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Has watching Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice ever made you want to summon a wisecracking ghost in your own home? While you may not have the proper tools to contact the supernatural, Sideshow Collectibles has the next best thing with their incredibly detailed, eerily lifelike sixth scale figure of Betelgeuse. With the new figure being released this month, they’ve given us a special look at the collectible that’s sure to please longtime fans of the iconic Michael Keaton character.
In the past, the talented team at Sideshow has given horror fans the goods with sixth scale figures that really bring out the creepiness of notable characters from the genre, including Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. Their Beetlejuice sixth scale figure is no exception, bringing the nightmarish side of the Tim Burton character to life, but also making sure that his manic sense of humor isn’t lost in translation from screen to sculpture. »
- Derek Anderson
Even before it was confirmed that Michael Keaton was playing the villainous Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans were excited that he had signed on, since it marked his long-awaited return to the superhero genre. Long before the term "cinematic universe" was even coined, Michael Keaton played Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton's 1989 classic Batman, which, along with its 1990s sequels, helped pave the way for the superhero genre to thrive on the big screen today. While there is still much that isn't known about Vulture in this movie, Tom Holland revealed in a new interview that Michael Keaton could not stop name-checking Batman on the set.
Earlier this week, Michael Keaton teased that his Vulture character is not your typical type of villain, while clarifying that he originally turned down the project because it didn't mesh well with his schedule. He added that they shifted the production schedule to accommodate him, »
Whenever a new actor is cast as an iconic character, there will naturally be comparisons of the new actor, and those who have come before. Fans engaged in heated debates over which Batman was better, Christian Bale or Ben Affleck, and which Joker delivered the definitive performance, Jared Leto, Heath Ledger, or Jack Nicholson. These comparisons started sprouting up again when Tom Holland was cast as Spider-Man, making his debut in last summer's Captain America: Civil War, leading into this summer's stand alone adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland just threw some new fuel on this comparative fire, claiming that his Peter Parker could beat up those Peter Parker's who came before him, played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
The Academy Award-nominated actor recently participated in a SiriusXM Town Hall for his new film The Founder, where People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle asked if he had an update on a follow-up to the 1988 Tim Burton film.
“I don’t know,” he said. “And I’m not being coy.”
By: Carson Blackwelder
Mel Gibson has a chance at being nominated in the best director category at the 2017 Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge — but there is definitely some competition. While the 61-year-old multihyphenate has already received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, snagging one from the Academy is not certain. How often have directors been gotten those two precursor nominations only to fall short of the all-important Oscar nomination?
Over the course of his lengthy career, Gibson has primarily been an actor. That being said, the New York native has stepped behind the camera and directed five feature films to date: 1993’s The Man Without a Face, 1995’s Braveheart, 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, 2006’s Apocalypto, and 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge — with the announcement of another, Berserker, on the horizon. The most successful of the bunch, »
- Carson Blackwelder
What’s your favorite thing about earth?
That’s the puzzling question everyone was asking at the L.A. premiere for “The Space Between Us,” the latest offering from British “Shall We Dance” director Peter Chelsom, at the ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday night.
For the film’s lead actor Asa Butterfield, who plays Gardner Elliot, a boy who grows up on Mars yearning to see the earth and find his father, it’s a combination of the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, and the “wild adventure” of a big city like Tokyo.
“What was really important for me was channeling Gardner’s wonder and naivety at everything he sees,” Butterfield said. “It’s almost like going back to a childlike state of wonderment at the world, which was a lot of fun.”
Chelsom echoed his lead’s opinion that nature is one of his favorite things about the planet, »
- Will Thorne
Something I've touched on many times before is that the accounting offices over at Warner Bros. deserve a closer look. If you follow box office analysis like I do, you'll come across experts in the field making claims like Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix actually Lost money for the studio, despite earning $938 million worldwide (I'll include a link to that in the Source). You'll also hear about the idea that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice needed to make something like $900-$920 million in order to be profitable, meaning the $827M it made actually leaves Warner Bros. in the red!
A new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals exactly what kinds of practices often lead Warner Bros. to doing anything but "laughing all the way to the bank" when their movies fail critically but seemingly do so well financially.
