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Predictably, our first look at The Joker has been met with a mixed reaction. Some love the direction that Warner Bros. are going in for this new take on the iconic Batman villain with actor Jared Leto, while others hate that they're not getting a faithful take on their favourite member of the Caped Crusader's rogues gallery. It's worth bearing in mind that this is an imprisoned Joker and not one who is out in the world making life difficult for Batman, and when he is in that classic purple suit, he'll no doubt look a lot more like the classic Joker we all know and love! Let's take a closer look... Click here to take another look at the first official image of The Joker! The Smile Lacking the exaggerated smile from the comic books, Jared Leto's mouth is also extremely different to both the deformed version given »
Ayer's design for the Joker is a striking image of a modern deranged man riddled with tattoos, rings, silver teeth and green hair. Unlike the anarchist Heath Ledger Joker from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight before him and the gangster Jack Nicholson Joker from Tim Burton's Batman, Leto's makeup depicts a man who is a full blown psychopath from head to toe.
There are rumors that the reason the Joker is imprisoned and becomes a member of the Suicide Squad is that he killed Robin, former sidekick of Ben Affleck's Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There is no firm evidence to support this claim so for now take it with a grain of salt. »
Kris Wall reviews Mortal Kombat X…
In a world of Street Fighters, Tekkens and Killer Instincts, Mortal Kombat has always seemed like the one on one underdog, it’s gratuitous yet shallow violence seemed fun for a few novelty plays and water cooler talk of the increasingly gruesome fatalities, but often overlooked in favour of the more technically advanced fighters featured on the tournament circuit. However, that was then and this is now with NetherRealm Studios stripping away its novelty roots and rebuilding the Mortal Kombat franchise with its brilliant 9th entry, making it a force to be reckoned with and a real contender in the fighting genre. Mortal Kombat X takes everything that was great about MK9 and raises its game to the next level, however some questionable choices hold it back from ultimate gory glory.
First things first, MK9 ushered in a highly entertaining single player story mode »
- Kris Wall
The legendary Batman foe the Joker made his first ever comic book appearance on April 25, 1940. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics' greatest villain, Suicide Squad director David Ayer offered up the first real look at actor/musician Jared Leto in the Joker role for the upcoming blockbuster film.
In addition to the Joker's trademark green hair and red lips, Ayer's version of the villain also features blackened teeth, dozens of "Haha" tattoos across his body and ink on Joker's forehead that reads "Damaged."
The new Joker photo, »
Suicide Squad director David Ayer took to Twitter on Friday evening to offer up the first look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming DC Comics Multiverse feature, as the Oscar winner is sporting several tats including the word "Damaged" across his forehead. I'm not necessarily familiar with the variety of Jokers found in the comic books, but this definitely has the appearance of being far afield Heath Ledger's version in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and even appears to be far more zany than Jack Nicholson's portrayal in Tim Burton's Batman (1989). In fact, they appear to be going a whole new route, almost the permanently psychologically damaged version if I'm reading this look correctly... am Ic That said, while I've never read a "Batman" comic book in my life, I'm well aware of Alan Moore's "Killing Joke", which seems to be the »
- Brad Brevet
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
In honor of the character’s 75th anniversary, director David Ayer has Tweeted out the very first official image of Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad. As expected, it’s drastically different than anything we’ve seen in the past and a huge departure from both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s version of the character. That being said, it’s pretty damn awesome and Leto has once again proven himself as an actor who’s capable of a tremendous physical transformation.
Featuring elements taken straight from the comics along with a few unconventional attributes, like the tattoos, this is perhaps the most deranged version of the character that we’ve seen so far, and we’re absolutely loving it. Though we’ve seen numerous teases of the look that Leto would be sporting, I don’t think anyone could of imagined that he would look this extreme. »
- James Garcia
For weeks, DC and Jared Leto have been teasing us with little snippets here and there of what the Joker will look like. Well now we know as they finally released our first look at the finished product of Jared Leto as The Joker.
As you can see, this isn't your father's joker or really yours for that matter. This is actually a completely original depiction of the clown prince of crime. You can tell they were really trying to go with a more insanely, criminal look. Taking a step away from the sociopathic crazy clown we're so used to and replacing him with a more "Damaged", as his face tattoo says, criminal inspired theme.
Many will fondly remember the last time the Joker was shown on the big screen, when Heath Ledger earned »
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
In this September’s Black Mass, Johnny Depp returns to the life of crime as Whitey Bulger, a character light-years away from Mortdecai’s moustache-twirling eponymous art dealer, or the wacky world of his frequent collaborator Tim Burton.
Bulger is perhaps best known to film audiences as the real-life inspiration behind Jack Nicholson’s Boston mob kingpin in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. If Jack’s Frank Costello is only the carbon copy of Bulger, then we should be in for a hell of a ride with Black Mass and the real deal.
“He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra—you never knew where he could strike,” says director Scott Cooper of Bulger, a regular on the FBI’s ten most wanted fugitives list.
