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  • Spider-Man Joins The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Spidey-senses are tingling everywhere: In some of the biggest news in comic-book movie history, Marvel announced this week that their signature character, Spider-Man, will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe currently inhabited by the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd. The film rights to Spider-Man are owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, famously disallowing a crossover between the web-slinger and the Avengers, whose film rights are still owned by Disney and Marvel.

    Sony will allow Spider-Man to appear in Marvel (i.e. Disney’s) films for a cut of the profits, though the rest of the deal is still up in speculation. Most assume Peter Parker will first appear in the second Captain America sequel, Civil War, out next summer, where he will join Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and new-to-screens superhero Black Panther.

    In league with Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel producer Kevin Feige, Sony will also produce a new Spider-Man stand-alone film, probably as soon as 2017, pushing back most Marvel films set to release after that six months each. What this means for Sony’s current Amazing Spider-Man series is unclear, though there is a good chance Andrew Garfield will not continue the role in the new series, and that the character will be facing its second reboot in five years.

    While there are rumors 20th Century Fox properties the X-Men and Fantastic Four will cross-over, there hasn’t been any talk about bringing those under the MCU umbrella as of yet. And, of course, there’s still no word on a new Hulk film.

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    February 10, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5243

  • Chris Pratt: New Indiana Jones or Wishful Thinking?

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    chriss prattIt seems that an Indiana Jones revival is inevitable, as Disney bought rights to the franchise in 2013. And now rumors are swirling about who the new Indy might be.

    As of right now, it looks like Chris Pratt is the front-runner for the role. However, this is all speculation. Neither Disney nor Pratt’s representatives had anything to comment on the rumors. And Bradley Cooper’s name has also come up in rumors regarding who the new leading man will be.

    While the rumors may just be fan-casting at this point, it would seem to be a match made in heaven. Pratt’s comedic prowess would lend itself well to the role. Seeing him in Guardians of the Galaxy showed us that he should have no problem pulling off a scene where he pulls a gun on a sword-wielding enemy:

    Pratt has been on a hot streak of late, being the 2nd highest grossing actor last year. And his involvement in a project like this could revive the legendary franchise, as he has no shortage of adoring fans that are sure to pour into theaters to watch his rendition of the iconic character.

    It’s also worth mentioning that Guardians was distributed by Disney. So the studio and leading man have a fairly successful history of working together.

    And if you’re having a hard time imagining what Chris Pratt might look like as the archaeologist/adventurer, this image from a DeviantART user from back in August might just do the trick (it might have also been what sparked the fan-casting to begin with).

    It’s still too early to tell if there is anything solid behind these rumors. But there’s also enough reason to speculate that this could happen – mostly because everyone wants it to.

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    January 28, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3212

  • Jennifer Lawrence Out-Grosses Chris Pratt

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    Jennifer LawrenceThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part1 has become the highest grossing domestic film for 2014, bringing in over $333 million. It managed to out-edge Guardians of the Galaxy by a slim margin of less than $10,000 in sales. And it did this without a 3D or IMAX run, which typically gives a boost to the sales numbers.

    Transformers: Age of Extinction still holds the number one spot for sales worldwide. But that hasn’t dethroned Lawrence as the highest grossing performer.

    Her two films (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 & X-Men: Days of Future Past) brought in a total of $1.4 billion worldwide. This out-grossed Chris Pratt’s two films (Guardians of the Galaxy & The Lego Movie) by a margin of about $200 million.

    Joining Lawrence and Pratt as one of the top grossing performers in 2014 is Scarlett Johansson, whose films Captain America: The Winter Solider & Lucy made $1.18 billion worldwide. Her indie film Under the Skin also made a dent in the earnings total.

    We have previously highlighted the gender wage gap in Hollywood along with its seeming improvement over the past year. If film earnings are any indication, this trend should continue.

    It is clear that viewers are more than happy to open their wallets to watch a female lead, as 2 of the top 3 grossing performers were women (and 4 of the top 10).

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    January 23, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4101