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Earlier this week, the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe surpassed $7 billion in global box office sales, making it one of the most commercially successful film franchises of all time.
That includes $1.33 billion generated from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy so far -- and still growing; Guardians just opened in Japan and has a few other markets, including China, where it still isn't out yet.
Based on The Numbers, this moves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (there listed as "The Avengers") to the #2 spot all time behind only the Harry Potter film franchise, which has raised $7.7 billion globally.
Of course, the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is expected to eclipse $1 billion globally, moving Marvel at least temporarily into the #1 spot. Both Harry Potter and the #3 franchise, James Bond with $6.2 billion globally, have movies set to hit theaters in the next couple of years, and Harry Potter is widely expected to have at least two sequels if Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them performs financially.
Even so -- and even with a pair of films in Ant-Man and Doctor Strange which are expected to make somewhat less than the average Marvel movie coming up -- it's hard to ignore that Marvel will continue to have at least two movies per year coming out for the foreseeable future, while Potter and Bond will have, at the very best, one every couple of years. By the time Marvel cracks the $8 billion mark, it may be the first franchise to do so -- and will likely continue to lead the pack for the foreseeable future.
Kini -- WINNER
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Character names in the Disney film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods have been changed to correlate with previous Disney fairytales, according to the film's official website.
The character of Rapunzel's Prince, played by Tony Award nominee Billy Magnussen, has been changed to Flynn Rider, the love interest of Rapunzel in Disney's 2010 CGI film "Tangled." Cinderella's Prince, played by Chris Pine, has been renamed Prince Charming.
Additionally, Cinderella's Stepmother, played by Christine Baranski, has been renamed Lady Tremaine, the main antagonist of Disney's 1950 film "Cinderella."
In the film adaptation, there will not be a Mysterious Man. Simon Russell Beale will play The Baker's Father, eliminating any element of surprise that the Mysterious Man and the Baker were related.
Other character names remain the same. Click here for the article in which director Rob Marshall explains changes made to the fim adaptation, which will be released Dec. 25.
The cast also includes Annette Crosbie as Grandmother, Joanna Riding as Cinderella's Mother, Richard Glover as The Steward, Frances De La Tour as The Giant, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Meryl Streep as The Witch and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella.
Once the only network staying out of the whole new massive comic book TV show arena, CBS is going all in with a new Supergirl show - which they've given an official series commitment to, bypassing both the "in development" and "pilot" stage.
Supergirl, a new one hour drama, will come to us from Berlanti Productions (both Arrow and The Flash on The CW) in association with Warner Bros. Television. Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler (Chuck, No Ordinary Family) will serve as writers, while also serving as EPs alongside Sarah Schechter.
Greg Berlanti Says It’s “Well Past” Time For A Supergirl Show
Earlier this month it was announced that Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler are working on a re-imagining of Supergirl for a possible TV series. As awesome as it was to hear that a female superhero might actually get a show all for her very own, we had some reservations—would the “re-imagining” detract from what drew many fans to the character initially? Would a TV series alone really be enough to demonstrate fans’ appetite for super-strong female characters? Never fear! In a recent interview with Variety, Berlanti shared his thoughts on gender norms and representation and got us pretty excited for the potential series.
Berlanti, who previously worked on ABC’s superhero sitcom No Ordinary Family, said his Supergirl series will address a blatant gap in representation:
We’re well past due for those kind of characters in film and TV. I’ve gotten a number of messages from friends and former coworkers who write me about their daughters wearing superhero outfits instead of princess outfits and how they’re grateful that people are working on it. I definitely think there’s a need.
I think people are more interested in quality than they are necessarily just going to watch something because it’s about a man or a woman… There are just as many women who love the action of [Arrow] as there are men who love the romance. I think it’s [about] recognizing that audiences are sophisticated and varied.
EDIT:The official show description has popped up:
"Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-el escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be."
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11 days ago, this ran on CDAN:
This B+ reality star from an A list reality show is now bringing sealed drinks to work after two incidents earlier this week where models dumped cigarette ash water into one of the B lister's drinks and someone supposedly did something worse to another bottle. The B lister is hated and the hate continues to grow every day.
Two days ago, this was on the Daily Fail.
