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Here's A Breakdown Of The Competing Marvel And DC Movie Release Schedule

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avengers age of ultron posterWarner Bros. may have moved its Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice away from Disney/Marvel‘s May 6, 2016, threequel Captain America 3, but the switch to March 25 was more bold strategy than tail-turning. Instead of going head to head (to head) with Cap, Warners now will open its DC superhero faceoff ahead of the summer movie crush, as director Zack Snyder’s 300 and Watchmen did in years past. It’s just the start of WB’s long-game plan to release two new superhero tentpoles per year through 2020 — following Marvel’s example of long-range flag planting and going farther than their rival’s schedule by a year. Your move, Disney.

Related: So Who Comic-Conquered San Diego?

The mic drop is particularly strong coming off a Comic-Con where Snyder’s Batman v. Superman teaser blew away the competition and Marvel’s presence uncharacteristically floundered. WB is staking strong claim to the next six years in the blockbuster biz even before it can prove it can make a new-generation hit. Consider it a reclaiming of the comic book movie crown WB once won when it changed the superhero game with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. WB and DC now finally are taking back the momentum they lost when Marvel and upstart exec Kevin Feige seized control with 2008′s Iron Man; that reign that’s steadily continued for six years, all the way through last week’s monster opening for the once-obscure and now-beloved Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise. Now fans have nine new unnamed DC films to speculate about. So what could be up WB’s sleeve?

Deadline Spandex Wars

After winning the coveted Wonder Woman gig, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) stood side by side with the boys, Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck(Batman), onstage at Comic-Con last month, where the first peek at her in costume garnered huge attention. Look for a stand-alone Wonder Woman pic and possibly an Aquaman film to join WB’s future rollout, as both are expected in WB’s Justice League movie penned by Argo‘s Chris Terrio. That’s in addition to a stand-alone Batfleck and another Cavill Superman pic that could appear in the pipeline. Earlier this year WB set Jack Thorne to script a Sandman movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt aboard as producer and possible star. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been teasing for eight months that he’d be starring in a DC Comics movie thought to be Shazam, while movies based on Fables and Metal Men have also been bandied about.

Related: Sony Launches Female Superhero Movie Mining Spider-Man Universe

But don’t forget the long and drawn-out legal battle WB waged and won against the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. WB emerged victorious in April as a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the studio’s rights claim to the Superman character right before it rebooted Superman with Man Of Steel. In the interim, WB diversified its DC Comics portfolio, launching DC heroes Green Arrow and The Flash as small-screen superheroes via their TV arm — something Marvel can’t do with its superhero franchise rights divided among Disney, Fox, and Sony. WB TV also will debut the anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham this fall, further strengthening its comic book brand. And there’s also Superboy. WB emerged from court last year with the rights to the character, opening up more potential to explore a young Superman onscreen.

Related: Comic-Con Idea From Paul Rudnick: Supergay Man Of Steel?

It all means open runway ahead for WB — but also spandex fatigue for audiences. Between Marvel and DC’s turf war, Sony’s recent Spidey jockeying, and Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot and X-Men pics, moviegoers are set to be smothered in 30 tentpole comic book movies in the next six years with nine of those titles landing in 2017. (And that’s not even including WB’s Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, slated for November 16, 2018, and another untitled non-DC Event Film reserving the November 20, 2020, slot.) Marvel’s Doctor Strange likely is gearing up for a spring 2015 shoot and could take the July 8, 2016, slot as TBA properties and Avengers and Guardians sequels, including a very possible Black Widow stand-alone, might end up filling in the gaps.

SEE ALSO: Here's A Guide To All The Hidden References In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

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10 Things We Know So Far About 'Batman V Superman'

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batman ben affleck batman v supermanFor a long time it was said that Warner Bros. and DC Comics were prepping a "Justice League" movie for release in 2015. Seemingly a reaction to the incredible success of Marvel’s "The Avengers," it looked as if we were finally going to see heroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash unite on the big screen in live-action for the first time. 

That’s no longer the case. After months of reports, rumors, and speculation, the dream of a 2015 "Justice League" movie fell apart. But in its place, rising from the ashes like a phoenix, is an entirely different project for comic book fans to be excited for: a Superman/Batman movie in 2016. 

The film has been officially titled "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and, collecting all of the news that has come out since the new movie — and sequel to Man of Steel — was announced, we've broken down absolutely everything we know about the project thus far. When is the movie coming out in theaters? Who is directing? Who will star? What’s the story going to be about? 

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Zack Snyder Is Directing, and David Goyer Is Writing

Given that "Man of Steel" made more than $660 million worldwide, there was very little chance that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer would not return for the sequel, and that assumption was proved true when "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" was announced at Comic-Con 2013 with Snyder directing and working with Goyer to develop the story.

While Goyer wrote the original drafts of the screenplay, eventually Academy Award-winning Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio picked up the pen. Production has begun, with the finished product scheduled hit theaters on May 6, 2016. What's more, Snyder is also now officially attached to direct a coming "Justice League" movie, which "Batman v Superman" will directly lead into. 



The Story Has Batman Taking On The Man Of Steel

When Warner Bros. announced that it would be moving forward with a Superman/Batman movie, it did not include a plot synopsis — but the title does provide an interesting hint. While we expect that the duo will end up fighting for the same side by the end of the story, the title of the film suggests that the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel will be starting as enemies.

In the footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, it was suggested that the Man of Steel had as big a beef with the Caped Crusader as the latter does with the former — but the reasoning is still unclear. How the story will deal with all of the major supporting characters also remains a mystery.



Superman May Be Dealing With The Issues Of 'Man Of Steel'

Following in the footsteps of Marvel Studios and starting to build a larger cinematic universe, Warner Bros. is making "Batman v Superman" both to introduce a new take on the Caped Crusader and to build on what has already been established with the Man of Tomorrow.

As was expected, Henry Cavill will return to play Clark Kent/Superman and will continue to learn how to live up to his destiny while also trying to find his place on Earth with humanity. Something tells us that the hero will probably also have to deal with the fact that "Man of Steel" not only had him killing his enemy, General Zod, but also leveling half of Metropolis in the battle.



