Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter Offered The Movie Rights of Every Marvel Character to Sony in 1998 and Sony Turned Them Down!

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Wow! The Marvel movies almost could have gone in a completely different direction than what we currently are enjoying now. Marvel Studios has changed the way that comic book movies are made, and the only reason they are making the movies that they are now is because Sony Pictures made a made stupid-ass decision to turn down a stupid-ass offer from Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter

Wall Street Journal recently published an article that included an interesting extract from an upcoming book called The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies by Ben Fritz. It recounts the story of how in 1998 when Sony Pictures was trying to purchase the movie rights to Spider-Man, Perlmutter used the opportunity to offer them the rights to nearly every freakin' Marvel character! Luckily Sony was dumb enough to turn down the offer. You have to remember, at the time, Marvel was just exiting bankruptcy and they were looking for some cash. Here's the story:

In 1998, a young Sony Pictures executive named Yair Landau was tasked with securing the theatrical screen rights to Spider-Man. His company had DVD rights to the web slinger but needed the rest in order to make a movie.

Marvel Entertainment, then only a famed name in the comic-book world, had just begun trying to make film deals. The company was fresh out of bankruptcy and desperate for cash, so its new chief, Ike Perlmutter, responded with a more audacious offer. Sony, he countered, could have the movie rights to nearly every Marvel character—Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther and more—for $25 million.

However, Sony wasn't interested at all in playing with anything other characters in the Marvel Universe:

Mr. Landau took the offer back to his bosses at Sony, whose response was quick and decisive, he recalled in an interview: "Nobody gives a sh—about any of the other Marvel characters. Go back and do a deal for only Spider-Man."

Hahahaha! Marvel certainly dodged a bullet there! Had Sony actually went through with the purchase, we would not have seen any of the films that have been made or will be made. Luckily, the executives in charge at Sony at the time had no creative vision of what could have been. 

Obviously, the Spider-Man deal went through and Sony has held on to them ever since. And it's been great that they've been kind enough to share him with the MCU. 

Fangoria Horror Magazine is Being Brought Back From the Dead!

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I used to read Fangoria Magazine all the time as a teenager. I was always on the hunt for new and different horror films and Fangoria was always my best source. I also enjoyed all of the articles, scoops, and gory photos from the horror movie scene. 

The magazine was launched in 1979 and it sold its last print run in 2015. Well, thanks to Cinestate, the multimedia company behind Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 and the upcoming remake of Puppet Master, the magazine will rise from the grave and move forward under new leadership with a quarterly print publication. The sci-fi magazine Starlog and another horror magazine Gorezone, are also part of the deal. Here's a little promo video teasing the return:

Phil Nobile Jr., who was the editor-at-large at geek movie website Birth.Movies.Death, has been hired as the editor-in-chief for the new Fangoria. The first new issue will drop this fall, just in time for Halloween. Nobile had this to say in a statement:

“There needs to be a Fangoria. The magazine was a constant presence in the genre since 1979 — and then one day it was gone. That felt, to us, tragically incorrect. Fango was, for multiple generations, a privileged window into the world of horror. It gave us access to filmmakers’ processes and secrets, opened our eyes to movies we might have otherwise missed, and nurtured a wave of talent that’s out there driving the genre today. I’m proud and excited to be part of the team that’s bringing this institution back.”
"Fangoria is not something that competes with online blogs. Fangoria is not an algorithm. Fangoria is something you hold in your hands, something you spend a bit of time with in the real world. That’s what it was for decades, and that’s what we’re going to make it again."

That's what I loved about the magazine, and it's so cool that it's actually coming back. Popular Fangoria writers Tony Timpone and Michael Gingold are also set to return to the magazine with their own columns. They will consult for the company.

Other people that will be involved includes Cell Block 99 filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, Ashlee Blackwell (Graveyard Shift Sisters), Samuel Zimmerman (Shudder), Grady Hendrix (Paperpabcks from Hell), Meredith Borders (former editorial director of Birth.Movies.Death.), horror historian Rebekah McKendry, and Preston Fassel (Our Lady of the Inferno).

On top of the magazine, the plan is to also see Fangoria produce original movies, podcasts, and horror novels. Fangoria is coming back with a vengeance! 

