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Read More: 9 Indie Tearjerkers Now Streaming on Netflix September marks the official beginning of awards season, thanks to a handful of major festivals that will start bringing contenders to the forefront, and luckily Netflix is following suit with its own collection of past and contemporary masterpieces, including award-winners from Jason Reitman, Wes Anderson and Tim Burton. From perhaps the greatest war picture ever made to the latest of indie icon Hal Hartley, check out all of the new titles hitting Netflix next month below. Synopses partially provided by Netflix. Available 9/1 "Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher" (2014) "Blackbird" (2014) "Capital C" (2014) "Combustion" (2014) "Divorce Crop" (2014) "Giggle and Hoot's Best Ever!" (2014) "Hamlet" (1990) "Hardball" (1991) "Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean to Brag" (2014) Indiewire Pick: "Lawrence of Arabia: »
- Zack Sharf
Earlier this week we brought you some comments from Pierce Brosnan about turning down the opportunity to play The Dark Knight in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie, and now the former 007 has been speaking about the possibility of a gay James Bond.
“Sure. Why not?” said Brosnan, when asked by Details if he could picture the iconic spy as a gay man. “Actually, I don’t know how it would work. I don’t think Barbara Broccoli would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing. Let’s start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence. But I think Daniel Craig will be there for a while yet.”
- Gary Collinson
Cate Blanchett will become the latest star to receive the BFI Fellowship at this year's London Film Festival.
The two-time Oscar winner will be awarded with the honour at the festival's awards ceremony on Saturday, October 17.
Announcing the news, the BFI described Blanchett as "a fearless and subtle actress" who has a "mesmerising screen presence".
"She has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect," it added.
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Before Michael Keaton made movie history and landed the role of Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton.s Batman, a crop of other great actors were up for the role - including Bill Murray and Charlie Sheen. Last year we also found out that James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan was among the names in contention, and now new information has come to light revealing why he ultimately didn.t get the part. Considering how popular the Dark Knight is now, the actor.s reasoning is pretty mind-boggling. During an interview Details, Brosnan briefly revealed the reason. In a nut shell, he just couldn.t take the role seriously. But it put it a bit more harshly. Said Brosnan, It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman? Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton like, .Any »
On Saturday, October 17, at the BFI London Film Festival awards ceremony, Cate Blanchett will receive the BFI Fellowship. The prize will be bestowed the same night as the UK premiere of "Truth," starring Blanchett as onetime "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as Dan Rather. "Carol," starring Blanchett as one half of a lesbian love affair opposite Rooney Mara, also screens at the festival this year following a rapturous premiere at Cannes, and a likely North American debut in Telluride. Previous BFI Fellowships include Stephen Frears, Sir Christopher Lee, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. Al Pacino and Mel Brooks have also received BFI Fellowships. Read More: Todd Haynes' Oscar Contender 'Carol' Heads for London (Trailer) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — Cate Blanchett is to receive the British Film Institute’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s awards ceremony on Oct. 17 at London’s Banqueting House.
“Truth,” starring Blanchett and Robert Redford, will have its U.K. premiere on the same night. Based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, the film tells the story of Mapes, a CBS News journalist and Dan Rather’s “60 Minutes” producer, and the risks she took to expose a story about President George W. Bush.
Greg Dyke, chairman of the BFI, said: “Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerizing screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles. We are absolutely delighted to honor her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s Lff awards.”
The Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to film or television. »
- Leo Barraclough
Which superhero did Suicide Squad‘s Margot Robbie almost play? Why did Pierce Brosnan turn down Tim Burton‘s Batman? Which caped hero does Wes Bentley wish he could play? What’s the Supergirl pilot about? Why does Megalyn Echikunwoke think the world needs Vixen? How pissed off does Nick Fury look in his Hot Toys figure? Read about all […]
- Angie Han
West. Kilmer. Keaton. Clooney. Bale. Affleck. Brosnan? Speaking in an interview with Details, former 007 Pierce Brosnan revealed that he was once offered the chance to play The Caped Crusader for Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film.
At the time, Pierce Brosnan was one of a number of stars in line for the coveted part, rubbing shoulders with Mel Gibson – fresh off the Mad Max trilogy – Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray. Ultimately, though, it was a role that never really caught the actor’s attention, and here he reveals exactly why he passed up the chance.
