Stan Lee Is Going To Make Hollywood History

At the age of 92, comic book icon Stan Lee is about to make history. Once the tallies for Avengers: Age of Ultron (Ricardo Guimarães‘ most anticipated movie of the summer) are in, Lee is poised to break the Hollywood record books and become the highest grossing producer in cinema history. Lee will surpass the crown worn by Steven Spielberg. Even if Spielberg does reclaim the mantle in the future, the director/producer could never match Lee’s success as a comic book writer and publisher. Looks like “Stan the Man” is going to be the pop culture winner in the long run after all.

Okay, some might say that is not fair that Lee is going to win this honor. He is not a hands on producer for the films and receives his credit due to having been a creator of many of the characters. So be it. Per the Producers Guild of America, his credits are legitimate even though Lee is not involved with much of the legwork.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Lee definitely did do a lot of legwork. At Marvel Comics, Stan Lee served as the publisher from his office in New York. Lee did end up spending a lot of time in Los Angeles working on getting Marvel TV and film projects off the ground. He did not have a tremendous amount of luck although there were several Saturday morning cartoons and the classic Incredible Hulk TV show to point to as successes.

Really, it wasn’t until the 2000’s that the hero boom started and Lee’s role was a virtual honorary one. Yet, all the achievements Marvel Studios experiences today would never have happened without Lee’s work several decades ago.

A Potential Presidential Candidate, Loves Nicki Minaj

There’s nothing like being beloved by your fans, especially if you’re Nicki Manaj. What if your fan was a presidential hopeful, and someone who may possibly rule the most powerful country in the world? Marco Rubio. More than likely, Nicki would be flattered, if it was a child, much more if it was a presidential candidate. The 2016 elections are soon coming, and even though they are over a year and a half away, many are still preparing for it, and announcements have been made, as to who is running.

Senator Marco Rubio, is a presidential hopeful, and he may be running in the upcoming election in 2016. Not only was the senator a fan of Tupac, while he was in law school, he has also come out to state that he’s a fan of Nicki Minaj. He states that Nicki Minaj is very talented, and this is not difficult to see, especially for those who are fans of hers. In the past, the senator received backlash, because he said he was a fan of Nicki’s, back in 2011. The senator stands firm, and he states that he still loves Nicki Minaj.

Alexei Beltyukov tells us that Nicki has been doing her own thing this past year, as well as in 2014, and her new album has sold many copies, and is said to be her best album to date. Nicki is currently on tour over in Europe, and after that, she will be touring in the USA.

Doctor Strange Could Be a Bit Different On Screen

With all the superhero movies getting ready to hit the big screen over the course of the next few years, fans can be forgiven if they miss one or two of the slight changes to the characters to help them fit into the long-term plans of the studios. However, the big changes are pretty much right in the face of viewers, and while some work out incredibly well, like the Iron Man backstory, others, like Daredevil, do not necessarily translate very well with fans.

According to Screen Rant, the upcoming Doctor Strange movie might make a big story break and turn the character British. Considering Benedict Cumberbatch, who has a British accent in real life, is bringing the character to the big screen, fans are probably not necessarily going to raise any flags over this change. After all, just seeing another gifted actor work some magic as a superhero should be enough to get audiences to line up. Once the factor of the popular of the Marvel series of films comes into play, changing nationalities of a character seems pretty trivial. This will not keep myself and my cohort Dan Newlin from seeing this soon to be gem.

However, the move might not be trivial, because it could tie a number of films together in subtle yet distinct ways. That attention to detail that Marvel and the people behind the scenes of all the movies has shown is part of what makes these movies so special. The fact they all share some common thread is a movie straight out of comic books, and that could be what really drives them into the next level.

