Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Movies Opening This Week on August 2, '2 Guns' and...

New movies Aug 2 - 2 Guns, Smurfs, Europa Report
This week Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg leads the pack of talent that also include Neil Patrick Harris and Shailene Woodley.  Check out the new movies opening in theaters this Friday, August 2nd, 2013:

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2 Guns movie poster

2 Guns


Rated R
109 min

A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (101 Reykjavík / Contraband / A Little Trip to Heaven)

Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton

This flick looks like just plain, old popcorn fun!

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The Smurfs 2 movie poster

The Smurfs 2


Rated PG
105 min

The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation - creatures called the Naughties - into real Smurfs.

Director: Raja Gosnell
Stars: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry

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Europa Report - [Limited]


Rated PG-13
90 min

An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

Director: Sebastián Cordero
Stars: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley

An interesting note is that this movie as a 6.4 user rating on IMDb.

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The Spectacular Now - [Limited]


Rated R
95 min

A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

Director: James Ponsoldt
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler

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Will The 'Justice League' Be Showing Up in CW's 'Arrow'

We previously reported on Cinema Static the news that Barry Allen, aka, The Flash, will be showing up on CW's Arrow.  The appearance will act as a kick off for a new Flash series on the CW.

Sweet.

Other bits is that Barry Allen will be showing up on and off on Arrow throughout the upcoming season.

Justice League movie news?


But then there was a different fascinating news bit that was dropped at today's TCA from the CW.

Arrow producers dropped the huge tease that it's possible that other members of the Justice League might make appearances on the show.  Those league members, in case you don't know, are Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Batman, The Flash and Aquaman.

But they also made the point that Arrow is grounded more in reality than Smallville was.

I'm not sure what that might mean, but it seems to hint at the idea that rather than razzle dazzle super heroes, we could possibly be meeting their alter egos instead.

And yes, there's word of a Flash movie in the works.

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I have to wonder if WB and DC are looking at Arrow or The CW as a venue to start building awareness for a Justice League movie?  They have the uphill battle of trying to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, without looking like they're copying Marvel or being forced to try and create the Justice League movie in a different and non-optimal process.

Using a television platform to start building awareness for a movie is an inexpensive proposition, versus making movies and hoping they break even or make money.

TV is cheaper and has a broader audience that can be reached more readily.

This could be WB's way of getting the DC super-powered team in the formative stages of leading into movies.  At least it seems that this could be one avenue open to WB.  They've had a rough go at it with any potential script.  This could be an interesting alternative.

We'll see.

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Who Builds Ultron in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron?'

We previously chatted about how Hank Pym will not be the creator of Ultron, who becomes the bad guy in The Avengers sequel, titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

According to multiple sites quoting a casting call, it's been reported that the synopsis included in the casting call indicates that,


Tony Stark/Iron Man may be the one who ends up building Ultron.  Unwillingly.

Now how that evolves will be a fascinating development.  At first I was thinking about how the AI Jocasta took over Stark's armor in the comic franchise, but then that would be a bit backwards since Ultron was the one to first create her, and then, subsequently, infected the Iron Man armor.


Mayhaps they will twist the history up a bit, which they've done previously to various characters, successfully, to accommodate this development.  It makes since if Stark ends up being the creator.  He's the next in line behind or next to Hank Pym who might have the ability to create an robot, Ultron.  Even if it was accidental, as it seems it might be in The Avengers sequel.

Also in the sequel, we'll be introduced to Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and The Falcon!  (Which we'll see The Falcon first in the Capt. America sequel.)  Also we'll get a eyeful more of Hawkeye and Black Widow.

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The cast includes

Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Do 3D, IMAX & Expensive Overseas Ticket Prices Help set False Box Office Records?

3D, IMAX and Overseas Ticket prices help soaring Box Office Records.  But what's the most popular movie ever?  Did it break monetary records, or just sell the most seats in a theater?

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If you've ever wondered how it is some movies do so much better overseas than they do domestically, in word, maybe they don't. 

I used to think the overseas movie fan was flocking to the theater to see some of these movies.  But it turns out that overseas ticket prices are pretty costly!!!

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Some time ago I did a quickie list of movie ticket prices in other countries and found out that it cost from $8 to $21 for a movie ticket in other lands around the world.

  • Seoul: $8;
  • Tel Aviv: $10;
  • Moscow, Rio de Janeiro: $14;
  • Paris, France: $15;
  • Helsinki, Sweden, Denmark: $16;
  • Norway: $17;
  • Australia:  $18;
  • Switzerland: $19;
  • Japan: $21
I wanted to see if anything has changed, and thought I'd see about updating the chart.

