The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron will premiere next week, but two key images from it have shown up online. There’s an image of Ultron, played in the film by James Spader, and a second of Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor, which we’ve only previously seen in concept art. Check them out below. Read More »
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Stanley Kubrick’s vision of Stephen King’s The Shining has become so iconic, ripping it off is almost cliché. Oh, is that a guy with his head popping through a cracked door? A typewriter with the same phrase over and over? A snowy hedge maze? We get it.
That said, somehow a new commercial by IKEA is all kinds of awesome. It’s a blatant Shining homage/rip-off but maybe it’s the production value, the single take, the easter eggs throughout, or the absurdity of an IKEA Shining commercial existing at all, but you’ve gotta check it out. Read More »
Comedian Bill Burr has had an eclectic journey to stardom. He first came to our attention with a few roles on Chappelle’s Show. That brought more and more people to his comedy shows, one of which became a legendary viral video in which he eviscerated the people of Philadelphia. A few acting gigs here and there lead to a small but crucial role on Breaking Bad. Now, finally, he’s got his own show.
Netflix just greenlit a show created by Burr and Simpsons writer Michael Price called F is for Family. It’s a a half hour animated series with a star-studded cast, about growing up in the ’70s. Read more about the Bill Burr Netflix show below. Read More »
Bruce Wayne will soon join Mal Reynolds and Nicholas Brody as pop culture characters who love Morena Baccarin. The actress, who starred in Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Showtime’s Homeland, is now joining the hit show Gotham. She’ll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a physician who was close friends with Bruce Wayne’s parents and is currently employed at Arkham Asylum. The part will start off as a recurring role with the aim to become a series regular in season 2. Read More »
A movie’s budget has little correlation to success or quality. Films that costs just tens of thousands of dollars have gone on to great success; probably more films that cost tens of millions of dollars have failed horribly. It’s when films that cost hundreds of millions of dollars fail horribly that studios start worrying about their well-being.
But you have to spend money to make money and audiences today demand spectacle. Despite that demand, they also need it to be sold to them. So a film that costs $250 million might end up costing $500 million once the studio pays for TV commercials, billboards, press junkets and more. It’s a crazy, crazy business and there’s always a gamble even on the biggest properties.
When Warner Bros. decided to make J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit into movies, the gamble was a little smaller. Peter Jackson had already turned three Lord of the Rings movies into massive hits and a return to Middle Earth would certainly attract audiences. However, with a decade or so of new technology to work with, those movies were going to be expensive. They were going to be even more expensive when the decision was made to do not two, but three films in the series. Now, with the third film on its way to theaters, we have an idea of what that commitment cost. It is historically staggering. Read more about The Hobbit budget below. Read More »
The ugly sweater is an art form, a fashion niché now reserved for Eighties sitcoms and kitschy holiday parties. Usually, you find them at Goodwill or other similar stores and the busier or uglier it is, the better. But on rare occasions, you can find them where they’re actually cool. Or at least ironic and Mondo just made two such sweaters. They’ve created ugly knit sweaters for two movies set in the snow: The Coen Brothers’ Fargo and Joe Dante’s Gremlins. Check out the Gremlins and Fargo sweaters below. Read More »
Besides the fans, the biggest winners of the recent DC Warner Bros. announcement were Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher. With a simple press release, each went from up and coming actor to movie star with their own franchise. Momoa, who’ll play Aquaman, is obviously thrilled. We have yet to hear from Miller, who plays The Flash. Now Cyborg’s alter-ego, Ray Fisher, has spoken out.
The actor, best known for his work on Broadway, told Entertainment Weekly he had no idea DC was planning a Cyborg solo movie when he first signed onto play the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In fact, producers didn’t tell him of the plan until hours before the official announcement was made. He also confirmed he’s long since finished shooting his part in Snyder’s film and met several other members of the Justice League. That could give a hint as to what the role actually is in the film.
Read the Ray Fisher Cyborg quotes below. Read More »
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