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C’mon Marvel: Pay Up!

We are living in a post Iron Man 3 world, which only means that Marvel’s Phase 2 is upon us.  With Thor 2 out later this year, Captain America out in less than a year and Guardians of the Galaxy a little over a year away, it is time for Marvel to start thinking Avengers 2.  This movie will be bigger than big as evidenced from the box office of the first film and Iron Man 3 this past weekend, but a slight problem is brewing on the horizon.  The actors don’t want to work for peanuts again.  Basically if you decide to act in a film for Marvel you are working for a few hundred thousand dollars, and you will be signed to a multi-picture deal.  Smart move on Marvel’s end.  They get the actors they want locked in long enough so that they can retain consistency throughout their cross-over films.   The only re-casting so far has been Terrence Howard swapped out for Don Cheadle.  Terrence asked for too much money to come back for a sequel, so they booted him.  Also The Hulk has been recast three separate times.  I don’t count it as a recasting for money purposes however.  They wanted someone who worked better in an ensemble capacity.  Ed Norton does not command a large paycheck, but he LOVES having script control. Enter Mark Ruffalo

Right now, Marvel’s biggest problem is that Robert Downey Jr is out of contract.  Iron Man 3 was the last film he was contractually obligated to make, and he was the only one who ever got paid what he was worth.  There has been talk that Iron Man can be replaced with a different actor, but would Marvel REALLY want to test those waters?  Iron Man’s success and Downey’s portrayal is what ties the Avengers films together.  Without him, you have a problem.  So now Marvel has to renegotiate with Downey Jr., but he’s also planning on playing hardball for the rest of the heroes.  Chris Hemsworth and Scarlet Johannson are both said to be chapped over their awful contracts in their previous films and no longer want to work for nothing for a film that will make over one billion dollars.  Neither currently has a contract for Avengers 2, and rumor has it that Marvel would consider either getting other actors or just inserting other characters if need be to replace them.  I get that on paper.  Comics are a revolving door of characters.  They come in and out with little explanation, because certain writers like certain characters.  Thus the absence of any character could be explained away in two seconds: “Oh Thor, he’s up in Asgard protecting the realm.”  See? It’s that easy.  There is already talk of including Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, and Iron Patriot in the next film.  All really cool characters yes, but not at the expense of the ones we already have.

My advice to Marvel: Just pay up already.  You were fortunate enough to make an awful lot of money, without having to pay much for the work, but in doing that, you built careers.  Chris Hemsworth IS Thor.  That and women, namely my girlfriend love him.  Don’t upset the apple cart so early.   No, I am not saying that you’ll have to pay them Downey Jr. money ($50 million), but a decent salary, or a backend of the gross would be fair.  With a backend you can worry about paying them after the movie has cleaned up at the box office.  The films are universally beloved, and make you more money than you ever had as a company simply printing comic books.  The frugal nature of Marvel, and Disney for that matter with actors has allowed them to make some great movies, but when the only people getting paid are Johnny Depp, and Robert Downey Jr.  that is a problem.  If this contract dispute becomes more public than it already has, it will not go well for Marvel and Disney.  I, like many other comic book film fans, want to see as many of the characters I’ve grown up with on screen as possible.  Not less.  If I find out Thor isn’t in Avengers 2 because he couldn’t get one million dollars, I’ll lose my ever-loving mind.

 

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Thor: The Dark World Rounds Out More Casting

In the last two days, Thor: The Dark World has made two casting announcements.  The first is that Kat Dennings has re-signed to appear in the sequel as her character Darcy.  Darcy was largely the most annoying part of the first film, but now that Dennings is the star of one of the highest rated comedies on TV, you know they will try and shoehorn more comic relief into this film.

The other and more interesting bit of casting is that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (or Mr. Eko, or ADEBISI) has been cast as the villainous Algrim the Strong, ruler of the Dark Elves.  In the comics he’s coerced by Malekith, to fight Thor.  I think that Algrim and Malekith will make up a good pairing for Thor and the Warriors Three to have to take on, but my real question is why does this movie have to have anything to do with earth?

Darcy’s inclusion means that we’ll be getting more of the Earth stuff.  I didn’t love any of the Earth stuff the first time around.  If this film is going to be delving farther into Thor lore, how are we going to even have time for Jane Foster, much less, Darcy.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see.  I’m hoping they are just cameos at the beginning.

