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After the image above began circling around the net, many fans assumed that Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons must have been getting into such great shape for his upcoming role as Commissioner James Gordon in Zack Snyder’s Justice League movie, but as it turns out, Simmons is simply a gym beast 24/7.
During an interview with Business Insider, the Whiplash star was asked if he’d packed on the muscle to play a more physical take on Gordon than we’re used to seeing, and responded that he’s been keeping himself in great shape for many years and the timing of photo was just a complete coincidence.
After the second and final time that I got hugely fat in my life and when I lost that weight six or seven years ago, I pretty much decided that I was going to stay in decent shape for the rest of my life. »
- Mark Cassidy
When a select few journalists visited the set of Justice League, they got to see J.K. Simmons' Commissioner Jim Gordon interacting with the team. Based on the descriptions we've heard, his version of the Caped Crusader's closest ally looks like he's stepped straight out of the comic books, and in a recent interview with Business Insider, the actor was asked if his muscles will come into play. Making it clear that he's been in great shape for some time now, Simmons clarified that his incredible physique won't come into play in Justice League. "This is all coincidental," he confirmed. "After the second and final time that I got hugely fat in my life and when I lost that weight six or seven years ago, I pretty much decided that I was going to stay in decent shape for the rest of my life." "I was not in good shape at all, »
Although Ezra Miller was seen as Barry Allen was glimpsed at in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, via security footage and a trippy inter-dimensional dream sequence, there wasn’t really a first look into his signature red costume.
It was featured in the Ultimate Cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which is now available on Digital HD.
The ultimate DC universe movie, Justice League, is set to be released next year on November 17. The cast includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe and Jeremy Irons.
Check out the concept art below. Click on the image for a larger view. »
- Gig Patta
Coinciding with the Digital HD release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition [read our review here], a new piece of concept art has surfaced online from next year’s Justice League movie, which features the full team of Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher); check it out here via Cbm…
See Also: 30 Things We Learned About the Justice League Movie
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, »
- Gary Collinson
Susan Sarandon is front and centre in The Meddler as Marnie Minervini, a widow who lavishes affection and generosity upon those around her. The title is the simplest we’ve yet had from writer-director Lorene Scafaria, who also gave us Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, but it’s a little reductive too.
Since her husband Joe left her with more money than she could ever hope to spend on herself, Marnie has doted on her screenwriting daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), even moving from New York to Los Angeles to be around her. Lori has just gone through a bad break-up and is more exasperated than comforted by her mother’s attentions and decides to throw herself into working on a TV pilot to enforce »
Year after year film releases from January through June get the short end of the stick during the Oscar season, when latter-year entries — many of them fresh off exposure-boosting festival circuits — drown everything out.
There are exceptions, of course, but mostly, without the help of critical kudos and other precursor awards that deign to have long memories, quality work is frequently left in the also-ran pile. In an effort to keep the spotlight trained on deserving contenders, here is a long list of players we’d like to see remembered by the Academy later this year.
[Note: This list only includes films theatrically released to the public through the year’s midway point. Not all festival entries are eligible.]
Best Picture: “Weiner”
Rather than save it for the documentary feature category, why not just call one of the year’s best movies exactly what it is? This Sundance hit is somehow the perfect movie for now: Flawed heroes, media obsession with titillation yielding obfuscation of substance — it’s brilliantly in tune with the zeitgeist. »
- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley
During an interview with Vulture, Zack Snyder has revealed that he was taken aback by the mixed response to this year’s DC blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. With many fans criticising both the film and the director for the direction he chose to take the fledgling DC Extended Universe, Snyder has admitted that the criticism levied towards the movie has led to a shift in tone for next year’s Justice League movie.
