The release schedule of Warner Bros. for 2017 has undergone some changes.
Planned March 24 premiere of King Arthur is moving to May 12. The postponed movie is Guy Ritchie’s reimagining the story of the famous monarch with a lot of gritty elements, featuring Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, and also starring Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and David Beckham.
CHiPS, Dax Shepard’s reboot of the 70’s television series that starred Erik Estrada as Officer Frank Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as Officer John Baker, is moving from August 11 to March 24. In the reboot, Shepard will play the role of Baker, and Michael Pena will assume the role of Poncherello.
The August 11 release date will go to Annabelle 2, the sequel to the horror film from 2014 that was originally supposed to have its premiere on May 19. The directors are David Sandberg and James Wan, and Peter Safran is the producer.
Final move was reserved for Everything, Everything, a YA adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s book, starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson and directed by Stella Meghie. From August 18 the premiere was moved to May 19.
‘Loner’, the track by the American rapper Mykki Blanco, has gotten a rather intense video. Perhaps that comes as no wonder, considering it has been produced by Pornhub in collaboration with Nicopanda.
The video is quite steamy, featuring models using their virtual reality headsets, and apparently being quite engrossed in whatever it is they’re seeing. While it may be old news considering that pop videos have been used to meet sexual fantasies for some time, it certainly marks the beginning of a adult video industry’s greater involvement in the world of music.
Vice president of Pornhub, Corey Price, has stated for The Guardian that their “unique platform” is enabling musicians to reach a greater audience.
"When artists premiere videos on our platform, they open up additioanl avenues through which they garner exposure and visitbility," he said.
According to Blanco, ‘Loner’ is a song about misunderstanding, and not feeling worthy enough.
"People only know a party persona when it comes to Mykki Blanco, with this album and with this song I want them to know who I am on the inside."
Re-heated food and remastered games have something in common – if done well, both can be enjoyed thoroughly. Coming as a bit of a surprise in gaming world, an older, not-so-relevant game will be getting 4K support on PS4 Pro and PC.
The game in question is Darksiders, and the remastered version of this 2010 sleeper hit, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, certainly will turn a few heads. The game won critical acclaim and fans as well, but never managed to make much of an impact in the business. Perhaps being compared to The Legend of Zelda both helped and thwarted its success. The Darksiders developers are hoping to change that now, remind us of their existence and perhaps make enough money to create the next installment of the game and make it into a series.
Some of the features for this remastered title include:
- Native 1080p rendering resolution for console platforms
- 4K support for PC and PS4 Pro
- Doubled all the texture resolutions
- Rendering improvements and rework
- 60 FPS in moment to moment gameplay (30 for Wii U)
Looking at the first trailers reveals the gameplay, and, of course, how everything looks in 4K, contrasted to the original version of the game. You can see the comparison below.
Once again, in fact for the 14th consecutive time, Marvel had a number one opening weekend with Doctor Strange. The company’s success has been a marvel (pun intended), especially how they’ve been able to keep it up for so long. It’s easy to start taking them for granted, or, in the words of Richard Russo (spoken about Cary Grant), “Why reward someone for having fun, for being charming?”
Despite regularly earning good reviews and being adored by fans, Marvel films aren’t getting rewards in the same way that, for example, “E.T.” or “Raiders of the Lost Ark” used to, but their box office profits are almost preordained.
Still, it’s a shame, considering how Marvel Studios flourished under its president Kevin Feige. Home of the Avengers, Iron Man and other superheroes has been a perfect model of both commercial and critical consistency. When you go to Rotten Tomatoes and check out Marvel movies, all of them have been certified as “fresh”, and virtually no Marvel production has failed to make money. So like Grant, Marvel might make it seem effortless, but their achievement is certainly one to be respected, and their track record hard won and very rare.
Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment states that out of the things Marvel managed to achieve, perhaps the hardest one is to find humor in every story, as well as humanity, creativity and action.
It’s no wonder that Marvel is the model that most of Hollywood is trying to emulate – they have created a whole cinematic universe with an ever-expanding company of costumed characters that interact and interlock through standalones, spinoffs and sequels. Their alliances are tested, and so are their abilities. Of course, it helps that these characters are played by some of the top talent in Hollywood, such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, and, most recently Benedict Cumberbatch.
Jeff Bock, box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations says that we’re living in the golden age of comic-book movies, and that Marvel has taken the top-shelf actors for their movies, which makes it hard for other studios to compete.