“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman? Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So, yeah.”
Low and behold, it was »
- Michael Briers
Cannibalistic skyscraper tribes, a punk band forced to fight for survival, and 17th century-set supernatural happenings will grace the big screen this fall at Fantastic Fest 2015, as High-Rise, Green Room (co-starring Patrick Stewart), and The Witch are among the films announced in the festival's second wave of programming.
Taking place September 24th–October 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest 2015 celebrates an abundance of titles spanning multiple genres (as well as those that don't fit into one specific genre). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the upcoming final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, and to read about the first wave of the festival's programming, visit:
Press Release: Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster as the opening night film. »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Eisen Bernard's Criterion Cover Collages Redefine Art History Graphic artist Federico Babina has combined his love of cinema and architecture for an eye-poping new series of illustrations titled "Archidirector." Taking 27 of the most legendary filmmakers of all time -- from Tim Burton and George Lucas to Wes Anderson, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and Charlie Chaplin -- and depicting what a house might look like if they had been architects, the images are as inventive as they are meticulous in their representation of each director's style as manifested in the colors, shapes and designs of each house. Get a look at some of our favorite images from the collection below, and head over to Babina's website in order to see the entire selection of posters. »
- Zack Sharf
Last year, Pierce Brosnan revealed that he’d turned down the opportunity to play Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 reinvention of The Dark Knight, and now the former 007 has spoken about his decision in an interview with Details.
“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman?” states Brosnan. “Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton, like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So yeah.”
Brosnan was one of a number of actors considered for Batman, with the likes of Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray all in the frame at one point or another. The role of course went on to be filled by Michael Keaton, who also reprised the role for 1992’s Batman Returns before hanging up the cape and cowl. »
- Gary Collinson
Batman is well-known for falling into the category of heroes who don't kill... but the truth of the matter is that he's bent this rule several times over the years. This is true in the comics, but also true in big-screen versions of the Caped Crusader, as you can see in the video below: This supercut was put together by the YouTube channel Mr. Sunday Movies, and as you can see from the tally at the end, a total of 45 people have been killed at Batman's hand in the various live-action incarnations. Obviously the guy isn't exactly putting up Punisher numbers, but he basically still ranks as a serial killer. Watching the various clips featured in this video, you'll probably notice that the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher era of movies was pretty loose on the whole "not killing idea," and that it was really Christopher Nolan who really enforced »
War-Gods of the Deep Kl Studio Classics Savant Blu-ray Review War-Gods of the Deep Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1965 / Color / 2:35 widescreen 1:37 flat Academy / 84 min. / City in the Sea / Street Date August ll, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, David Tomlinson, Susan Hart, John Le Mesurier, Harry Oscar, Derek Newark, Roy Patrick, Herbert the Rooster. Cinematography Stephen Dade Film Editor Gordon Hales Original Music Stanley Black Written by Charles Bennett, Louis M. Heyward, David Whitaker based on City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe Produced by Daniel Haller Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
By 1965 American-International Pictures was looking in all directions, trying to hit on new themes to replace the monsters and juvenile delinquents of their early days. Beach party movies and the Edgar Allan Poe cycles had almost reached their limit as well. The company expanded into TV distribution and inaugurated co-productions in both Italy and London. »
- Glenn Erickson
The Marvel Age of Movies is an ongoing feature that will profile every film produced by Marvel Studios from 1998 to the present. What started as a production company became a Hollywood powerhouse in its own right, and this column will chart the course of that unprecedented success beginning with adaptations across a handful of studios to the creation of a large and expansive cinematic universe involving dozens of characters. Marvel changed comic book movies, and it changed Hollywood in the process. This is the story of the Marvel Age of Movies.
Blade wasn’t supposed to be the big comic book movie of 1998. A little over a year before, all eyes were on Superman Lives, the Tim Burton adaptation of the Man of Steel starring Nicolas Cage as Superman/Clark Kent. But then they closed up shop in the wake of overwhelming fan criticism.
