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[Dan Gilroy directing on the set of Nightcrawler] In the late '90s, Warner Bros. was very keen to make a new Superman movie. An up-and-coming screenwriter named Dan Gilroy, whose big calling card at the time was the 1992 sci-fi movie Freejack, was hired to write a script that would be directed by Tim Burton and would star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. It was a dream job for Gilroy and he spent a year pouring everything he had into the movie, right on up to the moment that Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the whole thing. A decade-and-a-half later, Gilroy has made his directorial debut with the truly fantastic thriller Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ambitious but disturbed man named Lou who takes on a rather grizzly line of work that involves filming...
- Peter Hall
Switching off Gotham now would be premature damnation of a potentially-excellent show. Rob explains why…
This article talks about Gotham up to episode five. There are no big spoilers, though.
In some corners of the internet, there are those who are already trying to call time on the Gotham TV show. From the small handful of episodes we’ve seen so far (5 have aired stateside and 2 in the UK), a few folk out there are acting all Ra’s al Ghul about the matter and telling us that Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die.
The tone of some of these pieces, we'd suggest, goes beyond criticism into lambasting. It feels somewhat like the cool kids ganging up on the new boy who read the questions wrong in his school entrance exam and landed himself in the bottom set for everything. Sure, there have been mistakes, but »
Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (Dp). The cinematography branch is partial to gorgeous looking films, black-and-white films and war films. After years of resisting digital photography, the branch has also embraced 3D work this decade. Being a Best Picture nominee can also help immensely, but so can being a foreign-language film; the branch has an international eye like few others. In any particular year, most of the nominees tend to be returning contenders. Moreover, many first-time nominees (such as Philippe Le Sourde and Phedon Papamichael last year) tend to be veterans awaiting their first nomination. Having said that, there hasn't been a year with »
- Gerard Kennedy
Take it in. There is a lot going on here. Allow me to guide you through it via the magic of list-making.
Things This Costume Makes Johnny Depp Look Like, From Greatest Resemblance To Least
1. A first-round cut from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy auditions
2. Zsa Zsa Gabor's mustachioed coat rack
3. The illegitimate lovechild of Carmen Sandiego and Templeton the Rat
4. A pile of 1970s car seat covers in dire need of a shampoo
6. The "after" in a poorly executed "Smokey Eye" makeup tutorial
7. Johnny Depp on a regular Thursday
8. Fanciest presenter at the WerePimp convention
9. A Zoobilee Zoo
10. A Halloween costume assembled from whatever was left at Party City at 8pm, Oct. 31
11. Villain of Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of »
- Margaret de Larios
Entertainment Weekly just gave us a chilling new visual from "Into the Woods" with Johnny Depp in costume as the Wolf. Sigh. Dear God. Take a look. We had these ten reactions. 1. "Into the Woods" is going to feel like an Evanescence video directed by Tim Burton. 2. I'm guessing the Wolf's parents are a Steven Tyler mic stand and a Stevie Nicks yard sale. 3. Can Russell Brand or Keith Richards sue Johnny Depp? Do they have to sue each other first? 4. When did Johnny Depp become an airbrushed Mickey Rourke? 5. I think he's about to cry. 6. Little Red Riding Hood is looking at us like, "Can you believe I'm supposed to be scared of this freakish art dealer?" 7. Furry sleeves? He looks like Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer dyed turquoise. 8. You know Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter sit around dreading the day they'll have to play each other. 9. It's so easy »
- Louis Virtel
I don't know what happened, but all of a sudden my kids are too scared to watch Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas. This is a movie I watch every year with them, and when I went to watch it with them this year, they freaked out! What gives? I have no idea what happened between last year and this year, but it's weird. Anyway, artist Ceasar Muyuela, a.k.a. wizyakuza, created this great piece of fan art for the Halloween season of a sinister-looking Jack Skellington with a menacing, flaming pumpkin. »
- Joey Paur
Larry Wilson is a man who's had more than one life, it seems. Originally a writer, he then moved to development and the world of studio executives. And then? He moved back to writing, with Beetlejuice, which he also co-produced.
