Like almost all Kevin Smith films, Tusk has been incredibly polarizing. I found myself in the middle of the road, seeing great promise in a film with some major problems. Some loved the audaciousness of Smith’s horrific tale, while others just hated everything about it. Smith himself is very proud of Tusk, calling it the closest thing he’s ever done to what he imagined he’d be making as a filmmaker.
The box office tended to agree with the haters. Over its opening weekend, Tusk only grossed on $1.4 million in over 600 theaters, pretty much guaranteeing a certain cult status.
The legacy of Tusk is already paying dividends, however. The project lead to a friendship between Smith and Johnny Depp, and spinning Tusk off into Yoga Hosers. Plus, in a new podcast, the director also revealed Tusk gave financiers confidence to give him money for Clerks III. Read More »
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As of today, Marvel Comics and the estate of Jack Kirby are friends again. Or, at least, they’re not fighting out a dispute in court.
Kirby was the creator or co-creator of many of Marvel’s biggest characters including The Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the original X-Men. But his work for Marvel was under a work-for-hire contract. Despite being one of the brightest talents who built Marvel’s greatest age, Kirby ended up with no copyright ownership for his characters. Now, after several lower court battles over Kirby’s rights, and an impending date with the Supreme Court, Marvel and the Kirby Estate have reached a settlement. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
As far as entertainment goes, $7.99 per month for a basic Netflix streaming subscription seems like a relative bargain. Still, you’re only getting your money’s worth if you’re actually using it. So how much are you using it, really?
According to a new study, probably quite a lot. A research group has determined that the average Netflix user watches 93.2 minutes, or 1.55 hours, of content on the service per day. That’s a 350% increase over 2011, when Netflix was getting crap for their decision to raise prices.
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Christopher Nolan is such a big draw and an advocate for IMAX, the company is going above and beyond for his latest feature. /Film has exclusively learned IMAX will be specially installing a 15perf/70mm film projection system inside the company’s flagship TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood, CA, just for Interstellar.
Normally, the theater uses an IMAX xenon dual digital projection system, but Nolan wants Interstellar projected on IMAX film wherever possible. IMAX officials have confirmed they’re doing this specifically for this film, in this important location. Read more about the Interstellar IMAX 70mm projection below. Read More »
Disney is pretty stacked when it comes to established franchises. The studio has Star Wars, Marvel Studios, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, Cars, and a bunch of others. That’s their bread and butter. But they’re always looking for the next one and may have just found it.
Disney has acquired the rights to Patrick Carman‘s children’s series, Floors. It’s basically Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory set a hotel, and follows a young boy is forced to save a madcap business, with new surprises on every floor, when the owner goes missing. Jason Filardi (17 Again, Bringing Down the House) pitched the series to the studio and will write the script. Read more about the Floors movie and even watch some videos below. Read More »
Every single day, more TV fans are cutting the cord. Which means they cancel their overpriced, underperforming cable in exchange for only the Internet. With services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and numerous others, there’s almost nothing you can’t stream over the Internet without a cable subscription. One notable exception being HBO.
HBO does have their HBO Go service available with select devices, but up until now you’ve had to subscribe to their cable service to get a log in. Or use your friends. Now AT&T U-Verse is moving ahead with a $39 per month bundle that would get you not only a year of Internet, but HBO Go and Amazon Prime as well. Deals like this AT&T HBO Go bundle are most likely the way of the future. Read More »
We don’t know much about Star Trek 3, but we do know one thing. Writer director Roberto Orci is 100% committed to the project. Months after leaving the Spider-Man franchise because he had too much on his plate, Orci has now reportedly pulled himself off Lionsgate’s 2016 reboot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well. Read more about the Roberto Orci Power Rangers departure below. Read More »
At some point, movie theaters found themselves in the unfortunate position of playing catch up. Where theaters were once the epicenter for entertainment, rising ticket prices and the exponential improvement of home theater technology have all but pushed them to the endangered species list.
Innovation was needed. IMAX was a good start. A screen so big no home can duplicate it. 3D is a mixed bag. It’s more expensive and, frankly, better in the home setting. Sound systems such as Dolby Atmos are great, but most of what makes it special is very nuisanced.
So what’s next? Well, it might be Barco Escape, a technology influenced by the super Cinerama craze of the 1960s, where an additional screen is placed on either side of your normal screen, giving a massive panoramic experience. The first film to be presented in Barco Escape is this week’s release, The Maze Runner. Five theaters across the country are offering the film in Barco Escape and myself and Peter Sciretta just had to try it out for ourselves.
Below, read more about Barco Escape and watch a video blog of our thoughts, criticisms and praise for what the company is calling “a little taste of the future.” Read More »
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