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America: The First Avenger Paramount Pictures 7/22/11
Ghost Rider 2 (3D) Sony 2/17/12
The Avengers (2012) Buena Vista 5/4/12
The Amazing Spider-Man Sony 7/3/12
Iron Man 3 Buena Vista 5/3/13
And X-Men First Class Tipped To Hammer Home Results...
and X-Men: First Class got great reviews and we're
awesome, and Captain America: The First Avenger seems
set to hit the spot to, but big questions remain about
Green Lantern, and the vibe is not particularly good.
Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
is getting very reviews. Review aggregator Rotten
Tomatoes has a 23% approval among movie critics, according
to the 153 reviews counters. But 72% of the 62,000
plus user reviewers say that they "liked it"
with it just premiering in the U.S theaters Friday
after a midnight release on late Thursday/early Friday.
Comic Book Movie.com indicates are pretty negative
on the flick. One reviewer called the movie "inert,
artificial and dead on arrival." During the midnight
release on Thursday, the film drew $3.35 million 0
the same region that alike movies that were recently
released did; X-Men: First Class brought in $3.37
million on June 2nd, and Thor did $3.25 million on
May 5th. X-Men: First Class and Thor both had a budget
significantly less than Green Lantern; the former
had a budget of $160 million while Thor had exactly
half the budget of Green Lantern $150 million.
While the flick will likely end up eventually surpassing
its budget, the fact the other comic book movies had
much less budget isnt a great result. Ultimately,
X-Men: First Class raked in $55.1 million in its opening
weekend while Thor did $65.7 million. With this being
the third comic book-based movie released in a month-and-a-half
and mixed reviews, will Green Lantern under perform
this weekend, or will the hardcore - fanboy type audience
that has been largely ripping on it, check it out
at the cinema?
top picks: Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger
looks like a safe bet.
it movies, comics or games, we think that Marvel Entertainment
leads the pack, followed by DC Comics, with Dark Horse
Comics getting a third, based on the positive news
leaks and insider tip offs we've been getting.
Marvel living legend Stan Lee would say, Excelsior!
After Conquering Silver Screen, Marvel Sets Sights
giant Marvel is preparing to hit TV screens following
announcements by several networks that they will launch
superhero-centered shows, TV Guide reported Tuesday.
decisions to introduce superheroes came in response
to the box office success of comic-book films "Thor,"
"X-Men: First Class" and "Green Lantern,"
which all recently hit No. 1.
will play a role in Syfy's new drama "Alphas",
about five ordinary people brought together by their
superhuman abilities; ABC Family's "The Nine
Lives of Chloe King," about a teenage girl with
newfound powers; and the FX pilot "Powers,"
a police procedural set in a world of superheroes.
was poised to join the trend as well. Disney bought
the comic-book company for $4 billion in 2009 and
hired writer/producer Jeph Loeb (Heroes, Smallville)
to be executive VP and head of TV at Marvel Entertainment.
then, Loeb -- who is also a well-known comic-book
writer -- has prepared several Marvel titles for TV
adaptations. Among these are a new take on "The
Incredible Hulk" and a new show titled "AKA
Jessica Jones," both at ABC.
really distinguishes these are the A-list show runners,"
said ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee. "We
would love to make a Marvel franchise work on the
network. They probably won't be the only two Marvel
things we do."
at ABC and Marvel have slowed down the development
process in hopes of creating a show to match the soaring
success of shows like "Smallville," "Buffy
the Vampire Slayer" and "Heroes."
Still Interested In Superhero Shows...
TV networks are still holding out for a superhero.