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15 Ways 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Referenced Other Popular Movies

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James Gunn wears his influences on his sleeve. In "Guardians of the Galaxy," he never fully apes any of his favorite films, but it's easy to tell what movies he grew up with if you know what to look for. The director packed "Guardians" with characters, images, references, and dynamics that reminded us of some well-worn cinematic favorites, and that's probably no accident.

"The movies that were most inspirational to 'Guardians' are those movies that I loved as a kid," Gunn told io9.com. "Whether it's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "Star Wars" or "Back to the Future." I wanted to make a movie that wasn't necessarily like those films but that made people feel like those films made me feel as a child — can make people feel like that whether they're an adult or a child."

Here are a few ways Guardians steals from the best.

1. The Walkman from 'Back To The Future' vs. the Walkman from 'Guardians'

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Just like Marty McFly, Peter Quill faces a big bald threat to his tunes. Where Marty had to worry about Mr. Strickland taking his Walkman and crushing it in a vise, Quill had to fend off a big blue prison guard to keep his from being permanently confiscated.

2. Peter Quill is a composite of Marty McFly and Han Solo

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With a perfect balance of hapless slacker and savvy scoundrel, Peter Quill's resemblance to these two is so strong it's actually kind of weird he doesn't wear a vest.

3. A major 'Raiders' reference

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Some of Gunn's references are subtle, but he practically hits you over the head with this one. Both happen at the beginning of their respective movies, and both involve snatching a valuable artifact from a pedestal.

4. Thanos talks to his underlings just like The Emperor from 'Star Wars'emperor palpatine

When Thanos communicates with Ronan the Accuser he appears as a static-y blue face, just like the Emperor in "The Empire Strikes Back."

5. While we're on the subject of Thanos

Avengers, comic con, thanosThanos is played by Josh Brolin, who was, of course, one of the Goonies, another key inspiration in "Guardians," as can be seen when ...

6. Peter Quill makes his 'Goonies' speech

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When it's time to rally the troops, Peter Quill and Mikey both convince their rag-tag teams to forge ahead with inspiring speeches that concede that they're all "losers" (as Quill puts it), but it's still "our time" (as Mikey puts it).

7. Just like 'Footloose'

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When Peter Quill finds himself explaining the joys of music to Gamora, he turns to "Footloose," describing Kevin Bacon as a hero in a town full of people with "sticks up their butts." Later when the Guardians are kicking butt against Ronan's army, Gamora exclaims, "We're just like Kevin Bacon!"

8. The Milano vs. the Millennium Falcon

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When the Guardians hang out on the Milano (named after Alyssa Milano), they bear a resemblance to another crew tooling around in a well-loved spacecraft. The shots of both the interior and the cockpit bring to mind shots of the "Star Wars" crew on the Millennium Falcon.

9. A dance battle

chris pratt star lord guardians of the galaxyWhen Peter Quill is facing certain destruction at the hands of Ronan the Accuser on the surface of Xandar, he draws inspiration from the movies of the youth and starts throwing down to "Ooh Child." Unfortunately when he hands it off to Gamora, she doesn't know what to do, and he takes it back.

10. A dangerous watering hole

hans soloWhen the Guardians arrive on Knowhere, they find themselves waiting for their meeting with the Collector in a dangerous little bar called the Boot of Jemiah. From the colorful alien patrons to the available vices and the sense of danger, the Boot mirrors "Star Wars'" famous Cantina, where Luke and Obi Wan meet Han and Chewie. Above we've included the concept art for the Boot, which bears an even stronger resemblance to the Cantina than the version in the movie.

11. The Infinity Stone is the Ark of the Covenant

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They'll both melt your face.

12. The gun-slinging scoundrel and the unintelligible muscle

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This is probably one of the most obvious "Star Wars" parallels. In both instances only The Muscle's partner can understand him. And in both instances, the "Brains" of the operation is an amoral scoundrel looking for a payday.

13. The 'Guardians' and 'The Goonies' names are in the same spirit

The Goonies, shipThe Goonies refer to themselves as "rejects" early in the movie. By calling their group the Goonies, they're trying to take back that name and own it, turning a pejorative, mocking name into something they can rally around. When Ronan lands on Xandar he mockingly calls the rag-tag group the "Guardians of the Galaxy," but by the end of the movie, they've owned that name.

14. Howard The Duck is in the movie

Howard the Duck, Guardians of the GalaxyEven though Howard looks significantly different from his previous big-screen incarnation, we're guessing his cameo wouldn't have happened if the movie he previously starred in wasn't such a recognizably '80s touchstone.

15. They're honored as heroes at the end of the movie much as in 'Star Wars'

Star Wars 1977The Guardians don't have an actual medal ceremony, but when Nova Prime (Glenn Close) and Nova Corpsman Dey (John C. Reilly) present Peter Quill with a brand new ship, it feels an awful lot like the ending of "Star Wars." In both examples, a team of nobodies makes good, and they're recognized as galactic heroes.

SEE ALSO: Here's A Guide To All The Hidden References In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

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Michael Bay's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie Is More Like 'The Megan Fox Show'

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teenage mutant ninja turtles*Warning. Mild spoilers ahead*

Fans of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will be pleased to hear that Michael Bay's latest movie doesn't butcher the origin story in the way they feared.

They may be disappointed to learn, however, that the movie isn't about the turtles.

Instead, it's all about Megan Fox.

See Fox fall. See Fox quiver. See Fox hide behind things.

"TMNT" marks the reunion between the 28-year-old bombshell actress and Bay, who had a falling out while working on the Transformers film franchise. Now, it appears Fox gets more screen time than Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael in the Turtles' first motion-capture film.

After a stunning, comic-book-stylized opening sequence in which we learn how the turtles came to be, we only get glimpses of the creatures. Their crusty exteriors spiral through the night air as they take on the film's villains in an early fight sequence. The backs of their large, round heads peek above the sewer grate. Their can't-possibly-be-human shadows slither through the subway tunnels.

