‘Joker’ gets 11, Greta snubbed & other Oscar noms

The Geek was up with the other press this morning to watch the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards which will air February 9 on ABC. What can we tell you, that you don’t know already. The highly divisive Joker, the origin story of the iconic mentally ill Batman villain, led all Oscar nominations with … Continue reading “‘Joker’ gets 11, Greta snubbed & other Oscar noms”

2019 in Review: The Best Films of the Year

The film going experience is such a personal one. Yes, we may attend the next Avengers or Beanpole with someone or someones, but at the end of the day, the films you like may not be the person’s next to you cup of tea. For instance The African American Critics Association chose Jordan Peele’s haunting … Continue reading “2019 in Review: The Best Films of the Year”

Non-spoiler review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Well cinephiles and Jedis, The Rise of Skywalker is no Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 3 or Return of the King. But it’s also nowhere near as bad as Twilight: Breaking Dawn or Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In other words, director J.J. Abrams landed the behemoth 9-film saga, but he didn’t stick it. Like the Millennium … Continue reading “Non-spoiler review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’”

Reel 360’s last-minute gift guide of must-haves

Christmas, Hanukkah and Chrismakkah are literally around the corner. Hanukkah starts Saturday the 21st and we know when St. Nick is trespassing via our chimneys with the perfect gift. To make your last minute holiday gift buying just a l’il bit easier before the oohs and aahs from that creative director or director who’s very … Continue reading “Reel 360’s last-minute gift guide of must-haves”

SAG Awards nominations announced

Nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for  outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris introduced America Ferrera (Superstore, Ugly Betty) and Danai … Continue reading “SAG Awards nominations announced”

Scar Jo kills in first Marvel trailer for ‘Black Widow’

This was an unexpected treat for the holidays. Like getting a Christmas Bonus. Long expected to be attached to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Marvel Studios without warning has released the first teaser trailer for Black Widow! F*ck yeah! I was a bit skeptical when I heard the first film in … Continue reading “Scar Jo kills in first Marvel trailer for ‘Black Widow’”

mcgarrybowen, United go full force for ‘Star Wars’

Brands are now coming out in full force (see what I did there?) for their cross-promotions with the film that could possibly outgross this year’s Avengers: Endgame. Yes, we’re talking Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and United is all in with their tie-“fighter”-in. Last week, we reported on United’s new Star Wars branded Boeing … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen, United go full force for ‘Star Wars’”

‘Frozen II’ thaws Nov. B.O. w/ record $42M Friday

November has not been a kind month to sequels of enormous franchises. Terminator: Dark Fate, went dark fairly quickly. And Elizbeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels went to Hell.  The sequel to The Shining, Dr. Sleep, slept. Pushing Disney films past $3 billion, Frozen II is tracking for a weekend opening of $130M – $140M. According to … Continue reading “‘Frozen II’ thaws Nov. B.O. w/ record $42M Friday”

Disney+ gets a minus w/streamers for error message

After more than four years of planning, teasing and an “unprecedented” marketing campaign from the Walt Disney Company, Disney+ is making its debut Tuesday. Sort of. Multiple outlets report users who were ready to watch everything from Avengers: Endgame to Moana were met with an error message on their screen that reads “unable to connect.” … Continue reading “Disney+ gets a minus w/streamers for error message”

Saban boards Bruce Willis sci-fi ‘Breach’

Saban Films has been busy at the American Film Market. The company announced today that they have acquired North American rights to John Suits’ (Pandemic, The Scribbler) Breach starring Golden Globe Award winner Bruce Willis (Glass, Die Hard franchise). Breach follows a young stowaway (Kearsley) aboard an interstellar ark to New Earth. With the help … Continue reading “Saban boards Bruce Willis sci-fi ‘Breach’”