While comic-book films Thor, X-Men: First Class and
Green Lantern all hit #1 at the box office recently,
television has been a bit slower to pick up the superhero
play a role in Syfy's new drama Alphas, about a group
of ordinary misfits with unusual abilities; ABC Family's
recent entry The Nine Lives of Chloe King, about a
teenage girl with heightened abilities; and the FX
biggest superhero torpedo is just around the corner,
as Marvel preps a major entry into TV. Disney bought
the comic-book tsar for $4 billion in 2009 and hired
writer/producer Jeph Loeb (Heroes, Smallville) as
executive VP and head of TV at Marvel Entertainment.
then, Loeb who's also a well-known comic-book
writer has been combing through Marvel's library
and prepping several titles for TV adaptations. At
Disney-owned sibling ABC, that includes a new take
on The Incredible Hulk, shepherded by filmmaker Guillermo
del Toro (Hellboy) and Battlestar Galactica's David
Eick, plus Jessica Jones. It's about an ex superhero
who opens her own detective agency and winds up assisting
other heroes adapted by Twilight screenwriter
Melissa Rosenberg. (Marvel has also been developing
a take on Cloak and Dagger, which follows two teens
who become mutants after being drugged, at ABC Family.)
is not giving away much on its projects, but leaks
confirm that ABC is still high on both Hulk and Jessica
Jones. "What really distinguishes these are the
A-list show runners," ABC Entertainment president
Paul Lee told the press earlier this year. "We
would love to make a Marvel franchise work on the
network. They probably won't be the only two Marvel
things we do."
powers that be at ABC and Marvel are also trying to
get the best result possible. No one's been able to
match the longevity of The CW's now retired Smallville,
the cult status of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the
mega-phenomenon of Heroes in its white-hot first season.
Last season's short-lived No Ordinary Family and The
Cape, plus David E. Kelley's ill-advised Wonder Woman
revival (the pilot was mercifully not picked up) proved
that superheroes aren't easy to translate to TV.
hard to launch a successful TV show or movie, no matter
where it comes from," says Lost executive producer
and comic-book fan Damon Lindelof. That goes double
for superhero and comic-book adaptations. "A
superhero is larger than life. You can go and sit
in a theater and watch a superhero there, because
the movie screen is also larger than life. When you
invite them into your living room, they have to be
accessible and that's a very slippery slope,
one that Smallville handled masterfully."
fact, Smallville is often cited as the best example
of how to take a superhero character and create a
perfect entry point for viewers. "Smallville's
one [leap of faith] was that Clark had arrived from
another planet," one producer says. "Everything
else was grounded in reality."
producers and execs suggest that TV superheroes can't
be bogged down by costumes or too many powers. Not
only does it overwhelm viewers, but the effects are
too costly and look cheap on the small screen. That's
one reason, according to insiders, Marvel avoided
live-action TV takes on hot franchises like Iron Man
comics and films are driven by the set piece, these
gigantic battles and extraordinary visuals,"
says Peter Johnson, president of McG's Wonderland
Sound & Vision, which produced Fox's now canceled
Human Target adaptation. "That level of execution
hasn't come over to TV yet."
why FX exec vice president of original programming
Nick Grad doesn't even consider Powers a superhero
show. "It's another way to do a cop show,"
he says. "For a network that did The Shield,
how can you possibly top that? You do a different
kind of cop show. As [Powers cocreator] Brian Michael
Bendis would say, it 'stays on the ground,' both literally
says he believes the comics that translate better
to TV don't have superhero premises. He's a big fan
of AMC's take on The Walking Dead. "There are
a lot of great comic books being written right now
that would make fantastic series," he says. "It
requires a certain reimagining of what we think of
as a comic-book series. When you think of comic books,
you think of superheroes. But superheroes are very
challenging to do on TV."
networks are drawn to the marketability of superheroes.
But to do it right, "it starts with character,
not costume," one producer says. "A well-written
show that has a compelling central character, who
has had something extraordinary happen to them, will
be relatable. And people will watch."
fans are understood to be some of the most passionate
superhero fans and it continues to show in the numbers
generated at box office. Studios hope numbers also
hold up when the heroes hit Australian television.
Captain America Teams Up With Dallas Cowboys; Disneys
Marvel Opens Apparel Line...
