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Ayer's design for the Joker is a striking image of a modern deranged man riddled with tattoos, rings, silver teeth and green hair. Unlike the anarchist Heath Ledger Joker from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight before him and the gangster Jack Nicholson Joker from Tim Burton's Batman, Leto's makeup depicts a man who is a full blown psychopath from head to toe.
There are rumors that the reason the Joker is imprisoned and becomes a member of the Suicide Squad is that he killed Robin, former sidekick of Ben Affleck's Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There is no firm evidence to support this claim so for now take it with a grain of salt. »
Well....that's different. But time should tell everyone that first reactions to a character's costume have little to no bearing on the performance. For example, many people derided Bryan Singer and co. for Evan Peter's Quicksilver costume in X-Men: Days of Future Past and the character stole every scene he was in. If we go back even further, the public outcry was far greater for Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger's take on the Joker in The Dark Knight. So lets not rush to judgement too quickly. When it's all said and done the character may look completely different on screen. Prison Joker may be shirtless and tattoed but escapee Joker may be wearing the iconic purple suit, which would cover up nearly all of that iconography. Here are the top reactions to the first look at Suicide Squad's Jared Leto as the Joker. That's a Joker who demands acolytes. »
Suicide Squad director David Ayer took to Twitter on Friday evening to offer up the first look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming DC Comics Multiverse feature, as the Oscar winner is sporting several tats including the word "Damaged" across his forehead. I'm not necessarily familiar with the variety of Jokers found in the comic books, but this definitely has the appearance of being far afield Heath Ledger's version in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and even appears to be far more zany than Jack Nicholson's portrayal in Tim Burton's Batman (1989). In fact, they appear to be going a whole new route, almost the permanently psychologically damaged version if I'm reading this look correctly... am Ic That said, while I've never read a "Batman" comic book in my life, I'm well aware of Alan Moore's "Killing Joke", which seems to be the »
- Brad Brevet
Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas on the Oscars' Red Carpet Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas at the Academy Awards A very blasé-looking Christopher Nolan, shortlisted as one of the producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Inception and as the writer of the film's original screenplay, arrives with his wife and fellow Inception producer Emma Thomas at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Of course, Christopher Nolan also directed Inception, but he was not included in the Academy's Best Director shortlist. Instead, nominated were: David Fincher for The Social Network. Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit. David O. Russell for The Fighter. Tom Hooper, the eventual winner, for The King's Speech. In case the incredibly successful British filmmaker was disappointed, angered, or downright outraged at being bypassed one more time by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts »
- D. Zhea
Seems like everyone has a strong opinion about Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, and technology allows some to express them more vividly than others. The film’s color palette, seemingly crafted to make the film sit alongside Christopher Nolan’s Batman films while also creating a more “modern” Superman, doesn’t sit well with some fans who want a […]
- Russ Fischer
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Christopher Nolan Joins Film Foundation’s Board
The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s non-profit film preservation organization, established 25 years ago, has added director Christopher Nolan to its board of directors. “Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” said Martin Scorsese, founder and chair of The Film Foundation. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be ...
Of all of the various criticisms leveled at Zack Snyder.s Superman reboot Man of Steel, "too dark" is the one that resonates the loudest and the longest. And it.s not just the grim tone of the origin story. We.re talking hues and saturations, as the following video points out. Here.s Man of Steel, only in color: "You.re looking at what might have been," the team at VideoLab states as they introduce a color-corrected version of Zack Snyder.s Man of Steel. The narrator talks about Snyder.s decision to go with a "bleak" color grading for the admittedly action-packed visuals in the film, noting that they likely were inspired by Christopher Nolan.s freakishly successful Dark Knight movies. So they wondered what Henry Cavill.s Kal-El would look like with some of the natural colors and hues. They show what they say is footage with »
I didn't dislike Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, nor was I overwhelmed by it and, yes, the Christopher Nolan "dark and gritty" influence can be felt immediately as I mentioned in my review, and now VideoLab has sought to correct that last bit... or, at least, it seems they think they have. In what I would call more a fascinating video than anything else, VideoLab has color corrected Snyder's Man of Steel in an attempt to "restore the natural color and brightness". Of course, this isn't entirely possible, and I don't think boosting the color actually makes it any better a movie, but the end result is curious. One thing is for certain, if the folks at VideoLab have watched the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer (see it here) and want to do the same with that film they are going to have their work cut out for them. »
- Brad Brevet
Zack Snyder’s dark and dreary Superman movie Man of Steel had a number of problems, but perhaps most notably was just how washed out and gray the entire film looked. Entirely by design of course, but the movie felt sapped of its life, and Superman, normally donned in a bright blue and red costume, felt sapped of his character. It of course was a blatant way to keep the film in line with Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but what we wouldn’t give for some color in a comic book movie!
