Weekly Ketchup: Tom Cruise Returns For Another Mission: Impossible

Plus, new films for Michael Shannon, Martin Scorsese, and Owen Wilson, and a Dungeons & Dragons reboot.

This week's Ketchup covers movie development news stories that include new entries in the Dungeons & Dragons, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Mission: Impossible franchises, as well as the next movies from such acclaimed directors as Paul Thomas Anderson and Martin Scorsese.


This Week's Top Story

TOM CRUISE WILL RETURN AS ETHAN HUNT FOR A FIFTH MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

It may be difficult to remember this now, but there was a time a few years ago when people in Hollywood were wondering if Tom Cruise was a falling star, so to speak. This was the time before the release of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, back when there was talk of Cruise handling the franchise over to Jeremy Renner... permanently. Two years later, with a few more successes under his belt again, and no one's talking like that anymore. And so, Paramount Pictures made a big announcement this week that Tom Cruise will be producing, and again starring in a fifth Mission: Impossible movie. Writer and director announcements are expected to follow later this year. One of the people that might be a contender in both categories is Christopher McQuarrie, a frequent Cruise collaborator whose second film as director was last year's Jack Reacher (he also cowrote Valkyrie, and the upcoming Cruise sci-fi war movie All You Need is Kill). McQuarrie also made the news this week for signing a deal with Warner Bros to write and direct a remake of the 1968 Cold War thriller Ice Station Zebra, which was itself an adaptation of a novel by Alistair MacLean. The politics may need an update, but the basic premise is about a U.S. submarine crew that is sent to the Arctic under the pretense of a rescue (but it's really a top secret espionage type mission). Tom Cruise hasn't been mentioned specifically for the Ice Station Zebra remake, but yeah, they probably totally want him.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 SILENCE MAN, SILENCE MAN, DOES WHATEVER SCORSESE WANTS, IN JAPAN

After some twenty years of development and various snags, director Martin Scorsese finally has a budget, a start date, and a star for his suspense film adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel Silence. Andrew Garfield, best known for his roles in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Social Network, has landed the role of Father Rodrigues, a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit priest who travels with another priest to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution (against Catholics). The role of the older priest is still up for grabs. Earlier in the development of Silence, the actors that have been mentioned for possible lead roles included Daniel Day-Lewis, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Benicio del Toro (and it's still possible one of those actors may yet land the other role). Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins, The Last Samurai) has also been cast as the priests' interpreter. Location scouting in Japan is underway on the production which will start filming in the summer of 2014. Silence will feature a largely Japanese cast, and much of the dialogue will be in Japanese.


#2 MICHAEL SHANNON CHASES THE DIRECTOR OF MUD INTO BIG STUDIO TERRITORY

Sometimes, things just come together at the right time. In this story, we concern ourselves with two movies that might otherwise seem unrelated. Michael Shannon is costarring in next month's Superman movie Man of Steel as General Zod, which is, of course, being released by Warner Bros. Meanwhile, off in indie land, there was the recent, very well received release of Mud, the third film from director Jeff Nichols. The connection between the two is that Michael Shannon starred in Nichols' first two films Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, and had a supporting role in Mud. Now that all the building blocks have been explained, we get to the actual story this week, which is that director Jeff Nichols will be making his studio debut at Warner Bros with a currently untitled science fiction chase movie (set in the present day). And, to make their collaborative streak four for four, Michael Shannon will star in the movie.


#3 OWEN WILSON JOINS PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON'S TRIPPY PERIOD PIECE INHERENT VICE

Joaquin Phoenix has been attached for a while to star in director Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. It was this week, however, that the casting of the other roles really started to take off, with three fairly major stars now being mentioned. It all started with news of Benicio Del Toro being in talks to play an attorney friend of Joaquin Phoenix's character, a pot-smoking detective who in the spring of 1970 investigates the case of a missing/kidnapped girl. This was followed by reports that both Owen Wilson and Charlize Theron are also in negotiations for what are being described as "lead roles," with no other details. Warner Bros is financing and distributing Inherent Vice, which is a return to the parent studio of some of Anderson's earlier movies (specifically, Boogie Nights and Magnolia, which were distributed by New Line Cinema).


