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Guardians of the Galaxy Still Earns Over $1 million for the Weekend

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46Guardians of the Galaxy has turned into the little(ish) movie that could. The film is in its twelfth week at the box office, coming in 13th place and earning a little over $1 million. It’s not the only “comic” movie holding on and earning cash. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in its eleventh week and earned an additional $520,000. Very overlooked, Snowpiercer is in its seventeenth week, and earned $1,200. If you haven’t seen that one, do yourself a favor and grab a copy when it hits video soon.

When it comes to totals for the year, Guardians has moved into fourth place when it comes to worldwide grosses, and there’s a good chance it will move into at least third when the ride ends. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also cross the $700 million mark worldwide, the seventh film to do so this year.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $327.8 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208.1 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $189.6 million
19. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
21. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
23. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
33. Hercules – $72.7 million
41. Robocop – $58.6 million
94. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.8 million
114. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.080.9 billion
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
4. Guardians of the Galaxy – $732.6 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $700.4 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $375 million
14. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
20. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
22. Robocop – $242.7 million
23. Hercules – $226.8 million
52. Snowpiercer – $86.7 million
83. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $38.6 million
230. We Are the Best! – $181,000

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Will Senator Patrick Leahy be in Batman v Superman?

patrick leahy dark knightThe President Pro Tempore (pro tem) of the United States Senate Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont) is a long time fan of Batman becoming a fan at a young age. 50 year later the Senator can still quote from the comic books he grew up on. The Senator who has stood up for and fought for Hollywood when it comes to things like intellectual property protection has also appeared in numerous Batman films including standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight. This conflict has raised some questions on Hollywood’s influence on the Senator.

But, with a new film around the corner starring the Dark Knight, will we see Senator Leahy in the film?

“It’s a fascinating movie. It will have superb actors in it,” Leahy told ABC News, stressing the word “superb,” in an interview posted Friday.

“My intuition says you’re in it, so we’ll leave it at that,” correspondent Jeff Zeleny replies to Leahy.

“We’ll leave it at that,” the lawmaker says with a grin.


When the film hits theaters next year keep an eye out for him. In between, we’ll see how many pieces of legislation the Senator pushes for his Hollywood friends.

(via The Hill)

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Has Hit $700 Million Worldwide

Credit: Marvel

Credit: Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy has been dominating the box office in every which way and now the film has officially passed the 700 million mark. WE ARE GROOT!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, GOTG is the third Walt Disney Studios’ release this year to pass that mark. The film’s numbers are $326.7 million domestically and $378.4 million overseas and that makes for $705.1 million overall. It is also the 4th Marvel film to reach $700 million with the other films being Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So in other words, Guardians of the Galaxy is owning life and with the film opening in Italy soon, it’ll surely get much higher grossing numbers. Can it hit $800? Oh, and it’s also the 6th top grossing film of 2014 so far. It’s definitely one of the best, maybe even the current best, film from Marvel. It’s still being quoted all around the world, and will be on everyone’s Christmas wish lists this year.

Have you seen the film? 

Warner Bros. Announces their DC Comics Movie Schedule

New-DC-Logo_BlueDuring a shareholder meeting Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced plans for Warner Bros.’ plans for movies based on DC Comics, ending months (years?) of speculation and rumors. This is the list of movies to expect post Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

August 5, 2016: Suicide Squad“four A-listers are currently in talks to star,” and the film will be directed by David Ayer.

June 23, 2017: Wonder WomanGal Gadot spins off into her on film.

November 23, 2017: Justice League Part 1 – the first part of Zack Snyder‘s two part film brings back the cast of Batman v Superman with man more added.

March 23, 2018: The FlashEzra Miller will suit up as the scarlet speedster, instead of the television show’s Grant Gustin

July 27, 2018: Aquaman – the studio has confirmed that Jason Momoa will star.

April 5, 2019: ShazamDwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to the film.

June 14, 2019: Justice League Part 2

April 3, 2020:  Cyborg – the film will star Ray Fisher.

June 19, 2020: Green Lantern

There also more solo Batman and Superman films in the works. Also announced was The Lego Batman Movie in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and The Lego Movie 2 in 2018.

In August a list of ten movie release dates was posted by BoxOfficeMojo. Here’s how those dates match up.

