September 03, 2015

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“Ant-Man” is Marvel’s latest success story and one of their better releases

Back when Avengers: Age of Ultron was about to hit theaters, I ranked the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, 11 films at the time. Now, with Ant-Man the latest MCU release coming this weekend, I’m going to go ahead and re-rank Marvel’s titles. I’ll have more to say about Ant-Man than the others, of course, but essentially I’m just slotting in Paul Rudd’s diminutive hero into the old list, particularly since this list will continue to be in flux over the next few years. What Peyton Reed and company accomplished with this one is worth taking note of, but 2016 and beyond offers plenty more Marvel to get excited about. As such, this list will pop up again before long. In the meantime though, it’s fun to see how it looks with a new movie added in.
Quickly, a few initial thoughts on Ant-Man. In short (no pun intended), it’s quite good and works in spite of a tonal oddity. What I mean by that is Edgar Wright’s DNA is still very much there, despite Wright having left the project and not directing it like he initially intended to. His script is still partially used though, so at times this is an above average Marvel flick and at others it’s a really offbeat pseudo Wright movie. The end result is a lot of fun, if slightly quaint by current MCU standards. Rudd and Reed have a blast and it rubs off on you. This isn’t as good as Marvel’s best, but it’s not nearly as far off as you’d think.
Like last time, one thing to keep in mind is that this list is going to change in a hurry. In less than a year, Phase Three will be in full swing for the MCU and Kevin Feige’s big plan for cinematic world domination. That next stage will bring Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange in 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, the untitled new Spider-Man movie (rumored to be called Spider-Man: The New Avenger), and Thor: Ragnarok in 2017, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel in 2018, and finally Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 and Inhumans in 2019. After that, I’m sure we’ll have an Ant-Man sequel at some point, among others. Basically, expect this list to get updated more than once in the years to come…
Here now are all of the current installments of the Marvel […]

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”: Ranking the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Folks, t’s almost time for the Avengers to assemble. Yes, with Avengers: Age of Ultron set to hit theaters domestically on Friday, I wanted to take a look at the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) so far and rank them in order to see the best of the MCU to date. They haven’t made a bad film yet, so that makes this a particularly enjoyable task, basically having to separate the solid from the very good from the great. Count me in for something like that all the time, though today it’s particularly apt to do the MCU with Avengers: Age of Ultron fresh in my head from a recent press screening.
One thing to keep in mind is that this list is going to change in a hurry. In just a few months, Ant-Man will be the other 2015 release from Marvel, and from then on we’ll be at Phase Three of their grand MCU plan. That will bring Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange in 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, the untitled new Spider-Man movie (rumored to be called Spider-Man: The New Avenger), and Thor: Ragnarok in 2017, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel in 2018, and finally Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 and Inhumans in 2019. Basically, expect this list to get updated more than once in the years to come…
Here now are all of the current installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked:
11. Thor: The Dark World – If this is the worst that Marvel can do, we’re in a good place. Thoroughly acceptable but without much of a spark, this sequel has Thor pretty much doing the same thing as in the first one. The enjoyably larger role for Loki saves it from turning into a slog.
10. The Incredible Hulk – More a byproduct of not knowing how to use Hulk properly than anything else, this shows Marvel as a studio still finding their footing in the world. The fact that it’s more or less not referred to at all in the canon of the MCU should be telling, though it’s not unenjoyable at all. Still, this and the title above are the clear weak links.
9. Iron Man 2 – The one film in the series that got too concerned with setting up The Avengers, there’s plenty to like here with Tony Stark/Iron Man just as fun as always. […]

“Chef” – What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race

Directed by: Jon Favreau
Written by: Jon Favreau
Main Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and others
Past Oscar relations: Both Robert Downey Jr. and Dustin Hoffman have Academy Award nominations under their belt, with Hoffman actually having an Oscar win for Rain Man
It’s Wednesday ladies and gents, so here now we have the newest article in this series of mine on 2014 contenders hoping to compete for some sort of Oscar attention at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up is Jon Favreau’s Chef, which hopes to finally get Favreau into the awards race.
Favreau writes, directs, and stars in the film, along with an A list supporting cast that includes the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, and Scarlett Johansson, to name just a few. The story of a chef reinventing himself, it’s a purely entertaining bit of cinema that we rarely see these days, so with the right combination, there’s a chance that Academy members could become interested in this one. It’s hardly a sure thing, but it’s not the longest of long shots either.
What this flick has going in its favor is how purely enjoyable it is and how much fun it is to watch this cast having a good time. It’s one of my favorites of the year so far, and I know I’m not alone there. Favreau especially is excellent in all three of his responsibilities here, while the supporting players all make a mark with their scenes. If the film is a hit, I can certainly see the Screen Actors Guild perhaps considering it for their SAG Best Ensemble category. If it were to hit there, then anything would be possible.
Working against Chef is that it’s a pretty small scale movie without anything too heavy going on to entice Oscar voters. Without a particularly deep message at its core, one can imagine plenty of voters who like Chef ultimately supporting something else that spoke to them in a stronger way. That doesn’t take away from the terrific script that Favreau wrote (which is probably its only real Academy play), but it does make it less likely to be nominated in the end.
So, can this be a player at all? I’d say that in all likelihood it’s more of a long shot than anything else, but with the Academy Awards, Best Original […]

