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Fox Moves Release Dates For FANTASTIC FOUR, ASSASSIN’S CREED, SECRET SERVICE Forward

Posted on 12 November 2013 by William Gatevackes

FantasticFourIf you have been patiently waiting for the arrival of films based on the Assassin’s Creed video game or the Fantastic Four and The Secret Service comic books, you are going to have to be patient for a little while longer. Fox has announced a number of changes to its release schedule and all of those films have been affected.

AssassinsCreedAssassin’s Creed, based on the multi-platform, time-spanning video game series of the same name will move from June of 2015 to August 7, 2015. Michael Fassbender is producing and set to play the lead, presumably Desmond Miles, a man who travels back in time to inhabit the bodies of the numerous assassins that make up his bloodline. The film has not hired a director as of yet. It currently shares August with only The Smurfs 3, which will hit theaters a week later on August 14th.

Josh Trank’s reboot of Fantastic Four moves from March 6, 2015 to June 19, 2015. I don’t think another push forward is out of the question, not only because there has been no movement on casting, but also because it currently shares the release date with Pixar’s Inside Out and comes a week before Jurassic World. The reboot will have to extraordinarily spectacular for it to make a lasting impression against that competition. If it keeps that release date, the reboot might die on the vine, without even having one week at the top of the box office.

secretservice-e1364450720142Taking the March 6, 2015 spot that Fantastic Four left behind is Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of The Secret Service, Mark Millar’s and Dave Gibbon’s take on a James Bond-esque superspy, . This film is already in production, with Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson cast, so the move from November 2014 appears to be just to allow a little cushion in post-production. It’s a good spot for the film as of right now, as it gets a three-week lead on Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie, which would be in competition for the same audience.

Fox also announced that Melissa McCarthy’s third teaming with director Paul Feig, the spy caper Susan Cooper, will be released on May 22,2015. This comes just three weeks after The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the same week as Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. I would worry to much about Susan Cooper’s chances. McCarthy is a draw and, if anything, it will be savvy counter-programming at its best,

Taking The Secret Service’s fall 2014 slot is an as yet untitled Vince Vaughn comedy, set to be released October 24, 2014.

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What Is Ben Kingsley’s “Secret Marvel Job?”

Posted on 22 October 2013 by William Gatevackes

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Being that Ben Kingsley is portraying a military commander in Ender’s Game, you’d think he’d be up on the term “loose lips sink ships.” Apparently not, because Sir Ben’s lips have been pretty loose on the promotional tour for that film.

Kingsley spoke with the Belfast Telegraph as part of Ender’s Game‘s publicity tour, and he told the news outlet that he had just finished a “secret Marvel project” that reunited him with many of the crew members he worked with on Iron Man 3. The actor did not divulge more that that and the Telegraph got a big no comment from Kevin Feige about the project, except that it apparently exists.

Everyone knows that Kingsley starred in Iron Man 3 as the face of a terrorist organization. Those that saw the film know that by the end of the movie, the chances of his returning as that character appeared to rest somewhere between slim and none.

This leaves me with several options as too what this project entails. One option might be that  Kingsley filmed a prequel of sorts showing how his character got to where he was in Iron Man 3 to be added as a “One-Shot” for Thor: The Dark World‘s Blu-Ray release. Another might be the second post-credits scene for the theatrical release of that film (which was hinted to involve “Shreddies” a British colloquialism for shredded wheat, which would fit Kingsley’s character from Iron Man 3, as you know if you saw the film). Or maybe there will be another cinematic crossover in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where Kingsley will cameo.

It’s anybody’s guess, but I guess option two from above. Since there isn’t that long a turn around time for “One-Shots,” odds are we’ll see Kingsley’s part sooner rather than later, perhaps as soon as November 8th.