While Kendall Jenner is taking the fashion world by the storm, she has her fair share of haters.
The 18-year-old's meteoric rise as a professional runway model has sparked the ire and resentment of some of her colleagues, according to a new report.
At New York Fashion Week, Kendall was allegedly bullied by her fellow models, who even went so far as to put cigarettes out in her drink.
A source at NYFW told In Touch Weekly: 'The other models worked so hard to get a spot on the runway and didn't think it was fair that she was there.'
And in true Mean Girls fashion, some of the models began taking their resentment out on the young reality star.
'They started acting b****y,' the insider said, 'Some even put out their cigarettes in Kendall's drink!'
The rest at the Source.
So, either Enty was right, or the Daily Fail and In Touch took his BI and made a story of it. Quite frankly, I can believe either one.
Once a focal point of New York’s early century rock resurgence, Julian Casablancas has outgrown the city where he came of age.
“I walk around New York now and get upset,” the Strokes frontman, 36, admitted in an interview in the September issue of GQ.
More than a decade removed from breaking through into the public consciousness with the release of the Strokes’ first album, “Is This It?” in 2001, the rocker, wife Juliet Joslin and their son have decamped for upstate New York.
“Um, we just found a cool place that we liked that we wanted to go, and also … I don’t know … Sorry …,” the singer said when pressed for a reason.
As with many other things — his father passed away last year, his band’s been unable to recapture the excitement — New York is no longer the city he once knew.
“I don’t know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon,” Casablancas finally admitted.
While he may no longer live in the Big Apple, Casablancas is still putting out music. His first album with his new band, The Voidz, is due out Sept. 23.
Forget the four Emmy Awards. Jim Parsons should put his Q Score on a mantle.
The star of CBS’ hit “The Big Bang Theory” landed a huge 33 Positive Q Score per TheWrap‘s study of fall TV actors – though that impressive mark wasn't even good enough for the No. 1 slot. That nod goes to fellow CBSer Michael Weatherly of “NCIS,” who topped all comers with a whopping 34.
Parsons’ colleague Kunal Nayyar was a few slots below him, earning a very strong 29. He tied there with “Chicago PD” star Jon Seda, who were both just under titular “Hannibal” star Mads Mikkelsen, whose high mark comes from two years ago — the last time he was measured.
On the wrong extreme of our list is “Stalker” star Dylan McDermott, who suffered just a 7 Q Score.
Here's how the Q Scores marketing company arrives at its results for its clients, which include television networks, among others: President Henry Schafer and his team provide a celebrity's name and a brief description to more than 1,800 study participants. The viewers are asked if they recognize the person and how they feel about him or her.
The outcome of that study is a Recognition score, a Positive Q Score— meaning the individual in question is the respondent's favorites — and a Negative Q Score, which is the exact opposite of what one hopes to be associated with.
The complete list at the bottom of this report is ranked by a candidate's Positive Q Score.
“TV personality Q Score metrics provide unique insight into the momentum that primetime casts bring to the opening of the fall television season,” Schafer told TheWrap.
“For returning shows, personality-driven appeal is extremely important for determining how strong or polarizing the cast is for maintaining viewer commitment,” he added.“For new shows, the strength of the personality driven-factor is very important for enticing viewer sampling prior to exposure to the quality of the storylines.”
The men in this ranking averaged a 24 recognition number and an 19 Positive Q Score. Across all actors the company has compiled, the average familiarity number is a much higher 44, but the same 19 Q Score.
In this study, CBS pulled nine slots in the Top 21 (there was a tie taking us beyond 20), NBC had four. ABC scored three, as did the CW. Fox had just two.
Following McDermott the next lowest group includes Joey McIntyre and the perhaps-surprising Chris Pratt. It is very important to note that Pratt's score is from 2012, prior to his “Guardians of the Galaxy” breakout summer when he was far less known (Pratt has just a 14 Recognition score below) as an ensemble player on NBC's “Parks and Recreation.”
Ironically, McIntyre's former “New Kids on the Block” colleague, Donnie Wahlberg, is up just one slot with a 13 — where he is tied with Martin Short and Jon Cryer.
Of course, many fall in between Weatherly and McDermott. Our full ranking of 62 fall TV actors is charted below.
