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Okay this is a little out there but bear with us here. According to Deadline, The CW has purchased the rights to a new script from debut writer Alexis Jolly and NCIS star Michael Weatherly based on the classic novel Little Women, which it is planning on developing into a TV series.
But rather than develop a loyal adaptation of the original book, The CW is apparently looking to create a “hyper stylised, gritty adaptation” which will be set in dystopia Philadelphia instead of rural Massachusetts.
The original novel written by Us author Louisa May Alcott and published in 1868 tells the story of four half-sisters struggling with adolescence and love during the Civil War. A mini-series version was adapted in 1978 and an animated television series was produced during the late 80’s. There have been various movie adaptations of Little Women over the years, the first coming in 1918 an the most »
- Gavin Logan
2012: a British man, playing an online slot machine for 30p on his laptop, is suddenly greeted by the sight of Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker taking over his screen. Not crude 8-bit interpretations, but full HD actual animation from the Chris Nolan blockbuster – complete with voiceovers.
The player is urged to “take a side” and spin a virtual Wheel of Fortune. The prize at stake: almost £6 million.
The wheel spins, accompanied by the Joker’s maniacal “all it needs is a little push”, and the wheel comes to a random stop on the Mega Jackpot symbol. Hans Zimmer’s score has never seemed so dramatic. The jackpot is won and the player – known only as ‘John’ – goes away a multi-millionaire.
The prize won that day? »
- Kyle Reese
Hollywood’s latest evangelist blew into town without a film degree or a single production credit, but armed with abundant smarts, a knack for salesmanship and buckets of charm. Even Ryan Kavanaugh’s shock of red hair assured he got noticed in any room he entered.
Eleven years later, Relativity Media’s CEO stands on the brink of an inglorious retreat. His Beverly Hills-based company appears on the verge of bankruptcy, a key lender is calling him a “con man” and suing for fraud, and other creditors are pushing for the 40-year-old entrepreneur to be shown the door. While Kavanaugh scrambles to find a savior, the company’s 350 employees are preparing for the worst, with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing expected as early as this week.
Kavanaugh’s would-be Studio of the Future never fulfilled its brash leader’s promise: to harness clever financing and computer modeling to unlock the formula for winning films. »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes #7
“The Man Who Falls”
Written by Dennis O’Neil
Art by Dick Giordano
Colors by Tom McCraw
Published by DC Comics
Written by Frank Miller
Art by David Mazzuccheli
Colors by Richmond Lewis
Published by DC Comics
Only separated by two years “The Man Who Falls” and “Year One” attempt to tell the origin of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman. Frank Miller’s story is much better known than Dennis O’Neil’s one shot, but O’Neil had a much bigger impact on the tone of Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan showcases Batman’s search for his abilities rather than giving them to Bruce Wayne at the beginning of the film. Thus, Bruce’s training and its effect is of paramount importance during the film.
“The Man Who Falls” is a short story about the travels of Bruce before he became Batman. »
- Adam Todd
Malick’s first film since 2012’s To The Wonder, Knight of Cups stars Oscar winners Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Broad Green Pictures are releasing the film.
Bale plays a “bewildered man in a life of Hollywood excess.” Antonio Banderas (Automata), Brian Dennehy (Romeo & Juliet), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Imogen Poots (She’s Funny That Way) and Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad) are set to co-star in the film, if they make the cut through Malick’s rigorous editing process.
Knight of Cups is released on March 6th, 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Time to celebrate, Terrence Malick fans: the prolific director's long-awaited film Knight of Cups finally has a release date. According the The Hollywood Reporter, the film will hit theaters March 4, 2016 by way of upstart film distributor Broad Green Pictures. The first time we reported on Knight of Cups was back in November of 2011, and ever since then fans of the reclusive director have been clamoring to see the film. The first trailer dropped back in December, and after receiving a rating shortly thereafter, a detailed synopsis was released ahead of the film's premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Malick has his detractors, and I think I count as one of them. While I like The Thin Red Line it took me more than a handful of attempts to finally get through Days of Heaven, and I think the only reasons I enjoyed The Tree of Life are the »
- Jordan Benesh
We have to wait another 7 months until the new Terrence Malick film. Broad Green Pictures has announced release dates for two outstanding films that already premiered at festivals (via The Wrap). First, they'll open Sarah Silverman's I Smile Back, a Sundance drug drama directed by Adam Salky, in theaters on October 23rd this fall (read Ethan's review). The one everyone is anxiously awaiting is Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, which already premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year (read my review from Berlinale). Knight of Cups is scheduled for release starting March 4th, 2016 early next year. Not too long of a wait, but it's certainly worth it since this is Malick getting back to form. The film will start limited and go wider in March. In Malick's Knight of Cups, Christian Bale stars as Rick, an uninspired screenwriter living on the event horizon of all the vice, »
- Alex Billington
“Knight of Cups” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao are producing. Malick’s last film, “To the Wonder,” starred Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko and grossed less than $3 million worldwide. His 2011 film, “The Tree of Life,” took in more than $50 million worldwide.