Here, he chats to us about his new webseries Cindy, as well as taking us back to the days of Beetlejuice, of bringing James Cameron to Aliens, and how Young Sherlock Holmes - a film based on his idea - was a disappointment to him.
Oh, and there's that Beetlejuice sequel too...
Let's start with what you're up to now, your webseries Cindy. I understand you pitched it originally to Nickelodeon, but it sounds like a show that's been swimming in your head for a while now. Can you tell us a bit about it? »
Written by Kate Leth
Art by Drew Rausch
Published by Idw
24 years after the original film, Kate Leth and Drew Rausch continue the story of everyone’s favorite black wearing, hair dressing, tears inducing unlikely fairy tale hero. Edward Scissorhands #1 is set many years after the film, and Megs, the daughter of Kim (played by Winona Ryder) is now a teenager. Edward Scissorhands is considered to either be a murderer or a myth, and Kim’s own daughter considers her to be insane. Leth and Rausch explore his character through his interactions with Eli, one of the Inventor’s long forgotten inventions. They also introduce readers to Megs, an impetuous teen, who is fascinated with her grandmother and Edward. Edward Scissorhands #1 has a slow burning plot, but Rausch fills each panel with beauty and sadness. As a colorist, he uses mainly blacks and whites for the scenes with »
- Logan Dalton
"There's going to be a big announcement any minute now. Yes. It's been months and months of being right on the verge of being announced. I thought something was going to go public yesterday, actually, and that you'd be the first person I'd be talking about this with. But I'm thinking there will be something made public very soon. It's going to get made shortly after the new year. I wish I could tell you about it right now, because... I mean, it's amazing. It's going to be amazing. It think it first got leaked four years ago or so that the movie was going to be made, and ever since then it's just been stalling and stalling. So I'm really ready for this to happen. »
Sneak Peek new revealing images,plus footage of 'Catwoman' actress Anne Hathaway in the November 2014 issue of "Elle" (UK) magazine:
Following several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series "Get Real". She came to prominence after playing 'Mia Thermopolis' in the Disney film "The Princess Diaries" (2001) and in its 2004 sequel.
In 2008, she won several awards for her performance in "Rachel Getting Married", also earning an Academy Award nomination for 'Best Actress'. In 2010, she starred in the box office hits "Valentine's Day", "Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland", and "Love and Other Drugs", winning an Emmy Award for her voice-over performance on "The Simpsons".
- Michael Stevens
By Anjelica Oswald
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen Oscar contenders premiere at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York, but as we approach the end of October, some films have yet to make their debut. Here are ten films that have been garnering Oscar buzz that will be debuting through December (in alphabetical order):
A Most Violent Year; Nov. 6
Jc Chandor ‘s third feature film will be opening AFI Fest. It reunites two Juilliard alumni, Oscar Isaac and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, as a couple living and working in New York City during one of its most violent years. This will be the main Oscar focus of upstart, indie distributor A24.
American Sniper; Dec. 25
- Anjelica Oswald
Gotham, Season 1, Episode 5, “Viper”
Written by Rebecca Perry Cutter
Directed by Tim Hunter
Airs Mondays at 8pm Et on Fox
Gotham has done fairly well, so far, at integrating its cases of the week with its overarching storyline, with last week’s “Arkham” being one of the most momentous episodes yet in moving the season narrative forward, but with “Viper”, the tandem plots fail to blend together with the same consistency. The campy concept of the Viper drug, which gives super strength to its victims before destroying their bone density, could’ve worked if only the writers had decided not to display the victims’ feats of strength with such poorly executed and cartoonish special effects. What Gotham has done well in previous episodes is present a campy idea with a truly gritty noir tone, but the way that these super powered victims are realized, they look more like they belong »
- Jean Pierre Diez
The Modern Master Award, established in 1995, was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture via the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron. Keaton's career ranges far and wide, from Ron Howard's "Night Shift" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" to his lauded performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark show business satire "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance." »
- Anne Thompson
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez; Screenwriters: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Douglas Langdale; Starring: Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: U
Mexican mythology provides the inspiration for The Book of Life, a sunny and spirited animation that's as much about what happens after we leave this mortal coil. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna lend their voices, each in the corner of a love triangle that spans three beautifully realised worlds: the Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.