Here's TheWrap's complete Q Score complete list for Fall TV's Male Actors:
(*Note the year list of most recent scores available for Pratt, Anderson, Gruffudd and Dancy)
3rd place? Perfection.
Reeves was snoozing at 4 AM Monday when he heard sounds coming from his library ... yes, Ted "Theodore" Logan has a library.
The actor got up, walked in and saw a woman in her mid-40's sitting in his chair, not uttering a peep.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Keanu calmly approached her and began speaking to her. She explained she was there to meet him. He very calmly called 911 and obtusely told the dispatcher cops needed to roll quick.
Police came and took the woman into custody. She was taken for a psych evaluation.
It's another amazing story of an obsessed fan gaining entry into a celeb's house. It recently happened to Sandra Bullock ... the fan ended up at her bedroom dooras she was sleeping. Interesting ... that's Keanu's "Speed" co-star.
Keanu lives in an area in the Hollywood Hills tour bus drivers call "Hunk Alley." Leo DiCaprio is his neighbor. Tobey Maguire used to live next door to Keanu. The drivers call out Keanu's house -- which is built like a fort, so it's just amazing someone broke in.
Here's what's even more amazing. Apparently he didn't set his alarm.
The actress will appear alongside Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello
Amber Heard will star in the male-stripper sequel Magic Mike XXL, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The actress will appear with the first installment's cast of Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer (though not Matthew McConaughey). Gabriel Iglesias is also returning to the ensemble.
Magic Mike XXL, which began production several weeks ago, follows the lives of a group of male strippers. Gregory Jacobs is directing from a script co-written by Tatum and Reid Carolin, who penned the first installment. The first film's director Steven Soderbergh is returning as editor and cinematographer (though under his pseudonyms Mary Ann Bernard and Peter Andrews, respectively).
Game Of Thrones has clocked up a staggering number of bodies over the last four seasons with King Joffrey, Ned Stark and The Hound just a few of the huge characters who have met a bloody end, but have you ever imagined the impossible would happen, that they’d come back to life? Well, for one recently deceased character, it may be a reality. MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD!
In the awesome season four finale which aired on HBO in June, viewers watched as Tywin Lannister, played by Charles Dance, was dramatically killed off by his own son Tyrion who used a crossbow to shoot him dead while he was taking a dump on the toilet. Not the best way to go.
While producers have left us believing that it was the end of the road for Tywin, Charles has hinted that there may be a way back for his terrifying character in the upcoming season. But just how will he reappear? In an interview with MTV to promote his new movie Dracula Untold, Charles revealed: “Well, I have to tell you as I keep saying to people I’ve spoken to today, we’re trying not to have any spoilers as there are a couple of people who haven’t seen all of Game of Thrones. I think it’s a suitably ignominious end. I'm not completely missing out on the new series. More than that I'm not going to say.”
In case you need further clarification of exactly what Charles means, he adds: “You haven’t seen the last of Tywin Lannister is all I’ll say.”
For those who have read the books, there’s apparently a chance of Tywin returning in a flashback capacity although Charles’ coy answer doesn’t reveal if this is how it happens. Our minds are officially blown!
Two characters who are still alive - as far as we know - but aren’t returning for season five are Hodor and Bran who are confirmed to be taking a break from the show for the entire season. Sounds like season five will be full of even more shocks than we’re usually used to! Sadly, GoT isn’t returning until 2015. *Cries*
Meanwhile Arianne has still not been casted....fml
Corey Stoll has been busy. The actor jumped from a stint on House of Cards as debauched Congressman Peter Russo to roles in The Normal Heart and the upcoming Reese Witherspoon drama The Good Lie. He currently plays a defacto vampire hunter on FX series The Strain, which was recently picked up for season two, and has a role on the new season of Homeland. Plus, Stoll co-stars in the family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You, out tomorrow, alongside heavy hitters such as Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver. Somehow, in the middle of it all, he found time to call us to chat about how all these projects came about—and what it's like to be a now-iconic bald man in Hollywood.
It’s hard to know what to talk about with you first since you have so many projects right now.
Uh, yeah, I’ve been doing a lot of stuff.
Over the past few years, was there a certain type of project you wanted to pursue?