Variety‘s Justin Chang called the film “flawed but fascinating” in his review at Berlin.
Year-old Broad Green, which specializes in adult-oriented dramas such as “99 Homes,” also set awards-season releases for two other titles — an Oct. 23 release date for suburban drama “I Smile Back, »
- Dave McNary
Read More: Berlin Review: Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups' Pushes the Director's Style to Its Limits Terrence Malick's latest film, "Knight of Cups," is getting its official release date from Broad Green Pictures. The Los Angeles-based drama is set to open on March 4, and will feature an A-list cast including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Frieda Pinto, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas and Teresa Palmer. "Knight of Cups" follows Rick (Bale), an uninspired screenwriter addicted to the success and glamour of Hollywood, but simultaneously depressed by the emptiness of his life. After his brother Billy passes away, Rick seeks distraction through women who seem to know him better than he knows himself. As he navigates his way through a blur of lavish parties, he gets closer to understanding the heart of things and his place in the world by seeking guidance from the individuals »
- Sarah Choi
Broad Green Pictures has set a March 4th release date for the U.S. release of Terrence Malick's new film "Knight of Cups" starring Christian Bale. The movie, which premiered at Berlin, stars Bale as a bewildered man in a life of Hollywood excess. Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas and Brian Dennehy also star. [Source: Variety]
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Square Enix has confirmed that the Xbox's exclusivity window for the upcoming "Rise of the Tomb Raider" game, the sequel to the acclaimed reboot of the game franchise, will run for one year with the title then coming to PlayStation 4 at the end of 2016.
The game will first launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on November 10th this year, before Windows and Steam releases due in early 2016 and then the PS4 release in Holiday 2016. [Source: Wired]
Legendary comedian Don Rickles has confirmed he'll be reprising his role of Mr. »
- Garth Franklin
Broad Green Pictures has announced that Terrence Malick’s star-studded “Knight of Cups” will arrive in theaters on March 4, 2016, while Sarah Silverman’s Sundance drama “I Smile Back” will hit theaters on October 23. Additionally, “The Dark Horse” starring Cliff Curtis and James Rollerston, will be released Dec. 11, 2015. “Knight of Cups” stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Frieda Pinto, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas and Teresa Palmer. Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao produced the film. Also Read: Terrence Malick Establishes Creative Partnership With Broad Green Pictures Bale stars as Rick, an uninspired screenwriter living on the event. »
- Jeff Sneider
When MTV teased the opening eight minutes of their "Scream" spinoff series late last month, I described the scene -- which depicted the brutal, jugular-spurting murder of Bella Thorne's character -- as "lazy, gratuitous and boring." I might have added "misogynistic" to the list of descriptors. It's a piece I probably wouldn't have written five years ago. My freshman year of high school, I caught a Friday-night showing of "Halloween" and "Halloween II" back-to-back -- on basic cable, with all the sex and nudity cut out. Because this is America, what remained was the violence: stabbings, impalings, deadly hot-tub scaldings, eyes gouged with hypodermic needles. I loved it all, innocently. I still do, but with less assurance. What is it that draws me to this macabre spectacle? More to the point: should I really feel good about enjoying it? The slasher film, as a rule, is a celebration of violence. »
- Chris Eggertsen
The film premiered at the Berlinale earlier this year and also stars Cate Blanchett, Frieda Pinto, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas and Teresa Palmer. Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao produce.
Bale plays an uninspired screenwriter in Los Angeles on a personal journey to discover the meaning of life.
Broad Green swooped on the film and Malick’s follow-up back in February in a deal reportedly worth $6.5m.
