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Watch: First Trailer For ‘Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb’ Takes The Magic Into The Outside World

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  • July 30, 2014 9:03 AM
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
The "Night At The Museum" films have been a terrific cash cow for 20th Century Fox, director Shawn Levy and actor Ben Stiller. Four quadrant in all the right ways, the first surprise hit film grossed $575 million worldwide and the sequel, while not quite as gangbusters still took in $413 million globally. So far, the films have explored the Museum of Natural History and The Smithsonian, but in the third film, ‘Secret Of The Tomb,’ Stiller, Owen Wilson and his growing gang of historical figure friends venture outside.

First Look? Alleged Photo Of The Thing From ‘The Fantastic Four’ Surfaces

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 26, 2014 11:38 AM
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The Thing, Fantastic Four
If you were paying attention to the online chatter about Comic-Con last night—and we don’t blame you if you weren’t—you probably noticed a lot of griping. The consensus seemed to be that 20th Century Fox's presentation was underwhelming. Fans were asking where the promotion for “The Fantastic Four” could have been (for that matter, Paramount did not produce any “Terminator: Genesis” promotion). “How hard is it," the thinking went, "for Paramount or 20th Century Fox to make a poster, a teaser trailer or unveil some costumes?"

Interview: Director Matt Reeves Explores The "Anatomy Of Violence" In ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 14, 2014 1:03 PM
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Dawn of the Planet Of the Apes
Tribalism, the rise and fall of civilizations, broken brotherhoods and the tragic failure to coexist: these are not the familiar ingredients for a summer tentpole movie. And yet here they are in Matt Reeves’ well-considered, thoughtful and morally complex, “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” a summer blockbuster that considers a lot of ambitious ideas, successfully arranges them and yet never at the expense of scope, spectacle and drama. We could probably see hundreds of blockbusters like these and not get tired of them. They are every reason we go to the movies: for escapism, but also to have a piece of art reflect back a little piece of humanity back at us. And Reeves' movie does that in spades.

Discuss: Is 23 Super Hero Movies Over The Next 4 Years Too Much?

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 13, 2014 1:40 PM
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Marvel Vs. DC
A simple, but terrific (and possibly frightening) observation has been made by our friends over at Rope Of Silicon: over the next four years, if everything goes according to plan for every studio, we're going to see twenty-three (count ‘em) super hero films. Because, as you know, the comic book movie arms race is officially on.

Hugh Jackman Swears The Next ‘Wolverine’ Movie Is His Last (Ok, 99.9% Sure)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 30, 2014 4:38 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Wolverine
If you’ve thought of Hugh Jackman as the boy who cried Wolfverine, you’d have a point. The actor has said about a trillion times now (ok, two or three times) that this is it for him and “The Wolverine” role. He’s tired of taking cold showers to get angry and in-character for the role. He’s exhausted with the diet and workout he has to extend out for months (lots of all-boiled chicken and weights). Hugh Jackman doesn’t mind playing Wolverine, he’s just isn't a huge fan of the physical preparation it takes to play him.

Fox Sets ‘Daredevil’ Reboot Writer To Pen The Next ‘Wolverine’ Film

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 23, 2014 11:06 AM
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Wolverine
More and more, film studios are pulling a Babe Ruth: pointing at the upper deck and signaling where their would-be home run is going to fly once the bat connects (always assume the bat will connect of course). While it’s bold flag-staking, this approach is in many ways anti-development and horse before the cart. And of course, it’s all business driven. Instead of the old days: “lets develop a sequel and when it’s ready, plan a release around it,” the new game plan is: “ok, we’ve given ourselves two years, the clock is ticking go.”

Fox Sets Dates Thru 2018 For Mystery Marvel Project, Next 'Wolverine,' 'Fantastic Four 2,' New Ridley Scott & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 21, 2014 8:00 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Wolverine
You better grab a drink and take a seat — Fox just set a batch of dates for the 2017/18 calendar, and they've got a very tentpole heavy future laid out. And while this is the part where we lament the state of the industry, frankly, it is what it is so let's just break down what they've got coming.

Simon Kinberg Creating A Shared Comic Book Movie Universe For Fox's Marvel Characters

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 6, 2013 9:05 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past,
With extensive work on Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium” and also the upcoming “Star Wars” films as a writer, producer Simon Kinberg has locked in recently on the sci-fi/fantasy front, but those aren’t enough—comic book adaptations have found his focus as well. Next summer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the Josh Trank-directed “Fantastic Four” remake both bear his name as writer/producer, but in a new development over at 20th Century Fox, which owns both franchises, he stands to have even more of a corner on the market.

‘Die Hard 6’ May Take John McClane Back To Basics In Japan Where The Franchise Will Hopefully Die By Fiery Death

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 20, 2013 6:06 PM
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Why, why, why? Quick, can you name a franchise that has been driven into the ground worse than the “Die Hard”/John McClane series? You can’t say “Alien” because, as mediocre as “Prometheus” was, it’s still a zillion times better than any of the “AVP” series movies. Jack Ryan sure wasn’t looking healthy last time anyone checked, but that’s why there’s a reboot (scheduled for dumping ground season in January). The “Indiana Jones” series only has one outright disaster (‘Kingdom of Crystal Skulls’) and while there was two terrible “Terminator” films in a row, there were two great ones, and a reboot is on the way. And then you have “Die Hard.” Many will argue two and three were good, and for the sake of argument, let’s agree, but how do you go from the pitiful “Live Free And Die Hard” (PG-13 rating) to the even more intolerable, “A Good Day to Die Hard” (rated R) – easily one of the worst films of 2013? Well, only 20th Century Fox and the producers of those films can help you out there.

'Choose Your Own Adventure' Book Series To Become A Movie Franchise, Missing The Point Completely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 4:44 PM
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If you are of a certain age, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series likely played a part in your childhood. The books have a clever conceit, presenting a variety of already wild genre and adventure tales, in which the readers (usually 10 to 14 year olds) decided for themselves the path the narrative takes. Every few pages readers are presented with a few choices of where to take the protagonist next, with a page number to jump to depending on which option you decided on. It's pretty fun stuff if you're a kid, with books taking you forward and back, and eventually to an ending...sometimes a happy one or an unfortunate one, but it was never dull. The best ones had you reading again to see where the different options took the story. Somehow... this is becoming a tentpole.

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