I could not find anything recent on these numbers so what I did was hit up Google Maps, crank up a country, zoom/focus in on its capital or some major city that a monster destroyed in some sci-fi movie, then searched for movie theaters.  After that, I pulled up that theater's website and checked out the prices for tickets.
What I found was just how much more Japanese and Swiss folks pay for movie tickets!
Japan:   General tickets went for 1,800 yen.  With the present currency exchange rate, that came out to $18.07 per ticket.  (http://www.mitsuba-inc.co.jp/scp/fee.html)
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Switzerland:  A ticket cost CHF 18. (Swiss Frank)  The present exchange rate made their movie tickets cost $19.26 US Dollars.  (http://www.riffraff.ch/service/e-shop.html)
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Australia: Wolverine 2D in the Century City theater cost (converted to USD), $17.56.
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Norway: RIPD 2D, 1 adult ticket (They assign you seats) = kr100.00.  A ticket in US dollars would cost $15.41. (http://www.oslokino.no/)
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RIPD, or Ghost Patrol

Russia: The good movie deals are in Russia or I picked a bad example theater.  The 3D version of RIPD, called Ghost Patrol there, cost 230 rubles  or $7.11 US Dollars. (http://arbat-moskino.ru/)
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What I found interesting was that the most expensive market in the world, Japan, usually seems to get movies a lot later than the rest of the world.  I remember when The Avengers opened up for wide theatrical release on April 28th, but in Japan, it didn't open until August 14th.


Pacific Rim opened in the US on July 12th, but it doesn't open until August 9th in Japan and Spain, while Greece has to wait until Sept. 12th.

Must curious.

The most recent hit, The Wolverine, had a $138M worldwide box office take on its first weekend, starting July 26th.  And it won't open in Japan until Sept. 13th. 

Those poor folks really are kept on a string.  No wonder there are so many movie pirates out there!

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Basically, for select markets, 10 overseas movie goers are worth 20 US domestic tickets.  That means despite what I used to think, it's almost a little underwhelming. 

Where as I thought they flocked to the theaters overseas, it's really about the same or fewer ticket buying fans, while the financial numbers take off for the studios.

And this approach at looking at prices, pretty much doesn't touch on how the average ticket prices are soaring because of large or 3D format movies that are creating huge numbers to create even more box office records.

I once got into a "debate" about box office records with a peer.

The premise was it doesn't matter what it cost the movie consumer, if they want to go see it bad enough, that counts for more than how many people have gone to see a movie.

My argument was that if 1000 people went and saw a movie that cost $4 many years ago, and now only 500 people go to see a movie that cost $10, you've set the box office record, so to speak, but fewer people saw this new movie.  My contention was the popularity of how many people went to see a movie outweighs the monetary sale pitch.

But being able to have news and media outlets say that the newest movie broke all box office records is incredible word of mouth and it spawns consumers' interest in the movie.  Combined with word-of-mouth, more folks are inclined to pile into a movie theater to catch this headline making movie.
It's truly a simple and great marketing tactic.  Period.

Case in point...

Box Office Mojo has this great movie ticket price calculator that estimates average movie ticket prices.

They also have a great chart that breaks down box office hits, and estimate how many people saw a movie, versus how much a movie made.
For instance, in the following chart, you can see the all-time domestic box office successes.  But in the second column, is where the movie ranks, as far as estimated tickets sold.  (Look at how hard and far Iron Man 3 falls.  I'm not surprised.  Who needed to go see it when Disney marketed the crap out of, played a shell game with a character, and showed all the good stuff in previews???)
Row Rank Title  Est. Tickets Unadjusted Gross Year^
1 14 Avatar 97,255,300 $760,507,625 2009^
2 5 Titanic 135,474,500 $658,672,302 1997^
3 27 Marvel's The Avengers 76,768,200 $623,357,910 2012
4 29 The Dark Knight 74,455,400 $534,858,444 2008^
5 17 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 90,312,100 $474,544,677 1999^
6 2 Star Wars 178,119,600 $460,998,007 1977^
7 63 The Dark Knight Rises 57,601,400 $448,139,099 2012
8 32 Shrek 2 71,050,900 $441,226,247 2004
9 4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 141,854,300 $435,110,554 1982^
10 46 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 64,628,400 $423,315,812 2006
11 18 The Lion King 89,146,400 $422,783,777 1994^
12 90 Toy Story 3 52,201,900 $415,004,880 2010
13 93 The Hunger Games 50,838,300 $408,010,692 2012
14 102 Iron Man 3 48,610,800 $407,358,766 2013
15 36 Spider-Man 69,484,700 $403,706,375 2002

If you're curious, check out the all-time, most estimated seats sold top-5:

Rank Title (click to view) Est. Tickets Unadjusted Gross Year^
1 Gone with the Wind 202,044,600 $198,676,459 1939^
2 Star Wars 178,119,600 $460,998,007 1977^
3 The Sound of Music 142,415,400 $158,671,368 1965
4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 141,854,300 $435,110,554 1982^
5 Titanic 135,474,500 $658,672,302 1997^

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I'm not trying to start a revolution. All I'm suggesting or pointing out is that as box office prices go up with 3D and large format movie ticket prices costing 130% more than than a standard ticket, we will be seeing more records broken, while fewer people go see the movies.

(Did you know:  3D Ticket prices are 50% more and IMAX tickets prices are roughly 130% more than a 2D screening.  And if you add the trick where 16 out of 24 screenings in a day of a movie are 3D and/or IMAX, well, you do the math.)
What the movie consumer thinks is a boon for what looks like a great movie that everyone loves, is really just a numbers game.

