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Watch Marvel’s Ant-Man Premiere Tonight at 9pm ET

Marvel invites one and all to experience the World Premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man, LIVE from Hollywood! Watch tonight at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET as your favorite stars arrive at the legendary Dolby Theater!

Sponsored by Marvel Contest of Champions, this LIVE event, available to watch below, will get you up close and personal with the cast of Ant-Man like no one else can! Plus, stay until the end of the live stream to see the debut of an EXCLUSIVE clip from Marvel’s “Ant-Man”!

Co-Hosted by Marvel.com’s Tamara Krinsky and Lorraine Cink, hear directly from the biggest names in the biz. Scheduled to appear are from the film: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Abby Ryder Fortson, Gregg Turkington, Martin Donovan; Peyton Reed (director), Kevin Feige (producer), Stan Lee, Michael Grillo (executive producers), Russell Carpenter (cinematographer), Shepherd Frankel (production designer), Dan Lebental, Colby Parker (editors), Adam McKay (screenwriter).

Special Guests: James Gunn, Karen Gillan, Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernandez, Thomas Kretschmann, Chloe Bennet, Shaun Toub, Ty Simpkins, J. August Richards, Neal McDonough, Adrianne Palicki, Enver Gjokaj, Garry Brown, Tara Butters, Dave Callaham, Chris Dingess, Michele Fazekas, Drew Pearce, Eric Pearson, Doug Petrie, Marco Ramirez, Melissa Rosenberg, Jon Spaihts, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Sara White, Nicole Perlman, Cheo Coker, Tim Heidecker and more!

Jurassic World Holds on to First, Crosses $500 million Domestically

jurassic_worldJurassic World three-peat, taking the top spot at the box-office for the third week in a row. It earned an estimated $54.2 million. It narrowly beat Inside Out which earned an estimated $52.1 million in its second week.

Jurassic World has turned into a monster of a summer movie, crossing the $500 million mark at the domestic box-office. It now stands at $500.1 million, and at the foreign box-office it has earned $737.5 million. It’s well over the billion dollar mark, the third film to do so this year, earning $1.24 billion so far. It’s the fastest any film has crossed the $500 million mark doing so in 17 days. The previous record was 23 days by Marvel’s The Avengers. The film is in first place by a long shot in domestic earnings this year and is closing in on second. There’s a chance the film will give the all-time earning spot a run for its money.

Mad Max: Fury Road continues to do well adding an additional $1.74 million to bring its domestic total to $147.1 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron also hung on to tenth place earning an estimated $1.64 million to bring its domestic total to $452.4 million.

Movie Review: A Deadly Adoption

This TV movie is a drama thriller starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, two of the best comedians of the industry, wait what?! Right from the first scene of this TV movie, I knew I was in for some horrendous entertainment, which also pays tribute to Lifetime channel for the completing 25 years. Don’t let the serious tone fool you. As if the inclusion of Ferrell and Wiig weren’t enough to tip it off, this is a spoof through and through. Melodrama, silly plot points, and gratuitous use of slow motion takes abound in this take on typical Lifetime movies. However, if you are into so-bad-they-are-good movies such as The Room, or can generally appreciate good parody, this can be a lot of fun if you just let it do what it sets out to do.

For non-lifetime viewers this will be a new and enjoyable experience which they could find funny in some scenes given the 2 comedy experts involved in it, but you need to have seen at least one Lifetime movie (which I unfortunately have) to understand the replicated elements that are included in this anniversary. It’s not a parody per-se because they didn’t have to exaggerate the already overly dramatized bits which are usually found in Lifetime movies and which some of their casual viewers find hilarious, it’s simply a replication of those but bunched together in a single movie.

