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Before Jean-Claude Van Damme had his breakout role in the martial-arts drama Bloodsport, the Muscles from Brussels was originally set to play the title character in Predator. At the time, the creature design was much different, with the actor spending a few days on the set running around in a red, lobster-esque suit, which we can now see thanks to The Monster Show, a web series put on by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. Steve Johnson, who worked on Predator and a number of iconic movies such as Ghostbusters and The Abyss, explained how unhappy Jean-Claude Van Damme was with the suit, how he thought he would be able to showcase his martial arts skills in this movie and much more, along with footage from his early days on the set, and images of the original costume design.
Of course, after the 5'9" Jean-Claude Van Damme left the project, »
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ box office: ‘Captain America 2′ to pass $100 million on opening weekend? (photo: Chris Evans and Robert Redford in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) The Avengers effect has yet to subside. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, debuted with an estimated $10.2 million from Thursday night (April 3, 2014) screenings in North America, including $1.2 million at 344 IMAX locations. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and veteran Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to enjoy the biggest April weekend opening ever at the domestic box office, even after factoring in inflation. At 3,938 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will surely surpass the current April record-holder, Justin Lin’s Fast Five. Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, the Rio de Janeiro-set »
- Zac Gille
Not somebody you'd necessarily call idle, Roland Emmerich is currently scheming an Independence Day sequel and the political drama Stonewall. But there's apparently room for one more project on his slate, since he's just picked up a spec script by Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods. The as-yet untitled action film is set on "a diving ship in the Arctic".It's yet another example of the spec script making something of a comeback in recent years, after its multimillion dollar '90s heyday and subsequent decline. Safer properties (books, comics, sequels) replaced specs in recent years, but a recent article in the La Times reveals that, while just 67 spec scripts were sold in Hollywood in 2009, the number rose to 154 in 2012 and 182 last year. Crazy paydays like the ones previously enjoyed by Shane Black and Joe Esterhasz are still thin on the ground, however.The script - which we'll call we'll »
When you look back at it, Marvel Studios has almost always taken the unconventional route when it comes to picking the directors for their movies. When most Hollywood studios would select the proven blockbuster director, indie darling or recent Oscar nominee looking for a payday Marvel has always gone in a different, um, direction. It started with Jon Favreau on "Iron Man." The former "Swingers" star and "Elf" helmer was coming off "Zathura," a critically lauded kids flick that was a bomb at the box office. Kenneth Branagh, on the other hand, had been in director's jail following four misfires in 10 years. "Thor" turned out to be his best film since 1996's "Hamlet." Joss Whedon was a geek icon for his legendary TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and had major comic book cred after dabbling in writing Astonishing X-Men," but studios weren't banging down his door after "Serenity" fizzled in theaters. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Apr 2014 - 06:26
There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.
In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »
Fast & Furious 7 fans, here’s the latest on the production:
For years, folks have said that computers were going to replace us. And they may be right. Especially at the cinema. With the technological advances in CG face-mapping, complex voice-replicating software, and motion capture…we may soon find ourselves in a cinematic landscape where actors can be replicated by digital counterparts. Such is the case with Paul Walker and Fast & Furious 7. According to a source for THR, the sixth sequel to The Fast and The Furious may have found its answer to “How do you solve a problem like Paul Walker dying mid-production?”
“They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base. Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI,” says the unnamed source who works within the Fast & Furious 7 production. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The examples of actors who have gone on to direct films are presumably rather widely known. You have your Afflecks, your Eastwoods, your Jolies and numerous others. Screenwriters may be somewhat less famous when they try their hands at directing their own features, but there are many of these too, such as Charlie Kaufman, Shane Black, and Paul Schrader, to name but a few.
Cinematographers seem less likely to make the jump from shooting a film to directing one, and I won’t even hazard a guess as to why this may be. Actors-turned-directors are commonplace by now, and screenwriters are always presumed to be wannabe directors in some way or another, but it seems as though cinematographers are perceived as talented eyes with little aptitude for complete storytelling. This is surely false when you think about it for a moment—the visual identity of a film is as intrinsic »
- Darren Ruecker
Feature James Clayton 21 Mar 2014 - 06:02
As Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives, James considers the future phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is imminent, and it's only a matter of days until the movie lands at your local multiplex. It will be a massive hit. After the second Steve Rogers solo outing, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Two will continue later in the summer with Guardians Of The Galaxy. That will also be a massive hit.
