With Comic-Con 2015 just around the corner, fans will surely get a new look at Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during the studio's Hall H panel on Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 Am. While we wait for that footage to arrive, a much different Batman video has surfaced, through the shared Instagram account of child actor Seth Lee, who co-stars alongside Ben Affleck in the Warner Bros.' drama The Accountant. The video gives us a look at Ben Affleck uttering the famous line, "I am Batman" for the first time.
Ben Affleck isn't wearing his full Batman costume in the video, where he trades saying the iconic line with Seth Lee. While we did get a few brief glimpses of the actor in the first Batman v Superman trailer that debuted in April, we didn't hear the actor speak at all, so we'll have to wait »
The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.
The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »
Anghus Houvouras with the five best film franchises…
As we continue to examine the state of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, it’s time to dole out a little love. We’ve looked at the Five Worst Film Franchises and Five Film Franchises on the Fence. It’s time for the Five Best Film Franchises. Yes, there are franchises that deserve love. Movie series that consistently entertain and deliver at the box office. Films that make the concept of franchises more palatable, even when studios are trying to crap garbage like G.I. Joe: Retaliation down you’re throat.
Once again, we are only considering franchises that have films actively in production with two or more installments previously produced.
With that in mind… here’s the best of the best:
1. James Bond
The longest film franchise is still the best. Super-Spy James Bond has been entertaining audiences since the 1960’s with his alcohol fueled sexual exploits. »
- Anghus Houvouras
The final part of Rocksteady's Arkham trilogy is here, and it features a lot more Batmobile...
I think we can all agree that Batman: Arkham Origins was a bit of a misstep. It was decent, yes, but it did nothing for the series, and the content that what there was simply so-so. This is clearly not lost on original developer, Rocksteady, as the 'trilogy' is now at an end with the latest, and fourth game, Arkham Knight. Origins isn't counted, either due to its prequel status, or the fact is just wasn't as good. Whatever the case may be, here we have the culmination of Rocksteady's Batman vision, and possibly the best entry into the series yet.
H-bomb on wheels
Much has been made by Rocksteady of the major addition to Arkham Knight, and that's the Batmobile. With a world much lager in size than the previous games, Batman »
Thirty years later after the release of Super Mario Bros., Mario remains the face of videogaming and one of the most recognizable characters in any medium. He’s appeared in two hundred games, collectively selling over two hundred million units and thanks to the heroic Italian plumber, Nintendo helped end the videogame crash of 1983. Super Mario Bros. is one of gaming’s great masterpieces, and in celebration of the 30 year anniversary, we’ve decided to look back at the original three games released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Before we dive into the king of platformers we finish off our E3 coverage and end with a review of Don’t Starve, an indie game best described as a hybrid of action-adventure, survival, and real-time strategy with Tim Burton-esque visuals and music. All this and more!
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Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Both Game of Thrones and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind get the 8-bit treatment and Arnold Schwarzenegger has a "brainstorm" with Jimmy Fallon. If that wasn't enough, we have a breakdown of how to get a job at Pixar and practical female superhero costumes. But first, a fan builds an impressive Batman motorcycle, a couple of well-known Princesses get in a rap battle, and parody legend 'Weird Al' Yankovic gets what he's so long deserved! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
It was 20 years ago that the third modern Batman movie was released. An uncertain time for the character who just six years earlier had revolutionized the modern blockbuster, helped launch the modern age of comic book adaptations, and made an untold millions for Warner Bros. The follow-up, Batman Returns, was seen as a disappointment by the studio who felt the series had taken a dark turn and lost much of its mainstream appeal.
The third installment would be a departure both for Michael Keaton and Tim Burton who left the franchise in the hands of Joel Schumacher. Joel Schumacher… who would one day brutally murder the franchise with reckless abandon and shelve the Dark Knight for nearly a decade before Christopher Nolan found a way to make him interesting (and profitable) again. We all know that Batman & Robin is a »
- Anghus Houvouras
Joel Schumacher is a name that lives in infamy with Batman fans around the world. Although the director of A Time to Kill and The Phantom of the Opera was primarily known for crafting darker movies in the mid-1990s, things changed when he was given the keys to the kingdom of DC Comics' Dark Knight. After the somewhat polarizing reception to 1992's Batman Returns, Warner Bros. wanted to take the franchise in a bit of a different direction. Previous series director Tim Burton would transition into a producer capacity for the upcoming third film, and Schumacher was selected to direct what ultimately became 1995's Batman Forever. That film was the series' biggest financial success up to that point, so it...
- Chris Clow
Di Novi has produced a long list of films for Warner Bros., going back to Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” in 1992 and including “Crazy Stupid Love,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “If I Stay” and the two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films.
