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Warner Bros is rumoured to have a no jokes policy for its DC Comics film adaptations.
The studio is demanding that no humour make its way into the Batman and Superman films and its other franchises, according to HitFix.
The article speculates that Warner may have decided to move away from comedy follow the failure of 2011's Green Lantern.
Marvel Studios has found continuing success with the mix of comedy, drama and action in its own franchise.
However, actor and filmmaker Seth Rogen has denied the reports via Twitter, branding the claims as "bulls**t".
Guy Ritchie has finally decided on an actor to play King Arthur for his upcoming Warner Bros. film. Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam will tackle the legendary leader in what's rumored to be a six-film series. Looks like turning down that Fifty Shades of Grey role wasn't so bad after all huh?
Hunnam is in final negotiations for the role of King Arthur. There's also rumors that Idris Elba–who co-starred with Hunnam in his other Warner Bros. franchise, Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim–is in talks to play Merlin. Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) is also being mentioned for the female lead.
It looks like this project is finally coming together for Ritchie. Warner Bros has tried a few »
- Laura Frances
Though Charlie Hunnam is about to ride off into the sunset with the final season of his FX series Sons of Anarchy this fall, the actor has emerged as director Guy Ritchie's top choice to play the title character in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. We reported last month that Idris Elba is playing Bedivere, the right-hand man of Arthur's father who teaches the young man how to fight and how to lead an army.
Charlie Hunnam is in final negotiations for the project, which will be the first in a series of six movies that we first reported on back in January. Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) wrote the script for the first movie, which lays the groundwork for this epic six-movie franchise. No story details have been released thus far.
As Sons of Anarchy enters its seventh and final season, star Charlie Hunnam continues to look towards the big screen to put himself on the map as a leading actor in Hollywood. After being courted for the role of Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, the Pacific Rim star is now being eyed to lead a very different project.
According to Deadline, Hunnam is Guy Ritchie’s top choice to play King Arthur in the Warner Bros. movie which is being developed by Joby Harold as a franchise which could be made up of as many as six movies. Harold penned the movie and Akiva Goldsman is set to produce. Hunnam meanwhile is in final negotiations for the role.
- Josh Wilding
Exclusive: Going into his seventh and final season as the prince of the motorcycle club in Sons Of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam will next have the opportunity to rise to king. Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie’s choice to play King Arthur in the epic Warner Bros project hatched by Joby Harold and intended to span six films. Harold wrote the first script and Akiva Goldsman is producing through Weed Road with Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram. Hunnam is in final negotiations to play the man who pulls the sword from the stone.
If you ever doubted whether Hunnam made the right call passing on playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey, well, this story then is mean to convince you he is in pretty good shape. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The third book in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, saw the world of Harry Potter get even darker. It also saw the introduction of a whole bunch of new characters including the fantastically demented Sirius Black, new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Remus Lupin, the bonkers Professor Trelawney, the chillingly creepy dementors and the magical hipogrif Buckbeak.
Sirius Black is one of the most feared prisoners held at the magical prison of Azkaban, guarded by the terrifying dementors. These dementors don’t kill you – they suck out your soul with a dementor’s kiss. Somehow, Sirius has done the impossible and broken out of Azkaban – and he is after Harry. Of course, having been sheltered from the wizarding world until his eleventh birthday, Harry doesn’t know who Sirius is or why on earth he would be after him and will soon unearth a horrific »
- Amanda Keats
Wme has signed The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, the agency said in a wide announcement. The Stockholm-bred thesp crossed over stateside as the street-tough Detective Holder on AMC’s cop show and starred in MGM and Sony’s RoboCop reboot earlier this year. The Killing was revived for a fourth season on Netflix this month. Kinnaman, previously with CAA, stars opposite Liam Neeson in WB’s 2015 crime actioner Run All Night and has Summit/Lionsgate’s Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace opening in April. The fast-ascending actor first broke out in his native Sweden thanks to roles in the Johan Falk film series and Daniel Espinosa’s Snabba Cash (Easy Money) trilogy. He also appeared in Espinosa’s English-language crime pic Safe House, Lola Versus, and David Fincher’s The Girl With THe Dragon Tattoo. Kinnaman continues to be repped by manager Shelley Browning at Magnolia and attorney Hansen Jacobson. »
- Jen Yamato
Comic book movies are some of the hottest properties in Hollywood right now. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Fox’s X-Men (and soon to be Fantastic Four) continuity, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the new DC Cinematic Universe all include films that have grossed hundreds of millions – and even billions in some cases – of dollars in recent years.