America is going into business with Americas
Team. Marvel Entertainment LLC, a unit of Walt Disney
Co. (DIS), and the Dallas Cowboys are developing a
co-branded apparel line featuring Captain America,
Spider-Man, Iron Man and other characters wearing
Cowboys team colors and logos, the Cowboys and
Marvel said in a joint news release.
are constantly looking for new and innovative ways
to energize our fans, and what better way than to
combine our brand with some of the all-time great
superheroes that everyone has grown up with,
Jerry Jones Jr., chief sales and marketing office
for the Cowboys, said in a statement.
the characters will be clad in the Cowboys colors
and logo, there are no plans to portray individual
Dallas players as superheroes, Brett Daniels, a spokesman
for the team, said in an e-mail.
terms of the agreement werent disclosed.
America, one of more than 8,000 characters in Disneys
library, is featured in a film that will be released
later this month. The Cowboys picked up the nickname
Americas Team during the 1970s,
when they won two of their five Super Bowl titles.
Earlier this year, Marvel offered similar apparel
lines with the National Basketball Associations
Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
Casino Punter On Life Support After Scuffle With Crown
are investigating an incident at Crown Casino on Sunday
night that has left a man in hospital on life support.
40-year old man from Melbourne's Ferntree Gully became
involved in an altercation with a female at the famous
casino about 11pm. As security staff restrained the
man, he lost consciousness.
man was taken to The Alfred hospital, but is believed
to now be at the Royal Melbourne, where he remains
on life support.
incident was captured on CCTV and police are examining
that footage as part of their investigation.
spokesman Gary ONeill told 3AWs Neil Mitchell
the incident happened on the gaming floor, close to
one of the bars.
are co-operating with police and the CCTV footage
has already been handed to them," he said.
are co-operating with the police investigation."
confirmed Crown security had asked the man to leave
the casino, however "other people became involved".
O'Neill advised the security staff involved had not
been stood down, but they have not been rostered for
normal duties on the gaming floor while the investigation
Casino has been beefed up considerably in recent years
with overall excellent results.
Hack Scandal Gets Much Bigger; Sir Richard Branson
Richard Branson says he has been caught up in phone
hacking allegations plaguing the Rupert Murdoch-owned
News of the World.
a visit to Brisbane yesterday, the British entrepreneur
was asked if he had been targeted by the British newspaper.
the police contacted me a couple of days ago to say
my ... phones have been accessed," he said.
wish I had lived a more exciting life," he joked.
He said that even the phones of his neighbours had
newspaper is under investigation over several phone-hacking
anyone listing to your boring phone calls?
Rourke Changes Apartments; Belt Tightens In Line With
Economy - Rourke In 'Sin City' Online Game...
Rourke has moved to a cheaper apartment - which costs
$13,500 a month.
The 'Wrestler' star had been renting a 5,000 square
foot loft in New York's Meatpacking district at a
cost of $19,800 a month, but has now relocated to
the West Village area, where he is currently residing
in a considerably cheaper three-bedroom, three-bathroom
duplex with a garden, gossip website TMZ reports.
While Mickey is said to be enjoying his new living
space, the actor may struggle to cope in a property
with two levels as he has previously revealed playing
grappler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson left his body so
damaged, he needed assistance in getting up and down
stairs. The 58-year-old actor - who is a former professional
boxer - said: "I had to try harder to get up
in the morning. And because of my extra bulk a football
knee from high school acted up again. Two hundred
years later! And my woman had to get behind me and
push me up the stairs. I was pathetic looking! "So
my knees wouldn't hold up, because of all the extra
weight and the exercise. And all the injuries you
get from being thrown down, you know?" Rourke
fans will likely get a kick and a punch out of the
new 'Sin City' online slot game released by Bwin.Party
Digital Entertainment. If you can't remember, it was
Rourke who played Marv in 'The Hard Goodbye'.
Media, Technology And Community Entrepreneur To Speak
At Bondi Beach Church on July 10th...
