Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Wolverine – Movie Update

Teaser Poster

Teaser Poster

Release Date: July 24, 2013
Official Website
Director: James Mangold (Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line, Knight and Day)

Casting:
Hugh Jackman – Logan (Woverine)
Svetlana Khodchenkova – Viper

Synopsis:
Loosely based on the 1982 Wolverine 4-part Mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. The Wolverine takes place in the country of Japan and long after last mutant superhero was seen in public. In this film, Logan is taken to the breaking point, when he faces the Japanese crime

Issue 1

Issue 1

organization, the Hand.

Plot Details from Empire Magazine:

“We pick up Logan in a very isolated state, full of self-loathing. He is sought out by a young Asian woman for reasons he doesn’t fully understand, who is asking him to follow her to Japan where he is meant to reconnect with someone from his past.

“And what you’ll come to find is that this is someone he spent prison-time with in Nagasaki. And the legacy of that experience – effectively Logan saved him – is that this man is on his deathbed, and is looking to give him a gift, to thank him for the life he’s had.

“But this gift draws Logan into a very complex and very unexpected world within both contemporary Japan and, to some extent, the feudal history of Japan. He’s so in isolation, so out of his element. It’s a much more powerful distillation of his character than you’ve seen before.” (Producer Hutch Parker)

My Thoughts:
I am incredibly excited about the Wolverine. There really isn’t that much news about the plot of the movie but if it is based on the mini-series of the 80’s, it’s a definite original take on Wolverine and an excellent story to boot.

For a look at the original Wolverine Mini-Series by Chris Claremont and  Frank Miller, read my review.

Notes:

Live chat with Hugh Jackman and the director. Watch the video and you’ll see that this film is in good hand.


The Muppets…Again – Movie Update

Disney's The MuppetsRelease Date: March 21, 2014
Director: James Bobin (Disney’s The Muppets)
Writer: James Bobin & Nicholas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement)

Cast:
The Muppets
Tina Fey – Russian prison guard
Ty Burrell – Interpol agent
Ricky Gervais – Evil Sidekick
Ray Liotta

Synopsis:
The Muppet repertory company is enjoying a triumphant world tour, only to become tangled up with a criminal mastermind named Constantine, who is out to steal an enormous diamond—and who happens to be a dead ringer for Kermit. (Source)

Notes:

1/13 – In production in London. Kermit will not play the villainous foil, Constantine. (Source)

@RickyGervais – OMG I’M THE LEAD IN THE NEXT MUPPET MOVIE!!!!! Hurray for Hollywood..& Frogs. & Pigs. & other things I’m not sure about. Best Year Ever! (1/16/13)

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Release Date: July 18, 2014
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Matthew Vaughn

Cast:
Hugh Jackman – Wolverine
Michael Fassbender – Magneto
Ian McKellen – Magneto – Older
James McAvoy – Professor X
Patrick Stewart – Professor X – Older
Halle Berry – Storm
Anna Paquin – Rogue
Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde
Jennifer Lawrence – Mystique
Nicholas Hoult – Beast
Shawn Ashmore – Iceman

Synopsis:
Based on the famous X-Men story arc, Days of Future Past, this movie takes us into the future where the world is taken over by sentinels and most super heroes and mutants have been captured and/or killed. Mutants from the future travel to the past to prevent these events from occurring.

Notes/Updates

3/4/13 – Bryan Singer tweets that Halle Berry has joined the cast and will reprise her role as Storm.

2/14/13 – Bryan Singer tweets that Peter Dinklage has joined the cast. This role is currently unknown.

2/1/13 – Mark Millar reveals background on the upcoming X-Men Movie (Source). Here are highlights:

  • Bryan Singer is aware that too many stars can hurt the movie.
  • Could not reveal details about the sentinels other than they are “cool”.

1/26/13 – Bryan Singer announces the casting of Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore. @BryanSinger – Very excited to welcome #annapaquin@ellenpage &@shawnrashmore to #XMen #DaysofFuturePast – thank you@BrettRatner for letting them live!

12/18/12 – @BryanSinger – I would officially like to welcome @RealHughJackman to the cast of#Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited! More to come…

11/27/12 – @BryanSinger – Thrilled to announce @ianmckellen118 & @SirPatStew are joining the cast of #XMEN #DaysOfFuturePast #magneto #professorX More to come…

11/27/12 – @BryanSinger – I’d like to officially welcome back James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, & Nicholas Hoult to #XMEN for#DaysOfFuturePast

11/8/12 – @Bryan Singer – Well here goes. Beginning full prep on Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited!

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Teaser Image

Release Date: November 8, 2013
Official Website (Marvel)
Director: Alan Taylor
Writer: Christopher Yost

Cast:
Thor – Chris Hemsworth
Jane – Natalie Portman
Loki – Tom Hiddleston
Zachary Levi – Fandral
Anthony Hopkins – Odin
Rene Russo – Frigga
Stellan Skarsgard
Idris Elba
Christopher Eccleston
Kat Dennings
Ray Stevenson

Synopsis:
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. (Source)

News/Updates:

9/1/11 – Tom Hiddleston states that Loki will be back and atone for his past deeds (MTV)

“The great thing about Loki is there is potential in him for greatness and awfulness, for great heroism and great villainy,” Hiddleston continued. “There are still, even within ‘The Avengers,’ there are moments where you see within Loki a glimmer of hope and that possibility of redemption.”

