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Suicide Squad director David Ayer took to Twitter on Friday evening to offer up the first look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming DC Comics Multiverse feature, as the Oscar winner is sporting several tats including the word "Damaged" across his forehead. I'm not necessarily familiar with the variety of Jokers found in the comic books, but this definitely has the appearance of being far afield Heath Ledger's version in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and even appears to be far more zany than Jack Nicholson's portrayal in Tim Burton's Batman (1989). In fact, they appear to be going a whole new route, almost the permanently psychologically damaged version if I'm reading this look correctly... am Ic That said, while I've never read a "Batman" comic book in my life, I'm well aware of Alan Moore's "Killing Joke", which seems to be the »
- Brad Brevet
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
In this September’s Black Mass, Johnny Depp returns to the life of crime as Whitey Bulger, a character light-years away from Mortdecai’s moustache-twirling eponymous art dealer, or the wacky world of his frequent collaborator Tim Burton.
Bulger is perhaps best known to film audiences as the real-life inspiration behind Jack Nicholson’s Boston mob kingpin in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. If Jack’s Frank Costello is only the carbon copy of Bulger, then we should be in for a hell of a ride with Black Mass and the real deal.
“He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra—you never knew where he could strike,” says director Scott Cooper of Bulger, a regular on the FBI’s ten most wanted fugitives list.
Bulger isn’t the first notorious crime lord brought to the big screen by Depp. He portrayed the infamous drug trafficker George Jung in Blow, »
- Sasha James
As often bemoaned, the series of Batman films started by Tim Burton's 1989 effort went out in the late 1990's as a kitschy pastel calamity. 1995.s Batman Forever was the beginning of this downhill slide for the once-magnificent movie series. Now, closing in on the 20th anniversary of the film.s release, Cinema Sins gives you 167 reasons why. Giving Batman Forever a thorough comb-through, Cinema Sins surprisingly gives star Val Kilmer a bit of a pass. However, they not only point out the obvious flaws of the film, like its vacuous vixen of a leading lady played by Nicole Kidman, and the unnecessary, lackluster levity, but they also point out some interesting minor plot holes and anachronisms, giving you even more excuses to hate the film. The video properly grills the ludicrous flick that gave us Bat butt implants and took the brilliant cityscape designs of Burton.s Gotham City »
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Colin Farrell will be given the Navigator Award at the 16th annual Maui Film Festival, which runs June 3-7.
The fest takes place at the Wailea Resort, and the Celestial Cinema will host the event saluting Farrell on June 4. The Navigator Award honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction while maintaining a commitment to excellence, according to the festival.
“Colin Farrell is a chameleon who constantly creates one-of-a-kind characters,” said fest director Barry Rivers, adding, “In short, Colin is a cinematic force of nature.” The fest was founded by Barry and Stella Rivers in 2000; since then, it has screened more than 600 films.
- Tim Gray
A favorite subject amongst film nerds is the movies that could have been made but never did. We have had Lost of La Mancha chronicling Terry Gilliam's attempt to make Don Quixote. Just last year, we had Jodorowsky's Dune, about the failed making of Dune by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happenedc takes a look at the could-have-been Superman movie from Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage, and there's a new trailer for the latter that you can watch below. I don't mind a little bit of "what ifc" dreaming. I do it all the time. What if this filmmaker had made this movie instead of the one that did sort of thing. The thing I do have an issue is when everybody just automatically assumes the movie that could have been made would have been amazing. Quite frankly, everyone talking about Jodorowsky's vision of »
- Mike Shutt
It’s no secret that Nicolas Cage is a big Superman fan —he named one of his sons Kal-El, Clark Kent's Kryptonian name. Way back in 1998, Cage was all set to star in a Superman re-launch moive directed by none other than Tim Burton. Not only that, but “Superman Lives” was to be an adaptation of the early '90s comic book arc “The Death of Superman.” Jon Schnepp’s new documentary “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” explores this film that never was, and there’s a brand new trailer below. In the doc, Schnepp interviews Burton, costume designer Colleen Atwood, Kevin Smith (who wrote the first draft of the script), production designer Rick Heinrichs, Wesley Strick (who wrote later drafts), and many others involved in pre-production on the failed flick. Cage apparently only appears in the documentary in archival footage. According to the film's producer Jon Peters, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Ahead of its premiere next week, a first poster and new trailer have arrived online for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, the documentary from filmmaker Jon Schnepp, which delves into the ultimately aborted 90s Superman reboot from Tim Burton, which would have starred Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel.
The Death of Superman: Lives: What Happened? is set to premiere on April 30th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, and will receive a limited theatrical release from May 1st.
- Gary Collinson
Back at Comic Con last summer, a new trailer for director Jon Schnepp's documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? debuted, but we haven't heard anything about this exploration of Tim Burton's scrapped Superman Lives movie since then. Today, Schnepp released the final trailer on his YouTube page, which also reveals that the documentary will be released in limited theaters on May 1, before being released internationally on streaming platforms, VOD, Blu-ray and DVD on June 9. The trailer features plenty of new footage, with Tim Burton himself discussing the "painful memories" about the project.