10: Dr. Geoffrey Sykes
Selves, Avatars and Life in the Spirit - Towards a
Theology of Media
has taught media studies at the Universities of Western
Sydney and Wollongong, and published and lectured
widely in this country and in prominent overseas institutions
in the areas of media, communication and semiotics.
He has produced and directed several videos, which
have been broadcast on SBC, ABC and Foxtel, and has
wide educational distribution and sales. Currently,
he has several works in progress, He is an established
playwright, with over 20 professional productions.
In recent years he has curated a successful program
of arts and theatre at the Bushchapel Helensburgh,
and is currently expanding this to include video classes
Virilio, a French Catholic theologian, coined the
term 'virtuality' as part of negative criticism of
the illusion and false values of mass media. His work
belongs in a late twentieth century tradition of critical
theory about media - including Baudrillard and the
Frankfurt School - that stresses the false consciousness
or simulacrum of media effects. The word virtuality
has found more positive, though vague, meanings in
popular discussion about media - especially new media
like games. The talk will seek to re-claim a richer,
yet thoroughly positive and theological sense of the
term 'virtuality'. While maintaining it as a media
term, the paper will also begin to reclaim the rich
religious sense of the term "avatar", a
sense that has been lost in its bowdlerized, common
use as computer jargon. The paper will distinctly
link both terms to New Testament forms of spiritual
identity, as well as using them to provide an explanation
of some of the continuing and transformative effects
of media in our society. Is the church equipped to
meet the opportunities of new media? What are the
implications of fast broadband and the NBN? Can we
argue for a new society and spirituality, based on
a theology of self and community? Can we re-evaluate
Christian thinking while embracing the full potential
of contemporary media? The presentation will have
two parts - a talk or paper, followed by an open discussion
about the paper and also about any issues to do with
media, theology and the spirituality or the church.
Geoffrey will also briefly mention plans for community
Hulk Hogan And Sting Fued In Works At TNA Wrestling...
Wrestling is getting interesting again. As the saga
between Hulk Hogan and Sting ramps up, it's the Stinger
who is besting the Hulkster. Scott Steiner in getting
into the mix of things which means its going to get
dangerous, both in storyline and for real.
Cena Mentions The Rock At WWE Live Event in Perth,
grabbed the mic and asked where The Rock of Team Bring
It was and why he wasn't in Australia to entertain
the WWE Universe. "I don't care if I've got to
play G.I. Joe, Fast Five, Fast Six, Godzilla, King
Kong, and Julius Caesar all rolled into one, I want
to be in the middle of this ring, defending this championship
in front of all of you, because I am not an actor,
I am a professional wrestler. That is what I do because
of crowds like you," Cena said. Cena told the
fans that if they were looking to see The Rock, they
would have to wait until April 1st because that's
the only time The People's Champ will say he loves
the fans. Cena went on with what some fans are calling
a "shoot" on The Rock. Cena then thanked
132 salaries: Tito Ortiz ($450K), Wanderlei Silva
($200K); Fighter Pay Days...
card fighters and MMA legends Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei
Silva were the top earners at this past weekend's
UFC 132 event.
fighters earned disclosed flat-rate paydays. Ortiz
netted $450,000 for his upset victory over Ryan Bader,
and Silva scored $200,000 in a disappointing first-round
loss to Chris Leben. The two fighters combined to
secure 50.9% of the $1,277,000 total disclosed payroll
for the event.
list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic
Commission have now been released into the public
132 took place this past Saturday, July 2, at the
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The night's main
card aired on pay-per-view, and the preliminary card
aired on Spike TV and streamed on Facebook.