The goals were more about things I hadn’t done. And those things sort of presented themselves to me when they did. It was basically, 'I just want to keep doing new things and working in new genres with new people.' So when each project presented itself, whether as an offer or something I could pursue, that was the mantra. I have succeeded in that the stuff I’ve done over the last year—and will be doing—has been really varied. Which is really fun and keeps me on my toes.
What was your experience like doing House of Cards?
It was great. It was very hard work, but the best kind of hard work. The challenge was living up to the scripts and living up to the character. It was so much fun. I was really spoiled by that because of the way that character evolved. Every scene had an intense experience. Every scene was really eventual and dynamic.
Did you connect personally to anything about that character?
Wanting to avoid conflict! Although his conflict-aversion was fatal. If he had just fessed up to his mistake he might have been able to stay in the Senate. Instead, he got himself in deeper and deeper.
Have you ever engaged in debauchery that rivals his?
He has gone very far beyond anything I’ve ever done. That’s the great thing about acting–you get play at very intense experiences, but you can do it very safely.
When the possibility of being on The Strain arose, what drew you to the role?
The most exciting thing was the arc of the whole story we’re telling. The plan is to do it around five seasons. [My character] starts off very dynamic and in a certain sense shares some qualities with Peter Russo, in that he can be charming and frustrating in his self-centeredness. But he really is a hero. He’s not an antihero. He’s working from a place of nobility. We’re going to really play with that. He’s not Walter White, but he will be in a very different place in five seasons than he was in the beginning.
And finally there’s a show about vampires that depicts them as horrific creatures instead of sparkly sex objects.
There’s a reason the vampire character has endured so many iterations and different genres. They can represent so much in terms of sexuality and being an outcast in society. This show is starting off in a place of real supernatural monstrosity, but what’s great about it and what’s so smart about what Guillermo [del Toro] and Carlton [Cuse] are doing is that they’re exploring other political and militaristic metaphors that extend from the vampire lore.
Are you so tired of being asked about your wig on the show?
Uh, yeah. At Comic Con I came out with this hideous mullet and that was my polite way of saying that I’m done talking about it.
Have you found that there’s a certain type of woman who’s attracted to bald men?
I don’t know! I’ve been bald for so long that I don’t have anything to compare it to. I love transformation: I love being able to have my hair as it naturally is; I love being able to completely change that look. It’s incredible how much it does change the way you’re perceived. It changes the way I walk and talk. But so does costume and accent. They’re all elements.
Did you shoot The Strain before or after making This Is Where I Leave You?
After. And I think it did affect the character. I had just gotten off of shooting that film and there was an incredible playfulness on that set–more than anything I’ve ever made. It was the kind of set where you didn’t dare show up with a plan of this is how you’re going to play your big scene. There was so much rich, diverse talent on set. The best thing was to just be as present as possible and as loose as possible, and know who your character is in relation to all those people. So when I showed up onset for the pilot of The Strain I was sort of in that mode. It’s a fun place to be.
How cool is Jane Fonda?
I had never met her. I was nervous. I was intimidated. Everyone before had told me, 'Oh, she’s really nice,' but she’s a legend. Just from the very first second that I met her, she really extended herself and was constantly curious. After the first couple of weeks, I was embarrassed when I realized that, up to that point, every conversation had been about me. Because that’s what she does. That’s the key to her incredible success and longevity and diversity of her career. She’s so outwardly directed. She’s so constantly curious. She just asks questions wherever she goes.
Did anyone else in the film teach you something by example?
Well, just being around Jason Bateman and watching him work is a clinic in specificity of thought. He’s so smart. He’s so alive in his thought process and so generous with sharing it with audiences. That’s an incredible gift. I don’t know if I can necessarily do what he does, but as opposed to somebody who prepares a bit in order to get a laugh, he is constantly listening. The humor comes from really taking in what the other actors are giving him and honestly reacting to it in character. That was really great to see–that humor doesn’t have to be a bit. It can just be about being present to ridiculous human behavior.
Are you allowed to tell me anything about the new season of Homeland?
I think I’m allowed to say my character description. I’m the station chief for the CIA in Islamabad. I think that might be it.
You’re allowed to say one sentence?
