When are the next issues of J.J. Abrams‘ Spider-Man comics coming out now? Want another look at concept art of Doctor Strange in Iron Man‘s armor? Who are the face-painted thugs in new set photos from The Batman? Which Batman v Superman star had no idea about The Snyder Cut of Justice League? Did you know Jack Black almost starred in a Green Lantern movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Sonic the Hedgehog has gone from receiving extremely unfavorable reactions from fans to earning the biggest box office opening weekend ever for a video game movie. The Blue Blur had no problem topping the box office, speeding past Birds of Prey with a $57 million three-day weekend, and a projected $68 million for the Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day holiday weekend. But how did Birds of Prey hold up in second place? Get the rest of the box office results below. Read More »
Producer Sue Kroll has been with Birds of Prey from the very beginning. Since it was just an idea in star Margot Robbie‘s head while she was originating her breakout character Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Since director Cathy Yan came to Kroll and fellow producer Bryan Unkeless with a vision of a wild, bombastic, and unabashedly fun girl gang movie.
“There was something very raw about it, very visceral,” Kroll said of the sizzle reel that Yan showed to her and Unkeless. That visceral tone was maintained through the final product, which debuted in theaters this weekend to rave reviews, though not without its fair share of scrutiny and behind-the-scenes reworking along the way. Kroll spoke to /Film about the reshoots that Birds of Prey underwent, and how the film dealt with the burden of being a film made by women, starring women in the time of Me Too.
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What obscure reference to Harley Quinn‘s origin is in Birds of Prey? What other characters could be introduced in the Ms. Marvel series on Disney+? What was the original name for Birds of Prey? How will Morbius supposedly connect to both Venom 2 and Spider-Man 3? Will Black Adam and Shazam 2 shoot simultaneously this summer? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
It’s the first day of the new format! David, Devindra, Jeff and Angie Han, deputy entertainment editor @mashable, jump straight into a feature review of Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, the latest film by director Cathy Yan. How did the female villain perform without her main squeeze the Joker? In the after dark segment, the cast discusses the wild ride that’s the 2020 Oscars.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see what it would be like if Back to the Future replace the iconic DeLorean time machine with the latest in futuristic automobile technology: the Tesla Cybertruck. Plus, run through nearly seven dozen Easter eggs and comic book references from the new Birds of Prey movie, and watch Late Night star/writer Mindy Kaling get glam for the Oscars. Read More »
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Birds of Prey may have topped the box office last weekend, but it opened far lower than box office analysts predicted. Even the expectations from Warner Bros. Pictures were nearly $13 million higher than what the movie actually earned. And it sounds like the studio may have figured out what part of the problem is: the title.
After being marketed as simply Birds of Prey, and occasionally by the comically longer title Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), the new title spotted through a couple major movie theater chain ticketing sites and apps is now Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. Clearly the hope is that putting the name of the character played by Margot Robbie front and center will bring in audiences less seasoned with DC Comics girl gang known as Birds of Prey. Read More »
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a movie bursting with personality. It’s poppy and gritty, slapstick-y and visceral, and most striking of all, it doesn’t confine itself to as many boxes or rules as most comic book movies do. It’s a rare comic book movie with an actual sense of freedom and spontaneity. Behind the boisterous vision is filmmaker Cathy Yan.
Before Yan was writing and directing films, she was already sharpening her skills as a storyteller. A graduate from Princetown University and the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Yan was a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, based in Beijing, Hong Kong, and New York. She was one of the youngest writers in Wall Street Journal history. After her time as a journalist, she went on to direct more shorts and her feature directorial debut, Dead Pigs, which impressed Birds of Prey‘s star and producer, Margot Robbie.
Recently, we spoke to Yan about the set pieces in the movie, paying homage to Jackie Chan and Orson Welles, and more.
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