“When Batman v Superman came out, I was like, ‘Wow, okay, oof,’” said Snyder. “It did catch me off guard. I have had to, in my mind, make an adjustment. I do think that the tone of Justice League has changed because of what the fans have said… Listen, if it’s about putting more fun in the movie or embracing some of what I think is in all the characters inherently, this sort of larger-than-life, »
- Gary Collinson
★★★★☆ Although Lorene Scafaria's tender, bittersweet comedy The Meddler, starring Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons, is marred by the occasional cliché, it's also an unexpectedly perceptive film about loneliness, grief and mother-daughter relationships. After the death of her beloved husband, Joe, Marnie Minervini (Sarandon) moves to Los Angeles to be close to her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful, but frustrated, screenwriter. Lori is still recovering from a recent break up with her actor boyfriend (Jason Ritter) and resents her smothering mother's frequent attempts to connect (Marnie is addicted to texting her daughter).
- CineVue UK
Earlier today we brought you the official logo and synopsis Warner Bros.’ Justice League, along with some details coming out of the various set visits arriving online today, which included the suggestion that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor may appear in the DC blockbuster. Well, Eisenberg has now confirmed it himself, with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star telling shortlist that:
“They are filming (Justice League) now, and I jump in from August. I loved the character and it was the most fun I’ve ever had at playing a role, and most challenging, in a great way, and most rewarding. I would love to play it for years. The character I play is so unusual and complicated. As an actor he’s everything you’d want to do. It’s very exciting for me to play that role. And, secondarily, it’s interesting to be in these massive, »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier today, Warner Bros. released the first official plot details for their upcoming Justice League movie, which started production back in April at Leavesden Studios in the U.K. Last week, a group of journalists were invited to the set, and a number of new details have started to come in from these early reports. One of the most intriguing items is a scene description that showcases the first meeting between Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) and Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), which reveals DC is essentially abolishing its infamous "no jokes" policy. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
According to Gizmodo, one of the scenes that journalists were on hand to see features Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) using the Bat-Signal to call Batman, who arrives with Wonder Woman and The Flash. Gordon explains there is a "bad guy with flying monkeys, »
Though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still fresh in everyone's mind, and not necessarily in a good way for some, DC Comics and Warner Bros. are trudging forward with their DC Films universe. Fans seem genuinely excited about Suicide Squad, in theaters this August. And we also have Wonder Woman to look forward to next summer. But the biggest movie yet will no doubt be Justice League, which arrives November 2017. And while we have a while to wait, the studio is not wasting anytime trying to prove to fans that it will be one massive superhero ensemble that is worth the wait. Today, we get our first official look at the film with a logo and Batman's new upgraded Batmobile. We also get the official synopsis, which hints at a rejuvenated Bruce Wayne.
"Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce »
Take a look @ the official logo, plus synopsis of director Zack Snyder's currently shooting live-action "Justice League" movie, showcasing DC Comics superheroes 'Batman', 'Superman', 'Wonder Woman', Aquaman, 'The Flash' and a whole lot more:
"...fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by 'Superman' and his selfless act in 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice', 'Bruce Wayne' enlists the help of his newfound ally, 'Diana Prince', to face an even greater enemy.
"Together, 'Batman' and 'Wonder Woman' work quickly to find and recruit a team of 'metahumans' to stand against this newly awakened threat.
"But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, 'Aquaman', 'Cyborg' and 'The Flash', it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions..."
- Michael Stevens
With Justice League set reports springing up online, Slash Film has posted an interview with The Dark Knight himself Ben Affleck, during which he officially confirmed that he’s set to direct a solo Batman movie following the big DC team-up.
“Why I’m an executive producer [on Justice League] is that I’m directing one of the movies,” states Affleck. “So there’s sort of this cross-pollination of story and characters and I don’t want to give any of that stuff away, but it basically means that there are some things that might happen in my Batman that are affected by, I mean, here we are in the police station in Gotham City. There’s a potential that something like this might exist in that story. So it’s a creative way that DC came up with of kind of being a filmmaker-driven company and entity and also making sure that »
- Gary Collinson
A whole bunch of set visit reports from numerous outlets have just gone online regarding Zack Snyder's currently in production "Justice League" film. There's a lot to breakdown from these reports, but to save you time here's the cliff notes take of all the key information:
The production has a 111-day shoot and is approaching the 40 or so day mark at this point. Shooting will continue in London until September and then they go to Los Angeles and another still to be determined location with the main shoot scheduled to wrap in October. It is shot on film, but not IMAX, and Junkie Xl is doing the score on his own.
