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Comic book villains come in several forms and they range from the uber-intelligent to the uber-stupid. Take Doctor Doom, for example – his intelligence is such that his knowledge of science and technology is way beyond our real world comprehension, while he also has knowledge of magic. But for every Doctor Doom there’s a Rhino – and Rhino can barely tie a pair of shoelaces.
Given that comic book movies are based on comics, the same goes for them. There are certainly some extremely intelligent comic book movie villains – Julian McMahon’s Doctor Doom might have been a horrible depiction of the comic book character, but he was still very clever. Red Skull, Ra’s al Ghul, Lex Luthor, Aldrich Killian, the Riddler and the Joker – as well as many others – have all been portrayed as very intelligent individuals on the big screen too.
But, just like in the comic book source material, »
- K.J. Stewart
The premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show is fast approaching, but fans of the show with an eye for design can jump into the carny culture with style right now, as FX has announced an online costume creation contest based on the show. Participants submit sketches and descriptions of their designs, and the winner will receive a cash prize, have their costume brought to life in a photo shoot, and more.
Press Release – “What: To celebrate the launch of American Horror Story’s much anticipated fourth installment Freak Show, premiering on October 8th, FX will launch a costume design competition. The contest invites participants with an eye for the unusual to design an original costume inspired by the series. Contestants will submit their American Horror Story sketches along with a description of their design inspirations, which will be judged by the show’s head costume designer Lou Eyrich, Fashion Designer Christian Siriano, »
- Derek Anderson
Castings make movies – and that notion is no different when it comes to movies based on comic book heroes and villains.
There have been some absolutely horrific casting decisions in comic book movies over the years – George Clooney as Batman, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Julian McMahon as Doctor Doom, Topher Grace as Venom, Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut and Wes Bentley as Blackheart to name just a few examples – and they have sullied the movies they were in, both in the eyes of critics and fans alike.
On the flip-side, good castings have been key to earning comic book movies mass critical acclaim and box office success. Some of the biggest and most successful comic book movies have now earned over $1 billion dollars worldwide (The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers) and the genre as a whole is now one of the most popular in Hollywood. »
- Kev Stewart
A second teaser trailer is out for Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," the Steve Carell and Channing Tatum-led drama which looks to be one of the biggest players in the upcoming awards season following the film's sterling reception at Cannes back in May.
The first trailer is out for "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater". The story follows Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal), who was arrested for espionage while covering the Iranian elections in 2009 and held for nearly four months. The film, which opens in November, premiered the other day at the Venice Film Festival to respectable but not gushing reviews.
Next comes the trailer for the Hugh Grant-led rom-com "The Rewrite". Grant stars as a former Oscar-winning screenplay writer long past his glory days who takes on a college teaching job. Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons star.
Finally there's »
- Garth Franklin
DirecTV is coming Full Circle again, renewing the relationship drama for a 10-episode second season, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Each season follows a group of adults whose lives are unknowingly intertwined. The series’ first season, which was set at a restaurant and written by Neil Labute, featured a cast of TV vets that included David Boreanaz (Bones), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Billy Campbell (The Killing), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Robin Weigert (Deadwood).
It's clobberin' time as Marvel's formidable foursome deploy their unique gifts to Earth-saving effect in their first big-screen adventure. When the evil Dr Doom (Julian McMahon) threatens to wreak electric havoc on the planet, it's up to the ultra-stretchy Mr Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) and his superheroic colleagues Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), the Human Torch (Chris Evans) and rock-fella The Thing (Michael Chicklis) to pull the plug on his plan. In an ever-darkening comic book universe, Tim Story's actionful caper offers a welcome blast of colour and cheer. »
Television is full of surgeons, some good and some, well—let’s just say you wouldn’t want them to operate on you or anyone you know.