 

 

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First Details For HOBBIT Blu-Ray

Posted on 17 January 2013 by Rich Drees

Peter Jackson has been pretty upfront that the DVD/blu-ray releases for his three Hobbit films will follow the same model that was used for the DVD release for his Lord Of The Rings films – a theatrical-cut release followed a few months later by an Extended Edition featuring a longer cut of the film and a greater number of special features. We don’t know exactly when to expect the theatrical version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but thanks to this French advertisement and a look at the French Amazon site (via Bleeding Cool) for the release we do know what some of the extras may be on that release -

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For those whose French may be a little rusty, this translates out to two hours of supplements, comprising a “Making Of” and ten videoblogs. Interestingly, the 3D version of the film will be spread out across two blu-rays while the standard 2D version version will only be on one disc. No commentaries, but that isn’t surprising as the Lord Of The Rings commentaries didn’t arrive until the extended versions, so I will assume that will be when we see, or rather hear, the commentaries this time. Not even the French Amazon site has a release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

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Amazon Offering AVENGERS Free To Those Who Had PHASE ONE Order Cancelled

Posted on 17 September 2012 by Rich Drees

Well, the headline pretty much sums the story up, but to expand on it a bit – If you pre-ordered from Amazon the now-cancelled Marvel Studios’ Phase One Box Set featuring DVDs or blu-ray’s of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, the studio is making it up to you by offering you a free copy of The Avengers on blu-ray.

The set was cancelled earlier this month as it’s packaging was too similar to a German luggage manufacturer’s style of briefcase. Marvel had received permission to use the briefcase in their films, but had not secured permission to use the design for the box set packaging. They were subsequently sued for copyright infringement.

Bleeding Cool is reporting that the online retailer has been sending out emails to those who had their orders cancelled with a special code that they can use to order the replacement blu-ray.

I have to give Amazon, Marvel or whomever’s idea this was some serious respect for this move. It is certainly costing them some money, but is a move that will hopefully placate those who did pre-order. It also gets a copy of the film into their hands without them feeling like they might be double-dipping later next year when Marvel finally releases their revamped box set.

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“Flop” JOHN CARTER Grosses Surpasses Production Budget

Posted on 02 April 2012 by William Gatevackes

Media cynics were calling it a failure from the time its first reel unspooled. But with another $2 million domestically and a strong showing overseas, John Carter has now grossed $254,510,000 worldwide in four weeks, $4,510,000 over its estimated $250 million production budget.

A $4 million profit doesn’t seem like anything to shout about, especially if you, like most of the naysayers are now doing, choose to add its advertising budget of approximately $100 million to the total hurdle the film needs to cover come (Personally, I choose not to because A) every film has an advertising budget and that cost should be considered an institutional expense, and B) when the critics like a film and promote it as a box office success, they never include the advertising then, making its inclusion here seem like dirty pool). However, the film is coming of two weeks of a strong showing in China (where it was the number one film two weeks running to the tune of another $30 million) and its set to open in Japan, another country that likes its 3-D blockbusters, on April 13th. Which means that profit will only go up.

Of course, the naysayers are still saying nay. Box Office Mojo points out that the film’s overseas grosses “plummeted” 72% to $6.2 million this past weekend. That number seems quite dubious since the films grosses in Mainland China has averaged $14 million per weekend for the two prior weeks, and actually made more on its second weekend than its first. To have drop off that left the grosses as just a fraction of that total seems unrealistic.

Regardless, if we need any more proof of the true popularity of the film, we have to look no farther than Amazon.com. Amazon shoppers who signed up for e-mails to alert them of DVD & Blu-Ray new releases were informed that they were able to pre-order John Carter on video today. As of this writing, the Blu-Ray 3-D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy was the #1 selling item in Amazon’s Science-Fiction Movie list, and ranked #2 in the Action & Adventure and Fantasy Categories , behind the Game of Thrones Season One box set. It ranks #13 over all in the Movies & TV Blu-Ray list. So someone obviously wants to see it.

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Looney Tunes Coming To Blu-Ray This Fall

Posted on 24 July 2011 by Rich Drees

After stalling out in the process of getting all of their classic Looney Tunes cartoons out on DVD, Warner Brothers is taking a second stab at getting that entire catalog into fans hands starting with the release on blu-ray disc of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume One.

As you can see from the list of shorts in the press release excerpt below, some of these cartoons have already appeared in the six volume Looney Tunes Golden Collection that Warners had released on DVD although some new to home video titles are in here as well. Frustrating for those of us who had been buying up the Golden Collections, but I can see the marketing decision to make sure that some of the most popular shorts are included in the set in order to generate sales. And yeah, one of those sales will be mine.

