Saturday, July 26, 2014

'Expendables 3' leaks online 3 weeks before theatrical release

From ew, A copy of The Expendables 3—the latest in a series of all-star action movies starring major Hollywood figures like Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, and Jason Statham, among others—leaked online Wednesday on various BitTorrent piracy websites. The film has been downloaded nearly 200,000 times since it leaked, according to Variety.

Movies frequently leak online, but the Expendables 3scenario is a big deal for two reasons. First of all, it leaked before the movie hit theaters—three weeks before its scheduled premiere, to be exact. And secondly, the quality of the leak is unusually high. The earliest movie leaks are usually “cam” copies, recorded via cameras snuck into screenings, then uploaded online. The Expendables 3 copy, however, is taken from a DVD screener—a format usually produced by the movie’s distributor and given to media figures ahead of theatrical release.

Because the movie will not be officially released for weeks, Lionsgate may lose millions of dollars in sales. The first Expendables movie, released in 2010, grossed nearly $275 million worldwide. Expendables 2, released in 2012, grossed over $300 million.

Due to the decentralized nature of BitTorrent piracy, and because of the pseudonyms frequently used on piracy websites, it may be impossible to trace the source of the leak. TorrentFreak, a blog about filesharing news, believes it has traced the alleged leaker to as far back as “an entity known as Drarbg,” which could be either a single person or a group of people working to leak movies online.The last movie leak as high-profile as The Expendables 3 came in 2009, when a copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked two months before its release date. However, that copy was of an incomplete workprint, with special effects still unfinished.

[JPX watched it last night and thought it was a blast!  Easily the best of the Expendable franchise]

Friday, July 25, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! No maybe about it, Spidey! All your pride is false.

Guardians of the Galaxy, terrific?

From cinemablend, Thinking back on my experience watching Guardians of the Galaxy, the new film from writer/director James Gunn, I find myself challenged to decide on the first aspect to really focus on. The comedy seems like an easy target, given that the feature is far and away the funniest Marvel Studios title to date. But it would be criminal to not pay immediate tribute to the impressive, gripping action sequences filled with stunning visual effects. It’s incredible that each member of the ensemble cast steals every scene they are in – letting your mind race and struggle to determine a favorite character – but it’s equally notable that each song in the ‘60s/’70s pop-rock-infused soundtrack beautifully enhances the moments it’s played. Hell, the natural starting place may just be talking about the beginning of the movie, featuring a heartbreaking, unexpectedly pathos-drenched moment set in 1988 where a young Peter Quill, the lead hero, watches as his mother passes away.

What really can’t be stressed enough is just how insanely fun and entertaining Guardians of the Galaxy is for literally its entire two-hour-plus runtime. Made with the same kind of energetic and creative gusto that has fueled classics like Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Back To The Future, the movie transports the audience to a unique, whole new world on the other side of the universe, and features no shortage of diverse landscapes, colorful aliens (both in personality and skin tone), and spaceship battles and chases. Fight sequences play out not just with skilled martial arts and weapons play, but also with bizarre little toys and gadgets found useful in rocketing characters from one side of the screen to the other. The film is built to be bright, colorful and laugh-out-loud funny, and it’s a scream to watch it succeed.

When Guardians of the Galaxy was first announced, it was viewed as a risky proposition on behalf of Marvel Studios, given that the titular comic book heroes were largely unknowns to even most die-hard comic book fans. Now having seen the film, all of that questioning just seems rather foolish. What James Gunn and company have put together is nothing short of phenomenal, and one of the most outstanding, entertaining pieces of science-fiction space opera out there. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and everything you could want from a piece of summer entertainment.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! Peter's enthusiasm is endearing, but I'm reminded of that Judy Blume book in which the kid thinks a good grade on her book report will get her parents back together. It's not gonna work out, is what I'm saying.

Ant Man poster at Comic Con

From ew, As this poster makes clear: That’s Paul Rudd taking on the central role of Scott Lang, a thief who, according to the comics, stole the technology behind the shrinking suit from the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym.

And there’s Michael Douglas, joining the Marvel universe as Pym, a scientist with Tony Stark-levels of ingenuity. He not only builds a miniaturizing mechanism, but also constructs a method of communicating with tiny creatures. (Better to have them on your side than trying to eat you.)

Although Lang only steals the suit to make it easier to lead a life of crime—it’s simple to sneak in and grab other things of value when you are microscopic—he inevitably follows a reluctant hero arc.

