August 9, 2013
Weekly Ketchup: Has Marvel Planned All the Way to 2021?
This week's Ketchup includes coverage of news stories for the sequels Finding Dory, The Expendables 3, Now You See Me 2, and Paranormal Activity 5 (which is actually Paranormal Activity 6... sort of). There's also new movie projects for Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, and Life of Pi director Ang Lee.
July 2, 2013
Digital Multiplex: 42, Antiviral, and Pieta
This week in streaming video, we've got a number of decent choices, beginning with a Certified Fresh baseball biopic, a thriller from the son of David Cronenberg, and a drama by a South Korean auteur. Netflix adds a number of solid titles, including some animated Disney films and one of last year's giant superhero blockbusters, and Amazon Prime offers up a few indie gems.
June 21, 2013
Weekly Ketchup: Robert Downey Jr. to Return as Tony Stark in Avengers 2 and 3
Here's a "very special" edition of the Weekly Ketchup, as Hollywood this week was assaulted by an onslaught of sequel news stories comparable to either the Kryptonians in Man of Steel or the zombies in World War Z (take your pick of timely film references). We've got superhero sequels (The Avengers 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2), science fiction sequels (Independence Day 2 and Terminator 5), comedy sequels (Bad Teacher 2 and Dumb and Dumber To), and even a sequel to Dolphin Tale. And next week, this column will even get a sequel.
May 22, 2013
Comic Book Movies You Can Watch Online
Comic book movies are all the rage these days, and every year we see more of them hitting theaters than before. Whether you're into quirky indie comics (Ghost World, American Splendor), superhero action titles (The Dark Knight, The Avengers), graphic novels (300, Persepolis), or even manga (Oldboy), there's probably a big screen adaptation on this list for you. Click through to find out what's available to watch online right now.
April 15, 2013
MTV Movie Awards 2013 Winners
Well, the MTV Movie Awards took place on Sunday, April 14th, and as is always the case, lots of high jinks ensued. Does Rebel Wilson really have a third nipple? Does Aubrey Plaza really want to steal Will Ferrell's shine? Is there truly any way (or any reason) to mash together Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Alicia Keys, and Macklemore? We may never know the answers to these questions, but if you're curious who took home the coveted golden popcorn trophies, here's the complete list:
April 11, 2013
MTV Movie Awards 2013 Nominees
What we generally consider "awards season" ended with the Oscars back in February, but those rebels over at MTV are in the business of bucking tradition, you see, so we're getting the famed MTV Movie Awards this weekend. In the middle of April. After most people have generally moved on and begun preparing for 2013's Summer slate. In any case, read on to find out who's up for such prestigious awards as "Best WTF Moment" and "Best Shirtless Performance," the winners of which (and so many more) will be announced during a live broadcast on Sunday, April 14th, at 9/8c. Oh, those kooky MTV kids...
April 2, 2013
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Marvel's Phase One Collection on Blu-Ray
Believe it or not (and trust me when I say this isn't some half-baked attempt at an April Fool's joke column), there are no new wide releases coming out on home video this week. As a result, the Avengers-themed box set will easily be of greatest interest, while everything else sort of falls by the wayside. You may not have even heard of a few of the movies featured this week, but for better or worse, you can click through for the full list.
September 25, 2012
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Avengers and a James Bond Collection
This week on home video, we've got a couple of things we know a lot of you have been looking forward to. Specifically, Joss Whedon's ensemble superhero dramedy The Avengers is now available, and every James Bond movie has been put on Blu-ray and in one set for the first time. Oh, and there are some other movies out this week, too. So click through for the full list, and prepare thy wallets.
August 30, 2012
Which Movies Deserve TV Spinoffs?
Inspired by Joss Whedon's upcoming "S.H.I.E.L.D" series, Movies.com suggests a few other films that could spill over onto the small screen.
August 10, 2012
Weekly Ketchup: Joss Whedon to Return for Avengers 2
This week's Ketchup includes new movies for actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon, comedians Steve Carell, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Will Ferrell, and new projects for directors Joss Whedon and Alexander Payne. And, oh yeah... an ALF movie.
