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  • 27-Hour Marvel Marathon Coming to Theaters

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    You’ve got a problem. You’ve been seeing the posters and the teasers and the trailers for the upcoming superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron but you can’t quite remember all the backstories of all the characters and where everybody is at this point. How can you truly enjoy Iron Man and Hulk beating each other up or Captain America and Black Widow’s charming banter if you can’t remember what they were doing in the previous Avengers films?

    Well, don’t worry, Marvel’s got you covered. They’re offering a marathon of all ten MCU films in theaters, all leading up to a theatrical screening of the eleventh film—Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel helped you out last time, remember? When the first Avengers was released, it followed a marathon of the first five MCU films—Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. In the three years since, the studio has added another four films, so with Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy, that adds up to a staggering 27-hour theatrical experience.

    Regal Cinemas and AMC are offering this package in limited cities beginning April 29th. It includes an exclusive Avengers medallion to prove to your boss that you only took off work to see over a day’s worth of comic book heroes. So get ready, it’ll be great practice for that 54-hour marathon in 2019 when Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 debuts.

    Only one Hulk movie, though.

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    March 9, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5396

  • 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

  • 10 Reasons Why Movie Ticket Sales Are Declining

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    While movies are now grossing larger amounts than ever before, the ever-rising box office takes for such films as The Hunger Games and Guardians of the Galaxy belie the fact that theater revenue is actually declining, with 2014 seeing a 5% dip in domestic box-office sales.

    In order to assess whether this is an increasing trend or just a temporary slump, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey set out to determine why less Americans are going to the movies. What the research found was that in spite of advances in technology, improved seating, and the ever-growing popularity of 3D films, the increasing cost of movie tickets is starting to discourage moviegoers. In the third quarter of 2014, the study found that the average ticket price was $8.08, which is up from $7.84 in the year prior, a fact that will likely not be lost on current producing school students who are learning how to produce profitable features in this declining platform.

    While ticket prices were cited as the number one reason for declining sales, the authors of the study provided respondents with eighteen possible reasons as to why they would not go to see films in the theater. The top ten reasons are listed below.

    1. Ticket prices are too high
    2. Movies are not as interesting as they once were
    3. Prefer movies “on my own schedule”
    4. Prefer to spend money on other activities
    5. Can see movies at home shortly after theatrical release
    6. Prefer going out to dinner
    7. Don’t have as much disposable income as a year ago
    8. Decline in overall theater experience
    9. Online content is equally entertaining
    10. Too many people using phones and tablets in theaters

    How do you feel about paying to see movies in theatres these days? Do you find yourself going less or more?

     

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    January 23, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 31790