Amazon Studios has announced it has ordered three animated and two live-action pilots of kids shows for the third installment of its kids pilot season, which will debut in early 2015 on Amazon Instant Video.
The shows will debut alongside a new version of the previously announced “Sara Solves It” pilot. Keeping with the Amazon business model, these first episodes go live for customers to watch and provide feedback to help execs decide which pilots become full series.
“We’re very excited to be working with such talented creative minds in kids entertainment to bring these five new pilots to life,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios. “At Amazon, we’re focused on great characters and storytelling to create engaging programming for children. We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive reaction to our first three children’s series that debuted this summer — “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy” and »
- Shelli Weinstein
In the latest instalment of Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys reveals the latest details on Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, the latest set photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, who will be starring in Quentin Tarantino’s next movie The Hateful Eight, and which former James Bond turned down the role of Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film. For all that and more, check out this week’s Movie Newsgasm right here…
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Ant-Man is set for release on July 17, 2015, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, »
- Gary Collinson
The definition of spoiler used to be pretty black-and-white. Back in the summer of 1980, was it a spoiler telling someone Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father? Without a doubt. How about telling someone Bruce Willis is actually a ghost in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense? Absolutely. Or what about in 2001 how Captain Leo Davidson discovers the Apes inexplicably took over the Earth in Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes? Nobody probably cared in that case, but the point stands. Lately, for some, the definition of “spoiler” has altered, mainly because people have been growing increasingly spoiler sensitive over the past few years. Some people actively seek out spoilers before they see a film or a television episode, but for others the mere mention of a relatively small plot detail can be enough to send them into a rage. The most recent film to dredge up new debate on the topic is The One I Love, a »
- Jack Giroux
After racially-charged unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, made headlines this summer, there’s no denying that civil rights biopic Selma is going to strike a chord with many when it releases this winter. Starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. and Carmen Ejogo as his wife Carmen Scott, the Ava DuVernay-directed pic centers on the influential march from Selma to Montgomery, which paved the way for the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Whether the inspiring, resonant story at the heart of Selma will make it an Oscar contender remains to be seen. The latter half of 2014 will be filled with similarly high-profile biopics, many of which are already earning awards buzz. In the coming months, Tim Burton will unveil Big Eyes, about Margaret Keane and her husband Walter; Angelina Jolie »
- Isaac Feldberg
Eva Green never let her role as a Bond Girl typecast her, and, today, the actress is working more than ever.
After getting her start in an erotic Bertolucci film and breaking out in 2005's "Casino Royale," Green has played one captivating role after another. She was a standout in Tim Burton's poorly received "Dark Shadows" (2012) opposite Johnny Depp and is currently earning rave reviews for her mysterious and supernaturally-charged Vanessa in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." This summer, she can be found as the sexy and manipulative Ava in Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."
2. Her last name is pronounced "grain" and is derived from the Swedish word "gren, »
- Jonny Black
Pierce Brosnan may be best known for playing suave secret agent James Bond, but the dapper Irish actor almost filled the shoes of another famous fictional hero: Batman. Unsurprisingly, Brosnan admitted during a Reddit Ama this week that he regrets turning down an offer to star as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 smash hit. The "November Man" star was one of several big names -- including Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray (!) up for the role that ultimately went to Michael Keaton. "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman," Brosnan revealed. "But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don't get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. »
- Dave Lewis
Pierce Brosnan as Batman?! According to the beloved Bond hunk, that was almost the case. Brosnan, in a Reddit Ask Me Anything conducted Wednesday, Aug. 20, revealed the surprising news to a fan who asked: "You were a great Bond but I always thought you’d make for a great Batman. Were you ever approached for that role?" "Yes, I did," the November Man star, 61, said. "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any [...] »
"I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman," Brosnan said during a Reddit Ama. "But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?
Pierce Brosnan has been on the promotional trail for his new film, The November Man, over the past few days. Part and parcel of that has been a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, where a surprising admission came up: that Brosnan was took a meeting with a view to playing Batman.
This was back when Tim Burton was bringing the Caped Crusader to the screen in the late 1980s, and we suspect that Brosnan would have nonetheless been edged out by Burton's preferred choice, Michael Keaton (the pair having just worked on Beetlejuice together).
Holy new additions! The cape & cowl to be worn by @BenAffleck in @BatmanVSuperman will be at the #WBBatmanExhibit! pic.twitter.com/c1Rt6uL1bh — Warner Bros Tours (@WarnerBrosTours) August 20, 2014 We've seen a few images of Ben Affleck in his Bat-suit already of course, but this is the first time we've had a light shined right on the cowl to accentuate the finer details. What do you think? the Batman exhibit is currently running at Warner Bros. Studios and also features the Bat-suits worn by Michael Keaton in Tim Burton's Batman and Christian Bale' in The Dark Knight Rises among others. More info at the link below. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016. »
While promoting his "November Man" film, Pierce Brosnan spoke about playing James Bond and how he passed on the opportunity to play Batman in Tim Burton's 1989 film. The role eventually went to Michael Keaton. "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman," he said. "But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?" Back then, this was a common opinion among actors, despite the fact that they were fans of the superheroes. "Don't get me wrong, I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman," Brosnan continued. "As a kid in Ireland, we used to get our raincoats and tie them round our neck and swing through the bicycle shed." »
Actors aren't inclined to talk about the "roles that got away," on occasion though you do hear about them. Recently, two actors have spoken about comic book heroes they were lined up to play years ago. In one case the project failed to come to fruition, in the other the actor didn't think he was right for the role.