a_deadly_adoptionThe story follows Robert Benson (Will Ferrell), a successful financial author and Sarah Benson (Kristen Wiig), an organic farmer who after five years of the tragic loss of their second child, an unborn boy decide to adopt from a college drop out Bridget (Jessica Lowdnes). In order to help her out in her last stages, they ask her to move in with them, & as expected she has an exterior motive. What can that be? Now here is something you don’t see everyday, or at least in a long while: a deadpan, totally serious, almost (sometimes) dramatic take on Lifetime movies-of-the-week on Lifetime. But what a strange, entertaining beast this is. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it – is this really trying to be serious? How much of this is supposed to be a joke or a comedy? One may go into watching this with Ferrell and Wiig at the top of the cast and wonder what’s up, if this is going to lampoon Lifetime movies. I should say it does, but not as much as I thought it would, or rather it’s in small doses. There are lines and scenarios that are very funny, such as referring to the main couple’s daughter’s condition: “You know the dangers of diabetic ketoacidosis!” Or the fact that Ferrell’s character, Robert Benson, is now a reformed alcoholic who used to go on benders during his book tours for books on financial advice.

I thought about other made-for-TV cable movies that come out, like the Sharknado movies and the like on the SyFy channel, which probably have about the same self-awareness as this one. But I never see the actors in those movies – many of them are all but winking at the camera as they go to collect their quick paychecks to get eaten by CGI sharknados or Megapythons or whatever. Ferrell, Wiig and company aren’t out to make anything cheap or silly here (though maybe the last scene is goofy, perhaps just like a Lifetime movie). The funny thing is, because Ferrell and Wiig and co-star Jessica Lowdnes play everything completely straight – and Ferrell and Wiig are better actors than a Lifetime movie should ever deserve – and it’s all believable, sometimes verging on maybe, kinda, sorta being dramatic in a *good* way, until one realizes what they’re saying, more often than not, is absurd, as are the situations they get themselves in.

5586d78dca2dc24e4d26e775_a-deadly-adoptionThe tropes are all recognizable if one is into Lifetime movies, and that’s also the idea, from the happy white family and the “bad” girl that comes in to make things chaotic. It’s not something that can be easily parsed into ‘Oh, it’s just a parody’ or ‘Oh, it’s actually just another Lifetime movie with these actors’. I found myself laughing many times while watching, if not during every scene. There are some obvious jokes here, for example: So many SLO-MO dramatic scenes. Including zooming in on high heels at the end, A conservative financial author having young groupies, the family pictures (look at Ferrell‘s face), the cop “So there is a possibility Bridgette Jones hasn’t been living here?” stating the obvious right after Ferrell and Wiig just identified the picture, the dock after 6 years later, is left as a pile of broken wood, the speech on the bench between Robert and Bridgette, the way Wiig and Ferrell both lay motionless after being knocked out was exactly the same way (perfectly flat, like a dummy), cliche’ quotes “I’m your new MOMMY now!” “Look what you did to our FAMILY!” and “Let’s keep this our little SECRET!”, Ferrell emerges from a smoke-filled garage (after being shot twice in the arm) and carrying Wiig out as if he forgot he just got shot, Boyfriend gets shot in the gut, then runs around the cabin packing as if he forgot he just got shot, Will Ferrell overcoming his ridiculous fears of boating to save his daughter. & of course the over the top dance sequence at the end! Will Ferell and Kristen Wiig actually did a pretty good job in their serious roles, Will Ferrell especially i thought for the most part got me to see him as a serious character rather than the funny guy, so i wouldn’t mind seeing him do more of this. Jessica Lowndes was downright entertaining throughout. Whether it was her gorgeous looks or how her acting progressed through her character’s development.

On the whole, A Deadly Adoption, is a true tongue in cheek Lifetime movie, which can be enjoyed mainly due to its failing serious tone. Do watch this if you enjoys spoofs, bad (in a good way) movies! According to me watching Will Ferrell and beautiful women in a purposely bad script isn’t a bad way to spend a couple of hours. Weird but hilarious!