Seventeen minutes go by before audiences get a good look at their beloved, half-shelled heroes. Seventeen minutes!teenage mutant ninja turtles

In the meantime, we get to know Fox's character, April O'Neil, a gutsy reporter looking for a scoop. Tired of interviewing fitness gurus on camera, she's desperate to lose the fluff beat and be taken seriously as an investigative journalist.

And in the flick's major plot twist (made obvious pretty early, you're not missing much by reading on ...) it's revealed that Fox is the daughter of the scientific researcher who mutated the Turtles in his lab, many years ago. They were, in fact, her pets before she set them free.

Her big break arrives when O'Neil stumbles upon some illegal activity by the loading docks one night. An organized crime group called The Foot Clan has been terrorizing the residents of New York City in recent weeks, and O'Neil runs into them randomly as they seem to be transporting goods. Out of nowhere, the Turtles appear — or should I say, they arrive on the edge of the camera frame and stay out of the audience's sight — and engage in some serious whooping, from what I can gather.

Having been the sole witness to the vigilantes' successful thwarting of Foot Clan activity, O'Neil returns to the newsroom with the exclusive of a lifetime. Except that she has no photos, no positive identifications, and a description of the 6-foot-tall good guys that makes her sound like a lunatic.

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With that, we launch into Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" origin story. Will O'Neil reunite with the Turtles and earn their trust? Will her colleagues — played by Whoopi Goldberg and Will Arnett in total lackluster performances — ever believe her ludicrous but very real journalistic hunch? And will she learn the whole truth behind her father's death, and how it all-too-coincidentally relates to the Turtles' existence?  

What's most frustrating about Bay's franchise installment is not that it's Fox-heavy; it's that when the Turtles are on-screen, they're fantastic. And you wish you could see a whole movie about them. (Oh, wait.)

The throwbacks to the comic books and TV animated series are spot-on but not overdone, from the sparing use of the "Cowabunga" catchphrase to the product-placement pizza. Michelangelo is still a cool dude with his puka shells and pick-up lines; a taped-up-glasses-clad Donatello remains hesitant but brilliant; and Leonardo and Raphael are still butting heads, though they're intensely loyal to their brothers and sensei.

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There are moments throughout the film in which the audience sees their relationship light up, and we're reminded of the goofy, adolescent fun that the Turtles represent. Most memorably, during the movie's climax, they're stalled in an elevator while in pursuit of the Foot Clan's ringleader. Patiently waiting for the doors to open, they start beatboxing. Watch the clip here.

But those moments are just that — moments. Bursts of silliness that make the audience's nostalgia bubble up. Then the camera pans to Fox, endlessly trying to get out from behind the rubble.

SEE ALSO: The Most Annoying Thing About 'Transformers' Is Michael Bay's Fixation On Objectifying Women

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'True Detective' Creator Is Under Fire For Alleged Plagiarism And A Lack Of Female Characters

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Today is a good day to be angry at True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. Not only have Pizzolatto's comments in a new Hollywood Reporter feature rightly enraged people on Twitter, but he's battling an extensive plagiarism accusation on another front. 

In Lacey Rose's Hollywood Reporter feature, Pizzolatto doubles down on his rejection of the criticism surrounding  True Detective's portrayal of women. Rose wrote that criticism, like Emily Nussbaum's essay "Cool Story, Bro,""incenses" Pizzolatto. 

But the first season, he argues, was conceived as a close point-of-view show, wholly told through the eyes and experiences of the two male characters. "You can either accept that about the show or not, but it's not a phony excuse," he says, unable to hide his frustration. He adds that he consulted his friend Callie Khouri on the matter: "When Callie, who wrote Thelma & Louise, thinks that that's stupid criticism, I'm inclined to take her opinion over someone with a Wi-Fi connection."

This isn't an unfamiliar stance for Pizzolatto. When asked about similar criticisms of the show in a recent Daily Beast interview, Pizzolatto said: "I think it affected me a little bit in my conception of Season 2, but then not at all. I realized I was listening to things I didn’t agree with and taking cues from the wrong places. I just put it out of my mind." Reporter Andrew Romano followed up by asking Pizzolatto what he meant by "taking cues from the wrong places." He said: "I mean that writing towards what I consider an insubstantial criticism isn’t a good way to create." 

But just as incensed as the criticism makes Pizzolatto, his easy dismissal of it has the same effect on those reading him. Reducing the New Yorker's television critic—(or for that matter any of the other intelligent people who analyzed the show's complicated relationship to its female characters)—to "someone with a Wi-Fi connection" is a bad look. So is the excuse that one wonderful female writer didn't see a problem with the characterization. Ultimately, his attitude is taking a toll on Pizzolatto's reputation, just as excitement ramps up for season two. 

The Hollywood Reporter comments come only shortly after Pizzolatto was accused of plagiarism in an extensive post on The Lovecraft eZine, an online magazine dedicated to H.P. Lovecraft. In the post Mike Davis interviews Jon Padgett ofThomas Ligotti Online about the striking similarities between Rust Cohle's ponderous speeches and Ligotti's work in The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. The similarities are most definitely there. Now Pizzolatto talked extensively about Ligotti and The Conspiracy Against the Human Race and its influence on the show in an interview with the Wall Street Journal's Michael Calia, who had already highlighted some of the similarities between Rust's ramblings and Ligotti's work. Padgett, however, argues there's a "behind the scenes" story going on as well. 

In this case, Pizzolatto has his defenders. Greg Cwik wrote on Criticwire that "contra Davis’ invidious article, plagiarism isn’t such a cut-and-dried matter. This isn’t a freshmen seminar on American Literature, and Pizzolatto isn’t just copy-and-pasting lines off of Wikipedia: It’s art, and art isn’t so straightforward." Meanwhile, Wil Wheaton tweeted: "That’s ludicrous. Cole is clearly influenced by Ligotti, so Pizzolatto had him use Ligotti’s words. Typical Gawker BS link bait." 

Either way, True Detective backlash is stronger than ever today, which should put Pizzolatto in an uncomfortable position heading into both the Emmys and the show's highly anticipated second season. 

