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Expanded universes, world building, these are terms most movie nerds are familiar with. They refer to an extension beyond a single stand alone film. Star Wars and The Avengers are prime examples of movie franchises that spew forth television spinoffs, sequels, prequels, novels, comic books, video games, etc. For better or for worse, this upward trend is not going anywhere, and it has begun to affect classic movie franchises that have been a part of untampered cinematic history for decades.
(StatePoint) The best way to treat kids this Easter may not be with the typical sweets. While candy is predictable, you can really make a child’s day with a different approach.
Sony and Marvel Studios have come to an agreement that will have Spider-Man web-slinging his way into the Avengers universe in no time, and just like that, millions of comic book nerds across the world rejoiced. Although most details regarding the transition are still unclear, a few key facts have come to light. The most prominent of which is that Andrew Garfield will likely not be reprising his role as the (inexplicably) cool and charismatic Peter Parker that he played under the Sony banner. Instead, Marvel is looking to reboot the franchise for the third time in 13 years, and cast a new actor to put on the tights. Here are a few actors who could do justice to the role.
New DVDs released on Tuesday, December 9.
On Tuesday we got the fall finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and we got more questions than answers. Some characters are dead, others “dead” and a few more transformed.
(StatePoint) As so much reading moves into digital spaces, coffee table books with their lavish designs and entertaining content remain a perennial staple in any home, say literary experts.
This film provides the perfect mix of music and relationships, blending both with equal parts of raw emotion thrown in for good measure. Viewers looking for a splendid date night movie or an up-close view of the music industry’s research and development side of the house will find “Begin Again” a very satisfying summer soundtrack and film experience.
By now the 2014 summer movie season is in full swing, and we have seen our fair share of action packed adventures. There is one upcoming film, however, that may well be one of the most important movies of the year. Marvel’s “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”, which is set to release on Aug. 1, is seemingly a mere outer space saga full of cartoonish characters and ships blowing up. In reality, however, it is the next step in Marvel’s flawless execution of changing the movie industry forever.
This ninth installment of the Marvel collection delivers an action-packed, suspense-filled thriller that rivals Stark Industries’ big-screen success in the original ‘Iron Man’ from 2008. The film’s accomplishments result from its combination of staying true to the faith of comic book readers using a diverse cast of characters, as well as, bringing in casual, first-time Avenger audiences with solid acting and twisting plot-lines. Great care was taken to keep the focus of the film on Captain America and those closest to him. This approach really sold the story. Viewers will appreciate the telling of the superhero’s tale on a personal level--which created a new, edgy and exciting Marvel comic book film adventure.
“Thor: The Dark World” is part two of “phase two” of the Marvel cinematic universe, but, lest ye become too confused with the comic-book giant’s attempt to make its movie world as convoluted as its comics, forget all that nonsense and just enjoy this film for the breathtaking battle between good and evil that it is – with some sappy-fun romance thrown in for good measure. This film rocks (and I don’t mean just the short-lived appearance of the Kronan).
Along with Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Iron Man 3” is one of the rare superhero threequels that doesn’t disappoint. While Jon Favreau remains an executive producer and co-star, he passes on the directorial duties to Shane Black of “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Black maintains all the action, humor, and character development that made Faverau’s first two films so enjoyable, while also incorporating his own unique signature.
In recent years, there have been some really good Oscar hosts like Hugh Jackman, some acceptable hosts like John Stewart, some disappointing hosts like Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin, and some flat-out horrendous hosts like James Franco & Anne Hathaway. Despite the best efforts of some, none have come close to capturing the same wit, timing, and showmanship of reoccurring hosts like Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, or Billy Crystal. At the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony however, Seth MacFarlane of “Ted” and “Family Guy” emerged as the single most entertaining first-time Oscar host of the 21st century.
The Oscar season is customarily kicked off by the Academy president and a random star solemnly announcing the nominees in a drab ceremony. The Academy decided to shake up tradition this year, however, in one of the most cheerful Oscar mornings we’ve ever had. Seth MacFarlane, director of “Ted” and this year’s Oscar host, announced the nominees Thursday morning alongside the invaluable Emma Stone, who had the funniest bit at last year’s Oscar ceremony. MacFarlane and Stone made for an outstanding duo, engaging in playful banter about each of the categories. Even when one of their jokes didn’t quite hit the mark, MacFarlane and Stone still looked like they were having a genuine ball on stage. That’s more than can be said about Anne Hathaway and James Franco when they hosted the Oscars two years ago.