Still, it’s not stopping them from trying to get a piece of this golden era cake. Lucasfilm have started the expansion of their Star Wars universe by delving into the backstories of, for starters, Han Solo, and re-telling the early days of rebellion in more detail. The first Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One, is set to hit theaters in December. Universal, too, is offering a monster movie universe with heroes such as Invisible man.
But there are risks taken when you try to imitate a successful model. Sony attempted just that – launching a cinematic universe around Spider-Man that was intended to feature some of the wall-crawler villains in adventures of their own. However, after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a tough time at the box office in 2014 due to an overload of overpowered villains and easter eggs, those ambitions were largely abandoned. Since then, Sony brought Marvel to do their Spider-Man: Homecoming reboot in an attempt to find the spirit of fun again that brought comic-books fans to the saga of Peter Parker and his spidey alter-ego.
Another studio that failed to replicate the success of Marvel is DC Comics films and their Justice League universe. They’ve had some mixed results, especially with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad”: despite earning a large amount of money, the two movies haven’t been received well by the critics and some fans, mostly due to being too dark and violent. These bad reviews have prompted the DC team to promise that their future movies will be more humorous and lighter in tone.
So where does the problem lie for other studios and what is Marvel doing right? The answer might be the command structure, as there is an established hierarchy at Marvel. The man who sets the creative tone for the films and has a say throughout the production phase, Kevin Feige, is Marvel’s main quality control officer. His status is similar to Pixar’s John Lasseter – he’s much more than just a corporate suit.
In comparison, DC does not have such a directed approach, and the company struggles to define who the top decision-maker is. For a time, it was Geoff Johns, DC’s own comic-book guru, then Jon Berk, Warner’s executive, VP; and Zack Snyder, who directed “Batman v Superman”. It’s obvious that this lack of clarity is hurting DC, and production headaches on “Suicide Squad” could certainly be blamed on that.
At Marvel, the shotcaller Feige has done another good thing: he explored different approaches to the superhero movie genre. Yes, there’s a constant when it comes to vigilantes wearing costumes, but Marvel movies have a lot of variance in tone and storytelling approaches. Just look at “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, influenced by the 70s thrillers, or “Guardians of the Galaxy” whose indifference to pop culture trends reminds us of Indiana Jones films, and finally, “Doctor Strange” with its unique and wry approach to all things occult that, for example, made “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” so fun to watch.
Dave Hollis, distribution chief at Disney, said that it’s exactly this diversity that keeps the Marvel movies fresh, as each world and character feels different and unique.
Still, the man largely responsible for this, Kevin Feige, is not well-known outside of the fanboy set. Not being a director or screenwriter, he’s still, it could be argued, one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation. The boundaries of what can be done with film franchises have been moved and redefined, and narratives can merge, storylines be told over multiple chapters. This puts Feige in the top-rank filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg, even though most people who don’t hang out at Comic-Con much probably couldn’t put a face to a name.
And he’d like to keep things that way, according to his 2014 address at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Feige stated he prefers to stay behind the scenes, and even though he visits Comic-Con each year, he tries to get the spotlight to the clips and movie stars.
Warner Japan will release a live-action film based on the hit “Gintama” comic and TV animation series next year
One of the most popular booths at TIFFCOM this year is certainly TV Tokyo – it features a movie based on the Hideaki Sorachi’s comic, Gintama. Apparently the movie will be released next year, while the exact date is still not known.
“I’ve been talking so much I’m losing my voice,” said one TV Tokyo international sales rep, Thursday, during TIFFCOM, the Tokyo Film Festival’s rights market.
The action is set in feudal era Japan conquered by aliens! Buyers from Asia “have been particularly attracted by the cast,” said the company. The hero, Gintoku Sakata is played by Shun Oguri, a pop star who tried himself as an actor in this project. Supporting roles go to some well-known local actors such as Masaki Suda, Masami Nagasawa, Masaki Okada, YuyaYagira, Nanao, Ken Yasuda and AkariHayami.
The director is also well-known to the audience – Yuichi Fukuda, best known for directing tv dramas, but who has also directed comedies “HK2: The Abnormal Crisis” (2016) and “HK: Forbidden Super Hero” (2013).
So far, the audience has enjoyed the TV series based on the comic since 2006, although with some pauses in broadcasting. The story has also inspired various games and films. Comic on the other hand has sold in 50 million copies!