After debuting a new trailer earlier this week, a confident Sony Pictures brought the first 35 minutes of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to a packed theater of New York Comic Con attendees in Madison Square Garden, and Polygon was there. From Miles Morales’ quirks to the ins and outs of yet another Spider-Man multiverse, these are the big things we learned from this massive preview. [Ed. Note: This post will contain spoilers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.] Miles’ comics origin story is mostly intact Miles is the heart of Spider-Verse, and the film’s creators have stuck very tightly to his origin story as laid down by co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, right down to his family’s excitement about him winning the lottery to attend a prestigious Brooklyn high school. Though he’s been incorporated into the main universe of Marvel Comics now, Miles began his story in a parallel Earth. His uncle Aaron stole a spider from the same … [Read more...] about 5 things we learned from the first 35 minutes of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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The last time Gabrielle Union was looked at as an actress who could do action movies was 2003. That was when she starred in “Bad Boys II” and “Cradle 2 the Grave” — just five months apart — opposite genre heavyweights Will Smith and Jet Li, respectively.“In your mind, and what they tell you, is ‘This is your career trajectory,’” she said, her hand gesturing toward an imaginary list of opportunities. “‘You are the “it girl.” The world is your oyster. You’ll have your choice of roles. You can come back to action any time.’”But that’s not what happened. While roles in everything from Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” and “Good Deeds” to Chris Rock’s “Top Five” and Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” showcased her dramatic and comedic chops, it still seemed Hollywood placed the actress in a more limited … [Read more...] about ‘Breaking In’ lets Gabrielle Union get all wild, angry and unhinged
The films on the list of wannabe blockbusters opening this summer have one thing in common: They’re aimed primarily at young men. From new installments in Marvel comic book franchises to flashy action pictures led by stars like Tom Cruise, Dwayne Johnson and Denzel Washington, every movie hopes to draw the lucrative “four quadrant” crowd — but at the very least, dudes.And yet, in between the big-budget sci-fi and superhero sagas, two major studio releases targeting the adult female crowd will hit the multiplex this season: “Book Club” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”FULL COVERAGE: 2018 Summer Movie Sneaks »The first, out May 18, features four actresses over age 60 as its leads: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, playing a quartet of friends who are inspired to reinvigorate their lives after reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.”The July 20 “Mamma Mia!” sequel, meanwhile, is hoping to … [Read more...] about ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ and ‘Book Club’ cater to audiences usually neglected during the summer
A DNA match led to the arrest of a 72-year-old former police officer in one of the most baffling and sadistic crime sprees of the 1970s and '80s — a string of at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in California by an attacker dubbed the Golden State Killer, police said Wednesday.Armed with a gun, the masked attacker would break into homes while single women or couples were sleeping. He sometimes tied up the man and piled dishes on his back, then raped the woman while threatening to kill them both if the dishes tumbled. He often took souvenirs, notably coins and jewelry, from his victims, who ranged in age from 13 to 41. The match led to Joseph James DeAngelo, who was fired in 1979 from the police department in Auburn, northeast of Sacramento. Despite an outpouring of thousands of tips over the years, his name had not been on authorities' radar before last week, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.Q: What crimes are linked to the Golden State Killer?A: The killer is believed to … [Read more...] about What do we know about the Golden State Killer and his victims?
Females on film While film school classes and incensed critics continue to debate the lack of women in film, female actresses are fighting the good fight on the silver screen itself. Alas, not in anywhere near the numbers needed - provided things were a little bit fairer, of course - or that woman over the age of 40 didn't suddenly become a movie exec's idea of nightmare kryptonite.Over the years, these actresses have been asked to play any number of damsels, dames, nagging housewives, ditzy girlfriends and occasionally (just occasionally) an interesting and nuanced character. This list celebrates the latter, looking at the very best female creations in the history of cinema. Enjoy.15 most prolific female screenwriters25 funniest female characters25 best movies on Netflix Prev Page 1 of 101 Next Prev Page 1 of 101 Next 100. Baby (Dirty Dancing) The Character: Dirty Dancings Jewish princess learns to thrust n grind with Swayzes Johnny Castle. Nobodys gonna put her in a corner … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest female characters in movies