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Looks like the rumor we broke back in January that Hollywood was flirting with the BioShock license was dead-on. Variety reports that Universal has signed a deal to turn BioShock into a movie. Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) will head the project and Aviator writer John Logan may write the screenplay. Take-Two executive chairman Strauss Zelnick, who was in charge of Fox in the ’90s, handled the deal for his company and says the project will actually get made … unlike the Halo movie.
To prevent infamous director Uwe Boll from creating more video game-based films, the makers of Stride gum today announced that it will provide free packs of gum to those who sign the Stop Uwe Boll internet petition, provided that it reaches a million signatures.
The oft-hated filmmaker had previously claimed that he would stop directing films if a petition reached one million signatures. Should the milestone be reached by May 23, the release date of Boll’s latest adaptation Postal, Stride promises to offer signatories a downloadable coupon for a free pack of gum.
After enduring years of sub-par super hero movies in the 1980s and ’90s, comic book geeks everywhere finally got their wish when the first X-Men ushered in the new age of heroes on the big screen. Not only was X-Men the first super-hero film to truly do its comic justice, it paved the way for other super heroes to follow on the big screen. Since 2000, we’ve seen two more X-Men films, three Spider-Man movies, the reinvention of the Batman franchise, the return of Superman, Hulk, The Punisher, even second tier characters like Catwoman, and most recently the birth of a new franchise with Iron Man.
Although comic book geeks are basking in their own glory days of cinema, with no signs of super hero movies slowing down anytime soon, there will come a time when the tide turns. It happens with most properties in Hollywood when popularity reaches an inevitable peak, the times change, and new concepts take hold for up and coming generations. When the tide will actually turn, we’re not quite sure. When the day comes, and we hope it’s not anytime soon, we’re preparing ourselves with a list of the “10 Factors that Could Kill Super Heroes in Hollywood.”
Just like Westerns were cool back in the day, it’s safe to say that cinematic super heroes will ride off into the sunset only to reappear sometime in the future. At some point, it’s likely people will ask, “Are super hero movies dead?” Although us comic book geeks are finally having our day in the big screen sun, thanks largely to the advances in technology, time is an unstoppable villain that even our greatest heroes can’t defeat. Time is the one factor that transcends all forms of entertainment. Just like bands such as Warrant and Poison rode the final wave of glam-metal back in the late 1980s and early ’90s, time will eventually usher in a new era of action ass-kickers. Although our favorite super heroes are already doomed to a predestined fate, it’s undeniable that whatever comes next will be heavily influenced by the popularity of super hero movies. While big screen super heroes might be in their prime, you can expect Hollywood to use the genre as a springboard into something new and innovative. Think about it for a second. In 20 years, will the likes of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, Batman and X-Men be sitting atop the box-office?
9. Failed Heroes and Movies:
There’s nothing worse than waiting for your favorite hero to hit the big screen only to walk out of the theater hoping no one sees you standing under the sign that reads “Now Playing – Catwoman“. The fact is – just because some of our favorite super hero movies made money, doesn’t mean we’ll see them again, or need to for that matter. After Batman & Robin and Superman III (Superman IV, even Superman Returns) the Bat-franchise and Superman movies have been the exception to the rule. Either critically or monetarily, there have been a number of misses over the years. It goes without saying that Catwoman was a disaster. Despite being resurrected in 2008, the 2003 Hulk was a disappointment. The Punisher was critically “punished” by fans in 2004 and, although he’s not your typical super hero, John Constantine/Hellblazer went down in a ball of flames in 2005. Hell, we’re not even talking about the likes of Judge Dredd and Spawn. Although some heroes have lived to see another turn on the big screen, we already know others have met their untimely demise and won’t be back (for at least a couple of decades of eternity). The exception to the rule… Superman, who’s getting yet another cinematic turn in the next couple of years.