Ant-Man directed by Peyton Reed opens July 17, 2015.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! Jameson responds to Spidey's half face by becoming huge in panel 3.

Wonderful, Just Wonderful: Terrifying New World's Largest Flying Aquatic Insect Found In China

From geekology, This is the giant dobsonfly, the current record holder for largest flying aquatic insect. They can measure almost 8.5-inches across. For reference, that is 8-inches entirely too large for my liking.
Large enough to cover the face of a human adult, this scary-looking insect is also known among entomologists as an indicator of water quality, says the museum.

The giant dobsonfly makes its home in bodies of clean water and is highly sensitive to any changes in the water's pH as well as the presence of trace elements of pollutants. If the water is slightly contaminated, the giant dobsonfly will move on to seek cleaner waters.

Did you read that? They only like the very freshest water and will leave if they detect even the slightest pollution. You know what that means, don't you? "You're going to go take a dump upriver?" Haha, I am going to go take ALL the dumps upriver.

'Space Station 76' Trailer: See Space as Imagined Four Decades Ago

From iwatchstuff, Now nearly 20 years since spoofing Slim Goodbody on Conan, Jack Plotnick returns to weirdly-specific, left-field '70s parody with Space Station 76. Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matthew Bomer, Jerry O'Connell, and Marisa Coughlan star in the comedy, which imagines a future as imagined in the age of disco and key parties, and EW has put up the trailer. Welcome to the jokey retro future, everyone.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Han Solo In Carbonite Toilet Seat

From geekology, This is the $60 custom painted Han Solo in carbonite toilet seat available from eBay seller derbycovers. It's only printed and painted though, it's not actually 3-D, so if you thought this was going to be a cheap way to experience sitting on Han Solo's face, think again. I know, I was*this close* to clicking the 'Buy It Now' button too.

Daily Spider-Man! "I will call him Morton, and I will love him and hug him and squeeze him and..."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Daily Spider-Man double dose! New supervillain makes everyone feel better about their silly animal-themed names!

So I guess this guy was bitten by a radioactive ox?  That could happen, right?

In the Daily Spider-verse, car doors just fall open when the car is at an angle, and a rich guy can be a sandwich!

'Star Wars' X-Wing revealed!

Laura Palmer's House Could Become A 'Twin Peaks' Museum, Shrine And B&B

From huffingtonpost, When this lovely home in Everett, Washington popped up for sale on the web, most people didn't think twice. But "Twin Peaks" fans are a rare breed. The brightest devotees of the trippy '90s classic clearly recognized this "charming 1930s home in the heart of Historic Rucker Hill" as the ex-home of the beautiful enigma known as Laura Palmer.

That's right, the humble abode of Leland, Sarah and Laura is actually up for sale IRL. The charming manse was featured in the show's pilot as well as the film "Fire Walk With Me." As the LAist points out, many interior shots took place on a sound stage in L.A. made to resemble the house. Although the listing made no mention of the home's former Lynchian life, in typical "Twin Peaks" cult following fashion, the connection was soon made.

Fan site Welcome to Twin Peaks posted the finding, comparing photos from the listing with those from the show. Strangely, the rocking chair from Laura's bedroom is still in the house. It's good to know even 25 years after the show, "Twin Peaks" fanatics haven't lost their touch.

But the unparalleled fan following of David Lynch's surreal suburban mystery doesn't simply post a listing of Laura Palmer's house. Oh no, they start a Kickstarter campaign to buy the house themselves and transform it into a Twin Peaks museum, shrine and Bed & Breakfast.

Seattle's Stephen Lange is the man behind the mission. His campaign "The Palmer House -- Twin Peaks Museum and Tourist Destination" aims to raise enough money to buy Laura's house and transform it into an event space and functioning Bed&Breakfast, eventually redesigned to resemble its 25-year-old self. Come now, who wouldn't want to stay in this not-at-all-creepy lodgings?

"With 4+ bedrooms, the residence can sleep up to 8 people an evening, with a full kitchen, and a renovated Red Room movie theater in the basement," the Kickstarter explains. "The home will also come stocked with a full library of DVDs and music from the series, so you can fully immerse yourself in the Twin Peaks vibe." Lange is trying to raise $600,000 by August 3. Offers have already been placed on the home, which is listed for $549,950, so those moved by Lange's proposition must act fast.

Donating to the cause will get you many a "Twin Peaks"-centric reward, from an "I Saved the Palmer House" poster to complimentary pie and coffee, ostensibly served black as midnight on a moonless night. If you dream of sleeping in a spooky house where demon spirits once lived and David Lynch placed his literal, divine body, head to the Kickstarter ASAP and see how you can help.

