Films

One month until The Force Awakens

 

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First look at Mockingjay Part 2

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The first image from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (gosh that is a long title) has been released.

Jennifer Lawrence posted the picture on her Facebook page on Wednesday night, showing Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and Evan Ross in the rubble of Panem.

The final film of the franchise can be seen 20th of November this year.

Age Of Ultron Has A Massive Opening Day

The Hulk and co. have smashed their way into this week’s box office, as Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed $84.5 million on its opening day in America. It’s four million more than what the first Avengers managed on its opening Friday, but the massive total wasn’t enough to take out the all time record of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2 ($91.1 million in 2011).

This is on top of the $27.6 million the film took in from its Thursday night preview! As the film opened a week early in Europe and Australia, Age of Ultron has grossed $424,460,000 worldwide already.

With the action film genre still proving popular with audiences, Marvel Studios is well prepared for the growing demand, having films lined up through to 2019.

UPDATE – The film is now the eighth highest grossing film of all time. So far making $1,142,508,000. Unsure if it will be able to top the first Avengers film though, but will go close.

We may already have our new Spider-Man

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Image Credit – latino-review.com

[contains spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron]

Last week a list of five young actors in the running for Spider-Man hit the web, and already sources are saying Asa Butterfield will be the one to take on the power with great responsibility.

The others on the list were Nat Wolff, Tom Holland, Liam James, and Timothee Chalamet.

Reporting that Butterfield already has the part is the Latino-Review, so it isn’t exactly Entertainment Weekly breaking the scoop, but they claim industry insiders believe he already has the role and “Marvel has liked him since day one”

In other Spider-Man news, it is rumoured his first stand alone film, after a appearance in Captain America: Civil War, will be titled “Spider-Man: The New Avenger”, which makes a lot of sense considering at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron we see Scarlett Witch, The Vision, War Machine, and Falcone in training as the newest additions to the team. Also in Phase Three will be introduced to Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, so that title for the next Spider-Man wouldn’t be extremely shocking.

Can we all just be glad Marvel use subtitles so we don’t end up with Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

X-Men: Apocalypse Set Photos First Look

The follow up to the highly successful X-Men: Days Of Future Past has started filming, giving us our first look at Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Lana Condor.

Writer and producer of the new film, Simon kinberg, stated in Empire Magazine this month the the younger versions of iconic X-Men members are “as much a part 
of the movie as our main cast” and that “Scott is not yet the squeaky-clean leader. Storm is 
a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life. And Jean is complex, interesting and not fully mature. It’s fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they’ll become the most powerful person in the world.”

X-Men: Apocalypse will be in cinemas May 26, 2016

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Spoiler Alert: Are we losing grip what what a spoiler really means?

Furious 7 has now became the fifth highest grossing film of all time. Only James Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar, Marvel’s The Avengers, and the final Harry Potter film stand in its way. So a lot of people have gone to see Paul Walker’s final movie. I have also seen the action film, but took a long time to do so.

In the three weeks between the films release and getting to see it, I was on social media constantly, and if anyone had mentioned parts of the film, well that’s my own darn fault for one, not seeing the film soon enough, and two, being stupid enough to go on sites that may reveal things about the plot when I hadn’t seen it yet. Luckily I wasn’t spoiled, and I was able to enjoy the film for what it was, but recent events have got me thinking: have we lost track of what a spoiler really means?

To me a spoiler is when something is revealed about a television show or movie ahead of it’s release date. I’ll use my beloved reality show Survivor as an example (yes, Survivor is still on TV. Fifteen years strong!). Survivor films it’s seasons well in advance, sometimes taking up to eight months to air after the events actually happened in some deserted South Pacific island. In the past the order of when people are voted out have been released before the season even starts. That is a spoiler! When I see tweets about the episode after it has aired in Australia, that is not a spoiler, as I can’t expect the world to stop for me. Even though it does suck when I have been stupid enough to go on Twitter straight after the episode aired on the East Coast of the United States, it’s nobodies fault but mine.

The incident much like the second example I explained happened to my sister when she posted about the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Instagram, a good 48 hours after the episode had aired. Half a dozen people screamed “spoiler” and that she “ruined it”, but what was she meant to do? Wait a week? A month? A year? That’s ridiculous!

As I said, stay away from social media if you actually care about seeing something before you hear it from someone else. It’s called social media for a reason. People are always going to be talking. So if you don’t want to spoil shows for yourself, and you don’t see it straight away, it might be best to stay offline.

Furious 7 selling fast at the Box Office (Updated)

Fans of the Fast & Furious franchise have flocked to the cinemas to see Paul Walker’s last film.

The film saw a $143.6 million domestic debut, nearly making more than the original film made in 19 weeks. Globally Furious 7 has made $384 million.

Furious 7 looks to overtake Fifty Shades of Grey as the current highest grossing film of the year, and this installment will likely become the highest grossing of the franchise (Fast & Furious 6 took $788 million worldwide, while Furious Five $629 million).

Update — The film has now passed $500 million in it’s first week, and by next week will be the highest grossing film of 2015 worldwide. It has taken in $183.7 million domestically.

Update again — The film has now taken more than $800 million worldwide. Highest grossing film for the franchise and of the year so far.

Is making a Frozen 2 going to work out for Disney?

While it was no surprise that the “Mouse House” would make a sequel to 2013’s highest grossing film and also the highest grossing animated film of all time, at first I was hesitant. Frozen was such a success both critically and financially, and that makes you wonder, can they really do better?

Well it looks like bigger and better is the only way this is going to happen. With no release date set (it could be in cinemas in 2018 or even 2019), it seams like they are definitely aiming for quality over quantity. Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger stressed this when saying, “We’re not demanding speed, we’re demanding excellence”.

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My Love For The Galaxy Far Far Away – Part 2

Second month in, and I still haven’t started Rebels. I really should, after that season final that got all of the internet talking. I have a bit to report on though. Here we go:

Darth Vader Issue #1 – Salvador Larroca is an incredible artist. I loved the two page spread of Darth Vader in front of Jabba with those in Jabba’s Palace behind him. The story was good enough for me to want to see more, but I never got around to buying issue #2.

Princess Leia Issue #1 – I read a tweet about someone feeling okay but not great about this one about a hour before I read it. Safe to say I agreed with him. I was interested in the mini series, but the plot that was set up here, is so less compelling that Star Wars and Darth Vader.

The Empire Strikes Back commentary – Last week I listened to a commentary for a Star Wars film for the first time. Interesting stuff. this is what I learn’t:

We have a episode number in the opening crawl, as it wasn’t allowed for A New Hope, which made George mad. Irvin Kershner first said no to directing. He was also mad.

Irvin wanted to take a more serious tone than George’s ANH, and thank god he did. He wanted humour, he wanted emotion, he wanted character depth. He also loved to fill the screen, something that is noticeable when watching.

Irvin found it amusing we were watching a love story that goes nowhere, to be resolved in Return Of The Jedi.

George says killing off Obi-Wan in ANH lead to Yoda, and he knew they needed something alien like for the long talk scenes. He says doing those scenes were incredible hard, having to block scenes around a puppet. A major reason they went digital latter. The “there is another” line is to show that Luke could die, and that is expandable, unlike someone such as Superman.

Carrie Fisher says they had to take aa two hour break while filming the prison scene with Lando, because it got so heated.