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Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
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- Gary Collinson
Concept Art by Romek Delmata It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. The Dark Knight Rises was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. The »
Potential “Man Of Steel” Spoilers Below Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” is a divisive movie among fans. Much like Christopher Nolan’s swan song for “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” it has caused quite a stir, either loved or hated, with few who are in the middle. I am personally of the mind it was a great modernization of the character and his mythos, much the way both “Batman Begins” and “Amazing Spider-Man” took the stories we know and added some reality and humanization to them. Say what you want about the film, though, it was a complete success for WB/DC/Legendary, and has set a fire under DC that has them scrambling to capture some of that shared universal goodness Marvel has been riding for almost a decade now. What I am giving here is my personal opinion on what was well done, and the much debated destruction »
Earlier this week, the movie world was shocked when it was announced that Gal Gadot (Fast And Furious film series) will play Wonder Woman for the characters cinematic debut set to take place in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman Vs. Superman.
When it was also revealed that The Flash will have a role somewhere in the sequel, it became very clear that Warner Bros are no longer wasting their time and are indeed paving the way for a future Justice League team up film to rival Marvel’s The Avengers. Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel sequel will now include DC Comics three most iconic heroes, which are of course Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). While the film is becoming increasingly bloated, you can’t argue with Warner Bros’ ambition and willingness to make the audience aware of these characters. This is especially true »
- Ben Read
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Christian Bale was in for a bit of a treat when he stopped by "Good Morning America" to promote his new movie "Out of the Furnace" on Dec. 6. Though he's been a frequent visitor of the show, the ABC morning show reached into its vault to bring up an early appearance.
In the surprise clip from Dec. 18, 1987 -- almost 26 years to the day -- the then-13-year-old Bale talked about his breakout role as Jim Graham in "Empire of the Sun." "I mean, I really enjoyed being at the premiere and I quite liked all the cameras, but I'm quite happy just to relax at home at the moment," the teenager said.
The appearance had Bale cracking up, as his younger self didn't quite get what he wanted. After all, Bale continue to stay popular after his Steven Spielberg from thanks to roles in "Newsies" and "Little Women, »
The Affleck brothers are presently carving out freedom within the film world in their own unique ways—Ben Affleck as the successful actor-turned-director and now heir to the Batman throne, and Casey Affleck as the quietly transgressive player in the independent scene with “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “I’m Still Here." They each have a number of projects on their plate, with Ben handling Bat-duties alongside a number of acting and directing gigs and Casey involved with Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and David Lowery’s sci-fi “To Be Two.” But now we have word on two collaborations: one between brothers, and one between Ben and actor Matt Damon. While speaking to EW about the extended Blu-ray cut of his Oscar-winning hit “Argo," Ben Affleck briefly touched upon his long-gestating directorial project about Whitey Bulger, the organized crime figure who last month was indicted for 19 murders and sentenced to two life sentences. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
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The method actor has played the iconic Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" and re-energized the beloved Batman with Christopher Nolan. He's become almost deathly thin for some films, like "The Machinist," and added dozens of pounds for others, like "American Hustle." With an Oscar under his belt for "The Fighter," Bale hardly has to prove he's more than just a blockbuster star. One of the best actors of his generation, he's now back on the indie scene in the dramatic "Out of the Furnace," opening this Friday, December 6.
"Out of the Furnace," Scott Cooper's follow-up to 2009's award-winning "Crazy Heart," stars Bale in a contemporary tale of heartbreak set against the backdrop of the Rust Belt. Bale plays Russell Baze, a mill worker in a »
- Jonny Black
As much as I loved Christian Bale’s take on The Dark Knight in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, it is always refreshing to see the actor take on more intimately dramatic films. In Out Of The Furnace, Bale plays a loving brother who finds himself at war with a very volatile baddie courtesy of the fantastic Woody Harrelson. Both Bale and his on-screen brother Casey Affleck offer two wonderfully complex performances and it is a pleasure to see this great actor taking on roles »
Relativity Media's Out of the Furnace is the only new nationwide release on the first weekend of December, which is typically one of the slowest frames of the year. The gritty action flick is unlikely to do much business, though, which leaves the battle for first place up to strong holdovers Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.Catching Fire won last weekend with $74.2 million, though Frozen was surprisingly close with $67.4 million. With great word-of-mouth, it's possible that Frozen only dips around 40 percent*in comparison, Tangled fell 56 percent at the same point. Meanwhile, the Harry Potter and Twilight movies typically lost 60 percent on this weekend. Catching Fire should hold a bit better. Ultimately, it will be a close weekend, though Frozen seems to have a slight edge.Otherwise, this is going to be a quiet weekend. Since 2010, the major studios have completely avoided scheduling new movies on the weekend after Thanksgiving, »
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Nearly a decade after “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” pulled off one of the biggest Oscar-night sweeps of all time, it seems almost unthinkable that it could have played out any other way. But in the days leading up to that year’s ceremony, there were whispers around town that Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capping epic couldn’t possibly win best picture, because it was (gasp!) a fantasy film — a genre the Academy had never once seen fit to honor in its 75-year existence.