#4 ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER WEEK OF MARVEL MOVIE MADNESS

Maybe it's just because Iron Man 3 made a ridiculous amount of money last weekend, but this was another week with multiple news stories concerning Marvel movies. The biggest of these stories, if not particularly surprising, is that Robert Downey, Jr. has started negotiations for his returns as Tony Stark in the The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3 (the titles of which will likely change). What's not currently in the mix is a fourth Iron Man movie (which if there ever is one, might feature a new actor in the role). Buried in that story are two more revelations that really should have had their own headlines, which is that Marvel now has scripts in development for a Ms. Marvel solo movie, and a revival of the Blade franchise. Sort of in the same category is the very brief (and buried) revelation this week from Marvel boss Kevin Feige that there are currently no plans for solo movies for War Machine (from the Iron Man solo movies) or the Falcon (from the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Shane Black, who cowrote and directed Iron Man 3, also made a big deal this week, signing with Sony Pictures for his long-planned revival of the pulp hero Doc Savage. Right here is where fans unpleased with certain story elements of Iron Man 3 can make their obligatory jokes about changes to Doc Savage (or especially his villains). Back in the 1970s, there were technically Marvel Comics featuring the character of Doc Savage, but as a licensed character only, so that today, Marvel does not own the movie rights. The other big Marvel story this week that many fans were talking about was the announcement by Walt Disney Pictures that the first animated movie from the studio based on a Marvel Comics property will be Big Hero 6, to be released on November 7, 2014. What got lost in the mix a little bit, however, is that this wasn't really that big of a news story, since almost everything we currently know about the Big Hero 6 movie was already written up in this column back in June of 2012 as a Fresh Development #2.


#5 ROBERT DE NIRO TO INVESTIGATE CRIME TRAFFIC IN CANDY STORE

Robert De Niro has joined two of today's rising stars in the Brooklyn criminal underworld drama Candy Store. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Guardians of the Galaxy) will play a former "covert ops agent" who discovers that an evil organization has set up shop in his neighborhood, and Robert De Niro will play a former cop who he teams up. Omar Sy from the French comedy hit The Intouchables is also costarring. Candy Store was cowritten by, and will be directed by, Stephen Gaghan, who also wrote Traffic, and wrote and directed Syriana.





#6 PARKS AND RECREATION STAR ADAM SCOTT (SORT OF) REPLACES JOHN CUSACK IN HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2

Given that the first movie was all about nostalgia for the 1980s, it was always sort of a presumed "given" that the eventual sequel might do the same thing for the 1990s. This week's casting news doesn't come right out and confirm it, but it sort of gives that collective guess some additional weight. Adam Scott, best known for his role in NBC's Parks and Recreation, is in talks with MGM for the lead role (as a new character) in the sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Scott was born in 1973, which sort of makes him perfect to play someone who was a young man during the Bill Clinton years. Three of the stars from the first movie will also be returning (Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke), but John Cusack will not be. Steve Pink, who directed the first movie, will also be directing Hot Tub Time Machine 2.


#7 REESE WITHERSPOON TO REUNITE WITH HER WALK THE LINE DIRECTOR FOR THREE LITTLE WORDS

One way, we've learned recently, for a movie star to deal with an embarrassing incident is to make a few casting announcements. Reese Witherspoon made the Ketchup last week for the movie Passengers, where she will play a woman awakened on a decades-long space voyage by a sad Keanu Reeves. That story was last week's "Rotten Idea of the Week," but this one makes the cut as a (borderline) "Fresh Development" based on other factors. Reese Witherspoon will reunite with director James Mangold (Walk the Line, The Wolverine) for an adaptation of the memoir Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. Witherspoon will play a volunteer who helps a young girl in Florida reunite with her biological mother, possibly to be played by Amanda Seyfried (in negotiations). The script has been worked on by Lewis Colick (Ghosts of Mississippi; cowriter of Charlie St. Cloud) and Michael Petroni (The Rite).

