4:49 AM 8/5/2014 by Jeff Giles
It will never stop seeming weird that a film grossing over $200 million domestically (and more than $700 million in all) is viewed as a flop, but the fact remains that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of the bigger disappointments of 2014, and its failure to meet expectations at Sony has triggered what's looking more and more like a complete franchise shakeup -- starting with the slew of spinoff projects the studio has planned.
4:07 AM 8/5/2014 by Jeff Giles
With Expendables 3 right around the corner, and reportedly bringing Sylvester Stallone's all-star middle-aged action franchise to an end (none too soon, according to critics), thoughts are turning to Stallone's plans for a female-led spinoff, the somewhat insultingly titled ExpendaBelles. According to producer Avi Lerner, it'll happen sooner than later.
4:43 PM 7/26/2014 by Fred Topel
Kevin Smith showed the trailer to his new horror film Tusk during his annual Q&A session at San Diego Comic-Con. Tusk sprung from a podcast about a UK hoax where a man offered free room and board to anyone who would be willing to wear a walrus suit. Smith made a horror movie where Michael Parkes really turns Justin Long into a landlord.
11:09 PM 7/14/2014 by Fred Topel
Joel Silver is producing a new TV show for Esquire Network called “My Friends Call My Johnny,” featuring businessman Jean Pigozzi interviewing the celebrity friends he’s made around the world. Silver and Pigozzi were on a panel for the Television Critics Association this week, and after the panel Silver spoke briefly about some of his gestating film franchises.
fearnet.com – According to The Tracking Board, the long gestating US adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Death Note may be getting new director. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) had been attached to direct for the last couple years, but now that he is working on the Predator reboot sequel it appears he has had to drop out. 5 weeks 6 days ago via jackiechan
11:01 AM 7/9/2014 by Jeff Giles
With the rapturously received Boyhood opening in theaters this weekend, director Richard Linklater has the cinematic world as his oyster, so it might seem strange that his follow-up could be a remake of a Don Knotts comedy from the '60s -- let alone one that boasts an absurdly talented cast.
12:11 PM 7/8/2014 by Fred Topel
J.K. Rowling made big Harry Potter news when she posted a new story featuring Harry on the Pottermore website. The story is in the form of a Daily Prophet article by Rita Skeeter, but it mentions an adult Harry attending a Quidditch event. Her timing was perfect for the Television Critics Association, as Radcliffe appeared before the TV press group via satellite from Broadway to promote his British series A Young Doctor’s Notebook airing on Ovation.
12:53 AM 6/27/2014 by Fred Topel
Chloe Grace Moretz won the Saturn Award, from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, for Best Performance by a Young Actor for her role in the remake of Carrie. After she came back into the press room for photos, I asked her if she’s heard anything about a Kick-Ass 3.
4:10 PM 6/13/2014 by Binh Ngo
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is currently slated for release on June 10, 2016, but according to an Ain't It Cool News source, it has been pushed back to an undetermined date in 2017. If true, why is it happening? The writer didn't expound, but the precipitous drop of the domestic box office may have a lot to do with it. Beginning with the Sam Raimi era, the domestic box office for each of the Spider-Man movies have steadily declined even though the box office overseas remained relatively robust.
2:31 PM 6/12/2014 by Jeff Giles
Now that she's left the warm, scoopy embrace of Deadline, Nikki Finke needs a few splashy stories of her own to launch her new site -- and it looks like she may have found one in the form of some advance intel on Warner Bros.' supposed plans for Comic-Con 2014.