Ryan Reynolds introduces Deadpool. Plus: Edgar Wright introduces 'Scott Pilgrim'. Marvel introduces a new 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' poster. Internet introduces new 'Sin City 2' rumors. Fox introduces 'Dragonball: Evolution' to very few. Feeling the pain of the Cadbury Egg hangover, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.13!
To the surprise of no one, 'Dragonball: Evolution' crashed at the box office this weekend. According to Mania's box office report, the film opened at a humiliating 8th place, gathering just $4.6million.
It fell behind new openers like 'Hannah Montana' and 'Observe and Report', strong hold-overs 'Fast and Furious', 'Monsters vs. Aliens' and 'I Love You, Man'. It even failed to best critical punching bags like 'Knowing' and 'Haunting in Connecticut'.
Fox seemed to have given up on the movie well ahead of its release, going through the motions of some modest publicity for the film in the few weeks prior. However, having suffered a similarly dismal showing in foreign markets the studio refrained from allowing critics to screen the movie early and even pushed the release date from the planned Wednesday launch (usually reserved for event movies) to a Friday-only launch.
It was probably a wise movie, although the the movie did enjoy a few "it ain't that bad" type reviews from outlets. Variety gave it such a notice.
So did our own Rob Vaux, who scored it a C- and said, "For those expecting a full-bore evisceration of Dragonball: Evolution, I'm sorry to disappoint. The film isn't quite that bad."
Likewise, IGN refused to write it off entirely, scoring it 2 and 1/2 stars out of 5. They wrote, "Will people find reasons to hate Dragonball? Absolutely. And will others find reasons to enjoy it? You bet. But we suspect that the younger, less discriminating fans in the audience will like it well enough and that their parents just might, surprisingly, have a good time as well."
Still the movie polled a mere 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, although because of the critic blackout, the site has a much smaller-than-usual sampling of reviews.
As weak as the box office is, 'Dragonball: Evolution' still managed to avoid being the worst crash-and-burn of a comic-based movie in recent memory. That distinction belongs to Lionsgate and Marvel's 'Punisher: War Zone', which took in slightly less on its opening weekend. On the other hand, we have to assume that 'War Zone's budget was considerably less than 'Dragonball'.
There's a new poster for 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' on the web, courtesy of Marvel.com.
Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's 'Sin City' is due out on Blu-Ray next week. There are three clips online hyping the re-release.
Meanwhile, an unnamed source for Moviehole.net claims that talks to sign Angelina Jolie to the 'Sin City 2' movie are now "serious."
The sequel has been discussed for many years now, with chatter starting while the first one was still in theaters. Early on Jolie's name was attached with the presumption she would play Miller's ultimate femme fatale, Ava, who lures Clive Owen's Dwight into a deadly web of intrigue in the 'A Dame to Kill For' graphic novel.
Moviehole's source, "a rather high-profile producer friend" confirms that Jolie would play Ava and that the dormant franchise will start moving fast very soon.
Web-savvy director Edgar Wright has launched an official website for the 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' movie. Seemingly designed to please your's truly, the site eschews overly ornate and unweildly Flash technology and instead provides a clean, fast-loading and informative site.
The centerpiece for the launch is a video message from Wright, who talks to us from the martial arts stage of the film. Check it out:
Looks like fun!
MTV is showing a series of video clips introducing the characters from 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' to the public at large. Here's one with Ryan Reynolds as fan-fave Deadpool, who is apparently a big fan of the movie 'Full Metal Jacket' (from whence he grifted his monologue).
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