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#2 THE LONG WAIT FOR JURASSIC PARK IV... JUST GOT A LITTLE LONGER

Since the 2001 release of Jurassic Park III, one of the most demanded sequels by fans* has been a fourth Jurassic Park (*my old site used to track interest via traffic to preview pages, and Jurassic Park IV was almost always in the top 5). Those dinosaur enthusiasts seemed to finally be getting what they wanted when Universal Pictures announced plans for Jurassic Park IV to be released on June 13, 2014. The movie is still in development, but the wait just got a little bit longer this week. After a few tweets that suggested bad news for the sequel, Universal made an official announcement: "In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal's beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise's storied history." Colin Trevorrow previously directed Safety Not Guaranteed. We also learned this week that two of the actors who had met with Universal about roles in the sequel were Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village) and David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). We're calling this one "Rotten" just because it sucks for fans to have to wait longer, but if the wait proves to have been the right decision, then, yeah, obviously, it should be considered "Fresh."


#1 WARNER BROS GETS TO ROLL A MULLIGAN ON THE DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MOVIE FRANCHISE

Back in 2000, Warner Bros attempted to start a new fantasy franchise on the big screen with Dungeons & Dragons, a movie based on the classic pen-and-paper role playing game, which proved to be a critical and box office flop. It should be remembered that this was before the releases of both the Lord of the Rings movies and the Harry Potter films (both also released by Warner Bros or its cousin New Line Cinema). The argument could be made that the first Dungeons & Dragons movie is to modern fantasy what any given pre-Blade superhero movie is compared to The Avengers or The Dark Knight. People just approached these properties differently back then (with less respect, the argument can be made). The 2005 direct-to-video sequel Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God was (in the opinion of this writer) better made, and a more faithful adaptation of the game, but the previous damage to the brand was already done. It wasn't necessarily permanent, however. And so, Warner Bros announced this week plans for another big screen Dungeons & Dragons movie, with a script based upon the Gary Gygax game Chainmail (that was the precursor to Dungeons & Dragons). That script was written by David Leslie Johnson, whose previous films include Orphan, Red Riding Hood, and cowriting duties on the fantasy sequel Wrath of the Titans. This new Dungeons & Dragons project joins Warner Bros' other adaptation of a popular fantasy gaming franchise: World of Warcraft. Finally, it's worth mentioning that Hasbro, parent company of Wizards of the Coast, is already disputing whether Warner Bros currently has the rights to a Dungeons & Dragons movie. And where do those rights partly come from? Courtney Solomon, the director of that first movie.

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Comments

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

Brad Bird needs to return for MI:5 to be as enjoyable as Ghost Protocol, Simon Pegg's character is also the perfect comic relief in the franchise, wouldn't mind Renner returning either. They might be able to spring a story based on Ethan's wife, Renner's past with Ethan, I know it was touched upon in Ghost Proctocol but it definitely could be expanded.

As for Marvel, make sure you have to do whatever is necessary to get RDJ in Avengers 2 and 3, he's arguably the most appealing, marketable, and charismatic superhero we've seen in a long time. I doubt you'll see him in an Iron Man 4 if they want to really try for the whole new character like Dark Knight Rises and Gordon Levitt we may see the death of tiny in Avengers 3. Although I imagine they want IM4 before Avengers 3, I doubt anyone could ever take that role from RDJ though, he really made it his own and I can't think of anyone who could be a new Iron Man.

May 10 - 04:51 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

I meant Tony not tiny... bah.

May 10 - 04:53 PM

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Karena Jhon

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May 14 - 02:58 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

I meant Tony not tiny... bah.

May 10 - 04:53 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

1. What Mission Impossible needs is to have Brad Bird directing again.

4. Marvel needs Iron Man. Period.
It'd be interesting to have a War Machine movie, seeing as he had little, if anything to do in Iron Man 3.

2. I think that this is the right decision. The whole thing seemed way too rushed to be any good.

1. ......no

May 10 - 05:05 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

What do you mean no!? This is fantastic News! Trust me, Watch The Departed and then Watch The Red Riding Trilogy. You'll see Scorsese and Andrew Garfield were Destined to make this film together.

