It’s Friday morning, and that means another batch of news bites. This turned out to be a fairly busy week in Hollywood, with a whole lot of movie news coming to light. There’s a big mess of Marvel news, a touch of Turtle news, a dash of Disney, and an assortment of news on other major film operations. What there isn’t, strangely enough, is the need for a rumors section this week. Everything is relatively solid, at least what I came across. I’m sure there’s some random speculation out there, but I only came across a few items that come under that header, and they’re all tied to more definite news.
So for once, we can have a Friday without any major rumor-mongering. Read on! Continue reading →
Like many Americans, my Sunday was spent on the couch watching Super Bowl XLVII. In this case, my brother’s couch, because he’s got the nice big television, and I enjoy having someone to crack jokes with. This proved to be very important, as this year’s Super Bowl provided plenty of times when it was necessary to have some outside entertainment, including a 37-minute power outage at the Superdome.
I didn’t really have a team I was particularly rooting for in the game; I only watch the NFL off and on, I don’t have a favorite team or anything. I wound up rooting for the 49ers out of solidarity with my brother, but was mostly just hoping for a good game. It took a while for the game to deliver on that front; I think the 49ers must have taken advantage of the power outage to finish their naps.
Of course, like a lot of people who don’t have a strong team preference, I was watching as much for the entertainment experience as for the game itself. On that front, I have to say I don’t think Super Bowl XLVII was one of the better ones. Continue reading →
So there’s this meme going around called the “Liebster Award”; it’s basically a way to pass around questions and draw attention to other blogs. I’ve been tagged by three people (that I know of; if I’ve missed one, sorry!), so I figured I’d knock out a post to answer the questions. There are a few rules associated with it, but a: I’m not always good about following rules, and b: most of the rules relate to passing the award on. While there are many bloggers who I think are worthy of a spotlight — if I’m following you, and/or if I’ve featured you in my Weekly Weblinks, you’re almost certainly one of them — I suspect that anybody I could tag either doesn’t want to do it or has been tagged three or four times already. So like a few others I’ve seen, I won’t be passing it along — but if by chance you haven’t been tagged and want to have been, consider yourself tagged and steal 11 questions from the people who asked me questions. I’m sure they won’t mind.
The other rules are that I have to post eleven things about myself, and answer 11 questions from the people who tagged me. Since three people tagged me, that’s 33 questions. Plus 5 more from a fellow rule-breaker. So here we go. Continue reading →
Late last night, The Dark Knight Rises was finally released to theatres. Now, maybe you’re just waking up after spending a night watching Batman battling Bane, or perhaps you’re still waiting for your chance to get down there (like me). Either way, I’ve got your dose of the Weekly Weblinks to tide you over today.
On the blogging side of things, you might expect there to be a fair amount of Batman posts — and you’d be right. But there are also some classic movie reviews and an homage to great movie openings. In the news, there’s yet more rumor-mongering about superhero cinema, as well as a perhaps-unexpected Pixar sequel. So read on to see what’s happening! Continue reading →
Six Marvel Comics superheroes, four of whom have had their own film franchises, come together in one great big action adventure movie. Hulk. Iron Man. Thor. Captain America. Black Widow. Hawkeye. Brought together by Nick Fury, head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ever since the after-the-credits scene in Iron Man teased the idea, fans have been eagerly awaiting The Avengers, hoping it would live up to its potential.
It’s not an easy task. The film has to balance the different characters, making sure they play off well against each other, making sure each has plenty of screen time and “awesome moments”, and making sure it builds just enough on each characters’ own film franchise. It has to be exciting, it has to be inspiring, it has to be at least a little witty, and it has to have just a bit of emotional depth. It has to make the audience want to see more Avengers films, more films from the established character film franchises, and hopefully films with the characters who didn’t have franchises before. It has to do a lot.
With The Avengers coming out in theatres soon, Terrence Faulkner of The Focused Filmographer is running an Avengers Initiative blog-a-thon, featuring bloggers from various sites reviewing and discussing the movies that led up to the series: Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 1 and 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor. We’ll be looking at the roles different Avengers played in the films, how the films set up The Avengers, and what we expect from the characters in the film.
My own entry in the blog-a-thon will be going up Wednesday, May 2. I’ll be taking a look at the roles Loki and Hawkeye play in Thor, and how they’re set up for their parts in The Avengers. I hope you’ll head over there to see it when it goes up, and follow The Focused Filmographer for the entire blog-a-thon (and beyond! It’s a good site!) as we all get ourselves psyched up for The Avengers.
John Cusack may think that Hollywood’s putting out too many superhero movies lately, and not enough middle-budget fare (such as his film The Raven), but Hollywood and the fans are flocking to yet more adventures featuring individuals who are just a bit beyond mortal men. Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Thor and The Avengers, offers up an eloquent defense to the validity of the genre, and in the meantime, Hollywood is putting the pieces in motion for the next superhero movies to come out after this summer’s The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises.
A lot of these are just tidbits, which is why I’m not giving them separate posts, and I haven’t seen anything lately on 2013′s Superman movie, Man of Steel. But for fans of the flights-and-tights crowd, there are some interesting little news bits on the futures of the Avengers and X-Men related properties, as well as word on a rather unexpected DC Comics movie project. Continue reading →
Modern Myth Media has a couplepieces of news about the upcoming sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, tentatively titled Captain America 2. First, it now has an official release date, at April 4, 2014. This is a fairly early date in the blockbuster schedule (by comparison, the first one was released in late July). It’s hard to guess exactly what the thinking is there; it may be that they’re trying to position it to be the “first big blockbuster” of the year, or it may be that they don’t think it has the strength to fend off other contenders that will be in more traditional summer blockbuster slots. So that could be good news, could be bad. Continue reading →