Events take place several months after 'Dawn of Justice' and the tone is decidedly lighter with plenty of moments of levity and a fun sensibility. The theme is almost the opposite of 'Dawn' - it's about learning to trust people. »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. has peeled back the curtain on next year’s Justice League movie, opening up the set of the Zack Snyder-directed films to a number of websites, as well as releasing the official logo and synopsis for the movie, along with an image of the Batmobile:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
- Gary Collinson
Last week, several outlets were invited to the London set of Justice League, and it seems that Warner Bros. is set to pull back the curtain on its big DC ensemble on Tuesday morning, with various reports surfacing on Twitter to suggest a big reveal is incoming.
So, what could this reveal be? Well, the smart money would be on set reports from said outlets, but it’s also possible that Warner Bros. could give us the first official photo of the team all assembled, or perhaps even a teaser trailer, although that seems a little unlikely given that the movie isn’t out until November 2017. We will of course keep you posted…
While we await the reveal, some new villain rumours have popped up, although these come via Reddit (via MoviePilot) should be taken with a pinch of salt until we get something a little more concrete:
The villains »
- Gary Collinson
The opening film for this year’s Venice Film Festival has been announced. Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will play in-competition at the start of the festival on August 31st.
The film is described as an ode to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals, and is based on a screenplay that Chazelle wrote before Whiplash, which went on to bag an Academy Award for supporting actor J.K. Simmons, who also features here.
Summit Entertainment will release the film on December 2, 2016. It will expand across America on December 16th, prime-time for Oscar hopefuls.
La La Land will be released in the Uk in January 2017.
- Paul Heath
Damien Chazelle’s highly anticipated post-“Whiplash” feature, a Hollywood-centric musical with the adorable moniker “La La Land,” will open the 73rd Venice Film Festival. The Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-starring film will have its world premiere on August 31, and will be part of the competition slate of the fest, which runs through September 10.
The film, billed by Variety as “a tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, also stars John Legend and Chazelle’s “Whiplash” Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. The musical centers on Gosling’s character, a jazz pianist, who falls in love with Stone’s character, an aspiring actress. Per the film’s official synopsis, their budding romance is threatened by outside forces and passions and, “as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in »
- Kate Erbland
Festival director Alberto Barbara also signs deal to keep him at Venice until 2020.
La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), is to world premiere as the opening film of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (Aug 31 – Sept 10) and will play in Competition.
The musical drama stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and John Legend and reunites Chazelle with Jk Simmons, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as a punishing music instructor in coming-of-age drama Whiplash.
“It is a film that does not merely reinvent the musical genre, it gives it a brand new start,” he added. “If Whiplash was the revelation of a new filmmaker, La La Land is his definitive, albeit precocious, consecration among the great directors of Hollywood’s new firmament.”
Chazelle says “On behalf of the cast and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
If summer movie season has you feeling burnt out, fear not, the promising fall slate is shaping up. The first confirmed festival premiere comes from the 73rd Venice International Film Festival as they’ve announced their opening night film: Damien Chazelle‘s highly-anticipated Whiplash follow-up La La Land. Led by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, it will be the rare opener that actually plays in competition ahead of a release on December 2nd.
“La La Land is a surprising tribute to the golden age of American musicals, from An American in Paris by Vincent Minnelli to New York, New York by Martin Scorsese,” festival director Alberto Barbera says. “It is a film that does not merely reinvent the musical genre, it gives it a brand new start. If Whiplash was the revelation of a new filmmaker, La La Land is his definitive, albeit precocious, consecration among the great directors of Hollywood’s new firmament. »
- Jordan Raup
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