8. Questionable Heroes:
There’s nothing better than being surprised when some super heroes unexpectedly work on the big screen. Let’s be honest here – when Iron Man was first announced, most fans were intrigued and curious as to how Jon Favreau would pull it off. It wasn’t like Iron Man was beyond the question, “Can Tony Stark support his own movie?” Throw in Robert Downey Jr. and a kick-ass trailer and we all felt A LOT better. Although there’s a ton of territory for Hollywood to mine when it comes to established super heroes, do some of them really need their own movie? Sure, some characters have potential given their popularity, but many only appeal to a niche market of fans. In recent memory, Elektra forced us to question whether the warrior assassin really deserved her own film. As far as female super heroes go, where the hell is Wonder Woman hiding? Daredevil, as popular as he is off-screen, certainly had an uphill climb given the fact that much of the super hero market was cornered at the time by X2 and the first two Spider-Man films. Some super heroes are no-brainers while others are nothing but questionable at best. Captain America? Sure. The Sub-Mariner? Not so sure. The Avengers? Maybe. Green Lantern? Would love to see. Shazam? Not so sure. Thor? Not so sure. Luke Cage? Not so sure. Justice League? Was a maybe for us, but now not sure at all. That’s eight super hero properties and a number of characters that we question whether they can truly stand on their own. It’s not that we don’t want to see them, but the X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Batman franchises have set the bar so high that each one would have to blow us away on the scale of Iron Man to work. What are the chances?
7. The New Kid on the Block:
Let’s see, cop movies in the 1970s, cheesy action movies in the ’80s, non-linear pulp pics in the ’90s, torture horror, remakes, and super hero flicks in the 2000s. If we follow historical patterns, something else always comes along to keep things fresh. It’s hard to predict what will come down the pike to knock our favorite super heroes off the box-office throne. Given the latest string of war-movie flops, we doubt the Iraq war epic will get its due for quite a while. There is a ton of fertile ground with the Internet, but how that could possibly take shape (if at all) as a sub-genre is anyone’s guess. We do see a ton of potential with the animated universe to break new ground as the years go by, but animation has always been popular and in play to some degree. There was a time when Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone were as popular as Wolverine and Peter Parker, so is there any reason to think that today’s successful big screen super heroes will be able to stay atop the box-office longer than The Terminator and Rambo in their day?
What’s better, to be teased with little bits and pieces of your favorite upcoming super hero movie or to be slammed over the head every day for an entire year until the movie hits theaters? After the hype surrounding Iron Man, fans or not, there’s no doubt that some people will simply become exhausted by the buzz. Sure we were all looking forward to Iron Man, but it came damn close to being over-exposed by the time it was released. With the glut of super hero projects in the works, fans could possibly see three or four super hero movies a year for the next three to four years. If each film comes with the same barrage of hype and marketing, it’s inevitable that some fans will suffer burn out. Although the hardcore comic book fans will be there, several super hero projects will need a wider mainstream audience to bring in the girlfriends and wives. Like it or not, fatigue will be setting in at some point. When? Who knows. As always though, too much of anything will kill any good property, super hero related or not.
When it comes to the topic of sequels, it’s a two-sided debate. There’s good and bad, but the battle of attrition will eventually win out on the downside. For studios, sequels are often money in the bank because of brand loyalty. For the fans, it’s a 50/50 crap shoot. An interesting question comes to mind – how many movies is it going to take to put the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises to bed for a few years? We all know it’s coming. What 20th Century Fox is doing with the upcoming Wolverine spin-off movie appears to be a smart move to continue the X-Men universe on the big screen. Also, given the reports of an upcoming Venom movie, the Spidey franchise looks set to live on in a varied form for a few more years aside from the inevitable Spider-Man 4. Add to that, despite our concerns whether he even warrants a movie as a lead/title character, the Silver Surfer will be surfing into his own big screen adventure from the last Fantastic Four film. Yeah, we know it’s the Silver Surfer, but it’s not like he made such an impression last year that people are still talking about him today. We hope we’re wrong. As far as sequels go, there are a lot of points in favor of future success. However, as much as the spin-off sequel formula might ensure a certain longevity, no super hero sequels to date have been met with the same reception as the initial films. Reaction to X-Men: The Last Stand was much less positive than the first, and the same can be said about the third Spidey movie. Batman Begins was met with mostly positive reaction but there was still a mixed sector of fans. Don’t believe me… go look up old reviews and forum posts. At this rate though, The Dark Knight will ease our sequel fears for now. However, it’s only going to take a couple atrocious sequels, maybe two, to kill X-Men and Spidey for a few years. It’s a fate almost all super heroes will eventually meet on the big screen, even Batman and Superman at some point.
