When you walk into a movie theater, you have to be willing to suspend your disbelief for a couple of hours. Whether it’s an action-packed superhero movie or a drama based on true events, the writers and directors are going to take certain artistic liberties, but there are certain movie myths we’ve come to accept as fact, even though they have absolutely no basis in reality.
Ever wondered how much it pays to work on a blockbuster movie like The Force Awakens or any other film that has a budget of at least $200 million? Sure the lead actors, the director and producers are likely to do very well for themselves, but what about the other critical personnel working on a movie?
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It feels like Marvel has pumped out more movies than I can remember over the past few years. There’s been a few serious misses, some great action, and a healthy dose of comedy along the way. This video from Screen Rant breaks down the funniest gags and scenes from the Marvel movie universe.
Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe might be the most ambitious shared universe ever attempted, but it’s certainly not the first. In fact, there are dozens of movies throughout the history of cinema with unexpected connections (some more tenuous than others) that you might never have noticed.
Independently, playing video games and watching movies are immensely enjoyable activities. But when the two mix, the result is often an exercise in disappointment. Likely rooted in Hollywood’s never-ending effort to print money without exercising an ounce of creativity, movie executives always seem keen on taking whatever video game happens to be hot at the moment and turning it into a movie. Even in the face of ridicule and a string of box office failures, we’ll likely never see Hollywood stop trying to turn popular video games into hit films.
Netflix’s strategy for global video domination can be summed up in two words: original content. Building off the success of 2013’s House of Cards, Netflix in recent years has launched an absolute avalanche of original content that spans every genre imaginable, including crime thrillers, comedies, sci-fi, political dramas, animated sitcoms, superhero dramas and even true-crime documentaries. In fact, Netflix this past January said that it plans to roll out 600 hours of original programming throughout 2016, an impressive 33% increase from 2015.
Because developing and producing original content can get wildly expensive, Netflix’s increased focus on original content coincides with the company’s lessening interest in securing licensing deals with movie studios. The most recent casualty of Netflix’s original programming addiction is Miramax. In May of 2011, Netflix signed a 5-year and rumored $100 million licensing deal with the famed movie studio. With that deal set to expire at the end of May, Netflix reportedly has no plans to renew it in full. In turn, more than 600 movie titles will instantly be removed from Netflix’s catalog beginning on June 1.
There is an overwhelming amount of media to consume in 2016.
You can catch up on the latest episodes of a network TV show, go to the theater to watch a multi-million dollar blockbuster, log in to Netflix to binge on the latest original series or jump on a PlayStation 4 to play a 60-hour game.
With so much content at our disposal, it’s easy to just give up and watch Seinfeld reruns, which is why it’s always nice to have a list of suggestions from others.
For a short period of time, Adam Sandler seemed destined for greatness. Thanks to his work on Saturday Night Live and iconic roles in films like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, he was on the verge of becoming the biggest name in comedy (hard though that is to believe).
But as the early 2000s began, Sandler’s films experienced a staggering drop-off in quality. Somehow, the man who gave us gems like The Wedding Singer was soon bringing us abominations like Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy. In fact, Sandler for a while almost seemed as if he were trying to amass as many Razzies as he could in as short amount of time as possible.
Marvel and DC have competed at comic book shops and newsstands for decades, but the stakes are higher than ever as the two brands compete at the box office.
With marketing and promotion included, the production budget of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was likely north of $400 million, which makes its impressive $860 million worldwide haul slightly less impressive. But failing to hit $1 billion isn’t the biggest mistake DC has ever made.
In fact, it’s not even close.
Everyone has a favorite fictional character from a movie or TV show.
If you’re an action fan, it might be Indiana Jones, John McClane or Neo. Sci-fi fans likely prefer Luke Skywalker or James T. Kirk, while superhero fanatics might have trouble deciding between Iron Man, Batman, Captain America and Superman.
But some of the most memorable characters in the history of media aren’t really characters at all, but rather the vehicles that the characters get around in.
It’s 2016. We’re accustomed to movies being filled with green screens and CGI. Batman v Superman, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War and virtually every other blockbuster film of the past few decades have relied on special effects that simply can’t be replicated in the real world.
It’s relatively easy to find soundtracks or independent film scores nowadays, as long as you know exactly what you’re looking for. But there’s a new site that can help you find every song used in your favorite movies in an instant without having to dig around at all.