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So it looks like we're getting a Wayne Manor in the new DC Universe that's been wasting away and left to get covered up by weeds. I'm assuming Bruce will have a pad in Gotham where he keeps his public profile but the Bat cave and everything else is out in the middle of nowhere here. To be honest I love the idea of an isolated Bruce who shut himself out from the world. It fits with the character and it makes for an even more interesting structure.
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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 9 hours ago

So it looks like we're getting a Wayne Manor in the new DC Universe that's been wasting away and left to get covered up by weeds. I'm assuming Bruce will have a pad in Gotham where he keeps his public profile but the Bat cave and everything else is out in the middle of nowhere here. To be honest I love the idea of an isolated Bruce who shut himself out from the world. It fits with the character and it makes for an even more interesting structure.
JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 17 hours ago

Our own Cerealkiller182 came up with a pretty damn good theory about what Spider-Man's role could possibly be in Civil War - especially since Marvel is notorious for mixing and matching comic/screen counterparts. "A Spider-Man realted character named Prodigy was the first person arrested during the CivilWar story. He got shit-faced and lashed out due to the new rules. He tried taking on Iron Man alone and was made an example of. I wonder if that who Spider-Man's role will be. A notorious outlaw vigilante (which he is) who is made an example of."
JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 17 hours ago

So Prometheus 2 starts shooting in January but does anyone even care at this point? That movie came and left with such a whimper from a fanbase perspective - I hardly ever hear it mentioned. I know I'm in the minority but I dug the first one enough to give a sequel a watch.. I need answersssss
Derek237
Derek237 at 02:20 AM Aug 05

I care and tbh I care about the next Prometheus a lot more than whatever Blompkamp is cooking up

Pat Hatfreet
Pat Hatfreet at 03:06 AM Aug 05

I definitely want to see the sequel!

Cochise
Cochise at 03:48 AM Aug 05

can not wait!!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 19 hours ago

I think Fantastic Four looks appropriately solid with the potential to be something that builds into a bigger and better universe. The cast is a home-run of talent, Kinberg has proven time and time again to be a top notch producer and writer with his recent collaborations and this "grounded" look isn't too far away from anything happening in the X-Men movies. I can't understand why this is being met with such nonchalant attitudes and negativity when it's something that could build into a future crossover event with another beloved franchise. Truth be told I'm rooting for the flick
JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 06:29 PM Aug 04

Teller and Jordan is enough for me on principle but having Toby Kebbel is the cherry on top.

Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:40 PM Aug 04

I had no issues with Jordan as Human Torch; his work in Chronicle gave me plenty of confidence. Someone on Twitter (might have been Drew McWeeny or Mike Sampson) suggested Fox should have gone the extra step and cast Jessica Lucas as Sue, and I love that idea. Oh well.

As for the movie, I'm cautiously optimistic. There have been some troubling signs throughout production, but I'm giving it a chance just on the fair odds it'll be better than Tim Story's FF movies.

Cochise
Cochise at 03:52 AM Aug 05

looks real cool to me!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 20 hours ago

There's no doubt in my mind that Zoolander 2 will be along the exact same lines as Dumb and Dumber 2. Aka a movie that'll be universally panned and 10 years too late with a lot of cringeworthy moments.
Scotch
Scotch at 03:38 PM Aug 04

Yep. Like we saw with Anchorman 2, the expectations are two high and lightning rarely, if ever strikes twice in the same place.

IHRTNJ
IHRTNJ at 04:41 PM Aug 04

Same. I found the teaser itself to be cringe worthy. Most successful comedies are just a product of their time. That'll be like making a sequel to A Night At The Roxbury now and expecting it to be funny. Even a sequel to Old School (which I love btw) would be a train wreck and that movie came out years after Zoolander.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 1 day ago

Rumor has it that Holland's Spider-Man will have much more than just a small "cameo" in Civil War. Apparently he'll have a pretty decent sized fight scene (possible something along the lines of Ant-Man/Falcon but with Tony Stark?). I guess it does make sense to give him a somewhat memorable introduction if he's going to be a big player in the MCU going forward, no?
cerealkiller182
cerealkiller182 at 12:53 AM Aug 04

A Spider-Man realted character named Prodigy was the first person arrested during the CivilWar story. He got shit-faced and lashed out due to the new rules. He tried taking on Iron Man alone and was made an example of. I wonder if that who Spider-Man's role will be. A notorious outlaw vigilante (which he is) who is made an example of.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 1 day ago

I realllllllly hope the rumor regarding Fassbender/McAvoy signing on for more X-Men movies is true. I honestly didn't think they'd be able to afford Fassbender after his contract was done (and frankly I didn't know if he even wanted to keep making them). There are no X-Men movies without them so this would be a huge deal for the future of the franchise.
cerealkiller182
cerealkiller182 at 01:04 AM Aug 04

Fassbender has a great reputation but has he had that much success to be making Tom Cruise money? (so to speak)

Slick Nick
Slick Nick at 04:18 AM Aug 04

I think they should continue for a while, why? because the duo have a good chemistry together and it would help with the continuity of the new franchise.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 1 day ago

Pat Hatfreet
Pat Hatfreet at 02:55 AM Aug 04

So beautiful!

