Saturday, February 28, 2015

POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 3:41 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Spock Tornoe cartoon
(Rob Tornoe / philly.com)

It’s moments like this I’m glad I’m a cartoonist. There’s no way I could really express in words the profound effect “Star Trek” and, more specifically, Mr. Spock, had on me when I was a kid. 

So hopefully my cartoon explains why the emotion I felt hunched over my drafting table this afternoon when I found out longtime Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away wasn't sadness, it was gratitude. 

More than being sad about an actor that embodied a character that left an imprint on my childhood, I have to say I’m thankful that Nimoy was blessed with a long life and a large footprint that allowed him to stoke the imagination of countless people all over the world. 

POSTED: Sunday, February 22, 2015, 6:46 PM
Filed Under: Movies
It's Oscars time! Join us now commentary from the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com staff members as we chat all Oscars everything. Starting with the red carpet until the very last award we'll discuss fashion, celebs, winners and more!
POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:18 AM
Producer Kevin Feige attends Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on March 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Disney)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After Sony attempted to reboot its "Spider-Man" franchise with Andrew Garfield as the web slinger, the studio is ready to give it a third try, this time with Kevin Feige, the man who has produced 10 consecutive blockbusters for Marvel Studios.

A deal to free up Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel cinematic universe, starting in 2017, is a clear admission by Sony that its superhero strategy with one of the most popular comicbook heroes around simply isn't working.

That's especially true at a time when the studio is desperate for some major film franchises. Struggling with one of the comicbook industry's most popular superheroes was starting to get embarrassing -- especially when "Guardians of the Galaxy," starring a cast of misfits unknown to most moviegoers, broke out as a bigger hit in 2014 than the last "Spider-Man" movie when it made $774 million. "The Amazing Spider Man 2" earned nearly $709 million worldwide.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:15 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "American Sniper" has "Mockingjay" in its sights.

The war drama is poised to surpass the most recent edition of "The Hunger Games" as 2014's top-grossing release, analysts say. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow pic has made $282.4 million thus far, putting it in third place on the charts, behind "Mockingjay -- Part 1," which has earned $335.7 million, and "Guardians of the Galaxy," which has grossed $333.2 million.

BoxOffice.com is now predicting that the film will generate $360 million-$365 million during its domestic run.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:04 AM
Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I," "Gone Girl" and "Maleficent" are powered by indelible female protagonists and rank among the biggest films of last year, but women are still treated like second-class citizens when it comes to most Hollywood movies, according to a new study. 

They're the girlfriend, the mother or the wife. Their value is determined in relation to the people they bed, marry or birth.

The gender gap is documented in new research by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University that found that females comprised a paltry 12% of protagonists in the top-grossing films of 2014. Over the past decade, the situation has gotten worse, not better. The latest figures represent a drop of three percentage points from 2013 and a fall of four percentage points from 2002.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8:55 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Peter Parker is returning to Marvel.

In a reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise, Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced a new partnership with Marvel Studios that brings the popular superhero into the Marvel universe.

A new Spider-Man film will hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8:43 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Actress Taylor Schilling attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling and Homeland's Morena Baccarin have emerged as the frontrunners to feature opposite Ryan Reynolds in the planned X-Men spin-off movie, Deadpool.

The Green Lantern star is preparing to reprise the role of the comic book killer, aka Wade Wilson, following his appearance in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and now producers are narrowing down their wishlist for the leading female part.

Teen Wolf actress Crystal Reed and The Red Band Society's Rebecca Rittenhouse are also in the mix, in addition to Vikings star Sarah Greene and Arrow's Jessica De Gouw, reports Deadline.com.

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2015, 10:13 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - For all the hard-knock headlines the NFL has faced lately, playing in the pros remains a dream career for many young men -- including the teen quartet chronicled in the verite doc "In Football We Trust." Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn's directorial debut focuses on a specific subculture drawn to the game: Polynesian-Americans, who -- per opening titles -- are 28 times more likely to play in the NFL than any other ethnic group. Engaging but perhaps more limited in its arc than the filmmakers might have hoped, the produced-for-public-television pic was acquired pre-Sundance by Relativity Sports, but will feel most at home on the smallscreen. 

Docs rarely get more specific than this: Polynesian teens (two of them Mormon) playing high-school football in the Salt Lake City region. That provides the filmmakers a unique springboard, even if the individual sagas combine for something more akin to an intriguing novella than the full-blown great American epic of verite sports docs, Steve James' 1994 landmark "Hoop Dreams." 

The most dramatically fruitful of the interwoven stories comes from brothers Leva and Vita Bloomfield, who both play for the same high school and hail from a family somewhat infamous in the area for their ties to a local gang, the Regulators. Their father, Fua, was also a gifted player in his prime before seeing his own dreams end at the college level due to "personal problems." The boisterous boys talk about hoping to prove people's preconceptions of their family wrong, but actions speak louder than words and their sibling bond is soon compromised by legal entanglements.

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