• X-Men Sequel Reveals Production Art, New Nightcrawler


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    Big news from the Apocalypse this week, or rather, X-Men: Apocalypse, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer tweeted some production art that raises more questions than it answers, a beautifully painted image of Wolverine being dwarfed by a giant machine? Another theory is that the figure is the title villain, the super mutant Apocalypse, and the mechanical work depicted is his intergalactic Ship.

    In other news, the sequel has added to its cast and continued its trend of recasting popular characters from the original trilogy with much younger stars. The role of Nightcrawler, the blue, devil-eared teleporter played in X-Men 2 by Alan Cumming has gone to Kodi Smit-McPhee, the young co-star of The Road, Let Me In, ParaNorman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He joins Oscar Isaac, star of Inside Llewyn Davis and the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, as well as returning cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult. Nightcrawler isn’t the only mutant getting a younger reboot—the film has already announced its recasting of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey with Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner.

    The younger casting makes sense—the film will take place in the 1980s, before the timeline of the original X-Men trilogy, and following the 1960s and 1970s settings of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, respectively. Considering Days of Future Past also retconned the entire franchise’s history, we can expect other interesting casting announcements up until the release of the film in May 2016.


    February 18, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4074

  • Spider-Man Joins The Marvel Cinematic Universe



    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.


    February 10, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 6068

  • Jennifer Lawrence Out-Grosses Chris Pratt


    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).


    January 23, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4858

  • NYFA Professor’s ‘Elena’ in Top 3 for Box Office Per Screen Average

    Elena, directed by New York Film Academy professor, Petra Costa, won big at the box office opening weekend! In fact, it even out earned X-Men: Days of Future Past on per screen average.

    NYFA is proud to have kicked off this incredible success with a SOLD OUT opening night screening that we hosted with Oscar-winner Tim Robbins and Cinema Tropical.

    If you haven’t caught it yet, get to the IFC Center in New York City immediately. Tonight is the final night of the special New York Film Academy discount. Be sure to bring your ID and enjoy!

    ELENA “launched surprisingly well in New York … This start should find niche bookings around the country.” – indieWIRE


    June 5, 2014 • Community Highlights • Views: 5012