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With Mad Max: Fury Road currently melting minds at multiplexes worldwide, it seems like the right time to remind everyone that the film's director, George Miller, was once set to helm a Justice League movie back around 2008. The project was known as Justice League: Mortal and it was far more than an unproduced script. A full cast was in place, sets and costumes were in production from Weta Workshop, and filming was all set to begin in Australia before things got...complicated.
It's a shame, too. Based on the script I read, Justice League: Mortal would have been a fairly impressive, very recognisable representation of DC's flagship super team. It also would have beaten The Avengers to the big screen by at least a couple of years.
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- Sam Gutelle
George Miller is riding a wave of adulation right now thanks to the critical and commercial success of Mad Max: Fury Road, but eight years ago the filmmaker came this close to making a superhero movie that would've resulted in an entirely different DC Cinematic Universe.
Back in summer 2007 a script titled Justice League Mortal, by Michele and Kieran Mulroney, impressed Warner Bros bosses and the studio quickly enlisted Miller to make it a reality for a summer 2009 release. However, the movie - which was due to shoot in Australia - was plagued by behind-the-scenes issues that eventually led to the plug being pulled.
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An incoming writer's strike meant the script couldn't be finished, Christopher Nolan objected to a different cinematic »
While the attention of most Cannes journalists was fixed on George Miller’s adrenaline-rush “Mad Max: Fury Road,” or trying to make sense of the fight sequences in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin” (where rivals dance around a bit, bow and then walk off into the woods), a select group of people were having their minds blown by “Kung Fury,” a 30-minute homage to all things ’80s — from Chuck Norris to Cannon films, “Street Fighter” graphics to its synthesizer pop score. After premiering last Friday in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, the short hits YouTube this Thursday, and the world will never be the same. Here’s 10 reasons why:
1. It Takes a Foreigner to Truly Appreciate the Insanity of American ’80s Entertainment
Writer-director David Sandberg was born in Sweden. “My family didn’t have cable when I grew up, so I missed out on a lot on the great television shows from the ’80s, »
- Peter Debruge
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Natalie Portman is lugging a giant, heavy-looking sofa across the floor, to get away from what she mutters is the “brutal” heat of the sunlight beating down on the corner of a private beach club in Cannes. I feel I should help – I’m standing a few feet away, awaiting the signal to step forward – but the presence of one or two burly security staff nearby suggests I should stay damn well where I am. She’s dragging it while clad in the same fantastically flimsy Rodarte drapery and teetering high heels she wore for the film festival’s traditional photocall, a smidgeon of moxie underneath the carapace of glamour.
When the seating arrangements are aligned to her satisfaction, »
- Andrew Pulver
Todd Haynes has developed legions of fans over the last decades with a series of provocative and stylish films. In 1998 his Velvet Goldmine brought the world of glam rock to life, shifting in 2002 to the Douglas Sirk-influencedFar From Heaven. His last theatrical film, 2007’s I’m Not There, is a bold and bizarre take on the iconography ofBob Dylan, using actors such as Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whisaw, and Christian Bale to illustrate facets of the singer’s life and career.
The most astonishing performance in that film was Cate Blanchett as the “Don’t Look Back”-era Dylan, and these years later it’s with her that Haynes reunites for his telling of Carol, based on the novel The Price of Salt byPatricia Highsmith. The story of a wealthy wife at the end of her marriage who falls for a young woman she meets at a toy »
- Jason Gorber
Fledgling indie distributor Broad Green Pictures, which has staffed up to around 60, has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes market for "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who used mob ties to make his way into some of the world's largest drug cartels during the 1980s. Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman from Mazur's autobiography and directed by Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), "The Infiltrator" is one of several recent high-profile pickups by the company, including Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes," with Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon, and Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups," starring Christian Bale and natalie Portman, which debuted in Berlin. In addition to Cranston, the cast includes Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, and Amy Ryan. Good Films' Miriam Segal produced. Broad Green will finally open its first »
- Anne Thompson and Matt Brennan
Social media isn't always known for bringing out the best behavior in people, but on November 15, 2013, the world showed that at least for an afternoon, they could tweet and post to Fb something positive to do something nice for a complete stranger. The result was a phenomenon and the upcoming documentary "Batkid Begins" tells the story of the superheroes who created a special day for a little kid. You likely remember what happened on that fall afternoon. The San Francisco Make-a-Wish Foundation decided to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old Miles Scott, recovering from Leukemia, whose dream it is to become Batkid and save Gotham City. What happens next is viral sensation, with twenty-five thousand people hitting the streets of San Francisco to help, while online, support pours in from around the world. It was unprecedented, creating not just a memory for Miles, but touching the hearts of everyone who watched it unfold. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
People often talk about over-hyped and under-hyped films, and with good reason, but when a film strikes you as getting exactly the right amount of hype, it’s rare indeed. This is exactly where Exodus: Gods and Kings seems to fall. It’s a film that seems like it should have gotten more attention, especially considering the cast, and the fact that it was directed by Ridley Scott.