The first of these was Jamie Foxx. Speaking with IGN, he revealed he could've possibly played Marvel hero Luke Cage "back in the day," but ultimate things didn't work out.
Foxx was likely referring to the John Singleton directed adaptation that was in development at Sony Pictures. Ultimately it didn't take off and the rights reverted back to Marvel Studios where it is being prepped to become a direct-to-Netflix series.
The other is Pierce Brosnan. Participating in a Reddit Ama this week, the former James Bond revealed that years ago he »
- Garth Franklin
The world knows him as Bond, but his name was almost Wayne… Bruce Wayne. As it turns out, former 007 Pierce Brosnan almost starred in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989, but passed on the role because he felt it was too ridiculous. In a recent Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session, Brosnan was asked if he ever considered playing the iconic role. His answer may surprise you:
“Yes I did. I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn’t really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?”
- James Garcia
Back in the 80s, as Warner Bros. prepared to bring The Dark Knight to the screen in Tim Burton’s Batman, a number of actors found themselves under consideration for the Caped Crusader prior to the casting of Michael Keaton, inlcuding Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Costner and even Bill Murray. Another name on the list was that of Pierce Brosnan, and the former Bond has spoken about his decision to turn down the role during a Reddit Ama…
“I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn’t really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don’t get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a kid in Ireland, »
- Gary Collinson
While taking part in an Ama (Ask Me Anything) over on Reddit, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan ("James Bond" and "Mrs Doubtfire") revealed that he once met with director Tim Burton to play the (comic book) world's greatest detective, Batman! Bronson was offered the role but turned it down because he believed the concept could never be taken seriously on the big screen. Here's what he had to say: "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?" While Brosnan seemed less than impressed with the Dark Knight's formal wear, he went on to talk about his childhood memories of the caped crusader, saying "I love Batman, I »
In the 1980's, Pierce Brosnan broke into the big time with his debut on the NBC detective comedy Remington Steele. Unfortunately, his success with that show was so great that his contractual obligations stopped him from becoming James Bond once Roger Moore left the series after 1985's A View To A Kill. Up until now, that was the biggest opportunity that we knew Brosnan lost out on in what's been a pretty awesome career. As of today, that's changed as we learned that Pierce Brosnan was considered by Tim Burton for the lead role in Batman. During his Ama on Reddit, Brosnan was asked by a random fan if he ever was considered for the Batman. The fan in question thought he would have made a great actor in the role, but unfortunately for them, Pierce Brosnan confirmed and crushed their dream casting in the statement below. Yes, I did. »
A second full trailer has been released for the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? This one goes a "little deeper into the misconceptions that the public had of this production, and the effects that had on everyone involved." It focuses on Tim Burton’s unique vision for Superman, and includes some really cool never-before-seen footage like Nicholas Cage in some costume tests, some concept art, and a lot more stuff that I'm sure you'll find interesting. It's actually really kind of cool to get some deep insight into what Burton was really planning. The doc is being directed by Jon Schnepp, and he's almost finished with it. I can't wait to see more! »
- Joey Paur
Before he became a debonair, well-dressed gentleman with an affinity for gadgets and kicking the asses of supervillains, Pierce Brosnan almost played a debonair, well-dressed gentleman with an affinity for gadgets and kicking the asses of supervillains. In his recent Reddit Ama, Brosnan was asked by a fan if he was ever considered for the role of Batman. Brosnan's answer was an absolute yes. Yes, I did. I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn't really take »
- Alex Maidy
Earlier this month, we got a glimpse at Amy Adams in the upcoming Tim Burton film, Big Eyes, and it struck us just how different she looks from film to film. Her character in American Hustle, for example, is oozing sex appeal, while in other films, like Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day and Enchanted, she's simply adorable. And in still other films like The Fighter and Her, she is, for lack of a better word, kind of a mess. Don't believe us? Scroll down to see some of her most notable characters and how much she changed to turn into each one. »
Once upon a time, the world was very close to getting a Superman movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Nic Cage, titled Superman Lives. The Superman movie, which was intended for production during the 1990s, would feature Lex Luthor, the alien supercomputer Brainiac, and Doomsday as villains. The project was, however, scrapped. There were many names attached, including Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez, and many, many script revisions. We’ve heard legends that the movie was to centre on a version of “The Death of Superman” storyline from the comics, and the plot had Braniac kill Superman by simultaneously blotting out the sun and unleashing Doomsday on metropolis. Throughout the years, storyboard, photos of the proposed Superman suit emerged online, and last year the legendary script draft leaked as well, courtesy of The Superman Homepage. It was a giant mess and there is no denying that with so much studio tampering, »
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