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Runner Runner, 2013.
Directed by Brad Furman.
When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
When it comes to movies about poker or playing cards, more often than not they end up being pretty bad. Every now and again you get something like Casino Royale which ends up being great, although a lot of that may have been because it was a Bond movie. The majority of the time though, you get movies like 21 which are just ridiculous and take themselves way too seriously. Unfortunately, Runner Runner falls in with the latter as it's not very entertaining and a rather dull movie.
Justin Timberlake stars as Richie, a college student with money problems who spends most »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Teen Titans Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Assemble, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more...
In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by multiple »
- Gary Collinson
Speaking to Total Film, Farrell said: "I always enjoyed watching him, as a director he's extraordinary too, but his work in The Town and Argo, he was so fantastic in both those films. In Argo, it was such a controlled performance.
"I think he'll kill it as Batman. I hope he does and shuts the naysayers up."
He added that Affleck has grown as an actor since his role in Armageddon in 1998. He said: "Good luck to him. I think he'll do a great job. As an actor, I don't know that I know anyone that's improved as much as he has. That sounds like a s**t thing to say. »
The internet was sent into uproar last year when Ben Affleck was announcing as the next Dark Knight for Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, with the backlash harking back to the late 80s when Warner Bros. received over 50,000 letters of complaint about Tim Burton hiring Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton for 1989's live action movie.
"He's going to be great," Keaton told The Today Show, via Metro. "I don't follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of... I don't know why people get excited about things. Frankly, I don't understand it."
- Gary Collinson
We know you've barely recovered from this year's selfie and pizza shenanigans, and it's really too early to start thinking about next year's Academy Awards without risking serious mental health repercussions.
But next awards season is already looking sort of exciting. There are new offerings from Paul Thomas Anderson and Christopher Nolan, a David Fincher adaptation of our favourite book from last year, and the role that may very well net Benedict Cumberbatch his first Oscar nomination. Enticed? Read on...
For eight years, Christopher Nolan alternated Batman chapters with standalone sci-fi projects, and now that his Dark Knight trilogy is wrapped up, he theoretically has carte blanche to explore original stories for the forseeable future. First up is Interstellar, a time travel-based sci-fi which has been described as Nolan's "most ambitious film yet".
Nolan's similarly ambitious Inception earned a Best Picture nomination in 2011, and with a cast led by »
Keaton said on Today show that he doesn't follow the superhero series much but he doesn't know why people get excited about things, Metro.co.uk reported.
Affleck's casting attracted a lot of negative attention from the fans, after it was revealed that he would play the role of the masked crusader in the film. (Ani) »
- Shiva Prakash
Speaking to Empire, Spacey defended the casting of Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
"First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor," Spacey said.
The star continued: "He's just going to f**king own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."
Batman vs Superman will open in cinemas on May 6, 2016.
Jesse Eisenberg: Career in Pictures »
The Academy is fighting back after a report alleged that “Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield angrily nixed a special segment with Miles Scott, the five-year-old cancer patient who charmed the nation this fall. Scott was supposed to be presented by Garfield as the “next big superhero,” according to Mashable, and a set reminiscent of Gotham City from the “Batman” comics was even built for the occasion. It was a nod to the extravagant role-playing afternoon put on by the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco. Also read: Ben Affleck on Batkid: He Is the ‘Best Batman Ever’ The segment was scrapped, »
- Jordan Zakarin
This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
In a Q&A with Cinefilos, Michael B. Jordan opened up a bit about being cast as Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, in the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. His casting raised a few eyebrows because it will be the first time that Storm has been portrayed as African-American. It’s also lead to some folks scratching their heads since he’s supposed to be the brother of Sue Storm, who’ll be played by caucasian actress Kate Mara in the film. There was similar outrage when Laurence Fishburne was cast as Perry White in Man of Steel. However, it should be noted that the outcry has been nothing like what happened when Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman.
Responding to whether or not any of this bothers him, Jordan had this to say:
“It was expected. You kind of know going into it that people are »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Even Batman deals with confidence issues. Ben Affleck, who testified last week before Congress on behalf of the Congo, revealed to NPR's Morning Edition's David Greene on Thursday that he briefly struggled with feelings of insecurity before stepping up as a celebrity advocate for the region. “It seemed to me that what I had to offer at the time could be better used in the Congo and after that, in my sort of insecurity about not wanting to be somebody who does it without understanding it, led me to go,” Affleck explained. Also read: Affleck Launches Aid Group for Congo »
- James Crugnale
--Ben Affleck trying on the medals of Winter Olympians Erin Hamlin, Maddie Bowman and Devin Logan at the In Style Oscars party in Beverly Hills. --Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel treating their big entourage of friends after his concert to a fun night out at Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge in Miami. --Robin Thicke closing his show with Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Borgata Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. --Anthony Mackie stopping into the Gilded Lily grand-opening party in NYC. --Kristin Chenoweth leaving Kari Feinstein's Oscars Style [...] »
"We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material." — Zack Snyder
As the director of 300, Watchmen and Man of Steel (Mos), Zack Snyder is in a member of an elite group of Hollywood directors who understand how to successfully translate comic book characters and concepts to the big screen. Despite this, comic book movie fans seem determined to find fault with pretty much every move he makes regarding the highly anticipated Mos sequel, commonly referred to as Superman vs. Batman, especially his casting choices. Snyder is aware of all of the criticism, calling it "frustrating" in a recent interview with the L.A. Times, but he said that his goal is to present "something fresh and exciting," even promising that the sequel "explodes" the mythologies of Superman and Batman.
