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10 Potential Blockbusters Killed by the Internet

Paramount’s upcoming film adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel World War Z was already smelling like a stinker — the $125 million production was originally slated for release this Christmas, only to be pushed back until next summer to accommodate an additional seven weeks of shooting and a third act rewrite by Damon Lindelof (because that’s what that guy’s best at, wrapping things up). That rewrite was eventually done not by Lindelof but by Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard, and with the reshoots complete, the studio released its first trailer for the film last week. And the Internet went apeshit.

Responses on Twitter and film blogs were swift, damning, and nearly universal. The crux of them was that, simply, the film being advertised appeared to bear little to no resemblance whatsoever to the book it was ostensibly based on. “It’s not always wise to judge a movie by its trailer,” writes Film School Rejects’ Robert Fure, “but from our first look it seems Hollywood has screwed the pooch in the most Hollywood way imaginable.” The book’s multi-narrative structure and elements of social commentary are, it seems, gone; the film’s story of a single protagonist taking on an army of fast-moving zombies looks less like World War Z than I Am Legend.

We’ll have to wait until next June to find out if this controversial trailer reflects the entirety of the film — and if the already poison buzz surrounding World War Z will crash its box office chances. But what has become clear over the past two decades is that the explosion of online film culture can hurt a film’s build-up as much as it can help it; though movie geek sites, Twitter, and even Wikipedia can help amass an audience, they can also keep one away. After the jump, we’ll take a look at ten movies that the Internet may well have smothered in their sleep. … Read More

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Who Played It Better: Comic Book Movie Edition

The Amazing Spider-Man, the inexplicable remake of a 10-year-old movie (don’t get us started on this) is out today, prompting another edition of one of our favorite parlor games: Who Played It Better? The rampant rebooting and reimagining of comic book-based superhero movies makes them particularly susceptible to the whims of recasting so we’ve picked eight of our favorite comic book characters that have been played by multiple actors on film (to keep it simple, we’re sticking with feature films), and have made carefully considered judgment calls on who did them best. Check out our picks after the jump, and air your grievances in the comments. … Read More

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Pop Heroes and Villains Transformed in Vintage Family Photos

Blog thaeger tipped us off to the Marvellini brothers — artists in Milan who have been creating their own geeky origin story by transforming pop heroes and villains with the help of vintage family photos. If you’ve ever wondered what Darth Vader’s great aunt looked like, the answer is within the brothers’ clever, seamless collages. Ornate, antique frames complete the picture. The old-timey costuming in each image, combined with the iconic costumes and masks of superheroes and pop baddies, elevates what could have been a quickie cut and paste job into something pretty fashion-savvy and fun. Check them out past the break. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wished that we’d find a baby seal parked on our couch. We wanted most of the outfits that we spotted in the Fug Girls’ roundup of the year’s most stylish celebrities over on The Cut. We found this image of Matt Damon in an ugly… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Perhaps in an effort to top last year’s strange decision to let James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-host the show, Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour series and X-Men: The Last Stand) has been chosen to co-produce this year’s Academy Awards. “This wasn’t even in my dreams, it’s so far out,” he said. “This is… Read More

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Super-Females in Film: A Brief History

Everyone we know is currently preoccupied with superheroes. And with the onslaught of comic book based films currently being developed and released (Iron Man 2, Thor, The Green Hornet, The Avengers, Silver Surfer), we don’t blame them. While we agree that superhero films are fun, they tend to exalt the male as hero, while the female counterparts are typically campy sidekicks, love interests, or have no powers aside from their oh-so-charming feminine wiles.

However, with this weekend’s release of Kick-Ass, we think things will be changing because of underage badass Hit-Girl (played by Chloe Moretz). Thanks to a red band trailer and Roger Ebert’s moral objection, the character is already the major draw to the film due to her intense potty mouth, seriously sassy attitude, and impressive gun slinging/knife throwing skills. But this diminutive super-heroine isn’t the first female to impress us with her film-stealing abilities. … Read More

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