Yeah. But we shot it in Cape Town, which was a great experience. Just such a beautiful place. And with what’s really a great cast and crew to hang out with. That job was the perfect time. It was three weeks in the cool country. I got to go on safari. And I did it all on Showtime’s dime. Every job is not like that!
Everyone loves Corey ^_____^
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Rob Kardashian has been going through some personal stuff of late, but has he become a father too? The star took to Twitter last night and wrote that he was with his "baby mama," making us think the star might have started a family.
But is this another case of Rob just playing around on Twitter? Back in July he claimed he was spending Independence Day with his son, however later said that it was a joke. So is Rob a daddy? He's ignored the fans who asked him to explain although did retweet a congratulations to recent new dad Ryan Gosling, so maybe he's got babies on the brain.
The only guy in the Kardashian clan has been working on "issues" over the last 18 months and has fought to stay out the spotlight. He even missed his sister Kim's wedding in May, after getting upset because of comments about his weight gain.
After not being seen out for months Rob was papped on his way to Paris for Kim and Kanye West's marriage celebrations and he didn't like the response. In the last episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim admitted she was pretty upset about her brother missing her big day, but that he was too self-conscious to go to the ceremony.
She said during an appearance on Andy Cohen’s 'Watch What Happens Live' in August: “He sent me a long email the morning of that he was gonna leave and there was no fight,” she said, “I just thought, ‘You know what? This is my day. I’m not even gonna worry about it. I hope he’s OK. I totally understand that he wouldn’t want to see a lot of people if he was feeling uncomfortable,’”
Kardashian added: “You can only pray and wish that someone would not miss out on more memories in life ’cause life’s about memories. So, fix the problem. That’s just how I am, but we didn’t even have a conversation about it.”
Rob hasn’t appeared in the last few series of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Kim admitted she’s a fan of “tough love” as he goes through his problems, she went on: “My brother and I are so close. He’s one of my best friends.”
“I try to encourage him and once you don’t make that change for so long, and it’s not happening, I get frustrated. My patience runs out,”
He is so useless... We all know what Mama Kris should have done with him years ago
We're told Mama June has repeatedly caught Sugar Bear trolling on online dating sites. One of them is plentyoffish.com, in which Sugar Bear -- with the handle Georgiafighter31054 -- says "i love to hunt fish and ride 4wheelers and have a good time. i luve muddy Boggs and love to ride in the mudd."
Mama June has stopped wearing her wedding ring (technically the couple was never married, but they did have a commitment ceremony).
Our sources say Mama June plans on taking the kids and moving out -- once the latest round of filming "Here Comes Boo Boo" is done ... so she can be closer to her relatives. She hasn't fully decided on the move.
We're told the producers of the show are scrambling to try and figure out what's next.
June and Sugar Bear tell TMZ, "Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship. We are taking things day by day but regardless of what happens the girls will always be our #1 priority. We want to thank ya'll for your support."
Say what you want about them but this family really seems to love each other very much. :(
One of the big stories this week concerned the Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper period-piece drama Serena, which has languished without an US distributor for two years. As of Wednesday, the film will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures, which means in all likelihood most would-be moviegoers will sample the drama not in theaters but on Video On Demand. The film will debut on VOD on February 26th of next year, followed by a limited theatrical run on March 27th.
If you think it’s odd or unexpected that a Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper drama couldn't get a major studio distributor, you’d be correct save for the fact that it’s a straight period drama that isn't considered Oscar material and is thus considered a commercial risk even with two of the bigger stars around. But Video On Demand distribution network has basically exploded over the last three years, with more and more indie-minded studios using it as a primary revenue stream for the kinds of films that are both explicitly art-house and the kinds of films that would have arguably been mainstream multiplex releases just a decade ago. If you’re the kind of moviegoer who complains that Hollywood only makes superhero sequels, dystopian action franchises, youth-skewing comedies, and animated spectaculars, then you are only half-right. Hollywood, or related production companies and distribution companies, still make them. It’s just that they often end up premiering on your television or smartphone as opposed to a theater near you.