Producer Jon Peters, famous in fanboy circles for »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Exploring the brightness of the dark children’s show.
Execrable is a word which here means “extremely bad or unpleasant.” It is a word which, although appropriately dour in tone, does not actually describe Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is actually an exceptional, thrilling adaptation of a series of thirteen children’s mystery books by Daniel Handler. The show’s freshman season covers the first four books of the series, and follows the unhappy lives of three recent orphans as they bounce from caretaker to caretaker, outwit nefarious plots to steal their parents’ fortune, and uncover countless secrets along the way. Its clunky title and avoidance of easy categorization (it’s billed as a very dark children’s show) may be turn-offs for the uninitiated, but, for many reasons, A Series of Unfortunate Events is actually a bright spot of television that shouldn’t be missed.
1. The ad campaign
Long before the series made »
- Valerie Ettenhofer
After a year that felt longer than a marathon screening of the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy, 2016 is finally over. The heartbreak, headaches and downright hilarity of the year we would all like to forget, is now behind us.
Now, fear not! 2017 is here to save the day and it is absolutely packed full of all your favourite costumed crime-fighters. From Wall crawlers, to demigods, to eccentric spies, this year has it all. So, sit back, relax and let your friendly neighbourhood Thn talk you through what 2017 has in store. Check out our Comic Book Movie Preview!
First up is the highly anticipated Lego Movie spin-off, focusing on Will Arnett’s hilariously parodied version of Batman. While the idea was initially met with skepticism, trailers have so far indicated that this could be one of the caped crusaders greatest cinematic outings yet.
The film also boasts »
- Ben Read
This week is a mish-mash featuring my reactions and thoughts to some of my fellow ComicMix columnists and two reader’s thoughts on my column from last week.
In response to my column last week, which I wrote while watching the New York Giants/Green Bay Packers wild card playoff game, Mark Belktron wrote:
Johnny O (the O is for Ostrander) talked about the King, a.k.a. Jack Kirby, yesterday, and his first encounter with the “mild-mannered” genius of the four-color page. Hey, John, did you read the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon? If not, you really must! In fact, as I once mentioned long ago and far away (but not in another galaxy – at least, I think not), anyone who claims to be a comics fan must – im-not-so-ho, of course – read this, uh, amazing semi-fictionalized and semi-biographical novel of the birth »
- Mindy Newell
Actor Ben Affleck confirmed he will star, write and direct Warners' upcoming live-action "The Batman" solo feature, set to start shooting in 2017, co-starring DC Comics' super-villain 'Deathstroke' (Joe Manganiello):
"It’s one of those things that’s really frustrating, because like, with 'Live By Night' it took me a year and a half to write it and get it ready and I worked really hard and-it’s just nobody gave a shit. No one was like, 'Where’s Live By Night!?'.
"We're on the right track with that and everything is coming together. We're still finishing up a script. I think we’re ahead of the curve.
"I respect all of the movies. »
- Michael Stevens
Many DC fans won't know who Jon Peters is by name, but they will probably know his work, since he produced movies like Caddyshack, Batman and technically Man of Steel. Though, he didn't actually work on that latter movie. He started out, oddly enough, as a hairdresser and eventually wound up as a bit time Hollywood producer. So how successful is he? Well, he was good enough, or at least smart enough, to make about $80 million for doing absolutely nothing on both Superman Returns and Man of Steel.
After spending quite a long time away from the limelight, Jon Peters recently granted an interview to The Hollywood Reporter. Just to give an idea of the kind of reputation Jon Peters has, the THR report noted that he had a loaded gun on the table during the interview. The publication reported a while back that he was paid somewhere between $10 and $15 million for Man of Steel, »
Image Source: Getty / Donato Sardella Janelle Monaé is no rookie in this business. The 31-year-old entertainer released her first studio album in 2003 as an independent artist under her own record label, Wondaland Arts Society. Janelle went on to become a six-time Grammy nominated artist, and in 2016 The Electric Lady reached for even bigger heights when she signed on to star in the scientific biopic Hidden Figures alongside Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, and in Moonlight, a coming-of-age drama widely considered to be a best picture contender at the Oscars this year. Keep reading to discover 15 other facts you need to know about one of Hollywood's rising stars. Janelle only wears black and white clothing as a tribute to her working class parents who wore uniforms for work. She only released 500 copies of her debut album, The Audition. Diddy discovered her music on Myspace before signing her to his Bad Boy »
- Terry Carter
The Oscar nominee, who famously starred as the iconic caped crusader in Tim Burton's Batman, is taking on a darker role as The Vulture, the film's chief villain. However, according to Keaton, there isn't as big of a difference as it may seem.
