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The world knows him as Bond, but his name was almost Wayne… Bruce Wayne. As it turns out, former 007 Pierce Brosnan almost starred in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989, but passed on the role because he felt it was too ridiculous. In a recent Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session, Brosnan was asked if he ever considered playing the iconic role. His answer may surprise you:
“Yes I did. I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn’t really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?”
- James Garcia
Back in the 80s, as Warner Bros. prepared to bring The Dark Knight to the screen in Tim Burton’s Batman, a number of actors found themselves under consideration for the Caped Crusader prior to Michael Keaton’s casting, inlcuding Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck, Kevin Costner and even Bill Murray. Another name on the list was that of Pierce Brosnan, and the former Bond has spoken about his decision to turn down the role during a Reddit Ama.
“I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn’t really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don’t get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a kid in Ireland, »
- Gary Collinson
Movie news and the NFL are converging in a fun way with the upcoming release of “Draft Day.” The film will be available on Digital HD Aug. 19, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View Aug. 29 and Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) Sept. 2. “Draft Day” stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Chadwick Boseman, Ellen Burstyn, Tom Welling and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and is directed by Ivan Reitman from a script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. The film was made in exclusive partnership with the NFL, including unprecedented access to the [ Read More ]
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Oftentimes a director or producer has a single actor or actress in mind to embody a role and they reach out in hopes of bringing that person on board. The actor or actresses has to be interested in the role along with other logistics lining up for the union to take place, and that's precisely what happened between Kevin Costner and Ivan Reitman for the football drama, Draft Day.
In the exclusive bonus feature clip below from the upcoming Draft Day Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD release, Costner happily reminisces about the day he first got the call from Reitman seeking his participation as the film's lead, a call Costner analogizes as being similar to opening a gift on Christmas morning. Reitman had Costner in mind for the role of Sonny Weaver Jr., general manager of the Cleveland Browns, but he knew all too well that getting the call is »
With Draft Day coming out on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, Collider got on the phone with director Ivan Reitman to talk about why he was drawn to that film and the experience that he had working with Kevin Costner. While we will run the full interview closer to the release date, we did want to share what he had to say about where things are at with Ghostbusters III, and the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Ghostbusters I and II, out in September. Sony will also be re-releasing the first Ghostbusters on August 29th in theaters in 4K. During the interview, Reitman said that he’s met with director Paul Feig about doing a version that’s got “a very important female presence,” that the film was initially slowed down by Bill Murray’s reluctance to be involved, that he thinks there’s a great story and a great »
- Christina Radish
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
The eight-hour event series from exec producer Leslie Greif (“Hatfields and McCoys”) stars Bill Paxton as Texas legend Sam Houston and follows his fight for Texas’ independence against Mexican general Santa Anna. “The Killing Fields” helmer Roland Joffe directs. Greif’s previous series for History, the Paxton and Kevin Costner-starring “Hatfields and McCoys,” set ratings records for the channel.
“We’re ecstatic with what we’ve seen so far from production,” said Dirk Hoogstra, History and H2 exec VP and general manager. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than with a big television event that’s sure to resonate with our fans.”
- Kevin Noonan
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
• Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who will play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has joined the all-star cast of Criminal. Gadot is set to play Ryan Reynolds’ wife in the CIA thriller directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). The film will also star Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. [THR]
• Jack Huston has officially signed on to play the charismatic blond lieutenant Wickham in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. The Boardwalk Empire star joins Lily James (Downton Abbey), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), and Sam Riley (Maleficent) in the film adaptation of the »
- Jake Perlman
The film centres around a dangerous inmate (Costner) who is implanted with the memories and skills of a dead CIA agent in a desperate bid to foil a deadly plot.
Gadot will play Reynolds' wife.
Gallery - Gal Gadot's career in pictures: »
Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") has closed a deal to play Wickham in Burr Steers' adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies". Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote also star.
The film is a mashup of the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice with zombies. Wickham is a charismatic blond lieutenant who aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them. [Source: Deadline]
The story centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills, which were implanted into a dangerous prison inmate (Kevin Costner) in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot. Gadot will play Reynolds' wife. [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
Gal Gadot made headlines when she was cast as a Wonder Woman in Zach Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I had my reservations (and I still do to some extent), but I must say she's looks great in the pic of her in costume as the Amazonian warrior.
