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“Be careful of mankind, Diana. They do not deserve you.” —Queen Hippolyta
Will the Amazonian be the woman who finally breaks the Hollywood glass ceiling?
Wonder Woman, starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Princess Diana of Themiscrya, premieres on June 2, just 12 days away, and the fate of all the superwomen and their eponymous movies who would follow her lies in the ability of her sword-wielding, shield-bearing, gold lassoing hands and her armor-plated breast to vanquish the biggest and baddest super-villain of them all: Box Office.
I’ve watched every trailer and clip that Warner Bros. has released, and though they were all great, the very best of all of them, im-not-so-ho, was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Every time Ms. Gadot showed up, whether it was in her guise as Diana Prince or as Wonder Woman, the movie morphed from an overbearing, weighted down slog through mud into »
- Mindy Newell
This weekend, the entire specialized industry is huddled in Cannes in search of the next big things. On the home front, just three noteworthy films opened, each on a single Manhattan screen. Two of them, the Bryan Cranston-starring “Wakefield” and Steve James’ financial world set documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” showed some life.
Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait” had a promising second-weekend expansion, and looks to be the standout over the next month and more. Still, results remain minor after a couple post-awards months led by “Gifted” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”
Wakefield (IFC) – Metacritic: 60; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto 2016
$14,120 in 1 theater: PTA (per theater average): $14,120
Bryan Cranston has become an omnipresent force in TV, Broadway, and features. This film, opening many months after its September festival premieres, “Wakefield” puts him front and center as a Manhattan law partner who zones out of his suburban life »
- Tom Brueggemann
Chicago – The cache of “Paris Can Wait” is what immediately makes it attractive. It’s Diane Lane road tripping through France on the way to Paris, guided by the script and direction of Eleanor Coppola, in her narrative film debut (at age 80!). Along the way there is food, seduction, incredible sights and Alec Baldwin. That formula was destined to work.
Lane is the wife of a famous filmmaker in the story, which sounds strangely familiar. This is autobiographical, a trip like this actually happened to Coppola, not in the same fashion, but with the same atmosphere. By creating a scenario of seduction and high level food, the question of will-she-won’t-see becomes apparent beyond the cliché level. Diane Lane is simply wonderful in the role, knowing just how to balance it. Lane is one of those performers that observers tend to take for granted, because even with less than stellar material, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Alec Baldwin doesn’t get much screen time in “Paris Can Wait,” and that’s one reason the movie works. Nothing against the “SNL” hero; the character he plays is, like himself, a successful Hollywood insider. Director Eleanor Coppola is more concerned with the workaday dramas that happen backstage at an awards show, or just out of frame of a paparazzi shot. As the wife of Francis Ford and mother of Sofia, Coppola sticks to what she knows in her narrative feature debut. For the 80-year-old filmmaker (“Hearts of Darkness”), it’s a triumph worth saluting.
Baldwin is Michael, a businessman who questions every expenditure and couldn’t match his socks without his wife, Anne (Diane Lane). They plan to vacation in Paris after Michael’s latest film wraps in Turkey, but Anne decides to »
- Jude Dry
We all have mothers. I had a mother of a cold last week, and since Sunday was Mom’s day, I thought I would take a moment to honor all those women who have taken on the absolutely hardest job in the multi-verse… even though I’m a bit late.
I think the best-known mother in the four-color universe is the farmer’s wife from Smallville who, with her husband, found and raised the “strange visitor from another planet” who would grow up to become the one and only Superman.
Although I’ve always known that farmer’s wife as Martha Clark Kent, her name varied for quite a while; she was known as Mary Kent in Superman #1 (1939). In George F. Lowther’s 1942 novel, The Adventures of Superman, and on the radio program for which Mr. Lowther was a writer, Mrs. Kent’s first name was Sarah, which also followed »
- Mindy Newell
Sofia Coppola met her muse Kirsten Dunst in 1998. The actress was just 16 at the time, and the 27-year-old daughter of Francis Ford Coppola was about to make her directorial debut with “The Virgin Suicides,” based on a novel that she loved. Dunst was so innocent, she brought her mom along to chaperone their initial conversation. “I was a little nervous,” she says. “It was my first adult role!”
