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Arnold Schwarzenegger: 'I don't regret Batman & Robin'

31 December 2012 5:44 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he does not regret Batman & Robin. The actor discussed his role as Mr Freeze in the infamous 1997 Joel Schumacher movie. "In most cases I don't regret the movies that failed or were not as good," the former Caliornia governor told Empire. "It's always easy to be smug in hindsight, right? "I don't regret it at all. I felt that the character was interesting and two movies before that one Joel Schumacher was at his height. So the decision-making process was not off. "At the same time I was doing Eraser over (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks Batman and Robin, Terminator 5 and James Cameron's Spider-Man

31 December 2012 4:06 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

During a lengthy interview with Empire magazine, Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about "Batman and Robin," which many consider to be one of the worst movies of all time, in addition to "Terminator 5" and how he almost played the villain in James Cameron's "Spider-Man" movie. "I don't regret it at all," he said about playing Mr. Freeze in "Batman and Robin." "I felt that the character was interesting and two movies before that one [director] Joel Schumacher was at his height. So the decision-making process was not off. At the same time I was doing 'Eraser' and Warner Bros begged me to do the movie." Empire then asked if he plans to return for another "Terminator" movie. "Producer Megan Ellison owns the rights to 'Terminator 16,' or whatever it is. Yes, five," he said. "They have been trying to put a script together but I've not seen it, »

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7 Ways Skyfall Borrowed From Batman

21 December 2012 12:19 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Not only is Skyfall the highest-grossing James Bond film ever, it has also become the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. While some critics considered Sam Mendes ‘too artsy’ to direct a blockbuster, he has proven himself just the man to make us all forget about Quantum of Solace. But as stylish and spectacular as Skyfall may be, your typical cinema-goer may have left the screening with a sense of deja vu…

Taking the reins of the Caped Crusader, Christopher Nolan may not have felt much pressure to live up to his predecessor (Joel Schumacher threatened to run the whole franchise into the ground; Batsuit, Bane and all) but nobody could’ve anticipated him reinventing the comic book movie adaptation.

In a number of interviews, Mendes has acknowledged Nolan’s achievements by referring to his trilogy (specifically The Dark Knight) as a ‘‘game-changer’’. And, like The Dark Knight, »

- Dan Wakefield

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“Skyfall” topped the box office in its fifth weekend

9 December 2012 10:39 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The decision by Warner Bros. to move The Gangster Squad (trailer) to January, 2013 and Universal’s choice to move Les Miserables from next weekend to Christmas day should have caused a giant game of musical chairs. It didn’t, and now we have the second December weekend in a row (with one more to come) with just a single new release). Meanwhile the last two weekends of the year are going to be jam-packed with major films (Jack Reacher, This Is Forty, DJango Unchained, The Guilt Trip, etc.), all of which could have *easily* topped the box office and/or dominated the competition had they opened this weekend or last weekend. But weekends that are barren of new releases save for a Gerald Butler vehicle tend to be very boring box office weekends indeed. But this weekend saw but a single half-hearted new release, a Gerald Butler rom-com that once »

- smblog@hollywoodnews.com (Scott Mendelson)

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'Batman & Robin' Joel Schumacher: 'Christopher Nolan is brilliant'

5 December 2012 5:58 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joel Schumacher has addressed the differences between his Batman movies and Christopher Nolan's more recent trilogy. The Batman & Robin helmer described his successor on the film series as "brilliant" and admitted his takes on the superhero were made to entertain families and sell toys. "I think what's very interesting about Batman and how brilliant Chris Nolan is, if you look at the last Batman, ours were at a much simpler time. Our job was to entertain the whole family. To make it fun and sell a lot of toys. It was a franchise," he told ComingSoon. "The last one is really about what we're going through, the extraordinary gap between the haves and the have-nots... I think (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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The Dark Knight Rises: The end of a masterful Nolan era on Blu-ray

4 December 2012 6:44 PM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins galvanized a new era of comic book, adaptive filmmaking. Taking the cue from Tim Burton’s more humanized Batman, Nolan stripped down the Dark Knight to his core – Bruce Wayne. If you take away the parents, money, costume and gadgets, what do you have left? Who was Bruce Wayne? In Batman Begins, Nolan birthed a spoiled child and raised him into a man. Shunning his wealth and name for the power to strike fear in the heart of evil, Bruce (Christian Bale) began his quest to become the ultimate crime fighting symbol.

