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19
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Aug
16

IndieWire: The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a huge batch of new films for it slate today, and anyone doubting the strength of the lineup this year will quickly be silenced.

The brace of world premieres coming to the festival is impressive, so let’s point out the highlights: Thomas McCarthy’s “The Cobbler” with the aforementioned, erstwhile Billy Madison; “Madame Bovary” starring Mia Wasikowska and Paul Giamatti; “Escobar: Paradise Lost” with Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson; “Boychoir” with Dustin Hoffman; “The Forger” with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan; and “Gemma Bovery” with Gemma Arterton.

TIFF runs from September 4-14.

Escobar: Paradise Lost Andrea Di Stefano, France World Premiere

Young surfer Nick thinks all his dreams have come true when he visits his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he falls madly in love with Maria, a beautiful Colombian girl. It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar. Starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac.

 

Aug
07

2 new production stills of Benicio as Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost have been released. You can see them in our Photo Archive!

 

 

 

Aug
04

The quirky superhero tentpole easily rockets to the top August debut of all time in North America, as well as scoring the third-best launch of the year so far; overseas, it earns $67.4 million for a global opening of $161.7 million.

Rousing the ailing summer box office to life, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a record-breaking $94.3 million in North America, the top August debut of all time and besting every other summer tentpole save for Transformers: Age of Extinction in another sizeable victory for Marvel Studios.

Final numbers released Monday morning show Guardians coming in slightly ahead of Sunday’s estimate ($94 million). Overseas, it also exceeded estimates, earning $67.4 million (Sunday’s projection was $66.4 million) for a worldwide debut of $161.7 million. The 3D movie opened No. 1 in its first 42 markets, and saw big numbers in Russia ($13 million), the U.K. ($10.8 million), Mexico ($6.5 million) and Brazil ($5.4 million).

The Marvel and Disney tentpole did far more business than expected after receiving glowing reviews for its originality and an A CinemaScore from audiences. The movie, launching only the second in-house Marvel franchise after the Avengers series, received the widest release ever for an August title (4,080 theaters), and easily surpassed the debut of previous August record-holder, The Bourne Ultimatum ($69.3 million).
“Having a great movie that’s original is such a rare thing anymore. This film and its reception around the world proves Marvel can break new ground with unique characters,” said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis, giving a shout-out to Alan Fine, head of Marvel’s creative committee.

Guardians secured the best showing of the year so far for an original property, as well as coming in ahead of high-profile summer franchise installments Godzilla ($93.2 million), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($90.8 million). And it’s the third best debut of the year so far after Age of Extinction ($100 million) and fellow Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million).

Featuring a rag-tag group of unlikely galactic heroes, Guardians stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace and Bradley Cooper, who voices the role of Rocket the raccoon. Vin Diesel, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro also star.

Guardians wasn’t a cheap proposition and cost $170 million to produce. That doesn’t include Disney and Marvel’s pricey and well-waged marketing campaign.

Hype around Guardians has been so high that Marvel and Disney have already announced plans for a July 28, 2017 sequel, with Gunn returning to direct.

The movie’s tone is much different than the Avengers franchise, and is laced with humor. “It’s much more of a space opera than a superhero movie,” Gunn said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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Aug
01

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” takes place in a very colorful universe — and we mean that literally, as there are aliens representing every shade in the Crayola box — so to say that Benicio del Toro was the most colorful of all is a true accomplishment.

His character The Collector has been described by director James Gunn as a space Liberace, and we totally see it. What Liberace was to Earth bling, The Collector is to outer space bling, which is more along the lines of Infinity Stones and Marvel Easter eggs than diamonds and fancy pianos.

But despite del Toro’s dynamic take on the role and his long career of bringing over-the-top characters to life, the actor credits director James Gunn and the “Guardians” comic books with creating The Collector’s memorable signature look more than his own vivid imagination.

“They had a pretty good idea of what the look was going to be,” he told MTV News. “The wardrobe was excellent — you couldn’t top that. The hair… we spent a lot of time dying that hair, trying to get it white. And the eyebrows. But that was all scripted.”

Still, del Toro was given some wiggle room with the character, who also appeared in the mid-credits scene for “Thor: The Dark World.”

“James was very encouraging to bring something interesting to the character,” he said. “You go in with some ideas, and you try them to see if they work. Some of them, I might have an idea for something, then when I do it, I don’t like it. But I was pretty excited about the fact that the sky was the limit. I did a couple of things where I was like, ‘I don’t know if I should try that.’ And then I felt like, ‘try everything!’”

