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The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, 2015.
Directed by Jon Schnepp.
A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.
Despite never making it to the screen, Superman Lives is a project which it seems will live forever in infamy. Directed by Tim Burton, and with Nicolas Cage set to lead the cast as Superman, it spent several years in development before Warner Bros. decided to pull the plug just weeks before cameras started rolling, leaving fans to forever wonder ‘what might have been’. Well, thankfully we now have writer-director Jon Schnepp’s documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? to peel back the curtain on Burton’s offbeat take on the Man of Steel as it attempts to answer that very question.
For fans of comic book movies, »
- Gary Collinson
Put a group of movie lovers in a pub, give them a few beers and one topic that will inevitably come up is speculation about films that were never made, and top of that list is usually Tim Burton’s infamous Superman movie.
As something of a more than casual Superman fan, I have to admit that my personal preference for the best portrayal of the Man of Steel on screen, whether big or small, is Christopher Reeve’s iconic take in Richard Donner’s Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). I’ve got nothing particularly against Richard Lester’s version of the sequel, but Donner’s more than nails it for me.
That said, I can’t help but wonder, and have on many an occasion in the afore mentioned alcohol fuelled debates with my cinephile friends, just what Superman would have looked like if played by Nicolas Cage and directed by Tim Burton. »
A new animated movie, Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery, finds the self-proclaimed "hottest band in the world" playing a gig for the cartoon crime solvers and an angry flying robot head. In this exclusive clip from the film, streaming above, a stadium full of makeup-wearing fans watch the band play "Detroit Rock City" as Gene Simmons sticks out his tongue and Eric Singer concentrates on his drumming. Meanwhile, Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the gang float around in a spaceship, avoiding the decapitated head's death rays as »
Do we have a new (mini-)trend on our hands? With the announcement last Friday of "A Christmas Horror Story" -- a new holiday-themed anthology fright flick starring William Shatner -- we now have four, count 'em four, Krampus movies either in development or slated for release. While the Shatner film will feature the demonic "anti-Claus" in only one segment of the story, it nevertheless marks the folkloric creature's sudden and unexpected breakthrough as the hottest monster in the movie business. First, a quick rundown of the other Krampus-themed films: 1. "Krampus," an Amblin-esque horror-comedy directed by "Trick 'r Treat" helmer Michael Dougherty and starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette as parents doing battle with the titular monster during the holidays; 2. "Anti-Claus," a Kevin Smith film that will reunite "Tusk" cast members Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks; 3. "Happy Krampus!", a family-themed take on the character »
- Chris Eggertsen
Directed by W.D. Richter.
Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.
The 80’s film Buckaroo Banzai (I’ll dispense with the full unwieldy title for convenience’s sake) has got a pretty strong case for being one of the last truly ‘cult’ movies. The film, conceived by old college roommates W.D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch, was dreamed up with ideas of being a full on box office smash. Back in 1984, this never happened, with mainstream audiences not really ‘getting’ the non-conformist storyline and often downright weird segments of anarchic action comedy.
Pre-internet word of mouth about the film mostly centred on midnight screenings, »
- Robert W Monk
At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.
Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Entertainment Weekly reveals that 15 year old actress Natalie Alyn Lind (best known for her role in The Goldbergs) has joined the cast of Gotham's second season as Silvier St. Cloud. In the comic books, the character first appeared as a love interest for Bruce Wayne/Batman during the 1970s, and writer Kevin Smith later brought her back in the controversial Batman: The Widening Gyre. In this show, she's described as "an ethereal beauty with the pristine manners of a Gotham debutante. Add in the fact that she lost her parents at a young age, and it’s understandable why she and Bruce end up drawn to each other. And as Bruce’s friend — and love interest — Silver introduces Bruce to her uncle Theo Galavan, who just so happens to be a billionaire philanthropist who’s running for Mayor. Needless to say, Bruce finds a father figure in Theo, but as for Silver, »
This might be the best thing you see all day! toofab's Brian Particelli caught up with "Jay and Silent Bob" stars Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes on the red carpet for "Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery" during Comic-Con in San Diego, California. The dynamic duo -- who lend their voices to the new Scooby-Doo cartoon -- revealed that they will be making a very big comeback, too. That's right, there's going to be a sequel to "Mallrats." While it's been 20 years since the cult classic hit the big screen, Smith says he's working on a deal with Universal and is hoping to get everyone back for the second installment of the funny flick. "We're going to shoot a sequel," he told us while chatting about the movie's double-decade milestone. "'Mallbrats' it's called." "So hopefully in October we're rolling," he excitedly added. "We're still doing the deal »
- tooFab Staff
Timid boy meets abused prostitute, they fall in love, she reveals a heart of gold, and the two strike a relationship despite their vastly different lifestyles – stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Actually, I’ll stop myself, because Safelight feels like every schmaltzy romantic drama you’ve ever seen. The whole “disillusioned young girl forced into a life of debauchery” angle isn’t exactly fresh, and filmmaker Tony Aloupis doesn’t do much in the way of relationship building to get your heart thumping with joy. Rather, you’ll find yourself just trying to muster the energy to stay awake long enough for Aloupis to work through his typical rom-dram roadmapping, while resisting the growing urge to scream “Pull This Car Over Right Now.”
