pandemic box office

There’s nothing better to inject some life into the pandemic box office than a little bit of Disney magic. The Disney catalog joined Universal films in playing in the few theaters that are still open while the majority of the country’s 5,900 theaters remain closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Disney’s Zootopia led the pandemic box office this week, followed closely by Marvel’s The Avengers, both taking in grosses in the $200,000 range — still meager earnings for the struggling box office.

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Shang-Chi Movie Resuming Production

While many areas of the United States are dealing with a severe rise in COVID-19 cases, much of the rest of the world has squashed the spread of the coronavirus pandemic rather successfully. As they’ve reopened businesses, people around the world have been responsible about wearing masks and social distancing, and that means film and TV production is in the process of starting again. While Disney already has Avatar 2 back to work in New Zealand, Marvel Studios is looking to turn on the Hollywood machine again in Australia.

Disney and Marvel are looking at resuming production on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sometime later this month at Fox Studios in Sydney. But as with most plans Hollywood has right now, nothing is set in stone. Read More »

LEGO Art Portraits

It can be hard to find enough shelf space for all the LEGO sets inspired by our favorite movies and TV shows. Thankfully, the building brick company has launched the new LEGO Art sets, which allow builders to create pop culture portraits with a  mosaic art style, thanks to thousands of tiny LEGO studs.

The first wave of LEGO Art sets have been revealed, and they include portraits of characters like Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Kylo Ren from Star Wars, as well as various versions of Iron Man. For fans of higher art, you’ll also find LEGO Art sets that allow you to create colorful portraits of Marilyn Monroe inspired by Andy Warhol, as well as all four of The Beatles. Read More »

disney+ at comic-con at home

Disney+ is joining the online festivities with Comic-Con at Home, the virtual experience hosted by San Diego Comic-Con. The streamer announced that it will be hosting virtual panels for three of its upcoming original titles, including the animated movie Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe and the anthology docuseries Marvel’s 616.

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guardians of the galaxy cut joke

Disney has a reputation for being strict with its family-friendly image, but the company has given more free rein to the studios under its banner than you might assume. While Marvel Studios films often have to abide by a certain formula (and unfortunately, a certain aesthetic), a few filmmakers have been allowed relative creative freedom. One of those directors is James Gunn, whose Guardian of the Galaxy films all bear his distinct directorial signature. But even Gunn has to abide by Disney standards, with the company asking him to cut one comedic moment from the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Iron Man Illusion Statue

One of the most memorable and visually arresting sequences from Spider-Man: Far From Home was the nightmare illusion sequence that Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) uses to disorient the webslinger. Easily the most haunting image from the tricky villain’s manufactured hallucinations is using a zombified Iron Man to scare the hell out of Peter Parker, who has been having a hard time dealing with the death of Tony Stark. Now you can bring the nightmarish version of Iron Man to your collectible shelf, thanks to Iron Studios. Read More »

the witcher season 2 resumes filming

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brought Hollywood to a halt in mid-March, as film and TV productions across the world were forced to close down out of abundance of caution. Three months later, the TV industry is slowly starting to get back to work as states re-open and TV productions begin to resume filming. The latest to resume filming are Disney+’s WandaVision and Netflix’s The Witcher, as reshoots begin for the former and the latter resumes production on its highly anticipated second season.

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J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson

We haven’t seen the last of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. Simmons reprised his iconic role as the volatile newspaper editor in a Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credit scene. And according to the actor himself, his next appearance as the character is already filmed, and there are plans for at least one more Jameson appearance.

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LEGO Iron Man Helmet

Tony Stark built an arc reactor in a cave. With a box of scraps. But he wouldn’t have been able to build this LEGO Iron Man helmet based on the armored suit he used to become a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now you can build your own Iron Man helmet from the comfort of your home thanks to the new LEGO line of building brick busts. Check it out below. Read More »

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mid-budget movies

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, so you might’ve forgotten there’s a deadly pandemic still in our midst. The coronavirus hasn’t gone anywhere, and Hollywood is still trying to figure out how to swim in these uncharted waters. Even before the coronavirus, the mid-budget movie – that is, a standalone film that wasn’t meant to be a big, franchise-launching blockbuster – was a dying breed. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, the mid-budget movie might be gone for good – at least theatrically.

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