4. The High Cost of Marketing:
If you haven’t figured it out by now, there’s a reason why Cloverfield was marketed in such a low-cost, viral manner. We all know that the most successful super hero movies have cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make. Given the financial evolution of Hollywood blockbusters and summer tentpole movies, some films have been nearly half a billion dollars (plus) in the hole before the start of production. In order for a big budget super hero film to get the proper amount of cash for a large marketing campaign, studios need to know ahead of time that there will be a sizable return at the box-office to still make money well beyond production costs, casting, marketing and distribution. Although it’s not quite like the days of Cleopatra, which almost bankrupted 20th Century Fox into becoming a cinematic memory, we’re wondering how many studios will be able to finance other films if it costs $200 million just to market one blockbuster, super hero movie or not. Extrapolate those numbers over a few more years and some super hero movies won’t be feasible. Like I mentioned, there’s a reason why Cloverfield was marketed in such a viral manner. It didn’t cost nearly as much as larger films but it made a ton of cash. Throw in a bunch of no-name actors, and Paramount didn’t have a lot of costs. Look at the marketing for The Dark Knight, it’s similar in its viral nature to Cloverfield. After the huge marketing costs associated with Spider-Man 3 (some estimates of $120 million), studios have had no choice but to explore other options if they want to even think about making another super hero movie.
There may come a time – and it might be here sooner than we think – when there could be so many sub-par super hero movies coming down the pike that fans will lose faith in the genre. Actually, you can take some of the factors already mentioned on this list and roll them into one neat pile called “eventual crap”. I remember having long discussions with other webmasters prior to the release of X-Men and almost everyone was in agreement – it’s only going to take a few consecutive stinkers to render our favorite super heroes powerless in Hollywood. Obviously it hasn’t happened yet, but in relation to #10 and “Time”, eventually the day might come when you won’t be able to pitch a super hero project to anyone in Hollywood without someone laughing you out of an office. That’s when it’ll all come full circle. We’re not sure how many actual nails it takes to hammer a coffin shut, but, in relation to the many upcoming super hero based movies in the works, just imagine a string of eight or nine potential super hero stinkers at the box-office over a two year period. We’re not sure if the combined forces of Wolverine, Iron Man, Spidey, and Batman would be able to save the super hero day if that happens.
Just like with every hot commodity in Hollywood, super heroes are the current “flavors of the day.” It wasn’t that long ago when a super hero flick couldn’t make its money back no matter how big the marketing campaign. There was a time when a Spider-Man movie was only a dream and most hardcore fans threw their hands up in the air in resignation over the fact that it would never happen. When the floodgates opened after the first X-Men film, Hollywood execs quickly began to jump on the bandwagon when it was proven that super hero movies could turn a huge profit. All one needs to do is look back at the many super hero properties that were resurrected from development hell and given a green light since. Looking ahead to the future, fans can expect a lot more super hero based properties to find their way into theaters. From the studio side of the fence, you can’t really fault a business for wanting to cash in on the action. However, as much as studio insiders can blame fans for poor ticket sales or overblown internet hype, Tinseltown has to shoulder much of the blame when the super hero bubble eventually bursts. In the end, like the assembly line of remakes and Asian horror in recent years, Hollywood will eventually cannibalize the super hero sub-genre until there’s nothing left. It’s just the nature of the beast.
