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15 Comic-Con Movies And How They Performed In The Real World

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 16, 2013 3:03 PM
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15 Comic Con Films In The Real World
This weekend the rather seismic cultural force known as San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with every conceivable bell and whistle attached. Formerly just a huge comic convention, in the last seven to eight years Comic-Con has ridden the current of the geeky zeitgeist and grown in importance and magnitude. Part of this is due to the rise in popularity of superhero, fantasy and sci-fi films, with movie studios realizing it is as loud a pulpit to hock their products as they could wish for, and their presence is now a major part of draw. Blockbuster movies have overshadowed virtually all other elements of the Comic-Con trade show and studios have done this by bringing their casts along to essentially sing and dance for fans, all the while showing off tantalizing clips, teasers, posters, action figures and all the other kinds of promotional marketing ephemera that acts to building anticipation and buzz.

2011 By The Numbers: The Year In Box-Office Flops

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  • December 29, 2011 5:33 PM
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No one likes to celebrate flops. No, really. OK, maybe when an arrogant, mouthy producer or star delivers a turd that had it coming, or some awful franchise finally stumbles, but especially in the latter case, when does that ever happen?

Watch: Deleted Musical "Love Is The Drug" Scene From 'Sucker Punch' & Cut 7-11 Clip From 'Super 8'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 7:51 AM
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A couple of deleted scenes for you that should satisfy curious film fans looking for a little more from two movies that hit multiplexes earlier this year.

Rewind: The Week In Movies, May 23rd-May 28th

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 28, 2011 8:17 AM
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This week showcased an unusual nexus between the Memorial Day blockbuster weekend and the close of the Cannes Film Festival. So, naturally, it makes sense that there would be a certain level of inactivity. But if you thought that, you don’t know The Playlist.

R-Rated Extended Cut Of Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' Lands On BluRay On June 28th With 18 More Mins.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 2:05 AM
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Worst film of the year so far? Zack Snyder's massively wrongheaded and overstuffed faux feminist folly is certainly up there, but the film does have its defenders and the debate will start all over again when "Sucker Punch" hits BluRay next month with a longer extended cut which will add 18 minutes to the already overly long movie.

Time To Put Away Childish Things: Is 2011 The Year Grown-Ups Started Buying Movie Tickets Again?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2011 3:47 AM
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For some time now, the received wisdom has been that the kind of mid-budget, star-driven serious films that once dominated Hollywood were on their way out. Dan Jinks, the producer of "Milk," told Mark Harris at GQ a couple of months back that, "Everyone has cut back on not just 'Oscar-worthy' movies, but on dramas, period. Caution has made them pull away. It's infected the entire business." Indeed, the new regime at Disney announced their intention back in 2010 to focus entirely on tentpoles, even canceling a proposed sequel to the $200 million-grossing hit "The Proposal," a film that cost a relatively meager $40 million, because it didn't fit with the company's new remit.

Saoirse Ronan Talks Possibility Of Working With Joe Wright Again, Remains Cagey On 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 4, 2011 2:57 AM
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She might be a good half-decade off being able to drink legally, but Saoirse Ronan has already racked up an impressive array of performances in her career so far. What's more, she seems to know a good deal more about media management than actors three times her age -- while a veteran like, say, Michael Caine is constantly thwarting Christopher Nolan's plans for secrecy, Ronan knows how to run rings around the press when it comes to rumors. She's already come out with a firm refusal to confirm or deny just about anything about her rumored presence in "The Hobbit," and when we caught up with the actress at WonderCon over the weekend, where she was promoting her Joe Wright-helmed thriller "Hanna," she stayed pretty mum on the latest speculation -- that she's set to work with the director a third time on his upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"

Weekend Box Office: Kids Come Out For 'Hop,' 'Sucker' Thoroughly 'Punch'ed

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 3, 2011 5:00 AM
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While Universal’s animated division remains behind Disney and Dreamworks, “Hop” became their second straight surprisingly big opening this weekend, collecting $39 million. Most called the heavily-promoted film in the high 20’s, low 30’s, but like “Despicable Me” before it, the film definitely connected with family audiences in its first frame. While “Despicable Me” eventually collected $544 million globally with a much bigger opening, “Hop” isn’t expected to bust the doors down. But due to the seasonal and family appeal, expect this thing to have legs, and while they initially weren’t counting on $100 domestic, that should be easily surmountable from here, with $150 million being a solid preliminary target. Fanciful returns for the studio, who have kept the budgets for the partly-animated “Hop” and the fully animated “Despicable Me” well under the industry-standard $100 million.

Weekend Box Office: Zack Snyder & Warners Get 'Sucker Punch' From 'Wimpy Kid'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 27, 2011 5:09 AM
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Demographics matter. You want to say, well, screw the numbers, let’s just make a movie for everyone! But considering the multiple sources of entertainment in our multimedia worlds, whatever doesn’t automatically turn us on will turn us off. Because of this, Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” turned people off. It was an action fantasia, a genre normally attractive to teenage boys, but it featured only girls, an immediate turnoff for that demographic. And it didn’t appeal to women, who noticed the marketing campaign centered around cacophonous violence and mayhem, not usually a drawing point for females. It wasn’t made for kids, but the heavily-CGI’d special effects made it look like a candy-coated kids’ entertainment to adults. Four quadrants, all disinterested.

The Ladies Of 'Sucker Punch' On Its Girl Power & Other Revelations Of The Fantasy Action Behemoth

  • By Leah Zak
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  • March 25, 2011 5:48 AM
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Jena Malone Surprised WB Greenlit The Risky Film, Oscar Isaac Gives Details On Working With 'Mad Genius" Nichols Winding RefnZach Snyder's long gestating, high-concept, ladies-led fantasy project "Sucker Punch" -- one not based on any kind of pre-existing franchise or comic book, but very genre-blending -- has been reported on, speculated about and anticipated for ages, so now that it's finally arriving in theaters this weekend, we'll be curious to see if that interest translates at the box office. Will it turn into "Kick Ass," a beloved genre film that was ignored by mainstream audiences? Or will it turn out like "Watchmen," perhaps not the most successful comic-book adaptation of all time given its budget and the legalities surrounding it (a $107 million dollar domestic gross plus $185 million worldwide off a $130 million dollar budget, minus marketing and a very expensive lawsuit to boot which saw WB handing profit from the film over to Fox) but still, with DVD revenue, nothing to be ashamed of either.

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