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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. »
★★☆☆☆ When the first image for Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw (2015) was released online of a muscle-bound, bloodied, Jake Gyllenhaal audiences became very excited. That excitement was misplaced. The anticipation was in part due to the Gyllenhaal's remarkable performance as the ghoulish Louis Bloom in Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler (2014). The physical transformation from the wraith-like Bloom to Southpaw's central protagonist, Billy Hope, was dramatic enough in itself. It promised something with a lot of potential. In reality, what has been delivered is a tired, dreary contribution to the boxing movie genre. A rippling Gyllenhaal hulks across the screen as a heavyweight boxer at the top of his game.
- CineVue UK
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
With The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? debuting digitally on July 9 at Tdoslwh.com, director Jon Schnepp has debuted the first 10 minutes of his documentary. The filmmaker reveals that his desire to find out why Tim Burton's aborted Superman Lives movie never saw the light of day fueled him to make this documentary, where he speaks with a number of people who worked on the movie, along with comic book artists, fans, and much more. Here's what the director had to say about this extended clip.
"Enjoy the first 10 minutes of the feature film documentary The Death of 'Superman Lives'; What Happened? and find out all about the doomed Superman Lives production that was to star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. Join Director Jon Schnepp as he explores the history of this project, and speaks with writers Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, Dan Gilroy, producers Jon Peters and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, »
Ahead of all the superhero smorgasbord that is San Diego Comic-Con, we have an early look at a major comic book movie that never got off the ground. Superman Lives was the 90s Superman project that had Tim Burton set to direct, Nicolas Cage starring, and Kevin Smith writing the script. So what could possibly have gone wrong? In short, a lot. For a more satisfactory answer, we turn to Jon Schnepp, director of the exploratory documentary, The Death of 'Superman Lives'; What Happened? We got a peek at the doc in the trailer released just a couple weeks ago, but now we can bring you the first ten minutes of the film. It's enough to fill you in on the background and then absolutely hook you on the rest of the story as Schnepp interviews Smith, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and other famous folks who were involved with the project that Hollywood forgot. »
- Dave Trumbore
Long before Henry Cavill's portrayal of Superman in 2013's Man of Steel and 2016's Batman vs Superman, Nicolas Cage was set to play Clark Kent in director Tim Burton's Superman Lives, although it never got off the ground. Over the past few years, concept art images and photos have surfaced showing a long-haired Nicolas Cage in the Superman suit. Today we have a clip from the upcoming documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, which reveals footage from a costume test, where the actor is seen trying on the iconic Man of Steel suit.
Along with the brief costume test video, the clip also features director Jon Schnepp interviewing costume designer Colleen Atwood and Tim Burton's assistant Derek Frey. Jon Schnepp clears up rumors of a "bio-suit" that this version of Superman would have worn. Many thought that it was a bio-suit after photos leaked of the "rainbow-colored" costume, »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled the names of a record 322 invitees, a big jump from the 276 and 271 in the past two years, and a giant leap from the 133 average of the previous decade.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety that the new members list reflects a push for “normalization” in its demographics, adding, “It’s been gratifying to see big increases in expanding color, gender, age and national origin in our membership this year.”
The AMPAS president points out, “The entire conversation of inclusiveness is at the forefront in Hollywood, in film, television, music, everything — and all of that bodes well for the future.” The Academy is in a position to help, since the membership includes a number of decision-makers, including executives, producers, directors — “men and women who have the ability to hire, elevate, mentor and nurture more people of color, gender, national origins. »
- Tim Gray
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed today a list of 322 artists and executives who have been invited to join. These selections are people that have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the world of film, and those lambasting the Academy for being full of old white men will be happy to see it’s a pleasantly diverse list. Assuming they all accept the invitation, of course. On the actor side of things, highights include David Oyelowo, Tom Hardy, Rosamund Pike, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Carroll Lynch, Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Martin Freeman, and last year’s Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. As for directors, the Academy is expanding its reach to a much broader group with selections like Edgar Wright, James Gunn, Lynn Shelton, F. Gary Gray, Ira Sachs, Joe Wright, and Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle. [caption id="attachment_310166" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via PBS[/caption] Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have »
- Adam Chitwood
This year, a record 322 people were invited to join the motion picture academy. While Oscar nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. (See the full list after the break.) Among the 25 actors invited were the half dozen who contended at this year's Oscars for the first-time: winners Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons and nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike and Emma Stone. Likewise, among the 26 directors to whom invitations were extended was Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game") while Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"), Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler") and Graham Moore ("The Imitation Game") number among the 21 writers. -Break- Join in the fierce debate about the early Oscar contenders going on right now in our red-hot forums A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible. For ex...' »
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.
