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He was the first to revel in skin-tight costumes -- a slippery slope that paved the way for Joel Schumacher to make superheroes nippley. He was also the first to throw on a mask with no visible pupils -- but while the Phantom may have been a trendsetter years ago, his trip to Hollywood was anything but. The 1996 release of The Phantom was a flop, even with the devilishly charming Billy Zane donning the purple tights.
But that's not stopping an Australian production company. Yahoo reports that Sherlock Symington Productions has nabbed the rights to The Phantom Legacy -- a follow-up to the first film. Expected to boast an $87 million price tag, the film will rip The Phantom out of the past and into the present while dealing with "the Father/Son relationship, and what it means to be The Phantom." Tim Boyle wrote the script and producer Bruce Sherlock »
- Monika Bartyzel
What does it feel like to resemble the Phantom of the Opera? You learn to live with it. I've never concerned myself overmuch about how I looked. I got a lot of practice at indifference during my years as the Michelin Man.
Yes, years before I acquired my present problems, I was not merely fat, but was universally known as "the fat one," to distinguish me from "the thin one," who was Gene Siskel, who was not all that thin, but try telling that to Gene:
"Spoken like the gifted Haystacks Calhoun tribute artist that you are."
"Haystacks was loved by his fans as a charming country boy," I observed.
"Six hundred and forty pounds of rompin' stompin' charm," Gene said. "Oh, Rog? Are those two-tone suedes, or did you step in some chicken shit?"
The real Phantom: Lon Chaney in 1925
"You can borrow them whenever you wear your white »
- Roger Ebert
In movies about vigilantism, often we see them treat the idea of their hero’s “justice” as moral ambiguity. Even the Punisher comic series written by Garth Ennis, of which this movie is primarily influenced by, portrays the character as a war veteran suffering a serious case of Ptsd; a good guy at heart, but still a psychopathic killer all the same. Punisher: War Zone has no such hang ups. For the entire movie, it calls its title character a dangerous murderer, showing how destructive his “justice” is, and even giving him a reformed gangbanger as an ally to prove that second chances exist. Yet it still ends with Punisher massacring dozens of gangsters; his doubters realizing that he is indeed a hero and what he does is great. This is a guy who blows an unarmed goombah’s head off with a shotgun while hugging a little girl. The moral is not ambiguous, »
- Arya Ponto
Kiefer Sutherland is to be honoured with the 2,377th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.
The actor's father Donald Sutherland and moviemaker Joel Schumacher will be on hand to pay tribute to the 24 star at the unveiling ceremony outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard.
The honour falls four days after the anniversary of his 2007 Christmas jail stint on DUI charges. The star spent 48 days behind bars last Christmas.
He also spent his 41st birthday on 21 December in jail. »
I didn’t expect to be surprised by “Punisher: War Zone”, the latest comic book movie sequel that no one asked for. So, was my face ever red upon leaving the theater. Not from all the gratuitously splattered blood, mind you, no, it was actually from laughing so hard. Who know the Punisher could be so funny? That’s right, folks, “Punisher: War Zone” is the most unintentionally hilarious film I’ve seen in a long time. Exploding hooligans… Joel Schumacher’s “Batman” color palette… Bad over-acting by the truckload… Muddled religious overtones… All directed by a world-renowned kickboxing champion! What more could anyone want in a compulsively watchable horrible movie?
