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There will be no shortage of iconic, villainous characters when Gotham kicks off Season 1 on Monday, September 22. Series regulars include Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Clare Foley ll as Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy and Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/The Riddler. While promoting the series at the TCA Summer Tour, series creator Bruno Heller revealed that two other familiar faces will be popping up this year, Hugo Strange and Harvey Dent, while the infamous Gotham prison Arkham Asylum will also be featured.
Hugo Strange will be featured in the series to show how Arkham Asylum was first built, according to Bruno Heller.
"Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we're going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It's a Season 1 thing because in our »
Let's talk bad movies for a while, for regardless of what its few defenders maintain, I, Frankenstein is resolutely bad. It was apparently assembled out of scenes cut from the Underworld movies: spliced together much like the monster at its heart and set loose among the unsuspecting movie-going public last January. Lousy CG effects compete with stone-faced actors dutifully regurgitating plot exposition of breathtaking banality. "Cliché" would be a kindness, and I, Frankenstein leaves not a single hackneyed chestnut unturned. It is, in the sum of things, breathtakingly awful. But is it devoid of entertainment value? That's a much more interesting question. Hit the jump for my I, Frankenstein Blu-ray review. To be sure, any entertainment you find here arrives strictly by way of Mst 3K. I, Frankenstein commits the cardinal sin of treating exceedingly goofy material with the gravitas of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which pretty much makes its »
- Rob Vaux
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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The short story is set in 1970s London, following two teenage boys who attend a party. While one boy has no trouble mingling with the female guests, the other shy boy comes to learn that the girls aren't exactly human. The feature adaptation, written by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) focuses on a punk kid versed in music and the arts, and a female alien tourist (Elle Fanning), who wants to break free from her tour group to explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon.
We've been hearing talks about a Wargames remake going back all the way to 2011 when Horrible Bosses-helmer Seth Gordon was attached to make the movie, but now the film is finally ready to move forward again - albeit with a new writer and director. New reports say that Dean Israelite, the filmmaker behind the upcoming time travel thriller Project Almanac, and Arash Amel, the screenwriter behind the Aaron Eckhart thriller Erased and the upcoming Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco, are now in talks with MGM to start working on the reboot of the 80s techno thriller. The news about the guys taking care of things behind the scenes comes from Deadline, but The Wrap also has info on the actors who are being considered for the lead role, played by Matthew Broderick in the original: Ansel Elgort The first name on the list is Ansel Elgort, who you »
“What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?” That’s not an exact Harvey Dent quote, but he’s probably said things close to that, and we just got done re-watching No Country For Old Men. That Anton Chigurh, eh? Chilling. The most memorable villain to ever spring from the Coen Brothers’ minds might have been without his most infamous affectation, however, were it not for the influence of Two-Face.
A member of Batman’s rogues gallery since the Dark Knight’s introduction in the forties, the former District Attorney was disfigured with acid by a disgruntled gang member, forcing him to bring his now twisted former on justice down on Gotham City. He also has either a neat tailor or is a dab hand at the sewing machine to produce all of those half-and-half suits that he wears. And they perfectly align with the »
- Tom Baker
Exclusive: Company’s increased acquisition drive includes post Cannes purchase of boxing drama Bleed For This.
Rome-based distributor Notorious Pictures made its debut today on the Italian Aim market, the country’s alternative capital market for small and medium-sized companies.
Founded in 2012, the company has seen rapid growth over the last 18 months, climbing to number four in Italy’s distributor rankings for the first three months of 2014, from number 10 in 2013.
Notorious Pictures CEO and founder Guglielmo Marchetti told ScreenDaily in an exclusive interview that the €7.5m ($10m) raised through the move would be used to increase acquisitions and enter production.
The €7.5m ($10m) represents roughly 10.3% of the company’s total capital, said Marchetti, who controls the remaining 89.7%.
“Becoming a public quoted company is an important step for Notorious,” said Marchetti. “It gives us access to new sources of finance which will enable us to further expand.