Remember what Scorsese did with Dicaprio? Turned his whole career around from "oh yeah that whip from Titanic" to Leonardo Dicaprio as we know and love him now.

May 10 - 08:20 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I was referring to the Dungeons and Dragons news.

I have yet to see a Scorsese movie. I was thinking about starting with Gangs of New York or Hugo.

I think Andrew Garfield's doing pretty good right now. He made a better Spiderman than Tobey Maguire.

May 10 - 09:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Just suggesting: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

May 10 - 10:04 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I saw the the #1 next to it and though you meant the #1 news. I 100% agree with you about the Dungeons and Dragons crap...unless its a remake of the Tom hanks movie..starring Tom Hanks. That would be hilarious.

Great Suggestions from Janson.

May 11 - 06:57 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

His good movies: Gangs of NY and Hugo

His great movies: Departed, Shutter Island, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and the rest I haven't seen

May 13 - 05:44 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

If the next M:I is a as great as Ghost Protocol, count me in!

Isn't Iron Man gonna die in Avengers 2? Because the way RDJ is acting, and the way the 3rd Iron Man ended, I don't think we are getting a 4th Iron Man solo film.

May 10 - 05:07 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Scratch that last part. Didn't notice the Avengers 3 addition. I just remember seeing some headline stating Whedon promises a death in Avengers 2...

May 10 - 05:12 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

I doubt in Avengers 2 you'd see a main four character die (Thor, Hulk, IM, Cap) but I wouldn't be surprised if its maybe Fury who dies? One of those fringe important characters, hopefully not Hawkeye.

May 10 - 05:16 PM

Cooper Jones

Cooper Jones

I think cap dies in his next solo

May 10 - 08:40 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Scratch that last part. Didn't notice the Avengers 3 addition. I just remember seeing some headline stating Whedon promises a death in Avengers 2...

May 10 - 05:12 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

I doubt in Avengers 2 you'd see a main four character die (Thor, Hulk, IM, Cap) but I wouldn't be surprised if its maybe Fury who dies? One of those fringe important characters, hopefully not Hawkeye.

May 10 - 05:16 PM

Cooper Jones

Cooper Jones

I think cap dies in his next solo

May 10 - 08:40 PM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

I doubt in Avengers 2 you'd see a main four character die (Thor, Hulk, IM, Cap) but I wouldn't be surprised if its maybe Fury who dies? One of those fringe important characters, hopefully not Hawkeye.

May 10 - 05:16 PM

Cooper Jones

Cooper Jones

I think cap dies in his next solo

May 10 - 08:40 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yay! for Scorsese, finally getting his passion project rolling. Yay! for another Nichols/Shannon collaboration. And Yay! for PTA/Pynchon goodness (suck it, Downs, for missing out).

This alone makes this one of the better weeks for news this year. Also, I'm still optimistic for "Candy Store" and I have no idea how "Passengers" is more rotten than "Three Little Words". Simply put, Jon Spaihts appears to be a better writer than either Colick or Petroni. I guess Witherspoon has to balance her more adventurous work (like "Mud") with more mainstream, Oprah fare.

Where's the Forgotten Realms movie? That's what I want to know.

May 10 - 05:27 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

More like: Crazy, Scientologist lovin' bitch signs to do another Mission: Possibly Lame. M:I is just like Fast & Furious. Bunch of shit and ONE DECENT film.

May 10 - 05:50 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Ghost Protocol was way more than just "decent". One of the most fun and thrilling action movies ever. Watching Ethan Hunt climb the Burj hotel in IMAX was one of my favorite movie-going experiences.

May 10 - 06:11 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I thought it was decent. It was a little toooooooooo unrealistic when it tried to convey a serious tone.

May 10 - 06:36 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I didn't think it's tone was serious. It had plenty of comedy and the action scenes were over the top. I don't think Brad Bird was going for realism, or trying to make a "serious" movie.

May 10 - 06:56 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I felt the comedy took a side step in the middle of the film creating a much more serious tone

May 10 - 07:17 PM

Michael Reid

Michael Reid

Didn't you die?

