Robert Downey Jr. was probably smiling because he knew "Avengers: Age of Ultron," scheduled for a May 1 U.S. release, was going to be a hit. The first installment opened on May 4, 2012, and once held the record for the biggest opening weekend in the U.S. Brad Barket/Getty Images The movie industry has always been associated with huge numbers, from the stars' staggering salaries to the ever-increasing box office hauls. As the costs of making a movie soar thanks to new technology and cutting-edge special effects, another number has taken center stage -- the movie's price tag. Mega blockbusters can easily cost $200 million or more, leaving studio executives and others in the industry desperate to maximize ticket sales in an effort to recoup their massive investment in the film. So how does Hollywood even begin to make up for a $200 million outlay, much less make a profit? Marketing, star power and subject matter all affect ticket sales, but when it comes to the modern blockbuster, … [Read more...] about How Are Movie Release Dates Chosen?
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Samsung could launch the Galaxy S10 on Feb. 20 and put the phone on sale March 8, according to a new report from Gizmodo UK, which says it was approached by "a source at a major tech retailer". The rumored launch date, a Wednesday, would put the Galaxy S10's launch the week before the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain. March 8 falls on a Friday, a popular day to release phones. The rumor doesn't offer insight into the location of the Unpacked event, but New York or Barcelona seem like the most likely options for those dates.If this is true, Samsung would presumably save the launch of its upcoming foldable "Galaxy X" phone for MWC, making a big splash after the Galaxy S10 showing, not before.The Galaxy S10 is special, and not just because Samsung is the world's top phone-maker announcing its 10th anniversary of its mainstream line. Although it's true that Samsung has an opportunity to wow us with features it held back from the Galaxy … [Read more...] about Galaxy S10 rumored Feb. 20 launch, March 8 release date, specs and price
Winter is supposedly coming, but for Game of Thrones fans, the wait can seem eternal. Season 7 ended in August 2017 with dragons and White Walkers and, uh, a little unwitting incest. And fans who are impatiently waiting for resolution can't even console themselves with a new George R.R. Martin book in the saga, because ha ha ha boo hoo hoo. But the book, like winter, is coming. Just before Thanksgiving 2018, Martin told the Wall Street Journal he was at a remote mountain cabin where he goes to "hunker down" and write, and that he's "hard at work" on Winds of Winter. He wouldn't give spoilers, but he said he had a master plan, despite the TV show events. "I'm still going to finish it the way I always wanted to finish it, the way it's been in my head for 25 years now," Martin said.Martin also spoke up about Winds of Winter in August 2018. Then, he noted that some people have died on screen who won't die in the books. (Margaery? Hodor? Shireen? We can dream...) … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones final season: Release date, trailer, cast and theories
At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the credits promised "Thanos will return." But while Josh Brolin's purple-tinted, gigantic villain will be back in 2019's Avengers 4, who else will? If you've seen Infinity War (and a lot of you have by now), you know it's a bit of a mystery. Now we know part two is called Avengers: Endgame and we finally have a trailer.Here come the spoilers! In his quest to balance the universe, Thanos acquired all the infinity stones and zapped half the universe's population, just as he threatened. Many of Marvel's major heroes were among the vanished half of the population that just kind of ... turned into piles of sand that then blew away. Now playing: Watch this: Avengers: Endgame trailer revealed 2:25 So Avengers: Endgame now has a major situation: No way are all those money-making Marvel heroes gone for good. But some of them probably have to bite the dust for sheer dramatic reasons (and because a few actors have talked publicly about … [Read more...] about Avengers: Endgame: First trailer, release date, cast, plot and title rumors
Who's the captain now? If you watched the post-credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War, you know it's Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). And thanks to two action-packed trailers, we know *a lot* of info awaits us -- head to the plot section below for more on those details, and head to our sister site GameSpot for theories on how Carol Danvers will save us all. Now playing: Watch this: Captain Marvel second trailer packs a punch 2:17 The second trailer, which came out Dec. 3, added more depth to the plot details sketched out in the first trailer, which arrived in September. Why does Captain Marvel matter so much? It all goes back to that Infinity War scene. Now playing: Watch this: Captain Marvel trailer shows Carol Danvers' backstory,... 1:57 In the scene, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) find themselves in the middle of the Thanos-sparked chaos as half the universe's population disappears. Fury manages to use his pager and apparently sends … [Read more...] about Captain Marvel: Second trailer arrives, plus release date, cast, plot info and more