Overall Rating: 7.9

Director – Rachel Goldenberg
Starring – Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Lowndes
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 90 minutes
Network – Lifetime

Movie Review: Out of the Dark

11427209_991797417521253_2591932197759969677_nHaving gone through a couple of reviews of this film out there & after watching it last night, I actually agree with most reviews! This film is more of a mystery thriller with some horror elements rather than a horror movie. It’s just not as scary or creepy enough to qualify. Yes! it has some jump scare moments, which are kinda generic and predictable. But as this ghost or horror story progresses, the plot elements just get too nonsensical and unbelievable. The twist in the movie also might have been interesting, had it not been drowned out by way too much hokiness and melodrama. If you start watching this movie in hope to see a great horror movie, you will end up disappointed.

The story follows Sarah Holding and Paul (Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman) who have just arrived in Santa Clara, Colombia, with their young daughter Hannah (Pixie Davies). Sarah has a new job at the paper factory owned by her father (Stephen Rea), while Paul works from home as an illustrator for children’s books. And as they settle into their gorgeous new house in a lush neighborhood, the community is preparing for its annual Saint Children Festival, commemorating a tragic event at least 500 year old.

out-of-the-dark-8However, the family will soon become aware of the town’s very dark history, where hundreds of years before the conquistadors rounded up all the children of the town and held them for ransom, and despite getting their ransom they ended up slaughtering all the children by burning them alive. It’s now believed the angry ghosts of these children haunt Santa Clara, thus it won’t be long before Sarah and her family soon find themselves as targets of these angry spirits, especially Hannah. But it’s something much more recent that seems to have sparked a malevolent force in the town, as everyone catches glimpses of swarms of face-covered children emerging from the rain forest. Frankly, the film starts out promising enough, giving it some potential for it to be a decent film, but it just doesn’t really pick up enough for this to happen, and apart from the odd moment here & there it stays pretty flat. It even lacks in the jump/scare department as well, and for a haunted horror film to not have any decent moments of the most common way to scare it’s audience, doesn’t bode well. The story’s rather predictable with no real twists or surprises, and is actually quite slow going for the most part, which can be OK as long as the story keeps your interest. This struggles to keep your interest, however, and it actually ends up feeling like a bit of a chore to make it through to the end.

While I can’t think of an example for this story being used before, it doesn’t feel original or innovative, and doesn’t really keep you on edge guessing till the end. The ghosts are simply not scary! Director Quilez indulges in all the usual atmospherics, including sudden thunderstorms and power cuts, a sinister dumbwaiter and even a ball bouncing ominously down the stairs. Even so, he resists ramping up the horror too much, making the film feel more like a mystery as Sarah and Paul investigate the strange goings on, learning dark secrets about the town’s past. When someone mentions the “old paper mill” it’s clearly going to feature later on. And this gives the movie an intriguing sense that perhaps not everything that’s happening is supernatural. That said, the plot is so thin that it barely exists, held together by a hint of subtext and the grounded performances. Yes, the acting is decent, as both Stiles and Speedman play everything with utmost seriousness, even though their characters are only sketchily defined. Of course, both have done better roles before!

OUTOFTHEDARKREVFEATLittle Pixie Davies is everything a passive child victim is cut out to be in such films – innocent, adorable and helpless. She is a delight! Stephen Rea gives his usual combination of old world charm and shifty secrecy, but even he is only barely there. Aside from a nanny (Vanesa Tamayo), no one else really registers as a character at all. Instead, the film’s real star is its setting, with its constantly changing weather and deep shadows. So it’s a shame that the script doesn’t use more of the cultural landscape, which is deployed for little more than ambiance. This leaves the entire film feeling rather slight, never quite making anything of the corporate responsibility sub-themes that might have given a subtle thriller a meaty center. Yet, I could only shake my head in disbelief at some of the decisions of the family members as the threats increase. As mentioned, it all seems to spiral into a non-believable mess, despite a twist in the story that might have been intriguing.

First time director Lluis Quilez unfortunately chose the path of “by-the-numbers” scares and let it deteriorate into too much melodrama! On the whole, ‘Out of the Dark‘, is a perfect example of a missed opportunity, with a fresh setting, talented cast & a seemingly lesser used concept of ‘Haunted children’ at its disposal, but ultimately, lacked the depth and substance to make it a very effective Horror film. Frankly, it can be considered as an average mystery film, other than a R rated horror as its being advertised or probably just another below average run-of-the-mill haunted horror films that fails to deliver for about 90% of the time. It’s not a horrendous movie, but it’s definitely far from being one of the best!

