The last four or five editions of the Cannes Film Festival have been heavy on global movie star power. Sure, it won't always compete with Hollywood fueled Toronto, but the programmers have made sure the paparazzi have had someone pretty to photograph on the festival's legendary red carpet. 2014 is no different.
"Under the Skin" finally arrived in theaters this past weekend and, happily for moviegoers, A24 Films were rewarded for their gutsy acquisition of Jonathan Glazer's transcendent film. "Skin" grossed $140,000, or $35,000 per screen in just four theaters, in New York and Los Angeles. It's the second-highest limited per-screen of the year after "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and quite impressive considering A24 did it almost completely via old-fashioned publicity and word of mouth.
Before he ever started filming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Anthony Mackie made it clear he was ecstatic about portraying Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon on the big screen. Unlike some of his increasingly wary co-stars, the "Hurt Locker" star was still on cloud nine about being part of the Marvel Universe when we spoke about the movie a few weeks ago. And why shouldn't he be? Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have fashioned an origin story that's infinitely superior to the Falcon's comic book beginnings. Something, Wilson noted, the company has been trying to fix for decades.
When you look back at it, Marvel Studios has almost always taken the unconventional route when it comes to picking the directors for their movies. When most Hollywood studios would select the proven blockbuster director, indie darling or recent Oscar nominee looking for a payday Marvel has always gone in a different, um, direction.
Marvel Studios knew they had something on their hands the minute the internet went wild over photos of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow before "Iron Man 2" hit theaters. Over the past few years Widow has been a mainstay with a prominent role as a member of "The Avengers" and, now, co-starring alongside the Super Soldier in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
After the Russo brothers' thriller hits theaters, many fans will have even more questions about Natasha Romanoff's past and where she's headed next. Moreover, while the question has been raised before, you'll start hearing a lot more moviegoers asking "Why doesn't Black Widow have her own movie?" It's an excellent question. The answer, unfortunately, may be more complicated than you think.
That being said, check out these pros and cons over the Black Widow's big screen future in the story gallery embedded in this post.
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If you've read any of the reviews of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" you probably realize that this isn't your typical Marvel Studios superhero flick. Well, you're not alone. Samuel L. Jackson, who sat down to chat with HitFix about "Winter Soldier" a few weeks ago, received a pleasant surprise when the script for the movie came across his desk.
An American music pioneer died yesterday. Chances are you never heard of him. His name was Frankie Knuckles and he was the Godfather of House Music.
Darren Aronofsky's highly anticipated epic "Noah" got off to a thunderous start over the weekend taking in $43.7 million at the box office. While critics gave the "it's sort of the biblical story it's sort of not" flick mostly positive reviews, Cinemascore says moviegoers gave it just a C. Considering how even an average movie will earn an A in Cinemascore's system that's not a great sign for the film's future prospects.
LAS VEGAS - Disney had the cache of Marvel and Pixar. 20th Century Fox might brought the showmanship and, arguably, the best slate of movies. Warner Bros., who was the last studio to present to the nation's theater owners Thursday afternoon, brought the star power.
LAS VEGAS - 20th Century Fox's presentation of the studio's upcoming slate to the nation's theater owners kicked off with a live performance of the song "Rio Rio" from "Rio 2," but it was the movies themselves that had the most impact.