July 16, 2012
Comic-Con Ketchup: Marvel Confirms Monster Lineup of Future Projects
Due to the deluge of announcements at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, here's a special edition of the Weekly Ketchup to bring you the rest of the news not already covered in the Friday edition, most of which wasn't actually news from the convention itself, but was stuff announced before Comic-Con, or in the spirit of the Con. This edition includes tons of Marvel Studios projects, and updates from directors Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim and, maybe, Hellboy 3) and Peter Jackson (The Hobbit).
July 14, 2012
Best Comix Countdown 2012
To celebrate the 2012 Comic Con, we at Rotten Tomatoes proudly present Best Comics Movies, an exhaustive countdown that includes movies based on everything from superheroes to graphic novels, from manga to strips from the funny pages, all in order of critical approval.
We can see those thought bubbles above your heads -- you're wondering how we compiled this thing. Well, we've used a weighted formula that takes the Tomatometer, the number of reviews, and the year of release into account. In addition, a film needs at least 20 reviews to qualify. Anyway, what are you waiting for? Remove the protective plastic bag, flip to the first page, and dig into Rotten Tomatoes' Best Comics Movies!
July 3, 2012
Marvel Reveals Item 47
Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford star in a short film about a pair of NYC lovebirds who make an important discovery.
June 4, 2012
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Snow White Exceeds Expectations at No. 1
Universal scored a big box office victory with the better-than-expected opening of its expensive fairy tale adventure Snow White and the Huntsman which captured the number one spot driven by strong fan demand. The PG-13 film grossed an estimated $56.3M from 3,773 theaters for a muscular $14,910 average and delivered the best opening weekend of the summer for any non-Avengers film. In fact, the sword-wielding princess even beat out the $54.6M debut of last weekend's Men in Black 3 which got a boost from 3D surcharges, a holiday opening, and nearly 500 more theaters. It's also grossed more in three days than studio stablemate Battleship has made in three weeks.
May 21, 2012
Box Office Guru Wrapup: The Avengers' Reign Continues
Dominating the box office for a third weekend in a row and turning all competitors into casualties of war, The Avengers held on firmly to the number one spot breaking more records in the process. Audiences were not very excited about the new releases as the big-budget action tentpole Battleship suffered a poor opening in second place, the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator failed to match the raunchy funnyman's past performances, and the all-star pregnancy comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting debuted in fifth with weak results. It was the first time in fourteen years that the normally-busy weekend before the Memorial Day holiday frame failed to deliver any $35M+ openings causing the top ten to fall below both last year's and 2010's levels.
May 14, 2012
Box Office Guru Wrapup: The Avengers Stays On Top
Still grossing far more than all other movies combined in its second weekend, the mighty super hero megahit The Avengers easily held onto its crown at the North American box office while the worldwide tally smashed the $1 billion mark in a mere 19 days with plenty of worldwide fuel still in the tank. Johnny Depp's latest eccentric offering Dark Shadows opened in second place as expected but with a smaller audience than had been anticipated while many holdovers enjoyed small declines. Disney and Marvel celebrated another weekend of sheer dominance as The Avengers followed its record-shattering opening frame with a very good hold dropping 50% to an astounding $103.2M.
May 6, 2012
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Avengers Crushes Records with $200M Opening
North American audiences got a big taste of what international movie fans have already been enjoying as the super hero value pack The Avengers smashed the all-time opening weekend record kickstarting the summer blockbuster season in an unbelievable manner. Marketed and distributed by Disney, the PG-13 film grossed a jaw-dropping $200.3M over the Friday-to-Sunday period obliterating the previous record of $169.2M set last July by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 surpassing it by more than $30M. Both films were helped by 3D and IMAX runs. Playing in 4,349 locations, the per-theater average was a scorching $46,063.