Magnolia was at the forefront of the pre-theatrical VOD distribution system. Back in 2006, they released Steven Soderbergh‘s Bubble in theaters, on DVD, and on Magnolia’s HDNet cable channel on the same day. For the next five years, Magnolia and IFC released a number of their films prior to theatrical release via Video On Demand, be they star-centric vehicles like Flawless (with Demi Moore and Michael Caine), The Killer Inside Me (with Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba among others), and All Good Things (with Kirsten Dunst). The would-be game changer was the late 2011 release Margin Call, from Roadside Attractions (which often works with Lionsgate). The all-star drama (Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, etc.), concerning a fictionalized version of the 2008 financial meltdown, earned strong reviews and a whopping $10 million in revenue from VOD sales. Just as The Matrix legitimized DVD during the format’s relative infancy, Margin Call signaled that films debuting on VOD were not “unworthy of theatrical release” but often times the sort of middle-ground movies that seemed to have been swept away in the decade-long obsession with tent poles.
Over the last three years, we’ve seen a giant boom in the quantity and quality of content on the various VOD platforms (Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Market, etc.). The films that debut pre-theatrical via VOD, or exclusively on VOD are not presumably racking up blockbuster business, because frankly in most cases the actual sales figures are not released to the public. But the VOD marketplace has become a secondary distribution network for feature films. The films that make up the VOD options, aside from the blockbusters that premiere on VOD before they debut on DVD (an arena where, by the way, the art-house gem Belle that barely cracked $10 million in theaters can be one of the top-rented/viewed movies of last week alongside Divergent and Captain America 2), are precisely the kind of old-school star-driven, adult-skewing films that we all claim have been lost Hollywood’s all-blockbusters, all-the-time mentality.
If you were to scroll through the new Video on Demand options on your online store of choice right now, you’d find films are precisely what we say the industry isn't making enough of. You’d find glossy star-driven thrillers like The Two Faces of January (with Viggo Mortsensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Issac). You’d find mind-blowing puzzle boxes like the trippy romantic comedy The One I Love (with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass). If you want to know more about that unknown who will be starring in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken this December, you might do well to check out Jack O’Connell in the British prison drama Starred Up. If you like musicals that aren’t necessarily star-studded adaptations of the biggest Broadway shows, you might want to check out Stage Fright (a charmingly twisted horror musical set at a theater camp) or God Help the Girl (yes, Emily Browning can sing).
If you want to see Robin Williams’s last major starring role, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn premiered on VOD way back in April of this year. And if you want to see an engaging true-life breast cancer drama starring an absolute murderer’s row of talent (Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Corey Stoll, and a bazillion others), rent Decoding Annie Parker. If you’re a horror film fan, then VOD is absolute heaven, as there are copious offbeat and original horror titles like Cheap Thrills debuting on the format each and every week. It’s not that every VOD release is some kind of would-be critical gem that was cruelly ignored by the major studios. I wasn’t a fan of the Clive Owen/Mila Kunis 70′s crime drama Blood Ties and Elizabeth Banks’s Walk of Shame lives up to the title despite its good intentions. But there is plenty of diamonds in the so-called rough.
You might say that a $5 million action comedy starring Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, and Chris Pine and directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) is the kind of pulpy genre entry that would qualify as a low-cost/low-risk Saturday night at the movies too, but Universal (Comcast Corporation) disagreed. Stretch was scheduled to be released this past March, only for Universal to pull the film in January, claiming that it would cost $20m-$40m to market the picture. As of now, the Blumhouse production will debut on Video On Demand on October 14th. I saw the film last night, and it’s a delightfully goofy After Hours-type romp, one with decent production values and strong performances by recognizable actors.
It’s also, quality aside, exactly the kind of film that would have been a wide theatrical release ten years ago, or in this case ten months ago. That Universal chose not to put it in theaters may say less about the studio’s priorities (especially in a period when they will go well-over 12 months without a conventional tent pole) and more about the sheer cost of advertising a wide studio release in an environment where frontloaded box office has made the opening weekend the all-important goal. But the end result is that audiences nationwide will get the chance to rent or purchase Stretch in a relatively high quality presentation on October 14th of this year.
