Do you like a mystery? I thought so! Here’s a good one. If you ask anyone around the Hollywood water cooler about who is the envy of tinsel town, most people would say it’s Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. His handling of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been little short of genius from a box office perspective, taking obscure properties like Guardians of the Galaxy and making them household names, and boosting even mediocre material like Ant-Man to “Hey that was really fun!” reactions. But is this true?
Could it be that Hollywood’s junkie-like reliance on sequels could be coming to an end? A series of so-so-sequels, many based on comics, tallied another disappointing chit with this weekend’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadowstook. Produced by Michael Bay, the film was #1 at the box office but with a moribund $35.25 million, on a production cost of $135 million. X-Men Apocalyse was #2 with $22.3 million, a 66% drop that’s typical for sequels but further evidence of a softening market:
Say what you will about the MCU vs the DCEU, Warner BRos. is killing it with the art direction. Suicide Squad, in particular has had a fresh, striking ad campaign that really positions the film as something new and differen. That look continues with these two covers for the French movie magazine CINEMA TEASER. The […]
This New York magazine profile of the great Louise Simonson found universal acclaim when it appeared yesterday. Not only is Weezie one of the nice people of the world, but an immensely talented writer/editor whose impact on comics history is undeniable, from co-creating Power Pack to co-creating Cable and Apocalypse and Steel and editing some […]
I wasn’t expecting much from X-Men Apocalypse when I went to a screening the other night. Our own Kyle ha-ha-hated it, and so did most other reviewers. And, literal truth, I’ve been on a sleep starved schedule this week and in the comfy theater seat and womblike 3d darkness, for about the first hour of […]
Respect Films new documentary following Neil Gaiman’s life and work and Ocean at the End of the Lane tour is called Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously. The movie was made over the last few years with NEil’s cooperation. Director Patrick Meaney also made the Image Revolution, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts and Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods […]
That thud you just heard was official confirmation of the other shoe dropping after the extremely mixed success of Batman v Superman. The last few weeks rumors have been flying about a shake-up at Warner Bros. Pictures and The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit has all the juicy details.
I think we were all pretty shocked when we learned that Warner Bros. execs were blindsided by the bad reviews for Batman v Superman; they thought they had a crowd pleasing winner on their hands. However, it seems Fox execs may have been equally over-optimistic about X-men: Apocalypse, the new Bryan Singer directed mutant fricassee. The film doesn’t open here until May 27th, but reviews all went live earlier this week, usually a sign that the studio thinks the film will get great buzz. But, the buzz was…not great.