May 3, 2012
Critics Consensus: Marvel's The Avengers Is Certified Fresh
The summer blockbuster season starts this weekend. Marvel's The Avengers, the hotly-anticipated superhero-fest starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson, soars into multiplexes Friday, finally providing comic book fans with the opportunity to witness Iron Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Black Widow team up to protect the world from evil. Over the past decade, Marvel Comics heroes like the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America have each starred in their own films. And each individual installment offered tantalizing hints of a monumental big screen superhero gathering. Well, comic book fans, the wait is over, and it was worth it.
May 3, 2012
Total Recall: Movies With Matching Titles
The Avengers isn't just the title of this weekend's hotly-anticipated superhero extravaganza, it's also the name of a critically panned adaptation of a 1960s TV show starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman. This isn't the first time multiple movies have shared a title, of course -- last week's action thriller Safe shared a title with a Todd Haynes drama. But noticing the latest example on the release schedule got us thinking -- and by the time we'd finished thinking, we had ourselves yet another list. From Oscar nominees to infamous duds, here are 25 movies with only a dozen titles between them. It's time for Total Recall!
April 20, 2012
Tomatometer Watch: The Avengers
For many, it's one of the year's most anticipated movies: Marvel's superhero epic The Avengers, the culmination of a relentless franchise building campaign that laid the groundwork with Hulk, Iron Man and last year's Thor and Captain America. Will the Joss Whedon-scripted team-up prove to be Marvel's victory lap?
April 18, 2012
No Hulk Movie Plans for Marvel
Don't expect to see another movie starring the big green guy anytime soon...but Marvel is brewing some other (secret) projects.
December 30, 2011
2012's 12 Highly Anticipated Movies
If you thought 2011 was only so-so year for movies, brace yourself then for 2012! Lots of big names and movies coming out! We even heard Woody Allen will have a new movie. And lest we forget, 2012 is the apocalypse. . .for comic book flicks. It's the ultimate showdown as two fantastically-revered auteurs release summer comic blockbusters, starting with Joss Whedon's The Avengers and then Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Read on for 12 movies you, me, and maybe somebody you know are anticipating for next year!
November 19, 2011
Joss Whedon Talks The Avengers
"We created a situation where everybody can be useful, and everybody can be in jeopardy, and they really can act as a team, even though ? as we have known from the first issue of The Avengers comic ? there's no reason for these people to be on the same team."
June 13, 2011
Hero Complex 2011 Recap
The latest scoop on "The Avengers," Warren Beatty's plans for more "Dick Tracy," the "Star Trek" sequel, and more.
May 2, 2011
Kevin Feige Talks Upcoming Marvel Movies
Marvel's Kevin Feige has a busy summer coming, what with "Thor" and "Captain America" arriving in theaters -- and in this interview, he looks further ahead, to "Iron Man 3," "The Avengers," "Doctor Strange, and "Ant-Man."
March 14, 2011
James Gunn Wholeheartedly Endorses The Avengers
It doesn't sound like he's actually read it, but James Gunn has heard the behind-the-scenes buzz surrounding the "Avengers" script, and he wants you to know he thinks it's "the best script for a Marvel movie ever."
January 24, 2011
Chris Hemsworth Avengers Update
Calling it "incredible" and "huge," Chris Hemsworth shared some early impressions of the "Avengers" script in a recent interview.
November 18, 2010
Mark Ruffalo Avengers Interview
Out promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of "The Kids Are All Right," Mark Ruffalo sat down with IGN to discuss his upcoming turn as Bruce Banner and the Hulk in "The Avengers."
October 25, 2010
Marvel Puts Runaways on Hold
With all the buildup to "The Avengers" -- and beyond, starting with "Iron Man 3" -- Marvel has decided its production slate is too full for the live-action adaptation of "Runaways."
September 27, 2010
Mark Ruffalo Talks The Avengers
What's Mark Ruffalo talking about when he says he'll be the first person to "exactly" play the Hulk? Read his interview with New York Magazine to find out.
