Fantastic Four Canceled

If 2015 was already a bad year for Fantastic Four, it doesn’t sound like 2016 is shaping up to be much better for Marvel’s first family. 20th Century Fox’s franchise reboot of the comic book property bombed hard at the box office and now Marvel Comics is shelving the superhero team, at least for awhile. Get the details below. Read More »

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The 2016 Razzie nominations are here and, as always, they’re patently ridiculous and squander a fun premise so they can pick on obvious and occasionally undeserving targets while ignoring the movies that actually deserve your scorn.

But let’s back up for a moment. The 2016 “Golden Raspberry” nominations, which “celebrate” the worst movies of the year and act as a sort of anti-Oscars, have been revealed. 50 Shades of Grey, Pixels, and Fantastic Four lead the pack. You can check out the full list of nominees below.

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Fantastic Four Honest Trailer

One of the year’s biggest disappointments, not just for audiences but for 20th Century Fox, was the reboot of Fantastic Four from director Josh Trank. The new adaptation of Marvel’s first family was an absolute mess and not even in a way that was fun to laugh at because it was so bad. It simply exists.

And that makes the Fantastic Four Honest Trailer a real treat as they point out that it would be more interesting to watch a movie about the debacle of making this movie instead of the awkward, moody and low energy comic book movie we got instead. Watch! Read More »

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Nobody liked Fantastic Four. Not critics, based on the reviews, and not audiences either, based on the box office. Not even its own director, who jumped on Twitter to distance himself just as the movie was opening in theaters. Nevertheless, 20th Century Fox continued to insist that it was “committed” to the franchise, with a sequel already dated for 2017.

But now Fox has taken a step back, too. In perhaps the least surprising superhero movie news of the year, the studio has quietly pulled Fantastic Four 2 off its upcoming calendar. Plus, Murder on the Orient ExpressThe Other Side of the Door, and Eddie the Eagle all get new release date.  Read More »

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Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is a deliciously dark and twisted piece, set in the most gorgeous, most decrepit haunted house you’ve ever seen and anchored by three mesmerizing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and most especially Jessica Chastain. It’s also not the horror movie that’s being sold in the trailers, but a Gothic romance. Think Jane Eyre plus ghosts, not The Conjuring plus corsets.

That’s not such a bad thing if you happen to love costume dramas, but it can be an unpleasant surprise if you don’t. And that misleading marketing doesn’t seem to be doing it many favors. I’ve seen a lot of critics ding it for being ineffective as a horror movie — which of course it is, because it isn’t really one. The B- Cinemascore and limp box office might also reflect the discrepancy between what Crimson Peak seems to be, and what it actually is.

Admittedly, it’s not difficult to understand why Universal chose to market Crimson Peak as a horror movie. A Brontë-esque romance is a much harder sell outside the arthouse than a spooky, seasonally appropriate haunted house flick. And it’s hardly the first time a marketing team has chosen to sell a completely different movie. Sometimes it’s part of a savvy strategy and sometimes it’s a desperate ploy; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Below, let’s look back at 15 movies with misleading trailers. Warning: Some spoilers ahead.  Read More »