That SDCC 'Iron Man 2' footage is online. Watch it while you can. Plus: New 'Kick-Ass' footage online! New 'Scott Pilgrim' footage online! Louis Leterrier has crazy ideas about 'The Avengers' and more! Wishing peace on Earth, good will towards robots, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.10!
Fans and critics seemed to dislike it. It did middling business at the box office. But the teens have spoken and, according to the results of the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is a winner!
The film took in awards for Choice Movie Action Adventure and Choice Movie Actor Action Adventure for Hugh Jackman.
Also grabbing a few trophies were the autobot sidekicks Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. They won for Choice Summer Movie Star Male and Choice Summer Movie Star Female respectively in 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.
And our middle-aged superhero teen Tom Welling also scored a trophy for Choice TV Actor: Action Adventure in 'Smallville'.
'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' has opened at #1 this weekend according to Mania's Box Office Report. The film took in $56.2 million, handily trouncing all comers.
Paramount publicists hid the film from all but a hand-picked crop of critics, but still couldn't stave off a 39% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes by the week's end. Still that's better than the 20% rotten the studio's other Hasbro movie 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' got.
'Joe''s appearance on the charts helped push 'Fallen' out of the top 10 this week.
According to charts maintained by Box Office Mojo, 'Rise of Cobra' enjoyed the #8 best opening of the year and the #4 best August opening of all time.
The Real American Heroes also cleaned up overseas, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It was #1 in foreign markets pulling in an additional $44.1 million from 5,750 screens in 35 territories.
Not bad for a movie that is too terrible to preview!
In case you missed it, the Mania's intrepid Rob Vaux checked out 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' on Friday and didn't really dig it so much:
"That it's howlingly awful goes without saying, but it won't be the first bad movie to come out this summer and its efforts hold more honor than some. Yet when the most basic levels of enjoyment--the point-and-shoot gunfights and Q-branch goodies upon which the franchise is based--explode on the tarmac, then the "good popcorn fun" excuse runs dry in a hurry. "
Speaking from the set of his currently filming 'Clash of the Titans', director Louis Leterrier shared with the L.A. Times his dream of working on several second-tier Marvel characters and even an 'Avengers' mega-serial that would unspool in theaters over one summer.
"I would love to do the Avengers film. I’d love to work with Marvel again," Leterrier enthused. "I’ll tell you my real dream: To work with Joe Johnston [director of 'Captain America'] and Kenneth Branagh [director of 'Thor'] and Jon Favreau ['Iron Man 2'] and make like a triptych. We do four movies. We release them one a month for the summer. Or even every two weeks or three weeks. And the whole summer would be Avengers summer. So we do it the way they make television shows. One story arc but told in installments by different directors. So all of the directors that touch part of the Avengers world would do a part; we could make the movies shorter, maybe less than an hour and a half, and we use the same sets and save Marvel money. I would love to sit around a table with all of them a kick around the story. That’s my dream."
An unlikely dream it may be, but Leterrier still hopes to shape future Marvel Movies. "There are so many Marvel films I’d like to see and they’d be a bit deeper into the mythology. I’d like to see a Silver Surfer and Mephisto film, or Guardians of the Galaxy or perhaps Iron Fist, if done right...A different Fantastic Four would be great, too."
Click through for Leterrier's complete comments...
As the production of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World 'rounds out its third month of filming, director Edgar Wright gets a bit slap-happy and takes us to the film's biggest set yet.
And if you were at Chicago Comic-Con this weekend, you may have seen this new trailer for 'Kick-Ass' which shows us Big Daddy and the Red Mist in action (for lack of a better word) for the first time...
If you were paying attention to the interwebs this weekend you saw the San Diego Comic-Con footage from 'Iron Man 2' going on and off line. Fans post it, publicists demand it be pulled down (even as they Twitter the URL of the forbidden footage).
Here's the currently available clip reel featuring Iron Man, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Whiplash and...War Machine! It'll probably be pulled offline soon, so post any alternate links you discover in the comments below...