Source: Variety

TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES Gets a JUSTICE LEAGUE-Style Movie Poster

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A new poster has been released for DC Entertainment's upcoming animated film Teen Titans GO! to the Movies. As you can see, it's the same style as the poster for Justice League. The characters include Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy, and Starfire. The tagline on the poster isn't as encouraging, though. 

"They can't save the world...at all"

A lot of fans of the series are excited about this movie. If you haven't watched the trailer for it yet, you can watch that here. It looks like it could be a fun and silly movie to enjoy with the kids.

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies-everyone but the Teen Titans, that is. But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line.

The animated film will feature the voice cast of the series, including Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire. Will Arnett (The LEGO Batman Movie) and Kristen Bell (Frozen) have also joined the voice cast.

The movie was directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a script written by Michael Jelenic and Horvath.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is set to hit theaters on July 27th.

Video Imagines A World Where Apple Released Siri In The 80s, And It’s Horrifying

If Apple had released Siri in the 80s, I 100% guarantee she would not be around in the present day. This video, which imagines a hypothetical scenario in which Apple did release Siri in the 80s, is evidence of that as those voices are the stuff of nightmares! Why were we so cool with all cutting edge tech sounding like an otherworldly voice of death back then?! Check out the video below (via Squirrel Monkey) and let us know if there's any tech from the 80s you wish was still around today:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Jumps on Board The KUNG FURY Sequel!

A few days ago we learned that Michael Fassbender joined Dan Sandberg's feature film, the Kung Fury sequel. Today it's been announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be joining him in the retro Kung Fu adventure. He will be playing the President of the United States!

This is a pretty epic cast so far! The director of the film, Sandberg, is also set to star in the movie, and David Hasselhoff, who was in the original film, will also be back. It's kinda crazy to think that Fassbender, Schwarzenegger, and Hasselhoff will all be in the same movie together! I guess if there's one movie that can make that happen, it's Kung Fury.

The movie is an homage to the 1980s and the crazy martial arts films that came from that era. The new movie will be set in 1985 in Miami, which is being "kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury, the greatest damn cop of all time. His Thundercops are the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler."

After the tragic death of one of their members causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon. Kung Fury must travel through space and time to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy, and defeat evil once and for all.

There's no word on who Fassbender will be playing in the movie, but I can't wait to find out. The film will start shooting this summer and I can't wait to see what other actors end up joining the project!

David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner, which most recently produced Stephen King's IT. Schwarznegger is also set to reprise his role as the Terminator in Tim Miller's upcoming movie.

Teaser Trailer For Netflix’s British Supernatural Series THE INNOCENTS with Guy Pearce

Netflix has just released an announcement teaser for their upcoming British teen supernatural drama series The Innocents. They also announced the cast of the series which includes Guy PearceSorcha Groundsell (Clique) and Percelle Ascott (Wizard vs. Aliens).

The series was created by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric and it's described as "a teenage love story with supernatural twists." I'm definitly intrigued by the promo and it looks like it could end up being a great new series.

The Innocents revolves around teenagers Harry (Ascott) and June (Groundsell). When the pair run away from their repressive family lives to be together, they are thrown into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery that derails their innocent dream. Secrets kept from them by their respective parents test their love to breaking point, and the extraordinary gift they possess unleashes powerful forces intent on dividing them forever.

Pearce will take on the role of a character named Halvorson. There's no word yet on when the series will be released, but it will consist of eight episodes. Watch the teaser and let us know if this looks like a series you'll be tuning in to watch...

The Best (and Weirdest) Advanced Techniques in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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It’s almost universally accepted that Super Smash Bros. Brawl is, at least from a competitive standpoint, the worst installment in the Smash series. With the game's random tripping, combo-preventing hitstun canceling, and floaty physics, it’s no surprise that the majority of the "Smash 3" scene moved on to Smash 4 shortly after its release.

Despite its drawbacks, Brawl was once the most popular Smash title, and Brawl players discovered a myriad of obscure tech and movement options during the game's competitive years. Brawl was beautiful in its own way, arguably a more technical game than its successor. Here are some of the coolest Brawl-exclusive techniques—both practical and impractical—that you’ve probably never seen if you joined the Smash scene during the post-Brawl era.

