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Films based on the Holy Bible are as popular now as they were in the 1950s and 1960s when studios gave us epics like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told, King of Kings, Samson and Delilah, and many others. Recently, Son of God made quite an impact in cinemas and there’s plenty more coming our way. Ridley Scott’s Exodus tells the tale of Christian Bale’s Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt. Nicolas Cage will help those seeking answers to the disappearances of loved ones and face the disastrous consequences of being Left Behind.
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah hits Blu-ray and DVD giving those who didn’t watch the movie in theaters an opportunity to see the latest Hollywood Biblical saga. Many might not know that it was actually based on a graphic novel Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel made with Canadian artist Niko Henrichon. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
CNN's S.E. Cupp thinks she is a better atheist than Bill Maher, and “liberals” in general. That's right. Apparently, not believing in God is a contest and the “Crossfire” co-host thinks conservatives win. See video: Holy Moses! Christian Bale Gets Biblical in First ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer In a “Crossfire Reloaded” video (above) that hit the web on Wednesday, Cupp argues atheists on “the left” have a “militant hostility” in reaction “against intellectual diversity.” “Most conservative atheists I know, including myself, have a really healthy respect for the role of religion in society and this country, in particularly,” Cupp said. »
- Greg Gilman
As the years go by, it’s becoming more and more certain that no matter how flawed or divisive a version of Batman may be released, the character is strong enough to endure. That fact was shown in person at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 where some of the most beloved “Batman” writers were on hand to celebrate thee Dark Knight’s 75th Anniversary. Among the questions fielded by the prestigious panel was one asking which, if any, film or director had captured the character as they would hope. And surprisingly, several agreed that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale delivered the best version yet.
There are sure to be fans and detractors of just about any comic book adaptation ...
Click to continue reading ‘Batman’ Comic Writers Agree: Christopher Nolan ‘Got It Right’
- Andrew Dyce
The film follows 5-year-old Miles Scott, a leukemia survivor who asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation last November to be transformed into Batkid for a day in San Francisco. The official trailer for “Batkid Begins” was launched Monday:
The event drew 25,000 people to the streets to cheer Batkid on and was seen by nearly 2 billion people across 117 countries. Ben Affleck and Christian Bale weighed in, calling Scott “the best Batman ever.”
- Dave McNary
Yesterday (July 24) was a day full of firsts at Comic-Con 2014. Aside from being the first day of the con overall, it also marked the Sdcc debuts of several big-name stars - among them Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Nolan and some chap called Benedict Cumberbatch.
Thursday is typically the quietest and least busy day in Hall H, and yet this year on Wednesday night there were already fans camping out to guarantee their spot the next morning. The reason? Cumberbatch, who was to take part in DreamWorks' presentation for the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar.
And the man himself did not disappoint, showing up on dapper, witty and insightful form. Below, Digital Spy rounds up the best moments from Cumberbatch's Comic-Con debut.
1) "You exist?" were his first words to the shrieking crowd of fans as he arrived onstage, who were making their existence very demonstrably known.
2) On his method approach to the role »
Ben Affleck's bat suit really brings out his butt chin.
A brand new look at Ben Affleck's embodiment of Batman has been revealed, and he looks as gloomy and down-trodden as he did when the first shot of the new bat suit and bat mobile were released earlier this year.
For the 75th Anniversary of Batman, DC Comics created a montage for Comic-Con featuring every depiction of the Caped Crusader in comics, film and television through the years.
They even included this new image of Affleck as Batman in the montage, to give fans a little something to look forward to come 2016.
Watch: A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Affleck is set to star as Gotham's hero in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. His suit, unlike those worn by Christian Bale in the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy, holds much closer »
The new image appeared on the Batman 75 Anniversary wall.