Box Office

From ew, Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s… After a Friday night showdown that heavily tipped the scales in favor of the survival-horror thriller The Purge: Anarchy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came back strong this weekend to take the No. 1 spot at the box office.

The Apes sequel, starring motion-capture master Andy Serkis as the hyper-evolved higher primate named Caesar, collected $36 million for the weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Meanwhile, The Purge: Anarchy, a follow-up to last year’s nightmare-inducer about a 12-hour period when no crime is illegal, garnered only $28.3 million.

The Purge wasn’t entirely beloved by its terror-craving audience, getting only a B from the polling firm Cinemascore—compared to the A-minus received byApes. So-so word-of-mouth may have led to the Saturday stumble.

It’s still a terrific opening for the Universal horror movie, which cost only $9 million to make (compared to an estimated $170 million budget for the Apes film, which has earned back only $138 million domestically so far.) The winner there is obvious.

Apes is off to a strong start after only two weeks, however, and if it can maintain that it will stand as one of the stronger films of summer. For a while on Friday, it seemedPurge would take not just the spoils but the title as well. The movie earned $13 million from Friday night showings, compared to Apes‘ lackluster $10.4 million, a 62 percent drop from its opening night a week before.

But Apes rallied big-time on Saturday, earning $14.8 million to Purge‘s $9.5 million, which was a 27 percent drop from its opening night. The writing was on the wall: theApes had it.

The No. 3 slot went to Planes: Fire & Rescue, a DisneyToon Studios sequel to last year’s family comedy about a adventurous airplanes, spun-off from Pixar’s Cars universe. With only $18 million—$4 mil less than the first Planes—that’s a pretty bad stall for a family movie in the middle of summer.

It’s low Friday gross of $6.3 million seemed like it may simply have been a reflection that not many adults turned out on opening night for kiddie fare. But then Fire & Rescue didn’t do much better during family-friendly matinee hours of Saturday, earning $6.6 million. The Cinemascore rating was an A, so those who did turn out enjoyed what they saw.

The same can’t be said for Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s Sex Tape, which nabbed a dismal C-plus Cinemascore, and opened in fourth place with only $15 million. Diaz had been on a comedy hot-streak lately, and this raunchy slapstick about a couple trying to prevent their friends and family from seeing an accidentally-uploaded boudoir video seemed like it would be primed to continue the trend.

But there was no Bad Teacher here. Just bad.

Critics were cruel, and audiences didn’t disagree. “Director Jake Kasdan, who also helmed Bad Teacher … doesn’t quite seem to know what tone he’s going for, and the last half of the movie veers wildly between crude hard-R comedy and warm-hearted teachable moments. Blessedly, it’s also short,” wrote EW’s Leah Greenblatt.

In limited release, Zach Braff’s partially Kickstarter-donation-funded Wish I Was Hereopened in 68 theaters and earned $495,000 for a relatively strong $7,300 per screen.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry’s whimsical French dramedy Mood Indigo collected $25,100 in two locations, for an average of 12,550 per screen.

The philosophical sci-fi saga I Origins earned $28,700 in four locations, for an average of $7,175, while Persecuted, a paranoid thriller about a preacher framed for murder, straddled the wide-release/limited-release framework by launching in 736 theaters, but earning only $959,000, 0r $1,300 per screen.

STAR WARS EPISODE VII Plot Details Revealed!

From badassdigest, I'm going to keep this vague. I have no interest in spoiling Star Wars Episode VII, although I'm sure some people will find any information about the film's plot to be spoilery. If you're a spoilerphobe or want to go into Star Wars Episode VII totally, completely clean, stop reading now. If you want to know what, on a very basic and general level, is the premise of Star Wars Episode VII, read on.


Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see... a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.

That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I'm keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.

Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren't flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting... well, that could be a spoiler. I'll leave it. Anyway, Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke's, and they say they haven't seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.

So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems...

In many ways this plot of Episode VII is an echo of A New Hope. Instead of R2 coming to Tatooine it's a hand falling from the sky, but the basic sweep of the story is similar, and intentionally so. But things that seem familiar may not be as familiar as you think - don't assume that every ice or desert planet in the galaxy has already been visited, if you know what I'm saying.

There's more, of course - this is just the broadest of outlines, a basic synopsis. On the one hand I sort of roll my eyes at the story echoing A New Hope, but on the other I like the propulsive quest concept. I'm hearing extremely positive things about the action, and very, very good things about the characters themselves and the way the actors are bringing them to life. Again and again I'm hearing that John Boyega owns this movie.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! Peter carefully chooses lamest photo ever in attempt to woo Jameson.

