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'Black Panther' Earns Highest-Ever Score for Live-Action Superhero Pic on Rotten Tomatoes

Notch another victory for Disney and Marvel StudiosBlack Panther.

In addition to shattering numerous records in its box-office debut, the movie boasts the best aggregated score on Rotten Tomatoes of any live-action superhero pic at 97 percent.

The previous top score belonged to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) and Jon Favreau's Iron Man (2008), which are tied at 94 percent.

If counting all superhero films, Black Panther shares the Rotten Tomatoes crown with Pixar's 2004 animated event film The Incredibles, which likewise has a 97 score.

Black Panther easily boasts the best Rotten Tomatoes ranking of...
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The Avengers Shatters All Expectations: Journey to Infinity War Part 6

Our journey to Infinity War continues by looking back at Marvel's The Avengers, which is perhaps the most important superhero movie in the history of the genre. And quite possibly the greatest, if you're like me and like to think of The Dark Knight as an action/thriller that happens to have a guy in a costume in it some of the time. In any case, so far, we've looked at all of Marvel's individual Phase 1 movies that got us to this point. Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were leading us here. Everyone knew fairly quickly that they were taking us to an Avengers movie, but nothing like this had ever been done before. Nobody really knew if this could work. It not only works, it's still the gold standard for team-up movies and hasn't lost a step nearly
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Tommy Wiseau Wants to Play the Joker

Tommy Wiseau Wants to Play the Joker
In a move that’s sure to hurt Joaquin Phoenix’s chances of landing the role, Tommy Wiseau has declared his intention to play the Joker in a standalone film being directed by Todd Phillips. The writer, director, and star of “The Room,” whose efforts to make what many consider to be the worst movie ever made were chronicled in “The Disaster Artist,” responded to the news of the new movie by tweeting, “Todd. Dm me.”

If that weren’t clear enough, Wiseau followed up with a second tweet: “Yes ! I want to be The Joker !” Batman’s nemesis has been played by many actors over the years, with Jack Nicholson setting the standard in Tim Burton’s “Batman” and Heath Ledger winning a posthumous Oscar for taking the character to new heights in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight; Jared Leto portrayed the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” with neither
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‘Black Panther’: Marvel Cinematic Universe breakthrough at Oscars?

After breaking numerous box office records since its debut, triumphing at the Oscars is the only industry achievement that Marvel Studios cannot crack. But that could all change in one year’s time. The studio’s new release, “Black Panther,” is the first Oscar contender of 2018.

Black Panther” marks the first time a black superhero has lead a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Chadwick Boseman brilliantly captures T’Challa, the newly minted king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Could Boseman strike a chord with the academy after failing to register for his acclaimed portrayal of James Brown in “Get on Up?”

Acting nominations have been hard to come by for superhero movies. Heath Ledger is the only person to reap a nomination (and win) for his turn as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” But the celebrated cast of “Black Panther” should help the film be taken seriously with Oscar voters.
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‘Black Panther’ reviews: ‘Groundbreaking,’ ‘revolutionary’ film is first Oscar contender of 2018

‘Black Panther’ reviews: ‘Groundbreaking,’ ‘revolutionary’ film is first Oscar contender of 2018
Get Out” was released in February 2017, and despite being an unconventional awards contender — a satirical horror film from a director with a sketch comedy background — it ended up with four Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Now comes “Black Panther,” which opened on February 16. It too is an unconventional awards contender — a Marvel superhero movie — but its reviews are even better than “Get Out” (87 on MetaCritic compared to 84 for “Get Out”), and it has an awards-friendly pedigree with director Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station,” “Creed“) and actors like Chadwick Boseman (“Marshall”), Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale” and “Creed”) and Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar winner for “12 Years a Slave”). Can it score a Best Picture nomination when previous acclaimed films like “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Wonder Woman” (2017) couldn’t?

It’s possible, if the reviews are any indication. It’s the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s by far the best reviewed.
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Playback: Christopher Nolan on ‘Dunkirk’ and the Director’s Role as Magician

Playback: Christopher Nolan on ‘Dunkirk’ and the Director’s Role as Magician
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

With eight Oscar nominations including best picture, Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama “Dunkirk” heads into the 90th annual Academy Awards as one of 2017’s most admired films. The filmmaker’s first-ever bid for directing, meanwhile, felt like a long time coming after he was previously passed over for films like “Memento,” “The Dark Knight” and “Inception.” That peer recognition is extra sweet for a craftsman who relishes the precision-tinkering of the trade, the nuts and bolts of which Nolan details in an exclusive 40-minute chat drilling down on approach and technique.

