Blog Posts by Will Perkins

  • 3 female superhero flicks Marvel should be making now

    Thanks to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the Marvel family of superhero movies continues be a force at the box office, wowing both critics and audiences. Part of the reason for all that success is the fact that since 2008’s “Iron Man,” Marvel Studios has been building a big screen world with a shared continuity and characters - the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU. Movies about individual heroes like Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America are all part of it, and paved the way for superhero team-ups like "The Avengers."

    But if the MCU has one shortcoming, it’s the fact that despite a stacked bench of amazing superheroes (both male and female) waiting in the comic book wings, there has yet to be a Marvel movie based around a female character.

    That may change soon, as Marvel’s unofficial “Boys Only” policy is about to be challenged by rival studio Sony, the folks behind the Spider-Man franchise. Sony has thrown down the gauntlet by developing a female-centric superhero movie

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  • Read Tom Hiddleston’s excited email to Joss Whedon after reading ‘The Avengers’ script

    If you asked someone what their favourite parts of “The Avengers” or the “Thor” movies were, there’s a high probability that they’d mention a scene involving the supervillain Loki.

    Played by English actor Tom Hiddleston, the fan favourite is the troubled, troublemaking brother of the demigod Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Hiddleston’s character is scene-stealer in every movie he appears in, and is far and away one of the best elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    It’s unclear at this point what role Loki will have in future MCU movies like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or the still undated “Thor 3.” But for those currently suffering from Loki withdrawal there’s a fantastic letter between Hiddleston and “Avengers’ writer/director Joss Whedon that appeared online this week.

    Joss Whedon and Tom Hiddleston at the premiere of 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Getty Images)Joss Whedon and Tom Hiddleston at the premiere of 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Getty Images)

    Business Insider published the letter, which appears in the forthcoming book "Joss Whedon: The Biography," and it gives Marvel fans some awesome insight into how Hiddleston views the character of Loki:

    Joss,

    I am so

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  • Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty ImagesPhoto by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images
    It's been a busy year for director Kevin Smith.

    When he’s not making movies, like “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” or “Red State,” he’s usually touring with his podcast, complaining about Jennifer Garner, or rightfully bragging that he got to visit the set of “Star Wars Episode VII.”

    The “Clerks” filmmaker is set to be even busier later this year when his new horror-comedy “Tusk” hits theatres. The film, which stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Smith’s “Red State” collaborator Michael Parks, has a pretty disturbing premise. “Tusk” is the story of a popular American podcaster (Long) who is kidnapped by an eccentric recluse (Parks) in rural Manitoba and slowly transformed into a creature resembling a walrus. “Tusk” will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Not only is “Tusk” Smith’s first foray into the horror genre, it’s also the first time one of his films has been set in Canada – but from the

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  • TIFF 2014: Midnight Madness brings horror and more to Toronto

    When most people think of the Toronto International Film Festival, things like celebrities, red carpets and arty films usually spring to mind.

    But what many folks still don’t know is that TIFF - more specifically the festival’s long-running Midnight Madness program - is also home to some of the best genre cinema from around world. From horror and action, to science fiction, westerns, thrillers, and everything in between, the program offers rabid genre fans a gory and terrifying escape from the glitz and glam usually associated with Toronto. Midnight Madness applies the idea of the late-night grindhouse screening to the festival format, giving these genre films an unrivaled international platform.

    The 2014 TIFF Midnight Madness line-up was unveiled on Tuesday morning, and it’s a mix of newcomers, program vets, and genre movie superstars. Here’s a few of the highlights:

    The venerable Spanish horror series “[REC]” returns to the late-night event with the fourth film in the first-person

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  • World War I: The war that movies forgot

    July 28, 2014 marks 100 years since the official start of the First World War.

    One of the bloodiest conflicts in human history, the so-called “Great War” cost the lives of more than 16 million people and wounded or displaced tens of millions of others. Though its effects are still being felt to this day, World War I is a nearly forgotten conflict for many people. Part of the reason for that is how the war has been depicted in the movies, or rather, how it’s not been depicted.

    It's been three years since mainstream audiences last saw World War I depicted in 'War Horse.' (Dreamworks)It's been three years since mainstream audiences last saw World War I depicted in 'War Horse.' (Dreamworks)
    Unlike the Second World War, which has provided the backdrop for countless classic and important films, movies about World War I are few and far between. Recent examples include 2004’s “A Very Long Engagement,” 2006’s “Flyboys,” 2008’s “Passchendaele” and 2011’s “War Horse,” but you’d be hard pressed to name any other notable WWI films made in the past decade.

