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Robert Downey Jr. Welcomes Martin Scorsese's Controversial Marvel Comments

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Robert Downey Jr. Welcomes Martin Scorsese's Controversial Marvel Comments
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has come under fire recently for his negative comments about Marvel movies, and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. has offered his response. Despite his status as one of history's most notable filmmakers, Scorsese had made Marvel fans irate when he boldly claimed he didn't watch the movies as they are "not cinema."

Speaking with Howard Stern, Downey has since responded to the comments, and while he clearly doesn't agree with Martin Scorsese, he takes the diplomatic approach and says he appreciates the difference of opinion. Here's what Downey had to say on Stern's radio show about Marvel and their place in cinematic history.

"It's his opinion. I mean, well, it plays in theaters. I appreciate his opinion, because it's like anything, we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on."

Feeling Downey is being too kind, Howard Stern presses him on the issue.
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Marvel's Infinity Saga Blu-Ray Box Set Art Unveiled

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The official artwork of the Infinity Saga has been revealed. Best Buy may have jumped the gun by announcing the release date and other information last week. The box includes all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies released thus far (23 in total) and the epilogue Spider-Man: Far From Home. The Infinity Saga Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray box set is currently up for pre-order now, but you may take pause when looking at the $549.99 price tag.

Matt Ferguson is the artist behind The Infinity Saga Collector's Edition cover art. Ferguson previously did some artwork for Avengers: Endgame, including the recently released panoramic print. He has also done work for Lucasfilm on Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic Park, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and a lot more. His distinctive work was a wise choice by Marvel Studios. Ferguson had this to say about the design.

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Joker Actor Is Now Part Of Three Different Comic Book Movie Universes

Joker features a number of familiar faces in either small supporting roles or cameos and one of the most notable is Brian Tyree Henry, who turns up as an administrative clerk at Arkham State Hospital. It’s not a huge part or anything, but the Atlanta star’s appearance in the Joaquin Phoenix-starring film means that he’s now involved with three different comic book movie universes.

Henry voiced Jefferson Davis, father to Miles Morales, in last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from Sony and this past summer, he was revealed to be part of the ensemble cast for Marvel’s The Eternals, playing Phastos. His role in Joker isn’t as significant as these two characters but nonetheless, he’s achieved a rare feat.

A lot of actors have shown up in both Marvel and DC movies, but few have managed to tick off a trio of superhero universes.
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Screen Awards 2019 nominations unveiled

Screen Awards 2019 nominations unveiled
Picturehouse, Curzon and ‘The Souvenir’ lead the nominations.

The shortlist for the 2019 Screen Awards has been announced, with Picturehouse leading the way with 13 nominations each. Curzon follows closely with 11 nominations.

The most nominated release is Curzon’s The Souvenir with five nods.

The awards recognise excellence in UK film distribution, exhibition, marketing, publicity and brand partnerships.

The shortlist will now be debated by an independent jury of industry experts, who select the final winners. The judges are listed here.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 28 at The Ballroom Southbank in London.

For more information, visit the Screen Awards website.
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Martin Scorsese Compares Marvel Movies to Theme Parks: ‘That’s Not Cinema’

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Martin Scorsese Compares Marvel Movies to Theme Parks: ‘That’s Not Cinema’
In an interview with Empire magazine, Martin Scorsese gave the Marvel Cinematic Universe the cold shoulder, comparing the billion-dollar franchise to theme parks.

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese told Empire magazine. “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

His comments on superhero movies incited responses from other filmmakers like James Gunn and Joss Whedon, as well as some comic-book personalities. Whedon, a frequent collaborator in the McU, responded to Scorsese’s comments by highlighting the work of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director Gunn.

Gunn also spoke out on Twitter, saying, “I was outraged when people picketed ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ without having seen the film.
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Marvel Finally Reveals How Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense Actually Works

For years, Spider-Man‘s spider-sense has just been accepted as a symptom of his radioactive spider bite. Now, however, the new comic book Spider-Verse #1 explains for the first time what this mysterious power actually is and why it’s so important.

The story begins with Miles Morales being whisked away by a strange entity calling itself Spider-Zero. Before he gets pulled through a revolving door of parallel universes, the protagonist realizes that his spider-sense is how his mysterious tour guide has been communicating with him all this time. Spider-Zero goes on to explain that the Web of Life and Destiny binds all the versions of Spider-Man together. The spider-sense itself is what’s called an “arachnofrequency” that actually ends up being unique to every version of the superhero.