Nolan built up Bruce so that we could believe in the legend of Batman. Then, Nolan made Bruce face Batman’s worst enemy and Gotham’s greatest villain – the Joker (Heath Ledger) – The Dark Knight. Although Bruce and Gotham suffered, the Batman was triumphant. Finally, after Batman defeated Gotham’s greatest threat, Nolan »

- Bags Hooper

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The Phantom of the Opera: Colour, Character and Costume

4 December 2012 5:56 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

The Phantom of the Opera (2004, directed by Joel Schumacher) is a lavish depiction of its world, examining the nature of facade – the un-reality of the stage, the masked Phantom of the title, and the duality of “costume” within costume (the majority of clothes on screen are designed as costumes for use in performances in the narrative). Costume designer Alexandra Byrne makes use of symbolic colour palettes and silhouettes to bring this heightened world to life.

We are first taken into the world of the Opera Populaire, 1870, with the dress rehearsal of “Hannibal”. It is interesting to note that not all are wearing full “costume” – corsets and petticoats draw attention to the central performance element. Heroine Christine (Emmy Rossum) is dressed identically to the other dancing girls, in a cream and gold top, cropped below the bust, with heavily embellished gold and blue neckline, embellished waistband with two rows of red »

- Contributor

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Batman & Robin Director Shares His Thoughts On Christopher Nolan's Trilogy

4 December 2012 3:28 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In a lengthy interview with ComingSoon.net, director Joel Schumacher has looked back on the two Batman films he helmed before Christopher Nolan rebooted the franchise with 2005's critically acclaimed Batman Begins. After the downright dreadful Batman & Robin, pretty much every fan was relieved to see Schumacher leave the franchise behind. However, there's no denying that he succeeded in delivering what Warner Bros. wanted; a family friendly film which sold a hell of a Lot of toys. Below, he shares his thoughts on Nolan's take on the character. "I think what's very interesting about Batman and how brilliant Chris Nolan is is, if you look at the last Batman, ours were at a much simpler time. Our job was to entertain the whole family. To make it fun and sell a lot of toys. It was a franchise. The last one is really about what we're going through, the extraordinary »

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Plus Camerimage: Head of Jury Joel Schumacher

4 December 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

As Plus Camerimage wound down this past weekend in the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland, ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to speak with this year's head of the jury, filmmaker Joel Schumacher, known for a diverse selection of projects like The Lost Boys , Falling Down , Phone Booth and two Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin . Most recently, Schumacher directed Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in the crime thriller Trespass and will be taking a turn at episodic directing with two episodes of the upcoming Netflix series, "House of Cards," developed by David Fincher, Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon. In the below interview, Schumacher reminisces about his career, particularly focusing on the unique situation he stepped into with The Lost Boys , and »

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Ej Bonilla On Soft Lips And More "Revenge"

30 November 2012 11:04 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Ej Bonilla photographed by Clinton Gaughran for AfterElton

Since most of this season of Revenge we’ve seen "Mr. 3 On The Kinsey Scale" Nolan (Gabriel Mann) in a relationship with (gasp!) a woman, last week’s flashback episode to 2006 showed the blonde locking lips with his company CFO, Marco, played with earnest dreaminess by Ej Bonilla. The couple unfortunately busted up due to Marco finding out Nolan was lending aid to then-assumed criminal David Clarke. But, flash forward to present day where Daniel (Josh Bowman) was seen calling up Marco. Clearly, we haven’t seen the last of the character... or Bonilla!