WalkAway
WalkAway at 03:02 AM Aug 04

pretty!

Slick Nick
Slick Nick at 04:18 AM Aug 04

gotta like that smile....she is a talented actress.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

JohnnyPHreak
JohnnyPHreak at 04:40 PM Aug 03

I love this!

Invidtus
Invidtus at 04:51 PM Aug 03

Very cool~

Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:00 PM Aug 03

Now that's a muthafuckin' poster.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

Sunday night film - Training Day
XSsoCX
XSsoCX at 12:16 AM Aug 03

Love it, man. I haven't watched this in ages.

Invidtus
Invidtus at 03:06 AM Aug 03

all that jelly and no toast~

sLaShEr84
sLaShEr84 at 10:40 PM Aug 04

Love this movie.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

Almost 20 years later and I'm still waiting for this goddamn laser tag game to become a reality..
Johnboy16
Johnboy16 at 03:25 AM Aug 03

Seriously there is no excuse as to why we don't have flying cars and this goddamn laser tag game.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

Loved seeing Ronda Rousey beat the living shit out of that loud mouth asshole Bethe Correia last night. And she mouthed her words "Don't Cry" right back in her face after she knocked her out cold last night. That's my girl.. GOAT.
Otis_Driftwood
Otis_Driftwood at 12:52 AM Aug 03

And on top of that, she's incredibly cute and pretty damn hot!

Johnboy16
Johnboy16 at 03:26 AM Aug 03

She laid the smack down and literally hit her so hard she face planted. She's the female Mike Tyson, love Rowdy Ronda

Fab-007
Fab-007 at 05:23 PM Aug 03

I love following her training on Instagram. Focus and hard work.

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Why do trailers spoiler their movies? Because you want them to

"Be forewarned: There are spoilers ahead. But this article won’t reveal anything about current or upcoming movies that you haven’t already learned from the films’ trailers. That’s right — in a season of leaked footage and plot details, the biggest revelations are found in studio-sanctioned marketing. And the reasons for that might surprise you.

Did you know that Rachel McAdams is shot and killed at the one-minute mark of Southpaw? In the movie’s trailer, that is. In actuality she departs about a third of the way through the movie, but that plot turn ordinarily would have been considered spoilery enough to avoid giving away, especially with an actress of McAdams’ caliber and her prominence on the movie’s poster. Even Southpaw’s own director thinks the spot could have handled it without being so heavy-fisted. “I was concerned about [the revelation], for sure,” Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) tells EW. “I still am. And I spoke my mind about it.”

Fuqua is just the latest director this summer-movie season to voice disappointment about the trailer for his own movie. But he also points to the underlying motivation behind such a strategy. “The audience sometimes, I guess, needs a little bit more [plot], especially for this type of movie,” he says. “So I had to roll with it. I trust them, [Southpaw’s distributor] the Weinstein Company.” (Southpaw opened at the box office to a better-than-expected $16.5 million.)

And he’s right to trust them. According to experts in the trailer-making business, the more audiences know, the likelier they are to go. “There was a lot of discussion internally whether to show the death of the wife,” says Matt Brubaker, president of theatrical at Trailer Park, the agency that edited the preview for Southpaw. “But it was decided to show more of the good, so to speak. People have felt burned in the past. If someone’s going to pay $20 to go on opening weekend to see this movie, they want to know that they are making a pretty good investment.”

And that is borne out in the rigorous focus testing that studios perform. “As much as people complain that trailers give away too much,” says Brubaker, “nine times out of 10, the more of the plot you give away, the more interest you garner from the audiences. Audiences respond to the trailers with more of the movie.”

“We prefer to be mysterious,” says Dan Asma, co-owner of trailer company Buddha Jones. “That’s what good marketing is. But what can we do when testing and focus grouping consistently say that numbers spike when you give away more of the story.”