“There are two poles of growth we want to pursue. Firstly »
Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema? Sure, the doctors get their lion’s share of representation in the movies but what about the nurses that serve them? What is so interesting about the portrayal of nurses in film is that they can be characterized beyond the compassionate medical maidens that the public associates them with on a whim. Motion pictures allow for big screen nurses to show some complexity beyond loving bedside manners and juggling bedpans. Cinematic nurses can be caring, comical, crazed, confused or corrupt.
Whatever the complication or consideration of these celluloid servers of health care rest assure that they are a glorified bunch in their devotion to the medical field. Whether flawed or favorable we will take a look at some of the top-notch nurses in film as cited in The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses. »
- Frank Ochieng
Reese Witherspoon would like another Oscar—so she dyed her hair Serious Brown and channeled Erin Brockovich by way of The Blind Side for her latest movie, The Good Lie. (As the trailer quickly tells you, The Good Lie is brought to us by the same producers as Sandra Bullock’s football drama.)
Based on the true story of an out-of-her-element American woman who takes in four Sudanese “Lost Boys” refugees, the film costars House of Cards’ Corey Stoll in what looks to be the Aaron Eckhart role and boasts this tagline: “Miracles are made by people who refuse to stop believing. »
- Erin Strecker
Spy thriller “Target Churchill” is in development as a movie with Grey Eagle Films and sales-financing company The Solution Entertainment Group.
“Target Churchill,” written by Warren Adler (“The War of the Roses”) and Churchill biographer James C. Humes, centers on a fictionalized Soviet conspiracy to assassinate Churchill in order to prevent him from delivering his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Mo., in 1946. The assassin is a Russian mole and Nazi who served in Hitler’s SS and is now living in the United States.
Adler has written the adaptation.
Grey Eagle was founded by Jonathan Robert Adler and veteran film executive Stephen Greenwald, former President of De Laurentis Entertainment Group and Embassy Pictures. It has obtained the film and TV rights »
- Dave McNary
“The Exorcist” star Linda Blair will serve as the special host for the world premiere of Seth Grossman's horror movie “Inner Demons,” which debuts at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday, June 13 at 10 p.m. Robin Schorr produced the movie, which was executive produced by Dan Seligmann and Chris Ferguson executive produced. Also read: Aaron Eckhart to Play Exorcist in Jason Blum-Produced Horror Movie ‘Incarnate’ When the teenage daughter of a religious family transforms from A-student into heroin addict, her parents agree to allow a reality TV crew to stage an intervention and tape her recovery. What they don't know is. »
- Jeff Sneider
Julia Stiles. There’s a name you haven’t heard in a while. Remember when she broke out as the meanest girl in school who managed to steal Heath Ledger’s heart in 10 Things I Hate About You? Then she did some romantic comedies, the Bourne movies and had a recurring role on Dexter.
Along with her movie roles Stiles has also had a couple of flings with theatre and now she is set to return to the New York stage starring Off Broadway in director Jennifer DeLia‘s production of Scott Organ‘s dark romantic comedy, Phoenix. Stiles was last on stage in 2009 in Oleanna; a role which she also played on the London stage in 2004 alongside Aaron Eckhart.
Here’s the intriguing synopsis for Phoenix:
When Bruce and Sue meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great »
- Victoria Bull
To mark Batman's 75th anniversary, we've revisited each of the nine theatrically-released movies to come up with our definitive ranking from worst to best.
We've taken into account not only the films themselves, but also how they fit into the wider context of the character's cinematic legacy. Read our verdict on each below, and we hope the choice for number one gets you talking...