Overall Rating: 4.5

Director – Lluís Quílez
Starring – Stephen Rea, Scott Speedman, Julia Stiles
Rating – R
Run Time – 92 minutes

Movie Review: The Gunman

The-GunmanRight after the success of Liam Neeson in the Taken series, a whole bunch of 50+ actors seemed to be taking the same route ‘don’t mess with the old dude’ formula in order to re capture their looming stardom, well for obvious reasons most  have failed, with the exception of the ever awesome Denzel Washington, who is awesome in everything he does!

This time around Sean Penn, an actor (according to me) who at times is too serious for his own good, decides to take the now too familiar route for no reason whatsoever with director Pierre Morel, the man behind the original Taken! While the film has bombed at the BO & has received negative reception all over, I still say the film is not that bad, who am I kidding, its just stale! The story follows Jim Terrier (Sean Penn in his first major big screen role in two years), an ex-special forces soldier, who works with the CIA as a member of a security detail protecting employees of NGOs in third world countries like the Congo. Jim’s group also has a “parallel mission” of doing financially and politically motivated hits for unknown organizations who are pretty high in the global pecking order. Jim’s less than thrilled with his job and suddenly flees Africa, leaving his surgeon girlfriend, Annie (Jasmine Trinca), in the care of his boss, Felix (Javier Bardem). Eight years later, Jim is a broken man, apparently trying to atone for a past that just can’t seem to leave him alone. He suffers from massive headaches and other disorienting symptoms from blows to the head he took while working as a special operator. Emotionally, he’s not in much better shape.

10451717_773169509427679_8742530465436540496_nHe hasn’t seen Annie since he left her without explanation and he also regrets the things he’s done professionally. His answer is to come back to the Congo to help dig wells that will provide the locals with safer and more accessible drinking water. One day, a group of gun and machete-wielding thugs storm the site where Jim is working. They’re either really upset about what’s coming out of their taps at home, or they have an even more serious beef with him. Jim sets out to discover the reason for the attempt on his life before it’s too late. This leads him to reconnect with acquaintances from his past (Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance) and make new acquaintances (Idris Elba), while using his own “particular set of skills” to stay alive long enough to get to the bottom of what’s been happening. His quest takes him from the Congo to London, Gibraltar and Barcelona. There are shoot-outs, fight scenes and chases aplenty and the movie gives us one of the more original climactic scenes that I’ve witnessed in quite a while. Yet, while watching this I knew why the film failed, mainly as it tries to take itself too seriously considering its cliched ridiculous plot! The reason why Taken was such a success that it accepted & endured its plot holes & embraced its ridiculousness for the sake of providing fun, which clearly this film was in no mood to do so. The first half of the movie, once the prologue is over, is overly long and lacks any real action. However, the action picks up after that and some of the action scenes in the 2nd half of the film are quite fun, if overly gory, for this type of movie. This is particularly disappointing as the director of this film, Pierre Morel, was the cinematographer of the first two Transporter films and is the director of the first Taken film, so I thought he’d have the tone of these types of movies down. As I mentioned before the plot respectively ‘sucks’! The anonymous villain in the background that we never see is an enigmatic corporation that exploits the Congo’s mineral-wealthy resources for billions. As laudable as this anti-corporate ideology is, it gets lost in this confused actioner and the noise of gunfire. Basically, the upper echelon villains are never shown when Interpol arrests them. Desperately, the film aspires to be another Blood Diamond, but it fails miserably by comparison. This message laden potboiler bogs down in its own pretentious storytelling. Basically everything that occurs between the awesomely staged gunfights is designed to baffle if not bore you. Simultaneously, the biggest actors are squandered, too! First, Oscar winner Javier Bardem dies about an hour into the fracas.

