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...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reading recommendations?

Any good suggestions?  Just finished Donna Tartt's novel "the Goldfinch" and need something else to sink my teeth into!

Ha ha! Best thing ever.

I have no idea what happened here, but this humongous street geyser occured about a mile from my house.  The little guys in the corner managed to turn it off about two minutes after I took this.

Daily Spider-Man! Next he'll go on a crusade to unmask those power lines

CBS names Colbert as Letterman replacement

From usatoday, CBS moved quickly to replace David Letterman after the late night host announced his retirement last week. Confirming speculation, Stephen Colbert, ofComedy Central's Colbert Report, will take over theLate Show sometime next year.
Colbert, whose current contract expires at year end, signed a five-year deal to host the show, which will begin when Letterman decides to step down, probably sometime next summer.
"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," said CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. "David Letterman's legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today's announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night."

Star Wars: Episode VII Reportedly Building An 'Extensive Re-Creation Of Tatooine'

From Cinemablend, Even though the Star Wars franchise features many memorable sequences in locations like Hoth, Dagobah, and the moon of Endor, Tatooine ultimately has to be called the most legendary planet in the series. It was the planet where both Luke and Anakin Skywalker were raised, it's where Obi-wan Kenobi spent decades hiding, it's where R2-D2 and C-3PO's escape pod miraculously landed, it was where Luke met Han Solo, and it's where Luke and Leia rescued Han from Jabba The Hutt. It has appeared in five of the six Star Wars movies - more than any other planet - and now we have word that number will be going up with the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII

While we first heard rumors about Tatooine's potential role in the sci-fi sequel last week, now The Hollywood Reporter has apparently confirmed those stories with their own sources. Precise details about the work being done isn't provided, but the trade says that the production is building "an extensive re-creation of Tatooine," which seems to suggest that Episode VII will have at least one scene that takes place in a familiar setting (but count on many, many more). This leg of the production is going on in "a Morocco-like environment" instead of the Tunisian desert where the original Tattooine scenes were filmed. Disney could not be reached for comment on the story. 

Once the work in the desert is done, Star Wars: Episode VII will be heading to England where it will play out most of its production on the stages of Pinewood Studios. They will be using a script co-written by Abrams and Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan, and the story will be set 30 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. There haven't been any official announcements yet regarding the members of the cast playing human characters, though Adam Driver is said to be in negotiations to play the film's main villain while both R2-D2 and Chewbacca are confirmed to return. 

Little stories like this have continued to break over the last couple of weeks, and frankly it all feels like cracks being formed in a dam. The wait is quickly becoming intolerable, but it probably won't be long until the Walt Disney Company and LucasFilm send out a press release announcing the start of principal photography, the official cast - including both returning and new characters - a small plot description, and possibly even a title. 

Jon Stewart mocks 'Noah' critics

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! You probably didn't see those power lines because Manhattan's power lines have been underground since 1888.

'Borgman' trailer looks creepy

Marvel Films Break Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars Record

From darkhorizons, With the first few days of box-office in for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", the nine films that make up the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' this week have now become the highest-grossing film franchise at the U.S. domestic box-office. The top ten are:
1 - Marvel Cinematic Universe (9 Films)
$2,463.3 billion
2 - Harry Potter (8 Films)
$2,390.1 billion
3 - Star Wars (7 Films)
$1,918.0 billion
4 - James Bond (24 Films)
$1,912.8 billion
5 - Batman (8 Films)
$1,897.8 billion
6 - The Lord of the Rings (6 Films)
$1,622.0 billion
7 - Shrek (5 Films)
$1,419.6 billion
8 - Spider-Man (4 Films)
$1,375.9 billion
9 - Twilight (5 Films)
$1,363.5 billion
10 - Pirates of the Caribbean (4 Films)
$1,279.2 billion
Adjusted for inflation, the James Bond franchise easily stands on top with $5.26 billion, ahead of "Star Wars" with $4.26 billion, "Harry Potter" with $2.95 billion, "Batman" with $2.78 billion and Marvel with $2.58 billion. On the global stage, "Harry Potter" still dominates with $7.7 billion over Marvel's $5.97 billion.