September 16, 2010
Jeremy Renner Talks The Avengers
Jeremy Renner fielded a few questions about his role as Hawkeye in "The Avengers" during a recent MTV interview, predicting that his character's infamous purple costume will be "a little more reality-based."
July 15, 2010
Mark Ruffalo: Marvel's New Hulk?
Well, that didn't take long: Days after the announcement that Edward Norton wouldn't be returning as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in "The Avengers," Deadline's sources are saying Mark Ruffalo is in "late-stage talks" to assume the role.
April 16, 2010
Weekly Ketchup: Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers
In this Week's Ketchup includes news features a lot of stories about new projects involving famous directors, including Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Darren Aronofsky, Lars von Trier, Seth McFarlane and even a few dead ones like Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick. Movies based upon Mighty Mouse, Masters of the Universe and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. also made the news this week. I was also happy to see that there were a lot less "Rotten Ideas" this week than usual, or maybe I was just in a good mood as I wrote this.
January 27, 2010
Marvel President Talks Upcoming Projects
How will Marvel's next three movies set up "The Avengers"? And will Edward Norton return for an "Incredible Hulk" sequel? Studio president Kevin Feige addressed both questions in a recent interview with SFX Magazine.
October 15, 2009
Favreau Debunks Avengers Rumors
Listen up, rumormongers: Jon Favreau is absolutely, positively not directing Marvel's "Avengers" movie -- and by the way, Edward Norton won't be appearing in "Iron Man 2," either.
August 4, 2009
Edward Norton Talks Avengers
Will Edward Norton surface as Bruce Banner in "Iron Man 2" or "The Avengers"? He's playing coy, but the rumor mill is churning.
July 27, 2009
Kevin Feige Talks The Avengers
Who will we see in Marvel's eagerly anticipated "Avengers" movie? The studio's Kevin Feige has some ideas -- and he shared them with Collider in a new interview.
June 25, 2009
Zak Penn Talks The Avengers
Speaking at a Los Angeles Film Festival panel earlier this week, Zak Penn discussed the difficulties of tying together multiple film franchises for "The Avengers."
March 12, 2009
Marvel Pushes Back Thor and Avengers, Eyes 2011 for Spider-Man 4
You'll have to wait a little longer to see some of Marvel's costumed heroes on the big screen: the studio has announced a handful of release date changes, pushing back "Thor" and "The Avengers" a year, moving "Captain America" back a couple of months, and staking May 6, 2011 for "Spider-Man 4."
February 26, 2009
Sam Jackson Signs Nine-Picture Deal with Marvel?
Although Marvel insists the story is unsubstantiated, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Samuel L. Jackson has mended fences with the studio and signed a huge deal that will see him playing Nick Fury in nine films.
November 26, 2008
Downey Hints at Avengers Details
Wait, did Robert Downey Jr. just tell everyone that Giant Man is going to be in the "Avengers" movie? Read his latest interview with MTV and decide for yourself.
October 29, 2008
Downey, Cheadle, Favreau Confirmed for Avengers
Marvel has issued an "Avengers" production update, announcing that Robert Downey Jr. will appear as Iron Man, Jon Favreau will executive produce, and the team's lineup will include "Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more."
October 14, 2008
Hulk vs. The Avengers?
Could Marvel's upcoming "Avengers" movie feature a certain big green antihero as its villain? According to "Iron Man" screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, signs point to yes.
September 30, 2008
Marvel and Paramount Expand Agreement
Marvel has re-upped and expanded its distribution agreement with Paramount, adding another five films to their joint slate, including "Iron Man 2," "Thor," and "The Avengers."
September 15, 2008
Marvel Stung By Eva Longoria?
Is Eva Longoria contemplating the role of the Wasp in Marvel's upcoming "Avengers" movie? No one's saying anything yet, but some new pictures suggest she might be.
June 30, 2008
Favreau Talks Iron Man 2, Avengers, and More
Jon Favreau popped up on the red carpet at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the weekend, and IESB didn't miss the opportunity to grill the director about Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Captain America.