The 2013 MTV Movie Awards aired last night, and the results are in. Big winners Sunday were The Avengers and The Silver Linings Playbook. Do not get too thrown back though as the ceremony did not grow an Academy-style taste. Twilight still took home an award for Best Shirtless Moment. Results after the jump. Do not forget to check out the Hunger Games trailer and Iron Man 3 sneak peek that aired with the broadcast. Continue Reading
Well, it looks like Latino-Review is about to lose a whole lot of credibility as the folks over there have been landing big exclusive after big exclusive, and at least one of them appears to be dead wrong. The website for breaking word of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie before Marvel’s big Comic-Con reveal ran a big exclusive last month saying that the Illuminati and Planet Hulk would loom large in The Avengers going forward. It turns out that was a load of BS, not unlike the blog’s story on Black Panther last summer.
Joss Whedon, aka captain of the ship, seemed unenthused to say the least when IGN asked him about the rumor point blank during press for his Shakespearian comedy Much Ado About Nothing. His response was as follows: “Um, well, I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense.” The footage after the jump. Continue Reading
Well, it seems that ABC got their wish. Even though they are not technically allowed to interfere with the Oscar telecast by hocking their wares (like with other award shows,) The Avengers will be front and stage during the 85th Academy Awards this year as the cast has been tapped to present later this month. The announcement was made earlier this weekend in a statement that promises appearances by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo. Previously revealed for the occasion were Meryl Streep, Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, and Mark Wahlberg among others. Continue Reading
A production budget does a lot of things for a film. It makes things shinier, pays for the best actors, and serves as the bar for any studio attempting profitability at the box office. Because of that last part, many have jumped to criticize this year’s crop of blockbusters, calling them simply overpriced at times as they sometimes made it very tough for studios to actually make money in a relatively difficult climate. Ultimately, most of the bigger bets paid off this year which should provide a huge sigh of relief for those who could not keep a lid on the coffers.
Here is a list of the priciest bets that Hollywood placed this past year. For those not in the know, the general rule is two times production cost plus marketing to make it into the black. While studios seldom give details specific to marketing, you can assume $60 to $125 million for most of the following.
Friday’s release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey marked the final major tent-pole release of the year, giving us the chance to look back at the ten biggest opening weekends of 2012. One year ago it would have been a shocker to see anything but The Dark Knight Rises at number one, but the record-breaking performance of The Avengers happened and a few other surprises including the unusually strong performance of The Hunger Games. This was a film that saw success studios can only dream of: a relatively under-promoted, non-sequel that grossed over $150 million in its first three days of release. For that reason, it is not The Avengers that many of us find most shocking, but rather the start of a franchise that has given Lionsgate-Summit life after Twilight.
- The Avengers - Disney – $207.4 M/$623.4 M
- The Dark Knight Rises – Warner Bros. - $160.9 M/$448.1 M
- The Hunger Games - Lionsgate/Summit- $152.5 M/$408.0 M
- Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 – Lionsgate/Summit – $141.1 M/$276.9 M*
- Skyfall - Sony/Columbia – $88.4 M/$272.3 M*
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Warner Bros. – $84.8 M/$84.8 M*
- The Lorax -Universal – $70.2 M/$214.0 M
- Brave - Disney – $66.3 M/$237.2 M
- The Amazing Spider-Man - Sony/Columbia - $62.0 M/$262.0 M**
- Madagascar 3 - DreamWorks Animation – $60.3 M/$216.4 M
*Still in theaters.
**Released on a non-Friday.
This bit of news should not come off as surprising to those following every bit of Avengers news that slips out of Marvel Studios. Nick Fury will not be appearing in Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World for that matter. While the former was confirmed by studio head Kevin Feige at the beginning of the week, the latter was still in question. Basically, Samuel L. Jackson’s next turn as the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Seeing how we already knew about Scarlett Johansson and Cobie Smulders reprising their roles as The Black Widow and Maria Hill respectfully, this was very much expected to be the case.
In a sense, today’s publication of this news straight from the actor’s mouth courtesy of Total Film is proliferating for confirmation purposes. There are a flood of rumors revolving around these comic book properties in the run-up to production, and it is always good to get something squarely identifying as ‘happening.’ The most high-profile one that got quite a few believers was that Maria Hill would be in the next Iron Man movie simply because the How I Met Your Mother actress who plays her tweeted out she was in North Carolina during the same time of the film’s production. It turns out she was simply there shooting a much smaller project called Safe Haven. Continue Reading
Before The Avengers hit theaters back in May, having Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in all of the franchise’s sub-parts was not that big of a deal. It seemed like a marketing gimmick designed to create some vein sense of attachment from film to film, so fans would feel compelled to see the lesser-respected Thor and Captain America. The low-point of all this was clearly its overt nature in Iron Man 2 which was considered to be somewhat harmful to the film’s overall quality–something that Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige would not like to see replayed with the franchise’s next outing.