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood's most enthralling 'what could have been' stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay (Superman Lives). Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on Superman Lives, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. Warner Brothers scrapped the »
The greatest movies never made is up for debate. Depending on your cinematic oeuvre, you might be more inclined to champion Vincent Ward’s ‘wooden planet’ concept for Alien 3. Or Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman. For some fans, there’s only one unmade movie to contest. A movie that over the years has accrued such mystery and intrigue that the story of its unmaking has now been turned into a documentary: The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?
In case the spoiler-ridden title didn’t clue you in, the Jon Schnepp-directed piece revolves around Tim Burton’s Superman Lives reboot that never saw the light of day. Burton cast Nicolas Cage as the former resident of Krypton and completely rewrote the lore of the iconic character. The somewhat iconoclastic approach to Superman was considered a major departure from Burton’s earlier work on WB’s Batman movies, and »
- Gem Seddon
The “What If’s” of Hollywood are endlessly fascinating to consider, especially when they concern massive, radical projects that never made it to production. The very definition of such a film was Superman Lives, a proposed Superman reboot to be directed by Tim Burton with Nicolas Cage in the starring role. The film was to be a fairly different take on the Superman from the comics, and was all the more interesting given that it was coming from the same filmmaker who ushered Batman into the modern era just a few years prior. If you never tire of hearing about this scrapped project, then the independent documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? is of interest to you. Today, a new trailer for the film was unveiled, teasing interviews with the various Superman Lives screenwriters (including Kevin Smith and Dan Gilroy), costume designer Colleen Atwood, and even Burton himself. »
- Adam Chitwood
Tim Burton’s difficult attempt to make his version of a Superman movie is one of the most fascinating near-misses in cinema history. A lot has been said about it, but no-one has ever truly managed to round up all the key players to really tell the story of what happened to Superman Lives. Now filmmaker cappears to have done that with The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?, which has a trailer out in the world. Funded by Kickstarter, the documentary features Schnepp talking to the likes of Burton, producer Jon Peters, writers Dan Gilroy, Wesley Strick and Kevin Smith and others who would have contributed to bringing Burton’s vision to life, including regular collaborators in costume designer Colleen Atwood and production designer Rick Heinrichs. All talk wistfully of what could have been, even if the idea of Nicolas Cage playing the Man of Steel seems like a strange one now. »
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
If you’ve ever wondered what could have been had Warner Bros. followed through on a Superman movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage, then you’ll want to watch “The Death of ‘Superman Lives': What Happened?” when the documentary gets its limited release on May 1. A new trailer for the film directed by Jon Schnepp (“Metalocalypse”) teases interviews with Burton, himself, as well as screenwriter Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”). “Tim is really — I gotta be honest — one of the only people who could really do it justice, because he understands it. He’s lived it,” Gilroy says. “Man, »
- Greg Gilman
★★☆☆☆ Released today on DVD, Tim Burton's Big Eyes (2014) stars Amy Adams as Margaret Keane (née Ulbrich), a woman we first encounter on the brink of divorce. It's the late 1950s and, with her daughter in tow, Margaret forsakes the colour-coded conformity of suburbia for a new life in the big city, painting furniture during the week and selling her own art at weekends. It's at an art fair that she first meets Brian Keane, played by Christoph Waltz, a charming charismatic salesman full of the giddy enthusiasm of art, the happy amateur brimming over with his time on the Left Bank in Paris and vaguely ashamed of his day job as a successful realtor.
- CineVue UK
Just like Batman v. Superman, the new Fantastic Four trailer has been leaked before its officially planned debut (Update: and now Fox has officially released it). Bully for us! In it, we get our first glimpse of Doctor Doom (played by Toby Kebbell), as well as a much better look at Jamie Bell's The Thing. The new trailer also really lays out the movie's plot, and shows that in addition to a lot of action, there's some humor, too. You can watch the full trailer here and see for yourself: Regarding Doom; in an interview with Collider last November, Toby Kebbell revealed a different backstory for the character: Kebbell: He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites »
- Allison Keene
After his memory was wiped as a result of the assault, Hogancamp readjusted to life by building a miniature village populated by a variety of dolls with their own distinct personalities.
Carell will play Hogancamp in Robert Zemeckis's dramatisation of the documentary, according to TheWrap.
This will be a further move into dramatic work for Carell, who rose to fame by starring in television comedy The Office and films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Earlier in the year, Carell earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for portraying convicted killer John Eleuthère du Pont in Foxcatcher.
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August actor-director Alan Rickman effortlessly charmed audiences on a balmy London evening as he took a stroll down memory lane for the latest in BAFTA’s Life in Pictures series. Recalling a career that has seen him work with some of the film industry’s most talented and eclectic directors, including Neil Jordan, Alfonso Cuaron, Tim Burton, Ang Lee and the late Anthony Minghella, Rickman mused on his late start in the film business. “To be perfectly honest, having a film… »
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