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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, »
Jonathan Nolan Weighs In On Ben Affleck As Batman by LarryKingNow when asked about if he felt surprised by the announcement from Warner Bros in August that Ben Affleck would take over the cape and cowl from Christian Bale, he had this to say: "No, I think it’s… Warner Bros has a fantastic relationship with Ben. He’s a fantastic filmmaker, and a phenomenal lead. I think he’s going to be an incredible Batman". While Batman isn’t a “super”hero in the sense he doesn’t fly, crush drones with his bare hands, it’s that exact human-only ability which is why many, including Jonah Nolan, like him so much, "That’s why I like the character. His superpowers were rage and money. There was nothing extraordinary about him. He was an ordinary man, sufficiently pissed off to want and go turn his life into a simple »
Director Christopher Nolan is known for the secrecy that surrounds the production of his films. Think locked rooms, surreptitiously delivered scripts, each page watermarked with the name of the actor, and endings that are verbally delivered. In fact, during the filming of the final scene from The Dark Knight Rises (Spoiler), Christian Bale was on set in order to prevent leaks about the ending. Although, considering the recent escapade surrounding the Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight leak, one can never be too careful. Nolan has been as evasive as ever about Interstellar, which will be his first film since the end of The Dark Knight Trilogy in 2012. But, since the release of the teaser trailer in December, hints about the up coming science fiction picture are slowly beginning to emerge.
“We have always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible.” So begins the teaser to Interstellar. What follows is »
- Hannah Campbell
Zimmer told Digital Spy that he will begin working on Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” follow-up once he completes the score for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” (Nolan evidently kept the sci-fi film’s plot a secret from his longtime composer).
“We’ve already had a couple of chats, and once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about, I will probably head over to where Zack is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas,” said Zimmer, who most recently scored Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Zimmer is no stranger to the Batman universe, having penned the music to Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. However, he »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The Terminator came out in 1984. Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrived seven years later. In the interim, Arnold Schwarzenegger became a new kind of action megastar, headlining a string of era-defining beefcake blockbusters. Commando, Predator, The Running Man, and Total Recall: The very titles echo down through history, dripping with gunsmoke and bicep sweat. But that era was coming to an end. The ’80s were over. Always a savvy operator, Schwarzenegger was already planning his pivot: Twins and Kindergarten Cop offered a kinder, gentler Arnold. (He loves kids! He loves De Vito!)
And so the essential twist that led to »
- Darren Franich
Earlier this week it was announced that David Fincher was no longer attached to direct Sony Picture's Steve Jobs biopic. The script was written by Aaron Sorkin, and to have the two guys who brought us The Social Network develop this movie would have been a dream team of awesomeness. They would have delivered one hell of an incredible film.
So why isn't Fincher going to direct it anymore? Because he wanted $10 million up front in fees, as well as control of the marketing. The studio won't agree to that, so the director walked. Fincher is one hell of a talented individual, and the guy makes virtually perfect films. Knowing that he is going to deliver a high quality film that they know is going to be good, I say give it to him. The guy isn't going to let you down, and more importantly, he's not going to let the fans down either. »
- Joey Paur
Back in late 2012 Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) put his wilderness thriller The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, on hold and began work on Birdman, which will be hitting theaters later this year. Now, Revenant is back on with DiCaprio still topping the picture, which will head into production this fall for a late 2015 release through New Regency's distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. amz asin="0786710276" size="small"The film, which is based on Michael Punke's novel, "The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge" with a screenplay by Inarritu and Mark L. Smith (Vacancy), finds DiCaprio playing Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers. At one point Sean Penn was being courted to play one of the robbers. No word »
- Brad Brevet
While everyone was busy talking about Leonardo DiCaprio's white guy rhythm at Coachella (and honestly, I wish I could pull off that punch move), it looks like his "Wolf of Wall Street" follow-up was clicking into place. And boy is it a good one. The film is "The Revenant," based on the novel by Michael Punke. It was one of a number of projects DiCaprio has been attached to, but now it's officially his next as it will go into production this September with a release date set for the fall of next year. "The Revenant" tells the true story of fur trapper Hugh Glass, left for dead by a pair of fellow volunteers of a Rocky Mountain fur trapping expedition who were tasked to care for him in the wake of a vicious grizzly bear mauling. "Deserted, defenseless and furious," an official description reads, "Glass vows his survival. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Having previously refused to commit one way or another, composer Hans Zimmer has now confirmed that he’s set to take a second stab at scoring the Caped Crusader after Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, revealing to Digital Spy that Zack Snyder has invited him to compose the music for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman.