So, what will it mean for Nolan to have his former lover pop back up in his life? To find out, AfterElton sat down earlier this week for a chat (and photo shoot) with Ej Bonilla to talk about his new role and what it’s really like to smooch Gabriel Mann. »

- nyjimmy67

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Batman Movies: Ranking Best To Worst

28 November 2012 1:34 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Now that the hype surrounding The Dark Knight Rises has settled and fans no longer have access to watch the film on the big screen for the fifth or sixth time in a row (though in a matter of days they will be able to precisely this in the comfort of their own homes), there is no denying one simple fact, that being Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s creation has had a complete roller coaster of a ride in the world of film.

Tim Burton was the first director to deploy DC’s detective on to the big screen with his 1989 box office hit Batman, starring Michael Keaton cast as the Caped Crusader and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, whom arguably created one of the most memorable portrayals of the villain. Burton would then come back two years later with Batman Returns, again with Michael Keaton and this time »

- David Keeble

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Blu-ray Review: The Dark Knight Rises

27 November 2012 2:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Dark Knight Rises

Review by LondonFilmFan

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman | Written by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan | Directed by Christopher Nolan

Fifteen years ago, when Joel Schumacher murdered the Batman franchise with Batman and Robin, he ruined the image of one of the Dark Knight’s greatest modern foes by reducing the monster Bane to little more than a roided-out henchman. So it is fitting that writer/director Christopher Nolan’s triumphant resuscitation of the franchise should close by righting that offensive wrong. In The Dark Knight Rises Nolan has breathed new life into Batman’s deadliest foe and weaves an epic conclusion to his phenomenal trilogy.

While The Dark Knight Rises may take place eight years after the caped crusader was last seen onscreen, the film brings everything up to speed in quick succession. The initial »

- Phil

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Holy Franchise, Batman! - An interview with Exeposé

26 November 2012 1:04 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It's been a while since I've posted an update on Holy Franchise, Batman!, but if you're interested in my thoughts on Batman's screen history, Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, the genesis of the book and the publishing process, then be sure to take a look at a new interview between myself and Flickering Myth co-editor Liam Trim over at Exeposé, the University of Exeter's independent student newspaper.

You can check out the full three part interview here, here and here.

If you'd like to know more about Holy Franchise, Batman!, you also see a selection of reviews and interviews here, as well as two sample chapters - Justice League: Mortal, which examines Warner Bros. ultimately aborted big budget motion-capture adaptation from director George Miller; and Bruce Wayne, which explores screenwriter Tim McCanlies' attempts to develop TV series about the formative years of Gotham's Dark Knight Detective. »

- flickeringmyth

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The Dark Knight Rises: Chris Corbould unveils the secrets of the Tumbler

25 November 2012 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"Where does he get those wonderful toys?" So asked Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton's 1989's incarnation of Batman. In Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Morgan Freeman's Lucius Fox may be arming Bruce Wayne to the teeth on screen, but pull back the curtain and Chris Corbould, Oscar-winning special effects veteran of the Bond franchise, is the man kitting out Christian Bale to fight crime in Gotham City. Since 2005's brooding franchise rejuvenation Batman Begins, Corbould has treated superhero fans to vehicular mayhem with motorcycle the Batpod, flying aircraft 'The Bat' and an all-new Batmobile. Dubbed the Tumbler, this car is part Lamborghini, part tank - a menacing machine in stark contrast to the sleek, missile-like vehicle that cut through the streets of Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher's (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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The Dark Knight Rises: the Batmobile 'Tumbler' secrets unveiled