Phase Two finishes with Avengers: Age Of Ultron and that's going to arrive on May Day 2015. That will be a massive hit, as will Ant-Man - directed by Edgar Wright - which will follow a couple of months later to get Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the McU if you're into the whole brevity thing) underway.
Meanwhile, a string of upcoming live-action Netflix series will join »
Feature Ryan Lambie 20 Mar 2014 - 06:47
Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem was critically panned in 2007. But at least we've found a few remarkable things to say about it...
Everything gets worse. It's one of the basic, fundamental laws that governs the cosmos. According to scientific-type people, all systems degrade over time: a bowl of fresh fruit will soon disintegrate into a puddle of hideous goo. A shiny new car will one day collapse into a heap of rust. The sun will eventually run out of energy and shrivel up.
You can see entropy at work in film franchises - not least 20th Century Fox's Alien. The first film arrived like a shrieking demon in 1979, frightening the life out of audiences with its haunted-house-in-space fear and loathing. Aliens followed it in »
Indie comedies sadly still don’t get the attention or financial success they deserve, while trash like The Hangover Part III earns over $360 million worldwide. Even so, films like these do seem to be getting much more in the way of awards attention, especially as actors sick of big budget blockbusters begin to gravitate towards them.
Today sees the home entertainment launch of Drinking Buddies, Joe Swanberg’s lilt-lined relationship comedy starring Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson. We are big fans of the film, talking with the cast and crew at its London Film Festival Premiere and giving the film itself a rave review, this can be seen as a shining example of the topic at hand here.
When it comes to Indie comedies, there are literally dozens of superb additions which have been added to the genre since the beginning of the 21st Century, but »
- Josh Wilding
Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
Director: Tim Story; Screenwriters: Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi; Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Laurence Fishburne; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: 12A
Whatever happened to the buddy comedy? We're now 30 years removed (or near enough) from '80s classics such as Lethal Weapon, 48 Hrs and Midnight Run, and nobody's really managed to get close to those action-comedies in the decades since.
Ride Along, the genre's latest offering, could sure do with some of the tack-sharp writing and punchy character work from the likes of Shane Black and Walter Hill. Though it's sporadically amusing - thanks in main to a motor-mouthed turn from comic Kevin Hart - it's not really a patch on any if its livewire predecessors. At best it's in line with the ropey Rush Hour sequels.
Marvel short films (known as Marvel One-Shots) have traditionally explored supporting characters who have appeared in the films’ universe, including Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson, now the central character of the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Captain America’s 1940s flame Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell (soon to headline her own TV project). Now it's the Mandarin's turn. Ben Kingsley reprises his delightful and surprising Iron Man 3 role as the daft thespian Trevor Slattery, hired to impersonate an international terrorist in the Marvel short All Hail the King, an extra on the Blu-ray release of Thor: The Dark World (new this week). Drew Pearce, who shared screenwriting duties on Iron Man 3 with Shane Black, wrote and directed the new...
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The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
John Cusack may occasionally slum it in by-the-numbers films (2012, Serendipity, America’s Sweethearts – discuss), but when he is really applying himself he is amongst the most accomplished actors working today. Endearing, personable, yet edgy enough to convincingly portray characters as diverse as Craig Schwartz, Roy Dillon and Robert Hansen, Cusack’s best work has perhaps tended to feature in the lesser-known, unheralded films on his CV, which is where we come in. More to the point, that is where Grosse Pointe Blank comes in.