At this point, it’s merely a matter of which artier distribution companies (IFC, Magnolia, Roadside Attraction, etc.) use VOD as a date-and-date or pre-theatrical exhibition platform and which distribution companies (Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, etc.) do not. We can all debate the reasons why Weinstein Company dropped Snowpeircer onto VOD three weeks into its limited theatrical run (where it earned $11m on VOD alone, as Dorothy Pomerantz covered in much detail two weeks ago), or why their period drama The Immigrant (with Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner) ended up on Netflix in mid-summer in the middle of its limited theatrical run, or why Magnolia decided to take their theaters-only release Frank and release it onto VOD a few weeks into its run. But the end result is that millions of moviegoers who otherwise would not have had access to said films prior to their eventual VOD/DVD release many months from now got to enjoy said films right alongside the film critics and LA/NY moviegoers.
The fluid nature of Snowpiercer‘s swift theaters-to-VOD journey (it remained in limited theatrical release after its VOD premiere), as well as the limited theatrical run of Lionsgate’s Leprechaun: Origins five days prior to the film’s VOD release, is arguably changing the very nature of what constitutes a theatrical release. It also raises a question of for how long, and for what kinds of movies, will theatrical distribution remain the preeminent mode of exhibition. And there is a dark side to the streaming revolution, as physical media is somewhat forcibly removed as an option and older and more obscure films are threatened with glorified extinction. But for the moment, film lovers living well outside the conventional art-house districts are being given access, at pretty much the same time as critics and big-city film nerds, to the very kinds of films that they claim Hollywood won’t deliver to their local multiplex.
The vast majority of moviegoers who want to see Jennifer Lawrence’s Serena, Shailene Woodley’s White Bird In A Blizzard (debuting next Thursday on VOD and in limited theatrical release on October 24th), or Kristen Stewart’s Camp X-Ray (October 17th) will find what they seek not at a theater, but on a television or a smart phone or a laptop. As a champion of the theatrical experience, I will admit that this breaks my heart a little bit, as the multiplex that I so love threatens to become the exclusive domain of so-called event pictures during much of the year. But as a film fan who champions the notion of a more diverse marketplace, as well as the means for audiences nationwide to see said films in a timely manner, the emergence of Video on Demand as a major distribution platform may be what we’ve been waiting for. The more that audiences catch on to this option and seek out the kinds of films they desire alongside the conventional blockbuster fare, the more attractive said films will become to the producers who fund them and the studios that might distribute them.
I’m not thrilled at the notion of a future where my ten-best list is filled with films that I watched on my smart phone or my television, or where the newest Martin Scorsese film premieres on Amazon Prime instead of a national theater chain, but that’s a highly plausible future. Come what may, Video On Demand has quickly lost much of its stigma. The films that we claim to crave are being made and they are being offered nationwide to anyone with a decent internet connection and a credit card. I don’t know how this will all end. But having the option of watching Guardians of the Galaxy on a Friday night and then staying home on Saturday and watching The One I Love on your HDTV sounds like a pretty terrific place to start.
If VOD can bring money or more attention to independent directors, writers and their films, then bring it.
What do you think about VOD, ONTD? When was the last time you went to a movie theater?
Mods, I nominate the "film - video on demand" or "video on demand" tag :D
Former Beatle and current vegetarian Paul McCartney has teamed up with the Meat Free Monday campaign to "catalyze transformative change" and bring awareness to the global footprint that meat production has on our environment. McCartney, along with Greg Barker, the Energy and Climate Advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, has asked people around the world to pledge their support to the initiative, which will be among the topics at the Climate Summit in New York on September 23rd. McCartney's not telling fans to give up meat completely, but said he'd appreciate it if they could turn into temporary vegetarians to kick off the week.
Meat production is responsible for at least 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, so eliminating meat consumption for even one day would significantly decrease that number. For the first time since 2009, the United Nations will discuss climate change at the New York summit, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is looking for fresh ideas how to approach the problem ahead of next year's Paris Climate Treaty conference.
"Hi there, Paul speaking. Listen, I need your help. All I want you to do is just log in on pledge.meatfreemondays.com and pledge your support to the idea of Meat Free Mondays," McCartney says in a video message to fans. "That's all you need to do, I need your help. Please do it. We'll send all these pledges to the politicians and then they'll do something about it." McCartney ends the video by turning "pledge.meatfreemondays.com" into a song. You can also pledge your support by using the hashtag "#MFMclimatepledge" on social media.Source
When Outlander premiered on Starz this summer, it was an instant hit. And for good reason—the show features complex, female-driven plots, sexy scenes, and two entirely different eras of costuming. And, speaking of those costumes, we've got an exclusive video for you with details on exactly how it all come together.
