If you follow any prominent journalist, critic or entertainment reporter on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed the past few weeks have been spent dreading Comic-Con. There are some prominent exceptions, but for the most part the San Diego pop culture extravaganza is one of the toughest and most stressful events to cover on the entertainment calendar. As members of the media, we often becomes so fixated on the negatives we forget how often Comic-Con brings joy to the movie or TV fan inside all of us. And frankly, it's our job to convey that excitement to all of our readers who can't make it down to Hall H or Ballroom 23.
Viola Davis may have a potential hit series on her hands with Shonda Rhimes' "How to Get Away with Murder," but don't worry movie fans, she isn't giving up her day job. The two-time Oscar nominee has a number of big screen roles on the way including a reunion with Tate Taylor, the director of "The Help" in "Get On Up," which hits theaters next month.
Comic-Con has become a strange bird to Hollywood studios. Bringing talent and previewing footage can give tremendous hype and word of mouth to eventual blockbusters ("Django Unchained," "Gravity," "Iron Man") or it can end up providing false hope for genre films hope will be smash hits ("Cowboys and Aliens," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"). That means it can be an expensive endeavor if things don't go well and, moreover, you might not realize that until six months later on your opening weekend.
It's rare that a sequel is better than the original film, but "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" joins "22 Jump Street" in pulling that feat off this summer.
A two-hour panel scheduled for "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies?" That's a big hint that a lot of surprises could be in store for movie fans on yet another packed Comic-Con Saturday. The organizers released the schedule for July 26 and have slotted over eight-straight hours of movie panels in Hall H. And in what is becoming a tradition, Marvel Studios will be the last to show their wares.
One of Comic-Con's worst-kept secrets was confirmed by Comic-Con International today. Daniel Radcliffe, who never made it to San Diego during his "Harry Potter" years, will finally visit the pop culture fest in conjunction with a panel for the new indie comedy "Horns." That's big news in and of itself, but besides a massive two-hour presentation from 20th Century Fox, Friday is going to be pretty weak on the movie side.
Comic-Con International announced the Thursday schedule for 2014's San Diego Comic-Con and after a few years of slow movie days to kick off the event, this year looks much more intriguing. Thursday actually features a number of studios that haven't always been regulars at the annual pop culture event.
There has been a lot of scuttlebutt over the past week or so about what a terrible summer it's been for the movies. Box office is down and there appears to be a dearth of real blockbusters on the horizon. It's led to some predictable "The sky is falling!" stories from media looking for something scandalous to write about. Well, take a deep breath, people. Hollywood knew this summer was weak months ago.
One of America's greatest film critics received a welcome honor this past weekend. "Life Itself," the documentary chronicling the career of Roger Ebert, opened in limited release grossing $131,411 in 23 theaters. That might not seem substantial, except when you realize the doc debuted simultaneously on VOD, a modern day necessity for small films that the technologically forward thinking Ebert may have been more than OK with (or not).
Listen, we feel bad for Melissa McCarthy. She's an incredible actress and comedienne. She became an unexpected box office sensation because of her ability to pull laughs from even the lamest material. She rocked in "Bridesmaids." She made "Identity Thief" watchable on a plane. She ruled "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock. She was even one of the funniest parts of "This is Forty." Her new comedy/dramedy/call it what you will "Tammy"? Unfortunately, not one of McCarthy's finest moments.