With that said, if you can muster it, go see Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim in 3D!  Sure, 3D is a stupid gimmick that is not necessary for most dramatic movies, but for visual eye-fests, it's fun.  And I want to see a Pacific Rim sequel!!!  Hehe.

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Tickets sold source:  boxofficemojo

Domestic Box Office: boxofficemojo

Here's some interesting numbers from BOM:

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2013 average ticket price of $8.16.
2012 average ticket price of $7.96.
2011 average ticket price of $7.93.
2010 average ticket price of $7.89.
2009 average ticket price of $7.50.
2008 average ticket price of $7.18.
2007 average ticket price of $6.88.
2006 average ticket price of $6.55.
2005 average ticket price of $6.41.
2004 average ticket price of $6.21.

They say

"Inflation-adjustment is mostly done by multiplying estimated admissions by the latest average ticket price. Where admissions are unavailable, adjustment is based on the average ticket price for when each movie was released (taking in to account re-releases where applicable)."

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Toys Are Dropping Movie Spoilers Again ('Captain America' and 'RoboCop')

As is always the case, as studios and rights holders start distributing their wares in relation to movies, toy makers start pitching their wares to potential customers and such.

It was pretty crazy when toys were being made for The Avengers, and everyone was desperately trying to guess the identity of the invading aliens.  I'm sure someone got it right off a wild hunch/guess.  And it happens with every single Transformers movies.

But now, it's taking place (potentially) with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Robocop remake.

First up, the less obtrusive spoiler,

SOME MAY CONSIDER THIS SPOILER MATERIAL

The Robocop remake.


TMT is reporting that marketing images for toys for the remake are demonstrating different models of the Robocop suit.

I will not post the images... I'll provide links to the articles and sources if you're interested.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie news?  Toys.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier spoilers (?):


With the upcoming Captain America sequel, even more MIGHT have been spoiled by Hasbro.

Over on The Cultured Nerd, they were reporting on images of new toys related to the Cap movie. 

At a preview show, Hasbro showed some images, "Hasbro showed a Marvel Now “comic” Captain America, a “comic” Baron Zemo, then the next slide appeared with both a “movie” Red Skull and A.I.M. Soldier."

Yep, Red Skull.  And sure, many suspect with the intro of A.I.M. in IM3, we'll be seeing more of them in upcoming movies.

But they suggest (about the Red Skull image), from the coat the toy is wearing, is that he might be impersonating Col. Nick Fury.

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Now these are all baseless conjectures at this point.  And toys tend to release weird variations of characters that don't actually exist in the movie platforms.

Iron Man is a huge example, where after the first Iron Man movie, we had all kinds of Iron Man figures with rocket launchers, motorcycles and such.  All fantasy variations of the character.

This could very well be the same thing.

Sure, it seems that the Red Skull might have perished in the first Captain America movie... but that's something we all assumed.  We also say Loki fall away to his doom in the first Thor movie.  Why can't Red Skull have survived some sort of twisted teleportation that the cube did or sent him to?

The other rumors are that this could be Robert Redford's secret role... meh... we really have nothing to substantiate any of this.  It's all the fun and games of guessing what's coming up in the new movies.

Captain America and The Falcon


As it is, we'll be seeing The Black Widow in it, in addition, one of my favorite characters, The Falcon.

This should be fun, regardless of what the toys suggest or don't.

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Robocop is due out in Feb of 2014 and stars The Killing's Joel Kinnaman, along with Samual Jackson and Gary Oldman.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due out in theaters on April 4th 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders (yes, as SHIELD Agent Hill), and Emily VanCamp as Agent 13.


[ TMT  (robocop) ]
[ TCN  (Capt America)  ]


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Monday, July 29, 2013

A One-Minute Horror Short... Check it out

With little to no intro, I thought I'd share this "One minute horror flick."

Sure, it's only one minute... and you have to wonder how can a story be built up.  How can the tension be dialed up slowly but surely, to the point of a successful "jump start," and not disappoint?

Well, check out this "Vimeo Staff Pick" and see what you think.

I think this little flick pulled it off just enough to catch my attention...



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Movie DVD/BD Releases This Week: Justice League, G.I. Joe...

Movie DVD Releases this week: Justice League, GI Joe, The Fog
This week, the new releases this week on DVD and Blu-ray coming out on Tuesday, July 31st, include the talents of Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman, Channing Tatum, and Adrieene Barbeau.
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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox on BD



Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Starring the voice talent of Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman, Cary Elwes
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G.I. Joe: Retaliation on blu-ray


G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis
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The Fog  (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

The Fog
(Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

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Other Movie Titles New on DVD/BD

Angel and the Badman [Blu-ray] Starring John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey and Bruce Cabot (1947)

Assault on Wall Street Starring Dominic Purcell, Eric Roberts and Edward Furlong

Black Rock (2011)

Bullfighter and the Lady [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Stack, Joy Page, Gilbert Roland and Katy Jurado (1951)

Bus Stop [Blu-ray] (1956)

Cloudburst Starring Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker and Ryan Doucette

