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A little over a decade ago, writers Paul Dini ("Batman: The Brave and the Bold") and Alan Burnett ("Green Lantern: First Flight") were hired by Warner Bros. to write a screenplay for a live-action film adaptation of the popular animated series, Batman Beyond. Warner Bros. even hired the Remember the Titans director, Boaz Yakin, to co-write and direct. A year later, WB would put the project on hold, going in a different direction. Dini discusses that project with Kevin Smith, and his pitch for a Ra's al Ghul-oriented Batman film that was never made. Terry McGinnis was just an ordinary teenager.... until his father was mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to battle injustice, Wayne refuses to help. So Terry does what any brash young kid would »
Kevin Smith’s upcoming odd-ball horror film Tusk is nearing completion. Unfortunately, not in time for the Sundance Film Festival 2014. Instead festival-goers will be treated to a midnight screening of the first trailer.
According to Smith’s blog, Tusk’s filming and editing is mainly wrapped up – apart from a few extra scenes featuring a mystery actor who isn’t available till December or January.
Tusk is based on an episode of SModcast, Smith and friend Scott Mosier’s podcast show. The story about a podcaster who disappears in the woods, is inspired by a Gumtree ad offering free rent to a tenant providing they constantly wear a homemade walrus costume (if that doesn’t sound like the beginning of a horror film I don’t know what does). It will star Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Justin Long and Michael Parks.
Smith has given us a sneak glimpse of »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Though Smith has been rushing the film along in an effort to premiere it at next month's Sundance Film Festival, it looks like he's hit a little speed bump along the way. Read on for details.
As reported by our friends over at Bloody Disgusting, Smith opened up about the progress of the film on the latest episode of his SModcast, revealing that the cameras will continue to roll through the year, possibly even into next year.
“We’ve still got two more shooting days here in Los Angeles to wrap the flick with our fifth Beatle – the performer playing the role of investigator Guy Lapointe,” said Smith. “It’s looking like late December/early January for »
- John Squires
Yesterday we heard from Superman himself Henry Cavill about Ben Affleck joining him as The Dark Knight in 2015 for Warner Bros.' eagerly-anticipated DC Comics team-up Batman vs. Superman, and now Affleck has spoken to Entertainment Weekly about the release of the extended edition of Argo, during which the conversation shifted to the Man of Steel sequel, which is gearing up to go into production early next year.
"Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road," said Affleck when asked about Kevin Smith's comments about seeing the actor in the Batsuit. "What I’ll say is that I really like Zack Snyder. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is »
- Gary Collinson
Batman and Superman are set to collide in Zack Snyder’s sequel, with Cavill commenting: ‘The next instalment, as we all know, is involving another rather important character, and i’m looking very forward to that interaction, because ultimately they’re two sides of the same coin.’ Argo director Affleck is set to take over from Christian Bale as The Caped Crusader, a controversial casting but one Cavill is happy with. ‘How they interact, how they clash and how they ultimately aim towards the same goal is going to be an interesting relationship,’ he added, ‘and I look forward to playing that with Ben especially.’ Related Content: David S. Goyer Is Warner Bros.' Kevin Feige? Micro-News: DC Comics Movie Adaptations DC All Access Episode 5 - Zack Snyder And Kevin Smith Running Time: Filming in progress Release Date: 17 July 2015 (USA) MPAA Rating: PG-13 (probable) Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, »
Along with some first look photos we posted just last month, director Kevin Smith said he was hoping to bring his indie horror film Tusk to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for a premiere. However, it turns out Smith has a couple more days of filming to shoot in Los Angeles once an unknown actor becomes available to play a small role in December or January. Since Smith wouldn't have time to finish the film before Sundance (in January) with that schedule, he's going to premiere the trailer for the film with one of the midnight screenings in Park City, which usually features some odd horror and comedy worthy of the late night time slot. Smith also posted a comic style flyer advertising the podcast the main characters host Look! Here's Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment on a poster for their characters' podcast from Tusk: As you can see, »
- Ethan Anderton
A few weeks ago Kevin Smith excitedly talked about the costume that director Zack Snyder will be using for Batman in Batman Vs. Superman. He called it mind-blowing and said that it's unlike anything we've seen before. During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck was asked to share his thoughts on Smith's comments. He didn't go into any crazy detail, but he did praise Snyder's take on the character, saying,
"Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road. What I’ll say is that I really like Zack. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. »
- Joey Paur
