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With all the hints we’ve seen lately about Ben Affleck having serious doubts regarding the Dceu projects he’s involved in, the powers-that-be at DC and the WB must be worried about losing their Batman. What will they do if Affleck abandons the bat cave? Here are four possibilities for continuing the Dceu post-Affleck.
Despite the praise he received for his appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck’s participation in a solo Batman film (and any DC projects beyond that) is far from certain. Last December, he stated that his appearance in The Batman was “not a set thing”. More recently, he stepped out of the director’s chair for the Batman. Also, it seems that the script he co-wrote for the movie is a non-starter and it’s back to the drawing board for the screenplay. And let’s not forget the image »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Over three years ago, Val Kilmer pulled out a chainsaw at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Music Festival when he was performing on stage with The Black Lips. Kilmer wasn’t a new addition to the band gone mad or anything; he was shooting a scene for Terrence Malick‘s long-awaited upcoming film, Song to Song, previously titled Weightless. While Malick often cuts […]
- Jack Giroux
Soundtracked by Del Shannon's "Runaway," the trailer sets up the film's plot – although "plot" is a loose construct in Malick's recent films – as Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara portray a pair of indie rockers that fall in love in the Texas capital. Complicating matters is Michael Fassbender's smooth-talking music mogul and a waitress played by Natalie Portman, with »
Music, sex, rock ‘n roll….”Song To Song” (formerly titled “Weightless“) doesn’t sound like your average Terrence Malick movie, and perhaps that’s what makes this latest entry from the suddenly prolific director so intriguing (don’t forget, he’s already wrapped his next movie, the WWII pic “Radegund“). But some things remain the same, including his bonkers ensemble.
Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Haley Bennett, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Clifton Collins Jr., Angela Bettis, Bérénice Marlohe, Florence Welch, and Holly Hunter all star in the movie set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene, where relationships collide.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick’s latest offering Song to Song (formerly titled Weightless) is set to open in North American next month, and Broad Green Pictures has now released the first poster for the film featuring Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, and Rooney Mara; check it out below and take a look at the first official image here…
Update: And here is the first trailer…
“In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and Bv (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.”
Song to Song is set for release on March 17th and features a cast that also includes Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Haley Bennett, Val Kilmer, Benicio del Toro, Clifton Collins Jr., and Bérénice Marlohe. »
- Amie Cranswick
Update: See the trailer here.
The first of two new Terrence Malick films this year will premiere in less than a month, and arrive in theaters in almost exactly four weeks. While we’re still waiting on the trailer for Song to Song, Broad Green Pictures have now unveiled its first poster ahead of an SXSW premiere. The film was recently rated R for “some sexuality, nudity, drug use and language,” and this colorful one-sheet features our main four leads behind an LP — fitting for the music-heavy project.
It’s definitely starring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett, and maybe also featuring Haley Bennett, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Clifton Collins Jr., Angela Bettis, Bérénice Marlohe, Florence Welch, and Holly Hunter. We’ve heard the trailer will be out as early as next week, so check back soon. In the meantime, see the poster and synopsis below. »
- Jordan Raup
“Violent Delights” was unveiled Monday at the Berlin Film Festival by producers Bruce Nahin and Taylor Laughlin, and executive producer Kelsey Roberts. Production will commence this summer in Paris and Los Angeles.
The film follows a diverse group of musicians and art students who find themselves caught in the crossfire of a Parisian terrorist attack. The story centers on the lead singer of an American punk rock band, played by Kilmer, and two expressionist painters. Their lives parallel a young man from an immigrant family (portrayed by Magomedgadzhiev) as they each search for inspiration in the city of Paris.
Kilmer, the son of Val Kilmer, played »
- Dave McNary
One of the most lucrative and successful movie franchises in cinematic history, Batman prefigured the current superhero franchise craze and set the standard after Tim Burton’s 1989 picture established a succession of films which changed the long-held perception of Batman on screen as a camp throwback to his 1960’s colourful incarnation. As The Lego Batman Movie debuts, launching the Caped Crusader into a new animated dimension, it’s interesting to consider the numerous Batman projects that never made it out of development hell, because even though we’ve had the Christopher Nolan trilogy in recent years which sent the character into the stratosphere, it’s not always been plain sailing for the Dark Knight.
“But this film happened?!” a million voices all cried out in terror. Yes indeed, last year’s Dawn of Justice, part of the formative and troubled DC Extended Universe, »
- Tony Black
It’s one of the most iconic dance scenes in movie history.
Audiences swooned – and Swayze was propelled onto the A-List.
In a featurette on the 30th anniversary Blu-Ray of the film, those involved with the iconic dance sequence share how difficult the scene was to pull off. Better yet, they share behind-the-scenes footage of the rehearsals. (Watch the exclusive clip above!)
Swayze was a »
- Steve Helling
Like a tidal wave rolling off the great Atlantic Ocean, the casting news for James Wan’s Aquaman continues to pour in. Moments after we brought you word that The Get Down star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was in contention to land the villainous part of Black Manta, THR is now reporting that the Oscar-nominated Nicole Kidman has also opened talks to board Wan’s 2018 solo movie.
Should a deal place, she’ll play Atlanna, the mother of Jason Momoa’s King of the Seven. Negotiations are ongoing, but given that Wan and his creative team are eyeing a production start in April, we fully expect Warner Bros. and Kidman to reach a decision in the coming weeks, for better or worse. One way or another, Aquaman already boasts an enviable cast list comprised of Momoa as the titular Atlantean, Amber Heard as long-time love interest and Queen, Mera, while Willem Dafoe »
- Michael Briers
In August, Dirty Dancing will celebrate 30 years since it first captivated audiences with its timeless tale, and Et is digging up some facts about the film that even hardcore fans might not know.