Filly Brown Starring Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos

God's Little Acre [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise and Buddy Hackett (1958)

Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Aaron Poole

Love Me Tender [Blu-ray] (1956)

Meet the Small Potatoes Starring Malcolm McDowell, Jasper Newell, Pablo Cano Carciofa

Niagara 60th Anniversary [Blu-ray] Starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

Peggy Sue Got Married [Blu-ray] Starring Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen and Helen Hunt (1986)

That Touch of Mink Starring Cary Grant, Doris Day, Audrey Meadows and Gig Young (1962)

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Starring Gary Cooper, Rod Steiger, Ralph Bellamy, et al. (1955)

The Demented Starring Kayla Ewell, Richard Kohnke, Ashlee Brian

The Devil's Backbone (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi (2001)

The Incredible Melting Man [Blu-ray] Starring Alex Rebar and Burr DeBenning (1977)

Under the Bed Starring Jonny Weston, Gattlin Griffith, Peter Holde

Veggietales: Maclarry & Stinky Cheese Battle


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Sunday, July 28, 2013

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Two-Minute, Thirty-One Second Movie Trailer

I actually am not sure if I've presented this here yet, so here you go, the latest, the greatest and the longest movie trailer for The Hunger Game: Catching Fire, as we watch the 75th games, stocked with previous winners, all in an effort by President Snow to kill Katniss. (Sure, that was a spoiler, but it's in the trailer!)

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Studio: Lionsgate; Release date: November 22, 2013
Director: Francis Lawrence; Writer: Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, Suzanne Collins (novel)

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

'Gravity' Movie Trailers (7-25-13)

Gravity movie poster, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock
Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, the lost-in-space kind of twisted movie, Gravity, looks pretty scary for these two characters Clooney and Bullock play.

It's due out in theaters October 4th, 2013.

First Movie Trailer:



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Gareth Edwards Talks up 'Godzilla'

io9 chatted up Godzilla director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) during SDCC 2013 on a few things about his present movie project.

As you may already know, Godzilla won't be the only monster "in the room," so to speak.  At least as we heard of the SDCC panel footage that attendees got to see a giant Kaiju attacking an airport, then Godzilla's foot came down next to it.  So he'll be huge.  Bigger than life huge.

We also know that Edwards is still approaching this movie as if it's another indie movie.  (If you saw Monsters, you know that's a good thing.)

We also know that star Bryan Cranston liked Godzilla as a kid because he was unapologetic.


In the io9 interview, Edwards reveals that they went through hundreds of designs of the big guy, and that the image rights holder, Toho, was signing off on their ideas.  And that the 1950's version of the beast was the real source to lean on for this latest design.

As far as if 'Zilla is our friend or enemy, Edwards said it's not black or white.  Rather, he made the point of saying that if you were standing there and saw this giant lizard come up on your location, would you feel like its a friend or foe coming your way?  Me, I'd feel rather nervous.

Edwards also tried to stick to some of the original themes from the 1954 movie.  He also noted that he tried to emphasize the theme of man versus nature throughout the film.  That Godzilla will be a representation of nature and how, underlying the nuclear age we live in, how nature can step back up and setting things right.

He also said it is an origins story.

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So this could be what's deemed an environmentalist take on what people have done to our planet, and Godzilla is nature, stepping back up and stomping us in our place.  But rather than taking an eon of global warming, of species going extinct, of our soils being poisoned to the point of not being able to create sustainable food to eat, Godzilla can remind us in a day, not to f*! with nature.
Other bits I've seen is how character-centric this film will be, and that makes perfect sense.  In Edwards's movie, Monsters, we follow a few folks in the midst of an alien infestation, for lack of a better term!
This other note that caught my eye is that unlike the classic, where it was all humanity versus the lizard, and then through the years, the relationship evolved to the point of Godzilla being our protector, Edwards is seeming to take a route of here's the enemy, and he is us.  And then possibly, having the monster protect us from other monsters, or Kaiju. 

It's a quick leap for a reboot/origins film, but one that I suspect, might lend itself to a more reasonable ending that does not include killing the big green guy yet again!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Movies on Friday, 7-26-13, 'The Wolverine,' 'The To Do List' and ...

New movies opening this week in theaters on July 26 include...

The Wolverine



Rated PG-13 126 min   -   Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee

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The To Do List



Rated R Comedy | Romance

Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.

Director: Maggie Carey
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat

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The Way Way Back (opening nationally)


Rated PG-13, 103-min, Comedy | Drama

14-year-old Duncan's summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and his daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park..

Director: Nat Faxon
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet.

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Blue Jasmine - [Limited]

Rated PG-13 98 min   -   Drama

A life crisis causes a woman to head to San Francisco, where she reconnects with her sister.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard

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The Time Being - [Limited]

85 min   -   Mystery

An artist meets a mysterious and wealthy benefactor and their relationship is not what it appears to be.

Director: Nenad Cicin-Sain
Stars: Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, Ahna O'Reilly, Frank Langella

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Tiny Times 1.0  - [Limited]

116 min   -   Drama | Romance

When four best friends try and move forward in their work and personal life, they realize that trying to live their life's dream is more difficult than they imagine -- especially in the high fashion world of Shanghai.