So much of Hollywood is filtered through the male gaze. But Coppola, who tells stories from the perspectives of her heroines, immediately put Dunst at ease. “She was always a good influence on me as a young woman,” Dunst says, recalling a compliment that Coppola once paid her that she never forgot. “She said to me, ‘I love your teeth; don’t ever fix your teeth.’ I remember doing a ‘Spider-Man’ movie later, and one of the producers was like, ‘I need »
- Ramin Setoodeh
As specialized distributors head to Cannes, Eleanor Coppola’s French valentine “Paris Can Wait” (Sony Pictures Classics) scored with arthouse moviegoers. It’s only the fourth 2017 limited release to break the increasingly rare $20,000 per-theater-average mark.
These days, movies with older audience appeal are sustaining the market — and will likely form the core demo for similar available new films at Cannes. Eleanor Coppola (“Apocalypse Now” documentary “Heart of Darkness”) makes her narrative film debut at 81 with her semi-autobiographical first screenplay, starring Diane Lane as the wife of a self-involved film producer (Alec Baldwin).
New York also saw a handful of other small but still promising initial results, led by Cate Blanchett stunt-theater piece “Manifesto” (Film Rise), Israeli marriage story “The Wedding Plan” (Roadside Attractions) and “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” (First Run).
- Tom Brueggemann
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Wonder Woman, Justice League, Justice League Dark, Aquaman, Krypton, Black Lightning, Powerless, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Gifted, Deadpool, Deadpool 2, X-Men: The New Mutants, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and more…
We’re less than three weeks away from the fourth instalment of the DC Extended Universe – and the first female-headlined superhero movie since 2005’s Elektra – and this week has brought us some exciting new promotional material for Wonder Woman. First up was the final ‘Rise of the Warrior’ trailer [watch it here], followed by a new poster featuring Gal Gadot’s Amazon Princess alongside Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor [see here], three new TV spots [watch them here] and a photo of Gadot’s Diana alongside Eugene Brave Rock’s »
- Gary Collinson
While we still have over six months left until Justice League hits theaters this November, one cast member had some interesting things to say about the movie. Diane Lane, who returns for the third time in the Dceu as Martha Kent, Superman's mother, was asked during a talk show appearance if she could offer any spoilers for Justice League, and if she thinks the movie will be better than The Avengers. Here's what she had to say below, in quite a succinct fashion.
"No and no. [laughs] Short but honest. I hate to disappoint, but..."
The actress made these potentially controversial comments during the after-show of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where fans can call or email in their questions for that night's guests. While Diane Lane didn't actually say that the Justice League movie will be awful, it seems she prefers the Marvel team of superheroes to the DC super group. »
Update: As expected, a clarifying statement from Diane Lane was released today in regards to her comments on Andy Cohen Live. ComicBook.com received the following from her reps: "Diane meant "sorry to disappoint" in reference to revealing anything concerning "Justice League" that is not already out in the public, and, was declining to comment on a film... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Whether you considered it to be cause for concern or a storm in a teacup, Diane Lane’s recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen sparked heated debate across the four corners of the Internet.
As is common practice for an actor/actress involved in a superhero tentpole, it didn’t take long before the Justice League star was soliciting questions regarding Zack Snyder’s upcoming tentpole. When asked if she could divulge any potential spoilers, and if the DC ensemble film will be better than The Avengers, Lane stated: “No, and no. Short but honest – I hate to disappoint, but…” – sending Marvel and DC fans into a collective tailspin.
But it seems those comments were blown completely out of proportion, and now, ComicBook has relayed an official statement from one of Diane Lane’s representatives that’s essentially designed to clear the air.
“Diane meant “sorry »
- Michael Briers
Yesterday, we reported on some strange, choice comments from Justice League actress Diane Lane. When asked if she could give audiences some spoilers on the film, and if she expects the film to be better than The Avengers, she responded by saying:
"No, and no. Short but honest - I hate to disappoint, but..."
It was a strangely blunt reaction, and it seemed to imply that she didn’t really mind throwing the film under the bus. Is it possible that Justice League was very clearly not anywhere near the quality of The Avengers, so much so that Lane was willing to explicitly badmouth the film? That certainly seemed to be the easiest way to read her response, but if we’re to believe Lane’s follow-up comment, that isn’t what she meant to say.
ComicBook.com reached out to Lane for clarification, and her representatives responded with the »
- Joseph Medina
After the critically pooh-poohed trio Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and Suicide Squad, there is reason to be wary of Justice League, the coming omnibus entry in the Dceu. So when even Diane Lane seemed to think it wasn’t going to be as good as rival superhero team-up flick The Avengers, the moment was perfect fodder for the haters. However, Lane has since clarified her comments to insist she’s not engaging in some rebellion against Zack Snyder.
