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19 ambitious movies that didn't go to plan

Andrew Blair Jan 30, 2017

Sometimes, the best of intentions don't always lead to the best movie. Here are 19 films where everything didn't quite go to plan...

As Alan Parker said ‘no one sets out to make a bad film’. Yet in spite of good intentions, sometimes a project doesn't quite go to plan. We're going to look at a bunch of movies here that aren't always well liked, and give a flavour of the problems the beset them.

So, in no particular order, here are twenty of the films that have ever been made, which are considered by at least one sentient being to be bad. That's not the interesting thing about them....

Robin Hood (2010)

Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris had written a spec script with a twist on the Robin Hood legend: the Sheriff of Nottingham was the hero, a sort of medieval forensic investigator, and Robin was the bad guy.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Writer Jason Fuchs Boards Comic Book Adaptation ‘Lobo’

‘Wonder Woman’ Writer Jason Fuchs Boards Comic Book Adaptation ‘Lobo’
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have hired “Wonder Woman” writer Jason Fuchs to adapt their long-in-development action-fantasy film “Lobo.”

Lobo originated in 1983 as an alien character working as a mercenary and bounty hunter in “Omega Men,” written by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen. During the 1990s, a version of Lobo appeared as a parody of the Marvel superhero Wolverine. In both incarnations, the character enjoyed mindless violence and intoxication.

San Andreas” director Brad Peyton is attached to direct “Lobo” with Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing.

Warner Bros. has been developing “Lobo” since 2009, when it hired Guy Ritchie to direct from a script by the late Don Payne in which the title character would have been a blue-skinned antihero who drives a motorcycle and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives.

Fuchs is writing “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot, for director Patty Jenkins. The superhero film will debut on
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DC's 'Lobo' Movie Brings in 'Wonder Woman' Writer

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DC's 'Lobo' Movie Brings in 'Wonder Woman' Writer
Long before Warner Bros. set up their DC Comics Extended Universe, which will start to fully take shape with next week's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studio was developing Lobo, which had many filmmakers come and go but never seemed to get off the ground. Today we have word from The Wrap that the project is back in the works again, with the studio hiring Wonder Woman screenwriter Jason Fuchs to write the script. This report claims that the writer will start over completely from scratch on the project.

We first reported on Lobo back in 2009, when Guy Ritchie signed on to direct. He ended up leaving the project in 2010, to make Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. After the failures of comic book adaptations such as The Losers and especially Jonah Hex, Lobo was considered a dead project, but in 2012, Brad Peyton came aboard to direct, working
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Lobo Movie Still On At WB; Wonder Woman Writer Jason Fuchs Will Pen The Script

According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. has hired Wonder Woman scribe Jason Fuchs to work on the script for their long-gestating Lobo movie. The last word we had on this one was back in 2012 when San Andreas director Brad Peyton signed on to helm the picture, but because there had been no news since then most of us assumed it was destined to remain in development hell. Could the success of a certain R-rated X-Men spinoff be responsible for Lobo's revival? I'd say it's a safe enough bet. Though Don Payne had written a script previously, apparently "Fuchs will start from scratch with his own take on Lobo". What do you guys think of this news? Sound off below ya fraggin' bastiches.
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11 late-period 'Simpsons' episodes you should watch this week

11 late-period 'Simpsons' episodes you should watch this week
When the “Every Simpsons Ever” mega-marathon of The Simpsons began last Thursday on Fxx, it renewed interest in a show that will go down as one of the all-time greats—but has nevertheless been struggling commercially and creatively for awhile at this point. The show’s unimpeachable heyday in the ’90s is rightfully heralded, and as the marathon got going, it was those episodes that created the most excitement. Sure, they’ve been out on DVD for some time, but rebroadcasting them in order emphasized how great the show was at its peak.

Precisely when The Simpsons began to descend
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Everthing Wrong With Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

Catch a wave of "terrific adventure" and "non-stop action" in this fun and fantastically entertaining smash-hit! "Invisible Woman: Sue Storm and "Mr. Fantastic" Dr. Reed Richards are about to be married when a mysterious alien... the Silver Surfer... crashes the proceedings and heralds Earth's impending destruction. With time running out, the Fantastic Four reluctantly teams up with the nefarious Dr. Doom in a thrilling effort to save our planet! Fantastic Four: Rise Of Silver Surfer was directed by Tim Story, based on a screenplay by Don Payne and Mark Frost. The cast included: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington. With a budget of $130 million, the film pulled in $289 million at the worldwide box office.
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Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray Review Plus Cast Interview Bites

Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray Review

The second installment of the Thor saga has plenty of action, but misses the mark to a certain extent when it comes to the wide array of facets it hopes to infuse into the story. The dedication to, and belief in, the depth and breadth of the various arcs in the story are solidified in the bonus features of the home release, and while the exposition makes for elaborate and detailed featurettes, they probably serve as too clear a sign of what went wrong with the production.