SEE ALSO: Vince Vaughn Reportedly In Talks For 'True Detective' Season 2

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Why Seeing 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' In 3-D Is A Waste Of Money

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They're heroes in the half-shell and they are back in theaters. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles offers a live-action reboot that has Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael fighting Shredder to save April O'Neil. Cowabunga! 

Our theatrical review will weigh in on whether or not this new release is worth your time, while this column will focus solely on the film's use of 3D. Considering seven separate categories, To 3D Or Not To 3D evaluates the full scope of the 3D viewing experience. Think of it as a consumer's guide for your movie-going, complete with a viewers poll where you can weigh in on how you plan to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

FIT SCORE

The concept of high-kicking, karate-fighting turtles suggests that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be a great fit for 3D. However, this movie closely follows April O'Neil (Megan Fox), whose misadventures include hiding behind things, meetings with her editors, and long conversations with her dad's old research partner. There's large swaths of this film where the 3D has nothing interesting to do. 

PLANNING & EFFORT SCORE

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles filmmakers are very proud of the comprehensive motion-capture that went into the creation of their computer generated ninja turtles, but have been quiet about the film's 3D. Variety notes that the production favored post-conversion over shooting in 3D. Having seen some stellar examples of post-converted 3D of late, like Godzilla and Need for Speed, I won't fault Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a post-production upgrade. However, some of the tracking shots suffer in 3D, suggesting some scenes could have been better blocked for this device. Frankly, the stutter it creates is distracting. 

BEFORE THE WINDOW SCORE

This is the element of 3D that appears to pop out at you. In a variety of action sequences as well as the animated opening, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds little things to push before the bounds of the theater screen, like snow, splinters of wood and other debris. At times, this does give the action an added sense of danger, and adds a nice bit of the gimmicky fun that only 3D can deliver. 

BEYOND THE WINDOW SCORE

Conversely, this is where 3D makes the world of the movie appear to have realistic depth. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles makes best use of this element when the turtles are in their sewer home, making the base feel cavernous and rich with detail and depth. But as I mentioned above, there are too many scenes set in boardrooms and other less-than-thrilling settings. There is a scene later in the movie set on a snow-covered mountain, which would seem like a great venue for using this device, as the turtles race around using their shells as sleds. But many moving shots give us little time to appreciate the enhanced depth. Only in slo-mo moments of fight scenes are we given a moment to marvel at Beyond the Window. 

teenage mutant ninja turtlesBRIGHTNESS SCORE

3D glasses by their very nature make the projected picture dimmer, so 3D prints need to compensate accordingly to prevent the action from being lost in shadows. Director Jonathan Leibesman tries to give his reboot a gritty edge by going literally dark. A high contrast look occasionally creates corners that are so dark you'll be left squinting. Regrettably, this includes the entrance of Shredder, and moments in the sewers. Thankfully, the climax is brightly lit. You won't miss a moment in shadow there. 

GLASSES OFF SCORE

This is an extremely rudimentary test to show in the basest terms how much 3D you're getting on screen. Take the glasses off, and observe the blur. This will show you where different perspective is being manipulated to create the 3D effect. When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was tested, the 3D planes were evident. The 3D is there, it's just hard to take in between quick cuts, and a camera so often in motion. 

AUDIENCE HEALTH SCORE

Bad 3D can be bad for you, causing nausea, headaches, or eyestrain. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles's 3D didn't make me feel ill personally, but there were moments where the moving camera's cinematography collided with the 3D in a way that made it a struggle to focus. Obviously some members of the audience are going to be more affected by others, so know that there is a rather high risk factor in this one.

Final Verdict: Don't see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 3D. There are a few moments where the 3D packs an extra wallop to the carefully choreographed TMNT fight scenes. But, by and large, there are so many visual flares in this over-earnest summer spectacle that the 3D gets lost in the fray. 

SEE ALSO: Michael Bay's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie Is More Like 'The Megan Fox Show'

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10 DC Comic Movies We Think Will Be Released By 2020

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DC Comics and Warner Bros. dropped a hell of a bombshell this week announcing release dates for films spanning between 2016 and 2020. While it's not as extensive as Marvel's current line up, it looks like a good start for the comic book company's efforts to create a DC Cinematic Continuum. 

While there were previously rumored release dates and titles "secured" in the name of DC's future, the release dates have "changed" - which means it's time to go through the calendar for the next six years and begin to predict what Justice League picture goes where, and which Wonder Woman movie gets released when. So get ready for the newly revised and heavily speculated line up for DC's Cinematic Continuum! Let's start with the obvious, shall we? 

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – March 25, 2016

Why It Should Be This Movie: Besides the fact that this movie was already scheduled, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice should be the film to kick things off for two reasons. First, it continues the story that Man Of Steel already put into motion, with Superman's existence becoming public knowledge. With Batman and Wonder Woman also in operation during this film's events, it builds the pillars of the DC Trinity and prepares the stage for the eventual Justice League film (hence the Dawn of Justice tagline). Heroes, villains, and the DC Continuum are all put into motion and ready to begin a long term odyssey in storytelling. 


What Plot It Might Follow:
 A massive threat, greater than Batman or Superman's singular might, has made itself known. Both heroes, accustomed to fighting crime on their own terms and by themselves, attempt to put an end to this threat – and fail. Their egos fractured, they turn on each other and engage in a battle that will surely kill them, if their enemies don't kill them, then they just might kill each other first. Thankfully, our heroes will eventually get over their differences, and will team together with Wonder Woman to usher in the first era of heroes. Heroes will unite, evil will take note, and the world will see the dawn of justice. 



Wonder Woman – August 5, 2016

Why It Should Be This Movie: For decades, Warner Bros had depended on their most popular characters, Batman and Superman, to anchor their DC Comics films, with a couple of disastrous forays into other lesser known characters balancing out their somewhat consistent (if not limited) efforts. Wonder Woman, however, is a perfect combination of both strategies, as she's a top tier member of the Justice League who's never had the chance to shine on her own in a motion picture. Batman doesn't need introduction and Superman has just been re-introduced in a more modern context. It's time to complete the DC Trinity by giving Princess Diana of Themyscira her due. 