Director: Jinming Guo
Stars: Mi Yang, Amber Kuo, Zhendong Ke, Rhydian Vaughan

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Drug War - [Limited]

107 min   -   Crime

A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang, Michelle Ye

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Breaking the Girls - [Limited]

Not Rated 83 min   -   Crime | Thriller

Sara, a college student who was slandered by a classmate, finds herself framed for murder by Alex, who initially proposed the perfect, untraceable crime.

Director: Jamie Babbit
Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Agnes Bruckner, Kate Levering, Madeline Zima

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'The Wolverine' Easter Egg dropped by Hugh Jackman

X-Men: Days of Future Past easter egg news
In an interview with ComingSoon, Hugh Jackman dropped an interesting post-credits Easter Egg about his latest Wolverine movie.

He said that,

"If you stay on after the credits you get to see a nice little preview for Bryan's next film,"

"Bryans' next film,' meaning Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Gads.

I love movie credits sneak peeks.  But I'd love them in the middle of the credits, not the end.  Ug!  But that's just me.



X-Men: Days of Future Past synopsis looks like this:

"The X-Men send Wolverine to the past to change a major historical event that could globally impact man and mutant kind."

It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, James Marsden... and on and on.

It's due out in theaters May of 2014.

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Home Entertainment - Fox Cinema Archives Upcoming Releases

I don't know if you were aware or not by Twentieth Century Fox has a new home entertainment venue that allows fans access to classic movies from the past.  They try to crank out films via what was a voting process some months back (Well, 2012 is some months ago!).

For some, there are classic titles that all of mankind is aware of and for others, there are a select few titles that hold a dear spot in your hearts.

Either way, check out their press release below and see if something you like is either already here, or coming soon.  And you can find these movies out under the "Amazon Movies" section.

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23 Vintage Films Debut on DVD for the Very First Time


Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plans to debut a new collection of classic films on DVD from their popular Fox Cinema Archives collection starting July 16. Launched in 2012, Fox Cinema Archives includes more than 180 classic films drawing from the studio's rich catalog. The collection dives into the studio's vault to resurrect some of the legendary films of the twentieth century to release on DVD for the first time.

In the coming weeks, 23 classic films will be added to Fox Cinema Archives offering film aficionados the opportunity to purchase a variety of iconic films at major top-tier retailers. The release schedule for this wave of titles can be seen below.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is committed to bringing classic films from the studio's vault into the homes of film aficionados and collectors with its Fox Cinema Archives collection. We aim to provide the best home entertainment experience possible for titles released under the Fox Cinema Archives banner, but are often limited to the film's available source material.


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Romance of the Rio Grande (1941), 73 min.
When a rancher's grandson is found murdered, The Cisco Kid, played by Cesar Romero, doubles for him in order to see who is plotting to inherit the ranch. The film also stars Patricia Morison and Lynne Roberts.

A Walk with Love and Death (1969), 90 min.
Directed by John Huston, this story set during the Hundred Years' War follows a student who has abandoned his studies in Paris and pairs with a young noblewoman (Anjelica Huston) with whom he has fallen in love with.

The Salzburg Connection (1972), 93 min.
Barry Newman plays Bill Mathison, an American lawyer on vacation in Austria who gets more than he bargained for. When his photographer vanishes, he becomes involved in an international thriller surrounding a chest that contains the names of Nazi collaborators.


July 23

Hilda Crane (1956), 87 min.
Jean Simmons plays Hilda Crane, a New York City woman who returns to her hometown after two failed marriages. Once there, she entices the town gossip and an ex-lover, only to have his overbearing mother try to sabotage their relationship.

Mardi Gras (1958), 107 min.
A military school cadet (Pat Boone) enters a contest and wins a date for his graduation with a beautiful French movie star (Christine Carère). However, when the two meet during Mardi Gras and hit it off, him not knowing her identity, her agent and the movie studio publicize their romance, putting their love to the test. Mardi Gras was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture and won a Golden Laurel® for Top Male Musical Performance (Boone).

A Flea in Her Ear (1968), 94 min.
When a woman (Rosemary Harris) suspects her husband (Rex Harrison) of having an affair, she sets a trap for him but ends up being the one surprised. Louis Jourdan and Rachel Roberts also come along for the wild ride.

Staircase (1969), 98 min.
Based on Charles Dyer's Broadway play about a gay couple, Staircase stars Rex Harrison and Richard Burton as a pair of aging hairdressers in this film directed by Stanley Donen and with original music provided by Dudley Moore.


July 30

No Highway in the Sky (1951), 98 min.
Jimmy Stewart stars as an aeronautical engineer who predicts a new type of airplane will fail after a certain amount of time in the air, and then finds himself onboard one of the doomed planes while headed to a crash site. The film also features Marlene Dietrich and Glynis Johns.

Ramona (1936), 84 min.
Ramona (Loretta Young) is the tempestuous story of a half-Native American girl, raised by a wealthy family, who is loved by the son of the house against his family's wishes. Despondent, Ramona falls in love with a Native American (Don Ameche) employed by the household. The all-star cast also includes Kent Taylor and Pauline Frederick.

