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Bye bye Batman: is it time for Ben Affleck to bow out as the caped crusader?

Justice League’s weak box office performance spotlights Affleck’s tricky position – whether to limp on, or join the order of failed dark knights

If there is a “Batman curse” affecting those who have pulled on the cape and cowl on the big screen, it is not always a lasting one. George Clooney recovered from portraying a detested version of Gotham’s dark knight for Joel Schumacher in 1997’s Batman & Robin to become one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors and film-makers. Christian Bale is rarely out of the awards season spotlight for long, and Michael Keaton is currently experiencing a gilded career revival that has even seen him return to superhero movies.

It would be fair to say, however, that the role can be something of a poisoned chalice. Clooney was perhaps fortunate to recover from the critical drubbing handed to Schumacher’s film (his co-star Chris O’Donnell
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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame

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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame
It’s been nearly a decade since the tragic death of former child actor Brad Renfro. During his too-short career he made over 20 movies, the last one being 2008’s The Informers, where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder. The Apt Pupil star was a gifted actor who battled several off-screen demons, which ultimately ended the life of the 25-year-old.

A Star on the Rise

The Knoxville, Tennessee native was only 10-years-old when he was discovered by director Joel Schumacher to play Mark Sway, a young witness in a Mafia case, in his 1994 movie The Client. In the film,
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‘Batman Forever’ Honest Trailer: The Worst Movie You’ve Seen 30 Times

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‘Batman Forever’ Honest Trailer: The Worst Movie You’ve Seen 30 Times
Justice League hits theaters this coming weekend, bringing us Ben Affleck‘s take on Batman again as he rounds up the DC Comics superhero team on the big screen for the first time ever. But it was a long road to get here with a couple sizeable speed bumps courtesy of director Joel Schumacher. After Batman […]

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Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Batman Actor?

Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Batman Actor?
When “Justice League” debuts this weekend, Ben Affleck will make his return as the Caped Crusader, which first arrived in 2015’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

And when a new actor dons the pointy-eared cowl, it’s bound to draw comparisons to past Batmans/Bruce Waynes. For many, it’s the late Adam West who set the standard when he starred in ABC’s “Batman” series in the 1960s, embodying the superhero for generations to come.

A couple of decades later came Warner Bros.’ initial “Batman” film series, starring Michael Keaton in the Tim Burton-directed “Batman” and “Batman Returns” in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Val Kilmer took over the role, as the directing reins went to Joel Schumacher, for “Batman Forever” (1995), before George Clooney became Batman for “Batman & Robin” in 1997.

After the first series, a new millennia ushered in a new trilogy. Christian Bale starred in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed movie series comprised of “Batman Begins,” “[link
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10 Things About Heath Ledger's Joker You Never Knew

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10 Things About Heath Ledger's Joker You Never Knew
The Dark Knight is widely considered one of the greatest comic book movies ever and regularly ranks toward the top in fan polls about the greatest movies, period. Part of the reverence for the film revolves around the legendary performance of Heath Ledger, who passed away before the release of the film that earned him an Oscar. It's well known that Ledger's commitment to the iconic role was complete down to the way he famously kept a Joker diary while developing the character in isolation. Today, we look through the history of his performance, and investigate ten things that most fans don't know about his role in the movie.

Heath Ledger was the only actor offered the role.

The arrival of Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime was teased at the end of Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan's well-received reboot of the Caped Crusader. Several actors pursued the role. Adrien Brody
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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie’ Editor Paul Hirsch on Working with George Lucas, Brian De Palma

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie’ Editor Paul Hirsch on Working with George Lucas, Brian De Palma
With more than 40 films to his credit, spanning genres from comedy to suspense and sci-fi, Oscar-winning editor Paul Hirsch has much to offer in counsel to younger filmmakers as he visits Camerimage Film Festival for his award for “unique visual sensitivity.”

Having jumped into editing with no formal training on 1970’s “Hi, Mom!” for Brian De Palma, soon leading to work with George Lucas on the first “Star Wars” film – for which he won an Oscar along with Marcia Lucas, and Richard Chew – Hirsch says he’s always focused on rhythm and the structure of music as guiding forces in his work.

“Music and film are the only art forms where time is involved,” he says. “There are rhythms involved in architecture and poetry, of course. And I suppose dance is sort of grafted onto music.”

The graduate of the High School of Music & Art and a native New Yorker has employed his sense of staccato and counterpoint
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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew

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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew
The Dark Knight is one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, ranked among the popcorn cinema elite in fan polls as one of the best movies ever. The penultimate chapter of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy saw Christian Bale's Batman go up against the Joker, portrayed with haunting villainy by the late Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for the role. Ledger's commitment to the character is the stuff of legend. But there were plenty of other cool facts behind the scenes, as well.