Photo - ©Melissa Howland/We Are Movie Geeks
DC Entertainment is hosting all-star panels, can’t-miss events, and exclusive reveals, all to celebrate the milestone 75th anniversary of the world’s most popular Super Hero – DC Comics’ Batman. Celebration highlights include a pair of panels that will bring together a spectacular collection of Batman talent, a once-in-a-lifetime art exhibit, and a rare look at some of the most famous Batman film costumes in history.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are »
- Michelle McCue
San Diego - Even with credits in fan-favorite films and shows like "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Hobbit" and "Sherlock," Benedict Cumberbatch has never attended the San Diego Comic-Con... until now. The English actor dropped by for a lively panel for Dreamworks Animation, for his voice acting gig in "Penguins of Madagascar." And he didn't fail to impress the adoring crowd in Hall H. The actor's best material came during the audience Q&A, and with silly banter with moderator Craig Ferguson. He described what it took for him to "become" his part in "Penguins" -- a wolf named Classified who runs his own undercover agency with "the whole Bond pastiche." "You have to go undercover for a long time. I worked in Yellowstone Park as a wolf for a while, I was accepted by a band and things got hairy -- no pun intended -- when I became the alpha male, »
- Katie Hasty
Comic-Con kicked off on Thursday with a celebrity that is well known in the world of fanboys and girls - Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor was in San Diego to promote his new animated movie, Penguins of Madagascar, in which he voices a wolf with a gift for espionage. Of course, the crowd went wild for Benedict (even though he wasn't allowed to field any questions about Sherlock), and we learned a few new things about him in the process. Check out the list of new fun facts below. He'd never been to Comic-Con before. Despite being a geek icon thanks to his role on Sherlock, Benedict is making his Comic-Con debut this year. When asked if he'll be back for Sherlock next year, he teased "possibly." We'll take it. He went really method for Penguins of Madagascar. When asked how he prepped for the role, Benedict joked, "You have to »
- Becky Kirsch
Batfleck costume is in the house! pic.twitter.com/wJCYm4S1ne
— dan didio (@dandidio1) July 24, 2014
The cowl – essentially Batman’s cape – is just the first Batman V. Superman tease making an appearance at this year’s Comic-Con. The look is on display to celebrate Batman’s 75th birthday, which was celebrated during the preview night on Wednesday.
“It just brought the reality of the fact that we’re finally going to see a movie where Superman and Batman are going to be side-by-side. That’s a fanboy dream, and the fact that the costume’s here just makes the movie even more real,” commented DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan Didio.
Also on display are the costumes worn by Michael Keaton, »
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s first Tiff line-up announcement, Nightcrawler unleashes its first teaser trailer upon us. The film which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo was just listed on the slate of films heading to the Toronto International Film Festival in September where it will make its world premiere.
The hotly anticipated film has been steadily increasing early buzz that was generated around Gyllenhaal’s weight loss for his role as Lou Bloom, a desperate man who stumbles into the underground world of crime journalism in Los Angeles. While his drop in weight may not be as drastic as Christian Bale or Matthew McConaughey who have each lost severe amounts of weight for previous roles, Gyllenhaal’s loss hollows out the youthful-looking actor giving us something we haven’t seen before.
In the film, Bloom joins a group of a freelance camera crew who film the highly-marketable »
- Rachel West
When Robert Downey Jr took the leading role in "Iron Man," he had no idea that in 2013 he would end up being Hollywood's highest-paid actor with "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers" both breaking $1 billion at the box office. Forbes has now unveiled their list for 2014, with Downey once again topping the list as the highest-paid actor, earning a whopping $75 million, with the majority coming from just one movie, "Iron Man 3." He earned the same amount in 2013. Taking second place is Dwayne Johnson with earnings of $52 million. The actor was in fifth place last year with $46 million. Rounding out the top five are Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth. And despite being second last year, Channing Tatum didn't make the list in 2014. 1. Robert Downey Jr. - $75 million 2. Dwayne Johnson - $52 million 3. Bradley Cooper - $46 million 4. Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million 5. Chris Hemsworth - $37 million 6. Liam Neeson - $36 million 7. Ben Affleck »
The first few pages of Frank Miller's script for the shelved Batman: Year One have a disturbed Bruce Wayne waking up from chronic nightmares, some nameless prostitutes being slapped around by their pimp, and Jim Gordon putting a gun in his mouth.
You can see why Warner Bros didn't ultimately go for the project, which was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky and would have rewritten the Bat mythology even more radically than Miller already had in his comic book arc of the same name.