Whether you're on our Earth or the dark shores of Earth 3, Tuesdays mean an all new "DC All Access!" In today's episode, Tiffany and Blair talk Arrow and Black Canary with actress Caity Lotz, discuss the world of Earth 2 with writer Tom Taylor and get a behind-the-scenes look at the highly popular DC Comics Bombshells with Jim Fletcher, DC Entertainment's Director, Creative Services. All this plus we look at Mad's 20 Dumbest of 2013, tour a real-life Batcave and give away a just-released Harley Quinn Bombshells Statue. For your chance to win this week's giveaway, please visit: http://www.dccomics.com/watch-and-win And for even more access, Check out the links for this week's episode: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/12/... Related Content: Batman: Arkham Origins Dlc Featured In DC All Access Ep 07 Geoff Johns Talks DC TV On DC All Access Episode 06 DC All Access Episode 5 - Zack Snyder And »
Last year at this time, Argo had just surpassed the $100 million mark at the box-office on its way to winning three Oscars, including the statue for Best Picture. Ben Affleck’s true Hollywood story of the CIA’s risky mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from the angry hive of the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979 was bold, confident filmmaking, and his emergence as a sentimental favorite during awards season was as delightful as it was unlikely, considering the many ups and downs of his career. Fifteen years after Good Will Hunting, 10 years after Gigli, and five years after becoming »
- Jeff Labrecque
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck was asked to share his thoughts on Kevin Smith's recent comments that he'll be suiting up in a Jim Lee inspired Batsuit. As you might expect, the director and actor avoided saying anything too specific, but he does seem to be extremely confident in Zack Snyder's ability to deliver an incredible take on the iconic DC character. Affleck also sounds extremely happy with what he's so far seen of Batman Vs. Superman, so check out what he had to say in full below, and then sound off with your thoughts in the usual place! Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road. What I’ll say is that I really like Zack. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, »
"There's one obvious [reference] which is now particularly obvious because of our next installment, involving Batman. We see Bruce Wayne Enterprises on the satellite in space. We also see some references to LexCorp, I actually have no further knowledge of this next story but there's a good chance Lex is going to be introduced soon or at some stage. What really intrigued me was Dr. Hamilton's connection to S.T.A.R. Labs, Cyborg I think would make a wonderful character and an incredible bridge between both superhumans and humanity in a different way than Batman. So I don't know where he's going to come in or if he's going to come in but that's one I'm particularly excited about." Related Content: David S. Goyer Is Warner Bros.' Kevin Feige? Micro-News: DC Comics Movie Adaptations DC All Access Episode 5 - Zack Snyder And Kevin Smith Running Time: 2 hrs 23 min Release »
A time-travelling turkey tries to change Thanksgiving in an animated outing that will test your patience and understanding
An intelligent turkey, saved from slaughter by the president of the USA, is taken by helicopter to Camp David, where he develops a fondness for pizza and discovers a time-travelling machine called Steve in which he travels back to 1621, where he must persuade the assembled masses not to celebrate the invention of Thanksgiving by killing and eating turkeys.
No, I'm not making this up; that really is the plot. The fact that no one in the UK knows/cares about Thanksgiving is a problem, although a limp showing in the Us suggests the home crowd don't care that much either.
More troublesome is the fact that anyone who's seen Chicken Run will wonder why they're not enjoying a well-constructed Aardman animation rather than attempting to make sense of this incoherent transatlantic trifle. »
- Mark Kermode
Though the idea of Thanksgiving has unfortunately morphed a bit in recent years, the commercialization of the holiday turning it from a day to relax and enjoy the company of your family into a day to skip out on your loved ones and stand in line for 5 hours in an attempt to get a Blu-ray player for $20, there’s one important aspect of Thanksgiving that should not be lost amidst the consumption of turkey and trampling of shoppers; being thankful.
No matter what it is you’re thankful for, Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for something that has happened in the past year, whether it’s finding the love of your life or scoring yourself that aforementioned $20 Blu-ray player – here on FEARnet, we don’t judge. We’re just happy that you’re happy.
As 2013 rapidly comes to a close, I want to take a moment to shine »
- John Squires
Comic Book Men Season 3, Episode 8: “Cryptozoic Launch” Airs this Sunday at midnight Et on AMC. Kevin, Walt, Bryan, Mike, and Ming are back - behind the counter and in front of the microphone - as AMC’s unscripted series Comic Book Men returns for its third season this fall. The show will continue to entertain audiences by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s Red Bank, New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The sixteen half-hour episodes will continue to document the daily banter of the Stash staff and customers as they geek-out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and iconic celebrities and personalities from the fanboy world including the Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from the original Star Trek series), Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, and legendary comics writer and illustrator George Perez. Whether it’s about buying and »
Despite the cold and rainy weather this weekend, massive crowds turned out for the Wizard World Austin Comic Con for a chance to see their favorite television and film stars as well as experience the "Day of The Doctor" 50th Anniversary with a well-attended BBC America simulcast screening. The most popular costumes at this weekend's event were obviously Doctor Who related, with scores of "Weeping Angels," various incarnations of the Doctor and sonic screwdrivers held high.