Evan Peters trades his Quicksilver speed to play a crippled gas attendant named Charles, who finds himself stuck in a run-down town with no promise. »
- Matt Donato
When people use the word "fandom," I often wonder just what exactly it is that they think they're describing. After all, fandom is a big amorphous concept, and there is no one face of it. However, if you really want to take the temperature of where we are right now, there's really no better place to do it than the San Diego Comic-Con, and this year, I decided that I want to start a new tradition when we come back from Comic-Con each year. Here, then, is 2015's State Of The Union for fandom in all its weird and wonderful glory. Growing But Fractured The first thing that is evident is that whatever fandom was, it not longer is that thing. It has become more inclusive, more aware, and far more vocal than ever before. It is also deeply fractured, and it has become increasingly difficult for any single property to unite people. »
- Drew McWeeny
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? A Star Wars Darth Vader cosplayer is seen "choking" people at Comic-Con, Season 2 of True Detective is recut as a 1970s cop show and Andy Richter delivers a fantasy weather report. Plus, a tournament-style breakdown of the best summer movie ever. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
True Detective Season 2 70s Reboot
Last week, we showed you a remix of Ant-Man as a 1950s horror movie, and today Vulture is back with a new remix, which mashes up Season 2 of HBO's True Detective with the hit 1970s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Given the rather chilly response to this new season, many may think this remix is »
There.s no way not to feel bad for Kevin Smith. Even his worst enemy wouldn.t wish on anyone what happened to the filmmaker on Friday night at San Diego Comic-Con. Thankfully, if you missed the fireworks, Smith recounted the whole ordeal on his podcast, proving once again what an incredible verbal storyteller he can be. Here.s what happened in a nutshell, in case you have been offline for the past few days. Kevin Smith was set to follow the Star Wars panel in Hall H. Only, J.J. Abrams concluded his panel by inviting The Entire Hall to a free Star Wars concert. and basically everyone in the room got up and left, leaving Smith dumbfounded. Up to that point, however, Smith . a rabid Star Wars fan . was having the time of his life. Then, it all went sour, which is why he made this incredible analogy »
Late last week, word came around during San Diego Comic-Con that finally confirmed something that I’d basically been assuming for a year or so. Ben Affleck would be getting his own Batman film, but he’s also going to be co-writing and directing that stand alone project. I’ve long been a fan of Affleck’s, going back to his early days working with Kevin Smith, so I always keep an eye out for what he’s up to next. Ever since he’s starting directing, it’s been exciting to watch his career arc, with his upcoming role as Bruce Wayne/Batman another interesting turn. The fact that it’ll be his filmmaking style essaying a new caped crusader adventure just makes it something to really look forward to. Affleck is the perfect choice for this project. Affleck’s take on the Bat (possibly called The Batman) will »
- Joey Magidson
Over the weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a big presence at San Diego Comic-Con. They showed an awesome behind-the-scenes video, revealed some new information about characters, and generally made us have all of the feelings. As great as it was, however, the event was not without casualties, as it totally screwed over Kevin Smith, but it.s okay, J.J. Abrams apologized. If you don.t know the story, Kevin Smith was set to do a panel for his upcoming film, Yoga Hosers, right after the Star Wars panel. That just seems mean, how do you follow Star Wars? Smith usually follows the Marvel slot, so he.s not totally unaccustomed to this feeling, but when the Star Wars folks invited everyone at their panel outside for a surprise concert, of course everyone left. Smith recounted the event the next night on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. As he »