What Plot It Might Follow:
 After the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Princess Diana of Themyscira adopts the identity Diana Prince and starts to study human behavior. Throughout her journey, we get to know her homeland and the ways of her people (the Amazonians) through relevant flashbacks. Of course, it isn't long before her people try to convince her to come home, and along for the ride will be none other than Steve Trevor – the man assigned to keep tabs on her by the US government. After some close calls, and a battle of epic proportions, Wonder Woman is reluctantly allowed to exist in both worlds. For now. 



Justice League – June 23, 2017

Why It Should Be This Movie: The Avengers 3 won't be out until 2018, which means it's time for DC to make their first move into a connected continuum of Justice League films. With Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman all in place on the big screen, it's time for Lex Luthor to team up with at least one other DC Universe villain to create a big enough threat to the world that a whole team of superheroes would be needed to combat it. Origins are already out of the way; it's time to kick start the action into motion. 


What Plot It Might Follow:
 Lex Luthor, in a bid to control and manipulate the world's information, develops a software program that becomes sentient. Unbeknownst to him, Brainiac is actually an intelligence that hitched a ride with Superman's shuttle and slowly rebuilt itself using Luthor's software. Now poised to take control of the world's computer systems, as well as all robotics and electronics of any sort, the Justice League is going to need all sorts of disciplines at their disposal to combat the threat. Before its eventual defeat, Brainiac will compromise humanity by signaling their existence to any intelligence looking for a fight. 



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STALLONE: Schwarzenegger Tricked Me Into Starring In 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot'

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Upon its debut in 1992, Roger Ebert called  "Stop or my Mom Will Shoot" “so dimwitted, so utterly lacking in even the smallest morsel of redeeming value, that you stare at the screen in stunned disbelief.”

The film took home less than $30 million at the U.S. box office. It currently has a 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

And it's all Arnold Schwarzenegger's fault.

In a hilarious anecdote picked up by Page Six, Stallone, whose Expendables 3 drops next week, told journalist Sandro Monetti at the film's UK premier how he ended up starring opposite Golden Girl Estelle Getty in a bizarre buddy-cop movie.

“I heard Arnold wanted to do that movie and after hearing that, I said I wanted to do it. He tricked me! He’s always been clever.”

As background, Stallone explained, his rivalry with Schwarzenegger had grown so intense during the '80's-'90s action film heyday that they couldn't stand the sight of one another.

“Did you ever have someone you wanted to strangle every day? It got to the point where we stopped talking to each other and couldn’t be in the same room.”

For the masochists among you, here is the trailer for SOMMWS:

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REVIEW: Michael Bay's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie Is More Like 'The Megan Fox Show'

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teenage mutant ninja turtles*Warning. Mild spoilers ahead*

Fans of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will be pleased to hear that Michael Bay's latest movie doesn't butcher the origin story in the way they feared.

They may be disappointed to learn, however, that the movie isn't about the turtles.

Instead, it's all about Megan Fox.

See Fox fall. See Fox quiver. See Fox hide behind things.

"TMNT" marks the reunion between the 28-year-old bombshell actress and Bay, who had a falling out while working on the Transformers film franchise. Now, it appears Fox gets more screen time than Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael in the Turtles' first motion-capture film.

After a stunning, comic-book-stylized opening sequence in which we learn how the turtles came to be, we only get glimpses of the creatures. Their crusty exteriors spiral through the night air as they take on the film's villains in an early fight sequence. The backs of their large, round heads peek above the sewer grate. Their can't-possibly-be-human shadows slither through the subway tunnels.

Seventeen minutes go by before audiences get a good look at their beloved, half-shelled heroes. Seventeen minutes!teenage mutant ninja turtles

In the meantime, we get to know Fox's character, April O'Neil, a gutsy reporter looking for a scoop. Tired of interviewing fitness gurus on camera, she's desperate to lose the fluff beat and be taken seriously as an investigative journalist.

And in the flick's major plot twist (made obvious pretty early, you're not missing much by reading on ...) it's revealed that Fox is the daughter of the scientific researcher who mutated the Turtles in his lab, many years ago. They were, in fact, her pets before she set them free.

Her big break arrives when O'Neil stumbles upon some illegal activity by the loading docks one night. An organized crime group called The Foot Clan has been terrorizing the residents of New York City in recent weeks, and O'Neil runs into them randomly as they seem to be transporting goods. Out of nowhere, the Turtles appear — or should I say, they arrive on the edge of the camera frame and stay out of the audience's sight — and engage in some serious whooping, from what I can gather.

Having been the sole witness to the vigilantes' successful thwarting of Foot Clan activity, O'Neil returns to the newsroom with the exclusive of a lifetime. Except that she has no photos, no positive identifications, and a description of the 6-foot-tall good guys that makes her sound like a lunatic.

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With that, we launch into Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" origin story. Will O'Neil reunite with the Turtles and earn their trust? Will her colleagues — played by Whoopi Goldberg and Will Arnett in total lackluster performances — ever believe her ludicrous but very real journalistic hunch? And will she learn the whole truth behind her father's death, and how it all-too-coincidentally relates to the Turtles' existence?  

What's most frustrating about Bay's franchise installment is not that it's Fox-heavy; it's that when the Turtles are on-screen, they're fantastic. And you wish you could see a whole movie about them. (Oh, wait.)

The throwbacks to the comic books and TV animated series are spot-on but not overdone, from the sparing use of the "Cowabunga" catchphrase to the product-placement pizza. Michelangelo is still a cool dude with his puka shells and pick-up lines; a taped-up-glasses-clad Donatello remains hesitant but brilliant; and Leonardo and Raphael are still butting heads, though they're intensely loyal to their brothers and sensei.

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There are moments throughout the film in which the audience sees their relationship light up, and we're reminded of the goofy, adolescent fun that the Turtles represent. Most memorably, during the movie's climax, they're stalled in an elevator while in pursuit of the Foot Clan's ringleader. Patiently waiting for the doors to open, they start beatboxing. Watch the clip here.

