Logging time with Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Roman Polanski, and currently Sam Mendes, Christoph Waltz has certainly been guided by filmmakers with distinctive voices and visions. It's good schooling as the actor now ventures behind the camera for his first stab at moviemaking. Screen Daily reports that Waltz will direct and star in "The Worst Marriage In Georgetown." Based on the New York Magazine article (read it here) by Franklin Foer, and adapted by David Auburn ("Proof," "The Lake House"), the story follows the social climbing Albrect Muth, who ran in some of the most elite circles of American power and influence, but soon ran into trouble when his wealthy wife was found murdered. It's a meaty role that's well suited for Waltz's more flamboyant tendencies, but directing a movie is hard. And directing yourself is even harder. Read More: Christph Waltz May Play The Villain Role In »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Christoph Waltz will star and make his directorial debut on crime drama “The Worst Marriage in Georgetown.”
Voltage Pictures has come aboard to fully finance and produce the picture, which will be sold at Cannes.
The project, based on the New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, centers on Albrecht Muth (played by Waltz), an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath. Muth and Drath entered the top political circles as they threw lavish events, with Muth lying extensively about his background — which came to light after Drath was found murdered in 2011 at their home in Georgetown.
Muth was 26 when he married the 71-year-old Drath in 1971. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison last year.
- Dave McNary
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
The movie-accurate Batman Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Michael Keaton as the iconic character Batman, and features a newly developed masked head sculpt with separate rolling eyeballs and interchangeable lower faces, a specially created Batsuit, detailed Batman gadgets, and a Led light-up figure base. The figure is expected to arrive towards the end of this year.
- Gary Collinson
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
What if "Gotham" was not the TV series that so many of us thought we needed back in the fall, but what if Bruno Heller's twisty comic book drama has become the TV series we deserve now? Look, if you're going to get hung up on Batman mythology, I'm powerless to tell you that "Gotham" became or ever will become a show that will make you happy. It's a prequel that almost cannot possibly ever line up with the version of the Caped Crusader that we know from either DC Comics, from the Christopher Nolan films or the early Tim Burton films. And that's frustrating. I can't tell you that it isn't. The Penguin is rising! The Riddler is cracking! Somebody who may or may not be The Joker is becoming dangerously unhinged! Even Harvey Dent looks to be a couple bum coin flips away from dementia. And Bruce »
- Daniel Fienberg
In the bad old days of “Whiz! Bam! Pow!” TV-and-movie superheroes — which yielded cut-rate, campy artifacts like those “Captain America” TV movies or Roger Corman’s unreleased version of “Fantastic Four” — a massive spectacle like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” seemed unimaginable. Yet the technology that has made such blockbusters feasible has, creatively, become a curse as well as a blessing.
Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, makes all things possible. While the 1978 “Superman” used the memorable slogan, “You will believe a man can fly,” that claim has never been truer than it is now.
The ability to mount enormous battles featuring multiple super-powered characters, however, has become its own trap. And while the results can be visually astounding, the movies regularly feel as lifeless and mechanized as the technology responsible for bringing those visions to fruition.
The why of it remains something of a mystery, but the outcome is frequently a hugely »
- Brian Lowry
Every movie can’t be dynamite. Often enough, they suck. Speed Racer is one of those films that many people agree to be not so great. Although this is the popular consensus, it’s a film that some of us can’t help but enjoy.
Many of us know a good movie when we see one. We appreciate what it brings to the table, and for whatever reason it just speaks to us. On the other hand, we can pick out bad movies too. We know when a movie is not living up to its potential. We know when the actors or director are phoning it in. It’s those bad movies that make us appreciate the good ones so much more.
Unfortunately the quality of a film isn’t always black and white. Sometimes a film may be absolutely rubbish, yet we enjoyed the time we spent watching it. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
At the very tail end of the weekend, filmmaker David Ayer unveiled his first look at most of the costumed cast of Suicide Squad, his DC superhero/anti-hero/villain movie that’s scheduled to follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year. This comes on the heels of Ayer also officially showing off Jared Leto as The Joker recently, making for an unusual amount of promotional material for a film coming second in line during 2016. At the same time though, it suggests something pretty different for DC and Warner Brothers, perhaps even in a way becoming their version of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Not in tone, of course, but in terms of being a possibly top tier outing due to a different feel from the rest of the pack. Having a recent Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor in the cast playing an iconic part won’t hurt either. »
- Joey Magidson
One of the zombie apocalypse's most durable survivors, an elite galactic hunter, a well-meaning Mogwai, a ghost with a sense of humor, two vastly different characters from Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas, and more are included in Hallmark's recently unveiled lineup of 2015 holiday ornaments:
Daryl Dixon ornament ($17.95, available October 3rd): "In a post-apocalyptic world, tracker and adept survivalist Daryl Dixon stands tall at the heart of a ragtag group of survivors. Holding his crossbow, Daryl may give off a lone-wolf vibe, but his actions prove otherwise. Time and again, he risks his own life to protect those around him, making himself a valued group leader and a popular character with fans of AMC's The Walking Dead."
