Category Archives: Movies


OP/ED: WB’s “No Jokes” Mandate Doesn’t Exist

I generally like Drew McWeeny at Hitfix, but his report that Warner Bros. has a “no jokes” mandate for its DC superhero movies doesn’t pass the common sense or smell test. Not that it didn’t stop the collective internet’s knees from jerking and the usual “Marvel Rulez! DC Droolz!” crowd from coming out. As click bait, congratulations Drew, you’ve won the internet this week. But as responsible reporting, you either jumbled it in translation or you’ll find your picture next to the definition of gullible in the dictionary.
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Joaquin Phoenix Reportedly In Final Talks For Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE

Last month, The Wrap broke the news that Marvel Studios was considering Joaquin Phoenix for the title role in DOCTOR STRANGE. Today, Collider reports Marvel and Phoenix are now in final talks with negotiations characterized as being on “the 1-yard line.” The chances of Joaquin Phoenix suiting up as Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, for director Scott Derrickson are looking pretty good. Continue reading


SMT #209: Batman, Superman, And DC Movies Are No Joke!

When a HitFix report surfaced a couple days ago claiming Warner Bros. has a “No jokes” mandate for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and its other upcoming DC movies, the internet did what the internet usually does. On this episode of Superhero Movie Talk, we discuss the likelihood of such a mandate existing and what Warner Bros. really needs to do if they want to differentiate their superhero cinematic universe from the one at Marvel. We also answer some of your questions and weigh in on Hawkeye’s chances of surviving AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON!

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Enjoy A FEAST Before BIG HERO 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the first images from FEAST, a new animated short that will accompany the theatrical release of BIG HERO 6 on November 7, 2014. Foodies and dog enthusiasts will enjoy this tale of love seen through the eyes of the little pup, Winston, in between meals. Hit the jump for the images and a synopsis. Continue reading


Renner Discusses Hawkeye’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Fate

After recently telling Collider that he’s heard “rumblings” Hawkeye will appear in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, actor Jeremy Renner has discussed the fate of his character in Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON with Larry King. What follows after the jump could be considered a spoiler, so please proceed with caution and exit if you wish to know nothing about the film at all before May 1, 2015. Continue reading


New Look At Hawkeye In Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Marvel Studios has released a new image of director Joss Whedon giving Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) an archery lesson on the set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. The newly released photo, which originally appeared in Empire, gives us a clear look at Hawkeye’s new costume in the film. Continue reading


BIRDMAN Soars at Venice Film Festival

We’ve hit the spot on film calendar where the Summer season ends and the page flips to the Fall festival season. The prestigious Venice Film Festival opened yesterday, with its biggest legacy perhaps being that it introduced the western world to Akira Kurosawa when it awarded Rashomon the Golden Lion in 1950, and the opening film was Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s BIRDMAN. The film was greeted with a thunderous standing ovation.
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Lois Lane and Superman Accept The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Many celebrities have accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the last few weeks, but Amy Adams and Henry Cavill took it to a figuratively (and literally for Henry) cooler level. The pair faced the ice buckets in costume on the set of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Appropriately, Henry Cavill’s challenge was super-sized. Continue reading



Judging from the box office, not many people saw FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. But, I’m sure some readers did go. So what did you think? Deserved or underserved failure? What are the highlights? What are the lowlights? Enquiring minds want to know.
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Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Claims Summer Box Office Crown

In its fourth weekend, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY returned to the top of the U.S. box office. While besting newcomers IF IT STAY and SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Marvel Studios’ tenth feature brought in $17.3 million over the weekend, raising its domestic total to $251.5 million, the best of any film released this summer. Within the next week, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will surpass Marvel’s own CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER ($259.8 million) to become the highest grossing film of the year domestically. Continue reading