At the centre of some cosmic turbulence is Manolo (Luna), the son of a bullfighter who is expected to follow in dad's footsteps, but Manolo would rather play his guitar and serenade the town beauty Maria (Saldana). Rivalling him for Maria's affections is best pal Joaquin (Tatum), a bit of a blowhard who »
Halloween is upon us and, as is the case with most holidays, people are eager to get in the spirit by watching themed movies. With Halloween, horror films filled with scares and blood are typically the norm, but what about those who aren't particularly fans of the genre but want to get in the spirit. Feeling their pain, I've come up with a list of films to get you in the Halloween spirit without needing to change your underpants or sleep with the lights on.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month, with Halloween on the horizon, we're going to be examining the best Horror film genres out there. Be sure to join us in the discussion and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Sneak Peek more from director Tim Burton's new dramatic feature "Big Eyes" based on the life of illustrator Walter Keane, an artist noted in the 1950's and 1960's for his 'kitsch' paintings of large-eyed waifs.
"...'Walter Keane' (Waltz) became a national celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950's after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, using his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret (Amy Adams), his shy wife.
"She generated the paintings from their basement and Walter's contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage, and when she tried to make it known that she authored the paintings, they ended up in a court battle..."
- Michael Stevens
You may already have seen the first trailer for Tim Burton’s latest gear-change: Big Eyes, a real-life story of art, deception and the marriage that was destroyed by it. If not, it’s lurking at the bottom of the page. The poster has just arrived online courtesy of Yahoo. Big Eyes chronicles the story of Walter and Margaret Keane, who became known in the '50s and '60s for crafting one of the first mass-marketed art sensations. Their huge-eyed artwork was sold in petrol stations and small stores around the Us. In a sexist twist reflecting the age, it was Walter alone who became famous for the pictures, parlaying the fiction that he created them into TV talk-show stardom. But it was Margaret who actually did the work, and claimed her share of the profits when she and Walter divorced. To prove her ownership in court, the judge »
Hollywood’s love affair with comic books took decades to come to fruition, but today there are few more sought after properties than superheroes in modern day cinema. In the last year alone, we’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier topple box office records the world over.
The runaway success of such films has paved the way for dozens of future projects, but not every filmmaker has enjoyed the same level of fortunes when they delved into the world of superpowers and tights. For every Batman Begins and Iron-Man that actually makes it through the development process, there are a ton of comic book movies littering the studio shelves in development hell.
Sure, we know about the ones that look like they would’ve been terrible (Tim Burton’s Superman Lives comes to mind), but »
- Jesse Gumbarge
• "Visionary Director" would be so much more impressive as a description if it weren't so overused.
• The tag line is basic but it does cleverly have a double meaning with the last bit "... and everyone bought it"
• A lot of people seem to be sure that this one won't be a major Oscar player but apart from test screenings (a notoriously unreliable source of info) no one has seen it so it's one of our mystery movies when it »
- NATHANIEL R
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Lego Batman, Lego DC Super Heroes, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Civil War, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Powers and more….
Well, it’s been a huge week for superhero news – so much so that it was a toss-up between Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios for our lead story this week. However, as we’ve been inundated with Marvel news, we’ll get things underway with Warner and its big DC Cinematic Universe announcement. Yes, the studio has finally revealed its plans post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Gary Collinson
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