Among all of Walt Disney Studios' properties, the division that has the most unblemished success is Pixar. And frankly, from box office to Oscars that respect is well deserved. While Lucasfilm is bringing on buzz worthy filmmakers and screenwriters to tackle the new standalone trilogy and spinoff movies, the only label with a chance of taking Pixar's crown is Marvel Studios.
Fanboys have gotten slightly greedy. The core audience that have powered movie franchises for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. (DC) as well as TV shows such as "Arrow" are much more sophisticated than they were a decade ago. Obviously, the internet and social media has done an excellent job powering the hype machine to almost uncontrollable levels. Therefore, it's no surprise that at events like Comic-Con its hard for risk adverse studios to not disappoint on some level.
The Toronto International Film Festival is known for its Oscar bait prestige dramas, major Hollywood studio releases, a focus (appropriately) on Canadian film and, to a lesser extent, its Midnight Madness program. One thing it doesn't have a strong reputation for is documentaries. That's why it's no surprise that only six of the initial 15 documentaries announced for the 2014 festival this morning are world premieres.
SAN DIEGO - When we last left "Penny Dreadful's" most eligible bachelors things weren't necessarily coming up roses.
SAN DIEGO — After years of false starts, Daniel Radcliffe finally made it to Comic-Con. The "Harry Potter" star was never able to physically make it to the massive pop culture festival while shooting the iconic film series because their production always conflicted with the convention's July dates. The 25-year-old actor doesn't necessarily have more free time on his hand these days, but he made his inaugural visit to talk about his upcoming fantasy thriller "Horns."
SAN DIEGO — Rumor had it that during their highly anticipated Comic-Con panel Marvel Studios would announce which actor is playing the new Doctor Strange in Scott Derrickson's upcoming big screen adaptation. Rumor also had it that Marvel would reveal who is playing Captain Marvel, a much-needed super-powered female Avenger that is expected to cameo in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Neither event happened. Instead, the studio announced that a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" has already been greenlit and it already has a release date of July 28, 2017. Oh yeah, and they showed a massive amount of footage from Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel with almost the entire cast on hand.
SAN DIEGO — Legendary Pictures is still beaming off the blockbuster success of Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla," which has taken in $491.3 million worldwide since May. That led to Edwards landing a new "Star Wars" film that will be released in 2016. Legendary doesn't want the heat from "Godzilla" to fade too quickly and returned to Comic-Con this year to tease "Godzilla 2."
SAN DIEGO — Saturday is traditionally the biggest day for Hollywood in Hall H and that means kicking off with Warner Bros. and ending the day with Marvel Studios. WB scheduled three panels for their two-hour block, which meant lots of room for surprises. 20th Century Fox psyched us out yesterday with no big revelations. Did WB deliver what fans were hoping for? Let's find out!
In the non-stop madness that is Comic-Con, many American journalists missed an intriguing revelation from the UK premiere of "Guardians of Galaxy" on Thursday. Mr. Mark Hamill has a very scraggly beard.
SAN DIEGO — Finally, after years of false starts, the one and only Daniel Radcliffe came to Hall H at Comic-Con. He wasn't here for "Harry Potter" or the upcoming "Frankenstein" from 20th Century Fox. No, Radcliffe came down for his acclaimed fantasy horror drama "Horns," which debuted last September at the Toronto Film Festival, but is opening in theaters from Radius-TWC in October.