But those moments are just that — moments. Bursts of silliness that make the audience's nostalgia bubble up. Then the camera pans to Fox, endlessly trying to get out from behind the rubble.

SEE ALSO: The Most Annoying Thing About 'Transformers' Is Michael Bay's Fixation On Objectifying Women

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Here's A Guide To All The Hidden References In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

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WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS

Much like the other films in Marvel's universe, "Guardians of the Galaxy" came with its fair share of hidden call backs and easter eggs.

All of the movie's pop culture references prompted YouTube user "Mr. Sunday Movies" to put together a fun video guiding fans through every easter egg in the film.

The opening of the "Guardians" makes it very clear that Star-Lord Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) took a lot of his cues from the globe trotting archaeologist and adventurer, Indiana Jones.

This can be seen by how Quill stares at the mysterious orb artifact in the film, much like how Dr. Jones does with the golden idol in the beginning of 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

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harrison ford indiana jonesIn "Guardians," Rocket Raccoon makes fun of Peter Quills' satchel, calling it a purse.

Guardians of the Galaxy purseRocket is voice by Bradley Cooper, whose character in 2009's "The Hangover" made the same dig at Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and his "man purse." 

If you keep your eyes peeled, you will see many little items hidden away in the lair of The Collector (Benicio Del Toro).

the collector guardians of the galaxyThis includes a giant cocoon that houses Adam Warlock, a superhero who comes into play with the "Guardians of the Galaxy" in the comics. The cocoon can also be seen in the post-credits scene for "Thor: The Dark World."

Adam Warlock, Guardians of the GalaxyThe Collector also has Cosmo The Space Dog, who is a talking Soviet area dog from the comics. Cosmo can be seen behind glass and licks the face of the Collector in the post-credits scene of the film.

Cosmo The Space Dog, Guardians of the GalaxyHe also has Howard the Duck locked up. Howard The Duck, who has had a tumultuous career for Marvel, isn't seen in the film but shows up in the post-credits scene.

Fun fact: Howard the Duck was voiced by "Family Guy" actor Seth Green.

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For the rest of the easter eggs and hidden references from "Guardians of the Galaxy," check out the full video below:

 

SEE ALSO: Here's A Guide To All The Hidden References In Marvel Movies

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The Spaceship In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Was Named After An 80s Teen Heartthrob

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" made a whopping $94 million at the box office opening weekend.

One of the reasons audiences resonated with the film is all of the nostalgic 1980s pop culture references, thanks to character Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) spending his early years on Earth up until 1988, when he was abducted by aliens. 

Quill's love of 80s culture is shown throughout the film.

It's in the music he listens to, the things he talks about (Quill mentions "Footloose,""Raiders of the Lost Ark," and John Stamos in the film), and apparently even the name of his ship.

In the film, Quill is the captain of a spacecraft called The Milano. You can see a picture of the ship in one of its many fire fights below. 

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For anyone who grew up in the 80s, the name Milano may sound familiar thanks to "Who's The Boss" star and teen heartthrob, Alyssa Milano

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Milano, now 41, appeared on the hit ABC show from 1984-1992.alyssa milano who's the boss

Many fans caught the reference and figured that Quill named his ship after the actress.

The film's director, James Gunn, tweeted confirmation of the reference last week:

Luckily for 80s babies, Marvel and Disney have already green-lit a sequel for 2017.

SEE ALSO: Here's A Guide To All The Hidden References In Marvel Movies

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Blasted Past 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' At Theaters This Weekend

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August is off to a huge start at the box office.

Despite poor reviews, the rebooted "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" debuted to a huge $65 million over the weekend. That makes it August's fourth-largest opening weekend ever behind "Guardians of the Galaxy" ($94.3 million), "The Bourne Ultimatum" ($69.3 million), and "Rush Hour 2" ($67.4 million).

The Paramount picture produced by Michael Bay cost an estimated $125 million

A sequel to the film is already slated for June 3, 2016.

The high performance of "TMNT" comes one week after "Guardians of the Galaxy" set a new August record with $94.3 million opening weekend. Marvel Studios' latest picture has already made $313 million worldwide.

The performance of both "Ninja Turtles" and "Guardians" has helped a slumping box-office summer season. Earlier this summer, box office ticket sales were down as much as 20% without a huge film like “Iron Man,” “Avengers,” or “The Dark Knight.” Grosses for the July 4 weekend were down 45%. 

The Hollywood Reporter has referred to summer 2014 as Hollywood’s worst summer in eight years. It will be the first time no summer film will make more than $300 million domestically.  

After this weekend, summer sales are behind 16.8%.

SEE ALSO: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is more like "The Megan Fox Show"

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7 Things We Know So Far About 'Interstellar'

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Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Nolan, InterstellarStrange as as it may seem, we've seen a surprising number of original science-fiction films emerge over the last few years.

From Chronicle to Looper to Elysium to Gravity, studios have begun taking a chance on interesting filmmakers with big ideas.

Later this year we will see a continuation of this pattern with the release of the new blockbuster epic Interstellar.

But what do we actually know about the film so far? Who will star in it? How is it being filmed? To keep you up to date on all of the Interstellar movie's developments, we’ve constructed another one of our What We Know So Far guides. What’s the deal with Interstellar?

Everything we know about Christopher Nolan's new movie >

Christopher Nolan Is Directing

He started getting attention with his first feature, Following; broke out with his second, Memento; became an A-list director with the help of Batman Begins; and brought started bringing big ideas to the blockbuster stage with Inception. In a strange way it seems like Christopher Nolan’s entire career has been leading up to the making of Interstellar.

The British filmmaker officially signed on to direct the film in March of last year, and it will be the first time that his films take us beyond the boundaries of Earth. Like he did with both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, he is using IMAX cameras to shoot a great deal of footage – including some shots involving a Learjet



The Script Was Written By Nolan's Brother, Jonah

Interstellar is an immensely high-profile project thanks to Christopher Nola's involvement, but the truth is that he actually isn’t the first A-list filmmaker to be attached to the long in-development film. Jonah Nolan, Christopher’s brother, first started working on the script back in 2007 when Steven Spielberg was going to helm. Back then the movie was devised as a sci-fi epic about wormholes and time travel, but since Christopher Nolan became attached it’s been said the screenplay has received a bit of a tweak. 