"Batman was also a borderline vigilante too," the actor shared with Et's Carly Steel at a press junket for his upcoming biopic The Founder. "It is just another role that just happens to be in a big, fun, great-looking superhero movie."
Now that Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- after Marvel Studios and Sony reached an agreement to share the rights to the character -- the beloved web-slinger is part of what Keaton calls the "Marvel Machine."
"[It's] pretty amazing »
Shots fired. The Hollywood Reporter is in the news again for the wrong reason. This time, the publication has been lambasted for its declaration that it’s the first to interview famed American film producer Jon Peters in over a decade. In case you’ve been frozen for the past 50 years, Peters was the producer behind the failed Superman Lives film, which was set to be directed by Tim Burton and star Nicolas Cage as Clark Kent/Superman. Naturally, and possibly thankfully, the film didn’t see the light of day, and we received Superman Returns instead.
The website’s claim didn’t sit well with Jon Schnepp, the creator of the documentary The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, which was released in 2015 and featured an interview with Peters. Schnepp took to his verified Twitter account to call out The Hollywood Reporter for false information and said the »
- Sergio Pereira
For two years now Tim Burton has been attached to Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo. As the project stayed in development, we rarely heard news about it, but this week is providing plenty of signs of life for the film. Yesterday it was reported Will Smith is considering a starring role in Burton’s film, and today brings us the surprising […]
- Jack Giroux
Rob Leane Jan 18, 2017
Longer, darker and closer to what came before, the extended version of Batman Forever sounds interesting at the least...
Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever was a divisive movie, to say the least, and one that we’ve debated the merits of before on this site. But even those of us who like the film (this writer included) would be quick to admit that it’s nowhere near the brilliance of the preceding brace of Bat-movies from Tim Burton.
It’s intriguing to hear, then, that the original cut of Batman Forever weighed in at 2 hours 40 minutes. That’s 38 minutes of extra footage that never made it into cinemas; enough missing minutes to significantly alter the film. Would the original version of Batman Forever have garnered more love?
The fine folk at BatmanOnFilm.com have painstakingly procured information from every available source - earlier drafts of the script, »
David Crow Jan 13, 2017
Jon Peters has had one of the most infamous and oddly-inspiring rises to power in Hollywood history. Once a hair-dresser bad boy who was supposedly the inspiration for Warren Beatty’s Shampoo, Peters somehow found himself as Barbara Streisand’s lover/producer on the A Star Is Born remake, and then a well-regarded producer who, along with Peter Guber, presided over classic 1980s blockbusters like Batman, Flashdance, and An American Werewolf In London. He also was the first guy to attempt to 'reboot' Superman before that jargon existed in the 1990s… mind you, his idea was to have Nicolas Cage with flowing locks to star in it while fighting a giant spider, but you know… he was still first.
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"Elliot, we've been idiots. We've been going about it all wrong." No, that's not deleted dialogue from E.T. The Extra Terrestrial -- that Elliott spells his name differently -- but instead fresh new dialogue, featured in our exclusive, Nsfw (not safe for work) clip from the animated film Nerdland. John (voiced by Paul Rudd) and Elliot (voiced by Patton Oswalt) want to become famous but, as John says, they haven't been paying sufficient attention to realize exactly how people become famous -- or infamous -- nowadays. That spurs them on to a series of misadventures. Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow) wrote the original script and Chris Prynoski (Metalocalypse, Son of Zorn) directed. Enjoy the clip below. Nerdland is now available to watch...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
In Daniel Handler’s s Lemony Snicket books, the three Baudelaire children (Violet, Klaus and Sunny) are cycled through an endless sequence of cruel horrors — baby Sunny is threatened at one point with being dropped from a roof — all concocted by their greedy relation, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).
Netflix’s version, which covers the first four books, preserves some of the 2004 film’s style (a blend »
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