When Cinemax’s The Knick, a show about the early days of surgery, premieres Friday, viewers will meet yet another TV surgeon: Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), a gruff doctor who’s often up to his elbows in blood. Because The Knick is set in the early 20th century, Thackery is lacking many of the luxuries today’s medical professionals have. But he still proves more trustworthy than, for example, Grey’s Anatomy’s Leah Murphy. »
- Ariana Bacle
Catch a wave of "terrific adventure" and "non-stop action" in this fun and fantastically entertaining smash-hit! "Invisible Woman: Sue Storm and "Mr. Fantastic" Dr. Reed Richards are about to be married when a mysterious alien... the Silver Surfer... crashes the proceedings and heralds Earth's impending destruction. With time running out, the Fantastic Four reluctantly teams up with the nefarious Dr. Doom in a thrilling effort to save our planet! Fantastic Four: Rise Of Silver Surfer was directed by Tim Story, based on a screenplay by Don Payne and Mark Frost. The cast included: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington. With a budget of $130 million, the film pulled in $289 million at the worldwide box office. »
Marvel Comics' first family of superherodom, the Fantastic Four, hits the big screen in a light-hearted and funny adventure. It begins when down-on-his-luck genius Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) has to enlist the financial and intellectual help from former schoolmate and rival Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon) in order to pursue outer-space research into human DNA. Also on the trip are Reed's best friend, Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis); his former lover, Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), who's now Doom's employee and love interest; and her hotshot-pilot brother, Johnny Storm (Chris Evans). Things don't go as planned, of course, and the quartet becomes blessed--or is it cursed?--with superhuman powers: flexibility, brute strength, invisibility and projecting force fields, and bursting into flame. Meanwhile, Doom himself is undergoing a transformation. Fantastic Four featured: Director: Tim Story Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic Jessica Alba as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman Chris Evans as »
Spike TV is developing a suspense thriller TV series adaptation of the Stephen Frey novel "The Chairman" as a potential starring vehicle for executive producer Julian McMahon ("Nip/Tuck," "Fantastic Four").
Dana Vachon ("Mergers & Acquisitions") will adapt the book which follows a charismatic Gulf War veteran who takes over a billion-dollar private equity fund after its founder's mysterious death. His new position opens secret doors and reveals how Manhattan finance is closely tied to the brutal realm of war that still haunts him. [Source: Deadline]
The CW has released a new featurette explaining some of the key supporting characters who work at S.T.A.R. Labs in the upcoming new "Arrow" spin-off series "The Flash".
ABC Family has picked up its longest-running original hit series "Pretty Little Liars" for two more seasons. Season 6 will air mid-2015 and Season 7 premieres mid-2016. The news follows the premiere of Season 5 last night. »
- Garth Franklin
Julian McMahon is getting more work done.
The Nip/Tuck actor, along with Spike TV, is developing suspense thriller The Chairman, our sister site Deadline reports. McMahon will executive-produce and possibly star in the series, which is based on Stephen Frey’s novel of the same name.
Set in the financial world, The Chairman centers on Christian Gillette, a Gulf War veteran who takes over a billion dollar private equity fund after its founder mysteriously dies.
Spike TV previously announced its events series Tut, which is set to premiere »
Exclusive: “We’re on the hunt for a drama series next,” Spike TV Evp Original Series Sharon Levy told Deadline a month ago when the network made its return to scripted programming with a green light to event series Tut. The network has added another hopeful to its drama development slate, suspense thriller The Chairman, executive produced by actor Julian McMahon, Electus‘ Ben Silverman and former AMC executive-turned-producer Jeremy Elice. I hear the project is being eyed as a potential starring vehicle for Nip/Tuck alum McMahon. Based on the Stephen Frey novel and to be adapted by Mergers & Acquisitions author and Vanity Fair contributor Dana Vachon, Chairman tells the story of Christian Gillette, a charismatic Gulf War veteran who takes over a billion-dollar private equity fund after its founder’s mysterious death. As his new powers open secret doors he realizes that the world of apparently gentrified Manhattan finance »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Paradigm has inked Julian McMahon. The Australian-born actor received a Golden Globe nom for his role as playboy Christian Troy on long-running FX drama series Nip/Tuck. On the film side, McMahon appears in the the upcoming drama You’re Not You, opposite Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, and Marcia Gay Harden. His other feature credits include Faces In The Crowd, Paranoia, and Fire With Fire. McMahon also played super villain Dr. Victor von Doom in the Fantastic Four franchise, and appeared in Premonition opposite Sandra Bullock. McMahon continues to be repped by managers David Schiff & Kristin Konig at The Schiff Company, Monique Moss at Integrated PR, and attorney Jacob A. Bloom of Bloom Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, Laviolette, Feldman, Schenkman & Goodman. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
20th Century Fox
Comic book movies have provided us with some of Hollywood’s most memorable characters over the years – though not always for the right reasons.