Fortunately, rules are made to be broken, and 10 years on from that milestone, the Academy’s alleged prejudice against fantasy/sci-fi movies, suspense thrillers and other strands of popular storytelling seems largely a thing of the past. That’s potentially good news for some of this year’s popular prestige entries, including pictures as different as “Prisoners,” “Lone Survivor,” “Captain Phillips” and »
- Justin Chang
If you've ever given over days of your life to a sprawling online computer game involving trolls and orcs, then you're probably looking forward to "Moon" director Duncan Jones's "Warcraft," an adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's "World of Warcraft" video game. While the leads haven't been locked down (although Colin Ferrell is heavily rumored), four new actors have joined the cast of the epic fantasy adventure.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Foster, who stars in this month's harrowing war film "Lone Survivor"; Robert Kazinsky from HBO's "True Blood"; Dominic Cooper from "Captain America" and this year's sorely underrated revenge movie "Dead Man Down"; and Toby Kebbell, who appears in next year's highly anticipated "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," have all secured roles in "Warcraft."
- Drew Taylor
Christian Bale often oscillates between two acting modes. First, there's Christian Bale the big-screen populist, who springs up in the likes of "Terminator Salvation" and the three Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movies with cocksure swagger and something wounded underneath. Then there's Christian Bale the serious actor, who starves himself for "The Machinist" and "Rescue Dawn" and makes all other actors feel like they simply aren't doing enough earnest morphing for their roles.
Both of those modes are on display in "Out of the Furnace," the new film from co-writer/director Scott Cooper, whose last film, "Crazy Heart," won Jeff Bridges a long-deserved Oscar. Bale is clearly gunning for the same recognition here (more on that in a minute) as a steelworker who seeks to untangle a mystery involving his Iraq War veteran brother (Casey Affleck, wonderful as always), looking into the iffy hills of the Appalachian backwoods to find answers. »
- Drew Taylor
He insisted that he didn't want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn't compete with Bale and Christopher Nolan's Batman but still exists within the Batman canon.
Affleck explained that he didn't see himself in the role when they had asked him to be Batman but they had insisted that he would. »
- Rahul Kapoor
I didn’t see the last The Hobbit film in cinemas, but if there’s anything that is sure to get me back into the big screen it’s a Godzilla trailer. It seems as though The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug is set to be the big trailer reveal, as it has already been confirmed by Warner Bros. that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will premiere its trailer before the latest journey to Middle-Earth,. Godzilla is the second attempt by an American studio to reboot and adapt the gigantic Japanese lizard.
But that’s not all, as the Doug Liman directed Tom Cruise vehicle, Edge Of Tomorrow, previously known by (in my opinion) the superior title All You Need Is Kill, will also showcase its trailer before Peter Jackson’s latest. The Amazing Spider-man 2 will also have a trailer in front of the Christmas season’s biggest film, but that »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Marrakech, Morocco — James Gray had the audience in the palm of his hand during a two-hour masterclass conducted at the 13th Marrakech film festival that ended with the audience demanding an encore. “I just travelled 6000 miles on three different flights to get here,” quipped the American independent helmer. “I don’t mind answering a few more questions.”
While insisting that the word “master” should be reserved to directors such as the late Kurosawa or “Maestro Scorsese,” Gray provided an entertaining insight into his own working methods, filled with anecdotal episodes and responded to wide-ranging questions including the last chestnut: “What’s the future of American cinema?”
“I’m very bad at directing actors,” Gray said to the audience’s amusement. »
- Martin Dale
As I said in a previous entry, David Oyelowo is having a very good year! After co-starring in Lee Daniels' The Butler, the 37-year-old thespian recently added the thriller Captive to his burgeoning slate of upcoming projects that also includes Cynthia Mort's Nina Simone film; starring as Sugar Ray Robinson in a previously-announced biopic; an indie drama titled Nightingale; reuniting with director Ava DuVernay to play Mlk in Selma; co-starring in Christopher Nolan's upcoming Interstellar; is said to have met with director Jj Abrams regarding a role in the upcoming Star »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It’s hard not to feel that instead of a mild, fleeting upset of Hollywood traditions with the Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” “I’m Still Here," its director Casey Affleck was aiming more for an industry meltdown on par with that of Phoenix’s in the film. However, the town was stubborn, and punished Affleck and Phoenix for their attempts with indifference -- the best move was to act as if nothing had occurred. Apart from his upcoming role in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Affleck has since kept matters small though, taking parts in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” and David Lowery’s lyrical “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” His latest, “Out Of The Furnace” (our review), keeps that intimacy intact; as the military vet brother of Christian Bale living in the impoverished Rust Belt, Affleck plays a man ill-equipped for the present and haunted by the past. He »
- Charlie Schmidlin
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
There’s little doubt that Batman vs. Superman is going to be one of the biggest superhero movie events of all time. The question is: Will Ben Affleck have the acting chops to convincingly play a guy who runs around dressed up like a bat and hits people? It may seem a little incongruous when compared to the fierce intensity of, say, Christian Bale, but Affleck says his Batman is going to be a “unique take” on the character which does not “compete” with the one you know and love from Christopher Nolan’s films.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale and »
- Jeremy Clymer
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