Monday, April 21, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! Where was the "Wall of Webbing" during all that chit chat?

I've been avoiding joking about the ludicrous length of time this death plummet has been taking because I went to that well a few times during other recent falls:  that girder and Spider-Man himself.  But jeez, guys!

My favorite panel was this moment from last week, which didn't bother with any deceptive movement lines or rocket trails and instead shows them hanging there in a state so close to motionless that other characters can take taxis to the impact point and arrive earlier.

Coloring Book Corruptions

From toplessrobot, Oo, ooOO oo oo ooh! I wanna draw you up!
(Get it? Color Me Badd? Nobody? Good for you.)
Coloring Book Corruptions is a site dedicated to people messing with coloring book drawings and making them disturbing - from Satanism to Disney Doggy Style - with just a few additions. They, uh, also take submissions, which I feel some reservations about telling everyone here...for I know what horrors may be unleashed, but the folks at Coloring Corruptions, as yet, do not.
As a matter of fact, this could be a fun game for those of you who draw. See what you can come up with in comments...and as always, please stop short of genitalia.
h/t SlyDante777

Box office report: 'Captain America' crosses $200 million in its third week

From ew, It’s a great day to be a Marvel superhero: Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the No. 1 spot for the third weekend in a row, earning $26.61 million this holiday weekend, allowing it to cross that magical $200 million finish line. For comparison’s sake, this sequel — directed by Anthony and Joe Russo — has already outearned 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger, which ended its run with $176.65 million.

What’s the real takeaway from all this? That for all the idle chatter of audience superhero fatigue, no one is going to be putting away the spandex just yet. It will be interesting to see how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — already healthily earning overseas — fares when it opens domestically on May 2.
Initially it seemed like this weekend would be a tight race between holdover sequels Captain America and Rio 2, but it turned out to be less so, with Fox’s animated avians coming in at $22.5 million this weekend, bringing its domestic totals to $75.36 million. How the lure of a blue macaw voiced by Bruno Mars didn’t succeed in nabbing the No. 1 spot is hard to say, but keep an eye on this one over the next few weeks to see what kind of staying power it may have.
Meanwhile the faith-based Heaven Is for Real continues to pleasantly surprise during its first weekend in wide release: TriStar’s film brought in $21.5 million this weekend, bringing its five-day total to $28.5 million. The demographics for the film broke down to 62 percent female and 38 percent male and, interestingly, 49 percent of the audience under the age of 35. The movie stars Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly as real-life couple Todd and Sonja Burpo, whose son claims to have seen Heaven while unconscious.
Much less happy news is the $11.15 million opening of Warner Bros.’ Transcendence. This cyber-thriller starring Johnny Depp opened to lackluster reviews (such as ours by Chris Nashawaty) and a meh Cinemascore of C+. Does this mean, finally, that we can stop with movies about sentient computers? Probably not. And don’t expect the stink of this flick to stick to Depp or his co-stars, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, and Kate Mara — we’re guessing they’ll be just fine. Hopefully this will not deter longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister from getting back in the director’s chair either.
Another new release this weekend, Haunted House 2, came in fifth place with $9.1 million. With a reported $4 million budget, this is good news for the Marlon Wayans-led comedy (tagline: “It’ll scare the #2 out of you”), which may not have delighted critics but received a B- Cinemascore.
Here’s the final breakdown on this weekend’s top five:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier — $26.61 million
2. Rio 2 — $22.5 million
3. Heaven Is for Real — $21.5 million
4. Transcendence — $11.15 million
5. A Haunted House 2 – $9.1 million

Thursday, April 17, 2014

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer targeted in teen sex abuse lawsuit

Los Angeles (CNN) -- A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing a teenage boy 15 years ago.
Singer allegedly offered the aspiring teen actor a role in an "X-Men" film if he gave in to his sexual demands, while threatening to destroy his career if he didn't, according to the civil suit filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii Wednesday.
Singer's representative said the accusations were "completely without merit."
"We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit," Singer's rep said. "It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan' s new movie is about to open in a few weeks."
Singer is one of Hollywood's most successful directors and producers, having directed two installments of the "X-Men" film franchise and a Superman movie in the past 15 years. His next film -- "X-Men: Days of Future Past" -- is set to hit theaters on May 23.
Attorney Jeff Herman chose Hawaii to file the suit because the legislature there opened a window for two years allowing old sex abuse cases to be filed. The provision expires next week, Herman said.
The alleged sex abuse incidents detailed in the lawsuit happened in 1998 and 1999 when the plaintiff was 17, the suit said.
Most of the alleged sex abuse took place at parties at a California, mansion, the suit said.
Other incidents allegedly happened during two trips to Hawaii.
Singer "manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries," the complaint alleged.
Singer "promised acting roles to Plaintiff in an X-Men movie, in commercials, and in other of his projects, and professed that he would arrange for Plaintiff to audition for roles and projects in others' productions," it alleged.