1. The Buck Stops Here:
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the day our favorite super heroes fail to turn a profit at the box-office is the day the sun will set on the current trend that we’re enjoying at this moment in time. Given the resurgence and popularity of the comic book and graphic novel industries, super hero movies will never go away entirely. Given the financial success of Iron Man, the super hero trend is alive and well on the big screen for another few years. Still, when you think of truly successful super hero movies as compared to the many attempts in recent years, only four franchises have risen to the top in our modern era – Batman, X-Men, Spider-Man, and now Iron Man. That’s certainly not a lot given the amount of super hero properties that have been pushed into some phase of development. Since each studio (big or small) is looking for their own mega-franchise, it’s doubtful that a lot of others will turn out to be big money makers on the same scale. Think about it… Warner Brothers has Batman (and Superman), 20th Century Fox has the X-Men universe (not to mention Fantastic Four), Sony Pictures has Spider-Man, and Paramount now has Iron Man. If all goes well with The Incredible Hulk this summer, Universal Pictures will have a revived Hulk franchise. In the end, to a large degree, all of those projects have proven to be safe money makers for their respective studios. Why take a chance on an unproven entity when you can always rely on your safe bet? The fact is, studios won’t need to take the gamble. Still, it’s not going to stop more from coming down the pike. Like we mentioned earlier in this list, it might be a string of potential super hero stinkers that fail to produce at the box-office that brings the big boys to their knees. Thankfully, we’re not there yet.
(CNN) — This list isn’t just about soundtracks or great music in the movies — it is about quintessential movie moments where a song flawlessly complements or enhances the action.
Reservoir Dogs: Mr. Blonde tortures a prisoner accompanied by 70s bubblegum pop
A riff or harmony that works so perfectly that the hair on the back of your neck stands on end. Or a classic song at just the right moment to mainline feel good factor.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of what we think are the best. If you don’t agree or think we’ve missed one, share your views by using the Sound Off box below and we’ll publish the best.
1. The film: Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper (1969)
The song: Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf
The scene: The opening sequence
From the moment Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper kicked their motorbikes to life and gunned down the dusty highway accompanied by “Born to be Wild” almost 40 years ago, audiences were electrified. The lure of escaping onto endless, empty roads still resonates today, even if Steppenwolf has become the food of a million drivetime clichés.
2. The film: Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino (1992)
The song: Stuck in the middle with you, Stealers Wheel
The scene: Mr. Blonde cuts a man’s ear off
“You ever listen to K Billy’s Super sounds of the 70’s?” asks Michael Madsen’s super-cool psychopath Mr. Blonde as he opens up a cut throat razor. Innocuous — but then we see a bloody man with a duct-taped mouth. Mr. Blonde tunes the radio, does an eccentric little dance to “Stuck in the Middle With You” and then brutally cuts the man’s ear off. It’s the juxtaposition of sadistic violence with bubblegum pop that epitomizes Tarantino’s brilliance and has been much aped since.
3. The film: Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese (1990)
The song: Layla, Eric Clapton
The scene: Jimmy’s murder spree montage
Scorsese’s use of the piano exit from “Layla” over a montage showing the ugly demise of a series of gangsters after a heist is simply brilliant. The pink car, the garbage truck, the meat locker: scene after scene of horribly disfigured corpses that Scorsese has somehow imbued with the wistful poetry of the end of an era.
4. Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
The song: The End, The Doors
The scene: Captain Willard waiting for an assignment in Saigon
The Doors’ dark epic twists and turns of over the opening scenes of Captain Willard waiting for his next assignment in a humid hotel room in Saigon. It perfectly evokes the stifling claustrophobia he feels stuck alone with nothing but his demons and a bottle for company.
5. The film: Muriel’s Wedding, P. J. Hogan (1995)
The song: Waterloo by ABBA
The scene: Muriel and Rhonda triumph at a talent contest
ABBA-obsessed ugly duckling, Muriel performs “Waterloo” at the local talent contest and sticks the proverbial two fingers up to the small-town bitches who have been bullying her. Even the white satin jumpsuit straining over her ample figure can’t take away from her triumph — and when the synchronized dancing starts there aren’t many film moments that can beat it for feel-good factor.