Link | Posted 3/6/2014 by BJSprecher
- BJSprecher Sprecher
When the behind-the-scenes indie filmmaking series Project Greenlight first aired in December of 2001 on HBO, producer Chris Moore had already made one Oscar-winning film (Good Will Hunting) and even had his own blockbuster franchise (the American Pie movies). But when the show hit airwaves, while his producing partners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were the famous faces of the show, Moore himself became something he had never expected: a reality TV star. Project Greenlight, the first show to get eliminated in Vulture's reality TV bracket, which kicked off yesterday, detailed the process whereby a first-time writer and director, chosen through an online contest, was given a real budget and crew to make his or her first feature. Project Greenlight didn’t last long — just three seasons — and it may have just barely qualified as reality television anyway. Even today, Moore isn’t entirely comfortable using the term to describe »
- Bilge Ebiri
The only thing more unexpected than Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in "Batman vs Superman," was Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) being cast as Lex Luthor, Superman's arch nemesis. Director Zack Snyder recently asked fans to trust him, stating that he's not crazy and knows exactly what he's doing. But many of those fans are still baffled by such a bizarre choice and would have liked to see "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston play the role instead. Now, during "The Howard Stern Show," Cranston spoke about whether he was ever considered for the part of Lex Luthor. "In the minds of fans, it's true. In the minds of the hierarchy at Warner Bros, it's not true," he replied. "I was not involved in any of that whatsoever, [but] I would have welcomed it." »
During an appearance on Today on Tuesday (March 4), Keaton said that he was confused by negative reaction to Affleck's casting in the superhero movie.
"He's going to be great," Keaton said of Affleck.
He added: "I don't follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of... I don't know why people get excited about things. Frankly, I don't understand it."
Affleck previously received the support of Dark Knight franchise star Gary Oldman, who advised the actor to ignore criticism from fans.
Director Snyder made headlines this week by revealing that his upcoming movie won't be entirely tied to the DC Universe mythology.
Batman vs Superman will open in cinemas on May 6, 2016.
Batman actors: A »
Vulture is holding the ultimate Reality Rumble to determine the greatest season of the greatest reality-tv shows, from The Real World on. Each day, a different writer will be charged with determining the winner of a round of the bracket, until Vulture's Margaret Lyons judges the finals on March 25. To kick off the bracket, Sarah Bunting pits The Real World's iconic third, San Francisco season, with Puck and Pedro, against the second season of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's indie-filmmaking docu-series, Project Greenlight, which followed the making of The Battle of Shaker Heights, starring a young Shia Labeouf. At first, comparing The Real World to Project Greenlight seemed like an easy, lopsided call. Real World, now in season 29, is still on after 22 years, propelled by its simple premise: Throw a bunch of post-adolescent strangers together, give them booze and cameras to play to, and wait for the fights and sex. »
- Sarah D. Bunting
Whatever your position on the inclusion of Batman and Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man Of Steel follow up, it’s hard to deny that the project already has superhuman levels of ambition. Ben Affleck may be a controversial choice for the caped crusader but after letting it seep in for a while many people’s trepidation has slowly turned to curiosity.We want to know how it’s going to work and ultimately whether it will go beyond the visual flare seen in Man Of Steel and actually have some depth. It seems we’ll just have to wait for an answer to that question but in the mean time here’s the latest from Snyder who’s recently been testing the films new costumes:
“We’re getting ready to start shooting in a month or so,” Says the director. “It’s going great. I’m very excited… »
- James Byiers
Director of Superman v Batman movie says he 'knows what these characters need from a mythological standpoint' and also reveals fresh details of the Batsuit
• Full coverage: Man of Steel 2
Snyder's sequel to Man of Steel, which will start filming next month, has suffered some negative press since The Social Network actor was announced as Superman's nemesis. The casting followed unease in some quarters over the recruitment of Ben Affleck to play Batman, as well as that of Israeli ingenue Gal Gadot to portray Wonder Woman.
In an interview with the La Times, Snyder hinted fans might see things differently if they could read the script which film-makers were working from. "We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don't know the material. So, we're casting according to what's happening in the script, »
- Ben Child
Since the big news at last year's Comic-Con that The Dark Knight will join the Man of Steel for the upcoming DC Comics superhero spectacular Batman vs. Superman, we've had to suffer through wave after wave of rumours concerning everything from the casting of Batman and Lex Luthor through to the inclusion of virtually every DC character under the sun, most of which proved to have very little substance about them.
However, while Warner Bros. has done an effective job keeping details of the Man of Steel sequel under wraps, that didn't stop the Comic-Con announcement from leaking online just hours before Zack Snyder took to the stage to reveal that he's bringing the two iconic superheroes together on screen. So, how does the director feel about that, and leaks in general?
"[The leak] was definitely not a planned thing," Snyder tells The Huffington Post during a promotional interview for 300: Rise of an Empire. »
- Gary Collinson
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