10 items from 2015
Before Tim Burton.s Batman, Heath Ledger.s Joker and the Dark Knight rose, there was the 1960.s version of the caped crusader. And boy, was it glorious. Not only was it delightfully over-the-top, but it was also a pure celebration of the childish joy that comic-books of the era embodied. So news that a Batman .66 animated film is in the works was met with fervent celebration, as should the revelation that Julie Newmar will be appearing. According to 13th Dimension.s sources, the animated film will feature the vocal talents of Newmar, however they refused to confirm whether she would once again be portraying Catwoman. But I.m pretty sure it goes without saying that she will be. Because if she doesn.t, then those involved will have a full-scale riot on their hands, the likes of which has only been seen when Arkham Ayslum.s walls have been »
Actors Adam West and Burt Ward confirm they will voice their 1960's TV characters of 'Batman' and 'Robin' in the upcoming animated feature "Batman '66", based on the classic 1960's "Batman" TV series, with Julie Newmar as 'Catwoman':
"...they did mention that it'll run 90 minutes and is intended for release next year...
"...as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the TV series..."
- Michael Stevens
According to 13th Dimension, Julie Newmar will provide the voice for Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the next year's animated take on the 1966 Batman TV series. Newmar made the most appearances as the character, though Lee Meriwether took over for the 1966 feature film and Eartha Kitt for the series' final season. Since then we've seen Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway rock the leather catsuit, but Newmar's interpretation is seen by many as the most puuuurrrrfect (sorry). Warner Bros. hasn't confirmed this yet, but if Newmar does return she'll join Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. »
Over the weekend we learned that former dynamic duo Adam West and Burt Ward would be reuniting for an animated feature film based on the beloved 1960s Batman TV series in 2016, just in time for its 50th anniversary. Now, we’re hearing that they won’t be alone.
According to Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension, Julie Newmar – famous for playing Catwoman in the 60s show – will be reuniting with West and Ward for the new animated movie. The news is far from official, of course, and should be taken with a grain of salt, but Greenfield promises that the info from his sources “close to the production” is “solid,” despite a lack of comment from Warner Bros.
So, who else would you like to see from the show come back for 2016 the animated feature?
- James Garcia
Next year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Batman, the 60s series starring Adam West as the titular superhero and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne, and Burt Ward as the Dick Grayson version of Robin. But even though the series ended in 1968, the duo’s involvement with the iconic DC hero and the world he inhabits has not stopped there. Now news has emerged that both West and Ward will be lending their voices to one, possibly two new animated features in 2016.
Ward himself dropped the news at Mad Monster Con over the weekend, where the duo were part of a panel. No other details were revealed about the film, including what kind of tone it would take, but Ward specifically pointed out the fiftieth anniversary of the show in his announcement. The movie will mark Ward’s first return to »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939). This thematic and »
- Andre Soares
“I am Catwoman: hear me… make you question things, a bit”
Some confusing events can only be fully dealt with and understood with time. And so, three years later, it finally feels safe to look back at Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and some of the questions you may have found yourself pondering in the cinema at the time.
Before going in and finding your seat, the questions were along the lines of: can Anne Hathaway pull this off? Will her performance stop the recurring nightmares about Halle Berry’s attempt? How will this film even work without the Joker? You got your answers on those – the nightmares will never stop – but here are some Qs we’re still struggling with…
The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
Newsflash: We still have awhile before the Oscars. It's like a month away. But we can prepare anyway by revisiting the greatest hits of our leading nominees in the acting categories. Put on your angriest Annette Bening face and join us for this trip into prestige pictures currently streaming on Netflix. "The Kids are All Right" (Julianne Moore) Julianne Moore didn't pick up a nomination, but costars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo did in this family drama (with funny moments) about a lesbian couple attempting to embrace the new-found presence of their kids' sperm donor. "The Kids are All Right" feels like a lost James L. Brooks gem set in 2010, and every performance has endearing and (intentionally) maddening moments. Julianne might play the most conflicted character at all, and she wears that indecision and personal guilt well. "My Week With Marilyn" (Eddie Redmayne) Is this a great movie? No. In fact, »
- Louis Virtel
For today’s comic book readers, there’s an appetite for one flavor of Batman: brooding, angry, single-minded and largely one-dimensional. But for those of an earlier generation where the interpretation of Batman varied by editor and medium, there are other varieties to tickle the fancy and entertain the soul. After years of the unrelentingly grim animated fare, Cartoon Network and Warner Animation came up with a breath of fresh air in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. James Tucker and Michael Jelenic developed this series to mimic the days of Batman being a premier hero and collaborator, operating in a bright, colorful world filled with costumed heroes and crazy villains.
The show lasted three seasons and 65 wonderful episodes and late in 2014, Warner Archive finally released Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray. There are 26 gloriously goofy half-hour episodes here and they are »
- Robert Greenberger
10 items from 2015
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