6. The film: Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe (2000)
The song: Tiny Dancer, Elton John
The scene: On the tourbus the band sing along to Tiny Dancer
1960’s rockers, Stillwater, are stuck on the tour bus. No-one is talking and the tension is palpable. “Tiny Dancer” comes on the radio and slowly one by one they start singing along. Everyone grins and tensions drain away. Touching without being cheesy, this scene is full of nostalgia for good times had with friends and will stay with you long after watching the film.
7. Say Anything, Cameron Crowe (1989)
The song: In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel
The scene: Lloyd tries to woo Diane
You have to admire Lloyd’s (played by a young John Cusack) style as he stands outside love interest Diane’s window holding his boombox aloft blaring “In Your Eyes” like a modern day Romeo. Maybe Peter Gabriel’s song hasn’t quite stood the test of time but if you don’t get hung up on the fact that it sounds a bit cringeworthy now, this is a scene of perfect romance — 80’s-style.
8. The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson (2001)
The song: Needle in the Hay, Elliot Smith
The scene: Richie Tenenbaum attempts suicide
Beautifully shot with no ambient noise, just the melancholy “Needle in the Hay,” we see Richie — the tennis prodigy who never realized his potential –methodically cutting off all his hair before, shockingly, slicing his wrists. It’s both intimate and appalling. In a dark coincidence, Smith died in 2003 as a result of two stab wounds to the chest, thought to be suicide.
9. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick (1964)
The song: We’ll meet again, Vera Lynn
The scene: Nuclear apocalypse
“We’ll meet again, Don’t know where, Don’t know when,” warbles a hopeful Vera Lynn as mushroom cloud after mushroom cloud explodes into the sky. It’s as preposterous as making a comedy about nuclear armageddon. But with Kubrick at the helm and Peter Sellers playing three of the main characters, this unlikely film — like its ending — works very well indeed.
The film: Trainspotting, Danny Boyle (1996)
The song: Lust for Life, Iggy Pop
The scene: Choose Life voiceover
The opening drumbeat of “Lust for Life” kicks in and Renton deadpans “Chose life. Choose a career.” — the beginning of one of the most cynically brilliant monologues in film or literature. It is strangely exhilarating and the fact that Iggy Pop is a punk legend and heroin survivor just adds to the pop culture cool.
Last year, Hollywood executives were whining about how the fact that they make bad movies Halo 3 (a massively successful video game) was putting a big dent in their movie sales. In October 2007, box office receipts were down 27%. Company mouthpieces had to come up with a reason why, so they fired up their BS machine that allows them to blame everything from online piracy to Scientology for poor movie sales and came up with this: (Excerpt from CVG)
Film executives are blaming Halo 3 for lower than expected October Box Office numbers, which on the weekend of the 5th were down a whopping 27 percent from the same time last year.
Many film executives, reports Advertising Age, are convinced that punters stayed indoors to play Master Chief’s latest, which let’s not forget broke all box office records by making $170 million on its first day. It’s now gone on to sell well over $300 million.
Ben Stiller’s new offering, The Heartbreak Kid (which cost $60 million to make) was expected to clear $20 million in its opening weekend, instead it made only $14 million. Execs blame the Chief.
It sounds like a good excuse, but RUH-ROH! A little movie called Iron Man debuted this weekend and brought in ~$104 million, which sets it at the second-highest ever opening weekend gross for a non-sequel movie. That’s a pretty good take; in fact, it’s an opening weekend that most studio execs would give their eye teeth for.
Now consider the fact that Grand Theft Auto IV was released last week. The Grand Theft Auto gaming-franchise is one of the few that is actually bigger than Halo’s. This latest installment cost $100 million to make, and GTA IV is expected to out-sell Halo 3 by more than two-fold in it’s first week of release.
In conclusion: big, bad GTA IV just came out and should have kept Iron Man’s bread-and-butter audience indoors, they’re blood-shot eyes illuminated by a flickering screen filled with the most comprehensive, open-ended virtual world ever created. So, why didn’t Iron Man flop and make $1 over the weekend? Um, maybe because it’s a good movie, and if you make good movies you don’t have to come up with silly, back-pedaling excuses for your share holders.
