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Sony Releases 2nd ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer

A new trailer for the much anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming arrived this morning and it gives audiences a closer look at the newest version of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.  It also confirms that Iron Man/Tony Stark is probably going to have a much bigger role than people originally guessed. Check out the trailer below!

In this newest trailer we are not only getting a better look at the web-head and Stark, but also of Michael Keaton‘s Vulture/Adrian Tooms. (more…)

March 24-26 Box Office Results!

Summer is not yet here, but this past weekend is already showing “summer blockbuster” type numbers.  Beauty and the Beast was able to surpass expectations for its second weekend of release, and the newly released Power Rangers managed to blow past the estimated projections as well.

After just having been out for two weeks Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast managed to have an opening just exceeding $90 Million.  Most movies would love to have that number as their opening weekend, not to mention its second. The fact that this movie could make this kind of money, with just less than a 50% drop from its opening weekend, goes to show why Disney will continue to release more live action movies based off their beloved animated properties.   However, Disney is not the only studio to have an impressive show at the box office.

Lionsgate’s Power Rangers managed to beat expectations that predicted the film would only make $30 Million.  But is was able to successfully make just over $40 Million, showing that the Power Ranger brand is still strong, and that fans will come out and support their beloved franchise.  It was rumored that Lionsgate was planning on making six more Power Ranger films, and while these numbers support the ability to make a sequel, it may not be enough to justify a seven-film franchise.

Check out how the rest of the films faired in the top spots below!

No 1. Beauty and the Beast – $90,426,717.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $319,032,604.

No 2. Power Rangers – $40,300,288 in its first weekend of release.

No 3. Kong: Skull Island – $14,670,653.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $133,502,238.

No 4. Life – $12,501,936 in its first weekend of release.

No 5. Logan$10,334,390.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to 201,455,596. (more…)

We got 3 new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Posters!

It’s been a while since we heard anything coming out of Sony/Disney about the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, the silence has been broken.  Yesterday, via the official Spider-Man: Homecoming twitter account, two new posters were released of the webslinger, and this morning we got one more.

The first photo shows Spider-Man lying next to the East River with the very well-known Avengers Tower in the background with the caption, “Homework can wait. The city can’t.”  The second shows the web-head attached to the side of the same tower, and the third a little of the same, however Spidey attached to a sign for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway with a caption that reads, “Quickest way to get home.” Check out all three posters below!

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Studios Might Offer New Releases For Digital Download

Well, here is a bit of news a little more serious than what I normally write about.  However, it’s interesting to see how this situation could completely change the way we, as movie fans, see newly released films.

In a report put out by Variety six of the seven biggest Hollywood studios are making a push to offer movies in homes on digital download only weeks after a movie is released into theaters. 

Nothing is set in stone yet, but apparently when discussions first started it looked like the studios would make their digital downloads available 17 days after the film debuted in theaters for the low, low price of $50.  However, some studios, particularly Fox and Universal, feel that $50 is too high of a price to ask consumers to pay for a digital rental.  Therefore, they are trying to convince other studios to make movies available between 30 to 45 days after the theater launch and only charge $30 as the rental price.    

The one studio not interested in these talks is Disney – due to not wanting to shorten the time window that a particular movie can stay in theaters.  This is no surprise that Disney has zero interest in this deal due to owning the rights to Marvel, Star Wars, and all their animated movies.  These properties tend to have runs in the theaters longer than any other property put out by any other studio.  A deal like this could actually hurt profits for Disney. (more…)

Disney’s Live Action ‘Mulan’ Has a Director

For those of you who do not know, Disney announced late last year that they would be tackling a live action version of their very popular Chinese based animated film, Mulan.

Mulan is loosely based on a Chinese legend telling the story of a young woman who secretly goes to war in place of her father in the Chinese army.  While taking his place she overcomes many battles and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has hired Niki Caro as the director for the live action version of Mulan.  Her most recent film released is 2015’s McFarland, USA which had Kevin Costner in the lead.  You can also see on March 31st her newest film, The Zookeeper’s Wife.  In both films Caro had to immures herself in a different culture in order to accurately depict the time era in which they take place.  This kind of film making experience, is probably why Disney hired her on. (more…)

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Official First Trailer!!