Trailer maestro Mark Woollen, who cut acclaimed spots for The Social Network and Boyhood and the recent preview for Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman follow-up The Revenant, also confirms that audiences prefer spoilers but suggests that there are signs of a generational split. He mentions an as-yet-unreleased trailer for an upcoming movie and points to the two opinions that emerged after it was focus tested by the studio. “Older audiences seemed to want more plot,” he says, “and younger audiences were like, ‘Nah, it’s cool.’”

Over-sharing in trailers can split both ways. The sight of Chris Pratt motorcycling alongside velociraptors gave Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow qualms when the trailer debuted in November. “In my opinion, [the studio has] shown far more of this movie than I would ever have wanted,” he said.

And then there’s Terminator Genisys. Its trailer spoiled the twist that rebel hero John Connor (Jason Clarke) is a villain, leading director Alan Taylor to remark about “unpleasant conversations” between him and the studio executives. The box office returns on those two films muddy the argument even further. Jurassic World’s plot revelations piqued curiosity to a $208 million opening; Terminator Genysis made one tenth of that in its first weekend.

Audiences also are quick to grumble when trailers are misleading. In 2011, a woman felt so bamboozled by the previews for the Ryan Gosling art house flick Drive (in part, she was expecting The Fast & the Furious) that she sued the distributors. And 2013’s dark family drama August: Osage County (like Southpaw, distributed by The Weinstein Company) elicited plenty of groans from audiences who thought they were seeing a comedy.

“That trailer pushed the comic aspects of the movie,” says Bill Neil, longtime trailer editor at Buddha Jones. “But it was a viable way to make people see the movie, even if it’s not nearly as funny as the trailer. And hopefully once they’ve seen it, well, maybe it’s not as funny as the trailer but its still fulfilling in another kind of way.”

Adds Asma from Buddha Jones, “And even if they’re not satisfied, they’ve already put down their money and put their butts in the seats. And the studio’s going to be very happy with that.​”

Directors such as Fuqua, Trevorrow, and Taylor have little to no say in the matter of trailers. Marketing consultation is written into the contract of higher ranking directors such as Christopher Nolan, for example, who has final approval of all footage used in his films’ trailers. And what studio exec would argue against him having that leverage? The spots for Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar are all considered marvels of restraint and tease — and each film rocketed to huge numbers when it opened at the box office.

As with Nolan, director Guillermo del Toro is heavily involved in the marketing process, according to agency Buddha Jones, who cut the full-length trailer for his latest, Crimson Peak (out Oct. 16). But compared to Nolan, he is on the other side of the spoiler debate. “Let me warn you,” a smiling del Toro told the audience at Comic Con in July, “for those who don’t like spoilers, there are spoilers.”

Source: Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/27/trailer-spoilers-southpaw


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Pat Hatfreet
Pat Hatfreet at 06:57 PM Aug 01

Man, these focus groups suck!

razgriz21
razgriz21 at 07:51 PM Aug 01

Focus groups. The real assholes who run Hollywood.

grelber37
grelber37 at 10:27 AM Aug 03

The noted generational difference is interesting. Possibly, older audiences are more concerned about their money. And, they are possibly more likely to have the self-discipline to skip a franchise chapter, even if the movie is a cool "event".

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

Rebecca Ferguson straight up owned every scene she was in and made a hell of an addition to the M:I franchise. She's a hell of an actress (as evident between this and The White Queen), a convincingly brutal ass kicker and a co-lead to the Rogue Nation story. I'd like to see much, much more of her in the future and have a feeling she has a long career in store.
JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

Rogue Nation was a hell of a polished and wonderfully relentless action movie. It's easily my second favorite film of the summer behind only Mad Max and I had an absolute blast with both. When I say McQuarrie cemented himself as one of the best living action movie directors I mean it. Each set-piece tells a story from start to finish rather than existing just to provide a break in the structure. The plot itself has a bit of a throwback MI:1 feeling in the sense that the team is on the run and needs to be one step ahead of two different factions - all while constantly planning their next chess move. Cruise is better than ever, Pegg/Renner make a perfect 1/2 comedic punch and Rebecca Ferguson STEALS THE DAMN SHOW. I love seeing this franchise as energized and kicking as its ever been, bring on MI:6! (P.S. it owns in IMAX)
JohnnyPHreak
JohnnyPHreak at 04:48 PM Aug 01

I couldn't agree with you more. It was so damn good and I really am excited for M:I 6. McQuarrie is easily one of my top five favorite directors working today. I really need to see this again.

Pat Hatfreet
Pat Hatfreet at 06:58 PM Aug 01

Glad to hear you loved it!

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