Predator ornament ($17.95, available October 3rd): "This is the face of the extraterrestrial warrior that became one of the most iconic aliens in sci-fi film history. Now, this Predator can be yours, »
- Derek Anderson
On a recent Saturday morning, I treated myself to yet another TV comic book show. But unlike Flash, or S.H.I.E.L.D., or iZombie or Arrow, this was an old one. TCM is showing episodes of the 1943 Batman movie serial. I’m sure you know about these serials. Long ago, kids would make weekly pilgrimages to the theater for cliffhanger style chapters of an adventure serial. Often it was shoehorned between a cartoon, a newsreel, and the main feature. During my recent TCM viewing, I was disappointed that the host didn’t offer any of his usual insightful perceptions.
This serial is important in “geek mythology” for all sorts of reasons, including the debut of the Bat Cave. But then a peculiar childhood memory was triggered. And I mused about how this peculiar incident was just a pale precursor to a big branding issue that seems to »
- Ed Catto
Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »
- D. Zhea
Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
Lucius Fox: “You want to be able to turn your head.”
Bruce Wayne: “Sure would make backing out of the driveway easier.”
―Lucius Fox and Bruce Wayne
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, and Christopher Nolan have all left their mark on Batman’s cinematic incarnations with varying degrees of success. Burton’s distinctive gothic style redefined Batman for a new generation and brought the character back to his pulpy roots. Schumacher’s neon soaked version of Gotham City lifted the vibrant world of comic books right off the page and onto the silver screen. Nolan grounded Batman in a realistic world, fighting against the kind of terrorist onslaughts that send chills down the collective spine of a post 9-11 society. Each filmmaker’s interpretation varied so wildly that it is peculiar to see that they all have one striking similarity. Not one of the seven live-action Batman films fully captured Batman »
- Victor Stiff
Monsters: Dark Continent, 2015.
Directed by Tom Green.
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
Much like with Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd where certain members of the audience didn’t realise it was a musical (yeah…), there were reports of walk-outs during Gareth Edwards’ strange and subversive debut Monsters. Not for explicit or offensive content, and no, not for being a musical; people walked for the simple fact that there just weren’t very many monsters in it. Edwards famously shot the film on a shoe-string budget and »
- Edward Gardiner
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Between stills and the trailer that dropped earlier this month, we've already gotten multiple looks at Ben Affleck's Batman from Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - but they've all been somewhat obscured by low lighting and shadows. It is because of that that I think it's safe to say that this brand new image is our best look at the new Dark Knight yet: Update: The image has been removed. Hopefully we'll have some new looks at Batman in the near future. Original article resumes below... I honestly am challenged to come up with any real critiques of the suit. It simply looks badass. Since Tim Burton's Batman in 1989, we've seen a seemingly endless stream of black versions of the Batsuit, but this design is an absolutely awesome representation of the Caped Crusader's most iconic costume from the comics. To go even further, it's »
Secrets about the Superman that never was are coming to the UK this summer, with the anticipated release of the Kickstarter funded documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, created and directed by Jon Schnepp.
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? here
Schnepp’s fascinating film tells the unseen and unheard story of the abandoned Warner Bros. project Superman Lives, which was set to go before the cameras in the late 1990s. Written by Kevin Smith (Clerks) and subsequently set to be directed by Tim Burton (Batman) with Nicholas Cage (Face/Off) as the Man of Steel, the project was scrapped just before filming began, but has had a “second life” as some of the artwork and behind-the-scenes footage of some of the pre-production – including some very strange Superman suits – surfaced online in recent years.
The film was set to debut at the BFI next month, »
- Scott J. Davis
Everyone has something to say about merits of having the word 'damaged' tattooed across his forehead (we think it's a bit on the nose - or just above at least).
1. Heath Ledger
Obviously, our uncertainty was unfounded. Ledger's performance was the weirdest and most unsettling that we've seen on the screen - who can forget his »
It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s the European debut of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Director Jon Schnepp is to attend May’s McM London Comic Con to screen his much-anticipated Superman movie documentary, meet fans and sign autographs.
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood’s most enthralling ‘what might have been’ stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay of Superman Lives. Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on the movie, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. But Warner Brothers scrapped the project shortly before principal photography began.
Written and directed by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? gives us an enthralling inside look into what would have been the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made. The film features interviews with director Tim Burton »
- Phil Wheat
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