Bulger isn’t the first notorious crime lord brought to the big screen by Depp. He portrayed the infamous drug trafficker George Jung in Blow, »
- Sasha James
Just when we thought we didn’t like Johnny Depp anymore, here he is doing what appears to be quality work again portraying notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. If he looks and sounds like Jack Nicholson, particularly in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, that’s partly because that character was partly based on Bulger. He actually sounds more like Nicholson as Frank Costello and Ray Liotta’s aged Henry Hill in Goodfellas than the real Bulger. Unlike Depp’s other portrayal of a balding icon in the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, here he may not be attempting full authenticity but rather one of his hodgepodge characterizations. Either way, that main steak dinner scene at the center of this first trailer is intense, and the extended showcase of Depp’s creepy-eyed performance piques our interest. As does the whole ensemble, which we barely get a look at here. Black Mass »
- Christopher Campbell
Yesterday we got the first look at Johnny Depp as we've grown accustomed to him in the past decade, playing dress up in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." Even when he's not headlining franchise material, he'll find ways to get frisky like in the box office bomb "Mortedcai" or attempt to play serious like in the other box office bomb "Transcendence." But can "Black Mass" be the turnaround we've been waiting for ages? Fingers crossed. Certainly this first image is compelling. No wacky costumes or funny facial expressions here. Instead, the actor is going gritty as Whitey Bulger, the famed Boston mobster who inspired Jack Nicholson's turn in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed." Bulger, who was apprehended in 2011 after two decades on the lam, was one mean s.o.b. in his prime. “He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Seems Jack Nicholson's not completely over the Lakers after all ... 'cause the Hollywood icon just told us he couldn't care less about the NBA playoffs ... since the Purple and Gold ain't in 'em. Check out the clip ... Nicholson essentially says the NBA season is over for him -- and the insinuation is that he lost interest when the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention. When we pointed out that several teams are still going strong, »
- TMZ Staff
Let's hope Jack Nicholson has a pleasant birthday on Wednesday, or at least a less disturbing one than the birthday when pal Hunter S. Thompson showed up outside his house, turned on a spotlight, blasted a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol, and (when the terrified actor and his kids refused to open the door) left an elk's heart on the doorstep.
Nicholson turns 78 on April 22, and even though he hasn't been in a movie for five years, he still looms large in our collective imaginations. Younger viewers know him from his flamboyant performances in "The Departed," "The Bucket List," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Anger Management," but his older films remain ubiquitous on TV as well, including "As Good as It Gets," "A Few Good Men," "Batman," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Terms of Endearment," "The Shining," and "Chinatown." A late bloomer, »
- Gary Susman
Meryl Streep, who is officially a genius angel sent from a better dimension, is funding a screenwriting lab for women over 40. The initiative aims to create opportunities for that contingent, and it'll be run by New York Women in Film and Television and Iris, a collective of women filmmakers. Because this idea is so brilliant, we'll toast a bunch of 40+-year-old female screenwriters whose works are available on Netflix now. The Kids are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko) Aside from the fact that "The Kids are All Right" feels like a prime James L. Brooks feature, the 2010 family drama gives you a myriad of irresistible moments and performances. Annette Bening is biting and funny as an alcoholic lesbian mother; Julianne Moore is harried and loving as her conflicted wife. Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson add perfectly pitched dramedy with their sincere roles. You want to hug this movie, but »
- Louis Virtel
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Over the last several weeks, Jared Leto.s gradual transformation into The Joker for Suicide Squad has been teased over social media, but now we finally have a good look at the green hair the actor will be rocking next year. Take a look! Jared Leto's Joker is a big fan of Snapchat http://t.co/nK5wYwYHj4 pic.twitter.com/5ZEYYqbna0. Mashable (@mashable) April 16, 2015 Leto originally took this picture of himself on Snapchat and later posted it on Twitter, although that tweet has since been deleted. Mashable is one of the many sites that picked up the image and ran with it. This shade of green is much more reminiscent of Jack Nicholson.s Joker hair as opposed to Heath Ledger.s, and is basically the same color as in the comics. The way his lips are pursed also add to the sinister feel of the image, which »
By Alex Simon
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Meryl Streep has three Oscars and 19 nominations. Something she didn't have coming into this weekend? An MTV Movie Award. Well, she can cross that one off the ole' bucket list. Awards season's truly dominant champion took home a Golden Popcorn statue for Best Villain at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards Sunday. Her performance in the musical "Into the Woods" beat out Oscar winner J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") as well as Jillian Bell ("22 Jump Street"), Peter Dinklage ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") and Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"). While Streep may be a perennial fixture on the Oscar circuit, though, this was only her second MTV nomination to date. She was also nominated in the Best Villain category eight years ago for "The Devil Wears Prada," which also netted her an Oscar nomination. And a fun fact: She lost that year to fellow Oscar magnet Jack Nicholson ("The Departed"). More from the »
- Kristopher Tapley
Obviously, there’s a lot to go through, so here we go…do you agree? Let us know via the medium of thought…or better still in the comments below or over on our Twitter.
A: Jack for Sure! I mean, how can you fight Jack Nicholson with an axe!
Heather Donahue (Blair Witch) vs Sidney (Scream)
Come on – has to be Heather – she even scared me! Tough as nails…
Father Merrin (Exorcist) vs Jigsaw (Saw)
Father Merrin – what a bad-ass that dude was. Jigsaw was nothing but a good torture machine designer…
Norman Bates vs Ripley
Wow – tough one. Ripley »
- Dan Bullock
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