It was more or less the »
- Adam A. Donaldson
While Christopher Nolan’s gritty Dark Knight Trilogy is beloved, Tim Burton’s kooky Batman films have ardent fans and Joel Schumacher’s campy sequels… exist, a lot of Bat-fans claim that the all-time best version of the caped crusader on-screen is the animated series which ran from 1992 and on-off all the way until 1999.
Helmed to near-perfection by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and sporting the acting talent of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn and many others besides, it expertly strode the line between winning the hearts of superhero-loving children and those of hardened adult comic book fans. It may have undergone a more kid-friendly redesign in its later seasons (being retitled The New Batman Adventures) but the quality generally held out.
And it, of course, began the run of numerous shows – such as the brilliant Batman Beyond – that »
- Christian Bone
This modern retelling definitely looks like a 2015 blockbuster but it peddles some uncomfortably old-fashioned values
Disney traditionalists are sure to find comfort in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella as it glides on to home video this week, because unlike the majority of recent efforts to revive the studio’s flagship fairytales, this new spin on the glass-slippered classic makes few concessions to contemporary life. Indeed, the film plays out almost exactly as Walt himself might have envisioned, eschewing the metatextual postmodernism of last year’s Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent and the general batshittery of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.
Still, tradition has a short memory, so while the most influential version of the Cinderella story is probably the 1697 text by Charles Perrault, this new telling owes more to Disney’s own 1950 animated adaptation. Handily, this allows the studio to credit the story both to Perrault and “Disney’s Cinderella »
- Charlie Lyne
Attention: we are in the midst of a nerdgasm. In news that's sure to thrill fans of the Superman movie franchise (and superhero movies in general), "Mad Max: Fury Road" director George Miller may be taking the helm of the next "Man of Steel" sequel. That's at least according to Jon Schnepp, director of the forthcoming documentary "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?", which focuses on the ill-fated Nicolas Cage/Tim Burton Superman film that died in development hell back in the 1990s. How does Schnepp know this? He doesn't say, so let's treat this as a rumor until we get more details. As Comicbook.com notes, Miller was previously attached to helm DC's first attempt at a "Justice League" movie several years ago, before "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder took the helm. Watch the video below (h/t Popcorn Talk) for Schnepp's comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
While we've heard plenty of rumors that Ben Affleck is directing, co-writing and starring in an Untitled Batman Reboot trilogy, that will supposedly kick off before the end of this decade, we haven't heard anything about a second standalone Superman movie. That all changes today, though, in a big way. A new rumor has surfaced about Man of Steel 2. It looks like Warner Bros. has already decided on a director, and you're going to love the choice.
George Miller, who created the Mad Max franchise and returned to direct this past summer's well-received Mad Max: Fury Road is supposedly set to direct Man of Steel 2. The news broke on the latest episode of Popcorn Talk, and comes from a pretty reliable source. Director Jon Schnepp was promoting his documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? when he let it slip. He's had inside access to Warner Bros. »
A little less than a decade ago, George Miller was within a hair’s breadth of directing a DC Comics movie — “Justice League Mortal,” a big budget take on Superman, Batman, et al. In 2007, Miller got as far as building sets in Australia, and cast all the major roles, with D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, and Jay Baruchel as the villain, Maxwell Lord. The movie was cancelled shortly before production got underway due to various factors, but it appears that fresh from “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Miller might be getting another chance to make his superhero movie. John Schnepp, the director of “The Death Of Superman Lives” (a documentary about Tim Burton’s earlier unmade DC Comics movie) was a guest on the DC Movie News Show (via Latino Review), and states that »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The dusty old tome Homer's The Odyssey just got fuel-injected with some much-needed excitement. It sounds as though Hugh Jackman is taking this trip to ancient Greece. The star is currently in talks to headline the Lionsgate fantasy adventure based on the ancient poem. It was announced in April that Lionsgate plans to turn the title into a huge action-adventure tentpole.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 director Francis Lawrence is behind the helm. And he's bringing producer Nina Jacobson along for the ride. In May, CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that Francis Lawrence's deal is for more than one movie. Though how many installments are planned isn't yet known.
Francis Lawrence also directed the second installment of the The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, after original director Gary Ross backed out. Nina Jacobson has been onboard for all four of The Hunger Games movies, »
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