Growing up, I was always interested in showing my family the latest technology. Imagine playing with an iPad having been around when television was just getting warmed up. I’m starting to get that feeling myself. I still remember our first modem and what it meant. Back then, I used to log in to a primitive forum that only let you online for an hour a day. Even then, I was interested in movies. That was the first forum I visited and the majority of my hour was spent discussing movies.
Technology kept getting better. The world got faster modems, better websites, more engaging content and up to the
minute second information. Just before I graduated high school, I remember scouring the web for any piece of information I could find on The Matrix sequels. I had to know details immediately. This desperate search led me to many of the websites I still visit every day. Since that time, technology evolved and movie news has never been easier to consume.
Now I look back on how I used to get my movie news and I’m blown away by how far we’ve come. Now there are thousands of websites and blogs out there. The internet has a pulse and I’m no longer solely a reader, I’m a contributor. It’s so much fun.
Looking back, I decided to focus on 5 announcements that blew my mind and kick started my addiction to movie news.
SPIDER-MAN ON THE BIG SCREEN
My favorite Superhero. When I found out that Sam Raimi was creating a live action Spider-Man movie I was speechless. CG technology was exploding and the very thought of live action web slinging was too good to be true.
I still get goosebumps watching that trailer. It’s Spider-Man! I still can’t believe it’s been over 10 years since Peter Parker changed the Superhero movie forever. I also can’t believe the series has already been rebooted but I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man and I’m looking forward to following the ‘electrifying‘ sequel.
THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
“Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow & Hawk Eye are on stage together!”
Marvel had done it. 4 movie franchises would come together in the biggest Superhero movie of all time: The Avengers. Years later, I’m still stunned they not only pulled it off but exceeded expectations. The ‘official’ hype began with a press conference at Comic Con in 2010…
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I loved The Avengers but beyond that, I loved following the film’s development. I loved the Easter eggs they built into the movies that preceded it. What threat could possibly exist that would challenge these larger than life heroes? I was actually sad after I saw The Avengers. I had so much fun reading about the film. Then I remembered PHASE TWO! Another round of phenomenal Marvel movies is on the way and it all leads to The Avengers 2 in 2015.
Until then, we must wonder what Thanos will do to make these heroes assemble again.
PETER JACKSON & THE HOBBIT
The Lord of the Rings. Three movies that I watch at least twice a year. That includes the hours of amazing special features included in the extended editions. LOTR is a remarkable achievement and an adaptation that captured the imaginations of millions around the world. I absolutely adored The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The next logical step was the Hobbit but the film was plagued with legal issues causing endless delays. Not to mention the concern fans had knowing Peter Jackson planned on handing over the keys to Middle Earth to another filmmaker. Those concerns were alleviated when they announced that Guillermo Del Toro was on board. Unfortunately, the production ran into more delays and Del Toro departed. Heart break once again…
Until Peter Jackson himself stepped up and vowed to return to Middle Earth. That was an unbelievable announcement. Then they announced three movies instead of two! Another trilogy directed by Peter Jackson featuring the same dedicated team of filmmakers. A dream come true.
THE MATRIX GETS TWO SEQUELS
“They are making a sequel to The Matrix!? … Hold on… There is going to be two AND they are filming them back to back?”
The Matrix Reloaded. Some people love it, others think the original should have been left alone. Even those who hated the sequels were still curious at some point. Where will the Wachowski’s take Neo next? I was obsessed. I read every article I could. I was searching for Matrix news before I checked my own email on a daily basis for months. How could they possibly continue such a complex story? (Insert Architect joke here)
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When The Matrix Reloaded came to an abrupt end, I was even more addicted to news and rumors. Thousands posted theories on what could happen next and I read all of them. Speculation was as endless and I was addicted. The Matrix Revolutions delivered a fitting end even though it wasn’t as spectacular as I hoped. The Matrix will always be my favorite but I loved Reloaded because it inspired the movie nerd in me.
The day I found out they were making two sequels changed everything…
DISNEY ANNOUNCES STAR WARS EPISODE VII
I thought we had seen the last of the galaxy far far away… I didn’t hate Episodes 1,2 & 3 but they definitely didn’t rise to the level of the original trilogy. I never imagined that one day, we would FINALLY get true sequels to Star Wars. Then Disney announced the acquisition of LucasFilm. One single press release literally blew up the internet. The hype began instantly and speculation will dominate movie websites until the day Star Wars Episode VII is released in 2015. This doesn’t even include the sequels and spin offs the mouse house is planning.
I don’t normally cover news on my blog but I couldn’t resist. It’s Star Wars Episode VII!
What will it be about? Will Luke Skywalker and the rest of the original cast return? Who will direct it? When will we find out more!?
There’s also an interesting battle brewing in the Summer of 2015. Which film will gross more? Star Wars 7 or The Avengers 2? The culmination of Marvel Phase 2 and a sequel movie fans have been waiting decades to see. (Disney wins the Summer 2015 box office battle by the way. I’m prepared to make that call now since they own both franchises.)
ARE YOU ADDICTED TO MOVIE HYPE?
I grew up searching for my favorite movies and devouring the articles I found. Every new trailer, tv spot, poster, synopsis, casting announcement, set pic and interview makes me smile. I’m addicted to movie hype. Today, it’s easier than ever to find information on the movies you can’t wait to see. Technology has indeed come a long way since I was young.
However, one thought makes me smile more than all of the massive announcements combined: Back then I used to search for articles. Today, I write my own. It’s funny how people evolve just like the technology we use to tell our stories.