Here’s the press release excerpt laying out what is on the set -

50 of some of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoon are together for the first time on Blu-ray in this ultimate collector’s edition. This collection is limited and includes the following:
- Character collectible glass featuring Bugs Bunny
- Souvenir tin sign magnet featuring an image of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
- Framed litho-cel featuring your favorite Looney Tunes characters
- Certificate of authenticity!
- Digibook with rare images and cartoon guide by historian Jerry Beck (same digibook & disc as Blu-ray)

Releasing in a digibook with rare images and a cartoon guide by historian Jerry Beck, this collection has been digitally restored and remastered. This 3-disc collection contains some of the franchise’s most enduring shorts featuring all your favorite Looney Tune Characters!

Disc 1: features 25 classics from the immortals: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Road Runner, and Wile E. Coyote and more

Disc 2: 25 shorts featuring One-Shot Classics and the complete collection for each of the following characters: Marvin the Martian, Tasmanian Devil, Witch Hazel, Marc Anthony & Ralph Phillips

Disc 3: Contains over 5 hours of content saluting animator Chuck Jones, insightful documentaries and rare shorts from Jones and others!

Disc 1 Episode Guide:
Hare Tonic
Baseball Bugs
Buccaneer Bunny
Old Grey Hare, The
Rabbit Hood
8 Ball Bunny
Rabbit Of Seville
What’s Opera, Doc?
Great Piggy Bank Robbery, The
Pest In The House, A
Scarlet Pumpernickel, The
Duck Amuck
Robin Hood Daffy
Baby Bottleneck
Kitty Kornered
Scaredy Cat
Porky Chops
Old Glory
Tale Of Two Kitties, A
Tweetie Pie
Fast And Furry-ous
Beep, Beep
Lovelorn Leghorn
For Scent-imental Reasons
Speedy Gonzales

Disc 2 Episode Guide:
One Froggy Evening
Three Little Bops
I Love To Singa
Katnip Kollege
Dover Boys, The
Chow Hound
Haredevil Hare
Hasty Hare, The
Duck Dodgers In The 24th Century
Hare-way To The Stars
Mad As A Mars Hare
Devil May Hare
Bedevilled Rabbit
Ducking The Devil
Bill Of Hare
Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare
Bewitched Bunny
Broom-stick Bunny
Witch’s Tangled Hare, A
A-haunting We Will Go
Feed The Kitty
Kiss Me Kat
Feline Frame-up
From A To Z-z-z-z
Boyhood Daze

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CITIZEN KANE Coming To Blu-Ray, Assorted Streaming Options

Posted on 13 June 2011 by Rich Drees

Citizen Kane, which has rightly been called one of the greatest American films, will be coming to blu-ray disc and various online streaming options this fall. Starting on September 13 you’ll be able to own director/star Orson Welles’ masterpiece in high-def. The film will also be available soon after via iTunes, On Demand, VUDU and Amazon Instant Video.

Released 70 years ago, Welles film told of the glorious rise and ignoble fall of a publishing tycoon, a thinly-veiled swipe at newspaper magnate William Randolp Hurst. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won for Best Original Screenplay.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be undergoing a frame-by-frame high-definition 4K restoration from the original nitrate negative. The studio is touting this as the best looking release of the film ever, which is saying something as I think the DVD version is pretty damn near perfect.

If you have the original DVD, all of its extras – including the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane and the two fantastic commentary tracks from Roger Ebert and Peter Bogdanovich – will be ported over to this new release. Additionally, the blu-ray will contain RKO 281, the docudrama about the making of the film starring Liev Schrieber and James Cromwell, a 48-page book, part of which will be a 20-page reproduction of the original 1941 souvenir program, lobby cards plus facsimiles of memos and correspondence made during the movie’s production.

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Blu-Ray Releases

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Rich Drees

This is a High-Definition DVD Region 1 only resource, covering the Blu-Ray format. All release date are subject to change at any time. Though we will try to keep this list as up to date as possible, last minute changes in releases may occur. This list only shows theatrical films being released and excludes television series and direct-to-video features.