  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – 3/25/16
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2020) – 6/19/20 – Green Lantern above.
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2020) – 4/3/20 – Cyborg above
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2019) – 6/14/19 – Justice League Part 2 above.
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2019) – 4/5/19 - Shazam above.
  • Untitled DC Film (July 2018) – 7/27/18 - Aquaman above.
  • Untitled DC Film (March 2018) – 3/23/18 – The Flash above.
  • Untitled DC Film (Nov. 2017) – 11/17/17 – probably Justice League, thought it’s shifted by a week.
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2017) – 6/23/17 – Wonder Woman above.
  • Untitled DC Film (2016) – 8/5/16 – Suicide Squad above.

All the dates match up, except one which is shifted one week.

Anthony Desiato Discusses By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story

2014-10-09_1612We previously spoke to filmmaker Anthony Desiato about his previous film My Comic DocumentARy. He has a spin-off coming out soon By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story following the comic store owner Jay Meisel who we saw in the first film.

We got to speak to Anthony again to get the scoop on another excellent film that peals back the world of comic shops.

Graphic Policy: How did By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story come about?

Anthony Desiato: I enjoyed telling a shorter version of Jay’s story in My Comic Shop DocumentARy, and his segment played very well at screenings, so I knew I wanted to do more with him.

GP: How long did it take you to film it and edit it to get it to release?

AD: There was an initial round of filming in winter 2013, and then a second round in late summer/early fall. I didn’t really get into the editing until early spring of this year. I finished around May.

GP: During the documentary, it feels like you discovered a story with the closing of the location he was at, and that might not have been what the intent was going in. How did that change the narrative of what you went in to film, and what you ended up making?

AD: That is absolutely what happened, and it’s a perfect example of the beauty of documentary filmmaking: finding a different story than you originally intended during the filmmaking process.

When I began this project, there was no indication that the flea market would close. The documentary was originally intended to be a profile of Jay. I probably would have delved a little bit deeper into his backstory. And it would have ended on the question of, “Is there an end in sight? How much longer will Jay spend his weekends at the Empire State Flea Market?”

Then, months after I thought I was done filming, Jay got word that the market would close. As his friend, it was tremendously sad. As a documentarian, I knew I had to chronicle the end.

Had this film remained a profile, I’m sure it would have been a solid piece. But the closing of the market gave the film weight and an arc. I’m very proud of the finished product.

GP: In the film, you seem to capture the crossroads the comic industry is in. There are the changing entertainment tastes, demographics, and new technology. What is it about the industry that makes them so reluctant to embrace new technology?

AD: It’s funny, because as with my first documentary, I wasn’t necessarily trying to make any sort of statement about the industry. My only intention was to tell one man’s story. That being said, it’s gratifying that the film can have that larger meaning.

As for what makes the industry reluctant to embrace new technology, I suspect it’s a combination of tradition and the collector mentality. Certainly, on the retail side, I think the fear of becoming obsolete is very much a factor.

GP: There was an interesting discussion online about whether the digital experience could ever copy the in person experience from shops. What are your thoughts on that?

AD: Having worked in a shop for many years, and having made two documentaries about comic shops, I’m definitely biased. Still, I think there’s something to be said for those personal, face-to-face interactions.

On the other hand (see, there’s the lawyer in me!), online communication can bring together people who would never otherwise connect, whether due to geography or other factors.

GP: In the years I’ve been going to shops, there’s also this massive divide of shops that are clean, with nice displays, very professional, and others that have the stereotypical set up of being a dingy dungeon. And you’ve shown that in your two documentaries now. What’s your impression on that?

AD: That’s a great observation, and I’d have to agree. I don’t know that I’ve been to many middle-of-the-road shops. Most do seem to fall into either the clean or dingy categories. I’m not exactly sure what would account for that. The only thing I could offer is that maybe it comes down to the reason for opening the store. If the motivation is more of a business-oriented one, perhaps that leads to a more professional appearance, whereas owners who are fans first and businesspeople second may be somewhat less organized.

GP: Jay is quite a personality. What is it about comic shops and attracting larger than life personalities and the types of “characters” that go to them to shop and hang out?

AD: Jay is absolutely larger than life. It’s hard to ask for much more in a documentary subject (except maybe for someone who doesn’t address me so much while filming, but at least I got some good bloopers out of it!).

I don’t know what exactly it is that attracts such characters to comic shops, but I’m honored to be part of that club!

GP: How is Jay doing now with his new set up?

AD: As shown in the film, Jay moved his merchandise to his garage when the market closed. He’s done some garage sales since, and set up a table at a couple of local flea markets, but that’s about it. As shown in the film, it’s not exactly like business was booming to begin with in Port Chester. I think what’s hit Jay harder than anything is not having those interactions with his customers anymore.