"Our take was to infuse the Batman franchise with a dose of reality," Aronofsky has said, citing The French Connection and Taxi Driver among his influences. "We tried to ask that eternal question, 'What does it take for a real man to put on tights and fight crime?'" It's an approach not far from the one ultimately taken by Christopher Nolan in Batman Begins, »
We should have seen it coming. The questioning of Anne Hathaway’s casting as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises may not have reached the heights of Batfleck, but there were certainly people out there who questioned whether Princess Mia really was the perfect person to play Batman’s femme fatale thief. But, just as with 10 Things I Hate About You’s Heath Ledger and his appointment as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, we needn’t have worried. Director Christopher Nolan knew exactly what he was doing.
Hathaway’s Selina Kyle proved to be one the best things about Nolan’s trilogy ender, at all times both smart and seductive, desirable and deadly. Some may have baulked at her role in (spoiler, if you haven’t seen this two year old movie) Bane’s death and that she (second spoiler) ultimately ran off to live the quiet life with Bruce Wayne, »
- Alex Leadbeater
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People were a little surprised at the choice of villain for the final entry in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The previous installment in the latest series of Batman films had made a (sadly posthumous) star of Heath Ledger, who delivered a barnstorming performance as psychotic supervillain The Joker, whose chaotic cunning and lack of limits placed Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne on the back foot from the off. Rumour had it that, with Ledger passing away between films, the third movie would see a similarly cerebral, psychological bad guy take his place.
When Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast, the scuttlebutt is he would be playing The Riddler, who has some similarities with the Clown Prince Of Crime. Nobody was expecting the announcement that followed Jgl’s addition to the ensemble: that fellow Inception star Tom Hardy was on board, and would take the part of lead antagonist Bane. »
- Tom Baker
As Nicolas Cage returns to Oscar-worthy form in David Gordon Green's extraordinary Southern Gothic drama Joe, we celebrate some of the strangest roles he's essayed along the way, from insect-munching Manhattanite to bee-wrangling bear impersonator. It's not always pretty, but it's never boring...
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
After he was a leading man, but before he was a very good one, Cage played that 1980s stalwart – the Yuppy Dick – in this off-kilter black comedy. Enunciating in an inexplicably anglicised drawl, like Loyd Grossman shouting through a tube, his character Peter Loew confides to his therapist: "I brought this girl up to my place, really hot, you knooooooow... Suddenly, this bat comes sweeping down out of noooowhere. I'll be daaaaamned if I didn't get really turned on!"
From here things only get stranger, with Loew exhibiting all the usual signs of vampirism: cringing at the sign of crosses/mirrors, shouting the alphabet »
Robert Downey Jr has been named the highest-earning actor in Hollywood for the second year in a row.
The Marvel films involving Downey Jr have grossed over $4 billion.
The Top 10 highest-earning actors of 2014 are as follows:
Robert Downey Jr ($75m)Dwayne Johnson ($52m)Bradley Cooper ($46m)Leonardo DiCaprio ($39m)Chris Hemsworth ($37m)Liam Neeson ($36m)Ben Affleck ($35m)Christian Bale ($35m)Will Smith ($32m)Mark Wahlberg ($32m)
Downey Jr will soon be seen in legal drama The Judge, where he will play a brash lawyer who returns to »
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, whose celebrations in honor of 75 years of one of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes—Batman—will be in full swing.
On Saturday, July 26th, beginning at 10 a.m., Warner Bros. Pictures brings to Hall H three of its most hotly anticipated films to this year’s Con:
Peter Jackson will be on the main stage with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” From New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and George Miller will be on hand to present a first look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The Wachowskis’ original sci-fi actioner “Jupiter Ascending,” also from Warner Bros. »
- Michelle McCue
We just featured a cool collection of custom Back to the Future Lego Ideas sets that the creator hopes will be turned into real sets for Lego enthusiasts to add to their collection. But now we're going to focus on a set that customers will be able to buy much sooner. The Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy will be getting the Lego treatment by way of the brand's Ultimate Collector line. With 1,869 pieces, this is awesome for any Batman fan, or for anyone who just likes awesome Lego sets. Plus, it comes with Lego versions of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger's version of The Joker. Look now! Here's the Ultimate Collector's Edition Lego of The Tumbler from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Thanks to USA Today for the above photos. And anyone interested in picking up this Lego set will be able to snag it »
- Ethan Anderton
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