The Other Woman Wins – Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj

Rentrak Corporation, the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 27, 2014 as compiled by the company’s Box Office Essentials™ and International Box Office Essentials™ theatrical measurement services.
As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak’s suite of products.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Super Heroes rule the world as Sony’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ earns $67.2 million in its second weekend of release, bringing the overseas total to $132.0 million. Meanwhile Disney/Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ with $645 million to date has surpassed the global total of ‘Iron Man 2′ & internationally the film has grossed $420M, including over $100 million from China.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 27, 2014, are below.
1. Other Woman, The – 20th Century Fox – $24.7M
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Disney – $16.0M
3. Heaven Is For Real – Sony – $13.8M
4. Rio 2 – 20th Century Fox – $13.7M
5. Brick Mansions – Relativity Media – $9.6M
6. Transcendence – Warner Bros. – $4.1M
7. Quiet Ones, The – Lionsgate – $4.0M
8. Bears – Disney – $3.6M
9. Divergent – Lionsgate – $3.6M
10. Haunted House 2, A – Open Road – $3.3M
11. Draft Day – Lionsgate – $2.8M
12. Grand Budapest Hotel, The – Fox Searchlight – $2.5M

Paul Bettany will play The Vision in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

One of the biggest box office hits of all time, The Avengers exceeded almost all expectations, so all eyes are on filmmaker Joss Whedon for the upcoming sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Any bit of news that comes out about the film is treated as a major deal, much like any information that leaked about Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise a few years back. Well, today there’s an interesting bit of casting news/character reveal that’s hit the net, and it happens to surround someone who’s a veteran of Marvel’s universe at this point. Yes, not only is Paul Bettany still the voice of Tony Stark’s computer butler JARVIS, but now he’s going to be playing The Vision as well.
Bettany has yet to be seen in person in a Marvel flick to date, but this news suggests that he won’t be just a disembodied voice helping out Iron Man this time around. This is a good upgrade for the actor, who’s immensely talented but doesn’t always seem to get the right roles. This at the very least suggests a continued presence in the Marvel universe, so expect to see Bettany for the foreseeable future of this franchise.
I’m no expert on The Vision, but apparently he’s a character that’s created by the villain Ultron, though eventually The Vision goes from being an opponent of The Avengers to fighting alongside them at some point. I do know that this is a character that fans have been looking to see join the team, even at one juncture hoping that Clark Gregg’s deceased (or I guess not deceased, if that Marvel television show Agents of Shield is to be believed) would be resurrected as The Vision. Well, that’s not happening, but the character is joining the film in some capacity for sure.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out on on May 1st of 2015, so we’ve got over a year to continue speculating on what this movie will wind up being like, but it certainly seems like Whedon and company are not just resting on their laurels. Stay tuned for more on this one, as it’s poised to potentially become the highest grossing film of all time if things break right for it.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will come out in 2014

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.
Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star […]

New IRON MAN 3 IMAX poster

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.
“Iron by “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
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‘Iron Man 3′ New Trailer is Out

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.
“Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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IRON MAN 3 – New Images Now Available!

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible.
This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man.

Below game day trailer commercial

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.
“Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
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IRON MAN 3 releases in theaters on May 3, 2013!
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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters wins weekend box office

This weekend’s lesson is “all the marketing prowess in the world doesn’t matter if you don’t have the movie”. Paramount has been batting 1.000 in terms of launching major fantasy-skewed franchise pictures. From at least summer 2007 with Transformers, they have been the most consistent performers in terms of grabbing those blockbuster debuts, launching not-quite sure things like Iron Man, Star Trek, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Thor to blockbuster numbers while also turning a glorified home movie (Paranormal Activity) into a massive horror franchise in their spare time. They were a little off their game in 2012, with several high profile delays into 2013 (Star Trek Into Darkness, GI Joe: Retaliation) and with the few films Paramount did release in 2012 somewhat under-performing (Jack Reacher, Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Dictator, Rise of the Guardians). But I would argue the fact that Paramount got what looked to be an utter shit-storm like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters to nearly $20 million, or $19 million in this case, is a sign of their sheer marketing will. They hit all the sweet spots (in theater infomercials, an unexpected R-rating, IMAX engagements, an exclusive sneak peak at a future Paramount movie, saturated coverage in various demographics, etc.) but the movie is the movie.
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