May 12 - 06:53 PM

Dave J

Dave J

So what are you saying, are you saying we should have more CGI- filled "super hero" films liked by adults and loved by children than movies intended for adults and older teenagers, because that is what you're saying isn't it! Super hero films that uses CGI than films that devoid it are doing a killing at the box office are better movies to watch than "Mission Impossible" and "Fast And The Furious" which the audience demographic are 16 and older! How old did you say you're again? And did you know that Cruise was really on top of that building? Are you trying to say that didn't impress you?

May 13 - 12:21 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Where did I mention I wanted super hero films? Explain to me that. Plus, those Fast and Furious films use CGI, and the new one has a lot.

May 13 - 12:50 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Look, a fair description is that both "MI" and "Fast And the Furious" movies use some CGI because the only way anyone can tell is by watching the extras- not by watching it on the big screen- they're definitely not kiddie movies if that is what you're suggesting because they consist to have actual car crashes or have people performing stunts normal people wouldn't even attempt to try to do no matter what kind of camera is on! You're aware that the demographic that "Fast Five 6" is centered is toward men and older boys who like to see fast "cars" on the big screen... right? Do you want to know the difference between "MI" and "Fast and Furious" movies as opposed to super hero films is that one is more possible to see happen than the other! Had you ever seen NASCAR and the Indy 500 which are some of the events expected to see dangerous car crashes similar to the car crashes shown on the Fast and the Furious films- you're aware about that... aren't you-CGI or without CGI!

"Where did I mention I wanted super hero films?"

Well look, you ragged on those type of action films consisting of people who're not wearing a super hero costume or a funny suit without mentioning about any other forms of action films! So why didn't you talk about the action film that is doing well right now?

May 13 - 03:51 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I Love how you assume that because Jay didn't like Fast and Furious that he must be a child or a superhero fanatic. Seriously, this is Fast and Furious, not Citzen Kane or Godfather. Regardless of whether or not they use practical effects or CGI (and frankly, it's obvious that they do use a lot of CGI) they're still really dumb over the top movies and if you're not into that sort of thing, then of course you aren't going to like them. It has nothing to do with being a superhero fan or not.

Heck, both the Marvel films and the Fast and Furious films pretty much aim for the same thing - to be light hearted entertainment (and as for that talk about The Fast and Furious movies being for a more mature audience, seriously nothing in the Fast and Furious films was as dark as the first half of Iron Man). Personally I prefer Marvel not because they feature superheroes, but because I find them better written with better characters and performances (Robert Downey Jr. has way more charisma than Vin Diesel and Paul Walker combined).

As for Mission Impossible, well excluding the second film I've found them ranging from good not great (1&3) to fantastic (Ghost Protocal), which is pretty much the same range as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

May 14 - 11:53 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, first of all, I never compared "Fast And The Furious" movies to "Citizen Kane" and "The Godfather"- you did! Second, if you read my comment carefully I was only talking about "action" films in general where the action sequences (because Nascar and the Indy 500 always have car crashes) are more possible to see happen as opposed to the other- this has nothing to do with dialogue or storyline! Third, my statement is true, people who pay money to see "The Fast And The Furious" films see them is to see the cars and not just the car crashes or stunts, and anybody who love to watch fast cars would naturally go and watch them! There are just as much children wearing Iron Man and super hero T-shirts as much as underage teenage girls buying Justin Bieber memorabilia than kids wearing anything else that older adults would "eventually" grow to love! And although super hero characters are totally fictional they're also marketed to sell more products, and not just to sell movie tickets! I mean how many children buy "Fast And Furious" and "Mission Impossible" merchandise - I bet you not very many! Children are the biggest buyers when it comes to merchandising!

May 15 - 12:58 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Yet you implied that Jay was a child because he said he didn't like The Fast and Furious films, which in my opinion is ridiculous because again this is Fast and Furious we're talking about, films that pride in being dumb popcorn entertainment. Now if you had assumed he was a child because he said he thought the Godfather was rubbish, yeah I could see why you would assume that, but Fast and Furious? If anything, I would assume the exact oppasite - someone older and more mature who prefers films to have a brain in their head (not that I use movie tastes as a measure of someone's maturity, just saying IF I did so).