We’ve already had a couple of chats, and once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about [Christopher Nolan's Interstellar] I will probably head over to where Zack is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas,” said Zimmer, who also composed the score to Man of Steel, as well as The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Zimmer then went on to admit that he’s anxious about finding a new take on the Dark Knight for Ben Affleck’s Batman, »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday, we featured the opening to the MTV Movie Awards, not because we care about who the golden popcorn goes to, but because it showcased host Conan O'Brien fitting no less than 50 celebrity cameos into the beginning of the show. Now that the show is over, Conan is back to his normal hosting duties on his own late night talk show on TBS. But he had some time to reminisce about his weekend hosting gig, and even took the time to reveal some of his preparation behind the scenes, mostly his hair styling inspired by the remarkable comb-over donned by Christian Bale in last year's Best Picture nominee American Hustle. Here's Conan O'Brien preparing for the MTV Movie Awards from Team Coco: American Hustle is directed by David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook), working from a script he co-wrote with The International writer Eric Singer. »
- Ethan Anderton
"Quite honestly, I’ve gotta sit down with Zack [Snyder] and have a chat with him about what he’s trying to do because what I don’t want to do is go back to that well," Hans Zimmer said last fall, when asked if would return to score "Batman Vs. Superman." "It’s a different Batman; Christian Bale and what I did with Chris, that needs to have its autonomous life. I don’t want to go and now appropriate that and put that into the other Batman.” And indeed, it's quite dilemma. Zimmer's work on Nolan's films was distinctive and nearly iconic, creating a sonic backdrop that help inform both the characters and film, adding to the gritty realism the director took with the material. And the question of how to reapproach the character from a composer's point of view, so soon after, is one that's troubling Zimmer. Though, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Conan O’Brien’s hair might’ve looked like it was prepared by a team of professionals for the MTV Movie Awards — but don’t let its extra bounce fool you. Conan prepared that hairdo himself, with the use of a hot glue gun, some tape, and a microwave, among other not-very-safe things. Apparently, his real hair looks a lot like Christian Bale’s did in American Hustle…and we’ve got proof.
On Monday night’s edition of Conan, O’Brien gave his audience a sneak peek into his dressing room just before the Awards. Who knew a microwave »
- Samantha Highfill
It was recently reported that David Fincher was in talks to direct the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which is written by Aaron Sorkin. At the time, Fincher said that the only way he'll do the project is if Christian Bale will play the lead role. Apparently there were many other requests that will likely result in him losing the job. According to THR, the helmer wants Sony Pictures to give him $10 million upfront and hand over control over marketing. A source close to the studio said his request is "ridiculous," adding: "You're not doing 'Transformers' here. You're not doing 'Captain America.' This is quality . it's not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front." And this isn't the first time he's requested control over marketing. Back in 2011, Sony allowed him considerable input into the marketing of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," including honoring his »
News: Christian Bale sought for Jobs biopic
News: Sorkin script based on three Apple product launches
David Fincher has left a high-profile biopic of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs after Sony Pictures turned down Fincher's alleged "aggressive" demands for $10m (£5.9m) in up-front wages and control of the marketing of the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fincher was named as a frontrunner to direct the as-yet untitled drama, which has been adapted by Aaron Sorkin from an official Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Sorkin and Fincher had worked together on the Oscar-winning 2010 biopic The Social Network, about the founding of Facebook.
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- Guardian Staff
News Simon Brew 15 Apr 2014 - 06:55
The reunion of The Social Network team - writer Aaron Sorkin, producer Scott Rudin and director David Fincher - looks like it's off. The trio were set to reunite to make the mooted biopic of the late Steve Jobs, which Sorkin is adapting from Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs (which is well worth a read). However, The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Fincher is set to walk away from the project.
It seems quite specific as to the reasons why, and that in turn makes us wonder if they really are the main causes for Fincher's apparent departure. According to the report, it's Fincher's "aggressive demands for compensation and control" that have caused the problem. He's said »
So tonight there are big scoops about how David Fincher walked away from the movie Sony and Scott Rudin are developing about Apple visionary Steve Jobs, based on the Walter Isaacson book. What an unusual outcome to a story that was almost completely the result of overeager journalists. I remember when the Fincher rumor first circulated on tracking boards, and while every trade called to check, only one broke the news, claiming a deal for the director was nearly done. Then another publication splashed a story that Christian Bale was Fincher’s top choice for the role, another nugget that came from these tracking board sheets that are becoming too much a staple of what ends up being published and accepted as fact. All along, people close to the project cautioned that while they’d gone to Fincher and he liked the script, the director had not committed. Fincher is »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Talks between the studio and Fincher have broken down over the filmmaker's reportedly excessive demands which include a whopping $10 million up front to direct the movie and full control over the project's marketing.
Fincher could still re-enter negotiations but the up front fee would have to be lowered. A source tells THR: "You're not doing Transformers here. You're not doing Captain America. This is quality - it's not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front."
Fincher had major input in the marketing of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" which included spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce a series of metal, razor-blade shaped posters that were never seen in theaters.
- Garth Franklin
Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases.
Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this year. It’s only fitting that the senior production exec for “Heaven Is for Real,” DeVon Franklin, is an ordained minister and one of the film’s producers, T.D. Jakes, is a bishop. Jakes has teamed up with “Alice in Wonderland” producer Joe Roth for the project.
“My hope is that it’s going to appeal to the same demographic of the book, which was in the mainstream,” said Franklin, the author of spiritual success book “Produced by Faith.”
“But at the same time,” he adds, “(the story) really had a strong faith-based following. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The all-star creative team behind The Social Network that was planning to reunite for a Steve Jobs bio might have to reboot. Producer Scott Rudin, director David Fincher, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin were planning to adapt Walter Isaacson’s bestselling 2011 biography for Sony, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fincher and the studio are at odds over his demands for a $10 million upfront fee and control of the film’s marketing.
- Jeff Labrecque
Less than two months after entering negotiations to direct Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, David Fincher has parted ways with the project after talks broke down over the filmmaker's reportedly excessive demands.
According to The Hollywood Reporter's sources, David Fincher was seeking a whopping $10 million up front to direct the movie, along with full control over the project's marketing. Sony had allowed him considerable input into the marketing of his last film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, allowing the use of his tagline "The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas." He also created a series of metal, razor-blade shaped posters that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce, although they were never seen in theaters because they were not suitable for display.
Although neither Sony nor the director commented on the story, an insider claims that David Fincher could still re-enter negotiations, while adding that the fee he is seeking is "ridiculous. »
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