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“England Is Mine” is a biopic about the early days of Morrissey, the lead singer of the Smiths, that features two minutes of Morrissey singing and 97 minutes of Morrissey moping. There are Morrissey fans who would swear that makes it one of the most accurate biopics ever made. Yet even for some of us who are Smiths believers, the movie is a bit much. At certain points in the middle of it, you may think “I’m miserable now,” though not in the way that Morrissey had in mind.
In the ’80s, everyone loved to talk about how Morrissey was the most sensitive and misunderstood guy on the planet. He had quite an image: exquisitely depressed, a swooning (but celibate!) gay vegetarian wallflower, awash in the poetic romance of self-pity. I was shocked when I finally saw him onstage, because he was every inch a rock star — like a statue by Michelangelo who swayed, his »
- Owen Gleiberman
Mark Harrison Aug 17, 2017
Anyone for monkey baseball? We examine the weird and wonderful unmade scripts of the Planet Of The Apes series
In 2006, screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were inspired by footage of domesticated chimpanzees who were unable to adjust to our lifestyles to write a sci-fi horror spec script that they called Genesis. Apparently, it was a while before the two of them realised that they were writing a Planet Of The Apes movie.
Their resultant pitch to 20th Century Fox led to 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the excellent, emotional prequel/reboot of the franchise that led to 2014's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and recent trilogy topper, War For The Planet Of The Apes. Together, the three films take Caesar from domestication to domination and have been huge critical and financial hits for the studio.
The development hell that plagued Fox's »
By David Kozlowski | 14 July 2017
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- David Kozlowski
Bill Maher, noted iconoclastic and increasingly misanthropic host of Real Time on HBO, announced about ten days ago that he was taking July off because, after six months of President Trump, he really needed it. I sympathize. Not before he took what I regard as some ill-informed and gratuitous swipes at comics, comic book movies, sci-fi/fantasy books, movies and TV and anything else I assume that he considers intellectually lowbrow.
Among his gripes that the stupid summer movies were increasingly infiltrating into fall, the time for more serious, adult movies. His biggest gripe is that they make us, the unwashed public, stupider because it makes us want a savior, someone who will descend from on high and rescue us instead of getting off our duffs and doing what needs to be done (i.e. deal with Trump) ourselves.
Except they’re not.
What bothers me about Maher’s criticisms »
- John Ostrander
The answer, I hope we can agree, is obvious: Superhero movies should be light. And dark. And everything in between. There’s no rule or formula, no one-cape-and-spandex-suit-fits-all way to do it. Yet when I go into a new comic-book superhero movie, even though I know that it’s a franchise product designed to sell tickets (and toys) around the globe, and that it’s now just a small piece in a larger “universe,” I have a prejudice, or at least a stubborn desire, and it is this: I want it to be great. Not just okay, not just “a respectable sequel” or a diverting time-passer, but something that sweeps you up and leaves an indelible imprint, the way that the greatest comic-book movies have done.
A lot of people seem to feel that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” delivers on that promise. I’d say it’s a perfectly decent reboot/Marvel fable (though not as exciting as the »
- Owen Gleiberman
This week, a rather surprising rumor began to crop up surrounding the superhero film genre, particularly as it relates to the original superhero. At the movies, DC Comics' icon and original superhero Superman has always been portrayed as the heroic standard-bearer of any film universe he occupies. Christopher Reeve basically defined the cinematic superhero when he first donned the red cape in 1978, and subsequent Supermen following Reeve have always shown us a character who was clearly and definitively heroic in his world. However, with interactions on Twitter between prominent people in the movie business hinting at multiple pitches based on popular alternate-universe story Red Son, could we potentially see a new trend emerge, showing us alternate — and...
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- Chris Clow
Many a night at the local watering hole has been spent debating which actor best embodies our favorite superheroes. Luckily, Cracked’s Daniel Dockery is here with a definitive answer, at least when it comes to Batman, Superman, Spiderman, the Joker, the Incredible Hulk, and the Punisher. While most superhero fans would consider how the actor best embodies the character’s physical attributes, or perhaps how effectively they interwove their origin story into the character, Dockery instead conducts a “Superhero Actor Battle Royale, wherein actual acting talent comes in a far second behind the ability to beat a costumed person unconscious in under 10 seconds.”