It's simply not San Diego Comic-Con without Guillermo del Toro. Like Kevin Smith, who held forth at his own panel this year regarding basically any subject he wants, del Toro is a mainstay. And as usual, he's got a lot to talk about. While he's putting the finishing touches on his gothic period horror film “Crimson Peak” for an October release, “Pacific Rim 2” is already set to shoot in this fall. I assume that should mean around November, because del Toro will be busy with “Crimson Peak” press in October and likely would start shooting a few weeks later (though, since he's a mad man, he could start earlier and juggle both). Let's assume that means he’s in pre-production as we speak (it’s set for an August 4, 2017 release). Read More: The Films Of Guillermo del Toro: From Worst To Best Asked about “Star Wars," del Toro »
- Rodrigo Perez
I remember when Legendary Pictures threw a panel in a smaller room in the San Diego Convention Center, giving away copies of "Mass Effect 2" to anyone who showed up to hear them talk about their plans for movies like "Seventh Son," "The Great Wall," and an adaptation of "Mass Effect." They've come a long way. At that point, they were partnered with Warner Bros., and they were looking to define who they were are a company. Oh, sure, they were major financial and creative players on any number of big films already, like Nolan's first two Batman films, Snyder's "300" and "Watchmen," "The Hangover," "Inception," and my beloved "Where The Wild Things Are." But talking to Thomas Tull, talking to Jon Jashni, it was clear that what they craved were films that were theirs from start to finish, movies that they felt undisputedly reflected their sensibilities. It was strange seeing them »
- Drew McWeeny
After having an unprecedented empty Hall H to come out to, the darling of Comic Con, Kevin Smith, had to host to a totally brand new audience coming in fresh. I suppose that can be good or bad depending on your viewpoint… but the worst situation is trying to follow up Jj Abrams with his gift of a free Star Wars concert just shortly before. Surely a few people may have stayed behind…... Read More »
- Jason Dean
No one should have to follow Star Wars at San Diego Comic-Con. And yet, if ever there was a man for the job, it.s Kevin Smith. The comic-book icon and indie movie auteur typically takes the post-Marvel slot in Hall H, and maintains a chunk of the crowd as he regales them with filthy stories of his time in the Hollywood trenches. Well, not tonight. Oh God. Backstage at #HallH. @starwars panel just invited 6.5k audience to watch a Star Wars concert. Everyone left. pic.twitter.com/kIzfFhWzfY. KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 11, 2015 That.s right. At the end of his panel on behalf of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams invited Everyone in the Hall to come attend a free concert of Star Wars music. And everyone promptly got up and left. In an orderly fashion, mind you. But everyone left. 100% of the audience. Gone. So when »
For its first time at San Diego Comic-Con, Star Wars made quite the impact at its panel last night, with Jj Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Daisy Ridely, Oscar Isaccs, Domhnail Gleeson, Adam Driver, and Gwendolyn Christie played host to the 6,500 Star Wars fans in attendance, with Abrams even inviting those in attendance to a free Star Wars concert straight after (which wasn’t good for Kevin Smith, whose annual panel was scheduled straight after Star Wars). But highlight of the night has to go to this wonderful behind the scenes video, which has thankfully has made its way online. I predicted a new trailer, and have being proven wrong, but really, this is a hundred times better. Being taken behind the scenes, seeing the practical effects, seeing how everybody involved views being part of this mammoth franchise.........it’s kinda magical, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
“Behold The Bratzi – a foot tall Canadian Nazi made of sentient Bratwurst!” Smith posted on Facebook. “This is why I shaved my beard months back: to play the villain in #YogaHosers!”
Yoga Hosers sees Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp leading the cast as convenience store clerks Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who team up with Depp’s Guy Lapointe in order to battle an ancient evil. Also featuring in the cast are Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), Stan Lee (Mallrats) and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back »
- Gary Collinson
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