My old friend, TJ Draper of the MovieByte podcast and movie site, is on a much-deserved vacation and anniversary celebration. At his request, I’m writing for MovieByte’s site over this extended weekend so that you guys have some bits of movie updates in his stead.
Today, there are several tasty byte-sized movie bits (never made that pun before, honest).
Good Films Get Marketing Late in Production
Have you ever noticed a trend that pop films, and those that aspire to be pop films like Transformers: Age of Extinction, start marketing their next sequel before they have so much as started a script? I have, and its films like these that I think are doomed at the outset.
Disney Made $40.9 Billion in 2013 Merchandise
Disney has powerful franchises of their own making, but it is the Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars properties that have exponentially grown their sales. Their empire grows stronger every day as they milk more comic books and movies, with the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Scary Trailer: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
This sequel is looking brutal. The chimps outnumber homo sapiens at least 1,000 to 1. In a feeble attempt to establish world peace, Caesar and his fellow apes ally with the remnants of mankind. Of course, peace won’t last long, or you wouldn’t get your money’s worth.
MovieByte Podcast #93: These G.I. Joes Were About to Die
TJ and I host this week’s episode of the podcast, discussing Tony Stark’s return as Robert Downey Jr. for another sequel, Marvel Studios ponders another Hulk film, Babies named after popular Disney characters, rumored direction of the LEGO movie sequel, villains of Star Wars: Episode VII, and review How to Train Your Dragon 2. It was fun to get back behind the microphone.