Watch: Abigail Breslin Is 'Stoked' About 'Dirty Dancing' Remake, Hopes to Do It Justice
1. Numerous pairings were considered to play the leads. Today, it's hard to imagine anyone besides Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the starring roles, but surprisingly, they weren't the first choice. The role of Johnny Castle was originally supposed to go to Val Kilmer, but he turned it down. Meanwhile, Grey could have lost the role of Baby Houseman to Sarah Jessica Parker or Sharon Stone, who both reportedly tried out for the part.
2. Some scenes in the movie were made up on the spot. "Tons of things were improvised," the late Swayze said in a featurette for the movie. "When I'm teaching Jennifer and I'm getting frustrated, trying to get »
Heat is one of the great movies of the 90’s. We got Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Michael Mann and, hell, we can even give a shout out to Val Kilmer. Kinetic heist scenes, terrific performances an absorbing script all made for a tremendous thriller that has stood the test of time. But there’s one scene so good it could win an Oscar by itself: the coffee shop scene. In it Pacino and De Niro sit... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
For better or worse, we’re going to be seeing some real change in the DC Extended Universe. As reported extensively here at Lrm, the brass over at Warner Bros. have seemingly mis-diagnosed the problem with Batman v Superman as a “tonal one.” When the film hit theaters last year, and failed to live up to the name (at least in a lot of fans’ minds), the studio seemed to be in a mad scramble to fix the situation.
They went and re-cut Suicide Squad so that it displayed a lighter, more audience-friendly tone, and they spouted the lighter take on the superheroes that would be evident in the 2017 film, Justice League. They even went so far as to fly out a whole bunch of press to changed the entire narrative surrounding the Dceu. It wouldn’t be all doom and gloom anymore.
It’s been several months, and in that time, »
- Joseph Medina
Rob Leane Jan 18, 2017
Longer, darker and closer to what came before, the extended version of Batman Forever sounds interesting at the least...
Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever was a divisive movie, to say the least, and one that we’ve debated the merits of before on this site. But even those of us who like the film (this writer included) would be quick to admit that it’s nowhere near the brilliance of the preceding brace of Bat-movies from Tim Burton.
It’s intriguing to hear, then, that the original cut of Batman Forever weighed in at 2 hours 40 minutes. That’s 38 minutes of extra footage that never made it into cinemas; enough missing minutes to significantly alter the film. Would the original version of Batman Forever have garnered more love?
The fine folk at BatmanOnFilm.com have painstakingly procured information from every available source - earlier drafts of the script, »
Anghus Houvouras on multiple viewings…
How many movies have you watched more than once?
I’m sure there are a lot of you out there that have those ‘go to’ movies. Classics that you can pop in from time to time because no matter how many times you’ve seen them they are able to infinitely entertain you or transport you a different time and place.
As this column began percolating in the deepest recesses of my cerebellum, I was forced to consider which movies I’ve watched on repeat viewings more than any other.
When I was a kid the most rewatched movie had to have been Red Dawn. After renting the movie a dozen or so times, I finally received the gift of a VHS bootleg which i subsequently played over and over again until the damn thing wore out. I can still remember watching the perpetually degrading »
- Anghus Houvouras
Tim Burton’s “Batman” was the highest-grossing movie of 1989. The sequel, “Batman Returns,” was the third-biggest film of 1992. So why did the star of the first two installments, Michael Keaton, turn down the third part of such a successful trilogy? Simple: The script “sucked.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the 65-year-old actor explained why he decided to pass on the film once director Joel Schumacher took over the franchise.
“It sucked”, the actor said of the script. “The script never was great. I didn’t understand why [Schumacher] wanted to do what he wanted to do.”
According to Keaton, he attended “many meetings” to discuss the film, and was “polite up to a point about things.” However, he did not agree with the direction Schumacher wanted to take with the film. “I knew it »
- Yoselin Acevedo
On The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast, when asked what prompted his exit from the project, the Spider-Man: Homecoming villain sugarcoated nothing.
“Let me simplify it for you: it sucked,” said Keaton. “The script was never good, I didn’t understand why he [Joel Schumacher] wanted to do what he wanted to do, and I knew it was in trouble when he said ‘why does everything have to be so dark?'”
- Robert Kojder
Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever sits at a weird place on the scale of Batman movie quality. Sporting the early signs of the neon cartoon madness that would turn Schumacher’s later Batman And Robin into a frequently cited cinematic whipping boy, the film is somewhat validated by a strong performance from Val Kilmer, following in Michael Keaton’s footsteps as an obviously damaged Bruce Wayne. Of course, those footsteps were only free to be followed in because Keaton turned the film down, choosing to end his tenure as The Dark Knight with Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.
Now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter—centered on The Founder, the latest step in his ongoing career renaissance—Keaton has elaborated on why he passed on Forever: “It sucked.”
- William Hughes
Song to Song will follow two couples who become entangled: A pair of struggling songwriters played by Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling and a music mogul and a waitress played by Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. Billed as a "modern love story," the two couples will "chase success through a rock and roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. »
Michael Keaton has had a stunning career resurgence in recent years. He has starred in the last two movies to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards (Birdman and Spotlight) and is getting some buzz for his role as Ray Kroc in The Founder, which tells the story of how McDonald's became a massive franchise. Still, many will always think of him as Batman to some degree, since he starred in the two Tim Burton directed Batman movies and very nearly in the third of the series, which was helmed by Joel Schumacher. But he had the good sense to bail on the project because in his words, "It sucked!"
The Oscar nominee was a recent guest on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, where he discussed his decision not to be in Batman Forever, which is famously a very bad movie by most accounts. According to Michael Keaton, the »
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