Top 10 Reasons to Make Batman 3 and Why Chris Nolan Needs To Direct It Last week David brought us a top ten list of reasons Not to make Batman 3 and even though we all pretty much agree a third film will be made and fully expect Christopher Nolan and team back to make it, the serious points in David's piece do make a whole lot of sense. However, why be pessimistic when you can be optimistic? After reviewing the Blu-ray edition of The Dark Knight this weekend (read here) I couldn't help but put together a list of the ten reasons why Batman 3 should be made since I can't think of another comic book-based film outside of Watchmen that I want to see. So here are my top ten reasons why Batman 3 should be made and I hope you have more to offer in the comments below. Because to not do »
- Brad Brevet
Joel Schumacher earned a lot of enemies 'round these parts over the summer, when the braver among us revisited Batman and Robin and were reminded how truly horrendous the thing is. But that doesn't mean he deserves what seems like chaos in the pre-production stages of his new movie, Inland Saints, which is about to get a complete overhaul thanks to two new screenwriters. Variety is reporting that Damian Shannon and Mark Swift will take the movie in a whole new direction, and based on the descriptions, they're making a whole different movie out of it. The original story was about a street gang leader who falls in love with the daughter of an investigating detective-- you know, an urban Romeo and Juliet thing. Now the story will be set in "a small-town desert wasteland gripped by drugs and gangs," and horror will somehow be involved. So basically, no one »
Friday the 13th screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift have been hired to do an overhaul on Paramount's urban crime drama Inland Saints , which Joel Schumacher is attached to direct. The project, formerly called "Fix" and set up at the studio last year based on a pitch by Kurt Sutter, had centered on the leader of a dangerous street gang who meets and falls in love with the daughter of the detective hired to bring down the gang. According to Variety , Shannon and Swift are taking the project and turning it into an action horror film set in a small-town desert wasteland gripped by drugs and gangs, with plot details still being hashed out. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing via his Paramount-based company alongside Eli Holzman. Erik Howsam is executive »
This movie has it all. Action, horror, Joel Schumacher and scribes Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote New Line Cinema's forthcoming Friday The 13th and the popular Freddy Vs Jason. The duo were brought in to do a complete overhaul of Paramount's urban crime drama Inland Saints, which Schumacher is attached to direct. Read all about it inside. The project, formerly called "Fix" and set up at the studio last year based on a pitch by Kurt Sutter, had centered on the leader of a dangerous street gang who meets and falls in love with the daughter of the detective hired to bring down the gang. Shannon and Swift are taking the project in a new direction. It is now described as an action horror pic set in a small-town desert wasteland gripped by drugs and gangs, with plot details still being hashed out. »
The last time we checked, Joel Schumacher’s next movie, Inland Saints was called Fix, and was a gritty urban thriller about a gang leader who falls in love with the daughter of a detective tasked with bringing down the gang. Well, not any more. Schumacher has brought on new writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift to retool Kurt Sutter’s script, and the result is a new title and a bold new direction.For the movie is now an action horror set in a small-town desert wasteland. Plot details are scarce at the moment, but gangsters and drugs are still involved… just not in the way they once were. It’s perhaps no surprise that the film has moved in this direction. After all, Shannon and Swift are the writers of the upcoming Friday The 13th remake, so horror comes naturally to them, while Schumacher – director of The Lost Boys, »
Top 10 Reasons Not to Make Batman 3 Brad has officially added Batman 3 to the RopeofSilicon database, but that doesn't mean it's going to get made, it just means hopes are getting high. Everyone and their mom wants Batman 3. Without a doubt I want it. Sooner the better. And ,of course, since The Dark Knight made a zillion dollars, there will be a third one within the next few years. No question on that happening. However, just because we demand another sequel doesn't necessarily mean it's the smart move to make one. So here's just a few things - some serious, some not so - that should cause you to pause before whining about the wait for Batman 3. Expect More Annoying Viral Sites They keep the fans interested, but they really are annoying.
Photo: WhoSoSerious.com Oh God, as soon as Batman 3 is announced, the Warner Bros. marketing department will murder the Internet with viral sites. »
- David Frank
Lance Hammer's Ballast is a docile film that has made quite a name for itself in the festival circuit. His first film uses the Mississippi Delta to explore an "underlying sadness," as he calls it, involving three human beings who are affected by a suicide. The subtle and moving film won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and is currently nominated four times for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. It was an honor to discuss the film and the general process of filmmaking with Hammer in a cozy conference room on Michigan Avenue. Though he was not particularly enthusiastic about his days working on Joel Schumacher's Batman movies, he had to discuss involving making films that are true to one's vision. If you're a fan of films that tell so »
When Superman returned to movie screens in 2006 after a 19-year break, the film decided to offer a continuation of earlier events. Indeed, it went back even farther than its immediate predecessor, 1987.s Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Superman Returns ignored Peace and 1983.s Superman III to extend the tale found in 1981.s Superman II.
On the other side of the spectrum, we find Marvel Comics. Hulk. The franchise made its big screen debut with 2003.s Hulk, the cinematic equivalent of a crash and burn. While the flick scored big with $62 million during its opening weekend, it garnered terrible word of mouth and immediately plunged to earth. After this huge launch, Hulk only made an additional $70 million as it wound up with a decidedly disappointing $132 million gross.