5. Ballet 422 (VOD)
There are very few things in this world quite like the birth of a new creative venture. Be it the making of a film, the writing of a new novel or the painstaking artistry that goes into the crafting of a new sculpture, watching an artist or »
- Joshua Brunsting
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Thanks to our Comic Con chums at Bandai, they’ve kindly given us a Power Rangers: Dino Charge swag bag to give away in our monthly Flickering Myth Movie Show share competition. Which we were totally up for, until we opened it and saw the original Green Ranger action figure. Now we want it for ourselves.
The survival kit includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy Edition figures. Each figure includes one battle gear item to help combat against the Evil Space Aliens and is beautifully presented in replica of the original packaging. In addition, you will receive a t-shirt that has been exclusively designed by Saban Brands.
For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very »
- Oli Davis
“And I want some ‘ha ha ha’s here…”
For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very) obsessed with Willa Holland (Thea Queen from Arrow).
Not only did we get a chance to talk to her…we also chased down Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Iain de Caestecker (Leo Fitz) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), the director and producer duo of The Death of Superman Lives! What Happened? Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne and super YouTuber Tomska.
But Wait – There’S More!
Like, ‘Faust from ItsSuperEffective’ more, talking comic books, Captain America: Civil War and hipster Joker from Suicide Squad; ‘James Tarpey from Robot Overlords‘ more, picking his movies of the month (there’s lots of Jurassic World chat) and working with Gillian Anderson; and, finally, ‘MusicalBethan’ more, doing that cup thing from Pitch Perfect. »
- Oli Davis
When we last saw Jake Gyllenhaal on screen, he wasn’t looking too hot, going gaunt to play a sociopathic reporter in Dan Gilroy’s excellent Nightcrawler, and this summer will find the actor transforming yet again, as he bulks up to play a battered boxer in Southpaw. A new trailer for the Antoine Fuqua-directed drama has cast further light on the story, and if the compelling look given here is indicative of the film as a whole, Gyllenhaal could be duking it out with the best of them in this year’s awards race.
In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal’s fighter, Billy Hope, endures punishment in and out of the ring, as his massively successful career is shattered by the murder of his loving wife (Rachel McAdams). Falling into despair, the boxer loses his grip professionally and personally, leaving child protective services to take his daughter (Oona Laurence) away from him. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ever keen to explore the similarities between some of the industry’s most successful and memorable films, Jorge Luengo Ruiz — whose other comparisons include “Her” to “Lost in Translation” and “Interstellar” to “2001: A Space Odyssey” — recently connected the dots between “Nightcrawler” and its predecessor of 38 years, “Taxi Driver.” Over the course of his supercut, Ruiz attests that Louis Bloom of “Nightcrawler” (so creepily and perfectly played by Jake Gyllenhaal) could easily be the son of “Taxi Driver” protagonist, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro). Ruiz isn’t the first person to make the connection between Martin Scorsese and Dan Gilroy’s films. A full ten months ago — and over three months before “Nightcrawler” opened — HitFix’s Kristopher Tapley speculated that the film could well be Gyllenhaal’s “Taxi Driver.” The Atlantic also jumped on the comparison, although not until “Nightcrawler” was released at the end of October of last year. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Will Packer (Ride Along), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), and Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) are some of the new producers set to take part in the seventh annual Produced By Conference, the PGA said this morning. This year the Pbc is offering more than 40 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables and workshops in the conference that takes place May 30-31 on the Paramount lot. Here is the conference list as it currently stands. This is not the full… »
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