Second, you catch glimpses of Idris Elba, but this magnetic British actor is sidelined essentially until the last quarter-hour. Third, cast as a stereotypical damsel-in-distress, Jasmine Trinca makes only a minor impression as Penn’s love interest. Director Pierre Morel, who as I mentioned in my opening paragraph directed the first Taken film, knows how to direct some fabulous action scenes, and this is clearly the case in this film, but yet this film will surely be affecting his resume as a director, as clearly he requires a good writer to accompany him. Sean Penn, who produced and co-scripted the film, as stated above, is an overly-serious actor that takes his craft over- seriously and usually drives an overly-serious tone to whatever project he is involved with, its pretty obvious from where this unnecessary over serious failing tone came in the film. while Rylance and Bardem seem to be having a little less serious time with their characters. The always watchable Ray Winstone shows up as a shady character from Penn’s past and elevates every scene he is in. The head scratch-er is Idris Elba. I don’t know what he is doing in this movie, clearly a paycheck film for him. On the whole, despite  its enviable cast, exotic locales, and energetic action scenes, this Sean Penn shoot’em up The Gunman misfires! If only it had a touch of less seriousness & focused solely on its fun action sequences, this overly-serious action flick could have been saved!

Overall Rating: 4.5

Director – Pierre Morel
Starring – Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca
Run Time – 115 minutes
Rated – R

Movie Review: Ted 2

ted2_promo_posterPOSTER-1“Bigger, Better, Tedder.”

That’s what I was clamoring for since the moment the credits rolled on the first one. Now being a native New Englander myself, I really wanted to like Ted 2. No, correction I wanted to love it. Unfortunately only 20 minutes into it, I absolutely hated it. I almost walked out. However 20 more minutes in I started to like it. Like, really like it despite the plot  (Ted, upset due to the fact that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts defines him as property and not a person goes on a quest for his civil rights.) being shoe string thin. While I think it was bad choice for Seth MacFarlane to start out the movie with an excruciatingly long dance number, hey that’s Seth. What makes the first minutes so hard to watch is a boring wedding reception and the crudeness level being turned up to 11. (A scene of Ted wearing a wife beater going through bills at the dinner table is classic). Fair warning in advance, starting out it is slow going.

The first half hour of the movie is just an absolute onslaught of foul language (too much to be quite honest and I’m from the region this movie takes place) and ridiculous toilet humor peppered in with some entertaining cameos. (See the Liam Neeson cameo and you just might pee yourself it was so good.) Despite his part being ruined by the barrage of commercials, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady does a serviceable performance. (Don’t quit your day job Tom. Stick to championships) Where the movie really shines however is through heart of the core cast. John Bennett (Mark Wahlburg) Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) and of course the star Ted (Seth MacFarlane) just take this totally preposterous scenario and breathe true blue life into it. They do so well they make you forget that Ted is not a real actor. Kudos to them, it’s not easy.

Of course there is tons of potty humor and 80’s references galore. Hell there’s even a scene which takes place at NY Comic Con (Which was amazing!) This movie is surprisingly Bi-Polar. (Like our New England Weather) You will go back and forth on it several times. One refreshing change is they veered away from using too many “Family Guy” style cut scenes and the movie moves along in a briskly linear fashion. However the reusing of Giovanni Ribisi’s creepy character Donny from the first movie was just groan inducing. They even used the same gag again. Same with Sam Jones reprising his role as the retired (and quite tired) Flash Gordon as John and Ted’s new buddy, was just unnecessary and felt forced. Suprisingly I did not miss Mila Kunis’ character (Lori Collins) at all as Amanda Seyfried outshined her completely. I was shocked due to the fact there was not a much more overly dramatic explanation of her absence. Nope, she divorced John. That was it.

MacFarlane and Co. do a great job of fan service to everyone who grew up in the 80’s. They even finally mention the store where John’s parents purchased Ted for him. (Child World, I used to shop there so I absolutely marked out for the reference.) Although the fact they obviously put more money, time and effort into making this sequel, it tries way too hard and falls just a bit short. This might even be history for being the first movie that has starred Morgan Freeman and not been absolutely incredible. Never thought I’d see the day.

