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Comi-Con 2015: May The ‘Hall H’ Audience Be With You!

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The major buzz at Comi-Con 2015 was focused on the auditorium known as Hall H, which has become an iconic launching pad for the next run of Sci-Fi films waiting for commercial release.

This year at Hall H, a panel discussions included cast members from X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four and where Ryan Reynolds made as surprise appearance to plug the upcoming Deadpool.

Fantastic Four

This is already a start-studded line up. The next X-Men romp, due out May 2, 2016, includes in its cast James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, Evans Peters, Kodi Smit-McPHee, Sophia Turner, Tye Sheridan, Axexandra Shipp, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy and Hugh Jackman — not so easy to say in one breath. The third Fantasy Four adventure, due out June 2017, stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey and Tim Blake Nelson.

In terms of whoops and hollers, it appears to be unanimous. Deadpool with its R-rating and its comedic approach was the year’s biggest response from the crowd. Due out Februery 2016, it features Ryan Reynolds as the snarky anti-hero Deadpool with help from Morena Baccarin and Ed Skrein.

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Of course, all things Sci-Fi lands on its feet at Comi-Con. One critic wrote, “It is safe to say that everyone at Comi-Con is a Star Wars fan.” That probably includes those who named their dogs “Chewie.” In any case, no one will argue with that statement.

A smattering of Comi-Con reviews includes a detailed appreciation for Brianna Hildebrand’s eye-catching spandex X-Men costume, a yellow and black number that was met with approval, despite the point that she’s a “superhero in training,” the critic said.

Deadpool’s R-rating, it is safe to say, caused more than a few Sci-Fi eyebrows to lift. The movie is peppered with four-letter punch lines and an up against the wall love scene that looks fully nude in the trailer. (Who knows; one of them might be wearing socks.)

Not due for release until August 2016, Suicide Squad also created quite a stir in Hall H. The film is chalk full of anti-hero types, which means super-villans who band together for a suicide mission, more or less a retake of The Dirty Dozen, who were bad-ass military prisoners promised release if they towed the line and participated in one against-all-odds mission in World War II.

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Yes, this probably sends the clear signal to the public that movie studios are trying to squeeze every last drop of income they can out of the world of DC and Marvel Comics. Basically, it was Batman and Superman with some Cat Woman and Wonder Women appearances to provide the sex appeal. But now the floodgates are open and films will never be the same.

Last but not least, of course, The Force Awakens, the seventh feature out of the Star Wars series, is due out in December, which gave Lucasfilm a chance to take a bow at Comi-Con. The return of the Great Ones: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford all on one stage certainly got the tweets a’tweetin’, even though the triumvirate are well past their prime almost 40 years passed the release date of the first Star Wars film – May 25, 1977.

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Talk about changing history. The futuristic Star Wars series did just that, light-sabers swinging and The Force, if not awakened, at least put on high alert.

The other Sci-Fi offerings that year, Empire of the Ants (giant ants in Florida) and Tentacles (about an over-reaching octopus).

Here are some Comic-con videos you HAVE to check out!

X-Men cast at Comi-Con:

The Fantastic Four:

Deadpool:

Star Wars:

 

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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