    There’s a reason for that. Unlike the World War II, which had the somewhat more noble goal of preventing the expansion of genocidal dictatorships, the First

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  • TIFF’s aggressive movie premiere policy will hurt the festival, insiders say

    "12 Years a Slave" screened at TIFF 2013 after debuting at Telluride. (George Pimentel/WireImage)

    Although the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is still more than a month away, the drama surrounding the marquee movie industry event is already heating up.

    With the first batch of TIFF 2014 titles announced earlier this week, industry experts have started weighing in on what the preliminary lineup says about the state of the world’s leading public film fest. Many in the film industry believe that TIFF’s new premiere policy is going to hurt the event this year.

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  • 2014 Toronto International Film Festival: A big year for Canadian filmmakers and Reese Witherspoon

    Reese Witherspoon will come to TIFF 2014 for her films Wild and The Good Lie.Reese Witherspoon will come to TIFF 2014 for her films Wild and The Good Lie.

    The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival announced its first slate of movies on Tuesday morning, and based on the line-up so far, this year’s fest looks like it’s going to be great year for Canadian filmmakers working abroad -- and for actress Reese Witherspoon.

    Toronto’s own David Cronenberg will bring his star-studded new movie “Maps to the Stars” to TIFF 2014 for its North American Premiere. The film, which offers up a scathing take on the U.S. entertainment industry, stars Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, and Sarah Gadon.

    Montreal-native Jason Reitman’s dramedy "Men, Women & Children,” starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner, will also debut during TIFF 2014.

    Quebecois directors Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Philippe Falardeau (“Monsieur Lazhar”) return to TIFF in September, bringing “Wild” and “The Good Lie” (Falardeau’s English-language debut), respectively.

    Both films star Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon, whose performance in

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  • Did 'Sex Tape' fail because of its title? It wouldn't be the first time

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    The promise of a big-screen “Sex Tape” featuring major Hollywood stars apparently wasn’t enough to entice moviegoers this past weekend, as people chosen to spend their money to see other offerings like “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Purge: Anarchy.”

    "Sex Tape," the risqué rom-com starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, ended up in fourth place at the box office, pulling in just $15 million dollars – not even half of what “Apes” made in its second weekend of release.

    So why did “Sex Tape” flop? Well, it was probably the poor reviews, but studio Sony Pictures is blaming something else entirely: the film’s title.

    That’s right, the people responsible for naming the movie “Sex Tape” now think the raunchy title may have actually kept people from seeing it.

    "We made a sweet, funny romantic comedy with stars that we love, but the title is a little confusing to some folks,” Sony exec Rory Bruer told the Hollywood Reporter, adding that the studio hopes “Sex Tape” will perform well

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  • ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ now has more female speaking roles than the entire original trilogy

    "Star Wars Episode VII" now features six women in speaking roles.

    As filming on "Star Wars Episode VII" continues, so too does the casting process. This week, the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel added British actress Christina Chong (“24: Live Another Day”), bringing number of women with speaking roles in the new film to a grand total of six. She joins Oscar winner Lupita Nygong'o, (“12 Years a Slave”), “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie, newcomer Daisy Ridley, Crystal Clarke -- and, of course, Carrie Fisher.

    Now, six actresses may not seem like a lot (especially when compared to the 13 men who’ve been officially cast in “Episode VII”), but it’s important to realize that the number of women with speaking roles in “Episode VII” is now more than the whole original trilogy combined.

    Go ahead: Try to name a female character from the original “Star Wars” trilogy other than Princess Leia. It’s pretty difficult, isn’t it?

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  • Sorry, Toronto: 'Gone Girl' probably won't screen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

    Ben Affleck stars in "Gone Girl." (20th Century Fox)

    “Gone Girl," one of the most anticipated movies of 2014, was expected to be a major player on the festival circuit in advance of its Oct. 3 release date. The film, based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name, stars Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the prime suspect after the mysterious disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike). Many expected it to premiere at the Telluride, Venice, or Toronto film festivals in late August or early September -- but that now looks unlikely.

    According to Variety, “Gone Girl” will open the New York Film Festival (NYFF) on September 28, and a cushy berth essentially rules out any other fest appearances earlier in the month. Sorry, Toronto!

    It’s not the first time that director David Fincher has picked NYFF for his film debuts over other fests on the fall calendar. He and the fest have history! In 2010, many expected “The Social Network” to be also be a major presence on the festival circuit, but the Academy Award-winning film

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