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“There’s a sense of engineering about it that’s a lot of fun,” Nolan says about the job of a film director
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A Best Picture Oscar Campaign Costs Millions, But Gains the Winner Almost Nothing at the Box Office

Every year, Hollywood spends millions chasing little gold men. The Academy Award is the film industry’s highest honor — unless you’re the box office, in which case it’s a trivial pursuit. IndieWire surveyed 89 years of Best Picture winners and nominees, and discovered that in the last two decades, the top-grossing domestic film corresponded with the Best Picture winner exactly once, with “The Lord of the Rings” in 2003. (Before that, odds were substantially better; it happened more than 25% of the time.)

Similarly, until recently almost every Best Picture winner was one of the year’s top 20 domestic grossers; in the last seven years, only one winner can claim that bragging right: 2011 Best Picture winner “The King’s Speech,” which earned $135 million and a No. 18 slot. Other placements range from No. 22 (2013 winner “Argo,” $136 million) to No. 92 (2017 winner “Moonlight,” $27.5 million).

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Joker Fan Trailer Shows Why Tommy Wiseau Should Win the Role

Joker Fan Trailer Shows Why Tommy Wiseau Should Win the Role
Tommy Wiseau is still campaigning to headline the Joker Origin Movie, and now we have some idea of what that might look like. Just a few days ago, the writer, director and star of The Room took to Twitter declare that he's interested in playing the Joker in the upcoming origin movie that Warner Bros. is producing. He asked Todd Phillips, who's set to direct this Joker standalone, to "Dm" him on Twitter, as though this is something that could actually happen. Now, not only is Wiseau continuing to campaign for the role, but a fan-made trailer shows us just how crazy something like this could actually be.

Starting with Tommy Wiseau's continuing campaign for the role as the Clown Prince of Crime, he shared art by Spdrmnkyxxiii that depicts himself as The Joker. The image takes most of its inspiration from Heath Ledger's take on the clown prince from The Dark Knight,
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Unearthed Justice League Mortal Concept Art Reveals Superman, Batman And Much More

Even though I’m someone who walked away from the Justice League movie that we eventually received with a smile on my face, there’s no way I’m going to say that it was perfect or was the complete package that my favorite characters deserved. Actually, I find myself conflicted because while I do love some of the actors that populate the landscape that makes up the DC Extended Universe such as Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa, every little bit of trivia surrounding the canned Justice League Mortal forces me to believe that it’d have been the better product.

The latest round of declassified info is some of the best this writer has seen in the time that has passed in the decade or so since the ax came down. Really, aside from seeing Megan Gale in her Wonder Woman regalia, we never had
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'Masters of the Universe' Reboot Will Not Be Directed by David S. Goyer

'Masters of the Universe' Reboot Will Not Be Directed by David S. Goyer
David S. Goyer is not going to master He-Man — at least not as director.

The writer behind The Dark Knight will not be helming Sony's Masters of the Universe reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It came to light in November that he was in talks to direct the project, but he never officially signed on to helm. Goyer remains on the project as a writer and executive producer.

Scheduling is being cited for the exit, as Goyer keeps a busy TV schedule as executive producer on SyFy's Krypton and is working on an adaption of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy as a...
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Oscars for ‘Black Panther’? A few fearless forum posters already say it will be nominated for Best Picture in 2019

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Marvel’s “Black Panther” doesn’t open until February 16, but critics are already cheering and our forum posters are already discussing its potential for a Best Picture nomination at the 2019 Oscars. Is it madness to declare the possibility so soon? Perhaps, but the times they are a-changing. Consider that around this time last year we were nearing the release of another unlikely awards contender with glowing reviews and strong cultural resonance: “Get Out,” which opened February 24, 2017.

Black Panther” is the latest film in Marvel’s ever-growing cinematic universe, and it’s unique in that universe for its focus on black characters under the direction of a black filmmaker (Ryan Coogler). Chadwick Boseman plays the title character, the leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, who was first introduced in a 2016 Marvel entry, “Captain America: Civil War.” But after Best Picture snubs for “The Dark Knight” (2008), “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014), “Logan” (2017), “Wonder Woman” (2017) and more,
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Heath Ledger Was Reportedly Planning To Return As The Joker In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

When “The Dark Knight” was released nearly ten years ago, the big story wasn’t necessarily Christopher Nolan‘s seamless, atmospheric direction, which was and still is a landmark of the superhero genre. Instead, Heath Ledger‘s turn as The Joker stole the movie from everyone involved, so much so that he won a well-deserved posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work. Of course, Ledger’s sudden death just a few months before the film’s release only brought forth more attention towards his role and how it had consumed his every being.