In January of last year it was reported that Christopher Nolan would be combining his brother’s script with another idea he has been developing for a long time, and while it’s unclear what those changes were, they will certainly be revealed as we get closer to the release date and the filmmaker opens up about his process crafting the movie.



Matthew McConaughey Will Star

A big reason why Matthew McConaughey has been able to turn his career around is because of his commitment to working with the best of the best filmmakers. In the past few years he has been working alongside the likes of Richard Linklater, William Friedkin, Jeff Nichols, Steven Soderbergh, and Martin Scorsese, and the reward has been excellent parts in exceptionally interesting projects (plus an Academy Award).

He continues his streak of working with the best of the best by teaming with Christopher Nolan on Interstellar. Our lack of knowledge about the plot prevents us from knowing any concrete details about the part McConaughey will play in the movie, but he is playing the lead role



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Awesome Photos Of Wrestler Dave Bautista's 5-Hour 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Makeup Process

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" has been in theaters for two weeks and has already made more than $313 million worldwide.

Before the film's release, we asked special makeup-effects designer David White to take Business Insider through the process of transforming some of the stars from Zoe Saldana to Karen Gillan into their onscreen characters.

Out of all the actors, wrestler David Bautista was among the cast members who spent the most time on set.

In order to transform Bautista into his character Drax the Destroyer it took a team of five makeup artists five hours each day to apply 18 prosthetic pieces to the wrestler, according to Marvel Studios.

"Drax started as a five-hour makeup, and slowly the time began to fall away, as expected," White tells Business Insider. "A makeup that extensive is a real slog for the team as it’s so complex."

"Every day, a Vac forma [plastic mold] of David’s exact body shape with perforated holes in it to indicate exactly where the prosthetics start and finish was offered up," says White. "This had rice paper skin illustrator airbrushed through it showing the map."david bautista vac forma drax guardians of the galaxy

White says Bautista was then brush sealed with a chemical and medical adhesive mix. Afterward, makeup artists started applying the 18 pieces onto the actor's shoulders and the rest of his body.

"The crew all had different tasks in the sequence. Some move[d] onto the paint system while some finished off the prosthetic blending offs," says White. 

Elaborate tattoos and markings cover Bautista's entire body. As you can see, they're incredibly detailed.

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Since Drax isn't predominantly blue or grey or red there were different paint layers the artists then had to apply.

"We added thin layers of browns, reds and greens within the base grey to break up the tone and make it come alive before the final color sweep," White tells us. "Then the whole body is sealed with a fixative so that it can withstand the day’s shoot."dave bautista makeup guardians of the galaxy

In addition to all of that, Bautista also had to wear dentures to "dirty down his real teeth" along with contacts that gave him "ice blue eyes with a red circling the eye iris."

Co-star Chris Pratt revealed to Buzzfeed that Bautista stood the entire time while his makeup was applied.

"Bautista had to stand like this with his arms out rested on posts ... stands that had tennis balls on them," said Pratt. "He had to stand for hours like that every single day. Never complained about it." chris pratt buzzfeed guardians of the galaxyEventually, White says Drax's makeup took an average of three hours to do. Bautista recently told /Film the makeup team was able to get it down to 2 hours and 47 minutes one day. However, it takes about another hour and a half to get off.

Here's a side-by-side of Bautista's transformation:dave bautista guardians of the galaxy

SEE ALSO: It took 3 hours to do Zoe Saldana's makeup every day for "Guardians of the Galaxy"

AND: The most complex makeup in "Guardians of the Galaxy" took more than four hours and a shaved head

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News Of Robin Williams' Death Crashed His Wikipedia Page

Watch Robin Williams And Philip Seymour Hoffman Co-Star In An Incredible Scene From 'Patch Adams'

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On Monday, Robin Williams reportedly took his own life at age 63. In February, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman tragically died of a drug overdose at the age of 46

But in 1998, the two great actors co-starred in the Oscar-nominated film, "Patch Adams," about a medical student in the 70's who treats patients  illegally  using humor.

In the film, the late actors share an incredible scene in which they argue about how to practice medicine.

The brief scene, featuring two incredible talents, is worth a watch:

SEE ALSO: The Funny Story Of How Robin Williams Inspired Christopher Reeve To Embrace Life

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In Memory Of Robin Williams, Here Are 10 Of His Best Moments On Film

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robin williams good will huntingActor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday at his home in California in an apparent suicide. He was 63.  

Williams, who got his breakout role in the 1978 sitcom "Mork and Mindy," had an incredible range. 

The talented star made us laugh in movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and won best supporting actor at the 1998 Oscars for the character he portrayed in the drama "Good Will Hunting."

In memory of Williams, we've compiled some of his best moments on screen that display both his comic and dramatic genius. 

In "Moscow on the Hudson" (1984) Williams plays a Russian sax player who comes to New York City. His comic skills shine in the grocery store scene where his character Vladimir Ivanof is overwhelmed by the variety of coffee selections.

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Williams demonstrates his range of on-screen personalities starring as a radio D.J. in the film"Good Morning Vietnam" (1987) for which he earned an Academy Award nomination.



Williams' "seize the day" speech in "Dead Poet's Society" (1989) also led to an Oscar nod. In the movie, Williams plays an inspirational English teacher, John Keating, who famously tells his students: “Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, O Captain My Captain.”



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The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel Is Most Likely Cancelled

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mrs doubtfireVariety reports "Mrs. Doubtfire 2," a sequel to the 1993 blockbuster, will most likely be cancelled after the death of Robin Williams Monday. No decision has been formally announced.


Chris Columbus was set to return as director while Williams would have reprised his role as the beloved cross-dressing nanny. 

In a statement to Variety, Columbus recalled what it was like watching Williams on screen.

"His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of 'genius,'" said Columbus.

Williams previously said a sequel to the film was attempted a trio of times; however, according to the comedian, they could never get the script right.