Released in cinemas in 1997, Grosse Pointe Blank has Cusack’s fingerprints all over it. He starred in it, »
- Dave Roper
When aliens, Norse Gods, Hulks, and frozen super soldiers became a part of Tony Stark's world in The Avengers, it was hard to fathom him ever returning to simpler world where everything would be safely contained under the banner of "good science vs. bad science". Director Shane Black's Iron Man 3 proves it's still possible, but at the same time it acknowledges that the audience is capable of handling stranger things than just men in robotic suits wailing on one another. The story digs into the classic pantheon of Iron Man villains and modern story arcs to combine Iron Man's arch-nemesis, the Mandarin, with a recent story of biologically enhanced humans. In so doing, Iron Man 3 makes a narrative choice that will potentially infuriate some but amuse others, only to quickly gloss over it to barrage us with Robert Downey Jr.'s ever-amusing portrayal of Stark on »
- Lex Walker
(Cbr) Fans and members of the press entered the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood for a special screening of Marvel Studios' newest One-Shot short, "All Hail The King," in advance of its official release as an extra on the "Thor: The Dark World" Blu-ray and DVD. The evening's event kicked off immediately with the short film, written and directed by "Iron Man 3" scribe Drew Pearce and starring Sir Ben Kingsley. For 15 minutes, viewers get a glimpse into the life of fake Mandarin, Trevor Slattery (Kingsley), after the events of the third "Iron Man" film. In lock up at a high security prison due to his part in the Aldrich Killian/Mandarin plot, the story unfolds as a documentarian with access to Trevor attempts to dig deeper into the apparently shallow actor, digging up footage of Trevor's first big acting break on a CBS '80s TV show called "Caged Heat »
- Josie Campbell, Comic Book Resources
One of the numerous special features attached to the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release of Thor: The Dark World, is the latest Marvel short film, Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King. Last night, I headed down to the Arclight Hollywood for a screening of this short, which features Ben Kingsley reprising his Iron Man 3 role as Trevor Slattery, the British actor who tricked the world into thinking he was a dangerous terrorist known as The Mandarin. These shorts have become big hits with the fans, but All Hail the King is by far the biggest one yet, that you surely won't want to miss.
The 15-minute short opens with Jackson Norris (Scoot McNairy) a documentary filmmaker who arrives at Seagate Prison for his final interview with Trevor Slattery, as he tries to figure out who, exactly, this mysterious man really is. However, before the interview itself, we see »
In Hollywood, it seems as though everyone is talking, all the time. Inevitably, a lot of it is just noise and carries little meaning, but once in a while, if you really pay attention, someone seems to let something slip that is very important indeed. This week, it looks like that someone is writer/director Drew Pearce, and that something is Joss Whedon’s involvement with The Avengers 3.
If Marvel were a big city law firm, Drew Pearce would be a talented, up-and-coming associate, while Joss Whedon would be a full partner with an enormous corner office. As Whedon delivered the unprecedented behemoth that was 2012’s The Avengers, Pearce wrote the screenplay for 2013’s Iron Man 3 with the director of that film, Shane Black. He has also written and directed his first ‘Marvel One Shot’ – short films that exist within the Marvel narrative – All Hail The King.
It was »
- Sarah Myles
After penning superhero comedy No Heroics, Brit screenwriter Drew Pearce found himself brought into the Marvel movie family to pen an adaptation of The Runaways and work with Shane Black on crafting Iron Man 3.
His ingenious take on the comic's supervillain The Mandarin (played by Sir Ben Kingsley as drunken jobbing actor Trevor Slattery) set tongues wagging, and the character will return in Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King, available on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray and DVD.
Digital Spy spoke to Pearce to find out the secrets to writing a good comic book film.
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"I read every single Iron Man comic I could possibly get my hands on before Iron Man 3. One of the great things about Marvel is that they have pretty much everything, 50-60 years of comics digitised. My iPad was fit to bursting with certainly every classic one. I can't »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, Phase Three, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow and more...
Well, The Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off production this past week, with the crew heading to Johannesburg for a fortnight of filming in South Africa (with the city apparently doubling for Johannesburg, rather than Wakanda), so we should expect to see and hear plenty from the Joss Whedon-helmed sequel over the coming weeks and months, and to get us started new cast addition Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marelene, Godzilla) has spoken about her costume for the Scarlet Witch, reiterating that we'll be seeing something different than the »
- Gary Collinson
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