14 items from 2013
Larry Tye’s book was on the living room shelf for a month or more before I got around to reading it last week, and I’m not exactly sure why. I‘ve spent time with Larry and never doubted that he’d do good work, and he was kind enough to mention me in his biography, Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero. But whatever the reason for my tardiness, I’ll mark it “happy” because when I did finally delve into the book, it happened to be during Superman’s 75th birthday week. (Note to casual fans: the Man of Steel’s debut was on April 18th, 1938.)
And here it was, the whole story: the early lives of Superman’s creators, a couple of Jewish kids from Cleveland named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster; their attempts to sell their brainchild as a comic strip »
- Dennis O'Neil
by Brett White
Superman and Lois Lane are having a pretty stellar week. Sure, it started off with a terrifying TV message from General Zod, but then we got a scene showing the duo coming face to face in the latest (and greatest) "Man of Steel" trailer. Now we celebrate the pair's 75th birthday. 1938's "Action Comics" #1 contained the debut of two of the most important characters in comic book history. In fact, it's safe to say that these characters embody traits that have become essential ingredients in every successful hero: Selfless like Superman, tenacious like Lois Lane; powerful of body like Superman and powerful of spirit like Lois Lane.
MTV Geek will be celebrating the birthday all day long, so be sure to drop by the site and check out the festivities. Get started with this great compilation of Superman footage, including interviews with the stars of "Superman Unbound »
- Splash Page Team
“You’ll believe a man can fly.” That was the promise made to potential ticket-buyers during the fall and winter of 1978, when Richard Donner’s take on the Superman legend was being readied to soar across Christmastime movie screens all over America. We certainly never believed (nor were we asked to believe) that George Reeves, the Superman known to viewers of the popular TV series which ran from 1952 until 1958, could really fly. And even our faith in all things wise and wonderful wasn’t enough to convince us that Julie Andrews had really taken to the air with her satchel and umbrella, to say nothing of the aeronautic abilities of Sally Field. But after "Star Wars" (1977) had premiered a barrage of stylish visual effects, themselves doubling up on the groundbreaking realism of Douglas Trumbull’s effects work for "2001: A Space Odyssey," expectations had been, shall we say, heightened. "Star Wars" was, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Dwayne Johnson will not star in a Lobo film.
The Fast & Furious 6 actor has said that the DC Comics adaptation does not appear to be progressing.
"It was [happening] for a minute, but then it kind of just went away as things happen in Hollywood," he told MTV News.
"For a minute, [I] was interested in it, and then it went away."
The wrestler will instead be focusing on his role in Brett Ratner's Hercules.
"Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules was always a hero of mine, from Steve Reeves to the multiple guys who have played Hercules, but the idea and the notion of this man," he said.
"When I first got into movies, I thought, 'Gosh, I would love to do that one day'. I always thought that the version of Hercules that I want to play was one that was more dramatic and survived in »
Johnson became attached to the project back in November, and while out doing promotional work for "Snitch," he waxed on enthusiastically with MTV about his upcoming role as the ancient Greek hero:
"The next shoot, I'm really excited about, a passion project I've had now on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood, over 15 years now, Hercules. I can't wait. We're going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I've been preparing for this role now for the good part of a year."
"Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules was always a hero of mine, from Steve Reeves to the »
- Garth Franklin
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is currently making the press rounds for his upcoming new film Snitch, and when talking with MTV they asked him about the new Hercules movie he's making with Brett Ratner. In the interview the action star explains that Hercules is a passion project of his, and he also reveals that he's not going to do Lobo anymore. Here's what he had to say about his next film.
Next shoot, is a passion project I've had on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood almost over 15 years now, Hercules. I can't wait, we are going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I've been preparing for this role now for a good part of a year.
He goes on to explain that Ratner is still attached to the project and why it's his passion project.
- Joey Paur
Back in November, it was confirmed that Dwayne Johnson will star in director Brett Ratner's Hercules for MGM and Paramount. While promoting his upcoming movie Snitch, Dwayne Johnson revealed that playing this mythical character has always been a dream of his, a dream that will come true later this year when they start production.
"We have some movies getting ready to come out, but the next shoot, I'm really excited about, a passion project I've had now on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood, over 15 years now, Hercules. I can't wait. We're going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I've been preparing for this role now for the good part of a year."
The actor also spoke about his admiration for the character, dating back to his days as a child.
"Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules was always a hero of mine, »
The Rock was attached to play the Main Man in a movie directed by "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" helmer Brad Peyton, but we've heard nothing on that front since the summer of 2012. And according to Johnson, who spoke with MTV News at the junket for his new movie "Snitch," the radio-silence on his end is because "Lobo" is now off his radar.
"It was [happening] for a minute, but then it kind of just went away as things happen in Hollywood," he said. "For a minute, [I] was interested in it, and then it went away."
Instead, Johnson is turning his attention to "Hercules," directed by Brett Ratner. According to the actor, he's had his eye on the mythical character for quite some time.
"Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules »
- Josh Wigler
Dwayne Johnson has had a particular character in mind for many years, and he's finally getting his wish. Johnson revealed to MTV that Brett Ratner's upcoming Hercules film is that very project. "The next shoot, I'm really excited about, a passion project I've had now on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood, over 15 years now, 'Hercules.' I can't wait. We're going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I've been preparing for this role now for the good part of a year." When asked why Hercules is such a passion project for him, Johnson elaborated: "Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules was always a hero of mine, from Steve Reeves to the multiple guys who have played Hercules, but the idea and the notion of this man. When I first got into »
Hercules just seems like a role that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was born to play, and he'd probably agree with that sentiment.
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with the professional wrestler-turned-actor about his new film, "Snitch," the subject of his upcoming projects, including the recently confirmed, Brett Ratner-directed "Hercules," came up in conversation.
Johnson spoke enthusiastically about the prospect of the film, which is what he'll film next. "We have some movies getting ready to come out, but the next shoot, I'm really excited about, a passion project I've had now on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood, over 15 years now, 'Hercules.' I can't wait," he said. "We're going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I've been preparing for this role now for the good part of a year."
Aside from discussing the filming locations, Johnson confirmed that Ratner is still on-board, and he »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
This was a Bafta ceremony which shared the prizes and spread the love.
The vast landslide for any one single film did not quite materialise, and Daniel Day-Lewis's much-expected best actor award for Lincoln was in fact a rare moment of Bafta love for Spielberg's very fine historical drama.
Yet the evening's big winner was unquestionably Ben Affleck's Argo, with best film and best director, an interesting, lightly fictionalised, intensely patriotic true-life historical caper-thriller about a CIA scheme to spirit Us embassy staff out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis by concocting a phoney movie, with elaborate script and set designs – and attempting to pass off the prisoners as film professionals who've been scouting locations in downtown Tehran and now need to leave, thank you very much.
- Peter Bradshaw
Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger action director Renny Harlin is making his long-awaited return to big-budget filmmaking with the just-announced Hercules 3D, and the Finnish filmmaker reveals to Et that his mythological hero will not be a "hulking mass of muscles," but rather a "real man who's struggling with being a demi-god" in a film that more closely resembles Ridley Scott's Gladiator.
Pics: Stars on the Set!
In the past, muscle-bound stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Steve Reeves portrayed the classic hero, the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene who is famous for his super strength and Twelve Labors, including slaying the nine-headed hydra and capturing the three-headed dog Ceberus. But Harlin says that his star will be of a more modest physique.
"I'm looking for a great actor to be the lead, and obviously he needs to be in good physical shape, but the size of the muscles and the size »
Are you ready for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel"? Because Henry Cavill certainly is. Cinema's newest Superman looks ready to take care of business on the cover of Empire magazine's latest issue, adopting the same barrel-chested sideways power pose embodied by screen Supermans past, from George Reeves to Brandon Routh. Check out the full image below. "Man of Steel" is slated for release on June 14, 2013 in conventional, 3D and IMAX theaters. You can watch the latest trailer here. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Keeping up with his career plan of paying homage to every film genre going, Quentin Tarantino has moved onto the spaghetti western with Django Unchained (2012). It’s not a remake of the pasta classic Django (1966), or indeed a spaghetti western, but it has clearly taken its inspiration from those violent Italian productions that swamped the late sixties.
Hollywood may have dominated the field since the beginning of motion pictures but European westerns are not exactly new; the earliest known one was filmed in 1910. Sixties German cinema made good use of Kay May’s western heroes Shatterhand and Winnetou, and the British produced The Savage Guns (1961), Hannie Caulder (1971), A Town Called Bastard (1971), Catlow (1971), Chato’s Land (1972) and Eagle’s Wing (1979). When the genre showed signs of flagging in the mid-sixties, a clever Italian director named Sergio Leone took it upon himself to reinvent the western – spaghetti style!
What made the spaghettis »
14 items from 2013
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