Some of the results will please longtime fans: Even with such threadbare judging criteria, Christopher Reeve emerges as the best Superman. Elsewhere, devotees may find their sacred cows left to the slaughter. Why would anyone want Michael Keaton’s Batman in a fight when all »
- Randall Colburn
Well, everybody else here is talking about Wonder Woman, so I guess it’s my turn. Caution: there may be S-p-o-i-l-e-r-s ahead! (Especially my sixth bullet, below.)
It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again. Gal Gadot is to Ww as Christopher Reeve was to Superman. Her portrayal of the Amazon leaves an indelible print upon the character; it’s as if Zeus did indeed exhale, not upon a figure of clay, but upon a two-dimensional comic book form drawn of pen and ink, allowing her to step off the flat page and into the three-dimensional world, granting her life and all the depth and breadth of humanity. Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is not some ineffectual weenie who somehow got through basic training, nor is he some steroid-enhanced muscle-bound moose. Nor is he the male version of a 1950s Lois Lane, mooning after love. Nor is »
- Mindy Newell
The DC Comics universe hasn’t flooded the big screen the way Marvel ones have, but the DC brand has been hitting the big screen longer in the era of color, starting with the 1966 Adam West “Batman.” We ranked all those modern flicks, from “Batman: The Movie” to “Wonder Woman.” 31. “Jonah Hex” (2010) Despite the efforts of Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender, this is one of the worst comic book movies of the modern era. 30. “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987) Christopher Reeve is by far the best Superman. But “Superman IV” is a bomb in every sense — partly because »
- Phil Owen
Gal Gadot wasn’t exactly the go-to choice for Wonder Woman. Sure, she looks the part just fine, but her filmography up until that point wasn’t indicative of a big star on the rise. Sure, she had a pretty good part in the Fast & Furious franchise, but when all said and done, I wouldn’t have said she had “leading lady” potential. Gadot seemed like a model who would best find herself suited in limited side roles that kept her from revealing too many of her acting weaknesses.
Even after her role in Batman v Superman, it wasn’t quite clear that she would have what it takes to take the lead in her own standalone film. It turns out fans weren’t the only one to have real doubts about the casting of Gadot as Wonder Woman. Speaking with Playboy, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins expressed her initial »
- Joseph Medina
Lauren Graham compares finding the perfect role to falling in love.
What she didn’t realize when she first secured the role of Lorelai Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls,” though, was how rare a connection like that was.
“Back then I probably thought, ‘Oh, I’ll probably have two or three of these that I feel this way about,'” she said in a conversation with Constance Zimmer during Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series. “Now I have a different perspective.”
Graham played Lorelai, a single mom with a teenage daughter, for all seven seasons of the show and again in the four-part Netflix miniseries revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” The two were just 16 years apart, fostering a relationship that better resembled best friends than that of a traditional mother and daughter.
At first, Graham said, peer groups questioned whether or not is was a good idea for Graham, in »
- Rebecca Rubin
With so much attention on Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League, it's easy to over look that Superman turns 79 this month since his debut in 1933. His character is one of the most important superheroes in the history of comic books. Henry Cavill, the current Superman, took to social media to make sure that everyone was informed of this milestone. Check out his post from Instagram:
Hi Everyone! I've been doing some Super Ruminations because this month is the 79th anniversary of Superman in Action Comics and thought it fitting to pass on this little fact. Who knew eh?? In January 1933, Jerry Siegel wrote a short story titled "The Reign of the Superman", which was illustrated by his friend Joe Shuster and self-published in a science fiction magazine. It told the story of a bald villain with telepathic powers. Trying to create a character they could sell to newspaper syndicates, »
- Emmanuel Gomez
1978’s “Superman: The Movie” was the first blockbuster to prove a superhero film could be a drama with human stakes — and Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is filled with loving allusions to the 1978 Christopher Reeve super-classic. Insiders tell TheWrap that Jenkins and DC Films President and Chief Content Officer Geoff Johns love the Richard Donner film and bonded over it. It shows. The homages begin when Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) arrives in London and goes shopping with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor and Lucy Davis’ Etta Candy for clothes more modest than her warrior gear. When Steve gives Diana glasses as a disguise, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
After a record-breaking weekend at the box office (over $100 million in domestic returns alone, the highest-ever for a female-directed feature) and an enviable Rotten Tomatoes score of 93% Fresh, Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” seems poised to join the ranks of the superhero genre’s very best offerings, a new classic in the making.