The original film made more than $441 million worldwide on a budget of $25 million for 20th Century Fox.

Williams still has four films slated for a wide release in the next year, including a third installment to "Night at the Museum" featuring Ben Stiller out this holiday season. 

Here's a clip of Williams transforming into Mrs. Doubtfire:

SEE ALSO: In memory of Robin Williams, here are 10 of his best moments on film

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Robin Williams Still Has 4 New Movies Coming Out — Here's What They Are

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robin williamsRobin Williams passed away Monday at the age of 63, leaving behind a long legacy of comedy and film. 

While we remember his performances in Oscar-winning film "Good Will Hunting" and Oscar-nominated "Dead Poet's Society," audiences will have a few more chances to see Williams on screen. 

The actor had a total of four movies in post production. The majority of them will be released later this year.

1. "Merry Friggin' Christmas"
Release date: November 7

The holiday picture stars Robin Williams and Joel McHale as an estranged father and son. When McHale's character Boyd Mitchler forgets his son's Christmas presents at home, the duo road trip together to retrieve them.

2. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb"
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Release date: December 19
Williams will reprise his role as the 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, alongside Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the group try and figure out what's wrong with the magical tablet 
that brings all of the museum characters to life at night.

3. "Absolutely Anything"
Release Date: 2015

The sci-fi comedy follows Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale after a teacher is bestowed with magical powers by a group of aliens. Williams voices an animated dog named Dennis. 

Earlier this year, director Terry Jones ("Monty Python and the Holy Grail") told Empire Magazine he believes Dennis is "going to steal the show."

4. "Boulevard"boulevard robin williams

Nolan Mack (Williams) runs into a young man (Roberto Aguire) on his drive home from work one day which results in a life-altering epiphany. The film first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year but has yet to receive a wide release.

Williams was also set to star in an unspecified sequel to 1993 comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire." Variety reports the movie will most likely be shelved; however, no final decision has yet been made on the film.

SEE ALSO: 10 of Robin Williams' best moments on screen

MORE: The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel Is Most Likely Cancelled

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Robin Williams' 'Hook' Is Actually A Wall Street Movie With A Great Message

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When the news of that beloved actor/comedian Robin Williams had passed away at 63 in an apparent suicide, I felt as if part of my childhood had died.

I grew up watching Williams' films–Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, etc. He's a legend. 

Feeling sentimental, I decided to watch the Peter Pan remake "Hook" on Netflix last night. 

Watching the film as an adult, it made me realize that it's actually sort of a Wall Street movie. Maybe it's just the financial journalist in me.

Either way, the film has a simple, important message that's applicable to Wall Street today – spend time with your kids. 

In the film Robin Williams plays Peter Pan, but he's not a boy in Never-Neverland, he's all grown up. He's now Peter Banning–an overweight, middle-aged, hot-shot M&A attorney—and he's forgotten his own identity of the kid who used to fight Captain Hook.

Williams' grown-up character is attached to his cellphone. He's constantly discussing deals. He hardly pays attention to his own children–Maggie and Jack. The movie opens with him getting distracted at his daughter's school play and missing his son's baseball game.

It's close to Christmas, so the Banning family flies to London to visit Great Grandma Wendy Darling, the grandmother of Banning's wife Moira. Banning hasn't visited Wendy in ten years. 

HookWhile at Wendy's house, Williams' character freaks out about a $5 billion deal that could fall through. His kids are playing in the background. While on the call, Banning says, "Will someone just shoot me?" and his son responds playfully making a gun gesture with his hands, "Bang, bang!"

Banning lashes out. 

"Will everyone just shut up! And leave me alone for one moment?! Moira, get them out of here, will you? I'm on the phone call of my life!

Wendy later asks Peter about his job.

"I am still in mergers & acquisitions...," he began to explain.   

His son Jack interrupted, "Any resistance, and he blows them out of the water!" 

"So, Peter, you've become a pirate," Wendy said. 

HookMoira reminds Banning that they only have a few short years with their children. Soon they will grow up and they won't want to spend time with their parents.

That night, Banning, his wife and Wendy attend a ceremony. When they return home, they discover that the children have been kidnapped by Captain Hook. 

Banning, who is still in denial about his Peter Pan identity, is forced to go back to Neverland by Tinkerbell (played by a tiny Julia Roberts).

When Banning arrives on the Jolly Roger — Captain Hook's ship — he's confident that as a powerful corporate attorney he can just bring his kids home. 

"Hook, you let those kids out of that net in less than one minute or you better get an attorney and hope to God he's better than me," Banning said.

"Who are you?" Hook said. 

"I'm Peter Banning, Attorney at Law, these are my children and I want them back."

At one point, Bannings tries to write a check to get his kids back.

Hook is surprised and disappointed that Peter Pan has grown up — he doesn't want to fight a lawyer, he wants to fight The Pan. Hook demands that Banning fly and free his children but Banning couldn't.

Over the next three days, Banning meets up with the Lost Boys, a group of orphaned kids now lead by Rufio.

"I want to speak to a grown up!" Banning demands

"All grown-ups are pirates. We kill pirates," Rufio replied.

"I'm not a pirate. It so happens that I am a lawyer." 

"Kill the lawyer!"

"I'm not that kind of lawyer." 

hookInitially, Banning struggles to find his identity amongst the Lost Boys. Soon, though, he learns to use his imagination to find his "happy thought"— the memories that will give him the power of flight.

Within three days, he's able to fly, fight and "crow"— like the Lost Boys do — and he's once again sporting Peter Pan's signature green tights.

He returns to the Jolly Roger to retrieve his children, and reveals that his "happy thought" was his son, Jack. 

A battle between the pirates and the Lost Boys ensues. Hook faces off with Rufio and stabs him.

Before he dies, Rufio tells Banning, "You know what I wish? I wish I had a dad like you."

Hook is ultimately defeated. Banning and his kids fly back to London.

At the end, Banning tosses his cellphone out the window into the snow. 

The moral of the story is simple–No matter how high-flying your career might be, family always comes first. 

 

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