Overall: If you like crude language, so much weed smoking, anthropomorphized talking stuffed bears, and plot holes the size of the Wells Report, this is the movie for you. If not? Well turn your brains off and (like Neil Diamond says) turn on your heartlights and give it a view anyway. You might just hate, love, then like it like I did.

Score: 7.3

Sony and Marvel Find Their Spider-Man and Director

Tom HollandRemember when all those sites in the know said Asa Butterfield was cast as Spider-Man? Guess who ISN’T Spider-Man. That’d be Asa Butterfield.

Today, Marvel and Sony have announced they have cast Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The 19-year-old English Actor has mostly been in movies I’ve never heard of including The Impossible, How I Love Now, and the upcoming films Pilgrimage, In the Heart of the Sea, and Back Country, all out in 2015, as well as the television miniseries Wolf Hall.

In the release it said that producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal were impressed with his performances as well as his “complex screen tests.”

Also announced today is that Jon Watts will be directing the film. Watts is an interesting choice (continuing a string of interesting choices by Marvel) and his previous work involves numerous episodes of the televisions series Onion SportsDome and The Onion News Network, and the films Clown and Cop Car. Again, none of which I’ve seen.

The film will be financed and released by Sony and they will “collaborate” with Marvel on a “new creative direction for the Web-Slinger.”

The next Spider-Man film hits theaters July 28, 2017, though the character is rumored to first appear in a Marvel film beforehand.

SDCC 2015: Michael Keaton to Star in and Produce Imagine Agents at Fox

Imagine Agents TP Cover by Khary RandolphBOOM! Studios is heading into San Diego Comic-Con with a bunch of announcements leading up to the convention. For the first one, the comics publisher has revealed that Michael Keaton will star in and produce a film adaptation at 20th Century Fox of the comic series Imagine Agents, created by Brian Joines.

Written by Joines and illustrated by Bachan, Imagine Agents is the story of two agents who work for clandestine organization I.M.A.G.I.N.E. to keep kids’ imaginary friends under control. Little do they know that an abandoned “friend” from long ago is about to disrupt the status quo and turn everything upside down. The series was published from October 2013 to January 2014, with a collected edition released in December 2014.

BOOM! has a first-look feature film deal at 20th Century Fox that includes first-dollar gross on films based on any of its comics, which the publisher splits with its creators.

BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie will produce the film with Keaton and Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar. President of Development Stephen Christy will executive produce with Anonymous Content’s Eli Selden. Senior Vice President of Film Adam Yoelin will co-produce in cooperation with Anonymous Content’s Ashley Zalta.

Miles Morales, Sony, Marvel, and Spider-Man Films

Spider-Man Miles MoralesThis weekend it was announced that Miles Morales would be taking over as “the” Spider-Man in comics when the new Marvel Universe gels after Marvel‘s Secret Wars event wraps up. Part of the reason cited for the change was the lobbying by fans to get Morales to be the big screen Spider-Man in the Marvel/Sony movie reboot.

Some sites have attempted to generate controversy by mining the leaked Sony documents currently hosted by Wikileaks. There are various documents that have Peter Parker remaining Caucasian, straight, and having gotten his powers in high school or college. You know, like he is in the comics. In other words, Sony couldn’t go and change the character without Marvel’s permission. Also mentioned was he was male, doesn’t torture, doesn’t kill unless in self-defense or defending others, doesn’t smoke, does not swear beyond PG-13, doesn’t sell illegal drugs, doesn’t abuse alcohol, and doesn’t have sex before the age of 16 or with anyone younger than 16.

That’s not too controversial in my mind. Is the rest of the list a problem too? I surely hope not. But some websites like clickbait and don’t present all the pertinent information in their articles, especially during their attempts drum up controversy. I’m not going to link to the original article that started it all, but it’s a site that does this a lot, and unfortunately other sites regurgitated what the original site wrote unchallenged.