Thor: The Dark World kicks off with a rather clunky piece of development that leaves Thor explaining the events of The Avengers, his time back on Earth, and subsequent lack of phone call to Jane. Of course, the film also needs a villain to come and destroy a good chunk of the map and/or threaten to do same,
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Marvel Senior VP Craig Kyle to Co-Write Third 'Thor' Film With Christopher Yost

Marvel Senior VP Craig Kyle to Co-Write Third 'Thor' Film With Christopher Yost
Marvel Studios senior vp of production and development Craig Kyle is making a major transition in his career, and his first project will be a high-profile one. Kyle will co-write the screenplay for the third installment of Marvel's Thor with frequent collaborator Christopher Yost. With this project, Kyle will make a complete career transition to a full-time screenwriter. Yost most recently co-wrote the screenplay for Thor: The Dark Work with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat. Story: From 'Thor' to 'Captain America': Why Marvel Developed a Standard Production

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Marvel Taps Senior Exec Craig Kyle To Co-Script Third ‘Thor’

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Marvel Taps Senior Exec Craig Kyle To Co-Script Third ‘Thor’
Marvel Studios has proven to be worth Disney’s $4 billion acquisition by tapping its library for film franchises. Now, the company has found the writer of its third installment of Thor by looking inward. Craig Kyle, senior vice president of Production and Development for Marvel, has gotten the job of co-writing with Christopher Yost. It’s a good way to start his foray into full-time screenwriting, and he has been signed by CAA. Yost cowrote Thor: The Dark World with Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat. That picture became Marvel’s highest grossing film behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Kevin Feige is producing. Kyle was exec producer of Thor: The Dark World and has worked in exec capacities at Marvel since 2001. Yost is repped by Verve and Industry. “I am proud of Craig and have enjoyed working with him over these past years,
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Marvel Hires One of Its Own Executives to Co-Write ‘Thor 3′

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Marvel Studios has hired one of its own executives to co-write “Thor 3,” as former Svp of production and development Craig Kyle will pen the screenplay with longtime friend and frequent collaborator Christopher Yost, the company announced Wednesday. Yost most recently co-wrote the screenplay for “Thor: The Dark World” with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat. ”Thor: The Dark World” is the third-highest grossing Marvel Studios film behind “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3.” Kyle has left his job as a Marvel executive to embark on a career as a full-time screenwriter. He recently signed with.
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Marvel's Thor 3 Moving Forward with Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost Scripting

On the heels of yesterday's news about Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Anthony and Joe Russo signing on for Captain America 3 comes word on another Marvel Studios sequel. Marvel announced today that Senior Vice President of Production and Development Craig Kyle will script Thor 3 alongside the returning Christopher Yost (who, with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely scripted Thor: The Dark World from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat). "I am proud of Craig and have enjoyed working with him over these past years," President of Production Kevin Feige said in a prepared statement. "His creative instincts have helped shape 'Thor' and 'Thor: The Dark World' at every level of the filmmaking process. The entire team at Marvel is very happy to...
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‘WikiLeaks’ Documentary Filmmaker Alex Gibney Honored by Writers Guild

Alex Gibney has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award for his screenplay for the documentary film “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.”

It is the first time in Writers Guild Awards history that a documentary has received the Selvin Award. The honor will be presented on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott in Los Angeles.

The award is named after the late WGA counsel and given to a WGA member whose script best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties.

Alex Gibney is one of the foremost documentary filmmakers of this generation,” said WGA West president Christopher Keyser. “His work has been a filmic conscience for our times. In ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,’ Mr. Gibney tackles issues arising out of us living, increasingly, in a surveillance state – from the public’s right to know and the press’ right to publish,
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Thor: The Dark World Comes to DVD on February 25

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Synopsis: Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Cast: Chris Hemsworth (Marvel’s Thor, Marvel’s The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman) as Thor, Natalie Portman (Marvel’s Thor, Black Swan, Star Wars Episodes I-iii) as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s Thor, Marvel’s The Avengers,
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'Simpsons': See the touching stealth Marcia Wallace tribute

'Simpsons': See the touching stealth Marcia Wallace tribute
The Simpsons gave a touching, albeit super-quick, tribute to late co-star Marcia Wallace in Sunday’s episode. An opening credits sequence showing Springfield-as-winter-wonderland featured a brief flash of Wallace’s beloved character, Bart’s teacher Edna Krabappel, with angel wings. She’s joined in the shot by a likeness of Simpsons writer Don Payne, who also died recently. “e wanted to do a tribute to two terrific people, Marcia and Don,” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told E! News. “The episode was sadly, Don’s last.”