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Birds of Prey gets a Friends-themed poster and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse composer

Following the first trailer for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Warner Bros. has released a new banner for the DC movie featuring Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), Black Canary (Jurnee Smolett-Bell), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), which pays homage to the […]

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Cool Stuff: Mark Englert’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Prints Watch Over NYC

Cool Stuff: Mark Englert’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Prints Watch Over NYC
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse blew us away last year. From the fun dimension-hopping story to the stunning comic book-inspired visuals, the movie was outstanding from top to bottom. Now that some time has gone by, pop culture artists are really digging into the movie to deliver their own artwork inspired by Miles Morales and all […]

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Josh Greenstein and Sanford Panitch to Share Sony Motion Picture Group President Title

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Josh Greenstein and Sanford Panitch have each been named to the new shared position of President Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Sony Motion Pictures Group Chairman Tom Rothman announced Thursday.

The duo will assume a senior role that has been vacant since Doug Belgrad left the studio in 2016. Greenstein and Panitch’s responsibilities and reporting lines remain unchanged. Greenstein’s previous title was Sony Pictures President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution and Panitch previously served as president of Columbia Pictures.

In addition, Rothman noted the recent promotions of Kristine Belson to president of Sony Pictures Animation, Features and Series and Spring Aspers to president of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Music.

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Spring Aspers Promoted to President of Music for Sony Pictures

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Spring Aspers has been promoted to President of Music for Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, where she has worked for the last decade. She’ll be tasked with overseeing creative, licensing and publishing, production, and promotion of all Sony Pictures-related music endeavors.

Aspers is credited with assembling all-star collaborations for the Oscar-winning animated film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” including the song “Sunflower” by Swae Lee and Post Malone, which has been certified at over 8 times platinum with more than 2 billion streams. For the forthcoming movie “Charlie’s Angels,” Aspers has teamed with Ariana Grande to executive produce the soundtrack and first single, “Don’t Call Me Angel,” with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey. Also coming up for Aspers is Epic Records’ “Bad Boys for Life” soundtrack.

Said Sanford Panitch, President of Columbia Pictures: “Spring is simply an irrepressible power source. Sitting atop a large platform that includes overseeing composers,
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Halloween Canceled at Chicago School, Parents and Children Are Not Happy

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Halloween Canceled at Chicago School, Parents and Children Are Not Happy
Students of Lincoln Elementary in Chicago won't be celebrating Halloween at school this year. Students reportedly cried when the announcement was made and parents feel frustrated over the decision. However, Lincoln isn't the only school in the district to make the decision and families are not happy about the Halloween ban. Parents seem to be the most upset over the fact that they were left out of the decision-making and there was a lack of clarity as to why the decision was made. Additionally, parents want to know how the school is planning to move forward.

Michelle Cooney, Lincoln's school principal, was the one to make the decision for her school. When it comes down to it, it seems to have been done out of respect to the families who don't celebrate Halloween. Cooney had this to say about her decision to ban Halloween this year at Lincoln Elementary.

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Kristine Belson expands remit at Sony Pictures Animation

Kristine Belson expands remit at Sony Pictures Animation
Executive shepherded Oscar-winner Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson, under whose watch the latest entry in the Hotel Transylvania franchise attained record international and global box office results, has renewed her contract and expanded her role to include producing animated series for television and streaming platforms.

In her new role as president, Sony Pictures Animation, features and series, Belson will continue to report to Sony Pictures Entertainment motion picture group chairman Tom Rothman.

For television projects, she will liaise with Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins and work with Sony Pictures Television Studios co-presidents Chris Parnell
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Sony Pictures Animation Head Kristine Belson Renews Contract, Will Oversee Streaming and TV Animation

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Sony Pictures Animation President Kristine Belson has renewed her contract to continue running the Oscar-winning film division, the studio announced on Wednesday.

In addition to re-upping her deal, Belson will also expand her responsibilities to include producing animated series for TV and streaming. Belson’s new title is president of Sony Pictures Animation, Features and Series. She will continue to report to Sony’s motion picture group chairman Tom Rothman.

On the television side, Belson will liaise with Sony Pictures TV Chairman Mike Hopkins and work with Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, co-presidents of Sony Pictures TV Studios, on some projects.

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“For the last few years, Sony Pictures Animation has thrived under Kristine’s expert leadership,” Rothman said. “Under her watch, we’ve seen ‘Hotel Transylvania’ grow to a $1.3 billion franchise and the team win their first-ever Oscar for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
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Sony Animation President Kristine Belson Inks New Deal, Expands Role To Series

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Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson has renewed her contract, a deal the studio said Wednesday will expand her scope to include producing series for TV and streaming. Her new title is President, Sony Pictures Animation, Features and Series.

She will continue to report to Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman, while now also working with the studio’s TV auspices.