- Dave McNary
For decades Denise Di Novi has worked as a producer. She consulted on Videodrome; her name is on Heathers; and she was among the most significant members of the team that brought early Tim Burton films to the screen. She worked to make Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ed Wood, for starters. Now Di […]
- Russ Fischer
Read More: Danny Elfman Says He's Working On A "Hybrid" Theme For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Plus New Poster After sold-out runs in London and Los Angeles, "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton" will have its New York premiere next month at the Lincoln Center Festival. The concert will feature some of Elfman's most memorable works, including the score of "The Nightmare Before Christmas." This is more than just a concert-- it's a musical experience. "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton" will include visuals of Tim Burton's original sketches, drawings, storyboards and film clips. Check out Elfman's performance of "What's This?" from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" above. The Lincoln Center Festival will have eight performances at Avery Fischer Hall from July 6-12. Read More: Watch: Zimmer, Elfman and More Talk Composing in Upcoming Doc 'Score' »
- Kaeli Van Cott
“Beetlejuice” comes to the Fox Theatre; “Weird Al” brings his singing talents to the Chastain Park Amphitheatre; and the Old Fourth Ward celebrates its artistic community. It’s this week’s Atlanta Events Roundup. “Beetlejuice”Relive the beloved dark comedy from the ‘80s, when Winona Ryder and Geena Davis were A-list actors and Alec Baldwin had fewer anger issues. Michael Keaton shined in one of his best roles, and this was also one of Tim Burton’s best efforts. Playing at the Fox Theatre Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory World Tour“Eat It,” “Another One Rides the Bus,” and “Amish Paradise” and just a few of the many masterpieces from the demented mind of “Weird Al” Yankovic, a man whose comedy tunes are actually funny—as proven by his four decades of success. The master of musical schtick will be performing at the Chastain »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
We caught up with director Bill Condon recently to chat about his new film Mr Holmes, a fictional biopic of the famous Baker Street sleuth played by Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has a vast and wide-ranging career in the movies with titles like the outstanding Gods & Monsters and Kinsey sitting beside showstoppers like Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga.
Despite suffering from a bout of hay fever (your author was suffering too, dear reader), Bill was warm and friendly, and we bonded over our mutual love for the Disney animated film Beauty And The Beast (which he is currently directing a live action remake of).
How did Mr Holmes come about? Was this a project that you were keen to do?
Actually, Anne Carey, the producer, came to me with the script, based on »
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Thanks to our Comic Con chums at Bandai, they’ve kindly given us a Power Rangers: Dino Charge swag bag to give away in our monthly Flickering Myth Movie Show share competition. Which we were totally up for, until we opened it and saw the original Green Ranger action figure. Now we want it for ourselves.
The survival kit includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy Edition figures. Each figure includes one battle gear item to help combat against the Evil Space Aliens and is beautifully presented in replica of the original packaging. In addition, you will receive a t-shirt that has been exclusively designed by Saban Brands.
For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very »
- Oli Davis
In 1993, Batman was at a crossroads. Just four years earlier, Tim Burton had achieved what many thought impossible — launching a big-screen take on the Dark Knight that was both critically acclaimed and a commercial hit. Burton's Batman was not the campy version Adam West had popularized on TV in the 1960s. But Batman Returns, Burton's 1992 follow-up, left studio Warner Bros. itching for a change. While the film was successful, it fell $145 million short of the 1989 film's $411.3 million global gross. Its darker tone and grotesque villain Penguin (Danny DeVito) was far less
- Aaron Couch
Disney is moving ahead with a sequel to its 2014 hit Maleficent, it was revealed last night, with news that Linda Woolverton has been tapped to pen the script for a follow-up. The current plan is for Angelina Jolie to reprise as the Sleeping Beauty character, and she’s being kept in the loop with regard to the project.
Setting up Maleficent as a franchise, the stand-alone nature of the film aside, makes financial sense for Disney. Though it was an expensive venture with a reported budget of $180 million, the pic grossed almost $760 million worldwide.
Back in 2014, Jolie teased reporters in China with the idea that she could return as the winged titular character, but plot details remain as elusive now as they did then. The first movie told the origin story for a notorious fairy tale villain, so it’s unclear what additional ground there is for Maleficent 2 to cover. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Johnny Depp, who shared the screen with Christopher Lee in five films directed by Tim Burton, remembers the late actor as “hypnotic and commanding, as noble and gallant as he was wise.” Lee, who died June 7 in London at age 93, made his mark as Dracula in a series of Hammer Films beginning with 1958’s Dracula and going on to such signature roles as the evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies and the light-saber-wielding Count Dooku in Star Wars II: The Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III:
- Gregg Kilday
Cue the Disney has no original ideas music.
The Mouse House will dig into one of their most profitable live-action entries in awhile as Deadline reports that they are set to move forward with a sequel to Maleficent with star Angelina Jolie possibly returning.
The first Maleficent took a lot to make with a estimated budget of $180 million, but grossed $760 million worldwide. It will be interested with Jolie involved if Disney would allow her to do the sequel, but she could have a lot on her plate with the actress also being courted by Marvel to direct Captain Marvel.
- Zach Dennis
This may sound like a mad fever dream, but it came close to actually happening in the wake of 1997's Batman & Robin.
Prior to that franchise-killing film's release, director Joel Schumacher and I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich teamed up to work on a script that would return Batman to his dark roots as he faced a roster of psychotic supervillains.
"It was going to be very dark," Schumacher told The Hollywood Reporter. "I remember going to the set of Face »
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