Marvel Studios confirms ‘Ant-Man 3’ for 2022

Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola can say Marvel Studios is evil and ruining movies all they want. It won’t stop the juggernaut. Or fans salivating for more Marvel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, development is now underway for the second sequel to the hit 2015 film starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. … Continue reading “Marvel Studios confirms ‘Ant-Man 3’ for 2022”

Russo Bros direct Bo Jackson in Nissan’s Heisman House

Hilarious. The 2019 Nissan Heisman House campaign is underway as part of Nissan’s now 14-year sponsorship of the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award and the Heisman Trophy Trust. Now in its ninth year, this season’s Nissan Heisman House campaign, created by TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles, features nine Heisman Trophy winners in a series of TV spots airing … Continue reading “Russo Bros direct Bo Jackson in Nissan’s Heisman House”

Rokkan creates rockin’ Caddy campaign w/ Russos

How does one launch a hot new, crew-ready, 3-row Cadillac XT6 SUV? If you’re New York-based creative agency, Rokkan, you turn to Marvel’s Avengers. In this case, the real heroes of the MCU, director and brother team, The Russo Brothers. Signed by creative branded production company Bullitt for commercials, the power-house directors used their visionary … Continue reading “Rokkan creates rockin’ Caddy campaign w/ Russos”

Marvel Studios announces ‘Phase Four’ slate

What many would call, “The Main Event” of Comic-Con finally happened. Marvel Studios’ head honcho, Kevin Feige, took the stage at massive Hall H, stood before a salivating packed house of fans and announced most of Marvel’s ‘Phase Four’ films. From the crowd’s reaction, Feige did not disappoint. He also had a few bombshells. ‘Phase … Continue reading “Marvel Studios announces ‘Phase Four’ slate”

‘Spidey’ catches audiences in its web for a 2nd weekend

Stuber what? Crawl where? Despite two new minor openings this weekend, audiences decided to stick with Sony and Marvel’s Spider-man: Far From Home and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4. The webslinger continues to swing with a $45.3 million second weekend total, a respectable 51% drop. Globally, the second installment of Tom Holland in the MCU, and … Continue reading “‘Spidey’ catches audiences in its web for a 2nd weekend”

‘Avenger’ Renner trades in arrow for mic in Jeep spots

I did not know Hawkeye could sing. Avengers: Endgame, Mission Impossible and Bourne star, Jeremy Renner, is now not only featured on screen in a new Jeep brand television campaign that but in the audio as well as all three spots use the actor’s music tracks. Thanks to Chicago boutique agency HighDive, I now know … Continue reading “‘Avenger’ Renner trades in arrow for mic in Jeep spots”

‘Spider-man: Far From Home’ sets Tuesday record

Looks like Marvel and, this time Sony, may have another billion dollar baby in their web. Spider-Man: Far From Home officially swung into theaters in North America yesterday, earning $39.25 million at the domestic box office, which Sony says makes it the largest opening on a Tuesday ever. THWAP! The Tuesday gross surpassed the previous … Continue reading “‘Spider-man: Far From Home’ sets Tuesday record”

‘Phoenix’ goes up in flames, ‘Pets’ not much better

Call it “sequel-itis.” Call it mediocre moviemaking. Call it ambivalence because of moving to Disney/Marvel. Whatever the reason, the final film in the 20th Century Fox X-Men (or ‘Fox-Men’) universe ended with a whimper as Dark Phoenix landed at the weekend box office with a resounding THUD. Consider this. Although Dark Phoenix was sold as … Continue reading “‘Phoenix’ goes up in flames, ‘Pets’ not much better”

Even with awful reviews ‘Dark Phoenix’ set to rise at B.O.

Fox’s Dark Phoenix, the last of the 18-year-old X-Men saga, is currently on track to take the top spot at the worldwide box office with a $170 million-plus debut. Roughly 50% of that projection is based on an estimated $120 million overseas debut, mostly coming from China. Tracking indicates the X-Men film will earn $50M-$60M. … Continue reading “Even with awful reviews ‘Dark Phoenix’ set to rise at B.O.”