The viable techniques

DACUS

Short for “Dash Attack-Cancelled Up Smash,” this technique allows the player to slide across the stage while charging an up smash. It can be performed by inputting a dash attack followed immediately by an up smash. The character that used this technique most effectively was Snake, whose particularly quick DACUS was made even more deadly by his unique projectile up smash. In fact, the technique was so popular with Snake that it was known as snakedashing during the early days of Brawl.

Many of the Brawl’s combos involved DACUS in some way; at Apex 2013, Larry “Larry Lurr” Holland—then known as DEHF—infamously finished off Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada with a down-throw to buffered DACUS. Another example of a DACUS-boosted kill confirm is Sheik’s grab release to DACUS on Meta Knight.

DACUS was not always a Brawl-specific technique. Prior to patch 1.0.4, it could be performed in Smash for 3DS. It’s similar—but not identical—to another Brawl technique: hyphen smashing, or the execution of a smash attack during the post-run sliding animation.

Glide Tossing

Another effective Brawl-exclusive burst movement technique is the glide toss, which allows a character to slide forwards or backward while throwing an item. The execution of this technique is as effortless as its name would suggest: simply throw an item during the first six frames of your character’s roll animation.

Glide tossing is perhaps used most effectively by Zero Suit Samus. The character’s markedly long glide toss and dangerous armor pieces—which appeared at the beginning of every match involving ZSS—are a deadly combination indeed. Glide tossing is also an important technique for Diddy Kong players: Brawl Diddy Kong’s ability to have two bananas rather than one makes the character even trickier than his Smash 4 counterpart.

The Draconic Reverse

A technique specific to Brawl Yoshi, the Draconic Reverse is a slightly over-dramatic name for what happens when Yoshi double jumps from the ground and immediately uses an aerial attack. Since Yoshi dips down slightly during his double jump animation, this technique forces Yoshi into the ground and causes him to slide a considerable distance backwards. The applications of this technique are very similar to those of wavedashing in Melee—Yoshi can attack out of Draconic Rush or use it to bait the opponent into overextending.

The “Omnigay”

This regrettably named doubles technique borrows the first half of its moniker from smasher Stephen “InfernoOmni” Silver, and is performed by a Snake/Meta Knight team. It occurs when the Snake player intentionally sticks a C4 on his teammate, who then grabs and up-throws an opponent. If the Meta Knight player is plugged into a lower port than the opponent, Snake can activate the mine at the apex of Meta Knight’s throw, causing the opponent to die at any percent, while Meta Knight lands unscathed thanks to throw armor. You can see this technique in action about four minutes into the video above.

Lucas stuff

Lucas has some surprisingly useful movement techniques. The first is Zap Jumping, which occurs when Lucas uses side-B (PK Fire) one frame after double jumping. This causes him to jump extremely high while simultaneously releasing a projectile, greatly improving Lucas’ recovery.

Lucas also has the ability to quickly move horizontally by double jumping and immediately wavebouncing a down-B (PSI Magnet). This technique is known as the Magnet Pull.

The useless techniques

These character-specific techniques are nigh-unusable in competitive play, but they’re cool oddities and still deserve to be mentioned.

The Flight of Ganon

An absurdly high jump that Ganondorf enters after inputting a jump and down special at the same time. It’s easy to perform this technique by buffering both a jump and down special (Wizard’s Foot) during a grounded Wizard’s Foot.

Snake’s taunt edgeguard

In Brawl, taunting with Snake causes the character to hide under a cardboard box. When any button is pressed, Snake stands up, releasing the box—and a hitbox—behind him. The video above (created by GIMR back when he still went by his full tag, God-Is-My-Rock) demonstrates that Snake’s taunt can be used for a situational,but extremely 'swagtastic' edgeguard.

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Bowser’s hidden power

Bowser has some intriguing Brawl-exclusive tech that was relatively underexplored during Brawl’s competitive lifespan, mostly due to the character’s nonexistence in the higher levels of play. However, these techniques provide Bowser with uncommon abilities that, when developed further, could have allowed him to slowly climb the tier list if the Brawl metagame had continued to develop.

