The fallout from John Carter continues. Rich Ross, who two and a half years ago was the high-profile successor to the ousted Dick Cook as chairman of Disney’s motion picture studio, has stepped down. Ross had come to the motion picture division from the Disney Channel, where he was part of the creation of hits like Hannah Montana and High School Musical.

As Ross took over Disney he oversaw a shift in the studio’s film output to emphasize Pirates of the Caribbean-style material: big, safe crowd-pleasers with a solid merchandising base. But then there was John Carter, this year’s release that the company admitted would represent a writedown of about $200 million. “I no longer believe that the Chairman role is the right professional fit for me,” Ross told Reuters today.

Ironically, this move comes just as Disney prepares to distribute its first Marvel Studios project: The Avengers, a film which is already looking like a lock as one of the year’s most successful releases. Read the full statement from Ross below. Read More »

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They’re not major sequel updates, that’s why they’re called “Bits.” After the jump, you can enjoy expanding your knowledge on the following:

  • Michael Fassbender reveals he’s been chatting with writer Simon Kinberg about X-Men First Class 2.
  • Jay Baruchel confirms he’s been doing the voices for How To Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Mark Strong comments on whether or not he thinks a sequel to John Carter will see the light of day.
  • James Cameron geeks out about Prometheus and offers a non-update on Avatar 2 and 3.
  • Sir Ridley Scott spoke a bit about the use of 3D in Prometheus.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the pleasures of texting in a theater, praise the wonders of Clone High and The Raid: Redemption, and compare Battle Royale to The Hunger Games (because nobody’s ever mentioned their similarities ever!). Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll most likely be reviewing Goon next week. /Filmcast live broadcasts won’t be regular the next few months, but follow Dave on Twitter to see when we’ll be broadcasting next!

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There was so much talk of John Carter‘s budget before the film was released that, after not winning its opening weekend and dropping 55% in its second weekend, Disney is already doing damage control. Despite the fact that Andrew Stanton‘s film has made almost $200 million internationally since its release, Disney just released a pre-emptive strike admitting the film will likely equate to a lost of about $200 million for the company. Read the statement and more below. Read More »

For some onlookers, John Carter‘s opening weekend box office take of $30 million in the US earmarked the film as a failure. No one can be 100% sure about the movie’s financial future until the upcoming second weekend returns but it would take a Moses-size miracle for the $250-$300 million film to become profitable in the United States. (To be fair, its $70 million international opening weekend gross is far more encouraging.)

If you saw the film, however, you might agree that, no matter how you feel about its first two hours, the finish is phenomenal and a great cliffhanger for a possible sequel. It has inspired fans to assemble like the armies of Barsoom to tell Disney that, yes, we want to see more John Carter, even if the numbers aren’t too promising. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by Katey Rich from CinemaBlend to discuss the quality of the HBO film Game Change, the ineffectiveness of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, the devastating nature of The Snowtown Murders, and the disappointing box office performance of John Carter.

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Our friends at SoundWorks have put together a wonderful 10 minute behind the scenes look at the sound and music of Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter. In the video, Supervising Sound Editor Jonathan Null and Composer Michael Giacchino share their experience bringing to life the planet of Barsoom. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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‘John Carter’ – What Did You Think?

It’s the big weekend for Disney, and Pixar director Andrew Stanton, as Stanton’s live-action adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars finally hits theaters. John Carter is a film that has been many, many years in development, and finally sees life thanks to Stanton’s interest in the story. Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong and more make up the cast of the film, which follows a Civil War vet (Kitsch) who is transported to Mars, where he meets a smokin’ hot princess (Collins) and is drawn into an alien civil strife.

In our review of the film, Angie praised the loving care devoted to realizing the film’s world, even as she was less than impressed with the overall narrative structure and central character. But enough about our thoughts, and enough about Disney’s marketing of the movie, plans for sequels, or past versions that never came to be. Let’s talk about the John Carter that we have here and now — hit the jump to voice your thoughts on the film, and go into the discussion knowing that spoilers lie ahead. Read More »

Halloween 3D gets cut and Beverly Hills Ninja 2 gets sued, but on a happier note, Joss Whedon has some really good ideas for a theoretical The Avengers 2. After the jump:

  • Andrew Stanton and Michael Chabon are working on John Carter 2
  • Defying tradition, Joss Whedon wants to go smaller for Avengers 2
  • Speaking of which, John Slattery would not mind doing Avengers 2
  • Beverly Hills Ninja 2 gets slammed with another lawsuit
  • Dimension Films cuts Halloween 3D from the 2012 calendar
  • [REC]3 Genesis clips hit the web

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