25 November 2012 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"Where does he get those wonderful toys?" So asked Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton's 1989's incarnation of Batman. In Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Morgan Freeman's Lucius Fox may be arming Bruce Wayne to the teeth on screen, but pull back the curtain and Chris Corbould, Oscar-winning special effects veteran of the Bond franchise, is the man kitting out Christian Bale to fight crime in Gotham City. Since 2005's brooding franchise rejuvenation Batman Begins, Corbould has treated superhero fans to vehicular mayhem with motorcycle the Batpod, flying aircraft 'The Bat' and an all-new Batmobile. Dubbed the Tumbler, this car is part Lamborghini, part tank - a menacing machine in stark contrast to the sleek, missile-like vehicle that cut through the streets of Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher's (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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The Lost Boys 4 Is Dead and the Frog Brothers TV Series Is Homeless

23 November 2012 10:04 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Lost Boys franchise is a strange one. A cult hit from 1987, it was supposed to get a proper sequel two years after its release, which would have revolved around The Lost Girls. That never came to fruition. But the film, which was notable for bringing together two of that eras biggest teen stars, The Two Coreys, the late Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, continued to have a solid shelf life throughout the years.

In 2008, Warner Premiere, the home video division of Warner Bros., notable for turning some of the studios past hits into straight-to-dvd franchise, decided to revive The Lost Boys with Lost Boys: The Tribe, a film the fans didn't really want. It was more of a reboot than a true sequel, and it was quite disappointing. Except for the inclusion of its one returning star, Corey Feldman, who reprised his role as Edgar Frog, one half of the Frog Brothers, »

- MovieWeb

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The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Review

19 November 2012 6:39 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

It has been eight years since Batman (Christian Bale) vanished into the Gotham City night after assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent. Going from vigilante hero to on-the-run fugitive, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But a storm is on Gotham's horizon, commencing with the arrival of Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Kyle's theft from Wayne Manor ties into the emergence of a far more dangerous threat to the city: Bane (Tom Hardy), a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego out of their self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, »

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Thoughts on the House of Cards trailer

18 November 2012 9:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Piers McCarthy discusses the trailer for House of Cards...

David Fincher and Netflix have been working on an American version of Michael Dobb’s House of Cards for some time now. Yesterday we were able to see snippets from the fruits of their labour with the first trailer.

The new series follows Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), whose drive to become President leads him to unflinchingly tackle all of his superiors. Spacey is joined by Sakina Jaffrey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Kate Mara and Corey Stoll as the supporting colleagues, family and friends. Spacey and Wright have significant billing but this clearly isn’t a star-studded picture aiming for massive commercial success. Instead, Fincher and the additional directors and producers are making a smart, refined television drama for a demographic, realistically, of adults aged 30 onwards (with some student and general politically-minded audiences to boot).

Tonally, House of Cards looks highly sophisticated, »

- flickeringmyth

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Trailer: David Fincher's House of Cards TV Series, with Kevin Spacey

15 November 2012 5:52 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Netflix has been developing its own original programming to make available through its streaming video service. At the center of this strategy is a new series, called "House of Cards," which is produced by David Fincher, who also directed the first two episodes. Today, we have the official trailer for "House of Cards," which is written by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), and in addition to Fincher, is directed by James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (Falling Down), and Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress). Check out the trailer below. "House of Cards" chronicles the ruthless politician Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the majority whip of the House of Representatives, and his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), as they pursue power and all the good things that come with it in Washington. The first thirteen episodes will all become available on Netflix on February 1st, 2013. Trailer: »

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David Fincher’s House of Cards Trailer

15 November 2012 11:36 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

If you were wondering what David Fincher has been up to since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a trailer for his next project has been unveiled this week: the upcoming Netflix original series House of Cards. Based on the BBC series of the same name, the show stars Kevin Spacey as Rep. Frank Underwood, a politician working his way up the ladder in Washington. David Fincher directed the first two episodes, while Joel Schumacher and James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross) handled the rest. Surprisingly, Aaron Sorkin is not involved, even though it kinda looks like a mash-up of The West Wing, The Newsroom and The Social Network. The entire series debuts exclusively on Netflix on Feb. 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

For More Daily Movie Goodness, Visit Filmjunk.Com! »

- Sean

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