It may still be early May, but after The Avengers smashed the box-office last weekend, it’s officially summer at the movies. Marvel’s superhero mash-up has raised the bar, and there’s still plenty of enormous blockbusters on the way. The Dark Knight Rises. The Amazing Spider-Man. Prometheus. Magic Mike? Not surprisingly, EW’s Libby Gelman-Waxner is highest on Channing Tatum’s star-studded male stripper movie. She explains her excitement for the “Citizen Kane of male stripper movies,” and answers your pop-cultural questions below. READ FULL STORY »
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It’s a good thing Tony Stark is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist — because New York City may need him to take off his super suit and pull out his checkbook. The Hollywood Reporter asked disaster assessment firm Kinetic Analysis Corp to estimate how much it would cost, theoretically, to repair the damage done to midtown Manhattan in The Avengers. The firm’s dedicated number-crunchers gleefully tented their fingers, put aside their real work, and came up with a hypothetical total: a staggering $160 billion.
Looks like Thor might have to break into Asgard’s treasury as well.
Today in Awesomeness: Joss Whedon thanks his 'peeps' for sticking with him... confirms 'Dr. Horrible' sequel
The Avengers director Joss Whedon took to official fansite Whedonesque today to thank his loyal fans just days after his comic-book epic smashed box-office records. “People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true,” Whedon wrote. “What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with ‘peeps’ — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all.”
“So this is me, saying thank you,” he continued. “All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go ‘I told you so,’ to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered.”
There’s much, much more, including those promised FAQs answered — get excited Dr. Horrible fans — in a mock Q&A with reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson. Click below or jump to Whedonesque for the entire heartfelt essay. READ FULL STORY »
Celebrity Avengers, assemble! Dustin Hoffman and Mila Kunis join the ranks of Hollywood's real-life heroes
Is there something in the water in Hollywood… and also New Jersey? Because in the past five weeks, saving a civilian’s life has become the new Kabbalah — everyone who’s famous is doing it. In April, Ryan Gosling grabbed a woman who was this close to being flattened by a taxi. Newark mayor Cory Booker one-upped the Blue Valentine star by pulling a woman out of a burning building later that month. And Patrick Dempsey proved his own life-saving bona fides two weeks ago by prying a 17-year-old boy out of a wrecked car. (When the kid came to, he asked Dempsey if he was famous. McDreamy’s response? “Yeah, I’m a doctor.”)
But these three dreamy dudes aren’t the only boldfaced names getting into the superhero game. EW has confirmed that less than two weeks ago, 74-year-old Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman tended to a jogger who suffered a heart attack while running in London’s Hyde Park. As The Sun originally reported, the onetime Marathon Man quickly dashed over when he saw lawyer Sam Dempster collapse. Hoffman called paramedics and tended Dempster until they arrived, not leaving the stricken man until he was taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Afterwards, Hoffman soared into the sky — where he will stay, waiting and watching, until another exerciser is in need.
And then there’s Mila Kunis, who came running when a 50-year-old member of her household staff suffered a seizure Saturday. TMZ writes that Kunis quickly had a friend dial 911, then turned the man’s head to one side so he wouldn’t choke. She also allegedly volunteered to ride with the victim to the hospital. (Kunis’s rep didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.) Beauty, brains, and bravery — it’s all part of the celebrity hero package.
One of the great fallacies of the modern movie industry is the Beautiful Spin-Off Dream: The notion that you can pluck a supporting character out of a successful film, transplant them into new locales and situations where they can have sexy adventures against a colorful backdrop, and watch the money flow in. Marvel Studios flipped the playbook with their Avengers franchise, essentially creating three successful franchises (and also The Incredible Hulk) which only retroactively became spin-offs. Even before Avengers itself opened this past weekend, Marvel was already plotting their next wave of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America sequels. Now that Avengers has lit up the box office, though, the question becomes: Will the studio aim for another franchise? Or two? Or seven? READ FULL STORY »
Pick a box-office record and The Avengers has probably broken it. Biggest opening weekend of all time? Check. Biggest Saturday gross of all time? Check. Most popular movie released this year featuring intense archery scenes? (Sorry, Hunger Games.) Highest-grossing superhero movie ever? Not yet, but consider this a warning: Dark Knight, your days are numbered.
But as we all know, the most important thing about The Avengers is undoubtedly its role in the brilliant career of one Samuel Leroy Jackson. Back in October, the Guinness Book of World Records named Jackson the highest-grossing actor in the history of movies — the result of Jackson’s insane four-films-per-year work ethic, his willingness to take supporting roles in mega-productions, and what we can only assume is a tremendous sense of humor. READ FULL STORY »
Ever since 2008′s Iron Man, the Marvel movies have all featured cute little scenes after the end-credits which tease the next big Marvel movie. These scenes tend to feature some piece of comic-fetishist lore that causes fans to shriek while leaving the average civilian scratching their head. Iron Man introduced Nick Fury and the notion of “the Avengers initiative.” Iron Man 2 offered the first look at Thor’s hammer. Thor trotted out Fury again, this time introducing the Tesseract — a double-tease for Captain America and Avengers. In turn, Captain America just ended with a full-on Avengers trailer. Now, Avengers has concluded with the most mythologically explosive — and potentially confusing — end-credits sequence yet. If you’re a Marvel neophyte desperate for an explanation — or if you’re a comic book fan looking for theories about what’s ahead — then read on. (SPOILERS from here.) READ FULL STORY »
The Avengers is a big, colorful film about big, colorful characters with big, colorful personalities. “Big” and “colorful” sum up the cycle of Marvel franchise kick starters that preceded Avengers. The two Iron Man movies, Thor, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk vary in quality, but they all bear the same stamp. It’s a style that dates to the days of when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the important superheroes of the second half of the 20th century. The Lee-Kirby dynamic is rife with controversy, but the simplest version goes like this: Kirby was the medium-reinventing artiste who drew magnetic visions of near-cosmic melodrama; Lee was the self-mocking writer who filled Kirby’s blank spaces with witty banter and human-scale characters. READ FULL STORY »
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