the character, but it may work better as a movie, and – I can’t believe I’m saying this – I do think Ryan Reynolds is the right person to play Deadpool.

Ew… I feel dirty now.