April Love (1957), 99 min.
Directed by Henry Levin, the story follows a wayward young man (Pat Boone) who is sent to live on his relatives' Kentucky farm and decides to mend his ways when he falls in love with the neighbor's daughter (Shirley Jones). This Oscar®-nominated (for Best Music, Original Song) film starring Dolores Michaels and Arthur O'Connell was also nominated for Golden Laurels® in four musical categories.

Sweet and Low-Down (1944), 75 min.
When a young trombonist is given the opportunity of a lifetime to play with Benny Goodman's Orchestra, his growing ego threatens to sabotage him. Starring James Cardwell, Linda Darnell, and Jack Oakie, the film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Music, Original Song for "I'm Making Believe."


August 6

Wake Up and Dream (1946), 92 min.
When Jeff Cairn (John Payne) joins the Navy, he sends his sister Nella (Connie Marshall) to a boarding house, under the supervision of his relatives Sara (Charlotte Greenwood), Henry (Clem Bevans), and his sweetheart Jenny (June Haver). However, when Jeff goes missing in action, Nella aims to venture out in search of her lost brother.

American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950), 105 min.
Directed by Fritz Lang, Tyrone Power leads the ensemble cast (featuring Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell, Tommy Cook, and Jack Elam) as Ensign Chuck Palmer, an American naval officer stranded after the wreck of Bataan. He leads a band of natives in feats of espionage, thus surviving until MacArthur's return…and victory.

The Fiend Who Walked West (1958), 100 min.
Director Gordon Douglas' remake of Kiss of Death from 1947 tells the story about a convicted bank robber who is sent to prison and must find a psychotic killer who threatened his family and is after the loot from his last heist. Hugh O'Brian, Robert Evans, Dolores Michaels, and Linda Cristal are all in on the hunt.


August 13

Dante's Inferno (1935), 88 min.
After an inspector declares a fair unsafe, a ruthless carnival barker is destroyed by his ambition when he keeps the fair open leading to a fatal disaster. Spencer Tracy leads Claire Trevor, Rita Hayworth and the rest of the cast on an intense adventure of misfortune.

White Fang (1936), 70 min.
Jack London's story of a feeble brother (Thomas Beck) and a woman (Jean Muir) who inherit a mine in Alaska. When the brother unexpectedly decides to commit suicide, their guide (Michael Whalen) is accused of murder.

Four Sons (1940), 88 min.
Director Archie Mayo brings this story to life about four brothers torn apart by war with a brilliant cast featuring Don Ameche, Eugene Leontovich, and Mary Beth Hughes. When Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia, each chooses a different side that will alter their fates forever.

The Right Approach (1961), 91 min.
When a newcomer (Frankie Vaughan) comes to live with five bachelors through his brother in the hills of Los Angeles, he uses each of them in his rise to fame as both a singer and an actor.


August 20

Private Number (1936), 79 min.
When a young woman (Loretta Young) goes to work for a wealthy household as a servant girl, she soon marries the young head of the household, much to the dismay of the arrogant butler who tries to break up the union to get the girl for himself.

Me and My Gal (1932), 79 min.
From director Raoul Walsh, a cop (Spencer Tracy) falls in love with a waitress (Joan Bennett) whose family has gangland ties. His quandary is to put a mobster (George Walsh) away without hurting the woman he loves.

Three Little Girls in Blue (1946), 90 min.
Three blue-garbed farming sisters disguised as an heiress, her secretary, and maid head to Atlantic City in search of rich husbands. June Haver, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm, and George Montgomery lead this star-studded cast.

The Sweet Ride (1968), 109 min.
Bob Denver, Anthony Franciosa, and Michael Sarrazin lead an all-star cast about a buddy group living in a Malibu beach house who find a mysterious woman (Jacqueline Bisset) that washes up on shore. Bisset and Sarrazin were both nominated for Golden Globes® for Most Promising Newcomers for their roles.


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

'Ant-Man' Character Confirmed by Director

Ant-Man official movie logo
Director/writer Edgar Wright was in an interview about one movie, when he was asked about his Ant-Man movie project.

Ant-Man is an interesting source for curiosity, considering that Ultron will be in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but with a modified creationist story that does not involve Dr. Hank Pym.

And with Ant-Man, two different guys donned the suit.  There was Dr. Hank Pym and in the later years, Scott Lang.

Wright confirmed with io9 that Hank Pym will be Ant-Man.

Good.  Glad to have that out of the way.

In case you're wondering,

Thor: The Dark World opens on November 8, 2013,

Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014,

Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014,

Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres May 1, 2015 and

Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.

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'Man of Steel' Sequel Will Include Batman, But How?

Batman/Supeman movie logo
If you haven't heard the news, the Man of Steel sequel will include Batman in the mix. So finally, WB will be having two heroes in one film.  It's a good first start towards creating their Justice League movie, I guess.

The word out of Comic-Con 2013 was that they Harry Lennix read a quote from the comic titled The Dark Knight Returns, that read

I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”

And in that panel the official logo (above) was also revealed.