To the surprise of many, this relatively poor performance didn.t kill the franchise. Instead, the folks at Marvel and Universal decided to reboot the series. »
New York City’s IFC Center is getting into the seasonal spirit with a series of classic fright-flick screenings starting next week. Most notably, the art-house theater will show a new 35mm print of Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu Wednesday-Tuesday, October 29-November 4. The acclaimed director’s 1979 remake of the F.W. Murnau classic stars frequent Herzog collaborator Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula and Isabelle Adjani as Lucy Harker.
In addition, as part of its Waverly Midnights series, the IFC Center will present a retrospective of ’80s fright films every weekend at the witching hour through the end of the year. The series begins this weekend, and the full lineup is:
• Nov. 7-8: Landis’ An American Werewolf In London
• Nov. »
By Brian Darr
"Lance Hammer began his filmmaking career working with the art department, designing the architecture of Gotham buildings used in Joel Schumacher's Batman films. His feature film debut as a writer and director might be seen as an aesthetic laying down of a gauntlet: art thrives best when developed far from any Hollywood departments. Written, cast, set and shot in a wintery Mississippi Delta locale, Ballast emerged from its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival with top awards for Hammer's direction and Lol Crawley's cinematography."
Brian Darr introduces his interview with Hammer - they talk about nonprofessional actors, documentaries and some of Hammer's own favorite filmmakers. Ballast is currently playing at New York's Film Forum and opens in selected cities on October 17. »
George Clooney has insisted that he has no regrets about starring in 1997 film Batman And Robin. The movie, which was directed by Joel Schumacher and also starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman, was panned by critics. The franchise then experienced an eight-year hiatus before being rebooted by director Christopher Nolan with 2005's Batman Begins and sequel The Dark Knight. (more) »
- By Michael Thornton
In a rather surprising announcement early today, Marvel has confirmed that they're in negotiations with Kenneth Branagh to direct the upcoming Thor film for 2010. For the longest time, Matthew Vaughn was attached to direct the adaptation, but his contract ended and Marvel went on a hunt for someone else. It seems Branagh was the right guy for the job even though he's only direct various arthouse (and Shakespearean) films like Henry V, Dead Again, Hamlet, and Sleuth. Marvel hasn't announced who will be distributing the film, however they will be funding this project entirely on their own. In my opinion, Branagh seems like the worst choice to direct a comic book movie since Joel Schumacher. This Thor adaptation follows disabled medical student Donald Blake, who has an alter ego as the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor, meaning this will definitely be set in modern times and play an integral part in »
- Alex Billington
This is the final part in a 3 part series covering the history of Batman. You can read part one here and part two here.
1995 saw Joel Schumacher take the directing reins with Batman Forever. Recasting Batman, with the younger and more athletic Val Kilmer - this version of Batman was more child-friendly and commercial, right down to Jim Carrey’s casting as The Riddler. An introduction of Robin also helped to lighten the character and Tommy Lee Jone’s Two-Face was a half-lightened version of his comic character. Financially more successful than Batman Returns it appeared Schumacher’s neon lit Gotham City was what enthusiasts of the franchise desired.
Then he delivered Batman and Robin.
With Kilmer filming The Saint (much to Schumacher’s annoyance) George Clooney was brought on board for a third incarnation of Batman. Batman was now once again a guest star, this time in his own movie, »
- Niall Browne
As we all know, Hollywood is the epicenter of not only fads, but also ripping off copying what works from other studios. We’ve all seen this before many times. One studio puts out a successful movie in some genre and within 6-9 months we see a bunch of movies coming out trying to capitalize on the popularity of the first one.
This phenomenon really took off in the early 1980s, with movies like Star Wars launching a new era in Sci-Fi films (yes, I know Star Wars was released prior to 1980), Superman starting the superhero movie trend, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street giving us the wonderful teen horror genre (at least they were rated R back then). Rambo started the lone hero with enemies that were lousy shots and couldn’t kill him even with machine guns and Porky’s gave us the start of the raunchy high school comedy. »
- Vic Holtreman
The official website for Gold Circle Films was updated recently with new looks at three of their upcoming horror films. If you click the link above you can check out some small stills from Luis Berdejo's The New Daughter, which stars Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero, Peter Cornwell's The Haunting In Connecticut, which stars Viriginia Madsen, and Joel Schumacher's Creek, which stars Dominic Purcell. In New Daughter, Kevin Costner stars as John James, a single father who moves to a house in the country with his two children following a painful divorce. Soon, however, his adolescent daughter (Ivana Baquero) begins acting strangely, and the household is plagued by disturbing events. John begins to suspect that the mysterious mound at the edge of the forest may have something to do with her ominous behavior. »
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