Katie Holmes skipped the sequel to make a terrible comedy.

Memento filmmaker Christopher Nolan rescued the World's Greatest Detective from the train wreck of glossy camp that was Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin with 2005's Batman Begins, a serious minded reboot adored by fans and critics. Katie Holmes co-starred as Bruce Wayne love interest Rachel Dawes, but the Dawson's Creek
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Robert Getchell, 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' Screenwriter, Dies at 81

Robert Getchell, who received Oscar nominations for his screenplays for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Bound for Glory, has died. He was 81.

Getchell died Oct. 21, according to a funeral home in Monterey, California. No other details of his death were available.

Getchell also co-wrote Mommie Dearest (1981), starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, and John Badham’s Point of No Return (1993), and he did adapted screenplays for Stella (1990), starring Bette Midler; This Boy's Life (1993), starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio; and John Grisham's The Client (1994), directed by Joel Schumacher.

Getchell’s first screenplay...
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Robert Getchell, 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' Screenwriter, Dies at 81

Robert Getchell, who received Oscar nominations for his screenplays for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Bound for Glory, has died. He was 81.

Getchell died Oct. 21, according to a funeral home in Monterey, California. No other details of his death were available.

Getchell also co-wrote Mommie Dearest (1981), starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, and John Badham’s Point of No Return (1993), and he did adapted screenplays for Stella (1990), starring Bette Midler; This Boy's Life (1993), starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio; and John Grisham's The Client (1994), directed by Joel Schumacher.

Getchell’s first screenplay...
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Peter Macgregor-Scott, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Batman Forever’ Producer, Dies at 69

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Peter Macgregor-Scott, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Batman Forever’ Producer, Dies at 69
Peter Macgregor-Scott, producer on director Andrew Davis’ “The Fugitive,” the Joel Schumacher-helmed “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin,” and three Cheech & Chong flicks, died Wednesday following a recent traffic accident in Manhattan. He was 69. “We were like brothers who supported and relied on each other in an industry where that is rare. I will miss him dearly,” Davis told The Hollywood Reporter, when confirming the longtime Warner Bros. producer’s passing. Aside from projects with Davis and Schumacher, the producer’s credits include “The Jerk” (1979), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982), “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984), “Troop Beverly Hills” (1989),...
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Peter Macgregor-Scott, Producer on 'The Fugitive' and 'Batman Forever,' Dies at 69

Peter Macgregor-Scott, Producer on 'The Fugitive' and 'Batman Forever,' Dies at 69
Peter Macgregor-Scott, who produced the Andrew Davis-directed The Fugitive, the two Batman films helmed by Joel Schumacher and three movies starring Cheech & Chong, has died. He was 69.

Macgregor-Scott died Wednesday in New York after being involved in a recent taxi accident in Manhattan, Davis told The Hollywood Reporter.

"We were like brothers who supported and relied on each other in an industry where that is rare. I will miss him dearly," Davis said.

Macgregor-Scott's producing résumé also included Carl Reiner's The Jerk (1979), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Troop Beverly Hills...
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Canceled Lost Boys Post-Credit Scene Revealed

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Canceled Lost Boys Post-Credit Scene Revealed
Post-Credit scenes are nothing new. Even though Marvel has carved out its own niche with these end of credit moments, often used to set up future movies. Lovers of 80s cinema know that teen movie legend John Hughes often utilized these teasers, referred to as cookies, in some of his biggest hits, with the one in Ferris Bueller even getting parodied at the end of Deadpool. One movie from the 80s, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, almost used its post-credit moment to set up a sequel. But due to budget cuts, the 1987 vampire hit The Lost Boys had to ditch it's final scene, which revealed more about the long history of the vampires led by David.

The Lost Boys was a landmark movie for its time. Way before Twilight, it reinvented the vampire genre, giving it a hip, cool reboot using hot looking teens vying for the
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Tim Burton’s Superman Lives Was Almost Revived, And Here’s How

Out of the many mooted superhero movies that have failed to materialize over the years, none have reached the legendary status of Superman Lives. Intended to reboot the Man of Steel’s cinematic career in the 1990s, Batman director Tim Burton was attached to helm, with Nicolas Cage of all people signed up to star as a mullet-headed Superman.

The story of what it would have contained and why it never made it to screen has been told before in the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, but we’ve still never got an actual feeling for what it would have been like and obviously never will. That almost wasn’t the case, however, as at one point, the project was nearly revived.