The men behind Batman's mask: Keaton, Bale, Affleck, more
9. Batman & Robin (1997)
Occasionally a film's astronomical budget and hype can overwhelm it on initial release, prompting the critics to sharpen knives and audiences to switch off. Sometimes it takes time for a film to breathe and marinate, it can fare better when revisited after the dust settles. Unfortunately this isn't the case for Batman & Robin - 17 years down the line it's still a steaming pile on repeat viewing. »
Director: Stuart Beattie
Running Time: 98 Minutes
I, Frankenstein feels like the Underworld spin-off nobody asked for. From its use of popular horror characters, the night time city setting, the never ending rain, and the casting of Bill Nighy; the entire film feels as though it belongs in that very universe, while at the same time making you wish you were watching that flawed but superior series.
I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein’s monster, Adam (Eckhart) as he searches for a purpose in life. A purpose is soon thrust upon him as he becomes the targets of demons, as demons like to possess the bodies of those without a soul. Joining Adam in this battle is a group of angels known as gargoyles, who have been battling the demons for centuries. The »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Relatively small movie Skyline is to get a sequel, Beyond Skyline. The news broke earlier this week during Cannes with a Facebook page promoting the new endeavor going live shortly after. Skyline was released at around the same time as Aaron Eckhart’s soldiers versus alien’s pic Battle: Los Angeles, which given the higher profile leading man stole most of the publicity away from Skyline. Neither film made a great deal of money but Skyline gained a cult audience and that audience has allowed the green light on a sequel.
The original writer and producer Liam O’Donnell will go one role further this time and direct the sequel, taking over from the Brothers Strause. Skyline wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and had a rather strange and twisted ending which was also handily rather open-ended. Apparently it was always hoped that the film would branch out and »
- Kat Smith
I’m sometimes in the mood for a bad movie. In the middle of the Chicago Critics Film Festival, weighed down with stress related to producing it and the serious subject matter of our films this year, I felt a need for a bit of movie fast food and popped in “I, Frankenstein,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. This movie cheeseburger will give you food poisoning.
It’s a horrendous, baffling film, the kind of release that makes you wonder what the heck people were thinking when they made it. There’s not an interesting character, the action is poorly choreographed, and the dialogue is laughable. It’s one of those films that makes you wonder if they Knew it was bad. They had to, right?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
To mark the release of I, Frankenstein on 26th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, Underworld, comes the action thriller I, Frankenstein, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” by Kevin Grevioux, and brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.
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Ed Speleers ("Downton Abbey") and Shauna Macdonald ("Filth") have joined the cast of Paul Hyett's upcoming creature feature "Howl" which begins shooting later this month. Ed King and Martin Gentles will produce.
The story follows a midnight train which is attacked by a terrifying pack of werewolves, forcing a shy ticket inspector to unleash his inner beast to lead his passengers to safety and survive the night. [Source: Screen]
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Morgan Freeman will star in Robert Rodat's "Beautiful Jim Key," the true story of showman Dr William Key which has been setup at The Mark Gordon Company, Cargo, Two Ton Films and Revelations Entertainment. Filming begins early 2015.
Based on Mim Eichlar Rivas' book, Key is a carnival sideshow performer who recruits Pt Barnum's former promoter to help turn a horse into a nationwide sensation and centrepiece of the 1904 St Louis Exposition. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Devil's Due (pregger horror; Allison Miller, Zach Gilford; rated R) Her (Spike Jonze-directed drama; Joaquin Phoenix, voice of Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams; rated R) I, Frankenstein (supernatural action; Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) That Awkward Moment (comedy; Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan; rated R) God's Pocket (drama; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks; available 5/14 on Mod and in...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? A sad sack in high-waisted pants, Theodore spends his days writing love letters for other people. When he installs an intelligent operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), his life takes a turn for the better. Or does it?
Why We're In: A weird, sad, beautiful love story from the delicious brain of Spike Jonze? We're so far in.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Cineastes and fans of war movies will dig this drama that uses real WWII footage in this tale of a young soldier headed to D Day. Sounds simple, but it's pretty heavy, and the unique use of real war footage adds to the narrative.
Why We're In: With Kubrick collaborator John Alcott as the cinematographer, a spiffy restoration, and loads of extras, "Overload" is a good addition to your collection. »
- Jenni Miller
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