I decided to see what I could turn up about Sony’s interest in Miles Morales. The character made his debut in 2011, and in late 2011 there’s a memo written by Jim Underwood currently the Global Head of Entertainment Strategy for Facebook, but from 2010 to 2012 he was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, that specifically mentions the character as part of the discussion between Marvel and Sony about characters.

The initial document from August 2011 lays out the discussion between Sony and Marvel over some of Marvel’s characters, and who could do what with each, and what could be done with them. It goes over various an impressive roster of characters even the most die-hard fans might not know about. It also give insight into some of what Sony was looking at for their movies like Venom, The Jury, and Kraven.

In the document entitled “Spider-Man Disputed Characters List” the first bullet point discusses Miles Morales, even adding the characters to something called the “‘Alternative Spider-Man’ schedule.” It is specifically mentioned that Morales isn’t “Caucasian” getting around Marvel’s requirement for Spider-Man as far as that characteristic. This indicates that as far back as 2011 Sony was thinking about diversity in its Spider-Man films. That’s completely opposite of what many sites would lead you to believe. Also of interest is the mention of rumors that Morales was to be gay and Sony would like the right to portray him as so.

Spider-Man_2099_1_Cover_BianchiThere’s also the mention of lots of other IP include various diverse Spider-Man characters. There’s Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099, and Paviitr Prabhakar who is the Spider-Man of India. Yes, diversity was on people’s minds. Also was Spider-Man as a member of the Fantastic Four, that was to be discussed as well.

While there were some articles that said Sony wasn’t interested in a movie with Morales or O’Hara, the documents say otherwise. They were on their mind to use at some point.

There’s also a list of characters/organizations that were no-go, some of which dealt with Daredevil. One of the non-exclusive characters was Jessica Drew, also known as Spider-Woman, a character that has been rumored to show up as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel wouldn’t be able to call her Spider-Woman.

Some of the characters and locations discussed as having to do with Daredevil include The Arranger, Brainwasher, Flint, the Kingpin, Vanessa Fisk, Julius, Fisk Tower, Gloom Room A-Go-Go. Kingpin looks to be shared between the companies with Marvel’s use being specific to Daredevil and other characters Fisk interacted with previously.

Interesting characters, groups, and locations that are mentioned as reserved by Marvel include Bullseye, Cloak and Dagger, Elektra, Jigsaw, The Owl, Moses Magnum, The Punisher, Werewolf by Night, Speedball, A.I.M., Hydra, High Evolutionary, Roxxon, and a whole lot more.

The final document was from September 2011, and who knows when/if it was signed. It’s unknown how these documents were adopted, but it’s interesting that Sony was very interested in Miles Morales, especially for those things that make him a character for the new generation.

Jurassic World Still Rains Cash, While Inside Out Debuts Strong

jurassic_worldJurassic World retained the top spot at the domestic earning an estimated $102 million. That’s only a 51% decline from its first weekend, which is much less than expected. That’s the second best second weekend earnings ever. The film has earned $398.2 million at the domestic box office. Internationally the film has brought in $583.1 million bringing its total worldwide to $981.3 million. World will cross the billion mark soon, making it the quickest a movie has gotten to that mark. The current record holder Furious 7 took 17 days and World will do it in 11 or 12. The film still hasn’t opened in Japan.

insideout1Not to be outdone though, Inside Out debuted with an impressive $91.1 million. That’s actually the best debut ever for an original property. The film earned $41 million internationally giving it a total of $132 million for its first weekend. It’s only opened in 42% of the global markets. The film’s domestic opening is the second best ever opening weekend for a Pixar film.

In more comic related film earnings, Avengers: Age of Ultron continued to bring in the dollars adding an estimated $2.7 million at the domestic box office. The film has earned $1.37 billion so far.

When it comes to the 2015 top grosses, Age of Ultron still is on top as far as domestic earnings. Jurassic World will likely pass it. Worldwide, Furious 7 is still on top with Age of Ultron in second and Jurassic World has quite a bit to go, but is currently in third.

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