While talking to the press to promote Batman vs. Two-Face, screenwriter Michael Jelenic revealed that he pitched a Superman Lives animated movie to Warner Bros. back in the day.
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The Essential Vampire Films

In readiness for Halloween, Tom Jolliffe takes a look at the essential Vampire films…

With that thing coming up that takes place on the last day in October. You know the one? Yeah, candy sales go through the roof, your house gets egged and toilet papered. Meanwhile you sacrifice a chicken over a Ouji board in the hope of getting Kevin James to stop making films. It never works and you just unleash hell on Earth (or to put it another way, a new Kevin James film comes out). With that in mind, I thought it’d be a good time to look over the best Vampire films around.Why Vampires? Well I was watching a film (that will appear on this list) and had a brainwave.

So without further ado, and not in any particular order, here are the essential Vampire films!

Nosferatu (1922)

This iconic piece of cinema remains
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A Tale of Two Coreys: Haim and Feldman Lifetime Movie Is Coming in 2018

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A Tale of Two Coreys: Haim and Feldman Lifetime Movie Is Coming in 2018
After finding tremendous success with their biopics on Full House, Saved by the Bell and Britney Spears, Lifetime is bring A Tale of Two Coreys to small screens everywhere in 2018. The biopic will follow the infamous and tumultuous childhoods of 80s superstars Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, two actors who shared a first name and a special bond after first appearing together in the classic 1987 vampire movie The Lost Boys.

Corey Feldman is helping to oversee the project, and has given his insight into some of the shadier things that went down on various movie sets and at parties attended to by Haim and Feldman. It will also look at their drug addictions, and personal struggles with abuse both physical and sexual. A number of different actors have been cast as the two former teen heartthrobs. Elijah Marcano is playing the teenage Corey Feldman, with Scott Bosely playing him as an adult.
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Orlando’s Spooky Empire Convention to Feature Cast Members from the New It Movie

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Spooky Empire has announced that Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff from the new It movie will be special guests at the Orlando convention this fall. In addition to the It (2017) cast's attendance, the convention will also celebrate a special 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys, and more:

Press Release: Orlando – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night,
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Watch Jim Carrey Tell the Story of Tommy Lee Jones’ Hatred For Jim Carrey

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Watch Jim Carrey Tell the Story of Tommy Lee Jones’ Hatred For Jim Carrey
Tommy Lee Jones is not a big fan of Jim Carrey. The two actors worked together on Joel Schumacher’s neon-lit live-action cartoon Batman Forever, and ever since then, Carrey has been recalling a now-famous story about how Jone simply could not stand him. You may have heard this story before, but now you can see the […]

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The ‘Flatliners’ Remake Buckled Under Millennial Confusion and Removed a Reference to the Original

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The ‘Flatliners’ Remake Buckled Under Millennial Confusion and Removed a Reference to the Original
Sony’s remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 psychological horror thriller Flatliners stumbled at the box office this past weekend, and limped its way from a 0% up to a 2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s an abysmal score – even worse than The Emoji Movie – and it’s clear that the film’s premise and stars including Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey […]

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Batman Forever: Jim Carrey Says Tommy Lee Jones Hated Him On Set

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Batman Forever: Jim Carrey Says Tommy Lee Jones Hated Him On Set
Jim Carrey was recently on Norm MacDonald Live where he revealed that Tommy Lee Jones hated him when they were making Batman Forever together. Carrey was playing the Riddler while Jones was playing Two-Face in the Joel Schumacher directed movie. The movie was seen as divisive after the Tim Burton movies with Michael Keaton starring as Batman, though it was not universally hated like the next installment in the franchise, which has definitely not aged well, so don't bother going back for a nostalgic viewing. Anyway, while Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones were getting ready to do a scene together, Jones decided to tell Carrey about his true feelings.

Jim Carrey has talked about the subject before in the past, but the subject came up again when Norm MacDonald asked him about it. Carrey maintains that he still has nothing but the utmost respect for Tommy Lee Jones, but
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Tommy Lee Jones despised Jim Carrey’s “bufoonery” while working on Batman Forever

Jim Carrey is nothing if not enigmatic. Time has done absolutely nothing to change that that fact either, if that now-infamous recent interview is any indication. For an actor who is an enigma, what better character to play but Edward Nigma a.k.a. The Riddler in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever?

Jim Carrey in his prime. Tommy Lee Jones taking on Harvey Dent/ Two-Face. What could go wrong? Well, quite a bit. Besides the negative critical reaction, apparently Carrey and Jones were a complete mismatch while working on the film. Speaking on Norm McDonald Live, Jim Carrey recalls an encounter with his co-star at a restaurant:

“It was at a restaurant, and the maitre de said, ‘Oh, I hear you’re working with Tommy Lee Jones. He’s over in the corner having dinner.’ I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face.
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