The Simpsons previously honored Wallace, who died at the age of 70 in October, in
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The Heartwarming Simpsons Tribute You Missed

The Heartwarming Simpsons Tribute You Missed
Chances are you missed a heartwarming Simpsons tribute from the Sunday, Dec. 15 episode of the hit Fox animated comedy. In the opening couch gag titled "White Christmas Blues," The Simpsons not only paid tribute to Seinfeld and the grand tradition of Festivus, but it also had a nice little moment for Mrs. Krabappel, Bart's teacher played by the late Marcia Wallace. In the blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene, Mrs. Krabappel is featured as angel with her signature no nonsense arm-crossed stance next to late Simpsons writer Don Payne. "[W]e wanted to do a tribute to two terrific people, Marcia and Don," Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told E! News in a statement. "The episode was sadly,...
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'The Simpsons' Christmas couch gag has Mrs. Krabappel as an angel

"The Simpsons" is covering all of its holiday bases with the next couch gag, which will air before Sunday's (Dec. 15) episode, "White Christmas Blues." The entire opening has been redone with a Christmas theme, though there are shout outs to pretty much every December holiday on the calendar, including Festivus.

There's also a nice tribute to those in the "Simpsons" family who died in 2013, star Marcia Wallace (Mrs. Krabappel) and writer Don Payne. They both appear as angels, among the citizens of Springfield. It's the second tribute to Wallace, after Bart wrote a single "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K." on the chalkboard during the Nov. 3 episode.

"The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. Et on Fox.
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Thor (2011) : Alternate Weapon & Armor Designs For The Frost Giants Of Jotunheim

Concept Art by David Woodland >"Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor", which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth." Thor - was directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne. The film stars: Chris Hemsworth,
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Thor Should be Rebaptized? 3D Sequel to Have Solid, But Hardly Outstanding Opening Weekend

Thor 2′ box office: ‘The Avengers’ bump not enough to propel Thor into Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, or Superman territory (Photo: Tom Hiddleston as Loki in ‘Thor: The Dark World’) Directed by Alan Taylor and starring Chris Hemsworth, Thor 2 — officially Thor: The Dark World — debuted in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, November 7, 2013, collecting an estimated $31.63 million from 3,841 sites, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. That amount includes an estimated $7.1 million from Thursday evening and Friday midnight shows. Note: More than 3,100 North American theaters are showing Thor 2 in 3D. Needless to say, Thor: The Dark World, which also features Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins, will far surpass its predecessor at the domestic box office. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor 2011 debuted with $65.72 million. Due to the mammoth success of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which featured Thor alongside The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America
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Thor Sequel Unlikely to Crack $100M on Debut Weekend in Us/Canada

Thor: The Dark World’ box office: ‘The Avengers’ bump to lead to $100 million weekend debut? Not likely (Photo: Chris Hemsworth in ‘Thor: The Dark World’) Thor: The Dark World opened with an estimated $7.1 million from Thursday evening, November 7, 2013, and Friday midnight shows at 3,841 North American theaters — more than 3,100 of those offering the Thor sequel in 3D. Directed by Alan Taylor, and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, Thor: The Dark World far surpassed its Kenneth Branagh-directed predecessor at the domestic box office; the first film took in $3.3 million from Friday midnight screenings back in May 2011. (See also: “‘Thor 2′ box office: No Iron Man, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman.”) Now, one should remember that we’re comparing apples and pineapples here: the original Thor didn’t have the advantage of Thursday evening shows; also, the Branagh film was initially screened at only 1,800 locations. A similar distribution set-up also applies to another 2011 Marvel release,
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"Thor: The Dark World" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston Get?

Our favorite Norse god, Thor, returns for his second movie adventure in .The Dark World.. Chris Hemsworth, the thunder from down under, embodies the role again and this time, he must team up with his brother/enemy (can we call it bronemy?), to help save Jane (Oscar winner Natalie Portman also returning for the role) and the world. The big bad is Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his Dark Elves, and they.re hell bent on destroying Asgard and the Nine Realms, yup, Earth included! Can Thor save us all?

Not returning for the sequel is original director Kenneth Branagh. In his place is .Game of Thrones. director, Alan Taylor. The script is written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFreely, and Don Payne.

Is .Thor: The Dark World. worth your time and money? Is it up to par with other Marvel movies? Take a look at my review:
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