Best Stories of the Week

It’s been quite the long week for us, having just returned from Comic-Con in San Diego. But now that we’re back home, let’s count down the Best Stories of the Week.

Below we recap major stories such as Phil Lord & Chris Miller directing a Han Solo spin-off movie, a bunch of new images from Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters, Harry Shearer returning to The Simpsons. We also have new trailers for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Goosebumps starring Jack Black, not to mention a whole slew of news and coverage from Comic-Con.

So let’s get down to the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »

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Blade 4

Even though Wesley Snipes was out of commission for a while due to certain legal entanglements, the actor is back to work, and he’s got a new TV show called The Player coming to NBC this year. (Watch the trailer here.) Since he’s promoting the new series at Comic-Con, conversation inevitably turned to his work in the Blade franchise.

According to Snipes, there have been talks about Blade 4, but right now he says, “Marvel and I have decided to have further conversations.” That sounds like Marvel may not exactly be interested in messing with Blade since they’re too busy with the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe. Find out more about Blade 4 after the jump! Read More »

Marvel Studios TV shows

Even though audiences are very well acquainted with the Marvel cinematic universe at this point, the television side of Marvel Studios is still in its early stages. So far only Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and Daredevil have hit this small screen, and while the first series left something to be desired, they’ve certainly gotten better with each new show. But what does the future of Marvel television have in store, and how will it effect the cinematic universe?

If some new rumors are to be believed, we’ll see plenty of new characters end up in Marvel Studios TV shows, and that includes the likes of Black Widow, Hawkeye, The Punisher, Blade, Ghost Rider and maybe even The Hulk. Find out more after the jump! Read More »

Steven Soderbergh on Magic Mike set

Thought the piss-poor box office figures for this past summer would discourage studios from making more sequels? Think again. After the jump:

  • Relativity will release The Woman in Black 2
  • Could Koba be back for the next Apes movie?
  • Wesley Snipes might return for another Blade film
  • Will Forte still really wants a MacGruber sequel
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 may set sail for Australia
  • Mission: Impossible 5 jets off to Morocco
  • Is there any chance of more Deadwood?
  • 24 may get that long-promised big screen sequel yet
  • More Flowers in the Attic TV movies are coming
  • Rumor has it the 50 Shades sequel will star a Kardashian
  • The next Maze Runner is already in pre-production
  • See a (SFW) pic from the set of Magic Mike XXL
  • Lorde maybe teases her Hunger Games contribution

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You want more of the kaiju world? You got it. Guillermo del Toro promises we’ll see more of that in Pacific Rim 2, though not necessarily in the way you think. Also after the jump:

  • Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is getting a sequel
  • Ted 2 has started shooting; see some set photos
  • Sherri Shepherd climbs aboard Ride Along 2
  • Zachary Quinto says Roberto Orci will direct Star Trek 3
  • Chris Pratt is so pumped for you to see Jurassic World
  • Wesley Snipes wants to hunt Twilight vamps in Blade IV

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The Avengers

Here’s the reason Marvel signs actors to long contracts whenever possible. After the success of Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.‘s agents worked out a deal with Marvel in which the actor would receive  a percentage of the first-day gross for future films. That’s what led him to nabbing between $50m and $75m for The Avengers. Studios hate paying anyone up front like that whenever it can be avoided, and even Downey has laughed about the unusual pay rate he got to play Tony Stark.

Now, after the release of Iron Man 3, Downey has no contract with Marvel. In fact, a few actors have no contract to appear in The Avengers 2, and after the billion-dollar-plus success of the first film, bringing them back together won’t be cheap. Marvel likes cheap, and so actors have begun to master the art of negotiating in public by letting us know that there’s a chance Marvel will make films without them. How’s that going to work out?

Well, Downey is reportedly in talks for two more Avengers films, but there’s no plan set in stone just yet, and no public talk of Iron Man 4. Read More »

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While Sony raced to the finish line to keep the rights to Spider-Man, the same can’t be said for another major character. Rewind: a few years back, the studio was in danger of losing the rights to the webslinger after Spider-Man 3. Director Sam Raimi couldn’t come to terms on a fourth film and if Sony didn’t get a film in production within a certain time frame, Spider-Man would have been in danger of joining Marvel’s The Avengers. That’s why, just five years after its last sequel, Marc Webb’s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man was born.

Recently, rights packages lapsed for several Marvel characters once licensed to other studios, such as the Punisher and Daredevil, bringing them back to Marvel. Two more names can now be added to that list, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. A new interview confirms that despite last year’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Marvel once again controls the rights to both Ghost Rider, formerly at Sony, and Blade, formerly at New Line. Read More »

Why does Joss Whedon say The Avengers is being told through Captain America‘s point of view? What evil substance might have appeared on the set of Man of Steel? Which comics and graphic novels were the best sellers in 2011? Want to see a clip from tonight’s Blade anime premiere? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Why did the Green Goblin capture CNN’s Anderson Cooper on New Year’s Eve? Which motorcycle company has teamed up with The Avengers? Want to see a teaser trailer for the upcoming Mark Millar comic book Supercrooks? And how is it possible that you can own Scarlett Johansson from Iron Man 2? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »