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Happy Birthday! James Franco turned 36 on Saturday and someone got him a cupcake. A delicious, delicious cupcake.
Hey baby, Gwen Stefani might replace Christina on The Voice next season. Although there are conflicting reports about whether or not she has already signed on, we know Gwen will tell us "It's My Life" and do what she wants. She would be joining Pharrell as a new coach which makes us very… Happy #sorry
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Another Birthday? Kate Hudson turned 35 on Saturday and we’ve got to celebrate how great she looks. She says she keeps her figure by working out six days a week. Oh, who has time for that? Well... Kate Hudson does.
- Leslie Nesbit
The 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival programmed an amazing lineup of wonderful short films over its five days, way too many to review them all. Below are just a few selected reviews of the short films that made the biggest impression on the Underground Film Journal. Also, the four incredibly strong films reviewed below were all also selected for awards at the fest by Journal editor Mike Everleth and his jury cohorts, Brian Chankin and Alison Cuddy.
A Million Miles Away, dir. Jennifer Reeder. A Million Miles Away was the first film projected at the festival on Opening Night and, still with several dozen other films following it throughout the fest, the jury awarded this Best Short. The film begins with several seemingly disconnected scenes of teenage girls discussing the deteriorating adult relationships in their lives — each one appears to be the child of a divorced, separated or cheating parent. »
- Mike Everleth
Unless you count the Lego Movie's probable Best Animated Feature bid and the Sundance bow of Love is Strange (I'm still hopeful - it's playing Tribeca right now) 2014 hasn't seen much in the way of Oscar contenders just yet. Recent trailers are changing the collective shrug to raised eyebrows - between The Homesman (previously discussed), Jersey Boys (if you're feeling very generous), the Cannes lineup announcement and these two trailers from past nominated directors Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) and David Fincher (Gone Girl) the body is ready for the first wave of Oscar predictions. We'll manage them before April wraps.
Both of these trailers have been around for a bit and both blissfully play more like teasers despite their length; the job of a trailer is to sell a future ticket, not to make you feel like you've already seen it so you don't need one. Foxcatcher's traiser was actually »
- NATHANIEL R
[Warning: This article contains Spoilers for 'Batman: Arkham Origins.']
We may have to wait until 2016 for Warner Bros.’ continuation of the interconnected Man of Steel universe with Batman vs. Superman, but we’ll still see a slew of DC adaptations: the CW’s Arrow is going strong, with spinoff series The Flash on deck. NBC will air a television adaptation of Constantine, and Fox has Gotham, based on the early years of longtime Batman ally James Gordon.
With a full two years to go before fans can see new Batman Ben Affleck in action alongside returning Superman Henry Cavill in Batman vs. Superman, the character’s enduring popularity translates into renderings across a variety of other media, in the form of DC’s ongoing straight-to-dvd animated adventures like Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and Son of Batman, as well as the popular, highly ...
Click to continue reading ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ Trailer – The Animated Movie Based on the »
- Anthony Vieira
As he gears up to shoot the pic’s sequel, the still-untitled “Batman-Superman” movie, the director told Forbes that he’s merely depicting the “real world we live in.” Snyder said that fans are clinging to the more squeaky-clean Superman as depicted by Christopher Reeve in the iconic movies, instead of the comic book version of Superman, who wreaked massive damage.
“The thing I was surprised about in response to Superman was how everyone clings to the Christopher Reeve version of Superman,” he told Forbes. “How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version, but more the movie version. … If you really analyze the comic book version of Superman, he’s killed, he’s done all the things. I guess the rules »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Note. There are no specific spoilers for Gone Girl in this piece.
Gone Girl is a powerful bullet-train of a novel that takes a little while to get you settled in to your seat, but once you’re in and buckled up, brace yourself, because it doesn’t let you go until the final gripping page, and you’ll be hitting a lot of mountains and hairpin turns along the way.
It is, in some ways, an odd choice to be adapted as a film, however. Firstly, it’s a strange hybrid of a novel: most fully a thriller, it also includes an absolutely incisive take on societal interaction, particularly human hypocrisy and the way certain personality types see truth and reality. It hovers right on that ephemeral, yet existing line between genre fiction and “literary” fiction, and has been included on many “to read” lists from literary sources, though »
- Claire Hellar
Bow down, mere mortals. Superheroes are among us once more. Captain America is already on screens battling the Winter Soldier. Spider-Man will soon be back to amaze us. Then two generations of X-Men unite in Days Of Future Past, while we'll be meeting the Guardians Of The Galaxy later this summer. And that's not to mention new outings in 2015 for the Avengers and Batman and Superman (together in the same movie!) in 2016.
It's astounding to think that, only two decades ago, all we had in terms of superhero blockbusters was a Batman franchise about to descend into Joel Schumacher-inspired camp. Today, the possibilities for Hollywood actors wanting to don cape and spandex are endless – but how best to approach the gig of playing a hero who is even more super than most A-listers already assume they are?
With a little input from those who have already saved the world, »
Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »
- Steve Montgomery
Earlier this month, a massive superhero showdown was set when Marvel Studios announced that Captain America 3 will open against Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated sequel Batman Vs. Superman on May 6, 2016. While a lot can happen in two years, neither Marvel nor Warner Bros. are budging from this date. During a recent interview with Forbes, Batman Vs. Superman director Zack Snyder dismissed any notion of a heated rivalry or feud between Marvel Studios and Warner Bros., revealing that he is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Look, I'm a fan of the Marvel movies... and the thing that's awesome is, we make a different movie. We have a different product than them, although they both exist in sort of the superhero world, which is great. I think that those are the opportunities. That's what you get at the movies, you get a chance to go to all these different worlds. And »
Want to see some new behind the scenes footage from X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2? What does Patton Oswalt do on next week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Is Jonathan Nolan behind Ben Affleck in Batman vs. Superman? If Michelle Rodriguez could be any superhero, who would she be? How much has […]
- Germain Lussier
It's a standard Friday episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast with this week's review being Transcendence while we also discuss the situation with Bryan Singer, answer some of your questions, play some games and we have a brand new intro and outro, the outro being Clint Mansell's "In the Wall Side 2" courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of »
- Brad Brevet
This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "Leo DiCaprio is like my little brother," says Dana Giacchetto, 51, sipping Viking Blod Mead honey wine during a $400 seven-course meal at midtown Manhattan's Aquavit restaurant and hoping his next meal isn't on Rikers Island. During the 1990s, Giacchetto (pronounced "jah-ket-toh") was an investment adviser with an incredible list of celebrity clients that included DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Cameron Diaz, Ben Affleck, Michael Ovitz and Michael Stipe (also "like a brother to me," he says). It all ended very badly. In 2000,
- Tim Appelo, Gary Baum
Last month, an unsubstantiated report claimed that the South American release date for Batman Vs Superman was being bumped up to April 29, 2016 from the previously announced May 6, 2016 date it originally moved to. Not much credence was given to the source since they also claimed Ben Affleck would be dropping out of the Batman role as well. But, with Captain America 3 sliding into the May date opposite Batman Vs Superman, more have wondered which studio would flinch first. A new update »
- Alex Maidy
Somewhere, in an undisclosed location, deep in the bowels of his underground lair, "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder is staring at Ben Affleck's Batman costume — and you are not. We'll give you a minute to soak that in. In an interview with Forbes, the man behind the Batman-fueled "Man of Steel" sequel spoke about the costumes for the upcoming superhero flick, revealing, "I'm actually staring at [a picture of the costumes] right now ...
By Josh Wigler »
Director Snyder explained to Forbes that he "subtly" mentioned the idea of Batman facing off against Superman in the film to producers.
He said: "I gotta be honest, it definitely was a thing that… after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, 'Maybe Batman?'
"Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne's house or something. Like in a cryptic way, that's the first time we see him. But then, once you say it out loud, »
As followers of the filmmaker know, David Fincher likes to have input on every aspect of films, including the marketing, and that has been true of his upcoming "Gone Girl." Back in January, Fincher snapped the EW cover photo featuring the stars of the film, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, and he's once again played shutterbug for another magazine front. Pike graces the cover of the latest issue of W Magazine, and Fincher is man behind the striking image. The director also explained to the magazine why the actress was right for the lead role in his film. “I liked that people didn’t immediately know who Rosamund was,” he said, adding: “I’d always liked Rosamund in movies, but I didn’t really know her. That made her very interesting.” For Pike, it was a chance to play a character with some real complexity. “In [the play] 'Hitchcock Blonde,' I »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While it's still too early for many details about the plot of "Batman vs. Superman" -- the super-secret "Man of Steel" follow-up slated for release in 2016 -- to be revealed, director Zack Snyder is opening up about his inspiration for the film, including how he decided to insert Batman into the Superman reboot's universe.
In an interview with Forbes, Snyder admitted that the idea to revisit Bruce Wayne had been with him early on in the sequel-planning process, but explained that the character's presence in the film wasn't a shoehorned excuse for a reboot so much as a natural foe for the Man of Steel.
I gotta be honest, it definitely was a thing that... after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, »
- Katie Roberts
Rosamund Pike has revealed that her role in the James Bond movies helped her to learn about herself, as she takes part in a new photoshoot for W Magazine.
"The Bond film was like an ejector seat from normality into a crazy circus world," Pike said. "It was trial by fire. I was 21, and I was made to look far more sophisticated than I felt."
She continued: "Instantly, I had to come to terms with myself as a woman and also as an object. I was looking at myself from the outside for the first time. That awareness, for any girl, is both horrible and fascinating."
Pike also revealed that she had never seen a James Bond film before she was cast in the role. »
In a new interview with Forbes, Zack Snyder talks more about the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, addresses the kind of Batman we'll see in the movie and teases that first image of the new Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) standing alongside Superman (Henry Cavill), which he says exists and is currently hanging on his office wall. On when he decided to make the Man of Steel sequel a Batman vs. Superman movie: "I gotta be honest, it definitely was a thing that… after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, “Maybe Batman?” Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite...
- Erik Davis
Currently at work on the still untitled Man Of Steel follow-up that will see Henry Cavill’s Superman sharing screen time with Ben Affleck as the latest incarnation of Batman, Zack Snyder took some time out to talk to Forbes about his ideas for the film and his excitement at uniting the two veteran superheroes on the live-action big screen for the first time.Naturally, since the movie is more than two years away and Warner Bros. has been very secretive about anything to do with the look of Bats or Supes, Snyder wasn’t able to share too much, lest he himself fall victim to a swiftly thrown Batarang. But he did talk up his initial reasons for deciding to add Batman into the mix. “After Man Of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would »
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