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‘Venom’s First Trailer Coming within 2 Weeks

It has been a wild run over at Sony. Ever since acquiring the Spider-Man film rights from Marvel Comics in the mid-1990s, they’ve increasingly levied the film side of their business on the property, which has proven to be incredibly profitable when handled with care. Before The Dark Knight and the McU took over the industry, the first Spider-Man was the gold standard against which all other movies within the genre were compared: by all rights supplanting Richard Donner’s Superman and Tim Burton’s Batman in the popular conception of superheroism. But at its equally excellent follow-up, Spider-Man 2, things began

Venom’s First Trailer Coming within 2 Weeks
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Heath Ledger Planned to Return as the Joker After ‘The Dark Knight’

Even though an entire decade has passed, the tragedy of Heath Ledger’s passing is still one that is felt. The actor, who was just 28 years old at the time of his passing, was at the beginning of his rise to stardom, having earned an Oscar nomination for his work in the movie “Brokeback Mountain.” He was also gaining fame quickly due to the amazing performance he game as the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” released in 2008. In this movie, he earned the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actor. His Most Memorable Performance For Ledger, there is no question

Heath Ledger Planned to Return as the Joker After ‘The Dark Knight
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Hasbro Unveils New Fierce-Looking Venom And Carnage Action Figures

Even though Sony’s track record with Marvel movies has been spotty at best, Venom remains one of my most anticipated comic book flicks to be released in 2018. I mean, they can’t do any worse than Spider-Man 3, right? Not to take anything away from Topher Grace because I loved him on That 70’s Show and most of the blame can be placed on the studio, but many of you will probably agree with me in saying that Tom Hardy is a better fit for the character of Eddie Brock.

All that aside, one of the major talking points surrounding the upcoming film is whether or not Carnage will be included. Personally, I’m hoping that he is, mostly due to the fact that having him appear in live action is long overdue.

Having said that, it’s hard not to notice how Hasbro is pushing Venom and Carnage
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Heath Ledger was planning on playing The Joker again post-The Dark Knight, reveals his family

One of the more tragic incidents to happen to the world of cinema over the past 20 years was the untimely death of actor Heath Ledger. Dying from an accidental overdose at the age of 28, the actor had such a long career ahead of him, and his absence is still felt today by anyone who is a fan of film.

One of Ledger’s last performances was not only one of his best, but one of the best villainous performances on screen, period. His portrayal of The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was so twisted, so complex, and so iconic that it earned the star a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar. This marked the first time that an actor was nominated in this category for a comic book film, and it hasn’t happened since.

His participation in future Batman films has always remained a mystery, but in an interview with news.
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Heath Ledger Was Planning Joker Return Before His Death

Heath Ledger Was Planning Joker Return Before His Death
In a recently surfaced interview with Heath Ledger's sister Kate, she recalls their last phone call and mentioned how happy he was working with Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan, noting that he was intent to return as the Joker. Ledger's performance of the Joker is still praised nearly 10 years after for a role that saw him make the character his own. Ledger's Joker stands apart from anyone that came before or since, so it's intriguing to hear that he planned on coming back to the role.

Kate Ledger revealed that Heath Ledger had an amazing time working with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, stating that he was proud of what he pulled off for The Dark Knight and that he was going to come back to play the Joker again. She also revealed that the actor couldn't wait to share stories about working on the movie when he came home for Christmas.
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Don’t give up hope, Christopher Nolan (‘Dunkirk’): One of our top users says you’ll still win Best Director Oscar

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After “Dunkirk” opened to some of the year’s strongest reviews and impressive box office last summer its director Christopher Nolan became the prohibitive Oscar front-runner. Since then, however, Guillermo Del Toro (“The Shape of Water“) has catapulted ahead of him with victories at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, and expected victories to come at the Directors Guild Awards and BAFTAs. But one of our top users is still holding out hope for Nolan at the Oscars, and there’s good reason to think he might be right.

The Shape of Water” is the most nominated film at the Oscars with 13 bids, and Del Toro is the overwhelming favorite for Best Director with 1/10 odds. But zack, one of the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Oscar winners, is holding out hope for Nolan. Not only that, zack actually tied for the second best
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Heath Ledger Had Planned to Return as the Joker After ‘The Dark Knight’

Heath Ledger Had Planned to Return as the Joker After ‘The Dark Knight’
10 years later, Heath Ledger‘s tragic passing still stings. The 28-year-old actor was just at the beginning of a meteoric rise to stardom, collecting an Oscar nomination for his work in 2005’s profoundly affecting Brokeback Mountain and giving a career-defining performance as the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight, for which he would earn a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting […]

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Heath Ledger Planned To Play The Joker Again After The Dark Knight

It’s been 10 whole years since the tragic, untimely death of Heath Ledger and still, his immense performance in The Dark Knight continues to be a source of inspiration and awe.

On January 22nd, 2008, Ledger died due to a cardiac arrest brought on by a drug overdose. He was only 28 years old at the time of the incident, which left the entire entertainment industry in mourning at the loss of such a great, raw talent. If there’s one small solace to take away from Heath Ledger’s all-too-brief time on this Earth, though, it’s that he saved his best performance for last. Not only that, but if he hadn’t passed away, we could’ve even seen him reprise his iconic role.

That’s right, according to the late actor’s sister Kate, he had plans to make another Batman film with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale. We
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