Spidey senses tingling
Ahead of Comic-Con overrunning San Diego this weekend, Columbia Pictures announced its release plan for the Spider-Man franchise. “Sinister Six,” the team-up of Venom, Dr. Octopus and more nemeses, arrives Nov. 11, 2016, expanding the franchise wide open. “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” which was set for June 2016, gets pushed back to 2018. Instead, that June slot gets handed to “Uncharted,” based on the cool PlayStation game.
In other Comic-Con jockeying, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” will sail in on July 7, 2017. Those seas are already crowded: “Despicable Me 3” is set for the weekend before and “The Fantastic Four 2” for the week after.
Check out the new poster for December’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.” Let’s hope the movie lives up to the hype.
The Toronto Film Festival has become the launching pad for trophy season — think Academy Award winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Argo.” So this week’s announcement of the big films debuting in Canada this September gets our Oscar-loving hearts a-thumpin’. The Associated Press lists some highlights:
“The Equalizer,” a crime film that reteams Denzel Washington with “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua; Mike Binder’s “Black and White,” a custody-battle drama with Kevin Costner; “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer; Dan Gilroy’s Los Angeles crime journalism (Yes! Journalism!!) drama “Nightcrawler,” with Jake Gyllenhaal; “The Imitation Game,” with Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II code-breaker Alan Turing; Reese Witherspoon’s addiction recovery adventure “Wild”; and, for the closing night, Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as a Versailles landscaper.
What about “Gone Girl,” based on KC-native Gillian Flynn’s best-seller? The New York Film Festival already snagged it.
Iron Man is golden
Speaking of Robert Downey Jr., for a second year in a row, that witty Avenger tops Forbes’ annual ranking of the highest-paid actors. Until his bosses decide he’s too rich for their blood, Downey says he’s happy to hold on to the iron mask. “It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” he told Entertainment Weekly. He added this caveat: “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.”
The top earners from June 2013 to June 2014:
1. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million
2. Dwayne Johnson, $52 million
3. Bradley Cooper, $46 million
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, $39 million
5. Chris Hemsworth, $37 million
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