Until Dawn of Justice Gadot was primarily known for her role as Gisele in the last three Fast & Furious films.
The film centers on a dead CIA operatives memories, secrets and skills, which were implanted into a dangerous prison inmate (Costner) in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot.
Source: THR »
- Philip Sticco
Gal Gadot, who is currently playing Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has signed on to star alongside Warner Bros./DC Comics alums Kevin Costner (Man of Steel) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight trilogy) in Millennium Entertainment's Criminal.
Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones are also set to star in this crime thriller, which follows a prison inmate (Kevin Costner) who is implanted with the memories and skills of a deceased CIA operative in hopes that he can stop an evil plot. Gal Gadot is playing the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character.
Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) is directing from a screenplay by David Weisberg and Douglas Cook (The Rock, Double Jeopardy), with Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Matt O'Toole producing. No production schedule was given.
• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
As previously reported, Kevin Costner is continuing his recent thriller kick, following Jack Ryan and 3 Days To Kill with Ariel Vroman's high-concept Criminal. Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman were already set to star; Ryan Reynolds recently joined them. Now, proving that her Wonder Woman duties in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the eventual Justice League movie haven't yet taken over her life, Gal Gadot has also stepped aboard. She'll be playing Reynolds' wife.The film sees Costner as a ruthless criminal (hence the title) who, rather than face the rest of his life in jail, volunteers for an experimental procedure to have the memories and skills of a murdered CIA field agent transferred into his own mind... with predictably unpredictable consquences.Jones is playing a doctor - presumably with a dash of mad neuroscientist about him - while Oldman and Reynolds' roles have not yet been revealed. »
Gal Gadot, the actress who is playing Wonder Woman in the new Warner Bros./DC Entertainment movies, has signed on to join the robust cast of Millennium Films' thriller Criminal. Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones have already been cast in the movie set to be directed by Ariel Vromen. The story centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills, which were implanted into a dangerous prison inmate (Costner) in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot. Gadot will play Reynolds' wife. Producing are Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Matt O'Toole.
- Borys Kit
We’ve already brought you images from Boychoir, The Connection, Escobar: Paradise Lost, The Forger and The Cobbler, but with the Toronto International Festival’s September 4th start date fast approaching, there are even more brand new stills from the official selections hitting the web. Here’s what we got for you now: Cake (Directed by Daniel Barnz) starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Sam Worthington. Black and White (Directed by Mike Binder) starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Ehle. Bang Bang Baby (Directed by Jeffrey St. Jules) starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare and David Reale Shelter (Directed by Paul Bettany) starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th. Cake While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group »
- Perri Nemiroff
Ariel Vromen's CIA thriller “Criminal” has added Jordi Molla in a co-leading role, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve and Gary Oldman star in the thriller, which is about a dangerous and unpredictable criminal who finds himself in unfamiliar territory when a dead CIA operative's skills, secrets and memories are implanted into his brain, with the government agency hoping he will finish the mission for them. Molla will portray the role of Hagbardaka Heimbahl, a anarchistic assassin who wants the secrets now implanted in the criminal's brain. »
- Linda Ge
On the verge of jury trial, Kevin Costner has settled a lawsuit that accused Morgan Creek Productions of hiding profits from him for the 1991 hit Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The actor sued in July 2012, taking a bold shot against the independent studio. "Every actor hopes to star in a great movie that makes substantial profits," the lawsuit stated. "But if you're hoping to earn profits based on the success of your film and you want to be paid on a timely basis, then one company you certainly do not want to do business with is Defendant
- Eriq Gardner
From Napoleon Dynamite to Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, and Veronica Mars, Tina Majorino has maintained a steady presence in beloved movies and shows over the years, always with rabid fandoms in tow. She began acting as a kid (Corrina, Corrina, When A Man Loves A Woman), and she has the strange honor of being in Kevin Costner‘s epic flop Water World, which was, at the time, the most expensive movie ever made. Her career has been eclectic and unwavering, making her one of the most interesting working actresses out there today. (She’s also just really cool and down to earth with rad hair.)
VH1 caught up with Majorino at Comic-Con, where she was promoting her new show Legends, which stars Sean Bean and Morris Chestnut, and accepting the Fandom of the Year award at the MTVu Fandom Awards. She tells us about the thing she is most obsessed »
- Kate Spencer
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