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'Outlander' Sneak Peek: Say Aye to the Wedding Dress
Put a bow on your best live pig and wash your formal kilt because everyone's invited this Saturday to witness the wedding of the century — the 18th century that is. On the next all-new episode of Outlander, the slowly smoldering relationship of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) is about to be taken to the next level.
In the last episode, Claire had a painful and creepy run-in with Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), who still suspects she sympathizes with the Scottish enemy and knows more than she will admit about the Clan MacKenzie's plan to raise a Jacobite army. When Dougal (Graham McTavish) interrupted the interrogation and insisted on taking Claire back under clan protection, the sadistic girl-puncher demanded that she be delivered to Fort Henry for further questioning by sundown on the following day, or Dougal would be accused of harboring a fugitive from English law and punished, regardless of his ward chief status.
In an attempt to outsmart Randall and save Claire from further beatings or worse, Dougal and Ned Gowan (Bill Paterson), the lawyer whose asthma the English nurse alleviated during the annual rent collection, have found a loophole. "I can only legally refuse to hand you back to Randall if I change you from an English woman to a Scot, and the only way I can do that is for you to marry one," Dougal explained.
And so the big day's preparations have begun, but when you have only a few days to tie the knot and become a Scot, you have to get creative with the wedding prep, and as seen in the above exclusive clip, that strategy even extends to the dress. Ned has found a suitable gown in the most random of places — a brothel. Fortunately for Claire, she won't be wearing some harlot's hand-me-downs, because the lady of the night who had procured the latest in London couture as payment for her, ahem, social services had not yet tried it on.
With only two episodes left until the series returns in early 2015, will they pull of this "hail marriage" plan?
Outlander airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz.
Daaang to this Outlander wedding night episode— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) September 18, 2014
Oh, btw: the next two episodes of #Outlander do not disappoint (even if things get a little too focused on one aspect of the show for me)— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) September 19, 2014
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Despite the fact How I Met Your Mother ended last May, there are still some new tidbits being released about the show. This week? The full, real, explanation of the Pineapple Incident.
It troubled many viewers for nearly a decade by now. Ted wakes up one morning, hungover, with no memory of the woman lying in bed next to him, and a whole pineapple standing tall on the nightstand.
During the final season last year, viewers thought we would find out the origins of the pineapple, but the episode ultimately led to a disappointing flashback of Ted evaluating a cork-board of NCIS-level detective work. Over the years, as with all of the other HIMYM mysteries (like, who was the mother?) the show has eluded to how Ted acquired the pineapple, but never specifically addressed the question head-on.
Well now, we finally have a real answer to the question. The DVD set of the How I Met Your Mother series comes out next week, September 23, and BuzzFeed obtained an exclusive deleted scene. It’s a minute long, and still somewhat confusing, but at least now we know…
It was the Captain’s pineapple.
Ted notices the pineapple while leaving the Captain’s house in season 9, and asks why it’s there. Turns out, “it’s an old sea captain’s tradition, you put a pineapple on your porch as a symbol of hospitality. I keep one here and one outside my townhouse in the city.” Flashback to 2005, Ted, stumbling drunk happens upon said pineapple, and the mystery is solved just like that.
Now, does this mean that since season 1, the creators knew where they were going? No – they’re said to have planned only a few seasons in advance, not eight years. But, working with hindsight in mind, they could have just thrown that answer into the story, recreated a season 1 Drunk Ted, and let us sit here and go ‘huh. Okay’ while they killed off the Mother. But even that didn’t have to happen, according to the the alleged alternate ending that was released a few weeks ago.
The video won't embed but you can watch the whole scene here.
whole buzzfeed article
This was one of my favourite episodes so I'm glad we got an explanation. Drunk!Ted is forever the best.
So Act 6... In which Mamoru isn't useless so he causes a riot, Queen Beryl slays, Zoisite doesn't slay but still look prettier than you, more hints about Venus, and biggest change from the manga to date. Oh, and "new" opening.