Lane plays BvS plot point/Superman’s adoptive mother Martha, and was on Watch What Happens Live! to promote her new movie Paris Can Wait. There she was hit with a two-part call-in question: “Can you give us any Justice League spoilers and do you think it will be better than The Avengers?” Lane had a simple answer. “No and no,” she said. “Short but honest. I »
- Esther Zuckerman
2017 is going to be a massive year for DC Films and fans of the DC Extended Universe. Not only do we have Wonder Woman to look forward to, but in November the biggest heroes of the DC universe will join forces with the release of the hotly-anticipated Justice League movie.
As you’d expect, there’s going to be a lot of comparisons between Justice League and Marvel’s own team-up movie The Avengers, particularly amongst those fans who like to partake in the ‘Marvel vs. DC’ war. However, those on the DC side of the fence hoping that Justice League tops its Marvel rival will likely be disappointed – or perhaps even enraged – by the latest comments from Diane Lane, a.k.a. Martha Kent.
- Gary Collinson
Today's 5 mood boosting assignments from showbiz history...
2017 oh wait that's today! New in movie theaters today: Goldie Hawn returns to the cinema in the Amy Schumer comedy Snatched; Uneven but sometimes really exciting director Doug Liman unveils the sniper drama The Wall (starring Brit Aaron Taylor-Johnson with a twangy accent); Guy Ritchie anachronistically Ritchifies the King Arthur legend with Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law; Demian Bichir stars in Lowriders; and Diane Lane takes a road trip with Arnaud Viard in Paris Can Wait when her husband Alec Baldwin bails on her for business.
In their honor: Go see a movie this weekend. Pick a title any title. If you don't want to see one of those catch up with The Lovers or Lost City of Z. Both are good flicks.
1988 The infamous stage musical version of horror classic Carrie opens. It will close five days later. The off Broadway revival »
- NATHANIEL R
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- Ethan Anderton
Update: Diane Lane's representatives have since clarified her comments.
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The DC Extended Universe has had one hell of a time trying to gain credibility with fans and critics. While the movies have thus far made quite a bit of money, they’re still not as beloved as they would like. The concern is that after enough underwhelming films, audiences will lose interest in them altogether. But, of course, there is still that lingering hope that fans like myself cling onto. While Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad may not have been great movies, there were glimpses of greatness in certain aspect that really showed the potential this franchise had for greatness.
Will next month’s Wonder Woman and, perhaps more importantly, this November’s Justice League actually bring about the greatness we think is possible in the Dceu? »
- Joseph Medina
The ongoing DC vs. Marvel fight is currently at a low simmer, at least until “Wonder Woman” is released in a few weeks. However, some recent comments by Diane Lane are sure to start up the chatter once again, as even Superman’s Mom has relatively modest expectations about how “Justice League” will turn out.
Dropping by “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” the actress was candid when a fan called in and asked two simple questions: could she share any “Justice League” spoilers, and will the movie be better than “The Avengers“?
Continue reading Even Superman’s Mom Doesn’t Think ‘Justice League’ Will Be Better Than ‘The Avengers’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s the source of a never-ending battle between superhero fans on the internet: just whose movies are better, Marvel or DC? The rivalry between the two studios has spilled over into the casts of these films from time to time, too, with Marvel actors obviously standing up for their side while DC’s talent promote their own projects. Now, however, it seems one DC star has gone rogue, as they appear to have admitted that they don’t think the upcoming Justice League movie will be as good as The Avengers.
The star in question is Diane Lane, who plays Superman’s adoptive mother Martha Kent in the DC Extended Universe. She recently appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and was asked about Justice League by a DC fan who called into the show. “Can you give us any Justice League spoilers?” asked the caller. “And »
- Christian Bone
If you’re longing for a delicious romantic romp to take your mind off the world going to hell in hand basket, Paris Can Wait is it. Eleanor Coppola, best known for putting together and narrating the landmark 1991 documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (about the torments suffered by her husband Francis Ford Coppola during the filming of Apocalypse Now) makes her non-doc directing debut with this delightful surprise package. Coppola is 80, but you'd never know it from her seductive lightness of touch.
Diane Lane is irresistible as Anne, »
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