full payouts included:
Cruz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Urijah Faber: $32,000
Leben: $92,000 ($46,000 win bonus)
def. Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
Siver: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Wiman: $18,000
Ortiz: $450,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ryan Bader: $20,000
Condit: $68,000 ($34,000 win bonus)
def. Dong Hyun Kim: $41,000
Guillard: $64,000 ($32,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Roller: $21,000
Dos Anjos: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
def. George Sotiropoulos: $15,000
Bowles: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $12,000
Simpson: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Tavares: $10,000
Njokuani: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Andre Winner: $14,000
Hougland: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
def. Donny Walker: $6,000
the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions
for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally,
the figures do not include money paid by sponsors,
which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a
fighter's income. They also do not include any other
"locker room" or special bonuses the UFC
oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions
of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters
example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed
out additional $75,000 UFC 132 bonuses to Condit ("KO
of the Night"), Ortiz ("Submission of the
Night"), and Cruz and Faber ("Fight of the
this means is that the figures are base salaries reported
to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation
packages for the event. Got it?
Hugh Jackman: 'The Wolverine' Begins Shooting In October...
the last year, "The Wolverine has had some
bumps in its road to production, like the departure
of director Darren Aronofsky and concerns about filming
in Japan after the tragic earthquake. But it looks
as if things might be smoothing out for the next solo
film featuring the Marvel hero.
was reported on Indie Wire via a CHFI radio interview
that Hugh Jackman conducted in Toronto. Instead of
describing any further problems for production, Jackman
told the great news.
shoot ('The Wolverine') in October, so it will probably
come out a year after that, he said. Thats
usually around the timeline.
plans initially said that the movie would be out in
2012, the delays had caused some to wonder if the
movie would actually come out in 2013.
also makes one wonder if the issue of finding a new
director is over. Earlier this month, word was circulating
that "3:10 to Yuma" director James Mangold
would most likely take the helm and replace Aronofsky.
on a story by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, this
movie will take Logan to Japan where he has to deal
with the Japanese mafia and the problems that arise
due to his own bestial nature.
Nicole Kidman To Meet Will And Kate...
Kidman will be among the celebrity guests to meet
Prince William and his wife Catherine at a British
Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) party
in Los Angeles, an online report says. Among the guests
will be Tom Hanks and Jennifer Lopez, E! Online reports.
Initial reports suggested the prince and the Duchess
of Cambridge would only meet little-known, up-and-coming
stars at the Brits to Watch bash on Saturday in Los
Angeles. Latest news is that E! Online blogger Marc
Malkin says movie heavyweights Kidman and Hanks will
attend as will Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony.
Kristin Chenoweth, dancer Derek Hough and actresses
Ginnifer Goodwin and Dana Delany are also on the guest
list for the soiree at the Belasco Theatre in downtown
Sylvester Stallone Turned 65 Yesterday...
living legend Sly made it to 65 years young. Rambo,
Rocky, The Expendables and who can forget The Party
at Kitty and Studs? Don't tell us! On ya Sly.
He's still kicking ass in movies, casino ventures
and all sorts of other stuff we hear.
Richard Branson Talks Tiger Airline Trouble...
possible collapse of Tiger Airways was unlikely to
result in a spike in ticket prices, Sir Richard Branson
told a business summit yesterday. Sir Richard, the
founder of Virgin Australia, said his airline planned
to maintain ticket prices regardless of Tiger's date.
"The lower we keep our air fares, the more people
we can get to travel," he told the Asia Pacific
Cities Summit in Brisbane. "So what happens to
Tiger I don't think will affect air fares at all."
In a broad speech, Sir Richard said the first flights
on his commercial space flight venture, Virgin Galactic,
would happen within about 15 months. Sir Richard said
there was a chance an Australian base could be part
of this galactic space trip network. "There are
now immediate plans, but one day I can see a possibility
of Virgin Galactic operating out of Australia,"
he said. Space, communications, games... Branson continues
to be a world beater.
Marvel And Paramount Pictures May Change Name Of Captain
America for Russia, Ukraine And South Korea...
and Paramount Pictures, which is distributing Captain
America: The First Avenger, figured they would
simply release the film as the truncated The
First Avenger in foreign countries. But in a
surprise, Paramounts overseas operation objected,
arguing that Captain America had too much brand value,
even in spots like France that are leery of embracing
Team America too readily.