This however is one of the more impressive and ambitious video essays I’ve seen. Some clever YouTube production professionals, who go by the moniker VideoLab, color corrected Man of Steel to restore the natural color palette and brightness that was removed in post-production. The end result shown side-by-side the original is staggering. A hugely dramatic difference. »
- Brian Welk
Las Vegas - 20th Century Fox found themselves mostly on the Oscar sidelines last year thanks to "Gone Girl" director David Fincher's unwillingness to partake in such matters, but 2015 looks like it's going to be a completely different story. On Thursday the studio highlighted much of its upcoming slate including footage from expected hits such as "Spy," "The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" and "Victor Frankenstein." What really popped, however, are four titles that could make big waves during the upcoming awards season. The footage from Ridley Scott's "The Martian" depicts a faithful adaptation of Andrew Weir's novel. A crew of Nasa astronauts finds themselves racing to evacuate their base on Mars as a gigantic storm approaches. The problem is one member of the crew, Mark Whatley (Matt Damon), doesn't make the escape vehicle in time. The preview actually begins with Jeff Daniels' character telling a press conference Whatley is presumed dead. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Interstellar and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan was on hand at this year's Tribeca Film Festival for a conversation with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, and their chat covered a number of different topics -- from Nolan's first influences (Star Wars) to his massive success as a filmmaker (“I do attribute a lot of it to luck"). What else is going on inside the nerdy mind of the guy who gave us Inception and Memento? Here are three Christopher Nolan fun facts to break out at your next movie party 1. His favorite movie of 2014 “I really loved Whiplash last year. I thought that was an incredible piece of work. That was the kind of film where when you see it, it’s very precisely put together and you’re very...
- Erik Davis
Grammy nominated producer and composer Junkie Xl provides the score for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures’ post-apocalyptic action-thriller Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult.
Directed by Oscar winner George Miller, the mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, Fury Road is a return to the world of Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky (Hardy). Haunted by his turbulent past, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiosa (Theron), to try and survive a high-octane Road War.
The film opens in theaters worldwide May 15, 2015, and will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2015. The “Mad Max: Fury Road” original motion picture soundtrack will be available on WaterTower Music on May 12, 2015, and is now available for preorder on Amazon and iTunes.
- Michelle McCue
They may be dead-eyed, gray-skinned and determinedly brain-hungry, but zombies have feelings too in “Maggie,” an improbably bred but surprisingly humane hybrid of flesh-eater horror and young-adult weepie. Though Henry Hobson’s hugely promising debut feature is generating buzz from the casting of a fine, low-key Arnold Schwarzenegger as the anguished father of a semi-zombified teen, it’s Abigail Breslin’s gutsy, nuanced turn as the reluctantly undead title character — at once a heroine to be protected and a mutant threat to be destroyed — that makes the film unique within its grisly canon, lending this Roadside Attractions release potential crossover appeal beyond the genre crowd. “Let’s enjoy the time we have with her” is perhaps the most ironic line in a nervy, relentlessly solemn exercise; formula-resistant auds, however, should gladly spend 90-odd minutes in “Maggie’s” company.
Having been amply covered by A-list studio productions and bargain-basement exploitation fare alike, »
- Guy Lodge
"Boob Tube" is the theme of the new issue of cléo, which includes essays on Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), Veronica Mars, Transparent, Top of the Lake and more. Also today's roundup: Peter Bogdanovich on Jean Renoir, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Orson Welles, an interview with Abdolreza Kahani, celebrating Johnnie To's 60th birthday, a close reading of Steven Soderbergh's re-edit of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rian Johnson and Alex Garland in conversation, Ethan Hawke on Richard Linklater, Tilda Swinton on Amy Schumer, Oprah Winfrey on Lee Daniels, Michael Caine on Christopher Nolan and more. » - David Hudson »
Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight trilogy is a family of films full of incredible, memorable moments. Filmmakers are often very cagey when it comes to saying one scene or another is their favorite (like parents saying they love all their children equally), but Nolan recently revealed that he does in fact have a preferred scene from the saga, and it is indeed a doozy. Talking with Foxcatcher and Moneyball director Bennett Miller at the Tribeca Film Festival recently, as witnessed by Long Live Cinema, Nolan was asked what scene from his trio of Batman films is his favorite, and he wasted little time disclosing that it is that incredible scene where Bane (Tom Hardy) and his cronies hijack a plane in midair early in The Dark Knight Rises. That is definitely an intense scene in an intense movie, and one that was crazy complex to film as Nolan tried to »
Christopher Nolan's movies have grossed more than $4 billion and sparked endless discussions, but which scene is the filmmaker most proud of?
During a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, Nolan revealed that he was most impressed with the opening action sequence in The Dark Knight Rises.
The planned five-day shoot was actually completed by Nolan's team in just two days, and included a real plane being dropped out of the sky.
"It was sort of an incredible coming together of lots and lots of planning by a lot of members of the team who worked for months rehearsing all these parachute jumps," Nolan recalled at the film festival this week. »
Director Christopher Nolan has come aboard Martin Scorsese's film preservation nonprofit Film Foundation, which has resurrected classics since 1990 including Powell and Pressburger's "Tales of Hoffmann" earlier this year. He joins a top-drawer coterie of members that already includes Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. Nolan, like Scorsese, has long been outspoken and passionate about celluloid, and prefers to shoot his movies on film. At a recent Getty Museum summit, as reported by Variety, Christopher Nolan made a rallying cry to save the medium: "There’s a reason filmmakers get very excited about shooting film and seeing film prints, and we have to communicate that to audiences around the world." Read More: How Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Restored the Luster of Michael Powell and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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Scorsese, the founder and chair of the organization, noted that Nolan has been a longtime advocate of sustaining celluloid film in the digital era.
“Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” he said. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”
Nolan’s “Interstellar” opened first at 240 film-using theaters in the U.S. last November, two days prior to its wide release in theaters using digital projection. Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.
“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, »
- Dave McNary
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