In Defense Of…”The Incredible Hulk”

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has completely changed Hollywood. From the proliferation of comic book heroes to the notion that every major movie studio now needs its own universe in which its characters can interact through multiple films, Marvel has laid the path that all others are following, praying that they will find the same success. The films within the MCU have combined for a box office total of an estimated $14.8 billion worldwide, including five films raking in more than a billion each. In short, “Marvel has made consistent hits, which is supposedly impossible in a creative business.” But, to hear some tell it, Marvel’s record is not perfect and there are a few black marks on the studio’s résumé.

Actually, one of those marks is green.

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In Defense Of Tom Cruise

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“Cruise hadn’t hurt his box-office draw — his movies continued to be successful. But Hollywood was convinced he was poison, a religious fanatic, and possibly unhinged.”

– Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly

Tom Cruise is an all-time great actor. Don’t believe it? Look at how many people have won or been nominated for Oscars playing opposite him. He makes every actor that shares the screen with him better.

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DiCaprio’s Drought

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Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the greatest actors alive. Some may place him a small notch below Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep, but he’s undoubtedly in the upper echelon, above even strong performers like Jamie Foxx and Matthew McConaughey.

However, he has been forced to watch Foxx and McConaughey give acceptance speeches on the stage of the Academy Awards while his trophy case remains bare. Until, if you believe the predictions, this year.

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