Oddly another costume that I saw frequently was that of Kevin Smith's recurring character, Silent Bob, which was even more popular than The Walking Dead Daryl and Merle Dixon. Speaking of the Dixon brothers, the lines in the autograph pens were quite long for Norman Readus and Michael Rooker (pictured above). I chatted with Rooker briefly -- he spoke of enjoying the rooftop scene of The Walking Dead episode "The Prologue," especially the »
- Debbie Cerda
With an ever growing list of movies now under the sin list, the guys over at CinemaSins have released the most requested film since they started, Man of Steel! What do you think? Have they missed a lot or are they hitting too hard on everyone's favourite Kryptonian? And please remember people, it's all in the name of comedy. Related Content: David S. Goyer Is Warner Bros.' Kevin Feige? Micro-News: DC Comics Movie Adaptations DC All Access Episode 5 - Zack Snyder And Kevin Smith Running Time: 2 hrs 23 min Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA) MPAA Rating: PG-13 Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix Directed by: Zack Snyder Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer (screenplay) Man of Steel arrives on blu-ray and dvd on November 12th. "Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton »
Maker Studios is continuing to make inroads into the Hollywood community. It's latest traditional media partner is Ben Stiller's Red Hour Digital production studio. The two companies will team up for season two of Next Time On Lonny, a comedy web series that first ran for six episodes in 2011. Next Time On Lonny is a reality show parody created by Dan Scrimpf and starring Alex Anfanger. From that description, it seems that Maker and Stiller are trying to recapture the lightning that struck when the Stiller-produced Burning Love became a huge hit (and, eventually, a big Streamys winner) in 2012. Next Time On Lonny may not have the same big-name cast, but it does have a dedicated YouTube following that contributed more than a half-million views to the first season. “Dan and Alex are the life blood of a new generation of comedy," said Stiller. "Red Hour's policy is to »
- Sam Gutelle
"Comic Book Men" is taking on one of the greatest debates of all in its upcoming episode: who is the ultimate superhero arch-nemesis?
"Green Goblin, of course, is Spider-Man's biggest foe. He's kind of Spider-Man's Joker," Smith says.
Flanagan counters, "I think he's even more heinous than the Joker. I mean, he killed his first love Gwen Stacy, and years later Spider-Man found out that Norman Osborn -- that Green Goblin -- had an affair with a young Gwen Stacy and got her pregnant. That's why I say the Green Goblin trumps what the Joker has been able to do to Batman because, yeah, Joker killed Robin, but at least he didn't impregnate him."
In "Dukes of Jersey," a "Dukes of »
I had a pretty horrific nightmare on Wednesday night, after I got home from the comic book shop. I dreamt that I was Back in the comic book shop, looking for issues of the ongoing series currently being reviewed in this column. Anything would do; ‘Hinterkind’, ‘The Fox’, ‘Pretty Deadly’, ‘Letter 44′, anything… but as I scanned the “New This Week” rack, I found myself in a panic; There Was Nothing! Not a single ongoing title! Surely, I thought, I wasn’t look closely enough. But my intensified search was for naught; it was as I feared. I had no choice but to resort to picking up three New titles to review. Confidently, I once again perused the rack of fresh titles of the day, and the pit in my stomach sank to a depth beyond what I’d ever known. I Beg Of You, I screamed silently to the comic book gods, »
- Chris Melkus
New Batman Vs Superman spoilers reveal Batman will control Drones & more,new details. According to a new report from Batman News, a Hollywood Producer, named Daniel Alter, hopped on Twitter to reveal new spoiler scoopage for the upcoming "Batman Vs. Superman" flick. It turns out that Ben Affleck's version of Batman will be semi-retired, and also controls drones from his Batcave. Apparently, Daniel has worked with Warner Bros on other movies: Hitman,The Apparition ,and is scheduled to produce Jonny Quest for them. His official tweet went like this: "Can't wait for #BatmanvsSuperman.. #batfleck semi-retired/not speaking to Robin anymore.. Controlling drones from the batcave." In related news, movie director/podcaster, Kevin Smith, revealed that the new Batsuit is going to be like something we've never seen before and amazing. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015. »
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