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert fight over who's the bigger Star Wars fan

But I thought the characters were real: Elastigirl's face falls off at Disney World

Fett lives!

From starwars7news, Today’s a good day for any Star Wars fan that was worried about the new Expanded Universe, because a fan-favorite character is going to come crawling out of the underworld to kick ass once more…

Boba Fett had been appeared in post-Original Trilogy works since 1991′s Dark Empire (indeed, the revival of the character is almost universally considered the best thing about the comic to this day), but this resurrection seemingly was not to be once Disney decided that they were going to reboot the Expanded Universe. Those who worried that Disney wouldn’t retcon the iconic background baddie’s undignified death in Return Of The Jedi, fret not: according to Lucasfilm Story Group’s Johnathan Rinzler (rather, George Lucas himself being paraphrased by Rinzler), Fett made his way out of the Sarlacc pit after all.

Yesterday, Jonathan Rinzler of the Lucasfilm Story Group held an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit, which works just as it sounds – curious users ask the host questions for a few hours on end, and he or she answers the best and most interesting ones. (For anyone else who’s curious, the link to the entire AMA Thread can be found here.) Of course, avid fans of the famous mercenary were quick to ask questions about what Rinzler personally thought happened to the character (as opposed to what was apparently canon), but instead of getting a simple personal opinion, Rinzler confirmed a fact that many fans were hoping for: Boba Fett survived his defeat at the Great Pit of Carkoon!

blackbetha: Jonathan, In your mind, does Boba Fett Escape the Sarlacc Pit?

Rinzler: Yes, he does. I have been in meetings with George where he confirms that Fett survived. If it comes from George then it’s true!

There you have it, folks – the head honcho of the Star Wars franchise has said that everyone’s favorite Mandalorian Bounty Hunter got to live to fight another day, meaning that we’ll no doubt be in for some interesting stories involving the character. The possibility of him getting a spin-off movie just got that much more likely! Here are a couple of sincere words you don’t see on the internet every day: thanks, George Lucas!

I approve: Snake in zero gravity

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! I think I like these "Doc Ock sweet talks his tentacles" scenes more than the "Peter whines at MJ in their apartment" scenes

Annabelle trailer

Universal Plans Monsters Shared Universe

From darkhorizons If comic book heroes can have shared universes, why can't classic monsters? Universal Pictures has announced major plans to revitalize its heritage by developing a "substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories".

In layman's terms, it means its library of monster movie properties - Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy - are about to get a shared onscreen universe deal akin to the Marvel Studios films.

"Star Trek," "Transformers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" co-scribe Alex Kurtzman along with "Wanted" and regular "Fast and the Furious" series scribe Chris Morgan are the architects behind the interconnected slate, though it's unclear if either will write any of the projects planned.

Morgan and Kurtzman will work closely the studio's various arms to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects with preexisting attachments to bring them together under one cohesive strategy.

The plan will commence with "The Mummy" reboot which will be released April 22nd 2016, making the upcoming "Dracula Untold" the studio's likely last foray into stand-alone films using these characters.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! Sorry to get all political, but I think the prison should discontinue their Mad Science Devices workshop.

First Look at Ultron In ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

From iwatchstuff, The cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Ultron as he’ll appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In fact, there are multiple Ultrons, and the story confirms they were made by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)

For better or worse (trust us, it’s worse), his Tony Stark has devised a plan that won’t require him to put on the Iron Man suit anymore, and should allow Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk to get some much needed R&R as well. His solution is Ultron, self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead.

The only problem? Ultron (played by James Spader through performance-capture technology) lacks the human touch, and his superior intellect quickly determines that life on Earth would go a lot smoother if he just got rid of Public Enemy No. 1: Human beings. “Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better’; he’s not just going ‘Muhaha, soon I’ll rule!’” Whedon says, rubbing his hands together.

“He’s on a mission,” the filmmaker adds, and smiles thinly. “He wants to save us.”

The article also says Ultron has the ability to upload himself to different places and recreate himself in multiple different forms. Some of these forms are bigger, stronger and faster than his first build.

Since the EW issue is a Comic-Con tease, I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing much more of Ultron, and probably James Spader, in Hall H next Saturday evening. Until now, we’ll keep an eye on the new EW for more information. What do you think of Ultron?

Green Lantern honest trailer