First Star Wars VII set photo reveals an AT-AT foot?

From screencrush, As you may have heard, ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ will be filming in Abu Dhabi for a few months this summer, as the UAE capital stands in for Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker. With production set to begin next month, work on the Tatooine set has already begun and today we have our first ever ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ set photos, and look which classic ‘Star Wars’ vehicle is back!

While you might look at that photo above and go, “Uhh, OK, that’s some dude’s rolling a big concrete circle into a white tent,” we can tell you those dudes work for ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ and that big wheel very much looks like the foot of an AT-AT, the large, four-legged walker introduced in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.

There were previously only AT-AT appearances on Hoth and Endor, so it would be interesting to see what they’re doing on Tatooine. And, just to be sure, and because this is ‘Star Wars‘ and this is what fans do when there are mysterious ‘Star Wars’ set photos, someone posted a comparison online:

What will likely happen is that the feet/legs of the AT-ATs will be built practically on set while CGI is used to create the rest of the walker. (Or, perhaps this is being used for a close-up that takes place at ground level and a wide shot isn’t needed.)

While it might seem surprising to have set photos popping up when we still have no idea who’s going to star in the actual movie, remember that it was confirmed earlier this month that ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ has actually started filming already. You would think that with all this movement going on surrounding the film that an official casting update is imminent.

Daily Spider-Man! That first panel comes right out of Jameson's dream journal

Monday, April 14, 2014

Game of Throooooooones!

I'm way into this show as of recently.  Julie binge-watched the first three seasons and then binge-watched them again so she could watch them with me and clear up some confusing points.  Mostly she sat next to me playing Candy Crush and answering my "What did he say?" queries.  We reached the end with a few weeks to spare before Season 4 began last week.

Any other GoTers on the blog?  Was last night's ep a sock-knocker-offer, or what?

(I don't know why Emma Watson posed on the Iron Throne.  But hey.)

Box office report: 'Captain America' fights off competition with $41.4 million weekend

From ew, Captain America: The Winter Soldier warded off newcomers this weekend and remains king of the hill with $41.4 million in its second weekend of release. The Marvel actioner dropped just 56 percent from its opening weekend and the film’s domestic total now stands at $159 million — close to 90 percent of the lifetime gross of the original, thank you very much — with global receipts already pushing $476.7 million.
Despite a Friday night win, that meant Rio 2 had to settle for second place with $39 million ($125.2 million overseas). The 3-D animated sequel tells the story of Blu, Jewel and their kids adjusting to life in the Amazon. Fox, who released the tropical Starburst-colored film in 3,948 locations, enjoyed a similar opening when Rio opened to $39.2 million back in 2011. Critics by and large gave the sequel a splat (51 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) but CinemaScore audiences granted the kid-pleaser a solid A. The film attracted a beautifully diverse audience — 25 percent Hispanic, 19 percent African-American, and 14 percent Asian.
Oculus came up with the bronze this weekend, with Relativity’s micro-budget ($5 million) sibling horror show scaring up $12 million at 2,650 theaters. Starring Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillian, the movie earned only a “C” CinemaScore rating, though its mediocre mark is consistent with recent genre peers like The Purge and Cabin in the Woods.
It feels a bit like a fumble for fellow newcomer Draft Day, led by sports flick demi-God Kevin Coster. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment largely targeted its football drama at sports fans via their unique affiliation with the NFL, but during her own promotional rounds, Jennifer Garner tried to pitch the movie to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show as more of “romantic comedy.” She’s always a winning spokesperson — and who plays a beleaguered sports man as persuasively as Kevin Coster? — but the film underperformed with $9.8 million at 2,781 locations. CinemaScore audiences granted the Ivan Reitman-helmed film a solid B+ rating, but critics were less committal(63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).
Rounding out the top 5 is Divergent, which narrowly bested Noah by a cool half million. The Shailene Woodley-led tale of young love in a fractured futuristic society raked in $50.3 million overseas, with a global box office now sitting pretty at $175.2 million.
In limited release, the new vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive — directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring the impossibly cool Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston — opened with an estimated $97,000 in 4 locations. And hats off to The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Wes Anderson movie that continues to hang on in the top 10 in its sixth weekend of release. Now playing in 1,467 theaters, the movie grossed over $4 million.
And finally, a note about the ceaseless soundtrack to parents’ lives, the theme of every girl’s birthday party our young children attend. The sister-power Disney phenomenonFrozen has now earned $1.12 billion across the globe. The little people will never let it go.
2. Rio 2 – $39 million
3. Oculus – $12 million
4. Draft Day – $9.5 million
5. Divergent – $7.5 million 

Daily Spider-Man! Yes, get in his path, Spidey! The only other way you could catch him would be with some kind of strong, adhesive line of some sort...