Speaking with Empire, Feige shed some light on the extent of cross-pollination between The Avengers and Iron Man going forward, and what he said pretty much validates this belief. The producer basically says that no one special is showing up, and that he thinks Iron Man can carry the full load on his shoulders without the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. Continue Reading
The Avengers finally made an appearance on Saturday Night Live. An elaborate sketch on the mega-hit movie took place during Jeremy Renner’s shot at hosting the long-running sketch comedy series, and it was actually a pretty good one. Most of the show’s cast was utilized to help bring this one to life with one goal in mind: to make of fun of Hawkeye’s uselessness. Continue Reading
This year’s People’s Choice Awards are destined to be dominated by Superheroes and Katniss. The nominees are now out and that is the story on the feature film side of things with The Avengers tapped in most every theatrical category. One can be a little disappointed though in the idea that Mark Ruffalo was snubbed, but if more fans associated him with The Hulk, he would probably have not been the odd man out. Competing against The Avengers are The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises–really no surprises there. Hit the jump for the full list including what got nominated on the small screen. Continue Reading
Most of Hollywood has already weighed in on the upcoming general election, and many side with Obama but one big name is coming out in support of Mitt…sarcastically, of course. The mind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and The Avengers is 100% on board with the GOP candidate for President because it should help usher in the zombie apocalypse much better than another round of his liberal counterpart. Hit the jump for some elaboration from director Joss Whedon. Continue Reading
The official trailer for Iron Man 3 has finally hit the web. What fans can expect from the Shane Black-directed film is on full display here as it alludes to a much darker vibe going forth that will aim to put Tony Stark back in the metaphorical Afghani cave that started it all. Theater goers are privy to their first glimpses of characters played by Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Ben Kingsley with the last of which being the primary villain of the movie: Mandarin.
As said before, this feature is an important one for Marvel Studios as it marks the first effort since the crazy successful ensemble piece The Avengers which bowed five months ago. Not merely a follow-up, Iron Man 3 will kick off a ‘Phase 2′ of sorts that will also include Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy in that order prior to the much-anticipated Avengers sequel in May 2015. Continue Reading
Tomorrow is a pretty big day for Marvel Studios as it marks the official start of Avengers Phase 2 mass market promotion. Throughout the past several months, unofficial screens and some very teaser-like photos have hit the web to entertain diehard fans; however, this is the final day of still-marketing for Iron Man 3 which is why the powers that be are unloading what they have to offer. Today, we have fresh looks at the film’s central characters as well as the Don Cheadle-worn patriot armor courtesy of USA Today, Facebook, and EW via Cinema Blend and Collider. Continue Reading
During these past few days, the entertainment world has been abuzz about a striking number of behind the scenes gaffs. While the spotlight is currently focused on the gripes of Megatron voice-actor Hugo Weaving, everything got kicked off earlier in the week when one of Hollywood’s top cinematographers Wally Pfister blasted The Avengers for the way it chose to shoot a number of its scenes. The specific sentence that everyone picked up on was, “I thought The Avengers was an appalling film,” when referring to an unnecessarily focus on sets over characters from a visual perspective. Continue Reading
Just a heads up for those of you interested in the mega-pricey Avengers box set that includes every one of Marvel Studios’ ‘Phase One’ offerings–the unit will be coming out, but not before it undergoes some major design changes. After being threatened with a lawsuit from German suitcase company Rimowa GmbH, the group has elected to redo the container for these movies which was built to resemble their patented luggage. Continue Reading
In addition to a sharper image of what Thanos looks like (the theatrical version was heavy on the shadows,) today the Facebook page for The Avengers has gifted us with the knowledge that the third biggest film of all-time would be returning to theaters for Labor Day Weekend. Why? To see it again of course. Rumors of a re-release were in the works for quite a while with the idea that some of the deleted scenes would show up, but it would certainly appear that the print is the same as always, so why the cockiness with a second release?
For starters, it will help advertise that imminent Blu-Ray release on September 25 (some links to the bonus features are below the post by the way.) The retread will also serve to capitalize on a stale box office. Only one movie broke past $10 million last weekend (Expendables 2) and from the state of things it would appear as if that mark might barely be breached this weekend as well. New offerings are coming in the form of Lawless and the horror film Possession with neither gaining much steam in early tracking. Continue Reading