There have been some absolutely awful characters depicted and some truly stinking performances – Howard the Duck, Julian McMahon’s Doctor Doom, Topher Grace’s Venom and Vinnie Jones’ Juggernaut are examples of characters and performances that we’d all rather forget – but there have undoubtedly been some great counter-examples. Now that the initial stigma that was attached to comic book movies has disappeared (people really didn’t take them seriously for a while), big things are expected from them as A-list actors are increasingly becoming attached to them and giving highly accomplished performances.
Villain portrayals in particular have proven to bring out the best in actors in a lot of cases, with the evil-doers arguably outdoing the heroes on the popularity front overall »
- Kev Stewart
The distributor has acquired North American rights to George C Wolfe’s drama starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel. Myriad Pictures handles international sales. Separately, Arc has picked up Louder Than Words.
eOne Films Us plans a theatrical release later this year for the story of a self-absorbed young woman whose life is changed when she becomes a caregiver to a woman with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The film will be released theatrically later this year.
“You’re Not You” is produced by Dpp in association with Di Novi Pictures (Alison Greenspan) and 2S Films (Molly Smith and Swank).
Swank portrays a woman who has been immobilized by Als and Rossum plays an aimless and self-absorbed college student hired to be her caregiver in spite of her husband’s objections.
The deal was negotiated for eOne Films by Sejin Croninger and for the filmmakers by CAA. »
- Dave McNary
Variety reports unknown Toby Kebbell has been offered the role of Doctor Doom in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Doom is a super genius, sorcerer, and the Four's archenemy. In the 2005 incarnation of the adaptation, he was played by Julian McMahon. Kebbell would be joining a cast that already includes Michael B. Jordan (the Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic Reed Richards), and Jamie Bell (The Thing). That's a pretty cool group to hang out with, even if they're no Michael Chiklis. »
- Jesse David Fox
Toby Kebbell, last seen battling angry Gods in “Wrath of the Titans” and soon to be seen battling angry apes in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” will now be playing an angry guy himself in Josh Trank’s reboot of “The Fantastic Four.” The British actor has landed the role of Victor von Doom, aka Doctor Doom, the villain of the upcoming comic book remake that will also star Miles Teller as Mister Fantastic (aka Stretchy Guy), Kate Mara as Invisible Girl (aka anyone in this role will be 100-times more convincing than Jessica Alba), Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch (aka wiseass guy) and Jamie Bell as the Thing (aka the rock guy). The super foursome, of course, gets their powers after going for a cosmic joyride, or some such. Julian McMahon previously played Doctor Doom in the 2005 movie by director Tim Story, which starred a bunch of grown ups (and, »
Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Amber Heard, Richard Dreyfuss, Josh Holloway, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Kevin Kilner | Written by Jason Dean Hall, Barry L. Levy | Directed by Robert Luketic
Set in the cut-throat world of technology and corporate power Paranoia is an espionage thriller based on the book by Robert Finder, which sees the world’s two most powerful tech billionaires and bitter adversaries stopping at nothing to outwit and destroy each other’s business empires. But when a young rising star (Hemsworth) falls between them, he becomes trapped in the middle of the rivals’ life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realises his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows too much for them to let him just walk away…
- Phil Wheat
Now that we know who's set to play Marvel's First Family in Fox's upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four, attention is shifting towards the villain of the piece, with The Wrap revealing that four actors remain on the shortlist for the role of the ruthless Latverian ruler Doctor Doom.
According to the site, Fox and director Josh Trank (Chronicle) are looking at Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) and Sam Riley (Control) for the part of Victor Von Doom, who was played by Julian McMahon in Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
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- Gary Collinson
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