Also, frankly plausibility is one of the things I'm least concerned about with these types of over the top action movies, as even the ones that are supposedly set in the real world typically have their main characters surviving all kinds of crashes and explosions that in real life would rip them to shreds five minutes into the film. All that's missing for them to become actual superheroes is to wear a cape and a mask. Again, I think writing and performances and how well the action is executed matter a lot more and in regards to the first two the Marvel films easily trump the Fast and Furious films. Action-wise, well that has been a weakness for them, but even then they've improved tremendously with their last couple of films.

As for merchandising, I couldn't care less about that. Studios are in the buisness of making money and if they could make money off of Fast and Furious products they wouldn't hesitate a second to do so. As long as the films themselves are good, then I don't care how many toys they sell (Pixar for example have made billions off of merchandising and yet that hasn't stopped them from making classic after classic).

May 15 - 02:13 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I only "asked" Jay how old he was because most adult young men who own cars take pride in their love of cars more than their children and perhaps some women do! Furthermore, I don't really care if he didn't like Fast And Furious movies, I only wanted Jay to bring up other examples of "action" films instead of just naming two kinds because we both know they're others, such as the one that's performing well right now!

"I think writing and performances and how well the action is executed matter a lot more"

Then that's your prerogative because some action films have the action thought up first with the storyline built around the action sequences. Had you ever seen any martial art/ action movie from Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee for that matter or others like Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris and Stallone that had made any sense?

"plausibility is one of the things I'm least concerned about with these types of over the top action movies, as even the ones that are supposedly set in the real world typically have their main characters surviving all kinds of crashes and explosions that in real life would rip them to shreds five minutes into the film"

I disagree, had you ever seen NASCAR and the Indy 500 which consist of some of the same car crashes shown in "The Fast In The Furious" films including movies such as Mad Max and The Road Warrior? That's why they have what you call professional stunt drivers because any normal driver would not have been able to survive those crashes as opposed to someone who is professional- a lot of padding is involved! If you want to say that the action scenes of "Fast And Furious" are the same as the ones shown in Iron Man than that's your prerogative but any action fan besides you can see that there is a major difference!

"All that's missing for them to become actual superheroes is to wear a cape and a mask"

Again, I disagree with that comment because you're more likely going to see car crashes and people climbing buildings performing dangerous stunts on "YouTube" as opposed to seeing someone with magic powers or anyone wearing an extremely powerful armored suit that can completely take out an army- let alone fly out into space!

And finally, I think you're missing the point when I mentioned merchandising, my whole point was that the age demographic for the average super hero movie is geared toward children than it is toward adults as opposed to "The Fast And The Furious", "Mission Impossible" and the "James Bond" movies! Whether or not those franchises can make money out of its merchandising is irrelevant to the point I was making because as I had said earlier those are not kiddie movies!

May 15 - 06:38 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"someone older and more mature who prefers films to have a brain in their head (not that I use movie tastes as a measure of someone's maturity, just saying IF I did so)"

Again, you're missing my point! Now, while older people do enjoy watching the occasional "Casablanca", "Citizen Kane" and "The Godfather" movie, sometimes adults such as myself also like to watch "guilty pleasures" too or 'escapist' films if you know what I mean, such as comedy, action, and horror movies!

May 15 - 06:40 PM

Jennifer Reid

Jennifer Reid

Fast and Furious sucked. I hated the first one... I don't see why there has to be 6 of them :(

I loved the first MI, 2nd was pretty good and 3rd was decent, but Ghost was a pretty big let down for me. They tried to fill it full of stupid humor and it just didn't come close to comparing to the others. They should have stopped after 3.

May 14 - 11:07 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, obviously, the intended audience to anyone enjoying "The Fast And The Furious" movies isn't intended for the female audience to enjoy! Most of the female demographic prefer films based on novels such as "The Hunger Games", "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" to name a few- not saying the film versions are "not" entertaining by the way!