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Kristen Stewart’s Loss is Chris Hemsworth’s Gain

Snow White and the Huntsman made enough money earlier in the fall to all but guarantee a sequel.  Hell, I didn’t even dislike it.  It had it’s problems, but I felt they were all entirely fixable. So then Kristen Stewart cheated on her Twilight boyfriend and resident girl-obsession Robert Pattinson (though I really don’t get the attraction people have towards him), with the DIRECTOR of Snow White, Rupert Sanders, and pictures actually surfaced, and all hell broke loose.  This story blew up, but then flamed out because of the Olympics, but now it’s flamed back up again.

Turns out that now Kristen Stewart might be dropped from the sequel completely as Universal Studios is planning on shifting the story away from Snow White and spinning it off into The Huntsman’s direction.  I don’t think this is really a bad idea at all.  Two of the better things the film had going for it were the visual style and Hemsworth’s badassness.  Rupert Sanders, really brought a strong visual style to the film, and for it being his very first feature, I am excited to see where his potential goes.  His wife also forbade him allegedly from working w/ little K-Stew.   Chris Hemsworth also has that rare film quality of being a guy that appeals to men and women.  Hell, my girlfriend will probably watch Chris Hemsworth sit in a chair silent for 2 hours if he does it with a shirt off.  His character was also pretty awesome and can easily go off and have his own adventures.

If they really forge ahead with a film series that plays as “Dark Fairy Tales” with Hemsworth as the common thread, I see them doing very well.  The world they created was awesome, despite the films flaws. Grimm does ok on TV and Once Upon a Time does crazy good.  It might be the right time to strike while the fairy tale iron is hot.  Also K-Stew commands a big paycheck, so dumping her saves budgetary space and will get sequels made cheaper and easier.

Unfortunately, David Koepp, the writer of Snow White and the Huntsman, may also end up as collateral damage.  His job was to write a straight up sequel, and if they head in somewhat of a new direction it looks like they are going to settle his contract and hire someone else.

My Advice:

Do the spinoff.  Snow White’s story is pretty much over, and I see a writer of that sequel having an unenviable job.  Kristen Stewart does have a legion of fans out there, but she doesn’t seem right as a Warrior Queen.  Hemsworth probably comes cheaper and his character is built such that he can go off and have tons of different adventures, plus I see him being similar to like a Hugh Jackman in that everyone seems to like him and with the litany of films he has coming out in the next 2 years, the time to sign him cheap is now.  While I mostly enjoyed the movie, I didn’t buy their relationship being anything more than like brother/sister.  She seemed to be too young for him.

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Red Dawn Remake Trailer Here!

This movie almost seems like it would be a Fake Movie Friday submission but it’s not.

Red Dawn has been remade.  The original films bad guys were evil soviets.  The remake was originally going to have the chinese as the villains, but then realized we don’t have beef with them, nor do we want it, so the asians eyes were digitally altered to be North Korean.  Is that racist? Sure, but who cares right?

Anyway this film was made two years ago but when MGM fell onto hard times, this got shelved.  This is probably a good thing because now Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson are household names and stars of two of the highest grossing films of the year with huge fanbases.  I see this movie doing better than it should because of that.

Trailer courtesy of the JoBlo Network here:

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Moby Dick and Two Film Theory

Deep Impact/Armaggedon.  Antz/A Bug’s Life.  The Truman Show/Ed TV.  The Illusionist/The Prestige.  Prefontaine/Without Limits.  Infamous/Capote.  Madagascar/The Wild.  Dante’s Peak/Volcano. Tombstone/Wyatt Earp. No Strings Attached/Friends With Benefits.  Chasing Liberty/First Daughter.  Paul Blart: Mall Cop/Observe and Report.  Mirror Mirror/Snow White and the Huntsman.

Notice a trend there?  Everyone kinda know that this happens, but it’s not new, and it wont stop.  Hollywood on a regular basis, greenlights two films with pretty much the same plot or very similar plots and then rival studios race to get their film out first and claim to be the better of the two.  No matter how the releases work out, one is typically deemed the box office/critical victor, while the other is the dud.

It’s going to happen again, but this time to Moby Dick.

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Delay Sunday

No podcast today. It will grace your presence Tuesday night. We’ve (I’ve) decided to name these days ‘Delay Sundays.’ Where we’ll be discussing a currently delayed film. This week-

Red Dawn
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Like, Love, Hate- Thor

Just to be clear I loved the casting and performance of Idris Elba. If you have a problem with it, you need to go fuck yourself. Moving on.

Like- The Balance

I thought this movie was going to be awful when seeing the trailers. The humor seemed flat, Asgard looked stiff, and Earth looked like scenes from Just Visiting. I wanted to punch Kat Dennings in the face. To my surprise the film really did a great job grounding Asgard in the opening 20 minutes. It set up the world Thor came from well enough to make some of the ‘man out of time’ jokes fun. The pet store scene still kills me.

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