January 5, 2010
10 Things I Hate About You
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Dogtown And Z-Boys
The Final Destination
The Green Berets

January 12, 2010
8 1/2: Criterion Collection
The Burning Plain
Cliffhanger
Fame (2009)
Halloween II
The Hurt Locker
Last Action Hero
Moon
Post Grad

January 19, 2010
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
Che: Criterion Collection
The Invention of Lying
Magnolia
Pandorum
Whiteout

January 26, 2010
Atonement
Fame (2009)
Michael Jackson: This Is It
Paris, Texas: Criterion Collection
Pride & Prejudice
Saw VI
Surrogates
Whip It

February 2, 2010
Amelia
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Gangs Of New York
The Girl Next Door
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
The Godfather II: The Coppola Restoration
The Last King of Scotland
Love Happens
Maid in Manhattan
Mona Lisa Smile
The Music Man
Mystic River
Ong Bok 2
To Live and Die in L.A.
Walk the Line
Zombieland

February 9, 2010
A Serious Man
Bronson
Couples Retreat
Hard Rain
The Phantom
The Running Man
Stepfather
The Time Traveler’s Wife

February 16, 2010
Black Dynamite
Cabin Fever
Coco Before Chanel
Contempt
GoodFellas: 20th Anniversary Edition
Hunger: Criterion Collection
The Lady Killers
Law Abiding Citizen
Lola Montes: Criterion Collection
Ran
Revanche: Criterion Collection

February 23, 2010
Analyze This/Analyze That
Dirty Harry/Magnum Force
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
The Crazies
The Damned United
Grumpy Old Men/Grumpier Old Men
The Informant!
Miss Congeniality/Miss Congeniality 2
Presumed Innocent/Frantic

March 2
2012
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Neverending Story
Ponyo

March 9, 2010
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Stoning of Soraya M.

March 23, 2010
Days Of Heaven: Criterion Collection
Bigger Than Life: Criterion Collection
Sanjuro: Criterion Collection
Toy Story: Special Edition
Toy Story 2: Special Edition
Yojimbo: Criterion Collection

April 6, 2010
The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

April 27, 2010
Disgrace

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DVD Releases

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Rich Drees

This is a DVD Region 1 only resource. All release date are subject to change at any time. Though we will try to keep this list as up to date as possible, last minute changes in releases may occur. This list only shows theatrical films being released on DVD and excludes television series and direct-to-video features. It also does not include DVDs being reissued at a new (usually lower) price point unless the title had been previously Out Of Print.

January 5, 2010
10 Things I Hate About You: 2-Disc Special Edition
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Falling Up
The Final Destination
Lorna’s Silence

January 12, 2010
A L’Aventure
Amreeka
Big Fan
The Burning Plain
Departures
Fame (2009)
Halloween II
The Hurt Locker
In Praise Of Older Women (1984)
Moon
The Theory Of everything

January 19, 2010
According To Greta
Across The Hall
Blood Creek
Gamer
The Invention of Lying
Kingdom Of The Spiders
No Impact Man
Pandorum
Streamers
Whiteout

January 26, 2010
Atonement
Bright Star
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
Michael Jackson: This Is It
Paris, Texas: Criterion Collection
Prom Night In Mississippi
Saw VI
St. Trinian’s
Surrogates
Whip It

February 2, 2010
Amelia
Love Happens
More Than A Game
Ong Bok 2
The Wolf Man: Special Edition
Zombieland

February 9, 2010
A Serious Man
Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume 1 (Bad for Each Other, The Glass Wall, The Killer That Stalked New York, Two of a Kind)
Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume 2 (Night Editor, One Girl’s Confession, Over-Exposed, Women’s Prison)
Bronson
Couples Retreat
Stepfather
The Time Traveller’s Wife

February 16, 2010
Black Dynamite
Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros.
Coco Before Chanel
Good Hair
Hunger: Criterion Collection
Law Abiding Citizen
Lola Montes: Criterion Collection
Revanche: Criterion Collection

February 23, 2010
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
The Damned United
Examined Life
The Informant!
Make Way for Tomorrow: Criterion Collection
The September Issue

March 2, 2010
2012
Alice In Wonderland (1933)
Castle in the Sky
Clash of the Titans (1981)
KiKi’s Delivery Service
My Neighbor Totoro
Ponyo
The T.A.M.I. Show: Collector’s Edition
The Wraith: Special Edition (1986)

March 9, 2010
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Stoning of Soraya M.

March 16, 2010
Dillinger Is Dead:Criterion Collection

March 23, 2010
Bigger Than Life: Criterion Collection
Days Of Heaven: Criterion Collection
The T.A.M.I. Show: Collector’s Edition

March 30, 2010
Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa: Criterion Collection

April 6, 2010
The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans

April 276, 2010
Disgrace

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