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. Continue reading “Studios Might Offer New Releases For Digital Download”

My Review of ‘Logan’

Over the past 17 years the comic book genre has taken the world by storm.  With each year yielding more and more comic book based movies, and with these movies more and more comic book icons.  While some people in the world have started throwing around the phrase “comic-book fatigue” one comic book movie icon that has stood the test of time since the year 2000 is Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.   And Logan is reportedly the last film that we will be seeing Jackman’s character, and it very much plays on that fact.

Now don’t begin to think that this film is just meant to make you tear up at the thought of no more Wolverine – it is a deliciously violent movie, filled with stabbings, loss of limbs, profanity, and tackles very adult themes like depression, and the act of growing old. It’s also extremely entertaining – reminding me of Western films about an old gunslinger (in this case Wolverine) riding out on one more doomed quest for glory. This is very different from any other comic book movie that I’ve seen in the past 17 years.  It would have been very easy for James Mangold (the director) to make Logan a movie that just recycles the character’s greatest moments leading up to a great superhero battle, or just add loads meaningless gore just to get that R rating because that strategy worked well for Deadpool.  He goes for something very different, and it pays off not only as an entertaining comic book/western, but also as a proper send off for Jachman’s Wolverine. Continue reading “My Review of ‘Logan’”

‘Deadpool 2’ is getting a new writer!

Over the last couple of weeks we have heard of countless projects getting new directors, new screenwriters, or just scraping the original scripts all together for page one rewrites (looking at you Warner Bro.)  Well, it looks like Fox’s fan favorite Deadpool 2 is not impervious to adding new writers to their team either.

It has not yet been announced when we will be seeing Deadpool 2, however, production is aiming to hopefully start filming this summer.  But before they can start filming there must first be a finished script.  Over the past couple of months, the original Deadpool writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, have been working to bang out a script for the “merc with a mouth’s” sequel.  However, according to a report put out by Collider, Fox is adding screenwriter Drew Goddard to help finish the script.

The report also points out that Reese and Wernick are still very involved in the creation of the script, and that Goddard is being added as a consultant. Further stating that:

 Ryan Reynolds and the writers have been bunkered down, working on the script together, trying to cross the finish line and create something everyone is excited to make.

While this is a story about another writer being added to a project about to start principle photography, I do tend to believe the report that Goddard is being added as a partner to the writing team, and not as a take-over.  Goddard is also a phenomenal writer; having worked on projects like Cabin in the Woods alongside Joss Whedon, Netflix’s Daredevil, and Ridley Scott’s The Martian.  Seeing all of these films on Goddard’s resume confidently reassures that Deadpool 2 is in good hands.

What do you think of Goddard’s involvement?  Are you looking forward to Deadpool 2?  Comment below, let’s make a discussion out of it

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. Continue reading “Q&A: Theater Allocations and Clearances”

Fantastic 4 Sequel to be “Brighter”

But wait! Didn’t Fox take the announced Fantastic 4 sequel off their schedule?

Yes they did.  But that doesn’t seem to have stopped the creative teams at Fox from trying to make a sequel to the 2015 abysmal box office bomb, Fantastic Four.

Writer-Producer, Simon Kinberg, who wrote the screenplay for the 2015 Fantastic Four, spoke with Den of Geek about several matters surrounding the franchise.

Kinberg is done defending the 2015 movie and admits:

“We didn’t make a good movie,” Kinberg said, “and the world voted, and I think they probably voted correctly.  And you can’t make a good movie every time out – not everybody does.  We actually have a pretty good batting average all things considered.  But I think we bade many mistakes when we made that movie – mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn’t repeat.”

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Bryan Singer Defending X-Men Movie

Almost a year ago Entertainment Weekly released some photos of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie that featured a few of the X-Men and Apocalypse himself.  And with the release of the those photos came an outcry from all over the internet that shredded the look of the first mutant.  Saying that he looked like the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers villain Ivan Ooze (check out a picture of Ooze here).  It looks like Bryan Singer, director of X-Men: Apocalypse heard the millions of voices crying out in terror.

In an interview with IGN Singer explained his choice for selecting Oscar Isaac for the part of Apocalypse.

There was an image released on Entertainment Weekly, where the effect hadn’t been put in yet, so everyone was – the effect has a pink light on it, and everyone got lit up pink, so people thought Apocalypse was going to be pink.  I was like, ‘No no, they’re all pink. Take a look.’ I’m going to take some blame for that.  My fault, not Entertainment Weekly’s.  That’s the picture I game them.

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Gambit Still Looking For a Director

The upcoming Gambit movie is slowly coming together after it’s original director Rupert Wyatt left the project last month due to “creative differences”.  However, these “creative differences” haven’t stopped Fox from pushing on with sourcing his replacement for the stand-alone X-Men film. Channing Tatum, who will be staring as the card throwing cajun, recently threw Doug Liman‘s (Edge of Tomorrow) name into the hat.  However,  if this new report from Heroic Hollywood is accurate then Liman may not be the only director that Fox is looking at.

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