The company announced that Sundance selection I Smile Back starring Sarah Silverman and Josh Charles will be released October 23, while festival favourite The Dark Horse starring Cliff Curtis and James Rollerston will be open on December 11.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Some actors are chameleons. With each performance, they transform themselves almost unrecognisably, whether it's Christian Bale's haunted, emaciated factory worker in The Machinist, Charlize Theron's haggard serial killer in Monster or Jake Gyllenhaal's sinewy boxer in the forthcoming Southpaw.
Then there's Jeff Goldblum, whose approach to acting is very different - but no less valid - than those chameleons. In each of his roles, he brings charisma, intrigue and restless energy. He's a fascinating actor to watch because, whether he's playing the lead or a supporting role, he somehow manages to project so many opposing forces in one performance: he's at once an extrovert and an outsider. Geeky and awkward yet also flirtatious and comfortable in his own skin. Intellectual yet sometimes naive. Gentle but also commanding and sometimes even scary. »
I don’t know if you know this, but Batman’s existence in visual media precedes the “Michael Keaton vs. Christian Bale” debate (soon to become the “Christian Bale vs. Ben Affleck” in debates held by millennials). The Dark Knight has been part of cinema and television since his first appearance on the silver screen in 1943’s craptacular and insanely racist four-hour-long “Batman” serial. Seriously, it's not worth watching even as a curiosity. 1949’s post-wwii “Batman and Robin” serial excised a lot of the anti-Japanese racism of the prior serial, and even though it might have been exciting at the time, it will surely bore modern audiences to tears with the equivalent of a tedious police procedural that happens to revolve around a detective who wears a thrift store bat suit. Even the “batmobile” in this film is a factory-stock 1949 Mercury Convertible. I guess these old serials are perfect for »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
20th Century Fox
Hollywood is packed to the brim with actors desperate to prove just how dedicated they are to their craft, which is why so many of them ultimately choose to go “full-on method” when it comes to certain roles. They want you to know how serious acting is, okay?
Each to their own, we guess. And that’s a notion – “each to their own” – that really resonants when you look at some of the truly strange ways in which some actors allowed themselves to get into character for famous films and TV shows. You have to ask: were a lot of these approaches really necessary, or were said actors just wasting time?
10. Robert De Niro Insisted On Wearing The Same Silk »
- Sam Hill
Lego Batman has found its Robin! In what seems like a spot-on bit of voice-casting, THR report that Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World's Michael Cera has signed on to give life to the animated minifig version of the Boy Wonder in the flick, which is a spinoff from the mega-successful The Lego Movie. Cera's Arrested Development cast-mate Will Arnett will return to provide the voice of the Dark Knight, but we don't have any plot details just yet. Rumors have circulated that former live-action Batman actors such as Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Adam West etc were being courted to cameo, but there's been nothing official on that. Chris McKay will helm from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, with the original movie's directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on board as producers. The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10, 2017. »
Who exactly is Amy Schumer? By now, you’ve probably heard her name, seen a clip from her TV show “Inside Amy Schumer” make its round on the web, or caught her hosting gig fronting the MTV Movie Awards. Whether you’re new to the Schumer club and just trying to find out as much as you can about the stand-up star before her summer laugh fest Trainwreck drops or you’ve been cheering her on since “Last Comic Standing,” get to know Amy Schumer now:
She got her start early
Remember how great the 1992 Disney movie Newsies was starring a young Christian Bale as a dancing newsboy in 1899? We thought so. What you probably don’t remember is a young Amy, dressed as a boy, dancing along next to Bale. The 11-year-old was an extra on the set of the film. But don’t strain to catch a strain »
- Rachel West
When it comes to seeking advice from actors who.ve previously played Batman on screen, there aren.t a lot of places that Ben Affleck can turn. Maybe a sit down with Michael Keaton, or a lunch with Adam West? As it turns out, Affleck told the crowds in San Diego Comic-Con that he ran into Christian Bale in an unusual place, and also received an unusual piece of advice. Ben Affleck was taking part in Warner Bros.. Hall H panel on behalf of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the growing DC cinematic universe when he recalled bumping into former Batman Christian Bale in a costume shop. Affleck was there with his kid, shopping, when he heard an "Oy!" from behind. It was Bale, and they started talking all things Batman. Affleck praised Bale.s work, and said this was the one thing that Chris Nolan.s Dark »
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