May 15 - 02:20 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Ghost Protocol was way more than just "decent". One of the most fun and thrilling action movies ever. Watching Ethan Hunt climb the Burj hotel in IMAX was one of my favorite movie-going experiences.

May 10 - 06:11 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I thought it was decent. It was a little toooooooooo unrealistic when it tried to convey a serious tone.

May 10 - 06:36 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I didn't think it's tone was serious. It had plenty of comedy and the action scenes were over the top. I don't think Brad Bird was going for realism, or trying to make a "serious" movie.

May 10 - 06:56 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I felt the comedy took a side step in the middle of the film creating a much more serious tone

May 10 - 07:17 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I thought it was decent. It was a little toooooooooo unrealistic when it tried to convey a serious tone.

May 10 - 06:36 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I didn't think it's tone was serious. It had plenty of comedy and the action scenes were over the top. I don't think Brad Bird was going for realism, or trying to make a "serious" movie.

May 10 - 06:56 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I felt the comedy took a side step in the middle of the film creating a much more serious tone

May 10 - 07:17 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I didn't think it's tone was serious. It had plenty of comedy and the action scenes were over the top. I don't think Brad Bird was going for realism, or trying to make a "serious" movie.

May 10 - 06:56 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I felt the comedy took a side step in the middle of the film creating a much more serious tone

May 10 - 07:17 PM

v-alexander-the-great

victor alexander

Ms. Marvel? yawn. I have no idea why Marvel is concerned with unnecessary characters like her and Dr. Strange while essential characters like Black Panther, Ant Man, and Vision are put on the back burner. We need them in the Marvel Universe ASAP!

May 10 - 07:34 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

The Ant-Man movie will come out before Dr. Strange... and Vision might end up in the SHIELD TV series.

May 10 - 07:57 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Maybe I've been out of comics for a while, but I wouldn't put any of the characters you mentioned above Dr. Strange in the Marvel hierarchy and I wouldn't put Ant Man above Ms. Marvel.

May 13 - 04:13 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

The Ant-Man movie will come out before Dr. Strange... and Vision might end up in the SHIELD TV series.

May 10 - 07:57 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

What do you mean no!? This is fantastic News! Trust me, Watch The Departed and then Watch The Red Riding Trilogy. You'll see Scorsese and Andrew Garfield were Destined to make this film together.

Remember what Scorsese did with Dicaprio? Turned his whole career around from "oh yeah that whip from Titanic" to Leonardo Dicaprio as we know and love him now.

May 10 - 08:20 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I was referring to the Dungeons and Dragons news.

I have yet to see a Scorsese movie. I was thinking about starting with Gangs of New York or Hugo.

I think Andrew Garfield's doing pretty good right now. He made a better Spiderman than Tobey Maguire.

May 10 - 09:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Just suggesting: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

May 10 - 10:04 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I saw the the #1 next to it and though you meant the #1 news. I 100% agree with you about the Dungeons and Dragons crap...unless its a remake of the Tom hanks movie..starring Tom Hanks. That would be hilarious.

Great Suggestions from Janson.

May 11 - 06:57 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

His good movies: Gangs of NY and Hugo

His great movies: Departed, Shutter Island, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and the rest I haven't seen

May 13 - 05:44 PM

Cooper Jones

Cooper Jones

I think cap dies in his next solo

May 10 - 08:40 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I was referring to the Dungeons and Dragons news.

I have yet to see a Scorsese movie. I was thinking about starting with Gangs of New York or Hugo.

I think Andrew Garfield's doing pretty good right now. He made a better Spiderman than Tobey Maguire.

May 10 - 09:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Just suggesting: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas

May 10 - 10:04 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I saw the the #1 next to it and though you meant the #1 news. I 100% agree with you about the Dungeons and Dragons crap...unless its a remake of the Tom hanks movie..starring Tom Hanks. That would be hilarious.

Great Suggestions from Janson.

May 11 - 06:57 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

His good movies: Gangs of NY and Hugo

His great movies: Departed, Shutter Island, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and the rest I haven't seen

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