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Spider-Man: Far From Home Opens with the Largest Tuesday Debut of All Time

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home is going to win the weekend box office easy but the question is how high will it swing?

The film opened with the largest Tuesday debut of all time with $39.25 million. That beats the previous record holder which was The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man opened with $137 million over six days in 2012. Sony is predicting $125 million for six days for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It’s likely the studio is underestimating the grosses due to 2019 seeing a string of films failing to meet expectations.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opened with $117 million in July 2017. It’s hard to compare the two films due to their opening days and when July 4th falls this year. Spider-Man: Far From Home is expected by some to bring in over $175 million over six days.

The film has opened up internationally with openings in China, Japan, and Hong Kong. So far it has earned $111 million. It expands to the rest of the world, minus Italy, this coming weekend. It opens in Italy on July 10.

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home

It’s difficult to review Spider-Man: Far From Home in its totality. Doing so would spoil so much of what makes the film great. The movie is easily the best Spider-Man film to be released. We’re not counting Into the Spider-verse for that debate. It also challenges the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s really that good.

The film picks up post Avengers: Endgame. Not only does it directly address events from that film, but it also answers many of our questions stemming from it. So many scenarios are thrown out about the impact of the snap. So many quick comments. And so much of it is addressed with humor and realism. And that’s the brilliance of the film.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is able to add massive amounts of worldbuilding and details through simple quick sentences. It’s a movie that’s smart in how it delivers information to the audience. It’s also clearly aware of the weight on its shoulders.

Here’s a spoiler… for Avengers: Endgame

The film deals with the fallout of the death of the heroes, particularly Tony Stark. It questions what’s Tony’s legacy and who will take up the mantle? And that responsibility is thrown on to the shoulders of Peter Parker. Tony saw something in him and that’s addressed here. Helping explore that is Happy Hogan who takes on a more involved role that’s almost fatherly.

End spoiler…

The film itself is about elementals who have come from another dimension to destroy our planet as they’ve done to others. Enter Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, a mysterious person from a different Earth. He’s a soldier out to stop the elementals who destroyed his world.

It’s also the summer and Peter and his fellow students are off to Europe. There, Peter wants to tell MJ how he feels about her.

You’ve got action, you’ve got mystery, and you have a very cute high school romcom all rolled into one.

The film does an excellent job of using all of its cast. Other than a few students who don’t get much to do, even secondary characters get added depth. Flash Thompson has more added to his character out of two small moments than all of the previous Spider-Man films combined. That’s how smart the film is. We know more about him due to a text he sends and an interaction at the end and it all makes us understand his character. Those two moments are maybe 30 seconds combined and involve one sentence.

Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are the writers for the film and Jon Watts directs, just as they did for Spider-Man: Homecoming. They clearly get these characters and this world and nail it in every way. Throw money at them and keep them around for as long as possible.

Every actor shines too with Zendaya particularly coming out of her shell from the first film and Tom Holland really showing some depth in acting with emotional moments. Jacob Batalon, as Ned, is given so much more to do and is so entertaining with every line delivery. Martin Starr and J.B. Smoove delivering so much humor to moments. Jake Gyllenhaal feels like he’s just having so much fun with what he’s given. He chews the scenery in a great way. Everyone is amazing and shines. There are no weak parts.

The film’s greatest strength is in every small detail in the script and on the screen. It has a lot on its shoulders with so much to do and it succeeds. It wraps up the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe phase and sets up what’s next. Boy does it. It does the impossible at every turn and delivers a summer popcorn film with humor, depth, and heart. The film has it all and I can’t wait to see it again in the theater.

Overall Rating: 10

It was a Great Night at the Oscars for Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Black Panther

Black Panther can call itself an Oscar winning film… a multiple winning Oscar film.

Ruth Carter won for “Costume Design.” The film also won for “Production Design” with Hannah Beachler being honored for production design and Jay Hary being honored for set decoration. The film’s third win of the night was “Original Score” for Ludwig Goransson‘s work.

Black Panther tied with Roma and Green Book for the second most Oscar wins for the night tied. Bohemian Rhapsody won 4 times.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

It was a Marvel night with Sony‘s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse taking home best “Animated Feature Film” with Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller sharing the award.

But, Marvel didn’t win for everthing. Avengers: Infinity War lost to First Man for “Visual Effects.” Black Panther also lost out to Green Book for “Best Picture.”

Check out below for Tweets from the show including quotes from the winners.




Toy Fair 2019: Who You Gonna Call? This Transformers/Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Coming to Toys and Comics!

Autobots, Decepticons and ghosts?! Hasbro and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have revealed the first-ever Transformers-Ghostbusters Collaborative figure, the ECTO-1 Ectotron, available at GameStop summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at Hasbro Pulse, GameStop, and EB Games Canada. This year marks the 35th anniversary of both Transformers & the original Ghostbusters film.

When fans of the iconic Ecto-1 from the 1984 Ghostbusters movie look a little closer at this nostalgic interpretation of the car, they will be treated with a new “robot in disguise” named Ectotron, a converting Paranormal Investigator. The figure is packed in a G1-inspired box featuring classic tech specs and comes with its own proton pack and Slimer accessory, and converts between two modes in 22 steps – a seven inch Ecto-1 vehicle and a Transformers robot.

The Ghostbusters have a new, out of this world teammate and fans will be able to meet the all new Transformers character Ectotron in his epic origin story by IDW Publishing. A brand new 5-part series from creative team Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening begins in June 2019.

The ECTO-1 ECTOTRON figure is available at GameStop starting Summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at Hasbro PulseGameStop and EB Games Canada.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Gets Two Teaser Trailers

Sony has released our first look at Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next Spider-Man film out July 5, 2019.

Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Trailer

International Trailer

Celebrate Your Holidays with A Very Spidey Christmas

A Very Spidey Christmas

Just in time for the holiday season, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – A Very Spidey Christmas EP is available from Sony Music Masterworks. Voiced by cast members of the Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation critically-acclaimed hit feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the five-track EP reimagines classic holiday favorites with Spider-Man inspired lyrics.  

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Phil Lord based on the Marvel Comics. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg. Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis and Will Allegra serve as executive producers. The film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn with Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn and Liev Schreiber. 

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE – A VERY SPIDEY CHRISTMAS EPTRACKLIST:

  1. Joy to the World – Shameik Moore
  2. Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine
  3. Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson
  4. Up on the House Top – Chris Pine
  5. The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Outfit Swings Into Marvel’s Spider-Man

As a “holiday gift,” Insomniac Games has released Sam Raimi‘s version of Spider-Man for Marvel’s Spider-Man for the Playstation 4. The suit is included for free in the latest update for the game.

Fans have demanded, ie at times harassed the Insomniac staff, to add the suit to the game since its release. They have now moved on to doing the same to get the suit from The Amazing Spider-Man. The lesson, don’t give into online harassment, it only encourages more.

Sam Raimi Spider-Man for Marvel's Spider-Man on Playstation 4

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse with Osvaldo Oyola & Felicia Perez. Listen to the Podcast on Demand!

Miles Morales’ feature film debut is breaking boundaries and winning accolades. Join us for a conversation about:

  • This most comic book of all comic book movies
  • “It’s like Obama’s 8 years”
  • The superpower of invisibility vs hypervisibility
  • Miles’ charter school (waiting for Spider-Man not Waiting for Superman)
  • Why did we wait so long for a brown Spider-Man?
  • “Black Panther meets The Power-Puff Girls”

Osvaldo Oyola teaches writing at New York University and serves on the executive board for the International Comics Art Forum. His blog, The Middle Spaces publishes work on comics, music and culture. You can also find images from and comments on his growing collection of both current and back issues of comics on his tumblr, Notes from Comics Collecting. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Felicia Perez is the Innovation Director at the Center for Story-based Strategy. She’s worked at the United Workers Congress, ACLU of Southern California & was a high school social studies for 12 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she was also an active union leader. She reviews films at Lucha’s Flix Picks

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining, the Third DLC Gets a Teaser

In the tension-filled finale to Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps, the web-slinger must rely on unlikely allies to protect the city from calamity.

Silver Sable has stormed back to reclaim her stolen Sable International tech. With New York Police Chief Yuri Watanabe on administrative leave following her exploits against Hammerhead, Spider-Man will have to rely on unlikely allies to keep Marvel’s New York safe.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining features new missions, new and upgraded enemy and crime types, along with upgraded Hammerhead bases and storyline quests. There will also be new trophies, challenges, and three new suits for players to unlock.

Playstation is partnering with Sony Pictures on the upcoming film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in theaters December 14. We are offering a special promotion where users who pre-order the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film from PlayStation Store will receive a voucher for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining, a dynamic theme, and avatars as their pre-order incentive.

The new DLC includes Peter Parker’s suit from the movie. Pre-orders for the movie officially start December 14 and then you’ll be able to unlock and swing around in the film’s version of Peter Parker’s suit once Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining launches!

You can pre-order Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining for $9.99 USD MSRP on PlayStation Store. Of course, if you haven’t tried any of the post-launch content yet, you also can buy the Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps bundle of all three chapters for $24.99 USD MSRP and start playing the first two chapters now. 

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining is available for download on the PlayStation 4 system December 21, 2018.

Black Panther Earns Three Golden Globe Nominations. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Gets Animated Nod

The 2019 Golden Globe nominations are out and Black Panther has been nominated three times for best original score by Ludwig Goransson; best original song by Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe, Al Shuckburgh; and most notably, best motion picture — drama. It will go up against BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star Is Born in the “best motion picture -drama” category at the awards show.

Deadpool was the first live-action superhero film to be nominated in either of the best motion picture categories with its musical or comedy nomination two years ago. Pixar’s animated The Incredibles was nominated in the best motion picture — musical or comedy in 2004. Neither movie won. Disney and Marvel have been pushing hard for Black Panther with their sights set upon Oscar.

Check out the full list of nominations below:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Vice

Best Television Series – Drama

The Americans
Bodyguard
Homecoming
Killing Eve
Pose

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical

Barry
The Good Place
Kidding
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
A Very Englisch Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun
John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Stephan James, Homecoming
Billy Porter, Pose
Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical

Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical

Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America?
Jim Carrey, Kidding
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Connie Britton, Dirty John
Laura Dern, The Tale
Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Amy Adams, Vice
Claire Foy, First Man
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alan Arkin, Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Director – Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice

Best Animated Feature Film

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Foreign-Language Film

Capernaum
Girl
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“All the Stars,” Black Panther
Music by: Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe, Al Shuckburgh
Lyrics by: Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe, Al Shuckburgh
“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
Music by: Dolly Parton, Linda Perry
Lyrics by: Dolly Parton, Linda Perry
“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War
Music by: Annie Lennox
Lyrics by: Annie Lennox
“Revelation,” Boy Erased
Music by: Troye Sivan, Jónsi
Lyrics by: Jon Thor Birgisson, Troye Sivan, Brett McLaughlin
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
Music by: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt
Lyrics by: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay, Vice
Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly & Nick Vallelonga, Green Book

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