He’s Back!!

Everyone’s favorite web slinger is back after getting our first taste of the wall-crawler in Captain America: Civil War.  Here it is, our first real good look at the new stand alone Spider-Man movie.

Spider-Man Homecoming stars Tom Holland as the iconic web-head as well as Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya as Peter’s high school crush Liz, and Michael Keaton as The Vulture.  Also, making a guest appearance is Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

The film is directed by Jon Watts who’s best known work to date is 2015’s Cop Car.  Watts has stated in many interviews that in this new Spider-Man movie he would be going for a “John Hughes” feel.  For those who don’t know what that means check out Hughes’ best work in Ferris Bueller’s Day off and The Breakfast Club.

After watching this trailer I can deffinetly feel the John Hughes vibes coming through.  However, it still feels like a Spider-Man movie.  And that is enough to get me excited.

This trailer not only gives us a first look at Sony’s new Spider-Man film, but it also lays to rest all of the rumors and speculation round who Zendaya would be playing.

Back in August there were many sites claiming that she would be the iconic Peter Parker love interest Marry Jane.  Due to Zendaya not being a natural redhead, this brought up lots of controversy.  You can see my post on the matter here.

After watching the trailer we do get a really quick look at Zendaya’s character as she calls out Peter for being creepy.  We still do not have a name for the character, however, it should be a safe assumption that she will not be the girl-next-door Marry Jane.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is still set for a release date of July 7th, 2017.  After seeing this trailer, I can not wait.

We may have our Mary Jane Watson in upcoming ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

It looks like after months of speculating we now know that Mary Jane Watson will be making an appearance in next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Not only that, but it looks like we know who is playing the iconic spidey love interest.

According to a report released by TheWrap, Disney Channel star Zendaya, who stared in “Shake It Up!” and “K.C. Undercover,” is playing the Peter Parker love interest, Mary Jane Watson.

Some may remember that she had already been cast in a role back in march, but we were told that she was going to be playing a character named Michelle.  However, according the article, this is no longer the case – meaning that Zendaya’s casting as Michelle was a pseudonym in order to keep secrecy surrounding the project.

It should be pointed out that neither Sony, Marvel Studios, nor Disney have confirmed these reports thus far – meaning this is still considered speculation.  According to the article put out by TheWrap, the information about Zendaya’s casting came from “two individuals with knowledge of the project….” (more…)

A New Trailer For ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Is Finally Here!!!

I’d say its about time!

A new trailer for the Gareth Edwards directed film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has finally been release – and there is a presence, a presence we’ve not seen since…..

Check out the full trailer here!

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‘Rogue One’ is in a crisis!?!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in trouble and is going into expensive reshoots over the summer! 

What does this mean for the franchise?

According to a source talking with Page Six the executives at Disney are not pleased with the first cut of the film by director Gareth Edwards.

According to the source, “The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and Rogue One will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, and Diego Luna.  And this is going to be the first of several spinoff films that take place in various times in the Star Wars timeline.

So is it time to start screaming all is lost for Star Wars? Is this the return of the prequels?

No it isn’t.  Calm down. (more…)

Q&A: Theater Allocations and Clearances

Hold on to your hats folks, this question is a doozy.

This question comes in from Bryan Wolfie (great name by the way), and Bryan writes in via email:

With Fox, and recently Universal, getting rid of Movie Allocations which studio do you think is next to give it up and how do you see it changing the movie viewing industry?

First off I have to say, great question!  Also, full disclosure, I had to do a bit of research in order to catch up on all of the details pertaining to this event as it is still ongoing.  So at the end of the answer I will provide links to where I got my information should you, or any of  you readers, care to look into the matter more.

Also, unless I am mistaken, what you mean by “Movie Allocations” is called a clearance agreement; which I will get to in a bit.  And Allocated Zones, are areas in which there is direct competition between theater chains.

To the readers; if you know what clearances are you may want to skip ahead to the bottom a bit, because I’m about  to get long and winded and explain a lot before getting to the meat and potatoes of the question. (more…)