GP: What’s next for My Comic Shop DocumentARy and By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story?

AD: My Comic Shop DocumentARy continues to be discovered on YouTube, and the responses have been tremendously positive. I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word about it.

By Spoon! has its first film festival screening on October 19th at YoFi Fest. I hope to continue to show it at festivals, but more importantly, it is very much my goal to find a true home for it this time around

Snowpiercer Coming to Blu-Ray/DVD October 21st

SnowpiercerOne of the best reviewed films of the year, Snowpiercer, will be out on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 21st. The film, which is directed by Bong Joon Ho, stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Kang-ho Song, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ah-sung Ko, Alison Pill, Luke Pasqualino and more. It opened in limited release and did open in wider release, but it didn’t manage to get an even wider audience. Now thanks to all the great reviews and word of mouth, it’ll definitely get more watches now that it’s coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD. Did you guys see the film? What did you think of it? It’s one of the best roles Chris Evans has taken on, he was wonderful in this. The whole cast did a great job and it’s directed brilliantly.

Here’s a synopsis of the film:

A failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster.

You can currently pre-order it on Blu-Ray and DVD on Amazon. Both versions have a 2nd disc filled with special features.



Downey on Gibson and Iron Man 4… aka We Were Right

During an interview with Deadline, and joke was made between the interviewer and actor Robert Downey Jr. and the idea of Mel Gibson directing Iron Man 4. Numerous sites ran the joke as fact, we knew better and reported the news correctly, sticking to fact not fiction. The lesson is, don’t fall for click bait from other sites.

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything, the actor was asked again about Gibson and future plans for Iron Man.

Zedab: Hello, Iron Man. You’ve spoken before about your willingness to re-don the Iron Man Armor if Mel Gibson was to direct. First of all, on a scale of 1 to 11 how serious were you? Secondly, what do you think Mel Gibson would bring to the Iron Man series and would you still consider returning if he does not direct?

Robert Downey Jr.: It was an offhanded remark to a journalist and friend. I have other projects in mind for Mel and I – sooner than later the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered.

So, once again, we correct in how we reported the story and other sites, that are consistently wrong with rumors, continued to be so.

Now, some, when it comes to Iron Man 4, Downey in that same interview with Deadline stated negotiations are underway. On The Ellen Show, Downey breaks down and confirms another movie is coming, though they are still negotiating details. If it is Iron Man 4 or something else is still up in the air.

And another answer on David Letterman.

Guardians Remain in the Top 10 Weekend Box Office

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46It’s been over two months since Guardians of the Galaxy was released, and the film keeps on adding dollars to its totals. The film came in ninth this past weekend at the box office, adding a little over $3 million to its domestic total. The film has earned a little over $323 million domestically so far this year. It was in eighth place last week.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles slipped out of the top ten, to come in at 14th place, and earned $760,000, to bring its domestic total to a little over $188 million.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $323.4 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $207.7 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $188.3 million
19. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
20. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
22. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
30. Hercules – $72.4 million
39. Robocop – $58.6 million
89. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.7 million
106. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.080.9 billion
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $693.8 million
7. Guardians of the Galaxy – $653.8 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
13. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $349.1 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
20. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
22. Robocop – $242.7 million
23. Hercules – $225.7 million
47. Snowpiercer – $86.6 million
84. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $35.1 million
215. We Are the Best! – $181,000

Review: Interstella 5555

Daft-Punk-daft-punk-10563101-1600-1200Did you know Daft Punk did an animated movie? Well they did. It’s called Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem and it’s basically an almost 2 hour music video dedicated to the French duo’s album Discovery, released in 2001. Now I will admit that this movie is not for everyone, considering there is no dialogue only music, and some people, who are wrong, don’t like the group of French robot DJs.

Anyway I digress, to the plot! So in another solar system, but maybe not, we have a society of Blue Alien people who are literally just enjoying the sounds of the planet’s greatest band. Many people may know this opening scene because it was the music video for the band’s single One More Time. Everyone’s having a good time, but terror strikes and the band is kidnapped by an evil corporate human with a plan to utilize their talent to his advantage.  So cues in the male lead, probably a self-proclaimed biggest fan of the group, who sets out to save them, with Digital Love playing smoothly in the background. It’s a familiar plot line in some ways, but is made into so much more, I personally feel, with the soundtrack.