Pictures Launching New Animation Arm...
Pictures is launching a new, in-house animation division,
the studio announced Wednesday. It is aiming to release
its first title in 2014.
the animated Western directed by Gore Verbinski wthat
was released in March, was the studio's first full-owned
CGI animated movie, and it grossed more than $240
date, however, Paramount, a unit of Viacom, has largely
relied on Jeffrey Katzenberg's Dreamworks Animation,
with which it has a distribution deal, to fill the
animation slots on its release schedule. DWA's deal
with Paramount expires at the end of 2012.
say Paramount has offered Jeffrey Katzberg a one-year
extension at the same terms. Beyond that, the studio
wants to renegotiate the deal so as to make the terms
better for Paramount. Katzenberg has yet to agree
to the extension.
announcing the new division, Paramount chairman &
CEO Brad Grey said the initiative was part of the
studio's long-term strategy for growth and that the
new division, Paramount Animation, will focus on high
quality animation with budgets of up to $100 million
will develop a broad range of family CGI animated
films, with some titles released under the Nickelodeon
studio already has at least one project in development:
It is currently developing an adaptation of the Penny
Arcade web comic New Kid, about a lone earthling who
is a new kid in a school full of intergalactic aliens.
Gary Whitta is writing the screenplay for producer
Mary Parent and Cale Boyter.
division will be part of the Paramount Motion Picture
Group, reporting to the group's president, Adam Goodman,
and will initially target one release per year. Vice
chair Rob Moore, COO Frederick Huntsberry and Goodman
are now conducting a search for the leader of the
marketplace has never offered as many opportunities
to create wonderfully imaginative pictures at very
appealing budget levels, so we feel this is a perfect
moment to launch this effort. We are now eager to
expand in animation with appropriate and prudent overhead
and production budgets in a way that will allow us
to be nimble, creative and innovative," Grey
James Bond: Naomie Harris Finds Next Bond Movie Special...
Naomie Harris thinks the 23rd installment of the James
Bond movies will have a "very special" feeling
to it. The British actress is apparently a top contender
for a leading role in the forthcoming Sam Mendes directed
"James Bond" movie, which sees Daniel Craig
reprise his role as the iconic British spy. "It
would be great to be part of Bond but nothing is confirmed
yet. Sam Mendes is an amazing director and a really,
really lovely man as well. He's got brilliant ideas.
From meeting them, I think it's going to be a very
special Bond," contactmusic.com quoted the 34-year-old
as saying. Harris is best known for her role as Selena
in "28 Days Later" and Tia Dalma in the
second and third series of " Pirates of the Caribbean"
WWE Looking For Next Giant...
top brass have been on the look out for future big
time wrestlers in recent months. Enter Australian
Josh Taylor, who stands at 6'10" and 385 pounds,
and is the latest big man wrestler to be checked out
by WWE as he showed his stuff to company officials
prior to Friday's live WWE event in Sydney. He is
billed as the largest wrestler in Australia. Professional
Wrestling Alliance Queensland co-owner Andrew Venables
said Taylor is Australia's best chance of success
overseas. "He is the heart and soul of wrestling
in Australia," Venables said. "If he shows
them half the dedication as he has locally then he
will make it."
Marvel ous News: Hugh Jackman Says The Wolverine Shoots
42-year-old Autralian actor recently revealed to Toronto
radio station CHFI when the next Wolverine movie will
begin filming "We shoot [The Wolverine] in October,
so it will probably come out a year after that,"
Hugh said. "Thats usually around the timeline."
The Wolverine follows the popular X-Men character
as he travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.
The film will also likely star Kelly Hu and Naturi
Naughton. A Media Man insider was overheard "Wolverine
with Hugh Jackman may potentially be even better than
Thor. For the fans and for Marvel that would be excelsior
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