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This is a fantastic trailer for a jaw-droppingly amazing looking animated film called Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. I don't know how I had never heard of this before, but wow! The movie seems to have kind of a Tim Burton vibe to it with its circus-like atmosphere, beautiful animation, and music.
The story revolves around Jack "whose heart was frozen on the day of his birth and replaced with a cuckoo-clock. Because of the delicate apparatus keeping him going, he lives by only three rules: never touch the hands of the clock; control his temper at all times; and most heartbreakingly, never fall in love. Any massive emotion could stop his clock and thus end his life. »
- Joey Paur
Updating the Best Director category isn't as easy as it was last week when I took a look at the acting and Best Picture categories. On the heels of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals there were a few films and performances that clearly rose in significance, but when it comes to direction I tend to feel we're looking at something a little different. It seems like a chance for the Academy to award a director whose film may have been a little more challenging, a little less The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, while, at the same time, we also have some strong female directors in the field this year, which could also spice up the race as gender politics continue to heat up in the industry. When it comes to my top five in the category, the names remain the same while some of the positions have changed. »
- Brad Brevet
Christopher Nolan’s popular Dark Knight trilogy salvaged a franchise that had become a joke to the public at large. Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, hit it big with mainstream audiences. Unfortunately, Burton passed the directorial reigns off to Joel Schumacher who ran the franchise into the ground with two widely derided sequels.
Nolan rehabilitated Batman’s public image when it was at its worst, taking the character to new heights of financial and critical success by grounding the action in a realistic setting. Once again the baton has been passed to a new director, Zack Snyder. Snyder faces a seemingly impossible challenge: create a new interpretation of Batman that will live-up to Nolan’s legacy and satisfy legions of Bat-fans spoiled by Nolan’s superlative films.
Despite what some cynical fans might say, the news and images we’ve been teased with so far »
- Travis Earl
Let’s get this out of the way up-front – the opening episode of Gotham is very good indeed. Many may have been sceptical about a Batman show without Batman, but Warner Bros. has created something highly interesting here.
While there are a few moments that might entice an angry minority in some comment boards (aren't there always?), we got the feeling at this screening that the vast majority will love Gotham’s premiere outing. And while we’re not going to discuss plot details here, there was plenty of other stuff to love.
Firstly, from literally the opening shot, it’s very clear that executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (whose previous offering The Mentalist has already impressed on Channel 5) has done his homework. His portrayal of Gotham City hits all the right notes – its dingy alleys, »
Drew Struzan might be the name you first think of when someone mentions movie poster artist, but few can argue that the work of John Alvin is not a equally iconic. Alvin’s art has be collected in great effort into one tight package in The Art of John Alvin by his wife Andrea Alvin. The high quality coffee table book collects the late artist’s film poster art in their final form and in the earliest stages when he was just starting to figure out the layouts for some of the posters that would go on to be some of the most iconic of all time.
An introduction gives a brief overview of his life and his earliest experiences painting images from the films that made him fall in love with the art, like 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1960’s Spartacus. It details his life, marriage, and sudden »
- Max Molinaro
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Legion of Super-Heroes, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Iron Man 4, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Sinister Six, Venom Carnage, X-Men: Apocalypse and more…
After a selection of photos arrived online showing the new Batmobile on the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder took to Twitter to give us a high-resolution image of Ben Affleck’s ride from the 2016 DC superhero ensemble. Be sure to read the thoughts of our writing team on Dark Knight’s new wheels in the latest Flickering Myth Reaction, and check out Luke Owen’s feature where he looks at the Evolution of The Batmobile »
- Gary Collinson
Last year it was relatively easy to predict a Best Picture front-runner following the Telluride, Venice and Toronto film festivals, the 12 Years a Slave vs. Gravity narrative was pretty much set in stone, which ultimate made for a rather dull awards season. This year there is no such front-runner. In fact, the film that sits atop my Best Picture predictions is the same film I predicted way back in March and I see no reason to change now. Actually, it seems like a more obvious prediction now than it did then. I know some critics and prognosticators will try and suggest Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman (Fox Searchlight) is the out-of-the-gates one to beat of those that have been seen, but that seems like a movie more likely to find recognition in acting and craft categories rather than the big prize. Of course, I'm speaking with a limited perspective based only »
- Brad Brevet
The Boxtrolls, 2014.
Boxtrolls, and human-box-boy ‘Eggs’ need to stop the evil Archibald Snatcher from kidnapping their kind before it’s too late…
Despicable Me has a lot to answer for. Not only has it spawned a sequel, with a “”spin-off” later this year in Minions, but it has manufactured the specific creature that little kids will die imitating (perhaps loudly shouting “bottom”, as you walk through the supermarket). But The Boxtrolls, looking like an uglier, gothic cousin to the minions, is nothing to apologise for. Looking like Aardman animation meets Abe’s Odyssey, The Boxtrolls contains much more than empty crates and annoying little creatures. More creative and considerably more profound, The Boxtrolls is much more than a Despicable Me imitator. »
- Simon Columb
Not satisfied with those images from earlier in the week that showcased Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Batmobile on set in the streets of Detroit? Well, you’re in luck. For a brief clip has weaved its way online that captures the vehicle in motion during a night shoot.
The video, which comes by way of Instagram user ‘brasherj’, offers up a look at Bruce Wayne’s trusty four-wheeled companion from afar as it speeds around a corner. Also, the clip captures the roar of the engine itself, which still sounds as intimidating as you’d expect even though this is raw footage.
As we already knew, the Batmobile in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to be a far cry from Christopher Nolan’s tank-like tumbler; in fact, Zack Synder’s incarnation of the fan favourite is much more classical than its predecessor, opting for a sleek, »
- Michael Briers
Here’s an exclusive first look at veteran comedy actress Carol Kane (The Princess Bride, Girls) playing the mother of Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a. The Penguin, a.k.a. actor Robin Lord Taylor). Her character name is Gertrude Kapelput and she is described as “a proud and faded beauty; an old European character with delusions of grandeur.” Doesn’t she look a bit like Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess gone batty?
Kane guest stars in the second episode »
- James Hibberd
In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »
- Derek Anderson
Now, that's a ride!After a series of unauthorized photos of Batman's wheels from the set surfaced online, Zack Snyder took to Twitter to share an official photo of the Batmobile from the upcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." "Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile," the director captioned the pic of Caped Crusader's car.Snyder's version definitely looks part Christopher Nolan, part Tim Burton -- pulling elements from both vehicles.Even though we got a partial look at the car in the first shots of Ben Affleck in costume, this is a much better photo of the vehicle -- complete with guns and lights. The highly-anticipated flick doesn't come out until March 25th, 2016, but Snyder has been sharing photos from the set to tide fans over. Back in May, he posted a sneak peek photo of Affleck as Batman, writing, "I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. »
- tooFab Staff
When J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder signed on for the latest installments of the Star Wars and Batman franchises, respectively, they didn't just inherit billion-dollar brands. They also inherited the Millennium Falcon and the Batmobile. Now, thanks to some leakers and a British guy who accidentally flew over the Star Wars set, we've got brand-new glimpses of the toys.Here's the reborn Falcon, courtesy of an English flying instructor who located the Episode VII set at the former Raf base Greenham Common. It looks ... pretty much like the Millennium Falcon. (The left half of the spaceship, we assume, will be filled in with lens flares.) To avoid his own leaks, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder took marketing into his own hands, releasing another preview image of the Batmobile on his Twitter account. The full view is more Nolan-y than Nolan — any Tim Burton influences we might have detected »
- Nate Jones
Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi; Screenwriters: Irena Brignull, Adam Pava; Starring: Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: PG
After the success of Frozen and The Lego Movie, it's perhaps understandable to have high expectations for upcoming animated fare. Just because a film is made with younger viewers in mind doesn't give those behind it an excuse to phone it in. Recently, the likes of Postman Pat: The Movie and The Nut Job will have tested the patience of mums and dads dragged along to the multiplex, but there's no such problem with Laika's latest offering The Boxtrolls.
The studio has cleverly forged its own path separate from Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, bringing dark and spooky edges to their stop-motion work. Boxtrolls is an extension of the tone and style of its predecessors Coraline and ParaNorman, charting the journey of an orphaned boy, »
With the announcement of a new Batmobile via some leaked photos and then Zack Synder’s Twitter account, we at Flickering Myth decided to look at the various incarnations of the The Dark Knight’s most iconic of accessories….
The Batmobile first debuted in DC Comics’ Batman #27, a red convertible with nothing overly special in its functionality. But in an interesting piece of trivia, the term “Batmobile” was not used until Detective Comics #48 in 1941.
Moving into the live action realm on our list is one of the most well-loved looks for people of “a certain age” of the Batmobile, courtesy of the 1966 Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo. With great gadgets like an anti-theft switch, Bat Beam, Mobile Batcomputer and the Emergency Bat-turn lever, this version of the Batmobile is well respected and has been used by many as their transport on their wedding days. »
- Luke Owen
Earlier this week photos started to surface of the new Batmobile, the one that will eventually appear in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (When you're shooting outdoors on public streets, chances are that photos of a giant armored vehicle will get out.) Well, Warner Bros and DC have decided to one-up these leaked photos by unleashing the first photo of the new Batmobile in all of its high-tech glory.
When "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Snyder first teased the new iteration of the iconic vehicle, we noted that it looked like a cross between the more classic Batmobile design (last seen in the two Tim Burton "Batman" movies) and the militarized "Tumbler" design from Christopher Nolan's recent "Dark Knight" trilogy. But the actual design is far, far crazier.
To us, it looks like there were six designs of the new Batmobile and Snyder said, "Do I have to choose one? »
- Drew Taylor
Director Zack Snyder is currently filming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in Detroit, where the Batmobile was recently spotted. Even though Snyder already released two teaser photos of the vehicle many months ago, all the leaked shots apparently prompted him to show fans an official look at the Batmobile. It looks like a combination of Christopher Nolan's Tumbler and the Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film. There are also similarities to the Batmobile from "Arkham Knight." Check out the photo below. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is set to hit theaters on March 25th, 2016. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
(Cbr) Hoping to repeat the success it’s had adapting Stephen King’s "Under the Dome," CBS has given a put-pilot order to a series based on the author’s 2003 short story “The Things They Left Behind.” Deadline reports the supernatural procedural will be produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and Greg Berlanti, and written by Grahame-Smith. The short story follows a man named Scott Staley who followed an inner voice and didn’t report to work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His survivor’s guilt is compounded when items belonging to his deceased co-workers begin appearing in his apartment. He soon discovers that his life’s mission is to give these items to the families of those who passed away. In addition to the series, the story has been adapted twice. The first was a short film by Pablo Macho Maysonet IV, the second a longer feature directed by Guillaume Heulard and Stéphane Valette. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Warner Bros. Pictures
The legacy of Jack Nicholson’s Joker has taken a bit of a beating as of late. For so long his gangster-cum-theatric psychopath from Tim Burton’s Batman was viewed as the definitive take on the iconic Batman villain, but then in 2008 The Dark Knight brought something excitingly new to the table. Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance totally overshadows Nicholson’s version of the character and while it is objectively the weaker of the two, there’s still a lot to enjoy in what Jack did.
Giving the Joker an origin story (something that hadn’t been attempted on screen before) and implicating him in the murder of Batman’s parents, Tim Burton’s take on the character is in many ways unconventional, but Nicholson off-set that with something more typically over-the-top and dramatic, making some of the more blatant meddling with the mythos more palatable. »
- Alex Leadbeater
“What’s the matter, Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?”
Exciting news for both movie lovers and gastronomes! After a brief hiatus, Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by the talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal (and five unique cocktails from Eclipse Mixologist Seth Wahlman) while enjoying one of your favorite movies! That’s the Tenacious Eats way! The movie starts at 8pm. The doors open at 5:30 for the pre-show which includes live music and an hour of Super-8 Movie Madness!
The hot new locale is The Loop – specifically the main dining room at Eclipse, on the ground floor of the Moonrise Hotel in the University City Loop (6177 Delmar Boulevard, St Louis, Mo 63112). Chef Liz Schuster will begin the newest incarnation of the series with a screening of the »
- Tom Stockman
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