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Rumor: Warner Bros. Doesn't Want Jokes In Their Serious DC Comics Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2014 12:48 PM
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Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Well, here's a weird rumor to mull over. As you know, Warner Bros. are going full throttle on their DC Comics movies, plotting out a string of them until 2020, with last year's "Man Of Steel" kicking off this new cinematic universe, with "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" coming next in 2016. The conventional wisdom maintains that, unlike their Marvel counterparts, WB's take on superheroes ever since Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has been very grounded and very serious. But does that mean the studio is enforcing a random, arbitrary rule about the presence of humor in their films?

Legendary & Warner Bros. Announce Plans To Move Forward With 'Godzilla' Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2014 4:11 PM
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Godzilla
Coming out the gate today with $93 million in its opening weekend, the 2nd highest debut of the year, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are feeling mighty good about “Godzilla.” In fact, in today’s box-office piece we said this mighty opening essentially guarantees a sequel. And yep, that’s the case. Legendary & WB looked at the receipts, plus the international ones that added a $103 million for almost a $200 million worldwide opening weekend and said to each other, “are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Duh, of course they are (btw, it’s international debut is the biggest of 2014).

The 3rd ‘Hobbit’ Film Now Retitled ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 24, 2014 11:07 AM
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Because "There And Back Again" sounded too casual and leisurely. Because "Into The Fire," a recent rumored title because Warner Bros. had registered the domain name, will probably just be used for a video game version . Because over $2 billion in worldwide grosses wasn't enough. Warner Bros. announced today they have changed the title of Peter Jackson's third 'Hobbit' movie and have retitled it, "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies." Does that mean the movie, as Slant tweeted this am will be broken up into "five more excruciating chapters?" Thankfully not, but you can understand the concern.

David S. Goyer Discusses Connecting The D.C. Universe For WB & Not Emulating Marvel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 8, 2014 1:43 PM
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David S. Goyer, D.C.
Connecting universes is cool these days, but only insofar as that a billion dollars is cooler than a million dollars. Proof in the pudding? With the release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the highest grossing franchise of all time domestically, beating both the "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" series.

ESPN Sources Says No 'Space Jam 2' Planned; LeBron James Himself Shoots Down Report Too

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 23, 2014 8:46 AM
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LeBron James
You were so excited. Deadline reported late on Friday that development would begin on the sequel to the 1996 animated/live-action "Looney Tunes"-centered hit "Space Jam" as a starring vehicle for Miami Heat star LeBron James. But ESPN writer threw cold water on the report the same evening. See the tweet below.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

Weekend Box Office: 'Furious 6' Leads Biggest Memorial Day In History, Doubles 'Hangover Part III' Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 26, 2013 1:28 PM
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It was touted as one of the biggest box office match-ups of the year, but now that the dust has settled, it wasn’t even close. “Fast & Furious 6” more than doubled the weekend take of closest competitor “The Hangover Part III” in a showdown between two sequels we never expected to happen four years ago, when Universal reluctantly re-assembled the pieces for “Fast & Furious” and Warner Bros. gave us the first 'Hangover.' For one, success in perpetuity: an immediate sequel to “Fast & Furious 6” is already slated for next summer. But put down your bottles and cans, boys and girls – “The Hangover” ends here. With this weekend, Vin Diesel and the boys might be looking at a three-day global total close to $270 million.

Bad Ideas: 'Guinness Book of World Records,' Isaac Newton Action Film & Labatt Beer Buddy Comedy Movie In The Works

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 8, 2012 1:36 PM
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On any average week, one can usually expect news on one or two sub-standard projects to surface into development and production, but as studios frantically look for big-budget pap to quickly fill next year’s summer calendar, three new films have quickly announced their journeys into bafflingly misguided being.

WB Moves Forward With 'Lobo' With 'Journey 2' Director Brad Peyton

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 20, 2012 3:29 PM
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The cinematic Marvel-DC "arms race" is a bit of an illusion, since Marvel has leased their properties to many other studios, and DC's characters all exist underneath the Warner Bros. banner. Still, WB is smart enough to know that superheroes sell right now, and with the departure of "Harry Potter," the end of the Chris Nolan "Batman" films, and a final "Hangover" hitting next summer, they're clearly hard-up for franchises right now. Which is why DC and the WB are partnering to bring "The Flash" "Wonder Woman" "Lobo" to the big screen, with the help of the visionary auteur behind "Cats And Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore."

Warner Bros. Bringing Mandrake The Magician To The Big Screen In Contemporary Flavored Makeover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 4:26 PM
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Well, this marks the second big move in two days from Warner Bros., which seems to be deviating from the gameplan of safe plays and taking on riskier fare. Just yesterday, they came aboard the massive "The Dark Tower" franchise from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer that Universal dropped last year, and now they are continuing with bold maneuvers, taking on the vintage comic "Mandrake The Magician" and bringing it to the big screen.

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