4/12 – In an April interview, Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios) said “while the relationship between Loki and Thor certainly has changed [after the events of the movie The Avengers] and has progressed, a lot of Thor 2 is picking up where it left off in terms of Jane, who you just saw for a moment on a computer monitor, and also what’s been going on in the nine realms without the Asgardians being able to use the Bifrost.” Feige also said that while Loki has a part, “there will be a different villain, another big villain” (Collider.com)

6/12 – Zachary Levi revels on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno that he will be playing Fandral.

9/12 – Stan Lee confirms that he will have a cameo appearance.

9/12 – Principal Photography begins in London.

10/12 – Principal Photography moves to Iceland.

Tomorrowland – Movie Update

Release Date: December 19, 2014
Director: Brad Bird (Iron Giant, Impossibles)
Writer: Damon Lindelof (Lost)

Cast:
George Clooney

Notes/Update:

1/28/2013 – @DisneyD23 – JUST ANNOUNCED: “1952” movie will be called “Tomorrowland.”

10/2102 – Shortly after the announcement of the Lucasfilms sale to Disney, speculation was Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof was pitching the next Star Wars movie to Disney. Lindelof confirms they were in fact pitching the movie 1952 at the time of the actual announcement (Interview on Geektime)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Movie Update

Official Logo

Official Logo

Release Date: August 1, 2014
Studio: Marvel Studios
Official Website
Director: James Gunn

Casting:
Chris Pratt – Star-Lord (Rumor)

Production Notes:

3/4/13 – Kevin Feige states that Guardians will be a stand alone movie and not be integral with Avengers 2. (Source)

2/5/13 – Deadline.com reports that Chris Pratt will be starring in Guardians of the Galaxy as half alien, half human Star Lord. James Gunn posted on Facebook that he is traveling to England for nine months to film Guardians. (Source)

1/24/13 – When asked why is Marvel Studios producing Guardians of the Galaxy as the next new heroes movie, Avengers executive producer, Jeremy Latcham says that Marvel wanted to go in a different directions by moving off earth and exploring a new world with new characters. He felt that if all of the movies were somewhat related to the Avengers, we could grow tired of Marvel movies (Rotten Tomatos, January 2013).

Movie Poster

Movie Poster

Release Date: March 8, 2013 in 3D and IMAX 3D
Official Website (Disney)
Director: Sam Raimi (Spider-Man)

Cast:
Oz – James Franco
Evanora – Rachel Weitz
Glinda – Michelle Williams
Theodora – Mila Kunis

Plot Summary:
Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. He thinks he’s hit the jackpot, with fame and fortune his for the taking… that is, until he meets the witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is really evil before it is too late. Putting his “magical” arts to use through illusion, ingenuity, and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.


Notes/Updates:

Journey to Oz Balloon Tour – visit Disneyland on Sunday, February 17.

D23 Members can attend an advanced screening at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA on February 14-16 – details

The movie takes place between Frank L. Baum’s 1900 book and the 1939 movie.

The role of Oz was first presented to Robert Downey, Jr. and then Johnny Depp.

Comic Book Pull List for January 30

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Here is my comic book pull list for the week:

  • Avengers #4 – The Secret Origin of Hyperion. I’m close to giving up on this title. Let’s hope it gets better.
  • Hawkeye #7 – Hawkeye is one of the titles that is amazingly good. It’s mixes action and humor and awesome artwork by David Aja.
  • Superior Spider-Man #2 – “Peter Parker” and MJ are making out on the cover. How much will this creep you out?

I’m getting only three Marvel titles this week. Comment and make a case for another comic outside the Marvel Universe. Remember it has to be released on Wednesday.

2012 Geek Movies in Review

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2012 was a great year for geek movies. Let’s take a moment and look fondly on the geekiest year in film.

Top Ten Box Office Performers

As reported by SiriusXM’s Geektime show, the top 10 box office winners were for the most part all geek films. They did question whether James Bond and Ted is geeky.

Top Ten Box Office Winners 2012

  1. Marvel’s The Avengers – $623M
  2. The Dark Knight Rises – $448M
  3. The Hunger Games – $408M
  4. Skyfall – $301M
  5. The Twilight Sage: Break Dawn Part 2 – $290M
  6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $290M
  7. The Amazing Spider-Man – $262M
  8. Brave – $237M
  9. Ted – $218M
  10. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $216M

Critical Acclaim

Speaking of the box office winner, Marvel’s the Avengers was awarded two Golden Tomato Awards: The User Award (voted by Rotten Tomato users) and best reviewed Comic Book movie.

Overall Box Office

Finally, in terms of box office releases, Marvel’s the Avengers is the third highest grossing movie of all time. Avatar and Titanic are the two ahead of it.

See, all I was  asking for was someone official to confirm the story. You can’t get anymore official than Disney (Source).

After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet. Yes, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay. (StarWars.com)