During her tenure, Belson, who was hired by Sony from DreamWorks Animation in 2015, has shepherded Sony’s Hotel Transylvania franchise as well as the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

At Dwa, she was an executive producer on How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods.

Variety broke the news first today.
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Sony Animation President Kristine Belson Renews Deal, Expands Duties to Streaming and TV (Exclusive)

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Newly-minted Oscar winner Kristine Belson has signed a new deal to remain president of Sony Pictures Animation, and will expand her purview to television.

Belson, who reports to Sony motion picture group chairman Tom Rothman, has been on the Culver City lot since 2015, and is largely credited with reviving the division thanks to hits like the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise and the recent, genre-bending “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

In her expanded role, Belson will tackle series projects for TV and streaming partners. She will liaise with Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins and work with Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television Studios. Her new title will read as president, Sony Pictures Animation, features and series.

“For the last few years, Sony Pictures Animation has thrived under Kristine’s expert leadership,” Rothman tells Variety. “Under her watch, we’ve seen ‘Hotel Transylvania” grow to a $1.3 billion franchise and
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Animated Spider-Man Show Starring Tom Holland Reportedly In Development

Now that Spider-Man is back in the McU, Marvel wants to get as much out of the character as they can. Though the current deal in place says that the studio can only put him in two movies (that includes Spider-Man 3), president Kevin Feige may have found a way around this.

It’s being rumored that executives want Tom Holland to lead an animated series surrounding the web-head for the upcoming Disney Plus streaming streaming service. Sony only owns the film rights to the superhero, which means that Marvel can theoretically create a television show surrounding Peter Parker without violating the terms of the agreement.

A potential roadblock, however, might be Holland’s contract. Right now, it’s unknown if his deal would allow him to voice the character without permission from Sony. If it does, though, an animated series might just materialize.

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Sony Hopes To Have Live-Action Miles Morales In The Sumc Very Soon

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduced Miles Morales to cinema-going audiences for the first time, opening up the second Spider-Man to a whole new fanbase. Given the animated movie’s success, it’s no wonder there’s now a greater call to see Miles appear in live-action in the near future, and it seems Sony themselves are fully behind the idea, with the studio hoping to bring him into their own Marvel universe as soon as possible.

We Got This Covered has been informed by our sources – the same ones who told us Moon Knight and Black Knight were coming to the McU – that getting Miles into live-action is a priority at Sony now that their renewed partnership with Disney is keeping Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sources say they’re planning a series of movies starring the character and the first film, specifically, will involve Peter mentoring the younger web-slinger.
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Sony’s Spider-Man Producer Breaks The Silence On New Deal

It’s been a stressful few weeks for the Marvel fandom, as news of a falling out between Sony and Disney left the future of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in a state of uncertainty, but it looks like the two sides have managed to come to an agreement, clearing the way for Spider-Man 3 to arrive in cinemas just under two years from now.

Naturally, a lot of fans, actors and industry bosses have had plenty to say on the matter, and producer Amy Pascal – whose credits include both of Peter Parker’s solo McU adventures, as well as last year’s Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – was no exception. In a recent statement, the former chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s motion picture group expressed her delight that the feud with Disney has finally been resolved:

“This is terrific. Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in
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Universal Buys Romantic Comedy Pitch From Hallie Meyers-Shyer; Amy Pascal To Produce

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has acquired a pitch for an untitled romantic comedy from Home Again filmmaker Hallie Meyers-Shyer, for which she’ll write and direct.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but we hear that the project will be a modern spin on the romantic comedy genre. Amy Pascal will produce through her Universal-based Pascal Pictures banner.

Meyers-Shyer made her screenwriting and directorial debut with the Reese Witherspoon 2017 comedy Home Again. She is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P.

Universal Svp of Production Sara Scott and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.

Pascal had a great day today with news breaking that Sony and Disney/Marvel hammered out a co-finance agreement for a third Spider-Man: Homecoming movie which she will produce through her Pascal Pictures with Marvel boss Kevin Feige. Together, Spider-Man: Homecoming
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Sony, Disney bury hatchet to team up on third film in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' series

Deal calls for Spider-Man to appear in future Marvel Studios film.

After splitting up as Spider-Man franchise partners over the summer, Sony Pictures and The Walt Disney Studios appear to have made peace again and said on Friday (27) they will team up on a third stand-alone film in the Homecoming series starring Tom Holland.

On the previous two Spider-Man films, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the studios co-financed the films and Disney received 5% of first dollar gross and kept merchandising rights. The arrangement fell apart when it is understood Disney pushed for a 50-50 co-finance arrangement.

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