DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Is Just Another Unwieldy Blockbuster

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Big News, Movie Review | 0 comments

Reading the reviews that have come in for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you would think that the sequel to the blockbuster surprise Rise of the Planet of the Apes was something special. Truth be told, there’s a special movie in it somewhere. But it’s the stuff that’s so desperately ordinary that keeps it from differentiating itself from any given summer blockbuster. What’s so ordinary here? I could say it’s shallow characters or standard sequel-itis, making a movie bigger than the first just to be bigger. That’s not it, though. Dawn of the Planets of the Apes is exactly the kind of blockbuster we’ve become accustomed to in the last decade or show: An unwieldy one. Dawn of the Planets of the Ape clocks in at an unnecessary 130 minutes. While this is shorter than Man of...

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Will We See THE BATMAN In 2019?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Big News, The Pictures | 1 comment

When the supposed Warner Bros./DC Comics  film slate through 2018 hit the internet last week, there was one burning question: What about a stand-alone Batman movie? Wonder Woman will finally get her movie. We’re getting a sequel to Man of Steel. Plus, there’s a Green Lantern/Flash team-up in the mix. But noticeably absent from the list was the first Batfleck flick. Given the overly enthusiastic response to Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, it makes sense that WB/DC would let the new Batman take hold in a series of DCCU movies before launching a new Batman series. Still, it has to be in the works, right? Right. According to Latino Review, WB/DC are planning Batfleck’s stand-alone movie for 2019, with the current working title of The Batman. It’s just a rumor of course, but it stands to reason that more than 10 years after the...

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22 JUMP STREET Exceeds All Comedy Expectations

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Big News, Movie Review | 1 comment

I loved 21 Jump Street. I thought it was smart, funny and best of all, a surprise. It managed to successfully score with its target audience and further without having to follow the mindless, juvenile fart and sex joke tropes that films in the same genre now seem to contain all too often. I had very cautious high expectations for the sequel, 22 Jump Street. I was scared that the trailers had given the film away and that the all too familiar plot would detract from the enjoyment. That’s why I was disappointed with Neighbors (and I have heard some pretty dismal things about A Million Ways to Die in the West), so I was really hoping for a redeeming comedy this year. 22 Jump Street not only met my expectations, but it completely blew them out of the water. It is hilarious, witty and weirdly...

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The DC Cinematic Universe May Include 7 Films in 3 Years!

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Big News, The Pictures | 0 comments

DC’s continued effort to create a cinematic universe that can rival Marvel‘s may have it’s problems, but apparently ambition isn’t one of them. According to Nikki Finke, formerly of Deadline infamy, Warner Bros. and DC are planning a major launch for the DCCU at next month’s Comic Con. That plan looks to include seven films in the next three years, including the long-speculated Justice League film, as well as Wonder Woman and a Flash/Green Lantern picture. Here’s what the schedule looks like: May 2016 – Batman v Superman July 2016 – Shazam Xmas 2016 – Sandman May 2017 – Justice League July 2017 – Wonder Woman Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2 If this turns out to be true, and knowing it’s coming from Nikki makes me believe it so, then Kevin Tsujihara at WB is really, really pulling out...

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Is Singer Out For X-MEN: APOCALYPSE?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Big News | 0 comments

Bryan Singer has always been a divisive director in the X-Men Universe. There are fans who hate the first two movies because Singer made Singer movies rather than simply making fun X-Men flicks. Then he left the franchise in order to make Superman Returns over at Warner Bros., causing the top brass at Fox to hate fuck rush X-Men: The Last Stand to release with a mediocre director just so they could beat Superman to theaters. But just as Singer returned to the franchise and crushed it with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the director faced sex abuse allegations that could now derail his return to the franchise. Radar Online is reporting that Singer and execs at Fox are squaring off over whether Singer can or should helm what could be the biggest X-Men film to date, X-Men: Apocalypse. The deal was closed months ago, according...

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Spielberg Planning An ALL THE WAY Mini-Series For Bryan Cranston

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Big News, The Tube | 0 comments

Just a day after winning Best Play and Best Actor at the Tony’s, All the Way, which chronicles LBJ‘s attempt to get the 88th Congress to pass civil rights legislation, may already have a TV mini-series adaptation in the works… from none other than Steven Spielberg. According to Deadline, Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is eyeing a production of the award-winning play complete with Bryan Cranston reprising his role as Landslide Lyndon. Since it is a mini-series and not a feature film, Deadline is also speculating that it may involve All the Way playwright Robert Schenkkan’s soon-to-premiere sequel The Great Society. It’s not yet known where the mini-series will find a home, but you can bet that HBO is at the top of the list given Spielberg’s history with the premium cabler. The only downside to this whole thing is that I was hoping All the Way would become a...

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