After decades in on-and-off development, the Gal Gadot-starring feature landed at box office in dire need of a fresh new hero to liven up the bloated genre, and Jenkins’ film delivered to sold out, cheering crowds around the world. How did she do it? We’ve got some ideas.
1. Creating A Positive and Inspirational Hero
DC often opts for going “dark and gritty” in ways that other comic book properties (like the ones from Marvel and Sony) tend to avoid, a characteristic that’s become something of a hallmark for the Dceu franchise as a whole. Both »
- Kate Erbland
Wonder Woman opened to stellar reviews this weekend and will no doubt be a huge financial hit. In honor of the Princess of the Amazons being the one to break the Dceu losing streak, Cinelinx looks back at the history of live-action superhero TV shows and movies with female leading characters.
Wonder Woman (1974)- Appropriately, Wonder Woman was the first-ever female super hero to get a live-action adaptation. This 1974 made-for-tv movie was a pilot for an intended series. It starred former professional tennis player Cathy Lee Crosby. The blonde-haired Crosby doesn’t seem like the natural choice to play the Amazon Princess, but then again, this version of Wonder Woman was not a typical adaptation. For one thing, she had no super powers. This was based on the 1968-1972 era of the Wonder Woman comic known as “Diana Prince: The New Wonder Woman” when she lost her powers and stopped wearing her trademark costume. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Wonder Woman, 2017.
Directed by Patty Jenkins.
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
It goes without saying that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has faced a lot of expectations for the heroine’s first live action film. Those who have been worried in the past needn’t do so now as Wonder Woman proves to be a rousing success for the Dceu, providing a lot of drama, action and, most importantly, heart for audiences.
Gal Gadot impressed in her first, albeit brief, appearance as »
- Ricky Church
There are a lot of things to love about this week’s Wonder Woman. With a terrific mix of action, adventure, humor and romance, Wonder Woman is everything we want in a summer movie. It’s got heart, guts, badass ladies and a central character who’s genuine and sincere in a way that’s reminiscent of Christopher Reeve’s Superman. Plus, her big grand entrance into the film as Wonder Woman is as memorable as anything we’ve ever seen in a comic book movie...
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The embargo for Wonder Woman has lifted, and the latest chapter of the DC Extended Universe is proving to be a huge hit with critics, with many reviews hailing the Amazon Princess’ solo movie to be the best DC offering since The Dark Knight. Speaking to IGN to promote its release, cinematographer Matthew Jensen has compared the film to another two DC classics in Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
“Every day seemed like a challenge because it was such a big and complicated movie,” said Jensen. “Just the knowledge that we were doing Wonder Woman’s story, solo, a movie that a lot of people had been trying to get off the ground for over 20 years, and she is one of the pop culture icons, so there was a lot of pressure on us to do it correctly. We were setting out to »
- Gary Collinson
Has Man of Steel 2 finally locked down a director? The sequel is most definitely in the works at Warner Bros., but not a lot has been said about where it is at in the development stage. However, it looks like the studio may have found a man to helm the Man of Steel sequel, if you follow the trailer of circumstantial evidence that has been laid out before us. So, who is this potential director? Jurassic World 2 helmer J.A. Bayona.
It isn't necessarily any one thing that leads us to believe that J.A. Bayona could be the man directing Man of Steel 2. Rather, it is several things that, when added together, seem to point in that general direction. Let's start with the latest bit of evidence, which is some eyebrow-raising Twitter activity. First off, Warner Bros. man in charge of the DC Extended Universe, Geoff Johns, recently followed J.A. Bayona on Twitter, »
Spanish director J.A. Bayona’s star has been on the rise ever since 2007’s excellent The Orphanage. But though he’s currently deep in production on the as yet untitled Jurassic World 2, the rumor mill says that he’s hinting he might be entering the Dceu and taking the reins on Man of Steel 2, about which we currently know… well, nothing.
Now, bear with us here, because this is some fairly circumstantial and slightly tortured reasoning. The first clue though is that Bayona and DC creative head honcho Geoff Johns have followed each other on Twitter. It may sound like we’re stretching it, but this mutual following has been the first sign that a number of creatives are going to be involved in the Dceu – with Johns an important contact for any of their ideas. On top of that, Bayona’s Twitter header is currently a still of Christopher Reeves »
- David James
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