So our characters mostly consist of the band, named after the song Crescendolls named who consist of Stella the bassist, Arpegius the guitarist, Baryl the drummer, and Octave the vocalist and keyboardist. Our other characters are villain Earl de Darkwood, their producer, and our hero Shep. There’s no dialogue so really you have to get a feel for the characters through their actions. This makes it harder to know the band as they are brainwashed for a majority of the movie, which means their actions may not even be out of choice, so for a while during the story we don’t really know how to feel about our music leads. We do however somewhat see a need to just play the music in them, because it is something they love to do, even if they’re being forced to do so. Our hero is very much a hero? Willing to do whatever it takes to save the band his people love so much. The villain is doing what a villain does, which is do whatever he can for his own benefit. Then we have our producer who is just the cutest most excitable thing, who loves the Crescendolls music and is ecstatic when he is allowed to make them a number one hit on Earth. Each character is sort of an archetype is we count the band as one person. This isn’t bad, though some may disagree, because it’s sort of about the music when it comes down to it.

Now animation wise this anime is very clean and well done for its 2003 time, Leiji Matsumoto was the visual supervisor while Shinji Shimizu produced the animation and Kazuhisa Takenouchi directed it. Each character is actually very separate from the others, all having their own unique design that pertains to the type of character they are in a way. It’s sort of space age and it’s probably one of the most well animated movies I have seen. It’s also something I haven’t seen done since, something on that scale at least. In the film even the backgrounds were interesting, with Shep’s ship being one big giant guitar and the opening concert seen which shows everyone having a good time. Everything still holds up actually which is impressive considering the low animation quality of the time. The art only really helps accentuate the music really, which I feel is the most important role for this film.

As was stated earlier the only sound in this film is Discovery and that actually adds to the movie for fans of Daft Punk, because it properly conveys more than dialogue can. When we hit the song Digital Love we have Shep singing the song and expressing his own feelings in an innocent way with lines like, “Last night I had this dream about you, in this dream I’m dancing right beside you.” Which is vastly different to when he later is speaking to the band with Something About Us cooing in the background, “It might not be the right time. I might not be the right one.” Then we have the scenes where our music group is being brainwashed to the song Harder Better Faster Stronger, fitting the dark mechanical tone. Daft Punk and their team clearly know where to put music appropriately in film as seen in another film they did, Electroma, and they use that knowledge to their advantage. There is never a point in the film where I felt like something was out of place; everything flows very well, creating just a fresh welcoming to the show.

The only issue remains that there is no dialogue, which could make some people stay away from this work, while I think it adds to it. Not everyone is going to enjoy this film, but I definitely think it’s worth taking a look at. It holds up well to this day and it’s personally one of my favorites. This makes me a bit biased in my scoring but maybe someone will love it as much as I do.

Interstella 5555: 8/10

No Robert Downey Jr. Did Not Suggest Mel Gibson to Direct Iron Man 4

RobertDowneyJuniorIronManSome sites have posted in his interview with Deadline, actor Robert Downey Jr. suggested that controversial actor/director Mel Gibson should direct Iron Man 4. Except, those who read the original article know that’s not what was meant, or said.

While promoting his new movie The Judge, discussion turned towards the chances of Iron Man 4, and Downey’s interest. He gives an update that discussions are being had, and the issues including his age, time commitment, his interest in doing other projects, and his wanting to spend time with his family. Basically, it’s a discussion of the right exit strategy for all.

About three quarters of the way through the article the topic turns towards Downey’s friend Mel Gibson, and the article writer’s suggestion he deserves a new chance, and also Downey’s second chance. It’s an excellent reminder of Downey’s past troubles, and that his rise is truly a second act, one many wrote off as wasn’t going to happen.

The suggestion of Gibson directing Iron Man 4 doesn’t come from Downey though, it comes from the interviewer.

DEADLINE: That’s the project Steve McQueen developed for himself.
DOWNEY: Yes, and I’m like, God, if I could find a part for Mel. But he also likes to do his own thing and sometimes he goes out of his way to do the unexpected. Sometimes with these things, it becomes a matter of time, and is seems like it’s getting a little bit old to hold a grudge.

DEADLINE: True, but the year he made Apocalypto, I didn’t see a better movie and he was ignored and hasn’t directed since. Marvel badly wants Iron Man 4 and you’ve said you aren’t doing it. How about the idea you’ll do that movie if Mel directs it?
DOWNEY: Correct.

DEADLINE: Is that our headline?
DOWNEY: Why not? That movie would be bananas.


Take it all out of context, and you have a tantalizing headline from sites trying to get hits. In context, it’s just a joke between interviewer and interviewee. Not story here folks, move along, and remember, read the actual source to get the full details, and don’t fall for clickbait.

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