Filming in the biggest U.S. cities can be incredibly expensive. Thanks to the costs of permits, security, and simple logistics, to actually film on location in New York City or Los Angeles is not financially feasible for many major productions. But most major productions aren’t backed by Marvel or Disney. Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a special, multi-million dollar incentive program created specifically to lure Marvel Studios to New York to film the entirety of its Netflix series of shows, That’s 60 one-hour episodes total, which will now be shot in NYC.
UPDATE: We updated with the full press release.
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Marvel President Kevin Feige has to be careful when he appears in public. Every single time he shows up somewhere, he’s bombarded with questions about the Marvel rumor mill. The latest inquiries all center on Doctor Strange. Feige was on hand at the premiere of All Hail the King in Los Angeles, CA and was questioned about the director short list that’s been making the rounds, as well as potential casting for the film.
Feige said the central role doesn’t necessarily need to be played by a movie star, but a movie star would be good. As for the directors, he said Marvel is taking meetings, but those reported names were incorrect. Read his full quotes below. Read More »
Does Sony rely too heavily on Spider-Man, or not heavily enough? As analysts take stock of the studio’s performance and find it wanting with respect to big-ticket franchises, studio chief Amy Pascal says in no uncertain terms that the whole point of developing the Venom and Sinister Six movies is to have a Spider-Man movie every year. Read More »
Marvel loves to leave fans wanting more. Thats the reason the credits of every satisfying-on-it’s-own movie from the company contains a tease of what’s next. In that grand tradition, during a fan screening of the new Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King in Los Angeles, CA Monday night, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige thanked attendees by screening the first 10 minutes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As if the film and Q&A with he, Sir Ben Kingsley and Drew Pearce wasn’t enough.
Below, we’ll describe the footage in some detail so if you are wary of spoilers, be warned. But there are no significant plot points below, just some jokes and action in an extremely promising opening. Read More »
In commercials, trailers, and sizzle reels, it feels like we’ve already seen 10 or 15 minutes of Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But the sequel, which opens May 2, is jam-packed with characters and a new international trailer yet again proves we ain’t seen nothing yet. It runs three minutes and features a very good portion of new footage, most of which focuses on Jamie Foxx‘s Electro, a primary figure in the story who’s been an afterthought in much of the more recent promotions. Check it out below. Read More »
Briefly: We have our new John Constantine — the NBC show that will bring DC’s demon-busting Englishman to life will feature Matt Ryan in the lead role. Ryan is probably best known at this point for a stint on a Criminal Minds spinoff, though he was also in the Sundance film Flypaper, and had a small role in Layer Cake. (Or, for the gamers, the Welsh actor recently voiced Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.)
Deadline has the casting info, and gives us a description of John Constantine: ”a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager.” For those who are sticklers for appearances, the key detail there will be “blond,” so don’t be too concerned about the image above. As to how well Ryan will embody the role… well, we’ll have to wait and see.
The basic story of the Constantine pilot will be “when the daughter of a late friend is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her.” Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) wrote the pilot, based on a story written with David Goyer. Neil Marshall is directing the pilot.
HBC canceled Heroes in 2010, but if you read comic books, you know that superheroes are never dead. They always return somehow, usually as part of a event series which is marketed to make a few extra bucks. And this is no different.
NBC and Tim Kring have announced a new 13 episode miniseries called Heroes Reborn coming in 2015. Sound slike NBC is following Fox’s plan of limited event series. It might also help that the Marvel Cinematic Universe blew up since the show’s departure. Marvel fans have been mostly disappointed with Agents of SHIELD, and I’m sure NBC ‘s show hopes to be able to deliver superhero action that ABC has yet to.
They wouldn’t reveal many details, stating only that “we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.” NBC will also be launching a digital series (read: webseries) prior to the premiere that will “introduce the characters and new storylines.” Read the full press release after the jump, along with a short teaser trailer.
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