Top 10: Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Entries So Far

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) may be the most consistent hit maker. Still, in many ways the world has become overrated. There is an endless supply of content that seems to be churned out in a “paint-by-numbers” fashion. The studio knows what works and has done a good job of making sure each hero is […]

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Brie Larson Frontrunner for ‘Captain Marvel’

Plenty of high profile names have been dropped in the pursuit of casting the eponymous superhero in “Captain Marvel,” but a new frontrunner has emerged: Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson. According to Variety, Larson is now the presumed favorite in a race that at one time included big names such as Emily Blunt and […]

Superheroine Producers Needed – A Plea for Gender Equality in Hollywood

WOMEN IN CINEMA: With the latest installment in The Avengers franchise kicking off the summer with soaring box-office digits and the release of Marvel’s latest superhero venture “Ant-Man” this week, superhero films are aplenty in Hollywood – male superhero films, anyway. There hasn’t been a major comic book to film adaptation featuring a superheroine (but […]

Thor: The Dark World (★★★½)

You know a franchise is a keeper when its films start becoming comfortable in their own skins, self-assured and confident with every grand — and I mean GRAND — gesture they make (visual and otherwise). Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World is total proof of this. Right from the start, it absorbs us with an aura […]

Women in Cinema: Where is Wonder Woman?

With the unceasing popularity of comic book hero turned action movie star, many fans are wondering, where is Wonder Woman? Making her debut in 1942, Wonder Woman has been a DC darling ever since. (With the exception of a brief stint in 1986 when the heroine returned to Themyscira–otherwise known as “hiatus.”) As recently as […]

James Spader to Play Ultron in Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Sequel

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the news that James Spader will be playing Ultron in the upcoming sequel to The Avengers. I must admit, I know nothing about the character. I only know that Spader will certainly make this film more fun. Marvel made the announcement today, and Avengers: Age of […]

Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Begins Production!

Principal photography for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has commenced in the UK, according to Walt Disney Studios. Guardians is scheduled for an August 1, 2014 theatrical release. Have a look at Disney’s official statement below: BURBANK, CALIF. (July 23, 2013) – “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios has started […]

‘The Avengers’ Wins Big at the Saturn Awards!

Along with being one of the highest grossing films of all time, The Avengers was the big winner at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards.  The Saturn Awards honor excellence in Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films (as well as television) and bestowed four awards upon The Avengers – including Best Science Fiction Film. Here is a […]

Robert Downey Jr. Signs on for Two More Avengers Films

This is an interesting bit of news. Robert Downey Jr. has come to an agreement to star in two more Avengers films, playing Iron Man/Tony Stark. However, there is nothing in the report that says the actor has agreed to play the superhero in a fourth Iron Man stand-alone film.  There are plans to begin shooting […]

MTV Movie Awards Goes Big for ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

The MTV Movie Awards have officially (almost anyway…) moved away from the Twilight series into new territory with some of their choices that were seen in last night’s ceremony that hosted by Rebel Wilson, now an MTV Movie Award winner herself.  With sketches that included a wink from Oscar host James Franco, the show started […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Young)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

‘The Avengers’ Cast to Present on Oscar® Show

You can add Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo to the growing list of presenters on Oscar night. The Avengers was the highest grossing film of the year, and four out of the five actors are former Oscar nominees, so it is a nice addition to a growing lineup […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Visual Effects

And the Nominees are… The Avengers – Janek Sirrs, Daniel Sudick, Jeff White, and Guy Williams Oscar Scene: Hulk smashing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – David Clayton, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, and R. Christopher White Oscar Scene: The introduction to Gollum Life of Pi – Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott, Guillaume Rocheron, and Bill Westenhofer Oscar Scene: Any […]

2013 Visual Effects Society Nominees Announced

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced their nominees for the VES Awards, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey leads the pack with seven nominations. Life of Pi (presumed by many to be the favorite come Oscar time) and The Avengers are right behind the furry-footed hobbits with six nods. We’ll have to wait until February 5th to […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 9/30)

And the Oscar goes to…Homeland? Wait…what?! Oh, that’s right, I meant the The Emmys — only the second-most substantial entertainment awards ceremony of the year! The Awards Circuit was on hand Sunday to talk Emmys on our first LIVE Blog since the 84th Academy Awards in February. Not only was it an eventful night to […]

Box Office Report (9.3.2012)

After being left on the Lionsgate shelves for a fair amount of time, The Possession finally got its opportunity to play at the multiplex and won the final weekend at the box office, earning an estimated $17.2 million, wrapping up an interesting 2012 summer box office season. Outpacing the Prohibition-era crime drama Lawless, The Possession was the […]

Joss Whedon signed on to write/direct The Avengers 2, develop Marvel TV series!