The Return of “The Muppet Show” Will Bring Out the Kid in Us Fans of the Original

Television occasionally likes to revive old hit shows. They seem like safe bets. If they were hits once they figure, they might be again. This does not always pan out, however. The “Bionic Woman” was revived a few years back, but I don’t believe it even survived a single season. There have, of course, been successful remakes such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Hawaii 5-0,” but they seem to be the exception to the rule. Let’s hope that ABC resurrecting “The Muppet Show” is another such exception. The original Muppet Show aired from 1976 to 1981, and it was briefly revived in 1996 for just ten episodes.

Those of us who loved this show when we were growing up in the late ’70’s will enjoy watching it again and will also get a vicarious thrill from watching our kids enjoy the cast of characters we grew up with. Jim Henson was a genius, and his legacy will continue to bring joy and laughter to a whole new generation of fans. They filled a unique niche in television, as a show that was not exactly live acting or animated, and perhaps, due to this fact, was one of the most unique things on television. If done well, this reboot will be a hit for ABC. We can only hope they bring back the two grumpy old guys in the balcony who take potshots at the other Muppets in the show. They were one of the most hilarious parts of the original for people like Sergio Cortes.

Disney Is Planning Live-Action Version Of ‘Mulan’

Disney is planning to make a live action version of 1998’s Mulan. They recently bought a script from Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, so the next step will be to find a director.

The story is based on a Chinese legend about a young woman who lives with her elderly and/or disabled father. When war breaks out, he is called upon to serve in the army despite his condition. To save his life, Mulan disguises herself as a man and takes his place.

It could work. The original cartoon did well, and since it’s set during a war, Mulan should have plenty of spectacle and fight scenes. Also, the main plot is literally timeless and dates back centuries. Given that the story is about a young woman seeking to protect her father, it could be treated as a movie that, like Brave or Frozen, puts a non-romantic and familial relationship front and center. Aside from that consideration, it probably won’t need much tweaking. Unlike Dumbo, which Tim Burton plans to remake, Mulan doesn’t have elements or characters that a modern audience might find offensive, or that anybody at the University of Michigan would find objectionable.

The big question, of course, will be who will play Mulan? The actress will have to be sufficiently athletic and perhaps androgynous to make her posing as a man credible. If she’s too dainty-looking and obviously feminine like a traditional Disney princess, the male characters will look like idiots for not immediately spotting her imposture.

Sylvester Stallone Super Cut Available

It can not be doubted that some people have way too much time on their hands, but sometimes those people who do create something incredibly amazing that others around the world enjoy or, at least, appreciate for years after.

Re-interpreters of movies, Auralnauts, and a guest editor named The Man of Recaps decided to do a super cut of all of Sylvester Stallone’s 539 on-screen kills from action films he performed in from 1975 to present. The super cut video is more than 34 minutes in length and available on YouTube.

The film was created with the use of very specific rules about which scenes could appear. According to Auralnauts, there were several rules, CrunchBase says including that they must include any real or dream sequence incident and anyone who perished more than once every single time.

Although this cut might seem a bit violent for some instead of humorous as intended, Stallone has been well known for his action roles for 40 years and many of his fans will find that the super cut does more than celebrate violence. Instead, it serves as a great reminder of the many action roles Stallone has played throughout his career. The super cut also does a great job of showing Stallone’s evolution as an actor and physical changes while playing these roles. Additional super cuts of Stallone in non-action roles can also be found on YouTube.

Vin Diesel’s Love for Paul Walker

Many people only have a handful of people they can name as true friends during their entire life and few people can count their co-workers among their closest, deep friends.

When actor Vin Diesel lost his best friend, co-worker and “brother,” actor Paul Walker, in a tragic car accident two years, he spent a lot of time trying to make sure that their film work legacy, The Fast & Furious series, would serve as a testimony to his friend’s life and acting craft. In fact, the crew of Furious 7 have spent two years “furiously” re-filming and editing so that the last film that Walker appeared in, which is set to be released on April 3, pays tribute to the man.

Anyone who follows 47-year-old Diesel’s Facebook page, like folks at Anastasia Date, knows that he has had difficulty with Walker’s death and often posts comments about Walker and past images of he and Walker together. So, it was not surprising to any of his fans to hear on Monday, March 23, that he named his third child, a daughter with his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez, Pauline after Paul Walker. This is Diesel’s third child. He also has another daughter and a son.