In Brawl, Bowser’s grab release is unique in that he has 11 frames of advantage over most other characters, allowing him to regrab every character in the game after a ground release besides Donkey Kong, Jigglypuff, and Yoshi. Bowser can force a ground release by pummeling every 28 frames, allowing him to effectively chain grab most characters across the stage whenever he gets a grab. After air releases, Bowser is guaranteed some good follow-ups, such as aerial side-B (Flying Slam) on Kirby or Mario.

Bowser can also use Flying Slam to koopa hop, or perpetually stay in the air by inputting jumps immediately after using side-B. This movement technique allows Bowser to threaten both aerial and grounded attacks simultanously and affords him the ability to mix up opponents by weaving through the air menacingly.

It’s almost surprising that we never saw a top-level Bowser player ruthlessly chaingrab an opponent across Final Destination during Brawl’s heyday. Is Bowser’s frame data truly so horrible that it renders his koopa hop useless? Or is Bowser the top tier that never was—secretly viable for all the years of competitive Brawl, but underestimated by all? Unless a top-level Brawl diehard like Vishal “V115” Balaram develops a Bowser, we’ll never know.

Though it had many flaws, Brawl was a nuanced and technical game that might have flourished if game-breaking characters like Meta Knight and Ice Climbers didn't dominate the metagame. However, the competitive Brawl scene is far from dead. Last year's biggest Brawl tournament, Super Smash Con 2017, drew a whopping 182 entrants!

More importantly, the modern Brawl metagame is no longer eclipsed by the aforementioned top tiers. While Nairo won Super Smash Con 2017 with his infamous Meta Knight, only one other Meta Knight main was able to make his way into Top 8. That player, Cody, is proof that there are opportunities for new (or at least new-ish) blood to break through to the highest level of Brawl: though he's competed in Brawl tournaments (using the tag Quest) since 2012, Smash Con was Cody's first major Top 8.

There's still plenty of glory for the taking in the modern Brawl scene, and these advanced techniques are necessary knowledge for anyone trying to cut themselves a slice of it. If this article tickled your fancy, consider firing up your Wii, practicing your koopa hops, and joining the fun!

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Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence Come Face To Face in First Teaser Trailer For COBRA KAI

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I was beside myself with excitement to hear that original The Karate Kid was getting a sequel series called Cobra Kai! Now, today we have a teaser trailer to share with you giving us our first real look at the series, and in it we see Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) come face to face with his old rival Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) for the first time since the original film.

The story is set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. It revolves around a down and out Johnny who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. This reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel, who is living his life as a family man and proud owner of the No. 1 car dealership in the Valley. He has also been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita).

The show is also said to follow the duo "addressing demons from their past and present frustrations — through (what else?) karate." You'll be happy to hear that the series will be faithful to the original movie.

Cobra Kai also stars Xolo Maridueña (Parenthood), Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor), Courtney Henggeler (Mom) and Mary Mouser (Freakish). Ed Asner will also guest star.

The series comes from Harold and Kumar franchise creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and Hot Tub Time Machine writer Josh Heald.

This New “Pure Imagination” Trailer For READY PLAYER ONE is Filled with So Much Awesomeness!

I'm excited to share this latest trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One with you! It's called "Pure Imagination" and it's loaded some incredibly radical new footage that fans are going to flip over! This new trailer gave me the chills and filled me with so much joy and happiness. As you'd expect, there are even more awesome Easter eggs to point out and you can't miss a lot of them. For example, the T-Rex from Jurassic Park even makes an appearance and attacks! I love this!

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

If you haven't read the book that this film is based on yet, you really need to. Don't wait for the movie. It's just too good not to read. I know there are some people that don't understand the hype behind this film, but if you read the book, you will understand that it is a love letter to geek culture, especially to those of us who grew up in the 80s. 

The movie stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen and Ben Mendelsohn.

Ready Player One gets its game on when it opens on March 29, 2018.

Mr. Sunday Movies Says What A Lot Of Us Are Thinking About The VENOM Trailer…It’s Bad

Many of us have been of the opinion that the Venom trailer is bad for a while, but I have yet to hear anyone destroy that teaser as well as Mr. Sunday Movies did. I'm going to second their notion of having people show this trailer to people who have no idea who Venom is, and asking them what they think the movie is about! I have to agree that if you don't know what this is going into watching, you have no idea what it'll be about. Check out their riffing on the teaser below, and let us know if you think their analysis is fair: