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Happy 75th Birthday! Batman Gets It Off His Chest

12 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Believe it or not it has been 75 years since Batman was first launched onto the comic book market by Bob Kane and the brilliantly-named Bill Finger. Whether you see him as The Caped Crusader, The Dark Knight, The Bat Man or just plain “Batsy”, this uniquely dark, quirky creation has racked up close to a century of action-packed adventures and the cunning folks at HalloweenCostumes.com have come up with the perfect way to celebrate… a journey through nipple territory with the iconic Bat Symbol through the ages. Here’s the flap-tastic video they’ve produced in honour of today’s “Batman Day” festivities…

He’s undergone many changes of image over the decades and none more noticeably so than at the cinema. 1943′s Batman had Lewis Wilson as a spongy-cowled hero and the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has Ben Affleck looking like an astonishing cross between »

- Steve Palace

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

22 July 2014 5:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.

30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon

Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale, »

- Joshua Gaul

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'Gotham': Penguin actor takes our bird-brained questions

22 July 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Those who have seen the pilot of Gotham agree: TV fans are going to be tweeting about Robin Lord Taylor this fall. The young actor and relative newcomer nabbed the role of Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) on the upcoming Fox series, which details the origins of iconic characters in the Batman universe. In the first episode, we meet Cobblepot as an abused but ambitious underling for gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Taylor brings a desperate, jittery energy to the role that’s far more compelling than his campy predecessors—and with a first name like “Robin,” the actor »

- James Hibberd

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Podcast: Blockbuster Escapism, Marvel's Cinematic Future, Games and More

22 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We aren't forgetting DVDs and Blu-rays this Tuesday, not sure if that's a good thing or not, but beyond that Laremy and I chat about our similar taste in movies, the future plans for Marvels Cinematic Universe, and the escapism found in blockbusters or the lack thereof. On top of that we have your questions, which includes a voice mail from Mike, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Review – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

22 July 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 2014.

Directed by Matt Reeves.

StarringAndy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, Kirk Acevedo, Enrique Murciano, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Synopsis:

Set ten years after the outbreak of a deadly virus, we find ape leader Caesar and his group living peacefully outside San Francisco. A chance meeting with a group of human survivors leads to the two sides battling for survival.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprise hit in 2011 and brought a breath of fresh air to a franchise that had stalled with numerous sequels and Tim Burton’s unfortunate remake. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes we are in a post “Simian-flu” world and the tone of the film is completely different to its predecessor. Caesar (expertly played by motion capture God Serkis), is the leader of a group of apes and is »

- Helen Murdoch

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Cameron Crowe’s latest, starring Bradley Cooper, delayed until 2015

21 July 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Wrap has reported that the currently untitled return of director Cameron Crowe (Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous) has been pushed back from it’s original Christmas Day release until the middle of next spring. And while it may seem like a downer, it sounds like Sony, who are distributing the movie, have made the right choice considering the competition it faced in the Us over Christmas.

In the Us, the film was originally set to go head-head-to-head with a glut of wide, and potential hit, films. Disney’s big film for the festive season, an adaptation of musical Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine was arguably the biggest obstacle.

Other obsticles included Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken, cult-comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and  Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, which begins it’s limited release on the same day, but will still draw in the crowds. »

- Scott Davis

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Untitled Cameron Crowe Movie Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone & Bill Murray Pushed To 2015

21 July 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With release schedules in the fall generally packed with tentpoles trying to muscle their way between Oscar contenders, it can be tough to try and fit something in that's neither. And certainly, Cameron Crowe's upcoming untitled rom-com would've faced stiff competition. Originally set for a Christmas Day release, the movie has now been pushed to next spring, and it looks like a wise move. Sony has announced the release date change and it takes Crowe's movie out of the way of Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," Disney's musical "Into The Woods," MGM's sequel "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," and the family movie "Paddington" all opening in wide release. And that's not to mention the Mlk pic "Selma" and Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" coming in limited release. Sometimes, you gotta know when to fold 'em. And to hear Sony tell it, Crowe's film probably wasn't going to be an awards season contender anyway. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code in two trailers for WWII drama 'The Imitation Game'

21 July 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm very curious to see how The Weinstein Company's Oscar slate pans out. There's a lot of promise but who knows how the variables will come together. The line-up stretches from the high profile (Tim Burton's "Big Eyes") to the somewhat obscure (Saul Dibb's "Suite Française"). Somewhere in between is Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game," which has always struck me as perhaps the most likely to succeed, as it were. The film tells the story of English mathematician Ala Turing, who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II and whose work went a long way toward the personal computer-infested lifestyle you enjoy today. Graham Moore's screenplay caused quite the stir when it hit the industry a few years ago, and indeed, it's a tightly drawn-up character study with a fascinating historical bent, and as well, a major opportunity for Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Turing. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Sunday Quiz: Do You Know Your Superhero Movies?

20 July 2014 3:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For this week’s quiz we were going to tie in to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by keeping it simple with one question: what the hell happened at the end of the 2001 reboot? But hey, even Tim Burton couldn’t answer that one, so instead, with the San Diego Comic Con-International on the horizon we’ve decided it’s high time we tested your knowledge of superhero movies. So, if you’re feeling confident, take the quiz below and see how many of the 25 superhero movies you can name – and don’t forget to share your score for all to see…

Question 1 Iron Man 2 The Avengers Guardians of the Galaxy

Question 2 Watchmen Minutemen Justice League

Question 3 Batman Returns Batman & Robin Batman Forever

Question 4 Spider-Man Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man 3

Question 5 The Fantastic Four Fantastic Four Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Question 6 Superman: The Movie »

- Gary Collinson

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10 best cycling movies: Breaking Away, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

20 July 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The cycling movie is an expansive genre, covering everything from sports documentaries like the recent Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist to quirky comedies such as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and fondly remembered children's adventure movies, like the oh-so-1980s BMX Bandits.

Cycling as a professional sport is also well represented on screen, whether it's the Indiana University Little 500 race in classic comedy-drama Breaking Away, an animated Tour de France in Belleville Rendez-vous or the Paris–Roubaix in Jørgen Leth's stunning documentary A Sunday in Hell.

With the Tour de France about to enter its final week, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best cycling movies.

1) Breaking Away (1979)

Peter Yates' wonderful small town comedy-drama won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture. Dennis Christopher stars as Dave Stoller, an Indiana teenager obsessed with the Italian cycling team, who gets »

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes: all the beautiful economy of the original film on TV recap

19 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After a string of sequels and spin-offs, this reboot of the 1968 classic showing on Channel 4 at 9pm on Saturday simplifies everything and cuts to an all-out species-obliterating war on humans with satisfying speed

Hail Caesar! But who's the screen king of the Planet of the Apes?

More of Stuart Heritage's film on TV recaps

It's fair to say that nobody really expected anything from Rise of the Planet of the Apes when it was released three years ago. Although the 1968 original had become an indelible piece of pop culture, it was followed by three sequels that were only fitfully entertaining and several spin-offs that succeeded only in cheapening the franchise, including a TV series, a string of TV movies, a cartoon series (featuring a guest appearance by someone called William Apespear) and a spectacularly misjudged Tim Burton remake that ended with Mark Wahlberg staring at a statue of Monkey Abraham Lincoln. »

- Stuart Heritage

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The Evolution of a Genre

19 July 2014 3:19 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The superhero films have been around for decades from Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie and Tim Burton's Batman to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For years, the superhero genre would be mocked, laughed at and shrugged by the naysayers who believed it was a genre meant for little kids. Now, it's become a respected genre that has captivated audiences worldwide and has become a phenomenon. Ranking in billions of dollars at the box office. The evolution of this started years ago when it was a black and white serial and due to the popularity of the characters, they reached the big screen with Richard Donner's Superman. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. The genre was known for being campy thanks to the Adam West Batman. Even to this day despite it's campiness, I have seen episodes for myself and they're »

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Edward Scissorhands sequel comic announced by Idw

18 July 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Idw Publishing has announced an Edward Scissorhands sequel comic.

Written by Kate Leth (Fraggle Rock) and illustrated by Drew Rausch (My Blacks Don't Match!), the comic will continue the story following the events of Tim Burton's Johnny Depp-starring 1990 film.

The five-issue miniseries will apparently feature the little girl who Winona Ryder's character told her story to in the movie.

"In a castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands... but left him tragically unfinished," reads Idw's solicitation.

"Two generations of exile have left Edward digging through abandoned experiments, but once he wakes up a creature left buried, he discovers he isn't the only one missing a vital piece.

"As Edward tries to fix a grave mistake, he comes face to face with a teenage girl who was sure he was only myth... despite the stories her grandmother told her, about the man she could never touch. »

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Ror Reviews: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

17 July 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

After Tim Burton's dismal direct remake of Planet Of The Apes, 2011's prequel/reboot surprised us all by being pretty damn good. That movie took us back to the source of what kick-started the ape "uprising", and also what led to the extinction of most of the human race. Now we drop in on events almost 10 years later, with Caesar (Andy Serkis) having made a home for he and his fellow apes in the forest, and the last remaining human survivors of the simian flue scattered around in various outposts. When need drives Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and his people into Caesar's habitat...well, we all know where this story ends. Yes, we'll eventually see a human/ape standoff which will set the scene for the events of the original film, but first we have all the really good stuff. For as exciting (and at times bloody intense) as the action scenes in Dotpota are, »

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Planet of the Apes

17 July 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen celebrates the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with six things you didn’t know about the franchise…

The apes are back on the big screen with Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes [read our 2 ★★★★★ reviews here and here] and to celebrate, let’s look back at the franchise.

Originally released in 1968, Planet of the Apes has spawned 4 sequels, a live-action TV show, a cartoon series and two reboots, one of which got a sequel and the other was garbage.

Seriously, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes is dreadful.

With a history that spans over 40 years, there is some much rich history to delve into and this is just a small taste of this great franchise’s facts.

So let’s take a look at what we can learn. Stop the Planet of the Apes – I want to get off!

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- Luke Owen

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Second Opinion – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

17 July 2014 5:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 2014

Directed by Matt Reeves

Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary and Karin Konoval

Synopsis:

In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race.

The announcement of a reboot to the Planet of the Apes franchise was met with apathy due to the poor reception and utter failure of a movie that is Tim Burton’s 2001 remake, but 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a nice surprise. The movie was beautiful, slow and brilliantly written and acted with some of the most impressive visuals ever seen. Not only was it one of the best movies released that year, it was easily the best movie in the Planet of the Apes franchise. Its sequel »

- Luke Owen

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Thn Interview: Andy Serkis For ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ – Part One

17 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was a surprise success. After Tim Burton’s failed attempt to reignite audience interest in Planet Of The Apes we all wondered why Fox were bothering with another venture into the world. We were all foolish though as Rupert Wyatt managed to give the old story a modern and relevant twist, with Rise tackling controversial topics such as animal testing and cruelty.

At the heart of the film was a genetically-altered ape, Caesar, a super-intelligent being who grew-up with humans and believed himself to be human. The moment when he realises that he has been misled and discovers his actual place in society was gut-wrenchingly sad. So immersive is the character that it’s easy to forget that his on-screen visage is just computer-generated pixels. The real reason we love Caesar so much is because of the man responsible for capturing the performance: Andy Serkis. »

- Kat Smith

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David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' to open 2014 New York Film Festival

16 July 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Filmmaker David Fincher has been away from the screen for a couple of years, since 2011's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" threatened to be a major Oscar force but settled for a handful of nods (and a surprising Best Film Editing victory). He's back this year with the Gillian Flynn adaptation "Gone Girl," which could be a major play for Fox as the studio looks to get its awards legs back after hitting a wall with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" last year. Well, an opening night berth at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival is certainly a great way for the studio to set the stage. It's a nice, and really, expected fit for a few reasons. When Fincher opened the festival four years ago with his critically acclaimed film "The Social Network," that sort of kicked Nyff into gear as new personnel began to see the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Movie Review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

16 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Starring Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Kerri Russell

Directed by Matt Reeves

Rated PG-13

 

The Planet of the Apes series carries a lot of weight.  Not only with science fiction fans but in pop culture as well.  It would be hard to count how many times the series has been referenced since the first film came out in 1968 (even this website used to have a rating system of damn dirty apes).  To say this series has had its influence is, well it's completely justified.  I could never get into the movies myself.  It’s not that I didn’t like them in some capacity; they just weren’t my cup of tea.  Tim Burton’s unfortunate reimagining back in 2001 did nothing for me (or for most people) and only served up the idea that this is a series best left to what »

- Craig Dietz

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Don’t Turn Out The Light: Is David Fincher Still Afraid of the Dark?

16 July 2014 4:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr on the work of David Fincher

‘I’m interested in films that scar’ February 96’ (Empire Magazine)

‘I’m not interested in the guy on his own, in a dark room sharpening his knives’ (Zodiac Commentary)

At the heart of David Fincher is a contradiction. Beneath his meticulous approach and need for perfection is a conflict of interest. With a history of visually striking music videos which often extend into short narrative films, Fincher’s unflinching focus on character and exploration of social agendas make him a true original. For someone defined in part by his use of darkness, that Fincher would feign indifference to those characters that exist within it is baffling. If we discount The Curious Case of Benjamin Button it becomes apparent that elsewhere, from Alien3 through to The Social Network, are pivotal characters with thematically dark undertones. So the question is, how can he be »

- Gary Collinson

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