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Aug
01

If you’re wondering who Benicio Del Toro was talking to in the final scene of Marvel’s new movie, all is revealed. Spoilers and surprises await.

Forget Thanos’ cinematic debut at the end of The Avengers. The character that appears in the post-credits sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy — a sequence kept under wraps and not attached to pre-release preview screenings — is a genuine shocker, especially for those familiar with the history of the character. Spoilers beyond this point, so be warned.

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Howard the Duck is back on the big screen. Yes, back.

Surprisingly, Howard was the first Marvel character to make it to the big screen back in 1986, with the George Lucas-produced Howard the Duck, a movie famously known as one of the worst films ever made. (It scores just 14 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and won the Golden Raspberry Award for both worst picture and worst screenplay for its year of release). The release of the movie, which many at Marvel hoped would return the character to the heights of popularity he’d enjoyed in his 1970s heyday, instead pretty much finished him off for good.

The story of Howard the Duck begins with 1973’s Adventures Into Fear No. 19, in which Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik introduced a cynical, cigar-smoking, misanthropic and anthropomorphic duck into the Marvel universe. Surprisingly, he was a hit with readers, and after a run as a second feature in the Man-Thing title, he received his own series with 1976’s Howard the Duck No. 1, complete with the tagline “Tapped in a World He Never Made!”

Despite that line, Howard did make it. The series, which quickly evolved into a freewheeling social satire in which Gerber, through Howard, addressed whatever was on his mind at time of writing. The character became popular enough that a joke in the series about Howard running for president led to the character getting thousands of actual write-in votes in the real-life presidential election of 1976, something that gave Marvel the confidence to spin the character off into a daily newspaper strip the following year.

Conflicts over the character led to Gerber’s dismissal in 1978, and later to a lawsuit over ownership between Gerber and Marvel, eventually settled between the two parties in 1985. (Following Gerber’s departure, a number of other creators took up the reins of the character with little success; the series was canceled four issues later, and a relaunched magazine lasted only nine issues.)

At the same time that Gerber was suing Marvel over ownership of Howard, the publisher was also dealing with a legal challenge from, ironically, the Walt Disney Company, which was concerned that Howard bore too close a resemblance to Donald Duck. That challenge led to an agreement that stipulated that Howard’s future appearances would see the character sporting a redesign from Disney animators to differentiate the two characters. (Among the Disney-demanded changes: Howard had to wear pants).

A failed movie and two lawsuits should have been enough to doom any character. Certainly, Howard has never really recovered, despite numerous attempts to revive him in the last three decades (including one by Gerber himself, in 2002). There is one more strange wrinkle to the Duck’s story, however — namely, that the Howard the Duck that exists in the Marvel comic book universe isn’t the “real” Howard, thanks to a particularly perverse Gerber story.

In 1995, Steve Gerber was invited back to Marvel to write an issue of the Spider-Man Team-Up series guest-starring Howard. He took the opportunity to suggest to editors an unofficial crossover with another comic he was writing at the same time, The Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck, featuring two characters owned by their creators (Erik Larsen and Jack Kirby/Gerber himself, respectively). To those reading the Spider-Man issue, it would appear as if Howard would discover an attempt to clone himself and human companion Beverly Switzler that was foiled; those reading the Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck issue, however, were given a slightly more informed version of events.

What that issue revealed — unbeknown to anyone at Marvel — was that the Howard and Beverly who appeared in the final pages of the Spider-Man comic were, in fact, clones of the originals, with the “real” Howard and Beverly having escaped to the creator-owned world of Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck, where they adopted new identities as Leonard and Rhonda. (If all this sounds convoluted, it is.) In other words, Gerber had sneakily reclaimed ownership of his creations a decade after his legal attempt failed, while leaving Marvel with “a” Howard to use as it wished — including, as noted earlier, in a six-issue series written by Gerber himself.

Whether Howard’s return to the big screen in Guardians of the Galaxy marks anything other than an affectionate nod to Marvel’s first movie star on behalf of director James Gunn remains to be seen. It’s also worth noting that Gerber wrote many early appearances of the original Guardians of the Galaxy during his time at Marvel in the 1970s, making Howard’s cameo even more appropriate. But if it’s a sign of things to come, it’s a good way for Marvel to show that anything is possible — even a return from box-office limbo.

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