As a result, comic book movies have become a genre with a good reputation. Huge, top class and award winning actors, including the likes of Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Andrew Garfield, Chris Cooper, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jamie Bell, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams, have signed on for roles in them – something that would have been unheard of as recently as twenty or so years ago.
However, the genre could have looked so different and could have taken such a »
- Kev Stewart
Concept Art by Justin Goby Fields A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, »
Keanu Reeves will produce Rain, which is based on the globetrotting novel series by Barry Eisler. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, who recently directed Keanu Reeves in the action thriller John Wick, will also produce alongside author Barry Eisler.
The story will follow Keanu Reeves as John Rain, a half-japanese, half-American hitman for hire who makes it look as though his targets have died from natural causes. Rain travels to various different locations around the world to carry out his many jobs, and because of his chosen career, he finds it difficult to let anyone else into his life. The series will be based in part on the novels A Clean Kill in Tokyo, A Lonely Resurrection, Winner Take All, Redemption Games, Extremis, The Killer Ascendant, The Detachment and Graveyard of Memories. »
The Dark Knight (2008) reunites director Christopher Nolan ("The Prestige") with star Christian Bale ("Empire of the Sun"), who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. The Dark Knight (2008) was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a script written by Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer and of course Christopher Nolan himself. The film starred: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Michael Caine as Alfred, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel, Gary Oldman as Gordon, »
Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman have been one of the most complex characters in pop culture, endlessly analyzed, since his first appearance 75 years ago. From comics, to television and to film, Batman and his creators have designed a layered, flawed and fascinating character. Never was this truer than in director Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Dark Knight Trilogy, beginning with 2005’s Batman Begins, continuing with 2008’s The Dark Knight and ending with 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan essentially stripped Batman and it’s themes to their bare bones and created a world that both honored and challenged what we knew of this character. Nolan’s trilogy examines ideas of integrity, morality, chaos, heroism and faith.
**Obvious spoilers ahead for the entire Nolan series**
“Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him. Because he can take it. »
The summer blockbuster season isn't what it used to be. We no longer have to wait until July for Hollywood's epic spectacles, with studios now lining up their tentpole releases as early as March - this year we saw the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theatres before the calendar had ticked over to May.
With The Expendables 3 out in cinemas now and pretty much bringing the curtain down on the summer's biggest releases, Digital Spy has flicked back through the calendar to rank this summer's box office big guns from worst to best.
Despite an ever-expanding cast list that hoovered up Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone's third Expendables outing landed with more of a whimper than a bang. Franchise favourites like Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren were criminally underused, leaving us »
Oh, sure, the Times still has its few film critics reviewing films they’ve actually seen. But now, in an attempt to, perhaps, get on that Net bandwagon of movie blather that shits out thousands of words about movies saying nothing at all, it is introducing a new feature: “The Moviegoers.”
The Moviegoers? How many brand consultants do you think they paid how much to come up with that?
From 1993-95, Frank was a movie critic for The Detroit Free Press, and he has written frequently on culture for The New York Times Magazine and for the Arts & Leisure section. Ross is the film critic for National Review and frequently writes about film and TV on his Times blog.
So, Bruni hasn »
- MaryAnn Johanson
• 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
Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn. In this case, The Joker (portrayed by Heath Ledger) just wanted to watch Lau (portrayed by Chin Han) burn. We last saw Lau sitting on top of the money. He had on a straitjacket and several times The Joker taunts him while he chats with The Chechen (portrayed by Ritchie Coster). Below, is an unused shot from Chris Nolan's masterpiece, The Dark Knight. It depicts Lau's fiery off-screen death. The Dark Knight (2008) reunites director Christopher Nolan ("The Prestige") with star Christian Bale ("Empire of the Sun"), who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. »
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.
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