Marvel fans can breath a sigh of relief, Joss Whedon is coming back to the Marvel universe. Slashfilm is reporting that the writer/director has been signed on to perform the same duties for the anticipated sequel to the 3rd highest grossing film of all time, The Avengers. Marvel has also released a statement confirming that […]

Box Office Review: Surprise! ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Remains Number One

The Dark Knight Rises ($64.1 million) repeats as the box office champion in its second week to no one’s surprise. However, after a 60 percent drop from its week one totals it’s looking less likely that Nolan’s final Batman film will catch The Avengers’ incredible box office mass (its running about $84 million behind The Avengers’ […]

Best Superhero Films of All-Time

Now that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is out in theaters, it sort of feels like we’ve reached a milestone point in the realm of superhero flicks…perhaps even an apex if you will. Everything that will come next for the genre will be judged on a different playing field due to that film and this year’s […]

‘The Avengers’ to Cross $600 Million Domestic Today!

Why is this such big news, you ask? By crossing the $600 million mark domestically, Marvel’s The Avengers becomes only the third film to ever register such a feat. The film’s global total is now estimated at $1.438 billion, and it stands as the number three film of all time both globally and domestically. Check out […]

Chris Hemsworth to find ‘The Heart of the Sea’ for Dreamworks?

Chris Hemsworth is having a fantastic summer at the box office and is using his rising star to chose interesting roles. Deadline is reporting he rising star is attached to star in In the Heart of the Sea, the disaster story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Based on the National Book Award-winning book by Nathaniel […]

Box Office Review: ‘Madagascar 3’ Beats Out ‘Prometheus’

It was a fairly successful weekend at the box office for two new films in release. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted took top honors, hauling in an impressive $60.4 million. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus finished second with $50 million ($23 of which came out of my pocket after an encore viewing). Between the sale prices […]

Marvel and NASA partner to screen ‘The Avengers’ in space!

The Avengers has conquered the globe to the tune of over $1 billion and counting, and now looks set to cross another frontier. Marvel Studios has announced that with the help of NASA, they have arranged plans to broadcast the film to the International Space Station, 220 miles above the earth. This pretty cool news […]

Box Office Report: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

That’s right folks, The Avengers is out of the top spot this weekend after Men in Black 3 raked in over $55 million (domestically) to dethrone the former champ. MiB3 took in an additional $132 million overseas, and is well towards earning back its massive $230 million budget (read Michael’s 2-star review of the film here). […]

Could Oscar assemble for The Avengers?

As anyone who read my review of the film, I’d pretty much discounted the possibility that ‘The Avengers’ could be a player for any major Academy Awards outside of the technical categories (though I did sort of make the case for SAG to notice the ensemble, as much as that might be wishful thinking), but as […]

Box Office: ‘The Avengers’ Breaking Records and Taking Names

It took only 19 days for Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers to pass the $1 billion pinnacle worldwide. The film also became the first ever to pass the $100 million mark (domestically) in its second week. Its earnings of $103.2 million shatters the previous second week record held by Avatar ($75.6 mil). The Avengers domestic box office now stands […]

‘The Avengers’ crosses $1 billion in 19 days!

The $4billion acquisition of Marvel is looking better and better for Disney. With a $373.2 million domestic and $628.9 million international box office gross, The Avengers only took 19 days to reach $1 billion, the fastest movie ever, and Dinsey has released a press release to celebrate the achievement. In the press release after the […]

Weekend Openings (May 11-13)

So last week, I made what I thought was a rather bold prediction that The Avengers might actually beat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s opening weekend record with just over $170 million!  Gosh, could it really happen?  Well, yes…and then some.  So with that, let’s get some obvious things out of the […]

Rebecca Hall to replace Chastain in ‘Iron Man 3’

Rebecca Hall is currently in talks to replace Jessica Chastain in Iron Man 3. Chastain, who seems to have a movie coming out every month, announced that her schedule would be too busy in order to fit Iron Man in. Variety is reporting that the character Hall would play won’t be the lead of the film, […]

Box Office Report: “Avengers” Assemble… (May 4-6, 2012)

There are simply no words that can describe the performance of Marvel/Disney’s The Avengers.  For a studio long suffering for any kind of success, Disney/Buena Vista have delivered the greatest opening weekend of all time domestically, eclipsing an unthinkable $207.4 million in three scant days.  The Avengers has already outgrossed Thor, Captain America:The First Avenger, […]