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10 Comic Books That Deserve To Be Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2014 3:55 PM
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10 Comic Books That Actually Deserve To Be Movies
As we all know, you can’t swing a cat in a multiplex without hitting a comic book movie of some kind (or without being prosecuted on animal cruelty charges). So far in 2014, “I Frankenstein,” “300: Rise Of An Empire,” “Noah” (kind of), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” “Edge Of Tomorrow,” “Snowpiercer” and “Hercules” have all leapt from the page to the big-screen, with this Friday’s Marvel movie “Guardians Of The Galaxy” soon to join them, not to mention “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,” and Helen Mirren vehicle “The Hundred-Foot Journey” before the month is out. Ok, not the Helen Mirren one.

Watch: Things Get All Labyrinth-y & Out Of Breath In The New Trailer For ‘The Maze Runner’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Maze Runner
The shortage of ideas in Hollywood often manifests itself around the metrics of success and sometimes even fear. No one likes to look like the exec who has no clue. Therefore when the Marvel plan does gangbusters, every other studio has to form a similar iteration. When “Twilight” and YA becomes a thing, all studios wanted to have their version of the popular soft drink too. The YA phenomenon quickly shifted though, and perhaps even bifurcated. The romance/doomed love angle still seems like it's picking up speed (“If I Stay,” “Fault In Our Stars”), but success of “The Hunger Games” altered the genre to move away from vampires and werewolves and hew closer to scaled-down dystopian sci-fi where the millennial is the star and the adults are the parents-just-don’t-understand adversaries.

Watch: War Is On The Horizon In First Trailer For ‘The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 28, 2014 3:02 PM
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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
So, the final 'Hobbit' movie is coming. After six movies, director Peter Jackson will finally be done with his ‘Lord Of The Rings’ saga (or one assumes, anyhow). And so in this final movie, it’s kill the dragon Smaug and come home as heroes with fortunes in tow, right? Maybe not quite so fast. "People tend to forget what happens at the end of ‘The Hobbit,' " screenwriter/producer Philippa Boyens told USA Today. "They think of this little children's book. The rest of the story needs to be told, and it's pretty intense stuff."

Watch: Red Band Comic-Con Trailer For ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Brings The Sex & The Sizzle

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 28, 2014 12:26 PM
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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Some filmmakers you can count on being at Comic-Con every year no matter what, and Robert Rodriguez is one of them. In fact, check out this interesting fact. Warner Bros. and D.C. used two hours of Hall H Comic-Con time to promote three films and probably a handful of other projects. In contrast, Dimension Films is using an entire hour for one film and one film only, “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” (sorry I refuse to put Frank Miller’s name in the title as that’s just needlessly long, at least Lee Daniels legally had to). If there’s a studio or a filmmaker who loves and lives and dies by his Comic-Con crowd, Rodriguez is certainly close to the top and today, the trailer unspooled in San Diego has landed online.

Quentin Tarantino Has A Sci-Fi Movie Idea Brewing; Confirms He'll Direct 'The Hateful Eight' Next

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 9:24 AM
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Even before a frame has been shot, Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" has had quite the life. Announced last year as his next project, it wasn't long after when an early draft of the script leaked, and he furiously decided to can the movie. But almost just as swiftly, he changed his mind and continued to develop the script, and then earlier this spring, he staged a starry live reading of what he had on the page so far (read our review of the event). And basically, the chatter was that Tarantino was going to ultimately direct "The Hateful Eight," and soon, with Kurt Russell (who participated in the live read) recently suggesting that cameras would roll in early 2015. And while Tarantino didn't give an exact date, he's now confirmed this film is next on his slate.

George Miller Says Script For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Sequel Already Written

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 9:02 AM
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Mad Max: Fury Road
At least viewed from afar, since most of The Playlist team didn't go down for the event, it would seem that "Mad Max: Fury Road" walked away from this year's Comic-Con with the best buzz of any film that was presented. The trailer certainly got folks talking and amped up the excitement for what look likes a white knuckle action flick that is going re-invigorate the franchise that has been largely dormant for decades. Clearly, hitting San Diego a year out from release with a major presentation about the movie, Warner Bros. has big hopes for this movie to spawn even more, and it looks like the foundation has not only be laid, they are ready to go should 'Fury Road' prove to be a hit.

Watch: Katniss Is Here To Fight In First Teaser Trailer For ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 28, 2014 12:12 AM
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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
We’ve seen some intriguing teaser trailers for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” so far. One of the features a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) in piece of “unified” propaganda from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) that gets jacked by members of the rebellion, namely Beetee (Jeffrey Wright). This is the type of insurgency that Snow will be looking to quell with swift vengeance and does really set the stage for “MockingJay, Part 1.” The rebellion is making plans.

Watch/Listen: Over 2 Hours Of Comic-Con Panels From ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Sin City 2,’ ‘Fight Club’ & More

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  • July 27, 2014 3:59 PM
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The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies
Not in San Diego yesterday? Missed a lot of Comic-Con panels you would have loved to attend? We got your back! Many panels from SDCC have turned up online. You won’t see footage that was shown to fans in Hall H or various corners of the convention center, but if you’re curious to hear some of your favorite actors and directors discuss hotly anticipated films of this year and next, look no further.

Paul Rudd & Peyton Reed Address Edgar Wright’s Exit; Watch Over 20 Minutes Of ‘Ant-Man Interviews

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 27, 2014 1:23 PM
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Ant-Man Poster Header
The elephant in the room was not largely addressed during Marvel’s Comic-Con “Ant-Man” panel. Onstage, there was little talk of the older iteration of “Ant-Man” that was going to be directed by a filmmaker you might have heard of named Edgar Wright (though there was a guy loyally standing outside of the convention center all day with a sign that said “Edgar Wright was right”). If the “Ant-Man” snafu in May was a PR disaster for the studio, all was forgotten by the Comic-Com faithful once the celebrity glad-handing began and teaser footage unspooled (ahh, those fickle fans, who initially insisted they’d no longer pay to see this film…)

Marvel Announces 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 2' For Summer 2017, Watch Full 'Avengers' Comic-Con Panel

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 26, 2014 9:47 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
Marvel’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego Saturday night wasn’t very substantive—a lot of sizzle, not much steak. The audience there went ape over most of the teaser footage shown. Anyone desperate for news about Marvel mystery release dates, “Doctor Strange” or announcements of any Marvel superheroes newly headed for the big screen walked away empty handed. Chris Pratt and director James Gunn did come out at the very end of the panel to announce “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.” The movie has been slated for a July 28, 2017 release.

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