It turns out that the film, while actually quite good, delivers to precisely the level of interest the world seems to have dictated is its due.
A thematically unique spin on this, or any other, biblical telling, Exodus starts us off with Moses (Christian Bale) in the prime of his Egyptian Prince-ish-hood. He’s about to take care of some upstart tribe or other with his “brother” Ramses (Joel Edgerton), and a prophecy kicks off Ramses’ dislike of the man he has »
- Marc Eastman
Two years after Ashton Kutcher's Jobs was released, a trailer for Steve Jobs, the next film about the late Apple founder, has been unveiled. This time, Michael Fassbender is playing the tech legend. There isn't a ton of footage in this first teaser, but we do get to see Fassbender as Jobs. He basically looks like Michael Fassbender, just with glasses and a black turtleneck. So much for an epic transformation. We also get glimpses of costars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. I'm curious to see more of the film, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, which will follow Jobs through various stages of his career. The movie will be released on Oct. 9. Stay tuned for a full trailer, and while you're watching the teaser, below, try to picture Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, or any of the other actors who were rumored for the »
Is it Oscar season yet?
The first trailer for Steve Jobs dropped on Sunday with Michael Fassbender taking the lead role as the famed CEO of Apple. The film, directed by Danny Boyle from a script by Aaron Sorkin, also stars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterson, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The first trailer is short, but shows enough to say that Boyle isn’t looking to glorify the man and is actually looking to take a look into the mind of one of the most famed figures of our time, much like Sorkin did with The Social Network. Fassbender is arguably one of the best actors working today so while they didn’t get Bale, they still have one »
- Zach Dennis
After a multitude of potential iterations including David Fincher at the helm and Christian Bale in the lead at Sony, Universal Pictures picked up the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic with Danny Boyle directing and Michael Fassbender taking the role of the legendary innovator. With production recently wrapping up, they’ve now dropped the first trailer about five months ahead of release. Set […] »
- Jordan Raup
Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »
- D. Zhea
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer will receive the Rising Star Award at the Maui Film Festival, running June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort. The awards will be presented at the opening night at the outdoor Celestial Cinema.
Eastwood currently stars in “The Longest Ride,” adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel, and will soon be seen in the David Ayer-directed “Suicide Squad” and the untitled Oliver Stone film about Edward Snowden. Palmer stars in the upcoming remake of “Point Break” as well as “Triple Nine” with Kate Winslet and the Terrence Malick film “Knight of Cups” with Christian Bale.
- Tim Gray
'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human Spirit. A minority, myself included, will prefer the more mundane explanation that the film merely depicts a man following his survival instincts, which propel him – like any other animal, from cockroaches to crocodiles – to fight to remain alive almost against his will. Whichever way one chooses to view the survival of Tom Hanks' Federal Express engineer Chuck Noland (No-land, get it?) after being stranded for years on a deserted island (mostly shot in Monuriki, Fiji), Cast Away is little more than an elaborate, populist star vehicle disguised as an existential The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe-esque drama. A volleyball named Wilson The story of a »
- Andre Soares
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
It took 20th Century Fox 14 years, but with last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, they finally delivered the movie that X-Men fans had been impatiently waiting for since 2000. Now, in 2015, Fox hopes to revive their other, more desperate, superhero franchise with this summer’s Fantastic Four. Using the same apocalyptic tones and brooding masochism made famous by Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Fox is hoping that their third go-around with the oft-troubled franchise will prove to be the charm. But, based on the failures of previous Fantastic Four films, the barrage of trailers and press releases for the new flick, and the entire history of the comic book series, Fantastic Four may inevitably be doomed from the start.
As a series, The Fantastic Four has proven to be one of Marvel’s more inconsequential title to readers, as well as one of its most inaccessible to writers. Ever since »
- Andrew Doscas
Give us an excuse to write about Sarah Connor, and we’ll take it. Heck, give us an excuse to write about Daenerys Targaryen, and we’re there (clad in toga gear, hauling around plush dragons, and eating horse hearts). Emilia Clarke sure does pick great roles.
Clarke isn’t the only new face of the franchise. With the “Game of Thrones” star taking over the role originated by Linda Hamilton, Terminator’s bench of male actors also got a reboot. Don’t worry though – Arnold’s still a T-800. However, Jai Courtney is our new Kyle Reese, and Jason Clarke takes over the role of John Connor from Christian Bale.
Well, sort of.
If haven’t already seen the most recent trailer for Terminator Genisys and want to stay spoiler-free for the film’s July 1st release, then we highly recommend you stop scrolling down, and just watch the »
- Sasha James
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