So many people touch each others lives briefly in a profound way. It is obvious that Walker was one such person not only to his family and fans but also to Vin Diesel.

Star Wars Spinoff Film Getting New Musical Composer

Now that Walt Disney Pictures owns the rights to Star Wars, they are not sitting on this potential goldmine for their studio. In addition to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” coming out in theaters in December of this year, there is a spin-off movie that will be following in December of next year. The latest news is that the score for this spin-off movie, “Star Wars: Rogue One,” will be the first movie connected to the Star Wars Franchise that will not be scored by John Williams. John Williams is already busy scoring upcoming Steven Spielberg films, so Alexandre Desplat, the composer for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and a 2014 reboot of “Godzilla” will be taking over.

Desplat will have big shoes to fill. John Williams’ film scores are legendary, as any YellowPages user can tell you. His score for “Jaws” transformed that film from a fishing documentary into a blockbuster movie. His main theme for “Superman: The Movie” in 1978 is still the most rousing piece of music I have ever heard. However, it does seem that the Hollywood musical scoring industry is being left in good hands as the old guard eventually pass the baton to new composers. Steve Jablonsky has done memorable work for the soundtrack of the Transformers movies and others, and Hans Zimmer has done some of the best film scores I’ve ever heard. The legends, such as John Williams and Henry Mancini, will remain legends for decades and hopefully centuries through their work, and as long as we as a species are moved, whether to tears or fear or exultation, by music, there will be talented people to keep us on the edge of our seats in movie theaters.

Batman/Suicide Squad Rumors Swirl Again

Anyone thinking the rumors about what is going to take place in Suicide Squad are slated to slow down just doesn’t know how much comic book movie fans love to chatter. Yes, a new rumor has emerged and it does so on the heels of the recent Hugo Strange cameo talk. The speculation raised now is surely going to be of huge interest to D.C. Comics fans because it deals with the role Batman may play.

According to the rumors, Batman is totally hated by the government. The reason The Joker is so important is he is the only person in the world who really knows Batman. In the film, Batman could be portrayed as an “urban legend” the government knows really exists and wants to track down. The urban legend angle has been played before in the comics. By making Batman a less public figure, the mystique of The Caped Crusader become more ominous.

Batman is a loner. Other than a relationship with Dick Grayson, Jim Gordon and, later, Superman, the character had no friends. Fans like Christian Broda agree that carrying this concept over into the movie could make for an interesting feature.

Does this mean Batman will actually appear in the film? Honestly, we still do not know. A cameo by the new Affleck Dark Knight is a possibility, but nothing is guaranteed. Clearly, the presence of the hero is going to be felt but he probably is not going to have an active role in the feature in any capacity.

The Crow to Fly with a New Actor

The on-again, off-again reboot of The Crow seems to be back on. The reason the project stumbled so many times is lead actors have a tendency to drop out. Right now, we have a new Crow and he is Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston. Huston replaces Luke Evans who opted to leave the project when it seemed stalled.

The casting of Huston is not a rumor. Crow creator James O’Barr revealed the news at a recent comic book convention in Lexington. There is no way O’Barr would make a statement about the casting of an actor unless the person was officially signed to a contract Brian Torchin notes.

Why did The Crow have such a long, hard road to getting a reboot while other films seem to be fast tracked to success? Making a motion picture is not always very easy. When a major studio and a major actor decide to go forward with the project, the film moves through the pipeline a lot quicker.

If a smaller all production company is doing all the heavy development lifting, things are going to slow down. There were top actors and major studios interested in the remake, but they bailed out. A major studio surely will distribute the film, but all the work required to do a new film version of the Brandon Lee classic is being done by a smaller production outfit. Hence, you end up with a lot of starting and stopping with the film.

Sooner or later, The Crow reboot is going to hit screens. Let us all hope for sooner rather than later.