LOS ANGELES – “Iron Man” was pure gold at the box office.
The Marvel Comics adaptation, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the guy in the metal suit, hauled in $100.7 million during its opening weekend and $104.2 million since debuting Thursday night, the second-best premiere ever for a nonsequel, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The film also scored overseas with $96.7 million in 57 countries where it began opening Wednesday, putting its worldwide total at $201 million.
The movie, distributed by Paramount, is the first release by Marvel Studios, which has begun financing its own productions after such studio-backed hits as the “Spider-Man,” “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” flicks.
“We could not have hoped for a better way for Marvel Studios to blast off,” said David Maisel, chairman of the unit, a division of Marvel Entertainment, which stands to pull in a greater share of box office receipts and merchandising money by financing movies itself.
Debuting in second place with $15.5 million was Sony‘s romantic comedy “Made of Honor,” starring “Grey’s Anatomy” heartthrob Patrick Dempsey as a man who tries to woo his best pal after she asks him to be “maid of honor” at her wedding.
“Iron Man,” which won rave reviews from many critics, features Downey as billionaire arms designer Tony Stark, a boozy womanizer who builds a high-tech suit and becomes a superhero, mending his ways after he’s taken captive and sees firsthand the devastation his weapons cause.
Despite the huge “Iron Man” opening, Hollywood’s overall business was down compared to the same weekend last year, when “Spider-Man 3” had a record debut of $151.1 million. The top 12 movies took in $154.1 million, off 15 percent from a year ago.
“Nonetheless, `Iron Man’ did better than expected,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers. “This is certainly the shot in the arm the marketplace has needed.”
Movie attendance this year is running 6 percent behind that of 2007, so the arrival of “Iron Man” may jump start the box office as the busy summer season begins.
“If that first May movie is a big hit, it tends to lead to a big summer,” said Rob Moore, Paramount vice chairman. “There hadn’t been a big event movie yet this year. So you have the first event movie of summer, and people go `And I hear it’s really good. All right, I’m in.'”
“Iron Man” was the 10th biggest opening of all time and the fourth biggest for a superhero movie. Among nonsequels, it came in behind only the first “Spider-Man,” which premiered with $114.8 million.
“If we have to, we’re happy to come in second to another Marvel property,” Maisel said. “It emphasizes how lucky we are to have such a powerful brand that’s not loved by just comic book fans but also general movie fans.”
The next Marvel production arrives in June with “The Incredible Hulk,” distributed by Universal and starring Edward Norton.
In limited release, David Mamet‘s martial-arts drama “Redbelt” opened solidly with $68,646 in six theaters. Released by Sony Pictures Classics, “Redbelt” stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as an honorable instructor caught up in corruption in the world of mixed martial-arts competitions.
Paramount Vantage’s “Son of Rambow,” a comic tale of two British boys making their own “Rambo” movie, also opened well with $52,549 in five theaters.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Iron Man,” $100.7 million.
2. “Made of Honor,” $15.5 million.
3. “Baby Mama,” $10.3 million.
4. “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” $6.1 million.
5. “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” $6 million.
6. “The Forbidden Kingdom,” $4.2 million.
7. “Nim’s Island,” $2.8 million.
8. “Prom Night,” $2.5 million.
9. “21,” $2.1 million.
10. “88 Minutes,” $1.6 million.
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Today at Maker Faire 2008, MacGyver creator (and real life inspiration) Lee David Zlotoff announced he has a big budget MacGyver movie in the planning stages.
Zlotoff mentioned he somehow ended up with the movie rights years ago (extremely uncommon), giving him full control over the film. While few specifics were mentioned, and no formal announcement has been made, its extremely promising that the man with the power to make the film is getting the ball rolling. The question is…do you bring back Richard Dean Anderson as old MacGyver, or bring in a younger, Christian Bale-type to reprise the role of makeshift gadget god? [Maker Faire on Giz]