But then the question is, from what sources will this story be concocted from?  Or will it be an original story?

The quote is reminiscent of the fight between Batman and Superman, and as we've seen in the past, the Dark Knight films have been original modifications of several stories at once, and from the looks of things, this won't be any different.

Latter interviews point out that this film will be the first time ever, the two characters have been in the same movie together.  Sure, there were WayneCorp things Man of Steel, but this will be Batman himself in the film.

Other notes made are that David Goyer has confirmed that this will be that match up, and they're tossing around whose name goes first in the film's title...

Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman.  Or maybe something original and enticing?  That would be nice.  Goyer is working with Zack Snyder on pulling this film together.  My thought on this is that since they've seemed to declare that Batman will be in the next Superman movie, mayhaps, the naming convention has already been sorted out.

Also, keep your eyes out for any activity for SupermanVsBatman.com, BatmanVsSuperman.com, and BatmanVsSupermanMovie.com.  Warner Bros. has registered these domain names.

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WB Press Release on Man of Steel sequel:

    The current hit, “Man of Steel,” has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing. Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. The new Batman has yet to be cast.

    Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015.

    Silverman stated, “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first and he utterly gets this genre. We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic Super Heroes to the screen in his own way.” Kroll added, “We are thrilled to be back in business with Zack and his team on this next movie. The success of ‘Man of Steel’ is a wonderful testament to the love and support that both fans and new audiences, worldwide, have for these characters. We are very excited to see what Zack has in store for all of us.”

    Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, noted, “Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere. All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DC Universe.”

    Zack Snyder, who made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con today, breaking the news to audiences there, later said, “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”

    The new film brings back Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder as producers. This time, Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan.

    Thomas offered, “Whilst our ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy is complete, we have every confidence that Zack’s fresh interpretation will take the character in a new and exciting direction. His vision for Superman opened the door to a whole new universe and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.”

    The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.
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Movies New to DVD: Trance, Welcome to the Punch, Love and Honor and more...

This week's new DVD/BD titles coming out on Tues., July 23rd, 2013 include Cherami Leigh, James McAvoy (in 2 new releases), Mark Strong, Kevin Kline and more.

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Fairy Tail: Part 5 Starring Cherami Leigh, Todd Haberkorn and Colleen Clinkenbeard (2009)

Trance Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel

Welcome to the Punch Starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong

The Ice Storm [Blu-ray] (Criterion Collection) Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Tobey Maguire (1997)

Ginger & Rosa

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Other Titles

Babette's Feast (Criterion Collection) Starring Stéphane Audran, Jarl Kulle, Jean-Philippe Lafont (1987)

I'm Here to Help Starring Craig Ferguson

Kiss of the Damned  Starring Joséphine de La Baume and Milo Ventimiglia

Love and Honor Starring Liam Hemsworth, Austin Stowell, Teresa Palmer

Mud Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland

New World Starring Choi Min-sik, Hwang Jeong-min, Lee Jeong-jae

Oblivion Starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko ON Amazon Instant Video

Pieta Starring Min-soo Jo, Eunjin Kang, Jae-rok Kim and Jung-jin Lee

Push the LAUNCH Button!: Alaska 2012 Starring Esther Hicks

The Silence [Blu-ray] Starring Ulrich Thomsen and Wotan Wilke Möhring (2010)

The Wedding Chapel Starring Shelley Long, Mark Deklin, Barclay Hope

Twixt Starring Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning and Ben Chaplin

Vehicle 19 Starring Paul Walker

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Guillermo del Toro Talks 'Pacific Rim' Sequel, But...

Pacific Rim 2: Pacific Rim sequel news
OK folks, what Pacific Rim fans wanted to hear has hit the news headlines.  That being that Guillermo del Toro has been tasked by Warner Bros. to pen a script for a sequel to Pacific Rim.

Today, his ideas for inclusion into the sequel involve a Gipsy 2.0 and merging Kaiju with Jaegers.  He mentioned that because

MOVIE SPOILER

when Gipsy broke through the barrier tunnel into the world that spawned the Kaiju, well, as he put it, parts and things stayed on the other side.

Director del Toro also touched on how one character drifted with a Kaiju brain, and that all Kaiju are hive-linked.

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So them thar's the deets on what is called a Pacific Rim sequel.

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Let's be pragmatic for a moment.

This movie cost just shy of $180M to make, according to estimates.  It's now made almost that back, via the worldwide box office.  (It's made $37M domestic) These numbers do not reflect marketing costs of a movie.  Another large yet mysterious amount.

Be it as it may, if it keeps making money, then I bet we are definitely a shoe-in for a sequel.

At the moment, I'm not holding my breath.

Just becuase someone's been asked to pen a script does not really mean anything until we hear about the studio scoping for locations, roles being cast and what not.  And even then, that's not a shoe-in until we hear that production has commenced.

Plus, I get so tired of hearing about how most movies have sequels lined up.  To me, it happens so often, I start to wonder if it's just a marketing ploy to make people think the first movie out is so good, it will be getting a sequel.  And that premise is what draws folks in to the theater to catch the first one.  Do you remember how Green Lantern had a "sequel" all lined up, before it even opened in theaters?  Gimme a break!

Any how...

I'd love to see a sequel to Pacific Rim.  Hell, even a prequel would be great because there's so much material to go on for it.

But for now, the good tidings and marketing spin is that a sequel is on their minds.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

My 'Godzilla' Encounter (Video) and Godzilla's Look in Gareth Edwards' Movie

'Godzilla' Encounter and how the new Godzilla will Look
A few days prior to this post, the Comic-Con viral display for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla was a pretty fun experience for anyone who decided to go through the place, that was put up in downtown San Diego, at J and 7th.

The walk through took fans through a museum like experience where we got to check out different aspects of Godzilla over the years.  Then the crowd was then shuffled into another control room where we were asked to turn off our recording equipment, phones, cameras, etc..

It was a control room where the visitors were asked to flip switches and control buttons on a huge control panel to help the team that's tracking Godzilla.

While we where there, we were then whisked away into an "elevator" to get out of there because the monster hit land.  The room shook and then we were dispatched into an office, looking out a "window."

The Godzilla Encounter at Comic-Con

We saw the fins and tail go by, and the tour guide said we should be fine, but then the big guy pops up and looks right at us.  Yikes!


It was fun, and we were given a Mondo Godzilla poster.

But what's more important... is how Godzilla will look in the new 2014 movie.

According to the Gareth Edwards Godzilla Facebook page, this concept model is "Godzilla 2014."

'Godzilla' Encounter and how the new Godzilla will Look

Knowing this before getting to the exhibit, I focused on that particular model in the display and took a few extra shots and video of it and the display area.

'Godzilla' Encounter and how the new Godzilla will Look

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'Godzilla' Encounter and how the new Godzilla will Look
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'Godzilla' Encounter and how the new Godzilla will Look
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Psst: The vids ain't perfect.  I was taking pics with my camera while remotely operating my phone-holding arm...  "Peripheral Vision Mode!"  The second video, after a few seconds practice, is better.

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Godzilla Encounter, coming into the zone


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That's all I have for ya.  Here's hoping that FB post was right!

Godzilla is coming out in May 2014.  It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe and David Strathairn.  Gareth Edwards directs.

If you want to know how he handles his monster movie, try to check out Gareth Edwards' 2010 movie, Monsters.  He makes the people the center of the story, and the monsters are a critical, but not the showcased story elements.

I think he'll make this a good representation of the franchise.  Though I must confess, if there are multiple monsters in this new Godzilla movie, it feels like a rush into the latter years of the old franchise.  And will 'Zilla be the protector of the land or just another threat to humanity?

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Dear 'Godzilla 2014' Fans, Stop Being Angry With Legendary

Godzilla teaser still from Comic-Con attraction
The Legendary Comic-Con 2013 Godzilla panel has come and gone.  In that panel, like last year, there was more Comic-Con specific footage to tease those lucky enough to be able to weather the hours of waiting in the infamous Con lines.

The footage this year included Bryan Cranston, a visual of what might have been a large, four-legged Kaiju, but then rearing up behind it, a much larger, is Godzilla.  The footage sounds sweet and those in the Con were lucky to have seen it.

Those of us on the outside, who, for whatever reason, were not inside, only get to hear about it.

Last year that footage never left the inner sanctum of that panel.

This year, there was the new footage folks are talking about.

We should all be excited about this.  With production having wrapped up last week (from this post's date), it's on to post-production.

And yet, over on a few Godzilla fan groups, peopel are venting in anger that no movie trailer or the footage has been released by Legendary.  As some called it, "That's strike two Legendary."






Continued on Godzilla 2014 Angry Fans post over on Cinema Static...

Joss Whedon/Marvel Might Be Changing Up Ultron's Origin!

Earlier the news came out that Ultron will be the nemesis of The Avengers in the sequel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This led many to believe that by having Ultron, that the movie franchise will finally be including Dr., Hank Pym, or, Ant-Man, since in the Marvel comic franchise, Pym was the brains behind creating Ultron.

But in a piece/interview with io9, they write that,

"this will be an Ultron whose origin story doesn't include Pym."

Wha???

If that's the case, and Whedon isn't pulling our legs to keep the movie reporting world from going ape-sh** about any Ant-Man news, then this will be a break-away from how Marvel has handled their characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Or is it?

He does tell io9 that,

"We don't have to have him (Pym). It works very simply — this is Marvel cinema, not Marvel comics."
If you think about it, origins of their characters have stuck to what we know, so far.  But how things and situations develop within the Marvel world, has been changed up a bit.  But done so in a great and fluid fashion.

Events in the the Iron Man, Thor and Captain America movies were all jumbled up a bit to accommodate the telling of years of comic story in a two-hour time-span.  But then again, the bad guys have had altered origins in prior movies.

So there's that.

But what this does for Ant-Man fans is let a little hot air out of their idea of seeing Hank Pym or maybe even The Wasp in the Avengers sequel.

But with that said, will Ultron still father (build) The Vision?  There's been conjecture that Vin Diesel has been tapped to play The Vision, but then again, those guesses could be off too.

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